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Passengers can now ride on the extended section between Wat Mangkorn and Tha Phra stations, with a total of 5 new stations, for free from today until 28 September this year, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily.

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Transport Minister rides MRT Blue Line extension test run

BANGKOK, 29 July 2019 (NNT) – The Minister of Transport officiated at the trial runs of the MRT Blue Line Hua Lamphong – Bang Khae extension on which passengers can ride the extended route for free from today until 28 September this year.

The Minister of Transport Saksiam Chidchob today at 9:59 a.m. dispatched the first metro train to run on the public trial of the Hua Lamphong – Bang Khae extension of the MRT Blue Line, which is now accepting passengers on public trial runs from today to celebrate the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the King’s 67th birthday.

Passengers can now ride on the extended section between Wat Mangkorn and Tha Phra stations, with a total of 5 new stations, for free from today until 28 September this year, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily.

The extension is currently served by 3 metro trains, with an 8-minute interval between services.

Passengers travelling from the existing MRT Blue Line network, between Tao Poon and Hua Lamphong stations, will have to change trains at Hua Lamphong station to continue their journey onto the Wat Mangkorn – Tha Phra extension.

Fares are currently exempted for stations on the new extension, and will only be collected for parts of the journey involving the existing network, starting at 16 baht up to 42 baht, or up to 70 baht for connecting journeys with the MRT Purple Line.

Passengers can use their existing MRT re-loadable fare cards or fare tokens obtained from ticket vending machines for rides. Each journey will have a maximum time limit of 180 minutes starting from the tap of card or token at the ticket gate.

The Ministry of Transport, the Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRTA), and Bangkok Expressway and Metro (BEM) plans to open the Tao Poon – Tha Phra extension of the MRT Blue Line in 2020, which will be the final section of the Blue Line network that will run in a circle with Tha Phra station serving as an interchange.

The MRT Blue Line network will provide connections to other modes of urban transportation, including rail and water, providing passengers with a more convenient commute and helping to solve traffic congestion in Bangkok, and will be a significant milestone in public transport development to help improve the general public’s lives.

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Advance booking for Thailand national park visits extended to 60 days

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Bangkok, 23 November, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to advise that tourists can now preregister for visiting national parks in Thailand up to 60 days in advance via the mobile application QueQ, from the previous 15-day advance limit.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) instigated the change as of 22 November, 2021, to better facilitate visitors in their travel planning. For those who want to book accommodation in the parks, there is already advance preregistration required of up to 60 days.

The QueQ app can be downloaded from Play Store or App Store.

As well as helping visitors plan their travels, the advance booking system allows park officials to limit the number of visitors to each park.

There is a total of 155 national parks nationwide. At present, nearly all of Thailand’s national parks have reopened in the Central, Eastern, Northern, Northeastern and Southern regions, following temporary closure due to COVID-19 measures and the annual rainy season closure.

The latest to reopen was Doi Inthanon National Park in Chiang Mai on 10 November, 2021; home to the country’s highest peak the 2,565-metre Doi Inthanon, this park 90 minutes’ drive from Chiang Mai city is a popular place for viewing the so-called ‘sea of mist’ foggy morning weather of the current cooler months.

A list of the opening status of national parks can be seen at the National Park’s Office via this link, or its Facebook page: National Parks of Thailand. The TAT Newsroom (www.tatnews.org) is also providing a regular update on the latest opening and closing status of Thailand’s national parks.

When visiting national parks, tourists are advised to arrive at the park ahead of their preregistered schedule for screening and checking in with the government’s Thai Chana app. It is also important they observe social distancing rules and wear a face mask at all times while in national parks.

They are also advised to abide by the D-M-H-T-T-A precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19: D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, T – Testing for COVID-19, and A – alert application.

Visitors to national parks are also asked to respect the natural environment and not litter, and to bear in mind that there is a ban on single-use plastic; such as, cups and eating utensils in national parks nationwide.

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China Sustains Huge Ecommerce Development Investment Flows into ASEAN

What Asia Investment Research showed us that there were China outbound investments into several ASEAN markets, led by Singapore, and followed by Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines. Collectively, these markets saw circa 30 investments n Q3, or about 15 percent of total Chinese outbound volume. 

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ASEAN Inbound Investments from China show strong trends in developing digital trade infrastructure.

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