How Visitors to Bangkok Can Celebrate the Queen’s Birthday

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August 12this a date that holds a special place in the heart of Thai people. It is the birthday of Queen Sirikit, the queen consort of King Rama IX (King Bhumibol Adulyadej). Every year on this date, residents of Bangkok gather to take part in candle lighting ceremonies to mark the occasion, a spectacle that is repeated at locations all across the country in a show of affection for the Queen. As a tourist, you are more than welcome to join in these celebrations and if you do, the Thai people around you are sure to appreciate the gesture.

What to See & Do

Below is a summary of places to go and things to do if you would like to share this special day with the locals.

1. Thanon Ratchadamnoen

Linking the Grand Palace with the palace in Dusit, this historic road in central Bangkok has been the site of many demonstrations over the years but on August 12th, the only thing being demonstrated is the love that the Thai people have for their queen. The buildings that line the road are bedecked with thousands of beautiful, coloured lights, Thai flags and portraits of Queen Sirikit.

2. Sanam Luang

After walking along Ratchadamnoen Avenue towards the Grand Palace, you can gather with the rest of the crowds in Sanam Luang, where the biggest candle lighting ceremony in the city is held. Buy yourself a candle – in a beautiful holder – and prepare to light it together with the rest of the crowd at 19.29 exactly. Once all the candles are lit, the people around you will sing traditional songs in praise of the queen.

In addition to the beautiful spectacle created by the huge number of candles being held aloft in the tropical night sky, you can look forward to a spectacular fireworks display. Thousands of people queue to sign an official guest book to show that they were there on the night but you do not have to do this unless you really want to.

3. Citywide Celebrations

If you cannot make it to Ratchadamnoen Avenue and Sanam Luang on the night, there is no need to worry that you will miss out on the celebrations on this auspicious occasion. Wherever you happen to be in the Thai capital on August 12th, you can be sure that there will be a candle lighting ceremony near you, along with musical performances and other shows to keep the crowds entertained.

August 12th is Also Mother’s Day in Thailand

The royal family is revered by Thai people and the King and Queen are considered as the father and mother of the nation. It is for this reason that Mother’s Day in Thailand was moved, in 1976, to coincide with the Queen’s birthday. If you should be staying at one of our Centre Point hotels or our serviced apartments in Thonglor on August 12th, we sincerely hope that you will join us in celebrating the Queen’s birthday and Mother’s Day too.

Tourist Attractions of Bangkok

Tourist Attractions in Bangkok

You’re always guaranteed to have a good time when you stay with Centre Point in Bangkok. Whether you stay at one of our hotels in Chidlom, Pratunam, Silom or Sukhumvit, or our serviced apartment in Thong Lo, you’re never far from the action.

With so many wonderful tourist attractions around Bangkok, as you can see from the handy infographic we have made so you don’t miss a thing during your time with us here in our ‘City of Angels’, you won’t be bored for a second, and we hope you’ll let us know just how much fun you had so as to share your good time with us.

Shopping, Sights and More

Bangkok is an internationally-renowned shopping destination that attracts tourists and holidaymakers from all over the world. Along with our famous street markets where you can try exquisite Thai foods and shop for local handicrafts and other souvenirs, Bangkok is home to an amazing selection of world-class shopping malls.

Just a short walk from Centre Point…

From Centre Point Pratunam you can visit Siam Paragon and the Platinum Fashion Mall, as well as the MBK Centre, one of the most legendary shopping centres in the city, along with the famous Jim Thompson House which is located nearby.

Within walking distance of Centre Point Pratunam you can shop at the ultra-modern Terminal 21, one of our newest shopping malls, visit Korean Town for lunch or dinner, relax in scenic Benjakitti Park with views of the Bangkok skyline, and a short tuk-tuk or taxi ride away, you can find the EM District, a premium business and tourist destination home to The Emporium, EmQuartier and the EmSphere.

Centre Point Silom lies in the heart of Bangkok. Connected to Robinson Bangrak, it’s located a short distance from Asiatique The Riverfront, a premier shopping destination with more than 1,500 boutiques, Bangkok’s famous China Town is right nearby, as is the colourful and intricate Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple.

