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137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts Takes Sustainability to the Next Level

Tel:                   +66 (0)2 079-7000 Email:               info@137pillarshotels....
Tel:                   +66 (0)2 079-7000
Email:               info@137pillarshotels.com                
Website:          www.137pillarshotels.com

137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts has pledged to eliminate single-use plastic from its hotel rooms and outlets, and make a more concerted effort to reduce its environmental footprint, increase CSR activities and review its sustainable purchasing options.

The luxury hotel owner and management company currently operate two 5-star hotels in Thailand – one in Bangkok, the other in Chiang Mai - with a luxury resort in Phuket in the pipeline, and further properties, both at home and abroad, expected to be announced in the near future.

Mr. Christopher Stafford, COO of 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts, said, “A day does not go by without us learning more about the damage that plastic, especially single-use plastic, has on the environment. 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts has long had a strong sustainable policy and we are now taking that to the next level. It’s vital as a company, and as human beings, that the impact we have on the environment is as minimal as possible. What we are doing won’t solve the global problem, but if we all play our part and take responsibility for our choices, then we will eventually overcome this and create a better world for future generations.”

Since it opened in 2011, 137 Pillars House in Chiang Mai has become one of the most photographed and popular resorts in the Kingdom of Thailand. It is the ideal retreat for those looking to get away from the stress of city life and submerse themselves in a cocoon of luxury that delivers on every level.

The award-winning hotel has been widely praised for its many different environmentally-friendly initiatives. For example, for the past two years 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai has concentrated on reducing the amount of waste, it generates and it now separates, recycles and sells any waste paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and aluminum.

Almost all organic waste from the gardens is either made into compost or turned into biochar - charcoal that is added back into the compost to make it richer and more nourishing for plants. The compost is then used to make the landscaped gardens and grounds even more lush and beautiful. The property also has an ever-expanding vegetable and herb garden which produces more and more of the delicious food used in the restaurant and bar.

For waste collection, instead of plastic garbage bags, 137 Pillars House uses reusable woven bags, and, with the exception of the front office and hotel cars, water is presented to guests in recycled glass bottles.

The hotel has also replaced plastic straws with paper straws and these are only offered to guests on request. The take away breakfast choices are presented in natural woven containers vs plastic and wooden utensils are provided in lieu of plastic ones.

An intelligent AC system, which automatically turns off the air-conditioning in the suite if the patio doors are opened, has also helped to reduce wasteful electricity consumption. And guest linens are only changed daily if guests request, otherwise it’s every third day.

One of the most important initiatives that many guests won’t even be aware of, is that the luxury boutique hotel has hired an internationally acclaimed mosquito expert who has shown the property how best to sustainably eliminate / limit mosquito breeding areas without the use of chemicals so that fogging is required a lot less frequently.

Ms. Anne Arrowsmith, General Manager of 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, said, "We are very pleased with the results so far, but there is still a lot to do. Our next objective is to eliminate individual plastic shampoo, conditioner and lotion containers. It is important that we do this in a calculated manner to make sure that the changes we put in place are safe and suitable for guests and that they really do make a difference to our goal of a more sustainable future. We need to find an option that ticks all the boxes, and that can take time.”

In Bangkok, 137 Pillars Suites & Residences already has an ongoing sustainable policy in place and has unveiled plans to expand this to more areas of the hotel – especially front of house.

The hotel, which opened in 2017, uses LED lights throughout the property to save energy, the air conditioning units in the room are also controlled by sensors so that when the doors to the very large balconies are open, the AC automatically turns itself off. The room key cards have a green function that can control what power is used when nobody is in the room, and motion detectors help to save electricity by turning off unneeded lights. The 2-step toilet flushing system helps to save water as does the high-tech sprinkler system in the gardens and the innovative pool treatment system. The advanced Heat Pump System not only helps keep the property nice and cool but has also been designed to save energy. These are just a few of the systems that are already in place at the luxury hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 39.

