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Updated: 2017-12-10T19:12:15.782-08:00

 



Phi Phi Island

2013-04-14T00:26:18.142-07:00


The tiny yet hugely famous Phi Phi Islands have for many years attracted tourists from every corner of the world to experience there phenomenal natural beauty. Once in your lifetime, come and walk along the white beach and the bluest sea of Maya Gulf and Phi Phi Lay Island. Take a boat ride to Pilay, the inner sea of the gulf, where emerald seawater rushes through the cliffs. Enjoy a view from the top of Phi Phi Don Island and take a look at the place where two gulfs meet. Dive down to admire the bright pink corals at Moo Sung stones. These are only a few examples of possible activities in a dream vacation that tourists everywhere are willing to pay for and they are sure to be worth it.

Phi Phi Islands are situated forty kilometers from Krabi province and on the sailing route of Krabi-Phuket. The archipelago consist of six small islands, Phi Phi Lay, Phi Phi Don, Bida Nok, Bida Nai, Yoong, and Pai. November to April, when there is no rainstorm, is the most suitable period for visiting.

How to get there
1.Three boats leave Krabi at Klong Jilad everyday at 9:30, 14:30, and 15:30. The fee is 400 baht per person and it takes 1.30 hours to the islands.
2.From Nang Gulf, the boat leaves Nopparat Tara Beach once a day at 9:30. The fee is 400 baht per person and it takes 1.30 hours to the islands.
3.From Phuket, a boat leaves Rassada port twice a day at 8:30 and 14:00. The fee is 400 baht per person and it takes two hours to the islands.
For more information contact Nopparat Tara-Phi Phi Islands National Park, 79 Moo 5, Baan Klong Kaew, Aow Nang Sub district, Mueng District, Krabi, 81000. Call 0 7563 7200.

Source: http://www.tourismthailand.org/



Krabi

2013-04-13T23:00:34.933-07:00

Krabi, a province on southern Thailand’s Andaman coast, is an almost otherworldly region of labyrinthine archipelagos, where islands seem to erupt vertically out of the sea and secluded beaches are only accessible by colorfully adorned long tail boats. Krabi’s myriad of bays and coves have sheltered pirates, merchants, and sea gypsies for thousands of years and archaeological evidence indicates that Krabi was originally inhabited as early as 25,000 - 35,000 years ago! With attractions including hot springs, a wildlife sanctuary, sea caves, flourishing coral reefs and exotic marine life, limestone cliffs that draw rock climbing enthusiasts from around the world, and national parks that include the island paradises of Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta, one could easily spend weeks in Krabi and leave yearning for more.If that wasn’t enough, Krabi features some of the most photogenic sunsets in Thailand, often accompanied by spectacular displays of cloud to cloud lightning, that are best enjoyed from a beachside bar or restaurant. Meanwhile, with all the tourists spread out among various beaches and islands, life goes on in Krabi Town, the somewhat sleepy provincial capital. Surprisingly few tourists spend time in the charming riverside town, whose hilly streets feature a number of cozy cafes and inexpensive and authentic Thai cuisine is served at an outdoor, riverside evening market. “Town” to most visitors is Ao Nang, a seaside strip of guesthouses, hotels, bars, restaurants, and souvenir shops that continues to grow as tourist arrivals increase, now spreading north into Noppharat Thara, whose quiet, shady beach is part of the national park that includes the Phi Phi Islands. Ao Nang is the major launching point for boat trips to nearby islands and the isolated beaches of Phra Nang Cape, where the famous former hippie enclave of Railey Beach is located. Krabi Province, which lies along the coast of the Andaman sea in Southern Thailand, is a top tourist destination as a result of its plentiful natural attractions including, white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, extensive coral reefs, numerous caves and waterfalls, and over 130 islands, including Koh Lanta and the jewels of the Andaman coast, the six islands of Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park. While not the top destination in and of itself, Krabi Town is a charming provincial capital located along the banks of a river that leads to the nearby Andaman Sea. Consequently, Krabi is an important port city for both local fisherman as well as boats ferrying visitors to the nearby attractions, including Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, and Railey Beach, one of the premier rock climbing destinations in the world.Tips:Visitors are advised to make early reservations (up to a year in advance) for accommodation during the peak season from late December to early January because of the popularity of the Krabi and its attractions.When traveling by ferry to islands around Krabi, it may be preferable to purchase only a one way ticket so that your trip can be more easily altered and you can more easily arrange your departure.[...]



