Thailand & Pattaya News, from Fabulous 103fm (28 June 2022)
After a fire in a Bangkok slum district hit headlines last week so this week 7 shophouses in market areas are reported to have caught fire, seeing 2 die and a dozen seriously injured. Believed to have been caused by an explosion at a power transformer, full confirmation of cause is promised by the week’s ends as forensics teams study the carnage. The damage was enough to see at least 2 of the shophouses condemned from being repaired and need to be raised to the ground and rebuilt.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has issued a notice to airlines regarding the relaxation of requirements for arrivals here from July 1st. No Thailand pass, and no major checks except for proof of vaccine OR proof of PCR testing for non vaccinated arrivees. Airlines too were advised of the dropping of requirements for masks, however each airline has the right to demand passengers DO wear them during flights IF it remains part of their policy.
Following a report to police by a concerned member of the public, a raid was carried out on a building in the capital, revealing a multi million baht casino and resulting in the arrest of some 52 gamblers and staff. With gambling equipment removed, police discovered a total of 4.3 million baht which was in circulation that evening alone. All, we are told, will be prosecuted.
An opinion poll which saw the current Thai PM listed in third place, behind two opposition leaders has been dismissed by the PM himself, declaring that a poll is just a poll. With elections promised within the next 18 months, both Thaksin’s daughter, the figurehead of the Phue Thai party AND the leader of Move Forward were both reported to be in the best of moods after NIDA released the report based on popularity among the public.
The Premier league team Liverpool has issued a statement condemning the sale of 20k discount tickets to locals here via a woman who retails online and via youtube. Seems the show match, which also features Manchester united, saw thousands of tickets, designated to fans coming from the UK, unsold AND as a result the woman was somehow able to buy them, despite the pricing being significantly lower than pricing here for domestic purchases, and a blanket ban on purchases of any tickets in excess of 4 by one person. That aside, the promise of meet and greets and even dinners with players has been refuted both by the teams and the Bangkok based organisers. The ticket.. well it seems they ARE legit, and were bought and paid for so, it appears, can be used.
Two indian women, returning home from Thailand were being held in detention after wily customs men found 109 reptiles and animals in their luggage. Two white porcupines, two armadillos, 35 turtles, 50 lizards and 20 snakes. Hardly the standard souvenir of a holiday, and of course transportation of wildlife is forbidden.
Fancy a quickie? Well, that is the promise from Lineman, the budget delivery service which is fast becoming popular here and overtaking Grab in many instances. They have announced a document and parcel delivery program that promises very speedy, same day delivery and all for the basic cost of between 19 and 33 baht, depending on distance. No pre-booking needed and, it appears, it’s a 24 hour service. Popular already with eateries, who had seen profits eaten by other delivery programs here, lineman has reported record growth in trade over the past year.
Meanwhile, at home and in our own region, heavy storms yesterday saw short time outages of power in some areas which were quickly repaired.
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