Thai Tourism – Evason Phuket http://evasonphuket.com/ Tue, 30 Nov 2021 20:25:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://evasonphuket.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon.png Thai Tourism – Evason Phuket http://evasonphuket.com/ 32 32 Srey Bandaul named second Mekong hero https://evasonphuket.com/srey-bandaul-named-second-mekong-hero/ Tue, 30 Nov 2021 17:41:35 +0000 https://evasonphuket.com/srey-bandaul-named-second-mekong-hero/ Destination Mekong honors the late Srey Bandaul from Cambodia as the second Mekong Hero. During its second summit, October 21-22, Destination Mekong proudly honored the late Srey Bandaul, co-founder of Phare Ponleu Selpak in Cambodia, as its second Mekong hero. The Mekong Heroes program was launched in 2020 by Destination Mekong with the support of […]]]>

Destination Mekong honors the late Srey Bandaul from Cambodia as the second Mekong Hero.

During its second summit, October 21-22, Destination Mekong proudly honored the late Srey Bandaul, co-founder of Phare Ponleu Selpak in Cambodia, as its second Mekong hero.

The Mekong Heroes program was launched in 2020 by Destination Mekong with the support of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO). Every year it honors a colleague in Mekong tourism who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes and has positively and creatively influenced the direction of our industry. Mekong Heroes join the Mekong Heroes Gallery where we tell their inspiring personal stories.

Corresponding Jens Thraenhart, former managing director of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO): “Achieving a prosperous and sustainable tourism industry is not possible without committed managers with special vision and determination. The Mekong Heroes program is important, so the entire industry benefits from their authenticity of vision, purpose, dedication and determination that has been maintained over years of hard work. These people, who are recognized not only as builders, creators and innovators, but also as mentors, teachers and motivators, have made it their business to get the best out of people. “

Srey Bandaul’s recognition as the second Mekong hero was announced during the Mekong World Tourism Day Forum 2021, the first part of the Destination Mekong Summit series, on May 6-7. Announced October by HE Ms. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Former Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand, and Chairman of the Selection Committee for Mekong Heroes 2021.

Srey Bandaul, who tragically passed away from COVID-19 earlier this year, was a truly inspiring man and a great artist in his own right. Thanks to his dedication, the co-founder of Phare Ponleu Selpak, a Cambodian non-profit art school, has advanced the development of a generation of Cambodian artists and a sustainable tourism art model.

Like many of his Cambodians, Srey Bandaul lived for many years in the Site II refugee camp on the Thai-Cambodian border. Here he received drawing lessons from the French humanitarian worker Veronique Decrop in 1986. This experience taught him the healing role art can play for those trying to overcome trauma – such as the mass murder in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979.

In 1994 he returned to Battambang, where he and eight former refugees founded Phare Ponleu Selpak to soothe the wounds left by years of civil war and to foster a sense of Cambodian cultural identity.

Starting from basic drawing lessons, Phare Ponleu Selpak has grown into one of the leading cultural centers in the Mekong region, supporting generations of artists, children and young people through artistic, educational, social and outreach programs.

Srey Bandaul’s legacy lives on through the continued work of the organization he helped build – Phare Ponleu Selpak.

Srey Bandol is our Mekong hero 2021. REST IN PEACE.


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Andaman Food Festival in Patong. opened https://evasonphuket.com/andaman-food-festival-in-patong-opened/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 03:41:47 +0000 https://evasonphuket.com/andaman-food-festival-in-patong-opened/ PHUKET: The Minister of Tourism and Sports, Piphat Ratchakitprakarn, was in Phuket last night (November 26th) to inaugurate The Great Escape of the Andaman Sea Food Festival, a three-day event featuring some of the best available locally Kitchen presents. Piphat was accompanied by Pichet Panapongs, Deputy Governor of Phuket, to open the Thai Flavor Festival […]]]>

PHUKET: The Minister of Tourism and Sports, Piphat Ratchakitprakarn, was in Phuket last night (November 26th) to inaugurate The Great Escape of the Andaman Sea Food Festival, a three-day event featuring some of the best available locally Kitchen presents.

