Launch of biofuel vehicles in Thailand

Posted in Attractions,General,Government,Guide,News June 2, 2009

The launch of new biofuel vehicles in Thailand by general motors corp. this year, offers incentives to cut reliance on gasoline. The Thai government also offered incentives, including lower excise taxes for biofuel vehicles. Earlier Volvo Thailand was launched in December, the first flexible fuel vehicle that can run on a range of alternative fuels including E85, providing an option for those who want to go green and cut their fuel costs.

David J. Tulauskas, director of public policy for GM Asia Pacific, said that these biofuel vehicles will be able to run on E85 fuel, a blend of 85 percent ethanol with gasoline, or E20 fuel which contains 20 percent ethanol. This E20 fuel is 20 percent cheaper than regular gasoline, while E85 is 40 percent lower. He said that good response is expected, when the vehicles are launched in Thailand, and he declined to give further details.

The Thai government is promoting its ethanol industry, which can be made from crops such as sugar cane and corn. Compared to gasoline, the E85 fuel emits up to 70 percent less greenhouse gas that is blamed for global warming and can reduce oil demand by as much as 30 percent, officials said. Ethanol has the biggest potential to displace petroleum in the next decade” as it is widely available and can be made cheaply.

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Le Meridien Expands in Thailand

Posted in Attractions,Business,Destinations,General,Guide,Hotels,News,Tips,Tourist June 2, 2009

Le Meridien has unveiled three new hotels and resorts in Thailand, Le Meridien Bangkok, Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort and Le Méridien Chiang Mai. These three new Le Méridien properties highlights the significant development of the brand in Asia Pacific, which  further expand the brand’s growing portfolio in northern Thailand. All three properties offer a culturally rich environment combined with superior service designed to inspire the creative guest.

“Le Méridien is proud to broaden its reach in Asia Pacific with the addition of these three stunning properties.  The core of the arrival experience centers around custom artwork created through LM100, a group of design experts who help determine unique amenities for the chain. Here guests can enjoy a unique experience that combines contemporary European refinement with distinct Asian influences. Going through the hotel entrances with the more than 40 different works of art provided by six very different emerging artists, installed in diverse locations across the globe, is a unique experience,” said Eva Ziegler, Global Brand Leader.

It is a project that takes permanent contemporary art pieces to various unexpected locations and makes guest discover a new perspective of the arts, architecture, design, and cuisine at each of its destinations around the world. All three new Le Meridien hotels will feature Le Meridien’s newly introduced Arrival Experience for guests. Le Méridien Bangkok features latest recipe, an all day dining concept, and Bamboo Chic, a contemporary Asian fusion concept, a spa by Le Méridien with seven circular treatment rooms, and a fully-equipped fitness center and outdoor pool.
Le Méridien Chiang Rai resort offers 159 spacious and contemporary guest-rooms and suites, featuring expansive private balconies, the resort offers an extensive Pavarti Spa, three world-class restaurants, a state-of-the-art gym and outdoor swimming pool. Last one that is Le Méridien Chiang Mai. This newly constructed hotel features two restaurants, a modern health club, a multi-sensory spa and an outdoor swimming pool with panoramic views of Chiang Mai.

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Gear up for the upcoming festivals and events around Thailand

Posted in Attractions,Beaches,Club,Destinations,Events,Festival,Food,Fun,General,Guide,Hotels,News,Shopping,Tips,Tourist May 28, 2009

This annual event, Butterfly Watching will take place at Impact Exhibition and Convention Center, Muang Thong Thani from June 3 to 7 which will bring together wealth of sales and marketing. The showcase is divided into different zones, among them are Gourmet Tourism, Rustic Thailand, Health & Spa, Adventure and Eco Tourism.

The annual “Amari Watergate Hotel & BMW Thailand Charity Midnight Run” will kick off at midnight at Amari Watergate Hotel on Phetchaburi Road and continue through the city’s streets. Southeast Asia’s unofficial nightlife capital, will host the Charity Midnight Run on October 10, and the good news is that you don’t have to be the fastest to have fun.

The rainy season is here, and it’s about time to swap your summer sandals for hiking shoes. The butterfly watching season in Sa Kaew coincides with the fruit picking season in the eastern provinces, so don’t forget to stop off on your way back and stock up with your favorites. Pangsida National Park in Sa Kaew, beckons the butterfly-watchers to pitch up their tents in the park, more than 400 butterfly species can easily be captured for posterity even with the camera.

