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Amazing Thailand: It Begins with the People

In November 2013, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) launched a new campaign with the slogan, ‘Amazing Thailand: it begins with the people’. The campaign emphasises the good characteristics of Thai people and is aimed at encouraging people to visit Thailand to experience Thai hospitality, culture and the unique sense of ‘Thainess’. In the time […]

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Phra Ram Ratchaniwet Royal Palace, Phetchaburi

Phra Ram Ratchaniwet Royal Palace, Phetchaburi

Originally intended to be used as rainy season retreat away from Bangkok, King Rama V (King Chulalongkorn) funded the building of this royal palace at Phetchaburi from his personal finances. The Thai monarch commissioned a German architect, Karl … [Read More...]

Pai Canyon, Thailand

Exploring Pai Canyon

Pai Canyon (Kong Lan) is described in some tourist brochures as Thailand's answer to the Grand Canyon. To say that's stretching a point would be putting it mildly. Pai Canyon is interesting geographically and provides some fine views, but if you're … [Read More...]

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Chong Para Ceremony and Festival, Mae Hong Son

The end of the traditional Buddhist rains retreat, known in Thai as Awk Phansa, is marked by ceremonies and religious activities throughout Thailand. There are some regions of the country which have their own unique events for Awk Phansa influenced … [Read More...]

Pai Memorial Bridge

Pai Memorial Bridge

These days, the Memorial Bridge in Pai (Saphan Prawatsart Pai) seems to be a compulsory stop for tourists to pose for selfies, but the steel bridge and the original wooden structures that preceded it have an interesting history. During World … [Read More...]

Mae Jo mass sky lantern release in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Mass Sky Lantern Release at Mae Jo, Chiang Mai

The small town of Mae Jo, less than 30 minutes drive from the centre of Chiang Mai city, is the unlikely location for a mesmerising annual event. The mass sky lantern release has been described as awe-inspiring, beautiful and emotional. I've … [Read More...]

Diving in Thailand

Diving in Thailand

I do sometimes get asked for recommendations and advice on where to dive in Thailand, but I'm not much of a swimmer and have never dived so I'm not the best person to ask. With that in mind a reader of the site, Peter O'Connor, has kindly taken time … [Read More...]

OZO Pattaya hotel

Hotel Review: OZO Pattaya

Compact, comfortable and chic. Three words that neatly sum up OZO Pattaya, a stylish new hotel which opened in the seaside resort on September 15. With a location close enough to main attractions, but far enough away from some of the brasher … [Read More...]

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Tourists Murdered on Ko Tao

The bodies of two British tourists were discovered on a beach on the island of Ko Tao on Monday morning. They have been named as David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23. Thai police say David and Hannah suffered severe injuries with a garden hoe … [Read More...]

The moon rabbit in Thailand

The Rabbit on the Moon

Just as Western folklore has stories about the 'Man in the Moon', Thai folklore has stories about the 'Rabbit on the Moon'. If you look at a full moon in Thailand, you may be able to make out the outline of a rabbit or white hare. Depending on your … [Read More...]