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PHUKET: Thai pop stars Sarunyu “Ice” Winaipani and Rattapoom “Film” Toekongsap are among the headline acts to perform at this year’s Patong Carnival, which is held annually to usher in the tourism high season.

Also on the bill of performers to entertain the crowds are renowned Thai country music bands Maleehuana and Kangkeng, and nationwide star Bow Wee.

This year’s carnival will run from December 15 through December 20 (story here).

The festivities will open with the traditional offering of alms at Loma Park on the morning of December 15, followed by the annual parade starting at 5pm.

Live entertainment throughout the festival will be performed on two stages. Stage 1 will be a beachfront stage next to the police box at the end of Soi Bangla (map here); Stage 2 will be at the football pitch next to Loma Park (map here).

The scheduled program of festivities and entertainment is as follows:

December 15

9am Food offering to monks at Loma Park

5pm Patong Carnival Parade. The master of ceremonies and guests will arrive at Stage 1 (Soi Bangla) to view the parade, which will start from Phang Muang Sai Kor Road and proceed along Prachanukhro Road and Thaweewong Road (the beach road) until it reaches the Laem Petch Football Field opposite Loma Park.

7:50pm Stage 1: Opening ceremony

8pm Stage 1: Traditional Thai dance and music performances by students from Harn Thao Rangsri Prachasan School in Phatthalung

9pm Stage 1: Thai country music singer Jakrapun “Got” Arbkornburi

10pm Stage 2: Thai country music band Maleehuanna

December 16

7pm Stage 1: Traditional Thai dance and music performances by students from Harn Thao Rangsri Prachasan School in Phatthalung

9pm Stage 1: Thai pop star Rattapoom “Film” Toekongsap

10pm Stage 2: Thai folk rock singer Pongsit “Pu” Kamphee

December 17

7pm Stage 1: Thai country music performance by students from Navamindarajudis Taksin School in Songkhla

9pm Stage 1: Thai rock singer Nakarin “Pang” Kingsak and Thai country music singer Takkatan Chonlada

10pm Stage 2: Thai country music band Kangkeng

December 18

7pm Stage 1: Thai country music by students from Navamindarajudis Taksin School in Songkhla

9:30pm Stage 1: Thai country music singer Pai Pongsathorn

10pm Stage 2: Thai country music singer Bao Wee

December 19

7pm Stage 1: Thai country music performances by Wat Kuan Wiset School from Trang,

9:30pm Stage 1: Thai pop singer Worakarn “Punch” Rojjanawat

10pm Stage 2: Renowned Phuket reggae star Job To Do

December 20

8am Dive volunteers and other participants to gather at Loma Park for beach and underwater cleanup contest

9am Beach and underwater cleanup contest

7pm Stage 1: Thai country music performance by students from Wat Kuan Wiset School in Trang

9:30pm Stage 1: Thai pop singer Sarunyu “Ice” Winaipanit

10pm Stage 2: Labanoon

— Saran Mitrarat

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2 million methamphetamine pills found in parked truck

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Police found more than 2 million methamphetamine pills in a truck parked at petrol station at Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Bang Saphan Noy district. Police are still looking for the driver.

The Narcotics Suppression Bureau alerted local police about a truck in the area suspected of trafficking drugs. Police spotted a truck that matched the description and saw it turning in to a petrol station.

Police followed, but by the time they reached the vehicle, it was parked and the driver was no where in sight. Officers suspect the driver fled the scene.

The truck had a number of cardboard boxes containing thousands of methamphetamine pills. Police say all together they seized 2,002,000 pills. They also found a bank deposit passbook, 2 identification cards and other documents. The evidence was passed on to the Narcotics Suppression Bureau who are now working on the case.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Hua Hin schools close after students get fever, families crossed Myanmar border

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Class is cancelled for a week at 2 schools after some students reported a high fever. School officials discovered many Burmese students and parents have been crossing the Thai-Myanmar border. The Thai government recently told immigration police to patrol the country’s natural borders such as along jungles and rivers after Myanmar reported a spike in coronavirus cases.

The 2 Prachuap Khiri Khan schools – Anun School and Wang Ta Krai School – will be closed until at least September 7. Some of the students need to quarantine for 14 days before returning to school. Public health officials have taken fluid samples to test for Covid-19. The results have not yet been released at this stage.

The province is on the Malay peninsula and borders Myanmar’s Tanintharyi region. The community has a large Burmese population. Out of the 576 students at Anun School, 300 of them are migrants. Out of the 310 students at the Wang Ta Krai School, 45 of them are migrants.

When students from the Anun School students did not show up in class due to high fever, school officials looked into their case and learned that their families had recently returned from areas around the Thai-Myanmar border. Wang Ta Krai School has not reported any suspected cases.

Most of the cases in the recent spike in Myanmar involve the western Rhakine state, on the other side of Myanmar from the Thai border.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Air Asia and VietJet add some extra domestic routes

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PHOTO: Thai VietJet adds a BKK-Nakhon Si Thammarat flight to their schedule

Whilst much of the world waits to get back into Thailand, the local airlines are starting to flex their domestic muscles and add new routes.

Thai AirAsia is launching 2 new routes from Chiang Mai, starting yesterday, offering a one-way fare for as low as 790 baht on flights to Hua Hin, and Udon Thani in the northeast. The cheapie fares will only run until August 16, or when they’re booked out. The fares will cover travel from today up to March 26 next year.

Thai Air Asia is attempting to bump up its direct domestic travel from Chiang Mai that will avoid doing a stop-over in Bangkok for these new routes.

The new flight from Chiang Mai to the coastal town of Hua Hin is targeting Thais and expats living in the north who want a seaside break and couldn’t be bothered sitting in a bus for 24 hours.

The bi-weekly flights depart every Friday and Sunday which gives travellers at both ends of the route an excuse for weekend travel. Thai Air Asia are now servicing 30 domestic routes that started again in May when Thai-registered airlines restarted limited domestic services.

But the locally-based airlines are still not allowed to fly internationally, and, based on comments from the TAT, that may not happen until early 2021. A deputy governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand said last Friday there was “no signs to show international tourism would reopen this year and even Chinese New Year in February 2021 was now in jeopardy… It is not a rosy picture.”

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Meanwhile Thai Vietjet has started a new service from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to Nakhon Si Thammarat in Thailand’s Deep South.

The first flight landed over the weekend to a water salute welcome at Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport. Thai Vietjet’s latest service into southern Thailand operates daily but they’re hoping to ramp up to four flights a day in October.

A promotional fare of just 199 baht, excluding tax and fees, is on sale at www.vietjetair.com.

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SOURCE: TTRWeekly

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