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Thailand Tourism Festival showcases 5 regions

Published January 22, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand
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Thailand Tourism Festival showcases 5 regions

Travel log January 21, 2019 09:14

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The Thailand Tourism Festival 2019 takes place from January 23-27 in Bangkok’s Lumpini Park with five ‘tourism villages’ representing the regions of Thailand plus two additional zones:

Central Region Zone – presents the heritage of old Siam through a traditional Thai house and the former rural way of life back in the days through demonstrations, such as, traditional garland making.

Northern Zone – showcases the beautiful hand-woven cotton and silk textiles the region is famous for, presenting the intricate patterns. The zone reflects the artistic nature of the people of the North plus a range of contemporary arts inspired by the region.

Southern Zone – presenting new perspectives of the South that go beyond the beaches and islands including the secondary cities such as Surat Thani and Phatthalung, the hidden gems in major cities like Phuket’s Peranakan and arts in the three southernmost provinces.

Northeastern (Isan) Zone – brings Thailand’s more vibrant cuisine to life. Food is one major inspiration for travelling to this region, linking it with traditional festivals and cultural values while promoting its three main tourism clusters: North Isan, Central Isan and South Isan.

Eastern Zone – presenting new perspectives of the East under a ‘more fun’ concept through replicas of landmarks most synonymous with the region in combination with three dedicated corners for 3D photography backdrops reflecting the region’s identity.

Perhaps most importantly, there is also a ‘Reduce-Reuse-Recycle’ waste initiative zone to help raise awareness and promote responsible and sustainable tourism through various activities, games and more.

TAT Studio – provides daily live broadcasts of the TTF 2019 in all formats: news reports, special scoops, interviews plus activities and performances. It comprises a live digital TV studio, a 1672 traveller companion information centre, an ‘Or Sor Tho’ magazine section, and virtual reality games and lucky draws.

For more information, call the TAT Contact Centre on 1672.

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Lots of Northern charm at the Bo Sang Umbrella Festival

Published January 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand
Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Lots of Northern charm at the Bo Sang Umbrella Festival

Travel log January 15, 2019 01:00

The annual Bo Sang Umbrella and Sankamphaeng Handicraft Festival is held to celebrate and recognize the community that creates Thailand’s most famous handmade umbrellas from Saa, or mulberry bark, paper. This year marks the event’s 36th edition, which takes place from January 18-20, 2019.

Over the three days of the festival, visitors can enjoy umbrella and lantern decorations of shops and houses along Bo Sang Street, exhibitions of umbrellas, a beauty pageant bike parade, cultural performances and more. The final day features an Indonesian dance and fashion show, a traditional Lanna community market and the final round of the beauty pageant.

For further information, contact the TAT Chiang Mai Office on Tel 05324 8604-5 or e-mail: tatchmai@tat.or.th

The magic of Mae Hong Son: nature, fascinating culture and rural charm

Published January 9, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Mae Hong Son's Wat Chong Kham. Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Mae Hong Son’s Wat Chong Kham. Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The magic of Mae Hong Son: nature, fascinating culture and rural charm

Travel log January 07, 2019 14:15

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To the northwest of Chiang Mai and nestled along the border with Myanmar, the mountainous and largely forested province of Mae Hong Son offers plenty of scenic natural beauty and outdoor activities to go with it, a captivating rural charm blended with a refreshing laidback vibe, and the fascinating culture of its ethnically diverse people.

While Mae Hong Son can of course be visited year-round, the best time to visit is during the cooler months of November to January. Many people will visit Mae Hong Son from Chiang Mai, on an excursion of a couple of days or longer. While daily flights and bus services are available from Chiang Mai, a popular option is to travel the Mae Hong Son Loop tour route by rented car or motorbike.

