Hoping for true love? Thai tourism board plays cupid

TD Editor

If you are single living in Thailand and hoping to retire from singlehood, would you give Tourism Authority of Thailand a chance to find your match?

In its latest scheme to resuscitate tourism in the country, the Thai tourism board paired with popular dating app Tinder to launch ‘Single Journey’ tours targeting singletons and bringing them to a romantic getaway…or to an awkward blind date.

The first trip is scheduled on Sunday where 100 participants will board the Grand Pearl Cruise for a dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River. They will be joined by renowned astrologer Tosphorn Sritula to offer celestial guidance in love.

“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has changed travel behaviour and necessitates that we think ‘out-of-the-box’. The ‘Single Travel Route’ targets solo travellers who prefer to travel alone to various destinations in Thailand,” says TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn.

TAT is also hosting a beachside party at Koh Kai in Phuket on January 9, which is open to 50 singles for THB 222 (USD 7) per person. A train tour from Bangkok to Pa Sak Jolasid Dam in Lopburi is also scheduled on January 23 for 50 people. Tickets cost THB 555 (USD 18) each.

Six more pilot trips are lined up to places including Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Ayutthaya, Pattaya, and Loei provinces in order to spur domestic tourism. Tickets are available for purchase on the Sneaksdeal website.

This is what you get when tourism officials heed the call to think ‘out of the box’. TAT is actively seeking ways to encourage locals and foreigners to travel to Thailand. For foreign travellers, the Special Tourist Visa, which allows travellers to stay in Thailand for up to nine months, is now applicable to all countries.

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