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The Fullmoon Terrace and Bar, in Lat Phrao in the north east suburbs of Bangkok, is refusing to serve foreigners. It’s not a good look, especially when there have been no locally-transmitted cases of Covid-19 for over 2 months and the man was wearing a mask and being quite pleasant about the whole matter. The Thaiger wouldn’t have been as polite.

Yan Marchal posted his video with full commentary about his visit to the restaurant. 2 staff came to him, almost as soon as he sat down, and said they were unable to serve foreigners. There was no argument, beyond asking to speak to the manager but Yan was informed the manager was not available.

The video, which has been a popular post of The Thaiger’s Facebook page today, has had mostly negative comments about the restaurant’s refusal to serve foreigners. There has also been quite a few other cases, some of them posted in the comments section, where more examples have exposed a small rise in cases of commercial xenophobia.

Thailand has had no locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 for more than 2 months. The refusal of service to foreigners smacks of unnecessary discrimination, mostly hurting their own businesses at a time many other restaurants are glad for any customers at all, especially in the outer suburbs of Bangkok. The Fullmoon Terrace and Bar was almost empty at the time.

There are no laws within the Kingdom of Thailand which specifically outlaws racial discrimination inclusive of racist cliches and the restaurant has not broken the law.

The Thaiger has sent a message to the management of the Fullmoon Terrace and Bar asking for some more details and rationale about their policy. There has been no reply at this stage. The video has already been widely shared around Facebook.

A few comments about this story…

Not a good policy. Foreigners here now have been here at least since the virus began so have quarantined themselves. Their staff is afraid of being filmed likely because they too know the policy is wrong.

Every establishment that services the public has a right to refuse admission on any ground they deem harmful to their buisness. I have known disabled people refused because they couldn’t use a fire escape.

What an attention seeker. Guys hears the restaurant is barring foreigners so films himself going there to make an issue out of it. The staff were very polite. The person filming is wrong to do this to a private business, who are concerned about their health and safety.

I would like to know the name of the owners. Know if they have other restaurants, in order to boycott all their venues. Every Thai I have mentioned this too so far, also thinks it’s disgusting, pointless and ridiculous.

We were also denied entry to this viewpoint in Pattaya. It was around a Navy Base and there was a huge sign that said no entry for foreigners. We were told to our faces by the Security that Farangs couldn’t get in.

Thank you for the warning. I will tell my friends to never go there any more. But I also remember the health minister who called all the farang “dirty”.

ร้านอาหารที่กรุงเทพไม่รับชาวต่างชาติ / Restaurant in Bangkok does not accept foreigners

ร้านอาหารที่กรุงเทพไม่รับชาวต่างชาติ / Restaurant in Bangkok does not accept foreigners

Posted by ยัน มาร์ฉัล – Yan Marchal on Monday, July 27, 2020

 

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    Brian

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    I’m not mad, but it just seems like a sad thing. Many farang are spending time and money studying Thai, and taking care to obey local etiquette, etc.

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    Nedster

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    The Sattahip naval base exclusion is perfectly reasonable on grounds of national security. There are parts of the Naval Academy In Annapolis, USA which are restricted to non-US citizens too.

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      Xenophobe

      Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 11:42 am

      National Security. The default excuse when you don’t want to talk about the real reason, because it’s embarrassingly thin. Playing the ‘national security’ card is like playing the race card. Once you invoke it, most people won’t challenge it. National Security. Full stop.

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      John

      Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 1:10 pm

      Nedster: Can you cite an example of an area of USNA that is off-limits to non-US Citizens specifically because they are non-US Citizens, and what is the reason for that?
      I can think of the easy, most obvious example of a building/facility/area within a military installation that further restricts access to those with appropriate security clearance, or an official need to be there.
      Layered security, like peeling an onion. Level 1 security is typically the outer perimeter of a base. Level 2 would be an area/building/facility within the Level 1 perimeter where more specific ID is required, and you only get that if you have requisite clearance and need to be there.
      Within the Level 2 facility, there are often rooms (SCIFs, C2/C3 command centers, etc) that are Level 3, requiring even more specific security clearance/need to know.

      In any case, it’s not like naval security personnel posted at these areas are making value judgements for access based on a guess about a person’s citizenship based outward race/ ethnic appearances……which is what happens in Thailand. Apples to oranges comparison.

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    Daniel

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Enough places to eat in Lat Phrao. We won’t starve

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    Paul

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    They are just scared and that is totally understandable as some foreigners (diplomats) are still not required to quarantine on arrival.

