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Thinking of spending some precious time with your family or friends to reunite and enjoy the last days of the year to the fullest? Looking forward to welcoming 2019 with a bang? Hong Kong is an excellent destination for Thai revelers because it proposes new, exciting options that cover all age groups and interest categories, a relaxing yet vibrant atmosphere topped with the perfect wintry weather, and an excellent opportunity to pick up some great year end deals and offers. During the festive season, brilliant illuminations and decorations are everywhere, accompanied by contagious holiday music and cheer. There are also endless selfie, twofie and wefie-perfect sights in the entire city, to the delight of millennials and all! There are loads of activities to make you feel the unique vibes of Hong Kong during the merriest time of the year! Here is a shortlist of 8 exciting ideas, including 2 eating spots, to make sure you enjoy the Hong Kong holidays to the max! 1. Hong Kong Pulse Light Festival 2018   Hong Kong is famous for its lightshows especially during the festive season. This year is not looking to disappoint with new ideas and installments to enchant Hong Kong’s promenade with magical lights. As part of the Hong Kong Pulse Light Festival, an International Light Art Display featuring both local and overseas light art installations will be held to delight visitors of all ages. The installations will be displayed at the iconic sites along Central Harbourfront and Tamar Park and would provide a brilliant atmosphere to create wonderful winter memories with loved ones. Dates: 29 Nov 2018 – 24 Feb 2019 Venues: Central & Western District Promenade (Central Section) and Tamar Park 2. Christmas Treasures @Harbour City   Harbour City this year has been transformed into a magnificent spot to soak up the unique festive atmosphere that brings joy to all. The largest-ever 60-ft outdoor Christmas Tree is sure to awe all holiday visitors, while the 40-meter long Christmas Bridge will surely attract those who want to write wishes and loves messages on the heart-shaped Love-Locks. Here’s a picture-perfect venue to record precious moments with loved ones as you walk through the world’s largest video keleidoscpope - a surreal world with dynamic Christmas themed scenery such as snowflakes, Christmas tree, stars and more. Dates: until January 1, 2019 Registration: Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City 3. A Disney Christmas at Hong Kong Disneyland   Be transported to a stunning winter wonderland, filled with yuletide carols, magical lights, shimmering snowflakes and more! The best shows with multimedia effects will dazzle you, as you walk through the streets with the magical glow, musical festivities and enchanting moments that will warm your heart. Capture all the cherished moments with your family, and especially with your favorite Disney friends, as they are all dressed in their holiday finery form. Dates: From 15 Nov 2018 – 1Jan 2019 Time: 10:30-20:00 (Fri-Sat till 22:00) Address: Hong Kong Disneyland, Lantau Island, Outlying Islands 4. Experience Snow Village in Ngong Ping 360   Ngong Ping 360 brings you Snow Village experience and outdoor fun this year. Step into Ngong

Because Christmas is a time for giving, Chef Marco at Amari Koh Samui and OZO Chaweng Samui has decided that it’s a FREE entrance to this charity event. Just give whatever you can!! A magical charity event with silent auction and incredible prizes throughout the evening to contribute funds for the ONYX Hospitality foundation “Baht for a Better Life”, this provides educational opportunities for underprivileged children in Thailand. You are invited to join their sumptuous Christmas Charity Dinner with free flow of selected wines and beers. The dinner will take place on 11 December 2018, at Prego Italian Restaurant, with welcome cocktails at 19:00 and buffet dinner at 20:00. Every donation can make a big change in children’s life For reservations please email: prego.kohsamui@amari.com or call +66 (0) 77 300 317 The dinner will take place on 11 December 2018, at Prego Italian Restaurant, with welcome cocktails at 19:00 and buffet dinner at 20:00.

