“The Metro – Forest Project” opens in Bangkok

March 31, 2016
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“The Metro – Forest Project” opens in Bangkok

The latest eco-tourism attraction to open in Bangkok is the 4.74 acre “The Metro – Forest Project”. Dubbed as a “forest in the city”, this project has the aim to help visitors of all ages recognise the importance of urban forests and inspire them to plant trees in their homes. Emphasis is placed on ensuring that the forest is grown as close as possible to the indigenous forest in Bangkok. Members of the general public can observe the 250...

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New stunning photos of “Grand Canyon” in Ubon Ratchathani

March 30, 2016
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New stunning photos of “Grand Canyon” in Ubon Ratchathani

A new landmark in Thailand is getting a lot of notice on social media this week. It has been dubbed the “Grand Canyon” of Ubon Ratchathani. The latest set of pictures in particular are stunning. These drone photos by Man Hayabusa, and posted on the Ubon fanpage, reveal some really beautiful patterns. However, the “Grand Canyon”, which is in Ban Nong Lai village in Nong Khon sub-district, isn’t an official tourist attraction and people should take great care if they go there. In particular...

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Blossoming silver trumpet flowers popular with tourists in Suphanburi

March 30, 2016
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Blossoming silver trumpet flowers popular with tourists in Suphanburi

Tourists in Suphanburi and neighboring provinces are flocking to admire the blossoming silver trumpet flowers. The trees are located on route 3502 in the districts of Sam Chuk and Nong Ya Sai. The blooming period will last for no more than two weeks before the trees shed all their flowers. Silver trumpet flowers are also known as tabebula and were introduced by Than Mhom Pantip Paripatra from Indonesia. More photos can be found on the Manager website. Source: National...

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Market on the Train Tracks Re-Opens on 1 April 2016

March 29, 2016
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Market on the Train Tracks Re-Opens on 1 April 2016

The famous market on the railway tracks in Samut Songkhram (Mae Klong) will be re-opened on Friday 1st April 2016. This follows extensive repairs to the 33.57km route that connects Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkhram provinces. Upgrades to the rail route, which began in May of last year, cost 432.6 million baht and included the installation of larger tracks and the replacement of wooden railroad sleepers with concrete slabs to allow for trains to travel at higher speeds. The...

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Six Thai Temples on Six Thai Coins

March 28, 2016
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Six Thai Temples on Six Thai Coins

Did you know, that the Thai coins each have a different temple on the back? The Baht coins are all temples in Bangkok (1 Baht – Temple of the Emerald Buddha, 2 Baht – The Golden Mount, 5 Baht – The Marble Temple, and 10 Baht – The Temple of Dawn). The Satang coins are elsewhere in Thailand (25 Satang – Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan in Nakhon Si Thammarat, and 50 Satang – Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai)....

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Phi Ta Khon Festival confirmed for 6-8 July 2016

March 27, 2016
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Phi Ta Khon Festival confirmed for 6-8 July 2016

One of the most colourful and unusual festivals in Thailand is Phi Ta Khon which takes place every year in Dan Sai in Loei Province. The date for this year is confirmed for 6-8 July 2016. It is often called the Ghost Festival by the English language media due to the masks worn by the participants during the big parade on the second day. If you are planning on going, you need to book your accommodation in advance as...

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Glass Skywalk in Nong Khai is now ready to open

March 25, 2016
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Glass Skywalk in Nong Khai is now ready to open

A U-shaped skywalk at Wat Pha Tak Suea temple in Sangkhom district of Nong Khai province has now been completed. The 16 meter long skywalk, which was built overlooking a cliff, has glass floors and walls. The construction cost a total of 17 million baht. Visitors to the temple can walk along the skywalk to see a breathtaking view below. It can accommodate up to 20 people at a time. It will be open to the public in April....

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1,200 Muay Thai fighters from around the world recently visited Ayutthaya

March 23, 2016
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1,200 Muay Thai fighters from around the world recently visited Ayutthaya

The 12th World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony was held recently at the Ayutthaya Historical Park. The festival attracted more than 1,200 Muay Thai fighters and enthusiasts from 57 countries, making this year’s event the biggest gathering of its kind in the world. Three countries that joined the ceremony for the first time included Israel, Ukraine and Brazil. The four day event in Ayutthaya was to honour Nai Khanomtom, who was the most famous Muay Thai warrior of the...

