Vegetarian Festival in full swing nationwide

Business has picked up significantly on Yaowarat Road in Bangkok now that the Vegetarian Festival is in full swing with both Thais and foreigners buying vegetarian food to join in the tradition.

Festivities have also kicked off in Phuket province where the Jui Tui Shrine has engaged in a Ko Teng pole lifting ceremony to signify the start of the Vegetarian Festival. The shrine is to host a variety of activities over the nine days of the festival, including displays of supernatural feats believed to be possible during the annual happening.

In Songkhla province, Thais of Chinese descent in Hat Yai district also lifted a Ko Teng pole with the Tao Bo Keng Foundation providing vegetarian dishes to attendants.

On Bangkok’s Yaowarat Road, a ceremony was held to call upon the Nine Emperor Gods, which are believed to bestow blessings upon those that engage in the festival. People of Chinese heritage have been seen donning white and taking part in spiritual ceremonies since the start of the tradition, most saying they are wishing for health for their families.

Tai Hong Kong Shrine has prepared two vegetarian meal dispensaries for those taking part in the celebration. The meals are free and available three times a day from 7-9AM, 11AM-1PM and 4-5.30PM.

Bangkok maintains position as top international destination

BANGKOK, 30th September 2018 (NNT) – For the fifth time, Mastercard has named Thailand the most popular international destination in the world.

Government Spokesperson Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said on the weekend that Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha was pleased to hear that Thailand had been voted the world’s best destination for the third consecutive time this year and five times in the past six years.

According to Mastercard’s report known as Global Destinations Cities Index, Thailand in 2017 was visited by 20 million overnight visitors. The average length of stay was 4.7 nights. Each foreign visitor spent 5,500 baht per day.

The cities of Phuket and Pattaya were voted 12th and 18th best respectively.

Thailand was the only country to have three cities in the top 20, which reflected the country’s well developed infrastructure, the quality of hospitality services, and affordability.

Mastercard examined 162 cities worldwide to come up with its Global Destinations Cities Index. The ranking is based on the number of visitors, the amount of money they spent, and the average length of stay in 2017.

By Mastercard’s assessment, Bangkok is more affordable than Paris, Singapore or Seoul.

 

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15 reasons to visit Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

15 reasons to visit Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

 

1. Ganga Aarti

The Varanasi Ganga Aarti takes place every sunset at the holy Dasaswamedh Ghat, near Kashi Vishwanath Temple. The aarti is performed on a stage by a group of pandits, all draped in saffron colored robes with their puja plates spread out before them. It commences with the blowing of a conch shell, and continues with the waving of incense sticks in elaborate patterns and circling of large flaming lamps that create a bright hue against the darkened sky. The movement of the lamps, held in the pandits’ hands, is tightly synchronized to the rhythmic chants of hymns and clang of cymbals.

 

2. Dip in holy Ganges

There are plenty of ghats in Varanasi, from where devotees can take a holy dip in the Ganges and it is considered to be the most auspicious moment by all Hindu religion believers. You do not want to miss the chance to fulfil the millennia old tradition while you are at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.

3. Boat ride

Some say the majesty of the Ganges River is best appreciated as the sun is rising and setting. In the morning you can experience the red sun rising in the east, shining on pilgrims as they start their bathing rituals. In the evening you can experience Ganga Aarti too.

 

4. Seek blessings at temples

The Vishwanath Temple of Kasi (Varanasi) is one of the oldest and most sacred Hindu temples in India. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas – important centres of Shiva worship. The Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple of Varanasi is said to have been established by the renowned saint Goswami Tulsidas and reconstructed by Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya in the early 20th century. Located quite close to the Vishwanath Temple, is the Annapurna Devi temple where the Goddess Parvati is worshipped as the giver of food and nourishment.

5. Enjoy the street food

Street food is an essential part of Indian culture and cuisine. There are a number of street foods from across the country that are famous, but nothing that beats the hot and crispy kachoris and samosas from Benaras. Vegetarian delicacies are majorly prepared in desi ghee and mustard oil, be it spicy, sweet or sour. Most Varanasi sweets have a milk and ghee base like the Magdal, Sankat Mochan ke Laddoo, Parval Mithai, Kheer Mohan and Launglata among others.

