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  • Tom 1:08 pm on October 31, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , banana leaves, , , candles, , , , , flowers, incense sticks, khlong, khom fai, Khom Loi, , Lanna traditio, , , , musical performances, Nang Noppamas, , Pra Mae Khong Kha, River, , , 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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  • Tom 6:15 pm on October 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , , , Krungthep Bridges, Krungthon, Krungthon Bridges, , , Nang Nopphamat, Rama VIII, Rama VIII Bridge, River, singers, Suan Luang Park, , , ,   

    Bangkok to arrange grand Loy Krathong celebration this year 

    Loy Krathong

    The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), in collaboration with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), will arrange a grand celebration of Loy Krathong Festival this year under the theme of ‘The Vibrancy of the City with Tide of Color’ . (More …)

     
  • Tom 5:47 pm on September 7, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , authentic, , , boat, Boat Racing, , , Chao Phaya, Chao Phaya River, , Craft, Dragon Boat, handcraft, , , , , Pathum Thani, Penang, , races, Rangsit, River, , , , Swan Boat, swan boat races, , , Wat Phai Lom,   

    International Swan Boat Races 

    Swan Boat Races

    Swan Boat Races

    Teams compete for prizes in the 21st annual swan boat races at the Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Craft Centre, 19 to 20 September.

    Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre, Ayutthaya province, is worth visiting any time of the year, but it has a special fascination for visitors in September, when the riverside complex hosts the annual international swan boat races.

    Now in its 21st year, the dates were changed this year to 19 to 20 September moving back a week from its usual mid-month slot. But it still promises to be a tough, contested, series of races with nine international teams, mainly from around Asia, vying for the annual trophy. (More …)

     
    • UTExplorers 4:43 am on September 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      This year the tourism industry of Thailand has been hurt by all sorts of bad publicity, causing tourists to lose confidence in traveling safely to Thailand. To counteract this false perception of Thailand, the TAT has launched “The Ultimate Thailand Explorers” event to create positive awareness of Thailand and inspiration for worldwide tourists to travel here, particularly through the use of the internet and web blogs, which influence tourists the most.

      The Tourism Authority of Thailand therefore invites all interested parties to attend a press conference for “The Ultimate Thailand Explorers” project launch on Monday, September 14 from 14:00 to 16:00 in Lotus Suite 5-7, Centara Grand at Central World. This event is an exciting integrated online travel competition that will promote various Thailand destinations through various social and travel related websites.
      Hope to see you there !

  • Tom 6:14 pm on September 3, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: ancient sites, , , , Kamphaeng Phet, , Mae Wong, Mae Wong Nation Park, Nation Park, , River, Sakae Krang, Sakae Krang River, , , , Unseen Thailand, , Uthani, Wat Chantharam, Wat Tha Sung, , World Heritage Sites   

    Invitation to the “Thai Route to 3 World Heritage Sites” caravan 

    Thai Route to 3 World Heritage Sites

    Thai Route to 3 World Heritage Sites

    Invitation to the “Thai Route to 3 World Heritage Sites” caravan

    3-6 September 2009, 3 nights 4 days, special price of only 2,699 Baht

    TAT Sukhothai, Uthai Thani and Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Offices invite everyone to participate in the “Thai Route to 3 World Heritage Sites” caravan that will follow the route from Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya-Kamphaeng Phet-Uthani. (More …)

     
  • Tom 7:20 pm on September 1, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Bangkok Smile, booklets, campaign, , , , , Pra Athit pier, River, , , , tourism along the Chao Phraya, , , , , travel booklets, ,   

    Bangkok launches “Experience the Charm of the Chao Phraya River” campaign 

    Chao Phraya River

    Chao Phraya River

    The Governor of Bangkok today opened the “Experience the Charm of the Chao Phraya River” event, which will throughout the day hand out travel booklets to tourists along the river. The campaign has the objective to create continual economic growth for the next year with cooperation from 100 private organizations.

    Bangkok Governor Mom Rachawong Sukhumband Paribatra presided over the launching of the campaign created in cooperation between the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Bureau of Culture’s Tourism Office. The campaign is aimed at promoting tourism activities along Thailand’s most major river – the Chao Phraya. The campaign, designed to use booklets to dispense information on tourism along the Chao Phraya and in Bangkok, is part of efforts to stimulate the economy at the community level. (More …)

     
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