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For the 7th year in a row, TripAdvisor has awarded the Royal Wing Suites and Spa with its highest honor, the 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award.  Winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide. This recognition cements the property’s position as among the finest in the country being part of an elite group which accounts to the top 1% of hotels on TripAdvisor that are known to be truly exceptional.   “Our Travelers’ Choice Hotel awards showcase exceptional accommodations around the world that are recognized for their value, service, amenities and overall experience, as reviewed by travelers worldwide,” said TripAdvisor spokesperson Grant Colquhoun. "We congratulate the properties around the world recognized as the best hotels, which receive our highest honor – Travelers' Choice Hotel awards," said Desirée Fish, Vice President of Global Communications for TripAdvisor. "Travelers can consider these award-winners when picking the perfect hotel for their needs – for any budget or trip type – to help inspire their travels in 2019." The Travelers' Choice awards are the highest honor TripAdvisor can give. Royal Wing prides itself in providing hospitality excellence and exceeding its guests’ expectations.  Its positive reviews reflect how it has constantly been commended by worldwide travelers and praised for its unparalleled services and wide-ranging facilities. Thailand and specifically Pattaya, is one of the most sought after travel destinations for tourists. Staying in the right award-winning hotel can guarantee a luxurious experience that goes above and beyond the norm. The Royal Cliff Hotels Group operates 4 luxury hotels providing tourists from home and abroad with the ultimate experience. Its superior service has been paramount to this latest achievement that marks an excellent start for the group this year. Royal Cliff Hotels Group has impressively won over 200 national and international awards to date. This is the ideal luxury destination to discover everything you need for an exceptional holiday.  Book your stay directly with Royal Cliff and get the best price guaranteed together with value-added optional extras for an enhanced hotel experience you deserve by visiting www.royalwingsuites.com, contacting Reservations at (+66) 38 250 421 ext: 2732 or emailing reservations@royalcliff.com.   For more information on the Royal Cliff Hotels Group and the Royal Wing Suites and Spa, please visit www.royalcliff.com and www.royalwingsuites.com

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In our latest competition, we've teamed up with Shinnabhura Historic Boutique Hotel to offer readers the chance to win a one-night stay and a meal for two! Shinnabhura Historic Boutique Hotel boasts a brand-new accommodation landmark in the downtown of Phitsanulok province that addresses every single need of travelers. Located on a spacious area of around 8,000 sq.m., the hotel stands out with a historic accent and unique characteristics in its architecture inspired by stunning designs from ancient kingdoms like Ayutthaya and Lanna. One reader will win a one-night stay in a Grand Deluxe Room at the hotel including breakfast for two. At Shinnabhura, the attention to architectural detail is superb as demonstrated by the stylish designs that derive from artistic cultures of such ancient kingdoms as Ayutthaya and Lanna. Shinnabhura offers five different types of rooms: Barn-style Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Grand Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites, and Royal Suites, accounting for a total of 44 rooms, coupled with a full range of services and facilities - including free shuttle service to airport, free Wi-Fi, swimming pool, fitness center, and Saran spa that offers holistic treatment methods such as traditional Thai massage, Lanna Thai massage, local sauna, and herbs. Experience palatable Thai and international dishes prepared by highly skilled chefs at Chaliang Dining Room or enjoy the chill-out ambience with cool beverages at Secret Bar & Garden Cafe - available in both barn-style indoor space with air-conditioning and outdoor space in the shadow of huge golden apple trees. In the meantime, you can grab some knowledge about local history from ancient warrior clothing, carvings, and paintings that depict wars and battles during the times of Ayutthaya and Lanna, all of which are displayed at the small museum in the hotel area. In addition, Shinnabhura is conveniently located in Phitsanulok’s downtown, offering a great spot to kick off your journey to visit historical sites and natural attractions such as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat (Wat Yai), Chan Royal Palace, Phuhinrongkla National Park, Thung Salaeng Luang National Park, and Phu Lom Lo. A special offer for customers who are staying with us in March. Go to www.shinnabhura.com and book online with  code "March" to receive a 15% discount off an original price of Deluxe and Grand Deluxe Room, or a 30% discount off Junior Suite and Royal Suite room. Moreover, Saran Spa is also offerring a 30-50% discount for online bookers who use our spa services during their stay at Shinnabhura Historic Boutique Hotel.   Competition closes 3 April 2019. One winner will be selected at random, and the winner will be announced on our facebook page on 4 April 2019.

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Avani Hotels & Resorts has announced the launch of its newest rooftop destination, SEEN Restaurant & Bar with picturesque views overlooking the majestic Chao Phraya River at Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel.  The city’s newest hot spot is the culinary brainchild of Portuguese chefpreneur, Olivier da Costa, following its success from the first two SEEN locations in Sao Paolo and Lisbon. SEEN Restaurant & Bar is a rooftop restaurant, lounge and garden designed by M&J London that incorporates a series of indoor and outdoor spaces on the rooftop of Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel. Respecting the SEEN brand’s 1980’s-meets-Art Deco vibe, a sense of place is imbued through local materials such as bamboo, along with the use of fluid flowing forms and furniture inspired by the curves of the Chao Phraya River. Upon entering, guests will be immersed in the trendy yet relaxing atmosphere, with catchy beats from a lineup of jet-setting DJs brought in by Music Director Scotty B. In terms of food, the floor-to-ceiling windows-wrapped restaurant on the rooftop offers a mix of international delights, synonymous with the SEEN experience. The regionally inspired cuisine designed by Chef Olivier da Costa is a rendition of locally sourced, fresh and bold flavours, presented with a flair that is best to be shared. Guests will be able to enjoy an array of culinary delights in the fluid ‘S’ shaped dining room that takes form from the SEEN logo, at the formal dining room or at the sushi bar. After dining, guests can ascend to the exclusive skybar for daybed seating overlooking the skyline, accompanied by surreal cocktails from award-winning Head Mixologist, Mochammad Fadli. Well-known for his whimsical creations, the cocktails at SEEN are a concoction of Asian, American and European flavours, with the use of fresh ingredients and local products. There is also the addition of a specially curated list of wine and champagne available at the bar that plays well with the rooftops’ iconic abstract wall, and starry surface underfoot that reflects the night sky. SEEN Restaurant & Bar is open daily from 6.00 pm – 1.00 am.

