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For everyone's safety, we must cease to gather in large groups for a long while, but it does not stop highly-awaited events from happening online. This year, the 67th Sydney Film Festival brings watch-worthy motion pictures to the houses of movie buffs. After taking part in We Are One: A Global Film Festival, the Sydney Film Festival: Virtual Edition will focus on 3 of the event's popular programme: the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary, the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films, and Europe! Voices of Women in Film. Get your snacks and couch ready, and enjoy numerous short films from rising-star filmmakers, Aussie eye-catching and thought-provoking documentaries, and latest features from Europe's female directors. The Sydney Film Festival: Virtual Edition will take place from 10 to 21 June 2020 at www.sff.org.au https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLb6ZC53-u7AO0e8v86LbcD4dyGSujlba4

After a bit of break, Praya Kitchen at Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse is now open with over 70 delectable items. You can indulge into the authentic taste of Thai favourites with creative twists, as wll as Chef's Signatures. For this grand come-back, Praya Kitchen offers new mouth-watering selections of Thai and international fares, as well as seafood options such as Tiger Prawns, River Prawns, Blue Crab, Rock Lobsters, and more. Also, you can savour the tenderness of Dry-aged Prime Ribs and Australian Wagyu. Private rooms are available. Operating hours and prices: - Lunch (Saturday and Sunday) from 11.00 hrs - 15.00 hrs at THB 1,088++ with a complimentary dish of Chef’s Signature, Stir-fried Crab with Yellow Curry Powder - Dinner (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from17.00 hrs – 21.00 hrs at THB 1,388++ with 1 portion of Banana Blossom Salad with Foie Gras, Baked Lobster with Cheese and Steamed Australian Mussels with White Wine Sauce. - Free-flow Juice Bar is offered for additional THB200++ (2hours) Definitely, safety comes first. Praya Kitchen will strictly adhere to safety and social distancing measures, as well as pampering you with highest hygiene. For more information and reservation, please contact +66 (0) 2 088 5666.

Silavadee Pool Spa Resort is ready to welcome back all guests with new measures from 1 June 2020 onwards and introduces flexible and valuable promotions, as well as “Stay with Confidence and Travel Worry-Free” measures to keep you safe. After its re-opening, new safety measures will be implemented based on guidelines of the Thai government and the World Health Organization (WHO). The new measures highlight the extra level of sanitation, disinfection and wellbeing as follows: Temperature check, availability of hand sanitisers, increased frequency of cleaning, using Ozone machines in each accommodation prior to check in. Online Registration to shorten the check in procedure at the resort. The international standard of social distancing with limited contact between guests and team members is respected during arrival, staying, dining and facility usage in the hotel Disinfection procedures to high contact surfaces and more. Sanitiser and complimentary masks are available for each guest. Means of communication between guests and team members are offered online by Line or Whatsapp. Fitness center is available for private usage with appointment. Flexibility to enjoy facilities and services such as a-la-carte breakfast, open air dining venues, private resort activities and spa treatments. Paperless check out with electronic invoices issued online by email. At Silavadee, all guests can rest assured that safety and security are the resort’s top priority. The resort is offering flexibility and support for all new reservations made through special offers, which can be found at www.silavadeeresort.com/promotion For new reservations or adjustment of reservations, please contact rsvn@silavadeeresort.com or call +66 (0) 77 960 555.

In order to maximise safety, Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort and Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel offer award-winning luxury dining in the new ways, adhering to safety measures and social distancing guidelines, while keeping the experience as extraordinary as ever.   Private Cruises on Chao Phraya River For a special occasion, the Manohra Sun, Moon or Star are yours for the evening with your personal chef. You can choose from the fresh Portuguese-Brazilian flavours of Chef Alexandre Castaldi of SEEN, or indulge in modern Thai cuisine by Chef Ton of Michelin-starred Le Du. Prices start at THB 2,800 per person, with a minimum spend of THB 45,000.   Trader Vic’s Aloha Brunch Trader Vic’s brings all intrigues of Anantara's Sunday brunch straight to your home. A chef and bartender will set up a buffet and tiki bar, and serve up all your favourite Pacific-Rim dishes and rum cocktails. Prices start at THB 3,500 per person, with a minimum spend of THB 30,000.   The Riverside Tables You can enjoy the privilege of a candlelit dinner by the river or a private little party with your beloved ones on a rooftop at a beautiful place all to yourself.   Please note that for all dining experiences, the Anantara team has enhanced health and safety precautions according to Ministry of Health standards, including thorough disinfecting, daily temperature checks for staff, and the use of masks, gloves and hand gel. For reservations or more information, call +66 (0) 2 476 0022 ext. 1416 or email riversidedining@anantara.com

Good news for those who long for creative modern Chinese cuisine and captivating Bangkok panorama! Yào Restaurant and Rooftop at Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse is now ready to welcome you back with brand new menu at Yào Restaurant. Up on Yào Rooftop, you can now enjoy the new set of Midnight Dim Sum. Yào Restaurant - Lunch available at 11:30 – 14:30 from 23 May Special BUY 1 GET 1 promotion for Dim Sum from 25 May – 10 June (only Monday – Friday) - Dinner available at 18:00 – 21:00 from 22 May Special for the first 50 tables book directly via www.yaobangkok.com and with a minimum spending of THB 3000, get 1 complimentary Peking Duck. - Chinese Afternoon Tea available from 14:30 – 17:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Offered at THB 1,200 per set for 2 persons. Special complimentary 1 Dim Sum basket per person from 23 May – 10 June. Yào Rooftop The new Midnight Dim Sum selections along with signature refreshing mocktails. Open daily from 17:00 – 21:00   All guests are ensured with the highest safety and hygiene standards. Bangkok Marriott Hotel the Surawongse has put in place safety measures including temperature check station, restricting the number of customers in dining zone, providing hand sanitizers and strictly follow social distancing guidelines.   For more information and reservation, please call +66 (0) 2 088 5666 or visit www.yaobangkok.com

