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Thanks to Starbucks, it may now be possible to drink and shop at Bangkok’s Iconsiam mall, as long as the government grants its approval. The US company has introduced its first store in Thailand to offer an alcoholic beverage menu, one that surely will help visitors to the mall relax a bit.

The managing director of Starbucks Coffee Thailand, Nednapa Srisamai, says the Starbucks Reserve Chao Phraya Riverfront at Iconsiam opens today and it is set up to include more seats, 350 to be exact, in a bar-like atmosphere. Thailand is now the 5th country to open a Starbucks that offers alcohol, with the US, Japan, China and Taiwan preceeding it.

Sara Trilling, the president of Starbucks Asia-Pacific says today is a significant milestone in the company’s 22 year history.

“For 22 years, Starbucks has been elevating coffee craftsmanship and bringing unique experiences to our customers in Thailand….. as we introduce an exciting new store that recognises our coffee heritage while celebrating Thailand’s rich and diverse culture.”

Nednapa says the company also felt the financial fallout from the Covid pandemic, but was slowly recovering. Thailand’s coffee market is estimated to be worth 60 billion baht, with over half of that number being attributed to drinking coffee products at one’s home. Thailand’s coffee shop chains are still seeing room for growth with Amazon, Starbucks, Doi Chang, Coffee World, True Coffee and All Cafe leading the way.

Nednapa says Starbucks plans to open 20-30 new stores in Thailand this year, which would bring the total to around 434-444 stores. The company also plans to open 10 more drive-thru stores, bringing up the total number of drive thrus in Thailand to 46. She says the number of cashless stores are also growing with about 50 to be in operation by the end of this year.

So far, there is no word yet on when the government will approve the move to offer alcohol at Starbucks, but if it does, shopping may never be the same.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Sam

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 9:55 am

    This gov won’t allow any alcohol because it will open the door! A stupid UNNECESSARY ban but this junta are control freaks to their core

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    Craig

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 10:54 am

    Fascinating. I’ve been to SBUX here and in the US and none of them served alcohol. I only drink coffee, not sure how I’d like going if alcohol was also on the menu. Probably more business, though.

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    Francis A

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:11 am

    Just what Thailand need, more places to drink alcohol at. Convenient park your car, do some grocery shopping, have a few beers at Starbucks, then drive home…

    Doesn’t Thailand has enough road deaths?

    http://www.thairsc.com/

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    Jesus Monroe

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:13 am

    Loved being pissed when I shop……..and I get to abuse shop keepers…….keep the great ideas coming guys

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      Frank

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 6:45 pm

      Free advertisement for them.. like they need it Starbucks always insane expensive

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    James Pate

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:30 am

    Not for me. Hate shopping malls anyway. Drinking would just cause my general surlinous and agoraphobia to spike.

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:40 am

    Well desperate times call for desperate measures.
    They could offer haircuts while the customer drinks, that would pack them in.
    Here in Phnom Penh in a new building a large Starbucks opened. A month later it was closed.
    There are not enough westerners here to pay western prices for coffee.
    Good coffee can be had for a dollar at the street kiosks.

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    Ynwaps

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    Rip Starbucks. Their main hipster customer isn’t necessary an alcoholic. Just doesn’t match their brand.

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    Patrick

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    Starbucks the most overpriced coffee shop in Thailand. Coffee? Coffeeshakes with way too much sweetness.
    Status symbol for some weirdly. I only would understand it if you buy one coffee and work 3 hours.
    Please check out one of the many independent unique coffee shops here. Dont let it go the 7/11 route.

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    Ben

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    This has been in operation in select cities in the USA for several years now. The alcohol usually starts flowing after 5pm. They’ve got the infrastructure and less people buy coffee at night. Seems like a natural to me with some upside revenue potential.

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    Jim kelly

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Does anyone really give a shyte about this?

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    Barry Betts

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 2:55 am

    Maybe they might let Starbucks open gambling hubs aswell. Go for a coffee have a few beers then have a bet perfect idea to move the country forward!! ?

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    Drinking only a start....

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 12:11 am

    why not pole dancing, loud music, bar girls, happy hours, back rooms, massage tables?

