Addressing the outbreak of the new coronavirus, SEA LIFE Bangkok and Madame Tussauds Bangkok, under Merlin Entertainments Thailand, have been keeping a close eye on the situation and have communicated to reassure all visitors through their official social platforms: facebook.com/SEALIFEBangkokOceanWorld and facebook.com/MadameTussaudsBangkok/ regarding the implementation of the following monitoring and precautionary measures for your safety.
1.All staff members and contractors have been informed and educated about the coronavirus; required to do daily temperature checks; and wear face masks before start working.
2.Ensure good cleaning occurs throughout the attraction in areas with regular contacts like lift buttons, door handles, 4D Cinema seats, Glass Bottom Boat, taps, and washbasins. All is to be cleaned with disinfectant on daily basis.
3.Temperature checks for all visitors before entering the attractions.
4.Face masks are available, free of charge, for visitors upon request.
5.Hand sanitizers are provided and additional disinfectant sprays have been used across attractions.
6.Medic stations have been set up within mall to send suspected cases to hospital upon detection or request.
SEA LIFE Bangkok and Madame Tussauds Bangkok are taking all necessary precautions to ensure safety for all visitors. We truly appreciate your continued confidence and support for us.
SEA LIFE Bangkok tackles coronavirus outbreak,Taking precautionary measures for visitors’ safety and confidence
New Hospitality Brand Debuts in Bangkok’s Langsuan Neighborhood Early 2020
Siam Sindhorn Co., Limited announces the launch of Sindhorn Midtown, a new Thai-born hospitality brand in the heart of Bangkok’s Langsuan neighborhood set to open in March 2020. Situated within two sleek and modern towers with urban city views and Bangkok, Sindhorn Midtown’s first property offers a collection of 344 hotel rooms and suites and 49 serviced residences. Inspired by local artistry and designed for a sophisticated lifestyle, Sindhorn Midtown offers a distinctively authentic experience for today’s business and leisure travelers alike.
“We are delighted to introduce travelers to Sindhorn Midtown, our redefined vision of a Thai-inspired hospitality experience,” said Jee Hoong Tan, Sindhorn Midtown’s General Manager. “In the center of the vibrant heart of Bangkok, Sindhorn Midtown is an urban cocoon – a stylish escape with a genuine Thai spirit. We welcome today’s travelers with warm service, intuitive amenities and thoughtful accommodations.
Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce, in association with the Royal Norwegian Embassy, recently hosted their flagship annual event “Seafood under the Stars 2020” dinner at the garden of the Norwegian Ambassador’s residence in Bangkok.
This once-a-year occasion has been held for 13 consecutive years with the objective to promote Norway as a tourist destination and as a seafood nation.
Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC), a representative of Norwegian seafood industry, sponsored the event with top-quality seafood freshly flown from Norway. The highlights of the evening are Shellfish which consisted of King Crabs – known for its juicy claw meat and sweet flavour, Langoustines or Norwegian Lobsters, Scallops, Cold Water Prawns – light pink deep-water prawns with sweet and salty tasting, Mahogany Clams, and Blue Mussels, in addition to the two crowd-pleasing Norwegian Salmon and Fjord Trout, Atlantic Cod – Norway’s most historically important fish with a delectably superior flavour, and Halibut – a delicious white meat with firm and juicy texture.
At the end of 2019, NSC witnessed a closing exporting value of THB 5.2 billion for seafood to Thailand, with Salmon and Fjord Trout accounted for 87% of this value. For fresh Norwegian Salmon, there has been a steady growth of 25% in the past years, the number reached its peak at 32% growth last year due to the rising popularity of Japanese restaurants and all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants where Salmon sashimi is the key item.
“GranMonte Vineyard and Winery” offers most exclusive experience in “GranMonte Sparkling Harvest Festival 2020”
“GranMonte Vineyard and Winery” organized “GranMonte Sparkling Harvest Festival 2020” on Saturday 18 January 2020 to celebrate the coming of wine grape harvesting season.
The event was hosted in the cozy party atmosphere, having invited all guests to join the exclusive annual wine grape harvesting competition and many more fun activities such as romantic mini concert and a very special dinner menu that perfectly paired with GranMonte’s premium wines. For the most special highlight, this year GranMonte presented the very first Chenin Blanc harvest competition, where the party goers competed in the harvest of Chenin Blanc white wine grape used to make GranMonte’s super-premium Crémant Méthode Traditionnelle. The winners of the competition received prizes total value worth 60,000 Baht.
