TAT: Northern Thailand’s tourism unaffected by earthquake


Following the recent earthquake in the province of Chiang Rai, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced that tourist attractions and upcoming events in the northern districts of Thailand have been mainly unaffected.

“In terms of tourism, everything is going ahead as usual and local and international visitors have not changed their plans to travel here and continue to flock to the region,” TAT governor Thawatchai Arunyik said.

There have been minor aftershocks following the 6.3 earthquake, which occurred just after 6pm on Monday 5 May, and damage to some roads has occurred in the province, with the Mae Lao to Mae Suai Highway currently closed.

The famous Wat Rong Khun in Mueang, Chiang Rai district as well as Chiang Rung Hotel in the Phan District, have also sustained significant structural damage and are closed for repairs.

“While we continue to carry out detailed assessments of all visitor attractions in the seven provinces that experienced the quake, our preliminary findings have ascertained that no major tourist sites were adversely affected.

“However, these initial assessments are part of an on-going process and we continue to carry out inspections in the wake of aftershocks.”

Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich
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