Daytripping in Bangkok

Santa Cruz Church in Kudi Chin Community. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)

Nakhonchai Air bus operator has launched a one-day Bangkok trip.

Called "Treasure Bangkok", the package is organised every other Saturday running from Aug 17 to Dec 21.

The attractions include Wat Arun, or the Temple of Dawn, Wat Kanlayanamit, Wat Prayun, Kudi Chin Community to taste khanom farang kudi chin or the sponge cake topped with slices of sweeten sliced pumpkin, dried persimmon and raisins, the old Chinese community and its museum, and Yaowarat.

The service is operated by using a 15-seat minibus. The bus will leave its station at Nakhonchai Air bus terminal on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, platform A, at 8am and will return to the station around 8pm.

The package is priced at 1,299 baht per person. It includes breakfast, lunch, a Thai-language guide with an option of English speaking guide if requested. Nakhonchai Air also has a special promotion to celebrate the Mother's Day by offering buy-one-get-one free tickets for a passenger travelling with his/her mother.

Visit facebook/nakhonchaiair.official or call 092-415-5335.

Girl Power for over 50s

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has joined hands with partners to launch the "Girl Gang Lun La" campaign.

Although it uses the word "girl", the target is women aged 50 up. According to TAT, the campaign focused on middle-aged women as they have high purchasing power.

TAT recommends activities, things to do and where to stay in 10 provinces including Chiang Rai, Kanchanaburi, Prachin Buri, Chanthaburi, Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon, Pran Buri, Phuket, Surat Thani and Yala. Also offered are discounts for hotels and airlines.



- Mumbai-based low-cost carrier Go Airlines has launched daily direct flights from Delhi and Mumbai in India to Bangkok.

The outbound flight from Delhi departs at 7.15am and will arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport at 1pm. The return flight to Delhi will depart at 2pm and will arrive in India at 4.25pm.

For the service between Mumbai and Bangkok, the flight departs Mumbai at 1.45pm and will arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport at 7.55pm. The return leg to Mumbai will leave at 8.55pm and the arrival time in India will be 11.30pm.

To promote the new routes, the airline has promotions including 20kg of free baggage allowance.


- Bangkok Airways has signed a codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines.

Under the partnership, passengers of Turkish Airlines can connect to both domestic and international flights operated by Bangkok Airways.

Currently, the network covers 16 round-trip routes from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Sukhothai, Trat, Koh Samui, Phuket, Krabi, Danang, Phu Quoc, Yangon, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw, Vientiane, Luang Prabang and between Phuket and Koh Samui. Two more round-trip routes from Bangkok to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are now under the process of approval for the codeshare service.


- Star Alliance, the world's largest airline alliance, has signed a partnership agreement with NEC Corporation to develop a biometric data-based identification platform.

The aim is to improve the travel experience for frequent flyer programme customers of Star Alliance member airlines.

The technology will enable passengers to check-in, use airline lounges and board the aircraft by using facial recognition technology. Passengers may be required to show their passport during security and immigration procedures.

The service will be available to customers who are members of one of the Star Alliance frequent flyer programmes and who have authorised the use of their biometric data.

Star Alliance and NEC aim to introduce the first biometric solution at a Star Alliance airport hub by the first quarter of 2020.


- InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) plans to stop providing small plastic bottles for its bathroom amenities in all 843,000 guest rooms worldwide.

The aim is to reduce plastic waste. Currently, an average of 200 million bathroom miniatures is in use across its entire hotel estate every year.

The property brands operated under IHG are Regent, InterContiental, Kimpton, Hualuxe, Crowne Plaza, Voco, Indigo, Even, Avid, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Candelwood Suites.

The group of hotels and resorts will switch to bulk-size bathroom amenities. The project will be completed in 2021.


- Avani+Samui launches "Girls Gataway" package. The offer includes daily breakfast, a 60-minute signature treatment at AvaniSPA, a BBQ in the villa with bubbles, beach yoga session, a cocktail-making class, a night out in Chaweng with private transfers, a longtail boat trip to neighbouring Koh Madsum and a round-trip airport transfer to and from the hotel.

Prices start from 26,999++ baht for two people and two nights in a pool villa. Reservations must be made at least 14 days in advance.

Located on Phang Ka Bay in tambon Taling Ngam, the property features 58 rooms including one- and two-bedroom beachfront pool villas.


- The Grand Pacific Sovereign Resort & Spa in Cha Am has launched "Hello High Season" promotion to offer a 30% discount on rooms.

The rates for a night stay starts at 1,427 baht for a Deluxe Garden View without breakfast to 3,132 baht for Deluxe Pool View with breakfast for two.

The beachfront hotel features 224 rooms including suites.


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