TAT’s Thailand tourism update regarding the haze situation in Northern Thailand

tats thailand tourism update regarding the haze situation in northern thailand - TAT’s Thailand tourism update regarding the haze situation in Northern Thailand

Bangkok, 3 April, 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) wishes to reiterate our previous advisory for tourists visiting Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and the surrounding provinces to monitor air quality index reports and take necessary precautions amid air quality concerns arising from the current haze situation in Northern Thailand.

Tourists can monitor the overall air quality of Thailand provided daily by the Pollution Control Department under the Ministry of Public Health, via the Air4Thai website (link) or download the mobile application “Air4Thai” on App Store (link) or Google Play (link).

Precautions people can take to help protect themselves against the unhealthy air include wearing an N95-rated face mask whenever going outside. Anyone experiencing respiratory problems or other suspected effects of the haze are advised to see a doctor or pharmacist immediately.

TAT’s actions to help minimise the problem

As Thailand’s national tourist office, TAT stands ready to support the government and public and private sector efforts that are underway to resolve the haze problem.

TAT in cooperation with Chiang Mai Municipality have installed water tunnels, fountains, water curtains and artificial waterfalls at key locations, such as, the old city areas around Tha Pae Gate, Navarat Bridge and various shopping malls.

In addition, TAT has sought cooperation from the public and private sectors with high office buildings as well as attractions to help reduce dust by cleaning their premises and spraying water ahead of the Chiang Mai Songkran Festival 2019.

Tourist attractions and transportation in Northern Thailand

Hotels, attractions and tourist activities in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and the surrounding provinces are operating normally with operators strictly follow safety guidelines issued by local authorities.

For air travel, the haze may affect flight operations causing delays; thus, passengers are advised to check the flight status from the airline that they are travelling on or ask the Airport’s authority for the latest update. Otherwise, all airports in Northern Thailand as well as all other modes of transportation, including rail, road and waterways, are operating normally.

Tourist attractions and transportation in other parts of Thailand

Elsewhere in Thailand, tourist attractions and public places should all be open as usual. April is the time to celebrate Songkran or the Thai New Year, where boisterous fun and ancient traditions go hand-in-hand. For more information about the event, click: Songkran Festival 2019.

To get a realistic assessment of tourism conditions on the ground, tourists and tourism-related operators can contact the TAT’s local offices in Thailand as listed here, or call the TAT Contact Centre on 1672.

*Photo gallery: some authority actions in Chiang Mai to tackle the haze situation.  

TAT advises tourists to Northern Thailand to take precautions amid air quality concerns

tat advises tourists to northern thailand to take precautions amid air quality concerns - TAT advises tourists to Northern Thailand to take precautions amid air quality concerns

Bangkok, 25 March, 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) wishes to advise tourists visiting Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and the surrounding provinces to monitor air quality index (AQI) reports and take necessary precautions amid air quality concerns in Northern Thailand.

The overall air quality in parts of the North has been at unhealthy levels for the past weeks. The Pollution Control Department under the Ministry of Public Health is providing ongoing reports of air quality, and tourists can keep abreast of these via the Air4Thai website (link) or by downloading the mobile application “Air4Thai” on App Store (link) or Google Play (link).

Precautions people can take to help protect themselves against the unhealthy air pollution include wearing an N95-rated face mask whenever going outside. Anyone experiencing respiratory problems or other suspected effects of the haze are advised to see a doctor or pharmacist immediately.

As Thailand’s national tourist office, TAT stands ready to support the Royal Thai Government and public and private sector efforts that are underway to resolve the haze problem, which is blamed mostly on forest fires, open scrub burning and vehicle emissions.

The haze may also affect flight operations causing delays; thus, passengers are advised to check the flight status from the airline that they are travelling on or ask the Airport’s authority for the latest update.

TAT recognises the immense importance of tourism, and tourist safety is an ongoing top priority for us. If tourists do experience any unfortunate incidents, they are encouraged to immediately contact the Tourist Police Hotline on 1155, and can be confident that the authorities will do their utmost to provide all necessary assistance.

For Thailand’s tourism information, call the TAT Contact Centre on 1672.

Displayed Image (File Photo): Phramahathat Napamathanidol and Phramahathat Napaphol Bhumisiri (the Great Holy Relics Pagodas) at Doi Inthanon, Chiang Mai

TAT updates travel advisory regarding air quality concerns in Bangkok

Bangkok, 31 January, 2019 (17.00 Hrs.) – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is providing a further update regarding air quality concerns in Bangkok and its surrounding provinces.

