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Vaccination seems to be the great new hope of most of Thailand’s businesses battered by Covid-19, especially the tourism industry. Thai tour operators are now floating the idea of “vaccination tour packages” to attract inbound travellers after the first inoculations are distributed in February.

Sort of an STV with vaccination included.

The tourism plan is expected to potentially benefit those inbound tour operators, hotels and destinations that have been massively affected by Covid-19 restrictions.

The Tourism Council of Thailand president Chamnan Srisawat explains… “The one month tour packages are expected to cost 150,000 baht, including a 14 day quarantine in an alternative state quarantine or alternative local quarantine facility, and include a vaccination cost.”

The idea is, of course, still in the early stages and needs more discussions because there are still uncertainties of travel rules with vaccine certificates. The ‘idea’ also, again, targets the high end of the travel market that even the current STV has been unable to attract.

Chotechuang Soorangura, the NS Travel and Tour associate MD, speaking to the Bangkok Post, said… “Thailand is not considered a Covid vaccine hub as the country cannot produce a mass supply attracting a large volume of tourists. Most people would rather get inoculated in their own country before going abroad as they want to avoid being exposed to the virus while travelling.”

He also suggests that the country should instead promote itself as a “wellness destination and medical tourism hub” (a suggestion that has been made many, many times before).

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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46 Comments

46 Comments

  1. Avatar

    Siso

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:50 am

    The ideas that they come up with are ridiculous and retarded.. who in there right mind would pay 150.000 baht for 14 days quarantine and a Chinese vaccine included hahaha. And go where exactly to have your holiday, because everything is shutdown and there’s pretty much nothing to do anymore in the major tourist destinations. If this circus keeps going for not much longer there will be nothing to save and rescue anymore and that goes for many countries, and especially when people start going over the edge mentally and you will have epic civil unrest and riots that are already going on till a certain degree in many places but of course that’s exactly what slot of leaders want driving the masses insane so the can keep tightening restrictions and put new laws in place, its despicable and disgusting

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      Steve

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 1:32 pm

      Yes, scary where the world is heading.

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        B.T.

        Friday, January 22, 2021 at 7:11 pm

        Thailand not the world.Greed reaching highest level in some circles as well as stupidity.

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      Stuart Granger

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 4:18 pm

      Uneducated
      Greed
      Moronic
      Downright stupid

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    Tony Andrews

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Another Thailand boat that will not float.

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    Mel Burn

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Millions will come – just add a personalized coffee mug.

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      Frank Leboeuf

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 12:38 pm

      Don’t forget to thrown in an autographed picture of Richard Barrow In Thailand.

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    Cheap Charlie

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:53 am

    150,000 baht – what are they dreamming about?

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    Ben

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    It’s coming from the tour operators. If it includes a quarantine then it won’t get the numbers they want. Let’s hope the scientists show the vaccine eliminates infectiousness.

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      Alavan

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 5:28 pm

      First research in Israel showed it did.
      Pfizer vaccine was used. 20 times more antibodies than in people who had Covid.
      Results were only on 102 young persons, only 2 did not show this (of which one had already health problems). So just incomplete.

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      Crispy

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:28 pm

      The vaccine gives the body more of a fighting chance. It reduces the severity of the symptoms To asymptomatic indeed if you’re lucky.
      But this doesn’t mean you cannot stillbe contagious.

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    EdwardV

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    So the selling point is you get a vaccine shot? After all you can already come to Thailand as long as you are willing to quarantine. Chances are most people who plan to visit in the future should be able to get a shot by April at the latest. Virtually everyone has already decided they are not willing to quarantine. Another lipstick on a pig idea that once again won’t attract tourists.

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    Fred glue

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Good lord, that’s $7,500 Australian, anyone know good places in Vietnam.

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      Ajstyle

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 1:31 pm

      Do they really want to revive their tourism industry or want to end it permanently? Who comes up with this shit idea.
      Btw thanks for your generous offer by including Covid vaccine in your so-called travel package.

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      Issan John

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 2:11 pm

      Vietnam have had the sense to put tourism on hold and make it very clear that they’ll be closed for up to a year.

