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Armoni 11 Rebrands as Citin Sukhumvit 11 After Extensive Refurbishment

Compass Hospitality has announced an agreement with Armoni Sukhumvit 11 to rebrand under its Citin portfolio as Citin Sukhumvit 11.

The hotel has been rebranded following a comprehensive refurbishment that witnessed the hotel’s full closure. The rebranded hotel has started welcoming guest since the remodel. Along with a name change, the hotel has undergone a total renovation that includes the exterior, all guestrooms, and common areas.

Citin Sukhumvit 11 now boasts 52 newly-refurbished rooms with ambient lighting. An earthy, wooden color palette is reflected in the choice of textiles, paint, and modern bathrooms. Comfortable and convenient, Citin Sukhumvit 11 is located among a wealth of both local and international dining options.

Mr. Erik Wee, Corporate Director, Training & Audit of Compass Hospitality, commented:

“The original building was stripped down to its structural bones. A large portion of the hotel was completely redesigned to provide the essentials that modern travellers seek.”

Nestled in Sukhumvit Soi 11’s sub-alley, Citin Sukhumvit 11 offers guests a quiet experience while providing easy access to Nana area’s legendary nightlife, accompanied by bustling bars, popular restaurants, and street food galore. The hotel also benefits from close proximity to the Nana BTS Skytrain station (1-min walk), the underground Sukhumvit MRT Station (9-min walk), and Terminal 21 Shopping center (8-min walk). The hotel delivers value for money to travellers who are looking for a comfortable, contemporary, and affordable accommodation with great accessibility in one of the most popular sois’ in Bangkok.

Armoni Sukhumvit 11 Rebrads as Citin Sukhumvit 11

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Bangkok, The Ultimate Town Experience

Street Tourist - Bangkok, The Ultimate Town ExperienceBangkok is a colorful and high-spirited city full of things to do for a diverse group of people – from indulging in Thai staples in a medley of colorful markets to immersing yourself in an exotic culture.

Every corner you turn has an extraordinary history, pristine natural conservation areas, and renowned parklands that are fun for both locals and tourists alike. Art buffs will find the booming metropolis brimming with a vibrant art scene, while lively festivals add even more bold color to the crowded streets and frenzied urban sprawl.

With that in mind, first-timers may find Thailand’s glittering capital overwhelming at first glance. If you’re looking to maximize your trip to Bangkok, we’ve got you covered with our ultimate getaway plan to the electric city.

Tip #1: Take a Food Tour around Bangkok

One of the best ways to fully immerse yourself in a new city is by tasting their culture’s diverse flavors. With that in mind, Bangkok offers food tours that can satisfy your craving for authentic Thai staples, while the eyes are full from the scenic backdrop of the city’s most exciting markets such as the Flower Market, a local Muslim market, and the vivid streets of Chinatown.

The best part? Indulging in street food is a perfect activity for those foodie adventures without breaking the bank as many stalls serve mouth-watering dishes all for a friendly price. Whether you have an epicurean palate or seek out your thrills in the form of comfort food, there’s no denying that Bangkok’s marketplaces have delectable joints you should keep tabs on your visit.

Tip #2: Explore the Red Light at Soi Cowboy

Those who want to fall into Bangkok’s red-light district can find a rabbit-hole of adult entertainment at Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza, two of the most vibrant areas where you can set your inhibitions loose. The lively streets are lined with go-go bars where beautiful and charming girls will greet you at every corner. The allure of this sin city is that it coaxes out a wild and lively side in you, making it a must-visit spot if you’re looking for a unique experience.

Tip #3: Take a Stroll at King Rama IX Park

Locals or tourists in search of a quiet place to enjoy the great outdoors can find a safe, green haven at King Rama IX Park. It is Bangkok’s largest public park filled with horticultural beauty and various types of plants arranged in over two dozen eye-catching, picturesque gardens representing different cultures.

Families and friends are free to stroll around and marvel at the outdoor sculpture and miles of walking paths, all of which have the power to leave a lasting sense of peace upon your visit. For lovers of all things nature, the city’s loveliest attraction is the place to unwind and relax under the sun.

