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Six Senses Wins Five Top Honours at the World Travel Awards 2012

Six Senses Resorts & Spas’ properties were honoured with five top awards at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Asia, Australasia & Indian Ocean Ceremony 2012. The prestigious ceremony was held in Singapore on Thursday 18th October 2012 as a culmination for the search for the world’s leading travel brands.
Winning in two categories, Six Senses Hua Hin in Thailand, reinforced it premier position in the luxury Hua Hin sector as Asia’s Leading Villa Resort 2012 and Thailand’s Leading Villa Resort 2012..
Six Senses Samui in Thailand received the award for Asia’s Leading
Honeymoon Resort 2012. This spectacular villa resort is set on a 20-acre promontory which offers uninterrupted panoramas to the Gulf of Thailand.
Vietnam’s much lauded Evason Ana Mandara at Nha trang, received the accolade of Vietnam’s Leading Resort 2012. This award is especially appreciated as Evason Ana Mandara is celebrating its 15th anniversary, and was Vietnam’s first beach resort to be opened as the country embraced tourism.
Winning the title of Vietnam’s Leading Spa Resort 2012, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is located across the bay from Nha Trang. This all-villa resort is proud to add this Six Senses Spa honour to an impressive list of awards.
On hand at the gala event to receive the awards for Six Senses, was Jamie Crisp – Director of Sales at Six Senses Hua Hin.

Receiving the awards from Mr.Graham E. Cooke - President & Founder of WTA on behalf of the Six Senses properties receiving WTA Awards is Jamie Crisp – Director of Sales, Six Senses & Evason Hua Hin

A packed delegation of VIPs, senior tourism figures and international media travelled from 42 nations to attend the Singapore event, which was held in conjunction with TravelRave 2012, Asia’s most influential travel trade festival.
The WTA awards programme, hailed as the ‘Oscars of the travel industry’ by the global media, highlights and rewards those travel brands that have made the greatest contribution to the industry over the past year.
Graham E. Cooke, President & Founder, WTA, underlined the depth and quality of the travel and tourism sector across the three regions.
He says: “Our winners are drawn from the breadth of Asia, Australasia and the Indian Ocean, reflecting the strength and depth of the travel and tourism sector in the regions. I am sure these organisations will fare strongly in our Grand Final, which takes place on 12 December 2012.”
WTA’s Asia, Australasia & Indian Ocean Ceremony 2012 marked the final leg of WTA’s Grand Tour, a global search for the world’s leading travel brands, which also included regional heats in Dubai, Portugal and Turks & Caicos. The winners of these legs go head-to-head at WTA’s Grand Final.
For further press information, please contact Benjawan Sudikham (Ms) Director of Public Relations & Communications: [email protected] Tel: +662 631 9777

Pool Villa Suite at Six Senses Hua Hin

Pool Villa Suite View at Six Senses Samui

Infinity Pool at Evason Ana Mandara

Spa Reception at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay


Thailand Earns Several Top Honors in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards:Bangkok Voted #1 City in Asia

Bangkok, October 25, 2012: Thailand has once again been recognized as a premier travel destination in Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards, one of the highest accolades in the industry. This year’s awards – the 25th annual – reflect the opinions of a record 46,476 readers who participated in the survey, and who honored the Land of Smiles in several categories including the world’s top cities and the top cities, best islands, and favorite resorts in Asia.

Judged on factors such as Shopping, Ambience and Friendliness, Bangkok came in with a #4 ranking on the Top Cities in the World list, one spot behind Florence, Italy, and ahead of other world-class destinations like Vancouver, Sydney and Buenos Aires. As for the Top Cities in Asia, Condé Nast’s readers rated Bangkok #1 - edging out Hong Kong and Kyoto, who took 1st place in the 2011 survey - giving it high marks for its Restaurants, Lodging and Culture. Readers also heaped praise on Northern Thailand’s largest city and cultural centre, Chiang Mai, which earned the #5 spot in Asia sandwiched between Singapore and Ubud, one of Bali's major arts and culture centres, and ahead of Tokyo and Shanghai.

Moving from the cities to the sea, Thailand continued to score high marks. In the Top 10 Islands in Asia category, it rang in with two of the top five selections once again. Phuket, ranked #2 on the list behind this year’s winner Bali, was favored for its beautiful beaches (scoring second-highest in Asia on that criteria behind only Lombok, Indonesia) and its wealth of activities; and Koh Samui, the #5 island in Asia, was buoyed by its lovely scenery and its diversity of lodging options and placed just a fraction of a point behind fourth-place Langkawi, Malaysia and one spot ahead of Hokkaido, Japan. Others making the list include Philippines favorites Luzon, Cebu and Mindanao, and Malaysian Borneo.

Perhaps the most contested categories in the Readers’ Choice survey are the ones dealing with accommodation, and Thailand has no shortage of quality options there. For the Top 15 Resorts in Asia, Condé Nast’s readers rewarded four Thai properties, starting with the Four Seasons Chiang Mai at #5, which happens to be the 2nd favorite resort in Southeast Asia behind only the Sofitel Angkor in Siem Reap. Phuket scored twice, with the Anantara Phuket Villas coming in at #7 (the 3rd highest island resort on the list, and where the best room is “any, even the standard rooms hit the sweet spot”) and the JW Marriott Phuket at #15 (tied for the final spot with the Grand Soluxe Angkor in Siem Reap). The other Thai property honored this year was the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai - a “simply stunning property” - which was regarded as Asia’s 11th best resort.

(For information about the Top 15 Hotels in Thailand, led by the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, you may visit http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards/asia/top-15-hotels-thailand-asia)


Bangkok Airways reclaims UK’s “Travel Agents Choice Awards”

Bangkok – Recently Bangkok Airways was announced “Best Overseas Regional Airline” in the Selling Long Haul’s Travel Agents Choice awards 2012. Bangkok Airways, the only airline to have won the “Best Overseas Regional Airline” award for seven consecutive years from 2006 – 2012.
Travel Agents Choice Award is the only travel awards entirely nominated and voted for by travel retailers in the United Kingdom. All the winners were announced on the Sellinglonghaul.com website.
The Travel Agents Choice Awards is organised annually by BMI Publishing Limited, the publisher of UK’s leading travel magazine - “Selling Long Haul”. The awards recognise and reward the travel industry’s star performers and are voted by those best placed to decide such an accolade: the readers of the leading travel trade training magazines and training programmes, and the UK’s travel agents. For full details of all the winners visit www.travelagentschoiceawards.co.uk.


