Thai tourists return to Nong khai and holiday destinations on long weekend
attractions in the northeastern Nong Khai province have started to welcome
visitors arriving for the long weekend.
The special 4-day weekend has started, with natural
tourism attractions across the country filling up with visitors coming to
enjoy fresh air and cool breezes.
Temples and attractions in the northeastern Nong Khai
province have started to welcome visitors arriving for the long weekend.
Highlights of this Thailand-Laos border province include Phra That Klang Nam
stupa in the middle of the Mekong River.
The low water level allowed the stupa to emerge and
appear at a height of two meters. Visitors can also see a replica of the
stupa on the bank, located adjacent to the one in the river.
Up on the mountain, the Sky Walk observation terrace in
NongKhai has been popular with the public coming to see the bird’s-eye view
of the Mekong River, a natural border between Thailand and Laos.
The scenery here is even more picturesque in the
morning with a regular sea of fog, although the fog was not so dense this
In the eastern region, islands such as Ko Chon Salat or
Ko Kwang in Chanthaburi is now ready to welcome visitors with clear sea
water and remarkable vistas. This is a small island that is a 10-minute boat
ride away from Ao Long on the mainland. The island is a nice kayaking spot
with small beaches surrounding it, and is a perfect place to watch the
In Kanchanaburi in the west, Thongphaphum National Park
has reopened Khao Chang Pueak Mountain for trekking after a seasonal closure
for natural resource recovery. National park chief Charoen Jaichon said
today that related agencies, villagers, and bag carriers are now ready to
welcome adventurers back to naturally stunning Khao Chang Pueak once again.
The number of visitors to Khao Chang Pueak will be
limited to 60 persons per day, from 24th November 2020 to 31st January 2021.
National park rangers will accompany the visitors throughout their visit,
with one ranger per 12 visitors. (NNT)
Up on the
mountain, the Sky Walk observation terrace in Nong Khai has been popular
with the public coming to see the bird’s-eye view of the Mekong River, a
natural border between Thailand and Laos.
Phuket sidecar and roofed motorcycles take tourists to watch aircraft landing at Mai Khao Beach
closely observe aircraft landing at Mai Khao Beach.
Villagers in Phuket are now ready to drive tourists
around in their modified motorcycles as part of a community-based tourism
package, including a stop at Mai Khao Beach where tourists can closely
observe aircraft landing.
These sidecar and roofed motorcycles known as saleng
are owned by villagers at Ban Mai Khao community in Phuket, who are now
ready to offer Thai and international tourists a fun form of travel when
they wish to visit the famous Mai Khao Beach.
The beach is located just off Phuket International
Airport’s runway, and provides a perfect spot for planespotters to snap
photos of aircraft on their approach to landing at the airport.
Ban Mai Khao community‘s Vice President of Tourism
Manit Saithong said today the community anticipates visitors will soon be
back as the COVID-19 situation has greatly deescalated.
These saleng taxis will transport visitors to and from
Mai Khao Beach, as well as other community-based tourism attractions, such
as the last rice farm on Phuket, a buffalo farm, or a cicadidae catching
activity. Visitors can book these activities at the Saleng Taxi stand in
Phuket are now ready to drive tourists around in their modified motorcycles
‘saleng taxis’ as part of a community-based tourism package.
The beach is
located just off Phuket International Airport’s runway, and provides a
perfect spot for planespotters to snap photos of aircraft on their approach
to landing at the airport.
Mai Khao Beach.
sidecar and roofed motorcycles are now ready to offer Thai and international
tourists a fun form of travel when they wish to visit the famous Mai Khao
Mae Surin Waterfall National Park winter attraction in Mae Hong Son, northern Thailand
and beautiful Mae Surin waterfall in this national park is surrounded by
high mountains. The one-tier waterfall flows all year long.
The Mae Surin Waterfall National Park in Mae U-Kho
sub-district of Khun Yuam district in the northern province of Mae Hong Son
is welcoming visitors to its cold atmosphere and tree marigold field that is
its special winter attraction.
The large and beautiful Mae Surin waterfall in this
national park is surrounded by high mountains. The one-tier waterfall flows
all year long. It is one of the tallest waterfalls in Thailand, pouring down
from an altitude of about 180 meters.
The water fall is among popular tourist destinations of
Mae Hong Son because tourists can visit it in all seasons. A route to the
waterfall has been improved on a distance of about nine kilometers from the
center of Khun Yuam district via the tree marigold field and Doi Mae U-Kho
Wichai Pinasu, national park director of Protected Area
Regional Office 16 in Mae Sariang district, said the Namtok Mae Surin
National Park was ready to welcome visitors after its temporary closure due
to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The past closure had been a good opportunity for
natural recovery and the maintenance of roads and accommodation facilities
including bungalows and camping sites in the park and park officials were
ready to ensure public safety and implement COVID-19 control measures there
around the clock, he said. (TNA)
The route to
the waterfall has been improved on a distance of about nine kilometers from
the center of Khun Yuam district via the tree marigold field and Doi Mae U-Kho
The Mae Surin Waterfall
National Park was ready to welcome visitors after its temporary closure due
to the COVID-19 outbreak.
One-day rail trip to explore natural beauty of Kanchanaburi, western Thailand
all-inclusive experience, a one-day trip on State Railway of Thailand's
touring route to Nam Tok Station in Kanchanaburi.
There is no better way to feel Kanchanaburi than on
rail. And for an all-inclusive experience, a one-day trip on State Railway
of Thailand's touring route to Nam Tok Station is something we would like to
With schedules on weekends and holidays, the touring
train leaves Hua Lumphong Station in Bangkok at 6:30 a.m. and reaches Nam
Tok Station at 11:30. On-route brief stops include Nakhon Pathom and River
Kwai Bridge where passengers can alight for some pictures. On-the-way
highlights include ThamKrasae with wooden rail platform contouring the cliff
– a spectacular and also poignant experience considering the story of this
With the last station being Nam Tok where the beautiful
Nam Tok Sai Yok (Sai Yok Waterfall) awaits, the train leaves for Bangkok at
2:30 p.m. Air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned classes are available. For
more information, call State Railway of Thailand at T: +66 2220 4272.#AmazingThailand
The touring train leaves
Hua Lumphong Station in Bangkok at 6:30 a.m.
The views of
the KwaiNoi River.
On-route brief stops
include Nakhon Pathom.
River Kwai Bridge
passengers can alight for some pictures.
include Tham Krasae with wooden rail platform contouring the cliff
With the last station being
Nam Tok where the beautiful Nam Tok Sai Yok (Sai Yok Waterfall) awaits.
Koh Similan Islands best spots for snorkeling and seafood in Thailand’s Andaman Sea in Nov-May
Koh Ha and Koh Payu - The islands No. 5 and No. 6 of
this archipelago are best spots for snorkeling.
Koh Similan - Island No. 8 is
the archipelago’s largest with the iconic crescent-shaped bay. This is where
you will find the crowd-pleasing Sail Rock viewpoint. For the peace and
quiet, opt for the other viewpoint perched about 200 metres uphill for a
Koh Ha and Koh Payu - The islands
No. 5 and No. 6 of this archipelago are best spots for snorkeling. Let’s see
what the underwater world brings you!
Koh Miang - Apart from being surrounded by a beautiful
coral mass, this Island No. 4 comes with Had Lek - a pristine beach that is
worth a trek through the island's lush forest. A great place to appreciate
nature of the sea and the land.
Koh Bangu - Island No. 9 is a diving heaven with
highlights being the Christmas Point known for the amazing granite boulders
Koh Similan - Island No. 8 is the archipelago’s
largest with the iconic crescent-shaped bay. This is where you will find the
crowd-pleasing Sail Rock viewpoint. For the peace and quiet, opt for the
other viewpoint perched about 200 metres uphill for a panoramic effect.
Ban Tha Din Daeng Community - Not too far from Thap
Lamu pier – the main pier for those outing to Similan Islands – the small
community of Ban Tha Din Daeng offers alternate trips to explore their own
heaven on earth. A full day program includes exploring the mangrove forest,
diving, beaching, and lots of seafood and delicious local food eating.
Koh Similan - Island No. 8 is the archipelago’s
largest with the iconic crescent-shaped bay.
Koh Miang - Apart from being surrounded by a
beautiful coral mass, this Island No. 4 comes with Had Lek - a pristine
beach that is worth a trek through the island's lush forest.
Koh Bangu - Island No. 9 is a diving heaven with
highlights being the Christmas Point known for the amazing granite boulders
The Similan Islands
National Park is about to reopen from October 15, 2020 through to May 15,
Tourists enjoy winter breeze at natural tourism attractions in Chiang Mai and North
of visitors is expected to improve at Thailand’s natural parks and zoos from
November to January, (File photo – Elephant camp in Surin)
National parks are among places affected by an absence
of tourists due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of National Parks,
Wildlife, and Plant Conservation has reported some 900 million baht in loss
in revenue at national parks nationwide from October 2019 to September 2020.
