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Phadung Krung Kasem Floating Market Festival

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2015/2/13 14:00:00 (507 reads)

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting local and international tourists to visit the country's newest attraction, the "Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem : The Bangkok Floating Market", which opened yesterday.

TAT Governor, Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik said, "Phadung Krung Kasem Floating Market offers a glimpse of what life in the Thai capital was like back when canals were everywhere. Waterway and riverside communities were the symbol of Bangkok that was also known as the "Venice of the East" during much of the 19th century. Nowadays, waterside communities continue to thrive in certain parts of the capital and the Central Region."

The Phadung Krung Kasem Floating Market is showcasing delights of Thai arts and crafts, souvenirs and delicacies from six floating markets and five land-based markets from Bangkok and the neighbouring provinces. The event is taking place daily from 12 February - 1 March 2015, at Phadung Krung Kasem Canal near Government House from Orathai Bridge Phadung to Makkhawan Bridge in Bangkok's Old Quarter. The Floating Market, featuring 60 boats, will open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the 80 stalls on land will open from 11 p.m. to 8 p.m.

TAT Governor said, "While enjoying the sights and sounds as well as taking part in the event's cultural and fun activities at the fair, visitors can sample traditional Thai foods and delicacies, including boat noodles or kuai tiao ruea, one of the favourite Thai dishes synonymous to all of Thailand's floating markets. Visitors can also shop for Thai crafts and souvenirs that are still made in the traditional way."

Throughout the 18 days, the event will feature a host of traditional activities including special wooden-boat races and Muay Talay (sea boxing) matches, and a boat tour of the historical sites along Khlong Phadung Krungkasem. On land, there will be displays of Thai arts and crafts made in the traditional way; such as, fancy kites and replicas of Thai wooden boats, and an exhibition highlighting the story of Khlong Phadung Krungkasem. Traditional Thai music and cultural performances will take place twice daily.

The festival area can be easily reached by public transport including buses and taxis. For visitors using Bangkok's mass transit systems, they are advised to get off at the MRT Subway Hualampong Station, and continue the journey to the fair by taking the complimentary shuttle boat services that are available daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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19th Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony 2015

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2015/2/6 13:20:00 (616 reads)

The 19th Underwater Wedding Ceremony this year is themed as "Infinity of Love" and, as usual, is inviting loving couples to celebrate their nuptials in a memorable and romantic way. Wedding couples will have the chance to plunge down the crystal-clear seas and have their marriage certificates signed underwater at Ko Kradan, acclaimed as one of the most beautiful islands off Trang. This lovely province is listed as among the Tourism Authority of Thailand's (TAT) 12 hidden gems, under the "2015 Discover Thainess" campaign.

Participating wedding couples will also get the chance to enjoy impressive scenery of the islands of Trang, visit the famous Emerald Cave, and take the city tour to interesting spots of this lovely province. Furthermore, the wedding couples will experience the traditional Thai wedding ceremony of pouring luster water at Phraya Ratsadanupradit Mahison Phakdi Monument, plant a tree of love at Thung Khai Botanic Garden, join a parade through the colourfully-decorated city streets cheered by the townspeople, take a tuk-tuk ride around the town as well as join a lavish welcome reception and enjoy live concert at the provincial Town Hall.

This annual Valentine's Day event is held by Trang Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Nok Air, which offers direct flights from Bangkok to Trang. Wedding couples joining this event will be specially treated and pampered throughout the three-days/two-night programme. For more information, please visit the official website.
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King Rama II Day

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2015/2/5 13:30:00 (614 reads)

This weekend, the "King Rama II Memorial Day" fair will be held at the King Rama II Memorial Park in Amphawa district, Samut Songkhram, to honour his contributions to Thai art and culture.
King Rama II (1767-1824) penned several poems, books and plays, created various pieces of artwork and supported arts, culture and literature in general.

On Saturday starting at 3pm, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will preside over the opening of the fair.

Apart from the King Rama II Museum, the Rattanakosin Period Museum, Amphawa People's Way of Life Museum and beautiful gardens can also be enjoyed within the park.

Visitors can enjoy exhibitions on the life and work of King Rama II, a park painting contest, exhibitions on Thai fine arts, painting, metal craft, gold and silver jewellery making, a reading corner, demonstration of Thai dessert making, the sale of handicrafts and One Tambon One Product (Otop) goods and a floating market.

Also throughout the weekend there will be cultural performances, such as a lakhon chatri theatre performance and a traditional Thai puppet show. Highlights will be the I-Nao Falling In Love With Jintara episode of the lakhon nai performance of King Rama II's play I-nao and a khon masked dance depicting the Judgement Of Thao Maleewarat from the epic Ramakien.

Showtime is 5-8pm.
Tickets to the khon performance on Saturday are priced at 500, 300 and 50 baht and can be reserved via 02-628-7217 or 02-281-7435. Admission is free on Sunday.

