Phuket reopening – are you ready?

Phuket reopening – are you ready?

With the implementation of the Phuket Sandbox Model, we are pleased to confirm that Phuket will be the very first destination in Thailand to officially reopen to vaccinated foreign tourists with updated quarantine requirements from 1 July, 2021. Here’s what we know about the situation so far.

  1. When can vaccinated travelers visit Phuket?

Speaking at a press conference today, Mr. Prayut – Thailand’s Prime Minister, said “Phuket is getting ready to kick off from 1 July, 2021 to 30 October, 2021. On top of that, Thailand is expected to fully reopen to vaccinated travelers by October

  1. Are there flights available to Phuket?

Airline services are gradually increasing to Phuket from many countries as travel restrictions ease. At present, here are the 5 latest International Airports that are ready to kick off the reopening.

  1. Do we need to have received a specific vaccine?

It is essential to note that the vaccines have to be approved by both: Thailand’s Food & Drug administration and the WHO (World Health Organization).

  1. Do we need a vaccine passport?

It is expected that travelers will need to show a vaccine certificate, a vaccine passport or an International Air Transport Association (IATA) travel pass if they would like to visit Phuket.

  1.  Are there any entry requirements?

As the rules and restrictions are frequently updated, please check the information below to find the most up-to-date travel concerns.

For tourists who are willing to move to other Provinces in Thailand when arriving under the Sandbox Program, they will have to stay a minimum of 14 Nights in an SHA PLUS Hotel in Phuket (Safety and Health administration Certificate) before moving to any other Province.

 

For the Tourists who are coming just to Phuket without visiting other Provinces in Thailand, they can stay for any duration they want in an SHA Plus Hotel under the Phuket Sandbox Rules (no minimum stay required).

 

Non-Vaccinated Children Aged Between 6 Years Old and 18 Years old traveling with their Parents have to undergo the Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival at Phuket International Airport at their own expense.

 

Non-Vaccinated Children Aged Between 0 to 6 Years Old, will not need a Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival.

 

Tourists Traveling to Phuket under the Sandbox Model have to do 2 PCR Tests. The First one will be administered on Day 6 and the second One on Day 12 in case of staying 14 nights.

 

In regards to traveling to Phi Phi Island, Phang-nga and Koh Yao, it has been postponed until further notice. Which means that Tourists cannot leave the Island Even for a one day trip during these 14 Nights.

 

Tourists are allowed to change their hotel after the first 7 Nights to another hotel. All of the hotels booked have to be SHA Plus Hotels.

 

Bars and clubs will remain closed until the end of Q3.

 

For people who own a house or condo in Phuket, they will still have to stay 14 nights in a SHA Plus Hotel first before moving back to their houses

 

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Top Phuket Travel Destinations to Visit

Top Phuket Travel Destinations to Visit

Phuket – Where nature meets adventure, is reopening to vaccinated tourists with the gradual ease of restrictions. Are you ready to travel again? If yes, here are the best places to visit in Phuket, Thailand.

 

 

  1. Phang Nga Bay

With magnificent limestone landscapes and awe-inspiring emerald green waters, Phang Nga Bay is one of the destinations of choice for your trip to Phuket. The best thing here is the lack of tourist crowds; most of your interactions will occur on the boat ride to James Bond Island and Koh Panyee. Come and enjoy a dip at James Bond Island or enjoy the fantastic views of the magical village Koh Panyee, which is built on top of the water like an ocean palace.  

 

  1. Phi Phi Islands

The Phi Phi Islands are some of the most picture-perfect destinations in all of Southeast Asia. Also, they are easily accessible with a ferry from Phuket and Krabi, and feature stunning views and crystal clear waters. Here, you can have your pick of islands and beaches to explore. Enjoy activities such as snorkeling, rock climbing, hiking, enjoying the nightlife, scuba diving, and more. The possibilities are endless!

 

  1. Bamboo Island

Bamboo Island is a part of the Phi Phi Islands. And we’ve reserved a spot specifically for this location due to its gorgeous and stunning bamboo thickets. It is shaped like a heart and is covered with lush foliage that you will feel truly one with nature. Particularly, this is the perfect spot to spend a day as you can snorkel through the Hin Klang Coral Reef. Otherwise, you are able to take a scenic boat ride around the island, or hike through the magnificent bamboo forests.  

