Lantern Festival in Samut Prakan from 27 January to 19 February 2017

January 24, 2017
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Lantern Festival in Samut Prakan from 27 January to 19 February 2017

During the Chinese New Year there is a Lantern Festival at Katanyu Foundation in Samut Prakan (click here for map). There are over 5,000 colourful lanterns that have been imported from Taiwan. Some are just plain lanterns but others are shaped as humans, gods and various animals. This large Chinese temple is near Ancient Siam on Sukhumwit Road. They turn the lights on at about 6pm. This is the best time to go just after sunset when the sky...

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Paying respects to the Buddha’s footprint on Khao Khitchakut

January 23, 2017
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Paying respects to the Buddha’s footprint on Khao Khitchakut

Every year between Chinese New Year and Makha Bucha Day (late January to March), there is a ceremony to worship the Lord Buddha’s footprint at Khao Khitchakut National Park in Chanthaburi province. The ceremony usually lasts for a couple of months. This year, it is scheduled to be held between 28th January and 28th March 2017. Click here for google map location. The Buddha’s footprint at the Khao Khitchakut is said to be the highest in Thailand. It is...

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Celebrate Chinese New Year 2017 in Bangkok’s Lumpini Park

January 23, 2017
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Celebrate Chinese New Year 2017 in Bangkok’s Lumpini Park

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is preparing to celebrate the Chinese New Year 2017 with a touch of Thainess, as part of this year’s Thailand Tourism Festival (TTF) at Bangkok’s Lumpini Park from 25th-29th January. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “Thailand is known as the host of the biggest celebration of the Lunar New Year outside of  China. This year also marks the 42nd year of Sino-Thai diplomatic relations as well as the 13th anniversary of cooperation...

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Ayutthaya World Heritage Fair from 27 January to 5 February 2017

January 19, 2017
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Ayutthaya World Heritage Fair from 27 January to 5 February 2017

In remembrance of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Ayutthaya province will hold its biggest event of the year, “Ayutthaya World Heritage Fair,” from 27 January to 5 February 2017. This year’s event will be respectfully toned down and will feature a water curtain that displays the late King Bhumibol’s many duties, as well as a music and fireworks show. The event will feature various activities, such as a cultural area, Buddha amulet contest, cultural caravan, water curtain...

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Light and Sound Show at Don Chedi from 18 January to 1 February 2017

January 17, 2017
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Light and Sound Show at Don Chedi from 18 January to 1 February 2017

A major cultural event “Don Chedi Memorial and Red Cross Fair” will be held in Suphanburi province from 18 January to 1 February 2017. The two-week fair will take place in the Don Chedi Memorial compound in Don Chedi district. It is meant to commemorate the glorious victory of King Naresuan the Great in a traditional royal battle on elephant back. The fair includes a Muay Thai show, a bazaar of OTOP, products, an exhibition of public and private...

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Chiang Mai Flower Festival from 3-5 February 2017

January 13, 2017
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Chiang Mai Flower Festival from 3-5 February 2017

Living up to the name ‘Rose of the North,’ Chiang Mai organises the annual Chiang Mai Flower Festival to showcase its beautiful flowers and decorative plants which are in full bloom towards the end of the winter season in early February. Suan Buak Hat Park is transformed into an open-air exhibition centre where you can find a magnificent tapestry of floral splendor, agricultural exhibitions, and floral displays, contests, and sales. Orchid lovers should not miss the opportunity to see...

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Weekend Train Trips to Pasak Jolasid dam in Lopburi in January 2017

January 13, 2017
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Weekend Train Trips to Pasak Jolasid dam in Lopburi in January 2017

A good way to explore Thailand if you don’t have your own transport is to join a weekend train excursion. I have done this a few times and it is a great way to meet normal Thai people and to see the countryside. The latest train excursion to be offered by the State Railway of Thailand is to to Pasak Jolasid dam in Lopburi. You can see my drone photos over on my Thailand From Above blog. The weekend train...

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Latest updates on the Flood Situation in Thailand

January 11, 2017
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Latest updates on the Flood Situation in Thailand

The devastating floods in Southern Thailand are affecting both locals and foreign tourists. The situation is changing all the time and any blog that I write will go out of date within a few hours. So, as usual when there is a fast moving situation in Thailand, I am posting live updates on my Twitter and Facebook page. Please subscribe to those pages for all the latest updates.

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Thailand Tourism Festival 2017 in Lumpini Park from 25-29 January

January 2, 2017
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Thailand Tourism Festival 2017 in Lumpini Park from 25-29 January

Thailand’s largest domestic tourism fair, Thailand Tourism Festival (TTF), is returning in January 2017, giving all tourists and travellers an insight to some of the wonders to be explored in the kingdom. The event will take place in Lumpini Park in Bangkok from Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th January 2017. It is open for free from 12pm to 10pm. There will be lots to see and do including food, handicraft and shows. TTF is now in its 37th year...