In the midst of the central shopping district, Centre Point Chidlom is the perfect location from which to hit some of the best shopping malls in Bangkok, with Central Embassy, Central World and Central Chidlom all within walking distance. Lovely Lumpini Park is nearby, as is the Erawan Shrine, a must-see tourist attraction.

Situated in a trendy district favoured by well-heeled locals and expat professionals, our serviced apartment in Thong Lo is a little farther away from Bangkok’s shopping districts, but it does offer some of the best nightlife, including bars, restaurants and night clubs, found anywhere in the city.

So Much More

Bangkok is home to so much more than some of the best shopping malls in the world, and there really is so much to see and experience here. When staying with us in Bangkok, please don’t miss famous tourist attractions like the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and the wonderful waterway that flows through our beautiful city, the Chao Praya River, which is ideal for a leisurely afternoon cruise on a sunny Bangkok day.

Travel Sustainably on World Environment Day

Centre Point CSR for World Environment Day

Centre Point CSR for World Environment Day

What You Can Do to Travel Sustainably

Holidays are great fun, but they can also leave more than a carbon footprint from air travel. Just like you, the Centre Point team cares about the environment and looks for ways to live more sustainably, like using less tissue and reusing bath towels to protect our forests and reduce water consumption.

Did you know that our planet is 75% covered by water but we only have 2.5% of freshwater that we can drink yet we still use an average of 10 billion litres of freshwater each day?

We all have a role to play in reducing energy and water consumption, so here are a few things you can do to travel more sustainably. And that doesn’t mean you won’t have a fantastic time on holiday either, it just means travelling conscientiously and thinking about the resources you’re using.

You can also travel more sustainably when staying with Centre Point and exploring Bangkok, our ‘City of Angels’, starting by catching a high-speed train rather than a taxi from Suvarnabhumi Airport into the city. You’ll save time and money too.

As all Centre Point properties are located nearby BTS or Skytrain system, you can also get around Bangkok on the BTS and enjoy great views of the city, travel around the city’s waterways by boat, and when you travel to other exciting destinations around Thailand, catch a bus or train instead of flying. You’ll see so much more of our beautiful country along the way!

Today (5 June) is World Environment Day 2015. This is the biggest day of the year to engage in positive environmental action and encourage worldwide awareness of the many environmental problems we and our planet face.

The theme for World Environment Day this year is ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.’ The Centre Point team will be celebrating the day by doing our part to reduce consumption of water and energy and we hope that wherever in the world you are today, that you’ll be celebrating it with us.

 

World No Tobacco Day 2015

Centre Point CSR for World No Tobacco Day

Centre Point CSR for World No Tobacco Day

Everyone knows that smoking tobacco is bad for their health and the health of those around them. Smoking is one of the leading causes of serious disease and premature death, cutting short the lives of millions of people around the world every year.

Centre Point is concerned about the effects of tobacco consumption on our society and hopes that all our guests understand the harmful effects of smoking on themselves, their families and friends, and their fellow guests. Because we care about you and your health, we hope that all our guests celebrate World No Tobacco Day 2015 with us by saying ‘No’ to cigarettes and all other forms of tobacco.

World No Tobacco Day 2015

May 31st marks the World Health Organisation’s annual World No Tobacco Day. This is a very important day that highlights the health risks that are widely and irrefutably associated with smoking and tobacco use, and also advocates the introduction of policies by government and private organisations that effectively reduce tobacco consumption.

Thailand currently has more than 11.5 smokers, with more than 100,000 people taking up the habit every year. The Thai government is in the process of introducing new legislation that will make the purchase of cigarettes and tobacco products more difficult, including banning the sale of single cigarettes and raising the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 20 years. We wholeheartedly support these measures because we believe that everyone should enjoy good health and wellbeing.

Centre Point believes in the importance of policies that reduce the consumption of tobacco products. For this reason and many others, we are currently in the process of introducing our own no smoking campaign for the improved health and wellbeing of our valued guests from Thailand and around the world.

Centre Point’s Non-Smoking Room Campaign

Centre Point is introducing a non-smoking room campaign to improve the standard of service we provide and to ensure that each and every one of our important guests enjoys their time staying with us as much as we enjoy having you.

The first Centre Point hotel to start the campaign will be Centre Point Silom, which is ideally situated on the banks of the beautiful Chao Praya River, the waterway that flows through Bangkok, or the ‘City of Angels’, as we lovingly refer to it as.

