Muay Thai boxing: the art of eight limbs

Travel writer Julie Miller visits the ancient city of Ayutthaya to witness the 11th World Wai Kru ceremony celebrating ‘the art of eight limbs’.

Let me say this up-front – I’m not a fan of combat sports. The sight of grown men beating each other to a pulp just doesn’t do it for me, regardless of the skill, precision and strength involved. Read More


City of monkeys: Lopburi

Guest blogger Julie Miller discovers a city of monkeys at Lopburi’s famous macaque monkey temple.

When our guide said we were stopping by a “monument where monkeys live” in the city of Lopburi, 93 kilometres northeast of Bangkok, I assumed she meant a temple in the jungle. When our bus pulled up on a chaotic city square I was confused – where were the trees? Read More


Welcome to Hug Thailand, the official blog of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Welcome to our new blog! We plan to use this blog to keep all our Australian friends up to date with everything that’s happening in Thailand and hopefully inspire you to visit.

Along the way we’ll share news of upcoming events and festivals, share insights, suggest places to go that you might not have heard of and give you some ideas on what to do while you’re here.

If you’re looking for wedding and honeymoon ideas, read on and find out what happened in our recent Month of Love. We’ll also give you some ideas if you’re holidaying with kids, share news of new resort openings and provide how-to guides for all sorts of active holidays, including cycling, diving, surfing and hiking.

If you’re looking for wellness retreats, we’ll get to that to, as well as cooking schools, yoga retreats and medi-spa holidays.

So if you’d like to find out more, and get up close and personal with Thailand, subscribe to out newsletter and we’ll aim to inspire you once a month.