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Over 150 years ago, the first luxury Orient Express train was launched, and the one-off experience will return in 2023 with the 'Orient Express La Dolce Vita' to take you on an unforgettable expedition through Italy, offering a new way of experiencing the country: an environmentally-friendly adventure where forgotten roads are explored, hidden treasures discovered and where architectural triumphs take centre stage. Throughout the journey, you will be pampered with 5-star service on board, savouring the Made in Italy' beauty and excellence  through award-winning Italian wines and exclusive haute cuisine. The 'La Dolce Vita' inspired design embodies the Italian art of living and all its beautiful traditions with a more contemporary spirit of travel. The train’s sumptuous decor will adorn 12 Deluxe cabins, 18 Suites, and one Honour Suite and restaurant, all boldly celebrating the craftsmanship, design and creativity of the 1960s and 1970s. The Orient Express La Dolce Vita which will welcome its first passengers in 2023. Six trains will embark through several iconic itineraries across 14 regions and beyond, including three international destinations from Rome to Paris, Istanbul and Split. A magical stopover in Rome will feature the very first Orient Express Hotel, Minerva, scheduled to open in 2024.  

Whether you plan to celebrate New Year's Eve and step into 2022 with your loved ones in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, or other favourite places, we have compiled a list of cool spots where you can make the evening and night even more memorable.   COOLING TOWER, CARLTON HOTEL BANGKOK Up on the 34th floor, enjoy the last light of the year and spectacular fireworks as you step into the new year with your friends, with DJ Poyjii and live saxophone to get the groovy beats going throughout the night. Time: 17:00 till late Price: THB 1,500++ per person inclusive of 2 beverages Book at: +66 (0) 2 090 7888 / Fbreservations@carltonhotel.co.th   RED SKY, CENTARA GRAND AT CENTRALWORLD Bid farewell at one of Bangkok's most popular rooftop bars with special 8-course Gala Dinner, featuring French-influenced cuisines cooked with premium imported ingredients. All bookings will receive a complimentary a bottle of Exclusive G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon N.V Champagne per couple. Time: 19:00 till late Prices: THB 11,999++ per person (outdoor) /  THB 9,999++ per person (indoor) Book at: +66 (0) 2 100 6255 / diningcgcw@chr.co.th   Yào Rooftop Bar, Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse Revel in the sensational celebration with mesmerising views from the evening until late. Pamper your taste buds at the pre-countdown session featuring Dim Sum Tower for two and a bottle of sparkling wine or house wine, then get the party started at the Ultimate Countdown sesh with numerous fireworks lighting up the sky. Time: 17:00 - 19:30 for pre-countdown / 21:00 till late for the countdown event Prices: THB 2,288++ per set for the pre-countdown / the countdown starts at THB 5,888++ for 2 persons with a bottle of champagne or wine Book at: +66 (0) 2 088 5666 / LINE OA @marriottsurawongse sala ayutthaya Savour tasty fares inspired by the Chao Phraya River at sala ayutthaya eatery and bar, comprising mouth-watering 'Massaman Goong Maenam' – giant river prawns in spiced potato curry to be indulged with roti. Time: 11:00 - 22:00 Price:  THB 1,899++ per set Book at: +66 (0) 35 242 588 / wineanddine@salaayutthaya.com   DUSIT THANI HUA HIN Take joy in a special 3-day 'Local Feast New Year Celebration', a market-style feast with local products and foods, sustainability workshops, film screening, live music, nighttime paddleboarding, and more. On 31 December 2021, ring in to the new year at a lively countdown event with live music and fireworks display. Date: 30 December 2021 - 1 January 2022 Time: 17:00 - 22:00 (17:00 - 24:00 on 31 December 2021) Price: THB 1,000 net per person (free for children under 12) for entrance fee Book at: +66 (0) 32 520 009 / www.facebook.com/DusitThaniHuaHin   HYATT REGENCY KOH SAMUI For New Year’s Eve, Yangna Cuisine will host a barbecue gala dinner with a live band, and SESUN will let you celebrate in style with DJs, live performers and a fireworks display will see out 2021 and usher in 2022 at a lavish countdown party. Book at: +66 (0) 77 448 777 / fb.usmrk@hyatt.com   Khao, FOUR SEASONS CHIANG MAI For a heart-warming get-together on the special day, Khao will offer a fireside BBQ dinner featuring juicy grills and Thai favourites in a tranquil

