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Chao Phraya Sky Park is a pedestrian bridge across the Chao Phraya River and a new landmark for Bangkokians. It is the country’s first-ever sky park and the world’s first sky park crossing over the river, connecting Thon Buri and Phra Nakhon sides of the Chao Phraya River together. The Chao Phraya Sky Park is a scenic viewpoint amid the greenery along the walking route. Behind the Chao Phraya Sky Park project is the collaboration between the City Planning and Urban Development Department of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA),  together with The Urban Design and Development Center (UddC) and other partners with an aim to improve Bangkok's thoroughfare and landscape, as well as to increase the public green area. The project is also implemented with public participation and mutual ownership among various sectors to raise public awareness on the importance of green areas. Situated between the traffic lanes of the Phra Pok Klao Bridge, the Chao Phraya Sky Park is an elevated public park with wide walkways and bicycle lanes connecting two sides of Bangkok, as well as relaxing corner, viewpoint, and space for recreational activities. The sky park is designed to be a double-deck walking route with ramps traversing up and down between two levels, equipped with guardrail, elevator, and other facilities for persons with disabilities and elderly people. In terms of architecture, it highlights easy functions and maintenance. Trees and flowers are thoughtfully selected to suit Bangkok's weather conditions, avoiding growing large perennial trees to reduce the weight of the structure and minimize the harm from dead branches and leaves for the safety of people commuting along the nearby bridge. Vegetation on the Chao Phraya Sky Park is also beneficial for insects and overall ecosystem. The Chao Phraya Sky Park is a now the city's new spot for relaxation and exercise with gorgeous view, especially during sunset and sunrise. In addition, its neighboring areas are full of the top-rated tourist attractions such as Phra Phutthayotfa Chulalok Bridge, Phra Boromathat Maha Chedi of Prayoon Wongsawat Temple, Santa Cruz Temple, Kanlayanamit Temple, Kudi Chin Community, The Temple of Dawn, Yodpiman Riverwalk, and ICONSIAM. The Chao Phraya Sky Park has been officially launched to public in 2020 and is now open daily from 05:00 to 20:00. For updates on more interesting spots in Bangkok, visit prbangkok-eng.com

From 2 to 4 April 2021, Royal Cliff Beach Hotel in Pattaya will host the highly anticipated annual Fitz Club Tennis Tournament for the 13th time, comprising lots of delicacies and drinks alongside thrilling matches to keep you entertained throughout the weekend at the courts with new elegant lighting system. What makes this event so popular is the round-robin format in which all competitors are guaranteed to play several matches in one of the best Tennis clubs in Thailand. Throughout the tournament, safety measures against COVID-19 will be in place including no-handshake policy and social distancing guidelines for the spectators. With 3 days of blockbuster tennis, the Fitz Club Tennis Tournament remains one of Pattaya’s most highly anticipated sports events of the year. Playing slots are limited, so don't miss out on the fun and competition of this very popular event and register now! Friends, fans and supporters are especially welcome. For more information or to register for the tournament, please contact fitz@royalcliff.com, visit www.royalcliff.com/new/13th-tennis-tournament or call +66 (0) 38 250 421 ext 2621.

Indeed, "art" does not relate to us only aesthetically, but it can also impact us in a communal level. Art can make a community more livable, enhance safety, and boost tourism as well as the area's economy. Recognising its importance, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has come up with a project to depict Bangkok through works of art, to make desolate spots safer, to make a good use of empty spaces, and bring vibrant street arts to the heart of Bangkok. At Ong Ang Canal, travelers can experience charming ways of living of the communities around centuries-old Ong Ang canal and enjoy speculating street arts portraying the lives around here in the past. In the early days, Ong Ang Canal was a floating pottery market, selling various types of earthen water jars and the canal was named after its main product, "Ong Ang", meaning pottery in Thai. The BMA has implemented various measures to clean up this canal, revive its landscape, and allow water to flow to Chao Phraya River. Shortly after the transformation, Thailand's Ong Ang Canal was one of the 6 places in Asia to win the 2020 Asian Townscape Awards by UN-Habitat Fukuoka. In Sathorn area, tourists can spot street arts at various sites, one of them being Wat Yan Nawa Canal in Si Suriyothai Community. Along the canal, nearby communities are where Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, and Bramanism have been co-existed in harmony. Once an abandoned site, the area surrounding the canal has been revitalised with "Canal Art", making it a new landmark of the city thanks to support from various private sectors and artists. In addtition to the magical transformation of the over 890-metres long wall, safety of the community has been increased with installation of street lights and green inspection booth of City Law Enforcement Section. This area also boasts a potential for developing into community tourist attraction of Sathorn district. To add more vivacity, street foods of high quality are available throughout the canal side journeys. Quality of street food in Bangkok have been improved to make sure that all ingredients are safe to consume and the venues are clean, with "Food Safety Standard Certificate" to reassure the safety. For more updates on Bangkok's projects, visit www.prbangkok-eng.com

