Cathay Pacific – Life Well Travelled

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific airline has launched a new marketing campaign, known as Life Well Travelled. Besides a few promotion videos, the company is also encouraging people to share their travel experience via the campaign site.

Miss Adventure (in Thailand, starring model Aimee Cheng-Bradshaw)

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Why The Tears – Thai Tourism video

A Thai tourism music video, Why The Tears by Bird Tongchai (a legend btw), which was released in September 2011. The original MV was in Chinese to target the Chinese tourists; I’m embedding the Thai version instead, which sounds a lot more natural…

Quoted from the Tourism Authority of Thailand…

The narrative tells the tale of a Thai tour guide (Tongchai) who meets up with a Chinese girl on his tour around Thailand. Their journey takes them to famous tourist attractions in Thailand such as Hua Hin Beach, Kao Tao Beach, Bung Bua National Study Centre in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, Khao Wang in Phetchaburi province, the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Giant Swing, Yaowarat (China Town), the Golden Mount in Wat Saket, and other popular sites around Bangkok.

Directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham. Popular Taiwanese actress-model Sonia Sui and Thai actor Nawat Kulrattanarak the co-stars.

Bangkok is Travel+Leisure world’s best city

Bangkok is voted by readers of Travel+Leisure magazine as 2010 World’s Best City. The votes were probably cast prior to the demonstrations and riots at the Thai capital earlier this year, but the result is pretty ironic nonetheless.

The Top 10 World’s Best Cities – (1) Bangkok; (2) Chiang Mai, Thailand; (3) Florence, Italy; (4) San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; (5) Rome, Italy; (6) Sydney, Australia; (7) Buenos Aires, Argentina; (8) Oaxaca, Mexico; (9) Barcelona, Spain; (10) New York City, USA.

Top 10 Best Asian Cities – (1) Bangkok; (2) Chiang Mai; (3) Kyoto, Japan; (4) Siem Reap, Cambodia; (5) Udaipur, India; (6) Jaipur, India; (7) Hong Kong, China; (8) Hanoi, Vietnam; (9) Tokyo, Japan; (10) Beijing, China.

Ouch, Kuala Lumpur is not on the list… ain’t surprising though.

Amazing Race Asia 3 – Ep 2 – Chiangmai to HCMC

Interesting culture and places in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; as featured in the 2nd episode of The Amazing Race Asia (TARA) season 3.

Mae Kompong

Mae Kompong is a village in Chiang Mai Province. Once a poppy growing area, but now home to a small community of forest dwellers who cultivate tea and coffee plantations.

Mae Kompong is also home to the Treetop eco-tourism village where visitors can take an exhilarating flight (with zip line and slide) through a 1500 year-old rainforest in the “Flight of the Gibbon” adventure…

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Amazing Race Asia 3 – Ep 1 – Bangkok to Chiangmai

The Amazing Race Asia (TARA) season 3 has premiered on AXN-Asia on September 11.

I know most of the regulars here are not watching this show (or not able to), thus I’m not going to bore you with the details… but will share some Asian cultures and places that are featured in the race instead.

Tuk-Tuk

The race started at the Rama 1 Monument in Bangkok… the first feature that came onto scene was the famous auto-rickshaws commonly known as ‘Tuk Tuk’ in Thailand.

Similar auto-rickshaws can also be found in other South Asian countries, but Thai’s Tuk Tuk is probably the most iconic version. Little known fact though, is that Tuk Tuk was originated from Japan and was brought into Thailand in late 1950s. Most of the Tuk Tuk these days are local made.

Picture of Tuk Tuk auto-rickshaw in Bangkok, Thailand
Tuk Tuk in Bangkok (Image from Heinrich Damm)

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