New update from the Land of Smiles as the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) plans to open Krabi and Phang Nga to fully vaccinated international tourists are set to start within August (this month). TAT also reiterate that both the Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus programmes are going ahead as usual.
Mr. Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, Spokesperson of the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA), said the Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha had been keeping a close watch on the Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus programmes, and voiced confidence in the plans to revive the economy through tourism by gradually reopening destinations that could ensure the health and safety of both the tourists and local people.
From 1 July until 1 August, 2021, Phuket recorded 14,910 international arrivals under the Sandbox programme. To contain local transmission, Phuket has stepped up screening measures on domestic travellers, effective from 3-16 August, 2021. The measures are only meant to prevent the spread of the disease from other Thai provinces, while international arrivals under the Sandbox programme can still enter Phuket per the existing rules and regulations.
Surat Thani also stepped up COVID-19 control measures, effective from the last week of July until further notice, to safeguard the ‘Samui Plus’ model.
Krabi and Phang Nga are scheduled to reopen selected areas within this month under a 7+7 model. This will allow foreign tourists under the Sandbox programme to reduce the mandatory stay in Phuket from 14 to 7 days, after which another 7 nights can be spent in Krabi (Ko Phi Phi, Ko Ngai, and Railay Beach), and Phang Nga (Khao Lak and Ko Yao).
The 7+7 model aims to provide international tourists with more options to visit multiple destinations during their trip to Thailand. Krabi and Phang Nga are ideal for this given their proximity to and ease of access from Phuket.
For Phang Nga, Khao Lak can be reached within 1.5 hours by car, while Ko Yao Noi and Ko Yao Yai can be reached within 30-40 minutes by boat from Bang Rong Pier.
Khao Lak is a quiet coastal town with beautiful beaches and you can find many beautiful resorts and hotels in this part of Phang Nga. It is only 90 minutes of driving from Phuket International Airport.
On top of that, you can find many good local food that is included in the Michelin Guide Thailand with local street food pricing.
Thus, you can also visit the iconic James Bond Island at Phanga Nga which include lunch at Koh Panyee which is the home of the local gypsies. There is also a floating football field on the island for their local football team as well as for the local communities. Read more about Koh Panyee at https://www.placesandfoods.com/2016/05/koh-panyee-island-football-field.html.
We have visited Khao Lak a few times and you can check out all our food and travel recommendations at https://www.placesandfoods.com/category/thailand/thailand-phang-nga.
For Krabi, Ko Phi Phi, Ko Ngai and Railay Beach can be reached within 45-55 minutes from Rassada Pier. You can also check out the popular four island tours from Krabi which include Tup Island, Chicken Island, Phra Nang and Toda island which you can read from our experiences at https://www.placesandfoods.com/2011/10/the-four-island-tour-excursion-of-krabi.html.
The jungle Blue Pool is also one of the popular destinations you must visit in Krabi. The unique pool is emerald and blue in colour is a popular place for swimming and you can find many locals and tourists spending time at this natural pool. You can read more at: https://www.placesandfoods.com/2015/03/emerald-pool-and-blue-pool-krabi-thailand.html.
Krabi and Phang Nga Plans To Open This Month To International Tourists following the success of Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus programmes. Please do follow our blog for more updates, travel updates, stories from Thailand.
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