Korean Air resumes Seoul-Chiang Mai and Seoul-Phuket flights
Korean Air has suspended direct flights between Seoul-Chiang Mai and Seoul-Phuket since March 2020, but will resume both flights from October 2022.
Both flights are operated four times a week using Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
The planned flight schedule is as follows.
KE5068 ICN 17:55 HKT 22:00 Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
KE638 HKT 23:20 ICN 7:55 (+1) Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
Seoul - Chiang Mai flight
KE667 ICN 17:55 CNX 21:30 Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
KE668 CNX 23:00 ICN 6:25 (+1) Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
Tickets are already available for purchase on the Korean Air website. A one-way ticket from Chiang Mai to Seoul on October 1 starts at 16,095 baht. A one-way ticket from Phuket to Seoul on October 1 starts at 15,460 baht.
For details and reservations, please check the official website of Korean Air.
Thai Airways International to resume Fukuoka-Bangkok route with special price promotion to commemorate the resumption of operations
As we introduced in yesterday's article on this site, currently, airlines are starting to restart and increase the number of flights between Thailand and Japan in response to the relaxation of immigration restrictions in Japan.
In yesterday's article on this site, we introduced that Thai AirAsia, a low-cost airline, will resume Fukuoka-Bangkok (Don Muang) routes from October 12th with three flights a week.
Thai Airways International will also resume operations on the Fukuoka-Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) route from October 30 for the first time in about two years and seven months.
The routes to be reopened are as follows.
Fukuoka ⇔ Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) (From October 30, 2022)
TG649 FUK 11:40 BKK 15:40 Every day
TG648 BKK 01:00 FUK 08:10 Every day
To commemorate the resumption of the route, the company is conducting a special fare promotion for a limited period and limited number of seats from 9:00 am on September 23 (Thai Time).
Details of the promotion are as follows.
Applicable routes: Fukuoka - Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi)
Sales period: September 23rd to October 7th, 2022
Applicable travel period: October 30 to December 15, 2022
Prices start at 30,000 yen for an economy class round-trip fare from Fukuoka to Bangkok. Approximately 75,000 yen including various expenses such as fuel surcharge and airport usage fee.
The special fare promotion is available for booking from 9am (Thai time) on September 23rd. The number of seats is limited, so make your reservation early.
For details and reservations, please check the special website page of Thai Airways International.
Thailand Meteorological Department warns of heavy rains and floods due to typhoons (September 28-October 1, 2022)
The Thailand Meteorological Department announced that the strong typhoon (Typhoon No. 16 (NORU)) that formed in the central part of the South China Sea at 7:00 am on September 26, 2022 may reach Thailand on September 29 (Thu). From September 28th (Wed) to October 1st (Sat), there is a possibility of heavy rainfall in almost all areas of Thailand.
Please be aware that there is a risk of floods and flash floods, especially in areas along rivers. Even in urban areas such as Bangkok, there is a possibility that the city's drainage will not catch up and the roads will be flooded.
Please try to obtain the latest weather information from the Thailand Meteorological Department and take appropriate safety measures.
Thai AirAsia to resume Fukuoka-Bangkok flights with special discount promotion
Following the relaxation of immigration restrictions in Japan, airlines are gradually resuming and increasing the number of flights between Thailand and Japan.
Among the Thailand-Japan routes, the resumption of flights to Fukuoka was delayed, but airlines are finally starting full-fledged operations on flights to Fukuoka.
Thai AirAsia, a low-cost airline, will resume flights between Fukuoka and Bangkok (Don Mueang) three times a week from October 12th. In addition, they plan to increase the number of flights to four times a week from the winter flight schedule.
With the resumption of the Fukuoka-Bangkok (Don Mueang) route, they are currently conducting a special discount price promotion for this route.
The price, including airport usage fees and other expenses, starts from 13,300 yen from Fukuoka to Bangkok, and from 3,690 baht from Bangkok to Fukuoka. The special price promotion is available for the flights from October 12th, when the route resumes.
For details and reservations, please refer to the Thai AirAsia official website.
Thai Vegetarian Festival "Kinje" starts on September 26th
In various parts of Thailand, the vegetarian festival "Kinje" will be held for 12 days from September 24th (Monday) to October 5th (Tuesday), 2022.
Kinje is a Buddhist cuisine week held every year from September 1st to 9th of the lunar calendar in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, etc. In Thailand, it was originally an event for Chinese Thais, and in order to purify themselves during the period, they avoid eating fish, meat, and things with a strong smell (including green onions and coriander).
Only vegetarian food is served at restaurants and stalls with the yellow flag 'เจ齋(je)' . Also, in southern Thailand such as Phuket and Trang, strange festivals are held in which Chinese residents run on fire or parade around the town with skewers stuck in their cheeks.
Even in the city of Bangkok, "Kinje" restaurants have already appeared. Convenience stores and supermarkets have also started selling "Kinje" foods. What is the mark to judge whether a shop or product is "Kinje"? It is a "Kinje" mark written in yellow and red as "เจ(je)". Including 7-Eleven, you can buy "Kinje" food at everywhere all over Thailand.
It may be difficult for lots of foreigners to eat only vegitable for whole 9 days, but why not try eating only vegitable for just 1 day? Some of the "Kinje" foods sold in the streets are very delicious. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy the Thai vegetarian festival "Kinje"!