Piphat was accompanied by Pichet Panapongs, Deputy Governor of Phuket, to open the Thai Flavor Festival in Patong Beach, which aims to promote provincial tourism and generate income for local businesses and entrepreneurs affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are affected.

More than 40 restaurants from Phuket and the surrounding areas of the Andaman Province such as Thung Yi Pheng, Khlok and Krabi present their dishes, which participants can enjoy along the Patong Beach Walk. Thai cooking classes using locally sourced ingredients are also offered, led by renowned local chefs.

The Thai Tourism Authority (TAT) took advantage of UNESCO’s recognition of Phuket as a creative city of gastronomy and expected over 14,000 local and foreign tourists to attend the event over the weekend, with an estimated income of over 17 million baht. TAT estimates that around B 7.5 million of this will go to over 8,000 local business owners.

The festival gives tourists a great opportunity to not only enjoy local food, but also the cultural diversity and southern lifestyle that the region is famous for, including the popular beaches, the organizers said.

During the festival, all health and safety precautions related to COVID-19 will be taken and participants are asked to fully respect them when present.


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Bangkok Airways will resume the Phuket – U-Tapao and Samui – U-Tapao routes in December 2021 https://evasonphuket.com/bangkok-airways-will-resume-the-phuket-u-tapao-and-samui-u-tapao-routes-in-december-2021/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 14:31:56 +0000 https://evasonphuket.com/bangkok-airways-will-resume-the-phuket-u-tapao-and-samui-u-tapao-routes-in-december-2021/ Bangkok, November 19, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is highlighting several festivals and events to be held in the 17 Blue Zone destinations in November and December 2021 to enrich the Amazing Thailand travel experience for visitors as part of the Sandbox program. Thailand is now receiving fully vaccinated visitors from all […]]]>

Bangkok, November 19, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is highlighting several festivals and events to be held in the 17 Blue Zone destinations in November and December 2021 to enrich the Amazing Thailand travel experience for visitors as part of the Sandbox program.

Thailand is now receiving fully vaccinated visitors from all over the world via the Living in the “Blue Zone” (17 sandbox destinations) Program. Fully vaccinated visitors from 63 countries and territories can now visit the Exemption from quarantine (TEST & GO) and also partially or unvaccinated visitors are about that Happy quarantine Requirement.

Sandbox program visitors are currently required to stay at least 7 nights at any of the Blue Zone’s 17 sandbox destinations if they wish to continue traveling to other destinations in Thailand.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said, “In order to make the mandatory one-week stay for the sandbox visitors a more interesting experience, TAT has put together a list of fun and joyful events from Loi Krathong Festival, Mini Concerts, Countdowns, Car – and bicycle races, pedestrian zones, food fairs and much more. These events are scheduled to take place this month and next, and Sandbox visitors who visit one of the 17 Blue Zone destinations during these two months are welcome to attend one of these festivals and events. “

Some of the festivals and events listed below may last until the beginning of next year or have been postponed to a new date. The list can also be changed without prior notice.

7thNS River Festival 2021

November 17-19, 2021 at Wat Phra Chetuphon (or Wat Pho), Wat Arun, Wat Prayun Wongsawat, Wat Kanlayanamit, Wat Rakhang Kositaram, Tha Maharaj and Asiatique The Riverfront.

ICONSIAM A magical Loi Krathong on the Chao Phraya River

November 19, 2021 at River Park near ICONSIAM, Bangkok.

8thNS Galleries night

November 26-27, 2021 in Bangkok.

27NS International Thai Travel Fair 2021

December 23-26, 2021 in the True Icon Hall 7th floor, ICONSIAM.

Rak Aoluk Festival 2021

3rd-7th December 2021 in the district office of Ao Luek.

Krabi 4x mini concert

10-12 December 2021 at Ao Nang Beach in Krabi.

Countdown @Krabi 2022

December 2021 – January 2022 at the Ao Nang Landmark.

Krabi New Year Festival 2022 & Red Cross Fair

December 2021 – January 2022 at Krabi Town Hall.

Pattaya Music Festival 2021

December 3rd – 4th and 10th – 11th at Pattaya Beach.

Pattaya Loi Krathong Festival 2021

November 19, 2021 at Pattaya Beach.

