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Koh Samui hotels to be proposed for alternate state quarantine

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

He also informed that tourists must travel via Thai Airways and must be quarantined in ASQ hotels. After 14 days of quarantine, the tourists will be allowed to travel in the island with special wristbands, which would show that they are not infected by the virus.

Sounds more like leper island !!!

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3 hours ago, phetphet said:

Don't forget being forced to use Thai Airways and pay their exorbitant fares.

Perhaps a new method to try and get them out of the s**t they are in. Can't see many tourists taking this up. 

The only other alternative to Thai Airways is Bangkok Air, and they (a) are not "approved", and (b) are not exactly cheap either - it normally costs less to fly from BKK to Phuket, which is much further away. A friend of mine who was on his way back to the UK from Australia wanted to have a stopover on Samui, but refused to pay the exorbitant fare, and stayed elsewhere. "Why do Bangkok Airways charge so much to fly into Samui?" he asked  - "Because they can" is my bog standard reply! 

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Typical Thai muddled thinking.  This will not happen and if this is the best you can do I suggest you get another job.

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Someone high up must have some investments in the samui hotels and some friends with Thaiairways . A bit of a monopoly in my mind . How about bangkok airways and people renting out their houses and smaller hotels ??? Geuss they don't give a [email protected]#$ about them . The whole island is dead and again they are trying to help the richest first . 

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They can stuff that in their Mamma Soup ! They can have my money again when They have to beg for it .

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Well at the rate MOST of Europe is shutting down again and requiring 2 weeks quarantine on return for these countries I very much think, if at all anyone will be coming or can afford to take out 6 weeks minimum and the large costs for a deserted beach and nothing open.... Thailand are delusional, no ones coming as no one want to do two weeks on return also.   Koh Samui was known as having 'hostiles' enough already, now it must be horrendous.  Now known as guys here state, 'the leapers island'.

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3 hours ago, miamiman123 said:

Who comes up w this stuff??? 
2 weeks in buri ram??? No way 

What was Anutin's 1st Prize?

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4 hours ago, Samui Bodoh said:

I actually think this is a sensible idea, if (repeat 'IF') it is open to all nationalities, and perhaps tweaked a little bit to make it more reasonable. And yes, all the residents who have been locked out would use it to return. So what? That is a good thing in my book.

 

Samui has a huge number of 'Snowbirds' that return every year, and it makes sense to figure out a way for them to return; it would likely make the difference between a total collapse of a tourist industry and one that hangs on by the skin of its fingertips until things return to (somewhat) normal. I am not sure of numbers, but over the years I have heard that there are around 10,000 people who 'winter' on the island (anyone have a number?) and given the number of cheap-ish rental houses, I believe that; in Mae Nam alone there are many, many houses that get rented out for 3-6 months a year, every year. Finally, many of those 'Snowbirds' are friends of mine, and I have already received 15+ inquiries from them, asking about the situation on the ground, if people are coming, and if I thought they could/should come; there IS a demand. 

 

If done properly and not too stupidly, this could work and could provide enough assistance to the island that it doesn't collapse economically. Yes, a big "IF', but...

 

Full speed ahead, I say.

 

PS If the national tourism people had a brain, they'd be chasing down all the Snowbirds/Long-Stayers they could find from any/all countries and creating a way for them to return all over the country; mass tourism isn't a good idea this year and won't happen, but getting the Long-Stayers back would provide enough life support to tide the industry over until such a time that the "10 Day Millionaires" can return and blow their wads.

 

Snowbirds, returning expats, retirees may be the only segments that would potentially be interested in that plan.  No typical 1-2 week tourist will fly on a bankrupt airline, then get locked into a hotel room at a high price for 7 days and then spend the next 7 days at the pool, gym in the hotel.  

This plan was created without taking into account what tourists want and are willing to do.  Most tourists will either visit other countries with less hassle or stay home altogether.

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5 hours ago, Eindhoven said:

 

 Anutin has already had a hotel in Buri Ram 'approved' for ASQ.

 

 

Thats why i couldn't home isolate in Buriram province. 

Someone has a hotel earmarked for making a few isolation $$$

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3 minutes ago, Miami007 said:

Snowbirds, returning expats, retirees may be the only segments that would potentially be interested in that plan.  No typical 1-2 week tourist will fly on a bankrupt airline, then get locked into a hotel room at a high price for 7 days and then spend the next 7 days at the pool, gym in the hotel.  

This plan was created without taking into account what tourists want and are willing to do. 

 

or that tourists aren't being allowed in, period.

 

Neither are retirees unless married to or parents of a Thai.

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2 hours ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

How about instead picking the responsible, prudent middle ground, by....

 

--continuing to require testing and mandatory quarantine for inbound international travelers, but perhaps opening up the numbers and categories allowed in by expanding the current ASQ program to help tourism dependent parts of the economy. And...

 

--continuing to have a pretty much normally functioning economy (apart from the decline in tourists) by encouraging continued safety precautions among the local population such as mask wearing, social distancing, etc...

 

international travelers do not want to deal with a quarantine on arrival or return as most do not have an unlimited amount of vacation days!  Only retired, wealthy self-employed or non-working rich can afford 14 days of quarantine followed by a 1 week vacation followed by 14 days of quarantine when they return home.

The sad fact is that more than 99% of the population (even in the USA) is Covid-free.  We are locking up healthy people for the small chance of them having an illness that most people survive with mild or no symptoms anyway.

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3 hours ago, miamiman123 said:

Who comes up w this stuff??? 
2 weeks in buri ram??? No way 

Suits me.

And probably several thousand people who have Issan homes and families. 

But we are stuck out of Thailand. 

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