Museum Siam. (Photo courtesy of Museum Siam)

Museum Siam on Sanam Chai Road in Bangkok has reopened.

The museum requires all visitors to wear face masks, pass the body temperature checkpoint, apply hand sanitiser and fill out an e-questionnaire before entry to the exhibition halls.

The museum also marks the floors as a guideline for visitors to keep social distancing.

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In addition, national museums, historical parks and the national library and national archives run by the Fine Arts Department have been opened a week earlier than previously scheduled.

According to the department, visitors to each destination are required to wear masks. They also need to scan the QR code of the Thai Chana platform for checking in/checking out before entering and leaving the sites.

Group visits will be limited to 10. Social distancing and the temperature check will also be implemented at each site.


Award submissions extended

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata) has extended the submission deadline of the Pata Gold Awards 2020 to July 15.

The awards, which have been sponsored by the Macao Government Tourism Office since 1995, will comprise 23 Gold Awards and three Grand Awards.

Judged by an international panel of experts, the Gold Awards recognise achievements in three categories, including Marketing (14 Gold Awards and one Grand Title Winner), Sustainability (eight Gold Awards and one Grand Title Winner) and Human Capital Development (one Gold Award and one Grand Title Winner).

All award recipients will be honoured at the Pata Gold Awards Dinner and Presentation in Leshan city, Sichuan, China, on Sept 4, as part of Pata Travel Mart 2020.

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– Thai AirAsia X will resume its flights to Japan in August.

Starting on Aug 1, the airline will fly from Bangkok to Tokyo. The outbound flights will depart from Don Mueang International Airport at 2.30am, 11.05am and 11.55pm. The inbound flights will depart from Narita International Airport at 9.15am, 2.25pm and 8.40pm. The travel time is about six hours.

Two daily flights from Bangkok to Osaka will also start on Aug 1.

The flights will depart Bangkok at 12.55am and 2.10pm. The return flights from Osaka will be at 9.50am and 11.55pm. The flying time is about six hours.

The third route is Bangkok to Sapporo. The airline will offer four weekly flights, leaving Bangkok at 11.50pm, and will return from Sapporo at 9.55am. The flying time is about seven hours.

The fourth route is four weekly flights between Bangkok and Nagoya. The service will start on Aug 2. The outbound flights will take off from Don Mueang International Airport at 11.50pm and the return flight from Nagoya will depart at 9am. The travel time is about six hours.

The last route is the three weekly flights between Bangkok and Fukuoka. The flights will depart Bangkok at 11.30pm and will return from Fukuoka at 8.15am. The flying time is five hours and 30 minutes.



– Avani Hotels & Resorts has launched the AvaniShield programme at 32 properties in 18 countries.

The programme includes the implementation of digital pre-arrival check-in/check-out, e-concierge service, copper protection coating on door handles and elevator buttons and UVC light and high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA)-grade bio filter. The group will introduce disinfectant processes to sanitise incoming luggage, boxes and supplies. Guestrooms will be sealed for 24 hours after cleaning. Buffets at the restaurants will be replaced with an a la carte menu.

Each Avani hotel will also have a dedicated AvaniShield Agent responsible for implementing new cleaning protocols and monitoring the overall health of Avani team members.


– Dusit D2 Khao Yai has launched the "Delightful Escape" voucher.

The price is 5,400 baht and includes two vouchers for two separate nights' stay in Deluxe room with breakfast for two plus a chance to upgrade the room to Deluxe Plus. The voucher also includes a dinner for two and a 500 baht credit for purchasing food and beverages.

The offer is valid until March 31, 2021, with the blackout from Dec 24 until Jan 1.

For more details, call 044-003-000.

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