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Ayutthaya hosts Muay Thai extravaganza

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2015/3/13 15:30:00 (725 reads)
BANGKOK, 13 March 2015 : Eight hundred Muay Thai fighters from 60 countries have registered to attend the 11th Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony, 17 March, in Ayutthaya.

The ceremony is part of the Nai Khanomtom Day, which will be held, 15 to 20 March, at Wat Chula Mani, Wat Maha That and Wat Langkhakhao in the Ayutthaya Historical Park as well as at the Ayutthaya Provincial Sports Stadium, 70 km north of Bangkok.

The 11th Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony will showcase some of the rituals of Thai boxing, a martial art that has kicked itself into the world's spotlight over the years and gained fans the world over.

The objective of this event is also to help people to understand the meaning of the Wai Kru ceremony, which is an important element of Thai boxing.

Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Thawatchai Arunyik said : "Thailand is the home country of Muay Thai, and the Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony and Nai Khanomtom Day form part of the many cultural assets that make Thailand a very unique destination. The event also corresponds with TAT's 2015 Discover Thainess campaign, which highlights a range of tourism activities that allow tourists to immerse themselves in the Thai way of life, Thai culture and Thai experiences; such as, Thai boxing, Thai cooking and Thai dance."

Prior to the ceremony, there will be presentations from various Muay Thai camps and gyms. Visitors will also get the chance to observe craftsmanship demonstrations, Yantra tattooing and writings, Aranyik sword-making and Thai martial art performances.

In the afternoon of the same day, the Amazing Mauy Thai Tournament will take place at Wat Langkhakhao (opposite Wat Maha That). Highlights include a special match between Buakaw Banchamek, a famous Thai welterweight Muay Thai kickboxer, against two Muay Thai fighters-Kaolan Kaovichit and Yodsingdaeng Jor Chaijinda.

On 15 to 16 March, there will be a Nai Khanomtom Super Mini Marathon in honour of Nai Khanomtom, who was the most famous Muay Thai fighter of the Ayutthaya period and respected by Thai boxers to this day.

Muay Thai classes, exhibitions highlighting the history of Muay Thai and Nai Khanomtom, and a Muay Thai tournament will convene 18 to 20 March.
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Smog in the North

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2015/3/11 15:10:00 (794 reads)
CHIANG MAI, 11 March 2015 : A smog covering most of northern Thailand will discourage tourism as air pollution hit unhealthy levels and hospitals issue warnings.

Officials admit that northern provinces are now in the grip of a health threatening smog caused by the wholesale burning of paddy fields and forests across Laos, Thailand and Myanmar.

In Chiang Rai province officials confirmed they had instructed all districts to adopt strict measures to end burning including that of domestic waste. Only a few districts in Chiang Rai town have garbage collection, leaving thousands of villages across the province to burn rubbish, usually at night, or just before dawn to avoid detection.

But the major damage comes from paddy and forest burning. Farmers burn the fields to prepare for the planning of the next rice crop, but the wholesale burning of forests is an encroachment by plantation owners who illegal occupy vast stretches of hillside, burn and clear them to plant rubber, palm oil trees.

Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office has instructed hospitals to prepare medical supplies for more patients suffering from smog-triggered illnesses, as the air pollution in the north remains severe.

An office executive, Surasing Wisaruthrat, said that 70,000 to 80,000 facemasks would also be distributed to at-risk persons, especially those living in outer districts where field burning and wildfires usually occurred.

Tiny particles registered in downtown Chiang Mai on Tuesday were reported at 253 microgrammes per cubic metre at Yupparaj Wittayarai Scholl in the province town and 247 microgrammes per cubic metre at the Provincial Hall in town, which were beyond the safety level of 120 microgrammes per cubic metre (PM10).

These levels are seriously unhealthy causing respiratory infections, smarting eyes, coughs and headaches.

According to the Department of Pollution Control, prompt action needs to be taken to deal with the smoke haze and bush fire situation in many provinces of the northern region.

The department general director, Vichien Joongroongraung, said last Friday the overall air quality in the upper northern region, especially Chiang Mai, deteriorated due to an increase of sub10 micron dust particles in the air.

Bush fires were raging in the area of Doi Suthep national park which caused smog to blanket Chiang Mai last Friday. Other hard hit areas were Muang and Mae Moh districts in Lampang; and the Muang districts in the province of Phrae and Mae Hong Son.

The department has instructed responsible units to come up with urgent measures to control burning in open fields and to cope with bush fires, to alleviate the situation that affects the health of a million local residents of the area.

