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Thailand's minister for tourism and sports Pipat Ratchakitprakan is pressing ahead with PM Prayuth Chan-ocha's 120 day reopening masterplan.

 

It's up on October 15th but that won't stop the reopening juggernaut that is now being called "Step by Step" according to Thai business media.

 

Step One is over and done with - the pilot to open Phuket Kof Samui and other southern island areas and resorts.

 

Step Two is the opening of the Thai capital Bangkok on October 1st along with Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Cha-Am and Hua Hin. 

 

Phuket was "Sandbox" Pattaya is "Move On", Hua Hin is "Recharge" and Chiang Mai is "Charming". 

 

Cha-Am appears to be, well Cha-Am.

 

Step Three is the opening of 21 more provinces on October 15th.

 

Step Four is the creation of travel bubbles with Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia and Cambodia between January 1st and 15th 2022.

 

This will see a return to cross border trade in places like Ranong, Betong, Satun, Chiang Rai, Nong Khai, Nakhon Panom, Surin, Trat and Sa Kaeo. 

 

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Meanwhile back to reality on Phuket: 

 

Phuket’s health officials are sounding the alarm, saying that the COVID-19 pandemic on the island is approaching a critical level, with all the hospitals beds now 80% occupied and those remaining likely to be filled soon

 

https://www.thaipbsworld.com/phuket-hospitals-are-nearing-full-capacity-as-new-infections-surge/

 

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Phuket expected 100,000 mugs got 25,000 only.

Watched a video of a motorbike ride around Phuket last week.

Zombie apocalypse.

Rows and rows of shuttered shops and bars.

No tourists are coming to Thailand under their stupid named little schemes.

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Step by Step, doing the two step boot scooting boogie Pipat is.  He can attempt to take the steps, but he is not the one n control.  The man is just trying to justify his lofty position I do believe.  Not much for the Tourism minister to do with no tourism and the borders still sealed.....

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Be happier if they forecast when the final step will be made and folk can walk in show there passport and vac certificate and be on their way without any more BS.....

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Welp-Seems its blowing up on the interwebs of the big re-opening!

 

Certainly dont want to Lose Face now do we boys? Just need it confirmed and Im booking tixs

 

Im all for it--Im aiming for CNX and willing to jump the hoops to get back in and avoid BKK and Sandbox/Quicksand

 

Even news of No quarantines come Jan 1 but Im so tired of waiting Im all aboard for CNX being Charming..and boring as Im not a tourist..

just trying to get some time there before the smoke rolls in as it was getting bad when I left in march 2020....open the gates boys

 

Dont worry massage grannies! Im "coming"! 555

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17 minutes ago, ThailandRyan said:

Step by Step, doing the two step boot scooting boogie Pipat is.  He can attempt to take the steps, but he is not the one n control.  The man is just trying to justify his lofty position I do believe.  Not much for the Tourism minister to do with no tourism and the borders still sealed.....

Well they do seem to have a fancy for the cowboy themes Ive seen around CNX in some bars...Giddy Up pard'ner

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1 hour ago, mtls2005 said:

"Move on"?

 

Certainly a welcoming tag-line.

 

Honestly who comes up with this idiocy?

Beats the passport chucked at me as soon as I land after a 24 hr trip and 6 airports from the lovely folks at BKK immig....oh and the hand gesture of <deleted> off...

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4 minutes ago, Sticky Rice Balls said:

Beats the passport chucked at me as soon as I land after a 24 hr trip and 6 airports from the lovely folks at BKK immig....oh and the hand gesture of <deleted> off...

 

I've gotten that also, imagine the pain being stuck in that booth all day stamping in Hansum Man 

to go bang his sister?

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If I was a genuine tourist in Phuket right now I would not be leaving my hotel and staying away from people as much as possible, for the simple reason vaxed or not if you return a positive covid test you life turns to into a living hell - I hope potential future foreign tourists understand that before they set foot in this covid ridden country - the risks costs and penalties are high. 

