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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AirAsia named world’s best low-cost airline for 9th consecutive time

AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline for the ninth time in a row at the 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards.
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The awards, known as the “Oscars of the aviation industry”, was presented to Asia’s largest low-cost carrier at a ceremony held at Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace, Le Bourget Airport in Paris on Tuesday.
AirAsia Group cabin crew head Suhaila Hassan, who has been with the company for …
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Phuket retains its allure for high-spending Chinese tourists

Phuket remains one of the most desirable destinations for high-income Chinese tourists according to figures published in the latest Hurun Report, which was released at the International Luxury Travel Mart (ILTM) 2017, held in Shanghai from 5 to 8 June.
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Mr. Chuwit Sirivajjakul, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Shanghai Office said, “This survey shows that our policy of targeting luxury tourists to Thailand is working. Phuket has long been a …
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Exploring the wonders of Racha Noi

Racha Noi Island is located some 20 kilometers off the southern tip of Phuket.
Unlike its big brother Racha Yai, Racha Noi is much smaller, more secluded and less frequented than Racha Yai.
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Construction is forbidden so it leaves Racha Noi with no hotels or accommodation. The island is covered in dense tropical jungle and is uninhabited by people.
Most visitors from Phuket are more likely to visit Racha Yai, just 12 kilometers south …
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Thailand Shopping & Dining Paradise 2017 offering amazing bargains and discounts

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) on 2 June launched this year’s Thailand Shopping & Dining Paradise 2017 campaign with the theme “Dining, Shopping and Travelling” on the “world’s longest shopping route” in Bangkok. The two-month campaign, formerly known as the Amazing Thailand Grande Sale, is being held from 1 June to 31 July, 2017.
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H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanvrangkul, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports said, “The Thailand Shopping & Dining Paradise …
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Street Eats: Exploring the delights of dim sum in Phuket

The perennially popular Thai breakfast of dim sum is, at its most basic, small serves of bite sized treats, sometimes deep-fried, but usually served in steamers made from bamboo and accompanied by plenty of hot tea. Owing to Phuket’s strong Chinese roots, dim sum is an incredibly popular meal among locals and you can find a dim sum restaurant in almost every town or neighbourhood on the island.

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As is often the case, …
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Exploring Phuket made easy

Nostra Map Thailand recently added more information to its app, listing the most attractive tourist destinations and restaurants to coincide with the “Laguna Phuket Marathon 2017” event which will take place this Saturday and Sunday (June 3-4).
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Just search and select your preferred destinations then check the distance from your location via an infographic displayed on screen, or simply turn on the navigation on Nostra Map application, which boasts the most accurate coordinates.
The …
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