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Hidden away from all hustle and bustle, Away Pranburi Beach Resort is heaven on Earth especially begotten for peace seekers. SETTING THE SCENE After a three-hour drive from Bangkok, I found myself surrounded by the shades of soothing green and blue, with no other sound than singing birds. The haven called Away Pranburi Beach Resort is a mid-sized escape where one will never get tired of such delightful quietude. Even though it is located away from other tourist spots, once you are here, you will know that there’s no need to go outside. GETTING COMFORTABLE Comprising 20 Deluxe Sea View rooms, 20 more Deluxe Pool Access rooms, One Bedroom Suite, and Three Bedroom Villas, all of which offer you the best view to behold, the palette used within the buildings harmoniously blends the construction into the surrounding sea-and-mountainscape, to make you feel immersive with the gorgeous nature. I spent a night at a pool access room, where swimming in the embrace of untouched ridges is less than a stone’s throw away. I cherished waking up for sunrise and dipping myself in the serene pool, enjoying the silence. I wish I’d stayed longer. To set off from the shore and explore fascinating Sam Roi Yot Mountains, a boat trip is one of the to-dos at Away Pranburi Beach Resort. On the photogenic boat, you can savour yummy sweets along with afternoon tea or refreshing champagne, and enjoy the most stunning sunset you’ll ever see. DINING OPTIONS The only outlet, Pulakorn Restaurant, serves freshest seafood dishes thanks to the nearby fisherman village. As Pranburi is an intersection between the central and the southern parts of Thailand, many on the list are unique cuisines to the area, cooked by locals. Apart from the local fares, grills here are unbeatable. If you wish for a romantic getaway, arranging a private candlelit dinner by the sea is also doable, and is recommended. WHY I’D RETURN Its ultimate seclusion with stylish design is the first thing to come to mind when asked about my impression of staying at Away Pranburi Beach Resort. Besides, comparing to the sheer relaxation I could have here, prices of the room, boat trip, and foods are completely legitimate and feasible, so this could be my favourite getaway when I need a retreat from the busy city life. ONE OR TWO QUIBBLES

Globally, the Aman collection is renowned for its architectural and design brilliance, along with unparalleled seclusion, first-rate hospitality, refined hints of local culture, and being set amidst pristine nature. To find the right Aman for you, we have compiled a list of Aman destinations adhering to your future special occasions.   THE WEDDING OF YOUR DREAM Amanpuri, Thailand On a private peninsular of Phuket's Andaman Sea, Amanpuri is designed to reflect the country’s classic architectural style in harmony with its idyllic natural surrounds. With its beautiful isolation, plus its dreamlike beauty, a wedding at Amanpuri makes the celebration even more memorable. Amanyara, Turks and Caicos Islands In the midst of the Atlantic Ocean, on the northwest coast of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos islands, Amanyara is a remote coastal retreat with striking architecture and natural beauty of Amanyara means that almost every turn reveals yet another spot suitable for the exchanging or renewing of vows. Amangiri, USA Amangiri, located in the middle of unique Utah's landscape, your special ceremony can be completely one-of-a-kind, as it can be held across the resort, from on the resort’s patio to the desert, framed by the surrounding dunes, mountains and plateaus.   JUST-THE-TWO-OF-US CELEBRATIONS Amanpulo, Philippines Set on a remote private island of Pamalica, at Amanpulo, the entire untouched paradise is all yours. With the powder white beach, gleaming turquoise sea, and vibrant reefs, this is an ideal haven for a romantic getaway. Aman Venice, Italy Aman Venice is situated in a 16th-century Palazzo on the Grand Canal at the best spot to feel the "Venice" way, together with private gardens, interior arts, and opulent design. The venue stands out for a myriad of reasons, in addition to its glamorous beauty. For those who seek somewhere romantic, this is the place. Amanjena, Morocco Revel in the Marrakech romance under date palms and olive trees at Amanjena.   