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Update July 26, 2016

Kan Air, Cartoon Network launch waterpark flight package connecting Chiang Mai to Pattaya

Kan Air is taking northerners to the beach, launching service connecting Chiang Mai with Pattaya for a visit to the Cartoon Network Amazone waterpark.

Nopniwat Krailerg

Kan Air is taking northerners to the beach, launching service connecting Chiang Mai with Pattaya for a visit to the Cartoon Network Amazone waterpark.

Sompong Sooksa-nguan, director of Nitic Group, Kingkaew Puengjetsada, deputy director of operations at Amazon Falls Co., Wisut Buachum, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Chiang Mai office, and Suladda Sarutilavan, director of TAT’s Pattaya office, launched the “Happy Traveling for Free to the World Class Water Park” promotion July 20 at the northern city’s airport.

The package includes a free return trip with Kan Air, with the privilege of spending an entire day at the Cartoon Network Amazone, a room for two, and two nights at the Centara Grand Maris Resort Jomtien for only 5,990 baht per person.

Sompong said that the brainchild of the promotion was developed between Kan Airways and the Cartoon Network Amazone to promote tourism with a package that nobody could resist.

It is also a great idea to connect North Thailand to the Easter Seaboard, giving the privilege for customers to experience a world-class water park as well as stay in one of the coziest resorts in Jomtien.

Suladda said TAT is pushing forward more family holiday packages during 2017. Now that U-Tapao-Rayong-Pattaya Airport is becoming a major attraction for tourists who prefer to come to Pattaya, Rayong or the surrounding areas, the North and Eastern Seaboard are now officially connected.

Northern provinces such as Chiang Mai also are very attractive places for tourists to visit yearly, according to the TAT database. It has a lot to offer, from zoos, culture, products, all the way to beautiful temples, scenery and forestry attractions.

Accommodations in Chiang Mai include more than 80,000 rooms with a huge potential to grow even more. U-Tapao is also under development for the AEC and more airlines are forming alliances to connect to it as well.

Currently, Kan Airways has eight routes in Chiang Mai Airport, including Pai, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Ubon Ratchathani, Koen Kaen, Phitsanulok, Hua Hin and Pattaya.

There are several different aircraft, including the Cessna Grand Caravans with 12 seats, and the ATR with 66 seats. Chiang Mai-U-Tapao flights are available on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Flight K88527 leaves Chiang Mai at 5 p.m. and arrives at U-Tapao at 7 p.m. Return flights from U-Tapao are at 7:30 p.m. and arrive at 9:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Kan Call Center at 025-516-111 or visit

Update July 18, 2016

Bangkok Airways Wins World's Best Regional Airline 2016 by Skytrax

Also wins Best Regional Airline In Asia 2016

Capt. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, President of Bangkok Airways with the two Skytrax awareds for Best Regional Airline in theWorld and Best Regional Airline in Asia.

Bangkok Airways led by Capt. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth today receive "World's Best Regional Airline 2016" and "Best Regional Airline in Asia 2016" awards from Skytrax. The award ceremony is held at the Skyview Hall, Farnborough International Airshow 2016, London on 12 July 2016.

Capt. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, President of Bangkok Airways commented, “as a Thai national carrier, we are extremely delighted and proud to have received the awards which truly reflect a higher level of service and safety standard of Bangkok Airways. These achievements have fully manifested our continuous commitment to strive for excellence in airline services. It is not only served as a proof of passenger’s recognition, but also a great encouragement to motivate us to attain even better performance.”

“On behalf of everyone at Bangkok Airways, I would like to thanks all the voters and most importantly - the dedication of our staffs to excel in a complete airline services. We promise to keep up with our services to provide the highest standard to underline our commitment to be Asia’s Boutique Airline”, added Capt. Puttipong.

Bangkok Airways has previously been awarded “World's Best Regional Airline 2014” and "Best Regional Airline in Asia 2014”, and has been among the top five of World’s Best Regional Airline and Best Regional Airline – Asia category. Moreover, the airline won “Asia’s Best Regional Airline” from 2004 – 2005, in 2008 and in 2009 . Bangkok Airways also won “South East Asia Best Regional Airline” from 2006 - 2007.

