Travellers heading to the Land of Smiles for the first time can now look forward to enjoying the Kingdom's growing range of high-tech facilities, many of which are aimed at tourists.
In addition to expanding internet connectivity on mobile devices, the land of tropical islands, spicy food and world-class hospitality is now offering a series of unique virtual services to travellers.
According to the Samui Times, for example, the island's main carrier Bangkok Airways is now offering Blue Ribbon Class passengers iPad minis as part of their in-flight entertainment package.
Thetablets come equipped with a wide selection of entertainment, including everything from the latest Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows, to music channels and interactive activities.
"Delivering an outstanding passenger experience is at the heart of our ethos at Bangkok Airways," Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, president of Bangkok Airways told the press. "We are already famous for our on-board boutique service, but we wanted to go an extra mile to ensure that our business class travellers' flying experience is more pleasurable and enjoyable," he added.
The extra entertainment options are currently in trial, and will be available to Blue Ribbon passengers on flights between Bangkok and the Maldives, Koh Samui and Hong Kong, as well as Koh Samui and Singapore.
Visitors to Thailand who like to use their smartphones for the latest travel apps should also check out Rocket Internet's taxi booking app, which was launched in Bangkok in November last year. The app, known as "Easy Taxi" is just one of a growing number of taxi booking applications to launchin the Kingdom.
Felipe Kasinsky, Easy Taxi Thailand's CEO, revealed that the app's dual aims are to help passengers get taxis easily and to help drivers generate greater profits. Easy Taxi is available on iOS and Android, and supports Thai and English. Travellers with the app will know whether a taxi is on the way within three minutes. Easy Taxi has a department which deals solely with passengers, providing information and also getting feedback from users.
Once you arrive at your destination in Thailand, accommodation options are also becoming increasingly hi-tech. Many private holiday villas in places like Koh Samui and Phuket, for example, boast a range of state-of-the-art home entertainment options, including flat screen televisions and sound systems. Some of Thailand's most luxurious villas even have their own mini cinemas where guests can enjoy watching movies on large wall-mounted flat screens, with the latests surround sound equipment.
by MAX VEE