Elephant Hills in Thailand


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Thailand’s First Luxury Tented Camps.

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A floating eco-tented camp in the jungles of Asia. Meet Elephant Hills in Thailand. Here luxury and eco go well together. The camp has been nominated for the National Geographic World Legacy Awards 2016. And rightly so, check it out!

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I was here several years ago and was very impressed. No wifi, but plenty of nature. Elephants in the camp have been bought by timber merchants. They are not used for rides, but getting a mud bath every day. Check out more: Elephant Hills

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Elephant Hills are Thailand’s first Luxury Tented Jungle Camps, combining the camp idea of African national parks with the Thai tropical forest environment. The Elephant Camp comprises 35 luxurious, tailor-made tents and has successfully been operated since over 10 years. The floating Rainforest Camp, one of the world’s only luxury floating tented camps, was opened in 2011 and is…

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Pura Tanah Lot, magic temple on Bali

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This Balinese temple stands on a rock in the sea and that delivers beautiful pictures!

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Pura Tanah Lot means literally “Tanah Lot temple” but what is a Tanah Lot? Tanah Lot is a rock formation in the sea off the southwest coast of Bali. Pura Tanah Lot is overall a temple on a rock formation in the sea of Bali. And that makes this temple so special!

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Then why do not you might wonder: the temple was already there when Tanah Lot was still attached to the mainland? No! One Dang Hyang Nirartha claims to have built the temple when Tanah Lot was already an island. According to him, Tanah Lot was a sacred place to be worshiped from the Balinese sea gods. It is one of the seven sea temples on the south coast of Bali. From any sea temple is to see another sea temple.

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Tanah Lot is located about twenty kilometers from Denpasar, capital of #Bali.


Songkran holiday marked by frugal use of water but plenty of revelry


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SONGKRAN CELEBRATIONS this year have used less water than before, with revellers being fully aware that the festival known for its water-fights is taking place at a time when the country is facing its most severe drought.



Culture Minister Weera Rojpotchanarat said yesterday that he was satisfied that the Songkran bash hosted by his ministry, Chulalongkorn University and Siam Square in Bangkok had only used a fourth of the amount of water used in previous Songkran fests.

Weera also invited people to submit photographs of themselves dressed in traditional attire at Songkran celebrations for the “Thainess Promotion” contest. Those interested in joining the contest have until Saturday to submit in one of five creative media categories – photography, signboard, poster, infographic and video clip via Facebook, he said.



In Khao San Road, one of the country’s best-known Songkran water-fighting sites, many Thais and foreign tourists were seen having fun…

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Not bad: Thailand ranked 21st best country in world

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Thailand has been voted the 21st best country in the world in the “Best Countries” list unveiled at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on Wednesday.

A survey of 16,000 people worldwide placed Thailand in the 21st place out of 60 selected countries in the rankings conducted by U.S. News & World Report, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and global brand consultants BAV Consulting.

The respondents, 8,000 of which were classified as “elites” and 4,500 as “business decision-makers,” were asked to share their perceptions on a random selection of 65 country attributes.

The attributes were then grouped into nine sub-rankings: adventure, citizenship, cultural influence, entrepreneurship, heritage, movers, open for business, power and quality of life.

Thailand received an impressive score in the “adventure” category, as well as “movers,” which predicts a country’s future growth in terms of gross domestic product based on purchasing power parity per capita.

However, Thailand’s score for “citizenship,” which explores the country’s interest in issues such as human rights, environment, gender equality, and as well as its trustworthy quality, was among the lowest in the world’s chart.


We lost to Singapore (15th) and China (17th), while our neighboring countries such as Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos were not included in the list – except Malaysia, which placed 28th.

Globally, Germany won first place as the world’s best country (congrats!) followed by Canada, United Kingdom, United States, Sweden, and Australia.

Meanwhile, at the bottom of the list was Algeria, preceded by Ukraine, Iran, Nigeria and Pakistan.

Source: Coconuts


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