137 Pillars House introduces private yoga classes for its guests, with instructor Lek Kittikunadul leading a 90-minute Yin Yoga class that focusing on deep stretching and relaxation techniques.
Classes can be tailored to the guest preference as to time and location – and can be held either by the pool on the manicured lawn, or on the private terrace of the guests’ suite, with a maximum of two guests per class. Lek is one of only a few certified Yin yoga instructors working in Thailand at the moment, and the only one in Chiang Mai. Visit www.137PillarsHouse.com.
Thailand’s tipping culture
Thailand is the best place in Asia for barmen and waiters, suggests Mastercard Worldwide’s latest survey, as 89 per cent of Thai bar and restaurant-goers regularly tip for services. Making up the top three are the Philippines and Hong Kong, with 75 per cent and 71 per cent respectively. Staying on the bottom of tip jar is Japan – where only three out of 100 people say they give a tip at the restaurant and bar.
Festival of the tooth
Drive to Ayutthaya during the Buddhist Lent and enjoy a Sri Lankan cultural show. The event, which marks the close relationship between Ayutthaya and Sri Lanka and runs from Thursday to Saturday, features a replica of Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha and the “Esala Perahera”, the procession of the tooth, one of Sri Lanka’s grandest festivals. Other activities include musical performances, traditional puppet shows, handicrafts and traditional dances.
Laem Thaen beach at Bang Saen, Chon Buri is hosting its annual Seafood Festival from today until the end of the month. There is plenty of sustenance on offer along with an eating competition and plenty of seafood to take back home. Street entertainment and live music are also part of the fun. Laem Thaen and Bang Saen beaches are about 100 kilometres to the east of Bangkok. Call (038) 193 500–5.