Phuket Vegetarian Festival

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The town of Phuket in southern Thailand annually hosts the world's largest and longest running vegetarian festival. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held over a nine day period in late September/early October. The Vegetarian Festival celebrates the Chinese community's belief that abstaining from eating meat and consuming various other stimulants during the month they will obtain good health and peace of mind.   Ceremonies held during the … [Read more...]

Updated: May 26, 2013 by admin

Songkran Water Festival

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Songkran Festival or also known as the Thailand Water Festival, is the most important festival for Thai people. Celebrated as the traditional Thai New Year, Thai people sprinkle water on the elders in a show of respect and pay respect to Buddha images. Today much more enthusiasm is shown during the annual event which turns the streets into a full blown water fight.   When is the Songkran Festival? The annual Songkran Festival was previously worked out based … [Read more...]

Updated: February 4, 2013 by admin

Thailand Public Holidays – 2013

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When planning your next trip to Thailand, you should be aware of the major Thailand Public holidays celebrated throughout the country. However, although businesses and government offices are closed on public holidays, tourist attractions and shops are almost never closed. The main impact for the tourist during these Thailand Public holidays is the increased competition for travel and accommodation from Thais who use long weekends to get away from the big cities. The … [Read more...]

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AirAsia Introduce New Island Transfer Service

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AirAsia has launched a new Island Transfer service to 5 Thailand islands, namely Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Phi Phi Island, Koh Lanta and Koh Lipe. The great thing about the AirAsia island transfer service is that almost everything is organised for you. AirAsia pre-book a vehicle which will be waiting for you on your arrival at the airport to transport you to your ferry pier and then off to your island destination.  Note that once at the island pier you will need to arrange … [Read more...]

Updated: February 6, 2013 by admin

Loy Krathong Festival

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Loy Krathong is a colorful festival held every year on the full moon of the twelfth month in the Thai Lunar Calendar and is celebrated all over Thailand. This Thai festival features beautifully illuminated lanterns, which are either carried, displayed in houses and temples, or even launched into the sky. Lights are also set adrift on waterways.  In 2013,  Loy Krathong  will be celebrated on Sunday, 17 November. History of Loy Krathong The Loy Krathong Festival was … [Read more...]

Updated: February 4, 2013 by admin

Royal Barge Procession – 22 October 2011

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One of the grandest spectacles in the Kingdom of Thailand, the Royal Barge Procession on the Chao Phraya River is to be held on the 22nd October 2011.  This ancient tradition was revived by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1959.  The breathtaking water-borne Royal Barge Procession is reserved for nationally auspicious occasions and has been held only sixteen times during His Majesty’s reign. To commemorate the auspicious occasion of HM King Bhumibol’s 84th … [Read more...]

Updated: October 12, 2011 by admin

Thai Airline Recruits ‘Ladyboys’ as Air Hostesses

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A newly-formed Thai airline has recruited transsexuals as air hostesses, in a pioneering move it believes will be copied by other carriers. PC Air, which has yet to take to the skies, selected three “Ladyboys” in its first round of hiring this week to promote equal opportunities for what is dubbed the “third sex” in Thailand.   Peter Chan, the new airline’s boss, is enthusiastic about his groundbreaking move because of the opportunities it would afford … [Read more...]

Updated: September 10, 2011 by admin

Thailand Public Holidays – 2012

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When planning your next trip to Thailand, you should be aware of the major Thailand Public holidays celebrated throughout the country. However, although businesses and government offices are closed on public holidays, tourist attractions and shops are almost never closed. The main impact for the tourist during these Thailand Public holidays is the increased competition for travel and accommodation from Thais who use long weekends to get away from the big cities. The … [Read more...]

Updated: October 22, 2011 by admin

Getting to Kanchanaburi

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Kanchanaburi is relatively easy to get to, although it is in that zone of places that are a long way from Bangkok, yet too close to for a flight to be practical. That leaves the car, bus and train as the three most practical options for getting to Kanchanaburi. By car Kanchanaburi is about 3 hours drive from Bangkok, along the highway no.4 (Phet Kasem) from Bangkok until it meets up with highway 323, which will take you all the way to Kanchanaburi. You can also … [Read more...]

Updated: September 10, 2011 by admin

Miss Tiffany’s Universe 2011 Crowned – Pattaya

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  The most beautiful man in Thailand this year, "Nong Sammy", a third year student from Ramkumheang University was crowded Miss Tiffany‘s Universe 2011, which had been held at The Tiffany‘s Theatre, Pattaya.     First runner-up, 23-year-old student Saranrat “Nat” Chaiyakorn, took home 100,000 baht while second runner-up, Tissanamadi “Gigi” Bunniyom, won 20,000 baht. Costume designer Tissanamadi, a crowd favorite, also won the best … [Read more...]

