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Flower power!

Chiang Mai will host its annual Flower Festival from February 7 to 9.

Taking place at Suan Buak Hat in Muang district, the festival will turn the park into an open-air exhibition venue where local and international visitors can marvel at a magnificent tapestry of floral splendour. One of the Festival’s highlights is the parade of elaborately decorated floral floats during the opening ceremony, which is being held on February 8.

Marathon efforts

Khon Kaen International Marathon 2014, scheduled to take place on January 26, offers a 42.195 km (26 mile) full race for participants of 18 years or above, a 21.1 km half marathon for participants of 16 years or above, an 11.55 km mini marathon for participants of 12 years or above, and a 4.5 km fun run. The first five men and first five women in each race group, as well as the first 10 men and first 10 women overall, will be awarded trophies and cash prizes. For more information and an application form, visit

Direct to Krabi

Malaysia Airlines will offer four flights a week between Kuala Lumpur and Krabi, Thailand from February 3. Malaysia Airline's flight MH770 will depart Kuala Lumpur at 2.55pm to arrive in Krabi at 3.40pm. The return flight MH771 will depart Krabi at 5.20pm and will arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 8.05pm. The route will be operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft with scheduled flights on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Krabi, with its sandy beaches and tropical islands like Hong and Phi Phi, is one of Thailand's best beach holiday destinations.

Winter in the mist

One of the most popular cool season events, the Mae Hong Son Winter Festival gets underway on January 24 with beauty contests, food and a wealth of cultural shows and will run until February 2. The province, which is home to various groups of hilltribe people, is famed for its rich ethnic culture.

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