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Phuket closes beaches, zoos and walking street to curb COVID-19

Patong Beach, Phuket

As part of a raft of measures announced by Phuket to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Bangkok, 29 March, 2020, at 09.00 Hrs. – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide further updates on Phuket’s recent raft of measures to prevent and mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in line with the Royal Thai Government’s declaration of the emergency situation.

Phuket’s announcement No. 10/2020 issued on 28 March, 2020, has ordered temporary closure of all beaches, zoos and animal shows, and the Bang La Walking Street, effective from 28 March, 2020, until further notice.  

This followed the announcement No. 7/2020 issued on 27 March, 2020, titled: “Seeking the collaboration of local residents and tourists in the Province of Phuket to remain in their residence from 8.00 p.m. to 3.00 a.m. during the crisis to combat the spread of COVID-19,” effective from 28 March, 2020, until further notice. See TAT update: Announcement of Phuket Province seeking collaboration of local residents and tourists to remain in their residence.

Phuket’s announcement No. 8/2020 issued on 28 March, 2020, with immediate effect, instructed owners or operators or occupants of houses, accommodation, venues or vehicles deemed high-risk areas for the spread of COVID-19 to undergo strict prevention and control measures as recommended by the local communication disease control office.

Phuket’s announcement No. 9/2020 issued on 28 March, 2020, and effective from 29 March, 2020, provided “guidelines for holding social activities or traditional ceremonies; such as, weddings, merit-making, funerals and Songkran as well as government-organized events, which could still be held but must be under strict COVID-19 control measures”.

TAT is constantly providing updates on the tourism-related COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom (https://www.tatnews.org/). For additional information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.

For constant updates of Thailand’s COVID-19 control measures for travelers, please visit https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php.

This press release is published on 29 March, 2020, at 09.00 Hrs. All information is accurate at the current time but can be changed depending on the situation. The TAT Newsroom will not be updating this press release but will issue new updates as soon as further information becomes available.


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in Thailand

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in Thailand as of 29 March 2020, 12.00 Hrs. (TAT)


Thailand sets up 359 checkpoints for fever, travel records to contain COVID-19

BANGKOK- Thai police have set up 359 checkpoints on roads around the country as part of the state of emergency measures to contain coronavirus outbreak.

Police officers have been dispatched at checkpoints to mainly conduct health screening and intercept smuggling of controlled goods, according to security officials.

Motorists are checked for fever and on whether they follow health instructions.

National police chief Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda visited officers at a road checkpoint on a highway in Bangna district, one of seven checkpoints in Bangkok on Thursday.

He said the operation would cause inconvenience to motorists but he hoped for understanding and cooperation.

Anyone found to have fever over 37.5 degree Celsius would be taken for mandatory health check at hospital, he said.

Police officers at these checkpoints set up at midnight have also taken travel records and other information from drivers and passengers.

The police checkpoints have been set up after the government has declared state of emergency from March 26 and April 30 in order to enforce tougher measures to control the coronavirus outbreak. (TNA) 


TAT update - Thai airlines temporarily suspend international flights due to COVID-19

Bangkok– The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to inform international and domestic tourists that Thailand-based airlines have announced temporary suspension of international flights due to the reduction in demand amid the ongoing outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Thai Airways International (THAI) announced temporary suspensions of the following flights:

1. Starting on 25 March, 2020: Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo (Narita and Haneda), Osaka, Nagoya, Seoul, Phnom Penh, Vientiane, Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Yangon, Singapore, Jakarta, Denpasar, Kunming, Xiamen, Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Karachi, Kathmandu, Lahore, Dhaka, Islamabad, and Colombo. Domestic flights to Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Krabi will be transferred and operated by THAI Smile.
2.  Starting on 27 March, 2020: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth.
3. Starting on 1 April, 2020: THAI will cancel most of its flights to Europe, which include London, Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels, Copenhagen, Oslo, Moscow and Stockholm.

THAI previously suspended flights to Sendai, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Busan, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Rome, Milan, Vienna, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Muscat, Dubai, and Auckland.

For further information and updates, visit: www.thaiairways.com

THAI Smile temporary suspends all international flights from 23 March, 2020, until further notice. For further information and updates, visit: www.thaismileair.com

Bangkok Airways temporarily suspends all international flights from 22 March, 2020, until further notice. For further information and updates, visit: www.bangkokair.com

Thai AirAsia temporarily suspends all international flights from 22 March-25 April, 2020. All domestic flights and services are still operating normally. For further information and updates, visit: www.airasia.com/en/gb.

Thai Lion Air temporarily suspends domestic and international flights from 25 March-30 April, 2020.The airline plans to resume normal operations on all routes from 1 May, 2020, onwards. For further information and updates, visit: www.lionairthai.com

Nok Air announced temporary suspensions of international flights to Ho Chi Minh City from 21 March-31 May, 2020, and to Yangon from 23 March-30 April, 2020. It previously suspended flights to    Nanning and Chengdu from 31 January-30 April, 2020, and to Hiroshima from 8 March-30 April, 2020. For further information and updates, visit: www.nokair.com

All affected passengers are advised to contact their respective airlines to make changes to the flight bookings.

TAT is constantly providing updates on the tourism-related COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom (https://www.tatnews.org/). Travelers can also keep up-to-date with the COVID-19 situation in Thailand at https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php.

For additional information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.

This press release is published on 25 March, 2020, at 10.00 Hrs. All information is accurate at the current time but can be changed depending on the situation. The TAT Newsroom will not be updating this press release but will issue new updates as soon as further information becomes available.


All national parks in Thailand closed to limit spread of COVID-19

Bangkok – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to inform international and domestic tourists that all national parks and forest parks in Thailand are closed to visitors from today, 25 March until further notice.

There are currently 133 national parks in Thailand with Khao Yai National Park being the country’s first (established 1962) and Doi Chong National Park being the 133rd.

The temporary closure of the national parks and forest parks in Thailand is part of the nationwide efforts to limit the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

TAT is constantly providing updates on the tourism-related COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom (https://www.tatnews.org/). Travelers can also keep up-to-date with the COVID-19 situation in Thailand at https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php.

For additional information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.

This press release is published on 25 March, 2020, at 10.30 Hrs. All information is accurate at the current time but can be changed depending on the situation. The TAT Newsroom will not be updating this press release but will issue new updates as soon as further information becomes available.


Thai Airways prepares to temporarily cancel flights

The capital of Denmark, Copenhagen.

24 March 2020 - Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) announced that due to the ongoing global outbreak of COVID-19, several countries in Europe and Asia has intensely increased preventive measures including screening by local Ministries of Public Health and Civil Aviation Organizations as well as national lockdown.  Therefore, THAI has prepared its plans and temporarily suspended its operations on the following flights.


 1)  Starting on 25 March 2020: Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo (Narita and Haneda), Osaka, Nagoya, Seoul, Phnom Penh, Vientiane, Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Yangon, Singapore, Jakarta, Denpasar, Kunming, Xiamen, Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Karachi, Kathmandu, Lahore, Dhaka, Islamabad, and Colombo. For domestic flights to Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Krabi will be transferred and operated by THAI Smile.


2) Starting on 27 March 2020: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth


3)  Starting on 1 April 2020: THAI will cancel most of its flights to Europe which are London, Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels, Copenhagen, Oslo, Moscow and Stockholm


 THAI previously suspended flights to Sendai, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Busan, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Rome, Milan, Vienna, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Muscat, Dubai, and Auckland.


 To facilitate customers, THAI allows passengers holding THAI and THAI Smile code-share flights air tickets, issued before 25 March 2020 with the following date of travel, to convert unused tickets to one-year valid travel voucher without fee and surcharges:


-   Asian Routes during 25 March – 31 May 2020
-   European, Australian and New Zealand Routes during 1 April – 31 May 2020


 Royal Orchid Plus (ROP) members holding award tickets issued to travel during 25 March – 31 May 2020 may fully re-credit mileages or change the travel date without any fee or charge with expired miles extended until 30 September 2020.

 Passengers may check flight schedules and make changes to itineraries themselves on thaiairways.com website. For ticket adjustments or more information, ROP members can contact THAI Sales Offices or visit thaiairways.com/rop.

 THAI still operate cargo service in some routes and will operate charter flight if there are stranded passengers or requested by government agencies concerned. The Company will inform passengers accordingly if there is some flight adjustment.

(Thaiairways.com)


Thai Airways announces temporary closure of Royal Orchid Lounge services

Updated: 24 March 2020

We regret to inform you that the lounges mentioned below will be temporary closed
- Royal Orchid  Lounge, Changi Airport, Singapore, from 25  March 2020
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

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Updated: 23 March 2020

We regret to inform you that the lounges mentioned below will be temporary closed
- Royal Silk Lounge, Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal, 22-31 March 2020
- Royal Orchid Lounge, Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila, Philippines, 20 March- 12 April 2020
- Royal Orchid Lounge, Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport,  Dhaka, Bangladesh, 29 March-23 May 2020
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

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Temporary Closure of Royal Orchid Spa Lounge and Royal Orchid Lounge, Kuala Lumpur

Updated: 19 March 2020

Dear Valued Customers
We regret to inform you that the lounges mentioned below will be temporary closed
• Royal Orchid Spa Lounge, Concourse D , Bangkok International Airport, from 18th March to 31th May 2020, in order to  comply with THAI government orders and Department of Disease Control Announcement,
• Royal Orchid Lounge, Kuala Lumpur International airport, from 19-31 March 2020.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

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We regret to inform you that the lounges mentioned below will be temporary closed.