Celebrated across Thailand, Loy Krathong Festival has been a long-time tradition and one of the most awaited annual delights nowadays. As the magical festival is approaching again, we have gathered some ideas for your special night with your loved ones on 19 November 2021.   Anantara Chiang Mai Resort With its one-off vibes and nice weather, there's no doubt Chiang Mai is one of the top destinations to enjoy Loy Krathong Festival. Right at the river bank, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort will take the beautiful tradition to the next level, inviting you to imbue with gorgeous candlelit lotus-shaped rafts decorated with vibrant flowers, as well as enjoying extravagant international buffet dinner and enchanting Lanna dance. Prices: THB 2,600 net (adult) / THB 1,300 (child aged 8-12) / free of charge for child under 7 To reserve: +66 (0) 53 253 333 / chiangmai@anantara.com   Capella Bangkok At Capella's riverfront courtyard, you can revel in magic moments under the moonlight in the lush tropical garden with exquisite Thai dancing, soft sounds of live music on classical instruments, take part in the Loy Krathong tradition with the resort's biodegradable 'krathong', and enjoy Bangkok's leading epicurean journey. A team of skillful chefs at Phra Nakhon Restaurant will pamper your taste buds with an array of authentic Thai cuisine made with organic and high-quality ingredients, using Old-Siamese recipes. Prices: THB 6,000 net (adult) / THB 2,000 net (child below 12 years old) To reserve: +66 (0) 2 098 3888 / phranakhon.bangkok@capellahotels   Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok As the Chao Phraya River gets gilded by countless candle lights, you can relish the beguiling sight along an array of shows including long drum dance parade that will lead you to the river, with classical Thai dance awaits, and spectacular fireworks to end the night memorably. Shangri-La Hotel's outlets will offer various dining experience like international seafood buffet at NEXT2 Café, Thai buffet in a romantic setting at Salathip Restaurant, a chic Italian set menu at Volti restaurant & bar, and more.  Additionally, don't forget to put a Thai costume on, since the best dressed individual and couple will receive complimentary stays in the luxury hotel. Prices: Starting from THB 1,698 net per adult To reserve: +66 (0) 2 236 7777 / restaurants.slbk@shangri-la.com   Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok will please you during the celebration with lavish international and seafood buffet dinner, together with stunning live performances and fireworks display. If you want to make turn this festivity into a special staycation, the hotel offers a tempting 'Loy Krathong' package that includes buffet dinner for 2 and a one-night stay in a Grand Deluxe Room City View. Prices: THB 2,790 net for buffet dinner / THB 5,995 net for the package To reserve: +66 (0) 2 307 8888 /riverbarge.chrb@chatrium.com / LINE: @ChatriumRiverside   SO Sofitel Hua Hin How about celebrating the festival by the sea? SO Sofitel Hua Hin will arrange a special afternoon-to-evening event at the SO Pool, where you can create your own krathong, take pleasure in delectable foods and drinks from Beach Society, live bands and DJ, and enjoy shopping at the monthly night market

Soneva Fushi in the Maldives introduces a new and exciting dining experience on top of the lush jungle, overlooking the gleaming ocean, which is the world's first fine dining zipline experience. Bucket-list-worthy 'Flying Sauces' merges top-notch haute cuisine with sheer excitement of ziplining. To get to the one-off dining terrace, you will be soaring along a 200-metre zipline route, securely strapped in safety harness, and enjoy many delectable surprises along the way. At the elevated dining platform, you will be pampered with mouth-watering seasonal menu freshly cooked by Chef Rasal Jayawardene and his team in an open kitchen, paired with an extensive selection of thousands of fine wines from across the globe You can opt for your own preferred experience, whether it's breakfast, high tea, dinner, or just enjoy ziplining only, available for up to 12 guests. To ensure safety at all times, harnesses are compulsory along all sections of the zipline route and must be fitted and verified by a trained Soneva Host. The 'Flying Sauces' delicious adventure is priced from USD 175++ per person with a meal, and priced at USD 100++ per person for zipline only. To find out more, visit www.soneva.com

