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Laguna golf back on the map

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/11/13 17:40:00 (687 reads)
PHUKET, 13 November 2014: Laguna Phuket will reopen its 18-hole championship golf course in early January after a revamp by one of the world's leading golf course architects.

Laguna Phuket Golf Club, which initially opened in 1992 as Banyan Tree Golf Club on Phuket island, has been a favourite destination among local and international golfers for the past 22 years.

International designer, Paul Jansen's company Jansen Golf Design resigned Laguna Phuket Golf Club in a move the owners hope will elevate the course to be one of the best in Asia.

Jansen worked on the Laguna Lang Co golf course in Vietnam, which opened in 2013 and was subsequently named best new course in Asia at the Asia Pacific Golf Summit and was the host of the Thailand Open in 2009.

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New greens, reshaped fairways and enhanced water features have transformed the Laguna Phuket layout.

"Paul Jansen has done a fantastic job in improving design and playability, making the course more interesting," said Laguna Phuket's director of golf, Paul Wilson.

"We remained mindful that we are a resort golf course and therefore must appeal to players of all abilities. The four different tee box options allow everyone to enjoy their game," he said.

With 1200 on-site hotel and villa rooms - in internationally recognised brands such as Banyan Tree, Angsana, Dusit Thani and Outrigger - Laguna Phuket has traditionally supplied a third of the golf course's customer base.

"Around half the golfers who play here are international visitors to Phuket. Being within easy reach of the airport and other courses, we are confident the resort and upgraded course will attract more golf tourists to come and stay here," Wilson explained.
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The Benefits of a Private Thai Tour Guide

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/11/13 17:30:00 (659 reads)
One of the most common questions that I get asked is to help people find a local tour guide. I know a lot of people like to go it alone without the helps of guides or tours in order to save money. But quite often, if you have limited time in a new city then having a tour guide will not only save you time, but could save you money in the long term. I know it is cheaper to join a tour party, but they treat you like cattle herding you from one attraction to the next. And then, of course, there is the inevitable stop at a gem shop or some other commercial enterprise where the tour company wants to earn a commission. The best solution to all of this is to hire your own Thai guide that will have your best interests at heart. He or she will tailor make a tour of things that you want to see and will go at a pace that you can manage. Helpful if you are still tired from jetlag. They will also be on the lookout to save you from scams that may hurt other unwary tourists.

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There are quite a few tour guide companies out there to choose from. They are just as good as each other and have great reviews on places like TripAdvisor. I did my own research on finding a good tour guide and the name that kept coming up was Natt Opasanon. That was a few years ago and Natt now has her own company called Your Thai Guide. I have met Natt several times now and can personally vouch for her enthusiasm and knowledge which makes her a perfect guide. She has also put together a great team so you can pick and choose who you want to be your guide. All of them are fluent in English which really helps when you want to get off the beaten track and see places which most tourists don't get to see. They will give you tips on the best places to go shopping or give suggestions on what you might want to eat for lunch. With your own tour guide, you can see so much more in one day than if you were alone. They even take the hassle out of hailing a tuk tuk or renting a long-tailed boat. Just these alone would be more expensive if you tried by yourself.

If you are looking for a tour guide to show you around Bangkok, or even Thailand, then look no further than Your Thai Guide. As they say on their website, "From as little as US$90 a day you can have fully licensed English speaking Thai tour guides at your side to explain, translate and help you understand what you are seeing and hearing during your stay."

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4th Asian Beach Games in Phuket from 14-23 November 2014

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/11/13 17:00:00 (677 reads)
Thailand has been honoured by the Olympic Council of Asia to host the 4th Asian Beach Games during 14-23 November 2014 in Phuket, one of the kingdom's best known beach destinations in the Andaman Sea. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will be co-hosting this international sporting event, which will take place at Phuket's famous beaches of Patong, Karon, Kata, Nai Yang, as well as Bangneow Dam, Chaofa Mine and Saphan Hin Sports Centre.

TAT Governor, Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik said, "Being selected as the host country of the Asian Beach Games 2014 is a good opportunity for Thailand, especially for Phuket, to show to the world that our tourism and sporting facilities are of an international standard. The event will definitely show that apart from being a famous beach destination in Asia, Phuket also has the potential to be the region's leading sports destination."

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The Asian Beach Games 2014 will be held under the slogan: "Celebrate Charming Sunshine" with the logo of the competition featuring two sugar palm trees, the symbol of Laem Phrom Thep, one of the famous viewpoints in Phuket. The wording "4th Asian Beach Games" will sit between the two palm trees, signifying the sport athletes of Asia who are joining the competition in the place which is full of friendship. There will also be three cartoon characters (mascots) of sea turtles named Sintu, Samut and Sakorn to be used as the symbol of luck.

It is anticipated that more than 3,500 athletes and officers from 45 countries in Asia will be joining the game, which will feature 19 types of sports competitions; such as, beach volleyball, beach basketball, sailing, windsurfing, paragliding, jet-ski, water ski, triathlon, beach soccer, and beach athletics.

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TAT launches Yours Connect

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/11/13 16:30:00 (646 reads)
BANGKOK, 10 November 2014: The Tourism Authority of Thailand has launched "Yours Connect", a new app that will help visitors explore travel opportunities Thailand with just a couple of taps on the screens of their mobile device.

The app was developed by a working group from V Build and Operate Ltd and Golmex Media (Thailand) Ltd, digital publishing magazine and media businesses.

Your acts like a personal tour guide with dozens of recommended places stored inside including great restaurants, accommodation, shops, and tourist spots.

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Visitors can design and plan their routes to get access to all activities going on anywhere and search for new places.

Tourism Authority of Thailand deputy governor for policy and planning, Santi Chudinthra, said: "The'Yours' app is TAT's first personalised E-Travel magazine. It is the first app under the "TAT: Yours Connect" digital media project that will be targeted at all visitors using mobile devices."

In recent years, TAT has developed online and digital marketing strategies to promote tourism via new media and across all devices; such as, mobile phones, smartphones and tablets. These have been designed to reach specific target audiences worldwide, especially young travellers and families.

Further information and downloads of Yours Connect are available here:
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Thailand tops for low costs

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/11/13 16:10:00 (694 reads)
BANGKOK, 12 November 2014: Thailand ranked seventh on a list of top destinations for affordable quality living, according to the HSBC Expat Explorer 2014 survey that monitors destination preferences.

The top 10 destinations for expatriates listed Switzerland in the number one spot, followed by Singapore, China, Germany, Bahrain, New Zealand, Thailand, Taiwan, India and Hong Kong.

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Based solely on expenses, Thailand was the top destination for cost-effective quality living, followed by Vietnam, Taiwan, China, Bahrain, India, Turkey, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait.

Tourism Authority of Thailand governor, Thawatchai Arunyik said: "This is great news, and it is very encouraging to see that expats have high regard for Thailand, especially in terms of cost-effective quality living. It is also very encouraging that Thailand receives a nod of approval from expats to give it a ranking in the 10 top destinations."

According to the HSBC Expat Explorer 2014, Thailand emerges as the best destination for expats looking for an improved lifestyle at an affordable cost.

The report said: "This greater level of disposable income can be attributed to the high proportion of expats who say they spend less on utilities (71% compared to a global average of 26%), on accommodation (70% compared to a global average of 23%), on public transport (69% compared to a global average of 35%) and on groceries (66% compared to 22% globally)."

For travelling experiences, over two-thirds of expats said they travelled more since moving to Thailand, taking advantage of destinations across the country and Bangkok's position as a gateway to the rest of Asia.

For the full survey, visit: HSBC Expat Explorer 2014.
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