The Coin Museum. (Photo by Nattapol Lovakij)

The Coin Museum in Bangkok has opened new exhibitions and launched a mobile app.

The museum is on Chakrabongse Road, a short walk from the National Gallery and Bangkok National Museum. Operated by the Treasury Department, it exhibits historical coins from Thailand and throughout the world, plus state-of-the-art presentations with 4D technology to teach visitors more about coins and the ideas behind each design.

Also on display are other items used for trade in the past, such as cowrie shells which were once used as a form of international currency, especially in Africa, the South Sea Islands and Asia. Other examples include animal fangs in Fiji and Papua New Guinea, squirrel skins in Mongolia, salt in Africa and tea leaves in China. There is a zone featuring an interactive screen with games.

Visitors will learn about the origins of coins, dating back to about 2,700 years ago and the kingdom of Lydia in modern-day Turkey where they are believed to have first been used. The history of coins in Thailand charts their use from the Dvaravati era up to the present Rattanakosin period. There is a display of coins from around the world, with an exhibition on special coin collections in Thailand.

The museum has launched its Coin Museum App in Thai and English, available for free at Google Play for Android mobile phones only.

The Coin Museum is open 8.30am to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Friday, and 10am to 6pm, weekends and holidays. Admission is free.

Visit emuseum.treasury.go.th or facebook/coinmuseumthailand or call 02-282-0818.


- Thai Airways will serve special desserts to mark Father's Day today.

The desserts will be made using yellow ingredients, such as Japanese pumpkin, from the Royal Project.

Special desserts on Father's Day. Thai Airways

For international flights, First Class passengers will be served pineapple fresh ginger coconut mousse with coconut ice cream. In Royal Silk Class and Economy Class, pumpkin cheese tart will be served. The desserts will be provided during lunch and dinner on all flights departing from Bangkok, except for flights to Kuala Lumpur, India and the Middle East.

For domestic flights, passengers travelling in Royal Silk Class will be served pumpkin in coconut cream on all outbound flights departing from Bangkok and kanom tong boran on inbound flights to Bangkok, except for flight TG226 from Phuket to Bangkok. Passengers travelling in Economy Class will be served kanom tua tong.

Visit thaiairways.com.

- AirAsia will expand its Bangkok-Hong Kong service.

Starting from Jan 15 to March 28, the additional service will be available in the late morning.

Flights from Don Mueang International Airport will now depart at 6.35am, 10am (new flight), 3.30pm and 5.55pm. The return flights will depart from Hong Kong at 10.45am, 2.40pm (new flight), 8.10pm and 10.20pm. The new service will be available on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday.

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- Dusit International has signed a hotel management agreement with International Builders Corporation, a construction company based in Iloilo City, the Philippines, to operate the Dusit Princess Boracay hotel.

Located on the west coast of Boracay, about 15 minutes drive from Cagban Jetty Port, the beachfront hotel will have a contemporary design. It will comprise 120 rooms and suites, a swimming pool, fitness centre, restaurant and function rooms.

The hotel is scheduled to open in early 2021.

Visit dusit.com.

- The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort is offering discounts of up to 30% for guests who stay at least three nights. Prices range from 9,520 baht a night for a Garden Room (45m²) to 29,600 baht for a two-bedroom Tubkaak Suite (300m²). An additional 5% discount will be provided to Escape Club members.

Located on a 6 rai plot of land on Tubkaak Beach in Krabi, the beachfront property houses 42 rooms and villas.

Visit tubkaakresort.com.

- The Passage Samui Villas & Resort on Koh Samui has launched the "Best Deal" programme to guests who book on its website.

It offers choices of five-, seven- and nine-night stays. For a five-night stay, guests will receive a complimentary transfer service from Samui airport. For seven nights, they will receive a round-trip transfer service to and from the airport. For the nine-night stay, they will also get a free dinner set for two.

Prices per night start at 3,036 baht for a Deluxe room (33m²) and rise to 8,811 baht for Beachfront Pool Villa (310m²).

Visit thepassagesamui.com.

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