If you are a tea lover, visiting tea plantations will be one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Despite the fact that Thailand is not the country where tea production began, tea plantations in this country are known for their high quality products.
Of course, you can buy tea in Bangkok or other big cities, but buying tea from plantations is a completely different story. There you will see how tea is made and you may have the opportunity to speak with local experts. Even if you are not a tea fan, a visit to tea plantations is still worth a visit.
Blooming tea plantations, mountains in the background, workers calmly picking tea leaves and breathing fresh air. This is a picture of pure happiness. If you get to the plantation in the morning, then morning fog will be added to all of the above.
With its mountainous landscape and cool climate, northern Thailand is ideal for tea production. Chiang Mai and the neighboring cities of Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son also have their own tea plantations. Some of the finest Thai tea plantations are listed below.
Over 30 years ago, the Chiang Rai tea plantation was one of all Thai plantations where oolong tea was produced. This plantation is located in a rather picturesque place. They also produce Taiwanese tea such as Ching, as well as local tea and Assam.
In addition to the plantation, you can see the local life of the Chinese who migrated from Yunnan to Thailand through the states of Myanmar and Laos. Tea production is the raison d'être of their lives.
When you are in the 7 eleven supermarket or any other store, and you are thinking about how you can quench your thirst, choose tea. Supermarkets in Thailand have a huge selection of teas. The most bought tea are Oishi, Ichitan, Lipton, Unif and Male.
The tea leaves of all these brands are harvested from the Choui Fong plantation. However, if you try the tea on the plantation itself, the taste will be completely different. It will be richer and more delicious.
In an interview with “Zagranitsa”, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the hotel chains Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Minor Hotel Group, the Thai receiving tour operator SAYAMA Travel talk about the real situation with tourists from Russia and the CIS countries in Thailand.
In the tourism market of Russia and the CIS countries, Thailand is traditionally the leader among foreign destinations of the winter season and is included in the TOP-5 countries of outbound tourism. Therefore, a significant decrease in the tourist flow to Thailand in late 2014 - early 2015 can be considered as an indicator of the state of the outbound tourism market in Russia and the CIS countries. To assess how much the market has sagged and to make a forecast for 2015, the Zagranitsa portal turned to experts - the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), hotel chains Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Minor Hotel Group, as well as one of the leading Thai host tour operators - SAYAMA Travel. How strong the drop in tourist traffic from Russia and the CIS countries to Thailand will be at the end of 2015 and what the players of the tourism market are doing to minimize negative trends, read our review.
Last year, the tourist flow to Thailand was melting before our eyes. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand reported that at the end of 2014, the country missed 2 million foreign guests. In percentage terms, the flow of tourists from all over the world has decreased by almost 7%. In 2014, the tourist flow from Russia to Thailand decreased by 30-40%, and from Ukraine fell by 70-80%. The reason for this is obvious: in national currency, a tour package in Russia and Ukraine has more than doubled in price. The beginning of 2015 also showed a decline: according to the estimates of tour operators, in January 2015 the flow of tourists from Russia and the CIS countries decreased by 50-60% compared to January 2014. Those tourists who nevertheless came to Thailand have significantly reduced their spending. First of all, they saved on excursion programs included in the “middle +” price segment, and on shopping. Tourists were less likely to buy luxury goods (such as jewelry) and non-essential goods (latex products, expensive Thai health products). The ratio of 3, 4 and 5-star hotel reservations has shifted towards three-star hotels.
In general, the high season 2014–2015 in the "Thailand" direction for the tourism market in Russia and the CIS countries can be called a failure. At the same time, for the first time in many years, the reason for the decrease in tourist traffic was not problems within Thailand, but external factors - the conflict in Ukraine, significant fluctuations in the exchange rate of the Russian and Ukrainian currencies. But the change of government and the military coup in Thailand, which took place in 2014, on the contrary, had a positive effect on the general situation in the country.
Despite the negative trends, tour operators, hoteliers and the Tourism Authority of Thailand are confident that by the end of 2015 the flow of tourists from Russia and the CIS countries will stabilize. All market participants are already making every effort for this.
The Thai government is looking for new ways to stimulate demand. So, in January, the state program Discover Thainess 2015 was launched, designed to popularize the Thai way of life and culture, as well as attract the attention of travelers to holidays in Thailand.
“For 2015, TAT has planned a set of measures to improve the image of Thailand and attract the interest of tourists from different countries. Festivals, exhibitions, rebranding of five travel sites are planned. Work will be carried out to popularize 12 new tourist regions of the country. Along with such global efforts to stimulate demand, special promotions are being held. For example, on the eve of Valentine's Day, TAT initiated an action designed for newlyweds and lovers. For such tourists, the process of obtaining a tourist visa was simplified, as well as a lottery with prizes. We offered unusual services: underwater weddings and elephant riding.
