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Demonstrations in Thailand? No Problem, Travelers Say.

Demonstrations in Thailand? No Problem, Travelers Say. Dec 2nd, 2013 at 11:26AM: Shutterstock The political protests currently taking place in parts of Bangkok don't seem to be affecting travel to and within Thailand. And that should be no surprise. Despite events -- a coup, floods and protests that closed an airport among them -- that have rocked the country in recent years, travelers remain unfazed about visiting Thailand. Quartz reports: Not only are tourists still...

Welcome To The Jungle: Thailand's Khao Yai National Park

Welcome To The Jungle: Thailand's Khao Yai National Park Jul 15th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Adam Hodge, Gadling I was 12 years old when I discovered the jungle wasn't for me, and I hadn't even been to one yet. It was "Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World" that did it for me. Enthralled though I was by the idea of a Professor Challenger-esque expeditionary jaunt into unchartered territory, I was quite perturbed by some scenes in the movie. Even when you took away the dinosaurs, the...

Photo Of The Day: Spot Of White

Photo Of The Day: Spot Of White May 11th, 2013 at 5:00PM: This interesting Photo of the Day, titled "Spot of White," comes from Gadling Flickr pool member Mark Fischer and was captured in Bangkok's Siam Square using a Nikon D90. Mark captions the image: "On Sunday, May 8th, 2011, an estimated 100,000 people attended a ceremony to give alms to 12,600 monks in front of CentralWorld in downtown Bangkok. Almsgiving is a daily event in Thailand and is a...

Flight Attendants Sit In For 40-Minute Pilot Break

Flight Attendants Sit In For 40-Minute Pilot Break May 3rd, 2013 at 12:00PM: Two Air India pilots have come under fire after they took a 40-minute break from the cockpit and asked flight attendants to sit in for them. Their stunt almost ended in disaster when one of the flight attendants accidentally turned off autopilot, endangering the lives of the 166 passengers on board, The Mumbai Mirror is reporting. According to the news outlet, the plane was 30 minutes into a...

Thailand Wants To Be The World's Most Popular Golf Destination

Thailand Wants To Be The World's Most Popular Golf Destination Apr 27th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Thoughts of Thailand may bring images of red shirts and yellow shirts, the temples of Bangkok or swimming with elephants. But what about golf? Thailand has hundreds of golf courses and wants the world to know about them. Starting May 1, 2013, Golf In A Kingdom kicks off, showcasing 12 of Thailand's 260+ courses and resorts to promote the land of smiles as a major force in golf tourism. "Golf...

Photo Of The Day: A Golden Thai Temple

Photo Of The Day: A Golden Thai Temple Apr 26th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Buddhist temples in Thailand are unlike any other in the world. They are intricate, colorful and laden with gold. Mark Fischer took this amazing shot of Wat Pho in Bangkok, putting the golden chedi spires in stark contrast with the night sky. There are dozens of major temples throughout Bangkok, not to mention the spectacular temples throughout the rest of Thailand, such as the amazingly pure...

Better Know A Holiday: Songkran

Better Know A Holiday: Songkran Apr 15th, 2013 at 9:00AM: AKA: Thai New Year, Water Festival, Pi Mai (Laos), Chaul Chnam Thmey (Cambodia), Thingyan (Myanmar), Water-Splashing Festival (Chinese Dai minority) When? April 13 to 15 officially, though celebrations may last longer Public holiday in: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar Who died? Nobody. Reason for celebration, then? The sun has begun its northward journey into the constellation of...

Photo Of The Day: Venice Of The East

Photo Of The Day: Venice Of The East Jan 31st, 2013 at 6:00PM: In travel media, we hear a lot of city comparisons: Ljubljana is the new Prague. Shanghai aims to be the Paris of the East. Looking at today's Photo of the Day, you'll think, "Wow, that looks like Venice. But in the East!" Taken by Flickr user Ver Argulla in western Thailand, the photo shows the floating market of Damnoen Saduak. Its proximity to Bangkok has made it a big tourist attraction, and...

Photo Of The Day: Sunrise, Hua Hin Beach

Photo Of The Day: Sunrise, Hua Hin Beach Jan 19th, 2013 at 5:00PM: This Photo of the Day is for anyone already tired of winter and looking forward to spring. Titled "Sunrise, Hua Hin Beach" the photo comes from Gadling Flickr pool member Nancie (Ladyexpat) and is part of a set of 27 images captured earlier this month. Hua Hin is a popular Thailand seaside beach resort about 200 km south of Bangkok. Upload your best shots to the Gadling Group Pool on...

Illegal Ivory Trade Surged To Highest Level Ever In 2011

Illegal Ivory Trade Surged To Highest Level Ever In 2011 Jan 6th, 2013 at 9:00AM: A new report from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) indicates that the illegal ivory trade has risen to its highest point in two decades following a sharp upturn in seizure of large shipments of the elephant tusks in recent years. The same report says that 2011 was the worst year on record with a "major surge" in the illegal trafficking of ivory. The full...

