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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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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.
New Bangkok metro stations open near Chinatown and the Grand Palace
Bangkok’s historic Old City area at Rattanakosin can now be reached by metro with the opening of the Blue Line extension which links up to the MRT station at Hua Lamphong. Of the new stations that opened in August 2019, four are convenient for exploring Chinatown and the Old City area. The new stations are: Wat Mangkon, Sam Yot, Sanam Chai, and Itsaraphap.
Enjoy the high life in Chiang Mai
Visitors to north Thailand have the opportunity to experience a day to remember in Chiang Mai. The stunning Villa Mahabhirom resort are offering a hot air balloon ride over the Chiang Mai countryside followed by a champagne reception and a luxury spa treatment at Fah Lanna Spa. The exclusive offer runs until December 2020.
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Maya Bay remains closed to the public
Thailand’s Department of National Parks (DNP) have extended the closure of Maya Bay until at least 2021. The bay and uninhabited island of Phi Phi Leh were made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie, The Beach. Although some tourists may be disappointed, the decision by the DNP is being applauded by conservationists. And there are already encouraging signs that marine life is returning to Maya Bay where blacktip reef sharks and other rare marine life have started to appear in the waters.
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