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Thai tourists return to Nong khai and holiday destinations on long weekend

Temples and 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 morning.

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 sunset.

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

Tourists can 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. (NNT) 

Villagers 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.

The famous Mai Khao Beach.

These 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 Beach.


Mae Surin Waterfall National Park winter attraction in Mae Hong Son, northern Thailand

The large 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 Mountain. 

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 Mountain. 

 

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

An 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 recommend.

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 railway.

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.

On-the-way highlights 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 panoramic effect.

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 underwater.
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 underwater.

The Similan Islands National Park is about to reopen from October 15, 2020 through to May 15, 2021.


Tourists enjoy winter breeze at natural tourism attractions in Chiang Mai and North

The number 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.

The northern 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

Pratumnak Hill beach.

Pattaya is a popular beach resort on the Gulf of Thailand, just 150 km southeast of Bangkok –a 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 Islands. Other activities include Bungee jumping, Cycling, 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 Seafood. 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 yourself.

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 chill out.

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.

Dongtan beach.

Lan Pho Naklua beach.

Pattaya beach.

Jomtien beach.


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 industry.

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 STV travelers.

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.”

Mayor 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.

Chinese tourists taking photos with the transgender after cabaret shows.

Russian tourist taking photos with transgender in Pattaya Walking Street.

Millions of Chinese tourists visiting Pattaya for exciting events and the transgender shows.

Songkran or 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 said.

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 Administration (CCSA).

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)

 

Permanent secretary for Public Health Ministry, Kiattiphum Wongrajit.


Pattaya and beach resorts in Thailand welcome tourists, foreign yachts crews with STV

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 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 yachts.

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.

The visa 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 quarantine facilities.

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 tomorrow.

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)

Prime 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 provinces.”

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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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.


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 province.

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. (TNA)

Deputy Phuket governor Pichet Panapong.

Phuket will be promoted as the city of gastronomy.


Thailand welcomes travelers aboard yachts from low-mid risk foreign countries

Foreign 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 Trisaranakul.

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 treatment.

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 days.

Travelers 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

The Northern 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 Suthep.

Mist 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 weather conditions.


Tourists enjoy cool weather below 10 degrees Celsius at Doi Inthanon, Chiang Mai

Many people 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 single digits.

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 degrees Celsius.

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)

Over a thousand people visited Doi Inthanon in Chiang Mai province on Tuesday.


Phuket reopening for holders of Special Tourist Visa (STV) and long stay tourism

The cabinet meeting will discuss tourism promotion and economic stimulus at major tourism destinations in the South such as Samui Island in Surat Thani and Phuket Island.

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)

Deputy Government spokeswoman Ratchada Dhnadirek.


Tourist attraction on high mountain in Phitsanulok ready for winter visit

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 Vietnam.

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 Vietnam.

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 tourism. (NNT)


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 Daochai.

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)

Thanavath 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 Province.

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 100 Destinations.”

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 tourism development.”

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: www.greendestinations.org. 

Chiang Khan, 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

Partnering 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 Interactive Company.

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

The Tourism 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

Offering 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 special prices.

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 packages.

Five-star accommodation packages are also available at the fair.

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

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.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked all Thai embassies and consulates around the world to promote the special long stay tourist visa.

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

TAT Trang 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) 

Food vendors 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

CCSA would 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)

Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.


Heavily-impacted Phuket holds travel festival targeting domestic travelers

 Phuket 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 thousands employees.

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

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.

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 2020.

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 Borthwick, Australia. 

3.Women Empowerment Initiative, Supporting and Promoting Women’s Career Development of Tourism Products of the “Nan-Ner-Jaow” Brand
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

Passengers 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 as usual.  

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)

AirAsia sees opportunities to increase service at Suvarnabhumi Airport as an option for domestic passengers.


Thailand boosts traveling during long holidays in November and December

Long 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

The ‘Expat 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 Thailand 11%.

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.”

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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 foreign students.

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 talk sessions.

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.

The ‘Expat Travel Deal 2020’ organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) from 11 to 13 September, 2020

The preferred destinations were: South Thailand 31%, North Thailand 28%, Eastern Thailand: 15%, Northeast 14%, and Central Thailand 11%.

The 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

The policy 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, 2021.

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

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 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 period.

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

Measure to 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.

Deputy 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 past.

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 travel lifted.

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 high-purchasing power.

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 it.”

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.” 

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn.

TAT is 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 Kanchanaburi.

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 attractions.

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)

Travel 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 diplomats.

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 Ratchakitprakarn.


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 economy. 

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 COVID-19. 

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 workers. 

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 COVID-19. 

Tourists flocked to Pattaya City beaches on the long weekend. 


Thai tourism is recovering, but not restored

EIC stated that tourism-related data showed that domestic tourism was improving, especially in provinces near Bangkok, however more urgent stimulus measures are needed.

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 said.

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 and headache.

Total COVID-19 cases in the country rose to 3,412, 3,252 of whom recovered and 58 died. (TNA)  

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.


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.

Around Koh Wai is the coral reefs perfect for Snorkeling.

Laid-back to 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 tradition in Lamphun province: 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 province of Suphan Buri 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 attractions waiting for you during the rainy season: visit Lom Phu Kiew (Emerald Pool) in Lampang province, Ban Salak in Trat province, Mo Hin Khao in Chaiyaphum province and Sai Yok national park in Kanchanaburi province, or admire the sea of mist at Phu Thap Boek and Thung Salaeng Luang in Phetchabun province, Doi Kiew Lom Viewpoint in Mae Hong Son province, and PhuSoi Dao in Uttaradit province, or visit the Pa Bong Piang Rice Terraces in Chiang Mai province and Rice Terraces of the Royal Initiative Discovery Project in Nan province, or you can also head to the Southern Sea; for example, Ko Tao, KoSamui, Muk Ko Ang Thong, and Rajjaprabha Dam (the Guilin of Thailand) in Surat Thani province.

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 Amazing 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 Rafting along the Khek River. The 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 Adventure: rafting on the Khek River, the top 5 most popular rafting places in Thailand.

Although September is a month without any public holidays like others, the fascinating cultures and traditions, including amazing Tourist Attractions that we recommend visiting in this month, are unrivalled.

September’s additional highlights

Grand traditions of Thailand: Ting Kra Jard Festival and Salak Yom Festival.

Explore the Gulf of Thailand: Paradise of the South Sea.

Be amazed by the shrimp parade phenomenon.

Thailand's eastern coasts are blessed with marvelous islands.

Pattaya Elephant Village.

Thailand’s northern 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 Thailand.

Enjoy the 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 Thailand (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 Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration, "SHA, "certification. 

Tourists can 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 Covid-19 pandemic.

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)

The 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 Phuket.

Chansin Treenuchagron, Acting President of Thai Airways International (THAI).

Phuket, known as one of popular destinations among the Andaman coastal provinces of Thailand.


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.

Prime 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 safety rules. 

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)  

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.


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