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Vaccines reserved for Thais, not expats – Public Health Ministry

Tim Newton



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Sorry, you’ll just have to wait. The Ministry of Public Health has muddied the waters further about foreigners or expats being able to access Covid vaccines in Thailand.

Ministry spokesperson Rungrueng Kitphati has rolled back some of the comments that have already been made about the matter and the real world situation where some expats already registering for the next round of vaccinations in June. Speaking to Bangkok Post…

“The vaccines right now are only reserved for Thai people who are now at a high-risk level or living in the severe outbreak areas. Expats should wait for a clear policy from the government.”

He flatly denied reports of expats living in Thailand being allowed to register for free vaccines. But did offer a glimmer of hope…

“In the future, the country will provide more alternatives for vaccines so they could have a chance of getting it.”

The messaging from the government about vaccines for foreigners and expats has been confusing. And yesterday’s comments from the public health ministry will probably be further ‘clarified’ although it appears that foreigners will simply have to wait and see.

Even foreign embassies have largely told expats that they are on their own and their own governments won’t be assisting them. Yesterday The Australian Embassy gave a flat ‘no’ in an official response about The Australian Government helping expats and Australian travellers in Thailand access vaccines. This, despite donating 68 million baht to Thailand to hasten the country’s vaccine efforts.

The Government confirmed that foreigners who had registered via the Mor Prom app or the LINE app would not be offered vaccination in the June or July roll out.

The issue of foreigners being able to access Covid vaccines in Thailand is further complicated by the government’s not allowing private companies or hospitals to independently import vaccine doses after changing their mind several times on the matter.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 7:43 am

    Oooh! I am so surprised (NOT!)

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    David Ambrosia

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 7:50 am

    I wonder what would happen if the Western countries adopted such views, certainly a bunch of neo-Marxist brainwashed spoiled white college students would riot calling it racism.

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    David Ambrosia

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 7:53 am

    That’s not totally related to the topic, but it’s interesting to note how some Asian counties have very ethnocentric (not to say racist) policies and practices that are often overlooked by the international community and those who claim “social justice”. China is a great example, segregating African students last years and up to this time not allowing foreign students to mingle with Chinese students. Isn’t it racism?

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 7:55 am

    Can we still get them privately though, I never expected to get it for free

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 7:57 am

    This is insane, what about international schools, teachers, students over 16, family members at home, retirees, I am not sure what they are thinking, but this will impact the country in ways they have not appreciated yet.

    The hatred of the Farang needs to stop if this country is to move forward. They are ensuring all foreigners will become the leper’s of their schools, places of employment, apartment blocks, streets, districts and the country.

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    J West

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 8:03 am

    We came here for the entertainment. And as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow another silly comment will drop from lips of another clown …. only to be laughably rescinded by another.

    “ We love your tourism money….We’re desperate for your expertise…We need you to keep our factories humming…and our people employed with your capital , but seriously,… We loath you”, seems to be the message to the foreigners who manage and maintain the Thai economy.

    Imagine what would happen if the foreign presence in Thailand took a hiatus until it was safe to live here? Does anyone think that expat professionals are here because there aren’t enough Thai to do the managerial heavy lifting?

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 8:10 am

    IF tourists are allowed in from July 1st if vaccinated, they can still carry the virus? No?

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 8:11 am

    If you don’t vaccinate everyone regardless of nationality, you are only hurting the effort.

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 8:11 am

    I am disgusted 🤮🤮🥶🤯

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 8:13 am

    If tourists are allowed in but the existing expat community already here is NOT being offered the vaccine and cannot buy in privately, if they catch the virus and die – having been prevented getting it while the borders are opened does that mean that the government is complicit is murder and the families can sue!?

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 8:15 am

    It seems that only white people in the West are expected to be not racist.

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 8:24 am

    What’s the purpose of not allowing private hospitals to buy and sell vaccines, this is BS. Perhaps the Thai government doesn’t want to be shown up by the private hospitals being more successful at getting the vaccines. I’m retired here and contribute a lot to the local economy. Maybe it time for me to look at other countries to spend my time and money.

