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Phuket is an island of sophistication with an ever-evolving cultural scene. The recent opening of Living Art Gallery has elevated the local art scene to international level. Set in the centre of Blue Tree, the lifestyle hub of Phuket, the new gallery promises to showcase revolving exhibitions of works by Thai artists of different genres, as well as by designers who work closely with Thai artisanal communities, which the gallery intends to support. Led by Somchat Krainara, The Living Art Gallery will host its inaugural annual festival in Phuket during 26 - 29 November 2020. “Phuket is a tourist destination because of its local attractions. The city has its own charms and characteristics, drawing in visitors from all over the world. The city is incredibly rich in culture, and by bringing art into Phuket I’m hoping it will enhance the art and cultural reputation of the destination -- in other words making Phuket become known as a MICE destination for arts, and creating a truly cultural and creative city,” said Somchat. Both the gallery and the upcoming festival hold on to the same purpose – to provide a platform for emerging Thai artists to showcase their work to an international audience, and to support artisanal communities across Thailand with opportunities to make connections with art lovers, fellow artists and designers, and an international audience.   Living Art Gallery is divided into four zones:   Zone 1: Peranakan Culture (Baba-Yaya) in Phuket Province Inspired by the traditional Peranakan houses of Phuket old town, Awika Samukrsaman – the apparel designer – creates woven textiles in pastel hues that interpret the patterns, colours and symbols of southern Thai culture. Awika has been w orking closely with local communities to preserve the local traditional knowledge of textiles and weaving, while pushing it into a contemporary direction. Within the conceptual Peranakan house, the vivid and intricate embroidered paintings of Sunisa Assawinrungroj are displayed. Stirred by the death of her pet rabbit, Sunisa embroidered delicate rabbits in traditional Phuket dress into these pieces. Hanging in one corner is Rungcheewan Kamvichit’s collection of contemporary tie-dyes, made using fine Thai silk and the rare Shibori tie-dye technique. On the opposite side hang a painting titled Sao Phuket by Sarawut Yasamut which depicts a southern woman carrying a Chinese-style food basket and embraced by flowers native to Phuket and Indonesia. Ongkorn Sinlapangkul is also featured in this zone, with the artist’s special interpretation of the colours and sights of Phuket in two fantastical paintings of a seahorse and woman with a dragon mask.   Zone 2: Forest and Landscape of Phuket The second zone of the gallery takes visitors on a journey through Phuket’s landscape from the viewpoint of artists. It kicks off with a special collection of nature-inspired ceramics crafted by master artisan Professor Somlak Pantiboon, known for his pottery studio Doi Din Dang in Chiang Rai. Also hailing from northern Thailand, but from Chiang Mai, is Likit Tunoud who describes the interaction of humans and nature, and its oftentimes destructive consequences, in intricate ink-on-paper drawings. Adding his influence to this zone is Professor

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) joins forces with ICONSIAM and entrepreneurs along the banks of Chao Phraya River to unite Thai hearts by organizing the mega-phenomenon “Amazing Thailand Countdown 2021” promising to become the most spectacular celebration of Thailand to ring in the New Year, under the concept of "The Wonders of Happiness upon the River", representing hope, faith, prosperity, and happiness. The mega-event will feature  over 20,000 spectacular, eco-friendly fireworks, which are made from Thai sticky rice, that will be lit up along the most beautiful curve of the Chao Phraya River spanning an area of over 1,400 meters and within a distance of over 5 kilometers of the city-wide celebration. Each act signifies auspicious meanings of Big Hope, Believe, Brilliant Life, Beautiful World, Blooming Wealth, Be Together (presented by True Corporation), and Best Begin. In addition to a myriad of entertainments throughout the night of New Year’s Eve by top artists and the avant-garde fireworks, one of the unmissable activities is the “Amazing Thailand Countdown 2021” video and photography contest under the theme of “Magic upon the River”, granting over THB 500,000-worth prizes to the winners. The countdown celebration event will be broadcast live on Thairath TV 32 HD Channel as well as on the online platforms via Facebook pages of ICONSIAM, Thairath Online, Khaosod and TrueID application. ICONSIAM is easily and rapidly accessible via the complete modes of transportation - cars, rails, and boats. The operation of Bangkok’s Gold Line electric rail route in December will also ease the public transportation.

