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PHUKET: While Australia’s Melbourne Cup is regarded as one of the great horse races of the world, equally important is what goes on off the track. And it’s all to do with fashion – or more particularly, the hats.

The focus of this colorful extravaganza is known as Fashions on the Field, a tradition at every function that celebrates this great event, even here in Phuket.

When the Phuket International Women’s Club (PIWC) holds its second Melbourne Cup Party this year on Tuesday, November 5, fashions and hats will be very much to the fore.

The whole concept of hats at race meetings began at the turn of the last century in Britain during the reign of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra at the famous Royal Ascot carnival.

Hats, and attaching flora and fauna decorations to them, was all the rage and this fashion became a launching pad for society. Royal Ascot was the beginning of the “season”, that time of the year when introductions to potential partners got underway at high society functions.

One commentator wrote that the hat adornments symbolized “money, power, and sex”. Then along came what are known as “fascinators”, a boisterous new fashion of head decoration where a garland of mainly feathers and ribbons was attached to the hair rather than worn like a hat.

Believe it or not, there has been a raging debate about which is the most appropriate to wear at big occasions such as the Melbourne Cup.

In England last year, new rules were introduced banning fascinators from the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot. Wear a hat or we won’t let you in!

The rules are not quite as strict in Phuket, where both are welcome, but fascinators seem to be winning the day.

Within the groups in the Phuket International Women’s Club is one known as the So&Sos, led by member Maggie Hunt, which is busily in fascinator-making mode as the big day looms.

“One of the group is a qualified milliner so that helps a lot. Some of the creations last year were stunning,” said Sue Arnulphy, the event organizer.

“While the PIWC raises funds for scholarships for underprivileged children in Phuket, we do our best to make our events fun and great social gatherings for our members and their partners and guests.”

The PIWC’s Melbourne Cup Party will be held at Underwood Art Factory on the bypass road, beginning at 9:30am. The “race that stops a nation” starts at 11:00am.

Tickets cost 2,000 baht – which includes three free drinks and lunch. There will be sweepstakes, lots of prizes to be won and, naturally, Phuket’s own unique version of Fashions on the Field.

If you wish to attend please call Lyn Carthew on 076 317929 or click here.

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Top 5 classes to take in Thailand

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Looking for great classes to take in Thailand for 2021? Then you’ve come to the right place!

Thailand is one of the most popular tourist and expat destinations in the world, and it’s easy to see why. It is known for its beautiful beaches, gleaming temples, delectable cuisine, and natural beauty. It boasts stunning beaches, gleaming temples, delicious food, and natural beauty. The country, undoubtedly, is the go-to place for everyone who wants to enjoy a tropical holiday or have a relaxing lifestyle. Travelling or living in Thailand is also an excellent opportunity to learn new skills and get a closer look at the country’s culture. In fact, the country is teeming with classes you can take to get a taste of the real Thailand or to simply acquire a new skill.

Besides learning more about Thailand, many people also take classes for the sole purpose of obtaining a Non-Immigrant O Visa (ED) or Education Visa. This type of visa allows them to stay in the country long term, but they need to study or participate in the training of some kind. However, with so many courses and schools to choose from, it can be difficult to pick the best one. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 best classes you can take in Thailand.

5 Best Classes to Take In Thailand

Whether you want to be productive during your stay in Thailand or you simply want to take classes to obtain an ED visa, let’s take a look at our pick of the top five classes to take in Thailand.

1. Duke Language School – Learn the Thai Language

The first class on our list is Thai language class because there’s no better way to understand Thai people and their culture than learning the language. If you’re determined to improve your Thai language skills, make sure you learn from the best. Based on our research, Duke Language School is one of the top Thai language schools. Even during this Covid-19 pandemic, their classes often sold out!

Located in Bangkok, Duke makes learning Thai fun, interesting, and engaging. The teachers are highly trained and will teach you in an enjoyable and interactive way, so you’ll never get bored in class. Their learning process is broken down into 9 modules, which depend on your level of Thai. Each module lasts 4 weeks.

Instead of adopting the typical 90 minutes, once-a-week format, this language school has a different timetable. With Duke Language School, you’ll learn Thai 5 days a week, from Monday to Friday, for 3 hours per day in the morning or afternoon. Alternatively, you can also choose to have night and weekend classes, with slightly different timetables, but still as extensive. If you need a more flexible schedule, you can also enroll in their private lessons.

Duke Language School offers Education Visa packages. By enrolling in their 8-month or 14-month program, you will obtain Education Visa.

Pricing:
INTENSIVE GROUP LESSONS – ฿8,000 per course (60 hours of class).
PRIVATE LESSONS – ฿600 per hour (2 hours per session), with no minimum booking.

