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To make the "work from home" period more enjoyable, Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit now offers an uninterrupted and private work space with a "Workcation package", only at THB 1,200 net! The perks you will receive are as follows: Workcation in a Deluxe Room with a stunning view from 9:00 - 7:00 for one person A complimentary grab & go choice of coffee or tea from Tuxedo Espresso Bar A complimentary Bento lunch set to have in-room or at Tuxedo Espresso Bar, beverage included 20% off on foods and beverages at the hotel outlets and in-room dining during your working hours Complimentary Wi-Fi access Invite your guest at additional THB 300 net For an overnight stay, only THB 600 net additional charge Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit has implemented strict protocols for your safety and comfort and the hotel is SHA certified. The promotion is available from now until 28 February 2021. For further information or reservations, please contact +66 (0) 2 090 7888 or email to reservations@carltonhotel.co.th

During the reign of King Chulalongkorn the Great (King Rama V), the Act on “Announcement on Canal Digging” was promulgated in 1877. King Rama V ordered the digging of a canal started from Phra Khanong Canal connecting to Bang Pakong River. The digging work was resumed from the existing canal which had been incomplete since the reign of King Rama III. This aimed to augment cultivated areas along both sides of the canal. In this regard, Phraya Prawet Burirom (Phraya is a noble title in Siam period) was assigned to direct and supervise the canal digging and King Rama V graciously named the canal after its supervisor “Prawet Burirom Canal”. The work was done with cadastral survey and the canal is in a straight line to shorten travel distance as much as possible. Another 4 branch canals were also dug, namely the Canal 1, Canal 2, Canal 3, and Canal 4. The waterways expanded the area of where people can earn a living. The digging of Prawet Burirom Canal started in 1878 and was completed in 1880 with total length of 46 kilometres. Before digging Prawet Burirom Canal, the area was a sparse forest with a very small population, as witnessed by some old people. Later, the use of vehicles increased thanks to more convenient roads. When the road along the Prawet Burirom Canal was constructed, people preferred to travel by cars instead of by boats. Prawet Burirom Canal presently had become merely the waterway supplying water to a community and draining water to the river and the sea. Presently, as the way of life of riverside community has changed, we must team up to revive the unique waterfront lifestyle. Concurrently, litter prevention campaigns should be launched in order to conserve and improve the health of canals and rivers. The canal can also be developed into an attraction, which can create jobs for people in the community. Prawet District, local administration and development committee of Prawet District, and Krathum Suea Pla Temple currently join forces to resurrect "Traditional Boat Racing Festival at Prawet Burirom Canal" to carry on the tradition, community lifestyle, and cultural heritage related to the water. Moreover, awareness campaigns should be conducted among youths and the public to acknowledge them on importance of nature, living as a community, and local culture and conserve these precious things for future generations. This might as well be ecotourism promotion of Prawet Burirom Canal and its neighbouring areas, as well as the promotion of public participation in upholding and preserving religions, arts, and culture which will take place during rainy season or in October. For more updates: prbangkok-eng.com

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