Terminal21 Pattaya, the ultimate shopping destination of the East, proudly presents a shopping terminal with a concept "The Whole World is Here". The grand opening ceremony will include various highlights that are sure to bring happiness to Eastern residents such as a special show by Thailand's superstar "Aum" Patcharapa Chaichua, a mini concert by handsome actor Nadech Kugimiya, and duo "Krist" Perawat Sangpotirat & "Singto" Prachaya Ruangroj. Special activities are planned for shoppers to enjoy throughout December. The grand opening will be attended by Terminal21 founder Anant Asavabhokhin and Pattaya mayor Sontaya Kunplome on November 30 at Terminal21 Pattaya. Prasert Sriuranpong, Managing Director of LH Mall & Hotel Co., Ltd., a management executive of Terminal21 Asok Shopping Mall, Terminal21 Korat Shopping Mall, Fashion Island, The Promenade Ramintra, and Life Center Q House Lumpini, said, “Since opening its door earlier in October, Terminal21 has received great feedback from Thais and visitors, welcoming more than 60,000 visitors per day.”     “Terminal21 Pattaya is the latest project by Land and House in the regional market. The project size is 33 rai and the location is in the heart of Pattaya, under the concept of shopping terminal with a World Market Street style and ‘Happiness East’ concept to bring happiness to the East of Thailand and Pattaya. The shopping complex offers everything for every lifestyle need, such as East Entertainment, East Dining, East Lifestyle and East Shopping. We are confident that it will be the new landmark of the East and bring endless memories.” In terms of concept and highlights, Terminal21 Pattaya, the new shopping destination, features atmospheres of six major cities from around the world - Paris, London, Tokyo, Italy, San Francisco and Hollywood - with each city’s respective icons. They are all connected through a dazzling design. Two highlights include an actual airplane in front of the shopping complex, on a 250-meter runway by a man-made beach, with a jet bridge.  Another highlight is the 39-meter freestanding escalator connecting Level G - PARIS and Level 2 - Tokyo, which is the longest shopping mall escalator in Thailand. Terminal21 Pattaya covers an area of six floors and offers various products and services for every need: fashion, dining, supermarket, cinemas and spa. Level G – PARIS stands out with a 27-meter Eiffel Tower at the center. The fashion capital is home to over 100 fashion and beauty stores such as H&M, EVEANDBOY, UNIQLO, JASPAL, RADLEY LONDON, LACOSTE, CHARLES & KEITH, and more. Level M - LONDON presents London vibes with the iconic London bus and red phone box. It offers various fashion labels, sport brands and street brands such as Adidas, Under Armour, Rev Runnr, Sport World, KEDS, HYBRID, AllZ, F LAB, and more. It is also the location of Foodland Supermarket which spans across 2,000 square meters and is open 24 hours a day. Level 1 – ITALY brings together iconic landmarks of Italy such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, gondola of Venice, and Romeo and Juliet’s hometown Verona. The floor offers more than 30 health and beauty

 "There's a great future in plastics," or so Dustin Hoffman was told in the classic American movie The Graduate. Fifty years since the movie’s debut we've realized plastic is not as fantastic as the film had us believe. This month in Indonesia a dead sperm whale washed ashore with close to 6kg (13 lbs) of plastic waste in its stomach - which included 115 drinking cups. Each year up to 13 million tonnes of plastic leaks into our oceans, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. When it comes to plastics, many have reached the last straw. Here are seven resorts and hotels around Asia that are putting their money where their mouth is. Grand Hyatt Taipei Ordering take-out, picking up groceries, buying a soft drink — these are all activities that are set to change over the next decade in Taiwan when the island nation imposes a blanket ban on single-use plastic bags, straws, and cups by 2030. Taipei’s largest luxury hotel, Grand Hyatt Taipei, has already kicked the habit and is now using paper straws instead. In addition, the hotel recently announced that it would not actively provide guests with straws unless required for special drinks. “It’s our goal to help change consumer habits rather than simply offering a less environmentally-damaging alternative,” said Grand Hyatt Taipei’s general manager, Jan Hendrik-Meidinger. “In addition to no longer using plastic straws, our hotel also plans to provide guests with biodegradable wooden cutlery with their takeaway meals in order to help significantly reduce plastic waste.” Banyan Tree Samui If one incident brought home the crisis, it was when a pilot whale washed up on a beach in the Gulf of Thailand in May. Vets spent five days trying to save the giant whale, but it died. In an autopsy, they found no less than 80 plastic bags weighing 8 kg in its stomach. Now, on the Gulf islands of Samui, Phangan and Tao, strict new environmental