Address: 10/63, Trendy Building, 3rd floor, Sukhumvit Soi 13, Wattana, Bangkok 10110. 5 minutes walk from Nana BTS station.

Contact Info: info@dukelanguage.com / +66 2-168-7274 / +66 8-2444-1595

Website: dukelanguage.com

Thai Class in Duke Language School

Group lessons in Duke Language School.

2. Tiger Muay Thai and MMA – Learn Martial Arts

Muay Thai, also known as Thai Boxing, is Thailand’s national sport and cultural martial art. It is the most famous form of boxing in the Land of Smiles.

There are numerous gyms and schools around Thailand offering Muay Thai. However, one of the most famous is Tiger Muay Thai & Mixed Martial Arts. In this Muay Thai school, you can learn how to transform your body into a lethal weapon as a way to protect yourself and to box in the ring. You will be taught numerous techniques to utilize your arms, legs, shins, elbows, and knees as a way to box. Most certainly, you will train and fight with some of the most experienced Muay Thai Trainers.

The Muay Thai training in Tiger Muay Thai & Mixed Martial Arts is divided into 3 levels: Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced. In addition to Muay Thai Training, you can also combine the classes with Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Training to further hone your skills. If you prefer to have private lessons, then you can consider their 1-on-1 Muay Thai Privates.

If you’re looking for Muay Thai and ED visa packages, Tiger Muay Thai & Mixed Martial Arts offers courses for 6 months and 12 months. Each option includes the ED visa and immigration extension fees.

Pricing:
MUAY THAI TRAINING – ฿3,900 (1 week), ฿12,500 (1 Month), ฿32,500 (3 months).
1-ON-1 MUAY THAI PRIVATES – ฿700 (1 session), ฿6,500 (10 sessions).

Address: 7/35 Moo 5, Soi Ta-iad, Ao Chalong, Muang, Phuket 83130.

Contact Info: info@tigermuaythai.com / +66 (0)76 367 071

Website: www.tigermuaythai.com

Muay Thai Class in Tiger Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts

Muay Thai Class in Tiger Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts.

3. Hua Hin Thai Cooking Academy – Learn How to Cook Thai Dishes

Thai cooking classes have become a staple for those visiting Thailand. Various culinary schools can be found all around the country, and Hua Hin Thai Cooking Academy is among the best. They tailor their menus and styles to cater to all dietary needs. Therefore, vegans, vegetarians, and picky eaters can all take part and have fun here.

The professional, English-speaking Thai chef in Hua Hin Thai Cooking Academy will teach you authentic Thai cooking in enjoyable and easy-to-follow ways. First, the chef will demonstrate how to make each dish. Then, you will have the opportunity to duplicate the dish with their help. Each class usually includes 5 – 10 dishes. The best thing is, you have the freedom to pick the dishes you want to learn. After each class, you can enjoy what you cook and get a taste of authentic Thai food.

Hua Hin Thai Cooking Academy offers half-day and full-day classes. They also provide a 90-day student visa cooking program. This program allows you to complete the 4 weeks, 6 weeks, and 7 weeks Advanced Cooking Course.

Pricing:
REGULAR COOKING CLASS – ฿1,300 (half-day class) and ฿2,200 (full-day class).
1-ON-1 PRIVATE CLASS – ฿2,650 per 4 hour class for 1st student, ฿1,550 for each additional student.

Address: 210/4 Phetkasem Road, Soi 82, Hua Hin 77110.

Contact Info: Ron@HuaHinThaiCookingAcademy.com / +66 86 004 0839 (domestic calls) / +66 860-040-839 (international calls)

Website: huahinthaicookingacademy.com

Cooking class in Hua Hin Thai Cooking Academy. The best cooking class in Thailand.

Cooking class in Hua Hin Thai Cooking Academy.

4. rumPUREE Dance Studio – Learn Thai Dance

Want to dance like a Thai? Learn how at rumPUREE Dance Studio. Established in 2006, rumPUREE means “City of Dances,” which comes from “Rum” (Thai word for “dances”) and “Puree” (Sanskrit word for “city”). At this dance studio, you can learn all about Thai dance while improving your posture and balance. You may even be able to reduce stress by learning the dances.

There are several levels of dances in rumPUREE Dance Studio, starting from introduction to advanced level. There is also an “All Level” class, which is open to everyone with or without previous dance experience. With the all-level class, the dance instructor will adjust the lesson to fit the participants.

In addition to Thai dances, rumPUREE Dance Studio also offer classes for numerous world dances. You can choose to take part in pole dancing, belly dancing, Tango, Hip Hop, and even Bollywood dances.

