As one of the most alluring destinations in Thailand, Chiang Rai, located at the northern region, offers a staggering range of amazing attractions for tourists around the world. The rolling hills, sweeping mountains, lush green forests and nature, and rich melting pot of cultures, extravagant resorts and spas, and the way of living of the locals will encourage you to indulge yourself in the tranquility of the scenery and fresh air. These make Chiang Rai one of the most engaging places to visit.
Chiang Rai is known for its majestic hills and mountains. It is a best place for those who love trekking and a little adventure en-route to the Northern Province’s breathtaking views.
Many small villages are filled with Thai local experiences that are far different from those found in the bigger cities of Thailand. The culture of this region has been inspired by Lanna, Karen and other indigenous ethnic groups providing tourists, both foreign and domestic travellers, with a noticeably friendly and vibrant atmosphere.
There is also a wide variety of luxurious hotels and resorts in Chiang Rai. Most of them are surrounded by nature. Nothing beats waking up to fresh air and serenity, while witnessing the way of local living of the Thais.
Thai spa treatments are also famous in this area. Spa-based medical tourism is a global phenomenon and Thailand as Asia’s Spa Capital, reaps returns on its decades-long strategy while riding a rising tide of female driven consumer demand. In regard to this, Chiang Rai is second to none in terms of relaxing and secluded spa retreats.
The announcement that the 10th edition of Bucharest Biennial in 2022 will be curated by a robot named robot named Jarvis received mix reactions from the art world. The evolution of AI has made possible for many industries to be more efficient in productions as machines are deemed to be more reliable when error is minimal to nill and can work much longer hours. Machines taking over some human jobs were expected. Today these innovations are no longer bound in factories but often found in the frontlines of service industries such as hospitality, F&B, medical and others. However it is rather difficult to comprehend how AI can take over an art curator’s job especially when this job demands multiple disciplines and compounded unique tasks.
According to IESA Arts & Culture, the job responsibilities of an art curator consists of the following,
Acquiring, collecting and cataloging works of art
Researching, writing articles and giving lectures
Negotiating the loans of items, organizing exhibitions, installing and writing documentation
And the skills and qualifications required are,
General knowledge of art and in depth specialist expertise in art history
Excellent relationship building skills to create partnership with art institutions, artists and collectors
Event management skill for organizing exhibitions, working with all actors involved in the project
It is quite clear that a curator’s job is not a single directional job. According to Spinnwerk founder Razvan Ion when talking to The Art Newspaper, Jarvis will be trained for two years curatorship training program “using materials from the world’s renowned MA’s of curating and contemporary art history from most respected universities” and then “ … select several participants/artists/creators for the biennial based on his knowledge”. If being a curator only needs to be like Jarvis, then any person good in data collection and analysis can apply to be a curator. Universities around the world must as well remove the art curatorial programs.
The skills, knowledge and experience needed to be involved in the art world are not just data collection and analysis. Before, a good scanner and printer could produce a piece of Picasso. Today, a robot with the right program can paint one a Picasso but still it is a programmed imitation piece. On the other hand, producing a robot to replace a curator is not possible at least for the next few years. The derivatives demanded especially from the human factors are almost impossible unless the robot is fitted with a human mind like Robocop.
The announcement of Jarvis was undoubtedly influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic that has crippled the world. The art industry included had not been spared and this crisis pushed the arts and culture further into the digital and virtual world. The art world needs some fresh ideas fast to bring back the confidence of those supporting art in this new normal to survive. Whoever or whichever that come up with new concepts or innovations is definitely going to capture the market’s attention and lead the pack. Jarvis may not be the ideal curator but definitely one that falls into the art of marketing and branding.
Winter Wonderland As one of the Central Switzerland’s hidden gems, the Swiss Alpine village of Engelberg and the Mount Titlis glacier is a convenient excursion from the major cities of Zurich and Lucerne. Engelberg – meaning the “mountain of angels”, is originally founded by a Benedictine monk. This area is now a famous winter wonderland filled with many attractions and memorable experiences.
Mt. Titlis & Cable Car Mount Titlis is the highest peak in central Switzerland, reaching 3,239 meters above sea level. It has the finest views for visitors—not only an amazing panoramic view of the Alpine peaks, but other fascinating attractions as well. Don’t miss out on the Titlis Rotair gondola—the world’s first rotating cable car. The fully revolving gondola transports passengers conveniently to the summit in a five-minute ascent, offering stunning views of sheer rock faces and glacier crevasses of the Alpine peaks.
