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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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Maroon 5 Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum band Maroon 5 have announced their new world tour! Both previous Bangkok shows by Maroon 5 in 2011 and 2015 were fast sell outs. Now the band returns with their Red Pill Blues World Tour and a new show that is sure to delight old and new fans alike. Don’t miss out on your chance to experience the Red Pill Blues World Tour live in Bangkok for one show only on Saturday, 9 March at Impact Challenger Hall 1, Muang Thong Thani. Ticket prices start at Bt3,000 and are available at www.thaiticketmajor.com  Rita Ora For the first time, British singer-songwriter Rita Ora will be coming to Bangkok on March 11, 2019 at Crystal Arena CDC, as part of her upcoming World Tour 2019 that will include stops in Europe, Asia and Australia. She will perform her hits including Your Song, Girls, Lonely Together, I Will Never Let You Down, Let You Love Me, For You, Body on Me, and more!! Tickets are on sale now at www.passionhead.co Clairo Lo-fi singer songwriter Clairo (real name Claire Cottrill) is the twenty-year old American electropop wonder whom rose to prominence in late 2017 when ‘Pretty Girl’ went viral on YouTube, amassing over 23 million views. She is now ready to get on her own stage in Thailand on Friday, 15 March at Nakarin Space. Ticket price is Bt1,400 (Standing). Tickets will go on-sale starting on Sunday, 13 January at www.ticketmelon.com/VIJI/CLAIRO or call 02-026-3068. John Mayer John Mayer will be kicking off his 2019 World Tour on Saturday, 23 March 2019, in Auckland, New Zealand, and followed by Asia, Bangkok included. Mayer will perform his first ever concert in Thailand as part of his Asia Tour on Wednesday, 3 April 2019 at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani. Ticket prices start at Bt2,000 and will go on sale at 10am on Saturday, 26 January at all ThaiTicketMajor outlets, via www.thaiticketmajor.com or call: 0-2262-3838 for more information. Ed Sheeran Global megastar Ed Sheeran has announced the first batch of new stadium headline shows for his return to Asia in 2019! A songwriter of a generation, Ed has continued to dominate charts across the globe since its release. With over 15.5 million copies sold worldwide to date. Ed is back to sing for his Thai fans in Bangkok! See him live on Sunday, 28 April at Rajamangala National Stadium. Ticket prices start at Bt2,000 and available now at all ThaiTicketMajor outlets or via www.thaiticketmajor.com or call 0-2262-3838. Lauv Independent singer, songwriter, producer, and pop visionary Lauv has announced today that he will be returning to Asia in May 2019, with a run of extensive dates throughout the region. This will be Lauv’s third time returning to Asia and his first ever full concert set in Bangkok. The concert will be on Saturday 18 May at ​Moonstar Studio. Ticket price is Bt2,200 (Standing) and available now at www.ticketmelon.com/viji/lauv, hotline +662 026 3068. The 1975 ‘The 1975’ the leading rock band from England. Best known from the mega-hits like "Chocolate," "Robbers," and "Somebody Else," the band is back for Thai fans once again with “The 1975 Live In Bangkok 2019.” The production will be fully equipped with lighting and sound system, the unforgettable moment for die-hard fans! Catch them live on stage on Friday, 13 September. Grab your ticket

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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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From March 7 to June 26, 2019, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) is welcoming the return of “Carnivale of Stars” with a rich line-up of spectacular offerings, including an all-new Springtime celebration moment, the popular Disney Character Egg Hunt, and a host of beloved Disney friends fills every day and night with Disney magic! To make the season even more special, HKDL’s newest Marvel attraction, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! opens on March 31, 2019, welcoming guests on a high-tech, high-energy interactive adventure fighting alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp. Along with exceptional dining, shopping and accommodation experiences at the park and three resort hotels, this year’s Springtime celebration at HKDL promises to be the most spectacular yet for Thai guests! Shrink to ant size and fight alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp Calling heroes of all sizes! Set to open on March 31, the long-anticipated Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! expands the epic adventure of Iron Man Experience, and further affirms HKDL as Asia’s epicenter of Marvel action. It will be the world’s first attraction featuring Ant-Man and The Wasp, as well as the first Marvel-themed attraction featuring a female Super Hero as a lead character. The new attraction will send guests on a critical mission with Ant-Man and The Wasp to defend Hong Kong against Hydra’s attack. The adventure begins with a visit to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Science and Technology Pavilion, a newly opened facility at Stark Expo in Tomorrowland. The visit is soon interrupted by Hydra, who has initiated a two-pronged Swarmbot attack in Hong Kong to steal the Arc Reactor atop Stark Tower in Kowloon and a Data Core at S.H.I.E.L.D. pavilion. As he battles Swarmbots in Kowloon, Iron Man calls in Ant-Man and The Wasp to defend the pavilion. But with thousands of bots and only two of them, Ant-Man and The Wasp will need help – and guests at the pavilion are called into action! Aboard one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s newest combat vehicles, guests will be shrunk to ant size in a heroic battle alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp to defeat Zola and his Swarmbots. Created with classic Disney storytelling and close collaboration with Marvel, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! is a highly authentic and engaging Marvel experience. Director of “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” Peyton Reed and the movie production team were on board to film the media for the attraction; Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, the stars of “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” joined the action by reprising their roles; and Christophe Beck, composer of the Ant-Man movies, also created the score for the attraction. The immersive, media-rich storytelling is enhanced by cutting-edge scenic illusion technology and a state-of-the-art gaming system used to create an exhilarating, interactive experience. Disney friends invite guests to join the refreshing Springtime carnival “Carnivale of Stars” Springtime celebration returns this year from March 7 to June 26 with new magical experiences featuring your favorite Disney friends! Start the springtime adventure with a rejuvenated performance starring Mickey and friends in a fun-filled musical extravaganza at the Castle

