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This March and April, Praya Kitchen at Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse pampers your tongue with top-quality imported Australian beef pepped up with full-flavoured Thai spices with "Crying Tiger" buffet dinner. Highlights include popular Thai dishes such as Dry-aged Beef Steak with E-Sarn Sauce, Grilled Wagyu Donburi with Ka Praw Sauce, Beef Noodle and many more. Alternatively, you may choose your favourite choice of fresh meats from dry-aging fridge and leave it to Chefs’ hands to cook according to your preference. You are also invited to experience an array of fresh seafood at the “Seafood Wall”, featuring locally-sourced crustaceans such as River Prawns, Rock Lobsters, Blue Crabs and Mussels to be cooked as you like it. "Crying Tiger" buffet dinner is offered every Friday and Saturday, until 30 April 2021. Price at THB 1,688++ per person. Children aged 6-12 years old receive 50% discount and free for children under 6 years old. For more information and reservation, please contact +66 (0) 2 088 5666 or Official LINE: @marriottsurawongse

Recently, World Reward Solutions has successfully hosted "Khao Yai Muan Chuen" dining event in collaboration with Khao Yai Tourism Association. The event was organised with a help from White Glove Academy & FINN by World Rewards Solution in training students and teacher from Pak Chong Technical College and personnel from Grand Siri Resort, Pen Laos restaurant, and Gran Monte Vineyard in providing services in a premium level. The training is also led by Michelin-starred Chef Thaninthon Chantarawanyoung, and he has also created a wonderful 7-course menu using mainly locally-sourced ingredients. With the first event being a huge success with over 50 guests who have enjoy the delectable experience amidst beautiful nature, the next dining experience by leading chefs will follow soon! For further inquiries, please contact World Reward Solutions at +66 (0) 2 016 9998.  

From 27 February onwards at The Okura Prestige Bangkok, Executive Chef Sebastiaan Hoogewerf and Master Chef Shigeru Hagiwara from Yamazato will work together to serve up all-you-can-eat Yatai & Izakaya Night delights at Up & Above Restaurant every Saturday evening. Yatai is a mobile food shops in Japan, which normally sell noodles and street snacks. Izakaya literally means ‘stay-drink-place’, similar to a tapas bar where friends, family and colleagues go to eat, drink and unwind. When both styles of savouries come together, Japanese favourites on the buffet menu include barachirachi & sashimi, yakitori, tori tsukane, takoyaki, okonomiyaki, udon with onsen egg, oden soup, hot smoked salmon donburi and there is a cooking station serving tonkatsu made a la minute. Other scrumptious buffet options include fresh seafood on ice: lobster, Dutch mussels, razor clams, prawns and oysters served with a choice of condiments, as well as BBQ highlights such as grilled tiger prawns, grilled squid and grilled mackerel teriyaki. A special dish from the kitchen is pan seared foie gras and balsamic reduction, while for dessert a homemade ice cream station and treats like taiyaki and Hokkaido cheesecake guarantee a sweet finish Yatai & Izakaya Night is available every Saturday from 18:00 - 22:00 and can be enjoyed along additional free flow beverages to complete the traditional Japanese experience. Prices start from THB 1,950++ per person including free-flow juices, mocktails and soft drinks and THB 2,950++ per person for additional free-flow draft beer, curated drinks, wine, soft drinks and juices. For reservations, please contact +66 (0) 2 687 9000, email  FB.concierge@okurabangkok.com, or book on our website www.okurabangkok.com

An afternoon tea session with Singaporean touch! – Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit takes you on a luscious trip without having to leave the country with a mouth-watering afternoon tea set with Singaporean delicacies at Tuxedo Espresso Bar. Tea enthusiasts can expect a classic selection of Singaporean sweets like Kueh Dadar, Durian Puff Craquelin, Oriental Egg Tart and Steamed Palm Sugar Cake. The famous Singapore Laksa will also be served alongside Nasi Lemak, Chicken & Sardine Curry Puff and Chwee Kueh Steamed Rice Cake with Preserved Turnip. Carlton’s version is a full dedication to all the famous food, light bites and sweets that Singaporeans grew up eating. The afternoon tea is priced at THB 1,080++ for two persons, or THB 1,380++ for two persons with two glasses of bubbles. Aailable from March on, serving daily from 12:00 - 16:30 at Tuxedo Espresso Bar, lobby floor. For more information or reservations, please contact +66 (0) 2 090 7888 or email FBreservations@carltonhotel.co.th

