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APAC Insider Magazine Announces the South East Asia Business Awards 2020 Winners

United Kingdom, 2020 APAC Insider Magazine has announced winners of the 2020 South East Asia Business Awards.

South East Asia has swiftly become a dominant force on the business landscape across a number of significant industries. Whilst other markets have stagnated in light of difficulties over the last couple of years, South East Asia has ploughed on, stronger than it was the year before. Even today, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, we can see the shining starts of the region evolve and adapt to the unique challenges the virus has bought about. There can be no doubt, then, that the businesses in South East Asia are defined by an entrepreneurial spirit and a need to be greater. Better. More innovative.

Awards Co-ordinator Katherine Benton commented on the success of the deserving winners: “I offer a sincere congratulations to all of those recognised in the South East Asia Business Awards programme. It has been a pleasure and a delight to run this year’s edition and recognize those businesses that truly deserve to be elevated above their peers.”

To find out more about these prestigious awards, and the dedicated professionals selected for them, please visit https://www.apac-insider.com/ where you can view our full winners list.

ENDS

SEA Business Award 2020

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What is the Thailand Hygiene Plus Initiative (THPI)

Thailand Hygiene Plus Initiative | %%sitename%% On the 16th of July 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand DMCs Meet to Create Uniform Health & Safety Standards Ahead of Tourism Restart.

The world has seen the complete stop of travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So, the DMC community in Thailand has been hard at work formulating and fulfilling standards. So, that standards will solidify Thailand and its tourism facilitators as a destination that is safe for travel. The Thailand Hygiene Plus Initiative (THPI) has been developed by a group of leading Destination Management Companies (DMCs). They are working in Thailand’s tourism industry to create a safe and healthy environment for travelers. because Their aim to get the message out to potential travelers.

The standards cover six areas:

  • Offices,
  • Staff,
  • Ground Teams,
  • Meals,
  • Vehicles and
  • Transportation, and
  • Sports Equipment and Facilities.

The standards include but are not limited to those to be certified by the “Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration” (SHA).

All the operators agree to sign and implement the operational element checklist.

And One of the members said; “When COVID hit the industry our collective focus was on the fast and safe return of the travel. The implementation a of united standard for future travel, formed through the collaboration of our peers, was natural.”

He added: “Collectively changing for the better. To create a safe and healthy travel experience for each DMC’s travelers shows that we are in this together and stronger as one.”

And One other mentioned; With the THPI, responsible DMCs in Thailand are giving international tour operators solid proof and meaningful assurances that we are taking great and proactive hygiene measures in order to restore confidence while traveling.”

The initiative will implement infection prevention measures to ensure that travelers have an enjoyable experience. Knowing that they are in the best of care. Travelers will have greater confidence in Thailand as a safe and healthy travel destination.

And We of South East Asia Dreams are proud to confirm and assure that we only use DMC in our destination who also have implemented and have signed-up to the Thailand Hygiene Plus Initiative (THPI).

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The What is “Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration” (SHA) project

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The Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration project is a result of cooperation between:

    • the Ministry of Tourism and Sports,
    • the  TAT
    • the Ministry of Public Health,
    • the Wing of Disease Control,
    • the Department of Health and
    • the Sector of Health Service Support,
    • Government and private sector organizations involved in the tourism industry.

Together they aim to make tourism a part of Thailand’s disease prevention and hygiene measures. To ensure that both Thai and foreign tourists have a positive experience and they are happy and confident in the hygiene and safety standards of Thailand’s tourism products and services. So combining public health safety measures and companies’ high-quality service standards, we can prevent the spread of COVID-19. Because it will improve Thailand’s tourism products and service standards.

So, Various boards in the tourism industry are in charge of inspection and certifying the result of improving a workplace according to the SHA standards.

Types of workplaces:

There are 10 types of workplaces:

  1. Restaurants / diners,
  2. Hotel and Meeting place,
  3. Tourist attraction,
  4. Transportation,
  5. Travel agency (only local),
  6. Health and beauty,
  7. Department store and Shopping centers,
  8. Sports for tourism,
  9. Entertainment,
  10. Shops.

The TAT grants SHA  certificates and assigns a serial number to successful entrepreneurs. It records it in the database of the list of entrepreneurs who have received the SHA certificate. The entrepreneurs have to comply with the SHA  standards because otherwise, TAT can cancel the SHA certificate.

SHA gives hygiene and safety measures for tourists. During the re-opening time of companies or services, tourists and service receivers are asked to provide any suggestions by TAT. Data can be used for more improvements. Companies will be randomly inspected by the board.

