I leave for Bangkok early tomorrow, so my last day in Samui.
I first came here almost 30 years ago when it had no airport, so access was by ferry from Surat Thani. It was instantly magical, totally tropical.
As predicted, the Thailand curfew has been lifted from all parts of the country.
In my travels around the country in the last 8 days, it is very much business as normal, and I have seen confidence returning almost day by day.
Tourism is a vital component of the Thai economy, and I have every confidence it will bounce back quickly and will continue to be the most popular Asian destination for UK travellers.
Whilst attending a seminar with hotels on Samui, I was offered the chance of a quick head and shoulder massage. Really good, and what you are not seeing is the hotelier in front of me making a sales pitch at the same time.
Good day. Revisited the Santiburi hotel which I really rate for its Thai traditional quality and fantastic beach. And then in the afternoon went to see a couple of new ideas for us. First of all Pavilions in Lamai which is the emerging area, and then Vana Belle which is a top class all pool suite resort, again located on a super beach but just a few minutes drive from Chaweng which is the night hot spot of the island.
And then ended the day with a good dinner at Sala Samui which was delightful. Excellent spicy Thai food, wonderful company, super red wine and some nicely chilled music.
I have now been here for a week, first in Bangkok, then Phuket and today just arrived in Samui.
As you will have seen from my previous reports, it is all calm here. The curfew has now been totally taken off in all of the main resorts, and in Bangkok it is just limited to 01:00 to 04:00am, and even that seems totally Thai flexible.
I have hardly seen any military presence, in fact much less than on my previous visits.
I went into the raucous resort of Patong in Phuket the other night, purely on the grounds of product research of course, and it was very much business as usual, and very busy.
I arrived in Thailand last Tuesday, spending my first three nights in Bangkok. I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of military presence, both at the airports and throughout the city. In fact I saw far less solders around than on my previous visits. It’s all quiet in Thailand… City life is normal, with everything functioning.
Following the announcement yesterday on the total relaxation of curfews in the southern resort areas, it has just been released that Bangkok and Chiang Mai will be now be reduced to just 01.00-04.00am. As I have previously indicated, providing there are no future problems, the Thailand curfew is gently being relaxed, hour by hour, […]
Announced this evening, Thailand relaxes curfews and The resorts of Samui and Phuket (which also includes Khao lak) have been lifted completely. This new comes to us from our agents, Asia World. In Bangkok and the north the curfew remains in place, from midnight to 04:00 am, however clients arriving or departing in these hours […]
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