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First day of the Phuket King’s Cup at Kata today, the island’s most prestigious and popular yacht racing regatta. We wish all competitors fair winds and good sailing for the week. Winds are expected to be up to 20 knots from the ENE. Sure there will be plenty of ‘bubbly beverages’ flowing around Kata this week during the regatta. Not so in the country’s national parks.

It’s Monday, December 4.

Jail term for tourists taking alcohol into national parks

Tourists now risk a jail term plus a fine if they step into national parks with alcoholic beverages.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation’s director-general is warning tourists to stay alcohol-free inside national parks. He’s instructed all park officials to strictly enforce the rule, saying… “Those found drinking alcohol will also be immediately expelled from national parks.” Banners are being installed at national parks across the country to ensure all tourists comply with the rules.

Rules banning alcohol beverages at national parks were introduced in late 2010 after a fatal stabbing inside the Khao Yai National Park. A brawl between tourists started because some drunk university students hurled a bottle of liquor at the tent of another student.

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Large crowds welcome Toon to BKK

Large crowds on both sides of the road gave long, jubilant cheers of “Toon, fight on!” and a big round of applause for Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai, as he entered the capital. Toon is the frontman of the pop rock band Bodyslam (just in case you have returned to Earth from some visit to outer space), on the 27th day of his charitable marathon raising money for 11 public hospitals.

The talk-of-the-town charity run has now topped 422 million Baht in donations. Toon has now completed 1,282 of the 2,191-kilometre marathon. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is meeting with Toon today, maybe for some tips in how to draw large, adoring crowds throwing money.

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Public holiday tomorrow

Government offices across the island are closing tomorrow as Thailand commemorates the birthday of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The annual King’s birthday holiday will now continue as a day off in honour of the Thai people’s deep reverence of King Bhumibol as the “Father of the Nation”. Tomorrow, most government offices on the island will be closed, including local Council offices, Phuket Immigration, Labour Offices, Land Transport Office and the Provincial Office in Phuket Town.

All main bank branches will be closed, but branches in shopping centres will remain open.

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Flooding continues to ravage the South

Flooding continues to consume several southern provinces with floodwaters measuring more than two metres deep in some areas. In Songkhla’s Saba Yoi district, Ban Baeng village has been swamped for more than five days with locals getting around in boats. Saba Yoi is one of 16 districts declared disaster zones in Songkhla, where at least three flood-related deaths have been reported.

In the worst-hit areas of Nakhon Si Thammarat, floodwaters were about 2.5 metres deep. In Surat Thani’s Phra Saeng district, more than 300 houses in Ban Bang Yod village have been swamped with floodwaters ranging between one and two metres deep, prompting some residents to evacuate. Many communities in low-lying areas on both sides of the Trang River in Trang province are also flooded. Soldiers and volunteers yesterday were delivering relief items to flood victims across the South.

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PM orders Ministry to sort out the rubber industry mess

The Ministry of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives is being assigned to resolve the rubber prices issue with an emphasis on taking care of rubber planters… this from the Thai PM over the weekend.

General Prayut says that issues to be considered by the ministry include zoning of rubber planting areas, shifting of old rubber trees to other crops, grouping of rubber planters, rubber processing and delays in the sale of rubber latex.

He disclosed that the ministry would call a meeting this week with representatives of rubber planters nationwide in a bid to find solutions to all the problems ailing the industry.

Is there an election happening soon?

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King’s Cup kicks off a week of racing off Kata

The Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta was held yesterday. The event is being hosted at Beyond Resort Kata as they hoisted the flag on this year’s racing at Kata Beach. Over 100 keelboats, multihulls and dinghies from around the world are joining in the 31st Anniversary of the prestigious sailing event. Racing will continue off Kata and the south of the island until this Sunday.

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And check our article from guest writer Mark about his visit to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket HERE.

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57 year old woman tests positive for Covid on Samui

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A 57 year old Frenchwoman has baffled Thai medical officials with her quarantine-defying positive test for Covid-19.

The woman had been living on Koh Samui since returning from 14 days of quarantine. Whilst her positive status had become a hot topic on Samui over the past 24 hours, it took until this afternoon for Dr Sophon Iamsirithaworn, Director of the Bureau of General Communicable Diseases, to confirm the situation at a media conference in Bangkok.

The woman, together with her husband and child, originally tested negative, twice, during her 14 day mandatory stay at an Alternative State Quarantine facility in Samut Prakan, just south of Bangkok. After that the woman showed some symptoms and tested positive, 5 days later.

At this stage the woman’s husband and child have tested negative for Covid-19 following the confirmation of her infection. She is now being treated for her symptoms at the Koh Samui Hospital whilst her husband and child are being kept under observation.

Officials are now in the process to see if the patient could have contracted the disease AFTER her quarantine.

Her family have a home on Koh Samui. They arrived in Bangkok on a Thai Airways flight from Paris on September 30. They were quarantined in Samut Prakan for the mandatory 14 days before they could return to Samui on October 15. Then she developed a fever 2 days after arriving back on the island but stayed at home for a few days before going to a private hospital for another test last Tuesday. 2 days later the positive test was announced.

Authorities are still trying to determine if the woman became infected while in the country.

Public health officials have tracked down and tested 15 people who they believe could be at “high-risk” of infection. They’ve all been isolated until their results are confirmed. Another 42 people are “under observation” and considered at “low risk”.

SOURCE: CSSA | Bannkok Post

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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.

SOURCE: TAT

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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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