CAN I TRAVEL TO THAILAND?
Last Updated Jan 19th, 2021
THAILAND TRAVEL ADVISORY
Don’t pack away your bikinis & shit shirts just yet!
WHAT THE UK GOVERNMENT IS SAYING
At the moment, the FCO is advising against all but essential international travel to Thailand. In order for a country to be exempt from this advice and be on the UK Gov’s “Travel Corridor List” it must be reporting lower than 20 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the population. Those that have infection rates lower than that are deemed safe to go to and whacked back on the list. But beware, Boris and his pals have a habit of taking things off the list at short notice so keep checking and watch the trends in each country for an indication…
Additionally, the UK has announced a new national lockdown that will last until at least mid-Feb so until then if you are in the UK you will need to stay at home :(
WHAT THE THAI GOVERNMENT IS SAYING (WE THINK)
Ok, so just because the UK government put a country on it's magical list, does not mean that this country will automatically start letting people from the UK or anywhere else in straight away. Fortunately, for the first time since this pandemic began it actually looks like Thailand is easing up its restrictions a bit! As of December 17th entry restrictions to Thailand have been relaxed for visitors from 56 countries including the US, France and Australia. Nationals of these countries don’t need to apply for a visa but they still have to get a PCR test and undergo a 2 week quarantine period at a government-approved quarantine hotel or resort. If your country isn't on that list of the 56 exempt-countries, you can still come to Thailand but you will have to apply for a Special tourist visa in addition to the quarantine and PCR test.
Vaccine Latest: What The Science Says
If there is a silver bullet to getting us back out there exploring, it’ll come from the wonderful men and women in the long white coats, rushing to produce a COVID vaccine. November has been the month of awesome news on vaccines. First, Pfizer & BioTech’s released 90% efficacy in stage 3 trials and could be administering vaccinations as early as Dec 11. This great news was soon followed by Moderna, who’s vaccine reported 94% effectiveness at halting the coronavirus infection.
The world’s top immunologists have come together in an unprecedented way to help get us out of this and save lives (we’ve got a lot of TruHeroes out there!), and now the latest vaccination trial from Oxford University and AstraZeneca is reporting ‘up to 90%' efficacy. The search and distribution of a COVID vaccine is really motoring now, so those chances of you getting to travel Thailand with us in 2021 are going up all the time! Here’s to the nerds, f*ck yeah!
Thailand is a safe place to go right now as it has barely any covid cases, however they are worried that people will come in from overseas and mess that up by infecting them so are reluctant to let international tourists in yet. Which we can understand. They are thinking of letting a few people in but not many and it looks like it will be a ballache to actually get one of these special tourist visas.
Thailand we love you with all of our hearts. But we’ll wait until you make it a bit easier for us to come back until we attempt to rekindle our relationship x
THE BIG QUESTION - WHEN SHOULD I VISIT THAILAND?
I mean it's completely down to where you visit in the country in terms of weather. Still, overall you'll get the best weather in Thailand between December to April. The northeast monsoon is blowing cold, dry air which deffo helps in the heat. During this cool (we can't say "cold" when it comes to Thailand weather) season, the temperatures range from 18-32 degrees Celsius in Bangkok. But in northern and northeast Thailand it can be a little cooler.
After that, it gets HOT, HOT, HOT. If you're a sun addict like me, head to Thailand anytime between March-end of June and you'll be floating poolside, mojito in hand catching some rays allllll day long. Temperatures are averaged around 34 degrees but can often hit up to 40 degrees! SO. Don't forget to pack that factor 50! (We're responsible after all)
In general, Thailand has some of the most beautiful weather in the world, which is why it's easy to see people visit and never want to come home. The rainy season is still warm and most activities you can do all year round!
THAILAND TRAVEL INSPIRATION
Is It Just Buckets, Beaches & Babes?
Straight answer - absolutely not. There are so many amazing things to do and see in Thailand, try not to spend every night drinking buckets on the beach. Sure, seawater is scientifically proven to cure any hangover. (That's if you'd call a college-educated, 27-year-old blogger a scientist then yeah it's scientifically proven) But, there's SOOOO much more to see and do out there!
Here's some of the best "What to do in Thailand" suggestions courtsey of yours truly.
Get yourself off the beaten track, away from the crowds and stay overnight with a local hill tribe - a once in a lifetime experience and a TruExclusive. Fall asleep to the sounds of wildlife, hear about their culture and heritage. You may even learn a thing or two ;)
Care for Elephants. The keyword being CARE. Volunteer and help out at an Elephant Sanctuary for Elephants affected by the dark tourism side who have been rescued from the logging industry and tourism parks. Do good, be good & spend ya money making a difference. It's the future guys! You may even get to feed a watermelon to an Elephant, and if that's not the cutest thing you've ever seen, then I don't know what to tell you.
Visit Khao Sok National Park - Get your pencil out and write this on your bucket list! Spend your day kayaking on the turquoise lake, or floating with a beer in hand in a rubber tube. In between swimming, crying because you're so happy, you're in paradise and watching the stars go down on your very own FLOATING BUNGALOW. Sit back and enjoy dinner in amongst the most scenic backdrops. Because that's right, you're in between a limestone mountain range.
YOU HAVE TO TAKE A COOKING CLASS. That's it, there I said it. Thai cuisine is up there with some of the best food in the world! So take a cooking class, you may come home the next Gordon Ramsey in the kitchen, and if that fails at least you'll know how to cook up a delicious Pad Thai for that awkward first tinder date.
So there aren't many things I'll tell you, you HAVE to do, BUT I AM TELLING YOU YOU NEED TO VISIT BOTTLE BEACH BUNGALOWS. This is a must-do — a must-see. A must visit. It's beautiful, secluded, everything you've dreamt of when you first booked your flight to Thailand. Not many people can stay overnight as it's pretty exclusive & small. Eat, swim, drink, play volleyball and have dinner watching the sunset in your own private slice of paradise. D.R.E.A.M.
Although we can't travel to Thailand right now, if anything now is the time to PLAN, PLAN, PLAN. Decide where you want to go, what you want to do and don't stop till you get there. Travel restrictions won't always be in place, and that first Chang will taste better than ever. It's been a crazy year, and you deserve to plan the trip of a lifetime.
If you need a sign to book a holiday.
THIS. IS. IT.