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Dubai’s magical geometric architecture a treat for tourists

Published December 8, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Dubai’s magical geometric architecture a treat for tourists

Dec 08. 2019
Tourists also enjoy taking pictures of the Burj Al Arab, a luxury hotel in Dubai that resembles a ship’s sail.

Tourists also enjoy taking pictures of the Burj Al Arab, a luxury hotel in Dubai that resembles a ship’s sail.
By Wichit Chaitrong
The Nation

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The Burj Khaifa in Dubai is the world’s tallest skyscraper at 828 metres high.

The Burj Khaifa in Dubai is the world’s tallest skyscraper at 828 metres high.

The Burj Khaifa in Dubai is the world’s tallest skyscraper at 828 metres high.

Lifts moving at 10 metres per second give visitors just a hint of the dizzying experience in store for them as they reach the designated observatory floor at 555.7 metres.

A spectacular view of the city all the way to the horizon awaits people on days when they are lucky to have clear skies. Selfies with wings of a bird as the backdrop are the most popular among visitors.

The design of the building is said to be inspired by Islamic architecture in the region such as the 9th-century Great Mosque of Samarra located in Iraq.

Water dance-Dubai Dance Fountain and light show on the Burj Khalifa building also draw tourists from the nearby shopping mall.

Frame tower is a simple architecture but it also draws tourists to celebrate its elegance and take selfies.

Tourists also enjoy taking pictures of the Burj Al Arab, a luxury hotel in Dubai that resembles a ship’s sail.

The marvel of curved designs and decorative works at the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi also impress visitors.

Off-road rides and sightseeing of sand dunes also give visitors a unique experience of the unique landscape.

The shape and engineering of wind towers to deal with the hot weather is also very interesting. People used to build these towers in their buildings a long time ago as it could draw breeze into their homes. Another technique is creating shade to lessen the impact of the sun’s hot rays.

In modern times, architecture and engineers have adapted ancient wisdom with new technology and new geometric shapes that better serve the challenge of coping with the high temperature.

Staff at the Masdar City project said residential buildings stand close to each other in order to create shade for residents when they walk around the area. The government intends to make Masdar City, which is spread over six square kilometres, the world’s first carbon-neutral and seriwaste city. The project is under construction and a solar energy facility is part of it.

Wind towers cool the weather from higher space to the ground and water springs add naturally cooler surroundings for residents.

Historically, great thinkers in the Middle East have played an important role in storing and advancing knowledge, including geometric science during the medieval ages when the West was almost in darkness .

The Middle East has probably been the land of wonderful geometric knowledge and architecture since ancient times.

Geometric solution of 'squares and roots equal to numbers'. Illustration credit: Ian Stewart, author of the book "Significant Figures: Lives and Works of Trailblazing Mathematicians".

Geometric solution of ‘squares and roots equal to numbers’. Illustration credit: Ian Stewart, author of the book “Significant Figures: Lives and Works of Trailblazing Mathematicians”.

People have been entertained by this geometric solution of squares and roots equal to numbers since around 830AD when the Middle East thinker Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi wrote a popular book on mathematics, “The Compendious Book on Calculation by Completion and Balancing”.

Chilling – literally – by the lake

Published December 8, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Chilling – literally – by the lake

Dec 07. 2019
By The Nation

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Tourists flocked to Kwan Phayao Lake in Phayao Province on Saturday (December 7) to take advantage of the cold weather and admire the natural surroundings

Kwan Phayao – the word “Kwan” means means “lake” or “large swamp” in the northern Thai language is shaped like a half-circle, and is the largest freshwater lake in the northern region and the fourth largest in the country. It is 1.5 metres deep, and covers an area of about 1,980 hectares.

Some 50 species of fish are found in the lake, Phayao is about 691 kilometres from Bangkok and covers an area of 6,335 square kilometres. Temperatures is the area are currently hovering around 10 degrees Celsius.

Walks on the wild side

Published December 5, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Walks on the wild side

Dec 05. 2019
Director-General of The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Thanya Netithammakul

Director-General of The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Thanya Netithammakul
By The Nation

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The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation is allowing Thais free admission to National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries, and Non-Hunting Areas nationwide today, December 5, National Father’s Day.

