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- October,2022(part5) -
25 Oct, 2022
Pattaya Bikini Beach Race 2022 is coming
Thailand's sexiest running event "PATTAYA INTERNATIONAL BIKINI BEACH RACE 2022" will be held on October 29th at Pattaya Beach.

The "PATTAYA INTERNATIONAL BIKINI BEACH RACE" is a 5km race on Pattaya Beach and is expected to attract more than 3,000 runners from more than 10 countries around the world. After the race, a party will be held with many Thai celebrities and Thai internet idols, including Thai artists.

Those who wish to participate can register at THB 800 for Thais on the App Kee Laa website and at THB 1,600 for foreigners on the World’s Marathon website.

Participants will receive running shirts and sports bras (women only), medals for finishers, and food and drink provided by sponsors.

Details of "PATTAYA INTERNATIONAL BIKINI BEACH RACE 2022" are as follows.
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2022
Location: Pattaya Beach (in front of Pattaya Central Pattaya Shopping Center)
Race: Distance 5 Km.
Web: Official Facebook

You can apply from the website below.
Click here to register as a runner in Thailand
Click here for overseas runner registration

24 Oct, 2022
Three regions of the Andaman Sea to apply for UNESCO recognition
Three protected areas in the Andaman Sea are likely to apply for recognition by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The Similan Islands Nature Reserve in the Andaman Sea is open to a limited number of tourists for a limited period of time each year from October 15th to May 15th of the following year. As the Similan Islands are currently preparing to reopen for tourism on 15 October 2022, Minister Varawut Silpa-archa of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand announced that the maintenance and waste collection project on Koh Miang of the Similan Islands in Phangnga province.

The ministry is reportedly planning to propose a nature reserve in the Andaman Sea for UNESCO designation. This nature reserve covers an area of ​​about 30,000 square kilometers and the three Andaman coastal areas of Ranong, Phang Nga and Phuket. UNESCO accreditation is expected to be completed in February 2023.

Minister Varawut said, “At the moment, the Andaman Sea is preparing for the diving season.The Andaman coast is a very unique place, so it needs long-term protection, so we want to register it with UNESCO.”

The Phang Nga Bay area, which includes Khao Lak, the Similan Islands and Surin Island, is full of pristine places that are rarely visited by tourists, including rainforest wildlife and vibrant local life amid mangroves. In order to protect this beautiful nature of Thailand forever, we would like to expect that the UNESCO designation will be completed in February 2023.
23 Oct, 2022
JAL and ANA to reduce fuel surcharge on Bangkok flights from December
Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways(ANA) has announced that they will reduce the fuel surcharge for Bangkok flights in December 2022 and January 2023.

Due to the situation in Ukraine in 2022, airline companies' fuel surcharges have been repeatedly raised, and JAL's fuel surcharges for October and November 2022 have reached a record high.

Fuel surcharges are reviewed bimonthly based on average international aviation fuel prices. Passengers must pay a fuel surcharge in addition to the fare and will be collected at the time the ticket is issued.

JAL's fuel surcharge for flights from Japan to Thailand is as follows.
October/November 2022: 29,800 yen
ecember 2022
and January 2023: 24,700 yen
5,100 yen will be a big price cut. This is good news for those planning to travel from Japan to Thailand during the year-end and New Year holidays.

Please refer to the JAL official website for JAL's fuel surcharge.

ANA's fuel surcharge for flights from Japan to Thailand is as follows.
October/November 2022: 30,000 yen
ecember 2022
and January 2023: 25,800 yen
4,200 yen will be a big price cut. This is good news for those planning to travel from Japan to Thailand during the year-end and New Year holidays.

Please refer to the ANAofficial website for ANA's fuel surcharge.
22 Oct, 2022
Airlines to resume Bangkok-Taiwan routes
Due to the pandemic, Taiwan has implemented very strict immigration regulations, including home quarantine. From October 13th, immigration restrictions have been relaxed to change to self-quarantine. Also, from October 13th, domestic public transportation can be used in Taiwan. This deregulation will make it easier for Taiwanese to travel abroad, and it is expected that demand for trips to Bangkok from Taiwan will increase significantly in the near future.

In light of this situation, airlines are beginning to resume or newly launch flights between Bangkok and Taiwan.

Low-cost airline Thai Lion Air has announced that it will resume flights between Bangkok and Taipei, Taiwan from December 17, 2022.

