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New dolphin attraction

Dolphin show at Pattaya Dolphinarium. (Photo courtesy of Pattaya Dolphinarium)

Pattaya Dolphinarium has been opened in Bang Lamung district, Chon Buri.

It aims to be a world-class attraction in Southeast Asia, according to Pattaya Dolphinarium Group managing director Sathirapong Na Takuathung, who is a former president of the Phuket Tourism Association.

The 50-minute show features bottlenose dolphins and South American fur seals. Showtimes are 10am, 1pm and 4pm every day except Wednesdays.

In addition to the main show, Pattaya Dolphinarium offers activities including swimming with the dolphins, dolphin-assisted therapy courses, a course to become a dolphin trainer and birthday parties

To promote the new attraction, it offers a 50% discount on every ticket from 600-1,100 baht. The promotion will last until June 30. Visit http://pattayadolphinarium.com.

Bangkok bicycle-unfriendly

Bangkok is ranked 88th out of 90 friendly cities for cycling, according to the Bicycle Cities Index 2019, conducted by German insurance provider Coya.

It selected the cities from around the world, including traditional cycling cities and some lesser-known locations improving their bicycle infrastructure. The study focuses on six main categories including weather, percentage bicycle usage, crime and safety, infrastructure, bike sharing and rental stations, and special events to promote cycling.

“The study does not reflect the best and worst cities for cycling, but rather evaluates the cycling climate for these 90 cities based on factors related to bike-users,” stated the company.

Most of the top 10 cities are in Europe. Utrecht in the Netherlands is ranked the world’s top friendly city for cyclists, followed by Antwerp in Belgium, Copenhagen in Denmark, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Malmo in Sweden, Auckland in New Zealand, Hangzhou in China, Bern in Switzerland, and Bremen in Germany.

The worst five is led by Lagos in Nigeria, followed by Medellin in Colombia, Bangkok, Tbilisi in Georgia and Moscow in Russia.

Visit http://coya.com/bike/index-2019.


AIRLINES UPDATE

– Emirates has launched My Emirates Pass programme, allowing its passengers to use the airline’s boarding pass to receive up to 50% discounts in 500 locations including tourist attractions, restaurants, spas and shopping centres across the United Arab Emirates.

Emirates passengers including UAE residents and nationals flying to and through Dubai from today until Aug 31 can get the privilege by presenting their boarding pass and a valid form of identification at any of the participating outlets.


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Visit http://emirates.com.

– Thai AirAsia X will launch direct flights from Bangkok to Fukuoka from July 3 until Oct 26.

The service will be available four times a week on every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The flight will depart from Don Mueang International Airport at 11.40pm and will arrive in Fukuoka at 7am. The return flight will leave at 7.55am and the arrival time in Bangkok will be 11.45am.

Visit http://airasia.com.


HOTEL DEALS & UPDATE

– Movenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok will start to receive guests on June 1.

Formerly known as Nai Lert Park Hotel, the property, located on Wireless Road, has completed the refurbishment. It offers 294 rooms and suites featuring contemporary designs and high-tech amenities. Room sizes are from 42-164m². The hotel facilities include swimming pool with a pool bar, fitness centre, spa, ballroom which can accommodate up to 300 guests, and six function rooms.

The hotel’s restaurant will serve natural, organic Thai and international cuisine. The 5-star hotel directly connects to BDMS Wellness Clinic.

An exclusive opening offer is available with up to a 30% discount on rooms from June 1 until Sept 30. Prices for a night’s stay start at 3,710 baht including breakfast for two.

Visit http://movenpick.com.

– Akaryn Hotel Group will open Akyra Hoi An next year.

– Located on a bank of the Thu Bon River, the low-rise boutique hotel will feature 110 rooms including pool villas, two restaurants, spa, fitness centre, swimming pool and pool bar, kids’ club and function space.

The property will be its first resort in Vietnam.

Visit http://theakyra.com.

– Dusit Thani International will open its first branded hotel in Vietnam in 2021.

Called Dusit Thani Hoi An, the property is owned by Vietnam-based property developer Hoi An Royal Group. The beachfront resort will be located in Dien Ban Town and not far from the ancient trading port of Hoi An.

It will feature 180 guest rooms and 69 villas, swimming pool, fitness centre, function rooms, restaurant and bar, and spa.

The resort is about 30-minute drive from Da Nang International Airport.

Visit http://dusit.com.


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