At the present time you can specifically request a non-smoking room or suite when staying at any of our hotels, however, when the non-smoking campaign is fully introduced, all our rooms and suites will be non-smoking. Guests will be able to access smoking areas if they would like to smoke whilst staying with us.

Centre Point wishes all our guests – past, current and future – happiness and good health, and hopes they celebrate World No Tobacco Day 2015 in Bangkok, or wherever they find themselves on May 31st, 2015. From everyone in the Centre Point team, we hope you will be ‘proud to be a quitter’ and that you ‘make no butts about it’ by quitting today!

Bangkok – The Shopping Paradise

Bangkok Shopping Paradise

Bangkok Shopping Paradise

 

Bangkok is known as one of the most charming capital cities in the world. Besides its delicious cuisine, gorgeous temples and palaces, Thai people are also friendly with lively smile. Moreover, this capital city of Thailand is also the heaven of shoppers around the world with products varying from high-end brands to street brands, Thai brands, and affordable products to serve all level of customers. In addition, Thailand’s shopping malls are currently upgraded from being the center of normal stores to become the fashion and lifestyle center. As a result, shopping malls can serve all demands of customers including dining, shopping, and hanging out. In June, it is annually considered as the special moment for all customers because all shopping malls play their trump cards through providing customers some promotions and premiums. It could be said that all Thai and foreign customers will feel joyful and worthwhile with shopping in Bangkok. Well, let’s update all department stores with interesting promotions in Bangkok now!

The EmQuartier Shopping Complex

EmQuartier. It is considered as the mega project of this Bangkok’s generation. The project is divided into a department store, office buildings, a public park, and a five-star cinema. This department store focuses on all groups of customers varying from new generation of workers to executives and foreigners. The project area consists of three department store buildings including: The Helix Quartier that is the location of several brand name stores comparably to other countries such as Valentino, Saint Lauren, MCM, Jimmy Choo, etc. The second building is The Glass Quartier focusing on middle class brands to upper class brands starting from street wear with affordable price to cool high-street fashion. Moreover, this building is also consisted of the Virgin Active that is the most modern fitness of Thailand and a popular café, Emporio Armani Café that is considered as the first Emporio Armani Café in Southeast Asia. The last building is The Water Quartier located in the inmost area but outstanding with 40-meter imitated waterfalls that is the highest imitated water falls of Asia. Water will flow down from the 4th floor to the mezzanine floor with a sky park located on G floor located between the first two buildings. This is another outstanding point of this department store surprising all visitors. This building is consisted of Gourmet Market distributing some fresh food and dried food imported from other countries. Qurator is the top zone of the assembly of Thai designers and Q Stadium is also the center of leading street brands of apparel and jewelry. The most attractive creation is the brand new cinema operated by Major Cineplex Group. This part is also consisted of 3-storey LED providing vigorous feeling. All buildings are connected to one another, BTS Prompong Station and Emporium.

Location

The EmQuartier Shopping Complex is at Phrom Phong BTS station.

Opening daily: 10.00 am. – 10.00 pm.

Nearby Centre Point

Centre Point Hotel Sukhumvit 10 : 25-minute walk or 1 station by BTS / 2 km

Centre Point Serviced Apartment Thong Lo : 15-minute drive / 2.2 km

Central Embassy

The slogan of this shopping mall is the ‘Landmark of Asia’ with the strength of being the center of customers with high purchasing power. Since it is located near Central Chidlom Department Store, it is convenient for transportation. Its design resembles infinity shape with 3-D curves throughout the building providing nice perspectives from all angles suitable with its concept, “Infinite Possibilities.” The building is decorated with over 300,000 aluminum scales inspired by the shining of scales of Thai temple’s rooftop exposed to the sun. Its interior is decorated luxuriously in the ultra-luxury level providing bright and airy look that is consistent with decoration and styles of all super high brands. This department store serves all Thai and foreign customers looking for authentic high-end brand products including Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Gucci, Hermes, MiuMiu, and Prada.

Moreover, it is also improved to be trendy by supplying all products from high-street brands throughout the world for responding to demands of new generation of workers as well as providing international restaurants from Thailand, China, Western, and Japan. The most interesting points for foreigners are Eatthai that is the center of all finest Thai dishes from all regions throughout Thailand; and Talad Thai that is the center of premium Thai products distributing both fresh and dried products purchased as souvenirs.

