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After the 14 days of Quarantine in O2 Hotel, we stayed for 5 days in Bangkok. We experienced the city in 2018 as everything was just normal. Back in March 2018, the streets were crowded, the malls were noisy and all the attractions were open. In March 2021 everything looked very different and we could not recognize the city again! During this week, we extended our Tourist Visa, registered the drone for flying legally in Thailand, and enjoyed the big city without the crowds.
We decided to fly to Phuket as it is the biggest island in Thailand and we have never been there before. During Covid-19 there are many empty spaces where traveling to is very difficult due to not operating transportation, therefore we chose to start our journey in Phuket. We flew by Vietjet from Bangkok to Phuket International Airport. Different to the domestic flights in Indonesia, there is no need of a PCR test to fly in Thailand. Currently, there are 5 AOT-operated airports located in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Hat Yai. The operating airlines are namely Nok Air, Thai AirAsia, Thai Lion Air, and Thai Vietjet. To prevent the spread of the virus infection, all inbound and outbound passengers must pass a checkpoint for body temperature scan at AOT airports and always wear a face mask while in the airport area.
THAILAND IS OPEN FOR TOURISM BUT REQUIRES SPECIAL VISA, TEST AND QUARANTINE. Thailand is open to tourists from all countries. PCR test and mandatory 14-day quarantine are required on arrival and all visitors must apply for a travel visa. Additionally, all non-Thai arrivals will need to prove they are covered by private health insurance in case they get sick when in the country. Thailand ASQ, is a period of mandatory quarantine accommodation for arriving international visitors at government-accredited hotels. All ASQ bookings are paid by the traveler. Properties that have been approved for ASQ by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health are now offering packages that can be easily booked online.
Furthermore, Thailand authority CESA has given the green light to reopen Phuket, which will allow international tourists who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to visit the island with no quarantine, starting from 01.06.2021, Phuket is the first destination to reopen for international tourists.
For all arriving to Bangkok, the quarantine will be reduced to seven days starting from 01.04.2021 for foreigners who have received two doses of vaccine at least 14 days before arrival.
Where to Stay in Bangkok
As you would expect from a major metropolitan and touristic city in Southeast Asia, Bangkok has no shortage of options when it comes to accommodation. As always, I’d suggest you stay somewhere central, to make accessing all the attractions as easy as possible.
If you are on a budget and it is your first time in Bangkok I suggest staying near Khao San Road which is the most famous area for backpackers. If you rather want to have a glimpse into traditional Thai culture, Thonburi would be the right choice for you. Rattanakosin is the best neighborhood if you want to be near some major tourist attractions like Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Mahathat, and the National Gallery. If you are searching for vivid, hectic, and packed full of people streets, market stalls, and a good choice of gold shops – China Town is the right place to stay. Silom is famous for being the red light district in Bangkok. If you want luxury hotels, European restaurants, and lively nightlife – book a hotel in Sukhumvit.
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