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TRAVEL & TOURISM
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Furama announces new hotel in Chiang Mai

Celebrate Buddha’s birthday in Hong Kong

 

Furama announces new hotel in Chiang Mai

Left to right: Dr. Charnsiri Suetrong (Director), Wachara Tantranont (President), Jason Peck (Chief Executive Officer, FHI), Lau Hui Teck (Vice President, Operations, FHI) and Pansuang Xumsai at the signing ceremony for the new Furama Chiang Mai hotel.

Furama Hotels International (FHI) has signed a new 4-star 17-storey hotel in Chiang Mai and will rebrand it to the award-winning Furama trade name. Furama Chiang Mai on Huay Kaew Road will be officially opened this May, offering 295 dedicated spacious guestrooms with panoramic Doi Suthep’s mountain views.

As part of the 2010 plan for this Singapore-based hotel management company, Chiang Mai will be the next potential destination as FHI expands extensively in Thailand. In a city with cultural significance, the glorious mountainous views and the historical French influence sets the hotel at an advantage, with its grand interior and contemporary Thai style. All of the 295 rooms are equipped with bathtub and exclusive amenities fit for business travellers as well as leisure guests.

The Xanadu Pub and Restaurant, an open-air roof top restaurant with panoramic views of city, will provide live entertainment as well as serving guests the various local and international cuisine. The Grill Room will serve a taste of authentic French cuisine with the best selection of steaks and an extensive wine list. Pool Side @ Garden and Pool Bar is located at level 5 where you can treat yourself to a chilled out evening session with light snacks and beverages.

Jason Peck, Chief Executive Officer of FHI said that Furama Chiang Mai’s rebranding will be a platform for FHI in Chiang Mai.

“As the up and coming next potential market, Chiang Mai gives us a good opportunity of tapping into the hospitality industry in the north of Thailand,” he said at the signing ceremony.

The exterior of the new Furama Chiang Mai hotel on Huay Kaew Road.

 

Celebrate Buddha’s birthday in Hong Kong

People who have booked hotels in Hong Kong towards the end of May will find that the city’s Buddhist monks are out in force to celebrate the birthday of Buddha.

On May 21, all of the Buddhist temples and shrines around Hong Kong will become bustling hives of activity as statues of the deity are bathed and vegetarian feasts are prepared.

People visit the monasteries to offer the monks food, while a Dharma speech is often performed. In the evening, Buddha’s teachings and mediations are chanted at the many temples around the city.

According to What’s On When, visitors to Hong Kong who want to see some of the festivities should head to the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island, the Ten Thousand Buddha’s Monastery in Sha Tin or the Miu Fat Monastery in Tuen Mun.

The Po Lin Monastery is particularly popular among worshippers because it is home to the largest seated, outdoor bronze Buddha in the world.

One of the most important rituals to take place on the day is the bathing ceremony, when statues of Buddha are washed by the monks. The Hong Kong Tourism Board points out visitors are often invited to participate in this ceremony and are also offered some of the vegetarian food prepared in honour of the event. (PR Log Press Release)



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