VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery Hotel Collection welcomes famous Thai actress and celebrity, Ms. Sririta Jensen (3rd from left), Founder and Managing Director of Organika House Co., Ltd., for the signing of a contract of cooperation between Organika House Co., Ltd. and VIE Hotel Bangkok, for the elegant boutique property’s new spa brand, VIE Spa by ORGANIKA, which represents the very first collaboration project by the MGallery Collection in Thailand and in Asia. The collaboration was celebrated with a Champagne toast attended by the hotel’s Cluster General Manager, Mr. Nicolas Peth (4th from left), and the management teams from both VIE Hotel Bangkok and Organika House, held at the hotel’s luxurious Penthouse Suite recently.Ms. Sririta Jensen is well known for her talents, her beauty and her promotion of highly beneficial aromatherapy, and Organika House is acclaimed for its high-quality health and beauty products which use only the finest ingredients. Emphasizing the power of aroma, handpicked blends create a journey through the world of scent designed to balance your life in our hectic modern environment.
4,000 runners from nationwide and oversea took part in the 15th Mai Khao Marine Turtle Fun Run and Half Marathon 2019 on this Sunday morning, starting from the Phuket Gateway. Mr. George Varughese, General Manager of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa together with Mr. Phakaphong Tavipatana, Phuket Governor presided over the event’s opening ceremony, attended by runners, Phuket residents, expats and travelers. The event is expected to raise Seven hundred thousand for charity in its 15th year. The money raised goes towards to The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, which is committed to protecting the marine and coastal environment and ecosystems for the wellbeing of the sea turtles that nest in the Mai Khao beach and the surrounding areas. It also the funds for the Phuket Marine Biological Center’s Injured Turtle Rehabilitation Program and The Third Naval Area Command’s Turtle Hatchery Program. The race was in its 15th year and runners of all ages and abilities took on the race. The tournament was divided into five categories – the 21.1km half marathon, 10.5km mini-marathon, 5km fun run and 3k family run and VIP runs for all the races. The routing of 21.1km race took runners went northwest along the Haad Sai Kaew beach towards Thao Thep Krasatti bridge, passed the rural road No. 3006, run along the road - Pi Lai viewpoint area returned back along the T. Baan Tha Nun to the iconic Sarasin bridge before finished the half marathon in the Phuket Gateway. In the men's race of Half Marathon 21.1 km – Over all category, athlete Anuwat Bunmak crossed the line in a time of 1 hour and 20 minutes, while Dutchanee Dardsadachan won the women's race in 1 hour and 40 minutes. For Mini Marathon 10.5 km – Over all category, Mr. Chinnawat Changlek clocked 39 minutes and 40 seconds to clinch victory in the male half marathon, winning prize money and a trophy with signature of Phuket Governor. The winner in the female mini marathon as Surakarn Wanna with a time of 47 minutes and 47 seconds. Winners also received the prize gift voucher and a trophy.
Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas is pleased to announce that we won 2019 World Luxury Hotel Awards in category “Luxury Contemporary Hotel, Continent Winner in Asia”. The World Luxury Hotel Awards recognize establishments for world-class service excellence. Awards are presented on a country, regional, continent and global basis. Winners are selected by public vote online, providing true recognition that reflects the hard work and dedication exhibited by staff. This is the fourth time that Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas wins the World Luxury Hotel Awards. Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas, the perfect oasis in Patong, is located within walking a hidden and serene hideaway founded upon the grand tradition of Thai hospitality. The hotel represents a new generation of retreats that combines natural beauty and cultural heritage. Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas features 314 units including 252 Superior Rooms, 38 Deluxe Pool Access Rooms, 10 Suites, 10 One Bedroom Pool Villas and four Two Bedroom Pool Villas. The hotel is ideally suited to young travellers, families and friends looking to spend quality time together in the heart and soul of Patong. For more information or reservation, please call +66 76 231 999 Ext. 1969
