Scuba divers unite for underwater cleanup in Chumphon, southern Thailand
Over 20 divers from various
natural resources agencies join the team to revive coral reefs and
spectacular nature at
Thailand’s Chumphon Islands
A team of scuba divers clean
up trash and restore coral reels in a rehabilitation project at Thailand’s
Chumphon Islands National Park.
Over 20 divers from various natural resources agencies
join the team that has attempted to revive coral reefs and spectacular
nature at the national park.
Chumphon Islands National Park spans 317 square
kilometers of ocean, tropical and mangrove forests.
The project is aimed at cleaning up ocean waste and
rehabilitating the marine ecosystem of 41 pristine islands inside the park.
The National Park is well known for its coral reefs and
diving sites. (TNA)
Phuket tourism needs foreign tourists to recover
been free of COVID-19 cases and eased business lockdowns are attracting Thai
visitors, but the economy and tourism of the southern island had not
Phuket has been free of the
coronavirus disease 2019 but still needs frequent tourism promotional
campaigns because its tourism has not picked up, according to the mayor of
Chalermlak Kebsap, the mayor, said that although Phuket
had been free of COVID-19 cases and eased business lockdowns were attracting
Thai visitors, the economy and tourism of the southern island had not
According to her, 80-90% of the economy of Patong
depended on foreign tourists and consequently only 20-30% of local hotels,
restaurants, entertainment places and souvenir shops have opened. The rest
remain closed to avoid loss-ridden operation.
“Patong is quiet both at day and night,” Ms Chalermlak
To cope, Phuket would have tourism promotional
campaigns on a monthly basis, she said. They will include entertainment and
seafood fairs this month, a surfing contest next month and a mountain
marathon in October.
Meanwhile, the Center for COVID-19 Situation
Administration confirmed three new COVID-19 cases. One of them is a Thai
man, 53, who returned from Singapore. Two others are Thai women who arrived
The total COVID-19 cases rose to 3,359, 3,169 of whom
recovered. The death toll stood at 58. (TNA)
A path worth travelling, ‘Discovering Ratchaburi’, west of Thailand
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has identified
Ratchaburi as one of Thailand’s 55 secondary destinations that is both rich
in ancient history and natural attractions.
This scenic provincial town 80 kilometres west of
Bangkok offers a wealth of natural and cultural attractions. It overlooks
its neighbour, Myanmar and when visiting this area, it is perfect for going
back to nature with stunning mountain ranges, magnificent caves, hot
springs, waterfalls, in addition to having what many consider some of the
best floating markets in the country.
Ratchaburi has long been a perfect weekend getaway spot
for Bangkokians and foreign visitors looking to escape to the countryside.
Ratchaburi’s importance to the modern Thai state dates
back to the Dvaravati period when it was a pivotal trading centre of the Mon
Kingdom. According to legend, it dates back to the mythical Suvarnabhumi
Kingdom predating Dvaravati. ‘Ratchaburi’ loosely translates into ‘the land
of the king’.
Ratchaburi National Museum brings its amazing history
together all under one roof. Its edifice was formerly the town hall, built
in 1922. Established as a museum in 1988, it displays art and ancient items
found in the Ratchaburi area from different periods. There are also history
exhibits of Ratchaburi, as well as its folk arts and geology. The Museum
covers the geological and ecological makeup of the province before moving
onto its cultural history. There is an impressive display of artefacts from
the Stone Age on through each of the different periods of Thai history. Some
of the pieces are quite old and really beautiful. From there, move on to
some descriptions of each of the different ethnic groups that have settled
here, which is pretty interesting.
Yai Museum Wat Khanon
Nang Yai Museum Wat Khanon also gives history buffs insight
into the province’s unique cultural background. It is a traditional
Thai-style house with an exhibition about Nang Yai, its history, and process
of making Nang Yai puppets. There are 313 complete Nang Yai puppets and most
of them are characters from the Ramayana including show sets of Hanuman
Thawai Waen, Sahatsa Kuman, and Phao Krung Longka. The performance set of
SuekIntharachit is part of a royal project of HRH Princess Maha Chakri
Sirindhorn who realised the value of the Nang Yai performance art or ‘grand
shadow puppet show’, which is considered to be a work of art. All Nang Yai
figures are carved.
