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Suphannaphum kingdom in spotlight

Khun Luang Phra Ngua Learning Centre in Suphan Buri. Photo © The Fine Arts Department

The Fine Arts Department (FAD) and Suphan Buri province will open a learning centre to showcase the beginning of Suphannaphum kingdom on Aug 19.

The centre is called Khun Luang Phra Ngua And The History of Suphan Buri and is in Muang district. Khun Luang Phra Ngua, or King Borommarachathirat 1, was the first king of the Suphannaphum dynasty before ruling the Ayutthaya kingdom as the third king from 1370 to 1388.

The learning centre was initiated by the late former prime minister Banharn Silpa-archa. The FAD started working on the project in 2010. The facility houses a large bronze sculpture of the king at the centre of an 88m-long bronze relief. The art piece tells the story of the prehistory of people living in the area, the Suphannaphum kingdom and the present day.

Audio guides will be available for tourists in English, Thai and Chinese.


Bangkok Airways has postponed its first international flights between Koh Samui in Surat Thani and Singapore from Aug 1 to today.

The flights will be available on Monday, Thursday and Sunday. They will depart Samui airport at 3.05pm and the inbound flights will depart Singapore Changi at 7.30pm. The travel time is about two hours.

The airline may reschedule the date of the service depending on Covid-19 travel measures to be announced by local authorities.

Meanwhile, the airline temporarily suspended its Samui-Phuket route on Tuesday, following Covid-19 control measures in Phuket. However, the current Samui sealed routes offering two flights per day for international transit passengers from Suvarnabhumi airport to Koh Samui are still available.

The airline allows passengers to rebook or refund the tickets for the Samui-Phuket route.

For more information on flights to Koh Samui, visit samuiairport.com or bangkokair.com.


Banyan Tree Global Foundation is offering grants for environmental and community projects.

The foundation is part of the Banyan Tree group, the international hospitality firm founded in Singapore in 1994. It launched its Greater Good Grants in 2020. The grant this year focuses on six topics — physical and mental health, and wellbeing of women and children in indigenous communities; freshwater access, sanitation, health and hygiene; control of mosquito-borne diseases; alternative livelihood development that promotes or protects local culture and/or the environment; management of food waste; and remote access to education and learning.

Project grants are up to US$10,000 (330,000 baht). The last day for submission is Sept 30.

Visit banyantreeglobalfoundation.com.

The Pavilions Phuket has launched an “Experience Life” package for an inclusive three-night stay.

The price is 20,160 baht net for the stay in a Tropical Suite (81m²), including daily breakfast for two, a private dinner, a 60-minute couple massage and an island-hopping excursion.

Booking is available now for stays from Nov 1 (except Dec 23-Jan 15). The hotel also offers Phuket Sandbox prices for seven- and 14-night stays for one- to five-bedroom villas.

Visit pavilionshotels.com/phuket or call 076-317-600.

Cape Fahn Hotel has launched “Long Stay” packages for staying three, five and seven nights.

Prices start at 38,250 baht for a three-night stay in Tropical Pool Villa (300m²) with daily breakfast and a round-trip airport transfer.

The promotion is available for booking until Sept 30 for stay until Oct 31.

Located on the private Fahn island on the northern tip of Koh Samui, the 5-star resort offers 22 pool villas with space ranging from 300m² to 600m²

Visit capefahnhotel.com/offers.

Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok offers staycation package.

Prices start at 7,999 baht net for a night stay in a Grand Deluxe Room with breakfast for two. The offer also includes early check-in at 8am, late check out at 8pm, two-course set lunch, a three-course Western set dinner or a four-course Thai set dinner plus 15% discount on food and beverage.

The promotion is available for booking and stays until the end of this month.

Visit kempinski.com/en/bangkok/sindhorn-hotel.

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