Thailand

Thailand is in the Southeast of Asia, with Laos and Cambodia to the east and the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysianextto Burma (Myanmar) on its west. The capital is Bangkok, the country's official language is Thai. In touristic resorts people also speak the English language. The history of Thailand is estimated to be dating 10,000 years, up to the paleolithic era. Visitors will encounter super-rich archaeological sites of cultural heritage. The temples of worship of Buddha abound in the region, contributing to the exotic environment of the place. Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia that avoided colonization, thus preserving the history and cultural heritage. The ancient monuments, temples and deserted cities all attest to the magnificent past of Thailand, a wonderful destination for your holidays. The historical treasures match with the wonderful nature. Thailand has many picturesque islands and beaches as well as 90 national parks and an amazing wildlife. The Thais are renowned for their friendliness and smile .

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Rain turns city roads to rivers

Heavy rain in Bangkok on Friday evening paralysed traffic in many parts of the city, reports said.

The rainfall that drenched the capital from 4pm left commuters and motorists stranded in traffic jams for hours as several major roads were waterlogged, among them Vibhavadi, Phahon Yothin, Sutthisan Winitchai, Ratchadaphisek, Ramkhamhaeng, Ngam Wong Wan and Charan Sanitwong.

The water on most of the roads was between 20 and 30 centimetres deep, spilling over onto pedestrian footpaths.

Sanya Cheenimit, director of the drainage and sewerage department of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), inspected drainage in affected areas and concluded that a total of 16 locations and roads in the capital had been clogged with water due to several hours of heavy rains.

Thawi Watthana district recorded with highest volume of rain at 142 millimetres, followed by Din Daeng (95mm) and Bang Phlat (85mm), he said.

Mr Sanya said earlier that City Hall expected to drain all of the water from the streets by about 8pm if the rain stopped.


Vibhavadi Road (Photo by Post Today)
 
Phaya Thai Road (Photo by Post Today)
Shortcut to Lat Phrao Soi 64, near Sutthisan area (Photo by Post Today)
 
Ramkhamhaeng Soi 21 (Photo by Post Today)

 In front of the Channel 7 Headquarters Building on Phahon Yothin Road. 

http://www.bangkokpost.com

Friday, September 14, 2012

ประกาศศูนย์อุตุนิยมวิทยาภาคเหนือ ฉบับที่ 1 เรื่อง ฝนตกหนัก น้ำท่วมฉับพลัน และน้ำป่าไหลหลาก



ในช่วงวันที่ 13 – 17 กันยายน 2555 ร่องมรสุมที่พาดผ่านประเทศไทยตอนบนจะมีกำลังแรงขึ้น ประกอบกับมรสุมตะวันตกเฉียงใต้ที่พัดปกคลุมทะเลอันดามัน ประเทศไทย และอ่าวไทย มีกำลังค่อนข้างแรง
ลักษณะเช่นนี้ทำให้ประเทศไทยจะมีฝนตกชุกหนาแน่น และมีฝนตกหนักถึงหนักมากบางแห่งในภาคเหนือ ขอให้ประชาชนระวังอันตรายจากสภาวะอากาศดังกล่าวและติดตามข่าวพยากรณ์อากาศอย่างใกล้ชิดในระยะนี้

ประกาศ ณ วันที่ 13 กันยายน พ.ศ. 2555    ออกประกาศ เวลา 05.30 น.
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Sunday, September 9, 2012

ประกาศศูนย์อุตุนิยมวิทยาภาคเหนือ ฉบับที่ 1 เรื่อง ฝนตกหนัก น้ำท่วมฉับพลัน และน้ำป่าไหลหลาก

    ร่องมรสุมพาดผ่านภาคเหนือ ประกอบมีฝนตกหนักถึงหนักมากสะสมในหลายพื้นที่ของภาคเหนือ และมีแนวโน้มจะมีฝนตกหนักต่อไปอีก ขอให้ประชาชนบริเวณพื้นที่เสี่ยงภัยตามที่ลาดเชิงเขาใกล้ทางน้ำไหล ผ่านบริเวณจังหวัดเชียงใหม่ ลำพูน ลำปาง แพร่ อุตรดิตถ์ สุโขทัย พิษณุโลก และเพชรบูรณ์ ระวังอันตรายจากฝนตกหนัก น้ำท่วมฉับพลัน และน้ำป่าไหลหลากในช่วงวันที่ 9-12 กันยายน 2555 นี้ไว้ด้วย
ประกาศ  ณ  วันที่ 9 กันยายน พ.ศ. 2555
ออกประกาศ เวลา 10.30 น.
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กระทรวงเทคโนโลยีสารสนเทศและการสื่อสาร
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โทรสาร 0-5327-7815 และ 0-5320-3802
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Travel Alert Details |Travel Alerts|Gulf Air

