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A taste of Thailand

The Thailand Tourism Festival 2014 offers more reasons than ever to leave home for the open road.

The five-day event boasting a range of travel, hotel and airline promotion runs from June 4 to 8 at Challenger Halls 1-3 Muang Thong Thani. The festival showcases the best of Thai tourism - culture, scuba diving, food adventures, beach holidays, spa treatments and more - with cultural shows and food tastings adding flavour and colour.

Celebration of a shrine

Folks in Samut Sakhon province will celebrate the City Hall Pillar Shrine with colourful parades and more from June 4 to 8. The century-year-old shrine fashioned from a Bodhi tree is honoured by the fishing and Chinese speaking communities in the province. The highlights include the colourful parade along the Thachin River, Chinese opera and entertainment

On the right track

Cyclist can now book the Bike Train Carriage for group trips. Organised by State Railway of Thailand for cycling weekend trips, the carriage boasts bicycle racks and seats for 30 passengers travelling with 30 bikes. The prices are Bt4,350 (150km), Bt5,580 (300km) and Bt8,370 (beyond 300km). The new carriage is available for group travel only. Individual cyclists, on other hand, can travel with their bikes in the other carriages by paying an extra Bt90 for the bicycle. Call (02) 226 4869.

Sound of travel

Suntharaporn Big Band heads back to the stage for a special live concert at Impact, Muang Thong Thani on June 4. Coinciding with the Thailand Tourism Festival 2014, the band will play Thai classics including "Krungthep Ratri", "Had Rak Riak Ha" and "Chiang Mai Muang Ngam" that showcase travel and destinations around Thailand. Admission is free and the concert starts at 7.30pm.

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