23 May 2024

While Thailand remains closed to foreign tourists, as part of the anti-coronavirus restrictions, starting today (Wednesday), Thai citizens can apply online for significant discounts on air tickets, hotel accommodation and food bills. The project is part of the Government’s efforts to boost domestic tourism.

Under the “We Tour Together” program, the tax payer will subsidize 40% of hotel rates, up to 3,000 baht per applicant, and 40% of air fares and food expenses.  Two million discount air tickets and five million discounted hotel rooms are available.

Each applicant can book up to five rooms or five hotel nights and pay 60% of the bill, with the rest being covered by the scheme.  Once bookings are made, however, there are no refunds for cancellations.

For discount air tickets, applicants must pay 60% of the fare first and the balance will be wired to bank accounts on the 15th or 30th of each month.

So far, only about 200 hotels have joined this program, partly because many of them remain closed due to a lack of foreign tourists, especially hotels in the southern and northern regions.