Free rides, two New Year events in Bangkok

Operators of the skytrain and subway have waived their fares as a New Year’s gift for Bangkok people while traffic has been partially closed in Bangkok’s central business district for two major New Year events. The BTS skytrain and the MRT subway announced they would offer free services from 12pm on Saturday to 12pm on […]

Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry starts Jan 1, free until Jan 15

CHON BURI: The new ferry service between Pattaya and Hua Hin will begin service on Jan 1, with free rides as a New Year’s gift until Jan 15, after which the normal fare of 1,250 baht will kick in. The service will be officially launched on Jan 12. Marine Department director-general Sorasak Saensombat on Friday […]

4Q certification for quality tourism operators

The Tourism Department has introduced a standard called 4Q, aiming to encourage tourism-related entrepreneurs to upgrade services, become legitimate operators, charge fair prices and observe hygiene and safety. The agency expects more than 10,000 tourism-related entrepreneurs to register for evaluation under the standard during the first three months of the program. Companies that pass the […]

Prayers, no fireworks to usher in 2017

The government has promised the upcoming New Year countdown will be “historic” in that the celebrations will mark a departure from the traditional boisterous revelry in favour of a more subdued affair to mourn the late King’s passing. The celebrations, in line with the mourning period of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, will see a […]

Sand beds wiped off Phuket beach

PHUKET: Local authorities on Friday ordered vendors on Patong beach to level the sand beds they have created in defiance of government policies to keep beaches clear for the public. Local administrators and officers from the Third Fleet of the Royal Thai Navy met on Friday to discuss how to deal with vendors who have […]