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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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Roses and bubbly champagne are ready for this year’s romantic Valentine’s Day in charming cities of London, Zurich, Dubai, Jerusalem or Paris, the choices are all yours.   Baur Au Lac Zurich, Switzerland ‘Honeymoon Weekend Special’ Available: Friday through Sunday throughout 2019 Baur au Lac offers the special package only for newly-wed couples, for their ultimate romantic weekend which includes: welcome gift from the hotel’s own chocolatier, champagne and a selection of fresh fruit upon arrival, welcome cocktail on the Rive Gauche Terrasse or in the Rive Gauche Bar, free access and be active together at the fitness club with spectacular views of the Alps. Prices start from CHF 819 for Deluxe double room price per room per night (non-refundable). Website: http://www.bauraulac.ch   Hotel Café Royal London, UK ‘Spa Dreams Package’ Available: now - 31 December 2019 Indulge yourself and your loved one with this romantic spa dreams that let you relax ultimately in the heart of London. Experience the vibrancy of the capital and the serenity of the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre with a spa treatment of your choice and an overnight stay at Hotel Café Royal. Spa Dream Package includes an overnight stay in a luxurious guestroom or suite, access to all facilities within Akasha Holistic Wellbeing including our range of holistic classes, the £120 spa credit per person to be used on treatment of choice, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne in room, full English breakfast, the Regent Street VIP shopping card offering 10% discount on luxury brands and the late check out 4pm (upon availability). Rates start from £560 per night, including all taxes (package subject to availability). Website: http://www.hotelcaferoyal.com   Mamilla Hotel Jerusalem, Israel ‘Winter Escape Suite Special’ Available: now – 28 February 2019 Make this winter an unforgettable romantic one in a charming city of Jerusalem. Mamilla hotel, located in the heart of Jerusalem, in the city’s trendy Mamilla Avenue shopping district, and minutes away from the Old City, is the perfect place spend valuable time together with the loved ones. Offering the comfortable stay in one of spacious and impeccably styled suites that come with perfectly harmonized living and private spaces. For Winter Escape Suite Special, receive the complimentary access to the Executive Lounge. Prices start from $540 per night in Mamilla Suite, $700 per night in Residence Suite, and $2,250 per night for Presidential Suite. Website: http://www.mamillahotel.com   Le Bristol Paris Paris, France ‘Romance in Paris’ Available: now – 30 December 2019 A reservation at Le Bristol Paris is more eloquent than any words. Celebrate a marriage proposal, a special birthday or a honeymoon in the City of Lights. Be spontaneous and completely adored with ‘Romance in Paris’ package that includes an elegant stay in Deluxe Room or higher room categories, a bottle of Champagne in the room on arrival, the exquisite sweet delicacies, the romantic set up at night in your room and in the bathroom with rose petals, an American breakfast for two overlooking the French gardens and a guaranteed upgrade at time of booking. Prices start from EUR 1,400 per night for Deluxe Room. Website: http://www.lebristolparis.com   Armani Hotel Dubai Dubai, United Arab Emirates ‘Romantic Stay Package’ Available: now – 25 December 2019 Whether you are newlywed or

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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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The Copenhagen Light Festival builds on the artistic success debut in February 2018, where most of the Copenhageners got outdoor light experiences along their daily routes - and the international television media showed pictures with enthusiasm. The city's citizens and prospective visitors will once more see the capital brighten in the dark from February 1st-24th 2019 during Copenhagen Light Festival. Harbor and city spaces are lit up by great light experiences from Nordhavn to Ørestad. There will be light on dark drifting clouds, beautiful old buildings, architectural squares, the city's canals, and other city spaces. Tivoli's new initiative, "Winter in Tivoli," is aligned with Copenhagen Light Festival, so as much of the city as possible is highlighted. 35-40 light installations are presently planned and can be experienced alone or via the festivals’ guided tours by bike, by Segway, in canal boats, in kayaks, as well as regular guided walks in the dark February. Light in the dark gave Copenhagen a new opportunity locally and internationally The premiere of the new light festival in Copenhagen in 2018 had a major international media interest with 300 press clips, and was seen by more than 200 million viewers, including the BBC and several major media channels in the United States, Germany and many other countries in Europe, Asia and the rest of the world. "We are proud of once more being able to invite guests and residents to experience beautiful poetic light installations in the dark and thus tap into two political and commercial agendas; that Copenhageners should stay 20% more outdoor and to make Copenhagen an attraction for winter tourism. The most amazing thing is that it takes place with artistic light installations as a lever”, says Head of project, Catja Thystrup. Copenhagen Light Festival collaborates with a grand network of artists, designers, and culture & commerce. The festival has amongst others the following lights hosts: Copenhagen Municipality, Tivoli, The Parliament, Louis Poulsen, Stromma Danmark Canal Tours, Chamber of Commerce, North Atlantic Brygge, Danhostel, Philips Signify, Culture House Islands Brygge, BC Hospitality Group, Blox, DGI-Byen, Copenhagen City Commerce, and more are coming. Photo courtesy  Apitchada Sompama

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From March 7 to June 26, 2019, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) is welcoming the return of “Carnivale of Stars” with a rich line-up of spectacular offerings, including an all-new Springtime celebration moment, the popular Disney Character Egg Hunt, and a host of beloved Disney friends fills every day and night with Disney magic! To make the season even more special, HKDL’s newest Marvel attraction, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! opens on March 31, 2019, welcoming guests on a high-tech, high-energy interactive adventure fighting alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp. Along with exceptional dining, shopping and accommodation experiences at the park and three resort hotels, this year’s Springtime celebration at HKDL promises to be the most spectacular yet for Thai guests! Shrink to ant size and fight alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp Calling heroes of all sizes! Set to open on March 31, the long-anticipated Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! expands the epic adventure of Iron Man Experience, and further affirms HKDL as Asia’s epicenter of Marvel action. It will be the world’s first attraction featuring Ant-Man and The Wasp, as well as the first Marvel-themed attraction featuring a female Super Hero as a lead character. The new attraction will send guests on a critical mission with Ant-Man and The Wasp to defend Hong Kong against Hydra’s attack. The adventure begins with a visit to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Science and Technology Pavilion, a newly opened facility at Stark Expo in Tomorrowland. The visit is soon interrupted by Hydra, who has initiated a two-pronged Swarmbot attack in Hong Kong to steal the Arc Reactor atop Stark Tower in Kowloon and a Data Core at S.H.I.E.L.D. pavilion. As he battles Swarmbots in Kowloon, Iron Man calls in Ant-Man and The Wasp to defend the pavilion. But with thousands of bots and only two of them, Ant-Man and The Wasp will need help – and guests at the pavilion are called into action! Aboard one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s newest combat vehicles, guests will be shrunk to ant size in a heroic battle alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp to defeat Zola and his Swarmbots. Created with classic Disney storytelling and close collaboration with Marvel, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! is a highly authentic and engaging Marvel experience. Director of “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” Peyton Reed and the movie production team were on board to film the media for the attraction; Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, the stars of “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” joined the action by reprising their roles; and Christophe Beck, composer of the Ant-Man movies, also created the score for the attraction. The immersive, media-rich storytelling is enhanced by cutting-edge scenic illusion technology and a state-of-the-art gaming system used to create an exhilarating, interactive experience. Disney friends invite guests to join the refreshing Springtime carnival “Carnivale of Stars” Springtime celebration returns this year from March 7 to June 26 with new magical experiences featuring your favorite Disney friends! Start the springtime adventure with a rejuvenated performance starring Mickey and friends in a fun-filled musical extravaganza at the Castle

