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  • TAT welcomes Laotian tourists on full trial train from Vientiane to Bangkok

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) together with the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) hosted a welcome ceremony for the Laotian passengers arriving by the full trial train from Vientiane to Bangkok.

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    Bangkok, 14 July 2024 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) together with the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) hosted a welcome ceremony for the Laotian passengers arriving by the full trial train from Vientiane to Bangkok.

    Passengers onboard the SRT’s Rapid No. 134 arrived this morning at Bangkok’s Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Station. They were presented with fresh floral garlands, which represent a traditional Thai welcoming gesture.

    The eventful occasion marked the readiness of the new train service between Thailand and Lao PDR – an extension of the Bangkok-Nong Khai route. The extended track from Lao PDR’s Vientiane Train Station (Khamsavath) to Bangkok’s Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Station is a project between the Thai and Laotian governments to better connect the two countries’ rail systems.

    The initiative gained momentum following Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s visit to Laos on 30 October 2023, where he and Lao PDR’s Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone inaugurated the Vientiane (Khamsavath) railway station and explored opportunities for significant expansion of rail networks connecting the two nations.

    Facilitated by the Neighboring Countries Economic Development Cooperation Agency (NEDA), this project exemplifies strengthening bilateral ties and regional integration efforts, marking a new chapter in Thailand-Lao PDR relations and boosting economic cooperation.

    Ms. Thapanee Kiatphaibool, TAT Governor, said “The new train service between Bangkok and Vientiane’s Khamsavath Station underscores the Thai government’s “Ignite Tourism Thailand” vision to establish Thailand as the Hub of ASEAN. The extended train route will enhance cross-border tourism and economic activities and strengthen relations between the two nations. It also aligns with TAT’s strategy to boost cross-border tourism and intra-ASEAN travel.”

    The outgoing train, Rapid No. 133, will depart Bangkok in the evening and arrive in Vientiane the next morning and vice versa for the returning train, Rapid No. 134. Rapid No. 133/134 comprises 30 seats in the second-class air-conditioned sleeper carriage, 64 seats in the second-class air-conditioned carriage, and 152 seats in two of the third-class ordinary carriages with fans.

    SRT also operates Rapid No. 147/148 between Udon Thani and Khamsavath Station.

    The Bangkok-Vientiane (Khamsavath) train service is scheduled to officially begin operations on Friday, 19 July. Reservations now open via D-Ticket mobile application, website (www.dticket.railway.co.th), and the ticket booths at SRT stations. Bookings can be made up to 180 days in advance.

    Passengers to Bangkok can take advantage of the convenient transportation network to explore the Thai capital and connect to other destinations by air, water, and land transport. Those travel to Udon Thani can enjoy myriads of activities in the city itself and can connect to other Thai destinations by air or land transport.

    Ms. Thapanee added “TAT is leveraging the new train service between Bangkok and Vientiane’s Khamsavath Station to boost cross-border tourism from Lao PDR. We hope to welcome more Laotian tourists and maintain Thailand’s well-established position as the preferred travel destination among the Laotians.”

    TAT has set a target of 36.96 billion Baht in tourism revenue from about 977,000 Laotian tourists in 2024. This is based on various favourable factors, including the new Bangkok-Vientiane’s Khamsavath Station train services and the temporary suspension – ending 15 October – of the ‘To Mo 6’ immigration form at Thailand-Lao PDR border checkpoints including Nong Khai, Mukdahan, and Chiang Rai.

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    14 July 14 2024
    Press Releases
    https://www.tatnews.org/?p=79613
  • Healing for body and soul at 4 ‘Tourism Cares’ hotels committed to sustainable leisure

    Thailand currently has nine certified Tourism Cares hotels, five of which use the CF-Hotels platform to reduce their carbon footprint.

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    Thailand currently has nine certified Tourism Cares hotels, five of which use the CF-Hotels platform to reduce their carbon footprint.

    Tourism Cares is a US-based non-profit organisation that promotes sustainability in the travel and tourism industry. Its network covers over 160 tourism partners in various sectors worldwide, ranging from hotels, restaurants, and tour operators to museums and learning centres.

    A Tourism Cares stamp also expands the market reach of hotels as they are featured in the platform’s “Meaningful Travel Map” (www.tourismcares.org), which is used by travellers and tour operators to search for sustainable destinations and services.

    Here are four members of the CF-Hotels platform that have won recognition from “Tourism Cares” for their commitment to the environment. Check out how these hotels have successfully integrated sustainability with luxury hospitality.

    PRY1: Playground in the forest

    Interwoven seamlessly with nature, PRY1 – derived from the Thai term “praiwan” for forest – nestles in the lush embrace of Khao Yai National Park some 200 kilometres northeast of Bangkok.

    The resort, covering an area of 100 rai (almost 40 acres) first opened in 1995 under its previous name, the Khao Yai Grand View Resort. Now, however, it has been renovated and relaunched as a modern, sophisticated eco-resort at one with the surrounding wilderness.

    Offering an ideal haven for ecologically responsible travellers and those seeking outdoor adventures, PRY1 is also a perfect example of carbon-free tourism. For the active visitors, the property offers a running track through the forest as well as a 50-meter outdoor swimming pool. For relaxation, guests can curl up with a book in the cozy library surrounded by nature.

    Sustainable Design: The resort aims to keep emissions to a minimum via the clever design of its buildings, activities, and management style. Its VAYA Kitchen restaurant, for example, sources all its ingredients from either the on-site vegetable garden or from surrounding communities.

    Everything used is seasonal, including the bamboo shoots that sprout naturally in Noen Hom subdistrict at the beginning of the rainy season. Guests can join a bamboo-shoot-hunting activity in the nearby community.

    The resort has been successful in reducing single-use plastic by providing only refillable glass bottles in rooms.

    Electricity is generated using solar panels, with plenty of EV chargers available for electric cars.

    Food waste is recycled as compost for the garden, while the resort conducts frequent campaigns to plant trees to expand green spaces.

