Vol. X No.6 - March 5 - March 18, 2011

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HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Don Luang Cotton Fair in Lamphun April 1-5

New flights, new fares from Bangkok Air

Interactive kiosk gifted to Luang Prabang

7th World Thai Martial Arts Festival and Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony to be held in Ayutthaya


Don Luang Cotton Fair in Lamphun April 1-5

Many of the cotton clothes and household goods from
this famous village will be on sale during the festival.

The Lamphun Province Administrative Organization and Mae Raeng Sub-District Administrative Organization have organized the 9th Don Luang Cotton Fair 2011 from the 1st-5th April, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Don Luang Village, Mae Raeng Sub-District, Pha Sang District in Lamphun. The opening ceremony starts at 5 p.m. on April 1 with a light, color and sound performance and traditional performances.

Don Luang village is renowned as as the biggest handmade weaving cotton center in Thailand, where cotton products are ordered to sell all over Thailand and to export to many countries. For further information please contact TAT Chiang Mai at Tel. 66 (0) 5324 8604, 66 (0) 5324 8607 daily from 08.30-16.30 Hrs. or at TAT Call Center Tel. 1672 from 08.00-20.00 Hrs. or contact Mae Raeng Sub-District Administrative Organization at Tel. 66 (0) 5355 6732 ext. 14 from Monday to Friday during 08.30-16.30 Hrs..


New flights, new fares from Bangkok Air

Bangkok Airways is offering a special promotion for Bangkok – Chiang Mai routes starting from 1,755 Baht per leg (all inclusive) to welcome two new flights on the schedule. The additional flights are PG223 Bangkok – Chiang Mai (10.00 – 11.15 hrs) and PG218 Chiang Mai – Bangkok (14.10 – 15.30 hrs). Passengers can book from now and travel between 27 March and 30 June 2011.

Ms. Ariya Prasarttong-Osoth, Vice President Sales said “Presently, Bangkok Airways operates four direct flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and three direct flights from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. From 27th March onwards, Bangkok Airways will be increasing one flight on each leg, according to the greater demand during summer and holiday season.”

For more information and reservation, please contact Bangkok Airways’ Call Center - 1771 or 02-270-6699 or visit www.bangkokair.com. (PR)

Interactive kiosk gifted to Luang Prabang

Ministry of Science & Technology confers satellite maps and kiosk to Lao PDR

Thai Minister Dr Virachai Virameteekul, presented 4,000 copies of the world Heritage Site Tourist Map of Luang Prabang and an interactive KIOSK of Luang Prabang to Prof. Dr. Bountiem Phissamay, the Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office, and President of National Authority for Science and Technology of Laos, PDR.

Phitsanu Thepthong

Thailand gave THEOS Satellite tourist maps and an electronic kiosk to the World Heritage city, Luang Prabang in Laos to mark the celebration of their 60th anniversary of bilateral relations this year.

The Thai Ministry of Science and Technology gifted the THEOS Satellite Image Tourist Map of Luang to the Prime Minster’s Office and President of National Authority for Science and Technology, Lao PDR last weekend at the Rati Lanna Hotel at a 2 day Thai-Ministerial meeting on cooperation in sciences and technology.

The Interactive kiosk planned for Luang Prabang Airport is demonstrated.

Thai Minister Dr. Virachai Virameteekul also presided over the ministerial meeting for their SOM and Agreed Minutes of the 5th Meeting. He said, “Tourists and visitors to Luang Prabang, when they arrive at the Luang Prabang Airport can get a lot of help from accessing the KIOSK and getting tourist maps to help search for more details of each destination in Laos.”

The maps and KIOSK will be installed at Luang Prabang Airport, so tourists can conveniently search information of their attraction and gets maps, pictures and other useful information of Luang Prabang. Furthermore, this is a good opportunity portray usefulness of the THEOS imageries.

