National parks closed again over Covid-19

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More than 80 national parks have been temporarily closed due to the latest wave of Covid-19.

The Department of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation which oversees 155 national parks has said that at present, 84 national parks are not allowing public visits, including Phu Hin Rong Kla, Phu Ruea, Chet Sao Noi, Khao Lak and Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samet national parks.

About 30 national parks have also closed access to some attractions or are not allowing overnight stays such as Khao Yai, Doi Suthep-Pui, Mu Ko Angthong and Namtok Phlio national parks.

Meanwhile Koh Samet in Rayong will be closed until May 10.

The Fine Arts Department has also announced the closure of national museums, the national archives of Thailand, national library and historical parks nationwide for 14 days. The services are scheduled to resume on May 10.

Visit for more details about national park closures and for virtual tours of national museums and historical parks overseen by the Fine Arts Department.

Pata welcomes new CEO Liz Ortiguera

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata) has appointed Liz Ortiguera as its next CEO, effective on May 17.

She will replace Dr Mario Hardy who will finish his term this month.

According to Pata, Ortiguera is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience in travel, lifestyle, technology, financial services and pharmaceuticals. At present she is executive vice-president at the Singapore office of Gnowbe, an EdTech, microlearning platform delivering business enablement, staff engagement and e-learning content.

For 10 years she was also the general manager for Amex's Travel Partner Network in Asia-Pacific.

In her personal life, she is an advocate for poverty eradication programmes and education initiatives across the region. Ortiguera graduated with an MBA from Columbia University.


Platform to provide info on travel restrictions

The World Tourism Organisation has joined hands with the International Air Transport Association to launch Destination Tracker, the first global dashboard on air travel restrictions and health-related travel requirements of each country.

It aims to build confidence among travellers and businesses and support policymakers worldwide.

The platform offers health indicators that one can search for by country name. The data includes the percentage of vaccinated people and the positivity rate of Covid-19. Also provided is information about current air travel regulations, restrictions, and health and safety protocols of countries of destination.

Visit for updated information.


- IHG Hotels & Resorts will launch Kimpton Koh Samui, the second Kimpton hotel in Thailand.

Located on Choeng Mon Beach, the beachfront property will feature 138 rooms including suites and pool villas, four restaurants and bars, a swimming pool, spa, fitness centre, Kids Club and a 124m² multi-purpose meetings and events space.

The hotel is scheduled to open this year.


- Pullman Khao Lak Resort is now open.

Located on Bang Muang Beach in Takua Pa district of Phangnga province, the resort offers 253 rooms in 14 categories, starting from a 44m² Deluxe room to a 272m² two-bedroom pool villa.

Other facilities include restaurants and bars, an around-the-clock fitness centre, spa, Kids Club, a 1,400m² freeform swimming pool, a ballroom and two meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 350 participants.

The resort offers Family Vacation packages with prices starting from 2,050 baht per night in a Deluxe room. The offer includes breakfast for two adults and up to two kids aged below 12 years old.


- Cape Panwa Hotel and Kantary Bay Hotel in Phuket have launched the "Welcome Back" promotion.

The offer is available for guests who book a room for four consecutive nights for the price of a three-night stay. Those who book for a seven-night stay will pay for five nights.

Prices for a night stay start from 3,800 baht in a Junior Suite of Cape Panwa Hotel and 1,500 baht for a Studio suite in Kantary Bay Phuket.

The promotion is available until May 31 for stays from now until Oct 31.

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- The Okura Prestige Bangkok has launched a "Michelin Dine-cations" promotion.

The package starts from 17,900 baht net per night for a Deluxe Suite, inclusive of in-suite breakfast for two created by Elements' chef de cuisine Hans Zahner or Yamazato's master chef Shigeru Hagiwara, sunset hour cocktails, a six-course dinner at Michelin-starred Elements restaurant, and Shokodo Bento lunch at the Michelin Plate restaurant Yamazato.

The promotion is available until Dec 20 for stays from now until Dec 23.


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