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Vol. X No.18 - December 1 - December 31, 2011

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Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium launches ziplining

The Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium has launched a new challenging and exciting activity for visitors to the zoo; ziplining, The Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium is located on Huay Kaew Road. Ziplining is a safe yet exciting way to soar from the trees.

Snow white tiger makes appearance at Night Safari

The Chiang Mai Night Safari has recently introduced the rare stripeless white Bengal Tiger, the 8 month old male is a result of breeding at the Cincinnati Zoo between Bhim and Sumitab. Their progeny have been sold to zoos around the world, occasionally producing a stripeless snow white tiger. The coloration is caused by a recessive gene, that can produce such animals without selective breeding, but very rarely. White tigers are not albinos, even the stripeless tigers have very pale stripes, a true albino would have no stripes at all. White tigers have enzymes in their fur that that cause the fur to darken in colder weather. CEO of the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Dr. Sarawut Srisakun announced the latest addition to the Chiang Mai Night Safari.

Segway Gibbon offers fun, new way to see the city

Our guide, Thomas, left was quite helpful and patient in explaining how to ride the Segway, so that we arrived at 3 Kings Monument safely and having fun.

By Shana Kongmun

Flight of the Gibbons is now offering a unique and fun way to see the old city; via Segways. Segways are those strange looking two wheeled vehicles you can see in the West, with the rider balanced on top. They look difficult to steer but really, with a bit of practice, they are quite fun and easy. I am sure everyone who has walked away from riding one thinks, “Ooh, I’d like one of those!” And except for the rainy season, these quiet electric vehicles would be great replacements for polluting cars and motorbikes on Chiang Mai’s clogged roads!

It only took a little bit of practice to be able to balance on the Segway and take photos of all the beautiful temples we visited, although some did come out a bit crooked at the start!

The new tour is called Segway Gibbon and can be booked out of their Tha Pae Gate office, through an authorized agent, or online at their website; The charge is 2999 per person for a two hour trip that includes an English speaking guide and drinks and a snack. The tour itself is quite good and its really nice to be able to see the city at a more leisurely pace, although the guide, Thomas, said the Segway can reach up to 30km an hour, none of us were quite willing to zip along at those speeds! The Segways are allowed inside the temples because they are silent, unlike most vehicles, of course, it is important to dress politely when visiting temples and you had best wear sensible shoes!

The tour starts out with practice zipping around the Tha Pae Gate plaza, an area that our guide informed us used to be moat. Once we got the hang of things, we moved on across the road, our guide ably pushing the crosswalk button to allow us to cross the street safely. But, it must be noted that traffic tended to give way as we rolled down the city streets. Another plus of riding one of these vehicles for sure!

We visited the highlights of the old inner city  including Wat Chiang Man, Wat Phra Singh, the 3 Kings Monument, Wat Pan Tao and Wat Chedi Luang. We had a look (from the outside of course since no women are allowed) at the Inthakin as well..

The two hours literally zipped by and I was a bit disappointed to have to return the Segway! This is a great way for people to see the city up close and learn more about it and one I would highly recommend for both visitors and residents alike.

Danang welcomes first AirAsia flight

By Reinhard Hohler

According to media news from Viet nam, AirAsia flight 868 touched down in Danang just after 9 o'clock this morning. It marked another milestone in the central coast region's surge toward bona fide international tourism destination status.

In 2009, Singapore-based SilkAir became the first foreign carrier to operate in Vietnam's third largest city. Now, Danang is also accessible via Kuala Lumpur, AirAsia's headquarters and Malaysia's capital.

"The fact that this continent's largest low-fare airline has elected to fly here speaks volumes on the area's appeal and potential," said Ed Linsley, general manager of the award-winning Nam Hai resort in nearby Hoi An. "We've got the room supply, and we've got a brand new airport terminal. Danang and Hoi An are ready to step into the limelight."

The two-hour, 40-minute flight to Danang was made today by a 180-seat Airbus A320. The aircraft began its return to Kuala Lumpur at 9:45 a.m., as it will every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

"We fully expect to achieve a load factor of 80 percent between KL and Danang," said Kathleen Tan, AirAsia's regional head of commercial. "Combine the presence of international hotel brands, three UNESCO World Heritage sites and new golf courses designed by some of the game's biggest names, and we have every reason to believe Danang is going to be a popular destination for us."

