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                               Five of Asia’s most loved destinations of 2017 are in Thailand, according to a poll of the top 25 taken by the popular international travel website TripAdvisor, which has recently released its Travellers’ Choice listings for the year.  Read more

Tips to get the most out of Songkran 2015 in Thailand



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

Best Asia-Pacific Destination at the Irish Travel Trade Awards 2014


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.

Thailand won the hearts of the Irish travel industry professionals in the Best Asia-Pacific Destination category, among five other nominees – Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam. In the Best Worldwide Sun Destination category, Mexico was named the winner and Thailand the runner-up, with other nominees in this award being Dubai, Spain and Turkey.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik said, “It is a great honour to receive such awards voted by members of the trade and leading travel media in Ireland. These honours join numerous awards and accolades that Thailand and various Thai destinations as well as TAT have won this year, and reinforce a positive image of the country as a top tourist destination.”

The annual Irish Travel Trade Awards recognised the best and the brightest organisations in seven categories – airlines, land transport, tour operators, all companies, destinations, sea transport and travel agency services. The 23rd edition of the Awards was conducted online by Grant Thornton between October and November 2014.

The Irish Travel Trade News is the only comprehensive and dedicated trade-only travel industry media published in Ireland, North and South, and has been serving this industry for over 48 years. The publication has a controlled circulation of 2,200 and estimated readership of over 8,000, including all travel professionals throughout the island of Ireland as well as specialist tour operators in the UK, Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific.


Chumphon Migrating Raptors Watching 2014

Chumphon Migrating Raptors Watching 2014

Date: 1-31 October 2014

Venue: Khao Dinso, Prathiu district, Chumphon


The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Chumphon Office is inviting local and international visitors to participating in the Chumphon Migrating Raptors Watching 2014 when the province is set to see abundant numbers of migrating birds.

Around October of every year, when winter descends on the northern hemisphere, birds of various species will flee the cold and head for warmer climates, such as, the Malay Peninsula.

During the period, Chumphon will see more than 200,000 migrating raptors, including Chinese goshawk, Japanese goshawk, grey-faced buzzard, oriental honey buzzard and the black baza, flying past Khao Dinso, a mountainous area in this southern province of Thailand.

Such natural phenomenon always captivates bird-watching enthusiasts, and makes Chumphon one of the most important learning centres on migrating birds in Southeast Asia.

To mark this special event, Chumphon Provincial Authorities is organising the Migrating Raptors Watching Festival 2014 from 1 to 31 October 2014 to boost local people’s understanding of birds of prey and raise public awareness of the importance of environmental protection.

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The grand opening ceremony is set to take place on 4 October at 10:00 hrs. at the Chumphon Migrating Raptors Learning Centre, Khao Dinso.


For more information, contact
TAT Chumphon Office
Tel: +66 (0) 7750 1831
Fax: +66 (0) 7750 2775 – 6


Amphawa in Thailand

Amphawa in Thailand

Worldwide Destinations Asia has published a blog titled “Amphawa Thailand: Swimming Monkeys, Floating Markets, Tree Temples and Fireflies” written by Andrew J Wood, a British born author Andrew Wood who has spent almost a quarter of a century living in “The Land of Smiles”.

Some parts of the blog reads:

We made our offering to the monks of food along with incense, candles and flowers.

It was a wonderful photogenic experience, the memories I shall keep for a very long time and a photo opportunity par excellence.

Next stop a short 15-minute drive into Amphawa town itself to visit the Mae Klong Railway Market. We followed the river downstream. You quickly get the sense that the river is as important to the area as the roads we travelled on.

The market is well-known and famous as the market that suddenly has to make way for railway locomotives. They pass right through the market stalls that are pitched on the side of the tracks.

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Dream Destination

             The Tourism Authority of Thailand UK office has been conferred the Star Asia Tourist Office award in the “Dream Destination” category in the annual ceremony organised by Travel Bulletin Magazine, a popular travel magazine in UK.

Mr. Christopher Lee, Marketing Advisor for TAT UK and Ireland office, accepted the award on behalf of the TAT at the ceremony organised at The Landmark London, on 8 September 2014.

Now in their 18th year, the Travel Bulletin Star Awards recognise the creativity and performance of various travel and tourism industry companies and national tourism offices based in the UK. The awards are conferred in five categories: Dream Destination, Smooth Operators, Sea Captains, High Fliers and Land Lords. They were judged by a survey of tourism operators and reader’s opinions across the UK during 25 April to 6 June 2014.


