2007-12-25

PB AIR LAUNCHES NEW BANGKOK-MAE HONG SON SERVICE

To meet peak season demand for travel to Mae Hong Son during Thailand’s cool season, PB Air will be launching a new Bangkok-Mae Hong Son service that will be offered every Tuesday and Saturday from 1 December 2007 to 1 March 2008 only.
Mae Hong Son, a remote picturesque town surrounded by mountainous terrain and scenic natural landscape, is ranked among Thailand's most popular holiday destinations for cool season travel for both Thai as well as foreign visitors.
This new Bangkok-Mae Hong Son service is a PB Air-Thai Airways International (THAI) code-sharing route and will be served by a 50-seater ERJ 145 aircraft.
Flights will depart from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok at 12.40 and arrive at Mae Hong Son Airport at 14.10. The return flight to Bangkok departs Mae Hong Son at 14.45 and arrives at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 16.15.
The fare for a one-way ticket is 3,100 baht* and 5,800 baht* for a return trip ticket. (*the fare includes airport tax and other charges and fees)
Contact information: PB Air Tel: +66 (0) 2261 0222Fax: +66 (0) 2261 0227E-mail: sales@pbair.com Web site: www.pbair.com

SPICEROADS’ NEW FLOATING MARKET TO HUA HIN TOUR

SpiceRoads’ new floating market to Hua Hin tour takes cyclist on a three-day ride through back roads and quite trails of the Thai South Central Coast
SpiceRoads has launched its newest tour: The Floating Market to Hua Hin Tour, a three-day/two-night cycling trip that goes off of the beaten path to temples, plantations, fruit orchards, scenic lakes, mountains, and canals. Scheduled departures are every Wednesday, with only a minimum of two persons required. Private tours can be arranged for departure any day of the week.
This cycling tour mixes all different kinds of terrains and locations for a truly interesting and adventurous experience. It is suitable for all levels of cycling experience and is great for families. The price includes bike rental and safety equipment, transfers, full air–con van support, drinks and snacks, accommodations, and most meals.
The tour is attractively priced, and agents receive a commission on all bookings.
SpiceRoads focuses on providing quality cycling tours in Asia, for those who want to go beyond the hotels and tourist traps to explore the essence of a country’s culture, people, and way of life.
Source: SpiceRoads release dated June 2007
For further informationTel: +66 (0) 2712 5305 Fax: +66 (0) 2712 5306 E-mail: info@spiceroads.comWeb site: www.spiceroads.com/thailand/hua_hinSouce : http://www.tatnews.org/tourism_news/detail.aspωid=3417

SAMUI TO HOST 2008 SKAL ASIAN AREA CONGRESS

Skål International Koh Samui has been chosen to host the Skål Asian Area Congress in 2008 from May 23-26.
The Skål Asian Area Congress 2008 will be the first international event ever held on the island of Koh Samui which will bring international tourism professionals to the island. Between 250 to 300 international participants from all regions of the world are expected to attend the 2008 Congress.
Skål is a professional organisation of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Its members – the industry's managers and executives – meet at local, national, regional and international levels to discuss and pursue topics of common interest.
Skål International today has approximately 22,000 members in 500 clubs throughout 90 countries.
“The most important goal of this Congress is to enhance and increase the popularity and reputation of Koh Samui as a first class holiday destination in Southeast Asia,” Mr Horst Hornung, President of Skål International Koh Samui explained.
“As international Skål members are all representatives of various tourism businesses, such as travel agencies, hotels and airlines, feedback from the Congress will generate important and long-term follow-up businesses for the Samui travel scene”, Mr Hornung added.
As the host of the 2008 Skål Asian Area Congress, Skål Samui members will actively participate in the 2007 Skål Asian Area Congress being hosted in Macau from May 25-28, 2007, where the club will host a lunch for participating Skål members to encourage the highest possible participation of international Skål colleagues at the 2008 Congress to be hosted in Samui.
Skål Samui will also present additional PR activities during the next Skål World Congress in Antalya, Turkey in November 2007 where club members hope to mobilize and generate as many potential participants for the 2008 Skål Asian Area Congress in Samui.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has extended support to Skål International Koh Samui for participation in the 2007 Skål Asian Area Congress in Macau where club members will be helping to promote Thailand by raising the visibility and awareness for Koh Samui and Thailand as world-class travel destinations. TAT is also extending support to the club in the organisation of the Skål Asian Area Congress 2008.
Skål International Koh Samui was established in April 2004 and with more than 50 members is the second biggest Skål club in Thailand. is the biggest Skål club in Thailand. There are other clubs in Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai.
The City of Pattaya won the bid to host the 2006 Congress after it bested London in an election held in 2002.
Introducing Skål InternationalSkål is a professional organisation of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Its members – the industry's managers and executives — meet at local, national, regional and international levels to discuss and pursue topics of common interest.
The first Club was founded in 1932 in Paris by travel managers, following an educational tour of Scandinavia. The idea of international goodwill and friendship grew and, in 1934, the “Association Internationale des Skål Clubs” was formed with Florimond Volckaert as its first President, who is considered the “Father of Skål”.
Skål International is headquartered at the General Secretariat in Torremolinos, Spain. The organisation is governed by an Executive Committee of seven members, elected by delegates to an annual General Assembly, held during the World Congress, hosted by a different country each year. This allows members first-hand observation of the travel and tourism potential around the world.
Skål International Koh SamuiWeb site: www.Skalsamui.org
Skål International Koh Samui MembersWeb site: www.skalsamui.org/members.php
Skål InternationalWeb site: www.Skal.orgSource : http://www.tatnews.org/tourism_news/detail.aspωid=3372

PATA'S 'CEO CHALLENGE 2008' CONFRONTS CLIMATE CHANGE

Bangkok, Thailand, August 2, 2007 — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is challenging influential and passionate travel industry leaders to agree and sign on to a truly cross-sectoral industry response to climate change, one of the greatest global threats to travel and tourism.
Hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and organised in partnership with the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) and the Burba Hotel Network (BHN), PATA's "CEO Challenge 2008: Confronting Climate Change" will take place in Bangkok on April 29-30, 2008.
PATA President and CEO Mr Peter de Jong said that the ambitious goal for the CEO Challenge is to create a single platform and action plan, fully engaging tourism ministers and heads of tourist boards, CEOs of airlines and airports, CEOs of leading international hotel groups, major tour operators and other key industry stakeholders.
The agenda will be focused, relevant and actionable. Decision-makers from the public and private sectors of the travel industry will be challenged over a day and a half of interactive discussions to agree and commit to action.
Several important debates will lead up to the CEO Challenge. UNWTO is convening the second Climate Change and Tourism conference in Davos in early October this year, while in November a tourism ministerial meeting will address the theme in London. Next year on April 22-23, the airline community will convene its third Aviation and Environment Summit in Geneva.
"We strongly support these initiatives and intend to incorporate their conclusions and recommendations into our CEO Challenge'', Mr de Jong said.
He added: "We cannot achieve a meaningful response to climate change by acting alone. No one can. No single organisation. No single sector. Only by working together — as a united travel and tourism force — can we make a difference."
Leading industry personalities have begun to voice their support for the CEO Challenge.
"This is a critical issue for the aviation and tourism industries to confront together," said Qantas Airways CEO Mr Geoff Dixon. "The timing is perfect and PATA is ideally placed to assist in their efforts. I thoroughly support the CEO Challenge," he added.
"The CEO Challenge 2008 is a timely initiative that will bring together public and private sector leaders to focus on practical steps we can take, as an industry, to address the important issue of climate change," said Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) Director General Mr Andrew Herdman.
"Economic and social development must go hand in hand with environmental responsibility," he said, adding that he believes Asia Pacific is pivotal in the sustainable development of the global aviation, travel and tourism industries.
Accor Asia Pacific Chairman Mr David Baffsky said the health of the world's environment is fundamental and climate is a crucial component to all sectors of the tourism industry.
"Our industry must not be marginalised so it is very important for CEOs to participate in the CEO Challenge on climate change," he said. "It will facilitate the industry having a real voice and making a positive contribution to a fully informed debate to allow a proper understanding of the impact of our sector on our planet", he added.
Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts Chairman Mr Ho Kwon Ping said the event could not be timelier.
"The travel industry, because of its diversity, has not been able to come to grips with the dimensions and implications of climate change, nor to even understand how culpable we truly are as negative contributors to climate change, nor how we can mobilise our enormous resources to provide positive leadership," he said.
"This is an important conference, which I hope to be able to participate in," said Mr Ho.
The 'PATA CEO Challenge' is a new annual event which PATA organises in lieu of the previous PATA Annual Conference. For the full release and testimonials, and to register your interest, please go to www.PATA.org/ceochallenge.
PATA Marketing CommunicationsMr David GillbanksTel: +66 (0) 2658 2000 extension 108E-mail: david@PATA.org
ABOUT PATAMission statement: "The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a membership association acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of the Asia Pacific travel and tourism industry. In partnership with PATA's private and public sector members, we enhance the sustainable growth, value and quality of travel and tourism to, from and within the region."
Founded in 1951, PATA is the recognised authority on Asia Pacific travel and tourism. PATA provides leadership and advocacy to the collective efforts of nearly 100 government, state and city tourism bodies, more than 55 airlines and cruise lines, and hundreds of travel industry companies. In addition, thousands of travel professionals belong to dozens of PATA chapters worldwide. PATA is a not-for-profit organisation. Find out more at www.PATA.org.
ABOUT BURBA HOTEL NETWORKBHN brings together more than two decades of experience in developing and organizing the world's most prominent gatherings of the hotel and tourism investment community, including the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles, the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) in Berlin, the Bolsa Mexicana de Inversión Turistica (BMIT) in Mexico City, the annual Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (CHTIC) and the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Hong Kong.
The BHN website at www.BURBA.com is the gateway for information about the conferences BHN produces, as well as a direct link to important players in the hospitality investment world. www.BURBA.com
ABOUT CENTRE FOR ASIA PACIFIC AVIATIONFounded in 1990, the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation is the region's leading provider of independent aviation market intelligence, analysis and data services. The Centre also convenes highly acclaimed international aviation strategy summits. Understanding aviation markets is our great strength. We aim to present our clients and business partners with an unrivalled depth of expertise delivered by skilled and experienced professionals. www.centreforaviation.comSource : http://www.tatnews.org/tourism_news/detail.aspωid=3451