Another Project inside Thailand is the cooperation of DMC’s which built a uniform Health & Safety Standards

more details about SHA 

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How to cross the border from Ranong/Thailand to Kawthaung/ Myanmar

To cross the border in Ranong / Thailand to Kawthaung in Myanmar is quite easy and a great start into your Mergui Archipelago adventure. You must cross the border river which separating the two countries. For those who try to make this way by themselves we did a step by step guideline how to do and what you need 😊

Kawthaung in Myanmar

There are a few things you need to bring along with you on the journey. Bring your passport, a copy of your passport and the little white departure card, you received when you entered Thailand (TM6). For the Myanmar side, you need the printout E-Visa form or the visa which is already stamped in your passport from a Myanmar Embassy, as well as some new, nice, and crisp US$ Notes. The officers do not accept any other currency or old US$ notes. The amount payable depends on the length of stay in Myanmar. The Myanmar Authorities do not accept any other currency than US$.

Start point is the Saphan Pla Pier and Immigration Checkpoint in Ranong.

The Saphan Pla Pier in Ranong is a small pier hidden behind the PTT petrol station and the 7/11 convenience store.

Ranong Immigration Checkpoint   Immigration Ranong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Google map: 9.948098, 98.594781

Here are the directions in Thai, in case you want to show them to your driver:

กรุณาไปส่งที่   ท่าเทียบเรือ
เทศบาลตำบลปากน้ำระนอง
ถนน เฉลิมพระเกียรติ

As soon you arrive many of tout will offer you a boat to cross over to Kawthaung, the gateway to the Mergui Archipelago. The prices are different and most of the time these guys are trying to fill up their long tail boat with more people, so maybe it can a little bit time to departure.  But you can also negotiate for a private boat.  The usual price is around 300-500 THB per longtail or if you join in the prices per person is between 50 – 100 THB.

Visit Immigration Office

But before you jump into one of the longtails, do not forget to visit the officer at the Thai Immigration Checkpoint as you must check out of Thailand.  The Immigration office are 2 small windows on your right side when you come in. Please make sure you have your passport ready.

The Officer will ask you where you are going and how long you are going to be away for, because they are looking for people who try to do multiply visa runs by crossing the border. By Thai Immigration Law, every foreigner can cross the Thai Border per land only two times per calendar year.  If you needed a visa to visit Thailand, please make sure to get a re-entry visa before leaving Thailand, if you are planning to return to Thailand after your trip to Myanmar and your adventure within the Mergui Archipelago.

After you got your passport with an exit stamp in it back, just walk to the Longtail boat pier. The small and somewhat adventurous looking boats there, are the only available transport option to Kawthaung.

A tip: Bring a copy of your passport as the little boats need a copy for the passing checkpoints.  Otherwise you can make a copy at the little shop next to the Pier in the little kind of supermarket, the longtail guys are also happy to make a copy for you the prices are usually between 5-10 THB.

Crossing the river

The Longtail boats have a cover, so you are protected from the sun. Please put one of the life Jackets before the boat departs.

On the way to Kawthaung, you will stop an Immigration points, where Thai passports were taken up to be stamped. There was a Customs checkpoint next to it. Sometimes they will ask you to show your passport, sometimes not. The process is always different, but you do not have to leave the boat as your captain and crew will take of this whole process, just hand them over your passport which you will get returned as soon as they back.

30 – 40 minutes later you will arrive in Kawthaung, the entry point to the Mergui Archipelago.

On the Way

 

 

 

 

 

After this quick stop at the Thai Immigration Checkpoint you will pass the Thai Customs before you get out to Ranong area to cross the river between Thailand and Myanmar. Enjoy the cruise along stilt houses on your way.

 

On the way you will pass on a tiny island the Thai Army station.

Before you reach the mainland of Myanmar you will stop or slow down at another tiny island with Myanmar Army present, also here you must show the passport by just holding it up, you do not have to get of the boat.

 

Sometimes the driver just must show the passport to the officers by collecting your passport, but you will get them back immediately as before.

Arriving in Kawthaung, Myanmar

In Kawthaung you will be welcome from many touts and men on motorbikes.  Just ignore them and make your way to Immigration.

After disembarkation, turn left along and walk along the road until you get to the. Walk along this road to get to the Immigration Office. It is located at the Myo Ma Jetty also called the Myanmar Immigration Pier, on your left-hand side.  Just have a look for the sight that says, “Warmly Welcome and Take Care of Tourist”.

