Thailand's famous Khao San Road counts down to the return of good times; only one new confirmed Covid-19 case


BANGKOK (The Nation Thailand/ANN): Some shops and venues along Khao San Road have started catering to night visitors again, but far from the bustle of the past the famous road, a big favourite for many foreign tourists, is mostly quiet.

Khao San is set to fully reopen in August, after a clean-up and renovation during the Covid-19 lockdown.Local authorities are currently selecting vendors for Khaosan Road in preparation for the return of foreign tourists once the flight ban is lifted, Bangkok deputy governor Sakoltee Phattiyakul said.

"In the next phase, we will renovate Rambuttri and Tani roads to beautify the Banglamphu area," he said..

"On roads not frequented by vendors, we will plant more trees to offer shady spots for tourists," Sakoltee added.

Some venues are not open yet, as operators think it is not worth their expense.

Khao San Road is expected to be energetic and buzzing with backpackers or visitors as in the good old days at the beginning of next year. Related agencies will also organise events to draw more visitors.

Meanwhile, only one new case of Covid-19 was confirmed over a 24-hour period, the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said.

The new patient is a returnee from Bahrain in state quarantine.

Thailand has now reached 26 days without a domestic case, the CCSA Facebook page said.

Total cases in Thailand since the outbreak are 3,147 -- 3,018 patients have recovered and been discharged, 71 patients are undergoing treatments in hospitals, while 58 have died. - The Nation Thailand/Asian New Network

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