Half-price holidays in Chon Buri

 Half-price holidays in Chon Buri
Pattaya Beach. (Photo by Karnjana Karnjanatawe)

The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Pattaya Office has launched a “TAT Hot [email protected] Chonburi” promotion to offer 50% discounts on accommodation, food, spas and attractions.

The programme is a joint effort with the private sector including the Thai Hotels Association (Eastern Chapter), the Association of Chonburi Attractions, Pattaya Business and Tourism Association, Pattaya Spa Club and Pattaya Restaurant Club.

A total of 92 business owners participated in the campaign including 42 hotels such as Cape Dara Resort, Oakwood Hotel & Residence Sri Racha and Pullman Pattaya Hotel G, plus 16 attractions like Nongnooch Garden Pattaya, Tuxedo Illusion Hall and Ramayana Water Park, and 29 restaurants and five spas.

About 8,000 vouchers will be available on the Shopee website (shopee.co.th). TAT limits the right for one person to purchase the vouchers at a maximum of five per time. The promotion is available until Sept 15. After purchasing, customers need to contact the service providers to redeem the vouchers within seven days after purchasing. The vouchers can be used between July 15 to Dec 24.

Visit facebook.com/Tourism.Pattaya.Office or call TAT’s Pattaya office at 038-427-667.

Samet speedboat services return

Speedboats and tourist ferries to Koh Samet in Rayong resumed services yesterday.

The point of entry to the island is limited to only the pier of the Provincial Administrative Organisation of Rayong. Private piers are not yet allowed to operate. The service hours start from 6am to 6pm.

Passengers must wear masks and use Thai Chana app to check in before boarding a boat.

Koh Samet is part of Khao Laem Ya-Koh Samet National Park. Although the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment require all visitors to national parks to make reservations through the QueQ app, it is an exemption for visiting Koh Samet.

Some activities on the island are not yet allowed such as snorkelling tours and jet ski service. Beach access is limited from 6am to 6pm.


– Thai VietJet Air will launch direct flights from Bangkok to Hat Yai and to Khon Kaen this month.

The airline will fly 10 weekly flights to Hat Yai. The first flight will start on July 17. It will depart from Suvarnabhumi airport at 7am and 3.25pm every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. The flight will reduce to a daily morning flight every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The return flights will depart from Hat Yai airport at 10.35am and 5.20pm. The travel time is about one hour and 30 minutes.

The service between Bangkok and Khon Kaen will start on July 30. The airline will fly two daily flights. The outbound flights from Bangkok will depart at 7.30am and 3.45pm. The inbound flight from Khon Kaen will depart at 9.05am and 5.20pm. The flying time is about one hour.

Visit vietjetair.com.

– AirAsia plans to launch a direct flight between Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, starting on July 17.

The flight will be available four times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

The outbound flight will depart from Phuket International Airport at 1.35pm. The inbound flight will depart from Kuala Lumpur at 12.30pm. The travel time is one hour and 30 minutes. The flight will be operated by AirAsia Berhad (Malaysia).

Visit airasia.com.


– The Okura Prestige Bangkok has launched a “Buy One Get Another One Free” promotion.

Prices start from 6,600++ baht per night for a Deluxe Room. The offer includes a daily breakfast for two, late check-out at 4pm (subject to availability), an option to buy one get another one free 60-minute traditional Thai massage. If checking in with children under 12 years of age, the children can stay without surcharges for an extra bed and daily breakfast.

Available for booking and stay until Aug 31, the promotion is offered to Thai nationals and expatriates with a residence card or a work permit.

Visit okurabangkok.com and enter the “PB1G1” code.

– Centara Grand at CentralWorld introduces a “Stronger Together” promotion.

Available until July 31, the offer includes special room rates starting from 2,240++ baht a night in a Deluxe room and a complimentary breakfast. The promotion is limited to Thais and expatriates with a work permit.

Visit bit.ly/3df9VLH.

– Kantary Hotel Collection by Cape & Kantary Hotels offers a pre-paid voucher for stay in its properties in Rayong, Nakhon Ratchasima and Ayutthaya.

Prices for a night stay start at 1,400 baht for a Studio Suite in Kantary Bay Hotel in Rayong, 1,600 baht for Deluxe room in Kantary Hotel Korat and 1,700 baht for Studio Suite in Kantary Hotel Ayutthaya.

Booking is available from now until July 31 for stay until Dec 31.

Visit kantarycollection.com.

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