The department’s director-general, Thanya Netithammakul said that this campaign aimed to encourage families to participate in recreational activities, as well create awareness of conservation towards natural resources, environment, and wildlife.

“We would like to ask for tourists’ cooperation in not using plastic bags and foam packages in order to maintain cleanliness of the area, and keeping wild animals away from plastic waste. Drinking alcohol in these areas is also prohibited,” he said.

“Tourists can contact the department by phone at (02) 562 0760-2 during office hours, while the reservations can be made anytime at the website http://nps.dnp.go.th/reservation.php.

Temple lights bring a glow to Ubon Ratchathani hill

Published December 5, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Temple lights bring a glow to Ubon Ratchathani hill

Dec 04. 2019
By The Nation

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Many tourists head upcountry this time of year to enjoy the cool breezes of winter and one attraction they won’t want to miss is Sirindhorn Wararam temple in Ubon Ratchathani.

Perched on a hill, the temple aims to simulate the environment of the mythical Himmapan forest. The outstanding feature is the golden chapel that stands right on the top of the hill. When dusk falls, the temple will glow in the dark especially the painting of a Kanlapaphruek tree [Pink Cassia].

Winter flower bloom

Published December 4, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Winter flower bloom

Dec 03. 2019
By THE NATION

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Cold-climate flowers are in full bloom in many provinces as cold weather descends on the country.

Flowers blooming in the fields of Nakon Ratsima’s Pak Thong Chai and Wang Nam Khiao districts are a special attraction to both tourists and local residents.

 Pictures show the Suan Kaset 66 garden in Pak Thong Chai district, owned by Chonladda Saengaroon, 40.The field grows both cold-climate flowers and rice, she says.

The garden will be open to the public from December 5, 2019 to January 12 2020, from 05.00 am to 18.00 pm daily. Admission fee is set at Bt30 per person.

Sustainable tourism in Vietnam being pushed through travel influencers

Published December 2, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Sustainable tourism in Vietnam being pushed through travel influencers

Dec 02. 2019
By The Nation

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Secretary general of the Asean-Korea Centre Lee Hyuk announced today that the Vietnam leg of the Asean Community-based Tourism Programme 2019 is now taking place in Mai Chau Valley.

Community-based tourism (CBT), an emerging form of sustainable tourism, empowers local residents by allowing their participation in developing tourism products and returns the profits to the community.

The Asean Tourism Strategic Plan (ATSP) 2016-2025 suggests invigorating community participation as a way to encourage sustainable and inclusive tourism among member states. In continued efforts to promote community-based tourism, Asean has set up the Asean CBT Standard and grants Asean CBT awards to local communities that achieves the high standards of excellence.

To support this effort, the Asean-Korea Centre (AKC) has organised the “Community-based Tourism Programme: 2019 in Vietnam, following the success of previous programs in Malaysia (2015), Brunei (2016), Thailand (2017), and Indonesia (2018).

The programme aims to promote Vietnam’s CBT and introduce its hidden tourist attraction to the South Korean public and international tourists.

The trip, in which journalists, youtubers, travel essayists and other content creators are participating kicked off yesterday and runs through Friday.

The visitors will get to experience Vietnamese traditional culture, including the daily lives of the different ethnic minorities.

At the end of the programne, their first-hand experience of traditional housing, batik and paper making of the H’mong ethnic group, traditional cuisine, and outdoor activities such as hiking in Pu Luong nature reserve and kayaking on the Da Reservoir will be introduced to the Korean public in feature articles and videos.

“Mai Chau Village, situated about 75 km from Hanoi in Hoa Binh Province, received the Asean Community-based Tourism Award in 2017, in recognition of the community’s efforts to protect the natural environment and develop sustainable tourism in the region. I hope this programme enhance understanding of CBT and thus advocate for sustainable development in Asean.”

