EX­TRA­OR­DI­NARY STO­RIES

MER­CURE RE­VEALS NEW AND TRULY AU­THEN­TIC EX­PE­RI­ENCES. WITH DEEP CON­NEC­TIONS TO THE LO­CAL COM­MU­NITY AND A PAS­SION FOR HOSPI­TAL­ITY, ITS HO­TELS HELP GUESTS DIS­COVER THE HID­DEN SPOTS AND SUR­PRIS­ING STO­RIES ONLY THE LO­CALS KNOW.

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In one-of-a-kind ho­tels in Myan­mar, Thai­land, Viet­nam and be­yond, guests en­joy a strong com­mit­ment to qual­ity, learn what makes each des­ti­na­tion unique, and cre­ate spe­cial mem­o­ries that can last a life­time.

Mer­cure Pat­taya Ho­tel is an oa­sis of fun. Freshly ren­o­vated, its new Pool & Aqua Bar zone is a mix of wa­ter park, night­club and restau­rant. Guests can re­lax pool­side in Thai salas or beach-style ca­banas, play a game of beach vol­ley­ball, or en­joy the breezy out­door cin­ema while sam­pling light In­dian or Western dishes and Gâteau Mai­son’s freshly baked ar­ti­san bread. By tak­ing a short trip down the coast, trav­ellers can also add a spir­i­tual el­e­ment to their sea­side hol­i­day. The Sanc­tu­ary of Truth is an elab­o­rate teak­wood build­ing filled with Bud­dhist and Hindu carv­ings. Com­mis­sioned by a lo­cal busi­ness­man as “a re­flec­tion of the an­cient vi­sion of earth, an­cient knowl­edge, and East­ern phi­los­o­phy,” it’s one of Pat­taya’s finest cul­tural at­trac­tions and a fan­tas­tic trib­ute to the skills of Thai crafts­men. As the sun rises over Mer­cure Hai Phong, guests head to Flame restau­rant for a sub­lime din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence fea­tur­ing fla­vor­ful seafood and fresh gar­den veg­eta­bles. When the sun sets, the sky bar is an ex­cel­lent place to un­wind with views across the city, the stars re­flect­ing in the swim­ming pool and a wine list sure to im­press connoisseurs. For a very dif­fer­ent kind of re­flect­ing, the sa­cred Ba De Tem­ple is a pop­u­lar spot at the foot of Doc Moun­tain. Ac­cord­ing to le­gend, there was once a young girl named Dao Thi Huong who was smart, beau­ti­ful, and had a stun­ning singing voice. As of­ten hap­pens in these sto­ries, whis­pers of an al­leged scan­dal led to an un­for­tu­nate end for our hero­ine, and Lord Trinh Giang built Ba De Tem­ple as a tes­ta­ment to the young girl’s in­no­cence. To­day, the tem­ple at­tracts vis­i­tors from near and far who make the pil­grim­age seek­ing spe­cial for­tune in the af­ter­life. Set in 12 acres of lush park-like grounds, Mer­cure Man­dalay Hill

Re­sort of­fers a touch of old-world style in the for­mer cap­i­tal city of the Myan­mar King­dom. Spa­cious rooms of­fer time­less de­sign and mod­ern com­forts, with the ex­quis­ite Man­dalar Suite recre­at­ing the best of lux­ury travel from a by­gone era. With not much more than a beau­ti­ful moat sep­a­rat­ing the ho­tel from the Royal Palace, this is a beloved des­ti­na­tion for his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural trav­ellers. As home to the Kutho­daw Pagoda, it houses hun­dreds of mar­ble slabs in­scribed with Bud­dhist scrip­ture, in­clud­ing the world’s largest book. All of this is fur­ther en­hanced by the fun-lov­ing hos­pitable peo­ple of Man­dalay, the ma­jes­tic Ir­rawaddy River and the many an­cient mon­u­ments, his­tor­i­cal sights and glo­ri­ous cities of the past.

AD­VER­TISE­MENT Sanc­tu­ary of Truth

Ba De Tem­ple

The Royal Palace

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