Have you heard about 'forest bathing'? – It's a simple leisurely activity that gives a number of benefits to your body and soul, requiring only a nice pair of shoes and a right place. In Japan, there is a practice called 'shinrin-yoku', literally meaning 'forest bathing', which is different from hiking or physical exercise as you will have to leave out the challenge to conquer the top of mountain or the aim to burn calories – just connect with your nature and your own soul at your own pace. To do the forest bathing, you should leave your phone and camera behind in order not to be distracted. As you arrive at the forest, you can simply stroll along the route without forcing yourself to reach anywhere quickly. The key is to lose yourself into the sounds, sights, smells, and feelings you discover along the way. Aside from calming effects the act can give, you may be surprised by the novel beauty that you have always missed out on when you rushed things. There are many studies on the immersion into nature indicating various benefits to our physical and mental health. The act can help preventing cancers and other disease, reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness, and indisputably joyful for the soul. The magical province of Krabi does not only offer a glamourous seascape and aquatic funs, but there is also a lesser-known hiking trail: Khao Ngon Nak National Park, which is an ideal spot to relish in forest bathing. Also known as the 'Dragon Crest Hill', the protected mountain remains unspoiled, boasting its lush forest, together with unpolluted streams and falls. On top of the mountain is one of the most mesmerising viewpoints overlooking pristine Andaman Sea dotted with limestone island, which is a vista unique to Krabi. At five-star Banyan Tree Krabi, not only you can enjoy its top notch facilities like a private pool, luxurious spa treatments, vast front yard by the sea, and tasty delicacies, but you can also take a walk into the forest on the Dragon Crest Hill right from your villa, since the start of the hiking trail is at the back of the resort. As previously stated, you don't need to force yourself to reach anywhere, but if you make it to the top (taking around 2 hours per trip), it's completely rewarding. If you don't have enough time to complete the whole route, there is also a viewpoint along the way to relieve your weariness before getting back down. To step up the sense of wellbeing, in months ahead, the resort will be ready to launch Wellness Sanctuaries that combine club floors or resort wings, dedicated dining and spa options into one exclusive journey, as well as personalised programs for guests based on their '8 Pillars' principle (good sleep, good diet, interaction, intimacy, physical vitality, cultivating the mind, learning and development, harmony with nature, and sustained practices). For more details and to book your stay, visit www.banyantree.com/en/thailand/krabi

Exclusive for Emirates flyers, for those who wish to fly from Thailand to experience the mega event 'Dubai Expo 2020', the first World Expo ever to be hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region, showcasing the best innovations of each participating countries, inviting people from across the globe to share ideas with one another towards building a better future. Emirates customers visiting Dubai, and travelling through Dubai, anytime during the much-awaited event running from 1 October 2021 - 31 March 2022, will be eligible to receive a free Emirates Expo Day Pass for every flight ticket booked with Emirates. The offer is applicable to tickets purchased in First Class, Business Class and Economy Class and extends to tickets booked through Emirates for flights on flydubai and customers travelling to anywhere on Emirates’ global network with a connection time of at least 6 hours in Dubai. One-way ticket holders whose journey originates outside the UAE are entitled to receive the complimentary Expo Day Pass if travelling to Dubai or onwards to other destinations if the minimum connection time is met. For more information on this promotion, please visit www.emirates.com/th/thai/discover-dubai/expo-2020

To allow you to experience the glamour of the slice of heaven from anywhere, Soneva Fushi, world-famous luxury eco-friendly resort in the Maldives, has recently launched its new Virtual Reality experience. Whether you own a VR headset or not, you can enjoy the stunning vistas and soul-soothing experiences the resort has to offer. The curated VR series lets you indulge in Soneva Fushi's unparalleled charms, focusing on a number of key areas, including the brand's story to becoming a world-leading destination; the new over-water Soneva Fushi Water Retreats; yachting with Soneva in Aqua across the pristine Indian Ocean from Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani; children's dream playground, The Den; the grand Famiy Villas featuring vast private spaces, private pool, gym, and more; as well as The Complete Resort Tour. To enjoy the VR travel, check out these links: Soneva Resort Tour The Den Soneva in Aqua Soneva Fushi Family Villas Soneva Fushi Water Retreats 25 Years of Soneva To find out more about Soneva, visit www.soneva.com

