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Chiang Rai in a day

Bangkok Airways will operate two daily flights between Suvarnabhumi Airport and Chiang Rai from March 28.

The morning flight PG231 will depart Suvarnabhumi Airport at 7.35am, and arrive at Chiang Rai Airport at 8.55am. The return flight PG232 will leave Chiang Rai at 9.45am, and reach Bangkok at 11.05am. The evening flight departs Suvarnabhumi at 6.05pm and lands in Chiang Rai at 7.25pm. The last flight will leave Chiang Rai at 8.10pm, and arrive in Bangkok at 9.30pm. Find out the best deals at

Arty in the North

Nan Arts Festival, curiously titled Nan Nerb Nerb, is being held from Friday though Sunday in the northern provincial capital. The three-day festival focuses on the works of northern artists through their painting, writing, poetry and installations. SEA Write Awardees Naowarat Pongpaiboon and Chiranan Pitpreecha and singer-songwriters Surachai Chanthimathon and Su Boonliang will take turns on the stage at Nan's National Museum. For the schedule, visit

Culture in the open air

King Rama II Memorial Park, Samut Songkhram province, plays host to a cultural show this Saturday and Sunday, offering a unique opportunity to enjoy a range of traditional arts. The highlight is an al-fresco khon (masked dance) performance in the courtyard of the memorial park. There will also be showcases of Thai handicrafts, traditional food and music. Samut Songkhram, about one hour's drive from Bangkok, is a popular draw at weekends for its Amphawa Floating Market.

Flying high with Malindo

Malaysian low-cost carrier Malindo Air has announced the launch of daily services between Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok, on April 24. The Kuala Lumpur-Don Mueang flight will depart at 12.40pm daily and the Don Mueang-Kuala Lumpur flight at 2.30pm daily. The service will be operated on Boeing 737-900ER aircraft. Malindo Air is a joint venture between National Aerospace and Defence Industries (NADI) of Malaysia and Lion Air of Indonesia.

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