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Fah Thai Magazine July/August 2017


OVERTURES NEWS AND EVENTS 6 JUNE 2017 THAILAND SPOTLIGHT Best in Asia A clear indication it’s monsoon season begins with closings of Thailand’s national parks – a temporary necessity that lasts until mid-October. The well-deserved break conceptualised by Thai tourism authorities offers a chance for the areas to regenerate and prepare for the next crowd of tourists. Luckily, influential website TripAdvisor reminds us of alternatives and main attractions in Bangkok. In gathering readers’ comments for the top 25 landmarks in 16-18 AUG 2017 KOH SAMUI SKIN DEEP Tattoos and beaches seem to go together. See what new designs get created in body art and see the ink mania at the 4th Samui Tattoo Convention 2017. This 3-day event, held at Central Festival between Chaweng Beach Road and Chaweng Lake in the central part of the resort town in Koh Samui, is packed with over 50 booths from home-base Samui to overseas tattoo artists. A lot of intricate and elaborate tattoos could be seen here together with tattoo artists at work. The latest designs may vary from realistic to customised graphics done by talented artists and skilled hands, along with the old (bamboo-style, anyone?) to the new school of tattooing methods. Feel the energy and the buzzing of the machines; ink-related merchandising and accessories are available. So if you’re in the market for some self-expression with a tattoo or are simply a tattoo enthusiast, make your way to the convention. 7-8 JUL 2017 Asia, 3 rankings pleasingly belong to Bangkok. Among them, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) make it to the must-visit sites. All placed 4th, 9th and 14th respectively and are all found on the historic centre of Rattanakosin Island. With her golden Buddha in a recline pose, Wat Pho took no. 21 for the world’s top landmarks. DHAKA COMICON SUMMER Get your costume on! If you just happen to be in Dhaka during this period, find some time to visit Bangladesh’s 6th comic book convention or the Dhaka Comicon Summer 2017 created by a group of die-hard fans of fantasy fiction, comics and imaginary worlds as they gather to celebrate the genre of comic books, movies, video games, manga and anime culture. At the huge venue grounds of TOPKAPI, Gulshan-2, you’ll run into participants dressing up in their favourite characters – Wonder Woman, Thor, Logan, Iron Man and other fantastical characters. Or prep your own costume and your own fantasy character at the event. But it’s not only about Cosplay here. At the convention, you’ll get a chance to preview a mind-blowing new comic by a new generation of comic book artists and writers. See illustrations drawn by artists and buy merchandise including T-shirts and action figures relating to favourite superheroes, robots and ninjas. Open 11am - 9pm, Tel: +8801714986668, +8801713011557, +8801711429717, 16 14 - MAY OCT 2017 THAILAND ANDAMAN NATIONAL MARINE PARKS SEASONAL CLOSING Some Andaman National Marine Parks will close until the month of October as part of their ‘break’. Parks closing include Mu Koh Surin, Koh Ta Chai and Mu Koh Similan in Phang Nga province; Koh Hin Daeng – Hin Muang, Koh Ha and Koh Rok diving sites located in Krabi’s Mu Koh Lanta park; Hat Chao Mai in Trang; and the islands of Adang, Rawi and Hin Ngam in Satun’s Tarutao National Marine Park. The respite marks the period for national parks to prepare itself for the next season. The surrounding areas continue to welcome visitors with a landscape that’s verdant green at this time of year and plenty of activities. Meanwhile, Lipe Island in Satun province remains open, with white sandy beaches offering opportunities for that quiet spot on the beach and snorkelling that’s within easy reach. Several top dive sites are equally accessible for more adventurous underwater excursions. Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Tel: +66 (0) 2561 0777, +66 (0) 2579 6666, ON GOING HONG KONG PALLING AROUND Need a friend in Hong Kong to show you all the local spots but don’t know anyone? Head over to the Hong Kong Tourism Board and they’ll hook you up with a volunteer who’ll show you their favourite haunts. The volunteer programme promises a memorable time with ‘Meet the Pals.’ You can walk to hidden spots around the world’s longest covered outdoor ride – the Mid-to-Central levels escalators – and visit places like Soho and see a blend of old Hong Kong and hip restaurants, or engage in craft-making or see green tourism. Enthusiastic locals give travellers personalised recommendations as experiential tourism is on the rise. As a result, the Hong Kong Tourism Board created the free service under this volunteer programme called “Meet-the- Pals”. By making an online appointment, visitors can meet some of the Hong Kong Pals at two in-town visitor centres and get information on a range of interesting topics, from Chinese paper craft and butterfly-watching to the hidden treasures around the Central-to-Mid-Levels escalator. NOW- 31 JUL 2017 THAILAND SHOP TILL YOU DROP This way, shoppers. During this time of the year, visit the Land of Smiles and bring that grin on your face and have fun – because almost everything here in the capital of Thailand is on sale. You can save up to as much as 80%, as the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in collaboration with major credit card companies and local retailers across the kingdom organises the Thailand Shopping & Dining Paradise 2017 campaign. Under the theme “Dining, Shopping and Travelling”, get on the world’s longest shopping endeavour in Bangkok and benefit from participating products and services in areas like accommodations, airlines, restaurants, theme parks, department stores, spas and jewellery shops. The whole month of July will mark Bangkok as a true destination for anyone who loves great shopping, delicious food and unbeatable bargains. Tourism Authority of Thailand call centre 1672, 18 19