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  A round-up of news and great travel offers from members of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Thailand Chapter March – April 2012

  • Thailand Chapter in Final for Spirit of PATA Award
  • PATA and Skal Help Thai Babies from HIV Families
  • Constructive Engagement with Thai Police
  • Songkran Water Fun at Swissotel Le Concorde Bangkok
  • Paradise Koh Yao Launches ‘Asian Package’
  • Seven-Day Around Thailand Tour
  • Rembrandt Hotel Makes It Easy for Families
  • Discover Thai Heritage Sites by Bicycle
  • New-Look Ambassador Hotel Almost Ready
  • Helping Dutch Hospitality Students
  • Stay at a Farm with Special Journey
  • Chess Competition at Dusit Thani Bangkok
  • Ambassador Spa Offer: Buy One, Get One Free
    Thailand Chapter in Final for Spirit of PATA Award
    The PATA Thailand Chapter will compete against the PATA Hawaii Chapter for the Spirit of PATA Award based on 2011 activities. Both chapters will present 10-minute overviews to the PATA Chapter Colloquium in Kuala Lumpur on April 19. Thailand Chapter Chair Bert van Walbeek will highlight the number of events and initiatives that the Chapter did last year, ranging from Mapping the Future to the joint Christmas luncheon with Skal that raised 42,000 baht for needy children. The Finland and Japan chapters will also compete for the Award of Excellence based on their 2011 initiatives. Full information about the PATA Board, Committee and PATA Annual Conference here.
    PATA and Skal Help Thai Babies from HIV Families
    Sister Mercedes Karuna Placino received a cheque for 42,000 baht from PATA Thailand Chapter Chairman Bert van Walbeek. Skal and the Chapter raised the money at the PATA-Skal Christmas lunch. The funds will buy milk for Thai babies who are either HIV positive or whose mothers are. Receiving the cheque at the PATA Thailand Chapter AGM on February 22, Sister Mercedes thanked both Skal and the PATA Thailand Chapter. The milk fund is run by Daughters of Charity, part of the Association of International Charities. The Chapter has supported the Thai babies’ milk fund for over 10 years. In the picture Skal Thailand President, Dale Lawrence looks on as Mr van Walbeek presents the cheque to Sister Mercedes on February 22 at the Chapter’s AGM.
    Constructive Engagement with Thai Police
    During the PATA Thailand Chapter AGM on February 22, Peter Fretton, a Lumpini police station liaison officer and translator, gave a presentation called, “Working Constructively with the Royal Thai Police Force.” Fretton said that foreigners and Thai nationals have substantial rights, such as the right to stay silent, make a call to families or relatives, and have a lawyer present in any engagement with the police force. Fretton said there had been substantial improvements in police procedures over the last decade or so. In his five years as a liaison, Fretton said he was continually impressed by how far many police officers go out of their way to help foreigners.
    Songkran Water Fun at Swissotel Le Concorde Bangkok
    Swissôtel Le Concorde Bangkok is offering a Thai New Year A Splash of Songkran promotion. The package includes two nights’ stay at the best available rate including breakfast. The offer includes a coupon for a traditional khao-chae meal and Songkran gift set for the first 50 bookings. There is a free drop off service to Khaosan and Silom areas – where most of the Songkran fun takes place in Bangkok. The stay period is any two nights April 13-16. Tel: (+66) [0]2 694 2222. Email:
    Paradise Koh Yao Launches ‘Asian Package’
    The Paradise Koh Yao Boutique Beach Resort & Spa in the inner Andaman Sea off Phuket’s east coast, is offering an “Asian Package” with special rates until October 31, 2012. The three-night, four-day package includes a stay in a Superior Studio, daily buffet breakfast, round-trip transfers from Phuket or Krabi airports (car & boat), beach shuttle to the nearby tropical island of Koh Pak Bia, one massage session, free herbal steam treatment, free mountain bike/canoe use, welcome drink and fruit basket. Prices vary depending on timing and room upgrades. Full information: Tel: (+66) [0]76 584 450. Or visit:
    Seven-Day Around Thailand Tour
    Asian Trails will offer a 20% discount to clients who book the seven-day Around Thailand Tour (seat-in-coach tour with guaranteed departure every Sunday) before March 31, 2012. Travelling periods are from now until October 31, 2012. The tour includes natural and cultural attractions of central and northern Thailand, multilingual guide, hotel accommodation with full-board, excursions and transportation from Bangkok and return to Bangkok (excluding air ticket Chiang Rai/Bangkok). This tour can also be operated on a private basis. For more details see the website link or email
    Rembrandt Hotel Makes It Easy for Families
