If you’re interested in Southeast Asia travel packages and are looking at Thailand, our travel coaches can tell you what it’s like to go there right now — and what COVID-19 regulations may still be in place there.

The specifics:

Here are the details of what you need to know to enter Thailand now and what to expect if you test positive for Covid19 while traveling.

Entry requirements:

Conditions:

Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no less than 14 days before traveling

If unvaccinated / not fully vaccinated- Have a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued no more than 72 hours before departure (attach on Thailand Pass only)

Documents:

Passport

Certificate of Vaccination

Insurance with minimum coverage of $10,000 USD

COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued no more than 72 hours before departure (If unvaccinated / not fully vaccinated)

Travelers must register with Thailand Pass to upload required documents prior to arrival! 

To register with Thailand Pass follow this link: https://tp.consular.go.th/

Required during stay:

No testing requirements during stay

Masks are generally required inside all buildings - regulations vary, but travelers should expect mask requirements everywhere as the norm.

If you test positive for COVID-19 during your trip in Thailand:

A traveler would only test for COVID-19 if they are experiencing symptoms and need to be treated for COVID-19. If this is the case, if you have booked a trip through us, we can assist you with a transfer to the best local hospital to continue care for you. As all travelers are required to have insurance coverage that covers medical care for COVID-19, your insurance carrier will be informed to support the financial obligations of your COVID-19 care needs.

 

Now that you know the specifics, here’s the info you should know about what it is like to travel in Thailand at this time.

Thailand is fully open for US travelers that comply with the post-pandemic entry and travel requirements as outlined above.

As the country has opened up, the main highlights such as the Grand Palace, Elephant Nature Park, Night Markets, local restaurants - are open and everyone on the ground is working really hard to make sure that the experience of the visit is as good as ever.

Hotel wise, luxury properties are up and running at the caliber which one would expect at that level. These properties had investment through the pandemic and were able to hold on to a lot of employees, which has really helped in the quality remaining high.

Budget hotels and properties (3 stars and under), are struggling right now to come back online and have the quality of service they offered before. We expect these properties to see improved quality and more staffing in the next few months as travel rebounds, but at this time, we’d recommend guests look within their budget to see if they can stay at a higher level hotel for a more consistent quality experience.

Air travel within the country is also seeing an impact, with less frequent departures. Again, we expect this to adjust over the next few months as demand increases.

In these first few months we all need to extend our kindness and patience as everyone emerges from closed borders. Office teams are proactively expanding again and refreshing their knowledge in readiness for excellent service, but responses may remain a little slower than pre-pandemic times at present whilst everyone ramps up again.

 

If you have any questions about travel in Thailand right now, or for travel in the upcoming months - book a free 30 minute travel coaching call today!

By April Cole

They have said “It’s all about who you know,” and that’s the reason why we started the Travel Partners section of Kaanect. We don’t don’t just promote providers because we think they’re good; we refer clients to our travel partners because those providers are exactly who we trust to create epic travel experiences for ourselves too!

Just this past month I hired Brooke of Tumbleweed Travel to help me plan a last-minute RV trip through the Southwestern U.S. for my family. I was incredibly busy with work and life, and knew we wanted to get away during the kids’ fast-approaching winter break, but I simply did not have the time to put together a trip.

I love researching where to stay and what to see along the way, and I have a fair bit of experience planning trips 😉 But I also know myself and know that I would have spent far too much time researching every option and wondering if I was picking the best sites and best routing for this road trip, and I knew that working with someone who knows the region better than I do would ultimately create a great experience for my family.

I emailed Brooke and asked if she ever planned trips for people who already have an RV, but need help with all the rest, and she said she absolutely does. I was so excited! I gave her my dates, where we were hoping to go, the length of my RV and the number of people traveling, and then left everything in her incredibly capable hands.

Within a few days she sent an amazing itinerary that outlined the routing, places to see along the way, as well as all the nitty gritty details and the bookings for the best RV parks in each location. It was perfect. Absolutely perfect.

I can honestly say that her planning was better than I could have done on my own. She adjusted the direction of travel to allow us to stay in the better RV parks, and the routing which we took minimized overall drive time.

We started by driving from Lake Tahoe to Las Vegas and spent a night at a cute place off the strip with a hot tub and a pool - which was perfect after the long leg of driving that day.
The next day we went from Las Vegas to Sedona, with a planned stop at the Hoover Dam and the Road Kill Cafe on Route 66. As my son was a huge Pixar “Cars” fan, Route 66 was a highlight that day!
We then spent two nights in Sedona. Brooke offered some planned touring options, but we opted to plan our own hiking adventures those days. We explored a few different spots, and really loved checking out a few of the vortexes Sedona is known for.

Next, we went to the South Rim Grand Canyon and stayed in the park. The RV park was a 1 mile walk from the rim - but you also had the option of taking the park bus that picked you up right at the park. As it snowed while we were there, we opted for the heated bus most of the time 😉

While it snowed while we were there, we weren’t sad about it. We were the only people at the canyon most of the time, and the canyon covered with a few inches of snow was one of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen.

After two nights at the Grand Canyon we were slated to continue on to Zion National Park. We were all really excited to head to Zion, and this was something Brooke recommended we add, as it added a new location and it shortened our drive on the way back home. But, after three nights of snow and four big humans in one small RV, we decided to leave on a high note and cut out Zion and went back through Vegas again. This change was a last-minute decision and Brooke was quick to help us make the changes to our reservations.

So we went back up to Vegas and spent time in the warmth and played in the pool. Then we added in some quirky art activities, with a visit to Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart exhibit.

Then we journeyed home, stopping at everything strange and fun along the way - The Car Forest, Clown Museum and a fireworks stand that let you shoot fireworks right on the spot. (Living in fire-prone California, we were excited for this!)

All in all, I could not have done this trip in the time-frame I wanted without Brooke's help. She made the booking easy and fun, and I highly recommend you work with her and Tumbleweed Travel. If you have your own RV or trailer or if you’re looking to rent one, she can help you create a great trip, and better yet, great memories with your family on the road.

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