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Phuket’s ‘safe and sealed’ plan does nothing for the majority of the island’s hospitality sector

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Damned if they do and damed if they don’t. Thailand is now taking a decisive step towards reopenits its borders to tourists with a pilot project in Phuket this October. The pilot precedes the annual high-season, and if successful, then will form the basis of a wider push for re-opening the country’s borders to the lucrative tourist market.

TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn says there are risks, whatever they decide.

“There is a risk in the new tourism model, but if we don’t open there is a bigger risk for the economy.”

But the restrictions put on the ‘experiment’ are still considerable and Phuket tourism and hospitality players wonder just how many ‘tourists’ will be wanting to, or even able, to participate. We’ll soon know.

Firstly, you’ll need to be visiting for a minimum of 30 days. Secondly, almost half that time will be in ‘quarantine’. But the quarantine will be bigger than staring at the walls of your hotel room and will include a radius of 1 kilometre. During the mandatory 14 day quarantine, each tourist will be required to pass two Covid-19 tests. After the 14 days, tourists will be free to travel within Phuket. After another week, and another test, they’ll be allowed to travel anywhere in Thailand.

Add to this, inbound flights during the trial period starting October 1, will most probably be chartered services only, as tourists are required to register with the Foreign Ministry and jump through additional paperwork hoops before entry.

In other words, you’ll REALLY want to be coming to Phuket to have go through all this fuss.

But the TAT and Tourism Ministry are confident that Thailand will be ready to seize the long-stay market seeking a warmer climate as the northern autumn and winter kick in. By the way, Phuket’s wettest month, by far, is also October

Yuthasak says each guest may spend a minimum of 30 days in Thailand to make a worthwhile trip, since 14 days must be spent in quarantine. TAT staff visited the Phuket hotels that have been registered for the scheme, particularly the capacity of the healthcare services, and discussed conditions with hotels that will be in place in the ‘safe and sealed’ area for their new guests.

All this will, of course, push up the cost of a tourist’s stay – the hotels WON’T be cheap. And the tourist will likely be under some sort of ‘microscope’ 24/7 as the government will want to keep track of their movements, even inside the 1 kilometre radius. Ankle bracelets? If not, how are the movements of the tourists ‘tracked’?

And will locals be able to mingle inside the 1 kilometre radius area? Will there be shops open within the 1 kilometre radius and do those staff have to ‘register’ or have regular health checks? If you’re a 3-star, or lower, or a guest house in Patong, good luck!

The Tourism and Sports Ministry’s “Phuket Model” will be the first location to try the new “Safe and Sealed” plan, where a group of alternative state quarantine hotels can jointly provide a 1 kilometre safe-space for guests during the first 14 days.

Phuket, whilst catering well for the high end tourist market, also has a long list of 3 star, and lower, hotels plus an entire tour and travel segment for the mass tourism market. Nothing in this plan will assist the vast majority of Phuket hotels and tour operators.

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    Crown72

    August 22, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Crazy most normal tourist cant take long vacations and dont have the kind of money this would cost lets wait for bali September they won’t be this strict ? there still not thinking about local vendors trying to make a living well done ?????????

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    richard barker

    August 22, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    gotta start somewhere but as usual they really don’t know where the street dollars (or baht) comes from

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      Luigi

      August 22, 2020 at 6:27 pm

      Impossible come in thailand with these restrictions.

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    Stuart

    August 22, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Totally unworkable plan. It may attract a few hundred people who want to return to Thailand, such as retirees who at the moment are stuck outside with no hope of getting back. There is another perspective too. As part of this plan staff at the hotels involved will be required to stay and quarantine in the hotels as long as they have guests arriving under the scheme. My partner is a manager in a 5 star hotel, and I can assure you the staff in general are not willing to do this.

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      Jynz

      August 22, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      Retirees can’t afford this plan. They retire there because they can live cheap. There are currently only 3 asq in phuket. 1 cost about 100,000 baht with higher prices for other room. The other 2 start at 220,000 baht. The you have to pay for another hotel in phuket and a test for 7 days just to leave phuket. What retirees can afford this..

