posted by JONYTHAI JONY JUNG 2017.07.14 00:10

세계적인 해변휴양지 파타야에 아이스 (얼음) 바가 오픈했다. 

여름 더위를 더 시원하게 즐길수 있는 

The Ice Cube at V2O Cocktail Bar Pattaya is one of the cooler venues on Walking Street – literally. While most of the place is pretty well air-conditioned, the highlight is the titular Ice Cube, which is essentially a walk-in freezer chilled to -11°C. Fortunately,

there’s an excellent selection of tasty flavoured vodka shots available to keep you warm on the inside, as well as jackets, hats and gloves for your outsides. Located at the corner of Soi 15 on Walking Street, opposite King Seafood, the bar is virtually impossible to miss.

A brightly-lit blue sign shines over a window into the cold room, inside which you can generally find some shivering partiers and a rather cheerful polar bear waving to passers-by. On a hot and stuffy night, it is certainly an invitation worth considering.

The main part of the venue is the V2O Cocktail Bar, which has an igloo-like theme and a good list of beverages. Alongside classic cocktails like margaritas,

Mai Tais and martinis (all 240 baht) are unusual choices like mango mojitos (260 baht) and several interestingly-named shots such as the monkey brain,

tampon string and B69 (all 180 baht). You can also get local beers for 110 baht and imported cider for 170 baht. The mixologists certainly know their stuff and the cocktails are as remarkable for their taste as for their names.

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posted by JONYTHAI JONY JUNG 2014.11.08 14:44

South Korea Powers Up Duty-Free Sales as China Tourism Magnet

A woman leaves a shopping mall in central Seoul | Source: Reuters
SEOUL, Korea — Already the world’s biggest duty-free market, South Korea said on Wednesday it will issue more licenses for downtown duty-free shops, doubling down on a strategy that has helped it outstrip regional rivals seeking to reel in shopaholic Chinese tourists.

Seoul-based Lotte Duty Free and Hotel Shilla, part of the Samsung Group, have been adept at luring mainland China shoppers by promoting in-vogue South Korean culture – known as the “Korean wave” – and products such as cosmetics and appliances. The tactic has helped turn the pair into the world’s fourth- and eighth-largest duty free retailers by sales respectively.

Thanks to Chinese tourists’ appetite for the luxury goods and, in particular, Korean items, South Korea overtook Britain in 2010 to become the world’s largest duty-free market. In 2012, the last year for which full sales numbers are available globally, it raked in $5.86 billion in duty-free sales, or 11 percent of the global market, according to the Korea Customs Service.

“Lotte and Shilla’s particular strength lies in their understanding of the North Asia traveler, the Koreans naturally but more particularly the Chinese and the Japanese,” said Martin Moodie, an industry expert and chairman of the Moodie Report.

Korean cosmetics, he said, are “arguably the hottest category in travel retail worldwide”.

South Korea is enjoying a wave of popularity with Chinese tourists, with visitor numbers on track to hit 6 million this year, up 39 percent from the 4.32 million arrivals in 2013, according to the Korea Tourism Organisation.


South Korea is hardly alone in looking to attract free-spending Chinese visitors. This month, Japan extended its list of items that can be sold duty-free, including food, medicines and cosmetics.

Driven by government tourism promotions of “Cool Japan” culture and a weaker yen, the number of travelers to Japan has doubled in the past decade to top 10 million for the first time last year. Japan wants to double that again to 20 million by 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympics.

In downtown Seoul on Wednesday, Wei Ci, a 24-year-old Beijing resident, scanned a row of local skincare products at the Dongwha Duty-Free Store. “I came to Korea mainly to shop,” she said, explaining she planned to spend the day making the rounds of the capital’s duty-free shops.

Lotte Duty Free, a unit of Lotte Shopping, and Shilla have specialized in downtown duty-free shops in South Korea’s bustling cities. Unlike traditional airport duty-free shops, they must generate their own tourist traffic.

To do that, they engage in marketing that is more aggressive than the industry standard, staging Korean music – K-pop – concerts and fan meetings with actors and using Chinese social media such as the Weibo microblogging service. Both are now pursuing expansion overseas.

