Chiang Mai launches green season discounts for tourist attractions
Royal Park Rajapruek has joined with the Chiang
Mai Zoo, the Zoo Aquarium and the Night Safari to offer special promotional
prices for all four venues.
As part of the annual promotion to
attract tourists to Chiang Mai in the green season four tourist attractions
are offering a joint discounted ticket of only 999 baht for all four sites.
Held in conjunction with the Tourism
Authority of Thailand Chiang Mai the Chiang Mai Zoo, Chiang Mai Zoo
Aquarium, Chiang Mai Night Safari and Royal Park Rajapruek are offering a
joint ticket for all four locations at the special price of 999 baht each
The package will also include a trip to
the Kruba Srivichai Monument and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep as part of the
tour to promote Chiang Mai’s beauty spots and tourist attractions in the
The package will cover a day and a
night and include three meals beginning July 1, the special price will
expire on October 31, 2016.
The TAT office is open daily from 8:30
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for queries or call 053-276-140 or 1672. The package can
be purchased at the Marketing Office of the Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium as well.
Chiang Mai Zoo welcomes another baby Mountain Goat
Mama Mountain Goat Anny and her newborn kid at
the Chiang Mai Zoo after the kid was born on June 1, 2016.
The Chiang Mai Zoo has welcomed the newest member of
the Zoo family, a mountain goat kid born on June 18 at 4:30 a.m. The newborn
goat is the 11th mountain goat in the Chiang Mai Zoo and was born
to mother Anny, 6 years old, and father Pha Mae, 7 years old, Niporn
Vichairat, the Zoo’s Director announced.
The mountain goat is on the CITES list and is an
endangered species in Thailand one of fifteen of the country’s endangered
Thailand Travel Mart 2016 Plus opens in Chiang Mai
Fifty-five countries represented
Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, unveiled a plan to turn Thailand
into a sporting hub at the opening of the Thailand Travel Mart Plus
convention at the International Convention Center on June 8, 2016.
The grand opening ceremony of
the Thailand Travel Mart Plus opened with traditional Northern performances.
Sellers from around Thailand
had booths at TTM Plus.
In addition to seller booths
there were stalls offering hand crafted items such as textiles and silver
jewelry from local artisans.
Bangkok Airways has a large
booth at the event, promoting their new destinations such as Danang in
Buyers from the U.K. and
Ireland were some of the 305 buyers that attended the three day TTM Plus
Nopniwat Krailerg and Shana Kongmun
The Thailand Travel Mart 2016 Plus or TTM Plus brought tourism related
businesses from around the world to Chiang Mai to visit booths from across
Thailand and in ASEAN. In total there were more than 850 delegates from 55
countries. This three day travel show is the largest of its kind in Thailand
and for the first time was held in Chiang Mai after 14 years in Bangkok.
Chiang Mai and the North and Northeast are set to became
a major bridge between Thailand and neighboring countries Cambodia, Lao PDR,
Vietnam and Myanmar, who had booths at the event with senior tourism
officials taking part in the event as well.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority
of Thailand (TAT) said, “I am very excited to have the opportunity to
personally meet everyone who’s anyone in Thailand’s travel industry scene,
especially our overseas partners. This will be my first TTM+ since I assumed
the TAT governorship in 2015. In planning this year’s event, we had promised
to make it unique, different and distinctive. The unique content indicates
that this objective will be achieved.”
Now in its 15th consecutive year, the TTM+ is being held under the theme,
“Smile with Us”, which reflects friendship, enjoyment, happiness and
hospitality. It is in line with the new logo of “Amazing Thailand”, which
represents the most well-known characteristic of Thainess – the Smile.
There were booths by 345 sellers from Thailand and the
GMS countries, and 305 buyers from 55 countries, 110 trade visitors, as well
as over 100 international and local media. China had the largest contingent
of buyers with 43 people, followed by the UK with 27, Australia 21, India
17, Italy 15, South Africa 13 and Russia 11. In addition there were buyers
from emerging markets like Lithuania and Ukraine.