By this time next year, the hotel plans to have eliminated the use of plastic straws from all of its F&B outlets, replaced plastic water bottles in the rooms with glass bottles, replaced the plastic containers for shampoo, conditioner and body lotion with suitable dispensers, expanded its purchasing policy to more sustainable suppliers in Thailand and maximised its recycling efforts for any waste paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and aluminum.

Mr. Christopher Stafford said, “We already have a solid foundation in place when it comes to sustainable best practices, but we are now taking this a step further. As a luxury hotel, our clients want to know that we are doing as much as we can to ensure that their stay is as sustainable as can be and our goal is to not only meet those expectations but to surpass them. The group will also be conducting training sessions with its associates to ensure that not only are the hotels as sustainable as possible but that they take these best practices home with them. Associates will be encouraged to take their own bags to the shops, to say no to straws and plastic spoons when they are not needed, and to be much more proactive in their own daily lives.

This involves us all, and the solution has to start with education. If we can change the mind-set of a few people so that they adopt more sustainable practices in their daily lives, then all of us will benefit.”

137 Pillars House Chiang Mai and 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok are both members of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

For more information and further enquiries, please contact 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts

Tel:                   +66 (0)2 079-7000
Email:               info@137pillarshotels.com                
Website:          www.137pillarshotels.com

About 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts
137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts, launched in Bangkok in January 2016, is a passionately curated luxury boutique brand, offering unique, memorable signature experiences and legendary service in each of its properties.

Following the success of the award-winning 30-suite 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai which opened in 2012, the second property, 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok opened in February 2017, showcasing 34 exquisitely appointed suites and 179 private residences.

A hallmark of 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts is the team who are dedicated to legendary hospitality and service, as well as a respect for environmental sustainability. They are both members of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.










137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts Brand Story : The Art of Refined Luxury Living

137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts was formed as a group in October 2015 to manage a growing portfolio of luxury boutique hotels.  The first important milestone was the creation of 137 Pillars Hous...
137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts was formed as a group in October 2015 to manage a growing portfolio of luxury boutique hotels.  The first important milestone was the creation of 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai which opened on December 23, 2011.  The historic original teak homestead built in the late 1800’s, known as Baan Borneo, was completely transformed back to its former splendor.  The grounds were developed into a lush tropical landscape and 30 expansive suites were built.  With full services and facilities, 137 Pillars House emerged as the leading luxury hotel in Chiang Mai. It was from here that the owners were further inspired and engaged Christopher Stafford as Chief Operating Officer to hire and direct a team to passionately curate and develop 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts as a brand.

The great historic background of the Borneo Trading company with its then famous leading actors Louis Leonowens and William Bain, gave the present day owners the vision to renovate and restore the beautiful homestead. Their love of the environment enabled the owners to retain all the old majestic trees under careful supervision of experts in the area, to set the tone and ambiance for the setting we have come to know and love today. Under the guidance of the then newly appointed General Manager Anne Arrowsmith, 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai attained the coveted Travel + Leisure Magazine’s World’s Best Award for the Best Resort Hotel & Inn in South East Asia in 2016 and was the highest ranked hotel in Thailand for that year. In 2017 the hotel again took the number one spot as Best Resort Hotel in South East Asia.  This is testament to a great team driven by their own roadmap for achieving excellence and thus formed the core of the 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts.

Following the success of the Chiang Mai property, the owners built 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok which opened in February 2017.  The property consists of 179 residences and a 34 suite hotel on the top 6 floors with a stunning infinity edge rooftop pool exclusively for suite guests.  With an upscale address on Sukhumvit Soi 39, the property is a short distance from the fashionable shopping district of Emquartier/Emporium and offers bespoke facilities for leisure, business and long stay guests, including the use of their stylish, customized London Cab which operates between the hotel and Emquartier.  