Gulf Air to close four routes for commercial reasons
 
 
Gulf Air regrets to announce the closure of its services to four destinations; Damascus, Athens, Milan and Kuala Lumpur. Flights to Damascus will be ceased from 02 March while flights to Athens and Milan will be stopped from 12 March and Kuala Lumpur will be from 25 March 2012.
The decision has been taken to allow the airline to use its fleet and resources in the most efficient way by concentrating on high-demand, high-yield routes to ensure that its core customer base is served effectively. 
The following arrangements have been made for passengers who have booked their tickets on Gulf Air:
·         Passengers, who have booked tickets (with PNRs), but not purchased yet, will have their tickets automatically cancelled.
·         Passengers, holding confirmed tickets for travel beginning on or after 2nd, 12th and 25th of March 2012 will get refunds via the channels they originally booked, i.e., travel agencies or third-party websites subject to booking conditions. Please contact them.
·         Passengers, holding confirmed tickets for travel beginning on or after 2nd, 12th and 25th of March 2012, who purchased their tickets online via gulfair.com, will get their full refunds through Gulf Air’s worldwide contact centre on 17373737 or other Gulf Air offices nearer to them. Visit gulfair.com for details.
·         Passengers who have already commenced their journeys will be offered the pro-rata value of flights for the remainder of their journey or will be re-protected by Gulf Air on another airline. Where a passenger selects to be re-protected, we will contact the passenger within the next 10 working days to confirm the details of their re-protected flights. 
·         Gulf Air will endeavour, where possible, to transfer the booking/ticket to an alternative available airline to the same destination in the same class of travel, subject to availability of seats.
Gulf Air realizes that this will be disappointing news to some of its customers and regrets the inconvenience this may cause.
Thank you for your understanding.
http://www.gulfair.com/English/travelalerts/Pages/TravelAlertDetails.aspx?AlertID=105

Friday, February 10, 2012

History Phuket

n the 17th century, the Dutch, the English, and from the 1680s the French, competed with each other for trade with the island of Phuket (the island was named Junkseilon at that time), which was valued as a very rich source of tin. In September 1680, a ship from the French East India Company visited Phuket and left with a full cargo of tin. In 1681 or 1682, the Siamese king Narai, who was seeking to reduce Dutch and English influence, named Governor of Phuket the French medical missionary Brother René Charbonneau, a member of the Siam mission of the Société des Missions Etrangères. Charbonneau held the position of Governor until 1685.
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In 1685, king Narai confirmed the French tin monopoly in Phuket to a French ambassador, the Chevalier de Chaumont.Chaumont's former maître d'hôtel Sieur de Billy was named governor of the island. The French were expelled from Siam in 1688 however, following the 1688 Siamese revolution. On April 10, 1689, the French general Desfarges led an expedition to re-capture the island of Phuket in an attempt to restore some sort of French control in Siam. The occupation of the island led nowhere, and Desfarges returned to Pondicherry in January 1690
The Burmese attacked Phuket in 1785. Captain Francis Light, a British East India Company captain passing by the island, sent word to the local administration that he had observed Burmese forces preparing to attack. Than Phu Ying Chan, the wife of the recently deceased governor, and her sister Mook (คุณมุก) then assembled what forces they could. After a month-long siege, the Burmese were forced to retreat March 13, 1785. The two women became local heroines, receiving the honorary titles Thao Thep Kasattri and Thao Si Sunthon from King Rama I. During the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), Phuket became the administrative center of the tin-producing southern provinces. In 1933 Monthon Phuket (มณฑลภูเก็ต) was dissolved and Phuket became a province by itself. Old names of the island include
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The name Phuket  is apparently derived from the word bukit (Jawi: بوكيت) in Malay which means "hill", as this is what the island appears like from a distance. The region was formerly referred to as "Thalang," derived from the old Malay "Telong" (Jawi: تلوڠ) which means "Cape". The northern district of the province, which was the location of the old capital, still uses this name.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand,


Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand, located in the Andaman Sea of southern Thailand. The island is mostly mountainous with a mountain range in the west of the island from the north to the south. The mountains of Phuket form the southern end of the Phuket mountain range, which ranges for 440 kilometres (270 mi) from the Kra Isthmus. The highest elevation of the island is Mai Thao Sip Song (Twelve Canes), at 529 metres (1,736 ft) above sea level.