Banpu NEXT,  in collaboration with Phuket Patri Tour, has recently lauched innovative Banpu NEXT e-Ferry in Phuket as Thailand’s first marine tour electric ferry, starting its first route with Phuket – Phang-nga tour. Tourists are welcomed to embark on a clean energy ferry to take pleasure in green tourism, visiting the country's most stunning spots in gorgeous Phang-nga Bay including Ko Pa Nak, Ko Hong, Khao Ta Pu (James Bond Island) and Khao Phing Kan. Key features of Banpu NEXT e-Ferry include its capabilities in terms of traveling comfort, high level of safety, being built under ISO 9001: 2015 standards for quality management system, and energy-saving and eco-friendly advantages because it does not create any oil and noise and air pollutions. If all of  marine tourism activities in the Andaman Sea and the Gulld of Thailand are electrified like Banpu NEXT e-Ferry, over 53 million liters of fuels can be saved and 140,000 tonnes of CO2 emission can be reduced in one year, which is equivalent to planting 17 million trees. This pioneering project could lead to massively beneficial changes to the environment, without having to sacrifice the joy of travelling. For more information and for booking a chartered tour, please call + 66 (0) 76 263 558, visit website www.phuketpatritourgroup.com or go to Facebook page ‘Phuket Patri Tour’.

Loy Krathong Festival has long been one of the most awaited ones for Thai residents and visitors alike, as the vista of thousands of candlelit floats on moonlit rivers is uniquely indelible. This year, to make the festivity even more special, these 4 hotels in Bangkok are more than willing to make your time with your beloved ones extraordinary!   CAPELLA BANGKOK This new beautiful face in town sits on the shore of Chao Phraya river, boasting heavenly cuisines by world-class chefs and culinary teams, as well as a boutique stay that is unique to Capella. What's special: A wonderful riverfront celebration that lets you explore deeper into the cultural and culinary heritage of Thailand with live classical music, Thai dancing, and krathong floating in the moonlight. A special buffet diner with cuisines of Old Siam by Chef Wichian and his team at Phra Nakhon Thai restaurant, priced at THB 6,000 net per person. (Advanced reservations and pre-payment are required) Ultra-fine dining experience by three-Michelin-starred Chef Mauro Colagreco at Côte, featuring the nine-course ‘Carte Blanche’ blind menu, inspired by the tastes of French and Italian Rivieras, priced at THB 9,000 net per person, with an optional wine pairing at THB 3,200 per person. (Advanced reservations and pre-payment are required) Date: Saturday, 31 October 2020 Contact: phranakhon.bangkok@capellahotels.com / +66 (0) 2 098 3888   CHATRIUM BANGKOK The riverside hotel is famous for its unbeatable panorama of the gleaming metropolis and the tranquil Chao Phraya river. What's special: A fabulous contemporary Thai performance show, Thai band and exciting fireworks, as well as a krathong floating tradition. Enjoy sumptuous Thai cuisine, fresh seafood, and international dishes at River Barge Restaurant and Pier 28 at THB 2,499 net for adults and THB 1,249 net for children (6-11 years old). "Loy Krathong Package" including buffet dinner for 2 persons and a 1-night stay in a gorgeous Grand Room City View (room only) priced at only THB 5,888 net. Date: Saturday, 31 October 2020 Contact: riverbarge.chrb@chatrium.com / www.chatrium.com / +66 (0) 2 307 8888   ROYAL ORCHID SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS Situated by the bank of Chao Phraya river in a culture-rich area of Bangkok, the hotel offers a luxurious stay with unforgettable view and finest delicacies. What's special: An Isarn-themed celebration with an exquisite dinner Giorgio's Loy Krathong International Buffet, priced at THB 2,800++ per person. Riverside Grill, an extensive selection of a la carte dishes plus one premium dish of your choice, priced at THB 2,000++ per person. Thara Thong, royal Thai cuisine a la carte menu featuring complimentary Thai costume for you to wear during dinner upon prior arrangement, priced from THB 290++ per dish. *Top up with free flow of house red/white/sparkling wines, local beers, soft drinks and drinking water at THB 999 net. *Children 0-4 years old eat free, 5-12 years old pay half price. Date: Saturday, 31 October 2020 Contact: bit.ly/roloykrathong / events.rosh@sheraton.com / +66 (0) 2 266 0123   SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, BANGKOK Luxury at its finest can be found here, plus a gorgeous view that will take your breath away. What's special: Get dressed and join the magical celebration with a Long Drum