Ko Phi Phi, Krabi

Mr. Teerasil Tapen, Director of TAT London Office said, “We are pleased to see our efforts being recognised by a leading travel publication. There is intense tourism competition across Europe and UK, and we have to exert utmost efforts to maintain our market share. The fact that arrivals from the UK to Thailand have grown consistently all through this year is proof that our plans and strategies are paying off.”

The United Kingdom is now Thailand’s second largest market out of Europe. In 2013, Thailand welcomed 905,024 UK visitors, up 3.66 percent over 2012. In January – August 2014, Thailand received 609,731 UK visitor arrivals, up 3.17 percent.

In 2013, UK visitors had an average length of stay of roughly 17.80 days per person per visit, well above the 10-day average of all visitors to Thailand. Their average daily expenditure is 3,970 Baht which generated a total of about 59 billion Baht in foreign exchange revenue.

In recent years, British visitors have begun coming to Thailand all year around rather than just in the winter months. This shows that the TAT is making progress in its efforts to reduce the seasonality factor. Another interesting statistic from the UK market is that in 2013, a total of 65 percent were repeat visitors and 91 percent were FIT.

Many UK tourists enjoy leisure and beach activities, soft adventure, scuba diving, snorkelling, trekking, visiting historical places, and learning Thai cooking.  As such, the TAT marketing team in London works closely with service providers and tour operators to provide more ‘learning’ tour programmes to British visitors.

On the aviation front, as of October 2014, there were 27 direct scheduled flights per week between Bangkok and London being operated by three airlines – THAI Airways International, British Airways and Eva Airways. Other airlines also bring visitors to Thailand through other points of UK and intermediary hubs like Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc.

TAT London is looking to put more promotional emphasis on emerging resorts such as Krabi, Khao Lak and Ko Chang together with a number of the smaller islands. It has targeted the luxury market via dedicated brochures launched in partnership with tour operators Six Star Holidays, Elegant Resorts and Travelbag. There is also increasing interest in special interest Thainess products such as Muay Thai, Thai Food and Cooking and Spa and Wellness.

Tour de France to be held in Thailand 2015










Photos: cycling races in Thailand


Bangkok, 1 October 2014 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is in talks with Paris-based Amaury Sport Organisation for the possibility of staging the world’s biggest cycling race, the Tour de France, in Thailand in 2015, the year when the entire Southeast Asian region will integrate under the ASEAN Economic Community framework.

Thailand’s high-level delegation led by TAT’s Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business, Mrs. Vilaiwan Twichasri, held a preliminary talk with Mr. Jean-Etienne Amaury, Chairman of the Amaury Sport Organisation – the main agency organising the annual Tour de France – in Paris, France on 11 September, 2014, to seek ways of organising such prestigious sporting event in Thailand.

TAT Governor, Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik said, “More talks are underway, but we expect Thailand to play the perfect host to this esteemed and prominent cycling race as early as in 2015.”

The Tour de France is an annual multiple stage bicycle race, primarily held in France. The race was first held in 1903 originally just to increase sales for France’s L’Auto magazine. Following the inaugural event’s tremendous success, the race turned into an annual event and has since become so famous that riders from all over the world make it a must-participate race of a lifetime.

TAT Governor said, “The Tour de France, being the world’s oldest, biggest and most famous international cycling race, is the ultimate hope and dream for all professional cyclists to participate in at least once in a lifetime. Thailand has also become a destination that international tourists must visit at least once in their lifetime. This makes a perfect combination for the Tour de France, the world’s famous bicycling race, to be held in Thailand, the world’s famous tourist destination.”

It is a known fact that for cyclists joining the Tour de France, winning or losing the race is not their ultimate goal. But for the team to complete the entire three-week race, covering more than 3,500 kilometres in distance, is the biggest challenge. The competition also requires the teamwork spirit to achieve the goal.

The initiative to organise the Tour de France as part of TAT’s plans to develop cycling tourism, which has been around for decades in Thailand. It is also to promote eco-friendly travel and green tourism since cycling is energy-saving and harmless to the environment, as well as promotes good health for the riders.

Mr. Thawatchai added, “By playing host to a world famous cycling race as the Tour de France, we are saying that Thailand is ready to host any international sporting events of all types and sizes. We are saying that Thailand is the place to enjoy sporting events, to enjoy unique natural and cultural experiences, and to share the memorable travel moments with the world.”

Contact Information International Public Relations Division Tourism Authority of Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48 Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419 E-mail: [email protected]

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