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King Power Mahanakhon unveils Mahanakhon SkyWalk – Thailand’s highest 360-degree observation deck and rooftop bar at 314 meters high, offering spectacular panoramic views of the city from Thailand’s tallest building. The new premium attraction opened its doors to the public on 16 November 2018. Located on the 74th, 75th and 78th floor of the King Power Mahanakhon Building, highlights of the indoor and outdoor observation deck include one of the world’s largest glass tray floors, Thailand’s highest Rooftop Bar, and Thailand’s fastest video-themed elevators—which allows visitors to ascend to the 74th floor in 50 seconds. Located in the heart of Bangkok’s central business district and directly connected to Chong Nonsi BTS station, the attraction is to become a global landmark destination that transforms Thailand’s tourism scene into a truly international force. Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, CEO of King Power Mahanakhon, said, “The launch of Mahanakhon SkyWalk, Thailand’s highest 360-degree Observation Deck and Rooftop Bar sets a new milestone in King Power’s history. As a Thai company, we are extremely proud to create a new landmark in the heart of Bangkok that enhances Thailand’s tourism image as a phenomenal world-class travel destination. The new attraction is the first of its kind in Thailand to offer a completely new experience and impressive perspective on Bangkok’s skyline.” Mahanakhon SkyWalk is being promoted to both Thai and foreign visitors in order to stimulate the nation’s economy and long-term spending while sustainably enhancing its tourism and retail industries. Mahanakhon SkyWalk consists of: • 1st Floor: Lobby, main entrance and ticket counter for Mahanakhon SkyWalk. After purchasing tickets, visitors will proceed to the elevator boarding area via a Bangkok-themed digital corridor. Experience Thailand’s fastest elevators and reach the 74th floor in 50 seconds. • 74th Floor: Indoor Observation Deck. Experience 360-degree panoramic views and learn about Bangkok’s key landmark destinations through interactive screens and an Augmented Reality experience. Send postcards to loved ones from Thailand’s highest post-box! • 75th Floor: Mezzanine, Restroom facilities, and Glass elevator boarding area • 78th Floor: Rooftop area and outdoor observation deck with the following highlights: o Glass Tray, one of the world’s largest glass tray floors at a height of 310 meters. o The Peak, Bangkok’s highest viewpoint at 314 meters up from ground level. o Thailand’s highest rooftop bar with signature drinks and cocktails. Visitors can enjoy direct BTS Skytrain access to the attraction via Chong Nonsi Station, exit 3. (Conveniently located 3 stations away from Siam BTS Station). The attraction is open daily from 10.00 – 24.00 hrs, with the last admission at 23.00hrs. To celebrate the launch, special promotions include a complimentary upgrade to the rooftop with the purchase of a Mahanakhon SkyWalk ticket at 765THB (from the normal price of 1,050 THB) from today until 31 January 2019*. *Terms and conditions apply. Ticket type Description Adult Admission Children/Senior *Children under 12 years of age *Seniors over 60 years of age Mahanakhon SkyWalk Indoor Observatory Deck (74th Floor) 850 THB 250 THB Mahanakhon SkyWalk & Rooftop Indoor and Outdoor Observatory Deck (74th and 78th Floor) 1,050 THB 450 THB  

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Thinking of spending some precious time with your family or friends to reunite and enjoy the last days of the year to the fullest? Looking forward to welcoming 2019 with a bang? Hong Kong is an excellent destination for Thai revelers because it proposes new, exciting options that cover all age groups and interest categories, a relaxing yet vibrant atmosphere topped with the perfect wintry weather, and an excellent opportunity to pick up some great year end deals and offers. During the festive season, brilliant illuminations and decorations are everywhere, accompanied by contagious holiday music and cheer. There are also endless selfie, twofie and wefie-perfect sights in the entire city, to the delight of millennials and all! There are loads of activities to make you feel the unique vibes of Hong Kong during the merriest time of the year! Here is a shortlist of 8 exciting ideas, including 2 eating spots, to make sure you enjoy the Hong Kong holidays to the max! 1. Hong Kong Pulse Light Festival 2018   Hong Kong is famous for its lightshows especially during the festive season. This year is not looking to disappoint with new ideas and installments to enchant Hong Kong’s promenade with magical lights. As part of the Hong Kong Pulse Light Festival, an International Light Art Display featuring both local and overseas light art installations will be held to delight visitors of all ages. The installations will be displayed at the iconic sites along Central Harbourfront and Tamar Park and would provide a brilliant atmosphere to create wonderful winter memories with loved ones. Dates: 29 Nov 2018 – 24 Feb 2019 Venues: Central & Western District Promenade (Central Section) and Tamar Park 2. Christmas Treasures @Harbour City   Harbour City this year has been transformed into a magnificent spot to soak up the unique festive atmosphere that brings joy to all. The largest-ever 60-ft outdoor Christmas Tree is sure to awe all holiday visitors, while the 40-meter long Christmas Bridge will surely attract those who want to write wishes and loves messages on the heart-shaped Love-Locks. Here’s a picture-perfect venue to record precious moments with loved ones as you walk through the world’s largest video keleidoscpope - a surreal world with dynamic Christmas themed scenery such as snowflakes, Christmas tree, stars and more. Dates: until January 1, 2019 Registration: Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City 3. A Disney Christmas at Hong Kong Disneyland   Be transported to a stunning winter wonderland, filled with yuletide carols, magical lights, shimmering snowflakes and more! The best shows with multimedia effects will dazzle you, as you walk through the streets with the magical glow, musical festivities and enchanting moments that will warm your heart. Capture all the cherished moments with your family, and especially with your favorite Disney friends, as they are all dressed in their holiday finery form. Dates: From 15 Nov 2018 – 1Jan 2019 Time: 10:30-20:00 (Fri-Sat till 22:00) Address: Hong Kong Disneyland, Lantau Island, Outlying Islands 4. Experience Snow Village in Ngong Ping 360   Ngong Ping 360 brings you Snow Village experience and outdoor fun this year. Step into Ngong

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Education background Ever since Khun Paranin was a young child overhearing the latest news about the economy while traveling with her parents, she was confident that she would one day grow up to be a businesswoman. Unlike the rest of her friends, she did not want to be a doctor, teacher, or air hostess and instead ended up studying BBA at Thailand’s top university. She feels grateful to have had such amazing parents who taught her to fully embrace all the many possibilities that life offers, which continues to be a guiding principle for her today. Why Jewelry? Business has always been Khun Paranin’s passion. Especially after she first started selling her own jewelry during her first year at university, she has been inspired by women in hill tribe communities to be driven to follow her passions in life. From being a creative designer to a business analyst, she enjoys using her many skills to help create and sell her products. NORWA The name “Norwa” - which means “a person with a pure heart” - was suggested to Khun Paranin by women in hill tribe communities. Norwa sold 300-500 pieces of jewelry a month for THB 2,000 - 5,000 each primarily to foreigners who loved the unique sense of identity and the outstanding designs of Norwa’s jewelry. One of Norwa’s missions as a company is to support women from hill tribe communities, who are stateless, have very little opportunity to improve their lives, and often resort to becoming sex workers to make ends meet. Norwa gives these women a chance to work, earn income, and support their families through hosting free jewelry making workshops and also devoting a part of its proceeds to raising funds for hill tribe communities. Khun Paranin is also working with Indian women who are living in poverty in Mumbai. Obstacles faced From the very beginning, it wasn’t easy. From the marketing strategy and initial investment planning to the production plans and establishing the company structure, the company overcame many struggles - including a weak economy - to become the success that it is today. During its most difficult times, the company recruited new artisans by offering educational stipends and more opportunities to allow for original creative designs. Khun Paranin was able to lead the company even while handling various other projects in her full-time job at an American fund to organize the company’s current industrial processes. Inspiration in the designing of the jewelry The biggest inspiration behind the Norwa’s jewelry designs is the desire to uplift the struggling communities among the Karen hill tribes of northern Thailand. Driven by the traditional belief that the style of jewelry a person wears reflects their beliefs, the Norwa’s designs are of the highest quality and are directly influenced by the unique culture and beliefs of the Karen people. Latest collection The Karen cultural influence of Norwa’s jewelry designs is instantly recognizable by traditional Karen silversmiths. Unique from any other jewelry company, Norwa combines Karen’s traditional aesthetic with modern designs. The latest collection showcasing this is the handmade Norwa Collectives, which

