Bangkok's Chinatown is currently bustling with the grand celebrations of the Chinese New Year 2024, marking the 49th anniversary of Thailand-China diplomatic relations. The festivities, launched at Yaowarat road by Minister of Tourism and Sports Sudawan Wangsuphakijkosol and Wu Zhiwu from the Chinese Embassy, feature a "Tunnel of Golden Dragon" and are themed "Celebrating the Golden Year."
During the ceremony, high-ranking officials from both Thailand and China affirmed their commitment to strengthening bilateral relations through cultural exchange. With a projected 995,000 visitors expected during the February 7-15 period, Thailand anticipates a significant boost in tourism revenue, partly attributed to the tourist visa exemption policy favoring Chinese visitors.
According to TAT Governor Thapanee Kiatphaibool, the celebrations extend beyond Bangkok, with the tourism body supporting events in five provinces with significant Thai-Chinese populations, including Nakhon Sawan, Chiang Mai, Songkhla, Suphan Buri, and Ratchaburi.
The TAT Governor highlighted this year's emphasis on commemorating the long-standing friendship and cultural interactions between Thailand and China. The extensive celebrations across multiple venues are designed to appeal to both Thai-Chinese communities and international tourists, demonstrating Thailand's diverse cultural legacy and tourism offerings.