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Koh Samui offers up to 70% discounts on hotels, spas, boats, airlines July - October

Mr. VijvutJinto (centre), Governor of Surat Thani; Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn (2nd from right), TAT Governor; Mr. Vorasit Pongkumpunt (2nd from left),President, Tourism Association of Koh Samui; Ms. Plernpis Kosolutasarn (left), Director – Event Marketing and Tourism Associate, Bangkok Airways; and the event’s MC at the press launch to promote tourism to Ko Samui during July and October 2020.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in cooperation with Koh Samui’s public and private partners, is inviting Thai travelers to visit Ko Samui now that the COVID-19 situation has improved and the government is considering the fifth phase of easing the lockdown from 1 July, 2020.

Tourism businesses on Ko Samui are also reopening from July 2020, onwards, albeit under a new normal – both the operators and the tourists are required to observe strict safety and health routines to continue to be a part of the nationwide effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infections.

To mark the ‘new normal’ of tourism in Thailand, more than 60 tourism entrepreneurs on Ko Samui, comprising members of the Tourism Association of Ko Samui, Thai Hotel Association Southern Chapter – East Coast, and Samui Spa Association, are offering special packages with discounts up to 70% for the travel periods between July and October, 2020.

The special packages will be available at a special tourism promotion event to be held from 3-5 July, 2020, at the Eden Zone, Central World, Bangkok.

To make the special travel deals for Ko Samui even more special, Bangkok Airways is offering a Samui Super Sales deal on the Bangkok-Samui route for 2,300 Baht (one-way, excluding airport tax). For Thai travelers travelling during weekdays, between Sunday and Thursday, the airline is giving another 500 Baht off its special package at 7,900 Baht per person inclusive of return airfare on the Bangkok-Samui route and three-days/two-nights’ accommodation. For reservations, call +66 (0) 2111-2299, 089-699-6856, or 082-645-5426.

For more information, call the TAT Ko Samui Office at +66 (0) 7742-0720, 7742-0504, or follow Facebook Fanpage: TAT KOH SAMUI.

More than 60 tourism entrepreneurs, ranging from airlines, accommodation establishments, spas and boats are offering up to a 70% discount for the travel periods between July and October 2020.


Resorts on Koh Samui awarded ‘Amazing Thailand SHA’ certificate

 

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor (2nd from left), presented the SHA logo to Mr. Remko Kroesen, General Manager, Banyan Tree Samui (2nd from right), witnessed by Mrs. Supakan Yodchun, Director of the TAT Samui Office (right).

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is delighted to award the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) certificate to the Banyan Tree Samui and Shasa Resort and Residences Koh Samui, two of the island’s many high-end resorts.

Being awarded with the Amazing Thailand SHA certificate means that both the Banyan Tree Samui and Shasa Resort and Residences Koh Samui have undergone a strict inspection and passed the SHA’s basic standards of hygiene, health and cleanliness for the entire premises, equipment, toilets, as well as operational staff as part of the nationwide effort to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The SHA logo has a validity period of two years.

The Amazing Thailand SHA certification is a unique certification scheme aimed to prepare the Thai tourism industry for the recovery period post-COVID-19 pandemic and enhance confidence amongst international and domestic tourists.

 

Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications (2nd from left), and Mr. Vinid Rangpueng, TAT Executive Director – Marketing Services Department (left), delivered the SHA logo to Dr. Ranchana Rajatanavin, the Director of AQ Estate Plc. (3rd from left).


Koh Lipe, ‘Maldives of Thailand’, ready to accommodate visitors

The ‘Maldives of Thailand’, Koh Lipe off the coast of the southern province of Satun is known for its white sandy beaches and crystal blue sea ready to welcome visitors again on July 1.

Koh Lipe in Satun province is ready to welcome tourists again on July 1.

Called the ‘Maldives of Thailand’, Koh Lipe is known for its white sandy beaches and crystal blue sea. It was a popular getaway destination before being shut down for three months by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation. The closure, however, allowed the natural features of the island to rejuvenate, making it even more attractive than before.

Hotel and resort operators have made various preparations to accommodate ‘New Normal’ travel once the island reopens, disinfecting rooms and spaces and training staff to carry out hygiene regulations.

Representatives of the island’s tourism businesses have made known that among adjustments, most venues have reduced their prices to attract guests.

Koh Lipe is approximately 85 kilometers off the coast of the southern province of Satun in Tarutao National Park. It hosts several picturesque lagoons with its Melayu derived name indicating its flat, accommodating topography. (NNT)


Foreign tourists not allowed to enter Thailand for the time being

Entering of foreign tourists to Thailand has still not been approved by the government.

The National Emerging Infectious Diseases Committee has agreed to welcome three groups of people to the country but not general tourists.

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said after the committee’s meeting that the committee approved a draft permission for three groups of people.

The first group contains diplomats, consuls, representatives of international organizations, shipping agents and foreigners with work permits.

The second group includes Thai returnees and the third group concerns foreign patients, except COVID-19 patients, who want medical treatment in Thailand.

Tourists would not be allowed in for the time being, Mr Anutin said.

Thai and foreigners who plan long stays in the country would have to be quarantined. It had not been concluded if the requirement would also apply to the business people whose stay would be limited at 14 days, he said.

He also said that such visitors should not be forced to wear face masks because it was individuals’ rights. However, provincial governors had power to require the use of face masks in their provinces, Mr Anutin said. (TNA)

Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul said the committee up to date agreed to a draft permission for entry of specific groups of travelers.

Thailand gears up for a reopening of its borders to only three groups of people but not general tourists so far.


Thailand offers health front-liners free rooms at five-star beachfront resort in Krabi

The ThabKaek Boutique Resort in Krabi has given two-night packages for medical professionals who have sacrificed in the fight since June 1.

Thai medical personnel have been offered free accommodation at a five-star resort in Krabi as a reward for their works in the frontline against COVID-19.

Since June 1, the ThabKaek Boutique Resort has given two-night packages for medical professionals who have sacrificed in the fight.

Medical personnel can reserve free service seven days in advance for the free service of one of the most luxurious beachfront resorts in the southern Krabi province.

When checking in, they need to show MD card and a letter of certification from their medical institutions to verify their works for COVID-19 patients. (TNA)  


Thailand to open for specific groups of visitors

The CCSA is considering allowing entrance to certain visitors, in order to boost the economy after 28 days without a domestic viral infection.

The Centre for COVID-19 Sitation Administration is considering opening the country to two groups of foreign visitors. The first group of visitors is those who have already applied to come to Thailand knowing they must undergo 14 days in state quarantine. This group comprises over 700 investors, 2,200 workers with specific skills, and 2,000 foreigners who have a family in Thailand, along with over 30,000 health and wellness tourists.

The second group would be visitors exempted from 14 days quarantine comprising businesspersons, investors, and government’s guests. They will however, be allowed to stay in Thailand for only 3 - 5 days and be accommodated in a limited number of venues. However, this group of visitors would need to have their health checked both in their country of origin and on arrival in Thailand.

In addition, there is another group of visitors who may be able to come to Thailand via a special arrangement between nations, known as a travel bubble policy. However, it is only a draft at this stage, and hasn’t been handed to the CCSA committee yet for consideration.