Sellers ranged from accommodation, to tour operators,
travel agents, entertainment, and transportation with far flung visitors
from Phang Nga, Khao Sok and all over the country.
The event was opened by H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul,
Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports and H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan,
former Foreign Minister of Thailand and former ASEAN Secretary General spoke
on the topic of “ASEAN Brand…Stronger Together” at the Buyers and Sellers
The major sponsors of the TTM+ 2016 are Thai Airways
International, Bangkok Airways, Pelican Hotel Solutions, King Power
International, and the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau.
In the first four months of the year Thailand’s visitor
arrivals hit a record 11.7 million, up over 14 percent from the same period
last year. Chinese visitors topped the visitor arrival numbers with 3.44
million arrivals, up over 27 percent from the same period in 2015. East Asia
and ASEAN visitors gave Thailand the highest totals at 7.63 million, Europe
saw good growth with a nearly 9 percent rise to 2.52 million followed by the
Americas with just over half a million, South Asia at just over 459,000 and
the Middle East at 226,973 arrivals.
Former Foreign Minister calls for unified ASEAN visa rules, sustainable and equitable tourism
Former ASEAN Secretary General Dr. Surin
Pitsuwan spoke on ASEAN, a unified visa system and ease of travel
between regional destinations.
Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, formerly the Secretary General of ASEAN and the
Minister of Foreign Affairs spoke on the importance of promoting ASEAN
as a single brand at the Thailand Travel Mart Plus on Wednesday, June 8,
2016. Dr. Surin urged buyers and sellers to push ASEAN governments to
allow for one visa entry for all countries. He noted that next year is
the 50th anniversary celebrations of the founding of ASEAN and said he
would like to see ASEAN to ASEAN visitation rates rise – currently at 47
percent he said reaching 50 percent was easily doable.
He noted that the total global figure for tourism was around 1.2 billion
travelers, of which 400 million visit the Asian region. He said that
despite the fact that Europe has a higher number of visitors, people
spend more in the Asia Pacific region. “Because we smile to them more”
he added with a laugh.
“The challenge we face is the managing the flow of tourists, how to
improve services, make them more sustainable. If we are not careful we
will have the problems of congestions, an impact on the environment and
an effect on culture,” he said. He continued, “The challenge is how to
maintain, process and make it equitably accessible, giving opportunities
to all people.”
Dr. Surin also reminded the gathered buyers and sellers of their great
privilege in being able to choose where they wish to travel and asked
everyone to think of those less fortunate, the desperate refugees who
are searching for a safe place to live, the displaced who cannot return
home. He reminded everyone, “Global sustainability creates equal
opportunity for all people, we are talking about 100-200 million people
forced to leave their homes, forced to migrate, to look for a safer
place.” He urged everyone “Let’s keep them in mind, that we are the
people with opportunities and privilege, we need to see how we can also
accommodate those people floating in the world. I hope you find ways to
think and share at least your thoughts. Perhaps put out envelopes for
donations to help these people.”
He discussed Thailand’s unique role as the leading tourism destination
in ASEAN, the need to present a united front allowing for ease of travel
from regional destinations in each country and added that bringing the
TTM Plus out of Bangkok was a good beginning in showing what the rest of
the country has to offer.
Finally, he reminded everyone, “We talk about how to make ASEAN better
but we also need to think of those who are unfortunate. Your mobility is
a pleasure of luxury, think of those on the move but on a perilous
journey. Think of the obligation of your privilege, think of those who
much less than us. Bring home not just our smiles but think of their
tears. Think of their journey which is not the same as ours.”
Green Season activities include Amazing Thailand Sale, Happy Lanna
Sansern Sitisarn, Deputy Director of TAT, Chiang Mai
Office announced the upcoming Green Season events including the Amazing Thailand
Sale, Happy Lanna and caravan from Chiang Mai to Lamphun and Lampang to promote
The Green Season has arrived in the North and the Tourism Authority of Thailand
Chiang Mai Office has started promoting tourism activities during the season
that runs from June through September.
