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Four dead, 47 injured in Ayutthaya crash; Four dead as train hits car in South

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Four dead, 47 injured in Ayutthaya crash; Four dead as train hits car in South
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PHUKET: The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) yesterday confirmed that it would take care of officials who were injured in a road accident yesterday in Ayutthaya’s Bang Pahan district.

The crash of a chartered bus, carrying dozens of BMA Budget Office members of staff, and a pickup truck on Highway 347 resulted in four deaths and 47 injuries. The bus was the last one in a three-bus BMA caravan on a trip to a seminar in Chiang Mai province.

Witnesses told police that the truck cut in front of the bus to make a left turn, resulting in the bus crashing into the truck’s rear.

Bus driver Somkiat Satri, 46; BMA policy analyst Theerasak Khotpong, 29; pickup driver Boonleu Saengparpai, 60; and truck passenger Khachachan Thareesit were killed in the tragedy.

Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra visited the injured at Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya Hospital, saying they would be provided with full financial support and later moved to a BMA hospital.

In related news, a Bangkok-Trang train yesterday morning rammed into a Honda sedan at a railway crossing in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Thung Song district, resulting in an explosion and fire, and killing all four people inside the car.

Police said the three men and one woman in the car had been heading from Songkhla to attend a funeral in Krabi province, but the driver was not familiar with the route and the railway crossing had no barrier.

The crash and subsequent clearing caused the railway line to be closed for two hours.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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Thai Vietjet introduce new “Deluxe” product for domestic routes in Thailand

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Thai Vietjet, which currently operates 13 domestic routes within Thailand, is launching a new “Deluxe” product, starting from 999 baht. The “Deluxe” tickets will include 7 kilos of carry-on and 20 kilos of checked luggage, as well as seat selection and priority check-in. Date, route and flight changes are also permitted one time, free of charge.

Deluxe fares are available for travel between October 6 and December 31, excluding public holidays, on all domestic routes operated by the carrier. The 999 price tag does not include taxes and fees. Thai Vietjet is adding a number of new routes to its current network, including Chiang Rai to Hat Yai from November 1, and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Hat Yai, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ubon Ratchathani, and Surat Thani from November 4.

The airline’s full network of domestic routes can be viewed at www.vietjetair.com. It also operates a number of international routes between Thailand and Vietnam and between Thailand and China.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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Rumours of a new visa amnesty, up to October 31

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Thai Immigration offices have been flooded with foreigners trying to find a last minute solution to stay in the country and figure their situation out before the end of the visa amnesty… September 26, last Saturday. The end of the amnesty, allowing visitors with lapsed visas to remain in the country, put many in a difficult situation, especially after a warning from the government the people could face fines and jail time for overstaying. But foreigners could have 1 more month to figure it out.

The news will come as a massive annoyance to those who went through the hoops last week to meet the deadline, although many thousands simply failed to get an appointment or satisfy the extension requirements, or simply had no flights to leave the country. In other cases, some embassies either refused to provide a letter supporting their extension or were slow in doing so. Many thousands, granted an extension, found themselves with a 14 day conditional extension, pending checks from Immigration.

Now there’s an “unofficial” letter, on official Thai government letterhead, floating around claiming that the visa amnesty will be extended until October 31. It’s said the letter is waiting to be signed by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha which would then be published in the Royal Gazette. The letter title translates loosely as “extension for foreigners staying in Thailand”.

The government estimated around 150,000 foreigners were living in the country on amnesty. With hundreds seeking an extension, immigration offices have been booked with appointments and packed with foreigners. On Friday, the Chaeng Wattana immigration office in Bangkok was so packed with foreigners, that many of them had to sit on the floor with long queues. There were also many disappointed and confused foreigners leaving immigration offices, being told they didn’t have all the required documentation.

The Thai Chamber of Commerce Chairperson Kali Sarasin told the Bangkok Herald that the government’s “uncompromising” stance toward foreigners in the makes no sense, especially since the coronavirus is still spreading, and flights back to their home country are still hard to book. Flights that are available are still very expensive.

Some foreigners are still scrambling to get a letter from their embassy and apply for a 30 day extension, and some are applying for expensive education visas and classes just to stay in Thailand for a long period (a common solution by visa agents). Others may have a job and just need to transfer their visa, but the immigration has yet to come up with a way for foreigners to basically restart their visa without leaving the country.

While foreigners staying in Thailand have been jumping through hoops to keep living in the country, the government has been crafting plans to get a new batch of foreigners in. The CCSA will today approve a new long stay tourist visa for those entering the country. The Special Tourist Visa is good for 90 days and can be renewed twice, adding up to around 9 months. But the visa still requires extensive paperwork as well as a 14 day quarantine in a government-approved hotel.

Plans to open doors to foreign tourists is aimed at boosting the tourism dependant economy, but the current solutions will provide a small handful of new tourists, a few percent of the previous arrivals. The industry was crippled by the halt of international travel and some tourism businesses that marketed specifically to foreign tourists say they can’t make a profit until Thailand re-opens the doors to foreign tourists.

SOURCES: Facebook: Richard Barrow in Thailand

IMPORTANT: According to this unsigned document from the Ministry of Interior, Immigration is expected to extend the visa…

Posted by Richard Barrow in Thailand on Sunday, September 27, 2020

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Top 10 ways to avoid getting Dengue Fever

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There is no specific medicine to treat dengue infection. About 1 in 4 people infected will get sick, some very sick. A severe case of dengue can be life-threatening within a few hours and will probably require hospitalisation. The most common symptoms of dengue include nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle aches and joint pains. Symptoms of dengue typically last 2 – 7 days. Most people recover in about a week.

