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Pattaya to hold logistics forum to renew efforts of making it a technology hub

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Pattaya is holding a logistics forum next week with renewed hopes of making the city a major technology and convention hub. The forum will be held on March 25 at the Amari hotel, which will also feature an online format for those who cannot attend. Strict Covid-19 measures will be in place such as temperature checks, mandatory mask wearing, social distancing and hand sanitiser.

The event is being held by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, in an attempt to bring more business travellers to the city. The push to make Pattaya a major tech hub was originally started before the Covid-19 pandemic, with renewed efforts starting again after Chon Buri province has seen no new cases of the virus in 2 weeks.

The idea of making Pattaya a tech hub is due to the amount of large buildings that could, ideally, hold large groups of people. The area also features factories, ports, and the famous walking street, which saw around 10 million tourists per year before Covid hit. More projects are also being planned for area including monorails, high – speed rail trains, and an additional port for cruise ships and yachts.

Pattaya bars and business owners are hoping to hear news today that would potentially see Chon Buri province being reduced to a “green” zone in terms of Covid-19 risks. The province is currently in a “yellow” zone which is under “strict” control, with the normal special administrative zoning halted, which has allowed bars and businesses to stay open past midnight.

But even if the province is downgraded, there is no guarantee the businesses would receive the green light to stay open past midnight. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration is meeting today with the PM Prayut to decide risk factors for provinces nationwide, as well as to decide what activities and measures need to be in place for Thailand’s New Year of Songkran.

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    jesus monroe

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    My country wanted a tech hub too a few years back until they realised they needed tech savvy people that hadn’t gone too silicon valley. As the article states ‘the idea of making Pattaya a tech hub is due to the amount of large buildings that could, ideally, hold large groups of people’……Hilarious……The area also features factories, ports, and the famous walking street’. Famous not for the street but what it offered you dicks……

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    Issan John

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Spot on, j m.

    Pattaya a “tech hub” because it has “large buildings”, ports and factories not too far away, and an abundance of sleaze and shopping malls … 😢

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    Yan

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    Is this another “big joke”???…Let’s face reality: Thailand wanted to become a medical “Hub”…unfortunately is is not possible when asking prices 6 x higher than Western countries…( for farang) Thailand wants to become a “Hub” of many things. They are already…the “Hub” of most dangerous traffic and deadly accidents…the “Hub” of teenage pregnancies…the “Hub” of Corruption…etc…The so called “leaders” who want Thailand to become a worldwide “Hub” don’t even speak English…or German…or Francais…or Spanish…

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    Graham White

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    It’s an ugly hub of prostitution with an ugly beach and filthy sea. Nothing more and never will be.

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    Fred glue

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Backing stabbing again IJ, your the sleaze. Thailand can never please you, why do you stay there.

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    Christian K

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    With all respect to the culture and authorities, I think they should start first by cleaning and maintaining the city. Educating people and force them not to throw rest of food on the streets (feeding rats and street dogs with that) glass bottles, plastics and garbage in general everywhere also. To take care of the environment. To respect others, not to think they are the owners of the country and can do whatever they want. Push authorities to enforce the laws very strictly. Control street commerce, especially street food without any sanitary control leaving stinks odor around and even worse, leaving many restaurants that have invested big amounts of money, pay taxes and salaries, without the possibility of emerging and hiring labor to finally force them to close down. That those who make money from the beaches, at least take the trouble to keep them clean and free of garbage and plastic. Car and motorbikes drivers, respect the law, traffic lights and especially pedestrians when crossing the street. Many killers behind the wheel in this country and there is no control at all. That those who are in charge of monitoring the laws, do really their job, not only dedicate themselves to taking selfies and move the sight to the other side when something happens that should be sanctioned. Once authorities understand and accept this, they could think of something bigger. Posting respectfully of course.

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    Issan John

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    “Backing stabbing again IJ, your the sleaze. Thailand can never please you, why do you stay there”

    Keep it up, Fred 😂😂😂

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    Polo

    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 6:10 am

    Cobbler, stick to your trade!

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    John Doe

    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    Great idea. Then the scientists and technicians can relax after working hours in the spas and numerous bars. Get on with it…

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    Jose

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 1:38 am

    You should write this story on April 1st

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Giant monitor lizard visits Thai 7 Eleven store, video goes viral

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A giant, nearly 2 metre long, monitor lizard decided to visit a 7 Eleven store looking for food, with customers and staff wondering what he (or she) was going to do next. The lizard climbed up a fully stacked shelf of dairy products, with apparently no cares in the world, as he clumsily knocked off cartons of milk and other packages. At the top, he appeared to stop for a rest. After all, that was a big climb for a 2 metre monitor lizard.