6. Soak in music and dance of banarasi gharana

Varanasi also developed as a great center of Dhrupad style of singing. In the 16th century, Govind Chandra ruled Varanasi and during his regime Dhrupad became the count music. With the development of Dhrupad, other styles like Dhamar, Hori and Chaturang also grew. The famous Assarwari, “Ghunghat ke pat Khol” was made famous by the Nirgun singers of Kashi while Meer Rustam (the Nawab of Awadh) patronised music festivals like Jhoola, Jhoomar, Kajri, Birha, Dangal, Gulab Bari as well as music on boats. Varanasi is also associated with many great instrumentalists. Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan is famous worldwide while Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar has earned wide acclaim throughout the world.

7. Weavers of Varanasi

In the city as old as time, with a weaving tradition that is equally historic, Benarasi saris have kept abreast with changing tastes. The sarees are among the finest sarees in India and are known for their gold and silver brocade or zari, fine silk and opulent embroidery. The sarees are made of finely all had said this should be about Banarasi weaving including carpets etc and not just saris. Woven silk and are decorated with intricate design, and, because of these engravings, are relatively heavy.

 

8. Take a holy dip in triveni sangam

The Triveni Sangam, where the Kumbh Mela takes place, is the meeting place of three rivers: the Saraswati, Yamuna, and Ganga. The Triveni Sangam is considered to be a very sacred place in India to Hindus, who believe that taking a dip there will wash away sins and free them from the cycle of rebirth, thereby achieving Moksha.

 

9. Visit the Kumbh Mela

The Kumbh Mela is the largest gathering of humanity at any one. 100 millon people attended the Kumbh at Prayag in 2013! That is 1/10 of India’s population! All other congregations pale in comparison with the Kumbh. The ocean of humanity, the sea of tents, the colourful flags, countless pilgrims taking a dip in the water, the smell of smoke from holy fires, the beautiful sunrise it is a breathtaking panorama.

 

10. Discover the grandeur of UNESCO heritage sites

Unesco World heritage sites have always been a big attractions for traveler from all over the world and people like to visit these places very much. Specially travelers who love history and architecture love to visit world heritage sites all over the world. Delhi also have three Unesco world heritage sites – Red Fort, Humayun’s tomb and Qutub Minar and these are must visit when you are in Delhi.

 

11. Visit Chandni chowk – An ideal symbol of ‘Sarva Dharma Sambhava’

Chandni Chowk has emerged as an ideal symbol of Sarva Dharma Sambhava. It was initially shaped as a square at the centre of which was a pool that shimmered in the moonlight which is what the market is named after. The shops around the bazaar were arranged in a half moon pattern around the square. Delhi’s most famous mosque, Jama Masjid, was built in 1650 in the vicinity. The Gauri Shankar temple, the Central Baptist Church and the Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib are also located nearby.

 

12. Shopping in Delhi

The vibrant atmosphere of Delhi markets can make shopping lots of fun. In fact, Delhi has the best markets in India, selling a huge array of items including handicrafts from all over the country. These top markets in Delhi are a treasure trove of goods waiting to be discovered. The Delhi Haat, Tibetan Market on Janpath, Chandni Chowk, Sarojini Market, Khan market are some of them.

 

 

13. Visit Akshardham and Lotus Bahai Temple

Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple in New Delhi epitomizes 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind. The Lotus temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower and is the last of seven Major Bahai’s temples built around the world. Completed in 1986 it is set among the lush green landscaped gardens. The structure is made up of pure white marble. The architect Furiburz Sabha chose the lotus as the symbol common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate.

14. Relish local delicacies

The best way to know a city intimately, is to romance its food. A lot has been written about Delhi and its food, and justifiably so. Delhi loves it food. And more than that, it loves sharing its food with those who love all things delicious. If you wish to enjoy it, shed your high-brow attitude to soak in the flavours and delicacies. The streets are lined with halwais (sweet-sellers), namkeen wallahs (sellers of savouries) and paranthe wallahs.

