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TAT update: TAT receives massive support from Indian social media influencers

Bangkok, 15 July 2020 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently organised an online contest to stay connected with Indian social media influencers encouraging them to create a nice...
Bangkok, 15 July 2020 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently organised an online contest to stay connected with Indian social media influencers encouraging them to create a nice video or photo story from their stock of materials of a fond #ThrowbackThailand memory.

The one-week online contest, initiated by the TAT New Delhi and Mumbai Offices, represented a token of gratitude that TAT wanted to convey to Indian social media influencers. In a normal situation, they would usually travel to various parts of Thailand and share their experiences during the year. But this year, making trips to Thailand has not been possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Vachirachai Sirisumpan, Director of the TAT New Delhi Office, said the activity was conceptualised with the Millennials in mind, considering that they would be the early travellers once the situation returned to normal. 

“We would like to thank all participants for joining this online event and keeping the spirit of travel and tourism moving during this challenging period,” Mr. Vachirachai said.

Taking place during the last week of May 2020, the online contest attracted over 100 high-quality unique entries, including many top award-winning ones. The contest was a huge success in terms of reaching out to the public through India’s social media influencer community, achieving more than 2.4 million impressions across the country.

After a very careful selection process considering both quality and engagement, the winners were picked by the appointed committee. Out of the hundreds of participants, five were selected as Grand Winners and each received a GoPro Hero 8 Sports and Action Camera while 10 were chosen runner-up winners who also received gifts.

Ms. Cholada Siddhivarn, Director of the TAT Mumbai Office, extended her warmest congratulations and appreciation to all social media influencers who participated in the activity and shared their memorable experiences of Thailand.  

“Although the world has experienced several pandemics, life in Thailand has never gone out of style. We are very adept at taking our daily life to the next level of the new normal. Thus, whenever travel resumes, Thailand will be waiting to welcome all tourists and social media influencers to enjoy the nature, culture, food, shopping and more”, Ms. Cholada said.

TAT’s pan-India contest saw winners from all over the country. The top five Grand Winners shared their experiences on the excitement of participating in the contest and how they see post-pandemic travel and Amazing Thailand as a preferred destination.

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TAT update: More than 211 tourism businesses in Chon Buri awarded Amazing Thailand SHA certificate

Bangkok, 19 July 2020 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently presented the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health (SHA) certificate to more than 211 tourism businesses in Chon Buri ...
Bangkok, 19 July 2020 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently presented the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health (SHA) certificate to more than 211 tourism businesses in Chon Buri province.

The presentation of the Amazing Thailand SHA logo was held as part of a meeting to discuss tourism promotions of Chon Buri in the ‘new normal’ reality, following the effective nationwide effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 in the country.

Attending the meeting were officials and figures from TAT, Pattaya City, Chon Buri Public Health Office, Chon Buri Tourism Council, and many other tourism-related associations and entrepreneurs.

The Amazing Thailand SHA certification is a unique certification scheme aimed to prepare the Thai tourism industry for the recovery period post-COVID-19 pandemic and enhance confidence among international and domestic tourists.

Being awarded with the Amazing Thailand SHA certificate means that the tourism businesses or services have undergone a strict inspection and passed the SHA’s basic standards of hygiene, health and cleanliness in accordance with the nationwide measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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TAT update: Sattahip City promoted as a model tourism city for “New Normal” travel in Thailand

Bangkok, 10 July, 2020 – Sattahip City, a small fishing town some 30 km south of Pattaya and the headquarters of the Royal Thai Navy, is being promoted as a model tourism city for “Ne...
Bangkok, 10 July, 2020 – Sattahip City, a small fishing town some 30 km south of Pattaya and the headquarters of the Royal Thai Navy, is being promoted as a model tourism city for “New Normal” travel in Thailand, having been the nation’s pilot state quarantine centre as well as home to four pristine natural attractions and conservation projects.

The Royal Thai Navy, as well as Sattahip as a destination, has played a pivotal role in the nationwide effort to curb the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

From the early days of COVID-19, the Navy was assigned by the Royal Thai Government to establish a state quarantine facility and perform surveillance duties, as well as take care of Thai returnees from high-risk countries before allowing them to return home to their relatives.

