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Hello guys,

 

to all of you who are in or have completed quarantine:

- did any of these luxurious hotels have a nice gym?

- if yes, how long were you allowed to use it and from what day on?

- Can you open the window to get some fresh air? Asking this because I had some bad hotels before where I could not open the window and found it very uncomfortable

- I book ASQ in order to get the repatriation flight, but what happens if the airline cancels or postpones the flight? Who pays for my ASQ hotel now? The airline because it is their fault?

 

Thank you for your help.

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The following is my account of the arrival process and the ASQ hotel.   Previously: CoE applied for (as per the other threads on this topic).  Notification came in from the Thai Embassy

They’re very strict - I’ve been in the ASQ for 3 days - I haven’t even seen anyone since arrival !!! That said, they didn’t check my baggage, so I could have brought in a bottle of whisky if I wa

I want to place your comments in a genuine perspective of someone who has gone through the process and is currently in ASQ, while avoiding resorting to the emotive wording of someone who hasn’t but ha

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3 hours ago, cerox said:

- I book ASQ in order to get the repatriation flight, but what happens if the airline cancels or postpones the flight? Who pays for my ASQ hotel now? The airline because it is their fault?

With repatriation, flight cancellation basically cannot happen, even if the airline files for bankruptcy, a confirmed repatriation flight will be operated. A flight delay is always possible, but is unlikely to be for more than a few hours (barring something like airspace closed due to volcanic ash or something).

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18 minutes ago, PatrickC said:

 

I am at the Movenpick. No gym. However you can take a daily walk from day 2 (post your day 1 covid test) for 45 minutes. You can't jog but the walk can be quite brisk. It is a decent sized garden so you can do a good circuit. The room is also big enough for body weight exercises in the room.

 

Movenpick rooms have balconies, which is why I chose it. Between the garden and balcony it is very ok.

 

Hotel cancellation policies depend on each hotel. For the Movenpick you can cancel if there is any problem getting the COE/visa etc. The airline won't cancel, as another post pointed out - these flights are guaranteed as they are effectively chartered by the embassy.

 

Hey Patrick,

 

Can you kindly post a picture of the menu and food choices they offer?

 

I recall reading somewhere in amongst the 200+ posts in this thread that fresh food is not allowed?


Do you have any options of fruit or salad at your hotel?

 

By the way thanks for sharing your experiences, it helps a lot.

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On 7/22/2020 at 1:02 PM, phetchy said:

Looks like what you see is not necessarily what you get.  The Grand Center Point looks very welcoming - but I doubt if it's any fun having 5* facilities on your doorstep but not being allowed to leave your room for a beer.  It makes State quarantine look like a bargain.  It even seems to be more "inmate" friendly.  As it's free for Thais this might be a good opportunity to test the so called abolition of "dual pricing" for Thais and Farangs using the same facility - No way Somchai. 

 

quarantine


noun

A strict isolation imposed to prevent the spread of disease.
 
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On 7/22/2020 at 8:14 PM, BritTim said:

I somewhat suspected the free state quarantine would be something like that. For foreigners, using the Alternative to State Quarantine, and paying from the privilege, I doubt it will be quite so awful. At least, insofar as rooms are available, you will have the option of choosing your own hotel. It would be wise for wealthy returning Thais to choose ASQ also.

My understanding is that ASQ is mandatory for all entering non-Thai nationals.

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1 hour ago, PatrickC said:

 

Photos of menus are attached - you choose from 2 choices each meal and the meals alternate every week. You can also order extra food from the extra room service menu. Menus might be subject to change but gives you an idea. Some of the food is pretty tasty. No complaints from me. Fruit comes with most meals. Veg comes with dinner generally.

 

Fresh food from outside the hotel is indeed not allowed - no fruit or veg. Also no dairy (yoghurts etc) and no food from restaurants (via Grab etc). What they do allow you to order from outside the hotel is snack type food - crisps, biscuits, chocolate, etc. This you can order through Grab. 

