Katathani buys Chiang Rai hotel

January 3, 2018 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand

CHIANG RAI, 3 January 2018: Phuket’s Katathani Collection has  acquired the Dusit Island Resort, Chiang Rai, for around THB1,000 million from the CEO of VES Group according to reliable sources at the property.

The new owner, Sombat Atiset, will spend another THB 300-400 million on renovations that will take four months to complete.

Owned by Vikrom Aisiri, who heads VES Group that invested in Phuket Air, the 271-room Dusit Island Resort operated under a franchise with the Dusit Thani Group since it opened 28 December 1990. Read more

Thais told to go north

December 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Thailand

TAT northern region director, Somradee Chitchong.

CHIANG RAI, 6 December 2017: Domestic tourists remain the key to success driving tourism year-round in North Thailand, Tourism Authority of Thailand Director northern region, Somradee Chitchong, told a group of Thai travel bloggers.

Supervising tourism promotions in 17 northern provinces, Somradee hosted 105 Thai bloggers for a Go North promotion that closed in Chiang Rai last week.

They toured the north ending the trip, at Mae Fah Luang heritage park in Chiang Rai for a networking session with TAT directors from the 10 northern offices. Read more

Chiang Rai’s China flights take off

August 15, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Travel Logs

CHIANG RAI 15 August 2017: Thai Lion Air took off from Chiang Rai’s airport, 10 August, to establish its first international flight from this far-north town to Changsha in China.

The  Chiang Rai-Changsha flight means Chiang Rai has  four international routes serving destinations in China. The others three are Kunming, Hong Kong and Haikou with more in the pipeline.

Thai Lion Air has served the Bangkok Chiang Rai route four times daily since 2015 and now has the distinction of being the first Thai airline to fly beyond this far-north town to an international destination. Read more

Lion flies to Changsha

August 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

BANGKOK, 8 August 2017: Thai Lion Air will launch flights from Bangkok to Changsha in China effective 1 September.

According to the airline’s website, the new route will be served with four weekly flights departing Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, using a Boeing 737.

The service should be packed with Chinese tourist heading from Changsha, the capital of Hunan province in south central China for holidays starting in Bangkok. Read more

Lion flies new China route

July 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

CHIANG RAI, 31 July 2017: Thai Lion Air will launch a new international service from Chiang Rai in far-north Thailand to Changsha in China effective 10 August.

The airline has scheduled four flights weekly with a late night departure from Chiang Rai and the return flight landing in Chiang at 0315, according to the airline’s timetable announcement, last week.

Using a 180-seat Boeing 737 the service will fly  Chinese tourists from Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, south central China. The four weekly services will also give Chiang Rai residents and tourists staying in North Thailand a convenient nonstop flight to China. Read more

Art shines In Her Eyes

July 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Events, Travel Logs

CHIANG RAI, 25 July 2017: An art exhibition by 26 female artists living in this far-north Thai province, underscores efforts to brand Chiang Rai as a “City of Art.”

The ‘In Her Eyes’ exhibition opened last Saturday at the town’s ArtBridge that has more than 300 members many of them artists in their own right and residents who support the arts. The exhibition runs until 20 August displaying more than 60 paintings.

Efforts to brand Chiang Rai based on its strong art community date back to 2015 when the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports funded an exercise to assist the province to discover a path to branding its tourism identity.

A series of seminars were held after the inaugural briefing and presentations at the town’s Legend Hotel. Nothing much came of the initiative until earlier this year, when it became apparent tourism officials had settled on the tag “City of Art”. Very little has been carried out since to present the branding to the province’s travel industry and the TAT office in Chiang Rai was conspicuous by its absence from the launch of the In Her Eyes exhibition. Read more

Chiang Rai from the air

October 7, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

CHIANG RAI, 7 October 2016: A new souvenir book on Chiang Rai province featuring spectacular photo shots from the air taken by a drone will be launched, Saturday, by travel book publisher, Knowledge Media Group.

Hosted by the Dusit Island Resort, the book launch will be opened by the province’s governor and attended by VIPs and top representatives of the local travel industry.

It marks the first time a Thailand travel book has been entirely illustrated by photos captured by a drone. The trilingual book, in English, Chinese, and Thai, features panoramic photographs of the province’s cultural tourist attractions and landscapes. Read more