Special events for Queen Sirikit's birthday

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has organised a series of special events titled 'Miracle Of The Arts Of The Kingdom' in celebration of the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit The Queen Mother this month.

All events will take place at The Arts Of The Kingdom Museum in Ayutthaya's Bang Pa-in district from Aug 12-14, 20-21 and 27-28, from 10am to 7pm.

The highlights include outdoor khon masked dance performances from the Support Foundation as well as a free lecturer-guided museum tour three times a day (10.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm).

On Aug 12, there will be candle-lighting ceremony to mark HM Queen Sirikit's 90th birthday. And on that day, the museum is open free for all tourists.

Visitors are encouraged to wear contemporary or traditional Thai outfits to the event. Children and mothers will receive a DIY bag free of charge from the museum.

Visit thai.tourismthailand.org/Articles/arts-of-the-kingdom.

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives.

Centara offers family promotions in Dubai, Maldives

Centara Hotels & Resorts has launched summer promotions at two world-class resorts in Dubai and the Maldives where family members can enjoy facilities and intuitive accommodation.

First is Centara Mirage Beach Resort Dubai, a family-friendly destination which is inspired by mythical Thai and Arabian adventures. Set on the sandy shores of the Deira Islands, overlooking the Arabian Gulf just a short drive from downtown Dubai, this themed resort offers a collection of spacious rooms and suites with panoramic city or sea views, plus a wealth of activities and experiences for all ages, centred around a fun-filled water park.

Under the "Me & Summer Holidays" promotion, holidaymakers can enjoy a stress-free family vacation at Centara Mirage Beach Resort Dubai, with free stays and full-board dining for up to two children. Special rates start from just US$160++ per night including breakfast, for stays taken before Sept 30.

Second is Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives, a 5-star retreat outstanding for parents and children, with a selection of overwater villas that feature bunk beds and PlayStations, a dual-age kids' club and plenty of exciting activities such as tennis, volleyball, water sports, cinema screenings and more.

Under the "Maldives Summer Escape" offer, guests can enjoy up to 35% off, plus 20% discounts on seaplane transfers and spa treatments, a bottle of wine and fruit basket on arrival, and late 4pm check-out. Guests who stay for four nights or more will be treated to a floating or in-villa breakfast. Bookings must be made before Aug 31, for stays by Dec 20. Discounted rates start from just US$255++ per night including breakfast.

Email cdd@chr.co.th (for Centara Mirage Beach Resort Dubai), cirm@chr.co.th (for Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives) or visit centarahotelsresorts.com.

Sleep in the same bed as BTS

The expansive property where pop icons BTS stayed during the filming of reality show In The Soop BTS Ver. Season 2 is now available on Airbnb for an overnight stay for the first time. Guests will get the chance to find a moment of peace in the lush countryside of Pyeongchang, South Korea -- just as the seven members did while enjoying everyday life and rest on the show.

The property where BTS stayed during the filming of In The Soop BTS Season 2. 

The one-night stay on Aug 29 costs only US$7 (252 baht). The facilities include some of the same furniture and amenities that appeared on the show so guests can truly channel the lifestyle of BTS, a karaoke machine, sound system and all of BTS's hit tracks and albums, including Permission To Dance, Butter and their just-released album Proof.

There will also be specially catered dishes like charcoal grilled Korean beef (which the band referred to as "the best taste in the universe" in the show), and tteokbokki, or simmered rice cakes.

Guests are responsible for their own travel to and from Pyeongchang. Round-trip car transportation will be provided for the 20-minute journey from KTX Pyeongchang station to the In The Soop BTS property.

Visit airbnb.com/inthesoopbts.

DoubleTree by Hilton Shah Alam i-City.

Hilton expands Malaysian presence

Hilton recently announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Shah Alam i-City, a 300-room contemporary hotel in Malaysia that provides easy access to the city's prime manufacturing hubs and recreational destinations. Through the latest opening, Hilton now has 13 hotels across three brands in Malaysia and an additional nine in the pipeline, holding the global hospitality company's largest portfolio in Southeast Asia.

With Shah Alam's i-City Convention Center, the city's leading meeting hub, and Central i-City mall, a theme park consisting of SnoWalk and Wet World Water Park, just a 10-minute drive away, the hotel offers an ideal location for guests visiting the city for business or leisure. The hotel is also a few minutes' drive to the Blue Mosque & Garden of Islamic Arts and the Sultan Alam Shah Museum.

Located in Selangor's golden triangle, the hotel is easily accessible to Shah Alam's prime manufacturing hubs and is well connected to major highways such as the Federal Highway, New Klang Valley Expressway and West Coast Expressway. The hotel is only 40 minutes away by car from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and 25 minutes from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport.

Visit doubletreeshahalamicity.com.

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