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  • Tom 9:28 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Chiang Mai, City of Angels, credit, , , , , , , historic, , , street, , , , , , , urbanites   

    ‘Happy Faces’ for jumbos: Move elephants from Bangkok’s mean streets to natural habitats 

    Thailand elephants

    Thailand elephants: photo: Bohdan Szcześniak

    Scenes of hungry, unemployed elephants wandering the crowded streets of Bangkok begging for food and money from tourists and urbanites may soon be a memory after the Thai capital’s municipal government—the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, (the BMA or City Hall)—recently kicked off strict new measures to ban the elephants from the streets and enlist help from the Provincial Administrative Organisation in the northeastern province of Surin, home to large numbers of both pachyderms and their handlers, the mahouts, in an attempt to find a lasting and sustainable solution to the problem.

    Following City Hall’s Elephant Smile Project, the Returning Elephant to its Homeland project was launched to help shelter wandering elephants in the capital. Over 7,000 rai of land (some 2,800 acres) at the Elephant Studies Centre in Surin’s Tha Tum district, is now home to wandering elephants after the centre received a government budget of 22 million baht (US$660,000). (More …)

  • Tom 5:41 pm on November 30, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , accommodation rates, backpacker, backpackers, Chiang Mai, fashion icon, , , luxury room, , , , , , , , ,   

    Pai: The changing face of a northern charmer 

    Pai, Thailand

    Pai, Thailand: Flickr.com

    PaiPai, a small district in Thailand’s northernmost province of Mae Hong Son, has become a favourite destination for travellers in the last several years and, like it or not, the once idyllic town has changed almost upside down.

    The past two years have seen more than half a million tourists flock to the mountainous district following word of mouth recommendations, whether backpackers or more well-off travellers, who described it as a “must-visit” spot to get close to nature –the mountains, a lazy river, cool breeze, fresh air and stunning views.

    Vorathep Gantadee, chairman of the Pai Tourism Association, said the small town had less than 30 guesthouses and hotels some eight years ago but the number has currently increased to over 200 outlets, owned by locals and outside investors alike. (More …)

  • Tom 9:14 pm on November 29, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: Chiang Mai, , , Linping, , , , , , , , ,   

    Panda cub on show in the open at Chiang Mai Zoo 

    Panda at ChiangMai zoo

    Panda at ChiangMai zoo

    Tourists, Chiang Mai residents and family members of the Chamber of Commerce meeting attendees enjoyed the Panda cub display in the open at Chiang Mai Zoo today.

    The zoo staff took Lingping, the panda cub out for the second day and let her play at the showing area to celebrate her six months of age. The three-day show during November 27-29 has attracted over 500 eager visitors to the zoo. (More …)

  • Tom 9:19 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: border, Buriram, , Chiang Mai, , , , , , regions, retail shop, , , , trading points   

    Buriram and Chiang Rai to be promoted as border trading points 

    The Thai Chamber of Commerce is encouraging Chiang Mai and Buriram to open border trading points to promote trade and investment with Myanmar and Cambodia respectively.

    The Chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Mr Dusit Nontanakorn, today met with the provincial Chamber of Commerce of Buriram to discuss ways to promote trade and investment in the region.

    They also discussed the organizational development and information exchange between the Thai Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok and other regions. (More …)

  • Tom 8:48 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , bungalows, camp fire, Chiang Mai, Doi Pui, Doi Pui National Park, , donate, , , , outdoor, tents, , , , ,   

    Doi Suthep – Doi Pui National Park enlivens northern travel 

    Doi Suthep Chiang Mai Thailand

    Doi Suthep Chiang Mai Thailand: Filckr.com

    Visitors have continually arrived at Doi SuthepDoi Pui National Park, according to Mr Kitti Tulapong the Deputy Governor of Doi SuthepDoi Pui National Park.

