Into a new year and a month packed with activities around the country.
The highly anticipated Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous 2019 kicks off at Phuket Royal Marina on January 10-13. A collaboration between some of the most respected and experienced figures in the Southeast Asian yachting industry, Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous is the country’s new and improved yacht show bringing together the industry in one, big event. Expect an extravaganza of everything luxury lifestyle with luxury yachts, properties and services on display.
The popular Made by Legacy Flea Market returns on January 11-13 at Sermsuk Warehouse by the Pepsi Pier. This 10th edition of the market will see more than 200 shops and vendors selling everything from vintage clothing and accessories, arts and crafts, vinyl, jewelry, furniture, homewares and knick-knacks. Shop until you drop, then enjoy a wide range of foods and drinks.
Thailand’s National Children’s Day takes place every year on the second Saturday of January (this year 12 January). A celebration of children, the National Children’s Day sees businesses put on special promotions for children and families.
If the festive season has been a little tough on your waistline, fear not! Less than two weeks into the new year you will have the chance to burn off some holiday calories at the BITEC Half Marathon 2019 which kicks off on 13 January at 4am in the morning. Participants can also choose shorter distances of 10km and 5km.
Those interested in Thai culture should not miss the Bo Sang Umbrella & Sankampang Handicrafts Festival held in the town of the same name in northern Thailand from January 18-20. Over three days, the skilled craftsmen of Bo Sang display their immense creativity beautiful crafts which includes not just umbrellas but also parasols, fans and lanterns made with mulberry bark paper and skilfully hand-painted. We can guarantee you will want to buy something to take home with you!
For a night of guaranteed laughs head to Scala Theatre on January 18 for Jim Jeffries The Night Talker Tour Live in Bangkok. The Australia-born stand-up comedian and TV star is best known for his late-night show on Comedy Central, The Jim Jeffries Show, in which his political commentary is as hard-hitting as it is funny.
A day later, on January 19, make your way up to Chiang Mai for the Bond Women’s Festival, Asia’s first women-led festival to celebrate women empowerment, entrepreneurship and expression. The one-day festival will feature workshops and events on entrepreneurship, business and empowerment as well as yoga and Zumba classes and an all-female DJ set in the evening. The festival is fully organised by women but men are welcome to join the festivities.
The annual Thailand Tourism Forum (TTF) returns for the 8th edition at InterContinental Bangkok on January 21. Held under the theme of ‘Destination Management’, the TTF will discuss how various industry players can come together to manage the entire tourism experience. If you’re in the tourism industry, this is your event!
Japanophiles should not miss the Japan Expo Thailand 2019 at CentralWorld on January 25-27. This is all about Japan so expect a hefty mix of beauty products, J-pop paraphernalia, anime and manga, food, fashion and everything in between. The expo will also feature Japan Festa, which is the biggest Japanese pop culture event in the country.
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Mummy makeovers rising trend in medical tourism market
Mummy makeovers in Thailand? You may not have heard about this phenomenon but it’s a real thing in the medical tourism market.
Thanks to Thailand’s burgeoning medical tourism sector, more and more women are going under the knife to regain their pre-pregnancy stomach. Opting for lavish trips to South East Asia, female patients are travelling to Thailand for numerous treatments as part of this ‘mummy makeover’.
From tummy tucks and breast augmentation to liposuction, new mums will not stop at anything to achieve the ultimate look. Darren Lyons from MyMediTravel explains…
“Due to sagging and drooping post-pregnancy, many ladies are searching for top-quality surgeons alongside first-rate medical care in an exotic destination.”
“Thailand ticks all the medical tourism boxes with patients spending in excess of $10,000 on numerous procedures as part of this emerging mummy makeover craze. As a result, it gives women greater confidence and the ability to obtain their previous figure.”
There are various reasons why mummy makeovers in Thailand are proving popular. If exercise and diet have worked fighting the flab, excess skin can then be a major issue especially around the abdomen and breast area.
Together with stretch marks, pregnancy as well as labor can have a profound effect on a woman’s shape. Whether it’s a natural or Caesarean birth, many choose to undergo extensive procedures to obtain their pre-baby appearance.
Delving a little deeper reveals interesting information about what mummy’s actually want. Mum’s certainly the word as surgeons claim women mainly opt for breast lifts with implants or just a simple breast lift to regain their former look before giving birth.
