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Bangkok, Thailand, April 2016. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is non-stop action and for visitors on foot with a reliance on public transport nearby Lat Krabang is an ideal location to obtain some landing shots. One station before the airport, Lat Krabang is situated on the extended centreline to Bangkoks landing runway and offers very close views of […]

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The seven best waterparks across Thailand to escape the heat

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The seven best waterparks across Thailand to escape the heat.

When the sun moves out of Pisces in April, the heat starts to get serious. Temperatures rise to 40 degrees Celsius and beyond and drain us of all our energy. Some of us are lucky enough to live within walking distance of the country’s best beaches, others cycle to the nearby waterfalls and cascades to take a break from the heat. But for those of us who are stuck in the urban jungle, the choices tend to be staying cooped in an air-conditioned room or making tracks out of town to the nearest waterpark.

This week, we look at the seven best waterparks at which to chill.

SCENICAL WORLD KHAO YAI, NAKHON RATCHASIMA

Tucked away in Pak Chong district, a popular destination with Bangkok’s get-out-of-towners, Scenical World Khao Yai is a new kid on the block. A heady combination of amusement park, shopping mall and hotel, it’s also home to Splash World, where you can experience the water in a variety of playful and adventurous ways. In pride of place is the Splash Coaster where you sweep down, twist, turn and climb on a thrilling run of 180 metres. The brave can get their adrenaline kicks by whizzing along the circular slide at high speed before plunging into the Space Bowl.

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CARTOON NETWORK AMAZONE, PATTAYA

Leave it up to the kids and they’ll probably choose to spend every single day of the long school holidays at Cartoon Network Amazone in Pattaya. Here, at the world’s first Cartoon Network theme park, the young and not-so-young can have fun with much-loved characters such as Ben Ten and the Powerpuff girls. The most popular rides include the Omniverse, which is as high as an eight-storey building and home to six of the fastest and steepest water roller coasters, and the gravity-defying Goop Loop roller coaster where you clamber into an enclosed capsule to drop into a 12-metre free-fall that generates maximum G-force. The XLR8TOR is the park’s tallest and steepest ride, drawing its inspiration from Ben Ten’s lightning-quick reflexes and ability to reach speeds in excess of 480kph.

SIAM PARK CITY, BANGKOK

Billed as the “Beach of Bangkok”, Siam Park City is Bangkok’s very first waterpark and was built almost 40 years ago. Michael Jackson came to Siam Park to enjoy the water during his 1993 Dangerous World Tour, and the waterpark is still worth a day trip especially during the hot season. As well as the slide – which in 1970 held the world’s record for the highest at 75 feet – there is an inland sandy beach and a sea with giant waves right in downtown Bangkok.

VANA NAVA HUA HIN WATER JUNGLE, PRACHUAB KIRI KHAN

Thailand’s best waterpark is located in Hua Hin – the country’s leading beach holiday destination.

Vana Nava is built to mimic a tropical lagoon with palm trees and rock pools spread over 3.2 acres. As well as Boomerango, Thailand’s longest water slide, this waterpark also has the Abass – the largest ride of its kind, which soars to a height of 28 metres then keeps your spinning at 45kph before plummeting and splashing down into a pool.

FLOW HOUSE, BANGKOK

A different style of waterpark from the usual slides and rides, Flow House targets the urban dude and wannabe surfer. With artificial waves and water runners, the fun is real as thrill seekers dare to ride the waves and spin their boards. It’s a place to see and be seen and occasionally transforms into a party scene with DJs where a dude can roam around and show off this tattoos. Make sure you book in advance if you want to ride the waves as the surf house is always packed.

SANTORINI WATER FANTASY, PHETCHABURI

Inspired by the blue-and-white tones of Santorini Island in the Aegean Sea, this water park is an excellent choice if you want to avoid the queues at Vana Nava. The Vulcan’s Kamikaze ride from 18 metres might sound scary but it’s addictive. For a bigger adrenaline rush, try the park’s signature Ares’s King Cobra slide that keeps you running over 78 metres from the tail to the head of the snake-like ride.

Santorini Water Fantasy, Phetchaburi,

SPLASH DOWN, PATTAYA

While many amusement parks lay the claim for the “biggest, longest, fastest” accolade, Splash Down takes the form of a lake filled with inflatables designed to hurl thrill seekers into the sky and, of course, into the water. These include the Big Blob, where you jump and see how far you can fly and Big Red Balls that demand you bounce your way across eight, big ball without falling into the pool. Designed for adult and teenagers, this isn’t a place for the little ones.

