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Seven days of island jazz

CabuCubaJazz, Beppe di Benedetto, Eddie C, Koh Mr Saxman and Artvark are just some of the musicians taking part in this year's edition of the Samui International Jazz Music Festival.



Dedicated to the theme "Tropical Jazz", the concerts kick off on Sunday October 14 at the Amari Palm Reef Chaweng, and carry on in different places across the island until October 20. The Samui Jazz festival is organised annually and has its origins in the successful Samui Jazz Series, which were held once per month in previous years. Visit www.SamuiJazz.com

Hercules flexes his muscles

The small, backwater district of Pua in Nan province will wow the crowds with its Hercules Beetle Fighting Festival that runs from Friday until September 27. Billed as the fighting bug of the high ranges, the Hercules beetle like eating ripe bananas and sugarcane juice as much as crushing and smashing its counterpart with its powerful horns. The festival will draw the bug's best friends and weekenders alike for a parade exhibition, beauty contest and cultural shows. Pua is about 60 kilometres east of downtown Nan. Call (054) 521 118 or visit www.ThaiBugs.com.

Discounts for seniors and the disabled

Bangkok Airways is offering passengers aged 60 and over as well as disabled travellers a five-per-cent discount on fares on all domestic routes. The tickets are available for purchase at Bangkok Airways offices only and an ID card must be presented. This special fare is valid for travel up until April 30. Bangkok Airways operates flights from Bangkok to Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Lampang and Trat and from Samui to Krabi, Phuket and U-Tapao. Call 1771.

In tune at Tune

Tune, a budget hotel, opens its doors in the busy downtown Asoke area. The hotel offers a unique service to savvy travellers with five-star beds and superb power showers in very convenient locations for unbeatable prices. Optional extras include air-conditioning, television, Wi-Fi Internet and breakfast. The Tune Hotel Asoke, Bangkok will be the first of many more in Thailand's capital and is the third in the country after Hat Yai and Pattaya. Visit www.TuneHotels.com.


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