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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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TBEX Asia 2015 Bloggers Preview Trip – Dinner at Ban Suan Sudaporn Restaurant (Trang, Thailand)


TBEX Blogger Preview Trip (Ban Suan Sudaporn, Trang)

The Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) is the world’s largest travel blogging conference. It is held every year in North America, Europe, and now, also in Asia Pacific. Supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), TBEX Asia 2015 will be held for the first time in Bangkok from 15 – 17 October 2015 in Thailand.


Ban Suan Sudaporn, Trang province

I have selected the preview trip (23 – 25 March) in Trang province located just south of the popular Krabi province in Thailand. Meet up the group for dinner at Ban Suan Sudaporn Restaurant serving authentic Thai cuisine in a lush, tropical garden setting.


Mouth-watering authentic Thai cuisine (Ban Suan Sudaporn, Trang)

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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 Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) MICE Road Show 2015 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Singapore

Welcome Address by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand, H.E. Mr. Bansarn Bunnag

The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) in partnership with Tourism Authority of Thailand, Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways International organised its first TCEB MICE Road Show 2015 in Singapore to promote business and networking opportunities for the MICE industry between the two countries. Singapore has replaced Japan as the fourth largest source of MICE travellers for Thailand in 2014. The event was attended by H.E. Mr. Bansarn Bunnag, Ambassador of Thailand to Singapore.

TCEB foresees that in 2015 Thailand will welcome 1,036,300 international MICE visitors, earning the Thai economy 106,780 million baht.


Presentation by Mr Thanabodee Hemsuchi, TCEB Manager, Meeting and Incentive Promotion Section (Meetings, Incentives and Conventions Department)


Corporate MICE buyers meet with Thai sellers (TCEB MICE Road Show 2015)


TCEB MICE Road Show 2015 in partnership with Tourism Authority of Thailand. (Left) Ms. Khanittha Phanworawat, Assistant TAT Director (Singapore) and Elaine Seah (TAT Marketing Officer)


(Right) H.E. Mr. Bansarn Bunnag, Ambassador of Thailand to Singapore


Congratulations to the lucky draw winners (TCEB MICE Road Show 2015)

The day ended with a delicious buffet dinner

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2015 Songkran Celebrations in Chiang Mai (13 – 15 April), Thailand

Songkran Festival in Chiang Mai (Thailand)

April, the month of Songkran, is considered to be one of the hottest months in the Thai calendar year and Chiang Mai is recommended as the place to be during this period.

You are spoiled for choice when it comes to celebrating Songkran in Chiang Mai. Pools, canals and streets are just a few of the places where you can get your water supply.

Better yet, be prepared!

Grab a water pistol or even a hose and begin drenching people! It’s all about fun, fun and more fun.

Here’s the official Songkran schedule observed in recent years in Chiang Mai:

April 13

  • 6 a.m: Merit making and alms giving at Tha Pae Gate
  • 8:00 a.m: Grand opening ceremony at Tha Pae Gate
  • 8:30 a.m- noon: Lanna offerings contest, performances at Tha Pae Gate
  • 7 a.m. – noon: Parade of Mae Ying Kee Rod Theep Kaeng Jong, or Lanna girls on bicycles with umbrellas beauty contest, from the TAT office to Tha Pae Gate.
  • 9.00 – 9.30 a.m: Invitation ceremony of Buddha Sihing image on a special carriage at Wat Phra Sing.
  • 1:00 p.m: Invitation ceremony for Phra Buddha Sihing image, parade of Buddha images and Miss Songkran float in the procession from Train Station to Wat Phra Sing.
  • 7 pm. to midnight: Miss and Mr. Songkran Contest, Lanna local arts competition at Tha Pae Gate

April 14

  • 3 p.m. – 5 p.m: Buddhist procession from Iron Bridge to Tha Pae Gate carrying holy sand and relics

April 15

  • 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m: Blessings will be offered to the Chiang Mai Governor with participants starting from 3 Kings Monument to the Governor’s Residence on Nawarat Bridge


Happy Songkran to You!