Jetski Pro Tour 2021

November 20-21, 2021 at Pattaya Beach.

Pattaya Fireworks Festival 2021

November 26-27, 2021 at Central Pattaya Beach.

Diwali 2021 – The Festival of Lights

November 26-28, 2021 in Pattaya City.

Naklua Walking Street 2021

December 11, 2021 – March 30, 2022 (every Saturday and Sunday) at Naklua Old Market.

Pattaya countdown 2022

December 29th – 31st, 2021 at Bali Hai Cape.

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December 17-19, 2021 at Chon Buri Provincial Hall.

Chiang Mai Yi Peng Festival 2021

November 18-20, 2021, around the moat and the city gates.

Chiang Mai Design Week 2021

December 4-12, 2021 in the Mueang Chiang Mai district.

Chiang Mai Marathon 2021

December 25-26, 2021 at Tha Phae Gate.

Nimmanhaemin art and design promenade

December 5-11, 2021 at Nimman Haemin Road.

Mueang Kaen Festival 2021

December 5, 2021 – January 3, 2022 at the Mueang Kaen Pattana Municipal Sports Stadium.

Chiang Mai countdown 2022

December 31st at the Dreikönigsdenkmal.

The footprint of the Lord Buddha

December 26-27, 2021 on Koh Chang.

Prasat Muang Tam Loi Krathong Festival 2021

November 18-19, 2021 at Prasat Muang Tam Historical Park.

World Medical Cannabis Conference and Expo 2021

December 4-5, 2021 on the Chang International Circuit.

OR BRIC Superbike 2021

9-12 December 2021 on the Chang International Circuit.

IDEMITSU Super Endurance THAILAND

December 16-19, 2021 at the Chang International Circuit.

Thailand Super Series 2021

December 23-26, 2021 at the Chang International Circuit.

Buri Ram countdown

(To be confirmed.)

PT Maxnitron racing series

November 24-28, 2021.

Phang Nga Festival 2021

December 9-11, 2021 at the 813 Tsunami Memorial Park.

Amazing Ko Yao Noi (Open Season Festival)

December 10-12, 2021 on Ko Yao Noi.

Longlay Beach Life Festival

(To be confirmed) 4.-5. December, Cha-Am Beach.

Amazing Thai Taste Festival “The Great Escape of the Andaman Sea”

November 26-28, 2021 at Patong Beach.

Travel Thailand with confidence with SHA

3rd-5th December 2021.

The Oceanman Phuket

March 26-27, 2022 (postponed from November 13-14, 2021).

Mondbaden @Ranong Festival 2021

November 14-19, 2021 in the Raksa Warin hot spring.

Ban Phe & Samet Island annual festival

December 2021 at Ban Phe Beach.

Phu Ruea Christmas Festival 2021

December 2021.

Phu Ruea Festival 2021

December 2021.

Phu Ruea Winter Flower Festival 2021

December 2021.

International Lantern and Food Festival in Thailand

November 12th – December 6th, 2021 in Muang Boran The Ancient City.

Red Lotus Sea or Talay Bua Daeng Festival

October 2021 – February 2022 at Nong Han Lake.

There is currently no event update.

Please note that the festivals and events listed above take place as part of the COVID-19 pandemic controls and preventive measures.

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several times more poisonous than native species – Taiwan German News https://evasonphuket.com/several-times-more-poisonous-than-native-species-taiwan-german-news/ Sun, 21 Nov 2021 15:19:56 +0000 https://evasonphuket.com/several-times-more-poisonous-than-native-species-taiwan-german-news/ Doctors who treated a snake-bitten man in a mountainous district of Taichung City earlier this month concluded that the man was bitten by a Thai cobra, raising concerns about a dangerous invasive species found in the country Takes root. The 64-year-old man named Zhou was hiking the Dakeng No.9 Trail just before sunrise on November […]]]>

Doctors who treated a snake-bitten man in a mountainous district of Taichung City earlier this month concluded that the man was bitten by a Thai cobra, raising concerns about a dangerous invasive species found in the country Takes root.

