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Chiang Mai, Thailand Delays Reopening Until October

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Thailand will delay reopening Chiang Mai for tourism because of record-breaking cases of COVID-19 in the country. 

The Thai authorities were due to open Chiang Mai for tourism in August or September, but cases of COVID-19 have spiraled since the summer began. 

Thailand started its sandbox scheme in Phuket and Koh Samui in July, and Thailand is set to expand the sandbox scheme to the following islands:

  • Koh Phi Phi 
  • Koh Ngai 
  • Railay in Krabi 
  • Khao Lak 
  • Koh Yao 
  • Phang-Nga
  • Surat Thani 

These islands will be on top of the three main islands — Koh Samui, Koh Tao, and Koh Phangan. 

The Chiang Mai Reopening 

The deputy governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand stated yesterday that the scheduled “Charming Chiang Mai” will be delayed until October at the earliest. The scheme was supposed to reopen various areas in and around Chiang Mai, such as Mae Rim, Mae Tang, and Doi Tao. 

However, authorities have claimed that they are too far behind on their vaccination program to safely reopen to tourists. Officials suggest Chiang Mai needs to achieve a vaccination rate of between 70 to 80 percent before reopening.  

According to reports, the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration will declare a deadline for Chiang’s Mai’s governor to complete the final 20 percent of preparations before reopening later in the year. 

The local authorities intend to open the Charming Chiang Mai scheme differently from Koh Samui and Koh Phangan’s sandbox schemes. They plan to reopen Chiang Mai to tourists instead of expats and returning Thai nationals. 

Chiang Mai

The reopening will include nine different styles of travel packages that will last between 4 days and three nights, and various tour companies will run these packages. Local authorities believe these tours will keep the sealed routes safe from COVID-19. 

In addition, due to rising cases of the Delta variant, Pattaya is suffering from similar delays to its reopening scheme. 

The Current COVID-19 Situation In Thailand 

Thailand is looking to reopen its borders as quickly as possible because of the nation’s reliance on its travel sector. That said, the Delta variant has scuppered the Thai government’s plans to fully reopen to vaccinated tourists by October. 

Thailand initially kept the COVID-19 pandemic out of the country for most of 2020, despite being the first country outside China to detect a positive case.

Thailand has recorded over 1 million cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. As a result, there have been 9,320 deaths, and most of those deaths were in 2021. 

Thailand is now recording around 20,000 cases of COVID-19 per day, and areas of the country are in and out of lockdown continually. Unfortunately, Thailand expects to record up to 40,000 infections next month according to reports. 

Thailand’s vaccination rollout is hampering the country from fully reopening its borders and removing the sandbox schemes, which are confusing at the best of times.

The country has given 25,818,666 vaccinations, and Thailand has only fully vaccinated 18.5 percent of the population. 

thailand market masks covid food

Unfortunately, it seems that restrictions are going to continue until Thailand has vaccinated 70-80 percent of its population as the Delta variant rips through the country. At the current rate of vaccinations, Thailand won’t hit that target until next year. 

Elephants having a bath in the mud - Chang Mai

Thailand is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations, but like the rest of the world, the Delta variant is preventing the country from getting back to normal.

Hopefully, Thailand speeds up its vaccination rollout and we can enjoy a restriction-free Thailand sometime soon. 

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Sunday 22nd of May 2022

Any news on Pakistan, Morrocco, China & Russia


Friday 17th of September 2021

I wonder how long the people of Thailand will tolerate dictatorship of the government - Delta variant is preventing them from reopening? Tomorrow they'll say there is Gamma variant and the booster is required to make people pay and suffer. C'mon, gimme a break... I doubt that people or economy will be able to manage the same way for another year.


Tuesday 24th of August 2021

Thai people don't want the sinovac vaccine why hasn't Thailand been able to get phizer or maderma for its people? I'm hearing from my thai girlfriend that thai people have to pay if they want phizer what a joke, how do they open up if the government doesn't help their citizens


Monday 23rd of August 2021

18.5% full vaccinated? No...8%. And most of those with Sinovac


Monday 23rd of August 2021

An airborne respiratory virus cannot be controlled. So instead open up, go for herd immunity, and stop killing your economy and people before it's too late. The "vaccine" isn't stopping the virus either...


Wednesday 16th of February 2022

@Liberty, I am glad that people are waking up to the fact.

In Asia, the countries locking down their people are paid off by the IMF and WHO. The question "why" would be a good one to ask. The more you lock down, vaccinate, and so on, the more "covid relief funds" you get - I want to see ALL money flows laid open, and I want to see every single person, politician, government, and individual who got PAID OFF and took the cash and inflict injury on their fellow good humans, and children. All will be exposed. All will be seen. All will be uncovered. And nothing will be like it was before.


Thursday 26th of August 2021

@aaron, viruses have been here long before humans. They adapt way faster too. The more jabs the more deadly they will become. Asia has already shown that's going to be the case based on chicken vaccination.


Tuesday 24th of August 2021

@Liberty, Yes thats right. But still too much people think it is possible to erase the virus.