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- July,2022(part6) -
31 Jul, 2022
Nok Air to launch regular flights to/from Suvarnabhumi Airport in September 2022
Low-cost carrier Nok Air, which currently has a hub at Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport, has announced that it will operate regular flights to/from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

First, the Suvarnabhumi-Chiang Mai route will be opened in September. Nok Air is currently planning to expand its routes Chiang Mai Airport to/from Vietnam, Taiwan, Myanmar, and Singapore. And by changing the Bangkok-Chiang Mai domestic route from one airport, Don Muang Airport, to two airports, Don Muang Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport, they aim to further boost the convenience of international flights to/from Chiang Mai Airport.

Nok Air will also expand the Suvarnabhumi Airport to/from rebular flight to Phuket, Sakon Nakhon and Ubon Ratchathani routes.

Nok Air already operates regular flights to/from Don Muang Airport on these routes, but in the future there will be flights to/from both Don Muang Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport, so when booking a ticket or going to the airport, you need to be careful which airport you booked.

The same low-cost carrier Thai AirAsia is already based at both Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi airports. Most of the flights depart from Don Mueang Airport, but Suvarnabhumi Airport has flights to Phuket, Chiang Mai and Krabi.

In addition to Thai VietJet Air, Thai Smile, Bangkok Airways, and other airlines that operate a large number of domestic flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport, two airlines, Thai AirAsia and Nok Air, operate domestic flights to/from Suvarnabhumi Airport. This is expected to improve convenience for travelers.

Future trends will be announced on Nok Air's official website, so please pay close attention to the details.
30 Jul, 2022
Two Thai beaches selected by the British Daily Star as "20 most beautiful beaches in the world"
Two beaches in Thailand have been selected as "20 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World" by the British Daily Star.

The selected Thai beaches are Sunrise Beach on 6th place and Maya Bay on 12nd place. Both beaches are wonderful beaches that located in southern Thailand and the beautiful beach represent Thailand.

Koh Lipe in southern Thailand is the southernmost unexplored resort island in Thailand. Located in the Marine National Park, the shining white sand beach and the beautiful sea, which boasts the highest transparency in Thailand. There are three main beaches on Lipe Island: Pattaya Beach, Sunrise Beach and Sunset Beach, each of which can be reached within a 15-20 minute walk. Sunrise Beach is the most popular of the three beaches on Koh Lipe.

Another elected beach, Maya Bay, became world-famous for being the setting for the movie "The Beach", starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Many flora and fauna inhabit Maya Bay, including the famous blacktip shark. Maya Bay was closed from 2018 for the purpose of restoring the natural environment due to concerns about environmental destruction due to the increase in tourists, but in 2022 it was opened to tourists for the first time in about three and a half years. Its nature is a breathtaking beauty.

The "20 most beautiful beaches in the world" selected by the Daily Star are as follows.

The 20 most beautiful beaches in the world:
1. Venice Beach, California, USA
2. Main Beach, Byron Bay, Australia
3. El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
4. Panama City Beach, Florida, United States
5. Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
6. Sunrise Beach, Koh Lipe, Thailand
7. Bandon, Oregon, United States
8. Long Beach, Phu Quoc, Vietnam
9. Venezuela, Los Roques
10. Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
11. Bath, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
12. Maya Bay, Phi Phi Island, Thailand
13. Tulum, Mexico
14. Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
15. Sri Lanka, Unawatuna
16. Cook Islands, Rarotonga
17. Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
18. Crane Beach, Barbados
19. Cape Town, Boulders Beach
20. Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia

29 Jul, 2022
Hong Kong Greater Bay Airlines launches Hong Kong-Bangkok flights from July 23
Hong Kong low-cost carrier Greater Bay Airlines has announced that it has launched a new Hong Kong-Bangkok route from Saturday, July 23, 2022.

There are two regular flights a week, Wednesday and Saturday. The aircraft is a Boeing 737-800 (economy 189 seats).

The flight schedule for regular flights is as follows.
Hong Kong ⇒ Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi)
HB662 HKG15:00 BKK16: 50 Wed
HB660 HKG10: 30 BKK12: 20 Sat

Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) ⇒ Hong Kong
HB663 BKK17: 50 HKG21: 40 Wed
HB661 BKK13: 20 HKG17: 10 Sat

Online reservations are not available at this time and can only be made via the Greater Bay Airlines service center or travel agency.