Pricing:
FIRST TIMER – ฿400 per 1 hour and ฿600 per 1.5 hours.
PAY PER VISIT – ฿650 per 1 hour and ฿900 per 1.5 hours.
1 WEEK – ฿1,500 for 1 hour.
1.5 MONTHS – ฿3,000 for 6 hours.
3 MONTHS – starting from ฿5,000 for 10 hours.

Address:
ASOK – 2nd Fl, Jasmine City Bldg., Sukhumvit 23 Alley, Khlong Toei, Watthana, Bangkok 10110. BTS Asok (Exit 6), MRT Sukhumvit.
SAMYAN – Samyan Mitrtown 3rd floor, 944 Rama IV Rd, Wang Mai, Pathumwan,
Bangkok 10330.

Contact Info: +66 92-204-9677 (ASOK) / +66 92-204-9655 (SAMYAN)

Website: www.rumpuree.com

Thai Dancers at rumPUREE Dance Studio. The best Thai dance class in Thailand.

rumPUREE Thai Dance Class.

5. The Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai (TMC) – Learn Thai Massage

Although sometimes painful, Traditional Thai Massage can induce comfort and does wonders for your nervous system. Therefore, taking Thai Massage classes is an excellent opportunity while you’re staying in Thailand.

The Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai, also known as TMC, is a very well-known Thai massage school in Thailand. Founded in 2001, this Thai massage school offers a wide range of Thai Traditional Massage classes. They also have a teacher training program.

The courses at TMC Thailand ranges from short courses (30 hours) up to comprehensive courses (150 hours). If you prefer to take part in shorter classes, you can choose to learn chair massage, foot reflexology, table massage, and more. Each course in this Thai massage school is taught by high-quality teachers.

Pricing:
SHORT COURSES (LEVEL 1-2-3) – ฿8,500 (30 hours – 5 days).
COMPREHENSIVE COURSES (COMBINATION OF LEVEL 1-2-3 COURSES) – ฿25,500 (9 hours – 15 days).
THAI FOOT REFLEXOLOGY – ฿6,900 (12 hours – 2 days).
THAI TABLE MASSAGE – ฿7,500 (12 hours – 2 days).
BASIC THAI MASSAGE – ฿7,500 (18 hours – 3 days).

Address: 203/6 MAE JO ROAD (Across Ruam Choke Market), Moo 6, T.Faham, Chiang Mai 50000.

Contact Info: +66 53-854330 – +66 53-854331 (domestic calls) / +66 53-854330 – +66 53-854331 (international calls) / info@tmcschool.com.

Website: www.tmcschool.com

Thai Massage Clasess at TMC

Massage classes at TMC.

We hope that this list of top classes you can take in Thailand motivates you to challenge yourself to learn new skills!

 

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Top 5 HR companies in Thailand

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Are you looking for the best HR companies in Thailand to help streamline your hiring process? As businesses begin to grow, human resources (HR) management becomes a significant need. First of all, they hire the right people to work in your business. Moreover, they make sure that employees comply with your company policies. As a result of improper HR management, you can face a lack of staff development, employee turnover, and many other problems.

For many businesses, working with a specialized HR company can save them time and money. A good HR company can help you handle all aspects of recruitment, training, payroll, and more. Most importantly, working with one of the best HR firms can prevent your business from making costly mistakes. Therefore, you need to work with the top HR company in Thailand to be free from any HR-related mistakes.

Selecting the best option can be challenging as there are numerous factors to consider. To help you find the best HR companies for your business, we have prepared a list of the top 5 HR companies in Thailand below.

5 Top-Rated HR Companies in Thailand

1. RLC Recruitment Co. Ltd

The first HR company on our list is RLC. This firm has been providing HR services in Thailand since 2012. Although still relatively new, RLC has earned a reputation as one of Thailand’s leading technical recruitment companies. RLC doesn’t adopt a mass-market approach to headhunting. Instead, they customize a recruitment strategy based on their understanding of your specific requirements. In other words, they will tailor their service to address your business’s unique needs.

RLC specializes in helping companies in technical industries, such as food manufacturing, aerospace, chemicals, and automotive. They offer free consultations and briefings for companies in Thailand. In addition to HR services, they also provide finance and accounting services. Executive search, HR consultancy, and payroll & outsourcing are some of their premium services.

Service: Executive Search Services, Payroll and Outsourcing, HR Consultancy.

Locations: BANGKOK – 142 Two Pacific Place, 18th Floor, Unit 1805, Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110.

Website: rlc-asia.com

Contact Info: info@rlc-asia.com

RLC's Logo. Blue and White.

