Update: COVID-19 and Tours in Bangkok with Expique

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Published: March 23, 2020

Updated March 26, 2020

Expique Suspends Tours and Cooking Classes

Due to the increasing impact of COVID-19 we have decided to stop running tours and cooking classes (at The Market Experience) from now until April 17.

COVID-19 effects the whole world and we share the challenges with many around the globe. It is our duty to do our bit not just to protect our staff but the country and planet we love. Within Thailand, COVID-19 is now at a level where it is our duty to promote social distancing and staying at home.

For anyone who has booked a tour with us who still has not cancelled (very few) then we offer free cancellation or rescheduling.

For a company like us this is extremely challenging. March is usually one of the best months of the year for us and like many businesses our future is at risk. What we ask is for everyone who has cancelled trips, please do visit Bangkok when the world is back to normal and please think of us. Please help us by booking direct with us and we will give you the most amazing service possible.

The Current COVID-19 Situation in Bangkok

Here is a summary of the current situation on March 26, 2020. This may quickly change.

For over 1 month Thailand experienced surprisingly few reported cases of COVID-10. However in the last 2 weeks the number of cases has gone from approx 50 to 721 (+122 increase on March 23). There is now concern that cases are spreading across the country with also as many cases being reported outside Bangkok. For many reasons people believe this is far under-reported.

On March 22 the government announced the closure until April 12, of all malls and non food markets. Restaurants and street food vendors are no longer allowed to serve sit down customers and many now offer delivery only menus. Supermarkets and stalls selling food and fresh produce are allowed to stay open.

On March 26 the Government invoked an emergency decree with the aim of limiting people’s movements and forcing them to stay at home in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19. This also restricts foreigners (except those with work permits) from coming into Thailand.

The decree is still quite vague on many things but it gives the government ability to make decisions as needed. While there is no direct order to stay at home, many people talk about it. It may well come soon but we advise people to do their bit.

For the best updates in English on the current situation we suggest you follow:

What About Our Team

Our commitment is to protect the jobs of our staff. We have an amazing team and we are doing our best to keep them, but we all have to make sacrifices if we are to get through this.

Our permanent office team are now working from home, but like many people they have all taken a 30% salary cut and are working just 3 days per week. This effects our team at our cooking school as well.

Our heart goes to our team of freelance tour guide and drivers who are impacted the most as we simply have no work for them. This is extremely tough on these amazing people who are at the core of the experiences we offer.

Our focus moves to building a strong company going forward. Developing new products, creating great content for our customers, and building the Expique brand.

In the interim we are looking to see how we can offer online / virtual experiences – but this just is not the same ;(

We Aim to Bring a Little Bit of Bangkok to You

So many people around the world are self isolating at the moment. Some of you were meant to be in Bangkok at the moment, others dreaming about Bangkok in the future. Many are dreaming of travelling regardless of the destination.

We have started to make semi regular (3-5 times per week) videos under the title “Bring Bangkok to You”. We hope they will bring a smile to your face. Below you will see the first few episodes but for future ones please follow us on Facebook – www.facebook.com/expique

Bringing Bangkok To You – March 17, 2020

It's a tough time for everyone. Most people who were planning trips to Bangkok have had to cancel. Therefore, we have decided to make a daily video "Bringing Bangkok to You" for all the people who are missing out on planned trips and to bring a little smile to everyone. Here is our first daily video. We hope you like it and let us know what you would like to see tomorrow. And until then – stay strong. #BringingBangkok2U

Posted by Expique on Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Bringing Bangkok To You – A Typical Thai Breakfast: March 19

Welcome to today's episode of "Bringing Bangkok To You – A Typical Thai Breakfast". This is dedicated to all the people who could not make it to Bangkok today, and also we hope it will bring a smile to anyone who needs it! #BringingBangkok2UFor more on a typical Thai breakfast visit https://www.expique.com/blog/2019/10/31/typical-thai-breakfast/

Posted by Expique on Thursday, March 19, 2020

Start Planning You Next Trip to Bangkok – Date Pending!

All we really hope is that once this is all over, people start travelling again, and hopefully to Bangkok. If you are starting to plan, feel free to drop us your questions

Until we see you again, please stay safe and healthy

Simon, Perasa and the whole Expique Team

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