Eco-Tours in Khao Sok and Khao Lak
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Surat Thani (644 km from Bangkok) and Phang-nga (788 km from Bangkok) are two Southern provinces well known for their lofty mountain ranges and pristine rainforest. Both places are wonderful for nature lovers because they can enjoy the benefits of their vacation by taking part in some of the eco friendly activities available, for example, sightseeing, elephant safari, trekking, bamboo rafting, white-water rafting, canoeing, etc. The eco-tours we describe in this article take place in the two famous mountains of the two provinces: Khao Sok (Sok Mt.) in Surat Thani and Khao Lak (Lak Mt.) in Phang-nga. 
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Sukhothai’s Loi Krathong Festival is the world’s second amazing festival

The krathong floating festival of Sukhothai Province is listed among 10 of the world’s most amazing festivals by skyscanner.net   The festival is celebrated by floating vessels filled with flowers, lit candles and joss sticks on water. This is done either as thanksgiving and worship to the Goddess of Water or as a kind of homage paying to the legendary footprint the Buddha left on the bank of the River Narmada in India.

In this festival (traditionally performed on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month which usually falls in November), you can watch the float procession of krathong as well as lighting of lanterns and light and sound presentation at the historical site and firework displays over all waterways.

10 of the world’s most amazing festivals by skyscanner.net are:

1.Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico, USA
2.Loykrathong Festival, Sukhothai, Thailand
3.Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
4.Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany
5.Las Fallas, Valencia, Spain
6.Elephant Festival, Jaipur, India
7.PingXi Sky Lantern Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
8.Pushkar Camel Fair, India
9.Days of the Dead, Mexico
10.Harbin Ice Festival, China

   
Unesco recognizes Wat Pho in Bangkok with Memory of the World award
Unesco Memory of the World award has been granted to Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, in Bangkok. Like the Unesco World Heritage Site, the award is given to documents that are officially recognized as being of "outstanding universal value".

Epigraphic Archives of Wat Pho

Documentary heritage submitted by Thailand and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2011.
The Epigraphic Archives of Wat Pho (Temple of the Bodhi Tree) in Bangkok is a unique collection of 1,431 stone inscriptions in Thai language and scripts made in 1831-1841 on both religious and secular subjects, representing a wide range of Thai knowledge of Asian and local roots of the time in the context of over five centuries of global exchanges in trade, politics and culture. It was a conscious effort by King Rama III and Thai scholars to preserve and make them visible to the public with the ultimate aim in general education on cultural heritage, diversity and civilizations.

* Year of submission: 2010
* Year of inscription: 2011
Source : unesco.org
 

The survey results of 100 Amazing Places in Thailand & TAT's new interactive e-cards sending contest to win the amazing 10 days in Thailand
On 29 June 2011, The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) held a press conference to reveal the results of its online survey the "100 Amazing Places in Thailand", which has been conducted on 3,389 tourists from 68 countries who have visited Thailand. The results showed that the top 5 provinces that tourists voted for their favourite places are Bangkok (20 places), Chiang Mai (11 places), Surat Thani (10 places), Chon Buri (10 places) and Phuket (9 places). The survey also revealed the top 5 attractions in Thailand which tourists voted for their favourite attractions. They are Beaches & Island (31 places), Arts & Culture (29 places), Nature & Scenery (20 places), Shopping & Lifestyle (12 places) and Recreation (8 places).

On this occasion, TAT also introduced the "Amazing 10 Days in Thailand", a new online campaign to promote tourism. Starting from now until 31 August 2011, tourists can participate by sending interactive e-cards to invite their friends to visit Thailand. The winner who successfully invites the highest number of friends to Thailand will receive 10 day, 5-star accommodations + free meals + return tickets for two persons + 3,000 USD (Total value 13,000 USD). The 2nd prize offers 7-night hotel voucher for two persons+ breakfasts (Total value 3,500 USD). The 3rd prize is 5-night hotel vouchers + breakfasts (Total value 1,500 USD).

For more details, please go to amazing10daysinthailand.com

 

Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall: A brand new attraction on the Rattanakosin Island

On 9 March 2010, Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall, a brand new tourist attraction on the Rattanakosin Island, was officially open to the public. The Hall is situated on Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, near Wat Ratchanadda. It is an interactive self learning centre with state-of-the-art multimedia technologies giving information on history, arts and culture of the Rattanakosin era (since 1782). In a renovated building, there are altogether 9 exhibition rooms each representing a part of the grandeur of Rattanakosin, the capital of Thailand.