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      Ulli

      August 22, 2020 at 9:18 pm

      Wir leben in Hua Hin und wollten im November nach Phuket. Sollte das Projekt anlaufen, wird sicherlich kein inländischer Tourist nach Phuket kommen. Die Gefahr wäre zu groß unter Quarantäne zu kommen. Schade, wir Residenten reisen auch gern.

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    Maverick

    August 22, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Smacks of politicians trying to demonstrate to the masses that they are doing something – reality is , certainly in Phuket where I live, many businesses are shut down permanently or mothballed and staff returned to their provinces. Outside of Rawai where there is a large expat community, most resorts are deserted hardly going to attract visitors . Thailand has taken a massive bet on a vaccine and it will cost them the high season in terms of tourism , letting tourists in from low risk Asian countries like Singapore, Malaysia , Taiwan, Japan and Korea is a better option hygiene, masks and social distancing with contact tracing is only option short to medium term

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    RS

    August 22, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    It needs to start sonewhere but by the time they have this up and running, most of the restaurants that have managed to survive up to now will be dead too. And at most, a few hundred snowbirds will tty to come – 99% of potential visitors will stay home until next year at least

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    Erik

    August 22, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Thailand has 2 options.

    Or you open the borders without crazy castly demands and unworkable conditions. At most a test on departure and arrival. Life is not without risk!

    Or you wait for a properly working medicine or vaccine, somewhere in the middle of 2021.

    But stop those weird plans that very few tourists will accept!Thailand is not the center of the universe.

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    Perceville Smithers

    August 22, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    It appears someone has been reading the comment section on these Phuket Travel Bubble articles.

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    Thomas

    August 22, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    I know its a plan.
    But hello, they give you a 30 day visa of which I will spend 14 days in jail, plus 2 days in/out of jail. Than take off arrival/ departure day from Thailand. We are now at 18 days wasted. If you need/ want to go to the mainland, another 7 + 2 days (based on their logic). That leaves 3 days of actual holiday. And the whole thing will cost above 100000Bht for sure. Sorry TAT, but my money is better spend in the Maldives, Dubai, EU, Caribbean etc..
    Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate your plan and I want to be with my family as well. I also don’t mind spending this money, but it needs to make sense (or value for money).
    Please go back to the drawing board.

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      Patrick Nouvel

      August 23, 2020 at 5:10 pm

      The hot summer sun boiled the brains of supposed to be tourists pro of TAT. Pityful!!! Even the US CDC now do not recommend quarantines anymore.

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    bob

    August 23, 2020 at 12:28 am

    “After the 14 days,tourists will be free to travel within Phuket. After another week, and another test, they’ll be allowed to travel anywhere in Thailand.”

    How does this work, would this mean people in Phuket who have potentially been in contact with these 2md phase quarantine tourists freely travelling around Phuket will also need to do a test to leave Phuket?

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    Preesy Chepuce

    August 23, 2020 at 4:09 am

    Nobody’s going to pay for that when there are so many better options.
    People go on holiday to relax and have new experiences. This proposal sounds like an oppressive work scheme or luxury refugee internment camp. Why bother?!

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    Richard

    August 23, 2020 at 9:14 am

    As most if you have pointed out the conditions when in Thailand but just to get there is another thing getting all the documents and Covid test before flying, Then add another 14 days back in your home country the costs keeps rising and the amount of holiday you have to take for that short trip is not worth it rather spend it locally without all the hoops you have to jump through.