Enter the pier area and turn behind the little building left to the small Immigration Building.

Get in and give the officer your passport, a copy of your passport and visa. They will stamp your passport and take a picture from you, same as they do in Thailand. If the camera is not working, what can be happen sometimes, have a passport picture ready.  After the Check in process you are ready to enjoy your time in Kawthaung.

Outside the Mya Ma Jetty English-speaking touts will await you to give directions and be waiting for you to exit the office to offer a taxi ride, hotel, guide or suggestions on things to do in Kawthaung.

Welcome to Kawthaung and the Mergui Archipelago!

 

Kawthaung Border Crossing Wrap-Up

Paperwork to bring:  Passport, 2 copies of your passport and proper. Myanmar and Thailand Visa, one Passport picture (just in case)

Price of boat: 300-500 THB for a boat or 50-100 THB to join in

Time on boat: 30-40 minutes including all the Immigration stops around 60-75 minutes

Time Zone:  Myanmar is a half hour behind Thailand time : 7:00 pm Myanmar is 07:30 in Thailand

The Myanmar Immigration Office is open from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm local time

 Explore the amazing Mergui Archipelago on one of our amazing Cruises or unique Resort. Combinations between them is also possible

How to cross the border from Kawthaung / Myanmar to Ranong / Thailand

Kind of the other way around.

  • Check out at the Myanmar Immigration office (Check your exit stamp)
  • Make your way back to the Myanmar Longtail pier and find a boat to bring you to Ranong
  • Arriving at the Longtail pier in Thailand, go to the immigration office and collect your TM 6 arrival form
  • Fill out the form and see the officer again to check you into Thailand (Check your entry stamp and expiration date)

If you need any transfer to or from Ranong within Thailand visit below link with many option of taxi, van, bus and train

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Major Events, Festivals, and Holiday within Thailand

Find below a little summary of the major events and festivals during Thailand’s calendar year. These events are often spectacular occasions and can be great fun to visit.

Hundreds of festivals and temple fairs are toast throughout Thailand. Thais are fun-loving, sentimental people, and annual festivals, both commemorative and celebrate, play important roles in Thai life.

Many Thai festivals are colorful and joyful events that invite visitors’ to join and participate. Others feature solemn, eminently photogenic ceremonial. Whatever their character, whether Buddhist devotion, dazzling processions, exotic ritual or uninhibited merriment, each affords the visitor pleasant memories and gives you an insight into the cultural heritage that makes Thailand  Asia’s most exotic and amazing country.

Most festivals are attached either with Buddhism, the annual rice-farming cycle or commemorations honoring Thai kings. Some occur on exact dates, others, particularly that related to Buddhism, are set on by the lunar calendar. And if one of these holidays falls onto a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday, will also a holiday and government offices and many commercial offices will be closed.

JANUARY

New Year’s Day – 2 January   (Public Holiday)
The beginning of the western New Year is a national holiday in Thailand, one of three “new year” holidays celebrated every year. more…

FEBRUARY / MARCH

Makha Bucha – February  (Public Holiday)
Makha Bucha celebrates the Buddha’s first sermon (around 2.500 years ago) in to his disciple and is one of the hoist Buddhist holy days, it Day marks the occasion when saint-disciples of the Buddha spontaneously gathered to hear his preaching.
The holiday may also known as Magha Puja or Lord Buddha Day and is mark Day of Love in Buddhism. Most Thai Buddhists will go on Makha Pucha Day to a temple to pay their respects to the Lord Buddha. Magha is a Pali and Sanskrit word meaning the third lunar month, and Puja is a word in the same language that means to venerate or honor and pronounced in Thai as Makha Bucha. The exact day of this second important Buddhist festival day depending on the Lunar cycle. more…

APRIL

Chakri Day – 6 April  (Public Holiday)

The Chakri Day commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty which has been ruling Thailand since 1782. This dynasty build by Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (King Rama I) in 1782 who came to throne on that day. On this day people of Thailand recognize the contributions of all the kings in the dynasty and to pay respect and reverence to their former kings as well as the present King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradeba­yavarangkun (King Rama X). More …

Songkran Festival Day – 13-16 April (Public Holidays)
Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year, joyfully celebrated throughout the country with rituals of merit-making, honoring the elders, and parades of dancers, music troupes and water splashing.  The throwing or pouring of water during the annual Songkran Festival originally dates back to the spring cleaning of Thai houses and welcoming the rainy season. Devout Buddhists will particularly pour scented, blessed water over images of the Lord Buddha to pay respect, asking for a blessing, and washing away of bad omens. A fun festival for everybody to join in.