Location

Central Embassy is near Chidlom or Ploenchit BTS Stations.

There is a skywalk that connects with Central Chidlom.

Opening daily: 10.00 am. – 10.00 pm.

Nearby Centre Point

Centre Point Hotel Chidlom : 5-minute walk or by complimentary tuk-tuk to Chidlom BTS Station / 0.5 km

JJ Market

If you travel to Bangkok without visiting the largest outdoor weekend market of Thailand, you’ve not arrived in Thailand yet. JJ Market is ranked as one of the largest weekend markets of the world with the most attractiveness that attracts both Thai and foreigners to shop at this market crowdedly on every weekend. The market is divided into 27 zones including the zones of apparel, jewelry, antique, art works, dried and fresh food, books, home decorative products, large furniture, and pets. The price of products available in this weekend market varies from ten baht to one hundred thousand baht. The charisma of this market is to accidentally discover some pleasant products that may be the unique in the world. Anyone who has not enough with the existing zones may continue shopping at the new zone, JJ Green Market, which opens after 04:00 p.m., located behind the Children’s Discovery Museum. We confirm that this market is full of rare items with affordable price.

Location

JJ Market or Chatuchak Market is near Mochit BTS station or Chatuchack MRT Station.

Opening on Saturday and Sunday: 09.00 am. – 07.00 pm.

Platinum Fashion Mall

Anyone who likes shopping should not miss Platinum Fashion Mall that is compared as the air-conditioning JJ Market located in the 4-storey building consisted of over 1,300 stores. Each floor is takes its name from popular cities in the world, for example, Orchard, Nathan, Oxford, Ginza, Soho, etc. It is consisted of men, women, and children’s apparel and jewelry manufactured and imported from nearby countries such as Hong Kong, Korea, China, or India. Most stores focus on wholesaling, i.e., selling in large order (However, some stores allow customers to buy from 3 pieces of product to get the wholesale price), and this is considered as the most worthwhile shopping. However, if you want to buy only one piece, these stores are also glad to sell such products for you in retail price. These department stores are the one-stop-service for anyone looking for any work apparel, evening gowns, or casual apparel.

Location

Platinum Shopping Center, Watergate is located on Petchburi Road next to Pantip plaza.

Opening daily: 10.00 am. – 11.00 pm.

Nearby Centre Point

Centre Point Hotel Pratunam: 5-minute walk / 0.4 km

Asiatique the Riverfront

Asiatique has successfully combined two of the most popular shopping experiences in the city, a night bazaar and a mall, with over 1,500 boutiques (selling souvenirs, handicrafts, jewelry, and clothing), and 40 restaurants housed under a huge replica warehouse complex. You’ll have good fun browsing the boutiques, and picking up gifts or something for yourself. You are guaranteed to find something you would like to eat. And if this is not enough entertainment, shows are performed nightly – Calypso ladyboy cabaret and a classic Thai puppets performance.

Location

Chareonkrung Soi 74-76

Opening daily: 05.00 pm. – Midnight

Nearby Centre Point

Centre Point Hotel Silom : 10-minute boat ride / 2.3 km

 

Amazing Thailand Grand Sale Fair 2015

Good quality products with cheap prices still exist! Just enjoy the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale Fair 2015, the expo of discounted products covering all products from apparel, footwear, jewelry, hi-tech product, beauty and health center, cosmetic, accommodation, and air tickets. You can find all these products with discounted prices in this mid-year for stimulating Thai economy providing liveliness and happy smile to Thai people. Therefore, all foreigners are invited to participate in this expo during June 11th – 14th, 2015, from 10.00 am. – 08.00 pm., at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center.

FRUITS SEASONS IN THAILAND

FRUITS SEASONS IN THAILAND

FRUITS SEASONS IN THAILAND

THE AMAZING VARIETY OF THAI FRUITS

A TYPICAL THAI TRADITION MEAL INCLUDES EATING SEASONAL FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, WHICH ARE WELL-KNOWN FOR BEING DELICIOUS AND FRESH. YOU WILL NEVER BE BORED WITH PLENTY OF CHOICES ALL YEAR ROUND. FOR THE TRAVELERS, YOU SHOULD NEVER MISS EATING THAI CUISINE. THIS EXPERIENCE WILL DEFINITELY GIVE YOU THE ULTIMATE SENSE OF THAILAND. WE WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF THAI FRUITS BEFORE TASTING THEIR FLAVORS.