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    Unclean farang

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 8:33 am

    That’s fine, I don’t want your wanky sinovac or Sputnik jabs and will not take your siambiosience as jab.

    • Thaiger


      Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 8:42 am

      The Russian Sputnik V vaccine is not available in Thailand.

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 8:34 am

    Yes there is a LOT of racism in Asian countries – for example Thailand,China,Japan – Laos
    they smile to us but when we turn our back they pee on us or should it be titled ” hate” ?
    Be kind as long as they need our money – its their lesson – and with such a intolerant goverment – wil it never change I am wondering why so many white westerns close their eye for this and bow themself in the dust for these retards – why stay there ? go somewhere else – let them sit in their own shit they are so far behind us in many ways
    The only place where I have not seen this kind of racism is in Philippines – where I feel very welcomed..

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 8:35 am

    @David Ambrosia – not mixing is about socially controlling the ideas that young Chinese people are exposed to. Not racist, just xenophobic. African student segregation, yes racist. COVID vaccines in China, are easily available to foreigners at very low cost.

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    Mister Stretch

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 8:38 am

    I told you.

    Where’s Jinetra now?

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 8:46 am

    @David Ambrosia – well, it is.

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 8:50 am

    I’ll just wait till I can be vaccinated. If it’s after all the Thais, then so it is. The expats I know are anti-vaxxers so I’m guessing I’ll be ahead of them. It’s like being chased by a bear in the woods…just be faster than the other person you’re with.

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:04 am

    sad but true, the government shows once again that foreigners who are well integrated here but do not have a Thai passport are second class people. You are welcome to spend money, but when it comes to fighting the pandemic and vaccinations, your Thai partner can be vaccinated, but your foreign partner has to wait, what a shame.
    Welcome to the 21st century where people are still treated as they were 100 years ago.

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:43 am

    If anyone still had doubts about racism in Thailand … Then I hope those people are now cured.

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:43 am

    @David – there is racism world-wide. Asians can be very racist. Whites have perfected it. If you’re African don’t go to China. If you’re a farang and want to avoid all unpleasantries then stay in your home country or go to a country where you’re in the majority.

    Laws don’t mean much if people are throwing rocks and barbs at you but aren’t arrested and prosecuted. It’s worse when the police are throwing rocks and barbs at you too.

    I respect you if you’re making a general point about racism being bad and not just pointing out Asian racism against whites and blacks.

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:48 am

    All expats should vote with their feet and leave ASAP. I for one have already arranged to go to Spain to get the vaccine. I just need to tidy up a few things and then I am off and will never return.

    I for be will discourage anyone considering Thailand for anything. There behaviour during this pandemic and comments are appalling.

    Spain no quarantine currently from Thailand by the way.

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 10:06 am

    @David Ambrosia: On topic, the vaccine in China is free and available to everyone.

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Racists. This is why I left Thailand.

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Absolutely disgusting. They’ll give us the vaccine eventually, once they’ve figured out how much they can make from us. Discrimination is in the Thai DNA.

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 10:23 am

    @David Ambrosia – That is simply lies on your behalf, its not the case at all. Dont believe what you read in Western media and then regurgitate it here.

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 10:26 am

    1/ the virus has not mutated to the extent it can differentiate between the nationality of it host!!!!!

    2/ all Thai (& other) nationals residing in the UK have/are being vaccinated as and when eligible (age/health) without discrimination of nationality FOC

    3/ and of course lets not forget to mention AstraZeneca, you know that Anglo-Swedish company who have allowed other countries to produce the Vaccine
    forfeiting financial gain. A vaccine which the UK people in large part financed (tax) the development of over many years.

    The last sentence of the article can be loosely translated to ‘we will not provide you with a vaccine nor will you be allow the opportunity

    to purchase one’ so think about this, it equates to what exactly?!

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 10:58 am

    What an as..le !!!

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 11:18 am

    Great news, actually.

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    Simon Small

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 11:30 am

    If correct (if) that’s pretty clear.

    Given that most “foreigners”, apart from those working in Bangkok, live in the “sandbox” areas which “WILL be open to tourists without quarantine” then stand by for a massive surge in the numbers of “foreigners” there catching Covid as restrictions are relaxed to attract and suit vaccinated tourists and Thais.

