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Feathers fly in Nakhon Sawan’s Boraphet Marsh #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 18, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Feathers fly in Nakhon Sawan’s Boraphet Marsh

Jan 18. 2020
Oriental Darter

Oriental Darter
By Arthid Nima
Special to The Nation

Birdwatchers were delighted this month to come across a variety of migrating birds having a “party” at Bueng Boraphet (Boraphet Marsh), a semi-natural lake in Nakhon Sawan.

With swampy fringes, Bueng Boraphet is Thailand’s largest freshwater lake at more than 200 square kilometres and an obvious draw for almost 200 species of wild animals, birds and plants.

Eastern Marsh Harrier

Eastern Marsh Harrier

Purple Heron

Purple Heron

Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

There to greet the visiting birds are 16 local species, such as the kingfisher, a resident of Thailand that’s not easily spotted and even less frequently seen up close.

 Small Pratincole

Small Pratincole

The “foreigners” in their midst at this time of year include the small pratincole, a grey-brown combination of dove, swallow and plover with a tan wash at the throat and chest.  It’s rare to see this bird even at its preferred beaches and swamps since its migrations never end.

Garganey

Garganey

The garganey, a small, shy dabbling duck, gathers in flocks of more than a thousand birds, though its numbers seem to be decreasing lately.

Eurasian Kestrel

Eurasian Kestrel

The Eurasian kestrel is a small falcon distinguished by its plumage – the male’s grey head, rusty back and grey tail with a broad black tip, and the female’s brownish above feathers and a bar on the back, wings and tail.

A quite common visitor to Boraphet Marsh, they can be spotted scouring growths of pampas field and amid farm crops.

Black Winged Stilt

Black Winged Stilt

The black-winged stilt is a large black-and-white wader prowling shorelines on long orange-red legs and a straight black bill. The best place to see them is in wetlands with open shallow water.

Black Winged Stilt

Black Winged Stilt

Northern treks: Chiang Mai’s gorgeous Wat Chan forest #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 18, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Northern treks: Chiang Mai’s gorgeous Wat Chan forest

Jan 17. 2020
By Supachai Petchtewee
The Nation

Few Thais have heard of the Wat Chan pine forest in Chiang Mai’s Kalayaniwattana district, but it’s a key supplier of farm goods used in the Royal Initiative Project founded by His Majesty the late King Bhumibol.

The Wat Chan Royal Project Development Centre in Ban Chan grows mainly fruits and vegetables specifically acclimatised to the area.

They’ve been carefully studied and developed to assure a match for the growing conditions before being sent to the Wat Chan Royal Project Foundation and introduced to growers, who also submit their own produce to the centre for quality assessment.

Unlike the foundation, the centre is under the supervision of the Royal Forest Department.

While my first visit to the pine forest at Wat Chan in 2018 was fleeting, I arrived this year planning to camp overnight. The temperature was cool even in the daytime, the wind constantly rustling leaves. I was 900 metres above sea level and quickly being charmed by the local people’s simple way of life and innate friendliness to travellers.

A sight not to be missed is the sun rising over a reservoir, and soon its beams slicing through the fog and striking the water, to be reflected among the trees.

There are several ways to reach Wat Chan, including private vans and minibuses that take four to five hours to get there from downtown Chiang Mai. You can find them parked at Chang Peuk Station.

More popular is the route from Pai in Mae Hong Son, right across the provincial border from Kalayaniwattana. It passes lovely strawberry fields.

If you have your own car, there are two routes to Kalayaniwattana, the first from urban Chiang Mai along Highway 107 to the Mae Malai-Pai intersection, left onto Highway 1095 and continuing about 15 kilometres into Pai district, then Kalayaniwattana for another 40km.

The other route runs from Chiang Mai to Samoeng district, then via Highway 1349 to Ban Chan sub-district, and you’ll see the pine forest.

I’ve travelled both routes and found them equally convenient and the experiences equally pleasant, with gorgeous views on both sides of the well-maintained roads.