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Having opened in June, 2018, InterContinental® Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort is the latest addition to the InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts brand in Vietnam, and the 1000th IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) property to open within the Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa (EMEAA) region. It is located on the pristine Phu Quoc Island, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve off the southwest coast of Vietnam. The ideal location to soak up the sun and enjoy breathtaking sunsets One of the most captivating features of the resort is its position on Long Beach, one of Vietnam’s most stunning white-sand beaches, enjoying glorious sunset views. It is an easy 15-minute drive from Phu Quoc International Airport, and only 20 minutes from the cultural attractions of Duong Dong town. Thoughtfully designed for families, couples and individuals alike, as well as both leisure travellers and meeting delegates, InterContinental® Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort features an exclusive beachfront, six restaurants and bars, 459 luxuriously appointed rooms, suites, and villas, as well as state-of-the-art meeting facilities, whilst seamlessly combining the sophisticated and cosmopolitan essence of the InterContinental® heritage with the heartfelt rustic charm of the resort’s surrounding local area and culture. Resort guests are offered exclusive access to a secluded stretch of Long Beach, the perfect location to swim in shimmering waters, soak up the sun, and experience ocean sunsets. In each of the elegant rooms, suites, and villas, the deep bathtubs, walk-in rain showers, floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious balconies ensure a luxurious and inviting space for the ultimate escape in comfort and relaxation. A culinary journey through local and international gastronomy When it comes to dining, InterContinental® Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort offers a tempting array of contemporary and stylish experiences, including the highest bar in Phu Quoc, INK 360, boasting breathtaking panoramic ocean and mountain views. Created by award-winning Australian designer Ashley Sutton, the bar is the perfect venue for a welcome toast or celebratory drinks, where guests can sip on a signature cocktail while watching a magnificent sunset and nibbling on tapas-style seafood, caviar and oysters. Additional dining venues include LAVA, a fine-dining seafood and specialty imported meats restaurant using the freshest produce cooked on charcoal grills and lava stone enhanced with a selection of locally produced aromatic peppers such as black, white, red and Tay Giang. Sora & Umi serves authentic Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine with the focus on the restaurant’s numerous live cooking stations, including robatayaki, teppanyaki and sushi. By the pool, Ombra serves home-made Italian cuisine and gelato alongside fresh juices and healthy bites. Beachfront restaurant Sea Shack serves comfort food, tapas, barbecue and grilled dishes such as the signature lobster roll, while beers and ciders are served in the Library area stocked with books about food, cocktails, Vietnamese culture, art, interior design and travel. Mercado is the place for coffee, tea and pastries, as well as themed picnic baskets including Traditional Vietnamese Delicacies, Mediterranean and Healthy. Relaxation and Activities   Guests are able to indulge in serene spa treatments at the award winning HARNN Heritage Spa, designed by Vietnamese

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Praya Dining at Praya Palazzo relaunches with an exquisite culinary journey through time.  The cuisine at Praya Dining is curated to showcase the history, opulence of ingredients and culture of each Siamese era from the ancient Kingdom of Sukhothai until today’s prosperous Rattanakosin. With the relaunch of Praya Dining at Praya Palazzo, Montara Hospitality stays true to its mission to re-imagine how lifestyle travelers encounter local heritage. Praya Dining has been reconceptualized to portray Praya Palazzo’s heritage as a century-old Palladian-style river mansion built in the reign of His Majesty King Vajiravudh (Rama VI). Montara’s newest restaurant authentically presents Thai cuisines in manners that enable diners to appreciate the historical context of each dish. By doing so, Praya Dining builds upon the group’s momentum in other culinary destinations. In Phuket, Montara’s “PRU” restaurant at the luxurious resort Trisara won the the island’s first and only Michelin Star with its farm-to-table fine-dining vision. Montara’s “Seafood at Trisara” also won the Michelin Plate designation for its authentic southern Thai cuisine heirloom recipes. Praya Dining guides diners on a culinary journey through Thai history. Each dish highlights how Thai cuisine evolved during each era throughout history. The journey begins with the Thai relish “Lon” (หลน). Pronounced “lohn” (in Thai meaning to simmer), the relish became prominent during the Sukhothai era. As the first Thai Kingdom, Sukhothai was a time when Thailand was self-sufficient in terms of food, which was cooked at its most simplicity. Served with fresh vegetables, variations of Lon include ‘Salty Mackerel relish’ (หลนปลาเค็ม) or ‘Crab relish’ (หลนปู). The culinary journey at Praya Dining continues to Ayutthaya era when Thai cuisine was influenced by foreign traders. This era saw the arrival of chili, which has since become the heart of Thai Cuisine, and of exotic spices from which the first curries were born. In addition, during Ayutthaya era, new cooking techniques such as stir-frying, frying and deep frying emerged and are reflected in dishes such as “Koong Sarong” (กุ้งโสร่ง Deep fried prawns wrapped with vermicelli noodles), “Nam Prik Kapi” (น้ำพริกกะปิ Shrimp paste relish with condiments and fresh herbs), “Khanom Jeen Nam Ya Pla” (ขนมจีนน้ำยาปลา Thin rice noodles served with Snake Head fish sauce) or “Massaman Beef curry” (แกงมัสมั่น). Finally, diners at Praya Dining arrive to Rattanakosin era, the current kingdom which established Bangkok as the capital city of Thailand. This era marks the beginning of the Chakri dynasty leading to today’s modern metropolitan city. The period had great influence on Thai food today, from the emergence of street food which was initially influenced by Chinese settlers, to the creation of Thailand’s world-famous noodle dish, ‘Phad Thai’. Throughout the culinary journey at Praya Dining, diners will discover rarefied Thai dishes derived from storied Thai poems, and literatures. The culinary team has researched and prepared the dishes derived from the epic love poem, “Kap Heh Chom Khrueang Khao Wan” (กาพย์เห่ชมเครื่องคาวหวาน), composed by King Rama II, “Tam Ra Kub Khao” (ตำรากับเข้า) by Lady Somjeen, “Khuu Meuu Maae Kruaa” (คู่มือแม่ครัว) by Lor. Phaehtraarat and ‘Chivid nai wang’ (Life in the

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Discover the rustic charm and sophisticated elegant holiday of New Zealand is now easy with the ‘Forest to Fairway’ package at Treetops Lodge & Estate and Kinloch Club in Rotorua. Escape to a secluded forest getaway for 2 nights and indulge in the ultimate lakeside getaway to the greens challenging yourself on the championship golf course with the view of Lake Taupo for another 2 nights and enjoy an additional night on complimentary. Located in New Zealand’s North Island, Treetops Lodge & Estate is only 20 minutes from downtown Rotorua. At this estate, you can escape and sink into the embrace of a genuine welcome of virgin jungles and rolling hills of the estate. Treetops Lodge & Estate prides itself of its outdoor activities and its views of hot springs, rivers, lakes and waterfalls; allowing guests to explore the natural heritage and wilderness of New Zealand and forge enduring connections with the people and the land. Treetops offers a variety of unique activities related to its surroundings. Guests can explore the spectacular views in a helicopter ride, interact with wildlife in nature sanctuaries, go horseback riding and mountain climbing, explore Maori culture, fishing, archery, and trips to the active White Island Volcano. All these activities can easily be organised by private assistants that are provided along with the great selection of rooms including 8 villas, 4 chalet apartment suites, a family cottage and the Pheasant Cottage. The villas overlook the spectacular surrounding of wildlife habitats and lakes, fully immersing visitors into jungle life. The villas are fitted with comfortable furnishings and period decor, designed in union with natural wood to give the villas a warm, cozy and relaxing feel. The rooms boast spacious bathrooms with jacuzzi, fireplaces, large beds, WiFi and kitchens. Being the sister property and offering the same excellent standard of services, the Kinloch lodge and Kinloch Club welcomes its guests with an 18 hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus and the stunningly designed accommodation. Here, you are invited to indulge in the ultimate lakeside getaway and enjoy sweeping views over Lake Taupo as you relax and marvel at the play of sunlight as it rolls over the undulating landscape and down to glitter across the lake’s crystal blue waters. Whether spending a day on the greens to challenge yourself on the championship golf course, heading off for a day of adventure in Taupo, or relaxing at the spa, the choice is all yours. Discover the best of both worlds with ‘Forest to Fairway’ package that includes • 2 night stay at Treetops Lodge & Estate • 2 night stay at Kinloch lodge • Enjoy a complimentary 5th night at your choice of either lodge The package is available all year and subject to availability. The 5th complimentary night can be taken consecutively or at another night prior to 30 April 2019. Terms & conditions apply. For more information or reservation, contact Tel: +64 7 333 2066 or email: reservations@treetops.co.nz

