The Tourism Authority of Thailand presented the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration Plus certificate to three of Bangkok’s most famous and revered attractions: the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and the City Pillar Shrine.
“The SHA Plus certification indicated that an attraction or a business not only had in place the required safety and hygiene standards to control Covi-19, but that at least 70 percent of its employees had been fully vaccinated,” explained TAT Gov. Yuthasak Supasorn.
“The SHA+ standard criteria also requires that all – or 100 percent – or frontline staff be fully vaccinated as part of the assurance to international travelers who are returning to Thailand following the broader reopening schemes from Nov. 1 that the safety and well-being of all visitors is of utmost importance to Thailand,” he said.
The three attractiojns received basic SHA certification in 2020 and this year have continuously upgraded their sanitary and health measures, which is reflected in the upgraded certification to SHA+. They are among 510 SHA+-certified attractions and businesses in Bangkok, as of Nov. 5.
All three venues reopened to the public on Nov. 1 after a temporary closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the same day on which Thailand began welcoming fully vaccinated tourists from 63 countries and from around the world (almost) exemption from quarantine entry scheme and the “Life in the Blue Zone” “sandbox” program.
Partially or unvaccinated visitors are also much welcomed via the (un) ”Happy Quarantine” scheme.
This means tourists can once again marvel at the beauty and magnificence of the Grand Palace complex, which also incorporates the famed Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaeo, and the historical significance of Wat Pho also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha and which is a center of traditional Thai massage. Bangkok’s City Pillar Shrine is also now once again welcoming both Thai and foreign visitors to pay homage.
To help ensure the safety of visitors and staff, the health and safety measures in place at all venues include the compulsory wearing of face masks at all times, body temperature screening upon entry, handwashing facilities, and registration on the Thai Chana application. Social distancing is observed at service points in the complex, and common contact surfaces are cleaned and disinfected every 20 minutes, while medical professionals are on standby in the case of emergencies or first aid being needed.
The Grand Palace complex is open daily from 8:30-3:30 p.m.. The entry fee is 500 baht with tickets purchasable at the entrance or online. Online tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance.
Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is open to tourists daily from 8:30-4:30 p.m.. with admission at 200 Baht per person. The temple is situated a comfortable stroll from Wat Phra Kaeo and is renowned for its 46-metre-long reclining Buddha that is covered in gold leaf. It is also considered the leading school of massage in Thailand and is a wonderful place to enjoy a traditional massage.
Across the road from the Grand Palace, the Bangkok City Pillar Shrine (open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. represents the founding of Bangkok as the new Thai capital and comprises a square building with openings on all four sides, inside which are two gold pillars and six elephant tusks.