Currently, there are three countries that may qualify to participate in Thailand’s travel bubble policy; they are China, Japan, and South Korea as they have strict disease control measures. (NNT)


Nature tourism and charms in Chonburi Province nearby Pattaya City

 

 Ao Dong Tan (Palm Trees Bay)

Situated in the Navy base in Sattahip district of Chonburi, about an hour drive from Pattaya City, this beach is a quiet place for locals and family who love to come for relaxing as the beach has never been crowded. The name Dong Tan came from the fact that there are palm trees (called Tan in Thai) line up along the beach. It's also a favorite place for those who love to play sailboat too. Opening hours: 8am-5pm

 Bang Sare village

This is a fishing village some 16 kilometers south of Pattaya, with a right turn at Km. 164. South of Bang Sare is a deep bay suitable for angling. To the north are accommodation and dining facilities along the beach.

 Hat Tham Khao Phang Beach

Hat Tham Khao Phang at the back of the island surrounds this white sandy beach. The sloping beach is thus on the un-windy side. The sea is clear and not too wavy. It is a good spot for swimming and lazing on the beach to admire the sunset. To get there: There are daily ferry services between Sri Racha and Ko Sichang. Boats leave Ko Loi Sri Racha daily and every hour from 07.00 a.m. - 07.00 p.m. It takes about 45 minutes for the journey. On return, boats leave Ko Sichang every hour from 06.00 a.m. - 07.00 p.m. The boat services are operated by two companies: SaengPrathip Tel. 0 3821 6237, 0 3831 3687 and Sichang Palace Tel. 0 3821 6276-9

 Koh Samae San Island

If you are one tired of a long journey, Koh Samae San is not the problem. It just takes about 30 minutes. Koh Samea San is an island in Amphur Sattahip, Chonburi province. Getting there doesn't take a very long time because the island is not too far from Bangkok. Koh Samae San is under the control of the Royal Thai Navy. Visitors can only have a one-day trip but cannot stay overnight. However, they can stay at the resorts near the pier. Koh Samae San is one of nine islands in the Plant Genetic Conservation Project under the Royal Initiative of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn with the objectives of promoting the island as a place for learning and conservative traveling. Visitors can go snorkeling, riding on a glass-bottom boat, kayaking and biking around the island. There are facilities provided such as snorkel sets, life jackets, bathrooms, showers, and restaurants.

Even there are five beaches in Koh Samae San, visitors can go swimming only two beaches that are Hat Thien and Hat Luk Lom. The impressive views of white sand, clear water and beautiful coral reefs are the results of effective conservation. Visitors are welcomed to Koh Samae San every day and every season, but the number of visitors is limited by 500 persons/day. No advanced tickets needed, visitors can buy the ticket at the reception building of Natural History Museum, Khao Mar Jor pier (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). The queue card will be given at 6 a.m. For more information, call +66 38-432-473 or +66 38-432-475. Transportation Take a Bangkok-Rayong bus to Sattahip Market, then take a two-row-bench pickup to Khao Mar Jor pier.

 Bang Saen Beach

Bang SaenBeach is approximately 14 kilometers away from Amphur Muang, Chonburi. To get there, take Sukhumvit Road then turn right at kilometer marker 104 and continue for 3 kilometers. The beach is a popular tourist attraction for Thai people.

Bang Saen is most popular Beach for locals who love to flock here every weekend to swim and enjoy beach activities. There are thousands of deck chairs dot along the 4.5-kilometer stretch beach. Visitors can enjoy the beach by riding the bicycles from rental shops nearby. Getting there: Situated approximately 14 kilometers from Chonburi city center. Take Sukhumvit Road and turn right at Km. 104 and proceed for another 3 kilometers to the beach.

 

 Hat Nang Ram Beach

This 200-meter long Beach is situated close to the Sattahip deep-water port and attracts tourists who admire pristine beaches in serene settings. Located towards the end of the beach is the shrine of Kromluang Chumphonkhetudomsak, the Father of the Royal Thai Navy. The atmosphere is very peaceful with shadowy pine trees and rows of frangipani trees. Contact: TAT Pattaya 038-427-667, 038-428-750Getting there: Close to the Sattahip deep-water port, Amphur Sattahip, Chonburi.

 Koh Lan Island

Lying about 7.5 kilometers offshore from Pattaya, this Islandd offers several white sandy beaches such as notably Hat Ta Waen, Hat Laem Thian and Hat Thong Long while there a bunch of coral reefs on the other side of the island. Visitors can choose either snorkeling or viewing the coral from glass bottom Boats. Contact: TAT Pattaya 038-427-667, 038-428-750, 038-423-990 Getting there: A ferry service departs Laem Bali Hai Pier to Ko Lan every day. Departure time is from 7.00 a.m.-6.30 p.m., while the arrival trips leave Ko Lan from 6.30 a.m.-6.00 p.m. It costs 20 baht. The boat will stop at Na Ban Pier. In case of going to other beaches, visitors can rent a boat or a taxi. There also are speed boats for 10 persons are available along Pattaya beach. Visitors can stop at Ta Waen Beach and Thong Lang Beach. The rental fee for the speed boat is 2,500-3,000 baht or depending on the agreement.

 Koh Kham Underwater Park

Koh Kham is a small Island located on the west of Koh Samaesarn. It is an island with abundant natural resources and beautiful Beach. Tourist activities are taking boat to see coral, diving and enjoying the clear sea water. More information, please contact Civil Affairs Division of Fleet defense, TambonPlu Ta Luang, Amphur Sattahip, Chonburi. Tel: 0 3843 2170 or 08 9936 9409

Ko Phai Islands

From Pattaya shore is Koh Phai Islands which are under protection of Royal Navy. Surrounded are islets such as Koh Manwichai, Koh Luam and Koh-Klungbadan, that visitors can enjoy swimming, diving and fishing in the far reach island hideaway of Chonburi.

Sai Kaeo Beach

Hat Sai Kaeo is a beautiful Beach under the supervision of the Royal Thai Navy and is near the Naval Rating School. Accommodation for tourists is provided. Admission fee is 100 baht. For more information, please contact Tel. 0 3843 6187, 08 7135 3595, 08 6700 6931.

(tourismthailand.org)


The Grand Palace receives ‘Amazing Thailand SHA’ certificate

The Grand Palace, Bangkok most-visited tourist attraction received ‘Amazing Thailand SHA’ certificate.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is honoured to present the ‘Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration: SHA’ certificate to the Grand Palace, Bangkok’s most-visited tourist attraction.

The Grand Palace is among the 10 types of tourism-related business e.g., restaurants/food outlets, accommodation and convention centres, recreation and tourist attractions, tourist transport vehicles, travel agents/tour operators, health and beauty parlours, department stores and shopping centres, sports stadiums for tourism, theatres/cinemas, and souvenir shops and other stores that are entitled to apply for the Amazing Thailand SHA certificate.

To be awarded the SHA Certification, all establishments must observe the basic standards of hygiene, health and cleanliness for the entire premises, equipment, toilets as well as operational staff.

The Grand Palace reopens to visitors from 7 June, and is open daily from 08.30-15.30 Hrs.

The SHA project has been developed under a collaboration between TAT and a broad range of public and private sector partners including the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, Board of Trade of Thailand, Federation of Thai Spa and Wellness Association, Thai Retailers Association, Thai Hotels Association, Association of Domestic Travel, Thai Amusement and Leisure Park Association, Thai Restaurant Association, Thai Spa Association, Thai Boats Association, and Event Management Association.

