Thai travellers seek remote vacations

Thai wooden home with a modern twist Mae Hong Son. AIRBNB

With the holiday season just around the corner, Airbnb recently released a YouGov survey that found that over 30% of Thais want to travel to rural destinations, especially to more remote and off-the-beaten-path destinations.

Among the top destinations are Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son and Phetchabun.

For Chiang Mai, travellers can dive into local culture with the “Chiang Mai Street Art Tour And Workshop” or learn how to make delicious dishes with the “Chiang Mai Lanna Cooking Experience”. In Chiang Rai, they can enjoy the “Tour The Colorful Chiang Rai Temples” trip while seeking out local arts and crafts and enjoying the wide array of food options across the province.

Known as “little Switzerland” for its cooler weather and mountain ranges that during the cool season can be shrouded in mist, Phetchabun offers a convenient escape from the capital’s hustle and bustle. Mae Hong Son is home to beautiful temples, breathtaking waterfalls, hilltribe villages, popular night markets filled with local arts and crafts, and tasty delicacies.

Meliá Koh Samui’s Sunday Brunch. Meliá Koh Samui

Meliá brunch a hit in Koh Samui

Staged once a month, Meliá Koh Samui’s Sunday Brunch has become a hugely popular affair with the locals and expats alike on Koh Samui. The next monthly Sunday Brunch is schedule on Jan 9 from 12pm to 4pm at The Breeza Beach Restaurant & Bar.

The raw bar features imported fresh French Fin de Clair oysters, poached Koh Samui tiger prawns and steamed Surat Thani mussels. Carving, a charcoal grill from a Josper Oven, Japanese and artisan pasta stations serve the likes of roasted grain-fed Australian beef rump, birria beef taco with cheese, cilantro and consommé, Thai-style grilled pork neck, chermoula-rubbed local fish fillet, Mexican-style grill corn, and Italian corner stations serve black truffle ravioli with brown butter, spaghetti puttanesca with anchovy and capers, penne with pesto cream and more. Try the charcuterie board and don’t miss the Spanish menu including seafood paella, spicy potato with aioli and more.

Call 077-938-899 or email [email protected]

Explorer Dream resumes operations.

Dreaming of a Taiwan cruise?

Dream Cruises has announced the restart of cruises in Taiwan, with Explorer Dream resuming operations beginning tomorrow after stopping due to the Covid-19 outbreak in May of this year. Upon resumption, Explorer Dream will welcome passengers on two- and three-night Super Seacations from Keelung to favourite domestic destinations including Hualien, Anping and Kaoshiung.

Dream Cruises’ newest family member, Explorer Dream features a broad selection of facilities on board with exciting entertainment and leisure spaces including the state-of-the-art virtual reality ESC Experience Lab, Zodiac Theatre, the Palm Court, Parthenon Pool, and gym, spa and salon area. Discover the world on a plate with world-class dining experiences highlighted by Seafood Grill by Mark Best, Mozzarella Ristorante & Pizzeria and Umi Uma Sushi & Teppanyaki and more.

To tailor further the Super Seacations to the Taiwan market, Dream Cruises will also develop immersive theming and enrichment programmes on board Explorer Dream to provide a 360-degree experience for guests.

Oakwood Premier Melbourne. Oakwood Premier Melbourne

Oakwood opens showcase hotel in Australia

Oakwood celebrated its historic milestone of 10,000 keys across more than 62 operating properties worldwide with the opening of Oakwood Premier Melbourne in Victoria, Australia.

A debut for the Oakwood Premier brand in Australasia, the new landmark is one of the tallest, single-purpose developments in Australia, soaring 140m and 40 storeys over the new central business district with inspiring views of the CBD and the Yarra River, South Melbourne, Albert Park and Port Phillip Bay.

Oakwood Premier Melbourne showcases 132 luxurious hotel rooms and 260 serviced apartments with fully-equipped kitchens for both transient and extended guests.


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