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The paradise island's popular beachfront hangout SEEN Samui Beachclub and Soho Hospitality have been awarded Best Luxury Commercial Interior Design in Thailand by the 13th Annual Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2021, by a judging panel of international architecture and design professionals. Owned by Minor Hotels and designed by Bangkok-based Soho Hospitality, SEEN Samui boasts mid-century architecture and uses high contrast geometric patterns and organic curves. Embracing the nostalgia of Miami and California’s beach club culture, the design aesthetic is retro-1950’s chic, influenced by the resurgence of mid-century tropical design. The minimalist architecture is offset by mirrored furniture pieces, abundant metallics and opulent fabrics in bright colours. To find out more about the beach club, check out www.seenbeachclubsamui.com

SHA-certified Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse invites you to work from a beautiful suite with a complimentary upgrade to M Suite, a comfortable 74 sqm suite with separate living room and a large table offering all you need to stay connected. In addition, you will receive an in-room breakfast and afternoon break treats without having to leave the room! The room rate starts from THB 2,200 ++ per room per night. Available for booking and stays from now until 31 August 2021. To book, click here. For more details, please call +66 (0) 2 088 5666.

On 10 July 2021, exquisite Baglioni Resort Maldives will reopen with refurbished villas to welcome you back with elevated lap of luxury. Sit in an embrace of pristine nature with one of the world's best sceneries, the resort is endeared by lovers of nature and water sports. Designed for details, you can enjoy a tailor-made stay with gorgeous elements to pamper your body and mind, with minimised environmental impact. To bring out the best of Italian hospitality, the resort has partnered with prestigious Italian brands like Ferrari Trento, beginning guests the world’s favorite Italian bubbles, Frette, providing sumptuous handmade bed linen and bath towels, MC2 Saint Barth, for chic beachwear and Insìum, offering innovative anti-ageing cosmetics. In addition, you will get to indulge into various fine dining experiences at 3 different outlets, bringing luxurious tastes of Italian, Japanese, and international cuisines to your table. To learn more about the exclusive experience or to make a reservation, visit www.baglionihotels.com/branches/baglioni-resort-maldives

During these difficult times when the COVID-19 pandemic hasn't ended yet, there have been numerous groups of people who are affected severely – medical frontliners who are at the highest risk and have to work utterly hard to cure patients, restaurants and bars that have to adapt their ways to comply with the government's regulations, and many communities that are in need for help more than ever. To help alleviate the difficulties, The MICHELIN Guide Thailand has launched the 'Red Spoon' campaign, in collaboration with 25 MICHELIN Star, Bib Gourmand and MICHELIN Plate awarded restaurants all over Bangkok, to physically and mentally care for the affected groups. Each order of the carefully-selected 'Red Spoon' menu at participating restaurants will be charged for two: one for you to consume, and the other for medical frontliners and communities in need. In addition, for every single-receipt purchase of THB 650 or more, you will receive one copy of The MICHELIN Guide Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket & Phang-Nga 2021, worth THB 650 Baht, for free! (T&C apply) The campaign will run from 1–30 July 2021. Some of the participating restaurants are one-MICHELIN-starred Khao, Bib-Gourmand-listed Phed Phed Bistro, Michelin-Plate-awarded Baan, and more (see the full list here).

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has a goal to improve the landscape of Saen Saep Canal in cooperation with various organisations and agencies such as the BMA District Offices and Departments; external organisations such as Pollution Control Department, Department of Industrial Works, and Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning; as well as private sectors and people sector. Campaigns and activities have been launched to raise public awareness among people and business establishments located along Saen Saep Canal and its branch canals to stop disposing or discharging waste or sewage into moats and canals and public water bodies. They also have been requested for cooperation in keeping landscape of the canals clean and beautiful in accordance with the concept of 'Facing the Canal'. For wastewater treatment in Saen Saep Canal, various solutions have been executed: Pollution generated from household activities accounts for 70% of the amount of wastewater discharged into Saen Saep Canal and its branch canals. The solution is to bring wastewater from households into wastewater collection systems of the BMA. At present, the BMA has offered wastewater treatment service implemented by a large water quality control plant to collect and treat wastewater, which will cover a whole Saen Seap Canal. Pollution generated from buildings and business establishments accounts for 29% of the amount of wastewater discharged into Saen Saep Canal and its branch canals. The BMA has integrated cooperation with the Pollution Control Department, Department of Industrial Works, and Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning to enforce related laws on wastewater treatment so that business establishments have installed standard wastewater treatment systems and treated wastewater before discharging into the public water bodies. Pollution from boat cruising and accumulation of sediment at canal bed accounts for 1% of the amount of wastewater discharged into Saen Saep Canal and its branch canals. The BMA has dredged and removed sediment in Saen Saep Canal and has plans to sustain canals in Bangkok area every year. In addition, the BMA has campaigned for the promotion of public participation from all sectors to join hands in keeping up the landscape on both sides of the canal, aiming for better scenery and environment, as well as being a prototype of cooperation that brings about sustainability. For more news, www.prbangkok-eng.com     Header image by surachetsh via iStock

