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Tourism Authority of Thailand welcomes Yuthasak Supasorn as the new governor

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) on Friday (28 August, 2015) welcomed Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn as the new governor. His official start date is 1 September, 2015.

Mr. Yuthasak, 49, was appointed by the TAT Board of Directors as the TAT Governor after Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik who completed his term at the end of March 2015. He was previously the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Thailand’s MCOT Public Company Limited (MCOT).

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TCEB Promotes Khao Yai As A Leading MICE Destination


Mr Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, TCEB’s President delivering the Welcome Address

In preparation for ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organisation) or TCEB continues to position Thailand as a leading MICE industry hub in the region. Khao Yai is featured in this year Thailand CONNECT The World 2015: Bangkok – Khao Yai Media Familiarisation Trip as a leading MICE destination for its business travellers.

At only 205km or three hours from downtown Bangkok, Khao Yai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site can offers unbeatable business events travellers with a wide breadth of pre-and post-programmes, ranging from active outdoor sports activities to eco-friendly CSR and uber-luxurious retreat programme. In 2014, Khao Yai recorded a total of 3,808,476 Thai travellers and 359,953 foreign visitors, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Located in Pak Chong district in Nakhon Ratchasima province, Khao Yai Convention Center (KYCC), the newest convention center in Khao Yai becomes the largest one in the northeast of Thailand. Opened in 2014, it offers 40 000 square feet of flexible meeting space to accommodate every need. KYCC provides seven private banquet rooms for smaller events and meetings. The Grand Ballroom has a capacity of 1000 people for seated meals. Currently, there are 184 hotels with a total of 7,024 rooms located within the vicinity of Khao Yai National Park.

To further advance the collaboration to drive Thai MICE sector for the ASEAN Economic Community, TCEB synergises with four key partner organisations including the Tourism Authority of Thailand(TAT), Thai Airways International, the Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA) and Bangkok River Partners (BRP) to help attract more business events to Thailand.

According to the Thai Hotels Association, Bangkok has 300 hotels and 60,000 rooms in the city centre alone. New hotel openings from 2015 are centred in the Ploenchit/Sukhumvit, Silom/Sathorn and Chao Phraya Riverside districts. Located in the heart of the city at the intersection of Rajdamri, Ploenchit and Rama 1 road, Ratchaprasong is Bangkok’s shopping crossroads and a world-class destination. Its one-square-kilometre area offers over 1,500 quality rooms and more than 1,000 shops, restaurants, spas, and clubs as well as sacred shrines. It is easily reached by taxi or the ultra-modern, above-ground BTS Skytrain. In addition, the district is also a centre for MICE activities, with ample venues and facilities of up to 420,000 sqm.

With an aim to turn Ratchaprasong into one of the top downtown districts in Asia, rivalling Singapore’s Orchard Road, Japan’s Ginza and Hong Kong Central district, Thailand’s top investors Central Group, Erawan Group, Platinum Group, and other RSTA members are currently investing more than 60 million baht in total to add 3,900 new hotel rooms, 382 new residential units, 40,320 square metres of new convention space, and 149,000 square metres of new office space into Ratchaprasong within the next three years.

Bangkok River Partners (BRP) was launched in April 2014 by the eight, luxury hotels located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. The eight member hotels are: Anantara Bangkok Riverside and Spa, Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, The Peninsula Bangkok, Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside, Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and Towers, and Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok. Together they offer unbeatable facilities and a wide selection of unbeatable attractions close at hand. The BRP alliance represents MICE capacity of 4,152 rooms, 13 Ballrooms and 112 meeting rooms, as well as 42 restaurants. Two world class hotels: Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River and Capella Hotel Bangkok expected to open in 2017.

Strengthened by the success of the Thailand’s MICE United campaign in 2014, TCEB kicks off the Thailand’s MICE United II with the launch of the Thailand CONNECT Welcome Package, the package comprises a special Thailand edition BTS Connect Smart Connect SmartPass, and one-hour Free Wifi Trial by TrueMove H, with more than 100,000 True WiFi hotspots around the country.

Singapore is the fourth largest source of MICE travellers for Thailand in 2014. In the first half of the 2015 fiscal year October 2014 to March 2015, Thailand welcomes 47,905 Singapore business events travellers, generating more than US$124.85 million for the Thai economy. Looking ahead, TCEB forecasts that the launch of Thailand CONNECT The World, and Thailand’s MICE United II together with other market initiatives will enable Thailand to welcome 1,036,300 business events visitors (a 17% increase from 2014 targets), earning the Thai economy a total of US$3.55 billion (a 22% increase from 2014 targets) in 2015.