About Hands Bangkok Countdown 2008

Bidding farewell to the old year while greeting New Year is a festive practice significantly embraced by people around the world as it’s the last biggest event of the year that leads to a fresh beginning. Hands Bangkok Countdown 2008 is designed to be an international symbol of the celebrations for Thais and visitors. Bangkok is a center of tourism in Southeast Asia, full of lively attractions and facilities for tourists.
Hands Bangkok Countdown 2008 is a brainchild of joint-cooperation between public and private organizations which have seen the potential of Thailand’s Bangkok to serve as a significant destination for tourists during the festive season. Business operations with different backgrounds joined forces to initiate the largest countdown event for residents in Bangkok before it has been expanded to become an international event that targets tourists in ASEAN region: Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar. The visitors will be invited to experience a new cultural celebration by joining hands together with the countdown in the Hands By Heart Moment.
The event’s venue is located in the heart of Bangkok’s downtown and shopping streets surrounded by leading department stores and convenient transportation systems and facilities set to serve mass population to join the event.
Landmark of the event is a gigantic structure, “The Greeting Ball Tower”, which serves as the symbol of celebrations. The tower will be installed in December every year. It’s equipped with special effects to create spectacular moments. Activities by arts and entertainment studios are prepared on a large-scale stage, making it a truly feast of celebrations to support tourism spending for the year-end.More information : http://www.handsbangkokcountdown.com

2007-12-12

PB AIR LAUNCHES NEW BANGKOK-MAE HONG SON SERVICE

To meet peak season demand for travel to Mae Hong Son during Thailand’s cool season, PB Air will be launching a new Bangkok-Mae Hong Son service that will be offered every Tuesday and Saturday from 1 December 2007 to 1 March 2008 only.
Mae Hong Son, a remote picturesque town surrounded by mountainous terrain and scenic natural landscape, is ranked among Thailand's most popular holiday destinations for cool season travel for both Thai as well as foreign visitors.
This new Bangkok-Mae Hong Son service is a PB Air-Thai Airways International (THAI) code-sharing route and will be served by a 50-seater ERJ 145 aircraft.
Flights will depart from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok at 12.40 and arrive at Mae Hong Son Airport at 14.10. The return flight to Bangkok departs Mae Hong Son at 14.45 and arrives at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 16.15.
The fare for a one-way ticket is 3,100 baht* and 5,800 baht* for a return trip ticket. (*the fare includes airport tax and other charges and fees)
Contact information: PB Air Tel: +66 (0) 2261 0222Fax: +66 (0) 2261 0227E-mail: sales@pbair.com Web site: www.pbair.com

The ASEAN Tourism Forum 2008

ATF 2008
The ASEAN Tourism Forum 2008(ATF 2008), the annual travel industry summit of the 10 member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is to be held in Bangkok between 18-26 January, 2008.
The ASEAN Tourism' Forum (ATF) is one of the most significant annual tourism promotional events in Asia, and is hosted on a rotational basis among the ASEAN member countries. Thailand is honored to be playing host for the 2008 ATF exchange, which is the show's fifth time in Thailand since its establishment.
The fair is made up of numerous high-level events, including a meeting of ASEAN Tourism Ministers, a meeting of the ASEAN NTOs, as well as airline meetings, press briefings, a tourism conference, and the popular Travel Exchange (TRAVEX) trade fair.
Bearing the theme, "Synergy of ASEAN towards Dynamic Unity in Diversity," the annual gathering of high-level ASEAN tourism public and private sector officials, airlines, and hundreds of buyers of ASEAN tourism products is designed to showcase the best of ASEAN tourism products and services.
Mrs. Phornsiri Manoharn, TAT Governor said, “Thailand is proud to once again welcome all delegates to ATF 2008. We last hosted the ATF in 2000, the first one of the 21st century.
“By 2008, we expect that many of the growth-drivers, such as low-cost airlines, open skies, improved road and rail networks, will be in place”.
“Clearly the issues of the future will be managing the growth to come. This is going to be our biggest challenge and we expect the ATF 2008 to provide the industry with an appropriate forum to openly discuss these issues in pursuit of constructive, positive, and long-term solutions.”
Mrs Phornsiri said TAT is working with Thai Airways International, the ASEAN airlines, travel trade associations, and other public and private sector organizations to ensure the success of this event.
She said the delegates will also get to see many of the changes taking place in Thailand, such as the new niche market products called “Amazing Wonders of Thailand,” as well as the new Royal Initiative Discovery products highlighting the long-term value of His Majesty the King’s sufficiency economy concepts.
The official programme will begin on 18 January, 2008, with the meetings of the ASEAN Tourism Task Forces at Sofitel Central Hotel. The meetings of the ASEAN National Tourism Organizations (NTOs) will held on 19-20 January.
A half-day meeting of the NTOs of ASEAN, China, Japan and Korea (ASEAN+3) will be held on 20 January at the Sofitel Central Hotel. The ASEAN Tourism Ministers, Airlines, Hoteliers and Travel Agents will hold their respective meetings on 21 January, 2008.
The buyer-and-seller trade show, called TRAVEX, will be held between 22-25 January at the Challenger 2, Impact Exhibition and Convention Centre, the world’s largest column-free exhibition hall, Asia’s largest indoor exhibition centre and Thailand’s largest ballroom. About 400 sellers, 450 buyers, and 150 media are expected to attend.
Several complimentary pre- and post-tours are being organised by TAT together with Thai Airways and the private sector to take buyers and the media to various ASEAN destinations in line with the theme "Synergy of ASEAN Towards Dynamic Unity in Diversity."
Mrs Phornsiri said, “ASEAN member countries are making continuous improvements in our tourism products such as new destinations and facilities. These tours will help introduce these exciting developments.”
For more details and on-line registration, please check out www.atf2008thailand.com

PATA CEO Challenge 2008

What is the PATA CEO Challenge 2008?
It is the first opportunity for the entire travel and tourism industry in Asia Pacific to agree to a unified plan of action to confront climate change.
PATA's CEO Welcomes You
Peter de Jong
On behalf of PATA it is my pleasure to welcome you to this dedicated website of the PATA CEO Challenge 2008: Confronting Climate Change.
This website will be a key forum for communication for all the stakeholders involved in the CEO Challenge, and we look forward to a strong degree of interactivity between now and the event on April 29-30, 2008.
The PATA CEO Challenge will be the first time that leaders of all industry sectors in Asia Pacific, private and public, will come together under one roof to agree to a unified action to confront climate change.
We have made significant strides towards making the PATA CEO Challenge an unprecedented event for the travel and tourism industry.
We are thrilled to have secured the participation of 2007 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr RK Pachauri as a keynote speaker at the historic event.
Dr Pachauri is Chairman of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was named to share the prize with former US Vice President Al Gore.
In addition we are negotiating with a number of other leading international figures to become part of the programme.
Destination strategist Anna Pollock and global futurist Rohit Talwar are on board as strategic advisers and facilitators for the Challenge.
We believe the inaugural PATA CEO Challenge: Confronting Climate Change will define the way in which our industry conducts itself in the future with regard to this overarching issue.
By joining the Challenge in April, your invaluable contribution to the outcomes will ensure it is an event of great substance.
And you can start right now by leaving your thoughts and ideas in response to our news and blogs.
We welcome your interest and your feedback!

Peter de Jong
President and CEO
Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
Email: ceochallenge(at)PATA.org.

From:www.ceochallenge.pata.org

Thai company is named Asia’s Leading Spa Consultancy

Horwath Spa Consulting has been awarded ‘Asia’s Leading Spa Consultancy’ at the World Travel Awards 2007. The awards based in the UK have been called the travel industry’s equivalent to the Oscars by the Wall Street Journal and are the most comprehensive recognition programme in the global travel industry. Sponsors of the 14th World Travel Awards, include BBC World and Amadeus, with voting done on-line by over 165,000 travel professionals in 200 countries worldwide.
Receiving the award were Naphalai Areesorn, Managing Director, and Directors Andrew Jacka and Rina Segal at a gala dinner in the plush Leela Palace Hotel, Bangalore. Horwath Spa Consulting has developed and managed spas for clients in Thailand, Italy, Turkey, Dubai and on board cruise ships. Naphalai and Andrew are active in the spa industry, with Andrew being the current President of the Thai Spa Association. This award for the Thai-based company is also seen as recognition for the leading role that Thailand plays in the global spa industry

