The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently welcomed 180 Chinese travellers to Suvarnabhumi Airport, the first group of visitors to take advantage of the visa fee waiver scheme for Chinese passport holders.
From August through the end of October 2014, holders of Chinese and Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) passports will be exempted from paying visa fees when visiting Thailand. This visa fee waiver scheme is part of a promotion to help tourism recover after falling into a slump due to recent political tensions.
On the Northern trail
Singha Park Chiang Rai will become a playground for weekend warriors on September 20 as the venue opens its doors to the Singha Trail Running Festival. The running and cycling race in Northern Thailand immerses competitors in beautiful bamboo forests, exotic terraced rice paddies, pristine tea plantations and breathtaking lake views. Race distance varies from a is three-kilometre fun run to a 21-kilometre competitive run. Visit www.AMA-Events.com.
Connected in the clouds
AirAsia recently tried out its new on-board Wi-Fi in preparation for the launch, which is scheduled by year end. A range of Wi-Fi products including Instant Messaging, emails as well as content streaming will be made available gradually on all AirAsia flights with the AK flight code operated by AirAsia Berhad. Three instant messaging services, namely LINE, Whatsapp and WeChat were tested during this exercise and the results were positive. Live updates of the test were shared on AirAsia's official Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Peachy at the spa
Angsana Gallery introduces an exclusive collection of personal care products inspired by the delicate bouquet of peach blossoms. To promote moisturised and nourished skin, the Peach Blossom Collection comprises an array of pampering products blended with peach, goat milk and mandarin orange extracts, shea butter, vitamin E and botanical oils such as jojoba, sesame and safflower. The peach blossom trees present a striking appearance with its bright flowers ranging from very light to red and lavender hues in contrast to the tree’s dark-coloured bark. Check it out at Angsana spa in Bangkok and Phuket.