laws are being enforced, while on Koh Samet a complete ban on tourists arriving with any plastic bags whatsoever has been laid down. Resorts and hotels are playing their part too; none more so than Banyan Tree Samui which earlier this year won a coveted international award for its eco-policies. “Housekeepers are using cloth bags instead of plastic, while in the restaurants we are serving wooden and bamboo utensils,” says Banyan Tree’s CSR manager Thepsuda Loyjiw, herself a marine biologist. “And we have changed to glass bottles, which means a reduction of 87,600 plastic bottles per year.” The nearly 300 staff at the luxury resort are also encouraged to reject plastic by bringing their own cups and cloth bags to work. Paradise Cruises Halong Bay Vietnam has a serious problem with plastic waste. So much so it generated more than 1.8 million tons of plastic waste last year, the fourth-highest of any country, according to Earth Day Network. Paradise Cruises, one of Halong Bay’s leading luxury cruise providers, has introduced a program to tackle the scourge of plastic, banning plastic straws from all seven of its luxury cruise ships

In less than one week the seventh edition of the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show will take place at the award-winning Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya, showcasing the best of Thailand's marine industry from 29 November to 2 December, 2018 to visitors from around the world. At the heart of the show is an impressive multi-billion baht line-up of power and sail boats for sale and charter with almost 30 global and local boat brands represented ranging from dinghies, trailer boats and speedboats to larger luxury boats and superyachts. The the largest in the show is the MCY96 from Monte Carlo Yachts which is being making its first appearance in Asia at the show and is being displayed by Simpson Marine. “We have one of the best ever line-up of boats and brands at the show this year. Showcasing the diversity of boating in Thailand, visitors will be able to see some of the biggest global brands from Italy, France, the UK and around the world, alongside high quality locally built boats. In addition to the boat displays, there are more than 60 exhibitors on shore ranging from the latest marine products, water toys and accessories to lifestyle, technology and luxury property,” said Mr. Scott Finsten, Harbour Master of Ocean Marina Yacht Club, organisers of the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show. Onshore visitors will enjoy displays from Thailand's leading coastal property developers as well as home products, gadgets and gizmos, the latest marine products and technologies, watersports and much more. In addition to the near 100 exhibitor displays in-the-water and onshore, highlights this year include the in-water Demo Platform, free yacht cruises for visitors, a Jet Surf competition, kids area with bouncy castle and a number of pop-up restaurants creating an unrivalled waterfront dining experience. A beer garden with live entertainment daily, makes for the perfect meeting point and enjoyable atmosphere for all. “Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show offers something for everyone. For boat-lovers we have it all from the smallest gadget to superyachts, while for new-comers to the yachting lifestyle there's plenty of opportunity to learn from the many experts at the show. For families we have kids activities, lots of booths and activities and come sundown the waterfront pop-ups will make Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show the place to be, and be seen,” added Mr. Finsten. The 7th Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show takes place 29th November to 2nd December at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya and is open 11:00 – 19:00 (Thursday 29th November to Saturday 1st December) and 11:00 – 18:00 on Sunday 2nd December. Entry is free to all. For more information: website: www.oceanmarinapattayaboatshow.com

Celebrated annually on the night of November’s full moon, Loy Krathong marks the ancient Thai tradition of honouring the Water Goddess. On lakes, canals and rivers throughout the country, people float small lotus-shaped vessels, known as Krathong, to ‘wash away’ their sins and ask for good luck in the coming year. Celebrate Loy Krathong in truly memorable fashion with traditional dance show, delectable feasts and a spectacular firework display over the Chao Phraya River at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. RIVERSIDE TERRACE The sound of live traditional Thai music will greet you at the Riverside Terrace, where waiters dressed in traditional Thai costume will help you choose from their magnificent buffet. While enjoying the Thai cuisine, you can also watch a classical Thai dance performance, a beautiful parade and Krathong contest. After dinner you can float your own Krathong on the river while fireworks light up the sky. Adult: THB 6,000 net per guest / Child: THB 4,000 net per guest TERRACE RIM NAAM Traditional