2008 Phuket King's Cup Regatta

Date : 29th November - 6th December 2008Venue : Phuket, Thailand
The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is Asia’s biggest and most popular regatta. More than a regatta, the week long event consists of great parties, great sailing and lots of fun.
Inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the event has been held every year since during the first week of December. In 2006, the event was voted as Yatching Event of the Year at the Christofle Asia Boating Awards. This honour follows a record year in December 2006 with over 100 boats entering the event and with a record media turnout. It is the second consecutive year the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta won this prestigious award.
With the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King, the Regatta is organised by the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Organizing Committee under the auspices of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Royal Thai Navy and the Province of Phuket.
For more information contact :Regatta Office, Tel. +66 (0) 7627 3380e-mail : info@kingscup.comwebsite : www.kingscup.com (The regatta is where further information and Notice of Race can be found.)For racing inquiries, contact Simon James on racing@kingscup.com

21 st Standard Chartered Bangkok Marathon

Venue : Sanam Chai, Phra Nakhon District, BangkokNovember 23, 2008Marathon, Quater Marathon, 5 km. Walk & Fun run
The starting point is at Sanam Chai, in front of the Royal Palace, passing many fascinating tourist attractions. The race is divided into 36 categories ; 42.185 kilometre-marathon, 21.10 kilometre-half-marathon and 10.55 kilometre-quarter-marathonContact: The Running Association of Thailand : Tel. (662) 280 7667-8Contact center : Tel. (662) 277 6670-1, Fax (662) 277 2567Tourism Authority of Thailand, TAT Call Centre 1672Website : www.bkkmarathon.com www.thailandmarathon.org www.tourismthailand.orgEmail : info@amazingfield.org

Loi Krathong Festival: the Delightful Color of Streams

Loi Krathong Festival: the Delightful Color of Streams
Loi Krathong Festival: the Delightful Color of Streams Dates: 9-12 November, 2008Venue: Banks of the Chao Phraya River (Krung Thep Bridge – Krung Thon Bridge), Bangkok Highlights: Enjoy viewing the illuminated float procession to win the prize more than 1,500,000 Baht during 8-12 November, 2008, 19.30-22.00 hrs. along the banks of Chao Phraya River: Krung Thep Bridge – Krung Thon BridgeExperience an amazing atmosphere of the Loi Krathong Festival of the Rattanakosin style during 18:30 – 21:30 hrs. at Santi Chaiphrakan Fort, Bangkok. The illuminated float procession will be best viewed from this area. Also, you will be entertained by the country’s most unique cultural performances apart from experiencing the old market atmosphere, mouth watering array of food as well as participating in the event of the 9 Sacred Places.For more informations, please visit: www.loikrathong.net , call 1672 or Events Planning Division, TAT Tel. 66 (0) 2250 5500 ext 3470-3474

Yi Peng Festival

Yi Peng FestivalDate : 11 - 13 November 2008Venue : Tha Phae Gate, banks of Ping River, Chiang Mai Municipal Office, Chiang MaiHIghlights :An amazing procession of hanging lanterns, Krathong design contest, Miss Yi Peng beauty contest, light and sound presentation in Ping River, the ancient Thai Lanna Krathong activities, local cultural performances, and local handicrafts market in Lanna style.Contact :- TAT Chiang Mai, Tel : 66 (0) 5324 8604, 66 (0) 5324 8607Website : www.loikrathong.net www.tourismthailand.org www.tatchiangmai.org

Loi Krathong Sai Festival

Loi Krathong Sai Festival
Loi Krathong Sai FestivalDate : 8 - 12 November 2008Venue : Banks of Ping River,TakHighlights :An exceptional opportunity for you to experience the atmosphere of joining the Krathong Sai (floating coconut-shell krathong in line) contest, in order to win His Majesty the King’s trophy. Other remarkable activities will include the floating lanterns of the Royal Family, the procession of the Royal Krathong and lantern, the illumination of Krathong Sai, light and sound presentation, fireworks, water curtain presentation in “The Legend of Krathong Sai”, the longest Krathong Sai, local cultural shows, food and OTOP products.On Saturday 8th November 2008 at 18.00 hr.The Parades of invitation His Majesty the Royal lamps, Royal Krathong, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Cup, and 15 teams of Krathong Sai parades. Opening ceremony of competition on Floating Krathong Sai with A Thousand lights at Mae Ping River Centre Stage.On Sunday 9 - Wednesday 12 November 2008Compitition on floating Krathong Sai with a thousand lights to be awarded His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Cup 4 teams each night.Contact: TAT Tak, Tel : 66 (0) 5551 4341-3Website : www.loikrathong.net , www.krathongsaitak.net www.tourismthailand.orgE-mail : tattak@tat.or.th
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Thailand International Guitar Festival 2008

The Bangkok Guitar Society Association organizes “Thailand International Guitar Festival 2008”, on 9-12 October, 2008. We are proudly present you a workshop on how to make guitar classic. The work shop will be run by Mr. Kazuo Sata who is on the top 3 rank in Europe and one of the famous musicians. Moreover, Mr. Kim Hee Hong, the only one in the world in matching modern technology called Nomex to make a guitar is also presence over the festival.
The Thailand International Guitar 2008 competition will also be organized during the festival. There are competitors from more than 10 countries worldwide. Very special programs, the concerts will be presented by several well known musicians from many countries worldwide such as MR.GABRIEL BLANCO from France, Mr. RUBEN ABEL from Spain, Mr. GRIGORY NOVIKOV from RUSSIA, and Mr. NUTAVUT RATANAKARN from Thailand. More importantly, Thailand Guitar Orchestra has been found by students from Silpakorn and Mahidol University which is the first guitar orchestra band in Asia that established by students. A total of 28 students will show their performance on the stage. ScheduleOct 9,200810 A.M.-11:30 A.M. Seminar: “Guitar Maker” by Thai Guitar Maker Society1 P.M. -8 P.M. First competitionOct 10,2008 10 A.M.-2:30 P.M. Seminar By: Kim Hee Hong , Korean Guitar Makerand Kazuo Sato, Japanese Guitar Maker3 P.M.- 6 P.M. Final competitionOct 11,20089A.M.- 1 P.M. Master Class : by Grigory Novikov (Russia) by Gabriel Bianco (France)4 P.M.-8 P.M. Concert Artist :Ruben Abel (Spain), Thailand Guitar Orchestra , Nutavut Ratanakarn , Manoon Ploypradub Oct 12,200811A.M. -1 P.M. Master Class : by Ruben Abel (Spain)4 P.M. - 8 P.M. Concert Artist: Gabriel Bianco (France), Grigory Novikov (Russia) First Prize Winner Thailand International Guitar Competition2008 Chairat and Phonpat Guitar Duo,Danuchate WisaijornFor more detail Address:304/15 Yensuk Village, Ladprao 87, Wangtonglang, Bangkok 10310 Tel.:02-932-3552 Fax:02-935-0184 E-mail:heng_og21@yahoo.com website:http://www.thailandguitarfestival.com/

Buffalo Racing

Buffalo Racing

Buffalo Racing
You could be forgiven for thinking that a domesticated buffalo is not built for sprinting, but in Chonburi town, the gateway to resorts along the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, farmers have managed to tweak a turn of speed from these working animals that is nothing short of amazing.
The annual Buffalo races, 13 October, are a hotly contested series of sprints across on an open space in front of the town’s municipal offices.Tourists and the town’s residents turn out for these amazing races that have been featured in the past on CNN and the BBC as a must-see event.
The races are taken very seriously by the owners of the buffaloes. Prizes for the first nose past the finishing line guarantee owners go to considerable lengths to ensure their buffaloes are in tip-top condition. Clouds of dust rise as these hefty animals pound down the short course at an alarming speed, reminiscent of a stampede. The crowd roars in support of the favourites and the atmosphere is as an enthralling as watching thoroughbred race horses.Admittedly, mites slower than a race horse, but the buffaloes are no slouches when it comes to making a short dash for glory.
Although this day of fun and competition would succeed with just the buffaloes as the celebrities, there are other activities to make it a worthwhile outing for families.A fair with food stalls and handicrafts appeals to visitors who love authentic Thai food, snacks and sweets. Then there are the rides for children, concerts of folk music and, of course, a beauty contest where the prize is the honour of being declared Miss Buffalo. Not exactly the most adhering of titles for an aspiring beauty queen, but it does not seem to deter contestants from seeking the limelight of the catwalk.Here is a festival that provides photo opportunities to capture an unusual adaptation of the 100-metre dash. Well worth seeing, is always the conclusion of those who make the effort to travel to Chonburi.
If the more traditional version of four-legged races is more appealing then the venue should be the Horse Show, 23 October at the Sanctuary of Truth, also in Chonburi province, on the outskirts of Pattaya The show is organised to commemorate the reign of King Rama V, the Great, on a day set aside as a national holiday to honour a ruler who initiated many of the developments that ultimately encouraged the economic and social transformation of the nation.