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With divine beaches, the majestic Mt Rinjani and spectacular marine life to discover, the island of Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara has no shortage of attractions both in and out of the water. It’s no wonder that Lombok become one of the most popular destinations in West Nusa Tenggara.   Challenge yourself with a trek up steep volcanic peaks. Cycle a bike through lush evergreen rice paddies. Whichever way you choose to spend your time you won’t be disappointed with the spectacular natural beauty on offer. And here is everything you need to know about this magical island of Lombok. Lombok Island is separated by the Lombok strait from Bali Island in the west and by Alas strait in the east from Sumbawa Island. The Sasak people are the dominant ethnic group living in this island, which also consist of 5 regions: North Lombok, Central Lombok, East Lombok, West Lombok and Mataram city, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara. THE UTTERLY ROMANTIC HONEYMOON DESTINATION North Lombok is where you can embark on the great hike to Mount Rinjani and linger until the sunset at Gili’s beautiful beaches. Mount Rinjani is one of the highest volcano in Indonesia, with its summit rising to 3,726 meters above sea level. The Segara Anak Crater Lake located on top of the volcano, is one of the scenic view you should stop by and marvel at! Among more than 20 gilis - local name that means ”small island” in Sasak language - three stood out to be the hot spot destination : Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Gili Trawangan or Gili T, is where travelers flock to enjoy a laid back atmosphere during day light and still are up to enjoy moonlit parties all night by the beach. You can also enjoy a great scuba dive and circle the island on bicycle to catch the most incredible sunset! Gili Meno is defined by long stretch of pearly white beaches that will give you a secluded feel. Famous for honeymooners destination, the island provide accommodation ranging from unique bungalows to luxurious resorts overlooking amazing panorama. Gili Air is a cheerful mix of the two vibes, where you can still enjoy parties in hip hang outs or succumb at a peaceful nook and just enjoy the ocean breeze. Families love to travel to Gili Air to explore the island on the horse drawn cart or just swimming in the low tides before sun down. TAKE A DEEP DIVE INTO OCEANS AND IMMERSE YOURSELF INTO CULTURE   Central Lombok is where the lovely beaches are situated. Kuta Beach, Tanjung A’an, and Mawun Beach are just a few on the list. Don’t miss out to brush up your wave riding skills in the splendid Selong Belanak Beach, or make way to Merese Hill and enjoy the view. Here you can also visit the traditional villages and join the locals of Sasak tribe to experience their daily life in the weaving village of Sade and Rambitan. You may learn a thing or two from the wonderful women with meticulous weaving skills

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Kiroro, a pristine gem in the heart of the Hokkaido Golden Triangle, invites travelers to celebrate the holidays with perfect powder, 5-star accommodations and all-inclusive ski-and-play packages for the entire family. Already known by avid winter sportsters because of its deep powder and lack of crowds, Kiroro is rapidly becoming a favorite for vacationers of all types because of its convenient location, world-class dining and host of outdoor activities. Kiroro regularly sees over 20 meters of snow each year, the most in Japan and more than most ski areas around the world. Best of all, Kiroro is an undiscovered treasure with fewer crowds and shorter lift lines. Kiroro is a destination for all - skiers and boarders of all levels will find plenty to love on the resort’s 22 perfectly groomed ski runs, hundreds of acres of tree skiing, and a terrain park – all without the long lines of nearby resorts.   Kiroro offers a choice of luxury accommodations ranging from award-winning resort hotels to private luxury residences. Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort offers 140 guestrooms and suites along with four restaurants right at the base of the slopes; while The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel offers 282 guestrooms with mountain vistas from every room, world-class facilities, and five dining options. In fact, Kiroro offers more than 15 restaurants and bars throughout the resort from the slopes to the streets, ranging from fresh Hokkaido catch at Fuga Sushi to artisan pizza fresh from the oven at Alla Moda and everything in between. Start with a hearty Japanese breakfast at World Buffet, break for lunch at Café Lumiere for a bowl of hot ramen, and finish with dinner at Shunsai in Season, the Japanese-inspired steakhouse at The Kiroro, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel. While guests are visiting, they can also check out the award-winning Yu Kiroro, offering 108 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom freehold luxury ski-in-ski-out private residences. Scheduled for completion in December 2019, Yu Kiroro offers fully-furnished, turnkey convenience with a ski valet, natural indoor-outdoor onsen, luxury club house and a 24-hour concierge and fitness center. Prices start at 70M JPY. To schedule an appointment to visit the show unit, visit Yu Kiroro. This holiday season, Kiroro is offering a variety of packages and incentives to visit. Whether for just one day or an entire week, holidays at Kiroro are sure to be filled with memories of a lifetime.   Exclusive Kiroro Packages Day Trip – A one-day package perfect for families. Includes a sightseeing Gondola Trip and a day in the Active 180 Snow Park, featuring the Banana Boat, Mini Snowmobile, Snow Raft and lunch. Cost: Adults - 8,000 JPY; Children 6 -12 - 7,500 JPY. Available from 12/15/18 – 4/15/19. Winter Fun All-Inclusive – Choose your stay at Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort or The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel. Includes nightly accommodations;  daily breakfast, lunch and dinner; daily access to the Active 180 Snow Park; a sightseeing Gondola Trip and daily access to the indoor amusement park Granship. Also includes daily Onsen at the local hot

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Thinking of spending some precious time with your family or friends to reunite and enjoy the last days of the year to the fullest? Looking forward to welcoming 2019 with a bang? Hong Kong is an excellent destination for Thai revelers because it proposes new, exciting options that cover all age groups and interest categories, a relaxing yet vibrant atmosphere topped with the perfect wintry weather, and an excellent opportunity to pick up some great year end deals and offers. During the festive season, brilliant illuminations and decorations are everywhere, accompanied by contagious holiday music and cheer. There are also endless selfie, twofie and wefie-perfect sights in the entire city, to the delight of millennials and all! There are loads of activities to make you feel the unique vibes of Hong Kong during the merriest time of the year! Here is a shortlist of 8 exciting ideas, including 2 eating spots, to make sure you enjoy the Hong Kong holidays to the max! 1. Hong Kong Pulse Light Festival 2018   Hong Kong is famous for its lightshows especially during the festive season. This year is not looking to disappoint with new ideas and installments to enchant Hong Kong’s promenade with magical lights. As part of the Hong Kong Pulse Light Festival, an International Light Art Display featuring both local and overseas light art installations will be held to delight visitors of all ages. The installations will be displayed at the iconic sites along Central Harbourfront and Tamar Park and would provide a brilliant atmosphere to create wonderful winter memories with loved ones. Dates: 29 Nov 2018 – 24 Feb 2019 Venues: Central & Western District Promenade (Central Section) and Tamar Park 2. Christmas Treasures @Harbour City   Harbour City this year has been transformed into a magnificent spot to soak up the unique festive atmosphere that brings joy to all. The largest-ever 60-ft outdoor Christmas Tree is sure to awe all holiday visitors, while the 40-meter long Christmas Bridge will surely attract those who want to write wishes and loves messages on the heart-shaped Love-Locks. Here’s a picture-perfect venue to record precious moments with loved ones as you walk through the world’s largest video keleidoscpope - a surreal world with dynamic Christmas themed scenery such as snowflakes, Christmas tree, stars and more. Dates: until January 1, 2019 Registration: Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City 3. A Disney Christmas at Hong Kong Disneyland   Be transported to a stunning winter wonderland, filled with yuletide carols, magical lights, shimmering snowflakes and more! The best shows with multimedia effects will dazzle you, as you walk through the streets with the magical glow, musical festivities and enchanting moments that will warm your heart. Capture all the cherished moments with your family, and especially with your favorite Disney friends, as they are all dressed in their holiday finery form. Dates: From 15 Nov 2018 – 1Jan 2019 Time: 10:30-20:00 (Fri-Sat till 22:00) Address: Hong Kong Disneyland, Lantau Island, Outlying Islands 4. Experience Snow Village in Ngong Ping 360   Ngong Ping 360 brings you Snow Village experience and outdoor fun this year. Step into Ngong

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With divine beaches, the majestic Mt Rinjani and spectacular marine life to discover, the island of Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara has no shortage of attractions both in and out of the water. It’s no wonder that Lombok become one of the most popular destinations in West Nusa Tenggara.   Challenge yourself with a trek up steep volcanic peaks. Cycle a bike through lush evergreen rice paddies. Whichever way you choose to spend your time you won’t be disappointed with the spectacular natural beauty on offer. And here is everything you need to know about this magical island of Lombok. Lombok Island is separated by the Lombok strait from Bali Island in the west and by Alas strait in the east from Sumbawa Island. The Sasak people are the dominant ethnic group living in this island, which also consist of 5 regions: North Lombok, Central Lombok, East Lombok, West Lombok and Mataram city, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara. THE UTTERLY ROMANTIC HONEYMOON DESTINATION North Lombok is where you can embark on the great hike to Mount Rinjani and linger until the sunset at Gili’s beautiful beaches. Mount Rinjani is one of the highest volcano in Indonesia, with its summit rising to 3,726 meters above sea level. The Segara Anak Crater Lake located on top of the volcano, is one of the scenic view you should stop by and marvel at! Among more than 20 gilis - local name that means ”small island” in Sasak language - three stood out to be the hot spot destination : Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Gili Trawangan or Gili T, is where travelers flock to enjoy a laid back atmosphere during day light and still are up to enjoy moonlit parties all night by the beach. You can also enjoy a great scuba dive and circle the island on bicycle to catch the most incredible sunset! Gili Meno is defined by long stretch of pearly white beaches that will give you a secluded feel. Famous for honeymooners destination, the island provide accommodation ranging from unique bungalows to luxurious resorts overlooking amazing panorama. Gili Air is a cheerful mix of the two vibes, where you can still enjoy parties in hip hang outs or succumb at a peaceful nook and just enjoy the ocean breeze. Families love to travel to Gili Air to explore the island on the horse drawn cart or just swimming in the low tides before sun down. TAKE A DEEP DIVE INTO OCEANS AND IMMERSE YOURSELF INTO CULTURE   Central Lombok is where the lovely beaches are situated. Kuta Beach, Tanjung A’an, and Mawun Beach are just a few on the list. Don’t miss out to brush up your wave riding skills in the splendid Selong Belanak Beach, or make way to Merese Hill and enjoy the view. Here you can also visit the traditional villages and join the locals of Sasak tribe to experience their daily life in the weaving village of Sade and Rambitan. You may learn a thing or two from the wonderful women with meticulous weaving skills