Bangkok National Museum

2011-09-15T20:43:18.225-07:00


In the former grounds of the 18th Century Wang Na Palace, The National Museum houses the largest collection of Thai art and artifacts in the country. It's definitely worth a visit, especially if visiting nearby Wat Phra Kaew or the Grand Palace.

Opened by King Rama V to exhibit the antiques and gifts bestowed to him by his father, it once held a reputation for being an ill-organised gathering of dusty relics. That has now changed, with exhibits now arranged into three areas consistent with Thai history, and good English-language descriptions available.

The front of the Sivamokhaphiman Hall is a Thai history gallery spanning the Sukothai through to the Rattanakosin periods. The Archaeological and Art History collection showcases items from Thailand's prehistory to Sukhotahai and Ayutthaya eras right through to the modern Thai Kingdom, including many ancient sculptures. Among scores of interesting collections in the decorative arts and ethnological collection are Chinese weapons, gold treasures, precious stones, Khon masks, puppets, ceramics, clothing and textiles, woodcarving and traditional musical instruments from around Southeast Asia.

Other exhibits of interest include a funeral chariot hall, featuring carriages used for royal cremations, and many excellent examples of Thai architecture. These include the Buddhaisawan chapel, a teak or 'red' house called Tam Nak Deang and various beautiful pavilions. Free English-language tours given by volunteers are available and also conducted in German (Thursdays), French and Japanese (Wednesdays).

Opening Hours: 09:00 - 16:00 (Wednesday - Sunday)
Location: Na Phrothat Road, near the Grand Palace
Tel: +66 (0)2 215 8173
How to get there: Taxi is probably the best way to go. Or embark the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Maharaj Pier, then walk about 20 minutes.




Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Bangkok

2011-09-15T20:47:52.255-07:00

If you are a skeptic, you’d probably think a wax museum is a wax museum is a wax museum, right? What’s the hype all about? Well, for starter, Madame Tussauds has stepped down from the pedestal and embraced her visitors with a revolutionary concept – the wax museum with exhibits you can touch, hug, play with and even kiss. Imagine shooting hoops with the Houston Rockets centre Yao Ming, appearing on The Oprah Show, practicing Kung Fu with Bruce Lee, drinking espresso with George Clooney, or… ahem… putting your arm over your old pal Mao Zedong’s shoulders.Madame Tussauds Bangkok is no old-fashioned wax museum. For the entertainment value and a chance to rub shoulders with world celebrities, heads of state, activists, sports heroes and heroines, legendary artists, and even royalty, the 700 baht ticket is more than worth it.Highlights:With 10 exhibit rooms decked out in real-life themes, the museum feels more like a journey from one time-warp to the next – Lady Di next to Mao Zedong, Pablo Picasso and his Cubist painting next to Thailand’s leading and somewhat eccentric forensic pathologist Dr. Porntip Rojanasunan in her full rock star regalia, Barak and Michelle Obama in their Oval Office next to Aung San Suu Kyi and the Dalai Lama.Out of the 10 rooms, The Royal Room is the most elegant and culturally significant, as it showcases the wax figures of HRH Prince Mahitala Thibed Adulyadej and HRH Princess Srinagarindra, the late parents of His Majesty the King. All the decorative elements in this room are meticulously planned down to the tiniest details, whether the royal costumes, colour scheme, floral graphic patterns and music, all of which received the Royal endorsement from the Thai Royal family. This is the only room in which you are not allowed to touch the figures.A controversial political personality, Chairman Mao seems to get more attention from visitors than Princess Diana or Queen Elizabeth II. But the most photographed is probably a section of the Oval Office, with the U.S. President and First Lady posing by the festoon curtains.Enough with all formalities, let’s get to the fun part. While Picasso is taking a cigarette break, steal his canvas and create your own masterpiece. Need a piano lesson? Learn it from the Maestro, Ludwig van Beethoven. Meet Albert Einstein in person, or hug him if you are a fan his moustache looks so real that it invites your touch. Did he really have his hair like that all his adult life?Following Einstein’s glance, you see what looks like Thailand’s Democracy Monument and a foreign sculptor working on his soon-to-be masterpiece. This is the man behind so many important monuments you see in Bangkok. So, meet Silpha Bhirasri (born Corrado Feroci), an Italian sculptor who helped shape Thailand’s modern art scene.Sports fans, be prepared for some action with your heroes and heroines, whether it’s a game of tennis with former world’s number one Serena Williams – whose biceps are, by the way, bigger than my thighs – kicking bendy goals while David Beckham is watching, putting with Tiger Woods, or lifting weights with Thailand’s Olympic gold medalist Pawina Thongsuk. Yao Ming, by the way, is as tall as the basketball hoop –try and steal the ball away from him!  After saying goodbye to Yao, it’s time to hit the limelight with your favourite pop idol. Take charge of the microphone, while Madonna and Britney can only look on, or challenge the King of Pop with your best moonwalk. After you’ve had enough fun, proceed down the red carpet and join the glamourous party with the most beautiful faces of Hollywood, whether Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and so on.Behind the glory and glamour, what makes Madame Tussauds Bangkok different from other wax museums in Thailand is the quality of craftsmanship and attention to detail, from set designs all the way to daily maintenance. It takes British craftsmen betw[...]



