Thailand Weekly Vol. 19
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Happy Sunday everyone. We’ve decided to go back to the original format where the entire edition of Thailand Weekly is all included in a nice, simple email. We were just doing some testing (mostly on our end) and have determined that it’s a much more enjoyable read this way. Anyways, hope you all had an awesome weekend! The Tourism Authority of Thailand is a star in Volume 19 and you’ll quickly understand why. They’re making some big moves on all fronts, one of which includes a partnership with Airbnb. Hopefully you’re one sleep closer to your return to Thailand as one of our channel members (shoutout to Bob) loves to say! Cheers.
Airbnb x TAT To Make Life Easier For Digital Nomads In Thailand
Airbnb announced this past Friday that it is planning on working closely with Thailand’s Tourism Authority to make it easier for those living and working remotely here in the Kingdom. They reported that there are a number of different projects on the horizon, including the construction of a dedicated hub on their platform for Thailand that shows local long-stay listings, and up to date entry requirements and visa policies for remote workers. TAT reported that in the first quarter of this year, searches for long stays grew by more than 50% when compared to Q1 of 2019. It was also recently revealed that 1 in 5 people used Airbnb accommodations to travel and work remotely throughout 2021. This trend has continued into 2022 with global long-term stays on the platform more than doubling in volume since early 2019.
Thapanee Kiatphaibool, Deputy Governor of Domestic Marketing for TAT, welcomed the collaboration with Airbnb.
“Thailand has long been a top destination for remote workers and long-term travelers globally. Strong local infrastructure, community access, and a wide variety of unique accommodations for longer stays continue to attract visitors around the world, as well as our warm hospitality and unique culture. As we look to rebuild the country’s tourism sector and accelerate recovery, we are honoured to partner with Airbnb on its global Live and Work Anywhere initiative to attract long-term travelers to Thailand.”
Thailand’s Latest Play In Soft Power: Muay Thai
TAT is promoting a new Muay Thai campaign to share the famous Thai sport around the world as part of its strategy to leverage the Kingdom’s unique culture. The initiative will see the Tourism Authority partnering directly with the World Boxing Council by supporting its international events and creating Muay Thai specific guides. The campaign is titled “Amazing Muay Thai”, and some of the sport’s world champions will be participating in the program.
As part of Thailand’s ‘soft power’ strategy, authorities aim to promote the ‘5 Fs’ to the rest of the world. The 5 Fs are food, films, fashion, fighting, and festivals.
Thailand Travel Tip
Many of us love Thailand for its food, nature, and people. I personally feel that Thailand’s greatest strength is that it has something for everyone. It can be a great place to vacation, retire, start a business, or even grow a family. But as a foreigner, it can sometimes be challenging to get the help you need given the language and cultural barriers. What visa should I apply for? How do I get a work permit? Am I eligible for Thai Permanent Residency? How can I get a visa for my Thai spouse? I’d recommend finding a reputable firm to help you navigate these waters. I recently got in touch with Baan Thai Immigration Solutions, an immigration law firm located in Bangkok. They have a fantastic reputation and a client 5-star rating on Google.
I’ve linked some of the services that they provide below, so if you’re interested in any of them, just click through for more information:
On the other hand, if you’re just looking to visit Thailand for a few weeks or months, they have a free Guide to Visiting Thailand you can download here.
Thailand May Implement Two-Tier Hotel Pricing
Thailand travellers may soon find that the Kingdom is a more expensive destination than the past two-years with the country planning on raising hotel rates to pre-pandemic levels to support a faster recovery. TAT plans on asking hotel operators to implement two-tier pricing models where foreigners will be charged 2019 rates while locals can continue to take advantage of discounted rates.
Traisuree Taisaranakul, a government spokeswoman said in a statement on Wednesday that “this is to maintain our standards of rates and services for foreign tourists, which affects the perception of country’s tourism brand. Rates that have been reduced during Covid-19 will be maintained for Thais to sustain the momentum of domestic tourism.”
Hotels in hotspots such as Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui continue to offer huge discounts to draw back visitors after the pandemic pushed room occupancy rates to less than 30%.
Only In Thailand 🇹🇭
I never thought that I would write this, but “beetle fighting season is just around the corner here in Thailand”. One man from the southern part of the country says that his rhinoceros beetles are poised to win the beetle battle championships. For context, every rainy season, male rhinoceros beetles fight head to head on a wooden pole and a female beetle is placed underneath, whose scent stimulates the males to fight until one backs down. Enthusiasts place their bets on who will win and the prizes can be as high as 100K baht. Only in Thailand!