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Koh Samui: Island is more beautiful than ever and ready for foreign tourists to return

 

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An upbeat Surat Thani governor has said that Koh Samui has passed it's Covid-19 exam with flying colors and is now more beautiful than ever and ready to welcome foreign tourists once again. 

 

Wichawuth Jinto said that the island has gone through a terrible time during the pandemic over the last seven or eight months but there has been a benefit in the shape of nature returning to its former glories. 

 

The governor was speaking after Thai PM Prayut Chan-ocha visited earlier in the week to inspect places like the airport, ferry terminal and quarantine facilities where CCTV was a feature that was widely praised. 

 

He said that there were now ten hotels offering 1,000 quarantine rooms ready for foreigners to do their 14 day stint. 

 

Nature has returned, he said. Coral had improved and the sandy beaches were beautiful. There are dolphins and whales in great numbers, he claimed. 

 

Not just that. There were 20 nests featuring egg laying sea turtles and the turtle population was 1,000 more than before. 

 

The island was completely ready for foreign tourists and Thai tourists by whatever means they decide to travel to the island. 

 

He urged everyone to come midweek or weekends, reported Manager.

 

Source: Manager Online

 

 

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Say it ain't so. Was in Samui recently. It is absolutely devastated. Granted, it is cleaner. And the beaches are deserted. But, so many restaurants, hotels, bars and shops have closed, it is rather de

Cleaned up the garbage piles? which were in the news a year or so ago ...

Why the photo of eggs in baskets (never put all your eggs in one basket) and not of the "beautiful" island scenery ?

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15 hours ago, spidermike007 said:

Say it ain't so. Was in Samui recently. It is absolutely devastated. Granted, it is cleaner. And the beaches are deserted. But, so many restaurants, hotels, bars and shops have closed, it is rather depressing an environment for the average tourist now. 

 

Will take some time to see how this all shakes out, but it is my opinion that the economic fallout from the inane economic shutdown, is going to be 200 times worse than Covid itself, and the recovery "ramp up" will be long and excruciating. Far longer than they say. It will not just bounce back. In the history of the world, as far as we know, there has never been a deliberate worldwide economic shutdown. It is light years beyond dumb. The "slowdown" will last well into 2021, for certain. And some industries may never come back, or will be a pale shadow of their former selves. No doubt homelessness will skyrocket in the US. Tourism in Thailand will never recover to even close to it's former levels, and that leaves millions out of work.

 

Tourism is not returning to Thailand anytime soon. If you think about it, the group that comprised perhaps 60% of all arrivals (lower to middle income Chinese and Indians) are the ones who have been hardest hit by this idiotic worldwide economic shutdown. Tourism in Thailand will never recover to even close to it's former levels, and that leaves millions out of work. Most countries will still be required to have Covid letters, as the virus is still raging in many countries. And some countries will not issue that letter (impossible to get in the US). Plus, will the mandatory health insurance still be required? Will it be even stricter than before? And just what are people returning to, or coming to? Will restaurants be open? How about nightlife?

 

There are so many unanswered questions, it boggles the mind. Thailand will be feeling the effects of this for a very, very long time. So will the rest of the world. But, one thing is for certain. If they want to put the millions of unemployed back to work, they are going to somehow find some creative juice somewhere, and start implementing some effective plans. No plan involving any sort of quarantine will work at all. 

 

The longer they wait, the harder it will be to restore the industry. People have short memories. Thailand was already being forgotten by millions, before Covid, due to a dozen reasons. Now? Too many alternatives. This administration continues to see Thailand as the COTU (center of the universe). Say it ain't so! No humility seem to be getting learned as of now. The army needs to figure out a way to muster up some courage, and re-open the nation to tourism. There are many ways it can be done safely, and there will be some risk, but nothing like the risk of not opening, and remaining sealed off from the world, like early 19th century Japan. Not even close.

 

 

 

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I've not been to Samui for about 10 years the place looks a dump like some shanty town in Bombay, they have had ample time to re tarmac the roads and re paint the kerb stones depressing place that looks

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