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Vol. X No.14 - August 1 - August 31, 2011


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TRAVEL & TOURISM
 

Enjoy Pomelos in Nakhon Pathom

The Pomelo Festival runs from September 2nd to the 10th in Nakhom Phanom’s Nakhon Chaisri District.

The district of Nakhon Chaisri in Nakhon Pathom province is famous for two varieties of pomelo – Som O Khao Nam Pheung and Som O Thong Dee.

Som O Khao Nam Pheung is pear-shaped with yellowish green skin and sweet succulent honey-coloured flesh as its name in Thai suggests, while the pink juicy sweet flesh of the globular-shaped Som O Thong Dee (brilliant gold pomelo) makes it easily recognizable.
As its scientific name – Citrus Grandis – indicates, the pomelo is the largest of the citrus family. This round citrus fruit with a slightly flat 'bottom' is native to Southeast Asia and Thailand.

Although pomelo are available all year round, it is in plentiful supply from August through to November. The Green Season during August-September is the peak of pomelo season and it is customary for visitors to stop by Nakhon Chaisri district to shop for freshly-picked pomelo from the surrounding orchards as a gift for family and friends.

The Nakhon Chaisri Pomelo Fair will be held on the grounds of Wat Rai Khing temple in the Sam Pran district of Nakhon Pathom province during September 2 – 10 and will feature pomelo contests, food, fruits and trees for sale, dances and cultural performances.
For more information contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Samut Songkhram: 0 3475 2847-8. [email protected] (TAT)


Long-Tailed Boat Competition in Nakhon Sawan

This annual event is held on the Chao Phraya River in front of the Town Hall in Nakhon Sawan and comprises a race of boats from all over the province. Boat races were regular events in ancient Siam when the rainy season saw high waters in the rivers and the farmers had time to prepare for the races. The practice died out but was revived in recent years and now there are boat races at various provinces around the country including Samut Prakan, Nan, Ayutthaya, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Narathiwat, Surat Thani, and many other provinces that have major rivers.

Boat races are held September 30- October 1. For more information contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Uthaithani office Tel. (66) 5651 4982. Tourism and Sports Department of Nakornsawan Tel. (66) 5622 8735, (66) 5622 8552. (TAT)


Hua Hin Jazz Festival August 26-27

Hua Hin hosts the 10th annual Jazz Festival on August 26 and 27, 2011 and will feature many national and international talents including jazz guitarist Norman Brown, contemporary jazz quartet Fourplay, popular Thai jazz band Infinity and more. A full schedule can be found at the Hua Hin Jazz Festival’s facebook page or on their website: http://www.huahinjazz2011.com.

The main stage will be at the Sofitel Central on the beach and the music starts at 5 p.m.


Baby zebra introduced to the public at Night Safari

The newest member of the family was introduced to the public at the Chiang Mai Night Safari on the Queen’s Birthday, in honor of HM the Queen and Mother’s Day. The baby zebra was named by a public contest and while mobile, remains close to her mother. The Night Safari has 21 males and 12 females in their herd that lives in the South Zone.

Zebras are native to Africa, however hunting them for their skin and habitat destruction has taken a huge toll on the herds that used to roam Africa, with two species, Grevy’s and the Mountain Zebra endangered.


dusitD2 and the Royal Princess recognized for their environmental efforts

Staff at the two Dusit International Hotels are committed to sustainable practices including the three “Rs” of reduce, reuse and recycle.

Chiang Mai’s dusitD2 Hotel and the Royal Princess Chiang Mai have achieved EarthCheck Silver benchmark status from the world’s leading sustainable travel and tourism certification organisation.

According to EarthCheck, the two Dusit International’s hotels in Chiang Mai are committed to benchmarking local environmental and social issues; such as biodiversity conservation, environmental investment and enhanced community socio-economic benefits. The evaluation involved submitting a year’s worth of operational data for comparison with similar communities. The Silver Benchmark indicates that dusitD2 chiang mai and Royal Princess Chiang Mai are able to identify where their hotels are out-performing others while emerging as an example of a community organisation committed to environmentally sustainable living.

“We continue to establish numerous environmental programmes related to global warming” said Ms Sukanya Janchoo, General Manager of dusitD2 chiang mai and Royal Princess Chiang Mai. “We aim to focus on ‘The 3 Rs’: reduce, reuse and recycle in the operation of both hotels to show the awareness of the importance of environmental conservation”

As part of their green initiative, two Dusit International’s hotels in Chiang Mai are working towards achieving Gold status and continuously strive to take a holistic view of sustainability practices, and measure key environment indicators, such as energy and water consumption, total waste production as well as community commitment.


Air Asia offering free tickets to Royal Flora Ratchapruek 2012

AirAsia is offering a free ticket to the International Horticultural Exposition Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2012 with the purchase of one way tickets from Bangkok, Phuket, or Singapore to Chiang Mai.. Book from 15-21 August, 2011 for travel during 3 March-28 February 2012. They are offering special deals of only 990 Baht one way as well. Chiang Mai is AirAsia’s Northern hub.

