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  • LIFESTYLE

    Keeping a Tradition

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 27/02/2012

    » One sunny day a boy and a long-horned water buffalo were cooling off in a muddy pond at Wat Phra Non Chaksi's Thai Buffaloes Conservation Centre in Sing Buri province, while his two friends watched on. The boys flashed broad smiles and waved at a group of visitors from Bangkok who had come observe the animals and their way of life. The centre was set up in 2000 by Wat Phra Non Chaksi and Sing Buri Rotary Club. It takes care of water buffaloes rescued from slaughterhouses or donated by people, and lends them to needy farmers. The objective is two-fold: to educate the new generation about the traditional role of water buffaloes in farming, and honour the animal on which the heroes of Bang Rachan rode to battle against invaders from Myanmar. Each day scores of tourists visit this centre to observe the buffaloes, feed them grass and watch shows in which the animals demonstrate their agility, free of charge. Donations are welcome to support the centre's conservation work.

  • TRAVEL

    Toy Story comes to LIFE

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 28/02/2012

    » As the rain stopped falling on Hong Kong Disneyland a group of tourists from Thailand stepped into Toy Story Land, the park's fifth themed area. After walking through a tunnel, they saw two colourful benches in front of a big sign saying, "This Way" and a long stretch of more than two-metre-high grass. Looking up at their gigantic surroundings, the group felt like they had been shrunk to the size of a toy and become part of the Toy Story movies.

  • TRAVEL

    Pilgrimage to Nakhon Si Thammarat

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 02/03/2012

    » To commemorate Makha Bucha Day when 1,250 monks showed up without invitation more than 2,500 years ago to listen to a sermon by the Buddha, the International Makha Bucha and Robe Presentation to Phrathat at Muang Nakhon 2012 Festival is being held at Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, Thung Thalat and Sri Thammasokkarat Park, Nakhon Si Thammarat province, until March 7.

  • TRAVEL

    Travel fair in Ranong

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 16/03/2012

    » Provincial and local authorities, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Chumphon Office together with the public and private sectors of Ranong invite all to the "Travel to Ranong and the Andaman Sea 2012 Fair", being held until March 24 in front of Muang Ranong Municipality Office. The aims are to promote local tourism, raise public awareness of Ranong's potential as a natural and cultural tourism destination, and increase incomes for local communities.

  • TRAVEL

    Tribute to Ang Thong's heroes

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 23/03/2012

    » The public and private sectors and the people of Ang Thong province's Wiset Chai Chan district are set to host the Tribute to Wiset Chai Chan Heroes Fair 2012, until March 26, at the Monument of Nai Dok-Nai Thong Kaew in tambon Pai Jam Sil, which aims to honour Dok and Thong Kaew of Ban Pho Thalay, who led the villagers of Wiset Chai Chan into the Bang Rachan battles against Burmese invaders during the Ayutthaya period, and to promote local culture and traditions.

  • TRAVEL

    New Kid on the block

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 23/02/2012

    » Nestled 715km northeast of Bangkok is Bung Kan _ Thailand's newest province. It was part of Nong Khai before being carved out and declared the country's 77th province on March 22, 2011. Covering around 4,300km2, this province comprising of eight districts is full of mountains and waterways and rich in Thai and Lao cultures since Bolikhamxay, a Laotian province nearest it, is just across the Mekong River.

  • TRAVEL

    Underwater wedding in Trang

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 03/02/2012

    » The Underwater Wedding Fair in Trang, now in its 16th year, is held to promote natural and cultural tourism and an exotic traditional Thai wedding among foreign wedding couples, divers and tourists worldwide. This year, a number of couples will tie the knot and join several activities on Feb 10-12.

  • TRAVEL

    Temple tourism resurges after flood

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 09/02/2012

    » At weekends, Wat Phananchoeng Worawihan in Ayutthaya province is still crowded with Thai and foreign worshippers and tourists all day after last year's big flood. Hundreds of people were spotted paying respect to the presiding Buddha statue, Phra Buddhatrairattananayok, during the half an hour we spent there on a recent trip. The situation was similar at eight other temples in Ayutthaya and two neighbouring provinces we visited. Visiting temples in flood-hit areas is an opportunity for us to learn how many temples coped with the disaster and why a few were spared by the floodwater.

  • TRAVEL

    Khantoke dinner and dance in the Northeast

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 10/02/2012

    » Nakhon Ratchasima provincial authorities and the local Tourism Authority of Thailand office invite all to try local culinary and cultural treats at the Kin Khao Kham Khongdee Festival to be held at Muang Khaek Khmer temple in Sung Noen district from March 9 to 11. Highlights include a light-and-sound performance entitled "Sri Janasa Pura", and a khantoke dinner (a set dinner for five persons costs 1,500 baht). Here, participants will sit eating local food from khantokes (pedestal trays) while enjoying beautiful traditional dance and music.

  • TRAVEL

    Journeys to the city of three bays

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 17/02/2012

    » Prachuap Khiri Khan is also known as "the City of Three Bays". Until Sun, Feb 19, the "Travelling to Prachuap Khiri Khan, the Wonderful City of Three Bays" fair is being held on the beach overlooking Prachuap Khiri Khan bay. The aim is to promote tourism and raise income to support the province's activities.

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