Mahanakhon SkyWalk is back for the brave

Chiva Som in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan. (Photo: Pongpet Mekloy)

King Power Mahanakhon recently reopened its service, welcoming visitors back to the Mahanakhon SkyWalk, Thailand's highest observation deck on the 78th floor of the iconic pixelated building, and the Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar.

Mahanakhon SkyWalk tickets start at 530 baht per adult from Monday-Friday and 880 baht on Saturday-Sunday, and 250 baht for children aged three-15 and seniors over the age of 60. The attraction is open daily from 10am to 8pm.

Visit facebook.com/KingPowerMahanakhon and facebook.com/MahanakhonBangkokSkyBar or call 02-677-8721.

Mahanakhon SkyWalk (Photo: Chaovarith Poonphol)

Hotel deals & updates

- Chiva-Som in Hua Hin has been voted winner of the "Top Destination Spa Resort in the World" category in the Condé Nast Traveler annual Readers' Choice Awards.

More than 800,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences around the world, a healthy indicator of the places they long to return to in the coming months. The Readers' Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry.

For 26 years, Chiva-Som has built an enviable reputation as a world leader in inspiring optimal health and wellbeing. With its unique synergy of indigenous traditions and evidence-based wellness, Chiva-Som partners with guests on highly personalised journeys focused on complete lifestyle transformation.

- Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort is announcing a series of special offers that afford Bangkokians and out-of-towners a well-deserved break by the river to rediscover the heart and soul of the city.

Pent-up travellers and cultural adventure seekers alike can book a Deluxe Riverside Exclusive staycation starting from 2,300 baht per night for up to two people staying in a Deluxe Room and enjoy a guaranteed early check-in from 8am and check-out until 8pm to make the most of their leisure time. Guests will also enjoy a 20% saving on food and beverage at all the luxury resort's restaurants and bars.

Foodies can also delight in the resort's new Foodie Staycation special offer that gives them a 3,499 baht dining credit for every night booked, to enjoy memorable meals and captivating cuisine at any of the resort's restaurants and bars. Room rates start from 3,499++ baht per night for up to two guests staying in a Deluxe Room.

Visit anantara.com/en/riverside-bangkok/offers or email bangkokriverside@anantara.com.

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qatar Airways

Airlines update

- With just over a year to go until the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 kicks-off, Qatar Airways Holidays has announced the launch of its fan travel packages, inclusive of match tickets, return flights and accommodation options.

With a few easy steps to follow, fans across the world will need to first join Qatar Airways Privilege Club, to have access to unique travel packages with booking flexibility and get their seats reserved at their preferred matches.

The journey then begins with fans selecting their favourite team, whose participation in the tournament will be decided based on ongoing FIFA World Cup qualifiers. In the event that the chosen team does not qualify for the tournament, a full refund option will be offered, or fans have the flexibility to choose a different team's matches (subject to availability).

To guarantee their experience fans can choose from seven-tiered travel packages. Each fan can book a total of seven matches by combining more than one package. In the case that their favourite team is defeated in the advanced tournament stages, tickets will be issued to matches of one of the prevailing teams from the same group or knock-out path.

To book or learn more, visit qatarairways.com/app/fifa2022.

Anantara Riverside Bangkok. 

- The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported that people are increasingly frustrated with Covid-19 travel restrictions. A survey commissioned by IATA of 4,700 respondents in 11 markets in September demonstrated confidence that the risks of Covid-19 can be effectively managed and that the freedom to travel should be restored.

Some 67% of respondents believe that most country borders should be opened now, up 12 percentage points from a June survey. The survey revealed that 64% of respondents felt border closures are unnecessary and have not been effective in containing the virus (up 11 points from June). Some 73% responded that their quality of life is suffering as a result of Covid-19 travel restrictions (up six points from June).

With vaccination rates globally increasing, 80% of respondents agree that vaccinated people should be able to travel freely by air. However, there were strong views against making vaccination a condition for air travel. About two-thirds felt it is morally wrong to restrict travel only to those who have been vaccinated. Over 80% of respondents believe that testing before air travel should be an alternative for people without access to vaccination.

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