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TRAVEL & TOURISM
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Palm Spa Village hosts Skål group

I-TIM interns head for Aspen, Colorado

Cruising the scenic Mekong river

Palm Spa Village hosts Skål group

The Skål May gathering was held at the Palm Spa Village.

The Skål Club (Thailand - Northern Chapter) is an international group of executives from different branches of the hospitality industry. For the monthly May meeting the members and guests gathered at the Palm Spa Village for the dinner. The general manager of the Spa, Khun Chulikorn Pethor, took the guests on a tour of the facilities and showed them the beautiful and well appointed Spa rooms.
After the welcoming Skål toast by Khun Anchalee (President of the club) and Khun Ken (Director), dinner was served. The food was catered by Khun Pata of Local Market. The Northern Thai food was not only delicious but very beautiful to look at. All dishes were served in traditional Lanna style in little rattan baskets or meticulously wrapped in banana leaves. Environmentalists would have been delighted. A continuous refill of different health drinks kept the guests energetic and upbeat despite the mellow melodies played by three young musicians using traditional Thai musical instruments.
It was another successful and enchanting evening for Skål members and their guests.
The Skål Club June meeting will be held in Chiangsaen at the Anantara Resort. For more information about the next month dinner or about joining Skål club, please contact Khun Armin by e-mail: [email protected]


I-TIM interns head for Aspen, Colorado

The student interns seen here before their departure to the US.

A group of eight students along with their parents attended Internship Orientation at I-TIM before departing on their internships in Aspen, Colorado, USA. The students will be on a salaried internship for eighteen months during their working trip to the US.
All are second year students of I-TIM’s two-year diploma in Hotel and Tourism Management.
Students selected were Ms. Mingkwan Boonrawd from Roi-Et, in her first year she interned at the Dome at State Tower, Ms. Ai Suzuki from Chonburi, in her first year she interned at the Sheraton Pattaya Resort, Ms. Teerayagorn Ukan from Mukdahan, in her first year she interned at the Amari Emerald Cove Resort, Koh Chang, Ms. Praiyarat Suangtho from Chaiyaphum, in her first year she interned at the Grand Hyatt Erawan, Bangkok, Ms. Kanokporn Noramat from Bangkok, in her first year she interned at the Dome at State Tower, Ms. Weena Budsing from Uthai Thani in her first year she interned at the Meritus Suite State Tower, Ms. Pawara Phangsungka from Sukhothai, in her first year she interned at the Royal Princess Hotel in Chiang Mai and Mr. Worasit Chantaratchada from Nakorn Pathom in his first year he interned at the Dome at State Tower.


Cruising the scenic Mekong river

Sirima Eamtako, TTG
Tourists in search of packages linking northern Thailand with Laos or southern China along the Mekong River should check out the deluxe air-conditioned yachts operated by Chiang Rai-based Maekhong Delta Travel Agency.

The Golden Peacock yacht travels from Chiang Saen, Thailand to Xishuangbanna in China.
The agency partners China’s Xishuangbanna-based Golden Peacock, which owns the four vessels has been running tourist river cruises in China for more than 15 years.
The three high-speed, air-conditioned yachts provide trips for about 10 months a year.
The deluxe Golden Peacock departs from Chiang Saen to Xishuangbanna, and can be chartered as an overnight cruise on the Mekong River. Onboard are four double-bed rooms, 18 four bed rooms, a tea room, a karaoke room, a large dining and reception hall and a deck.
I found the four-hour journey on the Thienta Two comfortable, efficient and safe. I could see the mountains and riverside views of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar from the air-conditioned cabin or on the open-air deck.
I chose the deck so I could enjoy the fresh air under the sunny sky. Life jackets were available under the seats in the cabins. Passengers on the deck were required to keep their lifejackets on. Members of the crew guarded the deck to ensure passenger safety.
Snacks and drinks were limited to the cabin to avoid littering of the river. Getting on and off the boat at various attractions was easy.
The Thienta Two was manned by a team of Chinese captains, crewmen and receptionists.
Maekhong Delta Travel Agency executive director, Ms Pakaimas Vierra, said: “We market ourselves as an alternative river transportation, where visitors to Chiang Rai can travel to Luang Prabang or Xishuangbanna, and return by air to Bangkok or Vientiane, or vice-versa.” For more information, check their website www.maekhongtravel.com.



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