137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok features the brand’s signature Baan Borneo Club (exclusive for suite guests), the Jack Bain's Bar and Cigar Divan and the exquisite Nimitr specialty restaurant – a fine dining destination offering the highest standards of modern cuisine drawing on both Oriental and Western inspirations created by Chef Nanang. The Bangkok Trading Post Restaurant and Bar on Soi Sukhumvit 39 is an all-day dining bistro and deli appealing to local residents and guests.  Accommodation interiors showcase a warm palette of rich tones with exquisite white and grey marble bathrooms and expansive use of mirrors and glass.  Nitra Spa and Wellness offers a range of spa treatments including the 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts Sleep by Design Therapy created in 2017 and has a separate yoga and meditation sala offers activities including aerial flow yoga, tai chi, reiki and dance. The 27th floor has late check-out and early check-in pods and separate shower facilities in the event rooms are fully booked.  Other services include 137 signature dining and picnics by design, a personal shopping service and guide, privately curated and customized tours, tennis and golf practice putting and chipping with personal trainers for both on request, kids’ corner and meeting space.

Growing on the success of these two established properties, the owners are looking to strategically develop new properties in Southeast Asia and beyond that fit with the ethos of the 137 Pillars brand.  Several projects are currently under consideration and development.    

Our core value of trust formed a roadmap towards our ambition as a company to become the #1 Luxury Boutique Hotel Company in Asia. Our vision is to bring back the timeless qualities of genuine hospitality in an age of commoditisation of hotels.  Our view as a company was born of the following beliefs:
  • The luxury guest of today yearns for privacy from a stressful workplace, a place to rejuvenate their senses and where each individual is given time, care and attention from a team engaged in passionately curating the experience of every guest.
  • Design that incorporates extraordinary attention to details, spacious accommodation with high ceilings, an unequalled sleep experience and space to spread out and enjoy every aspect of refined living during your stay with us.   
  • Our teams are trained in a manner that enables them to grow with us as individuals and to prosper as members of the 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts well into the future.
Our group has invested heavily in developing our core platform with the hotels in Chiang Mai and Bangkok.  From there we seek to expand our hotel services within South East Asia; initially in partnership with like-minded owners with a view to creating a genuine footprint for hospitality at the luxury boutique level.

In further developing the brand we envision further growth building on the fundamentals we have inspired in the development of both Chiang Mai and Bangkok.   Our key brand initiatives seek to exercise the Art of Refined Living by:-
  • Enhancement of every hotel with experiential content in each neighbourhood to give our guests a new level of connectivity into the community in which we operate.
  • CSR activities that offer guests the opportunity to engage in a positive and enjoyable manner through regular events, such as the Asian Organic Food Festival in Chiang Mai which supports and showcases local organic farmers and suppliers and raises funds for a local charity
  • Sustainability and environmental programmes including reduction in use of plastic, composting organic waste and producing biochar for the soil to name a few
  • The Nitra Wellness philosophy for each property, expanding our engagement in improving the wellness of our guests and employees
  • At each transition - from arrival to departure - to enable each guest to have a less stressful and more     pleasurable experience of travel.  
  • While we use modern technology we must never forget that the basis of true hospitality lies in the human interaction between us and our guests, and our ability to recognize and cater to our guests’ individual needs and preferences
  • Offering timeless experiences that involve music, fashion, art, culture and history with hospitality being the common bond.  By adhering to our rigorous standards and focusing on the personal touch in every interaction with our guests, we wish to create a warm homely environment where our guests feel truly welcome and at ease.

137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts is setting a platform for quality growth aimed at achieving its target by 2021 of being the #1 Luxury Boutique Hotel Company in Asia and to be known for hotels and resorts, "where life truly becomes legendary".

