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Metropole Hanoi Introduces Special Mooncake Flavors for Mid-Autumn Festival

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Metropole Hanoi Introduces Special Mooncake Flavors Ahead of Mid-Autumn Festival - TRAVELINDEXHanoi, Vietnam, August 3, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / One-hundred-twenty years after the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi made its debut, the landmark hotel is introducing an exclusive collection of mooncake flavors and elegant decorative boxes designed to resemble a history book that pays tribute to the Grand Dame of Hanoi’s anniversary.

The hand-baked, preservative-free mooncakes are made from authentic and innovative recipes, and infused with the Metropole’s gourmet touch. The special boxes for this year’s festival, which falls on September 21, feature the hotel’s distinctive facade underneath a starry sky.

Crafted by Metropole Hanoi’s culinary team, the mooncakes come in six exquisite flavors in 2021: Traditional Mix; Black Sesame and Coconut; Caramel with Dried Fig and Candied Orange; Green Bean with Dried Apricot and Salted Egg; Lotus and Mixed Dried Fruits; and Pineapple with Matcha and Salted Egg.

Metropole Hanoi’s mooncakes are available in four elegant box options this year: a four-piece box (each piece is 250g) priced at VND 1,980,000; a six-piece box (each piece is 100g) priced at VND 1,980,000; a six-piece VIP box (each piece is 100g), along with one special 250g mooncake and one Metropole lotus tea priced at VND 4,660,000; and a six-piece VIP lacquer box (each piece is 100g) along with one special 250g mooncake and one Metropole lotus tea priced at VND 6,060,000. Prices are inclusive of 10% VAT.

The hotel is also offering special promotions for orders placed before August 22, 2021. Orders of 20 boxes or more receive 25% off (Accor Plus members receive an extra 5% off). Orders of 10 boxes or more receive 20% off (Accor Plus members receive an extra 5% off). For orders of fewer than 10 boxes, the hotel is offering one complimentary box for every four boxes purchased (the complimentary box must be the same kind as the item purchased). Accor Plus members may buy four boxes and receive one complimentary box or 10% off the public price.

Orders placed after August 22, 2021 are entitled to the following promotions. Orders of 20 boxes or more receive 15% off (Accor Plus members receive an extra 5% off). Orders of 10 boxes or more receive 10% off (Accor Plus members receive an extra 5% off). For orders of fewer than 10 boxes, the hotel is offering one complimentary box for every six boxes purchased (the complimentary box must be the same kind as the item purchased). Accor Plus members may buy six boxes and receive one complimentary box or 10% off the public price.

The mooncakes are available at L’Epicerie du Metropole from August 5 to September 21.

The Mid-Autumn Festival, celebrated annually on the 15th day of the 8th month in the East Asian lunar calendar, is a time for families to come together to enjoy delicious teas and mooncakes, while giving thanks and praying for good fortune in the year ahead. Known as Tet Trung Thu in Vietnam, the festival traditionally signifies the end of the harvest season.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Inaugural Top 25 Restaurants Phuket Edition Launched

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Inaugural Top 25 Restaurants Phuket Edition Launched - TRAVELINDEXPhuket, Thailand, July 9, 2021 – In-time for the re-opening of Phuket, and with the support of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Travelindex formally launched the Phuket Edition of its prestigious restaurant guide; the Top 25 Restaurants Phuket – the Master Affluent Dining Guide on Phuket, now in 6 key gastronomy destinations across Asia Pacific.

The Top 25 Restaurants Guide Phuket brings together not only gourmet dining but the best of all cuisines, with every establishment chosen first and foremost for the quality of cooking and food served. From Michelin-star quality tasting menus to exquisite and original Peranakan food or the best grilled seafood you’ll ever have, Phuket has become a premier gourmet destination.

The diversity of Phuket’s cuisine is reflected in the rankings at Top 25 Restaurants Phuket; from the classic French and Italian to hyper-local and authentic Phuket food restaurants.

Top25Restaurants.com is celebrating exquisite dining in each city highlighting its the culinary diversity, as well as new trends and chefs supporting local community products. Top 25 Restaurants contributes to the prestige of the local dining scene and, with the integration into the Travelindex global ecosystem, to attract more visitors and tourists to the destination.

To ensure its credibility and impartiality of its ranking, the “Top 25 Restaurants Guide Phuket” is based on a world-leading rating system, the Restaurant Rating Index (RRI). RRI is an artificial intelligence based, decentralized appraisal mechanism combining behavioral analytics and human expertise from some of the world’s top culinary experts.

Mr. Bernard Metzger, Founder of Top25Restaurants Guide series, stated: “We are committed to support the gastronomy and hospitality sectors in Phuket by leveraging digital technology and our online expertise. We aim not only to help restaurants in the recovering process from the Covid pandemic downturn but also to educated people to eat better and live better, while at the same time improving the drawing power of the Thai culinary culture and tradition.