Tip #4: Delve into the Arts in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok

Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok is an awe-inspiring spot that looms over the city, housing Thailand’s most comprehensive collection of modern painting and sculpture. The museum itself is a striking sight to behold with five-stories containing over 800 pieces of art since the introduction of advanced western concepts.

Tip #5: Explore the Kamthieng House Museum

Those who are suddenly missing the peacefulness of a provincial life can visit Kamthieng House Museum, a hub for live cultural experiences that focuses on educating city-goers about rural life in Thailand. It’s a quiet haven within the hectic, urban jungle of Bangkok, making it an ideal sanctuary for those who want to learn about the exotic culture of Thailand in a time where there were no skyscrapers dominating the vibrant island.

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First Hospitality Management Graduation Ceremony of Regent’s International College (RIC)

Our President & CEO Harmil Singh was invited to address the first Hospitality Management Graduation Ceremony of Regent’s International College (RIC). As RIC’s main hospitality industry partner, Compass Hospitality provides the student body with internship opportunities at our properties.

Held at RIC campus on October 24, 2019, the ceremony hosted attendees including graduands, scholarship recipients, parents, board directors, partners, and guest-of-honour Dr. Virachai Techavijit, Founder and Chairman of Regents Education Group.

Highlighting the importance of continuous, lifelong learning, he mentioned in his speech, “Indeed, you have already achieved a significant milestone by graduating from a distinguished institution. However, the knowledge you have gained is only the foundation waiting to be strengthened by layers and layers of even more knowledge and work experience.”

We are happy to witness some of our best interns’ first step into the real world. Once again, congratulations to the graduating class of 2019!

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Compass Hospitality Continues UK Expansion with New London Hotel

October 1, 2019 – Compass Hospitality is set to make a debut in London through the signing of Arosfa Hotel, which has been recently acquired by Singapore-based Buxani Group. The Arosfa Hotel will be Compass Hospitality’s 16th hotel in the UK, further establishing the hotel chain’s commitment to consolidate its footprint in Great Britain.

A Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse, the Arosfa Hotel dates back to 1780 and was a former home to the famous Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir John Everett Millais. The boutique hotel houses 17 charming bedrooms and enjoys exceptionally central location in the historic Bloomsbury district of Fitzrovia, a short walking distance to major landmarks in the area including The British Museum, Oxford Street, University College London, and Regent’s Park. The hotel also benefits from excellent transport links; London Underground tube network, as well as three of London’s busiest railway stations – London Euston Station, London King’s Cross and London St Pancras International – are all within walking distance from the hotel. The last of the three railway stations also connects London with major cities in Mainland Europe such as Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Arosfa Hotel into our diverse portfolio of projects,” says Kishore Buxani, Founder and CEO of Buxani Group. “This strategic expansion in London marks our third hotel in the UK managed by Compass Hospitality since last year and highlights our robust confidence in the market.”

Harmil Singh, CEO of Compass Hospitality, added “On the back of encouraging performance across our UK portfolio, we are happy to expand and to set foot in the Capital. We continue to be committed to the UK market and we are eyeing further expansion in the coming months.”

About Compass Hospitality

Compass Hospitality is one of Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing hospitality management companies, managing and operating a wide portfolio of 50 hospitality properties across all market segments. Following the rapid growth in Southeast Asia, the group has expanded into the UK market in 2015 and has since built a portfolio of 16 hotels across the UK. UK hotels operated by Compass Hospitality are located in London, Oxford, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff, Nottingham, Cheltenham, Eastbourne, Inverness, Coventry, Scarborough, Dundee, Dumfries, and Carmarthen.

With 4 distinctive brands, Compass, Citrus, Citin, Ananda, and alongside our Compass Collection which includes individually branded hotels and resorts, Compass manages and operates hotels, resorts, executive serviced apartments and spas located in Thailand, Malaysia, and the UK.

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Compass Hospitality UK Head Office: The Victoria Hotel, Hollinwood Ave, Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 8DE

Compass Hospitality Thailand Head Office: Suite 10/91, Trendy Office Tower, 5th floor, 10 Sukhumvit Soi 13, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
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Harrow International School Bangkok students successfully completed their internship with Compass Hospitality

Last week we had the absolute pleasure of welcoming Napatra Vacharavithayakorn, Stanley Chow, and Theerathep Youngvanich from Harrow International School Bangkok, as they venture and explore their interest in the hospitality industry. Under the guidance of our Digital Marketing and our Investment teams, the three successfully completed a SWOT analysis of four properties: Compass Skyview, The Continent, Galleria 10 and Galleria 12.

