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The Iron Lady of Thailand Hospitality Industry 泰国酒店业之铁娘子


Sukanya Janchoo
General Manager of Dusit Thani Bangkok

The Dusit Thani success story all started from a young Thai lady who was sent to America by her family to broaden her horizon. Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui was particularly interested in the American hotel culture where service, cleanliness, comfort and friendly attitude were so efficient, and the only difference was that she wanted to create this hotel culture back home in Thailand. Her dream came true when Thanpuying Chanut built Princess, Bangkok’s first modern hotel with a swimming pool. Soon after, her quest to build a truly Thai hotel that rivaled the American standards completed when Dusit Thani Bangkok was founded.

Dusit Thani Bangkok once reigned supreme when it opened its door in 1970 proudly claiming itself as the first international five-star Thai hotel that stood the tallest in the Bangkok skyline. It was and still is today as the perfect place to be for exclusive red carpet gala evenings and beautiful weddings accommodating the highly respected Royal families, international dignitaries, super stars and the rich and famous.

Not only Dusit Thani was built by a Thai lady, today the General Manager for this magnificent hotel is also a lady and she is the first female General Manager of the flagship hotel of Dusit International. Mrs. Sukanya Janchoo has been in the hospitality industry since she graduated from Chulalongkhon University in 1978. A highly respected veteran in Thailand hospitality industry, Sukanya started her career as a chamber maid in London for four years before switching to accounts but her heart and soul have always remained in Thailand. She returned to Thailand in 1980 as an assistant cost controller and turned to marketing after seven years. She candidly explained that she was very good in cost control but she finds sales and marketing a much more challenging job when she was asked why she made the switch.

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“If you want to do it, then do your best; if you don’t want, then stop.”

A female executive in a male-dominant industry did not really intimidate this petite lady as she claimed that she was not stressed at all with working in such an environment. ‘Perhaps the men were more stressed working with me?’ she jokingly said. Furthermore she was of the opinion that being female sometimes had its advantages as potential clients ‘pitied’ them and were more willing to spare some time to listen. ‘Feminism’ was then playing a large part in the hotel industry although it was a man’s world. Before criticising any job that one may come across, Sukanya said it is important that we must fully understand the job nature as all jobs, big or small, are important and eventually contribute to the success of an organisation. ‘If you want to do it, then do your best; if you don’t want, then stop,’ she said. Such attitude is important and she felt blessed as she had the opportunity to take on several jobs before becoming a leader. Sukanya was very humble and did not take the credit for her achievements but graciously acknowledged that it was all about having a ‘nice’ group of people to work with and team work. As for her success and accomplishments, this Iron Lady holds the principle of focusing and succeeding in every project. She is all about accomplishing a project and moving on to conquer another and another. A visionary lady who does not achieve only one merit but rather going for merits after merits.

“The millennials is a generation who like to complain but if you are ready to face the challenges in the hotel industry, you must also have the passion and heart to work to achieve success.”

Sukanya feels that it is important to contribute back to the society especially by grooming the new generation. When asked about the millennial, she said, ‘The millennials is a generation who like to complain but if you are ready to face the challenges in the hotel industry, you must also have the passion and heart to work to achieve success’. She strongly believes that Asians today can be as great General Manager as the Europeans, not to mention they understand the culture better and can further enhance the guests’ needs and expectations.

A mother of two, this lady loves to watch movies or go to concerts as a form of relaxation when she is not too caught up with taking care of her six dogs, a cat and a bird. Her final statement when asked what was her plan after Dusit Thani Bangkok stops for renovation for the next few years, her reply was that Dusit Thani Bangkok will never stop but merely entering a new chapter. It will appear very soon to recapture its prime and as for her, she will continue her quest in this industry to face new challenges and come out a winner.



