Saturday, 29 November 2008

The Lampang Pony Welfare Foundation (LPWF)

The Lampang Pony Welfare Foundation (LPWF) is founded to improve the health and welfare of ponies and horses in Thailand as our primary goal. Thus the statement that “Ponies come first” signifies our stand.The objectives to improve the welfare of Lampang ponies together with a concurrent phylogenetic study of the these native pony breedlines was undertaken. The Lampang Pony Clinic was set up to provide veterinary care and respond to immediate health issues or disease outbreaks.However, the objectives of LPWF is materialized through creating a sound knowledge based community in which pony owners learn and understand how to properly care for their animals. Therefore most activities of LPWF are seminars, workshops and group meetings to educate pony owners about proper nutrition, good farriery, disease prevention and responsible animal ownership. This is from the belief that strengthening the community through knowledge will improve animal welfare which impacts on human welfare and standard of living in general.

Lampang Pony’s Day: 6-7 December 2008
EVENT PROGRAM (2 Days): 6TH December 2008
-12.00Opening booth activities
-LPWF – Give information about foundation including the work in the past, and plan in the future
-Farrier work show – led by experienced farriers of LPWF
-Lampang Tourism Association – Give the advice on the tourist spots, hotel booking and travelling plan in the northern part of Thailand
-Horse Hospital – Give the information about horse hospital evolution
-Horse riding for kids – Give the opportunity for kids to ride the ponies with the close supervision from experienced coach
-Photo Booth – Taking pictures with horses by professional photographer
-Activity booth from the epic movie “Phra Na-Rae-Suan-Ma-Ha-Rach”

-19.00VDO & Presentation & Movies
-VDO & Presentation about LPWF
-Movie Time from Walt Disney

The second Day : 7TH December 2008
-12.00Opening booth activities
-16.30Guest Register
Horse carriages parade for Lampang governor and press teams to the venue.
-16.50Opening speech by Lampang Governor
-19.00VDO & Presentation & Movies
-VDO & Presentation about LPWF
-Movie Time from Walt Disney

For more information about LPWF : clickhere
The Lampang Pony Welfare Foundation (LPWF)
Lampang office: 2 Soi 2 Tha Nang Loy Road, Wiang Nua, Muang, Lampang 52000
Bangkok Office: 709/52-53 Sukhumvit 77, Bangkok 10250
Tel: 02-3318146-7 Facsimile: 02-7426621 email:

Sunday, 23 November 2008


November 1 - December 5, 2008
On Doi Mae U-kor, Mae Hong Son

The hills and valleys of Mae Hong Son, one of Thailand's most naturally scenic areas, turn to gold when the Dok Bua Tong Giant Wild Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia Diversifolia) comes into full bloom during this period.

When the flowers fade, the seeds are collected and made into insecticides.

Doi Mae U-kor mountain peak in Khun Yuam district of Mae Hong Son is considered to be the an excellent location to enjoy the splendour of the sunflowers in full bloom.

Contact information:
TAT Northern Office - Region 1
Tel : +66 (0) 5324 8604, (0) 5324 8607, (0) 5324 1466
Fax : +66 (0) 5324 8605
E-mail :

Wednesday, 19 November 2008


New Mini-Light-and-Sound Presentation
27 September 2008 – 6 April 2009
At Wat Pho – Temple of The Reclining Buddha
Koh Rattanakosin (Rattanakosin Island) Bangkok
English version at 18.30/19.30/20.30 and 21.00 daily

Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimonmangklaraam Rajwaramahaviharn, a first grade royal monastery which was regarded as being the most important one during the reign of King Rama I of the illustrious Chakri dynasty, is more widely known to visitors as “Wat Pho”.

The 9 Wonders of Wat Pho, a newly-launched mini-light-and-sound multimedia presentation, helps visitors gain a better understanding and deeper appreciation of the centuries-old cultural heritage, traditional Thai values and beliefs, folk knowledge and way of life encapsulated by this historic landmark.

Unlike other mini-light-and-sound shows, the version being presented at Wat Pho from 27 September 2008 through to 6 April 2009 is the first of its kind. The presentation consists of nine separate stage sets; each highlights one of the following nine wonders of Wat Pho.

  1. Phra Buddhasaiyas (Viharn Phranorn)
    The Viharn of the Reclining Buddha

    The Vihara (pronounced Viharn) of the Reclining Buddha houses the Reclining Buddha of the reign of King Rama III. This is the largest and one of the finest Buddha images to be found in the kingdom. The mother-of-pearl inlay at the feet of the image is of the Thai-Chinese style, as indicated by 108 auspicious signs portraying natural scenes of both Indian and Chinese influences.

  2. Sala Rai or Satellite Pavilions
    The North Pavilion is a library of inscriptions on Thai traditional massage.
    Thirty-two drawings of massage techniques are depicted on the ceiling of the veranda. There are also inscriptions of the first Thai proverbs known as Supasit Phra Ruang, Thai literary works called Kritsana Sorn Nong, and a portrait of the Royal Kathin Procession.

  3. Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn
    This consists of a group of four huge pagodas surrounded by a white wall with sheltered gates built in the Thai-Chinese style and decorated with colour-glazed tiles and Chinese rockery guardians. The pagodas consist of Phra Maha Chedi Sri Sanpetdayarn, Phra Maha Chedi Dilok Dhammakaroknitarn, Phra Maha Chedi Muni Batborikharn, and Phra Maha Chedi Song Phra Srisuriyothai.

