Thai media reported from Koh Tao in Surat Thani in the south of Thailand where 180 local tourism reps, officials and members of the public met at a temple to discuss returning to allowing foreign tourists.
It was decided that the two islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao would form their own “sandbox” known hereafter as the “Phangan – Tao Sandbox”.
It would begin on August 8th, seven days after Koh Samui begin theirs on August 1st.
Samui in turn is basing their reopening strategy on what happens in Phuket in two weeks’ time.
This involves sealed routes and receiving only foreigners who have been vaccinated twice and who must take two tests while they are on the islands.
Ramleuk Aswachin of the Koh Tao tourist business association said that foreigners would once again be able to enjoy yoga, spas and fitness activities – Phangan’s signature attractions – then travel to Koh Tao to enjoy their famed undersea beauty that simply “shouldn’t be missed”.