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Amazing Thailand Golf Challenge 2015 (9-12 May), Bangkok

Organised by Tourism Authority of Thailand (Singapore) for golf lovers. This 4Days/3 Nights golf package price (S$488 twin sharing) is very attractive considering the golf courses playing, golf clinic by TMG Academy and inclusive items. TAT has also engaged Blue Elephant Cooking School & Restaurant to provide their signature Thai cuisines for the golfers to sample.

Golf and Thai gourmet cuisine – all in one. Amazing Thailand Golf Challenge 2015 is an event not to be missed.

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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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Bloom Your Luck with Mandi Bunga (Floral Bath) Cleansing Ritual at Wat Phakor Suwanaram Temple ( Songkhla, Thailand)

Mandi Bunga (Floral Bath) Cleansing Ritual at Wat Phakor Suwanaram Temple ( Songkhla, Thailand)

If you want to get rid off of your bad luck in life and attract success? Visit Wat Phakor Suwanaram Temple for a Mandi Bunga (Floral Bath) cleansing ritual today located in Namom district, Songkhla province. Founded by the late Luang Poo Thong more than 30 years ago, the southern temple is extremely popular with Malaysians and Singaporeans.

A bucket of holy water containg flower petals and kaffir lime (Manti Bunga ritual, Thailand)

The Mandi Bunga (Floral Bath) is a traditional cleansing ritual practiced to ward off evil and illness and to bring good fortune and luck by the Malays, Chinese and Indians in Malaysia. Besides flowers, Kaffir Lime (Limau Purut) and pomelo (Som-O) leaves are commonly used ingredients in the mandi bunga ritual. The Malays and Indians believe that bathing with kaffir lime can dispel evil and bad luck. The fruit is cut and blended with plain water and flower petals and then bathe with as part of spiritual cleansing.

The undecomposed body of the late Luang Poo Thong (Wat Phakor Suwanaram Temple (Songkhla)

After his death in 2000, Luang Poo Thong’s body to this day remains undecomposed is encased in a glass coffin with no preservatives at the temple premises. Since Luang Poo Thong was a strict vegetarian, devotees are advised to offer fruits and vegetarian food only.

Many people who have seen the positive results after taking the floral bath (Mandi Bunga) come back for more and Wat Phakor Suwanaram is one of the most famous temples in Southern Thailand.

Note: Mandi refers to a traditional Indonesian or Malaysian way of bathing and Bunga refers to flowers

Devotees come as far as Malaysia and Singapore (Wat Phakor Suwanaram Temple, Songkhla)

Mandi Bunga (Floral Bath) service at Wat Phakor Suwanaram Temple(Songkhla):

200THB (S$8.11) per session

Time: 5.45am – 8.30pm

Contact Information:

Wat Phakor Suwanaram Temple
Amphoe Namom,Songkhla 90310, Thailand
Phone: 074-382395, 074-382140
Mobile: 081-609 2092, 087-2953656

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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.

Please kindly visit the link below:

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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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Thailand Moves Forward To Promote Khon Kaen as a New MICE Destination

Serpent in Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon (Khon Kaen)

Under the new Thai cabinet, Thailand moves forward to promote Khon Kaen as a new, premium destination for MICE to international and national media. Organised by The Thailand Exhibition and Convention Bureau (TCEB) and supported by Ministry of Foreign Affair (MFA), Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Thai Airways and Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA). The Thailand CONNECT 2014 – ISAN indulgence Media Familiarisation aims to showcase the vibrancy of two of Thailand’s foremost MICE Destinations – the endless inspiring Capital of Connection, Bangkok and the thriving commercial centre of Khon Kaen, Gateway to Indochina and Southern China.

(From 2nd Left) Mr Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President of TCEB, Mr Sek Wannamethee, Director-General, Department of Information, and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Mr Charles Pamonmontri, Director Thailand Sales Services Department, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited and Mr Chai Srivikorn, President of Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA) and Ms. Parichat Svetasreni, Director of Marketing and Corporate Image Department,TCEB

Welcome Address by Mr. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President of TCEB

Located 449 kilometres from Bangkok, Khon Kaen is the second-largest of the north-eastern provinces of Thailand. Both Thai Airways, Thai AirAsia and Nok Air have regular flight services from Bangkok to Khon Kaen. Flights depart from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Muang Airport and arrive 45 minutes later on Khon Kaen International Airport. Some 32 flights are handled by the airport each day, and daily passenger number average 8,000 per day. Laos Central International Airlines has become the first international commercial airline to offer services to Khon Kaen International Airport, flying Khon Kaen – Luang Prabang.

