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Event Round-Up – December 2018

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The festive season is here and with it a slew of events from music and flower festivals to yachting events and road races.

The month starts off with the popular Phuket King’s Cup Regatta running until December 8. Held for the 32nd time, it is one of Asia’s oldest regattas and regularly attracts hundreds of sailors from around the world who compete in a number of categories, including keelboats, monohulls, multihulls, bareboats and dinghies.

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Those who just can’t get enough of sailing can then head straight to the Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous, held at Kata Rocks from December 7-9. Loved for its relaxed atmosphere, the KRSR attracts some of the largest yachts in the region with a weekend of networking, festivities and sailing.

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For a different kind of water activity, head to Phuket Wake Park on December 8-9 to watch wake boarders from all over Asia perform gravity-defying tricks over more than 10 obstacles at the Phuket Open Reload 2018.

Event Round-Up - December 2018 | News by The Thaiger

Early December will also see the tail end of the River Kwai Bridge Festival, on until 9 December in Kanchanaburi province. The festival focusses on the history of the Death Railway, the Hellfire Pass and the River Kwai Bridge with a sound and light show and a fair.

Event Round-Up - December 2018 | News by The Thaiger

The Overcoat Music Festival will take place on December 9 in Petchabun. The line-up includes Thai artists and bands such as Nont Tanont, Two Popetorn and Slot Machine.

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Further north, Chiang Mai is hosting Chiang Mai Design Week from December 8-16. A celebration of local designers, craftsmen and entrepreneurs, the festival takes place throughout the city, featuring exhibitions, large-scale installations, arts and music. If you’re in Chiang Mai during this time, this is your event!

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One of Thailand’s most popular road races takes place in Bangsaen, Chonburi province from December 13-16. Now in its fourth year, the race last year welcomed more than 13,000 runners and is set to become the first half marathon in Thailand to be awarded the IAAF Road Race Bronze Label.

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The annual Wonderfruit Festival returns to Siam Country Club outside Pattaya for a weekend of music, art, wellness, talks and workshops. More than just a music festival, Wonderfruit has created a loyal following for its holistic approach and artistic production. The food is pretty good too with a line up including Thailand’s Top Chef winner, Chef Tam Chudaree, and Bangkok heavyweights Bo.lan, Paolo Vitaletti and Jarret Wrisley from Appia and Peppina, and Garima Arora from Gaa. Up-country chefs Num Triyasenawat from Samuay & Sons and Black from Blackitch Artisan Kitchen will also be there.

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December is also the season for sunflowers in the northern part of the country to bloom, creating fields of bright yellow. The Blooming Bua Tong Festival in Mae Fah Luang, Mae Hong Son province, and the Lopburi Sunflower Blooming Festival are two great places to witness this spectacular sight.

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At the end of the month, on December 28-30, head to Buriram for the annual Buriram Volcano Festival, which celebrates the province’s six inactive volcanoes with a sound and light show and Khmer cultural performances.

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Celebrate the last day of the year by the Chao Phraya River where the riverside hotels put on a spectacular firework show at midnight. Or head to CentralWorld for the annual countdown, attended by thousands of people.

Event Round-Up - December 2018 | News by The Thaiger

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New 500 baht fine for drunk cycling

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Up to now drink-driving cyclists have not been included in the laws governing drunk drivers of other vehicles in Thailand. But with the rising popularity of cycling as a fitness trend, that’s about to change with a new 500 baht fine if bought drunk in control of a bike.

Drunk bicyclists who are currently immune to litigation because there is no law to make drunk cycling an offence. The new laws are covered in the upgraded traffic bill which passed the first reading of the National Legislative Assembly last week.

But, according to the Bill drafters, riding bicycles in public while being drunk is still regarded as a petty offence and the penalty would be just a 500 baht fine.

The same new traffic bill also seeks to empower traffic police to seize driving licenses of drivers found to be drunk behind the wheels and judged incapable of driving.

The bill will also merge the Land Transport Department and police databases to coordinate and share information on backgrounds and traffic violations records of drivers and motorcyclists.

A score system is being introduced under which law-breaking drivers will have their scores cut for every traffic violation.  Everyone will start a 12 month period with 12 points. If the scores are down to zero, the drivers will have their driving licenses suspended for up to 90 days.

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Thailand’s War Elephants aiming for an upset over China – Asian Cup

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PHOTO: Chanathip Songkrasin (First from the left) getting ready for tonight’s game with his fellow teammates

Make sure dinner is wrapped up and the kids are in bed by 9pm because it’s Asian Cup round-of-sixteen time with China lining up against Thailand.

J-League star Chanathip Songkrasin says he’s determined to spearhead Thailand to an upset over the powerful China team as the two nations face off in the Asian Cup round of 16 at 9pm today in Al Ain.

The Consadole Sapporo midfielder is ready to take up a huge challenge against the two-time finalists supervised by Italian legend Marcello Lippi, manager of the Italy’s 2006 World Cup winning team.

“This is a knockout stage. If we lose, it means we have to go home. But that’s not what we want. We still hope to continue in the tournament,” said 25 year old Chanathip who produced the winning goal for Thailand during the group A stage against Bahrain, taking them into the round of sixteen.

“We wont underestimate China. We have to stick to the game plan and stay really focussed. Chinese players are very strong and have aggressive game. They have improved dramatically. We need to rely on a good teamwork like we’ve done so far.”

The game will be broadcast live on Channel 7 and Fox Sports HD at 9pm tonight.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Thailand pledges to soften harsh refugee policies

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PHOTO: Toronto Star

Thailand’s immigration chief is pledging an upgrade of the country’s draconian treatment of refugees following the intense international media coverage of the young Saudi woman’s attempt to seek asylum.

Rahaf Mohammed became the biggest international story across the world for a week after being intercepted during a transit stopover in Bangkok, on her way to Australia, and was immediately prepared for deportation back to Saudi Arabia.

Following the 19 year old’s Twitter stream, as she barricaded herself inside her hotel room, Thai authorities were forced into damage control as the woman’s plight shed light on the harsh treatment of people arriving or transiting through the Kingdom in the hope of seeking asylum.

Her barrage of Tweets called on her rights and demanded to speak to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Thai authorities, painted into a corner, eventually acceded to her demands.

As a diplomat at the the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Bangkok was quoted at the time… “Thai authorities should have confiscated her phone, not her passport.”

Rahaf Mohammed was eventually taken in by Canadian authorities.

The high profile Chief of Immigration, Surachate Hakparn, says refugees would no longer be returned home “involuntarily” if they arrived in Thailand and claimed they were seeking asylum. He pledged that, moving forward, when it comes to asylum seekers, “Thailand will now follow international norms”.

Thailand has, in the past, refused to recognise and shelter asylum seekers and routinely deports them back to their home countries where they face potential dangers.

At this stage, Thailand is not a signatory to the UN convention on refugees.

Surachate, speaking about the case in recent days, says he was adamant that Thai authorities didn’t caved to “pressure” in Mohammed’s case.

Surachate has spearheaded a firm crackdown on illegal immigrants over the past year, resulting in women and children refugees, previously released on bail, rounded up again and put back into detention. The Immigration Chief describes the accommodation as “government shelters”, despite earlier commitments by Thai authorities to no longer detain single mothers and children.

But this week Surachate has pledged that mothers and children held in immigration detention would be given bail.

SOURCES: The Nation | The Guardian

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