By Phoowadon Duangmee
Take your stomach on a tour of Bangkok’s best eats or whiz down the slopes in New Zealand
Sign up for the Bangkok Walking Food Tour and you get to gorge on typically Thai nosh ranging from street food to royal cuisine. Organised by the award-winning Taste Adventure travel agent, this four-hour trip starts at Taksin BTS Station and takes participants on a walk through Bangkok’s vibrant market and food scene. Whether you munch as you march or sit down to savour Thailand’s Royal Cuisine, you will love it all. Few places give you access to so much food as Bangkok. If gastronomic tourism is your thing, this is a trip you need to follow. The price for your bites is Bt1,200 person, and includes a professional foodie guide and 15 distinct Thai foods and beverages at curated tastings.
Call 091 571 7701 or visit www.TasteOfThailandFoodTours.org.
Plaza Athenee Bangkok, A Royal Meridien Hotel is offering a special deal on its newly renovated rooms until August 20. The price starts from Bt4,500 per night for an Athenee room with international buffet breakfast for two people. Guests also enjoy complimentary Internet and late check out until 2pm. Located in a high-rise building with a glass facade, this upmarket hotel is just five minutes on foot from Phloenchit BTS Station and Central Embassy shopping mall making an ideal for an urban retreat. Call (02) 650 8800 extension 6206 or e-mail email@example.com.
Drive to Pran Buri, a pristine beach beyond Hua Hin, and enjoy a peaceful break. Villa Maroc Resort is now offering a “Secret of Spa Indulgence” package at Bt7,900 for two sharing. The price includes a savoury breakfast, spa treatment for two and Moroccan style afternoon tea. The deal is good from now through December 29. Call 032 630 771 email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.VillaMarocResort.com.
The Silver Palm Hotel on Rama IX Road introduces its ‘Staycation’ package covering accommodation for three nights, airport transfers, transport to Hua Mak Airport Rail Link station and Internet connectivity, plus breakfast for two people for two days and one set lunch and dinner for two. The package costs Bt5,200 for two sharing and is available through October. This modern hotel is located in Bangkok’s Eastern suburbs and is an easy commute to the downtown area via the Airport Rail Link line. Rooms come with a living area, dining space and small kitchen making the hotel an ideal choice for anyone wanting to spend less but stay longer.
June to September is the best time for a white holiday in New Zealand with the ski stations now open for thrilling runs and snow adventures. The Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak in Queenstown is among the very first ski resorts to open its pistes this year, the longest of which is a challenging 2.4 km. The slopes can be accessed using one of four learner conveyor lifts, two high-speed quad chairs, one six-seater express chair, or a T-Bar. The Coronet Peak ski area is one of New Zealand’s most exhilarating and diverse ski resort destinations with a choice of exciting adventures for everyone from kids and first timers to experts and adrenaline junkies. The resort is offering a special rate of NZ$135 (Bt3,370) per room, including complimentary shuttle bus to and from Coronet Peak Ski Fields and 1,000 Air Asia points per night. The promotion is good from July 18 to August 31.