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Tuesday 26 July 2022

Bangkok remains the ideal stopover en route to Europe

I flew with Thai Airways last week - my first flight with them for several years.

My paid-for economy trip from Bangkok to Melbourne was almost totally full - but the crew did a great job and the food was better than on several other carriers that I have used in the past month.

The financial difficulties that Thai Airways has encountered have been well documented, but I would be more than happy to fly with them again.

Their flights have a certain panache - and there is nowhere better than Bangkok to break up a trip to or from Europe with a tasty meal, good sleep and a massage.

Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn says the country aims to target 30 million tourists next year.

The organisation launched the Visit Thailand Year 2022-2023: Amazing New Chapters campaign with a goal of generating 80% of pre-pandemic tourism receipts and a full recovery in 2024.

“If the Chinese government allows its citizens to travel, the number of foreign arrivals will definitely reach 30 million next year,“ he said.

Yuthasak expects the weaker Thai baht will boost foreign tourists’ spending.

Thailand received about two million foreign visitors in the first six months of 2022.

A day or two in Bangkok is always a delight - the city has so much infectious energy, and there are amazing contrasts between old and new; rich and poor; desperate dildo salesmen to three-hat Michelin restaurants.

And, of course, there are attractions that run from the spiritual to the sleazy, luxury shopping to cannabis consumption.

If they city is too frantic you can always escape to the peace of the Chao Phraya River and the city’s network of canals where stilt houses and old-fashioned bridges survives.

If you are flying with Thai then it might be worth considering preferred seats in economy class, located at the cabin's front rows and in the emergency exit rows.

These seats offer extra legroom for additional comfort. Once tickets have been issued, passengers can opt for a preferred seat prior to departure for a fee, which is based on distance flown and flight duration.

Call the Thai Contact Centre on 02 356 1111 or contact your local Reservations Office at least 48 hours before flight departure. Additionally, preferred seats can be purchased at the airport check-in counter and on board.

Return flights from Perth to Bangkok with Thai Airways start from $794 with departures also available from Melbourne and Sydney.

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