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“So far, from time that will not return So far, from where I used to be So far, from being away from home. - - So Far - - Written by H.R.H Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, 2018 Imagine for a moment, in the far reaches of this universe, there is an undiscovered planet where the highest stage of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has been achieved while still maintaining a rich diversity of nature.  Though every living thing looks different and unfamiliar as a result of alien metamorphosis and mutations, all fauna and flora live in unison, happily ever after. This planet is called ‘NARAVANNA’ which was brought to the attention of HRH Princess Sirivannavari as the inspiration of SIRIVANNAVARI Spring/Summer 2019 collection, named ‘Abode of Metamorphosis’, capturing ultra-feminine silhouettes, exquisite embroidery and the Maison’s signature graphic prints, created by Her Royal Highness. H.R.H. Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, SIRIVANNAVARI Creative Director said, ‘It is all about the journey to NARAVANNA, the undiscovered world in this universe where all lives coexist in peace.  Its creatures, especially the mutants, inspired me for this latest collection, featuring graphics inspired by the AI’s mainboard, African-influenced craftsmanship and space-age details. ‘The silhouettes and structures of this season are quite varied and complicated, from deconstructed looks to asymmetrical gowns.  In addition, I added some details and techniques to create new dimensions such as quilted pattern, pleating technique from Gérard Lognon’s workshop in Paris and Maasai Mara - inspired embroidery produced in our own Maison’s workshop,’ said H.R.H. Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana. SIRIVANNAVARI and S’HOMME Spring/Summer 2019 women collection features 67 looks (59 of womenswear and eight of menswear). The show commences with a parka look, which consists of a bolero Lurex tweed jacket paired with a dress of the same fabric, a cut-out midriff dress with the fluid silk chiffon skirt in the signature print, a cocktail peplum dress with the metallic quilt detail echoing the space-age theme.  For an ultra feminine look, the collection also includes a zebra-sequinned tulle blouse with hand-stitched feather details and a white corset dress with double layering of fringes: burgundy silk fringe and African beads fringe. In addition, the princess established SIRIVANNAVARI Atelier and Academy, the in-house workshop of couture embroidery.  Thus, the spotlight also shines on the magnificent embroidery which can be seen from the feather appliqué blouse, the crystal and pearl encrusted gown to the African beads embroidery details. As anticipated, graphic prints, one of the brand’s DNA, remains a highlight. The Princess has created prints this season by visually translating her imagination, including those details signifying NARAVANNA, such as mutants, alien creatures, AI’s mainboard, and gearwheels.  The prints are incorporated throughout the collection, from ready to wear, leather goods, shoes and scarves (120 cm x 120 cm and the mini-rectangular size used for handbag handles). The spotlight shines on the Bijoux Collection, with both Fine jewellery and Fashion jewellery falling under the same inspiration.  The Fine jewellery collection – featuring the Maison’s emblem ‘S’ and ‘Peacock’-  offers rings, earrings and necklace in 18 karat rose gold adorned with mother of pearl, pearl,

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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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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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Thai travellers increasingly experiencing cherry blossom season in a unique way by exploring off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods in Tokyo and by immersing themselves in sakura-themed Experiences in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. The upcoming Cherry Blossom season (March – May) is one of the year's highlights and has helped to make Japan a firm favourite and one of the most popular global outbound destinations for Thai travelers today. Hot on the lips of travelers-in-the-know is Tokyo's Yanaka neighborhood which offers travelers the opportunity to immerse themselves in authentic Japanese culture, where traditional ways of life are still part of the neighborhood’s daily routine. Through this, Thai travellers are also supporting local, healthy tourism, helping diversify their spendings to smaller, local businesses. The area is known for Japanese sweets, tea and artisanal shops where craftsmen and shop owners take pride in making accoutrements for Kabuki actors and geishas who used to wander the neighborhood’s narrow alleyways. Springtime sees Yanaka Cemetery bursting with expansive cherry blossom trees, an alternative yet beautiful way to see these blooms in full force. Explore Yanaka and Kuramae town, a.k.a. the “Brooklyn of Tokyo,” while riding on "tokyobike". Explore the old and new sides of Tokyo on a bike as you cycle past small artisan workshops still in operation and factories that now house coffee shops and a chocolate factory. See Yanaka from the eyes of a local  while you stroll through a shopping street, looking at kitchen knives and sampling sweets like karinto and manju from traditional Japanese shops. Get lost in narrow labyrinthian streets, arrive at an old wall made of tiles and make a final stop at Yanaka Cemetery for a prime cherry blossom viewing opportunity. Learn about the history of wagashi (Japanese sweets) from the owner of a renowned wagashi shop. Complete the Experience with organic Japanese tea. Increase your Instagram followers and get more likes and comments by making instagramable cherry blossom maki sushi rolls.  Impress your friends back home with culinary skills of making cherry blossom Japanese sweets. Enjoy a scenic view of cherry blossoms in your private kayak and watch the world go by with Cherry blossom kayaking.

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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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The Empire State Building (ESB) today announced that it will utilize two EarthCam video cameras to give fans around the world 24/7 access to footage of ESB and of the views from ESB via a livestream on www.empirestatebuilding.com . One camera is installed on the rooftop of One Grand Central Place, a property in the portfolio of Empire State Realty Trust, the company that owns and manages the Empire State Building. The EarthCam footage allows fans all over the world to view in real time the beloved ESB tower lightings, New York City sunsets, and the signature hourly sparkle effect that occurs daily for five minutes every hour between sunset and 2:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The second camera is installed on the south corner of ESB's 103rd floor and will capture the stunning views of New York City and beyond. Users will have the opportunity to view extreme weather conditions and even watch the sunrise from the heart of New York City. The two different viewpoints allow visitors to witness the World's Most Famous Building 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and to enjoy a preview of the ESB Observatories' 360-degree panoramic views. Fans are encouraged to take advantage of the screenshot function provided by EarthCam and to share images on social media by tagging the Empire State Building in their posts.

