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‘We’ve got snow!’ Switzerland reminds Thais

Published November 8, 2019 by SoClaimon

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‘We’ve got snow!’ Switzerland reminds Thais

Nov 07. 2019
By THE NATION

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Switzerland Tourism, citing a significant increase in the number of Thai visitors, is keen for more and is plugging the winter season and snow activities in particular.

It announced this week it will collaborate with the Ski and Snowboard Association of Thailand to promote both tourism and sports and make Switzerland the top choice of Thai travellers within three years.

Switzerland Tourism executive vice president André Hefti said the country had seen had seen seven years of continuous and steady growth in the number of Thai guests.

Thais spent almost 250,000 overnights in Switzerland last year, up from 100,000 in 2012, particularly enjoying the travel by train, bus and boat. Sales of Swiss Travel Passes increased by almost 400 per cent.

The highlight of Swiss public transport, and one that can be experienced year-round, is the Grand Train Tour. Covering 1,280 kilometres, it combines the most beautiful panoramic lines into one unique route, and passengers can board at any given point. There is no prescribed direction or duration.

A 2019 APAC Snow Brand survey in March among 2,200 people from 11 Asian countries including Thailand defined “snow holidays” as a trip of at least two nights to a snow-mountain destination with skiing or snowboarding and other activities.

Japan is the top winter destination for Asian travellers, with 65 per cent of respondents having had a snow holiday there in the last three years, followed by South Korea (34 per cent) and Switzerland (24 per cent).

The good news for Switzerland was that 93 per cent of Thai travellers are looking to plan a European snow holiday in the next three years, and Switzerland is their top choice.

The young generation of Thai snow-sports enthusiasts is going to the upcoming Youth Winter Olympics in Lausanne. They had a chance in spring to visit Switzerland and try out the slopes and get familiar with the city, which has such warm-hearted connections with the people of Thailand through the royal family.

Hefti invited prospective visitors to check out www.MySwitzerland.com to see videos about tailor-made itineraries and the legendary Swiss quality and hospitality.

Switzerland Tourism executive vice president André Hefti

Luxury resort lets guests discover power of the moon

Published November 2, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/travel/30377988?utm_source=category&utm_medium=internal_referral

Luxury resort lets guests discover power of the moon

Nov 01. 2019
The new Garden Wing contains the curvaceous SALA Spa

The new Garden Wing contains the curvaceous SALA Spa
By THE NATION

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With its new Garden Wing complementing the existing Oceanfront/Beach Wing, the SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort, a luxurious boutique retreat, offers 360-degree hospitality on the pure shores of Koh Samui.

The moon plays an integral role in Thai culture, with each phase of the lunar cycle holding a deep historical and spiritual significance. The full moon, half moon or dark moon can dictate the timing of festivals, the schedule of planting and harvesting, and even auspicious dates in a person’s life.

At the luxury retreat on the pure shores of Koh Samui, the moon is creating many of life’s most magical moments. The resort is divided into two distinct parts – the Oceanfront/Beach Wing and Garden Wing – each of which has been exquisitely designed to reflect the changing phases of the moon.

The Garden Wing, recently opened its doors. Designed by Onion, the Thailand-based architecture and design studio, this new wing is intricately guided by the half moon and dark moon concepts. These areas feel cosy and private, with the ambiance enhanced by trees and plants, creating a sense of deep natural tranquility.

This family-friendly wing features 82 rooms, pool villas and pool suites, ranging from 45 to 181 square metres in sizes and all elegantly designed to reflect the lunar concept. Guests will have access to state-of-the-art IPTV and audio systems, coffee machines, mini-bars and full-size daybeds, and more than half of the units feature a private pool.

The Garden Wing contains an array of additional amenities, including the tree house restaurant/bar, a 25-metre swimming pool, the Garden Pool Bar, SALA Gym and SALA Spa, an inviting wellness centre with six private treatment rooms, steam rooms, showers and changing rooms. Reflecting the Garden Wing’s family focus, guests will also have access to a children’s pool and SALA’s first kids’ club, providing young guests with indoor and outdoor play areas and a full schedule of fun activities.