Set amidst lush nature, Banyan Tree Krabi is now open with elegant villas, ranging from ultra-luxury beachfront pool villas to polished pool suites overlooking the Andaman sunset, with first-rate facilities to make your every minute memorable, with the sound of flowing water that will soothe your soul. Along with the glamour of its landscape, you are invited to indulge into culinary excellence, drinkable joy, and an one-off rainforest-themed spa. Meticulously designed to reach the high standards of grandeur, you will witness works of art throughout your stay, right from the naga legend-inspired lobby with a backdrop of tranquil horizon. Banyan Tree Krabi offers 8 suite and villa types, all of which have private saltwater pools. The most modest accommodation type, coming in at 99 sq.m, is the Deluxe Pool Suite with a lavish double bed, private terrace, plunge pool and jet pool surround the bedroom, giving guests the feeling of being on a small island. The largest is the palatial seven-bedroom beachfront 1,335 sq.m Presidential Villa. Guests can reserve the villa as a three-bedroom unit or take an option to combine the three-bedroom with the two adjoining 2-bedroom beachfront villas, transforming it into a seven-bedroom wonderland of saltwater pools, canals, and myriad balconies and terraces. The three “Bird’s Nest” tables perched precariously among the trees around the resort’s highly-elevated Saffron is one of the most stunning features of the resort. All-day-dining The Naga Kitchen caters breakfasts, lunches and dinner with a plethora of international choices. One of the not-to-be-missed experiences here is the spa. Renowned as a global wellbeing brand, Banyan Tree has an avalanche of awards mirroring this acclaim. In Banyan Tree Krabi, the spa will build upon the reputation, maintaining its sense of “Thai-ness” with local treatments and ingredients such as coconut potions and pearl powder massage. For reservations and enquiries, visit www.banyantree.com/booking

VALA, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, has recently run a soft opening of a 5-star beachfront boutique resort, VALA Hua Hin - Nu Chapter Hotels. With its uniquely luxurious character and outstanding architectural design, and first-rate services, VALA is the new dream destination for seekers of seaside tranquility within a few hours' drive from Bangkok. Managed by new generation group, Nu Chapter Hotels, VALA Hua Hin’s distinctive character draws on the “Nature's Touch with a Modern Design” concept on a vast beautiful land while featuring 97 rooms and suites in the 3-storey building, so privacy is gauranteed. Besides, All the rooms boast a sea view and spacious terrace. The resort is surrounded by an abundance of lush trees and overlooks an extensive stretch of beach. This stunning location allows guests to enjoy a panoramic view of the ocean, a rare sight to be found in Hua Hin and Cha-Am, making VALA the ultimate retreat for tourists to slow down during the holidays and return home feeling more energetic and rejuvenated. While VALA VILLAS zone featuring 13 secluded pool villas with uninterrupted sea views, are designed in the ‘Glamping’ style with maximum privacy. Five of them are situated in the nearest area to the beach. Garden area and a spacious terrace can be decorated for outdoor activities such as private BBQ dinner parties. Butler service is on hand to take care of every little detail throughout the stay. Here, guests can try exotic cocktails made with local ingredients created by VALA Hua Hin in collaboration with Vesper, a bar ranked 11th in Asia's Top 50 Best Bar Awards.  For lunch, selections of Thai and international favorites are served. For dinner, WOODS transforms into a more sophisticated setting with a menu of tapas, seafood and grill curated from a decadent combination of fresh locally-sourced produce and fine ingredients. VALA Hua Hin also offers a range of activities including morning meditation, yoga on the beach, Thai massage, tai chi, boxing, cooking/cocktail class, art for kids and a visit to an organic farm. Guests are invited to explore both the hidden gems of Hua Hin - Cha-am and local dishes rarely found outside the area. Visit www.valahuahin.com for more information and reservation.