“We at Compass Hospitality appreciate young talents and the grit to learn,” commented Irvan Sutiono, Manager, Investments and Compliance. “SWOT analysis is no easy task for a high school student, and the three have impressed us, each taking a different approach to tackle the project. Rabin and I are honored to have been able to guide them through the process, and we hope to welcome them again in the future.”

The students shared their thoughts about their internship –

Thep Youngvanich – Year 11 Student at Harrow International School Bangkok

First of all, I would like to thank Compass Hospitality for providing an opportunity for me to experience business in the hospitality industry. Even though I only had one week to experience the business world and to work with Compass Hospitality, I have received many lessons and experiences that cannot ever be acquired through school.

For my one-week project, I had to create a SWOT analysis of two hotels managed by Compass Hospitality. On day one I had no clue what a SWOT analysis was, at first I thought that I had to analyze cops around the area! Once I actually understood what the SWOT analysis was: an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of a product. I went straight to the Internet and immediately compared the rates of hotel rooms I am in charge of and its competitors. Little did I know, my method was wrong. After talking to my supervisor who gave me more knowledge about the hospitality industry, I understood that comparing prices isn’t as simple as I thought due to the constant change of supply and demand of rooms. He told me that there are different aspects of a hotel that draws in guests and suggested me to look at qualitative data such as reviews. My supervisor also puts emphasis on collecting only reliable and useful data, continually saying, “Remember to always take in things with a pinch of salt”. Sure, at school the teachers always said this to me, well not the exact saying, but you get the point. It was common sense, but it was easier in theory than in practice. Going through all the data and slowly filtering them was tiring both mentally and physically (especially on the eyes), but it proves to be a very significant skill.

Besides collecting data from the Internet, I also had to talk to managers of hotels and the e-commerce team. Therefore, I had many opportunities to talk to the operational manager, general manager, human resources manager, the financial manager, and the e-commerce team. Every single person was approachable, resourceful, and very helpful. They gave me their opinions on my SWOT analysis and their own viewpoints of the hotels. In addition, they also taught me how to interpret and determine the relationship between statistical data and taught me new vocabularies such as RevPAR (Revenue per available room), YTD (Year to date), and ADR (Average daily room rate). Besides all the raw knowledge I’ve received from this experience, I’ve also received something that is tremendously beneficial to me, which will play a huge part in deciding my career path: the sincere advice from people I’ve met during my one-week experience. I appreciate everyone that told me about their personal experience during the one-week duration, because like they said: ” They have gone through what I am going through, all the puzzlement and cluelessness; and if they could have the opportunity that I have received, they would also appreciate it”.

Overall this one-week work experience at Compass Hospitality was well spent, though challenging at times, it was absolutely exhilarating and fun. I would definitely recommend the experience to people who are interested in the hospitality industry.

Punpun Vacharavithayakorn – Year 11 Student at Harrow International School Bangkok

During the one week of work experience at Compass Hospitality, I worked on the SWOT analysis of The Continent Hotel. The placement that I observed was digital marketing. I experienced what it’s like to work in an office with other people. It was very tiring at times but that was a valuable experience.

The task that was given to me was to do a SWOT analysis of a hotel. It had a lot of flexibility so the outcome of the task was a bit different for the three of us. I focused mainly on the hotel itself. So my SWOT analysis was focused on the continent hotel not the surrounding area. A new skill that I learned was how to make a SWOT analysis and I think this is very helpful and can be used in other fields not just for hospitality. The SWOT analysis helped me understand how to spot the strength, weakness, opportunities and threats of a place or an object along with how to use the internet to find useful information about the hotel, such as the price, customer reviews and nearby hotels.

What I focused on was customer reviews because I believe that is important for the image of the hotel and also the flaws that the manager pointed out to me that are visible for the guests. When I went to look at the hotel with the general manager it taught me how a hotel operates with different sectors working together for example food and beverages and housekeeping and showed me how important it is that all these sectors work together to create a pleasurable experience for the guests.

