November 30 will see the launch of a one-off merit-making journey aimed at Buddhist worshippers.
Bangkok-based travelers desperate to go airborne after months of being grounded at home will soon get to embark on a “flight to nowhere” like none other. Thai Airways’ latest offering—a three-hour joyride—certainly raises eyebrows. It will overfly no less than 99 sacred sites around the capital and in 31 of Thailand’s 77 provinces, and is marketed as a merit-making journey, with passengers chanting Buddhist mantras under the guidance of celebrity astrologist Katha Chinbanchorn. Fliers will also be given a prayer book, a Buddha amulet, and a special meal. Tickets for the experience have gone on sale from 5,999 baht (US$194) for an economy-class seat to 9,999 baht (US$323) for one in business class.
Executive vice president for Thai Airways’ commercial operations, Wiwat Piyawiroj, told reporters at The Bangkok Post, “There will be no landing during the flight and passengers will receive positive energy from chanting while onboard.” He also said the special journey was part of the airline’s Magical Flying Experience campaign aimed at boosting Thailand’s tourism sector.
The pilgrimage flight is scheduled for November 30, and will depart from Suvarnabhumi Airport at 1:30 p.m. local time. Its route will first take devotees eastward to Chonburi and Rayong provinces, then turn over the Gulf of Thailand to “visit” Surat Thani in the south. After skirting Prachuap Khiri Khan and taking in central provinces such as Ayutthaya, Suphan Buri, and Sukhothai, travelers will also overfly Nakhon Ratchasima and Chaiyaphum in the northeast Isan region, before touching down in Bangkok at 4:30 p.m. Seats for the special experience can be booked up until November 25.
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