Thailand becomes tourism hub in five major areas

Tourism and Sports Minister Korbkarn Watthanavrangkul said that Thailand is the tourism hub of five major areas and operators must have good management to create sustainable quality tourism.

She delivered a special address at a seminar to enhance the potential of tourism operators at Rawadi hotel in Muang district, Nakhon Si Thammarat province saying that Thailand is a hub for tourism in five major areas including Sports Tourism, Medical and Wellness Tourism, Wedding and Romance Tourism, Marine Tourism, and ASEAN Connect.

She said that Nakhon Si Thammarat province has a good image and is creating sustainable quality tourism which requires good management, readiness of information technology, safety, good personnel and good environment.

She went on to say that Tourism and Sports Minister said that tour and hotel operators must ensure the quality of food and waste and waste water management in order to make tourism grow sustainably.


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Mukdahan celebrates Songkran, promotes ASEAN relations

Mukdahan province is using the Songkran Water Festival to strengthen relationships among countries of the region.

The capital district of Mukdahan is playing host to a cultural event to celebrate the water festival and promote relationships within ASEAN. Joining the inaugural ceremony were provincial Governor Sorasit Ritsorakai, high-ranking officials, Thai Red Cross representatives, and diplomats from Lao PDR, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

The activity is also expected to fortify economic ties among ASEAN partners through border trade and investment.

In addition, Mukdahan is inviting holiday makers to visit Chang Nao Road. Similar to Khao San Road in Bangkok, Chang Nao Road is a popular venue for water games and fun activities. The venue was named after the city’s iconic flower “Chang Nao.”

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PM: Family should spend time together this long holiday

The Thai Premier says that family members should spend quality time together this long holiday, offering his best wishes to Thai citizens celebrating the Thai traditional New Year.

Stressing the importance of family, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that families are the smallest yet the most essential part of society. “If family is strong, the nation is strong. A stronger family leads to a stronger nation, stronger religions, and a stronger monarchy. Family is the start of the nation’s wealth, happiness and strength.”

On the occasion of the Thai New Year or Songkran, Gen Prayut wishes Thai people good luck, good health, happiness, and longevity.

He said Songkran is a perfect opportunity for family members to bond and enjoy time with each other.

He then asked all festival goers to celebrate the occasion politely like their ancestors did, in order to preserve the beauty and the uniqueness of Thai traditions.

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Amazing Songkran Experience festival 2017

Amazing Songkran Experience festival 2017 will take place at Benjasiri Park in Bangkok on April 8 – 13, 2017 from 12.00 to 20.00 hrs.

Amazing Songkran Experience festival 2017 will take place at Benjasiri Park in Bangkok on April 8 – 13, 2017 from 12.00 to 20.00 hrs. The event will showcase the unique local experiences and provide an insight into some of the fascinating Sonkran traditions from every part of Thailand.

The festival is divided into four zones, each of which is packed with demonstrations of local culture, and cuisine. The four zones at Amazing Songkran Experience festival 2017 include:

Zone 1: The tourists will get the chance to appreciate the more spiritual side of Songkran by being blessed by pouring water to the buddha image on Mont Meru. There will be the demonstration of paying respect to elders by pouring water from five regions of the country and The workshop activities on making Thai scented water, scented flour bunch and Thai pot – pourri, dried flowers.

Zone 2: Discover Songkran Celebration in Five Regions: Every region in the country will celebrate the Songkran festival. This zone will gather a variety of myths, cultures, and traditions, representing each region of Thailand. This zone includes;The northern region calls their Songkran festivals as “Pee Mai Muang”, demonstrating local Lanna women riding a Kang Chong (a Northern vehicle) and There are also showcases of the northern handicrafts. The northeasterners handle Songkran Festival in the simple and warm way. They call Songkran as Boon Duen Ha or the 5th month merit.

The central region will offer Songkran in Phra Pradaeng, where is one of the few places in Thailand that celebrates the Songkran Festival in the Thai-Mon style. Visitors will have the opportunity to take photos with “Loy Chai Boy”, men who dressed in traditional Raman costume.