2007-11-28

KTC VIVA Valentine’s 2008

KTC has eyes on sizable 5,000 Million Baht market share of the wedding industry. This new role of the firm will see it bridging privileges from partners to offer hip and stylish weddings.Premier event “KTC VIVA Valentine’s 2008” scheduled with Tourism Authority of Thailand, MasterCard,Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization and Chiang Mai Municipality. The historic event from February 13th to 17th, 2008 in Chiang Mai will involve 14 contest winning couples who will become married and have their marriage registration on hot air balloons. Fourteen wedding packages worth over 14 Million Baht, traditional northern Thai Kahn Mahk parades and grand Lanna heritage, all at no cost. To be eligible, couples only need to pay registration fee of 9,999 Baht for Thai and USD 999 for foreigners.KTC Forever Rewards points can be used to pay for the registration fee which will be donated in its entirety to Mae Fah Luang Foundation and charitable organizations in the north.Couples may register now until December 10th, 2007. Results will be announced on December 20th, 2007.
Niwatt Chittalarn, President & Chief Executive Officer, “KTC” or Krungthai Card Public Company Limited, the leading Thai consumer finance company, said “The Thai wedding industry has grown significantly in the past three to four years to a size of over 5,000 Million Baht. Weddings in Thailand are generally similar. They involve a lot of guests, hotel ballrooms and high expenses. From our experience we have realized that loans and credit card transactions involving weddings constitute a huge amount of money. The current economic recess does not really allow for that kind of spending, however. As a membership company with partners in hotel, airlines, fashion, cosmetics, jewelry, dining and other industries, we realize the need to encourage consumers to spend reasonably. We believe that wedding couples still have a long way to go together. That is why we have assigned our Leisure Marketing team to come up with wedding arrangement service within an appropriate budget for 1.92 million KTC accounts and partners’ clients. The focus is on new and exciting themes which our members should find intimate and impressive. Weddings can be small or large for 50 or more guests. We are talking about new concepts and new places never before used for weddings. For example, old palaces which belonged to nobles of the past eras, Lanna Outdoor Museum, houses of prominent figures in the past or even at your home which we can dress up very nicely. We will also have travel packages for honeymoon to a variety of destinations, many of which are in Thailand. Besides, clients can settle the amount using their credit card or pay in installments with KTC Flexi. This will allow members to plan their finances more effectively.” Staporn Sirisinha, Senior Executive Vice President for Leisure Marketing, “KTC”, added “KTC VIVA Valentine’s 2008 will become Thailand’s grand event and position KTC as an organizer of special activities and weddings. This event is sponsored by Tourism Authority of Thailand, MasterCard, Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization and Chiang Mai Municipality. It will be an international wedding ceremony involving 14 couples on 14 hot air balloons from all four corners of the world. KTC VIVA Valentine’s 2008 is scheduled for February 13th to 17th, 2008 with opening ceremony on February 14th, 2008 at Kamluang Hall, Ratchapruek, Chiang Mai. Registration is open to couples anywhere in the world from now until December 10th, 2007. Simply relate your affection of your lover, fondness of Thailand, dreams you would like to realize as a couple after the wedding and desired wedding dress theme.
Applications can be submitted at www.ktc.co.th/ktcworld or to Krungthai Card Public Company Limited, Leisure Marketing Department, 1768 Thai Summit Tower, 31st Floor, New Petchaburi Road, Bangkapi, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10320. Results will be announced on December 20th, 2007.” “The fourteen winning couples will be from all four corners of the world: one from Europe, one from Asia/Ocenia/Africa, one from North/South America, one from Australia or New Zealand and ten from Thailand which breaks down into five from Bangkok and five from the provinces. The wedding will be grandest in the Lanna tradition. Marriage registration will take place on balloons as they fly over Chiang Mai early in the morning of February 14th. 2-night Doi Tung Lodge honeymoon packages will be offered, inclusive of accommodations for family and friends. You will be able to have wedding dresses of your own style, traditional northern Thai Kahn Mahk parade, grand Lanna wedding ceremony plus live performances at the ceremony. This is worth a total of 25 Million Baht but the wedding couples will not have to pay for it at all. Simply pay the registration fee of 9,999 Baht for Thai and USD 999 for foreigners.Rewards points can be used to pay for the registration fee which will be donated in its entirety to Mae Fah Luang Foundation and charitable organizations in the north.” “This new activity and wedding arrangement service will generate a new stream of revenue for us in addition to fulfilling the exact needs of our members. We hope it will grow by words of mouth and will be able to help our clients spend sensibly and in such a manner that does not incur debt to themselves and their family. They will eventually become impressed by these extra privileges and have KTC brand at the top of their mind.”, said Niwatt in conclusion.For more information, please call KTC Phone at 02-665-5000 or visit www.ktc.co.th/ktcworld

From:tourismthailand.org

RIVER KWAI BRIDGE WEEK

Date : 24/11/2007 To 07/12/2007Place : Kanchanaburi24 November - 7 December 2007

Each year in late November to early December, the world famous River Kwae Bridge built by Allied prisoners-of-war during World War II , becomes the focal point of celebrations. Event highlights include historical and archaeological exhibits, a carnival, folk and cultural performances, rides on World War II vintage trains, and a spectacular light and sound presentation re-enacting the bridge's World War II legacy.

Chiang Mai Rose Grower Group is holding its Annual Rose Show 2007

The Show features cut-rose and potted rose competitions, flower arrangement competition, painting for school children competitions, demonstrations on rose propagation and rose preservation in sillica sand, exhibitions of rose from the Royal Bhuping Palace, Rose Clinic for advice on rose growing and other interesting activities. For amateur rose growers, this years exhibition on "Pruning and Rehabilitating Weak Rose Plants" will be a useful guide to successful rose growing.Free admission and convenient parking facilities.
For further information contact Chiang Mai Rose Grower Group atTel. 08 1742 0242
From:tourismthailand.org

2007-11-21

Polo Surely Get Gold Medal in SEA GAMES

Written by Thairath Newspaper
Nov 20, 2007 at 10:07 AM
Mr. Veeraphong Lianprasert, the Reporter of Thairath Newspaper of Nakhon Ratchasima province, reported at 09.30 on November 15 2007, at the Monument of Thaosuranaree , Municipality of Nakhon Ratchasima , the athletics troops of Thailand to compete in the 24 th SEA Games 2007, together with coaches and staffs in total of 30 persons, led by Pol.Maj.Gen. Supanut Ariyamongkol, the Head of Athletics Team of Thailand , already arrived at Nakhon Ratchasima to training for the 24 th SEA Games 2007, which Nakhon Ratchasima was the main city for competition. The athletics worshiped the Monument of Thaosuranaree (Kun Ya Mo) to blessing for good luck in this SEA Games and at the same time the athletes jointly photographed with the Monument of Thaosuranaree to keep in the memory as souvenir .
Pol.Maj.Gen. Supanut Ariyamongkol, the Head of Athletics Team of Thailand , said that in this SEA Games, the Athletics had compete for 45 gold medals, which the association hoped for at least 15 gold medals and believed that they can get more than previous SEA Games at Philippines that we got 12 gold medals. At the same time the athletes and staffs will train for making habitude with real venues and presently, team's preparation and all athletes almost complete of 100%. The competitor in 100-200 m. short-term is Vietnam and 400 m. is Myanmar and Vietnam , for half term is Vietnam .
For long term, Indonesia was good in running of 5,000-10,000 meter, while the hurdle 400 meter and 4x400 meter our athletes would better than other countries, the women shot-put, women tiptoe, women javelin, women high jump, women discus throw, we have a chance to win but in men category should win in 100-200 meter, 4X400, hurdle 400 meter, 5,000-10,000 meter and hope for 4-5 categories in field sport, such as men pole vault, men tiptoe, men shot put and men discus throw so we will get gold medal more than 15 medals but some category we might be miss but we believed we will be winner of SEA Games. The venues already completed and we worried only the temperature that be cold too much so it's make problem in competition.
Pol.Maj.Gen. Supanut Ariyamongkol, said the moral support and cheering team from audiences is more important so he invited Korat people and athletics fans go to cheer on our athletics which in event Track and Field will compete in final round on December 7-8 2007, and event Marathon (men-women) on December 9 2007, which we hope all 2 gold medals and on December 10-11 2007 too. Now every athlete was completed for compete in the 24 th SEA Games 2007.
From:www.seagames2007.th

Nakhon Ratchasima Testing Minor Plan to Support Disaster in the24th SEA Games 2007

Written by The Government Public Relations Department
Nov 19, 2007 at 11:04 AM
Nakhon Ratchasima Province is testing the minor plan to support the accident and public hazard for the 24th SEA Games which really testing on November 16 2007.
Group Captain Saritpong Watthanawarangkun, the Commander of Wing 1, Nakhon Ratchasima, presided the testing of preparation of a minor plan to support the accident and public hazard for the 24th SEA Games 2007 at Wing 1 Airport, in which Doctor Vasin Teekawanich, the Doctor Region 13 and Doctor Waranyu Sattayawongtip, the Assistant Doctor of Nakhon Ratchasima Public Health, jointly testing a minor plan that EMS network from all institutes join the workshop such as fire engine, rescue cars of Wing 1, Public Hazard Prevention Center Region 5, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nong Phai lom Municipal District, Korat Rescue 31, Swangmeeta Rescue 18, Ambulance of Maharat Hospital, Local Hospital, District Public Health, Suranaree Army Hospital, Wing 1 Hospital, Bangkok-Ratchasima Hospital.
Doctor Vasin Teekawanich, the Doctor Region 13, said the emergency medication service of Nakhon Ratchasima network and nearby area was already preparation which will examine the result of testing that had problem or not, then the responsible person will revise to efficiently system to support an accident which will testing on November 16 2007 at Wing 1 Airport, in which preside by Doctor Chuwit Likittingwara, the Inspector of Ministry of Public Health Region 13
From:www.seagames2007.th

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn Gave the Official Torch

Written by Thairath Newspaper
Nov 19, 2007 at 11:02 AM
On November 8 2007, His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej had ordered His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn as represents himself to give the official torch to the Organizing Committee of the 24th SEA Games and the 4th ASEAN Para Games, which led by Dr. Suwit Yordmanee, the Minister of Ministry of Tourism and Sports and Mr. Sutee Makboon, the Governor of Nakhon Ratchasima, to respectfully engage the official torch to light for the 24th SEA Games, at Sukhothai Palace.
Mr. Veerapong Lienprasert, the Reporter of Thairath Newspaper, at Nakhon Ratchasrima, reported Dr. Nat Intarapan, the deputy Minister of Ministry of Tourism and Sports, presided over the head of the athlete meeting with the head of the athlete from 10 countries at Surasamnakan Building, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasrima, on November 8 2007. Dr. Nat said the Sports Technical will led the head of the athlete from member of SEA Games Federation of 10 countries, jointly investigate the readiness of 3 stadiums such as His Majesty the King's 80th Birthday Anniversary, 5th December 2007 Sports Complex, Nakhon Ratchasrima, Stadiums at Chonburi Province and Bangkok. At the meeting, we presented the information to 10 head of athlete and inform the meeting on strict measure to checking forbidding drug of athletes which using same as WADA standard. Moreover, in the afternoon we had minor meeting to workshop of all committees and sum up all information to inform member�s nations to realize the operation of Thailand and bring to learning then reuse and perform while the competition.
Gen. Yuttasak Sasiprapa, the Chairman of SEA Games Federation, said after lectured on the topic of �Fair Play�, that the sending of list of names and amount of athlete must finish today then we will lead the head of athletes to investigate the organizing location including hospital, athlete village, etc. all in Nakhon Ratchasima, Chonburi and Bangkok. And some sports ask to increase amount of medal but some sports had only 2 countries to compete and some sports event had not completely amount of athletes so we must cut off that events. He informed the meeting that Thailand will organizing transparent and fairness competition without reward cheat and emphasized on the checking of forbidding drug of athletes, which after the meeting for 2-3 days will clearly know and can sum up about the amount of sports and gold medals that previously had 43 sports and 485 gold medals.
Adm. Surawut Maharom, the Chairman of Thailand Athlete Preparation, reveals that the preparation of everything had completed only decorated and install equipments. The main structure was already complete and will decorate the athlete village before November 25 2007, which proceed for 1 night 1 day. If some sport venue already completed we will testing the system and all venues will install completely equipments and testing the system within November 20 2007.
Reporter reported that at 6.30 pm., November 7 2007, Dr. Suwit Yodmanee, Minister of Tourism and Sports Ministry, being the host to give a dinner of welcome to the head of athlete for the 24th SEA Games 2007 from 11 member�s nations, at Culture Performance Field, opposite of athlete village in Suranaree University of Technology, in which the host organizing in Thai culture atmosphere which had Thai music show from the student of Suranaree University of Technology and play �Sai Fon� the song writing by the King by Navy Band and serving Thai food such as Som Tum, roasting chicken and Pad Thai.
Moreover, in the evening (November 8 2007), at Nakhon Ratchasrima, Mr. Suthi Makboon, the Governor of Nakhon Ratchasima, will be the host to give a dinner of welcome to the head of athlete at Royal Princess Hotel, Korat, which he assigned Mr. Chanvit Wasayangkun, the deputy Governor of Nakhon Ratchasima, to welcome the head of athlete, in which had traditional menu of local northeast citizens.

