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TRAVEL & TOURISM
 

Chiang Mai Jazz in the City set for January 2015

President of the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce Chalermchat Nakarangul was joined by Chavalit Suvitsakdanon, administrator of Nim City Daily and Kai Pannipa announced the upcoming Jazz in the City festival at Nim City Daily.

Nopniwat Krailerg
The popular music festival Chiang Mai Jazz & Music in the City has been set for January 17 and 18, 2015 it was announced at a recent press conference held at Nim City Daily. President of the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce Chalermchat Nakarangul was joined by Chavalit Suvitsakdanon, administrator of Nim City Daily and Kai Pannipa in announcing the dates for the popular music festival.
The Chiang Mai Jazz & Music in the City festival is being held for the 5th straight year on January 17 and 18, 2015 at Nim City Daily. The free concert will feature the Orchestra Band of Montfort College, Kai Pannipa, Maleewan Jimena, The Fusion Mania, Non the Voice, Mild and others. Funds raised from the event will raise funds to purchase for teaching, sports equipment and build a playground for Kamol- Riam Sukosol (Ban Pha Tai) school in Mae Ai district, Chiang Mai.


Air Bagan celebrates 5th anniversary of Chiang Mai – Yangon route

Air Bagan management held a thank you party on the occasion of their 5th anniversary of direct Chiang Mai – Yangon flights.

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Air Bagan, the Myanmar based airline, held a thank you party for staff and others on December 8, 2014 at Le Méridien Chiang Mai to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the inauguration of its direct Yangon – Chiang Mai route.
Sao Thanda Noi Deputy Managing Director Air Bagan Limited welcomed guests to the party saying that this is also the 10th year since Air Bagan first opened in Myanmar. She noted that it is the only Myanmar airline that offers global standards domestically. She noted that they have received good feedback for their Yangon – Chiang Mai route and now offers two flights a week, Thursday and Sunday. The flight departs Chiang Mai at 5:20 p.m. arriving in Yangon at 6:10 .m. while the Yangon flight departs for Chiang Mai at 2:30 p.m. arriving in Chiang Mai at 4:20 p.m.
The Deputy Managing Director added that the airline plans to increase the number of flights in the future and add more routes from Thailand to Myanmar if the number of tourists coming to Myanmar increases. She added that Air Bagan has the largest market share in Myanmar.


Woodfield Resort opens under the management team of Duangtawan Hotel

The pool at the new Woodfield Resort offers a suspension bridge and slide for the children, all guest rooms face the pool.

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The Leisure Group launched the new Woodfield Resort Chiang Mai under the same management team of Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai recently. Chaiyot Lee, Managing Director and owner of Woodfield Resort Chiang Mai along with his wife Supaporn Sangsap cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of Woodfield Resort Chiang Mai. The new resort will be operated under the management team of Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai under the Leisure Group. Two key executives are Khun Arm Issawat Lee and Khun Em Athipu Lee as directors.
Woodfield Resort Chiang Mai is located in the heart of Chiang Mai on Chiang Mai- Lamphun Road. The hotel has 79 rooms; Superior Room, Deluxe Room and Junior Suite Room. Natural wood décor and surrounded by a swimming pool with all rooms facing the pool, the resort also offers a fitness room, Jacuzzi, restaurant and bar. The pool has a suspension bridge and a slide for children.
Issawat Lee said that the hotel was established to accommodate both Thai and foreign tourists who come to Chiang Mai, and also Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai in Night Bazaar area. The resort joined in trade shows overseas with TAT in China Japan, and Berlin, Germany with a good result.


Celebrating the Colors of Doi Tung during this festive season

The colors of Doi Tung are being celebrated in a fair that runs from December 27, 2014 to January 4, 2015

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting tourists and visitors of Thailand to enjoy the “Colors of Doi Tung” celebration during this festive season to take in the spectacular scenery of the Doi Tung Development Project, and the pleasant weather in the north of Thailand during the country’s cool season.
The “Colors of Doi Tung” celebration is scheduled to take place from 27 December, 2014 to 4 January, 2015. The event is set to see out the old year and welcome in the new with joy and delight at Doi Tung with colours of lives, colours of tribes and colours of celebration mixed together in a lively fair.
Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, TAT Governor said, “This is the time of the year when families and friends get together to bid goodbye to the old year, and embrace in the new with hopes and wishes for the future. The Colors of Doi Tung celebration is certainly one of the events in Thailand that will create a memorable memory for tourists and visitors looking to celebrate this festive season with a colorful meaning.”
The “Colors of Doi Tung” celebration will take place at the Doi Tung Development Project, initiated by the late Princess Mother. Initially, the Project was aimed to be a training camp for 450 hill tribe youths appointed to lead their communities for the sufficiency economy and sustainable living.
After the basic education developed to reach those hill tribe children in remote areas, the training camp was later turned into an art and culture park (Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park) to house the collections of Lanna wooden art and crafts. The project also covers the 52-rai Production and Distribution Centre of Handicraft Products, established with the aim of creating jobs and generating sustainable income for the communities in the Doi Tung area.
The “Colors of Doi Tung” celebration will offer visitors myriad activities and opportunities to pose for photos at specially designed landmarks created through collaboration of designers and artisans from Doi Tung, Chiang Rai City and Bangkok. The event is eco-friendly as well as fun, following the late Princess Mother’s principle that people should live in harmony with nature.
Apart from the picturesque specially-designed landmarks, the fair also offers plenty of shopping opportunities at the Doi Tung Market, created in a walking-street style. There are 50 stalls selling fresh fruits and vegetables from fields and forests, ethic food and handmade arts and crafts by six ethic groups – Akha, Lahu, Tai Yai, Leu, Lawa and Chinese. Visitors can shop ‘til they drop, and take a rest under the shades of trees and enjoy cold drinks, made from fresh fruits and vegetables.
To make the most out of the event, visitors are advised to purchase a Doi Tung passport, which allow access to all areas in the Doi Tung Development Project. Any Doi Tung passport holder who can get five out of six stamps on the passport – from the Hall of Inspiration, the Nursery, the Royal Villa, The Mae Fah Luang Arboretum, the Statue Continuity and the Maze – will receive special gift from Doi Tung.
A single entry to visit an attraction in the Doi Tung Development Project costs 90 Baht. An all-entry pass is 220 Baht. The Doi Tung Passport is 350 Baht, inclusive of an all-entry pass and special privileges. (TAT)


