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Thailand Wants To Celebrate Reopening In Style

October 16, 2021

Thailand is planning on throwing a massive extravaganza to celebrate the country’s reopening. The Tourism and Sports Ministry is planning on hosting concerts in Bangkok and Phuket, with a budget of 500-600 million baht. The concerts will feature famed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, and Thai K-pop singer Lisa Monaban. Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn says bringing the 2 artists to the country is beyond economic value.
“Particularly Lalisa ‘Lisa’ Monaban, the young Thai K-pop singer, who is a huge inspiration for the youth of the country.
He also confirmed that Lalisa Monaban will be singing in Phuket at the Sarasin Bridge, while Andrea Bocelli will be performing in Bangkok at the Sanam Luang public square. The government and private sector are co-sponsoring the event by spending 200 million baht. The rest of the funding is from private sponsors. The Tourism Authority of Thailand has requested for the artists to perform as part of a New Year’s celebration, and is waiting to hear back from the artists’ agents. But Piphat says Covid-19 protocols must also be taken into account.
“We also need to discuss with the Public Health Ministry the number of audience members allowed and other health and safety protocols for such big events when we are still battling an outbreak.”
The CCSA has recently announced that vaccinated visitors from certain countries could enter the country without undergoing a quarantine, starting November 1. These visitors will also be allowed to travel wherever they want, instead of being restricted to certain parts of the country. Additionally, Bangkok has approved a plan to allow business events with 500 participants or fewer.
The president of the Thai Spa Association and head of the Hua Hin Recharge programme, Krod Rojanastien has high hopes for the reopening plan. He says that opening up Hua Hin to international travelers will double the city’s occupancy rates, from 20% to 40%.
Krod says that official timelines should be published to make it easier to plan for both tourists and tourism operators alike. He also said that guests are waiting for these official announcements to be made before making plans to come.

A Recent Facebook Outage Affected Everybody In The World

October 6, 2021

A Facebook outage that lasted about six hours on Monday night serves as a wake-up call for small businesses that rely heavily on the social media giant, advising them to diversify their reach via other sales channels to limit disruption, according to e-commerce experts.
Facebook and Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, both suffered service outages in Thailand from around 10.30 pm on Monday. Users worldwide were affected.
There was an outcry among local netizens who expressed their discontent through other social media channels.
In a statement, Facebook said the disruption was caused by changes to its backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between data centers.
As a result of the disruption in network traffic, Facebook’s data centers stopped communicating, halting services.
According to Thanawat Malabuppha, president of the Thailand E-Commerce Association, Thais spend a lot of time on Facebook and that heavy reliance on the platform is also risky.
For merchants, diversifying their sales channels would be a good move. There are still many platforms for e-commerce, such as websites and marketplaces,” he said.
“It would be better if they had more sales channels,” Thanawat said.
According to him, Facebook is a popular platform for small businesses to livestream their sales. People also use Facebook to discover new items.
Approximately 30% of merchants’ earnings come from social commerce, while 30-40% come from online marketplaces.
According to Pawoot Pongvitayapanu, chief executive and founder of Tarad.com, a local e-commerce solution provider, the hours of outage experienced on Facebook Monday night had a significant impact on people who capitalized on the platform.
“Relying too much on one channel is risky,” Pawoot said.
The three main channels for online sales are social media, e-marketplaces, and vendors’ websites.
Facebook accounts for about 30% of small merchants’ sales channels, and businesses may now need to explore other channels in order to increase sales, he said.
According to him, advertisers may now shift money they spend heavily on Facebook to other channels, such as Google.
Businesses can also become more focused by opening their own websites.