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Thailand classified as a “not free” country in Freedom House report

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On a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being absolute freedom, Thailand scores at 30, a “not free” country, according to the nonprofit Freedom House. Each year, the organisation reviews the political rights and civil liberties of countries around the world. According to their recent assessment, Thailand has declined in terms of rights and liberties, dropping on the scale from “partly free” to “not free.”

The main reason for the drop on the freedom scale, the organisation says, is “due to the dissolution of a popular opposition party that performed well in the 2019 elections, and the military-dominated government’s crackdown on youth-led protests calling for democratic reforms.”

The Future Forward Party was dissolved in February 2020 after the court found that the founder, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, had made a large donation to the party that exceeded the legal limit. The party’s leaders were then banned from politics for the next decade.

Youth-led protests started in February, but the demonstrations were put on pause due to Covid-19 restrictions banning large public gatherings. Protesters gathered in July as restrictions lifted, but some leaders then faced charges for holding a public gathering, which was still banned under emergency orders.

In October, the prime minister imposed what Freedom House calls a “severe” State of Emergency order in Bangkok that banned gatherings of more than 5 people. Some protesters were arrested for violating the order nearly immediately after it was imposed.

With activists pushing for monarchy reform and an end to the military’s involvement in government, raising subjects considered taboo and unprecedented in Thai society, the Thai government has increased its use of the draconian lèse majesté law. Since November, dozens of activists have faced charges for insulting or defaming the Thai Monarchy.

Freedom House scores countries on topics like the electoral process, questioning if politicians and leaders were elected in free and fair elections, as well as freedom of expression and individual rights.

Thailand’s military seized power in 2014 in a bloodless coup. The 2017 constitution was drafted by a committee appointed by the military’s National Council for Peace and Order. In 2019, the country transitioned to what Freedom House calls a “military-dominated, semi-elected” government.

The 2019 elections were overseen by the Election Commission of Thailand, whose members were appointed by the military. All 250 senators were appointed by the military in 2019 to serve 5 year terms.

In 2020, the combination of democratic deterioration and frustrations over the role of the monarchy provoked the country’s largest anti-government demonstrations in a decade. In response to these youth-led protests, the regime resorted to familiar authoritarian tactics, including arbitrary arrests, intimidation, lèse majesté charges, and harassment of activists. Freedom of the press is constrained, due process is not guaranteed, and there is impunity for crimes committed against activists.

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A riot police officer, who was deployed at the recent pro-democracy protests in Bangkok, has tested positive for Covid-19. His supervisor, chief of Wang Thonglang station Ekapop Tanprayoon, says the officer had visited Samut Sakhon, a coronavirus hotspot.

Riot police who worked closely with the infected officer, Somyot Nuamcharoen, are ordered to quarantine. The Wang Thonglang police station and any items the police officer handled are being disinfected, the chief says.

The officer had met up with friends during a visit to Samut Sakhon, just southwest of Bangkok. He travelled to the coastal province on February 18 and returned to Bangkok the next day.

On the 20th, he was deployed to a protest outside of parliament, just after returning from his trip to the “red zone” province. On Sunday, he deployed the protest outside the military barracks in Bangkok. The demonstration turned violent and numerous people were injured.

On Tuesday, his friend from Samut Sakhon tested positive for the virus. The infected officer was tested for Covid-19 that day and his result came back positive yesterday.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Thailand is now allowing international transits and transfers at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport by using a so-called “sealed route” arranged at the airport to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has now set guidelines for passengers who have a layover at the Bangkok airport.

Passengers will not be allowed to leave Concourse E. A “sealed route” for the passengers will be set up at Gate E10 and E9, allowing passengers to enter the airport at Gate E10, go through security screening and then either board the transit aircraft at Gate E9 or go on a designated shuttle bus directly to an aircraft.

Social distancing is required for all passengers in waiting areas and a face mask must be worn at all times. The CAAT says food and beverage services will be available at the airport’s “sealed route” waiting area, but there will be “active oversight” on the services. Areas will also be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

Passengers must present required documents…

  • A fit-to-fly health certificate
  • Medical certificate declaring a negative Covid-19 result issued no more than 72 hours before departure
  • Travel health insurance that covers Covid-19 treatment expenses up to $100,000 USD

If demand increases, the airport will add Gates E5, E7 and E8 to the sealed route. If Concourse E is under maintenance, then Concourse F will be used under the same plan.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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