Saduak Floating Market
One of Ratchaburi’s most renowned attractions, the
Saduak Floating Market,
can feel overrated to some because of over tourism in the past. However, it
has recovered recently and now feels more like a working Thai floating
market catering to a local clientele. Running along a network of canals just
off the Mae Klong River, Damnoen Saduak is active in the early morning with
wooden rowboats selling all kinds of fruit, vegetables, and ready-to-eat
Natural attractions around Ratchaburi are both abundant
and diverse. Chaloem
Phrakiat Thai Prachan
National Park and
Prathap Chang Wildlife
Sanctuary are both outstanding and worthy of a visit. The
Natural History Park
was also initiated by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, in 1995. It aims
to preserve and restore the surrounding forest and serve as a learning
centre for disseminating knowledge to children and youth. There is a variety
of nature trails, waterfalls, and some rustic accommodation available on
was originally called Tham Mutchalin but was given a new name by King Rama V
the Great during a royal visit in 1895. The new one reflects the shape of
the stalactites, which look like the epaulette of a field marshal. The cave
also houses a medium-sized reclining Buddha.
Kao Chan Waterfall or nine-level waterfall was aptly named
by HRH Princess Sirindhorn because the water cascades from the ninth level
down to the central valley of the steep cliff. For the more athletically
inclined visitor, a two-hour walk will take them up to the ninth level,
which is particularly dramatic during the annual monsoon season.
Another part of the province’s history is preserved
through its numerous temple ruins. Some of the best include Wat Mahathat
Worawihan, Wat Khanon, Wat Nong Hoi, Wat Pa Phrathat Kao Noi, Wat Khao Wang,
Wat Muang Folk Museum, Phra Phut Nira Ro Khan Tarai Chai Wat Chatura Thit,
and Wat Luangpho Sot Dhammakayaram to name just a few.
Thai baht currency continues to affect the competitiveness of exports, tourism
committee expects the Thai economy will not make a recover in the short
future, while the trend of appreciating Thai baht currency will continue to
affect the competitiveness of exporters.
The private sector is anticipating prolonged and
concerning consequences from COVID-19, asking the government to continue
offering aid measures for business owners and employees until the end of
The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and
Banking (JSCCIB) has released its latest economic forecast that the Thai
economy will remain vulnerable, despite smaller shrinkage reported in June
comparing to earlier months.
The committee expects the Thai economy will not make a
recover in the short future, while the trend of appreciating Thai baht
currency will continue to affect the competitiveness of exporters. The
slowdown of household and company purchases, along with uncertainties in the
job market, pose additional pressure to the economy overall.
With these conditions, the JSCCIB has adjusted its
economic forecast for this year to shrink between 7 to 9 percent, with the
export sector alone expected to shrink by 10 to 12 percent.
The JSCCIB is also suggesting the government to extend
current help measures for businesses and employees, originally ending in the
next 1-2 months, to the end of year, and to set up a joint committee to
follow up on COVID-19 economic recovery plans.
The JSCCIB will be setting up a working committee with
the Tourism Council of Thailand, Thai National Shippers’ Council, and the
Federation of Thai Capital Market Organizations to establish economic
recovery proposals highlighting health tourism promotion, high-value farming
upgrade, increasing opportunities for SMEs in targeted industries, the
positioning of Thailand as a regional trade and investment hub, as well as
tax measures. These proposals will be submitted to the government’s new
economic team, to be made into actual action plans. (NNT)
Thais show highest propensity to resume travel
consumers are showing the highest propensity to get back on the road,
starting with domestic travel, according to a Mastercard-Crescent Rating
Travel Readiness Report published this week.
As the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns are being relaxed
across the ASEAN countries, Thai consumers are showing the highest
propensity to get back on the road, starting with domestic travel, according
to a Mastercard-Crescent Rating Travel Readiness Report published this week.
The Report is issued annually by Mastercard, a major
credit card company, and Crescent Rating, a Singapore-based research company
specializing in Muslim travel trends. The contents of this year’s Report
were refocused to analyses the impact of the pandemic on ASEAN travel.
Mr Safdar Khan, Division President, Southeast Asia
Emerging Markets Mastercard, said, “At a time like this, every player in the
travel space is faced with the question of how they can act now and plan, as
governments start easing restrictions. As we all prepare for a new normal,
there is a need for reliable data insights that can help sectors plan and
future proof their businesses.”