Tourists relish visual feast of frost at Chiang Mai national park

Published December 1, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Tourists relish visual feast of frost at Chiang Mai national park

Nov 30. 2019
By The Nation

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Falling temperatures on the Inthanon mountain in Chiang Mai province has brought frost for the third time to Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail.

Kritsiam Kongsri, chief of Doi Inthanon National Park in Jomthong district, said on Saturday (November 30) that the temperature at Kew Mae Pan Viewpoint and at the peak of Inthanon Mountain on Saturday morning had plummeted to 4 degrees Celsius, while at the national park headquarters it was 11°C.

“Frost on the grass was seen for the third time this year,” he said. “Tourists who hiked up the mountain were excited about this phenomenon. Many people took photos of the frost on their smartphones and showed it to their friends via social media.

He further explained that the place bustled with both Thai and foreign tourists coming to enjoy the cold weather on Thailand’s highest peak.

“One sight that no one should miss is watching the first sunlight along with the beautiful sea of mist at Kew Mae Pan Viewpoint,” he said.

He added that from January 1 next year, bringing of plastic bags to the national park is prohibited. Staff will inspect vehicles entering the national park through both checkpoints.

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First frost of the year appears on Doi Inthanon, Chiang Mai

Our beautiful green river

Published November 30, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Our beautiful green river

Nov 29. 2019
By The Nation

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A picture of an emerald green Mekong River has become an internet sensation after being posted on Facebook page “Nakhonphanom Update” on Thursday (November 28).

This phenomenon surprised many people as Mekong River is usually brown.

The river has now turned into green and the water is much clearer making it looks like the sea.

It is thought to be the result of the tide being at its lowest in many years, which could be the result of the construction of a dam in China blocking water flow.

Let Traveloka put you on Japanese holiday train

Published November 28, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Let Traveloka put you on Japanese holiday train

Nov 27. 2019
By THE NATION

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Southeast Asian digital travel-and-lifestyle platform Traveloka continues to strengthen its commitment to Thailand by offering the Japan Railway Pass (JR Pass).

Japan continues to be one of the top destinations for Thai users and the JR Pass, which covers 4,900 kilometres in 18 prefectures – including Kansai with its multiple attractions – promises a more enriching travel experience in Japan.

Traveloka and its partner JR West are distributing JR Passes on its app, becoming the first travel booking platform to provide them digitally in Thailand.

“Japan is Thais’ most popular spot for a vacation in a country that doesn’t share a border with Thailand,” says chief executive Caesar Indra.

The Japan National Tourism Organisation says more than a million Thais visited in 2018, including many travelling to more than one destination – and preferably by train.

“With a large number of Thai visitors to Japan choosing the Japan Railway network, it becomes important for us to provide convenient and easy booking,” Indra says. “Japan Railway is the perfect partner, enabling out users to select their preferred pass based on their requirements and anticipated itineraries, such as JR East, JR West and JR Shikoku.”

Eligible for travel throughout Japan with time periods that vary from seven to 21 days, JR provides a more affordable and efficient travel option, not just for JR-owned and -managed rail lines but also some bullet trains, buses, monorails and ferries.

The cost of a JR Pass can be recouped in just one return trip from Tokyo to Kyoto.

Pygmy hippo baby in need of a name, has cash

Published November 28, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Pygmy hippo baby in need of a name, has cash

Nov 28. 2019
By The Nation

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How many times in your life will you get a chance to name a pygmy hippopotamus – and maybe pocket Bt3,000 if that name is selected?

That’s what Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Chonburi is offering for an official name for its newest arrival, a newly born pygmy hippopotamus.

There are only two names in the running, as suggested by the little guy’s caretakers – Kaki and Moo Toon.

Pick one of those, enter the draw on the zoo’s Facebook page between December 20 and 28, and the winners will be drawn at random. One winner gets Bt3,000 and another 10 get free admission to the zoo for a year.

Pygmy hippopotamuses are only one-tenth the size of the typical wide-bodied variety and they tend to be shy, avoiding humans who aren’t bringing them an armload of vegetables and fruit.

Kaki/Moo Toon was born on October 27, the healthy sixth offspring of pigmy-hippo couple Tony and Jonah.

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