Celebration of 241st Anniversary of Rattanakosin To Be Held in 21 Locations Across Bangkok19 Apr 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - As this year marks the 241st anniversary of Rattanakosin or Bangkok, the government is preparing a celebratory event that will take place at the end of this month. Meanwhile, the prime minister is encouraging Thais to take pride in their national heritage and contribute to preserving and promoting cultural values.Minister of Culture Itthiphol Kunplome and culture ministry officials engaged with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha before today’s (18 April) Cabinet meeting to publicize the upcoming event celebrating the 241st anniversary of Rattanakosin. The group presented Cultural Products of Thailand (CPOT) to the prime minister, including Thai garments, brass products, woven bags, aromatic oils, and desserts. Performance arts such as Khon, Nora, and Li-ke dances were also presented on the occasion.Gen. Prayut noted that Thailand has a story crafted through hundreds of years of history and he would like everybody to help carry on with the good traditions of Thailand and promote them to the global community. He said Thailand was a land of happiness and safety, with people being able to coexist despite differences in the cultures found in the various regions of the country. He also encouraged Thais to take pride in the contributions made to the nation and its people by the kings of the current Chakri dynasty. The prime minister asked everyone to instill a Thai conscience in children and youths and provide them with the correct knowledge so they would be able to take pride in the national heritage. He noted these heritages are part of Thailand’s soft powers that are being used to generate added economic value and income for the nation.The event celebrating 241 years of Rattanakosin will be held from April 21 to 25 at the National Museum and Santi Chai Prakan Park in Bangkok’s Phra Nakon district, Wat Prayurawongsawat Worawihan in Thon Buri district and other locations across Bangkok. There will be 21 sites where the celebration will take place. Event venues will have a retro theme and offer visitors arts and culture performances from all regions of Thailand. Historical knowledge about Rattanakosin and cultural diversity in Thailand will also be provided to visitors. An exhibition on the biographies of the 10 kings of the Chakri dynasty will also be offered to visitors to Santi Chai Prakan Park from April 21 to May 7.
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SEA Games Televised for Thai Viewers15 Apr 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) has announced that live broadcasts of the 32nd Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) will be televised for viewers in Thailand.According to SAT Governor Kongsak Yodmanee, competitions for the upcoming SEA Games will be broadcast on Channel 5, Channel 9, and NBT. Officials are also in talks with Channel 3 to join as the fourth channel for broadcasting various sports for the international multi-sport event.The announcement came as Thailand and Cambodia are still in ongoing negotiations over licensing fees. Disputes erupted after Cambodia, the host of the 32nd SEA Games, requested 27.6 million baht from Thailand for the rights to broadcast the event, the highest fee ever charged for the competition.The 32nd SEA Games will take place in Phnom Penh from May 5 to 17. Thai national athletes hope to win at least 164 gold medals at the 32nd Southeast Asian Games and finish first in the medal standings.
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TAT Expects Strong Summer Air Traffic This Year14 Apr 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) expects strong air traffic during the summer to help reach its long-haul market targets by the end of this year.Siripakorn Cheawsamoot, TAT deputy governor for Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas, stated that 98,625 flights have been scheduled between April and December 2023. These figures demonstrate rising tourism demand despite the fact that the season is not the busiest of the year, while the average airfare is also higher than before the Covid-19 pandemic.TAT has set a target for each of its eleven offices around the world to attract one million visitors to Thailand. In order to help its office reach its objectives, the deputy governor said TAT plans to assist airlines increase their average load factor to 80% by expanding cooperation with domestic airlines to increase connectivity with international carriers.One of its plans is to establish code-share partnerships which will allow passengers to purchase a one-time ticket without needing to buy separate domestic tickets upon arrival. Many international airlines have expressed an interest in this cooperation.The deputy governor also expressed optimism for Thailand’s tourism recovery, stating that some markets already have the potential to reach the same level as it was before the pandemic. One such market is tourists from Russia, which as of April 5 had already seen 591,002 visitors. It was reported that 1.48 million Russian tourists visited Thailand in 2019.
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EC and Media Cooperate to Promote Fair Election11 Apr 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Election Commission (EC) has urged the media to educate the public about the upcoming election by publicizing accurate information. The commission also reassured that the election will be held with transparency and fairness.On Monday (10 April), the EC hosted a training session for members of the media, while calling for cooperation ahead of the May general election. EC Secretary-General Sawang Boonmee affirmed that the media and other relevant agencies play crucial roles in promoting the campaign and educating the public about the significance of this election.Addressing concerns over the transparency of the ballot, which doesn’t display parties’ logos, the secretary-general reiterated that the EC committees had complied with the law regarding the matter. The law specifies that the ballots must contain easily distinguished candidates, colors, and party-designated numbers. The EC will install a vinyl sign in front of the polling station detailing information about each candidate and political party in a particular constituency.In addition, Sawang said the EC will release its official results between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM on election day, with periodic updates every 30 minutes. The nearly complete results will likely be reported by 10:00 PM.Furthermore, he cited flexibility as a main reason for refraining from using voting tools or applications as the means to report election results. The EC secretary-general also asked people to check media coverage for more up-to-date reporting.