Frost at 1C: Chiang Mai catches a chill #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 17, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Frost at 1C: Chiang Mai catches a chill

Jan 16. 2020
By The Nation

There’ve been chilly mornings in Chiang Mai since the weekend, with the temperature averaging 14-20 degrees Celsius and never rising beyond 36.

At the lofty Kew Mae Pan Viewpoint on Doi Inthanon, though, the early-morning temperature last Sunday was a mere 1C.

The result was a carpet of frost – the frozen dew known in the North as “mei kab”.

At the peak of the mountain it was a relatively balmy 5C.

Doi Inthanon National Park chief Kritsiam Kongsri said plenty of sightseers were revelling in the experience.

“We’re expecting a lot of campers and we hope they’ll make sure their cars are in good condition, because any breakdowns could cause traffic jams,” he said.

“They should also make sure they bring warm clothing – it’s been cold here for many days.”

Prime chance to see thrilling Kanchanaburi caves #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 16, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Prime chance to see thrilling Kanchanaburi caves

Jan 15. 2020
By THE NATION

Two scenic caves in Kanchanaburi – one with colossal stalagmites – will be open to visitors from February 29 to May 4, but you need to register in advance by phone and be able to swim.

Lam Khlong Ngu National Park chief Satit Pinkul on Wednesday (January 15) announced the openings for Tham Sao Hin (Stone Pillar Cave) and Tham Nok Nang-aen (Swallow Cave).

Both are within the park in Kanchanaburi’s Thong Pha Phum district.

Advance registration for individual visitors up to groups of 10 is being accepted from February 3-7, daily from 1-3pm.

Visitors should be 15 to 60 years old and able to swim, since some areas of the caves are semi-submerged. They should be healthy, with no congenital disease or respiratory or blood-pressure issues.

Satit said this is the safest time of year to see the caves – Tham Sao Hin with stalagmites exceeding 62 metres in height and Tham Nok Nang-aen with its gorgeous subterranean vistas and thousands of nesting birds.

Pa Kia Highland becomes tourist draw #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 13, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Pa Kia Highland becomes tourist draw

Jan 13. 2020
By The NationSupachai Petchtewee
The Nation

Pa Kia Highland Agricultural Research Station under the Faculty of Agriculture, Chiang Mai University, has become increasingly popular among tourists to Doi Luang Chiang Dao, even though the site is located in remote land high up in the mountain.

The station provides a camping area and facilities, but visitors have to bring their own tents and bedding. Cottages are also available at the station but in very limited number.

People have to travel by pick-up truck or powerful bikes through a laterite road and up high slopes of the rocky mountain.

Despite a challenging time travelling there, visitors say it was certainly worth the effort, with the beautiful scenario of nature at day, especially the wild Himalayan cherry trees during winter, and clear starry skies at night.

Off the beaten track — Chaiyaphum offers a different kind of tourism value #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 12, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Off the beaten track — Chaiyaphum offers a different kind of tourism value

Jan 12. 2020
By Natthapat Teekachotekunanon
Special to The Nation

Though never famous as a great tourist destination, Chaiyaphum has always been a province worthy of a visit, especially during the New Year holidays.

The primary aim of my trip to this northeastern province was to make merit and be blessed at the Nong Bua Khok temple in Chatturat district. It is an old temple whose Buddha statue — called “Luang Por Petch” — and a model of the Buddha’s footprint, are sacred to the locals.

Also, I participated in the off-season robes offering ceremony, together with the local people. The ceremony urges people to contribute money to the temple.

As the temple or village liaison prodded the people to offer more by announcing “there is still time left for contributions”, more people get up to make their offerings. Some old people contributed more than once with smiles on their faces.

After the divine obeisance, I visited Par (aunt) Ti’s coffee shop, which was about half a kilometre distance from the Nong Bua Khok temple. The shop is a two-storey wooden house, and its owner, Aunt Ti, is 70 years old.