The International Horticultural Exposition Royal Flora Ratchaphruek will be celebrated in Chiang Mai for 99 days from November 9, 2011-15 until February 2012, and includes cultural performances, seminars on horticulture and agriculture and floral displays from 30 nations.


Nan Silver Festival to shine in September

The northern city of Nan will be hosting its first ever Nan Silver Fest in the courtyard in front of Wat Phumin, the province’s historic landmark, during September 3 – 5.

Various highlights and activities being staged during the three-day event are designed to promote traditional silver crafts and preserve the local folk wisdom in silversmithing for which this northern province is known. A diverse range of ornate silver craft in traditional and contemporary designs will be on sale at attractive prices.

Miss Thailand Universe 2008, Gavintra Photijak, who also won the Best National Costume Award for the Kingdom of Thailand at the world’s most famous beauty pageant, will be joining local celebrities as they take to the catwalk at a fashion show at the Nan Silver Fest to present 28 new collections of handcrafted silver jewellery and fashion accessories.

Nan province is also home to the several ethnic groups such as the Tai Lue, Tai Puan, and Tai Yai (Shan) and several hill tribes. Various fascinating aspects of this cultural diversity is expressed through folk art, local culture and way of life. These will also be highlighted during the opening ceremony and in cultural shows, and live demonstrations.

Visitors will also be able to learn more about Nan silver crafts and ornaments through educational exhibits. Other attractions will include a light-and-sound show and the Young Miss Nan tribal costume contest.

Visitors to the Nan Silver Fest will also be presented with an opportunity to shop for other folk crafts and souvenirs from the village communities of Nan province. These include handwoven ethnic textiles, village crafts and other native products from local communities.
For more information contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Phrae office at 34/130-131, Mueang Hid Road, Tambon Nai Mueang, Amphoe Mueang, Phrae. (0) 5452 1118-9, (0) 5452 1127. [email protected] (TAT)


British Behaviour Abroad

The annual British Behaviour Abroad Report was published by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 4 August. The report shows that, proportionally, British Nationals resident in, or visiting, Thailand were more likely to be arrested and admitted to hospital than in other countries. And of the 347 deaths in the last year, over 75% were residents. Natural causes were the most frequent cause of death, followed by road traffic accidents.

The British Ambassador Asif Ahmad said, “847,000 British tourists visited Thailand in 2010 and over 50,000 British people are resident or spend much of the year here. Generally Thailand is a safe place to visit, but there are some risks as the report shows. Taking some simple steps to prevent problems can help ensure your stay in Thailand is trouble free and enjoyable. I’d encourage those thinking about visiting Thailand to have adequate travel insurance; check our Travel Advice; ensure your passport is valid and know when your visa expires; and bring enough money to enjoy your stay and make sure you have access to emergency funds in case something goes wrong.

British Nationals resident in Thailand face a variety of other issues. My Consular team is working on a project to help us better understand the issues affecting retired British Nationals living in Thailand so we can help signpost them to help available locally.”

If British Nationals need advice about a difficult situation, they will find information about what they can do to help themselves, as well as what the British Embassy can do (and what we cannot do) at ukinthailand.fco.gov.uk . If they can’t find the information they need there they should telephone the British Embassy on 02305 8333.


Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi named 7th best hotel in the world

Chiang Mai’s own Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, already famous in the city for the beauty of its rooms, gardens and architecture as well as for the delicious food, gracious service and unique spa services was awarded as the 7th Best Hotel in the World by well known travel magazine Travel & Leisure’s readers. The only South East Asian hotel to appear in the top 10 list, the Dhara Dhevi, as it’s known in Chiang Mai, saw a fantastic leap, jumping from 45th place last year.


Thailand’s Pattaya city to have Ganesh Festival

A Ganesh Festival has reportedly been planned for Pattaya in Thailand after a meeting at the City Hall.

This 10-day festival will begin on August 24 and end with immersion of Lord Ganesh statue into water on September two and will also include stage shows. A huge statue of Ganesh will be constructed for this festival and shall be taken in procession through the town before immersion, reports suggest.

Meanwhile, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, applauded efforts of Pattaya city and area Hindu and other community to realize this wonderful Ganesh Festival.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that it was important to pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions to coming generations amidst so many distractions in the consumerist society and hoped that this annual Festival would focus in this direction. Zed stressed that instead of running after materialism; we should focus on inner search and realization of Self and work towards achieving moksh (liberation), which was the goal of Hinduism.

In Hinduism, elephant-headed and human-bodied Lord Ganesh is worshipped as god of wisdom and remover of obstacles and invoked before the beginning of any major undertaking. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Enjoy Pomelos in Nakhon Pathom

Long-Tailed Boat Competition in Nakhon Sawan

Baby zebra introduced to the public at Night Safari

dusitD2 and the Royal Princess recognized for their environmental efforts

Air Asia offering free tickets to Royal Flora Ratchapruek 2012

Nan Silver Festival to shine in September

British Behaviour Abroad

Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi named 7th best hotel in the world

Thailand’s Pattaya city to have Ganesh Festival

 

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