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- August,2022(part2) -
10 Aug, 2022
Bangkok Airways is holding a sale on domestic flights
Bangkok Airways in Thailand is holding a sale on domestic flights.

Sale period: ~ August 12, 2023
Applicable boarding period: September 1, 2022 to March 28, 2023

The sale section and the sale price for each section are as follows. (The fare is the same for both the outbound and return trips.)

●Flights to/from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi)
・Destinations: Chiang Mai, Phuket, Trat, Krabi
Price: 1,150 baht (air ticket 990 baht + airport fee 100 baht + ticketing fee 60 baht)
・Destination: Sukhothai
Price: 1,200 baht (air ticket 1,040 baht + airport fee 100 baht + ticketing fee 60 baht)

● Flights to and from Utapao
・Destination: Phuket
Price: 990 baht (air ticket 830 baht + airport fee 100 baht + ticketing fee 60 baht)

●Flights to and from Hat Yai
・Destination: Phuket
Price: 1,400 baht (air ticket 1,240 baht + airport fee 100 baht + ticketing fee 60 baht)

Many low-cost airlines charge extra for checked baggage, but Bangkok Airways' domestic check-in baggage up to 20kg at no extra charge anbd it is a great value. Light meal will also be served on flight.

Please check the official website for details and reservations.

09 Aug, 2022
Chiang Rai Airport reopened on August 5
On the night of July 30, there was an accident in which a low-cost airline Nok Air's aircraft deviated from the runway and landed on its belly during landing. Chiang Rai Airport has been effectively closed since the night of July 30, as it has only one runway.

At Chiang Rai Airport, removal of the accident aircraft was completed on August 4. After cleaning and inspecting the runway, the airport and runway were reopened on the evening of August 5th.

The accident occurred on Nok Air's Boeing 737-800 flight DD108 from Bangkok (Don Mueang Airport) to Chiang Rai. There were 164 passengers and 6 crew members, and no one was injured.
08 Aug, 2022
3.3 million foreign tourists visited Thailand from January to July 2022
According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), 3.3 million foreign tourists visited Thailand between January and July 2022.

Looking at the breakdown of the 3.3 million people, approximately 1.9 million entered through Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, approximately 600,000 entered through Phuket International Airport, and approximately 190,000 entered through Bangkok's Don Mueang International Airport.

Malaysia is currently the most visited country in Thailand, with 420,000 Malaysian tourists visiting Thailand in the first half of 2022. India is second with 337,000. The next countries were Singapore, UK and Laos.

According to the July 2022 forecast by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, around 9.3 million foreign tourists are expected to visit Thailand in the year 2022. However, not all Thai tourism operators are optimistic about foreign tourist numbers. The main reason for this is that China and Japan, which used to be the main tourists to Thailand before, still have strict regulations on immigration, so the demand for overseas travel in these countries has not increased. When tourists from these countries visiting Thailand increase, the Thai tourism industry is expected to revive in earnest.
07 Aug, 2022
Thai entertainment venues to extend closing hours to 4 a.m.
Thailand's Ministry of Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn is reportedly planning to propose extending the new closing hours of entertainment venues to 4am.

In Thailand, entertainment facilities were banned from operating until the end of May 2022, but were allowed to operate from June 2022, allowing them to operate until midnight. Two months have already passed since the resumption, and at the moment it seems that there are no major problems caused by the reopening of the entertainment facilities.

October - December is the high season in Thailand. The proposed extension of business hours until 4:00 a.m. aims to revitalize Thailand's tourism industry before the start of the high season. However, if the extension of business hours is permitted in all areas, there is a possibility that local residents will be dissatisfied. It is reported that it is expected to be permitted only in tourism areas.

It is not clear at this time exactly which areas will be allowed and which will not. However, areas such as Thonglor and Ekkamai in Bangkok, where many of the customers for those entertainment facilities are primarily local residents, may not be included in the permit. On the other hand, areas such as Khao San Road and Nana in Bangkok, where many of them are mainly foreign tourists, are more likely to be permitted. Also, in Phuket, Bangla Road etc. may be permitted.

Thai Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat said Thailand hopes to attract 1.5 million foreign tourists per month during the high season from October to December. As of August 2022, with 1 million foreign tourists visiting Thailand per month, so it is needed to increase 50%.

Minister Phiphat said he will put forward the agenda after the 2022 APEC Tourism Ministers' Meeting, which will be held from 14 to 20 August. Therefore, it is possible that business hours will be extended from September at the earliest.
06 Aug, 2022
Bangkok's 13 bridges lit up to celebrate Queen Sirikit's birthday
Queen Sirikit, the mother of the current King, will celebrate her 90th birthday on August 12th.

In honor of Queen Sirikit's birthday, 13 bridges across the Chao Phraya River in the Bangkok metropolitan area will be lit up from August 5th to August 14th.

Light-up hours are from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. On August 12th, the day of her birthday, the lights will be on from 7pm to midnight.

Let's celebrate Queen Sirikit's birthday not only with Thai citizens but also with foreigners living in Thailand and all those who love Thailand.
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