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    TS

    August 23, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Yes-back to the drawing board. And pin another medal on that minister for her’PHUKET MODEL’ before she finds out the high dollar tourists won’t be flying into a scammy town quarantine in the worst rainy season month (or any month). That place has been on the tourist no-go list long before covid hit. Its worth 3 days tops or not; then get out to someplace truly Thai with better beaches and freindly locals.

    better idea? Forget having china build the LOF any more stupid 11+billion per copy $ubmarines to patrol the 200ft deep gulf of Thailand and buy up as many quick check covid tests as you can. Get them online pre board/on arrival then open this joint up. To expats that wanna get back as well as tourists if they still wanna come. People are going bankrupt by the second and they can’t survive on your so-called low interest buiness loans and single destination w/quarantine opening schemes. The country needs tourists everywhere-backpackers, families, high rollers, independent travellers. You know- sort of like it used to be but with a few xtra precautions.

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      Nuy

      August 24, 2020 at 6:44 pm

      30 days can stay in Phuket but 14+2 days in ASQ already waste of time but still have to do I understand covid situation. 7 more days in anywhere in Phuket the 5 more days left to go to mainland. So you probably spend over 200000 THB if you have 2 or 3 members.
      But for foreigners who have Retirement visa still aren’t allowed to come to Thailand even they have own a flat in Thailand.

      So I will say if Phuket open for tourists somehow it sounds good for some Farrangs who want to return back to their families in Thailand will come if it less paperwork than going on repatriation fight.

      But for me NO too much money just to stay at ASQ it means that I might spend over 100000 thb just to see the wall in the room.

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    Graham Walker

    August 23, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Yeah agree,totally unworkable and I bet not cheap. I have been trying to get back to my house in Thailand since May (no success yet), cannot even get any contact with Embassy in London (phones or e’mail) so how do they expect it to be any better with this farce ?
    I had a retirement visa but that has now expired, Thai Consulate in Scotland is not even open.

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    Toby Andrews

    August 23, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    Please sir can I have some more?
    Not much chance with these stupid Thais, who think Thailand is so wonderful that foreigners will stand these conditions to spend any time on rip off island Phuket.
    I was there years ago and never went back.

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      TS

      August 24, 2020 at 10:43 am

      Thai word for scam/ripoff: ‘phuket’

      Slang for one falling for this idiotic ‘sealed & safe’ scheme:
      ‘phuked

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      me

      August 24, 2020 at 4:47 pm

      why are you still commenting, toby? i swear if i were to ever catch you slipping, i’d smack the hell out of you.

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        Toby Andrews

        August 25, 2020 at 4:20 pm

        I will smack the hell out of you if I ever meet you big mouth.
        All I see from you is two lines at most, and it is never on the subject.
        Another thing you post late in the day. You are not even in the far east are you?
        By the way I did answer your last lame post, but it was not published.

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          simon

          August 27, 2020 at 8:08 am

          Go on, Toby. Give him a smack

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    Patrick Nouvel

    August 24, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    If I was not concerned being forced soon to bankrupt, those TAT incompetents would make me laught through their ever statistics and jokes decisions, day & night for years already…

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    Lough

    August 24, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    The best way to stress test the system is to open when the hoardes CAN’T come, is it not? I think it makes sense to open when it’s likely to be quiet. Anyway, it’d work for me, so I’m a tad biased, ha.

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    Stokecitylee.

    August 27, 2020 at 12:01 am

    TAT come up with some bizarre ideas. Who will go just to spend time in a hotel prison? The whole scheme is unworkable and sadly it will have terrible consequences for all the poor workers who are forced to leave there villages to gain employment to send money home. Real shame they can’t come up with a workable solution. People will find somewhere else and Thailand ( the poor) are the one s who will lose out.

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    simon

    August 27, 2020 at 8:04 am

    This plan will benefit tourists in the long run – especially long-stay tourists i.e backpackers.

    Thais can forget about price gouging – with so much tourist infrastructure in place and so many people who don’t know how to make a living other than through tourism – the prices will plummet. Hotel, resorts, guesthouses, bars, restaurants will all start to reopen at a faster rate than the tourists will come back. It will be like the old days.

    The government will have to address the problems of scamming and violent crime though – these things are rearing their ugly heads again – this is what Thailand was like back in the 90’s with mass tourism well underway but bus hijackings and the like still happening.

