Thailand Restarted Quarantine-Free Travel!
Thailand’s quarantine-free travel (Test and Go scheme) resumed after a pause due to the Omicron variant. The Test & Go scheme for fully vaccinated travelers resumed on February 1, 2022 with travelers required to take 2 PCR tests, one on the 1st day of arrival and another on the 5th at the hotel or designated venue. And travelers from all nations are now eligible to take part in it.
Thailand Reopening! – Here is a guide to Thailand’s Test and Go scheme.
1. Prepare required documents for entering Thailand and register on Thailand Pass. Travelers are advised to register at least 7 days before your departure date.
2. Get a COVID test (Negative RT-PCR test result no more than 72 hours prior to departure)
3. Take 2 RT-PCR tests on the 1st and 5th day of arrival.
4. Download and install the MorChana application, and set it on at all times for the COVID-19 precautionary measures and to record the result on the application.
More information about travel restrictions and requirements can be found here.
The capital city of Thailand and the city that never gets old, Bangkok is one of the busiest cities in the world, with a great variety of historically significant sites, massive malls and tasty dishes lining its streets and canals from simple street food to sophisticated dining at upscale restaurants, and a rich culture around every corner. There are so many enjoyable things to do in Bangkok. No matter how many times you have been, you will always discover something new and exciting here.
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Let’s take a look at some tourist spots that are still worth seeing!
1. The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) are located at the heart of Bangkok. The most famous landmarks you simply cannot miss when you visit Bangkok! You might have seen them in many movies.
The Grand Palace is a historical monument that used to be the Royal Residence and famous for its impressive buildings mixing Thai and western architecture. The entrance fee is 500 baht per person including Wat Phra Kaew.
The Temple of The Emerald Buddha, commonly known as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram or Wat Phra Kaew, is located in the area of the Outer Palace to house the Emerald Buddha. The Emerald Buddha, which was carved from a block of jasper, is the most important Buddha image in Thailand. Wat Phra Kaew was built within the king’s palace; no monks would be housed there. Unlike many temples in Thailand that are used mainly as living quarters for monks.
If you want to understand and immerse yourself in Thai culture, these are historically significant sites that you cannot miss!
Take note! No tank tops or sleeveless shirts are allowed and your knees also need to be covered. Tight and see-through clothing could well be considered inappropriate. If you are not dressed appropriately, you will not be allowed inside. But no worries, there will be a booth near the entry that will provide clothes to cover you up properly.
Bangkok is also a food lover’s paradise. Did you know that Bangkok’s Chinatown is universally considered to be one of the largest Chinatowns in the world? It is definitely an interesting site to visit. In the midst of a sea of people and traffic with neon signs and traffic lights along the street, you will discover an unending number of food stalls providing everything. The best and easiest way to get to the heart of Chinatown is to take the MRT subway to Wat Mangkon station which is regarded as one of four most beautiful MRT stations.
Hungry? And don’t know what to eat? Everything is ready to be served from the toasted bread to the Michelin-star dishes. Chinatown could be the finest option for you to splurge on!
3. Chatuchak Weekend Market, locally known as JJ Market, is one of the world’s largest weekend markets and a must-see attraction. Thousands of tourists come to explore the never-ending tangle of vendors selling everything divided into 27 sections from fresh and dried food to clothing, furniture, and home accessories. The market is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and is easily accessible through both the MRT Subway (Kamphaeng Phet station) and the BTS Skytrain (Mo Chit station). However, the Kamphaeng Phet MRT Subway station is closer; simply exit the station by exit #2 and you will be straight in the Chatuchak Weekend Market.
Are you looking for gifts for your family and friends? or things that are not too expensive? or perhaps just a few dishes or snacks? The Chatuchak Weekend Market has everything you could imagine. Come and experience it for yourself!
4. Siam Area is home to the city’s most popular shopping malls and it is also considered as one of the best places for shopping in Bangkok, where lots of Thai youths gather. You can easily stop at the Siam BTS Skytrain station to wander around the area. From fashionable clothing to excellent eateries, cinemas, an aquarium, and cultural venues like Jim Thompson House and the Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC), you will find what you are looking for in this area.
You can also discover a romantic spot with stunning views of the city at a rooftop restaurant. Red Sky Bar, the fancy rooftop bar on the 56th floor of the well-known shopping complex Central World, Centara Grand building. It is one of the best places in the city for drinks and dinner where creative French cuisine offers a memorable dining experience on the 55th floor. It is recommended to come early or book a table to secure decent seats, particularly those facing the setting sun, to enjoy the amazing sunset with jazz music playing in the background.
Bangkok still has a lot more to offer. What others say is not the same as what you have experienced. So, come and experience for yourself! With Traveloka, you can be confident that you are paying at the best possible rate. Everyday best price guarantee. Click here!