Yearly Archives: 2013

[TechinAsia] A month after Easy Taxi launched in Hong Kong, Rocket Internet’s taxi booking app is now available in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok. Prior to this launch, the company has been working to recruit taxi drivers for about five months. The firm had considered Phuket, but eventually opted to launch in the capital first. […]

Rocket Internet’s taxi booking app Easy Taxi arrives in Thailand

[Phuket News] PHUKET: Pratuang Sornkham, Director of Airports of Thailand (AoT) in Phuket, and boss of the island’s airport, today revealed some of the airport’s plans for dealing with the taxi mess at the airport and other issues by introducing a system like the one used at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. […]

‘Suvarnabhumi-type system’ for Phuket airport taxis

[The Nation] BANGKOK POLICE will propose that all vehicles older than 10 years be kept off Bangkok streets as part of a plan to improve traffic flow, unless they pay the same tax as new vehicles, a senior Metropolitan Police officer said yesterday. Pol Maj Gen Adul Narongsak, deputy commissioner […]

Bangkok police want cars older than 10 years off the ...

[The Nation] A Nok Air flight from Chiang Mai on Sunday skidded off the runway on landing in Udon Thani, presumably because of the broken landing gear. Narong Ponlaiard, vice governor of Udon Thani, was at the scene. He was briefed by a Nok Air officer who attributed the accident to […]

Nok Air blames broken landing gear

[E.P.CN]More than four million Chinese tourists will likely visit Thailand for the whole year since atotal of 3.2 million have already visited the kingdom in the first eight months of this year,according to Thailand’s Department of Tourism (DoT). In a report issued last week, the DoT said that from January to August this year, 3.2million Chinese have already traveled to various tourist destinations in Thailand, includingPattaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai and the capital city. The current total of Chinese arrivals represents a whopping 88 percent increase from thesame period last year. Tourism Council of Thailand Chairman Piyamarn Techaphaibul said on Wednesday thatthey expect to welcome more than four million Chinese tourists before the yearend. Piyamarn said that their forecast is not an exaggeration since during the remaining fourmonths, the number of Chinese visitors to the country would easily reach at least onemillion. According to Piyamarn, they expect the Chinese tourists to come to Thailand not just forsight-seeing but also to go on a shopping spree for cheap Thai-made products. “The government would soon launch what is called ‘shopping paradise’ campaign to attractmore Chinese tourists to go shopping during their stay in Thailand. For that reason,transportation and accommodations, ranging from services at Suvarnabhumi InternationalAirport to tour buses, taxicabs, and hotels would be conveniently provided for the Chinesetourists,” Piyamarn said. She added that Chinese tourists, who are awash with cash because of China’s strongeconomic performance, would be interested in buying indigenously-made items which theThai people call OTOP, an acronym for one-tambon (subdistrict)/one-product. The 3.2 million Chinese tourists who visited Thailand from January to August were amonga total of 17.4 million foreigners who traveled to Thailand during that period, whichrepresents a 21. 4 percent rise over the same period last year. Foreign visitors to Thailand during the eight-month period included 1.9 million Malaysians,one million Russians and one million Japanese, according to the DoT report. Thailand has projected that it will be able to attract as many as 25 million foreign tourists,mostly from China, throughout this year, compared to about 20 million last year. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Surapon Svetasreni earlier said his agencywill focus on high-end markets in China and Russia. To lure more Chinese visitors, the TAT will open this month its new office in China’sGuangzhou City, in addition to those already in place in Chengdu, Shanghai and Beijing. TheTAT said it will step up its tourist promotion campaign in these cities.

Chinese tourists to Thailand likely to exceed 4 mln in ...

Nok Air to Hua Hin
 Nok Air to Offer Flights to Hua Hin Nok Air has announced that they will be offering flights from Bangkok to Hua Hin starting 15 November 2013.  Flights will start at 1,299 Baht.  The flight is expected to take around 30 minutes and will originate at Don Mueang airport. Don […]

Nok Air to Offer Flights to Hua Hin

[Coconuts BKK]Assanatai Rattanadilok na Phuket, the Deputy Director of Department of Land Transport, said recently that plans to launch a class of Bangkok taxis that will only accept  female passengers is still in progress. The department is studying three main subjects for the lady taxi project: the qualification of the […]

Men, step aside please: Woman-only taxis may launch in Bangkok

[Coconuts BKK] The National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) has announced that over 11 million mobile numbers across Thailand are using 3G service. According to NBTC Secretary-general Thakorn Tantasit, , more than 11 million people have switched to using 3G on 2.1 GHZ since the service was offered on May […]

One in six Thais use 3G

[NNT] BANGKOK, 18 September 2013 (NNT) – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has warned that all districts of the capital will be hit by heavy rainstorms during September 19 and 20 which may cause widespread flooding. Deputy Bangkok governor Sanya Cheenimitr said dredging works have been carried out in major canals and […]

Bangkok set to be hit by massive rainstorms on Sep ...