Snake Farm in Bangkok is free from 5-7 December 2016

December 4, 2016
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Snake Farm in Bangkok is free from 5-7 December 2016

The Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute is probably the most famous snake farm in Bangkok. It was opened by King Rama VI on 7th December 1922 and the aim was to become an official institute to conduct research and to develop treatment against rabies and also to produce anti-venom to treat venomous bites and stings. As part of the celebration of the King Bhumibol’s birthday anniversary and the founding of the institute, the Snake Farm will be free from 5th to...

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New overnight express train to Nong Khai

December 4, 2016
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New overnight express train to Nong Khai

A new night express train between Bangkok and Nong Khai was launched on 2nd December 2016. These trains are using the same Chinese made carriages that were unveiled last month on the Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Bangkok and Bangkok-Ubon Ratchathani-Bangkok routes. Now the new carriages are being used on the Bangkok-Nong Khai-Bangkok and Bangkok-Hat Yai-Bangkok routes. 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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The Elephant Parade is coming to Chiang Mai in December

December 4, 2016
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The Elephant Parade is coming to Chiang Mai in December

The Elephant Parade, the world’s leading public art exposition in aid of the Asian elephant, will be taking over the streets of Chiang Mai this December, as it launches its first ever Elephant Parade event in the place where the global concept was born. From 9th December 2016 until 15th January 2017, 89 Elephant Parade statues with a black ribbon, placed in remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, will take over the city of Chiang Mai for an...

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Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2016

December 4, 2016
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Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2016

The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2016, now the biggest and most popular boating event of its kind in Asia, will this year pay tribute to His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The one-week event will feature several days of exhilarating races and on-shore events. WHEN: 3rd December 2016 – 10th December 2016 all-day VENUE: Andaman Sea Coast, Phuket The event was first held in 1987 under the auspices of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, and in collaboration with the...

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No Tourist Visa fees at Thai Embassies for everyone until 28 February 2017

December 2, 2016
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No Tourist Visa fees at Thai Embassies for everyone until 28 February 2017

Good news for people planning to fly to Thailand during the high season. If you apply for a single entry Tourist Visa at a Thai embassy, between 1 December 2016 and 28 February 2017, you don’t need to pay any fee. In the past, only certain countries (like G7 nations) could get visa exemption stamps when they arrived. Other nationalities had to visit their local Thai embassy or get a Visa on Arrival if eligible. Now, for a fixed...

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Where to find Cheap Thai Food at Bangkok’s Airports

November 30, 2016
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Where to find Cheap Thai Food at Bangkok’s Airports

One of the biggest complaints about any airport around the world is the price of food and drinks. However, if you know where to look, you can eat at normal local prices. After all, there needs to be a place for airport employees to eat too. At Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports, there is a a food court called “Magic Food”. These pictures were taken at Suvarnabhumi airport. Where to find: Suvarnabhumi airport – it is on the ground...

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Where to get Re-Entry Permit at Suvarnabhumi Airport

November 30, 2016
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Where to get Re-Entry Permit at Suvarnabhumi Airport

UPDATE: They have now closed this office. You need to get the re-entry permit from the hall where you queue up to have your passport stamped. As this is after security check, you won’t be able to get the permit if you are not flying the same day. Cost of re-entry is 1,200 Baht for single. No need to bring photo. It is open 24 hours.

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HK Express launches new direct flight to Chiang Rai

November 29, 2016
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HK Express launches new direct flight to Chiang Rai

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that HK Express has launched its first twice-weekly direct flight between Hong Kong and Chiang Rai, Thailand’s northernmost province, on 25 November, 2016. The maiden service was marked by a familiarisation trip for travel agents and members of the media from Hong Kong. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “As Thailand’s tourism high season starts, HK Express’ new flights are vital as they allow increasing numbers of tourists to...

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Wonderfruit Festival from 16-19 February 2017 in Pattaya 

November 25, 2016
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Wonderfruit Festival from 16-19 February 2017 in Pattaya 

Originally scheduled for December 2016, Thailand’s boutique camping festival Wonderfruit recently made the decision to postpone until 16-19 February 2017 to respect the mourning period for King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Returning once again to The Fields at Siam Country Club in Pattaya, the event will include musicians from around the globe, stunning art installations, a stage made out of harvested rice, acclaimed chefs, engaging talks and workshops, parkour lessons, and an interactive area for kids to learn and play. As...