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant
Conservation’s (DNP) Deputy Director General Chongklai Voraphongston,
disclosed that the total number of national park visitors this year has
fallen to only 13.9 million, from the previous 20.8 million figure in 2019,
due to the closure of national parks from 1st April to 1st July this year
due to the COVID-19 threat.
region like Chiang Mai is known for many popular places people usually visit
to enjoy the winter breeze at their Natural tourism attractions.
The drop in visitor numbers has led to a drop in
revenue to only 1.365 billion baht, far less than fiscal year 2019’s revenue
of 2.258 billion baht.
The DNP deputy chief said however, the lower number of
visitors to national parks is beneficial to the wildlife and the
environment, and allows the national parks time to improve the facilities,
tourism routes, and visitor services such as advance online reservations for
visits to comply with the capacity control policy.
The DNP has reported only 50 million baht in revenue
from national park admissions. The department expects the number of visitors
will improve from November to January next year, especially in the northern
region like Chiang Mai where people usually flock to enjoy the winter breeze
at Natural tourism attractions. (NNT)
File photo –
Elephant camp in Surin.
Pattaya beach stunning sunset views await tourists this high season
Pattaya is a popular
the Gulf of
just 150 km southeast of
mere two-hour drive. Pattaya’s pulsating nightlife is well known, but local
authorities have, in recent years, improved the quality of the beaches and
reinvented the resort as a more family-friendly destination.
Today, hundreds of thousands of visitors are drawn each
year to Pattaya to windsurf, water ski, swim, sunbathe, snorkel, sail, or
take trips to nearby
Other activities include Bungee jumping,
skydiving, go-Karting, Muay Thai (Thai boxing), and Paintball. Golfers, both
novice and expert, are well catered to as well, with a wide selection of
golf courses around Pattaya. Another major draw for visitors to Pattaya is
the wide selection of restaurants serving some of Thailand's freshest
Due to the high number of expatriate foreigners in Pattaya, there is also an
excellent selection of authentic foreign eateries serving French, Italian,
Swiss, German, Hungarian, Scandinavian, English, Indian, Arabic, Japanese,
and Chinese cuisine.
Koh Larn is an island just 40 minutes from Pattaya
coast on a ferry, 15 minutes on speed boats. You can do it on a one-day
trip. On the island, there are minibuses and motorbike taxis in services.
But if you are feeling adventurous, you can rent a motorbike to ride for
During the night time, all the way down Pattaya road is
full of various entertainment options. Here you can always find something to
eat, drink, and just somewhere to
Another famous place tourists love to visit is the
Walking Street in South Pattaya. The sunset views at a number of beaches in
the area can sometimes stun the visitors. Here are some of the beaches in
Pattaya that tourists who come down here for holidays love to visit before
going back to their hotels or continue their fun at night entertainment
available throughout the city.
Chinese and Russian tourists needed in Pattaya via U-Tapao International Airport fast-track
Last year 3
million Chinese and 1.1 million Russian tourists visited Pattaya.
Chinese and Russians holding Special Tourist Visas must
go through fast-track services and receive a quick permission to arrive via
U-Tapao-Rayong-Pattaya Airport and quarantine in Pattaya city, said many
local tourism business and hotels owners.
Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome said Nov. 2 that he proposed a
‘Pattaya Model’ to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that would give STV
travelers an alternative to Bangkok or Phuket and revive the local tourism
The ‘Pattaya Model’ plan was developed with the help of
the Thai Hotels Association Eastern Chapter, Chonburi Tourist Attraction
Association and other groups to be an end-to-end solution to bring Chinese
and Russian tourists into U-Tapao, safely transfer them to ALQ (alternative
local quarantine) hotels in Pattaya and provide the monitored tours in the
weeks following their quarantine.
Special Tourist Visas allow travelers to remain in
Thailand for up to 270 days, but the government is requiring their
whereabouts to be tracked either in person or electronically for an
undetermined period after completing quarantine.
Last year 3 million Chinese and 1.1 million Russian
tourists visited Pattaya.
Sonthaya said embassies and tour operators in China and
Russian have expressed interest in sending visitors to Pattaya. But
currently they must fly into Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport
and use ASQ hotels in Bangkok. U-Tapao currently cannot be used to receive
The mayor said 10 more Pattaya hotels have applied to
become ALQ centers, with the Hotel J Residence, Avani Pattaya Resort and
Best Bella Pattaya having been approved.
“No matter how Pattaya has been affected by the
Covid-19 pandemic, tourism remains the city’s main source of revenue,”
Sonthaya said. “So we need readiness plans for when tourists return and also
work to improve the quality of life here.”
Sonthaya Kunplome said that he proposed a ‘Pattaya Model’ to the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs that would give STV travelers an alternative to Bangkok or
Phuket and revive the local tourism industry.
tourists taking photos with the transgender after cabaret shows.
tourist taking photos with transgender in Pattaya Walking Street.
Chinese tourists visiting Pattaya for exciting events and the transgender
Water Splashing Festival annually held in April – the hottest month of the
year, throughout Thailand. Pattaya Songkran is one of the most attended
events by Chinese tourists.
Shorter quarantine in will restore Thailand’s tourism in high season
Thailand in process of
cutting the mandatory quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days for
businesspeople and tourists, holding the Special Tourist Visa from low-risk
countries. (File photo – Pattaya beach is famous among tourists from
European and Asian countries)
The Public Health Ministry plans to propose shorter
quarantine period for travelers from low-risk countries to the next meeting
of the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration.
Permanent secretary for Public Health Kiattiphum
Wongrajit said the sub-committee of the Center for Covid-19 Situation
Administration agreed to cut the mandatory quarantine period from 14 days to
10 days for businesspeople and tourists, holding the Special Tourist Visa
from low-risk countries.
Those low-risk countries must record the number of new
cases, similar to Thailand and implement strict disease control measures, he
However, the 14-day quarantine period will remain in
place for those, arriving from the countries with higher risks of Covid-19
transmission than Thailand, he added.
The ministry will propose reduction of quarantine
period to the next meeting of the Center for Covid-19 Situation
Thailand on Thursday reported six new coronavirus
cases, bringing the total cases to 3,810.
Six new cases are one Thai national and four foreign
quarantinees, travelling from France, Germany, the Netherlands and Hungary.
The other is a Myanmar national, who neither entered
quarantine nor received treatment in Thailand. He arrived for goods
transportation and went back to his country for the treatment.
The death toll in Thailand remained at 59 and 123
coronavirus patients are being treated at hospitals. (TNA)
secretary for Public Health Ministry, Kiattiphum Wongrajit.
Pattaya and beach resorts in Thailand welcome tourists, foreign yachts crews with STV
resorts that attract foreign yachts travelers and crew to visit or spend
their long holidays all year round in Thailand include Pattaya City in the
Gulf of Thailand, and Phuket in the Andaman Sea.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to
announce that Thailand is now reopen to tourists and crews of foreign
yachts, under the recently launched Special Tourist Visa (STV) scheme.
Initially being made available to long-stay visitors to
Thailand of all types – from tourists to business travelers, investors and
others, under the conditions that they comply with Thailand’s strict public
health rules, the STV is now being extended to tourists and crews of foreign
The new permission was announced on 30 October, 2020,
in the Royal Thai Government Gazette, the public journal and record where
new or revised laws and regulations are published.
Applications from tourists and crews of foreign yachts
can be made within 30 days after the announcement, and is available through
until 30 September, 2021.
The STV allows for a 90-day stay in the Kingdom, which
can be extended twice for a further 90 days each time. The STV costs 2,000
Baht and each extension is an additional 2,000 Baht. Beach resorts that
attract foreign yachts travelers and crew to visit or spend their long
holidays all year round in Thailand include Pattaya City in the Gulf of
Thailand, and Phuket in the Andaman Sea.
The visa is currently only available for tourists and
crews of foreign yachts from a low-risk country according to the Ministry of
Public Health. However, foreign tourists and yacht crew members who arrived
in Thai waters prior to the country’s declaration of a state of emergency in
March are also eligible to apply for the STV.
Tourists and crew members must comply with the
necessary COVID-19 control and preventive measures. They will be required to
quarantine aboard their vessel for 14 days and be tested three times for
COVID-19 before they can travel in Thailand.
They must also have health insurance covering COVID-19
treatment, with a minimum coverage of US$ 100,000 for the duration of their
stay in Thailand, plus a travel insurance with 40,000 Baht insurance
coverage for out-patient medical services and 400,000 Baht insurance
coverage for in-patient medical services.
Interested applicants are recommended to enquire at the
Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate in their home country for more details.
requires 14-day quarantine aboard own vessel as part of the Kingdom’s
COVID-19 control measures.
