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Thailand News Today | 2-tier pricing uproar, Ministry to pay 11.8 B baht compensation | April 22

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Expats and other foreign travellers living in Thailand are up in arms after Phuket officials confirmed that foreigners arriving on the island would have to pay for a rapid Covid-19 test that is free for Thais. The testing requirement is part of the latest restrictions now in force to combat the spread of the virus on the island. However, it is not the cost of the test – 500 baht – that has angered so many expats, but the fact that officials see nothing wrong with charging people based on their nationality. Yes, it’s just the latest example of a 2-tier policy.

Thailand’s deputy transport minister and his wife are being investigated after a debt of 10 billion baht was somehow written off. The National Anti-Corruption Commission is reviewing documents related to the debt.

The Thai Supreme Administrative Court has rejected a petition lodged by the Transport Ministry asking for an injunction against the court order for the state department to pay 11.8 billion baht in compensation to the private contractor for cancelling the Hopewell elevated train project.

Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has said thanks but no thanks to an offer from former PM Thaksin Shinawatra to help Thailand secure COVID vaccines from Russia.

The popular petition website,, is once again available to activists in Thailand, after being blocked last October. A statement on the site’s social media account confirms that it’s back up and running in the Kingdom.

One of the biggest hydro-solar hybrid floating electricity projects in the world is nearing completion at Sirindhorn dam in Ubon Ratchathani. This installation will move Thailand away from its often criticised fossil fuel dependence by increasing renewable energy production in the country. 7 solar farms have been built over 300 acres using 144,417 solar panels. The platforms are expected to produce 45 megawatts of electricity.

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    David DURBIN

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    500 baht for Thai people is a day’s wage for a Farang it’s lose change.

    Give the poor Thai’s à break and everytime you eat tip 500 baht and not 20 baht you will feel better for it.

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    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    What’s wrong with a two-tier pricing system? Do foreigners pay all the taxes the same way that Thais pay theirs (income taxes, property taxes, inheritance taxes, all sorts of indirect taxes etc.)? Higher prices for foreigners also reflect differences between Thailand and the developed countries in their purchasing powers. When Thais visit countries in the West, they are often not covered by the social security systems of the host countries. So why the surprise here?

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    Roger Bruce

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 4:20 am

    To Reject the Russian Vaccine in Favour of Chinese is in the interest of the people

    WHAT did I just write … OMG … since when has this PM ever been interested in the people


    Good Luck Thailand

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    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 7:58 am

    how petty for people to complain. i think if you don’t like the two tier payment they should just leave thailand. like the above comment . 500b is a lot of money to a thai citizen and is nothing for a farang. please leave and quit whining.

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    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 8:10 am

    The National Anti-Corruption Commission is reviewing documents related to the debt.

    yeah,after all the reveiwing & thorough investigation, the department & wife will be shifted to a new location

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    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    I sometimes scratch my head and screem to myself when I walk pass a bar and there you sèe the Farangs buying lady drinks with a happy smile on there faces at well over the top prices ,and then you hear them say no I don’t go there they are to expensive I can get a breakfast for 40TB, Whingers will complain just no matter what. If it was free they would say NO it don’t work.?

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    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    @toby andrews – I think this inappropriate comment should be taken off. It’ls clear Mr. Toby Andrews is not open to a different point of view. He wants a one-tier system for all, a one-size-fits-all system that is more suited to a communist state. Citizenship brings privileges not afforded to non-citizens – that much is clear. Thailand provides a pathway to citizenship under the 1992 Nationality Act, which allows foreigners to become naturalized as Thai citizens. Why not work on this path instead of complaining?

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