Contact the park on 034-751-376 or TAT Call Centre 1672.
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Deck chairs banned

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2015/1/29 14:10:00 (534 reads)
PATTAYA, 29 January 2015 The Chonburi Governor has ordered local authorities in Pattaya to keep beaches free of deck chairs every Wednesday in an effort to improve the look of the resort's main bay and beaches at Jomthien.

The scheme is in line with the government's clean-up policy that came into effect 14 January.

Chonburi governor, Komsan Ekchai, said there had been a proliferation of deck chairs on beaches, that cluttered up recreational areas.

"The increase in vendors and the density of the beach chair lines takes a toll on the cleanliness and appearance of the beaches," the governor said.

He added : "The province will be working with the 14th Military Circle, Pattaya City authorities, and the private sector to improve the look of Pattaya and Jomtien beaches."

Authorities will ask chair vendors to stop renting on Wednesdays as a token gesture.

"The province wants to provide tourists with the freedom to enjoy an open and clean beach with vendors disturbing them," he said.
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To celebrate the grand opening celebration of the "2015 Discover Thainess" campaign, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has rescheduled the country's biggest tourism event, the Thailand Tourism Festival (TTF), to be held during 14-18 January 2015, at Lumpini Park in Bangkok.

TAT Governor Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik said, "The TTF is normally held in June in conjunction with the country's largest travel trade fair, the Thailand Travel Mart Plus. But 2015 is a very special year for Thailand's tourism, so we have rescheduled the dates to coincide with the grand opening celebration of the "2015 Discover Thainess" campaign to showcase our unique cultural treasures and the Thai way of happiness to international visitors, as well as to encourage the Thai people to take part in the preservation of Thai traditions and culture."

In 2015, the TTF marks its 35th anniversary and forms part of the "2015 Discover Thainess" campaign in offering a showcase of the kingdom's glorious centuries-old culture and rich natural heritage that can be classified into five categories, or five major regions of Thailand - Central Region, North, Northeast, East and South.

Mr. Thawatchai said, "During the five-day festival, local and international visitors will have the chance to immerse themselves in Thainess or the Thai way of life through observation and participation in various activities available at the five uniquely-designed Thailand tourism villages. At the same time, visitors can take part in the TAT's 55th anniversary and the Lumpini Park's 90th anniversary celebrations. The TTF 2015 is a festival that should not be missed."

The five cultural villages will showcase the variations in the Thai way of life from the five regions of Thailand. Each is designed to evoke the distinct atmospheres of the region it represents.

The Central Region - Visiting the Central Region in a Variety of Styles : There will be displays of Thai-style communal houses and villages as well as floating markets, village stalls and cultural performances that portray some of this region's ancient folk wisdom. There will also be presentations that enable visitors to learn about the region's 19 provinces while a number of folk performances will be performed at the zone's dedicated stage.

The North - Celebrated Cultural Treasures and Abundant Natural Beauty : This zone will feature a traditional northern Thai village life through demonstrations of local arts and crafts techniques; such as, cloth weaving and silverware making, all of which make northern Thailand a very unique region that is rich in cultural and natural heritage. There will also be a range of cultural performances to enjoy and the chance to experience shopping in a charming northern Thai-style market.

The Northeast - The Land of Ancient Civilisation : A replica of the sacred Phra That Phanom will be the landmark for this zone, where visitors will be mesmerised by unique cultural treasures and outstanding local wisdom that are seen in the indigenous architecture of the buildings and the rich element of the festivals. There will also be a range of demonstrations of the region's unique arts and crafts, as well as a host of cultural performances.

The East - The Colours of the East : This is a showcase of the East-Meets-West way of life in this region, which has seen a rise of modern-world attractions in recent years. Hence, the zone will be presented with a replica of "Mimosa Pattaya : The City of Love" tourist attraction, and will be highlighting several other tourist sites; such as, the Art in Paradise - 3D art museum, the Teddy Bear Museum and the Bottle Art Museum. There will also be a range of stage performances, demonstrations of local arts and crafts, and displays of local fruits and food unique to the region.

The South - The Sea of Natural and Cultural Heritage : In depicting the region's crystal-clear sea, lush forests and unique blend of people and cultures, a replica of a southern Thai-style house will take the centre stage in showcasing the ancient folk wisdom. The zone will be featuring sacred festivals unique to the region, including Chak Phra, or the hauling of the Buddha image, as well as a wide variety of folk performances and local arts and crafts.

At the main stage, visitors are also invited to enjoy daily traditional and contemporary performances, including some rare Thai folk dance traditions. Highlights include the Khon Thai masked dance, a Thai martial art show, Thai puppet show, traditional Thai gag shows, as well as concerts and music performances from well-known singers and famous bands. In addition, there will be a daily "Discover Thainess" parade taking place within the park at 16.00 hrs.

The TTF 2015 will take place at the Lumpini Park at 16.00-22.00 hrs during 14-16 January and at 12.00-22.00 hrs during the weekend of 17-18 January. Admission is free.
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