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While officials rush to restore Phuket’s reputation following the murder of a Swiss tourist, the eyes of the US government are on how Thailand is managing the pandemic (or not). According to a Bangkok Post report, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention is warning citizens against travel to Thailand as Covid-19 infections and deaths continue to rise. The CDC has just upgraded Thailand to the highest Covid-19 warning level (“Level 4: Very High”), along with over 70 other locations, including Malaysia, Myanmar, and Indonesia. The centre has posted an update on its website, warning that even vaccinated travellers […]

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I’m still planning on flying in next week next week, assuming the Sandbox is still going. Thailand (and especially Phuket) is safer than a lot of parts of the US. I believe Florida alone has seen similar daily case counts, but with less than a third the population. And Thailand actually enforces its public health measures.

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23 minutes ago, Chad said:

I’m still planning on flying in next week next week, assuming the Sandbox is still going. Thailand (and especially Phuket) is safer than a lot of parts of the US. I believe Florida alone has seen similar daily case counts, but with less than a third the population. And Thailand actually enforces its public health measures.

I am sure you are confused with some other country,  "Thailand actually enforces its public health measures."  Please let me know when they will actually will start doing this!

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26 minutes ago, Chad said:

I’m still planning on flying in next week next week, assuming the Sandbox is still going. Thailand (and especially Phuket) is safer than a lot of parts of the US. I believe Florida alone has seen similar daily case counts, but with less than a third the population. And Thailand actually enforces its public health measures.

You got to be kidding me 

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10 minutes ago, Thommo said:

I am sure you are confused with some other country,  "Thailand actually enforces its public health measures."  Please let me know when they will actually will start doing this!

I should have qualified that with “compared to the US.” We had all sort of “lockdowns” and mask “mandates,” but next to no enforcement, and now of course we have very few restrictions.

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45 minutes ago, Chad said:

I’m still planning on flying in next week next week, assuming the Sandbox is still going. Thailand (and especially Phuket) is safer than a lot of parts of the US. I believe Florida alone has seen similar daily case counts, but with less than a third the population. And Thailand actually enforces its public health measures.

In some places like CM it seems pretty safe. Well considering CV-19 is still up here and everywhere, but seems life is Covid normal here. And you would be flying in for a holiday or you have something going on here?

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5 minutes ago, HolyCowCm said:

In some places like CM it seems pretty safe. Well considering CV-19 is still up here and everywhere, but seems life is Covid normal here. And you would be flying in for a holiday or you have something going on here?

Just holiday. I’m not interested in nightlife, so I have no qualms with the bars being closed. I plan to just explore the area, try different foods, hopefully get some good photos without people everywhere.

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9 minutes ago, Chad said:

Just holiday. I’m not interested in nightlife, so I have no qualms with the bars being closed. I plan to just explore the area, try different foods, hopefully get some good photos without people everywhere.

Why not. Go for it. Not sure what is open for you to enjoy, but no tourists and a chance of a life time like that sounds ideal. Surely there must be some Thai out and about unless the mean ole governor locked them all up.

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6 minutes ago, NCC1701A said:

what kind of health insurance do you have?

I got Heymondo, underwritten by AXA Spain. No problem with COE. My employer sponsored insurance should cover anything in Thailand as well.

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1 hour ago, Thaiger said:

The CDC has just upgraded Thailand to the highest Covid-19 warning level (“Level 4: Very High”)

nothing about ladyboy pick pockets? 

 

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1 hour ago, Chad said:

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And Thailand actually enforces its public health measures.

Really? I ride my pushbike most days and see shops still serving sit down meals (though I'll admit they are sitting in an open air setting). At least twice a week I stop off at the farmers market on Siam Country Club Road cuz I can bring my bike inside. NO social distancing, no temp check or hand sanitizer, MOST of the people are masked. The only enforcement I've actually seen was a bar my friends and I used to frequent being shut down cuz there was a jealous competitor.

Don't pin your hopes on Thailand enforcing anything. It's too much bother and nothing in it for them.

