Travel far south for Trang’s tasty tucker

April 29, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 29 April 2015: Travellers searching for insights into Thainess by-pass the tourist trunk routes to explore lesser- known places.

One of them is Trang in the far south corner of Andaman Sea coast. This is unseen treasure is a destination that appeals to Thailand’s repeat visitors. Many of them make Phuket their long-stay vacation base and drive south following the coast dotted with beautiful islands and beaches.

It is quite a push south too, passing Krabi at around 100 km on the mainland and then travelling beyond to the twin islands of Lanta.

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Fruits vie for prizes at Chanthaburi’s annual festival

April 29, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 29 April 2015: Chanthaburi’s annual fruit festival returns this year 23 to 31 May in this coastal town 240 km east of Bangkok. It often called the World Durian Festival due to the dominance of this fruit in the province.

Some folks claim Chanthaburi is the capital of the durian based on the fact that more than half of the country’s harvest comes from this province.

Fruit connoisseurs visit the province throughout May often spending time at the orchards where visitors are welcome to inspect and taste the fruit much like wine connoisseurs sniff and sip a glass of white or red at a vineyard.

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Chanthaburi a tropical fruit paradise

April 29, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 29 April 2015: Chanthaburi is a dream destination for tour operators seeking a mix of attractions, all close to each other, that will appeal to clients.

It is famed for its fruits and its vast orchards inspired tours. Then there are quiet beaches, impressive national parks, touches of history and even open-cast gem mines that are open to visitors, all within easy reach of the provincial town.

This eastern seaboard province is blessed with rich, verdant forests and scenic waterfalls in national parks that are a short drive from coastal resorts.

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How to cook Thainess into a tasty meal

April 29, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 29 April 2015: Thai food is one of the world’s favourite cuisines. The sheer number of restaurants that have sprung up in capital cities around the world attest to its phenomenal popularity and this has made Thai food a compelling reason to visit the country for thousands of “foodies”.

Over centuries, different types of Thai food evolved mostly from necessity as people created simple, but tasty dishes from local spices and natural ingredients.

Many of the raw ingredients were endowed with medicinal qualities and when combined with spices it resulted in a healthy dining experience.

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Mandalay attracts more visitors

April 29, 2015 by  
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MANDALAY, 29 April 2015: Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism forecasts international tourist arrivals to Mandalay will reach 500,000 visits this year.

According to Mandalay Region Immigration and National Registration Department, 464,577 foreign tourists visited the city in 2014, an increase of 60,385 over the previous year.

Most of the tourists came from China, South Korea and Japan, Global New Light Myanmar media reported.

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QF cuts fares to South America

April 29, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 29 April 2015: Qantas offers promotional fares for travel from Thailand to South America until December this year.

The promotion sells roundtrip fares, ex-Bangkok, inclusive of taxes and surcharges, at THB75,805 to Santiago in Chile.

To Rio De Janeiro, the fare sells at THB75,806 and THB75,807 to Sao Paulo in Brazil.

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Hanoi website for food fans

April 29, 2015 by  
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HANOI, 29 April 2015: Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism recently launched a website devoted to cataloguing food in-and-around the city to offer more choices for travelling foodies.

The website, diachi.hanoidep.vn highlights a variety of restaurants and coffee shops selected especially for tourists who make dining out the signature activity of their holiday. But it is in Vietnamese so the scope of the site is limited to domestic travellers mainly residents from Ho Chi Minh City.

It is a part of the department’s project Hanoi Dep va Chua Dep (Hanoi – Good and Bad), which will run at least until year 2020, local media reported. Read more

Front row seats for travel agents

April 29, 2015 by  
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SINGAPORE, 29 April 2015: Abacus-linked travel agents Asia-Pacific will soon be selling front row seats of a different kind, now that the technology company is integrating the 8,000 concerts, cabarets and tour content provided by City Discovery into the launch release of Abacus ContentPlus.

Rolling out across the region, this May, the B2B2C retail platform will give agents the means to provide instant confirmation for sporting or entertainment events, as well as priority access to a wide range of attractions.

A choice of private or group themed tours are also available for more than 700 destinations covering all interests, from gastronomy and photography to local culture and nightlife. Popular city passes can be bundled in for the duration of a stay.

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Rule of two enforced in Japan

April 29, 2015 by  
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TOKYO, 29 April 2015: Japanese airlines will have to have at least two people in the cockpit at all times, the government said Tuesday, as Tokyo joined other regimes tightening the rules in the wake of the Germanwings crash.

Either a flight attendant or an off-duty pilot who is on board to be repositioned for assignments will be required to go into the cockpit when one of the two pilots leaves, a transport ministry official said.

All domestic carriers will have implemented the rule within a week, the ministry said.

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Pokara escapes quake devastation

April 29, 2015 by  
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POKARA, 29 April 2015: For the adrenalin-junkie tourists of Pokhara, just an hour’s drive from the epicentre of Nepal’s earthquake, it’s business as usual with boat trips and paragliding in a town spared the destruction wreaked elsewhere.

Thousands of visitors flock to the picturesque destination every year, attracted by its scenic mountain views, clear, dry winters and abundance of adventure sports, which also include ziplining.

Pokhara sits 73 km (45 miles) east of the epicentre of Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude quake, but when AFP visited Monday the only evidence of a disaster that has killed more than 4,000 people, were a few cracked walls.

Two days after the nation’s deadliest disaster in more than 80 years, foreigners milled around a scenic valley lake, shopped, ate at cafes and signed up in groups for their next sporting pursuit.

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