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 11:41 am

    @David Ambrosia – Only the Western world is concerned about luxury issues such as discrimination. 85% of the world really could not care less. Maybe time that the Western world would follow this majority and stop being politically correct? We obviously are shooting ourselves in the foot.

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 11:49 am

    @MacLevey – The reason could be that Sinovac is imported through the CP company, which makes a healthy profit naturally for their services. CP would not profit if Private hospitals would import on their own.

    On a different note, what’s the point of vaccinations if anyway the Sinovac vaccine has an efficiency of just over 50%? Indeed they may just as well exclude foreigners.

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    Michael Cooper

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    @Tyler – I agree with the sentiment but the Thai ministry obviously believes that NON-THAIS are immune from Covid-19 there we have no need of face asks or curfews. Also, that the vaccines that they will eventually offer to Thais were developed by the UK for the good of the world not by Thais.

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    @David Ambrosia and many other similar posts, totally correct. @BS you also make a key point relating to your comment “why so many white westerners close their eyes for this and bow…”. Just look at some of the opposing comments here that demonstrate your point. Looking to give the benefit of the doubt and attempting to either accept and condone this clearly racist policy. Yes of course another minister may do a U-turn on this, but that’s not the point. The fact it’s been said clearly demonstrates the xenophobia of this policy against foreigners. I don’t for one second think any comments posted here are read by any Thai of influence and hence likely to impact thinking. However, the level of underlying acceptance by many is just a small part of the reason why this won’t change in Thailand. Equally, even partners of foreigners will generally think this is the right policy. They won’t think it’s wrong (Thais first). They won’t discuss in family groups why this is wrong and young members of the family won’t hear them expressing those views. Many foreigners in schools won’t express opinions for fear of losing their job. And so it goes on and on. There would be a national uproar and the local news media would be all over this should it happen in a western country. But not here in Thailand. It will go largely unreported and unnoticed and views will remain unchanged. Shame on those who’s comments here either accept, justify, tolerate or ignore it. YOU are part of the problem.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    The Thais do not realise what not vaccinating foreigners means.
    One foreigner from out of town, who could not be vaccinated, would in one night of rollicking through Soi Nana, and Soi Cowboy, infect 20 people, and cause a lockdown.

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    then u need to follow:

    and consider leaving this police state / dictatorship !

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    J West

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    @BS – 55555….it’s a miscommunication between tourism promoters ( Land of Smiles) and anthropologists ( generally smart people) that “smiling” means ‘good intention’ when in fact it doesn’t always. In fact, there are approximately 34 facial contortions in Thailand that resemble smiling, but do in fact represent many other signals, reactions, intentions and non verbal communication. Many smile-like contortions in Thai are in fact ‘words and signals’ ( like the African click) that can mean anything from “Leave me alone I’m embarrassed and can’t speak” to the smile that says “If you’re still here in 30 seconds I might stab you”. To simplistically interpret a ‘smile like’ muscle movement as a happy expression of welcome on a Thai face you might be missing something and need a new dictionary

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    What to expect from this clown he is full of racism regarding foreigners in Thailand. With his first DIRTY comment saying we are dirty they should have ditched this clown

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    James R

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    Simon Small aka Issan John

    I keep on telling you your are a second class citizen in Thailand, but you won’t have it as you always praise Thailand blindly.

    I have had my two vaccines here is the England along with tens of millions of others.

    I will be ready for my six or twelve months visit later in the year once Thailand is open again since I will be protected by our vaccines, but I do accept I am second class person there but it does not matter as I am a tourist free to go back home anytime.

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    Disgusting Thailand, absolutely racist and disgusting. You are so lucky the rest of the world don’t operate in the same way, or you would not be able to obtain any vaccine……. your own nationals around the world are receiving vaccination mostly FOC from the countries they are living and or working in but you choose not to reciprocate.

    Yet another flea in the ear of the investors you seek.

    Thoroughly selfish and disgusting. You should be ashamed of yourselves. One thing is for sure. You can’t escape Karma it is coming your way for sure.

