Classic Thai costumes

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The Lanna area or the northern part of Thailand is rich in culture and this can be glimpsed in their way of dressing. Lanna, which is home to numerous ethnic group produce a wide array of cotton and silk textiles. Each ethnic group weaves distinctive patterns for regular as well as for ceremonial attires. One of the most outstanding is “Phaa Sin” (tube skirt) which is produced by the “Thai-Yuan”, the largest ethnic group that has originally settled in Lanna. Phaa Sin is the traditional lower garment worn by women of various ethnic groups. It consists of three sections- Hua Sin (head or top), Tua Sin (body or midsection), and Teen Sin (foot or border). The three sections of the Phaa Sin are either woven into one piece of clothing with differing patterns in the three sections or are made of two or more pieces of clothes sewn together. Aristocratic ladies usually wore the Phaa Sin, which is a simple garment, one meter long, gathered and folded at the waistline, then secured with a belt. This was then combined with a Sabai, a long piece of plain pleated or pattern silk about 30 centimeters wide that was worn above the waist and draped across the chest, falling casually over the left shoulder. This kind of garment has become the unique identity of the Thai-Yuan ethnic group. Phaa Sin comes in many forms and style that makes it suitable for different occasions. The court ladies in the royal compound of the Queen Chao Dara Rassamee of Chiang Mai during the reign of the King Rama V (King Chulalongkorn) of the Chakkri Dynasty were fond of wearing the Phaa Sin. Here are some of its variations:

Thai Chakkri
Thai Chakkri is a formal and elegant wear, made by applying the “Yok” weaving technique. Yok creates additional thickness within the fabric without adding supplementary threads. Often a touch of gold or silver colored threads are added in order to make the fabric look more expensive. The costume is finished with “Phaa Sin” a full length wrap-around skirt with two pleated folds in the front, called “Na Nang”.

Thai Boromphiman
Thai Boromphiman, a formal evening attire, is comprised of a long-sleeved blouse which is either buttoned at the front or at the back. The blouse is tucked beneath Phaa Sin with its front pleats. The fabric is brocaded to create a luxurious look and feeling. The collar of the blouse is round-necked. The skirt’s length runs around the ankle. The skirt and blouse are sewen together like one piece of dress, the style of which is suitable to a tall and slender wearer. It can be worn in either formal or semi-formal occasions such as the royal functions. Decorations are usually worn as highlight.

Thai Sivalai
Thai Sivalai, a formal evening dress, is quite similar to Thai Boromphiman, but it has an over-theshoulder shawl. It is normally worn during royal ceremonies for formal functions.

Thai Dusit Thai Dusit is a wide-necked and sleeveless brocaded dress. The skirt and blouse can be sewn together. It can be worn during the evening in lieu of western-style dress. The Yok silk fabric is normally used. Either Thai or western accessories can be worn.

Thai Chakkraphat Thai Chakkraphat is a Thai dress with a shawl like Thai Chakkri. However, it is more conservative and considered for more official gatherings. The upper part has a pleated shawl covering a thicker shawl with full embroidery.

Thai Amarindra Thai Amarindra is an evening attire made of brocaded fabric and has not need of a belt. The blouse can be wide and round-necked. The sleeve length sits just below the elbow. The beauty of this dress is its textile and accessories. Usually used for an evening dinner or at the royal birthday procession.

Thai Chitlada Thai Chitlada is a daytime ceremonial dress. It can be worn with a long-sleeved silk blouse. Considered an informal attire, it can be worn to welcome royal guests at the airport. There is no need to add any royal decorations although the color and style should be appropriate.

Thai Ruen Ton Thai Ruen Ton is the most casual of all the styles. It comprises a horizontally or vertically striped silk pr plain-colored Phaa Sin with a patterned band at the helm. The collarless blouse that goes with it is separated from the ankle length skirt. It is suitable for casual and unofficial functions such as Kathin Ton, the religious ceremony of conferring.

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The ever – popular J O M T I E N B E A C H

Long before Pattaya become a famous destination, Jomtien Beach has already carved a rich of its own – at least among local beachgoers who adored it for its pearly white sand and long straight beach. Albeit a little late, there’s a renewed tourist interest in Jomtien. One an ordinary day, the resort looks like a busy carnival ground.

Colorful umbrellas dot the whole stretch of the beach and sun worshippers in all kinds of swimwear – skimpy or otherwise – spice up the scene. They make interesting foreground to the huge palm leaves that frame the overhead. The gentle breeze completes a trop ical beach tableau. Jomtien was an ole fishing village and a favorite picnic destination among Bangkok residents.

Its white sand beach obviously was the main attraction. It wasn’t the country’s water sport center then. That distinction come much, much later. Today, Jomtien is more popular as a water sport destination. The six-kilometer long, largely straight beach, located around the headland from Pattaya, is popular with waters ports enthusiasts. It is also quieter and more relaxing than Pattaya Beach. Hotels and other accommodation facilities are available along the road that runs parallel to the shore.