15. Celebrate Republic Day including the parade at Rajpath

Republic Day honors the date of 26th January 1949 when the Constitution of India came into force as the governing document of the country. It marks India’s identity as a republic nation. The Republic Day Parade refers to the ceremonious parade on Rajpath, New Delhi, held every year on the same date. The parade showcases India’s Defence Capability, Cultural and Social Heritage. The Republic Day Parade takes places along Rajpath, in Delhi. Its route is more than five kilometers long. The parade sets out from Raisina Hill near Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s Palace) and follows Rajpath past India Gate to the Red Fort.

 

Source: http://www.pbdindia.gov.in/en/15-reasons

Nonthaburi Long Boat Races Begin Today

Nonthaburi Long Boat Races is organized annually on the third weekend of August when the Chao Phraya River is high. Oarsmen from Nonthaburi and other nearby provinces would gather to join the boat racing which is held at Nonthaburi Pier. Each year, there are about 60-70 boats joining the 3 days competition. There is also a parade of fancy decorated boats during the event.

Mekong River rising again in Nong Khai province

The Mekong River at Nong Khai has begun to rise once again following rain and excess water drainage via tributaries in the province to protect farmland.

Rainfall in Lao PDR north of Nong Khai has raised the Mekong River as measured by the province’s Department of Water Resources office, by four centimeters to 9.46 meters. The river is continuing to rise due to inflows from Loei province. Water inflow from Loei’s Chiang Kan district is expected to swell the Mekong over the next 18-20 hours.

Drainage of waterways flowing into the Mekong River, has however benefitted farmland and allowed 10 small water pumps to stop operation, leaving only four large pumps still operating. Drainage from streams in Nong Khai into the Mekong has been increased to 100 percent in anticipation of more rain.

In the south, the Songkla Fishing Association has issued a warning to fishing boats operating in the Gulf of Thailand to be wary of strong winds and waves. They have been urged to move further south towards Nakhon Si Thammarat to avoid being impacted by tropical storm Bebinca. Boat operators have also been encouraged to closely follow weather forecasts and to stay close to shore so they may escape harsh weather.

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The Cabinet has approved changes to the tax measure aimed at boosting tourism and MICE, or meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions, in secondary provinces.

After the Cabinet meeting, Mr Natporn Jatusripitak, Advisor to the Prime Minister’s Office Minister, revealed that adjustments have been made to the draft ministerial regulation concerning tax exemptions to promote tourism and MICE activities in secondary cities.

For more inclusiveness, the Cabinet agreed to expand the coverage of the term “non-hotel establishments” to accommodations with no more than four rooms and a capacity of no more than 20 guests which serve travelers on a temporary basis and generate supplementary income for the operators.

Moreover, the meeting gave a nod to the addition of more secondary tourism sites, as suggested by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, to a list of places where visitors would be eligible for an income tax exemption on tour guide services. Visitors staying at non-hotel establishments would also receive a tax exemption on accommodation fees. Such exemptions would be applicable to the actual amount of payment not exceeding 15,000 baht collectively, made between January 1 and December 31, 2018.

These adjustments, which are estimated to cost the government about 50 million baht, are expected to help stimulate tourism in local communities and distribute wealth across the country. Following the Cabinet’s approval, the revised ministerial regulation will be presented to the Office of the Council of State for a review before being forwarded to the Ministry of Finance for implementation.

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Foreign divers rescued after pickup swept into canal

Two foreign divers took an unplanned plunge when a flash flood swept their vehicle off a road and into a canal in Thung Yai district, Nakhon Si Thammarat province, on Sunday (Aug 12th).

Both men are diving instructors. They were trapped in their vehicle when fast-flowing forest runoff washed it off the road and into Sinpun canal near Nong Wa village in Kulae subdistrict. They scrambled out of the cab and onto the tray as the water rose up level with the windows.

It was some hours before their plight was noticed and police were alerted. About 100 rescue workers, military officers and local residents rushed to help and worked for about two hours to pull them and their vehicle, a 4-door pickup truck with Bangkok license plates, from the canal.

