Monday, 31 March 2014

New UK visa application centre in Phnom Penh officially opens

The new centre is operated by UK Visas and Immigration’s commercial partner in Asia Pacific, VFS Global, and is open to customers on Mondays and Thursdays by appointment.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Thai Air Domestic Summer promotion

THAI Airways International introduces its “Summer Holidays 2014” promotion for travel on selected domestic routes, April to July.

Fares to the northeast on weekdays and weekends are: Bt1,500 and Bt1,700 Ubon Ratchathani; Bt1,550 and Bt1,750 Udon Thani; Bt1,600 and Bt1,800 Khon Kaen. The return fares: Bt1,350 and Bt1,550 from Ubon Ratchathani; Bt1,400 and Bt1,600 from Udon Thani; Bt1,450 and Bt1,650 from Khon Kaen on weekdays and weekends respectively.


Friday, 28 March 2014

THAI Airways International launches its“54th Anniversary” promotion

THAI Airways International launches its“54th Anniversary” promotion on specific international routes in economy class starting mid-April and remaining valid until September this year.
THAI quotes roundtrip promotinal fares, inclusive of airport taxes and surcharges in the promotion that is linked to the airline’s anniversary celebrations, 1 May. An additional surcharge of Bt500 will be added for departures at the weekend –Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. Fares save around 45%.


Thursday, 27 March 2014

Half Double Deck Buses Unsafe!

Land transport authorities have revealed nearly half of double-decker buses have failed basic safety tests, as major transport operators are torn over a plan to ban the vehicles.
Mr Chadchart also pointed to seven highways which he said are unsafe for double-decker buses to operate on. They are the Tak-Mae Sot, the Phitsanulok-Phetchabun, the Kabin Buri-Pak Thong Chai, the Ang Thong-Sing Buri-Chai Nat section of the Asian Highway, the Rangsit-Saraburi, the Krabi-Phangnga and the Chiang Mai-Mae Hong Son routes.


Her Majestys Passport Office is making important changes to the way it delivers British passports overseas. The goal is to ensure that all British nationals living overseas receive a consistent, trusted, secure and efficient service whilst keeping the costs as low as possible. In order to do that, on 10 December 2013, responsibility for handling passport applications in Thailand passed from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to Her Majestys Passport Office.

Following on from this, from 26 March 2014, British nationals in Thailand will submit passport applications, in person by appointment only, to the UK Visa Application Centre. All the information needed to complete the passport application process, including address and contact details for the UK Visa Application Centre, will be available on GOV.UK at

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Bangkok Air cuts prices to boost Songkran Traffic

Bangkok Airways cuts fares on selected domestic routes to lift bookings during the Songkran festival, mid-April.
Launched Monday, the Songkran promotion sells one-way fares, inclusive of airport taxes and surcharges, to Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) at Bt1,240 from Udon Thani.


Buy your plane ticket at 7-Eleven

The ubiquitous 7-Eleven convenience stores have turned into physical sales outlets for Thai AirAsia (TAA) in a partnership that breaks new ground in air ticket distribution. 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Udon wants to be a tourist hub.

The Udon Thani Tourism Business Association has set an ambitious goal of placing the northeastern province on the global tourism map.  Newly appointed president Tanakorn Weerachatyanukul said the plan includes improving infrastructure and better transport with more flights to Udon Thani.

Read more at Bangkok Post

Saturday, 22 March 2014

The UK visa application centre in Bangkok will relocate to bigger and better premises.

From March 31, the UK visa application centre in Bangkok will relocate to bigger and better premises at:
Trendy Office Building,
28th Floor,
Sukhumvit Road Soi 13,
Klongtoey Nua, Wattana,
Bangkok, 10110,
To ensure the new visa application centre will be ready to accept customers from Monday 31 March, the current visa application centre will close a few days in advance to allow for transfer of IT and other equipment.
This means customers will not be able to book an appointment to submit a UK visa application on Friday 28 March and Saturday 29 March. Customers will also not be able to collect their documents on these days.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Court voids the February 2nd. Let's start all over again........

The Constitutional Court Friday voted 6:3 to nullify the February 2 election.

The court reasoned that the election violated Article 108 (2) of the Constitution because no candidates stood in 28 constituencies in eight southern provinces, and thus making it impossible to hold the election on the same day nationwide.

