‘Songkran Festival’ extended to five-day holiday from April 12 to 16

The Cabinet on Tuesday gave the green light for the five-day “Songkran Festival” holiday from April 12 to 16.

To accommodate people travelling up-country to visit their hometowns, and to stimulate nationwide tourism, the Cabinet allowed Thursday, April 12, as an additional holiday on top of the festival time from April 13 to 16.

As traffic congestion is expected during the long holiday period, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha also instructed state officials to prepare measures to improve road safety and public order.

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Special lanes open to accommodate holidaymakers returning to BKK

The Royal Thai Police has opened special lanes in 15 locations to prevent traffic congestion as holidaymakers are making their way back to Bangkok.

National Police Deputy Spokesperson Pol Col Kritsana Pattanacharoen revealed that traffic police have been deployed to major roads in Bangkok since Tuesday morning to keep traffic moving and prevent accidents.

Special lanes have been opened in 15 spots on Highway 32, Mittraphap, Asia and Pahonyothin Roads to relieve traffic congestion as holidaymakers are beginning to return from the North and Northeast of the country.

The Deputy Spokesperson said the numbers of road fatalities and injuries declined significantly due to road safety campaigns and strict law enforcement. He attributed the decline to public cooperation.

Pol Col Kritsana also urged people to drive carefully and stop for a rest if necessary to ensure their safe return.

Tourists spotted at famous destinations around the kingdom

People are spending quality time with their families at tourist places all around Thailand.

In Phetchabun province, tourists from various cities have been flocking to Khao Kho district to spend a chilly night there and to watch the sunrise over the Takian Ngo Peak. The temperature in the district can drop to as low as 13 degrees Celsius at night.

Meanwhile, in Yala province, the Yala Chamber of Commerce is inviting Thai and foreign tourists to enter a sea of fog at Khuhaphimuk Temple. Those interested can call 073-211288 for more information.

During the past year, Betong district of Yala was visited by at least 700,000 people. The number is expected to increase 30-50% once the new airport is finished. The airport is now under construction and will be operational in 2019.

In Nong Khai province, some 20,000 people are crossing the Thai-Laotian border on a daily basis during New Year holidays, twice as many as on other occasions. Security measures have been tightened to ensure public safety.

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Thailand visited by 3.02 million foreign visitors in Nov

Thailand welcomed 3.02 million foreign visitors in November, while the country’s public debt per GDP stood at 41.7% at the end of October.

According to the latest report, the overall Thai economy has been growing at a consistent rate especially in terms of demand for products. Exports, production, and government and private spending have all seen positive signs during this past year.

In terms of tourism, Thailand was visited by 3.02 million foreign tourists in November, accounting for a 23.2% increase year-on-year. Most tourists were from China, South Korea, Russia, Laos, Cambodia, and India.

Thailand’s debt-to-GDP ratio was recorded at 41.7% at the end of October, which is within the Ministry of Finance’s sustainability framework.

In the meantime, the Federation of Thai Industries and the Thai Chamber of Commerce have predicted that the economic confidence index will be high during the first 6 months of 2018 due to a steady growth in hospitality and the industrial sector.

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Siam Paragon holds exhibition in HM the late King’s honor

Siam Paragon, one of the most crowded shopping malls in the capital city, is hosting an exhibition in honor of HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Held at the mall’s dancing fountain, the exhibition features 180 rare photographs of HM the late King taken by 50 photographers. The exhibition also marks the 1-year anniversary of the beloved monarch’s passing. According to the organizer, all the photos demonstrate the love and loyalty Thai people have for their late King who worked tirelessly for the betterment of his subjects throughout his 7-decade reign.

The organizer is also giving out stamps and portraits of HM King Rama IX to every visitor.

The exhibition will take place until October 27th. Doors open from 10 am to 7 pm.


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The royal crematorium is now complete

Dussehra festival celebrated in Thailand

Hindus perform a ritual during a Dussehra celebration in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, September 30, 2017. Hindus in Bangkok joined a series of festivities on Saturday evening to observe Dussehra, a major Hindu festival marking Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana, the ten-headed demon king.

Dussehra celebration in downtown Bangkok, Thailand 2017
Dussehra celebration in downtown Bangkok, Thailand 2017
Dussehra celebration in downtown Bangkok, Thailand 2017

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Thailand at third place on world tourism revenue list

Thailand has attained third place in terms of tourism revenue according to 2016-2017 statistics released by the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Since 2016, Thailand has earned 1.65 trillion baht or 49.9 billion dollars from tourism, representing a 16.9 percent jump. The country is also ranked ninth in terms of tourist arrivals, with 32.6 million visitors or an 8.9 percent surge.

First and second best performers are USA and Spain which gained 205.9 billion dollars and 60.3 billion dollars from tourism respectively. The other top 10 earners are China, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong and Australia.

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