    The Rembrandt Hotel in Bangkok is offering ideal accommodation for families with kids with everyone staying in the same room. The newly renovated family rooms on the higher floors provide guests with all amenities such as king-size bed with two bunk beds, LCD screen TV and pay per movie with a selection of 60 of the latest movies, large bathrooms equipped with bath tub, separate shower cubicle, dressing mirror, a hair dryer, hand basin and telephone. The offer includes a free upgrade to a Deluxe Family Room, wireless internet and breakfast for two adults and two children (under 12 years old). Information and bookings: Tel: (+66) [0] 2 261 7100. Email:
    Discover Thai Heritage Sites by Bicycle
    Spice Roads, which specializes in bicycle tours in Asia, has launched a seven-day Thailand Heritage by Bicycle tour. It takes you to three UNESCO World Heritage sites, starting at the former kingdom of Ayutthaya, once one of the wealthiest cities in the East during its heyday. The trip continues through the rice basket of Sukhothai to the northern kingdom of Lanna with its unique architecture. The trip ends in Chiang Mai. Tours are scheduled monthly and cost US$1,250. Spice Roads has also launched an energetic 10-day North Thailand by Road Bike tour. Also recently added: bicycle trips to Pakistan and Kazakhstan. If you love bicycles and Asia, get in contact with Spice Roads. Tel: (+66) [0] 2 712 5305. Email:
    New-Look Ambassador Hotel Almost Ready
    The Ambassador Hotel Bangkok, located in the heart of Bangkok’s bustling Sukhumvit Road, is in the final stages of a major renovation. All 760 renovated guest rooms and suites in both the main and tower wings are now furnished with satellite TV and LAN cable internet access. All accommodation in the 400-key Tower Wing has been completely revitalised with new bathrooms, beds, furniture, lamps, carpets, screen televisions, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet. The entrance to the hotel has been renovated, the reception area modernised and a new driveway installed.

    The Ambassador Hotel Bangkok recently received the Four-Star Hotel Thailand Tourism Standard Award for 2011-2013. Danai Wansom, newly appointed General Manager of the Ambassador, said that the hotel is currently adding another three function rooms to complement the existing 15 function rooms including the 2,000-seat pillar-free, high-ceiling convention hall. “Our aim is to become one of the leading MICE venues in Bangkok,” said Danai. Tel: (+66) [0] 2 254 0444 ext 1650. Email:
    Helping Dutch Hospitality Students
    Stenden University, Rangsit campus in northern Bangkok, is asking for support by Chapter members for the university’s event management program. The university is expecting around 90 international (mostly Dutch) students in April for a three-month semester, which will be split in project teams. Convention Organizers will support eight of these teams. Stenden University is currently looking for further suitable industry representatives to take over the role as an “external client”. This is not a lecturing job, but rather a role play in which the external client has “hired” the students to organize an event. For more details, please contact Jens Dallmann. Tel: (+66) [0] 2 997 220 (ext 4098). Email:
    Stay at a Farm with Special Journey
    Special Journey is sending clients to Sirila Farm in remote Loei province, 500 km north of Bangkok for community stay and low impact experiences such as lunching on a house raft on a the mountain lake. Also there is a visit to Chiang Khan, a quaint village of wooden houses on the banks of the Mekong River. Additional activates include bicycle tours around the village and a great BBQ dinner at Sirila farm. Further information: or
    Chess Competition at Dusit Thani Bangkok
    Dusit Thani Bangkok will be playing host to the 12th Bangkok Chess Club Open 2012, April 13-19. The event is expected to attract more than 250 players from 50 countries, making it the biggest and strongest chess tournament ever to be held in Thailand. Among the big names registered for the tournament are Ladies World Champion, Grandmaster Hou Yifan from China and Grandmaster Nigel Short from England. These two players were finalists in February’s Tradewise Gibraltar Challenge in an event that many commentators are claiming to have been the strongest open tournament in history. Nigel Short claimed a narrow victory in Gibraltar but the remarkable Hou Yiffan, still only 17 years of age, is expected to mount a strong challenge in Bangkok. Chess enthusiasts will be holding onto their chairs! For full details of the tournament’s schedule please go to:
    Ambassador Spa Offer: Buy One, Get One Free
    Until April 30, the Ambassador Hotel is will give one free spa treatment for every one purchased. The 75-minute refreshing massages are 1,399 baht net. One year membership at the health centre is only 11,000 baht net. Tel: (+66) [0] 2 254 0444 ext 1230 or 1254. Email:
    About the PATA Thailand Chapter
    The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Thailand Chapter is a voluntary not-for-profit membership organisation that supports the responsible development of the travel and tourism industry in Thailand. The Chapter organises tourism training seminars, disseminates useful information to its members and the media and supports the strategic objectives of PATA head office. The Chapter comprises both private and government sectors. Further information:
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