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Castile is the heart of Spain, surrounding the capital city of Madrid with fine historic cities and castles dramatically poised on hilltops. Set on a plateau, Castile offers unique luxury choices for touring visitors in former castles, palaces and monasteries.   In days of old when knights were bold, many of them rode across the high plain of old Castile. Today, this richly historic region of central Spain is threaded with fine highways rather than riding trails for men in armour, and it makes a great touring destination. Elevated at an average of 660 metres, Castile occupies most of the central meseta of Spain. Divided into the region of Castilla y Leòn to the north and west of Madrid, and Castilla-La Mancha to the south and east, this plateau is sparsely populated compared to the coastal regions. Ideal for a driving tour, the wide open road beckons, with a network of excellent two-lane blacktops built in recent decades. As every Spanish schoolchild knows, in the 15th century, the “Catholic Kings” – King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel – unified Spain and set it on the path to being Europe’s greatest power in the next century. A royal couple like no other in European history, their transformative reign saw the rise of a string of great cities. Amongst these cities of old Castile, four stand out for their beauty and lasting power: Segovia, Avila, Salamanca and Toledo. Though all of them have Roman or even earlier origins, they had their great moments in the 16th and 17th centuries – and walking their streets today, visiting their monuments, imbibing their atmosphere, you thrill to the sense of being in a bygone world of immense richness and power. And what is even more special about visiting Castile is that you can stay in outstanding historical properties throughout the region – castles, palaces, convents and monasteries turned into hotels by the Spanish government’s unique Parador chain – and so get truly inside the atmosphere of Spain’s amazing olden days – but with modern luxury facilities. Full details on this come later in the story. THE CITY LIKE A SHIP For a grand tour of old Castile, first head north from Madrid, across the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range, to Segovia. As you motor down onto the plateau, Segovia appears unmistakably, crowning a long hilltop above the rolling fields, like a ship upon the waves, its cathedral the mast, its castle the prow, and its Roman aqueduct the rudder. The aqueduct is the symbol of Segovia, the best-preserved engineering project of the Romans in all their former empire, a magnificent collection of arches which now also acts as the gate into the old city. A narrow street rises steeply though the tightly pressed huddle of buildings, winding this way and that, passing a wonderful array of shops, until it reaches the main square, a rectangle of fine old buildings dominated by a Gothic cathedral. Turning down a side street, leaning into the stiff wind which habitually blows up this way, you eventually come to the far end of town and

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King Power Mahanakhon unveils Mahanakhon SkyWalk – Thailand’s highest 360-degree observation deck and rooftop bar at 314 meters high, offering spectacular panoramic views of the city from Thailand’s tallest building. The new premium attraction opened its doors to the public on 16 November 2018. Located on the 74th, 75th and 78th floor of the King Power Mahanakhon Building, highlights of the indoor and outdoor observation deck include one of the world’s largest glass tray floors, Thailand’s highest Rooftop Bar, and Thailand’s fastest video-themed elevators—which allows visitors to ascend to the 74th floor in 50 seconds. Located in the heart of Bangkok’s central business district and directly connected to Chong Nonsi BTS station, the attraction is to become a global landmark destination that transforms Thailand’s tourism scene into a truly international force. Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, CEO of King Power Mahanakhon, said, “The launch of Mahanakhon SkyWalk, Thailand’s highest 360-degree Observation Deck and Rooftop Bar sets a new milestone in King Power’s history. As a Thai company, we are extremely proud to create a new landmark in the heart of Bangkok that enhances Thailand’s tourism image as a phenomenal world-class travel destination. The new attraction is the first of its kind in Thailand to offer a completely new experience and impressive perspective on Bangkok’s skyline.” Mahanakhon SkyWalk is being promoted to both Thai and foreign visitors in order to stimulate the nation’s economy and long-term spending while sustainably enhancing its tourism and retail industries. Mahanakhon SkyWalk consists of: • 1st Floor: Lobby, main entrance and ticket counter for Mahanakhon SkyWalk. After purchasing tickets, visitors will proceed to the elevator boarding area via a Bangkok-themed digital corridor. Experience Thailand’s fastest elevators and reach the 74th floor in 50 seconds. • 74th Floor: Indoor Observation Deck. Experience 360-degree panoramic views and learn about Bangkok’s key landmark destinations through interactive screens and an Augmented Reality experience. Send postcards to loved ones from Thailand’s highest post-box! • 75th Floor: Mezzanine, Restroom facilities, and Glass elevator boarding area • 78th Floor: Rooftop area and outdoor observation deck with the following highlights: o Glass Tray, one of the world’s largest glass tray floors at a height of 310 meters. o The Peak, Bangkok’s highest viewpoint at 314 meters up from ground level. o Thailand’s highest rooftop bar with signature drinks and cocktails. Visitors can enjoy direct BTS Skytrain access to the attraction via Chong Nonsi Station, exit 3. (Conveniently located 3 stations away from Siam BTS Station). The attraction is open daily from 10.00 – 24.00 hrs, with the last admission at 23.00hrs. To celebrate the launch, special promotions include a complimentary upgrade to the rooftop with the purchase of a Mahanakhon SkyWalk ticket at 765THB (from the normal price of 1,050 THB) from today until 31 January 2019*. *Terms and conditions apply. Ticket type Description Adult Admission Children/Senior *Children under 12 years of age *Seniors over 60 years of age Mahanakhon SkyWalk Indoor Observatory Deck (74th Floor) 850 THB 250 THB Mahanakhon SkyWalk & Rooftop Indoor and Outdoor Observatory Deck (74th and 78th Floor) 1,050 THB 450 THB  

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Praya Dining at Praya Palazzo relaunches with an exquisite culinary journey through time.  The cuisine at Praya Dining is curated to showcase the history, opulence of ingredients and culture of each Siamese era from the ancient Kingdom of Sukhothai until today’s prosperous Rattanakosin. With the relaunch of Praya Dining at Praya Palazzo, Montara Hospitality stays true to its mission to re-imagine how lifestyle travelers encounter local heritage. Praya Dining has been reconceptualized to portray Praya Palazzo’s heritage as a century-old Palladian-style river mansion built in the reign of His Majesty King Vajiravudh (Rama VI). Montara’s newest restaurant authentically presents Thai cuisines in manners that enable diners to appreciate the historical context of each dish. By doing so, Praya Dining builds upon the group’s momentum in other culinary destinations. In Phuket, Montara’s “PRU” restaurant at the luxurious resort Trisara won the the island’s first and only Michelin Star with its farm-to-table fine-dining vision. Montara’s “Seafood at Trisara” also won the Michelin Plate designation for its authentic southern Thai cuisine heirloom recipes. Praya Dining guides diners on a culinary journey through Thai history. Each dish highlights how Thai cuisine evolved during each era throughout history. The journey begins with the Thai relish “Lon” (หลน). Pronounced “lohn” (in Thai meaning to simmer), the relish became prominent during the Sukhothai era. As the first Thai Kingdom, Sukhothai was a time when Thailand was self-sufficient in terms of food, which was cooked at its most simplicity. Served with fresh vegetables, variations of Lon include ‘Salty Mackerel relish’ (หลนปลาเค็ม) or ‘Crab relish’ (หลนปู). The culinary journey at Praya Dining continues to Ayutthaya era when Thai cuisine was influenced by foreign traders. This era saw the arrival of chili, which has since become the heart of Thai Cuisine, and of exotic spices from which the first curries were born. In addition, during Ayutthaya era, new cooking techniques such as stir-frying, frying and deep frying emerged and are reflected in dishes such as “Koong Sarong” (กุ้งโสร่ง Deep fried prawns wrapped with vermicelli noodles), “Nam Prik Kapi” (น้ำพริกกะปิ Shrimp paste relish with condiments and fresh herbs), “Khanom Jeen Nam Ya Pla” (ขนมจีนน้ำยาปลา Thin rice noodles served with Snake Head fish sauce) or “Massaman Beef curry” (แกงมัสมั่น). Finally, diners at Praya Dining arrive to Rattanakosin era, the current kingdom which established Bangkok as the capital city of Thailand. This era marks the beginning of the Chakri dynasty leading to today’s modern metropolitan city. The period had great influence on Thai food today, from the emergence of street food which was initially influenced by Chinese settlers, to the creation of Thailand’s world-famous noodle dish, ‘Phad Thai’. Throughout the culinary journey at Praya Dining, diners will discover rarefied Thai dishes derived from storied Thai poems, and literatures. The culinary team has researched and prepared the dishes derived from the epic love poem, “Kap Heh Chom Khrueang Khao Wan” (กาพย์เห่ชมเครื่องคาวหวาน), composed by King Rama II, “Tam Ra Kub Khao” (ตำรากับเข้า) by Lady Somjeen, “Khuu Meuu Maae Kruaa” (คู่มือแม่ครัว) by Lor. Phaehtraarat and ‘Chivid nai wang’ (Life in the

