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Champa architecture unveiled

The Siam Society on Asoke is organising a lecture titled an "Introduction to Cham Architecture" on July 24.

Designed for travellers with Indiana Jones in mind as well as archaeology buffs, the talk is being given by Dr Chedha Tingsanchali from Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University. He will take his audience to Vietnam's south during the sixth to twelfth centuries as well as to explore the Champa architecture in India's south. The lecture starts at 7.30pm, and admission is Bt200. Call (02) 661 6470-7.

Blissed out by the beach

Le Meridien Khao Lak Beach & Spa Resort introduces 13 new Premium Villas situated on four acres of stunning beachfront land, west of the main hotel. Embracing the boutique villa concept and designed in a contemporary style born from the traditional Thai culture, the Premium Villas are set in their own private area adjacent to the main hotel. Enjoying their own beach, the villas offer guests a sense of exclusivity and tranquillity.

Swinging high in the North

The Akha, the tribal highlanders in Thailand’s North, celebrate their annual Swing Ceremony from late August to early September. A thrilling albeit vanishing tradition, the Swing Ceremony celebrates the goddess of fertility and the passage from adolescence to adulthood. Visitors to the village can break bread, enjoy the tribal music and dance, and get a big dose of adrenaline on the giant swing. For more details, call (053) 918 415.

All sheets to the wind

Cape Panwa Hotel in Phuket hosts the Cape Panwa Phuket Race Week, one of Asia’s most exciting regattas from today until Sunday. Many international race teams based in New Zealand, Australia, England, Hong Kong and other bays around the world, will race against each other in four different classes. And you don’t have to crew to enjoy the tournament, since the four days of world-class yacht racing are combined with four nights of magical, beachside parties at the 5-star hotel. Visit

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