Free entrance to Nong Nooch for residents of 9 provinces, 10 Bangkok districts #SootinClaimon.Com

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Free entrance to Nong Nooch for residents of 9 provinces, 10 Bangkok districts

Oct 17. 2020


The Nong Nooch Tropical Garden in Pattaya is offering free entrance to people from nine provinces and 10 districts in Bangkok, the attraction’s president Kampon Tansacha said.

People from the provinces of Khon Kaen, Kalasin, Mukdahan, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Bueng Kan, Nong Khai, Udon Thani and Nong Bua Lamphu will be granted free entrance, as well residents of Bangkok’s Minburi, Khan Na Yow, Khlong Sam Wa, Nong Chok, Lat Krabang, Taling Chan, Thawee Watthana, Phasi Charoen, Bang Khae and Nong Khaem districts.

The 1,700-rai (272 hectare) garden sports more than 19,000 plant species and offers additional services such as boxing camp, Thai massage as well as DIY and cooking classes.

It also has a “dinosaur valley” housing more than 200 12 to 18-metre tall replicas of these fearsome creatures.

Nong Nooch Tropical Garden had to be closed from April 1 due to Covid-19, and though it has reopened recently, more than 90 per cent of its visitors have disappeared. Kampon said he has had to reduce salaries by 20 per cent, but none of his staff have been laid off.

Storms over Andaman Seas force closure of Similan Islands #SootinClaimon.Com

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Storms over Andaman Seas force closure of Similan Islands

ThailandOct 15. 2020

By The Nation

Similan Islands will be temporarily closed as storms are causing high waves and unpredictable weather, the Similan Islands National Park announced on Thursday.

The Meteorological Department has warned that the southwest monsoon is over the Andaman Sea and will bring continuous rain to the South.

The stormy weather will also cause waves to rise as high as 3 metres, while fishermen have been advised to stay on land.

Phang Nga tourism representatives agree that the Similan Islands should be closed as of Thursday until the weather returns to normal.

The small Similan archipelago comprises nine islands, while Koh Bon is often given the honorary status of 10.

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People flock to the North as days become cooler

ThailandOct 12. 2020


The North of Thailand is becoming popular among tourists as temperatures have started falling and winter appears to be coming closer.

On Monday, Kriangkrai Chaipiset, chief of the Doi Inthanon National Park, said the temperature was 7 degrees Celsius on the peak of Doi Inthanon and 6 degrees Celsius at Kew Mae Pan viewpoint, while the temperature in his office was nearing 14 degrees Celsius.

The temperature in the northern plains touched 20 degrees Celsius this morning.

He said more tourists are coming to the North to make the most of cool temperatures, with many also visiting other mountains in Chiang Mai like Doi Luang Chiang Dao or Doi Ang Khang.

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Waters in Bang Saen stand still, crystal clear

ThailandOct 12. 2020Photo Credit to Shop Jung Bang Saen Facebook pagePhoto Credit to Shop Jung Bang Saen Facebook page 

By The Nation

Recent photographs show that the sea at Bang Saen beach has been crystal clear since October and locals believe it will look even more beautiful in November.

The images were shared on Shop Jung Bang Saen Facebook page, with the caption saying Bang Saen will be at its most beautiful in the cool season, as winds during summer and the rainy season only bring dust and trash to the beach.

Once the storms are over, the water will become placid and clearer, the post said.

The best time to visit Bang Saen beach is between November and January, when the sea is at its best.

Similans ready to reopen for tourism after being out of bounds for seven months #SootinClaimon.Com

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Similans ready to reopen for tourism after being out of bounds for seven months

ThailandOct 10. 2020(File Photo)(File Photo) 


Mu Koh Similan National Park officials on Friday brought tourism entrepreneurs and the press to witness its natural beauty and readiness to reopen for tourists in the upcoming high season from October 15 onwards.

The Department of National Parks (DNP) had announced the closure of Similan Islands in Phang Nga province since March due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The shutdown has prolonged for seven months this year compared to other years when the islands close during the monsoon season from May-October.

The group of visitors were taken to Island 8 (Ko Similan), Island 4 (Ko Miang), the Kuerk Bay, the Lan Kha Luang scenic point and the Nah Beach or Princess Beach, which is Phang Nga’s longest white beach with crystal clear water.

(File Photo)

(File Photo)

The park also said that when the islands open on October 15, all visitors would have to maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

“Traveling in the new normal could provide a better experience for Thai tourists, as the islands’ natural beauty is now fully restored after seven months’ closure, while there are no foreign tourists allowed, resulting in the areas becoming less crowded,” said the park officials.

A representative of Love Andaman Tour agency, who participated in the trip, said that this year the company would focus on eco-friendly tourism by urging tourists to conserve natural resources and aquatic wildlife. “We will start dispatching our tour-guided boats from October 15. Currently customers are starting to call in to make reservations,” he added.