The event was attended by many celebrities such as M.R. Narisa Chakrabongse, Mr. Kwanchai Prapatpong, Mr. Nirut Sirijanya, Ms. Voravimon Na Ranong, Ms. Suppamas Laksanavisit, Ms. Punnyaphat Thanomkul, Ms. Wanvilai Techosomboon, and many visitors both domestic and international. All guests were warmly welcomed by Nikki - Ms. Visootha Lohitnavy, GranMonte’s General Manager and famous winemaker together with GranMonte executives including Mr. Visooth – Mrs. Sakuna and Ms. Suvisooth Lohitnavy.
Nikki-Visootha Lohitnavy, also GranMonte’s oenologist, reveals that “Harvest season is the most important time for every vineyard. GranMonte Vineyard and Winery has consecutively been hosting our “Harvest Festival” for 18 years to celebrate the beginning of the harvest season. On this occasion of Sparkling Harvest Festival 2020, GranMonte invites our guests to join the famous annual wine grape harvest competition. This year is the first time for Chenin Blanc, a white wine grape used for producing our Crémant sparkling wine. GranMonte Sparkling Harvest Festival 2020 is an exclusive package for our guests to experience happiness moment with our special activities including First Chenin Blanc Harvest Competition. In the competition, there are fifty teams and each team comprises either two adults or one adult and three kids. The team that can deliver the biggest amount of grapes by weight within 5 minutes is the winner.”
Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar recently hosted an evening with French butter artisan, Jean-Yves Bordier who showcased his premium butter and cheese creations at Thailand’s highest restaurant and bar. His official visit to Thailand coincides with the launch of a second store in Bangkok for his world-famous brand, “Le Beurre Bordier”.
For the first-time, two hole-in-one prizes will be up for grabs: The All-new Honda City & All-new Honda Accord Hybrid as 70 of the World’s Top Female Golfers vy to be crowned champion of Honda LPGA Thailand 2020
20 - 23 February at Siam Country Club Pattaya, Old Course #hondalpgathailand
Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd. in partnership with IMG announce their readiness to host the Honda LPGA Thailand 2020, a major golf tournament set to take place from 20 - 23 February 2020 at the Siam Country Club Pattaya, Old Course. The world’s top 70 female golfers will be vying for a prize purse of $1.6 million (about 53 million THB). Additionally to mark the 14th year of Honda as the title sponsor of the Honda LPGA Thailand. For the first time in the tournament’s history two special hole-in-one prizes will be awarded – an All-new Honda City, RS variant, worth 739,000 Baht, and an All-new Honda Accord Hybrid, HYBRID TECH variant, worth 1,799,000 Baht.
Mr. Pitak Pruittisarikorn, Chief Operating Officer of Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd. said “The line-up of superstar female golfers participating in this year’s tournament come from all corners of the world and they include Rolex Women’s World Ranked No.1 Jin Young Ko, Jeongeun Lee and defending champion Amy Yang from South Korea, Nasa Hataoka, Hinako Shibuno and Mone Inami from Japan, Nelly and Jessica Korda from USA, Jodi Ewart Shadoff from England, Ashleigh Buhai from South Africa as well as Shanshan Feng, Yu Liu and Muni He from China. Thai fans will be happy to cheer on Thailand’s iconic golfers including Ariya “May” Jutanugarn, Moriya “Mo” Jutanugarn, and Thidapa “Junior” Suwannapura, Pornanong “Wan” Phatlum, Patty “Meao” Tavatanakit, Atthaya “Jean” Thitikul and the winner of the recently concluded Honda LPGA Thailand National Qualifiers, Rina Tatematsu. We are confident that this year will be an exciting competition,”
“To mark the 14th year of Honda as the title sponsor of the Honda LPGA Thailand, we have additional bonus prizes for players aside from the prize purse of $1.6 million (about 53 million THB). This year, for the first time, we have also prepared two hole-in-one prizes– an All-new Honda City, RS variant, worth 739,000 Baht on the 8th hole and an All-new Honda Accord Hybrid, HYBRID TECH variant, worth 1,799,000 Baht on the 16th hole.” said Mr. Pitak.
Jaw endurance and stomach capacity were tested to the limit as Hooters Asia kicked off its National Chicken Wing Eating Contest with the first qualifying round at Hooters Nana (Bangkok) on Friday, January 17.