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    Sian

    August 28, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    My daughter lives in Thailand. Would we be able to quarantine with her or do we have to stay in an hotel.
    Anyone know ???
    Thanks
    Sian

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      Alison

      September 3, 2020 at 6:12 pm

      Yes, Id like to know the answer to that too. I would be coming from Europe and with my fiance coming from Malaysia.
      Did you get a reply?

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    Alison

    September 3, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    Hi Thaiger

    Thank you for this useful information.

    I am in Europe and desperate to get to Asia to see my fiance who is in Malaysia, we’ve been separated for over 6 months. So I would do pretty much whatever it takes to get into Thailand. I am more than happy with the quarantine period, as I would want to stay many months in Thailand/rest of Asia. He could do the same.

    Couple of questions:-
    – In the previous article, you state “the plan has already been approved by the government and the next step will involves holding a public hearing to get approval from local residents……The hearings are to be held at the start of next month.” Is it possible for you to input positive comments from people like me into the conversation?
    – Any idea on costs yet? I am also happy with 100,000 TBH – much better than having to pay the same for a hotel in Bangkok, and not being able to go outside
    – That said, I would prefer not Phuket. I hear Phi Phi/Samui/other might be possible. I guess after the Phuket model has been tested….?

    Feel free to email me

    Thanks

    Alison

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Special Tourist Visa 2.0 – This is what should happen on September 26

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So here’s an idea. If Thailand truly wants to attract tourists why not offer FREE QUARANTINE for the first 10,000 people who contact their Royal Thai Embassy and register to come as tourists under the new Special Tourist Visa. The Thai government or TAT could pay the hotels directly (I bet it will be a lot less than the extortionate price currently being asked by participating hotels). Some other countries are paying for tourist quarantine expenses. Thailand, with a big reliance, directly and indirectly, on tourist dollars, should consider the same.

Provide a valid incentive rather than just spewing out clear attempts at price-gouging people who genuinely want to visit Thailand. Stop this veneer of acting as ‘generous hosts’ and actually be properly and sincerely generous. Long term, attracting a handful of wealthy tourists, with time and money in plentiful supply, is not going to fill the country’s hotels, tour boats or street-side restaurants.

Whatever the cost to the Thai Government, it would be easily repaid in increased revenue to the country from the foreigners’ 90 days+ stays in the Kingdom. Given the bad PR Thailand is receiving at the moment, related to its numerous unworkable visa “plans” and “models”, turn travellers’ frowns upside down and revel in the power of positive PR instead of trying to ‘spin’ a travel plan into profit for a selected few.

And allow the current tourists, or people stuck here with lapsed visas, to “roll over” onto the Special Tourist Visa on September 26. Yes, they should report to their nearest Immigration office and report where they are and pay the 2,000 baht application fee. But just stamp them in for another 90 days and save yourself additional paperwork. Let them, instead, spend any cash they have left on restaurants, travel and bar girls… whatever. Those remaining foreigners are your best best to revive international tourism with their stories about Thailand’s ‘good will’ and the posts about their adventures around the Kingdom.

Even better, for the foreigners who want to come to Thailand, dust off one of your grounded Thai Airways planes and fly them here for free as well, or at least at highly discounted fares (given the 100s of thousands of un-refunded fares you have sitting in the bank). With a handful of airlines currently flying into Bangkok, the sight of a Thai Airways plane at international airports would be another attractive reminder about Thailand and its many alluring natural and cultural assets. Heaven knows, the beleagured airline needs some good PR too and would be the best gift to the patient airline staff and pilots as they bite their nails awaiting the outcome of the current restructure and bankruptcy proceedings.

We won’t even mention the whole Covid-19 insurance ‘scam’, provided magically by Thai companies. Or the reception they’ll get at Suvarnabhumi which is more like the set of the Andromeda Strain than a welcoming airport. Or the many reports of foreigners footing up to embassies around the world to be told they know nothing about the new Special Tourist Visa.

Be real hosts and put the smile back into the Land of Smiles.

Of course we realise none of this will happen but simply express the frustration of many in the form of ‘wishful thinking’.

