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    An oasis of calm

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 14/09/2018

    » Serene, calm, spiritual -- three words that one would rarely see in a description of Shanghai, but this is not your normal modern-day China. This is Amanyangyun, Aman group of hotels' fourth destination in China and the only one in Shanghai. Meaning "nourishing cloud" in Mandarin, "yangyun" is a reference to expanding the "cloud" of the mind with knowledge.

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    Thoughts and prayers

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 30/08/2018

    » Phuket recently organised a two-day religious ceremony to mark the 49th day of the boat tragedy on July 5 when the Phoenix tour boat capsized, drowning 47 Chinese tourists.

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    5 reasons to take a trip to Krabi

    Published on 30/08/2018

    » As year-end is approaching, the body and mind is crying out for a holiday filled with cool breezes and the sound of waves lapping along the coast. Sounds like Krabi: one of the all-time favourite destinations among Thais and foreigners alike. But this charming beach area offers travellers more than sea sand sun. Here are 5 reasons folks keep coming back for more:

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    A zeal for New Zealand

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 07/06/2018

    » The sky was gorgeous. That was the first thing I noticed about New Zealand after we left Auckland airport. Just the right shade of blue. The right amount of sunlight and cloud. Underneath the vast blue expanse, rolling green hills stretched as far as the eye could see. We were on our way to Rotorua, a city 230km southeast of Auckland, and luckily we were able to appreciate all the surrounding nature that led us to it. Plenty of sleep onboard Thai Airways' Royal Silk Class meant we landed feeling refreshed, ready to explore all the sights and adventures Rotorua has to offer.

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    Lighting up Lampang

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 10/05/2018

    » Chae Son National Park in Lampang province is famous for its hot springs. However, not many people know that every April the park's geothermal area becomes the venue for nightly mass gatherings of cicadas. Perhaps even fewer people are aware that hidden in the back of the park headquarters, there's a road that goes across the forested mountain all the way to the popular Chiang Mai village of Mae Kam Pong.

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    Hawaii: The US "Aloha" state

    Christopher Lombardi, Special publications, Published on 26/02/2018

    » Of the hundreds of islands that make up the Hawaiian Archipelago, eight main islands--Ni'ihau, Kaua'i, O'ahu, Moloka'i, Lana'i, Kaho'olawe, Maui and Hawai'i (the "Big Island") -- comprise what’s known the world over as Hawaii. But despite its status as the 50th US state, there is more than 4,000 kilometres of Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and its closest neighbour, California.

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    Blossoming Chiang Mai

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 22/02/2018

    » Chiang Mai, aka the "Rose of the North", has been popular among Thai and foreign tourists for decades due to the beauty of its nature, art, culture and temperate flowers. Throughout this month, the province is hosting the "Chiang Mai Blooms 2018", a series of floral festivals and activities to enhance local tourism related to flower planting and decoration. Chiang Mai's "The Annual Calendar of Flowers" falls every February.

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    To the mountaintop

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 22/02/2018

    » Rising 2,285m above mean sea level, Doi Pha Hom Pok of Chiang Mai's Fang district ranks as Thailand's second-highest summit. On my recent visit to the mountaintop -- I had not returned to Doi Pha Hom Pok since I first climbed it 25 years ago -- I wanted to make the most of the trip, so I added biking as part of it.

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    Let's go on a "playcation"

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 16/02/2018

    » The latest in a long line of hotels and resorts from Holiday Inn has arrived in Hua Hin, having opened its doors on Dec 6 last year. Known for being the tallest building in the district, as well as being Asia's first waterpark resort, Holiday Inn Resort Vana Nava Hua Hin is a destination that is filled with relaxation, swimming activities and of course, astonishing views -- a definite highlight. A two- or three-hour drive from Bangkok is what it takes to reach this fun-filled resort.

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    Wintery wonderland

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 08/02/2018

    » Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan's major islands, makes up one-fifth of the country's land mass. Yes, it's not small. And definitely, it has much more to offer visitors than the already popular destinations like Sapporo, Otaru, Furano, Niseko or Hakodate in the central and southern areas of this large island.

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