I also made a presentation to present this information on the last day of the work experience. This was nerve-wracking but helpful because it is a good opportunity for me to practice my public speaking and presenting skills.

In conclusion, I had a wonderful time at compass hospitality. Although it was one short week, I learned many new skills and had a great experience that taught me a lot.

Stanley Chow – Year 11 Student at Harrow International School Bangkok

I had my one-week work experience in Compass Hospitality, when I entered the office I barely knew anything. We were very nervous because we’ve never done anything like this before, although it was terrifying at first, I was also very excited because this is very new to me.

During the one week we had there we were given a task, that task was to create a SWOT presentation on the hotel we were tasked to do a SWOT analysis on.

On our first day we first researched on the Hotel we were tasked to create a presentation on. I was assigned to Compass Skyview Hotel, Thep was assigned to 2 hotels, Galleria 10 & 12, Punpun was assigned to The Continent Hotel. We first researched on our hotels given. After doing a fair amount of research, we set off to our hotels by ourselves, and got a tour by the staff in the hotel. It was a cool experience, I never thought I would get a tour of a 5-star hotel, from the tour I asked many questions and found out many things which made it more interesting.

The second and third day were the same just constantly researching and slowly adding things to our presentation. On the fourth day, Thursday, is when the nerves really started to kick in, I was completely terrified of the thought of presenting my presentation in front of people I don’t really know. And also I really don’t like standing in front and talking people I don’t really know.

On Friday, our last day there we were really nervous but also really want to finish the project. But also scared if we got anything wrong about the hotel. When it was my turn to present I started off badly, I stuttered a lot at first until they told me it was okay if I was nervous and to take my time. I took a little break and then continued and finished, I felt like I did badly at first and got better later. Throughout my week at Compass Hospitality I found it really challenging because all the tasks were new but it was also very exciting and fun, I had an amazing time there, I got to learn new things I didn’t know and got new experience.

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Compass Hospitality & Meituan Reach Strategic Cooperation Agreement

Meituan, Compass Hospitality Reach Strategic Cooperation Agreement

BANGKOK, June 14th, 2019 – Meituan (HKG: 3690) (the “Company”), China’s leading e-commerce platform for services, and Compass Hospitality Hotel Group inked a strategic cooperation agreement that aims to provide convenient, safe and comfortable accommodation experiences for Chinese tourists overseas.

Compass Hospitality’s flagship store is now available through both the Meituan App and Dianping App, allowing consumers to browse and inquire about the price, location, and room status of all hotels run by Compass Hospitality across different cities in Thailand, Malaysia and UK. This gives them the opportunity to make choices according to their needs and preferences along with the chance to explore and learn about the specialty restaurants on offer by Compass Hospitality through the flagship store.

Under the agreement, Meituan and Compass Hospitality will also cooperate on brand development, comprehensive hotel income management, and data analysis. In terms of brand development, in addition to strengthening the presence of its flagship store, Meituan will help Compass Hospitality promote its brand and enhance its brand awareness among Chinese consumers, especially the younger generation.

On initiative regarding hotel comprehensive income management and data analysis, the two sides will jointly explore the new “Internet + accommodation” model, which centers around driving accommodation business growth through utilizing the internet and digital technologies.

Headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand, Compass Hospitality has four hotel brands: Compass, Citrus, Citin, Ananda Resort & Spa, which are located in nearly 20 cities including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Kuala Lumpur and various cities throughout the UK. Compass Hospitality operates various hotels ranging from budget properties, luxury orientated properties, lifestyle orientated properties, serviced apartments, resorts, and boutique city hotels. These hotels are well located and give consumers easy access to major attractions.

Since launching its overseas hotel booking business in 2017, Meituan Hotel has expanded to cover about 500,000 hotels in nearly 200 countries and regions and enjoys rapid growth in transactions.