For more information and reservation enquiries, please contact 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts

Tel:            +66 2079 7137
Email:        info@137pillarshotels.com
Website:    www.137pillarshotels.com





A TRIFECTA OF COOL POOLS 137 PILLARS HOTELS & RESORTS THAILAND

137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts offer a trifecta of cool pools at their two Thailand properties, all of which are ideal for guests wanting to keep up their fitness routines by swimming laps, or just ...
137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts offer a trifecta of cool pools at their two Thailand properties, all of which are ideal for guests wanting to keep up their fitness routines by swimming laps, or just to relax.   The 25 meter emerald pool at 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai is lined with green slate and has a majestic 15 meter high wall of living green plants towering above it comprising 2,350 individual plants.  The pool is heated during the winter months.  

137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok
has two magnificent pools.  The 18 meter rooftop infinity pool on the 35th floor is the highest infinity pool in Bangkok.  It has 360 degree panoramic views of the city and is a favourite with instagrammers from around the world.  The pool is for the exclusive use of Suite guests and is open 24 hours.  There are also two Jacuzzis on this level.  

The second infinity pool at the Bangkok property is on the 27th floor, adjacent to the trendy Marble Bar and is for use by both suite and residence guests.   It is 25 meters long and also offers guests sweeping views of the city. A Jacuzzi is located on this level as well.

137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts are a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH).

For further information and reservations, please contact:

Bangkok                            
Tel:            +662 079 7000
Email:        stay@137pillarsbangkok.com
Website:    www.137pillarsbangkok.com
SLH:           www.slh.com
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The Stylish New Player in Town

New Hospitality Brand Debuts in Bangkok’s Langsuan Neighborhood Early 2020 Bangkok, Thailand (28 January 2020) …Siam Sindhorn Co., Limited announces the launch of Sindhorn Midtown, a n...
New Hospitality Brand Debuts in Bangkok’s Langsuan Neighborhood Early 2020

Bangkok, Thailand (28 January 2020) …Siam Sindhorn Co., Limited announces the launch of Sindhorn Midtown, a new Thai-born hospitality brand in the heart of Bangkok’s Langsuan neighborhood set to open in March 2020. Situated within two sleek and modern towers with urban city views and Bangkok, Sindhorn Midtown’s first property offers a collection of 344 hotel rooms and suites and 49 serviced residences. Inspired by local artistry and designed for a sophisticated lifestyle, Sindhorn Midtown offers a distinctively authentic experience for today’s business and leisure travelers alike.

“We are delighted to introduce travelers to Sindhorn Midtown, our redefined vision of a Thai-inspired hospitality experience,” said Jee Hoong Tan, Sindhorn Midtown’s General Manager. “In the center of the vibrant heart of Bangkok, Sindhorn Midtown is an urban cocoon – a stylish escape with a genuine Thai spirit. We welcome today’s travelers with warm service, intuitive amenities and thoughtful accommodations.

Art and Design
Sindhorn Midtown is designed for today’s savvy, adventurous travelers. Bold art and inspired design deliver effortless elegance across the property. Sindhorn Midtown’s developers tapped Eight Inc., the designer of Apple’s iconic flagship Manhattan store on 5th Ave., for the interior architecture and design. Renowned local artist Kachama Perez created the striking tapestry in the lobby, and artwork from several other local artists will be used in the rooms and other hotel art programs. Fritz Hansen’s iconic Drop™ chairs are included in the Urban Premier and Highline Premier guest rooms.

Uncomplicated and harmonious, Sindhorn Midtown delivers modern living with
the allure of relaxation, comfort and sustainability. Nestled within a pocket of
greenery in the midst of the quiet Langsuan neighborhood area, Sindhorn
Midtown blends art-infused contemporary interiors with a friendly warm vibe,
while innovative tech keeps guests connected.

Perfectly Located
Work or play, Sindhorn Midtown is in the center of it all. From culture to art,
business to play, wellness to shopping, guests are easily connected to all of it. A
quick five-minute walk takes guests to the BTS Sky Train Chit Lom and
Ratchadamri stations, or to the Erawan Shrine or Pratunam Market. Guests can
take the nearby Rajprasong walk to major shopping centers Central World, Siam
Paragon and Siam Center. Or catch a tuk-tuk to Lumpini Park for a day outdoors
or to the nearby embassies.

