No plastic bags campaign in Thailand

Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has urged consumers nationwide to refrain from using single-use plastic bags. December 4 was the plastic bag free-day, which is the cooperative start of the nationwide campaign afterwards. Convenience stores and shopping malls have also agreed to tuck away single-use plastic bags to shoppers on their own designated dates. Hospitals are also being asked to dispense medicine in cloth bags rather than plastic bagsas of October 1. Athiwara “Toon” Khongmalai of the rock group Bodyslam, whose is well known for his charitable efforts to help Thais, is taking part in 7-Eleven’s campaign “Reduce A Plastic Bag A Day”. Every refused plastic bag will turn into a donation of Bt0.20 per bag to Siriraj Hospital to support the purchase of medical equipment for Navamindrapobitr 84th Anniversary Building.

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Best things to do in Hua Hin

Hua Hin is a perfect destination for couples and families to go on holiday. The city is located at the shore and there are many tourists attractions in the city and surrounding area. Furthermore, Hua Hin Has many accommodations, because the city was hundreds of years ago a holiday destination for the Thai Royals. Hua Hin is also not too far away from Bangkok, so when you want to escape the crowded city, you can go easily to Hua Hin.

Relax at the beach
Hua Hin has a wide beach which is visited by many tourists. This beach is clean and pleasant for families with young children, has many restaurants at the shoreline and during the weekdays, this beach is not too crowded. There are also many sun beds to get a nice tan during your day the beach. Furthermore, there many activities you can do during your day at the beach like jet-skiing, water-skiing, kiteboarding and horse riding.

Fun at Vana Nava Waterpark
If you get enough of the beach, don’t worry. There’s also an enormous waterpark which has many different pools and waterslides. A fun fact to know is that this waterpark is an ecologic waterpark. There is also a big variety of flora and fauna, because there are 2000 different plants and trees which grow over the whole of Thailand planted at the waterpark. Due to this wide variety of flora and fauna, this park is also named “Vana Nava Jungle”. The park is friendly for all ages. If you want to have a relaxing day or a day full of aqua fun, the park is a decent place to go.

Travel back in time to Plearn Wan Shopping Village
Travel back in time to the 50s. When you go to Plearn Wan Shopping Village. Parents enjoy their visit to the village and teenagers can learn a few things from the past. The village exists from a wooden complex with 2 levels. In this complex, you’ll find many vintage shops from the 50s. all those shops are covered movie-star and fashion magazine posters from the past. You’ll also hear music from the 50s-60s throughout the whole complex. The complex also offers many vintage accommodations which are an experience to stay for the night.

Playing golf in Hua Hin
Hua Hin has 3 big greens which are in use for golfing, these greens have all one of the if not the lowest fees to play in the whole world. The 3 courses are The Royal Hua Hin, Black Mountain and the Banyan Golf Course. All the courses have 18 or more holes, so you aren’t done with the courses that quickly. All the courses have a restaurant where you can go for lunch of dinner.

Khao Takiab “the spiritual monastery”
Visit Khao Takiab and experience the spiritual side of Hua Hin. The mountain is a spiritual monastery for many monks within the Buddhism religion. Monks goes to this place to pay their respect for the gods by praying. While traveling to the monastery on the mountain, you’ll see monkeys. These monkeys are also called “the carb-eating macaques” and they are an attraction to see by themselves. Be aware that these monkeys are wild monkeys and you have to make sure that you hide your shimmering personal belongings.

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Social Restrictions “PPKM” in Indonesia

Photo: Anton Muhajir/ Mongabay Indonesia

PPKM (Pemberlakuan Pembatasan Kegiatan Masyarakat) is restrictions towards community activities. PPKM is implemented since July 3, 2021, as a local lockdown in various regions in Indonesia in an effort to suppress the spread of the Coronavirus. At the moment, the government has decided to extend the PPKM policy until August 2, 2021.

Critical and essential sectors continue to operate following government policies. Meanwhile, the tourism and other non-essential sectors are still temporarily closed until further notice.

Some exceptions during the implementation of PPKM policy, are:

  1. Traditional markets are allowed to operate until 3 p.m.;
  2. Restaurants and other meal shops are allowed to offer dine-in services with limited time visit to 20 minutes; maximum close at 8.00 p.m.;
  3. Barbershops, vehicle maintenance and repair services, small-scale businesses, and groceries are allowed to open until 9 p.m.

