Pattaya & Thailand LATEST NEWS from Fabulous 103fm (3 April 2023)
Thailand’s ‘Angel’ princess HRH Maha Chakri Sirindhorn turns 68 years old
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Now 68, and despite ailments last year, HRH still strives to work daily around the country and is commonly known as Princess Angel. During the reign of Rama 9, HRH was constantly by his side during his public appearances and walkabouts.
Thailand’s 45-day visa exemption back to 30 days
It’s no joke, but from April 1, Saturday, the visa exemption program that allows tourists from many countries to simply come here and get a stamp for entry, is reduced from 45 days back to the original 30. With a further extension of 30 days still possible from immigration offices, the 45 day plan was introduced 1 October to boost tourism. HOWEVER, as the current government are only caretakers , the expiry date came and went. Once a new government is elected, the re-introduction is likely to be a popular motion. Those with 45 day visas are fine and unaffected and those arriving land, sea or air from Saturday simply get 30 days on arrival, unless they have another extension of stay. For those coming from non-listed nations, their 30 day visa is now reduced to 15
Fatal bee & wasp stings in Thailand
In our home countries, a bee or wasp sting is an annoyance. HERE all too often, it leads to an allergic reaction and anaphylactic shock. At the end of last week, a 69 year old British pensioner DIED from a simple sting despite reports that his wife later gave him an antihistamine shot. Reality is that with or without the shot, anyone showing symptoms MUST go to a HOSPITAL, and not a clinic. Initial signs are body pains, followed by skin from neck to knees turning almost purple, and then a shortness of breath. A&E is the only place you normally find with equipment ready to ventilate if needed AND with stronger meds. Anaphylactic shock is often much worse the second time around and previous sufferers, especially in the hot season, need to take extra care.
Body of student found in canal, suspects flee Thailand
3 Chinamen fled Thailand ahead of a police search, flying to their home country Thursday after a young Chinese student here in the capital area was taken against her will from her university campus and later found in a plastic bag at a local canal. She had endured severe treatment as the three attempted to extort 2.5 mill baht from her father who claims he was confused and so didn’t pay. This is the 5th kidnap case involving Chinese gangs in the past few months. Often due to business fallouts between the parties.
Northern hospitals overflow with pollution sufferers
In the Chiang mai and rai areas, hospitals have been overworked with cases of patients with respiratory problems caused by the smog haze that have blanketed the beleaguered region for months now. As levels remained hazardous, over 13000 patients have been taken for care since the start of the year and now, many are stating that there are simply no spaces in wards or hallways in some areas, with one 1400 bed facility in Chiang mai reporting that it cannot take any more patients. Locals are, of course, wearing masks and stores have, in many cases, sold out of air cleaning filtration units for homes.
63 religious Chinese refugees detained in Pattaya
63 Chinese living here in the city have been processed for visa overstay despite claims that they fled their home country due to persecution. China, far from keen on any religion IS demanding their return, but the Chinese christians claim they would receive strong punishment for their faith. Currently they have been fined and allowed back into the community as their case is reviewed amid reports that one US group has been trying to get them visas for America, without much luck.
Phone app scam WARNING
The warning remains for all NOT to allow access to anyone on their phones, as a local shopkeeper in the city complained to police that she had been scammed by a caller, claiming to be from the water company, telling her to download what looked like the water company app, so that she could get a better meter. Instead of downloading it, it took control of her phone and swallowed half a million baht. Again, all banks allow you to set the limit on daily transfers. Best to set yours at the lowest, to foil any hackers, and then easily raise the limit if needed.
Power cuts in Pattaya
Power cuts hit much of the area Sunday, including our own studios, seeing them fixed after several hours. These are likely to continue through the coming weeks, randomly, due to either storms or, amazingly we are told.. the heat. No explanation but that’s how it is.
Smog in Thailand
Smog levels? Bangkok and Pattaya both were around the 90 mark, which is unhealthy, at dawn, as Chiang rai saw 220 and Chiang mai 180, both hazardous for health.
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