Mourning Period Over, Loy Krathong Comes Back

The Kingdom of Thailand has been mourning for the passing of King BhumibolAdulyadej last year on October. Since then, celebrations and events in the country is either toned down or cancelled. A few weeks ago, the cremation funeral was held for the late King. Celebrations and events are back in their usual festive spirit that tourists flocked to Chiang Mai Riverside Hotel in order to witness the most recent floating basket festival or locally known as Loy Krathong.

Once the funeral which lasted for five days ended, the mourning period was also over. Majority of the locals have started donning colored clothing since they had to wear black for the past 12 months.

During the festival, an ancient ritual was conducted nhonor of the water spirits. Participants placed traditional and handmade miniature rafts in the water while it carries candles, flowers and bamboo.

The ritual of the rafts done every festival is believed to carry with it all the bad luck while attracting the good fortune. Loy Krathongis celebrated in every part of Thailand but the northern part always does the most spectacular floating basket.

Authorities from the capital have indicated that despite their return, festivals for the remaining months of this year should be toned down as a sign of respect to the late King.

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s ChalermponChotinuchit said that celebrations will not be as luxurious yet but they will be highlighting them to represent more of the culture of Thailand.

Before the Loy Krathong, the BMA has already advised participants to only release rafts that are made of natural materials because environmental groups have already expressed their concerns regarding non-biodegradable wastes that are obstructing the drains and rivers.

Locals expressed their sadness despite the celebration because many of them loved the late King.

Thai Airways International, a national carrier, practiced safety measures by cancelling some of their trips to and fro Chiang Mai and Bangkok for two days.

Aside from Lo Krathong which attracts tourists to Chiang Mai Riverside Hotel, Yi Peng is also celebrated in the northern city. This is a festival where participants release lit lanterns into the night sky.


Practical Reasons To Choose 4 Star Hotel In Sukhumvit

For travellers who have the money, booking in a 5 star hotel is generally the primary choice for them. However, if you would be practical about it, you will realize that there is only a very slim difference between a 5 star hotel and a 4 star one. Before you decide to book in a 5 star hotel, find out what you can get out of a 4 star hotel in Sukhumvit or in any other Bangkok area that you prefer to stay.

If you would look closely at it, you will soon realize that there is not much difference between the two hotels except that in 5 star hotels, certain services are automatic and readily available. These services include 24-hour room service, valet parking,concierge and its restaurants are always open for 24/7. On the other hand, the mentioned services in a 4 star hotel are only available if you would request for them. Some services also subject to certain fees and charges in 4 star hotels while the mentioned services are already inclusive on the accommodation fees in 5 star hotels. Hotel rates are also lower in 4 star hotels.

When you book in a 4 star hotel in Sukhumvit, you get the same luxurious accommodation that you will experience in a 5 star hotel without paying for a king’s ransom. The best part of booking at a 4 star hotels is that you pay lower accommodation without sacrificing the quality of your stay.  By being practical about it and by choosing to stay in a 4 star hotel, you get to savehundreds of dollars that you can use in your other vacation expenses

To ensure that you will have an accommodation in a 4 star hotel in Sukhumvit, book in advance especially if you intend to visit Thailand during tourist season. Practical travellers may be planning to do the same so it would be best to place your reservations ahead to ensure that you will have a room on the date of your travel to beautiful Thailand.


World Luxury Awards For A Rooftop Restaurant In Sukhumvit

Let’s go search for the true beauty of Bangkok, and get a perfect view at a rooftop restaurant in Sukhumvit that you’ll never find elsewhere. If you’re afraid of heights, don’t be but learn to trust yourself to overcome the fears.

Just imagine the freshness at the top of Bangkok’s most famously skyscraper-top bar and restaurant. You can luxuriously dine and drink in these sixty stories above the ground.

An evening at Sirocco has been viewed as the prizewinning dining experience ever since the highest al fresco restaurant opened its doors to the world. It’s actually a distinguished site that was affirmed when the restaurant received the highest score by Thailand Tatler for being the best in categories of Food, Wine, Service and Ambience. Picture yourself fine dining in a rooftop restaurant in Sukhumvit amidst the overlooking ambience of Bangkok.

Feel the essence of the breeze as you reach the iconic Bangkok rooftop restaurant. You can ascend to the 63rd floor and walk down the aesthetically lit staircase. There’ll be great views of the city down below, while you listen to the relaxing tunes of the jazz band.

Skybar is a perfect place for pre-dinner drinks. Perk on the deep slope to your right while overlooking the city of Bangkok. Just ahead is the genuine Mediterranean cuisine, which is lusciously created with natural ingredients from the finest markets. The meals are carefully prepared and cooked by Chef de Cuisine Chef Gonzalo Ruiz, who brought to Sirocco a long gastronomic experience at the starred rooftop restaurant in Sukhumvitas well as hotels in Europe and Asia. Yes, it’snow here in Bangkok.

It’s truly the award-winning combination of cuisine, wine, service and ambience that perfection can start to emerge. It’sperfectly served by knowledgeable and talented staff. Sirocco’s cuisineswould not have been made possible if not for Chef Gabrielle Castellanza, his entire unnoticeable team, and incomparable ingredients.

For a lovely romantic meal, a magnificent business dinner, or an unforgettable family get-together, proceed to Sky Bar for some cocktails followed by exquisite cuisines at the renowned Sirocco. You are sure you’re going to have a nice time at the rooftop restaurant in Sukhumvit; reservations are highly suggested a week in advance.