都喜天丽(Dusit Thani)的成功故事开端源于一位年轻的泰国女士- Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui,在她被家人送到美国后,对当地酒店文化产生浓厚兴趣,而美国酒店业讲求效率的服务、卫生,舒适和友好的态度让她开拓了视野,唯一的不同是她想要在泰国建立这种酒店文化。而她终于实现了梦想,在曼谷成立了第一家拥有游泳池的现代酒店-公主(Princess)。自此之后,她的目标是打造一家真正与美国酒店软硬体标准相媲美的泰国酒店,因此,曼谷都喜天丽(Dusit Thani Bangkok)也应运而生。

1970 年,曼谷都喜天丽自豪地宣称作为第一家鼎立曼谷天际线顶点的国际五星级酒店。今天,它仍然是举行隆重盛大红毯晚会和美丽婚礼的最佳场所,接待了尊贵无比的皇室家族、国际政要、超级明星和富商名人。

而不仅是都喜天丽是由泰国女性一手创立,今天这家豪华酒店的总经理也是一位女士,她是都喜国际旗舰酒店的第一位女性总经理- Sukanya Janchoo 。自1978 年毕业于朱拉隆赫大学 (Chulalongkhon University) 以来,她一心沉浸在酒店行业。作为一名备受崇敬的泰国酒店业资深老将,在 Sukanya 职业生涯中,转为会计之前,作为女服务员在伦敦工作 4 年,但心魂始终牵挂着故乡泰国。1980 年,她作为助理成本管理专员回到泰国,并在 7 年后转向市场营销。她坦率地说,本身在成本控制方面很得心应手,但为何要接受工作转变是因为她发现销售和营销是一项更具挑战性的任务。

至于在男性占主导地位的行业里,作为女性高管的存在并没有吓倒这位身材娇小的女士,她认为,在这样的环境下,她根本没有压力。“也许和我一起工作,男性们更有压力?”她调侃的说。此外,她还觉得作为女性,有时会更有优势,因为潜在客户多少会有“怜香惜玉”的心理,并且更愿意花些时间倾听。而“女权主义”也在酒店业中扮演了重要角色,尽管这是一个男人的世界。她说,我们在评价任何工作之前,必须充分理解工作的本质,因为所有的工作,无论大小,都显得如此关键,最终会为一个组织的成功做出贡献。“如果你想这样做,那就全力以赴;如果不愿意,那就停下来。”她觉得这样的态度很重要,自己感到很幸运,因为她有机会在成为一名领导者之前经历过不同的工作。Sukanya 非常谦虚,并没有为本身的成就而自傲,但她优雅地承认,这一切都是为了让一群优秀的人一起工作和密切配合。关于她的卓越和杰出,这位铁娘子在每一项计划中都有专注和成功的原则。她着重于完成一个计划后,再开始征服另一个目标。一名有远见的女性,不仅是创造一个优点,而且还要不断追求无数价值优势。




Uncovering The Taste of Luxury in Bangkok 曼谷奢华品味

by CK Lam

Bangkok has a global reputation for world-class restaurants, hotels, luxurious spas and modern shopping malls besides the many points of interest. We explored some at leisure during our trip to the capital of Thailand.


The inviting lobby area of Dusit Thani Bangkok

Bangkok is home to many luxurious hotels and a stay at the 5-star Dusit Thani Bangkok on Silom Road was a perfect experience. This luxurious city-center property has travellers living up in style at its Dusit Room and Thai Heritage Suites which combined modern luxury and comfort with classical Thai accents.

Residents of the hotel are treated to relaxing greenery at the historic Lumpini Park, an oasis of serenity and greenery located opposite the hotel. On top of that, the biggest advantage is that the hotel is located within steps from the BTS Skytrain Station and MRT Subway Station – which conveniently connect you to your destination, shopping hubs and entertaining centers.

For those interested in designer items, head to the many retail shrines like EmQuartier, Siam Paragon and Central World Plaza. The EmQuartier is the latest opening to indulge in retail therapy. Leaning towards the more luxury side of Bangkok’s booming mall scene, the mall offers a list of designer brands like Chanel, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dior, and Prada.

曼谷是许多顶级豪华酒店的家园,其中位于是隆路 (Silom Road) 的老字号五星级曼谷都喜天阙酒店 (Dusit Thani Bangkok) 显得相当完美。这家市中心豪华酒店的都喜贵宾房和泰式传统套房,分别拥有现代豪华舒适与古典泰式风情。


而世界级奢华品牌的集中朝圣地如最豪华商场EmQuartier,暹罗百丽宫(Siam Paragon) 和中央世界广场 (Central World Plaza)。EmQuartier是开启品牌欲望的起点,商场倾向于曼谷蓬勃发展的奢华购物商场面貌,一系列设计师品牌如:香奈儿、芬迪,Jimmy Choo,华伦天奴,杜嘉班纳,古驰,迪奥和普拉达。

