This is Thailand!!

Thailand, The South East Asian kingdom. It coasts with the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.

Left borders connected to Myanmar (Burma) until the north-west, and connected to Laos to the north-east, Cambodia to the south-east, and Malaysia to the south
Thailand is very popular for travellers, Can be called as the most popular destination in South East Asia,

Because of it has great food, a tropical climate, fascinating culture and great beaches. Travellers can find thick green jungle and bays with the clearest blue water in the world. The travel price is cheap and reasonable – but boasts every modern amenity you could want.

There is too many sort of accommodation, from backpacker hostels to some of the best luxury hotels in the world. Getting around is easy: Thailand has well-developed train and road communications.

Even though the tourism industry is highly developed, Thailand retains its distinctive culture and character. Its people are friendly and carefree. Many travellers arrive here and stay much longer than they intended – and some never leave. Even though Thailand politics are fractious, its economic development is very uneven, and its extremes of poverty and wealth are often shocking.

But it’s definitely somewhere you should take in if you can, either as a stop in a round the world tour or in a shorter multi-country or single-country trip

Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is located in the farthest north of Thailand. More than 90% of the area are mountains or as called in Thai "Doi" or "Phu". These mountains peaks rise to the elevation of 1500-2000 meters above sea level. Therefore, they playan important part in creating many important rivers such as Kok River, Khong River, Ing River, Kham River Lao River, Sai River.
The territory of Chiang Rai connects to Myanmar, Laos, Lamphang, Phayao, and Chiang Mai.
Tourist attractions in Chiang Rai town are mostly cultural and historical ones, especially temples and museums. In the evening, find some nice guorment restaurants with fantastic atmosphere near the bridge across Kok River or near the clock tower intersection or lacally called "Ha Yak Phor Khun". After that you can simply indulge yourself with various products in the night bazaar market.
It is the most convenient to visit Chiang Rai town in the last day after having visited all the hills outside town. This is because you can directly fly back to Bangkok from Chiang Rai International Airport wich is only 8 kilometers away from town.

Phu Kra Dueng, The bell shaped Mountain in Loei

Phu Kra Dueng  or Kra Dueng Mountain is the popular national park in the north-east of Thailand. It located in Loei province of Thailand.
Because of  the flat bell shaped moutain, so it called Phu Kra Dueng. Happend on sand stone Jurasic period. The top of the mountain is a flat land which area approx. 10 sq.km. The top of Phu Kra Duneng is 1,250 meters high above sea level.

Because of its shape which have flat land, on Phu Kra Dueng have many interesting points ;
Pha Mark Dook, Pha Lom Sak, Pha Nok An etc. (Pha means cliff), on the view point of each Pha (cliff) you can see the panoramic view of Loei and near by mountain for eg. Phu Luang and Phu Pha Jit, with the bird eye view. You can enjoy strolling from Pha to Pha ( one cliff to another cliff) in a circle without boring. The round trip from the camping area to furthest point (Pha Lom Sak) is around 20 km. which is the place where we can take a sun set photo (see picture)

In the north part of the top, it is rain forest where you can go treking by your 2 legs. Treking in rain forest is very exciting, you can see Maple on the way to Khun Pong waterfall and other waterfalls. The trip to rain forest take whole day which its distance approx. 30km.

How to Get There:

It is very easy to acces Phu Kra Dueng by bus. There are many buses depart Northern bus terminal daily. The bus will arrive Pha Nok Kow around 4.00am. from Pha Nok Kow there is a local bus which will bring you to PhuKra Dung National Park. Before start walking (climbing) to the top, you have to contact officer and see the exhibition first.

From National Park office, first kilometer is very steep, you will get sweat and very tired. The first stop called "Sam Hag" . However, you can enjoy drinking and eating along the way to the top. The distance from land to the top is 5 km. (on slope) and 3 km. on the flat top to camping area

The good season to visit is begining of winter or around begining of November till February from March to May is quite hot and not green. During thr rainny season (July-October) it's closed, because of danger. The soid collapsed and caused many visitors died in pass history. However, Phu Kra Dueng during rainny season is very beautiful of wild blossoms, if you'd like to visit Phu Kra Dueng, you have to contact National Park officer in advance for safety purpose.

