Thailand & Pattaya News, from Fabulous 103fm (17 May 2022)
To the amazement of many, and as political self promotions come to an end ahead of next weekend’s election, it’s been predicted that an INDEPENDENT candidate is likely to win the public’s choice as Bangkok governor. He is reminding supporters NOT to take it for granted but as of yesterday the former transport minister under a previous ELECTED government appears, according to public opinion polls, to hold the same strength as both his closest rival COMBINED. No word on Pattaya predictions but there does seem to be a trend toward change among the public.
A missing 76-year-old German tourist on holiday in Phuket with her family, has finally been found alive but in need of medical assistance, lying in a gully at a national park. The 5 day search followed a family report that she isn’t always aware of her surroundings and tends to get lost, proven as she had wandered off previously but then was found within a day. With the family thanking authorities, it’s expected that they will keep a closer eye on granny, and see that she is better cared for.
Child seats and booster seats, which will be required by law in ALL vehicles including minivans and public vans go under the Ministry of Commerce’s PRODUCTS UNDER WATCH list this week, a system which monitors pricing to ensure customers are not gouged and, hopefully, that goods sold are fit for purpose. Parents are reminded that SOME imported goods, albeit designated for children, can be poorly made and with sharp badly finished edges and a full inspection of seats PRIOR to paying is recommended. This at the same time that the customs department is reported to be reviewing the idea of slashing import tax on child seats, in the hope of price fairness and affordability to all.
Traffic on the outbound roads, Sukhumvit and much of the city was heavy yesterday as the 4 day weekenders fled for home ahead of work tomorrow. For the city it’s been a good weekend and a reminder of the old days, in many ways, seeing the beach promenade bustling, malls busy, hotels booked and eateries with queues at times. With next weekend’s election and booze ban as a result, we can expect a respite from the traffic but, its obvious, Pattaya is fast becoming the GO TO PLACE for those wanting to escape the metropolis.
All roads around Chak nok lake, on the back road from Hua Yai to the city are best avoided as the installation of new drainage pipes has seen a complete and utter mess. Muddy and congested apart, the workers are leaving roads in a very dangerous condition for motorbikes and even small cars which have bommoted out on the numerous ridges and furrows. As usual the work is spread over a long area, all at once, creating an obstacle course over about a KM which will soon reach the school frontage
Confusion reigned yesterday seeing some licensees NOT selling alcohol and some selling. This as the sale of alcohol is illegal on Buddha days BUT yesterday was a national holiday IN LIEU OF the religious holiday falling on a SUNDAY. Sunday for sure was dry for all, but yesterday? Well that was down to your hosts’ understanding or misunderstanding of the law.
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