Posts Tagged ‘Chiang Mai’

Hot air flying festival

 October 12, 2011 by TTRweekly

BANGKOK, 12 October 2011 – An international hot-air balloon festival returns to Chiang Mai, 25 to 27 November, Tourism Authority of Thailand announced last week.

Thailand International Balloon Festival 2011 will use the northern town’s Prince Royal’s College venue this year with a promise of a bigger turnout of hot-air balloons.

There will be 15 hot air balloons floating in the Chiang Mai sky over two days and five tethered balloons for visitors to see the hot air balloon up close.

To be hosted by Earth Wind and Fire Company, the event is held annually. It was held in Nakhon Nayok, last year and there were around 21 hot air balloons joining the festivities.

The theme for this year will be Glow Night & Festival of Light.

According to the host, it hopes to attract a mix of Thai and international visitors for the three-day event.

 

Hot-air balloon teams from around Asia are expected to compete at the festival.

“Thailand International Balloon Festival is a high season opener for Chiang Mai,” said TAT deputy governor Vilaiwan Twichasri.

The entrance fee is Bt50 per person.

The festival dates back to 2007 when it was hosted by Pak Chong in Nakhon Ratchasima province. The organizers now say they intend to keep the event in Chiang Mai rather than hosting in different destinations.

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Flower show tickets on sale

June 27, 2011 by TTRweekly 

BANGKOK, 27 June 2011  – The fourth edition of Chiang Mai’s international horticulture expo known as the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek will be held, 9 November 2011 to 15 February 2012.

Advanced tickets go on sale, 7 July to 31 October, with a single pass priced at Bt100 for adults and Bt50 for children. Multi entry passes cost Bt400 for adults and Bt200 for children, while a group pass for 15 to 50 people costs Bt70 for adults and Bt30 for children.

Visitors can buy advanced tickets at Krungthai Bank and Thai Ticket Master Counter and enjoy an additional 50% discount.

Visit the amazing flower show in Chiang Mai / ThailandAlternatively, they can buy at the gate for Bt200; multi-entry pass Bt800 and a 15 to 50 person pass Bt150.

Ticket prices are the same for both Thais and international visitors.

Entrance is limited to 20,000 visitors a day and tickets must be used on the date printed. A multi-entry pass has the name of the holder and there is only one ticket per group pass.

The 4th Royal Flora Ratchaphruek will be held at the Royal Agricultural Research Centre, Mae Hia sub district, Muang district in Chiang Mai.

The expo site covers 752,000 sq metres with an outdoor area set aside for at least five countries to exhibit their garden flowers and an additional area for over 30 countries registered at the event.

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Come and joy the fun during Songkran in Thailand

One of the famous festivals in Thailand is Songkran. It coincides with the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia and is taking place between the the 13th and the 15th  of April.Merit-making ceremonies are held at Buddhist temples

Songkran was celebrated originally only in the north of Thailand and was probably brought there by the Burmese, who adapted it from the Indian Holi festival. It spread across Thailand in the mid 20th century and is now observed even in the far south. However, the most famous Songkran celebrations are still in the northern city of Chiang Mai, where it continues for six days and even longer and takes the form of religious ceremonies as well as public festivities.

Merit-making ceremonies are held at Buddhist temples, Buddha images are bathed and in ancient days, old people were actually given a bath and clothed in new apparel presented by the young folks as a token of respect for the New Year. Songkran was traditionally a time to visit and pay respects to elders, including family members, friends and neighbors by capturing the water after it had been poured over the Buddha’s for cleansing and then using this “blessed” water to give good fortune to them by gently pouring it on the shoulder.Respect to the elders during Songkran

It is also an old belief that the Nagas or mythical serpents brought on rain by spouting water from the seas. The more they spouted, the more rain there would be.

The tradition of throwing water was at first based on a religious ritual, but soon evolved into an entertaining activity that people indulged in one this holiday. It has also become a party for foreigners and an additional reason for many to visit Thailand for immersion in another culture and giving Songkran the name “Water Festival”.

These days Thais as well as foreigners roaming the streets with containers of water or water guns (sometimes mixed with mentholated talc), or post themselves at the side of roads with a garden hose and drench each other and passersby. Passers-by stand the chance of getting soaked when they walk on the road, but all this is done in a festive spirit. Another common sight during Songkran is people with a white chalk or talcum powder caked on their faces. This is believed to originate from Buddhist traditions where monks mark blessings with chalk.

The New Year celebrations in Thailand are special in many ways why not escape the cold weather and celebrate your New Year in Thailand?  The Thai weather, the splendid food and the genuine kindness and attitude of the locals makes this a great festival and a unique New Year location.

Interesting in celebrating Songkran with us? Let us know and we are more than happy to organize your Songkran week in Thailand.

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Songkran or "Water Festival" in Thailand

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With Bangkok Air around AsiaPG-Air Berlin FFP Partnership

November 15, 2010 by TTRweekly 

BANGKOK, 15 November 2010 –Bangkok Airways and Air Berlin announced,  last week, joint frequent Flyer programme cooperation that allows members on either airline to earn and redeem points on both airlines.

It is an extension of the airlines’ code-share agreement signed in 2009.  To introduce it, FFP members of both airlines can earn double points on travel undertaken by 31 December.

Bangkok Airways’ FlyerBonus members can now earn and redeem points when travelling with Air Berlin on qualifying fares and vice versa for Air Berlin’s Top Bonus members.

It is understood that an Air Berlin FFP member could earn enough points on a round trip Bangkok-Europe service to gain an economy class ticket on a Bangkok Airways domestic route.Air Berlin connect's Europe with the rest of the World

For the members who travel on Bangkok Airways or Air Berlin flight by 31 December they get double points.

Frequent flyer programme members of both airlines must quote their membership number when making a reservation and present their membership card at check-in.

In October 2009, Bangkok Airways and Air Berlin jointly announced a code-share agreement for flights to Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai. This allows Air Berlin customers to book flights through to the domestic Thailand destination on flights with double designators.

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