Food and Beverage
Want to stay in but keep it local? Sindhorn Midtown offers an in-house restaurant
and bar with the flavor and flair of the local neighborhood. The tang and zest of
authentic local fare can be found at Tr.EAT, Sindhorn Midtown’s in-house eatery.
Tr.EAT offers a fast, casual menu for breakfast and lunch, featuring Thai flavors
and intriguing Asian combinations. With breakfast served until noon, guests can
pick from an a la carte menu of Asian breakfast options, delicious side dishes and
hot items.

Rhumba, located near the lobby, is the perfect gathering spot for hotel guests
and locals who want to socialize while tasting the city’s largest selection of rum
mixed into classic and creative cocktails.

Guest Facilities
During their stay, guests can plug in or unplug as they see fit. Sindhorn Midtown’s
lobby doubles as a workspace and living room. Chill on comfy couches with
cocktails and nibbles, or steal away with your laptop and plug into the free Wi-Fi.
On the 18th level, the Horizon Pool offers skyline views, cocktails and canapes.
Stay fit 24/7 at the Fitness Center on the 19th level, complete with the latest
equipment from Life Fitness and two saunas.

Guests can pick up whatever they need from the 7-Eleven Premium occupying
two floors on the ground level. The sleek, modern convenience store offers
various sundries and snacks and a comfy seating area on the second floor.
Families will love Harborland, a children’s area located on the ground level with
an elaborate play area known as “Little Bangkok” featuring spaces for running
and climbing, reading and gaming, and organized recreation.

Events and Meetings
Sindhorn Midtown offers three flexible meeting and event spaces to
accommodate meetings as well as small receptions and conferences.

Sindhorn Midtown is located at 68 Langsuan Road, Lumpini Bangkok. For more
information, visit sindhornmidtown.com.

Bangkok to Host 137 Pillars Organic Gourmet Festival in February and March 2020

Bangkok, 29 January 2020: This February, luxury boutique hotel group 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts will add a new flavour to the city’s culinary calendar with the launch of the 137 Pilla...
Bangkok, 29 January 2020: This February, luxury boutique hotel group 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts will add a new flavour to the city’s culinary calendar with the launch of the 137 Pillars Organic Gourmet Festival (POGF), a gourmet food and drink extravaganza. The event boasts a stellar lineup of Michelin-starred chefs, who will put the spotlight on Asian cuisine through a series of exclusive gala dinners, after parties with renowned international and local mixologists and an Organic Farmers’ Market, showcasing the finest in local sustainable produce.
 
Sponsored by Thai Airways, the POGF event will run over the last weekend of February (27-1 March) and the first weekend of March (5-8 March), and a part of the proceeds will go to support the Autistic Thai Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit organisation that runs 20 centres to strengthen autistic children’s skills to learn, improve and be able to take care of themselves.
 
“I have always been a firm believer of nature and the wealth that it has to offer. Given the changes in our society, it is now more important than ever to share, celebrate and acknowledge the persistent initiations being made to highlight the importance of being in tune with nature and being innovative in its offerings. Our previous organic festivals have proved extremely popular in Chiang Mai and in Bangkok, and we hope this edition will encourage our guests and diners to closely examine the way the food they eat is produced and hopefully support the efforts made by farmers and companies to bring ingredients that are organic and sustainable to the table,” said Christopher E. Stafford, Chief Operating Officer at 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts.
 
Kicking of this gastronomic journey on 27 February is the Organic Farmers’ Market from 4-10 p.m. on the hotel lawns. Participating vendors include Royal Project Foundation, Butcher shop by Arno’s, Le Cordon Bleu, Kad Kokoa and Captain Hook's Smokehouse. Themarket will also run on 28 and 29 February, and on 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8 March.
 
