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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

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

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

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.

On 1 and 2 May 2021, luxurious Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort will host an unmissable event for lovers of water sports, "Stand Up Paddle Fest", taking place on the calm, crystalline waters of Andaman Sea at Krabi’s beautiful Klong Muang Beach, a lengthy stretch of tranquil white sands on which the resort is situated. Over the two days, there will be 4 friendly paddleboard races of various distance: 1, 2, 3 and 6 kilometres, as well as other activities to keep visitors amused throughout the weekend including yoga classes by professional instructors and live DJ shows. Snacks and refreshments are available from midday onwards around the resort’s Breeze beachfront swimming pool, and participants can also make use of many of the resort’s facilities including the pool and kayaks. In both evenings the fun fest will be joined by special guests from Krabi’s well known Skimboard Group who will showcase their amazing boarding talents. Entry ticket for both days is priced only at THB 590, including access to any one of the 4 races, a festival shirt, commemorative medal and phone dry bag. Dusit Thani Krabi Beach resort is committed to support the local community and will donate THB 100 from each ticket sale to the Klong Muang Public Health Center and will carry out a beach cleaning before and after the event. Also, the New Normal procedures will be strictly implemented. For more information and to make a reservation, send a direct message to Glowfestkrabi

Starting from 31 March 2021, Laguna Phuket will host 3 weekends of "Laguna Phuket Revive 555 Festival", a series of exciting sports, music, cultural and community events at various chic venues. Here is a brief schedule of The Revive 555 Festival, so you can plan ahead, and don't forget to book early as this could be of high demand!: 31 March - 4 April: Laguna Phuket Thailand Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Championship 2021 hosted at Xana Beach Club 3 - 4 April: Laguna Phuket Soundwave presented by Works.com music concerts hosted at Laguna Grove 3 - 4 April: Angel Market offering arts, crafts, food and live entertainment at Cassia Phuket 10 - 12 April: Roy Rim Lay, which showcases local gastronomy and music at Laguna Grove 11 April: An afternoon beach run, followed by live entertainment and refreshments at sunset at Xana Beach Club 12 April: Laguna Phuket Sustainability Day and Night Community Activity 12 - 15 April: Laguna Phuket Pride 2021, a 4-day event celebrating the LGBTQ+ community 14 April: Laguna Golf Phuket tournament 17 - 18 April: A surf skate event at Cassia Phuket 17 - 18 April: Laguna Phuket Soundwave presented by Works.com music concerts at Laguna Grove In addition, each Laguna Phuket hotel will be arranging exclusive fringe activities. Guests at Angsana Laguna Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket, Cassia Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket and Saii Laguna Phuket will be able to access all destination events directly via Laguna Phuket on-site shuttle services, with promotions available throughout the festival. Hotel guests will enjoy priority and special access to all events. Book now at www.lagunaphuket.com

Sit on secluded Choeng Mon Beach, Beachfront Meliá Koh Samui invites you and your better half to stay on the paradise island with special romantic luxuries with 2 curated experiences. Vitamin Sea for Two Package A stay in a Premium Pool Access Room with a private terrace by the resort's lagoon pool A 1-hour Thai massage for two on the beach 3 pre-dinner tapas plates complimented by 2 glasses of sparkling wine Daily breakfast for two 20% off foods and beverages at the resort's dining outlets 50% off spa treatments A complimentary round-trip airport transfer (for a 3-night stay or more) Priced from THB 4,800 net per room per night   Energizing Couple's Escape Package A stay in a Premium Pool Access Room with a private terrace by the resort's lagoon pool A wellness consultation at YHI Spa A 60-minute Ultimate Hands On massage class for couples A body exfoliation for two and facial treatment for two A floating breakfast Daily breakfast for two Daily F&B credit of THB 500 20% off foods and beverages at the resort's dining outlets A round-trip airport transfer Priced from THB 29,99 net per room for 7 nights (a further 5% discount is applied for bookings of at least 14 nights, with a further 10& discount applicable for bookings of 30 nights or more)   Both packages are available until 30 June 2021. For more details or to make a booking, please call +66 (0) 77 938 899 or email reservation.kohsamui@melia.com

With the Covid-19 pandemic crisis hitting the globe, a new genre of travel has appeared i.e. private, whether individual or group. Lifestyle + Travel has compiled a list of top villas and suites in Thailand for your next holiday in private and in style, as it looks like we will have to live with the ‘new normal’ for quite some time.   Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood Known for its unparalleled luxury meets eco-friendly philosophy, Soneva Kiri nestles within lush rainforest on an unspoiled island with some of the best beaches in Thailand. The Six Bedroom Sunset Ocean View Pool Reserve, a magical haven atop the cliff, spans over 2,928 sqm and caters up to 16 guests with its six bedrooms. The tree house is a dream come true for children, their own realm in a private jungle canopy. There is a separate master bedroom with walk-in dressing area and bathroom with outdoor vanity, blitz shower, steam room and bath. Four further ensuite bedrooms have with indoor and outdoor showers, bath and personalised deck areas. Other enticing features of this haven are the gargantuan swimming pool with its own water slide, gym and steam room, games room, outdoor dining table and oversized cushions on enormous day beds overlooking the water. E. mail@soneva.com / reservations@soneva.com W. soneva.com   Villa Siam at Iniala Beach House, Phang Nga Designed by Eggarat Wongcharit, Villa Siam is an eclectic fantasy inspired by Thai culture and Buddhism in Phang Nga. Eggarat’s extraordinary creations use a modern take on traditional Thai craftsmen’s techniques, and his unique and original work includes beds and sofas suspended from the ceiling by wicker bamboo, as well as a spa inscribed with Buddhist teachings translated into English, located within an ancient golden Thai bell. Intricate wickerwork and glass mosaics grace the rooms, one of which pays tribute to the sacred Buddha with three large illuminated images on the wall behind hanging white sofas, covered in mother of pearl. A wrapped pagoda with traditional Thai weaving expanding over it onto the ceiling ties the room’s contemporary lines with its Thai roots seamlessly together, and the weaving incorporates an elaborate dream catcher facing down upon guests as they walk in. A dining table seats up to six, with a backdrop of playfully-waving cats. E. info@iniala.com W. inialathailand.com   Villa 24 at Samujana, Koh Samui Set on a tranquil, pristine beach of Samui, Villa 24 is the largest of the Samujana villas at an impressive 1,808 sqm. This is a home for a big family or someone with many friends, as it showcases eight bedrooms. Villa 24 has both south and west views over the Gulf of Thailand for enjoying sunrises and sunsets over the ocean. It comes complete with an outdoor dining sala, private gym, cinema, large infinity edge pool and jacuzzi. The friendly Samujana Villa hosts have been handpicked and professionally trained to ensure guest needs are not only met, but exceeded. For fun beyond the villa, Samujana offers an extensive range of land and water experiences from boating excursions on a private sailboat to chauffeured tours