Tourism

First cruise ship in three years docks at Samui Island

People on Samui Island extended a warm welcome to 600 passengers and 400 crew today (Sunday), from the first cruise ship to dock at the resort island in the Gulf…

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Chiang Mai abuzz with events and activities this weekend

Chiang Mai will be full of events and activities today (Saturday) and tomorrow, especially its shopping and walking streets, with police advising motorists to expect congested traffic and the closure…

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TAT promotes Thai tourism’s soft power with ‘Amazing Night Light of Loi Krathong’

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has been holding the “Amazing Night Light of Loi Krathong” event, to celebrate the festival of floating lanterns at Bangkok’s Santi Chai Prakan Park…

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Official Loy Krathong festivities to be held at Ong Ang Canal and across Bangkok

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will hold Loy Krathong festivities along the famous Ong Ang Canal from November 6th through 8th and at the foot of the Rama 8 Bridge…

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Tourists arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport on October 30th, 2022 / photo from sun_horng Tiktok

Tourist arrivals in Thailand surge 43% to 3.1 million in October

More than 3.1 million foreign tourists arrived in Thailand in October, an increase of 43.55% over September, said Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob today (Wednesday). Arrivals by air accounted for 96.36%…

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Body of missing Russian woman found in sea off Pa Tong Beach

Rescue teams in Phuket have found the body of a Russian woman, who went missing from Nai Thon Beach in Thalang District last Friday. Pol Maj-Gen Sermphan Sirikhong, commander of…

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First cruise ship in three years docks in Phuket today

The first cruise ship to arrive in Thailand in three years docked at the Patong pier in Phuket today (Monday), to allow about 800 passengers to come ashore for a…

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The Chon Buri Buffalo Racing Festival heralds the end of the Buddhist Lent. (Photo by TAT)

Stand well clear, buffaloes on the run!

Farmers in Chon Buri, an hour’s drive east of Bangkok, hold an annual buffalo racing festival in early October around the end of the Buddhist Lent to have some fun…

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Thai cabinet approves 45-day stay for tourists entitled to visa exemption and 30 days with Visa on Arrival

The cabinet approved an edict of the Interior Ministry today (Tuesday) extending the period of stay, from 30 to 45 days, for tourists from countries and territories entitled to visa…

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Tourism rebound lays foundation for Thai economic recovery

The recent recovery in tourism, as reflected in the rapid rise in foreign arrivals, is offering Thailand’s ailing economy a lifeline in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The government…

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Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO) Bangkok Office. (Photo by Veena Thoopkrajae)

South Korea and Thailand team up to drive tourism back to the boom times

Thailand and South Korea can add to their list of “things in common” their tourism industries, both of which are working to get back on track after COVID-19. Tourism exchanges…

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SRT starts trial run of BKK-Chachoengsao train service using refurbished Japanese rolling stock

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has launched a trial run of used train carriages, donated by Japan and refurbished by the SRT, on the Bangkok-Chachoengsao-Bangkok route, before full operation…

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International visitors await instructions from health officials inside the arrival terminal at Suvarnabhumi International Airport as Thailand welcomes the first group of vaccinated tourists without quarantine in Bangkok on November 1, 2021./ AFP

Thai tourism continues to recover with 4 million arrivals already this year

The number of foreign tourists entering Thailand so far this year has now exceeded 4 million in a positive sign, reflecting the continuing recovery of Thailand’s tourism sector. It is…

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Putting Yala back on track by turning it into a center of Malay fashion

With the COVID crisis now receding, Yala City Municipality is working on getting quickly back on its feet with a series of events aimed at boosting the economy and people’s well-being….

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House panel allows same-sex foreign couples to register civil partnership in Thailand

The House committee vetting the Civil Partnership Bill decided today (Wednesday) to amend the bill to make it possible for same-sex couples who are both foreigners to register their partnership…

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Thailand has proposed organizing the Phuket Expo between 20 March and 17 June 2028 and expects to welcome 4,930,000 visitors. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

TCEB and Phuket unite for BIE assessment of Expo 2028 bid

Thailand’s public and private sectors are busy preparing for an inspection by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) from July 25 to 29 which will assess the feasibility and viability…

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Grand Palace welcomes new attractions, stirs interests in history

Recently discovered under the ground, several ancient sculptures are now adding to the attractions of the already splendid Grand Palace. They have drawn public attention not just for their looks…

