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The 8 Best Floating Markets Near Bangkok

Once upon a time, Thailand’s canals and water ways were filled with commerce and activity. Though not as busy as they used to be, floating markets can still be experienced if you know where to look. Aphwawa is Bangkok’s biggest floating market and only an hour and a half to two hours from Bangkok. There are several smaller, more intimate and local floating markets all with in a hundred or so kilometers of Bangkok.

Key Takeaways:

  • Thailand’s historical floating markets add both a vibrant and social vibe to the country’s merchant communities.
  • Taking a guided tour of the floating markets close to Bangkok are a popular tourist activity and fun for the whole family.
  • Some of the best floating markets not far from Bangkok include Amphawa, Tha Kha, Khu Wiang, and Bang Khla.

“Visiting these unique markets is well worth a jaunt out of the city, and can make for a fantastic day trip.”

Original Source: https://whatsonsukhumvit.com/the-8-best-floating-markets-near-bangkok/

TripAdvisor rates three Thai landmarks as among Best in Asia for 2017

Bangkok, Thailand has three must see places. The Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, (Wat Phra Kaeo) were landmarks that TripAdvisor named to be some of the best in Asia in 2017. Tourists have nothing bad to say about these places, just all positive reviews. They go on to say that these places are breathe taking, beautiful and many similar compliments. These three places definitely are a must worth visiting.

Key Takeaways:

  • The 2017 Travelers’ Choice listings by TripAdvisor have named three landmarks in Bangkok as top 25 landmarks to visit in Asia.
  • Landmarks in Thailand including the Reclining Buddha, the Grand Palace, and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, have received placements of 4th, 9th, and 14th on the list of best landmarks.
  • It is no surprise these landmarks have joined the rankings of others in this list, as tourists have commented these landmarks are breathtaking, iconic, and majestic.

“The annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards, are given based on the quantity and quality of travellers’ reviews and ratings on TripAdvisor’s website gathered over the previous 12-month period.”

Original Source: http://www.tatnews.org/tripadvisor-rates-three-thai-landmarks-as-among-best-in-asia-for-2017/

6 steps to an idyllic getaway in Thailand’s ancient capital city Ayutthaya

There are SEVERAL ways to enjoy a vacation retreat these days. This couldn’t be more true when it comes to Thailand’s Ancient Capital city, Ayutthaya. (Founded in 1350)
Whether you’re taking a taxi, driving yourself OR decide to take the scenic train you certainly have a LOT of beauty to take in!
If you get a bit hungry, stop and try out Ayutthaya’s famous giant river prawns.
If it’s a wet, watery adventure you seek, check out the Chao Praya River and take a ride on a famous longtail boat. It can all be topped off with a visit to Ton Rak Sai waterfall. the relaxing, indoors or crave outdoor adventure, vist Ayutthaya! You will NOT be disappointed!

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Marriott International Launches Club Marriott in Asia-Pacific

A new dining loyalty program has been launched by Mariott International in Asia-Pacific. Each participating hotel will offer unique gastronomical experiences. There will be discounts for members of the chain. The members will also receive other benefits and discounts, such as spa vouchers. The launches are taking place primarily in Asia-Pacific, in cities such as Hong Kong, Macau, Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai and other cities. Later this year, countries such as India, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Guam, The Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand will be commencing the new Club Mariott service.

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United Nations has advice on how to be a responsible tourist

The United Nations recently released a new handbook on safe traveling. Billions of people crossed international borders and the number of people is only going to increase. The tips recommended are things such as; learning to speak a little bit of the language of the country you’re going to, be aware of laws or anything considered “taboo,” in a country or to it’s inhabitants. This article was written as a warning to tourists because in recent years, international countries have become upset with tourists flooding their cities, and countries. Although it has been considered good for some countries economics, to some it has seemed more of an annoyance, and some residents have protested the inflow of tourism. Bottom line, you must respect a countries’ culture and people in order to feel welcome in a country or be wanted there.

Key Takeaways:

  • The campaign comes amid ongoing discussions on overtourism in major cities such as Florence and Barcelona.
  • Locals in those cities have staged anti-tourism protests over concerns that tourists were behaving badly or overcrowding public spaces and affecting the daily routines of locals.
  • In Florence, tourists have been accused of displaying uncivil behavior, resulting in many Italian cities resorting to bans such as curbing outdoor drinking at night, food trucks and street hawkers.

“According to Hindustan Times, last year alone saw 1.24 billion travelers crossing international borders; the figure is expected to increase to 1.8 billion by 2030.”

Original Source: http://travelwireasia.com/2017/09/united-nations-advice-responsible-traveler/