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Asean Sustainable Energy Week 2017 to take place at BITEC Bangna

Date: 7-10 June 2017

The event features the latest innovative energy sources along with cutting -edge machinery and equipment that includes Solar Panels, Wind Technology, Biomass, Biogas, Waste-to-Energy, Energy Storage Equipment, Energy Management, Lighting, Data Center, Air Pollution Control, Solid & Waste Water Treatment, Water Purification system and more. 
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Organizer: UBM Asia (Thailand) Company Limited

Dusit International to manage dusitD2 Chaengwattana - stunning new business hotel in the north of Bangkok

Bangkok, 3 April 2017 – Dusit International, one of Thailand’s foremost hotel and property development companies, has signed a management consultancy agreement with Sanguantas Development Company Limited to operate dusitD2 Chaengwattana, an upscale business hotel in the north of Bangkok near Don Mueang Airport (DMK) and a range of key business, leisure and MICE destinations.

Designed to meet the needs of today’s tech-savvy, hyper-connected travellers, the hotel will comprise 200 guest rooms and suites set over 23 floors, and will feature amongst its facilities a rooftop international restaurant and bar, a rooftop infinity swimming pool, fitness centre, and a large banqueting facility offering panoramic views of Thailand’s capital city.

Strategically located on Chaengwattana Road between Sois 23 and 25, with easy access to the expressway, the property will boast a striking cantilevered design featuring tiered gardens. The proposed interior will provide contemporary comfort and convenience enhanced by the latest technology, and all touchpoints will be driven by Dusit’s signature gracious service. 

“The hotel will also be an ideal venue for meetings in its own right, with state-of-the--art facilities allowing us to cater for a wide range of events. We also hope to leverage our close proximity to the Government Complex by hosting many high level functions at the hotel.”

Khun Apichart Asavarojpanich, Chief Executive Officer of Sanguantas Development, said, “Dusit International’s rich hospitality experience speaks for itself and we are delighted to partner with the company for this special project, which really raises the bar for business hotels in the area. Any development we become involved in must have the best in design, facilities, and services, including a comprehensive training programme for its employees, and Dusit offers all this and more. We are confident the hotel will be a resounding success under Dusit’s management.”

Dusit International currently operates 29 properties in key destinations around the globe. A further 51 projects are already confirmed to open internationally within the next three years.

dusitD2 Chaengwattana is Dusit International’s first dusitD2 branded hotel project in Bangkok. The company currently operates two hotels in the city, Dusit Thani Bangkok and DusitPrincess Srinakarin Bangkok.

Ratchaburi: Dream Destination for Art Lovers

For art lovers and culture enthusiasts, Ratchaburi can be an ideal destination. The recent upcoming art and culture tourism trend can be vividly seen in Ratchaburi province, just 1.5 hour drive from Bangkok. There are several places catering to tourists, there are: 

Tao Hong Tai Ceramics Factory and d Kunst Art Gallery, Mueang district
This is special place that would fill up the heart of art lovers. Tao Hong Tai Ceramics Factory is the longest established ceramics factory in Ratchaburi. Now the present generation has transformed the family business into a unique art place where visitors can see a wide variety of high quality and specially-designed ceramics including Chinese ceramics, Thai ceramics, and modern ceramics, custom-made ceramics, furniture, sculptures and tiles. You will get so much inspired by walking around the ceramic art exhibition at Tao Hong Tai factory. Don’t forget to also visit d Kunst Art Gallery which is the center of art books and journals. Contemporary art exhibition are occasionally held over here, making it an interesting scene for all art lovers.   looking for something exotic, chic and contemporary, plus the recipe of local culture. In Ratchaburi, 

Wat Khanon Shadow Puppet Museum , Photharam district
We checked out this place with the least expectation but the signboard pointing to here is so tempting that we didn’t want just to pass by. It turned out that the Shadow Puppet Museam at Wat Khanon at Phothram district, Ratchaburi really cast the spell on us. The temple has dedicated a Thai-style building to be a small museum showcasing many interested pieces of finely-crafted ‘Nang Yai.’

Nang Yai is one of the cultural heritages and oldest forms of theatrical arts ever performed in Thailand. It can be traced back to the times of King U-thong of Ayutthaya (1350-1369). Nowadays, public performances of Nang Yai are very rare, they are occasionally staged for demonstration purposes only and Wat Khanon in Ratchaburi province is one such places. Every Saturday at 10.00 hrs, a Nang Yai performance is shown to keep this ancient performing art alive. This is one of the three troupes currently existing in Thailand.
In daily circumstance, visitors can see beautiful exhibition of Nang Yai, the large-size leather crafted in traditional Thai designs. So this is a genuine place of interest for a real fan of Thai performing art and culture.  

Ratchaburi National Museum
Constructed since King Rama VI, the museum’s building used to be the Provincial City Hall. At present, it is used to exhibit Ratchaburi’s ancient artifacts which tell of the province’s history, archeology, and ethnology, traditional cultures of Ratchaburi ethnic groups such as Lao Song, Karen, and Thai Yuan. One of the most beautiful artifacts showcased here is the Guan Ying Goddess of Mercy carved in Khmer Bayon style. It is one of the five Goddess image ever found in Thailand, making this museum well worth visiting.  

