Bangkok Film Festival 2023 to be held January 20-22, 2023
Bangkok Film Festival 2023 will be held in Bangkok from January 20th to 22nd, 2023.
The outline of the film festival is as follows.
Event name: Bangkok Film Festival 2023
Period: January 20-22, 2023
Time: 10am-10pm (daily)
Venue: Bangkok Arts and Culture Center
The film festival is part of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) 'Colorful Bangkok' campaign, which aims to promote the city as a creative destination.
The festival features daily screenings of three award-winning films, "Legend of Suriyothai," "Bad Genius," and "Blue Again" in an open-air theater in front of the venue's centre.
In addition to the film screenings, there will also be a seminar titled 'Bangkok: Creative City', expert film directing, editing and screenwriting workshops, and a short documentary film competition on the theme of 'Connecting Bangkok 2030' will be held. The total prize pool for this short documentary film competition is 200,000 baht.
Additionally, the venue will feature live music performances by six youth bands and a shopping Bonanza with unique merchandise from Bangkok's 50 districts.
For more information about the festival, please visit the
festival's official website or BMA Facebook.
Bangkok's Chinatown Yaowarat Road lit up to celebrate Chinese New Year
This year 2023 Chinese New Year is on January 22nd and it;s year of the Rabbit.
On January 19, 2023, a lighting ceremony was held to celebrate the Chinese New Year on Yaowarat Road, the main street in Bangkok's Chinatown.
According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), from 14 January to 15 February, from 6 pm to midnight, a 200-meter section of Yaowarat Road in Chinatown will be decorated with lights including a 45-meter long light tunnel and various styles of lanterns. .
In Yaowarat Road, where many Chinese people live and do business in Bangkok, the atmosphere of Chinese New Year has already spread from around January 16, and not only Thai but also foreign tourists are visiting.
Bangchak Acquires Esso Thailand
According to the report of Thai state media NNT on January 16, 2023, US oil giant Exxon Mobil will sell a two-thirds stake in Esso Thailand to Thai energy company Bangchak Corporation (Bangchak Corporation) at approximately 20.1 billion baht (US$603 million).
The acquisition includes a Sriracha refinery, some distribution terminals and a network of Esso-branded retail fuel stations, which will later be rebranded to Bangchak.
Bangchakk will first acquire a 65.99% stake in ExxonMobil, after which it will launch a tender offer for the remaining shares, primarily held by institutional investors, at the same price.
Suvarnabhumi Airport calls for early arrival to airport due to surge in users during 2023 Spring Festival
The 2023 Spring Festival (Lunar New Year) is January 22nd. Taiwan will have 10 consecutive holidays from January 20th to January 29th, China will have 9 consecutive holidays from January 21st to January 29th, and Singapore and Malaysia will have four consecutive holidays from January 21st to January 24th. Also, in South Korea, January 22nd is Lunar New Year (Seollal), and it will be a 4-day holiday from January 21st to January 24th. In this way, there are many countries in Thailand's neighboring countries in East and Southeast Asia that celebrate the Lunar New Year as the New Year.
During the 2022 Lunar New Year holiday, most countries had not yet relaxed their COVID-19 infection control measures, and domestic travelers within Thailand was the main customers for the Thai tourism industry.
However, within 2022, countries had gradually eased restrictions related to COVID-19. In many countries, restrictions are now virtually completely lifted. In addition, China, which has had strict regulations, has also eased regulations. Due to this situation, it is expected that many foreign tourists will visit Thailand during the Lunar New Year holidays in 2023.
Airports of Thailand (AOT) announced that the number of travelers from Greater China and South Korea will surge for 13 days from January 16th to 28th due to the Lunar New Year, so it is expected that the number of the traveliers who use Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok will reach average of 140,000 per day.
According to AOT estimates, Suvarnabhumi Airport will operate a total of 10,965 flights (approximately 843 flights per day) over the 13 days, with 1,819,198 passengers (approximately 139,938 per day) using the airport. Of these, 7,635 were international flights, carrying 1,364,202 passengers. On the other hand, there are 3,330 domestic flights and 454,996 passengers.
AOT has announced that it will increase the number of immigration officers during the Lunar New Year holiday period and take measures to speed up immigration processing, on the other hand, they advise passengers on international flights to arrive at the airport at least three hours before departure.
In particular, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. is the peak time when the number of users is the highest, so if you are boarding a departing flight during this time, it seems better to arrive at the airport with more time to spare. Check-in counters usually open 3 hours before flights, but some airlines will open check-in counters 4 hours before flights during the Lunar New Year holidays to allow boarding procedures. Please pay attention to the information of the airline you will board.
AirAsia launches Lunar New Year sale
Low Cast Airline Thai AirAsia is running a Lunar New Year sale.
The outline of the sale is as follows.
・Reservation period: January 16, 2023 - January 22, 2023
・Applicable travel period: March 1, 2023 to September 30, 2023
・Eligible flights: FD flight codes for domestic and international flights (partially not applicable)
airasia member price starts from 488 baht one way
General price from 531 baht
airasia member price starts from 1,288 baht one way
General price from 1,328 baht
*Some domestic/international FD flight codes are not eligible. Long holidays may not be covered. Ticket prices do not include additional services or charges.
For reservations and details, please refer to AirAsia's official website.
Nok Air to launch direct flights between Bangkok and Hyderabad
Low-cost carrier Nok Air will launch direct flights between Bangkok, Thailand (Don Mueang International Airport) and Hyderabad, India (Rajiv Gandhi International Airport) on February 19, 2023.
1 flight per day, 4 flights per week. The aircraft used is the state-of-the-art Boeing 737-800. 189 seats in economy class.
The flight schedule is as follows.
Hyderabad (Rajiv Gandhi International Airport) ⇔ Bangkok (Don Mueang International Airport)
DD959 HYD 0:45 DMK 6:05 Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun
DD958 DMK 21:30 HYD 23:45 Tue/Thu/Fri/Sun
Flight time is approximately 3 hours and 50 minutes. Round-trip tickets between Bangkok and Hyderabad on Nok Air's website are now on sale starting at THB 8,980.
According to the ranking by country of foreign tourists visiting Thailand in the November 2022, India ranked second (first place is Indonesia). It is expected that many tourists from India will visit Thailand in the future.
Hyderabad is the capital of the state of Telangana in India. It is the state's largest city with a population of 1 million. With Nok Air launching direct flights between Bangkok and Hyderabad, more tourists are expected to visit Thailand from the metropolis.
Nok Air currently only flies to Hyderabad to India, but plans to expand to more routes in 2023.
For more information, please refer to Nok Air official website.