GROUP RETREATS Amanruya, Turkey At Amanruya, you can enjoy the breeze and dazzling waters of the beach club with your friends and family, or play some fun water sports together. No matter what activity you choose, it's always a marvelous time. Amanzoe, Greece Amanzoe's collection of villas comprises various kind of stay from one to nine bedrooms, along with the ultimate privacy on the side of the Peloponnese Peninsula. Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro On Montenegro's coastline, Aman Sveti Stefan is set on both a historic island of Sveti Stefan and the mainland at 19th-century Villa Milocer. The palatial resort is embraced by rich history of the location, as well as soul-soothing nature. Amangani, USA In one of the most astonishing spots in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Amangani is set at the foot of Teton mountains, enveloped by 2 spectacular national parks, making it more than ideal for outdoor activities in both summer and winter, while promising gorgeous panorama of wilderness all year round.   FAMILY FUNS Amanera, Dominican Republic For lovers of adventure, Amanera on the legendary Playa Grande Beach can be your family's adventure base to explore the Dominican charisma, and to have fun with adventures in the nature such as kite surfing, mountain exploration, or even a golf-course nearby. Amansara, Cambodia In Cambodia's famous historic city of Siem Reap, Amansara

Due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Thai Airways will cancel some flights to eight countries this and next months. The flight adjustments cover destinations in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the Philippines, Bangladesh and the United Arabs Emirates. Shanghai Fight TG662 and TG663 will be cancelled from March 1-28. Flight TG664 and TG665 will be cancelled most of March. Guangzhou Flight TG678 and TG679 will be cancelled from March 1-28. Flight TG668 and TG669 will be cancelled most of March. Xiamen Flight TG610 and TG611 will be cancelled most of March. Kunming Flight TG612 and TG613 will be cancelled from March 1-28. Chengdu Flight TG618 and TG619 will be cancelled most of March. Hong Kong Flight TG602 and TG603 will be cancelled from March 2-29. Flight TG606 and TG607 will be cancelled from March 1-28. Taipei Flight TG632 and TG633 will be cancelled on Feb 24 and most of March. Nagoya Flight TG646 will be cancelled six days in March and its return leg, TG647, will be cancelled the following days. Fukuoka Flight TG648 and TG649 will be cancelled six days in March. Seoul Flight TG688 will be cancelled on Feb 26, 28 and 29 and most of March. Flight TG689 will be cancelled on Feb 27, 29 and most of March. Busan Flight TG 650 and 651 will be cancelled on Feb 26 and 27. In March, flights will be cancelled in six days. Singapore Flight TG401 will be cancelled from Feb 24-March 28 and TG402 from Feb 25-March 29. TG 403 and TG404 will be cancelled from Feb 24-March 28. TG407 and TG408 will be cancelled on Feb 21, 23, 24, 27 and 28 and most of March. Manila Flight TG620, TG621, TG624 and TG625 will be cancelled most of March. Dhaka Flight TG339 will be cancelled on Feb 25, 26, 28, 29 and most of March. Flight TG 340 will be cancelled on Feb 26, 27, 29 and most of March. Dubai Flight TG517 and TG518 will be cancelled most of March. Details of the flight adjusments in Thai are on the Thai Airways Facebook account. Sources: www.thaiairways.com www.bangkokpost.com

Once a highly prosperous capital city of the country, today Sukhothai welcomes visitors to get up close to the glory of the bygone era – packed with traces of ancient history, as well as verdant scenery. In one fell swoop, Sukhothai features plentiful charming spots to experience and unwind. And here is the recommended checklist that is tested and tried. ● SUKHOTHAI HISTORICAL PARK The remaining structure depicts the glory of the Sukhothai era and how Buddhism flourished during the period. Inside the majestic 70 sq km area of Sukhothai Historical Park sit the significant vestiges, which are recognised as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Noen Prasat is the remains of the former royal palace, and small-sized Wat Sa Si appeals to visitors with its graceful and unique beauty. The washed-out remains of Wat Mahatat still look grandiose and serene. ● KING RAMKHAMHAENG MONUMENT At the heart of the Sukhothai Historical Park is the bronze statue of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great, who is regarded as a benevolent ruler in Sukhothai era and as the “Father of the Thai Language”, as his major achievement