Recently, World Reward Solutions has successfully hosted "Khao Yai Muan Chuen" dining event in collaboration with Khao Yai Tourism Association. The event was organised with a help from White Glove Academy & FINN by World Rewards Solution in training students and teacher from Pak Chong Technical College and personnel from Grand Siri Resort, Pen Laos restaurant, and Gran Monte Vineyard in providing services in a premium level. The training is also led by Michelin-starred Chef Thaninthon Chantarawanyoung, and he has also created a wonderful 7-course menu using mainly locally-sourced ingredients. With the first event being a huge success with over 50 guests who have enjoy the delectable experience amidst beautiful nature, the next dining experience by leading chefs will follow soon! For further inquiries, please contact World Reward Solutions at +66 (0) 2 016 9998.  

At Wachirabenchathat Park, also knownas Rot Fai Park, vast Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is an educative recreation spot for people of all ages. Not only people will be compelled by the colours of nature, the natural classroom is also the place for study, research, data collection and compilation on life cycles of butterflies and other insects, biodiversity, ecosystem, and importance of plants that are food of caterpillars, so visitors can get to know more about them and appreciate the beauty they bring to this world without having to travel far from Bangkok. The garden comprises an activity ground and an exhibition area displaying elegance of various species of butterflies and insects. The exhibition area has a mini theatre showing video on insects and ecosystem, a breeding and nursing room for butterfly and insect larvae (available only for group visitors) and an enclosure. Showcasing over 500 butterflies of 20 species, the enclosure was built in the shape of a large dome with a height of 15 meters, using open framework and airy materials for good air ventilation. The Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is part of the project on non-formal education promotion of the BMA affiliated schools and part of “Chatuchak Learning Park”, taking place at 3 connected public parks namely Chatuchak Park, H.M. Queen Sirikit Park, and Wachirabenchathat Park (Rot Fai Park), in line with the National Education Act  specifying that “public park” is one of the lifelong learning resources for people of all ages and genders. The garden is open on Tuesdays - Sundays and public holidays, except for Mondays, from 08:30 to 16:30. Free entry. For a group visit, please submit a letter to Director of Public Parks Office requesting for permission 5 – 7 working days in advance. For more interesting news, visit www.prbangkok-eng.com  Source of information: Bangkok Tourism Division

The first Dusit-branded hotel in Kuwait, Dusit Princess Mahboula Kuwait, is set to open in the fourth quarter of 2023 in a premium location overlooking the Persian Gulf within easy reach of popular local attractions such as Al Kout Mall, Kuwait’s largest waterfront retail and leisure destination; and Kuwait Magic, a large beachfront mall with an indoor amusement park. Comprising 180 hotel rooms and 70 serviced apartments under Dusit International’s upper midscale Dusit Princess brand, the new hotel will be equipped to meet the needs of both tourists and long-stay guests, including associates of local oil and gas companies  seeking comfortable and convenient lodgings near their places of work. The property’s serviced apartments have been specifically designed for families. Additionally, there will be an all-day dining venue, a specialty restaurant, a lobby lounge, a swimming pool, a vast gym with modern equipment, as well as Dusit’s signature Namm Spa providing a wide range of wellness therapies and treatments. Dusit’s portfolio now includes 340 properties operating under six brands across 15  countries. In the Middle East, the company currently operates seven hotels and is on course to open two more this year.

Due to today's situation filled with uncertainty, anxiety, and insecurity, "The Dance In Between" art pieces by Hiroko Hongyok will touch your soul in an exquisitely soothing way. Being “in between'' is like walking into a desert without a compass, being surrounded by nothing but sand. In this state, it's easy to feel lost, being overwhelmed by fear, especially when it involves your aspirations, dreams, career and relationships. Instead of worrying about what is out of our control, why not learn to cherish the unknown? "The Dance In Between" exhibition is a celebration of the "in-betweenness" in an eye-opening way. The exhibition invites you to interact with the ambiguity of “neither black nor white”, in a playful, yet thought-provoking manner. Growing up familiar with the teachings of Zen, Hiroko Hongyok’s practice is inspired by the Japanese aesthetic ideal of “Ma” (間), which is defined as “the space between objects, the silence between sounds, the stillness between actions”. Hiroko represents “Ma” (間) through abstract forms that play deliberately with the boundaries of dichotomies; hovering in between expansion and contraction, revealing and concealing, inside and outside, movement and stillness. Like dancing, Hiroko invites the audience to discover this “in-between” state and enjoy every moment of life. Experience "The Dance In Between" at Room 248, second floor, River City Bangkok from 11 February until 14 March 2021. Free Entry. In response to Covid-19, this exhibition is open for limited capacity of 10.

