Thailand partners with Tinder for matchmaking trips

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.

Tinder and the tourism board have become unlikely partners. File image. Credit: Kittikorn Nimitpara/Getty Images

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