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Chiang Mai is a winner in the Thailand Tourism Awards

Popular website ranks Songkran in top ten festivals

Loy Krathong festival plans laid


Chiang Mai is a winner in the Thailand Tourism Awards

Kristie Kellahan, who bases herself in Chiang Mai, her favorite city in Thailand, for part of each year, was awarded the Friend of Thailand in the International Media category at the 8th Annual Thailand Tourism Awards. She was honored for her work in helping to promote Thailand to an international audience with her articles and for the work she has done helping Ban Kingkaew Orphanage. She notes, “I was delighted to be ecognised in this way by a country I am so fond of. Over the 10 years I have been visiting Thailand I have come to love and respect the people and the culture. I look forward to many more years of enjoying Thailand and writing about it for magazines and newspapers around the world.”

Pakin Ployphicha, CEO of Oasis Spa Thailand received the 2010 Thailand Tourism “Award of Excellence” for Day Spas, from the Minister of Tourism and Sports, H.E Chumphol Silapa-archa. The event was held at the Centara Grand Hotel, Bangkok and coincided with World Tourism Day 2010. Oasis Spa Chiang Mai is honored to become the first day spa to receive the coveted “Tourism Authority of Thailand - Award of Excellence” two times in a row. Thailand Tourism Awards recognizes Oasis Spa as a hallmark of outstanding quality and consistency as well as for its contribution to sustainable tourism in the area of health and wellness. Additionally, Doi Fha Hompok National Park in Fang won for most outstanding Natural Beauty Spot in the awards showing that Chiang Mai is the place to visit to get all your senses satisfied.


Popular website ranks Songkran in top ten festivals

Everyone joins in the water fun on Songkran.

Shana Kongmun

A popular website, askmen, recently ranked Songkran in Chiang Mai as one of the top ten wackiest and funnest festivals in the world. Coming in at number 7, Chiang Mai fell behind number one, La Tomatina Festival in Buol, Spain. According to the writer, a food fight was more fun than a water fight. Messy and red, the festival involves throwing tomatoes, naturally. However, it did come out ahead of a similar sort of festival involving oranges in Italy. Songkran in Chiang Mai is the biggest street water fight in Thailand and can last for six days or more. While the date is set for April 13, water will be thrown for at least 3 days, and in some places, six.

Loy Krathong festival plans laid

Particpants meet to discuss next month’s Loy Krathong festival
 at a recent meeting.

Nopniwat Krailerg

Chiang Mai will hold the Yee Peng, or Loy Krathong festival on the full moon next month, from November 19 to 22 it was announced. The giant krathong float contest, Miss Yee Peng beauty contest, Tang Dharma Luang traditionas, fireworks shows and decoration of the city are the highlights of this annual event.

The Chiang Mai Municipality along with the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, Chiang Mai Provincial Culture Council, Chiang Mai Provincial Public Relations Office, Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization, Night Bazaar vendors, Chiang Mai Provincial Police, Tourism Authority of Thailand and members of local businesses met recently to formulate the plans for the upcoming Loy Krathong festival.

The participants discussed focusing on Lanna style designs with the Lord Buddha as a central theme. Additionally they discussed measures to help reduce theft form tourists with police planning on stepping up safety measures as well as launching a no alcohol campaign during the festival.

Celebrated annually on the full moon in November, Loy Krathong, or Yee Peng is a major tourist draw for Chiang Mai and a popular favorite with locals as well as tourists.

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