Excited spectators and supporters cheered on the contestants as they attempted to finish 20 of America’s best wings in the fastest possible time. The Hooters girls were on hand to ensure fair play and the top 20 fastest eaters in town will now progress to the Grand Final at Hooters Pattaya where a THB 100,000 first prize will be up for grabs.
The next fun-filled qualifying round takes place at Hooters Phuket on Tuesday, Feb 4. Everyone is encouraged to sign up for a chance to compete in this one of a kind event.
Wing lovers can register in advance or on arrival on the set date for 299 THB and only the first 100 to sign up online or in person will compete from 8-9:30 pm.
Two evening concerts in contrasting styles: 1st February enjoy Hugo and Phum Viphurit, while on 2nd February get lively with luk thungsingers Leew Ajariyaand Hye Apaporn Nakhonsawan.
Launch of a sculpture using discarded materials by social activists artist WISHULADA.
Talks by famous international writers such as Peter Frankopan, author of the New Silk Roads: the Present and Future of the World(translated into over 50 languages); Frank Dikotter, author of a trilogy of books on China, whose latest volume is How to be a Dictator: The Cult of Personalities in the Twentieth Century; Anna Fifield, Beijing bureau chief of the Washington Post and author of The Great Successor: The Secret Rise and Rule of Kim Jong-Un; Natalie Isaacs, social activist and Chair of the NGO 1 Million Women as well as author of Every Woman’s Guide to Saving the Planet.
River City Bangkok is pleased to present ALL THINGS LEFT BEHIND photo exhibition by Carolina Sandretto on Thursday 30 January at 6 p.m., Room 240 (2nd floor) of River City Bangkok. The exhibition will be open for public from 31 January until 30 March.
Curated by Michela Negrini of [dip] contemporary art, the opening ceremony will be hosted on 30 January with the presence of the artist and the curator.
In this exhibition photographer Carolina Sandretto, takes the viewer to Cuba, Svalbard and Antarctica to explore the idea of time and it’s passing and what it signifies for the landscape of things that belong to us. Time and its passing influence objects in a visible way. Their superficies and external aspect change as well as the significance and importance of these things hold for us. They become part of a lost landscape, traces of who we were a testimony of our past life, memory of what we were by what we left behind. Our collective past reflects on the surface of the landscapes depicted, even in places where these things are still in use.
Financial innovations have been on the radar of both business communities and consumers in recent years, due to their significant growth and increasingly essential roles in different aspects of daily lives, from making payments to business planning.
Grab Financial Group, the financial arm of Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ‘Everyday Everything App’, expects 2020 to be an exciting year in digital finance, with innovations from fintech companies at the forefront.
These are the three trends to look out for this year.
1. Mobile wallet: an accelerator for the cashless journey
According to the Bank of Thailand, between 2014 and 2018, financial transactions via mobile devices and the internet saw an annual increase of 116%. Grab Financial Group forecasts that mobile banking usage will continue to grow, with e-wallet among the most-used platforms.
E-wallets have already become a vital part of Thailand’s national payment infrastructure and a popular alternative to cash for everyday spending, both online and at physical retail outlets. In addition, users can enjoy a wide array of privileges such as special discounts and reward points. These perks can also act as strong motivators for a higher adoption of cashless payments.
Mr. Worachat Luxkanalode, Thailand Country Head of Grab Financial Group, said, “In 2020, mobile wallet usage will not only cover domestic spending but will also expand internationally. We expect to see more banks within the region collaborating on connecting payment infrastructure to enable faster, more convenient, and secure cross-border transactions, while partnerships between banks and technology providers will play an essential role in propelling the development of e-wallet services in Thailand.”
2. Digital nano-finance: an alternative for more inclusive access to personal loans
Digital lending is among the most highly-anticipated financial services in the past few years, as this innovation allows financial institutions to use alternative data to more accurately assess the credit of borrowers, particularly the underbanked, such as temporary workers and freelancers.
2020 will be the year of digital lending execution, given the increasing technological readiness and supportive regulatory environment in Thailand. Financial institutions will be able to answer the needs of more varied customer segments. Players with more comprehensive and predictive credit scoring models and resources dedicated to delivering seamless customer journey will most likely come out tops in this competitive climate.
Grab Financial Group has piloted the Nano-lending program for driver-partners in the later part of 2019. Worachat added, “Along with the rise of digital lending, we expect to see another trend emerging: utilizing technology for debt collection. By digitizing the collection process, lenders can benefit from improved efficiency whereas borrowers will be able to select customized installment repayment methods that match their ability to pay.”