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    @James R, spot on comments. As someone who has lived in Thailand for many years, I’m often surprised at how many westerners are seemingly in denial of their status in Thailand. Of course we are not Thai citizens and of course we are not ethnic Thai (whatever that is). But we are human beings and shouldn’t be classed as unworthy or a second tier when it comes to life saving vaccinations. Over the years I’ve often asked foreigners why they defend of make excuses for such behaviour and a common thread seems to come through. Most of these foreigners usually have no choice. Many moved to Thailand “selling up” in their home countries. They committed financially to a business and a life with a woman and essentially gambled all on the move. Most went on to spend whatever savings they had to help their new Thai family and build or renovate homes or open a business that didn’t deliver what they hoped. For most part they can enjoy the warm weather. Maybe a game or two of golf, a few beers in the bars and of course feel 20 years younger by the response they get from younger females. For these people it hurts when they are in the shower or dropping off to sleep and thoughts flow freely. You have to banish the negative thoughts that your new life hasn’t worked as well as you hoped. Your decision to leave behind all you know along with friends and family back home. They convince themselves that it’s better to sit watching tv from back home on a buffering android tv box while having a fan cool them to 28 degrees is a great life. It’s hard to get to 55-70 and accept and realise that you have perhaps made some very poor financial decisions. I say these things fully accepting that for many they are 100% happy with their life and wouldn’t change a thing. However, the last thing they want is a discussion that lifts the veil to expose reality, that they are in fact second class humans and paying and paid for that privilege. If you are someone who visits and enjoys this amazing country for several months and then returns to home then I have to say, you are a smart operator. Enjoy Thailand as part of a more rounded life.

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    I reckon that soon you can only travel with a vaccine passport. So, if the foreigners aren’t able to get a vaccine they are confined to stay put till Thailand has herd immunity? Looking at the tell-tale signs how many people want to leave it could be a scheme to keep them in the country.

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    These people have the IQ of a goat. If you believe the vaccine serves to protect the person who receives the vaccine, this is the right thing to do. If you use your brain a little and understand that the vaccine serves to protect the whole country, then everybody must receive it, Thais or Farangs, as many as possible… But how could they understand?

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    Mr cynic

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    Thailand is an openly racist country and always has been.anybody who is unaware of this must be death,blind and live in a ever sh*t flows down hill and local expats are pretty close to the bottom of it.nothing new here,i’m amazed some people seem to be genuinely dare the thais take care of their own first!

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    The knock on effect of this policy will only serve to reinforce the message that foreigners are the problem. Without vaccines, you can see how it will pass through the expat community in places like Pattaya. In turn, a bar employee from Buriram will contract it and take it back to her village. You can imagine the headlines can’t you…..The adults will get a hold of this message over the next few days and spin it around to make it sound like it’s all a big misunderstanding. They will show us the other side of their face and pretend that’s not the policy

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    The UK is planning. 3rd jab for over 50s and those in medical risk categories. (And that includes all the Thai nationals there too. – for FREE) 🤷‍♂️

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    David Mann

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    Of course Macman. It’s what any advanced and developed society would do. People have rightly criticised the U.S and U.K. for the high mortality and handling of this pandemic; although many other countries per 100,000 are higher than the U.K. However, the strategy, planning and roll out of the vaccination is sentiment to the quality of the society that exists in developed countries. Nothing to do with money and all to do with a deep understanding of the science, low levels of corruption and an open mind on how to implement complex solutions. Citizens of countries like the U.K, U.S and many other advanced nations take such matters for granted.

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    The end result of xenophobia is in-breeding and we all know where that ends. My Thai wife would be very happy to visit the USA and be innoculated with an effective vaccine. That would also give her the opportunity to visit her Thai son, a student, who was innoculated with Moderna months ago, AT NO CHARGE.

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    p grahame

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    So why let us register on the Mor Prom app and give us a date and Hospital in June to get a vaccination. Turn up and be turned away now, unless they flip flop yet again. Meanwhile in the west Thais have been vaccinated on a need basis, not on nationality or race. This decision is an utter disgrace, land of smiles my bum!

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Well they take big risks by doing so, I for instance could be in Silom, Nana, Sukhumvit 23, Thonglor and Ratchada in the same night and be a super spreader if not vaccinated.

