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UPDATE: Got a drone in Thailand? Here’s what you need to know.

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UPDATE: Got a drone in Thailand? Here’s what you need to know. | The Thaiger
The days of you flying your drone carefree in the skies above Thailand are over.
Last week, the Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) announced that all drones in Thailand need to be registered.
The NBTC said the move came after only 350 drones out of an estimated 50,000 had previously been registered in Thailand.
Owners have until January 2018 to get with the program or face up to 5 years in jail and/or a fine of 100,000 Baht.
In addition, if you are flying a drone for commercial purposes then you be insured and have permission from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).
If you don’t, you could be sentenced to one year in jail and fined 40,000 Baht.
You can register your drone at any NBTC office, police station or at the Civil Aviation Training Centre.
If you register your drone at a police station or NBTC office you need the following:
  • Signed copy of your passport
  • Proof of address (house book, rental contract, work permit)
  • Photographs of your drone and its serial number
  • Two copies of registration form (which is in Thai)
If you register your drone at the Civil Aviation Training Centre you need the following:
  • Signed copy of your passport
  • Proof of address (house book, rental contract, work permit)
  • Photographs of your drone and its serial number
  • Copy of announcement of Ministry of Transport on rules to apply for permission and conditions to control and launch drone (English)
Rules for flying a drone in Thailand
Once you register, you need to familiarise yourself with the rules for flying drones in Thailand.
These rules have been placed for a number of years now and are covered under Article 5 of the announcement from the Ministry of Transport.
Key points include:
  • Get permission from the landowner before flying your drone
  • Must not fly in a way that may cause harm to life, property, and peace of others
  • Only fly in daylight
  • Drone must be in line of sight at all times
  • Not fly higher than 90 metres
  • Must not fly over cities, villages, communities or areas where people are gathered
  • Must not fly near piloted aircraft (goes without saying)
  • Must not violate privacy rights of others
  • Must not cause a nuisance to others

Here’s the LINK to the NBTC page for the contract, in Thai of course.

Information, in English, HERE

Further reading HERE

CAAT website, in English HERE

UPDATE: Got a drone in Thailand? Here's what you need to know. | News by The Thaiger
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    jjuhk

    October 21, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Yesterday afternoon I went to Phuket Town Police Station with all the required documents.
    After being send up the chain of command, no one had any idea of or information about this and refuse to accept the paperwork.
    The fourth person I was referred to was a lady, Mrs. Wan, rank unknown as she was wearing a “Tourist Police” golf shirt.
    She said there was no information in their system , therefore cannot help me.
    Her suggestion…. go to Town Hall ( apparently across the street ) , but they will not be open until Tuesday. She could not give me any indication of who or which department to contact.
    I’ll be in Hong Kong for 2 weeks as from tomorrow …
    …. to be continued….

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Human hair trade exploits ASEAN women

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Hair extensions have become an essential part of the multi-billion-dollar hair industry, with estimated annual sales of 250 million to over 1 billion USD. Based on a 2018 Research and Markets report, the global hair, wigs and extension market is expected to surpass 10 billion USD by 2023.

Raw human hair has significant commercial value: it’s a coveted commodity to be processed into hair extensions and wigs. According to a report by the Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC), the global value for human hair exports in 2017 was 126 million USD. Asia exported 72.4 million USD, accounting for 58 percent of the global trade.

In India, the Tirupati Balaji temple earns 10 percent of its income through auctioning hair donated by devotees, raking in a profit of 25 million to 40 million USD annually.

There are three categories for collected hair: Remy, non-Remy and virgin hair. Remy is usually obtained from temple donations and is of the highest grade. Non-Remy hair is a lower grade, collected from individuals, and is typically broken or short. Virgin hairhas never been chemically treated.

In Southeast Asia, long hair is esteemed as a mark of beauty with deep religious and social meaning, especially in Buddhist countries. While most brands opt to acquire hair from India where it’s donated for religious reasons, in Southeast Asia, traders target impoverished areas to buy hair from desperately poor people whose poverty makes them easy prey. Hair extensions in the US can cost 500 to 2000 USD, but the owner of the hair usually receives only a fraction of that. For example, Nguyen Thi Thuy of Vietnam says the highest she has ever been offered for her hair is 70,000 Vietnamese dong, or 3 USD. Pheng Sreyvy from Cambodia fared slightly better at 15 USD for her locks.

According to the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association, women don’t know how to bargain over the price of hair. “They decided to sell their hair because they are poor, and they don’t know where to sell their hair for international market price,” a spokeswoman said.

The high value of human hair has made hair-theft muggings a recurrent problem in some countries, and some companies have resorted to chemical processing or a mixture of human and goat hair.

Increased awareness of exploitation has prompted many companies to collect hair from more transparent and ethical sources. While the human hair trade has provided many communities with income and opportunities, practices that exploit and deprive women of opportunities continue.

SOURCE: theaseanpost.com

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Thailand’s immigration police catch thousands of overstayers thanks to airport biometrics

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The chief of Thailand’s immigration police says the biometrics system in place at sixteen airports across the country has so far netted 1,000 people who are blacklisted or on watch lists, 700 who have arrest warrants out for them, and 45,000 who have overstayed in the country.

The Nation reports that the system is also used to detect fake passports as it uses UV and infrared light to compare the information stored in a chip in the passport with facial features.

It’s understood that in just three days, police were able to arrest 8,000 people for being in possession of fake passports, illegal immigration, overstaying their visas or criminals with arrest warrants out for their capture.

The notorious fake billionaire who married in a lavish ceremony costing over 3.5 million baht and then left his wife to pick up the tab, was recently arrested at Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport after being caught by the biometrics system. See story HERE.

SOURCE: nationthailand.com

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Thai Airways announces cancellation of six routes to four ASEAN destinations

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The President of Thai Airways International says the airline is set to cancel six flight routes to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar.

The Nation reports that Sumeth Damrongchaitham says the routes in question are all from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport to Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Phnom Penh, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and Yangon.

“These routes are all covered by a small number of flights and have low customer capacity. Once the cancellation plan is finalised, THAI will assign Thai Smile Airways to cover these routes instead.”

Sumeth cites increased competition as the reason behind the decision and the difficulties presented by rival airlines slashing prices to remain ahead of competitors.

“THAI needs to adjust our strategies too to preserve our reservation rate. We will focus on rolling out promotional campaigns until year end. However, next year’s strategy remains to be seen. Our prices this year have been reduced to a record low and if this strategy doesn’t work, we may take a different direction, such as seeking more partners for organisation tickets, increasing online channels, or giving privileges to frequent fliers.”

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