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King to mark completion of Royal Crematorium

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After Sunday’s rehearsals, Princess Sirindhorn suggested adjustments of music played during processions.
Meanwhile, HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn will tomorrow install the grand nine-tiered umbrella at the top of the elaborate Royal Crematorium for his late father.
The umbrella will be placed at the apex of the Royal Crematorium’s principal pavilion. Following the installation of the nine-tiered umbrella, all scaffolding will be removed from the construction site at Sanam Luang, marking the official completion of the Royal Crematorium for HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The late monarch reigned over Thailand for seven full decades with total devotion to his people.
Thais across the world regard the upcoming Royal Cremation Ceremonies as very important events. The ceremonies will run from October 25 to 29, with the actual cremation to take place on October 26.
PM’s Office Minister Omsin Chiwaphruek said yesterday that the ceremonies would be broadcast live via the Television Pool of Thailand.
“The signal will be beamed to all TV stations in Thailand, including the English-language stations such as NBT World and Thai TV Global Network,” he said.
He added that the live broadcast would be sent to 177 countries across the world.
“People can also watch the royal ceremonies via www.kingrama9.th and https://www.facebook.com/informationcenter.for.kingrama9/,” he said.
Deputy Prime Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn assured the public that any heavy downpours would not affect the Royal Ceremonies.
“We have made preparations,” he said. “We have co-ordinated with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to ensure all water-drainage pipes are well dredged to facilitate the flow of water.”
He added that flowers were well prepared to ensure they would be in full bloom to coincide with the scheduled ceremonies. The flowers, as well as rice planted within the Royal Crematorium’s compound, would last until the end of November.
“Between November 2 and 30, we will let people come into the area to see an exhibition on the Royal Cremation Ceremonies,” Tanasak said.
He said both Thais and foreigners would be welcome to the exhibition.
Tanasak said that rehearsals had already been held for the royal processions in honour of the late King during the Royal Cremation Ceremonies.
“The rehearsals on October 15 were great, but we will make them [the processions] even better,” he said.
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, who participated in the royal-procession rehearsal on Sunday, has suggested adjustments to the music to be played in the processions, PM’s Office permanent secretary Patcharaporn Inseeyong revealed yesterday.
The Princess said the sound of the bass drum should take the lead in songs played during the procession, as those who walked near the end of the third procession could not hear the rhythm.

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The Princess gave the suggestion to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha after attending the Sunday rehearsal of the four processions at the Royal Crematorium field at Sanam Luang.
Patcharaporn said that Princess Sirindhorn had noted that, during the second procession, the sound of the bass drum was not clear as it overlapped with the sound of the traditional Thai pipat band and other sounds.
At that stage, the beat could still be heard. However, when the rehearsal came to the third procession, and a song called Bua Loi was played, those who walked near the end of the line could hardly hear the bass drum.
The permanent secretary said the Supreme Commander was assigned to take care of the issue and the next rehearsal on October 21 is expected to see the situation resolved so that the rehearsal, the last, will be “more perfect”.
Patcharaporn said that the rehearsal on Sunday proceeded smoothly and people attending were all appropriately dressed in black.

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TAT announces update to compulsory Covid-19 insurance for foreign visitors

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand has announced today an update about compulsory Covid-19 insurance. They say it’s now “conveniently” available online in a one-stop-shop. Up to now the compulsory Covid-19 insurance, a pre-requisite before foreigners can come to Thailand, under any visa, was through selected insurance providers at their own websites. The Thailand Office of Insurance Commission has allowed the review of its policy, making it easier to find and purchase the compulsory insurance.

“Foreign travellers will enjoy the following advantages of purchasing an OIC-endorsed medical insurance policy, which is available online HERE.”

The update provides additional clarity and ease for people looking to travel to Thailand at this time.

“The Tourism Authority of Thailand is pleased to share the latest announcement that foreign visitors will be able to purchase compulsory Covid-19 insurance policy online prior to visiting the Kingdom.”

TAT Governor, Yuthasak Supasorn says the compulsory insurance is part of any package of documents that will need to be completed by foreigners entering Thailand at this time.

“A medical insurance policy with at least US$100,000 coverage or about 3.16 million baht for possible Covid-19 treatment is among the official documents required from foreign visitors planning to visit Thailand.”

“TAT hopes the Covid-19 insurance protection program, under the regulation of the OIC, offers additional peace-of-mind for foreign visitors and hopefully makes it easier for inbound travellers before departing from their country of origin.”

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The Thai General Association and the Thai Life Assurance Association, plus 16 leading and non-life insurance companies in Thailand are partnering together with the oversight according to regulations from the OIC to offer the Covid-19 insurance protection program to foreign visitors.

