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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 Safari)


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 170.

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 reserve day.

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 www.kingscup.com. (TAT)


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 www.thaiairways.com. (PR)


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 appliances.

The event ends on November 13 and is held daily at the Central Hall at Central Airport Plaza.

Many gorgeous textiles from Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia are on sale at the fair.

These Chinese girls are wearing intricate silverwork headdresses at their booth.

Beautiful 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 their elephants.

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, Srinarong Stadium.

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 time.

For more information please contact your nearest travel agent or visit www.bangkokair.com.


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Chiang Mai tourism forum held at Central Airport

New AirAsia flights

Kings Cup Regatta in Phuket expects record fleet

Bangkok Airways assures continuity of its operation from Suvarnabhumi Airport

Chiang Mai Rose show cancelled

THAI providing checkin at Makksan in Bangkok

Travel to the Mekong region without leaving Chiang Mai

Surin Elephant Roundup November 19 and 20