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Thai Airways seeks to reassure passengers as state of emergency begins

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Thai Airways seeks to reassure passengers as state of emergency begins

The Thai Government has confirmed it will impose a 60-day state of emergency in Bangkok and neighboring provinces as of today in response to protests and to cope with unrest. However, Thai Airways has reassured passengers the country remains a safe tourism destination. In a statement earlier Wit Kitchathorn, Thai Airways International general manager, UK & Ireland explained: “Thai Airways wishes to reassure all passengers travelling to Bangkok that Thailand’s capital remains a safe place to travel. “Our advice would be to avoid any areas...

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Thailand remained a popular tourist destination with 26.7m visitors

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Thailand remained a popular tourist destination with 26.7m visitors

Thailand has welcomed a total of 26,735,583 visitor arrivals in 2013, exceeding the year’s original target of 26.1 million and representing a 19.6 per cent increase over 22,353,903 international tourists in 2012. Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, Governor of TAT said, “This achievement brings much joy to Thailand and the country’s travel and tourism industry as a whole. These statistics are invaluable as evidence that despite the challenging factors including the ongoing political demonstrations in Bangkok, Thailand remains a popular and welcoming...

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THAI Smile gears up for five additional routes

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THAI Smile gears up for five additional routes

  THAI Airways International’s sub-brand, THAI  Smile, will commence three new routes to India, and one each to Malaysia and Myanmar from March 31. The carrier will begin five-weekly flights between Bangkok and Mandalay on March 31. Leaving Bangkok at 07.25, the plane will arrive at Mandalay at 08.50, taking off at 09.30 the same day and touching down in Bangkok at 11.55. Also on March 31, THAI Smile will launch twice-weekly Bangkok-Ahmedabad flights. The service will depart Bangkok at 19.30 and land in Ahmedabad at 23.00. On the...

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High-speed railways coming soon, Govt says

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High-speed railways coming soon, Govt says

  If all goes according to plan, land and water travel should be considerably quicker throughout much of the country by the year 2020, with the first Bangkok-Pattaya high-speed rail line completed by 2018.                                   Tourists chat in front of a billboard display of high-speed trains at Hua Lamphong railway station in Bangkok last March. The government has said such a scene will be real by 2018 – at least for Bangkok to Pattaya....

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High-speed railway in Thailand gets green light

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High-speed railway in Thailand gets green light

THAILAND’S cabinet yesterday okay-ed the construction of a high-speed train network to connect the entire country, which will also see links to Malaysia and Laos. The seven-year scheme will see the kingdom invest US$68 billion into developing the network, which will consist of four lines and 200 high-speed trains capable of running up to 250km/hour, reported AFP. The lines will connect Bangkok to regions in the north, south and east, as well as reach the Malaysian and Lao borders when complete. According to a cabinet document, the new...

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Bangkok Airways Launches Prepaid Baggage Service

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Bangkok Airways Launches Prepaid Baggage Service

    Bangkok Airways launched a new “Prepaid Baggage Service” yesterday, 13 March 2013. The service allows passengers to purchase over-weight baggage in advance. Prepaid packages start from THB 300 per 5 kilograms for domestic routes, and THB 1,000 per 5 kilograms for international routes – depending on destinations. To purchase the service, travellers in Thailand should contact the airline’s call center on 1771, or any of Bangkok Airways offices at least 24 hours prior to travelling time. The services can also be purchased...

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AirAsia Launches Bangkok/Phuket – Singapore Promotion

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AirAsia Launches Bangkok/Phuket – Singapore Promotion

AirAsia has launched a promotion on flights from Bangkok and Phuket to Singapore with fares from 1,890THB per way, including fees and airport tax, but excluding the processing fee. Bookings are available until 18 March 2013 for travel between 25 March and 31 May 2013. Plus, travellers that book tickets to Singapore on Thai AirAsia (FD) can also receive up to 25% off entry fees to some of Singapore’s most popular tourist sites, by presenting the AirAsia boarding pass. Mr. Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia, said, “Singapore is one of the...

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Bangkok is Asia-Pacific’s top destination city

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Bangkok is Asia-Pacific’s top destination city

Bangkok ranks third in the Global Top 20 Destinations in terms of both numbers of international visitors and spending, according to the latest MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index. Despite sluggish global economic growth, the number of people travelling abroad continues to increase, according to Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, MasterCard Worldwide’s global economic advisor. Total visitor numbers is projected to increase 5.7% from 174.9 million to 184.9 million, while total cross-border spending will rise 10.6% from US$217.8 billion (6,752...

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Is it Safe to Travel to Thailand for Vacation?

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Is it Safe to Travel to Thailand for Vacation?

Are you wondering if it is safe to travel to Thailand right now? The answer is a resounding yes. People from all over the world go to see the fantastic country of Thailand. As it is in traveling anywhere else, you have to be alert and have enough sense to get in and out of different places safely and in one piece, so to speak. All tourists are welcome here especially families on vacation. Occasional crimes happen, but the place is safer than most western countries in a general sense. As far as crimes go, most of the problems include scams,...

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Autochannel Active at Suvarnabhumi

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Autochannel Active at Suvarnabhumi

The automatic passport screening system at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport went into operation yesterday without a snag, much to the rejoice of passengers for the speed and convenience it provides The Immigration Bureau, which spent 76 million baht on the system known as Autochannel for initial use by Thai passport holders, voiced satisfaction with how it was easing passenger traffic at the crowded airport, especially in light of the coming Songkran holidays. “It works fine and we received a lot of compliments from passengers who...

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