January

  • Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony celebrates 23 years of marital bliss

    Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony celebrates 23 years of marital bliss

    Neptune-like nuptials promote coral reef conservation in Trang and Southern Thailand. Bangkok, 28 December 2018 – The award-winning Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony celebrates its 23rd consecutive year of Neptune-like nuptials under the Andaman Sea, while raising awareness about preserving Trang’s natural beauty by promoting coral reef conservation in Southern Thailand. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has successfully positioned the Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony as one of Thailand’s top international events, driven in part by the annual attention from the media and influencers promoting both Trang and Thailand. TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said: “Trang’s coral reef conservation project in 1995 inspired a scuba-diving couple to marry under the Andaman Sea. It was memorable enough for the Trang Chamber of Commerce to initiate the annual Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony every February. “The first one took place in 1997 with a global invitation sent out offering scuba-diving couples the unique opportunity to get married under the sea.” Since then the Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony has captured the imagination of the world. In 2000, it was declared the largest underwater wedding ceremony by the Guinness Book of Records. In 2007, the Thai government named it one of the country’s national identity projects, then in 2013, the event received a Thailand Tourism Award. This year, a total of 20 couples from Thailand and overseas are expected to attend a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dive deep and tie the knot. The 23rd Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony is scheduled from 12 to 14 February, 2019, with an action-packed calendar of events. The event starts the morning of 12 February when all registered couples join a welcome ceremony at the Thumrin Thana Hotel before joining a traditional Thai wedding parade with local high school marching bands from the hotel to the Trang Clock Tower. The big day arrives on 13 February when all couples travel to Pak Meng Pier for a boat transfer to the Emerald Cave for the ‘Underwater Wedding registration’ and the ‘Rot Sai Sang‘ ritual to complete the marriage. This is done in front of the Emerald Cave at the depth of eight metres followed by a photo session. In the afternoon, there is an evening wedding reception at Pak Meng Beach where the married couples receive their official marriage certificate. On 14 February, all head out to Wat Khao Mai Kaeo to ring the bell and gong for happiness and prosperity. Lastly, the newlyweds visit two of Trang’s oldest shrines, the Tam Gong Yai Shrine and the Governor’s Residence before flying home. Couples must present the following documents upon application to be eligible for the event. A copy of their ID card or passport, copy of their house registration (for Thais only), and copy of a scuba license and dive log book. All participants need to provide their own masks, wetsuits, and fins. The wedding certificate received is merely a certificate of participation in the Trang Underwater Wedding Celebration 2019 and is not legally binding.

  • Southern Thailand skies now clear up, locals and tourists join in beach clean-up effort

    Southern Thailand skies now clear up, locals and tourists join in beach clean-up effort

    Bangkok, 6 January, 2019, at 12.00 Hrs. – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to express our deepest thanks to all friends of Thailand who insisted via social media on visiting Thailand and, for those who are already in Thailand, to continue their holiday schedules in several beach resort destinations in the South despite having to endure the past few days of severe weather conditions. We are delighted to share that the recent storm, which had affected some areas in the South, has passed. The situation in the affected areas has returned to normal with the Royal Thai Government as well as many private organisations and the general public putting in place relief efforts to assist those affected. In terms of tourism, the popular beach resort destinations in the Gulf of Thailand and along the Andaman Sea, including Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi, Chumphon and Surat Thani as well as Ko Samui and Ko Phangan, to name by a few, remain largely unaffected by the recent severe weather conditions. As the weather now clears up and all transportation has resumed normal operations, Southern Thailand’s popular beaches and islands continue to attract sun-seekers, and trips to nearby islands and snorkelling excursions are going ahead. Seen in below photos are tourists getting on board the ferry at Klong Jilad Pier on mainland Krabi to Ko Phi Phi, while earlier this morning many went to enjoy sunrise at Ao Nang. Locals and tourists have joined in beach clean-up effort. Seen in below photos are the heart-warming gesture to clean up Lamai Beach on Ko Samui. Once again, the TAT would like to thank all friends of Thailand for their understanding during the past few days of severe weather concerns. We also would like to reiterate that Thailand recognises the immense importance of tourism, and tourist safety is an ongoing top priority for us. The Royal Thai Government, and our team at the TAT – alongside authorities and the private sector – is working together to ensure the safety and security of both tourists and residents. If tourists do experience any unfortunate incidents, they are encouraged to immediately contact the Tourist Police Hotline on 1155, and can be confident that the authorities will do their utmost to provide all necessary assistance. For information on Thailand’s wide variety of attractions and tourist services, call the TAT Contact Centre on 1672 or log on to www.tourismthailand.org. For regular news and updates on Thailand’s tourism and its fast growing industry, log on to www.tatnews.org.

