Thailand's Really Cool Airlines plans to start regular flights to Tokyo and Nagoya from Bangkok from mid-2024
Thailand's emerging airline Really Cool Airlines has announced that it plans to launch regular flights to Japan in mid-2024.
According to Patty Sarasin, CEO of Really Cool Airlines, the airline has already obtained an AOL (airline operating license) in July 2023. The company is expected to obtain an AOC (Air Operator Certificate) by January 2024.
First, they will begin operating charter flights from around March 2024. From June to July 2024, regular flights will be launched connecting Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) to Tokyo (Narita) and Nagoya (Chubu). Furthermore, from 2025 onwards, there are plans to expand routes to Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Georgia, etc.
The aircraft used is an Airbus A330-300. The first unit is expected to be delivered in January 2024, and the second unit in March 2024, bringing the total to four units by the end of 2024.
The point to note is that it provides "lifestyle full service" as a full service carrier rather than an LCC (low-cost carrier). With full service, you can expect services that LCCs don't have, such as free checked baggage and in-flight meals.
For more information, please follow Really Cool Airlines official website.
TAT emphasizes Thai tourism industry's emphasis on Japanese market at Tourism EXPO Japan 2023
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) participated in the Tourism EXPO Japan 2023 held in Osaka from October 26th to 29th, 2023, to promote the Thai tourism industry with special emphasis on reviving the number of tourists visiting Thailand from Japan.
Sudawan Wangsuphakijkosol, Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand, said, "Tourism EXPO Japan, Japan's largest travel trade fair, is a great opportunity for the Thai tourism industry to strengthen business relationships with Japanese tourism partners and promote Thailand as a tourist destination.'' It's a great opportunity."
TAT plans to maintain the segments that are already popular among Japanese people, such as leisure players, golfers, active seniors, office workers, and Generation X, while growing potential new segments that are likely to become popular in the future.
TAT has also launched a market-specific campaign "Imakara Thai e (From Now to Thailand)'' by the popular idol group "Sato Triplets,'' who are TAT's Thailand tourism ambassadors to Japan and have over 3 million followers. “Imakara Thai e” was also introduced at Tourism EXPO Japan 2023.
From January 1 to September 30, 2023, the number of visitors from Japan to Thailand was 574,740. TAT's plan for the Japanese market is for the total number of tourists to reach 845,000 in 2023, with the aim of exceeding the 1 million mark in 2024.
Business hours of entertainment facilities in four prefectures including Bangkok to be extended to 4 a.m.
On November 3, 2023, Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin announced that the legal operating hours for entertainment facilities such as nightclubs in designated areas will be announced in four capital provinces: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chonburi which includes Pattaya, and Phuket. The government announced plans to extend the current closing time from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m.
They aim to introduce this new system on December 15th. By extending these business hours, they aim to revitalize inbound tourism.
According to Bangkok Governor Chadchart, approximately 200 stores in Bangkok, including stores on Patpong Road, RCA, and hotels, are expected to have their business hours extended.
Malayan tiger spotted in Bang Lang National Park in Yala province
A Malayan tiger appeared in Bang Lang National Park in Yala province, and the Thai Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) announced the sighting.
Officials said the tiger usually lives in the wild from Thailand's southern border area to Malaysia; It is said to be restricted to the just Bang Lang National Park(Thai-Malaysia border) and the Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary.
The ministry said the discovery was witnessed by the Smart Patrol system (currently registered as Bang Lang 01), which was introduced to strengthen wildlife protection and monitoring.
DNP believes that the cameras on the Bang Lang 01 will collect information on the lives of wild and rare animals, and that this data will be important in providing useful information for conservation strategies for the wide range of ecosystems inhabited by Malayan tigers and other animals. It is said to be one of the best tools.
Loy Krathong events will be held across Thailand in November 2023
The annual Loi Krathong festival is held on the full moon of December of the Thai lunar calendar (November of the new calendar) every year. This year, 2023, Loi Krathong-related events are scheduled to be held in various locations across Thailand, mainly on Monday, November 27th.
Here are some notable Loy Krathong festivals to be held this year.
◎Loi Krathong Festival 2023
Khom Saen Duang Mueang Lamphun
1-27 November – Khom (lanterns) and flower garden
18 November – Loi Krathong activity & the opening of flower garden
25 November – Lanna and International Khom (lanterns) procession
Wat Phra That Haripunchai
Loi Krathong and Candle Festival
Sukhothai Historical Park
*Sukhothai Light & Sound starts nightly at 19.00 Hrs., with an extra showtime on 27 November at 20.30 Hrs. Tickets available at www.thaiticketmajor.com.
Loi Krathong Sawan
Wat Phra That Doi Kongmu
Mae Hong Son
Phrae Loi Krathong and Candle Festival
25-27 November – Wat Chom Sawan
27 November – Kad Sam Wai
Si Than Festival “Bun Somma Nak”
Si Than lake, Khon Kaen University
Yi Peng Festival
Around Chiang Mai Municipal Areas
Somma Nam Khuen Peng Seng Prathip Mueang Roi Et
Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park (Bueng Planchai)
Loi Phra Prathip Royal Krathong Festival
Nong Han Lake
Pattaya Loi Krathong Festival
Central Pattaya Beach
Samui Loi Krathong Festival
Wat Khongkharam and Chaweng Lake, Koh Samui
Bangkok Loi Krathong Festival
24 November – 3 December – Yodpiman Flower Market and Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem
27 November – Rama VIII Bridge and Wat Arun
Krabi Loi Krathong Festival
Ao Nang and Thara Park
Loi Krathong Kab Kluai Mueang Mae Klong
Wat Phummarin Kudi Thong and King Rama II Memorial Park
Ayutthaya Loi Krathong Festival
26-27 November – Watsamruan
27 November – Phu Khao Thong Reservoir