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Thai Health Authorities Move Successfully to Nip MERS virus

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2015/6/22 14:40:00 (537 reads)

Bangkok, 22 June, 2015 - Swift action taken by the Thai health authorities has restricted the number of confirmed cases of MERS to a single individual, with no more cases being reported as of 22 June, 2015. Meanwhile, all visitor arrivals are flowing normally via all international gateways and the travel and tourism industry remains in full operation.

According to the Ministry of Public Health, the first case of MERS-CoV infection was confirmed on 18 June, 2015, a 75-year-old patient from Oman. He was quickly moved from Bumrungrad Hospital to a quarantine room at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute. All those who had come into contact with the patient, including his relatives and hospital personnel, were also immediately checked and cleared.

As of today, the patient is reported to have been only "mildly affected" and recovering. The Ministry has assured the Thai public and visitors that full-scale surveillance and response systems have been put in place for rapid detection and effective management of MERS, with good coordination between the public and private sectors.

Health authorities are also on full alert at Suvarnabhumi Airport. The Airports of Thailand has announced that, in close cooperation with the Department of Disease Control, thermal imaging cameras have been put in place to screen the body temperatures of all incoming passengers.

In addition, airport executives are working with Immigration Division 2, the Customs Bureau and the Airline Operators Committee (AOC) on common guidelines and preventive measures. Airport medical teams are on standby and protective gear including surgical masks have been made available.

A health advisory has been put in place at various spots of the airports including check-in counter areas, carousels and departure concourses, while antiseptic gels are also provided at boarding gates. Pamphlets containing preventive measures are also distributed onboard flights coming from affected countries.

The World Health Organisation has not issued any travel restrictions for travel to and from any countries but advised travellers to be vigilant, and take normal hygienic precautions; such as, regular hand-washing and consuming well-cooked food.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has acted to coordinate the flow of information with the public health authorities and onward dissemination to all its overseas offices, travel trade and media contacts worldwide. The Thai private sector is doing the same. TAT Acting Governor, Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa said, "We would like to applaud the swift response action taken by the health authorities to nip the spread of the MERS virus."

To follow the situation update of MERS in Thailand, please visit:

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International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
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According to travel ratings site TripAdvisor, Bangkok ranked fourth on the list of world's cheapest cities for a short holiday break. The site constructed the list by calculating the cost of a couple taking a three-day break in 40 key tourism cities. Hanoi, Vietnam topped the list of cheapest cities while Cancun, Mexico was ranked the most expensive.

The 27,927 baht cost of a Bangkok holiday break took into account the price of accomodation at a hotel, an activity each day, lunches, dinners with wine and the costs of a three-kilometer trip by taxi to and from dinner each day.

The total cost for Hanoi is 24,887 baht. Other cities on the cheapest list include Warsaw, Poland; Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt; Mumbai, India and Lisbon, Portugal.
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Full Schedule for Phi Ta Khon Festival 2015

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2015/6/17 18:00:00 (580 reads)

Phi Ta Khon, one of the most colourful traditional festivals of Loei province, is a unique masked procession which takes place during a three-day Buddhist merit-making holiday known locally as Boon Prawat. This annual event, sometimes called The Ghost Mask Festival by foreign tourists, will be held from 26-28 June 2015 in the village of Dan Sai in Loei. The whole event is called Bun Luang, and the highlight of this unique festival is a long, colourful parade of young people who dance and strike poses while wearing huge masks made from carved coconut-tree trunks, topped with wicker work and sticky-rice steamers. These represent ghosts and as they parade they carry a sacred Buddha image. It is thought that the festival originated as a form of spirit worship with music and dancing to appease the spirits who protect the local villages and ensure plenty of rain for the upcoming harvest season.

Friday 26th June 2015
(Phra Upakut Invocation and Cultural Ceremony)
4:00 a.m.- Invocation of Pra Upakut: Procession from Phon-Chai Temple to Mun and Sork River.
6:00 a.m.- Food Offerings to Monks at Phon-Chai Temple.
8:30 a.m.- Ba- Si (Summoning of Spirits) Ceremony at Chao Pho Kuan's House.
10:00 a.m.- Cultural Ceremony at Phon-Chai Temple by Dan Sai Sheriff. Gathering for Phi Ta Khon procession and competitions among groups marching along Keaw Asa Road.
11:00 a.m.- Performances on the stage in front of Dan Sai District Office.

Saturday 27th June 2015
(Official Opening Ceremony and the Grand Phi Ta Khon Parade)

10:00 a.m.- Grand opening ceremony by Loei Governor in front of Dan Sai District Office.
- All parades move from Dan Sai District Office to Phon-Chai Temple.
1.00 p.m. - Performances on the stage in front of Dan Sai District Office.
- Phi Ta Khon competition (Final round).
3:00 p.m.- Ba- Si (Summoning of Spirits) Phra Wet at Chao Pho Kuan's House.
3:30 p.m.- Phra Wet parade led by Chao Pho Kuan and Chao-Mae Nang Tiem to Phon- Chai Temple to make merit and firing of the Bamboo rockets.
- Phi Ta Khon mask discarding ceremony at Wang-wern pier, Phon-Chai Temple
7:00 p.m. - Buddhist sermons at Phon-Chai Temple.

