Social Distancing is applied inside an interprovincial bus of the Transport Company. (Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool)

The state-run Transport Company will launch interprovincial bus services to the South on June 1 after resuming its interprovincial routes this Monday to an initial 16 destinations in the North, Northeast and East.

The routes for the North include Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Khlong Lan in Kamphaeng Phet, Lom Kao in Phetchabun, Mae Sot in Tak, Tambon Sara Chit in Sukhothai and Uttaradit.

The destinations in the Northeast are Buri Ram, Chiang Khan in Loei, Kantharalak district and Muang district in Sri Sa Ket, Muang district and Rattana Buri district in Surin, Nong Bua Lamphu and Sakon Nakhon.

The company also will resume service between Bangkok and Chanthaburi.

Starting on June 1, it will offer coach services from Bangkok to Koh Samui, Phuket and Trang.

The company also has regulations for drivers, bus attendants and passengers to wear masks at all times. Social-distancing measures are also applied for passengers in the waiting areas and while boarding the buses. Temperature screening will be applied at the terminals in Bangkok and the stations of each destination before boarding passengers.

Visit transport.co.th or call 1490 (24 hours).

AIRLINES UPDATE

– Thai VietJet Air will launch direct flights between Bangkok and Hefei, the capital of Anhui province in the east of China, starting on June 16.

The flight will depart Suvarnabhumi International Airport at 3.35pm and arrive in Hefei Xinqiao International Airport at 8.35pm. The return flight will depart at 9.35pm and the arrival time in Bangkok will be 12.40am. The travel time is about four hours.

Visit vietjetair.com.

– AirAsia has introduced contactless procedures. It offers contactless kiosks at all operating airports in Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. Passengers can print their boarding pass and baggage tag after checking in online at airasia.com or through the mobile app.

Soon it will implement the Passenger Reconciliation System so that the passengers can use digital boarding passes via their mobile phones to board planes.

Within this month, AirAsia's mobile app will allow passengers to scan their passports, facilitating the contactless self-check-in process. Other features such as travel visa scanning capabilities will be added in future.

Meanwhile, Thai AirAsia announced total revenue of 9.4 billion baht, down 19% year-on-year with a net loss of 671 million baht during the first quarter of this year. The airline carried a total of 4.5 million passengers during the period, down 23% with a load factor of 84% due to travel restrictions and reduced demand because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

For this year, the airline will reduce its passenger target to 11 million, down 51% from the year before.

HOTEL DEALS & UPDATE

– Accor has launched a voucher sale offering up to 50% off for staying until the end of this December.

Packages start at 589 baht net for selected Ibis hotels. The offers also include luxurious properties such as select Sofitel, So, MGallery, Pullman, Movenpick, Swissotel, Grand Mercure, Mercure and Novotel hotels and resorts.

The voucher sale is now available for purchase until June 8 at accor.megatix.in.th.

– Cross Hotels & Resorts is launching "Once In A Lifetime" vouchers.

The offer is applied to 15 properties under the X2 brand and five Away resorts in Thailand and Bali, Indonesia. The promotion prices start at 1,299 baht per night including breakfast for two and a 20% discount on food and beverages.

For every purchase of the vouchers, Cross Hotels & Resorts will donate 10% to the Covid-19 aid fund.

The voucher is valid until the end of December 2021.

Visit vouchers.crosshotelsandresorts.com/bookings/vouchers.

– Oakwood introduces its "Stay Four Pay Three" offer at 19 participating properties across the Asia Pacific.

The programme includes daily breakfast during the four-day stay, curated care pack per person per booking, dining credits or discounts per booking, check-out anytime on departure day, and 24-hour cancellation policy (prior to arrival day by 3pm local time to avoid the one-night cancellation charge).

In Thailand, properties joining the marketing campaign are Oakwood Residence Sukhumvit Thonglor, Oakwood Suites Bangkok and Oakwood Hotel & Residence Sri Racha.

The last day for booking is June 30.

Visit oakwood.com/stay4pay3 for more information.

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