Thai authorities are putting a kibosh on Koh Phangan’s notorious debauchery, forbidding most of the notoriously loud and narcotics-addled parties that draw throngs of young Westerners – not to mention lucrative tourism revenuies – to the small, idyllic island.
ONE of the most controversial ‘tourist attractions’ in Thailand, the tiger temple has been the subject of debate for many years. This is what I found on my visit to the ‘sanctuary’, writes Ruchika Vyas
A POLICE spokesman has said that foreigners in Thailand are not required to carry their passports with them at all times, according to reports.
REVELERS in northern Thailand have been asked not to launch sky lanterns near airports to avoid airborne accidents during a popular festival later this week.
THE days of ‘border runs’ in Thailand are coming to a swift end. Immigration is putting a stop to these brief overland trips in and out of neighboring countries, popular among long-stay travelers and tourists who want to extend their time in the country. Even those on valid tourist visas may be denied entry if immigration officials suspect feel they are spending too long in the country or working illegally.
THAILAND’S military junta has lifted a curfew at three popular beach resorts but said the restriction imposed after its May 22 coup will stay in place for the rest of the country, including the capital, Bangkok.
NOW that Thailand’s martial law has turned into a full-blown coup, there has been much discussion about what the political situation means for tourists, both those entering the country and those already here.
Places to stay
Bantai, Koh Phangan, Thailand
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa
Koh Phangan, , Thailand
Hintok River Camp @ Hellfire Pass
Kanchanaburi, River Kwai, Thailand
The Chedi, Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai, Chang Khlan, Thailand