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Snow Town coming to Bangkok in July 2015

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2015/5/17 15:40:00 (585 reads)

Bangkok will soon be getting a new tourist attraction. It is aimed at those people that have never experienced a cold climate. It is called Snow Town and will open on the 5th floor of Gateway Ekamai on 1st July. This snow themed park is the first of its kind in South East Asia. The artificial snow is said to be 30-40 cms thick. You will be able to enjoy activities such as snowboarding and snowball fights. There will also be a chance to eat Japanese food at the Snow Restaurant. The theme park covers an area of 3,000 square meters. There is no information on pricing yet.

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Bangkok, 15 May, 2015 -The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in collaboration with Italian tour operator Futurviaggi recently launched the Amazing Thailand Golf Cup 2015 at Olgiata Golf Club in Rome. The tournament takes place on some of Italy's most famous golf courses with a Grand International Final to be held in Thailand at the end of the year.

The Amazing Thailand Golf Cup tournament is now in its 5th year and has built up an international reputation since it was first held in 2010. The tournament consists of eight stages held around Italy and more than 1,000 golfers will take part. The Italian National Final will take place on 27 September, 2015. The winners will then compete in the International Grand Final in Thailand either on 25 October or 1 November.

Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, TAT's Acting Governor and Deputy Governor for International Marketing - Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas said, "It is wonderful to see this tournament being so successful after only five short years.

The Amazing Thailand Golf Cup not only cements the strong relationships between Italy and Thailand, but also showcases the wonderful golf courses, sporting spirit and warm hospitality of our two nations. I would like to wish all the players good luck in this year's tournaments and thank the sponsors for their generous support."

The first two rounds of the Amazing Thailand Golf Cup tournament have already been played at Rome's Olgiata Golf Club on 11-12 April with the next one scheduled to take place at Alessandria's Margara Golf Club on 23 May. There will be six more events on 14 June at the Golf Club Ca della Nave, Venice; 20 June at the Menaggio Golf Club, Como; 9 August at the Golf Club Folgaria, Trento; 22 August at the Golf Club Acaya, Lecce; and 12 September at the Golf Club Nazionale, Viterbo., and 26 September at the Golf Club Marco Simone, Guidonia before the Italian National Final on 27 September at the Golf Club Marco Simone.

This year has seen some changes made to the format with the teams, which get the highest scores over the course of the tournament winning the trophy and getting a flight to Thailand for the final as usual. But the teams with the lowest scores will have to step down from the tournament for one year. This new system should ensure that more Italian teams get to take part in the Amazing Thailand Golf Cup and new talent can be fostered.

The Amazing Thailand Golf Cup 2015 will also have new sponsors including popular Italian golfing magazine Golf and Turismo and Thailand's national carrier Thai Airlines, which will fly the winners to Thailand. High-class Italian shopping group La Rinascente will also be partnering with the cup for the first time this year.

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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14th Samui Regatta from 23-30 May 2015

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2015/5/13 16:20:00 (544 reads)

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is helping to promote the upcoming 14th Samui Regatta that will take place from 23rd to 30th May in the seas off the popular tourist island. This internationally acclaimed boating event attracts teams from all over the world and has become a much-anticipated feature on the competitive sailing calendar.

The 14th Samui Regatta is expected to attract some 500 competitors from 22 countries who will compete in passage and buoy racing off the famous Chaweng Beach on the island's eastern coast. The Regatta will end with a gala dinner at the Centara Grand Beach Resort, which is regarded as the "Home of the Samui Regatta."

Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, TAT's Acting Governor and Deputy Governor for International Marketing - Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas said, "We are delighted, but not surprised that the Samui Regatta is thriving in its 14th year. Samui's warm seas, balmy winds and adjacent national marine park make it perfect for lovers of boats and yachts. Thailand has a rich maritime tradition, some of Asia's best marina facilities and a wealth of off-shore wonders, so is the natural place for an international boat event such as this."

The Samui Regatta started in 2002 and is organised by Regattas Asia in conjunction with the Samui Yacht Club Regatta, the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Sports Authority of Thailand, and Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui. In its inaugural year, 11 boats, mainly beach catamarans, raced. Over the years the event has grown and is now the final event of the prestigious Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship (AYGP) and attracts some of the best yachts and crews from around the world.

Over the course of the regatta, many beach events will be hosted allowing visitors to enjoy the world-class resorts and hotels of Samui and experience the warm hospitality for which Thailand is famous. There will also be fund raisers to support youth education and sporting activities on the island. The event also pays honour to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who is himself a prize-winning sailor and boat designer.

