Three more thai spots ready for opening in October


Thailand plans to reopen more of its famous tourist spots as early as next month, hoping that a higher local vaccination rate against Covid-19 will attract more international visitors and help its economy recover from the pandemic. The reopening of Bangkok and Chiang Mai and the seaside resorts of Pattaya, Cha-Am, and Hua Hin, on October 1 will be modeled after a campaign to attract vaccinated visitors back to Phuket to tourism ministry officials.
They added that more locations, including Chiang Rai, Koh Chang, and Koh Kood, may completely reopen for visitors as early as the middle of next month, with travel bubbles planned with neighboring countries next year. Thailand’s new “living with Covid-19” policy, which tries to maintain infections at a level that does not overwhelm the country’s healthcare system, includes a drive to eliminate pandemic-related restrictions on tourists. Countries ranging from Singapore to Indonesia and the Philippines are adjusting policies to deal with the outbreak’s endemic character to safeguard livelihoods and avoid an economic downturn.
Tourism contributed around a fifth of the country’s gross domestic income in 2019, the year before the epidemic, according to Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. The 70% local vaccination rate is crucial for Thai tourist destinations to waive the quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated guests.
Phuket, Thailand’s most popular tourist destination, was the first Thai province to achieve that goal, reopening in July. The initiative was expanded to surrounding islands and coastal villages last month.


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