Bangkok Taxi Drivers Will Be Nice Now, Promise

Bangkok Taxi Drivers Will Be Nice Now, Promise Jan 3rd, 2013 at 1:00PM: Bangkok's taxi drivers are a picky bunch. In the past, tell a Bangkok taxi driver that you want to go someplace they don't like and they simply refused to go there. Giving taxi drivers, in general, a bad name, passengers often were over charged when it came time to pay the fare too. Now, thousands of Bangkok taxi drivers have pledged not to refuse service to passengers in a campaign aimed to...

Photo Of The Day: Bangkok Motorcycles

Photo Of The Day: Bangkok Motorcycles Jul 1st, 2012 at 6:00PM: If there's one sound I remember from my travels in Southeast Asia, it's the motorcycles. The insistent motorized whine of these two-wheeled bikes is audible everywhere you turn, from Hanoi to Bangkok. Today's photo, taken by Flickr user halvora, is a great visual reminder of one of the most iconic images of Southeast Asia. Taken in Bangkok, the black and white image, dashed road lanes and...

Stunning Aerial Shots Of Cities From Around The World

Stunning Aerial Shots Of Cities From Around The World Jun 25th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Experiencing an unknown city is always exciting. That's the great thing about travel – it allows you to try new things and explore new places. While wandering through a city on the ground is interesting, it's also worthwhile to see a destination from a unique perspective you normally wouldn't get to view. Below, you'll find beautiful aerial shots taken above some of your favorite cities....

Museum Month: JEATH War Museum, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Museum Month: JEATH War Museum, Kanchanaburi, Thailand May 14th, 2012 at 1:00PM: History has never been my favorite subject, but once I began traveling in earnest, I discovered something. If I visited a destination, I usually became obsessed with its history or indigenous peoples. Unfortunately, I didn't discover this in time to save the downward trajectory of my GPA when I was a student, but it's made me sound infinitely more worldly in daily life. I found the JEATH War...

7 Great Hotels Where You Can Cook Like a Local

7 Great Hotels Where You Can Cook Like a Local Apr 28th, 2012 at 12:00PM: One of the best parts about a vacation? The food. We love trying local delicacies and adding to our recipe books with tips and techniques learned from our travels. Immerse yourself in native cuisine with these seven great cooking experiences that combine luxury travel with fun, hands-on cooking classes. Time to Thai in Bangkok Learn traditional Thai cooking in Bangkok at Lebua. You'll cook a...

Guide to wine tasting in Thailand

Guide to wine tasting in Thailand Jan 26th, 2012 at 12:00PM: While Thailand isn't typically thought of as a destination for wine-lovers, there are actually various opportunities in the country to experience vineyards, wineries, and tastings. Whether you want to explore a Thai vineyard on the back of an elephant, try a one-of-a-kind local wine, or have a sommelier guide you through a 10-course wine pairing under a candle jungle waterfall, you can use this...

Photo of the Day - Aquarium visitors

Photo of the Day - Aquarium visitors Dec 11th, 2011 at 8:00PM: Aquariums rock. Anytime you put humans in front of a giant tank of water filled with marine life, the effect is typically the same: profound amazement. Children (and even adults) will stop and stare, jaws will drop and heartbeats will calm. The best aquarium photos, like this one by Flickr user halvora at the Bangkok Aquarium, are able to capture those little moments of epiphany and calm that...

Video of The Day: Bangkok featured in skate video

Nov 2nd, 2011 at 5:00PM: I just saw beautiful images of Bangkok in a, what turned out to be, surprising skate video. BillabongASIA's Geng Jakkarin is profiled in this video titled "I Skate Because". And while Jakkarin's story is moving and his skate tricks are, well, sick, I couldn't help but fixate on the Bangkok sights and scenes within the short film. The video starts off with a shot of a painted train over a track...

Eight interesting facts about North Korea's airline

Eight interesting facts about North Korea's airline Aug 3rd, 2011 at 8:00AM: What do you know about Air Koryo? Probably not much. The state-run airline for North Korea, it's the only realistic way you can fly into the country, unless you have some sort of crazy commando resources at your disposal. Of course, there's a lot you have to do before booking your ticket, and getting a visa can be quite difficult for Americans and other westerners. If you do make it through...

Thai country music at Bangkok market

Jul 7th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Have I ever been to Thailand? Nope. Would I drop everything to go tomorrow if I could? Yep. In fact, maybe I'll head there tomorrow. Thailand's culture has always fascinated me and photos of the country have always drawn me in. But it appears as though the United States' culture might have perhaps magnetized some Thai residents. Check out this video, taken at the Chatuchak Market in Bangkok,...

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