1. Loy Krathong
Loy Krathong is easily one of the most beautiful festivals in Thailand. The massive party along the Chao Phraya River boasts fireworks, performances, and, of course, krathongs. As these delicate little ships float down the river on a full moon night, they carry each person’s misfortunes and wishes for the future.
And where better to launch your krathong and celebrate the days to come than The Peninsula, Bangkok? To celebrate the holiday, The Peninsula is offering specials throughout the facilities. The hotel has announced a special holiday package for B23,000++ as well as several lavish gourmet dinners. No matter what your dining preferences may be, The Peninsula, Bangkok has you covered.
Enjoy a B5,490 luxurious buffet at the River Café and Terrace while you watch an award-winning puppet show. For a more intimate experience, take pleasure in a Thai set dinner at Thiptara for B4,990 or a B7,590 (food only)/11,990 (unlimited drink) six-course western meal at The Lobby Terrace. Regardless of which of these magnificent meals you choose to partake of, they are all complemented by live music and dance performances as well as a spectacular fireworks display.
Recently crowned the best city hotel in Asia, The Peninsula, Bangkok, knows how to do Loy Krathong right.
2. Extraordinary Escapes (Spoof)
With an understanding that people travel to escape their everyday lives, Backyard Travel offers a range of trips that take travelers to places that truly are out of this world. Showcasing picturesque landscapes in unbelievable locations, travelers gain a deeper understanding of the characters in their favorite fantasy novels by experiencing their journeys for themselves.
The 14-day/13-night tour “A Cultural Journey” brings travelers to the Shire, where they will embark on their own quest to Mount Doom. The group winds its way through Middle Earth, stopping at such choice locations as Isengard, Fangorn Forest, and Edoras. Along the way, travelers also have the opportunity to take part in unique activities, including reenactments of famous battles and a boat trip down the River Anduin.
The “It’s a World, On a Disc” tour gives more adventurous couples a chance to cuddle up and get cozy as they travel Hubward. On the backs of Hubland bears, couples traverse The Hub with their guide on a 10- day/6-night excursion that leads them to one of the Disc’s most extraordinary sights: the Aurora Corealis.
Beginning on a seemingly bleak Kansas farm, the “In the Footsteps of Dorothy” tour will have travelers flying sky high as they are whisked away to the Land of Oz. From Munchkin County all the way to the Emerald City, travelers simply follow the yellow brick road and encounter the same wonders as Dorothy and her friends.
The “Kingdom of Narnia” tour sends groups traveling throughout the continent of Narnia over the course of 10 days and 11 nights. Starting their journey at the infamous wardrobe, travelers coil their way through the western woods, over the frozen lake, and all the way to Cair Paravel. With optional stops at several historic locations as well as a visit to Father Christmas, this tour is perfect for adults and children alike.
Travelers looking for a truly epic experience will definitely be interested in Backyard Travel’s longest tour ever. The 52-day/53-night “Winter is… a good time to travel” package places travelers atop The Wall, where they spend a night in Castle Black with members of the Black Watch. Following The Kingsroad south, travelers find themselves traversing a wondrous land filled to the brim with sights that are as beautiful as they are dangerous. Under the guard of the king, travelers are welcomed into each major city as well as a number of remarkable sights that will take their breath away.
Unfortunately, none of these places exist in our world, and our writer has an overactive imagination. So, while Backyard Travel cannot offer these specific tours, the good news is that we offer real journeys that are just as amazing!
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A local resident has been causing quite a stir in the community recently. Maria Gallahan and her family have been living in our fair city all their lives. In fact, they can trace their lineage back to the founding of the city. It seems that Ms. Gallahan’s father was among those who first settled in Green Lakes, and his descendants never stopped playing important roles in the city in many different ways, including developing the hiking trails.
Maria Gallahan has been so taken with her family involvement in the city as well as the history of the city itself. Two years, Gallahan opened the Green Lakes History Center. Since opening the Center, it has flourished. Tourists passing through the city love to stop to learn about the city with the Center’s guided tours and walkabouts.
But Maria had a problem: The guidebook that tells tourists about what they can find in Green Lakes hasn’t been updated since it was first released about a decade ago. Well, Maria took this directly to the publishing agency and it seems that they will be releasing a new edition of the guidebook this summer. The updated guide will include descriptions of local business, times and dates of tours, and reviews of local restaurants.
I don’t know about you, readers, but I can’t wait to see what comes out!
1. “About Us”
Four Squared English was created in 2011 by a group of English teachers looking for an alternative to the current practices on the Internet and in the classroom. These teachers, who have mastered several languages and taught several others, now understand how to teach the subject in order to gain the best results.
The company was founded on the idea that learning a little everyday is the best way to, over time, become fluent in a language. Four Squared English’s program was designed to accommodate students based on the amount of time they are able to devote to their studies.