 

SEASONAL FRUITS

MOST OF THAI FRUITS ARE AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND BUT SOME ARE SEASONAL (ONLY 3-6 MONTHS). WHEN SUMMER COMES HAVE A TROPICAL FRUITS ARE BACK AND DELIGHT US EVERY YEAR. SUCH AS MANGO, LYCHEE, DURIAN, JACKFRUIT, RAMBUTAN, PAPAYA AND MANGOSTEEN

 

THE POTENTIALOF TROPICAL FRUITS

INEXPENSIVE TROPICAL FRUITS ARE VERY EASY TO FIND DURING THE WHOLE YEAR WHICH HAVE THE BENEFITS TO PROVIDE SOME NUTRIENTS, VITAMINS AND MINERALS. THEY ALSO HELP TO TREAT MANY DISEASES AS WELL.

 

MANGOES AGAINST CANCER CELLS

YELLOW RIPE MANGOES ARE RICH IN CAROTENOIDS WHICH IS KNOWN TO REDUCE THE RISK OF SEVERAL TYPES OF CANCERS AND PARTICULARLY BREAST CANCER. CAROTENOIDS WILL OBSCURE ESTROGEN HORMONE, A CAUSE OF BREAST CANCER. AS A RESULT OF A LOWER LEVEL OF ESTROGEN PRODUCED IN POSTMENOPAUSAL, WOMEN WILL HAVE NO EFFECT ON CAROTENOIDS.

TIP

THERE ARE MANY VARIETIES OF THE DELICIOUS, REFRESHING MANGO AND A FEW DIFFERENT WAYS OF EATING IT. WHEN RIPE, IT CAN BE HALVED AND EATEN WITH A SPOON, WHILE MANY CHOOSE TO ENJOY IT WITH STICKY RICE AND COCONUT MILK (KHAO NIEW MA-MUANG)

 

PAPAYA FOR PREVENTING HEART DISEASE

HIGHLY VITAMIN C UP TO 70 MILLIGRAMS TO 100 GRAMS, INCLUDING VITAMIN E AND VITAMIN A, PAPAYA MAY BE HELPFUL FOR THE PREVENTION OF ATHEROSCLEROSIS AND DIABETIC HEART DISEASE AND BLOOD PRESSURE.

TIP

MIXING WITH YOGURT WOULD BE RECOMMENDED. WHEN RIPE THE SOFT DARK ORANGE COLOURED MEAT IS FULL OF FLAVOUR. THAIS LIKE TO SHRED UNRIPE PAPAYA AND MIX IT WITH LEMON JUICE, CHILLIES, PEANUTS AND DRIED SHRIMP (SOM TAM) – ONE OF THAILAND’S FAVOURITE SALADS.

 

RAMBUTAN HELP TREAT DIARRHEA

JUICY RAMBUTAN CONTAINS VITAMIN B, POTASSIUM AND MANGANESE. MOREOVER, THE BENEFIT OF RAMBUTAN RELIEVES SYMPTOMS OF DIARRHEA. SCURVY AND ORAL INFLAMMATION CAN BE PREVENTED BY EATING RAMBUTAN WHICH HAS RICH VITAMIN C AND BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM.

TIP

ITS WHITE FLESH IS FIRM, SWEET AND JUICY.

 

MANGOSTEEN FRUIT FOR PREGNANT WOMEN

IT COMPRISES AN IMPRESSIVE LIST OF ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS, VITAMIN B FOLATE WHICH IS ESSENTIAL DURING PREGNANCY. THEREFORE, FIBER, IRON AND VITAMIN C HAVE HEALING PROPERTIES WHICH HEAL CELLS DAMAGE AND SKIN PROBLEMS. MANGOSTEEN AIDS IN PROMOTING IMMUNE SYSTEM, HELPING MAINTAIN GROWTH OF BONES AND TEETH, PREVENTING ALLERGIES, AND DECREASING YOUR CHANCES OF HAVING CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE AND BLOOD PRESSURE AS WELL.

TIP

A DELICIOUS, DISTINCTIVE FLAVOUR ALSO MAKES IT WONDERFUL FOR JUICES.

