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Ao Nang no three in Asia

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/12/12 17:10:00 (466 reads)
BANGKOK, 12 December 2014 : Thailand's Ao Nang, in Krabi province, is ranked third in TripAdvisor's top 10 Asian Destinations on the Rise 2015, but it was outranked by Danang in central Vietnam which took first place in Asia and the world.

Released last week, the rankings highlight 52 spots around the world that have seen the greatest increase in positive feedback and interest from

TripAdvisor website users, year-over-year. The ranking does not reflect actual bookings or trips to Krabi.

Ao Nang, the main tourist bay at the coastal province of Krabi, ranked third in Asia and fourth in the world.

Danang in Vietnam top of the list for both Asia and worldwide listings, while Sihanoukville in Cambodia also ranked in second for both lists.

The travel website said Ao Nang was "picture-perfect with stretches of gleaming sand, sparkling waters and candy-colored sunsets."

"Book a snorkel or Scuba tour for some underwater exploration, or just relax on the deck as you cruise between islands on a vintage teak boat. Rock climbers will drool over the limestone crags and cliffs of nearby Rai Leh," it said.

TripAdvisor's chief marketing officer, Barbara Messing, said the TripAdvisor community has helped to bring to the surface some unheralded destinations across the globe that are receiving rave reviews from travellers worldwide.

"From the boardwalks of the Jersey Shore to the temples of Vietnam, these award-winners offer highly-rated options for accommodations, restaurants and activities to inspire those planning their vacations for the new year."

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Samui airport gains slots

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/12/11 17:30:00 (530 reads)
SAMUI, 11 December 2014 : Samui Airport has gained approval from Thailand's Civil Aviation Department to increase flight slots to 50 a day.

Privately owned and operated by Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited the airport must comply with CAD rules that take into account safety and environment concerns when setting airport flight capacity ceilings.

Bangkok Airways CEO, Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, confirmed the increase on Tuesday.

"On average, there are 38 flights operating to and from Samui Airport daily, although actual flights vary from 32 to 45 flights daily depending on the season."

In addition to Bangkok Airways, THAI, SilkAir and Firefly also fly to Samui. There are also some charter flights from China and private flights.

There is a flight curfew from 2200 to 0600 for noise considerations, which limits expansion and available flight slots.

"The increase will help to encourage the tourism industry on Samui and nearby islands," the airline's CEO added.

It should also ensure Bangkok Airways can add flights to Samui by late March next year, but it will be a gradual increase to meed demand, the CEO explained.

Samui Airport is Bangkok Airways' second hub after Suvarnabhumi Airport, with flights to Krabi, Phuket, Chiang Mai, U-Tapao, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.

However, Bangkok Airways accounts almost 90% of total seat capacity to Samui.

Thai Airways operates just two daily flights to Samui from Bangkok, a route Bangkok Airways serves with up to 25 flights a day. Singapore Airlines (SIA) regional subsidiary SilkAir and Malaysia Airlines subsidiary, Firefly, each operate daily flights to Samui from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. China's Lucky Air currently operates three weekly flights from Kunming to Samui, according to OAG, aviation information and analytical services, data.

The airport is roughly 2 km north Chawaeng bay.

Samui Airport, built by Bangkok Airways opened in April 1989. It handles more than 1 million passengers a year.
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Thailand's first haunted trail running "U-Tapao Ripley's Run" is scheduled to take place on 13 December 2014, at the U-Tapao-Rayong-Pattaya International Airport in Sattahip, Chonburi. The U-Tapao Ripley's Run will focus on both the physical and emotional strengths of the runners, who will be challenged in an adventure trail haunted by more than 300 ghosts, brought especially to the Airport's runways by the Ripley's Believe It or not Museum.

The haunted trail running is organised by the Royal Thai Naval Air Division and Ripley's Believe It or not Museum, with support from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Tri Petch Isuzu Sales. Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, "This adventurous and exciting trail running experience follows the success of the Isuzu Roboman U-Tapao 2014 competition organised from 24 to 25 May this year at the U-Tapao-Rayong-Pattaya International Airport. These sporting events are being held to promote the beautiful environs and many ecotourism opportunities available within the extensive grounds of the Royal Thai Naval Air Division in Sattahip."