Visitors can view 4D multimedia spectacles presenting the beginning of the Rattanakosin, see the most perfect model of the Grand Palace and the animation illustrating the legend of the Emerald Buddha, or enjoy the 360° multimedia demonstrating various forms of entertainment in the Rattanakosin period. You can also learn the colourful Thai way of living via the multi-touch technology. Another fun part of the trip to this exhibition hall is to find yourselves actually participate in the animation tour around the Rattanakosin island. And on the fourth floor of the building, visitors can admire the magnificent view of the Ratchadamnoen Road as well as a closer look of the Loha Prasat (Metal Castle) and the Golden Mount.

Open: Tue.-Fri. 11.00-20.00 hrs
Sat.-Sun. and Public holidays 10.00-20.00 hrs
(Closed on Mondays)
Admission: Adults 100 baht, Children under 120 cm tall free of charge

For more details, please call +66 (0) 2621 0044 or visit nitasrattanakosin.com

 

Pattaya: The City Full of Diversions
In the past decade, many people viewed Pattaya as a place for exotic nightlife. That might be true. But now a general public perception of Pattaya has been changing as what the city really offers is far beyond beaches and entertainment.  Pattaya has adapted to suit the present situation by offering a great diversity of tourist attractions and launching appealing discount promotions, for example, Pattaya Be Our Guest! "Whole Day Tour in Pattaya, Discount Everywhere" to promote travelling in the city.

Many people would now agree that Pattaya is "best value for money". Why? Because Pattaya has everything to offer at excellent value, no matter what you are opt for--beaches, accommodations, international cuisines, shopping malls or a water park, Pattaya has them all. Moreover, there are a few brand new tourist places like Pattaya Floating Market, Ang Sila Old Style Market and Pattaya Old Town in Na Klua County which will open around the end of August 2009, presenting traditional ways of life of the local folks. This is no less interesting than other already popular sites.

One day excursion in Pattaya is very convenient (just 90 minutes' drive from Bangkok) and cheap (only one full gas tank). The overnight stay is such an attractive option too because most hotels and resorts in the city are currently offering special discount prices, even for walk-in guests. So, packing your suitcase for Pattaya now is an excellent idea.

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I-San : The Cradle of Learning and Civilization
Uncovering the Region Identity

The Northeastern Region of Thailand, known locally as I-San boasts distinctive culture and civilization many tourists have never seen. The Northeast's unique landscapes and attractions are no less interesting than those of the other parts of the country. Its local people are famous for their super friendliness. During a trip to the region, tourists will be introduced to another Thailand, quite different from a seaside destination. And only at their first visit to I-San many foreigners fell in love with this region and you will surely feel the same way.


Cave Painting at
Phataem National Park
(Photo by courtesy of TAT)

Ban Chiang Archaeological
Site in Udon Thani

Attractions in the Northeast

Starting from tracing the dinosaurs, the region's prehistoric rulers, you will discover the beginning of the earth, universe and the theory of where life begins. Recommended places are Phu Kum Khao Dinosaur Excavation Site Museum at Sirindhorn Museum in Kalasin Province and Phu Faek Forestry at the Dinosaur Museum in Khon Kaen Province.

Things you can do in the northeast of Thailand includes visiting many archaeological sites such as prehistoric cave paintings at Phataem National Park in Ubon Ratchathani Province and Ban Chiang world's heritage site in Udon Thani Province. What shouldn't be missed on the trip are groups of ancient Khmer style castles like Sikhoraphum Castle and Ta Muean Thom Castle in Surin Province and Muang Tam and Phanom Rung Castles in Buriram Province.


Muang Tam Castle in Buriram
(Photo by courtesy of TAT)

Ban Song Yae Church
in Yasothon

In this region, there are plenty of religious attractions too. Not only Buddhist but Christianity is deeply ingrained in the areas along the bank of the Mekong River. The architectural style of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Nakhon Phanom is strikingly beautiful. In addition, you can visit Ban Song Yae Church in Yasothon Province, the country's largest wooden church comprising 336 posts and Wat Song Khon in Nakhon Phanom Province, the Southeast Asia's largest Roman Catholic Church -- both places are among Thailand's unseen attractions.

In order to promote I-San Travel Years 2008-2010, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has arranged various campaigns including tour packages throughout the period. To learn more about the packages or make a reservation please contact:

The Association of Domestic Travel: Tel. +66 (0) 2270 1505-8
The Ecotourism & Adventure Travel Association: Tel. +66 (0) 2393 5855
The Tourism Promotion Association: Tel. +66 (0) 2961 2204-5
The Association of Thai Tour Operators: Tel. +66 (0) 2998 0744

 
Charlie House Pin Klao has been certified a "Smoke-Free Hotel"
The Charlie House Pin Klao has now joined the Green Leaf Program initiated by the Green Leaf Foundation. The program's main objective is to encourage the hotel and travel industry to take up more responsibility for our society and environment. The certified members focus on the health and mental wellness of the guests especially while they are staying at the hotels. More about Charlie House…