Songkhla Seafood Festival 2018

Songkhla Seafood Festival 2018

The Songkhla Seafood Festival 2018 is celebrating its 19th year and will take place at Sra Bua, Laem Samila, Songkhla from 29 May to 9 June 2018.

The event is known for offering all kind of seafood fresh off the boat, including fish, shrimp, crab, shellfish, squid and jellyfish, caught during the 12-day festival. There will be more than 100 seafood stalls, local Thai gastronomy demonstrations and local shops serving the fruits of the sea daily from 16.00 – 24.00 Hrs.

Seafood is the highlight of event, but Thai stars and entertainers are also set to shine bright. Live performances by Pinky Savika, Lamyai Hai Thongkam, Maleehuana, Mike Piromporn and others are expected to draw crowds. There are also local art performance and the Miss Samila 2018 Contest which is not to be missed.

This Songkhla Seafood Festival 2018 is hosted by Songkhla City Municipality and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth) and others. It intends to promote Thai gastronomy and food tourism in a city famed for the freshest seafood in the Kingdom.

This year, the festival is also positioned as a ‘Food Festival No Alcohol’ and Styrofoam free event by ThaiHealth, making it both family and eco-friendly.

For information, contact:
TAT Hat Yai Office
Tel: +66 (0) 7423 1055; +66 (0) 7423 8518; +66 (0) 7424 3747
E-mail: [email protected]

Annual Run through the Sea to Pithak Island: LangSuan Mini Marathon returns on 17 June

LangSuan Mini Marathon

Thailand’s only annual mini-marathon that features a run through the sea to an offshore island, the LangSuan Mini Marathon is returning in its 14th year on 17 June 2018, in Paknam Lang Suan sub-district, a peaceful coastal town in Chumphon province.

Each year, this extraordinary running event has inspired runners from Thailand and around the world to take part in the 14-kilometre mini-marathon that starts at the HTMS Chakri Naruebet Ship Model in Paknam Lang Suan sub-district. There’s also a 5-kilometre fun run that starts at the Mu 13 village centre in Bang Nam Chuet sub-district.

Both race routes feature a scenic coastal road and conclude with the highlight at the final kilometre – a run through about 30 centimetres of low-tide seawater to the finish line on Pitak Island.

The race courses take advantage of the low tide that occurs every year in Paknam Lang Suan in June, creating a large stretch of sand dune between the shore and the island. Pitak Island itself is a small fishing village, where homestay experience is also available for visitors seeking to explore the local way of life.

Registration for the 14th LangSuan Mini Marathon 2018 is open on 18 May at the Lang Suan District Office. Runners in both categories can also register at the HTMS Chakri Naruebet Ship Model registration point on Saturday, 16 June (13.00-20.00 Hrs.), and on the event’s date, 17 June (04.00-06.00 Hrs.) at the two starting points. The Mini Marathon starts at 06.19 Hrs., while the Fun Run at 06.39 Hrs.

All runners who take part in the run will receive a souvenir medal and there are several cups for the top ten finishers. All runners in fancy costumes will receive special gifts.

Amenities include food and beverage at HTMS Chakri Naruebet Ship Model registration point on Saturday, 16 June from 18.00-20.00 Hrs., on Sunday, 17 June at 05.00 Hrs. There are also restrooms, first aid, breakfast at finishing point on Pithak Island after the race on Sunday, 17 June. In addition, there’re food and accommodation at the child development centre in Paknam Lang Suan Municipality, Laem Son Health Park (runners are asked to bring their own bedding).

There is parking, luggage storage, bus service to the race event from Lang Suan Station on 16 June from 10.00 Hrs. and HTMS Chakri Naruebet to Mu 13 village centre on 17 June, from 04.00 Hrs. until the end of the competition.

The 14th LangSuan Mini Marathon 2018 is supported by Lang Suan District Office in cooperation Chumphon Provincial Administration Office, Bang Nam Chuet District Office, Paknam Lang Suan Municipality, The Village Headman Association, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and many other generous sponsors.

For more information, contact:
TAT Chumphon Office
Tel. +66 (0) 7750 1831-2; +66 (0) 7750 2775-6
E-mail: [email protected]

TAT Newsroom launches ‘Insight Thainess’ travel documentary series

Bangkok, 18 May, 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently launched its own travel documentary series, titled ‘Insight Thainess’, to promote Thai values through the country’s unique way of life. The seven-part series highlights Thai local wisdom, time-honoured arts and crafts, history and natural resources, and is meant to inspire travellers worldwide to visit Thailand and experience it first-hand.