Bangalows and Tents are available for visitors to rent. It's the regulation of Forestry Department, that the accomodation of National Park will be open for reservation 1 month calandar in advance. Visitors can carry your own tents and do camping in the specific area as they allowed with a small fee. The foods and refreshment is wildly sold. You don;t need to carry the drinking water to the top.

Communication in Thailand

The official language in Thailand is Thai, and although there are many different dialects, the Bangkok dialect is the most common and the one taught in schools. In the far south visitor may encounter a derivation of Malay, but these areas tend to be off the beaten tourist track and prone to occasional political unrest. In practice, english is spoken or at least understood by many Thais, especially those involved in the Tourism areas, so you shouldn’t have too many problems with communicating.
Thailand has an extensive payphone system and the bright yellow Lenso phones allow overseas calls, and are both easy to spot and plentiful. The international dialing code for Thailand is +66 and when dialing overseas from Thailand the access code is 001.

Phone cards can be purchased at most convenience stores.

Thailand operates the GSM mobile network which has widespread coverage in all but the most remote areas. International roaming from your own carrier should work but can be expensive, so consider purchasing a prepaid SIM card from any of the local carriers. Some of the carriers will lock your phone to their network on the first installation, so be sure to check before you buy.

Internet access in Thailand is plentiful and on the whole fairly inexpensive, but prices do vary considerably so it pays to look around. Internet cafes are generally the cheapest, while tourist destinations and hotels can be much more expensive. Many hostels and budget hotels now provide free or at least inexpensive internet access via WiFi or DSL connection. If you plan on doing internet banking whilst in Thailand, there have been reports of some of the cheaper internet cafes installing “keylogger” software on their computers, so be on your guard, or take your own laptop. Another option is to use GPRS on your mobile. This is available through all of the major carriers at a reasonable price with generally fast speeds

Chiang Mai floral show

A one-stop service centre is being established to make it easier for tourists planning to visit the International Horticultural Exposition Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011 when they reserve rooms and tour packages, a press conference was told yesterday.

Tourism entrepreneurs, tourist vehicle providers, hotels and restaurants in Chiang Mai were told to plan and work together to serve the tourists under the one-stop service centre concept, said Sarawut Saetiao, president of the Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association.

To make online room reservations, tourists can click www.asiatravel.com - the official website for reservations.

"Thirty countries have confirmed to visit the event as we've targeted. We also expect that there will be more than 2 million visitors to the event - 90 per cent of them will be locals and the rest will be foreigners. It will generate Bt25 billion, which won't be less than the first time of organising the event, as this time it will last 99 days while the first one lasted 90 days," said Kampol Nisitsukcharoen whose company was appointed to promote the event.

Sarawut said since European countries and the US were facing economic recession and Thailand's political transition caused a delay of the event's marketing plan in those countries, he targeted more visitors would be from Asian countries, including China, Singapore, Malaysian, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011 is held from November this year to January 2012.

Kampol said there would be four new gardens plus 23 current gardens and there would be more academic activities and contests

