Chiang Mai tourism forum held at Central Airport
The Chiang Mai Tourism Forum was held at Central Airport
Plaza recently and featured many local activities and upcoming events. The
Chiang Mai Night Safari was a sponsor along with the Tourism Authority of
Thailand and the Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association. Chiang Mai
Governor ML Panadda Diskul opened the event, welcoming all participants and
encouraging visitors to enjoy all the interesting sites and activities that
Chiang Mai has to offer.
The Chiang Mai Night Safari was on hand to promote their
recently opened Giraffe restaurant as was the upcoming Chiang Mai Interbrews
Festival which will take place at JJ Market from December 15. Many other
tour operators and businesses were at the event held at Central Airport
Plaza’s Central Hall.
CAPTION: Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul (3rd
right) is joined by TAT head Chalermsak Suranant (far right)and CEO of the
Night Safari Dr. Sarawut Srisakuna (2nd right) along with members of the
Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association. (Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Night
New AirAsia flights
Chiang Mai Governor ML
Panadda Diskul welcomed the inaugural flight of AirAsia’s latest route from
Ubon Ratchathani. AirAsia will fly from Chiang Mai to Ubon (UBP) 3 times a
week, departing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:20 a.m. and arrive in
Ubon at 8:35 a.m. The return flight from Ubon will depart Ubon on Monday,
Wednesday and Friday at 9:00 a.m. and arrive in Chiang Mai at 10:10 a.m.
AirAsia plans to push Ubon Ratchathani as its aviation hub for North East
Thailand, Thai AirAsia Chief Executive Tassapol Bijleveld recently
announced. Ubon connects with to the Lao PDR’s Chong Mek border crossing
making it a good option for travelers to Laos. (Photo courtesy of CityNow!)
Kings Cup Regatta in Phuket expects record fleet
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is set to celebrate its
25th anniversary this year, welcoming a record fleet of boats and over 1,000
sailors from around the world to compete in Asia's largest regatta from
December 3 to December 10 at Kata Beach.
With strong representation from ASEAN
and a growing number of sailors from China taking part, more than 35
nationalities will participate in a diverse fleet of craft, from Olympic
classes to kiteboards to the super-high tech 'grand prix' racing boats.
Famed for being Asia's largest big boat
regatta, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta was founded in 1987 with a mixed
fleet of dinghies, boards and keelboats. Over the years, the Regatta has
grown in size and stature to become the jewel in the crown of the Asia
yachting circuit, welcoming the best-of-the-best from around Asia and beyond
to compete annually in Phuket.
“The Regatta began as a special tribute
to His Majesty the King’s Fifth Cycle, or 60th birthday,” said Kevin
Whitcraft, President of the Organising Committee of the Phuket King's Cup
Regatta. “It has grown to become the most popular and most hotly contested
sailing event in Asia. Phuket King’s Cup competitors enjoy champagne sailing
conditions, the beautiful Andaman Sea backdrop, a series of exciting race
locations and the famous beachfront parties.”
2011 expects to see up to 50 dinghies
take to the start line on 3rd December for a three-day series. Joining them
on Monday 5th will be over 100 keelboats and multihulls, plus for the very
first time, 20 kiteboards. The total sailing fleet is expected to be over
The dinghies will race over three days,
from December 3-5, and the keelboats, multihulls and kiteboards will race
over five days – 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th and 10th, with Thursday 8th being a
In 2009, dinghies were re-introduced to
the Regatta line-up after a hiatus. This led the Organising Committee to
create the Phuket Dinghy Series in 2010 – a three-event series preceding the
Phuket King's Cup Regatta which has grown from strength-to-strength – and a
dinghy class within the Phuket King's Cup Regatta fleet itself.
For the first time in the Cup's
history, the organisers, together with the Kiteboard Tour Asia, have
introduced a Kiteboard Class this year. An invitation-only class for 20
kiteboarders, the Regatta welcomes Pros from the world tour as well as a
number of regional champions, including two-time Asian Champion from
Thailand, Narapichit “Yo” Pudla.
“Our Quarter Centenary year sees the
widest diversity in terms of registered vessels taking part in the Regatta,”
explained Kevin Whitcraft. “2011 will comprise catamarans, keelboats,
kiteboards, dinghies and international racing boats all competing for
honours across racing and cruising categories. It is a testament to the
extraordinary appeal of this classic race that we see such a broad mix of
entrants for the Phuket King’s Cup. The Regatta also connects people from
across the world, with representatives from every continent taking part.”
With the Royal Patronage of His Majesty
the King, the Regatta is organised by the Phuket King's Cup Regatta
Organising Committee under the auspices of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, in
conjunction with the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Royal Thai
Navy and the Province of Phuket.