Thailand CONNECT The World 2015: Bangkok – Khao Yai Media Familiarisation Trip

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Win 3 nights accommodation inclusive of breakfast for 2 persons at MANATHAI Koh Samui

MANATHAI Koh Samui’s Lamai Suite

Stand a chance to win 3 nights accommodation inclusive of breakfast for 2 persons at MANATHAI Koh Samui and return Samui Airport/Hotel transfers . Jointly organised by Tourism Authority of Thailand (Singapore) and MANATHAI Koh Samui.

Contest is open to all residents in Singapore and Philippines of age 18 years and above.

Contest closing is on 31st August 2015 at 11:59:59pm Singapore time

For more information, please visit the link below:

Win 3 nights accommodation inclusive of breakfast for 2 persons at MANATHAI Koh Samui

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Around Bangkok – Four Face Buddha of Erawan Shrine

Temples in Thailand -  The original Four-Faced Buddha of  Erawan Shrine-The Face of Peace and Health

Original image of Four Face Buddha (Erawan Shrine,Bangkok)

The Erawan Shrine or San Phra Phrom located at the Rajprasong intersection, next to Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel is the most popular shrine amongst Asian tourists and locals in Bangkok. From day to night, people from all walks of life come here to seek blessings. The shrine holds the Hindu god Brahma in the center, known in Thai as Phra Phrom. The four-headed deity is a class of celestial beings but not Lord Buddha. The name Erawan comes from Brahma’s thirty-three headed elephant.

Four-Faced Buddha of Erawan Shrine - A wish fulfilled

Classical Thai dancers (Erawan Shrine, Bangkok)

The Shrine used to be a spirit house in the past. Spirit houses are common throughout Thailand, and can be found outside almost every house and building. It protects the land and its inhabitants. The gilded plaster statue was enshrined on November 9, 1956 to ward off bad luck during the construction of the first Erawan Hotel. It is a very significant date for true believers and devotees from all over the world come and pay homage to the highly revered deity every year. In March 2006, the statue itself was unfortunately destroyed by a demented man and a replacement was quickly built in May.

Four-Faced Buddha of  Erawan Shrine- Offering

Offerings to Four Face Buddha (Erawan Shrine, Bangkok)

The Four Face Buddha literally has four faces. It is said that each of the four faces represent the elements of the earth that face four different directions. In a clockwise direction starting at the entrance, the first Face which represents the Face of Peace and Health, Face of Good Fortune, Face of Good Relationships and Face of Protection against Evils.

Holy water

Urn filled with holy water (Four Faced Buddha of Erawan Shrine)

Devotees usually sprinkle a few drops of holy water over their heads and shoulders or dropping a couple of coins into the urn after prayer.

Cages of birds on sold for releasing

Cages of birds for releasing (Erawan Shrine, Bangkok)

Merit making has become part of my routine in Bangkok. The Thais believe that we create merit credit for doing good deeds and merit deficit for bad deeds performed. At the entrance of the Shrine, caged birds like Munia are being sold for releasing. I usually pay 100 THB to release a family of birds but not at Erawan Shrine, 500 THB for a cage of birds!!!

There are many who claim their wishes have been granted here, especially on Thursday and devotees offer marigold flowers, coconuts, candles and incense sticks in front of the deity. Often, if a wish has been granted, people thank the God by offering gigantic teak elephants and candles and have also commissioned classical Thai dancers to dance in front of the God.

But even if you do not believe in such things, it is worth the visit to learn more about the Thais distinctive culture and traditions.

Four-Faced Buddha of  Erawan Shrine- Offering garlands of Marigold

Price for the dancers to dance for you

2 dancers = 260 Baht 4 dancers = 360 Baht 6 dancers = 610 Baht 8 dancers = 710 Baht . Remember to purchase your offering inside the Shrine because it will only cost you from 50 THB and above.

Visiting Times: Brahma Shrine: 6.00-23.00 hrs

Getting There: Skytrain to Siam Square if you are from the Silom Line or skytrain to Chit Lom Station if you are in Sukhumvit Line.

