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The Pattaya to Hua Hin bridge. Government discusses 900 billion baht investment.

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The government is looking into a so-called “Thai Bridge” that would connect Pattaya to Hua Hin, an estimated 900 billion baht investment. The project would be part of the Eastern Economic Corridor development plan aimed at improving the transportation and infrastructure in Thailand.

The 900 billion baht investment is expected to take 10 years to financially implement, according to chairperson of the government’s committee for the Mobilisation of Economic Management Measures, Pailin Chuchottaworn. The Centre for Economic Situation Administration has approved the investment project to move forward with a pre-feasibility study by the EEC’s policy committee.

“We have to admit that 900 billion baht is a huge amount of money, but it is reasonable when considering its final results. It is also cheaper than some other mega projects that are currently being accelerated. We also planned to hire local Thai people and buy local materials for the construction to reduce the cost as well.”

The bridge would join other mega-projects by the EEC like a high speed rail that will link the major airports in Bangkok… Don Mueang Airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport and U-Tapao Airport (south of Pattaya). The train is expected to travel at 250 kilometres per hour. Another project is the renovation and extension of the U-Tapao International Airport. The EEC says the project will bring in 60 million passengers a year and is expected to be in operation by 2024.

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The 80 to 100 kilometre bridge will most likely connect Pattaya to Hua Hin (likely to be just south of Pattaya in Sattahip), but also connect many provinces in the South. The bridge would likely increase tourism in Hua Hin. Pattaya draws in a larger crowd than Hua Hin with 10 times more tourists than the southern district, Pailin says.

The bridge will also need to allow shipping to traverse the Gulf of Thailand to Laem Chabang in Chon Buri.

“In truth, the tourists want to travel to both cities but they choose Pattaya first partly because Chon Buri has more attractions and more convenient transportation options. Many projects are also being built in Chonburi and the EEC in the coming future, such as a three-airport monorail and a city monorail which will potentially attract more travelers to the area, while none of the projects in the other tourist cities in the Gulf of Thailand were discussed.”

SOURCES: Pattaya News | EEC

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    Toby Andrews

    October 12, 2020 at 10:42 am

    If they cure the flooding problem in Pattaya, I believe they could build this bridge. lol
    Otherwise they will have to allow the dirty ferangs in to build the bridge for them
    With foreign aid . . .

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    Peter

    October 12, 2020 at 10:55 am

    Surely this is a joke, how on earth could it ever recover the cost? Then there’s “built by Thais with Thai materials” remark, again surely this is another attempt at humour, I have only 3 words to say regarding this: Pattaya, Beach, Road.

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    RR

    October 12, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    They canot be serious. It is a pointless bridge, a waste of money, a joke. Give the money to people

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    Diego

    October 12, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    They took 4+ years to complete the Phuket underpasses, so yeah, this is totally doable

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    Thomas

    October 12, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Even if this will ever happen, how does this go in line with “no more mass tourism”?
    It is just Monday and more ridiculous ideas are already popping up, love it.

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    Issan John

    October 12, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    Isn’t this 171 days early?

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    MR Paul McHugo

    October 12, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Sixty miles dosnt sound feasible to me and rand earthquakes cause ongoing problems too!

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    Andy

    October 12, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Goverments throughout the world must be so envious seeing all the the big think tanks in one country
    Submarines, fast trains,bridges,canals.and all of this on no income and 20 baht in the bank

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    Jeff

    October 12, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Building the bridge NORTH of Pattaya would better serve citizens.

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      Issan John

      October 16, 2020 at 12:39 am

      Go much further north of Pattaya and you’re in Bangkok, and there’s a road that goes straight there.

      I just can’t believe this is serious …..

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    Mike

    October 12, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    They should definitely build this bridge. No more having to decide which town to go to. I could go to both places on the same holiday. Yay for me!

    Couldn’t the Thais just get the Chinese to build it for them? it would be up in no time. Of course the Thais would be forever beholden to the Chinese, but who isn’t?

    Great idea.

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    Suchart

    October 13, 2020 at 2:48 am

    A bridge to Hua Hin ? WHat are they smoking ? Why not build a Tower to the Moon ?

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    Danny Bigspuds

    October 15, 2020 at 9:17 am

    A decent car/passenger ferry system would probably be cheaper/more rewarding. Or how about training the Hua Hin Jellies to do the job? 🙂

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    Issan John

    October 16, 2020 at 12:33 am

    “Another project is the renovation and extension of the U-Tapao International Airport. The EEC says the project will bring in 60 million passengers a year and is expected to be in operation by 2024.”