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More tourist arrivals in the south since scrapping of “Thailand Pass”

Tourist arrivals at Phuket international airport and at two border crossings in the southern provinces of Songkhla and Yala have increased since yesterday (Friday), when requirement for a “Thailand Pass”…

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Malaysian tourists in Thailand expected to outnumber those from India

Tourists entering Thailand from Malaysia are expected to outnumber Indian tourists after the scrapping of the “Thailand Pass” requirement from July 1st, said Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn yesterday…

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Phase 4 of ‘We Travel Together’ program extended until end of October

The Thai cabinet today (Tuesday) decided to extend Phase 4 of the “Rao Tiew Duay Kan” (We Travel Together) program until the end of October, because there was a residual…

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‘Thailand Pass’ for non-Thais scrapped, new guidelines issued for masks

Non-Thais arriving in Thailand will no longer be required to apply for the “Thailand Pass” before their departure, nor will they be required to have insurance coverage of US$10,000 from…

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Immigration forms to be temporarily scrapped for non-Thais travelling by air

The cabinet has agreed to temporarily exempt the use of immigration forms, known as “Tor Mor 6”, for foreigners entering or exiting Thailand by air, to facilitate immigration checks and…

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30-day visa exemption for Thailand approved for Saudi tourists

Saudi tourists will be able to visit Thailand and stay for up to 30 days without the need to apply for a visa before their departure, following the cabinet’s approval…

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TAT expects up to 10 million foreign tourists to visit Thailand this year

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has forecast that between 7 and 10 million foreign tourists will visit Thailand this year, which will generate about 1.5 trillion baht in revenue…

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FILE / International visitors await instructions from health officials inside the arrival terminal at Suvarnabhumi International Airport / AFP

No quarantine on entry to Thailand, partial reopening of bars begins Wednesday

Thailand has further eased COVID-19 restrictions by scrapping quarantine for international arrivals and allowing the partial reopening of pubs, bars and other entertainment venues, including soapy massage parlours, from today…

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Most overseas arrivals in Thailand this year come from India

Indian tourists represent the most foreign arrivals in Thailand so far this year. 100,884 arrived between January 1st and May 24th, said Government Spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana today (Sunday). He said,…

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Anti-Monkeypox measures introduced at Thai airports

Overseas arrivals, from countries where Monkeypox infections have been detected, are now screened for symptoms, such as blisters, by health officials as they walk through the scanners at Thailand’s international…

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Thailand scraps quarantine for air, land arrivals from June 1, ‘Thailand Pass’ only for non-Thais

From June 1st, Thais returning to Thailand need not apply for a “Thailand Pass”, but foreigners are still required to do so, but the process for foreigners to enter Thailand…

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Thai hotels listed among TripAdvisor’s best hotels of 2022

Two of Thailand’s hotels have been included among TripAdvisor’s global list of the top 25 hotels in 2022. The hotels chosen for “Traveller’s Choice 2022 – Best of the Best…

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A tourist enjoys the view of the Hong islands from the infinity pool of a resort on Koh Yao Yai island in the Andaman Sea. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand’s long-term ‘high potential’ resident visa fee to be halved to ฿50,000

Thailand’s cabinet decided to cut the long-term resident (LTR) visa fee by half on Tuesday, to 50,000 baht, for foreigners who have “high capability or potential” and want to stay…

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TAT to propose extending Phase 4 of “We Travel Together” tourism program

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will propose extending Phase 4 of the “Rao Tiew Duay Kan” (We Travel Together) domestic tourism program until December to the Center for Economic…

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Over 21,000 overseas passengers arrive in BKK, Phuket, on 1st day without ‘Test & Go’

Over 120 international flights, carrying 21,268 passengers, arrived at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi and Phuket international airports yesterday (Sunday), the day after the government’s anti-COVID-19 “Test and Go” scheme ended, no longer…

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FILE / International visitors await instructions from health officials inside the arrival terminal at Suvarnabhumi International Airport / AFP

Tourism minister suggests replacing ‘Thailand Pass’ with ‘Vaccine Passport’

Thai Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said yesterday (Wednesday) that he will ask the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at its next meeting to consider replacing the “Thailand…

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A woman wears a protective facemask as she walks in Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok / AFP