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No matter how many times you have been in Singapore, there is still a lot more to explore. This time with Grand Copthrone Waterfront Hotel, I went on a half-day “Live Like A Local” excursion, designed for international tourists and local staycationers, happening every Saturday. There I found a magnetic neighbourhood, which is not frequently heard among international tourists – Tiong Bahru. Located a few minutes away from the hotel, cosy Tiong Bahru is a magnificent heritage of Singapore, which has flourished with artsy coolness while keeping its admirable traditional appeal. From authentically local dishes, to Peranakan cuisine and chic cafés, a day strolling around colourful lowrise houses of Tiong Bahru is joyously slow-paced. Make sure that your stomach is ready to roll!   LOCAL DISHES AT THE MARKET At Tiong Bahru Market, there is no fancy food, but only what the locals actually have on a daily basis. Besides, those are the heritage foods at feasible prices. Must-tries are coffee with raw egg that makes the coffee surprisingly creamier; Jian Bo Shui Kueh with a long queuing line, guaranteeing the yumminess of chewy dough with special pickled topping; local dish Lor Mee; and Fried Kway Teow.     QI TIAN GONG TEMPLE Located just around the corner, this temple has been established since 1920, before being rebuilt in the present-time location. It is known as the temple of well-respected monkey god “Sun Wu Kong” who is invincible, brave, intelligent, agile, and helps the poor and needy. Most people, especially businessmen, come to pray for booming business and gaining wealth.   PERANAKAN CULTURE Singapore has long had a close relationship with Peranakan culture that is inherited from Straits-born ancestors. The term “Peranakan” derives from the unique culture emerging from marriages between foreign traders and local women, mostly Chinese and Malaysian. Even though Tiong Bahru is not the main district of such culture, you can also try their unique combination at Galicier Pastry, especially Kueh Dah Dah (pandan pancakes with coconut fillings) and Putu Ayu (sponge cake topped with coconut and palm sugar), as well as one-off Peranakan cuisine at House of Peranakan Petit.   PAINTINGS ON THE WALLS Along the narrow streets, you can find some elaborate murals by local artist Yip Yiew Chong, illustrating the easeful lives back then. Apart from perking up the whole district, the beauty of them is how they can trigger the memories of good old days to the locals, and narrate the bygone stories to the visitors. Try to spend time speculating their details, and you will understand more about life in Singapore.   EXPLORE THE CAFÉS A chic scene wouldn’t be complete without a bit of café hopping, and the neighbourhood is undoubtedly ideal for doing so. From shiny tarts at Drips, creative cakes at Cream & Custard, famous Tiong Bahru Bakery, to everything French in bohemian chic atmosphere at Merci Marcel – too many places are worth visiting around here! Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel arranges the complimentary “Live Like A Local” programme every Saturday, as well as monthly in-house hotel activities in accordance with festivals celebrated in Singapore. For more

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Much tourism these days often seems to eventually destroy much of what it set out to preserve, but here in this paradisiacal valley, they seem to be doing a great job of keeping old traditions alive, along with bringing visitors in for Kyrgyzstan’s most alluring adventure travel. So here are 6 things you cannot miss while visiting Jyrgalan Valley, Kyrgyzstan and some helpful information. 1. The spectacular wildflower meadows found throughout the summer everywhere in the Jyrgalan Valley. 2. Doing some sort of horse trekking, whether it be riding your own, using it as a pack animal, or getting real adventuresome and riding up and skiing down during the snow months. 3. Sleeping at least one night in a traditional Kyrgyz yurt. 4. Buying a souvenir kalpak, the Kyrgyz traditional hat and Asia’s coolest and most unique head-wear. 5. Try the fermented mare’s milk kumuz if you dare. Then again, you will be offered it so many times, it may be impossible to continually refuse. 6. Spend a day (or several) in a jailoo, the high summer pastures where herders graze their ani-mals, enjoying the astounding natural beauty that the region has to offer.   WHEN TO GO Kyrgyzstan has a continental climate with warm summers, freezing winters, and full spring and fall seasons. June-August bring the warmest temperatures although snow stays above 4,000 metres into July or August, sometimes making passes inaccessible to trekkers. Afternoon rain showers and mountain thunderstorms are also frequent. September and October are excellent months to come, with autumn colours being the big draw. For those who want to experience free-ride skiing, come in the early spring, when there is still plenty of mountain snow but the temperatures have warmed up to something bearable. WHERE TO STAY Bishkek and the resort town of Karakol have hotels, B&Bs, hostels, and plenty of accommodation options to fit all budgets. In Jyrgalan, simple homestays are the norm, but for a bit more comfort and a hearty welcome, the Alakol-Jyrgalan Guesthouse, run by Emil and Gulmira is the best choice. The guesthouse features double or triple rooms with en-suite or shared bathrooms, and there is also the option to spend the night in a comfortable yurt. Guests can also enjoy a terrace, bar, and a shared lounge along with free WiFi. Other perks include a Finnish sauna, trekking and ski equipment for rent, and car hire, plus the hosts can set up any type of horse trek. GETTING AROUND From Bishkek, the capital, you can reach Karakol by private or shared taxis in around five to six hours. From here, buses run three times a day to Jyrgalan, taking up to two hours to cover the 60 kilometres, or else you can hire a taxi and arrive in an hour.   ENTRY REQUIREMENTS To enter Kyrgyzstan, your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry. For North Americans, most Europeans, Japanese, South Koreans, Australians, and New Zealanders, no visas are required and you can stay for 60 days. Thai and other visitors need a visa, but this can be obtained from a Kyrgyz Embassy, on

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Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort is now offering an all-inclusive dining Kids Pass for children under 12. This provides an all-inclusive dining option where children can enjoy food off the children’s menu and join the daily buffets, for just THB 490 per day, when accompanied by a parent. The Kids Pass covers all food and beverages including soft drinks, chilled juices and local mineral water in all outlets where kids’ menus are offered,. This includes Limoncello Mangosteen and Malati restaurants, as well as hotel buffets as shown in the monthly promotion brochure, subject to the opening times of participating venues. It excludes items for purchase in the minibar and in-room dining services. To learn more about Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort please visit www.dusit.com or call 6675 628 000 or email at dtkr@dusit.com.