Vietnam has a myriad of attractive cities famous for engaging culture, mouth-watering cuisine, and other fascinations. Still, there are places somewhat under the rader that can make you fall head over heels for Vietnamese humble charisma. CAN THO The uncomplicated life in Can Tho is rather unique, even though it may look like a typical Southeast Asian suburban way of life. Take a closer look, and you will find one-off appeals of this southern city. Strong Suit: Rustic charm by Mekong Delta Where To: • Cai Rang Floating Market A massive must, and not just for the parade of quaint wooden boats with a backdrop of rising sun. What’s special about Cai Rang Floating Market is that the merchants keep on doing their centuries-old way of trade. Apart from the wholesale of fruits and other local goods, it’s your chance to witness local people in their most natural behaviour. None of them show a sign of hastiness, and it looks like they are comfortable floating off their hometown’s bloodline. • Local Fruit Gardens Even though some fruits are called the same names, they do look and taste different in different parts of the world. Strolling in a shaded fruit garden opens you to the world behind the splashy fruits you see at the floating market, as well as allowing you to savour them so freshly. • Mien Tay Homestay and Cacao Farm Yes, you can learn about the making of chocolate here in Can Tho. Aside from being a tranquil homestay, there are family-sized cacao farming and chocolate production going on, which is open for visitors to learn more about this heavenly sweet. • Mekong Delta Foods When in Can Tho, never miss trying their unique dishes. Can Tho is very famous for Nem Noung Cai Rang, charcoal-grilled pork, which I feel like having ceaselessly, especially at Banh Hoi Ut Dzach, along with its sublime rice vermicelli. The folksy restaurant makes their own vermicelli right in front of your eyes. The recipe is exclusive to the family, and it is one of the best noodles I have had. Another interesting spot is Pizza Hu Tieu Sau Hoai, where you can see the unique way of making noodles as well as the noodle pizza, which can be tried only at this restaurant. You will be surprised by what they call “pizza”, and its taste definitely won’t disappoint you. • Binh Thuy Ancient House The Vietnamese house with French touches is an epitome of Can Tho’s architecture scene. Being built over 200 years ago and with the Duong family as its long-time proprietor, the Oriental and European beauty blends in with one another exquisitely, and time can do no harm to this timeless artistry. CAM RAHN Even though people mostly landed at Cam Rahn International Airport for the vicinity, it doesn’t mean that Cam Rahn should be overlooked. The city is one of the finest beach getaways with top-notch serenity. Strong Suit: Quiet, white beaches with turquoise seawater and immaculate air Where To: • Beachfront Resort With endless, virgin beaches and gin-clear water, spending nights at a beachfront resort in Cam Rahn is a sheer rejuvenation
Conrad Koh Samui has received international recognition at the 2019 World Luxury Restaurant & Spa Awards - an annual event that names the best luxury restaurants and spas on every continent. At the awards ceremony held recently in St Petersburgh, Conrad Koh Samui received three awards for its ocean front Jahn restaurant, well known for its fine dining atmosphere and modern Thai cuisine, and one award for Conrad Spa Koh Samui. Accolades awarded to Jahn restaurant at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards were for top global ‘Luxury Resort Restaurant’ (fourth consecutive year); ‘Thai Cuisine’ (Asia continent category) and ‘Fine Dining Cuisine’ (Regional category). The Conrad Spa Koh Samui was named ‘Country Winner’ in the Luxury Wellness Spa category at the World Luxury Spa Awards, held simultaneously in St. Petersburgh. The World Luxury Spa Awards recognise spas across a variety of categories on a country, regional, continental and global level. Conrad Koh Samui General Manager Ruben Gabino said, “The judges in the World Luxury Restaurant Awards were clearly very impressed once again with the totally authentic dining experience provided for every guest at Jahn. Thailand is well known throughout the world for its diversity of cuisine and the sheer wealth of home-grown herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables and other ingredients. Indeed, Thailand is blessed with wonderful herbs and spices and we grow many of them in the kitchen garden terrace created by our chefs.” Ruben Gabino added, “Health and wellness is an integral part of the Thailand visitor experience and we are very proud that Conrad Spa Koh Samui has been recognised as one of Thailand’s top spas. Our mission is always to create luxurious and poignant memories for our spa guests whilst recognising that the most important luxury is ‘being yourself. “Spa treatments form an important element in providing an environment for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. That’s why we have invested heavily in creating a luxury spa at the Conrad Koh Samui that delivers the highest possible global standards day after day. Each spa journey is a tailor-made experience that begins with a detailed consultation and continues with a customised treatment designed to ensure a transformed state of being.” World Luxury Awards Group Marketing Director Michael Hunter-Smith said, “We congratulate this year’s winners. True luxury is not easily attained. It takes highly efficient and dedicated staff who are willing to go the extra mile and stop at nothing to ensure that every guest feels cared for and no challenge goes unresolved. This is the definition of luxury. It is what makes the winners shine.”