was the compilation of a system of writing and a new set of Thai alphabet which he adapted from the various forms of Khmer script that were previously used. His invention is still being used in the present. The Monument is grandly done and you are welcome to pay homage to the late king and to ring the solid bell as a gesture of respect. ● WAT SI CHUM Actually part of the Sukhothai Historical Park but situated about two kilometres away from the central compound, and requiring a new entrance ticket (THB 20 for Thais), Wat Si Chum is the notable ancient temple with gigantic sacred Buddha Statue which is housed in the fitted chapel. Local Thais and tourists alike come here to worship with flowers, incense and candles. This is one of the most photogenic temples in Sukhothai, thus don’t forget to get a snap with respect to the place. ● RAMKHAMHAENG NATIONAL MUSEUM Situated right opposite the ticket office to the historical park, the Ramkhamhaeng National Museum is unfortunately often neglected, which is a real pity as it houses numerous valuable ancient objects that were found within the compound and from nearby archaeological sites. In addition, to present a linear development of cultures in Thai territory and the link between the regions in the past featuring objects from archaeological sites of other regions are also displayed. The exhibition is divided into five zones; the Graphic Exhibition in Lai Sue Thai Memorial Building, The Ramkhamhaeng National Museum Building where antiquity gallery took place, Stucco Sculpture Gallery, Wooden Pavilion and the Museum’s Yard with replica of Sangkhalok kiln, elephant at the base of chedis. The entrance fee is THB 30 for Thais and THB 150 for foreigners. The Museum opens daily from 9am-4pm. ● MAI KLANG KRUNG RESTAURANT A very local eatery where you can savour the true taste of Sukhothai, while imbuing the artifacts decorated within the restaurant compound which make perfect Instagrammable shots. A choice of food

If you haven’t booked your end-of-year getaway yet, there’s still time. With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to recharge and explore new cities and neighbourhoods. From a sala-style home in Chiang Mai’s old quarter to a luxury barn house in Khao Yai; from an island villa in southern Thailand to a designer’s house in Bangkok’s Chinatown, these seasonal stays are sure to put the ho ho ho in your holidays. Thai Sala House In The Old Town (Chiang Mai) Immerse yourself in history this holiday season with a stay at this one bedroom (2 guests) traditional sala Thai house located right in the heart of Chiang Mai’s old town. Within walking distance of temples, Sunday Walking Street, museums and more, the central location makes it an ideal home base for discovering everything Chiang Mai has to offer. If you're looking to immerse yourself in the local scene and explore what Chiang Mai and surrounds has to offer, check out these Airbnb Experiences: Organic Farm Thai Cooking Experience, Secrets of Sak Yant, Cafe Hopping With A Coffee Connoisseur. Designer’s House in Chinatown (Bangkok) Interested in a city break this holiday season? Make this renovated Airbnb Plus four-bedroom (9 guests) house your home for the holiday. Located in Chinatown, it’s the perfect base from which to explore the history and culture of this old quarter, its local neighbourhoods, alleyways while trying out the delicious bites from the street vendors. The best way to see the real Bangkok is through the eyes of a local – check out these Airbnb Experiences for an alternative view of Bangkok: Living Along The Kong, The Secret Of China Town And Local Life, Tuk Tuk Adventure And Thai Street Food. Khao Yai Barnhouse (Nakhon Ratchasima) Just two-hours by car for Bangkok, Nakhon Ratchasima is a popular weekend getaway for city-dwellers and is famed for its cooler, refreshing weather, especially during the December/ January holiday season. Home of Thailand's first national park, Khao Yai, this luxury five-bedroom (11 guests) property inspired by the English countryside is surrounded by a golf course and has sweeping views of the nearby mountains. The vast outdoor spaces and large kitchen makes this barnhouse ideal for family and group holidays. Villa Aria on Koh Yao Noi (Phang Nga) Head south to the island of Koh Yao Noi in Phang Nga province for a tranquil break. The island is home to an active local fishing community and incredible landscapes and flora, as well as some beautiful, and deserted, beaches. This custom wooden two-bedroom (4 guests) house was built by local artisans. Situated on the east side of the island, it offers a quiet retreat with spectacular views across Phang Nga Bay and the beach is just 300 metres away. For those travelling in a larger group, there are two neighbouring apartments that can also be booked making this an ideal island hangout for the holiday season.   For those looking to travel overseas this holiday season, below are some stunning stays in Asia-Pacific that will make for a delightful holiday-break. Alternatively,