    Tourist number has increased due to the cool weather in the northern region of Thailand. The overall temperature has been lowered to 15 degree Celsius. (More …)

  • Tom 2:41 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , celebrations, Chiang Mai, , , , , , , , resort islands, Royal Flora Expo, , Suvharnabhumi, Suvharnabhumi Airport, , Thailand tourism, , , ,   

    Thai tourism on a roll 

    Bangkok Airways Boeing 717 at Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok

    Bangkok Airways Boeing 717 at Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok: Flickr.com

    Thailand’s tourism has rebounded with an increasing number of tourists of 9.8 million from January to September, according to Tourism and Sports Minister Chumphol Silpa-archa.

    The minister said a number of passengers arriving at the Suvharnabhumi Airport averaged 30,000 people per day in October. It is forecast that in December, the number of tourists for the whole year will be close or even exceed the targeted 14 million. (More …)

  • Tom 2:05 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai attractions, Chiang Mai City, City Walk, , , newspapers, Sunday Market, Sunday Market Chiang Mai, Tha Phae Gate, Tha Phae Gate Chiang Mai, , , , , , tourist places, , , , , Wall Street Journal   

    Wall Street Journal publishes Chiangmai´s way of life in its “City walk” column 

    Tha Phae Gate Sunday Market in Chiang Mai

    Tha Phae Gate Sunday Market in Chiang Mai

    Wall Street Journal, one of the biggest newspapers in US, published an article about Chiang Mai’s unique way of life in its City Walk column, seen to make Chiang Mai globally known.

    Michael K. Monroe, the American Consule in Chiang Mai , said that Wall Street Journal with its headquarters in New York, US, had publicized the way of life in Chiang Mai via its column, namely “City walk”. The column would take the readers back to the gorgeous Lanna kingdom in the past. Also, all tourist attractions, local residents’ life style, traditional cultures, shops, natural attractions including the local map in Chiang Mai were described on these pages to attract and lure tourists all over the world to travel to Thailand. (More …)

  • Tom 1:45 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Burmese Chitra turtle, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Aquarium, , Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium, Kazakhstan, , scape, , , , , , ,   

    Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium adds endangered turtle to display 

    Chiang Mai Zoo

    The Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium has unveiled its newest addition, a 130 kilogram softshell Burmese Chitra turtle.

    Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium today announced the arrival of its latest member, Sumo, a century old Burmese Chitra turtle. The female turtle weighs over 130 kilograms and is 1.5 meters in length with the ability to extend its neck a full meter to breath above water. Marinescape Thailand Ltd Board President Roj Tuwonlin, the aquarium administrator, stated that the Burmese Chitra turtle is currently endangered and can no longer be found in the wild. Its addition to the zoo will allow members of the public to view and study the now rare creature. (More …)

  • Tom 1:11 pm on October 31, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: Chiang Mai, , , Songkran, , , , , , Yi Peng celebration, Yi Peng Loy Krathong   

    Yi Peng festivities in Chiang Mai picking up 

    Yi Peng festivities in Chiang Mai picking up

    Tourists and revelers have begun to take to the streets of Chiang Mai as part of the province’s famous Yi Peng Loy Krathong celebration. Authorities have prepared over 200 additional transport vehicles to assist in inner-city travel during the festival. (More …)

  • Tom 1:08 pm on October 31, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , banana leaves, , , candles, , Chiang Mai, , , flowers, incense sticks, khlong, khom fai, Khom Loi, , Lanna traditio, , , , musical performances, Nang Noppamas, , Pra Mae Khong Kha, , , , water,   

    Loy Krathong Festival 

    Loy Kratong Festival

    As the moon radiates at its fullest on the twelfth lunar month, countless lanterns are set to glide on the waters of the rivers and khlongs. Made from a section of a banana tree trunk embroidered with elaborately folded banana leaves, flowers, candles and incense sticks, the once dark, still waters come to life as the lanterns glimmer like stars. Fireworks explode in the sky with colors and the Nang Noppamas beauty pageant is held to search for the loveliest lady in the Thai national costume.

    Loy means to float and Krathong means a vessel. Held annually on the full moon night of November, the Loy Krathong tradition of setting afloat the krathongs can be traced back to the 14th century in the reign of King Ramkhamhaeng of Sukhothai when his favorite consort Nang Noppamas created a lotus-shaped krathong to pay tribute to the Lord Buddha’s footprints on Nammathanathi River in India. (More …)

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