There's also speculation AirAsia will commence service to Danang from Bangkok, in February. But Tan said: "It's not confirmed, and we are unable to reveal any further details at this point in time."

Confidence in the central coast has grown by leaps and bounds since The Nam Hai opened in December 2006 as the region's first upscale property.

In recent months, Hyatt, InterContinental and Crowne Plaza have all moved in along the same stretch of beach that during the Vietnam War served as the U.S. military R&R center.

A pair of legendary golfers put their stamps on the area, as well. On side-by-side parcels of seaside dunes, eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie formed Montgomerie Links Vietnam and two-time British Open victor Greg Norman crafted the Dunes Course at Danang Golf Club.

Six-time major champion Nick Faldo and current world No. 1 Luke Donald each have a course in the works on the outskirts of Danang. Both are scheduled to open in 2013.

"I can't think of a better golf destination in Asia," said Craig Douglas, general manager of Danang Golf Club, which last month won 'Best New Course in Asia-Pacific' at the annual Asia Pacific Golf Summit. "We've got two great courses here already. When the other two come online, Danang will be right up there with the best places to play in the world."

Other area tourist draws include the three UNESCO World Heritage sites:

•   Hoi An, an ancient trading port that has retained its Old World charm while becoming a culinary hotbed and tailor-made clothing Mecca;

•   My Son, a complex of ruins left over from the Cham civilization; and

•   Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam.

Given the array of amenities on the central coast, Linsley believes it won’t be long before another international carrier sets up shop at Danang airport.

"It feels like everything's starting to come together here," said Linsley, who lived and worked in Hawaii and Bali before joining The Nam Hai in October. "What airline will be next? There are rumors, but we'll see."

Royal Flora Shuttle Schedule

Transportation schedule to Royal Flora 2011

A free shuttle is available at the Train Station and City Hall from 08.00-19.30 Hrs, and at Royal Flora from 09.00-21.00 Hrs.

Paid shuttles charging between 20-40 Baht per person or 100-150 Baht  per trip (depends on distance and air conditioned or not) with free parking is available at 16 points around the city: JJ Market, Tesco Lotus Kamthieng, Mee Chok Plaza, Makro, Big C Extra, Arcade Bus Station, Big C Donjan, Central Plaza Airport, Tesco Lotus Hang Dong, Big C Hang Dong, Makro Hang Dong, Chiang Mai Airport, Chang Puak Bus Station, Warorot Market and Kad Farang.

Kad Suan Kaew services offer a paid shuttle at 25 Baht per person or 150 Baht per trip with a 10 Baht charge for parking at Kad Suan Kaew. Service hour for all paid shuttle is 08.30-21.30.

If you wait for the shuttle to fill up then it is a per person charge, if you wish to charter the vehicle to leave immediately then the driver will charge the per trip price.

Bangkok Air offers free domestic tickets for the Royal Flora on Facebook

Bangkok Air is running a promotion on their Facebook page offering people the chance to win free domestic air tickets. They have opened a garden at the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011, located in the corporate gardens area.

Bangkok Airways invites you to visit the Royal Flora 2011 in Chiang Mai from now until 14 March 2012 and join our online photo activity for a chance to win domestic tickets every week at

M.L.Nandhika Varavarn, Vice President – Corporate Communications of Bangkok Airways said “This is the first time that we create a garden in Royal Flora Project. Our garden locates in the corporate garden area, number 37.  The concept of the garden “Greenitude” is to combine nature and Thai culture in every design to present Bangkok Airways’ ‘Environmental Friendly’ motto in its daily operation. The identity of Bangkok Airways’ own airports namely Samui, Sukhothai and Trat is used as examples of how the airline recognises the importance of ‘Global Warming’ and to promote better ‘Quality of Life’. We believe by emphasising the value of ‘Reuse’, ‘Reduce’ and ‘Recycle’ will and can save and reserve our natural resources. This garden and our way of living are utterly inspired by H.M. King Bhumibol's philosophy of ‘Sufficiency Economy’.

