Thailand’s Chinese New Year 2017

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With some 14 per cent of Thai people having some Chinese ancestry, Chinese New Year is a big event in the kingdom and people celebrate with friends and family all over the country. This year will be the Year of the Rooster and as usual, areas with a big Chinese population will be hosting a range of special events, parades and dragon dances. Read more

Thai province of Buri Ram listed as one of Asia’s top trending travel destinations

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Prasat Hin Phanom Rung in Buri Ram

Buri Ram, one of Thailand’s cultural gems, was recently named as one of Asia’s must-see sights in a poll by influential travel website Agoda.com in its annual “Fresh Destinations” list, which ranks up and coming holiday spots across Asia. 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

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.

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

New zoning policy introduced to ensure more public space on Pattaya and Jomtien Beaches

Thailand’s nationwide beach clean-ups continue into the New Year with Pattaya and Jomtien receiving a new zoning regulation to reduce space for beach chairs and umbrellas and offer larger space for more fun under the sun for holidaymakers.

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Trat Sailing Fest 2015

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Trat Sailing Fest 2015 is being launched for the first time to attract high-end travellers, looking for luxury beach holiday experience. The event will highlight yachting activities through the islands of Trat in the Gulf of Thailand, featuring islands feature unspoiled coral reefs and colourful schools of fish as well as spectacular scenery, and a photo contest.

Located about 315 kilometers east of Bangkok, Trat serves as a launching point for visitors to its 52 large and small islands, including those of Mu Ko Chang Marine National Park, whose long, white, sandy beaches have made Ko Chang one of Thailand’s top ‘get away from it all’ island destinations.

Bangkok Airways has daily air services between Bangkok and Trat. From the Trat airport (not far from the ferry pier in Laem Ngop), there are numerous transportation options for transferring to Ko Chang and other islands.

For more information, contact:
Tourism Authority of Thailand Trat Office
Tel. +66 (0) 597 259-60

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 wins Best Asia-Pacific Destination

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Thailand recently won the “Best Asia-Pacific Destination” award and also received the runner-up title for “Best Worldwide Sun Destination” at the 23rd  Irish Travel Trade Awards 2014, which were held on 28 November at the Double Tree by Hilton in Dublin, and attended by about 300 industry professionals. Read more