About Meituan

Meituan (HKG: 3690) (the “Company”) is China’s leading e-commerce platform for services. With the mission of “We help people eat better, live better,” the Company’s platform uses technology to connect consumers and merchants. Service offerings on the platform address people’s daily needs for food, and extend further to broad lifestyle and travel services. According to the iResearch Report, Meituan is the world’s largest on-demand food delivery service provider and China’s largest e-commerce platform for in-store dining services in 2017. It currently operates the world’s largest on-demand delivery network in terms of the number of deliveries in 2017. Meituan helps consumers discover merchant information, make informed decisions, complete online and offline transactions and enjoy on-demand delivery. The Company currently owns several household brands in China, including Meituan, China’s leading online marketplace for services by GTV in 2017, Dianping, China’s leading online destination for discovering lifestyle services by MAU in 2017, Meituan Waimai for on-demand delivery services, and Mobike for bike-sharing services. Meituan had 400.4 million Annual Transacting Users and 5.8 million Annual Active Merchants by the end of 2018. The Company operates in over 2,800 cities and counties in China.

Guo Qing, Vice President of Meituan, General Manager of Meituan Hotel, and General Manager of Meituan Ticket Booking and Travel Business : “We hope to bring more localized experience to Chinese tourists overseas through the cooperation with Compass Hospitality.”

About Compass Hospitality

Compass Hospitality is a young and dynamic hospitality group headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand. With the vision ‘’ To be the best in its class for the Hotel and Serviced Residences and to lead the marketing with avant-garde approaches’’, the company has 4 distinctive brands; Compass, Citrus, Citin and Ananda Resort and Spa (alongside our Compass Collection). Within these four brands, a large variety of lifestyle preferences are available to guests, from boutique hotels, resorts, lifestyle properties to budget efficient alternatives. With a portfolio of 5,000 keys; 29 properties in Thailand, 4 in Malaysia and 15 in the United Kingdom, a wide variety of Compass Hospitalities’ properties give guests easy access to major attractions in Southeast Asia and Europe, making it an ideal option to for individuals who want to be based at great locations and expect quality services.

Tejinder Sidhu, Senior Vice President, Business Development & Operations at Compass Hospitality : “Meituan is an ideal platform for us to engage with Chinese travellers who are looking for peerless hospitality when travelling abroad.”

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7 Ways to Make the Most Out of Easter Season

Of all the holidays, Easter may be the most overlooked one. Christmas is one of the biggest events each year, with people making preparations months in advance. Halloween gets a lot of attention during the fall, as everyone breaks out the trick-or-treating candy and the creative costumes. It’s understandable why many people forget about Easter, as aside from the egg hunts and the rabbits, there isn’t much more that goes along with it. However, this doesn’t always have to be the case, as there are so many ways that people can enjoy easter.

While it’s true that every holiday loses some of its charm as we grow up, that doesn’t mean that we have to stop having fun celebrating it. With that said, here are seven things you can do to spice up this upcoming Easter:

    

  1. Dress up as the Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny is another gift giver that many people forget, but it’s still a great character that should be emphasised! If you want to have fun with your children, consider putting together an Easter Bunny costume and sending the little ones out to have fun on Easter morning.

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  1. Take a ham tour

Easter is the perfect time to eat all the ham you could ever hope for. That alone should be a good reason to celebrate! Take your family around the country to try out the best hams in each region. A food-motivated road trip is a great way to make the holiday more memorable!

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  1. Set up an egg hunt

Of course, we can’t mention Easter without talking about egg hunts! This is the time of year where you and your family can enjoy one of the most family-friendly activities of all time!

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  1. Give your friends and family the best gifts

When it comes to presents and gifts, Easter is as good of a time to show your loved ones that you care. Therefore, if you’re planning to surprise somebody, gifts are the best way to show your appreciation.

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  1. Find the best candies from all over the place

Although the Christmas goodies are sure to tempt you, Easter isn’t much better because of all the snacks and sweets. If you can’t beat it, why not roll with it? You can make it your mission to get all the best snacks from the country to enjoy with your family. It’s a great way to make Easter a treat!

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  1. Wear your pastel fashion

If you love fashion, Easter is the best time to whip out your favourite pastel dresses, shirts, and jackets, as these beautiful light colours will be getting plenty of attention during this time of year. Pastels are often not the most flattering of colours and chances are that you don’t break out your millennial pink pantsuit to wear very often, but you won’t have to worry about that during Easter. Wear all the pastels to your heart’s content!

