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Thai Resort Island Plans to Open to Vaccinated Tourists in Oct 
By Randy Thanthong-Knight

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• Koh Samui plan similar to initiative by Phuket island
• Island has own airport, isolating it from rest of country

Thailand’s southern resort island of Koh Samui plans to fully reopen to foreign visitors who are vaccinated, and will allow them to skip quarantine from Oct. 1.

“The island’s economy and infrastructure were built around foreign tourism, and businesses here have been struggling without foreign visitors over the past year,” Ratchaporn Poolsawadee, president of the Tourism Association of Koh Samui, said in a phone interview on Saturday. “We need to reopen as soon as possible to be able to compete for visitors with other countries.”

Koh Samui’s quarantine-free reopening plan is similar to the initiative proposed by Phuket, another Thai resort island, which seeks to waive quarantine rules for vaccinated travelers and to inoculate enough residents to create herd immunity. Like Phuket, Koh Samui has its own international airport on the island, which makes it a natural bubble isolated from the rest of the country.

Full story: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-13/thai-resort-island-plans-to-open-to-vaccinated-tourists-in-oct

 

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It might be better if the residents of Samui were all vaccinated first, then let other vaccinated folks come in.

So, international flight arrivals from where???

Only 7 months to go what and little there is left open will be long gone by then in this muppet show 🤔

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3 hours ago, RichardColeman said:

Fingers crossed the rest of the country will follow suit.

Don't even think about it. If Bojo wins the vote to extend lock down measures in the UK. 

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

Koh Samui’s quarantine-free reopening plan is similar to the initiative proposed by Phuket, another Thai resort island, which seeks to waive quarantine rules for vaccinated travelers and to inoculate enough residents to create herd immunity. Like Phuket, Koh Samui has its own international airport on the island, which makes it a natural bubble isolated from the rest of the country.

As long as the island is locked down and no-one can leave it to infect the rest of the country... Thais included.

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3 hours ago, RichardColeman said:

Fingers crossed the rest of the country will follow suit.

Fingers crossed it doesn't until we've had our jabs... thank you very much.

I care more about my health than someones holiday.

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30 minutes ago, PatOngo said:

So, international flight arrivals from where???

From foreign lands via Suavanabhum.

I didn't think anything but twin turbo props could land there but I may be out of date 

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Is this just more wishful thinking? Yet another great idea from understandably desperate people? Surely, until the government announce the policy (royal decree?), nothing is going to happen. Pick a date out of hat, add some projection from TAT's random number generator, identify a niche market that no one has yet thought of (rich, Russian, hairdressing digital nomads), eye of newt and toe of frog..... THEN we have a plan.

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11 minutes ago, A Los for words said:

Is this just more wishful thinking? Yet another great idea from understandably desperate people? Surely, until the government announce the policy (royal decree?), nothing is going to happen. Pick a date out of hat, add some projection from TAT's random number generator, identify a niche market that no one has yet thought of (rich, Russian, hairdressing digital nomads), eye of newt and toe of frog..... THEN we have a plan.

Why not just go to the master in all other thai situations?

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38 minutes ago, hotchilli said:

As long as the island is locked down and no-one can leave it to infect the rest of the country... Thais included.

Thais and expats have been coming to Samui ever since the initial lock down finished.

To my knowledge, only two imported infections and none exported.

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15 minutes ago, gunderhill said:

Unlike  Phuket where Wifey has  just returned from she didn't  notice  much of a  drop in room prices when she was  looking recently down there.

I noticed the Hilton in Pattaya actually went up in price.  $540 USD for a room I paid ~$330 for a few years ago.  Making up for earlier losses I guess?

Either way, this Samui 'bubble' is never going to happen.  Besides, who wants to rush back to an island where half of it is closed for the foreseeable future?

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28 minutes ago, Tropicalevo said:

Thais and expats have been coming to Samui ever since the initial lock down finished.

To my knowledge, only two imported infections and none exported.

That may well be the case, but in October dropping quarantine, hardly anyone inoculated that would all change.

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Honestly i've completely written Thailand off for years listening to this daily drivel coming out of this lot......  Cyprus, Turkey, Crete, Portugal, are all looking streets ahead of Thailand and SE Asia to be fair......  and cheaper as well.......  What a shame........... Given the goose that was laying golden eggs and they've killed it for Som Tam.........   " Don't laugh at me because i'm a fool ".........  

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