BANGKOK It is early December and the Spring Airlines flight from Shanghai to Bangkok is full. The budget carrier flies to the Thai capital twice daily, and the passengers on this flight are predominantly mainlanders making their way to China's favorite Southeast Asian holiday destination.
Chinese airlines like Spring make scores of trips each week to Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket. But it is not just Thailand that is benefiting from rising Chinese outbound tourism. From Myanmar to Malaysia, the impact of these travelers' cash is being felt far and wide.