Bangkok Tourism Restart Delay

The chaotic restart of tourism in Thailand continues as the on-off reopening of Bangkok is delayed. Main picture boats on the Chao Praya River in Bangkok, Thailand Earlier in the summer the Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, announced a 120 day plan to reopen much of Thailand to international tourists, including Bangkok. This was despiteContinue reading “Bangkok Tourism Restart Delay”

Thailand To Simplify Tourism Entry Details

Since Thailand reopened to foreign travellers with Phuket in July there has been confusion over the entry requirements for tourists. Main picture Chiang Mai temples credit Peter Borter on Unsplash This was only made worse when Koh Samui opened later that month with very different entry requirements. Then the Phuket Extension started with another differentContinue reading “Thailand To Simplify Tourism Entry Details”

Hua Hin Recharge Transport Dilemma

The Hua Hin Recharge scheme, part of the wider Thailand Reopening, is due to begin on 1st October. However getting tourists to the area is more of a problem than areas already opened like Phuket and Koh Samui. Main picture credit Dominic Rivard on flickr Hua Hin airport currently has no scheduled flights arriving andContinue reading “Hua Hin Recharge Transport Dilemma”

Thailand Travel Reopening Plans Confirmed

The Thai Tourism and Sports Ministry has given more details of its plans to reopen Thailand to foreign tourists over the coming months. Main picture Ranong Province, Thailand, credit Tomas Malik Ivauh on Unsplash Plans are moving forward for Chiang Mai, Hua Hin and Pattaya to reopen from 1st October, hopefully as Sandbox destinations. ItContinue reading “Thailand Travel Reopening Plans Confirmed”

Koh Samui To Ditch Tourism Programme In Favour Of Sandbox

On 15th July three islands in Surat Thani, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao, reopened to foreign tourists under the Samui Plus scheme. However the scheme failed to attract the hoped for number of tourists, largely due to the restrictions in place, which included spending the first three days in the grounds of theirContinue reading “Koh Samui To Ditch Tourism Programme In Favour Of Sandbox”

Low Tourist Numbers For Phuket Sandbox

When the first international tourists entered the Phuket Sandbox when it launched on the 1st July there was confidence among officials of welcoming at least 100,000 people in the first three months. That figure now looks unachievable. Main picture Palai Bay, Phuket, Thailand, credit Edwin Lee on flickr The Phuket Sandbox has been hit byContinue reading “Low Tourist Numbers For Phuket Sandbox”

October Tourism Restart For Bangkok And Other Areas Of Thailand

Earlier this summer the Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha set out a 120 day plan to reopen all of Thailand to foreign tourists. The plan was controversial at the time and soaring Covid cases and slow vaccination programme had made the plan look unachievable. Main picture White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand credit Peter Borter onContinue reading “October Tourism Restart For Bangkok And Other Areas Of Thailand”

Phuket Sandbox Struggles

The Thai government and tourism authorities and organisations have committed to the reopening of Thailand to foreign tourists and rebuilding the tourism economy in the country. Main picture beach life in Phuket credit Artur Kornakov on Unsplash Moves are continuing to reopening further parts of the country in the coming weeks to help to attractContinue reading “Phuket Sandbox Struggles”

New Areas Set To Reopen To Tourists In Thailand

Thailand is continuing to look at opportunities to reopen to foreign tourists but the schedule is likely to be slower than was originally planned. Main picture Chiang Mai, Thailand, credit Cheese Yang on Unsplash Earlier this year Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, announced a 120 day reopening plan that would see all major Thai touristContinue reading “New Areas Set To Reopen To Tourists In Thailand”

Challenges to Covid Tourism

The global Covid-19 pandemic has devastated many countries globally and one of the consequences was the almost complete closure of international tourism in March last year (2020). Main picture credit Chuttersnap on Unsplash The economic impact of tourism should not be underestimated. A number of countries have started to reopen their borders to foreign tourists,Continue reading “Challenges to Covid Tourism”

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