Mr. Kitsana Kaewtumrong, TAT’s Executive Director of Advertising and Publications Department, said, “The Insight Thainess travel documentary series comprises seven episodes, each three minutes long. It showcases the pureness of unique Thai local experiences and the natural affability of the Thai people in the way that hasn’t been told before. We are gradually rolling out the series each month between March and September.”

He added the Insight Thainess travel documentary series also corresponded with this year’s communication concept of Amazing Thailand’s ‘Open to the New Shades’, which highlights the many different ways tourists can see Thailand, whether through new perspectives on existing attractions or through experiences in altogether new attractions.

Two of the seven episodes were uploaded recently on TAT’s official public relations channel, or the TAT Newsroom. The first episode, titled ‘Mango with Sticky Rice’, premiered in March and was filmed in Amphawa, Samut Songkhram, a small province in Central Thailand. It featured local communities that live a simple lifestyle from farming and fruit orchards, mostly coconuts, pomelos, lychees and mangos.

Insight Thainess Episode 1: Mango with Sticky Rice

Episode two, titled ‘The Riviera of the Salt Field’ premiered early May with a ‘roadside travel’ storyline. It was filmed in Ban Laem, Phetchaburi where the numerous salt fields create a snow white effect on the horizon.

Insight Thainess Episode 2: The Riviera of the Salt Field

Up next is ‘The Art of Andaman’ episode that features a ‘natural inspiration’ narrative covering the time-honoured batik handicraft of Ko Yao Noi in Phang Nga province.

It concludes with episodes four to seven filmed in Sukhothai, Chiang Rai, Surin and Mae Hong Son, respectively. These will highlight ancient handcrafted gold techniques, a local artisan wood working story, elegant handwoven silk laced with gold and the simple way of life in Northern Thai towns.

Thailand’s DNP announces four-month rejuvenation for Ko Phi Phi’s famed Maya Bay

Krabi, 16 May, 2018 – Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) has announced that Maya Bay in Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park will not allow visitors during a much needed four-month rejuvenation period from 1 June to 30 September, 2018.

The DNP announced at a press conference held on 15 May that access to Maya Bay will be strictly off limits during the four-month rejuvenation.

It will not allow boats to enter the bay in front of the beach, or even drop anchor at nearby Loh Samah Bay, as visitors and their vessels will not be allowed to enter Maya Bay.

Travellers can still catch a glimpse of the Bay’s stunning beauty, made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie ‘The Beach’ at a 400-metre distance, or between the two cliffs that form a natural entrance to the lagoon. But this will be strictly supervised and carefully monitored by the DNP.

During the four-month period, the DNP will undertake a coastal and marine environment quality evaluation study on the condition of reef and beach resources, environmental control, and tourism management. This is to properly determine measures for environmental sustainability of Maya Bay during future off-tourist seasons.

Temporary closings of natural attractions are not new to Thailand. Each year, the DNP closes several national parks for a period to allow for ecological recovery time. Depending on weather and park conditions, dates vary as the closures are often due to extreme weather, especially during the rainy annual monsoon that may create unsafe conditions.

In Krabi, which has three national parks, the DNP closes Ko Rok Nok and Ko Rok Nai, Ko Ngai, Mu Ko Ha, and Kong Hin Daeng-Hin Muang in the Mu Ko Lanta National Park, from 16 May to 14 October every year. Furthermore, the Department has closed Ko Yung in Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National park and the trekking trail of Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, until further notice.

Krabi Vice Governor Mr. Apinan Puakpong noted that only Maya Bay will be closed to visitors while neighbouring Mu Ko Phi Phi (Phu Phi islands) and its beautiful beaches remain open to the public.

“Krabi still has much to offer with a diverse archipelago boasting 154 islands plus three national parks and its own unique way of life,” he added.

Mr. Apinan also said that Krabi’s other famous beaches, including Mu Ko Phi Phi, Ko Hong, Ko Dam Hok Dam Khwan, Ko Poda, Ko Ngai, Ko Lanta, Nopparat Thara Beach, Ao Nang Beach, Thap Khaek Beach, Ba Kantiang Beach and West Rai Le Beach were all open and ready to welcome tourists.

To support the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s latest ‘Amazing Thailand Go Local’ tourism promotion, Mr. Apichai Aranyig, Director of the TAT Krabi Office said the office recently launched a series of ‘Krabi Once More’ routes highlighting tourism experiences in local communities. These include Ban Ko Klang’s batik and fishing village, Laem Sak’s panoramic view and Baba Nyonya culture, and Ko Lanta’s three ethnic communities to name just a few.

