Neuer Touristen-Zug in Südkorea

Süd­ko­rea bie­tet sei­nen Besu­chern seit Kur­zem eine neue Mög­lich­keit, die fas­zi­nie­ren­den Gebirgs­re­gio­nen ken­nen zu ler­nen, die im Lan­des­in­ne­ren lie­gen: der  Tou­ris­ten­zug ‘Cen­tral Inland Regi­on Tour Train’ bedient zwei ver­schie­de­ne Rou­ten durch die Gebirgs­re­gio­nen der Pro­vin­zen Chungche­ong­buk-do, Gang­won-do und Gye­ong­sang­buk-do. Der soge­nann­te O-Train fährt vier­mal pro Tag in der Haupt­stadt Seo­ul ab und ist dann ca. fünf Stun­den unter­wegs. Auf der 257 Kilo­me­ter lan­gen Stre­cke geht es nach Jeche­on, Yeong­ju und Taebaek und wie­der zurück. Der V-Train bie­tet eine kür­ze­re Rou­te für Eili­ge und fährt nur eine gute Stun­de vom west­lich an Seo­ul angren­zen­den Bun­che­on nach Cheo­lam. Der O-Train bie­tet in vier Wagen Platz für rund 200 Pas­sa­gie­re, die es sich sogar in einem Bord­ca­fé mit Pan­ora­ma­fens­tern gemüt­lich machen kön­nen. Der V-Train ver­fügt über drei Wagen; in einem davon sind die Sit­ze so ange­ord­net, dass die Urlau­ber direkt den Pan­ora­ma­fens­tern zuge­wandt sind.

Thailand Update – Sunday 30th October

Thai­land Update – Sunday 30th Octo­ber


 The situa­ti­on in Bang­kok remains very much the same as we repor­ted yes­ter­day, Satur­day 29th Octo­ber.

Suvarn­ab­hu­mi air­port remains open as nor­mal.  We recom­mend to allow addi­tio­nal time at the air­port for check in.

The cent­re of Bang­kok, whe­re the hotels, main tou­rist sites, shop­ping cen­tres and night­li­fe are­as are loca­ted, has not had any floo­ding. All ser­vices (such as power and water) con­ti­nue to ope­ra­te as nor­mal in the­se are­as and both the sky­train and the sub­way are ope­ra­ting as nor­mal.

While the­re has been some floo­ding near the river at high tides, the main hotels loca­ted along the Chao Pra­ya River con­ti­nue to ope­ra­te as nor­mal; howe­ver, no hotel shut­tle boats are allo­wed to ope­ra­te on the river.

We are not ope­ra­ting the Klong Tour and no boat trips are cur­r­ent­ly per­mit­ted on the Chao Pra­ya River. The muse­ums and Viman­mek Man­si­on are cur­r­ent­ly clo­sed. We are moni­to­ring the other tou­rist sites and will amend iti­ne­ra­ries accord­in­gly.

Are­as in the nort­hern sub­urbs of Bang­kok remain floo­ded. Cha­tuchak mar­ket will not ope­ra­te this wee­kend. Don Muang air­port has clo­sed and the air­lines which nor­mal­ly ope­ra­te from this air­port, Ori­ent Thai Air­lines and Nok Air, have relo­ca­ted their ope­ra­ti­ons to Suvarn­ab­hu­mi air­port.

Tomor­row, Mon­day 31 Octo­ber, is a public holi­day for government workers in Bang­kok and neigh­bou­ring pro­vin­ces. All com­mer­ci­al banks and most pri­va­te com­pa­nies will remain open during this time. Embas­sies such as the Ger­man, Bri­tish and Aus­tra­li­an Embas­sies will remain open.

The safe­ty of our cli­ents is our num­ber one prio­ri­ty and we are con­ti­nuing to care­ful­ly moni­tor the situa­ti­on regar­ding the floo­ding in Bang­kok and will pro­vi­de updates as nee­ded.

Other Are­as of Thai­land

The town and his­to­ri­cal park of Ayut­ha­ya remain floo­ded and no tours are ope­ra­ting, howe­ver the flood water is rece­ding. All boo­kings which inclu­de Ayut­ha­ya will be rerou­t­ed and we will inform the cli­ents and their tour ope­ra­tors. Train ser­vices to the north and south of Thai­land have been dis­rup­ted; howe­ver this does not affect our cli­ents as we do not inclu­de the­se train lines in any of our iti­ne­ra­ries.

The rest of Thai­land (Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Cha Am, Pat­ta­ya, Koh Samui, Phu­ket , Khao Lak, Phu­ket) has not had any floo­ding and all tours and packa­ges are ope­ra­ting as nor­mal.

Quel­le ICS