A sky park is coming
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) plans to launch the country's first sky park over the Chao Phraya River next March.
Called Phra Pok Klao Sky Park, the project will be built on the unfinished skytrain structure built in 1984 in the middle of Chao Phraya River, located between the in-and-outbound lanes of the Phra Pok Klao Bridge. The bridge is close to the Memorial Bridge known as Saphan Phut in Thai and is not far from Pak Klong Talat, the famous flower market on the Bangkok side and Wong Wian Yai in the Thon Buri area.
The plan to build the sky park was initiated by the BMA in 2017 and was recently approved by related authorities including the Port Authority of Thailand. Designed by the Urban Design and Development Centre, the park will be 280m long and 8.5m wide.
It will have an entrance on both the Bangkok and Thon Buri sides. There will be a bicycle lane, staircases and lifts to facilitate the elderly and those who use wheelchairs. The cost of investment is estimated at 129 million baht. The BMA last month signed a contract with SGR Enterprise for the construction.
The elevated public park will be a new tourism landmark where people can enjoy a view of the Chao Phraya River and will add a new green area to the capital.
- Thai AirAsia will launch its first direct flight from Bangkok to Can Tho in Vietnam today. The service will be available every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The flight will depart Don Mueang International Airport at 11.20am and will arrive in Can Tho International Airport at 1pm. The inbound flight will depart from Can Tho at 1.30pm and will arrive in Bangkok at 3pm. Thai AirAsia currently operates four routes from Thailand to Vietnam including Bangkok to Hanoi, to Ho Chi Minh City and to Da Nang, and Chiang Mai to Hanoi.
The flight from Bangkok to Can Tho will be the airline's fifth route to Vietnam.
- Thai Airways has launched the "See The World. Sense The World" photo contest to offer round-trip tickets.
Participants must be passengers who travel with THAI or THAI Smile from April 26 to July 15 and must be at least 18 years old. They can join the contest by sharing a picture or a set of up to three photos per trip on their Facebook or Instagram and set the status as a public post.
The caption must have #LetsSenseTheWorld, flights number and travel dates. The first prize will be a round-trip Royal Silk class seat to any destination of Thai Airways. A total of 37 air tickets will be awarded to winners of second to fifth prizes. The winner names will be announced on Aug 15.
- Bangkok Airways has joined hands with a group of Thai artists, Thavorn Hotels & Resorts, Love Andaman, Andaman Passion and QS Retails Thailand to host a charity concert.
Called One The Beach Boutique Charity Concert, the event raised about 200,000 baht fund. All proceeds were given to Vachira Phuket Hospital and Stray Dogs Foundation in Phuket.
HOTEL DEALS & UPDATE
- SALA Samui Choengmon Beach Resort has reduced more than 170,000 pieces of one-time use plastic products during the past 12 months.
According to the resort, it implemented various green initiatives such as replacing 63,000 plastic bottles for drinking water with refillable glass bottles. It stopped using 52,000 plastic bags, instead using an eco-friendly version made of corn starch.
About 38,000 plastic straws were replaced with biodegradable straws, which will be available upon request. About 18,600 plastic butter containers have been removed from its breakfast tables.
The hotel also plans to introduce more eco-friendly products including packaging for toiletries which will be made from stone paper and printed with soy ink. Shower caps and sanitary bags will be made from cornstarch, and toothbrushes and combs will soon be made from bamboo.
The resort is located on Ban Plai Laem on Koh Samui.
- The Okura Prestige Bangkok will celebrate its seven years of operation on May 14 with a seventh anniversary package.
It offers hotel credits to guests who book a room during May 1-10 for a stay at least two nights between May 5 and Sept 30. The credits, up to 70% of the room rate, can be used for food, beverages and services during their stay.
The hotel is located on Witthayu Road.
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