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Thailand's first haunted trail running "U-Tapao Ripley's Run" is scheduled to take place on 13 December 2014, at the U-Tapao-Rayong-Pattaya International Airport in Sattahip, Chonburi. The U-Tapao Ripley's Run will focus on both the physical and emotional strengths of the runners, who will be challenged in an adventure trail haunted by more than 300 ghosts, brought especially to the Airport's runways by the Ripley's Believe It or not Museum.

The haunted trail running is organised by the Royal Thai Naval Air Division and Ripley's Believe It or not Museum, with support from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Tri Petch Isuzu Sales. Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, "This adventurous and exciting trail running experience follows the success of the Isuzu Roboman U-Tapao 2014 competition organised from 24 to 25 May this year at the U-Tapao-Rayong-Pattaya International Airport. These sporting events are being held to promote the beautiful environs and many ecotourism opportunities available within the extensive grounds of the Royal Thai Naval Air Division in Sattahip."

The U-Tapao Ripley's Run will feature three endurance disciplines: a 21 km half marathon, a 10.5 km quarter marathon and a 5 km micro marathon. The trail will feature a scenic route, lush forest, beautiful canal and hillside track, as well as old buildings and used aircraft hangars within the grounds of the Royal Thai Naval Air Division. En route, runners will be thrilled with an eerie haunted atmosphere, along with more than 300 scary ghosts, that are brought in to enhance the fun and excitement for the run.

On the event date (13 December 2014), registration will take place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The actual run will start from 1:30 p.m. with the 21 km half marathon, followed by the 10.5 km at 2 p.m., and the 5km at 2:15 p.m. The awards presentation is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. and the mini zombie party will begin at 5:30 p.m. The event will end at 9 p.m.

U-Tapao-Rayong-Pattaya International Airport operated by the Royal Thai Naval Air Division and is located just a two-hour drive from Bangkok or 30 minutes south of Pattaya.
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"No Smoking" Warning for Tourists in Bangkok

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/12/8 11:30:00 (432 reads)

If you are visiting Bangkok as a tourist then you should be warned that there are certain areas where you could be fined up to 2,000 Baht for smoking. For example, all of the parks in the city are "no smoking". The same goes for air-conditioned restaurants, temples, schools and government buildings. You will usually see a sign for this. Tourists who smoke should also be aware that you could be fined 2,000 Baht for littering if you throw your cigarette butt on the ground.

These pictures are of "Tetsakit" officials. They are like police who work for the local government. However, they do not have any powers to arrest you. Normally their duty is to monitor vendors selling things on sidewalks or take down illegal billboards by the side of the road. However, some of them have taken it upon themselves to target tourists who smoke and throw cigarette butts on the ground. On the skywalk in front of MBK is a popular hangout for these guys. These pictures were taken near Sukhumwit Soi 15 yesterday.

I don't want to call this a scam as there is indeed a law to stop people littering. But, what these guys do is very close to entrapment. It is also harassment of tourists who cannot read or speak Thai or English. There is usually a gang of 3 or 4 of them on walkie talkies. One stays in the main booth while the others are the spotters for foreigners smoking. They then pounce. The guy in the right of this picture had two 100 Baht notes in his hand and was about to give it to the Tetsakit officer. I'm not sure why as the fine is 2,000 Baht. Luckily for him, he was let off with a warning and didn't have to pay anything. Of course, this is nothing to do with the fact I was there taking pictures.

You have been warned, so please don't complain.
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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting local and international tourists to experience Bangkok's newest and innovative public art space 'The Ferry Gallery' that displays inspiring contemporary arts while cruising along the majestic Chao Phraya River.

TAT Governor Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik said, "As part of our plan to promote memorable travel experiences in Thailand to international visitors, this creative gallery on the river offers the chance for both tourists and cross-river commuters to contemplate arts while enjoying the sights and sounds of Chao Phraya River's majestic wonders. We appreciate the Gallery's creator, Ms. Kawita Vatanayankur, for introducing such innovative art space to Bangkok."

The Ferry Gallery runs across the Chao Phraya River between Tha Thien Pier and Wat Arun Pier, from 05.00 - 21.00 hrs. daily. The boat is a normal ferry that is also designed as an art space. There is no entrance fee, except for the normal ferry fee at three Baht per person per trip. The boat stops for about 10 minutes at each pier, and takes about five minutes to cross the river.

"The Gallery's highly touristic location and the sheer number of daily commuters put The Ferry Gallery in a special spot where a large number of audience is guaranteed and often repeated, thus creating opportunity of maximum exposure for the works exhibited," said Ms. Kawita, a Thai-Australian artist and entrepreneur who found the concept in January, this year.

