New laws regulating sale of alcohol effective immediately in Thailand

New laws regulating the sale of alcohol in Thailand is effective immediately. The Prime Minister’s Office made the announcement on January 24 that alcoholic beverages can only be sold from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. daily. Mr. Samarn Futrakun, Director General of the Office of the Alcohol Control Committee stated that the total amount of hours in a day that alcohol can be purchased is capped at 10 hours. Continue reading New laws regulating sale of alcohol effective immediately in Thailand

English language newspapers and magazines in Krabi, Thailand

Whenever you travel abroad, it’s always nice to be able to read a newspaper or magazine in your own language. You won’t have any problem when visiting Krabi, Thailand, as there are several English language newspapers and magazines available there. You can find them in bars, pubs, tourist-shopping areas, and bookstores. Some are free of charge. You can also access free and subscription publications online. Continue reading English language newspapers and magazines in Krabi, Thailand

Travel to historic Kanchanaburi, Thailand: Inspiration for the movie “Bridge on the River Kwai”

When visiting Thailand it is highly recommended that you travel to Kanchanaburi, the location that was the inspiration for the iconic movie “Bridge on the River Kwai”. The tragic story associated with the bridge is an internationally important historical landmark. The bridge, also known as “The Death Bridge”, is still in use today and is located in Kanchanaburi west of Bangkok, close to the Myanmar border. Continue reading Travel to historic Kanchanaburi, Thailand: Inspiration for the movie “Bridge on the River Kwai”

The significance of rice in Thailand

In Thailand, as in other Asian countries, rice plays a significant role in the country’s identity. Rice (khao) is not simply food. It represents an entire culture. There are historical, social, agricultural, economic and spiritual roots attached to this tiny grain. In Thailand, the day begins with “morning rice” and ends with “evening rice”. Continue reading The significance of rice in Thailand

Discover delicious and exciting food tours in Bangkok, Thailand

Visitors may think it a bit strange to take a food tour in Bangkok, Thailand. However, it is actually a very good idea, especially for first-timers who don’t know their way around the city. The tours provide a safe way to travel, touch on the major food venues, allow for interaction with people from around the world and with locals, and fills the stomach with wonderful food. Continue reading Discover delicious and exciting food tours in Bangkok, Thailand

Krabi villagers upset over coal-fired power plant plans

Environmentalists and Krabi villagers are upset over plans of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) to build an 870-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Krabi, across Phang Nga Bay. The local fishermen object to the coal pier for fear it could have a negative environmental impact on their livelihood. About 300 households in the area depend on fishing to make a living. Continue reading Krabi villagers upset over coal-fired power plant plans

Shark awareness promoted in Krabi, Thailand

Several dive centers are promoting shark awareness in Krabi, Thailand, with an eye towards educating the public that sharks are not a threat to humans. Local centers and conservationists are working together to show the importance of sharks to the world’s ecosystem and how they help preserve the balance of nature. Unfortunately, many species of sharks are on the decline in the world’s oceans. Continue reading Shark awareness promoted in Krabi, Thailand

Thai Cabinet approves tourism campaign: “Amazing Thailand: 2015 Discover Thai-ness”

The Thai Cabinet recently announced approval of a tourism campaign named “Amazing Thailand: 2015 Discover Thai-ness.” The objective of the campaign is to increase tourism income in 2015 to 2.2 trillion baht, and to promote the themes of the Thai way of life, Thai culture and Thai experiences. Continue reading Thai Cabinet approves tourism campaign: “Amazing Thailand: 2015 Discover Thai-ness”