Siam Ocean World @ Siam Paragon Bangkok

2011-03-06T06:29:28.261-08:00

Two storeys underneath the glitzy Siam Paragon shopping mall, an aquatic wonderland the size of three Olympic swimming pools awaits your discovery at the Siam Ocean World. This underground aquarium, one of the largest in Southeast Asia, will dazzle you with innovative world-class exhibits and over 30,000 curious looking creatures from various depths and aquatic regions across the globe.Meet some of the world’s record holders, transported all the way from the Amazon River or the Jurassic period when dinosaurs still roamed the earth. Greet the ocean’s deadliest predators in the 270-degree underwater tunnel, sneak a peek into the open ocean from a glass-bottom boat, or, if you really can’t resist, dive in and have a swim amongst the sharks and rays. For kids, a few hours spent at the Siam Ocean World will be as educational as it is exhilarating and memorable.The World’s Ocean in Seven ZonesYour journey into the Big Blue begins with a prelude at the ‘Weird and Wonderful’ zone, which houses an impressive collection of rare and bizarre-looking marine creatures, such as striped frogfish, garden eel, nautiluses and gigantic spider crabs. The 'Deep Reef' features some of the most fascinating reef dwellers in the world; among them, bat fish, humped head Maori Wrasse and Blue Tang.Learn how sea animals survive in the 'Living Ocean', and take a hike in the 'Rain Forest' where ancient African lungfish, blind cave fish, giant water rats and otters are on display. Observe life on the edge in the 'Rocky Shore' zone, where penguins and other marine mammals learn to survive under constant change in the unpredictable environment.Stop to feel the skin of friendly starfish in a petting pond, before continuing on to the 270-degree underwater tunnel and the 'Open Ocean', Asia's largest panoramic oceanarium showcasing sharks of various types – ragged-tooth, black-tipped, leopard – stingrays and giant groupers. Just before you leave, drop by the ‘Sea Jellies’ zone and take in the theatrical display of light and musical symphony as the translucent invertebrates float about in the LED-lit tanks.Fun for the Entire FamilyIf you expect more from your visit to an aquarium, Siam Ocean World won’t disappoint you. Your choice ranges from observing the marine creatures from a glass-bottom boat and touring the ‘back of the house’ to combing the ocean floor in a diving suit and 180-degree helmet as well as diving with the predators and their prey in the ‘Open Ocean’.Children will love the exciting around-the-clock shows, including Shark Feeding, Rocky Shore Talk, Penguin Feeding, Diver Underwater Talk, Rainforest Zone Feeding, Animal Contact and Otter Feeding. You can even feed freshwater fish, among them the Chao Phraya River Stingray and Mekong Giant Catfish – from the Feeding Pier in the Rainforest or have the little fish ‘massage’ your feet at the Happy Fish, Happy Feet Pool. Please note that extra charges apply for each additional activity.Thailand’s First 4D TheatreThe fun doesn't stop only in the deep blue sea. Come up for a breath of fresh air and a 25-minute virtual reality adventure with the Sanyo 4D-Xventure (charges apply). Using state-of-the-art technology, the virtual environment created by the theatre and its ‘4D Invader’ seats promises to squeeze a scream or a giggle out of every viewer during the movie – that extra thrill that makes 3D theaters so yesterday's news. So, hold on to your seats and enjoy the dive into the virtual underwater world!Opening Hours: 10:00 - 21:00 daily Location: Basement floor, Siam Paragon, Siam BTS: Siam How to get there: Take Exit 5 from the BTS Siam Station, which provides direct access to Siam Paragon.  align="left" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=msnspaces0ca-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1848362617&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&[...]



