Category: Resort

Centara Now Accepting We Chat Pay

Thailand’s leading hotel operator, Centara Hotels & Resorts, will now be accepting We Chat Pay transactions on its websites for those looking for convenient way to pay for their hotel near Esplanade Mall, via online room reservations.

The company already had nearly 100 electronic data capture devices for QR code scanning strewn across 15 of its hotels, for WeChat Pay, meaning that its currently the largest hotel group in Thailand that offers Chinese tourists omni-channel payment. WeChat Pay lets tourists directly pay for bills for accommodation, restaurants and spa treatments via their smartphones.

According to Centara, they are working to have WeChat Pay integrated into all of its global properties before the end of 2018. Centara CEO, ThirayuthChirathivat, says that a seamless and convenient payment system for their customers is a part of the company’s platform expansion, which is aimed at doubling both the number of their properties and their revenues within a five-year time span.

He says that with consumer behaviour changing, Centara is adopting an omni-channel strategy in order to keep up with the changing demands and provide a consistently excellent customer experience in all of its hotels. Chirathivat says that Centara embraces these disruptive opportunities in order to stay relevant, improve their services to their guests and stay on top of the industry.

Chinese tourists account for a huge chunk of Thailand’s international arrivals and, with approximately one-third of the Kingdom’s foreign travellers in 2017 hailing from China. According to the Tourism and Sports Ministry, Thailand is expecting at least 10 million Chinese tourists to visit the country in 2018.

WeChat Pay is the payment department of WeChat, one of China’s biggest social networks, which has become one of the most commonly used payment method for daily small transactions throughout the country, with at least 800 million active users to its name.

Centara, much like other tourism businesses in Thailand, have the Chinese as a significant part of their demographic, with Thirayuth saying that their sites receive hundreds of thousands of visits from users in China, with half of them via mobile device. Earlier in 2018, Centara signed a deal with TreePayCo, a payment platform company, for the development of a payment system that would allow Chinese customers outside of China to use their mobile devices to make payments for accommodations and services at Centara properties.


Reasons Expats Prefer To Hire Town homes And Apartments In Rangsit

Rangsit is a well-developed neighbourhood in eastern PathumThani. The area is close to the Don Muang international airport and is well connected to the city of Bangkok through the two expressways. The neighbourhood has a lot of housing schemes that offer modern amenities and boasts of wide open spaces, a rare convenience in the city.

Rangsit area has many malls such as future Park Rangsit and Zeer Computer super centre which is a one stop shop for all your software and hardware requirements. The area also boasts of some happening street food markets and has a lot of entertainment activity. People looking for low cost options to stay in Bangkok, can lookout for ทาวน์โฮมรังสิต which offers all the modern amenities provided by properties in the city with an added advantage of lower prices.

The area boasts of many international school with good reputation. If you are looking to move your family to Bangkok and are searching for good accommodation option, then a ทาวน์โฮมรังสิต is the best choice as there are several schools in the area. The homes in Rangsit are modern and offer wide spaces and gardens for the children to play. Low traffic in the area makes it easy to commute between different important areas.

Rangsit area is close to the major tourist attraction in Bangkok, the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya. It is only a half an hour drive from Rangsit to this important monument of Bangkok history. Apart from the ruins, many modern industries are located in the adjacent provinces, which makes Rangsit the most preferred residential neighbourhood to rent a town home. Many of the expats working in industries in the neighbouring areas like Ayutthaya, Saraburi and PathumThani prefer to hire a ทาวน์โฮมรังสิต , due to the low cost of accommodation and the ease of commute between Rangsit and the neighbouring provinces.

The presence of modern malls and entertainment options makes Rangsit, the preferred residential neighbourhood in Bangkok. Hiring aทาวน์โฮมรังสิต is economical when compared to other popular spots in the city, which makes it the most loved locality by expats coming to work in the industries near Rangsit.


How Fire Can Hit Even A Convenient Hotel In Sukhumvit

Although hotel fires happen occasionally, but they can impose serious effects to your hotel guests. Travellers should take extra care and must be alert of some basic information on what to do in case of fire especially during their vacation. Though guests can be booked in a convenient hotel in Sukhumvit, catastrophes like this can eventually happen.

