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ccording to the World Bank,
Thailand has jumped 20 spots
from 46th to 26th in 2018, in
terms of doing business. This is
the result of a master plan of national
economic transformation aimed to elevate
the country into an innovative and
It’s an emphasis that is targeted at
industries such as: Health Tourism,
Biotechnology, Robotics, Smart Devices,
Digital, Future Automotive, Food Processing,
Aviation & Logistics, Biofuels & Biochemical,
and Integrated Medical Services.
For the Australian buyers TIME2018
provided, with the help and knowledge of DMC
Buffalo Tours, an opportunity to experience
firsthand some of the premium incentive
product that the Thai Kingdom offers.
In Bangkok, the TIME program included
accommodation at the aspirational So
Sofitel Bangkok where rooms are fashioned
to great effect from the five elements, Water,
Earth, Wood, Metal and Fire.
The program started riverside, dining on roasted duck curry and other fragrant Thai
specialties at the stylish Sala Rattankosin Eatery & Bar. With its expansive views across the
Chao Praya River and the famed Temple of Dawn - Wat Arun, lunch was followed by a tuk tuk
challenge with Asia Ability who run Catalyst team-building activities throughout Thailand.
Splitting the group into teams the full-on adventure Paper Chase took them across the river and
around Bangkok with instructions installed on tablets.
A welcome dinner reception held in the glamorous surrounds of Vertigio 2 on top of the
Banyan Tree Bangkok, was only marred by the fact that heavy rain kept the group from enjoying
the roof terrace that overlooks Bangkok’s glittering cityscape.
An after dinner option to see traditional Muay Thai Boxing at Rajadamnern Stadium and sit
ringside gave a fascinating insight into the skills and talent of the local form of biffo.
Site inspections of the city’s new and impressive hotels included the elegant Bangkok Marriott
Hotel The Surawongse with its chic rooftop bar and more than 16,000 square feet of stylish
event space, including two ballrooms and eight meeting rooms; the 222-room Park Hyatt
Bangkok with its infinity pool perched on its 19th floor and 540 sq. ft. of function space, and two
outstanding riverside hotels – Anantara Riverside Resort and AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel.
A Business Exchange event held at So Sofitel allowed the group to interact with other
Bangkok hotels and business event suppliers. Their stay in Bangkok ending at a gala dinner
with a colourful display of traditional Thai dancing at the riverside terrace restaurant
Chakrangsee Villa. Set in a traditional Thai pavilion floating on its own private deck, this former
palace-like retreat of Prince Chakrabongse in 1908, is today is in the hands of his
With a mandate to establish Thailand as a dynamic MICE destination
it was at the Thailand Incentive and Meetings Exchange 2018 that nine
Australian buyers, together with a group of international buyers and
micenet, saw this directive realised in Bangkok and in Koh Samui.
THAILAND - BANGKOK AND KOH SAMUI | JILL VARLEY
Thailand Anantaran Bophut Koi
Samui Shoreline infinity pool.
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Koi Samui – paradise regained
The second leg of the TIME2018 famil was held in Koi Samui where its history and historical
relics date back more than 1200 years. It was not until the late 1800’s that Samui started to
become known, even to the Thai people themselves.
A one hour flight from Bangkok on Bangkok Airlines, Samui International Airport has been
described one of the nicest and most charming tropical airports in the world. Here features
such as lush gardens, low rise design, Thai pavilions and streetscape shops make it one out of
the usual airport box.
Best described as a cosmopolitan melting pot, Samui Island revealed itself to be home to
many luxury resort and villas on white sand beaches. From the hustle and bustle of Chaweng
Beach to the lively yet relaxed atmosphere of Lamai Beach, the tropical beach paradise of
Maenam to the timeless feel of Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village, a short stroll along the beach from
the Anantara Bophut, Koh Samui has a broad appeal, especially for chilling out.
Home for the international group’s stay was the Anantara Bophut Samui, and while it may not
be the newest resort on the island, the long term establishment of its lush surrounds and
waterways make it a delightful venue for outdoor events and a welcome haven to return to after
a day in the sun where every bit of shade is appreciated.
The resort’s 106 guest rooms compose of a collection of seven room and suite types, all
designed in contemporary Thai style with a rich palette of warm earth colours and spaces filled
with natural light. The Premier Garden View room features 32 square metres of living space,
while the Deluxe Garden View and Deluxe Sea View rooms comprise 36 square metres. In
addition there are two beachfront pool suites.
A textbook start to the stay began with a transfer and reception under the red sails of the Red
Baron, a traditional wooden junk boat, gliding through the Andaman Sea, lured forward by a
setting golden sunset.
With the day done and the sunset gone, the group were transferred to the luxurious Six
Senses Hideway Samui. Set on a headland,with glorious Gulf of Thailand vistas, the 66-villa
resort with its award-winning venue - Dining on the Rocks - was the setting for a remarkable al
A group breakfast the following day was tailed by a table top session: product showcase &
theme coffee break, allowing the visitors to meet with local suppliers and learn more about how
the destination can best service their clients.
Later a hotel site inspection and lunch at
the new The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui where
all the bells and whistles expected of a fine
five-star hotel were revealed. These included
175 exquisitely designed suites and pool
villas, six distinctive dining experiences, two
secluded beaches, a stepping stone
designed entrance pool and the largest swim
reef in Southeast Asia within a resort.
With its distinct beach vibe, dinner that
evening was at Charm Eatery and Bar
located next to the entrance of the renowned
Big Buddha Temple and where the authentic
Thai food is inherited from the chef’s
grandma’s home-cooked meals.
The evening continued with a walk through
Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village where the
Friday market was in full swing and where the
island’s fishing industry was born. For some
of the group the lure of bars, beanbags and
cabanas, large projector screens and
entertainment on the beach, made it the
place to be for a late-night chill-out.
Following breakfast on the final day a
marine biologist gave an impassioned talk on
the sustainability of the reef, turtles and its
sea creatures. Then clad in TIME2018 Trash
Hero T-shirts, a CSR team-building beach
cleaning activity with Trash Heroes massed a
huge amount of rubbish washed in from the
sea. This worldwide movement’s mission is
to bring communities together to clean and
Back at the hotel there was time for a
refresh before heading to the very stylish W
Koh Samui located between Maenam and
BoPhut, for lunch and an inspection of the
resort with its 150 sq.m meeting space and a
look at one of its 74 guest rooms, all with
private pool villas.
The W’s major wow factor is its fabulous
WOOBAR® with ultra-cool floating lounges
and expansive sea back drop. Definitely the
place to hang out.
Then, as if to ensure no one was going to
forget Koi Samui and the Anantara in a hurry,
a final farewell full moon beach party and
BBQ was held on the resort’s beachfront
where fire dancers, temporary neon tattoo
artists and a DJ added to party atmosphere
and the exuberant displays of dancing. m
SO Sofitel Bangkok
- Park Society Terrace.
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