The first gala dinner on 28 February features renowned Australian chef and Ambassador of Thai cuisine David Thompson, founder of the Aylmer Aaharn restaurant group, whose first restaurant in Hong Kong, Aaharn, was recently awarded its first Michelin star. The meal is followed by an after party with top mixologist Mel Chavez from Tippling Club, Singapore.
 
Chef Thaninthorn Chatrawan of the one Michelin-starred Chim by Siam Wisdom presides over the kitchen on the 29 February with a fantastic menu of classic dishes that include centuries-old recipes prepared using modern techniques gained from his overseas experiences. Later Niks Anuman-Rajadhon of Teens of Thailand/Asia Today fame wows diners with his mixology skills.
 
On 6 March, Chef Malcom Lee brings a piece of Candlenut, the world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant, to Thailand. He promises to take diners on an epicurean journey of refined Peranakan cuisine that preserves the essence and complexities of traditional food, with astute twists that lift it to a different level. Teaming up with him for the after party is Kris Du of Shanghai’s best-known Speak Low.
 
For the final gala dinner on 7 March, diners will witness the culinary alchemy of Japanese Chef Masafumi Hamano of the two Michelin-starred Au 14 Février Saint-Amour-Bellevue, where he fuses French with Japanese to create stunning colourful masterpieces. Right after the dinner, Pongpak Sudthipongse of Sorrento takes over the bar to thrill guests with his exciting concoctions.
 
The event will also feature two Sunday brunches on 1 and 8 March as part of the activities. The first one will be hosted by Chef Thaninthorn “Noom” Chantrawan, the hotel’s executive Chef Maxim Baile and fine-dining restaurant Chef de Cuisine Nanang Prasetya Aditama from Nimitr. The second one will see chefs Malcom Lee and Masafumi Hamano wow guests with their inimitable culinary styles.
 
Prices
28 February: Chef David Thompson @ THB 7,000++ per person (Gala Dinner)
29 February: Chef Thaninthorn “Noom” Chantrawan @ THB 6,000++ per person (Gala Dinner)
1 March: Chef Thaninthorn, Chef Maxim and Chef Nanang @ THB 2,800++ per person (Sunday brunch)
 
6 March: Chef Malcom Lee @ THB 6,000++ per person (Gala Dinner)
7 March: Chef Masafumi Hamano @ THB 7,000++ per person (Gala Dinner)
8 March: Chef Malcom and Chef Masafumi @ THB 2,800++ per person (Sunday brunch)
 
After Party on 28, 29 February and 6, 7March @ THB 2,500++ per person
Early Bird (now – 21 February 2020):Book a table of four or more for a Gala Dinner and receive a complimentary bottle of Champagne Vieille France Brut.
 
Room reservations:
The Best Available Rate for Suite accommodation from 27 February to 31 March starts from   USD 409++ per night, inclusive of daily breakfast, butler service as well as access to the Baan Borneo club lounge and rooftop infinity pool. Rates are subject to applicable service charge and government tax.
For more information or make a reservation, please call 02-079-7000, or email sales_ambassador@137pillarsbangkok.com.
 
About 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts
137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts, launched in Bangkok in January 2016, is a passionately curated luxury boutique brand, offering unique, memorable signature experiences and legendary service in each of its properties.
 
Following the success of the award-winning 30-suite 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai which opened in 2012, the second property, 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok opened in February 2017, showcasing 34 exquisitely appointed suites and 179 private residences.
 
A hallmark of 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts is the team who are dedicated to legendary hospitality and service, as well as a respect for environmental sustainability. They are both members of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
 
Media Contact:
Lee Sutton, Dynamic PR & Events
Tel: +65 8323 1240

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I Asia Thailand Partners with Diethelm Travel Group for Sales Across Asia

Jan 2020 BANGKOK – Bangkok-based tour operator I Asia Thailand has partnered with prominent inbound  tour  operator  Diethelm Travel  Group to sell  products  from ...
Jan 2020 BANGKOK – Bangkok-based tour operator I Asia Thailand has partnered with prominent inbound  tour  operator  Diethelm Travel  Group to sell  products  from most  countries  the  group operates in under the I Asia Brand. The new partnership will combine I Asia Thailand’s existing network with Diethelm Travel Group’s collection of thounsands of travel services and experiences across Asia, making them available to a broader market of travellers.
 
