Don Luang Cotton Fair in Lamphun April 1-5
Many of the cotton clothes and household goods
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.
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
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
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
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
Tel: 03 524 6076-7 or TAT Call Centre 1672. (TAT)