The following three fare types are available.
Go Go: Carry-on baggage only
Value Go: Carry-on baggage + Checked Baggage 10kg
Flex Go Carry-on baggage + Checked baggage 20kg + Seat selection

In addition, there are additional services for the in-flight meals and for the special luggage such as sports bags that can be purchased prepaid. Currently, they are promoting free in-flight meals to commemorate the new launch of Bangkok flights.

Please refer to thier official website for details.
28 Jul, 2022
Temporary Vendor Zone for Jomtien Beach in Pattaya is Planning
The extension of the sandy beach at Jomtien Beach is almost complete, and the beach, which was 5m wide before, has been reborn as a 51m wide beach.

But now there is a big problem on this beach.

As soon as the beach expansion work was completed, merchants, local businesses, and hawkers set up stalls, tables, chairs, etc. on the beach and started an open-air business. In addition, these merchants have banned general tourists who want to enjoy the beach itself to enter the beach, effectively they allow only people using the open air shops on the beach to access the beach. This became the huge trouble between tourists and the merchants.

To solve this problem, Pattaya authorities have started a new rule after June 27, banning business on beaches, sidewalks and all over the streets, and imposing a fine of 2,000 baht for offenders. As a result of this measure, Jomtien Beach has returned to a normal beach that is open to the general public who want to enjoy the beach since June 27th.

Mayor Poramet of Pattaya said that he will set up a zone where vendors can do open-air business on the beach in the future. In order to sell products in this zone, the vendors must apply and qualify. But the problem is that the zone has not been set up yet as of 27 July and Pattaya authorities has not mentioned that when they will set up the zone.

After the extension work, Jomtien Beach was reborn as a very nice beach. In the future, it will be necessary for both the business side and tourists to coexist.
27 Jul, 2022
Skywalk opens in early 2023 in Khao Laem, Kanchanaburi
The Skywalk is scheduled to open in early 2023 in the natural Khao Laem area on the outskirts of Kanchanaburi.

This skywalk is 15 meters high and 130 meters long. It offers panoramic views overlooking the confluence of the Mae Klong, Khwae Noi, and Khwae Yai rivers.

Kanchanaburi Province builds this skywalk for one of the highlights of tourism and expects many tourists to visit Kanchanaburi.

The construction of the Skywalk is being carried out in three phases, with Phases 1 and 2 already completed. The third phase was suspended due to the pandemic, but construction resumed. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2023.

The Skywalk and the view from it are expected as a tourist destination, but there are also plans to make the area around the skywalk an overall tourist destination, and there is already a project approved to add landscaping to the Khun Phaen Pier and the riverbanks in between.

However, the Khao Laem district, where the Skywalk is being built, is a region rich in nature, and how to keep the harmony between nature and new buildings is also being raised as a future issue.

26 Jul, 2022
Thai Airways International resumes daily flights from Sapporo to Bangkok from December 1st
As mentioned in the news on this website yesterday, Thai Airways International has announced that it would resume flights from Bangkok to Fukuoka from October 30th. Following the resumption of Fukuoka flights, they announced the resumption of Sapporo-Bangkok routes from December 1st. Ticket sales have already started.

The Bangkok-Sapporo route has been suspended for more than two years, but the Bangkok-Sapporo route, which is popular for Thai tourists, will be resumed before the winter, which is the high season in Hokkaido.

It operates once a day and uses Boeing 787-8 aircraft (22 business seats, 234 economy seats).

The flight schedule (planned) is as follows.
Sapporo (New Chitose) ⇔ Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) (December 1, 2022 ~)
TG671 CTS 10:00 BKK 15:50 every day
TG670 BKK23: 55 CTS08: 20 (+1) every day
(* Flight TG671 will operate from December 2nd)

Currently, Thai Airways International's Japanese flights are reopened on only four routes, Narita, Haneda, Chubu, and Kansai, but with the reopening of Fukuoka in October and Sapporo in December, the total number of routes will be increased to six.

For details and reservations, please refer to the official website of Thai Airways International.
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