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Thai travellers increasingly experiencing cherry blossom season in a unique way by exploring off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods in Tokyo and by immersing themselves in sakura-themed Experiences in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. The upcoming Cherry Blossom season (March – May) is one of the year's highlights and has helped to make Japan a firm favourite and one of the most popular global outbound destinations for Thai travelers today. Hot on the lips of travelers-in-the-know is Tokyo's Yanaka neighborhood which offers travelers the opportunity to immerse themselves in authentic Japanese culture, where traditional ways of life are still part of the neighborhood’s daily routine. Through this, Thai travellers are also supporting local, healthy tourism, helping diversify their spendings to smaller, local businesses. The area is known for Japanese sweets, tea and artisanal shops where craftsmen and shop owners take pride in making accoutrements for Kabuki actors and geishas who used to wander the neighborhood’s narrow alleyways. Springtime sees Yanaka Cemetery bursting with expansive cherry blossom trees, an alternative yet beautiful way to see these blooms in full force. Explore Yanaka and Kuramae town, a.k.a. the “Brooklyn of Tokyo,” while riding on "tokyobike". Explore the old and new sides of Tokyo on a bike as you cycle past small artisan workshops still in operation and factories that now house coffee shops and a chocolate factory. See Yanaka from the eyes of a local  while you stroll through a shopping street, looking at kitchen knives and sampling sweets like karinto and manju from traditional Japanese shops. Get lost in narrow labyrinthian streets, arrive at an old wall made of tiles and make a final stop at Yanaka Cemetery for a prime cherry blossom viewing opportunity. Learn about the history of wagashi (Japanese sweets) from the owner of a renowned wagashi shop. Complete the Experience with organic Japanese tea. Increase your Instagram followers and get more likes and comments by making instagramable cherry blossom maki sushi rolls.  Impress your friends back home with culinary skills of making cherry blossom Japanese sweets. Enjoy a scenic view of cherry blossoms in your private kayak and watch the world go by with Cherry blossom kayaking.

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With spring around the corner, it means cherry blossom season is coming. Take this chance to spend some quality time with your loved ones beneath the beautifulsakura trees. While Japan and Washington, D.C. are the most famous places to enjoy cherry blossoms, it is possible to see these trademark pink flowers in other locales around the globe. Lifestyle+Travel and Agoda.com share some of the best across Asia, America and Europe to enjoy the age-old tradition of hanami, or “flower viewing” in Japanese. Jinhae, Changwon, South Korea The Jinhae Gunhangie Festival attracts roughly two million visitors a year. Historically a memorial service to commemorate Admiral Yi Sun-sin, it is now South Korea’s biggest spring festival. Enjoy the festival by taking a stroll down the picturesque Romance Bridge, where cherry blossoms canopy the Yeojwacheon Stream, and along Gyeonghwa Station where the trees line the railway track. The best time to visit is late March to April. Conveniently located within reach of the city’s must-see destinations, M-Stay Hotel Changwon is the ideal accommodation for travelers looking to stay busy throughout their trip. Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam It’s a little-known fact that Vietnam’s Hoa Island, located east of Dien Bien Phu in the middle of Pa Khoang Lake, is a goldmine for those seeking cherry blossoms. Did you know that Vietnamese scientist Dr Tran Le wandered up and down the country for the perfect place to plant the seeds, a gift from a Japanese friend? Stay with the family at the Hoang Anh Villa which features an outdoor pool and sun terrace for some quality hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, time. Washington D.C., America The three-week-long National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the dawn of spring while honoring both American and Japanese cultures. The 3,000 trees that can be seen here are a symbol of friendship between the two countries and were gifted by Tokyo’s then Mayor, Yukio Ozaki in 1912. Take in the sights of a sea of stunning cherry blossom trees at the Tidal Basin, and stay at The Wink Hotel Washington D.C. Located at the heart of the city, this hotel is perfect for travelers who want to make the most of all that the lively city has to offer. Edinburgh, Scotland Pack a picnic and head to The Meadows in Edinburgh. Once you’ve laid claim to one of the benches along the tree-lined paths, you can take a breather and soak in the pink-hued scenery outdoors. Plan to spend the day outdoors by taking along a blanket and your favorite novel. Stay at the Radisson Blu Edinburgh on the historic Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh. Recently renovated in 2015, the hotel is within walking distance to top tourist attractions, shopping areas and The Meadows. Paris, France Few places on earth are as romantic and picturesque as the beloved City of Lights. Every spring, neighborhoods and parks in the French capital are dotted with mesmerizing cherry blossoms. For prime viewing, take a stroll through Parc du Champ de Mars, set in the shadows of the world-renowned Eiffel Tower. Stay in ultimate luxury at the Park Hyatt Vendome Hotel located in the heart of Paris on the prestigious Rue de

