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“ASQ… Paradise?” TAT launches search website to find hotels for a “happy quarantine”

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PHOTO: asq.locanation.com | Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok
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“Quarantine paradise” sounds like an oxymoron, but the Tourism Authority of Thailand put the two contradictory words together for the new project “ASQ Paradise.” Under the project, a website was launched allowing users to search for alternative state quarantine hotels in Thailand for a “happy quarantine.”

TAT partnered with the Thailand-based company Locanation for the website which features 107 ASQ hotels offering 2-week quarantine packages ranging from 27,000 baht to 220,000 baht. The website is available in English and Chinese languages.

Before the website, tourist information regarding Thailand’s quarantine facilities was “very scattered,” according to ASQ Club Thailand’s President Prin Pathanatham.

“With the launch of the asq.locanation.com website, the ASQ Club Thailand believes that it will definitely prove to be an asset for overseas tourists, local entrepreneurs, or foreigners working in Thailand who want to research everything themselves and book directly with participating ASQ hotels.”

TAT Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business, Thapanee Kiatphaibool, says the collaboration “emphasizes the strength of Thailand’s tourism infrastructure even as the country is in the grip of the global pandemic crisis.”

“TAT sees an opportunity during this crisis to show other aspects of our tourism potential to the world. Not only do we retain our outstanding hospitality and travel services, but also the highest possible standards for pandemic control and quarantine.”

SOURCE: TPN National

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    Keith

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 10:37 am

    try registering on this site, just get a pop up saying “thank you for registering” then nothing. Just as expected with TAT, big release but nothing behind it

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    EdwardV

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Lipstick on a pig. No amount of marketing or luxury will change the fact you are required to give up 15 days of your vacation. No amount of marketing or luxury will change the fact you are required to give up your freedom for 15 days. A quarantine by any other name is still a quarantine and greatly depress tourist numbers.

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    Fabian

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 11:01 am

    “Quarantine paradise” doesn’t sound like an oxymoron,IT IS an oxymoron. A child understands that and therefore the TAT just ridicules itself.

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    Asbjorn Rasch

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    I now go back home to Thailand with my fiancée , but we are denied stay together in quarantine hotel because we not married . If want make happy quarantine in Thailand they need open for stay together. in quarantine hotels.

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    S2K

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    TAT needs to offer free covid health insurance and some post-quarantine incentives, such as highly-discounted hotel rooms. You know, like other countries are doing.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    The seating area in the picture above is likely to be infested with mosquitos – all that water.

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    Jesus Monroe

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    and after happy quarantine you get happy ending………

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    Fred Johnson

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    Apparently a much bigger threat to the country than an ordinary tourist. The whole thing has become a big joke from the authorities and a threat to the population. What a threat an ordinary tourist without symptoms and with a corona certificate would be against the country against insidious people across borders. Is inconceivable to me.

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    Diego

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Yes, 2 or 3k USD for a paradise prison… or go to Cuba where you don’t even have to pay for the test at the airport and no quarantine. Tough decision to make.

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    Preesy Chepuce

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    this is like a monty python sketch… it deserves a comedy tourism advert…

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    ufabet

    Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 1:03 am

    ข่าวสารกีฬาบอลกับพวกเรา

    ตามธรรมดาแล้ว
    ผู้ที่จะ เล่นพนันบอล จะต้องเป็นฝ่ายที่หาข้อมูลเพื่อมาพินิจพิจารณา เกมส์การแข่งขันชิงชัยนั้นๆเอง แม้กระนั้นสำหรับในการแทงบอลออนไลน์ในขณะนี้ พวกเราเกือบจะไม่ต้องไปหาข้อมูลเองเลย
    เพระว่า เว็ปพนันบอล มีคณะทำงานมือโปร ที่จะคัดสรรคอนเทนท์ดีๆในเรื่องของข้อมูลข้อมูล
    ของบอลคู่ต่างๆก่อนลงแข่ง หรือที่รู้จักกันในนามของการให้ทรรศนะ

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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SRT studies alternative plans for Bang Sue Grand Station after no show of interested bidders

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There seems to be little interest in the new Bang Sue Grand Station project, which is planned to be Thailand’s new railway hub in place of Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Railway Station and the largest railway station is Southeast Asia. Bidding for the station’s Plot A opened 3 weeks ago, with envelopes each costing 500,000 baht, but not one was sold.

With the bidding closing in January and no interest so far, the State Railway of Thailand is finding alternative plans for the Bang Sue Grand Station’s Plot A, a source told Nation Thailand.

“It is believed that nobody has shown interest in the project because of the new wave of Covid-19 infections. Also the Plot A project has low potential for commercial profit as an elevated expressway passes over it and it has limited access.”

If no one buys a bidding envelope in the next 10 days, then the bidding will close and the SRT will make changes to Plot A’s development plan. The source told Nation Thailand that railway officials might make the site a SRT office building or let other state agencies rent the land, which would not require any more bidding.

SRT is also studying any possibility to pack Plot A into Plot E which has a greater potential for commercial profit and may attract more bidders.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

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Confusion reigns today over if Covid-19 tests will be required for visa extensions.

While Phuket News spoke with an immigration official who said “no… you don’t need a Covid-19 test to extend your visa or apply for a work permit”, Khaosod English wrote an article headlined “Covid-19 test will be mandatory for all visa extension”.

The Thaiger also contacted a respected visa agent who said Covid-19 tests are now required for applying for both visa extensions and work permits including renewals.

