New bypass in Chumphon. (Photo: The Department of Rural Roads)

The Department of Rural Roads has opened a new bypass in Chumphon. The aim is to reduce traffic on Highway 327 from the Pathom Phon intersection to the city of Chumphon.

The four-lane road is 8.44km long. It starts from KM2+500 of Road 4001 to Highway 41 at KM6+100. The road also has bridges built over the Tha Taphao and Chumphon canals. The investment cost a total of about 788 million baht.

The bypass will shorten the travel distance by about 6km.

Discount on minibus rental

The transport company Nakhonchai Air is offering a 40% discount on rental fees for a 16-seat Toyota Coaster minibus.

The rate is reduced from 9,900 baht per day to 5,999 baht. The price includes a driver and the bus features a GPS tracking system, a 32-inch TV and a USB charging station on every passenger seat.

Booking is available until Nov 30 for travel until Dec 15.

For more information, call 092-415-5335 or add Line ID @ncatour.

Research team eyes gastrotourism

A research team at Suan Dusit University has launched the "Gastronomy Village Tourism" project to promote local food and way of life of people in Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat.

The project is funded by the Office of National Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Policy Council of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation.

The research team will visit local communities to check if villages have tourism potential. They will record their activities in video clips including panning for gemstones, steaming in a chicken coop in Ban Chang Thun in Borai district of Trat and enjoying nam phrik khoei sap or chilli dip made of tiny shrimp paste in Ban Ta Nuek of Khlong Yai district in Trat.

The research team will provide updates in Thai at


– Thai VietJet will double its frequency on the Bangkok-Nakhon Si Thammarat route to four daily flights from Oct 1.

The new flights will depart Suvarnabhumi at 5.50am and 1.15pm in addition to the existing 11.05am and 6.45pm flights. The inbound flights from Nakhon Si Thammarat airport will depart at 7.35am, 12.50pm, 3pm and 8.30pm.

The flight duration is about one hour and 15 minutes.


– Emirates has partnered with hospitals in Bangkok to offer a discount on Covid-19 PCR tests for its passengers.

Partner hospitals include Bangkok Hospital, Bangpakok 9 International Hospital, Piyavate Hospital and Princ Hospital Suvarnabhumi. Passengers need to present their flight booking and undergo a Covid-19 test at least 96 hours before their flights.

The airline resumed its daily service between Bangkok and Dubai earlier this month. However, restrictions are still applied for international travellers arriving in Thailand.

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– Bangkok Airways has reopened its passenger lounges at Chiang Mai and Phuket airports.

The service is available daily. Passengers are required to wear a mask while seated in the lounge except while having food and drinks.



– Onyx Hospitality Group will open Ozo North Pattaya on Oct 1.

The hotel features 406 rooms and suites varying in size from 27m² to 39m², a restaurant, pool bar, two swimming pools and a fitness centre. Guests can reserve a spa service at its neighbouring sister property, Amari Pattaya.

To celebrate its official opening, the hotel offers a special introductory rate starting at 999++ baht per room per night for stays from Oct 1 until March 31 next year.


– Movenpick Resort Khao Yai will open on Oct 1.

The property offers 62 guest rooms ranging from a 45m² Deluxe Room to a 350m² three-bedroom Penthouse as well as 50 Villas with private pools. The villas come in a variety of choices from two bedrooms (180m²) to five bedrooms (250m²).

The resort, built in European-like ambience, also has meeting rooms which can accommodate up to 200 guests, a spa, restaurant & cafe, swimming pool, an 18-hole golf course and Kids' Club.

To celebrate its opening, Movenpick Resort Khao Yai offers a Deluxe room stay with breakfast for two at 3,200 baht net per night on weekdays and 4,200 baht net per night on weekends, valid from now until Dec 20.


– Amari Phuket has reopened and offered a "Sweeten Your Stay" staycation deal.

The offer is available for booking until Sept 30 for stays until March 31. Room rates start from 2,850++baht a night. Guests will receive 50% in hotel credits for purchasing food and beverages or spa.


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