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Inspired by African gems mining, The Gems Mining Pool Villas Pattaya is a new gleaming stay with unique experience nearby Bangkok, which is set to open on 14 November 2020. The resort consists of 78 keys in five room types including Topaz Jacuzzi, Emerald One-Bedroom Pool Villa, Sapphire Two-Bedroom Pool Villa, Ruby Three-Bedroom Pool Villa and The Legacy Conceptual Residence with five bedrooms. For facilites, Club Amethyst Wellness Centre houses fitness centre, onsen, spa, steam, sauna and The Quartz exercise studio, with 2 outlets: The Tram Restaurant Bar & Wine Cellar and The Pit Sundowner Bar offering Thai, Western and South African inspired menu. To celebrate the opening, the resort offers an Introductory Promotion with complimentary benefits including breakfast, cocktail/mocktail, The Gems Welcome Refreshment, discount at spa and restaurant, free access to Club Amethyst wellness centre with onsen, gym, steam and sauna etc., priced at THB 3,178 per night for Topaz Jacuzzi (93 sqm.), THB 4,943 per night for Emerald One-Bedroom Pool Villa (100 sqm.), THB 10,005 per night for Sapphire Two-Bedroom Pool Villa (140 sqm.) and THB 15,066 per night for Ruby Three-Bedroom Pool Villa (207 sqm.). Prices are inclusive of service charge and VAT. For booking 2 nights and more, guests will receive complimentary lunch or dinner for Emerald, Sapphire and Ruby villas, while guests will receive a free upgrade to Emerald One-Bedroom Pool Villa when booking Topaz Jacuzzi for stays on weekdays. The promotion is available for booking from now until 15 December 2020 and valid for stays from 14 November 2020 until 28 February 2021, with free cancellations and date change. For more details and reservations, visit Enter promo code INTRO.

Make a perfect getaway from the metropolitan buzz to relax at Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas, while enjoying an exclusive room rate for all Thai residents or resident expatriates. Superior Room - THB 799 per person per night (A minimum of 2 persons per booking), breakfast included Deluxe Pool Access - THB 899 per person per night (A minimum of 2 persons per booking), breakfast included One Bedroom Pool Villa – THB 1,999 per person per night (A minimum of 2 persons per booking), breakfast included Two Bedroom Pool Villa – THB 2,999 per person per night (A minimum of 3 persons per booking + free breakfast for child 4 – 12 years old), breakfast included Terms & Conditions: Rate is inclusive of service charge and applicable government taxes Guests are kindly requested to present valid Thai work permit or valid Thai identification card to qualify upon check in Book from now until 31 October 2021 Valid for stays from 15 October 2020 until 31 October 2021 Blackout dates: 28 December 2020 – 3 January 2021 / 11 – 17 February 2021 / 1 – 7 October 2021 A minimum of 2 persons per booking for Superior Room, Deluxe Pool Access and One Bedroom Pool Villa A minimum of 3 persons per booking for Two Bedroom Pool Villa Free shuttles bus service to Patong Beach, Jungcylon Shopping Centre and Central Festival Phuket Shopping Centre (according to shuttle bus schedule) For more information or reservation: Phone: +66 (0) 76 231 999 Email: Website: Faceboook: @grandmercurephuketpatong

In his youth, Thai artist Kraisak Chirachaisakul intensely enjoyed creating oil canvas paintings that expressed the complexity of desire, beauty, sweetness, innocence, and peace. More often than not, he captured this in still life movements and poses of the female form. As is often the case, the time for these paintings gave way to the responsibilities of a young family; putting food on the table, educating children, and dealing with the everyday pressures of life that we all face. Kraisak turned from art to a more secure career as a business man. In 2018, on randomly meeting a woman in an art gallery, Kraisak was reminded of his passion for still life painting. Her name was Anastasia and her gentleness, sweetness, and calm flooded his mind with memories of his younger self. He realized that his passion for romanticism had been frozen in time. Feeling his creative energy reignited by Anastasia, Kraisak took to his studio to create a series of paintings catching her fragility, beauty and youth. Drawing upon the techniques learnt as a printmaker, many of the works in this exhibition are in dry-point printmaking and mezzotint. In naming his exhibition, Kraisak turned to Greek mythology. ‘Anástasis’ means ‘resurrection’: significant as Anastasia sparked his passion for painting. Venus Resurrection is a free-entry exhibition, starting from 12 September until 11 October at RCB Galleria 3 (2nd floor), River City Bangkok.

