Thailand bid to attract tourists


Twenty-four travel agents and hotels will be taking part in this year's Arabian Travel Market in Dubai under the banner of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand, a state-run entity, aims to capitalise on the value of "Amazing Thailand" by promoting the country as a world class holiday destination.

Several new destinations and niche products will be in spotlight at this year's ATM.

New destinations:

Prachuab Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi - To the south of Bangkok, this stretch of coastal mainland has always been a favourite haunt for private relaxation with pristine beaches and warm, tropical waters to languish in.

Krabi, Trang, Satun, Phattalung - The stunning jade green islands and azure blue covers of the southwest coast of Thailand offer countless opportunities for the livelier traveller, who is looking for fun and adventure.

Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Ubon Ratchathani - At the centre of Thai civilisation, these areas abound with ancient ruins where you can chance upon lively festivals and celebrations from traditional cultures around just about every corner.

New attractions:

Healing Arts - Thailand is a destination for healing the mind and body.

Meditation is a journey into spiritual relaxation.

Thai massage, yoga, T'ai-chi, Qi gong and other reflective therapies are practised by young and old alike. Watch the graceful movements in open spaces at dawn, or participate yourself and feel yesterday's worries disappear.

Spa : Spa retreats in the kingdom have been elected as some of the best in the world.

Spa treatments use natural secret recipes and ancient therapies to cure tension and pain and soothe the inner spirit.

Golf : Courses around Thailand have been created by golfing professionals to sharpen all levels of driving, chipping and putting skills.

Soft adventures : Along the coastal landscape, diving under the cool turquoise ocean depths reveals the secrets of the coral reefs.

Discover Thailand at booth no.1820, Hall Asia/ Africa (Hall 6).