Set to open in the fourth quarter of 2021, five-star Meliá Chiang Mai will bring world-class hospitality to the heart of the charming city, with a modern design that pays tribute to Chiang Mai's alluring culture. Situated at the most convenient location in close proximity to tourist attractions, the 260-key hotel is just a few minutes away from Chiang Mai International Airport. Towering over the River Ping, guests can relish the best views of Chiang Mai city with a backdrop of endless mountain ranges. On its top is a 360-degree rooftop bar, which is the highest in the city, boasting an unrivaled panorama of the city. On the 21st floor are an exquisite dining room, offering contemporary Northern Thai dishes with Mediterranean touches, as well as The Level executive lounge, an intimate area for indulging an upgraded breakfast and afternoon treats for 'The Level' guests. The all-day-dining restaurant Mosaic will serve authentic Mediterranean cuisine in a vibrant marketplace setting. The hotel also hosts a number of contemporary facilities, including those suited for business, special events and weddings. To learn more about the soon-to-be-open hotel, visit www.melia.com/en/hotels/thailand/chiang-mai/melia-chiang-mai/index.htm

By 2030, Bangkok will become greener with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's plan to increase green space per capita to 10 sq.m. per person. The 'Green Bangkok 2030 Project' is one of the major projects of the BMA to increase green spaces with cooperation from the people of Bangkok. To create sustainability, the BMA invites and encourage all sectors to become part of the green improvement. This includes the use of the BMA's master city plan in enforcing construction areas and unused public spaces along roads, on footpath, or on traffic islands to be transformed into green spaces. In this regard, the BMA has set up rules for the consideration of tree planting on the roads with traffic islands, aiming to infuse the sense of 'nature' into urban environments. For example, on traffic islands that are more than 3 metres wide, grass shall be laid and flowering plants, ornamental plants or perennial plants shall be planted; on traffic islands of 2–3 metres width, small-sized perennial plants, shrubs, and ornamental plants shall be planted. There are also rules for tree planting along the roads with footpaths: 3-metre-wide footpaths without awning shall have perennial plants planted; footpaths that are over 4 metres wide with awning shall have medium-sized perennial plants planted; and more. Choices of plant species to suit certain environments are to be taken in consideration as well. In case of trees along the roads or footpaths, suggested are trees of medium height (5–15 meters) with strong root system that don't require much pruning and trimming, and have capacity to absorb pollutions and trapping dust. In some areas, only ornamental plants or shrubs should be planted instead to avoid impacts to the communication cable conduit systems. For more updates, visit www.prbangkok-eng.com

Since the reign of King Buddha Yot Fa Chulalok the Great (Rama I), Saphan Han in Sampheng area has long been a famous and bustling trade area of the royal capital in the past. Originally, Saphan Han was a bridge crossing Ong Ang Canal, also known as Rop Krung Canal (meaning 'the canal that rings around the city'). Back then, the bridge was just a single plank for people to cross the canal, with one side of the bridge firmly fixed, while the other side could be turned over to allow boats to pass through, and this is where the name 'Saphan Han', meaning 'the turning bridge', came from. Saphan Han had been renovated and modified several times, with the most prominent modification occurred during the reign of King Mongkut (Rama IV). It had been rebuilt with steel structure and wooden floor. Under the bridge, there was no iron wheels on the rail but it can be raised and moved to allow boats to pass through. In the reign of King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V), the bridge was once again reconstructed, using the design of bridges in Italy, to become a more curved wooden bridge with broader corridor. Along both sides of the bridge, there have been small rooms or shophouses for rent, with a walkway in the middle. It has been one of the most photographed bridges in Bangkok. The area of Saphan Han or Saphan Lek (meaning 'metal bridge') has been famous as a shopping spot for games, electronic devices, and toys (both legal and violating intellectual property law). Makeshift shophouses were built and encroached entirely around Ong Ang Canal. As a result, the bridge and the canal was polluted and full of garbage. At present, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has successfully reorganised and improved the landscape of this area with cooperation from vendors and hawkers who agreed to move out of the area. In addition, people living in vicinal communities also agreed to improve and renovate their houses. All these cooperation has helped transforming the Saphan Han area into an eye-pleasing spot, as well as a tourist attraction with charming atmosphere of historical communities. For more news on Bangkok, visit www.prbangkok-eng.com

The fifth of June is recognised as the World Environment Day, designated by the United Nations to raise awareness on environmental issues. Additionally, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has been established to carry out environmental activities that encourage people around the world to jointly take action in environment protection. In 2021, UNEP has announced that this year's observance of the World Environment Day will be under the theme of 'Ecosystem Restoration'. Since 2007, the Department of Environment at the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has organised the World Environment Day activities to promote public awareness among all sectors to participate in environmental protection together with world communities. As Thailand still faces the ongoing spread of COVID-19, BMA, in cooperation with UNEP and network partners, will organise environmental activities online under the theme of the Decade of Restoration Towards Sustainable Green Metropolis, campaigning for environmental protection, raising awareness on environmental issues, and inviting people to help restoring ecosystems of the metropolis. The activities will be available as 360° virtual experience. For further updates, visit www.prbangkok-eng.com