International Mountain Bike Touring: Tour of Mekong 2008

International Mountain Bike Touring: Tour of Mekong 2008
Itinerary International Mountain Bike Touring: Tour of Mekong 2008 (For the Opening Season of the Chiang Rai Tourism)Chiang Saen - Chiang Khong - Huai Sai - Wiang Phuka - Luang Namtha - Muang La - Chiang Roong - Chiang Saen 26 October - 2 November, 2008 Thailand - Loas PDR - The People’s Republic of China --------------------------------------------------- Date: Saturday 25 October, 2008 Location: Thailand : Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai Visit Chiang Saen : where the glorious of the Lanna civilization shined itself among the wonderful scenery of the Golden Triangle (Thailand – Loas – Myanmar) 07.00 – 15.00 hrs. - Registration, at leisure 18.00 hrs. - Indulge your evening with the “Kan Tok”: the Northern Style of dinner in the opening ceremony of Chulakathin making merit at Wat Phra That Pha - ngao - At leisure
Date: Sunday 26 October, 2008 Location / Route : Thailand : Chiang Saen – Chiang Khong Distance: 67 Km./Along the River Bank08.30 hrs. - The Opening Ceremony of the International Mountain Bike Touring: Tour of Mekong 2008 at Wat Phra That Pha-ngao and proceed to Amphoe Chiang Khong12.00 hrs. - Lunch14.00 hrs. - Take a deep breath while cycling along the Mekong River, head to Amphoe Chiang Khong. Enjoy the beautiful scenery that is filled with the numbers of orange as well as the tranquility of the Mekong River. Visit the Preservation and Breeding Pla Buek (The giant Catfish of the Mekong River) the only one office where take responsibility in breeding Pla Buek and experience the well-known hand woven, the masterpiece of “Tai Lue” Tribe at Ban hat Bai, Amphoe Chiang Khong 15.00 hrs. - Arrive Chiang Khong, spend your leisure among the embrace of nature.
Date: Monday 27 October, 2008Location / Route: Start from Chiang Khong, Thailand to Loas PDR, visit Muang Huai Sai (Bo Kaeo Province), Muang Wiang Phuka (Luang Namtha Province) Distance: 120 km. /Hills06.00 hrs. - Time to say “Good Morning” and stop your fasting! Recharge your energy and be ready to warm up! (Dress Code: the fabulous project’s uniform) 08.00 hrs. - Immigration Procedure, cross the Mekong: the International River to the gateway to Laos PDR that is on the Northern Region of Thailand: Muang Huai Sai, where its city is located on the bank of the Mekong River. 08.30 hrs. - Riding on the Route No. R3 to Muang Wiang Phuka, that its age is around the corner of Chiang Saen, Thailand where the Lignite’s mine is located. 12.00 hrs. - Enjoy lunch along the way and among the natural touch. 18.00 hrs. - Arrive to Muang Wiang Phuka (stay overnight at Ruan Phak Thong Me Xai) and enjoy your first dinner in Laos.
Date: Tuesday 28 October 2008Location / Route: Laos PDR, Wiang Phuka – Luang NamthaDistance: 60 km. /Hills07.00 hrs. - Good Morning Laos! Enjoy your breakfast and warm up! 08.00 hrs. - On your bike and Get set? Let’s go to Muang Luang Namtha, the northern most of Laos and the gateway to China and experience the various tribes that live together!13.00 hrs. - Arrive to Luang Namtha and stay overnight at Chok Chai Thon Resort.18.00 hrs. - Dinner and participate in the welcome ceremony of the Luang Namtha Province. The Troupe delivers some cloth, useful stuff to the Governor to provide to its people.
Date: Wednesday 29 October, 2008 Location / Route: Luang Namtha - Ban Nateoi – Bo Ten Border, China – Muang La Distance: 115 Km. / Flat road and hills 06.00 hrs. - Breakfast and warm up07.00 hrs. - Leaving Luang Namtha to Ban Nateoi, Bo Ten Border and proceed to Immigration procedure. (54 km.)13.00 hrs. - Lunch at Bo Ten 17.00 hrs. - Riding together as the caravan, enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. (Muang La is the special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China, located on the migration path of the Thai Lue tribe to Thailand), Stay overnight at Jin Xiu Hotel
Date: Thursday 30 October, 2008 Route / Location: Muang La – Chiang Klang Village, The People’s Republic of ChinaDistance: 77 km. /Hills06.00 hrs. - Enjoy the Tai Lue style breakfast and warm up07.00 hrs. - Ahead to the Forest Preservation Area, experience the wonderful scenery of the town on the hill top as well as challenge yourself with the riding up and free wheeling down hill 77 km., 1,200 meters above sea level. 12.00 hrs. - Rest and lunch along the way (at the top of the second hill.16.00 hrs. - Arrive to Chiang Klang Village, experience the way of life of the Tai Lue tribe, stay overnight in the wooden house, antique style in the ancient village of the Tai Lue among the Rubber and Banana field. 18.00 hrs. - Spend your wonderful moment of dinner with the Tai Lue’s style as well as feast your eyes on the cultural performances. (The troupe will donate some money for public use of the village.) Date: Friday 31 October, 2008 Route / Location : Chiang Klang Village – Chiang Roong (Jinghong), The People’s Republic of ChinaDistance: 90 km. /Hills07.00 hrs. - Breakfast and warm up! (Dress Code: the fabulous uniform!)08.00 hrs. - Riding to Chiang Roong (Jing hong): the city of peacock, located in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous prefecture province and has the long term and closely relationship with Thailand.12.00 hrs. - Enjoy lunch. 17.00 hrs. - Arrive to Chiang Roong (Jing hong), cross the bridge over the Mekong River and relax / at leisure.
Date: Saturday 1 November 2008 08.00 – 11.00 hrs. - Participate in the 1st Mountain Bike Competition at Jing hong Remarks: - The tour optional program is available for the riders if you don’t join the competition. - Visit the Tai Lue Temple as well as enjoy the Tai Lue Cultural Performances
Date: Sunday 2 November 2008Route: Chiang Roong (Jinghong) Pier to Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai, Thailand (by boat)(10 hrs aprroximately)07.00 hrs. - Breakfast and be ready to cruise from Chiang Roong Pier.12.00 hrs. - Lunch on the boat18.00 hrs. - Arrive Chiang Saen Pier, Chiang Rai safely ****************************************Remarks: The programme is subject to change without notice. We will try the best to inform you as soon as possible. For more information : eventsplandiv@gmail.com

Bang Fai Phaya Nak (Naga Fireball)

Bang Fai Phaya Nak (Naga Fireball)
Bang Fai Phaya Nak (Naga Fireball)
This extraordinary miracle always occurs at the beginning of the full moon night in the eleventh lunar month (End of Buddhist Lent). It can be seen along the Mekong River in the districts of Mueang, Phon Phisai, Pak Khat, Bung Kan, Tha Bo, Si Chiang Mai and Sangkhom. Bang Fai Phaya Nak is a term used for red and pinkish fire balls, which according to belief, belong to Phaya Nak or the great serpent of the underwater world. On the day marking the End of Buddhist Lent, a great number of people come to witness this phenomenon.
Naga Fireball Festival in Nong Khai
It remains a mystery that never ceases to puzzle both visitors and locals alike. Just what is the origin and nature of the fireballs that fly from the surface of the Mekong River high into the night sky for all to see?Locals swear there is absolutely no doubt at all about the origin of the fireballs. Naga, the serpent reportedly dwelling in the murky currents of this mighty river, propels fireballs skyward, probably to remind villagers to treat this life-giving river with respect.Of course, there are detractors, researchers who have spent years of study attempting to explain away the fireball phenomenon, all to no avail.Some say it is an elaborate hoax, but the only way to find out is to travel to Nong Khai and check out river scene and the carnivals that villagers organise to celebrate the now famous legendary serpent.Festivities run from 10 to 16 October, along the Mekong River bank, in Phon Pisai district in Nong Khai province. There are also corresponding celebrations on the Lao side of the river and no shortage of theories on whether Thailand’s neighbours, on the opposite bank, may know more than they are admitting on what causes the spectacle.But there is no denying the fact that there is something almost mystical that causes the fireballs to erupt from the surface of the river, and villagers are taking no chances, hence the religious activities at various temples in the district to appease the Naga.Visitors can participate in a traditional "Tak Bat Thevo" ceremony, or the early morning alms giving to monks. It involves offering sticky rice wrapped in coconut leaves, presented on the important final days of the three-month Buddhist Lent.In the evenings, during the festival week, people gather at the river bank for the Naga procession and cultural performance that reflect the rural village traditions of the northeast region.If all goes to plan the highlight of the trip will be the amazing sight of the Naga fireballs erupting into the sky, a phenomenon that is very likely to prompt some light hearted banter and arguments at riverside food stalls over glasses of ale or the local rice whisky on their origin. The most convenient way to reach Nong Khai is to take one of the many daily flights offered from Bangkok to Udon Thani, either on the national airline Thai Airways International, or one of the low-cost airlines. The flight takes 50 minutes and from Udon Thani, mini buses offer a 40 minute transfer to Nong Khai. An alternative is to take the rail service that runs every evening from Bangkok to Nong Khai.
Contact :
TAT Udon Thani, Tel. : 66 (0) 4232 5406-7Nong Khai Provincial Administration Office, Tel. : 66 (0) 4242 0323Website : www.tourismthailand.orgE-mail : tatudon@tat.or.th




The first Elephant Art exhibition to be held in Europe will be held at the Hilton Prague, Czech Republic, September 18-28 2008.
Acrylic on canvas paintings by three elephant artists from Elephant Life Experience (E.L.E.) Maetaman Valley, Chiang Mai, Thailand will be on display. The paintings were done under direction of ELE’s artistic director Mr. Cholasinth Chorsakul.
The Exhibition is organized by the Royal Thai Embassy in the Czech Republic and the Tourism Authority of Thailand. E.L.E. is Northern Thailand’s newest educational and most enlivening environmental attraction which allows humans and elephants to interact in the beautiful natural surroundings of Chiang Mai’s mountains.
For More Information:Ms. Anchalee Kalmapijit, Elephant Life Experience (E.L.E.) Ms. Nopawan Komyoung (assistant) E-mail: nopawank@gmail.com

KHOM LOY FESTIVAL November 12, 2008 At Anantara Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai

KHOM LOY FESTIVALNovember 12, 2008At Anantara Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai

