Ao Manao opens up
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Ao Manao opens up

Ao Manao opens up
Ao Manao. (Photo: Karnjana Karnjanatawe)

The scenic Ao Manao Beach in Muang district of Prachuap Khiri Khan will open to the public tomorrow.

The half-moon-shaped bay belongs to Air Force Wing 5. The place has been closed for two months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since June 1, the beachfront Fa Chom Kluen hotel ( is available for booking and for overnight stays starting on June 5. The beach is also open for swimming.

That is in contrast to the beaches in neighbouring Phetchaburi province. The official announcement of the Phetchaburi governor allows all beaches including the popular Cha-am beach to be open, but visitors are not allowed to swim or play water sports.

The governor instead allows food vendors and other service providers including those who provide horse riding and beachfront canvas seats to offer their services.

In Chon Buri on the east coast, all beaches in Pattaya have been opened since June 1. However, group activities like beach volleyball, jetskiing or banana boat rides are not yet allowed.

Those who offer beach chairs for rent must follow the social distancing rules by placing the seats at least 1m away from one another, otherwise the service will be suspended.

A violation will result in a charge up to one year in prison or a fine up to 100,000 baht.

Bus service ready to go

Nakhonchai Air interprovincial bus operator has resumed its service since June 1.

The company implements social distancing rules by allowing passengers to sit only at window seats. Passengers must wear masks all the time and must check in and out before and after boarding the bus by using the Thai Chana platform.

Visit or contact its Call Centre 1624.


- Airports of Thailand announces airline schedules from Bangkok to Hat Yai and Chiang Mai this month.

For Hat Yai, three low-cost airlines offering services from Don Mueang International Airport are Air Asia (four daily flights), Nok Air (four daily flights) and Thai Lion Air (one flight per day on Tuesday and Saturday).

Thai Smile offers a service daily from Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

For Chiang Mai, three airlines offering daily services from Don Mueang International Airport are Air Asia (four daily flights), Nok Air (four daily flights) and Thai Lion Air flying only on Friday and Sunday.

Another three airlines offer the service from Suvarnabhumi International Airport are Bangkok Airways (two daily flights), Thai Smile (two daily flights) and Thai Vietjet Air (four daily flights).

- Bangkok Airways offers additional baggage allowance from 20kg to 40kg at no extra charge.

The airline also waives ticket issuing fees of 60 baht per flight for tickets issued online via and 120 baht for tickets issued via its call centre 1771 and from its ticket offices from June 1 to Oct 31.

The aim is to facilitate passengers who need to travel during the Covid-19 epidemic.



- The beachfront Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort offers a complimentary three-day package for medical professionals who help Covid-19 patients.

Available until Sept 30, the package includes a two-night stay in either Superior or Garden room with daily breakfast. For general guests, the hotel has a 30% discount when booking for a minimum of three nights.


- Samujana, a luxury villa estate on Koh Samui, offers a Summer 2020 package with 25% off.

Available until Sept 30, the promotion is applied to four, five, six, and seven-bedroom villas only and with at least three nights stay.

Kids who are 12 years old or younger can stay without an extra charge for extra beds with a maximum of three children. The package also offers a Thai family dinner.


- Movenpick BDMS Wellness Resort on Witthayu Road launches voucher packages for Thai residents.

It offers up to 50% off until June 8 and with the flexibility to book stays until Dec 23.

Prices start from 3,900 baht net for a two-night stay in a Deluxe room with daily breakfast for two. The hotel will resume its service on Sept 1.


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