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Southern Thailand Floods Situation Update

Much of Nakhon Si Thammarat, a key financial center of the southern region, was submerged, forcing major banks and shopping malls to close down. Its airport, which links Bangkok with many islands frequented by tourists, was also shut down.

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The flooding in Thailand’s southern region is currently affecting some southern areas, mostly in the eastern region of the Gulf of Thailand, due to heavy monsoon rains over the past few days.
The flood – the worst in 20 years according to local officials – prompted junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha to embark on an urgent visit to one of the provinces affected, while authorities scramble to evacuate residents trapped in their homes and re-open roads and rail tracks cut off by the deluge.

However, Phuket, Phang-nga, Krabi in the Andaman coastal area, and Hat Yai in Songkhla are unaffected by the floods, and all land and air transportation is operating as normal.

The worst-hit provinces, where rainfall covered over 80 percent of the area, were Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phang Nga and Ranong. Lesser affected provinces included Phuket, Krabi, Phatthalung, Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani.

Below is a tourism update in related to the flood situation in each region:

Ko Samui and Ko Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand and Trang in the Andaman coastal area have been affected by the floods, but the situation has eased as of 6 January, 2017.

Nakhon Si Thammarat: due to high-levels of floodwaters in the city centre, the province’s only airport has been temporarily closed during 6-7 January, 2017. Southern long distance trains from Bangkok have been suspended at Thung Song Station

Surat Thani: the north-south link Asian Highway No. 41 has seen some sections of the stretch being submerged under water. But quick temporary measures, such as temporary bridges and pumping of floodwaters have been put in place to allow vehicles to pass through.

Chumphon: On 6 January, 2017, an early morning Nok Air flight from Bangkok was unable to land at the province’s only airport, and was diverted to Surat Thani. The flight has since departed Surat Thani for Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport.

Narathiwat: Chao Mae Tomo Shrine in Su-ngai Kolok District is affected.

According to the Thai Meteorological Department, Southern Thailand and the Thai Gulf is still covered by a low pressure ridge which is moving up towards Myanmar and into the Andaman Sea. Heavy rain is expected in most southern areas, but the rains are expected to ease by the end of this coming weekend.

Tourists are still able to visit the South of Thailand but advised to check the news and with tour agencies about areas they plan to visit and to monitor the local weather reports.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand is offering information and assistance to tourists through TAT Contact Center 1672 and all its offices in Thailand.

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The Bachelor Japan Season 4 showcases Thailand

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Bangkok, 2 December, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to report that Thailand features as the main location in the Japanese reality TV show ‘The Bachelor Japan Season 4’, of which the first episode aired on 25 November, 2021.

In cooperation with the TAT Tokyo Office, a film crew from Amazon Prime Japan and YD Creation Japan comprising 65 actors, production staff, technicians and others travelled to Thailand to shoot for the show in the spectacular Southern provinces of Phuket, Phang-Nga, and Krabi between April and June 2021.

A total of six out of the 10 60-minute episodes of ‘The Bachelor Japan Season 4’ were filmed in Thailand.

 Aside from the valuable promotional exposure the destination will receive in Japan, a key source market for visitors from the Asian region, the foreign production also generated much-needed income and employment opportunities in the local tourism and film-related sectors of the three chosen locations.

Phuket, Phang-Nga’ and Krabi were among the first destinations in Thailand to reopen to tourism under the Sandbox programme, and the TAT Tokyo Office has capitalised on the interest of foreign filmmaking to promote the world-class tourist appeal and public health safety standards of these destinations.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said “Popular TV shows like ‘The Bachelor’ are an effective way to deliver promotional messages directly to international markets, in this case Japan, which is among the 63 countries and territories from which fully vaccinated visitors can enter Thailand through the Exemption from Quarantine (TEST & GO) programme. With Thailand featuring so significantly in ‘The Bachelor Japan Season 4’, this helps us to promote travel to Thailand now that entry rules are being relaxed and tourists are once again welcomed.”

Fully vaccinated visitors from every country around the world can also visit Thailand via the Living in the “Blue Zone” Sandbox destinations programme. Meanwhile, partially or unvaccinated visitors are also much welcomed via the Happy Quarantine programme. However, to prevent and control the spread of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant, Thailand currently imposes travel restrictions on arrivals from Africa.

Photo Credit: Instagram: @BachelorJapan外部リンク, @bachelorjap外部リンク

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COVID-19 vaccine guide for travellers to Thailand

International travellers, including returning Thais and foreign residents, who are above 18 years of age should get fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) or the World Health Organisation (WHO) no less than 14 days before their travel date.

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Bangkok, Updated on 29 November, 2021.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide an update to our guide to COVID-19 vaccines for international travellers to Thailand effective from 16 December 2021.

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