Bangkok fashion city
The Bangkok Fashion City project aims to establish the capital as a regional fashion hub this year and eventually reach world-class status by 2012.
Gemopolis mall to bring jewellers, buyers together
Gemopolis is located just four kilometres from Bangkok's new Suvarnabhumi Airport, which is expected to open for operations in the first quarter of next year."We hope that when the airport opens, Gemopolis will be a convenient alternative for tourists,"
Invasion Invasion Koh Chang Koh Chang
Tourism-related businesses and land speculation are booming on this eastern coastal resort island, fuelled by the government's plan to develop it and satellite islands into a tourism hub.
Samui's quieter side
Most of Samui island, the tourist-hub of Surat Thani province, is packed with modern shops, bars, and luxurious resorts, but on its northern tip still exists a fishing community that retains much of its old lifestyle where tourists can get a glimpse of the fast vanishing Samui of yore.
Two tourism exhibitions aimed at boosting travel in the Mekong sub-region have been scheduled for June 16-19 at Bangkok's Impact Exhibition Centre.
Monsoon rains herald the beginning of the rafting season
With rains arrive the rafting season. It's that time of the year when nature lovers can travel to places not accessible at other times of the year _ by foot or motorised transport _ because they can only be reached by rafts or canoes.
Mountain-biking in Saraburi
Over the past few years, I've written about Chet Khot-Pong Kon Sao Forest Park once or twice. It's one of my favourite hideaways. During a recent visit to this partly man-made woodland which serves as a buffer zone on the western edge of Khao Yai, I found something new that makes me love this place even more. And I can't help but share it with you.
Medical hub plan could prove costly
Government plans to promote Thailand as an Asian medical hub could result in mounting bad debts if foreign patients refuse to pay for medical services, legal and health experts warned yesterday.
PM praises pagent's success
The Miss Universe 2005 pageant was just what Thailand needed to bring back tourists after the tsunami disaster last last year, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said yesterday.
Condominium boom slows
"We are beginning to see a slowdown in new projects launched as developers are concerned about the effects of rising development and construction costs," he said. "The developers are focussing, instead, on making sales at existing projects."
MEDICAL HUB: Bangkok Hospital upgrading
Bangkok Dusit Medical Services has brought on board a strategic planning and marketing expert in a crucial move to make its Bangkok Hospital chain a true regional medical hub in five years.
Ambitious concept revised after some partners back out
Phuket. The dramatic drop in tourist numbers following the Dec 26 tsunami in Phuket has forced the developer of the Phuket International Night Bazaar to revise its plans as some business partners have backed out of the project.
Immigration rules a barrier
The recently elected chairman of Marine Alliance (Thailand) (MAT) plans to follow his predecessor's policy to lobby for more relaxed and streamlined immigration procedures for yacht owners.
THAI goes for the gizmos
Thai Airways International (THAI) is spending seven billion baht to upgrade inflight amenities and service in the face of intense competition from Singapore Airlines, and to differentiate itself from low-cost carriers.
Museum of rare rocks
There are still places of interest in the country that are off the tourist focus because they're not commercially-oriented and properly publicised. One of them is the Rare Stone Museum in Bang Rak district of Bangkok.
There was another piece of interesting news recently. A real estate developer has been granted the concession to turn a historic riverside property by the Chao Phraya into a luxurious six-star hotel.
Tourism far from sustainable, it seems
Sustainable tourism is an ideal concept because it's supposed to be friendly to environment, nature, society and, at the same time, it can be developed with due respect to history, culture and life of the local people.
MPs question ambitious numbers from TAT
The Tourism Authority of Thailand's revised projection of revenue from tourists, which targets a 75% increase by 2008, has raised eyebrows in the House Standinbusrevg Committee on Tourism.
Exhibition / Amazing Thailand Grand sale
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and NCC Exhibition Organizer Co (NEO) are co-hosting the "7th Amazing Thailand Grand Sale Fair 2005" from June 2-5 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre.
Revisiting history - The Varadis Palace of Prince Damrong
Amidst the hustle and bustle of city life on Lanluang Road, it's hard to imagine that within this chaotic environ could exist some semblance of peace and order. The traffic-clogged road is lined with shophouses, office buildings, a fresh food market and a four-star hotel, and somewhere in its midst hides a former palace now turned into a museum.
BUN BANG FAI ROCKET FESTIVAL
In a country where agriculture and farming sustains the livelihood of over 70% of the population, the festivals and ceremonies associated with a bountiful harvest are central elements of the way of life in the rural communities.
VISAKA PUJA DAY PROCESSION
The Visakha Puja religious ceremony marks the birth, enlightenment, and death of Lord Buddha and is the holiest of all the auspicious Buddhist events. All over the country, Thais visit the temples to listen to sermons by revered monks and make merit. Shortly after sunset, candlelit circumambulations take place around major temples.