During the reign of King Chulalongkorn the Great (King Rama V), the Act on “Announcement on Canal Digging” was promulgated in 1877. King Rama V ordered the digging of a canal started from Phra Khanong Canal connecting to Bang Pakong River. The digging work was resumed from the existing canal which had been incomplete since the reign of King Rama III. This aimed to augment cultivated areas along both sides of the canal. In this regard, Phraya Prawet Burirom (Phraya is a noble title in Siam period) was assigned to direct and supervise the canal digging and King Rama V graciously named the canal after its supervisor “Prawet Burirom Canal”. The work was done with cadastral survey and the canal is in a straight line to shorten travel distance as much as possible. Another 4 branch canals were also dug, namely the Canal 1, Canal 2, Canal 3, and Canal 4. The waterways expanded the area of where people can earn a living. The digging of Prawet Burirom Canal started in 1878 and was completed in 1880 with total length of 46 kilometres. Before digging Prawet Burirom Canal, the area was a sparse forest with a very small population, as witnessed by some old people. Later, the use of vehicles increased thanks to more convenient roads. When the road along the Prawet Burirom Canal was constructed, people preferred to travel by cars instead of by boats. Prawet Burirom Canal presently had become merely the waterway supplying water to a community and draining water to the river and the sea. Presently, as the way of life of riverside community has changed, we must team up to revive the unique waterfront lifestyle. Concurrently, litter prevention campaigns should be launched in order to conserve and improve the health of canals and rivers. The canal can also be developed into an attraction, which can create jobs for people in the community. Prawet District, local administration and development committee of Prawet District, and Krathum Suea Pla Temple currently join forces to resurrect "Traditional Boat Racing Festival at Prawet Burirom Canal" to carry on the tradition, community lifestyle, and cultural heritage related to the water. Moreover, awareness campaigns should be conducted among youths and the public to acknowledge them on importance of nature, living as a community, and local culture and conserve these precious things for future generations. This might as well be ecotourism promotion of Prawet Burirom Canal and its neighbouring areas, as well as the promotion of public participation in upholding and preserving religions, arts, and culture which will take place during rainy season or in October. For more updates: prbangkok-eng.com

Pol.Lt.Gen. Sopon Pisuttiwong, Deputy Governor of Bangkok, as the Director of the BMA’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (BMA-CCSA), presided over the meeting of BMA-CCSA, no.10/2021. Executives of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), BMA spokespersons, as well as representatives from BMA departments, Metropolitan Police Headquarters and Bangkok Internal Security Operations Command, district zones, and related agencies under the BMA participated in the meeting at Rattanakosin Room, Bangkok City Hall (Sao Chingcha), Phra Nakhon District. Pol.Capt. Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, BMA Spokesman, revealed that, according to the meeting to follow up the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic situation in Bangkok held on 14 January 2021, 14 new confirmed cases are detected. Key factor contributed to the declining number of patients is the BMA Announcement on the Order of Temporary Closure of Premises No. 14 dated December 29, 2020; No. 15 dated January 3, 2021; and No. 16 dated January 5, 2021. Previously, the number of cases had increased because many people traveled to risk areas or entertainment venues. At present, the BMA can control the outbreak situation. The BMA also conducted active case findings of more than 10,000 samples using nasopharyngeal swabs and saliva testing. From now on, the BMA will continuously speed up active case finding for COVID-19 cases as much as possible. The BMA Spokesman also mentioned the COVID-19 vaccines which will be given to Thai people that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha clearly reiterated that all Thais would be vaccinated to prevent Covid-19. The first in line will be healthcare and medical personnel according to the disease control guidelines as they are working closely with patients. Regarding side effects from the vaccines, medical professionals are working together to determine which vaccines to be used. Regarding the procuring of the vaccines, if the Royal Thai Government cannot allocate budget for purchasing COVID-19 vaccines, the BMA is ready to allocate its budget for the people of Bangkok. However, presently, all countries around the world are in need of vaccines while total manufacturing capacity is limited, which means it will take some time to successfully purchase the vaccines. Ministry of Public Health as well as the BMA Health Department and Medical Services Department have discussed on how to import good and effective COVID-19 vaccines to vaccinate all Thai people as soon as possible. For more updates, visit www.prbangkok-eng.com     Photo by Ingo Joseph via Pexels.