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Treason in Thailand's cyberspace

Posted by travelfishnews on 3/7/2009 at 13:56

The Economist reports on the latest on Thailand's lèse majesté law. This is why we do not allow conversation regarding the Thai royal family on ...

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Vietnam: New air route from Dong Hoi to HCM City

Posted by travelfishnews on 3/7/2009 at 13:20

VOV News reports that Vietnam Airlines opened a new air route between Dong Hoi and HCM City on July 1. The opening of the route is the second in a year. Vietnam Airlines will operate three flights every week, with a FOKKER-70 aircraft. ...

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Phuket airport to get glammed up

Posted by travelfishnews on 29/6/2009 at 11:04

The Post reports that Airports of Thailand has approved a 5.79-billion-baht plan to expand Phuket International Airport. Phuket’s passenger handling capacity will double to 12.5 a year by 2013. The expansion in Phuket will address crowding at Thailand's second busiest airport and meet the expected rise in air traffic demand over the next decade, the Post said. But the project is still subject to routine scrutiny from the National Economic and Social Development Board. Last year, 5.73m passen ...

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Thai claim on Cambodian temple dismissed

Posted by travelfishnews on 27/6/2009 at 12:44

The PP Post reports that UNESCO has refused to hear a complaint by Thailand over Preah Vihear temple's listing, Cambodian officials said Wednesday. Last week, Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva announced that Thailand would contest its July 2008 inscription of the temple. Local civil society groups applauded the committee's move. Cambodian border troops say they remain on alert for any Thai incursions. "We welcome the news that UNESCO has refused Thailand's request for a discussion about Preah Vihear tem ...

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Swine flu reaches Cambodia

Posted by travelfishnews on 27/6/2009 at 12:37

The PP Post reports on the first case of swine flu in Cambodia, which has been confirmed in a an American teen on a school trip to the kingdom. The 16-year-old , who arrived in Phnom Penh on Friday, was being held in isolation at Calmette Hospital, said a WHO official. According to a joint press release from the Health Ministry and the WHO, she "is recovering well without any complications". The school group that the teenager arrived with is under voluntary observation. [It seems that swine ...

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Thailand: Free visa plan may shutter consulates

Posted by travelfishnews on 26/6/2009 at 10:16

The Phuket Gazette reports that the Thai government's move to waive tourist visa fees until March next year may lead to some honorary Thai consulates around the world closing. The Thailand Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that all foreigners applying for single-entry tourist visas at Thai embassies, consulates and honorary consulates will be exempt from fees. Yet some honorary Thai consulates fear the move will cost them millions of baht in lost visa revenue and could result in their ...

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Cambodia: Angkor by moonlight?

Posted by travelfishnews on 27/5/2009 at 09:14

AP reportsthat Cambodia is considering opening the Angkor Wat temples at night. Cambodia already has installed some lights at the network of centuries-old temples, said Bun Narith, who leads the agency responsible for managing the Angkor park. Visitors are now ushered out of Angkor at sunset, but authorities are considering extending visiting hours to as late as 8.30pm. "We want tourists to see all views of the temple, even in the dark places where they may have not have seen some of the ...

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Thailand: Private jet terminal for Phuket?

Posted by travelfishnews on 26/5/2009 at 10:33

The Post reports that a terminal dedicated to private jets could be built at Phuket International Airport as part of the ongoing overall expansion of Thailand's second busiest civil airfield. Phuket International airport is now handling up to 100 private jets per month. The proposed facility would be constructed separately from the main terminal by private investors under a concession arrangement with Airports of Thailand. The proposed facility is seen as helping to further enhance the sou ...

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Vietnam: Forged art a legacy of war

Posted by travelfishnews on 26/5/2009 at 10:22

BBC reports on an interesting question being debated in Vietnam: How many of the paintings displayed at the Vietnamese National Museum of Fine Arts in Hanoi are originals and how many are copies? It is well known among Vietnamese artists, the BBC says, that the museum has been hanging works of art that are in fact copies of very famous Vietnamese paintings as some of the originals were either sold or lost. The leading art historian and Vietnamese painting expert, Nora Taylor, from the Schoo ...

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Vietnam: No more new airlines

Posted by travelfishnews on 26/5/2009 at 10:12

eTravel Blackboard reports that Vietnam's government will stop licensing new airlines until 2015, according to local media reports. Thanh Nien News said the move is due to the country’s limited airport facilities and availability of skilled workers. Lai Xuan Thanh, deputy general director of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam, told reporters that the five existing state-owned airlines were competing against each other for skilled workers. He added that Vietnam has no aviation scho ...

