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Thailand was ranked as the world’s safest tourist destination during the Covid-19 pandemic.
A study conducted by German-based travel agency, Tourlane, created a ranking to determine the safest place people can travel to by taking into account each country’s Covid-19 infection data, population density, International Health Regulations (IHR) score, and other factors, even the hours of sunshine a place gets in a day.
And as it turns out, our northernmost neighbor, Thailand checks all the boxes to be ranked the best place to visit during the pandemic based on low infection numbers, great healthcare services, a moderate population density, and all the sun, sand and greenery anyone could ask for.
Making it to the top-5, Tourlane also lists Jordan, French Polynesia, Iceland, and Morocco as Covid-19-safe travel destinations.
As global travel restrictions ease up following the “new normal”, it’s understandable that people are anxious to break free after months of isolation.
But unfortunately, even though Thailand sits circumstantially as the world’s current best vacation spot, travelers may not get a chance to visit anytime soon as the country announced that its borders would be closed to tourists until 2021.
After taking a hit during the nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO) lockdown period, Malaysia’s own tourism industry is seeing gradual recovery with local, domestic tourists spending their time and earnings exploring what our country has to offer.
Reportedly, our local hotel occupancy rate had increased by 30% since the lockdowns were lifted.
Malaysia also plans to create a “travel bubble” to allow for safe cross-border travel and tourism between “green zone” countries like Singapore, Brunei, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, and others.
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