The Mae Hong Son Loop is a journey of some 600 kilometres that starts and finishes in Chiang Mai, and it can be taken in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. The Loop can be done in three or four days. It passes through picturesque countryside, taking in places like Mae Chaem on Thailand’s highest mountain Doi Inthanon, the riverside town of Mae Sariang, the market town of Khun Yuam and the popular town of Pai along the way.

In earlier days a sleepy and somewhat remote Shan town, Pai lies on the banks of the Pai River and is today known for its fun and chilled-out new-age scene, often being compared somewhat to Bangkok’s backpack mecca of Khao San Road. There are guesthouses and fancier hotels, restaurants, cafes, handicraft shops, bars and a choice of activities on offer like rafting, tubing, trekking and cycling as well as hot springs to enjoy.

Among local sights to visit around Pai is the Memorial Bridge across the Pai River which was built by the Japanese during World War II and is a ‘must-see’ photo op for mostly Thai visitors. This is located about nine kilometres from town and is near Pai Canyon, another attraction and an area of eroded red sandstone with gullies and ochre-coloured ridges dotted with pines. As well as the main viewing area, side trails lead off into the Canyon and surrounding woodlands which can be good for birdwatching.

About five kilometres from town is Ban Santichon, offering a traditional Chinese village experience complete with clay houses, eateries serving Yunnan cuisine like pork hocks with buns and steamed black chicken with Chinese herbs, Chinese tea tasting, pony riding and the chance to dress up in traditional Yunnan attire.

For early risers, the nearby Yun Lai Viewpoint is a spot from which to watch the sun rise.

A sight in Pai that is not so well known to tourists but is worth the visit is the bamboo bridge, namely Kho Ku So, which translates into the Bridge of Merit. Around eight kilometres out of town, this bamboo bridge pathway stretches for over 800 metres across rice fields and leads to the bamboo temple. It was built by locals for the monks who previously had to walk for some six kilometres to the village to get food.

On the section of the Mae Hong Soon Loop between Pai and Mae Hong Son town, Tham Lot makes for an interesting side visit. About 10 kilometres off the route, this is a huge cave system once inhabited by prehistoric man and where ancient clay pottery and carved wooden coffins have been found.

If bamboo bridges happen to be your thing, there is another one to see between Pai and Mae Hong Son town. This one being the picturesque Su Tong Pae, the Bamboo Bridge of Faith and Success in the village of Kung Mai Sak, some 13 kilometres north of the city. This 500-metre-long bridge crosses the Sa-Nga Stream and a rice field to link the village and a hillside temple thus allowing the monks to go out for morning alms.

While in the area, the border village of Ban Rak Thai (literally meaning ‘the love Thailand village’) can be visited as well. The village was settled by former Kuo Min Tang fighters from Yunnan province in China, after the communist takeover of that country, and there is Yunnanese Chinese food to enjoy as well as Chinese tea shops, and the enchanting scenery of the surrounding valley and hills.

Nearby is the Pang Ung, Pang Tong Royal Development Project where the picturesque scenery has earned the area the nickname of the ‘Switzerland of Thailand’. Pang Ung used to be an illegal opium planting area until an initiative of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej saw the area, and its people transformed into a place that now grows various types of produce like avocado, persimmon, Chinese pear and Chinese bayberry.

Just outside of Mae Hong Son town is Wat Phrathat Doi Kong Mu, a hilltop temple affording panoramic views of the city and surrounding countryside, while in town itself is Wat Chong Kham, which has appeared in advertising campaigns for the province. Wat Chong Kham is close to the location of the nightly Mae Hong Son Walking Street market that operates from October to February and which is worth exploring for some great local food and locally-inspired gifts to take back home.

For those visiting in November and early December, the Bua Tong Blossom Festival in Mae Hong Son’s Khun Yuam district is a chance to see the mesmerizing sight of the area’s hills and valleys blaze into bright gold as the Dok Bua Tong or wild sunflower is in its blooming season. Held alongside the Festival is a local market selling local arts and crafts and fresh farm produce.