Come celebrate the annual Thai festival, which is held on the night full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai Lunar calendar, this usually falls in November.
Buddhists in Thailand honour Buddha by sending a small raft made of banana leaves, flowers, candles and incense, called a ‘Kratong’, into the river. The act of floating away the candle raft is also symbolic of letting go of one’s grudges and anger so that one can start life anew on a better foot. Many Thai people also believe that floating the raft will create good luck and they do it to honour and thank the Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha. Apart from the floating raft, lanterns (‘Khom Loy’) also become part of this tradition. There are purposes for the Northern Thais to float lanterns, for beauty and for propitious reasons.
Khom Loy Festival at the Anantara Golden TriangleITINERARY
Guests will be transferred from the Lobby to the Lotus Pond
Welcome cocktails
Join in the ‘Kratong’ floating ceremony
Guests will be transferred to the hotel poolside for the dinner buffet, traditional show, and live band
The Highlight of the Event! Hot air balloons will be released into the night sky, a beautiful display you do not want to missWe hope to see you there!
Price 1800++ Baht per person*** Price is food basis, including ‘kratong’and hot air balloon.*** Price is subject to service charge and tax
Contact information:Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & SpaTel: +66 (0) 5378 4084 Fax: +66 (0) 5378 4090E-mail: goldentriangle@anantara.com Web site: http://goldentriangle.anantara.com


The hustle and bustle of Chiang Mai can quickly be left behind and the tranquil countryside of northern Thailand explored on new SpiceRoads tours. A one-day tour starting at the Ping river from the ruins of the 11th Century Mon kingdom will take you back in time during the 35 kilometer route along country roads to Lamphun. A cycle around the ancient city walls of Lamphun and a stop to see the oldest and holiest stupa in Thailand built in 1044 will be among the highlights of this tour.The one-day ride in Sankampaeng valley takes us out into the Northern Thai countryside with a visit to a local market and the ultimate reward after 30 kilometres of riding will be a stop at the Sankampaneng Hot Springs where we can have a swim in the warm, natural mineral springs. The Sankampaeng tour can be extended for a day so you can take the flight of your life! Traveling on a series of cables you zip high in the canopy the Flight of the Gibbons takes you on a two kilometre adventure not to be missed. Coming soon:
2-day Tour through the villages of ethnic hilltribes
2-day Sankampaeng valley with the Flight of the Gibbons
3 days/2 Nights Golden Triangle
4 Days/3 Nights Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai


Wanting to see a different side of the city of Angels? Take our Bangkok Jungle tour and you'll also be making a difference. All proceeds from the tour are donated to the Human Development Foundation which runs Mercy Center's complex of five orphanages and shelters, a kindergarten, and a home for mothers and children with HIV or AIDS.
We give every Baht to this great organization. The more people that join, the more they get. Tell all your friends — go on a great fun tour and you'll be making a local contribution.
BANGKOK JUNGLEJust across the Chao Phraya River, a short hop from busy Sukhumvit, is an extraordinary place known to the locals as Bang Kra Jao. This amazing wilderness in Bangkok can only be reached by boat as no bridges span this part of the river, and incredibly it has been left untouched by developers.
Images © SpiceRoads Cycling Adventures

Crossing the river is like taking a journey back in time. You will find a peaceful place with lush vegetation, a maze of waterways, small villages, temples and real tropical jungle. If it wasn't for Bangkok's skyline, you would never believe you were so close to the city. And, there is no traffic!
What do we see? We ride through the local communities passing villages, schools and temples (there are over thirty temples in this area) and a delightful floating market (open on weekends only). We will also take you to visit an incense workshop where we have refreshments and see how this local cottage industry operates. And visit a fascinating temple, built in the Ayuthaya period, that is more than 250 years old and has a unique roof made of teak wood.
What is the riding like? We ride about 25 kilometers in total. The ride starts on Sukhumvit Road and there is a short section in the city before we cross the river. We then ride along very minor roads, pathways, through alleys, temples, gardens and tropical jungle. There are no hills. Some of the canal paths are elevated and quite narrow and we advise caution on these sections but otherwise it is a nice easy ride.
What pick up/drop off options do you have? You can choose a private pick up option or meet us at the Shell Gas Station on Rama 4 Rd. next to the Tesco/Lotus.
Option 1Start and end point at Shell Gas Station on Rama 4 Rd. next to the Tesco/Lotus.
Option 2 Pick up from and drop off at Bangkok hotels by minivan.
(Participating riverside hotels - Hilton, Pennisula, Royal Orchid Sheraton, Oriental, Shangri-La, Marriott Riverside)
What prices do you have? According to the various pick up/drop off option we offer you the following prices:
Option 1: THB 1,000 per person
Option 2: THB 1,650 per person
Of course, water, soft drinks and snacks are all included all day and SpiceRoads supplies a mountain bike and helmet.
Meeting PointWe meet at the SHELL gas/petrol station parking lot. This SHELL station is right in front of the TESCO/LOTUS on Rama 4 road, and across the street from Carrefour. For a meeting point map — click here.
We will meet there at 13:00.and finish at same point approx at 16:30. There is no vehicle support on this ride.
Source: SpiceRoads Cycling Adventures newsletter dated August 2008

AMAZING PATTAYA SALE 2008 10 – 70% Off July 1 – September 30, 2008

AMAZING PATTAYA SALE 200810 – 70% OffJuly 1 – September 30, 2008

Given its highly developed service infrastructure, the City of Pattaya – Asia’s premier beach resort, has set its sights on becoming the shopping paradise for Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard.
During the next three months, from 1 July to 30 September, the Amazing Pattaya Sale returns for a second consecutive year. Shopping complexes, superstores, retail outlets and jewellers will be participating in the shopping extravaganza and are offering shoppers deep discounts of up to 70%. Looking for some great buys and irresistible bargains? Participating outlets include the following.
The Avenue
Royal Garden Plaza
Central Festival
Home Products Center
Mike Shopping Mall
Carrefour Pattaya
World Gems Collection Pattaya
Bali Hai Plaza
The OTOP Thai Pavilion
Krungthep Bangkok Hospital
Contact information: TAT Central Region Office – Region 3 Tel: 038 427 667, 038 428 750Fax: 038 429 113 E-mail: tatchon@tat.or.th

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: www.tat.or.thTel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 (120 automatic lines) Fax: +66 (0) 2250 5511 (two automatic lines)FOR EVENT INFORMATION, please call 1672.Address:1600 Petchaburi Road, Makkasan, RajateveeBangkok 10400Thailand



The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) stepped up its marketing efforts in New Zealand and hosted “Amazing Thailand” product presentations for leading travel wholesalers and retailers such as House of Travel, Gulliver, Thailand Holiday, Classic Holiday and others.
The product briefing was held in two key cities. The first of the two presentations held on August 11th at the Sky City Grand Hotel in Auckland attracted 250 participants and the second presentation at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Christchurch on August 13th attracted another 75 participants.
TAT’s 2008 "Amazing Thailand" product presentation featured an introduction to key travel destinations around the country and Thailand’s leading niche products, organized into seven distinct categories and packaged under the new “Seven Amazing Wonders of Thailand” theme.
The “Seven Amazing Wonders” theme products are: Thainess, Treasure products, Beaches, Nature, Health and Wellness, Trendy and Festivities.
Thailand is considered to be a year round destination — especially for niche markets. With the steady growth of visitor arrivals from New Zealand, the country ranks as the Thai tourism industry’s second most important source for outbound travel to Thailand from Oceania, with Australia taking the lead. In 2007, Thailand welcomed 89,928 visitors from New Zealand, a growth of 3.72 per cent over the previous year. The average length of stay in 2007 was 11.61 days.
Based on research findings, TAT has identified the following niche markets as potential and new emerging market segments for Thailand. As families look to new holiday destinations, the family market has the potential to be the biggest market from New Zealand. Others are golfing, medical tourism, diving, boating and rock-climbing. Honeymoon and weddings also present a huge potential.
Thailand’s national carrier, Thai Airways International (THAI) and partner, Air New Zealand, currently operate five code-sharing flights per week from Auckland direct to Bangkok.
In addition to THAI-Air New Zealand code-sharing flights, the following airlines operate daily flights from Auckland to their various hubs with onward connections to Bangkok: Singapore Airlines – Via Singapore, Cathay Pacific – Via Hong Kong, Malaysian Airlines – Via Kuala Lumpur, Qantas Airways – via Australia, Emirates – via Australia (Thrice weekly then daily from 01 May), Royal Brunei – via Brunei and British Airways – via Sydney (Code share QF Trans Tasman).
The launch of a new weekly Christchurch-Sydney-Bangkok service by Emirates, the international airline of the United Arab Emirates (Dubai), commencing in February 2009, will further increase capacity. The route will be served by 777-300 ER aircraft.
Total visitor arrivals from New Zealand is expected to reach 100,000 in 2008 and will account for 4.6 billion baht in tourism revenue generated, an increase 12.99 per cent.
SEVEN AMAZING WONDERS OF THAILAND 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 Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) led a delegation of Thai travel and tourism-related operators from Phuket, Samui and Central Thailand to the NATAS Holiday consumer travel fair in Singapore, August 1-3, 2008.
The NATAS Holiday consumer travel fair is where Singaporean travellers shop for the best bargains for their holidays.
With a strong Singapore Dollar, Singaporean consumers are literally getting more mileage for the dollar. This is spurring a new interest in overseas travel. While Australia, South Korea, Japan and Europe rank as the most popular destinations for long-haul travel for Singaporean travellers, Thailand is the short-haul favourite.
Singapore is an important source market for visitor arrivals to Thailand. The proximity of the city state, excellent accessibility and connectivity, and fast and convenient travel to destinations around Thailand, present numerous opportunities for weekend travel and short trips. This coupled with the tremendous value for money that Thailand offers, accounts for the significant number of return visitors.
While Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, Hua Hin and Samui remain the popular choices, visitors from Singapore are beginning to venture beyond these key destinations and have increasingly shown interest in new destinations such as Kanchanaburi, Suphan Buri, Saraburi, Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat), Krabi and others.
Value-added marketing promotions designed to spark the interest of short-haul visitors, such as the recent launch of the 72 hrs Amazing Thailand Chiang Mai campaign, a joint TAT-MasterCard Worldwide joint promotional campaign following on from the successful introduction of 72 hrs Amazing Thailand are expected to help sustain a steady growth in visitor arrivals from the city state to the Thai kingdom.
Based on visitor arrivals via Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport from January through to June 2008, Thailand has welcomed a total of 230,055 visitors from Singapore, an increase of 24.13 per cent over the same period in 2007. According to TAT forecasts, visitor arrivals from Singapore will reach 879,300 by year-end, reflecting a 10.04 per cent growth over the 2007 year-end total.
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The 2009 Marketing Action Plan (MAP) incorporates policy guidelines established by the Royal Thai Government, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the TAT Board as well as the national tourism organization’s five-year State Enterprise Plan (2007-2011).Policy Guidelines of The Royal Thai Government and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports
Establish tourism policies and pursue tourism promotion and development and marketing strategies in line with the sufficiency economy principles as advocated by His Majesty the King to create a better balance between development and marketing to ensure sustainability

Embrace principles of sustainable tourism development

Enhance the value perception of Thai tourism products and services by balancing the price-value equation. This is fundamental to achieving Quality Tourism.

