House of Museums, known as Ban Phiphitthaphan in Thai, is hosting an exhibition to raise funds for its second branch in Nakhon Pathom.
The present museum is located on Soi 3 of Sala Thammasop Road in Bangkok. It was founded in 2001 by Anake Nawigamune, the author of a number of books on art, culture and history. He wants to collect and preserve objects people used in their everyday lives 50-100 years ago. The museum has been operated by a private group of like-minded art connoisseurs that calls itself the Cultural Affairs Association.
During 18 years of operation, Anake has received so many donations from the public that he needed to get a new place to display them.
The Cultural Affairs Association bought a 4 rai plot of land that is close to an old Ngio Rai market on the banks of the Thai Chin River in the Nakhon Chaisi district in Nakhon Pathom. The second House of Museums will be located about 25km away from the first.
The House of Museums in the Ngio Rai market will also be a learning centre for weekend goers to experience not only old items, but also organic farms. However, the project still needs about 17 million baht in investment. To raise the funds, the House of Museums has organised a weeklong exhibition about the plan to build the museum on the first floor of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre from now until Aug 4. There will also be forums. All proceeds will be used for the construction of the new House of Museums.
Visit the House of Museums Facebook page at facebook.com/bkkhouseofmuseums.
Suvarnabhumi 15th for business
Suvarnabhumi International Airport is ranked 15th in the World's Best Airport for Business Travellers, according to GlobeHunters, a London-based travel website. The site listed 45 busy airports and compared their facilities and services, including on-time arrival performance, transit time by bus and by car, number of airlines, cost of parking, and number of lounges available.
Narita International Airport in Japan was named No.1. It serves 42,601,130 passengers, and scored 81.1% for average on-time-arrival performance.
Frankfurt Airport in Germany is named the second, followed by Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Texas.
Four international airports in Southeast Asia are also in the list: Singapore Changi Airport (12th), Suvarnabhumi International Airport (15th), Kuala Lumpur International Airport (39th) and Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines (44th).
Suvarnabhumi International Airport serves 63,378,923 passengers, and scores 72.5% in average on-time-arrival performance.
- NokAir will stop its direct flights between Bangkok and Mae Hong Son on Aug 2.
It cited business loss as the reason. Prior to the announcement, the airline flew three times a week to Mae Hong Son.
Meanwhile the airline will launch direct flights from Bangkok to Guwahati, the capital city of the northeastern state of Assam in India. The service will start on Sept 21 and will be available two times a week on every Wednesday and Saturday.
The flight will depart Don Mueang Airport at 11.30pm and will arrive in Guwahati at 12.40am. The inbound flight will depart from Guwahati every Thursday and Sunday at 1.40am and will arrive in Bangkok at 6am. Travel time is two hours and 40 minutes.
- Thai Airways is launching preferred-seats selection on all international flights.
The service allows Economy Class and Royal Silk Class passengers to purchase their preferable seats after tickets are issued. For Economy Class, choices of the preferred seats are in the front row and the exit row. Royal Silk Class passengers can purchase first-class seats on flights where preferred-seats service is available.
Fees range from 480-8,935 baht, depending on destination and class of seat.
HOTEL DEALS & UPDATE
- The Avani Sukhumvit Bangkok Hotel has been opened. The property is located not far from BTS On Nut. It features 382 rooms, with sizes ranging from 26m-37m². Other facilities include a restaurant, fitness centre, spa, swimming pool with pool bar, meeting/function rooms and a ballroom.
Avani Sukhumvit operates a no-plastics policy. It's also launching a special promotion offering one-night-stay prices starting at 2,880 baht.
- Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort has stopped using single-use plastics.
The 255-room beachfront property offers guests a takeaway mug for refilling drinking water. It has a reverse-osmosis water plant to purify and bottle its own drinking water. All guest rooms, conference facilities and restaurants feature reusable glass bottles. All takeaway containers, including coffee cups, are produced from recycled materials.
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