Thailand Has Four Phases Of Reopening The Country To The World

September 29, 2021

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration announced its plan to gradually reopen Thailand. CCSA’s plan includes four phases that take into account tourism revenue, geography, and COVID prevention.
Pilot phase: October 1 to October 31. Phuket, Surat Thani, including Koh Samui, Koh Pha-ngan, and Koh Tao islands. Phang Nga, including Khao Lak coastal area and Koh Yao island. Krabi, including Koh Phi Phi and Koh Ngai islands, Railay, Khlong Muang and Tub Kaak beaches. Also included in the Pilot Phase are the Phuket and Samui Sandbox programs that were previously launched over the last couple of months.Phase 1: November 1 to 30 Bangkok, Krabi, Phang Nga, Prachuap Khiri Khan, including Hua Hin and Nong Kae subdistricts. Phetchaburi, including the Cha-am district. Chonburi, including Pattaya City, Jomtien, and Bang Saray subdistricts. Ranong, including Koh Phayam. Chiang Mai, including Muang, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, and Doi Tao districts. Loei, including the Chiang Khan district. Buriram, including the Muang district.Phase 2: December 1 to 31. Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Lamphun, Phrae, Nong Khai, Sukhothai, Phetchabun, Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Samut Prakan, Trat, Rayong, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Yala, and Narathiwat.Phase 3: January 2022-TBD. Surin, Sa Kaeo, Chanthaburi, Tak, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Bueng Kan, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, Nan, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi and Satun.

Pattaya City’s mayor also confirmed that Pattaya will not reopen until November.

Thai Crime: Thai Police Arrest Seven People For Doing A Scam At New Bang Sue Station

September 28, 2021

In late July, seven suspects were arrested in connection with the vaccination registration scam at Bang Sue central railway station.
The suspects were identified as Pakamon Hompak, her husband Wichayapong Teera-angkananont, Surinat Patamawichaiporn, Jumpol Sriyapai, Bundhita Roongsawang, Kantima Yangthong and Hathaichanok Borirak.
Six people were arrested earlier in Bangkok, Ratchaburi, and Songkhla. Bundhita surrendered to police in Bangkok recently.
A team of seven volunteers assisted with the registration of people for Covid-19 inoculation appointments at the vaccination center at Bang Sue Grand Station.
Officials at the center discovered irregularities in late July when they discovered that about 1,000 additional names were being entered every day after 8 pm, when official working hours ended.
On July 28, more than 2,000 people waited in line at Gate No 4, even though only 384 people under the Foreign Ministry’s quota were expected to be vaccinated there.
There was an investigation into the unusually high number of people who turned up for vaccination. A majority of those who showed up had paid 400-1,200 baht each, as demanded by some people to get their names registered for appointments.
Siriluck Ubonnua, deputy director of the Bang Sue central vaccination center, filed a complaint with the Noppawong Railway Police seeking legal action against people involved in the fraud.
An investigation was conducted by the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB). About 200 people who were harmed were called to testify. Scammers took in about 7 million baht.
The CIB obtained court warrants for the arrest of the seven suspects based on the information provided by the witnesses.
The suspects were charged with violating the Computer Crimes Act.
In the presence of Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, a press conference was held on Monday about the arrests at Gate 1 of the Bang Sue central vaccination center.

There Is Flooding All Over Thailand

September 27, 2021

Thailand has been ravaged by heavy rains and flooding. Rescue workers evacuated 40 patients from Bamnet Narong Hospital in Chaiyaphum recently after the facility was flooded.
As one of the buildings on the hospital campus was flooded up to 80 centimeters, the hospital suffered severe damage. One X-ray room and several labs were heavily damaged and unusable. In addition to the hospital buildings, four vehicles and seven ambulances were submerged in the rising floodwaters.
One of the buildings on the hospital campus was flooded up to 80 centimeters by floodwaters, causing severe damage. Labs and an X-ray room were severely damaged. Four vehicles and seven ambulances were submerged by rising floodwaters outside the hospital buildings.
14 patients with more minor ailments were discharged and sent home due to the unsafe and unusable medical facilities. 26 patients with more urgent medical needs were transferred out of Bamnet Narong district today to other hospitals across the province, according to Hook 31.
Floods in the area damaged Bamnet Narong and Sukhothai hospitals, but Sukhothai hospitals avoided any evacuations.
Tropical depression Dianmu and a monsoon trough have caused heavy storms to hit 39 provinces in northern and central Thailand. Chaiyaphum was among the hardest-hit provinces, but other provinces also experienced flooding and damage.
Storms and flooding also hit Phetchabun this evening, with water rising so high on some roads that Road 21 was completely closed. As a result, officials have issued a flood warning for low-lying areas downstream of the Chao Phraya Dam, since water will be released in greater volumes in an effort to prepare for rain from storms in the north of Thailand this weekend.