The Samui Regatta will culminate with a champagne gala dinner on the lawns of the Centara Grand Beach Resort during which the winning skipper and vessel will be crowned the 2014-15 AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year and awarded the traditional winners' navy blue blazer.

The 2015 Samui Regatta promises to be the best yet and should increase an awareness of water sports in Thailand while boosting top-end tourism and helping businesses. Last year, the Regatta generated an estimated 30 million Baht worth of media coverage and put over 18 million Baht into the local economy.

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Bangkok, 12 May 2015 - From biking tours by night to a home-stay experience in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya, some of Thailand's best emerging tourism destinations, products and services are to be prominently highlighted at the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+) during 3-5 June, 2015, in Bangkok.

Designed to reflect the "Discover Thainess" slogan, the diverse range of options will include many activities featured for the first time at the TTM+; such as, Street Food Tours, visit to a mask-making museum in Loei province, a monkey-training centre in Surat Thani province, and a river-boat cruise to the Laotian city of Luang Prabang, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Now in its 14th year, Thailand's largest annual B2B tourism and travel trade event will be held at Impact Muang Thong Thani. The region's leading trade show for Thailand and the GMS countries of Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR., Myanmar and China (Kunming Province), its primary objective is to help small-and medium-sized enterprises get cost-effective marketing exposure in a highly-competitive global environment.

As of 12 May, 2015, a total of 374 registered exhibitors including 274 hotels and resorts, 26 travel agents and tour operators, 14 companies from the GMS countries, 10 ecotourism operators, 10 wedding and honeymoon specialist companies, 13 entertainment venues, 4 health and wellness companies, 7 other travel services, 2 transportation companies, 7 associations, 6 NTOs, and 1 golf course have registered for this event.

So far, the TTM+ has registered 320 buyers from 50 countries. China is the largest contingent (42) followed by the United Kingdom (29), Australia (20), India (17), and the USA (15). A group of smaller but higher-quality buyers have also been invited from emerging markets; such as, Bahrain, Belarus, Bulgaria, Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, Poland and Romania. Of these 175 are repeat and 145 are first-time buyers.

Mrs. Juthaphorn Rerngronasa, Acting Governor, Tourism Authority of Thailand said "The theme of this year's TTM, "Experience with Us", reflects the idea that travellers want to "experience" and learn something new to satisfy a deeper need for participation, creativity, community, and idealism. It is in line with the "2015 Discover Thainess", campaign, which highlights the experiences offered by the Thai way of life, Thai culture and hands-on Thai activities; such as, Thai boxing, Thai massage, Thai cooking, and Thai classical dance."

The official programme will begin on 3 June, 2015, with buyers, sellers and media registration, a forum for buyers and sellers and welcome reception. The business meetings will be held on 4-5 June. Buyers and media will enjoy a full range of post-tours from 6 June onwards.

In addition, on 3 June, TAT will also create a seller's forum under the topic of "Uniqueness is the Key" by Mr. Matthew Zatto, Tripadvisor Singapore. Also, TAT will conduct the Thailand Media briefing on 4 June, at 14.00 - 15.00 hrs.

As part of this "2015 Discover Thainess" campaign, 12 "hidden gems" will be showcased at TTM+. These are emerging new destinations renowned for their unique history, culture and lifestyle that tourists must not miss, especially repeat travellers.

A specialist selection of 10 pre and post-tours will be organised to highlight the best of the "Thainess" products and services. Here are a few details of each:

Pre tours:

1) Experience Muay Thai: The delegates will have a chance to learn the fundamentals of Muay Thai as an intimate group-training environment. The course starts with stretching, jumping rope as a warm up, progressing to stance and footwork training. There will be the development of "weapons of Muay Thai strike" (fists, elbows, knees, and feet), the basic defensive skill; building fitness and body conditioning.

2) Experience Thai Cooking : Experience the traditional cooking with Khun Saiyuud Diwong (Poo), affectionately known as Poo (short for "Chompoo" or rose apple), a long-time resident of Khlong Toei, the largest slum in Bangkok. For more than 5 years, Khun Poo has been running her cooking school in Khlong Toei for tourists as well as local residents.

3) Experience the Slow Life of Old Bangkok by Canal : The tour begins along the Chao Phaya River known as the River of Kings; the river of Bangkokian life, with its bewildering variety of huge barges, cross-river ferries, thundering "long-tail" boats plus many other fascinating things afloat. Two highlights include the Artist's House and Yodpiman River Walk, which is the lifestyle mall focusing on the heritage theme inspired by Thai colonial architecture.

4) Bangkok Night Ride (Biking Tour) : A night ride around the main attractions of China Town and Rattanakosin Island; such as, the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, visit the Golden Mount and climb up to the top of the temple and have a top view of the Old Town of Bangkok, stop by the Chao Phraya River and watch the Temple of Dawn light up.

