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Laguna Phuket offers three fun weekends in bid to revive tourism

What’s onMar 10. 2021

By The Nation

In a bid to revive tourism in Phuket, resort group Laguna Phuket is set to kick-off a 19-day festival offering a series of exciting events that will showcase the island’s beauty and preparedness.

Running from March 31 to April 18, the “Laguna Phuket Revive 555 Festival” will include sports, music, cultural and community events over three weekends, including the Songkran weekend.

Headline artists Kong Saharat, Da Endorphine, Yes’sir Days, Pop Pongkool, LABANOON, Golf F Hero, Thaitanium, Ice Saranyu and Instinct taking part.

Hoping to boost Phuket’s economy and spur domestic tourism, the festival offers something for everyone. And there has never been a better time to visit the island – the Andaman Sea and beaches are pristine, the air clean, and people welcoming as ever.

“Phuket is ready to welcome tourists from all regions of Thailand,” said Phuket’s deputy governor Pichet Panapong. “The island’s natural beauty has been revived again. The beachfront Laguna Phuket is perfect for this festival – it is spacious and festival goers can enjoy the activities and facilities in a safe environment.”

“A lot of passion went into planning this festival,” said Ravi Chandran, the resort’s managing director. “While a Laguna Phuket initiative, the festival is a true collaboration of Phuket people and organisations. Now is the perfect time to visit and through this series of events we hope to spark interest in Phuket, whether you have visited before or not, and aim to highlight that Phuket is a welcoming island open to everyone.”

Laguna's Revive 555 Festival official poster

Laguna’s Revive 555 Festival official poster

Held at Xana Beach Club, the inaugural event is the Laguna Phuket Thailand Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Championship 2021 which runs until April 4. The Laguna Phuket Soundwave presented by Works.com, on April 3 and 4 at Laguna Grove, showcases world-class entertainment including famous Thai artists, while the Angel Market on the grounds of Cassia Phuket promotes local arts and crafts, and food.

Phuket province will host Roy Rim Lay from April 10 to 12 at Laguna Grove. The event gives guests the chance to sample Phuket’s famous, delicious local cuisine and enjoy on-site live entertainment. For active travellers, Xana Beach Club will host a beach run on April 11, ending the day with live entertainment and refreshments as the sun sets over Bang Tao Bay.

The Songkran holiday will be devoted to celebrating the LGBTQ+ community with the four-day Laguna Phuket Pride 2021 kicking off on April 12. The pride parade coincides with Laguna Phuket Sustainability Day and Night Community Activity – two events linked to the heart of Laguna Phuket’s corporate social responsibility endeavors. Golf-lovers can take part in a Laguna Golf Phuket tournament on April 14.

The final weekend of the festival on April 17-18, is sure to draw the trendiest of crowds. Cassia Phuket will host Laguna Phuket’s first-ever Surf Skate event against the backdrop of live music and entertainment in the form of Laguna Phuket Soundwave presented by Works.com.

The fast-growing sport has become a Phuket favourite in recent months, and festivalgoers are sure to enjoy the cool moves of the skaters. Concerts also return to Laguna Grove that weekend for an epic finale to the 19-day festival.

“We are confident that these collaborative events between the island and Laguna Phuket will boost domestic tourism and showcase Phuket for the unique and inclusive holiday destination that it truly is. Measures have been put in place to ensure that each event venue strictly adheres to high safety and well-being standards, ensuring that the Laguna Phuket Revive 555 Festival is not only a fun, but also safe event, for everyone,” Chandran added.

Each Laguna Phuket hotel will arrange exclusive fringe activities to complement the festival. Guests of Angsana Laguna Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket, Cassia Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket and Saii Laguna Phuket will have direct access to all events via Laguna Phuket’s on-site shuttle services.

Book early in view of high demand: www.lagunaphuket.com.

Airbnb opens door to Thai women’s entrepreneurial spirit #SootinClaimon.Com

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Airbnb opens door to Thai women’s entrepreneurial spirit

What’s onMar 06. 2021

By The Nation

Airbnb has jumped on the bandwagon for International Women’s Day (March 8) by pointing out that 55 per cent of its hosts in Thailand are female. Chiang Mai is home to the highest proportion of women hosts in Thailand (60 per cent) – 9th in Airbnb’s rankings of global cities with the highest number of female hosts.

“In Thailand, our women Airbnb hosts are breaking down barriers and blazing new trails. They recognise Airbnb as a valuable platform that provides them with the opportunity to earn extra income. They see Airbnb as a way for them to become financially independent and a way to support their local communities and neighbourhoods,” said Amanpreet Bajaj, Airbnb general manager for India, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

To celebrate International Women’s Day in Thailand, Airbnb is launching two new experiences hosted by leading women chefs – Chef Gai (Thananya Kaikaew), owner of dessert cafe Brioche from heaven, and Chef Nooror (Nooror Somany Steppe), owner of Blue Elephant restaurant.