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    michael cooksey

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Expected, but exceptionally short sighted; politically and medically. I’m in America and made sure my Thai husband and sister-in-law had the same opportunity as I did in getting vaccinated.

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    David Ambrosia

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Anyone willing to write a letter to the PM expressing some of all these concerns and opinions from the posts? I think that would be a good start, what do you all think?

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    James R

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 10:12 pm


    Yes I agree with many of the comments you have made.

    I see many farangs who have sold up and are now stuck as they can not afford to buy a house back home in their own country anymore, they sit at bars at bars complaining about Thailand, the price of beer etc, but can do nothing about it.

    Example, in my area in the South East of England about 35 miles from the centre of London a semi detached house is £400,000 who can afford that if you have to buy again having sold up years ago at a much lower price?

    But all of us become ill when we get into our 80’s (if we make it that far) and need some medical attention, I can imagine health insurance is not available to anyone over 80 so they will have to return to their own country at some stage just to stay alive.

    I hear many stories of older guys jumping off balconies etc to their death as for them they think there is no way out.

    Oh and the number of stories I have heard about them moving to Issan, buying a house with a young Thai woman young enough to be their daughter and then are kicked out a year or so later, I mention Issan as that is the place most of them talk about having been ripped off at and it is where most of the bar girls come from.

    So keep you money back home, live off the income, stay free but ‘not too far away from the airport. ‘

    That way we can have a fantastic time there.

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      Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 11:12 pm

      Couldn’t have put it better James R. The health issue is a massive hidden problem when people move out here in their late 50’s or early 60’s. At that age you are still relatively fit and healthy. I’ve seen several guys who moved out at 65 and 15 years later died in terrible conditions in some government hospital. If you are lucky enough to be able to pay £5,000 a year health insurance at aged 80 then no problem; Thailand has fantastic medical care of you can pay. The other hidden issue for many people from the U.K. is their state pension which is not index linked. Again, I’ve heard a 65 year old say “it won’t matter that much, it’s only 2-3% a year. 10 years on they have lost 20-30% of the pension they would have had the remained resident at home. The right way is to keep your money and residence back home and come to Thailand for 3-6 months a year. Unless of course you earn £50k-100k a year.

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    Mr cynic

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 5:23 am

    Perhaps it about time they had segregated buses that falangs can only board and sit a at the rear of and while their at it put signs up in lumphini park along the lines of no dogs or falangs allowed.that should improve things a bit.

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    7.62mm of darwin

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 6:48 am

    @EdwardV – Correct, a non Thai will also carry and spread so not vaccinating the farang will achieve zero in the fight against the Kung Flu. Its a virus not a person any host will do, even Chinese

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    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Pure savagery, barbaric. This at a time Thailand is crying out for retirees and expat money.

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    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    The feeling of superiority of foreigners on this website is stunning. The country isn’t propped up by the miserly pensions of some foreigners. That’s a drop in the ocean, so don’t flatter yourselves. You have all enjoyed the relative safety of Thailand compared to your home countries over the last year. Yet each day the same people are ready to trash everything that is said.
    If you really want to contribute, get off your phone or notebook and do something positive for this country instead of always complaining. Write to the city council, police or governor if you have good ideas. Or do you think that anyone with any power reads your drivel here?
    Nobody forces you to be here and you can complain about everything from your home country too. You came here because you thought the grass with greener next door. Guess what? It isn’t!
    And meanwhile put on your mask when you go outside, because that rule applies to you too.

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      Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 6:51 pm

      I agree to a point @Bob. Part of the issue of a foreigner living in Thailand is there is no credible way to have a voice and hence people vent their feelings on sites like this. In my country, foreigners mobilise action groups (because the can). They have all kinds of local agencies who support and add weight to their legitimate complaints (because local people care about foreigners). In Thailand nothing is mobilised as if they did then I’m sure immigration would see it as political activism and refuse visas and visa extensions. They manage to ensure even Thais don’t have much of a voice and so a bunch of foreigners are easy to silence.