Damnoen Saduak & Klong Lad Phli Floating Markets, Damnoen Saduak district
The longest-established floating market in Thailand actually has its origin in Ratchaburi. Damnoen Saduak has been the most popular day-trip destination for a long time yet its local charms still remain until today. Now, the nearby canal called Klong Lad Phli floating market has been revived to also welcome visitors. Here you can enjoy the sight and sound of local boat vendors carrying various kinds of fruits and a wide variety of food fresh from their farms and households throng in the narrow canals, making the nostalgic scene of traditional Thai life and enabling Ratchaburi a charming destination of all time.

The Bloom Orchids Park

Ratchaburi is also an important orchid farm for export. Today, you are able to visit the Bloom Orchids Park in which you can see a wide variety of orchids, both indigenous species and newly-developed species of orchids. They are beautifully decorated and separated in different zones, allowing visitors to admire the different beauty of orchids in the park. There are also other activities such as a boat tour in the lotus pond, farm tour and feeding the lovely sheep in the farm.

Rhythm Cycling is coming to Town

Rhythm Cycling - New York-style of exercise for fashionable sport enthusiasts is now available at JAS Urban Srinakarin. Rhythm cycling allows you to do full-body cycling exercise along with the rhythm of music.

The Southern town of Krabi is offering much more than sun, sand and sea as it becoming a Contemporary Art City

My first few hours in the Southern Thai province of Krabi leave me soaked and surprised. Soaked thanks to an unexpected downpour after an unusually dry spell, surprised because this resort on the South Andaman sea, a favourite with foreign tourists for its pristine beaches, is also a destination rich in art and culture.

Earlier this month, Krabi celebrated the 144th anniversary of its founding with a cultural festival that highlighted not just its own traditions and identity but also featured cultural performances from the 14 provinces of the Southern region as well as elsewhere in the world, with delegations from Indonesia, Korea, and Croatia also taking part. 

Krabi town is also home to a wealth of fascinating sculptures, many of them decorating the stop signs at major intersections. Among them are stone depictions of ancient folk people perched on top of the traffic lights and an eagle, lion, tiger and elephant looking on benevolently as cars and pedestrians cross the street. The best known is probably the mud crabs sculpture near the Tara public park, which is also a scenic viewpoint. From here visitors can enjoy the backdrop of river life in the Krabi estuary while taking in Khao Kanab Nam, the two mountains roughly 100 metres tall that sit on both banks of the river at the entrance to the city. 

Going further into town, I spot a large dinosaur guarding the Andaman Cultural Centre and Andaman Beads Museum.

"They have very interesting exhibitions here, you should definitely check them out," says my friend, a proud resident of Krabi, and my chauffeur for this trip to the South. 

A member of the museum's staff tells me that the dinosaur is a gimmick to draw visitors. It works too, bringing in both residents and visitors to admire the interactive exhibition that elaborates on the intriguing history of Krabi which, along with Ranong, Phang Nga, Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat was once an important production centre for fashionable beads exported to the global market. 

The unearthing of several rare beads in the area has given rise to the belief that Krabi was the main and most important production centre in the region. Among the finds are the rare yet precious Suriya Dev Mu, red Indian face beads dating back some 2,000 to 3,000 years that were excavated in Klong Thom district. Other beads produced in the area include bird and sunburst glass beads, banded beads, black-and-yellow tubular glass beads and Sankalok beads in varying shapes and sizes among them spherical, square cylinder, carambol, melon glass, quill hexagonal and collared. 

The Andaman Cultural Centre is more contemporary in nature and exhibits a range of artworks by well-known Thai, Asian and international artists, among them Tawan Dutchanee and Kamol Tassananchalee. There is also an intriguing exhibition of Muslim art that reflects on the ongoing long conflict in the three southernmost provinces. 

Big name artists are occasionally invited to exhibit their works here as a way of keeping art alive in Krabi and fulfilling the municipality's mission of turning the town into the regional centre for art and culture. 

Behind the City Hall is the Krabi Historical Wall built to celebrate the region's immense historical importance. The wall features 28 panels illustrating important historical records, legends and identity. An art and cultural market is held in this pedestrian zone every Thursday from 3 to 9pm. 

The wall was built in 2013 following Krabi's selection by the Culture Ministry's Office of Contemporary Art and Culture (OCAC) as a model for the government's Contemporary Art City Development project, which aims to create a new category of tourist destinations. 

And as I discovered, that artistic development doesn't just tell stories of the past but also lifts the veil on the city's future as the cultural capital of the south. 


+ The Andaman Cultural Centre is on Maharaj Road (Sculpture Road), Mueang district, Krabi and is open daily from 10 to 4.30. Admission is currently free. A fee will probably levied following the official opening, though no date has yet been set.

Published in The Nation on 25 May 2016