Updated Swine Flu In Thailand

The rising death toll from the Mexican swine flu epidemic sent a wave of panic around the world on Monday with the United States declaring a public health emergency and other nations ordering border clampdowns.
In Thailand, airport health officials began using thermal screening equipment to monitor passengers arriving from the southern United States and Mexico for flu-like symptoms includIng fever.
China and Thailand joined Russia in banning meat imports from Mexico and the five US states where 20 swine flu cases have been confirmed.
Thai health officials joined other governments in warning against unnecessary travel to Mexico. Mexican Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova said the number of confirmed and suspected swine flu deaths had hit 149. In the capital, Mexico City, residents donned blue face masks and stocked up on food and water in anticipation of a long lock-down.
The Mexican health minister said the victims were aged between 20 and 50.
US and European officials on Monday advised citizens against most travel to Mexico as a swine flu virus that began there spread to the United States and beyond. With 40 cases now reported in the US, President Barack Obama urged calm, saying there was reason for concern but not yet "a cause for alarm." Cases of swine flu have been confirmed in the US, Canada and Spain. Scotland confirmed two cases on Monday evening. Mexican President Felipe Calderon called for calm but governments around the world ordered emergency measures to contain suspected cases and stock markets blamed the flu for a new share battering.
The European Union began organising an emergency meeting of health ministers, and governments put strict security around flights from Mexico, taking any suspected cases into quarantine.
The World Health Organisation has warned that swine flu -- apparently born out of a mix of human and avian flu viruses that infected pigs -- could become a pandemic and called for all nations to "intensify surveillance".
The number of suspected cases in Mexico has reached 1,614, up from 1,324, the health minister said on national television.
President Calderon urged people to join efforts to contain the virus. He said Mexicans had to "move fast, but to maintain calm and cooperate with the authorities."
Mexico City was deserted after its 20 million residents were ordered to avoid crowds, and a football game at the 105,000-seat Aztec stadium was played with no fans on Sunday.
The only confirmed cases outside Mexico are the 20 in the United States and six in Canada.
Richard Besser, acting head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said there were eight confirmed cases in New York City, seven in California, two in Texas, two in Kansas and one in Ohio.
An official said the US government intends to release a quarter of the national stockpile of 50 million doses of the Tamiflu and Relenza anti-viral drugs.
The Defense Department, she added, had procured seven million treatment courses of Tamiflu.
After China, Thailand and Russia banned some US pork imports, US officials insisted it was virtually impossible to catch swine flu from eating meat as long as it is properly cooked.
Authorities across the Asia-Pacific region, which has in recent years been at the forefront of the SARS and bird flu epidemics, stepped up checks at airports and urged the public to be on guard for symptoms.
Ten New Zealand students who recently traveled to Mexico are "likely" to have contracted swine fever, Health Minister Tony Ryall said -- the first suspected cases in the region of more than three billion people.
Two people admitted to an Australian hospital with flu symptoms after returning from Mexico finally tested negative for deadly swine flu.
In Malaysia, Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai said even travelers arriving from the United States were being screened. Thai authorities installed thermal scanners at Bangkok airport to monitor passengers.
Spain screened all passengers arriving off flights from Mexico and tested eight suspected swine flu cases. Two patients in Scotland were also under observation after their return from Mexico.
However, four suspicious cases in France were given the all-clear.
Nine people in Colombia and one in Brazil were placed under observation after they arrived from Mexico with flu symptoms.
In the Middle East, a 26-year-old Israeli was hospitalized in Netanya on returning from Mexico.
Swiss pharmaceutical group Roche said it was ready to send out more stocks of Tamiflu, which it manufactures, but stock markets around the world took fright over the outbreak.
Airline stocks in particular plunged on worries that governments could impose travel restrictions.
"Swine flu is ripping through the markets creating uncertainty in its wake," said Manoj Ladwa, senior trader at financial spread-betting firm ETX Capital in London.
Health officials in Hong Kong, which was at the forefront of the Sars epidemic in 2003 and has since been on alert for bird flu, said they would detain anyone with symptoms of swine flu after arriving from an infected area.
China warned international travellers to be alert for any signs of infection and banned all pork imports from Mexico and parts of the United States, despite health officials saying the current outbreak was being spread by human-to-human contact.
