Another AirAsia maiden flight to Chiang Mai
Chiangmai Mail reporters
On October 20, a new milestone for Chiang Mai aviation
took place. AirAsia commenced its maiden flight to Chiang Mai from Kuala
Lumpur, becoming the first airline since 2001 to offer daily flights between
KL and the northern Thai city. Passengers on flight AK896 were given a
welcoming ceremony held at the airport.
left) ‘Dato’ Tony Fernandes, group chief executive Officer of AirAsia
Berhad, Thongchai Wongrianthong, vice governor of Chiang Mai and Junnapong
Saranak, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Northern
Office, Region 1.
Dato’ Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of
AirAsia Berhad expressed his gratitude. “We are excited to be the airline
that has Chiang Mai and Kuala Lumpur back on the map for all Malaysians and
Thais alike to embrace the opportunity for affordable travel. It has been
four years since a direct service was introduced to connect Chiang Mai and
Kuala Lumpur, and what a comeback it has been. We have sold over 12,000
seats for the route since opening for sale two weeks ago, evident that low
fares play a role in increasing passenger traffic, promoting trade and
tourism, and ultimately stimulating growth in each of the markets that we
Fernandes hands a token of appreciation to Junnapong Saranak in the presence
of the colorfully dressed air hostesses.
The fares for flights between Chiang Mai and Kuala Lumpur
are THB 999 one way. To book seats on AirAsia’s Kuala Lumpur-Chiang Mai
flights, log on to www.airasia.com or through mobile booking
mobile.airasia.com., but be aware that all fares quoted are excluding
airport taxes and fees, and are applicable for travel one way only.
Junnapong Saranak, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)
Northern Office, Region 1, said, “The introduction of direct flight from
Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai has come at a most opportune time, poised to reap
the up-trend in year-end travels for numerous festivals like Loy Krathong
Festival during 15-17 November 2005 and also the grand opening of Chiang Mai
Night Safari. I am most confident that the shorter traveling time and
convenience of flying directly between Kuala Lumpur and Chiang Mai will
attract more Malaysians to visit us.
Khun Yuam Mexican Sunflower Festival ready to welcome tourists
Khun Yuam district chief officer Samrit Swamipak has said
that preparations are ready for the Mexican Sunflower Festival 2005, which
will be held at Doi Mae Oo Kho. There will be a local food contest, stage
performances, a Miss Mexican Sunflower contest, and hill tribe performances
from Karen and Hmong groups.
The flowers are blossoming well, said Samrit, with the
blooms especially large because of all the rain the district has had. The
season will be at its best through to December 5, which is when the festival
period officially ends.
A camping area has been organized along with toilet
facilities, and security for tourists will be provided by police.
The official opening ceremony of the festival will be on November 5 and
will be presided over by Direk Konkleep, Mae Hong Son governor.
New highway emerges in southern Laos
According to the latest developments in southern Laos,
part of the emerging “Emerald Triangle” in the border region of
Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, Highway 16B that links Attapeu Province to Ho
Chi Minh City in Vietnam is under construction. The 111km long road is
expected to be finished around the Lao New Year in April 2006.
The road project has been funded with a Vietnamese loan
of USD 45 million. The Lao Government has to pay back the loan with a 5
percent interest rate within 10 years after the road construction is
finished. The road condition will be one of the best in Laos with a width of
10 m and super-elevation at every curve. Thus, it will be possible that
driving between Attapeu and Ho Chi Minh City could take only two hours.
For travellers coming from Thailand it means that in the
future travelling from Ubon Ratchathani (Airport) going to
Champasak-Salavan-Sekong-Attapeu in Laos to Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam can be
finished by less than eight hours or just two hours from Ubon Airport to
Champasak, four hours from Champasak to Attapeu and two hours from Attapeu
to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The new highway will raise the awareness for
travel to the Boloven Plateau in Southern Laos, one of the less developed
tribal areas in Southeast Asia.
Another project in the planning stage is that with the
funding by the Japanese Government, there will be a new road construction to
link Sekong Province with Hue in Central Vietnam.
CMU looks for tour operators
Chiang Mai University is looking for co-operation from
inbound tour operators to arrange agro-tourism programs.
Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Agriculture dean,
Boonserm Cheva-Isarakul said he saw potential to organize the agro-tourism
tours to Doi Chiang Dao in Chiang Mai province but the faculty was
inexperienced in the tourism industry and needs the co-operation from tour
“We need to find partners in arranging agro-tourism
tours because we can provide them with knowledge in terms of scholars,”
At Doi Chiang Dao, tourists can see the forest, flora and
fauna. Camping at Kun Chang Kien situated at the rear of Doi Suthep,
visitors can find the coffee station and accommodation provided by the
Interested tour operators can contact Boonserm email: