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  • TAT Newsroom launches second Blogger Thailand competition

    TAT Newsroom launches second Blogger Thailand competition

    International bloggers residing in the Kingdom invited to enter with chance to enjoy a three-day trip. Bangkok, 20 March 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is launching its second TAT Newsroom “Blogger Thailand” competition for international bloggers residing in the Kingdom, offering six successful applicants the chance to go on an exclusive three-day itinerary. Campaign dates for submissions run from 1 April to 31 May, 2019, with trip dates proposed for July 2019. The competition is open to bloggers residing in Thailand with an established, active blog (website) plus at least one main social media account with serious engagement. This category accepts submission of photos, videos, or blogs that highlight off-the-beaten track Thai destinations or unseen experiences around Thailand. The entry can cover any of the following subjects: local Thai culinary tours, less crowded natural attractions, local Thai festivals and folk performances, unique Thai traditions, homestays and community markets. The competition accepts only one entry per applicant. It can be a blog, vlog or photo (all content should be submitted in English only). ● Entry blogs must be from 400 to 500 words long with up to five complementary photos illustrating each story. Each photo should be submitted via a link to a media file on the entrant’s blog (website), or a link to an Instagram post. ● Entry vlogs from 60 to 90 seconds in length should be submitted via a link to the video on YouTube or Facebook. ● Entry photos should be submitted via a link to post on Instagram and should be titled with the text that accurately describes the image in brief, stating where the image was taken in Thailand. Applicants should create well-composed entries that are organically beneficial to the Thai tourism industry by promoting the country’s good image. Only approved entries will be published for the short-listed selection process by the TAT Newsroom Team, supported by colleagues from the TAT’s International PR Division Team. The TAT Newsroom team recorded a number of entries to the main competition from bloggers residing in Thailand. These submissions have automatically been entered into the second competition and are eligible if they meet contest criteria. For more information, please contact the TAT Newsroom team at mailtous@tatnews.org. For registration and entry submission, please visit TAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand.

  • Lịch trình lễ hội Songkran 2019 tại Chiang Mai

    Lịch trình lễ hội Songkran 2019 tại Chiang Mai

    LỊCH TRÌNH LỄ HỘI SONGKRAN 2019 TẠI CHIANG MAI Quảng bá truyền thống Lanna, chào mừng năm mới trong an ninh và cấm rượu bia HOẠT ĐỘNG 1. Nghi thức Tắm Phật Setangkhamanee và biểu diễn nghệ thuật dân gian 2. Poy Sang Long, Nghi thức Tắm Phật, Sand Pile Building 3. Nghi thức Phra Sapphanyu Chao Detmuang

  • Khám phá Khao Yai, yên bình và xanh mướt

    Khám phá Khao Yai, yên bình và xanh mướt

    Trong hành trình “À đúng rồi! Thái Lan”, MC Quang Bảo đã bí mật tách đoàn đi Khao Yai khám phá vẻ đẹp thiên nhiên một mình. Nhưng ca sĩ Lê Thiện Hiếu vẫn tìm cách lên xe bus từ Morchit 2 để bám theo MC Quang Bảo, đại sứ du lịch Thái Lan tại Việt Nam năm 2019. Sau đó, hai anh em đã đi từ ngạc nhiên này đến ngạc nhiên khác bởi những địa điểm vui chơi, nghỉ dưỡng đẹp như tranh vẽ và hoàn toàn hòa mình vào thiên nhiên. Hãy theo dõi và tham gia 2 minigame rất đặc biệt trong tập này bạn nhé! <3 Minigame 1: Hãy xem và trả lời đúng, nhanh, tag thêm 3 người bạn vào phần trả lời cho câu hỏi của MC Quang Bảo. Giải thưởng cho 10 bạn trả lời đúng và nhanh tay nhất là: - 01 voucher Nhà hàng Con Voi Vàng, trị giá 2,000,000 VNĐ - 9 áo thun + 9 sách "thần thánh" Thái Lan trong tầm tay <3 Minigame 2: Xem hành trình của MC Quang Bảo tại Khao Yai thì bạn thích địa điểm nào nhất của Khao Yai, nêu rõ lí do hay cảm nghĩ cùng con số may mắn (3 chữ số), tag 3 người bạn vào phần trả lời và chia sẻ lên post này lên trang cá nhân chế độ công cộng. BTC sẽ chọn ngẫu nhiên các bạn trả lời đúng và thực hiện đầy đủ để trao các giải thưởng - 03 chuyến du lịch Thái Lan Free and Easy - 05 vé máy bay khứ hồi đến Thái Lan Thời gian tham gia: 02/03 - 12/03/2019 Nhớ like fanpage TAT Hochiminh và chia sẻ cho bạn bè nhé! Lưu ý: Bạn có thể tham gia 1 trong 2 hoặc cả 2 minigame và nhớ chia sẻ post này mới hợp lệ nghen

