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Hua Hin plans to welcome vaccinated foreign tourists from October 1

Tourism chiefs and local officials held a meeting on Monday 27th April, to formally launch a plan to welcome foreign tourists to Hua Hin from October 1st.

The main goal of the meeting was to include Hua Hin in Thailand’s reopening plans, along with Phuket, Koh Samui and Pattaya. The idea is to allow vaccinated foreigners to visit Hua Hin without the need to quarantine in a hotel room and the proposals are similar to ‘’SandBox’’ plan originally planned for Phuket.
Under these proposals, the foreign visitors wishing to travel to Hua Hin, would need to show a proof of their vaccination and pass a rapid Covid-19 test on arrival.

There will also be a requirement to download the Thailand Plus mobile app in order to enable contact tracing, prior to arriving to Thailand.

The Hua Hin Today newspaper reports that downtown Hua Hin and Nong Kae district, including Khao Takiab are the targeted areas for proposal. The area covers 86 square kilometres and includes 182 hotels.

While tourists will not be limited to only stay in their hotel rooms, they will be required to only stay in Hua Hin centre or Nong Khae for a minimum of seven days. Once the 7 days is completed, they will be free to travel anywhere in Thailand.

The officials aim is to bring approximately 100,000 foreign tourists to Hua Hin, from the places such as China, Germany, UK, Japan and Scandinavia, which would be worth about 1.2 billion baht to the local economy.

Additionally, the important part for this plan to work is to vaccinate the tourism workers and about 70% of Hua Hin’s population by end of September.

The plans for Hua Hin Recharge will be submitted to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration next month.

Hua Hin set to become an international tourist destination – Great time to invest in the Hua Hin real estate market!

In recent year, Hua Hin has seen a lot of infrastructure improvements. Many of the roads got a new pavement, such as the up-and-coming Hin Lek Fai area of Hua Hin, pictured below. In some areas the road was extended from two to four lanes, and there have been a lot of new development projects taking place.

In particular, the walkovers are being constructed in many areas where the road meets the railway and, in some areas, the local government is constructing new flyovers to improve the connectivity between Hua Hin and Bangkok, as well as other southern regions.

In addition, the further development of the fast speed train and adding a new railway track is well underway, which will ultimately shorten the travel period to Hua Hin and make travelling from Hua Hin to southern part of Thailand more accessible. All these improvements are a clear indicator of Hua Hin’s growth over the recent years and steady increase in demand from expats and local travelers, to both live and visit this beautiful beachfront town.

Last year, a new expansion plans have been announced for further development of the Hua Hin airport to cater the growing demand to visit Hua Hin. The demand has of course been affected by Covid 19 pandemic, however the plan to expand the Hua Hin airport is going forward, despite the current Covid 19 situation. Recently, there was an announcement that Hua Hin airport will not only cater domestic flights, but international flights as well. The said flights are set to connect Hua Hin directly with China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries, Australia and Middle Eastern region. The airport expansion is set to be fully completed during the next 2-3 years. Starting from 2022, Hua Hin airport will operate 2 international flights per day and by 2025 that number is expected to increase to 5 international fights per day. The number of Hua Hin visitors on a yearly basis is expected to increase from 100,000 to more than 1,000,000 visitors per year by the 2025.

With that being said, now is the perfect time to invest in the Hua Hin property market before it becomes known as an international tourist destination. There are some great deals at the moment on Villas for sale, Condos, Commercial properties and Land for sale in Hua Hin and the surrounding areas. Once the infrastructure development plans are completed, and Hua Hin becomes more easily accessible, there is no doubt that the demand for properties in Hua Hin will increase as well.