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Failed, Forgotten Special Tourist Visa Extended for Another Year

The forgotten and failed Special Tourist Visa will live to see another year. The Cabinet this week extended the STV for another year, although virtually...

Failed ‘Samui Plus’ Scheme Drew only 786 Tourists in 2 Months

The failed Samui Plus program drew only 786 fully vaccinated foreign tourists between July 15 and Sept. 20, the Tourism Authority of Thailand said. TAT...

Subsidized Travel Programs for Thais Resume in Oct.

The Cabinet has endorsed a third phase of the “We Travel Together” hotel-subsidy scheme and people can exercise their right to the subsidy in...

Ranong’s Koh Phayam Added to ‘Andaman Sandbox’ Scheme

Koh Phayam in Ranong Province will be included in the “Andaman Sandbox” scheme, joning Phangnga and Krabi provinces in the expanded “Phuket Sandbox” program. Commerce...

Thailand Takes Step Toward Carbon-Neutral Tourism; Aims for Net Zero Emissions

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to drive Thailand towards zero-emission tourism with seven partner public and private organizations. The...

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....

Common Sense Finally? TAT Boss Says Cities’ Quarantine, ‘Sealed Routes’ Plans Could Be Ditched

Instead of letting cities create differing, overly restrictive models, CCSA mulling standardized, national plan, Yuthasak says

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.

Indians List Thailand in Top 3 Places to Visit in 2021-22

Thailand is one of the Top 3 destinations Indians say they want to visit soon, according to surveys on Subcontinent’s travel preferences. The most recent...

Thailand Jumps 2 Places to 7th in World’s Best Heritage Rankings

Thailand rose to seventh place in the 2021 Best Countries Heritage ranking, moving up two spots from 2020 to be the only Southeast Asian...

Oct. 1 Sees Thai Junkets Resume, But ‘Reopening’ of 5 Cities Not Openings at...

Calling it a 'reopening' is a joke. Welcome to Thailand, where you still do quarantine, have movements limited for weeks.

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.

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...

Chiang Mai Reopening May Be Delayed Until Oct.

TAT suggests postponement as central government has failed again to vaccinate 70% of the local population against Covid-19.

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

Covid-19 Surge Pops Asia’s ‘Travel Bubbles’

Air-travel corridors have largely been a letdown as nations constantly change rules and close borders to contain outbreaks.

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,...

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.

Tourists to Get Soapbox for Voicing Service Gripes as TAT Launches Online Survey Platform

Encourages tourists to provide feedback, recommendation to travel service providers

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,...

Chiang Rai Tourism Group to Sue Illegal Tachilek Border-Crossers

The Northern Tourism Federation will 10 women who illegally crossed the Chiang Rai-Tachileik border and skipped quarantine, spreading Covid-19 infections to at least 38...
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