Useful tourist information and phone numbers for Tourists traveling to Thailand

The government stresses that measures resulting  from the declaration of the state of emergency in Bangkok and nearby  provinces will not affect ordinary people or foreign visitors. But, just  to play safe, you can read more information that will help your trip go  easier and safer, below.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva informed the public of the Thai Cabinet’s decision to declare a severe emergency situation.

Thank you TAT for this useful information.

The Declaration of a Severe Emergency Situation covers areas of Bangkok and certain districts of five nearby provinces. As follow:

– Nonthaburi province
– The districts of Muang, Bang Phli, Phra Pradang, Phra Samut Chedi, Bang Boh and Bang Sao Thong in Samut Prakan province
– The districts of Thanyaburi, Lad Lumkaew, Sam Kok, Lam Luk Ka and Khlong Luang in Pathum Thani province
– Phutthamonthon district in Nakhon Pathom province
– The districts of Wang Noi, Bang Pa-in, Bang Sai and Lat Bua Luang in Ayutthaya province

Travel to all other parts of the kingdom has not been affected. Tourism activities in all other areas continue as normal. Tourism activities in all other areas of Bangkok and travel to all other parts of the kingdom have not been affected.

Both city airports (Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang) are operating as normal.
All other international and domestic airports in Thailand remain fully operational.

To avoid traffic congestion, it is best to travel by BTS sky train or MRT underground train.

Useful phone numbers
Ministry of Tourism Aid Center: +66 (0) 2356-0720 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +66 (0) 2356-0720      end_of_the_skype_highlighting  / +66 (0) 2356-0729 / 1414
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: +66 (0) 2575-1023 / +66 (0) 2981-7225  / +66-88-022-1540 / +66-88-022-1541
ATTA (Association of Thai Travel Agents): +66 (0) 2134-4263
Tourism Authority of Thailand: +66 (0) 2652-8313-4
BTS skytrain Hotline: +66 (0) 2617-6000
BTS skytrain Tourist Information Centre: +66 (0) 2617-7340
Bug1133 (ask anything): 1133
Ministry of Tourism and Sports: 1414
TAT Call Centre: 1672
Tourist Police: 1155
General Insurance Association: 1356
Suvarnabhumi International Airport: +66 (0) 2132-1888
Suvarnabhumi International Airport flight inquiries: +66 (0) 2132-0000 / +66 (0) 2132-9328-9
Don Mueang Airport: +66 (0) 2535-1669
Don Mueang Flight inquiries: +66 (0) 2535-1616
Chiang Mai International Airport: +66 (0) 5392-2100 / +66 (0) 5392-2444

Airline phone numbers
Bangkok Airways Hot Line: +66 (0) 2265-8777 / 1771
Nok Air: +66 (0) 2627-2000
Air Asia: +66 (0) 2515-9999 /
PB Air: +66 (0) 2261-0220-5 /
Jetstar International: +66 (0) 2267-5125
Tiger Airways: +66 (0) 2649-9688 (Bangkok)
Thai Airways International (THAI): +66 (0) 2356-1111

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Kiwi freediver “William Trubridge” sets new record 92m without Fins

Kiwi freediver William Trubridge has set yet another world record by plunging 92 meters underwater.
Trubridge, 29, set the record about 5am New Zealand time in the ”no fins” category of the Vertical Blue 2010 event in the Bahamas.

He held his breath for three minutes and 45 seconds in the record plunge – collecting a tag from a plate 92 meters deep to prove he had set the record.

Before the dive, Trubridge told The Dominion Post the ”no fins” event was the ”purest discipline” in freediving, which required a lot of strength.

”It’s a very physical discipline, because you can only use your hands and feet.”

At the weekend, he attempted to set a world record in a discipline which allows divers to use fins and a rope, but he failed after struggling to ”equalize” one of his ears.
The competition is happening at the 203m-deep Dean’s Blue Hole – the deepest blue hole in the world.

The greatest danger for Trubridge during the dive was that he could run out of oxygen and black out, organizers said.

Trubridge had previously set at least seven world records in the sport, including one in December last year when he dived to 90 meters without fins.

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