The country will be at an almost complete standstill during these days, joining fellow Thais and visitors in a refreshing escape from the humidity and heat.  More detail about Thailand’s most fun festival and its culture background

MAY

National Labor Day – 1 May (Public Holiday)
International Labor Day is also toast as a national holiday, even though there isn’t much ado about it. Some businesses may be off. more …

Coronation Day – 4 May  (Public Holiday)
The day when the reigning Maha Vajiralongkorn was crowed as the 10th king of the Chakri Dynaaty in 2019 over a three-day coronation. On the 4th of May he was to be anointed and crowed, on the 5th of May a royal procession took place and on the 6th of May the king grant an audience. more…

Wisakha (Visakha) Bucha Day – Full Moon Day in May (Public Holiday)
The holiest Buddhist holiday celebrates the three events of Budhda – the birth, enlightenment and his achievement of Nirvana.

Buddha Purnima is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. It is the most important festival of the Buddhists and is toast with great enthusiasm.

The exact date of Vesakha is toast on the full moon of the sixth lunar month or the first full moon in the fourth month in the Chinese lunar calendar. The date varies from year to year in the Gregorian calendar but is typically in May. More detail and background…..

Phuetcha Mongkhon or the Royal Ploughing Ceremony (May) – goverment holiday
This ceremony marks official commencement of the annual rice-planting cycle and takes place  in Bangkok’s Sanam Luang, an open field and public square in front of Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace to usher in the new planting season with good luck and hopes. As Royal Ploughing Day is a holiday for state employees, government offices will be closed.  more…

JUNE

 

H.M. The Queen Suthida’s Birthday – 3 June   (Public Holidays)
His Majesty the King named General Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya the new queen on May 1st 2019 and conferred upon Queen Suthida the formal title of Her Majesty the Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana on May 4th 2019.

The Queen Suthida’s Birthday is a national holiday in Thailand.

JULY

Asarnha Bucha Day (Substitution for Asarnha Bucha Day) – July   (Public Holidays)
Celebrating the Buddha’s first sermon in which he set out to his five former associates the doctrine that had come to him following his enlightenment.

Asahna Bucha is a national Holiday in Thailand. It replaced Buddhist Lent as a gazetted holiday in 2007.

The date in the western calendar depends on the Lunar cycle. Another name is Asalha Puja or Dhamma Day.

AUGUST


H.M. The Queen’s Birthday – 14 August 2017 (Public Holiday)
Mother’s Day was first introduced to Thailand on 15th April, 1950. In 1976, Mother’s Day was changed to 12th August to commemorate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit ,the Mother of all Thai people. 

The birthday of her Majesty Queen Dowager Sirikit  remains a holiday as National Mother’s Day

OCTOBER

  Festival in Thailand | Major Events in Thailand | The Passing of King Bhumibol – 13 October   (Public Holiday)
For decades, King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the only king the people of Thailand knew, and became a symbol of stability and was much beloved by the people of his realm.

Born on 5 December, 1927, Bhumibol Adulyadej died on 13 October, 2016. He took the throne in 1946, reigned for 70 years, and came to be called “Father of the Nation”.  After a long struggle with illness, he finally passed away, at the age of 88. One year later, the king was cremated and transported on a restored, golden royal chariot in an elaborate procession to Phra Merumat, to be interred with many of his ancestors of the Chakri Dynasty. Shrines were erected in the king’s honor all over the nation, and the mourning over his death lasted a full year. more…

Chulalongkorn Memorial Day – 23 October   (Public Holiday)
The day commemorates King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) who passed away on October 23rd 1910. He was the fifth monarch of Siam from the House of Chakri and is considered one of the greatest kings of Siam (now Thailand). He is the one who introduced many social and political reforms that helped to modernize Siam including the abolishment of slavery. more…

DECEMBER

Festival in Thailand | Major Events in Thailand |
H.M. The King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Birthday – 5 December  (Public Holiday)

The 5th of December commemorates the birthday of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. It is also Thailand’s National Day and is the day when Father’s Day is tosat in Thailand.

Constitution Day (Substitution for Constitution Day) – 10 December  (Public Holiday)
Celebrates the date in 1932 when the country given its first constitution. more…

New Years’ Eve – 31 December  (Public Holiday)
The day before the Western New Year day is always a national holiday

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When are the exact dates for holidays in Thailand?  Just click here to get the update calendar

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