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AUTUMN 2000

The House on the Klong

Bangkok has a new function room. Jim Thompson House has long been a must see attraction for visitors to Bangkok with a penchant for culture, traditions and indigenous lifestyle. The private museum, often called "House on the Klong" (klong means canal) relives history of the Legendary American who took notice in the extraordinary quality of Thai silk woven in remote villages and introduced it to the fashion world. The house is reconstructed from 5 homes brought in from upcountry Thailand to settle on the bank of Saensaeb canal in central Bangkok. It is decorated with antiques and artifacts from Thailand and the region collected over the years by the King of Thai Silk until his mysterious disappearance over 3 decades ago.

An area in the house compound has been constructed with a 2-storey wooden building in traditional architecture masterfully blending with the Museum and landscaped garden. Downstairs is a retail outlet with an array of wonderful products while the bar and function room are upstairs.

The function room has an area of 1,800 square feet with capacity of 120 for cocktails and 90 for dinner with full bar and kitchen facilities. It is air-conditioned and is spaciously laid out with the teakwood walls and polished floor exerting oriental elegance. The bar is another 1,000 sq.ft with large glass windows overlooking a lotus pond and lush gardens of the Jim Thompson House Museum, tastefully decorated with silk sofas and teakwood furniture. A function here expresses everything oriental, tropical and exotic.

This is a perfect venue for cocktails or dinner for small groups with theme entertainment and an informal talk on culture, history, Asian art and other subjects of interest by a local personality.

Bangkok and indeed Thailand offers wide choices of special events for incentives and special interest group travel programs. Contact CDM for tailor-designed program proposals with inclusions of special places and people.

SUMMER 2000

Bangkok Losing Reputation

Bangkok is losing its reputation, since December 5, 1999, of being a traffic-congested city. The Bangkok Skytrain (BTS) inaugurated service on H.M. The King's Birthday and has been unstoppable ever since, ringing praises and admiration. Built with a budget of US$50 million, two lines, total 15 miles, serve the riverside, business districts, shopping and residential areas with the combined 25 stops. The BTS operates during 6 a.m. to midnight. At its peak, an estimated 600,000-passenger count is expected to use the BTS on a daily basis. This means a largely-reduced number of cars in the city, facilitating better traffic flow and providing convenience to locals and visitors alike. Moreover, electric power means no pollution. Tracks are on viaducts supported by pillars 12 metres above ground, accessible by stairways and escalators at some stations. Automatic fare collection system offers both single journey and store-valued tickets.

Smart hotels and shopping centers quickly adapted to this phenomenon. 2 downtown upmarket shopping centers built connecting entrances from the stations directly into their premises. Hotels advertise BTS stations nearest to their properties. Maps are distributed to visitors. Shopping and Dine-Around have never been easier. Tips: The north line starts at Chatuchak Weekend Market and ends 2 miles short of BITEC. The south line starts near Shangri-La's Krung Thep wing and ends near Jim Thompson's House.

This clean and convenient public transport has given Bangkok a promising outlook as a modern and friendly metropolitan, and with the renown hospitality of the Thais, visitors do have a splendid time in our City of Angels. Bangkok is, more than ever, a must for travel programs to Thailand.

SPRING 2000

Meet at PEACH

Thailand has a welcome addition to the meetings industry: Pattaya Exhibition And Convention Hall opened in November 1999. This most developed beach resort in Thailand, and Southeast Asia, has matured so much that it has been too long overlooked by meeting planners and decision-makers of incentive travel programs. Not many other beach destinations anywhere are featured on every tour wholesaler brochure of any country, so Pattaya is labeled as overexposed and touristic.

The fact is Pattaya offers everything for everybody, as a true international destination. Every conceivable type of water and land sports, recreation and entertainment is in Pattaya. Some of these are the Elephant Kraal, Bottle Museum, Ripley's Museum.

PEACH's main hall covers 4,850 sq.m/52,200 sq. ft capable of seating 5,800 in theatre style and 3,000 for a banquet or back up of some of the many outdoor venues at the 1,100-room Royal Cliff, Pattaya's premier hotel. The hall, 9.5-m ceiling high, is divisible into 3 rooms. An entire floor below comprises 10 breakout rooms for 20-120 persons. Additionally, among the hotel's 4 separate wings, there are also 2 ballrooms and 12 breakout rooms. This capacity can comfortably host large-scale international meetings and conventions.

Pattaya is a mere 100 miles east of Bangkok. Sattahip International Airport is 15 miles away although it now only serves charter flights. It is also possible to charter trains from Bangkok to Pattaya for a fun day on rails with fortune tellers, strolling musicians and marching band welcome at the station.

In Pattaya, meetings are efficiently accommodated, social programs are memorable and activities abound for all. The weather is much the same year-round: sunny and warm. It is a true "Meet in the Tropics" destination.

The Thailand article in Echo is reproduced in www.cdmthailand.com with photographs.

WINTER 1999

New Venue in Bangkok

A hot new venue for off site functions has become available in Bangkok. Well, it is not so new and is actually older than Bangkok city itself.

Wat Arun is probably the most photographed temple on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The royal temple's postcard perfect prang (Cambodian style pagoda) structures are often featured on promotional literature, prominent in travel guidebooks and in photo albums of visitors to the country. They are truly a Bangkok landmark. The temple was built in the 16th century . The name Temple of Dawn was acclaimed with the arrival of King Thonburi's army at sunrise at this location after winning the war subsequent to the fall of Ayutthaya in 1767. Thonburi province where Wat Arun is located was thus founded Capital of Siam. Bangkok consequently became the capital in 1782.

The 12-acre temple ground is landscaped with walkways, lawns, bonsais and oriental gazebos. The main prang is illuminated at night, commanding an impressive sight over the glittering river. An evening may start with cocktail as guests board barges from the Bangkok side. This transfer is a journey in itself as numerous structures along the river in varying architectures are illuminated, together with the many types of boats provide an inimitable natural backdrop.

Cocktail can be continued at the temple with handicraft demonstrations and exhibitions of puppet and other traditional performances. The grounds are decorated with lanterns and lights, the main buildings and large trees and pavilions are illuminated. Apart from the main prang which is 324 feet tall and 4 smaller prangs at each corner, the main chapel guarded by two demons are also illuminated. An evening at this historical site exerts an enchanting and regal ambience. Buffet or served dinner accompanied by a classical ensemble followed by series of cultural performances. We have done functions for 150-250 and are planning on one for 2,000!

Contact CDM for unusual off site function possibilities that will help make an incentive program to Thailand a unique experience