Chiva-Som Hua Hin ready to welcome tourists

Chiva-Som in Hua Hin is ready to welcome international guests from Nov 1 with no quarantine from approved destinations if they are fully vaccinated. The resort is already SHA Plus+ certified.

Travellers from 46 destinations can now visit without quarantine. Visitors to the kingdom should apply for a Thailand Pass via tp.consular.go.th, which is expected to be available soon. They must travel by air, have a negative RT-PCR test within the last 72 hours, and have Covid-19 health insurance.

There are two options upon arrival. The first allows guests to stay one night in Bangkok at an approved quarantine facility such as an SHA Plus+ hotel while they wait for the results of a second RT-PCR test. Upon testing negative, they can travel to Hua Hin where another ATK test will be performed on day six or seven.

The second option is to travel directly to Hua Hin, which has been deemed a Blue Zone (Business & Leisure Ultimate Experiences), and stay at an SHA Plus+ hotel, of which Chiva-Som is one, and remain within a sealed area for seven days before travelling to other destinations. An RT-PCR test is required upon arrival at the resort, and an ATK test on day six or seven. This option is also available to fully vaccinated travellers from destinations not on the approved list.

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Bangkok Marriott unveils ‘Earn, Eat, Enjoy’ campaign 

Marriott International’s Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 has launched its “Earn, Eat, Enjoy” leisure promotion for travellers and is offering free breakfast, daily hotel credit and Marriott Bonvoy bonus points.

Starting from 2,098 baht per room per night, guests will be entitled to daily complimentary breakfast for up to two adults and two children and daily hotel credit of 500 baht. Marriott Bonvoy members will also get 1,500 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points per stay.

Guests can book from now until Dec 31 for stays from Nov 16 until March 31, 2022.

For more information, call 02-207-7000 or email reservations.aloftbkk@alofthotels.com.

AirAsia to resume Suvarnabhumi service

In light of relaxed travel restrictions and the upcoming year-end travel season, AirAsia is continuing to gradually add routes and flight frequencies to cater to increased demand.

The airline is resuming flights next month from its operational base at Suvarnabhumi Airport, commencing with six routes, to Chiang Mai, Nan, Phuket and Nakhon Si Thammarat starting on Nov 1, and to Chiang Rai and Krabi starting on Nov 18, with safety measures in place. In the coming weeks, AirAsia Thailand will offer 36 routes to 23 destinations, operating 60 flights a day.

There is also a special offer for the airline’s BIG members who can fly direct from Suvarnabhumi to Chiang Mai, Nan, Phuket, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chiang Rai and Krabi for only 400 baht per trip. Bookings are available on the AirAsia Super App from now until Oct 31 for travel between Nov 1 until March 26, 2022, with unlimited free of charge self-rescheduling flexibility (subject to terms and conditions).

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Meliá Koh Samui earns praise for service

The readers of Condé Nast Traveler have voted Meliá Koh Samui among Thailand’s top resorts, giving it a remarkable score of 90.98.

“Receiving praise from an internationally-recognised publication such as Condé Nast Traveler is a great honour. We care about our facilities and service to guests. To be awarded in Condé Nast Traveler demonstrates the high quality of our offerings — everything from various types of accommodation to our housekeeping, facilities and services. Our teams can be proud of this award. This award is an affirmation of the hard work and a reflection of our commitment to provide the highest level of service and our ability to impart a meaningful message to all guests”, said general manager Ernesto Osuna.

The 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards is published on Condé Nast Traveler’s website at cntraveler.com/rca and celebrated in the November issue.

Tokyo Disneyland brings back Halloween festivities

Tokyo Disneyland held its first Halloween programme in two years on Monday after the park’s operator had suspended special events as part of measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Visitors with limited-edition tickets can dress up in Halloween costumes and enter the park from 8am, two hours earlier than usual.

People waved their hands and took photos in a special parade joined by Mickey Mouse and other characters appearing in Disney films.

“I’ve been looking forward to dressing up after two years,” said 41-year-old Sachiko Tsukuda, who visited the theme park in costume with a friend. “I want to enjoy taking photos.”

Starting on Monday, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will gradually lift the maximum number of visitors they admit every day from 10,000 respectively, according to the parks’ operator Oriental Land. Their business hours will also be extended from November.

“We would like visitors to enjoy the Halloween atmosphere while co-operating on safety measures,” an Oriental Land official said. (Kyodo News)

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