Samui Island ready for foreign tourists with its alternative local state quarantine facilities
Samui Island is preparing
to welcome foreign tourists with its vast choice of alternative local state
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha
is visiting Samui Island to check on the readiness of the island to open up
for foreign tourists before going to Phuket Island for a Cabinet retreat
The prime minister inspected screening processes for
tourists on Samui Island, management of alternative local state quarantine
facilities at the Sheraton Samui Resort and traveler tracking system at the
Samui Smart City Command Center.
He will later travel to Phuket to discuss the tourism
rehabilitation with local tourism and tourism-related operators and to meet
governors of six Andaman coastal provinces to accelerate development of
infrastructure, linking the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.
On Nov 3, he will preside over the Cabinet retreat at
the Splash Beach Resort in Phuket’s Thalang district and will visit the old
town area before returning to Bangkok. (TNA)
Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha.
Travel Blog Exchange ‘Diversity of the Thailand’ South, Phuket & Beyond’ open for registration
The FAM trips will take the
attendees to see, feel, and explore the beauty of not only Phuket, but also
the surrounding provinces in Southern Thailand; like Phang Nga, Krabi, Surat
Thani, and Songkhla.
The Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX Asia) 2021 is now open
for registration. This world’s premier gathering of travel bloggers and
lifestyle creators will be taking place in Phuket, during 20-22 October,
2021, under the theme of “Diversity of the South, Phuket & Beyond.”
The highlighted programme consists of two-day
productive workshops and conference, pre-BEX and post-BEX tour activities,
and FAM trips that will take the attendees to see, feel, and explore the
beauty of not only Phuket, but also the surrounding provinces in Southern
Thailand; namely, Phang Nga, Krabi, Surat Thani, Songkhla, and more.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism
Authority of Thailand (TAT), said “It is a distinguished honour for Thailand
once again to be the host of the TBEX Asia since we were the first country
in Asia to host the event in 2015.
“Today, five years later, we are in an entirely
different and exceedingly difficult operating environment. To be chosen as
the host country proves the confidence in Thailand’s tourism industry and
has become a recognition and reward for our efforts in containing and
managing COVID-19 outbreaks.
“The TBEX 2021 itself will take on added importance as
a forum for discussing and reflecting the deep changes taking place
worldwide in the way people live, work and play. It will be intellectually
stimulating and provide a lot of food for thought. Furthermore, as the event
will be taking place in Phuket, bloggers and influencers will be able to
take time to visit rich places of interest in Phuket and the neighbouring
The TBEX Asia 2021 will re-emphasise Thailand as the
world’s leading travel destination and rebuild tourists’ confidence on the
safety and readiness in welcoming international visitors across the world
after the crisis, as well as promote Thailand through many influential
global bloggers on digital platforms. The event is also one of the projects
to revive and stimulate the local economy of Phuket as a main tourist
destination of Thailand.
TBEX Asia 2021’s early bird tickets are now available
for travel creators and industry professionals at www.tbexcon.com/Asia-2021.
For more details:
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Asia 2021 will re-emphasise Thailand as the world’s leading travel
destination and rebuild tourists’ confidence on the safety and readiness in
welcoming international visitors across the world.
Phuket will survive as health tourism center and food city
Phuket tourism sector has
been hard hit by the pandemic due to its heavy reliance on foreign tourists
and needs immediate post-Covid rehabilitation plan.
Phuket will seek three billion
baht from the government to revive the province’s economy and to build a
health tourism center in wake of Covid-19 pandemic as the Cabinet retreat
will be held there next week, said Deputy Phuket governor Pichet Panapong.
The southern resort island’s tourism sector has been
hard hit by the pandemic due to its heavy reliance on foreign tourists.
The Cabinet retreat is scheduled in Phuket on Nov 2-3.
The deputy governor said the province has laid out a
post-Covid rehabilitation plan to be proposed to the Cabinet next week.
It will seek 650 million baht budget to revive the
economy under the main eight projects including hiring the unemployed to
upgrade local infrastructure. The budget will be also spent on promoting the
province as the city of gastronomy.
Pichet said the Cabinet will be asked to issue economic
stimulus economy for Phuket by holding seminars or trade fairs in the
It will propose the mega project worth 2.9 billion baht
to construct the health tourism center at Baan Tha Chat Chai in Thalang
district to promote health tourism in Phuket in addition to nature tourism.
Deputy Phuket governor Pichet
be promoted as the city of gastronomy.
Thailand welcomes travelers aboard yachts from low-mid risk foreign countries
tourists and crew members, after applying for the Special Tourist Visa, need
to follow strict health measures and undergo quarantine onboard the yacht
for 14 days.
The Thai Cabinet on Wednesday
approved in principle to reopen for travelers aboard yachts from low-mid
risk countries for spreading the coronavirus and they are required to
quarantine on board for 14 days, said Deputy Government spokeswoman Trisulee
Foreign tourists and crew members, who will apply for
the Special Tourist Visa to dock in Thailand need to follow strict health
measures and undergo quarantine onboard the yacht for 14 days.
The visa costs 2,000 Baht per 90-day period.
They must have proof of payment for docking facilities
and must also have a health and accident insurance coverage that cover the
period of their stay in Thailand, with a minimum 40,000 baht coverage for
outpatient treatment and a minimum 400,000 baht coverage for inpatient
Meanwhile, the Cabinet approved the extension of the
emergency rules for another month until Nov 30 in order to effectively
control Covid-19. (TNA)
Thai Cabinet approved in
principle to reopen for travelers aboard yachts from low-mid risk countries
for spreading the coronavirus and are required to quarantine on board for 14
must have proof of payment for docking facilities and have a health and
accident insurance coverage that cover the period of their stay in Thailand.
Chiang Mai embraces cold weather in city and national parks
Meteorological Center in Chiang Mai said the North and the Northeast were
shrouded in a high pressure system from China while rain will decrease in
the North and local temperatures will fall by 1-2 degrees Celsius.
Mist covered the northern province of Chiang Mai as
local temperatures measured 20-24 degrees celsius.
A similar weather condition happened at the Phu Hin
Rong Kla National Park in the nearby Phitsanulok province where the morning
temperature was at 15 degrees Celsius.
In Chiang Mai, temperatures ranged between 20 and 24
degrees Celsius in the heart of the province. Meanwhile, thick mist covered
its Kew Mae Pan viewpoint on the top of the Doi Inthanon Mountain where the
temperature dropped to 11 degrees Celsius. Motorists were advised to drive
carefully there. The road to the Doi Suthep Mountain was also covered with
mist. It blocked visitors from seeing the center of Chiang Mai from Doi
covered the northern province of Chiang Mai as local temperatures measured
20-24 degrees Celsius.
The Northern Meteorological Center in Chiang Mai said
the North and the Northeast were shrouded in a high pressure system from
China. Consequently, rain will decrease in the North and local temperatures
will fall by 1-2 degrees celsius. Cold weather is predicted in the morning
in Chiang Mai and rain will cover 20% of its area. Local people were advised
to take good care of their health due to fluctuating weather conditions.
In Phitsanulok, the morning temperature measured 15
degrees Celsius in Ban Mai Rong Kla village at the heart of the Phu Hin Rong
Kla National Park in Noen Perm sub-district of Nakhon Thai district. Mist
also blanketed the village and local people were advised to use winter gear.
Temperatures were expected to fall to the single-digit level there where
frost usually appears in November.
The Meteorological Department announced winter started
in the country on Oct 22 as temperatures in the North, the Northeast, the
Central Plains and the East were steadily below 23 degrees Celsius and rain
declined. Meanwhile, the rainy season began in the South. (TNA)
Cold weather is predicted
in the morning in Chiang Mai and rain will cover 20% of its area. Local
people were advised to take good care of their health due to fluctuating
Tourists enjoy cool weather below 10 degrees Celsius at Doi Inthanon, Chiang Mai
are visiting famous attractions in Chiang Mai, especially at Doi Inthanon
while the hilltop weather has already dipped into single digits.
It will soon be the high tourist season for northern
destinations. Many people are visiting famous attractions in Chiang Mai,
especially at Doi Inthanon. The hilltop weather has already dipped into
Over a thousand people visited Doi Inthanon in Chiang
Mai province on Tuesday. All of them were enjoying the cool weather at the
top of the mountain, especially in the morning when the temperature was 6
Some said they did not expect to experience below 10
degrees Celsius, though it is only the very beginning of winter. Meanwhile,
the average temperature was 12 to 15 degrees Celsius in the national park.
A national park officer revealed that, during the last
few weekends, there were over 4000 visitors. While, on weekdays, fewer than
a thousand came.
Those who are planning to visit Doi Inthanon are asked
to pass the screening checkpoint and wear a face mask at all times. (NNT)
thousand people visited Doi Inthanon in Chiang Mai province on Tuesday.
