Baan Dam Museum in Chiang Rai to collect entrance fees
Baan Dam or Black House of Chiang Rai will begin collection an 80 baht
entrance fee from December 1, 2016. Photo courtesy of
The famed Baan Dam Museum in Chiang Rai
will begin collecting entrance fees from December 1, 2016 as the increasing
numbers of tourists has seen growing maintenance costs. The museum, which
has been open for 40 years and never collected fees, will begin charging
visitors 80 baht per person on December 1, 2016. Initially it had been
planned to start on November 1 but the Museum is waiving fees during the
mourning period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The Museum has been affected by weather
and termites and requires constant maintenance as well as wear and tear from
the growing numbers of tourists. Each visitor will receive a free booklet on
the history of the museum and will offer special exhibitions and cultural
performances on weekends.
Excepted from the entrance fees will be
children under the age of 12, students in uniform or with student ID,
government officials in uniform or with ID card, monks and priests of all
religions, pregnant women, the disabled and people over 60 years of age.
Baan Dam Museum in Chiang Rai Province
was created by the famed national artist Tawan Datchanee and comprises
around 40 buildings, some of which are not open to the public.
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai unveils Rim Tai Kitchen Cooking Studio and Restaurant
Four Seasons Resort introduces
their new Rim Tai cooking school and kitchen, offering guests a unique
culinary experience in a beautiful setting.
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai introduced their new
personalised culinary experiences in an authentic environment at Rim Tai
Designed by the renowned Bill Bensley,
dubbed “the king of exotic luxury resorts” by TIME magazine, the cooking
school takes the guest on a culinary adventure.
“Rim Tai” refers to the sub-district in
which Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai is located which is one of the greenest
areas of Chiang Mai province. As such, Rim Tai Kitchen focuses on local
natural products, most of which are organically cultivated.
Inspired by the ancient Lanna Kingdom
and occupying a Thai teak house surrounded by tropical garden and banyan
trees, the studio operates as an open kitchen concept equally well adapted
to a single cooking demonstration or to utilise multiple live cooking
The latest kitchenette experience is
complemented by authentic Thai-style seating. Large hoods above the stoves
add to the aesthetics while several Thai seasoning bottles and cans stacked
on upper shelves bring a market touch. A breath-taking chandelier is poised
over the central communal table and an array of traditional utensils
enhances the Lanna cultural experience. Sliding glass walls allow opening of
the whole live kitchen area to sweeping views over the resort’s own rice
Thai culinary experiences include
morning classes with vibrant market visit or Chef’s organic garden tour and
preparation of your meal. The school’s instructor chefs share their passion
and expertise to showcase authentic curries, wok dishes, herbal drinks, tea
and coffee traditions as well as classic Thai fruit carvings.
Afternoon cooking classes offer a new
approach with courses designed to guide you on the art of creating healthy
juices and smoothies using organic fruits and herbs from The Royal Project,
Northern Thailand. Afternoon sessions will also feature courses that offer
an introduction to the organic teas from Doi Mae Salong plantation or coffee
pairing experiences with Thai confectionaries. Alternatively, you can choose
to learn the art of creating quintessential Thai fruit and vegetable
In the evening, the Cooking School acts
as an open kitchen style restaurant presenting interactive dining
experiences. The “Thai Live kitchen” concept showcases an active, convivial
and educative Thai culinary experience followed by Chef’s Table. Live
entertainment will accompany theme dinners with Thai dancers and a kim
player to entertain the guests with cultural performances.
Rim Thai Kitchen cooking studio also
offers a unique banquet venue for business groups and internal or external
private events. Groups can be accommodates on the terrace, sala and chef’s
table. The Cocktail Lawn near the cooking school sala offers an ideal
location for pre- and post-dinner drinks. Themed events such as Farmer’s
Market, Ancient Lanna or Loy Kratong, and Sunday Brunch, are among other
signature experiences offered.
For more information or reservations,
please contact Four Seasons Chiang Mai Food and Beverage at +66 53 298 181
Chiang Mai Airport welcomes Golden Week travelers
AoT officials including Director of Chiang Mai
International Airport Gp. Capt. Wisuth Jantana welcomed Chinese tourists
from Wuhan on China’s National Day, the start of Golden Week, which sees
millions of Chinese travel in China and abroad.
Arrivals from Wuhan were greeted with souvenirs
at the International Arrivals hall at Chiang Mai International Airport to
celebrate the start of Golden Week.
Chiang Mai Airport officials,
government and airline employees welcomed Chinese travelers to Chiang Mai
International Airport for the major Chinese holiday period known as Golden
Week. Golden Week, which runs from October 1 – October 7, sees hundreds of
millions of Chinese traveling in China; Suvarnabhumi International Airport
expects 17,000 Chinese passengers through that airport per day. Chiang Mai
and Koh Samui are the two top destinations for Chinese travelers according
to the Airports of Thailand.
Gp. Capt. Wisuth Jantana, Director of
Chiang Mai International Airport, Airport of Thailand Public Company Limited
(AOT) was accompanied by executives and staff of Chiang Mai Airport,
representatives of airlines, and government officials working in Chiang Mai
Airport in welcoming passengers of CA707 flight coming from Wuhan on the
occasion of Golden Week, handing souvenirs and performing a Lanna
traditional dance in the International Arrival Hall.
The Director of Chiang Mai
International Airport said that there are currently 11 airlines operating
direct flight from China, including Thai Airways, Thai AirAsia, Dragon Airs,
Hong Kong Express, China Eastern, Air China, Spring Airlines, Juneyao
Airlines, China Southern, Chengdu Airlines, and Sichuan airlines. Cities
served include Hong Kong, Macao, Kunming, Shanghai, Beijing, Wuhan,
Guangzhou, Changsha, Chongqing, Hangzhou, and Chengdu. There has been a
total of 889,044 Chinese passengers arriving and departing from Chiang Mai
International Airport from January to August 2016. That is a 16 percent
increase from the same period last year and it is expected that the airport
wills see more than 1.3 million Chinese passengers using the airport for
2016, an 18 percent increase from 2015.
