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- January,2024(part3) -
15 Jan, 2024
Fossilized dinosaur footprints on the riverbed, Northeastern Thailand
Thai authorities announced on January 11, 2024 that fossilized dinosaur footprints were found in a riverbed in the border area between Phetchabun province in northern Thailand and Khon Kaen province in northeastern Thailand. It appears to belong to a sauropod dinosaur from about 220 million years ago, and a detailed investigation is currently underway.
14 Jan, 2024
State Railway of Thailand (SRT) launches 90-day advance ticket reservation service ahead of Songkran in 2024
The State Railways of Thailand (SRT) announced that it will offer a 90-day advance reservation service for CNR express trains for eight round-trip routes whicha are the Northern Line (Bangkok - Chiang Mai), Northeastern Line (Bangkok - Ubon Ratchathani, Bangkok - Nong Khai), and Southern Line (Bangkok - Hat Yai). Reservations will be available from January 12, 2024.

According to SRT, the 2024 Songkran festival will see large numbers of people travel, so the aim is to improve traveler convenience by offering a 90-day advance reservation service. .

The eight routes for which reservations can be made 90 days in advance are listed below.

Northern Line (Bangkok - Chiang Mai)
Special express train No. 9 from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Special express train No. 10 from Chiang Mai to Bangkok

Northeastern Line (Bangkok - Ubon Ratchathani Line, Bangkok - Nong Khai Line)
Bangkok-Ubon Ratchathani Special Express No. 23
Special Express 24 from Ubon Ratchathani to Bangkok
Bangkok-Nong Khai express train No. 25
Special express train No. 26 from Nong Khai to Bangkok

Southern Line (Bangkok - Hat Yai Line)
Special express train No. 31 from Bangkok to Hat Yai
Special express train No. 32 from Hat Yai to Bangkok

90-day advance tickets will go on sale from 08:30 on 12 January 2024. Available for purchase on the D-Ticket mobile applicationApple, Google and website and at ticket booths at SRT stations across Thailand.

Reservations for other trains can be made from 30 days in advance.

For more information, please contact our 24/7 SRT Call Center at 1690.

13 Jan, 2024
Air pollution worsens in Bangkok metropolitan area, with AQI exceeding 200
According to the Pollution Control Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand, the air quality index (AQI) in the Bangkok metropolitan area as of 11 a.m. on January 10, 2024 is said to have "started to have negative health effects" at almost all observation points. The number exceeded 100, 203 in Khlong Kum, Bueng Kum District, Bangkok, and 203 in Pak Kret, Nonthaburi Province in the northern suburbs of Bangkok, exceeding the 200 level that is considered to be "adverse to health."
12 Jan, 2024
Revenue statistics for national parks across Thailand for 12 months (January to December) 2023 released
According to information released by the National Parks Authority of Thailand on January 4, 2024, the total revenue of Thailand's national parks in 2023 was 1,651,868,101 baht. Nopparat Thara Beach - Phi Phi Islands ranked first among all national parks with a revenue of 377 million baht.

The top 10 national parks by revenue are:
⭕Nopparat Thara Beach National Park - Phi Phi Island, Krabi Province has a total income of 377,321,864 baht
⭕The total income of Similan Islands National Park, Phang Nga Province is 175,392,700 baht
⭕The total income of Khao Yai National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima Province is 136,317,392 baht
⭕The total income of Ao Phang Nga National Park in Phang Nga Province is 122,627,830 baht
⭕The total income of Khao Lem Yam Ko Samet National Park in Rayong Province is 120,015,600 baht
⭕Doi Inthanon National Park Total income is 111,289,586 baht
⭕The total income of Erawan National Park, Kanchanaburi Province is 72,883,038 baht
⭕Khao Sok National Park Surat Thani Province Total income 66,367,591 baht
⭕The total income of Tarutao National Park, Satun Province is 31,179,260 baht
⭕The total income of Tambok Korani National Park in Krabi Province is 24,157,870 baht

Furthermore, the total number of tourists visiting Thailand's national parks in 2023 (January to November) is expected to be more than 18,494,085.
The top 10 most visited national parks are:
⭕ Number of visitors to Khao Yai National Park, Nakhon Ratchasima Province: 1,823,413 people
⭕ Krabi Province - 1,449,246 visitors to Nopparat Thara Beach in Phi Phi Islands National Park.
⭕ Number of visitors to Khao Lem Yam Ko Samet National Park, Rayong Province: 1,145,834 people
⭕ 926,724 visitors to Doi Inthanon National Park in Chiang Mai province
⭕ Number of visitors to Khao Kikut National Park, Chanthaburi Province: 744,117 people
⭕ Number of visitors to Erawan National Park, Kanchanaburi Province: 526,248 people
⭕ 479,284 visitors to Ao Phang Nga National Park in Phang Nga Province
⭕ Number of visitors to Klong Lan National Park, Kamphaeng Phet Province: 481,518 people
⭕ Number of visitors to Nam Tok Prio National Park, Chanthaburi Province: 432,085 people
⭕ 431,401 visitors to Chet Sao Noi Waterfall National Park in Saraburi Province

11 Jan, 2024
LCC Thai Smile ceases operations and merges with Thai Airways International
Thai Smile Airways, a low-cost Carrier affiliated with Thai Airways International, has ended all operations as of December 31, 2023. Thai Smile began operating in 2012. The 11-year history has come to an end.

The last flight was on four routes connecting Bangkok with Krabi in the south, Hat Yai in the northeast, Khon Kaen in the northeast, and Chiang Rai in the north.

Thai Smile's parent company, Thai Airways, was chronically in the red and went bankrupt in 2020, and was subject to business restructuring procedures. As part of Thai Airways' management restructuring plan, it has been decided to abolish Thai Smile. All Thai Smile routes will be taken over by Thai Airways International.
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