The project is part of TAT’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis and accelerate recovery in the travel and tourism sector. The Amazing Thailand SHA certification is to prepare Thai tourism operators to be ready for the return of tourism post COVID-19.

Thai tourism-related businesses can register their interest or inquire for more information by contacting TAT’s Tourism Products Department via email: [email protected] or LINE @thailandsha or website www.tourismthailand.org/thailandsha or TAT Contact Centre 1672

The SHA guidelines e-Book is available at https://thailandsha.tourismthailand.org/ebook.

(tatnews.org)

The Amazing Thailand SHA is presented by Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn (left), TAT Governor, to AVM Supichai Soonthornbura (centre), Deputy Secretary-General of the Bureau of the Royal Household.  Also joining the certificate presentation are Dr. Phanpimol Wipulakorn (right), Director-General, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health.

The Grand Palace reopens to visitors from 7 June, and is open daily from 08.30-15.30 Hrs.


Thailand promotes tourism via ‘stay one night, get one night free’ at hotels and resorts

The campaign‘ stay one night, get one night free’ is supported by 51 hotels and resorts in Trat and will run from July to September this year.

Fifty-one hotels and resorts in Trat province have joined a ‘stay one night, get one night free’ campaign to promote tourism under new normal conditions.

The Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Trat Office, chaired a meeting to discuss preparations for a project to promote tourism in the province. The President of the Trat Tourism Association, Viyada Srong, together with hotel and resort operators in the eastern province, were in attendance to support the ‘stay one night, get one night free’ campaign. Travelers, who spend a night at hotels or resorts in Trat, and pay a room rate of 500 to 7,500 baht a night, will have the privilege of staying an additional night, free of charge. The campaign is supported by 51 hotels and resorts in Trat. It will run from July to September this year.

In Chanthaburi province, workers at The Music Bar & Restaurant are cleaning and renovating the premises, even though it will remain closed due to the precautionary measures. Apisak Padungsin, owner of The Music Bar & Restaurant, said that once the restrictions imposed on bars and entertainment venues are lifted, some 100 employees will be able to return to work. The venue has taken all necessary anti-contagion measures. He said the government should quickly find a vaccine, restore the confidence of tourists and revive the economy.

In Chiang Mai province, Chiang Mai Zoo reopened for the first time with free admissions on offer. People can book tickets at www.chiangmaizoo.com or via the "Eventpop" mobile application. The zoo is strictly observing new normal tourism protocols. Precautionary measures include screening visitors, requiring visitors to check-in and out with the government’s Thai Chana online platform, promoting social distancing and providing alcohol-based hand sanitizers throughout the venue. All facilities and vehicles at the zoo are thoroughly disinfected. Bookings from June 15th to 30th, 2020, are already over 70 percent of capacity. (NNT)


Best scuba diving sites in Andaman, Thailand

 

Among the best tourist places in Thailand, add the Andaman coast of Southern Thailand to your itinerary if you’re looking for some thrilling underwater experience. The best time to visit the Andaman Coast for an adventurous trip is from October to April. This time of the year, the tides and winds are comparatively calm ensuring clear waters, best suitable for Scuba Diving. 

Listed below are the 5 best dive sites (for experienced divers) that you can choose from, for a Scuba Diving experience.

Hin Daeng

South of Phi Phi islands and close to the Mayalasia border lies the dive sites of Hin Daeng and Hin Muang (red rock and purple rock). Considered as one of the best dive sites in the region, these two sites give you a ride along steep walls, big fishes and lush soft coral gardens underwater. Reached conveniently on live-boats from Phuket, Hin Deang is the place if you are keen on seeing deep water marine life up-close. Among the top creatures found here are- Leopard Sharks, Whale Sharks, and Manta Rays, if you swim under 60 metres into the water. Staying closer to the coast, you might see Moray Eels, soft corals and various types of shrimps. 

Richelieu Rock

Another popular scuba diving spot in the Andaman Gulf of Thailand is the horseshoe-shaped Richelieu Rock in Phuket coast. An isolated pinnacle about 10 km east of Surin Islands, the depths of the coast showcases an exotic marine life. From small critters as seahorses, ghost pipefish, harlequin shrimp or frogfish to giants of the ocean life like the Whale Sharks, Richelieu Rock is indeed an underwater treasure chest. It is specially meant for experienced divers as it takes two dives in all to cover the entire region. 

Mu Ko Surin Marine National Park (Surin Islands)

Comprising of 5 main islands, Koh Surin Nua, Koh Surin Tai, Koh Ree (or Koh Satok), Koh Glang (or Koh Pachumba) and Koh Khai (or Koh Torinla), Mu Ko Surin Marine National Park is one of the unexplored parts of Thailand. An unspoiled tropical paradise far from the mainland, the dive site of the park is known for its variety of picturesque coral reef. 

HTMS Chang (Koh Chang)

Coral fringed islands with an abundance of exotic marine life are what Koh Chang has in store for you. Its underwater shipwreck makes it unique and a must dive spot in Thailand. The HTMS Chang is only for advanced and experienced divers, as it is located at a depth of up to 30 meters on the sea bed and the deck is at about 23 meters. For experienced wreck divers, it is also possible to dive inside the wreck’s deep cargo holds, which are between 27 and 29 meters inside the wreck.

Breakfast Bend (Similan Islands)

Unlike how it sounds, Breakfast Bend, located on the east of Koh Bangu, is an interesting dive site. The name is derived from its early morning dive timings when the sun’s rays enhance the clarity of the water. The Breakfast Bend is also accessible for night dives as well, when conditions allow. From black spot garden eels, green sea cucumbers and spiny sea urchins to Kuhl’s stingrays and Hawksbill turtles, this dive site boasts a rich marine life. 

While these are some of the best scuba diving sites meant for experienced divers, Thailand has many more diving sites for all levels of divers. So, get ready to experience some underwater thrill in Thailand. Not experienced in diving? Some of these sites have trainers to let you enjoy your dive well, and if you are, then the above spots are just where you must head to, on your next trip to Thailand. 

(tourismthailand.in)


Thailand ‘travel bubble’ opening to foreigners of bilateral cooperation in tourism

Initially the travel bubble will reopen the country to about 1,000 foreign entrepreneurs and patients seeking medical service appointments in Thailand a day.

After implementing the fourth phase of easing of anti-COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, the Ministries of Tourism and Sports, Public Health, Interior and Foreign Affairs will propose a travel bubble plan to the government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Wednesday (June 17).

The Tourism and Sports Minister, Pipat Ratchakitprakarn, expressed his confidence in Thailand’s tourism sector and the country’s ability to deal with the COVID-19 situation. The travel bubble will reopen the country to international visitors, limiting visitors to those from countries where the outbreak is well controlled. It is a bilateral cooperation in tourism, and many countries around the world are also interested in this concept. It is already approved in principle by the CCSA. The various ministries are now looking into implementation and negotiations with selected countries, various protocols and precautionary measures. The issue will be proposed to the CCSA this Wednesday.

In the initial stage, the travel bubble will reopen the country to foreign entrepreneurs and patients seeking medical service appointments in Thailand. The country is expected to welcome about 1,000 foreigners a day. If it works out well, more groups will be allowed to enter the country. The travel bubble will not impose the 14-day quarantine, but other measures have been prepared to ensure public safety. A mobile application will be used to help track international visitors after arriving in Thailand. The potential of the country’s tourism and health sector help revive the domestic economy, once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. (NNT)


Sriracha Tiger Zoo welcomes visitors with free entry

Sriracha Tiger Zoo offers free entry tovisitors until the end of June.