  • 15th World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony

    15th World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony

    Venue Wat Maha That, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province, Thailand Detail 15th World Wai Kru MuayThaiCeremony 16 - 17 March, 2019 Wat Maha That, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province, Thailand For the Muay Thai training, the first thing for all boxers to do is to perform the “Wai Kru” or respect paying ceremony which has long been observed until this day. The Wai Kru ceremony is to show the boxers’ regard and gratitude for their parents, the sacred objects, and the masters who have taught them, which brings auspiciousness to the boxers and makes their minds calm and mindful. As for Muay Thai dance, it is to convey the specific characteristics of a Muay Thai master or camp. Muay Thai boxers who perform the same style of Wai Kru and Muay Thai dance will usually not fight each other since they understand that they have the same master. Moreover, the dance serves as a way to observe the adversary’s tactic, and warm up the boxers to relax from stress in body and mind and be ready for a fight or competition. The ancient capital of Ayutthaya is home to the annual World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony and Miracle Muay Thai Festival. For individuals trained in the ancient Thai art of boxing or ‘Muay Thai’, the annual Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony held during the annual Thai Martial Arts Festival is the most important date on their calendar. Muay Thai boxers from around the world return to Ayutthaya to pay respect to their teachers, and to pay homage to the legendary Muay Thai folk hero, Nai Khanom Tom. Each year,Thai boxer from around the world will participate in the World Wai Kur Muay Thai Ceremony and Miracle Muay Thai Festival and show their appreciation for the beautiful art of Muay Thai at Ayutthaya World Heritage Site. There will also have many activities. Programme 16 March, 2019 (Public) 14.00 - 18.00 Hrs. Miracle Muay Thai Festival at Wat Langkha Khao (opposite Wat Maha That), organized jointly by the Professional Boxing Association of Thailand and TAT. 16.00 - 18.00 Hrs. Demonstration of Thai handicrafts including Yantra tattooing, Yantra writing, Aranyik swords making, Thai martial art performance, and energy testing through ancient Muay Thai boxing drills; such as, kicking a banana tree, punching limes, chopping water, etc., Thai food stalls, and Muay Thai boxing souvenirs. Thai martial art performances: sword, pole, and sword fighting. 17 March, 2019 (Public and Guest) 13.00 Hrs. Miracle Muay Thai Festival at Wat Langkha Khao (opposite Wat Maha That), organized jointly by the Professional Boxing Association of Thailand and TAT. (13.00-17.00) 15.00 Hrs. Demonstration of Thai handicrafts including Yantra tattooing, Yantra writing, Aranyik swords making, Thai martial art performance, and energy testing through ancient Muay Thai boxing drills; such as, kicking a banana tree, punching limes, chopping water, etc., Thai food stalls, and Muay Thai boxing souvenirs. Thai martial art performances: sword, pole, and sword fighting. (15.00-17.30) 17.00 Hrs. Thai martial art performances: sword, pole, and sword fighting. Meet and greet with famous Muay Thai boxers. 17.30 Hrs. The procession of the Chairperson of the ceremony, Muay Thai masters, and Muay Thai boxers to the ceremonial pavilion. 18.00 Hrs. The respect-paying ceremony to ancient Thai kings and warriors who protected the sovereignty of the land; namely, King Naresuan the Great, PhrachaoSuea, and Phraya Phichai Dap Hak, with a Wai Kru dance performed by all participating Muay Thai boxers. (Guest Only) 19.30 Hrs. Welcome reception. 20.30 Hrs. Thai cultural performances “Amazing Thailand” 21.00Hrs. End of the ceremony. Contact Tourism Authority of Thailand, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Office Tel. +66 3524 6076-7

  • Savannakhet Trail 2019

    Savannakhet Trail 2019

    TATHCM would like to inform the “Savannakhet Trail 2019” organized by Savannakhet Province and the Consulate General in Savannakhet Province, held on March 31, 2019 to promote art, culture and tourism of Savannakhet. The competition is divided into 3 distances : 30 km, 10 km and 5 km. The remaining funds after deducting expenses, will be used for repairing the roof of Nong Lam Chan pagoda, Chanphon City, Savannakhet Province. How to register : 1. Online registration : please click www.amazingfield.net and www.gotorace.com 3. Scan and email : Please download the entry form at www.amazingfield.net and filled in completely. And then, sent the complete entry form and payment transfer (pay in slip) to signupamazingfield@hotmail.com For more information, please visit the website: http://amazingfield.net/event-detail-EN/Savannakhet-Trail-2019

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