Four-Faced Buddha of  Erawan Shrine- Devotee make an offering using gold leaf

A devotee offers gold leaf @ Four Face Buddha of Erawan Shrine (Bangkok)

Best Hotel Rates Around Four-Faced Buddha of Erawan Shrine Best Hotel Rates & Availability

Come to coffin donation,you will either catch a cab or motorbike to Ruamkatanyu Foundation situated next to Wat Hua Lampong. The Taoist shrine is situated right above San Yan MRT station (Exit 1). If you are interested to donate some money to the poor, go to Thien Fa Foundation located in Bangkok’s Chinatown (Yawaorat). A beautiful statue of Kwan Yim or the Goddness of Mercy crafted from teakwood await you. For protection, pray to Lord Ganesha or if you are looking for love, simply pray to Phra Trimurti (God of Love) in front of Isetan at CentralWorld.

Four Face Buddha of Erawan Shrine (Bangkok, Thailand)

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Coming Soon – A New Amazing Thailand Clip on Eugene Tang : A Journey into The Land of Thousand Smiles

A New Clip on Eugene Tang – A Journey into The Land of Thousand Smiles

Sawasdee krab! Every journey begins with a single step and I would like to invite you to join me on an amazing journey into “The Land of Thousand Smiles“.

Photography has always been an important part of my life in one way or another and Thailand has the most beautiful and lively cities and tourist attractions in the world. With the kind support and cooperation from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the travel industry players, I have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet many beautiful people and see many beautiful places and enjoy a fantastic array of traditional Thai cuisine and world class accommodation and outstanding services.

Winner- Friends of Thailand Award 2008

The journey began on 2008 with my receiving the “Friends of Thailand Tourism Award”. Every single trip has inspired me to capture those precious moments that can slip by unnoticed and to freeze them in time with my “Third Eye“.

And now, I am pleased to present to you a breathtaking photographic journey into “The Land of Thousand Smiles“.

My Amazing Journey…Once in a Lifetime!!!

Eugene Tang – A Journey into The Land of Thousand Smiles

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Thailand Eco-Travel – Discover Nature at Ban Khao Homestay (Songkhla)

Ban Khao Homestay – a little paradise nestled in the middle of rice paddies (Songkhla, Thailand)

All huts come with mosquito netting (Ban Khao Homestay, Songkhla)

Located in Amphur Ranod, northernmost district of Songkhla province, southern Thailand, Ban Khao Homestay is an ideal place to stay for nature and bird lovers. A world away from the hectic city life. Ban Khao Homestay offers native hut accommodations set in the middle of the rice fields. The accommodation is very basic inclusive of simple breakfast, lunch and dinner.

A leisure boat ride on the waterway (Ban Khao, Songkhla)

Look who’s watching you!

With an open mind, I enjoyed every moment of my stay at Ban Khao Homestay such as taking a morning outdoor shower from rain barrels overlooking the deep green rice paddies, it was such a wonderful feeling! One of the great things to do is bird watching but prepare to wake up early in the morning (5am). Thanks to its rich diversity of habitats and wildlife, there is an impressive variety of waterfowl and waders in the territory of Ban Khao Homestay such as the Asian Openbill Stork, Little Egret, Grey Heron etc. The connecting waterways are lined with colourful tropical water lilies in full bloom early in the morning. It is a heavenly sight!!!

A massive flock of Asian Openbill Storks (Ban Khao, Songkhla)

The famous Chinese fishing nets, located in the Cochin/Kochi city of Kerala can be found in Ban Khao (Songkhla, Thailand)

What about food in Ban Khao Homestay? Pee Khao’s wife is an excellent cook and a gracious host. She will prepare you sumptuous home-cooked meals using fresh, locally sourced ingredients that can be enjoyed while relaxing in the open air. The freshwater river shrimps (Goong Mae Nam) from Thale Noi are simply delicious. Must try!!!

Overall it was a good experience and I had the chance to go back to basics of life as well as a unique opportunity to experience life in the countryside. It is the perfect destination to relax and rejuvinate. Last but not least, thank you once again for the warm hospitality and sumptuous meals.

Water lilies yield edible celery-like stalks

A bowl of delicious Tom Yum Goong

Ban Khao Homestay can be visited all year long but the best time is during March to October where the water lilies are in full bloom. Undoubtedly the best time to see the migratory birds such as Redshank is during September to March.

