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August Newsletter

Are the Thai Borders Open to International Tourists?

Currently, entry to Thailand is still limited to citizens and certain categories of specific visa holders only. International tourists are not yet allowed to enter Thailand, and inbound commercial flights are still not operating.

The following visa holders are currently allowed to enter: Foreigners with work permits, incl. spouses and children; those with permission to work in Thailand; D, F, O visa holders; those with a permanent residence; students of formal educational institutions. Medical tourists (excluding for Covid-19 treatment) and Elite visa holders may also be allowed to enter. We recommend checking with your local Thai Embassy for official up-to-date and detailed entry requirements.

However, there are currently several proposals being discussed to gradually open the borders. This includes the idea to open Phuket in October for international tourists. Any tourist would need to obtain several Covid-19 tests prior and during the stay, and complete a mandatory 14-night quarantine at an approved hotel.

You can follow our Facebook page to stay up to date. We hope tourists can soon enjoy the beauty of Thailand again, keeping in mind a safe and reasonable approach given the situation.

On our side, we keep closely monitoring the situation, in order to best plan for our service launch date, as well as discuss with the relevant authorities. In the meantime, in order to gear up for launch, we are excited to provide an opportunity for interested domestic and international investors that may offer both capital as well as expertise or passion for high-standard seaplane operations in Thailand. Please get in touch with us directly should this be of interest to you.

This Month’s Dream Destination — Samui

The most marvelous sunset reflects on the horizon of one of the most recognized destinations for beach lovers in Thailand. Samui would be the one to come across almost everybody’s mind. The island itself is located off the east coast as part of the Chumphon archipelago. It can easily be reached by a direct flight from Bangkok or a combination of transport modes. The island itself is the second largest after Phuket.

Our team recently had the great opportunity to visit Samui for site inspections. We often provide ‘behind-the-scenes’ insights on our Instagram and Facebook - so head on over there and follow us if you’re curious about what that looks like!

A Special Offer from Our Partner

If you’re lucky to be based in Thailand, we’d love to recommend the W Samui and have a special offer for you:

The W Samui is a luxury resort with elegant designs like nowhere else. It is just a perfect place to leave all exhaust behind. No worries, just sit back and enjoy, from the start: the Welcome Ambassador will warmly greet you at the airport then transfer to the 24-hour Welcome Desk with multilingual staff. Many more services, stunning villas, and exquisite fine dining cuisine await you in this dream destination...

The Summer Dreaming Staycation includes — 

A one-night stay in the spacious private pool villa, breakfast for two, set dinner for two at NAMU, THB 1,000 resort credit for food & beverage or the spa, and an additional 5,000 Marriott Bonvoy points! We’d love to help you reserve and you can contact us at, or contact the W reservations directly at: or +66 77 915 999. Don’t forget to mention Siam Seaplane.

Can Planes Fly & Land Anywhere?

Aircraft are a regular sight to be spotted on airports around the world. However, some aircraft undergoing specific missions may have configuration that is very different from regular ones, making them quite unique.While a regular plane will be equipped with landing gear (wheels), additions to the aircraft such as amphibious floats will allow them to take off and land on usual land runways but also water. But there are also skis for airplanes, or tundra tires (bush wheels), allowing planes to access remote areas that conventional aircraft wouldn’t be able to!

For our operation, alongside our partner Tropic Ocean Airways, we selected the Cessna Grand Caravan EX Amphibian, a reliable and versatile amphibious seaplane. Amphibious aircraft are widely used across the US or Canada for their capacity in accessing remote areas and water bodies, connecting communities and enabling transport ways that would otherwise be hardly achieved.

