PATTAYA & THAILAND HEADLINE NEWS from Fabulous 103fm (6 December 2022)
Today is the day that ministers will once again moot the idea of pubs, clubs and bars within tourist entertainment areas being allowed to stay open until later than the current 1 AM. With the tourism Minister proposing a 4 AM closing plan, which would see businesses thrive, and others objecting, by tonight we MIGHT know IF there will be change.
53 illegal immigrants told police when caught, that they didn’t want to be here anyway. In fact they were en route, without documentation, to promised work in MALAYSIA, with their so-called guides leading them from the border, across Thailand and out again. The 43 men along with 10 women were discovered in vehicles after what is assumed was a tip off. No word on whether they will get their 40K baht broker fees back but for sure, if this lot was caught, there will be numerous others who aren’t. A major headache for immigration here AND in Malaysia.
Shopee customers will no longer be able to link bank accounts directly to their shopping accounts. The sales platform has stopped that facility after at least one customer was hacked and their accounts looted. One lady reported that her 50K bank account was wiped out at the weekend and banks cant compensate because customers had given a direct debit agreement to Shopee to access their accounts as and when. The safer option of course is to pay cash on delivery, which avoids their issues, OR use a card.
QR codes could replace manually addressing envelopes in Thailand very soon, this is the Thai Post Launched the option with an announced plan to have it in place nationwide in under 2 years. A smart idea for businesses, perhaps, but no-one has been able to explain how postmen will handle the mail, as they read address… manually.
In the capital a 41 year old Frenchman has been taken into custody charged with conning an unnamed mark out of 2 mill baht with the promise of high returns from a non-existent supply of luxury brand name accessories. Claiming to be an importer of everything from handbags to shoes, and perfume to purses, he is also thought to have scammed others too. Taking the money and then instead of delivering .. cutting off all contact.
New style tickets for traffic violations are now being issued by cops with hand held printers across Thailand. The GOOD news is that before we had to go to the police station to pay, now each ticket has a QR code, which allows online payment without the hassle.
Thailand’s rail passengers can look forward to the revival of the popular dining cars that rode alongside regular carriages on long routes, prior to the covid era. From today the full service dining cars return to business on several express trains from the capital to Chiang mai, Hat Yai, Ubon and Nong khai, with contracts having been given to vendors already for those routes and more planned by mid next year.
Meanwhile at home and in our own region, motorway police have caught two local drug addicts after they stole cabling from the region, with the intention of selling it to feed their habits. The 40 and 30 year olds were nabbed along with their latest stash of cabling, and it’s now assumed they are the same duo who robbed numerous buildings, including our own studios, over the past months, stealing external cabling. In our case, it was copper earthing wires which protect our staff and system.
Pattaya was rammed to the gills yesterday as Thais enjoyed a national holiday. Fathers day is a very special occasion here, cemented by the birthday of the late King Rama 9 and seeing numerous events here for families. Roads in the city were at a stand still at times and the exodus, after a 3 day weekend for many, saw roads out of the region nose to tail toward the end of the day.
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