Thailand prepares for further easing of COVID restrictions on arrivals on May 1

Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob will visit Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi international airport this Friday to check the preparedness to cope with the easing of restrictions on overseas arrivals from May 1st, as…

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Phuket to scrap COVID-19 testing, vaccine proof for arrivals from May 1

The Phuket provincial communicable disease committee decided on Tuesday to scrap the requirement for COVID-19 testing of all arrivals by air, land and sea and the requirement to show proof…

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Thailand to scrap RT-PCR tests, ‘Test & Go’ for vaccinated arrivals from May 1

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) decided today (Friday) to scrap the requirement for RT-PCR testing of overseas arrivals, and the “Test and Go” scheme for fully vaccinated travelers …

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Thailand, along with 88 other countries, removed from US ‘Don’t Travel’ list

The United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday removed Thailand and 88 other countries from its “Do Not Travel” list. Thailand is now categorised as Level 3,…

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Foreign tourists and locals take part in water fights to celebrate Thai New Year, locally known as Songkran, at Khao San Road in Bangkok on April 13, 2022. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Tourists ignore Songkran water-fight ban on Bangkok’s Khaosan Road

A large number of locals and foreign tourists flocked to Bangkok’s Khaosan Road last night (Wednesday) to engage in Songkran water fights, despite the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s ban on the…

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Thai PM happy with tourism rise, but reminds all to guard against COVID-19

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has reminded all concerned, especially those in the tourism sector, not to lower their guard against COVID-19 while expressing satisfaction with the recovering tourism sector. Over…

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A health official checks the forms of incoming passengers during a health assessment at a checkpoint for people flying in from a list of countries and territories that include China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Iran and Italy, as a precautionary measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on March 9, 2020. (Photo by VIVEK PRAKASH / AFP)

Thailand considers further easing restrictions on international arrivals from May

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved, but only in principle, to ease more restrictions on international arrivals, tentatively from May, according to CCSA Spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin….

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International arrivals in Thailand increase after restriction easing

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport saw a large increase in international arrivals yesterday (Sunday), as those travelling to the country no longer need a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test before their departure. The…

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File photo: A traditional Thai statue wears a face mask as a campaign for travellers to prevent the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus at the departure terminal of Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok before the new year last year. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

No pre-arrival COVID RT-PCR tests needed for arrivals in Thailand from Friday

People arriving in Thailand, from today (Friday), under “Test and Go”, “sandbox” or other quarantine programs no longer need a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test certificate, issued within 72 hours prior…

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‘Thailand Pass’ revocation, RT-PCR tests waiver upon arrival to be proposed

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports will propose to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) that the “Thailand Pass” requirement for all international arrivals be revoked and that the…

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Thailand’s Phu Laen Kha national park to be listed as star-gazing destination

Phu Laen Kha National Park, in the north-eastern province of Chaiyaphum, has passed the “Dark Sky Park” assessment of the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT), paving the way…

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Thailand helps stranded tourists from Russia and Ukraine

Thailand helps stranded tourists from Russia and Ukraine

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the resulting imposition of sanctions, more than 8,000 citizens from the two countries have found themselves stranded in Thailand. At the weekly Cabinet…

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Thailand drops pre-departure RT-PCR tests for overseas arrivals, allows Songkran celebrations

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has agreed to cancel the requirement for pre-departure RT-PCR tests for international arrivals, effective from April 1st, and is to allow some celebrations…

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Cheap accommodation on Samui arranged for stranded Russian, Ukrainian tourists

Low-cost accommodation on Samui Island has been arranged for the many Russian and Ukrainian tourists stranded in Thailand due to the war in Ukraine. Up to 30 rooms at a…

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Bangkok’s Bumrungrad Hospital ranked country’s best in global survey

Bumrungrad International Hospital has been ranked Thailand’s best hospital, as listed in the World’s Best Hospitals 2022 by Newsweek magazine. The survey is based on data collected from over 80,000…

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Thai businesses, officials try to help stranded Russian tourists

Thai officials and tourism-related business representatives have been trying to assist thousands of Russian tourists stranded in tourist towns such as Phuket, Koh Samui and Pattaya due to the international…

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Final three defendants in Thailand’s zero-dollar tourism case acquitted

The Thai Supreme Court acquitted 3 people today (Thursday), who were among 13 accused of involvement in the zero-dollar tourism scam exposed in Thailand almost six years ago, due to…

