Sadly the Thai Gov is stumbling around with no idea what direction they should take for the benefit of the whole country.I take anything they say with a pinch of salt but it is sending a clear message to the former backbone of tourism that you are not really welcome here.
We got out of lock down here in CM and went to our favourite resort just north of CM.The owner has kept all his staff albeit on half wages and the only thing that is keeping him afloat is CM locals that stay on weekends.We went on a Friday, we were the only visitors.4 housemaids ,I garden & swimming pool worker, 1 chef and 1 waiter.
He has very high ratings on all tourist sites and has made a huge investment in buying the land ,building 12 cabins and spending a fortune on the gardens and pool.He was adamant that he now regrets his project but no one could have predicted this virus and its long term effect. www.monocerosresort.com
All the elephants have gone back home, a 180 m trek as they eat 300 kg of food a day. 20+ Elephant camps have closed. The 5 star 4 Seasons Resort is closed, they employed 100's of staff and many cafes /restaurants, hotels,GH & Hostels in the old city have closed as it is more expensive to actually open.Many have called it a day. CM is now reduced to viewing temples.
Bangsaphan for the time being will have to hope that Thai locals will find the jewel in the crown but as Buksida posted getting people from Bangkok is a step to far or it would have already happened.