Happy New Year! TAT Newsroom is giving away 50 Michelin Bangkok guidebooks to our Facebook fans. Simply join our contest on Facebook, and follow these simple rules.
The 50 lucky persons to receive this special gastronomic guidebooks will be announced on 31 March, 2018 on this space as well as on our Facebook page. The lucky winners can pick-up the book at the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) headquarters in Bangkok, or receive it via a postal service.
Best of luck! Contest is Thailand-only and ends on 31 January 2017.
About the First Michelin Guide Bangkok 2018 The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has celebrated the opening of an exciting new chapter in Thailand’s dynamic culinary evolution with the launch of the first Michelin Guide Bangkok on 6 December, 2017. The Guide features 3 two-star restaurants, 14 one-star restaurants and 35 Bib Gourmand restaurants. In total, there are 98 Thai, Asian and international restaurants, including for the first time 28 Thai street-food stalls, being featured in the inaugural Michelin Guide.
Bangkok, 1 January 2018 – Millions of Thais and foreign visitors to Thailand ushered in the New Year 2018 via Amazing Thailand Countdown celebrations held simultaneously for the first time in five provinces nationwide.
With colourful fireworks, food festivals, parades and music concerts, revellers in Lampang, Sakon Nakhon, Rayong, Phuket and Kanchanaburi bid farewell to 2017 and welcomed the New Year. All the events were extremely well-managed by the local city, provincial and security authorities, and went off without a hitch.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said: “The celebrations were even more special this year because the Thai tourism industry has just broken another record with a milestone 35 million arrivals. Visitors came in from all over the world, especially our neighbouring countries, to celebrate New Year in Thailand, and we were extremely glad to have lived up to their expectations.”
In the Northern region’s Lampang Province, the Amazing Thailand Countdown 2018 took place at the Clock Tower Intersection, where the city’s famous horse-drawn carriages were brightly and beautifully adorned with lighting decorations.
In the Northeastern region, the Countdown was organised at the Ming Mueang Ground in Sakon Nakhon province under the theme of ‘Cool Isan’. The celebrations included street performances and local food and products including three amazing black animals – chickens, pigs, and cattle – raised at the Phu Pan Royal Project, one of the Royal Initiatives project
In the Eastern region, the Countdown was held at a popular seaside town of Ban Phe, Rayong province. The event was set in a cosy ambiance by the sea, and featured 90’s and EDM live music along with local food by community chefs, DIY activities at several interesting workshops, and a clean-up activity.
In the Southern region, the Countdown was held at the Watch Tower and Standard Chartered Building in Phuket. Phuket’s historic Old Town came alive with brightly decorated Sino-Portuguese buildings and a variety of joyous activities including traditional Peranakan cultural shows and parades, a carnival, concerts and retro market fairs. A clean-up activity was held on the morning of 1 January, 2018.
In the Western Region, the Countdown was held at the historic ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’ in Kanchanaburi province. Among the highlights was a special train crossing over the famous bridge just after the New Year was rung in.
TAT offices nationwide reported significant growth in both foreign and domestic travel to the Countdown provinces as well as surrounding provinces such as Lopburi, Ang Thong, Singburi, Chainat, Ayutthaya, Saraburi, Samut Songkram, Samut Sakorn, Trad, Chachoengsao, Samut Prakarn and Chanthaburi.
Hotel occupancies in Eastern Region, for example, were reported to be 90 per. At U-Tapao Airport, charter flights came in from Russia, as well as 10 private jet flights.
Mr. Yuthasak said: “The Amazing Thailand Countdown 2018 celebrations were carefully designed to reflect TAT’s latest marketing concept of ‘Open to the New Shades’ and the action-packed Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018.
“The Countdown stressed on five unique activities: Discovering new attractions or experiences, exploring a variety of local and international dishes, shopping for locally-made products, sharing wonderful experiences with family and friends, and helping local communities to thrive through sustainable tourism.
The Governor added, “This is a perfect way to begin the year 2018, as Thailand enters a new era of sustainable tourism.”
NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand � The Khao Yai National Park, about three hours’ drive by car from Bangkok, is an increasingly popular highland environment tourist attraction.
Thailand’s tourism authority said that last year alone, 1.2 million domestic and foreign tourists visited this national park located in the province of Nakhon Ratchasima (also known as Korat) in Thailand’s northeastern corner.
The Khao Yai National Park covers 300 sq km and is the third biggest national park in Thailand. It offers various attractions such as diverse wildlife, waterfalls, hiking and biking trails, and farms growing temperate fruits such as strawberries.
However, the sunflower farms on the Khao Yai highlands have become a major tourist draw.
Tourists are willing to travel from as far as from China, for instance, and also from Malaysia to enjoy and capture the beautiful scene of swaths of sunflower farms.
With the cool weather in Khao Yai from November until early January; the day temperature hovering around 20 degrees Celsius and below, and dropping to about 10 degrees Celsius at night, the number of tourists to the sunflower farms rises sharply during the public holidays.
According to Thailand’s tourism authority, the sunflower farms at Khao Yai have become increasingly popular as a tourist attraction, resulting in the emergence of more sunflower farms in nearby areas such as Saraburi and Lopburi.
To cater to the influx of tourists, scores of hotels and resorts have cropped up, some imitating the structures in the United Kingdom with names such as ‘Thames Valley’ and ‘Notting Hill’, and Tuscan Valley in Italy.
The Khao Yai National Park also has its own ‘Toscana Valley’, taking after a quaint village in Florence, Italy as this has also become another tourist attraction.
BANGKOK, Thailand � More photos have emerged showing a woman purportedly to be former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who fled the kingdom in August, strolling in an undisclosed London shopping centre.
Several photos which appear in a Facebook account @secret100million also show Yingluck to be accompanied by a teenage boy, claimed to be his 15-year-old son, Supasek Amornchat.
A spokesman for the National Council of Peace and Order (NCPO), Maj Gen Piyapong Klinpan has asked the relevant agencies to investigate the alleged photos of Yingluck in London.
If it’s true the woman in the photos is Yingluck as alleged, it would be the first image of the former prime minister since she fled the country in August on the eve of a landmark decision by the Supreme Court on her negligence case.
She has not been seen by the public since her disappearance nor made any public statement.
Following her no-show in court, the Supreme Court postponed its decision, but in a September judgment sentenced the former prime minister to five years in jail for negligence in a rice pledging scheme during her administration which the military-led government claimed had caused the state to suffer multi-billion dollar losses through corruption.
Following a multi-agency investigation after her disappearance, the government confirmed that Yingluck had fled to Dubai where her older brother, Thaksin, who had also been Thailand’s prime minister, owned a house.
The confirmation did not douse the speculation that Yingluck’s true destination was the United Kingdom where she was said to be in the midst of applying for political asylum.