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Highways Dept Suggests Alternate Travel Routes11 Apr 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Department of Highways (DOH) is taking steps to ensure road safety and facilitate people’s travels during the Songkran long holidays.The DOH’s Bureau of Highway Safety estimates that from April 11-17, a little over 7 million automobiles will be entering and leaving Bangkok via 10 highways and motorways.The projected figure is 5.3% higher than during last year’s Songkran travel period.April 16 is projected to be the peak day for inbound traffic, with around 610,000 vehicles expected to enter the city.To help travelers avoid severe traffic congestion, the DOH is suggesting alternative routes for those traveling on certain highways. These suggestions are available on the DOH’s Facebook page, enabling people to plan their journeys accordingly using the information provided.The DOH is also urging drivers to exercise caution, observe traffic rules and ensure they are physically fit for the long journey. To assist with any queries or assistance required during travel on highways or motorways, a hotline number 1586 is available around the clock. Alternatively, the Highway Police can be reached at the number 1193.
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Transport Company Plans 4,500 Daily Trips for Songkran Travel31 Mar 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Transport Company has announced that state-owned and private buses and vans will be arranged to make 4,500 trips per day, carrying an estimated 60,000 people back home to the provinces from Bangkok for the upcoming long Songkran holidays. According to Sanyalak Panwattanalikhit, the managing director of the state-run Transport Company, the number of passengers is expected to rise by 10% during the April 10-12 period. After the five-day holiday period, the company expects around 53,000 people to return to Bangkok each day from April 16-18. To accommodate this, the Transport Company and its private concessionaires will arrange buses and vans to provide 3,300 trips to Bangkok. Sanyalak advised passengers to arrive at bus terminals about two or three hours before the scheduled departure time. He added that passengers can buy tickets from ticket booths at the terminals or through the company’s website, app, or ticket agents nationwide. The Transport Company will also provide a 10% discount to travelers before and after the long Songkran period, and free checking for private vehicles at its maintenance service center in Rangsit from now until April 12. The company has also sought cooperation from the Krung Thep Apiwat Central Terminal to use the central railway station for the buses to make U-turns during the Songkran traveling period when traffic at the Morchit Bus Terminal is congested.
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TAT and Partners to Host Songkran Festivities Across Thailand30 Mar 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and its partners will host a series of events in cities across Thailand to celebrate this year’s Songkran festival.According to TAT, the "Water Festival 2023" will be organized in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, and Phuket between April 13 and 16, 2023. The goal of the event is to promote traditional culture and improve the community while also aiming to have Thailand’s Songkran festival inducted into UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage.In Bangkok, the event will take place at locations along the Chao Phraya river. One of the highlights of the event in Bangkok will be the procession of Buddha images along the river, as well as entertainment activities and ancient markets.In the northern region, the festival in Chiang Mai will include workshops showcasing Lanna crafts to tourists and holidaymakers visiting the city. The Ancient Mansion Chiang Mai on Charoen Pratet Road will be the venue for this event. In Lamphun, festivities will take place at Phra That Hari Phun Chai, where tourists will witness a procession of Buddha images and musical performances.In the Northeastern region, Wat Sa Kaeo and Ban Chiang in Udon Thani will host the event showcasing traditional Songkran celebrations in the area. In Wat Chaisi in Khon Kaen, festivities will take place there as well which will highlight regional festivities for the Thai New Year.Meanwhile, festivities in Phuket will be held at Wat Maikhao on April 13 and at Phuket Old Town from April 15 to 16.The "Water Festival 2023" will be organized by TAT with cooperation from the Ministry of Culture, Royal Thai Navy, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), Thai Beverage Public Co Ltd (ThaiBev), private and public networks, as well as local communities.
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Bangkok City Hall Prepares for Major Songkran Celebrations29 Mar 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has announced it will hold a major event to celebrate the Songkran festival this year, following a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt said an area in front of City Hall in Phra Nakhon district has been designated as the main venue for the capital’s water-splashing celebrations. Additionally, all 50 district offices across the capital will organize their own events to celebrate the upcoming Thai New Year.To commence the celebrations, Phra Phuttha Sihing, a highly revered Buddha image, will be paraded on April 12 from Phutthaisawan Throne Hall at the Bangkok National Museum to City Hall, where it will be displayed until April 14. Other traditional rituals, including almsgiving and water blessing ceremonies, will also be organized nearby. Chadchart added that celebrations will take place near Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem. The Metropolitan Police Bureau will be responsible for ensuring peace and order during the festivities, and restrictions will be in place on the sale of alcoholic drinks, powder, high-pressure water guns and inappropriate clothing to ensure a safe and respectful environment for all participants.
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Cabinet Acknowledges Guidelines for Preserving and Globalizing Songkran29 Mar 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Cabinet has acknowledged guidelines for preserving and globalizing the Songkran festival this week, as it pushes for the tradition to be included on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.Deputy Government Spokesperson Tipanan Sirichana said the campaign, proposed by the Ministry of Culture, aims to establish guidelines for promoting and preserving the Songkran tradition. With the cooperation of all agencies, activities will be organized to focus on preserving the beautiful cultural values ??of the Songkran festival, along with public relations efforts to raise awareness among the international community.Each provincial administration is encouraged to organize religious and cultural activities related to the Songkran tradition. Provinces will also launch a campaign to encourage people to give alms to monks, pay respect to elders, dress in Thai traditional clothing, and support local artists in passing on the cultural heritage.During the long holiday period, agencies responsible for security and public services are urged to strictly enforce the law to ensure the safety of life and property for both locals and tourists. Motorists are also urged to comply with traffic laws when on the road.
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