National Museum expands exhibitions

Deluxe Barwara Suite at Six Senses Fort Barwara. (Photo: Six Senses Fort Barwara)

The Department of Fine Arts now invites visitors to more exhibition rooms at the National Museum Bangkok where they can learn more about history and archaeology dating back to the 18th Buddhist century.

On display are the arts and crafts, artefacts, historical tools and equipments, coins, ancient architectural structures and much more. These historical and archaeological items are from ancient times, including the pre-historic periods, Dvaravati, Lop Buri, Srivijaya and ancient Asia.

The National Museum Bangkok opens from Wednesday to Sunday, from 8.30am to 4pm.

Call 02-224-1402 or 02-224-1333.

Statues from the Srivijaya empire on display at the National Museum Bangkok. (Photo: The Department of Fine Arts)

Special discounts on offer

Nakhonchai Air, an interprovincial bus operator, is launching a special promotion offering 20% discount for three routes -- Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Bangkok-Doi Ti and Bangkok-Lampang. The discount also applies to those travelling back to Bangkok from Chiang Mai, Doi Ti and Lampang.

The promotion means travellers can buy a first-class ticket from Bangkok-Chiang Mai and Bangkok-Doi Ti at 658 baht per person (from the original price of 823 baht) and gold-class ticket at 493 baht per person (from the original price of 617 baht). For the Bangkok-Lampang route, a first-class ticket costs 569 baht per person (from 711 baht) and gold class 426 baht (from 533 baht). Payment via Khon La Khrueng (half-half) co-payment scheme is also acceptable.

For ticket reservation, contact Nakhonchai Air call centre at 1624. Tickets can be used from now until April 30.

Accor's We Travel Together Campaign. (Photo © Accor)

Centara deals

From now until Oct 31, Centara Grand at CentralWorld is offering visitors a chance to enjoy "Centara – The Place To Be" under the Rao Tiew Duay Gun government programme to promote local tourism for less than ever.

Guests can enjoy themselves in the luxury of the hotel's spacious rooms with stunning panoramic views of central Bangkok while also receiving free hotel credits redeemable for dining and spa indulgences during their stay.

With all bookings, travellers will receive 1,200 baht daily hotel credit to purchase food and beverages, complimentary Wi-Fi access and 50% discount at Spa Cenvaree. This deal applies to all room types. Stay period is now until Dec 20.

Contact Centara Grand at CentralWorld at 02-100-1234 ext 6759 and 6763 or email cgcwreservation@chr.co.th.

Nakhonchai Air's safety coach. (Photo: Nakhonchai Air)

Accor says 'Welcome back'

Accor is preparing for the return of tourism with a campaign aimed to reawaken travel inspiration, offering 20% savings at over 60 participating hotels and resorts, which can be combined with the 40% subsidy for eligible citizens as part of the "We Travel Together Campaign".

Participating Accor hotels include Veranda High Resort Chiang Mai, Pullman Khao Lak Resort, V Villas Phuket -- MGallery, SO Sofitel Hua Hin and Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort. In Bangkok, options for staycations include Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 and ibis Bangkok Riverside.

The Inspiration Awakened offer is available to book until Jan 31 for stays from now until March 31 at more than 60 participating hotels in Thailand. Members of AccorPlus can take advantage of an additional 10% discount.

Visit all.accor.com.

Superior Hollywood at Centara Grand at CentralWorld. (Photo © Centara Grand at CentralWorld)

Stay overnight in historic Indian fort

To reinterpret the regal ambiance of a bygone era dating back 700 years, the 14th-century Six Senses Fort Barwara in Rajasthan, India, has been sensitively transformed into a 48-suite resort, including five speciality suites, in a conservation effort that has taken more than a decade to complete.

Celebrating its highly anticipated opening last week, it will offer a resting point during a busy touring itinerary of Rajasthan. It is within easy striking distance of Ranthambore National Park for guests looking to take a walk on the wild side with the local tiger population.

Originally owned by a Rajasthani royal family, Six Senses Fort Barwara incorporates two original palaces and two temples within the walled fort. Suites in the East Wing overlook the countryside and those in the West Wing offer views to Barwara village and beyond. Ranging from 70m² to 280m², each suite is designed in a contemporary Rajasthani style to complement the historic backdrop of the fort while subtly incorporating state-of-the-art in-room technology.

Six Senses Fort Barwara is a 2.5-hour drive from Jaipur airport by car, and 6 to 7 hours from Delhi by car. Ranthambore National Park is a 30-minute drive from the resort.

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