2021

  • Thailand News

    Visakha Bucha Day 2021, Buddhist holiday

    Today is a public holiday in Thailand to mark Visakha Bucha Day, the most significant day in the Buddhist calendar, commemorating three defining events in the life of the Lord Buddha… his birth, attaining enlightenment at 35 years old, and then his death 45 years later, which all occurred on the full-moon day of the sixth lunar month. There is…

  • Events

    Thai government ditches water fights for Songkran – back to basics for 2021

    So we’re going to have Songkran this year but not as we know it. The CCSA and Public Health Ministry have formally taken the ‘song’ out of Songkran for 2021. They have determined that there won’t be any foam parties, no activities where you get together with all your friends for Songkran activities and no ‘water splashing’, a polite way…

  • Covid-19 News

    More restrictions being lifted on April 1 – shorter quarantine and no fit-to-fly certificates

    No, it’s not an April Fool’s Day prank. At yesterday’s CCSA meeting it was decided to formally drop the quarantine period to 10 and 7 days, and ditch the fit-to fly documents, previously required for anyone travelling to Thailand. This all starts on Thursday, April 1. The CCSA meeting agreed to shorten the former mandatory 14 day quarantine period to…

  • Thailand News

    This year Thailand gets 6 days to celebrate Songkran holiday

    The Thai new year of Songkran is being extended to 6 days of water fights according to the Cabinet after approving the holiday to run from April 10 to 15. Culture Minister Itthiphol Kunplome says details of the holiday will be sent to the Centre For Covid-19 Situation Administration for approval as he says Songkran participants will probably be allowed…

  • Tourism News

    Turbulence ahead for Thailand’s aviation industry | VIDEO

    When the airlines, in particular, were asking the government to put their hands in their pockets for some relief funding in August last year, it was genuinely thought that international tourists would be coming back for the high season in December and January. At the very least local tourists and expats would head back to the skies over the traditional…

  • Tourism News

    The Thai government threw a tourist party (sound of crickets) | VIDEO

    The Thai Government, flushed with the success of their containment of Covid-19, decided to market the Land of Smiles to the world as the safe place to travel. With the annual wet season starting to weaken the tourists would flock back to the S E Asian country that had such a remarkable success containing, then almost eradicating itself, of the…

  • Hot News

    Media censorship during the Covid era | VIDEO

    Censorship of opinions and comments has become increasingly challenging for publishers and platforms in the time of Covid-19. No other world health emergency has attracted such enormous coverage, facts, misinformation and outright nonsense. And the concurrent rise and rise of social media as an information source has helped the spread of important public health information but also the inaccurate, and…

  • Thailand News

    2020’s movers, shakers and influences (that weren’t Covid) | VIDEO

    2020 The big events, the winners and the losers 2020 has been one of the most disruptive years in history, certainly for anyone that has lived since the great depression and the world wars. But although Covid-19 has been the big headline for the year, there has still been highlights and big news in all fields. Some of these big…

  • Tourism News

    The case for temporarily closing hotel and restaurant operations

    OPINION by Bill Barnett As the final days of disruptive 2020 come screeching to an erratic end, hotel, and restaurant owners are peering into an unpredictable year ahead. Here in Thailand over the past week, the tourism industry has been shaken to its core over an uptick in Covid-19 cases and backroom speculation over fears of another round of lockdowns. (Restrictions,…

  • Covid-19 News

    No tourists until 2021 – Thailand shuns travel bubbles and general travel

    Thailand is currently caught in a number of quandaries that will continue to threaten the economy and stability of the country. Meanwhile the borders remain largely sealed, with the prospect of general tourist travel being pushed forward until at least 2021. There have been a number of official comments to support the prediction that Thailand’s borders will remain closed to…

  • Covid-19 News

    620 baht Covid-19 vaccine could be ready in 2021

    The first vaccine against Covid-19 for human use is expected to be available in 2021, and is expected to be available in Thailand for a cost of about 620 baht per dose; this from the secretary-general of the National Vaccines Committee today. Dr Siriroek Songsivilai says the price is based on the 100 million doses, valued at about 2 billion…

  • Covid-19 News

    Research institute says Covid vaccine will bring tourists back

    As Thailand’s economy remains the hardest hit in Asia, a new prediction slates the end of 2021 as the saviour in terms of tourists coming back. The Thailand Development Research Institute says.. “once a vaccine is rolled out late next year, the tourists will once again return to the kingdom”. Kirida Bhaopichitr, the Institute’s research director said that most visitors…

  • Covid-19 News

    Australia to remain closed to nearly all but international students until next year

    Australia’s trade minister said yesterday that the country is unlikely to reopen its borders to international arrivals until some time in 2021, but will look to relax entry rules for international students and other long-term visitors. The country has been largely successful in containing the spread of Covid-19, success which it attributes to curbs on international travel and tough social…

  • Việt Nam

    Olympic Tokyo 2020 nguy cơ bị hủy vì đại dịch Covid-19

    Do đại dịch Covid-19 còn diễn biến phức tạp và chưa được khống chế, nước chủ nhà Nhật Bản để ngỏ khả năng hủy Thế vận hội hè Olympic 2020. Mặc dù mới đây, Ban tổ chức Olympic 2020 đã lùi thời điểm diễn ra Thế vận hội sang mùa hè 2021, nhưng số phận của nó một lần nữa…

  • Việt Nam

    Lộ diện hình ảnh KIA Morning 2021

    Phiên bản nâng cấp của KIA Morning có nhiều thay đổi ở ngoại hình, dự kiến mở bán vào cuối năm nay hoặc đầu năm 2021. Mẫu hatchback đô thị giá rẻ nhất của KIA, Morning rò rỉ ảnh chạy thử tại châu Âu cách đây không lâu thì gần đây lại lộ ảnh thiết kế tại quê nhà Hàn…

  • Việt Nam

    EURO 2020 chính thức hoãn 1 năm

    Sau cuộc họp kéo dài nhiều giờ đồng hồ ngày 17/3, UEFA quyết định chính thức hoãn EURO 2020 sang mùa hè 2021, tránh đại dịch Covid-19. Sau cuộc họp vào ngày hôm qua tại trụ sở ở Nyon, Thụy Sĩ, Đại diện UEFA (LĐBĐ châu Âu) đã xác nhận lùi ngày tổ chức EURO 2020 sang mùa hè 2021. Chủ tịch…

  • Việt Nam

    iPhone khả năng sẽ loại bỏ toàn bộ cổng kết nối từ năm 2021

    Ảnh: Di động Việt Nam Bằng cách này, Apple sẽ mang lại trải nghiệm không dây 100% tới người dùng. Nhà phân tích Ming-Chi Kuo dự đoán hãng Táo có thể sẽ khai tử cổng kết nối Lighning trên mẫu iPhone cao cấp nhất của mình trong năm 2021. Điều này đồng nghĩa với việc người dùng sẽ chỉ có…