Thai AirAsia resumes routes from Bangkok to Vientiane and Luang Prabang
Thai AirAsia has announced that they will resume flights to Laos from June. It operates two routes, Vientiane and Luang Prabang, to and from Bangkok(Don Muang Airport).
The flight schedule is as follows.
Bangkok (Don Muang) ⇔ Vientiane (June 1, 2022 ~)
FD1040 DMK12: 05 VTE13: 15 Mon / Wed / Fri / Sun
FD1041 VTE13: 45 DMK14: 55 Mon / Wed / Fri / Sun
Bangkok (Don Muang) ⇔ Luang Prabang (June 2, 2022 ~)
FD1030 DMK06: 45 LPQ08: 15 Tue / Sat
FD1030 DMK14: 30 LPQ16: 00 Thu
FD1031 LPQ08: 45 DMK10: 10 Tue / Sat
FD1031 LPQ16: 30 DMK17: 55 Thu
The equipment used is Airbus A320
Laos relaxed entry regulation and started accepting foreign tourists in earnest from May 9. If you have a full vaccination certificate or a negative antigen test certificate, you do not need to be quarantined and do not need to be tested after entering Laos.
For details and reservations, please visit the Thai AirAsia official website.
Pattaya to resume services related to water activities such as water restaurants and jet skis etc.
Currently, Pattaya is not yet authorized to provide water restaurant and water activity related services such as jet skiing and parasailing.
The Pattaya Marine Committee met with business owners of local marine-related businesses at Pattaya City Hall on May 7 to discuss plans to legally resume these services in the near future.
At this meeting, Marine-related business operators discussed the standards and rules to be followed when resuming business, and at the meeting, the operator and the committee informally agreed on a resumption plan.
Under the agreement, the water restaurant will only offer traditional Thai shows, and parties with live DJs, bikini dancers, etc. will not be allowed at this time.
The standards and rules agreed at the meeting will be submitted to the authorities of Chonburi Province and, if approved, will be formally enforced.
Foreign Tourists return to Khao San Road in Bangkok
Khao San Road, once known as "Backpacker's Heaven". Bangkok Metropolitan Authority plans to attract a wider range of tourists as well as backpackers, invested $ 1.6 million to turn Khao San Road into an 'International Walking Street' in 2019.
With this investment, Khao San Road was renovated in 2020, but Khao San Road lost foreign tourists due to a pandemic last 2 years and was hit economically.
The bustle of tourists is back on this Khao San Road.
According to Sa-nga Ruangwatthanakul, President of the Khao San Road Business Operators Association, the Khao San Road business is now revitalized and the business is beginning to revive.
The biggest reason why the business of Khao San Road is revitalized is that the Test & Go entry scheme was abolished on May 1. With the abolition of the Test & Go entry scheme, PCR tests are no longer required when entering Thailand, making it easier to enter Thailand and dramatically increasing the number of foreign tourists entering Thailand. As a result, the number of tourists visiting Khao San Road is also increasing.
According to President Sa-nga, water-splashing on Khao San Road was banned during the Songkrang period, but during the Songkrang period, the Khao San Road was still crowded with tourists, and from this period tourists gradually began to return to the Khao San Road. Currently, Khao San Road operators say they totally earn about 5 million baht a day on weekdays and up to 10 million baht a day on weekends. However, the number of tourists is still about 20% before the pandemic.
The Test & Go entry scheme was abolished on May 1st, but pre-registration for Thailand Pass is still required. Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul has instructed relevant ministries to prepare to abolish the Thailand Pass on June 1.
President Sa-nga urged the Thai government to launch a tourism promotion campaign to bring more foreign tourists back to Thailand, including the abolition of the Thailand Pass. President Sa-nga also supports the Thai government's move to downgrade the pandemic to an endemic.
It is also reported that Suttipong Juljarern, permanent secretary for the Interior Ministry, has informed the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society of the decision to stop using "MorChana". If "Mor Chana", which has been considered troublesome until now, is abolished, it will be a further benefit to the tourism industry.