- A + A BANGKOK (May 17): Thai AirAsia Co Ltd (TAA) recorded an average of 73% load factor in the first quarter of 2022 (Q1 2022), following an easing of travel restrictions and the launch of more international routes. In a statement Tuesday (May 17), Asia Aviation Public Co Ltd (AAV), a major shareholder of TAA, said passengers served in Q1 2022 also rose by 48% year-on-year (y-o-y) to 1.45 million, propelling the average fare by 7% y-o-y to 1,018 baht (100 baht=RM12.70) per passenger. It said the cost of sales and services rose in line with the increase in flights, the average fuel price hiked by 61% y-o-y, and selling and administrative expenses increased by 21%, following commission fees and related fees stemming from the company’s fundraising. “Positively, passenger numbers have shown signs of a steady increase for Q2 as the government eases restrictions and entry requirements to sustain international tourist arrivals, allowing TAA to continue to add routes … [Read more...] about Thai AirAsia records average load factor of 73% in Q1
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia and Thailand have agreed to set up a joint special committee to fine-tune matters related to the proposed High Speed Rail (HSR) project linking Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong. The Transport Minister who had a bilateral meeting with his fellow counterpart from Thailand, Saksayam Chidchob, said that the committee would be discussing the finer points related to planning, route and other technical aspects of the proposed HSR project. "Following the visit by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob who met Thailand’s Prime Minister in February this year, we have also initiated talks on a proposed HSR project linking Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, as mooted by our respective prime ministers. "Saksayam and I have agreed to set up a joint special committee headed by the Transport Ministry secretary-general and the permanent secretary of the Thailand Ministry of Transport," he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (May 17). Ismail Sabri, … [Read more...] about Malaysia, Thailand to set up joint committee to discuss KL-Bangkok HSR project, says Dr Wee
They are both beautiful countries and stand out amongst their south east asian counterparts for their food, culture and scenery. But which one is your choice for travelling or living in? Here are some introductory thoughts… Influences Thailand is a constitutional monarchy and the former king, King Bhumibol, was greatly loved and respected. His son, King Maha Vachiralongkorn, now maintains the customs and traditions of the Thai monarchy. His coronation was an elaborate ceremony in May 2019 celebrated by all Thais. The main religion in Thailand is Theravada Buddhism. Monks retain high status and are a big part of daily life, from festivals to daily blessings. Young Thai men become novice monks for a period – usually 1-3 weeks – to earn “merit” for their families. Thailand is a hodge podge of old culture and traditions fused with modern western influences – often at the same time. Thais celebrate everything and are reasonably tolerant to all cultures. Thai people always try … [Read more...] about Vietnam versus Thailand – which is the best for travel or living?
“Whilst Thailand is often nicknamed the ‘land of a thousand 7-elevens’, with a convenience store on just about every corner, there are very few of these in Vietnam, for now.” With the Thai Baht on a high at the moment, along with stricter enforcement of visa rules, some expats say they’ve had enough and are heading to Vietnam, or some other south east Asian country, where they might improve their personal situation. For example, an expat pensioner, on a fixed income, from a country where the Thai baht has risen against your currency, Thailand has become a more expensive option – perhaps impossible to make ends meet anymore with your old pension. The British pound, as just one currency, has gone from around 55 baht to the pound four years ago, to now around 39 baht, a big loss in value. Meanwhile the cost of living in Thailand has risen over the last decade. But Vietnam has its own challenges and, whilst being an amazing place to explore as a tourist, may not be to everyone’s … [Read more...] about So you want to move to Vietnam?
If you are planning to retire in the beautiful and tropical country of Thailand, there are many places which will suit your interests. From up north in Chiang Mai where the air is cooler (during winter), to a tropical oasis in the southern islands, Thailand has it all. Of course, with all things, you will need to get sorted before you come and we are right here to help. Things to think about How much money will I need to retire in Thailand? For example, a retired couple should be able to live quite comfortably on £1,600 (71,000 THB, 2,100 USD) a month, but of course, it depends on your lifestyle. While the cost of living is low in Thailand, it is still important to have a savings of at least £20,000 (890,000 THB, 26,500USD), probably more, depending if you’re getting anything paid to you from outside the kingdom. This can help in the event of unexpected expenses, such as health insurance premiums, purchasing a car, or home repairs. For those in the UK with pensions, … [Read more...] about Key info for those planning to retire in Thailand
38 coronavirus-related deaths were reported by the CCSA today, raising the pandemic’s death toll in Thailand to 29,550 with 7,852 of those fatalities since the start of this year. In the 24-hour period since the last count, the CCSA recorded 3,893 new Covid-19 cases and 7,323 recoveries. There are now 63,337 people in Thailand being treated for Covid-19. Out of the new cases recorded today, 4 were found in correctional facilities. More than 80,000 inmates at Thailand’s overcrowded prisons and detention centres have tested positive for Covid-19 over the past several months. Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has recorded 4,382,977 confirmed Covid-19 cases. Out of that number, 2,159,542 Infections have been reported since January 1. Vaccination update In the Thai government’s mass vaccination drive, which was launched on February 2021, a total of 135,697,195 doses have been administered, according to the CCSA. Yesterday, … [Read more...] about Tuesday Covid Update: 3,893 new cases; provincial totals
Photo for illustration purpose only - A + A SINGAPORE (May 17): Malaysia and Thailand have agreed to set up a joint special committee to discuss the finer points related to planning, route and other technical aspects of the proposed Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur High-Speed Rail (HSR) project. It will be headed by the Ministry of Transport Malaysia’s secretary-general and the permanent secretary of Thailand’s Ministry of Transport, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong on his Facebook page on Tuesday (May 17). Wee, who is here at the invitation of the Singapore government, had earlier on Tuesday held a bilateral meeting with his Thailand counterpart Saksayam Chidchob. Wee wrote further that following the visit by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to meet the Thai Prime Minister in February this year, “we have also initiated talks on a proposed HSR project linking Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur as mooted by our respective prime ministers”. On Feb 26, … [Read more...] about Malaysia, Thailand agree to set up joint special committee to discuss HSR project