Bangkok Airways operates 5 direct flights daily from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. For reservation, please visit or Call Center 1771 or 02 270 6699. (PR)

Thai Airways operates first biofuels flight

Leading the way in green travel, Thai Airways (THAI) is set to be the first airline in Asia to operate a commercial flight using biofuels. Thai Airways has announced it will operate its inaugural biofuels flight, TG8421 on 21 December 2011, utilizing Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

On the following day, 22 December, Thai Airways will operate its first passenger biofuels flight in Asia, flight TG104 from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, carrying a total of 100 students and professors.  Thai Airways President Piyasvasti Amranand said the green initiative is in support of the airlines Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program which is in line with His Majesty the King’s vision of creating sustainable and renewable energy.

According to the airline, the decision to operate a commercial flight using bio jet fuel is one way it can help reduce global warming and carbon dioxide emissions.

The airline claims it is revolutionizing the use of bio jet fuel in Asia and Southeast Asia, which it hopes will kick start other carrier in the region to follow suit. Thai Airways has received total support by petroleum producers, research firms, educational institutions, aircraft and engine manufactures as well as government agencies affiliated with the aviation industry to develop bio fuel for aviation in Thailand.

Revenue from the first passenger flight will go toward further developing renewable energy in Thailand. (PR)

Chiang Mai Flower Festival to be held February 3-5, 2012

Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul announced that the 36th annual Chiang Mai Flower Festival will be held from February 3-5, 2012. Suan Buak Haad Park will be site of flower exhibitions, contests and sales. The main parade featuring floats from districts, schools and universities from around Chiang Mai will be held at Nawarat Bridge starting at 8 a.m. on February 3, 2012.

Jazz in the City festival scheduled for January, 2012

The organizers of the upcoming Jazz in the City festival announced the dates for the event that will take place at Nim City Daily. Running for two days, January 21 and 22, the event will feature jazz musicians from Chiang Mai and around Thailand. This is the second festival to be held and organizers say the last one was such a success they plan to do it annually. The event will feature not only jazz musicians but a light and sound show, food and more. The proceeds will aid flood victims as well as provide transportation for rural school students in Chiang Mai.

Bangkok Air adds to its fleet

Mr. Prote Setsuwan, Vice President – Marketing, Mr. Ping Na Thalang, Vice President – Information Systems, Mr. Christophe Clarenc, Senior Vice President - Maintenance & Engineering, and Capt. Saravoot Thonglek, Assistant Vice President - Flight Operations.

Recently, Mr. Prote Setsuwan, Vice President – Marketing, Mr. Ping Na Thalang, Vice President – Information Systems and Capt. Saravoot Thonglek, Assistant Vice President Flight Operations welcomed the latest Airbus 319 named “Bangkok” at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Bangkok Airways has progressively achieved with the arrival of its 18th aircraft. This aircraft has  138 economy class seats and will be served both domestic and international route such as Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Bengarulu (India), and Dhaka (Bangladesh).

Presently, Bangkok Airways’ fleet consists of 18 aircraft; Eight ATR 72s, Three Airbus 320s, and Seven Airbus 319s. (PR)

Travel Leaders Symposium Assesses Myanmars Potential in Sustainable Tourism

Local hosts at the co-located GMS Travel Fair demonstrate the art of horse hair lacquerware crafts to Mr Sounh Manivong from the Lao National Tourism Administration and PATA CEO Martin Craigs during the Travel Leaders' Symposium on Sustainable Tourism, the first-ever international travel trade event to take place in Myanmar.

The landmark hosting by Myanmar of the first-ever Travel Leaders' Symposium on Sustainable Tourism has been a historical opportunity for over 100 travel industry representatives from the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) and around the globe to gather, share their experiences and learn more about Myanmar.

Termed a great success by participants and observers, the Travel Leaders' Symposium was held at the Nann Myint Viewing Tower, Aureum Palace Hotel Bagan, under the joint sponsorship of Myanmar's Ministry of Hotels and Tourism and the Myanmar Tourism Board, in conjunction with the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office.

"We have been very pleased to welcome all of the local and international travel experts for this event, and we are delighted to have their knowledge and input as Myanmar returns to the world's spotlight as one of the newest and most exciting tourist destinations," said Dr. Khin Shwe, Chairman of the Myanmar Tourism Board.