The Thai Immigration Bureau has not made any official announcement regarding mandatory Covid-19 tests. Talk about Covid-19 tests for foreigners was brought up after a rule was published in the Royal Gazette last month, officially adding Covid-19 to a list of dangerous diseases, prohibiting those infected with any of the listed illnesses from entering the country.

Immigration Police Bureau spokesperson Archayon Kraithong told Khaosod English that proof of a negative Covid-19 test will be required for visa extensions, regardless of how long a foreigner has stayed in Thailand.

Medical exams are currently already required for most work permit applicants (including tests for Syphilis and Elephantiasis). A visa agent told The Thaiger that Covid-19 tests have been added to the medical examination requirements.

We’ll bring you any further clarification on that issue as it becomes available.

Research shows that online learning causes a 50% drop in mathematical comprehension, and a 30% drop in reading literacy among Thai students.

Research presented by the government’s Equitable Education Fund indicates that months of home-learning cannot match in-school study and in fact, can cause a deterioration in students’ ability. With schools currently closed in 28 Thai provinces, thousands of children across the country are joining in with online classes.

The EEF says home-schooling, with the use of screens, also has a negative effect on students’ mental health and their social and emotional development. The research, carried out by the Northwest Evaluation Association, echoes a study done by Massachusetts’ Institute of Technology, which demonstrates that learning through technology is no match for face-to-face learning in the classroom.

Home schooling has been shown to contribute to a decline in overall knowledge, as well as affecting access to quality nutrition, age-appropriate learning, and social experiences.

The EEF says online learning will only serve to widen the gap between rural children and those in the cities by about 2 years, potentially leading to economic disparity and fuelling a cycle of poverty for generations.

With the number of Covid-19 infections among migrant workers in Samut Sakhon failing to drop significantly, the PM is instructing officials to make sure companies are not still hiring illegal workers.

Prayut Chan-o-cha spoke to the deputy governor by video conference from Government House yesterday.

The central province of Samut Sakhon is considered the epicentre of Thailand’s current surge of Covid-19 infections, following an outbreak at the provinces coastal fish markets last month.

The resurgence is linked to migrant workers who were smuggled into the Kingdom illegally, bypassing health checks and the mandatory quarantine requirements. The companies are always seeking cheap labour for the competitive seafood market and have long flouted Thailand’s labour laws with hundreds of cases of forced labour and slavery coming out of the sector.

Samut Sakhon’s own governor tested positive for the virus and remains under hospital care, although he’s now off the ventilator.

As the devastating economic effects of Covid-19 restrictions persist, a record number of Thai tourism operators are quitting the sector for good.

The number of tourism companies surrendering their licences peaked last month, and around 70% of outbound agents have now shut up shop indefinitely. The final nail in their collective coffins has been the latest Covid-19 resurgence, which was detected on December 20 last year in the central province of Samut Sakhon and has now spread to over 60 Thai provinces.

The president of the Thai Travel Agents Association says around 10% of outbound tour operators have returned their licences to the Tourism Department. 2,598 tourism operators have left the sector for good, unable to survive having no international tourists for nearly a year now. The last quarter of 2020 also saw the highest number of companies de-registering, at 765. Of those, 293 quit last month.

Pundits predict that domestic tourism may pick up again by April, but this depends on how effective the government is at bringing the second wave of the virus under control. The TTAA adds, that with the arrival of spring in many parts of the world in the coming months, global infections may fall, but it’s still a waiting game.

The TTAA says that in 2019, 11 million Thai tourists spent 430 billion baht on overseas trips. Last year, that plummeted to 1 million spending only 50 billion baht, and most of that was in the first couple of months of the year.

In the midst of a new wave of Covid-19 infections, the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is expected to be approved for emergency use and injections could begin next month in Thailand.

The local roll out would start with vulnerable groups who are in the 5 coastal provinces under maximum control to contain the coronavirus – Samut Sakhon, Trat, Chon Buri, Chanthaburi and Rayong.

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve the vaccine for emergency use this week. The FDA is examining documents as part of the registration process and to declare the vaccine’s efficacy and safety.

Thailand had earlier secured 26 million doses of the vaccine, which is developed by British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and the UK’s Oxford University. The Thai company Siam Bioscience is also poided to produce the AstraZeneca vaccine. Injections for the general public are projected to start in the second half of 2021.

Thailand has also secured 2 million doses of China’s Sinovac BioTech vaccine. The first batch of 200,000 doses is expected to arrive in February. 800,000 more doses will arrive in March and 1 million doses in April.

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Thai FDA files complaint against TV celebrity for false advertising

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A well-known TV host in Thailand is under fire after she made advertisements saying health supplement products could change a person’s face shape and even help people recover from Covid-19. The Thai Food and Drug Administration filed a complaint with the Consumer Protection Division against TV star Patcharasri “Kalamare” Benjamach for false advertising.

Kalamare advertised Botera “power shots.” The drinks are said to promote healthy skin as well as overall health. According to the Nation Thailand, Kalamare is seen in video clips advertising the products, claiming the drinks can “sharpen” a person’s facial features and even change the shape of the nose and eyelids. In other clips, she says the drinks can help people recover for Covid-19 and cancer, Nation Thailand reports.

The FDA say they want the celebrity to be charged with violating Thailand’s Food Act for false and deceptive advertising. The law carries a penalty of up to 3 years in prison and a fine up to 30,000 baht.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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