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Awesome Low Priced Airlines Thailand 2017

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After spending a great day with a friend who just got into town, I came to the realization that so many travelers that come to Thailand have no idea about our great selection of Low cost Airlines. Sure most everyone knows about AirAsia. But there are a lot better offerings out there right now in 2017.

AirAsia is great as they really brought in low cost flights to the area. But from my experience they tend to be a bit more expensive then the others for domestic flights. Most likely this is because of their popularity. Little do people know that most of the low cost airlines include a check-in bag in the price of the ticket, and if you keep a lookout for their promotions, you may even be able to catch a domestic flight for around 500baht (~$15). Here is a list of my favorites. check them out, and leave a your comments below.Bangkok_Air

Bangkok Air

Bangkok Air touted as the Boutique airline of Thailand really lives up to their reputation of being one of the best local airlines, and certainly my favorite. With their free lounge and excellent customer service. It is a rare occasion when I am disappointed. keep in mind that the lounge access is only available before your Bangkokair flight. So if your flying to Bangkok with a 5 hour layover to catch an international flight to Europe or the US. Your 5 hour layover will be spent out in the crowd with the rest of the economy travelers, fighting for a bench to rest your weary body.
Also Bangkokair flies direct to BKK (Suvarnabhumi Airport).Thai Smile Airways

Thai Smile Airways

Here is another great airline that flies direct to BKK (Suvarnabhumi Airport). Which I usually use to price shop against Bangkokair, as I prefer to fly directly to bkk if I will be flying onward to a long-haul international location. Also with both of these airlines, you can ask for them to check your bag all the way through to your final destination. They are not always able to but if it is a partner airline of theirs then I push them to take care of this headache for me, especially if I have a short layover and do not want to stress about grabbing my bag just so I can recheck it in on the next flight. Another thing to keep in mind is this airline is part of ThaiAirways a 4star airline and member of staralliance, so their is a good chance that they can book you all they way through to your home.Nok_Air

Nok Airways

These guys have been around for a while and also do a great job. ‘Nok’ the Thai word for bird, as you will notice by the bright yellow beak on the nose of the plane. Unfortunately only fly into Don Muang on Bangkok destination flights. They offer a reasonable rate and great service. So if you are just flying into Bangkok or if you are willing to take the free shuttle across town to BKK. They can also be a great solution to the budget minded traveler.Thai Lion Airways

Thai Lion Air

Here is another economy airline that has only been around for a few years, and is making a big dent in the industry. I first heard of them a few years back when their representatives were handing out Flyers in the Chiang Mai walking street proclaiming 500 baht flights to Bangkok. Since that time they have become a bit more popular, and those flights are a bit fewer and farther between. They also use Don Muang as there airport in Bangkok so keep that in mind for connecting flights.AirAsia

AirAsia

Ok, I couldn’t have a post like this without mentioning AirAsia. These are the old guys in the industry, and have done the best at getting there name out to become a recognized brand the world over. Based out of Kuala lumpur but do a great job at covering the Thai marketplace.
If you are planning well in advanced you may certainly find a few good deals. Also keep in mind they only fly to Don Muang when in Bangkok. and a check in bag is extra, well actually most everything is extra. A slight touch better then Ryan Air in Europe. Which may be a bad example as Thai Hospitality in general is leaps and bounds above Ryan air’s.

Many of these airlines don’t seem to know much about SEO or getting there name out, so if you do not remember the airline name they may be a bit hard to find via the search engines. So go ahead and add this post to your favorites for future reference, and please share with your friends. Also there are a few other small airlines as well as other international ones who offer some great rates on Thai domestic flights. Have a great flight and leave your comments below.