Updated: 13 March 2020

Suvarnabhumi Airport: From 16th March to 30th April 2020,
- Royal Silk Lounge Concourse D
- Royal Silk Lounge Concourse C (Both side)
- Royal Silk Lounge Concourse E (Left side)

Please visit other lounges mentioned below during the temporary closure,
- Royal First Lounge Concourse D
- Royal Orchid Lounge – Prestige Concourse D
- Royal Orchid Lounge Concourse E (Right side)
- Royal Silk Domestic Lounge Concourse A

Other Airports:  Scandinavian Airlines’ Lounge in Stockholm /Arlanda, Copenhagen and Oslo airport as Star Alliance carriers’ lounges
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

(Thaiairways.com)


Laos closes border checkpoints connecting Vietnam and Thailand on Covid-19 alert

BUENG KAN – Lao authorities ordered closure of border checkpoints, connecting Vietnam and Thailand’s Bueng Kan province temporarily to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Bolikhamxay governor ordered closure of the border checkpoints until the outbreak situation returns to normal. Lao authorities cooperated with Thai counterparts and instructed people to strictly follow the regulation.

However, only Baan Phan Lam customs checkpoint, linking Thailand’ BuengKan and Pakxan town in Bolikhamxay province of Lao PDR will remain opened from Friday.

Closure of border checkpoints will have an impact on both Thai and Lao people in terms of trade and labour.  

Local people in Lao are crossing borders to stock up on consumer goods, particularly fuel before the closure is put into effect tomorrow. (TNA)


Thais return home as Malaysia imposes ‘Lockdown’ amid COVID-19 outbreak

YALA- Thai people working and studying in Malaysia continue to return home on the first day of movement restriction imposed by the Malaysian government to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Since the announcement of the two-week lockdown on Monday, Thai nationals in Malaysia have flocked border crossings.

Thousands of Thais have worked in Malaysia, including those related to about 6,000 Thai food restaurants.  There are also over 1,100 Thai students enrolling in schools and universities in 13 states of Malaysia.

At the border crossing in Betong district of Yala province, on the border with the Malaysian state of Perak, the owner of a Thai restaurant in Malaysia said she needed to heed the order and close the restaurant which affected many employees.  She hoped that after the lock-down period the restaurant could be reopened in April.

Among the travelers are foreigners who have decided to move out of Malaysia as the lock-down order has become effective from March 18 to March 31.

Thai officials and soldiers have conducted health screening and detected anyone with fever and respiratory symptoms at the border crossings. (TNA)


Bus passengers eligible to return or postpone Songkran holiday trips tickets

BANGKOK - Transport Co.,Ltd., operator of inter-provincial buses allows passengers to return tickets or postpone their trips without fee after the cancellation of the Thai New Year holiday by the government to curb the Covid-19 outbreak.

Managing Director of the company, Jirasak Yaowatchasakul said that in line with the government’s policy, his company waives fee for cancelling or rescheduling bus tickets booked in advance for the Songkran holiday from April 1-30.

Passengers can return their tickets with no additional charge at the ticket counters nationwide from March 25 onwards. 

They can postpone their departure date for free, under the condition the new trip begins no later than 90 days of the original departure date.

Ticket holders are required to make changes at least one day prior to their departure date. More information can be obtained at the call center 1490. (TNA)

 


No more ‘Songkran’ holiday in April in response to COVID-19 outbreaks

BANGKOK (TNA) The government plans to postpone the Songkran holiday on April 13-15 until the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is alleviated.

Deputy government spokesperson Ratchada Thanadirek said at Government House that the Covid-19 response center of the government would propose the plan to the cabinet on Tuesday.

Whether the holiday would be put off to July or not would depend on situations, she said.
The cabinet would also consider many other measures to cope with Covid-19 and their impacts on people. They included a plan to close entertainment venues, sports stadiums and boxing rings, she said.

The Labour Ministry and the Foreign Ministry would discuss issues concerning migrant workers who wanted to go home during the Songkran festival and would work out compensation for the people who had bought tickets for their travel during the period, Ms Ratchada said. (TNA)


Thai Govt considers entertainment venues closure, cancelation of Songkran activities

BANGKOK (TNA) Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Monday that the government was ready to step up measures to contain Covid-19 if the country reached the so-called Stage 3 virus outbreak.

After the number of cases jumped to 114 with over 30 new cases, Prayut chaired a meeting of the center for Covid-19 outbreak on Monday.

According to officials, the government plans to announce new measures including an order to suspend entertainment venues and cancelation of Songkran Festival activities. 

New cases of Covid-19 in the past week involved those visiting a pub in Bangkok.

The government called for full cooperation from the public. One of the main tasks was to inform the public of measures if Thailand entered Stage 3, Prayut told the press before the meeting.

Ministers and related agencies discussed possible actions to ease public concerns over shortages of good and food after people have stockpile daily necessities such as instant noodles, canned foods and other basic goods.

Prayut also repeated his assurance that this government would spend all the resources in the fight against Covid-19. (TNA) 


Thailand’s Ayutthaya Historical Park temple conservation 40% complete, USD 1.1 mil. funded

AYUTTHAYA (NNT) The Embassy of the United States in Bangkok, together with the Fine Arts Department of the Ministry of Culture and the World Monuments Fund (WMF), have reiterated their support for renovation work to conserve Chaiwatthanaram temple in Ayutthaya Historical Park with a visit, observing that the efforts have progressed by 40 percent.

The US Ambassador to Thailand, Michael DeSombre, the Deputy Permanent Secretary for Culture, YuphaTaweewattanakitborvon, the Governor of Ayutthaya, Panu Yaemsri,and the Deputy Director-General of the Fine Arts Department, Arunsak Kingmanee, took part in a ceremony to launch the latest phase of the restoration work. They acknowledged the US contribution to the conservation effort, which started after the historic floods of 2011 and were made through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, worth 1,156,800 US dollars.The temple is entering its third phase of repairs.

 


Deep cleaning raises tourists’ confidence at Wat Arun - Bangkok, Thailand

BANGKOK (NNT) Tourism attractions are considered to be at risk of disease transmission, especially during the pandemic COVID-19. In light of the situation, a deep cleaning event has been held at Wat Arun to boost confidence among tourists and local communities.

A Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Tewan Liptapallop led volunteers, officials from the National Office of Buddhism, officials from Bangkok Yai district office, and personnel from the Royal Thai Navy to clean Wat Arun and surrounding areas.

A disinfecting agent has been sprayed to kill off any germs and viruses, raising confidence among local communities and foreign visitors.

The PMO Minister said temples across the country, especially temples popular with visitors, are instructed to increase their cleaning operations. The office has advised monks who are required to conduct religious rites and prayers in public areas to wear face masks as a mean of self-protection.

Similar cleaning events are also being held at other famous temples and historical sites, including Wat Phra Chetuphon, Wat Suthat, Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen, Wat Traimit, and Wat Rakhang Khositaram.

 


Visa On Arrival, Free Visas still valid due to legal obligations & int’l agreements

 

BANGKOK, March 12 (TNA) The government’s decision to lift visa-on-arrival (VOA) and free visa privileges to control the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cannot take effect immediately due to legal obligations with some countries.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha discussed the issue with Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, and Consular Affairs director-general Chatree Atchananant as the government was reconsidering the suspension of VOA for 17 countries and one economic territory and free visas for South Korea, Hong Kong and Italy amid the COVID-19 spreading.

Concerned officials earlier warned that some legal obligations and international agreements prevented the government from suspending the immigration privileges right away.

After the meeting Mr Chatree said the VOA suspension measure that the government announced through its COVID-19 control center on Wednesday had not taken effect because it must be proposed to the cabinet meeting on March 17 first.

He said that visa free privileges could be lifted right away when the country needed to impose strict disease control measures. However, the visa privileges that were based on bilateral agreements with countries including South Korea, Hong Kong and Russia would have to undergo careful consideration on relevant legal obligations first, Mr Chatree said. (TNA)

 


Bangkok Airways announces flight suspensions, Thailand and Overseas

Bangkok, 10 March, 2020 – Bangkok Airways has announced a decrease in flight frequency as well as flight termination on certain domestic and international routes to be in line with current passenger demand. This also follows the airline’s expense reduction plans which were launched earlier this month due to the global economic slowdown combined with the COVID-19 epidemic.