As Phuket has been welcoming more international tourists with strict safety protocols under the 'Phuket Sandbox' model, if you are one of those who are interested in unwinding safely in the paradise island, Megatix has brought together the best deals for your getaway across Thailand, including SHA Plus-certified hotels and resorts in Phuket, most of which are 5-star stays with breathtaking views and world-class services. The accommodations featured on the Megatix Phuket Sandbox campaign offer their most appealing packages or accommodations bundle with delightful inclusions such as airport transfer, daytrips, meals, ocean activities and just about everything else the heart could desire in Phuket. Presently, the participating hotels include Banyan Tree Phuket, InterContinental Phuket Resort, Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort, The Naka Island - a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa Phuket, Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa, The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket, Angsana Laguna Phuket, COMO Point Yamu Phuket, The Racha Phuket, Amatara Wellness Resort, Amanpuri, Trisara Villa and Residence Phuket, and many more. E-vouchers bought via Megatix allow you to pick your travel dates at your convenience, and if you wish to modify your dates, the process is rather easy since you are contacting the properties directly, so the complicated procedures with third party platform are cut out. Find and book tempting Phuket hotel packages via Megatix here!

From 1 July 2021 onwards, Phuket will reopen to international travellers again under the 'Phuket Sandbox' model, allowing fully-vaccinated foreign tourists to stay in Phuket at certified accommodations without having to quarantine. To warmly welcome tourists from aboard once again, a number of hotels and resorts in Phuket offers tempting promotions for guests' best experiences on the paradise island.   The 'Phuket Sandbox' in a Nutshell For a quarantine-free travel, tourists must strictly follow these requirements: Fly directly to Phuket from countries with a low to medium risk. Adults must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine registered with the MoPH or approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) no less than 14 days before the travel date. Unvaccinated children under 6 years old must travel with vaccinated parents. Unvaccinated children between 6–18 years old travelling with fully vaccinated parents must be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at their own expense. All traveller must obtain a Certificate of Entry (COE) available here. Tourists are required to install the 'ThailandPlus' application. Tourists are required to stay ONLY in an accommodation establishment certified with the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Plus. Tourists will be required to do RT-PCR test before arrival and during the stay in Phuket following the guidelines by the MoPH. If travellers are staying less than 14 days in Phuket, they cannot visit other domestic destination – they can only leave the country for international destination. To visit other provinces in Thailand, travellers must complete staying in Phuket for 14 days or more before leaving the territory to elsewhere. Travellers can enjoy places in Phuket freely, but are advised to strictly follow the DMHTTA precautions: D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, T – Testing for COVID-19, and A – alert application. Please visit the Tourism Authority of Thailand's page for more detailed information.   Attractive Offers at World-Class Stays in Phuket Check out the latest attractive offers that are now available at Phuket’s world-class hotels and resorts: The Slate Phuket The Bill Bensley-designed, art-oriented beachfront resort has unveiled its 'Summer Sandbox' package, treating guests with a free 7th night when they book a six-night stay, as well as other appealing perks such as a guaranteed room upgrade for certain room types, welcome cocktails, roundtrip airport transfers, daily breakfast and 15% off all food, non-alcoholic beverages, spa treatments throughout the stay, and many more. Validity: Valid for bookings and stays until 30 September 2021 Rates: Starting from THB 5,000 per room per night Book at: www.theslatephuket.com/offers/summer-sandbox-package.html   Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket The luxurious family-friendly resort on beautiful Karon Beach is now offering free nights – including 'Stay 3 Pay 2', 'Stay 6 Pay 4' and 'Stay 9 Pay 6' options – and get 100% of their room rate back in hotel credit to be redeemed for room upgrades, F&B, spa treatments and more. Validity: Valid for bookings made from now until 31 August 2021, and stays taken by 23 December 2021 Rates: Starting from THB 2,800 per room per night Book at: www.centarahotelsresorts.com Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort The Patong's young resort offers a chance to