The Phuket Sandbox scheme offers a way to open the island to foreign visitors. It was hailed as a reasonable way to guard against increasing the infection rate for Thailand residents while still addressing the economic needs of Phuket businesses.
The world wants to stay safe, but local economies have to survive as well. The sandbox scheme was seen as an experiment in achieving both goals, and the experiment, at this point, has been a remarkable success. The scheme’s results showed that tourism was eminently possible, even in the cautious COVID-era of lockdowns, quarantines and closed borders.
Many business owners were worried that the quarantine and testing rules put in place by the Thai government would deter many tourists from visiting the island. And although this played a part in the acceptance of the sandbox scheme by travellers at the beginning of the scheme, Phuket is enjoying the arrival of more and more visitors who are happy to be out in the sunshine and free to explore everything the island has to offer.
Reap the Benefits of a Holiday in Phuket
Phuket is offering quite a bit more these days. Local Phuket businesses are doing their part to entice travellers back to the island. They’re offering special deals on many of their services, which can mean a holiday in Phuket can cost you less than in the pre-pandemic days.
And it’s not only overseas travellers that are eligible for these great discounts and special deals. Phuket is welcoming everyone with these low prices. People in cities all over Thailand are able to get away for less-expensive long weekends or week-long stays that would be cost-prohibitive in normal times.
And with the inexpensive air travel available these days and fewer people travelling, it’s relatively easy to book a seat with regional carriers at a moment’s notice.
Get a New Appreciation for Phuket
With fewer visitors to the many attractions on the island, many people are able to appreciate their favourite attractions more. There’s less traffic and extraneous noise. This has become particularly apparent in the many natural parks and marine parks on and around the island.
Visitors are noticing there’s more wildlife to see in the national parks. You can take a solitary stroll down some of the most beautiful and popular beaches on the island. And the sea life has become more abundant due to a lack of noise and human contact over the past couple of years.
People visiting Phuket currently may witness a natural side of Phuket that they may never see again once the pandemic is no longer an issue.
There’s a window of opportunity to visit Phuket and save money doing it that is worth taking advantage of. You’ll enjoy all the many deals offered by quality hotels and restaurants, you’ll have a memorable holiday in a stunning natural environment, and you’ll also support the local economy.
So, what are you waiting for? Go online and find out what your favourite hotel is offering in the way of discounts and special deals. You owe yourself a few days of fun in the sun.