From:/www.seagames2007.th

The people of Chonburi Lively Welcomed the Light of SEA Games

Written by The Government Public Relations Department
Nov 19, 2007 at 10:59 AM
The people of Chon Buri lively welcomed the light of the 24th SEA Games or "Nakhon Ratchasrima Games". Today (November 11 2007), at Chonburi province, Mr. Montien Thongnit, the deputy Governor of Chonburi and Mr. Chutpong Chutputi, the deputy Governor of Chonburi, together with Chonburi�s officials, welcomed and joined the torch relay of the 24th SEA Games 2007, that Thailand was the host at Nakhon Ratchasrima province, held from December 6-15 2007. The torch relay�s route was assigned to running along Sukhumvit road at Chonburi and there are many people waiting to take the light in both sideways then they will respectfully engage the light to place at Pakdi Pandin Hall to celebrate for one night then the torch relay will run to Samutsongkhram province.
From:www.seagames2007.th

2007-11-16

Private Sector Supported SEA Games Worth 140 Million Baht

Dr. Nat Intarapan, the deputy Minister of Tourism and Sports, presided over the signing ceremony of the marketing memorandum of the 24th SEA Games 2007, between Sports Authority of Thailand, as the representative of Organizing Committee, and 5 companies that support the organization of the 24th SEA Games 2007, at Radisson Hotel, November 12 2007.
List of sponsors are TOT public company limited in total of 75,000,000 Baht, PTT public company limited in total of 40,000,000 baht, Canon Marketing Company Limited (Thailand) in total of 23,525,050 Baht, Mittare Insurance Company Limited in total of 112,400 baht (product and service) and Shanghai Sport Limited Partnership in total of 2,000,000 Baht, all in total of 140,637,450 Baht. Mr. Santipab Techavanich, the Chairman of Marketing Committee, reveal that, at present Bank of Ayudhya and other private company was already contact to be a sponsor of the 24th SEA Games, that making Marketing Committee’s income over more than 400 million baht.
Source from Khaosod Newspaper Date: November 13, 2007.

The people of Chonburi Lively Welcomed the Light of SEA Games

The people of Chon Buri lively welcomed the light of the 24th SEA Games or "Nakhon Ratchasrima Games". Today (November 11 2007), at Chonburi province, Mr. Montien Thongnit, the deputy Governor of Chonburi and Mr. Chutpong Chutputi, the deputy Governor of Chonburi, together with Chonburi’s officials, welcomed and joined the torch relay of the 24th SEA Games 2007, that Thailand was the host at Nakhon Ratchasrima province, held from December 6-15 2007. The torch relay’s route was assigned to running along Sukhumvit road at Chonburi and there are many people waiting to take the light in both sideways then they will respectfully engage the light to place at Pakdi Pandin Hall to celebrate for one night then the torch relay will run to Samutsongkhram province.

Source from The Government Public Relations Department Date: November 11, 2007.
From:/www.2007seagames.com

Polo Surely Get Gold Medal in SEA Games

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn Gave the Official Torch์
On November 8 2007, His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej had ordered His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn as represents himself to give the official torch to the Organizing Committee of the 24th SEA Games and the 4th ASEAN Para Games, which led by Dr. Suwit Yordmanee, the Minister of Ministry of Tourism and Sports and Mr. Sutee Makboon, the Governor of Nakhon Ratchasima, to respectfully engage the official torch to light for the 24th SEA Games, at Sukhothai Palace.
Mr. Veerapong Lienprasert, the Reporter of Thairath Newspaper, at Nakhon Ratchasrima, reported Dr. Nat Intarapan, the deputy Minister of Ministry of Tourism and Sports, presided over the head of the athlete meeting with the head of the athlete from 10 countries at Surasamnakan Building, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasrima, on November 8 2007. Dr. Nat said the Sports Technical will led the head of the athlete from member of SEA Games Federation of 10 countries, jointly investigate the readiness of 3 stadiums such as His Majesty the King's 80th Birthday Anniversary, 5th December 2007 Sports Complex, Nakhon Ratchasrima, Stadiums at Chonburi Province and Bangkok. At the meeting, we presented the information to 10 head of athlete and inform the meeting on strict measure to checking forbidding drug of athletes which using same as WADA standard. Moreover, in the afternoon we had minor meeting to workshop of all committees and sum up all information to inform member’s nations to realize the operation of Thailand and bring to learning then reuse and perform while the competition. Gen. Yuttasak Sasiprapa, the Chairman of SEA Games Federation, said after lectured on the topic of “Fair Play”, that the sending of list of names and amount of athlete must finish today then we will lead the head of athletes to investigate the organizing location including hospital, athlete village, etc. all in Nakhon Ratchasima, Chonburi and Bangkok. And some sports ask to increase amount of medal but some sports had only 2 countries to compete and some sports event had not completely amount of athletes so we must cut off that events. He informed the meeting that Thailand will organizing transparent and fairness competition without reward cheat and emphasized on the checking of forbidding drug of athletes, which after the meeting for 2-3 days will clearly know and can sum up about the amount of sports and gold medals that previously had 43 sports and 485 gold medals. Adm. Surawut Maharom, the Chairman of Thailand Athlete Preparation, reveals that the preparation of everything had completed only decorated and install equipments. The main structure was already complete and will decorate the athlete village before November 25 2007, which proceed for 1 night 1 day. If some sport venue already completed we will testing the system and all venues will install completely equipments and testing the system within November 20 2007. Reporter reported that at 6.30 pm., November 7 2007, Dr. Suwit Yodmanee, Minister of Tourism and Sports Ministry, being the host to give a dinner of welcome to the head of athlete for the 24th SEA Games 2007 from 11 member’s nations, at Culture Performance Field, opposite of athlete village in Suranaree University of Technology, in which the host organizing in Thai culture atmosphere which had Thai music show from the student of Suranaree University of Technology and play “Sai Fon” the song writing by the King by Navy Band and serving Thai food such as Som Tum, roasting chicken and Pad Thai. Moreover, in the evening (November 8 2007), at Nakhon Ratchasrima, Mr. Suthi Makboon, the Governor of Nakhon Ratchasima, will be the host to give a dinner of welcome to the head of athlete at Royal Princess Hotel, Korat, which he assigned Mr. Chanvit Wasayangkun, the deputy Governor of Nakhon Ratchasima, to welcome the head of athlete, in which had traditional menu of local northeast citizens.
Source from Thairath Newspaper Date: November 9, 2007.
From:http://www.2007seagames.com

Nakhon Ratchasima Testing Minor Plan to Support Disaster in the 24th SEA Games 2007

Nakhon Ratchasima Testing Minor Plan to Support Disaster in the 24th SEA Games 2007
Nakhon Ratchasima Province is testing the minor plan to support the accident and public hazard for the 24th SEA Games which really testing on November 16 2007.
Group Captain Saritpong Watthanawarangkun, the Commander of Wing 1, Nakhon Ratchasima, presided the testing of preparation of a minor plan to support the accident and public hazard for the 24th SEA Games 2007 at Wing 1 Airport, in which Doctor Vasin Teekawanich, the Doctor Region 13 and Doctor Waranyu Sattayawongtip, the Assistant Doctor of Nakhon Ratchasima Public Health, jointly testing a minor plan that EMS network from all institutes join the workshop such as fire engine, rescue cars of Wing 1, Public Hazard Prevention Center Region 5, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nong Phai lom Municipal District, Korat Rescue 31, Swangmeeta Rescue 18, Ambulance of Maharat Hospital, Local Hospital, District Public Health, Suranaree Army Hospital, Wing 1 Hospital, Bangkok-Ratchasima Hospital. Doctor Vasin Teekawanich, the Doctor Region 13, said the emergency medication service of Nakhon Ratchasima network and nearby area was already preparation which will examine the result of testing that had problem or not, then the responsible person will revise to efficiently system to support an accident which will testing on November 16 2007 at Wing 1 Airport, in which preside by Doctor Chuwit Likittingwara, the Inspector of Ministry of Public Health Region 13.
Source from The Government Public Relations Department Date: November 8, 2007

2007-11-12

Surin Elephant Round Up

Organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand since 1960, the Surin ElephantRound Up is a popular festival with international visitors. More than 300elephants take part in the program, which includes a parade and welcomingceremony, a re-enactment of the "Capture of Wild Elephants," and an elephantbanquet, as well as regional cultural presentations and folk performanceshighlighting the traditions of Surin.
The Ban Ta Klang Elephant Village in Surin Province is the home of the Kui, who,for centuries, have tended to and trained elephants for use throughoutThailand. The majority of elephant owners and mahouts in Thailand today aredescendants of this "Kui" tribe (or "Suay" in Thai). In Thailand, elephants aretreated as part of the 'family' and the everyday life of the Thai elephant andits keeper is the central theme of this world-famous festival.
More Information:http://www.tatnews.org/events/events/2007/nov/3205.asp

LOI KRATHONG – FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS & Illuminated Boats Procession