 

The food is really quite nice and I ordered some extra bits and pieces from Tops through Grab and it got to my room all ok. You won't go hungry. The question is whether you will find the food nutritious or not. I've found at the Movenpick that the meals are quite well balanced. 

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much for answering my questions and posting the menu. Unfortunately it looks like there are basically no veg options at all which is a little sad.

 

In most English speaking western countries like the USA, UK, Australia (and likely other countries also) statistics show that something like 30-40% of the population have now started to reduce or limit the amount of meat they consume. Meaning there is a absolutely huge demand for plant based options. Pretty much every single restaurant has had to adapt and offer several veg/vegan options on their menu. Yet for some strange reason restaurants here make it out like they don't exist? I don't understand why Thailand is so behind in regards to this. 

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5 minutes ago, PatrickC said:

 

If you tell the hotel ahead of time of dietary requirements, they might be able to accommodate. They are very responsive. If any hotel can accommodate, it is probably this one or the Anatara - but the Anatara is double the price.

 

I am not judging your eating choices, but what I'd say to you is that you need to decide your priorities. If you really want to get back to Thailand, you need to do what you need to do. What food you eat will hardly matter in the end, once you are out and living where you want to live.

 

There are many complaints about ASQ - about the prices, the food, the lack of exercise, but it is a means to an end and these are all first world problems. There are worst fates than 2 weeks in a comfortable room with food delivered 3 times a day and daily walks. 

 

No one is shackled to any bed here. 

True, I imagine they would provide something if you explained the situation. 

I am actually in Thailand, have lived here for years on a Non-B visa. However I need to leave in Sept and plan to return back in Dec. I do hope by that point in time all this would have ended. However I do see your point. It was more in regards to the disconnection between the very real demand for more plant based options and a very limited supply here. However I agree they are definitely 'first world problems'. We can easily adapt and adjust when we get some perspective and look at the bigger picture. 

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Thank you guys.

 

How do you actually book the ASQ? For example I found some places (because the list is now bigger) available in October/November via booking.com.

 

But this is just a normal hotel booking without quarantine package / meals etc. and with cancellation possible.

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25 minutes ago, cerox said:

Thank you guys.

 

How do you actually book the ASQ? For example I found some places (because the list is now bigger) available in October/November via booking.com.

 

But this is just a normal hotel booking without quarantine package / meals etc. and with cancellation possible.

You have to do the reservation directly with a ASQ hotel. After completing the  certificate of entry application the embassy will inform you when to do it after your flight is confirmed.

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Thank you.

 

One of you guys wrote about the balcony and he was able to use it. So I can open the door/window to the balcony and use it as I want? Because other people wrote they were not allowed to open a window.

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What happens if one gets tested positive but has no symptoms?

Just isolation (e.g. 14 more days) until you get a negative test? Why do people need to go to hospital if they have no symptoms?

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From your experience / the people who are already in ASQ or have completed it:

Was your covid test accepted? Did you talk to the embassy and they recommend a place/doctor where to do it? Just in case Immigration says the test is not valid.

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On 7/24/2020 at 1:10 AM, JHicks said:

I think the £2500 he paid is pretty normal for a business class ticket from London, so I would think the economy tickets would be at normal prices too. I'd expected a huge mark up so that's good news. Whether you can get an economy ticket is obviously another matter. It's probably a question of how long you're prepared to wait. I'm hoping the ASQ bottleneck will get sorted out fairly quickly - you wouldn't think there'd be a problem signing up more hotels, and it looks like it's the availability of ASQ places that's driving the availability of flights.

 

An excellent report, as you say.

That's a typical price for a return ticket...these being offered at £2500 are one-way.

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55 minutes ago, PatrickC said:

 

No - there is no link between availability shown online and ASQ availability. The online availability is from the hotel booking systems which are still taking bookings when they should not. ASQ availability is another thing.

 

You need to contact the ASQ hotels you might be interested in and check availability and book direct.

Thank you. It seems writing facebook messages to many of them once the details are known might be the fastest way.

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