Five Thai beaches top TripAdvisor 2017 Asian beach awards
The TripAdvisor beach awards for 2017 have placed five south Thailand beaches among the Top 25 in Asia. The quintet are all on the western Andaman Sea shoreline with three on Phuket Island and two in Krabi.
Phra Nang Beach and Railay Beach on the Railay Peninsula are Krabi’s star beaches while Patong’s Freedom Beach, Nai Harn and Kata Noi were the champions on Phuket. Nai Harn was fourth, Phra Nang seventh, Kata Noi eighth, Freedom Beach eleventh and Railay was fourteenth.
Nai Harn Beach won kudos for its natural appearance, crystalline waters and colourful fish. Reviewers lauded Pra Nang Beach for its proximity to virgin jungle and the ready availability of canoe tours.
The latest TripAdvisor awards were collated from reviews posted by members of the worldwide travel website. Tourism Authority of Thailand boss Yuthasak Supasorn noted the awards were a tribute to the innate natural beauty of the beaches and the fact they are still unspoilt.
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Today is a national holiday in Thailand. The 23 October marks the death of one of the nation’s favourite monarchs, King Chulalongkorn, in 1910. Due to the upcoming funeral rites for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, today’s ceremonies will probably be very subdued.
City authorities in Bangkok are offering free travel on trains and buses for the Royal Cremation rites on Thursday. According to the official King Rama 9 website, services on the BRT bus, MRT underground and BTS Skytrain will offer free travel for all passengers.
A traditional ceremony held at Phuket’s Jui Tui Shrine yesterday evening ushered in the 2017 edition of the island’s vegetarian festival. The island’s governor, Norraphat Plodthong, oversaw a lantern-hoisting ceremony known as Seng Ko Teng Thiao at exactly 17:09.