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    Bill Fischer

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    Many of the comments here are absolutely pathetic! It’s no wonder SOME Thais don’t like foreigners. If you don’t like Thailand, think the smiles are fake, or think you’re being mistreated, just LEAVE! I’m sure your homeland is much better. Thailand doesn’t owe you a free vaccine. Oh, but I’m sure your enlightened homeland insists that all foreigners/immigrants get free vaccines, right? It’s disgraceful that the Thaiger would post most of these comments, but hey, anything for a click. You’ve lost what little respect I’ve had for this site.

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    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    @Gt bye

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    James R

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Bob, Bill Fischer

    I suppose a lot of farangs living in Thailand are frustrated, as you said the grass is not greener there as that is the case for most countries, each have their pros and cons.

    I suppose as they are trapped and can not afford to go back home they only have sites like this to use to show their frustration as if they did write to a government bureau it would be ignored as they have no rights there re what goes on.

    My policy is keep the links with my own country and have long holidays in Thailand and then return home, plus it is a lot more interesting living in two countries with complete contrasts as each half of the year is totally different and more varied plus access to the fantastic free health system we have in the UK is only a plane ride away.

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      Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 6:45 pm

      Smart guy James R. What you are describing is a “best of both worlds” approach. Couldn’t agree more.

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    Friday, May 7, 2021 at 9:34 am

    @Nigel – James R wrote that many don’t have the funds to return to their home country, so it’s not an option for them to live in 2 countries and return regularly.
    Also, if one has grievances, there (certainly initially) is no need for action groups or vile comments. Has noone heard of normal conversation and communication? I have grievances too, so I find the right people and talk to them. On occasion they even took my advice. I guess I just don’t like armchair whiners who make no effort to improve the situation and have no suggestions for a solution.

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    Friday, May 7, 2021 at 9:36 am

    BTW, just announced: vaccines will be available for foreigners.
    So the negative squad can move to complaining about the next thing on their list.

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    James R

    Friday, May 7, 2021 at 7:11 pm


    The decision re vaccines could be reversed tomorrow as has been the case over the east week, or only work-permit holders can register for example.

    Finding people and talking to them is good for entertainment but the politicians or other people in power will just tell you to mind your own business as you have no voice.

    But it is a great place for holidays.

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    J West

    Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 7:49 am

    Most professional “ dirty farang who never shower” get an additional ‘ hazard pay allowance’ to live here, and at times like this we recognize why. But, if you’ve the stomach for sordid entertainment, it’s all rather hilarious. A professional expat always has an exit strategy, to escape the intransigence of the locals. Don’t complain now if you can’t afford to go home, you did it to yourselves. Thailand has never been a paradise. It’s always been a boozy illusion for the lumps and goons who didn’t fit in elsewhere. This fact has been well documented by the famous and the infamous….authors, observers and journalists alike..from Somerset Maugham to Bernard Twink. If you never paid attention to the reality of living in this third world circus, why cry now? Perhaps you should have sobered sooner. The last long stretch of highway out to ‘Swampy’ is strewn with the tears and regrets of dirty farang who “got took”. Will they never learn? It seems not. The siren song of cold beers and cheap sex just keeps reeling in the suckers. I’m reminded of an old acquaintance who after his thirty loathsome years said “ You’ll never be accepted”. I replied , “ What did you expect”. And away he flew, broken hearted and hollow.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

3 organisers of Phuket’s Kolour superspreader event charged

Neill Fronde



FILE PHOTO: 3 managers involved in the Kolour superspreader event have been charged.

As Thailand still wrestles to control the third wave of Covid-19, much of which stems from entertainment venues in Bangkok and a massive party in Phuket, Patong police announced that the managers of the Phuket venues that hosted the Kolour superspreader event will be charged under the Emergency Decree. The case report was filed with the public prosecutor yesterday according to the Patong police chief, confirming that 3 people will be prosecuted for the event.

The Kolour Beachside Festival was held April 2 and 3 with events at Café Del Mar Phuket in Kamala, and Shelter Phuket Dance and Night Club and Illuzion Nightclub, both in Patong. Before the festival, Phuket had gone more than a hundred days without any new Covid-19 infections, but by April 7 the Phuket provincial Public Health office announced 8 new infections, half of which had been at the Kolour parties. In the following weeks, officials plead for attendees to be tested as infections spread.