The southern region will showcase the celebration in the fishermen style and also will teach the southern handicrafts. The eastern region will represent Sri Maharaja Songkran Festival in Chonburi Province. The observance of the ‘kong khao’ religious ritual and other customs related to the celebration of the Thai New Year. In addition, there will be the selfie zone for visitors to wear Thai costumes and take photos.

Zone 3:  Unique Culinary Delights: This zone will offer food and desserts from all five regions for example, rice in ice water  or Khao Chae. This will enable visitors to get a taste of the vibrancy and variety of the kingdom’s cuisine.

Zone 4: Amazing Songkran Main Stage: There will be many cultural performances and local edutainment activities from five regions of Thailand, for example, Thai Blind Boxing or Muay Tub Jak and Thai chilli paste making.  Miss Amazing Songkran International Beauty Contest will be held on April 13, 2017. The six-day event will showcase the unique local experiences.



The 12 most awe-inspiring temples to see in India

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With its myriad sights and sounds, India is an attack on the senses as soon as you set eyes upon it.

It’s a truly magical country, home to some of the world’s most beautiful temples.

With around one billion Hindus living in the country, plus a load of other religions being worshipped, India needs a lot of temples to meet demand – and it delivers.

From shines dripping in gold to one or two that are a little naughty, here are our top 12 temples to see in India.

Brihadeeswara Temple, Tamil Nadu


Known locally as ‘Big Temple’, this Hindu temple is dedicated to Shiva.

At over a 1,000 years old, Brihadeeswara Temple is one of the oldest temples in all of India, and it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site too.

Kedarnath Temple, Uttarakhand

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Located in the little town of Kedanath in the foothills of the Himalayas, this temple can only be reached via a 14-kilometre trek from a neighbouring village making it one of the holiest pilgrimages in India.

With views like this the trek is seriously worth it.

Konark Sun Temple, Orissa

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Built in the 13th century, the Konark Sun Temple is in the shape of a giant chariot with elaborate carved stone wheels.

As an added bonus (or architectural genius), the spokes of these wheels also act as an accurate sundial. Clever, eh?

Golden Temple, Amritsar

“Dithe Sabhe Than Nahin Tudh Jeha” (Of all places that I have seen, none compare with you), wrote Guru Arjan Dev, the Fifth Sikh Guru, on the completion of Harmandar Sahib — the abode of God. These words of the Guru reverberate in the ears when one bows one’s head at Harmandar Sahib (Amritsar). Founded in 1588 A.D., Harmandar Sahib acquired the name of Golden Temple when its upper portion was covered with gold-plated copper sheets during the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (in the 1830s) Captured by – @22gstudios _________ #wonderful_places #colors #incredibleindiaofficial #vsco #worldbestgram #indiaig #NGTDailyshot #Instagram #indiapictures #picoftheday #indiaclicks #traveladdict #IndianShutterBugs #indiaig #_soi #india_clicks#instadaily #Igramming_india #_coi #_indiasb #photographers_of_india #instagood #photooftheday #indianshutterbugs #instadaily #photooftheday #picoftheday #color #photography #vscocam #beautifuldestinations #storiesofindia #_indiasb #India_undiscovered #indianphotography _______ Hashtag – #indianphotography Follow – I.P © 2017

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The legendary Golden Temple is famous for its huge golden shrine in the centre of the temple complex.

Ringed by a marble walkway, the Golden Temple is said to have healing powers, and over 750kg of gold covers its surface.

Virupaksha Temple, Hampi

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The whole town of Hampi feels like one giant temple with different monuments dotted all around the rocky landscape.

This temple dates back to the 7th century and is thought to be one of the oldest functioning temples in India.

It’s also home to Lakshmi the temple elephant.

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Tamil Nadu

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Ramanathaswamy Temple is famous for having the longest corridor among all Hindu temples in India.

This corridor stretches for over a kilometre and is winged by 1,212 pillars.

It’s considered lucky to walk the entire length of it.