In 2015, Thailand will host musical, culinary, cultural festivals of a national scale, which will stimulate the tourist flow. In addition, TAT supports Thai tour operators - for example, we made their participation in some travel exhibitions in the Russian Federation and CIS countries free of charge, which will allow companies to establish business contacts with partners in different countries at minimal cost. "
Thai hotels focused on the Russian and CIS markets suffered the most in late 2014 - early 2015. However, hoteliers are convinced that the crisis is temporary and by the end of 2015, regular customers will return to them. In anticipation of guests, hotels are developing additional services and working on the image of Thailand together with tour operators and government departments.
“Our network experienced a decrease in the flow of tourists from Russia and the CIS countries at the end of 2014. In 2015, we set a course for broad cooperation with large and small tour operators, as well as the Tourism Authority of Thailand. The goal of this partnership is to work together to find creative ways to drive demand. In difficult times, partnership is especially important, because everyone is busy looking for a way out of a difficult situation.
Thailand attracts with its amazing atmosphere, great weather, interesting entertainment. Some guests of the country, having visited Thailand several times, wish to stay in this state for permanent residence. Given the rather simplified system of running their own business and the wide range of ideas and opportunities, many open their own business in Thailand. So which business is the best to choose? What are the stages of starting your own business? What should be considered when conducting this activity?
Experienced businessmen point out that before starting or buying a business in Thailand, you should, first of all, correctly assess your financial capabilities and personal qualities. Do you know English and Thai well, did you competently study the conjuncture of the Thai market, did you find a qualified law firm that will protect your interests and resolve conflict situations?
According to statistics, the following business ideas in Thailand for Russians are considered the most profitable: renting real estate, tourism and hotel business, exporting goods from Thailand.
Regardless of the direction of business, a foreign entrepreneur must fulfill certain conditions:
Businessmen who wish to skip the long search for partners and long-term registration can use the services of law firms and buy a ready-made business in Thailand. When acquiring a turnkey business, an entrepreneur will not have to hire personnel on his own and “build relationships” with partners and government agencies, since everything will remain from the previous leader.
Thailand's hot country annually visits many tourists and travelers, tourist and restaurant business, are undoubtedly the main directions, and, of course, the most profitable ideas, both for the opening of a new case and for improvement and investment already existing Activities.
Business keeping in another state requires maximum responsibility, knowledge of the language and laws of the country. If you pre-examine the basis of the legislation, then when opening a business in Thailand, serious problems may arise for Russians. In order not to disturb the law, you must first explore certain restrictions for foreign entrepreneurs.
These types of activity will not tolerate foreign interventions, are among the most important areas for the state and are strictly prohibited for foreign businessmen. But, nevertheless, Russian citizens are offered a wide range of opportunities, subject to state laws and certain rules, foreign entrepreneurs can be provided by the provision of services, selling a specific product, hospitality and entertainment. Consider several common ideas for business.
About 25 million people are sent annually to Thailand. From the most broken tourists to those traveling in a circle of luxury, this country receives many travelers, and she, of course, has hotels and events to satisfy their wide tastes. But does this influx of travelers really help the country? Here we will look at a brief history of tourism in Thailand.
Regardless of whether they are sent to the amazing beaches of Thailand or go to the magnificent green jungle in the north, tourists learn everything to offer a country. Tourism in Thailand is definitely providing a positive economic impact on the country and those who live here. According to the Department of Travel and Tourism, in the tourist industry of Thailand in 2014 there were about 5,383,000 jobs. This industry maintains 14, 1 percent of employment in Thailand, and it is expected that this percentage will grow. In 2025 it is assumed that there will be about 8,40,000 jobs in the travel industry and tourism. However, does the number of jobs really counterbalance the negative impact of tourism in Thailand?
According to Forbes, Bangkok is the most visited city in the world. Herds of tourists make their way to the City of Angels, and some have one specific reason for visiting: the thriving sex industry. Some of the most popular red light areas in Bangkok include Soi Cowboy, Patpong and Nana Plaza. Pattaya, a city about three hours north of Bangkok, is also home to some of Thailand's most famous sex districts, where visitors can find sex workers all over Walking Street. Other areas like these red light areas can be found in Phuket and even Chiang Mai. This industry largely caters to Thai men, regardless of whether most of the country is Buddhist. However, you will find a large number of tourists who want to take part in the promotion. Prostitution has been illegal in Thailand since 1960, but little is done for those who break the law, and many of those who work in the industry depend on the money it brings.
