Coronavirus

Covid count soars to 18,912 with Phuket Sandbox scheme continuing despite closure

REGARDLESS OF Thailand’s daily Covid count climbing to a new high of 18,912 cases and 178 deaths today (July 31) and Phuket yesterday closing the island to control rising infection, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha remains confident in the Phuket Sandbox scheme which will be continuing, Sanook.com said. The Public Health Ministry said this morning that

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Business

Phuket-Samui Island Hopping campaign suspended due to infection

By Thai Newsroom Reporters THE ISLAND HOPPING campaign for foreign travellers between Koh Samui and Phuket was suspended from today (July 29) due to reported coronavirus infection on three tourist islands. Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakan confirmed the Island Hopping campaign under which fully-vaccinated foreigners may leave Phuket after a seven-day period on the

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Business

Foreign travellers wonder if they’ve been tricked into visiting country under lockdown

By Thai Newsroom Reporters MANY FOREIGN VISITORS to Phuket and Koh Samui are wondering if they have been practically tricked into visiting a country where all domestic flights to and from its capital city are currently banned, remarked former finance minister Sommai Pasee yesterday (July 21). Under the Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus Model reopening

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Business

Finnair to offer long-haul routes from Sweden to Bangkok and Phuket

By Mette Larsen, Scandasia.com FINLAND’S flag carrier Finnair will this winter be offering direct flights from Arlanda Airport, Stockholm, to Bangkok and Phuket. According to Breaking travel News, starting from October 22, Finnair will be flying from Arlanda to Bangkok five times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays on its Airbus A350.

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Business

Tourism authority aims to ease quarantine requirements in Thailand and visitors’ countries

THE Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) aims to offer “city bubble” and activity-based travel agreement in “sandbox” areas, to ease quarantine requirements both in Thailand and in the visitor’s home country. TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn said, even though international arrivals can visit “sandbox” areas with quarantine-free entry, they might face quarantine back home, as Thailand

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Sports

Mad rush to buy surfskates at a Phuket store

WITH surfskating right up there among the top trends with this boosted by various events particularly the Amazing Thailand Phuket Surfskate Series 2021 it has led to a huge demand for these skateboards with the price climbing higher than gold, Amarin TV said today (March 8). Because of the high demand and short supply, this

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Local news

Phuket protesters beam laser messages on buildings during PM’s visit

THE Free Phuket demonstrators beamed laser messages on several buildings on the island at midnight last night attacking the mobile Cabinet meeting taking place there today (Nov. 3), Siam Rath newspaper reported. In a Facebook post the group said laser messages, such as “window-dressing mobile cabinet,” were projected on many buildings, particularly those in Phuket

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