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Phang Nga’s Koh Yao Noi wins best homestay award in ASEAN

March 22, 2016
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Phang Nga’s Koh Yao Noi wins best homestay award in ASEAN

Koh Yao Noi Homestay in Phang Nga Province has won the best homestay award of the ASEAN Homestay Awards of 2016-18. Thailand submitted five homestay destinations to compete for the title. Head of Phang Nga’s Tourist Coordination Center, Raweewan Sangchan led a team of media correspondents to visit the Koh Yao Noi Homestay; there they witnessed a peaceful, clean and simple complex with over 20 rooms as well as bungalows for visitors who want extra privacy. President of Koh...

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26th Chumphon Marine Festival 2016

March 18, 2016
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26th Chumphon Marine Festival 2016

The 26th Chumphon Marine Festival 2016 will kick off later this month to promote local tourism in the southern province. This year’s festival is held under the theme ‘Colorful Ocean the door to ASEAN’. The 26th Chumphom Marine Festival, which runs from 25-29 March 2016, will feature sand sculptures of ten ASEAN landmarks and sand paintings. The event will also provide fresh seafood free-of-charge and barbecue gridirons. Visitors can sit on the beach, while cooking themselves a seafood meal....

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Thai Festivals and Events during March 2016

March 7, 2016
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Thai Festivals and Events during March 2016

Thailand has some amazing and beautiful festivals. I try to visit as many of them as I can. The following is a list of all the latest festivals from around Thailand, as well as major events taking place during March 2016. Visit Thai Festival Blogs for more upcoming festivals in Thailand. 3rd-7th March: Seafood Festival in Samut Sakhon 4th March: Mini Light and Sound Show at Sukhothai Historical Park 4th-5th March: Thailand International Balloon Festival in Chiang Mai 4th-6th March:...

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Newly discovered limestone cave in Tak to become a toursit attraction

March 5, 2016
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Newly discovered limestone cave in Tak to become a toursit attraction

A newly discovered cave in Tak province is set to receive an upgrade to become a new tourist attraction. The cave, known locally as “Tham Pha Khao Morakot”, was discovered at Taksin Maharat National Park in Mae Sot district. The cave has beautiful formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Tak Governor Somchai Hatayatanti said a limestone chamber inside the cave is large enough to accommodate several thousand people at a time. The cave was named Tham Pha Khao Morakot as...

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Glass skywalk over cliff in Nong Khai is 80% finished

March 4, 2016
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Glass skywalk over cliff in Nong Khai is 80% finished

Thailand’s first glass skywalk is being built at Wat Pha Tak Suea temple in Nong Khai province. Visitors will have a chance to see some breath-taking scenary, both in front of them and down below. The Governor visited the site today to inspect progress which is nearly 80% completed. The glass skywalk, which is 16 meters long, and protudes over the cliff face by six meters, is expected to open to the public in late March 2016. The walkwaway,...

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Beautiful view of Phang Nga Bay from Samed Nang Chee

March 4, 2016
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Beautiful view of Phang Nga Bay from Samed Nang Chee

A new viewpoint in Phang Nga province is turning into a popular tourist attraction after photos of the view went viral on social media. The Samed Nang Chee viewpoint (เสม็ดนางชี) has only been open for a couple of weeks but is already getting 200 visitors a day during the week and 1,000 on weekends. A video posted on Facebook shows how stunning the view is, and how crowded the viewpoint is becoming. The spectacular view looks east and is...

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1,600 Pandas have just arrived in Bangkok

March 3, 2016
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1,600 Pandas have just arrived in Bangkok

1,600 pandas have just arrived in Bangkok as part of their world tour. The papier mache sculptures, each with its own expression, will be exhibited in Bangkok during March and April. The number 1,600 represents how many pandas are left in the wild. The aim is to raise awareness of panda conservation, as well as sustainable development in Thailand. The pandas started their tour in France in 2008 and have since been to the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Taiwan,...

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King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament from 10–13 March 2016

March 3, 2016
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King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament from 10–13 March 2016

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has announced the 2016 dates for the highly popular charity event – The King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament. This year’s event will be held by the banks of Bangkok’s Chaophraya River from 10th–13th March 2016. Now in its fourteenth year, the tournament has become one of the biggest charitable events in Southeast Asia. Almost US$1 million has been raised and donated to projects that better the lives of Thailand’s wild and domesticated elephant population,...

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Tourism Fair for Eastern Thailand at QSNCC from 3-6 March 2016

March 3, 2016
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Tourism Fair for Eastern Thailand at QSNCC from 3-6 March 2016

The annual tourism fair for Eastern Thailand is taking place this week in the Plenary Hall of Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok. Seven provinces are represented at the travel fair that runs from Thursday 3 March until Sunday 6th March 2016. They are: Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Sa Kaeo, Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri and Chonburi. At the fair you will be able to buy package tours and book hotels at discounted prices. The fair is open from 10...

