Don Mueang readies for direct Fukuoka flights

Fukuoka. Arusa Pisuthipan

Thai AirAsia launches its inaugural flight to Fukuoka via Don Mueang. This route launch comes just in time with the further relaxation of travel protocols and visas for foreign travellers to Japan.

To celebrate Thai AirAsia's first direct flight to Fukuoka, Japan BIG members may avail of the promotional offering from as low as 3,690 baht per trip. Passengers can book now via AirAsia Super App.

Thai AirAsia operates the Don Mueang-Fukuoka route using 236-seat Airbus A321 aircraft. Hot meal and beverage services are made available on board. Ancillary products can also be booked.


Mercure & ibis Bangkok Siam Ratchathewi. 

Mercure, ibis to open dual-branded hotel

Accor has recently signed a management agreement for a new dual-branded hotel in Bangkok. Mercure & ibis Bangkok Siam Ratchathewi is slated to open in 2025 further strengthening the group's midscale and economy network in Southeast Asia.

Mercure & ibis Bangkok Siam Ratchathewi will be part of a vertical mixed-use development that includes offices and retail spaces. Strategically located at the Ratchathewi intersection, the hotel will enjoy direct access to the skytrain and great connectivity to major roads and expressways. The hotel is also just a few kilometres away from the Airport Rail Link to Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

The Mercure hotel will be comprised of 200 rooms complemented by the brand's authentic locally inspired experiences and decorative design. The ibis hotel will offer 154 rooms and an array of shared public areas including a restaurant, lobby bar and lounge, pool bar, swimming pool, gym, kids' club and two meeting rooms.

Accor currently operates 372 hotels in Southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea, with 83 hotels operating in Thailand under 11 brands. The group has 18 hotels currently under development in Thailand.


Chiva-Som named best spa by Condé Nast Traveler

Chiva-Som International Health Resort in Hua Hin has recently been voted as the "Best Destination Spas in the World" from the Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards.

Chiva-Som received a score of 99.57. More than 240,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences across the globe to provide a full snapshot of the top places they enjoyed this year and can't wait to return to next. The 2022 Readers' Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler's website.

This year Chiva-Som extended its wellness offering with the opening of Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som in Qatar, the world's first contemporary showcase of traditional Arabic and Islamic medicine and the hotel chain's first Family Wellness programme. Drawing on Chiva-Som's more than two decades of expertise catering to an exacting global audience while retaining an inextricable connection with the local culture, Zulal Wellness Resort offers the highest international standards rooted in traditional Qatari culture.

Elevate and enjoy with Sheraton Grande

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit launches the new promotion "Elevate & Enjoy", where travellers can book a Luxury Room, Grande Suite or Luxury Suite at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, including daily breakfast for two people.

Every guest will also enjoy up to 5,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points and generous daily hotel credit to be redeemed for spa treatments, dining experiences, evening drinks and more.

The offer applies to bookings made from now until Dec 31 and stays taken until March 31.

Email or call 02-649-8888.

Six Senses Krabey Island, Cambodia. 

Six Senses reopens properties in Bhutan and Cambodia

Located in Bhutan's western and central valleys, each of the five Six Senses lodges has a unique character and interpretation of the country's spirituality, heritage and hospitality. The five properties are Six Senses Thimphu, Six Senses Punakha, Six Senses Paro, Six Senses Gangtey and Six Senses Bumthang.

Guests can visit one or any combination as part of innovative itineraries or khamsas, accompanied by a private Guest Experience Maker guide and driver throughout the journey. To mark the Reopening Celebration, guests booking by Oct 31 will enjoy one additional complimentary night with any six-night paid stay and two extra nights with a nine-night paid stay. Landing at Paro International Airport, the 10-night khamsa journey offers a mix of some of Bhutan's not-to-be-missed sites, visiting some lesser-known places along the way.

Meanwhile, Six Senses Krabey Island in Cambodia will also reopen on Dec 2 with a renewed focus on community-based experiences to interact with locals, nature and wildlife. Guests booking the Festive Getaway by Nov 30 will save 20% on the Best Flexible Rate.

The 40 spacious pool villas offer a private island hideaway. A visit to the organic garden on the mainland includes a pick-your-own lunch. The Hook, Line and Catch experience starts with an ethical fishing line in hand. A Spice Trail trip to the Kampot meanders past paddy fields and houses on stilts to an authentic pepper-infused lunch at La Plantation. Tips can be acquired during a Khmer cooking class.

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