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CHIANG MAI: In Lanna and loving it

Enjoy a fun-filled and meaningful time with family and friends by taking advantage of the Four Season Resort's Songkran package.

You'll get accommodation, daily breakfast for two, one set dinner for two at Sala Mae Rim restaurant, a water chakra blessing for two at the hotel spa and, if you stay between April 13 and 15, a Songkran Survival Kit too. A three-night minimum stay is required. Check the rates and book online at www.FourSeasons.com/chiangmai. Call (02) 6502650.

BANGKOK

Songkran luxury

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is also offering a special Songkran package and includes accommodation in a superior room, daily buffet breakfast at Riverside Terrace and choice of dinner at Lord Jim's or Riverside Terrace with a complimentary bottle of wine. The offer is available at Bt 11,999 per room per night and is valid from April 4 to 16. Call (02) 659 9000 or e-mail: mobkk-reservations@mohg.com.

HUA HIN

Amari makes a splash

Splash the joy and happiness around while celebrating the Thai New Year at Amari Hua Hin. This special Songkran package includes a delicious Seafood Platter for two, complimentary bottle of wine and daily buffet breakfast. Rate is at Bt 3,900 per night and a minimum two-night stay is required. The deal is good from April 1 to 20. Call (032) 616 600 or visit www.amari.com/huahin.

PHUKET

Tropical cooling

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket celebrates Thai New Year with it's a Songkran Splash campaign that runs throughout April. Guests booking for a minimum of two-night stay will receive 15 per cent off Dusit Best Available Rates and a complimentary buffet breakfast for two, as well as Survival Kits for stays between April 13 to 15. Call (02) 200 9999 or e-mail: dtlprsvn@dusit.com.

Tradition and innovations

In today's fast-moving and highly competitive world, the wine industry faces a dilemma: remaining true to centuries of winemaking traditions or resorting to innovative, more profitable methods which may damage wine quality. Boathouse by Montara is asking dinner guests to experiment and judge for themselves by attending this Friday's interactive "Wine Evolution or Wine Revolution" dinner at Boathouse Wine & Grill. The price is Bt2,900 or Bt3,413 per person inclusive of Champagne cocktail reception on the private Sunset Deck overlooking Kata Beach on March 28. Call (076) 330 015, extension Boathouse Wine & Grill or e-mail: sales@boathousephuket.com.

Bargains and Bhutan

To commemorate 25 years of diplomatic relations between Bhutan and Thailand, Thai citizens and expats that can prove residency in Thailand get a 50-per-cent discount on airfare and hotel fees. During this promotion Thai visitors will not have to pay the mandatory US$200 per person per day minimum package rate. The daily royalty of $ 65 - which goes to fund Bhutanese medical and educational programs - still applies, but hotels will be offering special room rates while Drukair and Bhutan Airlines are offering 50 per cent off fares for flights out of Bangkok. The offer is valid from June 1 to August 31 and visitors will be required to book their trip through licensed Bhutanese tour operators.


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