Fah Thai Magazine July/August 2017

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NEWS AND EVENTS

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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

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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.

samuitattooconvention.com

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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.

tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice

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,

facebook.com/DhakaComicon

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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, dnp.go.th

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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.

discoverhongkong.com

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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, thailandshoppingdining.com

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