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Say no to plastic bags
Retailers in Thailand are launching a new campaign aimed at tackling the problem of single-use plastics. From January 1, 2020, many shops in Thailand will no longer hand out plastic carrier bags. Shoppers at 7-Eleven, Tesco Lotus and many other outlets in Thailand are being encouraged to bring their own reusable bags as part of the “Every Day Say No to Plastic Bags” campaign. Tourists are also being reminded that single-use plastics are banned at all of Thailand’s National Parks.
Elephant Boat Race & River Festival, Bangkok
From February 28-March 1, enjoy the festivities by the Chao Phraya River at the Bangkok River Festival and help support elephant welfare. Proceeds from ticket sales go to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF).
World’s largest parade of food trucks ready to break records in Bangkok
Food lovers should head to the Thai capital in March and be part of a record breaking event. From March 7-8, more than 200 food trucks are set to line up at the Lakeside, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani. The ‘World’s Largest Parade of Food Trucks’ event is aiming to establish a new Guinness World Record by surpassing the current record of 121 food trucks which was set in 2014 in Florida, USA.
New Bangkok metro stations open near Chinatown and the Grand Palace
Bangkok’s historic Old City area at Rattanakosin can now be reached by metro with the opening of the Blue Line extension which links up to the MRT station at Hua Lamphong. Of the new stations that opened in August 2019, four are convenient for exploring Chinatown and the Old City area. The new stations are: Wat Mangkon, Sam Yot, Sanam Chai, and Itsaraphap.
Thailand’s highest skybar open for business
The Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar, the highest restaurant and bar in Thailand, is now open to the public. Enjoy dinner or cocktails with fabulous views of the Thai capital from the King Power Mahanakhon building. The same building is also home to Thailand’s highest observation deck. King Power Mahanakhon is located in Bangkok’s Sathorn district with convenient access to Chong Nonsi BTS Skytrain station. Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar is open daily for dinner and drinks from 5pm-1am.
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Enjoy the high life in Chiang Mai
Visitors to north Thailand have the opportunity to experience a day to remember in Chiang Mai. The stunning Villa Mahabhirom resort are offering a hot air balloon ride over the Chiang Mai countryside followed by a champagne reception and a luxury spa treatment at Fah Lanna Spa. The exclusive offer runs from June 2019 to December 2020.
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Maya Bay remains closed to the public
Thailand’s Department of National Parks (DNP) have extended the closure of Maya Bay until at least 2021. The bay and uninhabited island of Phi Phi Leh were made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie, The Beach. Although some tourists may be disappointed, the decision by the DNP is being applauded by conservationists. And there are already encouraging signs that marine life is returning to Maya Bay where blacktip reef sharks and other rare marine life have started to appear in the waters.
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