Mr Fazal Bahardeen, Founder & CEO of Crescent Rating,
added, “While we have laid out the travel economy numbers and indicators to
understand the impact of the disruption, the focus of this report is to
provide all stakeholders with frameworks and models to help them build
strategic plans to chart their own paths to growth.”
The Report shows that Thailand was the first ASEAN
country to report a case of COVID-19, followed by Vietnam and Singapore. It
showed that all the ASEAN countries have now begun easing travel
restrictions, which means that the worst is deemed to be over.
The data also includes a wealth of statistics about how
the lockdowns impacted on travel, household finances and shopping trends. It
then takes a look ahead and analyses Future Trip Planning Sentiments, with a
focus on Domestic and Intra-ASEAN Travel.
This is where Thailand comes out well.
Asked about their likelihood to plan a domestic trip,
49% of Thai respondents said they would “definitely” take one, and another
13% said they would “probably” do so. Furthermore, 7% of Thais said they
would “definitely” take a foreign trip, and 25% said they would “probably”
The report stated, “Intra-ASEAN tourism was estimated
at USD 54 billion in 2019. This was projected to grow to USD 57 Billion by
2022. Intra-ASEAN represents around 36% of the total ASEAN outbound market.
“The top 3 intra-ASEAN travelers are from Malaysia,
Thailand and Singapore. They account for around 74% of the intra-ASEAN
trips. This suggests a possibility for ASEAN destinations to also tap into
travelers who had planned to travel outside of ASEAN, who now may be
attracted to travel within ASEAN as intra-regional travel starts to open
Nok Air submits rehab plan to Thai Bankruptcy Court
board approved the submission of the recovery plan and the Bankruptcy Court
accepted its request and set the first hearing for October 27.
Budget carrier Nok Air on
Thursday submitted a business rehabilitation plan to the Bankruptcy Court
for debt restructuring, hoping to its businesses to revive before the
Nok Air chairman Prasert Bunsumpun said the company’s
board approved the submission of the recovery plan and the Bankruptcy Court
accepted its request and set the first hearing for October 27.
The company submitted its petition to the court as it
viewed that the business rehabilitation plan is the best way to solve a
temporary lack of liquidity and to allow the business operation to continue
The current trouble is not caused by business-related
fundamental factors but the airline has been hard hit by the coronavirus
The company does not want to enter to bankruptcy and it
is determined to undergo proper rehap processes to be restored for future
growth, Prasert said.
It aims to recover before the Covid-19 pandemic ends,
so it will have been ready to serve increasing air travel demands by then,
Nok Air will continue its normal operations and
services pending the rehab procedures. (TNA)
Ang Thong, central Thailand, surprises with authentic local Thai experiences
Ang Thong province, one of Thailand’s 55 secondary destinations identified
by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) for its authentic local Thai
experiences, is steeped in history and perfect for a day trip or an
overnight launch pad to explore neighbouring Ayutthaya.
With its selection of markets, temples and hip
attractions, Ang Thong province offers the quintessential ‘eat, shop, pray’
travel experience. It is also considered a province that has preserved its
history and thus retains the integrity of its local Thai lifestyle for
visitors to enjoy in real time.
The province features a culturally diverse community
and is known for its hospitality to visitors. Although Ang Thong continues
to grow at a rapid pace like many communities in Thailand, it retains a
small town atmosphere with many interesting attractions.
Most travelers know about Ang Thong’s historical link
to the Ayutthaya Kingdom, and it provides a backdrop for numerous
attractions. It was historically known as Wiset Chai Chan and was an
important border town located 33 kilometres northwest of the former
Ayutthaya Kingdom. It was strategically positioned as a frontier outpost
covering the northern approaches to Ayutthaya against any Burmese incursions
with the Noi River serving as a natural obstacle for advancing troops.
While the province’s famed
Wat Muang (Rattanakosin
period construction from 1812) is known for many things, it is also home to
the largest sitting Buddha image (95 metres high) in Thailand. On a clear
day, the image can be seen from kilometres away towering over emerald green
rice fields in the rainy season. Besides the imposing statue that dominates
Wat Muang, there are other wihans and statues in the garden, including a
large square with two ghosts and torture scenes behind them. This temple is
very social media friendly, which makes it extremely popular with local
Thais and international travelers to Thailand.