 

  1. Banana Beach

As one of the hidden gems in our list, Banana Beach is for those who like to set themselves apart from the crowds and find untouched regions where nature reigns supreme. For about 180 meters, you will be in awe as you swim through the crystal clear water. Here you can enjoy fresh seafood transported by local fishermen or enjoy a relaxing massage among the golden sands. Be aware of the tides here as the waters can quickly rise to the feet of the trees.  

 

  1. Trekking in Kathu & Ton Sai Waterfalls

For those who enjoy the glorious views of waterfalls and enjoy a relaxing picnic, the Kathu & Ton Sai Waterfalls will be a destination of choice. Kathu Waterfall is a relatively challenging climb; however, once you make it above its series of drop pools and stone stairways, you will be rewarded with an epic overview of the forests below. For more relaxing experiences, come visit the Ton Sai Waterfall and relax among a forest that’s mostly untouched by humans. You can allow the waters to serenade your ears as you lie under the cooling shade of the forest.

 

  1. Enjoy the most breathtaking sunset in Windmill Viewpoint

Climb up to the top of the hill where you can find the extraordinary charm of many little white windmills. Here you can enjoy the beauty of the dawn, gradually revealing itself from under the horizon alongside the fishing boats that seem like little points on the Andaman Sea. Plus, you can lose yourself into the amazing nature that surrounds the hill or on the opposite side. It’s a really fantastic place to rejuvenate yourself.

 

  1. Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

Don’t miss the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary which is an impressive experience with great consideration for the welfare of the animal. You will be able to interact and join the elephants in their natural habitat while learning about these giant species. Plus, you can try on the traditional clothing of the Karen tribe – The largest ethnic minority group in Thailand. Notably, it will be a good time as you can relax in a big mud spa with the elephants, and wash them off afterwards in their shower room. After that, a pick of mouthwatering Thai cuisine will complete your “hard working” day and rejuvenate your mind and body.

 

  1. Khao Sok National Park

Take a while to run away from the bustling life and enjoy the incredibly natural beauty at Khao Sok National Park which is surrounded by the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world. Besides, this amazing place offers huge limestone mountains shooting straight up in the air as well as deep valleys. Close to wild animals, trekking on foot through the vibrant jungle and caves and canoeing around the breathtaking lakes are all unmissable activities here, which will bring you the experience of a lifetime.

 

  1. James Bond Island

As a famous landmark in Phang Nga Bay, James Bond Island, with its signature rocky pinnacles, has become one of the most attractive destinations since the 1974 Bond movie. Sailing and kayaking to glance at the whole panoramic masterpieces won’t let you down. What’s more, you shouldn’t miss the incredibly fresh and delicious seafood meal at the charming Koh Panyee – A Muslim Fishing Village built on stilts.

 

  1. Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong is not only a historical landmark, but it is also a Buddhist temple for both locals and tourists coming to pray and explore Buddhism life. Notably, one of the most important Buddhist statues here is Poh Than Jao Wat. Take your time to explore this temple where you can learn more about Buddha’s life story through impressive wall paintings as well as gilt-covered statues, on top of the the sacred and magnificent views. 

 

More than 100 hotel partners under the Phuket Sandbox Program, you can learn more about it here. Further information on Phuket’s entry requirements are available on its website.

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Con Dao – What To See and Do At This Island Paradise

Con Dao – What To See and Do At This Island Paradise

Con Dao is an incredible and soul-stirring region where you can experience crystal clear waters along with majestic jungles. Otherwise, this island is jam-packed with historical attractions as the islands’ harsh history as a penal colony. That’s why you can experience an unforgettable journey with both harmonious relaxation and haunting points-of-interest. Here you will find our list of the best things to see and do while you vacation at this island paradise. You definitely won’t want to miss any of these! 

 

 

1) Traveling by Foot and Motorbike

Con Dao is a haven for hikers and outdoor explorers, and you won’t be disappointed. Whether you want to discover a location in detail by foot or cover a great distance by a motorbike. There are a variety of trails and beachfronts where you can enjoy the islands’ gorgeous scenery and majestic sunsets. You will be spoilt for choice as each hike reveals a unique flavor to the island. For example, the Ong Dung Beach hike will take you from the Con Dao National Park through a tropical jungle with verdant greenery and vibrant wildlife, to a gorgeous beach with calm and clear waters. If you want to cover as much ground as possible, renting a motorbike or scooter is a must. The island is small enough to traverse the whole day while the roads are well-maintained enough to travel safely. 