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First Saudi flight to Thailand in 32 years gets a warm welcome

The first Saudi Arabian Airline direct flight to Thailand in 32 years arrived at Suvarnabhumi international airport yesterday evening (Monday) with 71 passengers on board, marking a milestone in the…

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International visitors follow a health official inside the arrival terminal at Suvarnabhumi International Airport / AFP

Thailand to relax rules for international arrivals from March 1 despite COVID surge

Thailand is set to relax rules for international arrivals from March 1st despite the continual surge in COVID-19 infections in the country. The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has…

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Promthep cape viewpoint at sunset in Phuket, Thailand / Photo from tawatchai07 / freepik.com

Phuket ‘sandbox’ attracts over 330,000 visitors to date

The Phuket “sandbox” has attracted more than 330,000 international travellers since July 1st, 2021, and has generated 43 billion baht for Thailand. Government Spokesperson Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said that the prime…

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Thai cabinet approves tax incentives for foreigners with LTR visa

The cabinet approved in principle today (Tuesday) a draft royal decree to exempt from personal income tax foreigners on long-term resident visas (LTR visa) who stay in Thailand or who…

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Saudi Airlines to resume direct flights to Thailand on February 28

Saudi Arabian Airlines will resume direct flights to Thailand next Monday, as part of the move to restore full diplomatic ties which were frozen for three decades, Government Spokesman Thanakorn…

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Passengers are welcomed as they arrive at Sydney International Airport in Sydney, Monday, Feb. 21, 2022. (Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP)

Australia welcomes back tourists with toy koalas, Tim Tams

CANBERRA (AP) — International tourists and business travelers began arriving in Australia with few restrictions on Monday for the first time in almost two years after the government lifted some…

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Passengers wearing face masks and a protective suit as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus arriving at the departure terminal of Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

Thailand to consider cutting second COVID-19 tests on international arrivals

Thailand will consider a recommendation from an airline tycoon to reduce the steps required for international entry, by doing away the second COVID-19 test, currently required on the fifth day…

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A view of the almost empty departure hall of Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on August 1, 2020, as passenger numbers plummeted due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Air ‘travel bubble’ arrangement between Thailand and India in the works

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has given the greenlight to an agreement on an air “travel bubble” scheme between Thailand and India, so passenger services can resume after…

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FILE / International visitors await instructions from health officials inside the arrival terminal at Suvarnabhumi International Airport / AFP

Over 23,000 apply for Thailand Pass under ‘Test and Go’ on first day of its resumption

A total of 23,660 travellers applied for a Thailand Pass to enter the country through the “Test and Go” quarantine exemption scheme yesterday (Tuesday), the first day the scheme resumed…

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Thailand restores quarantine-free entry – and this time the whole world is invited

From February 1, Thailand will fling its doors wide open to foreigners from every corner of the world, offering quarantine-free entry for those who are fully vaccinated and test negative…

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Pha-Ngan Island / Photo from tourismthailand.org

฿9bn approved to revive Thailand’s “We Travel Together” stimulus scheme

The Thai cabinet approved a budget of nine billion baht today (Monday) to revive the “We Travel Together” (Rao Tiew Duay Kan) economic stimulus scheme, from February until July, to…

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Safety tips from the Thai government for Chinese New Year celebrations

The government has offered some advice to Thais of Chinese descent on how to celebrate the Chinese New Year safely amid the increasing spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. They…

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Thailand to resume registration for quarantine-free ‘Test and Go’ program on Feb 1

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has agreed to resume registration for the currently suspended quarantine-free entry program, known as “Test and Go”, from February 1st. It will also…

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A tourist enjoys the view of the Hong islands from the infinity pool of a resort on Koh Yao Yai island in the Andaman Sea on November 23, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Cabinet approves plans to attract long-stay foreigners to Thailand

The Thai cabinet has approved, in principle, two ministerial announcements aimed at attracting four specific groups of foreigners to stay in Thailand for up to ten years, in the hope…

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Thailand’s entry fee will be imposed on every foreigner landing on Thai soil, including expats and migrant workers. However, it will be waived for foreign workers who have to cross the border daily. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand’s new entry fee – boon or bust for tourism?

While the Land of Smiles will be just as welcoming, from April it will also be charging every foreigner an entry fee of Bt300 if the government’s plan goes ahead….

