Thai AirAsia is introducing a new route linking Chiang Mai to Yangon, Myanmar three times a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays), serving the route with its large comfortable planes and on-time service. Special low fares will be offered for the inaugural flight and can already be booked online.
Thai AirAsia’s aim is to attract new tourists to boost Chiang Mai’s travel scene as well as to give Chiang Mai residents the opportunity to experience Yangon’s spirituality, Shwedagon Pagoda and its decrepit houses exulting British colonial charms.
Mr. Santisuk Klongchaiya, CEO of Thai AirAsia, indicated that Chiang Mai has been a strong and ever growing flight base. Thai AirAsia currently stations six Airbus A 320s and serves 13 routes both domestic and international. The “Chiang Mai-Yangon” direct flight will be available three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and be able to connect two unique locations that are sure to enhance their mutual economies, tourism and investment.
“Yangon is a place of spirituality and culture and is one of Myanmar’s most rapidly expanding cities both in terms of economy and tourism while Chiang Mai is a popular and distinct destination. This new connection should provide interesting opportunities and we are prepared to use our on-time service and new large Airbus A 320 planes to attract travelers from both Thailand and Myanmar” Mr. Santisuk said.
As Myanmar former capital and the country’s largest city, Yangon is home to many grand and important religious sites such as Shwedagon Pagoda, Kyaiktiyo Pagoda and Bo Bo Gyi Shrine. Its visitors are also regularly charmed by its British colonial architecture, European style cafes and enjoy easy access to the ancient city of Bago.
Thai AirAsia will offer a promotional fare starting at 990 THB per trip to be available 11-24 June 2018 for travel from the route’s inaugural flight on 11 August 2018 to 12 August 2019 on its website and various booking channels.
The new flights also come with a range of other privileges that include discounts on GrabTaxi, 700MB of free data and 500 Kyat worth of phone calls when purchasing a SIM card at the MPT counter at Yangon Airport and discounts up to 15% at restaurants across the city.
Chiang Mai is one of six domestic Thai AirAsia flight bases and one of its strongest. The city is currently connected to eight domestic routes flying to Bangkok, Phuket, Hat Yai, Krabi, Surat Thani, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen and U-Tapao (Pattaya) while its current international network includes routes to Macau, Hong Kong, Changsha, Hangzhou and Kuala Lumpur with Yangon coming from August 11.