The following flights will be cancelled from the winter schedule;

Domestic:

– PG209 Bangkok-Sukhothai and PG210 Sukhothai-Bangkok (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) from 1-28 March 2020

– PG401 Samui-U-Tapao and PG402 U-Tapao-Samui from 1-28 March 2020

– PG415 Samui-Krabi and PG416 Krabi-Samui from 1-28 March 2020 (except 10 March 2020)

– PG127 Bangkok-Samui and PG128 Samui-Bangkok from 3-28 March 2020

– PG173 Bangkok-Samui and PG174 Samui-Bangkok from 9-28 March 2020

– PG257 Samui-Phuket and PG258 Phuket-Samui from 10-28 March 2020

– PG229 Bangkok-Chiang Mai and PG230 Chiang Mai-Bangkok from 10-28 March 2020

International:

– PG939 Bangkok-Phnom Penh and PG930 Phnom Penh-Bangkok from 1-28 March 2020

– PG733 Bangkok-Mumbai from 9-24 March 2020 (except 13, 15 and 21 March 2020)

– PG734 Mumbai-Bangkok from 10-25 March 2020 (except 14, 16 and 22 March 2020)

– PG997 Bangkok-Danang and PG998 Danang-Bangkok from 9-28 March 2020 (except 27 March 2020)

The following flights will be cancelled from the summer schedule;

Domestic:

– PG106 Samui-Bangkok from 29 March-24 October 2020 (except 16-18 April 2020)

– PG187 Bangkok-Samui from 29 March-24 October 2020 (except 16-18 April 2020)

– PG257 Samui-Phuket and PG258 Phuket-Samui from 29 March-24 October 2020

– PG805 Bangkok-Samui from 29 March-24 October 2020 (except 4-5, 9-13 April, 1, 5 May and 1 June 2020)

– PG806 Samui-Bangkok from 29 March-24 October 2020 (except 4-5, 9-13, 16-18 April, 1, 5 May and 1 June 2020)

– PG223 Bangkok-Chiang Mai from 1 May – 24 October 2020

– PG246 Chiang Mai-Krabi from 1 May – 24 October 2020

– PG296 Krabi-Bangkok from 1 May – 24 October 2020

International:

– PG705 Bangkok-Yangon from 29 March – 24 October 2020

– PG705 Yangon-Bangkok from 30 March – 24 October 2020

– PG713 Bangkok-Mandalay and PG714 Mandalay-Bangkok (Monday, Wednesday Friday and Sunday) from 29 March – 24 October 2020

– PG721 Bangkok-NayPyi Taw and PG722 NayPyiTaw-Bangkok (Tuesday and Thursday) from 29 March-24 October 2020

– PG927 Bangkok-Phnom Penh and PG938 Phnom Penh-Bangkok from 29 March-24 October 2020

– PG909 Bangkok-Siem Reap and PG910 Siem Reap-Bangkok from 29 March-24 October 2020

– PG715 Bangkok-Maldives and PG716 Maldives-Bangkok (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) from 7 April onwards (except 11-12 and 14 April 2020)

– PG997 Bangkok-Danang and PG998 Danang-Bangkok from 29 March – 30 April 2020 (except 30 March, 4 and 6 April 2020)

– PG805 Hong Kong-Samui and PG806 Samui-Hong Kong from 1 May – 24 October 2020

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The following routes will be suspended until further notice;

– PG235 Bangkok-Chiang Rai and PG236 Chiang Rai-Bangkok from 11 March 2020 onwards

– PG231/PG233 Bangkok-Chiang Rai and PG232/PG234 Chiang Rai-Bangkok from 4 May 2020 onwards

– PG733 Bangkok-Mumbai from 29 March 2020 onwards

– PG734 Mumbai-Bangkok from 30 March 2020 onwards

– PG943 Bangkok-Vientiane and PG944 Vientiane-Bangkok from 10 March onwards (except 24 March 2020)

– PG949 Bangkok-Vientiane and PG940 Vientiane-Bangkok from 29 March onwards (except 24 March 2020)

– PG985/PG991 Bangkok-Phu Quoc and PG986/PG992 Phu Quoc-Bangkok from 29 March 2020 onwards

– PG993 Bangkok-Cam Ranh and PG994 Cam Ranh-Bangkok from 29 March onwards

Passengers can visit www.bangkokair.com for more details or contact Bangkok Airways Call Center Tel. 1771 or ticketing offices nationwide and overseas. 


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in Thailand Update

(TAT) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in Thailand as of 10 March, 2020, 11.00 Hrs.


Thai Airways Int’l announces flight adjustments - Thailand & Overseas, check-in procedures

THAI requires health certificate clarifying no risk of COVID-19 from passengers traveling from Disease Infected Zones following the CAAT announcement.

Bangkok, 10 March, 2020 – Thai Airways International (THAI) has announced a new requirement for its passengers travelling from South Korea, China (including Hong Kong and Macau) and Italy to present a health certificate clarifying “no risk of COVID-19” prior to boarding pass issuance.

THAI’s passengers travelling from Seoul, Pusan, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, Rome and Milan are required to complete the T8 form issued under Thailand’s Communicable Disease Act 2015 and present to the Disease Control Officers at the quarantine office in their destination airports in Thailand.

THAI’s measure is in accordance with the notification of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) on COVID-19 control measures, which was issued on 8 March, 2020. The CAAT’s guidelines are in line with the Royal Thai Government’s announcement on 5 March, 2020, regarding the territories outside the Kingdom of Thailand: South Korea, Italy, Iran and China (including Hong Kong and Macau) defined as Disease Infected Zones for COVID-19.

In addition, THAI stated that as the ongoing outbreak of the COVID-19 decreased the number of passengers, THAI adjusted its flights to match passenger demand and advance bookings as follows:

Flights to Malaysia
Bangkok- Kuala Lumpur round trip
Cancellation of flights TG417/418 now until 31 March, 2020.

Flights to Denmark
Bangkok-Copenhagen round trip
Cancellation of flights TG950/951 on 12, 19, and 26 May, 2020.

Flights to Sweden
Bangkok-Stockholm round trip
Cancellation of flights TG960/961 on 14, 21, and 28 May, 2020.

Flights to Indonesia
Bangkok-Jakarta round trip
Cancellation of flights TG435/436 now until 31 March, 2020.

Flights to Sri Lanka
Bangkok- Colombo round trip
Cancellation of flight TG307 on 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, and 30 March, 2020, and flight TG308 on 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, and 31 March, 2020.

Flights to India
– Bangkok-Bengaluru round trip
Cancellation of flight TG325 on 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 30, and 31 March, 2020, and flight TG326 on 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 20, 24, 25, 27, and 31 March, 2020, as well as 1 April 2020.
– Bangkok-Kolkata round trip
Cancellation of flight TG313 on 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, and 30 March, 2020, and flight TG314 on 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, and 31 March, 2020.
– Bangkok-Hyderabad round trip
Cancellation of flight TG329 on 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 30, and 31 March, 2020, and flight TG330 on 11, 13, 17, 18, 20, 24, 25, 27, and 31 March, 2020, as well as 1 April, 2020.
– Bangkok-Chennai round trip
Cancellation of flight TG337 on 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, and 30 March, 2020, and flight TG338 on 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, and 31 March, 2020.
– Bangkok-New Delhi round trip
Cancellation of flight TG335 on 6, 13, 20, and 27 March, 2020, and flight TG336 on 7, 14, 21, and 28 March, 2020.

Flights to Oman
Bangkok-Karachi-Muscat roundtrip
Cancellation of flights TG507/508 on 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, and 31 March, 2020. 

For flight and/or route adjustments, passengers may contact the THAI Sale Offices, visit thaiairways.com, or call the THAI Contact Centre at Tel. 0-2356-1111, 24 hours a day.

 


Chiang Rai to promote hot spring tourism after 70% drop in tourist number from COVID-19

CHIANGRAI (TNA) Authorities in the northernmost province of Chiang Rai have decided to promote over 10 hot springs in the province in an attempt to attract local travelers after a 70 –per cent drop in tourist number due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Tourism of Thailand office in Chiang Rai and several related offices there have surveyed more than 10 hot springs in the province which have been fully developed and are suitable to every type of tourists, especially health-conscious tourists.

After the survey, tour agencies, hoteliers, restaurateurs and souvenir shops will arrange tour programmes for tourists as the high temperature of hot springs makes it safe from the virus and the natural site is not so crowded.

Under the Lanna Spa City Programme, hot springs which would be promoted include Thaweesin, Pong Pu Fuang, PhaSert, Pong Phra Bat in Muang district and Pa Tueng in Mae Chan district. (TNA) 


Koh Pha-ngan ‘Full Moon Party’cancelled, Ferries allow one-year tickets postpone

Surat Thani province has cancelled the Full Moon Party at Koh Pha-ngan, starting on March until the Covid-19 outbreak is under control.

Simultaneously, passengers of Raja Ferry Port Public Co., Ltd. wishing to travel to the popular island and to participate in the party could postpone advanced tickets for one year.

Apichart Chayopas, managing director of Raja Ferry Port Pcl., said passengers could postpone advanced tickets to Pha-ngan Island without paying extra charges, one year, starting from an original date of travelling. 

He said his company understands the unpredictable situation and is prepared for the postponement of its passengers. 

For more information, passengers can call 02-2768211-2 or (092) 2473423 – 5 or send an email to [email protected] (TNA)


Khao San and other ‘Songkran’festivals in Bangkok in talks this week

BANGKOK (TNA) The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will decide this week whether to cancel an annual water splashing festival in the capital scheduled to be held in April. 

A BMA spokeswoman said the BMA will invite business entrepreneurs in Bangkok’s popular destinations such as Khao San Road, Santichaiprakan Park, Silom Road and the Siam Square for discussions on the issue. 

It is expected that the final decision will be made soonthis week.

Concerned officials in several provinces have already cancelled the Songkran this year after they fear that the coronavirus could be easily spread among a large gathering of revelers. 

Piyabut Jiwaramonaikul, president of the Khao San Road business enterprise association said that it was still unclear whether the Songkran celebrations on Khao San Road and nearby areas would be cancelled or not. (TNA) 


TAT: Notification of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand on COVID-19 control measures

Bangkok, 09 March, 2020 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to inform tourists, international and local, of the measures issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) on “Practical Guidelines for the Air Operators Relating to the Services to be Provided in the Territories outside Thailand Defined as Disease Infected Zones of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak.”

