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7 hours ago, Mavideol said:

and here goes the peace and quiet life for the local wild life animals

Hey, I resemble that!!! 🤓

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Is that their plan to get the high end tourists ? make 5 island resorts with different pricing then elsewhere in Thailand and only allow tourists there ?

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24 minutes ago, tribalfusion001 said:

Expect them to be strict with mingling with the locals and I doubt any longer than 15 days for a visa.

Honestly more curious about the EU now opening up to Thailand, and if they will do the same to the EU.

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2 hours ago, GAZZPA said:

How exactly can you "make the most of it?" They will remain empty until the pandemic is beaten, if another wave comes they will be empty again. I don't see your logic.

Go out, sit on the beach, eat in restaurants, have some beers with your friends and make the most of it because there could well be another 3 month lockdown where everything closes apart from the food shops just around the corner....

 

 

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8 minutes ago, reallyaffiliated said:

Honestly more curious about the EU now opening up to Thailand, and if they will do the same to the EU.

Europe isn't over the virus, these bubbles will be Asian countries first and they are the biggest sector of tourists to Thailand. We in Europe can all mingle together apart from Sweden. I don't know how long you want to go there for, but I really can't see these packages being for 2 or 3 months, couple of weeks and get another lot in.

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5 hours ago, JCP108 said:

Right. I'm very interested in this point as I'm married to a Thai and may have to use that to get back in. If I go to one of these destinations rather than our home, maybe I won't have to do quarantine?

I guess that this is only for packaged tours, probably only from countries who are deemed low risk, you are not allowed to leave the island and have to fly out of Thailand after your holiday.

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7 hours ago, CLW said:

Another brain dead idea. Most people I know who have been visiting Thailand would like to stay a few days in Bangkok. Especially when having a long overseas flight.

Also, how to get the tourists to Islands who don't have an airport?

By transporting them like infected cattle in buses with police escort?

You usually take a bus to get to an island? 

 

Phuket and Samui both have airports. There is regular ferry service to Tao, Phangan and Phi Phi from these islands. Just like you would get there before this happened. Best to engage brain before speaking...

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6 hours ago, brain150 said:

Tell the people you try and then go into lock down again !!! All the Virus ... nobody can see, smell or taste, proof or unproof.

The PERFECT tool for unlimited power !!!

 

This is the biggest heist in human history !

Leading to socialism and much worse ...

 

So your argument is because you can't see the virus with your eyes, it does not exist. You guys are are best. You need to join the people arguing why masks should not be worn. They are the most hilarious.

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9 hours ago, RichardColeman said:

I'm seriously worried the ministry may not have thought this through enough. Thailand is basically on lockdown until 31st July and at best allowing in 200 a day. No foreign tourist  in their right mind is going to book a holiday to thailand for the start of August when it's shut to 31st July could (and will) be extended 

That could happen on any date

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8 hours ago, ThailandGuy said:

And where are the tourists? They are not allowed to enter ! Pretty useless i would say.

They are right here in Thailand, they've always been here before the shutdown. You need to take a look around you when you are out and about, I'm sure you will see some of them unless you live in the middle of nowhere.

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12 minutes ago, bbi1 said:

They are right here in Thailand, they've always been here before the shutdown. You need to take a look around you when you are out and about, I'm sure you will see some of them unless you live in the middle of nowhere.

You are correct, but they are dwindling and not being replaced.

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11 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

For what? To whom? Samui is a ghost town. Many of the shops and restaurants have closed. Many hotels are barely hanging on. Samui, Phangan and Dark Tao have never attracted many domestic tourists because of the local pirate pricing. Why now? And international arrivals are going to take a very long time to come back.

 

Here are some current images of Samui and Swampy. It is not a pretty picture.

 

 

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Ghost town 2020

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3 hours ago, Paul DS said:

I would never go on holiday and then be told where and what I can do!

Especially by them lol

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5 hours ago, Swimfan said:

So the stay at home mum never goes to the shops , the basement dweller never  takes delivery of his pizza in person and the elderly never get visits from their family ? I think you are just changing the science to suit your own narrative. There still is no consensus that those who have been infected will retain immunity long term so its still very much a hypothetical that herd immunity can even be achieved. Its still way to early to think that its still over for places like New York or Sweden.   

You're quite right, twisting the science to fit his own narrative that does not stand up to basic scrutiny. Not just for the points you have mentioned but also why will is Sweden and New York now "done with it"? Both countries took entirely different approached to tacking the virus and both have different levels of population density. London for example is a very busy city, and people travel a long way to get to and from work, it is common for people to live in the suburban towns and commute into the city so lots of movement in trains, buses and cars. 

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