Of South Korea’s current 42 duty-free shops – Lotte has 8 Shilla 6 – some 17 are in city locations, including two on the holiday hotspot island of Jeju. At these locations, as in airport shops, duty-free shoppers must show a boarding pass for an upcoming flight.

South Korea government officials didn’t specify on Wednesday how many new licenses may be added. The matter needs to be discussed with regional authorities to gauge demand, they said.

Chinese shoppers remain the biggest buyers of luxury goods worldwide, making up 29 percent of the global market, according to a report last year by Bain & Company. Two-thirds of that luxury shopping takes place outside China.

By Hyunjoo Jin, Sohee Kim; editors: Tony Munroe, Kenneth Maxwell.

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posted by JONYTHAI JONY JUNG 2014.07.17 19:38
B10,000 limit on incoming duty free

The 10,000 baht duty-free limit on new personal items purchased overseas by incoming air passengers is now being strictly policed, the Customs Department announced on Tuesday.

Incoming air passengers are warned about 10,000 baht duty free limit. (Bangkok Post file photo)
The warning was carried on new signs posted at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport.

The Suvarnabhumi Airport Passenger Control Customs Bureau will calculate the value of all personal items - souvenirs, gifts or brandname goods - purchased overseas. If the combined value of those products exceed 10,000 baht, passengers and airline crew will have to pay import duty.

Signs announcing enforcement of the limit were placed at the airport, explaining that "personal goods" includes new clothes, shoes, socks and bags in non-commercial form.

If goods being brought into Thailand exceed the limit, they must be declared to customs officials and the duty paid before their baggage go through the X-ray machine. Any undeclared items will be seized and the owners may have to pay up to four times of the value including plus the duty.

The department said food, food supplements and cosmetic will not get the duty waiver. Travellers are limited to 200 duty free cigarettes and one litre of duty free liquor or wine.

Gifts prepared to give to other people, donated items, collectable items, second-hand goods, empty watch and brandname bag boxes are not considered as personal items. Individuals bringing in these products have to inform customs officials before the baggage X-ray.

Expensive new watches or bags worth more than 10,000 baht will be liable to duty, even if being worn.

Somchai Asawadtriratanakul, the bureau’s chief of investigation and suppression division, said the regulation was an existing one, but enforcement will be stricter. The bureau found many people brought in new products for resale in Thailand without paying import duty. Action had to be taken to prevent this.

Initially, signs were posted at arrival and departure areas. If duty-payable goods are found undeclared in possession of a passenger who refuses to allow the goods to be seized, the case will go to court, he said.

If the passenger loses the case, the smuggled goods will be seized and they would be liable to a fine of four times the assessed value, including the import duty, and/or a prison term of up to 10 years.

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posted by JONYTHAI JONY JUNG 2014.06.18 18:12

Thai crackdown on visa runs may affect expat workers Border insecurity is mounting after Thailand’s immigration authority announced a crackdown on the number of border crossing runs allowed to be made by those on a visa on arrival. 

According to local media, the crackdown is aimed mainly at Russians, South Koreans and Vietnamese who are using the border runs to enable them to work illegally in the country. However, the new regulation allowing one entry of either 15 or 30 days dependent on nationality is likely to cause problems for expats between jobs and overseas workers in the overseas oil, gas and mining industries.

The new single entry rule was introduced without warning at pedestrian border crossings, leaving those expecting another entry trapped outside the country, and will apply to air arrivals from 12 August. Expats working within the kingdom need a work permit and visa specific to each employment, both of which end with the job. 

Work permits can take up to three months to process, with many expats using the border runs to cover their stay until a new work permit is issued, after which a flight to a nearby country’s Thai embassy will provide a new visa. This option is now closed.

A good number of expats living in Thailand, many of whom have Thai wives and children, have used the border runs to allow a longer stay between work periods.

They are entitled to a multi-entry marriage visa, but this requires a deposit in a Thai bank account of 400,000 baht, around £7,500 and, for those over 50 years of age, a multi-entry non-immigrant O ‘retirement’ visa requires twice that amount.