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    Cuộc thi "cover" bài hát À đúng rồi! Thái Lan

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  • Make your way to Krabi Naga Fest 2019 for fantastic music and fun by the sea

    Make your way to Krabi Naga Fest 2019 for fantastic music and fun by the sea

    Bangkok, 1 March, 2019 – The Krabi Naga Fest 2019 will take place from 1 to 3 March on Khlong Muang Beach in Krabi organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) together with the Krabi private and public sector. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said: “The annual Krabi Naga Fest is a fantastic event that promotes greater awareness of Krabi as a destination that offers much in the way of nature, culture and historical significance. It does so in a fun, friendly and family-oriented way, and this year’s festival promises to be one of the best yet.” This year’s theme for the Krabi Naga Fest is ‘Breezing Beach & Music’, and the event once again promises a wonderful Friday, Saturday and Sunday of music, food and culture in one of Krabi’s most picturesque and enchanting seaside spots. Each day, the event runs from 17.00 – 24.00 Hrs. and entrance is free. The event’s three-day programme is packed with a wide variety of activities for festival-goers to enjoy. This includes performances by well-known pop, pop-jazz and pop-rock musicians and singers, cultural shows, street shows and an OTOP products fair and local communities fair. Four- and five-star hotels and resorts will be providing fresh seafood and other delicious cuisine throughout the event. Among the artists performing over the three days will be DJ Roxy June, Choy Andaman, Soul After Six, Zeal and AB Normal. On Friday, 1 March from 19.15 – 20.15 Hrs., the International Jazz Summit will wow festival-goers as it features Saskia Laroo, Demi Nova, Alexander Beets, Warren Byrd, Koh Mr.Saxman, Pui Duangpon and Mr. Ling Surasak. On Saturday, 2 March from 18.15 – 19.15 Hrs., Koh Mr.Saxman will take to the stage again with Cheryl Hayes, followed by Saskia Laroo, Alexander Beets and Warren Byrd from 19.15 – 20.15 Hrs. On Sunday, 3 March the Krabi International Jazz Summit and Koh. Mr.Saxman will be on stage from 18.15 – 19.15 Hrs. and then Saskia Laroo, Alexander Beets and Warren Byrd from 19.15 – 20.15 Hrs. As part of the Krabi Naga Fest 2019, there will also be a run-walk to the summit of nearby Mount Ngon Nark and a Khlong Muang Beach clean-up activity.

  • TAT updates regarding impact on Thailand-Europe flights due to Pakistani airspace closure

    TAT updates regarding impact on Thailand-Europe flights due to Pakistani airspace closure

