Thailand’s crown prince proclaimed King Rama X

Thailand’s crown prince proclaimed King Rama X

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will be crowned King Rama X of the Royal House of Chakri, succeeding His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX, who passed away on 13 October 2016. His Royal Highness the Crown Prince is the only son, the second of four children, of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. He was born in Bangkok on 28 July 1952. After completing his primary education in Thailand, His Royal…

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Popular Tweets about Thailand in November 2016

Popular Tweets about Thailand in November 2016

The following are my most popular tweets about Thailand for November 2016. They are not necessarily the most retweeted, but they are the ones that got the most engagement on Twitter. ๑๓ พฤศจิกายน ๒๕๕๙ ลดธงครึ่งเสาวันสุดท้าย | 13 November 2016 Last day for flag at half mast pic.twitter.com/W0FVVqVsWd — Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) November 13, 2016 1. After the death of King Bhumibol, the national flag was flown at half mast across the nation for 30 days. My most popular tweet for November…

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Day 2 of Trip to Ayutthaya and Lopburi

Day 2 of Trip to Ayutthaya and Lopburi

Over the weekend,  I went on a road trip north of Bangkok to Ayutthaya and Lopburi. These are two good stops if you’re heading to Chiang Mai by train and you want to break your journey. During my second day I attended the annual Monkey Party. Lopburi is famous for the monkeys and on the last Sunday of November every year they throw a party for them. I was also hoping to visit some sunflower fields on this trip. But…

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Day 1 of Trip to Ayutthaya and Lopburi

Day 1 of Trip to Ayutthaya and Lopburi

Over the weekend, I went on a two day trip to visit Ayutthaya and Lopburi to the North of Bangkok. Both of these destinations are easily reached by train from Hua Lamphong, though you can also catch passenger vans from Mochit 2. I was in Ayutthaya for the free jazz concert and Lopburi for the annual Monkey Party. I also came on the trip to promote the national museums and historical parks that are free until 31 January 2017. These…

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Ten Long Weekends in Thailand during 2017

Ten Long Weekends in Thailand during 2017

During 2017, there are ten long holidays in Thailand. These are as follows: New Year’s Day: Saturday 31st December 2016 to Tuesday 3rd January 2017 Makha Bucha Day: Saturday 11th February to Monday 13th February 2017 Songkran: Thursday 13th April to Monday 17th April 2017 May Day: Saturday 29th April to Monday 1st May 2017 Coronation Day: Friday 5th May to Sunday 7th May 2017 Asanha Bucha & Khao Phansa: Saturday 8th to Tuesday 11th July 2017 Mother’s Day: Saturday 12th August to Monday 14th August 2017 Chulalongkorn Day: Saturday…

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Long-Stay Thai Visa for Senior Tourists to be extended to 10 Years

Long-Stay Thai Visa for Senior Tourists to be extended to 10 Years

The Thai government has approved the extension of long-stay visas for senior tourists from one year to ten years. The new visa will cost 10,000 Baht. The Ministry of Public Health reported to the Cabinet on 22 November 2016 that the number of foreign senior citizens seeking to stay in Thailand for a long period is on the rise. These senior tourists have applied for the non-immigrant visa (long stay). They have stayed mainly in major tourist provinces, such as…

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Trip to Phuket for the Laguna Phuket Triathlon

Trip to Phuket for the Laguna Phuket Triathlon

Over the weekend, I flew down to Phuket to attend the 23rd Laguna Phuket Triathlon. I was a guest of the Ministry of Tourism & Sports for the two day trip. As well as attending the Triathlon, I was also able to visit a few places around Phuket. Click here for a story about the Triathlon. These are the photos that I tweeted live during the trip.