According to Thailand-Weather.com, the peak tourist season for Bangkok is October through February. These are the driest months of the year and are also the months just preceding the hottest months of the year.
There seemed to be less tourists compared to past years who participated in this year’s Wan Lai (extended Songkran for Pattaya) festival in Naklua. Vendors anticipate large crowds buying food and merchandise, which generate a lot of revenue for the Naklua community.
Beach Road partiers already have started splashing water at others, a week ahead of the April 17-19 time period scheduled for “Wan Lai” water throwing. The Thai and foreign tourists brought water spraying guns, water tanks and rubber tubes to splash water joyfully.
Pattaya police said the month-long crime crackdown appears to be helping reduce crime so far. The crackdown resulted after several crimes against Russian tourists. There will be extra police checkpoints and increased vigilance by officers until the crackdown ends on Feb. 7.
The traditional Christmas tree lighting in Bali Hai cape kicks off the week-long countdown to the 2013 New Year. Fireworks, nightly free entertainment, and vendors all along Beach Road and Bali Hai pier will be accommodating the hordes of partying tourists and residents in one of the most festive places in Thailand.
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Pattaya city officials have begun planning for the two-day International Fireworks Fair 2012, which will be held November 30-December 1. The annual festivities will honor the birthday of H.M. King, as well as promote tourism.
A Thai businessman is investing more than 30 million THB to start up a new airline at Udon Thani airport. He has purchased a 10-seat Piper aircraft for chartered domestic flights. His goal is to eventually make Udon Thani airport a major hub of flights in the area.
Solar Air airlines will add new routes from U-Taphao airport to Siemreab and Chumphon airports beginning November 9. The new routes are partly in anticipation of increased tourism business from the ASEAN Economic Community pact in the year 2015. The new flights will be offered four days a week.
Local Rayong officials tried to calm an angry gathering of Rayong residents worried about the impending closing of the bridge to the Koh Samet island dock. Construction on the new bridge was halted because the builder did not have required legal permits.
Rayong residents and tourism businesses to Koh Samet island may be hurting from the abrupt November 1 closing of the Koh Samet port bridge for safety reasons. Construction of a replacement bridge was stalled because the builders lacked required permits.
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The Royal Thai Police announced new security measures, after an Israeli tourist was nearly raped by a Burmese immigrant during a Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan Island. The preventive measures will be centered around tourist areas in Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Surat Thani.
Besides more CCTVs on Walking Street, Pattaya should pave more roads and clean up the city to attract more tourists, said participants at a meeting of the Pattaya Businessmen and Tourism Association. They expect Pattaya tourism to increase from 5 to10 million visitors within 10 years.
Chonburi holds Buffaloes racing, seven days seven nights, sure that there will be more than 10,000,000 tourists visit Chonburi.
This year’s “Bangsaen Retro Festival 2012” will bring everyone back to their swinging “disco” days in 80s, and fill the retro air with fancy dancing and fun activities. The event is being held Oct. 5-6, from 5 p.m. to midnight.
Tab Lan national park officials are urging tourists to avoid staying in more than 70 resorts and guest houses that are encroaching on park land. Land surveys have revealed more than 100 commercial establishments and dwellings have overstepped boundaries and were built on park land.
The World Palm Association had its international meeting in Thailand for the second time at Pattaya’s Nong Nooch Tropical Garden. More than 30 member countries praised Thailand as having the best and the biggest palm park in the world, with an unmatched variety of hard-to-find breeds.
Several Pattaya jet ski operators were found in violation of the new jet ski rules during a random check by officials on Pattaya Beach. They were ordered to fix the violations. Officials will be making weekly random checks of Pattaya and Jomtien beaches to monitor jet ski operators to curb tourist rip-offs.
On September 28, an opening ceremony will officially designate Pattaya’s Walking Street as a “Safety Zone” to assure the safety of tourists and residents alike. Improvements will include more surveillance cameras and police patrolling the area.