Loi Krathong Highlights and Event venuesAs the full moon of the twelfth lunar month (usually in mid-November) lights up the night sky, throughout the Thai kingdom, hundreds of thousands of ornately-decorated krathong or traditional banana leaf floats are set adrift in rivers and waterways in a spell-binding ritual called "Loi Krathong" - the 'festival of lights". This is one of the Kingdom's oldest and best-preserved traditions.
The Loi Krathong tradition we know of today has evolved from the royal rituals of the early Rattanakosin period in which several types of lanterns were set afloat in the Chao Phraya River and its waterways.
The Royal Rattanakosin Loi Krathong FestivalDuring the early Rattanakosin period, the royal rituals of Jong Priang, Lote Choot, Loi Khome Long Nam, performed during the twelfth lunar month were based on Brahmin beliefs. These were the court versions of Loi Krathong performed as an act of worship in which the Devaraja or ‘God Kings’ made offerings of light to the Brahmin deities. Lit lanterns were hoisted on to poles for two weeks during the twelfth lunar month and then floated on the waterways as ritual offerings. From its Brahmin roots, the practice has evolved over time and has come to be part of a Buddhist ritual performed as an act of deep reverence and worship of the sacred relics and holy footprints of Lord Buddha.
The practice was subsequently adopted and adapted by common folk. Krathong floats are made from basic materials easily found around the village and reflect the simplicity of life beyond the palace walls. They typically take the shape of lotus in full bloom, swans, chedis (stupas), and Mount Meru from Buddhist mythology. However krathong floats in the shape of lotus blossoms are most popular.
At dusk, as the full moon begins to rise, the krathong is decorated with fresh flowers and the candles and incense sticks are placed in the krathong. The float is then taken to a waterway where the candle and incense sticks are lit and the krathong set adrift. The floats are carried downstream by the gentle current, candlelight flickering in the wind.
Soon after, attention turns to celebration. The evening's festivities consist of impressive firework displays, folk entertainment, stage dramas, song and dance. Scenes as described in ancient Thai literary accounts are still very much in existence today.
Krathong floats in the shape of lotus blossoms are most popular and are made from materials easily found in each locality. Loi Krathong customs and traditions reflect local beliefs and cultural evolution and interesting regional variations can be seen.
Loi Krathong Sai on the Ping RiverNight of A Thousand Floating LanternsIn Tak province, the banana-leaf floats are replaced by coconut shells which are threaded together and launched simultaneously so they appear as long chains of hundreds of glittering lights on the Ping River, hence the origin of its name, "Loi Krathong Sai".
Yi-Peng Festival in Northern ThailandIn the Northern Thai provinces that were once part of the ancient Lanna Thai kingdom, the Yi-peng Northern Lantern Festival is still being celebrated. Tubular lanterns, resembling hot air balloons, are lit and released into the night sky as an offering the Lord Buddha. As hundreds of illuminated lanterns drift into infinity, this conjures the same sense of wistful closure as the krathong float downstream.
The lighting of fireworks is undertaken in the same spirit as when lighting candles in an act of worship so fireworks displays are very much an integral element of the secular and religious rituals performed.
The Origins of Loi Krathong There are various accounts about the origins of Loi Krathong. However given the river-based culture that forms the foundation of the traditional Thai way of life, it is widely believed that these are offerings made to Mae Khongkha - Mother of Waters in an act of appeasement. Many also believe that by setting adrift the krathong, one symbollically casts away one's grief, misery and ill-fortunes. Coins are also placed in the krathong as offerings. For the romantic at heart and young couples, Loi Krathong is the time to make wishes for happiness together and success in love.
HIGHLIGHTS AND EVENT VENUES
The Royal Rattanakosin Loi Krathong Festival Splendour on the RiverNovember 21 – 24, 2007, 18.30 – 21.30 hrs The plaza in front of the Royal Thai Navy Convention Hall offers the best vantage point to view the Illuminated Boat Procession, celebrating the auspicious occasion of His Majesty’s the King 80th birthdayTickets: 999 baht per person For enquiries and reservations, please call +66 (0) 2250 5500 Ext. 2115-9
Illuminated Boats ProcessionNovember 21 – 24, 2007Along the banks of the Chao Phraya River (Taksin Bridge – Krungthon Bridge)
“Loi Prateep” Illuminated Boats ProcessionThe "Loi Prateep" royal ritual was performed in the royal court on the night of the full moon of the twelfth lunar month. The ritual begins with the king making offerings of rice, followed by Buddhist sermons being held in the Grand Palace. The king then placed floral offerings at the "ubosoth" (chapel) of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Si Rattanasatsadaram, and the "Ho Phra" scripture hall of the Grand Palace, before setting off to Ratchaworadit Pier to float the giant krathongs. The other notable aspect of Loi Prateep is its water-borne procession consisting of an impressive fleet of no less than five hundred illuminated vessels, each with two lit candles and an incense stick, being carried down-stream.Two royal ceremonial barges serve as the State barges, the third carries a sacred Buddha image and the fourth carries other sacred and floral offerings. Other vessels consisted of escort boats, floating Thai orchestra, police boats, firework boats, and others. Traditional giant krathongs of various shapes were crafted from cylindrical drums or rafts of 4 to 4.5 metres wide and 5 to 5.5 metres high and embellished with ornaments made from a variety of materials found in the immediate vicinity of the residential area.
Sukhothai Loi Krathong and Candle Festival November 22 – 24, 2007 At the Sukhothai Historical Park, Sukhothai province
TAT Northern Office Region 3 Tel: +66 (0) 5525 2742-3, (0) 5525 9907 Fax: +66 (0) 5523 1063E-mail: tatphlok@tat.or.th
Loi Krathong Sai FestivalNight of A Thousand Floating LanternsNovember 23 – 27, 2007 At the Rattanakosin Bridge (Sapan Sompot Krung Rattanakosin 200-Year Bridge), Tak province
TAT Northern Office Region 4 Tel: +66 (0) 5551 4341-3Fax: +66 (0) 5551 4344E-mail: tattak@tat.or.th
Yi-Peng Festival, Chiang Mai province November 23 – 25, 2007 At the following sites – Tha Pae Gate, along the banks of the Ping River, in front of the Chiang Mai Municipal Office
TAT Northern Office Region 1Tel: +66 (0) 5324 8604, (0) 5324 8607, (0) 5324 1466Fax: +66 (0) 5324 8605 E-mail: tatchmai@tat.or.th
Loi Krathong Festival in the Ancient Capital of AyutthayaNovember 24, 2007In the four corners of the ancient capital of Ayutthaya – under the Pridi-Damrong Bridge, Pompetch Fortress, in front of Chandrakasem National Museum, and in front of Sisuriyothai Chedi.
TAT Central Office Region 6 Tel: +66 (0) 3524 6076-7Fax: +66 (0) 3524 6078E-mail: tatyutya@tat.or.th
Loi Krathong Tam Prathip November 23 – 24, 2007 Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre, Bang Sai district, Ayutthaya provinceTel: (0) 3536 6091
More about Loi Krathong Hope FloatsPlease click to view IMPORTANTEvent dates and programme details may be subject to change.Many of the festivals and events listed on Thailand's official calendar of annual events are traditional Buddhist or folk festivals, the date of which is either determined by the Buddhist lunar calendar and waxing and waning moon. These are not staged events. The festivals reflect the rhythm of life in rural Thai villages and local traditions as observed in times past. To ensure you have the most updated information, please reconfirm details prior to travel. Contact:Tourism Authority of ThailandEmail: info@tat.or.th Website: www.tat.or.thTel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 (120 automatic lines) Fax: +66 (0) 2250 5511 (two automatic lines)
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2007-11-11

Supaksorn will doing One’s Best for Opening – Closing Ceremony of SEA Games

Mr. Supawat Jongsiri or “Supaksorn”, the responsible man of the Opening – Closing of the 24th SEA Games 2007, reveals the progress of preparation that presently we will speed up working against time because had a few days before starting the competition at this period the Com Art Limited, went to schools in Nakhon Ratchasima province to choose 15,000 performers join in the Opening-Closing ceremony and we had the performers from 38 institutes to joining too.
He expected the choosing of performer will completed on this October and next will already starting practice on November 1 2007, then will using real location which is His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary Sport Complex to practice on December 1 2007. For the grand rehearsal on December 4 2007, he said that from the primary schedule, the Organizing Committee of the 24th SEA Games 2007, will have the selling of the ticket on the grand rehearsal day on December 4 2007, which same day as Thai football team compete with Cambodia so may be change the grand rehearse day to December 3 2007, and he will rush to discuss this issue in the main meeting on October 26 2007. “I’m very serious because had a few time and must work for all day all night to prepared everything but I’m happy that we got the great cooperation from Korat citizens and every schools. I want to make impressive and beautiful show because I had organized the opening-closing ceremony for the 18th SEA Games at 12 years ago, so presently I’m come back to do again in the 24th SEA Games so I would like to do the best and this SEA Games will be the last for me because in the next 12 years in the future, I’m already out of date” Mr. Supawat said.Supaksorn said about the song for the opening-closing ceremony of the 24th SEA Games 2007, assigned to Tick Chiro (Mr. Sirisak Nuntasen), the famous singer and songwriter which he is a Korat citizen, to managing the song. For the singer in the opening ceremony we already sound out Tata Young to sing this song which we already send the details of any show for her decision. We expected Tata will response in next week and about torch relay team now we choose Mr. Suriya Prasathinpimai, the boxer who won the bronze medal in Olympic Games 2004 at Greece, and “Nong On” Miss Udomporn Polsak, the women’s weightlifting who won the gold medal in Olympic Games 2004 at Greece, which both is a Korat citizens too. For the opening ceremony of the 24th SEA Games 2007, will have 8 shows, first show was Mahassajan Tairomprabaramee, Mahassajan PathapeeakeE-san, Mahassajan Mahanakornchatchawan, Mahassajan Panithankarnkeela, Mahassajan Faiprareaksangsit, Mahassajan Namjaijit Sathidka, Mahassajan Mittraparbtrabdinfa, Mahassajan Mahanakornalungkarn. For the closing ceremony of the 24th SEA Games 2007, will have 7 shows as followsNiramit Dok-mai-ngam-hang-num-jai, Niramit Sai-yai-hang-kwam-fun, Niramit Mo-ra-dok-loke-rueng-a-nun, Niramit Kwam-pook-pan-wan-jak-krai, Niramit Fai-dao-prow-kwam-wang, Niramit Loke-gee-rung-dung-fun-fai, Niramit Kwam-sook-lum-roj-um-pai-plaeng-pla-kod-kwam-ying-yai-ma-ha-na-korn.
SEA Games’ Football Team prepare to go to Korat Mr. Kittirut Na Ranong, the Manager of Thailand Football Team, reveal that Thailand Men Football Team prepared to compete in the 24th SEA Games at Nakhon Ratchasima, which Football will compete on November 30 2007 with Cambodia. Recently, he went to investigate the His Majesty the King 80th Birthday Anniversary Sport Complex December 5 2007, which using for men football competition, he found that it’s being good state and he think he will led SEA Games National Team to training with real stadium to making familiarity between November 3-7 2007 among National Team will compete world championship 2010 in the 2nd qualify round of Asia Zone. For Men Football competition in the 24th SEA Games 2007, Thailand team which the champions for 7 times, was being in group A with Indonesia, Myanmar and Cambodia. Group B were Vietnam (2nd runner-up) together with Malaysia, Lao and Singapore.
Source from Dailynews Newspaper Date: October 24 2007.