The 64-year-old man named Zhou was hiking the Dakeng No.9 Trail just before sunrise on November 2 when he was bitten in the ankle by a cobra. Zhou turned to see a doctor, but fell to the ground after a few steps.

Fortunately, Zhou was found by other hikers a short time later. The hikers helped Zhou to the trailhead, where a local resident transported him downhill on a small truck and met with an ambulance.

Zhou’s life was saved, but the venom from the bite on Zhou’s ankle had spread to his calf and thigh, and he has undergone a number of surgeries since then, including a debridement to remove necrotic tissue. A doctor told the TTB that it was the worst snakebite injury he had seen in more than 10 years of medical practice.

Doctors told the Taichung Tourism Bureau that after taking blood tests, they concluded that Zhou was infected by a Thai cobra (Indochinese spitting cobra: Well siamensis). The species is many times more venomous than the cobra native to Taiwan (Well atra).

Zhou will have to have another operation in the next few days. Medical treatment has put a strain on the Zhou family’s finances, and the TTB will assist Mr. Zhou with liability insurance claims, the office said.

The tourist office has posted warnings at the trailhead and is consulting with snake experts and relevant agencies to plan a strategy for dealing with the situation.

This is not the first time cobras have been reported in the Dakeng area. In 2019 the office issued warnings to hikers after a very large cobra was sighted on a popular hiking trail. As early as 2015, there were reports that Buddhist religious groups were suspected of releasing snakes in the area.

The TTB urged users of the trails to take precautionary measures.

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Sansiri optimistic about recovery prospects https://evasonphuket.com/sansiri-optimistic-about-recovery-prospects/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 21:00:00 +0000 https://evasonphuket.com/sansiri-optimistic-about-recovery-prospects/ Mr Uthai said Standard International’s revenues will rise from 500 million baht during the pandemic to around 1 billion baht in 2023. Developer Sansiri Plc, listed on SET, expects hotel income to return to pre-Covid levels in the next few years, while The Standard Hua Hin, which will open next month, is aiming for 60% […]]]>

Mr Uthai said Standard International’s revenues will rise from 500 million baht during the pandemic to around 1 billion baht in 2023.

Developer Sansiri Plc, listed on SET, expects hotel income to return to pre-Covid levels in the next few years, while The Standard Hua Hin, which will open next month, is aiming for 60% occupancy in the first 12 months of operation.

Uthai Uthaisansuk, Sansiri’s chief operating officer, said revenues of Standard International, the U.S. hotel company in which the company has a 62% stake, will decline to around 1 billion baht in 2023 after falling during the pandemic dropped to 500 million baht.

“By 2023 we will have more hotel operations including Ibiza, Lisbon, Milan and Singapore, while the global tourism market will recover within two years,” he said.

In Thailand, the first The Standard brand hotel is being built in Hua Hin, where Sansiri has already developed 25 condominium projects with a total of more than 4,000 units over the past three decades.

In May 2022, the company will open The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon with 155 rooms, owned by the King Power Group.

Sansiri is also in talks with landlords in Phuket and Koh Samui to expand this brand to the next location.

The Standard Hua Hin, which is slated to open on December 1, includes 178 rooms and 21 villas with a room rate between 5,000 and 30,000 baht per night.

This year an occupancy rate of 40-50% should be reached before it will increase to 60% in the next year.

“The tourism market in Hua Hin has recovered since September as the region relies more on local travelers than other travel destinations,” said Uthai. “It is the best destination to open the first beach resort in Southeast Asia under the The Standard brand.”

Spending 800 million baht excluding land charges, the 1950s-style hotel is on 15-rai property leased from the Kridakon family to Sansiri.

The company expects to break even within 10 years, added Mr. Uthai.

“When the occupancy hits 70-80%, which is likely in the next few years, we’ll sell it to a real estate fund,” said Uthai. “Token is another option that we are exploring.”

According to the Thai Tourism Authority, a total of 1 million international incoming travelers will spend between November 2021 and March 2022 at an average of 60,000 baht per capita.

Meanwhile, around 44% of Thai tourists, particularly from Bangkok, planned to travel this year, mostly to nearby destinations.

Sansiri has been invested in Standard International since 2017. The goal is to generate 500 million baht in revenue from the hotel business in the next year.


