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[Weekender] The pink invasion

Published October 6, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/travel/30377100

[Weekender] The pink invasion

Oct 05. 2019
This file photo from last year shows a pink muhly field in the southern port city of Ulsan. (Yonhap)

This file photo from last year shows a pink muhly field in the southern port city of Ulsan. (Yonhap)
By Lee Sun-young
The Korea Herald

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Exotic imported pink grass is the star of autumn gardens

Pink is the most sought-after autumn color in South Korea right now.

Do an Instagram search for #pinkmuhly and you’ll get an idea of what’s going on. There are over 300,000 posts, many showing couples, children and young women posing in picturesque gardens full of pink grass.

Surreal displays of pink and purple inflorescences, floating above tall grass like soft clouds, have popped up in so many cities and towns that they are difficult to keep track of: Seoul, Busan, Jeju, Ulsan, Yeoju, Gyeongju, Andong, Daejeon, Hampyeong, Pocheon and Suncheon are just a few.

Providing the perfect backdrop for that once-in-a-lifetime photo, these gardens are expected to draw large crowds again this fall.

“I saw the pink grass for the first time during my trip to Jeju three years ago. Now there are a couple of pink muhly gardens not far away from where I live, which is good because they are great photo spots,” said Lee Sun-hye, an office worker in Seoul.

The plant, Muhlenbergia capillaris, more commonly known as the hairawn muhly, is a perennial native to North America. Heat- and drought-resistant and suitable for almost any type of soil, it grows about 30-90 centimeters tall and blooms from September to November.

It is believed to have made its debut in Korea just five years ago: A private park on the southern island of Jeju claims to have started the nation’s first pink garden in 2014.

Since then, several cities and districts have had muhly seeds flown in from overseas and planted them along riverbanks, fields, parks and roads.

According to Environment Ministry data released by the office of Rep. Shin Chang-hyun, a combined 112,000 square meters — the equivalent of 15 soccer fields — of muhly habitats were created by local governments and state-run organizations last year alone. There is no data on the plant’s presence on private land.

Experts and the Environment Ministry are keeping an eye on potential risks to ecosystems.

“The plant grows and adapts well to different soil conditions. A study on its possible impact on the ecosystem may be desirable,” said Sohn Dong-chan, a researcher at the Korea National Arboretum.

The Environment Ministry is reportedly considering conducting a biosecurity risk analysis later this year.

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Grand Veg Fest parade

Published October 6, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/travel/30377109

Grand Veg Fest parade

Oct 05. 2019
Photo: Charoon Thongnual

Photo: Charoon Thongnual
By The Nation

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Many Thai-Chinese residents as well as tourists from neighbouring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore joined a parade carrying a Buddha statue along central business district roads in Hatyai City Municipality, Songkhla, at the 2019 Hatyai Vegetarian Festival, or Jae Festival, which runs until October 7.

A host of associations, foundations and Chinese shrines, as well as both government and private departments in Songkhla, teamed up to organise the festival.

Vegetarians who believe in Hinduism also carried statues of their respected gods during the parade. It was considered a perfect combination of cultural preservation and tourism promotion in a move to boost the economy of Songkhla and other provinces in the South.

Nationals of six more countries granted visa-on-arrival into Myanmar

Published October 5, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/travel/30377082

Nationals of six more countries granted visa-on-arrival into Myanmar

Oct 04. 2019
By THE NATION

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The Myanmar government has introduced new regulations to facilitate easier access for foreign tourists as another step towards opening up the country to the world .

Started from October 1, tourists from six countries (Australia, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and Switzerland) can enter Myanmar on visa-on-arrival (VOA) at Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw International Airports.

Pre-arrangement is not required for passport holders of these six countries, they can simply apply for a visa

at any of the three airports for a fee of US$50 each.

Visitors from Japan, South Korean, Hong Kong and Macau were granted visa-free entry last year.

Indian and mainland Chinese nationals were also granted visas-on-arrival (VOA) into Myanmar in a move to draw more Asian visitors to the country.

In the second quarter, Myanmar saw an increase in arrivals from countries granted visas free and visas-on-arrival treatment.