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1 hour ago, Chad said:

And Thailand actually enforces its public health measures.

the moment you realize why you have been quoted 257 times. :classic_laugh:

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2 hours ago, Thaiger said:

While officials rush to restore Phuket’s reputation following the murder of a Swiss tourist, the eyes of the US government are on how Thailand is managing the pandemic (or not). According to a Bangkok Post report, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention is warning citizens against travel to Thailand as Covid-19 infections and deaths continue to rise. The CDC has just upgraded Thailand to the highest Covid-19 warning level (“Level 4: Very High”), along with over 70 other locations, including Malaysia, Myanmar, and Indonesia. The centre has posted an update on its website, warning that even vaccinated travellers […]

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well everyday 20 k new cases ,in times when effective vaccines ( pfitzer, moderna ) are around is a failure big time....not only its a failure the government wastes the money on a basically useless vaccine ( sinovac ) for delta ( in Los number one variant )...

plus they start experimenting with a mixup that can kill people ....( as seen )

also there is no permanent free mass testing ( the gold standard for fast virus isolation )

in the midst of all this they create a bs sandbox tourist scheme that does not protect anyone ...in reverse brought them the us travel warning

i think they put in a lot of afford they have high trained professionals in many fields...but the effort was the wrong one...

same as if ur car battery is down u start changing the wheels...or call ur mom to ask her whats the time..

same same but different ? sabai sabai thai style....nice, BUT in the real world of brutal nature, viruses , death and desaster an absolut useless highly dangerous concept...it will bring death poverty crime and the end to thais tourism industry ( btw 30 percent of income )....

if the bhat droppes ( like its already starting ) the rat tail of bad consequences starts arising....

maybe the answer to the coming economical mass poverty mass crimes and suizide thats on the Horizont will be to come back to the roots...

which roots ??? white powder from golden triangle ( see afghanistan ) tons and tons police escorted from the north direct to bkk harbour like its used to be 40 y. back, ...girls from isaan and slave laboured cheap rice as main export to the world...

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2 hours ago, Chad said:

I’m still planning on flying in next week next week, assuming the Sandbox is still going. Thailand (and especially Phuket) is safer than a lot of parts of the US. I believe Florida alone has seen similar daily case counts, but with less than a third the population. And Thailand actually enforces its public health measures.

Hope it all goes well for you Chad. Just one thing I hope you don’t mind me highlighting which you may know and not concerned about. If anything was to happen and you were taken to hospital (possibly not even a serious issue with Covid), it’s a possibility your insurance won’t pay up if the government is advising against travel to Thailand? In many European countries such as the U.K. if the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice is not to travel to a country and you choose to do so, most insurance policies are null & void. Not sure how it works in the US or elsewhere but worth thinking about. 

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3 hours ago, Thommo said:

I am sure you are confused with some other country,  "Thailand actually enforces its public health measures."  Please let me know when they will actually will start doing this!

120 days time. That is official, ask the PM, everything will be in 120 days.

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Of course the infection rate in Thailand is currently lower than what we are experiencing in the US at the moment so maybe the US is dark, dark red.   While the US as a whole is close to the Thai average the state of Florida, with a population of 25.5M, is recording over 28,000 cases a day.  



 

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Me and wifey have been all over the country to Phuket, Chiang Mai, BKK, Koh Chaing and here in Korat in just the last few months. The craziest area we went was the market in Chiang Mai near US Consulate... Barely any masking and a pretty much free-for-all type behavior. Phuket and beaches/Islands we very empty and there was barely anything open compared to previous visits. Bangkok traffic wasnt too bad but Bangkok is now locked down and pretty pointless to visit. But for someone coming here for a random overpriced visit to eat some food and take pictures of some empty beaches and shuttered shops sounds a bit underwhelming. To my friends that talk about coming to Thailand and are still new to it, I basically tell them do yourself a favor and choose another country.

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On 8/10/2021 at 12:14 AM, HolyCowCm said:

In some places like CM it seems pretty safe. Well considering CV-19 is still up here and everywhere, but seems life is Covid normal here. And you would be flying in for a holiday or you have something going on here?

Is where I stay as an expat..Id do an ASQ in CM if they had direct flights as is my final destination....

 

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