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As a Bangkok-born who has always lived here, there is something about this city that never ceases to amaze me. One of my most favourite spot to re-visit from time to time is Pranakorn Area. Samranraj is one of the districts in the area, famous for old houses and street foods, as well as one-off lifestyles. The cushy fusion between Thai, Chinese, Indian, and Western influences of the district is dulcet in the way no other place is. Chef Bank, a native of the area, who is the chef at Samranraj Cuisine, narrates the charming way of living around here through his finesse in culinary arts and impressive knowledge of Thai ingredients. His cuisine fuses cultures with flavours, as if he is taking you on a journey in Thailand from the northernmost part to the south, while making a stop at Samranraj district to peek at the beautiful cultural blend. At Samranraj Cuisine Restaurant, I get to try the dinner set in a casual yet exquisite setting. The semi-open kitchen makes the dinnertime even more enjoyable. In the southern part of Thailand, there are a large number of Muslim people, and they add their unique flavours to various dishes, one of them being “Salad Khaek”. On the Samranraj Rice Crackers, the sweet-and-sour zest of the salad is added to chunks of fresh crabmeat and culantro from the North, creating a succulent sensation over the crispy rice from the Central region. For Wild Hokkaido Scallop Som Tum Ceviche, when common dish like Som Tum is made extravagant, it feels like home, with cutting-edge redecoration. Topped on papaya salad are jumbo-sized fresh scallops. Instead of simply adding chilli to the salad, the chef transforms it into jelly, so the whole experience is marvelously textured. Vegan-friendly Banana Flower Salad is utterly nutritious, while being rich in flavours. Pomelo adds juiciness to the dish so gorgeously. And then it is time for the mains. Poached and Seared Foei Gras & Duck is a seamless, stunning blend of Western and Chinese flavours. Instead of cooking common Dong Po Rou, duck and foei gras are poached in Po Rou water, so that the unique herbal aroma seeps thoroughly in the meat. The sided mulberry chutney complements the dish so well. When savouring everything together in one bite, it gives unexpectedly heavenly senses. Thai Wagyu Beef brings the best charcoal-grilled beef from Sakon Nakhon to the plate, peppered with ground roasted rice, making each piece crispy on the outside, and juicy on the inside. To reveal the famous Isaan-style flavours, spicy “jaew” dipping is served alongside. I am usually not a fan of lamb, but when I try Charcoal Lamb Cutlet Massaman Curry, I must say this can easily be my favourite. This is a great combination of Chinese, Indian, and Western tastes, crystallising the charming cultural diversity of the district. The tender lamb and rich-in-flavour Massaman curry goes brilliantly with one another. After having had a long delectable time, dessert is the way to say sweet goodbye. Jasmine Panna Cotta Ginger Jelly is topped with