From 5 September until 13 October 2020, La Lanta Fine Art showcases artworks in various forms under the concept of “Small is Beautiful". The exhibition presents paintings, sculptures, and mixed media in the size of no larger than 1m. by 1 m. by 1 m. (W x D x H) by 9 artists from 6 countries including Argentina, Israel, Japan, France, South Africa, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. Artworks on display include Buddhism-themed mixed media circular work by Pannaphan Yodmanee, portraits of homeless people by Pairoj Pichetmetakul, dot paintings by Chamnan Chongpaiboon, oil on paper sketches by British artist Thomas Donaldson, delicate hand printed woodblock by British printmaker - Ralph Kiggell, abstract compositions by South African painter Natasha Barnes, and photographic work using Google technology by Argentinean artist Federico Winer. Sculptures in the exhibition include limited edition figures with a clever twist of the classic by French sculptor Olivier Duhamel, standing metal art by world renowned Israeli artist David Gerstein, and one-off blue and white ceramics by Japanese ceramist Shin Koyama. The exhibition covers 3 adjacent spaces on the 2nd floor of River City Bangkok. All exhibited artpieces can also be viewed online at

Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, will begin rolling out its new ASAI Hotels brand this September with the opening of ASAI Bangkok Chinatown in the heart of the city’s renowned Chinatown district, followed by six more properties. Opening on 15 September, ASAI Bangkok Chinatown features 224 thoughtfully compact rooms featuring in-stay essentials, such as superior quality beds, high-pressure rain showers, luggage space, and a work desk with USB charging station. A large communal area, meanwhile, includes large and comfortable work areas, a small gym, a bar highlighting craft beers and creative cocktails, a large courtyard with organic herb garden, and Jam Jam restaurant serving a creative twist on local and international favourites. Another ASAI hotel will open within 12 months in Bangkok’s stylish Sathorn district, followed by three ASAI Hotels in Cebu, the Philippines; one ASAI hotel in the old Yankin area of Yangon, Myanmar; and one ASAI hotel in Kyoto, Japan. In line with ASAI Hotel’s overall concept, Live Local, each hotel in the ASAI portfolio will be geared to reflect its local character in terms of design, style and restaurant offering. This approach will be further evident when ASAI Hotels opens its second hotel, in Bangkok’s Sathorn district, which will fully embrace the modernity of its inner-city setting to offer a complementary-yet-distinctive stay experience that differentiates it from the Chinatown property.

Nestled in the beating heart of Chit Lom, Holiday Inn Bangkok is set to reopen on 11 September 2020. Focusing on the guests’ personal wellbeing, the city hotel has implemented science-led protocols and service measures to ensure a safe, secure stay. With great excitement and unwavering commitment, Holiday Inn Bangkok invites guests to rediscover the joy of travel with peace of mind. Holiday Inn Bangkok enhances the guest experience with new cleaning protocols and service standards. The partnership with industry-leading experts Cleveland Clinic, Ecolab and Diversey has led the urban hotel to integrate the global IHG Clean Promise. In addition, Holiday Inn Bangkok is thrilled to be awarded the Safety and Health Administration (SHA) certification by The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) for its comprehensive guidelines. Where contemporary comforts meet modern technology, each of the guestrooms at Holiday Inn Bangkok makes an ideal urban getaway. Moreover, the new flexible approach allows guests to book now and pay later, offering full freedom to reschedule whenever and however they want. When guests book the Your Perfect Thailand Getaway offer, they receive up to 50% savings and complimentary daily breakfast. While the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant Ginger features a lush array of international favourites, Beer Republic offers fun bites and refreshing craft beers in a laidback setting. Both in-house guests or visitors can also earn 30% rebate on any of their dining bills and use that as a room credit voucher for future stays Dine now Stay later. Interconnected with the roofed skywalk, Holiday Inn Bangkok is only steps away from the city’s must-see attractions, giant megamalls and major transportation such as the BTS SkyTrain. With a 24-hour fitness centre, a tranquil outdoor pool, the hotel is the perfect private escape, the ultimate upgraded work environment and intimate family vacation within the city. For more information on the hotel or to make a booking, please call +66 (0) 2656 1555 or visit

