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Loei's ghostly experience

Phi Ta Khon Festival returns to Loei province this weekend.

The annual festival adds colour and fun to the sleepy, small town of Dan Sai with colourful processions. On Saturday morning the locals put on colourful masks made from dried and vividly painted rice husks, complete with long pointed noses, and roam the small town to celebrate the return of King Vessandorn according to Buddhist legend. Expect over 20,000 spectators horsing around with cameras.

Rooms with two views

Avista Hideaway Resort and Spa, Phuket is now open in Patong Beach, promising guests an upscale luxury retreat and stunning views over Patong and Freedom bays. Guests choose the views to suit their mood. One vista brings you back to nature as you gaze over a sea of trees to the calm of Freedom Beach - a contemplative outlook that's pristine, green, serene. The view north is an expansive Andaman seascape, azure by day, glittering by night. Visit

Sails to the wind

Cape Panwa Hotel in Phuket will host Cape Panwa Phuket Race Week, one of Asia's most exciting regattas from July 18 to 22. Many international race teams based in New Zealand, Australia, England, Hong Kong and other bays around the world, will race against each others in four different classes. And you don't have to crew to enjoy the tournament since the four days of world-class yacht racing in Phuket are combined with four nights of magical, beachside parties at the 5-star hotel. Visit

Chefs in the sky

Bangkok Airways introduces finer food for the passengers flying on Business Class from next month through December. Part of successful "Exclusive Chef in the sky" series, which features creations by chefs from Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui and The Chedi, 12 new dishes will be served to passengers travelling on the Samui, Phnom Penh, Maldives, Dhaka, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bengaluru routes. Visit

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