In the course of the lockdown due to the spread of coronavirus, nature gets a chance to take some rest and revive itself. Creatures that are scarcely seen during normal days make a heart-warming return, including turtles. At Koh Samui, some turtle mothers has laid eggs on the shore during the quiet time. With attentive help from environmentalist beachfront resorts, the newborns are safe from nest to nest, and there could possibly be more baby turtles hatching here in the future. It is completely wonderful to be able to witness the birth of such endangered animals. During the past few months, some 200 green turtles (Chelonia mydas) has been born on the secluded beach at Banyan Tree Samui resort, under watchful protection of the hotel's resident marine biologist, Thepsuda Loyjiw and her team. Since a giant mother turtle laid the eggs in late February and early March, they’ve matured in the protective custody of Loyjiw’s team and the local Department of Marine and Coastal Resources. Luckily, these babies survived from natural predators in this protected area thanks to the 5-star hotel's professional sustainability team. Recently, Banyan Tree Samui was recognised by EarthCheck as meeting the highest standards  for environmentalism in the country. Watch the hatchlings here: https://www.facebook.com/BanyanTreeSamui.Thailand/videos/252316359299804/   Earlier this month, 87 endangered turtle eggs were discovered on the strech of beach at Silavadee Pool Spa Resort. Back in 2012, the resort had found turtle eggs and has become their home since then, where the mother turtle regularly returned every two years. Having been working closely with Marine and Coastal Resources Research Center of Chumphon province, the resort's team has obtain good knowledge on how to look after the turtle nest. The most recent nest has been kept safe with an enclosure to protect the eggs from potential predators, for the eggs to hatch naturally in the next 50-6- days, and letting the baby turtles returning to the sea, their true home, straight away. The return of the endangered mother turtle every two years may indicate this luxury resort's successful "back to nature" concept and practices.

Master Chef Shigeru Hagiwara at Yamazato, The Okura Prestige Bangkok’s award-winning signature Japanese restaurant is laying on authentic tastes of Japan in early summer with special Gozen lunch platters and a multi-course Kaiseki dinner featuring seasonal ingredients such as royal fern, sweet fish and pike eel. Also known as Hamo in Japan, pike eel is considered a summer treat, particularly in the Kansai region where it is popular for its flavour and nutritious energy-giving properties. The first Early Summer Gozen platter includes a starter of simmered conger eel, shrimp, mushroom and okra with sesame cream sauce. The seafood theme continues with a soup of scallop dumpling, shimeji mushroom and green vegetables with a touch of citrus yuzu. The second platter features a simmered dish of eggplant, taro, pumpkin, sweet fish, okra and carrot with a touch of yuzu, and a rice dish with crab meat served with salmon roe, traditional pickles and miso soup. In addition to pike eel tempura, noodles and sashimi dishes, stars of the Kaiseki dinner is a grilled dish of Spanish mackerel with tomato miso sauce and pork belly roll with baby corn, dried cassis, paprika and pickled myouga. Early Summer Gozen lunch platters and the Kaiseki dinner are available at Yamazato from 1 - 28 June 2020, lunch 11:30 - 14:30, dinner: 18:00 - 22:30. Priced at Baht 1,600++ for Gozen lunch and Baht 4,700++ for Kaiseki dinner. Yamazato Restaurant is located on the 24th floor of The Okura Prestige Bangkok. For information and reservations, please contact 02 687 9000 or email yamazato@okurabangkok.com or book on our website www.okurabangkok.com

Even though traveling is on hold, you can still experience the best of Germany while sitting comfortably at your home, with the #DiscoverGermanyFromHome. The virtual experiences for breathtaking destinations in all 16 states are available for you to enjoy all day long, dreaming about relishing in delightful nature, rich history and culture, as well as being stunned by glamourous castles, and plan to visit this magical land later. You can also try cooking German fares with recipes available on the site. Click here to discover the one-off charms of Germany.

Pre-purchase a stay at Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort at a fantastic value with the new Dusit Care Card. As part of the proceeds go to charity, you will not only be securing a special offer for your loved ones and yourself but will also be giving back to your community. The Dusit Care Card is now available at a special price of THB 2,888 per night, including breakfast for two persons. Purchase now and you can plan your stay anytime when you are ready to travel, until 31 December 2021. For every Dusit Care Card sold, we will donate THB 500, to be shared equally between the Contribute to COVID-19 Patient Treatment Project at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Thai Red Cross Society, and the Walking Through COVID-19 With Elephants Project of the Thai Elephant Alliance Association, where the funds will go towards purchasing medical equipment. Any purchase of 10 cards or more will receive 10% discount. For more information and card purchase, please visit https://www.dusitgiftcard.com. *Terms and conditions apply