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Phuket Media Watch: Will Phuketians eschew meat?; Supalai eyes Phuket

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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH

– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community

Phuket Lifestyle: Turning away from meat?
Phuket Gazette / The Nation

PHUKET: More and more meat eaters are turning their backs on steaks and even fish in favor of healthy vegetarian fare as part of their personal healthcare regime. However, many complain there are not many options when it comes to vegetarian dining.

But the editors of “Veg Haven” are confident that vegetarians will be spoiled for choice when travelling in the region. This well-researched, comprehensive guide brings together Southeast Asia’s leading vegetarian restaurants in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Macau.

It kicks off with Singapore, which has the most entries in this guide, even though Thailand, in terms of the variety of flavors, has a better range.

Basically the book features listings of vegetarian establishments that mostly offer Indian, Chinese, Western and local fare. Many are Indian because vegetarianism has deep-rooted origins in ancient India and connects with the idea of non-violence towards animals as part of the natural order.

Each entry has a two or three line description of the food and the restaurant, plus practical information about the venue and discount coupons for use in the featured countries.

Thai readers will be pleased to find that there are far more vegetarian restaurants than they knew about. The Thailand section lists outlets not just in Bangkok, but also in Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Phuket. Many entries are Indian restaurants.

Throughout the region, Indian food remains the most popular, followed by Chinese and Thai cuisine. So keep the guide handy if you are in the mood for daal and chapati, or vegetarian noodles for your next meal.

Supalai expects 14% boost in pre-sales
Phuket Gazette / The Nation

PHUKET: No stranger to Phuket with several landmark projects in the resort province, the Bangkok-based mega-developer Supalai PLC says it plans to launch 19 new residential projects to boost pre-sales to 20 billion baht this year, up from 14 per cent of its pre-sales of 17.5 billion baht last year.

The company’s CEO Prathep Tangmatithum said yesterday that six of the 19 new projects will be condominiums in Bangkok and its suburbs, with the other 13 to be low-rise residences in Bangkok, Phuket, Khon Kaen, Songkhla and Chiang Mai.

The company is aiming to boost pre-sales from the provinces from 13 per cent of total pre-sales last year to 16 per cent this year, he said.

The company has also set aside an investment budget of 4 billion baht to buy undeveloped land this year for new residential projects next year.

Currently, the company is developing 60 residential projects with a combined 30,000 units worth 100 billion baht. Of that, 22 billion has already been sold and is awaiting transfer to customers this year and next year.

Most Supalai projects to date in Phuket have been sited in Thalang.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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Woman talks about the life of a Thai “pretty” after model’s death

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Following the news of a model who died after working as a hostess at a Bangkok party, Thai media spoke with a woman, known in Thailand as a “pretty,” about what it’s like to work in the lucrative, yet shady Thai model entertainment industry where many work as hostesses at parties and events that often involve alcohol, drugs and sex work.

“Miss Cake” told the Thai news outlet Daily News that pretties are sent to parties by “modelling agencies.” The parties are even categorized depending on if drugs or sex are involved. Apparently the parties are either “En-Up,” “En-V” or just “En” for entertainment. En-Up means drugs are involved, while En-V means the pretties will offer sexual services. Other pretties work at promotional events like auto shows. Since nightclubs and other entertainment venues in Bangkok have been closed due to the pandemic, many of the parties are now held at private homes.

If a pretty is working at an En-Up party, Miss Cake says that means there will be ecstasy, known as “khanom,” the Thai word for a dessert or snack. She says good “khanom” shipped from overseas costs around 900 to 1,000 baht while the poor quality, Thai-made drugs cost 500 baht. Just about every pretty takes drugs, she says. If mixed with ketamine, Miss Cake says it can be dangerous.

Daily News spoke with Miss Cake following the death of a 33 year old Witchayaporn “Wawa” Wisetsombat who worked died in a hospital after working as a hostess at a party in Bangkok’s Chatuchak district. She had been hired by a modelling agency to serve drinks at a private party. Her younger sister told the Bangkok Post that Wawa was a product presenter and never sold sex or used narcotics. Doctors told the Post Wawa died from respiratory and blood system failure. They are still waiting for the results for a toxicology test.

The death of another model back in 2019 shed light on the abuse and danger many pretties face in the industry. 25 year old Thitima “Lunlabelle” Noraphanpiphat died from “extreme alcohol intoxication,” according to an autopsy report. Her dead body was found in the lobby of a Bangkok condominium. 6 people were found guilty for involvement in Lunlabelle’s death.

Abuse is common in the industry and many women working as pretties are often pressured into drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. The work of pretties is looked down upon in Thai society. Due to the stigma, many due not file complaints when they are abused.

SOURCE: Thai Visa

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PM Prayut postponing Covid‐19 vaccination citing paperwork issues

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Thailand’s PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is postponing his inaugural Covid‐19 vaccination citing paperwork issues with the AstraZeneca vaccine shipment. According to Khaosod English, the vaccine shipment was sent to Thailand last Wednesday from South Korea, but was missing the additional required paperwork.

Prayut was supposed to receive the vaccine tomorrow, but the highly‐publicised event will not be happening. According to Khaosod English, an official at the Secretariat of the Prime Minister has also confirmed the news of the postponement without citing a reason.

Although the Sinovac vaccine is also being administered in Thailand, healthcare officials say Prayut is too old to receive it as its age limit is 60. Prayut is 66 years old, which is well over the oldest age that can receive the vaccine.

The Sinovac vaccine drive is set to commence on Monday, 2 weeks behind schedule. Those frontline health workers, hospitality workers and vulnerable groups will receive the vaccines first.

Meanwhile, Phuket is waiting for the green lightto start administering vaccines and has already held a vaccine administration rehearsal overseen by Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong along with other health officials.

Pichet says the first vaccine round of 4,000 doses should arrive early in March, with the 2nd and 3rd set of doses, 16,000 and 48,000 respectively, to arrive in April and May.

The government pandemic center reported 72 new confirmed infections on Friday, after first only reporting 45 new cases. 37 of those cases were locally-transmitted, and one 6 year old Thai girl returning from the UK was found to have tested positive for the virus. Samut Sakhon, again, reported over half of the new cases yesterday, as it remains the epicentre of Thailand’s second wave of the coronavirus outbreak.

The total virus tally in Thailand sits at 25,764, with 83 fatalities. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has not yet announced the amount of new cases for today.

There is no word yet on when PM Prayut will be rescheduled to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

SOURCE: Khaosod English

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Thailand News Today | Week In Review | February 26

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Thailand News Today usually covers five days of the news week. This week only four days as today (Friday) is a public holiday. Now we have a weekend edition which goes over the biggest, or best stories, from the past week. Out every Saturday afternoon, catch up with Jett and Tim’s major Thai news stories. Welcome to the Thailand News Today Week in Review. Tim and Jett give you a quick recap of the main news stories.

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