In the 13th century, the city of Sukhothai in northern Thailand became an important capital. Celebrated annually throughout Thailand, this 'Festival of Lights' sees thousands of biodegradable, home-made lanterns travel down the waterways of Thailand. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws. 1. Despite this, the ruins of the city are still standing, have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and are a great day trip from Bangkok. Travelling with Intrepid is a little different. Houses are simple, there's more space and less of the modern conveniences. Jungles, rivers, bamboo huts and teak houses are more commonly seen here, and birds and other animal life are more abundant. Kayakers and rock-climbers will love exploring them, while others can travel to the nearby floating villages or just relax on one of the region's perfect beaches. Spend a night as their guest for a unique insight into their life.
Pictured: (second from left) Mr Burak Kutlug, Member of Executive Board - Agaoglu Group of Companies; (middle) Mr Ali Agaoglu, Chairman - Agaoglu Group of Companies; (third from right) Mr Ehsan Fareed Abduljawad, Chairman - Abduljawad Holding Co.; (second from right), Mrs Suphajee Suthumpun, Group Chief Executive Officer - Dusit International. Dusit Thani Residences Maslak Istanbul, Turkey Fast-growing global hospitality company Dusit International has signed a management agreement with Abduljawad Holding Co., an investment company headquartered in Saudi Arabia, to operate the Dusit Thani Residences Maslak Istanbul, Turkey, which will open as part of Maslak 1453 a commercial, business and residential hub set over two million square metres on the European side of the city. Located just 4km from the Bosphorous, 15km from Taksim Square, and 20km from the city's Third Airport, which is now under construction, Dusit Thani Residences Maslak Istanbul is Dusit International's first project in Turkey and is designed to offer a unique hospitality experience in Istanbul. The property, which is being developed by experienced property developers Agaoglu, will comprise over 300 luxurious apartments inspired by contemporary Southeast Asian design and driven by Dusit International's signature gracious service. While serviced apartments will make up the majority of the property, there will also be a branded residence with units leased to tenants on a long stay basis. One-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom and four-bedroom apartments will all be available, each one spacious and fully furnished with high quality fixtures and fittings throughout. Rooms on the upper levels of the 41-storey building will provide stunning views of an adjacent forest. The family-friendly property will feature a swimming pool, meeting rooms, lobby lounge, residence lounge, deli, a large gym outfitted with the latest equipment and a spa. Guests will also have easy access to a wide range of bars, restaurants, shops, theatres and other lifestyle facilities that make up the sprawling Maslak 1453. With easy access to the TEM highway and Istanbul Metro, a rapid transit railway network that serves the city, guests can explore and experience everything this culturally-rich destination has to offer, including sightseeing cruises on the Bosphorus Strait, an immersive walk around the city's historic areas to learn about Istanbul's history as Constantinople, capital of the Roman Empire; tours of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace, and much more. Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group Chief Executive Officer of Dusit International, said, "We are delighted to partner with Abduljawad to bring the Dusit brand to Turkey for the first time.
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