Jetstar launched new direct low fares service from Singapore to Hat Yai

Bangkok, 4 November, 2017 – The first Jetstar service from Singapore to Hat Yai in Thailand took off yesterday with a full flight of 180 holiday-makers.

Mr. Bara Pasupathi, Jetstar Asia CEO said, “We are very pleased to announce that our first flight from Singapore to Hat Yai is operating at full loads and we continue to see strong bookings in the coming months as well.

“The schedule of our flights will better suit families and young working professionals as they will be able to maximise their weekend in Hat Yai with Friday evening departures and returning on Sunday or Monday.”

The new service operates on Airbus A320 aircraft on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, with a flight-time of about one hour and 40 minutes.

Hat Yai is the largest city of Songkhla province in Southern Thailand. Hat Yai is famous for seafood and lively nightlife, as well as shopping places including Kim Yong and Santisuk markets and Hat Yai City Square. Meanwhile, with a population of 1.4 million, Songkhla is a rich cultural repository of Chinese, Thai and Muslim heritage, dating back to the 14th century.

According to Mr. Kittiya Kontong, Director of Hatyai International Airport, Jetstar’s direct services from Singapore to Hat Yai will add more than 70,000 seats in annual capacity on the route. The airport currently handles more than 3.5 million people a year and is expected to expand to 4.5 million by next year.

The Jetstar Group currently operates up to 74 weekly flights to four destinations in Thailand – Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Hat Yai.

Siam Piwat offers THAI Royal Orchid Plus members special privilege

Bangkok, 4 November, 2017 – Siam Piwat, which owns and operates three of Thailand’s major shopping complexes – Siam Paragon, Siam Center, and Siam Discovery – recently launched a special privilege for Thai Airways International’s (THAI) Royal Orchid Plus (ROP) members.

Starting from now until 30 June, 2018, international travellers who are members of THAI ROP frequent flyer program will be offered a complimentary PANBURI Indochine scent mini gift set and VIZ Titanium membership card by simply presenting their ROP membership card and THAI’s boarding pass at Tourist Lounge, G Floor, Siam Paragon.

THAI ROP Platinum members will also receive a complimentary M Card Lounge access when spending over 20,000 Baht, and Jamie’s Italian voucher, as well as Siam Discovery Open Space discount voucher worth 500 Baht.

THAI ROP members travelling from Moscow, Tehran, or Dubai from today until December 2017 will receive a complimentary PANBURI massage-on-the go kit.

Siam Piwat offers THAI Royal Orchid Plus members special privilege

TAT celebrated Loi Krathong Festival 2017 at Bangkok’s Santi Chaiprakan Park

Bangkok, 4 November, 2017 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) last night hosted local and international tourists to a memorable Loi Krathong celebration in the historic environs of Bangkok’s riverside Santi Chaiprakan Park. The event also marked the beginning the ‘Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018‘.

Loi Krathong Festival 2017 at Bangkok’s Santi Chaiprakan Park

Mr. Kalin Sarasin (left), Chairman of the Board of TAT, and Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn (right), TAT Governor, jointly presided over the opening ceremony of the Loi Krathong Festival 2017 in Bangkok.

Loi Krathong Festival 2017 at Bangkok’s Santi Chaiprakan Park

Mr. Kalin lit the candle on the krathong as Mr. Yuthasak looked on. They later floated or ‘loi” their krathongs, a tradition which has been held annually on the full moon night of the 12th lunar month as a way of thanking the Goddess of River, worshipping the Buddha, and releasing worries and bad fortunes into the water.

Loi Krathong Festival 2017 at Bangkok’s Santi Chaiprakan Park

During the opening ceremony, local and international tourists also had the chance to enjoy spectacular processions and impressive cultural performances, including displays and parades of Loi Krathong traditions of Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Tak and Samut Songkhram.

Loi Krathong Festival 2017 at Bangkok’s Santi Chaiprakan Park

Tourists and locals also took part in a workshop to make their own krathongs with biodegradable materials, sample some delectable Thai dishes and snacks, enjoy demonstrations on the traditional Thai way of life including Royal Thai Cuisine cooking and floral garland making and of course, float their krathongs on the mighty Chao Phraya River.

Last night, the Loi Krathong Festival 2017 was also celebrated at various destinations nationwide, with TAT hosting cultural events at five other key locations; Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Tak, Samut Songkhram, and Ayutthaya.

About Santi Chaiprakan Park
Sat on the hip dining street of Phra Arthit Road, near the busy tourist street of Khaosan Road, Santi Chaiprakarn Park is not only the green space of Banglamphu neighborhood but it also occasionally hosts a series of cultural activities and performances for locals and visitor. The park was transformed from an abandoned space by the Chao Phraya River to celebrate His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 60th birthday in 1999. Sitting at the centre is the historic Phra Sumane Fort, one of few old forts left in Bangkok, surrounded by a pleasant atmosphere of tropical trees. The park is also an ideal spot to unwind with the views of Chao Phraya River, Pinklao and Rama VIII bridges. (Source: www.tourismthailand.org)

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