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Sunday, 21 June 2015
Flower festival in Chang Mai, Thailand - 2016
Usually first weekend of February. Very popular with tourists.
Going to a flower festival can be an amazing day out for the family. With many things to do - you won't get bored for one second. Chiang Mai Flower Festival is a Thai festival where the mass of flowers dominates the scene with colors.
Asian Flower Culture
Flower festivals are an important part of Asian Culture. They occur in China - in Shenzhen during spring festival they hold an annual Flower Street Festival - the street is 1km long. If you have a chance you should visit.
These festivals are often related to religion but it also gives families some time to spend together in a alluring environment.
Rose Of The North
Chiang Mai is also known as the Rose of the North and is the second-largest city in Thailand. It's the host to the Chiang Mai Flower Festival. During the festival time, the flower nation comes together in full as the sculptures of temples, animals and scenes from the Ramayana are made from flowers and paraded through the streets of this beautiful northern city of Thailand.
The parades attracts crowds of thousands, with local handicrafts sales and beauty pageants.
Thailand's national flower is the golden shower tree. It's yellow flower signals Thai royalty.
Saturday, 20 June 2015
Thailand Mers 2015 - BANGKOk Minister says situation under control; people who came in contact with Omani patient quarantined
THE PUBLIC Health Ministry has put Thailand on a nationwide alert for MERS after one foreigner tested positive for the virus at a Bangkok hospital on Thursday, with various measures being implemented to ensure it does not spread. Public Health Minister Dr Rajata Rajatanavin said authorities were ensuring the situation was under control, with a total of 141 people in the country on the watch-list. Most of these people have already been located and quarantined.
Health authorities are also working closely with other agencies such as the Foreign Ministry, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to prevent the spread of Middle East respiratory syndrome. The World Health Organisation's office in Thailand has also provided specialists and advisers to help Thailand contain any MERS outbreak.
"There are two groups of people who had close contact with the Omani MERS patient. The first group, which consists of 66 people, is the riskier group, including three close relatives, 47 medical staff and airline passengers who sat close to the patient on the plane on their way to Thailand," Rajata said. "The second group has 75 people who came close to the patient but did not have direct contact. They were other airline passengers, taxi drivers and hotel staff. All of them will be monitored for 14 days but they don't need to go to hospital yet."
According to the minister, the chance of a widespread MERS outbreak in Thailand like that in South Korea is very low because Thai health authorities were able to identify the first patient quickly before he could travel further and infect other people. The acting WHO representative to Thailand, Richard Brown, praised Thailand's swift action to prevent the spread of MERS and the progress in tracking people who had come into contact with the single MERS patient.
Professor Dr Yong Poovorawan, a top virologist at Chulalongkorn University's faculty of medicine, said the MERS virus was less infectious than SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) or common flu. The low infection rate of the virus combined with the swift measures to contain it makes the chance of a widespread outbreak in Thailand very low, he said.
Yong suggested that if anyone had come from countries where MERS existed and experienced flu-like symptoms such as cough, runny nose and fever within 14 days, they must wear a facemask and visit a hospital for a check-up.
"There are now 14 centres of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department and laboratories in the medical schools that can test for the MERS virus," he said.
Rajata also said the condition of the first MERS patient, a 75-year-old man from Oman, had improved slightly but he was still in a special unit at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nonthaburi. Three of his close relatives have been isolated in the same unit as well; two of them have flu symptoms.
"If their [three relatives] MERS test results are positive, there is nothing to worry about as all of them are already in quarantine," he said.
Dr Vitoon Leungdilok, the public health chief of Trang province in southern Thailand, said there was one possible MERS patient who has just returned from South Korea. Authorities got the contact number for this person as part of the monitoring system.
"We will ensure that everyone from at-risk countries is closely monitored," he said.
