From the new urban-chic Vīb hotel in Seoul to its new strategic partnership with the worldwide booking site Agoda.com, Best Western International (BWI) has signalled a strong commitment to expanding its footprint in Asia.
Visitor numbers will be capped at marine national parks across the country from next year in a bid to ease environmental destruction.
Maharaj Road, particularly the section that runs from Thammasat University to Tha Tien pier, is known as a hub of amulet trading, as well as a place to find idiosyncratic second-hand goods such as eight-track tapes, old dentures or bottled voodoo babies (real and fake). But keeping with the trend of gentrifying old neighbourhoods, there is new hype about the area in the form of Tha Maharaj, a gleaming community mall by the river that opened on March 14.
At first glance, Wat Chai Mongkol in Sakon Nakhon looks like a typical Buddhist temple. But it houses a recently-discovered archaeological site dating back 1,800-4,500 years.
Three centuries before the birth of Christ, Alexander the Great of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia launched a successful military campaign to expand his power eastward, conquering Egypt, Babylonia, Persia and many more along the way as well as beyond. In Thailand's northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani, at a site next to the Moon River, his name still prevails. There, you can also find Macedonian-style armour and weapons, actually an entire military camp, on display.
The annual Poi Sang Long mass novice ordination ceremony will be performed at various temples in Mae Hong Son province until April 11. This ceremony began centuries ago due to the Tai people's strong faith in Buddhism. The Tais believed that their sons would gain great merit if ordained as Buddhist novices in this ceremony. The ceremony replicates the moment when the Lord Buddha ordained his only son Rahul as a novice, despite the his request for the throne.
Chulalongkorn University has invested about 5.6 million baht to turn the 1 rai rooftop space of the seven-storey Siam Square One shopping mall into an urban agriculture learning centre.
Ever since I watched those breathtaking backdrops in The Lord Of The Rings — coincidentally around the time I started mountain biking — New Zealand has been high on my destination list. At long last, I recently found myself in Christchurch, ready to roll on Sacred Rides' "Misty Mountain Hop" adventure. Although Mordor was absent from the itinerary, for the 10 days of riding on South Island on trails that were cherry-picked by local guides, every participating rider knew we were in for a treat.