The Thailand Tourism Authority announced that a total of 10 main tourist destinations are now curfew-free. These destinations are:
2: Ko Samui
3: Pattaya City
4: Hua Hin
8: Hat Yai
9: Ko Chang
10: Ko Phangan (including Ko Tao)
This took after the last night announcement by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to lift curfew in Hat Yai, Ko Chang and Ko Phangan Districts with immediate impact. Two days preceding that, the council lifted curfew in Hua Hin, Cha-am, Krabi and Phang-nga, and prior a week ago (on 3 June, 2014) it repudiated the nighttime restriction for Phuket, Ko Samui and Pattaya.
These 10 travel destinations are among the most-loved and visited tourists regions in Thailand, in this way the curfew demonstrates the NCPO’s dedication to push tourism, which it identified as one of the kingdom’s key economic drivers.
The TAT needs to guarantee all travelers visiting Thailand that tourism remains unaffected since the nation was put under the adminstration of the NCPO on 22 May 2014.
All airports throughout Thailand, including at key international gateways – Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang), Phuket, Ko Samui, Hat Yai and Chiang Mai – as well as modes of transport (road, rail and waterway) are working as per normal. Airlines likewise keep on operating incoming and outgoing flights as per normal.
All tourism-related businesses and services (hotel, resorts, spas, restaurants, entertainment venues, cinemas, convention centers, shopping malls, superstores, convenient stores, as well as banks, petrol and gas stations) all through Thailand are open and working as usual. Phone and internet services keep on being accessible 24 hours.
In Bangkok and other traveler destinations, life proceeds as normal and all tourism-related business and services are working as per normal. Voyagers can keep on enjoying the many fine-dining and nightlife, provided that they observe the curfew time from midnight to 4 a.m.
For visa application and procedure, travelers can keep on applying for visa as usual at Royal Thai Embassy and Consulates internationally. For visa-on-arrival, all international checkpoints – airports, border checkpoints and sea ports – are open and operating as per normal.