Thai Cuisine – Eating Your Way to Better Health

Thai food is not for the timid. Although it comes in all shapes and sizes, it normally packs a punch of some kind. Be it sweet or sour, spicy, salty or bitter,
it is sure to awaken your senses and stimulate your body.

This is what people around the world are discovering: not only is it one of the world’s great cuisines, but the herbs and spices it contains are very good for you, making it a great way of getting your daily supply of vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, and energy.

Some of the most common and popular ingredients are coriander, galangal, turmeric and basil, well-known antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties, boost the immune system, and fight dangerous toxins and free radicals that can do harm to your body.

Another tasty yet beneficial ingredient in many Thai dishes is lemongrass, which is also known to relieve headaches and reduce

stomach cramps. It’s amazing that a bowl of spicy, delicious tom yum soup can be eaten instead of some expensive pharmaceutical that may or may not work. The Chinese have known this for centuries, and long used it as a tonic.

As for your heart, the seat of emotion and the pump for the body, it turns out that two more common ingredients used in many Thai dishes can help you have a healthy, happy heart: coconut milk and chili peppers. Despite what you may have heard about coconut milk in the past, it has now been learned that both coconut milk and coconut oil are much better for you than butter and most vegetable oils, as they are found to increase “good” cholesterol while lowering “bad” cholesterol.

As for those spicy chilies that true lovers of Thai food enjoy, perhaps in moderation, it is being demonstrated that after eating these fiery little peppers, you’ll not only fall asleep faster, but sleep longer and better. And we all know how well we feel after a good night’s sleep.

As if this weren’t enough reason to continue enjoying some wonderful food, it turns out that the Thai method of cooking vegetables lightly, often with Thai holy basil and other herbs and spices mentioned above, bestow excellent anti-aging benefits. The coconut milk has skin-enhancing fatty acids; the holy basil contains calming elements; and turmeric, with its anti-inflammatory properties, even helps fight arthritis.

It’s rare to find something that tastes so good and is actually good for you as well, but Thai food is both. This is one pleasure you need not feel guilty about, and you’ll not only look better as a result of eating Thai cuisine, but feel better, which all leads to a long, healthy, happy life. After all, you are what you eat; so eat Thai, and thrive.


Putting a shine on your CV with an Experiential Thai Holiday

There is a part of you that you have yet to discover.

A journey to Thailand, Southeast Asia’s emerald, offers a rare opportunity to discover another you. It is difficult to put one’s finger on a single attribute that makes Thailand so alluring. Its sheer beauty and rich history have drawn visitors for as long as one can remember. At the core of Thailand are its people offering warm hospitality, age-old wisdom and centuries-old art and tradition. Thailand’s diverse landscape offers an array of learning activities for visitors with local experts eager to share their knowledge.

Through experiential travel, visitors to Thailand can expect life-changing lessons revealing undiscovered aspects of themselves. Your Experiential Holiday in Thailand can also put a shine on your CV. The added experience studying cooking, massage, rice farming or Muay Thai, will enhance your CV. That you studied in a foreign country could also open some doors. It shows you’re able to function in a different environment and learn from the experience.

There are many options for internships in Thailand, including teaching English in orphanages, temples or rural villages. There are also many animal conservation projects such as for elephants and turtles as well as projects replanting mangrove forests.
Thailand offers both short-term and long-term projects to join that include living with a host family to increase your cultural immersion during your stay.

Other volunteer options are available in every region of Thailand, including working in the medical field in Chiang Mai, with elephants in the mountainous north, or in a slum in Bangkok.
You will have an in-depth learning experience when you volunteer and do good, but even better are the lasting friendships you build during your volunteer service.
Your study tour in Thailand will look much as an internship does on your resume. A study holiday clearly demonstrates that you want to keep learning, which is a strong plus in an ever-changing world.

Best Places to Volunteer in Thailand

Thailand is a country of great diversity, offering more than one unique environment for volunteering; whether you’re suiting up in a wetsuit to prepare yourself for a marine conservation project, slipping on your boots before trudging off into a rainforest project or walking the streets of Bangkok to assist with social welfare services, you will find that the location of your volunteer abroad project will greatly contribute to defining your experience

Here are the lists of Thailand’s top volunteer abroad destinations

 Bangkok: Thailand’s capital city is a combination of modern shopping malls, ancient temples and age-old traditions, making it a highly diverse location for any volunteer abroad program. Nevertheless, despite its beauty and charm, Bangkok has continued to gain a reputation of being a city of vice, presenting such challenging issues as a rise in prostitution, human trafficking and animal cruelty. As a result, Bangkok is a great venue for volunteers looking to contribute to long-term sustainable plans to address social welfare and animal rights issues at the heart of Thailand whilst, at the same time, being in a logistical location that allows them to easily discover other parts of the country

Phuket: It is one of the major tourist hot spots in Thailand boasting some of the country’s most breathtaking beaches and resorts. It is the location for foreign students in Thailand making it an ideal location for someone wishing to combine a volunteer abroad program and a study abroad program.

Chiang Mai: The city of Chiang Mai is the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand and is best known for its ancient Buddhist temples and its extensive Elephant Nature Park. Chiang Mai is a great location for anyone looking to do further travel in the region as it sits in a logistical position between the Myanmar and Laos borders. Well known for its wildlife projects, Chiang Mai also offers several Teach English and child welfare projects.It has numerous wonderful downhill and uphill holes, and several with difficult water carries. The clubhouse and expansive dining terrace is the perfect perch from which to watch golfers close out their rounds. Black Mountain opened a challenging new par-3 course, not far from the main layout, late last year.

More inspiration check out the website: http://www.discovertheotheryou.com
and be inspired – see what you can discover on your next holiday.


Along the Handicraft Highway in Northern Thailand

Written by Ron Emmons

The road that runs east from Chiang Mai to San Kamphaeng in northern Thailand is marked on maps as Highway 1006, but it is known locally by a more colourful name – the Handicraft Highway. This is because the road is lined with artisans' workshops and showrooms where you can see both the processes and products of the handicrafts for which northern Thailand is famous.

