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From now until 30 April 2021, you can book your vacation at newly opened Banyan Tree Krabi at tempting rates valid for stays until 30 September 2021! Situated at tranquil Tubkaek Beach, Banyan Tree Krabi is embraced by pristine seascape, offering jaw-dropping vista that is unique to the province. In addition, with its first-rate services, sublime design, unbeatable dining scene, and reinvigorating spa sessions, the resort is genuinely your private paradise. For your forthcoming trip, the 72-key luxury beach resort invites you to experience privacy amidst exquisite nature with these irresistible perks: 25% off the best rate at any of its suites and villas, each of which has its own private pool Complimentary breakfast 50% off any spa and massage treatment (plus 30% off a second treatment) A free afternoon tea set served in refined English style at either your private terrace or at Naga Kitchen Thai citizens can combine the discount with the national Rao Tiew Duay Gan (“Let’s Travel Together”) campaign whereby the government refunds 40% of their bill For more information and reservation, click HERE.

Lately in Thailand, there has been a rising awareness on the quality of the air we breathe. A lot of urbanites check the quality of the air first thing in the morning, but we cannot fully avoid breathing some pollutants in – we can only try our best to "minimise" the unclean air intake and get our bodies an immunity. Although mostly invisible to the naked eye, the air we breathe is full of particulate matter (PM); chemicals, soil, smoke, dust or allergens, containing sulfates, nitrates, ammonia, black carbon, and mineral dust. These particles can be small enough to penetrate deep into our lungs, or even pass into our bloodstream, leading to much more serious lung and heart problems over time. Dr. Tal Friedman, Head of Naturopathic and Research & Development Specialist at Chiva-Som International Health Resort, gives some highly beneficial advices for us to safeguard our health amidst the fine dust situation.   Changing air filters - Make sure to keep the air filters at home, and at work if possible, clean. Replace when necessary and see if HEPA or better filters are available for your HVAC system. Filtrete rolls are an option to add to an existing system. Keep in mind that the finer the filter, the harder your systems fan will have to push. Clean more often - Vacuum and clean up dust often. Daily if your neighborhood air is very polluted and you have young children, older folks or those with medical conditions. Much of this dust is brought in from the outdoors and then recirculates inside your home. Doing a quick cleaning inside can improve indoor air quality. Get some plants - Get some household plants. There have been a couple of studies looking at the ability of plants to accumulate PM. Its seen that leaves with greater amounts rougher surfaces collected and accumulated greater amounts of PM. Epipremnum aureum (also called money plant, devils vine, devils ivy) is a good choice as the texture of the leaves has been shown to collect more PM than similar plants, but most plants with big rough leaves are good choices. Avoid strong fragrance - Avoid fragranced products like air fresheners, laundry detergents, etc. These contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. VOCs are also more commonly found indoors than outdoors. When outdoor air quality is poor it would be wise to limit exposure to VOCs when we are indoors. Eat more broccoli - Eating broccoli can help your body fight inflammation and expel pollutants.   Experiencing a wellness retreat at Chiva-Som is another way to improve your health, surrounded by nature and in the care of Chiva-Som’s wellness experts.  Wellness consultations and treatments to enhance your breathing and cardiovascular system. For more information or reservation, please contact Chiva-Som at +66 (0) 32 536 536, reservation@chivasom.com or visit owww.chivasom.com

To make your day special without having to leave the house, UNO MAS offers delicious at-home experience with "Seafood on Ice Brunch", alongside a bottle of world-class G.H. Mumm Changpange to pamper your tongue with Spanish and Mediterranean delights. Freshly-imported delicacies include Canadian lobster (1 piece per person), Alaskan king crab, black tiger prawns, slipper lobster, New Zealand mussels, and smoked salmon. You can also indulge in a selection of cold cuts with Iberico Jamon and condiments, pulpo (octopus) salad, white anchovies in vinegar Boquerones royal cut smoked salmon salad Cogollo de Tudela, seafood Nikkei ceviche, and spinach salad with raisins and Manchego. The brunch also includes fresh-baked baguettes with butter as well as an assortment of petits fours. An all inclusive brunch package for 2 people with a 0.75-liter bottle of G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon Champagne is priced at THB 7,999 net. A brunch for 4 people with a 1.5-liter magnum bottle of G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne is priced at THB 15,555 net. Orders must be placed at least 1 day in advance via +66 (0) 2 100 6255 or diningcgcw@chr.co.th. Deliver daily during 12:00 - 19:00. Free delivery within a 10-km radius (THB 20 per additional km). To find out more about UNO MAS, visit www.unomasbangkok.com