With the Phuket Sandbox programme in effect, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) expects 100,000 foreign tourists to visit Phuket in the Third Quarter of 2021 from July to September, generating 8.9 billion Baht in revenue for the local economy. A number of major airlines including Etihad, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, and Thai Airways International (THAI) are already reconnecting Phuket with world cities like London, Frankfurt, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Singapore with direct flights.

Restaurants in Phuket can feature at no costs in the “Top 25 Restaurants Phuket” guide by filling out the submission form here: – New restaurants will be added for free on a regular basis.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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Phuket Sandbox Reopens Thailand to Tourism

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Phuket Sandbox Reopens Thailand to Tourism

Phuket, Thailand, July 1, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that Phuket’s highly anticipated reopening to tourism is now officially in effect, with the launch today of the Phuket Sandbox programme that welcomes fully vaccinated international visitors to the destination with no need to quarantine.

Right from Day one to four, major airlines including Etihad, Emirates, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways International (THAI) are flying direct to Phuket from cities like London, Frankfurt, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Singapore.

General information on the Phuket Sandbox programme; such as, entry requirements, on-arrival procedures, hygiene measures, and FAQs can be found here.

H.E. Mr. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Minister of Tourism and Sports, said “The reopening of Phuket signifies a crucial step forward in the revitalisation of Thailand’s tourism industry with the island serving as a pilot destination. It is indeed wonderful to be welcoming visitors once again, and they can rest assured that their safety and well-being is of utmost importance to Thailand.”

Much has been done safety-wise in the lead-up to the Phuket Sandbox launch. Of particular note is the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration or SHA certification scheme that was introduced in May 2020, and which is itself certified by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

In time for the reopening of Phuket, Travelindex launched the first “Top 25 Restaurants Phuket” to promote Phuket as a prime gastronomy destination and to support all restaurants on the island; visit Phuket’s restaurants here…

There are currently well over 1300 hotels, restaurants, activities, attractions, shops, and other venues and businesses across Phuket that are SHA certified, meaning they have the required safety and hygiene measures to control COVID-19.

More and more of these are also becoming SHA Plus certified, meaning that at least 70% of their employees are fully vaccinated.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said, “It is with great pleasure we can now welcome the world back to Phuket. Fully vaccinated visitors can once again enjoy the famed beaches, warm hospitality, and many other attractions that have made Phuket one of the world’s favourite destinations.”

It is this longstanding popularity among travellers the world over that makes Phuket the ideal destination with which to restart Thailand’s tourism industry. The reopening of other places like Samui, Krabi, Phang Nga and Chiang Mai are planned to soon follow.

Among Phuket’s commitments to safely reopen to fully vaccinated visitors are the vaccination programme for 70% of the island’s population. To date, 80% of the people have already received their first vaccine dose, while more than 60% had received both doses.

Mr. Narong Woonchiew, Governor of Phuket Province, said, “On behalf of the people and the tourism industry of Phuket, I would like to say how great an honour it is for us to be the pilot destination in the much-anticipated revitalisation of Thai tourism. We are extremely excited to again be able to welcome travellers to the famed beaches, legendary accommodation, spectacular attractions, and warm hospitality that makes Phuket one of the world’s favourite tropical island getaways.

Phuket awaits in all its exotic glory. Come and see for yourself!

In time for the reopening of Phuket, Travelindex launched the first “Top 25 Restaurants Phuket” to promote Phuket as a prime gastronomy destination and to support all restaurants on the island; visit Phuket’s restaurants here…

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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Wah Lok Dish of the Month Pan Fired King Tiger Prawns

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Wah Lok Dish of the Month Pan Fired King Tiger Prawns - TRAVELINDEXWah Lok Cantonese Restaurant in Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit unveils King Tiger Prawns as dish of the month until end of July 2021.

This new dish, Pan Fried King Tiger Prawns with Superior Soya Sauce, is available at THB 680++. Expect 280 grams of king sized tiger prawns with layers of flavour from a premium soya sauce from Hong Kong

Chef Lam Kok Weng, the Executive Chinese Chef from Wah Lok has specifically chosen this dish to mark summer solstice and to welcome the second part of 2021 in a simple yet meaningful and elegant way. In Chinese cuisine, prawn is said to bring happiness.

Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant

Open: Friday – Sunday

Time: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm (last order 8:30 pm)

For more information or to make reservations, please contact 02 090 7888

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Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 Launches Gourmet Snack Box

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Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 Launches Gourmet Snack Box - TRAVELINDEXMarriott International’s Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 today promotes its gourmet snack boxes filled with a selection of favorite goodies suitable for a gathering with friends and family and great for a gift for any occasion.

