New Year holiday gets underway


BANGKOK, 30 December 2016: Thailand’s New Year holiday will run from 31 December to 3 January with offices reopening 4 January.

The Thai Cabinet approved an extra public holiday, 3 January, in addition to 2 January, to give residents a four-day break.

Traditionally, families reunite usually at the homes of parents or grand parents, but in recent years more Thais are travelling overseas or to beach resorts.

inside no 3Roads leading out of the Thai capital to the north and northeast regions will be heavily congested from 30 December onwards.

Flights are heavily booked and car rental firms are enjoying their best season ever at provincial airports as Many Thai families have opted for a fly-drive option to avoid overnight car trips of eight to 10 hours duration.

The Ministry of Labour is offering free vehicle checkups and maintenance for the New Year’s holiday in an effort to reduce road accidents.  The service is being offered at PTT branded gas stations nation-wide. The checkup points opened 29 December and will close 4 January.

The ministry is also sponsoring rest stops with beverages, refreshing towels and a traditional massages service on most major highways.

2017 will be an exciting year for the region’s tourism industry and TTR Weekly will continue to cover travel related news in 2017 as it has done consistently since its founding in 1978.

We will take a short break for New Year and be back with our daily news updates, 4 January 2017.

TTR Weekly wishes all of readers a very happy festive season and a prosperous 2017.