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EmQuartier organizes a hemp exhibition https://evasonphuket.com/emquartier-organizes-a-hemp-exhibition/ Mon, 15 Nov 2021 21:00:00 +0000 https://evasonphuket.com/emquartier-organizes-a-hemp-exhibition/ EmQuartier organizes a hemp exhibition published: 16 Nov 2021 at 4:00 am For the “Thailand Cann D-Day 2021”, which takes place from tomorrow to Sunday in the Quartier Gallery, floor M of the EmQuartier, a group of industrial hemp experts will meet for the first time. Held to mark the launch of the Thai Industrial […]]]>

EmQuartier organizes a hemp exhibition

For the “Thailand Cann D-Day 2021”, which takes place from tomorrow to Sunday in the Quartier Gallery, floor M of the EmQuartier, a group of industrial hemp experts will meet for the first time.

Held to mark the launch of the Thai Industrial Hemp Trade Association, the event is an opportunity to learn from experts about cannabis plants that have the potential to be Thailand’s economic salvation in the future, as well as the multiple health benefits of Hemp and marijuana.

Activities will be presented on all five days from 11 a.m. Highlights include a lecture on hemp-based fabrics on the Thai market and a fashion show entitled “From Heaven To Earth” with Miss Tourism World Thailand 2021 on the catwalk tomorrow at 2:15 pm; and a lecture on innovative technologies in Thai hemp on Thursday at 2 p.m.

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A “CANN Food Certified Workshop” is planned for Friday, offering training and certification for restaurants and salespeople who use industrial hemp safely in their products. Then you will learn in a lecture how restaurant dishes and medical nutrition can be enhanced before two actors give a cooking demonstration with hemp as an ingredient.

The program also includes a lecture on hemp and health tourism on Saturday at 2.30 p.m. and another lecture on the hemp and cosmetics industry on Sunday at 1.15 p.m.

A range of hemp-based menus, including the Buri Ram Provincial Stand-up Meatballs, as well as a variety of hemp products will be available.


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High hopes for the project amid the recovery of Hua Hin https://evasonphuket.com/high-hopes-for-the-project-amid-the-recovery-of-hua-hin/ https://evasonphuket.com/high-hopes-for-the-project-amid-the-recovery-of-hua-hin/#respond Tue, 09 Nov 2021 21:07:00 +0000 https://evasonphuket.com/high-hopes-for-the-project-amid-the-recovery-of-hua-hin/ An artistic impression of Sasara Hua Hin, a 1.5 billion baht luxury beachfront condominium project in Hua Hin that was launched in the city last year. Issara United Co, a joint venture between SET-listed developer Charn Issara Development Plc and Thai conglomerate Saha Group, expects the property and tourism industries to rebound to boost sales […]]]>

An artistic impression of Sasara Hua Hin, a 1.5 billion baht luxury beachfront condominium project in Hua Hin that was launched in the city last year.

Issara United Co, a joint venture between SET-listed developer Charn Issara Development Plc and Thai conglomerate Saha Group, expects the property and tourism industries to rebound to boost sales of a new beachfront condominium project in Hua Hin.

Boonkiet Chokwatana, chairman of Issara United, said reopening the country would help build consumer confidence and revitalize the tourism industry and real estate market.

“Hua Hin is a top destination for local tourists and home buyers in Thai resorts,” he said. “Despite the pandemic, our new condominium project in Hua Hin has received frequent visits from customers as it opens up the upper segment that is less affected by the pandemic.”

Issara United, in which ICC and Saha Group each hold 25% of the shares and the remaining 50% is controlled by Charn Issara Development, last year launched Sasara Hua Hin, a new luxury beachfront housing project valued at 1.5 billion Baht, launched.

The project is being built on a five rai beach lot in Khao Takiab Beach near Hua Hin Soi 97.

It will include five four-story towers totaling 110 units at prices between 5.5 million and 55 million baht per unit, or 200,000 baht per square meter. The sales rate so far is 40%.

“Over the past 10 years, our joint venture Issara United has developed over 10 billion baht total worth of real estate projects, mainly in Hua Hin and Cha-am as these locations are popular with Thai tourists and resort house buyers,” said Mr Boonkiet, who is also chairman of ICC International Plc.

