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I left Thailand before all hell broke loose and have been too busy until recently to give much thought to it. I have read a few reports about how the re-opening may be extended to other areas, including my home, Bangkok. Presuming it does open in November or December, how would a Bangkok sandbox work? Have there been any trial balloons floated as to where it would be? If it is similar to Phuket, what sort of square kilometer equivalent would that be? Also, assuming life goes back to not normal but pre-Delta, what was that like? For instance, were the food courts open at Robinson's or Terminal 21? Were people out at Lumpini Park? I don't hang out in the bars/drink booze and my biggest time-waster is going to Thai Language school so it's a pretty unremarkable life. I am trying to compare Thailand versus a winter in South America, where life is as close to normal as anywhere in the world. Thanks for the help

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25 minutes ago, madmen said:

Just go to Phuket for 14 days and you can fly to Bangkok. Will cost you 1k for a flight. Just do it.

It's an option that's tested and works. 

Thanks for your suggestion but I prefer Bangkok because it's where I live and where my friends are.  I am confident there are many Americans (at least) who share my interests. I would like to keep this about Bangkok, please. 

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5 hours ago, DFPhuket said:

Based on my experience with the Phuket sandbox, my guess is that you'll be required to book an approved BKK hotel for 14 days and check in with a QR code once per day. You'll also have to take the required PCR tests.

 

You only have to stay in the hotel for a few hours after arrival pending the airport PCR test. After that you are freeze ideal to go where you'd like. You also don't have to sleep in the hotel. If it's like Phuket, you could stay at your home and just go to the hotel once per day to get your QR scanned. 

OK, that would ideal. Thanks for your help. I thought the sandbox would limit your freedom to roam but I can't see how they're going to sandbox a city the size of Bangkok. 

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My cousin from Canada recently got back to Thailand. He had to quarantine in a Pattaya

Hotel, and stay the entire 14 days in his room. It did not have a gym room, or any good grounds

to get some exercise in, so if you do plan to go to Bangkok, you better hope that the 14 day

quarantine is over. Otherwise find a hotel that will let you use their grounds and exercise room facilities after 7 days.

   Good Luck to you.

Geezer

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12 hours ago, DFPhuket said:

Based on my experience with the Phuket sandbox, my guess is that you'll be required to book an approved BKK hotel for 14 days and check in with a QR code once per day. You'll also have to take the required PCR tests.

 

You only have to stay in the hotel for a few hours after arrival pending the airport PCR test. After that you are free to go where you'd like. You also don't have to sleep in the hotel. If it's like Phuket, you could stay at your home and just go to the hotel once per day to get your QR scanned. 

Can you confirm that you didn't actually have to sleep at your approved hotel, only scan?

I am planning a return to Thailand via Phuket sandbox. I have a condo in Rawai where I would be alone, the property is SHA but SHA+ is required. The nearest SHA+ I contacted told me that I MUST spend every night at the hotel.

If your SHA+ was around Chalong/Rawai, could you mention the name? Thanks.

 

(Apologies OP, I know you want Bangkok but this is quite interesting for me)

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4 hours ago, arithai12 said:

Can you confirm that you didn't actually have to sleep at your approved hotel, only scan?

I stayed at the DoubleTree Hilton in Patong. There was no one monitoring when I came and left the hotel. How would hotel staff even know if you went to sleep at 9pm, 11pm, 1am, 3am or 5am? With the sandbox you are free to come and go as you'd like.

 

The requirement is a daily QR scan, not an evening sign-in and sign-out. I slept at the hotel sometimes because I figured I might as well use their free air con and shower. I also pulled back the bedding. Whether or not I slept there, I had breakfast at the hotel and completed my scan then.

 

I had a friend staying at the Westin and the printed rules in the room said "you must sleep in the room each night," but there was no monitoring at all. 

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On 9/17/2021 at 2:52 AM, arithai12 said:

Can you confirm that you didn't actually have to sleep at your approved hotel, only scan?

I'm doing sandbox right now. 

If you have breakfast at hotel and do daily check at hotel, nobody will know where you sleep, unless they check app installed in your phone.

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