      Why the hell Thailand doesn’t do the same instead of allowing the TAT and TCT to make Thais look like complete fools I don’t know – it’s just one moronic idea after another, trying to dream up different ways of fitting a large square peg into a small round hole.

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        Fred glue

        Friday, January 22, 2021 at 2:35 pm

        When is this going too end, same- same here in oz. if I start walking from Sydney too Bangkok, how long would it take me if I leave on Monday, 9500 km, by the time I get there everyone will be cured.
        let’s hope so anyway. I need sponsors for my joggers, can anyone help, I got too get pass all the deadly snakes, crocodiles, and anything that is out there that hurts humans. ?

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          Andre

          Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 2:42 am

          I can sponsor you with a paddle, I don’t think you will ever reach your destination with only joggers.

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        James R

        Friday, January 22, 2021 at 8:51 pm

        Issan John

        The answer to your question is because nepotism is rife in Thailand, the best people do not get the top jobs hence all these crazy ideas they come up with.

        They are trying to sell vaccines they do not have yet and are not likely to get for many months, they might get the Chinese vaccine but who would want that?

        I think I will stay here in the UK for now and get my two doses of vaccine for free and a virus test at two hours notice if I need one.

        I do like Thailand as it is great for holidays, but after a while it is good to get back home.

        Six months in Thailand is great but I would not like to keep staying there on temporary one year retirement visas.

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        London Al

        Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:22 pm

        Vietnam has done no such thing, only a fool would make a draconian statement in January saying tourists will be banned for up to a year, what possible purpose does that serve other than to put hotels, restaurants, bars, etc out of business and to put all the people who work there out of a job.

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        Anh Lam

        Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 7:52 pm

        No, its notnthe round thing in a square hole, its the missing thai baht the greedy TOT and TAT Higharchy is not getting into their pockets. Think about, desperation will drive your mind to think up anything not to loose.

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      Roger C

      Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 11:39 pm

      Yes, Da Nang and Saigon.

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    Jason

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    Perhaps you could take a leaf out of the Seychelles Book. As of now, a negative PCR test 72 hours before departure and have had both doses of a vaccine, with two weeks elapsed since the final dose. No quarantine and no restrictions. That’s the sort of competition Thailand is now up against.

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      Issan John

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 2:34 pm

      What “competition”?

      The Seychelles, at its peak, has less than one percent of the number of tourists Thailand averaged, and it wants to halve that number because the ecological damage made it unsustainable.

      Even Mauritius has less than three percent of the numbers Thailand was averaging.

      They’re niche, high-end markets that appeal to an entirely different sector, even though Thailand would love to attract that type of tourist but it’s impossible – the attractions are completely different.

      They should, instead, be taking a leaf out of Vietnam’s book, and Cambodia’s and Indonesia’s, as that’s where the competition lies and they’ve simply put tourism on hold, in hibernation, until the Covid issue is resolved and they’ve had the sense to say so.

      The tourism market won’t go away despite the whingeing, and all the TAT and TCT are doing by trying to show that they’re still relevant even in a time of Covid when they’re very obviously NOT relevant is muddy the waters, just as they did with the “We Travel Together” scheme to encourage domestic tourism when everyone was trying to encourage people NOT to travel.

      All they need to do is STFU and wait.

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        Jason

        Friday, January 22, 2021 at 3:09 pm

        Hi John, I agree about Seychelles but people are looking for somewhere to have a break. Seychelles is also very affordable. Yes you see all the high end hotels, the yachts etc etc. But a beach holiday in a boutique hotel on the beach is very affordable 🙂 It’s the same price as a boutique hotel in Patong. I came to know the family who own and run the hotel I always stay at in Patong. I would return there in a heartbeat. Right now Australia is one of only 2 countries in the world, that won’t allow it’s own citizens to leave.

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          Issan John

          Friday, January 22, 2021 at 5:49 pm

          Agreed, Jason, but I’m sorry to say “so what?”.

          It’s not going to take 40 million tourists away from Thailand – not only because they can’t all go to the Seychelles, but because they can’t / don’t want to go somewhere instead of Thailand, and, more importantly, many can’t go anywhere.

          Go to the Seychelles and you may not get quarantined there, but for a lot of people they get quarantined when they go home instead – so instead of 28 days in quarantine you “only” get 14!