Coach announces the launch of Coach x Michael B. Jordan, the first-of-its-kind creative collaboration with actor, producer and first global face of Coach menswear, Michael B. Jordan. Inspired by his cultural influences and community, his love of Naruto, and his passion for bringing unique voices to the forefront, this unisex ready-to-wear, footwear and bag collection is Jordan’s first foray into fashion design, guided by the expertise of Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers. Created in partnership with VIZ Media, the collection combines Coach craftsmanship with Jordan’s affinity for functional fashion and graphic codes from the world of Naruto, a popular Japanese anime and manga. Product ranges from parkas, jean jackets and pullovers to backpacks, utility packs and hybrid sneaker boots. Infused with technical details like removable sleeves, tactical straps and elastic closures, it also features imagery of characters from Naruto, as well as the series’ trademark “eye” motifs reimagined with Coach’s Retro C graphic. These references tie back to the story of Naruto Uzumaki himself, a young ninja who begins his journey as an outsider and earns the respect of his community as he works with his friends to protect it. The Naruto backstory speaks closely to Jordan’s own narrative as an outlier building bridges inside and outside of the Hollywood establishment, and echoes Coach’s commitment to community and courage. To launch the collection, Coach releases a campaign that fuses its values and craftsmanship with Jordan’s cinematic skill and Naruto’s mystic iconography. The hero film, conceived by Jordan and directed by Rachel Morrison, who collaborated with Jordan previously as the director of photography on Black Panther, takes place in a neon-drenched Tokyo street, and moves between moments of modern-day grit and magical realism, placing an emphasis on the power of connection. “Working with Mike is always a great experience,” said Vevers. “He’s a great collaborator because he always puts his heart and soul into everything he does, and because he brought something authentic and personal to the collection.” "With my name on this collection, it was important to design pieces that represent my cultural influences and my community; pieces that I could see my friends, family and fans wearing with pride,” said Jordan. “As with all aspects of my work, this collection is about bringing fresh perspectives and unique voices to the forefront. Expanding into the fashion design space was rewarding beyond my expectations. I’m grateful to Stuart and Coach for providing me with the opportunity and expertise to execute a collection I’m extremely proud of.” Coach will also celebrate the collection with global pop-ups in Japan, Malaysia and the United States, a dedicated Coach experience in the VIZ Media booth at New York Comic Con on October 3-6, and a range of limited-edition T-shirts. The Coach x Michael B. Jordan collection will be available in Thailand from October 24, 2019 onwards.
Latest Airbnb booking data has revealed growing interest in lesser-known destinations and eco-conscious cities across the globe, as travellers look for new, local and authentic travel experiences beyond big cities. In Thailand, emerging destinations across the country are increasingly appealing to both domestic and international travellers. Case-in-point is Buriram in Thailand’s Northeast saw 383% growth in bookings* year-over-year, propelling it into third place on Airbnb’s top 20 global destinations to visit next year. Here are the Top 20 trending destinations for 2020: 1. Milwaukee, WI, US The host of next year’s Democratic National Convention, Milwaukee makes it to the top of our trending list. This historic gem on the shores of Lake Michigan often slips under the radar but has a terrific bar and restaurant scene and fascinating cultural attractions that include a Calatrava-designed art museum. And with over 105 miles of scenic bike lanes, it’s easy to see why Milwaukee is experiencing an upsurge in interest among guests on Airbnb. 2. Bilbao, Spain Bilbao’s transformation from rust belt city to flourishing culture hub is truly remarkable. The city’s Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum put Bilbao on the map when it opened back in 1997. Since then the Basque city has been on an ever upward ascent, winning the European City of the Year in 2018. Visitors to the area are rewarded with a lively dining scene, breathtaking architecture and an unforgettable cityscape. Next year, Bilbao will also become a top destination for sports fans: it’s one of the host cities of Europe’s most beloved soccer competition. 3. Buriram, Thailand The rural province of Buriram is home to some of Thailand’s most treasured Khmer relics. Its best known monument is the incredible Phanom Rung complex which is comparable in grandeur to its much more famous Cambodian neighbor, Angkor Wat. In addition to ancient ruins, the province has also become a sporting hotspot: 2018 saw the inaugural MotoGP motor racing event at the Chang International Circuit which also plays host to the Buriram Marathon each year. MotoGP is scheduled to return in March next year. 4. Sunbury, Victoria, Australia A short drive northwest of Melbourne, the suburb of Sunbury is a popular spot with savvy locals thanks to its wildlife, wineries and Victorian-era architecture. Its biggest claim to fame is as the birthplace of cricket’s most sought-after trophy — The Ashes. In 2020, Sunbury looks to attract cricket fans from near and far as Melbourne will be hosting the ICC T20 World Cup. 5. Romania Romania, with its pristine hills and ancient rural villages, is the perfect destination for anyone looking for something off-the-beaten-track. The country has some of the best preserved virgin forests in Europe and, according to the 2018 Environmental Performance Index, ranks 15th globally when it comes to ecosystem vitality. 6. Xi'an, China Often cited as one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilization, Xi'an is best known as the home of the terracotta warriors — a vast collection of prehistoric clay soldiers discovered by local farmers in 1974. Today, the capital of China’s western Shaanxi province is a major culinary melting pot while