These handicrafts include silk and silverware, lacquerware, ceramics, umbrellas and fans, and a trip down the Handicraft Highway is one of the most interesting activities for visitors to Chiang Mai. It offers the chance not only to meet local people, but also to learn something of the techniques used in producing traditional handicrafts, and to pick up a striking souvenir to take back home.

The first stop along the highway is usually to see the silk weaving process. You can watch silk worms at different stages of growth, the method of collecting the silk from the cocoon (each cocoon produces about 300 meters of raw silk), the spinning of it into thread, the dyeing process, and the labour-intensive weaving of plain and patterned cloth, which is still done on cumbersome wooden looms.

Thai silk is one of the country's most popular buys, either in the form of ready-made clothes, or in the form of bedspreads, cushion covers, scarves and purses, which are usually decorated with distinctive Thai motifs.

The gleam of silverware catches the eye of many visitors, and watching silversmiths at work is an absorbing activity. Modern showrooms along the Handicraft Highway display a variety of items, the most famous being bowls featuring characters from the Ramakien, the Thai version of the Indian Ramayana epic.

Behind these modern showrooms lie forges that consist of little more than a roof and furnace, where the silversmiths, intent on their work, wield hammers and create works of art in the same way as their forefathers have done for centuries. Most of the silver used in the production of these objects is of extremely high quality and, in some cases, is 100% pure.

Perhaps the most practical craft to take home as a gift is lacquerware, which is very light to carry and at the same time typically Thai, although some designs show a Burmese influence that reflects the intermingling of these cultures over the centuries. Glossy trays, bowls, vases and jewellery boxes are the most common products, traditionally finished in black and gold but sometimes in other colours.

Making lacquerware goods is a time-consuming process that shows the Thais' seemingly infinite patience. The artisans begin by making a frame of bamboo strips, on which they then apply various layers of lacquer. A typical piece requires between seven and twelve layers, each of which must be left to dry for about a week. The object is then polished with a combination of ash and clay. The best quality lacquer is kept for the final coat, after which the glistening black base is painted or embossed with intricate gold designs.

Ceramics are more fragile than lacquerware to ship or carry across the world, yet they make very popular purchases, especially Thai celadon, which is cracked intentionally to give an intriguing natural pattern beneath the final glaze and is usually finished in a pale green colour. In ceramic workshops along the Handicraft Highway, you can watch the clay being blended in a pug mill, then being thrown on the potter's wheel before the glaze is applied and the object is fired.

After firing at 1250 degrees Centigrade, celadon items are cooled quickly, which causes the glaze to crack and assures that each item will be totally unique. The wood ash glaze that is applied to celadon mimics the colour of jade and is from the overcus belutina tree, found in densely wooded areas of northern Thailand. By adding tiny quantities of cobalt or iron to the wood ash glaze, celadon also comes in blue or dark green. The most popular items among visitors are dinner sets, although vases, plant pots and figurines made in casts also sell well.

Apart from workshops engaged in all kinds of traditional crafts, the Handicraft Highway also leads to the village of Bor Sang, where it seems that all inhabitants are involved in the production of umbrellas and fans. Dainty toy umbrellas adorned with silk make delightful room decorations, while at the other extreme, some workshops show off their skills by displaying giant umbrellas up to five metres in diameter in front of their showrooms.

As with most local handicrafts, only natural products are used in the making of umbrellas. A wooden handle and bamboo spokes support a top made of "sa" paper, the production of which is a long and arduous craft of its own that involves the pounding of the bark of the sa tree (a type of mulberry) into a pulp, virtually dissolving it in a tank of water, and finally collecting it on a fine mesh to dry.

The hand painting of the umbrellas and fans gives a chance for the painters to dazzle visitors by producing intricate portraits of birds or flowers within seconds. It's even possible for you to have the jeans or T-shirt you're wearing painted with a bright design for a small fee.

The vast range of crafts in northern Thailand may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but after a while spent exploring the workshops and showrooms along the Handicraft Highway, you're sure to find a special reminder of your stay and some distinctive gifts for the folks back home. Chiang Mai may be modernizing at a rapid rate, but its craftsmen are keeping traditional wisdom alive in the hills of northern Thailand.

Getting there:
White songthaew (small trucks that carry passengers) run regularly from Chiang Mai to San Kamphaeng from Praisanee Road by Warorot Market. In order to stop at several workshops and showrooms, it's more convenient to rent a car or motorbike, with or without a driver, for half a day and explore the Handicraft Highway at your leisure.


Loi Krathong Festival ~ 2012

Held annually, Loi Krathong is one of the most beautiful Thai festivals, and it is a time to give thanks to the goddess of waters and to seek forgiveness for past misdeeds. It occurs at night during the full moon of the 12th Thai lunar month (this year, November 28th).

Loi literally means “to float,” while Krathong refers to the lotus-shaped vessels containing candles, incense and flowers which participants float down rivers and on lakes and ponds everywhere.

The festival also includes beauty pageants, fireworks and contests making the Krathong from materials such as banana leaves, banana tree trunks, coconut barks or even paper. Each province has its own special features in celebrating this annual Festival of Lights, and here are some of the highlights:

The Delightful Color of Stream, Loi Krathong Festival, 24 - 28 November 2012
Where: Asiatique The Riverfront, Chao Phraya River (Krung Thep Bridge–Krung Thon Bridge), Bangkok
Highlights: Opening ceremony on 24 November, 2012, plus cultural performances, light decorations and the float procession all along the banks of the Chao Phraya River. One of Loi Krathong’s best atmospheres.
For More Details: Tourism Authority of Thailand - Tel. 1672

Phra Nakhorn Si Ayutthaya, Loi Krathong Festival, 28 November 2012
Where: Bangsai Arts and Crafts Centre, Ayutthaya
Highlights: Experience the old market atmosphere, riverside night market, and the magnificent ruins of this once glorious capital city; beauty pageants, Krathong contests, and cultural performances are the highlights of this festival, competing to win His Majesty the King’s Trophy.
For More Details: Bangsai Arts and Crafts Center of H.M. Queen Sirikit of Thailand, TAT office of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Tel. 0 3524 6076-7, or Tourism Authority of Thailand - Tel. 1672