Myanmar is viewed by many as among the world's most promising emerging travel destinations, and should remain so for many years into the future. The meeting featured top speakers from the public and private sectors, as well as international organizations, who talked about the pros and cons of the expected growth and addressed various issues, from visa facilitation to potential destinations, from sustainable tourism destinations including National Parks to community-based tourism along with the better development of local handicrafts and cottage industries.

Myanmar is experiencing rapid growth in arrivals as the country is now opening up politically and economically. According to the latest figures from Myanmar Directorate for Hotels and Tourism, Myanmar received from January to October this year 302,236 air travelers, which is almost as much as for the whole year 2010, when the two international airports in Yangon and Mandalay welcomed 310,688 foreign travelers. An additional 350,000 travelers arrived overland to Myanmar from January to October 2011. According to data from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Myanmar is projected to be among the world's fastest growing markets, with tourism increasing by 25% for the whole year 2011.

Myanmar has lagged behind much of Asia in developing its tourism industry, but the potential is enormous. The symposium noted Myanmar's wealth of untouched cultural and natural assets, and highlighted the need for the country to learn from mistakes and successes of other destinations, including the ones in the GMS.

One of Myanmar's greatest assets is its local population with its sense of genuine hospitality and friendliness. Some of the speakers urged Myanmar to develop an overall tourism master plan. Some urged the government to set sound polices and ensure that the private sector abides by the rules. "We want to expand tourism and bring more development to the country, and we realize the need for good planning and clear guidelines, "said H.E. U Htay Aung, Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

For many years, the Asian Development Bank has been supporting sub-regional tourism cooperation in the GMS. In his presentation, Steven Schipani, ADB Social Sector Specialist, stressed that although the outlook for GMS tourism remained favourable, there was no doubt that brisk growth would put tremendous pressure on the sub-region's tourism assets. "Innovative approaches are needed," he said, "along with better tourism management to make sure benefits flow to the poor." Among his suggestions: more community-based tourism and development of pro-poor supply chains; strategies for preventing and managing negative social impacts of tourism; mainstreaming environmental sustainability in the tourism sector; improving the protection of precious heritage assets; and policy and regulatory reform aimed at accelerating sustainable tourism investment.

PATA CEO Martin Craigs added: "The private industry is the one that will look at developing business. However they will not regulate themselves. It is up to the government to create the right balance for the benefit of all, and the job of business enterprises to voice their opinion to governments. PATA will then help facilitating the dialogue between the various players of our industry." During the opening ceremonies of the Symposium Mr. Craigs was joined on stage by H.E. U Htay Aung, Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, to announce the official launch of PATA's Myanmar Chapter.

The Travel Leaders' Symposium on Sustainable Tourism concluded that to help achieve good sustainable development of any destination, attention must be paid to the preservation of landscapes, cultural protection and empowerment of communities. Additionally, more attention should be paid to involve Myanmar's younger generations in the future of tourism.

"We not only want to grow tourism in Myanmar, we want to expand across all sectors, and showcase our culture and rich heritage, but not at a pace that will harm the environment or exceed our capacity to deliver a unique and satisfying tourism experience for all visitors," said tourism consultant Daw Kyi Kyi Aye.

The Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre wins best resort spa & best signature treatment at the Crystal Awards Asia Pacific 2011

The award winning Dheva Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi Hotel.

The Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre at Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai has been honoured as one of the finest spas in the Asia-Pacific region, winning Best Resort Spa and Best Signature Treatment for its Lanna Signature Ceremony in The Crystal Awards Asia Pacific 2011.

The Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre vied for the auspicious titles among a top notch field of 150 applicants from around the region. Through a judging process that looks at merits and actual performance from the guest’s perspective, this was narrowed down to a nominees’ list of 86 entrants, representing almost 40 brands. The winners of the 18 categories featured in the awards were named on a spectacular gala evening at The Forbidden City by IndoChine at Clarke Quay in Singapore, held in conjunction with the Wellness Summit.

It was a night on which the Mandarin Oriental star shone the brightest of all. As well as the Best Resort Spa and Best Signature Treatment titles going to Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai’s The Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre, the titles of Best Hotel Spa went to Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo and Best Wellness & Spa Group to (for the third year running) Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. The four awards were the most to be won by any single brand.