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Trials and tribulations 3. Returning to Thailand in the Covid era – on the home straight

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Monday morning and I’m on the home straight assuming I pass my final Covid test that I took yesterday morning.The situation hasn’t been too bad over the weekend as I was allowed outside into the hotel’s garden area for 40 minutes each day. On Saturday the threat of rain caused the nurse to request my early return to my hotel room, presumably the paranoia of any possible illness caused her some consternation; luckily the rain didn’t materialise and I stayed outside, I am a Brit… rain happens!

It certainly feels good on the eyes to see infinity and to finally observe people going about their daily business in the adjacent street whilst safely socially distanced at 300m.The garden area here in this hotel is full of flowers and small trees so I have modified my room race track into an outside one although, regrettably, my times for ten laps are actually getting longer.

You can read David’s first and second articles about his time in quarantine.

Every Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) Hotel is paired with a local hospital and the nurses keep a good eye on you via the Line app.Every morning and night you have to report your temperature and they especially enjoy asking about your stools… welcome to Thailand. Incidentally, and most definitely not in any way related to the previous statement, there has been plenty of fruit and vegetables provided in both the Thai and Farang meals.

I have been asked to go into greater detail about the processes involved in the home country prior to embarkation.I must make a disclaimer here since I imagine systems and procedures will be changing rapidly, but this was my process.I have not included costings because this would depend upon the point of origin and many other factors.

The flight for me was booked via Thai Airways although the initiator of the paperwork for this flight was, in my case the Royal Thai Embassy in London.I eventually managed to book an ASQ myself after some stress because I was convinced there were not initially enough available.

In my case I did not need a visa since I already had a work permit and my exit/re-entry visa from a few months ago was still valid.The embassy will then issue you with a Certificate of Entry document so they know exactly when you are arriving in order to arrange the welcome committee (see my first article from last week). Incidentally I did everything online and there are some excellent staff at this embassy who really are working way beyond their remit so treat them well because they sincerely want to facilitate your return.

So, you now have a date and confirmed flight so stage two needs to begin.For me, I needed an additional insurance although I imagine many repatriates will already be covered, the key statement which should be shown on the certificate is Covid Cover to USD 100,000 and the welcome party will scrutinise this piece of paper so make sure it is bona fide.I used a Thai company via an agent and this contract was efficiently turned around in less than 48 hours.

The final two products are time specific.A ‘free of covid’ certificate undertaken via the PCR (aka. swab-up-nose) method plus fit-to-fly certificate.The rules are a validity of 72 hours prior to checking in for the flight and the embassy eventually confirmed a revised statement of 72 hours from the result and date of the certificate, not when the swab was taken. For me my covid test certificate was dated one day too early yet the doctor writing the fit-to-fly was happy to write a statement confirming the Covid test and dated it all within the 72 hour period.

This is what you need in specific order (excluding visa)…

  1. Flight
  2. Hotel
  3. Insurance
  4. Certificate of Entry (free from Thai embassy)
  5. Covid Free Certificate
  6. Fit to Fly certificate, or letter from a doctor (online in my case)

It was not cheap so do your maths; I have a job here in Thailand and certainly did not want to let down my boss, colleagues and students, so I 100% had to return. I personally do not think any of this is sustainable long term since the process which I followed, plus the 15 days lack of freedom, are brutal.Nevertheless, the hotels have done a grand job at making this happen so I imagine there will be some reverse pressure to maintain the 14 day quarantine for the time being if only to recoup some of this investment.

What an incredibly difficult year. The world is in a mess; we have virtually overnight destroyed the numerous transhumance systems created over many years to apparently save lives. We walk around scared to shake hands hidden behind masks and visors, like Armageddon is imminent, yet the 900,000 covid deaths are replaced in less than three days with new born children globally.

Let us hope that over the next few months the decision makers become slightly more pragmatic and, in my opinion, start to think about the longer-term economy and the status of foreign visitors within that.In the meantime, good luck with your paperwork and welcome back to The Land of Smiles.

