Here’s how to travel alone in Phuket, courtesy of our expert advice:
It’s not as perilous as you may expect to travel alone to Phuket, despite what many say. Because you’ll be dealing with any issues that arise on your own if you fly alone, you’ll have to spend a lot more time getting ready. Being cautious is always preferable to being sorry while travelling alone! Are you all set now?
It’s usually preferable to stay at a resort on a secluded stretch of coastline. Try to get a room on the hotel’s private beach, if you can. Due to the fact that you are travelling alone, you will want to take advantage of the sand and sea without having to compete for space with a large number of other tourists. A hotel in Surin Beach, or Karon Beach, for example, would be your best bet if you’re looking to make new acquaintances.
Taking a taxi by yourself can be both expensive and pointless. If you’re on a budget and don’t have much luggage, taking a shared minivan will save you money and get you immediately to your hotel. The cost should be under 250 baht, and you’ll be riding in the back of someone else’s vehicle to the same destination or one nearby. The smart bus is also an option if you want to save money but don’t mind travelling for a longer period of time.
The most convenient option is almost usually to rent a car. However, if you’re travelling alone, the expense can be prohibitive. Tuk-tuk and motorbike taxi services, on the other hand, are equally as convenient due to their widespread availability. Although UBER isn’t available, you can use the Grab app in its place. Using Grab to get a carpool or private ride around town is a breeze. Taking public transit, on the other hand, will save you more money in the long run. You can get to several beaches for a good price with the Phuket Smart Bus system, but the trip will take longer than with any of the other options. Instead of using public transportation, consider hiring a motorcycle and exploring the area on your own. To avoid getting into any trouble, make sure you can ride a motorcycle in poor road conditions. Always wear a helmet when you’re out driving.
You don’t have to be miserable because you’re travelling alone. Phuket offers a wide range of activities that can be enjoyed by both individuals and groups. Visits to elephant sanctuaries, ziplining, enjoying a cruise, and cooking classes are just a few examples. Walking about Phuket Town, going for a hike in the hills, or taking a bike ride to a scenic overlook are all excellent ways to spend time alone.
Even if you’re travelling alone, you can still meet new individuals. Nearly every street corner in Phuket is home to a bar or club. Just find one that appeals to you and strike up a conversation with a nice stranger there. Whatever the case may be, who knows? You may make a new lifelong friend after a few travel-related discussions and perhaps a recipe exchange!
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Thailand’s Tourism Authority has issued a letter stating that Phuket will be open to vaccinated Thai and foreign visitors.
As of October 1, Thailand has lifted the listing of countries per the level of COVID-19 transmission risks for Sandbox tourists. This means Thailand is now welcoming fully vaccinated travelers from any country in the world to the Sandbox program in Phuket, Samui, Krabi, and Phang Nga.
New Sandbox Update
The Sandbox stay will be reduced from 14 to 7 nights unless travelers have proof of return tickets leaving Phuket (to another country) before 7 days.
Those arriving in Thailand from 1 October 2021 who have been issued COEs under the old system (i.e. before 28 September 2021) may use their old COEs (no need to apply for new COEs); their sandbox stay period will be determined based on their vaccination documents upon entering Thailand.
Those who arrived in Thailand before 1 October 2021 and are still in their Sandbox stay are required to complete their stay for a total of 10 nights (instead of 14 nights). You may contact your SHA+ hotel about this.
For fully vaccinated travelers arriving in Bangkok who are not eligible for Sandbox programs:
The quarantine period will be reduced from 14 to 7 days for fully vaccinated travelers, and 10 days for unvaccinated/partially vaccinated travelers, subject to terms and conditions.
Those arriving in Thailand from 1 October 2021 who have been issued COEs under the old system (i.e. before 28 September 2021) may use their old COEs (no need to apply for new COEs); their quarantine period will be determined based on their vaccination documents upon entering Thailand.
Those who arrived in Thailand before 1 October 2021 and are still in quarantine are required to complete their quarantine for a total of 10 days (instead of 14 days).
For unvaccinated children who are arriving in Bangkok are subject to mandatory 10-night quarantine accompanied by their parents who are also required to complete 10-night quarantine regardless of their vaccination status.
7-Day Stay for Sandbox Tourists from Any Country in the World
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to inform you that, as a result of new travel restrictions and entry requirements, authorized by the Royal Thai Government, fully vaccinated foreign visitors visiting Phuket, Surat Thani, Phang-Nga, and Krabi via the appropriate sandbox programs will only be allowed to remain for seven nights before being able to travel to other areas of Thailand.