Dr. Anond Snidwongs, Acting Executive Director of the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) said the maps were given to Phimpha Outtachack, Acting Director General of the Cabinet Office, the National Authority for Science and Technology, to help promote tourism in Laos.

Thai Minister Dr. Virachai Virameteekul delivered around 4,000 copies of the World Heritage Site Tourist Map of Luang Prabang and an interactive KIOSK of Luang Prabang to Prof. Dr. Bountiem Phissamay, the Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office, and President of National Authority for Science and Technology of Laos, PDR.

The maps were created using THEOS (Thailand Earth Observation Satellite) data and remote sensing and geo-informatics cooperation between Thai and Lao staff. In order to accomplish the project, personnel of both countries worked in the computer lab to process THEO’s data and in the field to collect ground data on Luang Prabang. To strengthen experience in a field of remote sensing and geo-informatics, GISTDA also provided training on utilization of THEOS data to Laos’s researchers.

The collaboration proved to be successful and the map of Luang Prabang is offered in 2 forms: firstly, paper maps printed in small scale for overview of the area and large scale showing details in the downtown areas, and secondly, KIOSK digital interactive maps allowing users to search tourist attraction places, hotels, restaurants and others. The printed maps will be commercially distributed and the online map can be access through www.gistda.or.th.

Prof. Dr. Bountiem Phissamay noted that the data would not only be very useful for tourism but also help survey for better use of natural resources and in natural disasters.

“For example, along the Mekong river, there are always floods and drought every year then we could cooperate and use the THEOS satellite imagery for further applications which will benefit people of the two countries in the near future, particularly on how to prevent them from flood and drought disasters, “he pointed out. Laos Minister Boontiem said the cooperation would help upgrade Laos’ science and technology.

Dr. Virachai added that more cooperative projects are planned. “This THEOS satellite image is the first one for Laos, and it is not only for tourism purpose, but also for the utilization of natural resources along the Mekong River in case of drought and flood seasons. These images can help benefit this region, “he noted.

7th World Thai Martial Arts Festival and Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony to be held in Ayutthaya

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) together with Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya province, the Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Provincial Administrative Organization, and the Association Institute of Thai Martial Arts will organize “The 7th World Thai Martial Arts Festival and Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony 2011” between 15-17 March 2011, at Nai Khanom Tom Monument, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Stadium. This festival aims to preserve Thai martial arts and self-defense and is a tribute to Nai Khanom Tom, who is highly regarded as a Muay Thai folk hero.

Miss Chutathip Charoenlarp, Director of the TAT Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Office stated “This year, many activities will showcase the Wai Kru Muay Thai ceremony including the Muay Thai exhibition and Muay Thai performance. This will be accompanied by a demonstration of the making of Thai handicraft, and Thai cuisine. For those who have a special interest in the art of Muay Thai, there will be a chance for them to learn about this combat sport. A welcome party will be held for the boxers who will be attending this festival, taking place on Tuesday, 15 March 2011, at Wat Mahathat, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya province. More than 300 boxers from 30 countries including the UK, Canada, Russia, Korea, France, Ukraine, and South Africa, are expected to participate in this festival and show their appreciation for the beautiful art of Muay Thai."

Mr Pichai Piemthongkum from the Department of Tourism and Sport Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya added “At this year’s festival, there will be a Muay Thai tournament with boxers contending for the Nai Khanom Tom belt with a cash prize for the weight divisions of 60, 65, 70, and 80 kilograms. There will also be a Wai Kru competition for students. Some 300 applicants have applied for this event. Out of these, 60 qualifying contestants will receive a cash prize of 1,000 Baht each. The winners in first, second, and third place will receive a cash prize of 10,000, 5,000 and 3,000 Baht, respectively. The consolation prize is 2,000 Baht. During this festival, other forms of entertainment will be offered to those who plan to attend.

For further information, please contact the TAT Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Office.
Tel: 03 524 6076-7 or TAT Call Centre 1672. (TAT)

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