While the Mae Hong Son Loop can be done in three or four days, various side trips can be added to spend as much time as desired meandering through the region. Some suggested places include Huai Nam Dang National Park near Pai, where in the early morning during the winter months a mystical-looking sea of mist can be observed from the viewpoint at Doi Kiew Lom.

At Doi Inthanon, the Great Holy Relics Pagodas of Phramahathat Napamathanidol and Phramahathat Napaphol Bhumisiri can be visited to pay homage, while the Doi Inthanon Royal Project research station with its flower garden and nursery makes for a great lunch stop.

Mae Hong Son is one of the 55 secondary destinations the Tourism Authority of Thailand is promoting through the “Amazing Thailand Go Local” campaign, the aim being to spread more tourism revenue into rural areas and grow community tourism in a responsible and sustainable manner, while also evening out seasonality and weekend/weekday travel flows.

Discover the beautiful city, seaside and hilltop palaces of Thailand

Published December 28, 2018 by SoClaimon

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  • Doi Tung Royal Villa, Chiang Mai. Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand.
  • Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram Temple or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok. Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand.
  • Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall, Grand Palace, Bangkok. Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand.
  • Police Museum, Parusakawan Palace, Bangkok. Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand.
  • Phayathai Palace, Bangkok. Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand.
  • Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park, Phetchaburi. Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand.
  • Phra Ram Ratchaniwet Palace, Phetchaburi. Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand.
  • The Aisawan Thiphya-Art Pavilion in Bang Pa-In Palace, Ayutthaya. Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand.
  • The Wehart Chamrun Throne Room in Bang Pa-In Palace, Ayutthaya. Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand.
  • Daraphirom Palace, Chiang Mai. Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Discover the beautiful city, seaside and hilltop palaces of Thailand

Travel log December 28, 2018 01:00

By Courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand

Images of fairy tale castles and towering palaces are not so often associated with Thailand, thus many are surprised to discover there are various palatial palaces spread throughout the kingdom.

The Spectacular Grand Palace

The word ‘palace’ in relation to Bangkok will, for most tourists, immediately bring to mind the iconic Grand Palace. Built with the establishment of the new capital in Bangkok in 1782, this spectacular complex was the home of the king and the royal court and also the administrative seat of government for nearly 150 years.

Situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in the heart of Rattanakosin Island or the historic Old City area and a must-see for any tourist visiting the Thai capital, the Grand Palace boasts beautiful architecture and intricate detail throughout its various buildings, halls, pavilions, gardens and courtyards.

The complex incorporates the Temple of the Emerald Buddha – considered the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand, the Outer Court, the Middle Court including the Phra Maha Monthian buildings, the Phra Maha Prasat buildings and the Chakri Maha Prasat buildings, the Inner Court and the Siwalai Gardens quarter.

Dusit Maha Prasat Hall is reminiscent of the Ayutthaya Throne Hall, while the Phra Maha Monthian buildings have been used for royal coronations but are rarely open to the public.

The Grand Palace’s most iconic and majestic structure is the Chakri Maha Prasat buildings, comprising nine structures and which reflect the taste of earlier times for a blend of European and Thai styles. These were built between 1868 and 1887 and were commissioned by King Rama V the Great. Only three buildings of the former nine structure complex remain today, among these being the famous Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall.

Originally conceived in pure European style, the Throne Hall blends an Italian style classical façade with a Thai-style roof crowned by gilded spires. It was built between 1876 and 1882 and was Siam’s first structure with electricity.

Overall the Grand Palace is an intriguing blend of Thai and European structures, a stunning mix of ceramic-cladded stupas, gothic style façades and golden spires that speak of classical columns and porticos.

Art Nouveau and Late Baroque in Bangkok

Being one of Bangkok’s top attractions the Grand Palace is regularly crowded with visitors, and luckily there are other palaces in the city which are open to the public for visiting. Bangkhunphrom Palace along Samsen Road is a magnificent early 20th century European-style palace known for its ornamental stucco details and elaborate interiors, although it is currently undergoing renovation.