The Ferry Gallery showcases professional artists' contemporary video art works, along with contemporary photography works that are exhibited on three large TV screen and eight light boxes placed on the outside of the boat. Each exhibition lasts from two to three months.

From now until 28 February, next year, the Ferry Gallery is now showing an art exhibition entitled 'Finding a Voice'. The exhibition presents video works by Australian artist Nina Ross titled "Finding a Voice (2012)" and "The Foreignness of Languages (2011)" as well as video work by Palestinian video artist, Sharif Waked titled "Gaza Zoo/Bath Time (2012)".

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Lonely Planet Traveller Destination Awards 2014

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/11/28 16:20:00 (480 reads)

Visitors to Thailand seeking to experience the Best Tourism Destinations and Services as rated by the readers of Lonely Planet Traveller Thailand now have a list of 13 award-winning places to start.

In a gala ceremony on 18 November, 2014, the "Lonely Planet Traveller Destination Awards 2014" were conferred on the following Thailand attractions and services. The Awards were organised by Media Expertise International (Thailand) Co., Ltd., publisher of the Lonely Planet Traveller Thailand magazine. They also included a number of awards for Best International Travel Destinations.

The Awards was divided into three categories; Best Destination Awards (Thailand), Best Destination Awards (International) and Sponsored Survey Awards. Altogether, Thai tourist destinations and hotels figured in 13 of the 22 of the Awards. All were based on reviews and opinions from readers communicated via an online survey :

Best in Travel Town: Hua Hin
Best Destination for Festival: Chiang Mai
Best Destination for Alternative Travel: Trang
Best Island Holiday Destination: Ko Lipe, Satun province
Best Community based tourism: Ban Wang Nam Mok Home Stay, Nong Khai province
Best Resort Hotel: Sri Panwa Resort
Best City Hotel: W Hotel Bangkok
Best Environment Friendly Hotel - Resort in Thailand: Soneva kiri, Koh Kood
Best Local Restaurant in Thailand: Krua Mon Khai, Suan Pueng, Ratchaburi province
Best Day Spa in Thailand: Divana Spa
Best Travel Website:
Best Destination for Sunrise Photography: Phu Chi Fa, Chiang Rai province
Outstanding Hotel for Beach Holiday: The Cape Nidhra Hotel, Hua Hin

This year, a category of special sponsored survey awards were added to the event comprising of 1) Best Destination for Sunrise Photography, 2) Outstanding Hotel for Beach Holiday, and 3) Best Travel Experience in New Zealand.

Addressing the Awards ceremony, Mr. Sugree Sithivanich, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Tourism Authority of Thailand said, "The Lonely Planet Traveller Destination Awards help identify the most highly rated and popular tourist attractions and services. They offer something unique for every traveller, especially those keen to experience the concept of Thainess."

He added, "Our responsibility in TAT is to attract visitors to Thailand and motivate them to repeat their visits and stay longer. But we cannot do this unless the private sector develops the appropriate products and delivers the quality services. The award-winning products today are evidence that this connection between visitors and host destinations is being firmly established."

In his speech at the ceremony, Mr. Rathasiam Sinlakhun, Editor-in-Chief, Lonely Planet Traveller Thailand, said, "This is our second consecutive year of conferring these awards. They are intended to allow readers to get involved in sharing their passion for travel and its many excellent products and services. We consider all our readers as members of an 'honorary selection committee' and thank all those who responded to the survey questionnaire."
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Flower Show at Suan Luang Rama IX Park in Bangkok

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/11/28 16:00:00 (396 reads)

The 24th Flower Festival is taking place this month at Suan Luang Rama IX Park. This is one of my favourite parks on the outskirts of Bangkok. It can be found just behind Paradise Park and Seacon Square which are on Srinakarin Road. The park is popular during early morning and late afternoon for fitness fanatics who jog around the park in the coolness of the day. It is also a great place for people who are interested in flowers. The best time to go is in December during the annual flower festival. This year it will take place from 29th November to 10 December 2014.

There are many kinds of flower gardens around Suan Luang Rama IX Park including a historical exhibition about Suan Luang Rama 9 and an art exhibition. Enjoy the local cultural performances, dog performances, fireworks display and a mini amusement park. Visitors can walk around to take pictures at each of the flower gardens in the park and also go shopping for beautiful flowers and garden equipment. In addition, there will be local food and products from the private sectors.

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