Locals offers a ride on horseback to the top of Doi Pha Tang. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

Chiang Rai: The east side story

In late October, the Meteorological Department officially declared the arrival of winter in Thailand, and the change of season has thrust Chiang Rai, Thailand’s northernmost province, into the travel spotlight….

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Locals in Tak Bai, in Thailand’s South, leave their threadfin fish to dry under the sun. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

No place says salted fish like Tak Bai

Around Asia, salted fish has earned the moniker “poor man’s food.” That’s because its extreme saltiness enhances the flavour of simple rice-based meals and also means there’s enough for everyone…

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World’s 1st space tourist signs up for flight around moon

The world’s first space tourist wants to go back — only this time, he’s signed up for a spin around the moon aboard Elon Musk’s Starship. For Dennis Tito, 82,…

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Ban Tai Lue Café, an Instagram-worthy hangout, sits in the middle of a picturesque rice field in Pua, Nan province. (Photo by Ban Tai Lue Café)

Soothing tired eyes with a hundred shades of green

Located between downtown Nan and the Thai–Lao border, Pua is a bucolic green valley dotted with local villages, small Buddhist temples, and majestic mountain ranges. This small town in a…

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Doi Chang Mub viewpoint on the Thai side of Thailand-Myanmar border offers a panoramic view of the Golden Triangle. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

A Chiang Rai road trip: the Golden Triangle revisited

If there is a silver lining to the pandemic, it is that road trips are becoming more popular. Fuelled by the myth of the Golden Triangle and home to different…

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American style breakfast set, fried rice

Fried rice gets a superstar boost

Thanks to Chinese singer Jackson Wang, one Thai rice dish has suddenly become a hot favorite. Wang revealed his love for American fried rice (Khao Pad American in Thai), which…

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Thais warned not to take cannabis or hemp products to some countries

The Thai embassies in Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam have advised the Foreign Ministry to warn Thai people not to bring cannabis, hemp or their extracts when they visit these countries,…

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An incomplete truth that calms

Culture vultures who happen to be in Pattaya should not miss the chance to visit the unfinished “Sanctuary of Truth” museum. Yes, you read that correctly: the museum is unfinished…

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Visitors take a boat ride through the mangrove forest around the Trat River estuary. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

Small town Trat will put you under a spell

Famous islands like Ko Chang, Ko Kood and Ko Wai tend to get plenty of attention as the most popular destinations in Trat Province. Less so the small town of…

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Indulging the senses in the mangrove forest

We always need to go back to nature, no matter how far our urban lives lead us away from it. And a perfect place to do just that is a…

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With its undeveloped beach, Ko Phra Thong’s beauty is complete. (Photo by Thanissorn Luckchai)

Ko Phra Thong: An Island Escape

Everyone has heard of the Similan Islands, Surin Islands, and James Bond Island, but when it comes to enchanting islands in the Andaman Sea, Phang-nga Province has more to offer…

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Night at the Museum

Walking down a dark and quiet alley next to a Buddhist temple or a graveyard at night is probably not a great idea. However, going to the museum at night…

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A nature trail goes through the forest of Samet trees in Rayong Botanical Park. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

Rayong’s best-kept secret: A mysterious marshland and ancient-looking trees

The island’s beaches might get all the attention, but when it comes to tranquility and serenity (and escaping the crowds), the marshland of Rayong Botanical Garden is the biggest star. About…

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A map shows the “Happy Journey with BEM” travel route, which connects Bangkok’s historical and heritage districts. (Photos by Chusri Ngamprasert and Wararat Tumtuti)

Riding the Train of Wonders

Bangkok’s Chinatown, or Yaowarat as it is more properly known, along with Rattanakosin island and Thonburi are well-known for their historical sites and delectable cuisine. Excursions to these famous areas…

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Nakee cliff- once you reach the top, the reward is a fabulous view of the Mekong river. (Photo by Veena Thoopkrajae)

Stunning mythical shapes drawn by nature bring fame to Bueng Kan

The small province of Bueng Kan in the Northeast was way off the tourism track until recently but is now enjoying a surge in visitors thanks to some mythical beliefs….