San Chao Rong Thong Market is a must-visit for cultural
vultures and foodies. It is the heartbeat of an old Chinese community that
migrated there during the 19th century. It is famous for the abundant
variety of Thai sweets, many that are hard to find or only native to Ang
Thong province. Every Saturday from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m., the TalatNoi
part is converted into a pedestrian street selling a variety of handicrafts
and other locally made goods to generate revenue for local communities in
support of TAT’s sustainable tourism initiative.
Wat Sang Kratai, located about two kilometres west of the
Ang Thong city centre, dates back over 400 years and was constructed during
the Ayutthaya period. It was abandoned for more than 100 years before being
rediscovered. Highlights include four spooky Pho trees at each corner
holding up the crumbling buildings, growing out of the ruins like Ta Prohm
in Angkor Wat, Cambodia. This makes it very photo friendly and highly
History buffs travelling through Ang Thong should not
miss its Museum of Ang
Thong Legend with its up-to-date multimedia exhibition
displayed across nine rooms each named according to the following themes:
History of Ang Thong Legend, Bright Legend, His Prestige for the Thai
People, Valuables, Heroic People, City’s Value, Love the City, Thai Identity
and Buy Local Products.
Sadet Court Doll Centre
Ban Bang Sadet Court Doll Centre was initiated by Her
Majesty Queen SirikitThe Queen Mother in 1976 to help local villagers earn
supplementary income. Visitors are invited to observe court doll production
in villagers’ homes as the co-operative system has a work from home
philosophy. Some members have souvenirs on sale that are available at a fair
price. The lay figurines depict the Thai-style slice of life and culture;
such as, Thai children at play, a traditional Thai orchestra, or various
types of Thai fruit.
Wat Sa Kaeo
Wat Si Roi
Ancient Buddha statues, temple ruins and restorations
highlight visits to
Wat KhunInthapramun, Wat Mathurottiyaram, Wat Sa Kaeo, Wat ChaiyoWorawihan,and
Wat Si Roi. A local tour guide is a great way to interact
with the Ang Thong community and glean knowledge about each temple’s rich
Penguin parade show attracts weekend tourists to Songkhla Zoo, southern Thailand
Humboldt penguins are
found along the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Peru and Chile
A penguin parade by penguins, has attracted
tourists to Songkhla Zoo, which has fully reopened after a closure of
almost three months due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Since the full reopening, Songkhla Zoo has been
offering a 50-percent discount on all admissions. Visitors are screened
strictly. The daily parade, by the 11 adorable penguins, is probably the
favorite attraction at the zoo. The staff fed the penguins with fish.
They were well trained during the closure.
All 11 penguins are Humboldt penguins, which are
medium sized. When fully grown, they have an average height of 40
centimeters and weigh about five kilograms. Their distinctive feature is
a black stripe on their chest. The area under the neck around the eyes
is white. Their beaks are pink. They are found along the coast of the
Pacific Ocean in Peru and Chile. They are the only penguins that can be
found in arid areas like deserts. Female Humboldt penguins lay two eggs
at a time. The male Humboldt penguins incubate them for approximately 45
days. They are social animals which live in small groups and communicate
by voice. (NNT).
Koh Samet Island in Rayong quiet this weekend
Koh Samet in Rayong province this weekend became
very quiet after the report of a recently visiting Egyptian soldier who was
found infected with the coronavirus disease 2019.
The ferry pier of Koh Samet was virtually deserted as a very small number of
tourists visited the normally popular island this weekend.
The quiet atmosphere followed the report that a
recently visiting Egyptian soldier was infected with the coronavirus disease
Although it was weekend, the Koh Samet Ferry pier in
Banphe area was deserted. A very small number of tourists showed up to board
ferries to Koh Samet. Ferry operators said the number of tourists dropped by
70% after the island reopened 18 days ago.
A ferry operator said his boat was capable of carrying
74 passengers but to observe social distancing its load was limited to 40
passengers a trip. On Saturday less than 20 people boarded his boat per trip
and most of them were workers, not tourists.
Most buses on Koh Samet were parked. Shops and
restaurants had no customers. Beach chair operators said they doubted that
they would earn a baht this weekend. (TNA)
The Chao Phraya River begins in Nakhon Sawan and it’s beautiful
Nakhon Sawan is often historically
referred to as ‘Pak Nam Pho’, where the Ping, Wang, Yom, and Nan Rivers
converge and form the Chao Phraya River, the most important waterway in
Thailand. This ensures that water plays a major role in Nakhon Sawan’s
present-day self and is a natural wonder full of attractions.
