Discover Amazing Stories in Amazing Thailand

Tourism Authority of Thailand hosted an extravagant  evening followed by Gala dinner last week. The networking event aimed to promote Thailand culture & tourism. The evening was attended by many special guests & personalities including H.E Sheikha Hend Faisal al Qassemi, Ambassador of Thailand  Mr. Komate Kamalanavin & Fashion Icon Hadia Ghaleb.

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Live music performances and cultural activities & decor from the region kept the audience entertained. The event was arranged at the Pool Deck of JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. Perfect weather , calm ambiance of the venue & generously flowing drinks made the evening more colorful.

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The speeches made by the ambassador of Thailand, and special guests were followed by a grand Thai buffet . The lavish spread of Thai delicacies included variety of salads, mains and desserts.

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About Thailand…… Bangkok

Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok, has changed into a modern, exciting and sophisticated city. It offers to visitors not only the cosmopolitan amenities they would expect from other big cities, but also a unique treasure trove of cultural attractions. Thailand, in the heart of Southeast Asia, was never colonised and thus kept its unique culture and heritage intact. Bangkok offers visitors the opportunity to experience fascinating glimpses of Thailand’s gentle culture amidst the bustle of the great and dynamic metropolis. This great city has had astounding success in combining the ancient and modern world. For tourists, Bangkok has a feast of attractions to offer. The city is dotted with 400 glittering Buddhist temples of great beauty and fascination, magnificent palaces, classical dance extravaganzas, numerous shopping centres and traditional ways of life, especially along the “Venice of the East” timeless canals and the Chao Phraya River or the “River of Kings” that wind through the city. It is worth taking a trip along its waters before exploring further into different canals to take a glimpse of old Bangkok.

Chiang Mai……

Popularly known as “The Rose of the North”and with an enchanting location on the banks of the Ping river, the city and its surroundings are blessed with stunning natural beauty and a uniquely indigenous cultural identity. Located some 700 kms. from Bangkok, Chiang Mai is the principal city of northern Thailand and capital of the province of  the same name. Founded in 1296 by King  Mengrai as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Mai has had a long and mostly  independent history, which has to a large extent preserved a most distinctive culture. This is witnessed both in the daily lives of the people, who maintain their own dialect, customs and cuisine, and in a host of ancient temples, fascinating for their northern Thai architectural Styles and rich decorative details.

An Exotic Kaleidoscope Throughout 700 years of independence, the Thai  Kingdom has displayed an amazing continuity, underpinned by the people‘s unwavering adherence to Buddhism, the national religion, and to the  monarchy, which, became a constitutional monarchy in 1932, is as deeply revered now as it was in the days when kings were literally  “Lords of Life”. In its enduring traditions. Thailand embodies a quintessential “Thainess” which indelibly colours the nation and gives the sense of an ancient land that is different. Yet the Thais miraculously combine a sincere  respect for the past with zest for the new and a joy in today‘s innovations. It is precisely such a seeming paradox which makes Thailand so rewarding. Here is not only, a truly         multi-faceted destination of enormous cultural and topographical diversity,  but also has all the modern advantages to ensure the most pleasurable travel experience.  From exclusive service to superior opportunities for sightseeing,  accommodation, dining and shopping,  the  traveller will find plenty to appreciate. Variety is indeed the spice of life in Thailand. From the golden-spired temples of Bangkok to the majestic ruins of ancient capitals, from the tranquil charm of rural towns  to the excitement of tropical beach resorts,  there is no shortage of choice. No matter how many times you have visited before, there is  always something fresh to discover.

Delicious Dining

Dining is a further world of discovery,  with Thailand offering almost endless possibilities for relishing exciting new tastes,  rich in quality and choice. Thai cuisine,  so delicious and varied in its piquant tastes, is a true gastronomic art. Creativity in cooking stems partly from the Thais‘ love of good food, and partly from the wealth of ingredients available. The country possesses an abundance of vegetables and fruits,  herbs and spices, succulent seafood and fresh farm produce,  and all are wonderfully used in tempting recipes. From Royal Thai cuisine, based on menus traditionally served  at the regal banquets of old,  to four very distinctive styles of regional cooking, the discovery of new and tempting dishes is almost endless.  Delicious though the variety is,  the essence of Thai food and what makes it a world-class culinary art is its subtlety.  The key lies in the balance and harmony of a blend of hot, sweet,  salty and sour flavours. Amazingly for something  that tastes so good, Thai food is also highly nutritious.  With its emphasis on the freshest produce, green vegetables as well as herbs, along with a fondness for fish and poultry,Thai cooking  is as much a delight of the health- conscious  as for the gourmet.

Ko Samui …….

At 247 sq. kms., Ko Samui is Thailand’s third largest island, which has become one of Southeast Asia’s premier tourist destinations in just a decade. Samui sits snugly in the Gulf of Thailand, surrounded by other gem islands like Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao, and is located 84 kms. east of Surat Thani, the provincial capital on the mainland. Many visitors are content to laze their days away on the beach, soaking up the sun and cooling off in the turquoise waters, but for action enthusiasts there are plenty of choices like diving and snorkelling, windsurfing and paragliding, beach volleyball, off-road driving, and other soft adventure activities. One of the island’s most appealing features is the loop road, which makes a 50-km. circuit around the island, giving a glimpse of superb beaches on the north, east and west coasts. It runs past sleepy fishing villages and through seas of coconut palms, passing Ko Samui’s most impressive waterfall and tempting turn-offs into the highlands along the way. Other attractions on or near the road include a butterfly garden, a snake show, a monkey training centre, and health spas dedicated to pampering the body.

Phuket …….

Often referred to as the Pearl of the Andaman, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, shaped like an irregular pearl. It is located 867 kilometres south of Bangkok and measuring approximately 21 kilometres long. Connected to the mainland by a causeway, it has a coastline fringed with white sandy beaches and quiet coves, bathed by the clear blue waters of  the Andaman Sea and set against a backdrop of green hills, coconut groves, and rubber plantations.

BEACHES, BAYS & PARKS:   Phuket’s glory is its magnificent coastline. Beaches range from gentle crescents of white sand to rocky headlands. Counter-clockwise, from the island’s northern tip, where the Sarasin Bridge connects with the mainland, the major beaches and bays are: Hat Mai  Khao, Hat Nai Yang, Hat Pansea & Hat Surin, Hat Laem Sing, Hat Patong , Hat Kamala , Sirinat National Park, Phuket Fantasea.

Formalities and Other Regulations

All visitors entering Thailand must possess a valid passport. According to the Ministry of Interior, tourists from countries covered by visa exemption agreements are allowed to stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 30 days, whereas tourists from countries that have no visa exemptions can obtain a visa on arrival in the Kingdom if their stay does not exceed 15 days. For a list of the countries of origin that require a visa on arrival, please visit www.immigration.go.th. The validity of a tourist visa is 3 months or 6 months, which means that visitors with a touist visa needs to travel to Thailand within 3 or 6 months after the date of issue, and travellers with this type of visa are permitted to stay for a period of not exceeding 30 days or 60 days. Tourists who wish to extend their visas can contact the Immigration Bureau at 507 Soi Suan Phlu, Sathon Tai Road, Bangkok.  Tel. 66 2287 3101-10 or visit http://www.immigration.go.th.

For further information regarding visa requirements,please contact the nearest Thai Embassy or Consulate or visit website http://www.mfa.go.th.

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