Thailand lures Chinese rail tourists with Isaan delights
Three northeastern provinces will be promoted as a major domestic and international destination, with a focus on luring Chinese visitors via the China-Laos railway.
Udon Thani, Nong Khai and Bueng Kan will be promoted as secondary tourism provinces on the Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT)’s “Nakara-Thani” tourism route, according to TAT Udon Thani chief Thanaporn Poolperm.
The route through the Isaan region will highlight Buddhist, natural and cultural highlights.
Another theme will be sustainability under Thailand’s BCG (bio-circular-green) economic model, with a northeastern route for electric vehicles already in place.
TAT will promote the new route via its offices in China and Asean, while preparing tourist attractions to meet demand.
The move, which is part of a wider TAT policy to create tourism corridors connecting provinces, comes as Thailand prepares to resume the Test & Go scheme on February 1. The scheme allows quarantine-free entry to the country for fully vaccinated travellers.