Take a walk in the hills and discover Nong Hoi
If you’ve ever trekked in the forests
of Northern Thailand and occasionally looked out over a vista of
tree-covered slopes, stretching to the horizon, you may have presumed that
this region has been relatively untouched until modern times – the primeval
realm of Mother Nature. But the truth is that these hills have long been
home to a wide array of tribal people – half a million in number, living off
the land, cultivating crops in small holdings and doggedly preserving their
unique customs and cultures.
greenhouses at Nong Hoi’s Royal Project Crops Development Centre.
These hill-tribes are thought to have
migrated from China and the Tibetan Plateau over the last few centuries to
settle in Myanmar, Lao PDR. and Thailand. Now they make up six major groups
– the Akha, Lahu, Karen, Hmong or Miao, Mien or Yao, and Lisu; each with a
distinct language and culture of their own. Until recent years, these
hill-tribes led a pastoral life raising animals and growing crops, including
small amounts of medicinal opium. But as the modern world intruded, and the
Vietnam War gathered pace in the 1960s, modern communications exposed the
hill-tribe communities to a more unscrupulous outside world and opium became
a cash crop with all the misery that entails.
So the Nong Hoi Royal Project
Development Centre, Chiang Mai in Mae Rim sub-district was set up in 1984 by
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej to help the tribal people in the region
to move on from the production of opium while improving their lives and the
reputation of the country. The Project has been a resounding success – new
farming methods, training and equipment, brought in by experts, have meant
sustainable and saleable crops are now grown on slopes once reserved for
Much of this success is due to the fact
that the region in which the tribal people live, lies between 850 and 1,460
metres above sea level and has a mean temperature of 21 degrees Celsius,
perfect for growing a range of crops that can’t be cultivated on the hotter
plains of Central Thailand. These fruits and vegetables include artichokes,
lemon thyme, mint, camomile, rosemary, plums, seedless grapes, strawberries,
red olives, herbal teas and tomatoes – many of these fresh ingredients are
sent directly to Chiang Mai’s restaurants and hotels, which seek out
sustainable and high-quality food sources.
Because this is such a lovely area,
coupled with the unique local lifestyles, Nong Hoi has become a tourist
attraction in itself. In the fresh clean air of the hills, there are amazing
walks to enjoy, stunning views and the chance to learn about sustainable
development. Book a visit in advance, and a specially-assigned staff will
give your group a briefing on the Project’s background, and you’ll get to
taste some of the fresh goods and herbal teas which grow all around.
Perhaps the most important building at
Nong Hoi is the Royal Project Crops Development Centre, where experiments
are carried out in an effort to increase the types of temperate climate
fruit and vegetables that can be grown by local hill-tribe farmers.
Government scientists and students often come here to conduct research, but
visitors can also stop by to have a look, and there are some fascinating
demonstrations of organic and hydroponic growing techniques for herbs and
Bangkok Airways Voted Best Regional Airline 2016 by TTG Asia
Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, President of Bangkok Airways PLC (Middle), Mr.
Michael Chow, Group Publisher – Travel group of TTG Asia Media Pte Ltd (2nd
from left) and Mr. Pierre Quek, Online Publisher, of TTG Asia Media Pte Ltd
(2nd from right).
Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited
led by Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, President, received the "Best
Regional Airline 2016 Award" from Group Publisher – Travel group of TTG Asia
Media, Mr. Michael Chow at the 27th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2016 Ceremony
and Gala Dinner held at the World Ballroom, Centara Grand at Central World.
Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth,
President of Bangkok Airways commented, "On behalf of everyone at Bangkok
Airways, I am delighted and proud to have received this honorable award from
TTG Asia. I would like to extend our thanks to all the readers of TTG Asia,
TTG China, TTG India, TTG Mice, TTG-BTmice China, TTGassociations and TTG
Asia Luxury for casting their votes for us. This achievement not only
reflects our internationally recognized level of service and safety
standards, yet it also manifests our continuous commitment to delivering the
best possible products and services in the industry."
Organized annually by TTG Asia, The TTG
Asia Travel Awards honors the best of the best in the Asia-Pacific travel
trade. This prestigious travel industry event marks a time for the industry
to recognize the exemplary organizations that raise the bar of excellence.
Thailand wins TTG Travel Awards Destination of the Year 2016
Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, TAT Executive
Director of the Advertising and Public Relations Department (second from
left), received the award on behalf of Thailand.
Thailand has won the TTG Travel Awards
for the “Outstanding Achievement Awards: Destination of the Year 2016”,
making it the sixth time the country has won this accolade, having received
it previously in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2012 and 2013.
Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya,
Executive Director of the Advertising and Public Relations Department of the
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) received the award on behalf of Thailand
at the 27th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2016 Ceremony and Gala Dinner in
Bangkok, Thailand on 29 September, 2016, at the Centara Grand and Bangkok
Convention Centre, CentralWorld.
Mr. Chattan said, “I would like to
extend my gratitude to TTG’s editorial team for honouring Thailand with this
prestigious award. We are indeed honoured and proud that the continuous
efforts being made by the Thai tourism industry to strive for higher
standards are delivering results, and being recognised. Thailand will
certainly continue our tireless efforts in taking steps and initiatives to
strengthen the development and promotion or our thriving tourism industry.”
Organised by TTG Asia Media’s Travel
Trade Publishing Group, the TTG Travel Awards have been recognising the best
of the Asia-Pacific’s travel industry since 1989. (TAT)