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The Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) has estimated that Chinese authority may let their citizens travel to Thailand in about one year from now or by late 2022, despite the fact that China is among the 46 low-risk countries from which the travelers can enter Thailand without quarantine from November 1 onward under the government’s plan to reopen the country.

“Two major events that will take place in China between now and late 2022 are the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou,” said ATTA president Sisdivachr Cheewarattanaporn on Wednesday. “These events will tell us more about China’s policy in letting people in and out of the country.”

Sisdivachr further added that in 2019, before Covid-19 outbreak, over 11 million Chinese tourists had visited Thailand and were accountable for 27 per cent of total foreign visitors, generating income of more than Bt543 billion. 
 

“As Chinese authority has yet to allow their citizens to visit Thailand, in the next one year we must focus our targets to European markets such as England, Germany, France, and Scandinavian countries as well as the United States and the Middle East,” he said. “India is also a high potential market, but it is not on the list of 46 low-risk countries. It is yet to be seen if the government will expand the list of countries after November 1.”

“To attract more foreign visitors, we must keep daily infection rate down to about 1,000 patients per day as well as increase two-dose vaccination rate to at least 70-80 per cent of the population to achieve the herd immunity,” said ATTA president.

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Published : October 28, 2021

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Thailand’s spectacular hidden gem – Phitsanulok’s limestone mountains #SootinClaimon.Com

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Phitsanulok’s stunning limestone mountain range Long Reua Tah Muen has become popular among adventure seekers since the province opened its doors to tourists on October 1.

This hidden gem, dubbed Guilin of Thailand, is located in Noen Maprang district’s Ban Mung village and tourists usually come to experience not just the natural beauty but also the local way of life.

A group of reformed wildlife poachers now earn a living as guides for rock climbers. It usually takes about an hour to get to the peak, and climbers are provided with a local feast for their hard work. Provisions have also been set up for overnighters.

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The range is part of Phitsanulok’s Thung Salaeng Luang National Park. Visit the Long Reua Tah Muen Facebook page or call (081) 5528595 for more information.

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Published : October 26, 2021

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Chonburi cancels buffalo racing but maintains procession event of the festival #SootinClaimon.Com

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Chonburi’s iconic Buffalo Racing Festival has been cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 situation, but the province has gone ahead with the procession ceremony that celebrates the importance of buffalos to traditional agriculture.

Chonburi Governor Phakkathorn Thianchai on Wednesday presided over the procession of Buddhist sermons to celebrate the province’s 150th Buffalo Racing Festival, held on the day before the end of Buddhist lent, which falls on October 21 this year.

The festival is normally held for nine days and nights and includes events such as buffalo racing, the “Ms Buffalo” beauty pageant, kite contests, carnival games, concerts and food festivities. All these events have however been cancelled by the government to keep Covid-19 from spreading further.

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Chonburi cancels buffalo racing but maintains procession event of the festivalChonburi cancels buffalo racing but maintains procession event of the festival

On Wednesday, a total of 13 sermons on ten incarnations of the Buddha were being carried in a procession of wagons lugged by buffaloes from Chonburi Municipal Stadium to Muang Chonburi Market – a distance of 10 kilometres.

The sermons will be submitted to a temple where Buddhist monks will chant them the next day to mark the end of Buddhist lent.

The wagons have been beautifully adorned, with some decorated with humorous intentions.

Riding atop one of the wagons, the governor urged Chonburi residents to get vaccinated to make the province safe from Covid-19.

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“Chonburi locals believe that the Buffalo Racing Festival must be held every year or something bad would happen to the province’s agriculture,” a news source said.

“Although this year’s racing and many other events have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 situation, people are still coming out to watch the procession, while maintaining social distancing as advised by the Public Health Ministry,” the source added.

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Published : October 20, 2021

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Tourists make a beeline for Similan #SootinClaimon.Com

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Tourists flocked to picturesque Koh Similan in Phang-nga after it reopened for tourism on October 15.

Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation revealed that tourism in the Andaman sea especially Similan Islands and Surin Islands are opening from October 15, 2021, to May 15, 2022.

Tourists are coming back to the Thap Lamu in Phang-nga to travel to the islands. Tourists must be screened by measuring temperature. They must also register on Thaichana application.

Island #8 or Koh Similan is the biggest island of the Similan Islands. The “sail rock” is a symbol of Koh Similan on the north side which is also a sightseeing point. The island also has weird shape rocks such as the boot-shaped or Donald Duck rock.

The island also has a bay which has a shape similar to a horseshoe. The island has white coral-sand beaches and crystal clear seawater. There are many types of corals and colourful fish under the water. Tourists could also dive in shallow and deep water.

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Published : October 20, 2021

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Phang Nga’s Similan and Surin islands pulled as many as 300 tourists on Saturday when they reopened for the first time this year.