On 5 March, 2020, the Royal Thai Government Gazette announced the territories outside the Kingdom of Thailand: South Korea, Italy, Iran and China (including Hong Kong and Macau) as Disease Infected Zones for COVID-19. This announcement can be changed depending on the current situation.

On 8 March, 2020, the CAAT has issued the following guidelines for all air operators in order to provide practical guidance for the air operators performing flights between those Disease Infected Zones and to support the surveillance measures taken by the Ministry of Public Health.

1. Where the Ministry of Public Health defines any territory outside Thailand as a Disease Infected Zone of the COVID-19, passengers from such Disease Infected Zone shall be subject to quarantine and any other measures for the prevention and control of communicable diseases as imposed by the Government of Thailand.

2. Air operators providing services from the airport of embarkation in the Disease Infected Zones are required to perform the screening of the passengers at the time of check in. The passengers need to present a Health Certificate certifying that they have no risk of COVID-19. If any passenger is unable to present such certificate, boarding shall be denied and the boarding pass shall not be issued.

3. Air operators may apply the measure as specified in Item 2 for the screening of passengers from the airport of departure in the countries affected by COVID-19 from the report of the Ministry of Public Health or World Health Organization. 

4. After being satisfied with the Health Certificate and the boarding passes are issued to the passengers, the air operators shall furnish the passengers with Form T8 issued under Thailand’s Communicable Diseases Act 2015 and require the passengers to fill out the forms and submit them to the Communicable Disease Control officials at the control post at the airport of disembarkation.

5. The Communicable Disease Control officials at the control post at the airport of disembarkation have the power to issue an order under Thailand’s Communicable Diseases Act 2015 as follows:

(1) Prevent anyone from entering into or leaving from the aircraft coming into Thailand without undergoing a medical examination. 

(2) Prevent any vehicle from approaching the aircraft.

(3) Take or make an order to the air operators to take the following action:

(a) Disinfect the disease in order to prevent and control the spread of the disease.

(b) Detain the aircraft at a specified place until the Communicable Disease Control officials at the control post permit to depart.

(c) Require the persons on board the aircraft to undergo a medical examination and may also isolate, quarantine, confine them for observation, or order to receive immunization at a place and period to be specified.

6. Air operators shall be responsible for the expenses incurred relating to the isolation, quarantine, confinement for observation, and immunization of the persons on board, including the expenses for the care, hospitalization and prevention and control of international communicable diseases.

7. Air operators will strictly comply with the measures for the surveillance, prevention and control of dangerous communicable diseases issued by the Ministry of Public Health under Thailand’s Communicable Diseases Act 2015.

8. Air operators shall notify their staff at the airport of embarkation and the crew members of the above guidelines and have them comply with full cooperation. The cabin crew shall also make an on board public announcement to the passengers.

The statement was issued by Mr. Chula Sukmanop, Director General, Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, on 8 March 2020.


Thailand cancels many Sonkran festivals to suppress COVID-19 outbreak

BANGKOK (NNT)-To help control the COVID-19 outbreak, many agencies have gradually cancelled or postponed activities which would normally be attended by a large number of people. Now, the Office of the Civil Service Commission (OCSC) has announced the postponement of its General Ability Test until the COVID-19 situation improves.

The OCSC has postponed its General Ability Test 2020 from March 29, 2020, until the COVID-19 outbreak is over. The OCSC will determine a new examination date and inform the applicants later.

Khon Kaen Municipality has cancelled the Khao Niao Road Songkran Festival scheduled for April 13-15 to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 as it is always attended by a large number of people.

Chonburi has cancelled the Phra Phutthasihing Worshipping Festival; Chon Buri Songkran Festival 2020 and the Red Cross Fair which was scheduled to take place on March 12, 2020. However, people can still donate items to the Red Cross Office.

Chonburi has called on people to refrain from or postpone organizing other activities. If the activities can’t be cancelled, people are asked to take measures according to the Ministry of Public Health’s guidance. Participants in any event, are asked to wash their hands often, check their body temperature and put on a medical mask before joining a gathering of people.


TAT: Thailand’s COVID-19 control measures for international travelers

Thailand has strict surveillance aimed at safeguarding public health and to allow health authorities to effectively prevent and control the disease.

Bangkok, 06 March, 2020, 09.00 Hrs. – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide clarification regarding the country’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) control measures for international travelers.

On 5 March, 2020, Thailand announced a list of four COVID-19-affected countries or areas in the Royal Thai Government Gazette; namely, the People’s Republic of China (including Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions), Republic of Korea, Republic of Italy, and Islamic Republic of Iran.

In relation to the announcement, the Ministry of Public Health has released a “Special Announcement of COVID-19 on 5 March 2020” to request cooperation from passengers departing from the disease infected areas to strictly comply with the Ministry’s recommendations, which are aimed at safeguarding public health. The statement also advised the public to not panic, and to practice the basic principles to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections by eating cooked food, using serving spoons, washing hands frequently and wearing a mask when going to a crowded place.

TAT’s recommendations for tourists

Tourists are advised to “travel safely” by practicing frequent hand hygiene measures (washing with soap or using alcohol-based gel).

Kindly comply with the primary fever screening at attractions. Travelers showing any signs of the COVID-19 symptoms (fever, coughing, sore throat, runny nose and panting) are subject to further medical evaluation and treatment.

Kindly wear a hygienic mask while travelling, avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, and avoid visiting crowded places.

If feeling sick, do seek medical care as soon as possible and inform the healthcare worker about the details of your travel history.

Tourists can keep up to date with the COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom (https://www.tatnews.org/) and the Department of Disease Control (https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/news.php).

For information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.

 


TAT’s recommendations: Thailand’s Min. of Public Health’s travel advisory for COVID-19

Thailand opens for tourism and travel with heightened COVID-19 control measures: tourists to monitor official advice from the Ministry of Public Health.

Bangkok– The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide recommendations regarding the Ministry of Public Health’s travel advisory for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Currently, the Ministry of Public Health has issued a “Level 3: Avoid Unnecessary Travel to Areas with Ongoing Local Transmission.” The countries and administrative regions at-risk for COVID-19 as determined by the Ministry are the People’s Republic of China (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Italy, Iran, France and Germany.

However, in line with the World Health Organization (WHO)’s announcement on 30 January, 2020, Thailand does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions against China or other affected areas.

TAT’s recommendations for tourists

Tourists are advised to “travel safely” by practicing frequent hand hygiene measures (washing with soap or using alcohol-based gel).

Kindly comply with the primary fever screening at attractions. Travelers showing any signs of the COVID-19 symptoms are subject to further medical evaluation and treatment.

Kindly wear a hygienic mask during travel, avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, and avoid visiting crowded places.

If feeling sick, do seek medical care as soon as possible and inform the healthcare worker about the details of your travel history.

Tourists can keep up to date with the COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom (www.tatnews.org) and the Department of Disease Control (https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php).

For information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.

 


Foreign tourist arrivals to Thailand from January to February decreased 40.7%

BANGKOK (TNA) – The Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports plans to propose measures for mitigating the impacts of coronavirus outbreak on the tourism industry to the Cabinet for its approval on Tuesday.

Tourism and Sports Minister Pipat Ratchakijprakan revealed on Monday that the Ministry’s proposal could be implemented in the first half of March with an aim to revive the tourism industry in time of crisis.

According to the minister, the plan laid out tourism promotion among Thai people focusing on community-based tourism industry.

At the same time, Pipat said, the Ministry recommended privileges and incentives that would reduce the burdens on businesses.

With coronavirus outbreak, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has cut its estimate for international arrivals to 33 million in 2020, after the country recorded 39.8 million last year.

Foreign tourist arrivals from January to February 20 decreased 40.7 percent, according to The Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA). 

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TAT’s Recommendations: What travelersneed to know when planning a trip to Thailand

Stringent health surveillance systems help tourism and travel activities go on as usual.

Bangkok – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to reiterate the following recommendations for travelers amid the country’s strict system of monitoring and containment of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Here’s what travelers need to know when planning a trip to Thailand.

Before embarkation from original destinations

– Kindly comply with the primary fever screening at check-in counters before being allowed to board the aircraft.

– Travelers showing signs of the COVID-19 symptoms (coughing, sneezing, runny nose, or dyspnoea) are subject to further medical evaluation and treatment and will be advised to delay the travel.

Onboard the aircraft & upon arrival

– Kindly practice frequent hand hygiene (washing with soap or using alcohol-based gel).

– All passengers are advised to wear a hygienic mask during the flight.

– Be aware that passengers showing signs of the COVID-19 symptoms are subject to be isolated while onboard, and to be referred for further medical evaluation and treatment upon arrival.

– Please follow the airline’s infection control guidance and restriction.

– Kindly comply with the primary fever screening by thermo scanners and infrared thermometers and answer a questionnaire on your travel history and contact information.

– Travelers who have been in contact or seated in close vicinity of suspected cases will be followed up for 14 days in accordance with the disease prevention and control standards.

– Travelers with a body temperature 37.5 degrees Celsius or higher and have respiratory symptoms with a history of travel to COVID-19 epidemic areas will be isolated and transferred to a designated hospital for quarantine or treatment.

While in Thailand

– Kindly practice frequent hand hygiene measures (washing with soap or using alcohol-based gel).

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– Kindly comply with the primary fever screening primary fever screening at attractions. Travellers showing signs of the COVID-19 symptoms are subject to further medical evaluation and treatment.

– Travelers are advised to wear a hygienic mask during travel while avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, and avoid visiting crowded places.

– If travelers feel sick, do seek medical care as soon as possible, please inform the healthcare worker about the details of your travel history.

