Written on a rainy Monday at 27 September 2021. Since the beginning of the corona crisis and the closure of the borders of Thailand there has not been much international tourism in Thailand. And of course that economically hurts places like Pattaya, Phuket, Koh Samui, Hua Hin and Chiang Mai. So the government of Thailand is trying to reopen some places in one way or the other. Like the so called sand-box of Phuket. And since a few weeks there are more and more talks about opening all Thailand again. So will it be possible again to travel to Thailand like in the good old days? In my opinion the short answer is NO, at least not this year. But that is just my personal opinion based on the current situation in Thailand.
Yes maybe it might look to you that it will be possible again, but you have to realize a few things about how things are going on at the moment in Thailand. You know the saying "the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing"? Here it seems that the left hand does not even know there is a right hand !
Every high ranking government official of any province that is hit by the economical woes of Corona is going for his/her 5-min of fame and just says something to become popular (or to piss-of someone). And the same goes for other government organisations. And in the meanwhile there are all kind of strict rules for entering Thailand. Strict and complicated and changing by at least every week. And the government is changing the law so it is easier to lawfully implement health-safety measures.
- Hua Hin will open in October.
- But Hua Hin will open open only for Thai tourists.
- Opening of Hua Hin is changed to December.
- Hua Hin will become a sand-box destination.
- To come to Hua Hin you will have to be fully vaccinated.
- Thailand will open mid October.
- Opening Thailand is changed January 2022.
- The sand-box model for Koh Samui is different as the one for Phuket.
- Pattaya will become a sand-box.
- Chiang Mai will become a sand-box (never mind that you can not control Chiang Mai like a island).
- Bangkok will open 1 October.
- No, Bangkok will open when 70% of the people have 2 vaccine shots.
- Chiang Mai would open 1 October but that is changed to 1 November.
So does anyone still knows or understand what is the planning? And what means opening of a place?
If you want to travel to Thailand think about :
- Any plan of opening can change any day by any government official but maybe it is overruled by another government official.
- Vaccination still goes slow. At 26 September 2021 only 17.667.069 (of the 70.000.000) people have received 2 vaccin shots (and mostly Sinovac).
- There are still daily about 13.000 new covid-19 cases.
- There are still daily about 120 people are dying of covid-19.
- The healthcare & hospitals are suffering a lot under the pressure of COVID-19.
- There is still a compulsory medical detention if you are COVID-19 positive.
- There is still a compulsory quarantine when entering Thailand and even for some provinces.
- Places like Pattaya, Koh Samui or Patong beach are at the moment not the busy & fun place they were pre-corona. Many restaurants, shops and bars are still closed.
- Besides the COVID-19 problems there are still protest going on in Bangkok.
- The extra costs of all the COVID-19 rules (special hotels, covid-19 tests, insurance, etc.)
- What are the rules when you return in your own country?
One thing is sure, do not trust the news (or me) but check at your local representation of Thailand (embassy or consulate).
Currently in regards for Nan province it seems that traveling is only for the happy few rich people. You can travel to Nan province by air or by car. But not by bus.
Disclaimer : All information is created in good faith and is an expression of fair comment.