Sattahip-Koh Chang ferry

Sattahip-Koh Chang ferry

Sattahip-Koh Chang ferry

The proposed new ferry service between Sattahip and Koh Chang will officially launch in September.

The service will be run by the Royal Passenger Liner Co, the company which currently operates the ferry between Pattaya and Hua Hin

The new service will run from Chuk Samet pier in Sattahip and Bang Bao pier on Koh Chang, officials from the Marine Department have confirmed.

There is no news yet regarding fares for the service as ticket prices are still to be decided, officials said.

In addition, the Marine Department also plans to launch a car ferry service between the Chuk Samet pier and Pranburi in Prachuap Khiri Khan.

The proposed service has been put forward for consideration by the Transport Ministry and would require the construction of a new pier at a cost of more than one billion baht

Flights to and from Hua Hin – Kuala Lumpur

Flights to and from Hua Hin and Kuala Lumpur have got a little closer to becoming a reality after Air Asia presented a business plan to airports authority executives.

Air Asia A320

Air Asia A320


A meeting held at the Hua Hin airport was told that Air Asia plan to operated a return flight KL – HH – KL once a day.

Manager reported the service is likely to start in December while Thai Rath said on their TV show that November was possible.

The service will use the 180-seat airbus A320.

Manager said that the flights are expected to bring 50-60,000 tourists from the Malaysian capital to Hua Hin in 2018.

They said that flight costs were still being discussed.

Thaivisa understands that Air Asia has already signaled its intention to expand services from Hua Hin airport to destinations both within Thailand and internationally after two more years.

A source familiar with matter told Thaivisa on Sunday that Air Asia plans to offer flights from Hua Hin to other popular destinations in Thailand including Phuket and Krabi, while as many as 40 internationals destinations have been earmarked for international flights.

These destinations include Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Philippines, Australia and even the United States.

Bangkok Chinatown’s new street food area opens

Bangkok’s new-look Chinatown Yaowarat is ready to welcome tourists and the public after getting a makeover as part of City’s Hall’s policy to improve the capital’s street food culture.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) last month designated two pilot areas under the project
to remove street food vendors from the streets and house them in regulated areas.

They include Yaowarat Road in Samphanthawong district and Khao San Road in Phranakhon district.

Bangkok Governor Pol General Assawin Khwanmuang said that the new street-food spot on Yaowarat Road starts from the Chalerm Buri Intersection and runs to Ratchawong Intersection, covering about 600 metres. Most shops sell food, beverages and miscellaneous goods.

The BMA set up two committees to manage the project.

One committee is in charge of designating regulations for setting up stalls in public spaces and the other is charged with bringing the areas up to international standards.

Assawin said the project aims to preserve and enhance distinct street food while also improving hygiene and other factors to improve tourists’ confidence in street food.

A Line account with Thai, English and Chinese languages has been set up as a channel for the BMA to communicate with the public on how to improve services related to the street food areas.

Thailand 10 year visa

Foreigners in Thailand will soon be able to apply for a 10 year visa.

First proposed in November 2016 as a way to promote Thailand as a medical and wellness hub, I understand that the 10 year visa was this week formally approved by the Prime Minister.

The new Non O X visa will be available to anyone who is over 50 years of age and from one of the 14 countries listed below.

Applicants will need to have a minimum 3 million baht in a Thai bank account, or a combination of 1.8 million baht in the bank and income not less than 1.2 million baht.

The 3 million baht must be kept in the bank as a deposit for a period of one year but can be reduced to 1.5 million under certain conditions.

Criminal background checks are required on all applicants, who must also have valid medical insurance from a Thai insurance company for the duration of the visa.

Foreigners are not permitted to work while staying in Thailand on the visa and 90 day reports are still required.

The visa will cost 10,000 baht and will be valid for 5 years, before being renewed for a further 5 years.

The new Non O X visa will be available from 11 August, with an official announcement expected imminently.

The Non O X visa does not replace the current annual retirement extension.

Thailand 10 year visa in brief:

– Over 50s only
– 14 nationalities eligible: Japan, Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Canada and United States of America.
– Minimum 3 million baht in Thai bank account
– or combination of 1. 8 million in the bank and income not less than 1.2 million
– 3 million baht must be kept in account for one year, can be reduced to 1.5 million under certain conditions
– Criminal background check from country you hold passport
– Health insurance provided by Thai company, Outpatient coverage minimum 40,000 baht, Inpatient coverage not less than 100,000 thousand baht
– Not permitted to work
– Unlimited entry valid for 5 years
– Fee is 10,000 baht
– 90 day report still required.
– Visa issued in two 5 year periods

A1 airport shuttle at Don Mueang Airport

A1 airport shuttle at Don Mueang Airport

A1 airport shuttle at Don Mueang Airport

Starting Thursday, passengers can travel between Suvarnabhumi Airport and Khaosan Road on a bus ride that only costs about as much as the surcharge to use an airport taxi.

