Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Suvarnabhumi Airport Quick Facts

Official name

Suvarnabhumi Airport. First Official day of operation was September 28th, 2006. Suvarnabhumi (or sometime spelled Suvarnaphumi) replacing Don Muang Airport as Bangkok International Airport which was in operation for 92 years. The name Suvarnabhumi was chosen by HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej which means "The Golden Land", specifically referring to the continental Indochina. "Golden Peninsula"or "Golden Land" is a traditional name for the Thailand-Cambodia-Laos-Burma region

How is it pronounced

Airport Code

Suvarnabhumi Airport will inherit its IATA airport code BKK from Bangkok Don Muang International Airport.


The airport is located in Racha Thewa in the Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan province, 30 kilometers east of Bangkok. ArchitectsThe airport was designed by Murphy/Jahn Architects


The airport has 2 parallel runways (60 m. wide, 4,000 m. and 3700 m. long) and 2 parallel taxiways to accommodate simultaneous departures and arrivals. It has a total of 120 aircrafts parking bays (51 with contact gates and 69 remote gates) and 5 of these are capable of accommodating the Airbus A380 aircraft. With a capacity of handling 76 flight operations per hour, both international and domestic flights will share the airport terminal but will be assigned to different parts of the concourse. In the initial phase of construction, it will be capable of handling 45 million passengers and 3 million tonnes of cargo per year. Between the airport hotel (Novotel Suvarnabhumi Hotel) and the terminal building are the two 5-storey car park buildings with a combined capacity of 5,000 cars.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Thai Restaurant Review - Good View Bar & Restaurant


Established in 19 January 1996, The Good View has now become one of the most influencial bar restaurant in Chiang Mai. Influential in this context, The Good View has been giving a great example of enjoying Chiang Mai by dining and wining, with good music in a good atmosphere.

The Good View is a restaurant & bar which accompanied by live bands
performing live music for the main entertainment. The concept has never changed but it is always added with new style. In another word, "Updated".

Located in the Chiang Mai's famous entertainment street, the Charoen Raj Rd, the Good View is one of the main focus for the locals and visitors to experience Chiang Mai way of wine and dine.

Wine & dine besides the well known Ping River, The Good View serves a fashionable traditional food and drinks. Also, The Good View serves international Thai cuisine, European cuisine, and Japanese cuisine. With the above wide range of food menus, The Good View also have an extensive selection of wine, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and amazing choices of cocktails.

Designed in contemporary wooden style, The Good View gives an easy atmosphere and semi-formal place to experience Chiang Mai nightlife.

With the same above concept, the Good View has extended its presence by opening another branch in Bangkok and lay it on the shore of the famous Chao Phraya river at the Charoen Krung Rd.

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Bangkok Feature Hotel - Grand Mecure Bangkok Park Avenue

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Hotel Class: 4 Stars
(Rates from $45)

Conveniently located in a quiet lane just off bustling Sukhumvit Road, the Grand Mercure Park Avenue is a 4 star hotel offering 221 elegantly decorated rooms and restaurants featuring Italian and Thai cuisine. The BTS Phromphong sky train station is 500metres from the hotel, providing easy access to other entertainment areas in the city. For business travellers, the hotel offers easy access to the famous Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, only 10 minutes drive away. Part of Grand Mercure Brand properties of Accor Hotels.

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The Similan Islands - Divers Paradise


Ko Similan is by far the most beautiful group of dive sites that we have in Thailand and one of the best areas for diving in the entire world. Many people comment that the most fantastic thing about the Similans is that we have two radically different types of environments all rolled together into one destination. Nowhere else in the world will a diver find such diverse topography in such a small area.

The Similan Islands, located about one hundred kilometers northwest of Phuket, are composed of nine granite islands covered in tropical jungle, washed by a clear blue tropical ocean and blessed with some of the world's finest beaches. Similan comes from Malay fisherman who named it "The Nine Islands" (Sembilan is "nine" in Malay) and now the islands are identified by a name–in Thai–and a number; for example, Ko Huyong (Island #1), located at the southern end of the chain or Ko Miang (Island #4) located in the middle. The islands have achieved national park status and thus are fully protected under Thai law. The National Park Authority maintains their presence on two of the islands: Ko Similan (Island #8) the largest, and Ko Miang (Island #4). Recently, the islands have come to the special attention of the Thai Royal Family which further protects them from possible abuse. Currently there is limited accommodation available on the island, but hopefully soon this will be stopped as the island doesn't have the resources to support land-based tourism. There are no resorts on any of the islands and hopefully it will stay this way.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Royal Barge Procession

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The Royal Barge Procession to Commemorate the Sixtieth Anniversary of His Majesty's Accession to the Throne

On the occasion of the visit of the Head of States to celebrate the Sixtieth Anniversary of His Majesty's Accession to the Throne, the Royal Thai Navy is organizing a Royal Barge Procession to be performed on 12 June 2006 at 1930. The procession will travel from Wasukri Royal Pier to the Temple of Dawn. His Majesty the King will preside over the performance along with of Head of States from 28 Nations. The Procession will comprise 52 barges: 4 royal barges: Suphannahongse, Anantanagaraj, Narai Songsuban H.M. King Rama IX, and Anekchatbhuchongse. Crew of all the barges were drawn from various departments of the Royal Thai Navy


For more information, please contact Captain Korkiart Pundee, Head, Public Relations Section, the Naval Secretariat Department +66 02 475 4437

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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Thai LifeStyle - Q Bar Night Club

The undisputed heart of this party city, Bangkok Thailand, Q Bar has ushered in a new standard for bars and nightclubs in South East Asia. Located on Sukhumvit Road, Soi 11 Q bar hosts the largest selection of spirits and cocktails in Bangkok. The resident DJ's spin the latest grooves from around the world, such as House music, Hip-hop, chill out lounge, and Soulful Jazz. All packed into a New York lounge style atmosphere. Nightlife in Bangkok will never be the same.

The visually stunning club. With black upholstered walls highlighted by vivid lighting, is accented with retro '50s and '60s swivel chairs and leather sofas on which the likes of Matt Dillon, Oliver Stone, Eric Cantona, and Michelle Yeoh have lounged while soaking up the resident DJ's mix of chill-out and club tunes. Billed as the first New York style cocktail bar in the Thai capital, Q bar attracts an edgy, cosmopolitan crowd.

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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Koh Samui

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May Feature Destination

Koh Samui has more than it's fair share of beautiful beaches, ranging from quiet, laid back beaches with few people and authentic Thai villages to beaches that are busy, with modern resorts with lots of people and attractions. Located fairly close to the port of Nathon, Maenam beach had some of the first bungalows on Koh Samui. Maenam beach is a four kilometer stretch of firm, clean sand and sparkling water. Maenam is located on the north side of Koh Samui, east of Bang Po. The warm water is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, sailing and other water sports. There is an interesting village here with a definite Chinese influence. Lots of wooden shophouses with a Chinese flavor, and even a small Chinese temple! MORE...

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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Grand Mercure Park Avenue Bangkok

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Grand Mercure Fortune Bangkok

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Hotel Class: 3 Stars
(Rates from $63)

The Fortune Hotel rises 26 floors above the city and is annexed to Fortune Town, a major shopping arcade with 500 shops and restaurants opened in 1992. All 406 tastefully furnished bedrooms are equipped with aircon, bath, shower, minibar, personal safe,radio, cable television and in-house movies, IDD phone. The hotel offers 24-hour room service plus a choice of superb Chinese, Japanese and traditional Thai restaurants. An international cuisine buffet is located in the Orient Express coffee shop. One of the Mercure brand properties of Accor Hotel in Thailand

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