Thai Air News Newsletter from Connectedglobe.com
24 November 2002
 
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Following our annual holiday we are back with our weekly newsletter covering the Southern Asian destinations of Thai International Airways. This week we visit Nepal. Thai Airways International flies daily from Bangkok (BKK) to Kathmandu (KTM), the non-stop flight taking 3hrs 30mins. But first, the latest news from Thai Airways International:
 
Official Opening of THAI's New Destination to Geneva
 
THAI launched its first flight to Geneva on 28 November 2002, utilizing Boeing 777-300 aircraft, capable of accommodating 388 passengers, with 49 business class and 339 economy class seats. THAI is scheduled to operate 3 weekly flights to Geneva every Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
Dr. Thanong Bidaya, THAI's Chairman, said, "With flight operations between Bangkok and Geneva, THAI aims to serve the diplomatic traffic to and from Thailand. We know that many large international organizations as well as humanitarian institutions are located in Geneva. We are certain that this operation, adding to the other five new destinations THAI has introduced as part of the Winter Program 2002/3,will prove a successful mission for THAI, showing our readiness and potential as a truly leading Asian carrier."
THAI plans to introduce twice daily flights on THAI's main European routes including London, and Frankfurt within the next five years, as well as flight operations to Oslo and Manchester. In addition, THAI will develop flight operations on Australian routes to connect with with European flight operations as part of the network expansion strategy in addition to introducing 22 new worldwide destinations within the next five years
 
Frequently Asked Questions on Traveling to Nepal
The kingdom of Nepal is a land of scenic mountains, ancient temples and wonderful walking trails A small country, rich in splendid scenery and exotic cultures, home to many distinct cultures and races. Though they speak a variety of languages, practice many different religions and are the friendliest people you will ever meet.

So it's worth a visit, but what about ...? You will have lots of questions, and there is no better place to find the answers than the marvellous FAQ provided by nepalhomepage.com. Here you can find answers to a wide range of questions on the following main topics:
  • Going to Nepal
  • Visa, Immigration and Customs
  • Money Matters
  • Health and Insurance
  • Weather and Clothing
  • Entertainment
  • Accommodation
  • Getting Around in Nepal
  • Local transportation in Kathmandu and other towns
  • Drinking and Dining
  • Communication with the rest of the world
  • Local Customs and Culture
  • Law, Order and Safety
  • Trekking
This is an excellent way to get a feel for what tourism in Nepal is all about. You can find the FAQ on:
http://www.nepalhomepage.com/travel/faq/faq.html
 
Pictures of Kathmandu
Kathmandu was probably founded beween the 10th and 12 century on the banks of the river Bishumati. It soon grew to be the biggest city in the valley along with the other two cities of Patan and Bhaktapur. There is a realy excellent collection of photographs on this bilingual (German and English) site, well presented in an easy to navigate and quick to load format, complete with city maps and useful explanatory comments. Also on this site are more than 300 photographs of the Annapurna trek circuit. I have a feeling, having read the comments on all of the Nepal sites we have checked out for this newsletter, that growing tourism could easily spoil this stunningly beautiful area and change for ever its unique way of life. As it says on the National Geographic site (see below) "despite extreme poverty and substandard living conditions, these people are spiritually rich beyond measure". Visit as soon as you can and take a look at these stunning photographs now on:
http://www.nepal-dia.de/int__England/EK-Kathmandu-Tal/EK-Kathmandu/ek-kathmandu.html
 
Trekking Nepal
In November 2000 Lauri Hafvenstein hiked 60 96 kilometers with 25 fellow enthusiasts on a 16-day National Geographic Expeditions trek. As he says "we witnessed a Nepal that has to be experienced to be believed". Fortunately, thanks to this National Geographic site you can experience Nepal without leaving your armchair (or whatever chair you have near your computer).

The photographs are good and the text is interesting but for my taste the Real Player slide shows are not worth the time they take. However, there is plenty of material apart from the slide shows, so I still think the site is worth a visit, on:
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/01/nomad/nepal/kathmandu.html
 
Travels in Nepal
Jim and Wendy White used the city of Kathmandu as a base to see Mount Everest and explore Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Bhaktapur, Nagarkot, Swayambunath and Patan in the Kathmandu Valley. During their eight and a half days in Nepal, they also travelled to Pokhara, gateway to the Annapurna Ranges of the Himalayas, and camped in the jungle of Royal Chitwan National Park.

This site is the result. Well written, well designed and with a wealth of acutely observed detail this is by far my favourite site on Nepal. The photographs of Everest are some of the best I have seen and the descriptions of the sight-seeing visits in the towns have a refreshing innocence which is a welcome relief from the usual commercial guide-book style.

I thoroughly recommend a visit to:
http://www.interlog.com/~wwhite/nepal.html
 
Recommended travel books
Of the many books on Nepal, we would recommend thoroughly these two which are available from Amazon Books:
 
Hotel accommodation in Asia
There is excellent hotel accommodation available in Nepal at international standards. However, you don't need to pay international prices. There are substantial discounts available if you know where to look. Our research suggests that the best deals are usually available from the Agoda reservations system which you can find on:
 
Index to back issues
Back issues of this newsletter are available. You can find them on:
http://www.connectedglobe.com/thaiairnews/

The countries covered in other issues are:
 
Far East Air Fare deals from ConnectedGlobe
There are some excellent prices to be found on flights to Nepal. For flights originating anywhere in the world use the ConnectedGlobe fare finder page.
 
ConnectedGlobe links to information on Nepal
 
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