All activities must be within 50% of the area’s capacity and under strict health protocols.

The announcement was announced by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, on July 25, 2021.
The possibility of an extension can occur when the decrease in cases has not been significant.

Hopefully, the conditions will be conducive soon, then we can all travel again.
Stay safe, happy, and healthy!

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Best thing to do in Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya is the former capital of Thailand and is renowned for its temple ruins and historical sides. Ayutthaya is the perfect place if you want to see the Buddhism culture. Ayutthaya attracts many backpackers by its historical sides and this place is a must-see when you make a round trip through Thailand.

Temple of ruins
During your stay in Ayutthaya, you have to visit is the Wat Phra Si Sanphet. This temple has served as the royal monetary for the Thai king in 1350 till 1448. You can make a walk through the monetary and you’ll end up in front of the royal palace. Nowadays, this temple is a ruin which is impressive for the eye. This temple has also served as a modal which is now located in Bangkok. Back in the days, the Wat Phra Sanphet used to be the most important temple in the whole Ayutthaya region.

Dutch sights in Thailand?
Yes indeed, there is a big Dutch monument in Thailand which is called Baan Hollanda. This house keeps the Thai-Dutch history. It has been opened since 2013 by the former queen of the Netherlands herself “Beatrix” and the Dutch government. In this building, you see the Dutch history of the VOC. You see the lifestyle of the Dutch residence during this period, how they worked and how they integrated with the Thai culture.

Exhibition of Buddhism
The Chao Sam Phraya National Museum is a museum you have to visit during your stay in Ayutthaya. This museum has many artefacts from different temples across Ayutthaya. At the first floor, you’ll see Buddha images which show you the fortune of the time they were built by the style of the images. At the second floor you’ll find many gold and wooden Buddha’s and at the third exhibits the traditional houses of Thailand.

Shopping under the locals
If you want to see true Thai culture, you must go to the Krungsri Night Market. You’ll find everything you can think of when you visit this market. The market has also plenty of traditional food choices. The food is also fresh which makes the taste of the Thai dishes only better. You’ll also hear Thai sounds the whole evening to make the Thai experience complete.

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Best things to do in Pattaya

Pattaya is a big resort city on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand. Pattaya is a mass tourism destination which is the reason that this city is modern. The city offers also hundreds of bars, cafes, and clubs which makes the nightlife major. Furthermore, the city is a multi-cultural city, so you will see a lot of different nationalities and oversee influences.

Not a fan of the beach?
You don’t have to worry when you want to cool down in Pattaya without liking the beach. You can go to Ramayana Water Park Pattaya. This waterpark is the biggest waterpark of Asia. The park has over 50 water slides and there are plenty of activities in the water which you can do, like water sports, fly boarding, and many more. There is also a relaxing big relaxing park in the park where you can take a well-deserved rest after trying all the water slides and activities.

Will you find the truth?
When you see the sanctuary of truth, you’ll see what human skill is really capable of. This shrine is a wooden that the sanctuary is fully made by only the hand worship of humans and nothing else. The sanctuary represents the understanding of Ancient Life, Human Responsibility, Basic Thought, the Cycle of Life, Life’s Relationship with Universe and a Common Goal of Life toward Utopia. The Thai residence believe that the sanctuary is the answer of the above called subjects.

Explorer the night life of Pattaya
Pattaya is famous all over the world for its nightlife. There are many different places where you can go and there is for every category a club of café. The LGBT community is also strongly supported in Pattaya and for that community are many different options within the nightlife of Pattaya. Furthermore, there are many bars and festivals which tourists can enjoy in an international environment.

Lose yourself in Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
This garden will show you different landscapes in just one day. You’ll see a different biodiversity while you’re walking through the park. The organisation of the park also held shows every day which are a feast for the eye to see and there are also plenty of restaurants in the park to have lunch or dinner during your visit.

The largest Buddha of Pattaya
When you want to go to Jomtien Beach from Pattaya, you cannot miss the 18 metres high Buddha. This is the Wat Phra Yai and this is the biggest Buddha in the whole region. The temple itself is actually a fishing village and this because of this, the temple is also visited by many locals who came to pray at the statue. The first thing you see are golden dragons when you want to enter the temple. The temple is made in 1940.