Thananya Kaikaew

Thananya KaikaewNooror Somany SteppeNooror Somany Steppe

Next Saturday (March 13), guests will enjoy a tour of Chef Gai’s cafe while learning the art of making the perfect brioche.

Meanwhile, Chef Nooror will launch the Airbnb “Cooking Experience with Blue Elephant” on March 11, revealing the secrets of her signature lamb massaman curry.

To book these and other events, visit https://www.airbnb.com/experiences.

UNHCR holds exhibition to commemorate 70 years of protecting, helping refugees #SootinClaimon.Com

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UNHCR holds exhibition to commemorate 70 years of protecting, helping refugees (nationthailand.com)

UNHCR holds exhibition to commemorate 70 years of protecting, helping refugees

What’s onDec 18. 2020

By The Nation

Forced displacement of people globally has nearly doubled in the past decade, with nearly 80 million or one in every 100 people becoming refugees.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is marking its 70th anniversary with an exhibition at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) to recognise the support it has received from all sectors in Thailand and across the world.

The UNHCR was formally entrusted with its mandate on December 14, 1950, and since then, it has been working to protect people forced to flee, provide humanitarian assistance and solutions to millions worldwide. There are more than 17,000 people working for the UNHCR in 135 countries.

UNHCR was invited by the government in 1975 to commence operations in Thailand in response to the Indochina refugee crisis.

“This is not a moment for celebration as the continuous need for protection and humanitarian assistance highlights the tragic displacement situation in the world today,” said Giuseppe De Vincentiis, UNHCR representative in Thailand.

“However, this anniversary is an opportunity to recognise the dedication, courage, and contributions of those who continue to support, work and collaborate with UNHCR, including the Thai government, NGO partners, civil society, private sectors, media partners, donors and the people of Thailand.”

“It’s has been more than five years since I first went on a mission with UNHCR to report on the refugee crisis,” said Thapanee Eadsrichai, founder of The Reporters, which has raised awareness and funds to support UNHCR.

“As both a member of the media and a human being, I am proud to be able to make a difference to millions of lives regardless of race, religion or belief, which inspires me to keep doing good for society at the local and global level and provides me with a sense of fulfilment.”

The “UNHCR 70th Anniversary Exhibition” is open to the public until December 20 at BACC.

The exhibition will take visitors on a trip through UNHCR’s history, work and achievements over 70 years, refugee stories, core relief items provided during displacement situations, archive footage and stories of people forced to flee around the world. There will also be a daily activity, game and documentary screening supported by UNHCR goodwill ambassador Praya Lundberg, The Standard and National Geographic for participants to enjoy.

Bangkok’s Siam Kempinski offers a ‘magical’ Christmas this year #SootinClaimon.Com

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Bangkok’s Siam Kempinski offers a ‘magical’ Christmas this year (nationthailand.com)

Bangkok’s Siam Kempinski offers a ‘magical’ Christmas this year

What’s onDec 04. 2020

By The Nation

Building on last year’s success, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok is bringing back the “Nutcracker” ballet weekend festive afternoon tea buffet.

On Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm to 5pm the hotel’s lobby will be transformed into a Christmas extravaganza with ballet dancers performing parts of the Tchaikovsky classic around a 7-metre-tall Christmas tree. There will also be a sumptuous festive spread paired with delectable hot beverages for diners to feast on.

The hotel’s Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin Restaurant is also offering a special dinner every Saturday this month accompanied by a rendition of “Swan Lake” and contemporary Thai dance. The eight-course meal will also be paired with carefully selected wines.

While ballet and culinary offerings may keep the adults happy, some of the younger guests may enjoy a visit from Santa at The Addition restaurant. He is there every Saturday, and will also appear on Christmas Eve.

Meanwhile, Christmas Eve will be marked with the singing of carols in the lobby from 6pm and guests can continue their celebration by either tucking into a festive buffet at ALATi or a special eight-course meal with wine at Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin.

In keeping with the festive season, ALATi will be serving a special Christmas Day brunch with all the trimmings and a “semi buffet à la minute” or sauces cooked to order served at the table.

Siam Kempinski will mark New Year’s Eve with a countdown and afterparty in its lobby. Before the countdown, diners can either opt for a buffet feast at the Niche restaurant, a 10-course dinner at the Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin or à la carte options at ALATi.

Since this is the season for giving, the hotel also offers hampers and other festive goodies at a counter in the lobby.

Visit www.kempinski.com for more information.