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History Of Thailand

Sukhothai AwesomeThailandIn English, Thailand means land of the free. Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia to have not been colonized. This page will take you through the different eras or periods that Thailand has transitioned through.
Thailand has an 800 year period of history. Within this history, it has been the only Southeast Asian nation never colonized by a foreign power. Their are five periods in which this history can be divided.
Nanchao (650 to 1250) The people of Thailand founded a kingdom in southern China. This is, at the present Yunnan, Kwangsi and Canton. People migrated to as far as the Chao Phraya Basin. The people would settle here under the Khmer Empire’s sovereignty. The independent state of Sukhothai was founded around 1238 A.D. This gives birth to the period of Sukhothai.
Sukhothai (1238 to 1378) Thai people begin to become a dominant force in this region in the 13th century. Eventually, the Thais begin asserting independence from the then present Khmer and Mon kingdoms. This is called “the dawn of hapiness” or thought of as the golden era of Thailand’s long history. In 1350 the state of Ayutthaya placed its influence over the state of Sukhothai.
Ayutthaya (1350 to 1767) Khmer culture was adopted by Ayutthaya kings, such as Ayutthaya culture was placed over Sukhothai. Ayutthaya sovereign rulers were not the same type as Sukhothai’s paternal and accessible. Ayutthaya’s sovereigns were absolute monarchists that took the title of devaraja or god king. The earlier part of Ayutthaya, extension was made by placing its sovereignty over neigboring Thai principalities which led it into conflict with its neighbors. During the 17th century, Siam started to gain diplomatic and commercial relations with the west. In 1767 an invasion by Burmese was a success, the result was the capture of Ayutthaya. Despite this victory, the Burmese did not have control for long. A young general named Phya Taksin and his followers broke through the Burmese encirclement and escaped to Chantaburi. Seven months after the fall of Ayutthaya, he and his forces sailed back to the capital and expelled the Burmese occupation garrison.
Thon Buri Period (1767 to 1772) General Taksin, as he is popularly known, decided to transfer the capital from Ayutthaya to a site nearer to the sea which would facilitate foreign trade, ensure the procurement of arms, and make defence and withdrawal easier in case of a renewed Burmese attack. He established his new capital at Thon Buri on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The rule of Taksin was not an easy one. The lack of central authority since the fall of Ayutthaya led to the rapid disintegration of the kingdom, and Taksin’s reign was spent reuniting the provinces.
Rattanakosin Period (1782 to the Present) After Taksin’s death, General Chakri became the first king of the Chakri Dynasty, Rama I, ruling from 1782 to 1809. His first action as king was to transfer the royal capital across the river from Thon Buri to Bangkok and build the Grand Palace. Rama II (1809-1824) continued the restoration begun by his predecessor. King Nang Klao, Rama III (1824-1851) reopened relations with Western nations and developed trade with China. King Mongkut, Rama IV, (1851-1868) concluded treaties with European countries, avoided colonialisation and established modern Thailand. He made many social and economic reforms during his reign . King Chulalongkorn, Rama V (1869-1910) continued his father’s tradition of reform, abolishing slavery and improving the public welfare and administrative system. Compulsory education and other educational reforms were introduced by King Vajiravudh, Rama VI (1910-1925). During the reign of King Prajadhipok, (1925-1935), Thailand changed from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy. The king abdicated in 1933 and was succeeded by his nephew, King Ananda Mahidol (1935-1946). The country’s name was changed from Siam to Thailand with the advent of a democratic government in 1939. Thailand’s present monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, is King Rama IX of the Chakri Dynasty.

Bangkok

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800px-Bangkok_Night_Wikimedia_CommonsYou may not know it, but Bangkok has the longest name of any city in the world. It is (be prepared!) Krungthep Mahanakhon Amonrattanakosi Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Nopphosin Ratchathaniburirom Udomrathaniwetmahasa Amonphiman Awatansathit Sakkathatiya Witsanukamprasit. So what does this mean in English? City of Angels, the Great City, the Residence of the Emerald Buddha, the Impregnable City of Ayutthaya of God Indra, the Grand Capital of the World Endowed with Nine Precious Gems, the Happy City Abounding in Enormous Royal Palaces That Resemble Heavenly Abode Wherein Dwell the Reincarnated Gods, a City Given by Indra and Built by Vishnukarm. This is really too long to say when referring to a place, so Thais just use Krung Thep. This means City of Angels. Most farang or foreigners just call it Bangkok. Bangkok began as a capital with canals (in fact, Bangkok used to be known as Venice of the East) that stretched throughout the city where a person could see elephants every now and then. Elephants are now illegal in Bangkok, so if you want to see one, you won’t find one in Bangkok (Maybe at a zoo). Today Bangkok is a metropolis, with around 15 million people living in it. Traffic is bad and can be expected to get worse. The city is one of modern skyscrapers and business. The statistics can have error. Bangkok started to sprout around 50 years ago, when the construction on the mighty Asian capital began. With economic growth opportunities and tourism Thailand is not over urbanized, there is still lots of free land left in the country. For example, Thailand’s second largest city, Chiang Mai in fact, is 40 times smaller than Bangkok. Before Bangkok became one city, it was actually two separate cities.320px-Bangkok_skytrain_sunset      Thonburi on the west side of the Chao Phraya and Bangkok was to the east of it. In the 1970’s, Thonburi and Bangkok became one, they were united to form a single city. Not only was Bangkok united with Thonburi, it was merged with two provinces. The metro area of Bangkok is around 600 square miles. Bangkok is about 31 miles from the Gulf of Thailand. Bangkok rests west of Thailand’s Chao Phraya River. If you live by a major city and you get stuck in traffic and think it is bad, it is nothing compared to Bangkok’s. The speed of traffic is comparable to walking speed. Several attempts to relieve traffic have been taken. Mass transit is the focus with the skytrain and possible subway on the way. Since Bangkok is on top of an alluvial plain, it is flat and in fact it is sinking 10 centimeters each year.
In the heart is the royal center known as Rattanakosin. This is an artificial island that has included, most of the principal royal and religious architecture. Bangkok’s official center is Lak Muang which is a gilded pillar that was placed by Rama I. The Grand Palace has about 1.5 squre kilometers of ground and is open to visitors. Visitors must dress properly and respectfully. The Grand Palace was created by Chakri in 1782, ever since, almost every king has added to it. The king does not hold home to this area, King Bhumibol lives in Chitralada Palce which is located in the Dusit area. The Grand Palace is not just a place to tour, it still holds use for official services.
Getting back to transit, Bangkok’s congested areas have up to 25% more pollution than the city safety standards. Bangkok allows up to twice the carbon monoxide level than any city in the United States would deem unhealthful.
Bangkok has plenty of shopping, modern malls with stories of shopping. An urban escape in the city is cental Bangkok’s one park, Lumpini Park. This park appears large and is like Central Park in New York. Bangkok is a wild and modern city where past meets present and temple meets skyscraper. Bangkok is about 40 times larger than Thailand’s next largest cities of Chiang Mai and Nakhon Ratchasima.