Thailand’s government’s latest campaign to boost tourism in Thailand is the unveiling of the country’s “Seven Amazing Wonders”. What are those wonders? you might ask. Wat Pho? Jatujak weekend market? Vensus Flytrap, Thailand’s all-ladyboy pop group? Not quite. Thailand’s Seven Amazing Wonders, according to the Bangkok Post today, are:
- Thai hospitality
- Historical sites
- Natural attractions
- Health services
- "Trendy" spots such as boutique hotels
Those guys at TAT aren’t exactly the most creative bunch. After previous campaigns like “Amazing Thailand” and “Visit Thailand Year 1988” tourist will now be told of the wonders that await them in Thailand, like spas… and hotels… and nice people. Sounds like a blast.
I was thinking of ways to spruce up TAT’s campaign and its lack of pizzaz. My Seven Amazing Wonders of Thailand would be:
- Spooky Hello Kitty pendant dolls hanging off the rear bumpers of pickup trucks
- Mum Jokmok – star of every Thai movie in history and owner of a great face
- Scraggly street cats with no tails
- Five-baht packs of dried cuttle fish from 7-Eleven
- Farang beggars making 30,000 baht a month on the streets of Bangkok
- The man with no legs who amazingly drags himself around Jatujak market every weekend
- A national army that “does not encourage their men to act like hooligans”. (Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont)
I think my campaign would draw a few more people to Thailand than TAT’s ideas. What would your seven wonders be? What would attract new tourists to come to Thailand for their vacations?