Gomateshwara Statue, Shravanbelagola

Forget David, Gomateshwara is a 17-metre high monolithic statue dedicated to the Jain god Bahubali.

Built in 983 AD, it is one of the largest free standing statues in the world, and in 2007 it was voted as the first of the Seven Wonders of India.

Laxminarayan Temple, New Delhi

One of the first sites people visit when they arrive in Delhi is Laxminarayan Temple.

Devoted to the Goddess of Prosperity, tourists think it brings good fortune coming here at the start of their trip.

Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai

There are over 33,000 sculptures at Meenakshi Amman Temple, and an annual 10-day festival in April and May attracts well over a million people.

Otherwise it’s just a paltry 15,000 people per day.

Mind boggling.

Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu and Kashmir

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Perched on the slopes of the Trikuta Mountains, this is another popular temple for pilgrims looking to go hiking and in winter it’s usually covered in snow.

Being in Kashmir it can be pretty difficult to get to though.

Akshardham Temple, New Delhi

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One of the newer temples in India (it opened in 2005), 70% of all tourists who visit Delhi make it to Akshardham Temple – and it’s easy to see why.

This temple puts on a pretty mean light/water show in the evening.

Khajuraho Temple, Madhya Pradesh

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This is actually a group of temples.

Originally 85 temples, only about 20 still stand today.

The temples that have survived show intricate details of an ancient Indian art (and one that’s still practiced today) – the Karma Sutra.



10 Amazing Office Buildings in India

Infinity Towers, Kolkata


Fisheries Department Building, Hyderabad


Shree Cement, Jaipur


The South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre, New Delhi


Infosys Multiplex, Mysore


Adobe Headquarters


Software development Block, Infosys, Mysore


IFlex Building, Bangalore


Cyber Towers, Hyderabad


Cybertecture Egg, Mumbai
Tourism and Sports Minister to organize roadshow events in 4 countries

The Minister of Tourism and Sports has planned on organizing road show events in four countries, expecting revenue from tourism to reach 2.7 trillion baht in 2017.

Tourism and Sports Minister Korpkarn Watthanawarangkura disclosed that the Tourism and Sports Ministry plans to organize roadshow events in foreign countries to promote Thailand’s quality tourist attractions.

The roadshow events will be organized in China, America, England, France and Iran, she said.

She adds that the number of tourists has only continued to increase steadily, especially from China. It is expected that the revenue from tourism in 2017 could be as high as 2.7 trillion baht.

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Nong Khai Skywalk offers a view of Thai-Laos borders of the Mekhong River

The Nong Khai Skywalk at Wat Pha Tak Suea has become a popular tourist destination, where visitors can see the Thai and Lao sides of the Mekong River and experience cool temperatures of early winter.

The destination has grown in popularity, as the province approaches its tourism high season. For public safety and crowd management purposes, Wat Pha Tak Suea has allowed only 20 people to be on the skywalk at any one time.

The skywalk is part of the province’s tourism development program of turning Nong Khai’s Pha Tak Suea area into a tourist destination, connecting Nong Khai with the provinces of Loei and Bueng Kan. The project cost 17 million baht to construct a U-shaped skywalk that extends out from the cliff. The project has been open to the public since April 6th this year.


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Domestic tourism grows 12% in Q3

The tourism industry expanded by 12% in the 3rd quarter as Thailand remains a hotspot for Chinese tourists.

Minister for Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said today the country’s tourism revenue in the 3rd quarter of 2016 totaled 620 billion baht, representing a 12.22 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

Out of total tourism income, 410.7 billion baht came from foreign visitors. The number accounted for an increase of 14.77% year on year.

During the period, 2.42 million Chinese tourists visited Thailand, generating 123.6 billion baht.

In the meantime, the number of domestic tourists grew 5.55% as they generated 216.2 billion baht in total.

The minister remains optimistic about the rest of 2016, saying tourism growth in the 4th quarter during which Thailand is expected to see nearly 610,000 tourists will drive this year’s tourism revenue to 2.4 trillion baht.


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