Thursday, May 19 2005 @ 04:26 AM EDT Contributed by: info Views: 8
A strong earthquake has erupted in the north of Indonesian’s island of Sumatra with the epicenter 240km west of the town of Sibolga in North Sumatra, at a depth of 33km, on Thursday morning. But Thai officials said it was not strong enough to cause another tsunami.
Wednesday, May 18 2005 @ 10:14 PM EDT Contributed by: info Views: 34
Thailand’s hosting of this year’s Miss Universe contest yesterday received a fierce attack from leading members of the Senate who warned that Thailand’s unique cultural heritage was being eroded by a desire for internationalism.
Despite Thailand’s love affair with the beauty pageant, holding the Miss Universe contest in the kingdom was always going to be a contentious issue, and the condemnation from senators including Mr. Suradech Yasawat, the chair of the Senate tourism committee, was almost inevitable.
Tuesday, May 17 2005 @ 10:48 PM EDT Contributed by: info Views: 18
The marine ecosystem in Thailand's upper southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan has been put jeopardy by an oil tanker which capsized a week ago in fierce seas, just four kilometers from the coastline of a national park.
Tuesday, May 17 2005 @ 10:04 PM EDT Contributed by: info Views: 15
Wat Phra Chetupon is one of the most important royal temples in Bangkok. I had been a regular visitor here since I was a child when I most enjoyed the annual fair held around Songkran holiday (Thai traditional New Year, 13 to 15 April). I was impressed by the enormous size of the area, which I later learnt that the temple actually covered approximately 80,000 square meters of ground, and the gigantic lying Buddha, the second largest in the Kingdom. There are also countless numbers of pagodas and Buddha images.
A recent visit to the temple, the first time in the last 4 to 5 years, was very impressive. It has been entirely renovated by the Fine Art Department. In addition to the tidiness, there are now facilities for visitors such as toilets, information center and even security guards. In my humble opinion, this is now one of the most precious treasures of Thailand which we all should help preserving and proudly present to the world. Today I would like to introduce you to some of the interesting information of the temple.
Tuesday, May 17 2005 @ 08:54 PM EDT Contributed by: info Views: 12
The country’s main Chinese community in Bangkok or “Chinatown” was not originally located in its present location. In the reign of King Rama I, the Chinese residents were relocated to an area that is known as Sampheng today to make way for construction of the Grand Palace. In the reign of King Rama IV, the area became cluttered as more families arrived.
Tuesday, May 17 2005 @ 01:22 AM EDT Contributed by: info Views: 9
For the women who have come to Bangkok from around the world to compete for the title of Miss Universe, the reward is global fame.
But for Thailand, the competition represents a chance to earn the nation an estimated 3.2 billion Baht.
Speaking to reporters after leading 17 Miss Universe contestants to conduct a photo session with Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra at the Government House last week, Tourism and Sports Minister Somsak Thepsuthin said that hosting the competition was extremely lucrative for Thailand, as it had spent only 265 million Baht on helping organize the event, but would earn around 3.2 billion Baht.