Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Tourists unaffected by emergency in Bangkok

Some tour agents in Penang are cautious about travelling to Thailand while others say the country’s tourism industry is unaffected by the state of emergency in Bangkok.

Golden First Travel & Tours (Butterworth) Sdn Bhd tour manager Desmond Ang said many of his customers still wanted to travel to Thailand despite the unstable political situation.

“Many of them are used to Thailand’s uncertain political climate, especially in the last two years. So, we are continuing with the tours there,” he said yesterday

He said the company had scheduled tour packages to Bangkok for today and on Saturday, adding that it conducted about five trips there every month.

Jetspeed Travel Sdn Bhd advised customers to travel when the political situation there improved.

“We expect business to be affected by the unrest in Thailand,” said its sales personnel who wished to be known only as Phang. The company usually took about 200 tourists to Bangkok in a week.

KTMB Butterworth station master Shuadi Abdul Ghani said the daily international express train from Bangkok to Butterworth had been suspended since Friday.

Also suspended is the bimonthly Eastern and Orient Express (E&O) train that runs from Singapore-Kuala Lumpur-Butterworth-Bangkok and vice-versa.

Shuadi said the daily Express Senandung Langkawi between Kuala Lumpur and Haadyai would only go up to Padang Besar for the time being.

He said full refunds were being made to those who had bought tickets to board the particular trains since Friday.

Shuadi however, said, he was in contact with his counterparts in Haadyai and would advise passengers when the services resumed.

For details call KTMB at 03-22671200 or 04-3237962.

Source : STAR
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