The Navy’s state quarantine facility is considered the first of such establishments in Thailand that has also acted as a model project for other areas to follow the management guidelines.

Leveraging on Sattahip’s readiness and capability to provide safe and healthy travel, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in collaboration with the Royal Thai Navy and Chon Buri Province have jointly launched a project to promote Sattahip as a model city to travel during the “New Normal” and invite people to return and travel in the area again.

As part of the collaborative effort between the three partners, four natural attractions and conservation projects in Sattahip have undergone a strict inspection and passed the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration’s (SHA) basic standards of hygiene, health and cleanliness, as part of the nationwide effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The four tourist attractions are the Sea Turtle Conservation Centre, Thai Island and Sea Nature History Museum, Sai Kaeo Beach, and Nang Ram – Nang Rong Beaches; all of which are located in the naval base area. The Sea Turtle Conservation Centre is located within the compound of the Air and Coastal Defence Command. The Centre provides biological knowledge on the life cycle of sea turtles, as well as encourages the conservation of sea turtles. It also serves as a nursery with correct academic practices and is able to return raised sea turtles back to the sea.

Thai Island and Sea Nature History Museum comprises five exhibition halls: The Great Honour; The Philosophers’ Collaboration; Always Learn, Be smart; The Building of Destroying Bad Things; and To Protect the Thai Sea’s Potential. The Museum is under the supervision of the Royal Thai Fleet.

The Sai Kaeo Beach Service Centre is under the supervision of the Naval School. The Nang Ram – Nang Rong Beaches are located in the Royal Navy Base, Sattahip.

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TAT update: TAT launches first “Amazing Thailand eBook” of all destinations, special interest activities and maps nationwide

Bangkok – The Tourism Authority of Thailand has compiled more than 200 of its amazing destination brochures, leaflets, books, maps, and media covering all aspects of Thai tourism into one easi...
Bangkok – The Tourism Authority of Thailand has compiled more than 200 of its amazing destination brochures, leaflets, books, maps, and media covering all aspects of Thai tourism into one easily-searchable eBook platform to make it easy for visitors to find their place and activity of interest.
The Amazing Thailand eBook allows both domestic and foreign tourists an easy one-stop opportunity to explore all 77 provinces as well as Emerging Provinces, Top Destinations, Special Interest activities and Thai culinary locations including 12 Tourist Maps and guidebooks. Designed both as an app and website, the Thai-English guidebook can be accessed via smartphone and tablets with clear categorisation for searching and downloading the information. 
Mr. Vinid Rangpueng, Director of the Marketing Service Department, TAT said, “These are all part of the preparations we are making for a projected return to normal travel and tourism flows in the next few months. Due to our high rate of success in curbing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and the positive publicity it is attracting, we expect Thailand will be in big demand as a priority destination.
“Our tourism products, facilities and services are reopening at a rapid pace, and this eBook will act as a one-stop-shop to help visitors easily and efficiently find their destination and activity of choice. In line with our commitment to sustainability, the eBook offers the environmental benefit of eliminating all paper.” Tablet and smartphone users can either scan the QR code or visit the App Store for Apple iPhone users and Google Play for Android users. Then, type the word amazingthailandebook (no space between the letters). The application can be downloaded for immediate use or accessed via the website

Special kiosks with the QR code have also been placed at the TAT offices at the Head Office building, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports.


TAT update: Thailand extends temporary ban on all international flights to Thailand until 30 June 2020

Bangkok, 16 May, 2020, at 19.00 Hrs. – The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has announced an extension of temporary ban on all international flights to Thailand until 30 Jun...
Bangkok, 16 May, 2020, at 19.00 Hrs. – The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has announced an extension of temporary ban on all international flights to Thailand until 30 June 2020.

The CAAT said all flight permits granted for such period will be cancelled.
The ban does not apply to state or military aircraft, emergency landing, technical landing without disembarkation, humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights, repatriation flights and cargo flights.
The passengers on board the aforementioned aircraft will be subjected to the measures under communicable disease law, such as 14 days state quarantine, and the regulations under the Emergency Decree on State of Emergency.


