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Chiang Rai’s Ploychompoo Wirairungrueng Takes Lead in CLPGA Zhuhai Heritage

– ZHUHAI – Chiang Rai native Ploychompoo Wirairungrueng and fellow Thai golfer Saranporn Langkulgasettrin set the early pace at the CLPGA Zhuhai Heritage on Wednesday as the Thais battled through wet conditions to card rounds of five-under 67 in southern Guangdong province. China’s Wang Mengzhu and Chinese Taipei’s Peng Chieh were a shot back on […]

July 19th, 2017 | Posted in Golf Chiangrai,Sports | Read More »

Chiang Rai Native Ploychompoo Wilairungrueng Wins Taiwan Mobile Ladies Open

–   – TAIWAN – Chiang Rai’s Ploychompoo Wilairungrueng beat local hope Phoebe Yao in a play-off to win the Taiwan Mobile Ladies Open yesterday. Overnight joint leaders Ploychompoo and Yao shot matching four-under 68s in the final round to finish on 10-under 206 at the par-72 Tong Hwa Golf and Country Club in the […]

July 16th, 2017 | Posted in Golf Chiangrai,Sports | Read More »

Thailand’s Top Retailers Partner with TripAdvisor to Attract Wealthy Chinese Tourists

– BANGKOK – TripAdvisor has a new initiative to attract Chinese holiday shoppers in Thailand. Thailand has already been the most popular foreign destination for Chinese tourists, aside from Hong Kong and Macau. In 2016, 8.7 million Chinese tourists traveled to Thailand and 2017 is on track to surpass this. According to the Thai Ministry […]

July 7th, 2017 | Posted in Tourism News | Read More »

Line Messaging Digital Theme Park to Open in Bangkok

– BANGKOK – The text-messaging service Line plans to inaugurate an indoor digital theme park in Thailand’s capital, seeking to squeeze maximum advantage from its popularity in the country, its second biggest market after Japan. Line Village Bangkok will begin operating Friday as a retail store but later this year will expand to a three-story […]

June 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Tourism News | Read More »

Learning from the Lessons of the Doi Tung Project in Chiang Rai

– CHIANG RAI – Italy’s Antonio Maria Costa has seen the transformative effect on local ethnic minorities of the Doi Tung project in the Thai highlands of Chiang Rai since he first visited 15 years ago. The project is named after a 1,390-metre-high mountain close to the Thai-Myanmar border that lies in an area known […]

June 10th, 2017 | Posted in Tourism News | Read More »

Thai Government Proposes Compulsory Travel Insurance for Foreigners

– BANGKOK – All foreign tourists may soon be required to have travel insurance before entering Thailand under a proposal put forward by a committee of the Tourism and Sports Ministry, according to Jaturon Phakdeewanit, director of the Tourism Safety and Security Standards According to Jaturon, visitors without travel insurance have cost Thailand at least […]

June 5th, 2017 | Posted in Tourism News | Read More »

Discover the Laidback Charms of Chiang Rai in 36 Hours

– CHIANG RAI – Descending from China in grand, graceful arcs, the upper Mekong unfurls in a tranquil, lulling sheen. Only battlement ruins to the south betray the region’s heritage, a blood-soaked clash of empires, contested by Thai, Burmese, Laotian and Khmer armies for centuries. Fortresses and royal cities are now all but swallowed by […]

May 28th, 2017 | Posted in Tourism News | Read More »

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