Discover Nature at Ban Khao Homestay

Getting There:

There is no direct transportation from Hat Yai to Ban Khao Homestay. It takes about 2.5 hours drive by car from Hat Yai city. From Phatthalung, head to Thalenoi and use the Sapan Chalerm Phra Kiat 80 Pansa (Head to Amphur Ranod of Songkhla). Then follow the signboard showing direction to “Khuan Chalik”, drive another 4km, you will reach Ban Khao Homestay. If you are coming from Nakhon Si Thammarat, simply head to Amphur Ranod and look out for the signboad showing direction to “Khuan Chalik”.

For anyone taking the public transportation, after arriving Ranod then hire a local motorcycle or truck to Ban Khao Homestay.

My little companion in Ban Khao Homestay, isn’t she cute?

For more information, please kindly contact TAT Hatyai office:
1/1 Thanon Nipatuthit 3 Soi 2
Tel: 0 7424 3747, 0 7423 8518, 0 7423 1055
Fax: 0 7424 5986
Email: tathatyai@tat.or.th
www.songkhlatourism.org

My gracious hosts in Ban Khao Homestay (Pee Khao and his wife)

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Exotic Taste of Thailand – Nam Prik Maeng Da (Giant Waterbug Chili Dipping Paste)

Nam Prik Maeng Da is best eaten with fresh or boiled vegetable

Some 200 edible insect species are eaten in Thailand and the giant water bug (Lethocerus indicus) or maeng-da-na is highly appreciated in Thai cuisine for its unique flavour and Nam Prik Maeng Da is definitely one of my favourite nam priks. It is a spicy Thai chili dip that incorporates pounded giant water bugs as the main flavoring ingredient. To me, the dip has a fruity flavour like raw mango. It has a much lighter taste than the traditional nam prik pla ra or fermented fish dip of Northeastern Thailand.

This is an amazing dish with a strong exotic scent. Like durians *King of Fruits* either you love it or hate it!

A bowl of giant water bugs (Lethocerus indicus)

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Mobile Sushi Bar (Sakura) at Songkhla Old Town Walking Street…So Cool!!!

Mobile Sushi Bar at Songkhla Old Town Walking Street (Thailand)

Checkout this mobile sushi bar (Sakura) if you are visiting Songkhla Old Town Walking Street (Songkhla Tae Raek) located in Southern Thailand. It operates from 4pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I think it’s a pretty cool ideal to convert a Song Taew, a pickup truck for carrying rear passengers into a mobile sushi bar!!!

Sushi Kitchen on the Upper Deck (Songkhla Old Town Walking Street, Thailand)

Dining on the Lower Deck (Songkhla Old Town Walking Street, Thailand)

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Thailand Stock Photos by Eugene Tang are now available through www.Alamy.com

Bangkok skyline (DDYXXE) sold by www.Alamy.com

Dear All,

I would like to thank you once again for your kind support of TourismThailand Blog (www.eugenegoesthailand.com).

If you are interested in my photography and wish to purchase my stock, I am pleased to inform you that the photos are now available through www.Alamy.com.

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The stock library features the best images of beautiful People and Places etc that I have discovered during my own journey in Thailand. As the days go by, more photo images will be added to the library. Meanwhile, join me on my epic journey:

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Magnificent Sunrise at Yun Lai Viewpoint in Pai (Mae Hong Son)

My First Sunrise of the Year at Yun Lai Viewpoint in Pai (Mae Hong Son)

Misty morning in the valley (Pai,Mae Hong Son)

Morning has broken (Pai,Mae Hong Son)

Magnificent Sunrise over the mountains(Pai,Mae Hong Son)

Yun Lai Viewpoint is situated in Shandicun or Yunnan Chinese village which is located 4.5 kilometers from Pai in Mae Hong Son province, northern Thailand.

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Baan Suan Rudee Resort : A Perfect Retreat in Chanthaburi

Baan Suan Rudee Resort – A Perfect Retreat in Chanthaburi

If you are looking for a peaceful retreat with a touch of Thai hospitality, I will recommend Baan Suan Rudee Resort, a locally run hotel situated in Khlung district in Chanthaburi province, 22.8km from Trat Airport. This beautiful piece of property is located in a private orchard surrounded by lush vegetation and a year-round stream. It is a perfect place to de-stress and unwind with your loved one while enjoying the beautiful natural landscape.

