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Marking vassa

Jun 26. 2018
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By The Nation

Just as it does every year, the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani is marking the beginning of the Buddhist Lent with the International Wax Candle Festival and Procession, which this year runs from July 23 to 28 and features religious rites, a magnificent wax candle contest and many cultural performances.

Over in Ayutthaya, the start of this important religious event is marked by the Aquatic Phansa Festival, which sees more than 200 colourful boasts floating down the ancient Lad Chado canal, beauty pageants and creative cultural activities. 

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Fun for all the family

The Murray, Hong Kong welcomes visitors to the SAR with a Summer Staycation package that’s available for stays between June 29 and August 31.

Room rates start from HKD 5,200 (Bt21,800) for a N2 Grand Room and HKD 7,900 for Signature Suite. The package includes daily breakfast for two adults and two children, a HKD2,000 dining voucher at Murray Lane, Garden Lounge and The Tai Pan, HKD2,000 credit for treatments and activities by Wellness, round-trip Peak Tram ticket for up to four persons, signature Murray cake with welcome gift and complimentary extra bed with additional sofa-sleeper for children.

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Malaysian indulgence

Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur celebrates the completion of its renovations with the Club Indulgence package starting at MYR909 (Bt7,500).

Guests can enjoy a two-night stay in a newly-revamped Club Room, airport limousine transfer upon arrival, MO Club Lounge benefits (breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and evening cocktails, use of the boardroom for two hours and five pieces of dry cleaning per day), 20-per-cent reduction on spa treatments at The Spa and late check-out until 4pm.

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Fly and Drive for Benz

Switzerland’s luxury 7132 Hotel in Vals is offering a Fly and Drive package for those joining its Mercedes-Benz driving training session on September 13.

Priced at CHF576 (Bt19,300) for double occupancy and CHF776 for single occupancy, the package includes a two-night stay in a Deluxe or House of Architects room between September12 and 14, helicopter flight, on-road safety training in the afternoon, return with the helicopter to the hotel, breakfast buffet and free admission to the 7132 Thermal Baths.

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Benefit with Best Western

Best Western is providing all its members with a $20 Best Western Travel Card after their first stay this summer. Travel must be booked and fulfilled before September 3.

The Best Western Business Advantage benefits include preferred rates, automatic Elite Level Status Upgrades, 10-per-cent more bonus points, exclusive promotions, free annual memberships to Tripit Pro, the all-in-one travel organiser, as well as enrolment in Avis Preferred, which helps speed up the car rental process.

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