After recent changes to the sandbox stay requirements for international visitors, individuals who enter Thailand via the “Phuket Sandbox” will only be needed to remain in the province for seven days rather than the prior fourteen days. As part of the “Sandbox” pilot project, vaccinated visitors from other countries can travel freely on the island, rather than being forced to stay in a hotel.
The shortened sandbox period applies to people traveling to Phuket, Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao), Phang-Nga (Khao Lak and Ko Yao), and Krabi as part of the “Sandbox” initiative (Ko Phi Phi, Ko Ngai, and Railay Beach).
In addition, properly vaccinated visitors may now fly directly to the authorized regions of Phang-Nga and Krabi after arriving in Phuket and remain for up to seven days in each location.
Visitors coming to Phuket via the “Sandbox” initiative, according to a notification posted on Facebook by the government’s Phuket Information Centre, visitors coming in Phuket via the ” Sandbox ” initiative would be required to remain at a certified SHA+ hotel for 7 days before proceeding other provinces in Thailand. According to the notification, travelers may now apply for a seven-day Certificate of Entry, often known as a COE. The order will take effect the next day.
Travelers must be completely vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 14 days before departure to be eligible for admission under the “Sandbox” or the reduced quarantine period of seven days if entering Thailand from another province.
Further development is that, as of today (October 1, 2021), Thailand has been removed from the list of nations with the highest degree of COVID-19 transmission hazards for Sandbox visitors. As a result, travelers from any nation globally are now welcome to participate in the ‘Sandbox’ program in Thailand. According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), tourists from “any place in the globe” who have had all of their vaccinations may now plan vacations in Phuket, Samui and other areas participating in the sandbox program.
Reduced Quarantine for Other Travelers
The quarantine period for properly vaccinated foreign visitors coming to Thailand, including those traveling via the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) system, would be lowered from 14 to seven days as of today (October 1, 2021).
The Covid task group recommended a decrease in the obligatory quarantine time at Monday’s CCSA meeting, which was presided over by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. The quarantine period will be reduced from 14 days to seven days for fully vaccinated visitors. A quarantine term of 10 to 14 days is imposed on those who are not vaccinated or who cannot provide proof of their vaccination status to the authorities.
It is also good to note that vaccinated travelers who are arriving in Bangkok will be required to undergo the mandatory 7-night quarantine since Bangkok is not included in the Sandbox program. Not vaccinated travelers arriving in Bangkok or other international airports and land borders will be subject to 10 to 14 nights quarantine.
Indonesians and Malaysians, along with many other nationalities, will now be able to go to the southern resort island and several of its neighboring countries, which were previously barred from doing so.
Before the epidemic, Malaysia was the world’s second most popular tourist destination, with more than 4 million visitors in 2019, accounting for 10% of all international visitors.
The statement by the TAT late Friday is part of a broader effort to boost tourism in the wake of officials’ decision to reduce the obligatory quarantine time for travelers from outside who have received vaccinations to seven days.
According to the organization, authorities would no longer adhere to a list of eligible nations — expected to number about 80 — based on the danger of Covid transmission. As a result, Thailand is now accepting travelers from any nation in the globe to participate in the Sandbox program, according to a statement published on its website.
Tanee Sangrat, a spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, stated that unvaccinated youngsters would be permitted to travel with their vaccinated families.
According to local officials, the sandbox initiative, which started on July 1, has drawn more than 38,000 tourists to Phuket and produced an estimated 2.3 billion baht in income.
The quarantine period has been reduced to seven days for visitors to Phuket, Surat Thani (which includes Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao), Phangnga (which includes Khao Lak and Koh Yao), and Krabi (Koh Phi Phi, Koh Ngai, and Railay Beach).
Additionally, according to the TAT, fully vaccinated visitors will now be able to fly directly to the authorized regions of Phangnga and Krabi upon arriving in Phuket and remain for a total of seven days.
Although there has been a noticeable improvement in the economy in Phuket, where 90 percent of the hotels have closed, tourist operators are still skeptical about a significant recovery occurring in the near future.
Specifically, they have pleaded with the government to lower the exorbitant cost of the Covid tests, which tourists are required to pay and simplify entrance procedures to boost the number of visitors.
Source : https://www.thaiembassy.com/