Dr Surasing Wisarurat, the deputy public health chief of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, said there were many possible MERS patients as airlines fly directly from South Korea to Chiang Mai, but the public should not panic. So far, the province has quarantined four people, including three who came from China, but found no MERS virus. In the southern province of Songkhla, Dr Suwich Thampalo of the Disease Control Department said doctors were now stationed at Hat Yai and Narathiwat airports to help screen possible MERS patients. In addition, there will be extra measures when Muslim Thais in southern provinces leave for the Middle East for the hajj in August.
Meanwhile, Tourism Council of Thailand president Ittirit Kinglake said MERS could trigger fear among Thais as well as tourists staying in the country. However, he said people should not panic. He advised tourism operators, particularly hotels, airlines, stores, shops, and every public area, to be aware of this problem. They have been urged to clean up places in order to avoid virus infections.
Saturday, 13 June 2015
Songkran Festival - Thailand 2016
Songkran is one of the funnest festivals in Thailand, it would be a shame if you missed it.
Songkran Thailand - The most well known of all Thai festivals, Songkran is for those who love a good water fight. It’s the official Thai New Year landing on April 13th each year and lasting around 2 to 3 days. During the festival, the streets fill up with people looking to soak and get soaked with super-soakers in hand! Water is used as a symbol of cleansing, which is exactly what the Thai want to do to start the New Year.
Wednesday, 8 April 2015
KRABI: A fire broke out on the ferry Ao Nang Princess 5 this afternoon (April 8), about two kilometres from Nopparatthara Beach in Ao Nang.
Almost all the 107 passengers are reported to have been rescued by nearby boats and the Marine police. There were two exceptions – one person dead and a 12-year-old girl who is missing.
Divers are now looking to see if they can find the girl.
The fire broke out at 3:30 pm in the ferry, which belongs to Ao Nang Travel Tour Co.
Carrying 117 passengers – 107 adults and 10 children – the ferry reportedly left Koh Phi Phi and was heading for Nopparatthara Beach near Ao Nang when the fire broke out near Koh Met.
Krabi Marine Police, Krabi Marine Office, Nopparathara Park officers and 10 fishing and speed boats rushed to the scene and rescued passengers, taking them to Ao Nang, where rescue workers were waiting to ferry anyone injured to hospital.
In the event, none of those who were brought ashore were injured.
The skipper of the ferry, Capt Wirat, said there was an explosion in the engine room, after which he told passengers to put on life jackets. Other boats were on the scene fast, he said, and passengers were able to step from the burning ferry onto the other boats.
The fire burned the ferry to the waterline, after which it sank.
Officials are still checking the passenger lists to identify the missing girl and the dead person.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Can I teach in Thailand without a degree?
Teaching in Thailand without a degree is a risky business and you might be thrown head first out of the country, if the Thai government and police catch up with you.
So, Do I Need A Degree
You need a degree to gain a work permit. As Thailand progresses as nation, so do the people, and therefore students require someone who is of good standing to teach them. More often than not you get dsigruntled expats filling these jobs - and in short are 'taking the piss'. Turning up to work drunk, preying on the vulnerable girls, and not doing their jobs properly.
Do English Teachers Need Experience
All they want is a white skinned performing monkey as I've heard from the many sad expats I meet out hear. From what I've learnt they want a white monkey that can teach English. Admittedly some schools don't care, but the closer we get to the ASEAN Community, the more they want teachers that are established, good at their job, and hold a TEFL Certificate. This shows that the teaching standards in Thailand are getting more professional.
What English Jobs Can I Do?
If you hold a degree, you have so many options available to you. Once I finished my TEFL course, I started emailing for jobs and received many skype interviews. I was then left with a lot of job offers to consider. I went with the highest paid, and it turned out to be a really good experience. Needless to say I will be returning to the same town to work, but at the high school this time.
Can I Still Work Without A Degree?
If you don't hold a degree. You can still pick up work, but it will be harder. My friend on my TEFL course he found work 3 months after finishing the TEFL, and now he's in a good job, and they are sending him to uni to get a degree. So don't give up.
The major problem you will encounter, is that you won't be able to get a work permit without a degree. That's why many schools prefer degree holders. You will be obliged to take many VISA runs without a degree. And they Sir! Are a pain in the arse!
