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Flower power

Tulips may not be native to Suphan Buri province but they'll be blooming in this central province between January 1 and 12 thank to the genius of biotechnology.

Check out the various varieties of the flowers at Suan Sawan Park in Suphan Buri's U Thong district. Call (035) 437 705 extension 102.

Walk on the wild side

Celebrate the spirit of the Wild West at the Pak Chong Cowboy Festival, which is returning to the mountain valley on December 20 and 21. You'll enjoy Red Indian, cowboy and stunt shows at Panther Creek Resort from 6.30pm to midnight. Country and folk musicians add more colour to the festival. Visit

Flying high to Phitsanulok

AirAsia launched its inaugural flight from Bangkok (Don Mueang) to Phitsanulok on November 30. The first flight departs from Bangkok (Don Mueang) at 6.55am and arrives in Phitsanulok at 7.50am. The return flight leaves Phitsanulok at 8.20am and lands in Bangkok at 9.15am. An evening service is also available departing Bangkok at 5.40pm before arriving at Phitsanulok at 6.35pm, while the return flight leaves the northern province at 7.05pm and lands at Bangkok at 8pm. Visit

Direct flights to Wuhan

Air China has followed up its Chiang Mai-Beijing service launched last month with direct flights between Wuhan and Chiang Mai. The service, which came into effect yesterday, was driven by the greater demand from Chinese tourists to visit the "Rose of the North", which was immortalised in the hit Chinese comedy "Lost in Thailand". There are two flights a week between the two towns: Tuesday and Friday. Air China departs Wuhan at 7.30pm and arrives at Chiang Mai at 10pm. The return flight leaves Chiang Mai at 11pm and lands at Wuhan at 2.45am. Tucked away in southern central China, the busiest inland port on Yangtse River, Wuhan is in Hubei province. Visit

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