THAI is adjusting some special security arrangements for passengers on every THAI flight to the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka as well as all domestic flights effective August 16, 2006 onwards.
Passengers are allowed to bring carry-on baggage on all international and domestic flights EXCEPT :
THAI would like to request passengers traveling to the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and all domestic flights to strictly follow the security regulations. For more information please call 0-2356-1111or 0-2628-2000, 24 hours a day.
Full details of all matters affecting Thai Airways can be found on:
The new "Sky Train" to Tibet is a novel way to visit this fascinating and remote country. It is without doubt a marvellous piece of engineering and bristles with high-tech equipment. Flat screen TVs, vacuum flush toilets, and oxygen outlets provide comfort inside while solar powered refigeration units outside keep the ground frozen to provide a stable track.
Tibetan rights groups and environmentalists have asked travelers to boycott the train while the Chinese press says the train will pull the "cork out of the bottleneck that has held the region's development back for decades."
Here you will find full information, prices, times and commentary:
The China Internet Information Center has some excellent photographs of Tibet in their "Tibet Through a Lens" section, which forms part of their site on the "Tibet Autonomous Region".
Be prepared to find Mount Everst referred to as "Mount Qomolangma" which is a transliteration from Tibetan, meaning "goddess of mountain."
The information section is rather terse, but the photographs are excellent:
There is no better way to get the feel of a place than to talk to people who have been there. The Tibet Travel Blogs are postings from real travellers giving their own personal impressions of Tibet. Many include photographs and so you get a non-commercial "warts and all" view of what it is like to travel in Tibet. For my money it's a much better read than all the commercial travel sites and official information.
You can find Tibet Travel Blogs on:
Politics is something I avoid in this magazine. However, if you want to know more about the story of Tibet you are inevitably confronted with sites having a political slant. I have therefore included this site and the following site to enable you to see the story of Tibet from different points of view.
This site includes:
The official site of the Government of Tibet in exile is on this link:
This site, in newspaper style, is very comprehensive and also has lots of photos. The point of view is somewhat different from the previous site, as is the emphasis. It includes sections on:
You will also find a whole section devoted to the new railway which is very inetersting. STart at the home page on:
Finally, I can't leave out an article on the beautiful language of Tibet. Here is a site all about the written, spoken and sung language together with a downloadable Tibetan font.
You can find all this on:
For useful books on travel in Tibet, you will find a comprehensive listing with prices and reviews on my books page (with links to buy direct from Amazon.com) on:
Hotel accommodation in Tibet is plentiful and using a reputable agent can secure you substantial discounts. Agoda can usually find you a good deal and you can check their availability below.
Agoda is our favourite hotel booking agent. They are based in Thailand and have an excellent reputation for great bargains and excellent customer service.
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