The Thai government recently agreed to give tax breaks to Thai and expat tourists who travel to some of the lesser visited provinces around Thailand during 2018. You can get up to 15,000 Baht in tax deductions when spending on things like package tours, hotels, transportation, food and even local souvenirs. Just collect your receipts and give them to your accountant before the end of the tax year.
For me, what is most interesting about this news is the list they produced of so-called second tier provinces that don’t receive that many tourists. I am all for travelling the road less travelled and so I am keen on making it a new year’s resolution to visit some of these provinces. What about you? Have you been to many of these provinces listed below?
Here is the full list of 55 provinces that according to the Thai government don’t get enough tourists:
Northern Thailand: Chiang Rai, Kamphaeng Phet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Phayao, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai , Tak, and Uttaradit;
Northeastern Thailand: Amnat Charoen, Bung Kan, Buri Ram, Chaiyaphum, Kalasin, Loei, Maha Sarakham, Mukdahan, Nakhon Phanom, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Nong Khai, Phetchabun, Prachinburi, Roi Et, Sa Kaeo, Sakon Nakhon, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, and Yasothon;
Central Thailand: Ang Thong, Chai Nat, Lop Buri, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Sawan, Samut Songkhram, Sing Buri, Suphan Buri, and Uthai Thani
Eastern Thailand: Chanthaburi and Trat
Western Thailand: Ratchaburi
South Thailand: Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Phatthalung, Ranong, Satun, Trang and Yala.