Southeast Asian nations aiming on Chinese visitors

 Thursday, December 3, 2020 


Early on Nov 10th, Luke Wu went to a nearby 7-Eleven convenience store after quarantined at a Bangkok hotel in the Thai capital. After checking his temperature at the entrance of a store, the Beijing based freelance photographer grabbed a cup of Thai milk tea.

He ate hotpot at a shopping mall later that day along with a friend to enjoy being able to start his first overseas trip again since the pandemic hit the world.

Wu lives on media commissions from companies and used to travel to foreign countries at least once a month, said, “I take pictures of wild animals, different cultures and natural landscapes, but I had to put my work on hold for six months.”

He took the decision to restart his work overseas after Thailand declared a special tourist visa for Chinese tourists.

Wu arrived in Bangkok on Oct 26th, on a chartered flight from Guangzhou, and started his quarantine of 14 days at a city hotel.

He got commissions from magazines and drew up schedule. He began his work, which will take many more months for completion, in Bangkok. Then Wu will move to villages close to the city. He has plans to return to China in next year.

From China, he was among the second batch of visitors to enter Thailand on the special visas, following a group which arrived on Oct 20. Members of this group were the first arrivals from foreign countries granted permission to land in Thailand for seven months.

The Thai authorities devised the special tourist visa program with the aim of gradually reopening the country’s borders to foreign visitors.

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