Bangkok Skytrain

2010-12-24T23:53:49.262-08:00

While Bangkok has grown incredibly over the last few years - luxury hotels, new shopping malls and skyscrapers adding to the ancient skyline of timeless temples and pagodas - getting around couldn't be easier. The Bangkok Transit System (BTS) or Skytrain, an elevated rail system which crosses the city and connects many of the most popular areas, has made life a whole lot easier. .The BTS is undoubtedly the swiftest way to get around, and can whisk you right where you want to be in no time at all. It's a cheap, smooth, cool, clean, fast and scenic way to enjoy Bangkok. A new train arrives every 3 - 6 minutes or so between 06:30 and midnight. The last train leaves between 23:30 and 23:50. There are two lines: The Silom line runs between National Stadium in the Siam shopping area to Saphan Taksin at the riverside, and to two newly operated stations (Krung Thon Buri and Wongwing Yai) on the Thonburi side (across from the Chaophraya River), while the Sukhumvit line runs all along the famous road from Mo Chit to On Nut. The two lines meet at Siam station, and also inter-connects at two points with the underground (MRT) - at Sala Daeng and Asok stations. Fares start at 15 baht for one stop.The BTS will get you to many of the city's main attractions. Major shopping malls, Chatuchak Weekend Market, all Sukhumvit Road's attractions, and even the riverside are accessible by Skytrain. So, if you're new to Bangkok, it's a great way to find your way around and see a large part of what the city has to offer. Trains can get pretty full during peak hours (07:00 - 09:00 and 16:00 - 19:00), as the BTS has also become the choice mode of transport for people living and working in Bangkok. With extensions already underway, Bangkok's legendary traffic may someday be but a distant memory.Skytrain PassesOne-day Pass Unlimited travel within the duration of a single day for 120 baht. Ideal for tourists.Smart Pass / Stored Value Cards These are available for 100 baht plus 30 baht refundable deposit. They are valid for 5 years and can be filled with a minimum of 100 baht and up to 2,000 baht.30-Day Pass for Adults- For 15 trips (use within 30 days), 23 baht per trip unlimited distance, it costs 345 baht.- For 25 trips (use within 30 days), 22 baht per trip unlimited distance, it costs 550 baht.- For 35 trips (use within 30 days), 21 baht per trip unlimited distance, it costs 735 baht.- For 40 trips (use within 30 days), 20 baht per trip unlimited distance, it costs 900 baht.30-Day Pass for Student- For 15 trips (use within 30 days), 18 baht per trip unlimited distance, it costs 270 baht.- For 25 trips (use within 30 days), 17 baht per trip unlimited distance, it costs 425 baht.- For 35 trips (use within 30 days), 16 baht per trip unlimited distance, it costs 560 baht.- For 45 trips (use within 30 days), 15 baht per trip unlimited distance, it costs 675 baht.The following stations offer facilities (such as elevators) for disabled people: Mo Chit, Siam, Asok, On Nut and Chong Nonsi. BTS staff friendly and helpful, and will assist you in any way possible. BTS Tourist Information Centers can be found at Siam, Nana and Saphan Taksin stations. There is also a free shuttle bus (from 06:00 - 21:00) that runs from Ploenchit Station to Ploenchit and Wireless Roads and ends at Soi Ruam Rudi. A very informative BTS city map can be picked up free from any station.For more information contact the BTS hotline: +66 (0)2 617 7300  align="left" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=msnspaces0ca-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1158097247&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" style="align: left; height: 245px; padding-right: 10px; padding-top: 5px; width: 131px;">  align="left" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=msnsp[...]



