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PHUKET: The long-running political crisis in Thailand appears to have had a positive spin-off for Bali’s tourism industry, with more foreign tourists than usual visiting the Indonesian island instead of Thai destinations such as Phuket.

The Jakarta Globe reports that Ida Bagus Subhiksu, head of the Bali Tourism Office, has announced that the number of foreign tourists visiting the island in the first quarter of the year had reached 551,186, up 18.49 percent compared to the same period last year.

Subhiksu said Australians were making up the bulk of tourists opting for the Indonesian island instead of Phuket or other Thai resorts, followed by tourists from several European countries, particularly France and the Netherlands.

Muhammad Dimyati, a spokesman for PT Angkasa Pura, the operator of Ngurah Rai Airport, said that with Bali’s popularity on the rebound, a number of foreign airlines were planning to start flying to the island in the near future.

“In June, Strategic Airlines will be ready to open a route to Bali, followed by Vietnam Airlines next year,” he said.

Thailand normalizing slowly

Bangkok Post
The Center for Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) declared that it has no immediate plan to repeal the emergency decree in Thailand, and that the decision on whether to extend the curfew would be made on a day-to-day basis, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said Saturday.

Yesterday, the curfew was lifted in Pattaya.

The CRES believed that a large amount of heavy weapons were still in the possession of radical red shirt groups and vowed to find them to prevent further violence, he said.

During the CRES briefing, officials displayed weapons and ammunition seized from the red shirt rally site, including M79 grenade launchers,  AK47s, handguns, several types of grenades, Molotov cocktails, and bullets for automatic weapons. Firecrackers were also seized.

All government agencies, offices and schools in the city will be open today.

Elections possible, but no date yet
 

The Japan Times
Thailand’s finance minister said on Friday that early elections were a possibility, but that the government isn’t bound by its offer to hold them by November because anti-government protesters never accepted the deal.

Korn Chatikavanij said several conditions needed to be met before elections could be held, including ensuring that they would be “free and fair.”

“If we can do that in November, we will do it in November,” he said.

Korn also acknowledged that Thailand, like many developing Asian nations, must find ways to reduce poverty and address the yawning gap between the rich and the poor.

Pattaya infested with rats

Pattaya Mail
Locals are urging Pattaya City Hall to cure the tourist destination’s rat problem before it gets further out of hand.

Residents and tourists alike are complaining that after dark large rats are crawling out of trees and taking over the beach, dining on food thrown into tree planters and tubs of unwashed plates left behind by vendors.

They’re gnawing on beach chair mattresses and defecating everywhere, prompting fears that disease may affect daytime beach visitors.

It’s not a new problem. The rats seen after dark are large, old and have been around for awhile.

Thai film wins at Cannes

BBC
The Cannes Film Festival has given its top prize, the Palme d’Or, to the mystical Thai film ‘Uncle Boonmee’.

It beat British director Mike Leigh’s ‘Another Year’, which was seen as the favourite by many at the French event.

Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the winning film is about a dying man who is visited by his late wife and his missing son, who has become an ape.

US director Tim Burton led the jury that picked the victor from 19 entries.

Suffering kidney failure, the character is visited by a selection of spiritual beings, both human and animal, as the director uses a dreamlike style to examine the themes of reincarnation and animism.

— Gazette Editors

 

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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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Phuket red zone list adds Krabi, Trang, Ranong, Phatthalung

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FILE PHOTO: The Phuket checkpoint now lists 25 provinces as a red zone.

Visitors to Phuket from Krabi, Trang, Ranong, and Phatthalung will now have to prove they’re vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, as they’ve been added to the red zone province list. People entering without those qualifications will have to take a rapid antigen test on the spot before being allowed into Phuket.

The 4 provinces join a group of 21 other provinces already on the Phuket red zone list requiring strict measures to enter. That list even includes Phuket itself, as people do exit the province have to prove a negative test or vaccination before being allowed to re-enter.

Phuket’s vice governor made the announcement yesterday after the governor signed the order and put it into effect until at least May 15th. That same order requires all trucks transporting goods to travel from 11 pm to 5 am, the nighttime hours that other people are not allowed to enter the island. Phuket recently closed its entry checkpoints from late night to early morning after reports of exhaustion from the health officials working to test everyone or verify their credentials.

Delivery drivers will also have to pass the same requirements as red zone province arrivals before entering Phuket. Any driver who does not have a negative test within 72 hours or proof that they’ve received both doses of a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration, will be forced to wait until the regular checkpoint opens at 5 am to receive a rapid antigen test.

Over 40,000 people from red zones have now been tested at the checkpoint to enter Phuket. In the first week of the requirement which began on April 22, health officials tested more than 22,000 people, overwhelming staff and prompting the government to close the entrance from 11 pm to 5 am to give checkpoint workers a break.

The 25 provinces currently classified as a red zone for entering Phuket are as follows:

Bangkok Nakhon Pathom Pathum Thani Rayong Suphan Buri
Chiang Mai Nakhon Ratchasima Phatthalung Sa Kaeo Surat Thani
Chonburi Nakhon Sri Thammarat Phuket Samut Prakan Tak
Khon Kaen Narathiwat Prachuap Khiri Khan Samut Sakhon Trang
Krabi Nonthaburi Ranong Songkhla Udon Thani

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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