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    Bt1 million dinner at Le Bua, Bangkok's ultra-luxury hotel

    Join city's most exclusive meal for Bt1 million


    There's no need to fly to the US to shake hands with the Forbes 500 super-rich as some of them are heading here and are ready to meet anyone who can afford a Bt1 million dinner.

    Le Bua, Bangkok's ultra-luxury hotel on Silom Road, is organising a Bt1-million-per-plate dinner banquet on February 10 for some of the world's wealthiest corporate and individual clients.
    Deepak Ohri, managing director of the Thai-owned 198-room hotel, part of the 67-floor State Tower, said yesterday that 40 seats would be available for the dinner event and 25 are already taken.
    The dinner would be served at the Sirocco, Distil, Mezzaluna, Breeze and Cafe Mozu outlets, all located at The Dome on the roof of the tower.
    "We have also reserved 10 seats for invited VIPs so there are now five seats left," Ohri said, adding that the US$25,000 price is probably the highest ever for a commercial dinner in Asia-Pacific.
    Indian-born Ohri said multinational millionaires who have booked a place include those from the top echelons of Microsoft, Exxon-Mobil and Standard Chartered Bank.
    "They're all in the Forbes 500.
    From Microsoft, it's not Bill Gates, but those at the very top level of management. There are also several private bankers and industrialists.
    "It's expensive because of the very fine food and wine lists. We've got Michelin-star chefs to cook the seven-course dinner. For the wine list, we've stocked 1961-vintage wines, which are the most expensive part of the dinner event," he said.
    Recent research shows that there are about 8.5 million millionaires worldwide, each spending an average of more than $200,000 on hotel and other events annually, he said.
    Well-heeled clients are what Deepak aims to attract to Thailand to raise the country's tourism profile. There are many fine first-class hotels and incomparable hospitality here, but services are cheaper than in many countries.
    Most five-star hotels cater to the local high-so crowd and expatriates, with superb dinners in key festive seasons. This New Year, many hotels have come up with special dinner packages at a cost well below the price quoted by Le Bua.
    The Oriental Hotel will offer exquisite dining at its River Side Terrace on New Year's Eve. Featured will be international foods and drinks and a prime location to enjoy the grand fireworks display on the banks of the Chao Phya River. Terrace dining costs Bt8,000 per person, while Lord Jim's will also feature a gala dinner at Bt14,000 per person. The China House Restaurant will provide a similar event at Bt6,900, and the hotel's famous French restaurant Normandy will put on a sumptuous repast for Bt17,000.
    The Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel is preparing some special activities. It plans to sell a gala New Year dinner at the Thai Tara Thong Restaurant for Bt6,900. The hotel is also offering a dinner plus complementary wine and party set at the Royal Orchid Suite for Bt8,900.
    Marriott Resort and Spa, located on the other side of the river, will attract guests by laying out an international dinner buffet at The Market for Bt8,900. At its Vigs restaurant, the cost will be Bt5,500. And dining at the Japanese restaurant will require Bt3,200.
    The Rose Garden River Side Resort is promoting a gala dinner with traditional cultural show for a price of Bt1,500.
    The Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square plans to celebrate New Year's Eve with a special offer at its Chinese restaurant for Bt800-Bt1,500.
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    Are we supposed to be impressed by this?

    Bt 1 million for something that will make the same size turd as a big mac.

    Only a wanker would think that to attend such an event was worthwhile.

    I dont see any mention of charity work, further underlining my opinion that this is just a night out for big cnuts.

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    Wouldn't mind being a waiter there for the night, tips would be good

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helicopter View Post

    I dont see any mention of charity work, further underlining my opinion that this is just a night out for big cnuts.
    no no you are wrong - this help help raise the profile of thail;and to rich people and everyone will end up the better for it!

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    The will probably get an Elite card thrown in for free!

    Sadly I have long been planning to order a pizza and watch TV at home on February 10th. I should probably call and tell'em I am not coming......

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwillyhggtb
    no no you are wrong - this help help raise the profile of thail;and to rich people and everyone will end up the better for it!
    Yes I'm sure Thailands daughters who are forced into prostitition via poverty will be much better off as a result

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    Unfortunately, Le Bua doesn't have an adequate heli-port, I just can't face traffic digestion on the ground, so I'll give this one a miss until facilities in Thailand's so-called top venues will be up to scratch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Wouldn't mind being a waiter there for the night, tips would be good
    Wouldn't count on it. Most of those rich fockers are notorious penny pinchers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helicopter
    Are we supposed to be impressed by this? Bt 1 million for something that will make the same size turd as a big mac. Only a wanker would think that to attend such an event was worthwhile. I dont see any mention of charity work, further underlining my opinion that this is just a night out for big cnuts.
    I find myself largely in agreement with that.

    It's a question that has plauged mankind since the dawn of time, older even than the chicken Vs egg one: why are the rich such plonkers? Spending for spendings sake and to be seen spending. Odd.

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    Don't look like I can make it either, To late now to change plans, I got an appointment to have my dog spayed that day.

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