Opening – Closing’s Ticket of SEA Games between 600-1,500 Baht

Mr. Bancha Pimsomboon, the director of Sport Authority of Thailand at Nakhon Ratchasima and acting the Secretary of Organizing Committee of the 24th SEA Games 2007, reveals that the Organizing Committee informed to coordinate center of the 24th SEA Games about the price of ticket for the opening ceremony of the 24th SEA Games 2007 on December 6 2007 at His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary Sport Complex from 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm and the closing ceremony on December 15 2007 and all sports already assigned which will start the selling from October 27 2007.
At coordinate center and government agencies in Nakhon Ratchasima, which the price of ticket as follows opening – closing ceremony ticket were 1,500 baht , 1,000 baht and 600 baht and the stadium had contain of 21,659 seats and we must separate around 5,000-6,000 seats for VIP guests. Ticket of any sports are as follows Athletes 50 Baht for all rounds, Swimming 100 baht per seat and 40 baht per cement seat, Badminton 20 baht except in final round 150 baht, Basketball 100 baht except in final round 150 baht, Snooker 100 Baht, Boxing 20 or 50 Baht, Sepak Takraw 100 Baht except in final round 150 Baht, Shooting 50 Baht, Taekwondo 50 Baht, Tennis 50 Baht for all round. Indoor Volleyball 150 Baht per seat and 40 or 100 Baht per cement seat, Beach Volleyball 100 Baht except in final round 150 Baht, weightlifting 50 Baht, Gymnastic 100 Baht per seat and 40 Baht per cement seat, Futsal 20,50 and 100 Baht, Muaythai 20,50 and 100 Baht, Dance Sport 150 Baht, Football 50,100,200,300,400 and 600 Baht. For 28 sports will open free watching which as follows Archery, Baseball, Bowling, Canoeing, Rowing, Cycling, Equestrian, Polo, Fencing, Golf, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Karatedo, Rugby Football, Squash, Sailing-Windsurfing, Skeet and Trap Shooting, Softball, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Wrestling, Wushu, Bodybuilding, Lawn Bowls, Petanque, Pencak Silat and Traditional Boat Race. For the students who wearing the uniform to watch the competition, will pay only 20 baht so which academy that teacher lead the student group to watch the competition, they can contact at coordination center of the 24th SEA Games, will get free charge, Mr. Bancha said. Dr. Sakchai Tapsuwan, the Chairman of Sports Technical Department in the Organizing Committee of the 24th SEA Games 2007, reveal that they investigated the venues after the flood became lower which the stadiums not damage until to improvement so he assured all training and competition venues will completed for system testing on November 15 2007. "I already informed to every sport association and some associations was response to testing the system which I assured all venues will complete within November 15 2007” the Chairman of Sports Technical Department said.
Source from Matichon Newspaper Date: October 24 2007.

Invite to Join the SEA Games Day on this Sunday at Indoor Stadium Hua Mak

Invite the people to join the SEA Games Day, on Sunday 28th October 2007 at Indoor Stadium, Hua Mak, which provide SEA Games’ souvenirs more than 1,500 pieces for the persons who jointly play the game including watching the Best Cheering Team Championship Cup from Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana.
Public Relations Committee of the 24th SEA Games 2007, will organize the SEA Games Day on October 28 2007, 10.00 am – 7.00 pm at Indoor Stadium Hua Mak, in order to invite all Thai peoples jointly for being the host of the 24th SEA Games 2007, in which provide many activities such as the duplication of sport park which had many playthings for example highest hike game, Powerful Athletes, Sport Intelligent, SEA Games Kang Thong, Pro Golf SEA Games, SEA Games Painting, include taking photograph with Nong Can and Nong Ka Rom that blowing of 3 meters, other than will distribute the Sea Games souvenirs such as Nong Can mascot, rocking doll, SEA Games T-shirt, Telephone Floppy and Caps more than 1,500 pieces with athletes’ signature to persons who jointly play the answer questions of SEA Games. At 2.00 pm. It will have announcement of the readiness of the 24th SEA Games from 19 committees and watch the Best Cheering Team Contest of SEA Games 2007, compete for a cup of Princess Siriwanawaree Nareeratana, and compete for a scholarship more than 200,000 baht, 4.30 pm. at Indoor Stadium. Besides, the official sponsors of the 24th SEA Games, will set up a booth to selling the SEA Games’ souvenirs with a special price such as Thai Pure Drinks Limited, Chaiyaphan 999 Limited, Kanoknat Limited and Dash International Limited, so in the SEA Games Day, the visitors can attend for free.
Source from Government Public Relations Department Date: October 24 2007.

2007-11-04

THAILAND INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FESTIVAL 2007



Thirty top-notch hot air balloon operators from around the world will be participating in The Thailand International Balloon Festival 2007 — a colourful showcase of various types of hot air balloons from all over the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy and the Czech Republic.
Event highlights include a balloon show, a fireworks show, The Magical Night Glow, three hot-air balloon trips into the beautiful Khao Yai sky, performances by police dogs, mini-concerts performed by top artists and an award winning performance from Bua Yai School. The farmer’s fair offers a range of agricultural products and tasty treats. Other fun activities include wine-tasting, fun races and pet contests.
November 7-8: Free admission November 9 – 11: 50 baht for a 3-day pass; 20 baht for a single day pass
Proceeds from the event will go to the Sirindhorniae Magnolia project as well as the purchase of forest-fire fighting equipment for Khao Yai National Park.
Additionally, each admission ticket will be placed in a lucky draw box. Winners of the draw will win any one of the three hot-air balloon rides being offered.
The event organizers expect the five-day festival to attract over 500,000 visitors and generate over 50 million baht in tourism revenue.
Festival Programme http://www.thailandballoonfestival.com/program.htmPlease click to view Web site: http://www.thailandballoonfestival.com/ IMPORTANTEvent dates and programme details may be subject to change.Many of the festivals and events listed on Thailand's official calendar of annual events are traditional Buddhist or folk festivals, the date of which is either determined by the Buddhist lunar calendar and waxing and waning moon. These are not staged events. The festivals reflect the rhythm of life in rural Thai villages and local traditions as observed in times past. To ensure you have the most updated information, please reconfirm details prior to travel. Contact:Tourism Authority of ThailandEmail: info@tat.or.thWebsite: http://www.tat.or.th/Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 (120 automatic lines) Fax: +66 (0) 2250 5511 (two automatic lines)

LOI KRATHONG – FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS & Illuminated Boats Procession



