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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!
At a party in Bangkok last night I saw a T-shirt with:
The Amazing Race Asia: From Bangkok to Penang by bus.
#4 Dongphuvieng has been a member since 18/10/2006. Posts: 7
"PAD out your holiday in Thailand"
#5 asiatravelguide has been a member since 7/12/2008. Posts: 2
Amazing Thairand in proper Engrish
#10 Khwai has been a member since 8/12/2008. Posts: 4
...to avoid misunderstandings. It's only:
#11 Khwai has been a member since 8/12/2008. Posts: 4
the airport that packs a pow:
#14 carlocargo has been a member since 20/4/2007. Posts: 22
Fly PAD thai airways...getting out is half the fun.
#15 carlocargo has been a member since 20/4/2007. Posts: 22
Welcome Back Sale!
One way ticket only. Free visa extension.
#16 carlocargo has been a member since 20/4/2007. Posts: 22
Mai Pen Rai Thailand
(That's life folks! Deal with it!)
#17 carlocargo has been a member since 20/4/2007. Posts: 22
Thailand: the safest coups in the world
#21 asiatravelguide has been a member since 7/12/2008. Posts: 2
THAILAND - Come for the reputation; stay for the duration.
#22 fivesilver has been a member since 3/8/2008. Posts: 39
THAILAND - Democracy without the rednecks.
#23 fivesilver has been a member since 3/8/2008. Posts: 39
Thailand - It's so amazing, you'll find it hard to leave.
#24 Khwai has been a member since 8/12/2008. Posts: 4
Military Coup in Thailand: Alive to Tell the Story
#27 azrulazmie has been a member since 15/12/2008. Posts: 1
Run out of annual leave? let us help: Thailand.
#28 joble81 has been a member since 18/12/2008. Posts: 7
Thailand: Just Can't Leave You Behind
#31 guineverjavier has been a member since 30/12/2008. Posts: 2
#32 msylak has been a member since 31/10/2006. Posts: 2
I love Thailand. Mai Pen Rai.
#33 tomyamgung has been a member since 30/12/2008. Posts: 1
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
Thailand: beautiful one day, a basket case the next.
Thailand: mountains, beaches and manic street preachers (all DG in Melbourne)
Keep them coming, just one day to go!
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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