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In many provinces, tourists from around the world are celebrating Songkran according to Thai traditions and local cultures.

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BANGKOK, 14 April 2019 (NNT) – In many provinces, tourists from around the world are enjoying themselves as they celebrate Songkran according to Thai traditions and local cultures.

On Khao Niew Road in Khon Kaen province, the atmosphere was lively and thoroughly wet, as crowds of Songkran revellers were splashing water at each other nonstop and setting a new human-wave record. The human wave in Khon Kaen has broken the previous record set in Japan at 17 minutes and 14 minutes. People can enjoy the Songkran activities on Khao Niew Road from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In Sukhothai province, many Songkran revellers sporting floral shirts gathered on Khao Tok Road to engage in water splashing and pay respect to Buddha’s statues. Another events included a painting competition and beauty contest. Many revellers danced and splashed water at each other on Khao Tok Road, a popular tourist destination in Sukhothai.

In Lamphun province, revered Buddha’s statues from various temples were carried in a procession for people to pay their respects and sprinkle scented water on them. Some of the renowned Buddha’s statues were brought from Maha Wan, Phra Khon Reusi, and Muang Nga temples.

Many Buddhist devout prepared scented water and acacia to perform the traditional bathing ceremony. The province has also launched a campaign, urging people to take part in Songkran activities in a proper Lanna style and avoid using high-pressure water guns.

In Nakhon Ratchasima, the main Buddha’s statue from Phra Narai Maharat Woramaha Wihan temple was taken on a procession for people to pay their respects and perform the bathing ceremony to preserve Thai traditions.

The parade proceeded to Chumphon Gate, the city gate of Nakhon Ratchasima, and then returned to the Phra Narai Maharat Woramaha Wihan temple.

Moving east to Trat province, the Songkran activities took place along the roadsides of Suan Ruk Chat Mangrove Forest and attracted a large number of revellers, including young people.

A section of the road was closed to traffic to make way for the revellers, as police and security personnel were deployed to ensure public safety. Many people were still engaging in water-splashing on the back of pickup trucks.

The Songkran celebration in the southern province of Phang Nga was fun-filled and congested with both Thai and foreign tourists.

They also took part In a human-wave formation, built a water tunnel, and organized a foam party.

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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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