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Coronavirus (Covid-19): Thailand travel advice
The ongoing concerns over coronavirus (Covid-19) continue to affect anybody with travel plans, whether it be to or from Thailand or any other part of the world. Please check the latest advice and information here:
The current worldwide health concerns relating to coronavirus (Covid-19) means that some upcoming events in Thailand may be postponed or rescheduled.
Sea turtles make a comeback on Ko Samui
A good news story from Ko Samui where a green turtle has chosen a quiet, private beach in front of the Banyan Tree resort to nest. The female sea turtle has now laid three clutches of eggs with the first hatchlings expected to emerge sometime between March 28 and April 12, 2020*. This is a rare, but welcome event for Ko Samui and an encouraging sign that environmental measures being taken by the Banyan Tree resort and others on the island are having a positive impact.
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*Update April 8: The first batch of eggs hatched with 92 baby turtles making it to the sea.
*Update April 29: Two more batches of hatchlings have now emerged from their eggs bringing the combined total to more than 200 baby turtles. Two more nests remain with more hatchlings expected to appear within the next few weeks.
Say no to plastic bags
Retailers in Thailand are launching a new campaign aimed at tackling the problem of single-use plastics. From January 1, 2020, many shops in Thailand will no longer hand out plastic carrier bags. Shoppers at 7-Eleven, Tesco Lotus and many other outlets in Thailand are being encouraged to bring their own reusable bags as part of the “Every Day Say No to Plastic Bags” campaign. Tourists are also being reminded that single-use plastics are banned at all of Thailand’s National Parks.