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Thai Foreign Ministry confirms no deadline yet for ‘Test and Go’ entry on ‘Thailand Pass’

Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) confirmed today (Thursday) there has yet to be a cutoff date set for entry into Thailand under the “Test and Go” scheme, for people…

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Thailand to introduce 300 Baht foreign visitor tax from this April

The Thai government is planning to collect an additional 300 baht from all tourists entering the kingdom, starting this April. The revenues will be used for tourist insurance coverage and…

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Thailand ranked Asia’s best and world’s 11th best place to retire

Thailand has been ranked the world’s 11th best place to retire in 2022 and is in first place in Asia. The ranking was produced and published by International Living Magazine…

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“Test and Go” program suspension among measures to curb new COVID wave, no lockdown imposed

Tourists entering Thailand on a “Thailand Pass”, granted under the minimal quarantine “Test and Go” program, may do so until January 15th, instead of January 10th, but new applications for…

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Deadline for arrivals under Thailand’s ‘Test and Go’ scheme may be extended to mid-January

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said today (Thursday) a proposal will be made at the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)’s meeting tomorrow whether the January 10th deadline, for foreign…

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Thailand’s Maya Bay to open from New Year’s Day under strict conditions

Famous Maya Bay will be open to members of the public from New Year’s Day, but visitors will have to apply in advance and the number is capped at 4,125…

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Bangkok to plant flower gardens in public parks

If you’re planning to stay in Bangkok for the New Year holidays, you can visit these flower gardens in four public parks across the city. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)…

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Airlines alerted to Thailand’s new regulations for ‘Test and Go’, ‘Sandbox’ schemes

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has issued a Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) alerting airlines around the world of Thailand’s new regulations regarding passengers travelling to Thailand under…

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Passengers wearing face masks and a protective suit as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus arriving at the departure terminal of Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

Thailand limits arrivals, with ‘Thailand Pass’ applications suspended over Omicron concerns

In a surprise and pre-emptive move, to stem the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), ordered a…

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Thailand may resume quarantine requirement to stem spread of Omicron

The Thai Ministry of Public Health will recommend, to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at its meeting this week, that it suspends the “Test and Go” program for…

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Advance booking for visits to Thailand’s 14 national marine parks now open

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has opened advance booking, from today (Monday) through the “QueQ” application, for visits to its 14 national marine parks. Tourists can…

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Night at the museum returns

Christmas has come early for those who love to explore Thai museums but prefer not to have to brave the hot sun or be overly exposed to PM2.5 particulate air…

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Michelin Guide Thailand 2022 sees six new restaurants awarded Stars

The latest Michelin Guide Thailand has been released, featuring new restaurant additions, from fine-dining to street food, in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Phang-nga, with Ayutthaya being the latest province…

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Thailand’s Maya Bay to reopen on New Year’s Day with restrictions

Picturesque Maya Bay in Thailand’s southern province of Krabi will reopen to visitors on New Year’s Day, 2022, but with strict conditions attached, including no swimming in the bay and…

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Decision on reopening of Thailand’s Maya Bay on January 1 still not final

Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation is awaiting a final decision, by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa, on whether to postpone the reopening of Maya…

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A motorcyclist rides past a floral design marking the arrival of the Thai new year 2564 in Bangkok on December 31, 2020. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Thailand announces new measures for foreign arrivals, New Year countdown details

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has announced a list of provinces where New Year countdown events will be allowed, has set limits on the number of attendees and…

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TAT governor says foreign arrivals not yet slowing, despite Omicron variant

There is little sign yet of a slow-down in international arrivals to Thailand, despite the spread of new coronavirus variant, Omicron, in several countries. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)…

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Cabinet approves one-year visa for foreigners seeking medical treatment in Thailand

The Thai cabinet approved, in principle, the issuance of medical treatment visas at their meeting today (Tuesday). The visa will allow foreigners seeking medical treatment in Thailand to stay for…

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A general view of people trooping to the Manila baywalk dolomite beach along Roxas boulevard in Manila city on October 17, 2021, a day after authorities eased its quarantine restrictions in the nation’s capital. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Philippines suspends decision to allow vaccinated tourists entry

Manila (AFP) – The Philippines has temporarily suspended a decision to allow fully vaccinated tourists entry in a bid to prevent a new, heavily mutated coronavirus variant taking off in the…

