Thailand-Cambodia highway 70% complete

A school of Blacktip Reef sharks are swimming near the shore of Aow Mai Ngam. (Photo © Mu Koh Surin National Park)

A new highway connecting Thailand and Cambodia is 70% complete, according to the Department of Highways.

The four-lane road will be named Highway 3646 and connect Ban Nong Ian in the Aranyaprathet district of Sa Kaeo province to the Thailand-Cambodia Friendship Bridge in Stung Bot community in Cambodia's Banteay Meanchey province.

The 2 billion baht road is about 25km long and will link Highway 33 and Highway 3366. It will help ease traffic at the Ban Khlong Luek checkpoint and facilitate logistics and tourism among the two countries in the future.

The construction of the highway is scheduled to be completed by next February.

Blacktip reef sharks spotted in Phangnga

A school of blacktip reef sharks have been seen swimming near Aow Mai Ngam in Mu Koh Surin National Park in Phangnga. According to the park, about 10 sharks were spotted last week. They swam in the shallow water not far from a camp area for tourists. Thanks to the closure of the park during Covid-19, there were no visitors on the island.

The blacktip reef shark can grow to a maximum size of 2m and weigh up to 13kg. The species is listed as "Near Threatened" on the IUCN Red List.

Mu Koh Surin National Park has been closed since the beginning of this month. It will reopen on Oct 15.


AIRLINES UPDATE

- The Skytrax passenger satisfaction survey for the World Airline Award 2021 is now open.

This year, it is adding a new Covid-19 Airline Award to recognise airlines that are doing their best during the pandemic.

The survey asks voters to provide names of airlines they have flown with in the last six months. The information must include the name of the airport, type of seat and their level of satisfaction regarding Covid-19 safety measures, including social distancing, cleanliness and protection gear of airline staff.

Other categories voters can participate in are Best Airline, Best Airline Seat, Best Airline Lounge, Best Airline Cabin Staff, Best Airline Meals and Best Inflight Entertainment.

Voters will be able to submit one vote for each category. Multiple votes from the same IP address in the same category will be removed, according to Skytrax.

Visit worldairlinesurvey.com.

- Bangkok Airways will resume flights from Bangkok to Sukhothai and Lampang starting June 1.

The flight to Sukhothai will depart from Suvarnabhumi airport on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 4pm. The inbound flight will depart Sukhothai airport at 5.50pm. The flight time is one hour and 20 minutes.

For the Bangkok-Lampang flights, the service will be available on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The outbound flight will depart Suvarnabhumi airport at 1.55pm. The inbound flight will depart Lampang airport at 4pm. The travel time is one hour and 30 minutes.

Visit bangkokair.com.


HOTEL DEALS & UPDATES

- Sukhumvit Park, Bangkok -- Marriott Executive Apartments in Khlong Toey has been listed among the world's Top 25 Best Hotels by TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice Awards for Hotels.

The result was based on traveller reviews and ratings posted on TripAdvisor between Jan 1 to Dec 31 last year. The top-ranked property was Hotel Colline de France in Brazil, followed by The Omnia in Switzerland, Sani Dunes in Greece, Kandolhu Maldives and Achtis Hotel in Greece. Sukhumvit Park was in 15th position.

The awards also consist of 10 subcategories including four new groups which are the Hottest New Hotels, Top Rooftop Hotels, Safari Stays and Picture-Perfect Hotels.

Visit tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels.

- Cape Racha Hotel in Chon Buri has completed renovation of its second building featuring 123 rooms. The room types include Studio Room (40m²), Deluxe One-bedroom Suite (57m²) and Two-bedroom Suite (86m²). Each room has a kitchenette, cook ware, kitchen table and living space.

At present, the hotel offers 315 rooms. The property also has a rooftop swimming pool, gym, snooker room, restaurant, cafe, executive lounge, meeting and event facilities.

Meanwhile, the Cape Nidhra Hotel in Hua Hin has finished refurbishing 60 pool villas.

All the villas now have a modern contemporary design in white with light oak furniture and a wooden floor. The sizes of the villas range from 80² to 300m².

The resort offers long-stay packages for seven, 15 and 30 nights. Package prices start from 26,600 baht per room. The promotion will last until the end of this month for stays until the end of October.

Visit caperacha.com for the hotel in Chon Buri and capenidhra.com for the property in Prachuap Khiri Khan.


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