In a positive message to the global yachting community, Thailand is open and welcoming back vessels from throughout the world.
Phuket Island in Thailand is at the forefront in attracting international yachts & superyachts, as they return post-pandemic to the “Superyacht Hub of Asia”. Superyacht visits have been increasing exponentially over the past 15 years and last year 1,500 yachts and cruisers visited the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’.
Marinas are playing an increasingly important role globally and full-service marinas on the resort island of Phuket, Thailand can handle all the needs of a superyacht, providing berths for yachts up to 130 meters in length, a growing superyacht labour force and excellent docking facilities, and now – the opening of the new Private Jet Terminal. A further development reports the Thai government is moving forward in setting up Thailand’s yacht and marina hub development plan in Phuket, Samui, and Pattaya, an important part of the Kingdom’s yachting leadership in the future.
Phuket’s marinas, together with the appeal of Thailand’s warm hospitality, nearby cruising and beautiful white sand beaches, offers a great superyacht base at any one of the island’s marinas. Just a short cruise to the outer islands away from the hustle and bustle of Phuket, is a world of peace and tranquility, reports Asia Pacific Superyachts (APS) co-founder, Gordon Fernandes.
“A perfect destination for superyachts, vessels can set off from one of Phuket’s marinas to journey to Phi Phi islands, Similan Islands, Racha Islands, Coral Island, Koh Yao Yai & Koh Yao Noi, Koh Khai Islands, Koh Bon and in another Thai province – Koh Phangnga”.
Now after spending more than 29 months tackling COVID-19, Thailand is busy launching its post-pandemic era according to ‘Thai PBS World’. Following is an overview of the latest developments in the country’s transition from pandemic to normality.
- On June 23, the mandatory wearing of face masks in public was scrapped. This means no longer do you have to wear masks outdoors in uncrowded places like public parks – though most Thais are still wearing masks outdoors on a voluntary basis.
Authorities have also given public services and venues like shopping malls the freedom to issue their own rules. With authorities signaling that the COVID-19 crisis is coming to an end, businesses have resumed their operations and public life is getting back to normal. Eateries are busy again and customers are even queuing up outside popular restaurants and shops in Phuket and throughout the country.
- Since July 1 nights out will also become longer for the party crowd. Pubs and bars are allowed to serve alcohol until 2am for the first time since 2020 as more restrictions are eased and opening times return to normal.
- The end of Thailand Pass on July 1 means foreign visitors no longer face the expense of getting tested, purchasing COVID insurance, and uploading various documents online before traveling to the Kingdom.
- Visitors no longer have to undergo tests on arrival unless they are showing COVID symptoms. Airports also scrapped temperature screening of passengers.
A major advantage the Asia Pacific region possesses, in addition to its warm climate during cold European winters, is the abundance of pristine and largely non-commercial world-class cruising waters. The culture and biodiversity of Asia-Pacific is makes this region unlike any other, to be both celebrated and cherished.