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The Government Public Relations Department of Thailand (PRD) has announced that the exhibition of the Royal Crematorium for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej will open for viewing by the general public from 2 to 30 November, 2017, between 07:00 and 22:00 Hrs.

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will preside over the opening ceremony of the exhibition on 2 November, 2017, according to the PRD.

The public will be able to view the Royal Crematorium and the supplementary structures in the exhibition in order to learn more about arts and culture regarding this ceremony.

The exhibition, at the Royal Merit-Making Pavilion, or Phra Thinang Song Tham, will feature His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's biography and royally initiated projects in all parts of the country.

At the Government Officials' Pavilions, or Sala Luk Khun, the exhibition will illustrate the construction of the Royal Crematorium, the renovation of royal chariots and palanquins, as well as the inclusion of architectural works and artistic creations.

During the exhibition period, cultural shows will be performed between 18:00 and 22:00 Hrs.

Groups of 5,500 people will be allowed to visit the Royal Crematorium for about an hour at a time; it is expected to serve 104,000 people per day.

Officers and volunteers will be on site to provide guidance and assistance to the general public, persons with disabilities, elderly persons, monks, and foreign visitors.

There will be five screening points at entrances to the site: three for the general public, one for persons with disabilities, and one for monks.

Those who wish to enter into the exhibition's grounds should wear respectful clothing. (Updated on 30 October, 2017: Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves while women must be similarly modestly dressed. No see-through clothes or tank tops, bare shoulders. No sandals or flip-flops.)

The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) will arrange a total of six bus routes between 05:00 and 23:00 Hrs. to facilitate the travel of the people who wish to attend the exhibition.

Source: Foreign Office, The Government Public Relations Department, Office of the Prime Minister
For more information regarding the Royal Cremation Ceremony and the Royal Crematorium, please visit http://kingrama9.net/

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Singapore, 27 October, 2017 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has reiterated its promotions of unique Thai local experiences at the various Royal Projects nationwide in honour of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, at ITB Asia 2017.

TAT led 40 Thai exhibitors to promote Thailand's tourism as well as to give a preview of its new marketing concept "Open to the New Shades of Thailand" at the three-day Asia's leading travel trade show, held from 25 to 27 October in Singapore. This made Thailand one of the largest representations at ITB Asia, representing 60 per cent of exhibitors from the region.




Mr. Santi Chudintra, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing - Asia and the South Pacific

Mr. Santi Chudintra (in above picture), TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing - Asia and the South Pacific said the past 70 years during the reign of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej was a source of blessing, inspiration and wisdom.

"King Bhumibol will always be revered by the Thai people for his dedication to improving their lives. His concept of self-sufficiency could have the most positive impact. He believed that the economy benefits from balance and moderation, and that any long-term goals must take into account environmental balance."

To put into practice some of King Bhumibol's ideas, communities around Thailand are pursuing sustainable ways of living and trying to preserve ancient farming practices, as well as traditional medicines, foods and handicrafts.

Mr. Santi said, "Many of these communities welcome tourists, who get to enjoy a unique Thai local experience while playing their own part in sustaining the Kingdom's culture."

TAT's products under the "Unique Thai Local Experiences" integrate the many Royal Projects, especially the more accessible ones, including the Doi Tung Development Project in Chiang Rai; Royal Agricultural Station Ang Khang in Chiang Mai, and the Chang Hua Man Royal Initiative Project in Phetchaburi. These projects also form part of TAT's 70 Routes in His Majesty's Footstep.




Meanwhile, Mr. Santi said Thailand is promoting a major regional campaign called Visit ASEAN@50 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ASEAN as well as the 25th anniversary since the Visit ASEAN Year.

"So Thailand is proud to be hosting the next ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 in our northern capital city of Chiang Mai from 22 to 26 January, 2018," he added.

This will be Thailand's sixth ATF since hosting its first in 1985. But this will be the first time that Thailand will be hosting the prestigious regional travel trade show in the city often known as the "Rose of the North" under the theme "ASEAN - Sustainable connectivity, Boundless Prosperity".
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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to express our deepest appreciation to all visitors to Thailand during this historic period of the Royal Cremation Ceremony for the beloved late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The ceremony will take place over five days from 25 to 29 October, 2017 at the Royal Crematorium at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground and related venues in Bangkok. For reasons of security and preparation, roads around Sanam Luang and the related venues will be closed to traffic starting from 23 October. For details of the five-day Royal Cremation Ceremony, please click here.

Nationwide, replicas of the Royal Crematorium have been constructed at designated venues in each province, including in Bangkok, to enable members of the public to present sandalwood flowers as a final tribute and farewell to the much-revered late King on 26 October, the Royal Cremation Day.

On this historic day, many businesses will close for either half a day or an entire day to allow their staff to take part in the Royal Cremation Ceremony or to watch the broadcast of the event. For more information, please click here.

During this time, we ask tourists and visitors for their understanding and patience should they experience any inconveniences. We assure you that the Thai people remain as warm and hospitable as ever, and visitors to the kingdom at this sensitive time will get to see the great love and reverence the people have for their beloved late King as they pay a final tribute and farewell.

Many Thais will be wearing black clothes as a sign of mourning. While this is not required of visitors, it would be very much appreciated if they were to wear respectful clothing when in public. For visitors who wish to witness the Royal Cremation Ceremony or to take part in presenting sandalwood flowers, here are recommendations regarding the dress code (source: http://kingrama9.net/).