Where the whole gleaming peninsula is yours, Amanpuri at Phuket makes a grandiose return now with intriguing programmes to enhance the wellness of your body and soul, as well as to augment the quality of time spent with your beloved ones. Designed to reflect the country’s classic architectural style in harmony with its verdant natural surroundings, the resort provides the space, peace and discretion of a private island with 40 standalone guest pavilions and 40 private multi-bedroom villas. With its tranquil setting, Amanpuri has long been a sanctuary for those seeking a positive shift in terms of wellbeing. The resort’s extensive Aman Spa features 12 treatment rooms, hydrotherapy areas with steam rooms, traditional saunas, two infrared saunas, Jacuzzis and cold plunge pools, and a finishing salon for nails and hair. The fitness studio includes a glass-walled gym, a Pilates studio, a Muay Thai studio and boxing ring, yoga pavilions and a juice bar. An Andaman Escape As an invitation to residents of Thailand, Amanpuri is offering exclusive rates for the ‘Andaman Escape’ programme, which includes daily breakfast and private return transfers for stays from a minimum of two nights, as well as special reductions on spa experiences and dining across the resort’s restaurants. Perfect for those looking to escape the city, even if just for the weekend, and reconnect with nature, Amanpuri is a serene sanctuary to relax, rejuvenate and spend time with loved ones. Wellness at Amanpuri In February 2019, Amanpuri became the brand’s first resort to provide medical services with the launch of its revolutionary Holistic Wellness Centre and transformative multi-day Medical Wellness Immersion programmes. A certified medical team from Phuket’s renowned health and sports resort, Thanyapura works alongside Aman’s alternative-therapy specialists at the Holistic Wellness Centre to offer medical services for those who desire optimal health. New this year, Amanpuri has introduced a five-night Integrated Medical Immune Support Immersion designed and led by expert physicians who have selected therapies supported by medical literature to contribute to improved immune defence, aiming to restore peak physical health. The Immersion begins with an orientation and wellness assessment on the day of arrival, as well as a 90-minute Aman signature massage. The programme includes six intravenous infusions (IVs) and one injection, four medical sessions, two 90-minute spa treatments, two 60-minute private movement sessions and all meals and daily health juices from a personalised nutrition plan. A final consultation assesses progress and provides guidance for the future. In addition to the new Immersion programme, guests are able to select from a choice of one-off immune-supporting medical treatments at the Holistic Wellness Centre. For those looking to kickstart their wellness journey, the Detox & Cleansing Immersion is the perfect way to recalibrate and reassess the body’s needs. The personalised programme naturally stimulates the detoxification pathways of the body, removing the obstacles to wellness created by emotional eating, bad habits and high-stress lifestyles. Treatments concentrate on clearing toxicity, draining the lymph, and releasing tension to relax and renew the body and mind. Guests will leave with tips on how to dispel negativity, forge new neural pathways and increase their mental acuity. Activities offered as

After a pause due to the pandemic, exquisite beachfront resort Vana Belle Koh Samui makes a comeback on 2 July 2020 with upgraded safety measures and cleanliness standards, so that all guests and staff can feel comfortable in every minute, together with come refurbishment in various areas. The hotel strictly follows government guidelines, Marriott’s Commitment to Clean program as well as WHO’s latest announcements. The resort has also renewed the concepts of their in-house restaurants. It includes Kiree ‘The Bistro’, offering bistro cooking that embodies a culinary ethos of generosity, economy, simplicity, and excellence. The restaurant extends elegant dining in an opulently furnished air-conditioned dining room or a spacious outdoor terrace for alfresco dining. PANALI restaurant, serving authentic Thai Southern cuisine by talented Chef Julong in exceptional seaside setting, makes your lunch or dinner even more impressionable. There are still a lot more one-off luxuries to be experienced here. Now the wait is over, the resort is ready to welcome you back in the outmost safety and with the best service at Vana Belle, A Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui.

Now at Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, you can indulge into all the luxuries with Luxury Getaway package. Reserve one, two or three nights and a fabulous rate is yours in addition to complimentary benefits such as daily breakfast, one Southern Thai set menu or Italian set menu, and seven courses of European gourmet tasting menu with Rose wine for two persons. Further touches to enhance your stay include convenient late check-out until 4:00 pm and a generous 25% discount at all of our restaurants and bars, 35% discount of speedboat as well as at the blissful So Spa with L’Occitane for 50% discount. THB 3,300 net // One night Luxury Gataway Package One night staying in Superior room including breakfast for two persons 25% discount off for Food & Beverage 35% discount off for speedboat 50% discount off for spa treatment THB 6,600 net // Two nights Luxury Gataway Package Two nights staying in Superior room including breakfast for two persons One Southern Thai set menu or one Italian set menu for two persons 25% discount off for Food & Beverage 35% discount off for speedboat 50% discount off for spa treatment THB 9,900 net // Three nights Luxury Gataway Package Three nights staying in Superior room including breakfast for two persons Seven courses of European gourmet tasting menu with Pink Bubbles 25% discount off for Food & Beverage 35% discount off for speedboat 50% discount off for spa treatment Room rates include two adults and one child (under 12 years). An extra adult is an additional rate of THB 1,800 net or child (under 12) at THB 900 net. Booking period: Now - 30 June 2020 Valid for stays from 1 September - 23 December 2020 Surcharge Periods may apply, see full Terms & Conditions for details Accor Plus Members access an additional 10% offer, when member number is added in the 'Voucher' field.

