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Two piers in South get upgrade

The Pak Meng ferry pier in Trang. (Photo © the Marine Department)

The Marine Department is upgrading two piers in Trang and Krabi.

The total budget is almost 200 million baht of which 140 million baht has been allocated to refurbish Pak Meng Pier in Trang province and 59.6 million baht to expand the Sala Dan Pier in Koh Lanta in Krabi.

Both projects are more than 70% complete.

The Pak Meng Pier in Trang was built over 20 years ago and needs to be expanded as the facility is too small to handle the increasing number of tourists. The new facility will have a building to accommodate additional passengers, two piers and longer bridges so that more vessels can dock.

The Pak Meng Pier is located in Hat Chao Mai National Park and where visitors board ferries, high-speed boats or long-tail boats in order to visit various islands in Trang such as Koh Ngai, Koh Muk and Koh Kradan. The new pier will be completed by this month.

Meanwhile, the Sala Dan Pier on Koh Lanta in Krabi will be upgraded to provide larger facilities. It will have a ticket office and a structure for passengers to wait before boarding. The walkway will also have a roof as well as art sculptures as a gesture to welcome visitors.

The department expects the new pier will facilitate tourists who want to travel to and from the nearby Koh Phi Phi or travel further to Phuket or other popular islands in Trang and Satun.

Pata extends deadline for contest entries

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata) Gold Awards has extended the submission deadline by another month or until June 28.

Organised for the 26th consecutive year, the Pata Gold Awards comprises 23 Gold Awards in two major categories — marketing, and sustainability and social responsibility.

The winners will be announced at a virtual Pata Gold Awards Ceremony on Sept 8 through Pata’s YouTube channel.

Visit PATA.org/pata-gold-awards.

Voting open for World Travel Tech Awards

Voting is now open for the first World Travel Tech Awards 2021.

The programme is the sister event of the World Travel Awards which was launched in 1993. It comprises more than 80 awards including the Best Airline App, the Best Hotel Booking Website and the Best Video Conferencing Solution.

The voting window runs from now until Aug 6. The winners will be selected based on those who receive the most votes in each category.

Visit worldtraveltechawards.com/nominees/2021.


– Bangkok Airways has extended the temporary closure of its ticket offices until June 30.

The ticket offices are located at its headquarters on Vibhavadi-Rangsit Road, in Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Samui in Surat Thani and Trat.

To contact the airline, its call centre is 1771 and 02-270-6699 (from 8am-8pm), or you can visit bit.ly/PGLiveChatEN for a live chat or email to [email protected].


– Anantara Chiang Mai has introduced a staycation package.

The prices start from 3,000++ baht per night for a minimum two-night booking. The rates include daily breakfast for two, an afternoon tea, a 60-minute massage per person per stay.

Located on the bank of Ping River, the hotel has 52 rooms, 32 suites and 25 serviced suites.

Visit anantara.com/en/chiang-mai or call 053-253-333.

– W Hotel Bangkok is offering a “Double Indulge” promotion.

Rates per night start from 3,400++ baht including a daily hotel credit of 3,400 baht a night for food and drinks at any restaurant and bar on premises during the stay. Late check-out is offered until 4pm.

The offer is available from now until Sept 30.

Located on North Sathon Road, W Bangkok also allows pets to stay without a service charge.

Visit marriott.com/hotels/travel/bkkwb-w-bangkok.

– Royal Rattanakosin Hotel on Ratchadamnoen Road is offering self-quarantine packages.

The offers vary from one- to 14-night stays. A one-night stay is offered to those who have had a Covid-19 test and are waiting for results. The price is 2,000 baht a night including three meals.

Seven-day packages consist of two options. The first is a 13,500 baht offer for those who want to have a Covid-19 test (checked by a medical team from Piyavate Hospital) while the other is a 10,000 baht offer for Covid-19 patients who have recovered and need to isolate themselves after being discharged from the hospital for another seven days.

The last package is priced at 19,000 baht for a 14-night stay. It is also offered to recovered Covid-19 patients who have already discharged from the hospital.

All packages include three meals a day.

Visit rattanakosinhotel.com or call 02-222-9111.

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