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    Isan Man

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    Thailand is the best country in the fight against coronavirus. Millions of people will come here to get vaccinated. But vaccines need to be treated with caution we are not guinea pigs So far, all vaccines except the Chinese sinovac do not look effective.

    • Avatar

      Das

      Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 3:19 am

      Stop smoking crack.

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      albert zweistein

      Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 5:31 am

      You are reading the wrong news papers.

  10. Avatar

    Fred glue

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    This committee went into the board room, (12) of them, (12) chairs, (1) round table. They go too there chairs, and on that they put there heads on that chair. So they are all upside down, with there cheeks of there are-ess
    pointing too the Center of the table, and they start talking,, brilliant who would have ever thought,,,,,,,,,,
    I get my vaccine free. ???‍♂️??? best laugh I have had all year ?

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      g

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 5:05 pm

      Yes guy’s thailand take it on the chin and Ave your embarrassment through stupid Un workable ideas

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    zig

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    they must be out of their minds….the world will be running to Thailand with their pockets open

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      Nipral

      Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 12:05 am

      To be out of your mind you need a mind !

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    Rahul

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    With That much money you can travel half of India.
    Iam guessing people are still crazy to spend 1,50,000 but NO ONE>>> “NO ONE” wants that 14 days in jail.

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    Ian

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    Another day and another crazy idea I look forward to tomorrow’s next crazy idea from the lunatics

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    james

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    Thailand . from the land of smiles to the land of insanity…. shameful and i feel for all normal people in the tourism industry.

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    Pierre

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    Who the heck would go to Thailand and pay 150.000 THB for a vaccine and 14 days quarantine?

    Think in most countries you get vaccine for free and without 14 days quarantine ?

    Most people could find something else to spend 5.000 USD on.

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      James R

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 8:55 pm

      Pierre

      Don’t you want a 5000 USD Chinese vaccine then? ?

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    jitendra kumar

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    I am a Thai tourism operator based in Pattaya, Chonburi and I am sure most Tour operators are not suggesting any crap like this. The drunken monkeys who suggested this are tamed by the brainless government. Nobody and i mean nobody would agree to pay this amount just to get a vaccine. Why is ASQ so important for all Thai authorities? How much commission they are getting for Jailing up people? I am sure there is a cut for everyone in this madness. I appeal Human Rights, UN and WHO to intervene in this and check what kind of fraud they are running in name of ASQ and people are jumping from their room balconies to escape this madness.

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    Crispy

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    The idea of vaccinating foreigners for money, before local people, is abhorrent.

    It is the usual problem, I’m afraid: mixed motives. All the schemes are aimed at creaming off from foreigners, but what of the mass of ordinary people?

    Would that these brilliant minds could get to work for the benefit of all residents. Conjure up schemes for protecting health services and local people.

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    Nipral

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 12:02 am

    long time we had not enjoyed a moronic idea from this feckless military sort of govnt !!!
    The stupidities factory is still on. Good news !!!What’s next ? Die to see….

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    Mel Burn

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 12:42 am

    With the air quality in Thailand getting worse every year – I have serious doubts about coming back and staying long term as we were used to. I wonder how many people have similar concerns.

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      EuroMan

      Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 11:00 am

      Agree! Selling Thailand as a wellness hub while ‘offering’ toxic air for months doesn’t go well together. Now they also start burning the tons of plastic waste that’s produced every day more widely, it seems. Nice poison cocktail. Job well done, wellness hub. Every year it gets worse…

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    Geoff

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 5:48 am

    150k! Who’s son/daughter/mia noi thought that one up? And never mind the new 300bt. for tourists, who is going to trust the authorities to give a genuine virus test result on arrival? Even after vacc. in home country? Hypothetical I know, will incomers have any recourse to a second opinion?

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    Andri

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 8:11 am

    Why don’t just vaccinate all the residents in the islands, close the border crossing and fully open to vaccinated tourists?
    This would help a lot the tourism sector, can be made immediately (300.000 doses at max) and has no or little risk involved

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    Jesus Monroe

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Sign me up………does the package come with an anal bleach service also?

  23. Avatar

    Roger C

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    LOS. Land of Stupid. 555

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