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A plum in the mouth

Spend a "sweet and sour" weekend in Nakhon Nayok, a small province to the northeast of Bangkok where local farmers host the Marian Plum Festival in the park next to City Hall.



With more than 100 growers offering their best plums, you can enjoy fruit tasting and a chat. This juicy festival takes place from February to March. The size of an egg, the marian plum is "mango's cousin" with a sweet and sour taste. For more information, call (037) 312 282 or e-mail tatnayok@tat.or.th.

Direct flights from KL to Samui

Bangkok Airways is now flying daily between Koh Samui in Thailand's South, and Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's capital. The flight on Airbus 319, with a capacity of 138 economy class seats, departs Kuala Lumpur at 8.20am, and arrives Koh Samui at 9am. The evening flight travels from Koh Samui at 5.55pm, and lands in Malaysia's capital at 8.25pm.

Better life for Mai Khao communities

Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Mai Khao Beach launches "Better Life Project", supporting local communities and environment around Mai Khao Beach. Sustainable farm and education programmes are among four activities being run by the newly built hotel. "As a new resort to Phuket, we believe the "Better Life Project", will be the beginning of a long term sustainable programme and look forward to building a better life for those around us in need," notes the Holiday Inn's general manager.

On your feet in Isaan

Khon Kaen International Marathon marks its ninth anniversary this Sunday with more than 40 international runners competing against the local folk. Races come in four categories - Marathon (42.195 km.), Half Marathon (21.10 km.), Mini Marathon (11.55 km.) and Walk & Fun Run (4.5 km.). For on-line application, visit www.KhonKaenMarathon.com.


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