They were named in media reports as Seetoh Yiyu, a Singaporean national, 37, and a Danish national identified as Claus, 45. Diving gear was found in their vehicle.

Police said the two men were returning from instructing at a cave diving course in Krungyan subdistrict of Thung Yai district and were on their way to Phuket. They were using a GPS to guide them. It directed them to a secondary road, by-passing another flooded road, when they were hit by forest runoff.

The two men thanked everyone for helping them, explaining they did not know the way to Phuket and had to rely on the vehicle’s Global Positioning System (GPS). They were not aware that there was also forest runoff flooding the road.

Their vehicle was washed into the canal near an oil palm plantation. They managed to get out of the cab and stood on the back with their gear, barely above the floodwater, for several hours before local residents saw them and called police for help.

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Ayutthaya sees increasing number of tourists

The ancient province of Ayutthaya, is enjoying an increase in the number of visitors, boosting the local economy and people’s incomes.

Ayutthaya Governor Sujin Chaichumsuk said today that a rise in the number of tourists has been apparent since the period drama “Buppesannivas” premiered and became a must-watch show for Thai citizens.

Buppesannivas cultivates love for Thai culture and interest in the nation’s history. Considered the historic heart of Thailand, Ayutthaya houses a large collection of ancient ruins and artifacts.

Ayutthaya City Hall is working with tourism related agencies to accommodate visiting tourists, making sure they have an unforgettable experience.

The city is planning to organize 36 more activities to trigger cultural tourism throughout the year and to celebrate special occasions like the Songkran Festival and Loi Krathong.

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Reporter : Thammarat Thadaphrom Rewriter : Rodney McNeil National News Bureau & Public Relations : http://thainews.prd.go.th

People celebrated Holi Festival of Colors in Bangkok

Ambassador of India to Thailand H.E. Mr. Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi and Mrs.Rupa Bishnoi

BANGKOK, THAILAND – MAR 11: People celebrated Holi Festival of Colors, Mar 11, 2018 in SHOW DC, Bangkok, Thailand.

The Indian community & Thais turned out in large numbers. Ambassador of India to Thailand H.E. Mr. Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi and Mrs.Rupa Bishnoi joined #HoliRangotsavBangkok2018 @SHOWDC in #Bangkok, organized by @vhpthailand. Holi, marks the arrival of spring, being one of the biggest festivals in Asia…

 

Holi Rangotsav Festival of Colors 2018

#HoliRangotsavBangkok2018

ขอเรียนเชิญทุกท่านร่วมเฉลิมฉลองวันสงกรานต์ของชาวอินเดียที่เราเรียกกันว่าHoli Rangotsav เป็นการเล่นด้วยสีฝุ่นที่ทำจากสมุนไพรต่างๆ
และนำมาป้ายหรือสาดใส่กัน งานนี้จัดขึ้นที่ Oasis Arena SHOW DCในวันที่ 11 มีนาคม 2018 เวลา 10.00 นถึง 17.00น ในงานจะมี สีจำหน่าย โดยที่ผู้ที่ลงทะเบียน จะได้ส่วนลด 10% ส่วนนักศึกษา เมื่อโชว์ บัตรนักศึกษา จะได้ส่วนลด 20% ขอเรียนเชิญทุกท่าน มาร่วมสนุกโดยไม่มีค่าใช้จ่ายใดๆทั้งสิ้น
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#HoliRangotsavBangkok2018

We invite all of you to celebrate Holi festival, which we call Holi Rangotsav. It is played with colors made from various herbal herbs which is put on to one another or add with water and splash on the other.

This event will be held at Oasis Arena Show DC Bangkok on March 11th 2018 from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Color will be available for sale and those who register online will get 10% discount and 20% discount to students who shows their student ID card. Free Entry.

Note: Do not bring in any kind of alcohol or intoxicated drugs in to the event. Also we do not recommend anyone to bring camera/camcorder into the event. This may cause damage to your equipment accidentally without knowing.

Professional photographer or video camera team maybe allowed with prior written permission. Please send request to vhp@vhpthailand.org

Register online and get a discount on color.
https://holirangotsav2018.eventbrite.com

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