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A disused Boeing 747 sits in a field in Pattaya. It was intended to be converted into a restaurant and tourist attraction, but the pandemic crashed those plans. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

Good News, Bad News: Thailand’s Maintains Covid-19 ‘Status Woe’

The bad news that came out of last week’s Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration meeting was that January’s coronavirus restrictions will continue unchanged. The...
Thailand’s weed-smoking, anti-nightlife, anti-alcohol public health minister who hopes to be prime minister one day.

Anutin Overrules Disease Experts, Says No Covid-19 Rules Relaxation Proposal

Thailand’s anti-nightlife, anti-alcohol public health minister appears to have won an internal argument over further relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, with the ministry announcing it...
While beer bars and brothels are open around Pattaya, the large go-go bars on Walking Street will remain closed after Jan. 16. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

‘Zero Chance’ Bars Reopen Jan. 16 as Thailand Begins to Shut Down Again Over...

Restrictions on bars and nightclubs won’t be lifted on Jan. 16 and, in fact, could go the other way, with alcohol again banned, as...
Pattaya Walking Street Bars For Rent Closed Thailand Coronavirus Covid-19 Lockdown

Business Leaders Warn Gov’t Not to Lock Down Thailand Over Omicron

. Don't Just Pay Lip Service to 'Living With Covid'; Actually Do It, Execs Demand

New Year’s Countdowns on Monday’s CCSA Agenda

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration meets today to consider further easing of disease-control measures, including the reopening of border checkpoints in the South...
Coronavirus Covid-19 Omicron Variant

PM: No Plans for New Restrictions; All Tests for Omicron Contacts Negative

. So far, new variant much ado about nothing. As you were...
Suvarnabhumi International Airport Bangkok Thailand Baggage Claim Luggage

Thailand Reports Fewest Covid-19 Cases in 5 1/2 Months as 1st Omicron Case Found

. All the coronavirus stats are good, but all anyone can talk about is another lockdown
Pattaya's beer bars remain closed and restaurants still can't sell alcohol, despite being a "pilot tourist zone".

Ayutthaya, Korat Get Booze Back, But Pattaya Still Dry Under New Rules

. Governor relaxes more regulations, but fails to explain or justify nonsensical alcohol ban.
The Sea Zone restaurant on Pattaya's now moribund Walking Street, taken during happier times. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

They’re Pissed in Pattaya, and It’s Not From Booze

. Alcohol sales return to restaurants in Bangkok, 3 provinces Monday, but not Sin City. Angry business leaders demand to know why.
Streets, highway onraps and sidestreets are deserted in Bangkok's Khlong Toei district 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)

Thailand’s Curfew, List of ‘Dark Red’ Provinces Shrinks Saturday

Thailand’s nighttime curfew shrinks to four hours and the list of “dark red” provinces to 23 Saturday after the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s...
Sukhumvit Road, the main street through Bangkok's tourist, business and commercial area, is all but deserted before 8 p.m. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

Oct. 1 Is Here, But What’s Really Changed?

Relaxed restrictions are still restrictions. Thailand still failing to "live with Covid-19"

Shorter Curfew, Quarantine, But Longer Wait for Thailand to ‘Live with Covid-19’

Curfews are shorter. Quarantines are shorter. This list of closed businesses is shorter. But the wait for Thailand to reopen to foreign tourism and...
Phi Phi Islands Krabi Thailand Boat Diving

Access to Koh Phi Phi Restricted Another 7 Days to Sept. 24

Krabi’s Communicable Disease Committee extended access restriction for Phi Phi Island for seven days as more Covid-19 cases linked to infections at anunder-construction sewage-treatment...
A solitary tuk-tuk driver scans an empty Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok for customers as Thailand imposes a national night-time curfew to arrest the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and the Covid-19 pulmonary disease it causes.

Thailand to ‘Reopen’ 5 Destinations Oct. 1 … With Quarantines, Closed Businesses

'Reopen' is the wrong word, as it means neither quarantine-free travel for tourists nor full resumption of all businesses.
Deserted Thailand Streets During Coronavirus Lockdown

Curfew Could Be Next Covid-19 Restriction to Be Eased, Embattled PM Offers

Under intense fire at Parliament for his mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha threw his critics a bone by saying the...
Restaurants with outdoor seating can fill 75 percent of those tables. But air-conditioned, indoor dining rooms are capped at 50%.

Vaccine, Testing Requirement for Restaurants Dies, But Profits Still Will Be Hard to Find

No Booze, 8 p.m. closing, capacity limits means tough times to continue for restaurants, with vaccine looming on horizon
Not learning from last year's mistake, Koh Larn again will close itself off from the world tomorrow. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

No Vax, No Test Needed When Pattaya’s Koh Larn Reopens Wed.

Koh Larn reopens again Wednesday but will not require visitors to be vaccinated or tested for Covid-19. The island closed for the third time since...

CCSA to mull restaurant dine-in resumption, but for vaccinated, tested diners only

The Public Health Ministry today will ask the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration to allow dine-in services to resume, but only for coronavirus-vaccinated or...
A chart based current Thailand coronavirus cases and India's battle against the delta variant indicates Thailand's Covid-19 peak may have already passed.

Thailand May Begin Easing Covid-19 Restrictions in Sept. as Health Officials See Downward Trend

Experts believe peak in cases has passed, see curve flattening by end-Sept., but months away from ending.
Pattaya Thailand Massage Parlor Soapy Happy Ending Short-Time Closed Bangkok Coronavirus-1

Thailand Massage Parlors to Get Day in Court Over Covid Closings Without Compensation

The Civil Court accepted a complaint from 157 health massage parlor operators who sued the government for about 10 million baht for closing their...

Thailand Reports 20,258 New Covid-19 Cases as Lockdown Extended

The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration on Tuesday reported 20,258 new coronavirus cases and 239 new fatalities a day after extending the semi-lockdown in...
Koh Samui Thailand Bars Closed Lockdown Coronavirus Reopen 2

Gov’t Pays Out ฿6.5 Billion in Coronavirus Relief for Locked-Down Thais

The government has already transferred 6.5 billion baht in Social Security payments to full-time employees affected by the lockdown measures, while additional financial aid...

Thailand’s Aug. Worst-Case Scenario Now Sept. Best-Case Covid-19 Hope

CCSA predicts 45,000 cases, 500 deaths daily by Sept. 7 with current lockdown, vaccination rate
Women drive past a casino in Sihanoukville, a coastal city that has become a gambling boom town

Cambodia May Ease Thailand ‘Blockade’ in Days As Covid-19 Restrictions Extended 2 Weeks

Cambodia may ease its “blockade” of Thailand border provinces within days even as it extends coronavirus restrictions for another two week. The announcement that virus-suppression...
Pattaya's already devastated Walking Street suffers another blow with the new year shutdown.

It’s Official: Pattaya Not Reopening Sept. 1; It Never Actually Was

For the few still holding out hope, it’s now official: Pattaya is not reopening to foreign tourists Sept. 1. In truth, it never was. No...
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