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In an attempt to clarify without actually clarifying the issue, the Phuket Tourist Association was compelled to release a follow-up statement in response to an off-hand remark by an official that implied that only legally married couples could share a room in the Phuket Sandbox rollout. Apparently, the grapevine went like this: During a Zoom meeting with the Association of Thai Travel Agents the subject came up that perhaps international travellers in their SHA Plus certified hotels might wish to have visitors or, ahem, overnight local guests. The president of the Phuket Tourist Association, Bhummikitti Raktaengam, made a comment suggesting […]

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This is getting ridiculous and just demonstrate how little thought have been put into this gravelpit for the last month.

It is not even difficult, just require people staying in a room is registered for their booking. They do that at most descent hotels anyway.

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Lucky prostitution is illegal in Thailand  and this stuff never happens otherwise these visitors could be in trouble..

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The answer should be Simple, but . . . . .

This is the perfect example of coming across as being 'smart' and trying to "save face" all at the same time. 

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26 minutes ago, ozvenision said:

Lucky prostitution is illegal in Thailand  and this stuff never happens otherwise these visitors could be in trouble..

As they use to say = "The blind leading the blind"

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It would almost be worth taking a trip to Phuket in July just for the comedy value, particularly in trying to smuggle an 'entertainer' into your room past all the hotel staff. It would be like being in a Marx Brothers movie. 

I say almost, as all the extra costs and ludicrous rules being heaped onto what should be a straightforward holiday will stop most if not all tourists from going. 

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1 hour ago, Tjampman said:

This is getting ridiculous and just demonstrate how little thought have been put into this gravelpit for the last month.

It is not even difficult, just require people staying in a room is registered for their booking. They do that at most descent hotels anyway.

Yes, you are 100% right. So simple !

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Well that made things as clear as mud. It's turning into a  Laurel and Hardy routine arguing about who is on first base. 

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Well!

Who would have thought that unmarried people would want to share a room in Thailand,  of all places!

Guess those 1500 arrivals on  July 1 are looking even more doubtful.

They really don't like to acknowledge that 20% + of there GDP, is derived from tourism. How do they think these "entertainers " earn their money?

God knows where they get these officials from!

 

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hummmmm the next adventures of Phuket sandbox are going to be Epic  .............i am anxious to see the next episode lol

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You can wine, dine, watch a movie and have a "nap" together in the afternoon with your partner but not stay in the same room at night.

The logic from TAT/Thai officials is simple: "THE COVID-19 VIRUS IS SLEEPING IN THE DAY TIME AND IS ONLY INFECTIOUS AT NIGHT". Sorry, unmarried couples can't stay together in the SHA+ room!!! LOL.

Oh, before I forget. The married couples can because COVID-19 viruses are married couple friendly and it will not want to infect the married people who stay together in the SHA+ room ...????

Please try to understand TAT/Thai officials why they are doing this. They are just following the science!!!

 

 

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to follow your theory of the virus transmission can two or more more people who are married but not to each other share the same room? some variants of the virus may not be able to read the names on the marriage licenses. if I am prince from a middle eastern country with many wives will the virus be many couple friendly, and we can stay in the same room. 

I have a feeling that the advisors to this plan is Monty Python and he is going to release the Killer Rabbit

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The whole Sandbox is rediculous. The T.T.A have no idea about the reality and needs of tourists. Tourists can go to beach areas such as Italy, some of the Spanish islands or Greek islands for a fraction of the cost and without the restrictions. The whole thing is an an abomination, given that Thai teachers and foreign teachers cant get vaccinated to get the Thai education system open. Shame on all of them. Education before entertainment.

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So what ? Just ask the vaccination certificate on top of usual ID if a room has to be shared and PCR  test required rule .... 

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As we know Cats love sand boxes. It looks like some of those lumps are not like the others.  

Married couples only in the rooms is going to work really well,  NOT!  All those sailors coming to town will love this. If it wasn't so tragic it would be funny. There must be a lot of people scrambling to cancel tickets.

Please remind me, the Phuket residents are vaccinated,  so are all the tourists!  Insanity. Lunatics are currently running the world. 

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No, you can't have hourly tramps in your room while you're being quarantined, unless you have the proper paperwork showing that you've committed to a long term lease of said tramp.

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This Sandbox has transitioned from exciting…to hopeful… to disappointing… and now comical. And the best part is…if you review Thailand’s list of Low Risk, Moderate Risk and High Risk countries, Thailand is High Risk. I swear, you can’t make up this kind of comedy.

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2 hours ago, Jackson said:

This Sandbox has transitioned from exciting…to hopeful… to disappointing… and now comical

Fair comment!

 

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To be fair to K. Bhumikitti and the PTA the original statement as reported by the Bangkok Post was perfectly clear and straightforward, as well as justifiable even if it would put off a lot of tourists and I don't agree with it (mainly because I don't agree with the whole sandbox / tourism idea with Thailand largely unvaccinated):

"Guests flying to the island hoping to rejoin friends or loved ones may be disappointed as the sandbox does not allow inbound guests to share a room with domestic guests, he said.

"There is much debate about this question. The health authorities are strongly opposed to the idea of letting visitors and local residents stay together in the same hotel room in the sandbox area as health remains a vital concern," Mr Bhummikitti said."

Nothing to do with morals or married couples, simply not allowing  international (vaccinated) guests and domestic (mainly unvaccinated) guests to share a room.

Throw in some uninformed reporting and comments in and by the foreign media and it all takes on a whole new and different meaning which those then asked  (PTA, etc) weren't prepared for.

 

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@Stonker - your post makes good sense and highlights the stupidity of officials even opening their mouths on subjects when they have no correct advice to offer.  Unfortunately the Thai way is often, speak 1st, think later.

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I predict that when the great day arrives the Thais will be changing rules every hour to make it work.

Still I will be delighted to see the Thai authorities fall flat on their stupid faces.

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3 hours ago, EverHopeful said:

Please remind me, the Phuket residents are vaccinated,  so are all the tourists! 

Certainly, since you ask.

NO, the Phuket residents are NOT all vaccinated. Around 50% are, and around 25% have had a single dose, mainly Sinovac.

... and NO, neither are all the tourists as nobody under 18 is likely to be vaccinated.

... and although 70% or more of hotel staff are vaccinated, very few of the bar / entertainment staff are or will be.

The problem isn't tourists, particularly international tourists  -  it's tourism, with all that tourism requires.

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