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Thailand lures golf enthusiasts with 'dream quarantine' plan

Program aims to revive a tourist activity badly hit by COVID-19

Quarantine packages at Mida Golf Club in Kanchanaburi, west of Bangkok, are set to start at around 90,000 baht ($3,000), more than double the price of quarantine packages at more budget-oriented hotels in Bangkok. (Courtesy of Mida Golf Club)

BANGKOK -- Just like the infamous traffic jams of Bangkok, long queues of golf carts at the teeing grounds were once a common sight on Thailand's numerous golf courses. But those are now distant memories as the COVID-19 pandemic has halted the stream of hundreds of thousands of golfers who visited the kingdom every year. The recent second wave of local transmissions in the kingdom has discouraged local expatriates from hitting the greens.

But the authorities have now come up with an ingenious golf quarantine program that enables visitors and returning expatriates to do their two-week mandatory quarantine on golf courses, although it may not do much to stem the financial losses suffered by the tourist-dependent golfing industry.

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