The most common measure being put in place was the use of thermal scanners, which have been a common feature in many Asian airports since the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) epidemic six years ago.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said the country was well prepared to deal with any new flu outbreak thanks to a plan drawn up during the 2003 bird flu scare, with stocks of anti-flu medication in place.
Japan said it would fast-track efforts to find a vaccine, while one company pulled back the families of staff based in Mexico, travel agencies scrapped package tours and drug stores reported a brisk trade in face masks.
Hong Kong announced some of the toughest measures to ward against an outbreak, warning that passengers arriving from affected areas and showing flu-like symptoms would be quarantined.
"We will take that patient to the hospital and let him stay there and have a test and until the test result is negative, we won't allow him to get out of the hospital," said Thomas Tsang, from the city's centre for health protection.
Airlines were broadcasting messages on selected inbound flights advising passengers to report symptoms such as sudden fever.
In Vietnam, where 56 people have died from bird flu since 2003, airport screening was focused on passengers arriving from North America, the Thanh Nien newspaper reported.
"The city must take immediate measures to prevent and cope with the dangerous disease," Nguyen Van Chau, the director of Ho Chi Minh City's health department, was quoted as saying.
Thailand, which recorded 17 fatal human cases of bird flu between 2004 and the last outbreak in August 2006, began screening passengers arriving at its main international airport in Bangkok.
Australian Health Minister Nicola Roxon said that all planes arriving from the Americas would be required to report on the health status of passengers before receiving permission to land and that anyone with flu-like symptoms would be quarantined.
Despite the World Health organisation warning at the weekend that the virus had the potential to cause a pandemic, Taiwan Health Minister Yeh Chin-chuan urged the public to remain calm.
"There is no need to panic over the outbreak at the moment. The present situation is like a tropical storm emerging on the other side of the Pacific which poses no immediate threat to people here," he said.
Philippine authorities announced that they were screening passengers arriving from Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York and urged people to avoid hugging and kissing at public gatherings. All air passengers arriving in Thailand from infected areas will be monitored by thermal scanners for signs of a fever, Public Health Minister Witthaya Kaewparadai said on Monday. Mr Witthaya said health cards detailing the outbreak of swine flu will be distributed to both departing and arriving passengers.
The World Health Organisation declared the outbreak of influenza in Mexico and the US a “public health emergency of international concern” on Sunday.
Swine flu is a type of influenza virus usually found in pigs. The most common version is H1N1, and the current virus causing concern is a new variation of an H1N1 virus.
Swine flu does not typically pass to humans directly, but such transmission can occur. The current swine flu virus is concerning to health experts because it has shown the ability to pass from human to human.
veterinarian Rungroj Thanawongnuvej, of Chulalongkorn University, said the deadly strain of the virus causing the infections had not been detected in Thailand.
The difference between bird flu and swine flu is that swine flu is less deadly, with a lower proportion of fatalities.
The bird flu virus affects all systems of human body, but the swine virus affects only the respiratory system.
The symptoms include fever, runny nose, coughing, sore throat, vomiting and diarrhea, he said.Cooked pork will not transmit the virus to consumer, he said.
Thai pig raisers issued a statement insisting that Thai pork was safe to eat.

From: Bangkok Post

Swine Flu in Thailand

The Thai government has assured foreign investors of their safety from the swine flu outbreak while visiting the country.Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva told a press conference earlier on Tuesday that his administration will try its best to make overseas tourists feel safe from the swine influenza which has killed more than 100 people in Mexico already.Abhisit also told the nation that there has not been any confirmed case of infection in Thailand yet.However, local news have reported that a 42-year-old woman has just been admitted to Chulalongkorn Hospital today for suspected contraction of the deadly virus. Reports also stated that the country’s first flu suspect returned from Mexico earlier this month before falling sick. Meanwhile, the government has set up a special taskforce to monitor the situation in the kingdom. The team is chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Sanan Kajornprasat.In addition, Abhisit denied claims that the government has forbidden Thais from traveling to risk countries including Mexico and certain states in the U.S.However, he affirmed that strict measures are now in place to watch over the arrivals of suspected patients.At the same time, Public Health Minister, Witthaya Kaewparadai, has asked those with plans to visit the countries where the virus could be spreading to put off their plans for some time.

Moreover, Bangkok Governor, give 600,000 pcs of mask for people to prevent from the Swine Flu.

From: Moneychannel.com