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Italian cuisine at its best; what does it taste like? In the heart of Bangkok, Attico is there to treat your evening with edible mastery pairing with witty wines.   On the 28th floor of Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok, Attico is a utopian urban place to relish in a dreamy candlelit dinner with a view through large glass windows, or on airy terraces overlooking Bangkok’s stunning sunset. By crafting first-rate traditional Italian tastes with a playful twist while using only well-selected ingredients, the restaurant relentlessly impresses food aficionados, as well as fine wine lovers. The Tuscan-inspired eatery serves the edible zest of nationwide Italy, and we can indulge in the rich flavours of Italian culture. Its design is one of the most attractive features. Stepping inside Attico, its elegantly rustic design with bricks and wooden barrels greets me with enigmatic warmth, while the high ceiling adds a sense of lighthearted luxury to the whole room. The semi-open kitchen alongside a butcher counter makes this place feels more like a home, together with photography of old-time suburban memories hanging on the walls. A pan of temperate pizza can say a lot about an Italian diner, and at Attico, the Rustica pizza (THB 490) tells a story of hearty cooking back in the kitchen, using charismatic Tuscan ham, mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, head cheese, and sundried tomatoes that add subtle sweetness into this cheesy plate. Risotto (THB 460) is rather mild in flavours, but rich in creaminess and the charming aroma of pan-fried tiger prawns, sautéed zucchini, tomato confit and a bit of lemon zest. Appetising cold cuts (THB 820 for a portion for four) are a perfect pairing with red wines, and cured meats at Attico are of high quality that shows in every chew. Upon finishing the main dish, don’t miss trying tiramisu (THB 320) which is lusciously moist and is one of the most delightful tiramisus I’ve ever tried. This special year comes with mouth-watering festive cuisine to amplify the delights of the months-long feast. Ribiolina cheese mousse (THB 820) topped with black truffle is a comforting appetiser to try, with its unique texture of cream cheese that gives a faintly fluffy feeling, reminding me of a tender childhood. Homemade tagliolini with Boston lobster and sautéed jerusalem artichokes (THB 850) is led by an intense bounciness and charming flavour of the lobster, and followed by a merry seasoning in an Italian style. Attico opens only for dinner (17:00 - 23:00), which is the best time to enjoy the city lights. I remember leaving the restaurant with a big smile, being happily satiated and fascinated by the sight of the skyline. I remember others looked more than happy too. ATTICO Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok 489 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey Nua, Wattana, 10110 Bangkok, Thailand T: +66 (0) 2 302 3333 E: attico.bangkok.blu@radisson.com

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Step into a world of winter magic as you enter the golden box entrance at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. This Christmas, share a joyous meal with your loved ones, curate personalised hampers for business partners or simply join and marvel at the magnificent Christmas display in the hotel lobby. This year’s Christmas decoration is a first in Singapore as Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel presents the replica of famous trains in Switzerland like the Bernina Express and the Rhaetian Railway. These replica trains are specially flown over from Switzerland and are making their first appearance in Singapore. The Bernina Express is displayed as a 100-year-old old-timer model when the trains were still painted in yellow. In contrast, there is also the ultramodern Allegra train which plies the mountainous train system of the Rhaetian Railway in the Swiss Alps today. Today, the trains are red which makes a beautiful contrast to the white snow scenery in the winter. These moving replica trains that will operate from 20 November 2018 throughout the day are supported by a huge 5 layer infrastructure that measures 6.3metres by 4.8metres and 3.8metres in height. The beautifully hand-crafted structure holds more than 100 ginger bread houses & approximately 1000 miniature Christmas trees. Guests will be wowed by the lights and these intricate trains that will manoeuvre in tunnels and along the tracks of this structure that took 6 months to conceptualise and build. Food Capital– Dazzling Festive Buffet Executive Chef, David Toh and his dedicated culinary team is set to impress your palate with a dazzling array of festive creations. Celebrate the Yuletide season and usher in the New Year with creations such as Christmas roast turkey, honey baked gammon ham, baked lobster with macaroni gratin, herb-roasted pork belly roulade, wok-fried chilli clams with crispy bun, tandoori turkey, festive log cakes, stollen and more.* Festive Buffet 3 to 30 December 2018 (excluding 24 & 25 December 2018) Buffet Lunch: $64++ (Sunday to Friday), $66.60++ (Saturday) Buffet Dinner: $88++ (includes free flow of juices) Christmas Eve 24 December 2018 Buffet Lunch: $64++ Buffet Dinner: $98++ (includes free flow of juices) Christmas Day 25 December 2018 Buffet Lunch & Dinner: $98++ (includes free flow of juices) New Year’s Eve 31 December 2018 Buffet Lunch: $64++ Buffet Dinner: $98++ (includes free flow of juices) New Year’s Day 1 January 2019 Buffet Lunch: $64++ Buffet Dinner: $76++ Top up an additional $40++ per person to enjoy free flow of bubbly, house pour wine, soft drink and juices. Make your reservations before 15 December 2018 and enjoy 20% early bird discount. OPENING HOURS Lunch: 12pm to 2.30pm (Mondays to Sundays) Dinner: 6.30pm to 10.30pm (Mondays to Sundays) *Buffet menus are on a rotational basis.   Grissini- Exquisite Italian Festive Set Menu Rekindle the spirit of Christmas with those who matter and feast on an exquisitely crafted set menu by Grissini Head Chef, Mirko Vinci. Highlights from the festive menu include slow-cooked veal loin carpaccio, pan-seared Atlantic cod fish wrapped with smoked pancetta, braised Angus beef cheek, panettone and more. 3 to 30 December 2018 (excluding 24 and 25 December 2018) 4-Course Festive Set Menu: $78++ per person Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 24 and 25 December 2018 3-Course

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Thai food has a unique culinary style, distinctive use of ingredients and delightful flavours. Often admired as one of the world’s bests, Thai food was recently ranked eighth in CNN’s 10 World Best Food Cultures. Besides, as many as seven Thai dishes got voted into CNN’s list of the World's 50 Best Foods—Tom Yam Goong (No. 4), Pad Thai (No. 5), Som Tam (No. 6), Massaman Curry (No. 10), Green Curry (No. 19), Thai Fried Rice (No. 24) and Moo Nam Tok (No. 36)—thanks to characteristic flavours and rich taste of each dish that have delighted locals and visiting bon vivants from across the world. Ratchaprasong’s ever-growing strengths as a premier business and lifestyle district have earned it the status as “The Heart of Bangkok”. The district is also recognised as an area of delicious food. To please diners from across the world with delightful flavours and aesthetics, Ratchaprasong today would like to present Taste of Ratchaprasong with eight signature Thai dishes contributed by in-hotel restaurants across the district under a creative culinary concept of Thai Taste With A Modern Touch.   Blue of the Sea – Front Room, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok Chef Fae Rungthiwa Chummongkhon, Chef de Cuisine of Front Room whose have had more than ten years of experience in the culinary scene, was inspired by Thai stir-fried crab with curry powder and since seafood is one of Thailand’s most popular food ingredients, chef has paired crab with celery root from the Royal Project, which is a popular ingredient in Scandinavia, to create Blue of the Sea as a Thai dish with Nordic touch. Stir-fried curried crab is innovatively presented with modern visual appeal in a cylindrical inset sprinkled on top with celery, plus more celery on the side together with salmon roe and vivid adornment of purplish verbena flower. Blue of the Sea has a rich and well-balanced taste. It pairs perfectly with beetroot juice that contains beetroot, pineapple and jicama, which nicely enhances aroma and flavour of the already superb dish. Location: Front Room, Lower Lobby, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok. It is opened daily from 5:30pm to 10:30pm. For further details, please call 02-846-8888. Price: Bt380++   Seared Tuna Tom Yum Soup with Tamarind Sauce – BAR9 Beer Garden, Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam   An innovative dish that fully embodies traditional characteristics of Thai cuisine, Seared Tuna Tom Yum Soup with Tamarind Sauce features ingredients that are unmistakably Thai including tamarind sauce as well as homemade tom yum seasoning made from kaffir lime leaf, galangal, lemongrass and cayenne pepper. Many of these vegetables are sourced from the Royal Project. Tuna is marinated in tom yum seasoning and then cooked with tamarind sauce, resulting in a modern, tasty Thai dish with just right degree of seasoning. In the dish, seared fillet of tuna is stylishly presented on shrimp toast and pork shoulder and dressed with BAR9’s special tamarind sauce. BAR9 Beer Garden is supervised by Chef Sompong Wisungray, an award-winning chef who has more than eleven years of extensive experiences in Thai and European cuisines, plus special expertise in