BANGKOK-Sriracha Tiger Zoo reopened on Friday (June 12) after being closed for almost three months due to COVID-19. It is now offering free entry to attract visitors especially on weekends.

Sriracha Tiger Zoo was full of tourists of all ages on Sunday. Each of them had undergone screening at the entrance and was required to put on a mask, wash their hands, go through a sanitizing tunnel, and check-in via Thai Chana to make it easy to track people if there is an infection. At every attraction, they must be at least a meter away from others while queueing and watching the show. The zoo has a limit of 800 visitors for each round and is equipped with hand sanitizers at every corner.

The Zoo manager confirmed that the zoo is kept hygienic especially general contact points such as doorknobs and stair handrails which are cleaned every hour. He urged members of the public to visit the zoo this month, as it is free until the end of June.(NNT)


Krabi beaches and bays in southern Thailand ready to welcome tourists

 

Beautiful beaches and attractions in Krabi province are waiting for tourists to visit and book for their vacation.

Since the COVID-19 situation improved, operators at famous tourist attractions in Krabi have been preparing to welcome tourists in July.

Now, Railay Bay, Phra Nang Bay and Ton Sai Bay in Krabi are in beautiful shape with turquoise sea and fine white sand ready to welcome tourists as soon as COVID-19 restrictions are eased.

Krabi Deputy Governor Somchai Harnphakdipatima on Sunday led a team to survey tourist attractions and preparations for the return of tourists when the government’s measure to ease the restrictions imposed to control COVID-19, is implemented soon. They inspected the ecosystem, met with the operators, asked them about preparation of various businesses in Railay Bay, Phra Nang Bay and Ton Sai Bay, as well as provided advice on the reopening of their businesses in accordance with the measures of the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health. The inspected businesses are all in major tourist attractions as the national parks are still closed to tourists.

Thai tourists have started to arrive and there are still some stranded foreign tourists who have been unable to return home in the area. Hotel and restaurant operators have started to clean and decorate their buildings but most of them are not open for service yet since their income mostly comes from foreign tourists. Most operators are waiting for other countries to allow their citizens to leave their home countries and make reservations of accommodation, for efficient management and avoiding losses. However, some of them will open in early July 2020 to help employees return to jobs and incomes. (NNT)

Krabi province officials survey tourist attractions and preparations for the return of tourists who are mostly Thais and stranded foreigners.


Thailand plans to completely lift lockdown, curfew, and ban on international travel on July 1

The Royal Thai Government aims at plans to resume more business activities ahead of schedule.

Bangkok - Thailand’s Department of Health (DOH), Ministry of Public Health is recommending curbs on the number of visitors at popular tourist spots to avoid a second wave of COVID-19 transmissions as the Royal Thai Government considers how to resume more business activities ahead of schedule.

After months of sheltering in place, visitors have already begun visiting Bang Saen Beach in Chon Buri province, which opened on Monday after closing for two months to prevent COVID-19 transmission. 

DOH Director-General Dr. Panpimol Wipulakorn said that even though some restrictions on domestic travel have been relaxed, travellers should adopt appropriate practices and maintain social distancing in addition to safety precautions; such as, wearing masks and regular handwashing wherever they go.

The DOH is collaborating with the relevant agencies to establishment guidelines for public health at tourist attractions and beaches. Tourists numbers will be limited and spaced at an appropriate distance. Water activities will also be limited with fewer allowed on banana boats, speed boats, and rubber hoops.

 

The most important thing is the tourists must strictly adhere to the location guidelines and wear a mask at all times on the beach, wash their hands frequently, refrain from shouting when swimming, and maintaining spacing of one to two metres both on land and in water. Those who feel sick with fever, coughing, sneezing, and nasal discharge should refrain from visiting tourist sites and see a doctor.

Public employees must wear a face shield and gloves with handwashing stations or gel available. Public washrooms will be cleaned at least every two hours.

Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, Spokesperson for the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said that businesses and activities which can give assurances that they have plans to prevent virus transmission will be allowed to reopen ahead of schedule in the final phase of the COVID-19 lockdown.

He added that the CCSA is also discussing the fourth and final phase of the relaxation of businesses and activities that are considered in the highest risk category; such as, pubs, bars, discos, and event venues.

 

Dr. Taweesilp quoted Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as saying that any businesses or attractions with plans to prevent transmission may reopen ahead of schedule, which will effectively lead to a complete reopening of the country.

The government plans to completely lift the lockdown on all businesses and activities on 1 July, across the country. This includes lifting interprovincial travel restrictions as well as ending the emergency decree and curfew. The emergency decree, which was invoked on 26 March to deal with the outbreak, will end 30 June, as will the ban on international travel. 

Beaches are one of the most popular places that both Thais and foreign tourists visit each day, and a multiple number on holidays.

Department of Health recommends guidelines for public health at tourist attractions and beaches.


Thailand Civil Aviation Authority allows more airports to resume operations

CAAT has announced a list of additional airports that are allowed to resume operations from 00.01 Hrs. of 6 June, 2020.

Bangkok, 08 June, 2020, at 10.30 Hrs. – The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has announced a list of additional airports that are allowed to resume operations from 00.01 Hrs. of 6 June, 2020.

Tak, Trat, Nakhon Ratchasima, Narathiwat, Pai, Phetchabun and Sukhothai are authorized to resume daily operations during 06.00 – 20.00 Hrs., or within a shorter timeframe as deemed appropriate.

The CAAT’s latest relaxation means that a total of 25 airports up and down Thailand can now handle domestic flights during 06.00 – 20.00 Hrs. daily. These airports are Buri Ram, Chumphon, Khon Kaen, Lampang, Loei, Mae Hong Son, Mae Sot, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nan, Narathiwat, Pai, Phetchabun, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Ranong, Roi Et, Sakhon Nakhon, Sukhothai, Tak, Trang, Trat, Ubon Ratchathani and Udon Thani.

Meanwhile, Chiang Mai, Don Mueang, Hat Yai, Hua Hin, Krabi, Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai, Samui, Surat Thani, Suvarnabhumi, and U-Tapao are authorised to handle domestic and international flights. However, the CAAT currently bans all international flights to Thailand until 30 June, 2020, while Phuket International Airport is to remain closed until further notice.

 

Suvarnabhumi International Airport.


Phuket reopens beaches to public amid monsoon and hygienic guidelines, hotels to follow

Business operators and food vendors on Patong beach were instructed to follow the hygiene guidelines while providing services to beachgoers.  

Phuket has reopened its beaches to the public from Tuesday following two months of closure to contain Covid-19. 

The island province has no new infections for 16 days in a row, so it opened all beaches in further easing of its lockdown measures.

Visitors are required to abide by social regulations and disease control measures on beaches and public spaces.

Phuket deputy governor Supote Rodrueang na Nongkhai said the province also allowed hotel businesses to reopen but operators are preparing for service resumption under the new normal practices and some hotels are being renovated. 

They are expected to be ready for reopening in July.

 

Life guards and municipal officials have been deployed to the beaches to give instructions to tourists, who are required to wear face masks and avoid activities with potential risk of disease transmission. 