    Don’t Miss: Nature lovers can enjoy a range of outdoor activities like camping, running, cycling and swimming. Or guests can opt for a relaxing afternoon at the “Bulbul in the Woods” library, where they can read about wildlife, nature, art and design, or join art and craft workshops on making natural dye from seasonal flowers or dolls from pinecones.

    Adventurous visitors can embark on a guided nature trail and record their discoveries in the “Nature Playground” booklet.

    Location: Prachinburi-Khao Yai Road, Muang district, Prachinburi


    Away Chiang Mai Thapae: Balancing mind and soul

    This small boutique hotel in the heart of Chiang Mai defines itself as a “vegan retreat”. Located just a short walk from the city’s historical Tha Phae Gate, Away Chiang Mai Thapae is surrounded by temples and local communities specializing in handicrafts.

    The property blends modern comfort with a Lanna/colonial-style design in blue and white that oozes peace and tranquillity.

    In line with its 100% vegan principles, animal products including dairy, and eggs are not served in the hotel. The resort’s aim is not just to be kind to animals, but also to the environment, offering guests healthy and sustainable options.

    Sustainable Design: Despite being in the centre of Chiang Mai’s vibrant tourist and business district, much of the property is devoted to greenery.

    Its “green team” also encourages each unit of the resort to manage and offer ideas on how the environment can be protected to enhance service standards.

    The resort’s sustainability habits start in the back office, where employees receive regular training in how small steps like sourcing seasonal, locally produced goods not only keep the carbon footprint low but also generate income for nearby communities.

    Signs have been put up across the resort encouraging people to use water wisely and avoid single-use plastic. There are boxes placed around the property for people to drop their used plastic straws, which are then given to the Green Road enterprise which upcycles them into paving blocks.

    Free bicycles are also available for guests to explore Chiang Mai in a zero-carbon way.

    Don’t Miss: The hotel’s Moreganic Vegan Restaurant, which has been certified by the international Veggie Hotels Network, serves meat and dairy-free versions of Thai, Northern Thai and Italian cuisine.

    Beverages, meanwhile, are made following the “water of life” principle and only feature seasonal, chemical-free products.

    Studies show that the vegan diet is beneficial to health while also helping to reduce environmental impacts, especially carbon emissions from livestock farming.

    Location: Tha Pae Soi 5, Tha Pae Road, Muang district, Chiang Mai


    The Legacy River Kwai: Sustainable riverside camping

    “We are a learning space for all nature lovers, as we genuinely care about the environment,” says Wanlop Pichpongsa, an executive at the hotel.

    “Eco-tourism is now an important segment in global tourism because people are becoming aware of the impact of climate change. At the Legacy River Kwai, our strength lies in truly sustainable practices that our guests can experience first-hand.”

    The resort occupies more than 118 acres (300 rai) of land with over 4,600 trees and features a chicken and sheep farm, vegetable garden, camping area, and an elephant sanctuary run by the Somboon Legacy Foundation.

    Inspired by the concept of living close to nature, log cabin-style accommodation is embraced by lush green vegetation and tall trees. The highlight is the camping area and its learning spots that dot the Legacy River Kwai grounds.

    Sustainable Design: Sustainable and environmentally friendly practices have been integrated into the resort’s operations since the beginning of 2014.

    The Legacy River Kwai has also joined the Green Leaf Hotel network, adopting energy-saving measures in line with the network’s doctrine.

    In addition to conserving energy, the resort recycles food waste to make compost for its vegetable and herb garden while also raising free-range chickens. It buys locally to generate income for nearby communities and provides lessons in environmental awareness at its learning centres.

    Don’t Miss: In addition to carbon-free activities like SUP boarding, rafting and biking, the resort also offers farm tours to give visitors a first-hand experience of 360-degree sustainability practices at the Circular Economy Learning Centre.

    The centre is divided into four stations: the “good-natured” chicken station, the vegetable planting station, the leaf station, and the food-waste composting station. Guests can also have a go at turning food waste into chicken feed, making fertilizer from chicken droppings, and using leaves and cut grass as the base for vegetable plots.

    When large groups visit, the resort holds a special “community market” where neighbouring communities bring local produce, food and other products to sell.

    Location: Dan Makham Tia district, Kanchanaburi


    Cross Chiang Mai Riverside: Luxury meets environment and community

    Under its “Luxury by Design” concept, the five-star Cross Chiang Mai Riverside boutique hotel offers guests not just luxury but also access to communities along the banks of the Ping River.

    Almost 70% of the hotel’s 3-rai plot is covered in green while the remainder is made up of just 29 suites that either open onto the gardens or overlook the river.

    Among the natural highlights are century-old tamarind trees that offer cooling shade.

    Sustainable Design: The resort’s “green team” ensures that every unit is run sustainably. It works with the hotel’s technicians to ensure energy and resources are used in the most cost-effective, efficient ways, and collaborates with the kitchen staff to minimize food wastage.

    All vegetable and fruit scraps become organic fertilizer for the vegetable and herb garden, while surplus food is passed on to the nearby Wat Fah Ham community.

    The buildings are designed to maximize the cooling effect of prevailing winds and let in natural light to reduce the use of electricity in rooms and common areas.

    Plus, there is always a cool breeze coming from the Ping River. The Oxygen Dining Room is a naturally lit expansive greenhouse that offers panoramic views of the grounds and the river, while the Ozone Roof Bar and Library Bar and Café give guests the chance to chill in natural surroundings.

    Solar cells have been installed in nearly 50% of the common area and will soon be expanded to cover guest rooms.

    Guests, meanwhile, are encouraged to collect points by reducing the number of times their bedsheets and towels are changed. These points can be redeemed for drinks or discounts on resort products and services.

    Each room has insulated water bottles that can be refilled, while there are plenty of bicycles available for guests to venture out and explore nearby communities and shops. 

    Don’t Miss: The most popular activity on offer is kayaking down the Ping River under the guidance of national kayakers from the Fah Ham community.

    The trips give guests a chance to witness local people’s way of life while also helping to conserve the river habitat by picking up garbage.

