September / October 2022
11th Celebration of Silk: Thai Silk Road To The World 2022
Chef Air, Kulapol Samsen, was actually my student 10 years or so ago at the Comm Arts Inter program of Chulalongkorn University. He was a bright student, performing well in the courses he liked, but I don’t think I ever realised how talented he is till we sat down and talked at his Yoong Chang Restaurant on Soi Ari Samphan 6, not far from the Ministry of Finance.
While Meliá Hotels International, founded 66 years ago, and YHI Spa are very well-established, quite renowned brands in Europe, the Americas and Caribbean, they are new to Southeast Asia. They only recently opened their first two very luxurious and tranquil properties in Thailand, the Meliá Phuket Mai Khao and Meliá Koh Samui. They will soon be opening the Meliá Chiang Mai and next year, the Meliá Phuket Karon Residences, each also featuring a YHI Spa.
“Why didn’t you bring me with you on that train when you knew it was coming? I’m dying to get in that train,” I blurted out.
At present, new inventions have been mushrooming everywhere. But the biggest one that created this real phenomenon is the steam powered engine mounted on wheels known as a train engine. People gasped when they were told that at the same distance, the incredible speed of a train can shorten a week-long wagon journey into within the measure of a day.
When BDMS Wellness Clinic opened at the site of the former Hilton International Bangkok at Nai Lert Park, to help bring attention to the new healthcare facility, it was suggested to find a renowned restaurant to locate here. To their good fortune, the “Michelin Plate” Chef Man restaurant chain decided to move in because of this very convenient city-centre location with ample parking.
Just fifteen minutes from Phuket International Airport and an array of the island’s attractions, the Meliá Phuket Mai Khao is at the same time a very private and tantalising beachfront haven where you can bask in lavish luxury and wellness-inspired facilities.