By Earth Saiswang
Amari Atrium Bangkok
Viranat Silananda says an ideal holiday destination is one where you relax, breathe a sigh of relief, and escape from the nagging routine of daily life. “It’s a place where you can enjoy together with your family and make little wishes come true,” says the 44-year-old general manager of Amari Atrium Bangkok. In Thailand, the place that fits his criteria is Chiang Mai. “It’s my perfect getaway, a cultural and natural wonderland with ethnic diversity; a place with multitude of attractions and welcoming hospitality,” explains the GM who describes himself as a ‘modernist with a clear vision and structure for the future.’ “Most of all, I like the latter: genuine hospitality style of local people,” he adds.
While Viranat is Thai, he hasn’t been to Chiang Mai more than five times. That was after he first came to Thailand five years ago. But he definitely loved it.
“Chiang Mai impressed me with its indigenous cultural identity, which includes diverse dialects, delectable cuisine, distinctive architecture, traditional values, lively festivals, numerous handicraft workshops, Northern style massage, and classical dances,” he adds.
He was just there recently – during the recent Thai “winter” — but Viranat can’t wait to return to Chiang Mai and is already planning to return there with his family for the next long holiday.