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From learning to make your own Thai herbal ball to meditating with a shaman, Airbnb guests are finding one-of-a-kind ways to increasingly prioritise wellness while traveling In 2018, international tourist arrivals reached 2020 projections two years ahead of schedule, with growth being driven by global trends such as wellness tourism. Wellness travel is worth US$639 billion globally and Airbnb have seen wellness related Experiences spike more than 500% from 2017 to 2018, globally, with notably strong growth among seniors (ages 60+) and Gen Z and millennials (ages 18-24) with more than 800% growth in both age groups. In Asia, cities experiencing the most significant growth in wellness Experiences are Bali, Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Bali tops the list for cities prospering with wellness Experience supply with more than 7,400% year-over-year growth*. Following closely after Bali, Thailand is one of the top 20 global destinations dedicated to providing a holistic and rejuvenating holiday and recently Thai authorities advocated that traditional Thai massage receive world cultural status. Thailand’s drive to become a ‘Wellness Hub’ were recognised in Travel Weekly UK’s Best Destinations in The World survey when Thailand was named number one for Best for Spa & Wellness in the world. As visitors to Thailand look for more authentic experiences and a healthier way of travel away from areas of over tourism, the popularity of wellness tourism is growing, evidenced by the growth of Thai massage and wellness Experiences on Airbnb, especially in urban centres such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai where travellers are looking for a more wellness-oriented travel experience. Airbnb Experiences also provide an opportunity for wellness entrepreneurs who are finding innovative ways to be part of the tourism economy, and sharing their knowledge of the cultural traditions behind Thai wellness with guests from around the world. “We are excited to support a new wave of entrepreneurs in the local community and as the travel industry continues to grow, Airbnb promotes local tourism that is authentic, diverse, inclusive, and sustainable. Our Airbnb hosts are creative entrepreneurs passionate about their local culture, and Airbnb Experiences are a great way to unleash economic opportunity for people to monetise their passions and talents. Our greatest assets are time and potential, and Experiences is a way to unlock that,” says Mike Orgill, General Manager of Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. For Kanokwan, she took over her mother’s massage centre after taking a business degree and wanted to find innovative ways to engage her customers and help them understand the Thai culture better. Her Airbnb Experience, Make your Own Thai Herbal Ball, lets her impart her knowledge around various infused oils and their properties as you learn to make your own Thai herbal ball. Guests will end the session with a herbal hot compress massage. “This type of hospitality is unique and can support the local people by providing another stream of income. I enjoy sharing about the ingredients and raw material we bring from local and made by local people,” she quips. In addition to Thailand’s popularity as a wellness destination, Airbnb

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Avani Hotels & Resorts has announced the launch of its newest rooftop destination, SEEN Restaurant & Bar with picturesque views overlooking the majestic Chao Phraya River at Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel.  The city’s newest hot spot is the culinary brainchild of Portuguese chefpreneur, Olivier da Costa, following its success from the first two SEEN locations in Sao Paolo and Lisbon. SEEN Restaurant & Bar is a rooftop restaurant, lounge and garden designed by M&J London that incorporates a series of indoor and outdoor spaces on the rooftop of Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel. Respecting the SEEN brand’s 1980’s-meets-Art Deco vibe, a sense of place is imbued through local materials such as bamboo, along with the use of fluid flowing forms and furniture inspired by the curves of the Chao Phraya River. Upon entering, guests will be immersed in the trendy yet relaxing atmosphere, with catchy beats from a lineup of jet-setting DJs brought in by Music Director Scotty B. In terms of food, the floor-to-ceiling windows-wrapped restaurant on the rooftop offers a mix of international delights, synonymous with the SEEN experience. The regionally inspired cuisine designed by Chef Olivier da Costa is a rendition of locally sourced, fresh and bold flavours, presented with a flair that is best to be shared. Guests will be able to enjoy an array of culinary delights in the fluid ‘S’ shaped dining room that takes form from the SEEN logo, at the formal dining room or at the sushi bar. After dining, guests can ascend to the exclusive skybar for daybed seating overlooking the skyline, accompanied by surreal cocktails from award-winning Head Mixologist, Mochammad Fadli. Well-known for his whimsical creations, the cocktails at SEEN are a concoction of Asian, American and European flavours, with the use of fresh ingredients and local products. There is also the addition of a specially curated list of wine and champagne available at the bar that plays well with the rooftops’ iconic abstract wall, and starry surface underfoot that reflects the night sky. SEEN Restaurant & Bar is open daily from 6.00 pm – 1.00 am.

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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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In our latest competition, we've teamed up with Shinnabhura Historic Boutique Hotel to offer readers the chance to win a one-night stay and a meal for two! Shinnabhura Historic Boutique Hotel boasts a brand-new accommodation landmark in the downtown of Phitsanulok province that addresses every single need of travelers. Located on a spacious area of around 8,000 sq.m., the hotel stands out with a historic accent and unique characteristics in its architecture inspired by stunning designs from ancient kingdoms like Ayutthaya and Lanna. One reader will win a one-night stay in a Grand Deluxe Room at the hotel including breakfast for two. At Shinnabhura, the attention to architectural detail is superb as demonstrated by the stylish designs that derive from artistic cultures of such ancient kingdoms as Ayutthaya and Lanna. Shinnabhura offers five different types of rooms: Barn-style Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Grand Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites, and Royal Suites, accounting for a total of 44 rooms, coupled with a full range of services and facilities - including free shuttle service to airport, free Wi-Fi, swimming pool, fitness center, and Saran spa that offers holistic treatment methods such as traditional Thai massage, Lanna Thai massage, local sauna, and herbs. Experience palatable Thai and international dishes prepared by highly skilled chefs at Chaliang Dining Room or enjoy the chill-out ambience with cool beverages at Secret Bar & Garden Cafe - available in both barn-style indoor space with air-conditioning and outdoor space in the shadow of huge golden apple trees. In the meantime, you can grab some knowledge about local history from ancient warrior clothing, carvings, and paintings that depict wars and battles during the times of Ayutthaya and Lanna, all of which are displayed at the small museum in the hotel area. In addition, Shinnabhura is conveniently located in Phitsanulok’s downtown, offering a great spot to kick off your journey to visit historical sites and natural attractions such as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat (Wat Yai), Chan Royal Palace, Phuhinrongkla National Park, Thung Salaeng Luang National Park, and Phu Lom Lo. A special offer for customers who are staying with us in March. Go to www.shinnabhura.com and book online with  code "March" to receive a 15% discount off an original price of Deluxe and Grand Deluxe Room, or a 30% discount off Junior Suite and Royal Suite room. Moreover, Saran Spa is also offerring a 30-50% discount for online bookers who use our spa services during their stay at Shinnabhura Historic Boutique Hotel.   Competition closes 3 April 2019. One winner will be selected at random, and the winner will be announced on our facebook page on 4 April 2019.

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OZO Chaweng Samui commemorated its fifth successful year of operation with a ceremonyled by Pierre-Andre Pelletier, Regional Vice-President, Operations – Southern Thailand, Vietnam and the Maldives (centre) and Thomas Hain, Resident Manager (the second from the right). On this special day, team members took part by paying respects to the spirits and participating in a Buddhist blessing ceremony at the resort’s signature restaurant, Stacked Burger Samui. Also, at Stacked Burger Samui, local residents and hotel guests were invited to celebrate another successful year and enjoy a BBQ burger buffet at the Burger Bar station as well as an array of American and international comfort food with a twist.