– For information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.

– Tourists can keep up to date with the COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom (www.tatnews.org) and the Department of Disease Control (https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php ).  

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Udon Thani - VangVieng (Laos)bus services launched

UDON THANI (TNA) - The Transport Co., Ltd. has launched bus services from Thailand’s northeastern province of Udon Thani to one of the tourist town of VangVieng in Lao PDR.

The newly launched bus service runs from Udon Thani province to NongKhai province before crossing border to Laos to the destination in VangVieng with the total distance of 246 kilometres.

The daily bus leaves the bus Udon Thani at 8.30 am. and air passengers can get on the bus at Udon Thani International Airport, where the bus leaves at 9 am. The fare costs 320 baht per person. (TNA)


Airport Rail Link and MRT step up COVID-19 control measures

Bangkok – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to announce that the Airport Rail Link and the MRT Subway mass transit systems in Bangkok have stepped up their COVID-19 control measures.

The Airport Rail Link has set up a screening point at the entrance of all its eight stations. In addition to the normal safety procedures, security personal will also screen all passengers’ body temperature using handheld thermometers. Alcohol hand gel are also provided at common areas.

The MRT Subway has also set up a passenger’s fever screening point starting with 19 pilot stations: Silom, Sukhumvit, Phetchaburi, Rama 9, Thailand Cultural Centre, Wat Mangkon, ThaPhra, Lak Song, Tao Poon, Nonthaburi Civic Centre, Ministry of Public Health, Bang Yai and Khlong Bang Phai. These stations are usually serving high traffic.

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Thailand declares COVID-19 a dangerous contagious disease: what it means to tourists?

Bangkok, 25 February, 2020 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide clarification regarding the latest move by the National Communicable Disease Committee (NCDC) to declare the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) a dangerous contagious disease.

 

The declaration is a proactive measure aimed at safeguarding public health, thus further reaffirming Thailand’s strong capacities and its very strict system of monitoring and containment of the disease. This does not mean that Thailand has entered the third phase of the outbreak.

The NCDC has made such decision to allow health authorities to effectively prevent and control the disease. In the event of an urgent necessity, it has the authority to close various locations and order patients or suspected patients to temporarily cease working.

What does this mean to tourists?

All tourism and travel activities are continuing as per usual with stringent health surveillance systems and stepped up hygiene measures in place.

What measures are in place for tourists?  

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) is continuing to implement strict surveillance at all points of entry including ground, sea and air. The Ministry is constantly following the situation and is adjusting the criteria for surveillance regularly to ensure maximum effectiveness in disease control.

All tourism-related businesses, both in the Thai public and private sectors across the Kingdom, have stepped up hygiene measures and are working together to combat the crisis.

TAT’s recommendations for tourists

All incoming visitors are advised to “travel safely” by practicing daily hygiene habits: frequently wash hands with water and soap or alcohol gel; avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth; strictly comply with the recommendations of “eat cooked food, use serving spoons and wash hands”, and wear hygienic masks when in a crowded area.

While travelling, avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, avoid visiting crowded places, and wear a surgical mask if you have respiratory symptoms.

TAT would like to emphasize that the Thai tourism industry will do everything possible to strictly implement preventive measures and heighten active surveillance for all tourists in Thailand to protect all from being exposed to the virus. This is consistent with the policy of the Thai tourism industry to provide and maintain quality services.

Tourists can keep up to date with the COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom (www.tatnews.org) and the Department of Disease Control (DDC) (https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php)

If any tourists become sick while travelling, do seek medical care early, or contact the Department of Disease Control Hotline 1422. For information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or the Tourist Police 1155.

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Chao Phraya Express Boat unveils air-conditioned boats, new route to ancient city of Ayutthaya

BANGKOK (TNA) The Chao Phraya Express Boat Co.,Ltd. unveiled four double deck air-conditioned boats to upgrade its service for commuters, connecting elevated trains and subways.

The catamaran or “Riva Express” is designed by Australian experts. The new design reduces wave-making, impacts on environment and save energy. The diesel-powered vessel has a seating capacity of 2000 people.

They will serve commuters from Nonthaburi pier to Bang Pho pier and Rajinee pier and Sathorn pier, linking MRT and BTS stations. The new boats will be operational on April 1.

There is air conditioning on board on the lower deck.  The open-air upper deck allows passengers to enjoy sightseeing along the river.  The boat operator plans to extend the service route to the ancient city of Ayutthaya.

The boats are fitted with CCTV surveillance cameras for safety of passengers. The holders of Rabbit cards for the Skytrain will be able to use their cards to pay for the boat fare.  (TNA)

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Trang - Fine Dining, Fun Dive, and Fascinating Discover!

ICompared with Phuket and Krabi, Trang is not a main tourist destination. Even though, the coastal town is colorful and rich of local touches.

Trang downtown area offers a variety of different local delicacies. The town is famous for roasted pork, which is rather sweet but also fragrant with spice. Dim Sum is a dish you should try out. By taking a Seat at one of the many Din Sum restaurants, your table will be filled up by the waiter with various dim sums for you to choose.

On the Andaman Coast, Trang’s sea is stunning with an impressive seascape of azure water dotted with small Islands at the horizon. It is praised as one of the most romantic sea in Thailand.

Hat Jaomai National Park is made up from unspoiled coastlines and lovely Islands. The small island of Koh Kradan is a perfect hidden gem for lazy days on the Beach under swaying palm leaves and warm Sea breeze. Get a bike and scoot around and explore the scenery of Koh Sukon, which is blanketed with lush rubber plantations, interrupted with a number of neglected beaches and fisher villages.

Do not miss to take a short dive to explore Morakot Cave at Koh Mook. It is an Adventure to dive through the darkness of the cave. On the other side of the tunnel you will find a hidden beach which is beautiful enough to stop your breath for a few seconds.
How to get there: Trang is 520 miles south of Bangkok via highway 4. Many local airlines operator regular flights between Bangkok and Trang.

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Phuket – Sea, Sand, Sun, and Ancient town

What comes into the mind of travelers when we talk about Sea, sun and sand? Phuket must definitely be one of the answers. A number of exciting activities can be found on this Island. In the early days of regional maritime trade, the cape of Phuket was locally referred to as Jung Ceylon, while locals called it Thalang, which evolved to be the name of the main town to the north of the island. As the perfect stopover sheltering traders from monsoons, Jung Ceylon welcomed merchants from India, Persia, Arabia, Burma, China, and also Siam. During the 16th century, the island was a popular trading port for tin. In 1785, Thalang town was surrounded by Burmese troops who invaded the coastal area. It was under the leadership of Chan, the widow of the governor, and her sister, Muk, who united the local residents and successfully fought and drove the invaders out of Phuket. It took over 30 days for the defending troops of Phuket, under the command of Chan and Muk, to claim their victory.

As a result of such heroic deeds, noble titles were granted to Chan and Muk as Thao ThepKasattri and Thao Sri Soonthorn, respectively. They are still highly respected by Phuket residents even today. When the city was in a peaceful state, the development of mining was so unprecedented. Chinese businessmen and miners later migrated to Phuket and soon enjoy thriving wealth. The island's long History has shaped the Phuket of the present with its diverse ethnic groups, Culture, architectural influence, and fine cuisine. These attributes have made Phuket a complete tourist destination that offers a lot more beyond its natural heritage of sea, sand, forest, and world-renowned diving sites. Sino-Portuguese architecture casts its spell delighting travelers to the city, while Phuket style of hospitality has never failed to impress visitors from all walks of life.

Phuket province is located in Southern Thailand. It is the biggest island of Thailand and sits on the Andaman Sea. The nearest province to the north is Phang-nga and the nearest provinces to the east are Phang-nga and Krabi.

Phuket has a large Chinese influence, so you will see many Chinese shrines and Chinese Restaurants around the city. A Chinese Vegetarian Festival is held there every year. While the Chinese community is quite big, there are many other ethnicities bringing all their traditions and festivals from all over the world to Phuket.

Being a big island, Phuket is surrounded by many magnificent Beaches such as Rawai, Patong, Karon, Kamala, Kata Yai, Kata Noi, and Mai Khao. Laem Phromthep Viewpoint is said to feature the most beautiful sunsets in Thailand.

It isn’t all just beaches though, there is also fantastic classical architecture such as the Goom Restaurant. That and the very welcome atmosphere and the famous Phuket nightlife, you can see why the island is a hotspot for tourists in Thailand.

Visiting Phuket is easy as there are many travel options.

Key Tips

• The beaches of the south coast are typically crowded, while the north is far more tranquil.

• All the major beaches (such as Patong beach, Kata beach, Karon Beach, Nai Han beach, Mai Khao beach, Nai Yang beach) offer instruction and equipment for diving, snorkeling, wind surfing and sailing. Don't forget to notice red flag! before swim.

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Explore Khon Kaen – export city of Indo-China Region

Khon Kaen is one of the large major provinces in Northeastern Thailand. The province has an airport with several direct flights from Bangkok and a vast variety of accommodations is available for different need and budget. With these well-developed infrastructure and facilities, KhonKaen has been promoted to be one of the major tourist cities of Thailand.

