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Will a $16 Fee to Get Into Thailand Bring Classier Tourists?

Will a $16 Fee to Get Into Thailand Bring Classier Tourists? Oct 22nd, 2013 at 4:00PM: Siim Teller, Flickr Tourists to Thailand may soon be charged an entrance fee of 500 baht. That comes out to about $16, not really overkill for getting into a country that's full of street markets, pad Thai and full moon parties, now is it? The proposed entry fee is backed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Ministry of Public Health and the Royal Thai Police, and the collected fees...

Strange Laws That Can Get You Locked Up Abroad

Strange Laws That Can Get You Locked Up Abroad Aug 28th, 2013 at 12:07PM: F Delventhal, Flickr Getting arrested is probably far down the list of most people's travel concerns. After all, we're usually focused on checking museums and monuments off our bucket list -- not engaging in illicit activity. But seemingly innocuous behavior can get you into trouble in many parts of the world, including things like wearing bikinis and chewing gum. The British Foreign Office has...

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...

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...

Travel Tool: Interactive World Heritage Site Map

Travel Tool: Interactive World Heritage Site Map Apr 7th, 2013 at 12:00PM: When it comes to planning my next trip, a pretty photo only inspires me half as much as a good map. I'm particularly partial to UNESCO's interactive World Heritage List map, which I spend more time clicking on than I'd care to admit. The map identifies the List's 962 properties across the globe and provides information about each, including an array of photos for those who need the...

Video Of The Day: 10 Days In Thailand

Feb 27th, 2013 at 5:00PM: "Ten Days in Thailand" from fredparis11 on Vimeo. This video of Thailand is gorgeous. Chronicling ten days spent in the country, filmmaker Fred Albrecht captures his moments spent in Thailand with precise beauty. It seems as though each shot could suffice as a telling photo on its own – a characteristic that truly distinguishes the best films from the rest. If you need a relaxing...

US State Department Funds Thai Monument Restoration

US State Department Funds Thai Monument Restoration Feb 16th, 2013 at 12:00PM: The United States State Department's Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation recently bestowed a $131,800 grant to the World Monuments Fund for restoration work at Wat Chaiwatthanaram, a historic Buddhist temple in Ayutthaya, Thailand. According to WMF President Bonnie Burnham, "Support from the State Department's Ambassadors Fund will assist the Thai Department of Fine Arts with continuing...

Traveling Couple Hits 20 Countries In 312 Days On 3 Minutes Of Video

Feb 5th, 2013 at 4:00PM: In a quest to tackle 30 must-have travel experiences before they turn 30, career breakers Gerard & Kieu of GQ trippin traveled 108,371 kilometers (67,338 miles) in 312 days through 20 countries for one adventure of a lifetime. Shooting 1,266 videos along the way, the traveling couple ended up with 11 hours of video but has reduced it and their entire year of travel to just three...

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: Mango With Sticky Rice In Thailand

Photo Of The Day: Mango With Sticky Rice In Thailand Jan 27th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Mango with sticky rice is a classic dessert on Thai restaurant menus in the United States, but it certainly doesn't beat buying it off of a food cart in Thailand. Today's Photo of the Day comes to us from Flickr user LadyExpat who snapped this mouthwatering photo of mangos ready to be served up in the iconic dish. Don't have a Thailand trip in the near future? Sticky rice is an excellent...

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...

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...

Tim Leffel On The World's 21 Cheapest Countries

Tim Leffel On The World's 21 Cheapest Countries Dec 12th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Tim Leffel's mission is to help skinflints like me find travel destinations they can afford. He traveled around the world on a shoestring with his wife three times and decided to write a book about the world's cheapest countries after realizing that there was no single resource out there for travelers looking for bargain destinations. The fourth edition of his book, "The World's Cheapest...

Video Of The Day: Take A Walk Around The World

Dec 3rd, 2012 at 5:00PM: Planes, trains and automobiles are what first come to mind when most people think of the act of traveling. But really, some of the best people and experiences are discovered by simply walking. This fun video, created by filmmakers Kerrin Sheldon and Gaston Blanchet, takes viewers on a long walk through 12 different – including India, Thailand, the Philippines and Japan. The pair made...

Powerball Winner Travel Options

Powerball Winner Travel Options Nov 26th, 2012 at 3:00PM: The nation's multi-state Powerball lottery is up to $425 million for Wednesday night's drawing, the largest jackpot ever. Would-be winners have dreams of financial freedom, never working again for the rest of their lives and more. Odds are, travel may be one of the options the big winner will choose. With a cash value of $278 million, that's a lot of travel. But just what will $278 million buy?...

Thailand's Naga Fireball Festival

Thailand's Naga Fireball Festival Nov 18th, 2012 at 1:00PM: "Do you believe in the Naga?" the hotel receptionist asks me as I checked in to my room in Udon Thani, Thailand. "I don't know," I reply. "I've never seen one. Do you?" "Oh yes!" She says, and the clerk behind her nods as well. Across Asia, the Naga is a mythical serpent-like creature. It plays a role as a snake in the Mahabarata, takes the form of a dragon in China, and in northern...

Off-Course Airplane Gets Shot At By Cambodian Troops

Off-Course Airplane Gets Shot At By Cambodian Troops Jul 15th, 2012 at 9:00AM: And most people get jumpy when their flight hits turbulence. Passengers of a Bangkok Airways airplane were in for a unnerving surprise when Cambodian troops opened fire at the them. The airplane was supposed to land in Siem Reap Airport; however, due to bad weather, the plane was forced to fly off course. The shooting was a misunderstanding, as troops believed the passenger airliner to be a spy...

Blowfish Poisoning Suspected As Cause Of Canadian Sisters' Deaths In Thailand

Blowfish Poisoning Suspected As Cause Of Canadian Sisters' Deaths In Thailand Jun 19th, 2012 at 2:00PM: In a recent tragedy, two Canadian sisters were found dead in their hotel room on the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand. Discovered on June 15 by the Phi Phi Palm Residence Hotel's maid, Audrey and Noemi Belanger, 20 and 26, are suspected to have died from severe food poisoning, most likely from blowfish or poisonous mushrooms. "There was a lot of vomit in the room, and both bodies showed similar...

Thailand Moves From Squat To Western-Style Toilets

Thailand Moves From Squat To Western-Style Toilets Jun 17th, 2012 at 3:00PM: For tourists who live in fear of having to use the toilet while touring Thailand, the country has announced official plans to switch over to Western-style facilities. While the goal of the transition is to help the country's aging population, the new toilets will no doubt help tourism, as many Westerners find it hard to navigate the in-ground head. The toilets, which are basically holes in the...

The Best Island Photos From Instagram

The Best Island Photos From Instagram May 14th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Instagram frequently leaves me with a serious case of travel envy, particularly when my dashboard is filled with photos of islands. There they are: fringed with palms, festooned with colorful fishing fleets and bathed in the gold-pink light of sunset. Then come the rocky, overgrown and uninhabited islands, which poke out of the sea just for a photo op. Do they go back to sleep underwater when no...

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