It is estimated that Phuket has a total area of approximately 570 square kilometres (220 sq mi) (including the province's other islands). Phuket is approximately 536 miles (863 km) south of Bangkok, and covers an area of approximately 543 square kilometres (210 sq mi) excluding small islets. It is estimated that if all its 39 other small islands are included, Phuket Province will cover an area of approximately 590 square kilometres (230 sq mi). The island total length, from north to south, is estimated at 30 miles (48 km) and 13 miles (21 km) wide.

Phuket's topology is exceptional with 70 percent of its area covered with mountains which stretch from north to south and the remaining 30 percent being plains located in the central and eastern parts of the island. It has a total of 9 brooks and creeks but does not have any major rivers.

Forest, rubber and palm oil plantations cover 60% of the island. The western coast has several sandy beaches, while on the east coast beaches are more often muddy. Near the southernmost point is Laem Promthep (Brahma's Cape), which is a popular sunset viewing point. In the mountainous north of the island is the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-hunting Area, protecting more than 20 km² of rainforest. The three highest peaks of this reserve are the Khao Prathiu (384 metres (1,260 ft)), Khao Bang Pae 388 metres (1,273 ft) and Khao Phara 422 metres (1,385 ft). The Sirinat National Park on the northwestern coast was established in 1981 and protects an area of 90 square kilometres (35 sq mi) (68 kilometres (42 mi) marine area), including the Nai Yang beach where sea turtles lay their eggs.

One of the most popular tourist areas on Phuket is Patong Beach on the central western coast, perhaps owing to the easy access to its wide and long beach. Most of Phuket's nightlife and its cheap shopping is located in Patong, and the area has become increasingly developed. Patong means "the forest filled with banana leaves" in Thai. Other popular beaches are located south of Patong. In a counterclockwise direction these include Karon Beach, Kata Beach, Kata Noi Beach, and around the southern tip of the island, Nai Harn Beach and Rawai. To the north of Patong are Kamala Beach, Surin Beach and Bang Tao Beach. These areas are generally much less developed than Patong, and sought out by individuals, families and other groups with a preference for more relaxed and less crowded environs than Patong. There are many islands to the southeast, including Bon Island, just a short boat trip away. There are several coral islands to the south of Phuket, the Similan Islands lie to the north west, and Phi Phi Islands to the south east. Islanders engage in a lively tourist trade, catering to snorkellers and scuba divers.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mike Shopping Mall Observes Chinese New Year.








            



          Chinese New year in  Pattaya















Sunday, January 22, 2012

Lisu New Year Chiangrai


New Year in the mountain villages of the Lisu people is certainly one of the most vibrant and colourful. The four days and nights during which the Lisu indulge in dancing, singing and drinking coincide with Chinese New Year as the somewhat sinicized Lisu still adhere to the Chinese lunar calendar — usually at the end of January or in the first half of February. For them, the celebrations are more than just about having fun; they are the ultimate expression of their cultural identity.
Visiting a Lisu village during New Year is a rewarding experience, as outsiders are warmly welcomed to the festivities, while the crowds of dancing villagers dressed up in their most elaborately decorated costumes are a photographer’s delight. Although many remote Lisu villages can only be reached by a dusty and bumpy ride on a dirt road, at least a dozen are situated along a major asphalt-surfaced road and so are relatively easy to get to.
The preparations for the festivities take place well in advance. Most households will ensure they have a stock of liquor at home, beginning to distil it as soon as they have harvested their corn and rice after the rainy season. Over many weeks, even months before the New Year, the women will be engaged in making new, eye-catching costumes that will be at centre stage during the New Year festivities. Women working on their sewing machines in front of their huts are a characteristic feature of any modern Lisu village in Thailand.
In the past, much of the colourful fabrics for these costumes was woven at home, but nowadays virtually all is bought in town. In December or early January, you may spot many Lisu women in the textile shops near Chiang Mai’s Worarot Market choosing a selection of the most colourful fabrics on offer there during the clearance sales. Some three decades or so ago, this was the time when most of them had just harvested and sold their opium, and consequently, much of the income from their cash crop was invested directly in the New Year’s celebrations.
The Lisu from China’s Yunnan province started to cross into Burma during the tumultuous second half of the nineteenth century. During the 1910s, the first groups began to settle in Thai territory — Doi Chang in Chiang Rai province is thought to have been the kingdom’s first Lisu village. From then on, more Lisu migrants followed, so their settlements are now scattered throughout the northern parts of Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai en Chiang Rai provinces.
CHIANGRAI TIMES

Monday, January 9, 2012