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
It was another successful and enchanting evening for Skål members and their
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
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
Golden Peacock yacht travels from Chiang Saen, Thailand to Xishuangbanna in
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
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.