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AirAsia bringing low cost direct flights to more destinations

Chiang Mai bartender takes first runner-up in bartending competition

Mae Hong Son’s Doi Kiewlom promoted


AirAsia bringing low cost direct flights to more destinations

Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul bangs the ceremonial gong to launch Chiang Mai as a new hub for Thai AirAsia which will begin direct flights to Hat Yai and Singapore from Chiang Mai in January, 2011.

Jittarporn Charasrum
and Phitsanu Thepthong

Thai AirAsia (TAA) will open its newest hub in Chiang Mai in January in a strategic move to cash in on potential new routes. The low-cost airline celebrated its new direct to flights from Chiang Mai to Hat Yai and Singapore with special fares starting from 690 baht.

Starting January 24, AirAsia will officially launch its new hub in Northern Thailand ’ with the daily flights operating for two new routes, Chiang Mai-Hat Yai, and Chiang Mai –Singapore.

The Chiang Mai hub will be the new home for AirAsia‘s newest airbus A320 plane, which is scheduled to arrive January 20 from the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France, according to Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAisa.

About new 20 aircraft will be arriving from France to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia for Air Asia, he said.

He added, “It is very exciting to launch the new hub with new routes which will offer even more connectivity for people who want to travel to or from these destinations. Chiang Mai is known for its abundant natural beauty and rich culture. Each year around 5 million tourists visit this northern destination, and the number are continuing to grow every year.”

“Last year, we launched our Phuket hub which has met with very positive responses; since we started we have significantly increased our routes and Singapore from Phuket. This time, we will connect Chiang Mai to two powerful cities. Hat Yai is Thailand’s important financial city and tourist destination in the south, while Singapore is a hot spot for tourists and known as a shopping heaven, spa, and excellent weekend destination. The connectivity to both these cities will certainly contribute to the convenience offered for those traveling through Chiang Mai as people from the northern city will now able to connect to Bangkok, Phuket, Hat Yai, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur,” said the CEO.

TAA will charge fares 20-30% lower than for full-service carriers to help build traffic. They offered a promotional all-inclusive price starting from 690 one way to Hat Yai, route, and 1,490 baht to Singapore.

The budget carrier on Jan 24 will begin with one flight each per week from the northern capital to Singapore and Hat Yai, before considering other domestic and international destinations.

Chiang Mai will play a bigger role for TAA, when the AirAsia daily flight FD 4015 will depart Chiang Mai at 10.15 a.m. and arrive Hat Yai at 12.15 pm.

And the daily flight FD 4110 departs Chiang Mai at 3.25 p.m. and arrive Singapore at 7.15 p.m.


Chiang Mai bartender takes first runner-up in bartending competition

While the dusitD2 restaurant is known for its tasty food and modern d้cor, it seems it’s time to hit the bar as their bartender, Eakrach Ratree (middle) won 1st runner up in the famed Finlandia Vodka Cup Thailand 2010 bartending competition held in Bangkok recently. Here, General Manager Sukanya Janchoo (left) is seen congratulating him on his place and his role as representative for Thailand at the Finlandia’s exclusive training program in Singapore soon.

Mae Hong Son’s Doi Kiewlom promoted

Villagers perform traditional dances during the opening ceremony.

Khajohn Boonpath

Mae Hong Son’s Pai and Pang Mapha districts held the opening ceremony for Doi Kiewlom, the view point and a tourist spot located on Chiang Mai-Pay-Pang Mapha –Mae Hong Son road last month.

Mae Hong son Governor Kamthorn Thawornsathit presided over the opening ceremony which was held to help promote tourism to the area. He noted that Doi Kiewlom is one of the most beautiful spots in Mae Hong Son to enjoy the sunrise and sunset over the mountains.

Hilltribes villagers performed dances during the ceremony and souvenirs were on sale. Doi Kiewlom is also a rest point for those travelers on the Chiang Mai –Mae Hong Son road, so that they can feel the cool breezes before traveling on.