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X2 Chiang Mai Riverside is an exquisite urban resort nestled on the banks of the Ping River in Chiang Mai, Thailand’s cultural heart and the capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. Perfectly positioned on the tranquil east bank of the river, just outside the ancient city walls, its elegant low-rise resort balances romantic seclusion with close proximity to the city’s main attractions. The resort’s Oxygen Dining Room is overseen by Michelin-starred French chef Nicolas Isnard together with an Executive Chef Oxygen dining room, chef Alexandre Demard, creating an acclaimed new dining experience in Chiang Mai. Let's get to know both of them with this exclusive interview. Where did you train to cook and how long have you been cooking professionally? Nicolas: 25 years. I trained in Paris and worked in different restaurants around there for over 10 years. I opened my own restaurant in 2008 in Paris, France. Alexandre: Not the same as Nicholas, but I started at the age of 13 years old and I used to work with my father who was a pastry chef in France. I had more than 10 years of experience working in a pastry then later I started to learn on how to cook in a kitchen. So I have been cooking professionally for about 17 years.   How would you describe the style of your cooking? Alexandre: Fresh! A lot of color and flavoury. Nicolas: One thing I always do is that I put my passion into every single dish I cook. I make sure that it’s delicious, if it’s not then I won’t serve my guest that dish. Is there a secret for a successful restaurant? Nicolas: Again, it’s all about pleasure, if you can put your pleasure into your work then the food will be delicious. And of course the guests come to your restaurant because of yummy food and that should indicate a success of your restaurant. It’s that simple. Over 25 years being behind the kitchen, I often ask myself these questions; What can I do to give to a restaurant and to my guests? When you make your job so special and enjoyable then people can sense it.   What is your funniest experience in a restaurant? Alexandre: The first two years when I started to cook were the funniest time because I started to learn something new everyday in the kitchen and the organization I was part of at that time. Nicolas: For me, the funniest time is now! Because when I remember how difficult it was for me during the first year. But with my current job position now, I get to travel a lot. As a matter of fact, I’m flying to China and Vietnam next week. So it’s very fun to meet new people and get to know them.   Is there any other chef that you admire now? Alexandre: My favourite chef at the moment is Nicolas. (laugh) Nicolas: Many of them around the world but as of right now are the German twin chefs of Suehring restaurant who just received their 2nd Michellin star for Bangkok eatery last November.

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No matter how many times you have been in Singapore, there is still a lot more to explore. This time with Grand Copthrone Waterfront Hotel, I went on a half-day “Live Like A Local” excursion, designed for international tourists and local staycationers, happening every Saturday. There I found a magnetic neighbourhood, which is not frequently heard among international tourists – Tiong Bahru. Located a few minutes away from the hotel, cosy Tiong Bahru is a magnificent heritage of Singapore, which has flourished with artsy coolness while keeping its admirable traditional appeal. From authentically local dishes, to Peranakan cuisine and chic cafés, a day strolling around colourful lowrise houses of Tiong Bahru is joyously slow-paced. Make sure that your stomach is ready to roll!   LOCAL DISHES AT THE MARKET At Tiong Bahru Market, there is no fancy food, but only what the locals actually have on a daily basis. Besides, those are the heritage foods at feasible prices. Must-tries are coffee with raw egg that makes the coffee surprisingly creamier; Jian Bo Shui Kueh with a long queuing line, guaranteeing the yumminess of chewy dough with special pickled topping; local dish Lor Mee; and Fried Kway Teow.     QI TIAN GONG TEMPLE Located just around the corner, this temple has been established since 1920, before being rebuilt in the present-time location. It is known as the temple of well-respected monkey god “Sun Wu Kong” who is invincible, brave, intelligent, agile, and helps the poor and needy. Most people, especially businessmen, come to pray for booming business and gaining wealth.   PERANAKAN CULTURE Singapore has long had a close relationship with Peranakan culture that is inherited from Straits-born ancestors. The term “Peranakan” derives from the unique culture emerging from marriages between foreign traders and local women, mostly Chinese and Malaysian. Even though Tiong Bahru is not the main district of such culture, you can also try their unique combination at Galicier Pastry, especially Kueh Dah Dah (pandan pancakes with coconut fillings) and Putu Ayu (sponge cake topped with coconut and palm sugar), as well as one-off Peranakan cuisine at House of Peranakan Petit.   PAINTINGS ON THE WALLS Along the narrow streets, you can find some elaborate murals by local artist Yip Yiew Chong, illustrating the easeful lives back then. Apart from perking up the whole district, the beauty of them is how they can trigger the memories of good old days to the locals, and narrate the bygone stories to the visitors. Try to spend time speculating their details, and you will understand more about life in Singapore.   EXPLORE THE CAFÉS A chic scene wouldn’t be complete without a bit of café hopping, and the neighbourhood is undoubtedly ideal for doing so. From shiny tarts at Drips, creative cakes at Cream & Custard, famous Tiong Bahru Bakery, to everything French in bohemian chic atmosphere at Merci Marcel – too many places are worth visiting around here! Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel arranges the complimentary “Live Like A Local” programme every Saturday, as well as monthly in-house hotel activities in accordance with festivals celebrated in Singapore. For more

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Serene days with good foods. Where to? Chanthaburi might be an unexpected answer, but this quiet province is indeed the real deal for foodies. The myriad of idiosyncratic eatables of Chanthaburi make sure your peaceful days are perfectly satiated, and you can then joyously tell your friends, “I’ve had such a food time!” What makes the dishes here stand out from the crowd is Chanthaburi’s unique seasoning. Thanks to the tradition of having “Prik Gluar” (seafood dipping in Chanthaburi’s style made with chilli, sour calamodin juice, salt, and garlic) on the table, the seasoning invigorates every simple food and makes it wondrously special. Unmissable is “Prik Gluar” stir-fried rice topped with mantis shrimp and other seafood at the cosy Kluk Klik Noodle Shop, which owns the original recipe. The place is also famous for its yummy noodle soups. Moo Liang (pork) or Nua Liang (beef) noodles are Chanthaburi’s impressionable signature dishes. With the local herb that could only be found in the East of Thailand, and again unique seasoning, the menu is worth trying especially at Pa Teed Noodle Shop, which has been operating for over 90 years already. Situated by the Gulf of Thailand, not a doubt Chantaburi has the freshest seafood all the time. The best of the best goes to Napha Restaurant, serving tempting grilled seafood to be dipped with Prik Gluar, stir-fried squid with salted eggs, and many more delicious dishes. For fresh, unusually huge and juicy oysters, go straight to Pa Louise Loong Thom Oyster Farm at Tha Chalaeb Community. If you are up for trying as many various savouries as you can, visit Chanthaboon Riverfront Community. Having been the vital commercial centre since ancient days, this old town is filled traditional treats that could only be found in Chanthaburi. The area is also adorned with modern creativity, making a walk around here extraordinarily charming. Riverside guesthouses are also available for guests to fully experience life as a local. Travelling further back to the older times, easeful Toob Moh Market looks just like a market from centuries ago. Over 20 stalls at this market offer a variety of yummy bites, nostalgic snacks and toys. Yai Lung’s special stir-fried noodles with her secret sauce is a must! With jolly traditional music playing and the nearby ancient temples, the ambience of this market is quaintly delightful like nowhere else. Previously mentioned are just a few of what Chanthaburi has to offer. If you are fond of food, you will definitely fall for charming Chanthaburi.