TAT announces first-ever ‘Samui Asia Music Festival’ to take place this August

Bangkok, 16 May, 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) together with Ko Samui Municipality and event management company IMC Live Group are pleased to announce the staging of the first ever ‘Samui Asia Music Festival’ on 18 and 19 August, 2018.

The two-day weekend festival will feature music acts from around Asia and local Thai artists, and cover different genres; such as, rock, metal, the blues and ballads. The line-up includes Malaysian alternative rock band Estranged, Singapore house band Shirlyn + The UnXpected, Hong Kong rock metal band Qiu Hong, Chinese funk group Jumpin’ Candy and, from Thailand, rock band Potato and singer Tai Tanawut.

The picturesque, tropical island setting for the ‘Samui Asia Music Festival 2018’ is Phru Chaweng on the northeastern shores of Ko Samui. Admission is free.

Mr. Noppadon Pakprot, TAT Deputy Governor for Domestic Marketing, said: “The inaugural Samui Asia Music Festival has all the makings of a great Asian music experience. TAT is proud to be involved in the organisation and support yet another world-class event in Thailand, and one which is expected to further broaden Ko Samui’s appeal to Thai and international visitors alike.”

The ‘Samui Asia Music Festival’ sits perfectly with the Amazing Thailand ‘Open to the New Shades’ communication concept that encourages visitors to experience Thailand both from new and existing perspectives.

Along with the awesome music line-up, the ‘Samui Asia Music Festival 2018’ will offer festival goers plenty of choice in food and drinks at the Festival’s market. It is all part of what promises to be a fun, exciting and vibrant festive spectacle.

For more details on the ‘Samui Asia Music Festival 2018’ please contact the TAT Ko Samui Office on Tel. +66 (077) 420 504; +66 (077) 420 721 or Email [email protected]

TAT announces new Michelin Guide Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga 2019

Phuket, 15 May, 2018 – Following the introduction in December 2017 of the first Michelin Guide Bangkok 2018, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that this year will see the launch of an expanded edition also covering Phuket and Phang Nga and with increased focus on Bangkok’s inner zone and surrounding provinces.

The Michelin Guide Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga 2019 will be released at the end of this year, in the same bilingual Thai and English format and in both print and digital versions.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said: “Along with Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga are another two fantastic gastronomic destinations in Thailand and it’s only natural the 2019 Michelin Guide be expanded to cover all three. Gastronomy tourism is a main element of our latest Amazing Thailand’s ‘Open to the New Shades’ communication concept and we are thrilled to have such a respected benchmark as Michelin to help us promote Thailand as a world-class dining destination.”

The Michelin Guide Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga 2019 will offer a wealth of information on the vast and varied culinary attractions and activities these destinations offer, from fine dining restaurants to the finest of food stalls. Also included will be accommodation options, thus adding further value to the guide.

Phuket’s signature foods and diverse eating culture saw it become the first city not only in Thailand, but also the ASEAN region in 2015 on the UNESCO Creative Cities listing for its gastronomic delights. Together with the unique local culture and beautiful natural environment, it makes Phuket a destination of gastronomy like no other.

Likewise, Phang Nga to the north of Phuket offers scenery just as stunning, and culture just as enchanting. The freshest and most succulent seafood that can be enjoyed in both destinations has to be tried to be believed.

More details on the Michelin Guide Bangkok can be found at guide.michelin.com/th/bangkok and, on the Michelin Guide Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga 2019, through updates at facebook.com/MichelinGuideThailand or by entering the hashtag #MichelinGuideThailand or #MichelinGuideBangkok

The inaugural Michelin Guide Bangkok features 98 Thai, Asian and international restaurants including 28 Thai street-food stalls, with two-star and one-star restaurants and Bib Gourmand restaurants in the selection.

*Group photo caption: 
Senior Thai officials and Michelin executives at the press conference held in Phuket to announce the launch of Michelin Guide Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga 2019. Seen in the group photo have included Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor (3rd from right); Mr. Prakob Wongmaneerung, Phuket Province Vice Governor (4th from left); Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications (far left); Ms. Gaelle Van Hieu, Vice President, Michelin Experience South East Asia and Australia (2nd from right); and Mr. Segsarn Trai-Ukos, Vice President, East Asia and Australia and Michelin Guide Official (far right), as well as the Michelin Tyre Man

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