Old Town Festival returns to the heart of Phuket

The 16th annual Phuket Old Town Festival begins today and will continue through Saturday to celebrate Phuket’s unique culture and traditions.
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The festival will get underway from 4pm, on four roads in the heart of Phuket Town: Thalang Road, Soi Rommanee, Krabi Road and Phang Nga Road.
“This is the 16th year we have held the festival. We always hope that it helps to conserve our cultural heritage and traditional Phuket lifestyle, and …
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Qatar Airways extends network in Southeast Asia

Qatar Airways is now able to offer more destinations in Southeast Asia following the expansion of its codeshare partnership with Bangkok Airways.
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The Doha-based carrier will now be able to sell Bangkok Airways flights on 10 more routes, from Bangkok to Chiang Rai, Udon Thani, Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Nay Pyi Taw and Siem Reap, plus Koh Samui to Singapore, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, and Phuket to Chiang Mai.
These add to the airlines’ existing …
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New 100-baht banknotes on circulation Thursday

The Bank of Thailand today unveiled the new 100-baht banknotes to commemorate and honour King Taksin the Great.
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The new commemorative banknote will have the same size and colour as the old 100-baht banknotes currently in use, but with advanced anti-forgery printing design which allows the ordinary people and the blind to identify the value and differentiate easily.
The new banknote features the portrait of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and the watermark …
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AirAsia unveils ASEAN Pass

AirAsia has launched a new travel pass intended to offer passengers cheaper flights across the ASEAN region.
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The new AirAsia ASEAN Pass is available for purchase from airasia.com, priced at MYR499 (US$137) for 10 credits. There is also an AirAsia ASEAN Pass+ offering 20 credits for MYR888.
Flights with a duration of up to two hours are valued at one credit, while flights of two hours or more are worth three credits. Airport tax …
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Phuket’s hotel sector takes a hit from 2014’s market volatility

PERFORMANCE in Phuket’s hotel market declined across the board last year as a direct result of the May coup d’etat and an overreliance on mass tourism, new research reveals.
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The Phuket 2014 Hotel Market Update report from C9 Hotelworks, released this month, shows year-on-year hotel performance in Thailand’s second largest destination after Bangkok dropped in all sectors.
Occupancy contracted by six percentage points, spurring a nine per cent contraction in RevPAR, while average room …
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Thai VietJet to launch scheduled flights in March

Thai VietJet Air will launch its first ever scheduled flights in March 2015, it has been confirmed. The new low-cost venture  will commence flights between Bangkok and Phuket on March 29th.
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The carrier, which is based at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, started operating charter services in late 2014 but has been waiting to launch its regular scheduled flights.
And the airline said it will finally be able to commence domestic flights in March, ahead of …
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Phuket beaches return to TripAdvisor ‘Best in Asia’ rankings

Nai Harn Beach and Kata Beach, both on Phuket’s southwest coast, have ranked in TripAdvisor’s top 10 list for Asia, with two beaches in Krabi also making the grade.
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Nai Harn beach ranked third, while Kata beach returned to the rankings, coming in at number eight.
Railey Beach and Phra Nang Beach, in both Krabi, ranked seventh and ninth, respectively.
Travellers’ Choice award-winning beaches were determined based on the quantity and quality of traveller …
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New Hotels.com campaign for Thailand

Hotels.com, the leading online accommodation booking website, has rolled out a new online campaign aimed at putting Thailand back on top of travellers’ wish lists.
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Named after the traditional Thai welcome gesture, the “Wai Thailand” campaign invites Thais of all ages and occupations – as well as past and potential future visitors – to submit their own “wai” photos via a tailor-made Facebook app.
The “Wai Thailand” Facebook campaign begins today in the United …
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New beach rules now standard throughout Phuket, says Governor

The trial rule of restricting vendors to only 10 per cent of the beach is to be rolled out at all beaches in Phuket, Governor Nisit Jansomwong has confirmed to the Phuket Gazette.
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“Local administrations will remain responsible for regulating and enforcing the new rules, which include no sun loungers at any beaches,” he added.
“The local administration for every beach in Phuket will submit their own detailed plans as to where vendors may …
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Thai AirAsia X flies to Sapporo

Thai AirAsia X, the long-haul unit of Thai AirAsia, has unveiled plans to launch a new service to Sapporo.
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Flights commence on 1 May 2015 and will operate daily, direct from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport to Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport. Services depart the Thai capital at 2310, arriving in the northern Japanese city at 0750 the next morning. The return flights will then leave Sapporo at 0855 and get back into Bangkok at …
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