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Rosewood Bangkok, a visually striking, ultra-luxury property on Ploenchit Road in Bangkok’s prime central business and retail district, will open 31 March 2019, marking the second Thailand property for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® and the dazzling urban sister to Rosewood Phuket, opened in 2017. An amalgam of contemporary sophistication and Thai heritage, Rosewood Bangkok will bring to life the brand’s hallmark A Sense of Place® philosophy through architectural design and carefully curated décor, spa and dining experiences. Reservations are now being accepted with opening offers available at rosewoodhotels.com. The 30-story standalone property will help reshape the Bangkok skyline by occupying two connecting high-rise structures that create a modern tribute to the Thai spirit.  Its contemporary form is inspired by the wai -- the graceful Thai gesture of palms pressed together in greeting.  The hotel will be conveniently connected to the BTS Station amidst a luxury enclave of embassies, new office towers and upscale malls. The hotel is celebrating its upcoming opening by launching its official @rosewoodbangkok social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram.  The Facebook platform debuts on 19 February with the distinctive #WaiBangkok campaign showcasing the dynamism, creativity and style of the Thai capital.  Residents and travelers will be invited to share their own new perspectives of Bangkok inspired by Rosewood Bangkok’s entry to the city. “Rosewood Bangkok represents an exciting new expression of ultra-luxury hospitality in Bangkok,” says Thomas Harlander, the hotel’s managing director.  “It will be a symbol of the emergence of the country’s capital as a hub of creative style and design for the region. Rosewood’s A Sense of Place® philosophy will also be thoughtfully interpreted in modern yet authentically Thai fashion through the entire hotel, from its design to all its experiences -- we aim to provide a portal to all the many fascinating sides of this captivating capital and culture.” The “#WaiBangkok” campaign, 19 February to 31 May, will feature a photo series by distinguished photographers Tum Chanipol Kusolcharttum and Scott Woodward. Tum, better known as Rockkhound, is one of Thailand's best street photographers and will kickstart the campaign with his perspective of Bangkok’s dynamic charisma. Scott Woodward, a Canadian seasoned documentary photographer whose works are often seen on the glossy pages of National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveler and New York Times, will contribute a series of photos of Bangkok that illustrate why this City of Angels so attracts him. The visually stunning campaign will invite people to share a different and more contemporary side of Thailand’s capital and showcase their favorite hidden gems to illustrate “why” they love Bangkok. Participants will post their own fresh and compelling images of the city on Rosewood Bangkok’s official social media accounts using the hashtag #WaiBangkok and tagging Rosewood Bangkok’s Facebook or Instagram account @RosewoodBangkok.  The winner will receive a THB100,000 credit to spend at the hotel.   Introductory Offers to Rediscover Bangkok “Redefining Bangkok,” offers guests an opportunity to tailor their inaugural stay with a choice of a one-way airport transfer in a Rosewood Bangkok limousine, daily breakfast for two at Lakorn European Brasserie,

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With the month of love has come upon us, discover your best locations for a luxurious Valentine’s Day weekend escape. Take advantage of up to 70% off your second night – as one day is simply not enough time to rediscover romance and fill your love bubble with blissful harmony at one of these perfect-for-two locations. Book from today – 28 Feb 2019  |  Stay from today – 31 May 2019   AWAY BALI LEGIAN CAMAKILA Nestled between Legian Beach and a bustling shopping and entertainment street – Away Bali Legian Camakila allows guests to experience the best of both worlds – stunning sunsets right on the beach with views of the Indian Ocean and a wrath of Balinese ambiance right outside the front door. RATES FROM USD 93 / NIGHT     X2 VIBE PATTAYA SEAPHERE RESIDENCES Step into a world of sun-splashed beaches, modern living spaces and lush, green landscapes. Nestled in a serene seaside corner of Pattaya’s Jomtien beach and surrounded by natural beauty, lies X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere Residence a new hotel in Pattaya. Your perfect fun, chilled out and romantic Valentine's Day destination. RATES FROM THB 1,929 / NIGHT     BYD LOFTS BY X2 Situated just 200 meters from the famous Patong Beach leads the market in affordable fully furnished serviced apartments and hotel accommodation. BYD Lofts by X2 is a destination property sure to offer you the very best of design hotel ambiance and experience. RATES FROM THB 2,665 / NIGHT X2 KOH SAMUI - A SPA RETREAT  A Spa Retreat is Thailand’s first resort offering guest a selection of ‘All spa inclusive package’ for unlimited spa treatments throughout their stay. Ideal for couples, honeymooners, families and friend holidays that designed to blend retreat, wellness, chill & vibes mixed together. RATES FROM THB 5,460 / NIGHT     AWAY KANCHANABURI DHEVA MANTRA RESORT AND SPA Step outside onto your private balcony, and feel your cares melt away as you breathe in the fresh air of the surrounding tropical woodlands. As your eyes gaze upon the tranquil waters of the timeless River Kwai, which effortlessly flows by at a leisurely pace, a profound calm will wash over you. RATES FROM THB 2,513 / NIGHT   AWAY PRANBURI BEACH RESORT Surrounded by exquisite natural views on all sides, Away Pranburi Beach Resort is a tranquil retreat in the heart of Thailand’s beautiful central coast. Modern comforts, delicious cuisine and relaxing spa treatments provide just the right holiday experience, while the nearby scenic cave, national park and fishing village let you explore some of Thailand’s finest landscapes. RATES FROM THB 2,167 / NIGHT

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Built during the reign of King Rama V, Surawong Road is one of Bangkok’s most vibrant and historic business neighborhoods. Connecting to the first road ever built in Bangkok, The Charoen Krung Road, and also to the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Surawong Road is revered as the Creative District. Thanks to its heritage, classic architecture, contemporary designs and authentic local food, this road is a cultural yet contemporary tourist destination. Here are 9 highlights of this area that you should not miss.     The Neilson Hays Library the monument of love   Amid the bustling business district, is a quaint neoclassical building called The Neilson Hays Library. Established in 1920, the library is a monument of love, by Dr. Thomas Heywood Hays, the former Chief of the Royal Thai Navy Hospital and the first medical professor of Siriraj Hospital, in loving memory of his wife, Jennie Neilson, an avid reader, who devoted herself to library work until her last days. The elegant structure was designed by Mario Tamagno, an Italian architect, responsible for numerous landmarks around Bangkok such as the Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall, Hua Lamphong Train Station, Makkawan Rangsan Bridge, and Phayathai Palace. The construction was executed with the same meticulous approach as those used with the aforementioned landmarks, prompting the public to call it “a grand palace on a small scale”. The still functional library offers more than 20,000 books for keen booklovers, and a gallery and café that have played host for special events and functions. It was awarded the status of “Historic Landmark” by the Association of Siamese Architects in 1986.     Bangkok Folk Museum Bangkokians’ treasured history   Bangkok Folk Museum, also known as Bangkokian Museum, is originally home to Professor Waraporn Surawadee who donated to property to become a museum that offers an insight into the lifestyles of Bangkokians amid lush, green garden. Located in the heart of bustling Bang Rak District that is now filled with commercial buildings and skyscrapers, Bangkok Folk Museum is a rare sanctuary that is open to the public for free. Visitors can also learn about the history of the house as well as Bangkok from knowledgeable staff members who will show you around and share delightful and fun stories along the way. Bangkok Folk Museum offers an insight into the lifestyles of well-off Bangkokians during World War II and its aftermath (circa 1937 – 1957). The museum consists of three zones in three quarters with display many of the possessions of original family members in good condition as well as memorabilia from early Rattanakosin Era and art pieces.     Bangkok General Post Office Bangkok’s design hub   In 1885 Thailand joined the Universal Postal Union and used the former British Embassy of Charoen Krung as office, which was later known as Bangkok General Post Office. In 1940, the building went through a major renovation, led by Mew Jitsame Apaiwong and Phraya Sarote Rattaniman. Under the brutalist concept that tends to use geometric shapes and showcase original surface of the materials, Bangkok General Post Office looks like a giant box paved

