SRT expands service of special tourist route

Wat Arun in Bangkok. Anantachai Saothong

The State Railway of Thailand is expanding its special travel route to Pa Sak Jolasid Dam in Lop Buri province for another month, given its popularity among tourists.

Previously scheduled to end last week, the special train service is now available until Feb 27 with trains departing from Hua Lamphong station on Feb 5-6, Feb 12-13, Feb 19-20 and Feb 26-27.

The train will depart at 6am and stop at several stations in Bangkok before heading to Ayutthaya, Saraburi and Lop Buri. The train will arrive back in Bangkok at around 6.50pm.

Regular tickets cost 330 baht per person for Bangkok-Pa Sak Dam-Bangkok. Air-conditioned train tickets cost 560 baht per person for the same route.

Call 1690.


Pimalai Resort & Spa in Krabi. Pimalai Resort & Spa

Big cities, resorts make top tourist picks

Big cities and tourist favourites are back in this Lunar New Year as travellers head to hotspots to ring in the year of the Tiger, according to booking data from Agoda.

Asia wide, the data shows capital cities as the top destinations, including Shanghai (No.1 in China), Tokyo (No.1 in Japan), Kuala Lumpur (No.1 in Malaysia), Manila (No.1 in the Philippines), and Bangkok (No.1 in Thailand). In other markets, classic resort destinations are travellers’ top picks, including Bali (No.1 in Indonesia), Jeju Island (No.1 in Korea), Taichung (No.1 in Taiwan), Phu Quoc Island (No.1 in Vietnam).

Agoda’s data continues to show trends of emerging destinations across multiple markets as travellers primarily continue to stick to domestic travel and explore their own backyard. New to this year’s top eight most popular destination lists are Berastagi (No.6 in Indonesia) and Hongcheon-gun (No.5 in Korea). Meanwhile, Nantou with stunning mountains and lakes comes in at No.8 on Taiwan’s list. The coastal city of Quy Nhon (Binh Dinh) rounds out Vietnam’s top eight list. In Malaysia, the seaside town of Kota Kinabalu re-enters the list at No.7 as a gateway to Malaysia, while Johor Bahru is No.8.

The railway bridge over Pa Sak Jolasid Dam. Pattarawadee Saengmanee

Krabi named most welcoming province last week announced the winners of its 10th annual Traveller Review Awards 2022. Krabi was named the most welcoming province in the country due to its hospitality, followed by Trat, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and Nakhon Ratchasima, respectively.

This province’s ranking was sorted from a total of 12,969 accommodations receiving a Traveller Review Award 2022 in Thailand. Globally, this year’s awards were based on over 232 million reviews, and the winning properties were reviewed 146.8 million times, while the average awardee in Thailand received an 8.6 rating and the winning properties were reviewed by a total of 1.8 million people.

Exclusive Valentine’s Day offer at Hotel Indigo

Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road is launching exclusive Valentine’s Day accommodation and dining offers.

Now bookable until Feb 13 for stays on Feb 14, the Sweet Valentine’s Day Room Package includes breakfast for two, themed balloon in-room decoration, a couple’s 5-course set dinner at CHAR Restaurant with a red rose for your date and late check-out until 5pm the next day. Rates start at 8,888 baht per night for a Standard Room.

CHAR Rooftop Bar is also offering exclusive Valentine’s themed mocktails, all priced at 250 baht++ per drink. “Love Is In The Air” features a medley of raspberry, vanilla syrup and cranberry juice accented by kaffir lime. “Passion For You” highlights passion fruit, apple juice, cinnamon syrup and rosemary with the classic romantic ingredient of chocolate. Finally, “Just The Way You Are” deftly blends raspberry, lychee, rose syrup and Fentimans Rose Lemonade into a refreshing experience.

Executive chef Sebastian Reischer’s 5-course dinner, which takes inspiration from aphrodisiac ingredients, is also available at CHAR Restaurant. This special dinner set is available only on Feb 14th from 6pm to 10.30pm at 5,999 baht++ per couple.

Call 02-207-4999.


Hotel Indigo Bangkok’s Valentine promotions. 

Thai Vietjet’s loyalty programme now on LINE

Thai Vietjet officially announced the successful integration of the airline’s loyalty programme titled “SkyFUN Loyalty” with its official LINE account last week.

Thai Vietjet aims to make the SkyFUN Loyalty membership programme a comprehensive platform where members can be entertained, enjoy shopping, playing, and flying at ease.

To sync accounts with LINE, members are required to access Thai Vietjet’s LINE account at @ThaiVietjet (, select “SkyFUN Account And Funcoin” and allow the LINE application to access the SkyFUN account. Once the integration is complete, members will be able to see their membership status and balance and enjoy programme benefits.


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