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Mice Asia Net : July 2009
thailand exotic OFFERINGS STORY BY BRAD FOSTER THE DIVERSITY OF THAILAND continues to give it the edge in the competitive MICE sector. hailand is full to the brim with everything the savvy meeting and incentive travel planner could want, with an abundance and variety of offerings the length and breadth of the Kingdom. For the association sector where the conference is everything, Bangkok and its stunning convention centres is just the ticket, while those who wish to combine meetings or incentives with stunning vistas, pristine waterways and sumptuous dining, Phuket may be just the answer. T Indeed, it seems that every way you turn in Thailand there is a region that is tailor-made for memorable MICE events. Bangkok for pleasure Bangkok has shrugged off its recent political unrest to return to a world-class city where the order of the day is stunning accommodation options, almost wall-to-wall convention facilities, shopping aplenty, a vibrant nightlife, and a vast range of entertainment that can have delegates swinging golf clubs in the morning and shrugging off the aches and pains in a spa of international repute in the afternoon; a city where dining out every night of the week is an experience to be enjoyed and savoured; a destination where service 24 miceAsia.net standards are exceptionally high, and for foreigners, money goes a long way. Between the hubbub of city living, high-rise buildings and five-star hotels give way to cultural attractions that are second to none in Asia. The gleaming spires of the Grand Palace to stunning and historic temples like the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Temple of Dawn offer delegates the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture before, during and after their important meetings. The Emerald Buddha adjacent to the Grand Palace, is regarded as Thailand’s most sacred statue. The temple and palace, located at Rattanakosin Island, are easily reached from citybased hotels, and are only a short distance to other sightseeing hot-spots including the National Museum, the City Pillar and the National Gallery. For those whose meeting extends over the weekend the Chatuchak Weekend Market is a must see. The market offers everything from home decorations and artworks to Thai handicrafts, jewellery and souvenirs. There are more than 15,000 individual stalls spread over the 35 acre site meaning that you’re bound to find something that