We would like to thank our friends from all over the world for standing by us during this historic time.

Issued on 22 October, 2017

Tourism Authority of Thailand

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BANGKOK, 20 October, 2017 - Chiang Mai continues to expand international direct flights to Thailand's Northern gateway city as it prepares to meet the demand leading up to the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 (ATF 2018) in January next year.


Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, the venue for the ATF 2018


Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said,"The increase in international direct flights will support the ATF 2018 theme of 'ASEAN - Sustainable Connectivity, Boundless Prosperity'. Chiang Mai is a gateway to the north of Thailand. Delegates or tourists can enjoy their time in this northern city, and then continue their journey to other parts of Thailand or within ASEAN via the many intra-regional and international connecting flights available.

"While flights are currently keeping up with demand there is also available capacity to handle future growth as we expect hosting ATF 2018 will also result in more travellers wanting to visit Chiang Mai."

Mr. Yuthasak also noted that TAT has recently hosted several multi-country ASEAN fam trips, linking Thailand with key commercial capitals around ASEAN, to support intra-regional tourism growth.

In 2017, Chiang Mai is on track to welcome a total of 7,614 direct international flights and 567 indirect flights (via major destinations), with almost half coming from China (3,436 flights). The top four cities of origin in China include Beijing and Shanghai (1,022 flights each), Guangzhou (664 flights), Kunming (450 flights), Hangzhou (365 flights) with the remainder originating from Wuhan, Chongqing, Shenzhen, Haikou, Nanjing, Nanning, Qingdao, Xi'an and Chengdu.

Other international flights and the country and/or city of origin include: Hong Kong - 1,088 flights, Myanmar - 880 flights, Kuala Lumpur - 837 flights, Singapore - 489 flights, Macau - 365 flights, and from Seoul with 242 flights. *Flight data from OAG.

Furthermore, the Bangkok to Chiang Mai domestic trunk route continues to expand to meet the growing demand from Thai and international tourists. Daily flight services from both airports are served by THAI, Thai Smile Airways, Bangkok Airways, Thai AirAsia, Nok Air, Thai Lion Air and other Thailand-based carriers in addition to international direct flights.

Chiang Mai is also linked domestically with other major Thai cities including Phuket, Ko Samui, Krabi, Chiang Rai, Pattaya, Surat Thani, Hat Yai and Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin). Domestic flight services are also available between Chiang Mai and other secondary Thai cities, including Phitsanulok, Tak (Mae Sot), Ubon Ratchathani, Mae Hong Son, Khon Kaen and Udon Thani.



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BANGKOK, 17 October, 2017 -The fourth annual friendship caravan continues to strengthen bilateral tourism relations between China and Thailand, as it expands overland travel itineraries in neighbouring Mekong countries via Cambodia and Lao PDR.

The thirteen-vehicle convoy, under the theme 'Lancang - Mekong Culture and Tourism Friendship Caravan 2017' embarked on a 31-day trip on 24 September starting in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, China.

The event is being jointly organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the People's Republic of China's Ministry of Culture and the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Kingdom of Thailand.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said the primary objective of the trip was to highlight new overland cross-border adventures and to stimulate tourism via a road trip caravan.

"This promotes cross-border tourism cooperation through a friendship caravan, which can encourage more overland travel and enhance relations between the two countries. The link to other emerging destinations in the Greater Mekong Subregion also clearly demonstrates the potential of promoting ASEAN connectivity and strengthening relationships with our common neighbours."




From Ningbo, China, the 'Lancang - Mekong Culture and Tourism Friendship Caravan 2017' then travelled to Xiamen, Guangzhou, Guilin and Xishuangbanna (Jinghong) until 9 October before crossing the border into Thailand for the first of two routings. The first goes through Chiang Rai, Phayao, Phrae, Phitsanulok, Phetchabun, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachin Buri, Bangkok and Chachoengsao before crossing the border at Aranyaprathet for a four-day itinerary in Cambodia from 17 October.

The second route after re-entering Thailand will travel via Sa Kaeo, Prachin Buri, Buri Ram, Nakhon Ratchasima, Udon Thani to Nong Khai from 20 to 22 October before crossing over the 1st Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge to Vientiane, Lao PDR. for three days from 22 to 24 October.

Highlights of the trip included a launch ceremony on 24 September at Ningbo, China, followed by cultural exchange activities and tourism promotions on route in Ningbo, Foshan and Nanning. A welcome ceremony will also greet the friendship caravan when it enters Thailand at Chiang Rai on 10 October. This was followed by a reception, presided over by H.E. General Thanasak Patimaprakorn (below picture, 4th from right), Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister, and cultural exchange activities and tourism promotions on 16 October at the China Cultural Centre in Bangkok.




Mr. Yuthasak added, "This trip does a lot to strengthen Thailand-China relations, which have traditionally been among the best in Asia.

"It will help heighten awareness for Chinese visitors who plan to travel around Thailand from China's huge network of secondary cities. It also promotes cooperation between the public and private sectors while encouraging locals to take part in organising tourism activities, thus enhance Thailand's positive image among Chinese travellers," he added.

Past caravans include the '15,000 Miles from Altai to Suvarnabhumi' friendship caravan from 16 November to 13 December, 2015, that celebrated 40 years of diplomatic relations between the countries. This was followed last year with another highly successful trip that was organised under the theme of 'Thai-Sino Culture and Tourism Friendship Caravan' from 22 August to 29 September, 2016.
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