Welcome to our ‘Experience Asia’ Newsletter for August 2021
Apologies that our newsletter has been posted later than expected this month as we have been waiting for the latest update on Thailand’s entry rules
Please find below are the current entry conditions for our destinations plus hotel and product updates
Both the Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus programs are going ahead as usual, and the reopening of Krabi and Phang Nga to fully vaccinated international tourists is set to start later this month. Also the government has plans to reduce the mandatory stay in Phuket to 7 days
Thailand News – World Heritage Site
The Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex has been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List making it Thailand’s sixth World Heritage Site. Located inside Thailand’s largest national park of the same name, Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex covers 464,000 hectares and is easily accessible from Hua Hin
Thailand News – Coral Reefs
From 4th August, Thailand has banned the use of sunscreens containing harmful chemicals including oxybenzone, octinoxate, 4MBC and butylparaben in the country’s national parks, in order to protect the endangered coral reefs.
Thailand Hotel Update – ‘Six Senses Forestias’, Bangkok (opening 2023)
‘Six Senses’ will open their first project in Bangkok in 2023. The standalone “green” city of ‘Forestias’, on the outskirts of Bangkok is slated to cover an area of 64 hectares, in keeping with ‘Six Senses’ holistic approach
Thailand Hotel Update – ‘Melia Chiang Mai’ (opening end of 2021)
Meliá Chiang Mai, a new 260 room hotel that towers over the River Ping and bustling Night Bazaar in the heart of Chiang Mai city in Thailand’s mountainous north, is slated to open its doors for business in the fourth quarter of 2021
Thailand Hotel Update – ‘INNSiDE by Melia Bangkok’ (opening 2022)
The five-star hotel is part of the Meliá brand’s roll-out plan in key destinations across Thailand. INNSiDE by Meliá Bangkok Sukhumvit, the first property of its brand in Thailand, and located close to the Suvarnabhumi Airport, is due to open in 2022.
Thailand Hotel Update – ‘Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort’ (opening end of 2021)
Scheduled to reopen in the fourth quarter of 2021, Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort features 201 rooms and suites. The resort is located at Kamala Beach, a short drive from Patong Beach and a 40-minute taxi transfer from the airport.
Thailand Product Highlights – ‘Scuba Diving in Phuket’
With worldwide recognition, scuba diving in Phuket encompasses everything from extensive fringing reefs to dramatic drop-offs, impressive granite walls, wrecks, caves and tunnels. Diving in Phuket is a paradise for scuba divers of all levels
Thailand Product Highlights – ‘Hong By Starlight’ (Sea Canoe experience)
Our popular day tour, exploring inside Phang Nga Bay’s marine geology, – including the caves and hidden lagoons with an abundance of wildlife, such as macaques, water monitors, kingfishers, mudskippers, egrets, Sea Eagles and Brahminy Kites. This world-famous trip features a journey using custom-made sea kayaks with a guide to paddle you through Phang Nga Bay’s ‘Tidal Sea Caves’
Warm Wishes and Safe Travels
Stephen McEvoy / Managing Director