Khon Kaen is divided into 20 districts and 5 minor districts; MueangKhonKaen, Ban Fang, Phra Yuen, NongRuea, Chum Phae, Si Chomphu, Nam Phong, Ubolratana, Kranuan, Ban Phai, PueaiNoi, Phon, WaengYai, WaengNoi, Nong Song Hong, PhuWiang, Mancha Khiri, Chonnabot, Khao Suan Kwang, PhuPha Man. Minor districts include Sam Sung, Khok Pho Chai, Nong Na Kham, Ban Haet, amd Non Sila

KhonKaen is the commercial and political center of Northeastern Thailand and is well known for the high-quality silk that is produced in the province. Located in the heart of Isan, Thailand’s northeast region, KhonKaen has been one of the fastest growing areas in Thailand. The Thai government nominated KhonKaen as the export center for trade throughout the Indo-China Region and both Laos and Vietnam have consulates in KhonKaen to process visa applications. KhonKaen also contains the largest university in the northeast, KhonKaen University, a major center of education and technology.

Historically, KhonKaen is quite a new town, established a little over two centuries ago during the reign of King Rama I. But prehistorically, this town on the plateau has been home to various Cultures as well as other fascinating creatures, heretofore unknown to the modern world. Artifacts have proven that millions of years ago the area was occupied by gigantic dinosaurs, several of which were endemic to the region. People in various cultures later occupied the plateau for thousands of years until the Ancient Khmer Empire expanded its presence into the area in the 12th century and ruled it for some time. The ancient cultures, traditions, and historical sites in this area have all contributed to shaping the people and culture of KhonKaen.

A major source of local wisdom regarding the production of silk is in AmphoeChonnabot, where excellent Mudmee Silk is delicately woven by hand using a special tie-dye technique, and KhonKaen features both creature comfort, in the form of fine eateries and swanky hotels, and beautiful nature, including a variety of animal parks and a number of spectacular national parks.

KhonKaen is the commercial and political center of Northeastern Thailand, featuring a number of upscale restaurants and hotels, the largest university in the North East, and a busy airport.

In addition to containing some fascinating historical and Archaeological sites, KhonKaen is also an excellent place to watch the production of Mudmee Silk or participate in outdoor activities within one of its several animal reserves or national parks.

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Ubon Ratchathani - the Grand Canyon of Thailand

Ubon Ratchathani is a large province in the Northeast of Thailand, dating back to more than 200 years old. Ubon Ratchathani has many interesting and beautiful places to visit such as Pha Taem National Park, which is famous for its prehistoric rock paintings, Sam Pan Boak or the Grand Canyon of Thailand, Huai Sai Yai Waterfall, one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Northeastern Thailand, Kaeng Saphuee Public park, Wat Tham Khuha Sawan, and Wat Phrathat Nong Bua.

For those who are enthusiastic about local festivals, the Candle Festival on Khao Phansa Day is the most important event of the province, in which huge and elaborately carved candles are paraded throughout the city.

Popular souvenirs from Ubon Ratchathani include hand-woven cotton cloth, loincloth, silk cloth, folk pattern pillows, and brass wares. For food lovers, white pork sausage, Thai sweet sausage, and northeastern-style fermented sausage are the must try.

Located on the banks of the Mun River, Ubon Ratchathani is a large, provincial capital city whose History dates back around two centuries, officially in 1780 when King Taksin the Great appointed the region’s first ruler and awarded the city its name. The city was governed by four semi-autonomous rulers until 1882 when it was appointed a governor as part of the Kingdom Siam.

Located in the lower region of Northeastern Thailand, 629 kilometers from Bangkok, Ubon Ratchathani province features plateaus and mountain ranges with the Mun River running through the middle. Sandstone cliffs along the Mekong River serve as a natural border between Thailand and Laos. This region, where Ubon Ratchathani borders both Cambodia and Laos and the Mekong flows into Cambodia has been coined “the Emerald Triangle” in recognition of its magnificent green landscapes. Adding to Ubon Ratchathani’s natural appeal, Phu Chong Nayoi and Pha Taem national parks are two of Isan’s most unspoiled and unvisited natural preserves.

Ubon Ratchathani province features plateaus and mountain ranges with the Mun River running through the middle. The region where Ubon Ratchathani borders both Cambodia and Laos has been coined “the Emerald Triangle” in recognition of its magnificent green landscapes. Adding to Ubon Ratchathani’s natural appeal, Phu Chong Nayoi and Pha Taem National Parks are two of Isan’s most unspoiled and unvisited natural preserves. Ubon Ratchathani, the north-east's largest city, is also a wonderful place to witness the annual candle festival, a charming Buddhist celebration.

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Doi Inthanon National Park - Chiang Mai

(TAT) This national Park which covers an area of 1,005 square kilometers is located on Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain which is 2,565 meters above Sea level.

Part of the Himalayan mountain range, Doi Inthanon is Thailand’s tallest peak at 2,565 metres above the Sea level. Doi Inthanon National Park covers an area of 482.4 square kilometers in three districts of Chiang Mai province. Cool climate lovers should visit the park during December to February, which is winter and you also get a chance to see the blossom of Siamese Sakura flowers all over the area.

Attractions in Doi Inthanon national park include: Namtok Mae Ya- one of the most beautiful cascades in Chiang Mai. Water flows from a 280-metre steep cliff onto different rock formations in a lower basin, creating a beautiful scene. Namtok Mae Klang is a 100-metre one-level waterfall located 8 kilometres from Highway No. 1009 junction and turn left onto an asphalt road for 500 metres. And Tham Bori Chinda- a large cave located near Namtok Mae Klang, featuring dramatic stalactite and stalagmite formations. Opening hours 05:00 – 18:00. Address: Chom Thong, Chiang Mai province.  

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Tourists are out and about in Bangkok as usual amid ongoing measures for coronavirus prevention

Thailand’s tourism and travel activities go on as usual.

Bangkok– The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to share photos showing tourists out and about enjoying travel experiences in Bangkok. This is amid the ongoing measures by Thai authorities and the private sector on the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) acute respiratory disease control.

TAT would like to reiterate that:

Thailand has effective health surveillance systems for disease control.

The Thai public and private sectors across the nation have stepped up hygiene measures.

Thailand’s tourism and travel activities go on as usual.

Reminders: Local and international tourists are advised to adhere to everyday hygienic habits: avoid eating uncooked food; use serving spoons and wash your hands.

Useful contacts:

Department of Disease Control Call Centre 1422

TAT Contact Centre 1672

Tourist Police 1155

All photos were taken on 10 February, 2020, by the TAT Newsroom team.

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Join Makha Bucha Day celebration in Kalasin (Feb 1 – 10)

Bangkok– The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting local and international tourists to join one of the world’s most unique MakhaBucha Day celebrations in the province of Kalasin in Thailand’s Northeastern region or Isan. This year, the event runs from 1-10 February. 

MakhaBucha Day is the anniversary of a special event that took place nine months after Buddha achieved enlightenment. In modern times and based on the Buddhist lunar calendar, the day falls on the full moon day of the 3rdlunar month (February). 

Thai Buddhists celebrate MakhaBucha by beginning the day (like most days) by offering food to monks in the morning. Thai people also prepare food to deliver to monks at the temples, or to visit temples to hear Buddhist sermons in the afternoon. In the evening, temples will hold a flower and candle procession. Devoted Thai Buddhists walk in a clockwise direction making three circuits to remind themselves of the Buddha and his teachings.

In Kalasin, one of the province’s unique MakhaBucha Day celebrations is held annually at the ancient PhrathatYakhu in Kamalasai district. PhrathatYakhu, an octagonal-shaped stupa built from bricks, is the largest chedi in the province’s ancient town of Fa Daet Song Yang. It is surrounded by boundary markers carved with bas reliefs of the Buddha’s story. Local people believe that it stores the bones of a respected senior monk. Given the stupa’s unique history, many sacred rituals and ceremonies are held here.

This year, among the highlights of the 10-day MakhaBucha Day celebration at PhrathatYakhu are a spectacular procession and display of over 1,000 traditional Isan flags or ‘thung’, along with the ritual paying respect to the stupa that includes a traditional dance to worship the stupa by 2,563 dancers, a light-and-sound show, the lighting of 10,000 candles, and the night procession to pay respect to the Buddha, and the PrathatYakhu Mini Marathon. 

The opening ceremony takes place on 1 February, from 16.00 Hrs., with the mass traditional dance by 2,563 dancers taking place after 17.00 Hrs. The light-and-sound show on the history of the Fa Daet Song Yang ancient town is scheduled at 18.00 Hrs. followed by the candle procession. In the morning, there is also a mass merit-making ceremony in the ancient Fa Daet Song Yang style, at 06.00 Hrs. 

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From 1-10 February, from 09.00 Hrs. onwards, daily activities include traditional Isan flag workshops, ancient market fair, exhibitions of the Fa Daet Song Yang ancient town, the story of ‘thung’, and displays of 18 ancient houses from 18 districts across Kalasin. A daily traditional dance to worship the stupa by 100 dancers is at 17.00 Hrs. and local folk dances at 18.30 Hrs. 

On 8 February, at 19.00 Hrs. there will be the lighting of 10,000 candles and the candle procession.

The PrathatYakhu Mini Marathon takes place on 2 February, at 06.00 Hrs.


Similan -a paradise for divers around the world

(TAT) If talking about travelling to Thailand’s Andaman Sea, it is undeniable that "Similan" is the dream destination of many travelers which is full of natural beauty, breeze, bright sky, clear sea with the most stunning view that can conquer the hearts of people worldwide.

Similan National Park located in Koh Phra Thong Sub-district, KhuraBuri District, Phang Nga (the national park office is located in Lam Kaen Sub-district, Thai Mueang District) covers an area of 80,000 rai or 128 square kilometers. The term "Similan" in the Malay language means nine Islands.

