Phuket Tasty Fest 2016 to celebrate the unique culinary culture of the island

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Old Phuket Town is a casserole of cultures with a very Thai taste

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Phuket Baba Museum
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Phuket is often called Thailand’s melting pot. But perhaps the island is better described as a Thai soup; each ingredient is distinct in itself, yet contributes to a rich cultural blend. People that settle on this Andaman island retain their traditional flavours – Indian merchants visited to trade, yet left hints of Hinduism. The Chinese and Europeans came here for tin, then tourism, and they too have become part of the mix. Meanwhile, the Thais welcomed everyone. The result is a rich global heritage, which is encapsulated in the eclectic architecture of old Phuket Town.  Read more

Royal Phuket Marina Thailand to host three mega events

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Royal Phuket Marina will host three international exhibitions over 11 weeks, bringing more than 10,000 visitors to Phuket between October and January. And over 2016, the venue expects to have on average one large scale trade or consumer exhibition each month.  Read more

Amazing Tastes of Thailand 2015

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Thai food ingredients and equiptments

Date: 19-20 September 2015
Venue: Thalang Road and the Dragon Square, Phuket

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is organising the Amazing Tastes of Thailand 2015 to showcase Thai food that is known and loved all over the world for its fiery rich flavour combinations, unique cooking styles and age-old methods of preserving foods, as well as the use of exotic herbs and spices to enrich the flavours and offer nutrition.  Read more

TAT Phuket Office participates in the Pho Tho Tradition 2015

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket Office in conjunction with Phuket City Municipality, Phuket Provincial Cultural Office and related cultural networks cordially invites everyone to join the Pho Tho Tradition (Sart Chin) 2015, which will be held from 26 August to 12 September, 2015.  Read more

Chinese visitor arrivals to Thailand, expenditure more than double in Jan-June 2015

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A huge 138% surge in Chinese visitor spending paved the way for the Thai tourism industry to chalk up 697.5 billion Baht in total visitor expenditure in the first half of 2015, according to figures just released by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.

The total expenditure by visitors of all nationalities was up 29.69% over January – June 2014, and matched the 29.54% growth in visitor arrivals in January – June 2015.

Overall, Chinese visitors are now by far the biggest source of both visitors and expenditure, totalling 4 million arrivals in first six months of this year, up 111% over 1.89 million in the same period of 2014, with an expenditure of 190.9 billion Baht, up 138.9% over 79.9 billion Baht in January-June 2014.

Thale Waek (Separated Sea) in Krabi. A TAT Newsroom Photo Contest 2014 entry, pictured by Worachot Puttasri.
Thale Waek (Separated Sea) in Krabi. A TAT Newsroom Photo Contest 2014 entry, pictured by Worachot Puttasri.

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Glorious wedding experience awaits “Romantic Thailand” Contest Winners from Russia, CIS countries

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Six winning couples of the “Romantic Thailand” Contest, held for the first time in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), have been in Thailand to experience a fabulous Thai wedding ceremony and honeymoon between 28 July – 9 August, 2015.

Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, TAT Acting Governor (standing, 6th from left), and Mr. Sugree Sithivanich, TAT’s Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications (standing, 6th from right), along with the six winning couples of the “Romantic Thailand” Contest at a ceremony held recently in Bangkok.
Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, TAT Acting Governor (standing, 6th from left), and Mr. Sugree Sithivanich, TAT’s Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications (standing, 6th from right), along with the six winning couples of the “Romantic Thailand” Contest at a ceremony held recently in Bangkok.

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) viral campaigns win PATA Gold Awards 2015

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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

Phuket and Samui named best destination for newlyweds and lovers

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Thailand’s reputation as one of the world’s most romantic destinations was further enhanced recently when two top travel and lifestyle publications voted the islands of Phuket and Samui as among the world’s most romantic destinations and perfect honeymoon settings. Read more