Yee Peng Festival, 28 – 29 November 2012
Where: Tha Phae Gate (28–29 November), Amphur Mae Jo (24–30 November), Chiang Mai
Highlights: Enjoy local cultural performances and handicrafts, the Lanna style walking street, and opening ceremony “Yi Peng Festival 2012,” plus an amazing procession of hanging lanterns at Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, beauty contests, and a light and sound presentation on the Ping River. There will also be a Krathong procession competition for His Majesty the King’s Trophy.
For More Details: TAT Chiang Mai Office, Tel. 0 5324 8604, 0 5324 8607, or Tourism Authority of Thailand - Tel. 1672

Loi Krathong and Candle Festival, 26 – 28 November 2012
Where: Sukhothai Historical Park, Sukhothai
Highlights: Activities of the “Dawn of happiness,” the hanging lantern procession, grand fireworks display, Miss Noppamas beauty contest, light and sound presentation, plus Sukhothai arts and culture performances and Krathong desire contest.
For More Details: TAT Sukhothai Office, Tel. 0 5561 6228-9, or Tourism Authority of Thailand - Tel. 1672

Loi Krathong Sai Festival and Thousand Floating Candles, 24 – 29 November 2012
Where: Banks of the Ping River, Tak
Highlights: Amazing Krathong Sai (procession of floating coconut-shell Krathong), OTOP shopping (wares from the local entrepreneurship stimulus program), and the Krathong Sai
desire contest for His Majesty the King’s Trophy.
For More Details: TAT Tak Office, Tel. 0 5551 4341-3, or Tourism Authority of Thailand - Tel. 1672

Loi Krathong Krab Klauy Mae Klong, 28 November 2012
Where: King Rama II Memorial Park, Wat Chonglom, Samut Songkhram
Highlights: Feast your eyes on the Krathong Karb Klauy, enjoy the local cultural performances, the Krathong desire contest, Noppamas beauty contest, and give Pha Pa (donations) to Buddhist monks along the river.
For More Details: TAT Samut Songkhram Office, Tel. 0 3475 2847-8, or Tourism Authority of Thailand - Tel. 1672

Loi Krathong Festival, 28 November 2012
Where: Suphanburi River (Tha Jeen River), Suphanburi
Highlights: Krathong desire contest, an amazing procession of hanging lanterns, fireworks display, and arts and culture performances from a variety of local artists.
For More Details: Tourism Authority of Thailand - Tel. 1672

More information about the event please visit
http://www.loikrathong.net/en/index.php


Surreal oil paintings by Thai artist stretch imagination in Silom

Weaving imagination into his surreal oil paintings, Thanasathit Kongsathit, with freedom of thought and a smooth expertise created a collection of artwork now on display in his first solo exhibition entitled “Tempting Passion, Vanishing Emotion”.

His paintings convey various emotions – bliss, grief, loneliness and the state of being allured by enchantment and sensual pleasure.

The artist gained experience from travelling to find the meaning of life both from the outside world and in his own mind. Those experiences become materials to produce the work, carrying viewers of his paintings to the borderless land where they can release their minds and thoughts beyond their imagination.

Full of vivid colours, his paintings are enticing.



“I spend about 18 hours with my artwork everyday. It’s like eating rice. I’m happy with it. If I do not touch it, I feel fidgety, I’m uneasy. I do not expect visitors who come to my exhibition to think the same way as I did. They may see a pig, or a hen, while I actually did not think about those animals at all. I want them to have freedom to imagine whatever they like,” said the artist.

Devoting himself to the art, which becomes a part of his life, he always opens up for a new element to inspire his idea to create something new.

“I view a lot of artwork. I go to art galleries every week. I see art on websites and Facebook to drive myself to the trend of 2012. It is an exchange on the Internet. I see what is going on in the Philippines, the US and Thailand.

Art in many countries is not greatly different. The world of art moves forward together in the same direction,” he said.

His paintings are on display at the Number One Gallery in Silom until October 20. (MCOT online news)
 


Phuket’s Amazing Vegetarian Festival 2012

Every year Phuket plays host to numerous festivals and celebrations – both national and international – but the Phuket Vegetarian Festival is arguably the most interesting, unusual, cultural, and delicious of them all.

Held over a nine-day period in September or October, this festival celebrates the Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat, sex, alcohol, and other vices during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them attain good health and enjoy a tranquil peace of mind. The 2012 PVF takes place from the 15th to the 23rd of October.

Though the origins of the festival are unclear, it is believed that it began in Phuket after a wandering Chinese opera troupe fell ill with malaria while performing on the island. The troupe then kept to a strict vegetarian diet and performed various rituals to two of their emperor gods.

They were soon healed, greatly impressing the local population, who embraced the faith, the ceremonies, and the rituals, which have become increasingly popular over the years. The Vegetarian Festival, called Prapheni Kin Jay or Prapheni Kin Phak in Thai (The Festival for Eating Vegetables), is now one of the major annual events on the Chinese – and the Phuket – calendar.

With its mix of the gory and the gourmand, the shocking and the scrumptious, this is a classic Thai-style festival. Thousands of people converge on the island every year for the festivities, not only to participate in a time of cleansing, purity, and abstinence from all vices - or at least some vices, depending on the individual - but to witness extreme body piercing and self-mortification.

It is no exaggeration to say that true believers pierce and puncture their bodies, even their faces, with virtually any object imaginable: knives, swords, spikes, machetes, axes, silverware, and the odd rubber snake – and those are just the small things.
So grab your camera, walk around, and witness the odd site of participants sticking shovels through their cheeks, as well as revolvers, machine guns, maybe the odd gas pump nozzle or, perchance, a miniature battleship. And umbrellas! Umbrellas are popular piercing items, it seems, as are the stalks of pineapples and bananas with the fruit still attached.

The local ethnic Chinese population, about one-third of Phuket residents, believes that these sacred rituals will draw the evil away from the community and onto themselves, thus bestowing good luck and fortune to those who religiously and enthusiastically observe and partake in the festivities.
The “ma song” (entranced horses), as the active participants are called, claim to feel no pain and bleed little despite what they are inflicting upon their flesh. They are truly in a state of religious ecstasy, and it is said that the evil spirits observe this and are then frightened away.

Adherents are enjoined to follow the “ten commitments,” which include: abstaining from meat, sex, alcohol, and tobacco; wearing white; behaving properly both mentally and physically; and keeping the body clean and pure throughout the festival. (See the website below for further details and festival etiquette.)
As is typical of many traditional rituals and ceremonies throughout the world, people in mourning, and pregnant and menstruating women, are prohibited from participating or even attending the events.