    Location: Charoenraj Road, Muang district, Chiang Mai

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    10 July 10 2024
    Travel Features
    https://www.tatnews.org/?p=79557
  • Preparations for the Royal Barge Procession honouring HM The King

    The Royal Thai Navy is preparing for the Royal Barge Procession for this year’s Royal Kathin (robe offering) ceremony at Wat Arun on 27 October.

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    The Royal Thai Navy is preparing for the Royal Barge Procession for this year’s Royal Kathin (robe offering) ceremony at Wat Arun on 27 October.

    This historic event to honour the “Celebrations on the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty The King’s 6th Cycle Birthday Anniversary 28th July 2024” will be the second Royal Barge Procession in the present reign. The first was held on 12 December 2019 to honour the occasion of the Coronation of HM The King.

    The royal procession by water will comprise 52 barges, including four major royal barges – the Suphannahong, the Narai Song Suban, the Anantanakkharat, and the Anekkachatphutchong.

    There will be 2,200 oarsmen to row the ceremonial barges along the Chao Phraya River, from the Wasukri Pier to Wat Arun, in a 1.2-kilometre-long and 90-metre-wide formation. The event takes place from 15.00 – 18.00 Hrs. on 27 October.

    Until the actual historic event’s date, the public are invited to view the royal barges and observe the rehearsals.

    At the Royal Thai Navy’s Thonburi Naval Dockyard

    • The public can view the royal barges from 08.30 – 16.30 Hrs.
    • On 8-12, 15-19, and 23-26 July, the public can also observe the rhythmic barge-rowing song training for oarsmen, from 14.00 – 15.30 Hrs.

    At Ratchaworadit Pier

    • On 27-29 July, three of the 52 royal barges – the Suphannahong, the Narai Song Suban, and the Anantanakkharat – will be displayed alongside an exhibition to honour HM The King.
    • There will be a barge-rowing show twice a day at 15.00 Hrs. and 19.00 Hrs., and on 29 July 2024 on 17.00 Hrs. and 20.00 Hrs.

    Mini rehearsal on the Chao Phraya River, under the Rama VIII Bridge

    • From 8-30 July, except weekends and public holidays, there will be a daily barge-rowing training for oarsmen, from 09.00 – 15.30 Hrs.

    Full rehearsals on the Chao Phraya River, from the Wasukri Pier to Wat Arun, from 15.00 – 18.00 Hrs.

    • There will be rehearsals of the royal procession by water every week from 1 August to 22 October for a total of 12 times. The public can view the rehearsals at the designated areas along both sides of the Chao Phraya River, from the Rama VIII Bridge to Wat Arun.
      • In August, the rehearsals are scheduled on 1, 8, 15, and 22
      • In September, the rehearsals are scheduled on 3, 12, 19, and 26
      • In October, the rehearsals are scheduled on 1 and 10 October
      • The two full-dress rehearsals are scheduled on 15 and 22 October.

    For more information, please follow the Royal Barges National Museum and the Royal Thai Navy Facebook Pages.

    All pictures shown are from the Royal Thai Navy Facebook Page.

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    9 July 09 2024
    Events & Festivals
    https://www.tatnews.org/?p=79596
  • Festival in Honour of HM The King’s 72nd Birthday Anniversary

    The Royal Thai Government is hosting a performing arts event to commemorate the “Celebrations on the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty the King’s 6th Cycle Birthday Anniversary 28th July 2024″.

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    The Royal Thai Government is hosting a performing arts event to commemorate the “Celebrations on the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty the King’s 6th Cycle Birthday Anniversary 28th July 2024″.

    The festival is taking place from 11-15 July 2024 at Sanam Luang in Bangkok.

    Daily Programme

    12.00-22.00 Hrs.:
    * Exhibition in Honour of HM The King
    * Cultural Market in Honour of HM The King
    16.30-18.30 Hrs.:
    Mini Stage: Cultural Shows and Folk Performances
    18.00-20.00 Hrs.:
    Traditional Cuisine and Cultural Heritage Shows
    18.30-22.00 Hrs.:
    The Illuminated Garden of Lights in Honour of HM The King

    Festival in Honour of HM The King’s 72nd Birthday Anniversary

    Main Stage Programme

    Thursday, 11 July 2024
    17.30 – 19.00 Hrs.: Cultural Procession
    19.00 – 19.30 Hrs.: Ceremonial Homage to HM The King
    19.30 – 20.00 Hrs.: Opening Ceremony with a Drone Display
    20.00 – 21.00 Hrs.: Thai Classical Music Performance
    21.00 – 22.00 Hrs.: Nora Performance

    Festival in Honour of HM The King’s 72nd Birthday Anniversary

    Friday, 12 July 2024
    18.30 – 19.30 Hrs.: Music Performance
    19.30 – 20.30 Hrs.: Khon Masked Dance Performance on “Rama’s Coronation”
    20.30 – 22.00 Hrs.: Folk Performances

    Festival in Honour of HM The King’s 72nd Birthday Anniversary

    Saturday, 13 July 2024
    18.30 – 19.30 Hrs.: Music Performance
    19.30 – 20.30 Hrs.: ‘Lakhon Nok’ dance drama on “Kaew Na Ma: Presentation of the Royal Baby”
    20.30 – 22.00 Hrs.: International Ramayana Performance featuring troupes from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore and Thailand

    Festival in Honour of HM The King’s 72nd Birthday Anniversary

    Sunday, 14 July 2024
    18.30 – 19.30 Hrs.: Music Performance by the orchestras of the Armed Forces and National Police
    19.30 – 20.30 Hrs.: Music performance on “The Ten Birth Tales of the Buddha”
    20.30 – 22.00 Hrs.: Musical on “A Tribute to HM The King”

    Festival in Honour of HM The King’s 72nd Birthday Anniversary

    Monday, 15 July 2024
    18.30 – 19.30 Hrs.: Music Performance
    19.30 – 20.30 Hrs.: Live Khon Masked Dance Performance on “The Battle with Thotsakan” and “Pralayakalpa Goes to Battle”
    20.30 – 22.00 Hrs.: Contemporary Dance Performance
    22.00 – 22.15 Hrs.: Drone Display in Honor of HM The King

    Festival in Honour of HM The King’s 72nd Birthday Anniversary

    For more information, please call the Ministry of Culture Hotline 1765.