One of the most striking palaces in the Dusit area has to be Parusakawan Palace, which is an extraordinary blend of baroque architecture inside and art nouveau outside. The former residence of the Chakrabongse family, this palace evokes the splendours of rococo or late baroque art in Italy or Austria. In particular, there is the main room with walls covered by mirrors, golden stucco and crystal chandeliers. The Palace also features a police museum.

Not far from Victory Monument is Phayathai Palace, an early 20th century royal residence built by King Rama V the Great in 1910. A noticeable feature is the European-style round turret with a red conical roof, which almost seems to have come right from a fairy tale castle. The building’s interior is very European and includes beautiful frescos on the ceiling in Italian style.

Phetchaburi’s Royal Palaces

Around 140 km south of Bangkok, along the Gulf of Thailand, the provinces of Prachuap Khiri Khan and Phetchaburi are home to many palaces including the kingdom’s first European-Thai style palace.

Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park is perched on a hill overlooking the city of Phetchaburi and while its name means Holy City Hill, it is better known locally as Khao Wang or hill with a palace. The palace complex was built for King Rama IV in 1860 and blends elements of European, Chinese, Khmer and Thai architecture. This was a beloved summer residence for the King, with its white stupa and neo-classical structures, observatory tower and theatre, and while there he liked to observe the stars.

In the town itself is Phra Ram Ratchaniwet Palace, also known as Ban Puen Palace, which was designed by a German architect and features both art nouveau and baroque style with its curves, ceramics and statues. Large windows from the floor to ceiling help create a bright and spacious feeling in the Palace’s rooms, and the whole interior exudes luxury and grandness. Completed in 1916, the elegant Palace is now home to the Phetchaburi Historic and Arts Museum under the supervision of the Royal Thai Army.

In Cha-am is Mrigadayavan Palace, which served as the seaside palace of King Rama VI. Designated a cultural heritage site in 1981, it is in an ongoing restoration project that aims to restore the Palace grounds and surrounding coastal vegetation in time for the Palace’s 100th  anniversary in 2024.

Blending Thai and Western styles, the Palace comprises 16 teak buildings connected by balconies and corridors and elevated on pillars to aid ventilation, and 23 staircases. For tourists and visiting school groups, Mrigadayavan Palace plays the role of an educational museum with exhibits on conservation and history.

North of Bangkok in the vicinity of Ayutthaya, Bang Pa-In Palace was used by Thai kings and inspired by the royal summer palaces of Europe. Originally built around 1630 by King Prasat Thong, it fell into decay following the war in 1767 and then began to see some restoration in the 19th century under King Rama IV. From 1872 to 1889, King Rama V the Great commissioned architects to redesign the entire compound as a European palace with an Asian touch.

Also known as the Summer Palace, Bang Pa-In Palace is situated alongside the Chao Phraya River. Amid its gardens and landscaping is an eclectic collection of small palaces, pavilions and various structures inspired by the United Kingdom, France and Italy.

There’s the colourful Chinese-style royal palace Wehart Chamrun (Heavenly Light), which served as a throne room, the Warophat Phiman (Excellent and Shining Heavenly Abode) royal residence, Ho Withun Thasana (Sages’ Lookout) a brightly painted lookout tower, and the Aisawan Thiphya-Art (Divine Seat of Personal Freedom), which is a Thai style pavilion in the middle of a pond that offers a sharp contrast with the European style statues and neo-classic pavilions.

Swiss Chalet in the Mountains

Among the palaces of Northern Thailand are Daraphirom Palace just outside of Chiang Mai city and Doi Tung Royal Villa, both former royal residences.

About 20 minutes out of town, Daraphirom Palace in Mae Rim district was home to Princess Dara Rasmi, a consort of King Rama V the Great. This large wooden mansion on stilts was built in 1913 blending Thai and European architecture and is now a museum offering a look into how the Princess lived in the early 20th century. On display are many of the princess’s personal belongings and items relating to her work in the fields of culture, the arts and agriculture. Visitors can see antique furniture, photos, musical instruments, dinnerware and more.

