PHOTO VIEW: Pattaya’s Nightlife Reopens, Proving Bar Closure Order a Farce

One might be able to rationalize how a Soi 7 beer bar offering up quick-slop Thai food could be considered a restaurant, but in...
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Phuket, Krabi Star in New Czech Movie ‘Ostrov’

Thailand is back in the front of international movie cameras with a Czech Republic film currently being shot in Phuket and Krabi. A 22-member film...
Development of the Khlong Thom hot spring site in Krabi is one of 7 projects approved Tuesday.

฿494 Million OK’d for 7 Southern Development Projects

. Hot springs, piers, dugong protection among 'urgent' needs
The Kangaroo "restaurant" is open and serving booze despite bars supposedly being closed in Phuket.

Bars ‘Remain Closed’ in Phuket; Don’t Tell Bangla Road

You wouldn’t know it from Bangla Road, but bars technically remain closed in Phuket. The central government claimed Monday that Phuket Province has been maintaining...
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...

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...
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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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Phuket Ends Self-Imposed Isolation Oct. 1 Even As Covid-19 Cases Continue...

Phuket’s self-imposed isolation to all but “sandbox” tourists ends Oct. 1. The province’s communicable diseases committee on Thursday agreed to finally left entry restrictions, allowing...
'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....

Common Sense Finally? TAT Boss Says Cities’ Quarantine, ‘Sealed Routes’ Plans...

Instead of letting cities create differing, overly restrictive models, CCSA mulling standardized, national plan, Yuthasak says
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Phuket ‘Sandbox’ on Edge of Axe as Covid-19 Cases Rise another...

Phuket’s “sandbox” foreign-tourism program is dancing on the blade of the axe as the island province deals with more than 200 new coronavirus cases...
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Phuket to Allow Fully Vaxed Domestic Tourists from Sept. 8

Those who plan to stay a week or more must pay for Covid-19 test on Day 5.
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Expats Assisting Confused Farangs at Phuket Immigration Office

A group of volunteering expats is now assisting with services at the Immigration Office in Phuket, making it easier for other foreigners contacting the...

Bangkok Airways to Resume Phuket-Koh Samui Flights Wednesday

Bangkok Airways on Wednesday will resume flights between Phuket and Koh Samui to support the Surat Thani island’s vaccinated-tourism program. Surat Thani Gov. Witchawut Jinto...
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Thailand to Try Again to Drop Phuket ‘Sandbox’ Stay Requirement to...

Tourism officials again are trying to spring Phuket ‘sandbox’ tourists trapped on the island for two weeks after just seven days. The Tourism Authority of...
Police take suspect Teerawat Thothip to Ton Ao Yon waterfall in Phuket where he allegedly killed a Swiss tourist. It was part of a crime re-enactment on Sunday.

History Didn’t Repeat: Phuket Swiss Tourist Murder Not Pinned on Burmese...

This time, however, a Thai did do it, police say. Teerawat Thothip, an unemployed drug addic, was charged with murder and robbery.
Phuket Gov. Narong Woonciew and top police and local officials led a Friday night memorial service at the beach.

200K Reward Offered as Phuket Tightens Security After Rape-Murder of Swiss...

Ranked 110 of 150 in world for tourist safety, Thailand must get safer, Tourism & Sports says
The partially nude body of Swiss tourist Nicole Sauvain-Weisskopf, 57, was found at the rocky base of the Ao Yon Waterfall on Phuket’s eastern coast Aug. 5.

Murder in the ‘Sandbox’: Swiss Tourist Raped, Killed in Phuket; Thai...

With Covid-19 raging and hotel booking crashing, Phuket 'sandbox' now much overcome fears about tourist safety
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TAT Tours 14,000 Arrivals in Phuket ‘Sandbox’ 1st Month

The Tourism Authority of Thailand said more than 14,000 foreign “tourists” visited Phuket in the first month of the “sandbox” scheme, generating of 829...
Bangla Road stands empty in Patong, Phuket, Thailand

Phuket Closes Borders, Leaves Sandoxers Isolated, Bored

Tourists arriving in Phuket’s “sandbox” from Aug. 3 will be touching down on an island all-but-sealed off from the rest of Thailand where anything remotely entertaining closed down.
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Thai Gold Medalist Panipak Returns to Phuket to Hero’s Welcome

The first Thai gold medalist at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics arrived in Phuket Monday to a hero’s welcome, but must wait 14 days before...
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Phuket ‘Sandbox’ Tourists Can Now Escape to Nearby Islands After 7...

Fully vaccinated foreign tourists trapped in the Phuket “sandbox” for two weeks can now escape to a handful of southern islands after seven days. The...
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Phuket Restricts Domestic Tourism to Covid-19 Vaccinated, Recovered Travelers

New and upgraded screening measures have been announced for domestic travelers entering Phuket. The rules, which apply to both Thais and foreigners living in Thailand,...
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Phuket Adds to Sandboxers Boredom by Closing More Businesses, Limiting Hours

Phuket authorities closed venues at risk of transmitting the coronavirus and suspended other activities while allowing shopping centers to open until 9 p.m. Gov. Narong...
Phuket villagers are ready to drive tourists around in their modified motorcycles as part of a community-based tourism package, including a stop at Mai Khao Beach where visitors can observe aircraft landings. The roofed sidecar motorcycles known as “saleng” are owned by villagers in the Ban Mai Khao Community in Phuket. They say it’s a fun form of travel and easy way to visit the famous Mai Khao Beach. The beach is located just off Phuket International Airport’s runway and provides a perfect spot for plane-spotters to snap photos of aircraft on their approach to the airport. Ban Mai Khao‘s Vice President of Tourism Manit Saithong said Thursday that community anticipates visitors will soon be back as the Covid-19 situation has greatly de-escalated. These saleng taxis will transport visitors to and from Mai Khao Beach, as well as other community-based tourism attractions, such as the last rice farm on Phuket, a buffalo farm, or a Cicadidae-catching activity. Visitors can book these activities at the Saleng Taxi stand in Phuket.

Phuket’s ‘Saleng’ Taxis Ready to Take Plane-Spotters to Airport Beach

Phuket villagers are ready to drive tourists around in their modified motorcycles as part of a community-based tourism package, including a stop at Mai...
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