Business operators and food vendors on Patong beach were given hygiene guidelines by local authorities in providing service to beachgoers.  

Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup allayed concerns of crowded beaches after reopening, saying that the outbreaks continue in many countries, where travel restrictions remain in place.

She said she did not expect the large number of tourists in Phuket even though Phuket Airport would reopen. 

Local authorities now paid attention to travelling in groups and doing activities, which could pose risks of spreading coronavirus, she added. (TNA)


Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok reopened to visitors

Visitors wishing to pay homage to the Emerald Buddha must follow heath and disease control measures.

BANGKOK - The Temple of the Emerald Buddha reopened to visitors on Sunday after having been closed for over two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the first day of its reopening, only a handful of people visited the Temple located on the ground of the Grand Place in Bangkok.

Visitors wishing to pay homage to the Emerald Buddha, regarded as the national palladium, must follow heath and disease control measures.

Other sacred religious sites in Bangkok including the City Pillar Shrine and Wat Phra Chetuphon Temple also reopened to the public.

The number of people is limited to enter at a time.  All visitors must wear face coverings and pass health screening before entering the sites. (TNA) 

 

 


Thailand Special Announcement of COVID-19

The Ministry of Public Health asked for the cooperation of business operators and facility service providers to consider the suitability of activities to ensure safety of the people.

Regarding Monday (June 8) COVID-19 situation in Thailand, seven new COVID-19 cases were confirmed (four confirmed cases who returned from the United Arab Emirates, two confirmed cases who returned from Pakistan, and one confirmed case who returned from the United States) and they were under state quarantine. One case recovered and was discharged (a total of 2,973 cases or 95.32% of the total number of the confirmed cases have recovered) and 88 were being treated in hospitals (2.82% of the total number of confirmed cases). Currently, the total number of cases increased to 3,119.

There were no reports of deaths, therefore, the total number of deaths remained at 58 cases. From the reports in the last 14 days, all 77 confirmed cases are Thai citizens who returned from abroad and were being observed under state quarantine supported by the government.

Even though Thailand has not had any reports of infection within the country, it does not mean that there are not any infected cases in the community. In the current situation, there have mainly been confirmed COVID-19 cases among asymptomatic people who have not presented with fever, cough, sore throat, or respiratory symptoms.

Therefore, self-protection is still important and people should continue practices such as wearing a mask/cloth mask, keeping space between others, washing your hands properly, wearing a face mask/cloth mask under if wearing a face shield, and avoid touching the face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unclean hands.Group gatherings or mass gathering events are still at-risk of the disease to spread to others. The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) asked for the cooperation of business operators and facility service providers to consider the suitability of activities to ensure safety of customers and all people. They must strictly adhere to these five main measures to prevent the spread of disease:

1) Clean areas and surfaces that are frequently touched, and properly dispose of waste every day.

2) The owners and service staff must wear hygienic masks/cloth masks.

3) Provide hand sanitizing stations with soap and water, alcohol gel, or disinfectants.

4) Allocate at least 1 meter of space between each table/seat/walking lane.

5) Limit the number of users so that the area is not too crowded.

(ddc.moph.go.th – Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand)


Domestic tourists return to Thai beaches

Saen Suk Municipality has installed 14 checkpoints around the well-known Bang Saen beach in Chonburi to ensure all visitors are screened.

CHONBURI - Authorities in each area are working hard to maintain safety at Thai tourist attractions. Checkpoints have been installed at entrances to make sure people check-in and check-out via Thai Chana QR code.

At Koh Sichang in Chonburi province, officers from various authorities established a checkpoint at Sichang pier to screen local residents and tourists, by taking their temperature and ensuring everybody checked in using the QR code.

Meanwhile, Koh Sichang District and Koh Sichang Subdistrict Municipality also require restaurants and hotels on the island to register with ThaiChana, in order to receive a QR Code for their customers and tourists to use when entering the venues.

Public transport on the island must limit passengers on the vehicle and maintain enough space between those on board, while each passenger must also wear a mask at all times.

Another well-known place in Chonburi, Bang Saen is also full of tourists. Saen Suk Municipality has installed 14 checkpoints around the beach to ensure all visitors are screened.

It has been two days since deckchair and umbrella operators were allowed to resume business activities, but with a strict screening process of all their customers now mandatory.

Meanwhile, deckchair operators are required to place deckchairs a meter away from the next set. Only family members are allowed to sit together.

Mr. Narongchai Khuenpluem, Saen Suk Mayor asked tourists for cooperation and to follow measures such as wearing a mask, as well as maintaining the cleanliness of the area.

On the other side of the Gulf of Thailand, Cha-Am beach has not seen many tourists yet. Even though the beach has been open since 1st of June, swimming is still prohibited.

Like other beaches, deckchair operators require their customers to check-in via ThaiChana QR code, and all activities on Cha-Am beach end at 7 p.m.

At Samila beach in Songkhla Province, only a small number of tourists, mostly Thai-Muslim local residents relaxing with their families, arrived at the beach today. Normally at the beach, there are many foreign tourists especially Malaysian visitors, but due to the recent COVID-19 restrictions. and the Malaysian border still being closed, the number of beach tourists remains limited.

Samila beach is several-kilometers long and is an open area, making it impractical to set up an effective checkpoint.(NNT) 

Officers established a checkpoint at Sichang pier, Sri Racha, to screen local residents and tourists.


Chiang Mai and tourist attractions become lively again after Monday easing

Mon Chaem mountain in Mae Rim district of Chiang Mai was welcoming visitors who were attracted to its temperate flower zone.

BANGKOK- The third phase of business and activity lockdown relaxation began with strict disease control measures Monday.

In the northern province of Chiang Mai, local shops and inter-provincial transport services were active again.

At the Arcade Bus Station, more travelers showed up for inter-provincial trips. All ticket booths and shops at the bus terminal reopened. Soldiers were among the travelers because their units allowed them to visit their home province from June 1 after a ban on inter-provincial travel over the past few months.

Travelers were required to wear face masks and have their body temperatures checked. Passengers were seated well apart from each other to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Vendors were happy to resume their living after lacking income over the past two months.

Buddha amulet markets also reopened. Traders said that although most of their customers were Chinese, Malaysian and Singaporean tourists, they were happy to see their markets resumed operation because they still had income opportunities with local customers.

Natural tourist destinations also reopened their gates after their closure in the past months. Mon Chaem mountain in Mae Rim district of Chiang Mai was welcoming visitors who were attracted to its temperate flower zone. Local vendors also reopened their souvenir shops there after closure to control COVID-19.

In the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, tourists stopped over to see a blossoming grass field covering hundreds of rai on a hill by Highway 3060 in Ban Wang Khon village of Raroeng sub-district in Wang Nam Khieo district.

The farmland now blanketed with blossoming grass will be turned into a vast cornfield when farmers start their seasonal crop in less than a month. (TNA) 

The Arcade Bus Station, more travelers showed up for inter-provincial trips.

Buddha amulet markets are now open.

 In Nakhon Ratchasima, tourists stopped over to see a blossoming grass field covering hundreds of rai on a hill in Wang Nam Khieo district.


Covid-19 relief committee set up for Thai tourism sector

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn.

BANGKOK – The Tourism and Sports Ministry set up a new committee to help provide assistance to tourism professionals and businesses affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn presided over a meeting to consider financial measures for tourism operators. 