Tummy tucks (abdominoplasty), labiaplasty, buttock reshaping, varicose vein removal and transferal of fat from the abdomen to the face already feature on a growing list of mummy makeover demands. Mum’s are even requesting skin and laser peels to restore their previous complexion which is usually lost via hormonal changes during pregnancy.
But, before any procedure is undertaken, patients are normally advised to wait six months after giving birth.
One of the main reasons is that abdominal tissues are far too relaxed immediately after birth to achieve any long-lasting results. Mum’s are advised to wait for this specific time period so that tissues can return to as normal condition as possible, leading to better results.
As with every invasive treatment, mummy makeovers carry certain issues such as being emotionally drained, whilst others may experience bruising and scarring. In addition, the removal of excess skin may lead to surgeons requiring to create a new belly button altogether.
Nevertheless, this has not stopped sharp interest from overseas patients. In fact, there has been growing demand among Australasian companies for mummy makeovers with more than a 120% increase in demand.
Mummy makeovers are here to stay and has not dampened the spirits of post-baby mums with cost-effective treatments, high standards of medical care and luxury facilities taking precedence. Despite A-list celebs flaunting their post-pregnancy figures, this yearning for the ideal pre-pregnancy body is a worthwhile makeover that many women are willing to pay for.
Siam Songkran Festival lights up this year’s Songkran in Bangkok
Sick of running around Bangkok with your 200 baht Tesco water pistol? Combine the annual water festival with a world class music festival instead.
Welcome to Siam Songkran, Thailand’s newest four-day Songkran festival set to be held April 12 – 15 at Bangkok’s largest city centre entertainment zone, SHOW DC Arena.
A time of tradition, Songkran is also a time of fun with family and friends, and Siam Songkran is set to blend Thai and Western cultures with a packed music and entertainment program and the largest water fight in Bangkok.
Held over four days with four outdoor zones and two huge stages showcasing live music from the biggest acts in Thailand and around Asia. Headliners include Yellow Claw, Afrojack, Coone and Crisis Era, while many others will perform such as Dolf, Zatox, Darren Styles and more.
#SIAMSongkran tickets can be purchased online at www.siamsongkran.com and range from 1,500 baht for a single day pass, to 6,400 baht for a VIP 4 Day Pass. For those looking for the ultimate festival experience, special VVIP Packages are available from 100,000 baht (for 6 pax) to 385,000 baht – the first festival pack with a pool suite.
Powered by SHOW DC, Clubbing Asia, One and Zaap, Siam Songkran will take place April 12 – 15 at SHOW DC.
Link for further details HERE.
Six per cent of Thai university students have attempted suicide
Recent research reveals a disturbing finding that over 6 per cent of university students have attempted suicide.
The study findings have been highlighted after several students killed themselves in recent weeks.
“From research on university students’ depression during the past three to four years, it can be concluded that 6.4 per cent of students turned suicidal and tried to take their own life,” said Asst Professor Dr Piyawan Visessuvanapoom, lecturer at the Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Education.
The studies were both in Thailand and overseas, she added.
According to the research, most student suicide attempts were in dormitories or homes.
The common triggers for the actions were quarrels with someone very close, learning problems and relationship issues.
“Health problems, anxiety, stress and poor ties with parents and friends contribute to depression,” Piyawan said.
“Given that half of university students’ lives were about studies, lecturers could play a role in preventing a descent into depression.”
“Lecturers should understand that students are diverse. When a group of students cannot do something, try to understand them and see how you can help.”
Asst Professor Dr Nattasuda Taephant, who heads the Centre for Psychological Wellness, explained that everyone becomes sad from time to time.
“But if sadness is prolonged, a person may sink into depression.”
Nattasuda said academic results that were below expectations, plus money problems, soured romantic ties or friendships, or the sudden loss of something important could upset students’ lives and drive them into depression.
“The depressed tend to view the world and their situation negatively. Their past experiences affect their interpretation of what they are facing,” she said.
She said those with depression tended to keep themselves away from others, lose interest in their studies and become suicidal.
“What the depressed want most is someone who agrees to listen and think for them. Lecturers, friends and family members can improve their emotional wellbeing,” she said.
She said parents in particular should avoid any suggestion that they do not accept their children’s mistakes.
In serious cases, he recommended that the depressed seek counselling from experts.
If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).
SOURCE: The Nation
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