Thai Crime: Bangkok Police Ruin Party in Ramintra Area And Confiscate Drugs

September 26, 2021

59 young people were arrested in the early morning hours of Bangkok for possessing illegal drugs and holding an illegal party in a hotel in Ram Intra. At a birthday party last night, 29 men and 30 women were arrested.
Police officers from Khok Khram police station and members of the Special Operations Police raided the party at 1:30 a.m. based on reports that a large group of youths were gathered at the Galaxy Resort Hotel and that drugs were involved.
The police were easily able to locate the hotel room hosting the party as loud music could be heard. 59 people were found drinking in the room after the raid. During the search, police found 8.5 grams of ketamine and 61 ecstasy pills.
The police confirmed that the room was booked for a birthday party for only one person, named Bird. The illegal party itself was reportedly held in the reception room of the hotel despite the Covid-19 Emergency Decree restrictions which forbid large gatherings, especially those involving alcohol.
Tor was reported to have attended and brought the drugs seized during the raid. All 59 people at the party were tested for illegal drugs by the police, but the results have yet to be released.
The 59 participants were all tested for Covid-19 when they were taken into custody at the Special Operations Police office where they were transported,ve. the Khok Khram police station to face charges. They are all being charged with colluding in illegal possession of illicit drugs as well as violating the Emergency Decree and Communicable Disease Act by holding activities in a crowded location and attending an illegal gathering.
The police also intend to summon the owner of the hotel who approved or allowed the party to face subsequent charges.

Thai Crime: New Crime in Bangkok: Burn Police Booths

September 24, 2021

Four traffic police booths in Bangkok were set on fire and another was damaged in the early hours. No injuries were reported.
Police and forensic officials inspected the damaged booths at five intersections in the capital following the attacks in close succession, Thai media reported.
The first booth was at the Saphan Kwai intersection in Phaya Thai district. The Praram 199 radio center was reported about the fire at 2.19 am. Firefighters and rescue workers rushed to the scene.
Another traffic booth at the Pradiphat intersection in Phaya Thai district was engulfed in flames at around 2.25 am. The booth was badly damaged.
At around 2.41 am, police were alerted about the fire at a traffic booth at Sri Ayutthaya intersection.
Later, another fire occurred at the Mitsamphan intersection on New Phetchaburi Road.
The fifth location was at Phibulwattana intersection on Rama VI Road, where glass windows of the traffic booth were broken but there was no fire.

Thai Bits: Flooding Coming In Bangkok Soon, Thai Supreme Court Ruling Helps Release 3 Foreigners

September 21, 2021

Storm Coming To Bangkok

Due to the torrential rainfall forecast for this week, the Meteorological Department has warned of the risk of flooding in Bangkok. The capital has been experiencing rain for three weeks in a row, so the water level in eastern Bangkok canals is already high. Aswin Kwanmuang, Bangkok’s governor, says water pumps are needed to drain canals, and rubbish and weeds need to be removed to improve drainage.
Thailand’s capital’s flood response center is now operational 24 hours a day in case of flooding, according to the Bangkok Post.. Additional water pumps have been installed in flood-prone areas. Recent flooding has been reported in the capital, according to the report.
A low-pressure area is now accelerating in the South China Sea and is expected to become a tropical cyclone as it approaches the coast of Vietnam, according to the Meteorological Department. There will be heavy rain in all parts of Thailand from today until Friday. In coastal areas, waves could rise to 2 meters during thundershowers, due to a monsoon trough in the lower North, Central Plains, and the East, as well as the southwest monsoon in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.

Foreign Couple and A Man Arrested on Durg Charges Have Been Released From Thai Prison Due Thai Supreme Court Ruling

An Australian and Thai couple, as well as an American man who was on death row in Bangkok for trafficking crystal methamphetamine, have been released from prison. The Sydney Morning Herald reports they were accused of smuggling half a tonne of crystal methamphetamine for the Hells Angels motorcycle gang in Thailand.
Luke Cook from Western Australia, 37, arrived in Sydney last week after being cleared by the Supreme Court. Tyler Gerard, from California, returned to the United States after being cleared by the Court.
Luke Cook, who ran a bar and guesthouse in Pattaya, has been pleading his innocence since he was jailed in 2017. His father has been campaigning for his release.
It was alleged that Luke Cook was paid $US10 million by the Hells Angels to smuggle 500 kilograms of methamphetamine aboard his yacht where Tyler Gerard was said to be working as a crew hand. Police believe Cook dropped the drugs overboard when a Thai navy vessel approached, and a package containing over 50 kilograms of meth was found on a beach in Chon Buri.
The Melbourne-based Capital Punishment Justice Project has backed the defense lawyers and argued it was a setup and the men are innocent.
According to a press release published on the Pattaya News, Thailand Bail Legal Services announced that the case has been dismissed by the Supreme Court and that both Luke Cook and Tyler Gerard are out of prison and back home.

