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Expansion of airport to make Hua Hin an international tourist destination

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Hua Hin, long considered a bucolic backwater compared with other resort destinations in Thailand, may be about to morph into something quite different; local media reported on Saturday that the Thai government has approved a major expansion of Hua Hin’s Airport, which could turn the sleepy resort town into a genuine international tourist destination rivalling other more established destinations in Thailand like Pattaya, Phuket or Chiang Mai.

The 350 million baht expansion comprises two projects, with 250 million baht being spent to extend the runway in order bring it up to the standards required for larger aircraft, and another 100 million to be spent extending the passenger terminal.

The project is expected to take 2-3 years, and when complete will enable Hua Hin to welcome not only more domestic flights but also international flights from destinations like mainland China, South Korea, India and Hong Kong, as well as other locations across Southeast Asia. Officials say a fully operational international airport will be a huge boost for Hua Hin’s economy and neighbouring Phetchaburi province.

Under the new plans, Hua Hin Airport’s runway will be expanded by up to 45 metres to accommodate larger aircraft, and the parking area for planes will also be expanded. Currently the airport has capacity for two B737s, but when the improvements are complete it will have capacity for up to five B737s at any one time.

The airport terminal will also be expanded three times its current capacity. The present structure can handle only 300 passengers an hour: this will be trebled to 900 passengers per hour.

The expansion of the airport is a major part of measures to develop the Thai coast from Hat Chao Sam Ran in Phetchaburi south to Chumphon.

The initiative to transform the coast has been dubbed “Thai Riviera” project – with the aim to the coastline becoming an alternative to more established tourist areas like Phuket in the south and Pattaya on the Eastern Seaboard.

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Chon Buri bans alcohol sales 6pm to 6am

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Chonburi’s governor has banned the sale of alcohol in the province, including Pattaya, from 6am to 6pm, effective immediately, and restaurants are now only allowed to offer takeaways – all to fight the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. The order is over and above all other closures in the province over the past two weeks.

The provisions of the order are as follows…

  • Restaurants may be take away only with the exception of ones in hotels for registered hotel guests.
  • No alcohol sales between 6pmand 6am. In fact, since regular alcohol sales laws still apply, this means one can only legally buy between 11am and 2pm, and 5-6pm. There is no alcohol ban as was reported on social media yesterday. This restriction is to help prevent gatherings.
  • Gatherings in public are prohibited, especially in public places like beache, parks and public areas of residences, condos, etc. The order also basically asks people not to have private gatherings at home. This essentially means no gathering, drinking or socialising.
  • Beauty salons, private and public, closed.
  • Nurseries and daycare centers closed
  • Everything previously announced like bars, clubs, gogos, nonessential shops in malls, gyms, golf, movies etc. are “closed until the situation improves.”
  • Koh Larn remains closed to nonresidents at least until April 10.
  • Hardware stores may reopen as they are considered essential.
  • All public and private attractions, including government tourist attractions, cultural or entertainment site are closed. If it is a tourist attraction, it must be closed.
  • Beaches remain open during the day, but the previous request for people to not be on the beach from 8pm to 6am stands. People on beaches must practice social distancing and have one to two metres between beach chairs.
  • There is no curfew or overall lockdown. People can come and go, but are subject to the checkpoints previously stated in Chon Buri.

There is no end date for this order. It is simply until the situation improves. It is effective immediately.

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Pattaya eyes hotel as quarantine area

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Pattaya’s Committee for the Surveillance and Prevention of Covid-19 is proposing to use the city’s Grand Bella Hotel as a temporary medical shelter for people under investigation for Covid-19 coronavirus symptoms.

Pattaya currently has 12 total cases, with a total of 16 in Bang Lamung and 53 in Chon Buri province. 105 people are currently being scrutinised for the virus in the province. A total of 952 people have been under investigation since the start of the outbreak there, with the vast majority testing negative.

If approved, the measure would separate people under investigation for Covid-19 from regular hospital patients at Pattaya and Chonburi hospitals, and use the Grand Bella Hotel as a temporary staging area for investigations of people who have not tested positive for the virus but are either awaitng results or being monitored for signs of the illness.

According to the members of the committee, the hotel has the facilities and resources needed to meet the needs of patients, doctors and staff.

A doctor at Pattaya City Hospital says that for the field hospital at the hotel, no more than 40 medical personnel would be needed, though nursing staff would be required, using a video call system to monitor patients 24 hours a day.

Bangkok Pattaya Hospital has also announced it’s willing to help with the necessary medical supplies, sanitisers and other equipment. Grand Bella’s management say they’re happy to assist with the situation by offering their conference rooms and facilities. The proposal is expected to be sent to the Chonburi Governor for approval.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Restrictions announced for Chon Buri, that means Pattaya too

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New restrictions are now in force in the eastern province of Chon Buri, due to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak. Chon Buri’s governor and the Chonburi Committee for Communicable Diseases have come to several new resolutions regarding restrictions and closures…

  • Extensions on all entertainment venue closures, such as bars, nightclubs, spas, massage shops, gogos, etc. The anticipated end date will be “when the situation improves.”
  • Removal of “eat in exceptions” for restaurants. Only takeaway will be available. This applies to all restaurants.
  • Restrictions on groups bringing food and drink into public areas such as reservoirs, parking lots, etc.
  • Hardware and construction material stores may reopen.
  • A few tourist attractions which remain open due to being in “grey areas” such as Nong Nooch Garden and the Floating Market will ordered closed “until the situation improves.”
  • Private nurseries will be closed, such as daycare centers and kindergartens

The governor has promised the specific details will be released today.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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