Chef Philippe whips up delicious Thai dishes at Benjarong Dusit Thani
Chef Philippe whips up delicious Thai dishes at Benjarong Dusit Thani

Bangkok has charmed the palates of many foodies with its many distinct food and beverages outlets. If you prefer Thai flavours, the Benjarong housed on the lower lobby of Dusit Thani Hotel offers interesting modern contemporary Thai cuisines that are distinctly Thai at heart. The all-stars of Thai cuisine such as Kaeng Kiew Wan See Krong Neau Toon (sous-vide beef ribs in green curry), Pad Thai and Tom Yum are served here. The chef deconstructed the sour and spicy Tom Yum dish and had the ingredients and garnishing composed in a bowl with a table side pour of the soup. Among the highlights of the dessert include basil ice-cream with fresh pineapple and salty meringue, red rubies and jackfruit with coconut ice-cream, and the mango sticky rice. The revamped nitrogen mango sticky rice is refreshing combined with the accompanying mango sorbet.

Definitely worth checking out is Red Sky, Bangkok’s most iconic sunset look-out spot. Located at the 55th floor of the 5-star Centara Grand hotel, the fast lifts will zip you up to the rooftop restaurant and bar which offers 360-degree amazing city views. Wrap up the day with sunset cocktails and specialties from the menu which features fresh locally-sourced seafood and prime imported steaks. The Prime A3 Japanese Wagyu, and chef’s signature dish Red Sky Surf & Turf Tower are not to be missed. After the meal, sit back and relax with a glass of Royal Coffee. This signature speciality coffee on Red Sky’s menu has its flavour enhanced with cognac, brown sugar and whipped cream.

If you are in the mood for a fine meal of wagyu beef and foie gras without all the pomp and circumstance of a fine-dining outlet, head over to the sumptuous buffet dinner at Espresso. The bistro in Intercontinental Hotel serves fairly international fare. You can expect free flow of the luxurious ingredients from the cooking station alongside array of seafood and assortment of sashimi
and sushi.

When night falls, dressed fashionably and venture out to the world’s first VOGUE Lounge. Located on the six floor rooftop of Mahanakhon Cube, the chill-out space with indoor area and vast al fresco terrace welcomed its first visitors in 2014. Its interior boasts a classic tricolour scheme of black, white and gold, with walls adorned with the brand’s expressive fashion & lifestyle magazine covers. On the other hand, the al fresco terrace is a perfect spot to chill amidst the nearby towering Mahanakhon Tower. For food and drinks, savor classic cocktails, fine wines and fashion bites created by Michelin award winning chef Vincent Thierry. I am drawn to the mini salmon cones with soft delicate salmon tartar accented by fresh salmon roe, almonds and zesty horseradish sauce.

曼谷是许多美食家垂涎之地,集中许多独特美食和饮料餐店。如果热爱泰国风味,住在都喜天阙酒店的食客可前往酒店底层大厅Benjarong餐厅品尝各种走心的泰国美食。泰国美味佳肴最大亮点如Kaeng Kiew Wan See Krong Neau Toon(真空低温青咖喱牛排骨),泰式炒米粉和泰式冬荫功。厨师解构酸辣冬荫功餐点,把配料和饰菜组合到碗里再倒汤。至于重心甜点就是九层塔冰激凌搭配新鲜菠萝和咸香蛋白酥皮筒,石榴和波罗蜜搭配椰子冰淇淋,还有就是芒果糯米饭。而经过改良的液态氮芒果糯米清爽结合芒果汁冰糕。

红色天空(Red Sky)不容错过,这是曼谷最具标志性的日落观景点,位于五星级圣塔拉大酒店(Centara Grand)的55楼,快速的升降电梯到屋顶餐厅和酒吧,360度美妙的城市景观视觉享受。日落鸡尾酒和特色菜肴,包括最生鲜本土海鲜和上佳进口牛排的菜单。 Prime A3级日本和牛,还有厨师的招牌菜:红色天空海陆大餐(Red Sky Surf & Turf Tower)令人赞叹。而饭后来一杯皇家咖啡松弛心情,Red Sky的这款特色咖啡增添干邑,焦糖和生奶油的风味。

假如你迷恋香嫩的和牛肉和鹅肝,却苦于没找到精致餐厅,Espresso丰盛的自助晚餐将会是最佳选择。这家位于洲际酒店(Intercontinental Hotel)的专属酒吧餐厅供应国际美食。除了一系列海鲜与各式各样的生鱼片和寿司,还有更多令人惊艳的豪华食材川流不息从烹饪中心献上。