Seacon brings Japanese heritage and winter to malls #SootinClaimon.Com

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Seacon brings Japanese heritage and winter to malls

What’s onNov 20. 2020

By The Nation

Seacon Square and Seacon Bangkae are holding “Shirakawako”, an event celebrating Shirakawago Village, a village more than 250 years old in Japan’s Gifu prefecture.

The village is a Unesco World Heritage Site, along with Takayama’s old town, which is known as the “land in the embrace of mountains”.

“Shirakawako” will be held at Seacon Square from November 20-29, at the Fountain Activity Zone furst floor, Seacon Square, Srinakarin, and from December 11-20 at the main atrium zone, first floor, Seacon Bangkae, Phetkasem Road.

The event is organised in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan in Thailand to give visitors and the public an experience of winter through the simulation of winter atmosphere and the snow in Shirakawago Village. The village has an architectural style known as Gassho Tsukuri, a traditional Japanese style with palm trees. The roof slopes at an angle of 60 degrees, which looks like two hands paying obeisance. In addition, the event has replicated many interesting places to see, such as Takayama Old Town, known as the land in the embrace of mountains where the water pipes are so clean that koi fish live.

Visitors can also experience artificial snow in the middle of a shopping centre. In the open there is a special zone for playing with artificial snow to make a snowman every day, 45 minutes per round.

Plus there will be a mini-concert by Thai idol bands who will take turns for entertainment from Friday to Sunday, such as I-MI, SIXTER, Daisy Daisy, Aster, Wishdom and Shining Stars. A Sarubobo doll workshop will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

Seventy famous Japanese souvenirs will be on sale and food will be sold in the atmosphere of the famous Sanmachi Street shopping district, also known as Hida Takayama.

Focus shifts to Thai breeds in this year’s dog show #SootinClaimon.Com

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Focus shifts to Thai breeds in this year’s dog show

What’s onNov 06. 2020

By The Nation

IMPACT’s 19th International Dog Show this year focuses on the “Dogs of Thailand”. The four-day event, which runs until Sunday, features more than 200 exhibitors as well as dog shows and competitions. 

Organisers expect more than 100,000 visitors, generating as much as Bt80 million in revenue. 

Tiraya Thongkerd, senior project manager for IMPACT Exhibition Management, said this dog show is a collaboration with the Thai Pet Product Industries Association and the Kennel Association.

“This event was initially supposed to be held in July, but was delayed due to the Covid-19 crisis. Even though the overall situation has improved, every sector needs to take necessary precautions. With this in mind, we will strictly practice social distancing. The space in every booth will be allocated appropriately to accommodate visitors based on guidelines and regulations of the public health agencies to ensure the safety of customers and their dogs.”

This year’s show aims to highlight and promote local breeds, like the Thai Bangkaew, through special contests. Dog lovers are also encouraged to take their pooches out on a shopping spree for goods and services offered at huge discounts. Vets are also at hand to provide free health check-ups and consulting services. 

The show offers other fun-filled activities, like a dog beauty contest, American Pitbull weight pulling championship, dog grooming competition as well as “Who is the Fastest?” “Woof! And Jump” and “Detective Doggie” contests. Visitors who register stand to win special prizes in the lucky draw, while celebrity dog lovers like Kae Chollada, Yo Yossawadee, Boom Yutthaphum and Moota will also be around mingling with the crowds.

The event is being held in Impact Exhibition Centre, Halls 9 and 10, from 10am to 8pm. Visit http://www.thailand-dogshow.com or Facebook.com/ThailandInternationalDogShow for more details. 

Apple opens largest retail shop at CentralWorld #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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Apple opens largest retail shop at CentralWorld

What’s onJul 31. 2020

By The Nation

Apple CentralWorld, Thailand’s largest Apple retail shop, opened its doors on Friday (July 31) with Covid-19 preventive measures fully applied.

The two-storey shop, sitting outside the department store, is all glass and wood with a tube-shaped lift made of polished stainless steel.

Visitors can wait outside on benches strategically placed under trees.

The shop also features a video wall, boardroom and exhibition zone called “Today at Apple”, in which artists, musicians and content creators are showcased.

On hand are 130 staff members who can communicate with clients in 17 languages. Visits to the shop can be booked via www.apple.com/th/centralworld.

ABC Book Fest 2020 brings together arts in a new format #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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ABC Book Fest 2020 brings together arts in a new format

What’s onJul 26. 2020

By The Nation

Discounts of up to 80 per cent are on offer at “ABC Book Fest 2020”, a book exhibition that is bringing together fun with art, film, music and chic activities.

Charan Homtienthong, former president of the Publishers and Booksellers Association of Thailand and director of the event, said that independent publishing groups had joined together to organise “ABC Book Fest 2020”, in a new format with an interesting identity, as

it combines various arts that are linked to reading.