“We hope the new regulation will lead to more foreign travellers to Myanmar, to discover the country’s unique culture and most of all, the hospitality of its people,” said May Myat Mon Win, Chairperson of Myanmar Tourism Marketing.

Myanmar Tourism Marketing has organised roadshows, trade shows and media familiarisation trips for journalists, TV producers and digital marketing influencers from around the world.

Visa-free and visa on arrival entry from these Western countries would further boost growth of the Myanmar tourism industry.

Santiburi on Koh Samui recognised as carbon neutral resort

Published October 5, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/travel/30377067

Santiburi on Koh Samui recognised as carbon neutral resort

Oct 04. 2019
Santiburi Koh Samui

Santiburi Koh Samui
By THE NATION

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Santiburi Koh Samui, a luxurious retreat on Koh Samui’s stunning north shore, has been officially certified as a carbon-neutral resort, which it says reflects its deep and lasting commitment to the environment.

The tropical paradise, which is nestled among 23 acres of landscaped gardens and coconut groves and with a 300-metre-long stretch of private sandy beach, recently received a certificate from the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organisation, which confirms that it operates in a completely efficient manner, slashing the amount of carbon it emits and successfully offsetting the rest.

Santiburi operates a comprehensive environmental programme comprising waste water treatment, energy saving, waste management, organic gardening and recycling, according to a Friday release. It also substitutes chemicals, plastics and other harmful products with green alternatives, including a natural salt cleaning system for its private pool villas.

The resort also trains its team in all areas of “eco-friendly” operations and works with responsible local suppliers that share its values.

Guests are encouraged to play a role; they can decide how often their towels and bed linen should be changed and participate in community activities such as beach cleaning. The resort supports many important local community initiatives, including a conscientious elephant sanctuary.

The certification programme was created in collaboration with VGreen, Kasetsart University’s environmental research programme. The accolade was presented to Santiburi in a ceremony held in Bangkok on September 19. In total, more than 300 organisations were honoured for their outstanding contributions to greenhouse gas management.

“We are thrilled to have been certified as a carbon-neutral resort. The entire team at Santiburi has been working towards this status for many years by undertaking a series of important initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint, lower our energy usage and preserve our ecosystem,” Sabine Lamberts, Santiburi’s general manager, said. “This award is a recognition of their efforts. I am confident that our guests will be delighted to know that their stay is in perfect harmony with Koh Samui’s fragile island ecosystem.”

Prior to receiving the certificate, Lamberts took part in a seminar to educate other hoteliers on successful ways to reduce greenhouse gases and plastics.

Sabine Lamberts, General Manager, Santiburi Koh Samui

Marriott highlights European heritage at new Le Méridien hotel in Phang Nga

Published October 3, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/travel/30376996

Marriott highlights European heritage at new Le Méridien hotel in Phang Nga

Oct 02. 2019
By THE NATION

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Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, under Marriott International, has opened Le Méridien Khao Lak Resort & Spa – a modern resort on the stunning white sands of Bang Sak Beach in Phang Nga province.

The 269-room hotel features ten types of guestrooms, including suites and villas with spacious balconies offering panoramic ocean views, while interconnecting rooms are available for families of up to two adults and three children under 12.

The property is a new addition to the brand’s portfolio of more than 100 hotels in nearly 40 countries and territories.

“We are excited to offer a glimpse of the European spirit of savouring the good life through the hotel’s international dining options, freshly made gelato with local ingredients, as well as a sparkling beverage programme in this distinctly Thai tropical paradise,” said Mike Fulkerson, vice president/brand & marketing, Marriott International Asia-Pacific.

“The hotel introduces Le Méridien’s French heritage and the allure of Côte d’Azur to Khao Lak, connecting curious and creative-minded guests looking to travel in style.”

“Khao Lak is one of the fastest-growing destinations in Thailand for both MICE and leisure travellers. With a new airport arriving in Phang Nga and infrastructure plans laid out, this province has the potential to promote tourism and grow the local economy,” said the new hotel’s General Manager Trevor May.

TAT keen for more regional, Indian visitors

Published October 3, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/travel/30376988

TAT keen for more regional, Indian visitors

Oct 02. 2019
By The Nation

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand is working with Bangkok Airways (BA) to lure more visitors from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam – the so-called CLMV countries – as well as Malaysia, Singapore and India with a “Fly Me to Thailand” campaign.

