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New Thailand Tourism Sandbox Planned

On 1st July the Phuket Sandbox opened, allowing fully vaccinated travellers to visit the Thai island without the need to quarantine. On 15th July the Samui Plus scheme launched, allowing visitors to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Now plans have been unveiled for the Andaman Sandbox. Main picture Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand TheContinue reading "New Thailand Tourism Sandbox Planned"

Thailand’s Chiang Rai Hoping To Reopen To Foreign Tourists

The Northern Thai town of Chiang Rai is hoping to be able to join the Thailand Reopening programme amid fears that the area could be left behind in attracting foreign tourists. White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand credit Bradley Prentice on Unsplash Phuket reopened to vaccinated tourists on 1st July and was joined by the SuratContinue reading "Thailand’s Chiang Rai Hoping To Reopen To Foreign Tourists"

Hua Hin In Thailand Announces Tourism Opening Plans

Hua Hin, the seaside resort made popular by the Thai Royal family in the 1920’s, and a popular escape for residents of Bangkok, has announced plans to reopen to foreign tourists. Main picture Buddhist monk on Hua Hin beach in Thailand, credit Thomas Oxford on Unsplash Following in the footsteps of the Phuket Sandbox whichContinue reading "Hua Hin In Thailand Announces Tourism Opening Plans"

New Lockdown For Parts Of Thailand

Thailand has today announced tighter restrictions for Bangkok and nine provinces in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, including travel curbs, mall closures, a curfew and limits on the size of gatherings. Main picture Wat Arun, Bangkok credit Bernard Spragg. NZ on flickr Some measures will take effect from Saturday, others fromContinue reading "New Lockdown For Parts Of Thailand"

Rising Covid-19 Cases Threaten Thailand Tourist Reopening Schedule

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is due to consider proposals for a new lockdown in high-risk areas due to concerning increases in Covid-19 cases. Main picture Wat Arun, Bangkok at night credit Minseok Kwak on Unsplash Thailand has reported a record 75 Covid-19 fatalities and 7,058 new cases over the past 24 hours. Prayuth Chan-ochaContinue reading "Rising Covid-19 Cases Threaten Thailand Tourist Reopening Schedule"

Thailand Tourism Reopening Plan Under Threat From Covid Outbreak

Thailand recently launched an ambitious 120 day reopening plan while it has continued to battle its worst outbreak of Covid-19 and struggle with the vaccination programme. Main picture Bangkok at night credit Geoff Greenwood on Unsplash The country has today reported its highest daily death rate and new infections since the pandemic began with 57Continue reading "Thailand Tourism Reopening Plan Under Threat From Covid Outbreak"

Latest Thailand Tourism News

A great deal is happening in Thailand at the moment that will affect travellers and tourists to the “Land of Smiles”. Main picture Thailand beach scene credit Aleksandr Zykov on flickr The country has embarked on a 120 day quest to fully reopen the country to foreign visitors as well as domestic travel. Phuket andContinue reading "Latest Thailand Tourism News"

Thailand Reopening Schedule

Phuket is due to reopen to international visitors, quarantine free, from 1st July. Koh Samui will follow on 15th July. But what about the rest of Thailand? Main picture Wat Arun, Bangkok credit Bernard Spragg NZ on flickr Our handy guide gives you all the information you need to book your travel to Thailand. DetailsContinue reading "Thailand Reopening Schedule"

Breaking News – Thailand Confirms Reopening Plan

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has confirmed reopening plans have been approved. Main picture Thai beach credit Maksim Shutov on Unsplash The plan will begin with the “Phuket Sandbox” from 1st July, followed by Surat Thani – Samui Plus from 15th July, and other destinations, including Krabi, Phang Nga, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and BuriContinue reading "Breaking News – Thailand Confirms Reopening Plan"

Thailand To Follow New Ambitious Tourism Opening Plan

Thailand has previously set out a number of plans for the reopening of the country, without the requirement of a mandatory quarantine period for vaccinated travellers. Main picture James Bond Island, Phang Nga, Thailand, credit Diego Munoz Suarez on Unsplash The most recent “masterplan” led with the Phuket Sandbox starting on 1st July, followed byContinue reading "Thailand To Follow New Ambitious Tourism Opening Plan"

Thailand Looks To Sustainable Travel

As Thailand prepares to reopen its borders for quarantine free travel for international visitors, the country is also looking forward to a more environmentally-friendly and sustainable future. Main picture Hua Hin, Thailand credit Robert Eklund on Unsplash The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Thailand Greenhouse Gas ManagementContinue reading "Thailand Looks To Sustainable Travel"

Endangered Bamboo Sharks Released In Thailand

Listed as “Near Threatened” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature red list, the brownbanded bamboo shark is being given support by a release programme in Rayong, Thailand. Main picture a conservationist from the marine fisheries research centre in Thailand’s east coast releases brownbanded bamboo sharks into the sea, in this still image obtainedContinue reading "Endangered Bamboo Sharks Released In Thailand"

Thailand Government Approves Phuket Tourism Start

The Thai cabinet have, in principle, agreed that the Phuket Sandbox can begin as planned on 1st July. Main picture Phuket credit Arkady Lukashov on Unsplash The Phuket Sandbox scheme will allow fully vaccinated international tourists from low or medium-risk countries to visit the island province without the need for quarantine on arrival. Tourists willContinue reading "Thailand Government Approves Phuket Tourism Start"

Full Steam Ahead For Thailand Quarantine Free Travel

If all goes to plan Phuket will be the first area in Thailand to reopen to foreign tourists, without the need for a mandatory quarantine, on 1st July. The Phuket reopening is part of a series of “Sandbox” measures that the country is taking to help safely reopen borders and reignite the tourism economy whichContinue reading "Full Steam Ahead For Thailand Quarantine Free Travel"

Thailand Seeks UNESCO Status

Thailand is applying for UNESCO status for two of its most recognisable, but very different, features this year. The Andaman Coast and Tom Yam Kung. Andaman Coast The Thai culture committee has agreed to push for UNESCO World Heritage Site Status for the Andaman coastline. A World Heritage Site is a cultural or natural landmarkContinue reading "Thailand Seeks UNESCO Status"

Top Hotels in Thailand 2021

Global travel website Tripadvisor have published their Travellers Choice Top 25 Hotels in Thailand 2021. Main picture Chiang Rai, Thailand credit Peter Borter on Unsplash The list is compiled using user reviews and includes hotels and resorts from around Thailand from small boutique hotels to some of the biggest hotel names in the country. InContinue reading "Top Hotels in Thailand 2021"


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