On the 4th-5th floors of ICONSIAM and the 3rd floor of Siam Discovery, ICONCRAFT, the creative inspiration platform for Thai craftsmen and the largest creative hub of Thai craftworks, is pleased to honor Thai textile heroes who preserve Thai heritages and local wisdom by organizing a grand exhibition “ICONCRAFT Thai Textile Heroes” featuring exquisite Thai textiles created by the masters who bring Thai textile to life including Meechai Taesujariya of Ban Kham Pun, Ubon Ratchathani province and Weeratham Trakul-ngernthai of Ban Chansoma, Surin province, as well as collaborative works between three leading Thai fashion brands ASAVA, Hook’s by Prapakas and Wisharawish and Ban Tomthong Weaving Group from Buri Rum province. Importantly, a special collection of silk bags by Sirivannavari Bangkok has been exclusively launched at this event for a limited edition of 35 handbags. Hand woven fabrics in ancient patterns created by artisans from around the country together with an array of products crafted from Thai textiles such as dresses, bags and accessories by leading designers are also offered for sale. Admire and take pride of Thai heritages and local wisdom that are presented in the grand Thai textile exhibition featuring intricate handicrafts by textile artisans as well as an array of handworks ranging from works of art, sculptures, home decorative items, ceramic tableware and stylist accessories by craftsmen throughout the country at ICONCRAFT on the 4th-5th floors of ICONSIAM and the 3rd floor Siam Discovery. The precautionary measure of social distancing, hygienic and safety practices have been strictly put in action. For further information, please call 1338 or visit ICONCRAFT branch on the 3rd floor of Siam Discovery can be reached at 02-658- 3500 or

Bangkok Airways has participated in “Rao Tiew Duay Gun” campaign by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), offering 40% cashback or up to 1,000 baht per person per ticket (this is applicable to all Thai citizens and up to 2 million flight tickets throughout the campaign). To be eligible for the “Rao Tiew Duay Gun” campaign, passengers may register at TAT’s official site www.เราเที่ยวด้วยกัน.com from 15 July 2020 onwards. Flight reservations with Bangkok Airways can be made from now until 31 October 2020 with travel period from now until 31 October 2020. The offers are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the campaign, please visit www.เราเที่ยวด้วยกัน.com or call +66 (0) 2 111 1144. Bangkok Airways currently operates 6 domestic routes, which are Bangkok – Sukhothai (roundtrip), Bangkok – Lampang (roundtrip), Bangkok – Chiang Mai (roundtrip), Bangkok – Phuket (roundtrip), Bangkok – Samui (roundtrip) and Samui – Phuket (roundtrip). For more information and flight reservation, please visit

This October, Banyan Tree Krabi will be ready to graciously welcome you unwind in one of Thailand's most beautiful settings. The Banyan Tree Krabi is transitioning from the dream like-state of design to a reality. While many resorts can trumpet an oceanfront perch on azure waters, it’s not every new resort that commands a vista of limestone towers scattered across the sea like chess pieces on a clear jade table. Or cable car access to a restaurant perched high on a hill on the edge of Tubkaek National Park. The 10-acre property is surrounded by national parks on three sides: the rolling green mountains of a conserved forest serve as a backdrop to the north and east, while the jutting limestone peaks command a hypnotic view to the west. This intimate 72-key resort is creating an effortless bridge between luxury resort and a pristine, untouched environment. There are six categories of accommodation: Deluxe Pool Suite; Premium Ocean Pool Suite; 2-Bedroom Ocean Pool Suite: Beachfront Pool Villas; two 2-Bedroom Beachfront Villas; and one Presidential Beachfront Pool Villa, which has no less than seven bedrooms and covers 1,335m², including multiple verandas and balconies, as well as three pools. For its compelling dining scene, Saffron Restaurant offers top notch tastes at one of Krabi’s premier evening dining venues. With seating for 70 guests both indoors and out, Saffron is accompanied by three “Bird’s Nests” - private tables perched precariously among the trees, offering diners not only intimacy, but that magical Instagram moment to make all their friends at home green with envy. The resort’s all-day dining destination will be called Naga Kitchen, catering breakfasts, lunches and dinner with a plethora of international choices. Executive Chef Jakkrit Traibun, who was the sous-chef at Banyan Tree Samui for seven years, is a southern Thai and specializes in the aromatic and spicy flavors of that culinary style. The signature Rainforest treatment is a must-do while at Banyan Tree - an Amazonesque journey through vitality pools, a steam room and sauna, an ice fountain, and rejuvenating water jets. Aside from that unique experience, guests can always opt for traditional Thai massage and beauty therapies. Banyan Tree Krabi is due to open its doors to guests in the fourth quarter of 2020. For reservations and inquiries, visit