Tuk-Tuks In Bangkok

2010-12-24T23:32:33.452-08:00

Tuk-tuks or 'sam lor' (three-wheeled) used to be everyone's favourite way of getting around Bangkok before the BTS, MRT and colourful taxis took over. Originating from an old-fashioned rickshaw during the second World War, a tuk-tuk is essentially a rickshaw with a small engine fitted in.Tuk-tuks have become one of Bangkok's most recognisable transportation features, and are still popular among tourists and visitors. Riding a tuk-tuk is more of an experience rather than a practical way to get around. So, if it's your first time in The Big Mango, there's no harm in giving it a go. Here are some tips to keep in mind before you wave one down:Fares vary, depending on the distance travelled, the time of the day, the traffic, and the mood of the drivers. Normally a very short trip will cost 30 baht.Fare negotiating and haggling is a must because the price named by the driver is always an 'inflated rate' (especially if you're a tourist). The trick is to negotiate 5 - 15 baht off the proposed fare, and take it from there.Be careful of the 'mafia' tuk-tuks around touristy areas, who often boasts privileged knowledge of 'secret' or 'special' shopping places and things. Some of them may offer sightseeing tours and unsolicited help to take you places. A short and sweet "no, thanks" will save you from their scams. The same rule applies to taxis.Avoid taking a tuk-tuk during peak hours (07:00 - 09:00, 16:00 - 19:00). You don't want to be stuck in traffic for hours, sweating and breathing in the hazardous fumes from engines all around you.Tuk-tuks are most ideal for short trips. (Sometimes it would cost the same, or even cheaper, to take a cab to the same destination. align="left" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=msnspaces0ca-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0009VBTQY&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" style="align: left; height: 245px; padding-right: 10px; padding-top: 5px; width: 131px;">  align="left" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=msnspaces0ca-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000OFSEBI&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" style="align: left; height: 245px; padding-right: 10px; padding-top: 5px; width: 131px;">  align="left" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=msnspaces0ca-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0756661862&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" style="align: left; height: 245px; padding-right: 10px; padding-top: 5px; width: 131px;">[...]