The gourmet boxes come in three different options and sizes and are perfect for sharing. Featuring carefully selected varieties of fresh produce cooked to perfection by our talented chefs who have curated both savoury and sweet selection menu with all time guests’ favorites.

The gourmet snack boxes are perfect for small parties or gathering, picnics, a cozy movie night or a gift. You want to let a friend know you’re thinking of them, these treat boxes will make your gift a little more personal.

Price starts from THB 499 net for small box, THB 899 net for medium box and THB 1,299 net for large box. Guests can also upgrade their Live@Aloft – Home edition gourmet snack box with cold cuts and cheese add-ons.

Collect Marriott Bonvoy points while ordering this Live@Aloft – Home edition gourmet snack box.

A gathering is not complete without good music to set the mood. With every box delivered, guests will receive a link to a carefully selected ‘Live At Aloft Hotels’ #AloftLive playlist featuring artists that have played at our hotel and songs you’ll hear at WXY Z.

Available daily from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., order at least one day in advance. For more information and delivery orders, please call +66 2 207 7000

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Wah Lok Re-Opening Promotion

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Wah Lok Re-Opening Promotion - TRAVELINDEXEnjoy authentic Cantonese cuisine with us at Wah Lok. For every THB 5,000 spent, receive another THB 1,000 voucher for your next visit.

Don’t miss out! This voucher giveaway period is only valid until the end of June.

Terms & conditions

  • Meal value is calculated after discount, and before vat and service charge.
  • Voucher is valid until end of August 2021.
  • Multiple vouchers may be used in a single transaction.
  • This voucher cannot be redeemed for cash or other voucher purchases.
  • Normal terms & conditions apply.

Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant

Open: Friday – Sunday

Time: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm (last order 8:30 pm)

For more information or to make reservations, please contact 02 090 7888

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Dusit Expands Food Business with Flagship KAUAI Branch at Asoke Towers

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Dusit Expands Food Business with Flagship KAUAI Branch at Asoke Towers

Bangkok, Thailand, June 15, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has expanded its food business in Bangkok with the soft opening of its new flagship KAUAI dining outlet at Asoke Towers in the heart of the city’s busy Sukhumvit district. It is the fifth KAUAI branch in Bangkok, and the first store in the capital to operate outside of a Virgin Active Fitness Centre.

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Kauai was first brought to Thailand in 2019 under a joint venture agreement between Dusit International and Real Foods Group (the parent company of South Africa’s KAUAI healthy food restaurant brand). Globally, KAUAI has built a reputation for healthy food innovation and a slick, fast casual restaurant experience over its 25 years of operating. The brand was first launched in Cape Town, South Africa in 1996, and today serves smoothies, salads, wraps, warm bowls, breakfasts and organic coffee in more than 160 stores across Africa, Europe and Asia.

Located on the ground floor of Asoke Towers, a busy office and residential building just 10 minutes by foot from Sukhumvit MRT (Underground) and Asok BTS (Skytrain) stations, and five minutes by foot from Phetchaburi MRT station, the new Bangkok branch occupies 130 sq m of space and is easily accessible from the main Asoke Road.

Like other flagship KAUAI branches worldwide, the brand offers customisable menu items that appeal to a broad range of tastes, from vegans and vegetarians to paleo and keto eaters, at affordable prices. Kauai’s focus on high-quality ingredients and sustainable sourcing ensures that these healthy meals strike a good balance between optimal nutrition and value for money.

Despite highly challenging market conditions in Bangkok, Dusit International wants to capitalise on the major shift globally to healthier, more natural food that is affordable and convenient. In fact, healthy food is seeing higher growth than traditional fast food. By opening the store now, the company also hopes to positively serve the community by providing easy access to wholesome meals and drinks that can support and boost immune health to help people stay healthy.

Serving as a centralised delivery hub for the highly populated districts of Asoke, Sukhumvit, Ratchada and Phetchaburi, the store will also expand KAUAI’s reach into Thailand’s booming online food delivery market.

“Opening a new restaurant in the current environment may seem counterproductive, but KAUAI’s distinctive offerings ensure it is well placed to succeed now, and in the future, by leveraging a gap in the market for healthy, sustainable and natural healthy food in Bangkok,” said Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International. “Globally, we have seen how the COVID-19 pandemic has led to surging demand for clean, healthy and sustainable food as consumers have become more aware of the relationship between nutrition and health. We have also seen how consumers are willing to pay a little more for something they recognize as healthy, which, in turn, has led to the continued growth of nutrition-forward chains worldwide. While demand for healthy fast food exists in Thailand, this market is relatively unserved here. The new flagship KAUAI branch directly addresses this in Bangkok by offering convenient access to wholesome foods that can be enjoyed on-site, at home, or on the move in the heart of the city.”