Thai Bits: COVID-19 Slowing Down Building Of 3 Subway Lines, A Couple Is Caught With Crystal Meth

August 26, 2021

3 Train Lines Are Being Delayed By COVID-19

Are waitinf for certain subway lines to open in Bangkok ? You will have to wait a little longer due to COVID.
The construction of three subway train lines has been postponed, according to Mass Rapid Transit Authority Governor Pakapong Sirikantaramas. These lines are the Orange Line, the Pink Line, and the Yellow Line. According to Pakapong, the lines were already 4% to 5% ahead of schedule. Currently, the project is 2% to 3% behind schedule. The governor did not provide further details on what the percentages meant.
Because the movement of workers had been a problem and some workers had been quarantined, the construction was already moving slowly. Pakapong says the delay resulted from unforeseeable circumstances beyond the MRTA’s control. As a result, the governor told the contractors to make up for the lost time.
The Thai media reports that several of the trains will be delayed anyway. The opening of the Yellow Line, which was slated for this year, has been pushed back to early or mid-next year. The opening of the Pink line has also been delayed. It was not mentioned that the services were ahead of schedule but the openings were delayed. The Phuket Light Rail had also faced problems in the past and had to be delayed.

Crystal Meth Prevents A Couple From Leaving To Hong Kong

Two people were arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle 9 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine into Hong Kong in backpacks.
The drugs were seized in Bangkok nearly a year earlier. Henry Kelechi Alaeto, a Nigerian national, and his Thai wife, Wanwisa Pilatan, 24, were detained by police in their Bangkok hotel room, according to Jirabhop Bhuridej, deputy commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau.
When officers raided the couple’s room, they found 290 grams of cocaine, also known as blow, Columbian marching powder, or Charlie. Jirabhop said the drugs were worth 900,000 baht. During the month of October, an employee of a parcel shipping company informed police that a package destined for Hong Kong was suspicious. In the package, police found 9 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine.
In the investigation, Jirabhop discovered that the package was sent by a woman, later identified as Wanwisa. Henry allegedly drove her to the shipping service office. According to Jiabhop, the drug wrap had fingerprints matching Henry’s. According to Thai media reports, a criminal background check revealed Henry had a history of involvement in the drug trade.

Some Bangkok Police Violate COVID-19 Rules

August 22, 2021

In Thai social media, a picture and story featuring complaints about the inequality between who follows rules and who does not have gone viral. Two police officers were spotted dining at a local restaurant in Bangkok despite ongoing restrictions against dine-in service imposed by Covid-19.
In accordance with current Covid-19 rules, these officers were spotted in a larb restaurant while other patrons waited on the street for their takeaway orders.
A picture and story have gone viral on Thai social media, where people complain about the inequality in who has to follow rules and who doesn’t. Two police officers were spotted dining at a local restaurant in Bangkok despite ongoing restrictions against dine-in service imposed by Covid-19.
According to Covid-19 rules, these officers were spotted in a larb restaurant while other patrons waited on the street for their takeaway orders.
He apologized for the incident and confirmed that the officers belonged to Rom Klao’s force. The two were on duty when they took the photos, and while on their beat, they passed by the shop where the owner invited them in.
Since the shop owner knew the police officers and they were friendly, he offered them a free meal and invited them to dine with him. The police chief claims they refused the illegal request, but the shop owner persisted until they relented.
Additionally, the officers explained that they were hungry since the incident occurred during lunchtime. An officer also needed food in his stomach in order to take prescription medication for an unidentified underlying health condition.
The Rom Klao police chief admitted that the officers’ decision to dine at the larb restaurant in direct violation of the law was inappropriate. He said he spoke with the restaurant owner about the incident and the police officers involved admitted to their actions, but did not intend to break the law.
According to reports, neither the police officers who dined illegally nor the restaurant owner who served them has been punished.