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July Songkran plans pushed back to later in the year

People won’t be throwing or spraying water on each other next month. Celebrations for Thai New Year – Songkran – were rumoured to be moved from April to July, but it now looks like it’s going to be pushed back later this year.

The annual celebrations could even be separated to be on non-consecutive days, according to a source in the Government.

Many businesses and schools are still just opening back up and adjusting to “new normal” regulations. PM Prayuth Chan-o-cha said a long holiday would not be good for government agencies that need to remain at work at this time. He said the holiday might be rescheduled later in the year.

Chon Buri coffee shop in a converted aircraft ordered to close temporarily

A coffee shop set up in a decommissioned Airbus 330 has been ordered to close temporarily after the business simply became too popular after going viral on social media.

It’s understood thousands of customers a day were arriving for a latte or cappuccino from “Coffee War” in Sattahip, in the south of Chon Buri province.

Apparantly the aircraft cost 10 million baht and was converted into a quirky cafe selling coffee for between 60 and 80 baht a cup. But health officials have asked the coffee shop to close for a week, in an attempt to alleviate the daily overcrowding and dissipate the enthusiasm. The aircraft was formerly part of the Thai Airways fleet. There might be some more unused aircraft available soon…

Deputy PM to become leader of ruling Palang Pracharat party

In a widely anticipated move, 74 year old Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan, dubbed Thailand’s “Rolex General,” has accepted the invitation to become the new leader of Thailand’s ruling Palang Pracharat party.

The move is seen as a way of strengthening unity within the fractious main coalition party, and to provide unity for the government as it struggles to stay in power beyond this election cycle.

His acceptance of the top job comes just weeks after he told media he was “not ready” to take up the job.

The diminutive general and staunch Prayut ally, has been embroiled in a number of controversies and misunderstandings but has remained a deputy PM throughout the time of the NCPO and then its transition into a new government following last year’s general elections.

Thai historians aghast as faux-marble floor tiles used to renovate 300 year old temple

On hearing that an historic Buddhist temple is undergoing renovation, you wouldn’t expect cheap floor tiles from the local hardware store to be used… But academics and netizens are, not surprisingly, up in arms after a restoration project in Samut Prakan, just south of Bangkok.

The 300 year old temple was refitted with cheap faux-marble floor tiles and a new aluminium roof.

Such is the damage, Buddhist academics claims the temple has been stripped of its architectural and historical importance. The floors and walls have been covered in white and faux marble-patterned tiles, the carved wooden gable pulled apart, and an aluminium roof fitted.

“The aluminium roof and mosaics bought from the market give this the same aesthetic as a food court.”

88th anniversary of Thailand’s constitutional monarchy commemorated

Today marks the 88th anniversary of Thailand’s transition from absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy. Activists from several groups are staging peaceful gatherings across the country to mark the anniversary of the 1932 Siam Revolution.

30-40 demonstrators gathered at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument and played a video reenactment of the speech made by People’s Party leaders after they toppled the government of Rama 8 and established Thailand’s first government under a constitutional monarchy. Activists at today’s protest demanded amendments to the current constitution, written by the junta that preceded the current coalition government.

Krabi paraglider crashes into 6 year old

A motorised paraglider has crashed into a 6 year old child on a Krabi beach. The child was rushed to the hospital and the flyer took care of the medical expenses.

Now, the flyer could face charges from local National Park officials. There were two other flyers in the air at the time.

The pilot somehow managed to kick the child in the head as he was trying to land. The parents rushed to his help and the pilot also helped as they took him to hospital.

Paragliding is illegal on the park’s Klong Muang Beach.

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    Kevin

    June 25, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Cancel Songkran forever. I won’t complain. It has got totally out of control.

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    Toby Andrews

    June 26, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Songran drives out more tourists than it attracts. I l away make sure I am out of the country.
    However, it is staged for the Thais really.

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State quarantine for Thais entering Singapore, while harder hit nations get a pass

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Singapore’s government will continue to require that all Thai arrivals to the city-state undergo a 14 day mandatory state quarantine before being allowed to enter the country and mingle with the general population.

