Three Thai attractions included in TripAdvisor’s top 10 list of ‘Trending attractions’

Bangkok, 16 November, 2017 – The Ramayana Water Park in Pattaya is the top trending attraction in Southeast Asia, according to the TripAdvisor Attractions Trend Index released this month. Also making the top 10 list were two other Thailand attractions, both in Bangkok and which offer unique Thai local experiences – Chatuchak Weekend Market in 9th spot and Jim Thompson’s House in 10th.

Ramayana Water Park
Ramayana Water Park

The Attractions Trend Index seeks to identify the top attractions around Southeast Asia that have seen the most increase in search interest among the region’s travellers. The rankings were determined by the percent increase in search sessions on TripAdvisor desktop and mobile by users in the region during the period of 1 September-7 October in 2016 and 2017.

A 74 percent year-on-year increase for the Ramayana Water Park earned it the number one ranking. Chatuchak Weekend Market and Jim Thompson’s House posted year-on-year increases of 35 percent and 34 percent, respectively.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor said, “It’s wonderful to have three Thai attractions among the top 10, and we extend our warmest appreciation to all those who voted for them.”

TripAdvisor called on the region’s travellers to make use of the attractions index to “inspire their search for tours, attractions and other great experiences”.

Earlier this year, the Ramayana Water Park was ranked Asia’s third best water park in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards. It offers 21 water rides ranging from gentle to thrilling, a wave pool, lazy river ride, kids zones and relaxation pools.

A must-visit during any holiday in Bangkok, Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the largest such markets in the world and has over 15,000 stalls selling all manner of items from clothes, antiques and pottery to art, handicrafts and pets.

Jim Thompson’s House is the home of the American entrepreneur credited with bringing Thai silk to the world, James H. W. Thompson. It consists of a complex of six traditional Thai-style houses and is largely unchanged. On display is his impressive collection of art and antiques that includes sculptures, paintings and porcelain.

TAT brings amazing ‘retro’ Thai local experiences to life at new Lop Buri attractions

Bangkok, 16 November, 2017 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting local and international tourists to visit and discover Thai local experiences at two amazing new attractions – Talat Boran Ban Si Phak and Talat Chumchon Tambon Khoktum – in Lop Buri province just a short drive northeast of Bangkok.

Mr. Athapol Vannakit, Director of the TAT Lop Buri Office said, “The province is gaining popularity from word-of-mouth recommendations and social media exposure for its compelling combination of old-world charms and Thai local experiences”.

“These two markets are positioned as new attractions that complement the many existing natural and historical gems of Lop Buri, which is one of the oldest cities in Thailand. Lop Buri’s iconic provincial symbol, Phra Prang Sam Yot, is already well established as its most famous landmark. And the region is already well known for its magnificent fields of blooming sunflowers, which are synonymous with both Lop Buri and nearby Saraburi province.”

Talat Boran Ban Si Phak

Opened on 1 November, 2017, Talat Boran Ban Si Phak boasts one and two-storey wooden shop houses built in traditional Thai styles commonly found in Thailand’s North, South, the Central Region and Northeast. Hence, its name which loosely translates to old market of four-region homes. The highly Instagramable market is filled with photo opportunities to share with friends and followers on social media. Its promotional concept is based around traditional Thai arts and local culture that blend naturally with highly photogenic architecture and colourful displays. Visitors can browse more than 100 shops selling local products and souvenirs, indigenous arts and crafts plus food and drinks from all four regions of Thailand.

Talat Boran Ban Si Phak is located next to the Lop Buri College of Dramatic Arts on Ram Decho Road and open daily from 10.00-22.00 Hrs.

Talat Chumchon Tambon Khoktum

Talat Chumchon Tambon Khoktum is a community market that opened on 8 October, 2017, in cooperation with the Ban Mot Daeng Learning Centre and a local network of creative communities of Lop Buri and local villages in Khoktum district. This period attraction harks back to a simpler time, serving as a historical tourism learning centre about Thai local experiences and way of life in generations past. Local dishes and snacks are highlighted, served in traditional earthenware with wooden utensils.

Talat Chumchon Tambon Khoktum is in the Ban Mot Daeng Learning Centre open every Saturday and Sunday from 09.00 – 16.00 Hrs.

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Big Businesses From Apple to Walmart Say Train Suppliers to Stamp Out Slavery

Businesses striving to stamp out slavery from their supply chains should not dismiss struggling suppliers but train them to improve the lives of workers, and technology can play a part, leading companies including Apple and Walmart said on Wednesday.

In recent years modern-day slavery has increasingly come under the global spotlight, putting ever greater regulatory and consumer pressure on firms to ensure their supply chains are free of forced labor, child labor and other forms of slavery.

From cosmetics and clothes to shrimp and smartphones, supply chains are often complex with multiple layers across various countries – whether in sourcing the raw materials or creating the final product – making it hard to identify exploitation.

As companies delve deeper into their supply chains to examine workers’ conditions, they should not punish suppliers who violate human rights but help them raise standards and work more efficiently, said Paula Pyers of U.S. tech giant Apple.

We are loathe to terminate a business relationship in cases of violations, Pyers, Apple’s head of supplier responsibility, told the Thomson Foundation’s annual Trust Conference, which focuses on slavery and women’s empowerment.

We want to teach and train suppliers to make them better, said Pyers, adding that Apple has helped more than 11.5 million workers to learn their rights, and returned at least $28 million to 35,000 employees forced to pay fees to obtain their jobs.

Turning to tech

About 25 million people globally were estimated to be trapped in forced labor in 2016, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO) and rights group Walk Free Foundation.

With consumers increasingly conscious of slave labor and willing to pay more for ethically sourced goods, big brands should lead by example to inspire their suppliers to get into line, and also to boost profits, said Jan Saumweber of Walmart.

Responsible sourcing is key towards our goal of being the most trusted retailer, said Saumweber, senior vice president of responsible sourcing at Walmart, the world’s largest retailer.

She said Walmart has turned to technology to improve workers’ rights worldwide – from hotlines to a smartphone app in the style of TripAdvisor that allows Burmese migrants working in Thailand’s fishing industry to review their employers.

Speaking on a panel about best business practices to tackle modern slavery, several experts said cleaning up supply chains would only be sustainable if this resulted in greater profits.

Investors can direct trillions of dollars to companies with strong human rights policies and clean supply chains, said Jean Baderschneider, head of Global Fund to End Slavery, a public-private partnership seeking $1.5 billion to combat the crime.

But it can’t be a case of charity or philanthropy � they need to see better returns through having clean supply chains.

But firms’ efforts to tackle slavery, from codes of conducts to audits, are often lip service and deflect attention from a need for tougher measures, said Bobby Banerjee, professor of management at the University of London’s Cass Business School.

The problem with CSR (corporate social responsibility) is that there is too much C, and not enough S or R, he said.

“Forced labor is not an aberration, but a viable management practice … an outcome of the economic system we live in.”

Source: Voice of America