Charges were delayed in being filed to the Phuket Public Prosecutor’s office as a special investigation committee was ordered to be created to oversee the investigation at the request of Region 8’s Police Commander. That committee brought together officials from various law enforcement in the area including the Patong Police, Kamala Police, Phuket Provincial Police, and the Region 8 Police to investigate the Kolour event before anyone was charged.

The manager of Café Del Mar, along with the managing director and the manager of Shelter and Illuzion, which are under the same management team, will be charged for the Kolour festival violating Thailand’s Emergency Decree that was declared to help protect the country from Covid-19 outbreaks. A breach of the Emergency Decree can be held liable for up to 40,000 Baht and 2 years in jail under Section 9 of the Decree.

The latter 2 are also facing charges of operating an unlicensed entertainment venue. This carries the possibility of another year in prison and a fine of up to 60,000 baht, in accordance with Thai Law under Section 26 of the Entertainment Place Act.

SOURCE: The Phuket News


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Covid-19 patients with high blood pressure at high risk of death -CCSA

Tanutam Thawan



Stock photo via Bumrungrad Hospital

Covid-19 patients with high blood pressure have the highest risk of death followed by patients infected with the coronavirus who underlying conditions of diabetes or high cholesterol, according to data from Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported 486 coronavirus-related deaths. Out of those fatalities, 392 were reported after April 1. Using data from the recent wave of infections, the CCSA found that those infected with Covid-19 who also have high blood pressure are at the most at risk of death, followed by those who are diabetic and those who have high cholesterol.

Others who are at risk of severe infection or death if infected with Covid-19 include those with chronic kidney disease, heart disease, obesity or lung disease.

Most of the deaths since April 1 have been in Bangkok, making up 46% of the death count in the recent wave, followed and provinces just outside the capital. Most patients who died while infected with Covid-19 have been over 60 years old with underlying health conditions. Several young adults, in their 20s and 30s, who died while infected with Covid-19, had underlying conditions of diabetes and obesity.

Covid-19 patients with high blood pressure at high risk of death -CCSA | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: PR Thai Government


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Human Right Watch calls for Thailand to immediately act on Covid-19 outbreaks at prisons

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Chiang Mai prison / Photo via Department of Corrections ประชาสัมพันธ์ กรมราชทัณฑ์

In response to the recent Covid-19 outbreaks in Thailand prisons, the Human Rights Watch issued a statement saying Thai authorities need to take immediate steps to tackle overcrowding in prisons and release inmates that do not pose a serious risk to the public. The organisation also notes that under international human rights law, the government must provide equal and accessible health care to the inmates, adding that Thailand must act quickly to ensure the infected prisoners are properly treated.

Yesterday, Thailand’s Department of Corrections reported 2,835 inmates at 2 Bangkok prisons tested positive for Covid-19, adding to the hundreds of cases at prisons in Chiang Mai and in the southern province Narathiwat by the Malaysia border. Out of the new cases, 1,795 at Bangkok Remand Prison, making up more than half the prison population. The other 1,040 infections are inmates at the Central Women’s Correctional Institution.

HRW says those held in Thailand’s overcrowded prisons are at “grave risk” of Covid-19. After the outbreak in Narathiwat in early April, prison visits were suspended to prevent the spread of Covid-19. HRW Asia director Brad Adams says authorities had been warned about the situation.

“Many people warned the Thai authorities that they needed to act proactively to avoid such a situation, but it seems they got caught sleeping at the switch.”

Under international law, the Thai government is obligated to provide adequate healthcare to prisoners, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, Brad says. He adds that to prevent the spread of Covid-19, some prisoners should be released to reduce overcrowding and congestion.

“Besides providing health care and virus testing, the authorities should reduce the detainee population through the supervised release of those held on politically motivated charges or for minor offences, or who face greater risk from underlying health conditions.”

HRW says Thailand should take immediate steps to tackle the longstanding problem of overcrowding in prisons and consider the supervised release of inmates who at a high risk of severe infection if they were to contract Covid-19. Those charged with minor offences or who are in pre-trial detention for minor, nonviolent crimes should also be considered for release, HRW says.



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