An hour’s drive from Chiang Rai city, the beautiful Doi Tung Royal Villa was home to Princess Mother Srinagarindra. Built in dark teakwood, the Villa affords sweeping views over the mountains of Doi Tung and has a distinctive Swiss flair. Its wooden balconies and rustic style furniture evoke thoughts of a chalet in Switzerland. The Villa is today a museum in honour of the Princess Mother and how she dedicated herself to improving the livelihood of the local people.

Stretching out in front of Doi Tung Royal Villa is Mae Fah Luang Garden, the landscaped expanse filled with hundreds of kinds of plants and flowers.

These are some of Thailand’s most prominent palaces. There are more throughout the country, dazzling architectural gems in their own right, and each one a unique attraction waiting for tourists to discover.

Garden ideas sprout for visitors at Chiang Mai Botanic Festival

Published December 28, 2018 by SoClaimon

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Garden ideas sprout for visitors at Chiang Mai Botanic Festival

Around Thailand December 26, 2018 10:24

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The Botanic Festival 2019 has kicked off in Chiang Mai, with fresh garden ideas blooming at Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens.

The Botanical Garden Organisation is showcasing the beautiful plants and designs at the festival under the theme “Home Garden” theme until next Wednesday, January 2.

The festival offers tours of the gardens, where visitors are invited to learn more about cultivating stylish displays and also growing their own vegetables.

Thailand’s very first botanic gardens are now a major travel destination in Mae Rim district, where they cover a mountainous area of 560 acres and showcase a vast collection of plants from different climates around the world.

Established in 1992 to honour HM Queen Sirikit, the gardens’ highlights include a Rainforest Glasshouse where you get to walk among a dense array of plants from tropical forests all over Asia.

Canopy Walk

Visitors can also take a bird’s-eye view by strolling among the tree tops on a Canopy Walk, where lush mountain vistas greet the eye.

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Travel Thailand like a beauty queen

Published December 25, 2018 by SoClaimon

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Travel Thailand like a beauty queen

Travel log December 24, 2018 10:07

By By: Nadie Esteban – Mobile Sub-editor, Inquirer.net

With the 67th Miss Universe held in the beautiful land of smiles – Thailand, learn how to travel the country like a true beauty queen. Here are the places the Miss Universe contestants visited in Thailand that you should definitely add to your itinerary.

 

1. Wuttisak Snail Farm, Bangkok

Let’s kick things off in the capital, Bangkok, and with something out of the ordinary. The Wuttisak Snail Farm in Thailand breeds snails and extracts their slime for use in different cosmetic products we know today.

 

2. Sanctuary of Truth, Pattaya

Situated at the waterfront, the Sanctuary of Truth is a 344-feet intricately designed temple made entirely of wood. Built only in 1982, one can easily mistake this architectural wonder as a heritage structure. The awe-factor it induces upon its visitors definitely makes it worth the visit.

 

3. Nongnooch Botanical Garden, Pattaya

From breathtaking gardens to beautiful wildlife – Nongnooch Botanical Garden is the place to be in Pattaya. You are treated to a beautiful view of the botanical gardens from the skywalk that can connect you to different sections. Choose to visit the small Buddha temple with a beautiful view or go ahead and check out the elephant shows.

 

4. Royal Thai Navy Sea Turtles Conservation Center, Sattahip

A little south from Pattaya in Sattahip is the Royal Thai Navy Sea Turtles Conservation Center where not only can you treat yourself to a beautiful beach view but also educate yourself on the conservation of sea turtles and how important it is to have initiative in prioritizing the environment over convenience.

