Flower power in Chaiyaphum
Chaiyaphum in Thailand's northeast offers a vista of natural attractions.
One of the highlights is the pinkish-purple Siam tulip, locally known as dok krachiao, which bursts into bloom during the early part of the rainy season from June to August. Tucked away in Pa Hin Ngam National Park, Thep Sathit district, the field of wild flowers is ideal for trail walking and weekend camping. The park also features 10 square kilometres of impressive natural sandstone sculptures in many curious shapes. For more information, contact TAT Northeastern Office Region 1 at (044) 213 666 or (044) 213 030 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Into the wind
Koh Samui, the tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand, is all set to sail as the annual Koh Samui Regatta, one of the highlights on the Asian sailing circuit, gets underway on Saturday. Running until June 2, the regatta brings together many of the world’s top sailing teams, and features various race classes, including Racing, Cruising and Beach Cats, with most of the action taking place within sight of Samui’s coastline. Visit www.SamuiRegatta.com.
Thailand remains a firm favourite with Indian travellers, the Tourism Authority of Thailand revealed recently. More than 900,000 Indian tourists visited Thailand in 2011, an increase of 16 per cent compared with 2010 and making Thailand the top outbound destination for Indians. Phuket, Pattaya and Hua Hin are their favourite places in Thailand, while the northern beauty of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai is also becoming popular. More than 210,000 Indian tourists made it to Thailand from January to March this year.
Getting well in RarinJinda
RarinJinda Wellness Spa, which has venues in Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai, was recently voted the Best Luxury Destination Spa at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2012. The awards are recognized and respected in the global spa industry. Competing spas in 2012 included small-sized privately owned spas to globally renowned spa groups from Monaco to America. The winners and finalists were selected by means of the annual voting process where thousands of spa guests worldwide are given the opportunity to vote online. Find out more at www.RarinJinda.com.