You will also see the summer palace of King Rama IV with its mixture of Thai, Chinese and Gothic architecture. The palace is a well-preserved ‘museum’, providing a glimpse at a time when Thailand was known as Siam.
Tuk-Tuk a taxi of Bangkok Thailand,
Taxi Well we have a tendency to provided the airport transfer and daily service in Thailand, however, our clients always asking to Tuk-Tuk, an almost traveler who came to Thailand have to be compelled to see Tuk-Tuk.
The vehicles named Tuk-Tuk originated in Japan by Daihatsu and it absolutely was Thailand later went into production with these vehicles a few years later.
The original Thai Tuk-Tuk is found in many places in Bangkok Thailand, largely operating as an open taxi.
Named for the sound from by their small-capacity, two-cycle engines, tuk-tuks are typically found in tourer areas, around markets, or tourist taxi in tourer areas.
It is common seating four or five travelers in one tuk-tuk, like students heading home from college,
or one person riding a Tuk-Tuk packed with boxes and luggage being taken home from the market.
Over the years, the Tuk-Tuk has become a favorite sightseeing taxi and one of the national symbols of Thailand, significantly among foreigners.
One of the foremost unique and convenient modes of transfer on the market in Bangkok Thailand, the tuk-tuk could be a favorite among tourists.
Tuk-Tuks are extremely versatile and can be used either as tourist carriers or as transportation vehicles for industrial, business and agricultural functions, it may apply to airport taxi in future if Thailand Government provides permission.
Thailand government was committed to meeting every of traveler’s demands and places a high degree of stress on client service.
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When we talk about Thailand, someone have never heard this small country, where is it?, what can do there?
This man left from his home in France (Gaspard Walter) for visiting around the world but he always return to Thailand in many years ago.
Why he love Thailand, what is the best thing for him in Thailand?
Read his reasons here:
I’m writing this article from my flat in Bangkok.
I don’t know how many times I’ve come here, how many times I have crossed the border. I’ve stopped counting. All I know is that it has been 5 passports between this trip and the first one.
There’s no way for me to keep track of how many times I’ve landed in Bangkok. All I know is that I will keep coming every year. To take a break, to work, write, and enjoy the weather, the blue skies and the storms at night by the open window.
“Thailand”, is my typical answer to all the wannabe travelers who are looking for a first time destination, to start their journey or to take their first backpacking steps. Most of the time it’s not too hard to convince them to travel to “the land of smiles”, the country has a lot to offer and it’s usually at the top of their list anyway, but sometimes I end up facing some pre-made counter arguments that explain to me that Thailand is far from being the “hit” country that I describe.
Because it’s too much, because it’s finished, it’s “has been”, full of tourists, full of lady boys and old men who are running after them with their walkers. Because Thai people eat dogs and cats and pretty much anything that moves (it’s true, a friend of a friend of my second cousin told me so) and it’s dirty – as in, you touch a banana and you get aids, butt worms, and turn yellow- and it’s smelly and gross. And anyway, the country is not so nice, and it’s doesn’t look as good as on the pictures…
I’m not going to try to defend a country that clearly doesn’t need my help to attract thousands and thousands of new travelers every year; so instead of trying to debunk every misconception about this country, I’m going to tell you why visiting Thailand is definitely worth it!
TAT advice on the Royal Religious Rites and status of attractions and events during the Mourning Period
As Thailand is currently in a period of national mourning after the passing of the beloved monarch His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, many thousands of mourners have gathered around the Grand Palace in Bangkok to be present for the royal religious rites and ceremonies taking place and to pay their respects to the father of the nation. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to ask that members of the public stay updated via media announcements and notices from the Bureau of the Royal Household as well as the Royal Thai Government to ensure accurate information. We also request that the solemnity of these rites are observed and the visitors – local and international – wear respectful attire.
In the period of national mourning, some festivals and activities in the kingdom have been cancelled or postponed. Other events will go ahead as planned but may be toned down as a mark of respect. Please see the list of events that are postponed or cancelled in the following page.
The TAT would like to recommend that any visitors with travel or tourism plans reconfirm with agents and check local media regularly as well as follow the advice of the local authorities for announcements and updates. They should also be aware that in some areas transportation could be affected. We also ask tourists and visitors for their understanding and patience should they experience delays or some routes may be closed to traffic.
Status of tourist attractions
The Grand Palace and The Temple of the Emerald Buddha Closed 14-20 October 2016
Wat Pho (The Temple of the Reclining Buddha) Open as usual
Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn) Open as usual
National Museum Bangkok
Open as usual (09.00-16.00 Hrs.)
Closed 14-16 October 2016
Ratchadamnoen Boxing Stadium Closed until further notice
Lumpini Boxing Stadium Ramindra
Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum
Closed for one month from October 2016
Closed 14-16 October 2016
The Alcazar Cabaret, Pattaya Open as usual (daily show times at 17.00, 18.30, 20.00 and 21.30 Hrs., but the last show has been cancelled until end of October 2016
Tiffany’s Show, Pattaya Open as usual (daily show times at 18.00, 19.30 and 21.00 Hrs.)