Sponsors of the 2011 Phuket King's Cup
Regatta include Kata Group Resorts Thailand, PTT Group, Siam Winery, AIA
Thailand, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, Boathouse and Sunsail. Media
Partners include 91.5FM, Helm Superyacht Asia Pacific, The Nation, Phuket
Best Group, Phuket Gazette, Phuket Magazine, Sail-World.com, SEA Yachting
and YachtStyle Asia.
For more information, please visit
THAI providing checkin at Makksan in Bangkok
Thai Airways International is providing additional
check-in counters at the Airport Rail Link, Makkasan Station to facilitate
passengers traveling to Suvarnabhumi Airport during the flood crisis.
Mr Danuj Bunnag, THAI’s Managing
Director, Ground Services Business Unit said, “Passengers may find it
difficult to travel to Suvarnabhumi Airport due to floods in some areas of
Bangkok. To help facilitate THAI’s passengers traveling on both domestic and
international routes, THAI set up additional check-in counters at the
Airport Rail Link, Makkasan Station.”
THAI’s passenger traveling to
Suvarnabhumi Airport by Airport Rail Link may check-in their luggage and
personal belongings at THAI’s check-in counters, located on 3rd floor,
Airport Rail Link, Makkasan Station, starting today from 07.00 hrs. until
21.00 hrs everyday. The Airport Rail Link check-in service is open for all
THAI’s flights departing Suvarnabhumi Airport between 10.00 – 01.20 hrs.
Passengers must check-in by themselves 3 hours prior to flight departure and
receive their boarding pass and luggage tags. This is with the exception of
passengers traveling to the USA, on the route Bangkok – Los Angeles, who
must check-in at Suvarnabhumi Airport only.
THAI still operates normal flight at
Suvarnabhumi Airport. Passengers may call THAI Contact Center for flight
information and reservations at +66 (0) 2356 1111 (24 hours) or visit
Travel to the Mekong region without leaving Chiang Mai
The GMS Fair is being held at
the giant Central Hall at Central Aiport Plaza.
The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Fair is being held at
Central Airport Plaza from November 4 to 13 at the Central Hall and features
products from the member nations of the GMS; Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar,
Thailand, Vietnam, and Yunnan Province of the People’s Republic of China.
The event features booths from all
these nations, selling everything from traditional handicrafts to modern
conveniences including stoves and boats! The event opened on November 4 to
great crowds of people interested in the many different items on offer. From
beautifully made Lao silk to Chinese pearls, intricate silverwork and modern
The event ends on November 13 and is
held daily at the Central Hall at Central Airport Plaza.
gorgeous textiles from Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia are on sale at
Chinese girls are wearing intricate silverwork headdresses at their booth.
girls dressed in the costumes of the participating countries were on hand to
greet guests to the grand opening.
Surin Elephant Roundup November 19 and 20
The Elephant Round up takes
place in Surin this month, on November 19 and 20.
The Ban Ta Klang Elephant Village in Surin Province is
the home of the Kui, who, for centuries, have tended to and trained
elephants for use throughout Thailand. These handlers have great respect for
The majority of elephant owners and
mahouts in Thailand today are descendants of the "Kui" tribe (or "Suay" in
Thai). They are thought to have migrated from Cambodia to settle largely in
the northeastern provinces near the Cambodian border. Known for their
expertise in capturing, domesticating and training wild elephants, the
life-long relationship of the mahout with his elephant is an integral
element of Kui culture, tradition and the way of life. The elephant is his
companion and a family member.
The Surin Elephant Roundup will be held
from November 19 and 20, 2011 at the Elephant Arena, Red Cross Fair,
Tickets for the Surin Elephant Round-up
and Elephant Show and the November 20 “Legend of Prasat Srikhoraphum”
Light-and-Sound performances are also available from the Surin Tourist
Promotion Association. 0-4451-5832 (TAT)
Chiang Mai Rose show cancelled
Due to the present devastating floods in the country and
its immediate aftermath in the months to come, the Chiang Mai Rose Group
deems it proper to cancel this year’s Chiang Mai Annual Rose Show 2011
which was to be held on the fourth weekend of December 2011, in order that
the saved expenses could be used by funding supporters of the Show for
other appropriate purposes.
The Annual Rose Show for 2012 will be
held as usual in December next year.
Bangkok Airways assures continuity of its operation from Suvarnabhumi Airport
Bangkok Airways’ daily operations from and to
Suvarnabhumi Airport is running per normal schedule. The airline’s ticket
counter on 4th floor at Suvarnabhumi Airport is also open as normal.
Bangkok Airways’ advice and ticket
policy during the flood crisis;
1. Ticket(s) purchased for travel
between 14 October – 30 November 2011 can be changed or refunded without
charge by calling Bangkok Airways Call Center 1771. The line opens everyday
from 08.00 – 17.30 hrs.
2. Passengers are advised to check-in
at least 2 hours for domestic and 3 hours for international prior departure
For more information please contact
your nearest travel agent or visit www.bangkokair.com.