It is regarded as Thailand’s ‘Gateway to the North’ and
a transportation hub for the Lower Northern part of the Kingdom.
Pak Nam Bohi
The convergence of all the rivers joins together at the
dam at Pak Nam Bohi.
The point where they meet is clearly delineated by the distinct colours of
two of them: The Nan River runs red while the Ping River runs blue-green.
Visitors are encouraged to rent a boat to travel and experience the numerous
and exceptionally beautiful sights and many places of interest along the
Dechatiwong Bridge was built in 1942, during World War Two
and now has become one of the most important bridges of Thailand. It
connects Thailand’s Central Plains with its northern neighbour and played a
pivotal role that phased out boats as the country’s primary mode of
transportation. The bridge gets its name from Major Mom Krom Luang
Dechatiwong, the lucky person in charge of Thailand’s highways during the
period of construction.
Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary Bueng Boraphet Aquarium
His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary Bueng
is dedicated to Thailand’s beloved monarch, His Majesty King Bhumibol
Adulyadej The Great, and was established on 5 December, 2007. The building
is in the shape of a boat after those that carried goods along the Chao
Phraya River in the past.
The Aquarium exhibits over 100 kinds of fish and
includes a 105-metre giant tunnel of fresh-water fish; such as, giant
freshwater whipray, Mekong giant catfish, giant feather back, black giant
gourami, red-eyed white striped catfish, Java barb, tinfoil barb, Apollo
shark, and Boese man croaker to name but a few.
If that is not enough, fish aficionados can check out
another 24-metre tunnel housing numerous rare and beautiful fish including
Redtail tin foil fish, Siamese giant carp, barbonymusaltus, and redfin
sharks. At the touch pool, kids can get up close and personal with marine
animals and experience brown banded bamboo sharks and sea urchins.
Boraphet (File Photo)
The Aquarium forms part of the
Inland Fisheries Park. It was established in 1948 and covers nearly 50,000
acres in three districts with nearly 150 species of animals, including the
white-eyed river-martin and tiger perch, plus playing host of migratory
waterfowl appearing annually from November to March. The integrated
development is run by the Inland Fisheries Department, with private sector
players also invited to operate related activities near the Park’s
perimeter, including a large underwater aquarium.
Another must-see attraction is
Designed to symbolise how four of the country’s greatest rivers – the Ping,
Wang, Yom, and Nan – merge into Chao Phraya River. “Pasan” comes from the
Thai word meaning “to merge,” which is the perfect term for this meeting
place where both rivers and people can converge.
Moving away from the water,
offers beautiful views of Amphoe Krok Phra and the surrounding areas that
can be seen from the peak of this mountain, which is also home to a dramatic
cave. Stalactites and stalagmites grow and drip from the cave floors and
ceilings; Buddha images adorn the site. During the annual Songkran water
festival, locals pay respect to the statues by climbing 100 steps up the
hill with offerings of flowers, candles, and incense.
Phet-Tham Thong National Park
Tham Phet-Tham Thong National Park also offers picturesque
scenery of forests and limestone mountains. There are also natural trails
and more than 70 limestone caves. The most famous is
that can hold up to 500 people inside due to its massive size before social
distancing. Another cave of interest is
which has five big rooms along with stalagmites and stalactites of different
shapes, while Phradap
offers dramatic contrasts of dark brown and light brown with white
stalagmites and stalactites notable for their sparkly finish.
Nakhon Sawan’s historic past is also of interest and on
full display at the Luangpho Dam Buddhist Monument, Khok Mai Den Ancient
City, Cultural Centre of Nakhon Sawan, and the Wesalee Ancient City. Living
temple ruins also showcase Nakhon Sawan’s unique historical importance to
Thailand. While too numerous to list all, Wat Nakhon Sawan, Wat Kei Chai
Nhua, Wat Khao Din Tai, Wat Phra Prang Lueng, Wat Pa Siri WattanaWisut, Wat
Si SawanSangkharam, Wat WoranatBanphot, Wat Chom Khiri NakPhrot, Wat Kho
Hong, Wat Bang Mafo, Wat KriangkraiKlang, and Wat Tham Porn Sawan are just
some that are worthy of a visit.