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    8 July 08 2024
    Events & Festivals
    https://www.tatnews.org/?p=79536
  • “Amazing Food Festival 2024” elevates Thailand’s gastronomic tourism experiences

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is hosting a series of the “Amazing Food Festival 2024” events to highlight the diversity of Thai food culture and elevate Thailand’s status as a world-class gastronomy tourism destination.

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    Phuket, 6 July 2024 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is hosting a series of the “Amazing Food Festival 2024” events to highlight the diversity of Thai food culture and elevate Thailand’s status as a world-class gastronomy tourism destination.

    The event is scheduled to be held in Phuket from 5-7 July at Central Phuket, in Chiang Mai from 20-22 July at Central Festival Chiang Mai, and Prachuap Khiri Khan from 10-12 August at Hua Don Beach, Khao Takiab, Hua Hin.

    Taking place this weekend, the first in the series is being held at Central Phuket with the “Good Food Good Vibes” theme. The event reiterates a wealth of gastronomic tourism experiences on offer up and down the country, while presenting the region’s outstanding characteristics and food culture.

    The event was officially opened by Dr. Phonpoom Vipattipumiprates, Vice Minister of Tourism and Sports, together with Mr. Sophon Suwanrat, Governor of Phuket Province, and Ms. Thapanee Kiatphaibool, TAT Governor.

    Ms. Thapanee Kiatphaibool, TAT Governor, said “The event reflects the government’s ‘Ignite Tourism Thailand’ vision which encompasses several approaches to establish Thailand as a tourism hub. Part of the strategies is the five must-do activities, including ‘Must Eat’ that leverages gastronomy tourism as a delightful way for tourists to explore Thailand, thus helping to boost the local economy via culinary tours.”

    Throughout three days, the event offers local signature dishes and speciality menus from MICHELIN-awarded restaurants and eateries, famous restaurants, and street food eateries.

    The programme includes cooking shows by Stars Chef Thailand Winner Chef Big Phuripat Jaiweerattanakul, Head of Cold Kitchen Hilton Bangkok Grand Asoke, Chef Kao Vayo Nisatchanakan, and many other rising chefs and local chefs from communities like Ban Bang Rong and Bang Tao-Cherng Talay.

    In addition, there are music performances by Thai artists such as Chart Suchart, Getsanova, Earth Patravee, Off Pongsak, Tangmo The Voice, and Zani Nipaporn.

    Many other activities unique to each event’s location are also available. These include booths selling art and craft products and a Thailand Tourism Awards booth presenting award-winning sustainable businesses.

    Through the “Amazing Food Festival 2024” Facebook page, visitors can register for a one-day trip to explore local communities and its significant role in supplying locally sourced ingredients to shops and restaurants in the city.

    The event is organised with great emphasis on sustainability. Waste separation stations are provided throughout the event’s venue. Staff are on hand to assist and encourage visitors’ participation in Thailand’s tourism push towards more sustainable tourism.

    “The Amazing Food Festival 2024 is expected to attract 50,000 visitors and generate 35 million Baht in revenue at each of the three locations, helping to distribute some 100 million Baht to the Thai economy,” Ms. Thapanee said.

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    6 July 06 2024
    Press Releases
    https://www.tatnews.org/?p=79524
  • Amazing Beach Life Festival promotes Thailand during this green season

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is staging the “Amazing Beach Life Festival” between this month and next in Rayong, Phang-Nga, Phuket, and Songkhla,
    a campaign to boost tourism during Thailand’s green season.

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    Bangkok, 5 July 2024 —The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is staging the “Amazing Beach Life Festival” between this month and next in Rayong, Phang-Nga, Phuket, and Songkhla, a campaign to boost tourism during Thailand’s green season.

    Amazing Beach Life Festival promotes Thailand during this green season

    Dr. Phonpoom Vipattipumiprates, Vice Minister of Tourism and Sports, said “The project shines a spotlight on the government’s ‘Ignite Tourism Thailand’ vision to make Thailand a tourism hub and a centre of world-class events. The goal is to achieve 3.5 trillion Baht in tourism revenue target for this year and much more in the coming years.”

    TAT has initiated the “Amazing Beach Life Festival” project in a lineup of ‘big events’ scheduled for the last half of this year to boost the appeal of Thailand’s green season.

    Rayong, Phang-Nga, Phuket, and Songkhla have been chosen as host venues due to their well-established position as tourist destinations.

    Amazing Beach Life Festival promotes Thailand during this green season

    Mr. Apichai Chatchalermkit, TAT Deputy Governor of Tourism Products and Business said. “The event is intended to stimulate more travel among foreign and Thai tourists with high purchasing power and special interests in beach vibes and beach life. This will help spread tourism benefits across local communities in the four beach resort destinations and nearby attractions during the off-season.”

    The event will kick off at Laem Charoen Beach in Rayong from 12-14 July, followed by the second edition in Phang-Nga from 26-28 July. The third edition is scheduled for 2-4 August at Patong Beach in Phuket, and the fourth and final edition will be held from 9-11 August at Chalatat Beach in Songkhla.

    Activities include water sports such as Sup-Board Surfskate, music concerts by famous Thai artists, performances by Thailand’s top DJs, beach party tattoos, DIY workshops such as beach paintings on wooden trays and key chains. Other activities include a fair for local art and craft products, food truck, beach bar and fashion items.

    Each host venue’s distinctive character will be showcased via installation arts and inflatable landmarks.

    The event will reiterate the TAT’s drive towards more sustainable and responsible tourism. This includes eco-friendly venue decorations and a Thailand Tourism Awards booth presenting award-winning sustainable tourism businesses.

    TAT is also cooperating with Global Chemical (PTTGC) on waste management.

