Thailand’s islands once again voted among the world’s best by TripAdvisor travellers

Five of the many beautiful islands in Thailand have once again been voted by globetrotters among the world’s best in the latest poll for the 2015 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Islands.

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Ko Tao was named the 5th best island in the world and the Number 1 island gem in Asia. Other pristine island gems in Thailand that have won the hearts of many TripAdvisor travellers are Phuket (No. 3 in Asia), Ko Samui (No. 4 in Asia), Ko Lanta (No. 6 in Asia) and Ko Phangan (No. 7 in Asia). In the 2014 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for islands, Ko Tao was also voted number 1 best island in Asia and 10th best in the world while other islands were named among Asia’s top 10 islands (See: Thailand’s Island Gems voted among the world’s best by TripAdvisor travellers).

H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports said, “We are thrilled that five of Thailand’s islands have once again been featured within the top 10 islands in Asia for the 2015 Travellers’ Choice awards, as it speaks to the quality of Thai destinations to be recognised by the TripAdvisor global community of travellers. From budget seekers to luxury travellers, visitors will find that there no shortage of possibilities for travellers of every type.” Read more

First-time Thainess: celebrating a rural Songkran

 

tat-songkran-2014Like any first-time tourist landing in Bangkok in April, I knew a little about the Songkran Festival.  I’d seen the pictures of a nationwide, free-for-all water battle, fought annually by wet warriors daubed in powder and armed with space-age water pistols and huge smiles.  It looked fun.

Desperate to take part, I checked into a hotel on Khao San Road, which I was told was the heart of the Songkran action. Soon I was in the world’s biggest water fight, dripping wet and enjoying a Bacchanalian battle with fun-loving locals. “This,” I said to myself “is Songkran!”  How wrong I was.

The following year I accepted an invitation from my neighbour Jeab, to celebrate the Thai New Year in her sleepy hometown of Phitsanulok. The trip was to show me a whole new side of Songkran – the real Songkran. Read more

Happy Valentine’s – Thailand offers February fast-tracking for loving couples

 

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In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has joined forces with Suvarnabhumi Airport, Phuket International Airport and the Immigration Bureau to ensure that any loving couples visiting the kingdom to enjoy nuptials and honeymoons will be fast tracked through the immigration process during the month of February. The initiative was first launched in 2013. Read more

Toons, tubes, thrills and spills at Cartoon Network Amazone waterpark

The curved transparent lid lowers around you and all to be heard is the slow trickle of water and your own increased heartbeat. Beyond the perspex, a grinning lifeguard counts down on his fingers…3…2…1 before reaching for a lever. Then suddenly, the world falls away beneath you…

Like a bullet from a gun, you shoot out into the sunlight a few seconds later, after a watery ride so exhilaratingly fast that you’re still holding your breath.  Congratulations! You’ve survived the Goop Loop, the fastest waterslide at Amazone, the world’s first Cartoon Network themed waterpark, 20 minutes from downtown Pattaya.

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Novotel Phuket Karon Beach launches Suite Sensation Package

 

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In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa has launched a new “Suite Sensations Package” for the entire month of February 2015.

The package is available at 3,500 Baht on top of the room rate. It includes an in-room breakfast for 2 people on one morning of the stay, a 60-minute aromatherapy spa treatment for 2 people, a Thai cooking class for 2 people, a dinner for 2 people in Tai Restaurant, a drink voucher for 2 standard drinks / cocktails in Champions Bar and a gourmet fruit platter on arrival.

The rate is subject to service charge and applicable taxes.

10 of the world’s most impressive religious statues

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The famous Reclining Buddha image in Bangkok’s Wat Pho was recently listed as one of the 10 most impressive religious statues in the world by CNN Travel.

The Reclining Buddha of Wat Pho is honoured for the massive size at 15 metres high and 43 metres long, as well as for the beautiful features. “The most ornate parts are the feet, which are inlaid with mother-of-pearl panels featuring symbols that represent the Buddha, including flowers, elephants and tigers,” the article described.

Six of the statues listed in CNN Travel’s 10 of the world’s most impressive religious statues are found in Asia, while the Reclining Buddha at Bangkok’s Wat Pho has long been regarded as one of Southeast Asia’s most impressive religious icons. The image is covered in gold plating and housed in a Vihan boasting exquisitely painted murals, while the feet of the statue are decorated with 108 auspicious characteristics of the Buddha meticulously picked out in mother-of-pearl.

Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand said, “This recognition will come as no surprise to most visitors that Wat Pho’s Reclining Buddha has been listed by CNN Travel as among the world’s most impressive religious icons. For three hundred years, devotees have paid their respects and they are now joined by over 2,000 tourists a day who come to admire the statue.”

The size of the Buddha impresses visitors, but it is the sense of peace that the statue exudes and the stunning craftsmanship that make it memorable. The Reclining Buddha image at Wat Pho has long been one of Bangkok’s greatest treasures, impressing writers, artists, tourists and pilgrims alike.

Contact Information
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48

The 29th Phra Nakorn Khiri – Mueang Petch Festival

 

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The 10-day Festival will be celebrating 156 anniversary of Phra Nakhon Khiri with a range of impressive and fun-filled events, including a spectacular procession, traditional Khon masked dance performances, beauty pageant and Thai folk dance contests, fireworks display, music concerts and stage shows.

Phra Nakorn Khiri, locally known as Khao Wang – Palace Hill, was built under the royal command of King Rama IV on the mountain ranges of Khao Samana or Khao Mahai Sawan. The whole compound comprises royal houses, temples, pagodas, and an observatory. It combines the elegance of Thai, Chinese and western Neo-classic architectural styles. Nowadays, Phra Nakorn Khiri is a historical park and is open to public.

For more information, contact:
Tourism Authority of Thailand, Phetchaburi Office
Tel. +66 (0) 3247 1005-6
E-mail: [email protected]

Thailand Tourism Festival 2015 to be held 14-18 January

 

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To celebrate the grand opening celebration of the “2015 Discover Thainess” campaign,  the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has rescheduled the country’s biggest tourism event, the Thailand Tourism Festival (TTF), to be held during 14-18 January, 2015, at Lumpini Park, Bangkok.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik said, “The TTF is normally held in June in conjunction with the country’s largest travel trade fair, the Thailand Travel Mart Plus.  But 2015 is a very special year for Thailand’s tourism, so we have rescheduled the dates to coincide with the grand opening celebration of the “2015 Discover Thainess” campaign to showcase our unique cultural treasures and the Thai way of happiness to international visitors, as well as to encourage the Thai people to take part in the preservation of Thai traditions and culture.” Read more

Thailand to celebrate “2015 Discover Thainess”

 

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has scheduled the grand opening celebration of the “2015 Discover Thainess” campaign for 14 January, 2015, with a range of spectacular events including a colourful parade and extravagant performances to be held in the heart of Bangkok. Read more