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Best things to do in Bangkok

Bangkok “the capital city of Thailand” is a city which have several great things to offer to many tourists across the world. Bangkok is well known for its cuisine, great nightlife, friendly residence who are always willing to help you even when they cannot speak another language then Thai, floating markets, authentic sights, spa’s and much more.

Visit the king in the Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is home of the king of Thailand. This palace is the biggest mark of Thailand and as a tourist, you have to see it. The Grand Palace is built in 1782 and it was the home of the king of Thailand for more than 150 years. The Grand Palace is also home to several other buildings like the Pra Ubosot which is home to the emerald Buddha. This Buddha is the most important Buddha in Thailand. During your visit, you also have to see the Phra Asadha Maha Chedi. This complex is built of 8 different towers and each of those towers refers to a different concept within the Buddhism religion.

Buying your souvenirs on a boat
Ever visited a floating market? Now is your chance. There are 3 floating markets in Bangkok which will give you a totally different experience than what you used to. The first market is the Bang Ku Wiang Market , the second market is the Tha Kha and the third market is the Damnoen Saduak. The Damnoen Saduak floating market is the biggest one of Thailand. You can buy here many souvenirs, food and drinks.

Visit China in Bangkok
Chinatown is a neighbourhood in Bangkok which is really old. This Neighbourhood was once the economic centre of Bangkok, but it has changed to a place where you can buy your supplies for the lowest prices in the whole city. Furthermore, you can have a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner for a very low price. The street is very narrow and crowded and because of this, the street is authentic to the Chinese culture. When you arrive at the train station, you’ll see the biggest golden Buddha of the world.

Party your way through the Khao San Road
After sunset, this street will become a big party street. You’ll many mobile bars which sell buckets of cocktails which you can enjoy to start the night. After you drank your bucket, you can go further and choose one of the many bars to go. Every bar has its own music genre and because of this, there is always a bar which you can enjoy.

Be amazed by the Reclining Buddha
Every first timer in Bangkok has to go to the Wat Pho. When you are at the Wat Pho you’ll see a Buddha which you have never seen before. This Buddha is called the reclining Buddha and this is one of the biggest Buddha statues. The Buddha is 46 metres long and is fully covered in leaf gold. While visiting the Wat Pho, you cannot forget to take a massage, because this temple is well-known as the centre relaxation.

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Best Things To Do in Bandung

Bandung is one of the tourist cities in Indonesia which is quite famous for its natural beauty. Its charm is so beautiful for the eye, as if it’s endless to be admired. The options for culinary tours within the city of Bandung are very wide and all tours will cover the natural and artistic sights of the city. For those of you who plan to vacation in Indonesia, Bandung can be one of your best choices.

Relaxation at the Ciater hot spring
The Ciater hot springs are the largest hot springs in West Java on the slopes of Mount Tangkuban Perahu, precisely on the edge of Jalan Raya Subang. This tourist spot is also well organized and has complete facilities thanks to its good management. The hot springs in the Ciater hot spring come from Tangkuban Perahu Mountain, with temperatures between 43 – 45 degrees Celsius. The hot water makes your body relaxed and loose the muscles after the move. . In addition to helping to relax and refresh the body, Ciater hot water is also efficacious for treating various skin diseases, nerve disorders, and even believed to be able to help the healing process of paralysis due to high blood pressure or stroke.

See oriental touches in Bandung Chinatown
Bandung Chinatown was from origin just an ordinary village inhabited by Chinese citizens living in Bandung. The village, which stands on an area of 3,000 ha, began commercializing as a tourist area in August 2017. To differentiate from some Chinatowns in Indonesia, this area has a real Chinese atmosphere and this area is shaped in such a way that tourists can really feel how it feels to be in the China. The concept of Bandung Chinatown was made in the same way as in ancient times and because of this, the city has many details in its architecture which are similar to each other. You will be able to feel nuances and atmosphere of China Town in ancient times.

Taste the delicious street food
If you always eat in a restaurant during your holiday, then it’s time to taste street food in Bandung. Like other of Indonesia, you can find plenty of food in Bandung. We recommend you to try the Pa Otong Chicken Porridge which compared to other Chicken porridge, has extra cakwe and shredded chicken. In addition, you can also try Bandung’s culinary, Batagor, short for Bakso Tahu Goreng (Fried Tofu Meatballs). This dish is made from meatballs and fried tofu which is poured with sweet and savory peanut sauce, then given sweet soy sauce and lime juice. The taste becomes even more distinctive due to its use of mackerel as its main ingredient. You have to try it.