Chiang Mai gets international exposure at the Travel Mart

TAT invites buyers from around the world

Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya (center) joins TAT Governor Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik and Deputy Governor Juthaporn Rerngronasa for the opening ceremony.

By Shana Kongmun
The Tourism Authority of Thailand Chiang Mai Office held the Chiang Mai and the North Travel Mart at the International Convention Center on December 8 to 11 with the grand opening ceremony held on December 9 and attended by Akkapon Prueksawan, Advisor to the Minister of Tourism and Sports and Governor of the TAT Thawatchai Arunyik along with over 100 booths from northern tourism related businesses and buyers and visitors invited by TAT offices around the world.
Governor Thawatchai noted that the first event was held in 2002 and was held in alternating years with the Phuket and Andaman Travel Trade Show, however they realized that the two markets did not target the same segments and so the events have since been held separately.
This year saw 370 delegates from abroad including media, travel agents and TAT marketing representatives meet with tourism entrepreneurs from Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Mae Hong Son, and Sukhothai.
Mr. Akkapon presided over the opening ceremony, addressing delegates and thanking the organizers including the province of Chiang Mai, the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization, the TAT, Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association, Thai Hotels Association Northern Chapter, Association of Northern Tourism Federation, and the Tourism Council of Chiang Mai.
Delegates came from London, Germany, Dubai and South Africa among many countries to meet with hoteliers, spa owners, medical tourism, adventure tourism, golf resorts, airlines and others. They were also treated to a wonderful opening ceremony highlighting the winter and summer seasons of Chiang Mai through traditional dance.

Delegates were treated to a grand opening show featuring traditional performers.

Delegates from London were ready for CTM 2014.

Rachan Veeraphan of CMICE chats with General Manager of the Imperial Mae Ping Peter Schnyder and staff at the Imperial Mae Ping booth.


Doi Inthanon offering free entrance over the New Year

View from Doi Inthanon National Park
(Photo by Lester Mathias Andersson at Wikimedia Commons)

Doi Inthanon National Park will allow tourists to visit new tourism sites free of charge during New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to promote an adventurous form of tourism.
The Chief of Doi Inthanon National Park Pornthep Charoensuebsakul said that many tourists are now constantly visiting the Doi Inthanon National Park in Chom Thong district, Chiang Mai.
He said that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will exempt the admission fee for all tourists during 31 December 2014 to 1 January 2015, complying to the government’s policy to return the happiness back to the people.
After 1 January 2015, the admission fee for foreigners at the Doi Inthanon National Park will be adjusted to 150 baht per person for children and 300 baht per person for adults, said the Doi Inthanon Chief.
There are many eco-tourism sites in Doi Inthanon, such as Angka and Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail with local guide from Hmong hill tribe. There are also adventure tourism spots such as the Pha Dok Seaw Waterfall where visitors can learn the traditional life of the Paka-Kyaw tribe. (NNT)


Candlelight Museum at Mae Fah Luang Park in Chiang Rai returns

Haw Kham at Mae Fah Luang Art and Culture Park Chiang Rai will be lit by hundreds of candles nightly until the end of January.

Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park in Chiang Rai has scheduled to open the second Candlelight Museum, a magnificent exhibition where the Park will be beautifully decorated nightly with hundreds of lit candles from 1 December, 2014, to 31 January, 2015.
The two-month Candlelight Museum, inaugurated in December last year, is the first-ever exhibition of its kind. It features hundreds of candles that are lit to spectacularly illuminate the exquisite ancient wooden candlesticks, crafts and artefacts.
The Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park opens daily (except Monday) from 10.00-22.00 hrs. Between this December and January, the Candlelight Museum will start from 17.00 hrs. with special Lanna performances on weekends and public holidays at 19:30 and 20:30 hrs.
The 150-rai Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park is one of Thailand’s largest collections of ancient artefacts of Lanna culture, some aged several hundred years. The Park houses three main buildings: Haw Kham (Golden Pavilion), which displays a collection of ancient Lanna art and teak artefacts, Haw Kham Noi, which houses 19th -century mural paintings, and Haw Kaew and Sala Kaew, which feature permanent and rotating teak wood exhibitions. For more information, contact: Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage Tel: +66 (0) 252 7114. www.maefahluang.org (TAT)


Dusit D2 celebrates 6th anniversary with dance

Long famed for their afternoon dance performances in the lobby of the Dusit D2 Hotel Chiang Mai, the staff took their dances to the street to perform at an outdoor street fair held to celebrate the hotel’s 6th anniversary. The hotel held a beer garden, flea sale, dance performances and bartending show for guests and visitors on November 28, 2014.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Chiang Mai Jazz in the City set for January 2015

Air Bagan celebrates 5th anniversary of Chiang Mai – Yangon route

Woodfield Resort opens under the management team of Duangtawan Hotel

Celebrating the Colors of Doi Tung during this festive season

Chiang Mai gets international exposure at the Travel Mart

Doi Inthanon offering free entrance over the New Year

Candlelight Museum at Mae Fah Luang Park in Chiang Rai returns

Dusit D2 celebrates 6th anniversary with dance

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