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Situation Update: Thailand Political Developments

For Political Update - 11Dec 2013 Further to our last announcement, we would like to give you a brief update on the situation in Bangkok.

The ongoing anti-government demonstrations in Bangkok have been peaceful and are contained within one area in the city’s historic and government quarter. As of today, the demonstrators’ main stages are at Phitsanulok Road and Nang Lerng Junction near Government House and Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue.

Tourist attractions and activities in Bangkok are open and operating as per normal, but tourists are advised to be vigilant and avoid areas where crowds may gather. It should be stressed that tourists have not been targeted in the ongoing political demonstrations.

International and domestic airlines are operating flights between Bangkok and Thai cities, as well as destinations around the world, as per normal. Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports in Bangkok, as well as other local and international airports throughout the country, are open and operating as usual.

All means of city transportation are open and operating as per normal, including BMTA bus and van, BTS skytrain, MRT subway, Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link’s express and city lines, water-transport (ferries, boats, long-tailed boats and hotels’ converted rice barge cruises), and taxi.

All our tours and excursions in all destinations, including Bangkok, are operating as scheduled. Once again, we would like to assure you that no tourists have been hurt or were/are in any kind of danger.

Situation Update: Thailand Political Developments

Issued at Bangkok at 12.00 (GMT+7) on 28 November 2013

The ongoing anti-government protests in Bangkok have been normal to peaceful. Although the gatherings and mobilisations of large crowds in different parts of the city on certain days during the month of November have caused heavy road traffic at certain times, there have been no cases of chaos or violence. All protest sites are not tourist attractions, and tourists can still travel safely and conveniently between their hotels, using road-transport, skytrain, subway and water-transport, to many attractions in Bangkok.

Public holidays in December 2013

Dear Clients,

Please find below the dates of the public holidays in Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam during the month of December. During this time, staff will be on standby in all the offices to respond to any urgent cases.

Public Holidays in Thailand
5 December 2013 - H.M. the King's Birthday
10 December 2013 - Constitution Day
30 December 2013 - Additional Government Public Holiday
31 December 2013 - New Year's Eve

Public Holidays in Myanmar
8 December 2013 - National Day
25 December 2013 - Christmas Day

Public Holidays in Laos
2 December 2013 - Lao's National Day
31 December 2013 - New Year's Eve

Public Holidays in Cambodia
10 December 2013 - Human Rights Day

Public Holidays in Indonesia
25 December 2013 - Christmas Day
26 December 2013 - Shared Holiday

Public Holidays in Vietnam
25 December 2013 - Christmas Day

Public holidays in November 2013

Dear Clients,
 
Please find below the dates of the public holidays in Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar during the month of November. During this time, our staff will be on standby in all the offices to respond to any urgent cases.

Public Holidays in Indonesia
5 November 2013 - Islamic New Year 1436H

Public Holidays in Cambodia
9 November 2013 - Independence Day
16-18 November 2013 - Water Festival

Public Holidays in Laos
18 November 2013 - Substitute of Boun That Luang Festival Day on 17 November 2013 (for Vientiane only)

Public Holidays in Myanmar
18 November 2013 - Full Moon Day of Tasaungmone

Singapore - 2 restaurants renovation & rebranding

Dear travel partners,

Please note that 2 of popular Singaporean restaurants just completed the renovation few days ago, both with a new name & concept:

1) "Black Opal" change name to "Dining Room"
2) "Sapphire" change name to "Garden Dining"
* Both restaurants are under Spuds & Aprons

Amari Atrium to Atrium Bangkok

Dear travel partners,

Please note the Amari Atrium Hotel is rebranded to the Atrium Bangkok Hotel effective from October 1, 2013 - and ceased to operate under the Amari name and brand. "Minor Hotel Group" has also announced that they have been appointed management company, which will trade under the hotel name of Atrium Bangkok, till the hotel's renovation is completed and, thereafter rebrand as Avani Atrium Bangkok.

Public holidays in October 2013

Dear Clients,
 
Please find below the dates of the public holidays in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand during the month of October. During this time, staff will be on standby in all the offices to respond to any urgent cases.

Public Holidays in Cambodia
3-5 October 2013 - Pchum Ben Festival
15 October 2013 - King Sihanouk Mouning Day
23 October 2013 - Paris Agreement
29 October 2013 - King Coronation Day

Public Holidays in Indonesia
14 October 2013 - Shared Holiday
23 October 2013 - Hari Raya Galungan

Public Holidays in Laos
19 October 2013 - Boun Ok Pansa (For Vientiane only)
21 October 2013 - Boun Song Huea (Substitute of 20 Oct, for Vientiane only)
 
Public Holidays in Myanmar
21 October 2013 - Full Moon Day of Thadingyut

Public Holidays in Thailand
23 October 2013 - Chulalongkorn Day

Public holidays in September 2013

Dear Clients,
 
Please find below the dates of the public holidays in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia during the month of September. During this time, our staff will be on standby in all the offices to respond to any urgent cases. 

Public Holidays in Vietnam
2 September 2013 - National Day

Public Holidays in Laos
5 September 2013 - Boun Hor Padubdin Festival*
6 September 2013 - Boun Song Huea in Luang Prabang*
 
Public Holidays in Cambodia
24 September 2013 - Constitution Day/King New Crown

Public holidays in August 2013

Dear Clients,
Please find below the dates of the public holidays during the month of August.

Public Holidays in Thailand
12 August 2013   -   H.M. the Queen's Birthday

Public Holidays in Indonesia
5 - 10 August 2013  -  Ramadan celebration
17 August 2013  -  Independence Day

Airport Updates

Dear Clients,

Hue Airport, Vietnam
The airport in Hue (HUI) is due to reopen on 20 September 2013, two months earlier than the scheduled opening date of 20 November 2013.

Medan Airport, Sumatra
On 25 July 2013, Medan’s current airport, Medan Airport Polonia (MES), will close and a new airport called Kuala Namu (KNO) will open. All flights will fly in and out of Kuala Namu Airport as from 25 July 2013.

This new airport is located approximately 40km out of the city of Medan.
This has affected some of the driving times from the new airport to regions within Sumatra. Please see below:
KNO – Medan centre 1.5 hours
KNO – Bukit Lawang 4.5 hours
KNO – Tangkahan 5.5 hours
KNO – Berastagi 4 hours

Luang Prabang Airport, Laos
Since moving to the new terminal last month, Luang Prabang International Airport has started to collect a USD 1.00 service fee in addition to the usual visa on arrival fee. This must be paid by all passengers on arrival.

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