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Looking for love? Tourism Authority partners with Tinder to host dating trips

Caitlin Ashworth

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Single and looking for love? Oddly enough, the Tourism Authority of Thailand can help. They’ve partnered with the dating app Tinder to launch “Single Journey” tours… which could end up being a romantic getaway, or a really awkward date you can’t get out of.

TAT says the dating trips are only for Thais. The first trip will be on Sunday. Grand Pearl Cruise will host a dinner cruise for the singles on the Chao Phraya River. Sounds romantic… but travellers will first have to pray for love as the cruise passes by 9 temples. It’s open to 100 single Thai travellers who win a drawing promoted on the Facebook Page Sneak Out.

A singles trip more appealing to a younger crowd is a beachside party at Koh Kai in Phuket on January 9. It’s open to 50 singles for 222 baht per person. Another trip is a train tour from Bangkok to Pa Sak Jolasid Dam in Lopburi. Tickets are available to 50 people for 555 baht each.

Tourism officials have tried various schemes to get people travelling again after the coronavirus lockdown. TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn says now they need to think “out of the box.”

“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has changed travel behaviour and necessitates that we think ‘out-of-the-box’. The ‘Single Travel Route’ targets solo travellers who prefer to travel alone to various destinations in Thailand.”

Tourism officials are planning for other singles trips around Thailand including Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, Lop Buri to Saraburi, Si Sa Ket to Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani to Loei, Chumphon to Surat Thani, Phuket, Ayutthaya and Bangkok.

SOURCES: TAT | Coconuts Bangkok

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19 Comments

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    Bingo Bongo

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    “TAT says the dating trips are only for Thais” – enough is enough. I won’t buy any Thai products in Europe anymore. Have the German Nazis been reborn in Thailand or wtf?!

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      Jean-Pierre R. Compain

      Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 8:02 pm

      Are you not a bit, just a bit, over-reacting and using inappropriate comparisons … ?

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    Mister Stretch

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Swipe left on this idea. Desperation has a stench all of its own.

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      Ben

      Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 6:23 pm

      And not to mention racist as well. No foreigners????

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    Jason

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Couldn’t agree more!! Just shows how completely desperate TAT are. Your government has killed off tourism. I am beginning to think TAT stands for Totat Annihilation of Tourism!!!! The longer the Thai Government works in isolation to low risk countries in the Asia Pacific, the longer it will take for Thailand to recover. You’ve kill the virus, but you have also killed tourism. It is the ordinary people of Thailand I feel most for.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 5:12 pm

      The vast majority of the “ordinary people of Thailand” don’t want foreign tourists until the Covid issue is over.

      Why is that so hard to understand and accept?

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        Dreamon

        Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 6:55 pm

        LOL, total BS!
        how can you trust a survey from a Dictatorship country?! guess what, you are a window licker of the corrupted government.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Yes it hard to understand and accept that, but no matter how hard I try, I cannot.
    The rise in suicide rates, high unemployment rate, Thais selling off their gold, and soup kitchens in the street in Phuket, indicates to me that Thais want foreign tourists.
    How does anyone know the vast majority of Thais don’t want foreign tourists?
    Has there been a nationwide referendum that I missed?

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      Patrick Kelly

      Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 10:23 pm

      The ordinary could care less about unemployment. Zero Covid one day in the future is all that matters. Everyone can suffer until this scenario is accomplished.

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      Rasputin

      Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 10:35 pm

      Sounds a bit BRTTER than the UK is at the moment, at least they do not have lockdowns, entertainment venues closed, pubs closed, shops shut and internal travel severely restricted, 400+ dropping dead every day, etc etc. They don’t know how lucky they are. It’s grim in the UK, but at least they do provide state handouts to the unemployed, rent paid, and just about enough to buy food with if you don’t smoke, drink or do drugs.

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    James Pate

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Partnering with Tinder! ?????

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    jesus Monroe

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    Tinder, the world number one &^*%%# fest site. All are bored on the luvvv boat……

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    Crispy

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    All the many Thais I communicate with are strongly in favour letting in as many tourists as possible. These are the half of the populationthat dont have much of a voice. Not much of anything. Just a couple of rai of padding.
    Why is it so hard to understand that Thai rak falang?

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    Cain

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 2:53 am

    Think people are misunderstanding the part “Thais only”. The reason is not because of racism, but it would be easier for everyone if everything was in Thai. Dont forget that many Thai still have problem with their english.
    TAT is also currently working on domestic travel to boost the economy.
    And i dont agree that Thailand should open its borders freely, then everything they have been working for since pandemic started will go to waste.
    The country is not closed, you just have to stay 14 days in quarantine at arrival.
    Lets hope for a better 2021!

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    Perceville Smithers

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 5:28 am

    I thought that’s what what a Booze Cruise for?! What’s the need for a middle man (TAT)?

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    Johnny Dee

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 6:40 am

    Crispy you’re spot on about the Thais strongly in favour of letting tourists in for sure. Maybe the ones who don’t want tourists are 90 year old on their last legs because I speak to lots and lots and they all want tourism back

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    Newfie

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 10:01 am

    The plane boss, the plane!!! TAT are now in the pimping game!! What next?????

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 10:58 am

    By the way, this is another example of Thais excluding foreigners.
    do we exclude Thais in the west? This infuriate many tourists.
    How would the Thai react if a ferang business stated No Thais?
    This big brain TAT, write he is thinking outside the box.
    He has not a clue how to manage tourism.

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    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Thank you ever so for you blog.Much thanks again. Awesome.

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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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