Senior officials from relevant agencies and representatives from 13 tourism professionals including tour guides, hotel operators, transportation operators for tourists and inbound and outbound tour operators as well as members of Tourism Council of Thailand attended the meeting. 

To maintain competitiveness of the country’s tourism and readiness for moving forward after the Covid-19 crisis, the ministry appointed a committee to revive tourism and sport industries. 

The committee is authorized to propose relief measures and policies and prepare post-crisis recovery measures, covering all tourism sectors, hard hit by the impacts of the pandemic. (TNA)


TAT language training prepares Thai tourism personnel for post-COVID-19 era

Online Spanish and Portuguese lessons from Chulalongkorn and Thammasat Universities.

Bangkok – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is organising Spanish and Portuguese language training courses online for 150 tourism industry staff, conducted by two of the country’s best universities, the Faculty of Arts at Chulalongkorn University and the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Thammasat University.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, noted that there was still lack a lot of travel industry personnel who could communicate in these languages, and the online courses taking place during May and July 2020, aimed to prepare Thai tourism personnel ready for the post-COVID-19 era.

“During the current downtrend tourism trend during the COVID-19 outbreak, TAT is keen to do its part to support the government’s policy. We are using this downtime to train and prepare industry personnel previously employed in the country’s tourism industry and help them build confidence and recover quickly once travel to Thailand returns,” Mr Yuthasak, said.

According to the TAT’s survey of tourist guides’ training needs for the year 2020, it found that tour guides were interested in training in Spanish, second only to Mandarin, in addition to Portuguese which ranked sixth.

The TAT’s online courses are in respond to the Thai government’s call to action to help tourism personnel expand their potential third language skills.

Spanish and Portuguese are most in demand to work with visitors from Brazil, Spain, and Mexico, which are considered emerging markets for tourists visiting Thailand. (tatnews.org)


Thailand’s train services step up anti-COVID-19 social distancing measures

The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) and the Bangkok Expressway and Metro (BEM) gear up anti-COVID-19 social distancing measures.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest update from the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) and the Bangkok Expressway and Metro (BEM) regarding anti-COVID-19 social distancing measures, especially during the rush hour to prevent the spread of the virus.

The MRTA and BEM have applied social distancing rules by limiting the number of people using the train at a time, or releasing groups in three steps: before entering and exiting the train system; before entering through the automatic ticketing machines, and before entering the trains. This has resulted in longer waiting time for commuters.

Therefore, the MRTA and BEM have deployed six more trains during the rush hour on the MRT Blue Line, after previously adding three more trains on 24 March, 2020. This means nine extra trains from normally 40 trains in operation during the rush hour. Moreover, the special trains will be deployed only from high-traffic stations without picking up any commuters from previous stations.

The MRT and BEM are seeking cooperation from commuters to plan their travel ahead to ensure that they reach their final destination on time.  

For health and safety, fever screening is applied at every MRT station. Commuters are required to follow social distancing rules, wear a face mask at all time while using the system, and wash their hands before entering and after existing the train system. Hand sanitizers are provided at each station. (tatnews.org)


Phuket International Airport to resume operations from May 16

Phuket International Airport.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest announcement from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) regarding the reopening of Phuket International Airport for domestic flights from 00.01 Hrs. of 16 May.

The CAAT cited the request by the Phuket Governor backed by the approval from the local communicable disease control committee as well as Phuket’s effectiveness on surveillance, prevention and control of the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) as reasons for approving the reopening of Phuket International Airport.

The CAAT noted that the Airport must follow the operating hours already stipulated for other airports that resumed domestic flights from 1 May.

Meanwhile, passengers entering Phuket are required to complete a form (download from here) to allow officials to keep track of them for medical checks.

TAT will provide further updates once we know which airlines will resume domestic flights to Phuket, starting 16 May. (tatnews.org)


‘Mok Prao’ informal art installation warms the heart of those on Ko Phangan

Shows how the Thai concept of 'Nam Jai' can offer moral support and positivity during COVID-19.

What started as a simple idea of one man on Ko Phangan has warmed the hearts of foreign travelers left stranded on the island because of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

Initiated and created by Siam Healing Centre, the project promotes local Thai artist Chatuphum Loosiri (also known as ‘Caveman’ on the island) whose painting images on discarded coconut palm parts (‘Mok Prao’) are displayed along a roadside on Phra Prao Road. This put a smile on the faces of those who past there, perfectly capturing the Thai concept of ‘Nam Jai’ that can offer moral support and extend generosity during COVID-19.

Chatuphum ‘s effort quickly went viral once the number of coconut images grew and became a popular social media check in spot. He began offering those who stopped by hand gel to clean their hands and then let them try their own hand at painting.

“It has helped bond us together in close friendship during the crisis. We share the gift of happiness, smiles and laughter together. When I draw or paint, it helps me stay calm and relaxed, so I thought it might do the same for other.

“Some people might not be aware they can draw, and for those who are new to it, I am happy to demonstrate basic drawing techniques to them,” he added.

To date almost 60 people and more than 20 countries have contributed to the now impressive work of art.

When Thai people say that a person has ‘Nam Jai’, it means that this person is happy to make sacrifices for friends and extend hospitality to strangers. Chatuphum started out with just hand gel and painting lessons then offered to help more when he learned about foreign tourists in need. For those he found really in trouble regarding accommodation or food, he has taken in and shared what he has in the spirit of being generous and warm hearted to others. (tatnews.org)


Krabi prepares to reopen tourist sites, whale shark spotted near Koh Tao

A large whale shark measured 15 meters in length spotted at diving sites around Koh Tao.

KRABI- The southern seaside province of Krabi has laid out a plan to restore natural resources and reopen its tourist sites after the end of COVID-19 pandemic.

The provincial administration held a meeting with the private sector, tourism-related organizations and local public agencies on Tuesday.

All marine attractions in Krabi, like all across Thailand, have been closed due to COVID-19 since March.

Krabi Governor Kitibhodi Prawit said the discussion was about the reassessment and rehabilitation of the tourist spots in preparation for the post-COVID-19 tourism environment.

“New disease prevention and safety measures will be imposed when the next tourist season begins later this year”, he said.

In the Gulf of Thailand, a team of divers conducted an inspection at diving sites around Koh Tao Island.  They spotted a large whale shark measured 15 meters in length.

Beaches and marine biological sites in Thailand have been closed to tourists.  There has been no date set for lifting the closures.  Some popular seaside attractions such as those in Pattaya will remain closed, at least, until the end of May. (TNA) 

The Krabi provincial administration held a meeting with the private sector, tourism-related organizations and local public agencies.

All marine attractions in Krabi have been closed due to COVID-19 since March.


Yearly national park break proposed in Thailand for wild animals, nature to regenerate

Varawut Silpa-archa, Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment.

RAYONG - The Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment is aiming to propose a three month closure every year of national parks, to allow nature to regenerate itself.

Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Varawut Silpa-archa mentioned the proposal during a trip to preside over a mangrove forest planting event and the new nature and marine creature exhibition center in Rayong province. He was speaking during the present closure of national parks all over the country due to the COVID-19 outbreak. have been appearing more often than at other times, because human activities are no longer a threat. To help promote natural regeneration, the ministry is now creating a plan to close all national parks and their attractions for three months every year.

