Some people travel for the famous sceneries, and some to get away from the busy city life. For some people, traveling is a channel to meet new people, and even date new people. But because the pandemic has stalled other people’s dating lives, and gone are the days when summer flings starred — well, almost gone!
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has recently reported that it will be working with Tinder to promote matchmaking tours in a program called ‘Single Journey’, which will help single travelers meet new people. TAT will also be working with Thai Smile Airways and leading online travel platform Drive Digital.
TAT, Thailand’s official body that promotes tourism in the country recognizes the effects of COVID-19 and seeks to promote domestic flights as restrictions ease up.
“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has changed travel behaviour and necessitates that we think ‘out-of-the-box’. The ‘Single Travel Route’ targets solo travellers who prefer to travel alone to various destinations in Thailand,” TAT Governor, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, said in a statement.
Pilot Matchmaking Tours
At the moment, Tinder, TAT, and other collaborative organizations are working on three pilot trips that will happen in the coming weeks. The first one will be on December 20, where up to 100 Thai travelers are invited to join, free of charge. The trip is organized with the help of Grand Pearl Cruise and proceeds along Chao Phraya River, taking in nine temples.
The Single Journey tour will be hosted by fortune teller and Feng Shui expert Chang-Tosaporn Sritula. This will be accompanied by fruitful tips on how to pay homage to Buddha and ask for blessings, and topped off with a cruise dinner.
The second pilot trip will be on January 9, 2021 and will be available for 50 single Thai travelers. However, it will not be free like the first one; travelers will be charged 222 Baht — about $7.50 — per person. Organized with the help of Love Andaman, the second of three pilot matchmaking tours will include a beachside party concert at Ko Kai in Phuket.
And the last of the pilot matchmaking tours will be on Hanuary 23, 2021, still open to 50 single Thai travelers, who will need to pay 555 Baht, or $18.50, to avail. This will be organized with the State Railway of Thailand to feature an exclusive train tour to Pa Sak Jolasid Dam in Lop Buri, including a meal at the Dam.
Single travelers interested to join any of the three pilot tours can make bookings from 15 December, 2020, onwards.
Following the pilot matchmaking tours will be the implementation of nine Single Journey tour routes featuring various destinations in Thailand. These include Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai, Lop Buri – Saraburi, Si Sa Ket – Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani – Loei, Chumphon – Surat Thani, Phuket, Ayutthaya, and, of course, Bangkok.
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