Prayers across Asean borders to welcome new year

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CROSS-BORDER prayer ceremonies

Dubbed “Asean prayers”, the campaign aims to boost Thailand’s ties with neighbouring countries through friendly exchanges via the religious dimension, Culture Minister Veera Rojpojanarat said yesterday. This is the first time the Religious Affairs Department has extended this New Year activity to the border provinces of Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, Tak, Loei, Nong Khai, Bung Kan, Mukdahan, Nakhon Phanom, Ubon Ratchathani, Si Sa Ket, Sa Kaew, Surin, Ranong and Songkhla, he said.

In Central Thailand, traditional prayers will be held on New Year’s Eve at several renowned temples, including Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimonmangalaram (Wat Pho), Wat Sraket Rajavaramahavihara (Golden Mount) and Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram, he added.

Meanwhile, police spokesman Pol General Dechnarong Suticharnbancha yesterday inspected police and related officials’ preparedness at four key New Year countdown venues in Bangkok.

He said some 4,000 policemen would be deployed to provide security at the most popular countdown site in Bangkok, the CentralWorld Plaza, where some 200,000 partygoers are expected to show up. Early on New Year’s Eve, the area will be cleared of roadside stalls, and before midnight a bomb squad will be on hand to provide security.

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About 10,000 city law enforcers and police will be patrolling 11 sites across Bangkok and manning 18 metal-detector entrance points, he added.

Eye on road accidents

The beginning of the so-called “seven dangerous days” of road accidents yesterday saw Interior Ministry permanent secretary Krissada Boonrat preside over the opening of a Road Safety Centre at the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation. The centre will monitor road accidents and provide daily updates until January 5.

Public opinion is being sought over the policy of police and the Peace and Order Maintaining Command to temporarily seize cars and motorcycles from drunk drivers, which has been operating since Christmas Day.

A Suan Dusit Poll said yesterday that 80.47 per cent of 1,280 people surveyed from December 24 to 28 agreed with the measure on grounds that it would prevent road accidents, serve as a punishment and as a warning to motorists to abide by traffic laws. About 13 per cent disagreed with the policy, and suggested that fines and prison sentences be imposed, and alcohol-beverage selling outlets be dealt with as the root of the problem.

In the Northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, a provincial transport office added another 100 bus trips to its 300-strong daily service yesterday and today, to serve an expected 20,000 holidaymakers. It also conducted alcohol breathalyser tests on bus drivers and checked their buses. Traffic volume on Mitraparp Highway heading towards Nakhon Ratchasima also rose yesterday, but cars were moving at an average speed of 70 to 80 kilometres per hour.

Source: The Nation.com

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Veranda Natural Resort – Kep, Cambodia

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Located within the gardens of Kep National Park, Veranda Natural Resort is a hilltop resort overlooking the sea. Featuring Khmer-style wooden bungalows, it offers an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi.

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Veranda Natural Resort is 1.5 km from the beach. It is 12 km from Kampot province’s public bus station. Phnom Penh International Airport is about 135 km away.

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The air-conditioned rooms come with a flat-screen TV, a minibar, and an en suite bathroom. Each room is fitted with wooden furnishings and features a private terrace or balcony.

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Guests can browse items in the gift shop, or take a stroll around the resort and enjoy the natural scenery. Other facilities include a tour desk, a minimart, and a 24-hour reception.

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Offering ocean views, the open-air restaurant serves Western and Asian dishes. It also features fresh seafood and grilled specialities. Snacks and cocktails can be enjoyed at the poolside bar.

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This is our guests’ favourite part of Kep, according to independent reviews.

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Surin Islands, Thailand

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The Surin Islands in Thailand consist of five islands of unseen beauty.

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The coral reefs of the islands are assembly of countless species. The Surin Islands are not coincidentally the location of one of the most famous diving sites in the world, Richelieu Rock. Those who prefer adventure looking on land can explore the dense mangroves.

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Here you can expect to see anything from Sea Horses, Ghost Pipefish and Harlequin Shrimps to big fish like Manta Rays, Guitar Sharks and Barracuda.   Out in the blue Giant and Blue Fin Trevally hunt, sweeping in making the shoals of Glass fish and Snapper stream over the reef.  Beautiful, purple, blue and white soft corals cover the outside of the rocks, with carpets of anenomes are home to Clown Fish.   Bright yellow Encrusting Anenomes add spots of colour.

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Bangkok – Holiday travel: more buses to be put on during New Year period

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Mo Chit - Bus Terminal - Bangkok

Good news for Bangkok residents traveling to the provinces for the holidays: officials announced today they would put on more inter-province buses to accommodate the mass influx of travelers during the New Year period.

The Transport Company said this would serve up to 135,000 people daily during the holiday. It will also offer a 15 percent discount for tickets bought in advance.

Officials also announced cheaper boat fares today, following the drop in diesel price.

Starting today, the fare for the Saen Saeb canal route will be cut by THB1 from the usual price, Marine Department deputy director Nut Jabjai said.

The department had promised to cut the fare for that route once the diesel price dropped below THB21 per liter, which it did on Wednesday when it dropped by 70 datang to THB20.59, Thai PBS reported.

Officials will also consider cutting other boat fares for routes along the Chao Phraya river.

Source: Coconuts

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Anantara Rasananda, Koh Phangan – Thailand

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Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, Located along beautiful Tong Nai Pan Noi Beach, Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas offers spacious villas and suites with free WiFi, private pool and terrace. It also features a fitness room.

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Suites and villas are elegantly decorated in a modern Thai design. Situated in a garden setting, rooms are fitted with a 32-inch LCD TV with Apple TV, home entertainment system and iPod docking station.

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Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas can help to arrange private boat transfers from Samui airport. Public ferry transfers are also available from Tong Sala Pier.

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Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas can help to arrange private boat transfers from Samui airport. Public ferry transfers are also available from Tong Sala Pier.

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Other amenities include an espresso machine and rain shower. Services such as in-villa massage or dining are available.

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Rasananda’s Bistro @ The Beach offers outdoor dining and serves a blend of local and western food with a seaview. It also has a champagne and wine lounge. Private beach dining is offered.

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