“This is tremendous recognition for the simply stunning world-class destination spa that is The Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre. Truly outstanding both in its facilities and staff who are trained to the highest levels of professionalism, The Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre having been presented with such benchmark awards is a wonderful achievement all of us are extremely proud of” said Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai’s general manager Greg Liddell.

NAP Fair performances & workshops

The Nimman Art Parade of NAP Fair opened Wednesday December 7 and runs through to December 12. The fair, which is held on Soi 1 on Nimmanhaemin road, is a very popular event with a lot of unique arts, crafts and textiles on sale, perfect for Christmas gift shopping! For those weary of shopping, a series of workshops and performances are also being held.

Wed 7 Dec

16.00-18.00: Origami Workshop

18.00-18.15:  Opening Ceremony

18.15-19.00: Chang Stone : Contemporary Lanna Dance & Music

19.00-20.00: Bacanus Jazz

Thu 8 Dec

15.00-16.00: Traditional Bamboo Toy Workshop

16.00-17.00: Creative Coffee Talk

17.00-18.00: “Black Sheep” Marionette

18.00-19.00: Mic.3 Acoustic

19.00-20.00: Soontrapaploen

20.00-20.30: Cosplay from College of Art, Media and Technology

20.30-21.00: Promote Annual Play, Faculty of Architecture, CMU 

Fri 9 Dec

16.00-17.00: Coffee & Latte Art

17.00-18.00 : Hun Chang Fon, Lanna Puppetry

18.00-19.00: “The Yellow O” Shadow Theatre, The Wandering Moon Performing Group & Endless Journey

19.00-20.00: The Intaranan Quintet

20.00-21.00: North Gate Big Band

Sat 10 Dec

15.00-16.00: Lanna Tiny Lantern Workshop

16.00-17.00: Flower Arranging Workshop

17.00-18.00: Sign Language and Hand Puppet Performance “Puff The Magic Dragon”

18.00-19.00: Usaswat Jazz Band

19.00-20.00: Derdamissyou

20.00-21.00: Took Brasserie

Sun 11 Dec

16.00-18.00: Hobby & Happy Découpage Workshop

18.00-19.00 : The Yoyo Jazz Band

19.00-20.00: Del Ritmo Band

20.00-21.00: Mai Blues Band

Mon 12 Dec

15.00-16.00: Top Making Workshop

17.00-18.00: Contemporary Dance, Sangdao School

18.00-19.00: Five Tension Band

19.00-20.00: Tip Band

Celebrity Chef McDang and HRH Princess Soamsawali at Four Seasons for charity dinner

Chef McDang in action.

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai and Thai celebrity food expert, chef and writer ML Sirichalerm Svasti, popularly known as Chef McDang, will jointly host an exclusive dinner on Saturday, December 17th, 2011 – all in the name of a good cause.

Presided over by Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali, the charity dinner will take guests on an exciting culinary journey through the secrets of Thai cuisine, with cooking demonstrations and exquisite dishes created by Chef McDang. Proceeds from the dinner and live charity auction will go to HRH Princess Soamsawali’s “Save a Child’s Life from AIDS” project, under the auspices of the Thai Red Cross Society. The project was initiated with the key objective to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and provides medicine for pregnant mothers who are affected with AIDS.

The charity dinner event will take place at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai’s renowned Cooking School. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:30 pm, followed by a five-course dinner paired with fine wines. The menu will feature Chef McDang’s creations, including such items as Timbale of Fish Curry Mousse; Pomelo and Smoked Salmon Salad served in Betel Nut Leaf Cups; and Braised Beef Osso Bucco served with Green Curry Sauce and Black Rice.

Tickets for the event are priced at THB 3,500 per person, inclusive of applicable tax and service charge. Exclusive tickets for seats at the head table, presided over by HRH Princess Soamsawali herself, are available for a minimum donation of THB9,900 per person, with all proceeds of the full ticket price going to the “Save A Child’s Life from AIDS” project.

