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Love in the deep

It's February, and love is all around - even under the deep blue sea.

Trang is hosting the annual Underwater Wedding Fair from February 10 to 12, and you don’t have to be a deep-sea diver to join in. The event has many colourful activities for landlubbers as well, not least watching a traditional wedding ceremony, complete with the remarkable khan maak procession, which features hundreds of speedboats decorated with multi-hued flags. Boy Peacemaker, Joe and Kong of Nuvo and ETC provide the musical entertainment. Visit

Cabin with contemporary chic

Thai Airways International come up with a exciting contemporary concept design for its new Boeing 777-300Erm, the "Acharasobhit". The new design, which makes a bold statement with a wood interior, invokes strong sense of relaxation and warm welcome. Royal Silk Class Parts features silk, the "kanok" Thai design at comfy purple seats while the economy class seat is a colourful combination of purple and orange. To maximise the passenger comfort, the eX2 modern in-flight entertainment for international movie and music enjoyment has also been installed. The new 777-300ER is on service on flights to Singapore, Shanghai, Seoul, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo. Visit

New manager for Thai-owned Myanmar hotels

The Unique Collection of Hotels & Resorts, a Bangkok-based hotel and resort management company, has appointed Ole Rehlaender as hotel manager for its first two properties in Myanmar - the Emerald Palace Hotel and Residence@26. A German national, Rehlaender graduated from the School for Operational Management in the Hospitality Industry, Dortmund, Germany. He joins the Emerald Palace Hotel and Residence@26 from his latest position from the Amara Ocean Resort on Ngapali Beach in Myanmar.

In love with Lanna

Chiang Mai's latest hip hotel, Sireeampan Boutique Resort & Spa, makes its entrance to the Lanna capital with a design that's inspired by Thai royal manors of the 18th century. Located in the Changpuak area and offering 11 luxury suites, the resort is built as a grand Thai house, with a cosy cloister of buildings that are encircled by lush gardens, a full-service restaurant, a piano lounge and wine cellar, and fully-equipped state-of-the-art fitness and business centres. Visit

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