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Staybridge Suites To Make Asian Debut In Bangkok

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Inter Continental Hotels Group is slating to move their Staybridge Suites into Asia via opening two additions to the many boutique hotel in Sukhumvit, the Staybridge Suites Bangkok Thonglor and the Staybridge Suites Chonburi Sriracha, set to open in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

According to the IHG’s Chief Development Officer for Asia, Middle East and Africa;Rajit Sukumaran, said in a statement that Bangkok is the ideal location for a Staybridge launch in the Asia-Pacific region. He says that Thailand, is the Asia-Pacific region’s most popular destination in terms of tourist arrivals, and the country’s tourism sector is in a good place, and is continuing to grow, whilst demonstrating a clear notable resilient. The country also has a demand for a variety of hospitality options.

Sukumaran adds that, with the country’s tourism industry expected to grow into a total value of US$78.25B, by the end of 2017, the forecast for next year is good, and the IHG is confident in the long-term of the status of the tourism industry, making it a very good location to introduce new regional brands. He adds that the IHG has had very successful regional launches with its brands, such as their Holiday Inn Express and Hotel Indigo brands.

The Staybridge Suites Bangkok Thonglor will be a new boutique hotel in Sukhumvit located along the length the SukhumvitSoi 55 road, located a mere 10 minutes worth of walking from the Thonglor BTS Station, and boasts 303-rooms. The Staybridge Suites ChonburiSiracha, meanwhile, boasts 400 rooms, and is also located along the length of the Sukhumvit Road, this time along the main road, adjacent from the TukcomSiracha IT Mall, near the Aeon Siracha Shopping Centre and the Robinson Department Store.

Both hotels will feature full-furnished kitchens, with free Wi-Fi, working areas and entertainment in each and every suite. Complimentary breakfast will be provided daily, whilst an evening reception, The Evening Social, held every week, complete with free refreshments.

The two Staybridge Suites will be aimed towards middle-class and corporate guests, which Sukumaran says are most likely to take extended stay options.

The two new Staybridge Suites will be the latest addition to the 250 in operation across the world, with 151 more set to open within the next 5 years.

How To Enjoy In A Hotel Near Thailand Cultural Center

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If you are into arts and performances, it is only right for you to look for a hotel near Thailand cultural center where you can watch the festivals and performances of local and international artists and performers in Bangkok. To have a grand time while in the city, here are some things that you might want to consider doing.

Check the schedule of performance

At Thailand Cultural Centre, you will find all sorts of world class performances. To determine who will perform and the schedule of performances, check their website for schedule or you might also want to visit the place for you to get more information. There are annual festivals that you might want to catch including dance, plays and music performances for your enjoyment. The good thing about booking in a hotel near Thailand cultural center is you will never be late for the performances since you will not travel from your hotel down to the theatre.

Refer to a map

Aside from cultural performances, find out what are the nearby establishments or entertainments centre in the area that you can visit. You can check Bangkok’s map on your smart phone or you can also get a local map which can be found at the airports or even at your hotel front desk. Some of the most popular attractions nearby are the Magic Art Museum Bangkok, Mansion 7 Shopping Center, Suan Lum Night Bazaar and several restaurants and bars that you can stop by when you want to grab a beer or some food.  You will find Kin Tiew Kan, Al Tara Restaurant and Hachiban Ramen in the area, to name a few.

Shoptill you drop

One of the usual highlights of Bangkok visits is shopping at its impressively affordable items at their huge shopping malls, night markets, floating markets and local market stalls. For your convenience, book in a hotel near Thailand cultural center so you can get to where you want to be in less time and at the same time, enjoy the nearby attractions of your hotel. Book in advance to get discounts and to lower your expenses.

Thailand’s Version Of Iron Chef To Draw Attention To Gastronomy Tourism

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Although millions of visitors arrive in Thailand every year, tourism authorities are aware of global competitiveness in the tourism market. At present, Thailand is focusing on food tourism and has utilized the popularity of local food to attract more tourists to its shores. Aside from the top restaurants in Bangkok that serve a mix of local and international cuisine, Thailand also boasts of its outstanding street food.

Tourism Authority of Thailand is seriously undertaking all the necessary steps to promote gastronomy tourism. You are certainly familiar with Iron Chef, a American cooking show that has been adapted in different countries. Thailand has its own version of Iron Chef in the person of Thanarak Chuto or Chef Pom.

Innovative dishes were created by Chef Pom using local ingredients that are indigenous to UdonThani as part of the pioneering UdonThani Chef’s Table: Isan Modern Twist Cuisine gastronomy tourism event last November 25 to 26. Chef Pom who has a reputation for adding his passionate flair to every dish he creates has personally interpreted some of the traditional Isan dishes.

Chef Pom added an exciting and modern twist to some of Thailand’s most popular regional cuisines. The ingredients that included Ban Dung Rock Salt Golden Seabass and lotus stems are guaranteed to excite the palate of visitors. The Golden Seabass is bred near the salt farms of the Ban Dung district while the lotus stems are harvested by hand from the Red Lotus Lake in the Kumphawapi District.

Through Chef Pom, Thailand’s gastronomy tourism is able to harness the natural synergy of two popular global brands: the reality television sensation Iron Chef and Thailand’s very own and internationally known Isan cuisine. Both have gained an international reputation considering that UdonThani is the culinary capital of Isan. Of course, everybody knows about Chef Pom who is a charismatic gastronomy genius.

If you missed to watch the culinary magic of Iron Chef Pom in Udon Thani, your best option is to dine at one of the top restaurants in Bangkok where local Thai cuisine and Mexican-inspired dishes are prepared by the best chefs. Urban eateries in Bangkok provide the tastiest dishes that you should not miss.

Preparation For Cremation Of Thailand King Who Passed Away Underway

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Next month, October, the entire Kingdom of Thailand will be busier as they are preparing for the cremation of their late King BhumibolAdulyadej. The ceremony for the royal cremation will last for five days. The late King is loved by many and is honoured by the entire country because he has ruled over the Kingdom for seventy years.

The military government of Thailand has already allotted a budget for the funeral which will cost around 3 billion baht or $91 million. It is expected that many tourists will come and witness the ceremony as well thus booking a hotel near BTS is recommended for ease and convenience.

A huge crematorium is currently under constructed and is located at the SanamLuang which is a park found at the centre of Bangkok and near the Grand Palace. They are expecting that huge crowds will be coming to witness the event. The cremation’s exact scheduled date is on October 26. The cremation ceremony is done because of the belief of Thais that it is necessary in order for the deceased royal to be able to move on and reach heaven.

Though only seen through the window, an ornate palanquin is obviously prepared to be used during the royal funeral. It was last year on October 13 when the late King Bhumibol passed away at the age of 88 years old. The king was crowned back in 1946 and has become a symbol of continuity for the entire nation of Thailand. During the period he was king, the Kingdom of Thailand appointed into over 24 prime ministers while 10 military coups have occurred during the entire reign.

Funeral preparation is also underway at the Bangkok National Museum. When Bhumibol passed away, he brought with him the title of the monarch who reigned for the longest time. He belongs in the ChakriDynasty which existed for two centuries and considered as one of the richest monarchies in the entire world.

Tourists staying at the hotel near BTS will also be able to witness the gold chariot that artisans have been working on and will be used during the procession.