 Thailand A regional introduction. Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand covers a total area of approximately 513,000 square kms and is the 50th largest country in the world, and the 12th large...
A regional introduction.
Phra Yai Temple is located in Pattaya, Chon BuriLocated in Southeast Asia, Thailand covers a total area of approximately 513,000 square kms and is the 50th largest country in the world, and the 12th largest in Asia.
Celebrated for its magnificent royal palaces, decorative temples, glorious beaches and modern cityscapes effortlessly perched alongside peaceful riverside communities, it may be the most visited country in the region but has retained its distinct Thai character despite the natural influence of its neighbours and foreign visitors.
But how much do you actually know about the Kingdom? Here is a regional introduction.
Full country name: Kingdom of ThailandPhang-nga Bay National Marine Park, Phang-Nga
Population: 70 million
Capital City: Bangkok
Language: Thai
Religion: 95% Buddhism, 4% Muslim
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
Head of State: King Vajiralongkorn (Rama X)
Head of Government: Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha
– The North of the country borders Myanmar and Laos with the northernmost point Amphoe Mae Sai in the Chiang Rai Province. Tourist attractions here include the Mae Sai Market, the Golden Triangle, Wat Phra That Doi Wao and Wat Thampla.
– The South of the country adjoins Malaysia and the Gulf of Thailand with the southernmost point Amphoe Betong in the Yala Province. This area is home to the La-ong Rung Waterfall, Chaloem Phrakiat Waterfall, Bala-Hala Forest, the sea of fog at Microwave Mountain and the Betong Hot Spring.
– The East of the country borders Cambodia and Laos with the easternmost point Amphoe Si Mueang Mai in the Ubon Ratchathani Province, where main attractions include Sai Rung Waterfall, Kaeng Chu Kan and the Hin Huai Soob Stone Yard.
– The West of the country is next to Myanmar and the Andaman Sea with the westernmost point Amphoe Mae Sariang in Mae Hong Son Province. Here Wat Phra That Chom Thong, Wat Phra That Chom Chaeng, Wat Phra That Chom Kitti, the Salawin National Park, Bua Tong Field at Doi Mae Ho and Mae Sawan Noi Waterfall are the highlights.
Erawan Museum, Samut PrakanThe country is divided into six regions, namely the North, Northeast, Central, South, East, and West. The North is the country’s highlands with impressive mountain ranges dominating the landscape, specifically Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s tallest peak, which is famous among hikers. The area is very popular with nature lovers and during the cool season visitors seek out the Mae Kha Ning frost flower, throughout the year taking to the nature trails, waterfalls, and look out spots from the many peaks.
The Northeast of the country features impressive northern highlands and plateaus. Hom Mali Rice – or Thai Jasmine Rice is grown here and exported all over the world. The Mekong River is a very prominent river that runs through this area with popular places along it including Amphoe Chiang Khan in Loei Province, Tha Sadet Market in Nong Khai Province, the Indochina Market in Mukdahan Province, and the Sam Pan Bok Grand Canyon in Ubon Ratchathani Province.
Central Thailand is where rice farming and the country’s agriculture plains are found. The Chao Phraya River is very important to Thailand’s history and along it you will find interesting places and ancient historical temples such as Bang Pa-in Royal Palace, the Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre in Ayutthaya Province, and the Koh Kret in Nonthaburi Province. For those who like shopping there are plenty of local markets in Bangkok to explore such as the local Wang Lang Market, Tha Phra Chan Market, Chatuchak weekend market, and Asiatique Night Market. There are Chao Phraya boat tours from Bangkok to Ayutthaya every day.
The South is home to the renowned beaches and islands in the Gulf of Thailand and the AndamanAerial Photograph at Mak Island, Trat Sea. Well-known tourist destinations such as Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lipe, and Koh Tao draw the sun seeking masses each year.
Eastern Thailand is half mountain and half ocean. Although there aren’t many provinces here, it in an area with amazing sights and stunning locations such as Koh Samed, Koh Chang, Koh Mak, Koh Lan, Koh Si Chang, Bang Saen Beach, Pattaya, Jomtien Beach, Laem Mae Phim Beach, and Mae Ram Phueng Beach.
The West is mountainous with forests, waterfalls, and dams and where many of the country’s national parks are found. With great geographical diversity, tourist attractions include the Thong Pha Phum National Park, Srinakharin Dam, Sai Yok Noi Waterfall, Erawan Waterfall, Mon Bridge, Mueang Sing Historical Park, Three Pagodas Pass, Underwater City, The Bridge of the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, and World War II Museum and Art Gallery.
As can be seen, wherever you find yourself, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to natural attractions and places wanting for exploration and discovery. And all that before you taste the food and get that traditional Thai massage!
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Reasons To Visit Thailand At Least Once In Your Lifetime

