Thailand’s visa-free entry to Indians until May 10: Here's what you should know

The initiative is an attempt to boost their tourism industry by attracting more Indian travellers to the country. Photo: Reuters

The award-winning American dark comedy series White Lotus revolves around a group of guests who check into a luxury resort at exotic places. If you are a fan of the series, then here is good news for you! The makers have announced that the third season of the acclaimed series will be shot in breathtakingly beautiful locations in Thailand. Meanwhile, the Indian fans of the series have reasons to be twice as happy as Indian citizens do not require a visa, until May 10, to travel to Thailand. If lucky, they might even get a chance to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars from the television series.

The initiative is an attempt to boost their tourism industry by attracting more Indian travellers to the country.  Those who enter the country during this period can stay visa-free for up to thirty days. Interestingly, the initiative is helping the South–East Asian country which is known for its incredible tourist destinations. The flow of tourists to Thailand has increased by a whopping 321% in recent times. India ranks fourth after Malaysia, China and Singapore in the most number of tourists visiting Thailand. Last year, around 1.62 million tourists had visited Thailand. Meanwhile, the country hopes to welcome 3.5 million tourists this year. 

Historical Bangkok
There are lots of historically significant spots in Bangkok that might interest Indian tourists. You could stay at the Baiyoke Sky Hotel or the Ambassador Hotel in the city. From here the tourists could easily travel to all the major tourist spots. The Grand Palace, the Temple of Emerald Buddha and the Temple of Dawn are some of the main attractions in Bangkok. Besides, the food scene here is spectacular. The mango sticky rice is an iconic dish that shouldn’t be missed. Do not forget to visit the Chatuchak weekend market to purchase a few souvenirs and fashionable clothes at affordable rates. Pratunam market too is a popular shopping destination for tourists. The Hua Hin district which was once the summer residence of the royal family is now one of the most luxurious holiday destinations in the country. 

The beaches of Phuket
Phuket, which is the biggest island in Thailand is a haven for beach lovers. Patong, Kata and Karon are some of the best beaches here. Besides enjoying the beautiful icy blue waters and the gleaming sun, walking on the sandy beach is a wonderful experience. Those who wish to enjoy amazing sceneries and a peaceful atmosphere shouldn’t miss the island of Phuket. The giant Buddha statue at Phuket too is quite popular. Moreover, the exciting nightlife in Phuket is a crowd-puller. 

Ko Samui
You could reach the quaint island of Ko Samui by ferry or in airplane. The scintillating beaches lined with date palms, coconut palm orchards and mesmerizing greenery are some of the unique features of Ko Samui. The Wat Phra Yi Buddha temple is another iconic spot on the island. Interestingly, Ko Samui is the best place to experience the unique culture and hospitality of Thailand. 

James Bond island and the famous Khao Phing Kan stone surrounded by blue clean water in Thailand
The most amazing fact about Thailand is that you can visit the country at any time of the year. Photo: iStock/Cristian Mircea Balate

The most amazing fact about Thailand is that you can visit the country at any time of the year. The tourist destinations here are known for their uniqueness during different seasons. However, the months from November to February are the best time to visit Thailand. During this time, the weather is cool and pleasant with no rain. So, visiting the cities and beaches becomes more enjoyable at this time of the year. Meanwhile, summer sets in from March to June. You could visit Thailand then if you love the beach and can’t wait to get the perfect tan.

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