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The Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Luxury Collection Hotel, recently unveiled its renovated rooms that will further elevate the renowned hotel's international reputation for ensuring a truly exceptional guest experience.

The launch of the Grande and Premier Rooms is the first of two exciting phases, which will later reveal beautifully renovated Luxury rooms and Luxury suites. Designed by Australian designer, Diana Simpson, the renovation enjoys contemporary Thai style that draws from a palette of richly coloured woods, marble, and gold and pastel tones to create a relaxed, sophisticated personal space.

Seeds of bounty

Bowls of water, rice wine, corn, sesame and beans will be offered to the sacred oxen at Sanam Luang this Friday during the Royal Ploughing Ceremony. Depending on what the oxen eat, soothsayers will make a prediction on whether the coming growing season will be bountiful or not. This tradition has been carried out for hundreds of years to mark the beginning of the growing season. You can enjoy the ceremony by going along to Sanam Luang in the morning.

Fabulous fruit

The World Durian Festival Chanthaburi 2014 will return to the eastern province from May 30 to June 8. There, for 10 days and nights, durian of all types - Monthong, Chanee and Kran Yao, for example - will beckon visitors with their unmistakable odour. The festival takes place around the public lake and the city hall. Expect durian eating contests, durian floats, cultural shows and a Queen of Durian beauty contest. Mangosteen and other tropical fruits add colour and flavour to the festival. Call the local tourism office at (038) 655 420-1 or (039) 311 001.

Divine devotion

Uttaradit province in Thailand's north will re-enact the funeral ceremony of the Lord Buddha during the Attame Bucha Festival at Wat Phrathat Thunyang from May 13 to 21. This annual festival draws the devotees and visitors alike for cremating the effigy of the Lord Buddha. Other highlights include a pagoda blanketing ceremony and cultural shows. Call the Uttaradit Tourism Association at (055) 431 439.


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