For your dream tropical getaway, Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas offers deals for Thai residents at shocking prices! Enjoy marvelous room at very special rates for all Thai residents or resident expatriates with promotion as follows: Special Rate for Superior Room at THB 899 per night for 2 persons (Breakfast not included) - Book from now until 31 October 2020 - Period of stay: 21 – 31 October 2020 Special Rate for Superior Room at THB 999 per night for 2 persons (Breakfast not included) - Book from now until 30 November 2020 - Period of stay: 1 November – 27 December 2020 Extra bed supplements are THB 500 net per adult per night. Extra charge for room upgrade at THB 500 per room per night. No extra charge for child under 12 years old when sharing the same room with existing bedding with parents. Terms & Conditions Rates are inclusive of service charge and government taxes. Special breakfast set at only THB 150 per person. This promotion cannot be combined to any promotion. This promotion cannot be refunded or cancelled. The above rate can be applied to guests with Thai nationality or foreigners with residences in Thailand only. Guests are kindly requested to present valid Thai work permit or valid Thai identification card to qualify upon check in. Direct booking by email h8109@accor.com or +66 (0) 76 231 999 only.

Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited launches the “Flyer Pass” promotion, offering a set of 4 one-way coupons to be used on some of Bangkok Airways popular domestic routes such as Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Phuket and Samui. The Flyer Pass promotion is available in 2 categories: Domestic pass that will allow passengers to travel on Bangkok Airways flights between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Lampang and Phuket, the fare for this type is set for just 3,900 Baht (4 one-way tickets inclusive of taxes and surcharges) Samui Pass that will allow passengers to travel on Bangkok Airways flights to and from Koh Samui to any destinations in Thailand such as Bangkok and Phuket, the fare is set for just 7,900 Baht (4 one-way tickets and inclusive of taxes and surcharges) Flyer Pass will consist of 4 codes and each code is eligible to book 1 a one-way ticket on an economy class. Reservations can be made from 3 September 2020 until 31 August 2021 and can be used for travels from 3 September 2020 to 31 August 2021. Flyer pass is available for purchase at Bangkok Airways Sales Offices in Thailand from 3 September 2020 onwards (during office hours). For more information, please visit www.bangkokair.com/flyerpass or contact call center at 1771 and +66 (0) 2 270 6699 during 08:00 to 20:00.

Accor is offering local travellers the perfect opportunity to book their favourite holiday destination at 40% discount across its 68 participating hotels and resorts in Thailand. Members of ALL - Accor's lifestyle loyalty programme – will enjoy 4x reward points offer with rates starting from just THB 505++ per room per night. The group operates 87 hotels in Thailand across ten key cities under the Sofitel, SO/, MGallery, Mövenpick, Swissôtel, Pullman, Grand Mercure, Mercure, Novotel ibis and ibis Styles brands. Some of the participating hotels and resorts are: Veranda High Resort Chiang Mai - MGallery amidst serene gardens Novotel Chiang Mai Nimman Journey Hub in the heart of the charming city Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach overlooking crystal waters of the Andaman Sea Avista Grande Phuket Karon - MGallery with stunning design and marvellous skyline Novotel Sriracha & Koh Si Chang Marina Bay with spectacular views of the Gulf of Thailand Beachfront resort Pullman Pattaya ..and many more! Visit all.accor.com to book your dream vacation from now until 25 September for stays valid from 1 September to 15 December 2020. Guests can book confidently with the assurance of a fully refundable reservations policy for any cancellations made up to three days prior to arrival. Accor Plus Members will enjoy an additional 10% off package prices. Reservations are subject to availability and conditions apply.