The accompanying picture shows what can be achieved in eleven days using volumes and volumes of food packaging, chop-sticks, random pieces of plant and a pot scourer.

David Jackson in an English teacher and former headmaster from London working at St Mark’s International School, Bangkok.

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“Thai government refuses to acknowledge the red light economy”

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Thanks to WB for sending us this response to earlier article. The views expressed by WB do not represent The Thaiger, its management or staff.

Prostitution is not illegal in Thailand, although many activities associated with it are (brothels, pimping, causing a public nuisance, etc.). Nevertheless, it was estimated to be worth US$6.4 billion a year in revenue (2015), accounting for a significant portion of the national GDP – Wikipedia.


Thailand faces a grim choice. It can have tourism with widespread Covid or it can stay closed up, but it can’t have tourism without Covid … there is no middle ground. All the data available from other countries shows this to be the case.

Its second dilemma is that Thailand has traditional multi generational households (generally 3 generations) and if Covid gets into the broader community it will pose a massive threat as it will be impossible to isolate the elderly/vulnerable, from the younger generations that will predominantly remain asymptomatic and spread the virus unknowingly.

The third dilemma is the Government’s refusal to look at the real facts about its GDP and economy. The “tourism” industry is not about how many farang pass through an airport, it’s about how much money is spent in the wider community and where it’s spent.

They may choose to look strictly at the formal sector and survey the 5 star hotels to make their assumption of a 15-19% GDP number, but in reality there is a massive informal tourist economy that effects tens of millions of Thai people and businesses.

This is not the t-shirt seller, this is flow on economy from the million or more bar ladies.

They all purchase food from the street venders, get their clothes laundered, rent rooms, pay bills, and send the bulk of their income home to support an extended family, not to memtion all the “boyfriends” remitences from overseas. In the great fight to save face the government has refused to acknowledge their existence and include them in any type of covid financial aid, and that doesn’t just effect the lady but her whole extended family.

The ripple effect from this is being felt far and wide. One room is now occupied by 4 ladies and 3 rooms are vacant. The payments on motorbike loans are not paid. Mama-noodles are the economic choice and the BBQ cart is struggling, as is the chicken farmer, and the chicken feed producers. The real estate financial problems are coming as these same ladies are no longer able to service their bank debts for land and house building.

The Catch 22 is unfathomable, the reality is hard to face and it is a guaranteed loser at the next election regardless of the choice made, but delaying the choice is not going to work for long either.

The only thing that is certain is that the Phucket quaratine bubble will not work in its proposed form due to the characteristics of this virus. You either need to isolate each and every guest from the other guests for 14 days or you will have an outbreak. The minute you have an outbreak the staff will try to flee due to the superstition and fear that has been built up (needlessly) about the virus. Those fleeing staff will spread it as they go and the whole 6 month quarantine/lockdowns/restrictions will have been for naught, and then they will start again destroying what is left of the economy.

I do not envy the choices to come, but the true science needs to be used or thousands will die needlessly, my family may even be among those numbers.

Perhaps the “ministers” should get some plain clothes and go hang out at the bars in Pattaya (and other places), buy the ladies some drinks and ask questions, they will be only to happy to fill you in on what is really going on below the shiny surface that is the hi-so hotel bars of Bangkok. Heck, im happy to introduce you and get the conversation started if you like.

WB


NOTES:

In July 2016, it was reported that the Thai government intended to abolish the sex industry. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, the tourism minister, said… “Tourists don’t come to Thailand for sex. They come here for our beautiful culture” and that “We want Thailand to be about quality tourism. We want the sex industry gone”. Kobkarn was replaced as tourism and sports minister in November 2017

In 2015 Havocscope, a database providing information about the global black market, gave an approximate figure of about 250,000 for the number of prostitutes working in Thailand. In 2015, UNAIDS in estimated the total population of sex workers in Thailand to be 147,000. Another UN report, prepared by NGOs, estimates the number of prostitutes in Pattaya at around 30,000.


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