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Travellers can enter Thailand by sea and land from December 24th

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) decided today (Friday) to allow travellers to enter Thailand by sea and land, in addition to current access by air. The north-eastern province…

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Panic buttons installed in Khao Yai national park for distressed tourists to call for help

Ten pole mounted emergency call buttons have been set up at different points along the mountainous routes in Khao Yai national park, to allow visitors in distress to alert park…

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Starting again: Thailand’s reopening gives hope despite challenges and risks

Many operators in the hospitality sector have gone through the worst of their business lives due to the pandemic but now, with Thailand once again open to visitors, they are…

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Thai PM becomes star of new tourism video

Thailand’s prime minister has become the unlikely star of a new music video, posted on the government’s Thai Khu Fah Facebook page, in an effort to promote tourism. The video…

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Thai cabinet approves nomination of 6 parks, mangrove forest as UNESCO World Heritage sites

The Thai cabinet, at its meeting in the southern province of Krabi on Tuesday, endorsed a proposal from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to nominate six national parks…

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Thailand’s idyllic Maya Bay to reopen on January 1

The popular Maya Bay will reopen on New Year’s Day 2022, following a closure of three and a half years, but tourists will only be allowed to visit for up…

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Thailand’s Hua Hin struggles to rebuild tourism with only eight visitors so far

Since Thailand reopened on November 1st, it has attracted more than 40,000 international travellers. The usually popular beach town of Hua Hin, in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, has, however, only…

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Thailand’s air traffic increases 25% during the first ten days of November

Air traffic in and over Thailand, during the ten days following the reopening of the country to foreign arrivals on November 1st, was 25% percent higher than in October, averaging…

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Tourists return to Thailand’s chilly natural attractions

Tourists are flocking to embrace the cool breezes and the beautiful sunrises at the Phu Ruea National Park viewpoint, in Thailand’s northern province of Loei, as temperatures fall to just…

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Thailand Pass or Certificate of Entry: Clearing confusion for travelers

When Thailand opened its doors to vaccinated travelers from 63 nations this month, it also launched a new system for them to gain entry. From November 1, tourists flying into…

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Members of the Erebara family embrace after being separated before arriving on a flight from the UK, following the easing of pandemic travel restrictions at JFK international airport in New York on November 8, 2021. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

Tears, relief, long lines as US reopens borders after 20 months

New York (AFP) – Eager travelers and their relatives rejoiced, wept and breathed sighs of relief Monday as the United States reopened to vaccinated visitors, ending 20 months of Covid-19 restrictions…

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Travelers arrive at a nearly empty security check-in at Newark International Airport on November 21, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. Current US numbers — more than a quarter of a million deaths have been reported — have alarmed authorities enough to advise that people stay home for the November 26 Thanksgiving holiday, when Americans usually travel to be with their families. Kena Betancur / AFP

International travellers head to the United States as flights reopen

Travelers across the world prepared on Monday to be reunited with loved ones in the United States for the first time in nearly two years, as restrictions were lifted to…

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Doi Inthanon National Park to reopen to visitors on Wednesday

Chiang Mai’s Doi Inthanon National Park, Thailand’s highest peak, will reopen to visitors this Wednesday, for the first time in several months. Visitors are attracted by the cool breezes and…

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Bangkok prepares for Loy Krathong festival

Bangkok is preparing for the Loy Krathong festival, celebrated across the city on November 19th, with strict COVID-19 measures in place. Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang announced that this year’s Loy…

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An airport employee assists passengers through the arrival area at Phuket International Airport as Thailand welcomes the first group of tourists fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 coronavirus without quarantine in Phuket on November 1, 2021. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Over 90,000 apply to enter Thailand in 6 days since reopening

Over 90,000 foreign visitors applied for the “Thailand Pass” to enter the country between November 1st and yesterday (Saturday). Of these, 33,788 applications have been approved, Government Spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana…

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Visitors take a selfie at the exhibition stand of the Maldives at the International Tourism Trade Fair (ITB) in Berlin, Germany, March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo

Asia tourism reopens with big-spending Chinese stuck at home

(Reuters) – Asia’s gradual easing of international travel curbs is proving a welcome relief for the region’s hard-hit tourism operators slowly opening up to visitors from around the world – with one giant…

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