Thailand: Loi Krathong

A little something on Thai festival of light and why you should attend it.
Bringing in new happiness in our lives, yes, this is what we should be doing on a daily basis. But for now, you can head to Thailand for Loi Krathong, a festival that ceremonially bids goodbye to past sins and mistakes and welcomes happiness. Also known as Lantern Festival or Festival of Floating Bowls, the festival will be celebrated …
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2017 Phuket Vegetarian Festival Calendar

October 20
Official start of the Vegetarian Festival
Every day from October 23 – 28
There’s a ritual paying respects to Chinese guardian angels (Ko Gun) at Bangniew Shrine and from October 22, the ceremonies can be seen at Jui Tui Tao Bo Keng Shrine and Ta Rua Shrine as well.
October 23
A ritual to pay respect to ancestors spirits
October 24
Firewalking (Goi Hoi) at Jui Tui Tao Bo Keng Shrine at 8pm
October 23 – 26
A …
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AirAsia to launch Phuket-Macao flights

AirAsia will launch direct flights between Phuket and Macao, China, starting Jan 8, 2018.
Celia Lao, CEO of AirAsia Hong Kong & Macao, said Phuket is among the top destinations for Macanese and Chinese travellers, making Thai AirAsia’s introduction of a direct flight between Phuket and Macao a wonderful opportunity for tourism.
AirAsia currently operates six flights from Macao with routes including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya (U-tapao), Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Jakarta and will …
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First Phuket airport renovations will be done by late next month, says its general manager

The first phase of Phuket’s renovated domestic terminal will open just in time for the upcoming holidays, Phuket International Airport General Manager Petch Chancharoen said at a press conference on Monday (Oct 9).
Most of the construction work has been completed and all of the building’s systems are now being tested so that it can open on Nov 28, as the high season for tourism begins, he told reporters at the event held …
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Things you need to know if you’re travelling to Thailand and Bangkok in October

During this month there will be a lot of small and larger changes as Thailand gets ready to bid a sad, final farewell to the much-loved and revered HM King Bhumibol who passed on October 13 last year.
Most of the changes will be around Bangkok, especially the Sanam Luang Park area around the Grand Palace. But there will also be changes in the way people dress, opening times at other attractions …
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Thailand’s tourism reports strong August

China continues to dominate Thailand’s inbound tourist arrivals chart as the country enjoyed a bumper August with 3,133,411 visits up 8.6% on August 2016.
August was the fourth month, this year, that saw arrivals exceed 3 million, the second highest after January when visits reached 3,197,053.
Other peak travel months when visits exceeded 3 million were March and July.
Based on the current performance tourism officials are confident visits will exceed 35 million by …
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Thailand draws 3.1 million tourists in August, a record for the month

Thailand welcomed 3.13 million tourists in August, a record for the low season month, and there’s no sign that the strong baht is hurting an industry that’s been a rare bright spot for the economy.

Tourism accounts for 12 percent of Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy, whose growth has picked up after years of sluggishness but still lags regional peers.
The August arrivals were 8.66 percent above a year earlier and marked the first time visitors during that …
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Share-bike comes to Phuket Town

“This is the first bike sharing initiative in Thailand and it uses a mobile application to search for a bicycle on the map and uses QR code to scan and unlock the bike. Everyone can share the bikes simply by searching for it, unlocking it, enjoying it and returning it.”
Phuket’s Governor chaired a meeting with Phuket City Development (PKCD), the Phuket Municipality and two bicycle companies who are sponsoring the initiative, aiming …
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Ironman 70.3 Thailand returns to Phuket

Triathletes from around the world are heading to Phuket for a weekend of swim-bike-run where 1,500 competitors from more than 60 countries are expected to compete in the Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand on November 26, and up to 300 youngsters in the Foremost IRONKIDS Thailand.
Built on the belief that Anything is Possible®, IRONMAN – the original triathlon brand – was founded in 1978 and today stages over 150 IRONMAN events in …
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