Thai folk musicians and dancers will perform as you enjoy a delicious Thai Market-Style buffet. Later, float your Krathong underneath the glow of an unforgettable fireworks display. Adult: THB 4,600 net per guest / Child: THB 3,000 net per guest LE NORMANDIE Celebrate Loy Krathong with contemporary French cuisine by 2 Michelin Stars Chef Arnaud Dunand-Sauthier at Le Normandie. Pure and precise flavours, wonderful taste combinations and the subtlety of herbs and seasonings offer a genuine and unique experience of haute cuisine. Adult & Child: THB 9,500 net per guest LORD JIM’S The traditional of Loy Krathong meets the vibrant and elegant ambience of Lord Jim’s. Enjoy classical Thai dance, marvelous views over the Chao Phraya River and their spectacular firework displays, all while savouring a special set menu created by Lord Jim’s resident Chef Tijn Bremmers and his talent team. Adult & Child: THB 5,250 net per guest CIAO TERRAZZA Enjoying an idyllic setting on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Ciao Terrazza offers alfresco classic Italian dining with an unparalleled intimate view of the Loy Krathong celebration. Ciao features wood fired artisanal pizzas and home-made pastas, which are guaranteed to appeal to savvy gourmands and those with the most discerning palates. Adult & Child: THB 4,000 net per guest

King Power Mahanakhon unveils Mahanakhon SkyWalk – Thailand’s highest 360-degree observation deck and rooftop bar at 314 meters high, offering spectacular panoramic views of the city from Thailand’s tallest building. The new premium attraction opened its doors to the public on 16 November 2018. Located on the 74th, 75th and 78th floor of the King Power Mahanakhon Building, highlights of the indoor and outdoor observation deck include one of the world’s largest glass tray floors, Thailand’s highest Rooftop Bar, and Thailand’s fastest video-themed elevators—which allows visitors to ascend to the 74th floor in 50 seconds. Located in the heart of Bangkok’s central business district and directly connected to Chong Nonsi BTS station, the attraction is to become a global landmark destination that transforms Thailand’s tourism scene into a truly international force. Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, CEO of King Power Mahanakhon, said, “The launch of Mahanakhon SkyWalk, Thailand’s highest 360-degree Observation Deck and Rooftop Bar sets a new milestone in King Power’s history. As a Thai company, we are extremely proud to create a new landmark in the heart of Bangkok that enhances Thailand’s tourism image as a phenomenal world-class travel destination. The new attraction is the first of its kind in Thailand to offer a completely new experience and impressive perspective on Bangkok’s skyline.” Mahanakhon SkyWalk is being promoted to both Thai and foreign visitors in order to stimulate the nation’s economy and long-term spending while sustainably enhancing its tourism and retail industries. Mahanakhon SkyWalk consists of: • 1st Floor: Lobby, main entrance and ticket counter for Mahanakhon SkyWalk. After purchasing tickets, visitors will proceed to the elevator boarding area via a Bangkok-themed digital corridor. Experience Thailand’s fastest elevators and reach the 74th floor in 50 seconds. • 74th Floor: Indoor Observation Deck. Experience 360-degree panoramic views and learn about Bangkok’s key landmark destinations through interactive screens and an Augmented Reality experience. Send postcards to loved ones from Thailand’s highest post-box! • 75th Floor: Mezzanine, Restroom facilities, and Glass elevator boarding area • 78th Floor: Rooftop area and outdoor observation deck with the following highlights: o Glass Tray, one of the world’s largest glass tray floors at a height of 310 meters. o The Peak, Bangkok’s highest viewpoint at 314 meters up from ground level. o Thailand’s highest rooftop bar with signature drinks and cocktails. Visitors can enjoy direct BTS Skytrain access to the attraction via Chong Nonsi Station, exit 3. (Conveniently located 3 stations away from Siam BTS Station). The attraction is open daily from 10.00 – 24.00 hrs, with the last admission at 23.00hrs. To celebrate the launch, special promotions include a complimentary upgrade to the rooftop with the purchase of a Mahanakhon SkyWalk ticket at 765THB (from the normal price of 1,050 THB) from today until 31 January 2019*. *Terms and conditions apply. Ticket type Description Adult Admission Children/Senior *Children under 12 years of age *Seniors over 60 years of age Mahanakhon SkyWalk Indoor Observatory Deck (74th Floor) 850 THB 250 THB Mahanakhon SkyWalk & Rooftop Indoor and Outdoor Observatory Deck (74th and 78th Floor) 1,050 THB 450 THB  

