Food truck (Photo: Thanarak Khunton)

Thailand plans to break the world record for the largest parade of food trucks next month.

The Food Truck Festival is the first of its kind in the Kingdom. Organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Food Truck Club (Thailand), it takes place on March 7-8 at Impact Lakeside, a 152,450m² outdoor space, which was also the venue for the largest serving of mango sticky rice that broke the Guinness World Record in January last year.

More than 200 food truck vendors will take part in the fair. The current record is 158 food trucks, set at the International Food Festival in Penang, Malaysia, in April 2018.

TAT also hopes that the event will further promote the country's reputation for clean, quality street food.

Catch the bus

Booking.com is launching the Bangkok Booking Bus, a blue and white modified camping bus, offering a once-in-a-life-time camper van experience.

According to research conducted by the website, about 42% of Thai travellers would like to stay at least once in alternative accommodation. The reason was not only to feel inspired but to impress their friends by turning to alternative accommodation types as a way of expressing their individuality.

The Bangkok Booking Bus can accommodate up to two people. It features a king-size bed, toilet, shower area, living space, dining table, a small refrigerator, electric kettle and mini toaster.

To promote the bus, Booking.com is giving an opportunity for those who are interested in the service to stay for overnight on Feb 22. Reservations will open at 8pm on Feb 20. The bus will be parked at Asiatique The Riverfront on Charoen Krung Road. The room rate is 2,000 baht.

After the event, Booking.com will donate the bus to Local Alike, a Thai travel social enterprise focusing on local communities, and a 2017 Booking Booster participant who will make use of this bus in their journey to sustainability.

Visit booking.com/hotel/th/booking-bus.

Spread the culture

The National Discovery Museum Institute, in association with Krungthai Card (KTC), is offering a "Buy One Get Another One" promotion.

The offer is available to KTC credit cardholders who purchase a Thailand Museum Pass (299 baht). They will receive another ticket for free.

The ticket, known as the Muse Pass, allows the ticket-holder to visit 64 museums and learning centres nationwide, with discounts at restaurants and shops throughout a year.

The promotion will end on Dec 30.

Visit bit.ly/2UDUzei.

AIRLINES UPDATE

– VietJet Thailand has added more flights to Udon Thani.

The Bangkok-Udon Thani service will increase from 10 times per week to twice daily. Flights depart Suvarnabhumi airport at 7.30am and 3.25pm and will arrive at Udon Thani airport at 8.40am and 4.35pm, respectively. Return flights depart Udon Thani at 9.10am and 9.20pm, arriving in Bangkok at 10.20am and 10.30pm, respectively.

Visit vietjetair.com.

– Thai Airways has partnered with the Fine Arts Department to launch the Miles Rak Thai project for Royal Orchid Plus (ROP) members to donate miles.

Under this project, officers of the department and other organisations working to conserve national heritage will receive sponsored travel. ROP members may donate 300 miles or more by logging in with their ID on thaiairways.com/rop then select "other services" and click "donate miles" from now until May 31.

HOTEL DEALS & UPDATE

– Banyan The Resort Hua Hin has closed its hotel and restaurants.

According to an official statement, the property cited several years of losses as a result of the slowdown of the economy.

However, its golf course and golf club remain in operation.

Visit banyanthailand.com.

– Sindhorn Midtown Hotel opens on March 1.

The property will feature 344 rooms and suites, restaurants, a bar, a swimming pool, a fitness centre and meeting rooms

The 31-storey building is part of Sindhorn Village, a mixed-use residential project valued at 55 billion baht situated on 56 rai of land on Lang Suan Road.

The hotel is offering a "Pre-opening" promotion with a 40% discount for those who book a room via its website. Prices for a night's stay start from 3,300 baht (from a net price of 5,500 baht) for a stay in Urban Premier King (33m²) to 8,400 baht (from 14,000 baht) for a two-bedroom Corner Suite (72m²). The prices are for rooms only.

Visit http://sindhornmidtown.com.

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