Top News Trio of Thai islands reopen under Samui Plus scheme By TTG Asia / Posted on 16 July, 2021 13:10 The Thai resort islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao has reopened to fully vaccinated foreign travellers with no quarantine requirements, under the Samui Plus programme which launched on Thursday (July 15). The Samui Plus programme is for travel to these three islands located in Surat Thani province between July and December 2021, according to a release by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Koh Samui (above), Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao has joined Phuket to reopen to tourism Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, minister of tourism and sports, said the reopening of the three islands following Phuket’s pilot project is “another significant step toward achieving the Thai prime minister’s recently announced policy of reopening the whole country within 120 days, or by the end of October”. Tourists visiting under the Samui Plus programme can choose to stay in Samui Extra Plus and SHA Plus hotels for the first seven nights and the remaining seven nights, respectively. Both labels are officially approved in terms of hygiene and safety. On the launch day of the Samui Plus programme, there were nine international arrivals from Hong Kong, France, Germany, Singapore, and the UK. All are members of the media by the invitation of the TAT, as part of the plan to create awareness of the Samui Plus programme. TAT expects some 1,000 foreign tourists to arrive under the Samui Plus programme during the first month of its launch. Following Phuket and Surat Thani’s Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao, the next destinations to reopen on September 1 will be Krabi (Ko Phi Phi, Ko Ngai, and Railay Beach), Phang Nga (Khao Lak and Ko Yao), Chiang Mai (Mueang District and Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, and Doi Tao Districts), Chon Buri (Pattaya, Bang Lamung, and Sattahip), and Buri Ram (Mueang District and Chang Arena). The scheduled date for the reopening of Bangkok, Phetchaburi (Cha-am) and Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin) is October 1, with the rest of Thailand due to reopen throughout the month of October.