Sensory wonders await with Accor’s multi-destination experiences – TravelDailyNews Asia
Accor offers Thai experiences for travelers, from Khao Yai’s tranquil aromas, Samui Island’s tropical bliss, to Bangkok’s gastronomic delights.
BANGKOK, THAILAND – Accor is inviting travellers to immerse in the Thai culture and awaken their senses to the evocative scents, gentle touch of nature, melodic sounds, enticing tastes, and mesmerising sights that await at remarkable destination across the country.
From August to December this year, both locals seeking to rediscover the country and international travellers looking to experience the essence of Thailand can enjoy the Kingdom’s sensory landscape to its fullest.
Aromas of Tranquillity: The Scented Charms of Khao Yai
Just a three-hour drive from Bangkok, Khao Yai offers a nature-filled getaway with lush landscapes. This August, travellers visiting Khao Yai can witness local culture and embrace the aroma of tranquillity. They can start their enchanting journey by participating in the floral merit-making tradition at Wat Phra Phutthabat temple near Khao Yai on Thailand’s Buddhist Lent Day, which takes place on 2nd August this year. The traditional practice involves placing flowers in monks’ alms bowls while pouring scented water onto the monks’ feet, with the belief that water will wash away bad karma while flowers create good karma.
After that, travellers can visit vineyards and wineries in Khao Yai for local wine tastings, or enjoy nearby recreational activities such as visiting local farms or sipping coffee at photogenic cafés. Mövenpick Resort Khao Yai offers panoramic views complemented by Tuscan architecture and rejuvenating wellness programs. For a relaxing dining experience drawing on the bucolic charms of the natural surroundings, Castleton Café is styled as a green café and embodies the tranquil atmosphere of the resort. Resort guests can also participate in special scented candle crafting workshops and aromatherapy to nurture their bodies, minds, and souls.
A Touch of Tropical Bliss: Inner Paradise on Samui Island
Guests can fulfil their sensory journey in August with a fun and relaxing trip with their moms this Thai Mother’s Day (12th August) on the stunning tropical island of Koh Samui, where they can relax on the soft sandy beaches, bask in the sun, and feel the gentle tropical breeze caressing their skin. Travelers can pamper themselves with indulgent Thai massages before joining the vibrant nightlife of Samui with stunning fire performances on the beaches and local night markets full of delicious street food. Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana is an ideal choice for accommodation, as it is located on Chaweng Beach at the heart of the island, where travellers can find everything they need, from restaurants, markets, and massage shops to an aqua park and water sports. The hotel is an ideal location for a locally inspired seaside escape with its comfortable rooms, a beautiful beachfront swimming pool, a cosy beach bar, Carpe Diem, and the al-fresco rooftop bar for sundown cocktails, La Moon. Guests can enjoy beachside massages, refreshing cocktails infused with local flavours, and even a workshop to create handmade Mother’s Day cards.
Flavours of Chinatown: Gastronomic Delights in Bangkok
For those looking to explore authentic local dishes, Bangkok is the perfect destination for a culinary trip. Home to many Michelin-starred restaurants and street food offerings, the city promises a mouth-watering experience for food lovers.
From late September to October, Thailand takes part in the annual Chinese Taoist celebration of the nine Emperor Gods, during which many people embrace a vegetarian diet for nine days. One of the most popular food events is the Bangkok Chinatown Food Festival at Yaowarat Road. Visitors can indulge in authentic Thai-Chinese vegetarian cuisine along the bustling road of Yaowarat, where various food stalls offer a symphony of tastes.
Conveniently located near MRT Silom, just three stations away from Yaowarat, ibis Styles Bangkok Silom provides a comfortable stay. Guests can enjoy the vibrant morning street food market across the hotel on Silom Road for more culinary adventures.
Sounds of Celebration: Cultural Delights in Chiang Mai
Every November, the joyous sound of celebration fills the air when people gather to celebrate Loy Krathong, an annual traditional event paying respect to the Goddess of Water. Chiang Mai, a treasure trove of northern Thailand’s Lanna culture, is the ideal destination to experience the festivities of Loy Krathong and the Yi Peng Lantern Festival, celebrated primarily throughout the north and linked to the ancient Lanna kingdom.
Guests can witness the sight of lanterns floating in the night sky and the beautiful Krathongs, small lotus-shaped boats made from banana leaves and decorated with flowers, floating along the Ping River at Nawarat Bridge. The lanterns and boats symbolize the release of negativity and the embrace of new beginnings. Visitors can immerse themselves in the enchanting Lanna traditions, including vibrant parades and captivating performances of Northern Thai classical music at Thapae Gate. They can also explore the vibrant and eclectic scene of Nimman Street before returning to Novotel Chiangmai Nimman Journeyhub, where they can enjoy the festive Lanna-style decorations, traditional music, and a delicious Mookata (Thai barbecue).
Visions of New Beginnings: New Year’s Eve Among Phuket’s Natural Beauty
Travelers are encouraged to bid farewell to 2023 and welcome the New Year in Phuket, a tropical paradise where they can stroll along the magnificent coastline during the day and enjoy the jubilant countdown celebration at night. Visitors can see the awe-inspiring sunset at Leam Phromthep Cape, where the sky transforms into a palette of orange and pink. Then when night falls, they can immerse themselves in Phuket’s lively nightlife, particularly at Patong Beach, where crowds gather to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.
Guests can opt to stay at Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach to take in a full view of the sparkling turquoise waters and pristine beach every day, or try the hotel’s private snorkelling tour to explore the beauty of the underwater world. On New Year’s Eve, they can savour a delightful dinner at the hotel’s fine restaurants such as Elements and Vero Trattoria & Wine Bar, which offer cliff-edge views overlooking the Andaman Sea and Naithon Beach.