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Having opened in June, 2018, InterContinental® Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort is the latest addition to the InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts brand in Vietnam, and the 1000th IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) property to open within the Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa (EMEAA) region. It is located on the pristine Phu Quoc Island, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve off the southwest coast of Vietnam. The ideal location to soak up the sun and enjoy breathtaking sunsets One of the most captivating features of the resort is its position on Long Beach, one of Vietnam’s most stunning white-sand beaches, enjoying glorious sunset views. It is an easy 15-minute drive from Phu Quoc International Airport, and only 20 minutes from the cultural attractions of Duong Dong town. Thoughtfully designed for families, couples and individuals alike, as well as both leisure travellers and meeting delegates, InterContinental® Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort features an exclusive beachfront, six restaurants and bars, 459 luxuriously appointed rooms, suites, and villas, as well as state-of-the-art meeting facilities, whilst seamlessly combining the sophisticated and cosmopolitan essence of the InterContinental® heritage with the heartfelt rustic charm of the resort’s surrounding local area and culture. Resort guests are offered exclusive access to a secluded stretch of Long Beach, the perfect location to swim in shimmering waters, soak up the sun, and experience ocean sunsets. In each of the elegant rooms, suites, and villas, the deep bathtubs, walk-in rain showers, floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious balconies ensure a luxurious and inviting space for the ultimate escape in comfort and relaxation. A culinary journey through local and international gastronomy When it comes to dining, InterContinental® Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort offers a tempting array of contemporary and stylish experiences, including the highest bar in Phu Quoc, INK 360, boasting breathtaking panoramic ocean and mountain views. Created by award-winning Australian designer Ashley Sutton, the bar is the perfect venue for a welcome toast or celebratory drinks, where guests can sip on a signature cocktail while watching a magnificent sunset and nibbling on tapas-style seafood, caviar and oysters. Additional dining venues include LAVA, a fine-dining seafood and specialty imported meats restaurant using the freshest produce cooked on charcoal grills and lava stone enhanced with a selection of locally produced aromatic peppers such as black, white, red and Tay Giang. Sora & Umi serves authentic Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine with the focus on the restaurant’s numerous live cooking stations, including robatayaki, teppanyaki and sushi. By the pool, Ombra serves home-made Italian cuisine and gelato alongside fresh juices and healthy bites. Beachfront restaurant Sea Shack serves comfort food, tapas, barbecue and grilled dishes such as the signature lobster roll, while beers and ciders are served in the Library area stocked with books about food, cocktails, Vietnamese culture, art, interior design and travel. Mercado is the place for coffee, tea and pastries, as well as themed picnic baskets including Traditional Vietnamese Delicacies, Mediterranean and Healthy. Relaxation and Activities   Guests are able to indulge in serene spa treatments at the award winning HARNN Heritage Spa, designed by Vietnamese

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Discover the rustic charm and sophisticated elegant holiday of New Zealand is now easy with the ‘Forest to Fairway’ package at Treetops Lodge & Estate and Kinloch Club in Rotorua. Escape to a secluded forest getaway for 2 nights and indulge in the ultimate lakeside getaway to the greens challenging yourself on the championship golf course with the view of Lake Taupo for another 2 nights and enjoy an additional night on complimentary. Located in New Zealand’s North Island, Treetops Lodge & Estate is only 20 minutes from downtown Rotorua. At this estate, you can escape and sink into the embrace of a genuine welcome of virgin jungles and rolling hills of the estate. Treetops Lodge & Estate prides itself of its outdoor activities and its views of hot springs, rivers, lakes and waterfalls; allowing guests to explore the natural heritage and wilderness of New Zealand and forge enduring connections with the people and the land. Treetops offers a variety of unique activities related to its surroundings. Guests can explore the spectacular views in a helicopter ride, interact with wildlife in nature sanctuaries, go horseback riding and mountain climbing, explore Maori culture, fishing, archery, and trips to the active White Island Volcano. All these activities can easily be organised by private assistants that are provided along with the great selection of rooms including 8 villas, 4 chalet apartment suites, a family cottage and the Pheasant Cottage. The villas overlook the spectacular surrounding of wildlife habitats and lakes, fully immersing visitors into jungle life. The villas are fitted with comfortable furnishings and period decor, designed in union with natural wood to give the villas a warm, cozy and relaxing feel. The rooms boast spacious bathrooms with jacuzzi, fireplaces, large beds, WiFi and kitchens. Being the sister property and offering the same excellent standard of services, the Kinloch lodge and Kinloch Club welcomes its guests with an 18 hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus and the stunningly designed accommodation. Here, you are invited to indulge in the ultimate lakeside getaway and enjoy sweeping views over Lake Taupo as you relax and marvel at the play of sunlight as it rolls over the undulating landscape and down to glitter across the lake’s crystal blue waters. Whether spending a day on the greens to challenge yourself on the championship golf course, heading off for a day of adventure in Taupo, or relaxing at the spa, the choice is all yours. Discover the best of both worlds with ‘Forest to Fairway’ package that includes • 2 night stay at Treetops Lodge & Estate • 2 night stay at Kinloch lodge • Enjoy a complimentary 5th night at your choice of either lodge The package is available all year and subject to availability. The 5th complimentary night can be taken consecutively or at another night prior to 30 April 2019. Terms & conditions apply. For more information or reservation, contact Tel: +64 7 333 2066 or email: reservations@treetops.co.nz

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Kiroro, a pristine gem in the heart of the Hokkaido Golden Triangle, invites travelers to celebrate the holidays with perfect powder, 5-star accommodations and all-inclusive ski-and-play packages for the entire family. Already known by avid winter sportsters because of its deep powder and lack of crowds, Kiroro is rapidly becoming a favorite for vacationers of all types because of its convenient location, world-class dining and host of outdoor activities. Kiroro regularly sees over 20 meters of snow each year, the most in Japan and more than most ski areas around the world. Best of all, Kiroro is an undiscovered treasure with fewer crowds and shorter lift lines. Kiroro is a destination for all - skiers and boarders of all levels will find plenty to love on the resort’s 22 perfectly groomed ski runs, hundreds of acres of tree skiing, and a terrain park – all without the long lines of nearby resorts.   Kiroro offers a choice of luxury accommodations ranging from award-winning resort hotels to private luxury residences. Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort offers 140 guestrooms and suites along with four restaurants right at the base of the slopes; while The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel offers 282 guestrooms with mountain vistas from every room, world-class facilities, and five dining options. In fact, Kiroro offers more than 15 restaurants and bars throughout the resort from the slopes to the streets, ranging from fresh Hokkaido catch at Fuga Sushi to artisan pizza fresh from the oven at Alla Moda and everything in between. Start with a hearty Japanese breakfast at World Buffet, break for lunch at Café Lumiere for a bowl of hot ramen, and finish with dinner at Shunsai in Season, the Japanese-inspired steakhouse at The Kiroro, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel. While guests are visiting, they can also check out the award-winning Yu Kiroro, offering 108 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom freehold luxury ski-in-ski-out private residences. Scheduled for completion in December 2019, Yu Kiroro offers fully-furnished, turnkey convenience with a ski valet, natural indoor-outdoor onsen, luxury club house and a 24-hour concierge and fitness center. Prices start at 70M JPY. To schedule an appointment to visit the show unit, visit Yu Kiroro. This holiday season, Kiroro is offering a variety of packages and incentives to visit. Whether for just one day or an entire week, holidays at Kiroro are sure to be filled with memories of a lifetime.   Exclusive Kiroro Packages Day Trip – A one-day package perfect for families. Includes a sightseeing Gondola Trip and a day in the Active 180 Snow Park, featuring the Banana Boat, Mini Snowmobile, Snow Raft and lunch. Cost: Adults - 8,000 JPY; Children 6 -12 - 7,500 JPY. Available from 12/15/18 – 4/15/19. Winter Fun All-Inclusive – Choose your stay at Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort or The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel. Includes nightly accommodations;  daily breakfast, lunch and dinner; daily access to the Active 180 Snow Park; a sightseeing Gondola Trip and daily access to the indoor amusement park Granship. Also includes daily Onsen at the local hot

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 "There's a great future in plastics," or so Dustin Hoffman was told in the classic American movie The Graduate. Fifty years since the movie’s debut we've realized plastic is not as fantastic as the film had us believe. This month in Indonesia a dead sperm whale washed ashore with close to 6kg (13 lbs) of plastic waste in its stomach - which included 115 drinking cups. Each year up to 13 million tonnes of plastic leaks into our oceans, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. When it comes to plastics, many have reached the last straw. Here are seven resorts and hotels around Asia that are putting their money where their mouth is. Grand Hyatt Taipei Ordering take-out, picking up groceries, buying a soft drink — these are all activities that are set to change over the next decade in Taiwan when the island nation imposes a blanket ban on single-use plastic bags, straws, and cups by 2030. Taipei’s largest luxury hotel, Grand Hyatt Taipei, has already kicked the habit and is now using paper straws instead. In addition, the hotel recently announced that it would not actively provide guests with straws unless required for special drinks. “It’s our goal to help change consumer habits rather than simply offering a less environmentally-damaging alternative,” said Grand Hyatt Taipei’s general manager, Jan Hendrik-Meidinger. “In addition to no longer using plastic straws, our hotel also plans to provide guests with biodegradable wooden cutlery with their takeaway meals in order to help significantly reduce plastic waste.” Banyan Tree Samui If one incident brought home the crisis, it was when a pilot whale washed up on a beach in the Gulf of Thailand in May. Vets spent five days trying to save the giant whale, but it died. In an autopsy, they found no less than 80 plastic bags weighing 8 kg in its stomach. Now, on the Gulf islands of Samui, Phangan and Tao, strict new environmental laws are being enforced, while on Koh Samet a complete ban on tourists arriving with any plastic bags whatsoever has been laid down. Resorts and hotels are playing their part too; none more so than Banyan Tree Samui which earlier this year won a coveted international award for its eco-policies. “Housekeepers are using cloth bags instead of plastic, while in the restaurants we are serving wooden and bamboo utensils,” says Banyan Tree’s CSR manager Thepsuda Loyjiw, herself a marine biologist. “And we have changed to glass bottles, which means a reduction of 87,600 plastic bottles per year.” The nearly 300 staff at the luxury resort are also encouraged to reject plastic by bringing their own cups and cloth bags to work. Paradise Cruises Halong Bay Vietnam has a serious problem with plastic waste. So much so it generated more than 1.8 million tons of plastic waste last year, the fourth-highest of any country, according to Earth Day Network. Paradise Cruises, one of Halong Bay’s leading luxury cruise providers, has introduced a program to tackle the scourge of plastic, banning plastic straws from all seven of its luxury cruise ships