2. “Our Program”
After years of teaching and studying different languages we have seen failure, frustration, and success. The most successful students were the ones who were able to study everyday. These students gained confidence, vocabulary, and the knowledge of the language needed to become better speakers. They did this not by dismissing a lesson as soon as the session ended, but by reviewing, then building upon it in order to increase their knowledge. Our program was created for everyday learning. Whether a student can devote a small or large amount of their time, we have a program that fits their needs.
Each week the lesson will focus on a specific piece of grammar and introduce vocabulary that will be used intermittently in future lessons in order to promote complete understanding. The idea of sporadically using the same vocabulary comes from the Spaced-repetition learning system, or SRS method of studying. In this method, the student sees vocabulary repeated at a high rate when the words are first introduced, with the rate then lowering exponentially as the student completes more lessons and is introduced to newer vocabulary.
In weekly or bi-weekly speaking lessons the student will meet with one of our teachers via the Internet. In this lesson the teacher’s role is to be a good listener, making the student feel comfortable and coaxing them to speak more. After each lesson the student will be sent a report. These reports are given to advise students and aid them in their review of three areas: Pronunciation, Vocabulary and Grammar.
Two words can be used to define Sofitel So Bangkok, and they are these: comfort and elegance. From the moment you enter until the moment you leave, the Sofitel staff seeks to keep its guests comfortable and in an environment that is both stylish and sophisticated. From greeting guests with a special drink to hailing a cab, they do not fall short.
The Sofitel So may be Bangkok’s first urban design hotel, but they adapt to the city flawlessly. Situated on the corner of North Sathorn and Rama IV, the hotel overlooks Lumpini Park, providing a unique experience for guests and visitors alike.
Designed by Monsieur Christian Lacroix, award-winning architect Smith Obayawat, and five well-established Thai interior designers, the Sofitel So Bangkok is dressed to impress. Dark, seductive lighting and music fill the common areas of the hotel, giving off a vibe to match.
The guestrooms and suites, decorated by local designers, are based around a central theme – the five elements. Water, Earth, Wood, and Metal each served as the inspiration for the design of the rooms. Little design flourishes add personality as the themes are incorporated throughout the hotel’s amenities while the neutrality of the lobby balances everything out.
Monsieur Christian Lacroix, the French master of Haute Couture entrusted with Sofitel So’s artistic focus, enhanced these designs and added the French touch that Sofitel is known for the world over by coordinating and showcasing each designer. Sofitel So Bangkok draws its inspiration from the picturesque view of Bangkok itself, where the five elements can be seen – the earth, wood, and water of Lumpini Park surrounded by the metal of the city and warmed by the fire of the sun.
The final element – fire – may not be displayed in its own section of rooms, but it can be found in many of the common areas and, more specifically, the restaurants. A visit to Red Oven, built around its gorgeous yet intimidating namesake, will make this theme vastly clearer.
In addition to Red Oven, Sofitel So Bangkok also offers a majestic dining experience at its rooftop restaurant Park Society Restaurant & Bar. Located on the 29th floor of the hotel, refined culinary techniques meet incredible scenery that capture the senses as the city lights come together with the elegant setting. The esteemed Chef Paul Smart and his team of culinary specialists have adopted a Chef’s table concept that allows diners to tailor the menu to their personal tastes.
The open-air section of the restaurant, named HI SO for obvious reasons, offers a more elite experience. Here, guests can enjoy the food of the Park Society menu in stylish cabanas that present a more romantic atmosphere while taking pleasure in the privilege of the personalized butler service.
The Sofitel So Bangkok also features an out of this world chocolate boutique, aptly named Chocolab, which serves delicious handmade chocolates in a delightful café-style setting.
Sofitel So Bangkok stands out amongst its competitors for many reasons, but the one that most guests will likely be concerned with is convenience. They need not fret as the hotel features a number of ultra-modern technical amenities. As Asia’s first hotel to offer such a “fully connected” lifestyle, guests will discover a number of services available via their room’s television. From room service to Apple Mac minis, nightlife recommendations to data streaming, cultural advice to helpful Thai phrases, Sofitel So Bangkok is nothing if not state-of-the-art.
For more active guests, the hotel features two floors of wellness experiences that afford guests with the fundamental pleasure and comfort that they desire. The So FIT area is equipped with all the latest fitness equipment and gives visitors the chance to get fit while gazing out at a grandiose view of Lumpini Park as well as the open air infinity pool, which hosts a pool party open to the public on the last Saturday of every month.
Guests who wish to be pampered and feel like royalty can visit Sofitel So’s spa concept, So SPA, which offers a selection of the most effective spa treatments combined with cultivated French cosmetology.
Bringing together modern technology with the spirit of innovation, Sofitel So Bangkok is an amalgamation of culture, fashion, taste, and style.