To mark the beginning of the new era, award-winning Soneva Jani in Maldives has announced its "Chapter Two", a marvelous expansion of first-rate offerings with 27 new luxurious water villas, new dining concepts, the Soneva Wellness Centre, and Soneva Unlimited. The new over-villas in Chapter Two, ranging from One Bedroom to Four Bedroom Water reserves, have been designed to maximise privacy and create a true sense of seclusion amidst the ocean, featuring vast indoor and outdoor living spaces and sweeping terraces, private pool, some have slides straight into the private lagoon, and outdoor bathrooms for bathing under the sun and stars. The one- and two-bedroom Reserves also have the iconic retractable roof over the master bed for stargazing. Other privileges at the Chapter Two are Soneva Unmilited, which includes unlimited access to meals, fine wines, diving, experiences, spa treatments and transfers; new outlets led by expert chefs with tasty options of plant-based and pescatarian dishes, as well as mouth-watering grills; and the new Wellness Centre with a dedicated Ayurvedic Clinic, a cross-functional fitness area, and an open-air yoga pavilion with facilities for aerial yoga. The starting price for a 1 Bedroom Water Retreat in Chapter Two starts from USD 3,560+++ in shoulder season, which includes all meals, transfers, experiences, drinks and spa treatments.

As thailand’s café culture gets increasingly worldly, new spots are emerging almost daily. Many are cool, possibly also dramatic places and undoubtedly visit- worthy. The ones that you will return to again and again, however, are likely those that give you a cosy feeling, as if you are at home sharing comforting drinks and tasty bites with your best friends.   DROP BY DOUGH Udomsuk and Ari, Bangkok A Donut House with Hygge Vibes Speciality: Freshly-baked doughnuts with rich, indulgent fillings. Setting: Cosy Scandinavian interior design that invites you to enjoy every minute there. Must-tries: Classic Vanilla / Nutella & Hazelnut / Bacon Cheddar Cheese Instagram: @dropbydough   MAGOKORO TEA HOUSE Mueang, Chiang Mai   Tea in a Mini Japanese Zen Garden Speciality: Heavenly green teas from an award-winning farm served in traditional Japanese style, as well as tasty Japanese sweets. Setting: A mini Zen garden that transports you to a bucolic setting in Japan. Must-tries: Ikigai Ceremonial Set / Cold Brew Tea / Matcha Roll Instagram: @magokoro.teahouse   MORE THAN FEELING BREW Ramkhamhaeng, Bangkok A House of Hand-Crafted Coffee Speciality: Coffee made with loving hands, from grinding to brewing in a Flair Espresso Maker to make the perfect cup for you. Setting: Cosy and minimalist, good for long stretches of time with friends or for working in peace with a perfect cup of ambrosial coffee near at hand. Must-tries: Dirty / Cold Drip / Cold Brew / Matcha Latte Instagram: @morethanfeelingbrew   REMEDY CAFE AND STAY Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok A Vintage House by the River Speciality: Speciality coffee made with beans of different origins, brewed with advanced equipment including a Flair Espresso Maker, AeroPress coffee maker, V60 Dripper, and more. If you don’t like being too caffeinated, the milky frappés and fruity smoothies are also very good. Setting: A small slow life riverside house with vintage décor and pleasant music coming from a vinyl record player. Must-tries: Breezy Remedy Signature / Dirty Coffee / Lemon Drizzle Cake Instagram: @remedy.bkk   WHISPERING CAFÉ Sampran, Nakhon Pathom Garden House of Your Dreams Speciality: A variety of tastebud-pleasing drinks and sweets. Setting: A vintage wooden house set in a vast idyllic garden by Thailand’s top landscape designer, with a tranquil pond in which you can paddle around in a little boat. Must-tries: Mint Chocolate / Matcha Latte Cold / Roselle Soda / Dark Beer Cake Instagram: @whispering.cafe   POONYPOONY COFFEE Sutthisan, Bangkok Welcome to the Barista’s Home Speciality: Seriously good cups with wicked latte art by Poon, the owner, who has worked as a barista in Melbourne. The latte art in his Babycino is the talk of the town. Setting: The very friendly atmosphere of Poon’s house, sipping aromatic coffee made by the man himself. This is a café with a personal touch that makes you want to linger. Must-tries: Dirty / Orange Tonic / Drip Coffee Instagram: @poonypoonycoffee   BILLYBILLIES Bangna, Bangkok   A Cosy English Tea Room Speciality: Blissful home-made cakes and bakes inspired by English tea rooms, as well as original house blend teas specially created for this cosy house. The made-to- order birthday cakes will steal your heart, and the organised creative workshops will give you lots of fun. Setting: The ambience of a cosy English tea room that attracts passers-by and, as you step inside, you will feel as if you