Similan Islands are small group islands in the Andaman Sea which are regarded as charming islands on both land and underwater. There are many beautiful coral reefs and unique fish such as whales, dolphins, Moray eels that can be seen while diving in either deep or shallow sea.

Similan Islands consist of 9 islands arranged from north to south:

Hu Yong Island or Koh 1 is an island in the south of the Similan Islands.

Koh Pa Yang or Koh 2, on the east side of the island for a deep-diving point.

Pa Yan Island or Koh 3 is a small island with an underwater rock formation called the shark ridge.

Koh Miang, or Koh 4, is home to the Similan Islands Marine National Park, with accommodation and freshwater sources.

Koh 5 is a small island. On the east of the island 4

Payu Island or Koh 6, on the east side of the island with coral reefs suitable for diving.

Pusa Island or Koh 7

Similan Island or Koh 8 is the largest island with a sailboat rock as the viewpoint of the island.

Ba-Ngu Island or Island 9 is the northernmost island. Coral reefs are around the island for diving.

At present, there is an additional TachaiIsland which is also under the responsibility of the Similan Islands Marine National Park.

Recommended activities are Similan Islands sightseeing, visit the sailboat rock, deep diving, and shallow diving activities, watching the large rock formations that occur naturally.

The most pleasant months to visit are from November to April. Please note that from May 1 to October 31 of each year, the Similan Islands will be closed to preserve nature so you cannot travel in this period.

Travelling from Bangkok to Similan by car takes about 4-6 hours.

Travelling by bus takes about 12 hours to transport from Mo Chit or Southern Bus Terminal to Phuket.

From Phuket, there are tours and various ports providing services for tourists to travel to various islands of Andaman including the Similan Islands.

Travelling by plane takes about 1 hour 20 minutes. Since there is no airport in Phang Nga, flight from Bangkok must fly to Phuket Airport, which is a nearby province.

From Phuket to Similan Islands: Tourists can buy tour packages from tour companies that offer a variety of services such as tours departing from PatongBeach Pier taking about 2 and a half hours.

Tourist boat from Patong Beach Pier travels 3 hours. Tourists can contact the travel agencies in Phuket for more detail. 


Buffalo Bay - Hidden Haven in Andaman Sea

(TAT) The vast Beach with lagoon-like water is simply beautiful and unspoiled. Nothing much goes on the beach. There are just sun, very white sand, nice scenery and its laid back atmosphere. During the high tide, warm and clear water is very inviting. When low tide, long beach appears and allows Sea lovers to take a long stroll.

Buffalo Bay is a pristine beach of Koh Phayam in Ranongprovince. Just discovered few years ago, the Island is a real gems of the south. The island is very peaceful, unspoiled and safe. Some says it is like Thailand in the 70s.

On the island, tourists can freely get around to enjoy the azure sea, kayak to explore mangrove forest, or spend lazy after noon in the warm water. After the spectacular Sunset, the beach is blanketed with quietness and darkness, and the deep starry nights eventually.

Besides a retreat for human, the unspoiled beach is a haven for hornbills as well. Amazingly, it is quite common to see the rare birds here, whoosing and hopping around under shades of palms.

Such simple joys are the real charm of Koh Phayam. The easy vibe and wider choice of accommodations, restaurants and transports, make it a desirable haven for those who look for a real peaceful retreat.

How to get there : Koh Phayam is a 12 miles Boat ride from Ranong Town. Speedboats depart from Ranong's Koh Phayam pier to Koh Phayam up to nine times daily.


The Gulf of Thailand – Koh Mak, Trat

(TAT) If you are looking for a laid-back and peaceful place to spend a weekend getaway or even a bit longer, Koh Mak is one of the first destinations come to mind. This tropical paradise, Koh Mak, is a small Island of Tratprovince in the east of the Gulf of Thailand, has its name after the Area nut (mak).

The island became known in a tourism market in 1974 when the bungalows were built on the east of the island and soon the infrastructure was established. In 1987 the first resorts were built and the island finally made their way into the tourism industry.

Koh Mak is, about 40 kilometers from the mainland and since the island is privately owned, most water activities are regulated so that it is not overrun by noise pollution; however, there are still some activities that you can enjoy. Since it is quite isolated about 23 kilometers from the bigger island, Koh Chang, it is perfect for lounging, best waters for swimming or just simply indulging a beautiful Sunset. If you want a little bit more of Adventure, ride a motorcycle to one of those rubber tree plantations and try firsthand experience of collecting rubber. You can also learn traditional Thai cooking. The classes are fun and flexible at your choice.

Public transportation to Koh Mak is limited to a slow wooden Boat depart from AoNid Pier which takes about three hours, and is scheduled only on Thursday and Saturday and returns to the mainland on Monday and Friday. The best way to go and come back is with the locals who are out and about getting their supplies.


Rayong -Island Hopping Getaway

(TAT) Just a short Boat ride away from Rayong’s coast is islets which simply impress visitors with turquoise colour water and beautiful reefs. Hopping among these Islands and spend a few pampered nights in stylish resorts can be  your great holiday. 

For a short getaway among turquoise colour water and easy Beaches, Rayong’s Koh Samet is among the easiest choice to make your plan comes true. Koh Samet houses a number of accommodations in wide range and facilities to pamper your stay. Its easy beaches and spectacular sights keep visitors linger longer and longer, always. Rent a motorbike to scoot around and explore the beach, riding waves on a jetski, getting relaxing massages, or spend a modest nightlife on the beach, you can have them here.

From Koh Samet, you can make a day out to explore the adjacent Koh Kudi and the nearby islands. The crystal clear water offers excellent diving opportunity among splendid marine life including batfish, reef fishes, black coral and Sea fan. Climb the view point

If you want to stay among untouched wilderness and spend very peaceful days on the beach, Koh Talu is the place to be. The island is unique with a big hole on the rock at the northern end of the island, hence the name. Three bays with pristine beaches and stunning clear water will easily lure you.

The far eastern end of Rayong’s sea is Mu Ko Mun, or the Koh Mun Archipelago which comprises three islands. Besides the neglected beaches, coral reefs, and easy atmosphere, Koh Mun Nai houses a turtle conservation center established according to the royal initiative of Queen Sirikit. The center comprises a museum, breeding area and ponds for turtle in different ages. 

Pack your bag, ride the boat and hit the beaches. You will know that few days in Rayong too short.

How to get there: Ban Phe, where boats leave for Rayong’s islands, is 125 miles east of Bangkok via highway 7. There are accommodations on Koh Samet and Koh Talu.


Stylish Chiang Mai on Nimman

Stroll the Nimmanhaeminda Road of Chiang Mai, and you will learn how chic the enclave is. 

You will miss something if skip the program to visit the road. Nimmanhaeminda Road, or Nimman for short, is one of the liveliest pocket of the city. Situated close to Chiang Mai University, it is densely packed with a number of good shops and outlets that express the creativity and hospitality of Chiang Mai. 

Late afternoon seems to be the right time to roam the pocket, when dwellers slowly wake up from the long night. There are a number of interesting shops that impresses customer with their signature products. 

If you want the real taste of Chiang Mai, “Tong TemToh” is the right place to start. The Restaurant serves authentic Lanna cuisine. Mango Tango is the place for mango lovers. It can amazingly find mangos to serve you all year round. Mango Tango serves ice cream, pudding, smoothie, of course, everything has mango ingredient. GuuFusion Roti and Tea serves various kinds and flavors of roti as well as tea that will keep you delighted all afternoon. 

If you want to go deeper in tea, Tichaa is a special tea room you should not miss. It simply fascinates you with fragrant tea and intricate art of herbal infusion such as Northern Peak White Tea and Tranquil mountain Oolong Tea. 

Health lover should dart directly to "Salad Concept" which has very fresh vegetables, various toppings, and dressing. Cold pressed juices, fresh fruit smoothie and homemade bread will make you for it. 

Besides the chic shops, the pockets houses a number of designed hotels like the Artel Nimman with its signature slider, Bed Addict Hostel x Café for stylish backpackers and the boutique Hotel Yayee with very cozy vibe and roof top bar to oversee the city. 

 How to get there: Nimmanhaeminda Road is situation next to Chiang Mai-Lampang Highway, very close to Chiang Mai University.


Chiang Mai’s lovely mountains

(TAT) Chiang Dao, Mae Kampong and Inthanon are fascinating mountains out of Chiang Mai City. Get a glimpse of the mountainous retreats may be the best dose of nature to soak up your soul. 

Some two hour’s drive north of Chiang Mai, Chiang Dao is an ideal retreat away from the city. The district is nestled in a beautiful mountainous area dominated by the country’s third highest mountain Doi Luang Chiang Dao. 

If you are looking for a bit more off the beaten track Adventure, this untouched destination is the place to be. From bird watching, Trekking, elephant riding to exciting Cave exploration, Chiang Dao offers plenty opportunities to explore. 

East of Chiang Mai city is the luscious Mae On District. Up in the mountain, the Village of Mae Kampong showcases the easy lifestyle of Chiang Mai’s rural residents. Mae Kampong make their living from making “Miang”, the fermented tea leave that is part of Lanna lifestyle. Mountain breeze and lush forest keep the wild Himalayan tea trees fertile and the peaceful village cool all year round. 

Spend a night in Mae Kampong, and learn about the magic Miang that give life to the locals, and you will be fascinated with the life on the mountain. 