Taxis in Bangkok

2010-12-24T23:55:05.085-08:00

Besides the BTS and MRT, the easiest and most convenient way to get around Bangkok is by taxi. Most taxis are new, spacious and, in addition to the traditional green-yellow and red-blue, they also come in funky colours like bright orange, red and even pink. Finding a taxi is not a hassle, especially around hotels, shopping malls and other tourist attractions.However, you're in for a really long wait when it rains, and during rush hours. The fare starts at 35 baht, and stays there for the first two kilometres. Thereafter, the fare gradually works its way up with 2 baht at a time (roughly per kilometre). A surcharge applies in traffic jams (1.25 baht per metre when moving under 6 km per hour). Typical taxi fares for going a few kilometres are around 50 baht. Communication can be a problem with the majority of Bangkok's taxi drivers as they often speak little English. Improvise, and be imaginative.Overall, there's never a shortage of taxis in a city that never sleeps. They're cheap and available virtually 24 hours a day. Meter taxis now predominate, but sometimes you may have to politely ask them to switch the meter on to save negotiating later. Since taxis are cheap and the drivers work all hours in traffic that is legendary, a small tip is often appreciated. Useful tips: Available taxis are the ones with the glowing red vacant sign. No need to negotiate the fare as all taxis in Bangkok are now metered (well, sort of anyway). A driver refusing to use a meter is an indication of a suspicious agenda. If he insists on giving you a fixed fare, instead of using the meter, it's best to find another cab. Don't be surprised if the driver refuses to take you where you wish to go. There's nothing you can do about it but try your luck with the next taxi. It's ok to get a taxi at a bus stop when there's no bus approaching, otherwise you can expect to be honked at. Like tuk-tuks, watch out for an over-eager taxi driver who offers to take you to 'good' places. Don't expect Bangkok taxi drivers to know the city's every nook and cranny, as a driver qualification exam isn't required. It's always a good idea to carry a map, or the name and the location of where you're heading to written in Thai. Look behind you and make sure there's no motorcycle coming before you open a car door. It's very common for passengers to open the door without looking, and have a motorcycle slam into it. This can cause serious injury to the motorcycle driver, the taxi passenger, as well as considerable damage to the taxi itself. Tipping of taxi drivers is not required, though rounding the fare off to the nearest 5 or 10 baht is common practice (it's a nice thing to do, as they earn very little, work long hours in often stressful conditions). Before getting out of a taxi, make sure you haven't left any valuables or shopping bags behind. Trust your intuition. If you don't get a good feeling about a taxi driver, rather wait for the next one. For every nasty taxi driver in Bangkok there is also a good and charming one.  align="left" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=msnspaces0ca-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0756661862&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" style="align: left; height: 245px; padding-right: 10px; padding-top: 5px; width: 131px;">  align="left" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=msnspaces0ca-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1848362617&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" style="align: left; height: 245px; padding-right: 10px; padding-top: 5px; width: 131px;">  align="left" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth=[...]



Jatujak Weekend Market in Bangkok

2010-12-10T19:01:02.021-08:00

Jatujak Market or "JJ" in Bangkok is Bangkok Weekend Market or just a nick name called is “JJ” Once only popular among wholesalers and traders, Chatuchak Weekend Market has reached a landmark status as a must-visit place for tourists. Its sheer size and diverse collections of merchandise will bring any seasoned shoppers to their knees – this is where you can literally shop ‘till you drop’.The 35-acre (68-rai) area of Chatuchak is home to more than 8,000 market stalls. On a typical weekend, more than 200,000 visitors come here to sift through the goods on offer. Veteran shoppers would agree that just about everything is on sale here, although not all at the best bargain rates. But if you have one weekend in Bangkok, squeeze in a day trip to Chatuchak Weekend Market and you will not be disappointed.For first-timers, ‘conquering’ Chatuchak may seem like an impossible task, but worry not. There is a system to help you navigate your way through Chatuchak. Inside, one main walkway encircles the entire market, and it branches off into a series of numbered alleyways called Soi 1, Soi 2, Soi 3, and so on.These alleyways are grouped into sections, with 27 sections in all. You will find more than one category of goods contained in one section, and the same category of goods will appear again in the other sections. In terms of locating your category of goods, this system is rather useless; but it will come in handy when you try to locate your particular stall or where your exact location is on the Chatuchak map.Another way to find your way around Chatuchak is to find points of reference as you go along. The BTS and MRT stations as well as banks and numbered entrance gates are good points of references, as you will come across them as you turn corners. Then again, use the map to locate these references to find your correct orientation.If you can dream it up, Chatuchak probably has it. Here, you will be amazed at the sheer variety of merchandise, whether a Moroccan lamp, an antique wooden chest, a pair of vintage Levi’s jeans, or, on the exotic side, a python.Although it’s impossible to name all, the selection of goods being offered at Chatuchak can be roughly divided into 11 categories:Clothing & Accessories (sections 2-6, 10-26)Handicrafts (sections 8-11)Ceramics (sections 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25)Furniture and Home Decoration (sections 1,3,4,7,8)Food and Beverage (sections 2, 3, 4, 23, 24, 26, 27)Plants and Gardening tools (sections 3, 4)Art and Gallery (section 7)Pets and Pet Accessories (sections 8, 9, 11, 13)Books (sections 1, 27)Antiques and Collectibles (sections 1, 26)Miscellaneous and Used Clothing (sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 22, 25, 26)When buying goods at Chatuchak, particularly ‘antiques’, it is wise to exercise a few precautions. Check your goods thoroughly to see whether there is any damage, as many vendors sell factory rejects. For ‘antiques’, don’t trust the vendor when he tells you it is genuine. It’s better to bring along an expert, unless you are happy with what you are paying for.Chatuchak Weekend Market is the perfect place for bargain hunting, although whatever you buy here is probably no longer the best deal you can find. So brush up your negotiation skills and be prepared to walk away when the deal fails to go your way. Then, you’ll either be offered a lower price or simply find the same merchandise at another stall. It also helps to do a few practice runs before you actually start buying. Note that a friendly attitude and big smile are your biggest allies in securing the best possible deal.  Few people go to Chatuchak knowing exactly what they want or which stall to go to. Many expect to be surprised and let the sights of all the goods take them through a journey down the maze of stalls. Most often, shoppers arrive with a rough idea of what they want, then ar[...]