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Thailand: Emergency lifted but checkpoints galore

Posted by travelfishnews on 27/4/2009 at 10:50

Thailand's state of emergency following the red shirt protests was lifted last Friday, but as the []The Nation reports, more than 100 security and "alcohol" checkpoints have been set up across the capital. So don't be surprised when your taxi gets pulled over for a look. And er, don't drink your Singhas on the road! ...

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Thailand: Bangkok CO2 emissions right up with developed world

Posted by travelfishnews on 27/4/2009 at 10:43

The Post reports that Bangkok residents produce just as much carbon dioxide as New Yorkers and more than Londoners, a UN-sponsored study has found. Both Bangkok and New York emitted 7.1 tonnes of CO2 a head in 2007, the report found. Bangkok's emissions were higher than those of London's residents, who produced 5.9 tonnes a head. The transport sector, responsible for almost 38% of CO2 released annually, is the largest contributor, particularly passenger vehicles. Having seen some of the bla ...

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Thailand: Free BTS trips during trial run

Posted by travelfishnews on 24/4/2009 at 11:00

Bangkok commuters will be able to take free rides on BTS Skytrain's extended Silom line from May 15 to August 12 during its trial, The Nation reports. ...

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Thailand: Elephants to be embedded with microchips

Posted by travelfishnews on 24/4/2009 at 10:20

The Nation reports that elephants in Bangkok are to be embedded with microchips "which will alert relevant authorities as soon as the giant pachyderms step out of their designated areas." Shouldn't their designated areas be somewhere, mmmm, maybe with trees, perhaps a nice river? ...

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Last two Australian MIA in Vietnam believed found

Posted by travelfishnews on 21/4/2009 at 17:11

The Sydney Morning Herald has quiet a story, suggesting the last two Australian MIA in Vietnam -- or at least the wreckage of their aircraft (a Canberra bomber) has been found. There's not too many details so far, other than the wreckage was found in Quang Nam province (home to Hoi An ) near the Lao border. If remains are found, it will bring to a close an extensive operation to track down the missing Australians. For more information, see the SMH story here: ...

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Lao Airlines to reduce international airfares

Posted by travelfishnews on 16/3/2009 at 18:36

KPL reports that Lao national carrier Lao Airlines plans to cut its international airfares by between 20 and 30%. "The airline saw a 40 percent decrease in the number of passengers during the current high tourist season compared to the same period last year as a result of the global financial crisis." You can read the full story here. ...

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Phuket tourist arrivals continue to plummet, grim times

Posted by travelfishnews on 7/3/2009 at 08:50

PhuketWan reports that flights into Phuket nosedived by 24.5% compared to February the previous year, with passenger totals tumbling by 22.87%. February's decline was the greatest in five months of continuing negative figures, heightening uncertainty about March and beyond. The story goes on to say that the great unmentionable is that not only are numbers falling, people are also spending far less, with some indicators pointing towards a spending fall of between 40 and 60% -- hard times for t ...

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THAI to leave Don Muang airport

Posted by travelfishnews on 7/3/2009 at 08:44

The BangkokPost reports that THAI will move all of its flights from Don Muang airport (Bangkok's old airport) to Suvarnabhumi airport (Bangkok's new airport), starting on March 29, the airline's acting pres, Baribgsaj Sangapong, said on Friday. He admitted the change could be confusing for foreign travellers who have booked the tickets in advance. During the Songkran festival in April, three aircraft would be at the Don Muang airport to serve travellers who may be confused about the change of a ...

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Laos: Thai-Lao rail service commences

Posted by travelfishnews on 5/3/2009 at 14:24

The Bangkok Post reports that on Thursday morning, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided over the inauguration of the rail service linking Thanaleng train station in Laos and Nong Khai province in Thailand at 7.45am on Thursday. State Railway of Thailand (SRT) governor Yutthana Thapcharoen said about 500 passengers were expected to use this 3.5-kilometre rail service on a daily basis. The train will make four round trips a day over the Mekong river. A third-class ticket c ...

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Asia: Airlines launch price war

Posted by travelfishnews on 5/3/2009 at 14:20

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Asian low-cost airlines are offering dirt-cheap tickets to perk up travel during the summer holidays amid the global economic downturn. Tiger Airways has announced it would launch summer fares starting at about $US16, including taxes. Jetstar Asia said it had extended until August 16 a promotion to beat the cheapest price offered by rivals. AirAsia also has its "take me away" promotion. Among its offers is a one-way flight from Singapore to Bangkok starting ...

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