而在夜幕降临时,配合典雅时尚装扮,我们到世界上第一家VOGUE时尚酒廊(VOGUE Lounge)。在立方大楼(Mahanakhon Cube)6楼的楼顶,这个带有室内区域和宽敞的户外露台休闲酒廊在2014年迎来了第一批旅客。经典黑,白和金色的内部装潢,墙上装饰着VOGUE品牌风格时尚与生活方式杂志封面。另外,户外露台比邻高耸的Mahanakhon塔,创造完美视野环境。至于餐饮菜单,品尝经典鸡尾酒、精致葡萄酒,还有精美点心由米其林获奖厨师Vincent Thierry奉上。我被一道迷你三文鱼卷搭配细腻三文鱼酱,带有新鲜三文鱼籽,杏仁和香浓辣根酱的小食虏获。

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Classic cocktails, fine wines and fashion bites on from Vogue Lounge.jpg


No trip to Bangkok is complete without spoiling yourself with spa treatments. In the kingdom of beauty, health and pampering, one can visit the many spas and health centers that care for your body, mind and soul. Let Diwana Nurture Spa, and RarinJinda Wellness Spa Resort be part of your pampering journey. At both outlets are spa a la carte menus where one can pamper with custom-designed treatments. After the treatment, you will find yourself sipping tea and enjoying fresh fruits.

Health service and medical care centres are aplenty in Bangkok. The Vitallife Wellness Center, which is part of the Bumrungrad International Hospital, is one such place that can accommodate your health needs. Packages for health screening are offered to suit your needs. Here is also where you can get tailored vitamins and supplements to assist in revitalizing aging and also PRP platelet rich plasma treatment.

曼谷旅行少了spa水疗是一种极大的缺憾。在这个优美,健康和呵护的国度,透过许多水疗中心和保健中心的疗程,关爱你的身体,思绪和灵魂。尤其让 Diwana Nurture Spa 和RarinJinda Wellness Spa Resort 成为您舒适旅程的一部分。所有门店拥有水疗单点菜单,在那里尽情享受定制疗程。而在疗程后,还可以松懈自己心情喝杯茶和享受新鲜水果。

曼谷也具备规模性的保健服务和医疗中心。Vitallife Wellness Center 是 Bumrungrad International Hospital 属下保健机构,而其中健康检查套餐也将针对状况满足您的健康需求。除了可以获取定制的维生素补充,并协助恢复活力和PRP富含血小板血浆治疗。

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There are so many top culinary classes in Bangkok whereby visitors can pick up some cooking skills. Enrol yourself in one of the cooking classes and learn how to dish out some Thai delicacies. With a visit to Naj Cooking School on Thanon Convent, just off of Silom Road, one can prepare the tom yum goong, pomelo salad and phad thai with surprising ease under the guidance of Chef Ohmmy Ayasanond. At the end of the class, it is a feast of cooked dishes spread on the table in its lavishly decorated restaurant.

We enjoyed the phad thai; a dish of lightly charred flat rice noodles, with shrimps, chopped sweet turnip, garlic, tofu, and egg, accompanied by Chinese chives, bean sprout, crushed peanuts and lime wedges. Its sweet-tart flavors are accomplished using tamarind juice, fish sauce and palm sugar.

All in all, my Bangkok experience basking in luxury gives me much lasting pleasure. Even before I reached my home destination, the facilities inside the Suvarnabhumi Airport departure lounge are enough to keep me comfortable and satisfied.

曼谷开设许多顶级烹饪课程,旅客也可参与学习一些烹饪技能,尤其是泰国美食。在是隆路(Silom Road)参观Thanon Convent附属的Naj烹饪学校,在主厨 Ohmmy Ayasanond的指导下,开始动手烹煮冬荫功,准备柚子沙拉和泰式炒米粉。在课程结束后,装饰华丽的餐厅桌子摆上了菜肴,完全是一个盛宴。我们喜欢泰式炒米粉,配料有扁平米粉、虾仁、萝卜丝、大蒜,豆腐和鸡蛋,还有韭菜,豆芽,碎花生和青柠。它的酱汁风味是使用罗望子果汁,鱼露和椰糖调味完成。


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