At a cost of 60 baht, the new S1 air-conditioned bus runs between BKK and the old quarter, including backpacker hub Khaosan Road and the Sanam Luang royal field.

Full story: Here

Google Maps will now help you find your parked car

Have you ever had a night out on the town and you could not remember where you parked the car?

Google Maps has added a new feature that will help you find where you parked your car.

The new feature is available on both iOS and Android, Google said in a blog post.

To enable the feature, Android users just need to tap on the blue dot that reveals their location and then tap “save your parking”.

The location will then be saved and a label added to the map showing where the car is parked.

Users are then able to add additional info to the label and can even add an image of where the car is parked or send the location of the parking spot to friends.

For iOS users, they can follow similar steps to enable the feature on their iPhone. Start by tapping on the blue dot and select “set as parking location”.

“This is in addition to the automatic parking detection you might have already noticed in Google Maps for iOS. If you connect to your car using USB audio or bluetooth, your parking spot will be automatically added to the map when you disconnect and exit the vehicle,” Google said.

Vietjet launches ‘Free summer, Fly for free’ campaign

To celebrate the coming summer, Vietjet has launched an amazing “Free summer, Fly for free” campaign – running from April 25 to June 15 – as part of which it is offering one million promotional tickets priced from zero if they are booked within the “golden hours” of noon to 2pm at www.vietjetair.com

A host of interesting activities can also be booked as part of the promotion.

During this, the campaign’s first week, Vietjet will run a “three-golden-day” promotion from Tuesday to Thursday, which applies to all domestic and international routes from Vietnam to Seoul and Busan (South Korea), Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Taipei, Taichung and Tainan (Taiwan), Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Yangon (Myanmar) and Siem Reap (Cambodia) for travel between May 15 and December 31, excluding national holidays.

The promotional tickets are available for booking within the hours of 12pm to 2pm (GMT+7) at www.vietjetair.com (also compatible with smart phones at https://m.vietjetair.com) or at www.facebook.com/vietjetvietnam (just click the “Booking” tab).

Payment can be easily made via debit and credit cards of Visa, MasterCard, JCB, KCP and American Express, and through ATM cards issued by 29 Vietnamese banks registered for Internet banking.

Moreover, from May 8 to June 4, participants in the “Free summer – Fly for Free” game at Vietjet’s microsite – freesummer.vietjetair.com – will have chances of winning a weekly award of five free return flights, with each flight comprising tickets for a five-person group and a grand award of a free package tour to an optional destination.

new services, connect Sattahip with Koh Chang and Hua Hin

Royal Passenger Liner Co, the company which operates the Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry service will launch two new routes, it has been announced.

The new services, which will begin in May, will connect Sattahip with Koh Chang and Hua Hin.

The Sattahip-Koh Chang service will operate from the Chuk Samet pier in Sattahip, Chonburi, to the Bang Bao pier on Koh Chang.

While the Sattahip-Hua Hin service will also run from Chuk Samet pier to the Khao Takiab pier in south Hua Hin.

Royal Passenger Liner Co ferry

Royal Passenger Liner Co ferry

The announcement was made by the Marine Department chief Sorasak Saensombat who said Royal Passenger Liner will purchase two new ferries in order to operate the service.

Each ferry will be able to accommodate 350 passengers.

Also in the pipeline is a new service that will connect Sattahip with either Pranburi or Phetchaburi, although the details of which were unclear in the Thai report.

Voice TV reported that the Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry carried a total of 10,689 passengers in February and March, 6,995 were foreigners, while 3,694 were Thai nationals. Out of the foreigners, 4,472 were from Europe, 1,543 were from China.

There was no information regarding ticket prices for the new service.

A one way ticket for the Pattaya-Hua Hin service costs 1,250 baht.

May 5 is no longer a national holiday

Coronation Day on May 5 is no longer a national holiday

The cabinet decided today to remove the Coronation Day of King Bhumibol Adulyadej as a national holiday.

This means Friday, May 5 will no longer be a day off for those working for Thai companies. However, the cabinet is adding two new holidays. They are July 28, the birthday of Thailand’s current monarch King Vajiralongkorn, and October 13, the date King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away

This year July 28 and October 13 both fall on Fridays.

Legionella in hotels across Phuket, Pangnga and Krabi

Public health authorities have said that they have found the potentially deadly “Legionella” bacteria in shower heads, swimming pools, taps and spas at hotels all over the south of Thailand.

In some cases more than ten per cent of the samples they took last year showed evidence of Legionella that can cause pneumonia and other lung and health complications,

But there was some good news – the concentrations they found were not sufficient to affect people. Though they were monitoring the situation.

Dr Sukhum Kanchanaphimai, president of the Doctor’s Scientific Council said that his organization had taken many samples from hotels from January to December last year after reports that tourists had got infected while holidaying in Thailand.

They checked places such as water tanks, shower heads, taps, swimming pools, spas and parts of air conditioning units.

In 1,508 samples taken from Phuket, Pangnga and Krabi hotels some 116 tested positive for Legionella. This is about 8% of the samples