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Thailand staging three Jazz concerts in memory of King Bhumibol

November 24, 2016
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Thailand staging three Jazz concerts in memory of King Bhumibol

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is staging a series of concerts in memory of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The performances will celebrate the King’s love of music and talents as a performer and composer. The “Jazz in Memory” shows will include performances by famous artistes and a symphony orchestra. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “His Majesty’s love of music is well known and one of the best ways of celebrating his memory is by...

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Thailand Yacht Show from 15-18 December 2016 at the Ao Po Grand Marina in Phuket

November 24, 2016
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Thailand Yacht Show from 15-18 December 2016 at the Ao Po Grand Marina in Phuket

The Thailand Yacht Show (TYS) 2016 is set to welcome visitors from all over the region to view and try out a line-up of premier yachting, boating and luxury brands during 15-18 December 2016, at the Ao Po Grand Marina in Phuket, marking the exciting developments for a yacht show and to make Thailand the marine hub of Asia. Following from the success of the inaugural show in February 2016, many of the industry’s leading names will return to...

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Grand Palace to be closed for four days for royal ceremonies in December

November 23, 2016
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Grand Palace to be closed for four days for royal ceremonies in December

The Bureau of the Royal Household has announced that Bangkok’s Grand Palace is to be closed for two days from 1 to 2 December, 2016, while Royal Merit Making ceremonies take place to mark the first 50 days since the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. During this two-day period, the selling of tickets to allow tourists to visit the Grand Palace will be suspended during these temporary closures. In addition, there will be no access for tourists...

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Full List of National Museums and Historical Parks in Thailand

November 23, 2016
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Full List of National Museums and Historical Parks in Thailand

The Fine Arts Department has announced that all national museums and historical parks in Thailand are free to honour the memory of King Bhumibol. This will last from now until 31st January 2017. I strongly urge you to take advantage of this. In Bangkok, you should visit the National Museum near the Grand Palace. Also take a trip to the Royal Barges Museum on the other side of the river. Further away to the north, it is worth visiting...

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Laguna Phuket Triathlon on 20th November 2016

November 19, 2016
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Laguna Phuket Triathlon on 20th November 2016

Dubbed “The Race of Legends”, Laguna Phuket Triathlon is Asia’s longest standing triathlon race featuring a unique race distance of 1.8K swim, 50K bike and 12K run through spectacular tropical scenery of Asia’s premier resort Laguna Phuket and local communities in the northern part of Phuket lsland. 0ver the past 22 years, the race has attracted thousands of age group athletes as well as triathlon legends, Mark Allen, Greg Welch, Craig Alexander, Paula Newby-Fraser, Jan Frodeno, Mirinda Carfare and...

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First direct flights from Frankfurt to Phuket

November 19, 2016
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First direct flights from Frankfurt to Phuket

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is supporting Thai Airways International (TG) in inaugurating the first direct TG Frankfurt-Phuket route by hosting a familiarisation trip. The trip will be for 20 travel agents, tour operators and 7 members of the media who were among the first passengers to fly on the new route TG-927, which departed from Frankfurt on 16 November 2016. The fam trip will take place from 17th to 23rd November and will give journalists and tour...

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TAT has kick started its promotions for the high season

November 18, 2016
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TAT has kick started its promotions for the high season

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has kick started its promotions for the high season, as this is the period of time with nice fresh weather to explore various tourist attractions, as well as to enjoy the diversity of events throughout the Kingdom. The promotions were announced on 16 November 2016, by H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports and Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of TAT at a press conference in which they mentioned that in the...

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New express trains to service four major routes in Thailand

November 15, 2016
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New express trains to service four major routes in Thailand

New express trains are being put into service on four routes with new facilities on board. The new service is expected to attract more than 1 million people and generate 1,250 million baht per year. SRT Governor Wutthichart Kalayanamitr this week rang the bell at Bangkok Railway Station at a ceremony to launch the express train on the first two routes, commuting between Bangkok-Chiang Mai and Bangkok-Ubon Ratchathani. The new carriages are equipped with facilities such as CCTV, power...

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Where to go for free after The Grand Palace

November 12, 2016
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Where to go for free after The Grand Palace

The ticket for The Grand Palace is 500 Baht for foreign tourists. To some people this may seem a lot, but to get your money’s worth out if it, you should visit some of the other places on the same ticket. By doing this, you actually get good value for money. However, there is a catch. You have to visit these other places within seven days. The one in Bangkok you could visit the same day, but others are...