If you want to stay safe when booking a hotel room, you need to ensure you stay no higher than the fifth floor. This will protect you in case of fire when fire engine ladders can possibly reach you. Higher floors are higher to reach especially that the ladders have a certain limit in size and length.It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

You also take with you a small, battery-operated smoke detector when you travel. You can hang it on the doorknob from the inside of your hotel room door. Or you can put it on a chair or piece of furniture just near your hotel room door. Now you are certain that there is alarm in case of smoke in the hallway.

Always check to see the closest fire extinguishers situated on every floor. If you are booked in a convenient hotel in Sukhumvit, be aware where the fire exit is located as this will bring you to safety in case of emergency. Never use the elevators in case of fire as they can be extremely dangerous and trigger a trap during fire.

If you smell smoke, or the detector alarms for smoke, don’t rush to open the door and rush out into the hallway. Touch the door knobif it is hot or feels hot. If it does, get down on your knees and open it slowly. If the hall is filled with smoke, crawl to the nearest stairs and escape the hotel as quickly as possible. If the hotel door is hot to touch, never open it. Instead get some wet towels and cover up the space at the bottom of the door with them. You need to fill the bathtub with cold water. In times of emergency, you need to take down the blinds, drapes or curtains and let people down below know that there are people trapped inside. Stay in the bathroom until the danger is over or when help arrives.


Asia Pacific Property Awards Names Phuket Marriot ‘Thailand’s Best Resort’

The hospitality industry, much like most of business fields, can get quite competitive. When it comes to a tourist hotspot like Thailand, many are vying for the honour of being counted among the best Phuket wedding resorts, or the best Bangkok resorts, which is why hotel operators take awarding quite seriously.

One such event was the Asia Pacific Property Awards ceremony and gala dinner held at the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park on the 4th of May. The event is part of the International Property Awards and aims to celebrate Asia’s leading hotels and residences. With Thailand being a hotbed of tourism, many hotels compete for the title of ‘Thailand’s Best Resort’.

That title was claimed by Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach, led by General Manager David Ippersiel. Ippresiel was there during the awarding, and made a statement on behalf of the hotel, saying that they are delighted to be named as ‘Thailand’s Best Resort’. He adds that the standards of Thai resorts are quite high, proven by the entry of several world-class properties in recent years, and to not only be recognized as one of the best Phuket wedding resorts but also the best in the country is both gratifying and humbling.

He expressed the hotel’s thanks to the International Property Awards for the honour, which they believe will lead to more guests walking in through their doors.

The Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach, opened its doors back in 2016 following a total renovation. The low-rise resorts features contemporary rooms, suites and beachfront pool villas, complimented by restaurants, a spa, fitness centre and even lagoon style pools that overlook the ocean of Phuket’s north-western coastlines.

It’s also quite popular as a wedding destination, being one of the country’s best Phuket wedding resorts, with facilities capable of catering to all types of ceremonies and celebrations.

This is the second consecutive year that the Phuket Marriot Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach received an award at the Asia Pacific Property Awards, having been named ‘Thailand’s Best Interior Design Hotel’ and ‘International’s Best Wedding Venue’, after laying claim to the title of ‘Thailand’s Best Wedding Venue’ and ‘Asia’s Best Wedding Venue’.


Oldest Shopping Center In Bangkok Almost A Memory

Many people who have been to Bangkok will say that the city is filled with hotels, office spaces and shopping centers everywhere. Often times, hotels are situated near shopping centers for convenience such as hotel near Central World which attracts a lot of guests. Before these new shopping malls came to life, there was the Nightingale Olympic department store. This shop is located at the edge of the Chinatown district and now barely seen because of the tangled electric wires that are hanging above the city.

Street hawkers have come to dominate the area and eventually overshadowed the department store that stood the test of time for the past 90 years. Nightingale Olympic is now forgotten and its establishment now a symbol of how it was in the years passed including the woman who brought it to life.

AroonNiyomvanich began working at Nightingale Olympic at 10 years of age back when it was still the biggest department store in Bangkok. She is now 96 years old. She shared how she was born and grew up working into the store.

