Northern Thai News 45 – 28.07.2008 by Reinhard Hohler, Chiang Mai
Le Meridien is expanding its world to Northern Thailand
According to Marketing Communications Manager Ms Aticha Pasaprates at the Bangkok Office of Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts within Plaza Athenee Bangkok on Wireless Road, the opening of the newly established Le Meridien Chiang Mai is postponed another three months to November 1, 2008.
Centrally located right at the pulsating heart of the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar on 108 Chang Klan Road, the hotel will offer a well sophisticated contemporary design and will feature all the high tech touches and facilities required by today’s busy travellers. With 384 spacious guestrooms, there is also a fully equipped fitness centre, an outdoor swimming pool plus luxurious “spa” facilities. Cuisine options include the "Latest Recipe" Restaurant with international buffets and live cooking stations or "Favola" Restaurant as an authentic Italian Pizzeria.
For further information, please go to: www.lemeridien.com/chiangmai or contact PR Manager Ms Duenswang Suwaphrom in Chiang Mai directly by telephone, mobile or fax: T +66 5325 3666, M +66 89 635 5414, F +66 5325 3667
Other new hotels coming up until the end of this year will be Le Meridien Chiang Rai located at the rim of the Mekok River and Le Meridien Bangkok at Surawong Road. All the properties will continue the good reputation within the region of Le Meridien Angkor at Siem Reap in Cambodia.
Recently voted by travel agents world wide as Cambodia’s Leading Hotel and http://www.lemeridien.com/chiangmaiCambodia’s leading Spa Resort, Le Meridien Angkor is the closest accommodation to the World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat and only a 15-minute drive from Siem Reap International Airport. All of the hotel’s elegant 223 guestrooms laid out within a three-floor building are elegantly designed in the unique Khmer style and provide unrivalled luxury. Its extraordinary temple style pool area set within a palm grove is perfect for theme parties and dining under the stars. The hotel also features a six-room spa and “reflexology” sanctuary, which offer rejuvenating and revitalising treatments. No wonder, because the project architect was no other person than the famous Thai architect Dr. Sumet Jumsai. Not to forget to visit the highly sophisticated Naga Bar and Northern Italian cuisine L’Angelo Restaurant offering the finest selected wines. Weather you’re organising a business event or planning a dream wedding, Le Meridien Angkor possesses the necessary meeting facilities and professional services. The hotel is entirely wire-less. For reservations, please contact by e-mail: email@example.com
In another development, the end of this month will see the next dinner of Skal Chiang Mai & North Thailand at the boutique Tamarind Village Hotel on July 31. Located in the heart of Old Chiang Mai City, the hotel will provide cocktails for the arriving members and guests at 6:30 p.m. followed by an exhibition of an exclusive collection of jewellery by NOK ’EM DED jewellery design. During the exhibition, there will be the chance to meet the people behind these exclusive art pieces. After the exhibition, Mr. Reinhard Hohler will give a short talk and a presentation about the tourism developments being planned along the Mekong River with emphasis on the benefits to Northern Thailand from these developments. After the presentation, there will be a Thai food dinner prepared by the chefs of the Tamarind Village Hotel. As usual, the dinner fee is 600 Baht for members and 800 Baht for guests. There will be a surcharge of 200 Baht for those who would like to drink wine. For confirmation, please contact Secretary Mr. Mohamad Jesr by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or please refer to the web-site: www.skalchiangmai.com
On the academic front, there is the announcement of Loei Rajabhat University regarding the third international conference on “Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) University Networks: Education, Sustainable Development and Regional Tourism” to be held during 27- 30 August 2008 at Loei Rajabhat University. For further information, please contact Dr. Prakorb by e-mail: email@example.com
Regarding the GMS and tourism developments in Northern Thailand, it is important to note that the China section of the Kunming-Bangkok Highway is completed since last March. So, the Chinese stretch of a transnational highway linking Kunming in Yunnan Province with the Thai capital of Bangkok is making progress in a land link from China to Southeast Asia. The
688km Chinese section starts in Yunnan’s provincial capital Kunming and stops at Mohan, an important trade port on the Sino-Laotian border. The first stretch of the section -- from Kunming to Yuxi -- was completed in April 1999. The total length of the highway will be 1,887 km. The opening of the Chinese section will reduce the travel time from Kunming to Bangkok by half to about 20 hours.
The sections in Thailand and Laos have been almost completed, except for a bridge linking the two nations at the port of Chiang Khong. As key part of the Asian road network, the project is an important “infrastructure” facility for construction of the China-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) free trade zone and the Lancang-Mekong River sub-regional economic co-operation. The 4,200-km Mekong River, also called Lancang River in China, begins on the Tibetan Plateau and passes through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Driven by tourism, the gross domestic product of the six regions along the river will be greatly boosted.
Last not least, there will be celebrated Her Majesty the Queen Sirikit’s Birthday on August 12 together with Mothers Day in Thailand. Long Live the Queen!
TTR Weekly North Thailand News Bureau
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