Reasons To Visit Thailand At Least Once In Your Lifetime They say that you should visit Thailand five times in your life. As a young student looking for an affordable and exciting travel adventure...
Reasons To Visit Thailand At Least Once In Your Lifetime
They say that you should visit Thailand five times in your life.
As a young student looking for an affordable and exciting travel adventure with friends; on your honeymoon for the epitome of warm island romance; as a family with young children wanting to relax into an inviting culture; as a gift to self that allows self-exploration and the spiritual awakening the kingdom offers; and with children and grandchildren for multi-generational themed discoveries.
Either way, everybody should visit Thailand at least once in their lifetime, these are some of the reasons why.
The People – Wherever we travel it is the people we meet that enhance our memories. The genuine friendliness of the Thai people and their charming Thainess remain one of the most appealing aspects of time in the Kingdom. Traditionally friendly and living up to the ‘Land of Smiles’, their traditional Thai greeting, the Wai – when someone slightly bows with their hands together almost as if in prayer, will be your first introduction. The strong sense of family, the willingness to assist and the warm hospitality as they naturally go out of their way to ensure you’re having a good trip all add to the charm.
The Temples – With over 40,000 Buddhist temples found across the county you are bound to find at least one that captures your heart, and imagination. Dating back to various dynasties, each one reflects that era’s architectural and construction style in the façade and interiors, with variations found across the various provinces. Each, whatever their scale, offers a quiet and contemplative spiritual presence, and you may even be lucky enough to be offered a blessing from one of the resident monks while visiting.
The History and Culture – Even though Thailand’s cities are undeniably modern with high end establishments, luxury hotels and chic neighbourhoods, throughout your travels you will come across ancient tradition and culture existing seamlessly alongside the new. Parts of Bangkok’s China Town or Samphanthawong District seems to have remained unchanged for centuries, as do places like Ayutthaya and the remote hill side tribes of Chiang Mai. Cities like Sukhothai are pushing against too much change, with ancient ruins dating back to the Siamese Kingdom in 1238. The country’s history can also be seen in its many art forms, like traditional Thai dancing, Muay Thai and Thai puppetry.
The Beaches and the Diving – With over 3200 km of coastline, clusters of postcard perfect islands and protected marine parks, Thailand is heaven to the beach seeker. The more popular beaches draw the crowds, but step beyond these to discover stretches of palm tree lined strips of white sand that remain quiet and secluded. Some of these include Freedom Beach in Phuket and Sunset Beach on the island of Koh Kradan. Koh Bulon Lae in the Satun province and Koh Tarutao in the Andaman Sea. Thailand is also home to some of the best dive sites in the world and regardless of where you find yourself, you’ll be able to book a diving trip and go in search of sea turtles and the colourful ocean life. Some of the best places to dive in Thailand include Koh Tao, the Surin Islands, Koh Chang and Chumphon.
The Element of Adventure – Given the country’s unique and varied terrain, visitors are invited to seek out a number of adventure driven excursions during their time in Thailand. With 127 National Parks in Thailand, of which 22 are marine national parks, activities can vary from hiking, rock-climbing, ziplining in the jungles, white water rafting and days spent chasing the best surf. Ethical elephant sanctuaries are ideal for tourists wanting to contribute to a good cause. You can take Muay Thai lessons with a resident champion, and even learn to drive your own Tuk Tuk. Outdoor options are almost limitless. Look out too for marathons, which draw generous crowds each year.
The Markets, Shopping and the Food – Thailand’s markets are like no others in the world, each with its own distinct character. Be it the famous floating and weekend markets of Bangkok, or the charming night markets that appear from nowhere across the country. Shop for antiques, second hand items, clothing, and handcrafted souvenirs; you never know what treasure you may uncover. The food stall section is always a main attraction. Transformational, Thai food is so delicious and diverse that visitors often go on to cook Thai inspired dishes for friends once home. You can work your way through the markets, informal food stalls and restaurants, and never eat the same dish twice. Regionally influenced, the cuisine varies from the north to the south. It is highly recommended that you do a Thai cooking class.
The Colourful Festivals – There seem to be endless reasons to host a celebration with famed Thai festivals are held throughout the year. Most of the festivals are marked by religious events and the lunar calendar, and are all wonderful to witness, or better still partake in. Many travellers go as far as to plan their entire holidays around the festival they would like to attend. Some worth mentioning are the annual Songkran, a festival that takes the shape of a nationwide water fight, the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, the Lantern Festival and Loy Krathong.
Songkran Festival, Bangkok
The Capital – Bangkok needs an independent mention and should not be overlooked or rushed through.  Home to over eight million people with a healthy expat community, it’s a madly exciting introduction to the country. Crowded with heaving traffic, it can be overwhelming, but you will find Bangkok is a city full of surprises and hidden gems. Temples, sky bars, museums, art galleries and expansive green parks. High-rise buildings, intense heat, and a rich culture and tradition that is ever prevalent. We may call it Bangkok, but to the Thais it is better known as Krung Thep, which means City of Angels. Shop at the markets, take a boat trip on the Chao Phraya River and pay respect at the Grand Temple, among much more.
Affordability – For travellers on a budget wanting to share their time between cities and islands, Thailand’s affordable and diverse modes of transportation make getting around easy. Budget-friendly airlines service their international and domestic airports and buses and trains are incredibly affordable. Accommodation takes on every shape and form with recognised hi-end hotel brands, beachside resorts, hostels and self-catering apartment for every budget. All this making Thailand a destination that allows you to easily divide your time between more than one hub, diversifying your overall experience.