The islands were initially scheduled to open on Friday, but could not due to bad weather and 2-3 metre high waves.

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Lertsak Ponklin, who runs the “Wow Andaman” tour company, said the weather was clear and tourists enjoyed travelling around the archipelago after so many months of lockdown.

“This is the start of the high season in the Andaman region, and we invite both local and foreign tourists to come and witness the beauty of the world-famous Similan and Surin islands,” he said.

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He added that all tour operators and national parks are strictly observing measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 in line with the SHA+ standards.

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The Mu Ko Similan and Mu Ko Surin national parks will be open until May 15, 2022.

Published : October 17, 2021

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In a bid to prepare for the November 1 reopening, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) released three guidelines at a video conference on Thursday.

This was after the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced earlier on the same day that Thailand will allow double-jabbed tourists from 10 countries, including the US, UK, Germany, Singapore and China, to enter Thailand without having to quarantine. CCSA will review the list regularly every two weeks.

Meanwhile, TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn said that though Thailand will be open to everyone, different rules will apply to people based on where they come from and the number of jabs they have had.

The first guideline applies to people from 10 countries who can land in Thailand and travel freely without quarantine. The travellers are required to have stayed in any of the 10 low-risk countries for at least 21 days before they can be allowed to enter Thailand.

They must also have received two jabs of vaccines that have been approved by the World Health Organisation or the Public Health Ministry. Travellers who were infected by Covid-19 within three months and have received their first jab more than 14 days ago can also enter. Children below the age of 12 who have not been vaccinated will be allowed in provided they travel with their parents.

All travellers should produce an RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours as well as present a medical certificate in case they were infected earlier.

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Upon arrival, each tourist is required to download the “Mor Chana” app and travel to a hotel that can provide an RT-PCR test. They are required to pay for the test and stay in the hotel until the test result is released. They can then travel freely if the test is negative.

The second set of rules is for fully vaccinated tourists who have tested negative but come from medium or high-risk countries.

They are required to stay within the “blue zone” for seven days and undergo two RT-PCR tests before being allowed to travel elsewhere.

This group can spend their first seven days in the provinces that were reopened in the sandbox scheme, namely Phuket, Surat Thani, Phang Nga and Krabi.

Arrivals after November 1, can spend their first seven days at a hotel in any of the provinces opening in the first phase including Bangkok, Krabi, Phang Nga, Hua Hin and Cha-am.

Those arriving after December 1 can spend their first seven days in provinces opening in the second phase, namely Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Lamphun, Phrae, Sukhothai, Phetchabun, Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Trang, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Yala and Narathiwat.

Meanwhile, those arriving after January can stay in provinces reopening in the third phase, including Surin, Sa Kaew, Chanthaburi, Tak and Kanchanaburi among others.

The third guideline applies to travellers who are not double jabbed. They must be quarantined for 10 days if they arrive by air, and for 14 days if they travel by land.

Yuthasak added that travellers will not be required to produce a certificate of entry (COE) once the government lifts the state of emergency.

As for now, he said the process of applying for a COE will become far easier after November 1.

Published : October 16, 2021

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Famous Tham Luang caves to be opened to visitors from Oct 15 #SootinClaimon.Com

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Chiang Rai’s famous Tham Luang cave complex will finally be opened to visitors from Friday.

Kawee Prasompon, chief of the Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, said all visitors will be screened and every Covid-19 prevention measure will be observed. Only 40 visitors will be allowed into the cave complex at any given time.

Visitors will also be required to present proof of vaccination or negative test results before they are allowed in.

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In June 2018, the world was transfixed for 17 days when an elaborate rescue operation was launched after the 12-member Wild Boars football team and their coach got trapped in the caves by rising floods.

The 200-metre-deep Chamber 1, which visitors will use to enter the complex, was the command centre for the rescue operation led by former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn and the Thai Navy Seals.

The Wild Boars have become celebrities and films have been made about their ordeal. The cave complex has been off-limits to the public, though the bronze statue at the entrance of Saman Gunan, a diver who died in the operation, has been attracting visitors.

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Published : October 12, 2021

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Ayutthaya resort owner makes floods into a tourist attraction #SootinClaimon.Com

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The idea of sipping coffee while soaking in the cool, clear waters of the Ayutthaya’s Noi River appears to be a huge draw, with many tourists flocking to Phak Hai district last weekend.

Sutee Towornpun, owner of the Bank River House Resort and Café in Phak Hai said on Monday that he has turned this crisis into an opportunity.

Since floods have not receded and the pier outside the hotel is still inundated, he came up with the idea to serve coffee and food to tourists while they soak their feet in the water. Famous boat noodles vendor “Jae Joom Pak Daeng” (red-lipped Miss Joom) was also at hand to serve up delicious delights.

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Sutee said this unique arrangement attracted many tourists.