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Thailand promotes ‘safe passage’ in APEC

As the host of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2022, Thailand is spearheading efforts to enhance connectivity and greater business mobility, to ensure that safe and seamless travel will resume. According…

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Airport officers stand in the international departure terminal at Ngurah Rai airport in Tuban on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali on October 14, 2021, on the first day of reopening to foreign tourists from 19 countries amid the Covid-19 pandemic. SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP

Bali to welcome first international tourist flight amid cautious reopening

Indonesia’s holiday island of Bali will welcome its first direct flight carrying foreign tourists for nearly two years on Thursday, but just a handful of visitors will be on board…

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EU endorses Thailand Digital Health Pass on “Mor Prom” application

The European Union (EU) has endorsed the Thailand Digital Health Pass on the “Mor Prom” application, which means the pass is equivalent to the EU’s COVID-19 clearance certificate and can…

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A soldier from the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) administers a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic set up at Chester Cathedral on December 16, 2021 as the UK steps up the country’s booster drive to fight a “tidal wave” of Omicron.

Europe considers new curbs as Omicron sweeps world

Countries across Europe were considering new curbs on movement on Tuesday as the fast-moving Omicron variant swept the world days before Christmas, throwing travel plans into chaos and unnerving financial…

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Thailand removed from Germany’s list of COVID-19 high risk countries

Germany has removed Thailand from its list of COVID-19 high-risk countries, effective from today (Sunday), under which people arriving from Thailand can enter Germany without the need for quarantine, if…

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TAT governor says foreign arrivals not yet slowing, despite Omicron variant

There is little sign yet of a slow-down in international arrivals to Thailand, despite the spread of new coronavirus variant, Omicron, in several countries. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)…

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Singapore, Malaysia reopen busy land border for vaccinated travellers

Singapore and Malaysia re-opened one of the world’s busiest land borders on Monday, allowing vaccinated travellers to make the crossing after nearly two years of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The sudden…

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Thai PM becomes star of new tourism video

Thailand’s prime minister has become the unlikely star of a new music video, posted on the government’s Thai Khu Fah Facebook page, in an effort to promote tourism. The video…

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Thai cabinet approves nomination of 6 parks, mangrove forest as UNESCO World Heritage sites

The Thai cabinet, at its meeting in the southern province of Krabi on Tuesday, endorsed a proposal from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to nominate six national parks…

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Members of the Erebara family embrace after being separated before arriving on a flight from the UK, following the easing of pandemic travel restrictions at JFK international airport in New York on November 8, 2021. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

Tears, relief, long lines as US reopens borders after 20 months

New York (AFP) – Eager travelers and their relatives rejoiced, wept and breathed sighs of relief Monday as the United States reopened to vaccinated visitors, ending 20 months of Covid-19 restrictions…

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Travelers arrive at a nearly empty security check-in at Newark International Airport on November 21, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. Current US numbers — more than a quarter of a million deaths have been reported — have alarmed authorities enough to advise that people stay home for the November 26 Thanksgiving holiday, when Americans usually travel to be with their families. Kena Betancur / AFP

International travellers head to the United States as flights reopen

Travelers across the world prepared on Monday to be reunited with loved ones in the United States for the first time in nearly two years, as restrictions were lifted to…

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Visitors take a selfie at the exhibition stand of the Maldives at the International Tourism Trade Fair (ITB) in Berlin, Germany, March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo

Asia tourism reopens with big-spending Chinese stuck at home

(Reuters) – Asia’s gradual easing of international travel curbs is proving a welcome relief for the region’s hard-hit tourism operators slowly opening up to visitors from around the world – with one giant…

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A spark of life in Chiang Mai’s tourism sector

Many travellers have been heading to Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai, where four districts have reopened for tourism as this year’s cold season gets underway. Fog was seen this…

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Thailand’s Hua Hin resort town ready to welcome tourists again