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Another 1,000 Chinese volunteers to teach Mandarin in Thailand

Posted in General,Guide,News May 28, 2009

Upon the request and invitation of Thai Ministry of Education, a number of volunteer teachers have been sent by the Office of Chinese Language Council International, since China launched its program to send volunteers abroad to teach the Chinese language. The Thai capital saw a welcoming ceremony Sunday for the first batch of Mandarin-teaching volunteers from China. This is the 8th batch and also the largest batch of Chinese volunteer teachers ever sent to Thailand since 2003. Hanban Deputy Director Wang Yongli, who also attended the event, encouraged these young volunteers to overcome all the difficulties they might encounter in work and life overseas and to devote themselves to their teaching careers.

The volunteers overall qualities and teaching ability were greatly improved through a strict selection process after their application. They also received special training from Hanban on service awareness, foreign etiquette and how to improve survivability and adaptability.

Schools and colleges across the kingdom have introduced Mandarin courses and a total of 400,000 Thai people are studying the language in diversified ways. Chinese language education will play a key role in the social, economic, cultural exchange and friendship between Thailand and China, making the Chinese language and culture teaching resources and services available to the world.

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Thai spa is the latest craze in global spa trend

Posted in Attractions,Beaches,Club,Destinations,Fun,General,Guide,Hotels,News,Tips,Tourist May 27, 2009

We all know that today’s consumers are savvy. They are well-educated, know the benefits of total-body wellness and are buying into the spa experience. The new trend touched on consumer behavior and found that people wanted “pampering” in order to stay healthy and look good, and that they generally were knowledgeable and demanding about spa services. “Thai spa” does not mean only traditional Thai massage to relieve symptoms or restore health; it means holistic health care too. The country prides itself in countless spas offering the highest world-class services. Herbs also play an important role in the Thai spa industry today and Thai massage, that helps relax tense muscles and stimulate blood circulation.

Thailand’s Department of Export Promotion under the Ministry of Commerce is organizing the Thailand health and beauty show 2009 at the Royal Paragon Hall Exhibition & Convention Centers, Siam Paragon shopping complex from June 5-7 and it will coincide with the launch of Thai Spa Day 2009 as a parallel main event. It will give rise to many related businesses such as spas, weight-reduction, Thai traditional massage, private hospitals, dentistry, herbal medicine, food supplements and cosmetics.

Thai spas are not only quantity, but also quality. The success of Thai spas lies in the beauty of Thai culture which cannot be copied anywhere else. Growth in the spa business also depends on the creative services, new opportunities in new markets, and the ability to create new trends to answer lifestyle needs with value-for-money services. The highlight of Thailand HBS 2009 will be Thai Spa Day 2009, will be a one-stop service center for sourcing, services, products, and franchises in the health and beauty business.

Despite the global economic downturn, there is a growth with the spa business outlook in Thailand. Apart from serving tourists and foreign visitors, it focuses more on Thai customers. That’s why the association has been organizing more spa promotion activities to create new markets, while at the same time working with travel agents to increase our customer base.

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Thailand remains the best value destination

Posted in Attractions,Business,Destinations,Fun,General,Guide,News May 27, 2009

Thailand’s biggest tourism market is still UK, more than any other country outside of Asia, with nearly about one million British nationals entering the country each year.

Thailand is  is back and offers business event opportunities that are un-rivaled in Asia.  Thailand Conventions and Exhibitions Bureau bring with its 15 stakeholders from Thailand’s Meetings industry for hotels and convention centers to tourism. This ensures that Thailand is both safe, functioning and remains one of the best value destinations in Asia.

TCEB Meetings and Incentives Director, Mrs. Malinee Kitaphanich, said that Thailand visits form a part of the government’s investment and tourism restoration policy, being known as Thailand Moving Forward policy. TCEB has formulated the latest promotion to encourage small size of meeting and incentives from Europe, for campaign that aims to boost up the number of small groups meetings by 2009. This is to maintain its role to entice international visitors back to the country with all benefits that make Thailand a fantastic value destination for Meetings and Incentives.

Other similar packages have been launched. “Bring More Enjoy More” visitor promotion is aimed to bring more delegates from the region to attend conventions held in Thailand. Further TCEB will participate in 11 trade shows and more than 10 road shows this year, to promote the country’s Meetings industry and to restore Thailand to its rightful place in the business event world.

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Australian mother who stole bar mat in Thailand to return home

Posted in General,Guide,News May 23, 2009

An Australian mother-of-four, Mrs Annice Smoel, stole a bar mat in Thailand from an Australian-themed bar, where she was celebrating her mother’s 60th birthday. The lady is now returning home after pleading guilty and being fined of A$40 ($31), ending almost three-week ordeal. Earlier she denied stealing the rubber souvenir bar mat from the Aussie Pub in Phuket, but to no avail, she accepted and pleaded guilty for stealing.