“The aim is to attract more tourists to boost income during the green season,” said Klissada Ratanapruk, the agency’s executive director for Asean, South Asia and South Pacific, referring to the rainy season.

Klissada said visitors from those nations flying with BA in a group of three or more anytime this year would be eligible for “WOW Deal” exclusive privileges. They include a Bt800 voucher for shopping at department stores and discounts at more than 63 hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues and spa lounges.

“The number of tourists from CLMV and Malaysia, Singapore and India is expected to increase by 25,000 thanks to this project, generating approximately Bt924 million,” Klissada said.

The Grand Dame of Siem Reap returns after restoration

Published October 2, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/travel/30376941

The Grand Dame of Siem Reap returns after restoration

Oct 01. 2019
By THE NATION

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Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, a landmark hotel along the legendary Grand Tour of Indochina, has officially reopened following an extensive six-month restoration.

First opened in 1932 and widely celebrated as La Grande Dame de Angkor, the hotel has been welcoming discerning travellers and famous faces – from Charlie Chaplin to Jackie Kennedy and Michelle Obama – to the historic heart of Cambodia for over 80 years.

Beyond the refreshed façade that retains the colonial style synonymous with the heritage and history of the Raffles brand, all 119 rooms and suites have received a meticulous facelift, according to a Tuesday release.

Warm, hardwood floors, lighter and brighter interiors, Segafredo coffee machines, USB charging stations and Simmons pillow-top mattresses are new features added to complement traditional ceiling fans and brass rotary telephones.

All bathrooms have been extensively renovated and upgraded with new Italian tiling and rain showers, some of which feature grand claw-foot tubs and views over Cambodia’s most iconic swimming pool.

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor retains its old-world French colonial charm while introducing what it sees as new levels of unrivalled luxury and comfort. The original teak and wrought iron cage elevator is carefully preserved as part of the original architecture to ferry guests up and down the heritage building.

“Raffles Hotels & Resorts boasts an illustrious history and we are delighted to welcome travellers to the new-look Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, which has been reimagined and refined for the well-travelled guest seeking a memorable experience, evocative of the golden age of travel,” said Patrick Basset, the chief operating officer of Accor for Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia and the Maldives.

Deemed the last bastion of Cambodia’s Golden Age of Travel, the hotel is deeply rooted in local culture; the restoration has retained its colonial charm, heritage, and architectural grandeur, yet still leads the way in answering the needs of today’s most discerning guest, according to the release.

Another significant new addition to the hotel is the Sugar Palm Club, designed to nurture the spirit of adventure in children.

From historical tours of the hotel to special teepee tents for the rooms, the kids’ club provides a number of activities for children that open up their world and sense of wonder.

An additional feature situated within 15 acres (6 hectares) of lush French gardens where the hotel is located will be the addition of the Raffles Marquee early next year, a fully air-conditioned marquee to provide a spacious venue for events and functions.

With executive chef Angela Brown at its helm, the hotel will offer exclusive new dining concepts.

Named after the year that Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor first opened, 1932 is the hotel’s new signature restaurant, serving-up Chef Brown’s take on Cambodian cuisine with an innovative interplay of traditional ingredients and progressive cooking methods.

A quintessential Raffles experience is presented in the all-new and vibrant 1932, which is currently the only destination in Cambodia offering authentic Royal Khmer cuisine originated from ancient Khmer recipes gifted to Raffles by Royal Decree.

Gourmands can savour signature dishes, such as the Chateaubriand pairing Lok Lak spiced Wagyu beef strip loin with grape puree, pickled water lily and Lok Lak essence, and the Crisp Kroeung marinated quail perfected with sweet potato fondant, long bean salad and authentic Khmer curry sauce, as well as a variety of seasonal specials featuring fresh local ingredients.

Guests may choose to complete their experience with Sipsmith’s Raffles 1915 Gin in the swish Elephant Bar or enjoy traditional afternoon tea in the colonial-style Conservatory.

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor is situated a mere 20-minute drive to the doorway of the Unesco Heritage temples of Angkor.