Visiting Nightingale Olympic nowadays will make one feel that the building has turned into a museum rather than a department store. Looking at everything inside from the products sold to the furniture, everything speaks of how it has been maintained and still remains in an era that is no longer considered modern these days.

Niyomvanich, up to these days, is living her days within the desk inside the corner of Nightingale Olympic. According to her, everything inside the store holds a special meaning. The store was established in 1930 in a space across the road and it was started by his older brother called Nat. Nat considered the project his passion after their parents died. This is after their mother requested him to make sure everyone of them stays together thus all of his siblings worked inside the store and even their children years later.

She said that despite the number of developments in Bangkok including a hotel near Central World, they have never received offers to buy the establishment because no one is brave enough to ask them to sell the business that holds so much meaning for them.


Cleaners Discover Something Unwanted On The Gold Coast Games

It’s not unusual for carpet cleaning in Perth or anywhere else to find objects of questionable nature in their line of work, but when that something leads to major scandal for the world, one that can destroy the careers of the people implicated, then it’s definitely worth noting.

When the worker who took the job on the Gold Coast Games, coming from carpet cleaning in Perth or anywhere else in the country, they probably weren’t expecting to find something that could cause an international incident, and get the Commonwealth Games Foundation issuing an ultimatum. The statement, made after a cleaner discovered needles on the Gold Coast Games grounds, says that any athlete proven to be under the effect of performance enhancing drugs would be thrown out.

When the needles were discovered and the news revealed, Chief Executive David Grevemberg said that the CGF is already investigating the discovery, but did not give any details; refusing to share which nations were involved, and the details on the discovery. He did, however, state that the CGF was working on the issue with the utmost  urgency, as this discovery was made a mere three days before the Games’ opening ceremony.

A report from The Times of India released an article saying that the needles were found in the area allotted for the Indian representative team, but the team’s manager, Ajay Narang, said that the Indian team wasn’t involved, pointing out that the needles were discovered inside a water bottle on the outside.

Narang says that one of the members reported the needles to him, then he had a look to verify. He says that, as a good citizen, he did the reasonable thing and reported the discovery to the Medical Commission for analysis and disposal. He emphasizes that they never opened the bottle.

The CGF’s anti-doping policy has a “no-needles” rules for participant athletes, except those with approval practitioners or those who need injections for medical conditions such as diabetes. These new policies were introduced late March, which included later testing on stored samples for the first time. The storage of the samples means that they can be retested to ensure the veracity of results in case an athlete used a banned substance, which can lead to them losing their medals, like with Olympic athletes.


How To Find A 4 Star Boutique Hotel In Sukhumvit?

Everyone visiting exotic Bangkok will want an unforgettable and unique experience here. The city is marvelled with fast-paced urbanized lifestyle and traditional Asian culture. To have the best experience in this gorgeous city, you will want to find the best 4 star boutique hotel in Sukhumvit for your accommodation. You will also need to choose the activities you plan to do here and how you can get around. And to sum it all, you need the right budget to expend and enjoy Bangkok.

Whether you’re here for work or leisure, you can possibly discover the many affordable accommodations in Bangkok. You can have easy access to renowned tourist attractions, shopping malls and nightlife, which the city is famous for. You just need to find possible places to stay and find those that are accessible.

If you are searching for a 4 star boutique hotel in Sukhumvit, there are plenty to find that will suit your needs and preferences. It is right in the heart of Bangkok, where you can easily do things and explore. You can also travel distances that make your trip more pleasurable. The hotel alone can make you start enjoying what Bangkok has to offer. However, you may need to travel during off-season, which is between March through November, and enjoy special deals and lower rates.

Transportation from the 4 star boutique hotel in Sukhumvit to tourist attractions and other areas of Bangkok may be possible through tuk-tuk, taxis, the Skytrain and MRT stations, buses and river transport. However, traveling by train may be suggested as it is cleaner, cheaper and more efficient. It’s also air-conditioned so you don’t feel the heat and the congested roads of the city. Major tourist attractions are also situated near the stations where maps are available in English to find your way.

If you are planning a vacation in Bangkok and if it’s your first time here, you may need to ask your travel agent for some ideas on where to book and which part it is in the city. They can surely recommend to you the best 4 star boutique hotels in Sukhumvit at a location and price most convenient to your needs.