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SONGKRAN, (Water Festival) Thais New Year

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Khao San Songkran shortened to 2 days to save water

Khao San Road is one of the most popular places in the city to water fight for Songkran. It has amongst the biggest, and wildest, crowds. But this year the party in the backpacker district will be shortened to just two days due to the worst water shortages in 20 years and government requests to save water.

Khao San Songkran will take place on April 13 and 14, between Banglampoo intersection and Kokwua junction from the morning of the 13th until 9pm each evening, according to Pol. Col. Rangsarn Praditapohn, superintendent of the Chanasongkram police station.

Songkran on Khao San is beloved for many reasons but one of them is the joy of seeing locals and tourists playing together with abandon. The shortened celebration means less of that but it’s also a hardship for many of the vendors who depend on making a lot of money during what is usually a three-day event on Khao San.

Piyabutr Jiuramonaikul, president of the Khao San Business Council, said that business owners of Khao San are pleased by the two-day celebration limit. He expects that tourists will use water guns but hopes that people won’t use talcum powder or show too much skin.

In response to the initiative to keep the water festival alcohol-free, he doesn’t expect the authorities to have much luck, especially trying to enforce the initiative on foreign tourists.

Alcohol is a big part of the modern Songkran celebration, and Khao San is one of the locations where people can imbibe heavily. Piyabutr thought that they may be able to cut consumption by 10 percent this year and maybe another 10 percent the following year. He doesn’t expect that they can remove alcohol completely from the celebration.

To keep the area safe, over 150 CCTV cameras will be recording and nine new security gates to keep weapons or alcohol from being brought into the closed streets. 300 police officers will also be patrolling the area 24-hours a day for the two-day celebration, according to Thai PBS.

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

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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.

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#Bangkok Attack ‘linked to Uighur deportations’

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PM dismisses police claim, blames human traffickers for blasts.

THE BANGKOK bombing was the handiwork of an international human-trafficking network seeking retaliation against Thailand for the return of 109 Uighur to China and a crushing crackdown on their underground activities, police said yesterday.

“They got angry. They are from the same gang that attacked the Thai Consulate in Turkey,” national police chief General Somyot Poompanmuang said.

This is the first time that the Thai authorities have directly linked the bomb attack with the deportation of trafficked Uighur.

However Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha rushed to dismiss the police statement saying nobody had claimed responsibility for the bomb. “At this stage, there is no link. I don’t think so. It could be a normal crime and by ordinary human traffickers,” he said.

A team of senior Thai police was heading for Malaysia after reports that three suspects arrested by Malaysian police may have been linked with the Bangkok bombing.

Last month, two explosions rocked the Thai capital. The one on August 17 at the popular Erawan Shrine killed 20 people and wounded more than 100 others. At least five Chinese tourists were killed and many others hospitalised. The other blast on the following day at the Sathorn Pier caused no casualties.

The bombings in the heart of Bangkok shocked the entire nation, as no such attacks had ever taken place on Thai soil. They also hit the economy hard.

‘Deportations in line with law’

Somyot said that the deportation of the 109 Uighur to China was in line with international law, and that Thai authorities had repatriated illegal migrants to their home countries, not just China.

Thai authorities have issued arrest warrants for 12 suspects and are holding two of them at a temporary facility in a military base. Colonel Winthai Suvari, spokesman for the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), defended the choice of the detention location, saying their case was related to national security.

“It is also convenient for investigators who still need to interrogate the suspects and bring witnesses to identify them,” he said.

Deputy National Police chief General Chakthip Chaijinda left for Malaysia along with Special Branch Police chief Lt-General Chaiwat Getvorachai and deputy chief Maj-General Chanthep Sesavej. The team is expected to follow up on reports that the three suspected human smugglers arrested in Malaysia might have had some links to the Bangkok blasts. “Thailand and Malaysia will exchange information,” Somyot said.

Chakthip refused to speak to the media before his departure, other than saying that he “will return on Thursday”. Somyot said Thai authorities were still investigating the whereabouts of Abu Dustar Abdulrahman, or Izan, and the yellow-shirt man – two key suspects wanted for the bomb blasts.

A foreign news agency said a senior official of the Turkish government had recently denied that Izan had entered Turkey after the blasts. “We are investigating the matter,” he said.