The projects included condominiums, hotels, villas, gas stations and shopping malls.

Most of them were developed on the Saha Group’s land bank lots, with the largest project called Thew Talay World on a 110-rai beachfront lot in Cha-am.

“Hua Hin has remained popular with Thai tourists even during the pandemic, as people preferred nearby destinations within a few hours’ drive of Bangkok to the Charn-Issara development.

He said the occupancy rate at Baba Beach Club Hua Hin, the company’s Cha-am hotel, rose to 70-80% shortly after the country reopened.

Most of the travelers today were Europeans, but Chinese tourists still haven’t returned.

“However, in the third quarter of this year, Chinese high-end homebuyers began to come back,” he added.

For local real estate demand, Mr Songkran said the high-end single-family home segment will be a resilient market during the pandemic as affluent Thais are less affected by Covid-19.


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Tourists flock to Thailand when the borders reopen https://evasonphuket.com/tourists-flock-to-thailand-when-the-borders-reopen/ https://evasonphuket.com/tourists-flock-to-thailand-when-the-borders-reopen/#respond Sat, 06 Nov 2021 11:21:00 +0000 https://evasonphuket.com/tourists-flock-to-thailand-when-the-borders-reopen/ BANGKOK (The Straits Times / Asia News Network): The streets of Bangkok are full of start-stop traffic and rushing crowds as Thailand concludes its first week of relaxed border controls that are lifting the quarantine for travelers from more than 60 countries and territories. Tourist attractions, vendors and restaurants that closed for a good part […]]]>

BANGKOK (The Straits Times / Asia News Network): The streets of Bangkok are full of start-stop traffic and rushing crowds as Thailand concludes its first week of relaxed border controls that are lifting the quarantine for travelers from more than 60 countries and territories.

Tourist attractions, vendors and restaurants that closed for a good part of the year are now reopening their doors, cautiously optimistic for a recovery in a sector that grossed more than 1.91 trillion baht ($ 77.6 billion) in 2019.

The reopening of the nation on November 1st and the hot weather in Bangkok lured 40-year-old sports teacher Christian Schubert to escape the cold of the German autumn.

“The world has waited long enough for Covid-19 to be under control, and I have a feeling that it is finally time to travel,” said Schubert, who was just 24 hours after landing on Wednesday (Nov 3).

“It’s a good time to come before mass tourism returns.”

About 16,000 foreign arrivals have already entered Thailand via the various travel programs, which have been expanded since November 1, with most of them coming from the USA, Germany, Great Britain and Japan, the authorities said.

Fully vaccinated air travelers from approved countries and territories can enter the Kingdom without quarantine.

Instead, they will take a Covid-19 test upon landing and spend a night in a government-approved hotel, where they will have to wait for a negative result before they can travel freely in Thailand.

Those coming from places that are not on the quarantine-free list can enter via any of the 17 “sandbox” provinces, where they can roam quarantine-free but must stay in the province for a week before moving elsewhere.

But real vacationers like Schubert will remain a rarity for the time being, those in the tourism industry told the Sunday Times.

“It’s early days. Most of the people who will be entering Thailand now are either Thais, returning residents, or travelers for practical reasons such as business travel,” said Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, president of the Thai Hotels Association (THA).

Freelance tour guide Taweesak Sattayankarn, 70, who returned to perform his services on Monday (Nov. 1) in front of the Grand Palace and the nearby Wat Phra Kaeo temple, said most of the visitors to the area were domestic tourists.

“I haven’t seen any real foreign tourists,” Taweesak said, noting that the palace used to see around 20,000 visitors a day, but now it has around 100.

Thais and Thai residents abroad have also been eagerly awaiting the easing of border controls to avoid long quarantines when returning to Thailand.

Among them was digital marketer Rampi Murthy, 59, who came to Thailand from India on November 3 after bans and restrictions in both countries repeatedly thwarted his plans to return to Bangkok, where his family lives.

“In all honesty, I think it’s a hassle going through all of the paperwork required and taking the risk of going to Thailand just for a vacation,” said Murthy.