Whats your experience teaching without a degree?
Thursday, 28 March 2013
1. Work out what Visa you need before entering the countries - many of time I have found this out. I couldn't go to Vietnam from Thailand as it takes 3 days to process and I was on my last day of my visa in Thailand. So I had to go Cambodia. Luckily Cambodia have VISA on arrival - which means you pay as you go in.
2. Book flights early, yes you'd think people would already do this. And because i'm a cheapo I wouldn't pay for an expensive flight which meant I had to travel more than 36 hours via bus and train - although the train only cost me a £1 from Bangkok to Poipet (Thai/Cambodia border)!
3. Don't forget your toothbrush.
4. Make sure you plan in advance your accommodation again I am a massive fail at this and Tuk Tuk Drivers see me coming and rip me off! Oh and I hate Tuk Tuks! The amount of time's I have shouted at drivers - I'm suprised I haven't been knocked out yet - as my friend says - they are only doing their job.
This guy clearly doesn't need a T-Shirt!
5. Wear a T-Shirt that says - I DON'T WANT A TUK-TUK and I AM NOT A SEX TOURIST!
6. Buy food off the street, although you might feel like you have stomach cancer afterwards!
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Fly With Oman Airways - Heathrow To BKK
London - Oman - BangkokThis was a long trip. Starting in Coventry, I took the National Express, which cost me £20 to London Heathrow, which was a good price, I think. Plus I didn't have to deal with trains and changeovers and The Underground. Buses all the way!
Arriving at Heathrow Terminal 3, I realised, this is it i'm off, bye-bye England. The terminal at the airport was crazy, purple fluorescent lights everywhere. Because of my timings I managed to check-in easily with no queuing. When I went outside for a cigarette there was a massive que!!!
The only downside was the girl sitting next to me, she kept falling asleep and leaning towards me, she was hot to which made things difficult if she was to awake sleeping on me!!! We then arrived in Oman, the only way I can describe Oman is a desert with lots of oil rigs, it was so hot getting off the plane.
The one thing I really wanted was a cigarette and to my surprise, they had a smoking room. Which when you walk in was like inhaling 50 cigs in one go. It reminded me of factory work which I used to do when I was younger, in the breaks we'd run to the smoking room! One hour later I was boarding the flight for the last leg of the journey, this flight was 5 hours...which I slept this time.
5 hours later I hit Bangkok! The airport was huge I was surprised at the scale of it. When I got to passport control, the officer's weren't happy because I didn't have a return ticket booked to leave the country. I was with them for 20 minute's explaining that the Thai Embassy in Birmingham, had told me it was okay to get a single ticket as I already had my 60 day visa, the airline also had said this.
Eventually I stated I was going to Australia afterwards, and they let me through. This was slightly worrying for me, thought I may get arrested, plus the officer's looked tough! I was also surprised that I was allowed to walk straight through customs in Bangkok without getting searched, not even my hand luggage!
Thursday, 13 September 2012
Fabulous Tourist Advice Thailand and Thai Girls
Having lived in Thailand here is some advice. If you have ever considered life in Thailand - i'd suggest have a thorough read about Thai Life, Thai Girls, and Thailand in general. Amazing Thailand is full of amazing people. You just have to find them.
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Friday, 7 September 2012
Generate Traffic To My Blog
I started this blog on the 4th September 2012
The main reason was to interact with other people so that they can see what i'm up to in regards to Thailand.
To start sourcing traffic all I did was post on my social networks - facebook and twitter. I did this for the first two days. I was getting on average 70 views a day. That didn't include my own views of the blog as I selected not to have them show up in the stats tab.
- Bing / Yahoo
Other things I started to do was submit my links to search engines such as google and yahoo. I also started adding my blog to site's such as reddit.
Just today without posting on twitter or facebook. I've managed to generate over 100 views.
I'd like to hear how you gained traffic to your blog:
- What site did you post on?
- How many views do you receive, on average, per day?
- Which social network's do you use?
- Which is you're preferred way to generate traffic?