Amazing Thailand has been ranked the fourth most attractive travel destination in the world, post-pandemic, with Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Hua Hin being the top Thai cities that global travelers search for online. And I have visited all these exciting destinations, courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Royal Thai Embassy in Sri Lanka.
The study, according to Visa Global Travel Intentions Study 2021, was conducted from January to October 2021, with data analyzed from more than 7,000 keywords searched by travelers from 62 countries, as well as travel information in Thailand, in five Thai tourist cities and travelers. feelings about the impact of the pandemic on the travel situation.
The study indicated that the top three motivations for international travelers intending to visit Thailand are recreation (30%), the opportunity to get away from it all and relax (25%) and outdoor adventure. (18%). This demonstrates that visitors are looking for a stress-free vacation that offers optimal opportunities to relax, get out and leave the worries of the pandemic behind.
The study also found that when in Thailand, tourists are more likely to head to activities and attractions that Thailand is famous for. The main activity preferences are towards a famous Thai massage, eating Thai food at cafes and restaurants, spending time at their resort and embracing Thai culture; like visiting a Buddhist temple.
Of course, for Sri Lankans, I would also add shopping!
According to the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Thailand’s tourism industry is showing signs of recovery, with an increase in visitor numbers over the next three years, which is expected to reach around 46.96 million… by the end of 2024. The continued easing of tourist entry requirements throughout the year should make it easier for tourists to return to Thailand.
Meanwhile, Thailand’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved the simplified Thailand Pass check-in and entry rules for international arrivals, which came into effect on June 1, 2022.
Foreign nationals are still required to apply for a Thailand Pass (via https://tp.consular.go.th/), but will only need to provide passport details, vaccinations and a police visa. health insurance of 10,000 USD.
The system will then automatically issue a Thailand Pass QR code for applicants. Thais, however, will no longer be required to apply for a Thailand Pass.
Upon arrival in Thailand, vaccinated travelers must undergo entry screening and then will be permitted entry and are free to travel anywhere in the kingdom.
Unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers, who are able to upload proof of a negative RT-PCR or professional ATK test, within 72 hours of travel, through the Thailand Pass system, will also be permitted to enter and are free to go anywhere in the Kingdom.
The CCSA also approved a further easing of COVID-19 controls nationwide with three color-coded zones: Pilot Tourism Zones or Blue Zones, Surveillance or Green Zone, and Strictly Supervised Zones or Yellow Zone.
night entertainment venues; such as pubs, bars and karaoke lounges, in the green and blue zones, will be allowed to resume operations, including the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages, on site, until midnight. However, all sites have been asked to strictly comply with the prevention instructions.
The CCSA also lifted the quarantine requirement for the high-risk contact.
Alright, if you’re thinking about a well-deserved vacation, make sure it’s ‘Thailand here I am.’