However, the minister also asked tourists and local residents to help conserve national resources and travel without harming wildlife in any way. The ministry will announce the closure period of each national park later. (NNT)


Ranong mangrove forest in Thailand nominated for ‘natural world heritage’ status

Ranong mangrove forest area, southern Thailand.

RANONG - May 10 has been declared National Mangrove Forest Day and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) has been preparing to nominate Ranong’s mangrove forest area natural world heritage status.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa said that the Cabinet has designated May 10 of every year as "National Mangrove Forest Day". On 10 May 1991, His Royal Highness King Rama 9 first addressed the importance of mangroves at the Royal Ploughing Ceremony at Chitralada Garden, marking Thailand’s recognition of the value of mangrove forests. Responsible agencies have jointly sought suitable areas for experimentation on and propagation of mangrove species.

The MNRE has been preparing to nominate Ranong’s mangrove forest area, which contains high biodiversity, as a natural world heritage site. It has also established the Rama 9 International Mangrove Forest Botanical Garden in Chanthaburi, in honor of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother. It is the world’s first mangrove based botanical garden, which collects mangrove forest plants from around the world and serves as a joint research area for academics from around the world, as well as being a new tourist destination in Thailand.(NNT)


Phuket arranges transport for people leaving for hometowns

Chalong Subdistrict Municipality is arranging buses to transport people to their home provinces.

PHUKET- As a resort island where many people come to work, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused job cuts in Phuket, resulting in many people now needing to return home. One local municipality has arranged buses to transport those who wanted to leave.

The Mayor of Chalong Subdistrict Municipality, Samran Jindapol said the municipality has arranged buses to transport people to their home provinces; people who came to work in Phuket, but who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tourism island province in the Andaman Sea has been severely impacted by the pandemic, causing businesses to close with many people losing their jobs.

All persons who wish to travel from Phuket back to their hometown have to undergo a health screening, and are subject to a 14-day period of quarantine upon arrival there, in accordance with the Ministry of Public Health’s measures.

On each of the arranged buses, only 14 passengers are allowed on board at a time. All passengers are required to wear a face mask throughout their journey.

Meanwhile, Chalong Subdistrict Municipality is distributing another set of relief bags to villagers.(NNT)


Boat service on SaenSaep canal in Bangkok increases frequency

The number of boat passengers on SaenSaep canal in Bangkokis on the rise, following the easing of some lockdown measures.

After an easing of lockdown restrictions, the Deputy Minister of Transport, AtiratRatanasate, has instructed the boat service on SaenSaep canal in Bangkok to follow social distancing guidelines to help limit the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Mr. Atirat said after inspecting the boat service canal and observing commuters at Pratunam and Asoke piers that the number of boat passengers is on the rise, following the easing of some lockdown measures. There were only 5,000 to 6,000 boat passengers per day when the measures were fully imposed. Now, the number is more than 10,000 a day. In normal times, some 50,000 people use the boat service on SaenSaep canal each day.

All 28 piers are strictly implementing COVID-19 preventive measures. Passengers are required to have their body temperature taken and use hand sanitizers before boarding a canal boat. While using the service, they are asked to wear protective masks and maintain at least one meter distance from others on board.

The Deputy Minister of Transport also ordered boat operators to increase service frequency by adding more boats, from 40 to 60, and reducing passengers’ waiting time to three to five minutes per trip. Social distancing stickers are placed on all boats and piers. Seats are arranged so that passengers are at least one meter apart. Boat service providers are using closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to monitor the number of passengers. If the boat is crowded, the situation will be addressed immediately. Before boarding, all passengers are required to have their temperature taken, wear face masks, maintain a safe distance between each other and follow the safety guidelines.(NNT)


Bangkok Airways offers special domestic airfare for medical staff

Bangkok Airways is offering 20% discount off normal airfares and participating promotional fares for medical staff including doctors, nurses, and medical technicians on all domestic routes.

Reservations can be made from 6 May – 31 July, 2020, and the travelling period is valid from 15 May – 31 July, 2020.

A valid medical ID card must be presented at the check-in counter to be eligible to travel.

For more information or reservations, please contact the Bangkok Airways call centre 1771 or 02-270-6699 during office hours. (tatnews.org)


Temple visits changed on Visakha Bucha Day in Thailand

Thai and Lao Buddhists gave alms to monks at Wat Samakkhi Uppatham in Bung Kan province under health precautionary measures.

BUNG KAN – Buddhists were required to follow disease control measures when they visited temples for activities to mark the Visakha Bucha Day.

In the northeastern province of Bung Kan, Thai and Lao Buddhists gave alms to monks at Wat SamakkhiUppatham in Wisit sub-district of Muang Bung Kan district. All of them wore face masks and kept distances from one another.

Concerns about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) reduced the number of Buddhists at the temple on the Buddhist important day commemorating the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. The Bung Kan office of Buddhism prohibited all local Buddhist temples from organizing Visakha Bucha Day activities and advised people to do their religious activities at home to help contain COVID-19.

In Chachoengsao province, crowds showed up at the popular Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan in the morning. About 30 health officials were there to check body temperatures of visitors and require them to sanitize their hands, wear face masks and keep distance from one another. The number of people allowed to enter the ordination hall was limited at 20 at a time and people queuing up were seated apart from each other.

Candle-lit processions were suspended there and Thai classical dancers who served prayers were located away from the temple. (TNA)


Phuket cloudy with scattered thunderstorms, wave 2m. high, maximum temp 37 C

Phi Phi Islands, Andaman Sea, a paradise on earth for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts near Province of Phuket. (TAT photo).

Southern Part Weather (West Coast)

Cloudy with isolated thunderstorms mostly in Phangnga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun. Minimum temperature 25-26 C. Maximum temperature 33-36 C. Northwesterly winds 15-35 km/hr. Wave height 1-2 meters and above 2 meters in thundershowers areas.

During 6 - 9 May, isolated to scattered thunderstorms. During 10 - 12 May, scattered thunderstorms. Minimum temperature 23-27C. Maximum temperature 34-37C. Westerly winds 20 - 35 km/hr. Wave height about 2 meters and above 2 meters in the thunderstorm areas.

Phuket 7 days Weather Forecast


Chiang Mai hot to very hot, maximum temp 42 C during the day

Chiang Mai Night Safari located at the foot of Doi Suthep, about 12 kilometers from the city of Chiang Mai. The zoo is closed for the health public protection since March 27, 2020.

Chiang Mai and Northern Part Weather

Hot to very hot with isolated thunderstorms and gusty wind mostly in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Tak, KamphaengPhet and Phetchabun. Minimum temperature 24-29 C. Maximum temperature 37-41 C. Southwesterly winds 10-30 km/hr.

During 6 - 9 May, hot to very hot. Isolated thunderstorms mostly in the lower part. Minimum temperature 24-28C. Maximum temperature 37-42C. During 10 - 12 May, hot during the day. Isolated to scattered thunderstorms with gusty wind and hails. Minimum temperature 22-25C. Maximum temperature 36-39C. Southwesterly wind 10-30 km/hr.

 

Chiang Mai 7 days Weather Forecast.


Bangkok hot to very hot, isolated thunderstorms, maximum temp 40C

 

Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan or Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple (wat) in Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok. (TAT photo)

Bangkok and Central Part Weather

During 6 - 9 May, hot to very hot. Isolated thunderstorms. During 10 - 12 May, hot during the day. Isolated to scattered thunderstorms with gusty wind. Minimum temperature 26-29 C. Maximum temperature 37-40C. Southerly wind 10-30 km/hr.