 

5. Krabi Islands

If it’s the smell of the beach and the sun’s kiss you’re looking for but absolutely hate crowded beaches, then the islands of Krabi is the ideal destination! As it is less developed and less crowded than the beaches of Phuket and Koh Samui, the islands of Krabi allow you to get so much closer to nature.

 

6. Wat Arun, Bangkok

Capping off the trip, we go back to the capital and visit one of the country’s most stunning temples. With a name that translates to “Temple of the Dawn,” Wat Arun’s name is derived from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the heat of the sun. The riverside temple gives a feeling of peace and is especially beautiful at night. The temple also boasts interesting contrasts between white and the bold colors of its sprites.

Enjoy free admission to Thon Buri Palace this month

Published December 19, 2018 by SoClaimon

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Enjoy free admission to Thon Buri Palace this month

Travel log December 17, 2018 09:37

The Phra Racha Wang Derm or Thon Buri Palace is offering free admission from December 15 to 28, 2018 to commemorate King Taksin The Great on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the establishment of Krung Thonburi Sri Mahasamut.

The Palace was built during the reign of King Taksin The Great as a royal residence, during the time that Thonburi was the capital of Siam. Its location was strategically significant, at the mouth of the canal and with a fort nearby looking out over the surrounding area that was renovated and renamed Wichai Prasit Fort. The palace is also the birthplace of many Thai kings, including King Nangklao, King Mongkut and King Pinklao.

Important historical areas inside Phra Racha Wang Derm or Thon Buri Palace include the throne hall, the throne room, the double palace, the royal palace, the shrine of the king and the greenhouse.

The Throne Hall was divided into two segments, the first being ‘Tong Prarong’, the throne room or ‘Winitchai’, a Thai-style pavilion used for holding council and royal ceremonies of the Thonburi Kingdom and which nowadays is used by the Royal Thai Navy for important events and ceremonies. The other segment, ‘Ratchamontien’ (royal residence) or ‘Pra Tee Nungkwang’, is also used today to welcome VIPs and for meetings on certain occasions.

Apart from the Throne Hall, there are also two small Chinese-style residences of King Pinklao. Inside the smaller one is an exhibition on King Taksin The Great’s royal duties regarding wars, while the bigger residence exhibits his royal duties regarding society, economy, culture and international affairs. At the shrine is the statue of the king holding a sword.

Normally, advance permission of up to two weeks is required to visit the palace as it is located within the compound of The Royal Thai Navy Headquarters. Also, only group visits are allowed with an entry fee of 100 Baht for adults and 60 Baht for children.

Visitors may also want to visit The ‘Sri Mahasamut Ship’ floating museum, built by ICONSIAM to commemorate King Taksin The Great on the occasion of the 250thanniversary of the establishment of Krung Thonburi Sri Mahasamut.

Un Ai Rak Khlai Khwam Nao festival returns for the cool season

Published December 13, 2018 by SoClaimon

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Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand
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Un Ai Rak Khlai Khwam Nao festival returns for the cool season

Travel log December 11, 2018 09:44

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun has granted royal permission for the organising of the second winter festival titled “Un Ai Rak Khlai Khwam Nao,” or “Love and Warmth at Winter’s End,” at the Royal Plaza on the grounds of Dusit Palace and Sanam Suea Pa in Bangkok from December 9, 2018 to January 19, 2019. The first edition of the festival was held earlier this year from February 8 to March 11.

The festival, the second of its kind, will be held under the theme “The River of Rattanakosin” in a delightful retro atmosphere. It is intended to bring happiness and fun to the people and reflect the magnificence of Thai arts, culture, and traditions.

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun presided over the opening ceremony of the Un Ai Rak Khlai Khwam Nao festival with a cycling event from the Royal Plaza in Bangkok to Lat Pho Park in Phra Pradaeng district, Samut Prakan province.

The opening day also featured a special performance reflecting the event’s theme “The River of Rattanakosin” and live music by four Thai military marching bands and the Chalermraj band.