“This event is being attended by 76 publishers, small, medium and large, with a total of 147 booths over an area of ​​more than 2,000 square metres at Mit Town Hall, Floor 5, Sam Yan Mit Town. This year’s event is being held in a new format and the new location, Sam Yan Mit Town shopping centre, is in the heart of Bangkok, easily accessible by MRT subway. We are back to living life again even if life is not the same anymore,” said Charan.

Aside from the bookselling booths of the publishers, there are also art and crafts workshops for artists, illustrators and book cover designers.

ABC Book Fest 2020 runs until August 2.

Taiwan ‘Fairy tale town’ becomes #Instaworthy #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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Taiwan ‘Fairy tale town’ becomes #Instaworthy

What’s onJul 26. 2020Another row of red, blue and earthy European-style cottages, each with their own distinctive features, is located in the middle of the park surrounded by the greenery. (Courtesy of IG/@sadie12123/@@whitepoohtop111)Another row of red, blue and earthy European-style cottages, each with their own distinctive features, is located in the middle of the park surrounded by the greenery. (Courtesy of IG/@sadie12123/@@whitepoohtop111)

By The China Post

TAIPEI (The China Post) — A recent series of dreamy photos making you feel as if you were in a European fairy tale town has attracted a lot of attention online.

Located in the mountains of Yuanli Township, Miaoli County, the “Green Village” is a scenic restaurant and B&B featuring a row of European fairy tale wooden houses which have become one of the most picture-perfect #Instaworthy destinations on social media.

After entering the park, the first thing that catches your attention is the pink windmill wooden house. With its bright red exterior wall, colorful fences and greenery surrounding it, the windmill is the perfect photo-op spot to start your journey.

From the pink windmill cottage, you can enjoy the breeze and look out over the countryside of Miaoli Yuanli township.

Another row of red, blue and earthy European-style cottages, each with their own distinctive features, is located in the middle of the park surrounded by the greenery.

This is the place where Internet influencers take their dreamy pictures.

If there watching and taking photos at the fairytale-like town isn’t enough fun? There is also a Japanese shrine in the park where you can indulge in Japanese culture without going abroad.

Japanese shrine in the park. (Courtesy of IG/@miss9290)If you’re hungry, there are restaurants in the park serving hot pot set meals, afternoon tea and desserts. At night, you can choose to stay in a bubble camping tent and watch the starry sky lying in the bed.

At night, you can choose to stay in a bubble camping tent and watch the starry sky lying in the bed. (Left). (Courtesy of IG/@miliyah.h680/@@lj_01792)

At night, you can choose to stay in a bubble camping tent and watch the starry sky lying in the bed. (Left). (Courtesy of IG/@miliyah.h680/@@lj_01792)

If you want to visit the Green Village, you must note that starting from Aug. 1, 2020, the park will not be open to visitors, and only customers who book the rooms or reserved meals in advance will be allowed to enter the park.

At night, you can choose to stay in a bubble camping tent and watch the starry sky lying in the bed. (Courtesy of IG/@miliyah.h680)

At night, you can choose to stay in a bubble camping tent and watch the starry sky lying in the bed. (Courtesy of IG/@miliyah.h680)

PowerBuy, B2S launch “pioneering store that meets all lifestyles” #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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PowerBuy, B2S launch “pioneering store that meets all lifestyles”

What’s on

Jun 30. 2020

By The Nation

PowerBuy and B2S have invested Bt100 million to launch their PowerBuy x B2S flagship store, an “innovative new shopping destination and Thailand’s electronics and speciality book and stationery flagship store that meets all passions and lifestyles”, the companies said in a press release today (June 30).

“To provide a superior shopping experience to customers, PowerBuy and B2S have teamed up to launch the PowerBuy x B2S flagship store, a 6,000 square metre store located on the 4th floor at Central World,” COL Plc chief executive officer Laurent Pauze said. “This exciting new flagship store combines the expertise of two leaders, PowerBuy and B2S, bringing a complete customer experience around electronics, home appliances, gadgets, books, stationery, arts and much more. Customers can discover a wide array of products and a host of new categories – manga, smart home, and gadgets, among others.”

According to the press statement, the store will provide an exciting shopping experience focusing on twelve key areas – Vision & Sound, Gadget Paradise, Wireless World, Cooking Studio, Smart Home Living, AirZone, Gaming Arena, Computers, CreativeLeisure, “Plearnground” (Play &Learn), Passion Library and Stationery Gallery.

“We believe that bringing more excitement and interactions to the shopping experience will make the PowerBuy x B2S flagship store much more attractive and relevant to consumers. But our success will be measured according to our ability to serve customers through different channels,” Pauze said.