The Amazing Thailand Grand Sale will take place in not only Chiang Mai but all
over the country and feature sales at top shopping centers, stores, and more.
The Amazing Thailand Grand Sale is in cooperation with the TAT and Visa
International and will be held from June 15 – August 15, 2016 in Bangkok, Chiang
Mai, Phuket, Hat Yai, Hua Hin, Pattaya and Udon Thani. Joining departments
stores are hotels, restaurants, spas, golf courses and even shops in Ban Tawai
to offer discounts and privileges.
In addition on June 22 there will be the annual shopping contest to win round
trip tickets from Bangkok Airways to any domestic destinations from Chiang Mai.
Happy Lanna in the Rainy Season is also the newest project promoting tourism in
Chiang Mai, Lampang and Lamphun and will feature a handbook of special tourist
attractions and activities with discount coupons and privileges. Also, on June
18 a caravan will travel from Chiang Mai to Lamphun and Lampang to promote
reforestation and forest conservation activities. A total of 40 vehicles will
take part, those interested in joining with their personal vehicles please
contact the TAT Chiang Mai office every day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at
053-248604-5 or www.tourismchiangmai.org.
Night Safari welcomes newborn wild goat kid
The Chiang Mai Night Safari welcomes a newborn male
goat kid to the park.
Chiang Mai Mai Night Safari’s Director Dr. Sarawuth Srisakun announced
the arrival of the latest baby animal to the Safari, a newborn wild goat kid
born to three year old father Tong Hok and one and a half year old mother
Parichart. The goat kid is in excellent health and is being well-cared for by
The Night Safari ha a total of eight wild goats; five males and three females.
The Wild Goat, unlike the domestic goat, has no bear and is mostly black. There
is white hair on the chest and it has long ears like a donkey. Both male and
female wild goats have horns from about 4 – 8 inches long. The horns curl in a
circle and bend in the back a little. The wild goat has very strong feet with
short hooves suitable for jumping along cliffs.
Wild goats live around forests in highlands with overhanging rocks for hiding or
in caves unreachable by humans. It is shy and can become fierce cornered or
injured. It sleeps during the day and feeds early morning and evening. The wild
goat can go for a long time without water and eats soft grasses, bark and
Its mating season is around October to November and pregnancy period is about
7-8 months long. The wild goat has only one kid at a time and by the time the
kid reaches three days old it is already walking and following its mother. The
wild goat can be found in Punjab and Kashmir in the southern Himalayas and
through Assam in India, the south of China, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos,
Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and Japan in the mountainous areas.
Siripanna Villa Resort receives TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa received the
Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor for the second year running.
Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa, Chiang Mai, a unique resort in town reflecting
the essence of Lanna aesthetics as well as preserving Thai arts and culture
surrounded by tropical gardens with over 20,000 trees, has received the
prestigious Certificate of Excellence 2016 from TripAdvisor.
As the world’s leading travel website, TripAdvisor recently issued its
Certificate of Excellence 2016 to properties which consistently achieve
outstanding reviews and opinions from travellers around the world on
“The team at Siripanna is sincerely honoured to receive this recognition. We
are committed to fulfil our clients' desires for happiness and deliver
exceptional service infused with the charms of Lanna culture through our
luxurious rooms, natural spa, restaurants and catering service, so that they
can experience only the best while in Chiang Mai. Meanwhile, the resort has
launched a newly redesigned website in more than five languages, which will
feature regularly updated promotions and activities as well as special
offers. In addition, we are fully active on all social media channels so
that our customers can follow and communicate with us closely,” said Mr.
Supamit Kitjapipat, the owner and Managing Director of Siripanna Villa
Resort & Spa, Chiang Mai.
Prior to receiving this award, Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa, Chiang Mai
received the same Certificate of Excellence in 2015 and was selected as one
of the Top 25 Hotels in Thailand in ‘TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice 2014
Award.’ Impressively, the resort also received the Prime Minister’s Silver
Award as the top luxury city hotel for Green, Nature & Environment from the
Thailand Boutique Awards in 2011.