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Chiang Rai Starts ‘Blooming’ Dec. 1

While fully vaxed tourists actually can visit the northern province now, Chiang Rai's marketing machine churning out 'reopening' hype for December

The Chuifong Tea Plantation in Chiang Rai
The Chuifong Tea Plantation in Chiang Rai

Pattaya is moving on. Chiang Mai is charming. Chiang Rai is “blooming”.

Gov. Phassakorn Boonyaluck invited fully vaccinated tourists to visit the quaint and picturesque city under the “Blooming Chiang Rai” campaign from Dec. 1.

In fact, fully vaccinated tourists who arrived in Thailand in November already can visit the northern province. There’s no restriction on where people can go after doing one-night quarantine in a government-certified hotel and passing a coronavirus test.

Not letting the truth get in the way of marketing, however, th governor told the press on Monday that the province is now ready to welcome back tourists who have had at least two doses of Covid-19 vaccination after the province was hit hard by the pandemic for almost two years.

He boasted that so far around 58.9 percent of residents in Chiang Rai have been fully vaccinated and that the number will increase to 70 percent by Dec. 1, in time for the direct arrival of tourists.

Under the theme ”‘Blooming Chiang Rai”, the governor said the campaign aims to promote the province’s Art and Flower Festival, which is scheduled to be held from Dec. 18 to Jan. 1 at the Garden of Reeds in Rim Kok Subdistrict.

In addition, the province will hold a flower festival at the 75th Anniversary Flag and Lamp Park in Wiang Subdistrict from Dec. 24-Jan. 9.

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration has designated 11 districts of Chiang Rai as special pilot areas for tourism or “blue zones”, to pilot the reopening to fully vaccinated foreigners who test negative upon arrival.

Phassakorn disclosed that if all goes well without a new round of outbreaks, Chiang Rai may consider bringing back other cultural events that were put on hold, including the flower offering festival and the midnight walk for alms tradition, to attract both domestic and international travelers.