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1. Flying as a couple (or gang) just got even sweeter with the new double bed and adjustable panels unveiled by Qatar Airways last week. This QSuite, which allows groups to socialise or create their own room, will be in operation in June. In the meantime, try to score a trip to your dream destination by taking part in their "Going Places Together" campaign. Visit www.qrgoingplacestogether.com for a chance to win round-trip tickets valued at more than 200,000 baht. Between this year and next, a total of 15 new destinations will be launched. Later this year, the airline will also be flying to Chiang Mai, and new spots such as Canberra, Auckland, Dublin, Las Vegas, Rio de Janeiro, Sarajevo, Skopje and Nice.

2. This evening, students and lecturers from five leading universities are joining hands in remembrance of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The Tribute To His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Concert is free and will be held from 5pm at Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre's courtyard. The CU Clarinet Ensemble from Chulalongkorn University, Kasetsart Wind Symphony from Kasetsart University's Faculty of Music, Rangsit University Jazz Orchestra from Rangsit University's Conservatory of Music, Silpa-sien from Silpakorn University's Faculty of Music and Pomelo Town from Mahidol University's College of Music will be performing King Bhumibol's compositions. Visit www.bacc.or.th.

3. Sea Life Bangkok at Siam Paragon is welcoming the summer with a fun and educational campaign, Living Art: The Art Of Camouflage. With tickets at 990 baht for adults and 790 baht for children between the ages of three and 11, the event allows visitors to admire and see how sea creatures camouflage themselves through artworks in three exhibition zones. The zones are designed and inspired by the natural colours and patterns of the starfish, lionfish and yellow box fish. Visit www.sealifebangkok.com.

4. To the green-thumbs feeling trapped in an urban wasteland and as green-living and mini-gardens gain traction in an evermore urban landscape, Matt James' book The Urban Gardener explores how to design green outdoor spaces, no matter the size or location. The book consists of 16 comprehensive step-by-step projects, including how to create a "living" green wall and making a gravel garden -- all feasible in the small spaces of balconies, roof terraces and even basements. The book also includes 13 case studies of great garden designs, including gardens from Tom Stuart-Smith and Charlotte Rowe. The Urban Gardener by Matt James is available at Asia Books for 650 baht.

5. Sofitel Bangkok's S Gallery will be exhibiting sculptures by the late French artist Valérie Goutard. Having organised the exhibition for almost a year, Goutard, known for her monumental projects and sculpting lanky and rough human figurines, tragically passed away in a road accident on Oct 16 last year. The exhibition, which will showcase some of her first sculptures to her last series produced in 2016, will be shown from Tuesday until May 21. Visit facebook.com/sgallerysukhumvit.

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