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  1. Take a family trip

Easter is a sign that winter is officially over, which means that it indicates the start of the travelling season! If you’ve been craving the spring weather throughout the whole winter, Easter is the best time for you to start your journey!

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If you’re planning to book a trip this Easter season, we can provide you with the best accommodation. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help.

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Songkran Festival – Everything you need to know on Thai New Year

Songkran is the world-famous Thai Water Festival that’s held every mid-April. It marks the New Year in the Thai Calendar and attracts tens of thousands of tourists to come to Thailand every year. If you’re looking to experience this year’s Songkran Festival yourself, here are seven questions that you may be asking as well as their answers:

  1. When does the Songkran Festival take place?

Songkran Festival starts on the 13th of April, lasting all the way through the 15th. In some years, the celebration doesn’t stop until the end of the week, but the peak is typically the last official day of the festival.

  1. How is Songkran celebrated in Thailand?

People usually go back to their hometowns to visit their family during this time. The roads outbound from the capital city are packed during the beginning of the celebration, as many people in Bangkok are originally from other parts of the country. Most people will take a day or two to go to Buddhist temples to pray for good fortune for the year. There’s also a tradition of mixing a baby powder with water to make a white paste that will then be applied to the face of passersby. You can expect to see tons of parties and water trucks running around splashing water everywhere on the road, so be sure to look out for them if you’re planning to drive during Songkran.

  1. What is Wan Nao?

Wan Nao takes place on the 14th. This is the day when many Buddhists will gather to pray throughout the night for good fortune for the year to come. Many also engage in the tradition of building a small sand temple or “chedis” for good luck as well.

  1. When is the Thai New Year’s Day?

April 15th is the official New Year’s Day according to the old Thai calendar, which is why the main attractions are usually on the night of this day. In the morning, there will be a major prayer session held at every temple in the country and offerings will be given to the monks everywhere.

  1. How is Songkran celebrated in Bangkok?

Bangkok is the centre of all Songkran festivities, so you can expect to see everything from the craziest parties and the grandest events to the biggest gathering of the Buddhist crowds. The largest religious gatherings will be held in the morning of the 15th at Wat Pho (pronounced wad-po), which is one of the country’s most important temples. If you want to see how the locals celebrate Songkran, Wat Pho is the best location to do so. On the other hand, if you’re looking to experience the best parties, Khao Sarn Road or RCA is where you should be headed.

  1. Is Songkran celebrated in other parts of the country?

Songkran is a national holiday, so there will be parties and celebrations held all throughout Thailand. The festivities in Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Pattaya, in particular, are some of the best places to enjoy Songkran outside of Bangkok. If you go to Chiang Mai, you can expect to see most of the action gathering around the Old Town area. Since Chiang Mai is a historic city, there will be many temples hosting a Songkran prayer session in the morning. The same also applies to Phuket, as it has a similar culture as that of Chiang Mai’s. Bangla Road, Patong and Saphan Hin Park are the best places to enjoy the water festival action. Pattaya is a town where there’s only one main strip, so you will be able to experience water fights practically everywhere.

  1. Can foreigners participate in the Songkran Festival?

Yes, they can! Thai people are known for their welcoming nature and it has always been a part of their culture. If you dress for the occasion and come with the right mindset, you can fit in right away! Keep in mind that you need to be respectful of the people and culture, as that is to be expected when you travel anywhere in the world.

If you’re looking to book a hotel for your Songkran, we provide a central location to get in on the action. Book today!

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Best Places to Celebrate Songkran Thailand

Songkran is the most popular festival in Thailand and usually celebrate around 13-15th of April in every year. April is also the hottest month of the year, so this is probably a perfect time to have a water fight around in this month! Here’s how to have a great Songkran in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

Songkran in Bangkok

Silom

This is the biggest place to head to experience Songkran in Bangkok. Where the roads is packed with thousands of people carrying water guns. The highlights of this place are the fire trucks with a powerful water spray on them!

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Khao San Road

The water fight here is mixed with one big wild and noisy party! Khao San Road is the place to go if you want to hit the crowds armed with a cocktail bucket and a water gun. This place will make sure that no one can escape from getting wet

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Siam Square

This place is more chill and suitable for kids and family. There are stages and activities in front of Central World, including music, low-key watery fun, and cultural events. Alcohol and powder are banned.

