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Similan Islands to reopen on October 15 with ‘new normal’ policy

Caitlin Ashworth




After being closed for the season, the Similan Islands National Park is opening back up on October 15, but this time with a “new normal” policy like social distancing, temperature checks and requiring staff and visitors to wear face masks. The national park in the Phang Nga province closes every year from mid-May to mid-October due to unsafe weather conditions.

The province’s deputy governor Boonterm Ranumas says he expects the park’s opening bring in domestic tourists, boosting revenues for vendors and tourism operators in the area.

The islands have a limit on the number of visitors to prevent ongoing environmental damage. Since the island is just opening under the new normal policy, visitors need to register before arriving to the island. Scuba diving excursions and overnight boat tours will be available.

“Some areas on the island are still closed during the re-opening but every national park officers are ready to assist and monitor travelers throughout their visit. A group of local volunteers would also gather to collect garbage around the island and to encourage visitors to protect the island environment.”

SOURCE: Pattaya News


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    Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Why can’t “TheThaiger” staff write longer, more informed and interesting articles, and make this “newspaper” worth reading? What’s the plan here? Just repost short versions of articles from elsewhere, add a few comments, and collect the clickrevenue? Can’t you hire some better people?!

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Still felangs pay more than Thais?

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      Frank Leboeuf

      Friday, October 2, 2020 at 10:20 am

      Felangs? interesting drift, next thing you know will end up merging with fellagha …

      But yeah, people from Frangistan pay more, so do non-Farangi like Chinese and Japanese (which Thaiger told us still make up 18% of expats in Thailand), basically all foreigners pay more at the moment.

      Hope National Parks change that, as hinted

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    Issan John

    Friday, October 2, 2020 at 3:36 am

    I have no problems at all with them reposting “short articles from elsewhere” – far from it, it saves looking “elsewhere”.

    What I have a problem with, though, is when either the article used as gospel is very obviously incorrect or when the “few comments”added completely change the meaning of the original article.

    Sadly both are now not unusual and, in the last few days, any “comments” pointing that out are censored.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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