Ties with gang

A Metropolitan Police source said one of the three women arrested at an apartment on Sunday had personal ties with a gang that helped the bomb suspects sneak into Thailand.

“We are preparing to seek an arrest warrant for her,” the source said.

This 39-year-old woman had taken the suspected bomber to the apartment rented by two university students and asked for their permission to leave some of his things there. The two students knew nothing about the bomb plot and have been released, the source added.

Police expect the military to transfer the woman to them on Saturday.

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Sheraton Grande Hotel, Sukhumvit #Bangkok

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Directly connected to Asok BTS Skytrain Station and just steps from Sukhumvit MRT subway station, the luxurious Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit features award-winning restaurants and 24-hour room service. It also has a tropical outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi access in public areas.

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Featuring 300-thread-count cotton sheets and a walk-in closet, all rooms also include a flat-screen TV and well-stocked minibar. The private bathrooms feature both a bathtub and a shower. Guests receive welcome fruit in the rooms.

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit 4

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Luxury Collection Hotel is located across from Terminal 21 Shopping Mall. It is about just over 1.6 km from Emporium Department Store and the Central Chidlom Department Store. The hotel is 3.2 km from luxury shopping at Siam Paragon.

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit 5

The Grande Spa provides relaxing massage therapies, and the modern gym has personal trainers and a sauna. Local and international newspapers, as well as a large collection of books, can be enjoyed at The Library.

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit 6

Orchid Café serves a full international buffet for breakfast and dinner, and menu options for lunch. Dinner can also be enjoyed at Basil. Other dining options include The Sala, poolside restaurant which serves breakfast during the weekend. The Sunday Jazzy Brunch is served at Orchid Café from 12 pm-3 pm. Live Jazz music is available at The Living Room.

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Shangri-La Hotel, #Bangkok

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Located along the Chao Phraya River, Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok features a 107,640 ft² Fitness Centre and the multi-awarded CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La. Among its 10 dining options there is an award-winning restaurant.

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Guests can join daily aerobics and dance classes at the hotel, or play a game of tennis. Shangri-La Bangkok also has a hot tub, sauna and steam room. Other facilities include a shopping arcade, a clinic and a business center.

Shangri La Hotel 4

Offering city or river views, rooms at the Shangri-La feature Thai décor with silk and wood furnishings. Each room comes equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV, a safe, and a minibar.

Shangri La Hotel 5

Italian specialties and a wide selection of wines can be enjoyed at Angelini. For a romantic dining experience, Horizon II River Cruise serves an Asian and international buffet on a private riverboat. The Chocolate Boutique has an indulgent range of sweets and hot drinks.

Shangri La Hotel 6

In Silom, Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok is next to Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain Station. Driving from Suvarnabhumi International Airport takes around 40 minutes.

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Bang Rak is a great choice for travelers interested in Friendly People, Gourmet Food and Sightseeing.

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Restoration of the Erawan Shrine in #Bangkok to be completed on Sept 3

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The restoration of the Thao Maha Phrom statue at the Erawan Shrine will take nine days and will be completed on September 3, Fine Arts Department Deputy Director General Sahaphume Phumtharittirat said Wednesday.

Sahaphume led officials of the department to inspect the statue of the Hindu god of creation Lord Brahma at 10 am to get preparation for the restoration.

He said the statue was damaged at four spots – the chin, the necklace, the right index and right shin. The roof of the statue was also damaged.

The restoration would take about Bt70,000 from the Erawan Thao Maha Phrom Foundation.

A grand rite will be held on September 4 celebrate the restored statue, he added.

Source: The Nation

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Bt10 million in reward offered, #Bangkok

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TIP-OFFS SOUGHT ON KEY SUSPECT; BLAST AIMED TO HURT ECONOMY: SOMYOT

THE authorities believe bomb blasts at the Erawan shrine and Sathorn Bridge in Bangkok this week were aimed at discrediting the military government, national police chief General Somyot Poompanmuang has said.

Yesterday, several bomb hoaxes were reported at various locations in the capital.

The National Police Office is now offering up to Bt3million for a tip-off leading to the arrest of the man suspected of planting the bomb at the Erawan Shrine on Monday evening.

This is in addition to a Bt2-million reward that former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has offered, according to a Facebook post by his son, Panthongtae. Moreover, Panthongtae said his father would provide another Bt5million to officials who contribute to the arrest, if made.

