Koh Chang – A Waterfall Wonderland

When television or feature films are set on paradise tropical islands, one of the common features is a dramatic waterfall. Waterfalls evoke exotic feelings in the minds of the viewer; something purely natural and intrinsically beautiful. The combination of deserted beaches, rich blue tropical seas and lush tropical forest with the mystical waterfall is presented on screen as the paradise idyll; exceptional in its rarity and almost unattainable in reality. Although such places are indeed rare, these earthly natural paradises do exist in real life and one of the best examples is on the Thai island of Koh Chang.

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Asia Ready For A Golf Major

The world number two ranked golfer, Lee Westwood, has spoken out in favour of a fifth major being added to the men’s golf calendar. He added that for him, the ideal place for the tournament would be Asia or Australia.

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A Day at the Chonburi Buffalo Races – a Very Thai Sporting Occasion

In the increasingly globalised world where striving for international standards can lead to blandness it is often an unusual cultural event that catches our eye and sets the pulse racing. The Chonburi Buffalo Racing Festival is one of these occasions. A cross between Wild West style rodeo and horse racing, this year the annual event celebrated its 140th anniversary. It was a heady mix of culture, music, feasting and the absolute madness of men racing astride enormous, and shockingly fast, bovine giants.

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Thailand’s Hopes of an F1 Race and Driver

While it may be the dreams of Thai Formula One race fans to see a race come to Thailand, a boss at the Singha Corporation has stated that his wish is to have a Thai driver in the sport. The strategic partnership and event manager for Singha, Voravudh Bhirombhaki, believes that having a Thai driver in such a popular sport would bestow a great deal of pride in the country. At the Singapore Grand Prix two weeks ago, he said that although time and large investment was needed, if it resulted in a Thai driver in F1, it would be worth it.

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Golf at the Laem Chabang International Country Club

Laem Chabang International Country Club is without doubt one of Thailand’s finest golf courses. The 27-hole course was designed by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus who described Laem Chabang as ‘one of the most beautiful and enjoyable golf courses I have ever designed.’ If you are visiting Pattaya, playing the course is an absolute must for any golfer.

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TAT Aims to Double Tourist Numbers

In the past week, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has revealed their new marketing campaign. Named “The Miracle Years of Amazing Thailand”, its aim is to double income and tourists by the year 2014.

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Amazing Thailand for a Golfing Vacation

Normally the beautiful beaches and the bustling markets of Thailand are what attract the tourists, but now people are arriving for an entirely different reason; golf. Thailand has become one of the top destinations in Asia for a golfing vacation according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

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Thailand Economy Upgraded by World Bank

The income categorisation of Thailand has been upgraded from lower-middle income economy to upper-middle income economy by the World Bank this year. The classification revisions of the world’s economies are an annual event performed by The World Bank. They use the Atlas method and base their calculations on the gross national income (GNI) per capita estimates.

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Construction on the Central-Sukhumvit Bypass to Begin

Pattaya officials were optimistic that the proposed building of a tunnel at the intersection of Central and Sukhumvit roads would be given approval by November 2011. The Department of Rural Roads Office 3 representative, Arun Sangchai, spoke at the public hearing held to discuss the Sukhumvit bypass on 1 August 2011. He said that there was every possibility that if the project was approved, the most probable start date would be early November. It is likely to take around two years to complete.

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Peaceful Election Heralds Return of Confidence in Thai Property Market

After several years’ uncertainty in the Thai property market, the peaceful transfer of power following July’s General Election has led to a renewal of interest from international investors. Previously, market uncertainty was generated by years of turmoil which witnessed a military coup, the closure of the main airport, mass street protests and political bloodshed.

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Orthopaedic Surgery and Treatment in Thailand – an Overview

In the past couple of decades there has been a huge increase in the requirement orthopaedic treatments. The constant increase in life expectancy by people living in developed countries has led to an increase in older people needing medical treatment of joints, bones, ligaments and muscles. Advances in orthopaedic techniques have resulted in new treatments that can now lead to total recovery for patients that have suffered injuries through trauma or sporting activities which was not possible in the not too distant past.

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Retiring to the Gulf of Thailand – Internet Services

Westerners who choose to retire in Thailand often have concerns about keeping in contact with friends and family back home. This article continues our series on communicating from Thailand and focuses on the internet options that are available to foreigners living in Thailand.

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Thailand’s Tourist Targets for 2012

A plan has been approved by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) aimed at tourism growth in the ever-changing global operating environment. The TAT held their annual marketing plan for 2012 between 23-26 June 2011, where an agreement was reached on the marketing plan to take advantage of technological innovation and ever changing demographics.

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Board of Investment Applications sees 45% increase

The secretary general of the Board of Investment (BOI), Ms Atchaka Sibunruang stated that in the first seven months of 2011 there had been 1,030 applications for BOI incentives with a total value of THB299.5 billion. This represented an increase of 37.9% compared Y-o-Y and an investment value growth of 45.5%.

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Soi Dao Highland Golf Club – Nature and Golf in Harmony

For any nature loving golfer who wants to experience a unique combination of golf and Thai jungle, a trip to the Soi Dao Highland Golf Club is certainly worthy of consideration. Soi Dao Highland is located in the Soi Dao mountains near the ThaiCambodia border, under 50kms from the town of Chantaburi.

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Retiring to the Thai Gulf – Telephone Services in Thailand

For many westerners who have chosen to retire in Thailand, a big worry before they arrive is staying in touch with family and friends back home. Today, Thailand is part of the global village and staying in touch is as easy as a phone call. Thailand has a highly developed communications network which will allow retirees to stay in touch with those back home. In this article we will examine the many telephone options available to the long stayer.

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Cosmetic Surgery in Thailand

Cosmetic surgery has seen an unprecedented global boom over the past decade and what was once seen as a fad among the rich, famous and vain is now commonplace for people from all walks of life. In the United States alone, the numbers opting for cosmetic procedures has doubled in the last decade as more people consider the benefits of aesthetic enhancement in improving not just their looks but their self-esteem and confidence.

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Weekend Break in Thailand’s Northern Provinces

There is a new campaign launched by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), called “Best Deal”  which it hopes will attract visitors to Chiang Mai and other northern Thai provinces from the regional markets.

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Thailand Tourism Revival Back on Track

After last year’s drop in tourism precipitated by the global financial crisis and domestic political disruption caused a fall in business, the latest news from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is that tourism is back on the up. Visitor numbers for the first five months of the year increased by an impressive 24.36% with a grand total of 8.2 million international visitors flocking to the country from January to the end of May.

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A Brief History of Koh Chang

Koh Chang has a long and detailed history which dates back to the Ayutthaya era (1350-1767). Back then, the whole of Trat province, including Koh Chang, was known as Baan Bang Pra. However, it was not long before Koh Chang started to develop its own personality and therefore received its own name. During the reign of King Naresuan, the island was named Koh Chang because of its shape.

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Siam Country Club – A Piece of Thailand’s Golfing History

For foreign golfers holidaying in Pattaya, a game at the historic Siam Country Club is an absolute must do. The Club is home to two wonderful golf courses including the first privately owned course in the country which gives in a unique place in the history of golf in Thailand. The Siam Country Club is located just 20 minutes drive from Pattaya. There are two courses a few kilometres apart, both with their own excellent clubhouses and facilities.

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