Christmas is approaching
In this issue of the newsletter we bring you a few new items from the various countries we have covered. We have also added a seasonal flavour: in the last few weeks we have received several requests from readers wanting ideas for Christmas presents with an oriental theme. We have gathered together some suitable items from reputable on-line retailers and you can find them on our Christmas Gifts Page.
Now is also a good time to start planning your holidays, so don't forget you can easily find cheap air fares from any starting point to any destination, using the ConnectedGlobe flight finder. For accommodation, you can find real bargains in good hotels if you book with Agoda.
So now, on with our review of the web sites we have reviewed for this issue:
28 October 2003 at Chiang Mai International Airport, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited inaugurated its direct service on the route Taipei-Hong Kong-Chiang Mai-Bangkok. The new route has been introduced in accordance with the government’s policy to turn Chiang Mai into the future northern aviation hub of Thailand.
THAI also plans to expand new routes from Chiang Mai to other cities in the region such as Singapore, China, Myanmar, Chittagong in Bangladesh, India,Taiwan, Bagan, Yangon, Chiang Rung, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Mandalay, and Guilin. THAI launched the Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Chittagong route on 12 December 2002, and in this year’s winter schedule, THAI will launch flight operations between Chiang Mai-Luang Prabang , Tokyo-Chiang Mai-Bangkok,Taipei-Hong Kong-Chiang Mai-Bangkok, and Chiang Mai-Yangon.
Full details are available on the Thai Airways International public information page:
Thai Airways International
"I yearned for something simpler, yet more challenging and more adventurous. Living in Thailand became that adventure, and you can join me if you like, without even leaving the comfort of your living room."
John teaches English in Thailand and this interesting and informative site contains his observations and experiences of life in Thailand. It is split into the following sections:
Great Reading on:
John's Life in Thailand
Many new ski fields featuring artificial snow have opened within a couple of hours of Beijing, hoping to cash in on the short winter season. This short article examines the facilities and doesn't seem to like what it finds: There was no attempt made to properly fit the client; sets of skis and boots were just handed over a counter by staff untrained in how to take measurements or assess needs.
Form your own view at:
Skiing in Beijing
The main purpose of this page is to share travel information that you won't find in the guidebooks. Many of the entries are just relevant parts of Andrew's longer updates which are linked to from within the article. There are also respsonses to his tips from readers and so you get several views and can assess the usefulness of the tip.
I strongly recommend this article if you are travelling to Cambodia, Laos or Vietnam. You can find it at:
A selection of photographs of Asia, covering India, Bangkok, Cambodia, Vietnam and China. These are excellent photos and the navigation is easy. I wonder why my own photos don't come out as good as this? Must be the film!
The link you need is:
Thomas og Bentes Asia-tur 2002
For useful books on travel, you will find a comprehensive listing with prices and reviews on my ConnectedGlobe books page on:
There is excellent hotel accommodation available in Asia at international standards. However, you don't need to pay international prices. There are substantial discounts available if you know where to look. Our research suggests that the best deals are usually available from the Agoda reservations system which you can find on:
Back issues of this newsletter are available. You can find them on:
The countries covered in other issues are:
Far East Air Fare deals from ConnectedGlobe
There are some excellent prices to be found on flights to Hong Kong. For flights originating anywhere in the world use the ConnectedGlobe fare finder page.
Other Useful Links