Thai Air News from Issue 38 dated 14 September 2005

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Sri Lanka

With the current resurgence in tourism to Sri Lanka, I thought it was time we did an issue on this fascinating country. If you are more interested in Thailand, Vietnam or Cambodia our back issues will provide you with lots of information. For cheap flights and hotels throughout Asia, use the links in this issue. These will provide you with excellent bargains in both travel and accommodation throughout Asia.
For cheap flights: our cheap flights section. For excellent hotels at discount prices: Agoda.

Contents of this issue

Thai Airways adventure packages

Thai Airways has introduced new Royal Orchid Holidays (ROH) packages for 2005-2006 for all customers to experience a variety of traveling styles which are fun, adventurous, peaceful and relaxing. For example: Thai Boxing Training Course: teaches all interested people about how to perform Thai boxing with its uniqueness and beauty; Cooking course in the jungle: travelers take a cooking course in a jungle where they can experience survival skills in a real life situation such as cooking with bamboo, setting fire or searching for raw and fresh materials for their cooking.
For more information and to make reservations, interested passengers may call THAI travel agents, THAI's ticketing, reservation offices both in Thailand and abroad or call Euarng Luang Tour at tel. 0 2628 2456-7 (weekdays only during 08.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 17.00 hours). Or see the full press release on:

A taste of Paradise

Marco Polo considered Sri Lanka the finest island of its size in all the world. Palm lined sandy beaches, archaelogical ruins, roaring waterfalls, elephants, superb climate all combine to make an island paradise for tourists.
On the excellent Virtual Libraray site entitled Amazing Sri Lanka, you will find all the information you need about this marvellous island.
Visit the Amazing Sri Lanka site and get your taste of Paradise here:

Maps of Sri Lanka

The Perry-Castañeda Library has made freely available on the web their excellent collection of maps of Sri Lanka, ranging from a 1914 map of Ceylon from the British House of Commons Sessional Papers, through excellent 1976 maps of Ethnic communities and religions, Population density, Land use and economic activity and a nice shaded relief map from 2000.
The maps are available in jpg and pdf formats on the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection web page at:

Sacred Sites of Lanka

This Living Heritage website delayed production of this newsletter for a couple of days simply because it is so fscinating and so comprehensive that I spent two days browsing its content. I was first struck by a quote which appears on the page about the jungle shrine of Kataragama, which says "It is not down on any map; true places never are". Then the section entitled "Sri Lanka: Gateway to Other Worlds?" caught my eye. There is a lot of fascinating reading and a lot of lovely photographs.
Why not pass through the gateway to other worlds and find some true places not on any map? Visit this curious site at:

History of Sri Lanka

One of the best sites about the history of Sri Lanka is the excellent Sri Lanka Genealogy Website. It includes links to a wide variety of information about the history of Sri Lanka, including the interesting "Is Lankan civilization the oldest in South Asia?" and the sad story of The Buried Kingdom of Kotte
Definitely worth a visit if you are interested in the history of this beautiful island, take a look at:

Travel in Sri Lanka

Here we have an excellent site giving detailed, clear information about the attractions to be found in various parts of the island. Well presented with clear text and good photographs, this site wil give you an insight into what you will find on this fascinating island.
Armachair travel at its best can be found on:

A land like no other

The Sri Lanka embassy in Stockholm has produced this wonderful source of information for the intending traveller. It covers: How to get there; Currency Information; Tourist Visa; Culture & History; Society & people; Nature & Attractions; Cuisine; Activities & Entertainment; Accommodation; Events & Festivals.
There is also a section on culture and history.
The site is in english, and being from the embassy is objective and non-commercial. You can find it at:

Recommended travel books

For useful books on travel in Sri Lanka, you will find a comprehensive listing with prices and reviews on my books page (with links to buy direct from on:

Hotel Accommodation

Hotel accommodation in Sri Lanka is plentiful and using a reputable agent can secure you substantial discounts. Agoda can usually find you a good deal and you can check their availability below.
Agoda is our favourite hotel booking agent. They are based in Thailand and have an excellent reputation for great bargains and excellent customer service.

Index to back issues

Back issues of this newsletter are available. You can find them on:
The countries covered in other issues are:

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For flights to Sri Lanka originating anywhere in the world use this ConnectedGlobe link

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