Category Archives: Thailand

Thailand in your pocket

TAT has launched a special webpage from which visitors can download apps for a wide range of smartphones to help them plan many different kinds of visits to Thailand, from honeymoons to studying martial arts and Thai culinary art.

A total of 19 apps are available for free download here .

The apps are presently available only in English, but a unique “Speak Thai” app offers help with basic translations in traditional and simplified Chinese, French, Japanese, and Russian. Altogether, the apps cover more than 10,000 topics in many areas; for example, medical tourism, Thai cooking classes and the sights and sounds of Chiang Mai and Phuket. One special app highlights just the “Top 50 Amazing Experiences in Thailand.”

Warning of terror attacks in Bangkok

“Foreign terrorists may be currently looking to conduct attacks against tourist areas in Bangkok in the near future. US citizens are urged to exercise caution when visiting public areas where large groups of Western tourists gather in Bangkok,” the US embassy in Bangkok said in an emergency message posted on its website.

A senior Thai intelligence officer also told AFP that the kingdom had been informed before the New Year by Israel of a possible threat. This comes days before Thai immigration arrested a man with ties to Hezbollah militant group trying to cross the border.

Read more here.

Lady Boy airlines take to the sky

Known as “katoeys” or “ladyboys,” transgenders and transsexuals hold mainstream jobs in a variety of fields in Thailand. They are especially common in cosmetics shops or health stores, which almost always have a ladyboy shop assistant.

Working for new charter airline PC Air, transsexual flight attendants made their debut on a flight from Bangkok to the southern city of Surat Thani on Thursday, serving drinks and snacks and carrying out safety demonstrations.

Qualifications for the ladyboy flight attendants were the same as for female flight attendants, with the additional provisos that they be like women in how they walked and talked, and have a feminine voice.

Time to clean up Bangkok

On Saturday the city governor led workers from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and volunteers from all walks of life to clean up the Lad Phrao 5-way intersection and nearby areas. This is the intersection right in front of Chatuchak Weekend Market and the Central Department Store complex, which includes the Sofitel Centara Grand Bangkok.

Twenty-five water-trucks were deployed for cleaning up the debris and residue left behind by the floods. The clean-up also saw a massive turnout by the Thai public, private sector companies, the army and police.

Thai Airways promotion for Royal Holidays

Thai Airways International is heavily promoting the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek by offering Royal Orchid Holidays at special rates starting from THB 6,135 per person, including a round-trip economy class air ticket (inclusive of airport tax and applicable fees), two night’s accommodation with breakfast, round-trip airport transfer to and from the hotel, admission ticket to the exposition, Giant Flora Wheel ticket, admission ticket to the Chiang Mai Zoo and entrance fee to see the Panda (limited number of tickets are available).