Establish clear brand identity for each of the provincial clusters presented as tourism products in order to create a positive and long-lasting impression and memorable experience

Policy Guidelines Established by the Board of Directors of the Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tourism is a key economic driver. Recognize the very significant role that tourism plays in providing peoples in all regions of the Thai kingdom with better quality of life.

Promote sustainable tourism growth by leveraging the strengths of the destination and the “Thailand” brand

Achieve a balance between economic and social benefits — demonstrate respect for the environment, foster environmental awareness and promote a sense of pride in the nation.

Policy Guidelines under TAT’s State Enterprise Plan (2007-2011)
Work towards the achievement of sustainable tourism development and ensure competitiveness on the world stage by pursuing tourism development along a path that strengthens Thailand’s position as a “Quality Destination”. Highlight Thai cultural identity and promote the conservation of nature and the environment.
The integrated industry plan provides a framework for the conduct of activities to promote Thai tourism and ensures that all sectors involved proceed in the same direction and work towards common goals.
The MAP also paves the way for the integration of marketing efforts, tourism products and services and marketing communication within the TAT organization. The master plan also helps to align TAT initiatives with those being undertaken by strategic partners in both the state and private sector.
The Thai tourism industry is confident that this will greatly facilitate efforts to further develop Thailand’s tourism products and services by ensuring that they meet the five key criteria that determine the success of Thailand’s marketing efforts. These are: product and service quality, convenience, cleanliness, safety and uniqueness.
By doing so, this will enable Thailand to achieve clear product differentiation; develop tourism products and services that are well-suited to the needs and interests of the modern traveller; strengthen the “Amazing Thailand” brand; and sharpen Thailand’s competitive edge.



The growing concern worldwide over global warming and climate change combined with rising oil prices, the energy crisis and the economic slowdown has led to dramatic changes in consumer attitudes, travel seasonality and other travel patterns and trends. It is influencing individual choices regarding travel destinations, the length of trips and other factors such as the availability of environmentally-friendly modes of transport and environmentally-responsible service providers.
World travellers are also increasingly looking for quality products and experiences that offer value for money, especially environmentally-friendly travel and tourism related products and services as well as those that enable them to take part in local community activities.
As the National Tourism Organization (NTO), TAT recognizes the significance of these shifts in lifestyle preferences and travel trends. By keeping pace with the latest trends in global travel, this strengthens Thailand’s global image as a dynamic and relevant ‘brand.’
CLUSTERS OF NEW TOURISM PRODUCTS In addition to Green Tourism, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports Office of Product Development is working with TAT and the Thai tourism industry to further develop and promote new tourism products in 14 different clusters.
These include hot springs, ecotourism, adventure travel, Lanna culture and civilization, World Heritage Sites, tropical rainforests, way of life along the rivers and waterways of the Central Plains, Royal Coast, The Wonders of the Two Oceans, Travel along the Mekong River, the Dinosaur Route, Merit-making, Lower Isan, Agotourism Wonders and Active Beach.
For international visitors, the kingdom’s beach destinations remain the most popular choices in the range of products on offer.
GREEN TOURISMTAT’S ‘SEVEN GREENS’ CONCEPTGreen Heart. Green Logistics. Green Destinations. Green Communities. Green Activities. Green Service. Green Plus.
With an ever-increasing number of well-informed and discerning world travellers looking to significantly reduce their carbon footprint by opting for environmentally-friendly travel and tourism related products and services, the adoption of a green agenda for Thailand ensures that the destination and the Thai tourism industry retain international competitiveness.
By embracing green initiatives, the Thai tourism industry is communicating its stand and positioning the Thai kingdom as an environmentally-responsible player on the world stage. The Thai tourism industry has voiced strong support for global efforts to minimize and offset the effects of global warming which are causing severe climate change in various parts of the world.
TAT’s Green initiatives for Thai tourism consist of four key elements:
The implementation of the Seven Greens concept (outlined below).
The creation and development of a database of environmentally-responsible tourism operators and service providers offering green or environmentally-friendly tourism products and services. (Raising the local and international visibility and awareness of these green tourism operators and service providers falls within TAT’s tourism promotion mandate.)
The development or selection of green tourism destinations that are positive role models
The organization of meetings, conferences and educational seminars on tourism in this new era
TAT’s Seven Greens programme provides a conceptual framework and establishes practical guidelines for carefully balancing tourism promotion and a healthy, sustainable environment. It facilitates the formation of strategic partnerships and provides a cooperative framework for the implementation of green initiatives in the seven areas — Green Heart, Green Logistics, Green Destinations, Green Communities, Green Activities, Green Service and Green Plus.

Thailand Tourism Updates web links

Main TAT web site: http://www.tourismthailand.org/thailandtourismupdate/
YouTube.com http://www.youtube.com/thailand
DailyMotion.com http://www.dailymotion.com/amazingthailand
Sharkle.com http://www.sharkle.com/member/amazingthailand
For further information, please call the Tourism Authority of Thailand Hotline. Simply dial 1672 from anywhere in Thailand. For overseas enquiries, please contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand office nearest to you.
Tourists planning to travel to Thailand are advised to check the latest situationregarding their travel plans with their travel agents or contact:
Tourist Information at the airport: +66 (0) 2134 0041-2The Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA): +66 (0) 2237 6046-8TAT Call Centre: 1672Tourism Authority of Thailand, Chumphon Office Tel: +66 (0) 7423 1055 / 7423 8518 / 7424 3747 Fax: +66 (0) 7424 5986 E-mail: tatsgkhl@tat.or.th Web site: www.tourismthailand.org/hatyai Tourism Authority of Thailand , Phuket Office Tel: +66 (0) 7621 1036/ 7621 7138/ 7621 2213 Fax: +66 (0) 7621 3582 E-mail: tatphket@tat.or.th Web site: www.tourismthailand.org/phuket Tourism Authority of Thailand , Krabi Office Tel: +66 (0) 7562 2163 Fax: +66 (0) 7562 2164 E-mail: tatkrabi@tat.or.th Web site: www.tourismthailand.org/krabi Tourism Authority of Thailand , Trang Office Tel: +66 (0) 7521 5867-8 Fax: +66 (0) 7521 5868 E-mail: tattrang@tat.or.th Web site: www.tourismthailand.org/trang Tourism Authority of Thailand , Surat Thani Office Tel: +66 (0) 7728 8818-9 Fax: +66 (0) 7728 2828 E-mail: tatsurat@tat.or.th Web site: www.tourismthailand.org/suratthani
Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok International Airport) Call Centre: +66 (0) 2132 1888
Phuket International Airport Tel: +66 (0) 76 327 231 - 7
Krabi AirportTel: +66 (0) 75 636 541 - 2
Samui AirportTel: +66 (0) 77 428 500
Surat Thani Airport Tel: +66 (0) 077 441 230
Airports Authority of Thailand, Hat Yai office Tel: +66 (0) 74-227-000
For the latest updates, please visit www.TATnews.org


The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has crafted a multi-sectoral, multi-city marketing strategy as part of the efforts to attract one million visitor arrivals from India by 2012.
Presently, Thailand gets more than one million visitor arrivals from Malaysia, Japan and China. TAT is hoping to see India join that list within four years.
According to TAT Governor Mrs. Phornsiri Manoharn, “Our marketing strategy is based on the fact that there is virtually unlimited potential from India in all categories of travel, be it leisure, business, MICE, honeymooners, or special interest.
“We plan to invest heavily in developing the Indian market over the next few years, in both the major metro cities as well as secondary cities nationwide. The increasing number of flights between the two countries by both Thai and Indian airlines will help provide the necessary feed,” she said.
TAT opened its New Delhi office in 2003 and appointed a marketing representative in Mumbai in November 2007. This year, the Mumbai representation will be upgraded into a full-scale office.
Mrs Phornsiri says, “We are pursuing creative ways to expand our brand image in India, amongst both consumers and trade. India is now being promoted under the “Amazing Thailand” brand name along with its key sub-themes, Thai-ness, Beaches, Nature, Heritage, Health and Wellness, Chic and Trendy products, and Festivals.
“This year, for the first time, we hosted one of India’s well-known Bollywood film awards ceremonies, getting massive television coverage across India. Thailand is also becoming extremely popular for Indian honeymooners and shopping enthusiasts.”
Further growth is a certainty, especially as more Indian and Thai airlines add more flights. An upcoming free-trade agreement between India and Thailand on the one hand, and India and the ASEAN countries on the other will also facilitate business and trade contacts, Mrs. Phornsiri said.
TAT has identified target segments such as family groups, incentive groups, wedding parties, and honeymooners.
In road shows and workshops across India, leading Indian tour operators are being presented with various ideas to feature in a package. New tourism destinations being presented include Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Krabi, Phuket, Ko Samui and the Greater Mekong Sub-region countries such as Lao PDR, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
Mrs Phornsiri said that the main selling points of Thailand in the Indian market include: Value for money and affordability; Great shopping; Accessibility and proximity; Variety; Visa on arrival facility; and year-round holiday destination.
She said the TAT’s marketing strategies cover advertising in a range of high-end publications, increased B2B and B2C promotion in Tier II cities and joint promotions with travel agents.
Efforts are also being made to go direct to consumers in joint promotions with supermarket and retailers.
“We will also be doing a lot more ‘celebrity marketing’ by bringing Indian movie stars to Thailand for feature productions and other publicity-generating events,” Mrs Phornsiri said.
Contact information: International Public Relation DivisionTourism Authority of ThailandTel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.thWeb site: www.tatnews.org