He said he is struggling to book a flight from Mumbai to Bangkok and believes the lack of international flights could also affect the number of travelers to Thailand.

In addition, Thailand’s new entry system for incoming travelers, which was introduced on November 1st, also has issues such as system errors and long waits for emails to confirm their applications, which some have complained about on social media.

The Thai authorities said they are working to improve the registration process for the Thailand Passport.

Over 65,000 people have registered for the pass since November 1, with approval already granted to more than 12,000 travelers who will be arriving in the coming weeks.

This is a huge improvement over the 73,000 counted in the first eight months of this year, but only a fraction of the nearly 40 million visitors in 2019.

“The number of visitors expected in the coming months cannot be compared with the numbers before the pandemic,” said Marisa of the THA.

“But if we wait any longer, the disruption to the tourism industry is unimaginable. Many hotels, including the large ones, barely survive.”

She does not expect foreign tourist numbers to rise until December, when those from Europe want to escape the winter season and travelers familiarize themselves with Thailand’s entry requirements.

Chinese tourists, who have been the mainstay of Thailand’s inbound travelers, are also unlikely to return anytime soon, as China maintains its restrictions on foreign travel.

Last year, the number of Chinese tourists decreased by 88.6 percent compared to 2019.

Their presence is sorely missed, said 53-year-old tuk-tuk driver Prisha, who picked up many Chinese tourists along Bangkok’s Yaowarat Road, also known as Chinatown, before the pandemic.

“Locals are not interested in taking a tuk-tuk,” said Prisha, who has only one name.

Bangkok’s famous party scene in areas like Khaosan Road or Soi Cowboy, once full of music, alcohol and happiness makers, has largely been darkened after a month-long alcohol ban.

Only state-certified restaurants and restaurants are allowed to serve alcohol until 9:00 p.m. Pubs, bars and karaoke lounges will be closed until December 1st.

A 30-year-old bar hostess from an adult entertainment club along the Soi Cowboy stretch that gave her name when Phet said she returned to Bangkok from her hometown of Surin a few weeks ago.

“I wish we could go back to work soon. I miss these days, “she said.

Mandatory quarantines for visitors in their country of origin or government travel warnings could also deter potential tourists to Thailand.

But some, like Singaporean Peter Tay, 56, who traveled to Thailand at least once a month before the pandemic, are not deterred.

Currently, travelers entering Singapore from Thailand are required to provide a 10-day home stay notice at a special facility.

Tay, who is retired and previously worked in sales, arrived in Bangkok on November 1st and plans to stay at least 2½ months to visit other provinces.

When asked if he was concerned about contracting Covid-19 while traveling, the fully vaccinated Tay said, “Life is short, if you don’t play now, where do you find the time?”


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Companies in Bangkok’s tourist hotspot are eagerly awaiting the return of visitors https://evasonphuket.com/companies-in-bangkoks-tourist-hotspot-are-eagerly-awaiting-the-return-of-visitors/ https://evasonphuket.com/companies-in-bangkoks-tourist-hotspot-are-eagerly-awaiting-the-return-of-visitors/#respond Wed, 03 Nov 2021 06:31:00 +0000 https://evasonphuket.com/companies-in-bangkoks-tourist-hotspot-are-eagerly-awaiting-the-return-of-visitors/ BANGKOK, Nov. 2 (Reuters) – Bangkok’s once bustling Khaosan Road has been a shadow of its own since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, but business owners are hoping Thailand’s reopening to tourism will pick up again soon this week . However, the first signs are that they may have to wait a […]]]>

BANGKOK, Nov. 2 (Reuters) – Bangkok’s once bustling Khaosan Road has been a shadow of its own since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, but business owners are hoping Thailand’s reopening to tourism will pick up again soon this week .

However, the first signs are that they may have to wait a little longer.

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“Khaosan Road is Bangkok’s landmark for foreign visitors. For all of us business owners, they are our hope,” Thapanee Pansodsaicharoenkit, owner of the restaurant “Rocco”, told Reuters on Tuesday.

Before the pandemic, Khaosan Road was packed with people on weekends and nights with cheap beer bars, tattoo parlors, street vendors, hostels, and a vibrant nightlife that drew budget travelers and tour groups alike.

