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Skal members in Bangkok welcome Thailand’s first astronaut

July 18, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

Tourism and hospitality professionals at Skal International Bangkok, part of the global travel industry networking organisation, welcomed Thailand’s ultimate traveller Khun Pirada Vechavijit as guest speaker at a luncheon held at the Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok hotel on 15 July 2014.

Khun Pirada, a Space Technology Engineer at GISTDA (Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency) in Chonburi, is training for her historic space flight next year on board the Lynx Mark 11 sub-orbital spacecraft. She landed her seat in space against intense competition from more than 500,000 applicants in 62 countries. Khun Pirada, a graduate of King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, is one of just 23 young men and women selected to become space travellers in 2015.

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Members of the Skal International Bangkok Executive Committee pictured with special guests at the organisation’s monthly networking luncheon on 15 July 2014. Seated: Khun Pirada Techavijit (right), now training to become Thailand’s first astronaut, and Khun Kanokros Sakdanares, newly-elected President of Thailand’s Hotel Public Relations Association. Standing (left to right): Stephen Morton (Director – Young Skal); Khun Somsak Kiratipanich (Vice-President – Skal International Bangkok); Dale Lawrence (President – Skal International Bangkok) and Brinley Waddell (Skal’s International Councillor for Thailand).

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Khun Pirada Techavijit (right) receives the traditional Benjarong china gift from Dale Lawrence – President of Skal International Bangkok.

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From left to right: Stephen Morton (Director – Young Skal); Khun Kanokros Sakdanares (President – Hotel PR Association of Thailand); Dale Lawrence (President – Skal International Bangkok); Khun Pirada Techavijit; Khun Somsak Kiratipanich (Vice-President – Skal International Bangkok) and Brinley Waddell (Skal’s International Councillor for Thailand).

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