Thailand, the Perfect Destination for a Girls Getaway to Health, Wellness, Food and Shopping

Thailand, the Perfect Destination for a Girls Getaway to Health, Wellness, Food and Shopping. With the rise of soulful getaways for girls, Thailand is increasingly popular as a destination offering...
Thailand, the Perfect Destination for a Girls Getaway to Health, Wellness, Food and Shopping.
With the rise of soulful getaways for girls, Thailand is increasingly popular as a destination offering the balance of wellness, health, food and retail therapy.
Beyond the country’s long history and unique culture, modern cities and inviting attractions are the luxury hotels and resorts, as well as the spectacular health spas and wellness retreats. But what really makes Thailand special is its generous and welcoming people, whether encountered in a small mountain village or in the vibrant capital city of Bangkok.
That and the ever-instagrammable limestone mountains, tropical rainforests, white sandy beaches and crystal clear waterfalls, where girls can gather to soak up this slice of paradise, go snorkeling through coral reefs, lounge next to the pool, get massages on secluded islands, and learn to cook with Thai locals.
But should the focus be on health and wellness and the ever important quiet that we seek out to replenish the soul and restore balance to our systems, Thailand is where you are likely to be reminded of what really matters in life.
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Thailand is recognised as a premier health and wellness travel destination with world-class standards, modern and traditional techniques, with ancient medical wisdom and core values of the people of Thailand adding to the wonder.
For Spa focused wellness, a favourite is the Oasis Baan Saen Doi – a unique boutique Retreat, nestled beneath enchanting mountains on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. Elegant Asian décor and teakwood architecture is accented with the arts and crafts of the Hill Tribes. Here you can sink into your very own Jacuzzi, relax beside the saltwater pool, or while away afternoons in the spa. You will find here a branch of one of the most celebrated day spas in Thailand. The Oasis Spas offers the unique “Lanna-style” spa experience with treatments created to combine the best of Thai traditional medicine and herbal secrets with advanced discoveries in beauty and wellness.
The gentle and courteous Lanna ambience pervades to create a magical place where beautiful, gracious people provide the ultimate in personal service without pretentious airs. The Oasis network of Spas can be found across the country with fourteen locations in four destinations. In Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Pattaya, Oasis Spa’s gentle, highly-trained therapists use specialised treatments and products to awaken a better you. This commitment to excellence has resulted in countless awards over the past 15 years.
2.Meditation and RetreatsGirls Trip to Thailand. Bangkok Yoga
Thailand is perfect if you want to discover peacefulness and practice yoga, both which are known to improve the quality of life. Of the hundreds of meditation temples in Thailand, not all cater specifically for foreigners with meditation sessions and retreats in English. Novices as well as practised meditators are however generally welcome at wats, but absolute beginners might like to consider the regular retreats at Wat Suan Mokkh and Wat Khao Tham, which are conducted by supportive and experienced Thai and Western teachers and include talks and interviews on Buddhist teachings and practice.