Phuket reopening for holders of Special Tourist Visa (STV) and long stay tourism
meeting will discuss tourism promotion and economic stimulus at major
tourism destinations in the South such as Samui Island in Surat Thani and
The cabinet meeting,Nov 2-3,will discuss tourism
promotion and economic stimulus at major tourism destinations in the South
such as Samui Island in Surat Thani and Phuket Island during the Covid-19
situation, said Deputy Government spokeswoman Ratchada Dhnadirek.
Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ochawill inspectthe
preparation plan for reopening of Phuket for holders of Special Tourist Visa
(STV) and long stay tourism.
Deputy prime ministers and ministers will also take
field trips to other Andaman coastal provinces including Krabi, Phang-nga,
Ranong and Satun to follow up the government’s projects and listen to
problems of local people. (TNA)
Government spokeswoman Ratchada Dhnadirek.
Tourist attraction on high mountain in Phitsanulok ready for winter visit
have been growing rice on the terraced fields on the mountainside. The
landscape and scenery are similar to that of Sapa, a town in northern
Many northern provinces have begun experiencing cold
winds, especially in Nam Chuang village, a community tourist attraction on a
high mountain in Phitsanulok, which is ready to welcome tourists who wish to
experience cold weather and observe interesting community lifestyles.
A tribal cultural performance of the Thep Thida Doi
Song of Hmong students in PhuThap Si, Nam Chuang village, Bo Phak
subdistrict, Chat Trakan district, impressed people during the opening
ceremony of Nam Chuang village tourism, following the COVID-19 crisis, when
the average temperature was 15-18 degrees Celsius.
The Nam Chuang village community has been dubbed by
tourists as the "Sapa of Thailand" because of the beautiful nature.
Villagers have been growing rice on the terraced fields on the mountainside.
The landscape and scenery are similar to that of Sapa, a town in northern
Now, the Nam Chuang community is ready to welcome
tourists who wish to experience nature, breathe fresh air, feel the cold
breeze and observe the way of life of people in the community. Nam Chuang
village is about 140 kilometers from Phitsanulok city. It is community-based
Thailand’s plan to restore tourism industry would not bear fruits soon
The economic stimulus,
especially the plan to rejuvenate the tourism industry, would not bear
fruits soon since international tourists including the Chinese, expected to
boost resort towns’ economy, are yet to be allowed in the country.
Thailand’s consumer confidence
index in September decreased for the first time in five months despite
government various economic stimulus measures.
University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce’s Center for
Economic and Business Forecasting reported on Thursday that the index
dropped from 51 in August to 50.2 in September amid concerns over
anti-government rallies and the resignation of Finance Minister Preedi
Thanavath Phonvichai, president of the UTCC, said that
the economic stimulus, especially the plan to rejuvenate the tourism
industry, would not bear fruits soon.
Moreover, 500,000 more workers could lose their jobs in
the fourth quarter, said Thanavath.
The UTCC projected the country’s GDP would contract 7-8
percent before improving to 3-4 percent growth next year. (TNA)
Phonvichai (middle), president of theUniversity of the Thai Chamber of
Commerce’s Center for Economic and Business Forecasting.
Chiang Khan and Nan Old City listed among the ‘2020 Sustainable Top 100 Destinations’
Phra Phuttha Maha Udom
Mongkhon Nanthaburi Si Nan Buddha Image in Phrathat Khao Noi Temple, Nan
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to
announce that two of Thailand’s charming destinations – Chiang Khan in Loei
and Nan Old City in Nan – have been listed among the “2020 Sustainable Top
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said, “Being
listed among the top 100 sustainable destinations is testament to the
tireless effort by the local communities, the visitors, and everyone
involved in both Chiang Khan and Nan Old City to ensure sustainable tourism
activities. This accolade will also serve as an encouragement for both
destinations to continue to adhere to their principles on sustainable
Chiang Khan is a relaxed and lovely town on the
Mekong’s Thai bank in Northeastern Thailand. It retains an old world-feel
with its main riverside Chai Khong Road lined with teakwood hotels built in
an Indochinese style. During the day, when the town seems to slumber,
visitors are advised to visit Lao-style temples; such as, Wat Si Khun Mueang,
which was built in the reign of Rama III and has some lovely murals. Things
liven up on Chai Khong Road in the evenings when a popular night market is
held with the usual handicrafts and souvenirs on display.
Up in the most eastern part of Northern Thailand in the
valley of the Nan River, Nan Old City dates back to the height of the Lanna
kingdom in the 14th century. A tram tour is the best way to see the sites
with tickets sold at the Tourist Information Centre across from Wat Phumin.
The guided tour takes in another 14 temples as well as historical sites.
The “2020 Sustainable Top 100 Destinations” listing is
organised by Green Destinations, a non-profit foundation for sustainable
destination development and recognition based in Leiden, The Netherlands.
For more information, visit:
Loei Province. Both locations are lovely towns with a slow life groove and
unique cultural and historical perspectives.
TAT supports ‘Listen to the Earth in Silence’ responsible travel event
strategic partners to promote sustainable tourism in Thailand while
showcasing new models for safe travel activities in a post-COVID-19 world.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is delighted to
provide support to the staging of the “Listen to the Earth in Silence”
responsible travel event, in partnership with Dusit International, Sounds of
Earth, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), and the Thai
Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Nithee Seeprae, TAT’s Executive Director for
Advertising and Public Relations Department, said, “In line with the TAT’s
vision for a sustainable future for Thailand’s tourism industry, this event
showcased some of the innovative ways we can welcome and delight visitors in
the new normal while limiting our impact on the environment.”
Held on 2 October, 2020, at the Dusit Thani Hua Hin,
the “Listen to the Earth in Silence” event showcased how resorts could
sustainably host events with low-impact travel methods, considerate using
technology, doing community-focussed activities, and enjoying distinctive
shared experiences that celebrate art, culture, and the environment while
allowing for social distancing.
The event was attended by travel industry specialists
and high-ranking diplomats. They include, featured in the main photo, from
left to right: Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International; Mr.
Puripan Bunnag, Director of TCEB’s President Office Department; Ms. Marisa
Sukosol Nunbhakdi, President, Thai Hotel Association; Ms. Supawan
Tanomkieatipume, Advisor and Formar President, Thai Hotel Association; Mr.
Nithee Seeprae, Executive Director, Advertising and Public Relations
Department, TAT; Ms. Ekarat Nakakhong, Deputy Governor, Phetchaburi
province; and Mr. John Rattanaveroj, founder of Sounds of Earth.
The programme began with a ‘carbon-saving’ private
train journey from Bangkok. Upon arrival in Hua Hin, participants visited a
local marine centre where they helped to release baby crabs into the sea.
Staying at the Dusit Thani Hua Hin, they learned about
the Dusit’s hybrid meeting models that facilitate small and safe gatherings
while simultaneously leveraging technology for a secure, reliable, and
instant global reach.
The event’s highlight, the live-yet-silent beachside
concert hosted by the Sounds of Earth was beamed to the audience via
wireless headsets, allowing them to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a
shared experience among nature without any noise pollution.
“Our new style of high-tech music events demonstrates
how concerts can be held safely and sustainably in the new normal. Free from
noise pollution and allowing for social distancing, the Sounds of Earth’s
events are kind to the environment and serve as a good model for quality,
responsible tourism,” said renowned Thai singer and musician, Mr. John
Rattanaveroj, founder of the Sounds of Earth and an executive of the Splash
According to Mr. Puripan Bunnag, Director, President
Office, TCEB, the event was arranged in line with TCEB’s MICE Venue Hygiene
Guidelines, noting that the creative solutions presented at the Listen to
the Earth in Silence event fully demonstrated how hotels can bring together
crowds without compromising safety and well-being.
Ms. Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International,
said she hoped the event would serve as a model for our industry’s
sustainable success in a post COVID-19 world.
Tourism Authority of Thailand appoints two new Deputy Governors
Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce the appointment of two
new Deputy Governors, effective from 1 October, 2020.Mr. Kitsana
Kaewthamrong (right), Mr. Apichai Chatchalermkit (left).
Mr. Kitsana Kaewthamrong has been promoted to the
position of Deputy Governor for Domestic Market. He will be overseeing the
domestic promotion. He was most recently the Executive Director of the
Advertising and Public Relations Department, with the potential in the line
of creativity of TAT’s advertising aspect for more than 20 years. He is
willing to drive the domestic market in this difficult period with his best
support as well as coordinate with any other sectors and communities to
boost the Thai domestic market.
Mr. Apichai Chatchalermkit has been promoted to the
position of Deputy Governor for Digitalization, Research and Development. In
his new position, he is tasked to oversee the Digital and Information
Technology Department as well as Research and Development Department, which
will be challenging in this “new normal” era. Prior to this new position, he
was Executive Director for the Central Region and has experience in domestic
marketing, tourism products, as well as online campaigns.