Test the adrenaline in the Ciwidey river
Ciwidey River is a river in West Java that stretches for 20 km. This river is stored with luxury for the ones who like rafting. The rafting course is filled with beautiful views of rock formations and trees. The water is clean and the rapids are fast, so you will enjoy the rafting course which empties into the Citarum river. The course will be challenging holiday activity, because you have to be able to gain control over your rubber boat, while riding the wild and fast rapids of the Ciwidey River.

Visiting the fascinating White Crater
You can visit the White Crater in the Ciwidey area. This crater is a lake which is formed by the eruption of Mount Patuha in the 9th or 10th century. The bottom of the lake is mixed with sulfur which gives the bottom of the lake a white color while the water of the lake is green. The Ciwidey White crater is unique, due to the color changing water in the lake. The mountain which stretches almost 10 hectares wide is famous for its natural beauty. The mountain provide you of a beautiful panorama view over the greenish – white craters which are even more beautiful in the thin mist combined with the beautiful nature surrounding the area. This area has an romantic atmosphere, due to the wonders of nature.

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Best things to do in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai “the capital of the province Chiang Mai” is the second most popular city in Thailand. Chiang Mai is a city which is very big, but the city has a laid back atmosphere. The city is located in the north and it has various activities which you can do during your stay in Chiang Mai. You can go to the city centre to enjoy the art which the city has to offer, live music which is played in all of the streets, or you can travel through the surrounding area.

Interact with elephants
The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Chiang Mai sanctuary is one of the first sanctuary’s for elephants to live in good circumstances. This sanctuary function as a retirement and care home for elephants which are used as a touristic attraction. People can interact with the elephants by bathing them. Due to the health state of the elephants, it’s strictly forbidden to ride at the back of the elephants.

Explorer the famous half-built temple
One of the biggest tourist attractions is the Wat Chedi Luang. This is one of the most popular temples in Thailand which is visited by many tourists from all across the world. This temple has been destroyed by an earthquake which is why the temple still isn’t rebuilt to its former glory. UNESCO (the renovators of the temple) quitted the restauration of the temple, because there is no example how the temple has to be rebuilt.

Enjoy the view over Chang Mai
When you go to the north west of Chang Rai, you’ll arrive at the Doi Suthep. Here, you’ll have a view over the province of the whole city of Chang Mai. The Doi Suthep is also home to one of the most visited. This is the forest area of 162 square metres and this forest is the 24th national park of Thailand. At the top of the mountain, you’ll find the Wat Prha That Doi Suthep. This place is a spiritual favourite of locals and foreigners.

Zip lining through the forest
Glide with a speed of 40 km/h through the forest and see all the flora and fauna just within a few minutes. Feel the rush of adrenaline through your whole body while making fast turns through the forest. If you’re really adventurous, you should try out the zip lines in the forest. You’ll have the feeling that you’re flying while you are going through all the green trees.

Do you have a long neck
If you go to Padung, you’ll meet the Long Necks. The name of the tribe already explains why this village is a must see under many tourists. The women of the tribe wear rings around their neck which let their necks grow till a height you thought it’s not possible. If you want to enter the village you have to be respectful for the tribe and if you want, you can also show your respect by buying a souvenir, but this is not required if you want to visit the tribe.

 

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Best Things To Do in Phuket

Phuket the biggest island of Thailand and this island is also a province of the country. The island has beautiful beaches at the west side of the island where tourists can enjoy the sun and relax during their holiday. The east of Phuket is full of mangroves where you experience total different landscapes then the rest of the island. The north coast of the island has many rocky cliffs which will help you to make the most beautiful pictures. Phuket also has a very active nightlife scene in all over the island, but you’ll the most active night life in Soi Banglan. When you go land inwards, you’ll see a jungle landscape which includes high mountains and waterfalls.

Feel the Las Vegas atmosphere in Phuket
You can go to the biggest show of the island; Fantasea. This show functions as a theme park where you can play games, watch big shows, have dinner in the 4000 seat restaurant where you can have traditional Thai food and many more. The main event is still the big theatre with animals which are waiting to show their poses and skills to the audience. There are also 70-minute acrobatic shows which will blow you away.