    THAI resumes normal flight operations to Europe while Suvarnabhumi Airport is ready to facilitate passengers Bangkok, 28 February 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would to provide an update regarding the impact on flights between Thailand and Europe due to the Pakistani airspace closure as India-Pakistan tensions rise. THAI resumes normal flight operations to Europe Thai Airways International (THAI) has announced that normal flight operations to Europe have now resumed through airspace outside of Pakistan. Flight Lieutenant Pratana Patanasiri, THAI Vice President, Aviation Safety, Security and Standards Department, said that to ensure the highest standard of operational safety, THAI received permission from the authority to operate its flights through the airspace of the People’s Republic of China. These include the four day-time flights on 28 February 2019 from Bangkok to Moscow, London, Frankfurt and Stockholm. On 1 March 2019, THAI will operate 10 night-time flights from Bangkok to London, Munich, Paris, Brussels, Rome, Vienna, Stockholm, Zurich, Copenhagen and Oslo. Passengers are required to check-in on the night of 28 February 2019 In addition, THAI will operate flights between Bangkok and Muscat but will not make a stopover in Karachi. The airline also cancelled flights between Bangkok and Lahore on 28 February 2019. THAI is advising all its passengers travelling on the above-mentioned flights to check its official announcements and keep abreast of all related news. For information on flight schedules, passengers may check at thaiairways.com or the THAI Contact Centre at Tel: +66 (0) 35 61111. Suvarnabhumi Airport is ready to facilitate passengers Suvarnabhumi Airport has announced that it is ready to facilitate passengers affected by the closing declaration of airspace in Pakistan, which may affect flights travelling to Europe and Pakistan. Passengers are advised to check the flight schedule before arriving at the Airport, and ask for flight information from the airline that they are travelling on about the flight status in order not to be left behind at the Airport, or waste time traveling to Suvarnabhumi Airport. For more information, passengers may contact the AOT Contact Centre on 1722. TAT would like to advise tourists travelling on flights between Thailand and Europe to check official announcements from airlines or airport authorities. TAT recognises the immense importance of tourism, and tourist safety is an ongoing top priority for us. Besides the above-mentioned contact numbers, 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.

  • New Phuket theme park “TRIBHUM” mixes legend and fantasy with interactive technology

    New Phuket theme park “TRIBHUM” mixes legend and fantasy with interactive technology

    Bangkok, 21 February 2019 – “TRIBHUM: The Mystical Three Worlds” is Phuket’s newest tourist attraction, a 3D walkthrough adventure theme park in which visitors are transported into a mystical realm of Siamese legend and fantasy. Located in front of the Floresta Zone of Central Phuket in Phuket Town, “TRIBHUM: The Mystical Three Worlds” combines this legend and fantasy with creative storytelling and superb interactive technology. In ‘The Magic Forest World’, visitors can encounter the Makaleetrees and be lured by their enchanted dance, make their way through the ‘Vanekampoo Monkey’ zone inhabited by half-monkey half-oyster animals, speak to the Talking Tree and have their voice changed into that of Tribhum plants, survive poisonous flowers in the Blood Flower Cave, be transformed into a Tribhum creature, catch a glimpse of a Kinnaree and break the spell of the icy Wild Illusion. Spectacular thrills await in ‘The Silver Mountain World’ on the 4-storey high Silver Glider ride that reaches a speed of over 45 kilometres per hour and on the Crystal Path glass skywalk that’s 60 metres long and over 20 metres high. In the Garuda Dome visitors will find themselves in the middle of a virtual world battle for the elixir of immortality and in the Demon Maze, on the run from thirsty demons. In ‘The Underwater World’ visitors can cruise along a secret passage to encounter the mythical creature attendants of the Naga King, marvel at the mesmerizing sight of thousands of real-life fireflies in The Thousand-Firefly Tunnel and experience the thrill of flying in the ultimate 4D animation flying theatre! “TRIBHUM: The Mystical Three Worlds” is open daily (except Wednesday) from 11.00 – 20.00 Hrs. Admission is 1,500 Baht for adults and 750 Baht for children (height 90 – 120 cm) and seniors 60 years and above. Children under 90 cm height and disabled (disabled ID card required) are free. “TRIBHUM: The Mystical Three Worlds” also features restaurants, a souvenir shop and concierge.

