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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.

Bangkok is now a full-fledged ageing society, as the city has become the area with the highest number of aged populations in Thailand. It is, therefore, essential for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to prepare economic and medical services, as well as care facilities to be able to provide more inclusive and effective care for elderly people, leading to the construction project of Bueng Sakae Ngam Elderly Home. At present, the BMA has run an old age home called Ban Bang Khae II home, located in Bang Khae District. However, it can accommodate only 140 persons, while there are over 1 million elderly people living in Bangkok. Pol.Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, has assigned the BMA organisations to work together in finding spots for additional old age homes to cover every corner of Bangkok. Fortunately, the BMA has gained a support from charitable persons who donated a 32-rai land located at Bueng Sakae Ngam, Khlong Sam Wa District, which is the most suitable location for the project. Hence, the Governor of Bangkok assigned the BMA Public Works Department to design the Bueng Sakae Ngam Elderly Home Project in which, presently, the initial design has been completed. As for the conceptual idea for the design and planning of project, the project area is divided into 3 zones: the public zone comprising Public Health Center building and parking lot; the semi-public zone comprising administrative building, vocational training building, food center building, health park, physical therapy and aquatic therapy building; and the accommodation zone comprising houses, service and residential buildings for officers, and activity building. Houses in the accommodation zone has been designed and categorized into 2 types. Type A house can accommodate up to 8 people. Each house has 2 large bedrooms (4 persons per one bedroom with one toilet). Type B house can accommodate up to 14 people. Each house is divided into 7 large bedrooms (2 persons per one bedroom with one toilet). Both types of houses will be equipped with beds, wardrobes, tables, chairs, air conditioners, and handrails for the elderly bathrooms. The first phase of construction will focus on overall landscaping works, construction of food center building to be used temporarily as canteen, as well as administrative and vocational training buildings, construction of Type A houses, construction of dykes and moats around the project area, pool digging, road pavement toward the project area, growing trees as a project area fence; and installation of lighting and sanitary system. For the second phase, it is planned for the construction of additional Type A houses, Type B houses, activity building, service and residential buildings for officers, administrative building, vocational training building, physical therapy and aquatic therapy building, and Public Health Center building. The last phase of construction will be landscape improvement and construction of parking lot. It is expected that the first phase will be completed in 2022. Shortly after that, the BMA will accelerate the construction of the second phase. The budget for this project mainly comes from BMA and donations. The BMA believes

Lumpini Park is a large-sized public park located at the heart of Bangkok covering the area of 300 rai. It is regarded as Thailand’s first public park that has lasted since the reign of King Rama VI. Comparing to human life stages, this park is probably at the stage of senior adult who has had a lot of descendants and has been through thick and thin for many years. Many people, at a minimum of 10,000 visitors each day, has come to visit our Great-Grand Parent with different purposes. Some people come for taking a walk, doing exercises, organizing various events such as Red Cross fair, Songkran festive event, walk rally and marathon activity, and so on. Lumpini Park is not only a large and multi-purposed public park, but this extensive green space is also the place where a number of recreation centers, associations and clubs are located. It has unique shady atmosphere with big, old and long-standing trees scattering all over the park with large-scale pond and vast green areas amongst the high-rise buildings of modern urban society. In the next 5 years, the year 2025 will mark the 100th anniversary of Lumpini Park. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) plans to implement a significant makeover to transform the park to be a colossal green area that supports urban lifestyles in the modern era. Initially, the regeneration plan is divided into three phases: the first phase is that all infrastructures and public utilities systems in the park will be renovated such as the works to improve pipelines and underground drainage system, wastewater management, lighting system, pavement and running tracks and renovate buildings in the park. For the second phase, area development will be conducted to make the park a learning space. Lastly, in the third phase, unused areas will be developed to the utmost benefits for the public. This receives positive cooperation from landscape architectures to jointly propose the development concepts and transformation designs. Nevertheless, survey of public opinions from service users and private sectors nearby will be conducted in order that all stakeholders can participate in this mission. For more updates, keep yourself posted at www.prbangkok.com

From now until 17 February 2021, River City Bangkok invites you to dive into the world of dreams and emotions through the eyes of Marcelo von Schwartz, an Argentine film director, architect, and art photographer, at his Bangkok Dreamscape exhibition, showcasing his perspective as an architect towards the metropolis that never cease to transform in form of "a re-creation of a wide range of emotional inputs placed in another dimension, as if it is coming from a dream." The exhibition takes place at RCB Galleria 3 on the second floor of River City Bangkok. Free entry. For updates, keep yourself posted at River City Bangkok Facebook Page.