Enjoy your day at the beach
Phuket offers several which tourists enjoy their time during their holiday. Kata Beach is a well-known beach under many tourists. This beach is ideal for snorkelling during the high season and during the low season, this beach is perfect for surfing. Freedom Beach is a quiet beach where people can enjoy their day without mass tourism. This beach has white sand which is said to be the finest sand of the whole island. Patong Beach is one of the most popular beaches of Phuket. The beach includes nice soft sand, hotels, bars and restaurants.

Parties all around Bangla Road
Phuket is the place to be for nightlife. People from all across the world visit Phuket for its famous nightlife. If you want an unforgettable night out, you have go to the Bangla Road in Patong Beach. This is a road of 400 metres long which is filled with bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs. Mostly of the time, this street is the first and last stop for any tourist.

Feel the spiritual energy of Wat Phra Yai
When you climb up to the top of Khao Nak Koet, you’ll see the Wat Phra Yai which is well known under the name “de big Buddha”. This Buddha is 45 metres tall and is admired by both locals and tourists. Not only, you can see the big Buddha at the top of the mountain, but you’ll also have a beautiful view all over the island of Phuket. You see a tiny Phuket Town and small Karon beaches from the top.

Replay the James Bond movie
When you travel to James Bond island, you’ll see the famous set of the James Bond movie “The Man With The Golden Gun”. The best way to see the James Bond island is to go near by boat. People are not allowed to enter the island, because it’s protected by UNESCO. The bay called Phang Nga Bay also famous for its cliff which appears to fall. The beach itself is surrounded by emerald green water which is beautiful for the eye.

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Best things to do in Bali

Bali is a paradise for tourists, because of its natural charms which are amazing for the eye. One of the favorite destinations of Indonesians and all over the world offers enchanting natural beauty and makes anyone fall in love with the island. The amount of excursions will certainly fill your holiday with a lot of activities. Here are our recommendations of activities you can do during your Holiday in Bali that you don’t want to miss.

Relax on Kuta beach
The beauty of Bali’s beaches has been recognized all over the world, and Kuta is one of the beaches that is famous for its beauty. Tourists who are celebrate their holiday in Bali will surely spend a lot of time at the beautiful beaches of Kuta. The beach of Kuta is well known for its wide beaches with white sand. You can bask under the gentle warm sun while enjoying a glass of fresh drinks, or learn to surf on the waves of Kuta beach which are not too big. That’s why Kuta beach suitable for newbie surfers. Kuta beach is also the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful sunset at the beginning of your evening.

Relaxation at the spa in Ubud
Ubud is famous as a traditional tourist attraction in Bali, due to its location between rice fields, forests and surrounding mountain cliffs that makes the landscape an amazing sight to see. You can enjoy the natural beauty of Ubud while pampering yourself in a spa that refreshes the mind, body and soul. The surrounding area where the spas are located are filled with exotic forest which will prevents you of fresh air. The spa’s in Ubud are also supported by expert therapists who will refresh your body with aromatic massage including distinctive essential oils.

Enjoy water sports in Benoa
Many people think about water sports when they are thinking about Benoa. This place is a paradise for water sports, because there are a lot of water sports activities which you can do, like gliding in a banana boat, parasailing, jet skiing, fly fishing, and excursions to the turtle island. Feel the excitement of sitting on a rubber boat that sways crashing waves or flying using a parachute pulled by a boat that runs above sea level. In addition, you can also see the beautiful underwater scenery and interact with several species of fish encountered.

Enjoy a delicious dinner at Jimbaran
Visiting the beach is incomplete if you don’t taste seafood, and the best choice for enjoying it is in Jimbaran. Have a taste of delicious seafood with a view of big waves which will provide you from an experience which you will never forget. The atmosphere during your dinner will become more romantic due to the sparkling candle light on your table and a sky full of stars. Furthermore, there are also acoustic bands which will play relaxing music. Enjoy the delicious appetizing grilled shrimp, flour fried squid that has a crispy texture, grilled scallops with special spices, and other exotic foods.

Stimulate adrenaline by rafting on the Ayung River
The Ayung river is the longest river in Bali with its length of 62.5 km. The river ends in Sanur. The Ayung river has enough rapids which are suitable for beginners. With a course of 12km, your adrenaline is going up due to the excitement of rafting which will test your guts. Along the road, you will also pass a fresh waterfall. Another attraction of rafting course on the Ayung river is the relief sculpture of the Ramayana story along 1 km of the river wall. After arriving at the end of the course, you can rest for a while and then continue to enjoy a filling lunch.