Tham Lot Forest Park,Mae Hongson

2010-12-10T19:04:36.495-08:00

The unusual ritual of launching Lanna-style floating lanterns (khome loi or khome yi-peng) is a unique aspect of the Chiang Mai Loi Krathong festival. Traditional belief has it that when these huge lanterns are set adrift and float away, so do the troubles of the residents in the community.'Yi-peng' literally means the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month and the Chiang Mai 'Yi-peng' and 'Loi Krathong', the Festival of Lights is organised annually by the Chiang Mai Municipality. During the festival, the entire city of Chiang Mai, its houses, streets, canals, moats and the river are decorated with lights and beautiful lanterns, making these festivities, a most beautiful and memorable experience for visitors.The practice of setting adrift traditional krathong floats in rivers, canals, waterways, lakes and ponds is also observed by the residents of Northern Thailand. While traditional krathong were made exclusively from banana leaves, today the krathong come in all shapes and sizes and are made from a broad range of materials. Following the contest, the krathong are set afloat on the Mae Ping River.The final night of the celebration is the most important. A procession of spectacular "Krathong Yai" or giant krathong floats will wing their way through the streets of the northern capital. The giant krathong feature elaborate decorations depicting the story of the life of the Lord Buddha, Thai literature, history and Thai art.Many other activities of interest will also be organised ranging from Krathong contests, Lanna Thai cultural presentations and folk performances, bamboo raft races and boat races on the Mae Ping River and fireworks.Other activities during the festiva willl include live demonstrations of traditional Lanna Thai crafts including the production of silver ornaments and lacquerware (kreuang koen), and Lanna folk performances.Contact information:Tourism Authority of Thailand, Chiang Mai Office Areas of responsibility: Chiang Mai, Lampang, Lamphun Tel: +66 (0) 5324 8604, (0) 5324 8607 Fax: +66 (0) 5324 8605 E-mail: tatchmai@tat.or.th Web site : www.tatchiangmai.orgIMPORTANT:Event dates and programme details may be subject to change. 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 10400 THAILAND.Hotel Recommended:[...]



Wild-Sunflower Field at Doi Mae U-Kho

2010-06-11T03:10:19.549-07:00

Located near the Mae U-Kho Waterfall, the Wild-Sunflower Field (Thung Bua Thong) covers over 1,000 rai of land. This field is by far the most visited place at Doi Mae U-Kho, especially during November and December when wild-sunflowers bloom, blanketing the surrounding fields for as far as the eye can see.It is believed that Christian missionaries who entered the area about 70 years ago, were the first to plant these magnificent flowers, as they are actually native to Central and South America, where they are known as the 'Mexican Sunflower'. align="left" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=msnspaces0ca-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0952738333&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" style="align: left; height: 245px; padding-right: 10px; padding-top: 5px; width: 131px;">   align="left" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=msnspaces0ca-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0035RE4Z2&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" style="align: left; height: 245px; padding-right: 10px; padding-top: 5px; width: 131px;">  align="left" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=msnspaces0ca-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0033RZH1O&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" style="align: left; height: 245px; padding-right: 10px; padding-top: 5px; width: 131px;">       Search Amazon.com for Mae Hong Son [...]