Recommendations for 11 exempt types of travelers planning a trip to Thailand
11 types of
Thai and non-Thai nationals, currently allowed to enter the country, must
comply with the conditions, time limits and rules of the authorized persons
under the Thai law.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has
issued recommendations for the 11 exempt types of travelers planning a trip
to Thailand during the current time as the nation continues its
unprecedented effort to maintain zero new local cases of Coronavirus Disease
2019 (COVID-19) infection in the country.
The eligible travelers as listed below must seek in
advance a ‘Certificate of Entry’ from their local Thai embassies or
consulates abroad as required under the order of the Centre for COVID-19
Situation Administration (CCSA).
Here are the CAAT’s recommendations:
-Check whether they are individuals as described in the
11 exempt types issued by the CAAT.
-Prepare the necessary relevant documents as required
for the different types of individuals.
-Contact the nearest Thai embassy or consulate to
submit the documents and follow the terms and conditions for the flight
bookings to obtain the ‘Certificate of Entry’
Show the following documents and items to the airline
at the check-in counter:
-Certificate of Entry.
-Health certificate clarifying no risk of COVID-19,
using a RT-PCR laboratory technique, issued no more than 72 hours before
travelling (required from passengers in Types 2, 3, and 6-11).
-Health insurance policy showing a minimum coverage for
COVID-19 of not less than US$100,000 (required from passengers in Types
-Surgical masks and alcohol-based hand sanitizer (per
the approved amount).
Onboard the aircraft
-Wear a surgical mask during the flight.
-Follow the airline’s infection control guidance and
1. For visitors staying no more than 14 days.
-Undergo the COVID-19 testing using a RT-PCR laboratory
technique at the airport.
-Download the tracking mobile phone app for COVID-19
2. For visitors staying longer than 14 days.
-Undergo the COVID-19 screening (checking symptoms and
-Download the tracking mobile phone app for COVID-19
-Enter a 14-day local or state quarantine.
List of the 11 exempt types of travelers:
1. Thai nationals.
2. Persons with exemption or persons being considered,
permitted, or invited by the Prime Minister, or the head of responsible
persons accountable for resolving state of emergency issues to enter the
Kingdom, pertaining to necessity. Such consideration, permission or
invitation may be subject to specific conditions and time limits.
3. Persons on diplomatic or consular missions or under
international organizations, or representatives of foreign governments
performing their duties in the Kingdom, or persons of other international
agencies as permitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pertaining to
necessity, including their spouse, parents, or children.
4. Carriers of necessary goods, subject to immediate
return after completion.
5. Crew members who are required to travel into the
Kingdom on a mission and have a specified date and time for return.
6. Non-Thai nationals who are a spouse, parents, or
children of a Thai national.
7. Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of
permanent residency in the Kingdom, or permission to take up residence in
8. Non-Thai nationals who have a work permit or have
been granted permission from government agencies to work in the Kingdom,
including their spouse or children.
9. Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational
institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or
guardians of the students, except for students of non-formal educational
institutions under the law on private schools and of other similar private
10. Non-Thai nationals who are in need of medical
treatment in Thailand, and their attendants. However, this shall not include
medical treatment for COVID-19.
11. Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the
Kingdom under a special arrangement with a foreign country.
For more information:
-Royal Thai Government’s COVID-19 Information Centre,
-Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, Tel: +66 (0) 572-8442.
-Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public
Health, Hotline 1422.
-Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, Tel: +66 (0)
-Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Contact Centre,
Hotline 1672 (for
tourism-related matters only).
Airport (File Photo).
2 trillion baht spent by foreign tourists each year needed to revive Thailand’s tourism
effective way to recover tourism in Thailand is through the ‘Travel Bubble’
project designed to draw foreign tourists from countries with good control
of COVID-19, said UTCC.
Mr Thanawat Phonwichai, the chancellor
of the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) and advisor to the
university’s Centre for Economic and Business Forecasting, said the 22.4
billion baht tourism initiative will help to boost domestic spending by
between 30-50 billion baht depending on Thai tourists’ spending behavior in
the remaining months this year. According to the Centre for Economic and
Business Forecasting, it found that one-third of Thai people want to travel
and tend to spend 2,000 - 3,000 baht each.
However, the plan to boost domestic spending depends on
tourists’ behavior because people who like to travel, do so with or without
tourism aid. The key to the aid is to attract tourists to spend more than
usual, as people who are not into travel are likely not to spend more or not
spend at all. Therefore, 22.4 billion baht is considered a small price to
boost that much domestic spending.
