Indian tourists

  • Tourism

    Indian travel slowing due to new restrictions

    The massive Indian demographic for Thai tourism has been slowing due to new Covid-19 travel restrictions the Indian government has implemented. Travellers returning from Thailand are now required to take an RT-PCR test, an expensive inconvenience that is discouraging many from travelling. The so-called meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) segment and independent travellers have been particularly put off by…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Indian tourists cancel Thailand trips after govt impose Covid test

    The Thai Hotels Association last night reported that tourists from India are cancelling trips to Thailand in their droves after their government insisted that returning travellers produce a negative Covid-19 test before reentering the country. The new mandate has come as a shock to Indian holidaymakers as the rest of the world contemplates what to do with returning Chinese tourists.…

  • Tourism

    E-visa and visa drop boxes in India will help tourism

    Malaysia has just passed the one million mark for tourists entering Thailand, and officials are eyeing India as the next million-tourists source and hope that introducing e-visas will help. With more airlines planning to launch new routes from various cities in India to Thailand, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) expect the number of Indian travellers entering Thailand to continue…

  • Pattaya

    Prime suspect in Pattaya’s thefts against Indian tourists arrested

    There’s been a major development in the chaos this year around thieves stealing from Indian tourists in Pattaya. One of the prime suspects has been arrested on August 15, police reported yesterday. Tourist Police Colonel Somchai Theerapatphaisarn said the suspect, named Frame, is a transgender individual. Somchai said Frame had fled to Bangkok, and they have allegedly confessed to multiple…

  • Pattaya

    Indian tourist in Pattaya claims his wallet with 17,000 baht stolen

    In the continuing plague of Indian tourists claiming they had high-value items stolen from them on the streets of Pattaya late at night, an Indian tourist reported that his wallet, along with 17,000 baht inside, was stolen by a transgender person. The 29 year old tourist said that he was in Central Pattaya last night at around 1am when someone…

  • Crime

    Phuket gold necklace thief arrested, Pattaya thefts still unsolved

    After an apparent rise in gold necklace snatching crime, police in Phuket have managed to nab one man accused of grabbing a necklace from a woman on her motorbike a few days ago. The necklace that was grabbed as the woman rode her motorbike was gold with a pendant attached and is valued at about 35,000. The Deputy Inspector-General of…

  • Crime

    Another Indian tourist reported gold necklace stolen in Pattaya

    In what has become an all-too-familiar story, Pattaya Police announced that an Indian tourist reported that a transgender woman stole his 30,000 baht gold necklace. The theft is the latest in a rash of gold necklace thefts being reported by Indian tourists in Pattaya, and occasionally Phuket. The victim this time was a 43 year old Indian man who says…

  • Tourism

    Thailand tourism: India No.1 country sending tourists

    The government has been extremely focused on tourism numbers and recovery in the post-pandemic world and the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration reported that 2.2 million visitors have entered Thailand so far this year, over 10% of them from India. More travellers have come from India in the first half of this year than any other country in the world.…

  • Pattaya

    Pattaya police make more promises to stop gold theft against Indian tourists

    Police are making more promises to end Pattaya’s problem with gold theft against Indian tourists. This news follows a string of incidents where thieves have snatched gold necklaces from Indian travellers in recent months. Suspects often flirt with the tourists and touch them, asking them to come to their hotel with them. Victims often realise they have been robbed after…

  • Video

    “Curb your enthusiasm: Thailand gets real over tourism” | GMT

    Tourism operators are quite calm about the current situation in Thailand and are playing down the over optimistic coming tourism statistics being thrown around. The signs of the times, billboard advertisements are doing poorly. We look at the current real estate trends in Phuket and talk to developed Doug Ferguson about his development Trichada. Maya Bay close again and more…

  • Thailand

    Thailand Pass to be Scrapped for Thais? | GMT

    The health minister will propose to the government to cancel the Thailand Pass but for Thais first? TAT says the country is still on track to hit 20 mil tourists this year. We look at the pandemic effects on Education in Thailand and a spirit house snafu. All this and more on today’s Good Morning Thailand.