    Mr. Chaya Chandavasu, Executive Vice President, Sustainability, PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited (GC), said “We will install our ‘YOUTURN Platform’ at the event to promote responsible tourism by encouraging tourists to participate in the waste management process. Visitors can also join our DIY activities, such as turning their plastic waste into a key chain or beads. They can also shop for sustainable fashion items made with ‘Revife Fiber by GC UPCYCLING’ at UPTOYOU, our clothing brand.”

    Entry to the Amazing Beach Life Festival is free. For more information, visit the Facebook Page: Amazing Beach Life Festival, or call 1672 Travel Buddy

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    5 July 05 2024
    Press Releases
    https://www.tatnews.org/?p=79514
  • Sustainable stays at CF-Hotels

    Tourists are far more concerned about the environment these days, and this increasingly affects their accommodation choices. Young travellers prioritise eco-tourism and seek hotels and resorts that incorporate local communities and environmental awareness in their designs and services.

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    Tourists are far more concerned about the environment these days, and this increasingly affects their accommodation choices. Young travellers prioritise eco-tourism and seek hotels and resorts that incorporate local communities and environmental awareness in their designs and services.

    As examples of this type of accommodation choice, we present five members of CF-Hotels who are serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Let’s see how each property integrates environmentally friendly business practices while promoting responsible tourism through various campaigns.

    Chiang Mai Marriott Hotel, Chiang Mai

    Sustainable stays at CF-Hotels

    Their Story: The newly renovated Chiang Mai Marriott Hotel is located in the heart of the northern city’s vibrant tourist and business district on Chang Klan Road, a short walk from the centuries-old Tha Phae Gate and the popular night market.

    Ancient Lanna aesthetics inspire the hotel’s design with shades of gold and copper setting the scene. A sculpture of “Jiang”, the horseshoe-shaped coins used in the old Lanna kingdom, greets guests in the lobby, while designs based on the dok thong kaow flower and the Yi Peng lantern can be spotted elsewhere.

    Entering the hotel is like opening a door to the Lanna history and culture for which the North of Thailand is famous.

    Eco Efforts: Chiang Mai Marriott Hotel has initiated practices to reduce emissions for long-term sustainability.

    The hotel only uses LED lights and has installed solar cells to reduce its use of fossil fuels. It also aspires to a Zero Waste policy, using only refillable products for toiletries.

    Its restaurants, meanwhile, keep food waste to a minimum by passing on surplus food to the Scholars of Sustenance Foundation (SOS Thailand) for distribution to those in need. The kitchens also carefully stock raw materials that accord with the preferences of diners, ensuring that little or nothing is wasted.

    Andaman Cannacia Resort & Spa, Phuket

    Sustainable stays at CF-Hotels

    Their Story: Andaman Cannacia Resort & Spa is a hillside resort overlooking Kata Beach on the southern shores of Phuket. This peaceful sanctuary has been run for more than 30 years by a locally recruited management team.

    Since those running the hotel are locals, they are devoted to preserving the pristine white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters they have known all their lives.

    The resort set out to be an eco-friendly property right from the start, with sustainable practices integrated into both its design and services.  

    Eco Efforts: Nestled on a quiet hillside surrounded by trees, the Andaman Cannacia Resort & Spa is committed to saving energy and maximizing the use of natural resources like rainwater, sunlight, and natural breezes.

    The resort was constructed with two-layered clay bricks to keep the heat out and reduce the use of air-conditioning during the daytime. In addition to using natural resources, the hotel has also installed solar cells to reduce electricity consumption by about 20%.

    Its Zero Waste Organic Project recycles organic waste as fertilizer for use in the hotel’s vegetable garden, while its wastewater treatment system generates 100% reused water for the garden. The hotel’s management also sources seasonal and locally produced goods to keep its carbon footprint to a minimum.

    Meanwhile, a strict policy is in place to eliminate the use of foam and single-use plastic.

    Katathani Phuket Beach Resort, Phuket

    Sustainable stays at CF-Hotels

    Their Story: Katathani Phuket Beach Resort is renowned for panoramic sea views thanks to its location along the 850-metre-long Kata Noi Beach on the Andaman coast.

    The hotel sprawls on a vast green space that is sustainably maintained to offer guests peace and tranquility at all times.

    Eco Efforts: The resort is on a mission to turn the concept of Zero Waste into reality as part of other sustainable practices that it has put in place from the very start.

    The goal is to reduce its carbon footprint as much as possible, with progress measured via data on greenhouse gas emissions provided by the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization.

    As part of these efforts, the resort has installed solar panels to reduce the use of power generated from fossil fuels.

    It also uses all its vegetable and fruit leftovers to make organic fertilizer, which has helped reduce food waste by up to 20%.

    Diamond Cliff Resort & Spa, Phuket

    Sustainable stays at CF-Hotels

    Their Story: The Diamond Cliff Resort & Spa perches on a hillside in Phuket’s Patong Beach and offers authentic Thai hospitality along with stunning views of the Andaman Sea at the front and lush green forest at the back.

    The resort complements the spectacular views with delicious food cooked with fresh, seasonal ingredients grown in the property and the local community.

    Eco Efforts: The property is keen to preserve surrounding nature and natural resources and has come up with small but sustainable changes to achieve this ambition.

    All single-use plastic water bottles have been swapped for reusable glass bottles, while paper coasters have been replaced with rubber ones.

    Food waste is also managed for cost-effective recycling, such as making compost from vegetable scraps and fruit peel. This compost is then used to fertilize the vegetable and herb garden. The resort has also joined with UCO SDG Company to sustainably recycle cooking oil.

    Amethyst Hotel Pattaya, Chonburi

    Sustainable stays at CF-Hotels

    Their Story: Amethyst Hotel Pattaya provides a tranquil, convenient retreat for guests who are seeking to escape the bustle of Bangkok but retain all the modern luxuries.

    With this concept in mind, the hotel was designed to fit every lifestyle, incorporating everything from a waterpark and shopping outlets to a rooftop café and restaurants.