The owner told me and other customers that she had been selling coffee since 1969 — when the price of a cup was just Bt1.50. Today, she charges Bt20 per cup.

She likes to take photos with her customers, and asked me to take a photograph with her to show that I had visited her coffee shop.

Aunt Ti’s coffee is strong, sweet and creamy. But, if told, she can make coffee with different levels of sweetness.

From Aunt Ti’s, I headed towards Nong Dong temple. My aim in visiting the temple was to participate in “Fang Luuk Nimit”, or inauguration ceremony.

This ceremony is organised during the New Year, as workers come back from the city to spend time with their families.

The ceremony is organised to consecrate a Buddhist temple. A sacred marker sphere, or “Luuk Nimit”, has to be buried in the temple compound as a ritual.

Buddhist people believe that they should attend a temple inauguration ceremony at least once in a lifetime, because the participants will receive a lot of merit by taking part in this ceremony.

Several Buddhists from Chaiyaphum and nearby provinces flocked to attend this ceremony.

While the sphere is buried, devotees drop notebooks, pencils and threads in the sacred marker sphere’s hole in front of the “Ubosot”, or the temple’s main chapel. Dropping these items, it is believed, will make the person smart.

The participants cover the entire sacred marker sphere with gold leaves and make a wish for prosperity in life.

The last place I visited was the local community in Ban Phet sub-district. Its highlight is the almost 100-year-old wooden houses that are a great draw for tourists to take photos.

However, the number of houses with antique value are rapidly going down as most house owners have already renovated their houses with cement.

This community was located near the Bamnet Narong District Office with various shops and modern buildings to welcome tourists.

TAT launches seasonal campaign for 60th anniversary #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 10, 2020 by SoClaimon

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TAT launches seasonal campaign for 60th anniversary

Jan 10. 2020
TAT governor, Yuthasak Supasorn (centre)

TAT governor, Yuthasak Supasorn (centre)
By Jarupong Krisanaraj

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in collaboration with partners in the industry, has launched the “60 Happiness Routes @ Muang Thai the Series: Hello Winter” campaign, aimed at encouraging domestic tourism and celebrate its 60th anniversary.
Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of TAT, said: “This year marks the 60th anniversary of TAT. To celebrate this special occasion, TAT has launched a campaign to inform domestic travellers of the best places to visit, as voted by tourists.
The campaign will be held for each season of the year: winter, summer, and rainy season. Each season, TAT and its partners will recommend special destinations for Thai travellers under the slogan of “60 Happiness Routes”.

For this month, TAT will launch the first campaign, “60 Happiness Routes: Hello Winter” with special offers from its partners including flight tickets at special prices from Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways,Thai Smile, Nok Air, AirAsia

and special-price car rental deals from Grab, Budget and ASAP.

Others include Exclusive Romantic Dinner Cruise on “Saffron by Banyan Tree Bangkok” (Buy 1, Get 1 Free), special price hotel and hostel deals from traveligo.com and hellolocal.travel

TAT Governor added: “Travellers who are turning 60 years old this year will have a chance to buy a ticket at Bt60, provided they make reservations through http://www.60เส้นทาง​แห่ง​ความสุข.com on January 26. And this Valentine’s Day, TAT will offer an “Exclusive Romantic Dinner Cruise on Saffron by Banyan Tree Bangkok” to 60 pairs of lovers (Buy 1, Get 1 Free).”

“All travellers buying travel deals in the campaign will have a chance to win flight tickets, hotel gift cards, tour packages, every month throughout the campaign. And this September, TAT will draw the lucky winners for free tour packages along the ’60 Happiness Routes’ with a total value of Bt1,000,000.

Eat, learn and play amid nature at InDoi Festival #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 9, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Eat, learn and play amid nature at InDoi Festival

Jan 09. 2020
By The Nation

A whole world of fun and learning awaits children at the sixth InDoi Festival on January 11-12 in Chiang Rai province.

