Visitors from visa-exempted countries or territories can stay in Thailand up to 45 days (instead of 30) from 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023. Tourists eligible for Visa on Arrival are eligible to stay for 30 days instead of 15. Visitors no longer need to show proof of vaccination or ATK test results. This signals the completion of the kingdom’s full reopening to international tourism.
Thailand has gradually reopened to international tourism since 1 July 2021. It launched the Phuket Sandbox, Samui Plus and 7+7 Extension programmes. A four-phase reopening followed from October 2021 to January 2022. Destinations throughout Thailand reopened to tourists. Thailand Pass registration schemed was removed on 1 July 2022 and foreign nationals had to show proof of vaccination or a negative ATK test result within 72 hours of travel.
Thai Airways International (THAI) recently announced its 2022-2023 winter schedule (30 October 2022 – 25 March 2023). It is operating flights on 34 European, Australian, and Asian routes with increased frequencies on selected routes. This includes daily flights between Bangkok and London, Paris, Zurich, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Manila, Seoul, Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi, Mumbai, Dhaka, and Karachi.
OR Thailand Grand Prix 2022
The third edition in Thailand of this World Championship motorcycle racing event is from 30 September-2 October, 2022, at the Chang International Circuit in Buri Ram province. The three-day OR Thailand Grand Prix 2022 is the 17th race on the 2022 MotoGP World Championship calendar out of a total of 20 races. The event programme sees free practices and qualifying for the MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3, and Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup on Friday and Saturday. The Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup’s first race will also be held on Saturday. On Sunday is the day of the MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3 races, as well as the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup’s second race. Tickets to the OR Thailand Grand Prix 2022 can be purchased at 7-Eleven stores nationwide, or through www.allticket.com.
Bangkok Art Biennale Returns 22 October 2022 to 23 February 2023
The Bangkok Art Biennale (BAB) is returning with 73 local and international artists from 31 countries for its third edition and will run for a four-month period at 11 different cultural and heritage locations across the Thai Capital from 22 October 2022 to 23 February 2023
The festival aims to transform the bustling Bangkok cityscape into a fascinating creative playground for artists and art lovers. The theme of CHAOS: CALM for this year’s event is meant to reflect the tumultuous times of recent years from the pandemic to climate change to socio-political unrest, and to offer hope through art – celebrating a diversity of identities, cultures, and histories.
BAB will be exhibited at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), Museum Siam, JWD Art Space, Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC), CentralWorld, Samyan Mitrtown, The PARQ, Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), and Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha). The festival will also be viewable online through the BAB Virtual Venue, which will offer a number of artworks created specifically for the digital realm.
Highlight presentations of the programme include a site-specific presentation of new sculptures by British artist Antony Gormley at the iconic Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Qatari-American artist and filmmaker Sophia Al-Maria’s first presentation in Thailand, and spotlights on key Thai artists Satu ≠ Padu Collaborative (also known as Prach Pimarnman, Kamin Lertchaiprasert and Chitti Kasemkitvatana.
Columbia Pictures Aquaverse Theme Park Opens 12 October
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Thailand-based attractions developer Amazon Falls will open the world’s first fully-branded Columbia Pictures movie theme park – Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse – in the Bang Saray area of Pattaya, Thailand on 12 October 2022.
Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse promises to be an exciting ‘immersive entertainment destination’ for all ages, with rides and attractions featuring characters from such movies as Ghostbusters, Jumanji, Bad Boys, Zombieland, The Emoji Movie, and Hotel Transylvania.
The themed and immersive zones offer both water and land-based attractions, as well as live shows, interactive props, restaurants, and specialty merchandise shops. Among the park’s highlights, the Mega Wave Pool will host music events, movie screenings, and shows with giant LED screens and concert-grade Dolby DTS surround sound; the Ghostbusters Proton Stream will take people on an exhilarating water dome journey, and monsters from Hotel Transylvania will welcome people to an enormous water play structure.
The Michelin Guide Thailand Due to Release end 2022
Furthering Thailand’s standing as a world-class gastronomy destination, the sixth edition of the MICHELIN Guide Thailand is due for release at the end of 2022. It will feature for the first time Northeast Thailand or Isan in addition to Bangkok, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Phang-Nga.
In December last year, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Tourism Authority of Thailand announced the extension of the MICHELIN Guide Thailand for another five years from 2022 to 2026. The partnership between TAT and The MICHELIN Guide began in 2017 with the launch of The MICHELIN Guide Bangkok 2018, the aim being to help food lovers explore the Thai culinary scene and to raise the profile of Thai restaurants while boosting the economy at the same time.
Representing the kaleidoscope of culinary experiences on offer in Thailand, The MICHELIN Guide Thailand 2021 lists in total 299 restaurants and eateries throughout the featured destinations. These include 6 two-star and 22 one-star establishments, 106 Bib Gourmand establishments, and 165 Plate rated establishments.
“Thailand has fully reopened to the world’s tourists with the message, through the ‘Visit Thailand Year 2022-2023: Amazing New Chapters’ campaign, that our fascinating destination offers something for everyone under the ‘From A-Z: Amazing Thailand Has It All’ concept. We invite tourists to come and experience the existing and new tourism offerings in Thailand which, together with the kingdom’s increasing move towards sustainable and responsible tourism, will make for a truly memorable holiday.”Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor,