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Bangkok Jazz Night by the River from 19-21 December 2014

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/12/19 16:40:00 (644 reads)

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is organising one of the country's biggest jazz music events from 19 to 21 December 2014, at the Santichaiprakarn Park, on Phra Arthit Road, in Bangkok's historic quarter. Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, TAT Governor said, "The Bangkok Jazz Night by the River is being organised to celebrate His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 87th birthday anniversary. H.M. King is the father figure for the nation, and among his many talents, he is an accomplished jazz musician and composer."

During the three-day event, TAT will organise a special exhibit in honour of H.M. King, depicting royal achievements and his talent as a jazz musician and composer. The exhibition area will also feature information about jazz music. Mr. Thawatchai said, "The Bangkok Jazz Night by the River is set to be the jazz festival of international significance, as it will see a number of famous jazz musicians from around the world joining in creating a weekend filled with extraordinary jazz music."

Among the leading local and international artists coming to perform at the event are Cheryl Hayes (US), Alexander Sergeenko (Russia), William Wait (US), Kuzu Suzuki (Japan) and Mark Hodgkins (UK). They will be joining the stage along with local artists including Kong Saharat, Mariam B5, ETC., Jennifer Kim and Koh Mr. Saxman. Highlight of the event is a performance by Chante' Moore (US), an award-winning American R&B and jazz singer, songwriter, and actress.

The Bangkok Jazz Night by the River will take place every evening, during 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., from 19 to 21 December 2014, in a pleasant and cool atmosphere of the Santichaiprakarn Park along the Chao Phraya River. Admission is free for all visitors.

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Dreadful year for Thailand's tourism

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/12/18 14:40:00 (698 reads)
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Ao Nang no three in Asia

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/12/12 17:10:00 (622 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 (612 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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