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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

Even though it would take some more time for tourism to get back to the normal state, you can still look forward to bright days at the beach, adrenaline-rushing activities, or a romantic conversation in an embrace of mountains. Now, you can #TiewThip (meaning "imaginary travel" in Thai) to these high rated places recommended by booking.com, starting with picking a card that suits your emotion best, so you know where you want to set foot in once it's safe to do so.   Card No.1: Adventure This card shows that you are craving for an adventurous trip. With a venturous instinct, you are seeking for destinations where you can express your curiosity and athleticism while exploring the beauty of nature. One of the best choices for travelers who seek an adventure-based trip is Kanchanaburi. There are plenty of outdoor activities that can be joined whether it be mountain climbing, hiking, trekking tour or zipline while kayaking on the seemingly endless river or the big dam is always a top of mind activity for everyone. At the Panvaree Resort, guests in the raft resort are surrounded by breathtaking scenery of the river and can enjoy an all-free private kayak.   Card No.2: Relaxing This card reveals your true simple need to take a relaxing trip to de-stress and spend quality time close to the stunning coast. If you desire a relaxing trip that is close to nature - get refreshed and enjoy the peaceful and stunning surroundings of Khao Yai, Nakhon Ratchasima. Have you ever visited DusitD2 Khao Yai on your best weekend trip? If not, why don’t you plan your next trip at this resort which offers verdant views, which harmoniously goes along with the deluxe decor design.   Card No. 3: Instagrammable This card shows your creativity and self-expressive spirit as you are a content creator! You always seek to explore the hidden or off-the-beaten track destinations, and opts to stay in unique accommodations in order to differentiate yourself from the crowd. If the uniqueness and picturesque spots matter to you, destinations that offer breathtaking views of nature as Phuket is the must-visit one. The Surin Phuket is surrounded by coconut trees on the white sand private beach with its clear turquoise waters, this beachfront property is the perfect tropical getaway, and perfect location to capture your memorable shots.   Card No.4: Sustainability This Card reveals the traveler’s true soul of conservation with a will of traveling that creates a positive impact to the environment and society. Have you ever imagined that travelers can take a trip while also supporting the destination’s recovery efforts and that their money's going back into the local community. Let’s explore what Koh Samui has. To make your journey more sustainable, consider an eco-friendly or green accommodation. Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort is one of the eco-accommodations available on Booking.com. This resort offers a luxurious stay with plenty of leisure activities, whilst ensuring ecological conservation and partnerships with local communities through their practices. Moreover, travelers can enjoy their evening by visiting a nearby local market or area in order to support the local economy.

It's been a year already since Airbnb has launched compelling Online Experiences to invite people to travel virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Online Experiences allows you to still dig deep into local culture and share passions with the Hosts while staying safe at home. For an one-off virtual experience in Thailand, no matter where you are, you can Visit The Hidden Thai Village, learn about the History & Culture of Transwoman - Thailand, and try Street Dance with Smiles from Step Up. If you are a food aficionado, don't miss The Northern Thai Pantry! Various categories of the Online Experiences are available to satisfy your unique wanderlust. With a slow-but-steady increase of the number of the vaccinated, it opens up to more actions. Some new Online Experiences categories have emerged and have been gaining a lot of interest from people worldwide like the category of Outdoor Activities, Dance, Music, and Fitness & Recreation. Here are some of Airbnb’s most popular Online Experiences to date: From My House to Yours, Thai Cooking (most booked Online Experience in Thailand in 2020) Sangria and Secrets with Drag Taste Spice Up Life with Thai Food World's Top Coffee Masterclass ‘True vs False’ Funny Historical Game Pasta with the Grandmas GINspiration History & Cocktails at Home Master Northern Thai Dish with Insider Irish Village, History, Culture & Craic Secrets of Magic Looking ahead, Online Experiences will continue to support Host earnings, provide unique opportunities for human connection, and create new ways to draw travel inspiration from home. Keep your passport in your drawer, sit on your comfy couch, and explore the world now with the Online Experience.

If you are planning an elegant getaway suitable for multi-generations, don't miss out on considering Four Seasons Resorts as your family's next home-away-from-home with myriad facilities and activities to bring the family together and connect the young and the old with Thailand's vibrant culture amidst lush nature.   Get Closer to Nature and Culture at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai At Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, children and adults alike can enjoy learning about farming culture of Northern Thailand at the Resort's own rice fields and the rice museum, as well as meeting the Resort’s famous resident buffaloes. Kids will also get to join the farmers to place rice sprouts, which is a rare, valuable experience, in the vicinity of your exquisite villa. For the upcoming summer break, the Resort offers an exciting Family Escape with savings on residence, guaranteed upgrade, daily breakfast and the option of a Resort credit of THB 1,500 or a spa experience at Wara Cheewa Spa. Additionally, children can stay and dine with the Resort’s compliments!   Go Glamping at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle For a serene getaway, Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle offers an extravagant level of privacy in the midst of magical jungles of the Golden Triangle with 15 ample tented camps and a two-bedroom Explorer's Lodge. Older kids (10+ years old), together with adults, can embark on marvelous explorations including "Fishing with Locals", "My Elephant and I", unmissable "Golden Triangle Excursion", and more. Available from now until this New Year's Eve, Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle invites you to Go Glamping with special perks for stays of two nights or more.   Aquatic Excursions at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui On the gorgeous Koh Samui, Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui is nestled on the most tranquil side of the island, with pristine sea that is home to rich marine lives. One of the most compelling activities is "Coral Talk", an enjoyable educational session on coral reef and sustainability led by the Resort's on-site marine biologist, where families can snorkel along the vibrant reef adjoining the Resort. Also, kids can enjoy complimentary "Kids For All Seasons" funs while the parents are unwinding at the award-winning spa. To make this summer more memorable than ever, you can embark on an Island Getaway in your luxurious pool villa, enjoy in-villa breakfast and choose from a Resort credit of THB 1,500 to savour the delectable dining or a relaxing spa experience at The Secret Garden Spa. Here too, children eat and stay with the Resort’s compliments. To reserve a family experience, email reservations.thailand@fourseasons.com, call +66 (0) 2207 8900 or download the Four Seasons App to connect via the FS Chat.

As travel restrictions across the globe are easing, The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives has relaunched its Stowaway package to allow guests to plan a long-term stay in the tropical paradise for 14 or 28 magical nights. Whether you are planning a romantic escape, a family vacation, a group-of-friends getaway, or even a solo retreat, The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives offers one-of-a-kind Maldivian affairs and carefree routines. You may indulge in curated cultural experiences, get yourself pumped with aquatic beauty, pamper your body and soul at a full-service spa, unwind in tranquility, or get social with like-minded people. At its 6 onsite outlets, farm-fresh locally sourced ingredients are turned into a mouth-watering array of local and global creations. The Stowaway package is priced from USD 3,600 for 14 nights or USD 6,000 for 28 nights. Available to book now until 30 April 2021 for stays between now and 22 December 2021. The package includes daily breakfast and 20% off food at the resort’s various dining options, from the bright and breezy dining room at KULA to the traditional Maldivian cuisine and hospitality found at GUDUGUDA. To reserve a room and learn more, visit www.standardhotels.com