The main temple for the event is the Jui Tui Shrine, located near the Fresh Market in Phuket Town, but festivities are held in the areas around all six Chinese temples on Phuket Island. Visitors who want to get the most out of this event should visit the five oldest shrines in Phuket: Put Jaw, Jui Tui, Bang Neow, Cherng Talay, and Kathu Shrine.
The table below is a guide to the days on which a shrine plays host to larger ceremonies and more activities:



The TAT prepares an excellent brochure each year with a schedule of events which we recommend you consult. It also contains important advice on behavior and dress, such as wearing white and maintaining exceptional personal cleanliness, which one should strictly observe. The festival is in essence a time of renewal, rejuvenation, and the refreshing of one’s mind and body.

For more information on dates and events, please visit http://www.phuketvegetarian.com


Thailand tourist arrivals to hit 20 million this year

BANGKOK, Oct 15 – Thailand will achieve its target 20 million tourist arrival by year end, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.

Ministry permanent-secretary Suwat Sidthilaw said 15 million tourists entered Thailand from January through September, an 8-per cent increase year-on-year reflecting performance for the first three-fourths of the calendar year.

He said the number of tourists will reach the targeted 20 million, as the last quarter is the high season period, and 900 charter flights will also fly to Thailand.

Mr Suwat said the ministry goal for tourism revenue was set to reach Bt2 trillion in 2015.

Urgent issues to be dealt with to reach both objectives include illegal taxis and jet ski problems in the resort island of Phuket.

Other matters to attract more tourists are finding solutions to slow immigration processing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, as well as focusing on new markets such as ASEAN, eastern Europe, Latin America, the Baltic countries, and promoting Thai cultural activities at a world-class level. (MCOT online news)


Thai producers on offensive at Busan film festival

The global economic slowdown has inflicted blows to almost every industry on the planet, and while it seems the film industry is no exception, Thai filmmakers may be going against the trend.

Every year, eager buyers hold business talks at all hours with film producers and brokers who flow into Busan from all over the globe, from Asia in particular, to sell their films.

This year, the 17th International Film Festival in South Korea’s second largest city of Busan, the usually bustling film trading market is less active than usual.

The world slump has affected producers and buyers alike at the Asian film market. The atmosphere was not as energetic and lively as in previous years.

But predictably there are Thai producers who care little for the conventional wisdom. They are unrelentingly pushing to penetrate the international film market, bringing credit both to their creative competence of the producers but to their persistence and belief in their products. Thai film producers are on the make to penetrate where no viewers have yet gone.

Panita Shinawatra, representative of Thailand’s Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion office (SMEP), said 25 Thai film entrepreneurs and producers participated in the festival and its Asian film market with the twin objectives of attracting foreign investors to Thailand and distributing Thai films in the international market arena.

SMEP and the Federation of National Film Association of Thailand jointly organised the trip.

Kantana, Thailand’s biggest and best-known film production company, has no booth at the Asian film market this year --perhaps a sign of the economic times at home and abroad-- but just the same it vaulted ahead and was able to sell “Echo Planet,” an animation movie to South Korea’s Golden Network.

Part of Kantana’s good news is that its “Echo Planet” realised a higher sales price in South Korea than in Thailand.

Thai movers and shakers are active on the scene at Busan, and perhaps are carrying Thai spirit --and soul-- to Korea’s Seoul as well, raising the temperature of both business negotiations and viewer excitement.

Bangkok director Yongyuth Thongkongthun from GMM Thai Hub --GTH for short-- smiled broadly on learning that tickets for two GTH-produced films --“Suckseed ATM” and “Seven Something”-- were sold out on the very first day despite four scheduled showings.

Meanwhile, “Countdown”, a Thai thriller, was shown at the Busan festival even though the producer said it wasn’t quite ready, as he wanted to put a final touch on his film. Viewers responded with enthusiasm for his thriller though, complimenting the Thai director for his spine-chilling production.

Five Star Production’s kiosk was visited by want-to buyers from Japan, India, Hong Kong, Macau and the Philippines with many of the potential buyers taking interest in “The Second Sight” and “3 AM”, two of the group’s three-dimensional horror movies. Some buyers were keen to strike a deal even before Five Stars opened its booth.

Thai thriller and horror movies are selling like hot cakes in the international film market. A representative of Koch Media, an independent producer and marketer of digital entertainment products in Europe and North America, recently came to Thailand directly to buy horror movies to be shown in Germany next year.

"There're a lot of good Thai horror films, like 'Shutter' for example. It's of course interesting for Germany. I believe it's going to be a good horror film. It has a lot of good selling points. I hope Thai films will keep up the good level and high production values and Thai movie companies will do more of amazing action films," German buyer Manuel Eward said.
In addition to major Thai film companies, smaller producers are interested in having their shares in the international market.

Meanwhile, Angel and Bear Productions, a Thai-Swiss entertainment company, and Arromdee Studio screened their independent movies including “Yes or No”, episodes 1 and 2, and “She” in the Asian film market after their successes in China and Taiwan.

It is the first year the two producers joined the Busan festival. (MCOT online news)


Goodness, gracious…Great Naga Balls of Fire

Compared to Bangkok life is usually a bit, well, slow-paced along the kingdom’s Mekong River border with the Lao Peoples’ Democratic Republic.

But when Thailand's northeastern province of Nong Khai gets ready to party—in this case for a natural phenomenon that occurs around the end of ‘Buddhist Lent’, the season of the rains when Buddhist monks have special retreats, the people of the riverside communities celebrate Bang Fai Phaya Nark—the Sacred Naga River Serpent fireball festival.

This year the festival falls, or rises, on October 30. That when the mysterious fireballs in many sizes rise mysteriously above the mother of waters, the Mae Nam Khong.

Nong Khai governor Wirat Limsuwat said the province is prepared for the Mekong River version of Scotland’s Loch Ness monster rare event.

He said that 583 fireballs were recorded during last year’s festival. But in some years thousands of fireballs have been sighted.

The activities marking the end of Buddhist Lent take place October 27-November 2 in this Mekong River town. Visitors come from all over Thailand, and around the world, to see the highlight of the celebration, the Naga fireballs rising from the Mekong River banks in Phon Phisai and Rattanawapi districts.