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Windsurfing is the beach’s most popular water sports, especially from October through June. These months have the ideal water and wind conditions for windsurfing. Other water sports popular at Jomtien are skydiving, kite boarding, parasailing and water- skiing. These is little in the way of shopping or beer bars one Jomtien, which is essentially a residential area with beachside hotels, bungalow complexes, condominiums and restaurants. Jomtien is also home to Pattaya Park, an entertainment complex with a water park, roller coaster, monorail and children’s activities. The 56-story Pattaya Park tower is a Pattaya landmark and can be seen virtually from anywhere in the city.

Recommendations regarding the Royal Cremation for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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The Royal Thai Government has announced that the Royal Cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is scheduled to be held on 25-29 October, 2017, at Sanam Luang Ceremonial Ground in Bangkok. The cremation will take place on 26 October, which has been declared a public holiday in Thailand. For details of the Royal Cremation, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to recommend that visitors stay updated via media announcements and notices from the Royal Thai Government as well as the Bureau of the Royal Household to ensure accurate information. For the period of the Royal Cremation, we would like to inform all visitors to Thailand that they can continue with their travel plans as normal. All transportation, banks, tourism and hospitality businesses across Thailand will be operating as usual. However, we would like to request that the solemnity of these rites are observed. Many Thai people will be wearing black or white clothing as a sign of mourning. This is not required of visitors but if possible, they should wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public. Furthermore, visitors should refrain from conducting any inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour. We would like to thank all visitors for their understanding and supporting Thailand during this period of time.

Useful Links :

• The Royal Thai Government: http://www.thaigov.go.th/en/index.php
• Department of the Government Public Relations: http://thailand.prd.go.th/main.php? filename=index
• TAT Contact Center: http://www.tatcontactcenter.com/index.php
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Top Hotel Partner 2016

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This prize was awarded towards the Thai Garden Resort for their loyalty, fairness and flexibility between both companies and also reflects the high response of positive hotel reviews by our guest over the past years.

We would like to thank all of our guests and team members, because without their support it would not be possible to achieve such a prestigious award.

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Chill out with hot compress

p2It can be rubbed on the back after a massage, repeatedly rotated on muscles stretched after a tiring week at the office, or a few hours of sports. The oils are perfect also for smoothening the skin. In ancient Asia, common allergies, ailments and pains were treated by extracting essential oils from the delicate stems and tender leaves of herbs found in the backyard or forest. Women placed a hot compress, Look Prakob in Thai, on their abdomen almost immediately after giving birth to heal the tired muscles. Lemongrass was always kept at home for its antiseptic properties.

Prai, a type of ginger, was a natural skin moisturizer and ideal for relieving muscle pains. Turmeric minimized itching and cleansed wounds. Camphor leaves eased respiratory difficulties, while Kaffir lime leaves were heated in a pouch for massaging. Beach morning glory sanitized inflamed skin.

Tamarind leaves sped up the absorption of vital herbal ingredients into the skin. Such alternative healing ways were effective and are being rediscovered only now. It has been part of natural treatments and cures, easily accessible right here at some herbal spas. It is neither magical potions nor celebratory chants that accompany these methods, but rather heat from a mix of herbs, odors from aromatic therapies, and juices from fruits, vegetables, nuts and spices, among others.

For the traditional healers of Siam centuries ago, the knowledge of creating the perfect hot compress was essential; they were applied on the body of every weary warrior who fought long and hard battles with the Burmese during the Ayutthaya period more than 200 years ago. Chill out with hot compress In Laos and Cambodia, the practice was also prevalent. But while the formula of herbs and plants differed in each country or region, the aim was the same.

Fortunately, the secrets for making them have been revealed, enabling everyone to experience the ultimate in the pampering. The ideal herbal compress starts with a mix of 10-20 carefully chosen herbs. Amounts of each herbs are varied, and depend primarily on the specific purpose. Most are pounded for their invigorating contents resulting in a liquid paste that can be made thicker or thinner with the addition of liquids.

Placed in a cotton bundle, the mixture is heated slowly over a charcoal burner. After a few minutes, the warm mass of mashed leaves, bark, seeds and fruit peels emit a fragrant smell that wafts to the nostrils, starting the healing process itself. It can be rubbed on the back after a massage, repeatedly rotated on muscles stretched after a tiring week at the office or a few hours of sports.

p1The oils are perfect also for smoothening the skin. Generally, the basic composition of a hot compress is camphor, turmeric, prai and Kaffir lime leaves. One can also try making a hot compress at home. Just drop by a health shop and buy a ready-made mixture. Or why not check into one of a number of health spas offering hot compress and discover for yourself the benefits of this old healing method?

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