Phangnga tourism still slow

Phangnga tourism still slow

Deputy Minister of Public Health Sathit Pitutecha talks with tourists visiting the Andaman Medical Centre for an RT-PCR test. (Photo: Apinya Wipatayotin)
Deputy Minister of Public Health Sathit Pitutecha talks with tourists visiting the Andaman Medical Centre for an RT-PCR test. (Photo: Apinya Wipatayotin)

The majority of souvenir shops, restaurants and massage shops in the Khao Lak area of Phangnga province have seen no signs of recovery despite the country having reopened to foreign tourists for over three weeks.

The beach-resort city is still quiet with only a small number of visitors, mostly from Germany.

Jennifer Voracet, a 32-year-old German tourist, and three of her friends are visiting Khao Lak.

After spending two weeks in Khao Lak, she and her friends were at the Andaman Hub Medical Centre in Takua Pa district having an RT-PCR test before taking a flight back home.

She said the process of having Covid-19 tests in Thailand is not complicated, with the first time being at the airport with the result coming back very quickly and the last one at the local hospital.

The Andaman Medical Centre has been offering RT-PCR tests for tourists who need to test negative before taking flights back home. The centre can carry out 60 tests a day, at 2,400 baht each, with the result coming within 24 hours.

According to the Phangnga Tourism Association, revenue from tourists is around 54 billion baht a year normally, but during the Covid-19 outbreak, it plunged to 30 million baht.

The majority of tourists arriving now were from Europe and Russia, the association added.

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Vocabulary

  • complicated: difficult to deal with, do or understand - ซับซ้อน
  • majority: more than 50 percent of a group - เสียงส่วนใหญ่
  • negative (adj): showing no signs of being infected by a particular virus, bacteria, etc. - ทางลบ
  • PCR: polymerase chain reaction; a biotech technology used to amplify a single copy of DNA generating thousands to millions of copies of a particular DNA sequence that can then be used to do things such as test for a disease or for genetic fingerprinting in criminal forensics (Source: Wikipedia) -
  • plunge: to fall quickly from a high position - ดิ่งลงมาจากท้องฟ้า
  • revenue: income from taxes or business activities - รายได้
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