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Thai Entertainment Places in 41 Thai Provinces Will Be Closed For Two Weeks Due to COVID-19

April 10, 2021

The government has closed all massage parlors, karaoke houses, pubs, and bars for the next two weeks from April 9th to April 23rd, 2021, in 41 provinces because of the latest COVID surge.
On April 9th, Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the CCSA’s spokesperson, announced that entertainment venues would be locked down.
The order was ratified on April 9th at a CCSA meeting and quickly approved by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
A complete list of all the provinces included on this list is as follows:

Bangkok
Ayutthaya
Buri Ram
Chachoengsao
Chaiyaphum
Chanthaburi
Chiang Mai
Chiang Rai
Chon Buri
Chumphon
Kanchanaburi
Khon Kaen
Lampang
Loei
Lop Buri
Nakhon Nayok
Nonthaburi
Nakhon Pathom
Nakhon Ratchasima
Nakhon Si Thammarat
Narathiwat
Pathum Thani
Phetchabun
Phetchaburi
Phuket
Prachin Buri
Prachuap Khiri Khan
Ratchaburi
Ranong
Rayong
Sa Kaeo
Samut Prakan
Samut Sakhon
Samut Songkram
Saraburi
Songkhla
Suphan Buri
Surat Thani
Tak
Udon Thani
Yala

Dr. Taweeslip thinks that changes could be possible.
The entertainment lockdown comes after Thailand has gotten 559 new cases. 214 of them are connected with the Bangkok pubs outbreak that has spread to 18 provinces.
Dr. Taweeslip believes that the trend is that the pandemic is continuing to go up.
The governors can reopen bars if they feel that they are safe, but the final decision rests with the Thai PM.

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One Night in Prasat

December 20, 2009

As I have said before, I live in the province of Surin. I don’t live in the main town of Surin, but in a small town called Prasat that is about 30 km from the main town. If you take the bus from Bangkok, it is the town that you have to go through before getting to Surin.

Last Friday (December 18, 2009) night, I went to one of the few bars in town that caters to foreigners. I was there because my boss at my school wanted to play the trivia quiz at this bar. He thought that my smarts would come in handy.

My boss and me arrived at precisely at the same time. An American teacher from the same school as me and my boss was already there. The bar owner told us that there was no trivia quiz due to the fact that everybody was there for the music. This would not be the worst news of the evening.

My boss then told the American teacher and me that the British teacher from my school and his Chinese wife had gotten into some sort of altercation with the landlord of their rented house. The wife had ended up in the hospital with her two front teeth punched out. They had refused to pay the 200 baht that they had owed. They wanted the landlord to clear out the trash before they would pay. Obviously, the landlord disagreed.

After this altercation, they can not live at this house any more,  They will have to live at a house that belongs to the schools.

For the rest of the evening, I played pool with the American teacher and listened to the music. At 10:30 pm, I wanted to go because I wanted to go home. I explored the bars nearby and ended up at a karaoke. I ordered a Coke for me and two hostesses. I told them that I did not want to have any songs. They preceded to sing songs anyway and charged me for singing anyway. Fortunately, I stopped them after 2 songs for I would have ended up being charged a lot more for their singing This was my big mistake of the evening.

At noon the next day, my boss knocks at my door. He has come to tell me that he is looking for the American teacher who I partied with. He needs to talk to him because the landlord wants all the foreigners who live in the house to leave. The American teacher lives in the same house as the British teacher with the Chinese wife. He needs to find the American teacher to tell him to move. He tried to look at many hotels, but he could not find him. All I can tell him is that he may have left with a Thai lady and went to a hotel that is on the same side of the school that we teach at. The hotel is 150 baht a night. The boss then leaves to go look for the American teacher again, using the what I know to hopefully find him.

After last Friday night, the teachers at my school should know this:

  1. Pay your rent, no matter what and then negotiate what you want. Thais are actually quite strict about when you owe them money.
  2. When you go to a Karaoke bat in Thailand, you should make sure that they do not overcharge you. You should make sure that you only get charged for things that you want.
  3. You should always bring your mobile with you if you have one. My boss could not find him because he did not have his mobile phone.
  4. Just because you live in a small Thai town, this does not mean that bad things can not happen to you.
  5. You should not underestimate a Thai girl that you pick up at a bar. Just because they are small, pretty and do not seem to be very smart, this does not mean that they are not trouble.

This Monday morning, I hope that all the teachers show up and that we have learned our lessons.