Titlis Cliff Walk & Glacier Cave Titlis cliff walk—Europes’ highest elevation suspension bridge is simply a must-do. It is situated on the Titlis glacier in the Engelberg region at 3,041 metres, and makes a 500-metre drop. It takes a 150 heart-pounding steps to traverse. On clear days, visitors can see all the way to Italy, including the Uri Alps and some of the distant glaciers. However, it is the experience of crossing the Titlis Cliff Walk that will take your breath away.
At the frosty heart of the Titlis glacier, a magical world awaits. The Glacier Cave in Mount Titlis is 20 metres below the glacier’s surface. The natural blue colour, due to the light’s refraction, illuminates the 150-metre-long walkway of frozen ice. The temperature inside the cave is regulated at frosty -1.5˚C. Exploring the glacier cave is an amazing experience.
A city tour in Lucerne takes visitors on a journey of contrast between the old and the new. The impressive contemporary building KKL (Culture and Congress Centre) in particular, stands proud within the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s old town.
The old town of Lucerne is located on the left bank of the River Reuss. It is connected to the right bank by two century-old landmark bridges: Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) and Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrücke). Promenading through the old town which is surrounded by medieval walls and watchtowers is amazing. Several houses are decorated with façade paintings that date back to the 19th and early 20th centuries. The world-famous Lion’s Monument which was built to commemorate the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution is certainly a place not to be missed.
The Swan Square (Schwanenplatz) is adjacent to Lake Lucerne. It is a picturesque place to stroll around. There are countless shops here, including branded jewellery and watch stores such as Bucherer and Gübelin. It is a promising starting point for a visit to the old town area.
MS Saphir – Pure Yachting Sensation Have you ever dreamt of touring the magnificent bays of Lake Lucerne in the elegant ambience of an exclusive yacht?
Refresh your senses and take in the first class comfort of a cutting-edge ship – the MS Saphir. The stylish design and dashing appearance of the elegant yacht is sure to impress.
Settle down into the spacious seating areas and savour the glorious view of the lake, the town and the mountains. Ingenious technical features of the convertible roof on the upper deck can be opened and closed according to the weather. The crew of the Saphir await you with an audio guide in 11 languages to tell you all about the top attractions of the Bay of Lucerne.
Treat yourself to affordable luxury aboard the MS Saphir. This 60 beautiful minutes’ yacht tour is sure to make you fall in love with Lucerne.
The House of Gübelin – Swiss Spirit The House of Gübelin is a Swiss, family-owned firm known for its exquisite high-end jewellery, gemstone expertise, and as purveyors of some of today’s most sought-after luxury watch brands.
The company, founded in 1854, is deeply inspired by the internal and external beauty of fine gems and watches. Whether as jeweller, gemmologist or horologist, Gübelin unites love for beauty with passion for knowledge.
The stunning creations from Gübelin Jewellery are inspired by the fascinating world of coloured gemstones. Gübelin serves its international clientele in its elegant boutiques in prime locations in Switzerland and in private salons in Hong Kong, where customers feel right at home.
The Grand Hotel National – Legendary Hotel This 150-year-old legendary establishment sits on the picturesque site of Lake Lucerne promenade with breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains. It is situated in the heart of both Switzerland and Lucerne, and connected to an excellent transportation network. The train station and the old town are both just five minutes away by foot.
The architecture of the residence calls to mind the French châteaux of the 17th and 18th centuries and the palaces of the Italian Renaissance. 41 luxurious rooms are furnished in Empire style with a splendid combination of contemporary designs and urban flair.
The hotel offers a comprehensive dining experience and environment, where only the highest quality culinary delicacies are served. The Restaurant National is where comfort food meets culinary sophistication. The head chef charms diners with creativity, extraordinary culinary art and a love for top-quality regional products. Popular meals and simple snacks are also available. It’s undoubtedly a place for everyone, straightforward yet elegant.
传奇酒店 拥有150年历史的传奇酒店The Grand Hotel National 位于卢塞恩市中心，紧邻风景如画的卢塞恩湖，距离火车站和旧城区仅有5分钟的脚程。