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With less than two weeks to go until the official reopening to foreign tourists of Hua Hin, Siam Rath reported that the seaside resort in Prachuap Khiri Khan was packed with domestic tourists at the weekend.

 

Quoting a local city hall official called Jirawat Phrommanee they said that the beach from Central to Khao Takiab was crowded with visitors from Bangkok and surrounding areas. 

 

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Torung market was also heaving with shoppers.

 

Other reports from ASEAN NOW staff in the resort reported that "traffic was a nightmare!"

 

It's a nightmare that bodes well for October 1st, however, after months of closures and isolation at one of Thailand's most popular seaside destinations about 220 kms south of the Thai capital.

 

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Siam Rath also reported that the confidence for visitors was boosted by targets for the vaccination of the local population being met.

 

The last 4,000 doses of a 50 million baht free rollout of Sinopharm jabs from the Chulabhorn Royal Institute were administered at Hua Hin hospital under the watchful eye of Hua Hin officials at the weekend. 

 

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The security of tourists has also not been forgotten with 118 places having a 468 CCTV camera upgrade.

 

Five detailed plans for the reopening of the resort will be submitted to the Covid-19 authorities this Wednesday for approval. 

 

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Just now, mikosan said:

And I assume that all these tourists from out of town, Bangkok etc. only travelled there because it was essential, as per the rules?

 

And how many have been fully vaccinated?

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5 hours ago, 2long said:

Has anyone clarified how all these foreign tourists will actually get to Hua Hin?

Will they land in and pass through BKK?

This is a key question, and one that they haven't addressed at all, even in passing. They keep yakking about the 9 trillion direct international flights that will magically start flying into HH airport, but never clarify whether the one million incoming foreign tourists will have to fly directly to HH (which would be absurd), or whether they can be picked up at Suvarnabhumi by a hotel car and brought to their SHA+ lodgings by road.

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5 hours ago, mikosan said:

And I assume that all these tourists from out of town, Bangkok etc. only travelled there because it was essential, as per the rules?

 

I thought inter-provincial travel restrictions had been lifted? Not that they were enforced anyway.

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On 9/20/2021 at 6:33 AM, 2long said:

Has anyone clarified how all these foreign tourists will actually get to Hua Hin?

Will they land in and pass through BKK? I guess if Bangkok is still closed next week (as expected) then there will be next to zero flights... so each airline will have flights for Hua Hin! 🤔

This doesn't sound like it will work to me, but maybe I'm missing something.

Exactly. Supposedly there where to be about 7 flights a day landing in Hua Hin, international and domestic. I have checked several times in the last week - currently zero ....... How can you book a hotel if you cannot actually get there!

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On 9/20/2021 at 11:52 AM, webfact said:

It's a nightmare that bodes well for October 1st

November 1st is the new October 1st....for a while...

 

From journalist Kulsawek Sawekwannakorn

 

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