Direct flights from Phuket to India from GoAir.

India budget carrier GoAir is launching its overseas operations with flights from Mumbai to Male in the Maldives as well as Phuket. The airline, owned by the Wadia Group, has been waiting for the delivery of its new generation Airbus 320 Neo planes before starting the overseas legs.
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GoAir says it will start flights to Phuket in October. It’s the fifth largest airline in India and the GoAir flights will be the first …
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Red Turtles and Hungry Ghosts to invade Phuket

Tired of spending all day on the beach? Visit this fascinating and slightly macabre festival which takes place across the island of Phuket during August and September.
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The Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival, held at Chinese shrines and temples all over Phuket from August 22 – September 19, 2017 is an important annual merit-making event for the local Chinese. Special food dishes, flowers and candle offerings are placed on altars to “feed the ghosts”, …
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Gastronomy on the menu as Thailand sets out tourism plan

Thailand will focus on niche sectors, including gastronomy, as part of its latest tourism development plan.
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Unveiled by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the 2018 marketing plan is aiming to promote the sustainable development of Thailand’s tourism industry. The plan will cover the 2018 financial year, which commences in October 2017, and includes both international and domestic tourism.
“TAT will use tourism to promote sustainable development with the community as the ultimate …
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Thailand’s 2018 tourism forecast – Baht 3.1 trillion (US$ 9.1b) in revenue

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) forecasts revenue of 3.1 trillion baht in tourism revenue in 2018 by attracting tourists from second-tier Chinese and European cities and focusing on tourist quality, says governor Yuthasak Supasorn.
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The industry has remained sluggish during the last two quarters, but the plans are expected to lay the groundwork for continued growth in 2017 and 2018, Mr Yuthasak said. “Moving forward, the TAT will draw focus on increasing …
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Thailand eyes 15% jump in tourism revenues

Thailand expects to experience a sharp rise in its tourism revenues next year, as its drive to attract more “quality tourists” pays dividends.
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Visitor arrivals to the kingdom have been sluggish in recent months, as the Thai government clamps down on so-called “zero baht tourists”. But the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) says it is confident of achieving a significant rise in tourism revenues in 2018.
“Moving forward, the TAT will draw focus …
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Asarnha Bucha Day holiday

Thais and foreign residents will enjoy a three-day holiday break starting this Saturday thanks to two Buddhist celebrations that fall on Saturday and Sunday.
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The Saturday, 8 July, marks the full-moon Asarnha Bucha Day, (15th day of the eighth month), while Khao Phansa (Buddhist lent) is celebrated, 9 July, when Buddhist monks are confined to their temples during the traditional rice planting and harvest months.
Monday 10 July is a …
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Thai Smile increases Phuket flights

Thai Smile increased flight frequency on its Bangkok-Phuket route from five daily to seven daily effective 1 July.

The additional two daily flights offer a better choice of departure times for passengers flying to Thailand’s most popular island destination.
Thai Smile operates out of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport using Airbus A320s.
Owned by Thai Airways International, the airline servers as a feeder carrier on domestic routes on routes …
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Thailand plans new coast-to-coast railway

New project to allow travellers to cross peninsula between Koh Samui and Phuket.
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A new railway line is being planned in Thailand, connecting the country’s Andaman and Gulf coasts.
The Bangkok Post reports that plans for the 77km-long line were unveiled at a public hearing in southern Thailand’s Surat Thani province on Friday, and the project is now under consideration by the Thai government’s Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning.
If approved, the …
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