 

DURIAN IS RICH IN NUTRIENTS

DURIAN IS NATURALLY RICH IN POTASSIUM, DIETARY FIBRE, IRON, VITAMIN C AND VITAMIN B COMPLEX. THE KING OF FRUITS IS EXCELLENT FOR IMPROVING MUSCLE STRENGTH AND BLOOD PRESSURE, BOWEL MOVEMENTS AND SKIN HEALTH.

TIP

IT SHOULD EAT DURIAN FRUIT IN THE RIGHT TIME NOT TOO YOUNG AND OLDER FRUIT.

 

NOURISH YOUR EYES WITH JACKFRUIT

JACKFRUIT IS RICH IN VITAMIN C AND MANGANESE, WHICH HAVE BENEFIT TO THE KIDNEY, LIVER AND ALSO A SUBSTANCE THAT HELPS STRENGTHEN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND BRIN. YELLOW JACKFRUITS PROVIDE ALL NUTRIENTS WHICH HAVE BECOME SUCH A CRITICAL TO YOUR EYES, PREVENT NIGHT BLINDNESS SUCH AS VITAMIN A, LUTEIN AND ZEAXANTHIN.

TIP

THE JACKFRUIT IS ROUGHLY THE SIZE OF A LARGE MELON AND PACKS A DISTINCTIVE AROMA AND SUCCULENT TASTE.

 

 

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A Golden Week in Bangkok with Centre Point

From April 17 to May 8, Centre Point is hosting Golden Week for Japanese travellers visiting Thailand. Enjoy our 4-star hotel facilities and the many wonders of Bangkok with these sensational deals.

Centre Point Pratunam

We have two family packages available at Centre Point Pratunam. These come with the following for a more enjoyable stay:

  • 1-hour Thai or foot massage for 2 people
  • Complimentary coffee and tea in the lobby
  • Wireless in-room internet access
  • Early check-in at 11am and late check-out at 2pm
  • 15% discount off treatments at Arunda Spa
  • 10% discount at Blue Spice Restaurant
  • A 50-Baht coupon for KidZania Bangkok, Siam Paragon

The first package is for 4 pax including 1 child. In addition to the above extras, this includes:

  • 2 scoops of ice cream for your child
  • 4 vouchers for the Resident Lounge

Our second package is for 3 pax including 1 child. This comes with the common extras above plus:

  • 1 scoop of ice cream for your child
  • 3 vouchers for the Resident Lounge

These packages are available throughout Golden Week so book a room and bring your family to Centre Point Pratunam this summer!

Centre Point Sukhumvit

Japanese guests at Centre Point Sukhumvit can enjoy three Summer Vacation Packages in Golden Week. Each includes a free late check-out until 5pm (depending on availability) and a 15% discount at RimSuan Restaurant excluding beverages.

Book our 89 sq m 2-bedroom Family Rooms for a minimum of 2 nights and get a 40% discount plus:

  • A one-way limousine airport drop-off (6 seats)

Those booking our 73 sq m 1-bedroom Suites for at least 2 nights will get a 50% discount. We will also throw in:

  • Complimentary daily breakfast for two people
  • A one-way limousine sedan car airport drop-off (2 seats)

We will also upgrade you to an 89 sq m one-bedroom Executive Suite for stays of 4 nights or more.

Our third package is for those booking our Deluxe Rooms for 2 nights or more. This includes a 30% discount plus:

  • Complimentary daily breakfast for two people
  • A one-way limousine sedan car airport drop-off (2 seats)

Book for 4 nights or more and get your Deluxe Room upgraded to a Suite with Spa Bath Room.

Centre Point Silom

Golden Week lasts from April 29 to May 6 at Centre Point Silom. During this time, Japanese guests will receive a complimentary late check-out at 6pm plus two free one-day BTS passes per booking.

Centre Point Chidlom

Centre Point Childlom is also hosting Golden Week from April 29 to May 6. Japanese guests booking through our website will receive a free late check-out at 4pm.

