TripAdvisor recognises Asia’s best destinations with Travellers’ Choice awards

TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking site, announced recently the winners of its Travellers’ Choice awardsfor destinations, with Thai destinations dominating Asia’s Top 10: Phuket, Ko Samui and Bangkok placing third, seventh and eighth respectively.
“We’re delighted that Phuket, Ko Samui and Bangkok have been named as among Asia’s Top Destinations in the esteemed TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards,” said Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na …
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Slight increase in Thailand’s arrivals

Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports reports international visits to Thailand, January to February, exceeded 6.18 million, a slight increase of 1.58% year-on-year.
Released last Thursday, the ministry’s data showed the country attracted 6,186,224 international over the two months, compared to 6,090,203 visits during the same period last year.
The data is based on foreign passport, or ID holders, passing through international checkpoints (land, sea and air).
An international arrival is generally defined as a …
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Thailand to spend billions improving airports

The Thai government has approved plans to spend billions of dollars upgrading and expanding the country’s airports.
The Bangkok Post reported Thailand’s Industry Minister, Uttama Savanayana, as saying that the national plan had been approved by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, and would be funded using public-private partnerships.
In total, the plan calls for THB406 billion (US$11.6bn) to be invested across the country over the next 10 years. This includes the three airports serving the …
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Thailand’s visits up 6% in January

Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports reports visits to Thailand exceeded 3.19 million, an improvement of 6.52% in January this year.
Released last week, the ministry’s data showed the country attracted 3,197,053 visits in the first month of the year, compared to 3,001,327 visits during the same month last year.
The data is based on foreign passport holders, or ID holders, passing through international checkpoints (land, sea and air).  
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TripAdvisor rates five Thai Beaches among 25 Best in Asia in 2017

Five of Asia’s Top 25 Beaches in 2017 are in Thailand, according to the latest poll of the popular global travel website TripAdvisor, which has just released its annual Travelers’ Choice listings.

Nai Han Beach, Kata Noi Beach, and Freedom Beach at Patong, Phuket were listed as 4th , 8th and 11th , while Phra Nang Cave Beach and Railay Beach in Krabi took 7th and 14th place, respectively in the list of …
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Phuket puts sun loungers back on Patong Beach

Sun loungers returned to Patong Beach today (Feb 27) under a new campaign driven by Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup to “bring happiness to Phuket tourists”.


Workers started unloading the beach chairs and placing them inside the “10% zones” at 11am, Mayor Chalermluck confirmed to The Phuket News.
“Yes, this is first day of beach chairs being brought back to Patong Beach. This has been approved by the Maj Gen Pornsak Poonsawat, Deputy Commander of …
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Direct flights launched between Pattaya, Phuket

Thailand’s two major beach destinations, Pattaya and Phuket, will boast direct air connections when Thai AirAsia begins daily services between the two cities on March 30.
The flight will leave Pattaya (U-Tapao) at 10.55 and land in Phuket at 12.15. The return flight will depart Phuket at 12.50 and arrive in Pattaya at 14.10.

Speaking at a press briefing, Wednesday, the airline’s commercial director, Santisuk Klongchaiya, said the two new routes would strengthen the airline’s regional network …
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Top chefs to hold exclusive dinner in support of Phuket Elephant Santuary

Following on from the success of the first two “Intersection” dinners, Iniala Beach House is hosting a third event in the ongoing series. Organisers say this this dinner will steps things up a notch and move in a whole new direction all for a good cause. In partnership Save Elephant Foundation, the charity chef’s dinner is being organized to help raise funds for the local Phuket Elephant Sanctuary.


As with previous events, the …
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Thailand extends free visa scheme

The Thai Cabinet approved, Tuesday, an extension of its free visa concession for tourists from 21 countries for another six months.
Tourists who need a visa to visit Thailand must still apply through normal channels, but the customary THB1,000 fee to process the visa is waived. The visa is valid for a 30-day stay.
The concession applies from 1 March to 31 August this year. The current free visa concession is due to expire …
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Turkish to fly to Phuket

Turkish Airline will start flights connecting Istanbul and Phuket this July.
According to the airline website, the new service will operate with four weekly flights starting 17 July from Istanbul. The return flight to Istanbul will departs Phuket 18 July.
The airline will use an Airbus A330-300 aircraft, configured with three cabin classes.
inside no 2The airline is struggling with losses after a coup and terror attacks that have not only cut tourism to the …
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