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With spring around the corner, it means cherry blossom season is coming. Take this chance to spend some quality time with your loved ones beneath the beautifulsakura trees. While Japan and Washington, D.C. are the most famous places to enjoy cherry blossoms, it is possible to see these trademark pink flowers in other locales around the globe. Lifestyle+Travel and Agoda.com share some of the best across Asia, America and Europe to enjoy the age-old tradition of hanami, or “flower viewing” in Japanese. Jinhae, Changwon, South Korea The Jinhae Gunhangie Festival attracts roughly two million visitors a year. Historically a memorial service to commemorate Admiral Yi Sun-sin, it is now South Korea’s biggest spring festival. Enjoy the festival by taking a stroll down the picturesque Romance Bridge, where cherry blossoms canopy the Yeojwacheon Stream, and along Gyeonghwa Station where the trees line the railway track. The best time to visit is late March to April. Conveniently located within reach of the city’s must-see destinations, M-Stay Hotel Changwon is the ideal accommodation for travelers looking to stay busy throughout their trip. Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam It’s a little-known fact that Vietnam’s Hoa Island, located east of Dien Bien Phu in the middle of Pa Khoang Lake, is a goldmine for those seeking cherry blossoms. Did you know that Vietnamese scientist Dr Tran Le wandered up and down the country for the perfect place to plant the seeds, a gift from a Japanese friend? Stay with the family at the Hoang Anh Villa which features an outdoor pool and sun terrace for some quality hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, time. Washington D.C., America The three-week-long National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the dawn of spring while honoring both American and Japanese cultures. The 3,000 trees that can be seen here are a symbol of friendship between the two countries and were gifted by Tokyo’s then Mayor, Yukio Ozaki in 1912. Take in the sights of a sea of stunning cherry blossom trees at the Tidal Basin, and stay at The Wink Hotel Washington D.C. Located at the heart of the city, this hotel is perfect for travelers who want to make the most of all that the lively city has to offer. Edinburgh, Scotland Pack a picnic and head to The Meadows in Edinburgh. Once you’ve laid claim to one of the benches along the tree-lined paths, you can take a breather and soak in the pink-hued scenery outdoors. Plan to spend the day outdoors by taking along a blanket and your favorite novel. Stay at the Radisson Blu Edinburgh on the historic Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh. Recently renovated in 2015, the hotel is within walking distance to top tourist attractions, shopping areas and The Meadows. Paris, France Few places on earth are as romantic and picturesque as the beloved City of Lights. Every spring, neighborhoods and parks in the French capital are dotted with mesmerizing cherry blossoms. For prime viewing, take a stroll through Parc du Champ de Mars, set in the shadows of the world-renowned Eiffel Tower. Stay in ultimate luxury at the Park Hyatt Vendome Hotel located in the heart of Paris on the prestigious Rue de

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In the latest development to Bangkok’s standing as the number 1 destination in Southeast Asia, BHMA Hotels & Resorts is thrilled to announce the signing of its latest hotel management agreement for the new X2 Vibe Bangkok Udomsuk Station with Italmar (Thailand) Co., Ltd. This is the second joint-agreement between the two companies following the opening of X2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit in 2017. With an eclectic mix of shopping centers, tasty street food stalls, Thai and Western bars and bric-a-brac markets sitting cheek by jowl, Udomsuk on the eastern fringes of Bangkok is quickly becoming the new marker postcode where travellers can Stay, Chill & Enjoy. X2 Vibe Bangkok Udomsuk Station is located just a few steps from the Udomsuk skytrain station and provides easy access to downtown. Future mass-transit developments for the area also include the Airport Line linking Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and U-Tapao airports. “Bangkok is without doubt the most vibrant city in Southeast Asia and we are over the moon to be opening another property after receiving such overwhelming reviews of our X2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit in the trendy On Nut district. This is a big step forward for the company as we continue to execute our development plans. Furthermore, this announcement reaffirms the confidence the owner (Italmar (Thailand) Co., Ltd.) has in our brand and the message we are sending,” said Peter Lucas, CEO, BHMA Hotels & Resorts. While central Bangkok continues to draw international holidaymakers and business executives, flourishing suburbs such Udomsuk provide a refreshing escape for millennial travellers looking to kick back and relax. With coffee shops, restaurants and bars dotted around the area, Udomsuk is proving to be the newest location to Stay, Chill and Enjoy. Across the Asia-Pacific region, the X2 Vibe brand continues to set the bar as the top choice for people looking for hotels that match their modern lifestyles. “Our X2 Vibe brand is a totally new hotel design and concept that is redefining the hotel industry. We’ve worked extremely hard to build in multi-usage spaces that can be adapted to what our guests desire. From a working space to a comfy room with functional designs, X2 Vibe Bangkok Udomsuk Station will cater to just about every taste. We’ve chosen Udomsuk as we believe it is Bangkok’s hottest new address with great shopping and dining options and a down-to-earth residential feel. We are confident the new hotel will achieve the same rate and occupancy numbers as our X2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit property,” said Paul Wilson, EVP Commercial, BHMA Hotels & Resorts. Commenting on the new partnership, Direk Vongvairoj, Chairman, Italmar (Thailand) Co., Ltd., said, “We’ve chosen to partner with BHMA Hotels & Resorts again because we are fully confident that the X2 Vibe brand delivers on design, comfort and flexibility; things our guests are passionate about. X2 Vibe has become the brand for the new generation of travellers who like to get off the beaten track and live close to local communities. I am sure this partnership will be as rewarding as our first