Thailand’s air quality and situation reports

Tourists can monitor the overall air quality of Thailand provided daily by the Pollution Control Department, Ministry of Public Health, by log on to the website (link) or download the mobile application “Air4Thai” on App Store (link) or Google Play (link).

Thailand’s tourism and transport services

All tourism-related services in Bangkok and its surrounding provinces as well as all destinations across Thailand are operating as usual.

These include ongoing tourism activities and services in beach resort destinations especially in the South; such as, Phuket, Krabi and Trang, and in the East, such as Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat. Meanwhile the overall weather situation of northern Thai destinations; such as, Chiang Rai, Nan and Sukhothai is moderate.

All events and festivals remain as scheduled, including the TAT’s Chinese New Year 2019 celebrations planned in Bangkok at Siam Square (4 to 6 February) and Yaowarat Road (5-6 February), Chiang Mai at Maya Lifestyle Shopping Centre (5 to 6 February), and Phuket at Central Phuket Floresta (5 to 6 February).

The Amazing Thailand Marathon Bangkok (ATM) 2019 on 3 February (as of 31 January 2019) is also still on schedule, for further update please visit the official website.

All transport services, including air, rail, road and water transport are also operating as usual. All airports as well as all domestic and international flights are operating as usual.

Thailand’s measures to tackle the problem and TAT’s actions

The Royal Thai Government and all authorities involved are putting the utmost afford on working to tackle the problem and minimise the impact of the smog on visitors from abroad as well as residents.

Government’s Measures
  • Checkpoints to monitor emissions from buses and old cars.
  • Considering banning large vehicles from entering Bangkok city centre from 10.00-15.00 Hrs. (Currently, lorries are prohibited during rush hours, 05.00-10.00 and 18.00-21.00 Hrs.)
  • Cleaning roads by spraying water.
  • Handing out N95 face masks in some areas.
  • Creating artificial rain.
  • Using planes to spray water over haze-heavy areas.
  • Ensuring there would be no outdoor burning, particularly along the sides of highways.
  • Closing industrial factories part of each day.
  • Considering long-term solutions including more environmental-friendly fuel for motorists, the use of carpools and other driving restrictions to reduce toxic dust.
TAT’s Actions

As TAT is not in a position to undertake any actions pertaining to matters outside of these parameters, but we are more than happy and ready to support with the concerned authorities to help minimise the problem.

TAT will continue to assess the overall situation and issue timely updates as appropriate, while assuring all that the relevant Thai authorities are doing everything possible to minimise the impact of the smog on visitors from abroad as well as residents.

TAT has also sought cooperation from the private sector, including the Thai Transportation Operations Association to help reduce toxic emissions by urging the members to turn off engine of their vehicle while waiting for tourists at airport or attractions.

In the meantime, TAT advises that tourists should take any necessary precautions to ensure they protect themselves. This include monitoring the air quality index from an official source, such as Thailand’s Pollution Control Department, and wearing a face respirator as a prevention from breathing in airborne dust particles.

Tourists are advised to consult health-certified personnel, such as, a doctor or pharmacist, to make an informed decision when choosing a face respirator. According to Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health, the effectiveness of a range of face masks are varied (see below graphic).

TAT updates travel advisory regarding air quality concerns in Bangkok

For information about Thailand’s tourism information, call the TAT Contact Centre on 1672.

*Featured image: The Grand Palace, Bangkok (file photo)

TAT issues travel advisory on Bangkok’s air pollution

tat issues travel advisory on bangkoks air pollution - TAT issues travel advisory on Bangkok’s air pollution

Bangkok, 15 January, 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is advising tourists to monitor Bangkok’s air pollution and take precautions when necessary as unhealthy conditions continue after the air quality index (US AQI) peaked at 183 in parts of the Thai capital.

TAT understands that the Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation will attempt to create artificial rain over the city as early as Tuesday, 15 January to curb the city’s air pollution that threatens the health of tourists and residents alike. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) quoted the Pollution Control Department as saying that the timing would depend on humidity and wind direction.

In the meantime, TAT advises that tourists should take any necessary precautions to ensure they protect themselves.

TAT will continue to assess the overall situation and issue timely updates as appropriate, while assuring all that the relevant Thai authorities are doing everything possible to minimise the impact of the smog on visitors from abroad as well as residents.

Key Facts

Bangkok’s pollution remained at harmful levels (over 150 US AQI) for the fourth straight day on Monday 14 January and was likely to remain for up to another month due to weather patterns, experts predicted.  People wearing masks became a common sight in inner areas of the capital as visitors were greeted by thick smog forcing them to consider face masks to protect against dirty air.

*Featured image: Bangkok (file photo)

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