Looking to travel to Thailand? If you are a smartphone user, here’s a piece of news that might be handy to you.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has recently redesigned its “Lifestyle Thailand” smartphone application, as well as adding in the latest updates from over 300 participating tourism businesses and more experiential travel ideas. This includes information updates on hotels, resorts, restaurants, tourist attractions in Thailand.
Launched back in July 2012 on both the iOS App Store and Android Market, the app currently has been downloaded more than 50,000 times, according to Pattaya Mail. Mrs. Juthaporn Rerrngronasa, TAT’s Deputy Governor for International Marketing of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas, expect the app to increase to 100,000 downloads in the second year.
The Lifestyle Thailand mobile app currently features 10 travel experience ideas that cater to different tourist preferences including Chic for trendy jetsetters looking for shopping experiences and nightlife activities, Romantic for couples and honeymooners, Breezy for beach lovers, Thainess for devotees of Thai traditions, Adventure for travellers preferring adventure and sports activities, Wellness for health and beauty conscious tourists, Easy n’ Slow for those looking for a quiet place amid the lush nature of Thailand, and Family ideas that highlights family-orientated activities and locations.
So if you are travelling to Bangkok, the app might be a handy guide. How do we know you would love Bangkok? Bangkok recently topped the World’s 10 most visited cities. It had 15.98 million international visitors who spent at least one night. In 2012 too, Bangkok Airport has beaten Disneyland, the Eiffel Tower and Times Square to be the most “Instagrammed” location in the world for 2012, giving us a good idea on the volume of people going in and out of Bangkok.
While the app might be useful, for travellers looking to travel to Bangkok this month, the Thai Government has recently imposed the Internal Security Act in three districts of Bangkok – Dusit, Pom Prab, and Phra Nakorn – until 30 November 2013.
During this period, a number of political demonstrations are expected to take place in central Bangkok. Protest areas may include Ratchadamnoen Avenue, Silom Road, Ratchaprasong intersection, Sam Sen train station, Lumphini Park, and Uruphong intersection. Travellers travelling to Bangkok during this period are advised to stay away from large crowds and demonstrations, monitor local news and developments, take all necessary precautions for personal safety, and purchase comprehensive travel and medical insurance.