Worth Reading: An In-Depth NYT Travel Story on Cuenca, Ecuador and the Country’s Southern Coast

Long-time Newley.com readers will recall that about a decade ago I spent a year living and working in the fascinating, staggeringly picturesque city Cuenca, Ecuador, which is situated some 8,000 feet high in the Andean foothills. I loved my time there, met some great people who remain my close friends, and think of the country […]

Travelfish Founder Stuart McDonald Talks Southeast Asia Travel

If you’re interested in Southeast Asia travel, you might enjoy listening to this podcast interview with Stuart McDonald, founder of the travel site Travelfish.org. McDonald has been traveling in the region for more than 20 years, and has some interesting thoughts on how travel — and travelers — have changed over time. He talks mainly […]

NY Times: ’36 Hours in Bangkok’

I often enjoy the The New York Times‘s “36 Hours in…” dispatches. The travel pieces usually convey, in perhaps 1,500 words, both the destination’s atmosphere and practical tips for visiting. So I was delighted to see today’s “36 Hours in Bangkok,” by veteran correspondent Thomas Fuller. I especially like the lede, because it mirrors much […]

Thai Airways to launch budget airline next year

MCOT says Thai Airways will launch a low-cost carrier in April, 2012: The new airline has not yet been given a name. “Thai Silk”, “Thai Wings” and “Thai Fly” were initially offered for selection by the public and THAI staff. And: Mr Ampon added that the board, meanwhile, approved the extension period of THAI and […]

A polished version of the vintage Thailand travel poster

You may recall that I pointed out a striking vintage Thailand travel poster back in January. The image comes from the Boston Public Library’s collection of travel posters, viewable on Flickr. Here’s the poster again: Fast forward a few months. I received an interesting email yesterday from a Tim in Massachusetts. He wrote: …I came […]

Vintage Thailand travel poster

UPDATE — April 7, 2011: Here’s a polished version of the poster. Here’s a very cool, vintage Thailand travel poster from the Boston Public Library. Caption: “Siam. Beautiful Bangkok, the Jewel city of Asia.” “Date issued: 1910-1959 (approximate).” From the library’s Travel Posters collection, which contains some real gems. (Via @babyfishie.) Image: Boston Public Library, […]

Thai Airways flight from Bangkok to LA lands safely after bomb threat

AP: FBI: Flight lands in Los Angeles after bomb threat: LOS ANGELES — A Thai Airways flight from Bangkok landed safely at Los Angeles International Airport Tuesday evening after a bomb threat written in poorly worded English was spotted on a bathroom mirror on the plane, authorities said. Airport officials were notified at 7:15 p.m. […]

Thai Airways chief quits over excess baggage scandal

Financial Times: The executive chairman of Thai Airways has resigned following allegations that he, his wife and another executive had flown with almost 400 kg of baggage between Tokyo and Bangkok last November. Wallop Bhukkanasut, the chairman, said most of the more than 40 pieces of luggage belonged to an unnamed but important person and […]

Thailand’s PB Air ceases operations

A quick Thailand-specific aviation note that may of of interest: PB Air has ceased operating. The company’s Web site has a simple statement saying that “all flights are suspended until further notice,” but no reason for the stoppage is given. 2Bangkok.com noted this news on Nov. 18, and I was curious to know what happened. […]

Replicating a first class Pan Am 747 cabin — in a garage

Wall Street Journal: Fliers nostalgic for the golden era of air travel might want to book a trip to Anthony Toth’s garage. Mr. Toth has built a precise replica of a first-class cabin from a Pan Am World Airways 747 in the garage of his two-bedroom condo in Redondo Beach, Calif. The setup includes almost […]