GAYSORN VILLAGE, “Urban Lifestyle Village” in Thailand hosted “GAYSORN XMAS VILLAGE 2019″ to usher in the festival of fun and happiness and celebrate the end of the year in the “XMAS SPIRIT & FUN”.  Unleash the fun of the magic and charms of Christmas in a fabulously festive atmosphere, with rule-breaking decorations that treasures the traditions of Christmas while infusing it with a modern sensitivity. Visitors can indulge themselves in style. Do not miss highlight activities throughout the festive season: witness the spectacular beauty of 15-meter Christmas tree; stand a chance to win special prizes from the “Soi Dao” signature promotion that everyone has been waiting for, with prizes totaling over 10 million Baht; lose yourself in countless of dazzling entertainment options; chill with mugs of craft beers in the joyous atmosphere at Wishbeer Winter Garden at the Gaysorn Cocoon Drop-off. Participate in and enjoy special promotions, activities, and sharing opportunities: GAYSORN EXCLUSIVE POP-UP STORE Gaysorn welcomes pop-ups stores from leading Thai and international brands that have lined up to lighten and brighten up the shopping and eating experience during this festive season. THE SKI EDITION The first multi-brand store in Thailand to bring together premium clothing and ski and snowboard equipment from famous brands from across the globe. THE SKI EDITION: From Piste to Après Ski tears away the tired image of skiing to present a new skiing experience that reflects one's personal lifestyle through clothes and equipment that are outstanding in both function and design. Among the curated popular brands are PERFECT MOMENT, FUSALP, GOLDBERGH, BOGNER and FALKE Open today - February 2020, 2nd Floor, Gaysorn Tower SMALL A minimalist frozen yogurt store unique for its seasonal cones and flavors. This Christmas, try the fun green fro-yo on a red cone that captures the festive mood. The word SMALL comes from the different cup sizes, from S, M, A for cone, to L. Open today - 29th February 2020, 1st Floor, Gaysorn Centre KAD KOKOA KAD KOKOA, the cafe for cacao lovers made by Thai people for both Thais and foreigners to learn that Thai chocolate is just as good as any. The brand has sourced high-quality cacao from all over the country, from Chiang Mai, Chanthaburi, Chumporn, and Prajuab Kiri Khan. Not to be missed is the Hot Chocolate Pure 70%, otherwise known as the classic hot chocolate for anyone who loves the rich taste of cocoa. Open today - 29th February 2020, G Floor, Gaysorn Centre WISHBEER WINTER GARDEN Enjoy craft beer outdoors in an atmosphere filled with festive lights and colors and a giant Christmas tree in the chillest beer garden by Wishbeer, which is offering a weekly rotation of craft beers from all over the globe, more than 10 taps at a time. Enjoy a food menu selected to go perfectly with the beer, along with live acoustic music every Friday to Sunday from 05.00 pm – 12.00 am from today till 6 January 2020. Gaysorn Cocoon Drop-off, G Floor, Gaysorn Village GAYSORN ART GALLERY Do not miss “The Art Of Modern Luxury Surface” exhibition from the brand Stone and Style which invites you to experience the innovation of aesthetic cladding

English rugby legend Austin Healey, also known as “The Leicester Lip” for his famously competitive and outspoken character, is now in Thailand and Soneva Kiri is pleased to offer special package “Weekend Getaway with Austin Healey” from 1-4 November, 2019. Package prices start from THB129,000 for a 2-night stay inclusive of meals, transfers, One time Lunch with Austin on Saturday  2nd October 2019 for 2 persons, One time drinks and canapé with Austin Healey for 2 persons and more. Located on Koh Kood in the Gulf of Thailand, the country’s fourth largest but least populated island, Soneva Kiri is one hour by private plane from Bangkok. The resort is designed to an intimate scale, with 36 huge pool villas