Friday, November 22, 2019
Bangkok – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is reminding visitors to the Kingdom of its ‘no smoking’ in public areas laws, which are part of its Tobacco Control Law, that aims to promote a safe, clean and smoke-free environment for all.
Travellers coming to Thailand should also be aware that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes or ‘vaping’) as well as shisha smoking and electronic shishas, are all illegal in the Kingdom.”
There have been recent incidents of foreign travellers who were unaware of the ban facing an on-the-spot fine or being arrested. The ban was introduced in 2014 by the Thai Government for health reasons and that electronic cigarettes and shishas were luring young people into smoking.
Thus, travellers coming to Thailand are advised not to bring any electronic cigarettes or electronic shishas with them, nor any item or equipment associated with e-cigarettes including the ‘juice’ used in the device.
Likewise, travel agents or tour operators selling Thailand as a destination should make sure their clients are aware of the ban in place on electronic cigarettes, shisha smoking and electronic shishas.
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports is also working closely with tour companies and guides to seek cooperation from tourists not to smoke in prohibited areas, especially at airports, sports complexes and tourist attractions nationwide.
Outdoor places where smoking is prohibited include exercise or sports training facilities, sporting venues or competitions of any kind, public parks, zoos, amusement parks, children’s playgrounds, and markets. Tourists travelling with guided tour groups are required to strictly follow this new rule and regulation.
Thailand became a party to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on 27 February, 2005. Since then, the country has become one of the world’s forerunners in the fight to ban smoking from almost all indoor public places, indoor workplaces, and public transport. This includes the smoking ban on Thai beaches across the country, which came into effect in November 2017, as part of the country’s sustainable tourism efforts.
Six Thai airports, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai and Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai, all operated and managed by the Airports of Thailand (AOT), were declared no smoking zones from 3 February 2019 with all smoking rooms inside the terminals were closed since then.
According to AOT, the move to close all smoking rooms is in line with the 2017 Tobacco Control Act. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health’s official announcement in November 2018, has also listed ‘public areas of airports’ among several new zones where smoking of tobacco is prohibited and carry a fine of up to 5,000 Baht per violation.
TAT understands that AOT has designated smoking areas outside the terminals. For more information, tourists and travellers passing through these six airports are advised to contact the AOT Contact Centre by calling Tel.: 1722 or visit the airport information counter.
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Thai Bus Food Tour
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Weekend in Thailand
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How to refund tax in Thailand
Goods must be purchased from stores displaying the 'VAT Refund For Tourists' sign. VAT refunds only apply to goods taken out of Thailand within 60 days from the date of purchase. Goods must have a value of at least 5,000 baht (including VAT), and single purchases must have a value of at least 2,000 baht per day.
How to fill immigration form of Thailand
As part of the Royal Thai Government’s strategy to tackle overcrowding at Thailand’s main gateways – Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi International Airports – Thailand has introduced a new, simpler immigration form.
The redesigned form has only one side for international travellers to record both arrival and departure information, with an automatic channel barcode for more convenience. It replaced the previous two-page departure and arrival cards.
The new form has been designed to ensure it takes the least amount of time for travellers to complete but also gains the most useful information.
Information obtained from the immigration form is used by relevant government agencies to track data on international arrivals.
Thai nationals are also now exempt from filling out immigration forms, or departure and arrival cards.
TAT welcomes Bangkok’s newest sightseeing bus service Siam Hop
ewest sightseeing bus service Siam Hop
Bangkok, 06 February, 2019 – The launch of Siam Hop, a new hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus service that covers many of Bangkok’s major tourist sights and entertainment, business and shopping locations, is much welcomed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
According to Siam Hop’s press statement, the service is designed to help tourists plan trips in Bangkok with comfort and safety, as well as provide greater use of their time. There are four different routes available:
HOP Heritage: The Irresistible Charm of Siam: comprising 15 stops, this route focuses on the famous landmarks of Rattanakosin Island, which is Bangkok’s historic district and home to such icons; as the, Grand Palace and Wat Pho.
HOP CBD: The 10 stops on this route offer flexibility to explore the urban charm and vibrancy of the Silom, Suriwongse and Charoen Krung business districts.
HOP Entertainment: This route also of 10 stops makes its way through the Ratchadaphisek and Ladprao areas, making it an ideal choice for those tourists with entertainment on the mind.
HOP Shopping: Perfect for indulging in the shopping wonderland that is Bangkok, there are 14 stops on this route along the famed Sukhumvit shopping district.
Tourists can choose from three convenient Siam Hop packages at varied prices, including a one-day package for 799 Baht, two-day package for 1,300 Baht, and three-day package for 1,700 Baht. Further flexibility is provided with the tickets having a validity period of six months.
Along their chosen route, Siam Hop passengers will find the Siam Hop stops are clearly displayed. Most of the stops are situated on the roadside.
The Siam Hop application provides useful information on the different routes operated and their schedules, details on tourist attractions in the eight languages of English, Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese, Korean, Russian, German and Thai, and updates on hot dining and shopping spots at each location.
Free Wi-Fi and USB ports for smartphone charging are also available on the buses, which are air-conditioned and certified by the Department of Land Transport.