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.