Summer flings have long been a happy, occasional perk of travel.
But the Thai tourism authority is partnering with dating app Tinder to offer tour packages specifically for matchmaking purposes.
Though Thailand’s borders are technically open to foreign tourists – at least those who are willing to quarantine in a hotel room for two weeks and pay for a visa application – the “Single Journey” initiative is aimed at locals as a way to encourage domestic travel.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the country’s official travel body, is planning nine itineraries throughout the country and is launching with three pilot trips.
The first, which will take place on December 20, is a cruise along Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River for up to 100 singletons.
The day-long experience includes sightseeing, dinner and a talk from a Feng Shui expert “who will share tips on how to pay homage to Buddha and ask for blessings,” which should invariably give tongue-tied daters something to talk about.
The other two pilot experiences are a beachside party and concert in Phuket and a train trip to the Pa Sak Jolasid Dam in Lopburi, both in January 2021 and accommodating up to 50 people each. Bookings open on December 15 and can be made through the Sneaksdeal website (in Thai).
“The ‘Single Travel Route’ targets solo travellers who prefer to