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LANGKAWI BIRDING & FOTOFEST 2011
NOVEMBER 25-27, 2011
Celebrate all things birds and wildlife in Langkawi, one of the world’s most beautiful group of islands.
There are numerous activities for participants that include bird race, wildlife photography competitions, exhibitions and lectures/workshops on conservation and eco-tourism.
The Paradise Koh Yao Resort
NOVEMBER 9 – 13, 2011
VENUE: NAKORNRATCHASIMA PROVINCE, PHIMAI HISTORICAL PARK
The festival features the “Wimaya Nattakan” light and sound extravaganza, the Royal Cup long boat racing and Loi Krathong Festival at Sa Pleng. Enjoy cultural performances of traditional Thai and local dances, Phimai Contest for the best Thai country music band, Siamese cat competition, and sale of agricultural products and OTOP village goods from a myriad of shops.
Phimai Festival is organised by Nakhon Ratchasima Province and the public and private sectors with the support of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
Visit a local weekend floating market set in the green heart of Bangkok, just across the river from the city’s well-known and bustling area. The charming Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market shows local lifestyle along the waterways amongst lush gardens and ample orchards.
The market offers a variety of goods including local food, plants, handicrafts, clothes and home decoration.
Other interesting activities are the bicycle trek to experience the local lifestyle and visit to a fruit orchard. Options also include foot massage or the paddle boat trip along the canal.
NOVEMBER 22-27, 2011
VENUE: PILAU DUYONG, KUALA TERENGGANU
A prestigious competition, the Monsoon Cup is dubbed the “Formula One of Sailing”. A wide range of interesting programmes is held to coincide with the competition, including displays of Terengganu’s splendid arts and heritage.
There was a lot of exposure in the international media about the floods in Thailand. Unfortunately many of the reports were inflated and did not reflect the real situation in Bangkok.
The central area of the country, including Ayutthaya and Lopburi, has been severely affected. The floods also reached the outskirts of most of northern and western Bangkok including the old Don Muang airport, as well as the Thonburi and Nonthaburi area.
The Bangkok business district, the important tourist areas and the Suvarnabhumi International Airport were spared from the floods.
Due to the high water on the Chao Phraya River the dinner cruises, as well as the klong tour had to be cancelled. However, the riverside hotels, all the Sukhumvit Silom hotels and all other downtown hotels that are used for our clients, have been operating normally.
With several countries implementing travel advisories we have received many cancellations for the first two weeks of November. We would like to reassure our friends and clients that there is absolutely no problem to visit Bangkok.
We will continue to bypass Ayutthaya and Lopburi as long as the area is flooded. All itineraries have already been amended and communicated to our partners.
In this edition I would like to introduce the Muse Hotel, a new design hotel in Soi Lang Suan, and the Sivatel, an all-suite hotel on Wireless Road. The Century Park Hotel and the Centre Point Service apartment have both undergone massive renovations.
The number of international hotels in Samui has increased with the opening of the Conrad Hotel.
We also have a new Explore Tour to the Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market.
Please spread out the message to your clients that Bangkok is safe to visit!
With best regards,
Airlines from Eastern Europe will operate flights to Ho Chi Minh City during this winter schedule starting October 30.
Aeroflot will resume flights to the city after a 10-year absence, using a Boeing B767-300ER aircraft. The Moscow-Ho Chi Minh City service will operate twice weekly, on Wednesdays and Sundays, returning Thursdays and Mondays from the southern Vietnamese city.
Aerosvit from Ukraine will operate a twice-weekly service between Kiev and Ho Chi Minh City starting 21 December,2011. Departures from Kiev are on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with the return flights departing Mondays and Fridays. The airline will use a Boeing B767-300ER aircraft for this service.
Vladivostok Air wlll launch a Vladivostok-Ho Chi Minh City service from November 15, 2011. The flights to Ho Chi Minh City will replace the flights to Cam Ranh as Cam Ranh Airport cannot handle the Airbus A330 aircraft. Cam Ranh is 290km north of Ho Chi Minh City. The airport serves traffic to Nha Trang.
Vietnam has already awarded visa exemption to citizens from 56 countries including Russia and Ukraine. In 2010 Vietnam received around 51,000 Russian tourists, and aims to increase the number’s to 150,000 by 2015. Beaches in the central coastal area are the prime destinations for East European tourists.