Loi Krathong Highlights and Event venuesAs the full moon of the twelfth lunar month (usually in mid-November) lights up the night sky, throughout the Thai kingdom, hundreds of thousands of ornately-decorated krathong or traditional banana leaf floats are set adrift in rivers and waterways in a spell-binding ritual called "Loi Krathong" - the 'festival of lights". This is one of the Kingdom's oldest and best-preserved traditions.
The Loi Krathong tradition we know of today has evolved from the royal rituals of the early Rattanakosin period in which several types of lanterns were set afloat in the Chao Phraya River and its waterways.
The Royal Rattanakosin Loi Krathong FestivalDuring the early Rattanakosin period, the royal rituals of Jong Priang, Lote Choot, Loi Khome Long Nam, performed during the twelfth lunar month were based on Brahmin beliefs. These were the court versions of Loi Krathong performed as an act of worship in which the Devaraja or ‘God Kings’ made offerings of light to the Brahmin deities. Lit lanterns were hoisted on to poles for two weeks during the twelfth lunar month and then floated on the waterways as ritual offerings. From its Brahmin roots, the practice has evolved over time and has come to be part of a Buddhist ritual performed as an act of deep reverence and worship of the sacred relics and holy footprints of Lord Buddha.
The practice was subsequently adopted and adapted by common folk. Krathong floats are made from basic materials easily found around the village and reflect the simplicity of life beyond the palace walls. They typically take the shape of lotus in full bloom, swans, chedis (stupas), and Mount Meru from Buddhist mythology. However krathong floats in the shape of lotus blossoms are most popular.
At dusk, as the full moon begins to rise, the krathong is decorated with fresh flowers and the candles and incense sticks are placed in the krathong. The float is then taken to a waterway where the candle and incense sticks are lit and the krathong set adrift. The floats are carried downstream by the gentle current, candlelight flickering in the wind.
Soon after, attention turns to celebration. The evening's festivities consist of impressive firework displays, folk entertainment, stage dramas, song and dance. Scenes as described in ancient Thai literary accounts are still very much in existence today.
Krathong floats in the shape of lotus blossoms are most popular and are made from materials easily found in each locality. Loi Krathong customs and traditions reflect local beliefs and cultural evolution and interesting regional variations can be seen.
Loi Krathong Sai on the Ping RiverNight of A Thousand Floating LanternsIn Tak province, the banana-leaf floats are replaced by coconut shells which are threaded together and launched simultaneously so they appear as long chains of hundreds of glittering lights on the Ping River, hence the origin of its name, "Loi Krathong Sai".
Yi-Peng Festival in Northern ThailandIn the Northern Thai provinces that were once part of the ancient Lanna Thai kingdom, the Yi-peng Northern Lantern Festival is still being celebrated. Tubular lanterns, resembling hot air balloons, are lit and released into the night sky as an offering the Lord Buddha. As hundreds of illuminated lanterns drift into infinity, this conjures the same sense of wistful closure as the krathong float downstream.
The lighting of fireworks is undertaken in the same spirit as when lighting candles in an act of worship so fireworks displays are very much an integral element of the secular and religious rituals performed.
The Origins of Loi Krathong There are various accounts about the origins of Loi Krathong. However given the river-based culture that forms the foundation of the traditional Thai way of life, it is widely believed that these are offerings made to Mae Khongkha - Mother of Waters in an act of appeasement. Many also believe that by setting adrift the krathong, one symbollically casts away one's grief, misery and ill-fortunes. Coins are also placed in the krathong as offerings. For the romantic at heart and young couples, Loi Krathong is the time to make wishes for happiness together and success in love.
HIGHLIGHTS AND EVENT VENUES
The Royal Rattanakosin Loi Krathong Festival Splendour on the RiverNovember 21 – 24, 2007, 18.30 – 21.30 hrs The plaza in front of the Royal Thai Navy Convention Hall offers the best vantage point to view the Illuminated Boat Procession, celebrating the auspicious occasion of His Majesty’s the King 80th birthdayTickets: 999 baht per person For enquiries and reservations, please call +66 (0) 2250 5500 Ext. 2115-9
Illuminated Boats ProcessionNovember 21 – 24, 2007Along the banks of the Chao Phraya River (Taksin Bridge – Krungthon Bridge)
“Loi Prateep” Illuminated Boats ProcessionThe "Loi Prateep" royal ritual was performed in the royal court on the night of the full moon of the twelfth lunar month. The ritual begins with the king making offerings of rice, followed by Buddhist sermons being held in the Grand Palace. The king then placed floral offerings at the "ubosoth" (chapel) of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Si Rattanasatsadaram, and the "Ho Phra" scripture hall of the Grand Palace, before setting off to Ratchaworadit Pier to float the giant krathongs. The other notable aspect of Loi Prateep is its water-borne procession consisting of an impressive fleet of no less than five hundred illuminated vessels, each with two lit candles and an incense stick, being carried down-stream.Two royal ceremonial barges serve as the State barges, the third carries a sacred Buddha image and the fourth carries other sacred and floral offerings. Other vessels consisted of escort boats, floating Thai orchestra, police boats, firework boats, and others. Traditional giant krathongs of various shapes were crafted from cylindrical drums or rafts of 4 to 4.5 metres wide and 5 to 5.5 metres high and embellished with ornaments made from a variety of materials found in the immediate vicinity of the residential area.
Sukhothai Loi Krathong and Candle Festival November 22 – 24, 2007 At the Sukhothai Historical Park, Sukhothai province
TAT Northern Office Region 3 Tel: +66 (0) 5525 2742-3, (0) 5525 9907 Fax: +66 (0) 5523 1063E-mail: tatphlok@tat.or.th
Loi Krathong Sai FestivalNight of A Thousand Floating LanternsNovember 23 – 27, 2007 At the Rattanakosin Bridge (Sapan Sompot Krung Rattanakosin 200-Year Bridge), Tak province
TAT Northern Office Region 4 Tel: +66 (0) 5551 4341-3Fax: +66 (0) 5551 4344E-mail: tattak@tat.or.th
Yi-Peng Festival, Chiang Mai province November 23 – 25, 2007 At the following sites – Tha Pae Gate, along the banks of the Ping River, in front of the Chiang Mai Municipal Office
TAT Northern Office Region 1Tel: +66 (0) 5324 8604, (0) 5324 8607, (0) 5324 1466Fax: +66 (0) 5324 8605 E-mail: tatchmai@tat.or.th
Loi Krathong Festival in the Ancient Capital of AyutthayaNovember 24, 2007In the four corners of the ancient capital of Ayutthaya – under the Pridi-Damrong Bridge, Pompetch Fortress, in front of Chandrakasem National Museum, and in front of Sisuriyothai Chedi.
TAT Central Office Region 6 Tel: +66 (0) 3524 6076-7Fax: +66 (0) 3524 6078E-mail: tatyutya@tat.or.th
Loi Krathong Tam Prathip November 23 – 24, 2007 Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre, Bang Sai district, Ayutthaya provinceTel: (0) 3536 6091
More about Loi Krathong Hope FloatsPlease click to view IMPORTANTEvent dates and programme details may be subject to change.Many of the festivals and events listed on Thailand's official calendar of annual events are traditional Buddhist or folk festivals, the date of which is either determined by the Buddhist lunar calendar and waxing and waning moon. These are not staged events. The festivals reflect the rhythm of life in rural Thai villages and local traditions as observed in times past. To ensure you have the most updated information, please reconfirm details prior to travel. Contact:Tourism Authority of ThailandEmail: mailto:info@tat.or.thWebsite: http://www.tat.or.th/Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 (120 automatic lines) Fax: +66 (0) 2250 5511 (two automatic lines)
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2007-10-30

Supaksorn will doing One’s Best for Opening – Closing Ceremony of SEA Games - Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Mr. Supawat Jongsiri or “Supaksorn”, the responsible man of the Opening – Closing of the 24th SEA Games 2007, reveals the progress of preparation that presently we will speed up working against time because had a few days before starting the competition at this period the Com Art Limited, went to schools in Nakhon Ratchasima province to choose 15,000 performers join in the Opening-Closing ceremony and we had the performers from 38 institutes to joining too.
He expected the choosing of performer will completed on this October and next will already starting practice on November 1 2007, then will using real location which is His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary Sport Complex to practice on December 1 2007. For the grand rehearsal on December 4 2007, he said that from the primary schedule, the Organizing Committee of the 24th SEA Games 2007, will have the selling of the ticket on the grand rehearsal day on December 4 2007, which same day as Thai football team compete with Cambodia so may be change the grand rehearse day to December 3 2007, and he will rush to discuss this issue in the main meeting on October 26 2007. “I’m very serious because had a few time and must work for all day all night to prepared everything but I’m happy that we got the great cooperation from Korat citizens and every schools. I want to make impressive and beautiful show because I had organized the opening-closing ceremony for the 18th SEA Games at 12 years ago, so presently I’m come back to do again in the 24th SEA Games so I would like to do the best and this SEA Games will be the last for me because in the next 12 years in the future, I’m already out of date” Mr. Supawat said.Supaksorn said about the song for the opening-closing ceremony of the 24th SEA Games 2007, assigned to Tick Chiro (Mr. Sirisak Nuntasen), the famous singer and songwriter which he is a Korat citizen, to managing the song. For the singer in the opening ceremony we already sound out Tata Young to sing this song which we already send the details of any show for her decision. We expected Tata will response in next week and about torch relay team now we choose Mr. Suriya Prasathinpimai, the boxer who won the bronze medal in Olympic Games 2004 at Greece, and “Nong On” Miss Udomporn Polsak, the women’s weightlifting who won the gold medal in Olympic Games 2004 at Greece, which both is a Korat citizens too. For the opening ceremony of the 24th SEA Games 2007, will have 8 shows, first show was Mahassajan Tairomprabaramee, Mahassajan PathapeeakeE-san, Mahassajan Mahanakornchatchawan, Mahassajan Panithankarnkeela, Mahassajan Faiprareaksangsit, Mahassajan Namjaijit Sathidka, Mahassajan Mittraparbtrabdinfa, Mahassajan Mahanakornalungkarn. For the closing ceremony of the 24th SEA Games 2007, will have 7 shows as followsNiramit Dok-mai-ngam-hang-num-jai, Niramit Sai-yai-hang-kwam-fun, Niramit Mo-ra-dok-loke-rueng-a-nun, Niramit Kwam-pook-pan-wan-jak-krai, Niramit Fai-dao-prow-kwam-wang, Niramit Loke-gee-rung-dung-fun-fai, Niramit Kwam-sook-lum-roj-um-pai-plaeng-pla-kod-kwam-ying-yai-ma-ha-na-korn.
SEA Games’ Football Team prepare to go to Korat Mr. Kittirut Na Ranong, the Manager of Thailand Football Team, reveal that Thailand Men Football Team prepared to compete in the 24th SEA Games at Nakhon Ratchasima, which Football will compete on November 30 2007 with Cambodia. Recently, he went to investigate the His Majesty the King 80th Birthday Anniversary Sport Complex December 5 2007, which using for men football competition, he found that it’s being good state and he think he will led SEA Games National Team to training with real stadium to making familiarity between November 3-7 2007 among National Team will compete world championship 2010 in the 2nd qualify round of Asia Zone. For Men Football competition in the 24th SEA Games 2007, Thailand team which the champions for 7 times, was being in group A with Indonesia, Myanmar and Cambodia. Group B were Vietnam (2nd runner-up) together with Malaysia, Lao and Singapore.
Source from Dailynews Newspaper Date: October 24 2007.