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Roses and bubbly champagne are ready for this year’s romantic Valentine’s Day in charming cities of London, Zurich, Dubai, Jerusalem or Paris, the choices are all yours.   Baur Au Lac Zurich, Switzerland ‘Honeymoon Weekend Special’ Available: Friday through Sunday throughout 2019 Baur au Lac offers the special package only for newly-wed couples, for their ultimate romantic weekend which includes: welcome gift from the hotel’s own chocolatier, champagne and a selection of fresh fruit upon arrival, welcome cocktail on the Rive Gauche Terrasse or in the Rive Gauche Bar, free access and be active together at the fitness club with spectacular views of the Alps. Prices start from CHF 819 for Deluxe double room price per room per night (non-refundable). Website: http://www.bauraulac.ch   Hotel Café Royal London, UK ‘Spa Dreams Package’ Available: now - 31 December 2019 Indulge yourself and your loved one with this romantic spa dreams that let you relax ultimately in the heart of London. Experience the vibrancy of the capital and the serenity of the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre with a spa treatment of your choice and an overnight stay at Hotel Café Royal. Spa Dream Package includes an overnight stay in a luxurious guestroom or suite, access to all facilities within Akasha Holistic Wellbeing including our range of holistic classes, the £120 spa credit per person to be used on treatment of choice, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne in room, full English breakfast, the Regent Street VIP shopping card offering 10% discount on luxury brands and the late check out 4pm (upon availability). Rates start from £560 per night, including all taxes (package subject to availability). Website: http://www.hotelcaferoyal.com   Mamilla Hotel Jerusalem, Israel ‘Winter Escape Suite Special’ Available: now – 28 February 2019 Make this winter an unforgettable romantic one in a charming city of Jerusalem. Mamilla hotel, located in the heart of Jerusalem, in the city’s trendy Mamilla Avenue shopping district, and minutes away from the Old City, is the perfect place spend valuable time together with the loved ones. Offering the comfortable stay in one of spacious and impeccably styled suites that come with perfectly harmonized living and private spaces. For Winter Escape Suite Special, receive the complimentary access to the Executive Lounge. Prices start from $540 per night in Mamilla Suite, $700 per night in Residence Suite, and $2,250 per night for Presidential Suite. Website: http://www.mamillahotel.com   Le Bristol Paris Paris, France ‘Romance in Paris’ Available: now – 30 December 2019 A reservation at Le Bristol Paris is more eloquent than any words. Celebrate a marriage proposal, a special birthday or a honeymoon in the City of Lights. Be spontaneous and completely adored with ‘Romance in Paris’ package that includes an elegant stay in Deluxe Room or higher room categories, a bottle of Champagne in the room on arrival, the exquisite sweet delicacies, the romantic set up at night in your room and in the bathroom with rose petals, an American breakfast for two overlooking the French gardens and a guaranteed upgrade at time of booking. Prices start from EUR 1,400 per night for Deluxe Room. Website: http://www.lebristolparis.com   Armani Hotel Dubai Dubai, United Arab Emirates ‘Romantic Stay Package’ Available: now – 25 December 2019 Whether you are newlywed or

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From March 7 to June 26, 2019, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) is welcoming the return of “Carnivale of Stars” with a rich line-up of spectacular offerings, including an all-new Springtime celebration moment, the popular Disney Character Egg Hunt, and a host of beloved Disney friends fills every day and night with Disney magic! To make the season even more special, HKDL’s newest Marvel attraction, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! opens on March 31, 2019, welcoming guests on a high-tech, high-energy interactive adventure fighting alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp. Along with exceptional dining, shopping and accommodation experiences at the park and three resort hotels, this year’s Springtime celebration at HKDL promises to be the most spectacular yet for Thai guests! Shrink to ant size and fight alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp Calling heroes of all sizes! Set to open on March 31, the long-anticipated Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! expands the epic adventure of Iron Man Experience, and further affirms HKDL as Asia’s epicenter of Marvel action. It will be the world’s first attraction featuring Ant-Man and The Wasp, as well as the first Marvel-themed attraction featuring a female Super Hero as a lead character. The new attraction will send guests on a critical mission with Ant-Man and The Wasp to defend Hong Kong against Hydra’s attack. The adventure begins with a visit to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Science and Technology Pavilion, a newly opened facility at Stark Expo in Tomorrowland. The visit is soon interrupted by Hydra, who has initiated a two-pronged Swarmbot attack in Hong Kong to steal the Arc Reactor atop Stark Tower in Kowloon and a Data Core at S.H.I.E.L.D. pavilion. As he battles Swarmbots in Kowloon, Iron Man calls in Ant-Man and The Wasp to defend the pavilion. But with thousands of bots and only two of them, Ant-Man and The Wasp will need help – and guests at the pavilion are called into action! Aboard one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s newest combat vehicles, guests will be shrunk to ant size in a heroic battle alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp to defeat Zola and his Swarmbots. Created with classic Disney storytelling and close collaboration with Marvel, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! is a highly authentic and engaging Marvel experience. Director of “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” Peyton Reed and the movie production team were on board to film the media for the attraction; Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, the stars of “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” joined the action by reprising their roles; and Christophe Beck, composer of the Ant-Man movies, also created the score for the attraction. The immersive, media-rich storytelling is enhanced by cutting-edge scenic illusion technology and a state-of-the-art gaming system used to create an exhilarating, interactive experience. Disney friends invite guests to join the refreshing Springtime carnival “Carnivale of Stars” Springtime celebration returns this year from March 7 to June 26 with new magical experiences featuring your favorite Disney friends! Start the springtime adventure with a rejuvenated performance starring Mickey and friends in a fun-filled musical extravaganza at the Castle