When you are asked about must-visit places in Thailand, it is doubtless that Phuket is one. Rich in culture, embraced by tranquil nature, the tourism section in Phuket had been doing great for decades, with new beautiful hotels and indulgent restaurants constantly emerges. However, with the recent pandemic, the wondrous island had to shut itself down like never before. Now that the situation in Thailand has been unceasingly easing, and with the Phuket International Airport being back in operation, the Phuket Hotels Association, in collaboration with global hospitality branding agency QUO, launches the "Imagine Phuket" campaign to help revive the island's charming liveliness and to invite discerning travelers to comfortably unwind in Phuket again. The campaign aims to prompt people of how Phuket was their ideal vacation with everything they need, and it still is. The initiative enables island hotels to come together with one voice and one message. Each property will be given the creative resources to personalize videos, images and logos with their own branding, creating bespoke versions of the campaign’s inspiring message. By reaching the combined audiences of 75 participating hotels in the private sector, there is the rare opportunity for authentic, large-scale virality. Check out the introductory video of the campaign below, and stay tuned for more from the campaign! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GospREAcZ2Y   Open photo by Sookyung An from Pixabay

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel is now open with all its facilities ready to grafity you with first-rate service and upheaved safety measures with the hotel's new "Stay with Peace of Mind" programme. Reopening with a host of enhanced hygiene measures, Anantara Spa has introduced a collection of immune-boosting initiatives, available daily from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm. At the hotel’s award-winning restaurants, diners can indulge in a variety of cuisines and experiences – signature Italian cuisine at Biscotti; baked goods and coffee at Mocha & Muffins; all-day dining and afternoon tea at The Lobby; a selection of masterfully crafted drinks at Aqua; and sumptuous dining with free-flow beverages at Madison Sunday Brunch. Food takeaway and delivery services are available as well. Mocha & Muffins is open daily from 7:00am to 7:00pm The Lobby is open daily from 10:00am to 11:00 pm Biscotti is open daily for lunch (12:00pm – 2:30pm) and dinner (6:00pm – 10:30pm) Aqua is open daily from 5:00pm to midnight Madison is open for Sunday Brunch from 11:30am to 3:00pm The reopening is announced after the hotel has been awarded "Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration: SHA" certification by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and a certificate of a Lodging Facility with High Hygiene and Safety Standards from the Department of Health and Ministry of Public Health. For more information and reservations, please call +66 (0) 2 126 8866, email dining.asia@anantara.com, or visit www.anantara.com/en/siam-bangkok

During this "new normal" period, Piaget invites you to experience the new pleasure of luxury shopping with its very first virtual boutique that can be accessed on digital devices from everywhere in the world, and you can be assisted whenever you like. This full life-like browsing lets you peek closely to each dazzling timepiece, as if it were actually right in front of your eyes. You can visit the virtual salon here.  

The Sukhothai Bangkok invites you to experience warm hospitality and ultimate tranquility in the  heart of beautiful Bangkok with irresistible Staycation package at only THB 5,500 net. The Staycation Package includes: One-night accommodation Daily breakfast for up to 2 persons A set of 3-course lunch or dinner at La Scala restaurant The package is valid from 1 August until 31 October 2020. For further information or reservations, please call +66 (0) 2344 8888, email to reservations@sukhothai.com, or visit this website.

Looking for a marvelous staycation in Bangkok? Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse offers you a chance to enjoy a complimentary stay in a beautifully-adorned room when you savour the finest treats at the hotel's restaurant and bar: Praya Kitchen, Yào Restaurant & Rooftop Bar, or The Lobby Lounge. Spend THB 5,000++ and get a complimentary 1-night stay in our Deluxe Room (for 2 persons) Spend THB 8,000++ and get a complimentary 1-night stay in our 2-Bedroom Residential Suite (for 4 persons) The promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions or discounts.  Limited to 1 redemption per 1 bill per 1 table only.  The hotel reserves the right to change and modify these terms and conditions at any time without notice. Starting now - 31 July 2020, for a stay from now - 31 August 2020. For more information or reservation, please contact  +66 (0) 2 088 5666.