In full bloom

lifestyle February 14, 2018 01:00

By The Nation

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Celebrate your love by taking time out to go to the Rajamangala Orchid Festival in the east of Thailand.

Hosted annually by Rajamangala University of Technology Tawan-ok Chanthaburi Campus, the event continues through Sunday and in addition to a showcase of gorgeous blossoms offers visitors the chance to make wine, herbal drinks, herbal aloe soap and other sundries. Other activities include competitions for the best fern, best bonsai plant and, of course, the best orchid as well as Thai singing and academic skills competitions for children. 

Ask for more information from the TAT Rayong office by calling (038) 645 510-1, (038) 651 405 or visit 

Romance by design

Couples spending a romantic holiday in Milan can step up the love by taking advantage of the special Valentine’s Package being offered by the Armani Hotel Milano. Available through Sunday and priced at 1,295 Euros (Bt50,300), it includes a stay in Armani Deluxe Room with American breakfast, a romantic tasting dinner with wine pairing at the Armani/Ristorante, complimentary room upgrade to the superior room and complimentary late check-out.

Guests also enjoy one memorable couple treatment at the Armani/Spa Couple Suite including a welcoming herbal infusion, a 50-minute Armani/SPA Concept body massage, one flute of champagne plus access to the spa facilities and the stunning relaxation area. 

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Service with a Smile

Budget airline Thai Smile is offering speicial prices on several of its flights for bookings made before February 24 for travel anytime between March 1 and July 31. Prices start at Bt1,590 for international flights and Bt1,090 for domestic routes, including full service with snacks and beverages.

Bookings can be made by calling the Smile Call Centre at 1181 or through 

Wouldn’t you like to fly …?

The International Balloon Fiesta gets underway today at Singha Park Chiang Rai with 35 hot air balloons from 16 countries taking part in the flights. 

The festival, which continues through Sunday, offers couples a chance to register for marriage in the air, along with a “Love is in the Air” concert, outdoor khon performances by the Wangna Artists group, colourful hot-air balloon shows with light and sound and an international food market. Admission is free. 

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Love by the lake

The Legendary Beau-Rivage Palace Lausanne is drawing guests with the Only for You Luxurious Stay package that offers a three-night stay in a Superior, Deluxe room or Junior Suite overlooking the lush gardens, the lake or out onto the Alps.

The room rates start from 1,455 CHF (Bt49,000) per room for single occupancy and 1,650 CHF per room for double occupancy per room. Guests will be rewarded with a glass of champagne, full buffet breakfast or continental breakfast in their room, free access to the Cinq Mondes spa, the fitness centre and tennis courts as well as a voucher of CHF80 for food. 

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