On 1 December 2015, The Royal Thai Embassy in Mexico City organized the Bike for Dad bicycle ride in honor of His Majesty the King between 11.00-13.00 hrs. at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the largest and one of the oldest universities in Latin America, which has been inscribed as a world heritage by UNESCO.

Approximately 80 participants consisting of the Thai community and Mexican friends attended the ridearound the campus and vicinity which lasted 3 kilometers.

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced another step in elevating ‘Discover Thainess’ to the next level, as the Tuk-Tuk, one of Thailand’s most iconic and playful symbols, will take centre stage at Miss Universe 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Representing a new dimension of modern-day Thailand, the promotion of the beloved three-wheel auto rickshaw is designed to help boost the kingdom’s image, while underlining the charm of the Thai hospitality and tourism industry among millions of viewers of the world’s biggest beauty pageant.

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The Colors of Doi Tung Festival is returning to transform the mountains of Doi Tung into the highest elevated walking street in Thailand at 1,000 metres above sea level, filled with shops, food, arts and entertainments every weekend from 28 November 2015 to 31 January 2016, as well as on 5 December 2015 and during the entire week of 26 December 2015 to 3 January 2016.

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One of the most picturesque festivals in Bangkok is the evening of Loy Krathong, when people gather around lakes, rivers and canals to pay respects to the goddess of water by releasing beautiful lotus shaped rafts, decorated with candles, incense and flowers onto the water.

Every year, Loy Krathong falls on the night of the twelfth lunar month (usually in November), at the end of the rainy season when the full-moon lights up the sky. The sight of thousands of Krathongs, their flickering candles sending a thousand pinpoints of light far into the horizon is a truly magical site, and there are plenty of places in Bangkok where you can get involved with the festivities. 

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Each of the Buddha’s long, tapered fingers is the size of a man. They rest on his gigantic right knee, close to the temple floor, while his other hand lies upturned on his lap. His face is beatific, his ear lobes dangling almost to his chin. Two Thai visitors enter the walled shrine and kneel before the vast deity. One lights the end of an incense stick and bends low to the ground in prayer. The other places a small square of gold leaf on the Buddha’s index finger, glittering in the late afternoon sunlight. The great fingertip is now almost entirely covered in gold, thanks to legions of pilgrims who have visited this place: the ancient temple site of Wat Si Chum, in the ruined city of Sukhothai.

 

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Siam Park City, an amusement and water park located in the outskirt of Bangkok, in cooperation with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, is organising the ASEAN Lantern Festival from 19 November, this year, to 22 February, next year.

 

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H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, reiterated plans to position Thailand as a Quality Leisure Destination through Thainess at the Thailand Networking Lunch for buyers, invited delegates and media, held on 2 November, the first day of the World Travel Market (WTM) 2015.

 

 

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Morning arrives slowly in the hill tribe villages of the north. It takes a little time for the sun to gather enough strength to burn through the mist that rises up from the teak forests and hangs over the mountains. But as it clears, the Palong tribe awakens. Men and women emerge from their one-storey stilt homes that are clustered beside the quiet river that threads its way down from the mountain. A group of men enjoy a chat and a cigarette before heading to work on the rice terraces, while women sit shaking trays of corn to separate the grain from the chaff. Children mess around on rusty bikes, avoiding flocks of chicks that peck at any fallen kernels on the ground.

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The Palong live in Pang Daeng Nai, in the low, forested hills that lie 50 miles to the north of Chiang Mai, and they are just one of more than 20 hill tribes who call the jungles of northern Thailand home – from the shamanistic Hmong people to the Lisu, laden with chains of silver. These peoples now live in hundreds of villages throughout the hills, but have traditionally belonged to no nation, in a similar way to gypsy travellers in Europe. Nomadic tribes, each with their own distinct culture, they have spent the past two centuries moving through China, India and Burma, chased by war or searching for new lands to farm, before finally settling in Thailand. Their decision to stop here is unsurprising: the land is fertile, abundant with banana plants, mango trees and vines of passion fruit, and bamboo grows fast and strong.

 Kum Jongtan is the founder of this village and led his people here after war forced them out of Burma. He sits barefoot on the floor of his wooden house, beneath framed pictures of Buddhist monks, his teeth black from chewing the betel nut that is the traditional caffeine-like pick-me-up amongst the tribes. ‘We walked through the jungle for 10 days and 10 nights until we found this place,’ he recalls. ‘At first there were only 11 families, and we drew lots for where we would build our houses.’

 Three decades later, the village has grown exponentially, and it now offers homestays so that visitors can meet hill tribe people, or go trekking in the mountains. Kum is glad that his tribe’s nomadic days are over – Thailand has become too built up, he says, and there is no more land to move into. ‘But Thailand is a good place to live. There is peace and there’s no need to keep moving.’