Six Senses Hideaway Samui

Six Senses Hideaway Samui has been voted Best in the World, being crowned the 1st spot on the Readers’ Travel Awards Top 100 by the renowned Conde Nast Traveler magazine, while Thailand-home to the world’s "warmest welcom" -ranks 4th in the best country ranking.
Bangkok, Thailand, September 9, 2008. A luxury hotel on the island of Samui Thailand--The Six Senses Hideaway Samui--wins this year’s top spots in the Best Overseas Hotel (Asia & India Subcontinent) and the Top 100 Best in the World categories, in the 2008 survey by the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine. In addition, two of Thailand’s islands are picked in the top 15 Island category, while the country is also home to five of the best hotels in Asia & India Subcontinent category. The awards were announced on September 1st , 2008.Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Travel Awards Top 100 is determined by votes from the magazine’s readers, compiled among all categories into the ultimate "best of the best" Top 100 list. The categories include countries, islands, cities, hotels, resorts, destination spas, cruise lines, airlines, airports, tour operators, and villa-rental companies. Being named the best of the Top 100 is indeed a crowning achievement for any hotel or destination.Announcing this year’s top winner, Conde Nast Traveler magazine states:"Six Senses Hideaway Samui on the Thai island of Koh Samui not only walked away with the award for the best hotel in Asia &The Indian Subcontinent, but scored so highly that it made the number one spot in our ’best of the best’ Top 100." The hotel achieves a score of 96.45 in the overall ranking.Further commenting on the scores achieved by the Six Senses Hideaway Samui, the magazine summarizes the winner’s remarkable qualities: "Every one of you (the readers) who has stayed there raved about its sophisticated ambience/decor (93.75), environmental friendliness (97.50), lovely location (97) and extensive leisure facilities (96.25)."Meanwhile, even though Thailand as a destination does not take the top spot on the Country category, it is com fortably vote 4th in the overall ranking. Achieving a score of 91.39, Thailand is ranked only after New Zealand (95.11), India (94.11) and Italy (91.44). In the Island category, the Thai island of Samui (Koh Samui) comes 5th , while Phuket island ranks on the 13th place. Evidently, Thailand is the only country in this category to have two locations rated in the top 15.And despite being vote 4th in the Country category, the proverbial "land of smiles" still maintains its charms as a truly unique destination with deep-rooted cultures, traditions and charming heritage. The country achieves a "heartfelt" score of 97.68 for the people/hospitality category, again reaffirming the warm and welcomeing quality of the Thai people. In its online version, Conde Nast Traveler concludes that Thailand is where visitors are "guaranteed" to meet "the world’s warmest welcome."Last but not least, the top five best hotels in Asia & The Indian Subcontinent category include four hotels from Thailand, namely The Chedi Phuket (92.22,2th), Amanpuri Phuket (91.48,4th), The Four Seasons Chiangmai (90.29,5th). In a competitive world of luxury hotels and resorts with myriad high-quality properties, the fact that Thailand has some of the world’s best hotels and resorts is a strong testament that the country is a truly unique and favorite destination among international travelers.
To read more about the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Travel Award, please visitwww.cntraveller.com/ReadersAwards/2008For more information about The Six Senses Hideaway Samui, please visitwww.sixsenses.com/Six-Senses-Hideaways

TCEB launches new incentive programs for MICE operators

Thailand Convention And Exhibition BureauTCEB launches new incentive programs for MICE operators
phuketboatshow.comBy eTN Sep 10, 2008Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) recently announced new incentive programs to help organizers with confirmed events in Thailand during September to December 2008. The program is expected to help sustain the double-digit growth in MICE visitors seen in Thailand in recent years.Despite the political impasse, 74 TCEB-supported events scheduled for the remainder of 2008 are still confirmed in Thailand. This demonstrates the resilience of the industry and the confidence of business visitors for Thailand as a globally-preferred MICE destination.The Bureau also plans to invite organizers across all MICE sectors to visit Thailand and spend some time to see the real situation for themselves. As well as the fully / subsidized inspection tour program for overseas MICE operators, TCEB is launching three attractive incentive schemes for MICE events to be held in Thailand. The “Three Pluses” scheme, to be offered to organizers of MICE events this year are as follows:Meetings Plus ProgramThis scheme is being offered for Meetings and Incentives groups with a 3 nights’ stay in Bangkok. A fourth night at the same level of accommodation will be given free, at the courtesy of TCEB. The offer applies to groups with confirmed reservations for the period of September 15 – December 31, 2008.Conventions Plus ProgramConvention organizers with confirmed events from now until December 2008 can take advantage of additional support for every international delegate attending their event, in the amount of 200 Baht per person per day. The incentive is given on top of the Bureau’s normal subvention scheme as a token of thanks for their confidence and loyalty towards Thailand.Exhibitions Plus ProgramEvery trade show supported by TCEB will receive a direct 200,000 Baht subsidy, in addition to the normal support program, to be spent on international media or hosted buyers. To quality for support, the show must be scheduled from now until December 31, 2008.source : http://www.eturbonews.com/

Global Mala Samui 2008

Global Mala Samui 2008A Community Festival for a Clean and Green SamuiSeptember 21st is the United Nations International Day of Peace and organizations across the globe will hold fund and awareness-raising celebrations for the most essential issues of our times: environment, health and human rights. This is called the Global Mala Project.The Global Mala was an event intended to raise consciousness and raise funds for environmental issues on Samui.
Last year the event incurred few costs, with most businesses and individuals donating either time, money or prizes. With these funds the Mala team have mainly supported pilot educational projects. Global Mala has supported Khun Diaw (Cholnachakorn Anumart), who some of you may know from BioRock, who has also created a group called ‘The Seedling Club’ as she is out ‘seeding’ young minds about the environment, and hoping tall strong green supporters will grow from it! Diaw’s approach is to use fun activities, but with serious intent.
We have called these activities ‘pilot projects’ because they are trial runs – we are trying to see which activities yield the most in terms of awareness and real benefits. Our hope is that this knowledge can be applied to include more children in the future if more funds are raised in the future.
For more information, please contact : www.globalmalasamui.org

Fortrop II International Conference

Fortrop II International Conference
The FORTROP II International Conference “Tropical Forestry Change in a Changing World” will be held at Kassetsart University, Bangkok, by Kasetsart University Faculty of Forest (KUFF) during 17 – 20 November 2008. The conference is being organized not only to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of forestry education in Thailand but also to motivate exchanges of technology and experience in various aspects of tropical forestry among stakeholders, researchers, technicians, and involved professionals. The conference comprises 11 symposia 1. Tropical forests and climate change 2. GIS/GPS/RS: Applications in natural resources and environmental management 3. International Long-Term Ecological Research 4. Dry Forest Ecology and Conservation 5. Mangrove and Wetland Ecosystems 6. Commercial Plantation Forestry 7. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 8. Trends and Issues in Community Forestry 9. Protected Areas and Sustainable Tourism 10. Forest Products and Bio-Based Materials 11. ASEAN Forestry Student Association (AFSA)
FORTROP II also includes the following event: - Keynote speaker/plenary lectures - Poster session - Exhibition - Post-conference excursionsFor the further information, please contact: FORTROP II Secretariat Kasetsart University Faculty of Forestry(KUFF) 50 Phaholyothin Rd. Chatuchak Bangkok 10900 THAILAND Phone: (662) 579 0170 Fax: (662) 561 4246 E-mail: FORTROP2008@ku.ac.th http://www.forest.ku.ac.th/fortrop2008