To allow guests to explore more of the fascinating destination, the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor offers an enticing series of Raffles curated journeys and resort programmes designed to infuse local experiences with worldly elegance.

Guests can explore the ancient Angkor Archaeological Park on an iconic Vespa, before being one of the first travellers of the day to enter the temple.

Art enthusiasts can embark on a local tuk-tuk tour of Cambodia’s most iconic artworks, or journey the Silk Road of Angkor, visiting the beautiful Banteay Srei Temple and Golden Silk Farm.

Food aficionados can taste Siem Reap on an exclusive Khmer culinary discovery, while shopaholics saunter Siem Reap’s Kandal Village neighbourhood with the assistance of a Raffles butler, and culture lovers can enjoy a majestic performance of Cambodian dances in the Apsara Terrace.

Within the resort grounds, guests can take part in on-site activities including monk blessings, Singapore Sling master classes, botanical and culinary garden tours, and a tour with the hotel’s resident historian.

“We are honoured to be custodians of the hotel’s 87-year legacy, and to safeguard its heritage while upgrading it for the modern era,” said Oliver Dudler, the general manager of Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor. “On behalf of our team, we look forward to welcoming guests back to our iconic hotel to experience the restored grandeur and curated journeys of Cambodia’s most storied hotel.”

Raffles is part of Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique experiences in 4,900 hotels and residences across 110 countries.

Thais third most travelled, Agoda survey finds

Published September 26, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/travel/30376723

Thais third most travelled, Agoda survey finds

Sep 25. 2019
By THE NATION

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Britons lead the way for globetrotting, taking the top spot for the highest number of international countries visited according to the “Well Travelled Survey” commissioned by Agoda, a fast-growing digital platform. The survey showed that the average British traveller has visited 12 countries, followed by Australians who average 10 international destinations.

The survey also reveals travel trends based on gender and age for countries in Asia Pacific, the Middle East as well as the UK and US ahead of World Tourism Day on September 27.

According to the survey, almost seven out of 10 or 68 per cent of people in the areas surveyed have visited up to 10 countries, with travellers from the United Arab Emirates averaging at 92 per cent and Saudi Arabia 82 per cent, followed by Thailand (76%), Malaysia (75%) and Japan (71%).

The UK has the largest proportion of travellers who have visited more than 31 destinations (5%), followed by Australia (4%), Thailand (3%) and the United States (2%).

In Agoda’s home market of Asia Pacific, Malaysians are most likely to have travelled to more than 10 countries (11%), followed by Thais (8%), Indonesians (2%), and Vietnamese (1%).

“Whether it’s looking to find yourself or just the need for a relaxing break in the sun after working hard throughout the year, it’s clear people everywhere – regardless of age or gender – love to travel,” said Timothy Hughes, vice president of corporate development at Agoda. “And with so many ways and reasons to travel, and bustling cities, breath-taking beaches or rich arts and cultural centres to explore, it’s no wonder that the number of people visiting up to 10 countries is so high.”

Never travelled abroad

Meanwhile, the survey also found that 18 per cent of people have never travelled to another country at all, with a surprising 13 per cent of over-55s never having left their contry.

Interestingly, among non-Asia Pacific markets (United Kingdom, United States, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia), Americans are the least travelled, with 29 per cent having never been overseas.

Gen Z and Millennials are the biggest groups where travel still hasn’t taken off

Globally, 27 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds have never travelled and youngsters in China, Vietnam and Indonesia most likely to never have travelled at 49, 45 and 37 per cent respectively. However, in the 25-34 age group, where the global average is 19 per cent for having never travelled, Vietnam is pushed out of the bottom three by the US.

By 45-54 years old, 86 per cent have travelled abroad, while 81 per cent of the 25-34 years age group has already travelled to other countries.

“While it seems Gen Z and Millennials are yet to have the opportunity to travel as extensively as other age groups, the gap between those who have never travelled internationally is shrinking fast. It will be exciting to see the potential cultural and socio-economic gains once those from China, Vietnam and Indonesia start travelling more,” Timothy added.

