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Bangkok and Chiang Mai in Top 25 Cities (Conde Nast Traveller)

Thailand has been recognised as a premier travel destination by Condé Nast Traveller’s readers, who voted Bangkok and Chiang Mai among the Top 25 Cities in the World in the magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2014.

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Three Bouddhas at Wat Jedyod in Chiang Mai

Thailand has once again been recognised as a premier travel destination by Condé Nast Traveller’s readers, who voted Bangkok and Chiang Mai among the Top 25 Cities in the World in the prestigious magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2014.

Erawan Shrine, one of the most visit attractions in Bangkok.

Erawan Shrine, one of the most visit attractions in Bangkok.

This year’s awards, announced on 20 October, 2014, reflect the opinions of nearly 77,000 responses in the survey tabulated by Equation Research. Condé Nast Traveller’s readers also honoured Thailand in other categories including Asia’s top hotels and resorts.

Vimanmek mansion in Bangkok

Vimanmek mansion in Bangkok is the largest teak house in the world.

For the Top Cities in the World, Condé Nast Traveller’s readers rated Bangkok in the 13th place.

With the Readers’ Rating of 81.840, the award announcement described

Bangkok resembles Blade Runner futuristic city

Bangkok as “resembles the type of futuristic city so often depicted in sci-fi films like Blade Runner or Minority Report – soaring, glass-panelled buildings house the world’s economic elite while at street level rickshaws and mopeds weave through snarls of traffic.”

Chiang Mai was voted in the 21st spot at the Readers’ Rating of 81.332. The award announcement named Chiang Mai as ‘the culinary capital of Thailand’ with ‘several excellent cooking schools and a popular market scene whose standout is the night bazaar on Chang Klan Road – the place to try Khao Soi, a steaming bowl of yellow curry noodles.”

Royal pavilion at Ratchaphruek Garden, Chiang Mai

Royal pavilion at Ratchaphruek Garden, Chiang Mai

 

In the Top 20 Resorts in Asia, Condé Nast Traveller’s readers rewarded six Thai properties, including two in the Top 10, which are the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle Chiang Rai at the 2nd and the Anantara Chiang Mai Resort and Spa at the 8th spot. The JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa Phuket ranked in the 12th position, followed by Rayavadee Krabi at the 15th and Pimalai Resort and Spa Phuket at the 17th while the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai making the list at the 20th place.

In the Top 25 Hotels in Asia, the Oriental Residence Bangkok was regarded as the 22nd best hotel in the region.

For a full list of the awards, visit Readers’ Choice Awards 2014.

via Conde Nast Traveller Readers Vote Bangkok and Chiang Mai in Top 25 Cities in the World.

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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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Bangkok Airways resumes Phuket – U-Tapao and Samui – U-Tapao routes in December 2021

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Bangkok, 24 November, 2021 – Bangkok Airways has announced that it will resume two more of its domestic services which are Phuket – U-Tapao (starting from 2 December, 2021, onwards) and Samui – U-Tapao (starting from 15 December, 2021, onwards).

The resumed service between Phuket and U-Tapao will be operated by an ATR72-600 aircraft, starting with three flights per week (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday). The outbound flight PG282 departs Phuket International Airport at 12.15 Hrs. and arrives at U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport at 13.55 Hrs. The inbound flight PG281 leaves U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport at 14.25 Hrs. and arrives at Phuket International Airport at 16.05 Hrs.

The resumed service between Samui and U-Tapao will also be operated by an ATR72-600 aircraft, starting with three flights per week (Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday). The outbound flight PG293 departs Samui Airport at 14.25 Hrs. and arrives at U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport at 15.40 Hrs. The inbound flight PG294 leaves U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport at 16.10 Hrs. and arrives at Samui at 17.20 Hrs.

The resumed services between Phuket – U-Tapao and Samui – U-Tapao in December will make it a total of 12 destinations the airline operates which are:

1.           Bangkok – Samui (v.v.)

2.           Bangkok – Chiang Mai (v.v.)

3.           Bangkok – Phuket (v.v.)

4.           Bangkok – Lampang (v.v.)

5.           Bangkok – Sukhothai (v.v.)

6.           Samui – Phuket (v.v.)

7.           Samui – Singapore (v.v.)

8.           Bangkok – Trat (v.v.)

9.           Phuket – Hat Yai (v.v.)

10.        Bangkok – Phnom Penh (v.v.)

11.        Phuket – U-Tapao (v.v.) (Starting from 2 December, 2021, onwards)

12.        Samui – U-Tapao (v.v.) (Starting from 15 December, 2021, onwards)

Passengers can visit the website https://www.bangkokair.com/flight/flightSchedule for more details about flight schedules.

For more information and reservations, passengers can contact the airline via the following channels;

•            Call Centre: Tel. 1771 (within Thailand) or +66 2-270-6699 (during 08.00 – 20.00 Hrs.)

•            PG Live Chat: https://bit.ly/PGLiveChatEN

•            Email: [email protected]

Bangkok Airways also announced that it remained committed to the safety and hygiene of its passengers and employees as the highest priority by strictly implementing surveillance measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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