Colourful 10-day festivities to mark Loy Krathong at Sukhothai World Heritage Site #SootinClaimon.Com

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Colourful 10-day festivities to mark Loy Krathong at Sukhothai World Heritage Site

ThailandOct 09. 2020

By The Nation

Sukhothai is planing 10 days of festivities for tourists and locals to experience the beauty of Loy Krathong festival.

The event takes place from October 23 to November 1 at Sukhothai Historical Park, the Unesco World Cultural Heritage Site.

The festival will be held among the 700-year-old ruins of the city’s cultural heritage in keeping with a long-standing tradition, and the stunning setting helps reflect the delights of Thai history, tradition, and cultural values.

Sukhothai is the birthplace of the Loy Krathong festival.

Sukhothai province, in cooperation with The Tourism Authority of Thailand, Sports Authority of Thailand, and the Sukhothai Provincial Administrative Organisation, aims to ensure that the value of arts and culture of the Sukhothai people is understood across the world while helping to stimulate the economy, supplement the income of local communities, and drive recovery of the domestic tourism industry in Thailand, the organisers said.

The highlighted activities would include Ancient Sukhothai Period market to take people back to old times with local products and a variety of food, “The history of Sukhothai” light and sound show, contemporary performances on stage, Nang Nopphamat beauty contests, Phlu, Talai, Fai Phaniang pyrotechnics (fireworks display), at the Wat Sa Si temple (Traphang Trakuan), one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions, and many more activities.

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BMA to unveil brand new Khao San Road on Oct 30

ThailandOct 08. 2020

By The Nation

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is planning to “relaunch” Khao San Road on October 30 in an effort to stimulate the economy.

Sakoltee Phattiyakul, deputy Bangkok governor, said the street in the capital’s Bang Lamphu area was once a backpackers’ heaven, but has come to a standstill after the country shut its doors due to Covid-19.

Hence, he said, BMA needs to find a way to have the area buzzing again.

He said the relaunching ceremony will be family friendly and include art exhibitions, mini concerts, stalls and restaurants.

The event, which will kick off under the auspices of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, will run from 9am to midnight. The following day, the street will be transformed for Halloween.

“We are taking measures to curb the transmission of Covid-19 and will screen all visitors for fever and weapons. The traffic will also be well managed,” he said.

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After pandemic, storm dampens tourism hopes in Bang Saen beach

ThailandOct 04. 2020

By The Nation

Scores of tourism operators at Bang Saen beach, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Chonburi province, were left high and dry after a storm hit the province.

The beach wore a deserted look on Saturday despite the weekend holidays. Local tourism is struggling to return to normal since the months-long lockdown after the Covid-19 outbreak.

Local vendors were already handicapped by the social distancing measure, which restricted the beach chairs that could be rented to visitors.

The higher price of the beach chairs, at Bt30 to Bt59, is also making Bang Sean beach less appealing to tourists, according to some observers.  

Masseurs who work nearby said that this year has seen the lowest number of visitors in 15 years due to the pandemic situation and the weather.

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Buddhist devotees come together for lotus-throwing fest despite restrictions

ThailandOct 01. 2020

By The Nation

Samut Prakan residents went ahead with the lotus-throwing festival held yearly to mark the end of Buddhist Lent despite restrictions put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19.

People crowded both sides of the Bang Phli canal every day from Monday to Thursday this week to pay respect to the image of Luang Pho To paraded up and down the waterway.

This ancient festival starts on the 14th day of each year’s 11th waxing moon, which usually falls in September or October.

The Luang Phor To Buddha statue is picked up from Bang Phli Yai temple and reinstated in a boat decorated with flowers. The boat then cruises up and down the canal to allow worshippers to shower it with lotus flowers. Belief has it that if a flower thrown at the boat lands near the Buddha image, the worshipper’s wish will be granted.

This year’s event went well, with crowds gathered at both sides of the canal, though not everybody was wearing a mask to protect themselves.

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‘Affordable Phuket needs a change of image’

ThailandSep 30. 2020

By The Nation

Phuket needs to rebrand its “expensive” image to stimulate tourism, as its natural environs have been rehabilitated during the lockdown, Pikun Srimahunt, chief SME Banking Officer at Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), said.

The price of accommodation and restaurants in Phuket now has become more affordable than before, but it is not well publicised as a result Thai people were missing an opportunity, she said.

SCB has launched “SCB IEP Bootcamp: The Hospitality Survival” project, which is a collaboration with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to train local entrepreneurs for three days to help them rebrand Phuket’s tourism business.

“Thai people believe Phuket is expensive. We have to communicate that it is no longer true since you can book three days in a Phuket hotel for around Bt4,000,” she said, adding that some places had dropped their price from Bt2,000 to Bt750.

The training will guide entrepreneurs to reduce 35-40 per cent of the cost and expand the market by targeting digital platforms, while SCB will help sustain the business until international tourists return.

Phuket normally depends on international tourists, and 10 million out of 14 million are foreigners, annually generating Bt470 billion.