Opening – Closing’s Ticket of SEA Games between 600-1,500 Baht - Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Mr. Bancha Pimsomboon, the director of Sport Authority of Thailand at Nakhon Ratchasima and acting the Secretary of Organizing Committee of the 24th SEA Games 2007, reveals that the Organizing Committee informed to coordinate center of the 24th SEA Games about the price of ticket for the opening ceremony of the 24th SEA Games 2007 on December 6 2007 at His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary Sport Complex from 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm and the closing ceremony on December 15 2007 and all sports already assigned which will start the selling from October 27 2007.
At coordinate center and government agencies in Nakhon Ratchasima, which the price of ticket as follows opening – closing ceremony ticket were 1,500 baht , 1,000 baht and 600 baht and the stadium had contain of 21,659 seats and we must separate around 5,000-6,000 seats for VIP guests. Ticket of any sports are as follows Athletes 50 Baht for all rounds, Swimming 100 baht per seat and 40 baht per cement seat, Badminton 20 baht except in final round 150 baht, Basketball 100 baht except in final round 150 baht, Snooker 100 Baht, Boxing 20 or 50 Baht, Sepak Takraw 100 Baht except in final round 150 Baht, Shooting 50 Baht, Taekwondo 50 Baht, Tennis 50 Baht for all round. Indoor Volleyball 150 Baht per seat and 40 or 100 Baht per cement seat, Beach Volleyball 100 Baht except in final round 150 Baht, weightlifting 50 Baht, Gymnastic 100 Baht per seat and 40 Baht per cement seat, Futsal 20,50 and 100 Baht, Muaythai 20,50 and 100 Baht, Dance Sport 150 Baht, Football 50,100,200,300,400 and 600 Baht. For 28 sports will open free watching which as follows Archery, Baseball, Bowling, Canoeing, Rowing, Cycling, Equestrian, Polo, Fencing, Golf, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Karatedo, Rugby Football, Squash, Sailing-Windsurfing, Skeet and Trap Shooting, Softball, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Wrestling, Wushu, Bodybuilding, Lawn Bowls, Petanque, Pencak Silat and Traditional Boat Race. For the students who wearing the uniform to watch the competition, will pay only 20 baht so which academy that teacher lead the student group to watch the competition, they can contact at coordination center of the 24th SEA Games, will get free charge, Mr. Bancha said. Dr. Sakchai Tapsuwan, the Chairman of Sports Technical Department in the Organizing Committee of the 24th SEA Games 2007, reveal that they investigated the venues after the flood became lower which the stadiums not damage until to improvement so he assured all training and competition venues will completed for system testing on November 15 2007. "I already informed to every sport association and some associations was response to testing the system which I assured all venues will complete within November 15 2007” the Chairman of Sports Technical Department said.
Source from Matichon Newspaper Date: October 24 2007

Invite to Join the SEA Games Day on this Sunday at Indoor Stadium Hua Mak

Invite the people to join the SEA Games Day, on Sunday 28th October 2007 at Indoor Stadium, Hua Mak, which provide SEA Games’ souvenirs more than 1,500 pieces for the persons who jointly play the game including watching the Best Cheering Team Championship Cup from Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana.
Public Relations Committee of the 24th SEA Games 2007, will organize the SEA Games Day on October 28 2007, 10.00 am – 7.00 pm at Indoor Stadium Hua Mak, in order to invite all Thai peoples jointly for being the host of the 24th SEA Games 2007, in which provide many activities such as the duplication of sport park which had many playthings for example highest hike game, Powerful Athletes, Sport Intelligent, SEA Games Kang Thong, Pro Golf SEA Games, SEA Games Painting, include taking photograph with Nong Can and Nong Ka Rom that blowing of 3 meters, other than will distribute the Sea Games souvenirs such as Nong Can mascot, rocking doll, SEA Games T-shirt, Telephone Floppy and Caps more than 1,500 pieces with athletes’ signature to persons who jointly play the answer questions of SEA Games. At 2.00 pm. It will have announcement of the readiness of the 24th SEA Games from 19 committees and watch the Best Cheering Team Contest of SEA Games 2007, compete for a cup of Princess Siriwanawaree Nareeratana, and compete for a scholarship more than 200,000 baht, 4.30 pm. at Indoor Stadium. Besides, the official sponsors of the 24th SEA Games, will set up a booth to selling the SEA Games’ souvenirs with a special price such as Thai Pure Drinks Limited, Chaiyaphan 999 Limited, Kanoknat Limited and Dash International Limited, so in the SEA Games Day, the visitors can attend for free.
Source from Government Public Relations Department Date: October 24 2007

2007-10-28

History of Thailand

The region known today as Thailand has been inhabited by human beings since the paleolithic period (about 500,000 - 10,000 years ago). Due to its geographical location, Thai culture has always been greatly influenced by India and China as well as the indigenous cultures of Southeast Asia. Prior to the 12th century various Mon, Khmer and Malay kingdoms thrived in differing regions, as seen through the numerous archaeological sites and artifacts throughout the country. However, the first Thai or Siamese state is traditionally considered to be the Buddhist kingdom of Sukhothai, which was founded in 1238, following the decline and fall of the Khmer empire in the 13th - 15th century AD.
A century later Sukhothai's power was overshadowed by the larger Siamese kingdom of Ayutthaya, established in the mid-14th century. After the sack of Angkor by the Siamese armies in 1431, much of the Khmer court and its Hindu customs were brought to Ayutthaya Kingdom, and Khmer customs and rituals were adopted into the courtly culture of Siam.
After Ayutthaya fell in 1767 to the Burmese, Thonburi was the capital of Thailand for a brief period under King Taksin the Great. The current (Rattanakosin) era of Thai history began in 1782 following the establishment of Bangkok as capital of the Chakri dynasty under King Rama I the Great.
European powers began traveling to Thailand in the 16th century. Despite European pressure, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian nation never to have been colonised by a European country. Two main reasons for this were that Thailand had a long succession of very able rulers in the 1800s and that it was able to exploit the rivalry and tension between the French and the British. As a result, the country remained as a buffer state between parts of Southeast Asia that were colonised by the two colonial powers. Despite this, Western influence led to many reforms in the 19th century and major concessions, most notably being the loss of large territory on the east side of the Mekong to the French and the loss of three predominantly ethnic-Malay southern provinces, which later became Malaysia's three northern states (Anglo-Siamese Treaty of 1909).
In 1932, a bloodless revolution resulted in a new constitutional monarchy. During World War II, Thailand was allied with Japan, while at the same time having an active anti-Japanese resistance movement known as the Seri Thai. After the war, Thailand emerged as an ally of the United States. As with much of the developing nations during the Cold war, Thailand then went through decades of political transgression characterised by coups d'états as one military regime replaced another, but eventually progressed towards a stable democracy in the 1980s.
In 1997, Thailand was hit with the Asian financial crisis and the Thai baht for a short time peaked at 56 baht to the U.S. dollar compared to about 25 baht to the dollar before 1997. Since then the baht has regained most of its strength and as of May 23, 2007, is valued at 33 baht to the US dollar.
The official calendar in Thailand is based on Eastern version of the Buddhist Era, which is 543 years ahead of the Gregorian (western) calendar. For example, the year AD 2007 is called 2550 BE in Thailand.

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TAT TO LAUNCH “SEVEN AMAZING WONDERS” OF THAILAND CAMPAIGN

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has segmented and regrouped its core national tourism products into a seven-point package that will be marketed worldwide under the banner of “Seven Amazing Wonders” of Thailand.
Approved after the annual marketing meeting of TAT in the beach resort of Cha-am last week, the new campaign is designed to help attain a target of 14.8 million international visitor arrivals in 2007 and 15.7 million in 2008. The domestic tourism target is 82 million trips in 2007 and 83 million trips in 2008.
TAT Governor Mrs Phornsiri Manoharn said, “The new planning focus takes into account the many influencing factors at the global, regional, and local levels, ranging from changes in consumer behaviour, the impact of oil prices to branding and low-cost airlines.”
An exhaustive SWOT analysis of the Thai tourism industry indicated that while there were a number of issues to be addressed, “the good news is that Thailand has a generally very positive image in the world, which gives it a significant competitive advantage.
Mrs Phornsiri said, “In many travel magazines and lifestyle surveys, we are consistently ranked in the Top Ten for the quality of our beautiful beaches, entertainment and dining, value of products, recreational facilities, and shopping. Every year, we reap many awards in each of these categories.”
She noted that the new campaign will be underpinned by the strong branding slogan “Amazing Thailand” which proved hugely successful in 1998/99 and underscores the country’s image as a peaceful, hospitable country and a year-round tourism destination with high quality of value-for-money products and services.”
The “Seven Amazing Wonders” theme products are as follows:
Thainess“Experience the Art of Thai Living” — which refers to traditional Thai hospitality, lifestyle and friendliness of the people
Treasure products“Land of Heritage and History” — covering the World Heritage sites and historical places, temples, and Thai museums
Beaches“Fun, Sun, Surf and Serenity of Thai Beaches” — the long-standing popularity of Thai beach resorts for international and domestic tourism
Nature“Encounter the Sheer Beauty of Thai Nature” — focus on conservation and environment, and market Thai products within the framework of the worldwide attention being paid to global warming
Health and Wellness“Land of Healthy Smile” — a rapidly growing market, highlighting Thailand’s preventive and curative therapies
Trendy“Excite Yourself with a Myriad of Thai Trends” — targetted at the new generation of young travellers, and covering the new boutique hotels, shopping centres, restaurants, nightlife, and entertainment
Festivities“Enchant Yourself with International Festivities in Thailand”— the ‘sanuk’ (fun) factor, featuring popular Thai events and festivals such as the Phuket Regatta, Elephant Polo, etc.
The 18 main markets which are targeted for intensive promotions are mainly in the Asia-Pacific, East Asia and Europe regions. Among the 20 emerging markets with strong growth potential are Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Russia and CIS countries, East Europe, UAE, and Saudi Arabia.
This year, TAT is to open offices in Dubai, Moscow and Vietnam, all of which are generating promising growth. It is also working actively in China which is projected to become Thailand’s top source of visitor arrivals by the end of this decade, overtaking both Malaysia and Japan.
Mrs Phornsiri said the core focus will be on attracting “quality tourists with high yield.” A lot of time and effort is to be directed at enhancing TAT’s e-marketing abilities through websites, blogs, discussion forums, travel clubs, mobile phone messages, etc, especially to reach the high-end target group in places like Japan, Australia and the US.
She said, “The fact that 60% of total arrivals are repeat visitors opens up excellent opportunities to attract more visitors by getting our loyal guests to recommend Thailand to more friends and colleagues.”
One key component of the campaign will be the nine Royal Discovery Initiative projects, all conceptualised and created by His Majesty the King and members of the Royal Family as part of Thailand’s “sufficiency economy” practise.
Mrs Phornsiri said, “This year, we are commemorating His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary. His Majesty is now the world’s longest reigning monarch and within two years, will become the longest reigning monarch in world history. This will be another cause for glorious celebration.”
The nine Royal Discovery Initiative projects epitomise the pride of Thailand. They cover areas such as agriculture, occupational training, education, traditions and culture. More details are available on the web site www.thairoyalprojects.com

2007-10-27

Map Opening –Closing ceremony venue The 24th SEA Games


Opening –Closing ceremony Seagames 24th (2007) at Nakhonratchsima Province using Main Stadium, 333rd Anniversary Nakhonratchasima

2007-10-26

The 24th SEA Games Hockey Competition will be held from December 7 – 14, 2007



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The competition will be held at the Synthetic Hockey Pitch, Queen Sirikit Sports Center, Pathumthani Province. Training Site Training venues will be provided at the same as competition site. The Training schedule for each team will be given upon the arrival.