5) Experience Street Food Tour : Discover why Bangkok is often dubbed a food capital of the world. Eat your way through Bangkok's most savoury neighbourhoods as our knowledgeable culinary guides unveil the true stories behind local eateries and their famous recipes.

Post-tours :

1) Ancient Capital and Modern Homestay : Compelling Contrasts (Sukhothai) : Visit the Ban Thong Na organic rice farm where traditional rice-growing techniques are still maintained including the use of water buffaloes to plough the paddies. Also visit an organic vegetables section and participate in a Thai cooking class. Visit the Sukhothai Historical Park, a former Thai capital and a World Heritage Site. Visit the Ramkamhaeng National Museum. Admire exhibits of original material excavated from the Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai historic sites.

2) Lofty Peaks, Local Insight and Ghostly Visions (Loei) : Visit the Phi Ta Kon Museum. The Museum has a colourful collection of costumes worn during the celebrations, and a display showing how the impressive masks are made. Visit Ban Chao Po Kuen, a shrine dedicated to the caretaker of Wat Phra That Sri Song Rak. Enjoy a river cruise to watch the "Prasat Loi Kro" floating by, and watch the sunset. Enjoy the Chiang Khan Walking Street.

3) Ocean Life Forms, Unique Art and Living Shadows (Nakhon Si Thammarat) : Take a boat trip to greet the famous pink dolphins. Experience a fresh water source on Nui Nok Island, and pay respects to the revered monk, Luangphu Tuat. See the rare geological formation of 'Pancake Rock' with curious parallel layers just like folded clothes. Visit the Shadow Puppet folk museum of Ban Nang Talung Suchat Trapsin, proud recipient of the Thailand Tourism Award in 1996 and 2010.

4) Alluring Vistas, Ancient Weaving and Appetising Oysters (Surat Thani) : Take a boat trip to view the stunning scenery on Chiaw Lan Lake at Ratchaprapa Dam in the Khao Sok National Park. Visit Wat Suan Mokkapalaram, and proceed to the ancient hand-weaving centre of Ban Pumrieng, a Muslim village, formerly part of the Maritime Silk Road, dating back 1500 years. Visit the Kradaejae Monkey Training Centre for Agriculture to see how coconut-gathering monkeys are trained. Proceed to the Sin Mana Oyster Farm Stay to see the cultivation of this famous delicacy.

5) Discover Gems of the East (Pattaya) : Visit the Sanctuary of Truth, an all-wood building filled with sculptures based on traditional Buddhist and Hindu motifs. Visit Ban Chak Ngaeo, an old Chinese community in Huai Yai District, Chon Buri province with its traditional way of life. Visit the Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark. This first in the world waterpark features 30 breath-taking state-of-the-art water rides and slides, live Cartoon Network entertainment shows, mascot meet and greets, thrills attractions and interactive water play.

6) A Glory of Two Cities (Nan and Luang Prabang) : Explore Nan City by tram.
Walking tour to visit Nan Museum/Wat Phumin/Wat Changkham. Cross the border to Lao PDR. at Huay Kon International Border Crossing. Take a boat trip along the Mekong River to Luang Prabang. Take a bike trip to explore the city of world heritage, the national museum, Wat Prathat Pusi, Wat Chiang Thong. Visit Kwang Sri Waterfall. Visit Ban Xieng Lek, Ban Xang Khong and Ban Pha Nom.

7) Krabi Go Green (Ao Leuk - Ko Klang - Khao No Juji) : See another side of Krabi that fascinates visitors. Enjoy the activities at the Tree Top Adventure Park, almost hidden beneath a dense jungle canopy and enclosed by piercing limestone cliffs. From one platform to another and from tree to tree, adventurers balance themselves through an assortment of games; such as, rope bridges, Tarzan swings, flying skateboards, a tight rope walk, and giant zip lines. Visit the Islanda Eco Village Resort on Ko Klang.

For further information about TTM+2015, please visit

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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Rayong Fruit Festival from 22-28 May 2015

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2015/5/11 9:40:00 (671 reads)

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting local and international tourists to visit the Rayong Fruit Festival 2015, which will take place from 22-28 May at Thapong Fruit Market, Rayong Province. This one-week fair is Thailand's largest fruit festival, and is held in Rayong which is known as the home of fruits. Visitors will get the chance to experience a variety of fun-filled activities, including a beautiful parade of fruit-decorated floats, Miss Fruit Orchard Contest and fruit competitions. Visitors will of course get the chance to taste and buy all the delicious fruits grown in Rayong as well as seafood products, local specialties, dried fruits and many more.
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