And, Thai Smile, a subsidiary of Thai Airways International, has also announced that it will resume direct flights between Bangkok and Kaohsiung, Taiwan from December 1, 2022.

Flight details are below.

Lion Air
Bangkok (Don Mueang) ⇔ Taipei (Taoyuan) (From December 17, 2022)
SL396 DMK20:35 TPE01:25(+1) Mon/Tue/Thu/Sat/Sun
SL397 TPE02:35 DMK05:35 Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri/Sun
It operates five flights a week and uses Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Thai Smile
Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) ⇔ Kaohsiung (From December 1, 2022)
WE688 BKK 11:55 KHH 16:15 Every day
WE689 KHH17:15 BKK19:45 Every day
The flight is operated once a day and uses an Airbus A320-200 aircraft.

Lion Air's Bangkok-Taipei route is free of charge for checked baggage up to 20kg. Currently, a sale is being held to commemorate the resumption of the route.

Thai Smile's Bangkok-Kaohsiung route is free of charge for checked baggage up to 30kg. In-flight meals and snacks are also provided free of charge.

For reservations and details, please check the official website of each company.
Lion Air Official Site
Thai Smile Official Website

21 Oct, 2022
"Thai Festival in SAGA 2022" will be held on 10/22 (Sat) and 23 (Sun) in Saga Prefecture Kokorozashi no Mori
The "Thai Festival" has been held in Saga Prefecture every year since 2017. This year in 2022, it will be held on October 22nd (Sat) and 23rd (Sun) at the Saga Prefectural Library south side plaza "Kokorozashi no Mori" in the south moat of Saga Castle Park.

In the festival, there will be many hands-on workshops such as Peter Corn mask making and Krathong (light lantern) making workshops.

In addition, collaboration between Saga and Thailand in terms of music, dance, sports, and culture will also be realized.

There will also be a donko boat experience at Saga Castle Park, which is reminiscent of Thailand's Kumphawapi. Kumphawapi is a lake in Thailand named "Red Lotus Sea". Kumphawapi is a lake located approximately 43 km southeast of Udon Thani city in Thailand, almost in the center of Kumphawapi District. The lake is filled with red lotus flowers, and the lake is dyed red, giving it the name “Red Lotus Sea (Talay Bua Daeng/official name: Nong Han)”.

On the 22nd, the first day of the festival, a Thai food stall village will be held with the image of a Thai night market and decorated with sky lanterns.

This year too, the MC is a Thai talent "Bunshiri" who is active in Japan. Admission is free. If you are a Thai fan, please come and visit the festival.

Detailed event information
Date: October 22nd (Sat) and 23rd (Sun), 2022
October 22 (Sat) 10:00~21:00
October 23rd (Sun) 10:00~17:00
Venue: Kokorozashi no Mori (Saga Prefectural Library south side plaza)
Saga Castle Park South Moat
Entrance: free entrance
Contact: Saga Prefectural International Affairs Division
TEL: 0952-25-7328
Reception hours: 8:30~17:15 (*excluding weekends and holidays)
Information Flyer: Thai Festival in SAGA 2022
Official site: Thai Festival in SAGA 2022 official site
21 Oct, 2022
"Thai Festival Oita 2022" will be held at Funai Aqua Park on 10/22 (Sat) and 23 (Sun)
“Thai Festival Oita 2022” will be held on October 22nd (Sat) and 23rd (Sun), 2022 at Funai Aqua Park in Oita City.

In addition to Thai food and miscellaneous goods sales booths, there will be stage performances such as band performances and Muay Thai dances, as well as a large rock-paper-scissors competition where you can win luxurious prizes such as round-trip air tickets to Thailand. .

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will also set up a booth to promote tourism in Thailand. If you are interested in traveling to Thailand, please visit the TAT booth. Get information about traveling to Thailand!

Thailand is currently at the end of the rainy season, and from November onwards it will enter its best season. Bangkok is expected to be flooded with many foreign tourists during the year-end and New Year holidays, and sales of air tickets to Bangkok from each country seem to be going well. Airlines are also steadily resuming and increasing the number of flights between Fukuoka and Bangkok. Not only Japanese but all people from all over the world in Kyushu, let's visit the TAT booth at "Thai Festival Oita 2022" and plan a trip to Bangkok for the year-end and New Year holidays!

Event details
Date: October 22nd (Sat) and 23rd (Sun), 2022
Hours: 10:00-17:00
Location: Funai Aqua Park
free entrance
Event guide book THAI_FESTIVAL2022_guide_book
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