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I heard they had a special visa, but I sent an email to the tourist office recommended and just got a reply back saying wait for further news. I wonder if being from the UK is a turn off for them as it is a ‘hot spot’ I guess. I told them I was a Taiwan resident and hadn;t been to Europe in 5 years–but maybe they just go by passport? I know this STV is very expensive and and includes quarantine. But I have my break in January.

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Have a nice trip

Thanks and I guess I;'l wait. I read the Bangkok Post most days and they have been remarkably quiet about tourism for a whil. Today it was mentioned that around 4000 tourists have been admitted during the pandemic. But they didn’t mention the STV. 4000 is a drop in the ocean anyway.

That ‘Draft process for special tourist visa’ flowchart is comedy gold!

Yes it’s insane!

There most be many people struggling at the moment in Thailand, seems like the government have managed to stop the stories from reaching the media.

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I’m impressed the tourist continues to smile through that. I’d have thought he’d be holding a gun to his head by stage 25 or so.

Seems they forgot the last step.


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Anyone tracking current or upcoming vaccination, quarantine, Phuket sandbox, etc. requirements?

We are going to Bangkok for a convention but we will have 4 days that we are free to do what we want. We are thinking of taking a short trip to either places to enjoy the beach in June. Any advice on which one is preferred?

We are interested in nice beaches and food. I know Pattaya is probably better for nightlife but that’s not important to us.

Pattaya is busy, low class. Hua Hin is less seedy, more sleepy. Pattaya being busier will have more variety of nicer restaurants and other things to do. The Hua Hin beach is nothing special. Why not fly to one of the islands?


Ko Pi Pi is a little more genteel. Pattaya is pure euro trash and the dregs of the Americas.


If just wanting to go by land, and not air, and wanting beautiful beaches and water, Pattaya it not the spot. Go on past Pattaya to Koh Chang or other island, or day trips from Pattaya to the Koh Lan. All great beaches, but not “beautiful beaches with beautiful clear water” so to speak.

Hua Hin, nice beaches of course, beautiful, but still not the best.

For best and most beautiful, still need to go further south.

It’s all relative, as most all beaches in Thailand could be considered nice and beautiful.


Yes, to the above. Hua Hin is sleepy, much less seedy. There’s Royals living in the area also. And yes, the beach is nothing special. And yet, I’ve been 5x.

If you’ve already “done” Thailand, bkk, the north, the islands, Pattaya, etc, then Hua Hin isn’t any of that excitement, it’s where you go to unwind. There’s a great nightmarket which is wonderful after a day doing nothing at the beach, maybe reading a book. Maybe catch an early night and do the same the next day.

Hua Hin is boring, really boring. For me that’s great.

Yes, there’s bars, bar girls, ladyboys, kickboxing, but on a much smaller, and subdued scale.

Bonus, i usually took a taxi there and back from bkk.

Don’t go to Hua Hin, it’s boring :sleeping:.


Cicada, not the one near the train station

If you go past Hua Hin a bit the beaches get nicer. It’s quiet there, but there’s always seafood and easy to drive to HH for other food etc. We liked Khao Kalok Beach this time. Really good German/Thai-run restaurant right there. Or go down to Koh Chang as suggested for somewhere a bit nicer.


Any recommendations?

I’m open to the idea, it’s just that these places are relatively close to Bangkok. I’m been to Phuket before as well.

I’m not a beach lover, and mostly traveled by motorcycle, so didn’t do all the islands. Koh Chang has come up a few times on the thread…

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I’m looking at Ko Samui, flights are actually pretty cheap if I get them now.

Anyone with any experiences there?

I appreciate the bluntness so I can avoid it. I had a feeling as much.