  4. The Legend of Songkran
    The Nang Songkran legend involves King Kabilaprom and Prince Thammaban. These characters are depicted on the inner walls of the porticos constructed during the reign of King Rama III.

  5. The World Heritage Inscriptions
    Wat Pho and the Fine Arts Department have worked in cooperation to establish a museum of Buddha images in the different art styles. The images are classified into three major categories including Buddhist Art, the Buddha's Marks and the Buddha's Attitudes.

    Wat Pho has been included in the UNESCO Memory of the World (MOW) Programme for 2009. The temple was recognized for the historic inscriptions and hermit statues teaching traditional Thai yoga housed inside it.

  6. Wat Pho Giants
    The outer walls of the Phra Mondob feature a collection of famous Thai proverbs called Kloang Lokaniti and scenes from the legend about the fight between the giants of Wat Pho Giants and Wat Jaeng that resulted in the emergence of Tha Tien pier.

  7. Sala Karn Parien
    The Sala Karn Parien pavilion was built in the Ayutthaya period as the main chapel of Wat Phodharam and was later restored during the reign of King Rama III. The principal Buddha image of Wat Phodharam named "Phra Buddha Sassada" was once enshrined here.

  8. Phra Buddha Deva Patimakorn
    The main chapel was constructed during the reign of King Rama I in the Ayutthaya style. The principal Buddha image is Phra Buddha Deva Patimakorn in the gesture of a seated Buddha on a three-tiered pedestal called Phra Pang Smardhi.

  9. Contorted Hermit Mount
    The Contorted Hermit Mount was built during the reign of King Rama I. It was the centre of medical science and knowledge from the Ayutthaya period, reflected by statues of hermits or Rishi practicing physical exercises.

Wat Pho is also winner of the Award of Outstanding Performance in the 7th Thailand Tourism Awards 2008 in the Cultural Tourist Site – Central Region award category.

Free admission throughout October 2008

1 November 2008 – 6 April 2009
Ticket price: 200 baht per person
Purchase 10 tickets and receive one free ticket

Contact information:
Tel: +66 (0) 2226 0335, +66 (0) 2226 0339
Please call between 09.00 – 16.00

In ancient times, not only did Wat Pho serve as a centre of religious instruction, the royal monastery also served a centre of history, literature, art and culture, as well as medical science, physical therapy and other forms of traditional Thai healing.

Considered to be the first open university providing education in traditional Thai medicine and traditional Thai massage, the temple is home to the Wat Pho Thai Traditional Massage and Medical School, which offers traditional Thai massage. The service is available from 08.00 – 22.00 daily.

Traditional Thai Massage: 220 baht for 30 minutes or 360 baht per hour
Foot Massage: 360 baht for 45 minutes
Traditional Thai massage using steamed herbal poultices: 480 baht per hour

To book a session, or for further details, please call:
Tel: +66 (0) 2221 2974 (press O), +66 (0) 2225 4771
Cellphone: 084 206 3580

Web site:

Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 (120 automatic lines)
Fax: +66 (0) 2250 5511 (two automatic lines)

please call 1672.

1600 Petchaburi Road, Makkasan, Rajatevee
Bangkok 10400 Thailand

Sunday, 16 November 2008

2008 Phuket King's Cup Regatta

Date : 29th November - 6th December 2008
Venue : Phuket, Thailand

The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is Asia’s biggest and most popular regatta. More than a regatta, the week long event consists of great parties, great sailing and lots of fun.

Inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the event has been held every year since during the first week of December. In 2006, the event was voted as Yatching Event of the Year at the Christofle Asia Boating Awards. This honour follows a record year in December 2006 with over 100 boats entering the event and with a record media turnout. It is the second consecutive year the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta won this prestigious award.

With the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King, the Regatta is organised by the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Organizing Committee under the auspices of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Royal Thai Navy and the Province of Phuket.

For more information contact :
Regatta Office, Tel. +66 (0) 7627 3380
e-mail :
website :

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Thailand : Loi Krathong Sai Festival

Loi Krathong Sai Festival
Date :
8 - 12 November 2008
Venue : Banks of Ping River,Tak

Highlights :
An exceptional opportunity for you to experience the atmosphere of joining the Krathong Sai (floating coconut-shell krathong in line) contest, in order to win His Majesty the King’s trophy. Other remarkable activities will include the floating lanterns of the Royal Family, the procession of the Royal Krathong and lantern, the illumination of Krathong Sai, light and sound presentation, fireworks, water curtain presentation in “The Legend of Krathong Sai”, the longest Krathong Sai, local cultural shows, food and OTOP products.

On Saturday 8th November 2008 at 18.00 hr.
The Parades of invitation His Majesty the Royal lamps, Royal Krathong, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Cup, and 15 teams of Krathong Sai parades. Opening ceremony of competition on Floating Krathong Sai with A Thousand lights at Mae Ping River Centre Stage.

On Sunday 9 - Wednesday 12 November 2008
Compitition on floating Krathong Sai with a thousand lights to be awarded His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Cup 4 teams each night.

TAT Tak, Tel : 66 (0) 5551 4341-3
Website : ,
E-mail :

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