    For night owls, the hotel is just a short walk from Walking Street and Pattaya’s world-famous nightlife.

    Eco Efforts: Although the hotel’s biggest selling point is “modern luxury”, environmental friendliness has been a priority from the beginning.

    Technology utilised to minimize the use of energy includes a heat pump that provides the hotel with hot water and an ERV or Energy Recovery Ventilator for air-conditioning.

    It has also installed a Heat Belt system in the kitchen to maximize efficiency from cooking gas.

    The hotel is also committed to recycling with its policy of separating cans and bottles for return to suppliers and turning food waste into compost and animal feed.

    CF-Hotels platform: An environmental consultant for hotels

    CF-Hotels is a free and easy-to-use online platform designed to help hotels and resorts reduce their carbon footprint.

    To make the most of it, visit www.cf-hotels.com and fill out a form each month, providing relevant information such as units of electricity used, quantity of wastewater produced, and other factors.

    The platform uses this information to calculate the hotel’s carbon footprint. It also offers advice and workshops on sustainability and adds hotels and resorts that are environmentally friendly to marketing promotions and campaigns run by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

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    2 July 02 2024
    Travel Features
    https://www.tatnews.org/?p=79476
  • TAT and POP MART welcome LABUBU to explore Thailand

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and POP MART jointly hosted a special “Welcome Ceremony of LABUBU” activity, marking the adorable furry doll’s four-day trip to explore Thailand’s vibrant culture and iconic landmarks.

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    Bangkok, 1 July 2024 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and POP MART jointly hosted a special “Welcome Ceremony of LABUBU” activity, marking the adorable furry doll’s four-day trip to explore Thailand’s vibrant culture and iconic landmarks.

    The activity forms part of next year celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Thailand and China.

    The “Welcome Ceremony of LABUBU” activity started today when the LABUBU mascot boarded Hainan Airlines Flight HU429 from Beijing and arrived in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to a grand welcome presided over by Mr. Sermsak Pongpanit, Minister of Tourism and Sports.

    Also in attendance were Ms. Thapanee Kiatphaibool, TAT Governor; Pol. Lt. Gen. Saksira Pheuk-um, Commissioner of the Tourist Police; Mr. Jiang Peizhang, Second Secretary, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China; Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing – Asia and the South Pacific; Mr. Kittipong Kittikachorn, General Manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport; Mr. Manatase Annawat, President of Thailand Privilege Card; Mr. Qian Daizhe, Vice President Travel and Leisure Business of Qunar, and Ms. Chen Xiaoyun, Vice President of POP MART International Group Limited.

    TAT and POP MART welcome LABUBU to explore Thailand

    Mr. Sermsak said “The Ministry of Tourism and Sports is promoting the positive image of Thailand in line with the government’s ease of travel policy. This includes the upcoming 60-day visa-free entry for citizens of 93 countries, including China. I am delighted to see TAT and POP MART have co-branded to bring LABUBU to engage in the diverse and unique activities in Thailand, which will certainly help boost tourism to Thailand.”

    At the airport welcome ceremony, the LABUBU mascot was presented with the honorary title “Amazing Thailand Experience Explorer” as the beloved doll is scheduled to explore the five must-do activities in Bangkok. These include Must East Thai food, Must See Thai cultural show, Must Seek Thai culture, Must Buy Thai fabrics, and Must Beat Muay Thai.

    TAT and POP MART welcome LABUBU to explore Thailand

    Ms. Thapanee said “The “Welcome Ceremony of LABUBU” event is presented with the theme of “POPMART LABUBU X TAT IGNITE THAILAND.” The event reflects the ‘five must-do activities in Thailand’ strategy with LABUBU being a storyteller sharing impressive travel experiences in Thailand. We hope this will help inspire LABUBU’s fanbase in China to follow in its footsteps and choose Thailand as their preferred destination.”

    From 2-4 July, the LABUBU mascot in traditional Thai attire will be filmed in a series of promotional videos, exploring iconic landmarks and participating in cultural activities.

    The LABUBU mascot will be seen enjoying fresh seafood by the mighty Chao Phraya River at Horsamut Restaurant, riding an electric tuk-tuk to see the Grand Place and Wat Phra Kaeo, touring Siam Discovery and Siam Square shopping destinations, buying Thai souvenirs, and watching world-class Muay Thai at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium.

    TAT has partnered with Qunar.com to promote travel packages inspired by LABUBU’s adventures in Thailand. The travel packages, featuring Bangkok, Pattaya and Chon Buri, are available from now until 1 September, or during summer in China, to encourage more travel to Thailand.

    TAT expects the LABUBU’s inspired travel packages to attract 20,000 pax and the promotional videos to generate at least 500 million Reach.

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    1 July 01 2024
    Press Releases
    https://www.tatnews.org/?p=79512
  • July 2024’s Festivals and Events in Thailand

    Thailand is organising the “Celebrations on the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty the King's 6th Cycle Birthday Anniversary 28th July 2024" throughout this year. For this month, special cultural performances are scheduled to take place at Sanam Luang in Bangkok.

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    Thailand is organising the “Celebrations on the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty the King’s 6th Cycle Birthday Anniversary 28th July 2024″ throughout this year. For this month, special cultural performances are scheduled to take place at Sanam Luang in Bangkok.

    This month also sees two of the most important Buddhist dates observed, this being Asanha Bucha Day and Khao Phansa Day. In addition, there are numerous events and festivals happening around Thailand – including the Bun Luang and Phi Ta Khon Festival 2024 in Loei, the ‘Vijitr’ lighting extravaganza in Ubon Ratchathani and Chon Buri, and the Amazing Beach Life Festival in Rayong, to name a few.

