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4 things to do in Thailand to ring in the Chinese New Year

Taking place on February 1st this year, the Chinese New Year is less than a week away and those without plans are starting to wonder how they’ll spend the auspicious occasion. As the most important festival amongst Chinese people, the Lunar New Year is celebrated across the globe, so if you’ve been wondering: does Thailand …

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Tourist fee for entering Thailand to be imposed starting from April

Dreaming of vacationing in the tropical paradise of Thailand? A heads up before you start your trip planning – starting from April 2022, all foreign visitors will be charged a tourist fee for entering Thailand. In this article, Pacific Prime Thailand will keep you up to speed with this new travel requirement – what it …

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Thailand’s Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension and the updated Sandbox program

As of January 11, 2022, visitors planning a trip to Thailand can now travel to another approved destination in Southern Thailand via the extended Sandbox program. Previously, visitors could only do so via the “Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension” program. However, Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has relaxed entry measures for international arrivals. So …

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A guide to Phuket’s Sandbox scheme: All you need to know

As of July 1st, 2021, Phuket began welcoming back (without the need to quarantine) tourists and expats that have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The milestone came after months of preparation, from introducing effective health measures and vaccinating the local population to ensuring a robust system to seamlessly guide visitors from immigration from Phuket International Airport …

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Long boat on a Thai beach

Thailand’s Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension and the updated Sandbox program

As of January 11, 2022, visitors planning a trip to Thailand can now travel to another approved destination in Southern Thailand via the extended Sandbox program. Previously, visitors could only do so via the “Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension” program. However, Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has relaxed entry measures for international arrivals. So …

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A guide to Phuket’s Sandbox scheme: All you need to know

As of July 1st, 2021, Phuket began welcoming back (without the need to quarantine) tourists and expats that have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The milestone came after months of preparation, from introducing effective health measures and vaccinating the local population to ensuring a robust system to seamlessly guide visitors from immigration from Phuket International Airport …

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What to do if you test positive for COVID-19 in Thailand

If you’re an expat living in Thailand, you’ll probably know by now that there are certified Antigen Test Kits (ATKs) available at your nearest clinic, pharmacy, and public/private hospital. They are also known as lateral flow tests and the price for a test kit begins at THB ฿49. Needless to say, having an ATK close …

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Thailand postpones the PDPA enforcement: What it is and how to prepare your business for the PDPA

Businesses take note. Officially,  Thailand postpones the PDPA or the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) to June 1, 2022. Considered as the first local law designed to govern data protection in the digital age, the PDPA was originally scheduled to come into effect on June 1, 2021. However, it created multiple challenges for both local …

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How to find your creative space and why you should do it

Creativity is not something that you can just switch on and off. In fact, some of our most creative ideas come when we’re not at our best. Have you ever had a spark of creativity while you were especially relaxed, a little tired, or even slightly intoxicated? You can thank neuroplasticity for that, which is …

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Effective ways to create a culture of self-care in the workplace

When we think of self-care, we usually think about time that is spent far away from work. A morning walk in nature or an evening bath is a great way to show yourself some love, but self-care is more than just out-of-offices activities. It’s becoming more evident that incorporating self-care moments throughout the day is …

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How to avoid the obesity pandemic in Thailand

Thailand is world-renowned for its mouth-watering regional delicacies and five main flavors, including salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and spicy. For centuries, the combination of all five flavors has brought happiness to people’s lives (and their stomachs). However, with a population that has grown over 15 times in the last two centuries and a society heavily …

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What to do if you can’t work while living as an expat

While living as an expat can be exciting, it also comes with its own challenges. The same can be said for life as a trailing partner, or the partner that follows. Depending on where you’re moving to and its visa restrictions, you might not be able to work while living there. Expat partners who find …

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How to talk to your child about the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 is raging in Thailand. With a slower-than-expected vaccination program, cases and deaths on the rise, and pressure on the healthcare system, the country (particularly Bangkok and the areas surrounding it) is back on high alert. This is its deadliest wave since the start of the pandemic, and it’s only expected that fear and anxiety …

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6 ways to ease anxiety around Omicron wave

As Omicron has been detected in all of Thailand’s provinces, people across the country are concerned about how the new COVID-19 variant could affect their lives. Just as we were starting to get used to the “new normal”, Omicron and its rising case count have brought back feelings of panic and anxiety. What’s more, the …

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What to do if you test positive for COVID-19 in Thailand

If you’re an expat living in Thailand, you’ll probably know by now that there are certified Antigen Test Kits (ATKs) available at your nearest clinic, pharmacy, and public/private hospital. They are also known as lateral flow tests and the price for a test kit begins at THB ฿49. Needless to say, having an ATK close …

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5 tips to help kids get active during the COVID-19 pandemic

With lockdowns and restrictions enforced by governments to combat COVID-19, the ongoing pandemic has had a detrimental impact on children’s mental and physical health. According to a recent study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children’s BMI (body mass index) doubled in 2020. Similarly, a JAMA study found that children between the …

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4 things to do in Thailand to ring in the Chinese New Year

Taking place on February 1st this year, the Chinese New Year is less than a week away and those without plans are starting to wonder how they’ll spend the auspicious occasion. As the most important festival amongst Chinese people, the Lunar New Year is celebrated across the globe, so if you’ve been wondering: does Thailand …

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Working from home and the “right to disconnect” in Thailand

When the world switched to remote working for much of 2020, employees in Thailand could work from the office. But the third wave of the outbreak in April 2021 and a sluggish vaccination rollout put the country back at square 1. For months now, many employers and employees in the Kingdom have been navigating the …

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7 types of employee benefits to help attract, retain, and keep employees happy in Thailand

Employee satisfaction plays a significant role in a business’s success, so it’s essential to provide employee benefits that are relevant and motivating for the workforce. Additionally, top employee benefits can also help a business attract the best talent and make it easier to retain them. In this Pacific Prime Thailand article, we’ll take a look …

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Thailand postpones the PDPA enforcement: What it is and how to prepare your business for the PDPA

Businesses take note. Officially,  Thailand postpones the PDPA or the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) to June 1, 2022. Considered as the first local law designed to govern data protection in the digital age, the PDPA was originally scheduled to come into effect on June 1, 2021. However, it created multiple challenges for both local …

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