Update September 23, 2016
TAT installs signs for Chinese tourists on appropriate cultural behavior
The Tourism Authority of Thailand Chiang Mai office shows off the new signs
in Chinese designed to instruct visitors on appropriate behavior in
The Tourism Authority of Thailand
(TAT) has installed instruction signs for Chinese tourists in regards to
cultural behavior at attractions in Chiang Mai as well as in other tourist
areas like Pattaya, Pai, Pattaya, Ayutthaya and Nan.
Five tourist destinations in Chiang
Mai have had signs in Chinese installed to ease Chinese tourist travel; Mae
Taeng Elephant Camp, Chiang Mai Night Safari, Royal Park Rajapruek, Borsang
Handicraft Center and the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden.
The signs have been
installed to help Chinese tourists in their travels by understanding
important Thai cultural traditions and how to behave in a way that respects
Thai traditions and culture.
Update September 21, 2016
TAT hosts Expat Fair Thailand 2016 in Bangkok
Food Fun Fair from Octobeer 1-2 to celebrate expats in Thailand
Mr. Patee Sarasin, Nok Air’s CEO; Mr. Andrew Biggs, a renowned Australian
expat and author in Thailand; Mr. Sugree Sithivanich, TAT Deputy Governor
for Marketing Communications; Mr. Jonas Anderson, a Swedish performer famous
for his Thai folk singing; and Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, TAT Executive
Director for Advertising and Public Relations Department
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)
is inviting everyone to the “Expat Fair Thailand 2016” to boost the image of
Thai tourism, celebrate the vibrant expat community, and encourage everyone
to travel more domestically, and enjoy Thailand’s many attractions.
Conceptualised under the “Food Fun
Fair” theme, the event will be held from 1 to 2 October, 2016, at
10.00-22.00 Hrs., at Fragrant Park on Bangkok’s Sukhumvit 36 Road, which is
easily reached from Thong Lo BTS Station.
TAT recognises that Thailand has a
large and vibrant expatriate population many of whom have strong links with
the kingdom and who express great love for Thailand and its people. The
Expat Fair Thailand 2016 will celebrate these bonds and encourage expats,
and Thai revellers at the fair, to travel more within Thailand and discover
amazing stories and unique local experiences. Mr. Sugree Sithivanich, TAT
Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications said, “Thailand is increasingly
becoming a multinational society with people from all over the world coming
to work and making their home here. They love the Thai way of life, the
friendly people and the vibrant culture. But many of these expatriates and
their families work in the big cities, so we want to encourage them, and
indeed everyone, to travel further afield and to discover some of the local
experiences that can be enjoyed in every corner of the country.”
Everyone, local and international, is
invited to the “Expat Fair Thailand 2016”, which is free to join. There will
be food trucks selling international cuisine and cooking competitions to
encourage people to try and make traditional dishes for themselves. So
everyone should bring a hearty appetite as there will be variety of food to
taste. Also, the 12 Hidden Gems area will introduce the emerging
destinations in Thailand and invite visitors to do Thai hands-on activities.
Well-known and much-loved foreigners
who have made their home in Thailand will be at the fair to reveal the
things they like most about the kingdom. One of these will be the former
Miss Universe, Ms. Natalie Glebova, who has many business interests here.
Also making an appearance will be talented Australian linguist, author, and
television personality, Mr. Andrew Biggs, who will give a fun interview in
which he will talk about some of his experiences of living in Thailand.
There will also be music from
honey-voiced, Mr. Jonas Anderson and Ms. Christy Gibson, expats who live in
Thailand and popularised the Thai country style singing Luk Thung
internationally. In addition, there will be displays of funky swing dance,
Japanese drummers, Indian dance and expat hip-hop artists.
Thailand’s expats and locals wanting to
take domestic trips should not miss the fair. There will be the chance to
win air tickets to destinations all over Thailand. Nok Air is providing 40
tickets for those who participate in the activities, with 20 being given out
on each of the two days.
“We think the Expat Fair is a great
initiative of the TAT as it will showcase the breadth of talent that has
made Thailand their second home,” he said, adding “and we also have to thank
the Expats for bringing in so many eclectic dishes from far and wide that
help make Bangkok one the world’s best culinary destinations.” said Mr.
