Thailand – Park fees rise

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has announced that the entrance cost at many popular national parks in Thailand will increase because of rising management costs. The new rates will be imposed at 29 “Grade A” national parks and will be effective from 1 October 2012. Eight parks in the North; four in the Northeast; three in …

Thailand – New island airport

Airline Kan Air has invested USD$25 million into the construction of an airport on Koh Phangan Island in the Gulf of Thailand. The facility is due to be completed on the eastern side of the island next year and will have a small air terminal and a 1,100 meter runway. It will provide a non-stop link with Bangkok’s Don Muang …

Thailand – Heavyweight contest

Some of the world’s largest competitors will showcase their skills in the sports of football, tug-of-war, and physical combat in the Thai province of Surin in November. Weighing as much as 5,000-kg apiece, the elephant participants will also showcase their more sensitive nature with a beauty pageant, a table arrangement contest, followed by an elephant buffet with a table virtually …

Thailand – ‘Cleansing the soul’

Thailand will unite to celebrate the Loy Krathong festival on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 when people pay their respects to the goddess of the waters by floating candlelit offerings on waterways across the kingdom. The word Loy literally means “to float” and Krathong means a raft; and people make small floating rafts from a variety of materials that are decorated …

Laos – Faster cross-country links

A new railway bridge is planned between Laos and Thailand near to the Laos-Thai Friendship Bridge which connects Nong Khai province in Thailand with Vientiane Prefecture in Laos. Although the existing Friendship Bridge accommodates two round-trip train services in the morning and afternoon, the train crossing delays all vehicular traffic for at least 15 minutes each time. Therefore, the governments …

Asian Markets – Or Tor Kor Market

In Asia Talk’s ongoing series about the continent’s best markets, we next highlight Bangkok’s Or Tor Kor Market which has been ranked the fourth best market in the world by CNN Go. Preceded in global terms only by La Boqueria Market in Barcelona; Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo; and Union Square Farmer’s Market in New York City, Or Tor Kor …