Thailand & Pattaya News, from Fabulous 103fm (30 March 2022)
Songkran plans in the capital, Pattaya and indeed most of Thailand are underway but if anyone is expecting water festivals despite regulations in place, they will be disappointed. Most regions have made it clear that anyone instigating water festivals, water fights and the like will be arrested as the nation looks forward to Songkran celebrations in the traditional Thai way, which include temple visits, family gatherings and a gentle approach to the event. Good news for travellers though, as the motorways will be, for the most part, toll free over the holiday period, encouraging drivers away from rural routes and onto the major roads, at no cost.
Thai press are reporting on the surprise resignation of the general in charge of Channel 5 TV, which is army operated. Due to retire in October, he had given the OK for the station NOT to report, in any depth, on the war instigated by Russia on Ukraine.
Thailand’s public health ministry has confirmed a plentiful supply of the drug Favipiravir, following rumours. The drug is prescribed to hospital patients who have covid symptoms, and extra supplies are en route here ahead of Songkran, which is expected to see a significant spike in the covid numbers. Physicians, too, are prescribing, in many cases, a Thai herbal product which is recognised as reducing the symptoms and effect of Omicron.
Thai media is awash with the tale of an 18 year old Roi Et girl who, despite coming from abject poverty, passed exams for University. So the reports go, she and her mother are now scavengers, rifling through rubbish, to raise funds in order that she can see her way through her studies. It’s likely that a donation program will see kind members of the public donating, and her completing her degree course. Reporters went to the Pho Thong area of Selaphum in Roi-Et in Thailand’s NE region where they met an 18 year old who wants to be going places.
Much of the Eastern side of Thailand yesterday saw the heaviest of storms. With Central Pattaya circumvented by much of the storm front, the east side of the city along with Bowin and and Hua Yai saw massive flooding in places and major roads such as the 331 closed in places.
A habitual c0ck thief is being sought in Nongprue. Seems a local man kept his c0cks in cages and cared for them as they grew into what are described as FINE SPECIMENS, with up to 10000 baht each. Then though, on a regular basis, someone would sneak up in the night, stealing the cocks and leaving the owner with just the cages. Pattaya Police are keen to solve the series of thefts and catch whomever pinched them.
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