Clean & comfortable guestroom (Baan Suan Rudee Resort, Chanthaburi)

Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, Baan Suan Rudee Resort (A Beautiful Garden House) is a friendly and relaxed place to stay. There are only ten guestrooms each with its own private balcony overlooking the lush green natural landscape and the fruit orchard. I recommend that you make a reservation. The room and amenities are basic but everything is very clean and comfortable. The family room is big enough to accommodate 4-7 pax. The bed rate is net and inclusive of daily breakfast. Rates start from 1,500 THB.

A Good Garden Landscape (Baan Suan Rudee Resort, Chanthaburi)

Known as a center of gemstones, Chanthaburi is also a fruit heaven. During the fruits season (May – July), the province is overflowed with plenty of tropical fruit such as durian, mangosteen, rambutan, longkong etc. There are lots of fruit trees in the orchard where you can eat to your heart’s content. For dining, there are many food outlets in the nearby town offering a wide range of local delicacies and dishes.

Interior of The Church of The Virgin Mary (Chanthaburi, Thailand)

Besides fruit orchards, there are many places of interest to discover while you visit Chanthaburi. I managed to visit two main attractions in the city despite of the bad weather. Established over 300 years ago, The Church of The Virgin Mary on Chanthanimit Road on the river bank is the largest Catholic edifice in Thailand. This was my second visit to a Catholic church in Thailand. The first was ‘The Nativity of Our Lady Cathedral’ located in Bang Khonthi district in Samut Songkram province. The Gemstone Market (Talad Ploy) is open every Friday and Saturday where anyone come here to trade and it was an eye-opening experience.

This was my first trip to Chanthaburi and it was a memorable stay at Baan Suan Rudee Resort. It really is a lovely place and a perfect retreat spot for me.
Getting There:
Bangkok’s Ekkamai and Mochit bus terminals both offer regular service to Chanthaburi, while minibuses leave each hour from Bangkok’s Victory Monument. The resort offers pick-up services from Chanthaburi town and Trat Airport.

Contact information:
Baan Suan Rudee Resort
Tambon Trok Nong, Amphoe Khlung, Chang Wat Chanthaburi 22110,
Tel: +66 3938 6119, +668 1806 5030, +668 1641-7973

Clear running stream by the resort (Baan Suan Rudee, Chanthaburi)

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Cycle Track Around Bangkok Old City (Rattanakosin)

New 8km Cycle Lane around Rattanakosin in Bangkok

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Meet Up with H.E Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports (Thailand) at ATF 2015

It was a pleasure to meet H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports at ASEAN Tourism Forum 2015 (ATF) in Myanmar.

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Thai province of Buri Ram (Buriram) listed as one of Asia’s top trending travel destinations by Agoda.com

Khmer temple of Prasat Hin Phanom Rung (Buriram)

Situated in the heart of Northeastern Thailand (377km from Bangkok), Buri Ram (Buriram), one of Thailand’s cultural gems, was recently named as one of Asia’s must-see sights in a poll by influential travel website Agoda.com in its annual “Fresh Destinations” list, which ranks up and coming holiday spots across Asia.

Buri Ram (Buriram) was singled out for the spectacular 10th century Khmer temple of Prasat Hin Phanom Rung, which was described as “one of the best preserved temples of its kind in the world.” Prasat Hin Phanom Rung was trending with travellers thanks to its low visitor numbers and stunning “photo-friendly” location on top of an extinct volcano. Agoda.com also recommended seeing Buri Ram’s exciting long-boat races that take place every November.

Buri Ram (Buriram) was listed alongside destinations; such as, Taiwan’s Penghu Island, Chitwan National Park in Nepal, the temples of Mount Emei in China and Japan’s Yufuin hot springs.

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Thailand to host Asia’s first Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX Asia 2015) in October


Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony (TBEX Asia 2015)

Calling all travel bloggers and online writers worldwide, the first Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) will be held in Bangkok between 15 – 17 October 2015 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre.

The TBEX Asia 2015 is being jointly supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA). It will provide a unique opportunity for Thailand to showcase the “2015 Discover Thainess” campaign and allow Thailand-based bloggers to network with worldwide counterparts.

It is held every year in North America, Europe, and now, also in Asia Pacific. This is an event not to be missed. For more information, log onto TBEX Asia 2015

Executives posed for a group photo (TBEX Asia 2015)

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Muslim Visitors To Thailand Get Their Own App

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched its first App designed specifically for the growing number of Muslim visitors to find their way around the country.

The App for iOS and Android is both an online and offline guidebook that will help Muslim visitors find mosques, halal restaurants and hotels, shopping centres with prayer rooms, and other facilities of cultural importance to Muslim travellers.

