Diana Garden Resort celebrates 11 years

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Employees and guests celebrated the 11th anniversary of the Diana Garden Resort, using the occasion to also launch a surprise birthday party for the hotel group’s managing director.

Nine monks from Nongprue Temple led by Abbot Piphit Kijjarak marked the March 4 event with prayers and the spreading of holy water to bless the resort. Diana Group MD Sopin Thappajug led employees in offering lunch to the monks afterward. The monks then distributed Great Patriarch medallions to attendees.

Diana Group MD Sopin Thappajug (2nd left) prays with monks from Nongprue Temple.Diana Group MD Sopin Thappajug (2nd left) prays with monks from Nongprue Temple.

Employees then brought out a birthday cake for Sopin, wishing her surprise birthday wishes.

“During the past 11 years, the executive team and employees have worked to serve Thai and foreign tourists under the principles of dharma and honesty,” Sopin said. “Diana Group has selected quality individuals, who have been professionally trained to care for customers like one’s own family. Therefore, handicapped or senior-citizen tourists can be assured they will receive good care while holidaying in Pattaya.”

Diana Group staff offers lunch to the monks.Diana Group staff offers lunch to the monks.

Sopin laid the cornerstone for the Diana Garden Resort on Feb. 25, 2002. It’s 71 rooms over six floors are complemented by amenities emphasizing nature. The hotel offers a pool, golf course, fitness center, conference room, Thai cooking class, yoga and massage.

The Diana Garden Resort is only part of the large real estate and hospitality business Sopin built since entering the Pattaya business scene in 1982. Starting with a postal center, guest house, airport taxi service and translation business, she started the Diana Inn in 1982 with just 20 rooms. Today it has more than 100.

Staff and friends sing Happy Birthday to Diana Group MD Sopin Thappajug (2nd left).Staff and friends sing Happy Birthday to Diana Group MD Sopin Thappajug (2nd left).

Known widely as “Auntie Noi” for her generous charity work, Sopin expanded into real estate with such condominium and hotel projects an the Diana Estates, Diana Dragon, Diana Garden Lodge, Phakawadee Travel and Diana Garden Resort.

Sopin is cheered on by party guests as she blows out her birthday candles.Sopin is cheered on by party guests as she blows out her birthday candles.

Friends and family wish Diana Group MD Sopin Thappajug a happy anniversary and happy birthday.Friends and family wish Diana Group MD Sopin Thappajug a happy anniversary and happy birthday.