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As Rita Ora announces her upcoming World Tour 2019, which kicks off in March 2019 and will make a stop in Bangkok for the very first time on 11 March 2019. This tour is bound to feature huge hits and a few surprises, we've delved deep to recover her Top 10 most popular songs. Rita Ora fans, are you ready? We are giving away 2 pairs of Rita Ora Live In Bangkok tickets! Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the sweepstakes.   Your Song The lead single from her second studio album, Phoenix (2018). The song peaked at number seven on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Ora's ninth single to reach the top 10 in the UK. It also reached the top twenty in more than fifteen countries, including Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand.     Anywhere The second single from Rita's second studio album, Phoenix (2018).   For You (featuring Liam Payne) A collaboration between popstars Liam Payne and Rita Ora for the final installment of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed.     I Will Never Let You Down Rita Ora’s first song off of her United States debut album. The song was written and produced by Calvin Harris Rita’s boyfriend at the time.   Lonely Together The song features Rita Ora and is part of Avicii’s comeback EP Avīci.   Black Widow This song is featured on a debut album of Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, The New Classic (2014). The song's hook is sung by Rita Ora.   Poison The song was released in 2015; peaking at number three on the UK Singles Chart, making it her eighth top-ten song in the UK.   Body On Me (featuring Chris Brown) Following the success of “Poison” in the UK, Rita looked to make her mark Stateside with her first single in the USA off her upcoming sophomore album. “Body On Me” features a man accustomed to chart success in Chris Brown as the pair get intimate on the record.   How We Do (Party) It was released as the lead single from the album in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand on 20 March 2012. Upon its release, "How We Do (Party)" peaked inside the top-ten in Australia and New Zealand.   Let You Love Me The fourth single from her highly anticipated second studio album, Phoenix (2018).   Win 2 Tickets to Rita Ora Live In Bangkok   Enter for a chance to win a pair of concert tickets to see Rita Ora Live in Bangkok Don't forget to like us on Facebook, share the post and tag a friend whom you would like to bring along! We have 4 tickets for Rita Ora fans! The giveaway ends on 13 February 2019 at 11:59pm The 2 winners will be announced on 15 February 2019 on Lifestyle+Travel Facebook page

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Built during the reign of King Rama V, Surawong Road is one of Bangkok’s most vibrant and historic business neighborhoods. Connecting to the first road ever built in Bangkok, The Charoen Krung Road, and also to the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Surawong Road is revered as the Creative District. Thanks to its heritage, classic architecture, contemporary designs and authentic local food, this road is a cultural yet contemporary tourist destination. Here are 9 highlights of this area that you should not miss.     The Neilson Hays Library the monument of love   Amid the bustling business district, is a quaint neoclassical building called The Neilson Hays Library. Established in 1920, the library is a monument of love, by Dr. Thomas Heywood Hays, the former Chief of the Royal Thai Navy Hospital and the first medical professor of Siriraj Hospital, in loving memory of his wife, Jennie Neilson, an avid reader, who devoted herself to library work until her last days. The elegant structure was designed by Mario Tamagno, an Italian architect, responsible for numerous landmarks around Bangkok such as the Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall, Hua Lamphong Train Station, Makkawan Rangsan Bridge, and Phayathai Palace. The construction was executed with the same meticulous approach as those used with the aforementioned landmarks, prompting the public to call it “a grand palace on a small scale”. The still functional library offers more than 20,000 books for keen booklovers, and a gallery and café that have played host for special events and functions. It was awarded the status of “Historic Landmark” by the Association of Siamese Architects in 1986.     Bangkok Folk Museum Bangkokians’ treasured history   Bangkok Folk Museum, also known as Bangkokian Museum, is originally home to Professor Waraporn Surawadee who donated to property to become a museum that offers an insight into the lifestyles of Bangkokians amid lush, green garden. Located in the heart of bustling Bang Rak District that is now filled with commercial buildings and skyscrapers, Bangkok Folk Museum is a rare sanctuary that is open to the public for free. Visitors can also learn about the history of the house as well as Bangkok from knowledgeable staff members who will show you around and share delightful and fun stories along the way. Bangkok Folk Museum offers an insight into the lifestyles of well-off Bangkokians during World War II and its aftermath (circa 1937 – 1957). The museum consists of three zones in three quarters with display many of the possessions of original family members in good condition as well as memorabilia from early Rattanakosin Era and art pieces.     Bangkok General Post Office Bangkok’s design hub   In 1885 Thailand joined the Universal Postal Union and used the former British Embassy of Charoen Krung as office, which was later known as Bangkok General Post Office. In 1940, the building went through a major renovation, led by Mew Jitsame Apaiwong and Phraya Sarote Rattaniman. Under the brutalist concept that tends to use geometric shapes and showcase original surface of the materials, Bangkok General Post Office looks like a giant box paved

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SWISSOTEL RESORT PHUKET PATONG launches newly renovated Swiss Signature Room for the real Swiss experience. The Signature Room is tastefully decorated with contemporary style with plenty of space for both couples and families to unwind in. The room features city or pool views, one king or two extra-large double beds (4.5 ft each) with high quality mattress to deliver a sensation of supreme softness, free wifi, Segafredo coffee machine, a functional work area, an interactive entertainment 55” LED TV, Rain shower and sophisticated Purovel bathroom amenities.   Key Features - 32 m² - King bed or two extra-long beds - 55” LED television - Free Wi-Fi - Coffee machine - TWG Tea Selection Common Amenities - Free access to fitness centre - Minibar - Electronic safe - Iron and ironing board - Hair dryer - Large work desk - 24-hour in-room dining - Access to kids world

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Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort is now offering an all-inclusive dining Kids Pass for children under 12. This provides an all-inclusive dining option where children can enjoy food off the children’s menu and join the daily buffets, for just THB 490 per day, when accompanied by a parent. The Kids Pass covers all food and beverages including soft drinks, chilled juices and local mineral water in all outlets where kids’ menus are offered,. This includes Limoncello Mangosteen and Malati restaurants, as well as hotel buffets as shown in the monthly promotion brochure, subject to the opening times of participating venues. It excludes items for purchase in the minibar and in-room dining services. To learn more about Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort please visit www.dusit.com or call 6675 628 000 or email at dtkr@dusit.com.

