BANGKOK 19 September 2012: As people become more concerned about wellness and explore the world of non-medical treatments to improve their health, beauty or simply relax to beat stress, the spa business is expanding at an amazing pace.
In Thailand alone, we will lose count of all the spas, their innovative selling points and the creativity they display in coming up with new signature products. But there are always newcomers and some of the catch our attention.
Recently, SpaNovator, a spa consulting company, launched its own spa, arom:D Academic Spa” (read ‘arom-dee’ Thai words meaning good mood). It claims to be the world’s first academic spa offering a variety of massage and treatment workshop courses.
BANGKOK, 9 December 2010 – Thailand is likely to lift a controversial state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding areas by the end of this year, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Wednesday.
“The situation has improved,” the PM reported.
“I think (emergency rule) will be lifted before the New Year,” he told reporters, adding that the authorities would retain measures to monitor people inciting unrest and to contain protesters.
The laws were introduced in the capital in early April in response to mass anti-government rallies by the “Red Shirt” movement that ultimately left more than 90 people dead in clashes between demonstrators and the army. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 2 December 2010 – Cambodia has postponed opening a border gate with Thailand at the disputed site of an ancient temple, an official said Wednesday, after conflicting reports over troop withdrawal from the area.
“We have delayed it indefinitely,” said Hang Soth, director general of the government-run agency managing the Preah Vihear temple.
Cambodia earlier this week said redeployment of troops by both countries away from the border had eased the way for the gate to be opened for the first time in over two years on Sunday.
PHNOM PENH, 30 November 2010 – Cambodia plans to reopen a border gate with neighbouring Thailand at a disputed temple this weekend, officials said Monday, indicating a thaw in relations between the two countries.
“I hope the gate will be opened very soon,” said general Chea Tara, a Cambodian deputy commander-in-chief who oversees troops at the 11th century Preah Vihear temple.
Cambodian and Thai troops were working “on a good solution to resolve the problems along the border”, Chea Tara told AFP by telephone.
BANGKOK, 29 November 2010 – Thailand’s Constitutional Court on Monday dismissed a case against the ruling Democrats which had threatened the party’s future, saying the complaint was not filed lawfully.
The decision saves the Democrat party, led by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, from dissolution, but is likely to anger opponents of the government who believe Thai politics is subject to legal double standards.
“The filing by the Electoral Commission is unconstitutional because the process was not done properly,” said judge Udomsak Nitimontree, reading out the ruling at the court in Bangkok.
BANGKOK, 24 November 2010 – Thailand Tuesday offered an initial US$30,000 in emergency aid to Cambodia following the deadly tragedy in which nearly 350 people were killed at popular water festival in Phnom Penh.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva also said his government was ready to provide support and assistance “to our friends in Cambodia,” which shares a long border with Thailand.
BANGKOK, 22 November 2010 — Thailand and Cambodian signed a visa exemption agreement during the 4th Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy Summit that closed last week in Phnom Penh.
The visa-free entry will be effective from 16 December, allowing citizens of both countries to visit without having to apply for a visa, either at the embassy, or on arrival at a border check point.
BANGKOK, 19 October 2010 – Orient Thai Airlines re-introduced Monday its Mi-Ni I Pass, a prepaid voucher set that can be used across the airline’s domestic network.
The Mi-Ni I Pass contains three vouchers (one for each sector) priced Bt4,900, all-inclusive. On average, the fare is Bt1,633 per sector. This is higher than the airline’s regular lowest fare of Bt1,550 per sector, incluse of all surcharges.
BANGKOK, 12 October 2010 – The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Monday urged Thailand to take tough action against people found producing, distributing or selling child pornography.
The call follows reports in the Bangkok Post that revealed stall vendors along Sukhumvit Road, one of the city’s main tourist districts, were openly selling child pornography DVDs.
“The sale of such material is a blatant and serious violation of a child’s rights and it must not be tolerated for another day,” Tomoo Hozumi, the UNICEF representative in Thailand, said in a statement.
BANGKOK, 12 October 2010 – Bungalows on Chang Island were swept away in mudslides causing at least one fatality, while three golf-course reservoirs in Rayong province, burst flooding villages in the area, earlier today, the national news bureau reported.
One woman has been reported missing in the Rayong flooding caused when golf course dams broke and a man died when floods caused his car to ram a tree.
Water from three damaged reservoirs owned by a golf course in Wang Jan district, Rayong Province, damaged more than 100 houses down hill from the dams.