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Pattaya prepares for around 2,000 US soldiers to visit for Cobra Gold

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Despite Thailand’s record high Covid-19 count, around 1,000 to 2,000 United States soldiers are still expected to travel to Thailand in August for the annual Cobra Gold multinational military exercise, which is co-sponsored by the US. Thai soldiers teach American and other foreign soldiers jungle survival skills, from identifying edible plants to decapitating snakes, drinking the blood, and then cooking up the bodies to eat.

During the Cobra Gold exercise, US troops will be visiting Pattaya for rest and recreation. US forces representatives based in Thailand met with Pattaya officials to discuss the preparations for the event as well as Covid-19 prevention measures and security, particularly at the Bali Hai boat landing in south Pattaya.

Local health officials will work to vaccinate 70% of the population in Bang Lamung district and Pattaya City by June. Foreign soldiers will need to have both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine before arriving in Thailand.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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  1. Avatar

    Dean Millard

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    Of course they will be all vaccinated, had there 2 jabs etc

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    Fred Johnson

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    Making good job for the ladys!!

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    Boris B

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    They’ll be an influx of ladies coming back to Pattaya in August then. Oh the days when I was in the army we never went for a recreational break to Pattaya..

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    toby andrews

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Forget it US soldier will never fill the paperwork out in time.
    And August? There is bound to be some covid case there that will quarantine the whole of Chonburi.
    I was in Pattaya once when a US carrier group came in.
    The Thais had doubled the price of ferry boats from the ships to the shore.
    The US carrier group up anchored and went along the coast, where they had reasonable ferries and buses to and from Pattaya.
    That wiped the famous Thai smiles off their stupid Thai faces.

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    Buttaxe

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    US message to the world: sanctions, weapons and war. China message to the world: loans, infrastructure and trade.

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    chupapi

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    “US troops will be visiting Pattaya for rest and recreation” sounds a revival of Vietnam War years.

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    Sanuk

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    At least working girls will get some business lol

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    nick

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    3rd wave of covid throughout the world and Cobra Gold is still on?????
    Hey, lets spread a little more of it around Asia 🙁

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    Joe Nyomozo

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Well another place not to visit for awhile! This vet needs a criminal background check for a 90 day visa! I suspect our active duty guys don’t, LOL!

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    Mr cynic

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Think Uncle Sam’s employees have been officially banned from fraternising with ladies of the night for a few years now due to pc reasons.might not be quite the nice little earner for the maiden’s of pattaya as it used to be.

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    LondonAl

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 4:30 am

    If they’re allowed into Pattaya without quarantine why can’t anybody else who has been fully vaccinated do the same?

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    labengin

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 4:34 am

    From that photo it looks like grandads army

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    funny coz its true

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 6:42 am

    Failed in Vietnam war, needs to eat snakes in the jungle to feel like bug tough men. America

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    Simon Small

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8:59 am

    ” If they’re allowed into Pattaya without quarantine why can’t anybody else who has been fully vaccinated do the same?”

    It’s very, VERY unlikely they will be, or will be allowed in at all.

    Even the recce group earlier had to stick to the normal rules and weren’t granted an exemption.

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    JC

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8:59 am

    How is this a good idea from either country’s perspective? Wonder if the President knows where his troups will be speding ‘down time’ with people whom are amid a 3rd wave of covid and where majority are unvaccinated?

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    Simon Small

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 9:05 am

    “I was in Pattaya once when a US carrier group came in.”

    No you weren’t, @toby andrews.

    The last time, 2012, they docked at Laem Chabang where they can dock in the port as the carrier groups always have, not offshore.

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    Stardust

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 10:54 am

    @Buttaxe – oh the wumao cccp 50 cents are wake to spread the Bejing politburo Propaganda. Oh the PLA bringing only flowers to Taiwan, Hong Kong abd south china sea. Oh and I forget the Chinese concentration camps are to make some nice holidays there. But not only the US have you foolish criminals on the radar, Europe and the world too. And by the way if you attack an Nato member the whole Nato too. There will be thin air and in any aggression from China they (ccp China) will loose this war and there is no chance against Nato military capacities and their alliances for China!

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    dave

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    These guys will have all their shots. Now what a nice gesture it would be to also bring 30 million pfizer jabs with them.

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    @Simon Small – shut you stupid mouth Isaan John. I have been going to Pattaya since 1988.
    Your post is exactly the reason you left this forum and came back under a different name.
    The abuse you generated against your posts became too horrendous for you, but deserved
    Any chance you have you dispute a members’ post to show the world what a big expert you are on Thailand.
    The carrier group I refer to did not dock in Laen Chabang. They docked in the bay of Pattaya.
    The carrier groups have NOT always docked at Luam Chabang, They did docked offshore.
    There are comments on them docking offshore in Thai Visa.
    I am not going to tell you where. I want you to spend hours trying to prove me wrong.
    You will not. Moron.

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    Singharacha

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 12:55 am

    @Buttaxe
    Other US messages, at least since 2457 (1914) : false flags, atrocity propaganda, fanatical desire for hegemony, lies and warmongering.

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    Singharacha

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 12:56 am

    @Buttaxe –
    Other US messages, at least since 2457 (1914) : false flags, atrocity propaganda, fanatical desire for hegemony, lies and warmongering.

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    Paul

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 3:01 am

    @LondonAl – The Armies are not useless eaters as yet. They are needed by the Elite, also Military do not use the vax as know already what is going on. A psyops so people cry for the jab and if do not take the jab will be persecuted. That is is genocidal tyranny works

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    Simon Small

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 4:32 am

    “Simon Small – shut you stupid mouth ….. Moron.”

    Wow. That must have touched a nerve.

    US carrier groups have never “docked in the bay of Pattaya” to unload sailors for R & R via local “ferry boats”.

    It’s not only never been reported but it’s not possible for very obvious security, practical and safety reasons.

    A carrier group has 10,000 plus sailors so that would mean 2 – 3,000 plus climbing down rope ladders / nets every day from carrier / ships to local “ferry boats” then climbing back up rope ladders / nets, possibly (?) inebriated, from “ferry boat” to carrier / ships on return.

    It would never be allowed on safety grounds alone as a moment’s rational thought would have made clear.

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    toby andrews

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    Not allowed for safety reason? This is the US Navy you refer to. They are used to not being safe!
    Anyway, I did go on board the Carrier Nimitz. I did drive round a carrier on a jet ski, and they were offshore. An armed US Marine waved me away because I was coming too close.
    There is no profit in debating with an idiot. You never consulted Thai visa did you? You do not want to be proved wrong. Go and deny others posts with your invented reasons.

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    Big Dan T

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    USA…USA…USA!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    7.62mm of darwin

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 10:24 am

    2000 US troops. I wish you luck but dont think it will happen, they will R and R in PI good anchorage an old US colony and english language. Another pipe dream.

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