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Lamborghini Bangkok organized the launch of the new Lamborghini Huracán EVO super sports car with a luxurious design and V10 engine providing top performance through Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI), a CPU controlling the performance of 4-wheel-drive system and rear-wheel drive model with accuracy from the movement of the car, to improve its driving responsiveness and granting the driver complete control over every aspect of the car’s movement. Furthermore, the car features a new aerodynamic design that is five times more efficient than ever. The performance of the Huracán is not only equipped with 640 hp and 600 Nm torque, but also the latest infotainment technology available today including an 8.4” infotainment touchscreen. It is embedded in the center console to make it easy to control everything literally at the touch of one’s fingertips including car seat controls, air-conditioning, and even controlling the LDVI system in real time as it has connectivity, making it directly linked to Apple CarPlay, as well as having connections to the web radio, video players, giving voice commands to Siri, dual-camera touchscreen, telemetry recording and analysis, and even a hard disk with ample storage capacity. The Lamborghini Huracán EVO is also hailed the newest icon of the raging bull stable because it is truly unique in offering owners a customised choice of colours for both its interiors and exteriors. Its luxurious interior remains functional with the latest lightweight alloys such as Lamborghini’s patented Carbon Forged Composites which is only manufactured at each customer’s orders, at prices starting from 24,590,000 baht. The Huracán EVO features the 5.2 l naturally-aspirated Lamborghini V10 engine, uprated to produce higher power output and an emotional and powerful sound, with Titanium intake valves and refined lightweight exhaust system. The Huracán EVO outputs 640 hp (470 kW) at 8,000 rpm with 600 Nm of torque delivered at 6,500 rpm. With a dry weight of 1,422 kg the Huracán EVO reaches a weight-to-power ratio of 2.22 kg/hp, accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and from 0-200 km/h in 9.0 seconds. Braking from 100 km/h to 0 is achieved in just 31.9 m, with a top speed of more than 325 km/h.It is more efficient than ever when driving with a dynamic automated Torque Vectoring System that allows the driver to control the car speed regardless of road conditions. It also includes a new feature that is the heart of this model and core to improving its performance, namely the Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI), which uses a Central Processing Unit to analyse and assess conditions to allow the driver more control over the environment, creating the ultimate driving experience. There is also the Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale (LPI) system which assesses the speed and angle of the care to maintain its balance and dynamism at all times. This is an upgrade of its efficacy to version 2.0 of the previous model as it was developed precisely to improve its dynamism and accuracy as every single shift and movement of the chassis is monitored in real time. The car also has

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Oris Aquis Date Relief The Oris Aquis Date Relief is inspired by the colour and feeling of water. The grey dial recalls the colour of a stormy sea, while the watch’s signature diving scale numerals in relief are a reminder of the texture of water, as well as its elemental role in all life. It has a 43.50 mm (1.713 inches) stainless steel case with a uni-directional rotating diver’s bezel and is water-resistant to 30 bar (300 metres). It comes on a choice of straps or a metal bracelet, and its sapphire crystal sits over a dial decorated with applied hour markers, which, like the hour and minutes hands, are filled with luminescent Super-LumiNova®. GUCCI DIVE ‘THREE LITTLE PIGS’ COLLECTION In honor of the Chinese calendar's year of the pig, the characters from the “Three Little Pigs” are brought back from ©Disney archives, enhancing the House designs for Cruise 2019. The Gucci Dive watch features a red dial with the playful motif, completed with a black rubber strap. OMEGA 'De VilleTrésor' OMEGA celebrates the 125th anniversary of its name. The brand is proudly releasing a new De Ville Trésor timepiece that includes some very unique touches and an exciting movement. For the first time, OMEGA has created a wristwatch with a red enamel dial, going perfectly with 18K yellow gold case. This challenging design is inspired by OMEGA’s iconic brand colour. VOLARE SKY COLLECTION The key inspiration for this fascinating watch collection comes from the brilliant colours of the sky throughout the day. Featuring a unique, gradient watch face and elegant multi-coloured bands, this collection highlights the latest colour trends of 2019. Starting from dawn, which blends the warm tones of sunrise to the cool colours of midday, the elegant softness of dusk and the mysterious shades of the midnight sky. RADO Captain Cook Automatic Limited Edition The original Captain Cook was produced between 1962 and 1968 and was known for its compact design and distinctive features. Since 2017, the Captain Cook has been back in the RADO collection and true to the original in almost every way. Limited to just 1,962 pieces, and balancing authentic vintage style with the modern preference for personalisation, the new 2019 Captain Cook is delivered in a hard-wearing leather travel pouch with a selection of additional straps. If the brown vintage-look leather strap isn’t what you’re looking for today, simply exchange it for the fine knit stainless steel Milanese bracelet or the durable green NATO strap.

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“So far, from time that will not return So far, from where I used to be So far, from being away from home. - - So Far - - Written by H.R.H Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, 2018 Imagine for a moment, in the far reaches of this universe, there is an undiscovered planet where the highest stage of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has been achieved while still maintaining a rich diversity of nature.  Though every living thing looks different and unfamiliar as a result of alien metamorphosis and mutations, all fauna and flora live in unison, happily ever after. This planet is called ‘NARAVANNA’ which was brought to the attention of HRH Princess Sirivannavari as the inspiration of SIRIVANNAVARI Spring/Summer 2019 collection, named ‘Abode of Metamorphosis’, capturing ultra-feminine silhouettes, exquisite embroidery and the Maison’s signature graphic prints, created by Her Royal Highness. H.R.H. Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, SIRIVANNAVARI Creative Director said, ‘It is all about the journey to NARAVANNA, the undiscovered world in this universe where all lives coexist in peace.  Its creatures, especially the mutants, inspired me for this latest collection, featuring graphics inspired by the AI’s mainboard, African-influenced craftsmanship and space-age details. ‘The silhouettes and structures of this season are quite varied and complicated, from deconstructed looks to asymmetrical gowns.  In addition, I added some details and techniques to create new dimensions such as quilted pattern, pleating technique from Gérard Lognon’s workshop in Paris and Maasai Mara - inspired embroidery produced in our own Maison’s workshop,’ said H.R.H. Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana. SIRIVANNAVARI and S’HOMME Spring/Summer 2019 women collection features 67 looks (59 of womenswear and eight of menswear). The show commences with a parka look, which consists of a bolero Lurex tweed jacket paired with a dress of the same fabric, a cut-out midriff dress with the fluid silk chiffon skirt in the signature print, a cocktail peplum dress with the metallic quilt detail echoing the space-age theme.  For an ultra feminine look, the collection also includes a zebra-sequinned tulle blouse with hand-stitched feather details and a white corset dress with double layering of fringes: burgundy silk fringe and African beads fringe. In addition, the princess established SIRIVANNAVARI Atelier and Academy, the in-house workshop of couture embroidery.  Thus, the spotlight also shines on the magnificent embroidery which can be seen from the feather appliqué blouse, the crystal and pearl encrusted gown to the African beads embroidery details. As anticipated, graphic prints, one of the brand’s DNA, remains a highlight. The Princess has created prints this season by visually translating her imagination, including those details signifying NARAVANNA, such as mutants, alien creatures, AI’s mainboard, and gearwheels.  The prints are incorporated throughout the collection, from ready to wear, leather goods, shoes and scarves (120 cm x 120 cm and the mini-rectangular size used for handbag handles). The spotlight shines on the Bijoux Collection, with both Fine jewellery and Fashion jewellery falling under the same inspiration.  The Fine jewellery collection – featuring the Maison’s emblem ‘S’ and ‘Peacock’-  offers rings, earrings and necklace in 18 karat rose gold adorned with mother of pearl, pearl,