Sunday 28th June 2015
( Buddhist sermons- No Phi Ta Khon Dancing )

4:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. - 13 consecutive Buddhist sermons at Phon-Chai Temple
Parading of consecutive Buddhist sermons of all villages in Dan Sai District

All times are subject to change

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Within just a half year of opening, Vana Nava Hua Hin water park recently celebrated a great success in achieving recognition among the Top 10 Thailand Best Tourist Attractions 2015, voted by Chinese visitors to Thailand. The campaign and ceremony was organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand in cooperation with King Power International Co., Ltd. and the largest Chinese online media, SINA Corporation Co., Ltd., in Shanghai.

"I would like to say thank you to all the Chinese tourists who voted for Vana Nava Hua Hin," said Executive Director Proudputh Liptapanlop. "This award not only gives our management and staff great pleasure, it is also a reflection of the popularity of the Hua Hin area in tourists" eyes. The vision of our company has not been solely to develop the property for our immediate gain, but for the larger long term benefits to the community, pushing Hua Hin up to be a well known and world class travel destination."

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Bangkok, 16 June, 2015 - The Tourism Authority ofThailand (TAT) is once again joining forces with Visa and some of Thailand's biggest shops and brands to promote the annual Amazing Thailand Grand Sale, which has taken place from 15 June to 15 August. In 7 main tourist destinations; Bankok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hat Yai, Pattaya, Hua Hin and Udon Thani. This year, in the spirit of the TAT's 2015 Discover Thainess tourism campaign, shoppers who are wearing traditional Thai dress will enjoy extra special discounts and perks in many of the participating stores.

Mrs. Vilaiwan Twichasri, TAT's Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business said, "The Amazing Thailand Grand Sale is always an eagerly anticipated event among bargain-hunting locals and tourists who love to take advantage of Thailand's unparalleled shopping and pick up big-brand goods at the best prices. This year our Discover Thainess tourism campaign has influenced the sale with special incentives for shoppers who appreciate the Thai people's innate sense of fun."

The Amazing Thailand Grand Sale has grown year on year since its inception in 1998, and has to-date become the biggest event of its kind in the kingdom with 15,000 shops in 110 malls and shopping centres up and down the kingdom taking part in offering discounts of between 5 and 80 per cent on certain goods as well as other fun and money-saving promotions over the course of the sale. The grand sale includes clothes, electronic goods as well as items unique to the nation.

This year campaign will return with "Travel 365 Days in Thailand" grand prize, whereby The winners are entitled to bring a friend to visit Thailand for up to 10 days in each month of the entire year, with round-trip air tickets and hotel accommodation provided.[1] According to Mr. Somboon Krobteeranon, Country Manager, Visa Thailand, the campaign has been a success last year with winners from Penang, Malaysia and Bangkok, Thailand.

Mrs. Vilaiwan added, "For an extra element of fun, major discounts of up to 80 per cent will be offered to shoppers, Thai and foreign, who are wearing traditional Thai dress to shop at participating stores during the sale. This special activity has been inspired by TAT's Discover Thainess 2015 campaign which promotes unique elements and cultural gems of Thai culture."

Amazing-Thailand-Grand-Sale-2015-03Thai and foreign shoppers joining the fun by wearing Thai dress will be able to get bargains and privileges at 20 malls throughout Thailand, including: Siam Paragon, Siam Center, CentralWorld, Gaysorn, Amarin, Terminal 21, Emporium, Mega Bangna, Central Chidlom, Central Embassy, ZEN, EmQuartier, Platinum Fashion Mall, MBK Center, River City Mall, Krung Thong Plaza, and Intra Square in Bangkok. In addition, all branches of The Mall, Central and Robinson Department Stores nationwide will also take part. In Phuket, the Jungceylon Shopping Complex will be giving a special welcome to shoppers joining the campaign.

This year Amazing Thailand Grand Sale will once again start with an exciting 'Shopping Challenge' to get everyone in the mood to spend. The second Shopping challenge held last year was a great success as 15 teams of celebrities from across Asia raced each other round Bangkok's best-loved shopping areas to find products and win exciting prizes. This year is expected to be even more challenging for the teams as even more shops will be joining the fun, set to take place on 17 June.

To encourage visitors and shoppers to visit the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2015, leading airlines are offering discounts to the kingdom and restaurants and spas are participating to ensure that visitors can sample some of Thailand's mouth-watering local and international cuisine and enjoy exotic health and wellness treatments based on hundreds of years of Thai wisdom. There are also discounts on accommodation and popular activities such as golf. Participating venues in the sale can be easily found by looking for the 'Red Bag' symbol displayed in shops.

For more detail, shopping tips and VAT refund process, visit

[1] Terms and conditions apply. Visa cardholders are eligible to enter the lucky draw for every 500 Baht spent with participating merchants. Thailand Grand Sale campaign runs from 15 June to 15 August 2015.

Contact Information
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
Facebook: TAT Newsroom
Twitter: TAT Newsroom

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