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Chinese Starting to Arrive in RV’s at Chiang Khong

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Chiang Khong Customs House, said yesterday that house trailers were registered as personal vehicles.

Chiang Khong Customs House, said yesterday that house trailers were registered as personal vehicles.


CHIANG RAI – Thailand’s Tourism Authority is considering measures for RV’s and travel trailers entering the country from China.

Sophon Rattanasiri, the care-taking chief of the Chiang Khong Customs House said already this year, we have started to see more travel trailers, from February 1-16, 4,500 personal vehicles went through the customs house, about 0.2 per cent of them were RV trailers.
Many Chinese visited Thailand during the Chinese New Year and some brought their own vehicles for convenience.

If the number of live-in trailers travelling into Thailand rises in the future, there will need to be measures to accommodate them including space allotment, as they require water, electricity, and garbage and sewage disposal.

Lerdchai Wangtrakoondee, director of TAT’s Chiang Rai office, said  travel trailers are starting to come into the province, but there has not been any impact on the country’s tourism from them yet.

“A father and son drove their house trailer to Thailand from the middle of China. Both stayed at a hotel as usual. They brought bicycles to ride.

“If they were tired from travelling, they would stop and take a break at rest areas,” he said.

In Europe, it costs vacationers more to stay at a trailer park than at a hotel, given the road tax, parking-lot tax and sewage fees involved.

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