21 May 2024
As a show of gratitude to the international rescuers who took part in the 17-day rescue operations at Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district, the government is offering them a free-of-charge tourism treat.
For those who are still in Thailand, the Bureau of the Royal Household, the Foreign Ministry and the Tourism Authority of Thailand have jointly arranged a sight-seeing program in Bangkok and Chiang Rai for them before they leave Thailand for home.
And for those who have already left, the government will extend an invitation for them to visit Thailand once in five years with the following treats:  a business-class return ticket by courtesy of Thai Airways International; a Thailand Elite Card membership with five-year visa-free visits of Thailand and special services at the airport; one-week tour program with free accommodation.
TAT governor Yutthasak Supasorn said that the special treats for the international rescuers would bolster Thailand’s image in the international community and the expenses incurred would be affordable and worth spending.