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The Grand Palace has re-opened to Foreign Tourists

November 11, 2016
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The Grand Palace has re-opened to Foreign Tourists

Bangkok’s Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha as re-opened its doors to tourists and visitors from 1st November 2016. However, as Thailand is still in an official mourning period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, visitors to the Palace should wear appropriate and respectable attire. Entrance and exit • For tourists, the Grand Palace is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tourists and visitors are advised to enter and exit at the Wiset...

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Thailand to host the very first “Air Race 1” in the Asia-Pacific region in November

November 11, 2016
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Thailand to host the very first “Air Race 1” in the Asia-Pacific region in November

Thailand will host the very first Air Race 1 in the Asia-Pacific region. Multiple races will take place at the U-tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield in the Eastern Region on 19-20 November 2016. The Sports Authority of Thailand under the Ministry of Tourism and Sports will be the host for the Air Race, which features eight airplanes racing simultaneously around a set course at speeds of up to 450 kmph. Air Race 1 is regarded as the aircraft equivalent...

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Loy Krathong festival is not cancelled this year

October 31, 2016
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Loy Krathong festival is not cancelled this year

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to inform tourists, international and local, that the Loi Krathong events for 2016 will be going ahead nationwide as planned. However, some of the more high-spirited elements of the Festival may be scaled back in some locations, as a mark of respect during the official mourning period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The Royal Thai Government is telling the world that the kingdom is very much open to tourists and that...

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Thailand is open for business as usual

October 30, 2016
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Thailand is open for business as usual

While Thailand is officially in a mourning period in remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Ministry of Tourism and sports (MOTs) along with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Thai people want to assure foreign visitors and tourists that Thai people remain as warm and hospitable as ever, with cultural attractions and facilities for tourists all in place. Furthermore, most cultural, traditional and MICE events will still go on with some adjustments for appropriateness. Otherwise,...

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The Grand Palace will reopen its doors to tourists from 1st November

October 30, 2016
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The Grand Palace will reopen its doors to tourists from 1st November

The Grand Palace will reopen its doors to tourists and visitors from Tuesday 1st November, 2016. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaeo are the jewels in the crown of Thailand’s attractions. It is a superlative example of Thai art and architecture and has been the heart of the country for over two centuries. So we’re happy that visitors can...

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Six dinosaur museums in Thailand have attracted 800,000 visitors

October 10, 2016
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Six dinosaur museums in Thailand have attracted 800,000 visitors

Six dinosaur museums nationwide have drawn over 800,000 visitors this year and aims to attract over a million in 2017 to boost Thailand’s geological tourist attractions. The highest number of visitors was recorded at Phu Wiang Dinosaur Museum in Khon Kaen which attracted over 20,000 visitors. The Department of Mineral Resources will soon be opening a new dinosaur museum in Surat Thani. Their aim is to disseminate knowledge on geology and the structure of prehistoric animals. Source: National News...

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Navratri Festival Parade on Silom Road on Tuesday 11 October 2016

October 10, 2016
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Navratri Festival Parade on Silom Road on Tuesday 11 October 2016

Navratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti/Devi are worshiped. The festival is being held in Bangkok at the moment at various Indian temples around Bangkok.  Although Little India is in the Pahurat area, to the west of Chinatown, the main Hindu temple is Sri Maha Marianman Temple (Wat Khaek) on Silom Road. It...

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Bangkok ranked World’s Most Visited City

September 27, 2016
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Bangkok ranked World’s Most Visited City

Bangkok has been ranked World’s Most Visited City by international overnight visitor arrivals in 2016, according to the sixth annual MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index. More than 132 most visited cities around the world were provided by the Index. It projects visitor volume and spending estimates for the 2016 calendar year, while delivering a deeper understanding of how people travel and spend around the world. The Index forecast that Bangkok is set to receive 21.47 million international overnight visitors...

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Swimmers warned about Portuguese man o’ war in Phuket and Krabi

September 27, 2016
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Swimmers warned about Portuguese man o’ war in Phuket and Krabi

Officials on Phi Phi archipelago off Krabi province have alerted visitors to not swim in the sea for the time being as Portuguese man o’ war “jellyfish” have been swept on the beach. Tourists are advised to avoid swimming or doing any activity on Nopparat Tara beach or other spots on Phi Phi islands, Mai Pai island and Poda island for the time being. Sirinat National Park in Thalang district of Phuket has also temporarily closed Nai Yang, Layan...

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