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Thai travellers increasingly experiencing cherry blossom season in a unique way by exploring off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods in Tokyo and by immersing themselves in sakura-themed Experiences in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. The upcoming Cherry Blossom season (March – May) is one of the year's highlights and has helped to make Japan a firm favourite and one of the most popular global outbound destinations for Thai travelers today. Hot on the lips of travelers-in-the-know is Tokyo's Yanaka neighborhood which offers travelers the opportunity to immerse themselves in authentic Japanese culture, where traditional ways of life are still part of the neighborhood’s daily routine. Through this, Thai travellers are also supporting local, healthy tourism, helping diversify their spendings to smaller, local businesses. The area is known for Japanese sweets, tea and artisanal shops where craftsmen and shop owners take pride in making accoutrements for Kabuki actors and geishas who used to wander the neighborhood’s narrow alleyways. Springtime sees Yanaka Cemetery bursting with expansive cherry blossom trees, an alternative yet beautiful way to see these blooms in full force. Explore Yanaka and Kuramae town, a.k.a. the “Brooklyn of Tokyo,” while riding on "tokyobike". Explore the old and new sides of Tokyo on a bike as you cycle past small artisan workshops still in operation and factories that now house coffee shops and a chocolate factory. See Yanaka from the eyes of a local  while you stroll through a shopping street, looking at kitchen knives and sampling sweets like karinto and manju from traditional Japanese shops. Get lost in narrow labyrinthian streets, arrive at an old wall made of tiles and make a final stop at Yanaka Cemetery for a prime cherry blossom viewing opportunity. Learn about the history of wagashi (Japanese sweets) from the owner of a renowned wagashi shop. Complete the Experience with organic Japanese tea. Increase your Instagram followers and get more likes and comments by making instagramable cherry blossom maki sushi rolls.  Impress your friends back home with culinary skills of making cherry blossom Japanese sweets. Enjoy a scenic view of cherry blossoms in your private kayak and watch the world go by with Cherry blossom kayaking.

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Lamborghini Bangkok organized the launch of the new Lamborghini Huracán EVO super sports car with a luxurious design and V10 engine providing top performance through Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI), a CPU controlling the performance of 4-wheel-drive system and rear-wheel drive model with accuracy from the movement of the car, to improve its driving responsiveness and granting the driver complete control over every aspect of the car’s movement. Furthermore, the car features a new aerodynamic design that is five times more efficient than ever. The performance of the Huracán is not only equipped with 640 hp and 600 Nm torque, but also the latest infotainment technology available today including an 8.4” infotainment touchscreen. It is embedded in the center console to make it easy to control everything literally at the touch of one’s fingertips including car seat controls, air-conditioning, and even controlling the LDVI system in real time as it has connectivity, making it directly linked to Apple CarPlay, as well as having connections to the web radio, video players, giving voice commands to Siri, dual-camera touchscreen, telemetry recording and analysis, and even a hard disk with ample storage capacity. The Lamborghini Huracán EVO is also hailed the newest icon of the raging bull stable because it is truly unique in offering owners a customised choice of colours for both its interiors and exteriors. Its luxurious interior remains functional with the latest lightweight alloys such as Lamborghini’s patented Carbon Forged Composites which is only manufactured at each customer’s orders, at prices starting from 24,590,000 baht. The Huracán EVO features the 5.2 l naturally-aspirated Lamborghini V10 engine, uprated to produce higher power output and an emotional and powerful sound, with Titanium intake valves and refined lightweight exhaust system. The Huracán EVO outputs 640 hp (470 kW) at 8,000 rpm with 600 Nm of torque delivered at 6,500 rpm. With a dry weight of 1,422 kg the Huracán EVO reaches a weight-to-power ratio of 2.22 kg/hp, accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and from 0-200 km/h in 9.0 seconds. Braking from 100 km/h to 0 is achieved in just 31.9 m, with a top speed of more than 325 km/h.It is more efficient than ever when driving with a dynamic automated Torque Vectoring System that allows the driver to control the car speed regardless of road conditions. It also includes a new feature that is the heart of this model and core to improving its performance, namely the Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI), which uses a Central Processing Unit to analyse and assess conditions to allow the driver more control over the environment, creating the ultimate driving experience. There is also the Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale (LPI) system which assesses the speed and angle of the care to maintain its balance and dynamism at all times. This is an upgrade of its efficacy to version 2.0 of the previous model as it was developed precisely to improve its dynamism and accuracy as every single shift and movement of the chassis is monitored in real time. The car also has

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The Empire State Building (ESB) today announced that it will utilize two EarthCam video cameras to give fans around the world 24/7 access to footage of ESB and of the views from ESB via a livestream on www.empirestatebuilding.com . One camera is installed on the rooftop of One Grand Central Place, a property in the portfolio of Empire State Realty Trust, the company that owns and manages the Empire State Building. The EarthCam footage allows fans all over the world to view in real time the beloved ESB tower lightings, New York City sunsets, and the signature hourly sparkle effect that occurs daily for five minutes every hour between sunset and 2:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The second camera is installed on the south corner of ESB's 103rd floor and will capture the stunning views of New York City and beyond. Users will have the opportunity to view extreme weather conditions and even watch the sunrise from the heart of New York City. The two different viewpoints allow visitors to witness the World's Most Famous Building 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and to enjoy a preview of the ESB Observatories' 360-degree panoramic views. Fans are encouraged to take advantage of the screenshot function provided by EarthCam and to share images on social media by tagging the Empire State Building in their posts.

