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New adventure business opens with jungle coaster and zipline

Pol. Gen.Suwat Janittipol, Advisor for Minister of Social Development and Human Security Ministry presided over the ceremony with Pongyang Jungle Coaster executivesWolfgang Diesel, Pol.Col.Worapol Ponmanee, Wan Muangma, and Aranya Tarin welcomed the Minister’s representative.

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Chiang Mai’s latest adventure destination opened in March with the official grand opening last week in Mae Rim with the grand opening of Pongyang Jungle Coaster and Zipline. Pol. Gen.Suwat Janittipol, Advisor for Minister of Social Development and Human Security Ministry presided over the ceremony at Mon Jam, Pong Yang, Mae Rim, Chiang Mai. Executives of the business Wolfgang Diesel, Pol.Col.Worapol Ponmanee, Wan Muangma, and Aranya Tarin welcomed the Minister’s representative.

The Jungle Coaster is like a roller coaster on the ground using gravity and centrifugal force to speed along the tracks.

The Pongyang Jungle Coaster & Zipline opened for testing on March 19 ensuring that the zipline and jungle coaster are safe. The track is the only one in Thailand from German technology. Two people totaling 160 kg can ride and if needed an officer can ride with the passenger. The coaster uses gravity and centrifugal force to ride the coaster from a steep hill down to a lower level. The total distance is a kilometer and has curves and straightaways like on a roller coaster. Before the ride security procedures will be relayed and then riders must wear a safety belt. Each coaster is released about every 25 seconds. At the end the coaster will slow down and will be slung back to the original position.

The Jungle Coaster will normally be 300 baht per ride and 700 baht for 3 rides but a special promotion for grand opening is only 100 baht per ride until April 24,2016. The visitors can ride other exciting rides like the sky bridge, flying sling, biking sky tricycle, Mhong’s racing, and natural trial. At the Mae Sa Junction on the Mae Rim road go about 15 kms. entering to Mon Jam and from there it is around 2.5 kms. the Pongyang Jungle Coaster and Zipline on the left of the road. Open daily from 8 am to 6:30 pm 053-106 327, 093-142 8998 , and 092 973 8868.

Bangkok Airways offering four new meals

Famed chef M.L. Sirichalerm Sawadiwat, or Khun Meukdaeng, presents the four new meals from the four regions of Thailand that Bangkok Airways will be offering on select flights.

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Bangkok Airways launched their new menu of four regional Thai foods responding to government’s policy regarding eating Thai food and fruits.

Bangkok Airways Public Co., Ltd. launched the new menus created by famed chef M.L. Sirichalerm Sawadiwat, also known as Khun Meukdaeng, at the Vanilla Meeting Room of Bangkok Air Catering Co., Ltd., Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Khun Meukdaeng said that the concept of four regional Thai Foods 2016 of the company was based on government policy to promote Thai food and fruits. He said that he and the Operation team of Bangkok Air Catering and designed and produced the four regional Thai foods menu to serve passengers, such as bread topped with Larb Kai (Isaan chicken salad) – fusion food with the taste of “Larb” – popular food of northern eastern (Isaan) region, Chicken Pie with Hung Lay curry – a fusion with the taste of Hung lay curry from the North and crispy and soft pie in the western style.

He said, “Apart from regular menu, we also prepared a special menu to serve to our passenger during important festivals, for instance, chicken stew with red wine sauce served on Father’s Day. Bangkok Airways hopes that the new menus will be a part of making our passengers’ traveling experience special.”

Mr. Jaroonya Napol, Head Chef of Bangkok Air Catering Co., Ltd. said that Bangkok Air Catering has been delighted to further government’s policy by consuming Thai food and fruits by Bangkok Airways Airlines. Bangkok Air Catering has been expertly producing food served on flight to various airlines for more than 30 years.

Mr. Jaroonya added, “Apart from good food, Bangkok Air Catering takes seriously the importance of cleanliness and good hygiene in every dish. The kitchen of Bangkok Air Catering has been approved under the standards of HACCP and ISO 9001:2000 which is international standard management system including Halal.”

The four regional Thai food menus will be served to passengers on domestic and international flights leaving from Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Koh Samui Airport. The 1st-2nd quarter will serve northern and Isaan regional menu, for example, fired rice with Nam Pu chili sauce, grilled chicken with Som Tam and sticky rice. The 3rd -4th quarter will serve south and central regional menu, such as Chicken Kua Kling or Chicken Massaman with two-colored rice.

The menu will also served in the passenger’s boutique lounge and Blue Ribbon Club Lounge of the Airline at departure terminal of domestic and international flight at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Qatar Airways to start new flights to Chiang Mai

Qatar Airways will begin direct flights to Chiang Mai in December, 2016. (Photo courtesy of aero [email protected] commons)

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Qatar Airways, voted World’s Best Airline in the World in a SkyTrax annual poll for 2015 announced that it will be opening new flights from Doha to Chiang Mai beginning in December, 2016.

The airline will fly direct to Chiang Mai three times a week from Doha offering connections on to Europe, the Americas and the Middle East. The airline is also opening a direct route to Krabi in December that will fly four time a week. The Thailand routes are the only new routes the airline is adding in South East Asia although it is expanding its global network by adding twelve other locations including the Seychelles, Finland and the longest flight in the world to Auckland.

The Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said, “These flights will open up significant new sources of traffic by allowing visitors from Europe, the Middle East and Africa to connect to Krabi and Chiang Mai via the Qatar Airways hub in Doha. They will advance the Thai government policy to promote the dispersal of visitors in order to better balance income distribution and job creation.The fact that Qatar Airways chose to include one destination in North Thailand and one in South Thailand is perfectly in line with that policy.”

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Update April 7, 2016

New adventure business opens with jungle coaster and zipline

Bangkok Airways offering four new meals

Qatar Airways to start new flights to Chiang Mai