Samui ferry promotion
Raja Ferry has launched a one price promotion ticket for visitors to travel to both Koh Samui and Koh Phangan in Surat Thani.
It aims to support the government's policy to promote tourism on Koh Samui, known as the Samui Plus project, which launched in the middle of July.
The round-trip promotion price is 1,990 baht, reduced from 4,920 baht. The fare includes a ferry fee for one car with a driver and up to three passengers to travel from Don Sak pier at the Surat Thani mainland to Koh Samui and continue their journey to Koh Phangan before returning to Don Sak.
The ticket is valid for 30 days after purchase. The promotion is available until the end of August and only via phone booking at 02-277-4488 or via LineID: @rajaferryport.
Surat Thani museum gets facelift
The Fine Arts Department (FAD) has set aside 80 million baht to renovate Chaiya National Museum in Surat Thani.
The museum opened in 1982 and is in need of a timely renovation. The museum often floods during rainy season. The renovation will take about three years. The FAD will build a new exhibition hall to house a large number of old artefacts from the Srivijaya kingdom (7th-13th centuries).
The museum's original exhibition hall is still open to visitors.
Meanwhile, the FAD has temporarily closed national museums and historical sites in the 13 dark-red zone provinces badly hit by Covid-19 until Aug 2. The schedule may change depending on the government's measures to curb the surge in Covid-19 cases.
The provinces are Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, Ayutthaya, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Sakhon, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Songkhla.
The closures cover the National Archives, National Library and National Theatre in Bangkok.
HOTEL DEALS & UPDATE
- Hansar Samui is offering special discounts up to 62% from the rack rates.
Promotion prices start from 2,500 baht for a one-night stay in the Sea View room (50m²), 3,500 baht for the Sea View XL room (75m²) and 4,500 baht for the Beach Front room (67m²). All prices include breakfast for two, tax and service charges.
The hotel also introduced a "Day-Cations" promotion. Prices start at 999 baht for 12 hours of room usage from 8am and 8pm. The package includes access to a swimming pool and fitness centre.
Visit hansarhotels.com/hotels/samui or call 077-245-511.
- Outrigger Hospitality Group has acquired Manathai Hotels and Resorts.
Manathai is the local chain hotel owned by Suchad Chiaranussati, the founder of SC Capital Partner, a real estate investment company. About six years ago, Suchad bought and renovated an old hotel in Takua Pa district in Phangnga province. He opened it as Manathai Khao Lak in 2014. A year later, he opened two more Manathai resorts in Koh Samui and Phuket.
In total, the resorts consist of 372 rooms. Outrigger will rebrand the three properties to Outrigger Khao Lak Beach Resort, Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort and Phuket Manathai by Outrigger.
- Meliá Chiang Mai will celebrate its opening on Nov 1 with a Buy One Night, Get One Night Free offer for Thai residents and expatriates.
Promotion rates start from 4,999 baht net for a two-night stay in a Meliá room (30m²), daily breakfast for two, cocktail and tapas plate per stay, round-trip airport transfer from and to Chiang Mai International Airport, 20% discount on food and beverage and complimentary upgrade to the next room category when staying a minimum of four nights
The 22-storey hotel features 260 rooms and suites, two restaurants, two bars including a 360-degree rooftop bar, executive lounge, spa, fitness centre, swimming pool, ballroom and four meeting spaces.
Located in the city, the property is about a 15-minute drive from the airport and not far from the Ping River. The opening offer is available to book until Oct 31 for a stay from Nov 1 to March 31 next year.