Thailand invites tourists to Discover Thainess through GI products at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market in September

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting local and international tourists to discover Thainess at the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market, under the theme “Thrilled with GI Products, Enchanted with Community Identities” from 1 to 27 September, 2015, from 10.00 – 19.00 hrs.

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TAT launches App for Muslim visitors

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App for Muslim travellers

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched its first App designed specifically for the growing number of Muslim visitors to find their way around the country.

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The App for iOS and Android is both an online and offline guidebook that will help Muslim visitors find mosques, halal restaurants and hotels, shopping centres with prayer rooms, and other facilities of cultural importance to Muslim travellers. Read more

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

Tips to get the most out of Songkran 2015 in Thailand

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Songkran, the much-loved and much-anticipated yearly event, is more than about water-fights and fun in the sun. The Thai New Year traditions stretch back hundreds of years, and in a country as large and diverse as Thailand, how the festival is celebrated differs from province to province – each community having their own unique centuries-old traditions.

Top tips to get the most out of Songkran:

  • In the morning, make merit and listen to temple sermons to understand and benefit from the spiritual side of the festival. Remember that during the New Year festival, the temple activities are the most important aspects of the celebration.
  • To purify or bath the Buddha or other statues, water should not be poured directly onto the head of the relic, rather on other parts of the statue’s torso.
  • The custom of pouring water onto the hand of elders’ (people above 60 years old), is to show respect and seek their New Year blessings. This custom is called the Rod Nam Dum Hua ritual.
  • Water used to splash on others should be clean or mixed with Thai traditional fragrances. Avoid throwing water aggressively or using high-pressure water guns or hoses. Avoid throwing water with ice.
  • Women should be wary of wearing tight clothes or ones that are light in colour and/or made of thin fabric. When wet, such garments can become quite revealing, raising the risk of sexual harassment. 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

Traveller enjoy Chinese New Year 2015 in Thailand

 

 

rent-mifi-thailand-chinese2014-Yaowarat                 The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting local and international travellers to join the festivities planned for the Chinese’s Lunar New Year in Thailand.

The huge influence of Chinese immigrants in Thailand over several hundred years means that Chinese New Year is widely celebrated up and down the kingdom. Visitors will gain a deeper understanding of the longstanding connections between the Thai and Chinese communities and see first-hand the contributions that the Chinese have made to Thai culture over the years.

TAT Governor, Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik said, “With Thailand having such a rich and diverse cultural mix, there are people of Chinese decent here and they all celebrate the beginning of the Lunar New Year in different ways. Over the years their festivities have taken on a distinctly Thai hue and have been incorporated into Thailand’s annual cycle of festivals.

So as part of the “2015 Discover Thainess” campaign, TAT would like to invite local and international tourists to experience the Sino-Thai fun in one of the year’s best-loved celebrations.” Read more