 

 

 

2) Diving & Boating

As its crystal clear waters along with the abundance of colorful coral reef and aquatic wildlife, Con Dao is the best place to go diving. Be sure to check the weather beforehand, as the water conditions can change depending on the season. Besides, nothing beats the feeling of the wind in your face as you sail through the sapphire waters. If you are lucky, you can witness the sea turtle nesting phenomenon that they come here to lay their eggs.

 

 

3) Sacred Temples & Pagodas

The mysteries of Con Dao island are exemplified by their grand temples and pagodas which are scattered throughout the island. Phi Yen’s temple, or An Son Shrine, is a tranquil building next to a peaceful and large lake of waterlilies. Plus, there is also other magnificent temples such as the Hang Duong Cemetery Complex. As for pagodas, the Van Son pagoda offers gorgeous views of An Hai Lake as well as the town beneath.

 

 

4) Historical Sites, Prisons, and Museums

Con Dao has many mysterious stories befitting its use as a site for the political prisoners for over a century. It offers several prisons you can visit such as Phu Hai and Phu Son, which were the most infamous prisons. Phu Tuong is another site which was known for its “tiger cages”. Guards would poke at prisoners using spears and rain lime juice down on them, causing disfigurations to the skin there. As an avid museum-goer, the Con Dao Museum is a must-see destination. You can observe many photographs of Con Dao’s history, with portraits of prisoners and important moments from the island’s past. 

 

 

 

5) Markets & Shopping

Con Dao is an actively inhabited island, and you can catch a glimpse of its newfound life through its sprawling marketplaces. Con Dao Market is a great location to explore, with plenty of Vietnamese dishes to satisfy your taste buds. In addition, Con Dao Gift Shop is an ideal spot to find souvenirs and Vietnamese dishes.

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AMIANA – An Impeccable Luxury Destination

AMIANA – An Impeccable Luxury Destination

Nestled in a peaceful, tranquil atmosphere in the coastal city of Nha Trang, you will rev-up your holiday with adventurous excursions at the attractive Amiana Resort.

 

At the heart of the resort, there is a stunning natural seawater pool and a magnificent freshwater infinity pool. Besides, it features a private, guest-only lagoon beach with soft, white sand leading to crystal clear waters.

 

 

With more than 153 spacious rooms & villas, all accommodations offer a tropical garden or beachfront views as well as a truly private and unique balcony. The interior embraces the local touch featuring a Bat Trang tea set and locally-inspired materials such as coconut, bamboo or natural stone.

 

 

 

At Amiana, the culinary team takes dining very seriously, ranging from various options of international classics to authentic local Vietnamese delicacies. When it comes to beverage, an unmatched selection of premium quality wines and innovative cocktails will keep your feet. The Pool Bar is a perfect spot to pass the day for an exceptional dinner with your beloved ones. As a lover of romance, you will immerse yourself into a private dining experience on the Private Jetty overlooking the ocean with the sparkling city lights on the horizon as the sun sets creating your perfect memory.

 

 

 

Regardless of what you’re looking for, whether a family adventure or romantic ambience, this resort has got you covered. Notably, the resort makes your important meetings or events more memorable with business incentives or tailor-made team-building activities.

 

 

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10 BEST Places to Visit in Nha Trang

10 BEST Places to Visit in Nha Trang

With its pristine beaches, cool waterfalls, compelling scores of untarnished mountain ranges, Nha Trang is a popular destination for tourists as well as backpackers. One of the sparkling jewels of this region is Nha Trang Bay, which is considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful and awe-inspiring bays. However, there are many attractions that you can visit as you explore this area and create unforgettable experiences. Here are the TOP 10 destinations to visit in Nha Trang.

Ninh Van Bay

Nestled along the Hon Meo Peninsula, you will find a secluded beach which is truly the pinnacle of nature’s perfection. This is an ideal spot to relax among the peaceful sounds of the sea and the fresh ocean breeze. Also, you can enjoy a variety of activities such as snorkeling or scuba diving among the vibrant coral reefs. Or you can surf, windsurf, and go kayaking along the crystal clear waters. There is a variety of top-notch restaurants nearby for you to feast on fresh seafood and delectable cuisines.

