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Joyful in Japan

The summer 2014 edition of the Visit Japan Travel Fair takes place at Central Plaza Grand Rama 9 shopping mall from July 27 to 29.

Focusing on independent travellers, the fair has everything you ever needed to know about travelling through Japan from rail passes to guesthouses, air tickets and food. Thai celebrities will be on hand to share their experiences. Travel in Japan is much affordable now since the airlines (led by Thai AirAsia X) have made ticket prices so competitive.

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Touring in Thon Buri

Small historians and big fans of historical buildings can sign up for the Thon Buri historical walk on July 23. Organised by architect and storyteller Nut Chol, the day trip takes participants on a tour of most of Thon Buri's historical landmarks and off-the-tourist-track spots - including The Royal Thai Dockyard Museum, Wat Arun, Thon Buri Palace and the riverside neighbourhood along the west side of Chao Phraya River. The trip is conducted in Thai, and costs Bt700 per person. Bookings must be made by Friday. Call (081) 343 4261 to get the details.

Tiptoe through the tulips

Siam Tulips, the wild flower also known as dok krajiao, are now in full bloom at Sai Thong and Pa Hin Ngam National Parks in Chaiyaphum province. Both parks share a reputation for producing endless fields of Siam tulips from middle of June to late August.

Fresh mornings, clear skies and lots of opportunities for easy strolls make both parks ideal for walking holiday. You're advised to avoid Pa Hin Ngam National Park on the weekend as that's when the tourists flock there.

A proud heritage

Thai AirAsia continued its search for youth ambassadors during the Candle Festival and Buddhist Lent Ceremony in Ubon Ratchathani, joining with the Ministry of Culture and National Artist Banyen Rakkaen in organising the first ever folk performance training camp under the "Air Travel to Preserve Art" project. A total of 20 young folk singers attended the three-day, two-night camp, and learnt the art of Isaan folk music from the national artist. The young musicians and singers then performed at the province's annual Buddhist Lent Candle Procession.


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