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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...

Prayut Touts ‘Phuket Transformation’ Plan to Draw 1 Million Tourists by March

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,...

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

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....
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Phuket ‘Sandbox’ on Edge of Axe as Covid-19 Cases Rise another 234

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 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...
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 Patsy

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 ‘Sandbox’ Tourist

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 Police Chief to...

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 Days

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...
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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...
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Yacht Tourists to Drop Anchor in Thailand This Month

Tourists will arrive on more than 10 luxury yachts as the government continues to ease disease-control measures for visitors arriving by sea. Deputy Immigration Bureau...
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...
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Digital Nomads to Pitch Tents in Phuket Oct. 20-22 for Travel Blogger Expo

The Travel Blog Exchange – better known as TBEX Asia – is now open for registration. This world’s premier gathering of travel bloggers and...
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Phuket Hotels’ Ecotourism Efforts Win HICAP 2020 Sustainability Awards

Six Senses Ko Yao Noi, Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism in Thailand meet sustainable-development challenges
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