Many businesses in Hua Hin are hoping that reopening the country might offer a glimmer of hope, while Thai tourists are unsure if welcoming foreigners again will increase the infection…

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A family leave to board a plane at Sydney’s International Airport on November 1, 2021, as Australia’s international border reopens almost 600 days after a pandemic closure began. (Photo by Saeed Khan / AFP)

Flowers, cheers and tears as Australia’s border reopens

Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s international border reopened on Monday almost 600 days after a pandemic closure began, sparking emotional scenes at Sydney airport as loved ones reunited. Shortly after dawn, bleary-eyed…

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Thailand is lifting quarantine restrictions and allowing fully vaccinated foreign visitors from 63 countries and territories to enter. (Photo of Praseban by Veena Thoopkrajae)

Thailand set to welcome visitors after almost two years

With an economy almost entirely dependent on the tourist industry, Thailand is today lifting quarantine restrictions and allowing fully vaccinated foreign visitors from 63 countries and territories to enter in…

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Ancient sculptures depicting the Jataka are part of the exhibition at the Phra Pathom Chedi National Museum. (Photo by Fine Arts Department)

Discovering Dvaravati: Phra Pathom Chedi National Museum re-opens

Closed to visitors since April 2019, the Phra Pathom Chedi National Museum is now reopening with a new and spectacular exhibition, which includes the Inscription of Wat Phra Ngam, the…

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The site of sunken ship off coast Gallipoli in Turkey. (Photo by Reuters)

Shipwrecks of World War I are a seabed museum in Turkey

Turkey’s newest park is an underwater museum of fourteen shipwrecks that lie beneath the waves of the Dardanelles Strait, a glimpse into the fierce battles between Ottoman and Allied forces…

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Lifting of some COVID restrictions takes effect Friday, more people travel

Today (Friday) is the first on which many businesses in Thailand’s 29 COVID-19 “dark red” provinces have seen some restrictions eased, as the situation improves. Among the changes is the…

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Tradition prevails as Phuket prepares to host Vegetarian Festival

Believed to be the birthplace of the vegetarian festival in Thailand, Phuket has decided to hold its well-known and much-loved vegetarian or Je festival from October 5 to 15 this…

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OP-ED: England’s unfriendly travel regulations

It seems unbelievable that England has put in place a discriminatory policy that refuses to accept COVID-19 jabs given in countries in Latin American, Africa and South and Southeast Asia….

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The nature trail winds its way into the middle of the swampland at Sirindhorn Peat Swamp Forest Nature Research and Study Centre, Narathiwat province. (photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

Swampland Secret

Visitors to Narathiwat are guaranteed to find serenity in the Sirindhorn Peat Swamp Forest Like the few ancient forests that remain around the world, Thailand’s last peat swamp forest abounds…

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A walk in the woods

The Japanese art of forest bathing is the perfect way to soothe the soul We all occasionally need to escape and there are few places better than Hup Pa Tat…

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Exploring in a Covid world

Isolation is a new big thing for the travel of tomorrow Health declaration forms and virus tests. Quarantine-on-arrival (and on return) required. Most aircraftgrounded. Infection rates that change by the…

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International tourists, predominantly Russian nationals, enjoy the beach despite concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and restrictions for travellers at a resort in Phuket on March 20, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand has relaxed criteria for issuing tourist visas

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) says The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has relaxed the criteria for issuing visas to foreigners, hoping to revive tourism. TAT executive director for tourism…

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A Shan woman in traditional costume dances to celebrate the end of Vassa, the Buddhist Lent, in Mae Sariang, Mae Hong Son province.

Castles, lights and strange creatures

The spectacular Ork Wa Festival returns to the Shan-speaking communities of the small and sleepy town of Mae Sariang in Thailand’s Northern province of Mae Hong Son this month with…

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Bangkok residents told not to travel outside the city and to at stay home

In light of the exponential surge in COVID-19 infections and the potential for increased transmission in upcountry provinces, Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang today appealed to everyone, currently in Bangkok, not…

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