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Tropical countries such as Thailand don’t only conjure up visions of lazing on a sun-soaked beach fringed by lazily waving palm trees. Tropical countries also have a monsoon season, and the tropical storms that accompany them are certainly visually stunning. And to those caught out in a storm it can often seem as if they are standing right underneath a plunging waterfall. And as for waterfalls themselves, Thailand has hundreds of them in her jungles and forests. From the heights they cascade down tier, after tier, after tier. Some feature pools for you to have a dip in, and maybe take a waterfall ‘shower’. Some are close to popular tourist spots, some are less easily accessible. But you can be sure you will never forget your visit to yet another of Thailand’s ‘Amazing’ tourist opportunities.

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- Tee Lor Su – The Highest Waterfall in Thailand
Wattana Village Resort, the gateway to UmPhang, offer a variety of houses embrace in the mountains for your happy vacation... from $US 13
Trackworthy - Make a Splash in Mukdahan
Whether you are travelling for bussiness or pleasure, Poy Palace Hotel is the choice for a warm stay with elegant old world charm…
Way to Go - Surat Thani – More Than Simply the Road to Samui
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NEWSFLASH

* The planned 2 billion baht expansion of Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport has been shelved, for the present at least. Transport Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit recently said that the new Nong Ngu Hao airport (officially designated as Suvarnbhumi) is on schedule to be completed in 2005. While money will still be spent on Don Muang to keep it a top international airport, the new airport will have a capacity of 45 million passengers a year, compared to 31 million at Don Muang. Therefore Suriya believes that an expansion of Don Muang is not necessary.

* In Chiang Mai they are pressing ahead with a night safari-cum-open zoo project that should be completed within a couple of years. Chiang Mai governor Kosin Ketthong recently announced that the safari world project, which had been initiated by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, was under progress with a site being prepared on more than 10,000 rai of land at a botanical park in Muang district's tambon Mae Hia. Provincial panels had been formed to conduct surveys and design the zoo, which would comprise a night-safari zone, a daytime open zoo, and a tourist service zone with restaurants, shops and hotel rooms, the governor said. Better look out, Singapore.

* The Governor of the TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand), Juthamas Siriwan, has said that she will work closely with Indonesia to try and help Indonesia recover its tourist industry, and to work towards sustainable tourism in the ASEAN region. It is too early yet to say whether the bombing of the tourist resort in Bali will have an effect on tourism in Thailand. However, to date there appear to have been no cancellations to Thailand more than is usually expected at any time of the year, and the cancellations of flights to Indonesia have not been repeated here. The governments of Australia and the UK have not issued a travel warning to their citizens not to visit Thailand, as they have to other countries in the region..

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ECO-TOURISM SPOTLIGHT

When you visit the Tee Lor Su Waterfall in Umphang, Tak province, Northwestern Thailand, you are going to see a lot more than simply Thailand’s highest (and according to Thais the most beautiful) waterfall. From Umphang you can arrange to take a trip through the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary down the Mae Klong river to Tee Lor Su, passing through some wild and wonderful countryside, and even stop to shopping indigineous products at a Karen village. You should allot about three days if you want to make the most of your trip, and Wattana Village Resort is our recommended lodging in Mae Sod, the gateway to Umphang. You will be taken on a raft trip up the river where you can overnight in a cave or camp near some hot springs, before going on the next day to Tee Loor Su and spending another night there. Just after the end of the rainy season (November and December) is the best time to visit Tee Lor Su, so start planning your trip now.

TRACKWORTHY

Mukdahan is a quiet, quaint little province in the still little visited Northeast (Isaan) of Thailand. But as the increasing number of travellers who venture off the tried and tested tourist trails are finding, there is a lot out there just begging to be discovered. Mukdahan is no exception, and the accommodation in town is comfortable, cheap, and close to all the attractions the province has to offer. It is well worthwhile spending about three days there, which should include a boat ride across the Mekong to the town of Savannakhet in Laos PDR. The Phu Pha Thoep National Park is 16 km south of Mukdahan – a hilly area of caves and unusual mushroom-shaped rock formations. Besides the rock formations, the park is a haven for barking deer, wild boar, monkeys, and civets. The plant life is extensive and many of them have healing properties. About 2 km into the park, next to the popular That Thon waterfall with its large bathing pond, is an enigmatic collection of scores of small Buddha images.

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WAY TO GO... AND WHERE!
Surat Thani has become known to millions of visitors to Thailand, because they have to pass through this Southern province if they want to reach Koh Samui or one of the other islands nearby (Koh Phangan has become famous with the young set for its famous ‘Full Moon Parties’ on the beach). But Surat should not only be thought of as merely a transit to Samui. It is home to one of the most beautiful National Parks in the South, the lush rainforest of Khao Sok, simply teeming with rare flora, fauna, and natural attractions. Together with two adjacent National Parks, and two wildlife sanctuaries, it makes up the largest nature reserve on the Thai peninsula. There are plenty of waterfalls as well, and as the rainy season is coming to an end and the trails are less slippy, it makes accessing them a sight easier. Surat Thani also offers accommodation at all levels, from world-class spa resorts, to budget hotels.

So, Goodbye for now … and look forward to seeing you again next week!
Enjoy your travels.

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