Land of Smiles To Take Over Vancouver This Weekend

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As the 2014 ‘Discovering Thailand’ festival kicks off in downtown Vancouver today, CT was invited to the Royal Thai Consulate-General’s Vancouver residence to sample some Thai culture at its very best.

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Select media were treated to a fashion show, traditional dance performances and cooking demonstrations – and if the event was anything to go by, the Discovering Thailand festival is sure to be something special this weekend.

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The eclectic festival will feature everything from Thai boxing and fruit carving to classical Thai dance and a Thai spa booth.

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Consul-General Sutthiluck Sa-ngarmangkang – Thailand’s very first female consul appointment in Vancouver – explained that the festival honours the Queen of Thailand’s birthday this month.

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Sa-ngarmangkang also told CT that the consulate is working very closely with the Canada’s travel agent community in a bid to increase connections between the two countries. She highlighted that a Silkway Travel booth with be present at this weekend’s celebrations in downtown Vancouver.

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She said that Thailand currently welcomes around 200,000 Canadian tourists each year – mostly to escape the cool winter temperatures – and that the destination has recently witnessed a rise in medical tourism.


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