If the government wants to revive the country’s
economy, it must compensate for the figure that’s been lost during the
COVID-19 outbreak. The most effective way to do that is via the ‘Travel
Bubble’ project intended to draw foreign tourists from countries that have
demonstrated good control of COVID-19, because of the usual 3 trillion-baht
Thailand earns every year from tourism, 2 trillion baht is from foreign
Thailand ‘Candle Festival’ kick offs in Ubon Ratchathani
Spectacular large and medium sized carved wax
candles are part of the annual iconic candle festival from July 3-7 to mark
the beginning of Buddhist Lent in Ubon Ratchathani.
Meticulously carved candles have been put on displayed at the Thung Si
Mueang in the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani under new normal.
Spectacular large and medium sized carved wax candles
are part of the annual iconic candle festival from July 3-7 to mark the
beginning of Buddhist Lent. The traditional festival has been held for more
than 100 years.
However, this year, local authorities have adopted new
normal practices to limit the number of visitors at 2,000 persons for each
Three time slots are available at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6
Visitors have to undergo body temperature screening,
clean their hands with alcohol gel and use the Thai Chana app when checking
in and out.
Provincial governor Sarit Withoon will officially open
the 119th candle festival this evening. (TNA)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Representatives of the island’s tourism businesses have
made known that among adjustments, most venues have reduced their prices to
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
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
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)
Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul said the committee up to date agreed to
a draft permission for entry of specific groups of travelers.
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
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
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.
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
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.
is approximately 14 kilometers away from Amphur Muang,
To get there, take Sukhumvit Road then turn right at kilometer marker 104
and continue for 3 kilometers. The beach is a popular tourist
for Thai people.
Bang Saen is most popular
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.
Nang Ram Beach
This 200-meter long
situated close to the
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.
Lying about 7.5 kilometers offshore from Pattaya, this
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
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
located on the west of Koh Samaesarn. It is an island with abundant natural
resources and beautiful
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
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
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
www.tourismthailand.org/thailandsha or TAT Contact Centre 1672
The SHA guidelines e-Book is available at
The Amazing Thailand SHA
is presented by Mr. Yuthasak
Supasorn (left), TAT
Governor, to AVM Supichai
Deputy Secretary-General of the Bureau of the Royal Household. Also joining
the certificate presentation are Dr. Phanpimol
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Beaches are one of the most popular places that
both Thais and foreign tourists visit each day, and a multiple number on
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
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
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
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
Business operators and food vendors on Patong beach
were given hygiene guidelines by local authorities in providing service to
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
wishing to pay homage to the Emerald Buddha must follow heath and disease
BANGKOK - The Temple of the Emerald Buddha reopened to
visitors on Sunday after having been closed for over two months due to the
On the first day of its reopening, only a handful of
people visited the Temple located on the ground of the Grand Place in
Visitors wishing to pay homage to the Emerald Buddha,
regarded as the national palladium, must follow heath and disease control
Other sacred religious sites in Bangkok including the
City Pillar Shrine and Wat Phra Chetuphon Temple also reopened to the
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
3) Provide hand sanitizing stations with soap and
water, alcohol gel, or disinfectants.
4) Allocate at least 1 meter of space between each
5) Limit the number of users so that the area is not
(ddc.moph.go.th – Department of Disease Control,
Ministry of Public Health, Thailand)
Domestic tourists return to Thai beaches
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
Spanish and Portuguese lessons from Chulalongkorn and Thammasat
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
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
“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,
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
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
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
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.
‘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
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
whale shark measured 15 meters in length spotted at diving sites around Koh
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
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)
provincial administration held a meeting with the private sector,
tourism-related organizations and local public agencies.
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
Subdistrict Municipality is arranging buses to transport people to their
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
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
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
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
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 23-27°C.
Maximum temperature 34-37°C. 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
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 24-28°C. Maximum
temperature 37-42°C. During 10 - 12 May, hot during the day. Isolated to
scattered thunderstorms with gusty wind and hails. Minimum temperature
22-25°C. Maximum temperature 36-39°C. Southwesterly wind 10-30 km/hr.
Chiang Mai 7 days Weather Forecast.
Bangkok hot to very hot, isolated thunderstorms, maximum temp 40°C
Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan or
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 37-40°C. 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.
days Weather Forecast
Restaurants, businesses and venues reopen with strict health and safety guidelines
tradition of old Chiang Mai and the Lanna Kingdom, a khan
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
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
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.
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
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.
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)