Dance to a world record

Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum is inviting interested couples to contest the "World's Longest Dance Marathon" in order to try and set a new world record.

The present Guinness World Records holders are Francisco Petatán-Garcia and Joana Salinas-Aviles (both are Mexicans), who continuously danced for 35 hours in Acapulco, Mexico in 2008.

According to Ripley's deputy managing director Somporn Naksuetrong, Ripley always organises contests to celebrate Valentine's Day. Previous events included marathon kissing and hugging contests in order to break world records.

This year it expects couples from Thailand to set a new world record for the longest dance marathon. Under rules set by Guinness World Records, each couple is allowed a rest of five minutes every hour and must not change their partner. The winning couple will receive 200,000 baht.

The last day for applications is Feb 6. The contest will be held on Feb 13-14 at Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum, Royal Garden Plaza, Pattaya.

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Lane of love

A premium immigration service lane has been opened for foreign couples who travel to Thailand during the month of love.

According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Thawatchai Arunyik, TAT has joined hands with the Airports of Thailand and the Immigration Bureau to offer the fast lane at Suvarnabhumi and Phuket airports.

"Thailand has always been a romantic destination and popular with honeymooners and couples looking for a memorable getaway together. To make the experience more memorable this year, we'll be ensuring that all couples enjoy a swift, smooth and warm arrival during February," he said.

Any couples who arrive at the airport from 5am to 12am are invited to register their names for souvenirs and use the premium lane. They will also be eligible to win lucky draw prizes such as accommodation, spa treatments, and dining vouchers.

Two registration counters at Suvarnabhumi airport are located at the end of the moving walkways of the East and the West wings. At Phuket airport, the registration counter is located in the main passenger hall.

Virtual reality tour

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has joined with 3rd Planet, a new media company, to launch a 3D virtual reality tour of The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

"This 3D virtual reality tour of the Grand Palace will allow travellers from all over the world to enjoy one of Thailand's best-loved tourist attractions and its rich history. By taking the tour, they will understand its history, art and architecture," said TAT director of Marketing Information Technology Group Thapanee Kiatphaibool.

Also provided is information on bus services and food & drink outlets.

3rd Planet has already launched virtual reality tours for Macao's The Venetian. It is scheduled to add more destinations, such as famous attractions in China, Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines, Japan and Nepal.

The 3D tour is available for free on PCs, tablet devices and smartphones running iOS and Android platforms.


Airlines update

SilkAir of Singapore Airlines has announced a three-year partnership with the Child's Dream Foundation, a charitable, not-for-profit organisation based in Chiang Mai. 

According to airline CEO Leslie Thng, SilkAir will offer tickets for Child's Dream staff for work-related travel to the airline's destinations and free cargo allowance for the transportation of donations.

The support will help the foundation reduce its operating costs and allow funds to be channelled to the organisation's core work, which is supporting marginalised children and young people in the Mekong subregion including Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia.

The airline will also highlight the NGO's work and projects in its in-flight magazine Silkwinds and on its various social media platforms.

Nok Air has announced it will add one more daily flight from Bangkok to Lampang, Nan and Roi Et.

Lampang had already increased its service frequency from two to three flights a day on Feb 1.

On March 1, it will fly five flights daily from Don Mueang airport to Nan and will offer three flights daily to Roi Et.

Nok Air offers its passengers complimentary services for seat selection, in-flight snacks, 15kg of luggage and 20kg for Nok Fan Club members.

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Hotels update

Accor, the leading hotel operator in Asia Pacific and Thailand, has opened Pullman Khao Lak Katiliya Resort and Spa in Phang Nga.

The luxurious resort consists of 223 rooms and suites and 97 villas, many of which have their own private swimming pool and are located on the beachfront area overlooking the Andaman Sea. 

Other hotel facilities include six restaurants, two bars, meeting facilities which can accommodate up to 1,000 guests, five swimming pools, a spa, two fitness centres and a kids' club.  

The hotel is about an hour's drive from Phuket airport.


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