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Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" tripa Tax Refund Vacation.
Now that your bank account might be a little more padded, there's nothing better than to splurge on an exotic trip more than half-way around the world to soak up the sun, sip fruity cocktails, and experience a new culture. One destination that ticks all these boxes and more is Thailand. With its beach resorts, rural charm, and mega-city metropolis style, you can definitely say that there's something for everyone.
Exactly 12 hours ahead of the central time zone, this Southeast Asian country is well and truly half-way around the world. While the distance can be a plus for some, the time it might take to travel to Bangkok from the US may be a deterrent for others, but we can only tell you it's well worth the haul. Thai Airways, United, Cathay Pacific and plenty other Asian airlines do have routes with only one layover, so it's really not all that bad.
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Even with all the bells, whistles, and other accessories to check out aboard an Airbus A380 there’s always the chance for a little bit of boredom—especially on a long-haul flight. Thankfully Thai Airways is aware of our limited attention span, and they just flipped the switch on their in-flight connectivity.
In-flight WiFi is now an option on some of the carrier’s long distance journeys, as their A380 fleet is now equipped with the ability to access the internet in all its social media glory. Joining the A380s with the new technology are also some of the carrier’s A330 fleet, as the necessary bits and pieces needed for this kind of connectivity should be good-to-go on these planes as well.
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Is that a wrench in your pocket or are you just happy to see this airplane?
That's a question for the 12 men chosen to star in the newest naughty calendar from Thai budget airline Nok Air.
Just as they recently partnered up with Playboy Thailand for a 2014 calendar of ladies, so too has the low-cost carrier done a deal with gay lifestyle magazine Attitude to produce a 2014 calendar of hot men.
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Last time we checked-in on the political protests happening in Bangkok, a few airlines had reduced service to the Thai capital. Even though there's no immediate cessation of anti-government protests in the near future, can travelers still consider Bangkok as a safe destination this season?
Interestingly enough, Thai Airways hasn't said much when it comes to reduced flights or travel waivers. There is a warning on their website that, due to road closures, they recommend leave 4 hours early before a scheduled flight. Apart from that, operations are running as per normal and as if nothing was actually happening in the city center.
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Nok, a budget airline based in Bangkok, called up Playboy Thailand and collaborated with the men's publication to choose the "10 Hottest Bunnies" to star alongside Nok's colorful fleet of Boeing 737s (and ATR 72s) for a 2014 calendar. There's no word on the cost of the calendar, but it's safe to assume that passengers may buy them onboard Nok's flights.
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The political unrest currently underway in Bangkok has convinced at least three airlines, including Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Hong Kong Airlines, to reduce the number of flights into Thailand's capital during the second half of January and February.
"We've learned that Singapore Airlines plans to cut 19 flights between Jan 14 and Feb 25. Cathay will probably follow suit because passengers are uneasy about the political situation in Thailand," Suvarnabhumi Airport General Manager Rawewan Netrakavesna told the Bangkok Post. Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt said that Hong Kong Airlines was probably going to cut about 60 flights as well.
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We’ll be honest—we have a hard time keeping up with all the new low cost carriers that continue to pop up each and every month. This week brings another one, so we’re definitely going to need to make some flash cards or something to study. That way we can remember where they fly, what they’re called, and what their livery looks like.
Anyway, enough about us, as the news is all about Nok Air and Scoot. These two carriers are teaming up to set up a new budget airline, and the plan is for the new airline to do its thing with a base over in Bangkok. Each carrier is going to throw around $60 million in cash to set things up, as the new venture will be known as NokScoot.
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There’s a new airline taking to the skies just in time for the busy holiday season, but this one is a little far from home, so you might just need to take a flight to catch a flight aboard this new carrier.
Thai Lion Air started its operations last week with a route between Bangkok and Chiang Mai with flights that run back and forth twice daily. You can expect the usual low-cost carrier service as it focuses on keeping fares reasonable.
The airline is already looking to expand beyond these initial options, though, as it sound like it's getting ready to head over to Kuala Lumpur as well as Jakarta as soon as December 18.
Very First To has put together the ultimate trip for film fans.
The 90-day tour stops at 20 of the most legendary movie filming locations across the globe.
Included in the journey is Petra, Jordan where Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade was filmed, The Beach's Ko Phi Phi Leh in Thailand, the Park Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo where Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson meet in Lost In Translation, and Braveheart's Scottish countryside.
As most destinations around the world work day and night to try to attract more tourists, Thailand is looking to do the exact opposite and reduce the amount of visitors it sees each year.
In an effort to cut back on the quantity and increase the "quality" of tourists who come to Thailand, the country has proposed a tax that could start in January and, according to the government's official story, attract more "high-spending, long-staying" travelers with more money to spend and, in turn, keep out the "riff raff."
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At this point we’ve started to take in-flight WiFi for granted. We use it, we enjoy it, and we're beginning to expect it. The technology may still be hit or miss on some of those international long-haul flight options, but this week there’s another carrier looking to change that.
Thai Airways has been busy working behind the scenes to get their network up and running for what we imagine must have been a decent amount of time. There’s been one thing holding them back, however, and that’s been the government. Thankfully the carrier just got the necessary approvals, as the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission just gave the carrier the go ahead to start utilizing those magical internet waves.
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Regardless of how this all plays out and whether or not you believe it's the best way to go about it, you’ve got to hand it to them: Despite the fact that most tourists have no problems in Thailand, that certainly isn’t stopping the country from taking complaints seriously.
Last week, in what could be a benchmark move for the travel industry, a pilot “tourist court” was launched in Pattaya to help mediate “small claims” from tourists. While there have been a few mainstream cases to come out of Thailand over the past few years, this court will be responsible for handling more mundane disputes, including rip-offs and robberies. “Serious” offenses, like getting your tail whipped by a gang or something, will still be handled by the regular judicial system.
This move comes in response to the ever-growing amount of problems with tourists being scammed by tourism operators, including jet ski and car rental companies, taxi drivers and tuk-tuks.