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Phuket to See Chinese New Year Boost
- Posted on 22 Jan, 2013
Phuket and other destinations around Thailand are expected to see more arrivals from China and tourists of Chinese descent from around the region next month to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The Tourism Council of Thailand has projected that Chinese arrivals to Thailand during the Chinese New Year holiday (February 1-10) will reach 100,000 visits and generate 4,200 million baht in tourism-related revenue.
This year, 2013, brings in the Year of the Snake. In the Chinese zodiac, the snake represents wisdom, intelligence and self-control, as well as the ability to strike quickly and decisively.
Santana Set to Return to Thailand
- Posted on 17 Jan, 2013
Tickets are on sale now for the legendary Latin-rock musician Carlos Santana, who is making a return visit to Bangkok on March 6. The concert will also feature veteran Thai rock band Carabao as a special guest.
Every one of Santana’s three previous visits to Thailand, in 1986, 2003 and 2011, were sell-out shows. The “Santana: The Sentient Tour” concert is likely to include many of Santana’s most beloved hits like Black Magic Women, Gypsy Queen, Oye Como Va, Maria Maria, and more.
Phuket to Host Property Show
- Posted on 15 Jan, 2013
The Phuket Real Estate Association is organising a property show from January 17-23 at Central Festival Phuket. The event will feature property developments of various price levels and seminars (in Thai), plus some promotions will be on offer.
A Thai fortune teller is also setting up a stand at the fair, for prospective buyers to perhaps gain some supernatural insight into the direction of Phuket's property market.
Thailand Wedding: Explore the Depths of your Love
- Posted on 14 Jan, 2013
Trang, an Andaman coast province 270 kilometres south of Phuket, is set to hold its annual underwater wedding ceremony this Valentine’s Day. Each year, couples from around the world make a splash into married life by exchanging their vows in an underwater dive.
There’s still time to register for the event, which includes a parade in traditional Thai wedding attire as well as the wedding-day dive off the gorgeous Kradan island.
Thailand Rated a Top Retirement Haven
- Posted on 09 Jan, 2013
International Living magazine has ranked Thailand as one of the ‘World’s Top Retirement Havens in 2013’, a recent report reveals. In the publication’s analysis of several factors including real estate, climate, cost of living and infrastructure, it came up with a list of the 22 best places in the world to spend your golden years with Ecuador at the top. Thailand came in at ninth place overall, the only Asian destination in the top ten aside from Malaysia, which ranked third.
International Living magazine offers news and advice for a mostly North American market on where to travel, invest and retire overseas.
Thailand’s HM the King Offers New Year’s Blessings
- Posted on 01 Jan, 2013
As Thailand celebrated the arrival of the New Year, His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej issued an uplifting New Year’s greeting, which called on all Thais to extend compassion to one another as a way to lead a happy life.
The New Year card shows HM the King with his royal pet dogs, Khun Thong Daeng and Khun Mali, and a royal blessing for his subjects. The accompanying poem said that compassion is a virtue that can bring happiness to all.
Phuket Red Cross Fair Underway
- Posted on 29 Dec, 2012
Some fantastic local food and entertainment is on offer at the annual Phuket Red Cross Fair in Saphan Hin park in Phuket Town, which had its official opening today. Phuket people flock to the fair every year to vie for one of the big prizes on offer. Visitors are welcome to come, too, for the chance to see a lively Thai-style festival and enjoy some great tastes on the cheap.
The Red Cross fair is on every evening until January 5.
Bangkok Airways Set to Fly to Krabi, Mandalay
- Posted on 27 Dec, 2012
Travellers around Thailand and the Southeast Asia region are expected to enjoy more choices and convenience in flying next year. Bangkok Airways, the main airline serving Koh Samui and a popular choice for domestic flyers in Thailand, is looking to expand to Phuket’s neighbour Krabi and Mandalay in Myanmar, a fast-growing tourism destination.
The airline is hoping to gain regulatory approval for a new Bangkok-Krabi route in April and four flights a week from Bangkok-Mandalay in September. If more flights are allowed from its Samui airport hub, then the airline will also boost its Koh Samui-Phuket and Bangkok-Chiang Mai routes to six flights a day and its Koh Samui-Chiang Mai service to seven flights a day.
Merry Christmas Phuket!
- Posted on 25 Dec, 2012
We hope Santa’s been kind to you this year, whether you’ve been naughty or nice. Mr Claus has been a busy man for the last 24 hours. Though he usually arrives in the dark of night while children are dreaming of sugar plums and fairy-light trees, some cameras around the world captured Santa’s global adventures. http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/photos/3535/#igImgId_59042
Phuket is enjoying a beautiful sunny Christmas Day. Time for some eggnog and a festive dip at the beach!
Colourful Countdown Set for Phuket Town
- Posted on 22 Dec, 2012
The whole island of Phuket is ready to celebrate the New Year including Phuket Town, which will be host to three days of lights and entertainment for the Colourful Countdown 2013 party from December 29-31 at Sanam Chai near Phuket City Hall.
Visitors will enjoy concerts, singing contests and local food on sale each night, plus a colourful “Light Wonderland” display. Admission is free for all three nights.