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Having opened in June, 2018, InterContinental® Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort is the latest addition to the InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts brand in Vietnam, and the 1000th IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) property to open within the Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa (EMEAA) region. It is located on the pristine Phu Quoc Island, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve off the southwest coast of Vietnam. The ideal location to soak up the sun and enjoy breathtaking sunsets One of the most captivating features of the resort is its position on Long Beach, one of Vietnam’s most stunning white-sand beaches, enjoying glorious sunset views. It is an easy 15-minute drive from Phu Quoc International Airport, and only 20 minutes from the cultural attractions of Duong Dong town. Thoughtfully designed for families, couples and individuals alike, as well as both leisure travellers and meeting delegates, InterContinental® Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort features an exclusive beachfront, six restaurants and bars, 459 luxuriously appointed rooms, suites, and villas, as well as state-of-the-art meeting facilities, whilst seamlessly combining the sophisticated and cosmopolitan essence of the InterContinental® heritage with the heartfelt rustic charm of the resort’s surrounding local area and culture. Resort guests are offered exclusive access to a secluded stretch of Long Beach, the perfect location to swim in shimmering waters, soak up the sun, and experience ocean sunsets. In each of the elegant rooms, suites, and villas, the deep bathtubs, walk-in rain showers, floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious balconies ensure a luxurious and inviting space for the ultimate escape in comfort and relaxation. A culinary journey through local and international gastronomy When it comes to dining, InterContinental® Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort offers a tempting array of contemporary and stylish experiences, including the highest bar in Phu Quoc, INK 360, boasting breathtaking panoramic ocean and mountain views. Created by award-winning Australian designer Ashley Sutton, the bar is the perfect venue for a welcome toast or celebratory drinks, where guests can sip on a signature cocktail while watching a magnificent sunset and nibbling on tapas-style seafood, caviar and oysters. Additional dining venues include LAVA, a fine-dining seafood and specialty imported meats restaurant using the freshest produce cooked on charcoal grills and lava stone enhanced with a selection of locally produced aromatic peppers such as black, white, red and Tay Giang. Sora & Umi serves authentic Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine with the focus on the restaurant’s numerous live cooking stations, including robatayaki, teppanyaki and sushi. By the pool, Ombra serves home-made Italian cuisine and gelato alongside fresh juices and healthy bites. Beachfront restaurant Sea Shack serves comfort food, tapas, barbecue and grilled dishes such as the signature lobster roll, while beers and ciders are served in the Library area stocked with books about food, cocktails, Vietnamese culture, art, interior design and travel. Mercado is the place for coffee, tea and pastries, as well as themed picnic baskets including Traditional Vietnamese Delicacies, Mediterranean and Healthy. Relaxation and Activities   Guests are able to indulge in serene spa treatments at the award winning HARNN Heritage Spa, designed by Vietnamese

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OMEGA, the Swiss luxury watch brand with over 170 years of expertise in horological world, hosted exclusive opening party of “25 Years of OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M” exhibition, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its iconic Seamaster Diver 300M, the favourite of professional divers ever since it debuted in 1993 and also the perfect watch for world’s most beloved spy, James Bond, as well as to launch the all-new Seamaster Diver 300M for the first time in Thailand on Wednesday 14th November 2018, at Central Embassy. Since 1993, the Seamaster Diver 300M has become one of the iconic timepieces of OMEGA. Admired for its design and ocean technology, it was quickly adopted by divers, athletes, researchers and even a famous movie spy. To mark 25 legendary years of Seamaster Diver 300M, OMEGA would like to bring you back to its fascinating history through this exhibition. The party was hosted on the G floor, Central Embassy, which was transformed into a subaquatic-scape, taking all distinguished guests on an immersive deep-sea adventure. After that, Tipanat Lenbury, management of OMEGA Thailand, gave a warm welcome speech to greet all watch aficionados and members of the media, before unveiling the latest Seamaster Diver 300M for the first time in Thailand and also taking an extraordinary journey through the exclusive exhibition of “25 Years of OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M” The exhibition includes “HOW THE SEAMASTER DIVER 300M BECAME A LEGEND” section, revealing the remarkable history and some of the many highlights from its early years. In 1993, Frenchman Roland Specker achieved a world record freshwater free dive to a depth of 80m in Lake Neuchatel. On his wrist, he wore the new OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M, successfully testing it in a true deep-water environment. In 1995, The Diver 300M became part of sailing history, when it was worn by several sailors of Team New Zealand, who achieved an unforgettable victory at the America’s Cup. Also, One of OMEGA’s most exciting and enduring partnerships began when James Bond strapped on a Seamaster Diver 300M for the first time in GoldenEye. The spy and his watch became synonymous and sales of the timepiece soared. In 1997, The Seamaster Diver 300M proved that is was not just a watch for diving, when it was advertised as the preferred choice of international sports stars including the swimmer Alexander Popov and tennis champion Martina Hingis. In 2006, a new James Bond, but the same iconic watch! Daniel Craig wore the Seamaster Diver 300M when he burst onto screens in Casino Royale. The trusty timepiece was now in its 5th 007 film. Enjoyed 10 rare vintage timepieces, from its beginnings in 1993 to the latest Seamaster Diver 300M such as Seamaster Titanium 150th Anniversary, Seamaster Professional Diver 300M Jacques Mayol, Seamaster 300M America’s Cup and so on, with the showcase of materials and movement of the Master Chronometer Calibre 8800, the technological advancement of this collection at Watch Test Bar. All guests were also impressed by the showcase of the new Seamaster Diver 300M models, before

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Education background Ever since Khun Paranin was a young child overhearing the latest news about the economy while traveling with her parents, she was confident that she would one day grow up to be a businesswoman. Unlike the rest of her friends, she did not want to be a doctor, teacher, or air hostess and instead ended up studying BBA at Thailand’s top university. She feels grateful to have had such amazing parents who taught her to fully embrace all the many possibilities that life offers, which continues to be a guiding principle for her today. Why Jewelry? Business has always been Khun Paranin’s passion. Especially after she first started selling her own jewelry during her first year at university, she has been inspired by women in hill tribe communities to be driven to follow her passions in life. From being a creative designer to a business analyst, she enjoys using her many skills to help create and sell her products. NORWA The name “Norwa” - which means “a person with a pure heart” - was suggested to Khun Paranin by women in hill tribe communities. Norwa sold 300-500 pieces of jewelry a month for THB 2,000 - 5,000 each primarily to foreigners who loved the unique sense of identity and the outstanding designs of Norwa’s jewelry. One of Norwa’s missions as a company is to support women from hill tribe communities, who are stateless, have very little opportunity to improve their lives, and often resort to becoming sex workers to make ends meet. Norwa gives these women a chance to work, earn income, and support their families through hosting free jewelry making workshops and also devoting a part of its proceeds to raising funds for hill tribe communities. Khun Paranin is also working with Indian women who are living in poverty in Mumbai. Obstacles faced From the very beginning, it wasn’t easy. From the marketing strategy and initial investment planning to the production plans and establishing the company structure, the company overcame many struggles - including a weak economy - to become the success that it is today. During its most difficult times, the company recruited new artisans by offering educational stipends and more opportunities to allow for original creative designs. Khun Paranin was able to lead the company even while handling various other projects in her full-time job at an American fund to organize the company’s current industrial processes. Inspiration in the designing of the jewelry The biggest inspiration behind the Norwa’s jewelry designs is the desire to uplift the struggling communities among the Karen hill tribes of northern Thailand. Driven by the traditional belief that the style of jewelry a person wears reflects their beliefs, the Norwa’s designs are of the highest quality and are directly influenced by the unique culture and beliefs of the Karen people. Latest collection The Karen cultural influence of Norwa’s jewelry designs is instantly recognizable by traditional Karen silversmiths. Unique from any other jewelry company, Norwa combines Karen’s traditional aesthetic with modern designs. The latest collection showcasing this is the handmade Norwa Collectives, which

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The link between mechanical wristwatches and the automotive world goes back generations – now Oris is giving it fresh credence with the introduction of the striking, sculpted TT1 Engine Date, a watch inspired by motor sport.