Pol.Lt.Gen. Sopon Pisuttiwong, Deputy Governor of Bangkok, as the Director of the BMA’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (BMA-CCSA), presided over the meeting of BMA-CCSA, no.10/2021. Executives of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), BMA spokespersons, as well as representatives from BMA departments, Metropolitan Police Headquarters and Bangkok Internal Security Operations Command, district zones, and related agencies under the BMA participated in the meeting at Rattanakosin Room, Bangkok City Hall (Sao Chingcha), Phra Nakhon District. Pol.Capt. Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, BMA Spokesman, revealed that, according to the meeting to follow up the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic situation in Bangkok held on 14 January 2021, 14 new confirmed cases are detected. Key factor contributed to the declining number of patients is the BMA Announcement on the Order of Temporary Closure of Premises No. 14 dated December 29, 2020; No. 15 dated January 3, 2021; and No. 16 dated January 5, 2021. Previously, the number of cases had increased because many people traveled to risk areas or entertainment venues. At present, the BMA can control the outbreak situation. The BMA also conducted active case findings of more than 10,000 samples using nasopharyngeal swabs and saliva testing. From now on, the BMA will continuously speed up active case finding for COVID-19 cases as much as possible. The BMA Spokesman also mentioned the COVID-19 vaccines which will be given to Thai people that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha clearly reiterated that all Thais would be vaccinated to prevent Covid-19. The first in line will be healthcare and medical personnel according to the disease control guidelines as they are working closely with patients. Regarding side effects from the vaccines, medical professionals are working together to determine which vaccines to be used. Regarding the procuring of the vaccines, if the Royal Thai Government cannot allocate budget for purchasing COVID-19 vaccines, the BMA is ready to allocate its budget for the people of Bangkok. However, presently, all countries around the world are in need of vaccines while total manufacturing capacity is limited, which means it will take some time to successfully purchase the vaccines. Ministry of Public Health as well as the BMA Health Department and Medical Services Department have discussed on how to import good and effective COVID-19 vaccines to vaccinate all Thai people as soon as possible. For more updates, visit www.prbangkok-eng.com     Photo by Ingo Joseph via Pexels.

Even though the global pandemic in 2020 may halted your international travels, it is still great to learn about wonderful things to look forward to when the situation eases up. For your future trips, here are some of the soon-to-be-launched tropical havens that could become your next favourite stays!   The Ithaafushi Private Island by Waldorf Astoria Maldives In January, The Ithaafushi Private Island Estate by Waldorf Astoria Maldives will make the paradise island even more paradisiacal. The elegant Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi invites you to experience its one-of-a-kind spin-off with superb privacy and first-rate luxuries on the secluded 32,000 sqm island. The Ithaafushi Private Island Estate features elegant standalone villas, accommodating up to 24 guests, accessible by a private yacht, alongside a team of dedicated Experience Curators to satisfy your every need while you are relishing in the stunning vista of endless sea of turquoise and gleamingly white sands.  W: www.waldorfastoriamaldives.com/private-island   Regent Phu Quoc If you seek an exquisite sanctuary for your body and mind, Regent™ Phu Quoc is the place. The all villas and suites resort offers options from one bedroom havens to expansive seven bedroom ultra-villas, all of which are dressed elegantly, as well as daily vista of breathtaking sunset best viewed from your private infinity pool, rooftop bar, or a Personal Haven fashioned on the beach. Besides, the resort's facilities and wellness journeys will make you feel more rejuvenated than ever. W: www.ihg.com/regent/hotels/us/en/phu-quoc/pqcrr/hoteldetail   Kagi Maldives Spa Island  Situated in the secluded tip of North Male’ Atoll, the adults-only five-star Kagi Maldives Spa Island has freshly debuted with 50 polished villas and top-notch wellness experience. At the heart of the island sits Kagi’s 1500-square-meter spa and wellness hub, offering personalised programmes for guests to Release, Restore, and Regain with a wide array of therapies ranging from the classics to the alternatives. To discover pristine underwater glamour, a dive centre is there to assist you. W: www.kagimaldives.com   Andaz Bali, Indonesia In historic Sanur, Andaz Bali will open its wondrous door in April with eye-catching design inspired by the surrounding traditional Balinese villages, while adding a contemporary twist. Andaz Bali will offer guests vibrant culinary experiences including grilled seafood on the beachfront alongside a myriad of leisure options including shared wellness facilities with the adjacent Hyatt Regency Bali. W: www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/indonesia/andaz-bali/dpsaz

The Okura Prestige is now offering freshly baked bread straight from the oven for you to enjoy at home. A warm, sweet-smelling Elements Bread Box comes with 2 pieces of the hotel's signature Brioche feuilletée, 2 pieces of Soba baguette, 2 pieces of Goma charcoal soft bun, 1 bar of French salted butter and 1 bar of smoked miso and seaweed butter, only at THB 390 per box. Elements Artisanal Bread Box is available to order from now on. A minimum of 24 hours pre-order is required by calling +66 (0) 2 687 9031 or email fbreservations@okurabangkok.com. Pick up at La Pâtisserie on weekdays from 07:00 - 19:00 and for weekends/holidays, pick up is on request at Up & Above Restaurant.

