TAT names 12 dark sky locations

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in collaboration with the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand recently announced 12 locations across Thailand registered as a Dark Sky Park. This is to promote Dark Sky Tourism under the Amazing Dark Sky in Thailand concept.

Pha Taem National Park.

On this occasion, the TAT also launched a guidebook on dark sky tourism to encourage domestic travelling especially during the end of the rainy season and the beginning of winter.

Across Thailand there are 12 locations registered as Dark Sky Communities (dark sky areas in villages, tambon and municipal neighbourhoods) and Dark Sky Properties (private areas such as resorts, hotels and farms).

They include Huai Nam Dang National Park in Chiang Mai, Pha Taem National Park in Ubon Ratchathani, Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary in Chaiyaphum, Pa Hin Ngam National Park in Chaiyaphum, Phu Laenkha National Park in Chaiyaphum, On Tai community in Chiang Mai, Alcidini Winery in Nakhon Ratchasima, Rain Tree Residence Hotel in Nakhon Ratchasima, Muaklek ATV racing track in Saraburi, Baan Rai Yai Chaplu resort in Saraburi, The Piano Resort in Nakhon Ratchasima and GranMonte Vineyard and Winery in Nakhon Ratchasima.

Visit darksky.narit.or.th.

Rediscover self at Museflower Spa

Museflower Retreat & Spa Chiang Rai recently launched Museflower Bhakti Yoga Study Group to offer a new path to more spiritual support, and help reconnect with true self and higher energy source.

Museflower Retreat & Spa Chiang Rai.

Museflower Bhakti Yoga Study Group is offered in programmes of three, six, nine and 12 days. It is available all year round, starting on Mondays and Thursdays. From now to September, Museflower is offering a special discount price per person, starting from 3,500 baht for three days, 5,500 baht for six days, 7,500 baht for nine days and 9,500 baht for 12 days. This price covers the Bhakti Yoga Study programme only and does not include the regular all-inclusive room rate.

From now until September, Museflower also offers Super Savings Retreat & Room Deals: 20% off all retreat and regular all-inclusive room rates, starting from 13,920 baht for single occupancy four day, three night spa and yoga retreat package, and starting from 1,792 baht for regular room rate per person per night.

The all-inclusive room rate includes three vegetarian meals daily, picked fresh from an onsite organic farm; one daily group fitness class such as stretching, yoga or tai chi; and access to the spa wet facilities and Himalayan crystal salt swimming pool.

Visit musefloweretreat.com.

Emirates Flight Catering goes vertical

Bustanica, the world's largest hydroponic farm, became the first vertical farm for Emirates Crop One, the joint venture between Emirates Flight Catering, one of the world's largest catering operations serving more than 100 airlines, and Crop One, an industry leader in technology-driven indoor vertical farming.

Emirates Flight Catering Opens World's Largest Vertical Farm in Dubai.

Located near Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central, the 30,658m² facility is geared to produce more than 1 million kilogrammes of high-quality leafy greens annually, while requiring 95% less water than conventional agriculture. At any point in time, the facility will provide an output of 3,000kg per day.

Bustanica is driven by powerful technology -- machine learning, artificial intelligence and advanced methods -- and a highly specialised in-house team that includes agronomy experts, engineers, horticulturists and plant scientists. A continuous production cycle ensures the produce is super fresh and clean, and grown without pesticides, herbicides or chemicals.

Passengers on Emirates and other airlines can look forward to trying these delicious leafy greens, including lettuce, arugula, mixed salad greens and spinach, on their flights from July. Bustanica is not just revolutionising salads in the sky -- UAE consumers will soon be able to add these greens to their shopping carts at the nearest supermarket. Bustanica also plans to expand into the production and sale of fruits and vegetables.

Qatar's latest world-class resort gets November debut

General Hotel Management has entrusted leading multidisciplinary design firm WATG and its interior design studio Wimberly Interiors with its third property in the Gulf Cooperation Council region, The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort, Doha, Qatar.

Scheduled to debut in November, The Chedi Katara will offer 59 elegantly-appointed rooms and suites as well as 32 villas complemented by world-class culinary concepts along the beachfront of the Katara Cultural Village.

Sandwiched between desert and sea across a 66,000m² plot, the design of The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort is heavily inspired by Mughal architecture and features elements of Ottoman heritage. The hotel comprises 91 rooms, suites and villas in addition to five epicurean venues that include The Restaurant, The Lobby Lounge, The Cigar Lounge, The Beach Club and Marsa Katara. The orientation of the hotel offers all guestrooms, lounge and restaurant areas privileged views of the main pool and private beach.

Visit GHMhotels.com.

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