In the same week that one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, Maya Bay, closed for four months as a result of overtourism, Airports of Thailand (AOT) board of directors approved the construction of two new airports – one in Chiang Mai and one in Phuket. Both popular tourist destinations, Phuket and Chiang Mai already have an airport apiece, but the additions are planned to accommodate increasing demand. According to AOT president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, each new airport will cost around 60 billion Thai baht, with construction starting in 2019. The second Chiang Mai airport will be built in Lamphun’s Ban Thi district, while Phuket’s will be constructed in Phang Nga’s Ban Khok Kruad district. Both are anticipated to be completed by 2025 at the latest - and serve an extra 10 million tourists. Very much a victim of its own success, Maya Bay shot to fame after the release of Danny Boyle’s adaptation of Alex Garland’s novel The Beach … [Read more...] about Thailand approves new airports to serve even more travellers… after closing Maya Bay due to overtourism
PUBLISHED: 11:21 05 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:47 05 June 2018 Police are concerned for the safety of Steven Rickett on holiday in Thailand. Picture: Facebook Archant A search is underway in Thailand for Norwich man Steven Rickett after concerns for his safety have been raised by a video he posted online. The video has been shared widely on Facebook after being posted by Steven, and has caused concern among friends, family and the authorities. Norfolk Police are appealing for anyone who has contact with Steven to contact them urgently, and they are liaising with the authorities in Thailand. A spokesperson for Norfolk Police said: “Police were called on Monday, June 4 following concerns for the welfare of 36-year-old Steven Rickett from Norwich who is currently visiting Thailand. “Officers are aware of a video posted on social media by Steven which prompted concerns for his safety. We have liaised with the National Crime Agency and authorities in Thailand are aware and … [Read more...] about Search underway in Thailand for Norwich man after concerns over Facebook video
HOLIDAYMAKERS can halve the cost of their summer break by heading longhaul, according to new research. A family of four can save almost £3,000 by rejecting two-weeks' room only at a 3* Greek island hotel and choosing a fortnight at a 3* hotel in Thailand. Price comparison site TravelSupermarket has found like-for-like holidays to Thailand, New York and Dubai that are thousands of pounds CHEAPER than similar stays in classic Med resorts. They discovered you can: l Swap Santorini for Thailand and a family of four can save £2,940 while a couple can save £594 on a fortnight's holiday. l Switch Mykonos for New York for a week and save up to £1,092 as a family of four. l Head to Dubai instead of Ibiza and a couple can save up to 44 per cent on a week's trip. The research found a family of four can have two weeks' room-only at the 3* Orchid Kathu Heights in Patong on the island of Phuket from £835pp, including flights from Birmingham on August 17. A room-only holiday … [Read more...] about Why pay out to go to Greece, when Thailand is cheaper?
BANGKOK: A whale has died in southern Thailand after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags, officials said, ending an attempted rescue that failed to nurse the mammal back to health. This handout picture from ThaiWhales a private whale conservation group, taken on May 28, 2018 and released on Jun 2, 2018 shows ThaiWhales volunteers and governmment marine veterinarians from Department of Marine and Coastal Resources rescuing a sick male pilot whale at sea in the coastal area of southern Thailand near the Malaysian border. (Photo ThaiWhales/AFP) Thailand is one of the world's largest consumers of plastic bags, which kill hundreds of marine creatures living near the country's popular beaches each year. The small male pilot whale became the latest victim after it was found barely alive in a canal near the border with Malaysia, the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources said on their Facebook page Saturday. A veterinary team tried "to help stabilise its illness but finally the … [Read more...] about Whale dies in Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags
Việt Nam team seen in the LienVietPostBank International Men’s Volleyball Tournament. — Photo volleyball.vnViet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Thailand whipped Việt Nam 3-0 in the LienVietPostBank International Men’s Volleyball Tournament semi-final held at the Hà Nam gymnasium in northern Hà Nam province on May 30. Vietnamese head coach Phùng Công Hưng used his best line-up for the game to try to beat their Thai arch rivals, but his players failed to penetrate the solid defence of Thailand and had to settle for a sorry loss. Earlier, Việt Nam defeated Thailand 3-1 in the qualifying round, shocking the regional volleyball powerhouse. Việt Nam have lost to Thailand in four consecutive editions of the South East Asian Games. In 2011, Việt Nam was defeated by Thailand in four sets in the qualifying round. Two years later, Thailand won their semi-final match in three sets. Việt Nam … [Read more...] about Việt Nam bow to Thailand in LienVietPostBank semis