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Highland celebration

There's plenty to entertain visitors to Chiang Mai this weekend as Galyani Vadhana district plays host to the Chiang Mai Hill Tribe Festival.

From Friday to Sunday, the small district will celebrate ethnic beauty as Karen, Lahu and Hmong showcase cultural shows, wedding ceremonies and tribal music and dance. Tucked away in the remote valley, Galyani Vadhana is about five hours on the bus from the city of Chiang Mai.

Salt as art

The Art of Salt Festival returns to the coast Phetchaburi from March 14 to 16 with Ban Laem hosting the beauty of this natural product through sculptures of marine creatures such as Bryde's whale, a dyeing with salt workshop and a salt spa. Food and music are also on the agenda.

Bowing to the masters

Ayutthaya province plays host to the World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony on March 17 with hundreds of kick boxers heading to Ayutthaya Historical Park to perform the "wai kru" ceremony to show respect and gratitude to their Thai boxing masters. The boxing matches will kick off in the afternoon, while workshops on ancient martial art, blacksmith and ancient tattoo art adding spice to the event.

Flying high to Phuket

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will offer daily direct flights between Abu Dhabi and Phuket from October 26. The service will be operated on Airbus A330-200 with Business and Economic Classes. Flight EY430 will depart Abu Dhabi at 8.45am, and will arrive at Phuket at 6pm. The return flight EY431 will leave Phuket at 8.25pm and arrive in Abu Dhabi at 12.25am. Phuket will become the second destination in Thailand to be served by Etihad Airways, and the seventh in Southeast Asia.


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