If a cat or dog island sounds too ordinary for you, Koh Matsum is a modest paradise that will surprise you with cuddly piggies running carefreely on the shore! Rumour has it that these pigs swam across from nearby Koh Taen to the tiny island, while some people said they were brought here by Mr. Kitt, who owns a beach bar on the lightly populated island thanks to his kind heart. The drove of hogs has since grown to about 12, and has been brightening up the day of a myriad of visiting tourists. Aside from the friendly pigs, the island is also teeming with fish and rare birds. Also, after a break from tourism, marine lives like turtles, dugongs, sharks, and numerous fish species and coral reefs arare naturally replenished, so they are now more vivid than ever. Banyan Tree Samui, one of the island’s most prestigious resort, was in the news last year when a rare giant green turtle laid over 200 eggs in nests on the resort’s secluded beach. The nests were protected by the resort’s resident marine biologist who built a fence to protect them from predators. Situated 2 kilometres off the south coast of Koh Samui, reachable by boat trips from Koh Samui. Banyan Tree Samui offers a half-day tour in a state-of-the-art "Sense of the Sea" speedboat carrying up to 12 passengers, which can also be reserved for a private tour with a chic picnic lunch. For reservations and more information, please visit www.banyantree.com/en/thailand/samui     Photos by Richard Barrow

At Wachirabenchathat Park, also knownas Rot Fai Park, vast Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is an educative recreation spot for people of all ages. Not only people will be compelled by the colours of nature, the natural classroom is also the place for study, research, data collection and compilation on life cycles of butterflies and other insects, biodiversity, ecosystem, and importance of plants that are food of caterpillars, so visitors can get to know more about them and appreciate the beauty they bring to this world without having to travel far from Bangkok. The garden comprises an activity ground and an exhibition area displaying elegance of various species of butterflies and insects. The exhibition area has a mini theatre showing video on insects and ecosystem, a breeding and nursing room for butterfly and insect larvae (available only for group visitors) and an enclosure. Showcasing over 500 butterflies of 20 species, the enclosure was built in the shape of a large dome with a height of 15 meters, using open framework and airy materials for good air ventilation. The Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is part of the project on non-formal education promotion of the BMA affiliated schools and part of “Chatuchak Learning Park”, taking place at 3 connected public parks namely Chatuchak Park, H.M. Queen Sirikit Park, and Wachirabenchathat Park (Rot Fai Park), in line with the National Education Act  specifying that “public park” is one of the lifelong learning resources for people of all ages and genders. The garden is open on Tuesdays - Sundays and public holidays, except for Mondays, from 08:30 to 16:30. Free entry. For a group visit, please submit a letter to Director of Public Parks Office requesting for permission 5 – 7 working days in advance. For more interesting news, visit www.prbangkok-eng.com  Source of information: Bangkok Tourism Division

To mark the first anniversary of Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit, the 5-star hotel in the heart of the city invites you to unwind at the hotel with special promotion. From 19 February - 19 March 2021, you can book your first night's stay and enjoy the second night at only THB 1! This outstanding package also includes: Breakfast add-on, only THB 1 per person on your second night With the purchase of any food item, enjoy a selection of THB 1 offers at each outlet Full flexibility on rescheduling or cancellation up to 24 hours prior to arrival For further information or reservation, please contact +66 (0) 2 090 7888 or email reservations@carltonhotel.co.th