    I only just noticed this gem.

    Suvarnabhumi handled 64 million passengers last year – and U-Tapao’s going to handle the same number???

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    Joe

    October 16, 2020 at 9:39 am

    From now on when an official needs some extra spending money they will be doing feasibility studies which cost lots of millions, this project like some many others ie bridge to koh samui, canal across Thailand etc will never happen, just feasibility studies when it’s convenient.

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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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Officials to choose “low risk” countries for possible reduction in quarantine

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The Thai government is to compile a list of countries considered “low risk” for the Covid-19 virus, as it considers a reduction in the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for foreign arrivals. Nation Thailand reports that, once finalised, the Public Health Ministry will submit its list to the Interior Ministry, who will use it to decide the criteria for reduced quarantine.

Danucha Pichayanan, from the National Economic and Social Development Council, says there must be clear criteria for the admission of foreign visitors to the Kingdom. Currently, all those arriving must carry out 14 days’ quarantine, regardless of the Covid-19 situation in their country of origin.

It’s understood the government’s Centre for Economic Situation Administration is considering a proposal from the private sector to ease up on some entry restrictions for foreign investors and businesspeople, including a reduction in the quarantine period.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Approval sought for multi-billion-baht Phuket medical hub

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Industry officials are seeking the go-ahead for a project to transform over 140 rai of government land in Phuket into a world-leading medical hub. The project is budgeted at 3 – 4 billion baht, depending on which report you read. Kitkong Tantijaraswarodom, from the Federation of Thai Industries, believes the development of a medical and wellness hub in the sub-district of Mai Khao, north Phuket, will help revive the southern island’s battered economy. Phuket has become increasingly reliant on a steady flow of tourists over the past 2 decades.

The southern division of the FTI covers Phuket, Krabi, Phang Nga, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang, Patthalung, Surat Thani, Ranong, Satun, Chumphon, and Songkhla.

“The FTI will ask the government to green-light the project during the scheduled mobile cabinet meeting on the island on November 3.”

Kitkong says businesspeople in the south are anxious for the government to approve the project, which will provide both locals and foreign medical tourists with state-of-the-art medical care. The facility is expected to include long-term care, hospice and rehabilitation services, in addition to a dental hospital, sports therapy centre, and a medical training school for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and medical laboratory scientists.

The chair of the FTI’s southern chapter is also calling on officials to provide small and medium-sized businesses with additional support, in the form of access to loans, in order to deal with cash shortages.

“In the short term, the FTI wants the government to help SMEs, especially those in the tourism sector.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Permanent residency, changes to quarantine period – Government mulls strategies to revive economy

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“The government is considering offering permanent residency to those buying condos in the Kingdom.”

Energy minister and deputy PM Supattanapong Punmeechaow has outlined a number of strategies the government hopes will help the Thai economy recover from the Covid-19 fallout. Permanent residency for some condo purchases, changes to the mandatory quarantine and incentives for foreign investment are all under discussion.

The Eastern Economic Corridor, the special economic zone covering the eastern provinces of Rayong, Chon Buri and Chachoengsao, continues to eye foreign investors with a number of large infrastructure projects in the pipeline.

One of those is a high-speed rail link between the 3 closest airports to Bangkok – U-Tapao, Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports. Also in the works is a 290 billion baht project to develop U-Tapao Airport, with plans for a new, third terminal, and an aviation training centre, among other facilities. Last year Airbus pulled out of a multi billion baht joint project with Thai Airways to develop a maintenance hub for the region.

Supattanapong adds that the Board of Investment is considering a range of incentives to encourage foreign investors to purchase property in Thailand. The government is considering offering permanent residency to those buying condos in the Kingdom, provided they don’t mortgage, transfer, or sell the units within 5 years of purchase.

In relation to foreign arrivals, he says the government will clarify its plans on any further re-opening to tourists and investors, in addition to any potential reduction in quarantine. He adds that if the current 14 day quarantine period is to be reduced, this would only apply to those coming from countries considered “low risk” for Covid-19. It’s understood the Public Health Ministry is working on categorising countries into low, medium, and high risk, in order to determine the new mandatory quarantine period for international arrivals.

Officials are also considering how foreigners can be encouraged to up their spending from the current average of 50,000 baht per person to 100,000 baht. Since the closure of Thailand’s borders due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the country’s tourism sector, once welcoming around 40 million visitors a year and generating 3 trillion baht in revenue, has been decimated.

Meanwhile, the government continues to target domestic tourists and residents through a number of stimulus measures, including a recently announced co-payment scheme aimed at boosting spending.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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