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Posted by somtam2000 on 6/12/2008 at 19:03 admin

2008 has already bestowed upon us the splendid "Visit Indonesia 2008. Celebrating 100 Years of Nation's Awakening" courtesy of Indonesia's Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Who would have thought we could expect an even bigger clanger in the same year?

The Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) isn't one to be outdone, and according to media reports they're on the brink of launching "Apologies Thailand".

Catchy? We don't think so either.

Aside from the fact that it is grammatically incorrect and really doesn't make any sense at all, if they wanted to apologise for the slight inconvenience of having two of the country's international airports overrun by a mob for seven days in peak tourist season, then perhaps something like "Thailand: Take the bus" may have been more appropriate.

Anyhoo, we know what a smart lot you Travelfishers are, so we're running a competition: can you come up with a better slogan than "Apologies Thailand"?

The winner gets a complimentary copy of every single one of our Travelfish Guides -- worth around US$80 in total -- and a Travelfish T-shirt printed with the winning slogan. Entries close December 31, 2008.

Have fun, and remember: Grammar doesn't matter!

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Posted by travelhappy on 6/12/2008 at 19:25

"Thailand Epic Fail" would make a good tshirt amongst geeks. Although maybe not on the streets of Bangkok...

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Posted by exacto on 6/12/2008 at 22:45

"Thailand: At least its not Burma!"

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Posted by Dongphuvieng on 7/12/2008 at 11:02

At a party in Bangkok last night I saw a T-shirt with:
The Amazing Race Asia: From Bangkok to Penang by bus.

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Posted by asiatravelguide on 7/12/2008 at 12:27

How about:

"PAD out your holiday in Thailand"

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Posted by DLuek on 8/12/2008 at 08:07 TF writer

"Thailand: Stay awhile"

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Posted by DLuek on 8/12/2008 at 08:14 TF writer

"Thailand: Easier to leave than Antarctica"

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Posted by DLuek on 8/12/2008 at 08:16 TF writer

...or should it be...?

"Thailand: Leave more easy than Antarctica"

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Posted by fondo on 8/12/2008 at 16:23

Thailand - our LOS is your LOSS

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Posted by Khwai on 8/12/2008 at 16:50

Amazing Thairand in proper Engrish

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Posted by Khwai on 8/12/2008 at 16:52

...to avoid misunderstandings. It's only:

"Amazing Thairand"

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Posted by DLuek on 9/12/2008 at 04:33 TF writer

MAKE YOU STAY MAKE YOU PAY THAILAND

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Posted by DLuek on 9/12/2008 at 04:34 TF writer

"The Land of Walk Many Miles"

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Posted by carlocargo on 9/12/2008 at 15:21

the airport that packs a pow:
UTAPAO!

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Posted by carlocargo on 9/12/2008 at 15:24

Fly PAD thai airways...getting out is half the fun.

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Posted by carlocargo on 9/12/2008 at 15:51

Welcome Back Sale!
One way ticket only. Free visa extension.

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Posted by carlocargo on 9/12/2008 at 15:52

Mai Pen Rai Thailand
(That's life folks! Deal with it!)

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Posted by DLuek on 10/12/2008 at 12:39 TF writer

Sky Blue No Coup Thailand

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Posted by DLuek on 10/12/2008 at 12:50 TF writer

Want to do something adventurous next holiday?

Witness a real live military coup in exotic Bangkok!

Act now, event takes place just once every three years!

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Posted by DLuek on 10/12/2008 at 12:51 TF writer

Sunny Beaches, Friendly People, Civil Unrest... Thailand

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Posted by asiatravelguide on 10/12/2008 at 14:34

Thailand: the safest coups in the world

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Posted by fivesilver on 10/12/2008 at 20:21

THAILAND - Come for the reputation; stay for the duration.

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Posted by fivesilver on 10/12/2008 at 20:28

or....
THAILAND - Democracy without the rednecks.

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Posted by Khwai on 11/12/2008 at 13:31

Thailand - It's so amazing, you'll find it hard to leave.

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Posted by Jon_Mak_Mak on 14/12/2008 at 05:11

Thailand - We love you long time.

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Posted by Jon_Mak_Mak on 14/12/2008 at 05:12

I know thats abit obvious but I was gonna say..

'Explore Thailand - More than just Pattaya!'

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Posted by azrulazmie on 15/12/2008 at 14:22

Military Coup in Thailand: Alive to Tell the Story

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Posted by joble81 on 18/12/2008 at 21:39

Run out of annual leave? let us help: Thailand.

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Posted by Entransit on 19/12/2008 at 11:21

Posted from within Vietnam.

T his
I s
T hailand!

for

T hailand
A uthority of
T ourism

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Posted by Entransit on 19/12/2008 at 11:23

Posted from within Vietnam.

Oh I guess that should be
T ourist
A uthority of
T hailand

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Posted by guineverjavier on 30/12/2008 at 09:17

Thailand: Just Can't Leave You Behind

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Posted by msylak on 30/12/2008 at 10:54

Couptastic Thailand

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Posted by tomyamgung on 30/12/2008 at 12:30

I love Thailand. Mai Pen Rai.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 30/12/2008 at 13:10 admin

We've had a couple of entries in by email:

UNBE-LEAVE-ABLE THAILAND! (JF in Chiang Mai)

Sawatdee Coup! (KK in Bangkok)

Hair Raising Thailand
and
Thailand: beautiful one day, a basket case the next.
and
Thailand: mountains, beaches and manic street preachers (all DG in Melbourne)

Keep them coming, just one day to go!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 3/1/2009 at 08:47 admin

Ok winner is in -- DLuek for "Thailand: Stay awhile", with honourable mentions to "Thailand: At least it's not Burma" and "Thailand: mountains, beaches and manic street preachers".

DLuek, we've credited your account with all the Travelfish Guides and will be in touch by email regarding the Tshirt.

Thanks to all for entering!

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Posted by DLuek on 3/1/2009 at 11:01 TF writer

Thanks for the guides!

Personally, I liked "Sawatdee Coup!"

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Posted by exacto on 5/1/2009 at 09:22

thanks for the honorable mention! i guess that and 50 baht buys me a chang beer at any 7-11 :-).

you know, i can think of worse places to be marooned than thailand. sawasdii pii mai!

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Posted by Jon_Mak_Mak on 5/1/2009 at 20:21

Sawadee Coup!! Brilliant!!! lol

:)

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