Locals and tourists attend an event organised to mark the opening of Phuket to international tourists on Patong beach. What will it take for Bali in Indonesia, which has seen day after day of record-breaking new case numbers, to reopen? Photo: Getty Images Locals and tourists attend an event organised to mark the opening of Phuket to international tourists on Patong beach. What will it take for Bali in Indonesia, which has seen day after day of record-breaking new case numbers, to reopen? Photo: Getty Images
Locals and tourists attend an event organised to mark the opening of Phuket to international tourists on Patong beach. What will it take for Bali in Indonesia, which has seen day after day of record-breaking new case numbers, to reopen? Photo: Getty Images
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Bali and Phuket’s race to reopen to tourists – will it be a case of tortoise beats hare?

  • The Thai island’s ‘sandbox’ reopening after its pandemic shutdown has hit some speed bumps, but it still expects to welcome over 120,000 visitors by October
  • Bali, where the tourist industry is reeling and families are going hungry, can only look on with envy as Covid-19 cases rise – and keep planning for a reopening

Topic |   Asia travel
Locals and tourists attend an event organised to mark the opening of Phuket to international tourists on Patong beach. What will it take for Bali in Indonesia, which has seen day after day of record-breaking new case numbers, to reopen? Photo: Getty Images Locals and tourists attend an event organised to mark the opening of Phuket to international tourists on Patong beach. What will it take for Bali in Indonesia, which has seen day after day of record-breaking new case numbers, to reopen? Photo: Getty Images
Locals and tourists attend an event organised to mark the opening of Phuket to international tourists on Patong beach. What will it take for Bali in Indonesia, which has seen day after day of record-breaking new case numbers, to reopen? Photo: Getty Images
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