Another result of the clampdown is that genuine tourists may be restricted to either 15 or 30-day stays without visits to nearby countries’ attractions, unless they can produce an itinerary, hotel booking confirmations, return air tickets and proof of cash to support their travel. Many Western tourists enjoy a visit to Cambodia, Laos or even Vietnam as part of their Southeast Asian trip.

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posted by JONYTHAI JONY JUNG 2014.05.05 21:16

New Rules for Visa on Arrival

30-day Visas now Down to 15


Border runs have been cut short due to the very recent change in rules regarding overland entry by Thai immigration. Foreigners entering Thailand via border posts at Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Malaysia without securing a prior visa will now be granted only 15 days of stay in the country as opposed to the previous Visa on Arrival, which was valid for 30 days.

According to a spokesman for the Thai Immigration Bureau, the new regulation was created to encourage foreigners to secure the proper visas in advance from a Royal Thai Embassy prior to their arrival. The new rule will also limit the amount of back-to-back visa runs being made by foreigners to extend their stay.

However, this change only applies to visitors who have not obtained a visa beforehand, and are entering from the border by land. Those who arrive at the airport without a prior visa will continue to receive a 30-day stamp. Extensions at Thai Immigration after the Visa on Arrival has expired remain at 7 days, after which you must leave the country or pay the penalty and other sanctions for overstaying the visa.

The only exception to the new regulation will be Malaysian passport holders traveling from Malaysia, as they will continue to receive the 30-day Visa on Arrival. Immigration authorities further clarified that there is no longer a limit on the number of times a foreigner may enter Thailand within the days allowed on the Visa on Arrival. The former provision stating that visitors cannot stay for more than 90 days within six months has already been dropped.

Beyond 90 Days
Visitors can now enjoy Thailand more
A dose of good news awaits tourists—following the new regulation set by Thai Immigration, visitors can now come regularly to Thailand without limiting their stay within a total of 90 days in a six-month period.

The restriction has already been abolished so tourists can now visit Thailand as often as they want, provided that they obtain 30 day Visa on Arrival at airports and 15 day Visa on Arrival if they are traveling via land borders.

However, immigration officials still recommend getting visas prior to arrival in Thailand, as they remind visitors that back-to-back short visas are not the proper way to extend the stay in the country on a long-term basis.

This new regulation is predicted to greatly benefit travel agencies as more border trips are expected to be booked with the increased influx of tourists eager to renew their visas.

posted by JONYTHAI JONY JUNG 2014.01.08 00:40

Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports says the tourists arrivals will drop between 10% and 12% 

in 2014 due to the prolonged political demonstrations that threaten to shutdown Bangkok 13 January.


The ministry targeted 30.27 million with revenue of Bt1.344 trillion compared to an estimated of 

26.72 million visits and Bt1.167 trillion in 2013.


China, Hong Kong and South Korean tourists have nearly disappeared from Pattaya while Russian arrivals are down 20 percent due to protracted anti-government protests in Bangkok

the (TAT)Tourism Authority of Thailand said.

Speaking at the Pattaya Business & Tourism Association’s Dec. 18 meeting at the Grand Sole Hotel, TAT Pattaya Director Auttaphol Wannakijsaid the organization has abandoned projections 

That 4-5 million Chinese would visit Thailand this year in the face of protests that have persisted 

despite the dissolution of Parliament and plans for new elections.

TAT is monitoring closely tourist arrivals by all Europeans, but said the Russian business is 

Already down 20 percent due mostly to official government travel warnings that are prohibiting 

Russian travel agents from offering package tours.

As for China and Hong Kong, the rise of discount airlines in China may be diverting holiday business away from Thailand, Auttaphol said.

posted by JONYTHAI JONY JUNG 2014.01.08 00:10

Shutdown for Bangkok Tourism 2014

BANGKOK, 6 January 2014: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports says the tourists arrivals will drop between 10% and 12% in 2014 due to the prolonged political demonstrations that threaten to shutdown Bangkok 13 January.

The ministry targeted 30.27 million with revenue of Bt1.344 trillion compared to an estimated of 26.72 million visits and Bt1.167 trillion in 2013.

