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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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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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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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

Thais arriving from 45 low risk countries and Hong Kong to be treated like citizens of those countries

Thai citizens returning home by air from 45 “low risk” countries and Hong Kong will not be required to spend extended time in quarantine or to have health insurance cover…

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Thailand’s Koh Chang ‘sandbox’ to kick off November 11

Thailand’s eastern province of Trat plans to officially reopen to foreign and domestic travellers under its “Koh Chang Sandbox” scheme on November 11th. Governor of Trat province Chamnanwit Taerat has…

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Thailand to open to 46 COVID-19 low risk countries on November 1st

Thailand has decided to reopen its borders to citizens from 46 COVID-19 low risk countries on November 1st, instead of just the 10 announced previously. The 11pm-3am curfew in Bangkok…

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Thailand’s Similan Islands reopen with limited tourist numbers allowed

Mu Koh Similan National Park, in the southern province of Phang-nga, has reopened to tourists under its “new normal” measures, with no more than 3,850 visitors allowed per day. The…

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Foreign tourists can now apply to stay for up to nine months in Thailand

Foreign tourists can now stay in Thailand for up to nine months without the need of travel abroad to have their visas extended, three months on the initial visa with…

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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)

More details of Thailand’s reopening revealed

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration has released more details on Thailand’s gradual reopening to tourists, with its COVID-19 “blue zones”, in which activities, similar to those in “green zone”…

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Five Thai provinces are set to reopen to foreign tourists on October 1

Bangkok, Chon Buri, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Chiang Mai are set to reopen to foreign arrivals on October 1st, following the successful implementation of the first phase of the…

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Thais flock to Hua Hin as lockdown eased, reopening to foreign tourists cautioned

More Thai people have been travelling to the coastal town of Hua Hin, in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, since the partial easing of COVID-19 restrictions. The proposed reopening to foreign…

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1.6 billion baht generated in 2 months of ‘Phuket Sandbox’ as COVID spreads

1.6 billion baht has been generated from the “Phuket sandbox” scheme, which began on July 1st, amidst aworsening COVID-19 outbreak on the resort island, where over 200 cases per day…

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Will Phuket be the last straw that breaks camel’s back?

The answer will depend primarily on the COVID-19 numbers at Thailand’s popular island resort. But how the Prayut administration will look coming out of a potential Phuket nightmare will also…

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A Buddhist monk travels by boat to receive morning alms in Amphawa district. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

How Going back to basics has rekindled authenticity in a canal-side town

Amphawa in Samut Songkhram province returns to the days before tourism as the coronavirus brings the flow of visitors to a halt The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many places to…

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Sandbox or quicksand? Thailand on edge as Phuket prepares to welcome back foreign tourists

Despite growing public concern over surging COVID-19 infections, the Phuket Sandbox scheme is set to roll out on July 1. From next month, fully vaccinated foreigners are welcome to fly…

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Country reopening the ‘only hope’ for Bangkok’s Chatuchak market vendors

Most vendors at Bangkok’s Chatuchak market are hoping that the Thai government will reopen the country as soon as possible and allow foreign tourists in again, to help revive their…

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Thailand’s tourism operators lobby for borders to reopen on July 1

A group of leading tour operators and hoteliers in Thailand has launched a campaign to reopen the country on July 1, 2021. They say vaccines are a game changer that…

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Vaccine passports inject new hope for Thai tourism

A “vaccine passport” has emerged as the best hope for Thai tourism businesses devastated by COVID-19. The passport, which could exempt inoculated tourists from the mandatory 14-day quarantine, might help…

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An apparently abandoned vintage Fiat in the alley of Talat Noi, Bangkok. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

Greeting the Ox in the quaintest of styles

Lost at not being able to celebrate in Chinatown? We offer an alternative that’s just as enjoyable, albeit in a very different way Like many other countries around the world,…

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Northern pleasures: off the beaten track in Doi Saket

Chiang Mai remains one of the most popular destinations for the long holiday celebration but lesser-known Doi Saket offers attractions of its own With the Thai Cabinet adding 8 special…

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This photograph taken on December 19, 2020 shows longtail boats moored at a beach on Koh Lipe island in the Andaman Sea. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Tourism sector propose debt moratoria and electricity subsidy

Thailand’s Tourism Council is calling for the government to help revive the industry urgently, grant long-term debt moratoria, and cut power bills for a year. Vice president of the council,…

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