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Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited led by Ms. Amornrat Konsawat, Acting Vice President - Network and Fleet Management & Director - Product Development and Delivery (2ndfrom left) together with Bangkok Air Catering Co. represented by Mr. Amorn Rassamesangpetch, Director - Corporate Sales & Marketing (1stfrom right) and Mr. Charoonya Napon, Executive Chef (2nd from right), jointly organized a press conference and presentation of Bangkok Airways’ new in-flight menus for 2019 under the concept, “Boutique Street Food.” The press conference is held at the Vanilla Room, Bangkok Air Catering, Suvarnabhumi Airport. Ms. Amornrat Konsawat, Acting Vice President - Network and Fleet Management & Director - Product Development and Delivery of Bangkok Airways said, “For more than 50 years, Bangkok Airways strives to deliver the best of products and services to our passengers. Thus, we always make sure that everything we provide on board is at its highest quality, especially our in-flight meals. This year, we would like to present our in-flight menus in a new perspective. Therefore, we have come up with the street food concept. The offering aims to provide authentic tastes of famous Thai street food with our 'boutique twist' to capture the essence of Bangkok Airways as a boutique airline. Our new street-food-style-menus will include Phad Thai with shrimps, Stir-fried chicken with basil leaves served with jasmine rice, Roasted duck noodles, Thai vermicelli with fish curry, Streamed spice rice with chicken, Southern-style spicy minced chicken served with jasmine rice, Thai spicy & sour soup with shrimps fried rice, Baked shrimps with glass noodles, Thai sweet egg-serpentine, Thai coconut jelly, Thai egg custard in pumpkin and Thai banana in coconut milk to name a few. These menus will be available on all Bangkok Airways flights (Domestic and International) originating from Suvarnabhumi Airport, Samui Airport and Phuket Airport. We believe that these new in-flight specialties, exclusively created by Bangkok Air Catering for Bangkok Airways passengers will add to an even more memorable flying experience for everyone.” "With the current global warming issues as well as a part of own CSR campaign – Love Earth Save Earth, Bangkok Airways has been committed to reduce the use of plastics on our planes. Most of our products used on board are environmental-friendly such as water cups, napkins, snacks bag, ceramic plates. Moreover, products that we use on board are either from a local community or a project that supports the welfare of local communities under our CSR campaign called “A community of love” such as the macadamia nuts and coffee products from the Mae fah Luang foundation, juice products from the Doi kham Royal project, and organic rice tea from the Organic Agriculture Project, Sukhothai Airport.", Ms. Amornrat added. Mr. Charoonya Napon, Executive Chef of Bangkok Air Catering (BAC) said, "We are pleased to a part of Bangkok Airways Boutique Street Food concept this year. Our team of professional chefs has chosen some of the best Thai street food menus and developed them to be in line with Bangkok Airways boutique street food concept as well as to be able to serve passengers on the flights.   Airline food requires

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The Copenhagen Light Festival builds on the artistic success debut in February 2018, where most of the Copenhageners got outdoor light experiences along their daily routes - and the international television media showed pictures with enthusiasm. The city's citizens and prospective visitors will once more see the capital brighten in the dark from February 1st-24th 2019 during Copenhagen Light Festival. Harbor and city spaces are lit up by great light experiences from Nordhavn to Ørestad. There will be light on dark drifting clouds, beautiful old buildings, architectural squares, the city's canals, and other city spaces. Tivoli's new initiative, "Winter in Tivoli," is aligned with Copenhagen Light Festival, so as much of the city as possible is highlighted. 35-40 light installations are presently planned and can be experienced alone or via the festivals’ guided tours by bike, by Segway, in canal boats, in kayaks, as well as regular guided walks in the dark February. Light in the dark gave Copenhagen a new opportunity locally and internationally The premiere of the new light festival in Copenhagen in 2018 had a major international media interest with 300 press clips, and was seen by more than 200 million viewers, including the BBC and several major media channels in the United States, Germany and many other countries in Europe, Asia and the rest of the world. "We are proud of once more being able to invite guests and residents to experience beautiful poetic light installations in the dark and thus tap into two political and commercial agendas; that Copenhageners should stay 20% more outdoor and to make Copenhagen an attraction for winter tourism. The most amazing thing is that it takes place with artistic light installations as a lever”, says Head of project, Catja Thystrup. Copenhagen Light Festival collaborates with a grand network of artists, designers, and culture & commerce. The festival has amongst others the following lights hosts: Copenhagen Municipality, Tivoli, The Parliament, Louis Poulsen, Stromma Danmark Canal Tours, Chamber of Commerce, North Atlantic Brygge, Danhostel, Philips Signify, Culture House Islands Brygge, BC Hospitality Group, Blox, DGI-Byen, Copenhagen City Commerce, and more are coming. Photo courtesy  Apitchada Sompama

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The Miss World Organisation, led by Julia Morley, CEO and Chairman has today announced the 69th Miss World Final will be hosted in Thailand. This is the first time in the history of Miss World that the month-long festival and final will take place in Thailand. During the press conference held at Phaya Thai Palace in Bangkok, Julia Morley said: “I am delighted to have been invited to hold the 2019 Miss World Final in Thailand. Given the country’s rich culture and hospitality, the ‘Land of Smiles’ is the perfect place to welcome the 130 Miss World Nations”. Started in 1951, Miss World has inspired and empowered thousands of young women to use their talents to support the poor, sick and disadvantaged through its ‘Beauty With A Purpose’ charitable programme. The longest-running international pageant, Miss World is not a traditional beauty pageant, but rather a platform for women from across the globe to raise awareness and funds in aid of humanitarian causes. The organisation prides itself on its philanthropic focus with millions of dollars being raised for good causes every year. Delegates from 130 countries are scheduled to arrive in Thailand in November with the final to be held in December. During their month in Thailand they will participate in a string of preliminary activities and visit the most spectacular tourism sites across the country as well as take part in ‘Beauty With a Purpose’ fundraising activities to help good causes in Thailand.  Last year’s event was held in China, with the final in Sanya. This was the ninth time Miss World has been in China and has been credited with increasing global inbound tourism and boosting the local economy. China has two Miss World’s, Zhang Zilin was crowned in 2007 and Yu Wenxia in 2012. The highly-anticipated Miss World final show will be telecast globally to over 100 countries, where viewers will watch as the reigning Miss World, Vanessa Ponce de León, who was crowned in China, pass the crown to the 69th Miss World in Thailand. Local organiser TW Pageants has been appointed to be the hosting partner for Miss World 2019 Final. Tanawat Wansom, Chief Executive Officer of TW Pageants, said: “Following China, I am honoured to receive the right to  host such a major beauty pageant like Miss World in Thailand. Working closely with the brilliant team of the Miss World Organisation, I believe this opportunity will bring tremendous joy to the Thai people as they will get to see the beautiful, talented Miss World contestants in action in their home country. We also expect that hosting the programme will be a major boost to promote Thai tourism, culture and hospitality to a global audience. As the official partner of Miss World Organisation, we will work hard to make sure that this prestigious event comes out perfectly.”  Attending alongside Morley at the press conference were reigning Miss World Vanessa Ponce de León, as well as the seven continental queens, including; Miss World Asia Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan who represented Thailand last year, Miss World Europe Maria Vasilevich from Belarus, Miss World Caribbean Kadijah Robinson from Jamaica, Miss World Oceania Jessica Tyson from New Zealand, Miss World Africa Quiin Abenakyo from Uganda, Miss World Americas Solaris Barba from Panama, and Miss United Kingdom Linzi McLelland from Scotland.   

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