Muay Thai Live at Asiatique The Riverfront Closed, until 17 October 2016
Siam Niramit Open as usual (17.00-20.00 Hrs.)
Phuket Simon Cabaret Open as usual (18.00-22.30 Hrs.)
Calypso at Asiatique The Riverfront Open as usual (no alcohol)
The Square Buddha Amulet Market, Bangkok Closed until further notice
Chiang Mai Walking Street on Saturday and Sunday & Chiang Mai Night Bazaar Open as usual (17.00 – 23.00 Hrs.)
The Bureau of the Royal Household http://brh.thaigov.net/brh-2011/index.php – in Thai
The Royal Thai Government: http://www.thaigov.go.th/en/index.php – in English
Department of the Government Public Relations Department http://thailand.prd.go.th/main.php?filename=index – In English
TAT Contact Center: http://www.tatcontactcenter.com/index.php
Tourism Authority of Thailand
International Public Relations Division
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2250 0246
Status of events and cultural festivals
Buffalo Racing Festival 2016, Chon Buri 9-15 October 2016
Nakhon Phanom Illuminated Boat Procession 9-17 October 2016
Oasis: Supersonic – Thailand Premiere, Bangkok 17 October 2016
Morrissey Live in Bangkok 18 October 2016
Scorpions 50th Anniversary Tour 2016, BITEC, Bangkok 26 October 2016
2016 Lee Jongsuk Fan Meeting Variety in Bangkok, Thunder Dome, Bangkok 28 October 2016
BIGBANG Made [V.I.P] Tour in Bangkok, IMPACT Arena 29-30 October 2016
Ghost Fair at Mega Bangna, Bangkok 20-31 October 2016
Bangkok Symphony Orchestra 2016 – The Sound of Thai Heritage 21 October 2016
Yi Peng Chiang Mai 12-15 November 2016
Pattaya Loi Krathong Festival 14 November 2016
Pattaya International Fireworks Festival 25-26 November 2016
New Year Celebrations, Pattaya 31 December 2016 – 1 January 2017
*Many local and international concerts and performances have also been cancelled.
Events postponed indefinitely or to new dates
The End of the Buddhist Lent at Indo-China Market, Mukdahan 14-16 October 2016
Concert Moderndog at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani 15 October 2016
Concert ECTat Bitec Bangna, Bangkok 15 October 2016
Group Riding Bangkok 16 October 2016
FB Battery River Kwai Half Marathon at Kanchanaburi 16 October 2016
Chanthaburi Scenic Marathon 29-30 October 2016
Harmony World Puppet in Kanchanaburi 2016 (1-7 November 2016 (new dates 20-26 February 2017)
Krabi Adventurous Trophy 2016 4-5 November 2016
Bangkok Street Show 2016 at Lumpini Park 10-12 December 2016
Events going ahead but scaled back
Rap Bua Festival at Bangphli, Samut Prakan, 12-15 October 2016
Poi Lynn Sib Et Festival, Mae Hong Son, 14-16 October 2016
For further enquiries on Status of events, please contact our TAT domestic offices or TAT Call Centre: 1672
Suzuka, Mie, Japan, 10 October, 2016 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) first foray into the F1 Village at the 2016 Japan Grand Prix proved to be a hit with local formula 1 fans. More than 480 complimentary massages were provided over 4 days.
Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications said, “with more than 160,000 Japanese and foreign F1 fans passing through the Village in the past 4 days, the look, feel and scent of Thailand was fantastically received by every visitor to our Marquee.”
“According to site data, the Amazing Thailand Pit Stop Spa was in the Top 10 of most visited international brands on show at the Japanese F1, and in the top 5 of most photographed displays and to be the only country with a presence there, it proved to be a great touch-point to convey Thailand as a premier destination,” he said.
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One of the most picturesque festivals in Bangkok is the evening of Loy Krathong, when people gather around lakes, rivers and canals to pay respects to the goddess of water by releasing beautiful lotus shaped rafts, decorated with candles, incense and flowers onto the water.
Every year, Loy Krathong falls on the night of the twelfth lunar month (usually in November), at the end of the rainy season when the full-moon lights up the sky. The sight of thousands of Krathongs, their flickering candles sending a thousand pinpoints of light far into the horizon is a truly magical site, and there are plenty of places in Bangkok where you can get involved with the festivities.
What is Loy Krathong?
The history behind the festival is complex, and Thais celebrate for many reasons. The main rice harvest season has ended and it’s time to thank the Water Goddess for a year’s worth of her abundant supply, as well as an apology for polluting the waters. Some believe that this is the time to symbolically ‘float away’ all the anger and grudges you have been holding onto, and including a fingernail or a lock of hair is seen as a way of letting go of the dark side of yourself, to start anew free of negative feelings. If your candle stays alight until your Krathong disappears out of sight, it means a year of good luck.
Traditionally, Thais release their krathongs into rivers and small canals called ‘klongs’. Today, a pond or lake is also good. Many places host a string of cultural activities, such as ‘Ram Wong’ dance performances, krathong-making competitions and a beauty contest. People have started releasing lanterns in Bangkok, but this is only a small part of the festival. For the full lantern experience, head up to Chiang Mai for ‘Yee Peng’ festival, although people often fly lanterns in Phuket and Samui, too.