People continue to leave Venezuela to escape violence, insecurity and threats as well as due to a lack of food, medicine and essential services. Over 4 million Venezuelans currently live abroad, the vast majority in countries within Latin America and the Caribbean. Their outflow since 2014 accelerated in 2017 and 2018, when an average of 5,000 people left Venezuela every day in search of protection or a better life. This is the largest exodus in the region’s recent history, second to the world’s largest refugee crisis in Syria and this population is in dire need of assistance. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, invited Praya Lundberg, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador to visit Colombia, the country hosting the largest number of Venezuelan refugees in the world, from 23 – 27 September 2019 to monitor UNHCR's responses to address the protection needs of Venezuelan refugees and displaced people and to collect information and footage to develop a short documentary. This is the third international mission of Praya as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador after following her previous missions to visit Syrian refugees in Jordan and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in recent years. “On each mission, I realized difficulties and complexities in providing life support to refugees and, this time, it is harder than ever - it changed my life completely. The Venezuelan crisis is complex including, internal instability and a combination of refugee and displaced populations that individual require different approaches and solutions. For me, this mission was unique because I was able to bear witness to this emergency situation. I visited an emergency shelter that welcomes Venezuelans arriving at the border, and not in a refugee camp like my previous missions. I admire UNHCR’s dedicated and professional staff who work around the clock in different roles to save lives. I also admire the strength and resilience of refugees and displaced people. “At Saimon Bolivar International Bridge, the most transited border point across the Táchira River on the Venezuela–Colombia border, I witnessed thousands of people attempting to seek for safety and security in Colombia. I saw pregnant women, people with disabilities, children and sick people forced to flee their homes as they cannot live their lives in Venezuela anymore without access to water, electricity, medicine or food. Many children became sick and died as they had no access to milk. In recent years, Venezuela’s hospitals have been struggling with shortages of supplies and staff, as well as constant electricity cuts. Between 2015 and 2016, maternal deaths grew by 65 per cent and child mortality after six days of being born increased by 53 per cent, according to government data. In a UNHCR emergency shelter at the border, field staff work very hard to support the most vulnerable Venezuelans. I met children with disabilities, malnourished children and adults and I met one family with a child with disabilities. I offered him a big hug to give support – all I only felt were his bones.” “I met Angy, a 24 year old mother of two children, who has stage 4 cancer. She was
LYN introduces the latest drops for Fall-Winter 2019 campaign specially portrayed by Thai superstar and fashion icon ‘Mai Davika Hoorne’. As compelling as its muse, the collection embodies the beauty of the season and warmth through a daring move on colours, far-from-boring silhouettes, versatile functionality, and a sense of modern confidence translated into every detail. The reinterpretation of most of-the-moment trends are combined into the new mixture that creates a sense of accessibility and practicality. A swing between understated elegance and modern glamour catered to occasions from party, office hours, to everyday wear. Bright and bold primaries have become the new obsession on red ‘Brooklyn S’ bag, while the logo game is high with ‘Dutches B’ heels where cutout LYN logo aligns at the vertical of the feet, as well as the 90s oversized ‘Barbados Logo’ sneakers stamped with sporty big LYN logo. For go-to structured handbags, ‘Grazzie’ in true red or navy blue comes with a sophisticated urban flair and a key charm that is a gimmick of LYN trapeziums. Soft neutrals from pink, ivory to black are also available in ‘Versa M’ bag. Fans of unconventional shapes will adore the oval ‘Vanessa Hard Case’, the wavy ‘Morocco’ shoulder bag, the chain strap ‘Versa’ and Legacy Q’. The shoe collection stands out with a deliberate mix of contrasting materials. Make entrance and give your ensemble a party-ready finish.with the crystal-embellished version of the iconic platform heels ‘Sabella Jewel’ or ‘Callasmaria’ slingback heels with dazzling faux diamonds on top. Fans of cutting-edge, street-meet-luxury designs will be thrilled by the unexpected take on sneaker where oversized silhouette teamed up with round crystals in ‘Bermudah’. Spotlight-inducing pair features ‘Arabesque’ in metallic straps, ‘Soho’ peep-toe platforms in champagne colours and glitter all the way. Discover Fall-Winter 2019 DAVIKA FOR LYN now at all LYN boutiques.