  • Thailand

    Thai tourism to recover drastically by next year? | GMT

    Thailand’s PM has pushed back the introduction of a 300 baht ‘entry fee’ for tourists. Thai PM expects tourism to recover to half of pre-pandemic levels by next year. Phuket is counting down to declaring Covid-19 an endemic disease. Thailand’s press freedom ranking improves this year. All this and more on todays Good Morning Thailand

  • Tourism

    Thai PM endorses India travel bubble in bid to boost international tourism

    A travel bubble arrangement between Thailand and India has received the backing of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, as officials look to revive foreign tourism in the kingdom. The Bangkok Post reports that government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana says the travel pact between the 2 countries has also been endorsed by Thailand’s public and private sectors. In the pre-Covid days, Thailand welcomed nearly…

  • Pattaya

    Pattaya tourism officials pin hopes on proposed travel bubble with India

    Pattaya is looking to India to salvage what’s left of tourism during the forthcoming low season, as Thailand plans a travel bubble with the South Asian nation. According to a Bangkok Post report, the Tourism Authority of Thailand is preparing a marketing plan targeting would-be visitors from India. The country is one of the few short-haul markets that doesn’t require…

  • Thailand

    Thailand hopeful to draw Indian tourists with new travel bubble

    Ah yes, another travel bubble proposal. This time with India. Thailand hopes to fix its plundered tourism economy by drawing in more Indian tourists with a new plan between the two countries known as the Thai-Indian Air Travel Bubble. A spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration said the ATB will give extra convenience to people travelling between Thailand…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Indian tourists who left Chon Buri before receiving positive test result found in Bangkok

    Like wanted criminals, the mugshots of two Indian travellers were posted on a graphic released by the Chon Buri Health Department. Why? Because they tested positive for Covid-19. And after a search highly publicised in Thai media, the 30 year old and 32 year old were found in Bangkok. The two travellers entered Thailand through the Test & Go quarantine…

  • Tourism

    GoFlight resumes Indian flight to Phuket this week

    India has relaunched direct flights to Phuket with budget airline GoFirst flying from Delhi to Phuket with 187 Indian tourists onboard its inaugural flight. The first flight landed on Saturday and marked the return of what had previously been Phuket’s fastest-growing tourist demographic before the Covid-19 pandemic. Airport staff met the arriving travellers with gift bags and a welcome banner.…

  • Thailand

    Thailand Top Stories | PM to host unity dinner, MP fights to keep seat on panel | November 11

    Natty gives us a quick update on the national Covid-19 situation as well as the top headlines in Thailand and around the region: Thailand focuses tourism on first-time visitors and India, Palang Pracharath MP fights to keep seat on panel, Thousands protest Covid restrictions in New Zealand, Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to launch a vaccinated travel lane

  • Tourism

    Thailand focuses tourism on first-time visitors and India

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand has expanded its target demographic a bit in its plan to reinvigorate the tourist economy in the country. The new plan the TAT is embracing is to focus not just on the so-called “high quality” tourists, but also to chase first-time visitors to Thailand. Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Yuthasak Supasorn is confident and hopeful,…

  • Tourism

    Indian community call for their country to be added to Thailand’s low-risk list

    Indians are urging the Thai government to add India to the list of low-risk countries for Thailand’s November 1 re-opening. The Bangkok Post reports that the Indian community in Thailand have pointed out how much they can contribute to the economy. The plea comes as Thailand prepares to re-open with minimal quarantine for vaccinated visitors from 46 approved countries. While…

  • Tourism

    Tourism calls for Russia and India to be added to safe list

    Now that the 46 countries that can enter Thailand on November 1 without quarantine have been announced, many in the tourism industry are calling for some notable absences to be added to the list. Tourism groups in major travel hubs are calling on the government to add Russia and India to the list of approved countries, believing it will massively…

  • Thailand

    Thailand looks to Indian visitors celebrating Diwali to compensate for lack of Chinese visitors

    Thai officials are hoping to capitalise on the upcoming Hindu festival of lights, also known as Diwali, to get Indian tourists into the country and bolster the stagnant tourism sector. The Bangkok Post notes that this expectation is also seen as a way of compensating for a lack of Chinese tourists. Diwali will begin in early November, which coincides with…