Patee Sarasin, CEO of Nok Air.
According to the figures from the
Office of Foreign Workers Administration, some 143,000 expats are currently
working legally in Thailand with some 70 per cent in management positions or
Mr. Sugree said, “We want to reach out
to the expats here to encourage international cultural exchanges and help
them to “Discover Amazing Stories” in our Amazing Thailand. Certainly,
strong relations with people who are living and working here can help build
links and confidence in Thailand among expats and their families and friends
back home. The Expat Fair Thailand 2016 will help create a positive vibe in
our expat community and increase the confidence to explore the many amazing
stories in the kingdom.” (TAT)
Travel by train to enjoy the culture of the North
New promotion for three Northern provinces
A new push
to encourage tourists to travel by train and visit the cultural attractions
of Lampang, Lamphun and Chiang Mai was launched, the new project will run
through February 2017.
train in front of the Lampang Train Station is just one of the many
historical attractions in Lampang.
Kamoltheptewin, Deputy Governor of Lampang and Tanongsak Pongprasert, Deputy
Governor of the State Railway of Thailand signed an MoU with representatives
of organizations from Chiang Mai, Lampang and Lamphun to promote travel by
rail for tourists.
Three provinces joined with the State
Railway of Thailand to promote traveling by train in a cultural tourism
project signed at the Lampang Railway Station on September 15, 2016.
The new project, which includes
Lampang, Lamphun and Chiang Mai, will promote cultural tourism in the
provinces by encouraging tourists to travel by train and enjoy the cultural
attractions that the three provinces have to offer.
Somchai Kamoltheptewin, Deputy Governor
of Lampang and Tanongsak Pongprasert, Deputy Governor of the State Railway
of Thailand, signed the Memorandum of Understanding with representatives
from organizations involved from the three northern provinces. The project
will be implemented from October 22, 2016 to February 2017.
The project concerned goes by the name
“Nung Rot Eaew muang Nuea” or Traveling to Experience the Cities of the
North with three participating provinces including Lampang, Lamphun and
Chiang Mai. Their primary objective is to promote traveling by train and
encourage tourists to explore the north with a different approach, that of
cultural tourism and a ‘location not to miss’ project. Lampang is considered
as one of the 12 cities with the potential to grow due to its cultural
The Deputy Governor pointed out that
Lampang has a history that goes back more than 1,300 years and has beautiful
scenery and various attractions to offer. The province, which is the 5th
largest in the North, is famous for its ceramics and historical attractions.
New app “Pin Carve” introduced in three languages for tourists
Wasan Techakan, President of Baan Tawai Handicrafts Business Association
introduced the new app Pin Carve which provides information on handicraft
businesses and location in the Upper North.
A new app
has been introduced for tourists interested in wooden handicrafts in the
Upper North providing information on locations, products, links and
Techakan, President of Baan Tawai Handicrafts Business Association, said
that the app, called Pin Carve, has information on Chiang Mai, Lamphun,
Lampang, and Mae Hong Son handicraft businesses and centers. The Chiang Mai
Tourist and Sports Office cooperated with handicrafts networks, collecting
information on sources of products in the areas. The app used GPS to track
vans entering Baan Tawai village and sources of products.
application contains information of communities in four provinces,
consisting of Baan Tawai of Chiang Mai, Baan Luk of Lampang, Mae Sariang
District, Mae Hong Son District, and Baan Ta of Lamphun, which are popular
sources of wood handicrafts. The application can provide information,
location, product samples, links of entrepreneurs, and transportation. Ban
Tawai by BTTS van just launched GPS installation in every van starting from
Chang Pueak Transport Station along the route to downtown Chiang Mai
passing Chiang Mai Airport to Hang Dong road, to Pa Tan village making clay
dolls and Ban Muang Kung making pottery, and Baan Tawai. This project is a
pilot project to bring tourists to enter communities easier with only 30
baht per person for service fee.
and interested people can load the application “Pin Carve” on IOS at at the
Apple Store and on Android at Google Play Store.