Witnesses say he came from a nearby canal on the outskirts of Bangkok, in which it’s speculated he probably struggled to find food outside due to months of dry weather that has led to lakes and canals drying up. Police were called and with them, they brought reptile handlers to catch the lizard and escort him outside. The video of the incident has gone viral worldwide, and can be watched HERE.

Noting from Culture Trip, monitor lizards will generally run away from people. They do not prey on humans but will defend themselves if threatened. They can make an intimidating hissing noise and often lash with their tail to protect themselves. Their claws and teeth can also inflict nasty injuries, which are prone to infection.”

If you see a monitor lizard in the dairy section of your nearest 7 Eleven, best give it some space and leave the beasty’s removal for some experienced hands.

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A band member from Bangkok who attended three ‘Kolour’ party events in Phuket over the weekend has tested positive for Covid-19. The main Kolour Beachside Main Event was held at Cafe Del Mar, along Kamala’s foreshore. Other pre and post event parties were also held at Shelter and Illuzion, both in Bangla Road, Phuket.

The promoters Kolour Beachside have a published Covid-19 policy on their website.

Weekend party event in Phuket reports positive Covid attendee | News by ThaigerThe promoters sent out this letter today…

Thank you for joining us last weekend in Phuket at Kolour Beachside Pre-Party at Shelter April 2nd, Kolour Beachside Main Event at Cafe Del Mar Phuket April 3rd and Kolour Beachside After Party at Shelter and Illuzion April 3rd.

We have received enquiries from our guests ever since the news announced about a new wave that occurred in the Bangkok nightlife area.

We have been notified directly from one attendee that they tested positive for Covid 19 on April6th. The guest visited all 3 Kolour events in the past weekend. The guest also informed us that they attended one of the Bangkok clubs that has reports of a cluster before they arrived at our events and suspect this is the origin.

In light of this, we suggest all guests monitor their condition and, if in doubt, always put safety first by considering self-quarantine.

We are working with the appropriate authorities and will provide updates on a regular basis.

Please be aware of false rumours circulating around this situation and that we will only share verified information from sources on our channels.

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If you have any concerns or if you have any information that might be important around this, please email us directly at safety@wearekolour.com

Best, Kolour team

Laguna Phuket have postponed the Revive 555 Festival events following today’s revelations. It appears that the band member contracted the coronavirus as part of the current cluster of infections recorded around Bangkok’s nightlife in the past few days. Some photos shared with The Thaiger of the Cafe Del Mar event show very little mask wearing at the Kolour Beachside Party.

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Chakri Memorial Day – why is it a public holiday in Thailand?

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PHOTO: The memorial for Rama 1, the first King of the Chakri Dynasty in Thailand

April 6 is a prominent holiday for Thais as they commemorate Chakri Memorial Day which remembers King Rama 1, the Founder of the Chakri Dynasty, which continues to this date. The current King Maha Vajiralongkorn is Rama X, the tenth Thai King of the Chakri Dynasty.

Officially known as ‘King Buddha YodfaChulaloke the Great Day and Chakri Dynasty Memorial Day’, Chakri Memorial Day commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty by Rama I in 1782. In 1919, King Rama VI granted permission to set the date as a public holiday for all Thais to commemorate the coronation of King Rama I and the work of all Kings and Royal Family in the Chakri Dynasty.

Rama I was the founder of the Rattanakosin Kingdom and the first monarch of the reigning Chakri dynasty of Siam. His full title in Thai is Phra Bat SomdetPhraParamorurachaMahachakkriborommanatPhraPhutthayotfaChulalok (in Thai: พระบาทสมเด็จพระปรโมรุราชามหาจักรีบรมนารถ พระพุทธยอดฟ้าจุฬาโลก).

He ascended the throne in 1782, after defeating a rebellion which had deposed King Taksin of Thonburi, the former capital of Siam. He was also celebrated as the founder of Rattanakosin (now Bangkok) as the new capital of the reunited kingdom. Rattanakosin island, on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, is still the home of the Grand Palace and many prominent historic buildings in the capital.

Chakri Memorial Day not only commemorates the coronation of Rama I but is also a day for the people of Thailand to recognise the contributions of all ten kings in the dynasty.

The current and tenth King is HM King Vajiralongkorn PhraVajiraklaochaoyuhua, who succeeded his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in October 2016. Mis Majesty, accompanied by other members of the royal family, will presides over religious ceremonies held at the royal chapel.

Government offices, schools and banks are closed. Most other businesses are open as usual on this day although it is a public holiday. The commemoration is always held on April 6, just a week before the annual Songkran (Thai New Year) holiday.

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