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Thinking of spending some precious time with your family or friends to reunite and enjoy the last days of the year to the fullest? Looking forward to welcoming 2019 with a bang? Hong Kong is an excellent destination for Thai revelers because it proposes new, exciting options that cover all age groups and interest categories, a relaxing yet vibrant atmosphere topped with the perfect wintry weather, and an excellent opportunity to pick up some great year end deals and offers. During the festive season, brilliant illuminations and decorations are everywhere, accompanied by contagious holiday music and cheer. There are also endless selfie, twofie and wefie-perfect sights in the entire city, to the delight of millennials and all! There are loads of activities to make you feel the unique vibes of Hong Kong during the merriest time of the year! Here is a shortlist of 8 exciting ideas, including 2 eating spots, to make sure you enjoy the Hong Kong holidays to the max! 1. Hong Kong Pulse Light Festival 2018   Hong Kong is famous for its lightshows especially during the festive season. This year is not looking to disappoint with new ideas and installments to enchant Hong Kong’s promenade with magical lights. As part of the Hong Kong Pulse Light Festival, an International Light Art Display featuring both local and overseas light art installations will be held to delight visitors of all ages. The installations will be displayed at the iconic sites along Central Harbourfront and Tamar Park and would provide a brilliant atmosphere to create wonderful winter memories with loved ones. Dates: 29 Nov 2018 – 24 Feb 2019 Venues: Central & Western District Promenade (Central Section) and Tamar Park 2. Christmas Treasures @Harbour City   Harbour City this year has been transformed into a magnificent spot to soak up the unique festive atmosphere that brings joy to all. The largest-ever 60-ft outdoor Christmas Tree is sure to awe all holiday visitors, while the 40-meter long Christmas Bridge will surely attract those who want to write wishes and loves messages on the heart-shaped Love-Locks. Here’s a picture-perfect venue to record precious moments with loved ones as you walk through the world’s largest video keleidoscpope - a surreal world with dynamic Christmas themed scenery such as snowflakes, Christmas tree, stars and more. Dates: until January 1, 2019 Registration: Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City 3. A Disney Christmas at Hong Kong Disneyland   Be transported to a stunning winter wonderland, filled with yuletide carols, magical lights, shimmering snowflakes and more! The best shows with multimedia effects will dazzle you, as you walk through the streets with the magical glow, musical festivities and enchanting moments that will warm your heart. Capture all the cherished moments with your family, and especially with your favorite Disney friends, as they are all dressed in their holiday finery form. Dates: From 15 Nov 2018 – 1Jan 2019 Time: 10:30-20:00 (Fri-Sat till 22:00) Address: Hong Kong Disneyland, Lantau Island, Outlying Islands 4. Experience Snow Village in Ngong Ping 360   Ngong Ping 360 brings you Snow Village experience and outdoor fun this year. Step into Ngong

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Because Christmas is a time for giving, Chef Marco at Amari Koh Samui and OZO Chaweng Samui has decided that it’s a FREE entrance to this charity event. Just give whatever you can!! A magical charity event with silent auction and incredible prizes throughout the evening to contribute funds for the ONYX Hospitality foundation “Baht for a Better Life”, this provides educational opportunities for underprivileged children in Thailand. You are invited to join their sumptuous Christmas Charity Dinner with free flow of selected wines and beers. The dinner will take place on 11 December 2018, at Prego Italian Restaurant, with welcome cocktails at 19:00 and buffet dinner at 20:00. Every donation can make a big change in children’s life For reservations please email: prego.kohsamui@amari.com or call +66 (0) 77 300 317 The dinner will take place on 11 December 2018, at Prego Italian Restaurant, with welcome cocktails at 19:00 and buffet dinner at 20:00.

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Terminal21 Pattaya, the ultimate shopping destination of the East, proudly presents a shopping terminal with a concept "The Whole World is Here". The grand opening ceremony will include various highlights that are sure to bring happiness to Eastern residents such as a special show by Thailand's superstar "Aum" Patcharapa Chaichua, a mini concert by handsome actor Nadech Kugimiya, and duo "Krist" Perawat Sangpotirat & "Singto" Prachaya Ruangroj. Special activities are planned for shoppers to enjoy throughout December. The grand opening will be attended by Terminal21 founder Anant Asavabhokhin and Pattaya mayor Sontaya Kunplome on November 30 at Terminal21 Pattaya. Prasert Sriuranpong, Managing Director of LH Mall & Hotel Co., Ltd., a management executive of Terminal21 Asok Shopping Mall, Terminal21 Korat Shopping Mall, Fashion Island, The Promenade Ramintra, and Life Center Q House Lumpini, said, “Since opening its door earlier in October, Terminal21 has received great feedback from Thais and visitors, welcoming more than 60,000 visitors per day.”     “Terminal21 Pattaya is the latest project by Land and House in the regional market. The project size is 33 rai and the location is in the heart of Pattaya, under the concept of shopping terminal with a World Market Street style and ‘Happiness East’ concept to bring happiness to the East of Thailand and Pattaya. The shopping complex offers everything for every lifestyle need, such as East Entertainment, East Dining, East Lifestyle and East Shopping. We are confident that it will be the new landmark of the East and bring endless memories.” In terms of concept and highlights, Terminal21 Pattaya, the new shopping destination, features atmospheres of six major cities from around the world - Paris, London, Tokyo, Italy, San Francisco and Hollywood - with each city’s respective icons. They are all connected through a dazzling design. Two highlights include an actual airplane in front of the shopping complex, on a 250-meter runway by a man-made beach, with a jet bridge.  Another highlight is the 39-meter freestanding escalator connecting Level G - PARIS and Level 2 - Tokyo, which is the longest shopping mall escalator in Thailand. Terminal21 Pattaya covers an area of six floors and offers various products and services for every need: fashion, dining, supermarket, cinemas and spa. Level G – PARIS stands out with a 27-meter Eiffel Tower at the center. The fashion capital is home to over 100 fashion and beauty stores such as H&M, EVEANDBOY, UNIQLO, JASPAL, RADLEY LONDON, LACOSTE, CHARLES & KEITH, and more. Level M - LONDON presents London vibes with the iconic London bus and red phone box. It offers various fashion labels, sport brands and street brands such as Adidas, Under Armour, Rev Runnr, Sport World, KEDS, HYBRID, AllZ, F LAB, and more. It is also the location of Foodland Supermarket which spans across 2,000 square meters and is open 24 hours a day. Level 1 – ITALY brings together iconic landmarks of Italy such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, gondola of Venice, and Romeo and Juliet’s hometown Verona. The floor offers more than 30 health and beauty

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 "There's a great future in plastics," or so Dustin Hoffman was told in the classic American movie The Graduate. Fifty years since the movie’s debut we've realized plastic is not as fantastic as the film had us believe. This month in Indonesia a dead sperm whale washed ashore with close to 6kg (13 lbs) of plastic waste in its stomach - which included 115 drinking cups. Each year up to 13 million tonnes of plastic leaks into our oceans, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. When it comes to plastics, many have reached the last straw. Here are seven resorts and hotels around Asia that are putting their money where their mouth is. Grand Hyatt Taipei Ordering take-out, picking up groceries, buying a soft drink — these are all activities that are set to change over the next decade in Taiwan when the island nation imposes a blanket ban on single-use plastic bags, straws, and cups by 2030. Taipei’s largest luxury hotel, Grand Hyatt Taipei, has already kicked the habit and is now using paper straws instead. In addition, the hotel recently announced that it would not actively provide guests with straws unless required for special drinks. “It’s our goal to help change consumer habits rather than simply offering a less environmentally-damaging alternative,” said Grand Hyatt Taipei’s general manager, Jan Hendrik-Meidinger. “In addition to no longer using plastic straws, our hotel also plans to provide guests with biodegradable wooden cutlery with their takeaway meals in order to help significantly reduce plastic waste.” Banyan Tree Samui If one incident brought home the crisis, it was when a pilot whale washed up on a beach in the Gulf of Thailand in May. Vets spent five days trying to save the giant whale, but it died. In an autopsy, they found no less than 80 plastic bags weighing 8 kg in its stomach. Now, on the Gulf islands of Samui, Phangan and Tao, strict new environmental laws are being enforced, while on Koh Samet a complete ban on tourists arriving with any plastic bags whatsoever has been laid down. Resorts and hotels are playing their part too; none more so than Banyan Tree Samui which earlier this year won a coveted international award for its eco-policies. “Housekeepers are using cloth bags instead of plastic, while in the restaurants we are serving wooden and bamboo utensils,” says Banyan Tree’s CSR manager Thepsuda Loyjiw, herself a marine biologist. “And we have changed to glass bottles, which means a reduction of 87,600 plastic bottles per year.” The nearly 300 staff at the luxury resort are also encouraged to reject plastic by bringing their own cups and cloth bags to work. Paradise Cruises Halong Bay Vietnam has a serious problem with plastic waste. So much so it generated more than 1.8 million tons of plastic waste last year, the fourth-highest of any country, according to Earth Day Network. Paradise Cruises, one of Halong Bay’s leading luxury cruise providers, has introduced a program to tackle the scourge of plastic, banning plastic straws from all seven of its luxury cruise ships

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