The article requires that a general election must be held on the same day throughout the country.

The court ordered the Election Commission to consult with the government on the new election date.

Well it rained

the threatened thunderstorm arrived last night about 5pm.  It lasted maybe an hour.  The resultant power outage lased until midnight

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Constitutional Court to rule on Friday

The Constitutional Court will issue a ruling at 11am on Friday over the February 2nd Election, and whether it is to be annulled.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

State of Emergency Lifted

The caretaker cabinet decided on Tuesday to end the state of emergency in Bangkok and vicinity and replace it with the Internal Security Act (ISA) from Wednesday.


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World Cup - Free or not

RS, Thailand's broadcasting right holders for this summer's Fifa World Cup, runs the risk of being fined up to Bt17.3million, should the company fail to allow all 64 matches from Brazil to be shown on free TV, the Office of The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) warned yesterday.


Friday, 14 March 2014

Fly and ride thru to Pakse

Nok Air will launch a twice daily fly/ride service, Bangkok to Pakse, via Ubon Ratchathani, effective 17 March.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Stage for MTV EXIT concert collapses in Udon Thani

One worker was killed and ten others injured, one of them seriously, when a temporary stage intended for a major concert on Saturday collapsed late Wednesday night in Udon Thani.
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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Six die in three-vehicle-elephant collisions

Multiple vehicle pileup on forest road after elephant collision 

Six people, including a Singaporean, were killed and two others injured in a road accident involving three vehicles and three wild elephants in Rayong province on Wednesday morning. One of the elephants, a male, was gravely injured. 

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Another ruling against the government....

The Constitution Court on Wednesday ruled the government-proposed bill to empower the Finance Ministry to seek 2 trillion baht loans for infrastructure development projects is unconstitutional, reports said.

The ruling was made following a request for the Constitution Court to decide if the bill contravened Sections 160 and 170 of the constitution.

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Friday, 7 March 2014

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PG slashes Udon fare

Bangkok Airways cuts economy class fares for travel from Bangkok to Udon Thani, until the end of October this year.  Booking until March 31
The promotion sells a one-way fare, inclusive of airport taxes, departing Bangkok to Udon Thani at Bt1,490.

The return one-way fare Udon Thani-Bangkok sells at Bt1,440.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

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Thai cuts domestic fares

Thai Airways International offers a “Domestic Hot Sales” promotion for travel on selected domestic routes, mid-May to June this year.
The promotion sells one-way fares ,inclusive of airport taxes and surcharges, at a starting price of Bt1,400 on weekdays (Monday to Thursday) and Bt1,700 on weekends (Friday to Sunday) ex-Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Chaing Rai and Krabi.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

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Udon Thani to get first international school

WITH a Bt200 million investment, the first international school in Udon Thani will open in September as it prepares to take advantage of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) and to improve education in the area.

Udon Thani International School (UDIS) introduced itself officially to the people of its hometown and the media recently at Central Plaza Udon Thani.


Monday, 3 March 2014

Down to a trickle

The Mekong River is reducing so fast this year, you could almost walk across the 1 km wide river at some parts in central Laos and Northeast Thailand.


From The Pattaya Press

A Dutch man who owned 2 bars in Udon Thani province was found dead at his home. He had sustained stab wounds to his neck, hands, arms, and stomach. Police found him in his garden.


A British man died after he fell off his chair banging his head on the floor. There were no traces property missing or foul play.  

A Finnish man walked across a street and the laid down in front of an incoming tour bus which run him over killing him instantly.

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Sunday, 2 March 2014

Saturday, 1 March 2014

In The Thai News

The Bangkok Shutdown will be shut down this weekend but the fight to oust the Yingluck Shinawatra government is far from over, protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban announced on Friday night.

All of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) rally stages will be dismantled and blocked roads cleared, and all activities will then be moved to Lumpini Park, said the PDRC secretary-general.

Read More at Bangkok Post

Already hit by overdue payments from the caretaker government under its pledging scheme, rice farmers from today will suffer yet further by getting lower income from selling their produce at market prices after the end of the project.

According to the Thai Rice Mills Association, the market price for 100-per-cent white rice (15-per-cent humid) is quoted at Bt7,200-Bt8,500 a tonne, compared with the former pledging price of Bt15,000.