Skytrax World Airline Awards are coveted Quality accolades for the world airline industry. Travellers from across the globe take part each year in the world’s largest airline passenger satisfaction survey to decide the award winners. The World Airline Awards are a global benchmark of airline excellence, and widely known as the Passengers Choice awards.

Update July 8, 2016

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai presents Charity Concert proceeds to Chiang Mai Red Cross

Mr. Michael Branham, General Manager, Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai and Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle presents the check to Mrs. Monsuda Chamniprasart, President, Chiang Mai Red Cross Chapter.

In early 2016, Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai hosted “Pro Musica 2016”, its annual classical concert and dinner for charity.

Supported by H.E. Admiral M.L. Usni Pramoj, Privy Councillor, a renowned musician, the concert was performed by the celebrated Pro Musica Ensemble in the atmospheric setting of the resort’s Rachawadee Residence. All proceeds from ticket sales were set aside for donation to The Provincial Red Cross Chapter of Chiang Mai.

Mr Michael Branham, General Manager of Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai and Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, presented a cheque for THB 368,280 to the Chiang Mai Red Cross Chapter, represented by its President, Ms Molsuda Chamniprasart.

Update July 2, 2016

Chiang Mai border featured as a tourist destination

Chiang Dao, Wieng Hang, and Mae Ai border checkpoints

Montri Piyakul, Director of Chiang Mai Provincial Officer of Tourism and Sports welcomes visitors to the trip to border checkpoints.

Nopniwat Krailerg

The Chiang Mai Provincial Office of Tourism and Sports invited media and others to visit three border areas as part of the government initiative to promote tourism among the AEC countries. The group visited three areas; Kew Pha Wok Border Checkpoint in Chiang Dao, Luk Tang Border Checkpoint in Wieng Hang and San Ton Du Border Checkpoint in Mae Ai last month.

A soldier at the Kew Pha Wok Border Checkpoint in Chiang Dao.

The group visited the checkpoints as well as tourist attractions nearby and villages in the area that are off the beaten tourist path. The aim of the trip was to promote tourism to border areas with Myanmar and showcase the three checkpoints. The government hopes to open more border checkpoints but political uncertainty in Myanmar delayed new checkpoints. Officials hope that the new stability in Myanmar will allow for new openings. The Ban Luk Tang Border Checkpoint in Wieng Hang has been closed since 2002 and would be a good link to Myanmar’s capital of Naypyidaw. In the past this was a very active area with much cross border trade but is now quiet.

The group at the Luk Tang border check point in Wieng Hang.

Montri Piyakul, Director of Chiang Mai Provincial Officer of Tourism and Sports and the group visited several beautiful natural attractions in the area around Wieng Hang in Chiang Dao including the Burmese style temple Wat Fah Wiang which strides the border with one side in Myanmar and one side in Thailand. Originally the temple was in the territory ruled by Khun Sa but it was surrendered to the Burmese government and split in half. This Tai Yai style wat has a shrine to King Naresuan. Previously it was called Wat Song Pan Din or the Two Lands Temple. Inside is a stupa for Gen Kong Jeng Chanasuk, founder of the Shan United Revolution Army who died of cancer in 1991. Ceremonies to commemorate him are held at the temple every year.

Students at Baan Piang Luang,Wieng Hang in traditional dress.

Nearby is Wat King San Hai or Wat Prathat San Hai in San Hai Sub-district, another Tai Yai style temple with a shrine holding what is believed to be that hat of King Naresuan. It is believed that he left the hat behind when he rested his army there before crossing into Burma in 1605. The surrounding area contains ceramic gamecocks in various size brought by villagers to make a votive offering according to Thais’ belief that King Naresuan raised gamecocks and his gamecocks won fighting with Burmese’s gamecocks.

The group next visited Kew Phaw Wok in Chiang Dao which is located in a forest conservation area in Baan Arunothai. The area around the border is heavily forested and the checkpoint was only recently re-opened in March after closing in 2014. The Chiang Mai Governor chaired opening ceremony of trade market at Kiew Pha Wok trade concession in March, the market is open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until June 2016. However, a new project of opening trade markets to the ASEAN region will be started to link trade and tourism in Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai.

