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Lake of red lotus in Phayao beckons tourists

Published November 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Lake of red lotus in Phayao beckons tourists

Nov 19. 2019
By The Nation

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Red lotus has begun blooming beautifully on 100 rai of Ing Wang lake in Phayao.

The lotus, which had failed to blossom for years due to drought, has now unexpectedly bloomed, lending Phayao a lively, picturesque look again.

President of Phayao community tourism development Somboon Buates said locals closed the area to tourists for decades, but have now opened it again “for conservation tourism”.

The lotus usually blooms every year on 1,000 rai. However, in 2016, Phayao faced severe drought and the lake dried up. Fortunately, the last few months saw a lot of rain, which filled the lake.

The red lotus meanwhile continues to expand.

“The best time for lotus watching is in the morning,” Somboon said.

Locals have prepared boats to take tourists around the lake.

Apart from the lotus, visitors can also witness traditional fishery.

The red lotus will continue to bloom until the end of the year.

Cool outings: Follow the birdsong to Mae Wong Park

Published November 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Cool outings: Follow the birdsong to Mae Wong Park

Nov 17. 2019
Golden throated Barbet

Golden throated Barbet
By The Nation

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A steep drop in the temperature is refreshing for more than just Thailand’s human inhabitants – wildlife perks up too and the Kingdom becomes a winter rendezvous point for hundreds of species of migratory birds

Veteran wildlife photographer Artid Nima recommends Mae Wong National Park as a great place to observe the birds and other animals in their full glory at this time of year.

Local Lineated Barbet

Local Lineated Barbet

Straddling Mae Wong and Mae Poen districts in Nakhon Sawan and Pang Sila Thong district in Kamphaeng Phet, it became Thailand’s 55th national park in September 1987.

The park has a large area to accommodate campers as well as nature trails and offers activities such as rafting, cycling and guided bird watching.

Burmese yuhina

Burmese yuhina

Rusty naped Pitta

Rusty naped Pitta

White crowned Forktail

White crowned Forktail

Silver eared Mesia

Silver eared Mesia

Burmese Peacock-Pheasant

Burmese Peacock-Pheasant

Festive blowout on a tropical island

Published November 11, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Festive blowout on a tropical island

Nov 11. 2019
By The Nation

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The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Phuket, invites guests to join traditional festive celebrations in the sun,

Christmas celebrations

Featuring the Santa visit and the Christmas choir by his helpers, The Naka Island’s Christmas Eve celebrations begin with multiple choices of dining.

Tonsai Restaurant has an international buffet for Bt3,200-plus, while beachfront eatery Rum Chapel serves an innovative 5-course set dinner at Bt4,500-plus with welcome cocktail and wine pairing. In addition, guests can tuck into a la carte dinner at the award-winning beachfront restaurant My Grill, Z Bar or opt to dine in-villa. Advance reservation are required.

New Year’s Eve Dinner Party – Pirates of The Naka Island

On December 31, get ready to party in style with ‘Pirates of The Naka Island’ themed dinner party and be entertained by DJs, live band, dance shows and fire dances. shows. It’s priced at Bt8,990-plus including free-flow beverages and is served from 6.30 onwards.

For more information, please call (076) 371 400 or visit www.theluxurycollection.com/nakaisland.

Chiang Mai subdistrict to release 8,600 lanterns during Yi Peng festival

Published November 11, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Chiang Mai subdistrict to release 8,600 lanterns during Yi Peng festival

Nov 10. 2019
By The Nation

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The Choeng Doi subdistrict municipality in Chiang Mai province will continue to hold the Loy Krathong and Yi Peng lantern festival from November 10-12, as the area does not come under prohibited zones due to flight services, the top official for the area said.

Chitipon Sanrapang, the municipality chief executive, said the Choeng Doi area has been holding the Yi Peng festival every year. The municipality has been allowed to release 8,600 lanterns — 5,000 lanterns under Choeng Doi administrative officials, 600 under Chiangmai Senkobfah Company, and 3,000 under other private companies. However, the private companies will release the lanterns outside the subdistricts.

A fire engine and ambulance will be on stand-by to deal with any emergencies.

The lanterns used in the festival will be able to float for about 10 minutes before the lights go out and they fall to the ground. They will be cleared by the cleaning team before morning. He also said locals had been urged to bring lanterns that could land in their own property or in front of their houses.

Some 15,000 people are expected to take part in the festival.

Sunny blooms draw fans to Lopburi, Mae Hong Son

Published November 9, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Sunny blooms draw fans to Lopburi, Mae Hong Son

Nov 08. 2019
By THE NATION

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Tourists are drawn by the blossoming sunflowers in Lopburi’s Chong Sarika sub-district, Amphur Phatthana Nikhom.

The flowers are in full bloom until the beginning of next year.

Most of the fields are located next to the main roads, making it convenient for those coming in their personal vehicles.

Meanwhile in northernmost Mae Hong Son province, the annual Bua Tong Blossom Festival has begun atop Doi Mae U-Kor in Khun Yuam district, where 60 per cent of this season’s sunflowers are also smiling ear to ear.

The mountain is widely considered the most beautiful place in Thailand to enjoy the spectacular Bua Tong hills and valleys draped in bright yellow.

Mae Hong Son Governor Suwapong Kittipatpiboon said the temperature on the peak falls to 12-14 degrees Celsius at night, but the day’s sunshine is coaxing more and more sunflowers into bloom, these being of the Mexican variety.

He said around 30,000 tourists are visiting Doi Mae U-Kor daily to gape at the scenery, but that figure should rise to at least 100,000 as the winter wears on.

Luxury resort lets guests discover power of the moon

Published November 2, 2019 by SoClaimon

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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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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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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.

Grand Veg Fest parade

Published October 6, 2019 by SoClaimon

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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.

Santiburi on Koh Samui recognised as carbon neutral resort

Published October 5, 2019 by SoClaimon

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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

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