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    mike

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    The Hystory sadly repeat like the sign outside the shop durind a jews deportation:
    ” Entry forbidden to Jews and dogs “. Very ignorant and xenophobic.

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    genobkk

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    I am looking for a few expats to join me at this place, I know where it is, let’s go Either you all and complain here or we all can go confront this place.

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      Brian

      Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 3:08 pm

      That’s not Thai style at all. If you do anything at all, please be very polite and reasonable. In fact, if you want to “confront” them, I think it’s better you do nothing.

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    Willi Hoppe

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Very good,mike!

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    Xaos

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 9:19 am

    Thais are retards, they panic about this fakedemic like they all gonna die. 58 ppl died due to virus while 40+ dies every day on the roads, 7000+ This year alone.

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    Cynthia Lee

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 10:18 am

    I’m singaporean chinese, my husband is from Wales. We have been staying in Bangsean since last October. We love to spend long weekend in pattaya. Went there last weekend, visit Jomtien night market. Beer for local is 70 baht but as farang, we are charge 75. No price display. I have never experience discrimination in thailand over the years. I love thailand, just hope after this hard period, everybody will continue to live peacefully together as one

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Trip Adviser has only one review of this place and that was in 2018.
    It is one star with the title Worst service. Trip Adviser are not taking nay reviews unless it is from first hand experience. That will be hard for foreigners.
    Every one is being very nice to this gang of racists. Even Yan Marchal blanked out the faces of the staff that informed him he was banned.
    I expect this Thai racism to be in the world’s newspapers today, and it will effect any plans foreigners had of a vacation in Thailand. Media will murder this bar’s profits for some time to come.
    Well done Yan.

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      Irma

      Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 11:26 am

      I am not very surprised. 2 Years ago, after living in Hua Hin for 2,5 years, I was moving to Europe, and Thai Movers Bangkok company expropriated ALL my stuff – I left it in their storage for 2 months, paid 95,000
      baht (deposit for moving), but when after 2 months, I asked them to send it, instead of contracted amount, they asked me to pay double!
      Up to today, 2 years later, I never heard from them, and Thai law is useless when it came to the problem between farangs and Thais.
      There are so many other beautiful countries – make the right choice, so later you will not be sorry lika I am.

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        Joseph McKee

        Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 12:39 am

        I had a container shipped from USA to Thailand. Moving company in Thailand said they need my passport to clear customs. Surprise! They couldn’t raise the shipping price because t was contract with USA company. However, they demanded 30,000 bhat for the return of my passport. I told they to look inside where it read” Property of the US Government” and that someone would be coming to visit them. It was delivered to my door with a fruit basket.

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    Dennis

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 11:42 am

    I wonder if the ban on foreigners would be extended to include those who risked their lives in the Great Cave Rescue?

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    Tom Regan

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Let’s cut to the chase. Many-many Thais not educated or do not understand scientific concepts. Without any doubt countries that do not test, Cambodia, have many-many unreported cases. Try to find one Thai that’s been tested.

    Just like a tree falling in the woods, just because it’s not reported, doesn’t mean that there aren’t cases.

    Remember, in Germany, it was a tremendous benefit to The Reich to have an uneducated populace, it’s what made it all possible.

    You cannot have Trump, without 30% of the American populace being uneducated.
    it’s a critical ingredient in making the cake.

    When you have ingorance, everyone wins ???

    Who has a better chance of having Covid, a foreigner that’s been taught hygiene since birth, or a Thai whom eats at restaurants that have open sewage next to it, and visible rats running around. Who has a better chance of having covid-19 someone who shops at an open-air market that serves unrefrigerated meat or somebody who comes from a country where you can sue the company if you get sick from their meat.

    Why did it start in Asia ?

    Ignorance wins.

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      Simon

      Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 12:25 pm

      Actually Tom Regan, your last paragraph may be the reason that Thais might indeed have less Covid. Due to the lack of hygiene in SE-Asia, they may have developed a stronger immune system than we have. Of course we all know, if you don’t test, you won’t find, and with prices for Covid tests between 3000-6000 baht, nobody will do a test.

      The difference may be an underlying cultural difference that affects absolutely everything here, but also in Europe. Thais would do anything not to lose face, so as such, pretending not to have any Covid cases would suit them fine. Europeans on the other hand complain a lot openly, yet this is born out of the desire to improve. We therefore do not hide our imperfections. Dissatisfaction with your situation has always been to driving force to improvement.

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    Joseph McKee

    Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 12:42 am

    Did you try to place the Covid curse on him?

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    Darrel James Wood

    Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 9:06 am

    THE COUNTRY OF SMILES DOH

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