News & Press

October 28, 2021
Thailand Game Changer
An interview with our CBO about his career, building businesses, sustainability, and Siam Seaplane.
October 26, 2021
Web Manuals
Investing in digital manuals from the start. A case study of why our COO and Operations went with Web Manuals.
August 27, 2021
Diversity & Siam Seaplane
Blog: the concept of diversity in the workplace has been gaining more attention than ever. How does Siam Seaplane address this?
August 9, 2021
Prestige Thailand
Travel feature: getting to the beach should be as memorable as being there.
August 3, 2021
June & July Newsletter
Site inspections, partner discussions and regulatory progress; explore our partner hotel deal for Phuket Sandbox
May 21, 2021
May Newsletter
Tell us more in a five minute survey — discover Koh Lanta's best kept secret; pilots' tools and our updates.
May 6, 2021
Hello Magazine
Our CEO shares encouragement during the COVID-19 pandemic, being a part of "9 Vivier's Ladies".
February 17, 2021
Re-defining transportation with seaplanes in Thailand: interview with our COO, Lionel.
February 4, 2021
January Newsletter
Warm wishes from the Minister of Tourism; Prachuap Khiri Khan, the unseen destination; and how we keep consistency in our flying...
January 12, 2021
December Newsletter
Highlighting our 2020 achievements during a difficult year; dream destination Chon Buri; learn about: our propeller.
January 7, 2021
Tatler Thailand
Executive Worakanya Siripidej is looking to soar to success with a new seaplane venture.
December 1, 2020
November Newsletter
Taking part in a travel innovation challenge, empowering children through indoor skydiving, learn about the PT6 engine, and more...
November 20, 2020
Indoor Skydiving CSR Event
Siam Seaplane joined FlowNation and the Right to Play Foundation to empower children through the sport of indoor skydiving.
November 14, 2020
Expara Innovation Challenge
Siam Seaplane is one of three start-ups as part of regional VC's new program on the future of travel and tourism.
Press ReleasePress Release
November 4, 2020
October Newsletter
Our new intro video, a special deal with the Renaissance Pattaya, this month's dream destination and does it only need one pilot to fly a plane?
October 5, 2020
September Newsletter
Our dream destination of the month, our special yacht charter offers, and the strengthening of our advisory board.
September 28, 2020
New Advisory Board
Members include a diverse team of executives, spanning the aviation, hospitality and luxury goods industries.
Press ReleasePress Release
September 1, 2020
August Newsletter
Current international border status and our take, dream destination Samui, and: can planes fly & land anywhere?
August 6, 2020
July Newsletter
Despite COVID, we make progress. Close collaboration with Government authorities, interesting facts & figures, and more...
July 1, 2020
June Newsletter
Heaven on earth in Phuket, guest’s after-landing checklist, and more...
June 10, 2020
Getting around Thailand by Seaplane will soon become a reality
June 1, 2020
May Newsletter
Dream destination: Kanchanaburi, about seaplanes and the environment, and more...
May 12, 2020
April Newsletter
Dream destination: Koh Talu, can any pilot be a seaplane pilot?, and more...
April 24, 2020
Aero Telegraph
Our airport is on the beach, surrounded by coconut trees (in German)
April 22, 2020
taff, Pro7
Interview and flight with CBO Dennis Keller for the lifestyle show ‘taff’ on German TV channel Pro7
March 31, 2020
March Newsletter
Our COVID-19 sitrep, seaplanes for delivery & evacuation, dream destination of the month: Koh Kood
March 19, 2020
Smart Aviation APAC
Thailand’s Siam Seaplane Plans 2020 Debut
March 9, 2020
Tropic Ocean Airways USA & Siam Seaplane Sign Letter of Intent
Press ReleasePress Release
February 21, 2020
Aero Telegraph
Neue Wasserflugzeug-Airline will Thailands Inseln anfliegen (in German)
February 16, 2020
CH Aviation
Thailand's Siam Seaplane outlines operational plans
January 10, 2020
Seaplane Magazine
Siam Seaplane Thailand - Aims to Launch in 2020
November 28, 2019
CH Aviation
Thailand's Siam Seaplane targets 2Q20 launch
November 22, 2019
Matichon Online
“โอเชี่ยนมารีน่าฯ” จัดใหญ่ “พัทยา โบ๊ท โชว์ ปีที่ 8” หวังกระตุ้นท่องเที่ยวทางเรือ (in Thai)
November 21, 2019
Travel News Asia
Seaplanes in Thailand? Interview with Dennis Keller, CBO of Siam Seaplane
November 21, 2019
Bangkok Post
A show for yacht lovers
November 21, 2019
TTR Weekly
Marine lifestyle on show in Pattaya
November 20, 2019
The Phuket News
Marine and lifestyle on display at 8th Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show