TAT launches ‘Expat Travel Bonus, The Healthy Journey’ promotional campaign
deals and privileges on health and wellness products and services,
especially for expatriates in Thailand.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is launching a
new ‘Expat Travel Bonus, the Healthy Journey’ promotional campaign, with a
special fair to be held during 10-11 October, 2020, from 10.00 – 22.00 Hrs.
at Eden 1, Central Department Store at CentralWorld, Bangkok.
TAT Governor, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, said, “Leveraging
the success of the “Amazing Thailand, the Healthy Journey,” this two-day
fair is to encourage the expat community in Thailand to take advantage of
the country’s plethora of health and wellness products and services at
Bringing in 53 tourism-related operators, the fair
offers special deals and privileges, especially for expats in Thailand. They
include promotions for spa treatments and massages starting from 199 Baht,
or up to 65% discount.
Domestic air ticket promotions start from 490 Baht –
and if booking is made during the fair, get a free 15 kg baggage allowance.
Several hospitals are offering special health checkup
Five-star accommodation packages are also available at
The fair also conducts DIY workshops for aromatherapy
scents and a crash course on office syndrome relief massage.
The first 1,800 expats who register their participation
to the fair in advance will receive a 120-Baht BTS one-day pass.
For every 3,000 Baht spent, get a chance to win gift
vouchers, including a Divana Sensory Aromatic Massage voucher worth 1,950
Baht, Take Me Tour’s discount card worth 1,111 Baht, and Healthland’s foot
massage voucher worth 420 Baht.
Foreigners can apply for ‘Special Tourist Visas’ at Thai embassies and consulates
who are interested in applying for the special tourist visa can ask for more
information at Thai embassies and consulates in their home country.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked all Thai
embassies and consulates around the world to promote the special long stay
The Ministry of Interior announced, on 30th of
September, that some foreigners will be allowed to stay in Thailand by
applying for a special tourist visa, designed specifically for a stay of 90
days and which can be extended twice by 90 days.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) emphasized that
Thai embassies and consulates around the world should prepare guidelines for
the implementation of the Special Tourist Visa and asked them to publicize
the new visa type to the public.
According to the MFA, the first requirement for the new
visa application is that the applicant come from a country with a low risk
of COVID-19, as categorized by the Ministry of Public Health.
Foreigners who are interested in applying for the
special tourist visa can ask for more information at Thai embassies and
consulates in their home country. (NNT)
Tourism operators in Trang, southern Thailand, ready for high season
office and local tourism network are ready to welcome tourists in the start
of high season for marine tourism in October.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand, Trang office and
local tourism network are ready to welcome tourists in the start of high
season for marine tourism in October.
TAT, the Hat Chao Mai national park and tourism network
collected garbage along Pak Meng beach as the province will kick off the
high season of marine tourism on Oct1.
To attract tourists to beautiful natural sites and
abundant mangrove forest, the new kayak route will be launched, starting
from Pak Meng pier to the Hat Chao Mai national park.
Along the kayak tour, tourists will paddle through
mangrove tunnels, several caves and enjoy swimming in the emerald sea water.
If they are lucky, they will have a chance to spot
Indo-Pacific hump-backed dolphins at AoBoonkong.
Food vendors along Pak Meng beach prepare to serve
special local menus, made from fresh seafood to tourists to experience
authentic local taste.
Hotel operators there have already recorded future
bookings at about 70% from October to December. (TNA)
along Pak Meng beach prepare to serve special local menus, made from fresh
seafood to tourists to experience authentic local taste.
Thailand ready to prepare quarantine facilities for foreign tourists
consider disease control measures for visiting businessmen who would pay
short visits on air traveland could be escorted by health and security
officials. (TAT Photo – Phi Phi Island)
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha
will chair a meeting of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)
on Sept 28 to consider extending the imposition of the executive decree on
public administration in emergency situations for another month.
Gen Prayut said everyone knew the reason behind the
imposition of the state of emergency law.
“I told the (CCSA) meeting that illegal immigration
must be prevented both by land and water and the serious imposition of
existing measures will continue,” the prime minister said.
COVID-19 was spreading worldwide but the situation
remained good in Thailand. Other countries praised and followed the disease
control measures of Thailand, he said.
Regarding measures on air travel, Gen Prayut said CCSA
would consider disease control measures for visiting businessmen who would
pay short visits and could be escorted by health and security officials. For
foreign tourists, officials would prepare quarantine facilities, he said.
“All measures will be announced after the Sept 28
meeting,” Gen Prayut said. (TNA)
Minister and Defense Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Heavily-impacted Phuket holds travel festival targeting domestic travelers
now plans to hold travel festival targeting domestic travelers, with several
activities towards the year’s end.
Businesses in Phuket that used to rely on foreign
tourists are now trying to attract domestic tourists for their survival due
to the COVID-19 implications affecting international travel. Local agencies,
such as Karon sub-district, have launched stimulation campaigns to help
local economies and attract more domestic tourists to the area.
The Mayor of Karon Subdistrict Municipality, Mr Tawee
Thongcham, said that the COVID-19 pandemic has heavily impacted tourism
businesses in the area, depriving them of income and forcing many hotels and
related businesses to close, resulting in the loss of jobs among tens of
With the government’s introduction of the Travel
Together tourism subsidy campaign encouraging Thai people to make domestic
trips, Phuket now plans to hold a travel festival targeting domestic
travelers, with several activities held at different times.
Among these activities is the Kata Karon Beach food
festival taking place Monday at Khlong Bangla Park, featuring traditional
local dishes, seafood dishes, and other items, along with recommendations of
tourism attractions along Kata Karon Beach and across Karon sub-district.
The organizer expects this event will help boost
tourism activities and local economies to a welcome extent. (NNT)
TAT photographs on the theme of ‘A Beautiful Bond’ wins PATA Gold Award 2020
Authority of Thailand (TAT) has won a PATA Gold Award for a series of travel
photographs, which sensitively capture the “Beautiful Bond” between the Thai
people and elephants, the national animal of the kingdom.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has won a PATA
Gold Award for a series of travel photographs, which sensitively capture the
“Beautiful Bond” between the Thai people and elephants, the national animal
of the kingdom.
Conferred in the Marketing Awards category, it was one
of five PATA Gold awards received by Thai entities this year. They were
presented on 24 September, 2020, as part of the Virtual PATA Travel Mart
Under the theme of “A Beautiful Bond”, the photographs
of Ban Nong Bua Elephant Village in Surin Province were taken by Ms.
Daraporn Areesangawong and curated by the TAT Planning and Media Production
Division to reflect the beautiful and deep historic bonds between the Thai
people and pachyderms.
This year, the PATA Gold Awards contest received 121
submissions from 62 agencies, companies, and individuals worldwide. The
Awards have been supported and sponsored by the Macao Government Tourist
Office (MGTO) for the last 25 years.
Another Gold Award was won by Mr. John Borthwick, an
Australian freelance travel journalist and photographer, for Best
Destination Story for his article on the “Thai Left Bank”, which highlighted
the cultural and culinary attractions of Thon Buri. The article appeared in
The West Australian, 7 March, 2019. His visit to Thailand was sponsored by
the TAT Sydney Office.
The four other Thai Gold Award winners were:
1.Grand Title Winner in Sustainability, YAANA Ventures,
Thailand, for the Anurak Community Lodge.
2.Destination Article, Thai Left Bank, Mr. John
3.Women Empowerment Initiative, Supporting and
Promoting Women’s Career Development of Tourism Products of the
Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA), Thailand.
4.Youth Empowerment Initiative, DASTA NAN Youth Club (DNYC)
Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA), Thailand.
Thai AirAsia inaugurates flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Chiang Mai, Phuket
can now board AirAsia flights at Suvarnabhumi Airport to Chiang Mai, Phuket,
Krabi and Surat Thani.
Thai AirAsia (TAA) inaugurated flights to four domestic
destinations from Suvarnabhumi Airport, its new aviation hub in additional
to already established Don Mueang Airport.
Chief executive of Thai Air Asia, Santisuk Klongchaiya
said that passengers can now board AirAsia flights at Suvarnabhumi Airport
to Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi and Surat Thani. It operates five flights to
Chiang Mai daily, three to Phuket and two to Surat Thani and Krabi.
The new service will serve transit passengers from
international flights to travel further to major tourist provinces in
Thailand in the future.
Although the tourism has not returned to normal (due to
the pandemic), he said AirAsia sees opportunities to increase service at
Suvarnabhumi Airport as an option for domestic passengers.
Meanwhile, services at Don Mueang Airport are operated
To promote its service at Suvarnabhumi Airport, special
prices are offered for BIG members, starting from 744 baht per trip and 787
baht for the general public, who reserve their air tickets from September
23-27 and travel from Sept 25- Oct 24. (TNA)
opportunities to increase service at Suvarnabhumi Airport as an option for
Thailand boosts traveling during long holidays in November and December
holidays approved include Nov 19-22, and Dec 10-13.
The Cabinet on Tuesday
approved another two long holidays in November and December to allow people
to travel and boost local economies, said Prime Minister and Defense
Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha.