  • Six Thai airports declared no smoking zones from 3 February 2019

    Six Thai airports declared no smoking zones from 3 February 2019

    Bangkok, 7 February, 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is advising all tourists and travellers who are planning air travel via the kingdom’s six major airports that all smoking rooms inside the terminals have been closed from 3 February, 2019. The six airports are Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai and Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai, all operated and managed by the Airports of Thailand (AOT). According to AOT, the move to close all smoking rooms is in line with the 2017 Tobacco Control Act. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health’s official announcement in November 2018, has also listed “public areas of airports” among several new zones where smoking of tobacco is prohibited. The new smoking zones at AOT-operated airports will carry a fine of up to 5,000 Baht. TAT understands that AOT has designated smoking areas outside the terminals. For more information, tourists and travellers passing through these six airports are advised to contact the AOT Contact Centre by calling Tel.: 1722 or visit the airport information counter. Also, TAT would like to express thanks to each and every tourist and traveller for their understanding, as Thailand’s proactive smoking ban is aimed at maintaining a clean and safe environment for all. Thailand became a party to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on 27 February, 2005. Since then, the country has become one of the world’s forerunners in the fight to ban smoking from public places. This include the recent smoking ban on Thai beaches.

  • Discovering ancient Lamphun and the Hariphunchai Kingdom

    Discovering ancient Lamphun and the Hariphunchai Kingdom

    Founded in the 7th century by Queen Chamathewi, Lamphun is one of Thailand’s oldest cities and as such boasts an impressive history. Lamphun was the capital of the Hariphunchai Kingdom and the northernmost city of the Mon Kingdom of the Dvaravati period, and in 1281 was brought into the new Lanna Kingdom by King Mengrai of which Chiang Mai was made the capital. In the late 19th century, Lamphun became part of Siam. Lamphun is most often visited as a day trip from Chiang Mai although it certainly warrants an overnight stay. It’s a 40-minute drive south from Chiang Mai passing through the exotic Northern Thai countryside and, if one takes the old Highway 106 route, along what’s known as the Rubber Tree Road. Much as the name suggests, a stretch of the road is lined with lofty rubber trees along both sides and makes for a pleasant photo opp. Ancient Lamphun and Hariphunchai Tour Once in Lamphun town, the provincial seat, the first place to visit for many is Wat Phrathat Hariphunchai, the province’s most famous temple. Its earliest origins date back to around 897 when the king of Hariphunchai is said to have had what is now the central stupa built to house a hair strand of the Buddha. Legend has it that the Buddha visited this area and in the temple compound’s southwestern corner there are footprint indentations said to be his. While Wat Phrathat Hariphunchai’s central stupa is from the 9th century, the temple compound was built during the 11th century. There was restoration work carried out in the mid-15thcentury, and then in the 1930s, renovations were done under the Buddhist monk Khruba Sriwichai, a Lamphun native who in his lifetime was involved in the repair and construction of over 100 temples, roads and other projects. Along with its two chedis, Wat Phrathat Hariphunchai – upon which Chiang Mai’s famous Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep temple was modelled – has a 19th century library, several Buddha images including one from the 15th century, and an enormous bronze gong said to be the largest in the world. The main chedi has at its top a nine-tiered umbrella made from almost 6,500 grammes of gold. A short distance from Wat Phrathat Hariphunchai is Wat Chamthewi, a smaller temple but one highly revered for it is believed the ashes of Queen Chamthewi are enshrined in one of the pagodas here. Also known as Wat Ku Kut, the temple’s wihan or worship hall features murals depicting the life and times of the warrior queen and there’s also a small museum dedicated to her. For a glimpse into Lamphun’s celebrated history, the Hariphunchai National Museum next to Wat Phrathat Hariphunchai houses exhibits and artefacts from the Dvaravati, Hariphunchai, Lanna and Rattanakosin periods. Items on display include utensils, carvings, amulets, inscription stones in Mon and Lanna scripts and prehistorical human skeletons. Behind