Category Archives: PRACTICAL INFORMATIONS

What happens next? interview with the thai tourism minister

On Monday the Minister of Tourism, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, briefed the ambassadors and other foreign diplomats on the situation in Thailand following the passing of King Bhumibol.  A couple of the ambassadors posted a few of the power point slides. Which was kind of them, but not very helpful for me. So, I tweeted that it would be nice if the Minister also briefed travel writers based in Thailand. I didn’t think anything would come of it, but as it turned out, the Minister’s sister follows me on Twitter. Apparently she told Kobkarn about what I was tweeting and she immediately invited me in for my own private briefing. Which is what I did on Wednesday. Below are some of my notes and observations. Continue reading What happens next? interview with the thai tourism minister

Get Well Soon(er) in Krabi!

Both expats and Thai locals alike, often make a trip to Bangkok if they require extensive medical treatment or a major operation. Although many Thai provinces boast world-class hospitals, the medical centres in Bangkok enjoy a particularly good reputation, at home and even abroad. The standard of medical care is so high in fact, that many so-called ëmedical touristsí flock to Bangkokís hospitals from around the world, and especially countries such as the United States where the cost of similar treatment at home can be prohibitively high.

Tourists who come to Bangkok for their medical care often intend to kill two birds with one stone. They want to benefit from the high quality treatment in state-of-the-art medical facilities, followed up by an exotic holiday to help set them on the road to recovery. Although Bangkok may be the destination of choice for an operation, many patients prefer to recuperate in a far more relaxed environment afterwards. Continue reading Get Well Soon(er) in Krabi!

Qatar Airways to start flights to Krabi in December

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has welcomed the announcement by Qatar Airways, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, that it will inaugurate flights to Chiang Mai and Krabi as of December 2016.

The Doha-based airline’s Group Chief Executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker made the announcement at the ITB Berlin, the world’s largest international travel fair, which was held during 9-13 March, 2016. Continue reading Qatar Airways to start flights to Krabi in December

Visit the Khlong Thom Museum and learn about the Southern Silk Route Through Krabi, Thailand

The Khlong Thom Museum is home to a number of artifacts unearthed in nearby areas that prove the existence of the Southern Silk Route through Krabi, Thailand. Most of the artifacts tell Khlong Thom’s story of when it was a major port, trading and manufacturing center. The relics include Roman glass and stone beads, pieces of pottery, official seals, ship fragments, and tools and utensils dating from the second through the 7th century. Continue reading Visit the Khlong Thom Museum and learn about the Southern Silk Route Through Krabi, Thailand

Asia’s top 50 restaurants to be announced in Singapore in March 2015

Asia’s top 50 restaurants will be announced March 9, 2015 at Capella, Singapore. Asia’s most renowned restauranteurs and chefs will be on hand for the event, sponsored by S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna. This represents the third year of the awards hosted in Singapore. Asia’s inclusion in the 13-year-old competition started in 2013. Continue reading Asia’s top 50 restaurants to be announced in Singapore in March 2015

Add Tonsai Village to your list of places to see when visiting Krabi, Thailand

When visiting Krabi, Thailand, you should definitely add Tonsai Village to your list of places to see. Tonsai is on an isthmus, with Loh Dalum to the north and Tonsai Bay to the south. As a popular island that is part of the Phi Phi Islands, it is a place without cars and roads. People get around by walking on a complex of footpaths. Continue reading Add Tonsai Village to your list of places to see when visiting Krabi, Thailand

New laws regulating sale of alcohol effective immediately in Thailand

New laws regulating the sale of alcohol in Thailand is effective immediately. The Prime Minister’s Office made the announcement on January 24 that alcoholic beverages can only be sold from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. daily. Mr. Samarn Futrakun, Director General of the Office of the Alcohol Control Committee stated that the total amount of hours in a day that alcohol can be purchased is capped at 10 hours. Continue reading New laws regulating sale of alcohol effective immediately in Thailand