Wat Fah Wiang near the Luk Tang border check point.

Near the Kiew Pha Wok check point is King Naresuan’s stupa located in Meung Ngai, Chiang Dao. On one side there is a statue of King Naresuan and on each side a carving of his royal duties, his history and the history of the stupa. Baan Arunothai was originally named Ban Nong Auk. Most of the families are descended from members of the 3rd Chinese Army of Gen. Lee Wen-huan who came to Thailand to cooperate with the Thai Army. The Cabinet gave Thai nationality to those Chinese soldiers who chose to stay after suppressing communists in the region.

Wat Pra That San Hai Wieng Hang district

Nearby is Tham Ngob, Nong Bua, Chiang Dao, originally a camp of Chinese national military or Kok Min Tung, the 3rd army of Gen. Lee Wen-huan from Yunnan. After fighting in China was finished, the army migrated to Thailand. Going along Arunothai - Doi Ang Khang route, there is Pha Dang view point, Muang Na, Chiang Dao with beautiful scenery of high mountain with comfortable cold weather and Ban Thai Mai Tavorn village can be seen from there.

The hat believed to have belonged to King Naresuan.

On the Arunothai-Doi Ang Khang road the Border area of Baan Norlae in Fang district connecting to border of Thailand-Myanmar which has several army bases and good relations between the armies of the two bordering countries. Then the group reached Doi Ang Khang where cool temperatures reached 22 degrees in the rainy season. The Royal Agricultural Station Ang Khang is famous for temperate fruits and flowers and the garden created for the 80th birthday of HM the King. Opposite is a popular Royal Project Restaurant and coffee shop and the team checked into the nearby Ang Khang Nature Resort.

King Naresuan shrine at Wat Prathat Wieng Hang.

The group ended at Mae Ai district, Chiang Mai which is about half an hour up north where they paid respects at the Monument of Malika, who was the daughter of King Fang. She fought with Burma in an ancient war. The monument was built to commemorate her bravery and goodness. Mae Ai District Chief Officer welcomed the group with tribal students.

Another important attraction of Mae Ai district is Wat Ta Ton Royal Temple on the Kok River which also serves as the border. This temple has a 9 layer building with the top containing a large image of Som Dej Pra Lokanart Sardsadajan Jaturapiporn Pratan Prachachon (Pra Im Talodkan). In the front of Buddha is highland view point. On the 8th level, a gorgeous crystal stupa is located.

Statue of King Naresuan at Bann Muang Ngai Chiang Dao

The group then cruised the Kok River with Rangers which took about 40 minutes to reach the ranger station. The rangers do not allow visitors into the station but said that taking boats along the river is allowed for tourists but has not yet proven to be popular with tourists. Boat rental is around 500-600 baht per trip and can accommodate about 7 -8 people and will take about an hour and a half to reach Tong Yee in Myanmar. The same journey by land could take up to eight hours. The rangers noted that if trade were opened on the river it would save a lot of time and make it very convenient for locals.

On the way back the Thailand, both sides of river have restaurants and guest houses opened for tourists. This trip was rich in natural beauty and felt perfectly safe. Seeing the lives and culture of people living along the river was very interesting and seeing a way of life untouched so far by tourism.


A descendant of Chinese soldiers writing in Chinese at Baan Arunothai Chiang Da.

Pha Dang view point, Muang Na, Chiang Dao.

Image of Som Dej Pra Lokanart Sardsadajan Jaturapiporn Pratan Prachachon (Pra Im Talodkan).

Wat Ta Ton Royal Temple on the mountain

Cruising the Kok River at Baan Tha Ton, Mae Ai Border of Thailand and Myanmar.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Kan Air, Cartoon Network launch waterpark flight package connecting Chiang Mai to Pattaya

Bangkok Airways Wins World's Best Regional Airline 2016 by Skytrax

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai presents Charity Concert proceeds to Chiang Mai Red Cross

Chiang Mai border featured as a tourist destination



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