Singapore, which has 45,298 total cases, says that Thais must serve their “Stay Home Notice” at dedicated government quarantine facilities. Arrivals from China, which has seen a total of 83,581 cases, Germany, with 198,765 cases, and Japan with 20,174, among other countries, will only need to be tested upon arrival and do not have to carry out their quarantine in government facilities. There has been no official explanation for the unfounded snub of people from Thailand.

Thailand was not included on a list of exempted countries, despite having only 3,197 cases out of a population greater than that of the UK.

Only days ago, the UK, with the eighth highest number of infections in the world, gave a similar snub to Thailand, actually including, then later removing, it from its “green light list,” despite the kingdom’s remarkable success in containing the virus, recovery rate of over 95% and no local infections for 44 consecutive days.

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US delegation arrives, submits to Covid-19 screening

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The chief of staff of the US army, General James C. McConville, arrived in Thailand today with an entourage for a 2 day trip, at the invitation of the Royal Thai Army. He has also granted permission for the publication of the results of his Covid-19 swab test. McConville and his entourage landed at Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport at 10:15am after completing an official visit to Singapore. The entire delegation had to undergo Covid-19 tests immediately upon arrival.

Army chief Apirat Kongsompong was on hand to welcome his guests as well as provide information on the preventive measures Thailand has taken, leading to its success in containing the spread of the virus, an extremely low mortality rate and a recovery rate of over 95%. The US delegation is the first group of government guests to arrive since the fifth phase of the easing of lockdown measures was announced.

The guests, as well as Thai Army officials, are required to strictly follow measures set out by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, including ensuring seats in all vehicles are partitioned, cleaned and sanitised as per guidelines.

The vehicles must also carry alcohol based sanitising gel and pads, waste bins for disposal, radio for communication with drivers and disinfectant spray for the driver to use to sanitise the vehicle.

The Thai Army chief says that if this system proves successfully, the government will use it for future official visits.

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Facebook group names and shames “farang prices”

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In days gone by, a foreigner visiting a national park or tourist site could often expect to be charged several times the price charged to a local. Now, thanks to a Facebook community naming and shaming venues that apply “farang prices” to foreign visitors, those days are, well, numbered. Members of the 2PriceThailand Facebook group are warning each other about price gouging for foreigners regardless of their residence status, a practice openly endorsed by state and private businesses alike, despite calls of outright discrimination.

The double pricing or dual pricing debate has been around ever since foreigners stepped onto Thai shores. It’s a hotly debated topic with strong opinions on both sides.

“The intention of this group is to give foreigners the right to choose. We don’t think it is fair that some tourist attractions disguise the fact that they have a dual price system. Our opinion is that if they want to overcharge foreign tourists by as much as 200% then that is their decision. But, don’t do it in a way that is both sneaky and insulting.”

The group also says they hope to see the abolition of the dual pricing system in Thailand.

“Thai people are internationally known for their kind and generous hospitality. The actions of a few tourist attractions are damaging that reputation.”

Popular British blogger Richard Barrow, who regularly writes about Thailand’s tourist attractions and scams on his websites, is the group’s admin. In 1 post, user Aisha Moller Pedersen warns that the “foreigner” admission fee for Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park is 150 baht; it’s 20 baht for Thais.

Just to step on the beach at Nangyuan Island Dive Resort, foreigners pay 200 baht (doubled from 100 baht due to Covid-19), while Thais pay 30, a member posted Monday.

Facebook group names and shames

Another user wrote that at Koh Chang Waterfall, the entrance fee is 200 baht for foreigners, while (adult) Thais only pay 20. A tourist attraction in Bangkok features its ticket prices in Thai and Arabic numbers. The “farang price” is nearly twice as high.

“I was there during the weekend and brought my work permit as well but no luck, and worst of all the ticket seller was very rude,so, we decided to leave. This is a widespread and systematic racism which should be stopped immediately.”

Another member wrote yesterday that adult foreigners pay 100 baht to enter the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden in Chiang Mai, while Thai adults pay 40. But it’s not all negativity – members also post places that offer the same prices for Thais and foreigners. “Sukhothai Historical Park offering same prices for Thai and farang,” wrote one user in a Sunday post.

“Doi Tung Tourist Attraction – no dual pricing, and the nicest gardens I’ve seen in Thailand,” wrote another, referring to the Mae Fah Luang Botanical Garden in Chiang Rai.

Facebook group names and shames

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