 Across the road from Kum’s house, a woman named Fon Por-Tow sits on her porch, dressed in tribal finery – a startlingly bright purple and pink velvet jacket, adorned with silver coins. She pulls some purple wool from her homemade loom and begins to weave, an intricate dance of fingers and thumbs. She is making a shoulder bag, decorated with patterns that bear traces of previous generations’ travels through India and Burma. The Palong’s distinctive colours were once made using natural dyes provided by the jungle, such as the purple skin of the mangosteen fruit, but now, she says, she buys chemical dyes in Chiang Mai: it’s easier, and the colours are more vivid. In the heart of the jungle, it’s a sign of how the modern world is creeping in, but the loom still rattles as it has for generations and the people retain their traditions along with their deeply cherished independence.

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ights from hundreds of candles twinkle on the water. Each one carries prayers and wishes sent off to float down rivers and streams. Celebrate Loy Krathong with your family to create lasting memories of your wonderful trip to Thailand.

Loy Krathong is one of Thailand’s most important holidays. As the exact date of the holiday is determined by the Thai lunar calendar, the date is different each year. The holiday normally falls in November and festival and parade days differ slightly from city to city. (Loy Krathong vies for the title of most important Thai holiday festival with Songkran, which is held in April.)

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NOTICE

New Visa Rules and Fees

Starting from 13 November 2015, the following changes will apply:

The following new rules will apply to visa applications which are submitted to the Embassy starting from 13 November. They will not affect those who submit their visa application before 13 November, regardless of their date of arrival in Thailand.

1. RATE

SERVICE

TYPE

NEW PRICE (USD)

VISA

Transit

30

Tourist (one entry)

35

Tourist (multiple entries, valid for 6 months)

170

No-Inmigrante (one entry)

70

No-Inmigrante (multiple entries, valid for 1 year)

170

LEGALIZATION

Legalization

15

PASSPORT

Electronic Passport (หนังสือเดินทางอิเลกทรอนิกส์ อายุการใช้งาน 5 ปี)

35

Temporary Passport (หนังสือเดินทางชั่วคราว อายุการใช้งาน 1 ปี)

10

2. TOURIST VISA

Starting from 13 November 2015, there will no longer be tourist visa with two or three entries. There will only be two types of tourist visa as follows:

$11.     TOURIST VISA WITH ONE ENTRY

Price: 35 USD

Validity of Visa: 3 months from the date of issue

Period of Stay: Not exceeding 60 days from date of arrival

$12.     TOURIST VISA WITH MULTIPLE ENTRIES

Price: 170 USD

Validity of Visa: 6 months from the date of issue

Period of Stay: Not exceeding 60 days per entry

Additional requirements:

$11)      Bank statement with a balance not less than 100,000 MXN

$12)      Employment letter indicating your position at work

$13)      Hotel reservations at least for the first entry

IMPORTANT!

Tourists who plan to enter Thailand two or three times but do not wish to apply for tourist visa with multiple entries, can follow these steps:

$1(1)    Request Tourist Visa with one entry at the Royal Thai Embassy in Mexico or at the Honorary Consulates in Monterrey or Guadalajara.

$1(2)    At the time of your first departure from Thailand, request a Re-Entry Permit at the counter of Thai immigration at the airport, port, or border, with the following supporting documents:

$11)      Original and copy of your passport

$12)      A 4x6 cm photograph.

$13)      Price:  1,000 Bahts for the Re-Entry Permit with one entry, or

            3,800 Bahts for the Re-Entry Permit with multiple entries.

For more information, please visit: www.thailatinamercia.net/mexico

Preparation for a nationwide cultural phenomenon in the ninth lunar month in the Chinese calendar is now underway. Thailand – home to the largest overseas Chinese community in the world – plans to celebrate the Vegetarian Festival with specially prepared delicacies, grand processions of Chinese deities, and spectacular displays of spiritual beliefs, from 13-21 October, 2015, nationwide.

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Following the incident of violence on 17 August 2015 in Bangkok, the Thai Government expresses its sincerest condolences to the families of the victims.

Statement by the Prime Minister of Thailand:

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is organising a special event to strengthen the recognition of Thai silk and to honour Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s continuous contributions to the conservation, development, and promotion of a wide variety of Thai silk to international awareness.

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As part of the 40th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Thailand and Mexico, the Royal Thai Embassy, in collaboration withthe Mexico City Government, will display to the Mexican public a photo exhibition entitled "The Enchantment of Thailand: a Mexican View of the Land of Smiles". For three weeks, from 3 August to 21 August 2015, Alameda Central in Mexico City will host the work of Mexican photographer Juan San Juan Rebollar that was captured ​​while travelling across Thailand.

 

This stunning photographic collection will allow the Mexican public to take a brief tour through Thailand and learn, through Juan San Juan’s lenses, about the Thai people, their culture, history, traditions, and lifestyle.

 

Place and date: Alameda Central de la Ciudad de México, 3-21 August 2015

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Thailand Embassy in Mexico

Adress: Paseo de las Palmas No.1610 Lomas de Chapultepec México D.F. 11000
Email: thaimex@prodigy.net.mx
Phone: (+52-55) 5540 4551, 5540 a 4529
Fax: (52-55) 5540 - 4817

 

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