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Krabi and Lanta - up and coming destinations

Across Phang Nga Bay from Phuket, Krabi offers unspoilt beaches, secluded islands, turquoise waters, impressive karsts and limestone cliffs and very pleasing scenery.

Top of the accommodation list is the gorgeous Rayavadee with 103 pavilion and villa units in 25 acres of coconut groves flanked by 3 national park beaches, and is accessible only by sea. Sheraton Krabi with 246 rooms and the soon to open Central Krabi Bay with 193 rooms will complement the area in its progress on becoming a well-recognized beach destination.

Activities are nature-based and mostly nautical-oriented, such as sea kayaking, island hopping and snorkeling boat trips. Quite a few national parks in the area are lush year round, offering the essence of true tropical rainforests. Elephant trekking and nature walks with waterfall picnic are some land-based options, as well as a handful of touristic sites and cultural attributes. Krabi is world renown for rock climbing, with awe-inspiring scenery from up high!

Access is convenient with Krabi Airport served by THAI and other domestic carriers. A boat trip from or to Phuket is an event in itself, with en route stops to explore sea caves, hidden chambers and powdery sand beaches.

Lanta is a group of 52 islets off Krabi coast, and Lanta Yai is the main island, with hotels along west coast beaches. The Pimalai is the current finest hotel choice, with 91 rooms and villas, soon to be added with 39 pool villas. Rawi-Warin with 182 rooms, cottages and suites in sprawling landscape, is opening in late 2005 and will become the prime choice for group programs. From Krabi airport, it is a 50-minute drive plus 25 minutes by boat to most hotels.

Krabi or Lanta Island is perfect for a 'rest' portion of perhaps a soft-adventure or active itinerary of Thailand or Indochina, for a nice 'cherry on top' part of a motivational and memorable program.


Riverside's the place …

Bangkok is one of the most popular destinations for a motivational incentive travel program. While modern development continues, the city maintains the unique oriental charm and yet is well endowed with endless attractions, world class hotels, great cuisines and superb shopping.

Many planners take advantage of the Chao Praya River which runs through Bangkok. Several "incentive class" hotels are located on the bank of the river, not only making it easier to plan activities, but also offering spectacular scenery. Staying by the bustling, colorful river, incentive achievers really know they are in the orient.

The legendary Mandarin Oriental is a repeat winner of best hotel awards of international magazines. White glove service is impeccable in all of the restaurants and at banquets. The historical Author's Wing is a choice venue for exclusive, formal functions for up to 100 guests.

Shangri-la wing at the Shangri-La features 670 rooms while the deluxe Krungthep Wing has 129 rooms and suites with balcony. A range of restaurants and lay out of meeting and banqueting facilities as well as outdoor function space completes the picture and the Event Service Department works with planners to ensure delivery of all details.

The Peninsula overlooks Bangkok from 'the other side' with all 370 hi-tech rooms and suites featuring panoramic river view, complemented with choice restaurants and well appointed meeting rooms.

Room count at the Royal Orchid Sheraton is 740 including 69 suites. The unique "meeting rooms with a river view" and popular restaurants rounds up a complete venue under one roof, supported by the friendly event service department.

At the Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa, all 413 rooms and suites are with balconies. The hotel emphasizes being a "resort in the city" with "uniquely Thai" touches.

When open in February 2006, the 33-storey Millennium Hilton will offer 543 rooms & suites with river view, and some interesting restaurants and bars, including a roof top function room.

It is quite practical and entertaining to plan transfers and sightseeing by the river which has a complete network of "klongs" or canals on the west side of Bangkok. Creativity has no limit here. Programs can include Dine-Arounds, luncheon cruises or sunset cocktails and dining by the riverside. Temples along the banks and numerous types of boats provide an inimitable natural backdrop. The river is never the same any hour of the day or evening.

Contact us for an incentive program that will "sail" through with great success.


Samui Island

The Gulf of Siam offers some wonderful island getaways with white-sand beaches, sapphire blue seas and flowing palms and Samui is highest on the list.

Formerly known as the island of coconuts, Samui had lately been discovered as paradise in Thailand's gulf, an idyllic tropical retreat not yet crowded and offering an almost opposite climate to Phuket in the Andaman Sea. Best months for Samui are July to August and December to February. Bangkok Airways operates frequent daily flights from/to Bangkok.

Some of the hotels of incentive class are Le Royal Meridien with63 deluxe rooms, suites and villas, Santiburi with 71 luxurious villas and suites in 23 acres of garden, Anantara with 100 rooms and suites and the Napasai with 70 accommodation units.

Activities include boat trips to the nearby Taen Island for swimming and fresh seafood or Angthong Archipelago Marine National Park 20 miles/1.5 hour speedboat trip away with some 40 islands grouped together for some rather breathtaking nautical scenery or a closer exploration with sea kayak. Other islands are Koh Phangan, 5 miles from Samui , more famous for full moon parties, and Koh Tao, a further 17 miles is best known as Gulf of Thailand's diving capital.

Samui is a choice for many planners as the final destination of a multi-stop travel program for small groups, perfect for relaxing and 'directive freedom' activities with boat trips, waterfall exploration, elephant treks and golf at Santiburi, destined to be one of the best in Asia.


Chiang Mai

Thailand's north is an explorer's paradise, representing age old culture amidst rolling hills, soaring mountains, cool streams and rich greenery.

In Chiang Mai, accommodation options are rapidly improving, with the Four Seasons having been the prime choice for years, the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi has joined the rank, to be followed soon by a few more famous names. Chiang Mai is definitely getting the attention it deserves. Just an hour's flight from Bangkok, convenient connections are offered by Thai Airways and other airlines.

Activities abound. Temples are in the graceful northern style with enchanting charm. Handicraft village visits are always fascinating as these are where the popular hand made crafts are produced in traditional methods handed down for generations.

Elephant camps provide educational experiences on seeing how the magnificent beasts are trained, and having a chance to ride them through lush vegetation and across streams is a highlight of a visit. In the hills are villages where the 6 tribes reside with traditional ways of life, highly interesting to visitors from the outside world.

Venues for functions are special and bring out the best in northern charm. With cooler climate, it is very pleasant to spend time outdoors with fine cuisine and memorable cultural presentations.

Traditional festivities are enjoyed at its best such as the Yi Peng lantern launching as a gesture to send away bad luck and receiving good fortune. A program to Thailand will be most complete indeed with a portion in north Thailand.