Tennis ATP Thailand Open

Tennis ATP Thailand Open
Date : 21 - 28 September 2008Venue : Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani
The world’s most exciting player, world #3 Novak Djokovic will lead the field at the Thailand Open 2008 which will be held at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani from September 21 to 28.
Australian Open champion Djokovic will be joined by two-time Grand Slam champion Marat Safin and Australian Open runner up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as well as the return of Thailand’s Paradorn Srichaphan to top tennis in the singles draw. In the doubles, local heroes and defending champions Sonchat and Sanchai Ratiwatana will be back to defend their first ATP Tour title.
Djokovic is looking forward to a good showing at the tournament. “I remember my last trip to Bangkok to play in the Thailand Open. I was only 17 and ranked #248 in the world. It was only my third ATP Tour event. I’m really looking forward to playing the Thailand Open again this year,” added Djokovic.
Crowd favorite Safin has enjoyed a resurgent 2008 and will be making his third appearance at the Thailand Open. He made the semi-finals in 2004 and 2006 and has proved a big hit with Thai fans on both occasions. “I always like playing the Thailand Open and I’m looking forward to another good tournament this year,” Safin said.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has been the breakout star of 2008 reaching the final of the Australian Open – beating Gasquet, Murray and Nadal along the way – and seeing his ranking jump from #212 at the beginning of 2007 to #13. The irrepressible Frenchman will be making his first appearance at the Thailand Open.
Paradorn is aiming to put 18 months out with injury behind him with a return to top tennis in his home tournament. "My entire attention now focuses on the fitness, preparation and performing well for the tournament this year," Paradorn said. “I long for that feeling where I walk down the stairs and onto the tennis court surrounded by Thais,” he added.
Last year’s surprise doubles winners, Sonchat and Sanchai Ratiwatana have gone on to further success in 2008 winning their second ATP Tour title in Chennai and reaching the finals in Memphis. They are keen to defend their title this year and hope for the same support they enjoyed last year. “We would like fans to come join and support us at this year’s Thailand Open,” Sonchat said.
BEC Tero Entertainment Public Co. Ltd. is once again proud to stage the only ATP Tour event in Southeast Asia and is offering last year’s ticket holders special discounts in 2008. Ticket holders from the Thailand Open 2007 will enjoy a 25% discount on tickets purchased for this year’s event. To receive the discount, just bring your purchased tickets from last year to any branch of Thaiticketmajor.
This year tennis fans will also be able to purchase a new category of premium seats that will enable them to get closer to all the great tennis action.
Tickets for the Thailand Open start at just Bt300 and are available at all Thaiticketmajor outlets from Saturday July 19. VIP Box seats are already on sale. Call 02 262 3456 or log on to www.thailandopen.org or www.thaiticketmajor.com for more details.ATP Thailand Open Details
Best of 3 tie-break sets
Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani
September 21 - 28
Qualifying rounds
September 21 - 22
Main draw
September 23 - 28
Prize money
For any further information : Tourism Authority of Thailand, Tel. : 66 (0) 2250 5500 Ext : 1521-4Website : www.thailandopen.org www.atptennis.com www.tourismthailand.org


Fortrop II International Conference

The FORTROP II International Conference “Tropical Forestry Change in a Changing World” will be held at Kassetsart University, Bangkok, by Kasetsart University Faculty of Forest (KUFF) during 17 – 20 November 2008. The conference is being organized not only to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of forestry education in Thailand but also to motivate exchanges of technology and experience in various aspects of tropical forestry among stakeholders, researchers, technicians, and involved professionals. The conference comprises 11 symposia 1. Tropical forests and climate change 2. GIS/GPS/RS: Applications in natural resources and environmental management 3. International Long-Term Ecological Research 4. Dry Forest Ecology and Conservation 5. Mangrove and Wetland Ecosystems 6. Commercial Plantation Forestry 7. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 8. Trends and Issues in Community Forestry 9. Protected Areas and Sustainable Tourism 10. Forest Products and Bio-Based Materials 11. ASEAN Forestry Student Association (AFSA)
FORTROP II also includes the following event: - Keynote speaker/plenary lectures - Poster session - Exhibition - Post-conference excursionsFor the further information, please contact: FORTROP II Secretariat Kasetsart University Faculty of Forestry(KUFF) 50 Phaholyothin Rd. Chatuchak Bangkok 10900 THAILAND Phone: (662) 579 0170 Fax: (662) 561 4246 E-mail: FORTROP2008@ku.ac.th http://www.forest.ku.ac.th/fortrop2008

Bangkok's 10th International Festival of Dance & Music

Bangkok’s 10th International festival of Dance & MusicDate : September 15 - October 13, 2008Venue : Thailand Cultural Centre, Bangkok
Ticket prices : from Bt 400 - Bt 4,000Ticket reservation:• Thai Ticket Major Call Center Tel: +66 2262 3456• Thai Ticket Major Booth at Central Ladpao, Chidlom, Bangna, Pin Klao, Ramkhamheng B2S Central World and Muangthai Rachadalai Theatre • Book online www.thaiticketmajor.com
Evening performances 7:30pm Afternoon performances 2:30 pm For more information call : International Cultural Promotions + 662 204 2394www.bangkokfestivals.com

Monday, 15th September 2008 Requiem, specially composed in the memory of H.R.H Princess Galyani By Russian Symphony Orchestra, Russia
Tuesday,16th September & Thursday, 18th September 2008 Aida, four-act operaBy Russian Bashkir State Opera Theatre
Friday, 19th September 2008Raymonda, two-act balletWorld Premiere on Rudolf Nureyev’s Anniversary By Russian Bashkir State Ballet Theatre
Saturday, 20th September & Sunday, 21st September 2008Nutcracker, two-act balletBy Russian Bashkir State Ballet Theatre Monday, 22nd September 2008Symphony Concert By Russian Symphony Orchestra
Wednesday, 24th September & Thursday, 25th September 2008Winds In The Void, a balletBy Zurich Ballet
Saturday, 27th September 2008Introdans, The Netherlands Presented by The Netherlands Embassy and ING Life Limited
Wednesday, 1st October 2008Korean FantasyBy National Theatre of KoreaPresented by the Korean Embassy and Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourismin celebration of the 50th Anniversary of diplomatic relations with Thailand.
Friday, 3rd October & Saturday, 4th October 2008Paul Taylor Contemporary Dance Company from New York Presented by the Embassy of the United States of America in celebration of the 175th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Thailand
Monday, 6th October 2008First Part: Lua Hadar and Twist Jazz Band from San FranciscoSecond Part: James Morrison and the Group from Australia Wednesday, 8th October & Thursday, 9th October 2008 Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras from SpainPresented by the Embassy of Spain and Amadeus
Saturday,11th October 2008‘Sankriti’ Classical Dances of India Presented by the Embassy of India Sunday, 12th October 2008 First Part: G-Strings from Germany Second Part: Bconnected Jazz Band from Switzerland Presented by the Goethe-Institut and Nivea
Monday, 13th October 2008 Inaki Urlezaga Group from Argentina Presented by the Embassy of Argentina

The 10th Lunar Month Making Merit 2008

The 10th Lunar Month Making Merit 2008
The 10th Lunar Month Making Merit 2008Date : 23 September – 2 October, 2008Venue : Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan and Suan Somdej Phra Sinagarindra 84 (Thung Tha Lat Park), Amphoe Mueang, Nakhon Si Thammarat
Features a large and splendorous event of Nakhon Si Thammarat,experience the spectacular procession on 28 September, 2008,from Sanam Na Mueang to Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan.Purchase various local products on sale and enjoy various forms of entertainment.
For further information, please contact: TAT Nakhon Si Thammarat Office Tel. 66 (0) 7534 6515-6

2008 Bangkok International Film Festival

Date : September 23rd to 30th 2008Venue : SF World Cinema, CentralWorld and Pullman HotelSeptember 23rd 2008 : Opening Reception at SF World Cinema and CentralWorldSeptember 26th 2008 : Red Carpet and Gala Screening at SF World Cinema and CentralWorldSeptember 28th 2008 : Kinnaree Award Ceremony at Pullman HotelSeptember 30th 2008 : Closing Ceremony at SF World Cinema and CentralWorldSeptember 27th to 29th 2008 : Seminars at Pullman HotelSeptember 23rd to 30th 2008 : Screening at SF World Cinema and CentralWorldwww.bangkokfilm.org (will activate soon)
Contact : The Federation of Nation Film Associations of Thailand Tel.: 66 (0) 2641 5917, 66 (0) 2203 0624 Fax : 0 2641 5919E-mail : thainationalfilm@thaimail.comWebsite: www.thainationalfilm.com

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Special Green Season

Special Green SeasonVisit Chiang Mai - Spending at a very special price till 31 October, 2008 TAT Chiang Mai Oppice has cooperated with Passport to Chiang Mai Magazine inviting tourism business’s alliance from Chiang Mai and neighborhood provinces launched special promotion during only this special green season from now to 31 October, 2008. Feel the charm of beautylush nature and cool hospitality of Chiang Mai people. Experience lively green nature; freshen up your fatigue day. Enjoy shopping, adventuring, sport and spa at a very competitive price, that you will be surprised by over 50 packages of accommodations, souvenir shops, spa, golf, and etc., together with special discount vouchers of interesting attractions, which will be available during this special green season. Call TAT Chiang Mai office now at Tel. 0 5324 8604, 0 5324 8607 to get the special edition of passport to Chiang Mai Magazine or download from www.tatchiangmai.org and www.passport2002.com