Gender no barrier for travel

Overall, 19 per cent of women have never travelled outside their home country versus 17 per cent of men. Only the United States, Vietnam and Indonesia showed significant differences in percentages of males and females traveling – 66 per cent of women versus 76 per cent of men in the US have travelled internationally at least once, and 67 per cent women compared to 74 per cent men in Vietnam. Indonesia, however, bucks the trend with 72 per cent of women having travelled internationally before, compared to only 65 per cent of men.

For dreamy mist, spooky fireballs, head to Nong Khai

Published September 26, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/travel/30376735

For dreamy mist, spooky fireballs, head to Nong Khai

Sep 25. 2019
By Kamtorn Kongsombat
THE NATION

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Making a pitch for tourism in the corner of Nong Khai where he’s a sub-district official, Sirirak Baokaew says it’s 20 degrees Celsius and you just have to come and see the morning and evening mist.

Sirirak, who calls Ban Muang sub-district home in the Northeast, said the natural mist and gorgeous breezes would persist into winter and the area had good hotels, resorts and camping sites.

He’s expecting more than a thousand visitors this season and warns that accommodations might run short, so bring a tent just in case.

Nong Khai is also the spot for watching the “Naga fireballs” leap from the Mekong River – a natural gas phenomenon or offerings from a mystical creature, it’s up to you, but it’s a sight to behold.

Sangkhom, the district that’s home to Ban Muang, has enough interesting activities to keep visitors busy for three days. As well as experiencing the seas of mist, there are caves waiting to be explored and rides through the Nong Khai Grand Canyon.

The best places for panoramic views of the mist are Phu Huay Isan, Phu Nong and Phu Pha Dak.

Sangkhom is also the gateway to charming Chiang Khan district in neighbouring Loei province.

Airbnb launches destination drive for Buriram

Published September 26, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/travel/30376731

Airbnb launches destination drive for Buriram

Sep 25. 2019
By THE NATION

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Ahead of World Tourism Day, Airbnb has reaffirmed its commitment to continue promoting Thailand’s emerging destinations on the global stage with its latest community-led destination marketing campaign in Buriram.

Airbnb’s head of Public Policy for Southeast Asia Mich Goh and adviser to the Minister of Tourism and Sports Siraphop Duangsodsri jointly launched the campaign, titled ‘Sustainable Travel with Airbnb: Beyond Big Cities’. The video features Buriram’s unique attractions and way of life, as seen through the eyes of Airbnb’s host community.

The video, which will run on Airbnb’s global platforms, aims to promote and drive both domestic and international travel to emerging destinations in Thailand. The global end-to-end hospitality company has plans to expand its destination marketing efforts to other emerging destinations in Thailand, including Saraburi’s Nong Saeng and Sao Hai districts.

The launch also featured a panel discussion with Chompu Marusachot, Director of Marketing Information Technology Division, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT); Ratthasart Korrasud, Senior Executive Vice President, Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA); Suthep Keasang, Deputy Director, Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA); and Khanchai Arram, Executive Director, B-STAY.

Panelists shared their perspectives on digital tourism and sustainable travel, and discussed how Thai government officials and community stakeholders can best leverage technology to support local communities and budding hospitality entrepreneurs.

Airbnb first partnered with the Buriram-based homestay provider B-STAY, with the support of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, to build flexible accommodation for the participants of Thailand MotoGP 2018, while providing hospitality training and boarding in the process.

Mich Goh, Airbnb’s head of Public Policy for Southeast Asia, said: “Driven by a desire for more local and authentic experiences, we are seeing more travellers from Thailand and the world visit off-the-beaten track destinations. Our community’s unique accommodation and experience offerings help emerging destinations, like Buriram, attract and host more visitors. Looking forward, we will continue to work closely with government and community stakeholders to support the growth of tourism in emerging destinations and spread the benefits beyond big cities and tourism hot spots”.

Speaking at the event hosted by Airbnb, adviser to the Minister of Tourism and Sports Siraphop Duangsodsri, said: “Tourism is a key industry for Thailand and positively impacts job creation, investment and infrastructure development. The tourism industry has generated more than Bt2 trillion for the nation over the past year, and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports is committed to continue boosting tourism growth both in terms of quality and safety. We will work to ensure Thailand remains a top-tier tourist destination, and support digitisation to promote and provide better tourism experiences for all, including accommodation which help to distribute incomes and tourism benefits to local communities”.

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