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Last Songkran, tourists visited the Chiang Mai elephant camp for free

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Maesa has been decked out this year to give the camp a typical Songkran vibe. Among the decorations are paper lanterns made from recovered elephant dung and a sand pagoda. Maesa has a cool, shady vibe that’s perfect for escaping the heat this week (Northern Thailand is experiencing its hottest season).

Maesa’s elephants are expecting that tourists will gather to see them this Thai New Year after their experience during the Covid-19 epidemic. Maesa Elephant Camp, in the Mae Rim district of northern Thailand’s Chiang Mai Province, expects a huge number of visitors during the Songkran holiday. Travelers are invited to splash in the water with elephants at Chiang Mai’s Maesa Elephant Camp during the Songkran celebrations, which take place this week from April 13 to 16. The camp is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day, and admission is free. Thailand’s entrance rules are being loosened gradually, such as the abolition of the pre-arrival PCR test, which is drawing a few more international visitors.

The elephants are prepared to cool down in the lake this Songkran vacation, with temperatures expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius ‘up north.’ The elephants’ mahouts — or minders/trainers — allow visitors to swim in the water with the elephants, take photos, and learn more about Thailand’s most-loved creatures at the 45-year-old camp. Tourists are urged to buy a basket of food to feed the camp’s elephants. The return of tourists will provide much-needed money to the camp, which has struggled financially since the outbreak of Covid-19. Due to a lack of tourists, the camp has been unable to provide a sufficient nutritious diet to its elephants, and 22 elephants have died in the camp in the last two years. The executive director of Maesa Elephant Camp, Anchalee Kalmaphicit, anticipates a big number of tourists visiting the camp this week. Maesa also wishes to celebrate Songkran in order to preserve northern Thailand’s unique cultural heritage.

Bangkok’s governor says officials would talk about lowering the necessity for wearing a mask outside

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Thailand’s Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, is still opposed to the mask requirement being relaxed. Thailand’s Covid infections could reach 10,000 every day, according to Anutin, now that the country’s nightlife has ‘officially’ reopened.

According to the Associated Press, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Public Health warned that “venues are at a greater danger since they are noisy and persons need to converse loudly.”

“Some people may take off their masks and talk to one another, potentially sparking disease outbreaks.”

Bangkok’s new governor, Chadchart Sittipunt, has indicated plans to consider lowering mask rules in Thailand’s capital, following the perplexing mask policy flip-flop in Phuket. On the other hand, Chadchart has not set a date for the meeting. The governor also intends to investigate the legality of extending nightclub closing times past the existing midnight limit. Keeping the closing hour so early, he claimed, only served to increase crowds and dissatisfy foreign visitors. He noted that the Bangok Metropolitan Administration would meet with public health and medical authorities later this week to discuss the outside mask-wearing law.

Meanwhile, Phuket Governor Narong, in a surprise move, revoked the island province’s mask-easing decision this week.

Provincial governors have been instructed that they can impose restraints that are stricter than the CCSA’s existing restrictions and guidelines, but not stricter than the CCSA’s current restrictions and guidelines, in the past. As a result, provincial governors are prohibited from unilaterally altering the CCSA’s Covid 19 recommendations, such as the necessity to wear face masks in public, which is part of Thailand’s emergency order, which runs until the end of July this year. As part of his efforts to decrease Covid-19 regulations, the governor recently lifted all rules, allowing healthy people to remove their face masks while in open-air venues such as beaches, public parks, and stadiums. On the other side, Narong advised individuals to wear masks the next day in all public locations, even if they were using social distancing tactics.

Government claims that looser travel restrictions have resulted in an increase in tourism in Phuket and Samui

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According to a Nation Thailand study, Phuket welcomed 150,596 guests over the weekend of May 13–16, generating 1.82 billion baht in tourism earnings. During such long holidays, the province’s occupancy rate was 44.46 percent. The Thai government is praising itself for easing entry restrictions, which authorities claim has increased tourism in regions like Phuket and Koh Samui. All of this is down to the government’s decision to relax travel restrictions during the country’s peak season, which runs from March to May.

According to Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, a government spokeswoman, up to 10,000 foreign visitors enter the nation each day, albeit the days of large tour groups are past — at least for now. He predicts that occupancy rates would rise to 60 to 80 percent, especially in popular areas like Patong Beach and Phuket Old Town.

The prime minister also urged Thais to maintain a positive tourism image in order to boost the country’s economy and create income. Thailand’s tourism is evolving, with visitors arriving in small groups rather than large groups. Meanwhile, many tourists flocked to Koh Samui and Koh Phang Ngan for the famous Full Moon Party, boosting the local economy. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, according to Thanakorn, has encouraged police and relevant agencies in tourism zones to ensure the safety of both Thai and foreign tourists.