Of course, this may not be exactly what a girly retreat calls for – especially not a silent retreat – however a couple of friends may benefit greatly from joining one of these together.
An alternate option is the SPA Koh Chang Resort on Koh Chang Island, which is ideal for a complete spiritual retreat. Formed on their passion for a healthy lifestyle, medical practitioners Piranuch and Kamthorn Orn, one a Doctor and the other a Dentist, who have taken their philosophies and blended them with true Thai hospitality to create a very special eco-friendly destination.
Says Piranuch – ‘We routinely exercise, cook healthy food for our family and are really mindful about what we eat taking extra care in the selection of the food we choose. Our acquired knowledge of natural holistic health from our own interest, studies and training is in such incorporated into our daily life.’
Offering the choice of a Detox Retreat, Fasting and Cleansing, Juicing, Raw Food Diets and Demonstrations, Yoga and Yoga teacher training, Weight loss, Health and Wellness packages. Or you can opt to book in simply for the beauty of the place and arrange treatments and yoga at your convenience. They buy fruit from a local project, recycle, are chemically free and advocate for the symbiotic relationship that should exist between man and nature.
The Kamalaya is an award-winning luxury meditation resort, on the beautiful island of Koh Samui that specialises in only the best holistic packages and offers customised treatments by medical professionals. Retreats include meditation, yoga, massage and health treatments as well as private consultations. Another wonderful option.
  1. Cooking ClassesGirls Trip to Thailand. Cooking Class
Yoga, wellness and inner refection can be hungry work, and you’d do well to join a cooking class either at the spa or resort that you are staying at, or at one of the many on offer around town. They can be health, vegetarian or vegan focused, and even include a visit to the local markets to get all the required ingredients. Learn how to create eye-popping fruit carvings, make tofu from scratch, ‘cook’ raw vegan food, or participate in a traditional culinary experience on an organic Thai farm. You can even join a family in their home, for a more intimate cooking experience.
  1. Retail TherapyKad Kong Kao, Phrae
Shopping in Bangkok is a day-and-night activity that rivals the best found elsewhere in the world. Work your way through Bangkok with visits to the legendary MBK, the sophisticated Emporium, trendy Siam Discovery and Central World Plaza, or the impressively upscale Siam Paragon. Not to be missed is the market of all markets – Chatuchak Weekend Market; with floating markets and night markets found around the country. A new one to lookout for in Bangkok is the ICONSIAM on the banks of the Chao Praya river.  A very upmarket shopping mall with Thai food delicacies for sale on the basement level.
Chiang Mai deserve extra mention for its authentic craft atmosphere. A city of artisans and craftspeople, there are many beautiful boutiques and art galleries. From little markets to hidden temples, hip cafes and shops. Look out for banana spring rolls, lemongrass tea served in a bamboo, and sticky rice with mango, if you need some sustenance as you go.
Health and wellness retreats can be nothing short of transformative with many programs designed specifically for women. Pair all that with affordability and excellent tourism infrastructure, and Thailand truly is one of the best places for this form of self-discovery.
Kad Kong Kao, Phrae