ranging from one to six bedrooms in size, set within lush rainforest with beautiful views of the ocean. Austin Healey is a former English rugby union player who played as a utility back for Leicester Tigers, and represented both England and the British and Irish Lions. He has 51 England caps and two Lions’ caps. He played for England at scrum half, fly-half, fullback and wing, and was often used as a substitute because of his versatility. He made his full England debut against Ireland during the 1997 Five Nations tournament, and toured with the British Lions in 1997, making two appearances. He has played in Five/Six Nations tournaments (‘98-'02) and in the 1999 World Cup.  After retiring Austin went on to appear on a number of British TV shows, including Strictly Come Dancing and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Austin will be commentating on the following matches at Soneva Kiri: Quarter Finals 3 and 4, all of the Semi-Finals, the Bronze Final and the Final. Promotion : Weekend Getaway with Austin Healey Validity Period : 1-4 November 2019  Booking Code : RSKRUGBY19 Villa Type 2 nights package/ 2 persons 3 nights package/ 2 persons Extra night/ 2 persons Bayview Pool Villa Suite THB 129,000.- THB 168,000.- THB 29,000.- Sunset Ocean View Pool Villa Suite THB 150,000.- THB 190,000.- THB 34,800.- Beach Pool Villa Suite THB 167,000.- THB 214,000.- THB 49,200.- 2 Bedroom Junior Beach Pool Retreat THB 314,000.- THB 409,000.- THB 70,040.- Special inclusions Complimentary upgrade to next villa category (subjects to availability) Daily Half Board (breakfast & dinner) at resort restaurants, not applicable for In-Villa Dining and Treepod Dining Non-alcoholic beverages during dinner time at resort restaurants Shared return flight transfers between Bangkok and Soneva Kiri on a fixed schedule (Private flight transfer is available upon request at an additional surcharge ) A 50 minutes selected Six Senses Spa treatment per stay (exclude child) 1 child age below 12 years old, stay free and receive complimentary Half Board, when sharing a villa with parents (excluding flight charge at THB 9,500 NET/ person) One time Lunch with Austin on Saturday  2nd October 2019 for 2 persons One time drinks and canapé with Austin Healey for 2 persons One time Koh Rang Snorkelling or Klong Chao Waterfall Adventure For more information or reservation: email: reservations@soneva.com or telephone: +91 124 4511000

‘Phuket FantaSea’ celebrates its 20th anniversary with the grand opening of the world’s first Thai Carnival Theme Park in Thailand. Built with a budget of over THB 5 billion (USD$ 160 million) and spanning over 40 acres (100 Rai), Carnival Magic aspires to become an exciting new landmark tourist destination in Asia and is expected to attract over 1 million tourists per year with annual revenue of no less than THB 1.5 billion. ‘Carnival Magic Co., Ltd.’ is an affiliate of ‘Phuket FantaSea Co., Ltd’ and is located in Kamala Beach in Phuket province, adjacent to Phuket FantaSea. Mr. Kittikorn Kewkacha, the CEO of ‘Phuket FantaSea Public Company Limited’ and ‘Carnival Magic Co., Ltd.’, explained the significance of creating this new project. “This year is the 20th anniversary of ‘Phuket FantaSea’. We are celebrating it with the opening of an astonishing and uniquely new project – ‘Carnival Magic’, one of the largest nighttime theme parks ever constructed, and the first of its kind in the world.” Inspired by the many traditional festivals, carnivals and market fairs that abound throughout the Kingdom, Carnival Magic aims to establish itself as the very first Thai Carnival Theme Park, rejoicing in the vibrancy of Thailand's rich cultural heritage and offering an experience unmatched by any other theme park on earth. “Our mission was to establish a landmark destination that would encourage more visitors to the island, and in so doing, help create jobs, stimulate the local economy and ultimately boost the local tourism industry. We wanted to offer something positive, entertaining, uplifting, and welcoming that would showcase the beautiful uniqueness of Thai culture with the enhancement of modern technology and special effects.” Carnival Magic’ consists of 4 main zones: Zone 1 - Carnival Fun Fair: an exciting and colorful carnival-themed street fair offering themed shopping arcades, boutique eateries and bars, street dancing and parade performers, fun games, kiddie rides and lots of guest activities.  