    Here is a list of what’s on:

    Cultural Performances to commemorate the “Celebrations on the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty The King’s 6th Cycle Birthday Anniversary 28th July 2024″
    11-15 July 2024
    Sanam Luang, Bangkok
    12.00-22.00 Hrs.: Exhibition and cultural market in honour of HM The King
    16.30-18.30 Hrs.: Cultural performances and local heritage shows
    17.30-20.00 Hrs.: Traditional cuisine and cultural heritage demonstrations
    18.30-22.00 Hrs.: The illuminated garden in honour of HM The King

    Asanha Bucha Day and Khao Phansa Day Celebrations

    Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival 2024
    17-23 July 2024
    Thung Sri Mueang
    Ubon Ratchathani

    Tak Bat Dok Mai Khao Phansa
    19-21 July 2024
    Wat Phra Phutthabat
    Saraburi

    Ayutthaya Aquatic Phansa Festival

    20 July 2024
    Ban Lat Chado Market, Phak Hai District
    Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

    Sukhothai Wien Tien Ta Khan Asanha Bucha Day 2024
    20 July 2024
    Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Historical Park
    Sukhothai

    Korat Candle Procession 2024
    20-21 July 2024
    Thao Suranari Monument
    Nakhon Ratchasima

    52nd World’s Only Wien Tien Ceremony on Water, Phayao Lake
    20-22 July 2024
    Wat Tilok Aram’s Pier and Wat Tilok Aram
    Phayao

    Other Events and Festivals

    Krachiao Flower Fields 2024
    June – August 2024
    Pa Hin Ngam National Park and Sai Thong National Park
    Chaiyaphum

    Festival Onzon Chaiyaphum Season 8
    8 June – 14 July 2024
    27 July – 4 August 2024
    Chaiyaphum Municipal Stadium
    Chaiyaphum

    Lop Buri Sweet Santol Festival
    26 June – 7 July 2024
    Lop Buri District Office
    Lop Buri

    Thong Pha Phum Fruit Festival
    28 June – 2 July 2024
    Vajiralongkorn Dam Helipad Park
    Kanchanaburi

    Isan Creative Festival 2024 (ISANCF2024)
    29 June – 7 July 2024
    TCDC Khon Kaen
    Khon Kaen

    Si Sa Ket Lava Durian Festival 2024
    1-7 July 2024
    Sports Stadium, Khun Han District
    Si Sa Ket

    The Local Flavour of Nan
    3-5 July 2024
    Khuang Noi
    Nan

    Amazing Food Festival 2024
    5-7 July 2024, Phuket
    20-22 July 2024, Chiang Mai
    10-12 August 2024, Prachuap Khiri Khan

    Somthip Music Festival ep.2.1 FUN FAIR FEST
    6 July 2024
    The 9 Ratchaburi
    Ratchaburi

    Phaya Sisattanakarat Worship Ceremony 2024
    7-13 July 2024
    Naga Monument
    Nakhon Phanom

    Bun Luang and Phi Ta Khon Festival 2024
    7-9 July 2024
    Dan Sai District Office and Wat Phon Chai
    Loei

    Thailand Coffee Fest 2024
    11-14 July 2024
    IMPACT Exhibition Center Hall 5-8
    Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok

    Pai Jazz and Blues Fest 2024

    11-14 July 2024
    Pai
    Mae Hong Son

    Amazing Beach Life Festival
    12-14 July 2024, Rayong
    26-28 July 2024, Phang-Nga
    2-4 August 2024, Phuket
    9-11 August 2024, Songkhla

    ‘Vijitr’ lighting extravaganza across Thailand’s 5 regions
    13-21 July 2024, Ubon Ratchathani
    20-28 July 2024, Chon Buri
    20-28 August 2024, Prachuap Khiri Khan
    24 August – 1 September 2024, Phuket
    7-15 September 2024, Phitsanulok

    Lighting of Songkhla Lagoon 2024
    25-28 July 2024
    Songkhla

    Sporting Events

    Bang Saen Grand Prix 2024
    3-7 July 2024
    Bang Saen Street Circuit
    Chon Buri

    THAI FIGHT Phraya Phichai Dap Hak
    7 July 2024
    Phraya Phichai Dap Hak Stadium
    Uttaradit

    Pua Puan Mak
    12-14 July 2024
    Doisilver factory
    Nan

    Doraemon Run 2024 Thailand by MCOT at KORAT
    14 July 2024
    Bung Ta Lua Water Park
    Nakhon Ratchasima

    Trail Masters Series
    14 July 2024
    St. Andrews International School, Green Valley
    Rayong

    Ascott Unlimited Charity Run 2024
    14 July 2024
    Vachirabenjatas Park
    Bangkok

    Pattaya Marathon 2024
    20-21 July 2024
    Terminal 21 Pattaya
    Chon Buri

    Zoo Trail Songkhla ep.5
    21 July 2024
    Songkhla Zoo
    Songkhla

    Phra Phutthabat Hero run
    21 July 2024
    Phra Phutthabat Hospital
    Saraburi

    THE ROUTE 97
    26-28 July 2024
    Kanchanaburi

    July 2024’s Festivals and Events in Thailand

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    28 June 28 2024
    Events & Festivals
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  • Exploring Bangkok’s Old City and Yaowarat is super easy with MRT Blue Line

    If you are in Bangkok and wish to explore the Old City or Rattanakosin neighbourhood and the bustling Yaowarat Road – Chinatown’s high street, the most convenient way to enjoy your walking tour is to take the MRT Blue Line and get off at Wat Mangkon, Sam Yot, Sanam Chai or Itsaraphap MRT Stations. They run in this order from the Hua Lamphong MRT Station.

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    If you are in Bangkok and wish to explore the Old City or Rattanakosin neighbourhood and the bustling Yaowarat Road – Chinatown’s high street, the most convenient way to enjoy your walking tour is to take the MRT Blue Line and get off at Wat Mangkon, Sam Yot, Sanam Chai or Itsaraphap MRT Stations. They run in this order from the Hua Lamphong MRT Station.

    Between them, the four stations provide an easy and convenient way to go from attraction to attraction, doing away with the need to tackle traffic conditions and having to travel by taxi, tuk-tuk or motorbike taxi. All in all, it makes for a more enjoyable time spent visiting the wonderful sites of the Old City and Chinatown.