Centre Point Thong Lo

At Centre Point Thong Lo, Golden Week runs from April 29 to May 10. Book a 1-bedroom Suite, 1-bedroom Grand Suite, or 2-bedroom Grand Suite and receive a 20% discount immediately. The following is also included:

  • Free tuk-tuk service to Thong Lo BTS
  • Complimentary daily housekeeping services
  • In-room wireless internet access

This applies to rates for basic rooms plus rooms with breakfast. Be aware these bookings are non-refundable so ensure all details are correct before confirmation

Hello Songkran Day – Greeting Thai New Year Festival

songkran 2015One of the most important days in Thailand is Songkran. It’s not only a Thai way of celebrating New Year but also a time when we bind up and show some gratitude to our families. Songkran has been declared by the government as a long holiday from 13 to 15 April of each year. As a tradition, most people who work far away from home usually return to their hometown and pay respect to their families including making merits to their ancestors. In addition, Songkran festival demonstrates the smiles of Thailand that brings joy combined with ancient traditions harmoniously and reflects the true Thai culture with friendly water fights.

The most popular activities for Thai people during Songkran festival starts by making merits in the morning, releasing fish and birds in order to get good fortune. After that, they may bring some sand to the temple which would bring them prosperity and a wealthy life and most importantly pour water on the hands of the elders politely and ask for blessings. Having fun is not the only one subject for this festival but conserving Thai culture and inheriting a beauty of Songkran tradition and cultivating good moral traits to the next generation.

Where is the best place to go in Thailand for Songkran ?

      1. Khaosan Road

There is no doubt that Khaosan Road is one of the famous places for celebrating Songkran Festival and it’s always crowded with many foreigners and Thai teenagers. The fun of splashing water starts early in the morning until late evening with many activities for visitors such as concerts and a various out-door market.

      1. Asiatique

The newest check-in Landmark of Bangkok for tourist with retro concept Asiatique is the shopping scenic center along Chao Phraya river. There are a variety of gastronomical delights view, food and drinks with widely opened areas which are suited for outdoor events, especially Songkran festival. Splashing water is not the main idea, Songkran is mostly focusing on family celebrations, shopping, dining and savouring the river atmosphere.

      1. Silom

Do not miss the famous main road for water fights in Thailand. Many foreigners and Thais will join this battle together, in both ways in and out for splashing water from midday until late at night. Lined with shops from MRT Silom Station until Naralom intersection (Narathiwat Road intersect with Silom Road) is bustling with delicious food where you can fill your stomach and have a great time.

      1. Ratchaprasong Intersection

Bangkok Songkran Festival at Central World has been held successfully for several years. When the outer courtyard was transformed into the paradise of water with joy of lively music especially foam party zone instead of water suitable for everyone to have a good time. Easy to reach by Skytrain (BTS) linking to various points.

      1. Ko Kret

Escape from the city to visit this island and appreciate Mon culture. Because the Mon community settled here a long time ago. The Festival on the island offers culture and ways of life of Mon people through old tradition amusements. It takes less than 10 minutes from the ferry across the river to the island. (Do not forget the spectacular view from the river side). Taste the rice and the traditional desserts, enjoy shopping pottery, souvenirs, visiting the temple of the island and don’t forget to pour a bit of water onto the Buddha Image before going back.

      1. Chiang Mai

Another name for Songkran Festival in Chiang Mai is “Paweni Pee Mung Mai” always considered as one of the amazing highlights of the year because people truly pay attention to this festival. The whole city is surrounded by an atmosphere of happiness. The most popular point is Tha Pae Gate on Nimmanheamin Road but most of the crowd is around the moat. The locals and tourist are packed along the way including Folk activities, presentations of art and culture in Lanna style.

      1. Khao Niew Road, Khon Kaen

Songkran in Issan (North-Eastern Thailand) is one of the spectacular places just like the others. Khon Kaen’s province has become the ultimate Songkran Festival. By decorating the main roads where you can splash water just like on Khao San Road (hence, the name of the Khao Niew Road) supports of locals and Issan people and the tourists who want to experience water battle and listening to Issan music at the same time. In the festival, there will be the cultural zone to provoke the idea of preserving the old tradition with spectacular lights and sounds. If you are fond of music, you will love this. Khao Niew Road usually comes up with excellent concepts such as No Alcohol campaigns.