Where can you float a Krathong in Bangkok?
The main Loy Krathong celebration in Bangkok has been held at Asiatique since 2013. Perviously it was held along the banks of Wat Saket in the Old City, which is still a popular place to celebrate. For anyone around Khao San Road, head to the nearby Phra Athit Pier.
Many hotels in Bangkok host a Loy Krathong event at their swimming pool area (contact your hotel for more information). You can try your hand at Loy Krathong, or even the traditional ‘Ram Wong’ dance, without fighting your way through crowds of people outside the hotel grounds. Hotels located along the Chao Phraya River are especially popular and often have loy krathong events combined with a special dinner and fireworks.
Loy Kratong Festival at Asiatique
If you are ready experience Loy Krathong the way the locals do, head to Asiatique, the riverfront night market, which is where you will find the biggest crowds and some impressive shows. Be warned that traffic in the area will be very bad and there will be long queues to take the shuttle boat in front of Saphan Taksin BTS Station.
The action kicks off around sunset, and there are plenty of krathongs to buy around the river, you can even watch the traditional banana leaf folding method, or have a go yourself. The large boardwalk area in front of Asiatique will host the main events, including the retelling of the Loy Krathong story via music and dance, a launch site for your krathongs, an illuminated float procession and a firework display. If the crowds here sound too much, there are plenty of other spots along the Chao Phraya river to watch the festivities from.
As the ringside atmosphere is fuelled to fever pitch by the buzzing musical instruments and roars of the crowd, the young fighter attacks. After a dazzling flurry of fists and kicks, some too fast to see, his opponent falls back defeated and another Muay Thai boxing match has come to an exciting climax.
1.Bangkok: Grand Palace in Bangkok
A visit to Thailand would not be complete without a trip to one of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks, if not the most famous- the Grand Palace in Bangkok! Immerse yourself in Thai history as you wander the vast palace grounds and take in the intricate decoration of the building, which was once home to the Thai royal family.
Now, we all know there’s no shortage of Buddhas to see in Thailand, however the Emerald Buddha, located in the palace’s outer court, is most definitely a sight not to be missed. Sculpted from pure green jade, the famed Emerald Buddha is surrounded by a crowd of gold monuments and statues.
You’ll be in awe at the scene which fills the temple’s interior, and what’s more, the Emerald Buddha gets a seasonal change of attire! Yes, that’s right- according the the change of the seasons, the towering Buddha gets a ceremonial change of costume, carried out by the King of Thailand himself; which costume will you see?! Squeeze a trip in to see the Grand Palace by joining Camp Thailand’s Extended Bangkok Tour which gives you that extra bit of time to see the capital!
2.Pattaya: Nice Beach, Fine Dining, Night Life
Tourists have been coming to the beach resort of Pattaya on Thailand’s eastern seaboard since as long back as the 1970s. Once a small fishing village, Pattaya has grown to be one of the premier tourist resorts of anywhere in South East Asia. From its early beginnings as a place for rest and recuperation for American servicemen during the Vietnam War, to today’s high rise five star hotels, restaurants serving cuisine from all four corners of the globe, and some of the best entertainment to be found anywhere, there is literally something for everyone in this exciting, lively and vibrant city.
Being close to the sea, the adjoining beaches of Pattaya City, from Naklua Bay to Wong Phrachan (Crescent Moon) and Wong Amat beaches in the north down to Jomtien and Na Jomtien beaches in the south, cover a total length of about 20 km.
For the past centuries, Pattaya was a small fishing village almost cut off from the outside world. But after its beauty was discovered by the first group of American servicemen from Nakhon Ratchasima in 1961, the sleepy Pattaya gradually became a famous beach resort. Fishermen’s huts along the beach were replaced by a full range of accommodations from super deluxe hotels to bungalows and mini-pocket guesthouses. And the quiet powdery golden beaches are frequented by swimmers and sunbathers from various parts of the world.
3.Hua Hin: Funny Water Park, Elephant Riding, Nice Beach
Hua Hin is Thailand’s oldest beach town resort. Situated on the west coast of the Gulf of Thailand and only 200 kilometers from the capital, Bangkok, it offers the ultimate getaway destination for the city’s elite. Hua Hin became popular with the Royal Family following the construction of the southern railway in the 1920’s, travel became more accessible and a demand for luxury resorts and hotels grew. The first of these was the Railway Hotel which is now the Sofitel Central, still one of Hua Hin’s most popular hotels.
Today Hua Hin is undergoing rapid expansion as Bangkokians and Westerners look this way for a second home, be it a quaint house nestled in the hills or an upmarket condominum with ocean views. Over the past few years, the town has seen countless housing developments spring up, new golf courses constructed, a brand new shopping complex and movie theatre and a boom in local businesses. The charm of Hua Hin is that it still retains its fishing village serenity which is now side by side with the bustling center of a modern luxury beach resort.
The Songkran festival is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year’s Day from 13 to 15 April.