For 42 days, the “Un Ai Rak Khlai Khwam Nao” festival will feature exhibitions to provide visitors with the opportunity to learn more about Thai history and the value of the waterways of Rattanakosin. Visitors will experience Thailand’s river-based culture amid numerous species of plants and fantastic artistic creations, such as: the model of Aisawan Thipphaya-at Pavilion, the Thai-style pavilion in the middle of a lake at Bang Pa-In in Ayutthaya; royal barges; and architecture from the early Rattanakosin period to the present day.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit Royal Family shops, taste delicious food from both floating and non-floating markets, and enjoy a variety of cultural performances. They can also take part in a merit-making activity by purchasing “Matcha Pha Chok” tickets for lucky draws and a charity lottery, with many prizes on offer.

Visitors are encouraged to dress in traditional Thai costumes worn during the reign of King Rama V, or other forms of traditional costumes made of Thai fabrics from various regions of the country, which reflect the Thai way of life through clothing.

From December 9, 2018 to January 19, 2019, the event will be held from 10.00–21.00 Hrs. on Sunday to Thursday, and from 10.00-22.00 Hrs. on Friday and Saturday. Entry is free.

River Kwai Bridge Week and Kanchanaburi Red Cross Fair 2018

Published November 30, 2018 by SoClaimon

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River Kwai Bridge Week and Kanchanaburi Red Cross Fair 2018

Travel log November 29, 2018 09:15

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One event not to be missed and not that far to travel from Bangkok is the annual River Kwai Bridge Week and Kanchanaburi Red Cross Fair. The River Kwai Bridge is one Thailand’s more recent historical attractions built during the Second World War. The bridge today commemorates the sacrifice of British, American, Australian, Dutch, and New Zealand prisoners of war, in addition to many Thai, Myanmar, Chinese, Vietnamese, Malay, and Indian labourers, who were among the estimated 61,700 people who died there.

This year’s River Kwai Bridge Week and Kanchanaburi Red Cross Fair 2018 takes place from November 30 to December 9.

This event pays respect to their memory while also balancing the freedom of all who attend. It is known for staging one of Thailand’s most spectacular light and sound shows which relates the history of the bridge. Many other archeological exhibitions, folk shows, food stalls and more and a complete schedule of actives and events round out the fair.

For more information, contact the TAT Kanchanaburi Office on Tel. (0) 3451 1200, (0) 3451 2500 or E-mail: tatkan@tat.or.th, tourismkan@gmail.com

Take charge of your health with a virtual run

Published November 17, 2018 by SoClaimon

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Take charge of your health with a virtual run

Travel log November 15, 2018 01:00

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Under the slogan “Take Charge of Your Health”, AIA Vitality is organizing its first virtual run: the “AIA Vitality Virtual Run 2018”. A virtual run is a flexible running event that meets the needs of running enthusiasts and health lovers who prefer to schedule the running time, speed and location themselves. Runners can participate from any location, at any pace, on a treadmill or even in another country. There are two running distances to choose from – 5 km and 10.5 km, and the running period is from December 5-16, 2018.

Other than the benefits of staying active and healthy, virtual runners will also be taking part in a good cause by donating 100 baht to one of Oxfam’s projects that focuses on the alleviation of global poverty. The donation is already included in the 530 baht entry fee.

The results of your run must be recorded using a GPS app (Garmin Connect, Fitbit, Apple Health, S Health, Runkeeper, Strava, Endomondo, etc.), a health app (Garmin Connect, Fitbit, Apple Health, S Health, etc.) or by taking a photo or a screenshot of your race result from other running events that you will join during December 5-16, 2018. If you did the run on a treadmill, you can also take a photo of the result once completed for your registered distance.

Those who submit their results within December 16 will get a chance to win a Garmin VIVOFit 3, worth 2,590 baht. Ten watches are up for grabs. The 10 lucky winners will be announced no later than December 25, 2018.

For more information on how to submit results, the race pack and more, see http://aiavitalityrun.com/

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