Thailand’s tourism bureau is set to launch a campaign themed on military rule to attract visitors. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is in the process of putting the finishing touches to a promotion it has entitled '24 Hours Enjoy Thailand'.
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Recently released awards by TripAdvisor placed Kanchanaburi’s Hellfire Pass Museum as the number one museum in Thailand. The global travel website said that the Travellers’ Choice nominations had garnered the Death Railway memorial the accolade.
The Thai transport minister stated yesterday the government has agreed that fares for taxis in Bangkok can go up. Minister Prajin Juntong said the government was prepared to endorse the increase on condition that there was a general improvement in the quality of service.
Myanmar’s Tourism Ministry says it plans to promote Inle Lake as the country’s new up-and-coming holiday destination. Minister Htay Aung told media representatives that the ministry had already fine-tuned its management plan for the mountain region around the lake in Kayah State.
A faction of Thai tour leaders has lodged a petition asking for punitive action to be taken over Chinese guides working illegally in Thailand. Around 40 members of the Mandarin Tour Guide Club gathered at the headquarters of the Thai Immigration Police and held up banners asking the bureau to clamp down on unlicensed guides.
Budget airline THAI Smile has re-affirmed its intentions of operating out of both of Bangkok’s public airports. After a meeting of the carrier’s board of directors, a spokesperson stated that its flights would continue to operate out of Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports.
Thailand’s government has given the green light for the construction of an extra runway at the country’s chief international airport. Deputy prime-minister Prajin Juntong told media sources that increasing Suvarnabhumi Airport’s runways from two to three was all part of the master-plan to raise the facility’s annual passenger capacity.
Provinces in Northern Thailand are preparing to celebrate the end of the three-month Buddhist period of Lent. Wan Awk Pansa falls on Wednesday 8 October and will be marked with visits to local temples and general merriment as Buddhists who abstained from alcohol and other vices symbolically start up where they left off.
The governor of Laos’s northwestern Bokeo Province has announced that plans to construct an international airport here have been given the green light. Khammane Souvileunt said the site for the airport in Tonpheung District had already been surveyed and that the new airport would provide a central hub for flights to countries in this region of Southeast Asia.
A good number of the historic monuments and buildings in the Vietnamese city of Hue have been given a spruce up. The director of Hue’s restoration project told media representatives that work on 132 sights at the royal citadel and temples was now complete and they were now the epitome of their former glory.
Thailand’s tourism bureau has just announced the NASA Space Exhibition is coming to Bangkok in December. The two-month-long space extravaganza will be held at the Central Plaza Ladprao’s convention centre and the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s governor says this is the first time this kind of event has ever been staged in Southeast Asia.
The head ranger at a popular southern Thai national marine park has declared the park is now open to tourists again. Wikrant Thuaduang said the re-opening of Laem Son National Marine Park was effective from yesterday, the 1 October 2014.
A survey of Chinese visitors has revealed that Thailand is their most popular destination for the forthcoming autumn holidays. Figures collated by researchers show Chinese searched for holidays in Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui and these were among their top 10 choices.
Figures just released by Thailand’s Tourism Ministry show that the nation remains a firm favourite for the on-location filming of movies, documentaries and advertising commercials. The ministry’s film bureau says that in the eight-month period from January to August 2014, international producers staged 384 on-location shoots in Thailand.