Media Brief at The Airport of Thailand (AOT)

As one of Thailand’s premiere MICE location and newly appointed MICE City, Khon Kaen has become the heart of meeting and seminars for both the public and private sector alike, as well as international conventions. According to an overview of the MICE industry surveyed by TCEB in 2013, the industry generated revenues of US33.92 million baht from a total 692,292 MICE visitors, of which US$14.31 million was from 4,292 international MICE visitors and US$19.61 million from 688, 000 domestic visitors. In 2013, TCEB anticipates the growth of the domestic MICE business at 15 per cent, or 4.3 million MICE travellers, which could generate up to 13,706 million baht in revenue.

Centara Hotel and Convention Centre Khon Kaen – Convention Hall

Khon Kaen has a wide variety of accommodation options to suit both business or leisure travellers. Located in the heart of the city, the 196-room Centara Hotel and Convention Centre Khon Kaen houses the largest indoor venue covering an area of 4,000 square metres, offers a flexible indoor event space with a maximum capacity of 2,000 attendee. The four-star hotel provides easy access to Khon Kaen’s largest shopping and lifestyle centre, Central Plaza Khon Kaen and is a comfortable 15-minute drive from Khon Kaen Airport. Other recommended hotels include Pullman Khon Kaen, Wishing Tree Resort etc. Khon Kaen also has Khon Kaen University Convention Centre managed by Charoen Thani, the largest convention centre of north-eastern Thailand that can cater for up to 3,000 visitors.

CSR Activity – Shelves for Child

With the support of the Thai government, Khon Kaen has emerged as a potential city to cater for the MICE venues according to its location in the heart of the Northeast region, conveniences of transportation, facilities and capability of various convention centres and hotels, attractiveness of the tourist attractions, and connectivity to neighbouring provinces and gateway to Indochina and Southern China.

Bai Sri Su Khwan ceremony – Isan Cultures & Traditions

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and by far its largest city with an estimated population of over 10 million. Bangkok, for many, represents the quintessential Asian capital. Although intensely urbanized, the capital exhibits an uncompromised Thai identity beneath its modern veneer. It provides untold opportunities for memorable MICE functions that combine Thailand’s unbeatable value and flexibility with its distinctive culture and legendary hospitality, resulting in truly unique and inspiring experiences.

Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World

From large-scale exhibitions and conventions, to intimate meetings and incentives groups, Bangkok has the venue, accommodation, and creative support you need for enriching, productive functions. According to statistics from the Thai Hotels Association, Bangkok has a total of 299 hotels and 59,824 rooms in the city alone. New hotel openings in 2013 – 2014 can be found around the business and commercial areas located in Ploenchit/Sukhumvit/Silom/Sathorn and Chao Phraya Riverside districts along the BTS routes and MRT subway lines. Besides best shopping, dining and entertainment, Ratchaphrasong, “The Heart of Bangkok” is also a centre for MICE activities, with ample venues and facilities up to 420,000 sq.m.

Welcome Reception at Marriott Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 57

According to The Trade Fair Industry of Asia 10th Edition, 2014 by the Union des Foires International (UFI), Bangkok has five world-convention and exhibition centres, offering a total of 200,174 square metres of floor space. These include: Impact Arena, Exhibition and Convention at Muang Thong Thani (137,000 sq.m), Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) (36,000 sq.m), Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre (QSNCC) (13,971 sq.m), Royal Paragon Hall Exhibition & Convention Centre (7,800 sq.m) and Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World (5,403 sq.m).

Bangkok luxury accommodation for the discerning traveller

This offering of world-class facilities is set to grow even further, with BITEC owner Bhiraj Buri Group recently announcing a Bt6-billion expansion in the capital aimed at raising its profile among international venues. The new development of a convention centre and office tower is located in eastern Bangkok. Construction is expected to be completed in 2016.