Visiting Thailand in the rainy season

 Visiting Thailand in the rainy season Between June and October each year, much of Thailand enjoys dedicated rain and moody overcast skies for at least a few hours each day – but it isn&...
 Visiting Thailand in the rainy season
Thailand in the Rain. Tourist on the StreetBetween June and October each year, much of Thailand enjoys dedicated rain and moody overcast skies for at least a few hours each day – but it isn’t all bad for visitors.
There are some pros to travelling to Thailand during these rainy months, for one with the lower rates meaning you get to travel in Thailand at half the cost of high season. Thailand is also home to many stunning national parks that are at their best during this time of year. The water falls boast their most powerful and beautiful of streams and the weather is slightly cooler for tackling those hiking trails. That said, you may need to give your itinerary a bit more thought as the focus won’t only be on beaches and islands.
When is Thailand’s rainy season?
Thailand in the Rain. Playing in the raining
The rainy season occurs at different times depending on the region of the country. In Central, Northern, North-eastern and Eastern Thailand, the rainy season is from May to November, with August and September often being the wettest months. In Southern Thailand, the rainy season is different for each coast. Along the Andaman Coast, the rains usually come between April and October. The rainy season along the Gulf Coast is typically between September and December.
Don’t let the rain dampen your mood or spirit.
The rainy season in Thailand is still a great time to visit, with these few things in mind.
  1. Be prepared as the rains can come with little warning. If you’re in a city it’s easy to duck into a museum, temple, market, or restaurant to wait for the downpours to subside. Carrying an umbrella is a good idea in the drizzle, however an inexpensive rain poncho, available from many stores around Thailand, is a better way to keep dry. A light-weight rain jacket even better for anyone who plans to spend a lot of time outdoors.
  2. Footwear is everything. The rainy season is still hot and humid and it can be tempting to throw on a pair of flip flops for days out and about. These are not practical during rainy periods though, as they could lead to risk of slipping. Rather wear strap on sandals that will provide a better grip.
  3. A quick and easy way to add extra protection to items in your bag is to line the inside with plastic carrier bags and place your day-to-day items inside a layer of plastic. Your bag may still get wet, but the things inside should stay dry. Plastic rain covers are available for backpacks. You could also consider investing in a waterproof bag for complete protection. Leave any items you don’t need in your hotel room before heading out for the day.
  4. Don’t ignore warnings during the rainy season as they’re issued for your safety. For example, if certain areas of a waterfall are closed off to the public, don’t be tempted to sneak in for a better view. Look for swim and surf warnings on beaches before going into the ocean as undercurrents and rip tides can be incredibly strong and dangerous.
  5. There are many ways in which to stay dry during the raining season. For transport services, Thailand in the Rain. Motorbike in the RainGrab is excellent as you won’t want to travel in the back of a tuk-tuk or on a motorcycle taxi when it is pouring with rain. In case you do get stuck in the rain, be sure that your electronics are in a safe and dry spot. Even the most heavy-duty of backpacks can leak in one of Thailand’s brutal storms.
Things to do in the rain
– Join a Thai cooking class
– Head out for a few hours of shopping at the markets and malls
– Book a Spa Treatment
– Visit Museums and Temples, from the Grand Palace to the Siriraj Medical Museum
– Retreat to a Meditation session
– Catch a Live Muay Thai Match
– Join a Great Yoga Class
– Take a lesson in the language of Thai
– Go to a Thai Culture Shows
– Simply pop in to a restaurant for a traditional Thai coffee, tea or a meal
Regardless of when you visit Thailand, a trip to the South East Asian Kingdom is always going to impress. Remember to pack that rain coat and umbrella in your bag and enjoy – come rain or shine.