“Partnering with Diethelm Travel Group and offering its unique products is a natural next step for I Asia Thailand,” said Nick Critelli, General Manager of I Asia Thailand. “We’ve already built a solid reputation and array of offerings across Thailand and now are looking forward to opening up a number of new products and destinations across Asia to our partners and guests. I believe working with other DMC’s will make our companies stronger in the future”
 
I Asia Thailand, part of I Asia Group, has many brands throughout the country including Iventure Pass, Siam Hop on Hop Off Bus, I Asiatech Hotel Reservations and Electric Airport Transfers in Bangkok.
 
"I Asia Thailand is the largest partner for the South African Market to Thailand with many travel agents using our services throughout the country" said Nick Critelli.
 
“At I Asia Thailand, we pride ourselves not simply on the experiences we have created but the relationships we’ve cultivated over the decades – from our partners and service providers to on-the- ground guides and guests.
 
For more information about the new partnership and product availability, please contact nick@iasiathailand.com.
 
ABOUT I ASIA THAILAND
 
I Asia Thailand team are enthusiastic about making a mark in the industry, bringing a fresh outlook to our customers and hotel and attraction partners and giving that ‘personal touch’ they deserve. I Asia Thailand provides high quality tours, airport transfers, attraction tickets and day trips to incredible destinations within Thailand. I Asia group are currently operating in Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bali, Malaysia and throughout Indochina.
 
I ASIA CONTACT INFO
I Asia Thailand
Chamchuri Square, 319 Phayathai Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand
Tel: 66 (2) 007 2175 - 2178
 
 

137 Pillars House Chiang Mai brings ‘Teak Wallahs’ back to life with new historical tour

One of the hallmarks of 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts is their bespoke guest experiences that are created around the brand pillars of art, fashion, history, music and culture.    Foll...
One of the hallmarks of 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts is their bespoke guest experiences that are created around the brand pillars of art, fashion, history, music and culture. 
 
Following the recent launch of the popular Private Art Experience at 137 Pillars Suites Bangkok,  the all-suite luxury boutique hotel 137 Pillars House is offering guests a rare opportunity to delve into the rich history of Chiang Mai with their newly  launched - Tales and Trails of the Teak Wallahs” day trip experience.
 
The fascinating one day excursion chronicles the colourful lives of “gentleman foresters” or “teak wallahs” who worked for European based companies that owned lumber concessions in the heavily forested north of Thailand.
 
Oak had become scarce in Europe and adventurers had just discovered the teak forests of Asia sparking off a gold rush for the timber. Northern Thailand became the centre of the thriving teak industry in the region with the arrival of the British-owned Borneo Timber Company in the late 1870’s. With holdings in Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phrae and Nan, the Borneo Timber Company rapidly became the richest and most powerful teak company.
 
By the end of the 19th century, three more firms had obtained leases in Chiang Mai and Lampang. These British companies, managed by “gentlemen foresters” or “teak wallahs”, controlled 60% of Chiang Mai’s teak output. When the Borneo Company obtained a 100-year lease for a huge plot of land on the east bank of the Ping River near Wat Ket in 1888, it dispatched Louis T. Leonowens, the son of Anna Leonowens, to establish a branch office.
 
 
NO. 2 SOI 1, NAWATGATE ROAD, TAMBON WATGATE, MUANG, CHIANG MAI, 50000 THAILAND
T: +66 (0) 53 247 788 F: +66 (0) 53 247 780 E:
 
 
 
A colourful character, “Teak Wallah” Louis, who spent most of his time gambling with the local chief, also built four lavish teak houses. One of them served as the headquarters of the Borneo Company until it was bought by William Bain. His descendants eventually sold it to the Wongphanlert family, who made it the centerpiece of their boutique hotel, 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai.
 