World Gourmet Festival 2008

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World Gourmet Festival 2008
THE 9TH ANNUAL WORLD GOURMET FESTIVAL AT FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BANGKOKBangkok, August 2008: The 9th Annual World Gourmet Festival will take place 22-28 September 2008 at Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok. Since its inception nine years ago, the World Gourmet Festival has grown in prominence to feature an extraordinary line up of some of the world’s best chefs from all continents. Several food festivals are hosted throughout the world, however, Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok is the only hotel to bring award winning Master Chefs under one roof for a week long celebration of outstanding food, superb wines and to share tips and information on how to create award-winning cuisine. The full line up of chefs is as follows:• Jeffrey Jake, The Carneros Inn, Napa Valley, California, USA• Michael Ginor, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, USA• Maurizio Quaranta, La Speranza, Alba, Italy • Glen Ballis, Nedal’nij Vostok, Moscow, Russia• Siggi Hall, Siggi Hall Restaurant, Reykjavik, Iceland• Celina Tio, The American Restaurant, Kansas City, USA• Michael Laiskonis, Executive Pastry Chef, Le Bernardin, New York, USAPROFILES:JEFFREY JAKETHE CARNEROS INN, NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, USAA Napa Valley native, Jake began his culinary career at the venerable Domaine Chandon as a sous chef. In his role as executive chef for The Carneros Inn, Jake is inspired by the abundance of fresh local ingredients that abound in Napa Valley’s Carneros winegrowing region. He oversees the Inn’s private dining restaurant; the sophisticated wine country restaurant FARM; local favorite The Boon Fly Café; and all catering and room service for the Inn. One of his main responsibilities is managing the seasonally-changing menus at both restaurants -- created primarily from the Carneros region’s bountiful array of top-quality produce, cattle ranches, and award-winning cheese producers, found within a 150-mile radius of the Carneros region to ensure food that is at the peak of its season and flavor. Many of the ingredients are sourced on-property including herbs, apples, figs, pears and pomegranates.Prior to his arrival at The Carneros Inn, Jake achieved national acclaim in his role as executive chef at The Lodge at Pebble Beach, where he played an integral role in organizing and executing prestigious, high-profile events that include the AT&T Pro Am Golf Tournament and the Concours d’ Elegance. Jake has also served as chef de cuisine at Pebble Beach, Beach and Tennis Club, Sonoma Mission Inn, and as the executive chef at The Old Bath House Restaurant, which was named “Outstanding Restaurant” by the California Writers Association during his tenure. Jake has also conducted cooking courses at the Culinary Center of Monterey and taught California cuisine cooking classes in Japan. Jake has been the recipient of a number of awards and accolades during his career, including Conde Nast Traveler “Best Resort in North America” award (The Lodge at Pebble Beach, ’03), three stars from the San Francisco Chronicle (Sonoma Mission Inn, ’97), and Gourmet Magazine’s “Top Ten Wine Country Restaurant” (Sonoma Mission Inn, ’98).
MICHAEL GINORHUDSON VALLEY FOIE GRAS, USAAn integral part of the World Gourmet Festival from its beginning, Michael joins us again for a record 9th time. Michael and his business partner Izzy Yanay established Hudson Valley Foie Gras, the major foie gras producer in the world today, and since 1998, have distributed its moulard duck products through a network of domestic distributors extending throughout the United States, and beyond to Argentina, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Venezuela. Hudson Valley Foie Gras received the 1993 Gold Merit Award from Chefs in America and the 1996 Award for Excellence from The James Beard Foundation. In 1996, Hudson Valley received the Five Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences and in 1998 the Award of Excellence from the American Tasting Institute. In 1996, Michael received the first Olive Branch Award from the Jewish National Fund for humanitarian and professional achievements. He was honoured with the 1997 Angel Award from The James Beard Foundation and in 1998 received the American Master Taster Award from the American Tasting Institute. Both Michael and Izzy Yanay were inducted into the James Beard Foundation 2001 Who’s Who of Food and Beverage. MAURIZIO QUARANTALA SPERANZA, ALBA, ITALY Born in Valgrana Small Village near Cuneo, Piedmont and growing up in the northern part of Italy Maurizio joined the culinary school in Mondovi in 1983. During his diploma course he started to perfect his culinary skills by working part time in St. Moritz, Switzerland, the Cote de D”Azur in France as well as in Central Italy. In 1995 Maurizo opened his first restaurant "Locanda dell’Angelo" near Cuneo which was well recognized by national restaurant guide. In 2000 he opened his second restaurant "Locanda del Pilone" near Alba and was honored with his first Michelin Star in 2002. Maurizio left the restaurant at the end of his contract in May 2008 and is currently working on plans for a new restaurant. Throughout the years, Maurizio has been through different trainings with several well-known chefs such as Sergio Mei, Giorgio Nardelli, Oriol Castra of "El Bulli" as well as the team at "Balzi Rossi", a 2 Michelin star restaurant in Ventimiglia.GLEN BALLISNEDAL’NIJ VOSTOK, MOSCOW, RUSSIAGlen Ballis was born in Melbourne, Australia where he received his culinary education at the local college. He started in the restaurant business some 25 years ago including running his own restaurant for two years in Northern Australia. Glen broadened his culinary expertise in Thailand with Banyan Tree Hotels and stints in Shanghai, Malaysia and Guadeloupe. He also supervised all restaurants at Harrods, London’s premier department store for some time.At "Nedal’nij Vostok" Glen describes his menu as fresh, light, with new smells, tastes and textures and unusual combinations from different cuisines. He believes that a chef’s experience plays a crucial role and he travels twice a year to get acquainted with new dishes and to bring new ideas back to Russia. According to Glen a good chef works with enthusiasm and is always ready to learn and grow. A chef’s work must be creative and he needs to able to pass the enthusiasm on to his team.
SIGGI HALLSIGGI HALL RESTAURANT, REYKJAVIK, ICELANDSigurdur Larus Hall, aka “Siggi Hall”has been a Certified Master Chef since 1982 and while he is now an Ambassador for New Nordic Food as appointed by the Nordic Minister Council he actually started as a trainee in classical french cooking in Reykavik. During the following years he worked both in Norway and Denmark but returned to his native Iceland in 1990. Siggi’s passion is to promote icelandic or nordic food to other cultures. He has been a chef and consultant for the Icelandic Trade Council and has lead the Icelandic Culinary Team from 1991-1996 in international competitions and he appeared in over 60 TV shows in USA, Canada and Europe since 2000. Such as CBS Early Morning Show, Fox morning show et alia. His signature restaurant “Siggi Hall Restaurant”, has been situated in Hotel Odinsve in Reykjavik old city center since 2000 and will be moving to the Reykjavik National Theater later this year. The restaurant has achieved many international and domestic awards and top ratings and was recently cited as one of the “100 most exciting new restaurants in the world” by Condé Nast Traveler. CELINA TIOTHE AMERICAN RESTAURANT, KANSAS CITY, USAA typical day for Celina Tio used to involve shopping lists, Julia Child and The Galloping Gourmet reruns, baking and cooking for family and friends. That was when she was eight. Inheriting her passion for cooking and learning her culinary skills from the men in her life - her brother, father and grandfather - Celina knew at that early age that she wanted to be a chef. Having seen a woman with a TV cooking show, the thought never crossed her mind that she couldn’t make a career of it.While growing up Celina would save her allowance and birthday money to dine at some of the finest restaurants in Philadelphia. At 15 she started her career in the hospitality business as a bus girl in a hotel restaurant dining room where she began to learn the fine details of service and to anticipate the needs of the guests. After two years Celina moved on to serving. Then at 18 years of age, and having been accepted to Drexel University’s Hospitality program, she begged her Kitchen Manager at Bennigan’s to let her work in the kitchen: her “official” culinary beginning.After graduating from Drexel University with a B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management and Minors in Business and Psychology, Celina contemplated going to culinary school but opted for the “hands on” experience of working her way up at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Philadelphia. She started as the breakfast cook and in just under two years - at the age of 23 - became the Chef of The Grill Room.From the Ritz-Carlton, Celina moved to Orlando to work for Walt Disney World where she opened two of their specialty restaurants: Spoodles, which features Mediterranean cuisine, and Citricos, specializing in dishes from the south of France. She was chosen to be the Task Force Chef for Palo, the fine dining Italian restaurant aboard the M.S. Magic. Celina was then Chef of Narcoossee’s for two years prior to accepting her current position as Executive Chef of The American Restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri.Having been at The American Restaurant just over four years Celina has already garnered many accolades and has been featured in local and national press. The Kansas City Star’s food critic, Lauren Chapin, wrote: “Consider the skills necessary to ascend a peak: balance, calmness, concentration, focus and forethought ... Tio brings the same attributes to her professional life. Her dishes are composed and understated; her flavors balanced and concentrated.” Chapin went on to say that every dish she sampled was “technically flawless and perfectly flavored.” Celina has not only wowed local critics, but was named one of thirteen “Chefs to keep your eye on” in Esquire magazine. John Mariani also praised his dining experience at The American Restaurant as one of seven “Best Meals in the USA” in his Virtual Gourmet column and recently wrote in Wine Spectator, “…Tio has matured into one of the more outstanding chefs in the United States today, with a style of her own ..." Celina was named 2005 Chef of the Year by Chef magazine and was recently garnered 2007 Best Chef: Midwest by the James Beard Foundation. Chef Celina still keeps her days busy with shopping lists and cooking for her loyal guests, friends and family, much as she did when she was eight.MICHAEL LAISKONISLE BERNARDIN, NEW YORK, USAAs executive pastry chef at New York’s four star Le Bernardin, Michael Laiskonis produces exquisite desserts that are an elegant balance of art and science. Recently awarded Outstanding Pastry Chef of 2007 by the James Beard Foundation, Laiskonis is celebrated for signature desserts that gracefully layer textures and flavors. New York Times reviewer Frank Bruni proclaims Laiskonis’ desserts are “exemplary…They are sophisticated without being pretentious, multifaceted but not unduly fanciful.”A native of Michigan, Laiskonis’ culinary training is primarily self-directed. As a fine arts student in college, he discovered his passion for pastries while working at a bakery. Initially fascinated by the science of bread, its Zen-like process, and its living, breathing nature, Laiskonis immersed himself in learning everything he could about baking and pastry. Realizing the architectural nature of dessert, with its foundation in flavor and form, Laiskonis was finally able to unite his passions for art and science. After two years, he was appointed pastry chef and sous chef under Rick Halberg at Emily’s in Northville, MI. In 1997 he joined Tribute restaurant, starting as a line cook before assuming the role of pastry chef. Influenced by this experience in both culinary realms, Laiskonis’ approach to dessert often combines tastes that are both savory and sweet. In his five-year tenure as pastry chef at Tribute, Pastry Art and Design twice named him one of the “10 Best Pastry Chefs in America” (2002, 2003).Now at Le Bernardin since 2004, 35-year-old Laiskonis finds the perfect venue to express his ideas through the alchemy of his unique desserts. Eric Ripert, Le Bernardin executive chef and co-owner, says, “Michael’s sensibilities perfectly complement the Le Bernardin style of light, inventive, elegant food.” In addition to his work at Le Bernardin, Laiskonis acts as a consultant and participates in numerous “celebrity chef” events. He served as the moderator of the pastry forum at eGullet.com and also participated as a challenger on Food Network’s first season of Iron Chef America. Since 2006, Laiskonis has consulted for pastry shops in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan and has also worked with the National Peanut Board developing dessert ideas using health conscious techniques and ingredients.Laiskonis has been featured in numerous television and radio appearances, including most recently The Today Show and The Martha Stewart Show. He was the recipient of Bon Appétit magazine’s prestigious 2004 American Food & Entertaining Award and Starchefs.com acknowledged him as one its Rising Stars in 2006. Laiskonis has received accolades from luminaries such as Patricia Wells in the International Herald Tribune, and has been noted by the GQ, Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Quarterly Review of Wines, Forbes, Food & Wine, Gourmet, and Details, as well as in leading industry publications such as Art Culinaire, Food Arts and Chocolatier.The event is coordinated and overseen by Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok Executive Chef Nicolas Schneller and Shintaro Chef, Satoshi Sawada and Biscotti Chef, Danilo Aiassa.Each chef will host two evenings in one of the hotel’s restaurants; and a cooking demonstration either for lunch or dinner. You may catch them all at one time at the seven-course Gala dinner on Friday, 26h September 2008.The World Gourmet Gala Dinner promises to be a unique and memorable affair. A cocktail reception will take place from 7:00 pm followed by a seven-course dinner and entertainment. A live auction will feature exciting travel prizes that showcase sister Four Seasons hotels around the globe. Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok is proud to support HRH Princess Soamsawali’s “Save a Child’s Life from AIDS Project” under the auspices of the Thai Red Cross Society which provides medicine for pregnant mothers who are afflicted with AIDS. A portion of all proceeds from the Gala dinner will be donated to this charity.To enjoy this culinary sojourn, Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok has created a Gourmet Package which includes deluxe overnight accommodation, full access to the Executive Club (including breakfast, evening cocktails and free internet access) and a featured dinner of choice for each night booked. Packages start at THB13,650 per night plus tax for double occupancy. For gala dinner, please add Baht 3,000++ per person.
For more information and reservations please contact the hotel on +66 (0) 2 250 1000 or reservations.bangkok@fourseasons.com. Individual dinner tickets can be booked through wgf.bangkok@fourseasons.com. The full Festival schedule is available on www.fourseasons.com/bangkok/worldgourmetfestival
For further information, please contact:Annabelle S. Daokaew or Yanisa RatanakositPublic Relations DepartmentTel: (02) 250 1000 / Fax: (02) 254 5390E-mail: annabelle.daokaew@fourseasons.com or yanisa.ratanakosit@fourseasons.com

