Thai AirAsia names Langkawi its 10th International destination
Thai AirAsia has selected Langkawi as its 10th international destination and
will start flying to the beautiful island on January 6, 2007.
Thai AirAsia will serve the Bangkok-Langkawi route every Tuesday, Thursday
and Saturday. Flights from Bangkok will depart at 2.15pm (Bangkok time),
while flights from Langkawi will depart at 5.30pm (local time).
Bijleveld, chief executive officer of Thai AirAsia announces the opening of
the Bangkok-Langkawi route at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, December
Tassapon Bijleveld, chief executive officer of Thai AirAsia, announced the
opening of the Bangkok-Langkawi route to the media in Kuala Lumpur last
“We look forward to expanding our reach to Langkawi because of the growing
tourism appeal towards the island, especially for tourists visiting Bangkok.
As a tourism hub, Bangkok brings in millions of tourists every month. These
tourists are always interested in visiting neighbouring destinations, and
Langkawi is among their favourite destinations,” Bijleveld said.
“We will start flying to Langkawi this January with three flights a week,
but this route has the potential to have daily flights six months after its
opening,” he added.
Thai AirAsia offered 1,000 seats at zero-baht airfare (exclusive of taxes
and other fees) to announce the opening of the route. It continues to offer
low fares to guests wishing to fly between the two cities.
Langkawi will be Thai AirAsia’s fourth destination in Malaysia, besides
Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kota Kinabalu.
The airline’s other international destinations are Singapore, Hanoi, Phnom
Penh, Yangon, Xiamen and Macau. It also flies within Thailand to the cities
of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Krabi, Narathiwat, Phuket, Surat Thani,
Ubon Ratchani and Udon Thani.
To-date, six million passengers have flown with Thai AirAsia. The airline is
celebrating its third anniversary on February 3, 2007.
Seaplane shuttle service launched
Destination Air Shuttle will launch regular seaplane shuttle services
between Phuket and the Andaman coastal islands in January.
Claiming to be Thailand’s only seaplane shuttle service, the company will
initially serve Krabi and its islands of Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta, offering
12 flights daily and leaving every two hours from Phuket International
Airport. Further landing locations are planned for Similan Archipelago
National Park, Koh Racha and Khao Lak.
The company said its seaplane shuttle service would depart from Phuket
International Airport and land directly in the waterfront of most major
hotel resorts. It said its service would significantly reduce the travel
time from the usual half-day overland trip from Phuket to less than 13
minutes to Koh Phi Phi, 20 minutes to Krabi and 30 minutes to Koh Lanta.
Destination Air Shuttle CEO, Captain Nithit Kesangam, said: “This is an
outstanding service to hotels and tour operators in the Phuket area. This is
a fantastic shot in the arm for hotels and tourists going to Koh Phi Phi,
Krabi and Koh Lanta.” (TTG)
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The author of A Year of Adventures, Andrew Bain, is a renowned travel writer
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China Morning Post. In 2003 he was awarded the Australian Geographic story
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Planet’s 2005 Travelers’ Pulse Survey which polled 20,000 travelers
To compliment the book, Lonely Planet has also launched a Year of Adventures
website where an RSS feed provides ongoing information regarding activities
in any selected destination: www.yearofadventures.com
Travelers assistance center opens at airport for New Year’s holiday
With expectations that large numbers of foreign tourists and local travelers
will be traveling by air during the New Year holiday, the management of
Suvarnabhumi Airport are to offer special traveler’s assistance this
weekend, according to Somchai Sawasdeepon, general manager of the airport.
The travelers’ center will be based on the seventh floor of the passenger
terminal building and services will include advice on facilities available
at the airport, flight timetables, prevention of luggage delays and
providing sufficient transportation facilities.
Whilst acknowledging that problems such as insufficient toilets, delayed
luggage delivery, and safety concerns still exist, Mr. Somchai said the
Airports of Thailand (AoT) and he himself personally would accept full
responsibility for customer care and services.
He said the AoT is trying to resolve the problems, and that he believed they
could be eliminated within six months. (TNA)
Jumeirah to manage exclusive
private island resort in Phuket
Source - Jumeirah Group
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai based luxury international hospitality group and
member of Dubai Holding, has been appointed by TGR Group - Asia to manage
the five star private island resort currently under development in Ao Po
Scheduled for completion in late 2008, the Jumeirah Groups’s Phuket Private
Island Resort will feature 65 lavishly appointed deluxe pool villas each
with private infinity pool and Jacuzzi, 12 three-bedroom luxury residential
villas, four restaurants and bars as well as extensive leisure, spa and
fitness facilities including a large free form swimming pool and a 400-metre
private, white sandy beach. In addition, the resort will offer a marina, a
private yacht club, a tennis court, several boutiques, a business centre and
a library with dedicated reading room.
Jumeirah Phuket Private Island Resort will be situated on the shores of Koh
Raet, an untouched tropical island located just 500-metres offshore from Ao
Po Bay, north east of Phuket Island, providing easy access for guests to the
main tourist areas of Phuket. The resort can be reached by a four minute
private motor yacht ride or island ferry from the access point on the
mainland which is located just fifteen minutes from Phuket International
Set on 56,000 square metres of private land, Jumeirah Phuket Private Island
Resort will be an exclusive, luxurious island resort offering spectacular
views of the limestone karsts of Phang Nga Bay to the north, views of the
beaches of Ao Po Bay to the west and kilometers of white sandy beaches with
views of both Naka Yai and Naka Noi.
Partner and Managing Director for TGR Group - Asia, Mr Dilokpol Sundaravej,
commented: “It is with great pleasure that we appoint Jumeirah Group and we
feel this partnership will provide our clients with a unique and exclusive
luxury experience unparalleled by any other in the region.”