Tourism will continue to boom in the coming year, thanks to the country’s political stability as demonstrated in last November’s elections, says the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. The ministry predicts that the number of international visitors will grow from last year’s 4.68 million to 6 million in 2016.
Bagan residents want more. Outraged at the disclosure that only 2 percent of the takings from the entrance fees paid by tourists goes toward the upkeep of the ancient religious buildings that constitute one of the country’s premier tourist sites, they are taking up the matter with the incoming government.
Wherever you go in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, the food is outstanding, says novellist Deepti Kapoor, who shares her favourite street stalls, markets, and must-try barbecue, curry and noodle dishes