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11 minutes ago, smedly said:

I hope potential future foreign tourists understand that before they set foot in this covid ridden country - the risks costs and penalties are high. 

Just a slight exaggeration 
 

 

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22 minutes ago, Kadilo said:

Just a slight exaggeration 
 

 

Obviously not if the UK, the EU, and the US have placed it as a no go area, but then maybe it is just a misunderstanding between governments and the allowance of their citizens to travel.  Seems to me they are a tad bit worried.

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1 minute ago, ThailandRyan said:

Obviously not if the UK, the EU, and the US have placed it as a no go area, but then maybe it is just a misunderstanding between governments and the allowance of their citizens to travel.  Seems to me they are a tad bit worried.

Read an article that explained the UK's biggest concern is the lack of/frequency of genome sequencing in Thailand coupled with opening up too soon, both of which the risk a new variant making its way to the UK unannounced.

 

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8 minutes ago, ThailandRyan said:

Obviously not if the UK, the EU, and the US have placed it as a no go area, but then maybe it is just a misunderstanding between governments and the allowance of their citizens to travel.  Seems to me they are a tad bit worried.

Another review in the UK in 10 days so let’s see if there’s a change then. Don’t know how often the US/EU review their guidelines. 


There is also a few months and a review every 3 weeks in between now and when most will want to travel so a lot can change either way in that time as we all know. 

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I think it all depends on your definition of “open”. Phuket can receive international arrivals. But with the number of restrictions currently in place it can hardly be described as “open”. Certainly not so far as my daughters school is concerned!  and with record numbers of Covid cases over the last few days, it doesn’t seem that the island will be more “open” in the near future.

 

but yes, it’s “open” and so press on to other provinces so that they can similarly “open”.

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15 minutes ago, RichardColeman said:

Unless those steps to reopen are :

1. Drop COE

2. Drop Quarantine.

3. Drop Insurance demands.

4. Drop PCR tests.

 

Then they aint coming !

 

All of which would be a burden on local health services if dropped at this time. 

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1 minute ago, Mr Meeseeks said:

All of which would be a burden on local health services if dropped at this time. 

Really ? Why ?  If you've been jabbed and can prove it your more at danger of the Thai populace than a danger to the Thai healthcare system. Anything more than jab information is nuts as its excess to requirements. Its like wearing two condoms for sex but having all the same covid regulations stopping you from doing the act !

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3 hours ago, GStewart70 said:

Phuket expected 100,000 mugs got 25,000 only.

Watched a video of a motorbike ride around Phuket last week.

Zombie apocalypse.

Rows and rows of shuttered shops and bars.

No tourists are coming to Thailand under their stupid named little schemes.

And I suspect that most of them were returning residents, who chose the relative freedom of Phuket to an ASQ prison.

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22 minutes ago, RichardColeman said:

Really ? Why ?  If you've been jabbed and can prove it your more at danger of the Thai populace than a danger to the Thai healthcare system. Anything more than jab information is nuts as its excess to requirements. Its like wearing two condoms for sex but having all the same covid regulations stopping you from doing the act !

The jab does not prevent you arriving with COVID then spreading it to locals, nor does it prevent you being sick nor pay for your hospital bill!

 

Phuket hospitals are at 80% capacity already, and allowing untested and uninsured foreign arrivals are an unnecessary risk that would be unacceptable to take at this time.

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Mr Meeseeks said:

The jab does not prevent you arriving with COVID then spreading it to locals, nor does it prevent you being sick nor pay for your hospital bill!

 

Phuket hospitals are at 80% capacity already, and allowing untested and uninsured foreign arrivals are an unnecessary risk that would be unacceptable to take at this time.

 

 

How can Phuket hospital be at 80% capacity with 100/200 cases/day and the majority of the population being fully vaccinated?

Isn't it because they put in hospitals everyone testing positive to the PCR test?

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