 

Hon Chong – Hon Vo Promontory / Hòn Chồng, Hòn Vợ

The Hon Chong and Hon Vo Promontory is a picturesque rock formation with a variety of shapes and arrangements by the shore. Here you can perform activities such as fishing along the giant rocks, enjoying the sea breeze as you walk on the sand, or go rock climbing among the formations. It is one of the most majestic coastal locations for anyone who wish to take pictures and create unforgettable experiences.

 

Hon Tam Island, Hon Mun Island / Đảo Hòn Tằm, Hòn Mun

These two islands contain some of the most magnificent sceneries in the region. At Hon Tam Island, you can enjoy expansive views of the sea as well as Nha Trang city from a distance. With pristine white sandy beaches, you can truly enjoy the relaxing vibes and detach yourself from the hustle of the city. Hon Mun Island has been appraised by the World Wildlife Fund as Vietnam’s first marine biodiversity site. This island seeks to preserve the natural biodiversity and beauty of nature, but you can still enjoy water sports and exploration through glass-bottom boats.  

 

Nha Trang Dam Market / Chợ Đầm Nha Trang

With its huge and imposing structure, you would never know that Nha Trang’s most popular market lies just through the doors. Inside, you will find a selection of everything Vietnamese. Here you can find many unique souvenirs as well as local-produced items. The dried seafood is locally sourced so you can get a bit of that home-cooked touch. You also catch a delicious meal at the food court and rejuvenate yourself as you continue your adventure through this beautiful city.

 

Nha Trang Oceanography Institute / Viện Hải Dương Học

For those who are interested in exploring marine wildlife, take a trip to the Nha Trang Oceanography Institute. Here, you can view more than 20,000 specimens of over 4,000 different aquatic species and a collection of artifacts and displays. You can also learn about a variety of topics such as the history of freshwater from this region through samples that were collected and have been preserved for many years. The Institute’s most eye-catching specimen, however, is a perfectly preserved skeleton of a giant whale nearly 26m long and 3m high. This is a great child-friendly destination and will help you explore Nha Trang’s aquatic culture.

 

Po Nagar Tower / Tháp Bà Po Nagar

With some of the best-preserved pieces of Cham architecture, you can explore the history and culture of Vietnam at this sacred temple. It contains four stupas, two shrines, and the largest tower shrine dedicated to the goddess Yan Po Nagar, who represented beauty, art, and creativity. This temple is still used for worship by the remaining descendants of the Cham people, who visit the temple annually during the lunar new year. 

 

Long Son Pagoda / Chùa Long Sơn

Nestled at the foot of the Tray Thui mountain, this pagoda is also known as the White Buddha Pagoda, and formerly known as Dang Long Temple.  At the top of this mountain crest, you will find a towering white Buddha statue that watches over Nha Trang city as well as an accompanying lotus flower.  You can actually catch glimpses of this statue from most places in the city, however when you get close up, its magnificence is certainly understated.  You can also enjoy expansive views of the city and bays below while appreciating the gentle mountain breeze and the peaceful sounds of the temple. Here you can appreciate the subtle splendor of Buddhist architecture and learn more about the deep culture of Vietnam.  

 

Nha Trang Cathedral / Nhà Thờ Đá Nha Trang

Nha Trang Cathedral is another famous religious monument that is on top of serving as a popular tourist attraction. Its elegant and unique design allows it to stand out among the city’s more traditional Asian architecture. Many tourists and photographers come here every year to experience the religious practices and routines from a different culture. It is definitely a worthwhile place to visit. 

 

Yang Bay Waterfall / Thác YangBay 

The Yang Bay Waterfall is a combination between the sounds of flowing water and the peace of the forest. Located among dense forests and containing a selection of majestic waterfalls, this is an ideal spot that you should definitely not overlook as you explore the Nha Trang region. Here, a series of small waterfalls stream down towards a dazzling lake, creating a picture-perfect scenes. You can also discover many wooden bridges, stone steps, and small caves that will fill you with excitement and energy.

 

Ba Ho Stream / Suối Ba Hồ

The Ba Ho stream and waterfall are a beautiful attraction where you can sit back and enjoy the sounds of nature. When translated, Ba Ho means “three pools” and you will find that the combination of the streams, waterfalls, and pools form a picturesque paradise. For an adventurous explorer, you can attempt to scale the slippery rocks to enjoy a magnificent view on the top. Otherwise, you can take a dip in the mesmerizing waters and refresh yourself for the rest of your journey. It is recommended that you wear good hiking shoes here and follow the signs painted on the rocks and trees. Once you make it to this location, it is possible you may never want to leave.

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