It announced Nov19, 20 as public holiday, making
another four-day holiday, including Saturday and Sunday.
The Cabinet also changed the Dec 7 compensatory holiday
to Dec 11, creating another four-day holiday from Dec 10-13. (TNA)
Prime Minister and Defense
Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha.
(TAT Photo -
Similan Island, Phang Nga, southern Thailand)
Female visitors dominate attendance at ‘EXPAT Travel Deal 2020’ in Bangkok
Travel Deal 2020’ saw a majority turnout of female visitors, highlighting
the role of women as decision-makers in choosing travel destinations.
The ‘Expat Travel Deal 2020’ organized by the Tourism
Authority of Thailand (TAT) from 11 to 13 September, 2020, saw a majority
turnout of female visitors, highlighting the role of women as
decision-makers in choosing travel destinations.
The event, the first of its kind targeted at the nearly
three million expatriates in Thailand, was held at the Quartier Gallery,
EmQuartier shopping mall in Bangkok. It was designed to offer domestic
tourism promotions to encourage them to travel more domestically, and enjoy
Thailand’s many attractions.
According to a TAT survey, the event recorded a total
of 9,957 visitors, generating an immediate revenue of 7,427,021 Baht.
Females comprised 53% of the visitors and males 47%. Most of the attendees
were in the business and commercial professions, but also included foreign
diplomats and teachers at international schools in Thailand.
The preferred destinations were:South Thailand 31%,
North Thailand 28%, Eastern Thailand: 15%, Northeast 14%, and Central
The preferred promotions were: Hotel Discount 49%,
Special Airfare 32%, Free Transfers 12%, and Others: 6%.
Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, TAT Deputy Governor for
International Marketing (Asia and South Pacific) said, “We are very pleased
with this initial effort and plan to do more to reach out to the large
expatriate population, many of whom have strong links with the kingdom and
who express great love for Thailand and its people.”
As of June 2020, there were a total of 2,459,785
foreigners with permission to work in Thailand, according to the Department
of Employment, Ministry of Labour. The total includes 155,193 skilled
employees (investors, experts, skilled craftsman, and BOI) and 25,110
The Expat Travel Deal 2020 showcased travel products
and services from all five regions of Thailand (North, Central, South, East
and Northeast), demonstrations of local arts and crafts making skills; such
as, ceramic bead bracelets and Thai reed mats, as well as tourism-related
Participating businesses included Michelin-starred
restaurants, health and wellness facilities, airlines, golf courses, and the
Alipay online platform. Travel agencies offered customized travel packages
at discounted rates. Expat attendees had to present identification to be
eligible for special deals at the event.
Mr. Chattan said TAT will be rolling out a number of
other promotional activities, including joint promotions with Alipay,
Thailand-based travel companies, and the airlines. Moreover, these will be
promoted alongside familiarization trips for members of the foreign media
and representatives of foreign travel companies in Thailand.
Other forms of publicity will include content marketing
with online and offline publications for expats in Thailand, focusing on
businesses that are certified with the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health
Administration (SHA) standard.
Travel Deal 2020’ organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) from
11 to 13 September, 2020
preferred destinations were: South Thailand 31%, North Thailand 28%, Eastern
Thailand: 15%, Northeast 14%, and Central Thailand 11%.
preferred promotions were: Hotel Discount 49%, Special Airfare 32%, Free
Transfers 12%, and Others: 6%.
TAT will be
rolling out a number of other promotional activities, including joint
promotions with Alipay, Thailand-based travel companies, and the airlines.
Thailand ‘special tourist visa’ for long-staying visitors effective until 30 September, 2021
is expected to become effective after the official announcement and will be
available until 30 September, 2021.
The Thai Cabinet has approved in principle a proposal
by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to grant a special tourist visa (STV)
for long-staying visitors.
Under the STV scheme, long-staying visitors can stay in
the country for 90 days, which can be extended twice, each for a further 90
days. The visa will cost 2,000 Baht per 90-day extension.
The special visa scheme is expected to become effective
after the official announcement and will be available until 30 September,
The STV will be granted to long-staying visitors who
comply with Thailand’s COVID-19 control and preventive measures. They will
be required to undergo a 14-day alternative local state quarantine (ALSQ)
upon their arrival. They must also have proof of their long-term residence
in Thailand; such as, hotel reservation, rental contract, or evidence of
ownership of a condominium.
Thailand resumes domestic tourism on extended holiday plans
found that people made 2.2 million domestic trips during the extended
holiday in lieu of the Songkran festival from Sept 4 to 7 and TAT estimated
that about 8.8 billion baht changed hands in the period.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) welcomes the
government’s plan to announce extended holidays to stimulate tourism late
this year as nearly 10 billion baht changed hands during the previous
four-day holiday in lieu of the Songkran festival.
TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn said he totally agreed
with the reported plan of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to announce
special holidays to stimulate tours, spending and business.
Whatever prompted people to go on vacation was good
when the country had to depend on domestic tourism and TAT had plans to
encourage Thai people to take vacations to let business survive as there
would be many holidays in the high season late this year, he said.
TAT has found that people made 2.2 million domestic
trips during the extended holiday in lieu of the Songkran festival from Sept
4 to 7 and TAT estimated that about 8.8 billion baht changed hands in the
At present most Thai people liked to take vacations on
weekends and long holidays, he said. (TNA)
Thailand drives forward promotion of domestic tourism among Thais and expats
reopen the country for foreign tourists is now under careful consideration
by all concerned sectors to ensure reentering of foreign visitors is safe
from the 2nd phase of COVID-19 disease spread.
Deputy Government Spokesperson Traisulee Traisoranakul
disclosed that during the COVID-19 situation when foreign tourists have not
yet been allowed to enter the country, Minister of Tourism and Sports
Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has driven forward promotion of domestic tourism
among Thai people and the expats living in Thailand through Tourism
Authority of Thailand (TAT)’s various campaigns. The Government would like
to encourage the people to travel in a bid to stimulate national economy,
and called on entrepreneurs to beef up their COVID-19 preventive measures to
boost confidence of the tourists.
According to the Deputy Government Spokesperson, the
Government’s measure to reopen the country for foreign tourists is now under
careful consideration by all concerned sectors. The most important thing is
to ensure that reentering of foreign visitors would not engender the 2nd
phase of COVID-19 disease spread. Deputy Prime Minister and Public
Healthcare Minister Anutin Charnvirakul also affirmed that the country’s
disease preventive, screening and monitoring system is efficient enough to
handle the reentering of foreign tourists. With the spread of COVID-19
pandemic, both tourism and employment sectors, not only in Thailand but
throughout the world, have been badly affected. Ministry of Tourism and
Sports has hoped that once the disease situation eases, tourism would play a
key role in reviving national economy, and alleviating people’s plights.
Government Spokesperson Traisulee Traisoranakul.
Thailand projects 20.8 million international visitors in 2021
Under a best-case scenario,
if there are no more disruptions, TAT is projecting 20.8 million
international visitors in 2021, which would be about half the record
arrivals of 39.8 million arrivals in 2019.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Mr.
Yuthasak Supasorn has appealed to the Thai tourism industry to be patient,
united, and confident in weathering the current crisis, which under a
best-case scenario will almost certainly be over by 2021.
Speaking to the Thai Hotels Association (THA), the
country’s largest travel trade grouping, the Governor said that although
this was the worst of the many crises that Thailand has experienced, it
would be overcome with the same spirit of solidarity and unity like in the
He said TAT would lead the country’s largest foreign
exchange earner and job-creating industry into a new future that would see
creative and innovative solutions being applied to building a more
sustainable and resilient industry.
The Governor said he did not want to focus on how much
pain the industry had suffered, but rather on how to prepare positively for
the time when a vaccine would be found and restrictions on international
He said that under a best-case scenario, if there are
no more disruptions, TAT is projecting 20.8 million international visitors
in 2021, which would be about half the record arrivals of 39.8 million
arrivals in 2019. The primary source markets would be Northeast Asia and the
ASEAN countries, with a customer target of people in good health and
The crisis had created an opportunity to deal with old
problems; such as, illegal hotels, tour operators and guides, waste problem
and tourist exploitation. “I would like to see these problems disappear
along with COVID-19. Let’s rebuild the industry. How can we learn to play a
new game? How do we create this new future together?”
Citing one positive outcome, he noted that national
parks had now set strict limitations on the number of visitors in line with
carrying capacity principles. He expressed hope this would remain in place
after the COVID-19 crisis recedes. Another positive outcome is the new focus
on improving the quality of hygiene and sanitation.
He said that TAT was working overtime to help hotel
businesses tap the potential of domestic tourism and maintain an occupancy
of at least 30%, not so much to enhance business profitability, but rather
to help maintain employment levels.
Mr. Yuthasak said he had formulated a three-dimensional
(3D) strategy for the transition to a new era.