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“So far, from time that will not return So far, from where I used to be So far, from being away from home. - - So Far - - Written by H.R.H Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, 2018 Imagine for a moment, in the far reaches of this universe, there is an undiscovered planet where the highest stage of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has been achieved while still maintaining a rich diversity of nature.  Though every living thing looks different and unfamiliar as a result of alien metamorphosis and mutations, all fauna and flora live in unison, happily ever after. This planet is called ‘NARAVANNA’ which was brought to the attention of HRH Princess Sirivannavari as the inspiration of SIRIVANNAVARI Spring/Summer 2019 collection, named ‘Abode of Metamorphosis’, capturing ultra-feminine silhouettes, exquisite embroidery and the Maison’s signature graphic prints, created by Her Royal Highness. H.R.H. Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, SIRIVANNAVARI Creative Director said, ‘It is all about the journey to NARAVANNA, the undiscovered world in this universe where all lives coexist in peace.  Its creatures, especially the mutants, inspired me for this latest collection, featuring graphics inspired by the AI’s mainboard, African-influenced craftsmanship and space-age details. ‘The silhouettes and structures of this season are quite varied and complicated, from deconstructed looks to asymmetrical gowns.  In addition, I added some details and techniques to create new dimensions such as quilted pattern, pleating technique from Gérard Lognon’s workshop in Paris and Maasai Mara - inspired embroidery produced in our own Maison’s workshop,’ said H.R.H. Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana. SIRIVANNAVARI and S’HOMME Spring/Summer 2019 women collection features 67 looks (59 of womenswear and eight of menswear). The show commences with a parka look, which consists of a bolero Lurex tweed jacket paired with a dress of the same fabric, a cut-out midriff dress with the fluid silk chiffon skirt in the signature print, a cocktail peplum dress with the metallic quilt detail echoing the space-age theme.  For an ultra feminine look, the collection also includes a zebra-sequinned tulle blouse with hand-stitched feather details and a white corset dress with double layering of fringes: burgundy silk fringe and African beads fringe. In addition, the princess established SIRIVANNAVARI Atelier and Academy, the in-house workshop of couture embroidery.  Thus, the spotlight also shines on the magnificent embroidery which can be seen from the feather appliqué blouse, the crystal and pearl encrusted gown to the African beads embroidery details. As anticipated, graphic prints, one of the brand’s DNA, remains a highlight. The Princess has created prints this season by visually translating her imagination, including those details signifying NARAVANNA, such as mutants, alien creatures, AI’s mainboard, and gearwheels.  The prints are incorporated throughout the collection, from ready to wear, leather goods, shoes and scarves (120 cm x 120 cm and the mini-rectangular size used for handbag handles). The spotlight shines on the Bijoux Collection, with both Fine jewellery and Fashion jewellery falling under the same inspiration.  The Fine jewellery collection – featuring the Maison’s emblem ‘S’ and ‘Peacock’-  offers rings, earrings and necklace in 18 karat rose gold adorned with mother of pearl, pearl,

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In our latest competition, we've teamed up with Shinnabhura Historic Boutique Hotel to offer readers the chance to win a one-night stay and a meal for two! Shinnabhura Historic Boutique Hotel boasts a brand-new accommodation landmark in the downtown of Phitsanulok province that addresses every single need of travelers. Located on a spacious area of around 8,000 sq.m., the hotel stands out with a historic accent and unique characteristics in its architecture inspired by stunning designs from ancient kingdoms like Ayutthaya and Lanna. One reader will win a one-night stay in a Grand Deluxe Room at the hotel including breakfast for two. At Shinnabhura, the attention to architectural detail is superb as demonstrated by the stylish designs that derive from artistic cultures of such ancient kingdoms as Ayutthaya and Lanna. Shinnabhura offers five different types of rooms: Barn-style Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Grand Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites, and Royal Suites, accounting for a total of 44 rooms, coupled with a full range of services and facilities - including free shuttle service to airport, free Wi-Fi, swimming pool, fitness center, and Saran spa that offers holistic treatment methods such as traditional Thai massage, Lanna Thai massage, local sauna, and herbs. Experience palatable Thai and international dishes prepared by highly skilled chefs at Chaliang Dining Room or enjoy the chill-out ambience with cool beverages at Secret Bar & Garden Cafe - available in both barn-style indoor space with air-conditioning and outdoor space in the shadow of huge golden apple trees. In the meantime, you can grab some knowledge about local history from ancient warrior clothing, carvings, and paintings that depict wars and battles during the times of Ayutthaya and Lanna, all of which are displayed at the small museum in the hotel area. In addition, Shinnabhura is conveniently located in Phitsanulok’s downtown, offering a great spot to kick off your journey to visit historical sites and natural attractions such as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat (Wat Yai), Chan Royal Palace, Phuhinrongkla National Park, Thung Salaeng Luang National Park, and Phu Lom Lo. A special offer for customers who are staying with us in March. Go to www.shinnabhura.com and book online with  code "March" to receive a 15% discount off an original price of Deluxe and Grand Deluxe Room, or a 30% discount off Junior Suite and Royal Suite room. Moreover, Saran Spa is also offerring a 30-50% discount for online bookers who use our spa services during their stay at Shinnabhura Historic Boutique Hotel.   Competition closes 3 April 2019. One winner will be selected at random, and the winner will be announced on our facebook page on 4 April 2019.

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