2. Monroe Consulting Group

Monroe Consulting Group was initially conceived in Australia. The company first opened its doors in Thailand in 2002. Since then, it has been expanding rapidly. Monroe Consulting Group is widely known as an international award-winning executive search (headhunting) company. In addition, they are famous for delivering the highest levels of professionalism to both multinational and national companies in Thailand.

Monroe Consulting Group works with companies with the flexibility to meet their specific needs. Therefore, their requirement consultants understand the needs of each of their clients.

Service: Executive Search Services, Recruitment Services, Outplacement Service.

Locations: BANGKOK – Lake Rajada Office Complex Building, 28th Floor, 193/119 Ratchadapisek Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110.

Website: www.monroeconsulting.com

Contact Info: +66 2 055 4759 / thailand@monroeconsulting.com

Monroe Consulting Group's Logo. Blue and White.

3. EPS Consultants

Established in 1993, EPS Consultants is a multiple award-winning professional recruiting and outsourcing specialist. They boast talented professionals, technical know-how, and advanced technology. The firm’s mission is to become a leading one-stop recruitment and outsourcing service provider. Moreover, their philosophy is to attract, grow, and retain their customer base. They are therefore known to offer cost-effective and value-added service with excellent quality. Most importantly, they are known for being attentive and well-prepared to meet their clients’ distinct needs.

EPS Consultants focus on providing HR outsourcing and recruitment-related consulting services, so their services are among the most comprehensive. They offer executive search, HR outsourcing, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO). In addition to telecommunication and manufacturing industry, EPS consultants also cater to healthcare, property, and more.

Service: General & Professional Staffing/Executive Search, Managed HR Services, HR Outsourcing, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO).

Locations: BANGKOK – Unit 1704, Level 17, Mercury Tower, Ploenchit Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330.

Website: eps.in.th

Contact Info: +66 2105 4633 / info@eps.in.thEPS Logo

4. PRTR

The next on our list is PRTR, the largest independent recruitment and outsourcing company in Thailand. PRTR is a Thai/British-owned company. It has been operating in Thailand since 1993, so PRTR is not a new player in Thailand’s human resource field. The firm grew from a permanent recruitment company into a fully integrated supplier of outsourcing, recruitment, and HR services.

PRTR is famous for having a thorough understanding of the factors and components needed to run a successful business in Thailand. As a result, they have successfully presented human resource services to their clients for over two decades. Their HR services is very extensive, so you can consider them as a one-stop company for your HR needs. The HR services include human resource outsourcing, payroll, employee background check, and staff outsourcing. Furthermore, they also offer recruitment services, and business process outsourcing.

Service: HR services, recruitment services, business process outsourcing.

Locations:
BANGKOK – Ital – Thai Tower, 18th Floor, New Petchburi Road, Bangkapi, Huaykwang, Bangkok 10320.

EASTERN SEABOARD – 53 Moo9, Talay-Thong Tower, 11th Floor, Sukhumvit Road, Tung Sukhla, Siracha, Chonburi 20230.

Website: www.prtr.com

Contact Info: Bangkok +66 (0) 2716 0000 / Easter Seaboard +66 (0) 3849 4700

PRTR Logo. Red and White.

5. Indigo Consulting Group

Indigo Consulting Group offers full-service solutions for businesses seeking help with human resource management. This Asia-wide HR company is based in Bangkok. This firm is one of the top-rated HR companies to work with if you look for an objective and knowledgeable perspective concerning your organizational development. In addition, the firm is also regarded for its individualized programs.

Indigo Consulting Group understands that businesses cannot depend solely on products and strategy for sustained success. Instead, companies have to rely on their employees’ talents, commitment, and performance. The firm, therefore, promises to provide competent human resources. Moreover, they know how to help businesses achieve their goals by organizing, motivating, managing, and rewarding your human resources.

Service: HR services, including coaching training, job evaluation, performance management, and more.

Locations: BANGKOK – Suite 1405, River Wing East, Empire Tower, 95 South Sathorn Road, 10120 Bangkok.

Website: indigo-consulting-group.com

Contact Info: +66 (02) 670-0361-3 / info@indigoconsult.net

Indigo Consultation Group Logo. Blue and White.

There are, certainly, numerous other notable HR companies in Thailand out there. However, the five companies mentioned above are our top-rated HR companies for 2021.

With the abundance of excellent HR services in Thailand, there is no reason to struggle with recruitment, employer compliance, and other HR activities in your company. These HR companies offer both flexible and affordable solutions for businesses of all sizes, so if you’re looking to outsource your business’ human resources functions entirely, the top 5 HR companies in our ranking can help make your business more successful.

 

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