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Thai Airways Takes Long-Haul WiFi Onboard A380s

Where: Thailand
February 25, 2014 at 9:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Say No to Jewelry and Yes to Private Pool Villas for Valentine's Day

February 11, 2014 at 5:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

Do yourself a favor this Valentine's Day and skip the expensive dinner, skip the diamond engagement ring. Instead, put airline tickets in the hands of your love, and give the gift of an experience. All this week, we'll be sharing a few of our own recommendations for some of the most romantic travel ideas in this world.

Idea #1: A night or two in a private pool villa, for skinny-dipping.

Now, skinny-dipping here and there doesn't make you a nudist, but it does impart some spontaneous edge and prove you're more than a little comfortable in your own skin. Sleep naked, and wake up before coffee by walking straight from bed into the deep end.

Unlike an overwater bungalow, the confines of a private pool ensure there'll be no sharks or jellyfish lurking below. Here's our three favorite hotels with villas whose pools are ultra-private:

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ASEAN: A Recap of the 2014 Meeting of the Minds in Southeast Asia

February 7, 2014 at 11:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last month, the 33rd annual ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) was held in Kuching, Malaysia (Borneo) and drew delegates from around the world. The ten member countries - Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam - were all represented by their ministries of tourism. The conference takes place each year but its location rotates through the member countries. This year’s host, Malaysia, opened the gathering by highlighting ATF’s vision of “Ten Countries, One Destination.”

“I hope that this forum will chart the strategic directions to expedite the growth and development of tourism in ASEAN and enhance our collaboration towards projecting ASEAN as an attractive and multi-faceted single destination,” said Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak.

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Finally! Airline Publishes First Flight Attendant Calendar of Hot MEN

Where: Thailand
February 5, 2014 at 12:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Is Travel to Bangkok Safe Right Now? Thai Airways Thinks So.

January 27, 2014 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Airline Pulls Playboy Bunnies for Flirty 2014 Flight Attendant Calendar

January 7, 2014 at 5:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Bought your naughty flight attendant calendar for 2014 yet? There are some solid options already, like Ryanair's bikinis and AirBaltic's beauties, but Nok Air's bunnies may take the cake.

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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Three Airlines Cut Flights to Bangkok Amidst Protests

January 7, 2014 at 10:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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New Airline Alert: 'NokScoot' Will Be the Bangkok Baby of Two Asian Carriers

Where: Thailand
December 23, 2013 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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New Airline Alert: Thai Lion Air Makes a Home in Bangkok

Where: Thailand
December 11, 2013 at 9:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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What's the Real Reason Behind Thailand's Proposed Tourist Tax?

Where: Thailand
November 5, 2013 at 11:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Thailand Launches Tourist Court to Help Stop Scams, Improve Tourist Safety

September 9, 2013 at 8:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Thailand's Famed 'Full Moon Party' Island to Finally Get Its Own Airport

Where: Thailand
September 4, 2013 at 10:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tucked away on Thailand's fifth largest island, Koh Phangan, are the usual tropical temptations: sandy beaches to soak up the best Equatorial sun Southeast Asia has to offer and backpacker-friendly beachside bars. But then, once a month, the island becomes host to tens of thousands of revelers during the Full Moon Party.

Currently the only way to reach Koh Phangan is via sea ferry from nearby island Koh Samui, but all that will change thanks to the deep pockets of Thai entrepreneur Sompphon Sooksanguan. The businessman is dabbling in aviation and has fronted 200 million THB of his own money (roughly, one fifth of the total cost) to build an airport to service the island and bring happy little party-goers to their destination.

The runway of Koh Phangan will hopefully have the capacity to bring in around 1,600 passengers per day come September 2014, with flights from Bangkok and other regional cities no more than 80 minutes away.

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