BANGKOK, 8 May 2017: Perhaps it was a storm in a teacup, but social media pundits were having a go last week at Western tourists who travel Thailand without dipping into their own wallets. It’s almost a competition to...
BANGKOK, 3 May 2017: The welcome mat for extreme budget travellers is wearing thin in Thailand, according to a VoiceTV report based on social media comments. The local channel claims Thais are reacting strongly to the increase in Western tourists...
BANGKOK, 24 April 2017: Two Thai airlines finding common ground to cooperate and codeshare spells good news for travel consumers. Thai Airways International and Bangkok Airways announced a comprehensive codeshare agreement, just days before the mid-April Songkran Festival. It’s good...
BANGKOK, 18 April 2017: It wasn’t a good week for consumer protection for US airline passengers and  Thailand’s Songkran holiday makers. Airport security guards assaulted a passenger on a United Airlines flight at Chicago’s O’Hara airport, while here in Thailand...
BANGKOK, 10 April 2017: India might be a giant in the outbound travel stakes capable of  challenging even China in the long-run, but it is often classed as an under achiever in the lucrative inbound travel market. That is likely...
BANGKOK, 23 March 2017: Trump’s arch enemy, The Washington Post, fielded an alternative explanation for the US laptop travel ban that it claimed was more to do with commercial reasons than a terrorism threat. Writing in The Washington Post, Wednesday,...
BANGKOK, 22 March 2017: The latest inflight ban on laptops and other devices larger than a mobile phone sends mixed messages, most of them the worrying kind. Once the US declares an aviation related ban it is usually adopted worldwide....

Bad manners in the sky

BANGKOK, 20 March 2017: Expedia’s study on Thai airline travellers’ perceptions of good inflight manners hits the nail on the head, but some of the blame for delinquent behaviour should be placed at the boardroom doors of domestic airlines. Yes,...
BANGKOK, 13 March 2017: Michelin Guides arrive on Thailand’s varied and exotic dining scene and the government’s decision to seed the project with a USD4.1 million grant raises a few eyebrows and a chorus of dismay from foodie tourism...
BANGKOK, 6 March 2017: Chinese are not alone when it comes to spitting out of car and bus windows, or urinating behind an obliging tree, but we conveniently like to think they have a monopoly on bad manners. Late last...