BTS Stytrain

Bangkok has a modern mass transit system and new routes, totalling 508 kilometres (316 miles), are being constructed within a development period of twenty years (2010-29). Suvarnabhumi International Airport is designed to handle a capacity of 45 million passengers. Facing the increasing network expansion of low-cost carriers, an expansion plan to increase the passenger capacity of the airport to 60 million by constructing a third runway by 2016. The airport is only 20 minutes from the city centre via the fast Airport Rail-Link.

Suvarnabhumi International Airport

Thailand remains a welcoming MICE destination. The government will inject Bt304 billion into the economy. According to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the total number of international tourist arrivals to Thailand in the January-August 2014 period is equal to 15.7 million. With ongoing MICE promotion activities, TCEB expects the total number of MICE travellers to Thailand this year will reach 888,210, earning to the Thai economy approximately US$2.90 billion.

Thailand CONNECT 2014 – ISAN indulgence Media Familiarisation (7-11 Sep 2014)

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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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Amazing Thailand Road Show 2015 to Singapore


Mr. Kittipong Prapattong, Director ASEAN, South Asia & South Pacific Market Division delivering the welcome speech at the Amazing Thailand Road Show 2015 at Intercontinental Singapore (10 Feb 2015)


Table Top session at the Amazing Thailand Road Show 2015 organised by TAT (Singapore office).


Thai sellers meet Singapore buyers at the Amazing Thailand Road Show 2015


Sumptious lunch hosted by TAT Singapore


One of the lucky draw winners at the Amazing Thailand Road Show 2015


(Left) Mr. Kittipong Prapattong, Dr. Kajorndet Apichartrakul and Ms. Kanokkittika Kritwutikon, Director TAT (Singapore) at the Amazing Road Road Show 2015

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Do’s & Don’ts in Songkran 2015 (Thai New Year)

A Thai boy with a water pistol (Songkran Festival, Thailand)

Songkran is Thailand’s most famous festival. This important event in the Buddhist calendar marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. The name Songkran comes from a Sanskrit word meaning ‘passing’ or ‘approaching’. Songkran 2015 falls on April 13, 2015 to April 15, 2015.

Do’s

Do use waterproof bags to protect your valuables
Do watch your belongings
Do use public transportation if you are heading to one of Songkran hotspots, as traffic will be paralyzed
Do try wishing the locals a happy new year in Thai “Sawasdee Pee Mai!”
Do smile and have fun

Don’ts

Do not douse monks, babies or the elderly
Do not drive when you have been drinking
Do not throw water with ice or dirty water
Do not throw water at motorcyclists, to prevent road accidents

Wish You A Happy Songkran!!!

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Thailand Online Contests 2015 – Win 2 nights’ accommodation at Deluxe Pavilion with daily breakfast at Rayavadee Krabi, return Krabi Airport/Hotel transfers and one Thai set dinner for 2 persons


Rayavadee Swimming Pool

Stand a chance to win 2 nights’ accommodation at Deluxe Pavilion with daily breakfast at Rayavadee Krabi, return Krabi Airport/Hotel transfers and one Thai set dinner for 2 persons. Organised by Tourism Authority of Thailand (Singapore).

Contest closing is on 19th April 2015 at 11:59:59pm Singapore time. Contest is open to all residents in Singapore and Philippines of age 18 years and above. Good luck !!!

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Shopping & Dining – Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2015 (15 June -15 August )

Thailand’s popular two-month-long annual Grand Sale is back this year, to be held between 15 June to 15 August 2015 in seven popular tourism cities nationwide. This year, for the first time, the Northeastern provincial city of Udon Thani, has joined the list.

More than 15,000 merchants in 93 department stores & shopping complexes as well as shopping/dining zones will be offering discounts of between five to 80% in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Phuket, Udon Thani, and Hat Yai.

The sale is open to both Thais and international visitors, all of whom are eligible to take part in the draw prizes. The Grand Prize is “365 day Travel to Thailand” which includes free travel to Thailand on Thai Airways and a stay at any hotel in the Centara Group.

Visitors will be able to pick up the ATGS Privilege Map upon arrival at the TAT counters at any of the international airports. At the main gateway Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport, the TAT information counter is located on the arrival concourse at Gate 3.

For more information: www.thailandshoppingparadise.com

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