The Naga fireballs are most often reported around the night of the full moon at the end of the Buddhist Lent in late October and this year would fall on October 30.

A variety of activities will also be held in Nong Khai municipality including a light and sound show about the legend of Bang Fai Phaya Nark.

Governor Wirat said the province is all set to welcome everyone to witness the rare event. (MCOT online news)


Thailand has won the TTG Travel Awards 2012 for the "Outstanding Achievement Award: Destination of the Year"

Photo Release: Thailand has won the TTG Travel Awards 2012 for the "Outstanding Achievement Award: Destination of the Year", organised by TTG Asia Media, a leading travel and tourism publisher and events organiser in the Asia-Pacific. The award was accepted by Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, TAT's Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas) on behalf of Thailand in the TTG Travel Awards 2012 Ceremony at Centara Grand at Central World on 4 October, 2012.

Contact information:
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4544-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
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Wedding Planners explored The World Best Wedding Destination

Bangkok, October 8, 2012: Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) New Delhi in cooperation with Thai Airways International;New Delhi recently hosted a 5-day trip ( 15-21 Sept ) to Thailand (The World Best Wedding Destination Awarded 2011 voted by readers of Travel & Leisure ) for the exclusive top wedding planners of India. They were invited to Pattaya, Hua Hin and Bangkok.

The group was taken for hotel inspections intensively in all the three destinations. All the hotels had prepared lavish mock-wedding set-ups to give the wedding planners a clear idea of their vast capacities to host Indian weddings. An exciting range of cuisines was also presented to the group.

In Pattaya, the group visited hotels such as The Royal Cliff, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort, The Zign, Amari Orchid and Hilton Pattaya. Besides site inspections, the group enjoyed some sightseeing at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden and The Sanctuary of Truth, Pattaya.

In Bangkok, the group had a chance to inspect potential hotels for wedding group including The Grande Center Point, The Landmark, Swissotel Nai Lert Park, The Dusit Thani, Montien Riverside, The Siam, The Millennium Hilton and Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit and process to Royal Coast ; Hua Hin/Cha Am, the group visited The Holiday Inn, Asara Villa and Suites, Hilton Hua Hin Resort and Spa , Hyatt Regency Hua Hin as well as Sheraton Hua Hin.

The wedding planners found the trip was very informative as it gave them an opportunity to see and experience new hotels and its facilities as viable options for weddings. Destination weddings in Thailand from India are on the rise, as are other celebrations like birthdays, anniversaries, graduation parties, family reunions, etc. due to its popularity as a value for money destination and its proximity to India. No fewer than 200 large-scale weddings of at least 200 people each were organized in Thailand in 2011.

For more information about Amazing Thailand please visit:
Tourism Authority of Thailand
B- 9/1A Vasant Vihar, New Delhi – 110057
Tel: 91 11 46741111, 41663567-9 Fax: 91 11 41663570
Email: tat[email protected]
Website: http://www.amazingthailand.co.in/

More information about Wedding in Thailand
please visit: http://www.weddingsutra.com/Thailand/index.html ; http://indianweddinginthailand.in
http://indianweddinginthailand.in


Thai flutist blows onto international stage

“My life is the flute. The flute is my life. When I’m without breath, my flute is mute," said Thai flutist Thanis Sriklindee.

Thanis is elated whenever he blows a flute. The veteran Thai flutist, renowned from his rendition of the song “Made in Thailand,” has been in the kingdom’s music community for decades.

Native Thai flutes are made from many different kinds of wood. Thanis said different flutes produce different sounds.

Thanis has strenuously developed Thai flutes to be on par with universal instruments. His original objective was to harmoniously mingle the sound of the Thai flute in an orchestra. He dreamed that Thai traditional flutists would proudly perform on an international stage one day.

His dream has finally come true.

Thai teenagers are influenced by western music and culture to a degree that they almost entirely ignore their roots. However, Thanis is optimistic, saying that Thai children will naturally absorb Thai music if there are good examples for them.

“We have to encourage Thai people, especially the new generation, to absorb, learn and understand Thai music. It’s important that they enjoy it. Thai musicians must stand proudly and elegantly at the front on international stages. Thai children will be impressed when they see it," Thanis said.

“Traditionally,” Thanis added, “Thai wooden flutes were merely for traditional Thai songs. Now that we also play western musical instruments and are geared towards universal music, Thai musicians will have to adjust accordingly.”

He said he also learned western music. Several Thai teachers introduced a rural boy like him to the world of universal music, and he wants to show the world the capability of Thai flute.

Thanis has been teaching Thai music to young enthusiasts, free of charge, at Wat Bang Pla in Samut Prakarn province every Sunday. He wishes the new generation will learn about their roots through Thai music. And that the native Thai flute will strengthen the relationship between Thai and international musicians. (MCOT online news)


THAI Airbus A380-800 inaugural flight takes off to Hong Kong

BANGKOK, Oct 6 -The first of Thai Airways International (THAI)’s Airbus A380-800 jetliners inaugurated the first commercial services on Saturday with a flight to Hong Kong.

Transport Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan has presided over the ceremony with the inaugural flight TG 600 Bangkok-Hong Kong. He said passengers have given good response to the new aircraft as the 507 seats were fully booked and reservations to fly on the Airbus A380-800 were in high demand.

Chokchai Panyayong, THAI Executive Vice President for Strategy and Business Development Department, said that seats for Airbus A380-800 flight to Hong Kong in October were around 75-80 percent booked while flight to Singapore were around 60-65 percent reserved.

The first of THAI’s six Airbus A380-800 jetliners has been delivered to the national flag carrier on September 29 from the Airbus assembly plant in Toulouse, France. The aircraft was named "Sri Rattana" by HM the King.

THAI is the ninth airline to receive what is billed as the world's largest and most eco-efficient aircraft.

THAI entered the aircraft into service on October 6 for the Bangkok-Hong Kong and Bangkok-Singapore routes. After the second Airbus A380-800 aircraft is delivered in November, the two aircraft will be used for the Bangkok-Frankfurt and Bangkok-Hong Kong routes from mid December.

In January 2013, when the third aircraft is delivered, the service will expand to include Bangkok-Narita Japan, and the fourth aircraft will service the Bangkok-Paris route starting next February. The remaining two aircraft will be delivered late next year.