The Resort has also created a special package for guests who would like to retire to a guestroom after dinner, full and content. The overnight package includes one night’s accommodation in a Lanna Pavilion, daily breakfast, and dinner tickets for two people, and is priced at THB15,000 per pavilion, subject to government tax and service charge.

For more information and for ticket reservations, please contact Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai by telephone at +66 (0) 53-298-181 or by email at [email protected] (PR)

CM Map to offer interactive map for visitors

Chief of the Provincial Office of Tourism and Sports Somchai Maichandaeng joined Director of CAMT’s Knowledge and Innovation Center Dr. Pradorn Sureephong for the launch of the student.

By Shana Kongmun

A new project out of the College of Arts and Media Technology (CAMT) at Chiang Mai University plans to offer a unique interactive online map for visitors to Chiang Mai. The map will be available in 3 different languages; English, Chinese and Thai to begin with. The map is being developed in conjunction with Google Maps but will offer far more information to visitors than Google Maps currently does.

The project aims to map the several hundred attractions in Chiang Mai, with original focus being inside the moat. Clicking on the icon on the map will bring up detailed information on the site and they hope to develop the site further by integrating online chat with staff members who will be able to answer questions.

CMU Faculty and business leaders including members of the Chiang Mai Creative City Committee were on hand to learn more about the interactive map.

The map is unique in that each attraction will have a QR code placed on the sign and visitors can then scan the code with their mobile phone and not only find out detailed information on the attraction but find out exactly where they are and what else is nearby.

Visiting lecturers are aiding with the translations, Fu Jing from China’s Chengdu University is helping with the Chinese and Dr. Paul Goldsmith is offering his help with the English. As Fu Jing pointed out, as more and more people travel with their phones and their tablets and ipads, they will look to the internet for more information. E-tourism is the next wave in tourism.

Airlines offer deals to draw tourists to Thailand

 AirAsia has implemented a new sale, Mai Pen Rai Thailand offering all in rates as low as 790 Baht for domestic flights and 3,190 Baht for flights from Chiang Mai to Singapore in a bid to attract tourists both domestically and internationally. The booking period ends December 11 and travel must take place between December 5, 2011 and March 31, 2012. Other international deals include flights between Bangkok and Bali, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Cambodia.

Thai Airways has reduced international ticket prices as well, offering discounts of 30-50% lower than their regular fares for all their international flights, purchase must be made before December 9 and flights taken between December 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012.

CMRCA to host Southeast Asia premiere of 2011 Reel Rock film tour

Local business Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures (CMRCA) will be hosting the 2010 and 2011 Reel Rock Film Tours at the CMRCA Bouldering Wall on 4 and 5 December, 2011. The Reel Rock Film Tour brings the best in climbing and adventure films to local audiences across the globe and this will be the first time the Tour has been screened in Southeast Asia. Reel Rock shows are exciting events where lovers of the outdoors come together to celebrate the ultimate in adventure filmmaking.

The Sunday, December 4 2011 Reel Rock Film Tour Southeast Asia premiere will include food, drinks, and a raffle including a Sterling Rope (Velocity 9.8mm Dynamic), Evolv approach and climbing shoes, a limited edition Chris Sharma t-shirt, and gift certificates from local Chiang Mai businesses. The Reel Rock Film Tour will be on show, Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. For more information and to register for a THB 50 discount (PR)

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]y]

Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium launches ziplining

Snow white tiger makes appearance at Night Safari

Segway Gibbon offers fun, new way to see the city

Danang welcomes first AirAsia flight

Royal Flora Shuttle Schedule

Bangkok Air offers free domestic tickets for the Royal Flora on Facebook

Thai Airways operates first biofuels flight

Chiang Mai Flower Festival to be held February 3-5, 2012

Jazz in the City festival scheduled for January, 2012

Bangkok Air adds to its fleet

Travel Leaders Symposium Assesses Myanmars Potential in Sustainable Tourism

The Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre wins best resort spa & best signature treatment at the Crystal Awards Asia Pacific 2011

NAP Fair performances & workshops

Celebrity Chef McDang and HRH Princess Soamsawali at Four Seasons for charity dinner

CM Map to offer interactive map for visitors

Airlines offer deals to draw tourists to Thailand

CMRCA to host Southeast Asia premiere of 2011 Reel Rock film tour



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