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Best Western Opens its First Vīb in Asia Pacific at Vīb Best Western Sanam Pao, Bangkok.

Vīb Best Western located in Sanam Pao is at the north-end of downtown Bangkok, and they are now hosting a promotion that will include the grand opening of the Vīb Best WesternSM hotel. This hotel will be the first Vīb Best Western to be built in the Asian Pacific, and it will be surrounded by downtown’s famous shopping malls, tourist venues, and corporate offices. There will be responsive WiFi, smart TVs, and beds that are some of the most comfortable that guests have ever slept on. Located in Chatuchak, the hotel is just three BTS Skytrain stations from Chatuchak weekend markets.

Key Takeaways:

  • Best Western Hotels and Resorts recently opened its first ViB SM hotel in the Asia Pacific region, specifically in the North Bangkok locality of Thailand.
  • The ViB Best Western Sanam Pao is located a hip skip and a jump from the BTS Sanam Pao skytrain station.
  • The centralized location of the Sanam Pao also affords its guests easy access to the city’s shopping malls, corporate structures and other attractions.

“Vīb Best Western Sanam Pao is offering 91 well-equipped rooms ; Fast Wi-Fi, smart TVs and e-concierge technology; as well as comfortable beds, refreshing rain showers and convenient work areas.”

Check rates and see 31 photos of Vīb Best Western Sanam Pao

Read more: https://hotelintel.co/best-western-opens-its-first-vib-in-asia-pacific-at/

Room of the Week: The Siam Bangkok’s 100-Year-Old Villa

The Siam is a charming slice of peace and calm close to the teeming city of Bangkok. It’s owned by Krissada Sukosol Clapp, and includes both 28 suites and 11 private villas, including a teak villa previously owned by Thai socialite Connie Mangskau. While three of Connie’s other previous structures have been turned into restaurants by the Siam, the last one is now available to guests as Connie’s Cottage. The Siam has meticulously restored and maintained the beautifully designed, two-level villa where Mangskau once entertained the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy and William Holden.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Siam rests on three acres of land in Bangkok, alongside the Chao Praya River.
  • The wealth of land keeps the famous villa secluded from city din, even though it is actually easily accessible to many of the city’s famous attractions.
  • Guests are welcomed by a courtyard, bordered by green ferns, dappled with sunshine, and a fountain shaped like a lotus.

“The 28 suites in the main building are spectacular in their own right, but head out back toward the river and you’ll find 11 private pool villas hidden behind wooden doors, with one in particular that’s known as the property’s most special.”

Check rates and see 65 more photos of The Siam 

Read more: https://robbreport.com/travel/hotels/the-siam-hotel-bangkok-connies-cottage-2842325/

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Improves Earning Structure but Devalues Award Chart. Bad News for Discount Economy Flyers!

Upcoming changes by Thai Airlines to their Royal Orchid Plus Miles program will benefit some fliers at the expense of people who either collect points via their credit card or fly mostly Economy Class. The new awards charts will go into effect 1 October, at which point anyone who isn’t a First Class or Business Class traveler may no longer find the program to be useful at all. The new awards charts mean economy class passengers will earn the same number of points each flight but be charged significantly more for upgrades, making their participation much less valuable.

Key Takeaways:

  • Beginning October 2019, Thai Airways will alter its loyalty program rewards structure in ways that may benefit higher class fare flyers, but disadvantage Economy flyers.
  • With the changes, Royal First Class and (to a lesser extent) Royal Silk Class flyers will accrue miles more easily, but Economy Class flyers will not.
  • Redeeming rewards may become more difficult for many flyers, especially upgrade awards, which may become not worth it.

“Specifically those customers who fly discounted Economy Class might find themselves isolated based on the new chart values and should be looking for an alternate mileage program.”

Read more: https://loyaltylobby.com/2019/03/23/thai-airways-royal-orchid-plus-improves-earning-structure-but-devalues-their-award-chart-effective-01-october-2019-now-useless-for-economy-flyers/?omhide=true

How Much Are Marriott Bonvoy Points Really Worth?

The recent introduction of Marriott’s new Bonvoy point system prompted One Mile At A Time to take a look at how valuable Bonvoy points are. While there is some level of subjectivity involved in comparing points systems, their value is usually somewhere between your redemption cost and your acquisition cost. Lucky of One Mile At A Time rates Bonvoy points as being worth roughly 0.7 cents each, compared to 0.9 cents each for Marriott points in the past. This is largely a product of developments such as the introduction of Category 8 and the upward re-Categorization of many properties.

Key Takeaways:

  • The author believes that now is the right time to address the current value of Marriott Bonvoy points with the recent launch of Marriott Bonvoy.
  • It’s time to revisit the post the author made about six months ago on the value of the points since the introduction of category 8 hotels.
  • It is known that there is no scientific way to value points, one has to rely on fixed value points currencies.

“Ultimately there’s no right or wrong way to value points, as long as you’re valuing them at more than your acquisition cost and at less than your redemption value.”

Read more: https://onemileatatime.com/how-much-are-marriott-points-worth/

Sathorn rooftop staple adds picture-perfect moonwalk and new cocktail menu

Located on the 61st floor of Banyan Tree in Bangkok, Thailand, Moon Bar has gone through an extensive remodel for 2019. The owners have changed the side of the roof that the bar sits on so patrons can take in a full 360 degree view of the city. A highlight of the remodel includes a reinforced glass balcony dubbed the “Moonwalk” which is perfect for photo opportunities. Along with the venue remodel, there have also been changes to the cocktail menu. The Bird of Paradise and Vertigo Sunset, are both rum based and well reviewed.

Key Takeaways:

  • The MoonBar is situated on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel and has recently gone through much transformation to kick off 2019.
  • By completely swapping sides off their rooftop, the MoonBar gives bargoers a 360 degrees uninterrupted view of the city and is now a prime spot over Bangkok city life.
  • The author states that he first arrived at the MoonBar when it was opening at 5pm on a Friday and recommends getting there early for a choice spot.

“Equipped with a new cocktail list and a new perspective of the city, Moon Bar did not disappoint. For anyone who feels they need to get beachside without being able to actually get there, this is the spot for you.”

Also, check out the luxurious rooms at the Banyan Tree Bangkok.

Read more: https://www.bangkok101.com/sathorn-rooftop-staple-adds-picture-perfect-moonwalk-and-new-cocktail-menu/