This had let down the bar, which has attracted visitors like Ron, who arrived from Australia less than a week ago. Annice Smoel, 36, will return shortly to Australia following the resolution of the case, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in an e-mailed statement.

It was a tense few hours after the court hearing, especially at the immigration center. Not only this the governor of Phuket paid the fine for the sake of good relations between the two countries. The governor of Phuket invited Mrs Smoel and her husband to visit his office as they were leaving back, they apologized profusely for the trouble that his country had caused to them.

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Thailand’s stock market likely to come down

Posted in Business,General,Guide,News May 23, 2009

Chakkrit Charoenmethachai of Far East Securities said that Thai shares are likely to take a breather at the opening of shares, we might see the market coming down  a bit at the opening but after that they should climb further, which is expected. A day after hitting a 7-1/2-month high, but hopes of an official interest rate cut and inward fund flows will offset any profit-taking.

The expected resistance on the main index on Tuesday ended up 3.01 percent at 556.47, hitting its highest since Oct. 6, led by buying of energy blue chips and top banks. The catalyst for a rally here is foreign fund flows, which might continue to come in. Foreign investors picked up a net 2.16 billion baht of Thai shares, bringing total purchases to 4.64 billion so far this year.

The key factor is to watch the Bank of Thailand rate meeting, and the decision is due around 0730 GMT. It is expected to make its fifth straight interest rate cut since December to soften the impact of recession, but that will probably be its last easing this year, according to economists polled by Reuters.

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Thailand facing a crisis – Mosquito virus outbreaks

Posted in Business,General,Government,Guide,News May 22, 2009

In southern Thailand more than 15,000 people have fallen ill with a mosquito virus known as Chikungunya disease.  Somchai Chakrabhand, the head of control department estimated that about 15,240 people in 15 of Thailand’s southern provinces have been infected by this virus. However, the Public Health Ministry is confident the out break can still be controlled and restrained.

However the disease control official is aware and concerned about the fact that there is a current shortage of health staff in Thailand and that could pose problems when dealing with outbreaks of this disease.

In order to contain the mosquito virus, the Thai officials are using enhanced surveillance measures, as well as providing information to the public about the disease. Not only this but information will also be dispersed regarding how best to destroy suspected mosquito breeding grounds to limit any future spread of the disease.

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Thailand Teams Up To Prepare For Energy Supply

Posted in Business,General,Government,Guide,News May 22, 2009

Thailand is the first country where the IEA has conducted the emergency exercise outside of France. Thailand-IEA joint emergency response exercise was held in Bangkok. The International Energy Agency is helping Thailand’s Ministry of Energy strengthen its emergency response plan for any possible oil and gas disruption, as the Paris-based agency takes steps to reach out to Asian countries.

Didier Houssin, the director of the IEA’s Directorate of Energy Markets and Security, said that the cooperation on security is high on the agenda. We have to work closely with non-member countries to have effective responses to deal with supply disruption. It’s important to work more with Asian countries because of their increasing share in energy markets. Houssin said that there is a possibility IEA could conduct emergency exercises with China and India.

IEA conducts emergency response exercises every two years at its headquarters. And this workshop will later be developed as an action plan for the country to be ready when a crisis emerges, said Energy Minister Wannarat Channukul.

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Best choice of self catering holiday villas – Thailand

Posted in Attractions,Beaches,Destinations,General,Guide,Hotels,News,Tips,Tourist May 18, 2009

Thailand’s climate is mostly tropical that is a mix of both temperature and humidity. Most people find this kind of climate pleasant and nice. So move on to Thailand to explore its beautiful villas and beaches at Koh Samui and the great option is Samui Luxury villas. It is the best idea if you are looking for luxury villa rentals where the price is charged in British Euros. They provide a stress-free booking experience and offer an easily navigable site for contacting them.

If you can afford the best, why not use it to the hilt. Choose from innumerable villas at Koh Samui. A holiday villa is preferable over a hotel or lodge, because staying at a villa, along with independence, you can have loads of privacy away from the hustle bustle of hotels. Meanwhile, you will gain a genuine incite to the Thai hospitality when you interact with the localities learning the local culture of there. They provide a stress-free booking experience and offer an easily navigable site for contacting them.

Similarly another such holiday villa in Thailand is Hua Hin villa. There are a number of activities offered by this holiday villa- some of them are golf at Lake View, Milford, Palm Hills, Banyan, and many other golf courses, Thai boxing lessons at Grand Sports Center, elephant camping at Elephant Garden, fishing, eco-cruising, kite-boarding, fitness, Thai rub, health spa, cookery courses, trekking, walking, cycling, plunging, imaginative arts, water games, pony-riding and many others. The list is indeed very long. So these luxury holiday villas are good as they provide a peaceful and calm environment away from the hustle bustle of the hotels.