Various quality products from all regions of Thailand will be featured in one-of-a-kind themed souvenir shops lavishly decorated with carnival lights and Thai inspired architectural features. Zone 2 – Bird of Paradise Restaurant: A fully air-conditioned gala buffet restaurant that can accommodate over 3,000 visitors and is reached by passing through an enchanted Garden of Paradise entranceway.  With an interior design suggesting a heavenly hall watched over by 2 giant peacock sculptures in full plumage, Bird of Paradise will offer over 100 varieties of menu items featuring delicacies from all around the world. Three separate dining halls are also available for private dining events. Alternatively, the River of Bliss Restaurant offers a more opulent dining experience within a design inspired by the world famous Loy Kratong festival.  The 400-seat dining room is lavishly accented with giant Kratongs (lotus float) reflecting the best of traditional Thai craftsmanship.  A special feature of this restaurant is that guests will first arrive at a waterfall known as “Happiness Falls” and ascend to the restaurant via a mystical barge called the “Barge of Happiness” which rises approximately 7 meters to deliver guests into this uniquely themed

Latest Airbnb booking data has revealed growing interest in lesser-known destinations and eco-conscious cities across the globe, as travellers look for new, local and authentic travel experiences beyond big cities. In Thailand, emerging destinations across the country are increasingly appealing to both domestic and international travellers. Case-in-point is Buriram in Thailand’s Northeast saw 383% growth in bookings* year-over-year, propelling it into third place on Airbnb’s top 20 global destinations to visit next year. Here are the Top 20 trending destinations for 2020: 1. Milwaukee, WI, US The host of next year’s Democratic National Convention, Milwaukee makes it to the top of our trending list. This historic gem on the shores of Lake Michigan often slips under the radar but has a terrific bar and restaurant scene and fascinating cultural attractions that include a Calatrava-designed art museum. And with over 105 miles of scenic bike lanes, it’s easy to see why Milwaukee is experiencing an upsurge in interest among guests on Airbnb. 2. Bilbao, Spain Bilbao’s transformation from rust belt city to flourishing culture hub is truly remarkable. The city’s Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum put Bilbao on the map when it opened back in 1997. Since then the Basque city has been on an ever upward ascent, winning the European City of the Year in 2018. Visitors to the area are rewarded with a lively dining scene, breathtaking architecture and an unforgettable cityscape. Next year, Bilbao will also become a top destination for sports fans: it’s one of the host cities of Europe’s most beloved soccer competition. 3. Buriram, Thailand The rural province of Buriram is home to some of Thailand’s most treasured Khmer relics. Its best known monument is the incredible Phanom Rung complex which is comparable in grandeur to its much more famous Cambodian neighbor, Angkor Wat. In addition to ancient ruins, the province has also become a sporting hotspot: 2018 saw the inaugural MotoGP motor racing event at the Chang International Circuit which also plays host to the Buriram Marathon each year. MotoGP is scheduled to return in March next year. 4. Sunbury, Victoria, Australia A short drive northwest of Melbourne, the suburb of Sunbury is a popular spot with savvy locals thanks to its wildlife, wineries and Victorian-era architecture. Its biggest claim to fame is as the birthplace of cricket’s most sought-after trophy — The Ashes. In 2020, Sunbury looks to attract cricket fans from near and far as Melbourne will be hosting the ICC T20 World Cup. 5. Romania Romania, with its pristine hills and ancient rural villages, is the perfect destination for anyone looking for something off-the-beaten-track. The country has some of the best preserved virgin forests in Europe and, according to the 2018 Environmental Performance Index, ranks 15th globally when it comes to ecosystem vitality. 6. Xi'an, China Often cited as one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilization, Xi'an is best known as the home of the terracotta warriors — a vast collection of prehistoric clay soldiers discovered by local farmers in 1974. Today, the capital of China’s western Shaanxi province is a major culinary melting pot while