Beach bars on Koh Samui await domestic tourists, who now don't have to take a coronavirus test to visit if they're fully vaccinated against Covid-19. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

Phuket, Koh Samui Drop Covid-19 Testing Requirement for Domestic Tourists

Likely precursors to what international visitors may experience come November, Phuket and Koh Samui are dropping onerous disease-control measures for domestic tourists. This week, Phuket...
A gas station sits empty during rush hour as Thailand imposes a national night-time curfew to arrest the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and the Covid-19 pulmonary disease it causes. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

Rising Oil Prices, Falling Baht Worry Thai Industry Leaders

The Federation of Thai Industries expressed concern about increasing oil prices and the depreciation of the Thai baht, telling the government both will put...
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Older Taxi Drivers to Get Up to ฿10,000 Gov’t Stipend

The Cabinet on Tuesday approved financial aid for older meter- and motorcycle-taxi drivers in the 29 provinces that are maximum and strict Covid-19 controlled...
An All Nippon Airways flight from Tokyo arrives at Bangkok's Survanabhumi International Airport in June. Japanese travelers will be able to return to Thailand in November without undergoing quarantine under a plan by Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

Thailand’s Nov. 1 Reopening: Devil Will Be in Details

CoE? Insurance? SHA+? Prayut laid out a vision, but bureaucrats may add conditions. How many will determine how successful reopening is.
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U.K. ‘Red List’ Removal Seen Spurring Immediate Boost in U.K. Tourism...

Government officials are betting that Thailand’s removal from the United Kingdom’s “red list” and the U.K.’s acceptance of several vaccines administered here will spark...
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Subsidized Travel Scheme for Thais Resumes, But Bookings Must Be Made...

The government’s promotional campaigns for domestic tourism officially resumed Friday, allowing eligible Thais to book hotel stays and tour packages at subsidized rates. The government...
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Apple iPhone 13 / Mini / Pro / Max on Sale...

Apple Corp. will release its full range of 2021 smartphones in Thailand Oct. 8, thei company’s earliest Thai release ever. The iPhone 13, Pro, Mini...
Immobilized aircrafts at the Don Muang domestic airport in Bangkok on November 10, 2011. Don Muang airport has been closed for weeks due to the worst flooding in Thailand’s history.

Inundated in 2011, Don Muang Airport Said Ready to Withstand 2021...

Don Muang Airport is monitoring closely the floodwater situation and is ready to prevent flooding at Bangkok’s No. 2 airport, said General Manager Thanee...

Prayut Touts ‘Phuket Transformation’ Plan to Draw 1 Million Tourists by...

Thailand is gearing up to promote Phuket as a world-class tourist destination, hoping to welcome a million foreign visitors over the next six months...
Thailand finally has ditched its list of “safe” countries from where it will accept fully vaccinated travelers for the Phuket, Surat Thani, Phang-Nga, and Krabi “sandbox” programs.

Thailand Dumps ‘Safe Countries’ List; Sandboxes Now Open to Travelers Worldwide

Thailand finally has ditched its list of “safe” countries from where it will accept fully vaccinated travelers for the Phuket, Surat Thani, Phang-Nga, and...
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Failed, Forgotten Special Tourist Visa Extended for Another Year

The forgotten and failed Special Tourist Visa will live to see another year. The Cabinet this week extended the STV for another year, although virtually...
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TAT, Thai Navy to Stress Marine Safety, Conservation to Push Sustainable...

The Tourism Authority of Thailand and Royal Thai Navy will promote marine safety and conservation of marine natural resources to fuure tourists to further...
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Phuket Restaurants Get OK to Sell Alcohol Again

After openly defying the island’s alcohol ban and being raided by police, restaurants in Phuket can resume sellng booze on Oct. 1. Bars, nightclubs, pubs,...
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With Reopening Delayed, Thailand Instead Moves to Shorten Quarantine to 7...

Having all but officially postponed the reopening of five provinces by a month, Thailand instead is looking to shorten the quarantine for fully vaccinated...
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Failed ‘Samui Plus’ Scheme Drew only 786 Tourists in 2 Months

The failed Samui Plus program drew only 786 fully vaccinated foreign tourists between July 15 and Sept. 20, the Tourism Authority of Thailand said. TAT...
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Subsidized Travel Programs for Thais Resume in Oct.

The Cabinet has endorsed a third phase of the “We Travel Together” hotel-subsidy scheme and people can exercise their right to the subsidy in...
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Thai Airports to Use Advance-Screening System to Verify Tourists Vaccination Records

The Airports of Thailand will use a passenger-screening system designed to check passengers’ criminal records to verify their Covid-19 vaccination certificates. AoT said Tuesday it...
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Ranong’s Koh Phayam Added to ‘Andaman Sandbox’ Scheme

Koh Phayam in Ranong Province will be included in the “Andaman Sandbox” scheme, joning Phangnga and Krabi provinces in the expanded “Phuket Sandbox” program. Commerce...
Foreigners, even rich ones with 10-year visas, will be stuck in Bangkok condos, not houses, under new visa rules. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

Thailand Wants Rich Foreigners, But Still Won’t Let Them Own House,...

... Unless you've got 40 million baht to burn, of course.
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Thais to Get Next ฿1,500 Baht Co-Pay Subsidy Oct. 1

Registrants of the co-payment subsidy scheme will receive another 1,500 baht on Oct. 1 in the third-phase of the government’s assistance project for Covid-19-affected...
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Ending 7-Year Ban, Iraq Again Buying Thai Rice

Ending a seven-year boycott, Iraq again is buying Thai rice. The Thai Rice Mills Association said Sept. 19 that member Tanasan Rice Plc. recently signed...
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Thailand Takes Step Toward Carbon-Neutral Tourism; Aims for Net Zero Emissions

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to drive Thailand towards zero-emission tourism with seven partner public and private organizations. The...
PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, left, and Bangkok Gov. Aswin Kwanmuang

Bangkok Gov. Pisses in Prayut’s Sandbox, Says Only He Can Decide...

But Aswin Kwanmuang seemed to have forgotten that he’s been overruled before.
'Sandbox' tourists arrive at Phuket International Airport.

Phuket ‘Sandbox’ Draws 33,059 Visitors, 1/3 of Original Plan

The Phuket “sandbox “ program welcomed 33,059 international arrivals in the its two-and-a-half months, a a third of what was hoped for. From July 1-Sept....
Canceled Flights at Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok Thailand

‘No One Said the Country Would Reopen Oct. 1’ – So...

First, it’s Oct. 1. Then it’s Oct. 15. Some “academics” say it should be Nov. 1. Now? No one can really say.
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