Thailand & Pattaya News, from Fabulous 103fm (2 May 2022)
From August, Thailand will introduce its planned 300 baht tourism fee for all arrivals here. For those flying in it will be almost unnoticeable as its expected to be included in ticket prices. Since all airlines send passenger listings to the airport authorities during departure from the port of origin, in addition to checking for any undesirable passengers, a new system will be introduced which will then bill the airline for non-Thais arriving here.
Despite the small increase in fuel prices here, numerous standard shopping items are expected to rise in price, and some, well they have already. On the list, in addition to white and luxury goods, samples such as instant coffee, noodles and cooking oil along with washing items like shampoo and soap have seen rising prices on the shop shelves, and the price hikes, well, current prices are expected to rise through the coming months.
One of Thailand’s most wanted drug dealers was handed over by Burmese authorities at the weekend, cementing the relationship between the police forces of both countries. A member of one of the most notorious drug gangs, he had been spotted and reported as living in secret in Burma.
A Bangkok taxi driver will, without doubt, lose his livelihood after being arrested and charged with stealing cash and valuables worth an estimated 50K baht from a severely drunk Frenchman who dozed off in the back seat. The 32 yr old Frenchman filed a complaint, a search of the driver’s rented room revealed the man’s designer bag. Admitting the crime, the driver told cops he had already sold the man’s iPhone. The rest, well that was handed back to the now sober tourist.
Military troops on the Burmese border near Chiang Rai crossed paths with 10 to 12 drug runners in a jungle area. When the military ordered them to stop, the mules opened fire. End result, 8 of them lost their lives and 4.5 Million meth pills are now in the hands of the authorities.
In Nakhon Sawan, the wife of a Danish expat, along with her pal, have been arrested and charged with the attempted murder.. of her husband. With a 10 million baht life policy, Mr. Larsen became more valuable to her dead than alive. She and her pal hired a so-called hit man to knock the man off his bicycle in a staged road wreck. Cops got suspicious when checking the accident scene and once questioned the so called hit man, rolled over and admitted his crime, neatly blaming the would-be widow. Either way, despite injuries, the expat is said to be recovering in a hospital, but he is likely to become single very soon, perhaps for his own safety.
With today being a national holiday, domestic tourism was at a high this weekend in the city. Police raids on two former bars saw customers found drinking after hours, despite a citywide tip off that raids would be carried out and otherwise it appears that the city saw a well behaved weekend, and beach and nightlife areas very busy.
A huge storm front was approaching the city at sunrise this morning, covering a very very large area. The clouds were dense black, seeing the flood gates open by seven and much of the city along with the east side drenched. Roads in some parts were temporarily impassable however drains cleared much of the flooding quickly.
With expectation of more rain today and tomorrow and the met office promising highs today of 32 dropping down to as low as 25.
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