If Mae Kampong is not cool enough, Doi Inthanon, the country’s highest peak is probably the better choice. With the elevation of 2,565 metres above Sea level, Doi Inthanon is embraced with cool breeze that allows hill tribe farmers to grow temperate climate fruits, vegetables and Flowers as part of the Royal Project. 

As part of Himalayan Mountain Range, Doi inthanon is known for its biodiversity and complex ecological system teeming with wildlife. Climb to the viewpoint of Kiu Mae Pan or higher, you will be fascinated with the scenery above the high altitude cloud. 

Before going home a stroll in Chiang Mai Old Town may fulfill your trip. Visit beautiful Buddhist temples and learn about Lanna tradition at Lanna Folk Life museum Chiang Mai, you will find out that exploring the province, 4 days may be just a swift. 

How to get there: Chiang Mai is 427 miles north of Bangkok via AH2 Highway. Many airlines operates daily flights between two cities.


Tasty delicacies at Chiang Mai Night Market

(TAT) On Sunday afternoons, Chiang Mai Old City turns chaotic when roads are occupied and transformed into a food haven. Happy eaters overwhelm the streets, hunting for tasty treasures. But roaming without any plan may make you get full before meeting delicious stuff. This is a map to yummy treasures of Chiang Mai Sunday Market.

Pa Nguay Spicy Mango Salad: do not waste your time with the others “Yum” stalls, just dart to Pa Nguay. Take a queue card, and you will learn how popular Pa Nguay is. Her spicy mango salad comes with crispy fishes, roasted peanuts, and herbs. It gives full flavors of sweetness, sourness, and a bit saltiness, just add chili to add spiciness as you like it.  Get a bite of her salad can, you will realize that the quality food at a reasonable price does exist in Chiang Mai. 

Lung Krerk Crispy Wonton: the legendary crispy wonton of Chiang Mai is actually situated on a tiny cart which this uncle pushed around the city. Lung Krerk just deep fries the extremely delicious wontons.  The fried wontons come in different kinds of stuff, quail’s egg, sausage, chicken’s tendon, pork ball. Soaked up with special dipping, the simply fried wontons turn into a miracle snack all of a sudden. It is priced just 5 baht per stick. 

Tiny ice cream cone: You will love it at the first sight. The small scoops of ice cream in pastel colors on top cute little cornets are very unique sweet from Chiang Mai before spreading out to other places. Cones are placed on a paper plate, for the ease of holding and enjoyment. A set of five cones is 20 baht. Its stall is located close to U Chiang Mai hotel

Khai Pam: omelet in the banana-leaf plate is actually available throughout the northern region. But this Khai Pam outlet offers food with various toppings such as ant’s eggs, shiitake mushroom, or crab stick. 

Chiang Mai Juices: located opposite to Wat Chai Phrakiat, the stall offers various fruit and herbal juices in the price range between 10 and 15 baht only. Steps away locates another "Yum" shop, which makes quite an excellent spicy salad as well. 

A rough guideline to these yummy treasures may enable you to enjoy exploring the bustling market a bit more. 

How to get there: Chiang Mai Sunday Market or Chiang Mai Walking Street starts from 5pm onward. On Ratchadamnoen Road, it runs from Tha Pae Gate into the heart of Chiang Mai Old City. 


A vivid night out in Chiang Mai

When the darkness is about to fall, bustling Chiang Mai is cooled down by the evening breeze.  The city turns lively again. Sometimes, it is more comfortable for an easy night out. 

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In the old quarter, Wat Phra Sing and Wat Chedi Luang are lighted up and allow their sacred architectures to glow out of the dark deep blue sky. You will see the ancient Temples, which differ from during the day time. Wat Umong, known for its tunnels under the temple complex, will be covered by a magical atmosphere during twilight. If you go a little further to the adjacent Doi Suthep, you will certainly be amazed by the magnificent view of Chiang Mai at night with fewer tourists. 

While making your way through the darkness, you may find many food stalls come to life. An array of local cuisines can be found across Chiang Mai; however, traditional northern-style dinner or Khan Toke may be a more impressive option. The Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center offers the culturally rich Khan Toke dinner with traditional dances and performances. 

Anyway, there’s always room for dessert. Take Chang Moi Road, which leads to KadLuang or Warorot Market and you will find yourself on the road of yummy sweet dishes. Ua Chang Seng offers the best KanomKhai and a wide selection of Hopia. Sundae Ice Cream in Ton Lam Yai Market offers Ruammit - chilled sweet coconut milk and tapioca noodle, with jackfruit and tiny boba. At KadLuang, a stall under the stairs provides a great selection of traditional Thai dessert with a premium deliciousness. 

How to get there: Chiang Mai is located 428 miles north of Bangkok. Many airlines operate flights between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. For more information, call TAT Chiang Mai Office at 053-248-604.


Chiang Mai - an ultimate Thailand d holidayplace for both backpackers and luxury tourists

(TAT) Chiang Maiprovince is in Northern Thailand. The Chiang Mai weather is always cooler than the rest of the country, with an average temperature of 25°C throughout the year. The city has plethora of things to see and things to do. The beauty of the mountains, hill tribe villages, and botanical gardens attracts millions of tourists to Chiang Mai every year. You can also enjoy a Zoo and Aquarium, a nocturnal zoo, and classic Northern Thai temples and architecture which are a Fusion of Lanna, Mon, and Burmese styles.

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The north of Chiang Mai borders the Shan state of Myanmar. Cross-border trade is allowed at Kew Pha Wok checkpoint in Amphoe Chiang Dao and Ban Lak Taeng checkpoint in AmphoeWiangHaeng, so both are tourist sites and places for cultural exchanges between two nations. 

The south is next to AmphoeSam Ngao, Amphoe Mae Ramad, and AmphoeTha Song Yang of Tak Province, with tourist attractions like Bhumibol Dam, Sam Ngao Cliff, Mae Kasa Waterfall, and Thee Mo Bo Waterfall.

The east is next to Amphoe Mae Fah Luang, AmphoeMueangChiang Rai, Amphoe Mae Suai, and AmphoeWiang Pa Pao of Chiang Rai Province, Amphoe Mueang Pan and Amphoe Mueang Lampang of Lampang Province, and Amphoe Ban Thi, Amphoe Mueang Lamphun, Amphoe Pa Sang, AmphoeWiangNong Long, Amphoe Ban Hong, and Amphoe Li of Lamphun Province.

The west is next to Amphoe Pai, Amphoe Mueang Mae Hong Son, AmphoeKhunYuam, Amphoe Mae La Noi, Amphoe Mae Sariang, and Amphoe Sob Moei of Mae Hong Son Province. Most popular places are Amphoe Pai, Pang Oung, and Doi Mae U-kho.

Chiang Mai has a long History. It was once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. Nowadays it is a very modern city, similar to Bangkok.

Chiang Mai literally means “new city” and has retained the name despite celebrating its 700th anniversary in 1996. King Meng Rai the Great founded the city as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom on Thursday, April 12, 1296 around the same time as the establishment of the Sukhothai Kingdom. King Meng Rai even conferred with his friends, King Ramkhamhaeng of Sukhothai and King Ngam Muang of Phayao before choosing the site where the capital of the Lanna Kingdom was to be founded. Henceforth, Chiang Mai not only became the capital and cultural core of the Lanna Kingdom, it was also to be the center of Buddhism in northern Thailand. King Meng Rai himself was a very religious leader who even founded many of the city’s temples that remain important to this day.

Chiang Mai is one of the few places in Thailand where it is possible to experience both Historical and modern Thai Culture coexisting side by side: the city features centuries-old pagodas and temples next to modern convenience stores and boutique hotels. This dichotomy is best appreciated within the moat-encircled old city, which retains much of the fortified wall that once protected the city center as well as the four main gates that provided access to the former Lanna capital city. Strangely, for many years, tourists had mistaken Chiang Mai simply as the base from which they could plan Trekking and Rafting trips to hill tribe villages and explore other provinces. Once in Chiang Mai, however, tourists are surprised by the fact that there are so many things to discover other than its beautiful and historic temples. Intriguing diversity among ethnic tribes, a number of elephant camps, many cooking and massage schools, numerous outdoor activities, a variety of handicrafts workshops, various cultural performances, and breathtaking scenery make Chiang Mai one of Asia’s most attractive tourist destinations. The phrase "a day in Chiang Mai is enough to see things around town" was once a common expression. Today, two weeks in Chiang Mai may not be long enough for travelers to experience all that Chiang Mai has to offer.

The old city of Chiang Mai is a showcase of the north’s fascinating indigenous cultural identity that includes diverse dialects, a delectable cuisine, distinctive architecture, traditional values, lively festivals, numerous handicrafts workshops, northern style massage, and classical dances. Chiang Mai is also blessed with pristine natural resources including mountains, waterfalls, and Rivers. The presence of numerous hill tribes that feature a wealth of unique cultures enhances Chiang Mai’s distinctive diversity. Hill tribe trekking often combined with river rafting and elephant riding has always been one of Chiang Mai’s greatest tourist attractions. Nowadays there are innumerable activities and attractions both in the city and the surrounding province, including massage instruction and golf. Moreover, visitors can visit workshops where they can learn about the production of silk or silver, and purchase memorable, hand-crafted souvenirs. With such a diverse range of attractions and an equally grand selection of dining and accommodation options, Chiang Mai is a place where both backpackers and luxury tourists can enjoy the ultimate Thailand holiday.
 


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