Bright, airy, and comfortable-yet-minimal, the new flagship store’s stylish interior features a monochrome design that accentuates the vibrant colours of KAUAI’s natural food. Diners can eat inside in air-conditioned comfort, enjoy home delivery via apps such as LINE, Food Panda, Grab Food or RobinHood, or choose from a selection of grab-and-go options made fresh to order.

Among the highly nutritious options are internationally inspired meals such as the Butta Chicken warm rice bowl (THB 270) and Spicy Burrito wrap (THB 220). Exclusive to Thailand, there are also dishes designed to cater to local tastes. These include, amongst others, Red Chicken Curry and Quinoa Bowl (THB 200) and Wrap (Mai) Mun Gai (THB 210). The latter is a healthy take on boiled chicken with glutinous rice – a traditional Thai street food favourite – which comes without the rice, or the oil, in a healthy wholewheat wrap. A rich and earthy sauce, developed specially by KAUAI’s culinary team, adds authenticity to every bite. These localised dishes have proved especially popular at KAUAI’s existing outlets in Bangkok.

Customers can also select from a range of raw juices, immunity boosting shots, and nutrient-dense smoothies which blend whole, functional ingredients to make for a healthy snack or drinkable meal on the go. Prices range from THB 50 to THB 200.

“The rising global demand for wholesome, natural food is not a trend, but a movement, and we are delighted to cater directly for this movement here in Bangkok,” said Ms Manisa Mitpaibul, Managing Director, Dusit Real Foods Company Limited. “Dusit’s mission for its food business includes investing in proven and profitable businesses, expanding into high growth spaces, and responding to consumer trends while positively serving our community. Couple this with KAUAI’s strong commitment to bringing naturally delicious foods to consumers, and we are confident the new KAUAI flagship branch will only go from strength to strength, enhancing local brand awareness to bring long-term value to our stakeholders while supporting the health and well-being of our customers.”

The new Asoke Towers store, opening on 14 June 2021, will operate daily from 6:30 am – 9:00 pm. Various special promotions will be available in store.

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Alongside the new flagship branch, Dusit International also operates a KAUAI dining outlet at Virgin Active Fitness Club 101 (Sukhumvit 101), and three ‘grab and go’ outlets at Virgin Active Fitness Clubs in Siam Discovery, Empire Tower, and EmQuartier.

Customised healthy catering services and on-demand nutrition workshops are available for special events and business gatherings, with specialist speakers on hand to share tips for how to eat well.

Dusit International owns territory rights for KAUAI in Southeast Asia and Australia and is currently exploring further opportunities for the brand in these markets.

About Real Foods Group and KAUAI
Real Foods (Pty) Ltd is a multi-brand food group with unmatched dedication to natural food, innovation, social responsibility and integrity. It is at the forefront of the global trend towards health and wellness, and aims to be the leader in natural food. It builds strong, natural food brands that are leaders in their categories.

The group was founded by Dean Kowarski in 2013 in partnership with Antony Ball, the ex-founder of Brait and Kleoss Capital. The company lists KAUAI, NÜ Health Café, Schoon Bakery & Bread Cafés, and Highveld Honey in its portfolio.

The KAUAI brand was first launched in Cape Town, South Africa in 1996, and today serves smoothies, salads, wraps, warm bowls, breakfasts and organic coffee in more than 160 stores across Africa, Europe and Asia.

The KAUAI menu boasts over 100 responsibly sourced superfoods that include free range chicken and eggs, whey protein, vegan protein powder and trending collagen. The brand’s success has largely been driven by its accessible approach to health – the menu, pricing and fast casual format are all designed to make healthy eating appetizing, easy, affordable and convenient.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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Top 25 Restaurants Phuket Will be Launched in Time for Phuket’s Re-Opening

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Bangkok, Thailand, June 7, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Following the announcements by the Thai Prime Minister and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to reopen Phuket and to allow vaccinated foreign tourists to visit the island without quarantine from 1st July 2021, Travelindex has announced the launch of its first “Top 25 Restaurants Phuket,” in time for the island’s reopening.

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Tanah Gajah Ubud Opens Signature Restaurant

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Bali, Indonesia, May 31, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Tanah Gajah Ubud opens newly constructed restaurant amid the rice paddies. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, The Tempayan restaurant at the heart of Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, has come back stronger after a fire destroyed the building last year. A spacious outdoor terrace and two private air conditioned dining rooms with extensive wine…

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Banyan Tree Krabi Pays Homage to Best Food in the World

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Krabi, Thailand, May 14, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Thailand’s famous Massaman Curry was once again voted “Best Food in the World” by the editors at CNN Travel this year, and to celebrate the success of this ever-popular “spicy, coconutty, sweet and savory” dish, Executive Chef Jakkrit Traibun of Banyan Tree Krabi hotel has concocted his own version, cooked and presented in traditional Southern Thai…

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