The excellent sex industry is not the only thing that motivates visitors to the Kingdom. Other tourists come to see some of Thailand's 40,000 Buddhist temples. Another huge amount of partygoers visit Thailand for their epic parties, whether they end up in Bangkok to experience their explosive nightlife or head south to their raging beaches like Patong in Phuket. One such party that attracts over 30,000 tourists every month is the Full Moon that takes place on Koh Phangan.
One Thai island that has been negatively impacted by the influx of foreigners into the country is Koh Tachai, located in the Andaman Sea off the coast of Phang Nga province. It was closed indefinitely as tourists leave the island covered in debris. The boats that carried visitors to and from the island also leaked gasoline and polluted its beautiful waters. These things have destroyed both the flawless coral reef here and its beautiful shores. It is assumed that Koh Tachai has a capacity of 70 people; however, it is said that there were over 1000 people on the island at the time.
One industry that certainly thrives on this influx of tourists is the animal tourism industry. This industry in Thailand has recently been in the spotlight with the closure of the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. The temple was allegedly animal trafficking and 137 tigers were moved to government reserves, according to a June 1, 2016 Guardian article entitled "Forty Dead Tigers Found in a Thai Temple Freezer."
These majestic animals are often the subjects of visitors' social media accounts. Most visitors to Thailand were familiar with one tourist or someone else changing their profile picture, lying next to an incredibly calm beast. However, these animals appear to be frequently drugged or abused to make these photos even possible. Tigers are not the only animals that are exploited. Elephants must endure systematic torture in order to subsequently travel as tourists to these so-called elephant sanctuaries. Orangutans are made to dress like humans and stand out for the cheering crowd. Tourists are often blissfully unaware of what is going on behind the scenes at these animal sanctuaries, leading to more and more visits to these places. While international tourists are not the only people to blame for the popularity of these places, they are certainly big contributors to the industry.
A fair tourist experience and the well-deserved reputation of the most popular destination in Southeast Asia make themselves felt: almost everything that can be done or shown to tourists in Thailand for money is done and shown there. On the one hand, it's cool: the country offers a wide variety of leisure options with benefit and pleasure, from sex tours and round-the-clock "frenzy" in local bars and discos to diving on the islands and seeking enlightenment in ancient temples. On the other hand, Thailand, where everything tourist has long ago been put on stream and on a solid commercial basis, can hardly be called exotic. However, despite the seeming massiveness and openness of the direction, there is still exoticism in Thailand. It's just that it is not always available to those who come on a tour.
There are two main types of climate in the country - tropical savannah climate and tropical monsoon. The climate of the central part of Thailand can be divided into three seasons: hot - from March to May, the temperature reaches +42 ° C; rainy - from June to October, temperature +26. +32 ° C, and cool - from November to February, temperature +18. +32 ° C. In the north of the country, it is cool in winter, and even cold at night, so it is worth taking warm clothes with you. In the south, it is very humid from March to November, it is better to go there from February to March.
There is no single rainy season in Thailand. In August it floods Phuket, in November - Samui. However, you should not be afraid of the monsoon period at the resorts: tropical showers last up to half an hour a day, and the rest of the time the bright sun is shining. The velvet season lasts from November to February: the weather is dry and not as hot as in spring and summer. It is better not to go to the north of the country in August-September: heavy torrential rains and wind will ruin the whole experience.
Tourists from Russia do not need a visa to Thailand for travel for up to 30 days. The stay can be extended on the spot for a week or made a "visa-run" - to leave the country, return to it and get a new stamp for 30 days. In addition, it is worth taking out an insurance policy in advance for the entire duration of the trip. You can bring a box of cigarettes and a liter of alcohol with you, the excess can lead to a serious fine, and you can even lose your life for importing and exporting drugs. For more information about visa and customs regulations of the kingdom, as well as VAT Refund, see the special page about the road to Thailand.
Since November 1, 2018, the import of plastic, including plastic bags and styrofoam, has been banned on Koh Samet Island in Thailand. Before the arrival, tourists will be forced to leave all plastic bags at the airport and at first, if necessary, they will be given paper pacts or bags made of environmentally friendly material. Violators will have to pay a fine of 1500 THB. It is expected that soon the same measures will be taken on the island of Koh Samui and by 2021 - throughout the country.
With the help of a convenient service, you can choose travel insurance to Thailand with the necessary parameters (including insurance in case of covid, zero deductible, etc.) and at a minimum price.
If you do not take into account extreme travel with hitchhiking, complex trains and buses, as well as a bunch of borders, the only sane way to get to Thailand from Russia is by air. The country's largest airport, Suvarnabhumi, is located in Bangkok; planes fly here not only from Moscow, but also from a number of regional centers of Russia. Phuket Airport is also popular, but direct flights to Pattaya are available only in high season. This issue is discussed in more detail in the article "How to get to Thailand".
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