1) Domestic tourism, which would now get more priority
than previously. “It is clear that we have to stimulate and open up more
opportunities to help each other, especially to tap the potential of the 12
million Thais who travelled abroad in 2019.”
2) Digitalization of business processes would open up
many new opportunities to find new customers, improve retention, cut costs,
create value and grow revenue. TAT is very active on this front, and had
many more projects in store for next year.
3) Dynamics: the industry as a whole has to create new
dynamics and seek a better balance between creating efficiency and managing
risk. “We don’t know what kind of crisis will happen next, but we have to be
better prepared to deal with it. If there is ever a situation where we have
to work from home, we will need a proper instruction manual on how to do
Mr. Yuthasak said that nothing will be the same again,
but that TAT is ready to help the industry adapt to new challenges and to
support, encourage, motivate, and lead it towards a more promising future.
“We are ready to be the wind beneath your wings. I believe we have to come
back stronger. Never give up. You are not alone. TAT will help you all
overcome the COVID- 19 crisis together.”
Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn.
helping hotel businesses tap the potential of domestic tourism and maintain
an occupancy of at least 30% to help maintain employment levels in absence
of foreign tourists.
Thailand’s tourism sector revenue shrinks by 70%, low cases countries ‘travel bubble’ decisive
Thailand’s tourism sector
revenue this year will shrink by 70 percent, with only 900 billion baht
revenue expected, much less than the figure before the COVID-19 pandemic,
which was 3 trillion baht.
Krungthai Bank’s research center has urged the tourism
sector to adapt to the New Normal for domestic tourism, in order to minimize
damage from COVID-19, as international tourism is not expected to recover in
even the coming year.
Krungthai COMPASS, a think tank of the Krungthai Bank,
has estimated Thailand’s tourism sector revenue this year will shrink by 70
percent, with only 900 billion baht revenue expected, much less than the
figure before the COVID-19 pandemic, which was 3 trillion baht.
The research unit expects the tourism sector to perform
slightly better in 2021, with 1.2 trillion baht in revenue expected, however
this figure is still 59 percent below the usual income before COVID-19.
With this prospect in mind, Thailand’s tourism sector
will have to rely heavily on domestic tourists, whose acceptance of New
Normal tourism focuses on closer destinations and safety, as reflected in
July’s tourism data where provinces with the highest accommodation occupancy
rate, were those located close to Bangkok, such as Petchaburi and
The center has highlighted that most Thai tourists
prefer visiting destinations hosting natural attractions, adventure
attractions, and cultural attractions that are less crowded. It has urged
related agencies to further develop facilities for tourists at these
Krungthai COMPASS’ projections on the tourism industry
next year, are based on a scenario in which a vaccine for COVID-19 starts
production in early 2021, with mass access expected in late 2021.
It has also commented on a further predicted drop in
the number of international tourists next year, ranging from only 900,000
persons or as many as 14 million based on government policy, saying the
uncertainty will make it difficult for the tourism sector to fully recover.
Several ways of enabling the country to reopen for
tourism have been discussed, such as a Travel Bubble arrangement between
countries with low cases, or the reopening of only tourist islands with
their own airports such as Phuket and Samui, or reopening only for certain
groups of visitors, such as those seeking medical tourism opportunities,
golf course enthusiasts, and long-term visitors who normally spend twice the
average tourists’ expenditure. (NNT)
Bubble arrangement between countries with low cases, or the reopening of
only tourist islands with their own airports such as Phuket and Samui are
suggested to enable the country to reopen for tourism.
Phuket Island reopening to foreign tourists plan underway
The welcoming of foreign
tourists to Phuket islandwill still depend on the readiness of many sectors,
such as tourism venues.
The Tourism and Sports Minister, Phiphat
Ratchakitprakarn, has traveled to Phuket to seek views and suggestions from
local residents concerning plans to reopen the province to foreign tourists.
Their input will be submitted to Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen.
Prayut Chan-o-cha, for consideration. In an effort to restore the confidence
of tourists, the government is organizing a trip to Phuket for a group of
foreigners who work or study in Thailand, as well as expatriates, and
Mr. Phipat visited the Patong subdistrict in Kathu
district, Phuket province, to meet local entrepreneurs and residents. He
listened to their difficulties during the COVID-19 outbreak, and explained
measures to be taken in Phuket, which is designated a pilot province to
welcome foreign tourists.
After meeting Phuket residents, the Tourism and Sports
Minister said they wanted a public hearing to take place because a number of
people disagreed with the plan to reopen the province to foreign tourists.
The Ministry of the Interior will take over this responsibility. The
reopening plan is set to start in October. Although the government has
introduced all necessary protocols, as recommended by the Center for
COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), the welcoming of foreign tourists
will still depend on the readiness of many sectors, such as tourism venues.
Meanwhile, the government is also organizing trips to
Phuket and other provinces for expats and diplomats. Recently, the
government arranged a tour for this group to visit Khung Bang Kachao in Phra
Pradaeng district, Samut Prakan province. The trip was well-received. The
Ministry of Tourism and Sports set up a working body to coordinate with all
expat groups and outbound tour agencies, urging them to organize trips
inside the country instead. They will create tour packages for tourists who
wish to travel from Bangkok to Phuket and other provinces. (NNT)
Tourism and Sports Minister, Phiphat
Pattaya and Eastern provinces tourism improved on long holiday
Tourists flocked to Pattaya
City and many provinces in the eastern Thailand and sought local home stay
services during the extended weekend.
Crowds of tourists flocked to Pattaya City and many
provinces in the eastern Thailand and sought local home stay services during
the extended weekend. Their arrival proved to stimulate local tourism and
The government made the long holiday from Sept 4 to 7
in lieu of the Songkran holiday in April that had been canceled due to
The government raised its 40% accommodation subsidy
period from five to ten nights per tourist and increased its daily meal
subsidy from 600 baht to 900 baht on weekdays. The government also gave a
refund of 2,000 baht per air ticket to stimulate domestic tours.
The expanded subsidies started on Sept 1. Besides, the
government allowed the government officials who use the subsidies to take
additional leaves of two days without recording the additional leaves in
their leave registration.
The measures prompted a large number of tourists to
visit eastern tourist destinations. Local hotels and home stay places were
mostly occupied during the long holiday.
Income was thus distributed there as visitors bought
products and food and used the services of tour guides, operators and
Local operators were asking the government to keep
issuing tourism promotion measures to increase the number of tourists. (TNA)
Pattaya and Eastern provinces are famous for
fresh and reasonable priced seafood.
The government raised its 40% accommodation
subsidy period from five to ten nights per tourist and increased its daily
meal subsidy from 600 baht to 900 baht on weekdays.
The government made the long holiday from Sept 4
to 7 in lieu of the Songkran holiday in April that had been canceled due to
Tourists flocked to Pattaya
City beaches on the long weekend.
Thai tourism is recovering, but not restored
that tourism-related data showed that domestic tourism was improving,
especially in provinces near Bangkok, however more urgent stimulus measures
The Thai tourism is recovering but has not been
restored to its normal level yet, according to the Economic Intelligence
Center of Siam Commercial Bank which urges for more stimulus measures.
EIC stated that tourism-related data showed that
domestic tourism was improving, especially in provinces near Bangkok.
However, the business is still far below its condition before business
lockdowns. The center also pointed out that tourism remained vulnerable
regarding the risk of the second COVID-19 spread.
EIC predicted that the tourism sector would continue to
be sluggish despite eased lockdowns. It explained that foreign tourists have
not returned. Besides, domestic tours by Thai people have not been
full-scale and they naturally spend much less than foreign tourists.
On average a Thai tourist spent 2,866 baht a day while
a foreign tourist did 6,039 baht a day, the center said.
The government and the private sector needed to
introduce effective stimulus measures and marketing campaigns to encourage
Thai tourists to go on vacation and it would be helpful to support the
tourism sector when it had to depend on local tourists, EIC said. (TNA)
Thailand tourism promotion with ‘Care, Clean and Clear’ to ensure good health for tourists
Amazing Thailand Safety&
Health Administration (SHA) is hygienic certification for restaurants,
hotels, conference centers, recreational locations, vehicles, tour firms,
beauty businesses, department stores, recreational sports facilities, event
venues, theaters and shops.
The Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of
Tourism and Sports are promoting tourism with the 3C principle of Care,
Clean and Clear to ensure good health for tourists.
Wacharapong Khuwijitsuwan, secretary to the minister of
public health, said after chairing a workshop on food hygiene at tourist
destinations that the two ministries were implementing the Care, Clean and
Clear principle to guarantee good health in the tourism sector.
Care means standard services at hospitals. Clean refers
to the cleanliness of premises including restaurants, food stalls and public
toilets. Clear focuses on the good ventilation of places and buildings, he
Meanwhile, Dr Bancha Khakhong, deputy director-general
of the Department of Health, said the department and the Tourism Authority
of Thailand introduced the Amazing Thailand Safety & Health Administration (SHA)
as hygienic certification for restaurants, hotels, conference centers,
recreational locations, vehicles, tour firms, beauty businesses, department
stores, recreational sports facilities, event venues, theaters and shops.