  • The insurance policy has been approved by the Thai government and can be used in the Thai visa application process. Coverage begins immediately upon arrival in Thailand.
  • No need for advance payment or out-of-pocket expenses when admitted at private hospitals nationwide. Insurance coverage does not exceed US$100,000 or about 3.16 million Baht.
  • In the case of death from Covid-19 infection, the insurance company will provide a life insurance benefit of USD $100,000 or about 3.16 million Baht to the beneficiary.
  • The insurance premium cost is reasonable, the process is overseen by the OIC, and purchase can be done efficiently online.
  • Thailand’s public health infrastructure and healthcare facilities, as well as healthcare professionals are recognised as some of the best in Asia for treating infectious diseases.

Here’s an example of some of the costs for packages that vary from 30 days to 1 year. The premiums range from 1,600-4,800 Baht for 30 days of coverage; from 2,880-8,640 Baht for 60 days; from 3,840 – 12,160 Baht for 90 days; from 7,680 – 23,040 Baht for 120 days, and from 14,400 – 43,200 Baht for one year.

The Thaiger recommends that, before you make any other travel arrangements about a trip to Thailand, including the booking os flights or ASQ hotels, you should make general enquiries at the Thai Embassy or Consulate-General in your country.

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The World’s 50 Best Foods… Thai massaman curry tops the list

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The humble Thai massaman curry has topped a list of the World’s 50 Best Foods, compiled by the CNN Travel team. Thailand’s smooth coconut milk and potato-based curry (add meat, tofu or vegetables of your choice) comes in at Number 1, with 2 other popular Thai dishes also making it into the World’s Best food list.

The hot and spicy shrimp/prawn soup, Tom Yum Goong, comes in at Number 8, with papaya salad, aka somtam, in 46th place (mai phet please!) Tell us your favourite Thai dish, and why, in the comments section (below).

CNN Travel says its staff conducted extensive research on global cuisine to find the 50 best dishes ever created. Nice work if you can get it…

Italian pizza, Mexican chocolate, Japanese sushi, Chinese Peking duck, Penang Assam laksa, Malaysia and German Hamburger also top the delicious list.

Here’s what the writers had to say about the 3 Thai dishes that made the top taste grade…

First Place, Massaman curryEmphatically the king of curries, and perhaps the king of all foods. Spicy, coconutty, sweet and savoury. Even the packet sauce you buy from the supermarket can make the most delinquent of cooks look like a Michelin potential. Thankfully, someone invented rice, with which diners can mop up the last drizzles of curry sauce. “The Land of Smiles” isn’t just a marketing catch-line. It’s a result of being born in a land where the world’s most delicious food is sold on nearly every street corner.

Eighth Place, Tom Yum Kung

This best food Thai masterpiece teems with shrimp, mushrooms, tomatoes, lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves. Usually loaded with coconut milk and cream, the hearty soup unifies a host of favourite Thai tastes: sour, salty, spicy and sweet. Best of all is the price: cheap.

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46th Place, Som Tam/Papaya salad

To prepare Thailand’s most famous salad, pound garlic and chilies with a mortar and pestle. Toss in tamarind juice, fish sauce, peanuts, dried shrimp, tomatoes, lime juice, sugar cane paste, string beans and a handful of grated green papaya. Grab a side of sticky rice. Variations include those made with crab (som tam pu) and fermented fish sauce (som tam pla ra), but none matches the flavour and simple beauty of the original.

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SOURCE: Thai Residents | CNN Travel

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Bangkok Airways add 3 new local routes to their schedule

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Some domestic routes are being added as local routes continue to expand. This time Bangkok Airways has announced it’s resuming its Samui-Phuket, Phuket-Hat Yai and Phuket-Pattaya/Rayong (U-Tapao) flights.

The first additions to the schedule will be the Phuket-Samui flights resuming this Sunday, October 25, and the Phuket-Pattaya flights start again next Tuesday, October 27. The Phuket-Samui flights will be operating on Sundays and Wednesdays only on the airlines’ ATR72 turbo prop regional planes, same as before.

A casual search on the Bangkok Airways website, for a return flight from Phuket to Samui on November 1, then back to Phuket on November 8 indicates the cheapest fare (promo) is 2,430 baht. Coming back, the cheapest fare we found, again labelled ‘promo’, was 2,630 baht. Bangkok Airways operate as a “full service” airline and don’t compete with the country’s discount airlines. But they operate these three routes exclusively – like it or leave it.

Bangkok Airways say that the flights will be operated “with the highest preventive measures and standards”. Around the country the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand have eased a few of the onboard restrictions, including the start of catering services which were originally banned under the initial flight rules when domestic routes started flying again at the start of July.

The daily direct services between Phuket and Hat Yai are also being operated on the ATR72 aircraft. The flight to Ha Yai leaves Phuket at 8.40am and arrives at Hat Yai at 9:.45am. The return flights leave Hat Yai back to Phuket at 10.25am each day. The route was very popular for the airline before the ‘disruption’ when airlines had their fleets grounded in April.

The service between Phuket and U-Tapao, linking the party city with the party island, will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, again with the ATR72. Phuket to U-Tapao will leave at 12.10pm and then from U-Tapao to Phuket at 4pm on the three days. U-Tapao is about a 50 minute drive from Pattaya and the airport also serves the greater Rayong area.

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