Hot to very hot with isolated thunderstorms and gusty wind mostly in Ratchaburi, Kanchanaburi, UthaiThani and Nakhon Sawan. Minimum temperature 27-29 C. Maximum temperature 39-42 C. Southeasterly winds 10-30 k/hr.

Bangkok 7 days Weather Forecast 


Restaurants, businesses and venues reopen with strict health and safety guidelines

A dining tradition of old Chiang Mai and the Lanna Kingdom, a khan toke dinner.

Sunday May 3 marks a full week that Thailand has seen the number of new COVID-19 cases drop below 10 on a daily basis (27 April, nine cases; 28 April, seven cases; 29 April, nine cases; 30 April, seven cases; 1 May, six cases, and 2 May, six cases).

Bangkok– The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest update that businesses and venues are allowed to reopen May 3 with strict health and safety guidelines in line with Directives 5 and 6 under the extended Emergency Decree.

The Royal Thai Government has allowed relaxation of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) containment restrictions for 10 clusters of businesses and venues starting 3 May, 2020.

The Bangkok Governor and Provincial Governors have the authority to continue the existing restrictions or implement the relaxation in line with the government’s directives and according to the local situation.

The sale of food and drinks in hotels, airports, train stations, bus stations, hospitals, restaurants and beverage shops, convenience stores, and street stalls is allowed. Pubs and bars can open, for take-home services or under strict health guidelines.

The sale of alcohol sale is allowed to resume from today, but consumption must be at home and gatherings are not allowed.

Shopping malls, department stores, community malls can still only open supermarkets, pharmacies, necessity items for daily life, banks, government and state enterprise services. Restaurants and food outlets can open but only take-home service is allowed.

Retail shops, wholesalers, markets, floating markets and flea markets can open with strict health guidelines. Hairdressers and barbers can reopen for limited services and by appointment only.

Hospitals, clinics, dental clinics and all healthcare facilities can open, except for cosmetic clinics. Golf courses and driving ranges as well as outdoor sport facilities – specifically for tennis courts, horse riding tracks, shooting ranges and archery ranges – can open, but no gatherings or competitions. Public parks can open for outdoor activities including running, walking, cycling or individual physical exercise, but no gatherings, competitions or shows. Pet shops and hospitals can open on appointment only.

Business and venue operators must follow guidance issued by the Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health. Five key measures are cleaning, wearing masks, provision of hand washing stations, physical distancing, and limiting the number of people. Additional measures are temperature screening, reducing time spent in close contact, one metre spacing for queuing, increasing ventilation.

Monitoring of businesses will be done randomly. Members of the public are encouraged to contribute to monitoring the adherence to guidance by business operators.

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reiterated that collaboration from the public is key. Decisions to move to subsequent phases of re-opening will depend number of new cases and number of people violating curfew.

On Sunday, Thailand reported three new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 2,969. Of these, 92.25% (2,739) have recovered, 1.81% (54) have died – no new deaths, and 5.92% (176) are receiving treatment. Today marks a full week that Thailand has seen the number of new cases dropped below 10 on a daily basis (27 April, nine cases; 28 April, seven cases; 29 April, nine cases; 30 April, seven cases; 1 May, six cases, and 2 May, six cases).

The Ministry of Public Health has issued recommendations, asking for cooperation from everyone to prevent the spread of COVID-19 disease, by keeping social distance, wearing a mask or cloth mask, frequently washing hands especially travellers from the risk-provinces that have reported large number of cases such as Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Phuket.

People must avoid close contact with other persons, no hugging especially with the vulnerable groups like the elderly, or those who have underlying conditions because it can increase the infection rate and potentially lead to severe disease more easily than in other groups.

People can greet via Wai (Thai greeting) from a distance of 1 or 2 metres. When staying together, people must wear the masks, use personal utensils or serving spoons, or eat a la carte servings to protect themselves and loved ones from getting the disease. (tatnews.org)

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Phuket Airport closure extended until May 15

Bangkok – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest update that the temporary closure of Phuket International Airport has been extended until 15 May, 2020.

The existing order by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) covers the period from 10-30 April, 2020.

According to the CAAT, its decision to extend the closure of Phuket International Airport for 15 more days is based on the proposal from Phuket Province citing new cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections are still being reported in the province on a daily basis.

The CAAT continues to allow exceptions for landings of the following aircraft: state or military aircraft; emergency landing; technical landing without passenger disembarkation; humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights; repatriation flights, and cargo aircraft.

(tatnews.org)


TAT again extends its work from home approach until May 17

Bangkok – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is for the fourth time extending its work from home approach for staff at the TAT Head Office and TAT Bangkok Office until 17 May, 2020, with the reopening date rescheduled for Monday, 18 May, 2020.

For TAT domestic offices, the reopening dates may vary in line with the local situation.

TAT previously asked its staff to work from home from 23 March to 5 April, then extended until 15 April, and further extended until 30 April, in line with the Thai government’s social distancing guidance as well as several nationwide measures under the Emergency Decree to prevent and mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

On Tuesday, 28 March, 2020, the Thai cabinet approved the extension of the Emergency Decree for one more month, from 1-31 May, 2020, with key directives remaining unchanged including the ban on all incoming commercial flights and the nationwide 22.00-04.00 Hrs night-time curfew.

As the nation continues its unprecedented measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, TAT as a state-run enterprise is doing its utmost to strictly implement preventive measures and heighten awareness for all its staff and tourists in Thailand to protect them from being exposed to the virus.

Taking into consideration the aim to safeguard public health, while TAT continues its work from home approach, it adheres with the policy of the Thai tourism industry to provide and maintain quality services. TAT remains contactable for tourism information at the TAT Contact Centre 1672 during 08.00 – 20.00 Hrs.

TAT apologizes for any inconvenience should international and domestic tourists be unable to contact our local offices during this time of difficulty. (tatnews.org)
 


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Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok reopened to visitors

Thailand Special Announcement of COVID-19


Domestic tourists return to Thai beaches

Chiang Mai and tourist attractions become lively again after Monday easing


Covid-19 relief committee set up for Thai tourism sector

TAT language training prepares Thai tourism personnel for post-COVID-19 era

Thailand’s train services step up anti-COVID-19 social distancing measures

Phuket International Airport to resume operations from May 16

‘Mok Prao’ informal art installation warms the heart of those on Ko Phangan


Krabi prepares to reopen tourist sites, whale shark spotted near Koh Tao


Yearly national park break proposed in Thailand for wild animals, nature to regenerate

Ranong mangrove forest in Thailand nominated for ‘natural world heritage’ status


Phuket arranges transport for people leaving for hometowns

Boat service on SaenSaep canal in Bangkok increases frequency


Bangkok Airways offers special domestic airfare for medical staff

Temple visits changed on Visakha Bucha Day in Thailand

Phuket cloudy with scattered thunderstorms, wave 2m. high, maximum temp 37 C

Chiang Mai hot to very hot, maximum temp 42 C during the day

Bangkok hot to very hot, isolated thunderstorms, maximum temp 40C


Restaurants, businesses and venues reopen with strict health and safety guidelines


Phuket Airport closure extended until May 15

TAT again extends its work from home approach until May 17