AS Thailand mourns the passing away of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Ministry of Tourism and Sports is encouraging people to use this unique period to visit some of the Royal projects he initiated during his reign and learn about the legacy he left behind
The more accessible projects include the Doi Tung Development Project in Chiang Rai, Royal Agricultural Station Ang Khang, Chiang Mai, and the Chang Hua Man Royal Initiative Project in Phetchaburi. These Royal projects also form part of the 70 Routes in His Majesty’s Footsteps, an initiative which was launched by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
According to Thai PBS, The ministry has set a target for 20 million Thais across the country to take part in New Year prayers, instead of fireworks, on the night of December 31-January 1 with Sanam Luang being the site for the main event.
Minister of Tourism and Sports Mrs Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul also said that although Thailand is in a mourning period in remembrance of His Majesty the late King, most cultural, traditional and MICE events will still go on with some adjustments for appropriateness.
“Thailand may be in mourning, but we want to reassure travelers that the Thai people are wearing their famous smiles as well as black clothing, so it’s business as usual in Thailand. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports is working closely with public and private tourism organizations to get the message out that all events and festivals, including sports tournaments and cultural traditions, will be going ahead as scheduled though a sense of respect and appropriateness will be maintained,” she said.
These events include the Air Race One flying test during November 19-20; the Laguna Phuket Triathlon on November 20; the Thailand Equestrian Princess’s Cup during November 25-27; the Jet-Ski King’s Cup during December 3-4; the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta during December 3-10; the Chiang Mai Marathon on December 18 and the New Year Countdown event. In 2017, the Bangkok Marathon is scheduled to take place on February 5 as well as Songkran during April 13-15.
From January 1 till October 22, 2016, Thailand welcomed 26.4 million tourists, generating an income of 1.31 trillion baht (US$37.4 billion), up 11.82 percent and 15.59 percent, respectively. During October 1-22, 2016, the Kingdom welcomed 1.6 million tourists, up 4 percent year on year, and they helped generate 82 billion baht (US$2.34 billion), up 7.78 percent.
Top and inset: Stunningly beautiful Royal Agricultural Station Ang Khang in Chiang Mai. Photos: Angkhangstation.com
By Thai Residents reporters