The elephants, who are attired in colourful costumes and paint, carry young men to their entry into the monkhood.
Always trust an elephant
The Hat Siao Elephant Procession returns to the riverside communities of Sukhothai province on April 7. The annual ordination draws many thousands of visitors for its colourful elephant parade across the river. The elephants, who are attired in colourful costumes and paint, carry young men to their entry into the monkhood, with the ordination taking place at the local Buddhist chapel hall. Folk dances, music and festive acts add more colour to the rite. Hat Siao is part of Si Satchanalai District – which is noted for Wat Chang Lom in Si Satchanalai National Historical Park.
Oodles of noodles
After a successful roll out earlier this year, AirAsia has announced it will continue to serve popular Northern favourite “Khao Soi Kai through May. The dish comprises egg noodles cooked in a sweet and milky chicken soup and topped with a handful of fresh herbs. A dish of Khao Soi Kai and a soft drink costs Bt190. The menu is available on its FD flights. The airline also introduces “Black Canyon Drip Coffee”, fresh java juice made from 100-per-cent Arabica beans. Visit www.AirAsia.com.
Villas with a luxury touch
Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga Resort & Spa has added the final touches to its extensive remodelling as it readies to reveal 34 exclusive garden pool villas. The newly built garden pool villas, which will open in June 1, fully embrace the resort’s famed “Outdoor Living-In” philosophy in spacious cloistered, 141-square metre environments set back from the beach in tranquil garden settings. Each garden pool villa features an eight-metre pool and an ability to completely open up the side of the villa so guests can move seamlessly between the outdoor and indoor spaces in total privacy. Other highlights include a luxurious outdoor bath, spacious outdoor living spaces and a private day bed.
On your bikes
The Bangkok Bike Thailand Challenge 2015 in Cha-am takes place on April 5 and will see cyclists competing for prime position along a 60-kilometre coastal route. The race is open to teams of five as well as individual cyclists with the winner taking home the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhon Cup and cash. Located in Phetchaburi province, 175 kilometres south of Bangkok, Cha-am has a long strip of beach with an array of affordable seafood stalls. Register at www.BangkokBikeThailandChallenge.com.