By PHOOWADON DUANGMEE
Take advantage of the green season by travelling around Northeast Thailand or chilling at the beach
Enjoy the sensational food and the simple lifestyles of Thailand’s Northeast with a 10-day trip that meanders from Khon Kaen to Ubon Ratchathani. Organised by Isan Explorer (www.IsanExplorer.com), the journey takes you into the heart of the Northeastern region, climbing cliffside walkways at Wat Phu Tok, paying respect at Phra That Phranom Pagoda, watching the scenic mountain range that forms the backdrop to the mighty Mekong River, visiting prehistoric sites of ancient rock paintings, and admiring stunning views at Pha Taem National Park. Prices vary according to size of group and the luxury level of the accommodation. A single visitor opting for deluxe hotels will pay Bt97,150, while a group of eight pays Bt18,850 each.
Beach or mountain – or both? Escape Sansiri Hotel Collection celebrates two anniversaries with special deals on its properties in Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima, and Hua Hin. A deluxe room, with breakfast for two people, costs Bt2,500 per night when booking directly at www.Escape-Hotel.com. The resort in Hua Hin is not beachside, but the beach itself is only a short walk from the hotel, and its design follows Hua Hin’s colonial style trademark. The hotel in Pak Chong boasts a modern design and great views of the countryside. The promotion is good through the end of this month.
Enjoy a short break in Bangkok with The Okura Prestige Bangkok’s special deal that’s on offer until September 30. The Sweet Afternoons package, covering two sharing accommodation in an elegant, Japanese-style room starts at Bt6,250 per night. Guests also enjoy a choice of breakfast – either international buffet at Up & Above restaurant or an authentic Japanese collation at Yamazato, plus cocktail and snacks, personalised concierge and express check in and out. The hotel is in the heart of Bangkok’s business and leisure centre and just a short walk from Phloenchit BTS Skytrain station. Call (02) 687 9000 or visit www.OkuraBangkok.com.
Save up 30 per cent on accommodation and spa treatments in Hua Hin when booking into the Amari Hua Hin. This beachside resort marks its anniversary with a “Happy 4th Birthday” promotion under which the room rate starts at just Bt2,170 per night for two sharing. Booking is available for two days only from 11pm on July 31 through 10.59pm on August 2, and is good for stays between August 1 and November 30. Guests can only book online, using the code AHHFBY4, at www.Amari.com/huahin. The beach resort is about two hours south of Bangkok.
The Silver Palm Hotel on Rama IX Road introduces its Staycation package covering accommodation for three nights, airport transfers, transport to Hua Mark 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.