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Next Steam Train Trip in Thailand is on 26 March 2016

March 1, 2016
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Next Steam Train Trip in Thailand is on 26 March 2016

The next steam train trip in Thailand departs Hua Lamphong station in Bangkok on Saturday 26th March 2016. The destination this time is Ayutthaya. Tickets costs 250 Baht return or 999 Baht if you want to book a coach tour of Ayutthaya. If you don’t want to book a tour, you can hire bicycles at the train station or ask a Tuk Tuk driver to take you around. You can buy tickets at Hua Lamphong station or at any...

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Bangkok still performing well in worldwide travel surveys

March 1, 2016
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Bangkok still performing well in worldwide travel surveys

Bangkok’s status as one of the world’s most popular destinations was reaffirmed recently with the city winning accolades as the World’s Second most “Liked City” on Instagram, as judged by airport transfer company Hoppa, and voted Sixth Best Overall City in the World, and Third Best in Asia, by readers of influential travel publication Travel + Leisure. Other destinations in Thailand; such as, Phuket and Pattaya were also singled out for praise. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism...

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Life sized Superheroes at Thai Temples

February 29, 2016
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Life sized Superheroes at Thai Temples

The abbot of Wat Tamru in Samut Prakan has installed full-sized superhero statues to encourage people to visit the temple. This seems to be a growing trend as quite a few Thai temples that I have visited over the last year have statues like these. I am not sure if it is a good idea to turn temples into tourist attractions. What next, will they start charging tourists admission fees? Oh wait, some already do that for foreigners. What do...

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Street Food Festival at Centralworld from 26-28 February 2016

February 26, 2016
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Street Food Festival at Centralworld from 26-28 February 2016

The “Thailand Stylish Street Food Makeover Festival” will be held from 26-28 February 2016, at the CentralWorld shopping complex (Zone C & D) in Bangkok from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the event is designed to further popularise the consumption of delicious Thai street food amongst visitors by helping roadside vendors improve both the quality of the food as well as the design of their stalls. The Festival will feature the...

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Latest update on the Nok Air situation

February 18, 2016
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Latest update on the Nok Air situation

Since the pilot strike on Sunday night, Nok Air have cancelled 17 flights in total. The situation is getting back to normal now but it is advisable to check your flight before you head to the airport by calling the hotline on 1318. Nok Air are presently compensating all of the passengers affected by the disruption. You can contact them on the special hotline 02-529-8740. The following is the press release sent out by Nok Air late last night:...

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Crackdown on overstayers in Thailand starts in March 2016

February 17, 2016
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Crackdown on overstayers in Thailand starts in March 2016

From 20th March 2016, Thailand will impose a strict re-entry ban on foreign visitors who overstayed in the kingdom, according to the Order of Minister of Interior, No. 1/2558, Subject ‘Classes of Aliens Ineligible for Admission to the Kingdom of Thailand.’ The Order cited that a number of aliens, or foreign visitors, who have temporary permission to stay in Thailand have overstayed beyond their permitted date, thus placing the safety of people and national’s security at risk. Therefore, a...

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Pilot Strike Grounds Some Nok Air Flights

February 15, 2016
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Pilot Strike Grounds Some Nok Air Flights

Travel disruption at Don Mueang Airport on Sunday night after nine Nok Air flights were cancelled due to a walk out by some of their pilots. Nok Air have about 240 flights per day and only a handful were affected by this unexpected strike by pilots. Nok Air gave full refunds to passengers as well as money for taxi and hotel accommodation. Late last night they put on special flights to help some of the passengers. Some flights today...

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14th International Festival of Language and Culture in Bangkok

February 11, 2016
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14th International Festival of Language and Culture in Bangkok

The 14th International Festival of Language and Culture will feature performances by students from 20 countries, including the US, France, Azerbaijan, India, Vietnam, Egypt, Georgia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Indonesia, Philippines, Tunisia, Mozambique, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Laos, Myanmar, Senegal, and Thailand. The event is expected to attract 3,000 audiences. The festival is an annual celebration and showcase for the diversity of linguistic talents from across the world. It is dedicated to cultivate and educate the youth and create a platform to share...

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Schedule for Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2016

February 1, 2016
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Schedule for Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2016

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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International Balloon Festival 2016 in Chiang Rai

January 29, 2016
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International Balloon Festival 2016 in Chiang Rai

The International Balloon Festival 2016 will take place between 10th and 14th February at Singha Park Chiang Rai. The grand opening ceremony is on 10th February and Competition flights will start thereafter and continue until 14th February. Visitors can expect to see more than 30 colorful hot-air balloons in different shapes from 14 countries around the globe. They will also be given hot-air balloon rides to see Singha Park from a bird’s eye perspective. The event is also organizing...

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