Tips for enjoying Songkran 2015

    • Songkran Festival in Thailand is ranked number 1 in 5 of the most colorful festivals in Asia.
    • Originally Thai people did consider Songkran as a New Year’s Day of Thailand. According to international standards it has changed to the 1st of January to ensure consistency with other countries.
    • Splashing water onto the Buddha image to show respect with flowers and candles before putting some perfume on the Buddha. Avoid pouring water directly on the head of Buddha. Politely pour water on the other parts of Buddha.
    • The purpose of this is tradition is not only to have fun but also wishing and blessings each other with water. Clean water should be used along with Thai aroma for the good smell. Perfumed powder can be applied on the face. Do not use dirty water or ice. Avoid using a water gun or hose pumping with high pressure water. As a Thai tradition, we should dress modestly and before putting powder on someone’s face it is better to ask for their permission. It is recommended to put around your neck a long line of jasmine garland for the great prosperity.
    • Pour water on the elders. (age 60 and above) The elders should not be blessed because we are younger. Just being blessed by them is enough. Start with inviting adults to sit down, put a small bunch of jasmine garland placed on their hands then we slowly kneel down in front of them and pay respect before gently pour water on their palms with a humble attitude. After the great blessing is over, we should pay respect again. When watering younger people or of the same age, be polite and ask for their permission before watering their shoulders and blessing them.
    • Traditional dishes for Songkran reduce the temperature of the body like Kao-Chae (Cooked Rice Soaked in Iced Water).

Sleep Your Way to Better Wealth: An Infographic

In support of World Sleep Day, the annual event established to celebrate sleep, promote sleep education and support important health issues related to sleep, Centre Point has put together the following infographic. Check it out to learn how you can improve your sleep with just a few simple steps.

World Sleep Day is organised by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM). Their aim is to reduce sleep related issues through better prevention and management of sleep disorders.

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Centre Point Mini Marathon for Na Kitti Koon Foundation

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Centre Point Mini Marathon for Na Kitti Koon Foundation

Date: Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Location: Benchakitti Park, Bangkok How to Get There

Time: Registration from 5.30am, run commences at 6.30am

Centre Point is proud to announce their sponsorship of this mini marathon charity event to raise money for the Na Kitti Koon Foundation, which helps special needs children to develop life and communication skills through drawing, painting, music and theatre. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the foundation, without any deductions.

How You Can Help Advance purchase tickets are available from the front office at all branches of Centre Point and cost 350 baht. Tickets are available on the day but we’d prefer participants to buy in advance to guarantee their place and also contribute to the smooth running of the event. The mini marathon consists of a 3.6-kilometre run, which will take place on the jogging track that runs around the edge of the lake in Benchakitti Park. The money that we raise from enrolment fees will go to the Na Kitti Foundation and help children with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other conditions to lead more fulfilling lives by learning how to express themselves through art. It shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes, even if you walk the course, and you will have the pleasure of knowing that you have helped us to raise money for a very worthwhile cause.

Highlights of the Event  We want to make the day as special as possible for all participants, to thank you for your help. Register for the mini marathon and you can look forward to:

  1. Adding your handprint to our special Heart Wall, which will be set up at the finishing line. We hope that this wall will act as a symbol of our cooperation to do good things together and encourage others to do the same.
  2. Receiving a running top that has been designed especially by Centre Point as a souvenir of the event.
  3. Enjoying the Good Time Art Pieces created by the special kids with whom the foundation works. At the park will be an exhibition comprised of works of art that the Na Kitti Foundation children have produced so you can see for yourself how beautifully they are able to express themselves through paintings and drawings.
  4. Having your picture taken and printed using Instraprinta. Your picture will be automatically added to your Instagram account with appropriate #Hashtags, and a hard copy printed out for you to keep as a memento of the day.

In addition to the above, every running participant who completes the course will receive their very own Centre Point Mini Marathon 2015 medal. The race will be divided into 3 categories – 19 and under, 20-39, 40 and over – and the first three runners to cross the line in each category will receive a special trophy. The winner of each category will also be presented with a beautiful piece of art, created by the children of the Na Kitti Koon Foundation.

How to Get There  If you are coming by bike or car, Benchakitti Park runs alongside Ratchadaphisek Road, located near the compound area of Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) just south of Asoke Junction in central Bangkok. Alternatively, any good taxi driver should know the location. Or take exit no. 3 at the conveniently located MRT station ‘Queen Sirikit National Convention Center’ (Opeining times 06.00 – 24.00 hrs).

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