The U-Tapao Ripley's Run will feature three endurance disciplines: a 21 km half marathon, a 10.5 km quarter marathon and a 5 km micro marathon. The trail will feature a scenic route, lush forest, beautiful canal and hillside track, as well as old buildings and used aircraft hangars within the grounds of the Royal Thai Naval Air Division. En route, runners will be thrilled with an eerie haunted atmosphere, along with more than 300 scary ghosts, that are brought in to enhance the fun and excitement for the run.

On the event date (13 December 2014), registration will take place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The actual run will start from 1:30 p.m. with the 21 km half marathon, followed by the 10.5 km at 2 p.m., and the 5km at 2:15 p.m. The awards presentation is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. and the mini zombie party will begin at 5:30 p.m. The event will end at 9 p.m.

U-Tapao-Rayong-Pattaya International Airport operated by the Royal Thai Naval Air Division and is located just a two-hour drive from Bangkok or 30 minutes south of Pattaya.
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"No Smoking" Warning for Tourists in Bangkok

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/12/8 11:30:00 (501 reads)

If you are visiting Bangkok as a tourist then you should be warned that there are certain areas where you could be fined up to 2,000 Baht for smoking. For example, all of the parks in the city are "no smoking". The same goes for air-conditioned restaurants, temples, schools and government buildings. You will usually see a sign for this. Tourists who smoke should also be aware that you could be fined 2,000 Baht for littering if you throw your cigarette butt on the ground.

These pictures are of "Tetsakit" officials. They are like police who work for the local government. However, they do not have any powers to arrest you. Normally their duty is to monitor vendors selling things on sidewalks or take down illegal billboards by the side of the road. However, some of them have taken it upon themselves to target tourists who smoke and throw cigarette butts on the ground. On the skywalk in front of MBK is a popular hangout for these guys. These pictures were taken near Sukhumwit Soi 15 yesterday.

I don't want to call this a scam as there is indeed a law to stop people littering. But, what these guys do is very close to entrapment. It is also harassment of tourists who cannot read or speak Thai or English. There is usually a gang of 3 or 4 of them on walkie talkies. One stays in the main booth while the others are the spotters for foreigners smoking. They then pounce. The guy in the right of this picture had two 100 Baht notes in his hand and was about to give it to the Tetsakit officer. I'm not sure why as the fine is 2,000 Baht. Luckily for him, he was let off with a warning and didn't have to pay anything. Of course, this is nothing to do with the fact I was there taking pictures.

You have been warned, so please don't complain.
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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting local and international tourists to experience Bangkok's newest and innovative public art space 'The Ferry Gallery' that displays inspiring contemporary arts while cruising along the majestic Chao Phraya River.

TAT Governor Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik said, "As part of our plan to promote memorable travel experiences in Thailand to international visitors, this creative gallery on the river offers the chance for both tourists and cross-river commuters to contemplate arts while enjoying the sights and sounds of Chao Phraya River's majestic wonders. We appreciate the Gallery's creator, Ms. Kawita Vatanayankur, for introducing such innovative art space to Bangkok."

The Ferry Gallery runs across the Chao Phraya River between Tha Thien Pier and Wat Arun Pier, from 05.00 - 21.00 hrs. daily. The boat is a normal ferry that is also designed as an art space. There is no entrance fee, except for the normal ferry fee at three Baht per person per trip. The boat stops for about 10 minutes at each pier, and takes about five minutes to cross the river.

"The Gallery's highly touristic location and the sheer number of daily commuters put The Ferry Gallery in a special spot where a large number of audience is guaranteed and often repeated, thus creating opportunity of maximum exposure for the works exhibited," said Ms. Kawita, a Thai-Australian artist and entrepreneur who found the concept in January, this year.

The Ferry Gallery showcases professional artists' contemporary video art works, along with contemporary photography works that are exhibited on three large TV screen and eight light boxes placed on the outside of the boat. Each exhibition lasts from two to three months.

From now until 28 February, next year, the Ferry Gallery is now showing an art exhibition entitled 'Finding a Voice'. The exhibition presents video works by Australian artist Nina Ross titled "Finding a Voice (2012)" and "The Foreignness of Languages (2011)" as well as video work by Palestinian video artist, Sharif Waked titled "Gaza Zoo/Bath Time (2012)".

For more information on the art exhibition and the ferry schedule, visit
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