The THAI version of the Airbus A380-800 offers a total of 507 seats in three classes - 12 seats in Royal First Class, 60 seats in Royal Silk Class (Business Class) and 435 seats in Economy Class. (MCOT online news)


Miracle of Colours

Myriad colours on varied canvass frames reflect the complex feelings of abstract artist Suthep Sungpetch.
His collection of 60 paintings of various hues of colours represent his memories and moods at the time he created each painting during the past two years.

“Are viewers going to feel the same as I did? I don’t know. It’s uncertain. They may feel different from me. It is like eating food. Some may say it is delicious. Some may say it’s not. No need to think a lot. Just look at them and enjoy,” said the artist.

Varities of mood, represented by a variety of colours, opens the door to the imagination. Art viewers can absorb the feeling of these colours, telling stories through the international language of colour--with a Buddhist philosophy note attached to each painting. These dharma messages are what the artist learned from revered Buddhist monk, Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, who came to fame during part of his life in the monkhood.

The artist wants to convey the truth of life about impermanence and non-attachment to the viewers.

“If they come to visit this exhibition and want to see these artworks again. That’s enough. It is mind to mind communication. I add dharma here, so when viewers read it, they are inspired to think or do something for better life,” Mr Suthep said.

The Miracle of Colour exhibition is on display until October 5 at a gallery of Thailand Cultural Centre in Bangkok. (MCOT online news)


Building an ethnic food network

Delegates from 16 countries are currently attending an intensive workshop on “Everything you need to know about Thai ethnic food” in Thailand’s Khon Kaen province, 450km northeast of Bangkok.

Khon Kaen University, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is hosting the two week activity. The objective is to create an international network of awareness of ethnic food to cope with global food shortages in the future.

Academics and students from Khon Kaen University are accompanying a delegation from 16 countries on a cruise through the Nam Ton rapids to learn firsthand about the people’s way of life in Ban Nong Hee.

The village is small but residents can almost fully rely on the gifts of nature for their daily survival.

Along the rapid, the visitors see villagers catching fish by every possible means—looking for a fish and catching it, or throwing a net to bring out fresh, edible creatures from the river. They also tasted different kinds of vegetables and fruit along the river.

The delegates help each other prepare lunch from the fresh food supply they catch from the river. They describe the experience as an eye opener.

Fresh fish are definitely on the menu with many other northeastern dishes. After an enjoyable meal, it’s time to move on.

They visit a pilot farming project where several kinds of trees are grown in a one-square-kilometre plot of land and alternate to bear fruit all year round. The group proceeds to pick mushrooms in a eucalyptus forest. Some are so charmed that they do not want to leave the wood.

This is just one day’s activity in their more than two week programme, during which an international ethnic food festival is held for them. They go on field trips as well as attend seminars.

The organisers want them to have a clear picture of the ethnic food situation in Thailand and the necessity of ethnic food in alleviating food shortages in the future. (MCOT online news)


Thailand to Host Miss Tourism World 2012 Final in December

Bangkok, October 1, 2012: As one of the world’s leading tourist destinations, Thailand is hosting the Miss Tourism World pageant for the first time, both in the Kingdom and in Asia. Miss Tourism World 2012 finalists from 60 countries will visit some of Thailand’s top tourist destinations between December 2 and 14, including the provinces of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Songkhla (Hat Yai), Chon Buri (Pattaya), and Krabi. The final round of the pageant in which the winner will be announced will take place at the spectacular Siam Niramit in Bangkok on December 15.

TAT Governor Mr. Suraphon Svetasreni said, “It is an honor for Thailand to welcome the Miss Tourism World 2012 finalists. They will enjoy visiting different parts of Thailand, experiencing especially the Kingdom’s distinctive culture and heritage, golden beaches, and unique places such as the Grand Palace. The finalists will also look beautiful and gracious dressed in Thai traditional outfits, as well as have the honor of visiting Chitralada Royal Villa and various Royal Projects. This is also a great opportunity to demonstrate confidence and safety in travelling in Thailand, especially in the southern areas.”

Miss Tourism World was first hosted in Malta with an aim to promote and highlight the tourism sector of the host countries. The final round of the Miss Tourism World pageant will be broadcast worldwide. The final will be the first time it is hosted in Asia, and is a tremendous opportunity for Thailand to promote itself as a leading tourism destination of choice.

The Miss Tourism World 2012 pageant is organized by Media Empire Co., Ltd., in conjunction with the Tourism World Organization, and supported by TAT. In addition to being crowned Miss Tourism World, the winner will receive one million baht cash, a trophy, and many other prizes. The first and second runner-ups will receive 500,000 baht and 300,000 cash respectively, plus a trophy and other prizes.

For more information, please contact Media Empire Co., Ltd.
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Don Mueang Airport relaunches for low cost airlines

BANGKOK, Oct 1 -- Don Mueang Airport fully relaunched its services for low cost airlines Monday, after operation had ceased in 2006 following the opening of the new Suvarnabhumi Airport and the single airport policy.

Passengers began queueing for check-in at AirAsia airlines at 4am for the first flight to Bali, Indonesia at 6.15am.

Thai AirAsia, the biggest low-cost airline in Thailand, moved its equipment to Don Mueang overnight Sunday, at midnight, after its last flight took off from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Relocation of empty aircraft from Suvarnabhumi to Don Mueang was completed at 3am yesterday.

Airports of Thailand (AoT) president Anirut Thanomkulabutra said earlier that facilities at Don Mueang Airport including duty free shops and restaurants are also fully operational today.

In addition to Thai AirAsia, Don Mueang Airport serves Nok Air, Orient Thai and chartered flights, he said, adding that Don Mueang will become another connecting hub for the region.

Don Mueang will take at least 12 million passengers per year.

On March 16 the government ordered all low-cost, charter and non-connecting flights to relocate to Don Mueang Airport to ease congestion at Suvarnabhumi Airport, ending the single-airport policy. (MCOT online news)


Domestic travel growth hit by flooding

BANGKOK, 28 September 2012 (NNT) - Thailand’s domestic tourism industry is experiencing a slowdown due to growing fears of potential flooding.

During a monthly meeting between the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) and other related agencies, the Association of Domestic Travel (ADT) disclosed that package tour sales in the first half of October dropped following bouts of heavy rains across the country. Due to concerns over possible flooding, Thai travelers opted to stay home in order to save money for post-flood home repairs.