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“Candlelight of Siam” ceremony to see in the new year at Sanam Luang

December 30, 2016
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“Candlelight of Siam” ceremony to see in the new year at Sanam Luang

To celebrate the New Year this year, a traditional candle lighting and prayer ceremony called “Sang Thien Haeng Siam” or “Candlelight of Siam”, will take place at Bangkok’s Sanam Luang and various locations nationwide and overseas on 31 December, with locals and foreign visitors invited to join. H.E. General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand said, “We would like ‘the Candlelight of Siam’ to be a meaningful event that celebrates everything that unites us as a nation and...

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Parade of 8 deities in Ratchaprasong on New Year’s Eve

December 30, 2016
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Parade of 8 deities in Ratchaprasong on New Year’s Eve

There will be a parade of 8 deities along Ratchadamri Road on Saturday 31st December from 9.00am – 11.50am. The parade starts at the northern end of Lumpini Park and finishes at CentralWorld. The parade is expected to take about 150 minutes and there will be three stops along the way. 1. Opposite Regent Building 2. Opposite Anantara Hotel 3. Opposite Grand Hyatt Erawan The following is the schedule: 6:00am The 8 deities will be invited to leave CentralWorld...

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Pattaya to Hua Hin Ferry to start on 16 January 2017

December 28, 2016
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Pattaya to Hua Hin Ferry to start on 16 January 2017

After some confusion about whether the Gulf of Thailand ferry will be cancelled or not, the marine department in Pattaya has just announced that the service will be officially launched on 16th January 2017. According to Thai Rath, the ferry will take up to 339 passengers between Pattaya and Hua Hin. The maximum speed of the catamaran ferry is 32-34 knots and is expected to make the 113km crossing in about one hour and forty minutes. The road distance...

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A record breaking 32 million visitors have arrived in Thailand so far this year

December 27, 2016
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A record breaking 32 million visitors have arrived in Thailand so far this year

Thailand’s visitor numbers continue to break records with the 32 millionth visitor of 2016 arriving today at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Mrs. Shelby Pastor from the USA was named “Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor – The Amazing Smashing Success” and was greeted by executives and officials from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Thai Airways International, True Corporation, the Airports of Thailand, and the Immigration Bureau. Ms. Jittima Sukpalin, TAT Executive Director of the Americas Region said, “Thailand has successfully advanced towards...

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Tulip of Siam Festival in Buriram

December 27, 2016
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Tulip of Siam Festival in Buriram

Play La Ploen Flora Park, approximately 32 km. from the city of Buriram in Thailand’s northeast, is one of the province’s newest tourist attractions. Opened only last year, the attraction is the perfect place for plant-lovers and their families to come and enjoy the cooler weather and long holidays. The Tulip of Siam Festival will be ongoing from now until 28th February 2017, and during this time, there will be some stunning blooms on display in the park alongside fun sculptures...

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Phu Rua Christmas Festival until 31 January 2017

December 26, 2016
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Phu Rua Christmas Festival until 31 January 2017

The local authority of Phu Rua district in Loei province in cooperation the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Loei Office is organising the 5th Phu Rua Christmas Festival to encourage tourists to visit Thailand’s largest Christmas tree plantations which are at their most magnificent during the cool season. The festival will run until 31 January 2017. The planting of the Phu Rua plantation was inspired by the royal initiative of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej who convinced locals to...

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What to expect for New Year celebration at CentralWorld in Bangkok

December 23, 2016
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What to expect for New Year celebration at CentralWorld in Bangkok

Central Pattana, the Ministry of Culture and the Tourism Authority of Thailand have announced that they will hold the New Year’s Eve and New Year 2017 celebration event called “Candle lights of Siam @ Central World” on 31st December 2016.  Thai people and foreign tourists are invited to light candles and participate in a crossover night to 2017 and a prayer service to venerate the nation, the King and the royal family. There will also be a spectacular light and sound...

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Central Bangkok lights up for the festive season

December 23, 2016
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Central Bangkok lights up for the festive season

Bangkok’s central shopping districts along Sukhumvit Road and around Ratchahprasong intersection have been lit up with festive lights and decorations to help visitors and locals celebrate Christmas and the New Year in a joyous way. The legacy of King Rama IX is also being honoured with images and the use of his Royal colours in many of the displays. The lights are best enjoyed as evening comes and are easily visited via the city’s BTS sky train. CentralWorld: The...

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Christmas Star Procession 2016 in Sakon Nakhon

December 20, 2016
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Christmas Star Procession 2016 in Sakon Nakhon

Sakon Nakhon province in Thailand’s North East will be holding a unique Christmas celebration – The Christmas Star Procession from 23-25 December, 2016. The colourful parade will take place in the Ban Ta Rae, Mueang district of Sakon Nakhon province, which is home to Thailand’s largest Roman Catholic community. This Christmas Star Procession in Sakon Nakhon is a unique tradition of Ban Ta Rae and has been ongoing for three decades since it was started back in 1982. It...

