Thailand Latest Feature Feed from 2015-04-25 to 2015-04-27 Latest Feature2003-2007 Tourism Authority of ThailandTAT_RSS Generator Latest Feature Thailand15099Splashy SongkranTATBanner, 27 Apr 2015TAT supports 15 provinces to organize the ‘SongkranSplendours' 2015 as a part of the ‘2015 Discover Thainess'<p> The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) celebrates the year of &lsquo;Discover Thainess&rsquo; with &lsquo;Songkran Festival 2015&rsquo; in 15 provinces of Thailand by emphasising the uniqueness of the local Songkran tradition in each area. Together with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), TAT is organising the festivity in Bangkok under the theme &ldquo;Songkran Festival: Happiness and Joy in the Style of Thainess&rdquo; with the concept &lsquo;Songkran in the Capital City&rsquo; to bring back the identity of the traditional capital city of Songkran. It is estimated that there will be more than 2.6 million tourists joining this festival that is 12 percent more than 2014 as well as a 26 percent increase in income or about 14. 516 billion Baht.</p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This afternoon (8 April, 2015) at the TAT Head Office, Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, Deputy Governor for International Marketing, and Acting Governor of TAT, along with a representative of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administrations, and representatives of the 15 provinces, will come together for a press release to start the &lsquo;Songkran Festival 2015&rsquo;.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, TAT Acting Governor, disclosed that TAT will organise a celebration, &lsquo;Songkran Festival 2015&rsquo; from 5-19 April, 2015 as part of the campaign &lsquo;2015 Discover Thainess&rsquo;. TAT promotes activities and public relations in 15 provinces; Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Chon Buri, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Suphan Buri, Kanchanaburi, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Phanom, Nong Khai, Khon Kaen, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phuket, and Songkhla.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> There are 2 forms of the celebrations:</div> <div> 1.<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Provincial Songkran Festival aims to emphasise and promote Songkran in each province as a local identity since each area has its own uniqueness.</div> <div> -<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Songkran Festival: Happiness and Joy in the Styles of Thainess, Bangkok</div> <div> -<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Songkran Phra Pradaeng and Songkran Pak Nam &ndash; Ancient City,Samut Prakan</div> <div> -<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Songkran Festival, Mon community, Sangkhlaburi, Kanchanaburi</div> <div> -<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Songkran &#39;Song Nam Oi Than in Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai</div> <div> -<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Songkran: Sawatdi Pi Mai Mueang 2015, Chiang Mai</div> <div> -<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Pleasant Songkran, Thai-Laotian New Year, Nakhon Phanom</div> <div> -<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Songkran, Nang Dan Procession, Nakhon Si Thammarat</div> <div> -<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Songkran Festival</div> <div> -<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Songkran Splendours 2015, Suphan Buri</div> <div> -<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Grand Songkran Festival, Nong Khai</div> <div> -<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Wan Lai Songkran Festival in Bang saen, Chon Buri</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> TAT and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will organise &lsquo;Songkran Festival: Happiness and Joy in the Style of Thainess&rsquo; from 12-15 &nbsp;April, 2015, from 16.00-21.00 hrs. at Sanam Luang under the concept of &lsquo;Songkran in the Capital City&rsquo; by bringing back the identity of the traditional Songkran in the capital city. The highlight of the ceremony is on 12 April, 2015, when there will be a procession to welcome Phra Phuttha Sihing as the image is carried from Phra Thi Nang Phutthaisawan, National Museum Bangkok, to be installed at Sanam Luang for the people to pay respect and pour water on the image. For entertainment, there will be cultural shows on stage; such as, Khon from the Fine Arts Department, puppet troupes, Thai traditional dance flash mob, demonstration of Thainess, products from 50 districts of Bangkok, and the Water Festival. On 13 April, everyone is invited to join the alms &ndash; giving ceremony to 189 monks, the ceremony to pour water onto the palms of the elderly to seek there blessing, to visit temples on Rattanakosin Island, and also to join sub-district Songkran Festivals; such as, in the Wisut Kasat and Bang Lampu area.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> 2.<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Succulent Songkran Festival is a series of different areas where modern water festivals are held. There are 8 different places:</div> <div> - Khao San Road, Bangkok<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>- Khao Niaw Road, Khon Kaen</div> <div> - Silom Road, Bangkok<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>- Patong Beach, Phuket</div> <div> - Around the city moat, Chiang Mai<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>- Niphat Uthit Road, Hat Yai <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> &nbsp;Songkhla&nbsp;</div> <div> - Chon Buri province<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>- Ko Samui, Surat Thani</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> TAT anticipates that during this Songkran Festival, from 11-15 April, 2015, there will be &nbsp;a 12 percent increase in the number of tourists or roughly over 2,629,500 visitors, which would circulate approximately 14.516 billion Baht, or a 26 percent increased of income. Among the increase number of tourists, about 470,000 are to be foreigners, which is a 39 percent growth. In terms of income from foreign visitors, 7.5 billion Baht or a 52 percent increase is expected. The significant factor that influences the improvement in tourism is the economic recovery of the East and Southeast Asian countries. This gives more opportunity for tourists to come to Thailand during the Songkran Festival. During &nbsp;11-15 April, there will be a total of 130 charter and extra flights, 26,277 seats, flying to Thailand. 93 of the flights are to Bangkok, 14 to Phuket, and 23 to Krabi. Meanwhile the prices of package tours have decreased compared to the Chinese New Year. This has resulted in the expansion in the number of foreign visitors. On the other hand, a 2,159,500 million or 8 percent rise in the number of domestic tourists is anticipated, which would circulate more than 7.016 billion Baht or about 6 percent because of the 5-day long vacation. Most Thais are travelling on short trips; such as, to Chon Buri, Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, and Nakhon Ratchasima.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="color:#0ff;"><strong><a href="/fileadmin/upload_img/Home_news/Info_of_Songkran_Festival_2015.pdf">For more information click here.</a></strong></span></div>nattanichWhat's new, 09 Apr 2015Slow Travel Thailand<p> Taking time to enjoy what travel offers</p> <p> Once we step outside Bangkok and the modern speed of city life, we experience the real Thailand, the land of smiles. The Thai way of life is slow in origin; we live slowly in accordance with the time and with the seasons, the true speed of life.</p> <p> The local community and its rich heritage is what creates values in slow visit. Slow travel tunes the time of human action and the ecology with the rhythm of nature, where eco-resorts and local homestays play a major role in creating slow destinations. 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