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Secret’s out: Asia’s most overlooked paradise

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Secret’s out: Asia’s most overlooked paradise

                        The Philippines is often overlooked by Australians in favor of other Asian destinations, but there’s no better time to get to know this tropical archipelago, writes Steve McKenna in this beginner’s guide. With 7107 islands and a feast of screensaver-perfect backdrops – from dreamy tropical beaches and smouldering volcanoes to mesmerizing rice terraces and crumbling Spanish relics – the Philippines is one of south-east Asia’s most...

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Bangkok voted among best cities in the world for shopping and retail

Posted by on 7:31 am in Gems of Southeast Asia, Latest News, Shopping, South East Asia Attractions, Thailand, Travel | 0 comments

Bangkok voted among best cities in the world for shopping and retail

Bangkok was recently named one of the 11 best destinations in the world for shopping by the renowned travel website, Frommers.com, with the city’s range of markets and malls being singled out for praise. Eleven cities, including Cairo, London, Istanbul, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Paris, have been designated as the world’s best for shoppers. The 11 were chosen not merely for having the widest range of goods and great bargains, but for ensuring that shopping offers an interactive experience, with atmosphere, history and local color, as well as...

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Air Asia set to launch ‘affordable’ on-board wi-fi

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Air Asia set to launch ‘affordable’ on-board wi-fi

   Passengers to be part of product testing Air Asia is going its own way with on-board wi-fi. AirAsia’s group CEO Tony Fernandes said the wi-fi equipment introduced to AirAsia earlier “was just too expensive and we have decided to develop our own”. The low-cost carrier is currently testing on-board wi-fi in preparation of the product launch scheduled by year-end. “It has taken us five years to come to this stage, but in true AirAsia style, we have to get it right and provide our guests with the best value at the most affordable rates,”...

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New restaurant discount app launched in Bangkok

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New restaurant discount app launched in Bangkok

  Bangkok has been chosen as the launch pad for a new app designed to boost off-peak demand at restaurants and offer discounts to diners. Michael Cluzel, co-founder and group CEO of Eatigo, launched the new app in the Thai capital this week. Available for iOS and Android devices, it aims to help restaurateurs increase their profitability by offering daily discounts targeting off-peak periods. “Our aim is to help restaurant owners and management in connecting empty stomachs to empty tables, and that’s why we chose to launch this...

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VietJet doubles frequency between BKK and HCMC

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VietJet doubles frequency between BKK and HCMC

  VietJet has announced plans to increase the frequency of its international route linking Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. VietJet Air operates a fleet of three Airbus A320s As of 12 September, the budget carrier will add an extra daily round trip to meet growing demand for low-cost air travel between the two South East Asian hubs. The new schedule will now see VietJet flights depart Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City at 1105 and 1405. Coming in the other direction, flights will depart Bangkok every day at 1350 and...

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Suvarnabhumi Taxis – New kiosks means less queuing

Posted by on 9:46 am in Airlines, Gems of Southeast Asia, Latest News, South East Asia Attractions, Thailand, Travel | 0 comments

Suvarnabhumi Taxis – New kiosks means less queuing

Bangkok, 31 July 2014– The shake up of the taxi services at Suvarnabhumi Airport, recently started by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), is nearly complete with eight state-of-the-art queue management queue-card kiosks to be installed over the next couple of weeks. The new kiosks will replace the current system where staff are required to manually write down passenger destinations on paper slips before a taxi is allocated. Under the new computerized system, taxi drivers will have to take passengers on a first-come-first-served...

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Undiscovered jewel of the Philippines

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Undiscovered jewel of the Philippines

Mention Apo Reef to seasoned Philippines travelers and chances are they will tell you about a distant diving paradise accessible only on expensive live-aboard trips. Mention Sablayan, a coastal backwater on the island of Mindoro that is the jumping-off town to Apo Reef, and most likely they will greet you with a blank stare. But thanks to greatly improved infrastructure on Mindoro, Apo Reef is now a lot more accessible. And fairly unknown Sablayan may just be the next big thing in Philippine tourism. Apo Reef, the second largest contiguous...

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More low cost competition on Sakon Nakhon from Bangkok

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More low cost competition on Sakon Nakhon from Bangkok

  BANGKOK – Isaan is getting increasingly popular for airlines with Thailand two main low cost carriers competiting increasingly on secondary destinations. After Nakhon Phanom and Khon Kaen opened a year ago, AirAsia is now going into Sakon Nakhon in competition to Nok Air. Asia largest low cost airline is preparing to launch two daily “Bangkok (Don Mueang)-Sakon Nakhon” flights, operating in the day and evening, starting on October 1st, 2014. However bookings are already possible as flights are on sale since July 28. The new route is in...

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Leading cruise companies eyeing Philippines as favorite destination

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Leading cruise companies eyeing Philippines as favorite destination

  THREE of the world’s leading cruise companies—Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Lines—have expressed interest to help develop the Philippines as a cruise-ship destination, the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., said recently. In a statement, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia Jr. said officials of the three companies provided feedback on how the Philippines could become a cruise destination that would provide their guests with a unique and memorable experience. “The cruise...

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Thailand waives visa fees for Chinese, Taiwanese tourists

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Thailand waives visa fees for Chinese, Taiwanese tourists

  BANGKOK – IN AN attempt to lessen the blow to tourism that Thailand’s political unrest has had over the last few months, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) will temporarily waive visa fees for Chinese and Taiwanese tourists. The exemption will be effective from August 1 to October 31. At present, the visa entry fee is 1,000 baht (US$31) for both Chinese and Taiwanese tourists. Sisdivachr Cheewarattanaporn, president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents, told TTG Asia e-Daily that the scheme will accelerate the recovery...

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