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Royal Project Fair 2016 from 22-25 December

December 20, 2016
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Royal Project Fair 2016 from 22-25 December

The Royal Project Foundation is organising the Royal Project Fair 2016 to commemorate the late King Bhumibhol Adulyadej’s 47 Years of Royal Project Development and his vision and determination to improve quality of life for rural communities. The fair will be held at Chiang Mai University Convention Center, from 22-25 December, 2016, from 9:00 – 20:00 Hrs. Many activities will be held during the fout-day event with highlight activities including: A presentation about H.M the late King and his...

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The Royal Projects in Thailand

December 11, 2016
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The Royal Projects in Thailand

You don’t have to be very long in Thailand to discover the huge reverence in which the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej was held by the Thai people. After all, he dedicated his life to improving the lot of his subjects, to fighting poverty and to helping preserve the kingdom’s national resources for future generations. And nowhere is his dedication more evident than in the various Royal Projects, which His Majesty initiated in rural areas up and down the country....

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New overnight express train to Chiang Mai

December 9, 2016
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New overnight express train to Chiang Mai

A new night express train between Bangkok and Nong Khai was launched during November 2016. These trains are using the same Chinese made carriages that were unveiled recently on the Bangkok-Nong Khai, Bangkok-Ubon Ratchathani, and Bangkok-Hat Yai routes. Once the dual tracks have been laid, the journey time is expected to be cut by three hours. The new train has nine “Air-Conditioned Second Class Day & Night Coaches” (180 berths), one “Air-Conditioned Second Class Day & Night Coach with Handicap Facility” (18 normal berths...

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Qatar Airways now flies four times weekly direct to Krabi

December 8, 2016
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Qatar Airways now flies four times weekly direct to Krabi

Qatar Airways’ first direct flight to the Andaman province of Krabi in southern Thailand landed on 6th December 2016. The province, famous for its stunning coastline and islands, will operate four-weekly flights on an Airbus A330-200, direct from Doha. This new route shows the increasing popularity of Krabi and its airport, which is now serviced by direct flights from countries in Europe and ASEAN as well as China. Mr. Marwan Koleilat, Qatar Airways Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific,...

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Suan Luang Rama IX Flower Festival until 10 December

December 8, 2016
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Suan Luang Rama IX Flower Festival until 10 December

One of the most beautiful flower festivals in Thailand – the Suanluang Rama IX Flowers Festival will be taking place again this year from 1-10 December, 2016. Held for around ten days when the cool season hits the city, the festival is a part of the celebrations celebrating His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the auspicious occasion of his birthday on 5 December. As usual, there will be many different flowers and blooms in on display in...

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19th Mae Klong Pla Too and local food festival

December 7, 2016
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19th Mae Klong Pla Too and local food festival

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Samut Songkram Office in cooperation with the local public and private sectors have joined forces to stage the 19th Mae Klong Pla Too and local food festival. This year, the event will take place from 16-25 December, 2016. During the event, the fairgoers can enjoy a special exhibition about mackerel (Pla Too in Thai) for which Mae Klong is renowned in Thailand. People will be able to taste a variety of dishes made...

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A record breaking 30 million tourists in Thailand this year so far

December 6, 2016
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A record breaking 30 million tourists in Thailand this year so far

Thailand has welcomed its 30 millionth visitor for 2016, breaking tourist records. The “Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor” was Ms. Huang Junyi who flew in to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport from Guangzhou, China on the auspicious date of 5 December, 2016. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “This has been an amazing year for tourism in Thailand as shown by the huge numbers of visitors. We have reached 30 million and the high season has only...

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Free Light Show in Sukhothai Historical Park until 3 January 2017

December 5, 2016
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Free Light Show in Sukhothai Historical Park until 3 January 2017

If you are visiting Sukhothai Historical Park between 3rd December 2016 and 3rd January 2017, be sure to look out for the light show at Wat Mahathat. This will take place every night between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Best to be there at sunset as there is usually a colourful sky behind the principal Buddha image. From what I understand, it is not a show as such, but rather an opportunity for people to go and take pictures...

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Birthday anniversary celebration on Bhumibol Bridge on Monday

December 4, 2016
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Birthday anniversary celebration on Bhumibol Bridge on Monday

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is staging a special event to mark the birthday anniversary of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Monday 5 December 2016, from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. The event will take place at the Bhumibol 1 Bridge, which was chosen especially for this special event because His Majesty felt strongly about helping to improve transportation in and around Bangkok to improve the lives of the people. The project was also aimed at easing flooding...

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