The app can be downloaded here:

http://www.tourismthailand.org/muslimfriendly

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Situation Update of the Explosion Incident in Bangkok dated 18 August 2015

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to convey the deepest sympathy and condolences to all the victims of the blast and their families at this traumatic time. The thoughts and prayers of the Thai people are with you.

Thai authorities have stepped up security at key locations in Bangkok following the explosion that took place on Monday (17 August 2015 around 19.00 hrs.) at the city’s Ratchaprasong Intersection. The explosion is currently under police investigation. The spokesman of the Royal Thai Police stated that there have been a total of 22 casualties and 123 injuries as of 18 August 2015 at 07.00 hrs. The concerned authorities are contacting the families of victims of the blast and helping the injured to get medical treatment in local hospitals. The Thai tourism industry has mobilised the support of its members to assist and facilitate tourists affected by the incident, such as providing interpreters and helping with immediate travel arrangements.

The Royal Thai Police have requested that locals and tourists exercise caution when out and about in Bangkok. The Police have also increased their presence and put extra security in place at all of Bangkok’s key tourist areas in response to the incident. Citywide patrols are in place to ensure the safety of locals and visitors to the Thai capital. Meanwhile, overall life in the city is continuing as normal. All public services and banks are available to the public. As for tourist businesses, other tourist sites, hotels, restaurants, tour operators, and shopping malls remain open, while transportation links, major roads and airports continue to operate. This includes Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain and MRT services and both Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi International Airports receive domestic and international flights.

In addition, events that the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is supporting remain as scheduled, such as the “Way of Silk, the Way of Thai: A Tribute to Her Majesty the Queen” silk exhibition in Bangkok during 17-30 August, TBEX Asia 2015 during 15-17 October and the nationwide Loi Krathong festivities in November, as well as all other domestic and overseas marketing activities. TAT is monitoring and assessing the situation in Bangkok and will be providing regular updates.

Useful contact for tourists: TAT Call Centre 1672.

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Celebrations of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 83th Birthday on 12 August 2015


Her Majesty Queen Sirikit (Thailand)

In celebrations of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 83th Birthday on 12 August, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is organising a special event to strengthen the recognition of Thai silk and to honour Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’ss continuous contributions to the conservation, development, and promotion of a wide variety of Thai silk to international awareness.

Highlighted activities will be staged at two venues: Parusakawan Palace on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue on 14 August between 17:00-20:00 hrs, and a special two-week exhibition at the Siam Paragon Department Store from 17-30 August between 11:00-21:00 hrs. This will showcase Thai silk fabric from five leading silk production centres in Thailand, demonstrate the unique Thai silk weaving techniques especially the most famous Yok Thong Thai silk from Surin province.

There will also be mini fashion shows of top-quality Thai silk clothes, especially those designed by Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana and many other leading Thai and international designers including the owner of Koi Suwannagate fashion outlet in New York; Chamnan Pakdeesuk the designer of the Flynow brand; Saksit Pisalasupongs and Phisit Jongnarangsin from the Tube Gallery brand; as well as Ms Hermione De Paula- the rising star fashion designer from the UK-based Fashion Innovation Agency, whose work has been presented in the London Fashion Week, will also present their works at this event.

The event also includes a silk-weaving demonstration, demonstration on how to wear silk-woven clothes as well as presentation of Thailand’s silk routes for anyone who might be interested to visit the silk weaving villages in each region. The exhibition is held along with the showcase of handicraft products from the Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand (Public Organisation).

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Thailand declared free of MERS on 3rd July 2015

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health today declared the country free of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) after lab test of its first and only MERS patient, a 75-year-old Omani man, showing no sign of the virus. Meanwhile, lab test on 176 others who had come into contact with the man also shows no sign of the virus.

However, the Ministry said that it would continue its precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the virus into the country, especially monitoring inbound passengers from countries known to have experienced the spread of MERS. Checkpoints with thermal imaging cameras have been installed at international airports.

The general public has also been advised to adhere to sanitary practices to protect themselves against the virus as well as take extra precaution when travelling to countries with report of MERS cases.

For more information, call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Hotline 1422.

Related article:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/03/us-asia-health-mers-idUSKCN0PD0NX20150703

http://timesofoman.com/article/62571/Oman/Health/Omani-MERS-patient-discharged-from-Thailand-hospital-on-Friday

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