Updated: September 10, 2011 by admin

Chiang Mai Flower Festival

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During the fragrant Chiang Mai Flower Festival, sculptures of temples, animals and even scenes from the Ramayana (the Hindu stories of the Gods) are made from flowers and paraded through the streets of Chiang Mai. It's a real treat to watch, since more than 3000 species of orchid are in bloom and many of these are on display. Look out for the Damask Rose, a special variety found in Chiang Mai, as well as yellow and white chrysanthemums. Apart from the parades … [Read more...]

Updated: September 10, 2011 by admin

Bo Sang Umbrella Festival, Chiang Mai 21-23 Jan 2011

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The Bo Sang Umbrella Village in Chiang Mai is located nine kilometers east of Chiang Mai on the Chiang Mai - Sankampaeng Road.  The village was once a part of the ancient Lanna Kingdom and has a unique charm and character of its own, which can be noticed in its treasure trove of beautiful temples and fertile rice fields. The people of Bo Sang celebrate their traditional craft and skills with the annual Umbrella Festival. It features contests, exhibitions, a Miss Bo … [Read more...]

Updated: September 8, 2011 by admin

Thai Tourist Visa & Tourist Visa Exemption

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General Information Generally, a foreign citizen who wishes to enter the Kingdom of Thailand is required to obtain a visa from a Royal Thai Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate-General. However, nationals of certain countries do not require a visa if they meet visa exemption requirements. Additionally, you must hold a current passport with a minimum validity of 6 months remaining from the intended date of entry. Also you must be in possession of an onward or return … [Read more...]

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Overstaying your Thai Visa

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The Consequences of Overstaying in Thailand, Some 'experienced travelers' to Thailand will suggest that overstaying your Thai visa is not a problem and can easily be sorted at the airport when you depart by paying an over-stay fine. However, it can be a very different story if you get caught by the immigration police during your stay in Thailand and are asked to show your passport. If you stay in Thailand for longer than the time authorized on your arrival, and … [Read more...]

Updated: January 2, 2011 by admin

Ayutthaya Maps & Tourist Guide

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Located just 76 km north of Bangkok, Ayutthaya is visited by large numbers of tourists on a one-day trip from Bangkok. This allows about 3 hours at the sites (the majority of these lie inside the Historical Park), but for those with an interest in archaeological ruins, Ayutthaya justifies an overnight stop or a little longer. Click to enlarge maps … [Read more...]

Updated: April 26, 2011 by admin

Bus Travel in Thailand

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Utilising buses is a great way to travel if you have the time. There are both private and government run buses - both are very cheap based on a price per kilometre. The cheapest and slowest are the orange coloured government buses with no air-conditioning. They stop at every town as well as pick up and drop off people anywhere along the route. This is a great way to see some local colour but it is neither speedy nor comfortable. The blue buses are run by private … [Read more...]

Updated: September 11, 2011 by admin

Thai Public Holidays – 2011

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When planning your next trip to Thailand, you should be aware of the major national Thai holidays celebrated throughout the country. However, although businesses and government offices are closed on public holidays, tourist attractions and shops are almost never closed. The main impact for the tourist during these holidays is the increased competition for travel and accommodation from Thais who use long weekends to get away from the big cities. The list below shows … [Read more...]

Updated: January 4, 2013 by admin

Obtaining a Thai Driver’s Licence

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It’s hard to believe that anyone in Thailand actually has a driving licence, or at least has passed a test, but getting a valid Thai licence is possible for all nationalities. While many westerners drive for years without obtaining a Thai driving licence, getting one is advisable for any long stays. An international driver licence is required to drive in Thailand, however for stays over 60 days a valid Thai driver's licence is required. Additionally, having a Thai … [Read more...]

Updated: June 11, 2011 by admin

Thai Retirement Visa Application Process

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Non-Immigrant Visa “O-A” (Long Stay) Thai Visa This type of Thai visa may be issued to applicants aged 50 years and over who wish to stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 1 year without the intention of working. Holder of this type of visa is allowed to stay in Thailand for 1 year. Employment of any kind is strictly prohibited. Eligibility Applicant must be aged 50 years and over (on the day of submitting application. Applicant not prohibited from entering … [Read more...]

Updated: September 28, 2011 by admin