Organised at the Mae Fah Luang Foundation, there will be six zones of activities and free snacks.

The DoiTung Playground zone was created to serve as more than a playground, but for physical and sensory development of children. There are many activities such as slider, mini zip line for kids, mini rock-climbing, and rope bridge setting amid the mountain views and flower garden of the foundation.

Nature-loving kids can walk on a treetop or ride the 297-metre long zip line, which is capable of carrying 100kg for free. For adventurous kids, there is a wooden cart formula racing; there are staff to guard and take care of equipment safety. On the special occasion, the racing will open two additional rounds.

Young artists can take part in handicraft workshops to unleash their imagination such as doll crafts with nipplefruit eggplant, do-it-yourself terrarium, fabric bag painting, ceramics hand-building, and banana leaf plant dish press, which could be brought back home.

While kids enjoy the activities, the adults and grown-ups can enjoy shopping the fabric craft by local students such as fabric bags, jackets, hair rubber bands, keychains, ear-rings, or wallets.

The Mae Fah Luang Arboretum at Doi Chang Moob is situated on the peak of Nang Non Range. The Chang Moob area is 1,500 metres above sea level, which is cool the year round. Once it was the largest opium-growing area and a major drug trafficking route in the region. It is now abloom with a variety of flowers such as Ardisia, Chamomile leaves, Azalea, Himalayan cherry trees, and Mona Lavender.

Doi Chang Mub, the highest viewpoint of Doi Tung, will teach the little ones more about nature while mums and dads can relax with a cup of coffee or tea at Faidee Café.

Rare ‘Pink Lady’ rice field draws visitors #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 8, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Rare ‘Pink Lady’ rice field draws visitors

Jan 08. 2020
By The Nation

Netizens have widely shared a phenomenal photo of a pink rice field in Phitsanulok, wondering if it was for real. It certainly is.

The pink rice field is owned by Naresuan University alumnus Jaturong Chomphusa, who turned his back on an office job three years ago to become a farmer.

During harvesting, he found pink Riceberry rice in his field and conducted an experiment four times on the strain, resulting in a four-square-metre pink rice field. He named the variety Pink Lady.

After planting, Pink Lady took 120 days to be ready for harvesting.

The rice seeds are plump and short in length, similar to Japanese rice but plumper. Each kilogram fetches a price of Bt80.

Jaturong said Rice Research Centre staff came to inspect the quality of the rice and found that the grains mutated into an exciting colour. The staff took a picture and uploaded it to social media, which has drawn the attention of netizens.

Now people and even villagers are travelling to the rice field daily to catch a glimpse of the rare Pink Lady.

Suphanburi ready to put on spectacular Chinese New Year show #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 6, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Suphanburi ready to put on spectacular Chinese New Year show

Jan 05. 2020
By The Nation

Suphanburi is organising a special Chinese New Year celebration on January 25-26, marking the 12th year of the miracle of the heavenly dragon event.

The Suphanburi admission office in collaboration with the Suphan Buri City Pillar Shrine Committee and the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Suphanburi office is holding the “Chinese New Year Suphanburi; a miracle of 12 years of the heavenly dragon” at the Dragon Descendants Museum, which is situated in the City Pillar Shrine area.

The event is organised annually to promote tourism during the Chinese New Year, good relations between Thailand and China and preserve cultural traditions, which are auspicious festivals for Chinese people and Chinese-Thais who have sttled down in Suphanburi province.

The highlights of the event will be the majestic and grandeur creation of the Suphanburi colourful light garden, light and sound show, Thai-Chinese cultural performances of schools in Suphanburi province with Chinese actors, such as the Thousand-Hand Guan Yin performance, Tibetan dance, drums shows, kung fu battles, and a show of tiny dragons.

Tourists can enjoy the beautifully decorated photo corners throughout the Paradise Dragon Park and Dragon Descendants Museum.

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