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PHUKET: Radio New Zealand says that country’s ambassador to Thailand has advised New Zealanders in Bangkok to “strongly consider” leaving the city.

Ambassador Bede Corry says the trouble may spread to other areas like Phuket and that all non-essential travel to Thailand should be deferred.

Mr Corry says ‘red shirts’ from outside Bangkok are in the city, coming in behind the military. He describes the situation as fluid and dangerous.

The New Zealand Embassy has been closed since late last week, as have the American and British embassies. The Australian embassy is also closed until further notice.

A New Zealander working for an ambulance service in Bangkok says the situation is like a civil war and the central city is in chaos.

Phuket jet-ski death case closed

New Straits Times
The Singaporean involved in last month’s fatal jet-ski collision in Phuket has returned home.

The Sunday Times reports that it has learned from the Thai police that the case was officially closed last week.

Mr Tang Jun Han, 20, returned to Singapore about two weeks ago, almost a month after his jet ski crashed into and killed his close friend Loh Ying Jie, also 20, on April 2 at Patong Beach.

Phuket a developers paradise?

Bangkok Post
Patum Design & Develop is aggressively expanding franchises for its homebuilding to offset declining trade in Bangkok. Phuket is one of the main new markets the firm is entering this year after opening a franchise outlet in the resort province last month.

“We’ve seen high purchasing power and a huge demand from professional homebuilders in the self-built home markets outside of Greater Bangkok, especially in Chiang Mai and Phuket,” said chief executive Sitiporn Suwanasut.

Mr Sitiporn said Phuket offers high potential as a market due to the diverse range of buyers.

About 2,000 to 2,400 self-built homes are constructed each year in Phuket, where small local contractors account for 80% to 90% of the market.

Mr Sitiporn said he was not worried about competition with local contractors, however, as the Phuket market was more ‘who has more to offer’.

The firm says it has fielded inquiries from eight clients to build houses worth a total of 40-50 million baht since opening its Phuket office.

Bangkok resembles war zone

Canada.com
Three days of street battles in Bangkok have left at least 33 people dead and 239 wounded.

A luxury hotel overlooking the sprawling protest site came under gunfire earlier this morning and was rattled by an explosion, prompting guests to shelter in the basement.
Three commercial buildings in another area were gutted by fire.

The red shirts, whose vast base in the heart of Bangkok is under siege by troops, said they were ready to enter peace talks with the government “immediately” as long as the United Nations mediated.

The idea was quickly shot down by the government, which has repeatedly warned foreign governments not to meddle in its affairs.

ASEAN critical

Asia One
Singapore warned Saturday that the situation in Bangkok may “slip out of control” amid a flare-up in violence, saying the consequences will be “extremely grave” for Thailand and the ASEAN region.

Unless all parties immediately exercise restraint and resume dialogue, we fear that the situation may slip out of the control of all parties.

Owing to a policy of non-interference, ASEAN states do not normally comment on the internal affairs of fellow members, but analysts say there are signs the regional bloc is slowly easing away from this principle.

Singapore also reminded its citizens against non-essential travel to Bangkok and advised those who are already in the Thai capital to stay indoors.

— Gazette Editors

 

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For travellers to Phuket, testing is out, quarantine is in

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The on-again-off-again plans for testing people for Covid-19 as they arrive in Phuket will be replaced by quarantine after May 15, according to Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong’s latest announcement. In an online video broadcast last night, the vice governor confirmed the new scheme after Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew first mentioned it in an executive meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday.

There are now 25 provinces on the Phuket red zone list that they instated on April 22, with anyone arriving from those places required to have proof that they are either fully vaccinated or tested negative for Covid-19 within the last 72 hours. Without proof, people have to take a rapid antigen test to confirm they did not have Covid-19 before they would be allowed on the island. The test was first set to be 300 baht for everyone, and later controversially made free for Thai people and 500 baht for foreigners.

There had been some back and forth with budget concerns of being able to provide the mass testing and who would pay how much for continued testing. Perhaps requiring people to quarantine in Phuket is cheaper than testing them when they arrive (cheaper for Phuket officials anyway).

The original scheme was set to expire May 15, and announcements were made about extending the plan and stopping testing right away. For now, this debate seems to have settled on replacing the testing with a mandatory quarantine upon entering Phuket.

The vice-governor explained that the rapid antigen test will continue through May 14, and then starting May 15, anyone who arrives without a vaccine or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in Phuket will be required to quarantine for 14 days. They set a goal of zero new infections by the end of the next two weeks. And he stated they are committed to doing whatever it takes as “Phuket cannot continue with this risk”.

Speaking to The Phuket News… “We want to send a sign to the country that we are cleaning up our province. The 3 vice governors [in Phuket] have been ordered to take care of each district by cooperating with local administration officers as well as community leaders to do proactive screening,”

After announcing the quarantine plan for Phuket, the vice governor spoke confidently that in the near future the island will have enough jabs to vaccinate every person on the island. Religious leaders from any faith are currently being vaccinated because of their general proximity to people during religious ceremonies and practices.

Vice Governor Piyapong pled with people with the people of Phuket who were on the fence about Covid-19 vaccinations, anti-vaxxers, or those otherwise resisting getting the jabs needed to reach herd immunity.

“If you are still deciding whether or not to get vaccinated, please come to get vaccinated”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Thailand News Today | Pfizer vaccines on the way, Phuket’s July re-opening | May 7

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Disease Control Department back-peddled saying that that foreigners living in Thailand WILL also be vaccinated, governor of Chiang Mai is calling for the ban on dining in at restaurants in the northern city to be lifted and for eateries to be allowed to serve food on-site until 9pm, Tourism and Sports Minister insists the southern island of Phuket must record zero Covid-19 cases if a planned July re-opening is to go ahead, and 150 million baht worth of methamphetamine pills were impounded in Nakhon Phanom yesterday

 

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The Thaiger is seeking a full time video editor and production assistant for a new project based in Phuket. The role is open to a Thai national but with great English skills as well. You will need to be able to work to deadlines with a crazy bunch of stressed out news hosts, guests and the rest of The Thaiger team.

You’ll also need a general knowledge of the Thai news cycle as the content will be largely centred around daily news and current affairs. Knowledge of social media, and especially YouTube, will be an advantage.

Prior work in the TV or video production industry would be a requirement; we couldn’t care less about your educational qualifications. The role would be Monday to Friday.

The work hours would be earlier in the day, probably starting around 7am. There may be some occasional travel to Bangkok involved as well. Salary would be between 30-40,000 baht per month, depending on experience with opportunities for bonuses. The initial contract would be for 3 months, renewable.

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