When Reuters visited on Tuesday night, some people were visiting the restaurants and bars, but the street remained quiet as around 90% of the shops were closed indefinitely.

“Yes, we sat and waited for (foreign) visitors,” said Walaiporn Roemthong, 38-year-old waitress, who has been working along the popular street for eight years. “It’s not like before where we didn’t have to wait for them, they just came and took their places.”

Business along Khaosan Road has been on hold for the past 18 months, Khaosan Business Association president Prasit Singhdamrong told Reuters by phone, with only 10% of businesses remaining open.

Despite the easing this week, some restrictions remain.

Restaurants certified by the tourism authorities can serve alcohol until 9 p.m., but bars will remain closed, the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority said in a statement on Saturday.

That means many will still have problems, Prasit said, because some only make 1-5% of their sales from food and make the majority of their sales from selling alcohol.

“Khaosan is not a place people come to eat because we are not Michelin-starred restaurants,” said Prasit.

For some, however, there is still hope.

“I think it won’t be long before tourists fill the street again unless there is another outbreak,” said 36-year-old Papot Meecharoen as he waited for customers at his barber shop.

Reporting by Vorasit Satienlerk and Juarawee Kittisilpa; Editing by Alex Richardson

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New Covid-19 easing for Chon Buri, alcohol not yet allowed https://evasonphuket.com/new-covid-19-easing-for-chon-buri-alcohol-not-yet-allowed/ https://evasonphuket.com/new-covid-19-easing-for-chon-buri-alcohol-not-yet-allowed/#respond Sun, 31 Oct 2021 10:17:48 +0000 https://evasonphuket.com/new-covid-19-easing-for-chon-buri-alcohol-not-yet-allowed/ Chon Buri Governor released the latest updates on Covid-19 restrictions and content allowed for the province today, with no good news about alcohol and nightlife. Pattaya recently complained that other tourist hotspots, which attracted many tourists with their nightlife, were at least allowed to sell alcohol in restaurants, but Pattaya was removed from the list. […]]]>

Chon Buri Governor released the latest updates on Covid-19 restrictions and content allowed for the province today, with no good news about alcohol and nightlife. Pattaya recently complained that other tourist hotspots, which attracted many tourists with their nightlife, were at least allowed to sell alcohol in restaurants, but Pattaya was removed from the list.

The new rules come into force tomorrow and outline some relaxation of the Covid-19 regulations in addition to the disappointing alcohol rules. However, they suggest preparing for the nightlife and entertainment venues to open in the future without any suggestion of a schedule. On the other hand, the curfew was lifted in time for Halloween tonight.

Meetings are allowed for a maximum of 200 people, although approval for larger meetings can be obtained from the Governor of Chon Buri or the Disease Control Committee, so hotels can host events for up to 400 people. However, parties and alcohol-related events are completely prohibited, and the order specifically warned against drinking on beaches and other public places. Tourist attractions are also prohibited from selling alcohol.

The governor has designated certain areas as official real estate tourism areas, although all rule changes have not yet come into effect. These areas are Bang Lamung District, Pattaya City, Sriracha District, Koh Sichang District, and Sattahip District (Na Chom Thian District and Bang Saray District only).

Convenience stores, markets and supermarkets in Chon Buri are now allowed to open around the clock, while most other stores such as restaurants and gyms have to close at 11 pm. Other businesses that are allowed to reopen now include amusement arcades and game stores, pool halls, snooker, bowling and roller skating. Meanwhile, amusement parks and water parks are still prohibited from opening.

The new revision has removed a number of annoyances, including the need for proof of vaccination for spas and tattoo shops and the ban on food and drink in cinemas (although masks are still required).

Government agencies will continue to work from home, and the governor encourages the private sector to do the same whenever possible. Schools can reopen if approved by the Communicable Disease Committee of Chon Buri Province. Some private schools are open, but most public schools are closed.

Finally, stadiums can host sporting events with the approval of the Chon Buri Communicable Disease Committee, and attendance is limited to 25% for indoor venues and 50% for outdoor venues. All Covid-19 security measures must be strictly followed.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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