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Health Ministry suspected patients in Thailand

Posted in General,Guide,News,Tourist May 16, 2009

Thailand earlier had suspected 15 patients of influenza A/H1N1, of these 15 suspected patients, ten are free from the deadly influenza A/H1N1 as they had normal human flu, based on laboratory tests. Dr Paichit said that, the Ministry was currently waiting for laboratory tests, for the patients who have been quarantined at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute located at Nonthaburi province, that has had57 beds in five sterile rooms, with international standard for suspected influenza A/H1N1 patients.

Currently, Thailand’s Public Health Ministry updated  on Monday that for a period of April 27-May 11 the country had some nine A/H1N1 flu suspected patients Thai health ministry suspected after investigating and examining the patients through laboratory tests.

The Thai public health ministry added that all arrivals at Thai international airports, ports, and borders have been monitored by involved authorities, while many thermal scanners have also been installed.

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Tourist to Thailand halved

Posted in Business,Destinations,General,Government,Guide,Hotels,News,Tips,Tourist May 16, 2009

The Thai tourism association said that number of international tourists has plunged which is more than 50 per cent in the first quarter from a year ago, with the forward hotel bookings also sluggish due to the current H1N1 flu threat. More of Chinese, Japanese and South Korean tourists dropped in visitor between the month of January and April said by Surapol Sritrakul, association of Thai travel agents president.

The recent outbreak of A/H1N1 flu has become the obstacle to tourism, along with the prolonged worldwide economic crisis and internal political problems and if the disease reaches this country, the tourism sector will suffer an even greater impact. Not only this, it is also hitting the tourism business with local travel agencies. In fact the new bookings from abroad are reportedly very slow, particularly for the next two months added, by Thai Hotels Association president Prakit Chinamour-phong.

Tourism Council of Thailand chairman Kongkrit Hiranyakit estimates the tourism sector will decline 30 per cent in the first half of the year and possibly 20 per cent for the whole year, generating about 540 billion baht annually. This makes up more than 6 per cent of Thailand’s gross domestic product and 7 per cent of its work force.

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Bhundari – The luxurious Spa Resort in Thailand

Posted in Attractions,Club,Destinations,Fun,General,Guide,Hotels,News,Tips,Tourist May 11, 2009

Bhundhari Spa Resort & Villas Samui hotel Koh Samui is the ultimate tropical island getaway, that you must have dreamed of, a luxurious resort with privacy and without the distractions of being surrounded by families, where you could live right on the beach and simply wallow in the attractions of your natural surroundings and the fine service that the resort offered. Bhundhari means Lotus or Water Lily which is the religious flower of Buddhism which can be found around our resort. The four star hotel is actually a spa inspired by traditional southern Thai house in architecture.

The location of the hotel is quite favorable for peace and relaxation that demands of luxuries spa provided foe couples, families and children. With its 124 deluxe rooms and villas is built on a scale that allows privacy. There is lots of space in the rooms, the deluxe rooms start at 42 sq m, while the villas start at 48 sq m. Each room and villa has its own private terrace or patio, while the larger villas offer the choice of a private pool or a Jacuzzi on the sun-deck. Therefore been developed for this concept, and now that the resort is fully open it is being marketed to the adult sector, to honeymooners and to couples and individuals who want to get away for a quiet celebration and vacation, says Mr Chris Bailey, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Central Hotels and Resorts.

The hotel amenities at this luxury hotel also feature number of recreational facilities for the leisure of the guests. There are some other hotel amenities too like baby sitting service, car rental service, children pool, doctor on call, Internet access, tour desk, etc.

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Youngsters to help water supply for hill tribes

Posted in General,Guide,News May 11, 2009

The population of northern Thailand, for centuries, has been composed of ethnic groups which are known as hill tribes. And the largest among them is the Karen group, its population about 40,000 and further 8million lives across the border.

Youngsters of the school Gordonstoun are helping the supply of water for hill tribes. Up to 20 pupils will be laying pipes and water tanks to help an international project that is providing clear and running water to remote village. These school pupils are gearing up for a June expedition to meet the Karen hill tribes in the mountains of north Thailand. They will be leaving with the villagers for three weeks of hard labor with this International Service Project. Moreover these youngsters will be sampling the villager’s culture and sharing their way of life.

In fact Jamie Paxton was very much inspired by listening to students who had been on similar projects in the past. He is helping run a truck shop in his boarding house to raise funds towards the need for equipment and pipes for the project. He wants the project to go on smoothly and help other people   too, both for the feel-good factor and because he felt that it is his moral duty to do so.

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