OMEGA, the Swiss luxury watch brand with over 170 years of expertise in horological world, hosted exclusive opening party of “25 Years of OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M” exhibition, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its iconic Seamaster Diver 300M, the favourite of professional divers ever since it debuted in 1993 and also the perfect watch for world’s most beloved spy, James Bond, as well as to launch the all-new Seamaster Diver 300M for the first time in Thailand on Wednesday 14th November 2018, at Central Embassy. Since 1993, the Seamaster Diver 300M has become one of the iconic timepieces of OMEGA. Admired for its design and ocean technology, it was quickly adopted by divers, athletes, researchers and even a famous movie spy. To mark 25 legendary years of Seamaster Diver 300M, OMEGA would like to bring you back to its fascinating history through this exhibition. The party was hosted on the G floor, Central Embassy, which was transformed into a subaquatic-scape, taking all distinguished guests on an immersive deep-sea adventure. After that, Tipanat Lenbury, management of OMEGA Thailand, gave a warm welcome speech to greet all watch aficionados and members of the media, before unveiling the latest Seamaster Diver 300M for the first time in Thailand and also taking an extraordinary journey through the exclusive exhibition of “25 Years of OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M” The exhibition includes “HOW THE SEAMASTER DIVER 300M BECAME A LEGEND” section, revealing the remarkable history and some of the many highlights from its early years. In 1993, Frenchman Roland Specker achieved a world record freshwater free dive to a depth of 80m in Lake Neuchatel. On his wrist, he wore the new OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M, successfully testing it in a true deep-water environment. In 1995, The Diver 300M became part of sailing history, when it was worn by several sailors of Team New Zealand, who achieved an unforgettable victory at the America’s Cup. Also, One of OMEGA’s most exciting and enduring partnerships began when James Bond strapped on a Seamaster Diver 300M for the first time in GoldenEye. The spy and his watch became synonymous and sales of the timepiece soared. In 1997, The Seamaster Diver 300M proved that is was not just a watch for diving, when it was advertised as the preferred choice of international sports stars including the swimmer Alexander Popov and tennis champion Martina Hingis. In 2006, a new James Bond, but the same iconic watch! Daniel Craig wore the Seamaster Diver 300M when he burst onto screens in Casino Royale. The trusty timepiece was now in its 5th 007 film. Enjoyed 10 rare vintage timepieces, from its beginnings in 1993 to the latest Seamaster Diver 300M such as Seamaster Titanium 150th Anniversary, Seamaster Professional Diver 300M Jacques Mayol, Seamaster 300M America’s Cup and so on, with the showcase of materials and movement of the Master Chronometer Calibre 8800, the technological advancement of this collection at Watch Test Bar. All guests were also impressed by the showcase of the new Seamaster Diver 300M models, before

Independent singer, songwriter, producer, and pop visionary Lauv has announced today he will be returning to Asia in May 2019, with a run of extensive dates throughout the region. This will be Lauv’s third time returning to Asia, second run of headline dates after touring with Ed in the Fall of 2017. The Pre-sale starts 14th November with general on-sale staring 23rd November (Japan on-sale on 1st December). Lauv has also just released new single ‘There’s No Way’ featuring Julia Michaels and currently on a run of US headline & Ed Sheeran support dates. Thailand: Tickets at THB2,200 will go on general sale starting 23th November, 10am via www.ticketmelon.com/viji/lauv, hotline +662 026 3068. Artist fan-club, spotify and VIJI CORP fans will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets from 14th November, 9.30am to 22th November, 10pm ‘There’s No Way’ already has over 38 million streams, featured on 32 Spotify New Music playlists plus added to Hot Hits local playlist across Spotify Asia and soaring up the local charts! The single has seen support from key international media including; MTV Global PUSH, Sirius Radio, Radio Disney, BBC Radio 1, Billboard, Rolling Stone, and countless others. The pair recently performed a stunning rendition of the single on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. This past summer, Lauv performed his hit single, ‘I Like Me Better’, on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, as well as the 2018 Teen Choice Awards and 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. The single reached the Top 10 of Top 40 US radio, and top 10 airplay hits around the globe including Australia, Germany, New Zealand & more. A highlight of his 2018 project ‘I met you when I was 18.’, the song recently went double platinum in the US, triple platinum in Australia & platinum in multiple other markets, and he has now surpassed well over 1 billion cumulative streams worldwide. ASIA TOUR 2019: 5/13 Mumbai Famous Studios 5/15 Singapore Capitol Theatre 5/18 Bangkok Moonstar Studio 5/20 Manila Smart Araneta Coliseum 5/21 Cebu Waterfront Hotel 5/23 Hong Kong The Vine 5/24 Jakarta Tennis Indoor Stadium 5/28 Osaka Big Cat 5/29 Nagoya Club Quattro 5/30 Tokyo Blitz