A dominant slice of the expat community at the time, the cast of colourful characters included another Borneo Company teak wallah David Fleming Macfie, the missionary Dr. Marion Alphonso Cheek and the famous British Consul General W.A.R Wood, among others. They brought with them Western customs and traditions, celebrating Christmas with polo, pony races and other such sports. Furthermore, the Europeans encouraged Sikh and Muslim traders to settle down in the Lanna Kingdom.
 
The “Tales and Trails of the Teak Wallahs” tour, which starts in the small museum at 137 Pillars House, takes guests to Lampang by private vehicle. Along the way the knowledgeable guide illuminates this fascinating trip with old photographs and accounts of the time.
 
Stops include Wat Ket Museum, founded by William Bain’s son Jack, the Lanna Ancient House, one of the oldest houses in Chiang Mai, the Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club, the old colonial sports club, founded in 1898, and the playground of the teak wallahs, the Foreign Cemetery, where many of them are laid to rest, and British Consul General W.A.R. Wood’s residence. In Lampang, guests ride in a horse cart, a legacy of that period, to the Louis House, the former office of Louis Leonowens Company. Also included is a visit to the 100-year-old Forestry Department office, Ban Sao Nak, a wooden house dating back to 1895, the iconic Lampang railway station, Bombay House, and the location of the former Lampang Sports Club.
 
The Tales and Trails of the Teak Wallahs day trip experience is priced at THB 6,000 (USD 196) per person and includes transportation by private vehicle, an English-speaking guide, meals, drinking water and entrance fees.   The price is subject to applicable service charge and government taxes.
 
Reservations
Rates at the all-suite 137 Pillars House start from THB 19,500 (USD 638) per night and are subject to applicable service charge and government taxes. 137 Pillars House is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH).
 
For more information and reservations, please contact 137 Pillars House on:
Tel:          +66 53 247 788        
Fax:         +66 53 247 780
Email:        stay@137pillarshouse.com
 
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Thami Dish in Thailand – LGBT+ Travel Symposium

In partnership with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, The LGBT+ Travel Symposium hosted more than 30 of the world’s leading LGBT+ buyers and media in Bangkok in September 2019 to promote dive...
In partnership with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, The LGBT+ Travel Symposium hosted more than 30 of the world’s leading LGBT+ buyers and media in Bangkok in September 2019 to promote diversity. Despite this encouraging step, LGBT+ relationships are still a sensitive topic and remains taboo in some parts of Asia.
Enjoy a glimpse of Thami Dish’s trip to Thailand hosted by Tourism Authority of Thailand South Africa
In the jubilant words of Thami Dish – arriving as the South African delegation for The LGBT+ Travel Symposium in Thailand. Today is a very important day for all of us who work in curating the travel experience for queer people from all over the world. Thailand has done exceptionally well in creating an amazing tourism experience and so today becomes important for us to share knowledge, our strengths and best practice. LETS GET TO WORK!
There’s no better way to start your trip than walking into a beautifully sized, styled and very gorgeous room, this definitely gives me all the reason to look forward to the LGBTIQ Tourism symposium. Thank You The Siam Hotel for this beautiful experience.
Then we were off to our next stop, ooh darling please throw me into any kitchen, rooftop or any champagne bar … you’ll bring joy my. We were hosted by Lebua Hotels Resorts for an afternoon of bites and drinks with breathtaking views.
Got to enjoy a glass of Hangover Too cocktail on the Sky Bar Bangkok and enjoyed the sounds of the beautiful Scirocco band
Then we were off to china Town to end our night with fantastic street food. There is something special about the taste of Thai food … we all need the spices and lessons.












 
Thailand is the land of Smiles



 
Thank You Tourism Authority of Thailand for being a wonderful host, I had an incredible time in your country
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