Vietnam promises to Wi-Fi trains

August 14, 2014 by  
Filed under News, Transport, Vietnam

HANOI, 14 August 2014: Vietnam Railway Corporation will provide free Internet at seven  key railways stations and on trains to attract more tourists.

Hanoi Railway Passenger Transportation Company deputy general director, Nguyen Van Binh, said the service will be offered over the next three months through Viettel Telecom Company.

Wi-Fi is now a standard feature on many train services in Europe and North America as it allows passengers to stay connected while travelling. Railway companies promote this as an advantage over airlines.

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E&O waits safety assessment (updated 2 August)

August 1, 2014 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Transport

BANGKOK, 2 August 2014: Belmond Ltd owners and operator of the Eastern & Oriental Express train said, Thursday, it is waiting for a full assessment of last Sunday’s train accident before it can gauge the impact on up-coming departures.

Up-coming departures for  its Singapore-Bangkok three-day/two-night luxury train trip are 22 August, 20 September and 3 October, according to Belmond’s website. The trip costs USD2,560.

State Railways of Thailand said it was carrying out a full investigation into the derailment, one of many that SRT has suffered across the nation’s railway network.

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Purple line progress

June 2, 2014 by  
Filed under News, Transport

BANGKOK, 2 June 2014: Test runs of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand Purple Line will begin December 2015, one year ahead of schedule, according Thailand’s National News Bureau.

The rapid transit line will serve commuters living in Bangkok and Nonthaburi province, northeast of the city, an area that is now a major residential area for city workers.

The 23.5 km route starts in Bang Yai, crosses the River Chao Phraya and ends at Bang Sue station where the MRTA’s underground links commuters to downtown business districts.

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Vietnam adds tram tours

February 25, 2014 by  
Filed under News, Transport, Vietnam

HANOI, 25 February 2014: Vietnam’s Ministry of Transportation says the government has given the green light for tourist tram services in Hanoi, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Quang Binh.

According to the ministry, the battery-powered trams will serve tourist districts and help to reduce air pollution caused by tour buses and taxis.

The authorities have approved the use of 621 tramcars, including 431 in Thanh Hoa and  50 in Hanoi.

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Bus fares boost travel

February 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News, Transport

PHNOM PENH, 24 February 2014: Low overland bus fares increased travel between Thailand, Laos and Cambodia by around 10% last year.

Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism’s statistics department director, Kong Sophearak, told local media that cheaper bus tickets to neighbouring countries were encouraging more overland trips.

“They are travelling for holidays, business and even health checks in Vietnam and Thailand, using bus services,” he said. “Outbound travel increases are evidence that Cambodia’s standard of living is improving.”

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Turkey goes high speed

November 20, 2013 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News, Transport

ISTANBUL, 20 November 2013: Turkey is aiming to finally open a high-speed railway between Istanbul and Ankara in February after several delays, a transport ministry official said on Tuesday.

The US$4 billion (3.0 billion euro) railway is the latest in a number of ambitious and often controversial urban development projects by the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“The line is expected to open in February but it might be delayed,” the official told AFP, without elaborating.

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Bangkok cabbies are a steal

November 6, 2013 by  
Filed under News, Transport

BANGKOK, 6 November 2013: New York City and Bangkok taxis tied for first place in terms of value for money, according to a Hotel.Com global survey, but London grabbed the top spot overall as the world’s top taxi rankings.

Of the survey’s seven categories safety was considered the top priority by voters with 23% followed by value for money, the category that Bangkok cabbies excelled in.

London taxis  have won the top ranking for six years in a row, according to the annual global taxi survey from Hotels.com. They gained the highest points in five out of the seven categories to give a resounding lead over other cities.

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Best cruise lines of 2013

October 18, 2013 by  
Filed under News, North Asia, Transport

PENNINGTON, NEW JERSEY, USA, 18 October 201: Cruise Critic® the world’s largest cruise reviews site, has released its 2013 Editors’ Picks Awards, naming the best cruise lines, ships and ports for 2013.

Cruise lines are awarded in 18 categories, by Cruise Critic’s international team of editors.

“Over the past year, our editors have covered every major ocean and river cruise line in the world — around 75 cruise lines, representing more than 400 ships,” explains Cruise Critic editor-in-chief, Carolyn Spencer Brown.

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Bus falls into ravine

April 9, 2013 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Transport

PHITSANULOK, 9 April 2013: An Udon Thani-Chiang Mai bus plunged into a ravine in this northern province Monday, killing five and injuring 49  people, police reported.

The accident happened at 0200 on the Phitsanulok-Dan Sai Road in Tambon Bopho of Nakhon Thai district.

Police said the ravine is about 10-metre deep. Thirty-nine passengers were rushed to the Dan Sai district hospital and 10 others to Yupparaj Nakhon Thai district hospital.

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ATTA backs theme parks

April 4, 2013 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Transport

BANGKOK, 4 April 2013: Thailand needs a Disneyland-style theme park  according to  the country’s travel agency association that says it will present the recommendation to the new Tourism and Sports Minister, Somsak Phurisrisak.

ATTA acting president, Sisdivachr Cheewarattanaporn, said the association will resubmit  its ideas on a Disneyland project because in the past the government had not taken its recommendations seriously.

“We hope the new minister will think differently about the project after we presented the plan to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra last year.”

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