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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...

Koh Samui Ranked World’s 7th Best Island by Travel+Leisure Mag

Travel+Leisure magazine ranked Koh Samui as the world’s seventh-best island and the second-best in Asia in its 2021 survey. The votes for the “World’s Best...

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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Phuket ‘Sandbox’ Adds ‘7+7 Extension’

CCSA endorsed an upgraded measures for the Phuket Sandbox program to offer a 7+7-night stay in Phuket and selected areas in Krabi, Phangnga or Surat Thani.
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Thailand to Try Again to Drop Phuket ‘Sandbox’ Stay Requirement to 7 Days

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...
Thailand’s “Samui Plus Model” hopes to draw 1,000 foreign tourists in a month

Samui Plus Handful of Tourists, But Gov’t Says 1,000 Coming by Aug. 15

Thailand’s “Samui Plus Model” hopes to draw 1,000 foreign tourists in a month.
Koh Samui got a much-needed tourism boost over the New Year's holiday. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

Virus-Free Koh Samui Gets Much-Needed Tourism Boost at Hotspot Provinces’ Expense

Pattaya is shut down. Rayong is a mess and there’s no beach in Bangkok. About the only ones benefitting from that is Koh Samui,...
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‘Winter’ Is Here: Here’s Where to Go During Thailand’s Cool Season

Thailand’s cool season has officially begun, bringing a drop in temperatures to much of the country and lower humidity levels, making the months from...
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha inspects Koh Samui Airport ahead of its opening to foreign tourists under the STV program.

PM Inspects Samui, Phuket Airports as Ravaged Islands Prep to Receive STV Tourists

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday visited Koh Samui Airport to inspect screening processes for international tourists to travel to in Surat Thani Province...
The French family arrived at Koh Samui Airport on Oct. 17.

Koh Samui on Covid Alert After French Woman Tests Positive Post-Quarantine

Incident is Thailand's 6th local case in week following 5 cases in Tak, where army is locking down 3 provinces
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Divers Today Recovering Final 2 Bodies from Sunken Koh Samui Ferry

Salvage divers today are trying to extricate the remains of the last two people missing since in the Aug. 1 sinking of a Koh...

Another Body Found as Search Continues on Sunken Koh Samui Ferry

The search continues today for the bodies of people presumed killed in Saturday’s sinking of a ferry off Koh Samui. Divers on Firday recovered the...
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Foreign Divers Find No Bodies Inside Sunken Koh Tao Ferry

Divers in Koh Samui on Wednesday found no bodies inside the hull of the sunken Ratcha 4 ferry, although the search will continue tomorrow. The...
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Thai SEALs, Foreign Divers Try Again to Find 3 Missing on Sunken Koh Samui...

Mechanic's body recovered as authorities query why garbage wasn't sent ashore on barges
Foreign scuba diving instructors from Koh Tao plan Monday's dive plan in Koh Samui on Sunday.

Foreign Tham Luang Cave Divers to Lead Search for Bodies Inside Sunken Koh Samui...

Mission turns from rescue to recovery following all-day search for survivors
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1 Dead, 4 Missing with Search to Continue Monday for Survivors of Koh Samui...

(Updated 9:20 p.m.) – One person is confirmed dead and four missing after a ferry carrying garbage trucks and drivers from Koh Samui capsized...
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Koh Samui’s 4-Hour Covid-19 Tests Could Earn Island First Dibs on Foreign Tourists

Koh Samui hopes to put its new four-hour coronavirus testing lab to good use restarting the island’s tourism industry. Vorasit Pongkumpunt, president of the Tourism...
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Koh Samui Bars Can Reopen Today; Most Won’t

Bars across Thailand can reopen today, but small pubs and big clubs in Koh Samui say they’re not ready to unlock their doors. Koh Samui’s...
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4-Hour Coronavirus Testing Now Available on Koh Samui

While Koh Samui has seen only seven cases of Covid-19 and none in more than a month, coronavirus tests that yield results in just...
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