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Isaan fragrance in the air

Si Sa Ket province welcomes summer this weekend with its annual Dok Lam Duan Flower Festival that runs from Friday through Sunday in the Princess Mother Memorial Park.

More than 50,000 trees will be in full bloom with the fragrant Melodorum fruticosum petals as locals and visitors enjoy cultural shows and delicious Northeast dishes. The event is held concurrently with the Four Tribes Annual Cultural Festival with ethnic Lao, Khmer, Kui and Yoe groupings each showcasing their unique culture.

Flying with an iPad

Bangkok Airways is now offering Blue Ribbon Class (Business Class) passengers iPad minis as in-flight entertainment. The iPad minis, which are supplied by Bluebox Avionics, come equipped with a wide range of movies including the latest Hollywood releases, TV shows and music along with various interactive games. During the trial period, this service will be available on flights between Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi)-Maldives, Samui-Hong Kong and Samui-Singapore.

True Hansar hospitality

Hansar Samui hotel offers scholarships for local students in Hospitality Training and Employment certification. Part of the group's corporate social responsibility programme, the scheme provides comprehensive year-long training to 12 to 15 students in different skills including kitchen, front office, housekeeping, administration, food and beverage, spa and back of house. Upon graduation, the hotel will hold a celebratory ceremony for the students and assist them with finding employment either within Hansar if there are positions available, or in other hotels. For more information, call (077) 245 511 or email reservation@hansarsamui.com. Visit www.hansarsamui.com.

Off the beaten track

Khiri Travel partners with Sunda Trails to open offices in Lombok and Flores, Indonesia, with dedicated English and Dutch-speaking teams in place. Initially, the islands east of Bali (Lombok, Sumbawa, Sumba and Flores), also known as the Lesser Sunda Islands (Nusa Tenggara Timor or East Nusa Tenggara) will serve as the cornerstone of the new Khiri Indonesia tours, with all trips there being personally selected by Anita Verhoeven, founder of Sunda Trails. Based in Bangkok, Khiri Travel is recognised for organising holidays off the beaten track in Southeast Asia and the Mekong region. Visit www.Khiri.com.


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