Learn muay Thai

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched the Awesome Muay Thai guidebook.

Awesome Muay Thai e-book The Tourism Authority of Thailand

It aims to promote tourism via the well-known traditional martial art.

TAT executive director of Product Promotion Department Thapanee Kiatpaiboon said more foreigners study muay Thai for exercise and for general knowledge about the self defence technique. When they visit Thailand in order to learn muay Thai from real masters, they want to know where they can join a muay Thai camp in their preferred destination.

The Awesome Muay Thai book provides information in English. The 250-page book contains information on the history of muay Thai, the wai kru ceremony which is performed by students and fighters to show respect to teachers, tattoos and muay Thai, muay Thai stadiums, gyms and camps in Bangkok and other provinces throughout the nation, muay Thai-themed accommodation and shopping outlets for the sport.

The e-book is available free of charge at tourismthailand.org/tourismproduct.

Worldwide tourism grows

Worldwide international tourist arrivals grew 4%, reaching 671 million during the first half of this year or almost 30 million more than the same period of 2018, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.

The growth was led by the Middle East (+8%) and Asia and the Pacific (+6%). International arrivals in Europe grew 4%, while Africa (+3%) and the Americas (+2%) enjoyed more moderate growth. The drivers of these results have been a strong economy, affordable air travel, increased air connectivity and enhanced visa facilitation. However, weaker economic indicators, prolonged uncertainty about Brexit, trade and technological tensions and rising geopolitical challenges have started to take a toll on business and consumer confidence.

Visit unwto.org.


AIRLINES UPDATE

NokAir will launch its first direct flight from Bangkok to Guwahati, the capital city of the northeastern state of Assam in India, on Sept 21.

The service will be available two times a week 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 about three hours.

Visit nokair.com or call 1318.

AirAsia has officially welcomed its first two Airbus A330neo aircraft in Don Mueang International Airport.

The two aircraft will be initially deployed on existing long-haul routes operated by AirAsia X Thailand. The destinations include Japan, Australia, China and South Korea.

The Airbus A330neo features 12 premium flatbeds, 365 standard seats, larger cabin storage, ambient mood lighting, power sockets in every seat and the quietest cabin in its class.

AirAsia X also placed an order with Airbus for an additional 12 A330neo, bringing a total 78 aircraft on order for this type.

AirAsia also ordered 30 new-generation A321XLR aircraft, the single-aisle extra long range aircraft promoting even lower fuel burn.

Visit airasia.com.


HOTEL DEALS & UPDATE

Kundala Beach Resort has been opened in Hua Hin. Located on Khao Takiab Beach, the resort features seven room types including Pool Villas (70m²), Beachfront Jacuzzi Suite (80m²) and a two-bedroom Kundala Residence (210m²).

The property has one restaurant, swimming pool, an aquarium pool where you can snorkel to see schools of fish and a pool bar.

Visit kundalabeachresort.com or call 032-536-800.

Suan Sampran in Nakhon Pathom offers an Organic Weekend Package, offering up to 29% discount on rooms.

Available for booking during Friday to Sunday, a night stay is priced from 3,000 baht (Superior River Wing Room) to 6,000 baht (Family or Executive suite) including taxes and service charge.

The package includes breakfast for two, a two-hour tour in Patom Organic Farm, a workshop on learning how to make organic products at Patom Organic Village and 10% discount at Patom Organic Spa.

The hotel is located on a 127 rai plot of land on the bank of the Tha Chin River and about 80km from Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Visit suansampran.com or call 034-322-588 to 93.

Aman Resorts has signed a partnership with Nai Lert Group to open its first Aman brand in Bangkok. Under the agreement, Aman and Nai Lert Group will develop a luxury hotel and residences project. It will be named Aman Nai Lert Bangkok and will be opened in 2022.

"Nestled in the century-old tropical gardens of Nai Lert Park, Aman Nai Lert Bangkok will offer a unique connection to the rich heritage and history of Bangkok enhanced by the gracious traditions of Thailand," said Aman Chairman and CEO Vladislav Doronin. When the project is completed, it will be the second property in Thailand after Amanpuri in Phuket.

Visit aman.com.


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