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Sanam Luang

If you want to escape from the hectic streets, I suggest you to come to Suan Luang.

Sanum Luang is a great place for cultural Songkran fun with performances and ceremonies that showcase Thai culture, heritage, and values.

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Songkran in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is where the Songkran Festival is originated from. Generally, Songkran is celebrated widely throughout the city center. Yet, the most popular places among the locals are as following:

Thapae Gate or Chiang Mai Gate

It is the major entrance into Chiang Mai city with literally intensity in swashing by the water gun fight. Apart from the water gun fight l there is a large stages set up with various performances and you’ll see plenty of people wearing traditional Thai costumes.

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The Moat

The old city of Chiang Mai is surrounded by a moat, which is often used for those to re-fill the water guns & buckets, which will only last for a few seconds, as it will get thrown to the person next to you

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Nimmanhaemin Road

Apart from getting soak, the Maya shopping mall in Nimmanhaemin road has a stage set up every day with a different artist & DJ to keep you entertained all day long.

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Schedule of Chiang Mai Songkran Festival 2019:

Activities Date Time Venue
1. Bathing Rite of Setangkhamanee Bhuddha Image and Folk Art Performance 1-3 April 09.00 – 23.00 Chiang Man Temple
2. Poy Sang Long, Bhuddha Image Bathing Rite, Sand Pile Building 4-6 April 09.00 -22.00 Pa Pao Temple
3. Bathing Rite of Phra Sapphanyu Chao Detmuang 7-9 April 09.00 – 22.00 Chiang Yuen Temple
4. Tracing Pee Mai Muang Tradition, Bathing Ritual for Buddha Image, Making of Lanna Flags 7-16 April 06.00 – 20.00 Lok Mo Lee Temple
5. Lanna Flags Decoration 9-15 April All day Around four moats
6. Sand Pile Building, Buddha Image Bath Rite, New Blessing Rite Local Folk Arts Performances 10-15 April 08.00 – 21.00 Jed Lin Temple
7. Celebration ceremony of Phra Singha Bhuddha Image, Kad Mua (Local Market) Thai Folk Singing Contest, Local Art and Cultural Performances 11-15 April 08.00 – 24.00 Phra Sing Temple
8. Worshipping Ceremony for Three Kings Monument and Worshiping Phraya Meng Rai 11-12 April All day Three Kings Monument
9. Bathing Rite of Jom Sri Puri Nam Nang Rua and the Salutation Ceremony to San Swae Buddha Image 11-16 April 09.00 – 22.00 Yang Kuang Temple
10. Alms-Giving Ceremony in the Celebration of 723rd Anniversary of the establishment of the Chiang Mai City 12 April 06.00 – 08.00 Three Kings Monument
11. Salutation and Worship Ceremony to the Head of Kabillaphrom (God of Songkran) 12 April 10.09 – 11.39 Chiang Mai Municipality
12. Bathing Rite for Buddha’s Relic 12-15 April 09.00 – 22.00 Pan On Temple
13. Alms-Giving Ceremony for Pee Mai Muang (Songkran) Festival 2019 13 April 06.00 – 08.00 Tha Pae Gate
14. Opening Ceremony for Pee Mai Muang (Songkran) Festival 2019 13 April 08.09 – 08.39 Tha Pae Gate
15. Invitation Rite for the transportation of Phra Buddha Sihing 13 April 09.09 – 09.39 Phra Sing Temple
16. Cycling Parade of the Women ride bicycle hold umbrella Contest 13 April 07.00 – 12.00 Tha Pae Gate
17. Lanna Traditional Devotion Ornaments Contest 13 April 07.00 – 11.30 Tha Pae Gate
18. Invitation Rite of Phra Buddha Sihing and Important Buddha Images Procession 13 April 13.30 – 18.00 Sanpakhoi Intersection to Phra Sing Temple
19. Miss & Mister Songkran Contest 13-14 April 19.00 – 24.00 Tha Pae Gate
20. Lanna handicraft demonstration booths & Free Workshop by TAT Chiang Mai Office 13-15 April 13.00 – 18.00 Tha Pae Gate
21.1 Tracing Lanna Culture: Cultural open space for temple fair, Local market, wisdom art performances, theatre knowledge, Cultural Art Performance 14-15 April 17.00 – 22.00 Three Kings Monument
21.2 Tracing Lanna Culture: Light & Sound presentation: Telling the story of Songkran Festival 14-15 April 17.00 – 22.00