The Vegetarian Festival, Phuket

 The Vegetarian Festival, Phuket Thailand Vegan Food SignAlso known as the Nine Emperor Gods Festival, the Phuket Vegetarian Festival celebrates the Chinese community’s belief that absta...
 The Vegetarian Festival, Phuket
Thailand Vegan Food SignThailand Vegan Food SignAlso known as the Nine Emperor Gods Festival, the Phuket Vegetarian Festival celebrates the Chinese community’s belief that abstaining from meat and other stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind.
Held over nine days, it is considered by many to be the most extreme of Thailand’s festivals with devotees giving up meat for the duration and a few select participants, or mah song, practicing self-mutilation in the form of piercing their cheeks with swords, walking on hot coals, and climbing ladders made of knife blades.
The festival is celebrated throughout Thailand by people both with and without Chinese ancestry, with the largest celebrations taking place in Phuket. The Vegetarian Festival is lively and loud with a crowd of people gathering around the procession while chanting and throwing fire crackers. Participants wear white, while the entranced devotees who invite the gods to enter their bodies – wear elaborate traditional costumes.The Procession of Phang-Nga Vegetarian Festival at Guan Yu Shrine, Phang-Nga
A crowd of devotes gather in every Chinese shrine around the island, followed by an even bigger group of photographers hoping to get the shot of their lifetime. Pieces of orange paper and cloth distributed throughout the crowds are for good luck.
The Vegetarian Festival is an internationally known event, and while it also happens in a modest way in Bangkok around the same dates, it is really a Phuket event. For several days on both sides of Phuket Town streets leading to shrines are lined with food stands displaying vegetarian dishes in all imaginable shapes and sizes. Yellow Chinese flags hang at roadside intersections, stages are set, and temples are decorated.Phang-Nga Vegetarian Festival, Chao Mae Major Po Shrine, Phang-Nga
As with many ancient festivals, its unsure the origins of the Vegetarian Festival. One theory is that the festival was brought to Phuket from China by a troupe of actors in 1825. The group had fallen ill with malaria while performing on the island and decided to follow a strict vegetarian diet and pray to the Nine Emperor Gods to ensure purification of the mind and body. To everyone’s amazement they made a complete recovery. The people celebrated by holding a festival to honour the gods and express their gratitude.
One of the most exciting aspects of the festival are the various ceremonies which are held to summon the gods. Fire walking, body piercing and other acts of self-mortification undertaken by participants acting as mediums of the gods, have become more spectacular and daring each year.
Men and women puncture their cheeks with various items including knives, skewers and other household items. It is believed that the Chinese gods will protect them from harm, and blood and scarring results from these mutilation acts. This is definitely not something the faint hearted.Vegetarian Festival. Phuket 2
The ceremonies of the festival take place in the vicinity of the six Chinese temples scattered throughout Phuket. The main temple is Jui Tui Shrine not far from the Fresh Market in Phuket Town. The first event is the raising of the Lantern Pole, an act that notifies the nine Chinese gods that the festival is about to begin. The pole is at least 10m tall and once erected, celebrants believe that the Hindu god, Shiva, descends bringing spiritual power to the event.
For the next few days, the local Chinese/Thai community brings their household gods to the temple, along with offerings of food and drink. It is assumed that the household gods will benefit from the annual dose of spiritual energy that fills the temple. Visitors can observe and even participate in the lighting of joss sticks and candles that are placed around the various gods.
The Nine Emperor Gods Festival is observed in China, but the piercings and self-mutilation are unique to Thailand. Some suggest that the piercings were influenced by similar acts that are performed during the annual Indian Thaipusam festival.Vegetarian Festival. Phuket 1
Where to Experience the Vegetarian Festival
The Vegetarian Festival is celebrated in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Trang and Phang Nga, but Phuket with a Chinese population of around 35% of the total inhabitants, is the best place to experience it. The best shrines in Phuket for witnessing ceremonies are Jui Tui, Bang Niew, Phut Jaw, Cherng Talay, and Kathu. The festivities move between the various temples and it is recommended that you pick up a schedule of events to guide you to the best time and place.
When to See the Vegetarian Festival
The Phuket Vegetarian Festival begins on the first day in the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, so dates change annually. Typically, the festival is held in autumn, near the end of September and beginning of October. The peak of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival is on the ninth, or last day as the ceremony.Vegetarian Festival. Phuket 3
While many tourists attend the festival to see the extreme piercings, you should try the vegetarian food on offer. All participating restaurants and food stalls fly a yellow flag with red Chinese lettering and offer various vegetarian versions of famous Thai noodle dishes. Actually, most of the food is vegan and not even eggs or dairy products are used during the festival.
During the Vegetarian Festival those observing don’t only limit it to diet but also wear white, maintain body cleanliness and agree to keep their body clean, keep up a high moral standard in action, words and thoughts, and abstain from sex and alcohol. Do bear in mind that people in mourning and pregnant or menstruating women are not supposed to attend the ceremonies.
Tourists are invited to attend the procession and take photographs. Although the Vegetarian Festival can appear sensationalist, it is a deeply religious event and you are reminded to show respect at all times.
The 2019 Phuket Vegetarian Festival will be from Sunday 29 September to Monday 7 October.
Vegetarian Festival, Chao Pho Meun Ram Shrine, Trang