Late last week, the Third Army Area has sent out water and fire trucks around Lampang to reduce haze and air pollution, which has covered the province since January this year.

Officials also encouraged local residents to spray water in their house gardens and the front lawns, as well as avoid buring garbage until the air quality becomes normal.

Source: Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment's Pollution Control Department
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How to Fly with Your Bicycle in Thailand

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2015/3/10 15:00:00 (877 reads)

You may have heard of "Fly'n'Ride" options where you can go on holiday by airplane and then switch to a car at your destination. This allows you to explore an area with the freedom of not having to rely on public transportation. A newer option that is growing in popularity is "Fly'n'Bike".

This is where you take your bicycle with you on your holiday.

What I'm writing about today is an experience with Nok Air. Other airlines may also have a similar service. If you have taken your bicycle on a flight in a Thailand can you please post your expertinence in the comments below.

The advantage of flying Nok Air is that you can take your bicycle for free. Though you are only allowed to take one per person.

When you book your flight online with Nok Air there is no need to tell them that you will be taking your bicycle. However, only 15 bicycles are allowed per flight and so it is advisable to check-in early. On the rare occasion that there are too many bicycles on your flight you will be asked to take the next flight. This apparently has only happened once so far.

You don't need to buy a folding bicycle. A full sized bicycle is perfectly alright.

You also don't need to take off the front wheel. However you do need to deflate the tyres. It is advisable to buy a bicycle bag like in these pictures to keep your bike safe. But, it is not compulsory. However, if you don't put it in a bag you are then responsible for any damage.

All you have to do now is decide on your destination. Preferably one where the airport is not too far from the town or your hotel. If it is too far, you need to see if there is a taxi big enough for your bike. That's where a folding bike has an advantage. One final thing you need to consider is what to do with the bag if you cycle from the airport. Do they have Left Luggage? Not many do.
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TAT and Visa sell splash and spice

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2015/3/3 14:50:00 (677 reads)
This year' campaign has been extended to cover three months including the summer school holidays and the Thai New Year periods (Songkran).

The event has also been adjusted to include specific restaurants in hotels in the four to five-star categories in Thailand's six major tourist destinations (Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Samui).

A highlight is the privilege programme called "One Price Point Menu" that will offer lunch priced at THB749++ per person and dinner priced at THB1,499++ per person.

TAT Governor Thawatchai Arunyik said : "The expanded festival is part of our continuing effort to underscore our new brand campaign "2015 Discover Thainess"."

"As Thai cuisine is well-known, this festival will give visitors further incentive to come and enjoy it in Thailand itself, at very value-for-money prices."

The term "Splash & Spice" also takes in Songkran, Thailand's water festival the major nation-wide event in April.

TAT and VISA originally initiated the "Thailand Splash & Spice" campaign in 2012 to capitalise on the popularity of Thai cuisine and drive business to the many world-class international restaurants that have opened in Bangkok and popular tourist spots nationwide. The campaign also leads to a commensurate growth in average visitor expenditure and length of stay.

VISA promotes it via direct-mail to Visa cardholders in Thailand and specific targeted countries worldwide. Participating hotels and restaurants also publicise and promote the discount offers to their clients and via their Internet and social media channels.
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Chiang Mai airport expands

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2015/3/3 12:00:00 (648 reads)
CHIANG MAI, 3 March 2015 : Chiang Mai International Airport will expand to increase its capacity to accommodate a boom in passenger traffic.

Airports of Thailand's Regional Airports' senior executive vice president, Samai Chantorn, said the company has a plan to expand capacity by 2016.

The first task, which is already underway, is the extension of parking bays, he said.

Other projects, due within this year, are the extension of domestic and international departure halls by 400 and 350 square metres respectively and construction of a parking lot capable of handling up to 320 vehicles.

In the medium-term plan, the domestic departure hall will be extended by 1,600 square metres and the international passenger terminal building by
20,000 square metres due to be completed next year.

In addition, the bus gate will undergo improvements. More baggage belts and air bridges will be built, also be 2016.

The expansion is in response to a rapid increase in tourists to Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai International Airport earned THB1,228.86 million in income, last year, representing a 35% increase.

The airport also served 52,642 flights and 6.63 million passengers, a 21% increase over 2013.

Currently, there are seven airlines providing 14 flights on domestic routes operating at the airport and 20 international airlines serving 18 overseas destinations. On average, there are 191 flights daily.

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