    The area of Bangkok covered by these four stations is home to many of the city’s most spectacular and revered attractions; such as, the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), and Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha). As such, the design and decoration of the stations both celebrates and honours this, and even their above ground architecture aims to help the buildings blend in and look a part of the community.

    Wat Mangkon MRT Station

    While the Hua Lamphong MRT Station is a short walk from Bangkok’s Chinatown, the Wat Mangkon MRT Station on Charoen Krung Road is in the heart of Chinatown, and this makes it perfect for tourists wanting to experience the pulsating beat and dazzling neon lights of this famous neighbourhood.

    The station is named after Wat Mangkon Kamalawat (meaning ‘Dragon Lotus Temple’) the city’s largest Chinese Buddhist temple and features a striking and very elegant décor of red and gold and a dragon-inspired staircase.

    Wat Mangkon Kamalawat is within a comfortable walk of the Wat Mangkon MRT Station. Also known as Wat Leng Nui Yee, the temple is a centre of festivities during important festivals like Chinese New Year and the Vegetarian Festival, and these are indeed fantastic times to visit the attraction.

    The temple’s low rambling structure features dragons playing with a pearl on the roof, and there are various Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian shrines within.

    Yaowarat Road – Chinatown’s high street – is a foodies’ dream, attracting locals from across the city and tourists alike to the scintillating array of street-side food including dim sum, noodles, omelettes and much more that’s on offer during the evening.

    Also worth visiting in Chinatown is Wat Traimit, which is just a few minutes’ walk from the Hua Lamphong MRT Station. This temple houses a massive gold seated Buddha, and it is a regular pilgrimage for Buddhists as well as curious tourists. Within a stone’s throw of Wat Traimit is the Chinatown Gate, which marks the entrance to this end of Chinatown. It was built in 1999 to commemorate the late King Rama IX’s 72nd birthday.

    Sampheng Lane

    Also within a walk of the Wat Mangkon MRT Station is Sampheng Lane, a cluttered, hectic and fun Chinatown market. Packed along the narrow lane (seriously, it’s about as wide as your outstretched arms) is shop after shop selling all manner of items from jewellery, shoes and watches to toys, fabric and a myriad of exotic foods. If you’re looking for heaps of people and heaps of goods ranging from the Oriental to the everyday, then Sampheng Lane won’t disappoint you.

    Sam Yot MRT Station

    Sam Yot MRT station is decorated with a museum-type feel that includes displays of old photographs and drawings that point to the Station’s historical surroundings while the Station building itself is designed to reflect the local street architecture.

    This station is situated on the Western outskirts of Chinatown and Sampheng Lane; for example, can be reached within a comfortable walk. Rommaninat Park is a few minutes’ walk from the Station to the north while a short stroll beyond the park is Wat Suthat and the towering red Giant Swing at its entrance.

    Wat Suthat is among Bangkok’s oldest and most impressive temples, having been commissioned by King Rama I the Great and completed around the mid-19th century during King Rama III’s reign. The temple features an elegant chapel, magnificent wall murals, and exquisite hand-carved teakwood door panels.

    The Giant Swing stands over 21 metres tall and is a prominent landmark of the area. The original swing dating from 1784 was replaced in 2004 with a new one crafted from golden teak.

    Sanam Chai MRT Station   

    The beautiful, elegant decoration of the Sanam Chai MRT Station with its maroon red and gold colours and stately pillars effect pays tribute to the royal heritage nearby. The Station is around a kilometre from the spectacular Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), with Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) located along the way.

    Right on the Station’s doorstep is Museum Siam, which is dedicated to the history of the Thai people, their culture and traditions. Far from your average run-of-the-mill museum, this place is full of surprising and thought-provoking displays and exhibits many of them interactive.

    Bangkok’s most famous landmark, the Grand Palace is the spiritual heart of the Thai kingdom. For over 150 years, this was the home of the Thai King, the Royal Court and the administrative seat of government. Today, it stands resplendent and awe-inspiring, and its beautiful architecture a sight to behold. No trip to Bangkok is complete without a visit here.

    Situated on the grounds of the Grand Palace is Wat Phra Kaeo, another must-see for tourists and for Thais the kingdom’s most sacred Buddhist temple. Enshrined within is the highly revered Emerald Buddha statue named Phra Kaeo Morakot or Phra Buddha Maha Mani Rattana Patimakon, which is carved from a single jade block. Other highlights include a model of Angkor Wat, murals telling the Ramayana epic, and the five-metre tall Yaksa Tavarnbal or Gatekeeping Giants.

    Half a kilometre or so from the Sanam Chai MRT Station is Wat Pho, another of Bangkok’s best-known temples and also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha for the 46-metre long, gold leaf-covered reclining Buddha that it houses. Named Phra Buddha Sai Yat, this is the 3rd largest reclining Buddha in Thailand.

    Wat Pho was Thailand’s first public university and is today known as a centre of traditional massage and medicine, and is widely considered to be the country’s leading school of massage. Must-sees are the four chapels containing 394 gilded Buddha images, the intricate murals covering the walkways and the Epigraphic Archives of Wat Pho, which were inscribed in 2011 in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.

    A short walk from the Sanam Chai MRT Station in the other direction is Pak Khlong Talat flower market, the city’s biggest wholesale and retail fresh flower market. While it’s open 24 hours, the best time to see the market is after midnight when it’s at its most lively, and in the pre-dawn hours when truckloads of fresh flowers come in from around the country and when traders and retailers come to buy their stock.

    Itsaraphap MRT Station

    Itsaraphap MRT station is on the Thon Buri side of the Chao Phraya River and its decoration features a swan theme, paying tribute to nearby Wat Hongrattanaram, which has ‘swan’ in its name. This station is the best choice for visiting Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), which is less than a kilometre to the north on the Chao Phraya riverside.

    Wat Arun features a different design to other temples in Bangkok, its main Khmer-style tower rising to a height of some 66 metres and with a decoration of seashells and bits of porcelain that glimmer in the sunlight. It is also an internationally recognisable landmark, having been used as a location in several Hollywood movies.

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    28 June 28 2024
    Travel Features
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