Bangkok's treasures

The Culture Ministry has joined hands with Next To Be Company to launch the Treasure Trip Bangkok app. The aim is to promote attractions, shopping outlets, restaurants and cafes near subway and Skytrain stations.

Treasure Trip app. The Culture Ministry

The app features an interactive "Metro Map", where users can select stations. The app then will show details of the route, including estimated travel time and nearby tourist places of the chosen stations.

The app also has an "Attractions" function with seven themes including "Culture & History", "Museum" and "Entertainment". When clicking on each theme, it will link to choices of attractions plus brief information of each site, users' reviews and ratings.

The "One Day Theme Trips" feature offers ideas for tourism routes as well.

The app supports Thai and English languages and can be downloaded free on Android and iOS smartphones.

Supporting SMEs

The Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration has partnered with the Digital Economy Promotion Agency and Lazada to help promote e-commerce services to small and medium enterprises and communities in Pattaya and its vicinity.

They recently launched a prototype website and a mobile app called Smart Active Beach. The e-market place offers tourism information, promotions of hotels, resorts, spas, restaurants and attractions. Choices of local fruits, processed food and snacks as well as crafts are also available.

The information is available in Thai, English, Chinese and Russian.

Visit smartactivebeach.dasta.or.th.


AIRLINES UPDATE

Bangkok Airways added another daily flight on the Bangkok-Phuket, Bangkok-Chiang Mai and Bangkok-Lampang routes since the beginning of September.

It flies two daily flights to Phuket at 10am and 5pm (new flight) from Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The return flights from Phuket airport are 12.15pm and 7.15pm.

The flights to Chiang Mai are available three times a day. They will depart Bangkok at 8.30am (new flight), 2.40pm and 4.55pm. The return flights depart from Chiang Mai airport at 10.40am, 4.50pm and 7.05pm.

The flights to Lampang depart from Suvarnabhumi airport at 7.45am (new flight) and 11.50am. The inbound flights to Bangkok are at 9.45am and 2pm.

Visit bangkokair.com.

Thai Vietjet will launch a flight from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani, starting on Oct 6.

The flight will be available daily. It will depart Suvarnabhumi International Airport at 10.45am and the return flight from Ubon Ratchathani will be at 12.25pm. The flying time is one hour and 15 minutes.

Visit skyfun.vietjetair.com.


HOTEL DEALS & UPDATE

Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park has launched a 50% discount on rooms.

Prices start from 999++ baht per night excluding breakfast. The offer also includes 20% discount for food and beverages at all restaurants and bars, and 50% off for spa treatments.

The offer is available until Sept 10 for stay until Nov 30.

Visit bangkokmarriottmarquis.com or call 02-059-5555.

Dusit International will open Asai Bangkok Chinatown on Sept 15. Located on Charoen Krung Road, the hotel will feature 224 rooms (19m² to 28m²), a communal area, gym, restaurant, bar and an organic herb garden.

To celebrate the opening, the hotel offers a "Pre-opening Package: Be The First To Stay" promotion.

A night stay is priced at 1,509 baht. The price includes breakfast for two, a room upgrade to "Comfy City Room", a 150 credit per person for use in the restaurant and bar, 15% discount on all food and drink, early check-in from 9.15am and late check-out until 6pm.

The promotion will be available until Oct 31 for stay from Sept 15 to Dec 15.

Asai brand is targeted at millennial travellers. It is Dusit's sixth hotel brand in addition to Dusit Thani, dusitD2, Dusit Princess, Dusit Devarana and Elite Havens.

Visit asaihotels.com.

Capella Bangkok will open on Oct 1. Located in the Chao Phraya Estate, the mixed-use project by Country Group Development, the property is located on a 35.2 rai site on the bank of the Chao Phraya River on Charoen Krung Road.

The hotel will have 101 rooms and suites, a restaurant, bar, lounge, fitness centre and spa. The hotel also offers boat shuttles to IconSiam and Sathon Pier.

The property launches "A Star Is Born" promotion to offer rooms with breakfast for two, flexible check-in and check-out, daily resort credit per room starting from 3,000 baht to 8,000 baht and airport transfer.

Visit capellahotels.com/en/capella-bangkok.


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