Meanwhile, TAT Deputy Governor Sansern Ngaorungsi said during the meeting that the rapid growth of low-cost airline flights had enabled younger tourists to travel independently with more ease. In the next 8 years, this demographic group will comprise around 50% of the total number, leaving the other half to those traveling in package tours.

The TAT suggested that tour operators should offer wider choices of tailor-made holidays to accommodate all budgets and tastes.

The TAT also projected that the number of international tourist arrivals will reach 22.4 million, up from the previous projection of 20 million. The number of Asian tourists is estimated around 15 million out of the total tourist arrivals.


First Airbus A380-800 aircraft delivered to THAI

BANGKOK, Sept 29 -- The first of Thai Airways International (THAI)’s six Airbus A380-800 jetliners has been delivered to the national flag carrier this morning from the Airbus assembly plant in Toulouse, France, according to Chokchai Panyayong, THAI Executive Vice President for Strategy and Business Development Department.

A welcoming ceremony for the first aircraft was held at Suvarnabhumi airport. THAI has become the ninth airline to receive what is billed as the world's largest and most eco-efficient aircraft.

Mr Chokchai, who is also Acting THAI President, said the aircraft named "Sri Rattana" by HM the King was one of six Airbus A380-800 aircraft that THAI has purchased to replace six aging Boeing 747 aircraft which would later be decommissioned.

He said THAI expected that when all six Airbus A380-800 aircraft were in operation, the company's revenue would increase by 10 per cent to Bt220 billion.

THAI will place the aircraft into service on October 6 for the Bangkok-Hong Kong and Bangkok-Singapore routes. After the second Airbus A380-800 aircraft is delivered in November, the two aircraft would be on service for Bangkok-Frankfurt and Bangkok-Hong Kong routes from mid December.

In January 2013, when the third aircraft is delivered, the service would expand to include Bangkok-Narita and the fourth aircraft would service the Bangkok-Paris route starting next February. The remaining two aircraft would be delivered late next year.

The THAI version of the Airbus A380-800 would offer a total of 507 seats in three classes - 12 seats in Royal First Class, 60 seats in Royal Silk Class (Business Class) and 435 seats in Economy Class. (MCOT online news)


Don Mueang Airport to hold full-scale flood drill prior to official re-opening on 1 Oct

BANGKOK, 28 September 2012 (NNT) - Don Mueang Airport will arrange a full-scale flood prevention drill in preparations for possible flooding and the relocation of low-cost airlines from Suvarnabhumi Airport on 1 October 2012.

Don Mueang Airport and the Airports of Thailand (AoT) have cooperated with the Royal Thai Air Force in organizing the drill. The content of the drill ranges from giving warning to repairing of flood barriers, and raising flood walls using "Big sand Bags" or pre-fabricated concrete bars.

AoT President Lt. Anirut Thanomkulbutr said the airport's flood prevention plan would be assessed after the drill and its flaws would be fixed so that the airport's emergency operations were up to standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization. A full flood prevention drill is scheduled every two years while smaller drills will take place during the interval to assure air passengers of the airport's capability of dealing with flood emergencies.


Suvarnabhumi Airport facelift starts next month

BANGKOK, Sept 28 – Suvarnabhumi Airport hopes to see great improvement in immigration checks, baggage claims and internet service soon to cope with the increasing passenger load next year, airport director Somchai Sawasdeepon said today.

The international airport will have 180 less flights or 10 million less passengers each day after budget airline Thai AirAsia relocates to Don Mueang airport on Monday.

Mr Somchai said 250 more immigration officials will be on duty at Suvarnabhumi airport to accelerate visa inspections, and reduce the process from 50 minutes per passenger to 20 minutes.

Passengers will find it more convenient with the visa checking areas three times larger while baggage claims must be finished within 30 minutes after a flight lands, with the first baggage delivered to a carousel in 20 minutes, Mr Somchai said, adding that a 15-30 minute free wi-fi service will also be available.

Suvarnabhumi airport served 48.32 million passengers between Oct 2011 and August this year, a 9.65 per cent increase year-on-year. It is estimated that the total number will be 52.6 million passengers, or 301,477 flight, at the end of this fiscal year on Sunday Sept 30. It predicted an 8-9 per cent growth next year with a major increase in passengers from China, Malaysia and India.

Airports of Thailand (AoT) has planned a second-phase development project of Suvarnabhumi with an investment of Bt65 billion to cope with 60 million passengers by 2017. (MCOT online news)


Airport Rail Link to collect THB20 flat rate on City Line until end of 2012

BANGKOK, 29 September 2012 (NNT) – The Airport Rail Link is set to collect a flat rate from commuters on its City Line during promotional hours until the end of this year.

SRT Electrical Train (SRTET) Company, the operator the Airport Rail Link service, has announced, on Friday, its plan to start collecting a 20-baht flat rate on its City Line during 11 am and 2 pm from September 30th to December 31st.

Under this same scheme, those who travel only one stop will be charged 15 baht. At the same time, the Student Smart Pass holders, who are entitled to a 20-percent discount, and holders of Senor Smart Pass, who receive a 50-percent discount, will still be able to enjoy the same benefits and will only have to pay 20 baht if the after-discount fare exceeds this promotional fare.

For those who have Smart Pass, the special fare will be charged from the pass during the designated hours.

However, outside this promotional schedule, commuters will still have to pay between 15 and 45 baht per ride.

SRTET said that the special campaign is introduced to boost the number of commuters on the Airport Rail Link and to help solve the traffic congestion on the streets of Bangkok.


Suvarnabhumi expects 8-9% rise in passenger number next year

BANGKOK, 28 September 2012 (NNT) – Suvarnabhumi International Airport is anticipating an increase of 8-9% in the passenger number in 2013 despite the absence of Thai Air Asia.

As Thai Air Asia, a major low-cost airline, is scheduled to relocate all of its services to Don Muang Airport this October 1, Director of Suvarnabhumi Airport Somchai Sawasdipol expressed belief that the congestion problem at the facility will ease off. As a result, he said it will allow for improvements of the airport and help raise its capacity to accommodate more travelers.

Once Thai Air Asia has moved out, Mr. Somchai expected the number of passengers at Suvarnabhumi Airport to decrease from 52 million per year to 42 million. However, for next year, he was confident that an 8-9% rise will be seen, boosting the annual passenger number to 46 million.


2012 October 30

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