Story by Kathleen Pokrud Honorary Columnist
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports and Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) invited local and international tourists to experience the ultimate excitement in Thailand SHA SHA SHA: The Memory @ Phuket, Phang-nga and Krabi, a 10-day event Hosted under the strictest health and safety standards set by SHA (Safety Health Administration).
Thailand SHA SHA SHA: The Memory was held from 24 September to 3 October 2021. The event promoted tourism among local travellers and expats who could travel safely within secure tourist-friendly destinations.
The objective was to help return confidence in tourism and national healthcare as well as assist tourism businesses affected by Covid-19. The event also gave international tourists, who were part of the Phuket Sandbox programme, the opportunity to travel to nearby provinces through the 7+7 Phuket extension on the Andaman coast. TAT organised the event in three provinces: Phuket: at the Phuket Old Town, Phrom Thep Cape and Kata Beach; Phang-Nga: at Ko Yao Yai, and Krabi at the Ao Nang Landmark.
Travellers enjoyed a wide array of activities from landmark light shows in the three provinces to kayaking and yoga classes. Music and live entertainment were provided by Thai popular artists, including Two Popetorn, Nont Tanont, Kong Saharat, Pop Pongkool, Ton Thanasit, Zom Marie, New Jiew, Preaw Kanitkul, Lula, Kacha, Joey the Voice and Ice Saranyu on two consecutive weekends.
All guests had to be fully vaccinated and have a negative RT-PCR or ATK Test result issued by a hospital no more than 72 hours before attending. Guests checked in via the Thai Chana application and wore masks at all times throughout the event and maintained social distancing with activities limited to 100 persons per time at each location.