The hygienic initiatives were being applied as Thailand
logged a new case of the coronavirus disease 2019.
The British woman, 29, is a language teacher. She
arrived from the United Kingdom on Aug 15 with her husband and daughter. Her
infection was confirmed in her second test on Aug 27 while she had a fever
Total COVID-19 cases in the country rose to 3,412,
3,252 of whom recovered and 58 died. (TNA)
of Public Health and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports are promoting
tourism with the 3C principle of Care, Clean and Clear to ensure good health
Thailand's eastern coasts are blessed with marvelous islands
Koh Wai - a jewel Island of
Koh Chang Archipelago in Trat province.
Among them is the pristine Koh Wai - a jewel Island of
Koh Chang Archipelago in Trat province.
- Accessible with only one ferry a day, Koh Wai is a
perfect castaway spot. Those wishing for a true escapade can rent a
Beachfront bungalow, some primitive with limited electricity service. That
will make you feel like a world away from everything.
- Around Koh Wai is the coral reefs perfect for
Snorkeling; those staying on the island will have an all-day access. Those
staying on other islands can still hire a day-trip over.
- Laid-back to the max is the code of conduct on Koh
Wai. Beaching away, snorkeling around, and feasting on the freshest Seafood
on the island before settling for a nice spot at the gorgeous Sunset will
crowd your daily schedule.
- Koh Chang National Marine Park will reopen from July
1, 2020 onwards with limited visitors at 300 per day. Pre-booked snorkeling
tours to Koh Wai are now available.
- Bungalows on Koh Wai will reopen from October 1, 2020
onwards. Pre-booking is now available.
Get yourself ready for this perfect castaway!
Koh Wai is a
perfect castaway spot.
Wai is the coral reefs perfect for Snorkeling.
the max is the code of conduct on Koh Wai.
September the revival of lively tourism atmosphere in Thailand
Rayong, hub of seafood,
tropical fruits, islands tourism, and beach activities in Thailand.
It’s said that September is the month that signals the
end of the rainy season and the revival of the lively tourism atmosphere. If
you want to go to the sea in this month, we recommend that you go to the
Gulf of Thailand because the monsoon season still lingers in Andaman
Sea. You can also head north to indulge in the morning mist atmosphere
because the Northern region of Thailand has a lot more than mountains and
cold breeze to offer in September. One of the highlights is a long-lasting
the Salak Yorm Festival. Every year, in this tradition, unmarried young
women will offer a Salak Yom tree as an offering to the Buddha. It’s
believed that the young women's Salak Yom is a form of merit equivalent to a
man's ordination. There’s another great merit-making tradition in the
called Ting Kra Jard Festival. In this annual festival, you can donate money
or useful items for people living in poverty. It’s a brand-new experience
for you to discover.
After gaining new experiences from charming traditions,
it’s time to explore many other tourist
waiting for you during the rainy season: visit Lom Phu Kiew (Emerald Pool)
province, Ban Salak in
province, Mo Hin Khao in Chaiyaphum province and Sai Yok
province, or admire the sea of mist at Phu Thap Boek and Thung Salaeng Luang
province, Doi Kiew Lom Viewpoint in
Mae Hong Son
province, and PhuSoi Dao in
province, or visit the Pa Bong Piang Rice Terraces in
province and Rice Terraces of the Royal Initiative Discovery Project in
province, or you can also head to the Southern Sea; for example, Ko Tao,
KoSamui, Muk Ko
and Rajjaprabha Dam (the Guilin of Thailand) in
Are you hungry now? For the food of this month, we
recommend spicy food to warm your cold body and boost your immune system;
such as, Sweet Potato with Ginger Soup, Stir-fried Chinese Morning Glory
with Garlic, or hot tea. The most popular fruits are grapes, pineapple and
guava, all are high vitamin fruits with low calories.
The highlighted activity of this month is observing an
natural phenomenon: the shrimp parade at Kaeng Lamduan in Ubon Ratchathani
province. You’ll be fascinated by the sight of more than 100,000 shrimp
parading upstream. This phenomenon can’t be seen anywhere else in the world.
Another highlight is tasting excellent coffee at Kaeng Song and
along the Khek
coffee here is the local Arabica species, original, soft and fragrant. After
refreshing yourself with a cup of coffee, it’s time for a challenging
rafting on the Khek River, the top 5 most popular rafting places in
Although September is a month without any public
holidays like others, the fascinating cultures and traditions, including
that we recommend visiting in this month, are unrivalled.
September’s additional highlights
Grand traditions of
Ting Kra Jard Festival and Salak Yom Festival.
Explore the Gulf of Thailand: Paradise of the South
Be amazed by the shrimp parade phenomenon.
Thailand's eastern coasts
are blessed with marvelous islands.
Mae Hong Son - Pai in the Rain.
Pattaya City with
the sea, sand, sun and beach and the water activities on the east coast of
waterfalls and natural excursion in the rainy season in Thailand.
Tourism Authority of Thailand LINE chat application ‘TAT Contact Center’
For more information,
please contact the TAT Call Center 1672 (24 hours.)
Tourism Authority of
(TAT) has launched its LINE chat application ‘TAT Contact Center’ aiming to
provide another way for tourists to inquire about travel information in both
the Thai and English language. Tourists can select from the menu to find
recommended tourist attractions in Thailand, e brochures, and a list of
operators who have received the
Thailand Safety and Health Administration, "SHA, "certification.
select from the menu to find recommended tourist attractions in Thailand.
Thai Airways preps for welcoming back tourists from six countries to Phuket
THAI charter flights will
be arranged for travelers from Denmark, Germany, England, South Korea, Hong
Kong and Japan to Phuket.
Thai Airways International (THAI) is ready to arrange
special charter flights for tourists from six countries as the national
carrier welcomed the government’s plan to receive foreign tourists to the
resort island of Phuket.
The announcement came after the government’s policy to
ease travel restrictions to revive the country’s tourism hard hit by the
Chansin Treenuchagron, Acting President of THAI said
the charter flights will be arranged for travelers from Denmark, Germany,
England, South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan to Phuket, known as one of popular
destinations among the Andaman coastal provinces.
It will operate two flights a month for each route,
expected to begin in late November and will later consider increasing
frequency, depending on air travel demand.
The airline is also planning to resume direct flights
from China to Phuket.
Charnsin said THAI pays attention to health safety of
passengers and physical distancing will be adopted at all time during
check-in, boarding while in flight and getting of the plane.
In-flight crew members will wear protective suits,
masks and gloves. Aircraft deep cleaning and disinfection will be done in
cabins and cockpits.
He added the airline was the first one to receive
Amazing Thailand’s Safety & Health Administration (SHA), which means it
strictly complies with the Ministry of Public Health’s highest hygiene and
safety standards to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
To facilitate travellers, they will be able book the
hotels in Phuket designated as alternative state quarantine for tourists
with the airline.
Thailand on Thursday reported one more coronavirus
infection, making a total of 3,404 confirmed cases.
The new case returned from India and was found infected
in state quarantine. (TNA)
announcement came after the government’s policy to ease travel restrictions
to revive the country’s tourism hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic such as in
Treenuchagron, Acting President of Thai Airways International (THAI).
known as one of popular destinations among the Andaman coastal provinces of
Thailand prepares to receive foreign tourists in October
The return of tourists
is necessary for revival of the economy, all premises will be shut down
and employees will be laid off if the government does nothing.
Thai government plans to ease travel restrictions
to welcome foreign tourists from low- risk countries in a bid to revive
the local economy.
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut
Chan-ocha said the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)
would discuss which areas will be suitable to receive foreign tourists
as well as related disease control measures.
It will begin with the limited number of arrivals.
They will be screened from the origins to the destinations and will stay
only in tourist zones, he said. To help the most economically affected
tourist destinations, the government is looking at allowing foreign
tourists to stay in those prepared areas as a ‘sand box’ model.
Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha.
The return of tourists is necessary for revival of
the economy. If the government does nothing, all premises will be shut
down and employees will be laid off. The government needs to relax
restrictions and implement suitable measures to handle it, he added.
Meanwhile, Public Health Ministry’s Division for
Communicable Diseases, Sophon Iamsirithawon said Thai has had zero local
transmissions for more than 90 days since May 25.
Easing restrictions to allow resumption of business
activities went smoothly but strict disease control measures must remain
in place, he said.
Tourism will be also resumed under restricted
It is expected to start receive foreign tourists in
October. Initially, it targets to allow tourists from low-risk countries
who come to Thailand for medical purposes and tourism, he added. (TNA)
the most economically affected tourist destinations, the government is
looking at allowing foreign tourists to stay in those prepared areas as
a ‘sand box’ model.