Anantara announces dinner cruise

Anantara Riverside announces the first instalment of a monthly gastronomic experience aboard its antique rice barge. On June 19, Anantara's award-winning Executive Chef Phong Hinracha will team up with chef Piyachart Buddhivongse of Michelin-starred Saneh Jaan Restaurant to present a six-course four hands dinner for a Manohra Cruise.

Aboard the Manohra, diners will start with an amuse-bouche, followed by three courses from each chef, including traditional Thai appetisers elevated by Piyachart and longan charcoal-grilled "Benja" baby chicken by Phong, each dish paired perfectly with a glass of fine wine.

Packages start from 3,500 baht net per person.

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Ascott expands to Thonglor

The Ascott Limited is set to open the brand new Ascott Thonglor Bangkok next month. The property is an urban, luxurious and elegant hotel and serviced residence located at the intersection of Sukhumvit 59 and Sukhumvit Road.

It is conveniently located near the city's expressway system and provides easy access to the BTS Skytrain via a five-minute walk to Thong Lo Station.

Ascott Thonglor Bangkok offers 451 serviced apartments and hotel rooms in studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom configurations. It is suitable for both short stay and long stay guests. On-site facilities include a swimming pool, state-of-the-art gymnasium, residents' lounge, children's playroom, generous green areas, mid-sized meeting facilities and all-day-dining restaurant and room service options.

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Avani Hua Hin offers welcome package

To celebrate the launch of Avani+ Hua Hin's new wellness centre, VLCC -- the upscale beachside resort -- is offering a welcome introductory package that lets guests customise their own treatment experience.

The Drip and Relax package offers a choice of five IV drips to help replenish essential vitamins and nutrients that the body is lacking and five relaxing massages that help reduce stress and boost immunity.

Guests can choose one of five IV Drips from Liver Detoxification, Weight Management, Immunity and Energy Booster, Skin Lightening and UV Protection and Hair Care. The IV drip is then paired with a choice of specialist massage including Aroma Therapy, Balinese, Deep Tissue, Abhyangam and Traditional Thai massage. The Drip and Relax package is priced at 3,500++ baht.


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Travel marketing forum set in Songkhla

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is organising the sixth Pata Destination Marketing Forum to be held in Songkhla from Aug 2 to 4.

This year's event, under the theme "Building Back Sustainably Through Cultural Heritage And Community-based Tourism", will focus on key issues facing destination marketing and management in the post-pandemic world, and will examine aspects of secondary and tertiary destination marketing, community tourism, Mice and destination experiences.

This event will offer an opportunity to meet and network in person with hundreds of senior-level delegates across government agencies, and tourism organisations, as well as private sector companies across hospitality, travel technology, consulting, and academia.

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Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor reopens

Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor reopens its doors to guests this week for the first time in almost three years.

First opened in 1932 and widely celebrated as La Grande Dame de Angkor, the hotel has been welcoming discerning travellers and famous faces -- from Charlie Chaplin to Jackie Kennedy and Michelle Obama -- to the historic heart of Cambodia for almost 90 years.

The hotel underwent a delicate transformation in 2019 with rooms and suites receiving a meticulous facelift before the global pause in travel. Guestrooms feature lighter and brighter interiors as well as the addition of Segafredo coffee machines, USB charging stations and Simmons pillow-top mattresses. The French windows, which swing open to views of street scenes or the plantation-style grounds of the hotel, have been upgraded, and each room now has a writing desk and vintage rotary telephone, thanks in part to the added floor space created by removing cabinets and replacing them with built-in wardrobes. All bathrooms have also been upgraded with new Italian tiling and rain showers. The traditional ceiling fans remain, as well as the beautiful views of the Royal Gardens or the resort's iconic swimming pool.

The move to reopen comes at a time when Cambodia has removed all major travel restrictions. Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor was also recognised this year by Travel + Leisure magazine among the top 500 hotels in the world.

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