Pullman Khon Kaen Raja Orchid

9-9 Prachasumran Road Nai Muang, Muang, Khon Kaen, 40000, Thailand

Tel. (+66)43/322155

The Sofitel Luxury Plus package, at 40% off the normal published rate, includes upgrade to junior suite plus voucher for room upgrade to deluxe suite for next visit; daily American breakfast; free extra bed for children under 16; airport shuttle; use of fitness centre and sauna; 10% discount at Pode Hair Creation; 10% off laundry and dry cleaning; late check-out to 4 pm. Rates are 1,690 baht per night, single or twin.uNote: Rates quoted do not include service charge and VAT, unless noted otherwise. Room upgrades and late check-out are usually subject to availability. Check when booking.

Travel Guides : Underwater Valentine

On Feb 12-13, Planet Scuba offers a Pattaya Valentine Weekend with snorkelling lessons for children. The Discover Scuba Diving introductory programme is also available on request. Fees start at 4,000 baht including accommodation (with a 15% discount for couples. Call 712-8188, fax 712-8748

Healthy Eating

Organic vegetable days will be staged from Jan 28 to Jan 30 in Phop Phra district of Tak to promote local produce and agricultural tourism. The event will also feature rose and vegetable contests, hilltribe performances and a beauty pageant.

Straw Bird Fair

Chai Nat province will stage its colourful and popular Straw Bird Fair from Feb 3-13. In addition to giant straw birds on elaborate floats, local handicrafts and cuisine will be highlighted. Contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand at (036) 422768-9.

Elephant Event

The Sixth Elephant Satoke (Khantoke) Fair will take place from Feb 4-6 at the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre in Hang Chat district, Lampang. In addition to a colourful dinner, the event features a working elephant show, satoke parade and northern cultural performances. Proceeds help support elephant conservation projects. Contact the TAT at (053) 248604, 248607