National Council for Peace and Order spokesman Colonel Winthai Suvari, meanwhile, announced that several agencies believe the blasts were intended to seriously hurt the economy and tourism.

He said inquiries into the blasts were progressing. “But the authorities cannot release details at this point, as that may affect ongoing investigations,” he said.

A sketch of the suspected bomber at the Erawan Shrine was released on Wednesday but immigration officials have not spotted him at any checkpoint.

Monday’s blast killed 20 people and injured more than 100. The Sathorn Bridge blast did not cause any casualties as it exploded in water near the Chao Phraya River.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday urged the public to be eyes and ears for soldiers and police in a bid to ensure public safety and he called on people to quickly inform the authorities if they see anything suspicious.

However, he said people should not be fearful of the situation to the extent that they stay at home and do not spend money because that would hurt the economy. Several other countries had faced similar security situations or much worse but their people lived normal lives, he said.

“This is our home and country, so don’t allow outsiders to play an excessive role. We ought to chart our own future, but we also have to listen to outsiders’ voices,” he said.

The premier said foreign countries have offered to help the authorities such as the US, which has sophisticated technology that would help with the investigation, especially in terms of identifying a suspect captured on CCTV.

Meanwhile, police yesterday found a suspect package at Benjakiti Park on Ratchadaphisek Road next to Queen Sirikit Convention Centre. When the package was unwrapped, a brand-new rattan ball and sand were found inside, creating the impression it might have been a bomb and causing panic.

A suspicious bag was also found near the Metropolitan Police Bureau. Police said they would summon the taxi driver who left it there for questioning. The owner of the bag told police he accidentally left it in the cab.

Education Ministry permanent secretary Dr Kamjorn Tatiyakavee revealed that an unknown man phoned the ministry and claimed that something bad would happen there.

“Now, we have stepped up security at the ministry compound,” he said. “Someone might have wanted to spread a climate of fear.”

In related news, examination of CCTV footage has revealed a possible suspect in the Sathorn Bridge attack. Long-distance footage shows the potential suspect walking towards the pier under the bridge on Monday evening – the night before the attack – carrying a plastic bag that could have contained an explosive.

The man kicked the bag into the river around 7.30pm, about half an hour after the Erawan Shrine explosion. He wore a blue shirt and trousers and may not have intended to cause casualties as the bomb exploded in the water.

Police said the suspect could be Thai.

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#Bangkok blast: the Hindu shrine beloved by Buddhists now Reopend

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Hindu shrine at Ratchaprasong Intersection.

The Bangkok shrine hit by a bomb blast Monday was originally built to appease superstitious construction workers and morphed into a popular attraction that typifies the kingdom’s unusual blend of Hindu and Buddhist traditions.

Few visitors who make their way to Bangkok’s main shopping mall district fail to notice the Erawan Shrine which sits at the foot of a luxury hotel on one of the city’s busiest intersections.

The smell of sandalwood incense and the jangle of temple music wafts above the din from the city’s gridlocked streets providing a welcome respite for both devotees and curious onlookers.

The shrine itself was erected in 1956 after a string of mishaps befell the construction of a government owned luxury hotel.

An astrologer recommended building a shrine to the four-faced Hindu god Brahma, known locally as Phra Phrom. Local legend states that once the shrine went up, the problems besetting workers stopped and devotees have flocked there ever since.

Such shrines are not unusual in Buddhist majority Thailand, a nation which has forged a syncretic relationship with animist and Hindu traditions.

Shrines to the Hindu gods Ganesha and Shiva can be found just a few hundred metres away from the Erawan while Thais have their own version of the Ramayana epic — the Ramakien.

In recent years Chinese devotees in particular have flocked to the shrine, fuelled by the belief that prayers and donations there will bring them good luck and fortune.

The fervour with which locals treat the shrine is so great that in 2006 a mentally ill man who attacked the statue of Brahma with a hammer was beaten to death by an angry mob.

The shrine has also been witness to key recent moments in Thailand’s febrile political history thanks to its location at the Ratchaprasong intersection.

The key crossing has been taken over by both sides of Thailand’s political divide at various times during recent street protests.

In 2010 much the intersection was the scene of a military crackdown against Red Shirt supporters loyal to ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

When the crackdown finished a large mall opposite the shrine was gutted by fire.

Five years on the shrine has once more been witness to violence in the capital.

Source: BangkokPost  

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