State of emergency declared in Bangkok

State of emergency declared in Bangkok
By The Nation
PM to have absolute control; PAD to go on protesting despite state of emergency; more people join protest at Government House, pro-government protesters regroup at Sanam Luang, 436 BMA schools closed
Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej Tuesday morning declared the state of emergency in Bangkok following a fatal clash between the pro- and anti-government supporters early in the morning which killed at least one man and injured dozens.
Reasoning that some groups of people caused disturbances in Bangkok that affect the peace and security, Samak announced the enforcement of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations in Bangkok.
The prime minister's order also appointed the army chief to be in charge of enforcing the emergency decree in Bangkok.
The announcement exempted the enforcement paragraph 1 of Article 9 which prohibits people from leaving their houses, meaning people can still go to work.
The state of emergency prohibits gathering of more than five people.
The state of emergency authorises the authorities to evict people from any place or prohibit them from entering a place.
The state of emergency also prohibits news publicity in a way that terrifies the public.
The Manager's website said the protesters occupying Government House were determined to stay on. Protest leaders also told the demonstrators that the government could soon shut down ASTV, the cable TV network belonging to the People Alliance for Democracy. The announcement sent some PAD members to the ASTV headquarters.
The state of emergency also allows the authorities to detain suspects for seven days and would prohibit people from making illegal entries into government offices.
After learning about the emergency situation announcement, the Democratic Alliance Against Dictatorship-led protesters dispersed from the area near the Rajdamnone Boxing Stadium but regrouped at Sanam Luang.
The leaders of the People's Alliance for Democracy also were unperturbed by the state of emergency, saying the protest would continue at Government House.
Thai PBS reporter reported from the scene that more people came out to join the rally Tuesday morning.
After making the announcement, Samak appeared in good mood when he accompanied his party member to apply for the Bangkok governor election Tuesday morning.
At 7:20 am, Samak accompaiend Praphat Jongsanguan to apply as a Bangkok governor election candidate at the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration head office.
Democrat Party MP Sathit Wongnongtoey said the state of emergency would allow the prime minister to have absolute control.
Sathit said it seemed that the government foresaw the violence and state of emergency. He said the prime minster and People Power MPs indicated the violence would take place when they spoke during a debate on the political crisis Sunday night.
Supreme Commander Gen Boonsrang Niampradit said the people should stay calm and the government would take only necessary actions.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration announced that its 436 schools will be closed for three days following the announcement of the state of emergency in the capital.
The Nation

Bejing hopes on Thailand maintains stability

Bejing hopes on Thailand maintains stability
China on Tuesday voiced its "sincere" hope of political stability in Thailand after a state of emergency was declared in Bangkok in the morning, Xinhua news agency reported.
"As a friendly neighbour of Thailand, we have closely followed the developments there and sincerely hope that Thailand can maintain political stability," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said at a regular briefing.
On Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej announced imposing a state of emergency in Bangkok following violent clashes between pro- and anti-government protesters in the early Tuesday morning that left one dead and 44 injured.

Five Crucial Steps for Ending Crisis

Five Crucial Steps for Ending Crisis
By The Nation
During an emergency session of Parliament on Sunday, Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej could have made history if he had chosen to step down or dissolve Parliament after the 12-hour debate. Instead, he ended up as an angry-looking leader who wanted to cling to power, come what may.
Less than 24 hours after the end of the debate, pro-government elements, armed with sticks and clubs, broke through unarmed police barricades. They moved towards Government House, where People's Alliance for Democracy protesters have camped for the past week.
The violent clash killed one man and injured nearly 40 people.
The police almost turned a blind eye to the pro-government elements' move towards the Makkhawan Rangsan Bridge during the early hours where they confronted and clashed with anti-government protesters.
Samak used the confrontation as the raison d'etre to declare the state of emergency. The situation, violent as it might look, did not justify a state of emergency as we did not experience widespread riots or clashes beyond the normal control of police.
Under the executive order, all the emergency power to restore order will be transferred to Army Chief General Anupong Paochinda, but Anupong made it clear at Army headquarters that the Army would use only dialogue and negotiations to restore order without resorting to using force.
This looked like a snub to Samak, who would prefer the Army to use decisive measures to quash the protest at Government House.
At this dangerous moment, we have the following recommendations for all sides to consider in taking the necessary steps to end the political crisis.
First, the prime minister must revoke the state of emergency as quickly as possible.
The longer this stern measure is imposed, the more damage it will create to confidence in the Thai economy and in the country as a whole.
Second, Samak must step down or dissolve Parliament to take responsibility for the fatal clashes on Tuesday and to bring an end to the political crisis.
The Law Society of Thailand has issued a statement expressing doubt over the clash, which looked as if it was a plot written solely to lead to the declaration of the state of emergency.
At the same time, the nine leaders of the PAD must turn themselves in to police to face allegations of treason against the state. Then the protesters must disperse in peace.
Third, all the coalition partners must consider pulling the plug if Samak insists on hanging on in office.
Fourth, an impartial committee must investigate the violent incident to find out who was the mastermind behind the clash between pro-government forces and the PAD.
Fifth, ASTV, the cable-TV broadcasting mouthpiece of the protesters, and NBT, the mouthpiece of the Public Relations Department, must stop disseminating news and information that incites further confrontation in Thai society.
We believe these crucial steps would help restore peace and order to society as a whole, for now at least.

I won't quit nor dissolve House: Samak

I won't quit nor dissolve House: Samak
By The Nation
I'm sorry to my opponents that I did not resign as expected : PM
Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej insisted on Thursday that he has no plans to resign, saying he will stay on to protect democracy of the country.He said in a state-run radio programme broadcast nationwide that he needed to uphold the rule of law because Thailand is not a barbaric country. "How could I resign? I cannot resign. I will not dissolve the House," Samak said. "I will stay on to protect democracy of this country. The whole world is watching us.""I will not abandon the ship, and I will take responsibility for the crew on board,'' Samak said.The special radio programme was organized at 7.30am as Samak said he wished to explain the political chaos to people in upcountry who he said did not agree with what People's Alliance for Democracy has done. Samak said the talk is also aimed at convincing people in other provinces who planned to join the protests in Bangkok to change their mind. Samak said he learnt from reports on several TV stations about the speculation of his resignation. He repeated his accusations on PAD leaders who led the occupation of the Government House since last week that who they are and whether they had rights to oust him.Samak said it was the protesters who are violating the Constitution and the law by occupying the Government House. "People who have no (legal) status went into the Government House. How could it be right? How could the country stand if they don't hold on to the Constitution?'' said Samak. "A country without rule of law is not workable. It will be a Barbarian state," he said. Yesterday speculations spread that Samak planned to announce his resignation in his today radio programme. There were three scenarios for embattled prime minister; dissolving Parliament, resigning to pave the way for a new coalition government and resigning to result in formation of a national unity government. In the third scenario, Parliament will need to support an amendment of Article 171 of the Constitution, under which the prime minister must be a Member of Parliament.

Samak declines to say who will replace Tej

Samak declines to say who will replace Tej
Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej Thursday declined to say who would replace Tej Bunnag as the foreign minister.He said nothing when reporters shot him with the question after he went on air on Radio Thailand at the Public Relations Department.He waved his hands abruptly left in his car without answering reporters' questions.The Nation

No House dissolution: Samak

No House dissolution: Samak
While denying he plans to resing, Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej insisted Thursday morning he will not dissolve the House of Representatives.He said his government would have to go on working to protect democracy.The Nation


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