A lot of Thailand is jungle. And the weather is very humid. Mosquitoes thrive in both situations. You’re in their domain and they’re not going anywhere just because you want to live here or are on your vacation. The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the carrier of Dengue Fever which is very prevalent in South East Asian countries.

Your best way to avoid Dengue Fever is to avoid the carrier mosquitos which bite you. Here are a few tried and proven methods.

1. Mosquitoes love the ground

Most mosquitoes ‘hang around’ close to the ground so your feet and legs dangling under the table are an easy target and out of sight. You won’t hear them buzzing under there over the clinking of glasses and the tuk tuks whizzing by. If you’re heading out to dinner take some repellent for your legs, the lower on the legs, the more likely you are to be bitten there. Most restaurants and bars will have some spray – just ask them.

It’s the places we love and appreciate about Thailand, sitting amongst the tropical jungles, that are also the most dangerous when it comes to contracting dengue. And just because you’re staying on a 10th floor condo and think you’re high above the scourge of the mosquitoes, you’re not safe and plenty of mosquitoes will find their way to find you.

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2. Sunrise and sunset

We love the sunsets in Thailand. And for the morning people, sunrises. So do Aedes aegypti, the type of mosquitoes that carry Dengue. So these times of the day you need extra precautions against mosquitoes. They will be around. If you are at an outdoor venue at the time make sure the fans are circulating the air under the tables and you have a quick spray of repellent – every venue will have some available.

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3. They love your perfume

If you smell nice – a hint of perfume or after-shave here or there – the mosquitoes will be attracted too. Probably not your intended target. That scented soap the hotel provided (in the impossible-to-open plastic wrap) is likely a sweet smell for the relentless mosquito’s tracking system.

When they’re not biting you they’re usually attracted to flowers. Bland is better if you want to avoid mosquitoes. Buy unscented deodorant too. Try chocolates, flowers and an expensive restaurant to lure your partner instead.

Top 10 ways to avoid getting Dengue Fever | News by The Thaiger

4. Biege is back

Beige is back. Mosquitoes are fashion victims and seem attracted to bright coloured clothing. Bland coloured clothes are less attractive to mosquitoes. There may be a reason the tropical safari suit (and 70s fashion item) is beige.

(By the way, only Roger Moore as James Bond looks cool in a safari suit. YOU probably won’t look cool but it may help you avoid being bitten.)

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5. Re-apply repellants

Whatever you apply on your skin to deter mosquitoes, you’ll need to re-apply every few hours. Just a quick squirt isn’t going to work all night. If you’re outside you WILL be perspiring and this both washes away the repellent and provides a new attractive scent for the mosquitoes.

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6. They like it dirty!

If you’ve been out all day, trekking the hills, pounding the city pavements, swimming in the sea, lounging on the beach… Yum, you’ll be sweaty, salty and ripe for the mosquitoes. They like it dirty!

Have a shower, without using scented soap or lotions, before you head out for your sunset drinks at your favourite rooftop bar.

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7. Check the mosquito coil is working

Mosquito coils work very well as a general deterrent but you’ll need to be vigilant that the coil’s fumes are blowing in your direction. Set them on the ground, where most of the mosquitoes tend to gather, around your legs and feet. Check them regularly to make sure they haven’t stopped burning.

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8. Blinded by the light

Mosquitoes are attracted to light so if the lights are off outside and on inside, the mosquitoes will be headed towards the light. Not only mosquitoes, just about any bug is going to be attracted to light. If you want to get the bugs outside again, turn on a light outside and the lights off inside and open the doors. They’ll head out towards the light.

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9. Spray your room before you go the bed

Mosquitoes will track you down, wherever you are. No matter if you’re in a five-star hotel over-looking the Andaman Sea or a back-packers in the hills of Chiang Mai, they don’t discriminate. If there’s a hole in your room’s defences, mosquitoes will find a way in. Windows and doors, obviously, but also vents – anywhere there’s access to the outside.

Best to spray your room before you sleep and keep the doors and windows closed, unless you’ve got fly-screens without any rips or tears. Many of us don’t like sleeping with the air-conditioning but better a dry throat in the morning rather than a case of dengue.

Top 10 ways to avoid getting Dengue Fever | News by The Thaiger

10. Nets and fans

A mosquito net above your bed is a cage that keeps you in and the mosquitoes out. Make sure there’s no way in for them – they’ll find a way if there is. A good fan will also work very well but it’s got to be blowing hard enough so the mosquitoes can’t make a three-point landing on your body.

A gentle zephyr on #1 setting won’t do. If you get the position of the fan right and have the setting high enough you’ll stay cool and the mosquitoes will not be able to land on you and bite.

Top 10 ways to avoid getting Dengue Fever | News by The Thaiger

Bottomline

South East Asia has been declared the region with the greatest risk of contracting dengue by the World Health Organisation. Instances of Dengue are on the rise but you are well able to control most of the risk factors.

The Aedes Aegypti is also known as the tiger mosquito with the distinctive black and white stripes. They most frequently bite at sunrise and sunset but this species also bites during the day. But you’re only at risk if the actual mosquito is carrying the Dengue virus.

Conservatively, at least 50 million people contract Dengue each year and Dengue is thought to cause around 20,000 deaths per year around the world. The fever can take around a week to incubate after you’ve been bitten. You might start with a measle-like rash followed by a fever and lack of energy. Victims describe it as flu-like symptoms but many react quite differently depending on the strain of the virus. Some people even get excoriating muscle and joint pain.

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