this museum is the Lamphun Community Museum, which focuses on a more modern era; it displays texts, photos, radios, gramophones and other items from the past century. Local Art and Culture The downtown area is also home to the Institute of Hariphunchai Handwoven Cloth, a centre that plays a key role in helping to preserve and promote the woven cloth art Lamphun is famous for. The unique yok dok pattern is a cultural heritage of Lamphun, and yok dok silk cloth’s history dates back more than a century. The Institute’s founder was also instrumental in getting GI status (geographical indication) for the silk cloth in 2007. Natural Attractions and National Parks Speaking of national parks, there are three in Lamphun province including one of the country’s newest. An hour’s drive some 60 kilometres northeast of the provincial seat, Mae Takhrai National Parkwas officially listed as a national park in December 2017 and covers a 356 square kilometre area of Lamphun’s Mueang and Ban Thi districts and Chiang Mai’s San Kamphaeng, Doi Saket and Mae On districts. Its mountain and forest terrain is home to such wildlife as macaques, gibbons, tigers and various bird species like parrots, hawks and egrets, and there are waterfalls to visit. Just under an hour’s drive east from town, the 255-square-kilometre Doi Khun Tan National Park straddles the mountainous terrain separating Lamphun and Lampang provinces and offers hiking trails, waterfalls, bungalow accommodation and camping. A renowned manmade feature of the Park is the Khun Tan Railway Tunnel, which at 1,352 metres is the longest in Thailand. It also took the longest time to build, with well over a decade spent on its construction beginning in 1907. It is said over 1,000 workers died during the construction from suffocation, accidents, malaria and tigers, and a monument in front of the Tunnel is dedicated to them and the German railroad engineer Emil Eisenhofer who directed the project. Around a two and a half hours’ drive from the provincial seat – this time just over 130 km to the south via Route 106, Mae Ping National Park spans 1,003 square kilometres across Li district in Lamphun, Doi Tao district in Chiang Mai and Sam Ngao district in Tak. Its mountain and forest terrain offers trekking, birdwatching, camping and bungalow and floating raft house accommodation, while the local wildlife includes deer, wild pigs, gorals and macaques, langurs and gibbons. The Park’s picturesque Ko Luang Waterfall is considered to be among the ‘must-see’ of Thailand’s waterfalls. Its water changes colour with the seasons, from turquoise in the summer months of February to May to cerulean in the cooler months of November to February. The nearby lime caves are known for their stalactites and stalagmites. Local Community Enroute to and from Mae Ping National Park a stop can be made in Li district, about 25 km from the Park, to visit Ban Phrabat Huai Tom. This thriving Karen community are skilled weavers, and there is a handicraft and cultural centre selling their beautifully woven fabrics and textiles. The Ban Phrabat Huai Tom villagers are vegetarian and mostly farmers, and visitors can learn about their lifestyle and culture. Other places to visit in the area include the impressive Phra Mahathat Chedi Sri Wiangchai, a golden-coloured pagoda standing 40 metres wide and 70 metres high (said to be the biggest in Thailand) and which is surrounded by many smaller pagodas and Buddha images. The chedi is not actually a temple itself, this is located just over a kilometre away. Known as Wat Phra Buddha Bat Huai Tom, this picturesque temple is under the care of the Phra Bhat Huai Tom Royal Project Development Centre. The Land of Longan Fruit Lovers of longan will love Lamphun, for the province is a major producer of this small round fruit that’s similar in taste to lychee. The season for longan (Lamyai in Thai) is July to August and this is when Lamphun puts on its annual longan festival, amid the other unique festivals and nationwide festivals it celebrates throughout each year. There are stalls selling longan and longan-related snacks, longan fruit and longan beauty queen contests, a parade and musical performances all in celebration of Lamphun’s favourite fruit. As one of the 55 secondary destinations being promoted in the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)’s ‘Amazing Thailand Go Local’ campaign, Lamphun is a wonderful add-on to its famous neighbour Chiang Mai. But visiting can work best when included in a five-to-seven-day road trip starting in Chiang Mai, and stopping in Lamphun, Lampang, Phrae and Nan.

  • 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.

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