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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Hidden Gem: Trail to Samut Songkhram

March 25, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 25 March 2015: Samut Songkhram is identified by the Tourism Authority of Thailand as one of the hidden gems or “cities you must not miss” in the new Discover Thainess campaign.

The province stands no more than 75 km southwest of downtown Bangkok, on the Gulf of Thailand, a leisurely one-hour drive on a wide, but busy divided highway.

But it remains hidden to most tourists who rush past the turning to Samut Songkhram on their way to the beach attractions of Cha-am and Hua Hin.

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A spash of water, a dash of Thainess

March 25, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 25 March 2015: The Thainess experience shines during festivals and one of the most remarkable celebrations, Songkran marks the beginning of the traditional New Year with merit making and paying respect to elders as well as the fun of splashing water on friends.

The Thai traditional New Year is about much more than just throwing water at each other to beat the summer heat. In its essence, Songkran is all about “harmony”. It is the bond we share that brings everyone together. Family reunions are the core element.

At home, people exchange well-wishes by pouring water on elders’ hands. The traditional water pouring is viewed as a symbol of washing away misfortune.

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Buri Ram a gateway to touch Thainess

March 25, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 25 March 2015: When Agoda.Com recently named Buri Ram as one of Asia’s freshest emerging vacation spots in 2015 it raised a few eyebrows in travel trade circles and the query “should we take a closer look at this northeast town?”

It deserves a closer look. There is a push to spread tourism beyond Thailand’s main destinations to secondary destination that is gaining momentum, led mainly by the Tourism Authority of Thailand that created a “cities that can’t be missed” list as part of its brand new Thainess campaign. Buri Ram is on that list and the objective is clearly to establish the town as a stepping off point to explore the lower Northeast that borders Cambodia.

Agoda.Com bases its fresh and emerging destinations lists on some basic business considerations. The destinations have less than 70 properties in its system, but they have seen a substantial jump in bookings when compared with last year.

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Thainess flows through a Water Festival

March 25, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 25 March, 2015: A more traditional way to celebrate Songkhran this year is being promoted the Ministry of Culture, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and private sector partner Thai Beverage Public Company Limited

Songkhran is celebrated, 13 to 15 April, nationwide, but the “Water Festival 2015” will focus on activities at four temples in Bangkok; Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Wat Kalayanamitr and Wat Prayunwongsawat.

According TAT’s deputy governor for marketing communications, Sugree Sithivanich, participants will be able to experience community life and cultural heritage while dining at famous restaurants at Maharaj Pier and visiting one of the biggest flower markets in Asia.

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Thai AirAsia covers a plane with Thainess

March 23, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 23 March 2015: Thai AirAsia has painted one of its aircraft with 2015 Discover Thainess campaign, graphics as part of branding campaign signed with the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

TAT governor, Thawatchai Arunyik said: “The co-branding with AirAsia will give a significant boost to Thailand’s tourism while the promotional fares will help stimulate more travel… especially from China.”

Thai AirAsia will brand one of its newest Airbus A320 aircraft with the royal barge Supannahong image – the logo of 2015 Discover Thainess campaign. Also, its interior will be decorated with images of the “12 Hidden Gems”, the emerging promotional destinations as well as other Discover Thainess back-of-the seat advertising inviting all travellers to explore the charms of Thailand.

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Wai Kru: Thainess event of the month

February 25, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 25 February 2015: Elements of Thai culture and martial art intertwine in an annual Muay Thai ceremony that offers a stunning example of Thainess for both residents and tourists.

The 11th World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony, will be held 17 March at Wat Maha That, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya province.

It has been selected by the Tourism Authority of Thailand
as a key feature of the 2015 Discover Thainess campaign launched worldwide in mid-January. TAT will promote monthly events and festivals that have a Thainess story to tell. The Wai Kru ceremony is in a class of its own reflecting ancient culture, traditions and a smattering of superstitions with zest for competition where opponents push their skills and fitness to the limit. Read more

Treasures of creative tourism unleased

February 25, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 25 February 2015:British tourist, James MacGregor, has never worked so hard in his life. Sweat runs from every pour of his body as he pummels the hard punch bag.

It’s still early in the morning and after the so-called warm up, he faces a gruelling session in the Thai boxing ring to go through the basic moves before a simple, but healthy breakfast, is served.

Couldn’t dream of a harder holiday if you tried, but James is loving every minute of his stay at a Pattaya boxing camp.

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