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Vol. XII No.24 - Sunday December 1 - Saturday December 14, 2013


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TRAVEL & TOURISM
 

Governor wishes Chiang Mai Zoo a happy birthday

African Zone expanded to include more animals

Chiang Mai Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo congratulated the Chiang Mai Zoo on the 37th birthday and presided over the launch of the new expanded African Zone.

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Chiang Mai Zoo celebrated its 37th anniversary on November 15, 2013 with Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo presiding over the birthday ceremony. The Zoological Park Organization of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of HM the King celebrated its 50th anniversary and it marks the 75th anniversary since the founding of the first zoo in Thailand.
The Zoo also launched a newly expanded African Zone. Landscaping has been added to mimic the savannah that many African animals inhabit and more animals have been added in the expanded space, including ones rarey seen today. The Zoo already has giraffes, zebras ostriches, hippos and pygmy hippos.


Doi Inthanon makes number 2 on Trip Advisor top parks list

Doi Inthanon was listed as number 2 National Park in Thailand due to Trip Advisor reports. The highest point in Thailand this time of year it is popular with tourists wanting to see the frost. (Photo by Kereish, commons.wikimedia.org).

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Trip Advisor, the popular website that allows users to offer reviews and information has released a survey of the top national parks in Thailand based on the number of trips presumed to have been taken to the park based user posts and reviews.
Doi Inthanon came second after Phang Nga Bay National Park, in Phang Nga province which was popular as it is a day trip from Phuket. Third was the more remote Khao Sok National Park in Surat Thani. Doi Inthanon is slightly more than 100 km from Chiang Mai and a two hour drive. It is Thailand’s highest peak and is very popular this time of year as temperatures drop and tourists go to see frost on the mountain.
The survey did not take into account gate receipts, just member reports. Reports on ticket sales place Khao Yai National Park outside Bangkok as the most popular National Park in Thailand. Two northern parks that make it into the top ten highest grossing national parks are Phu Sao Doi in Uttaradit at number 6 and Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park at number 8.


Tea for two at the Four Seasons

Four Seasons General Manager Titya Chootoo is joined by Food and Beverage manager JJ and the talented pastry chef who created the cookies and sweets to go with the teas.

By Shana Kongmun
The Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai has opened a new tea room on its expansive and lushly landscaped grounds. On offer are four seasonal tea blends from tea and ingredients grown specially for the Four Seasons. If you are having a cup of tea of course you need a sweet to go with it and the Four Seasons pastry chef has concocted cookies and muffins that complement and contrast with each tea blend.
The Tea shop offers a Spring Tea combination with a blend of white tea, jasmine and golden osmanthus served with a delightful jasmine scented white tea almond cookie. The Summer tea is a refreshing green tea and lotus flower blend served with a green tea and lotus seed muffin while the Autumn tea is a blend of Four Seasons Oolong tea and roasted jasmine rice served with oolong scented mango sticky rice. The Winter tea is a blend of Pur-erb and petals from the Chulalongkorn Rose developed by Princess Dararasamee in honor of her husband, King Rama V. This is served with a rose infused Pur-erb tea macaron. Each sweet goes perfectly with the tea and while it is certainly ok to drink any of the teas out of season be sure and have them in season to see if they suit the season as well.


 
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Governor wishes Chiang Mai Zoo a happy birthday

Doi Inthanon makes number 2 on Trip Advisor top parks list

Tea for two at the Four Seasons

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