 

Lanna Folk life Museum
21.3 Tracing Lanna Culture: Exhibition of Songkran Festival 14-15 April 17.00 – 22.00

 

Lanna Folk life Museum
22. Songkran Kids Contest 15 April 19.00 – 23.00 Tha Pae Gate
23. Alcohol-Free Activities by Health Promotion Foundation 13-15 April 09.00-18.00 Town area
24. Lanna cultural open space for Pee Mai Muang 13-16 April 13.00 – 18.00 Bhuddhasatharn
25. Procession of Holy Bodhi Tree Supportive Wood and sand offering to temple 14 April 13.30 -17.00 Iron Bridge to Temples
26. Procession of the Salutation Ornaments for the Governor of Chiang Mai 15 April 13.30 – 18.00 Klangwiang Intersection Governor’s Resident

How to Survive Songkran Festival

So, if you find yourself in Thailand during the Songkran festival, there is no way of not getting a water fight or wet. So please be prepared and take good care of your belongings keep them in the hotel or in water proof bags. Take splashing and water fight in the good humor as it is intended and if you don’t want to get wet stay indoors or in the hotel.

So plan ahead for the Songkran 2019 by booking accommodations early. Where you book for your accommodation depends on where you plan to celebrate this festival, whether Bangkok or Chiang Mai.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Visit Oxford

6 Reasons Why You Should Visit Oxford

Oxford, United Kingdom

Oxford may be better known around the world as the home to one of the best and most popular universities in the world, the University of Oxford. However, the city of Oxford is more than just the university in houses. It’s a place that’s proud of its culture and has an elegant architecture that’s a mix of its rich heritage and great academic background. That’s just the tip of the iceberg as there are several more reasons why you should visit Oxford:

1 – Punting

Punting is an Oxford tradition. The best way to enjoy Oxford is to cruise the river in a punt. Simply hire the punt and pack a few things you’ll need such as Champagne. This is a tradition that’s been alive since the late 1800s and you better continue on such a tradition.

2 – It’s a great place for book lovers

Oxford is home to Blackwell’s bookshop, which is the largest academic bookseller in the entire UK. It is also home to the Norrington Room, which has a bookshelf space of over three miles. Oxford is also a place where a lot of popular authors drew inspiration. These authors include J.R.R. Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, Thomas Hardy, and C.S. Lewis.

3 – The cocktails are so good

There are plenty of great cocktail bars in the city of Oxford to fit the locals’ love for the finer things in life. It is often said that the best cocktail experience can be found in Raoul’s Bar. The cocktail menu in Raoul’s is considered one of the most creative in the world and the surroundings and the ambiance is also just as great as their drinks.

4 – The beautiful architecture

The buildings of Oxford are architectural wonders. The building designs have a sort of academic feeling combined with traditional architecture. The university buildings are beautifully golden and can make you feel like you’re back in the 1200s.

5 – It’s a place for academics

While Oxford is more than the university it houses, it is still better known for the University of Oxford. Because of this, academia rules Oxford. Learning is the centre of the entire city. You’ll see students walking and cycling on their way to their classes. You can even see some sitting by the riverbanks to chill or read. And everywhere you go the University seemingly has an effect. Stores, buildings, restaurants, and businesses all adjust to the academic environment of Oxford.

6 – There are plenty of good museums

Because Oxford is a city rich in history, it has incredible museums. If you are a fan of art, you can go to the Museum of Modern Art where you can enjoy both traditional and modern art alike. If you are a fan of history, you can go to the Oxford Museum of Natural History where you can go face to face with an extinct bird called the Dodo. And even if you aren’t a fan of museums, you can still enjoy the Pitt River Museum, which has over 500,000 items that have been collected from all over the world. You’ll never know what you’ll find in the Pitt River Museum.

Hawkwell House Hotel is based in Oxfordshire, and is an ideal hotel to stay at to visit the historic attractions of Oxfordshire, get in touch or book your stay online today!

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