This enchanting new area complements the existing Oceanfront/Beach Wing, which is designed to reflect the energy of a full moon. Here, the circular shape of the moon is incorporated into various design elements, from facade to façade to the aptly names Moon Pool. Inside the rooms, round lighting fixtures and outdoor bathtubs were inspired by the full moon, while curved interior archways create a relaxing and organic sense of space.

Views from the top

Published October 29, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/travel/30377849

Views from the top

Oct 29. 2019
By The Nation

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Upgraded from district to a province in 2011, Bueng Kan in Thailand’s northeast is a popular tourism destination thanks to its historical and archaeological sites as well as its celebration of Songkran, the Thai New year, the Rocket Festival and long-boat racing. It’s not short on natural attractions either, among them Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary, the Chet Si, Tad Kinari and Tad Wimanthip waterfalls, Bueng Khong Long and Phu Tok.

Visitors can also enjoy a taste of Laos in the area where the Mekong River meets our northeastern neighbour’s Borikhamsai District and where another Friendship Bridge will soon be built.

A must-see is Three Rocks Whale or Hin Sam Wan in Thai. Located in a conservation area in the national reserve covering the Kala rainforest, Phu Sing forest and Pink Dong forest, it is made up of three rocks perched on the mountain that are thought to date back some 75 million years. The rocks bear a remarkable resemblance to a family of whales – father, mother and baby – and offer one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Phu Sing.

Nearby is the equally impressive Phu Sing rock, the result of a geological change in the earth’s crust and a place of immense natural beauty. Phu Sing has important natural features including the Phu Sing Tham Field, the Lan Tham Viewpoint, Ruesi Cave, Hin Chang, Hin Railway, Lan Hin Lai and Phu Sing Rock Wall.

The high and isolated Phu Thok in Na Sabaeng subdistrict is where you’ll find Wat Chetiya Kiri Wihan or Wat Phu Thok as it is known locally and from here, it’s possible to see the mountains in Nakhon Phanom. Years of manual labour went into the building of a 7-storey spiral staircase which leads to the cloisters and cave. From the top, tourists can see the beauty of the landscape below. The highlight of Phu Thok is the Buddhist temple, which contains the Buddha’s relics. It is considered a magical place because when a stone separated from a larger stone, it did not tumble down the hillside and is often likened to Golden Rock Pagoda in Myanmar. Phu Thok doesn’t normally allow visitors but is open to all comers between April 10 to 16 every year. Another must-see is Phu Lanka National Park, a massive area that stretches from Phai Lom Subdistrict in Nakhon Phanom to Bueng Kan’s Seka District.

The best time to visit is from May to October when the wildflowers, wild orchids and paphiopedilum are in full bloom at the top of Phu Lanka. Tourists can also explore the nature trail, waterfalls and the Pha Sanga Buddha Cave. Those wishing to climb to the top of Phu Lanka to admire either sunrise or sunset should contact the park’s staff at least 7 days in advance.

And if you are planning to visit, be prepared for lots of long walks and steep climbs. They are worth every minute of the views you’ll experience.

In Kalasin, fat, juicy watermelons hit the stalls

Published October 25, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/travel/30377701

In Kalasin, fat, juicy watermelons hit the stalls

Oct 24. 2019
By The Nation

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Watermelon season has returned to the Northeast and Kalasin’s Khok Don Hun market has risen from the floodwaters to reclaim its title as the biggest and best place in Thailand to buy the fruit.

Farmers arrived from around the region on Thursday morning (October 24) in trucks laden with their produce, including 200 tonnes of watermelon.

Local grower Yuanjit Phuwongwieng said the market opens every October just as the melons are plump enough and the season will continue into February.

Kalasin farmers prefer to lease land outside irrigated areas to cultivate watermelons, he said, and can command Bt7-12 per kilogram for the various types, including Kinnaree, Torpedo, Sonia, Jintara and King Orange.

Nakin Phujapon, the village head in Don Ya Nang, said the market would sell 200 tonnes of watermelons daily on average, rising to as much as 500 tonnes in November when the fattest fruit becomes available.

This season’s crop is expected to fetch more than Bt10 million.

[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.

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.

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