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Thai Tourists Turn to Nature During Covid-19 Pandemic

Camping out at Ing Ga Ping Homestay in Kamphaeng Phet Province. (Photo: 24 News, with permission)
Camping out at Ing Ga Ping Homestay in Kamphaeng Phet Province. (Photo: 24 News, with permission)

Thais have started to find a haven in the countryside, reviving local, tourism after more than 11-month COVID-19 lockdowns that crippled tourism and brought it to a halt.

The lockdowns have made Thais appreciate nature more, as more Twhais are becoming more inclined to camp in the countryside instead of staying in resorts and lodges, said Thawatchai Tavitiyakul, who is a local tourist.

“We live in a city, concrete jungle, all the time. We can’t take it. It’s too stressful. So, we travel to feel nature. If we find any good location, we go spend a night there. And we cook for ourselves and so on. My family can stay freely…,” he added.

Chanboon Daengsiri, owner of Ing Ga Ping Homestay in Kamphaeng Phet Province, said that camping has become a new preferred choice for many against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The atmosphere and timing make everyone want to come out and travel,” Chanboons aid. “It’s Covid that makes everyone want to run to nature. Now we’ve built a campground and let them rent the entire area, most of them would book us as a whole.”

Tourists explained that the pleasant winter weather encourages Thais to be more drawn to nature and camping as opposed to lodging, especially because people had suffered from long lockdowns that had compelled them to stay away from public places.

“In winter, the atmosphere is a good: Cold wind and low temperatures. perfect for camping because it won’t be hot while we’re sleeping,” said tourist Nattachon Kunraksa. “And we get to see wildlife. I brought my kids and my family to travel. Especially in winter, we’ll travel 4-5 times a month. And if it’s the New Year’s holiday, we won’t go anywhere else but camping.”