These five places in Thailand will soon be quarantined for vaccinated travelers

Five new destinations in Thailand are preparing to welcome fully vaccinated travelers from October 1 – without them having to self-quarantine.

Bangkok, the country’s capital and a tourist favorite, is one of the places on the list. It will be joined by the provinces of Chaing Mai, Chon Buri, Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan.

Thailand’s largest island, Phuket, has been the pilot island of this new reopening strategy allowing foreign visitors to experience its famous blue waters and sandy beaches. Surat Thani, Krabi and Phang-Nga have also started to gradually welcome double-stung tourists over the past two months.

This is called the ‘sandbox’ model and if you plan to book a trip to any of these locations you will need to stay in a certain area for seven days after you arrive with COVID-19 testing. regular during this period.

From mid-October, you’ll also be able to visit 21 other destinations across the country, with more Thai destinations expected to open to international tourists in early 2022.

So what to do in these five soon-to-be-opened Thai destinations?

Chiang Mai

This province is popular with backpackers and is a showcase for northern Thailand’s unique indigenous cultural identity.

Its capital, also called Chiang Mai, was founded over 700 years ago and has quaint, leafy streets that provide a quieter alternative to the city’s sprawl. If travel restrictions require you to stay in the same area for seven days, then there is plenty to explore in its old town.

Centuries ago, Chiang Mai was surrounded by walls that now enclose this 1.5 kilometer square section of the city. Inside you’ll find a number of intact parts of the original architecture, including the Thai Pae Gate and a selection of ancient temples.

A temple tour will take you on a tour of all the temples, including Wat Chiang Man, the oldest, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, towering over a 1,073-meter-high peak, and the magnificent 14th-century flower gardens of Wat Suan Dok.

If you are looking to bring home some crafts and art from northern Thailand, then a visit to the Sunday Walking Street Market is a must.

Learn more about booking a vacation in Chiang Mai here.

Chonburi

With a capital just 80 km from Bangkok, this province is a beach lover’s paradise.

Koh Larn Island is a small island a few kilometers from the coast of Pattaya and has a selection of beautiful white sand beaches. On the other side of the island, avid divers can swim in the crystal clear waters to see the coral reefs. For those who prefer to experience the waters from above, there are also glass bottom boat tours where you can glimpse this incredible natural environment.

The 130-meter-high Buddha Mountain is one of the region’s most remarkable monuments. It is laser engraved into the mountain and then encrusted with gold leaf to create the image. The monument was built in 1996 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and is surrounded by beautifully landscaped swimming pools and lotus gardens.

More information on traveling to Chonburi here.

Phetchaburi

From October to January, during the country’s rainy season, travelers can take a boat trip to the waters off the coast of Phetchaburi to see Byrde’s whale. These magnificent creatures live in this region much of the year before venturing to the Gulf of Thailand to feed on anchovies during the rainy season.

Tham Khao Luang is another tourist favorite. This cave is filled with impressive stalactites and stalagmites. But the undeniable highlight is an ornate Buddha who, when sunlight shines through the cave ceiling, is illuminated by soft beams of light.

The Kwangchow Floating Market is the first and only to be located on a waterfall. Visitors can hire a boat to paddle and sample traditional local food and drink. Tourists pay an entrance fee of 20 baht (51 cents) from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every weekend.

More information about Phetchaburi and how to book a trip can be found here.

Prachuap Khiri Khan

The capital of this province, also called Prachuap Khiri Khan, is located in a bay between two limestone hills. It’s quieter than the other towns on this list, but the long seaside promenade comes alive after the sun goes down.

It also has a Langur Preservation Area, which is home to the Dusky Leaf Monkey. These animals are only found in parts of Thailand, Malaysia, and Myanmar. Urbanization, hunting and farming mean their numbers are dwindling and this preservation area in Wing 5’s military base was created to help ensure their survival. The area is open to the public but visitors will need to register.

Crossing the military base trail, travelers will find Ao Manao Beach. It’s a quiet place during the week but gets busier on weekends and holidays as a popular place to visit for locals. There is also a golf course and a park with some of the area’s military history if you are looking for something a little different to do.

Find out everything you need to know to book a trip to Prachuap Khiri Khan here.

Bangkok

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and, as you would expect, is a busy hub with hundreds of things to see and do for tourists.

The Grand Palace in the heart of Bangkok is probably the most famous attraction here. It was the king’s home for 150 years and it was here that the government of Thailand was based. There are 214,000 square meters of great temples and incredible architecture to cover on a visit, so more than enough to keep you busy.

Perhaps one of the city’s most striking landmarks is Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn. Its 79-meter-high spiers rise above the Chao Phraya River and are intricately decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass and porcelain.

Traffic is a perennial problem in this city, so if you’re looking for another way to get around, the BTS Skytrain might be the answer. While it doesn’t cross much of the city, most of the popular tourist destinations are covered, meaning you can navigate the crowded roads and stationary cars while exploring Bangkok.

There is a lot more to do in Bangkok than we have listed, so take a look at the information here before you book your trip.

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