Tinidee Hideaway Tonsai Beach Krabi, Krabi's latest stylish stay at scenic Tonsai Bay with beach-facing private villas, a Thai longhouse with hostel-style dorms, pleasant public facilities and resort swimming pool, is now offering irresistible promotions for those seeking an escape to a placid place. The idyllic beach location makes it ideal for rock-climbers, adventurers, families and those looking for a relaxing break. STAY LONGER, SAVE MORE For stays of 2 nights or more, you can enjoy 25% OFF Best Available Rates (room only and room with breakfast). Other superb benefits include: - Daily breakfast at Café Nidee (for room with breakfast bookings) - Free High Speed Wi-Fi Access - 'MAYA' welcome drink upon arrival - Early check-in from 13:00 (subject to availability) - Late check-out till 14:00 (subject to availability) - Free cancelation up to 24 hours before arrival BOOK NOW AND SAVE Reserve a stay now for your future visit to receive 15% OFF Best Available Rates (room only and room with breakfast). Other great benefits include: - Daily breakfast at Café Nidee (for room with breakfast bookings) - Free High Speed Wi-Fi Access - 'MAYA' welcome drink upon arrival - Early check-in from 13:00 (subject to availability) - Late check-out till 14:00 (subject to availability) - Free cancelation up to 24 hours before arrival   The promotions are available for bookings and stays from now - 31  March 2021. For more information and to make a reservation, please call +66 (0) 75 628 042 or www.tinidee.com

Bangkok is now a full-fledged ageing society, as the city has become the area with the highest number of aged populations in Thailand. It is, therefore, essential for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to prepare economic and medical services, as well as care facilities to be able to provide more inclusive and effective care for elderly people, leading to the construction project of Bueng Sakae Ngam Elderly Home. At present, the BMA has run an old age home called Ban Bang Khae II home, located in Bang Khae District. However, it can accommodate only 140 persons, while there are over 1 million elderly people living in Bangkok. Pol.Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, has assigned the BMA organisations to work together in finding spots for additional old age homes to cover every corner of Bangkok. Fortunately, the BMA has gained a support from charitable persons who donated a 32-rai land located at Bueng Sakae Ngam, Khlong Sam Wa District, which is the most suitable location for the project. Hence, the Governor of Bangkok assigned the BMA Public Works Department to design the Bueng Sakae Ngam Elderly Home Project in which, presently, the initial design has been completed. As for the conceptual idea for the design and planning of project, the project area is divided into 3 zones: the public zone comprising Public Health Center building and parking lot; the semi-public zone comprising administrative building, vocational training building, food center building, health park, physical therapy and aquatic therapy building; and the accommodation zone comprising houses, service and residential buildings for officers, and activity building. Houses in the accommodation zone has been designed and categorized into 2 types. Type A house can accommodate up to 8 people. Each house has 2 large bedrooms (4 persons per one bedroom with one toilet). Type B house can accommodate up to 14 people. Each house is divided into 7 large bedrooms (2 persons per one bedroom with one toilet). Both types of houses will be equipped with beds, wardrobes, tables, chairs, air conditioners, and handrails for the elderly bathrooms. The first phase of construction will focus on overall landscaping works, construction of food center building to be used temporarily as canteen, as well as administrative and vocational training buildings, construction of Type A houses, construction of dykes and moats around the project area, pool digging, road pavement toward the project area, growing trees as a project area fence; and installation of lighting and sanitary system. For the second phase, it is planned for the construction of additional Type A houses, Type B houses, activity building, service and residential buildings for officers, administrative building, vocational training building, physical therapy and aquatic therapy building, and Public Health Center building. The last phase of construction will be landscape improvement and construction of parking lot. It is expected that the first phase will be completed in 2022. Shortly after that, the BMA will accelerate the construction of the second phase. The budget for this project mainly comes from BMA and donations. The BMA believes

From 9 January 2021 onwards, Playroom, the Fifty Shades Of Grey-inspired speakeasy bar in Ekamai, temporary turns itself into "Playroom Café", a luxuriously seductive and sexy café like no other! Playroom Café, together with the crowd-pleasing contemporary French casual fine-dining restaurant “Stage”, offers indulgent cups of freshly-brewed coffee (THB 70 - 120), drip coffee (THB 160), and other drinks such as, Iced Chocolate (THB 120), Iced Matcha Latte (THB 120) and Iced Thai Milk Tea (THB 100). There are also other refreshing mocktails, inspired by Playroom’s signature cocktails (all at THB 180). Enjoy selections of homemade pastry, scones (THB 350), signature desserts (THB 390) from the famous Stage’s Dessert Trolley, or even snack menu like the signature Truffle Hot Dog (THB 280) and Wagyu Burger (THB 450), while losing yourself in the fascinating jazz tunes. Playroom Café opens daily from 12:00 - 20:00. For further details, call +66 (0) 80 278 7808 or visit www.facebook.com/Playroom.Bkk