Thai Air News from Issue 39 dated 12 November 2005

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Now that Thai Airways International have opened up their route to Islamabad it is appropriate to cover Pakistan in this issue of the Thai Air newsletter. If you are more interested in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia or China our back issues will provide you with lots of information. For cheap flights and hotels throughout Asia, use the links in this issue. These will provide you with excellent bargains in both travel and accommodation throughout Asia.
For cheap flights: our cheap flights section. For excellent hotels at discount prices: Agoda.

Contents of this issue

Thai Air Introduces Direct Flight to Islamabad

THAI will introduce direct flights routed Bangkok - Islamabad, Pakistan to its routenet during the beginning of the Winter Program 2005/2006. Flights to Islamabad add to THAI's already strong dedicated service to the Middle East, making Islamabad the third destination served in Pakistan in addition to Karachi and Lahore.

With this schedule, THAI offers convenient flight connections in Bangkok for passengers traveling to/from Islamabad destined for travel to/from other destinations beyond Thailand, such as USA, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and Japan. THAI is the first and only airline from the Southeast Asia region to operate into the capital of Pakistan.
For full details of this announcement by Thai Airways International, see:

Welcome to Pakistan

The Pakistan Ministry of Tourism claim From the mighty stretches of the Karakorams in the North to the vast alluvial delta of the Indus River in the South, Pakistan remains a land of high adventure and nature. Trekking, mountaineering, white water rafting, wild boar hunting, mountain and desert jeep safaris, camel and yak safaris, trout fishing and bird watching, are a few activities, which entice the adventure and nature lovers to Pakistan. Well they would say that wouldn't they? However, they are amply justified in their description. A fascinating and beautiful country, well worth visiting and well described on this official web site.
Where better to start than the excellent website from the Ministry of Tourism which you can find at:

Pakistan - The Land of Many Splendours

The Pakistan Travel Web will tell you everything you need to know about the various types of holiday you can have. You will be amazed at the variety and there is something for all tastes, ages and energies. You can choose from:
  • Fishing
  • Ski & Snow
  • Golf
  • Safaris
  • WildLife
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • History & Cultural
  • Horseback Riding
  • White Water Sports
  • Mountain Biking
  • Eco-Tours
  • Mountaineering
  • Shopping
or you can simply decide to climb one of the 99 mountains over 7000 metres!
To get some idea of the variety that Pakistan can offer, visit:

The story of Pakistan

The real name of this site is "The Most Comprehensive Reference on the Political History of Pakistan" and it lives up to its name. Well presented and beautifully designed, here is the place to find out all there is to know about the history of this fascinating country. Starting at 50,000BC and illustrated with excellent photos, thsi site is well worth visiting. I am no great history fan but I spent a very enjoyable time browsing this excellent web.
I never cease to be amazed by how much I didn't know that I didn't know! Find out more fascinating stories and learn more about Pakistan at:

Speaking with Tongues

Isn't it marvellous how we have managed to invent so many ways of talking to each other? Especially when much of the time it seems to me that no-one listens to anyone. Pakistan has an amazing 72 living languages and you can read all about them on the excellent Ethnologue page. You will also find there that there are 7,398,329 deaf people in Pakistan. Deaf in the sense that they can't hear. Those of us fortunate enough to be able to hear should try to use our good fortune rather more than we sometimes do!
Interesting to see just how languages have developed and how it divides communities. However, it also enriches. Even in the major European languages it is sometimes much easier to convey an idea in one language rather than another. Well worth reading:

Fazia's Pakistan Pages

Information about Pakistan from the perspective of an American woman with Pakistani ethnic background. Nicely presented with some ineteresting sections, including one on Women's Issues and Resources and another on Spirituality. A different perspective on some different topics, but all to help you understand better this fascinating country.
Regrettably several of the links no longer work, so I will never know the answer to "If you're wondering why a link to info about Yasmeen (a Canadian supermadel) is included on this page". Nevertheless, worth a visit:

Recommended travel books

For useful books on travel in Pakistan, you will find a comprehensive listing with prices and reviews on my books page (with links to buy direct from on:

Hotel Accommodation

Hotel accommodation in Pakistan is plentiful and using a reputable agent can secure you substantial discounts. Agoda can usually find you a good deal and you can check their availability below.
Agoda is our favourite hotel booking agent. They are based in Thailand and have an excellent reputation for great bargains and excellent customer service.

Index to back issues

Back issues of this newsletter are available. You can find them on:
The countries covered in other issues are:

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