However, the ministry’s permanent secretary, Suwat Sidthilaw, said the ministry will soon update foreign diplomats about the situation in Thailand, as it is now apparent that the political rallies will be prolonged and have a much bigger impact than officials admitted earlier.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has also been told to update its website content to ensure foreign tourists receive factual information on a situation that is deteriorating by the day.

“A decline in foreign tourists is the result of several factors, which include the prolonged political demonstrations and China’s tightening of regulations on outbound tours.”

He added: “If political rallies end  during the first quarter of this year, the tourism sector will recover fast.”

Association of Domestic Travel president, Yutthachai Soonthronrattanavate, said the prolonged political instability will squeeze the tourism industry as well as corporate and conference related business.

“If the capital is seized by the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee and a shutdown is complete, it will be impossible to travel around the capital; it will be very serious.”

Association of Thai Travel Agent president, Sisdivachr Cheewarattanaporn, added the shutdown planned for 13 January will threaten tourism business during the upcoming holiday of Chinese New Year, 20 January to 1 February.

“The plan will deter tourists particularly Chinese and Asian who were planning to visit Thailand during the Chinese New Year holiday period.”

The agent president added that many tour operators have already booked hotel rooms for their guests, but forward bookings for Chinese New Year are slipping.

Thai Hotels Association president, Surapong Techaruvichit, said tourists are aware of the situation.

“Tourists wanting to visit Thailand are unlikely to change their minds, while those who are worried about the political situation have long since cancelled or rerouted their trips to other destinations.”

The occupancy rate for Bangkok hotels will be around 70% to 75% compared with 75% to 80%.

Protesters have threatened to bring the Thai capital to a standstill, 13 January, by closing 20 important road intersections in the inner city. They have said they will not close airports, but closing the inner city will have the same impact by marooning thousands of tourists who will not be able to transfer to airports by taxis or even take a taxi to the nearest airport rail link station.

If the hotel is within a walking distance of a BTS or MRT station visitors will be able to transfer to the airport rail link stations (Makkasan and Phaya Thai) to connect with flights out of Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Travellers heading for Don Mueang Airport will not find it so easy as the protesters have threatened to close the Lat Prao intersection near the Mor Chit BTS station.

Also travellers arriving at the two airports may find it impossible to transfer to their hotels in the inner city. Travel agents are recommending visitors to head directly for Phuket, Pattaya or Chiang Mai and give Bangkok a wide berth until the situation is resolved.

Some airlines are already cancelling flights. Singapore Airlines said it would cancel 19 flights to Suvaranbhumi Airport, 13 January  to 25 February according to ChannelNews Asia and the Straits Times.

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posted by JONYTHAI JONY JUNG 2013.02.20 18:48

Thais gear up for overseas travel

BANGKOK, 20 February 2013: Thai Travel Agents Association estimates the Thai outbound market will grow as travel confidence soars and more charter flights are available to keep costs down.

TTAA president, Suthiphong Pheunphiphop, said this year the outbound market  was  lively particularly during the peak months March to May.

“The government announced Songkran holiday will cover five days this year from 12 to 16 April and this will encourage Thais to purchase overseas package mainly seven-night itineraries.”

He added: “Bangkok and central region residents have recovered financially from the massive flood in 2011 and there are charter flights to popular tourist destinations.”

The association estimates around 700,000 to 900,000 Thais will book holidays overseas, March to May, and the revenue from just tour packages should exceed Bt37,800 million.

Of that, 70% will travel to short-haul destinations in Asia and spend Bt30,000 per person, while the balance will go for long-haul destinations in Europe and pay around Bt70,000 per person.

The association estimates that in April, around 300,000 Thais will travel oversee of which 50% will travel to Japan and South Korea.

“For European destinations, Thais still prefer to travel the Italy-Switzerland-France and Netherland-Belgium-France trail and flora festivals are also popular  late March to mid-May.”

Meanwhile, new routes to the Baltic Sea, Russia, Lithuania and Croatia are emerging in locally sold tour packages.

The association forecasts Thai outbound trips will reach 4 million by year end and circulate around Bt170,000 million in package revenue.