“Once the situation returns to normal, Phak Hai district should be promoted as a tourism destination. With abundant resources, the beautiful Noi river, traditional riverside communities, rice fields, clean air, the old town market, etc, I believe the district can be developed sustainably,” Sutee added.

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Published : October 12, 2021

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Thailand must cash in on soft power of stars like Blackpink’s Lalisa, FTI chief advises #SootinClaimon.Com

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Thailand should consider using Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban, the only Thai member of K-pop band Blackpink, as a tourism ambassador for the country, Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) president Suphan Mongkolsutee said on Monday.

“Though Thailand has a rich cultural heritage and several natural tourist attractions, we still need to improve when it comes to adding value and integrating these resources to the manufacturing sector,” he said. “We need to promote other aspects linked with tourism such as handicrafts, spa and Thai cuisine through influencers. This is far more effective compared to only advertising spots on television and social media.”

Lalisa’s eponymously named first solo single won a record-breaking 73.6 million views in 24 hours when it was released via YouTube on September 10. It even surpassed Taylor Swift’s “Me!” which gained 65.2 million views on the day it was released in April 2019.

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Meanwhile, Rida Srilomsak, president of FTI’s creative industry and handicraft group, pointed out that the government’s promotional campaigns on Thai handicrafts are usually a hit and miss.

“The government has been using yakshas [mythological guardian giants] and tuk tuks as mascots for tourism for years now. These do not promote Thai handicrafts among foreign audiences,” she said. “The ministries of Culture and Tourism and Sports must adjust their strategies and keep up with international trends. Apart from using famous artists like Lisa as brand ambassadors, we should also use online channels to deliver Thai handicraft products to target groups.”

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Published : October 12, 2021

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) on Monday (October 11) provided the latest information on air travel within Thailand on the various airlines that operate domestic route networks.

Updates on the country’s domestic air travel are as follows;

Thai Airways International

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Thai Airways International (THAI) is offering twice weekly one-way flights from Bangkok to Phuket.

• Flight TG922 every Thursday from September 2 – October 28, 2021.

• Flight TG916 every Friday from September 3 – October 29, 2021.

Meanwhile, THAI announced that its domestic executive lounges at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Phuket International Airport, and Chiang Mai International Airport were back in service as of September 1, 2021.

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Bangkok Airways

From October 1, 2021, Bangkok Airways resumed the Bangkok-Trat service with three flights per week every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

This brings the number of the airline’s domestic service to 8 routes, including the following 7 routes.

Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) – Samui 3 flights daily. In addition, it is offering 2 sealed route flights daily for transit/transfer international passengers under the Samui Plus programme connecting from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) to Ko Samui.

Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) – Chiang Mai 1 flight daily.

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Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) – Phuket 1 flight daily.

Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) – Lampang 4 flights per week every Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.

Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) – Sukhothai 3 flights per week every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Samui – Phuket 1 flight daily for international passengers extending their Phuket Sandbox stay with the Samui Plus programme.

Samui – Singapore 3 flights per week every Monday, Thursday, and Sunday for international passengers under the Samui Plus programme.

For more information, please visit www.bangkokair.com.

Nok Air

Nok Air is offering domestic flights from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport to Buri Ram, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Chumphon, Hat Yai, Lampang, Loei, Mae Sot, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nan, Phitsanulok, Phuket, Ranong, Sakon Nakhon, Surat Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, and Udon Thani.

For more information, please visit www.nokair.com.

Thai AirAsia

Thai AirAsia is expanding its flight schedule in October 2021, adding routes from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport to Krabi, Loei, Nan, Phitsanulok, Sakon Nakhon, Surat Thani, and Trang, as well as regional connections from Chiang Mai- Hua Hin (starting October 15, 2021) and Chiang Mai – Phuket (starting October 16, 2021).

For more information, please visit www.airasia.com.

Thai Lion Air

Thai Lion Air is offering domestic flights from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport. In early October, the airline added two new Airbus A330neo aircraft to its fleet.

For more information, please visit www.lionairthai.com.

Thai Smile Airways

Thai Smile Airways is offering domestic flights from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Khon Kaen, Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Phuket, Surat Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, and Udon Thani.

For more information, please visit www.thaismileair.com.

Thai VietJet Air

Thai VietJet Air is offering domestic flights from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Khon Kaen, Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phuket, Surat Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, and Udon Thani.

Meanwhile, the airline has scheduled to commence its direct Bangkok – Taipei flights on October 20, 2021, (with sealed domestic Phuket Sandbox flight connections available).

It will also begin its Bangkok – Singapore and Phuket – Singapore services on October 21, 2021.

For more information, please visit www.vietjetair.com.

TAT would like to remind all travellers to travel safely; and to continue with the D-M-H-T-T-A precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19: D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, T – Testing for Covid-19, and A – alert application.

Published : October 12, 2021

By : THE NATION