Thailand & Pattaya News, from Fabulous 103fm (8 March 2022)
All Thai expats living in Ukraine who want to leave have left now, according to the Thai embassy in Warsaw, with the final batch arriving here this week. A total of 230 have returned, been quarantined for the standard short period for Covid and then released to go home.
Australian cricketer Shane Warne died due to natural causes, according to an autopsy carried out in Bangkok. The renown sportsman was found dead in a Koh Samui villa and as is standard procedure for any non-Thai, an autopsy was performed before documents were released for the family to see him returned to his home country. Global newspapers are speculating that he and pals shared massages with 4 women prior to his passing, but there is no reason, we are told, for any further investigation.
The Marine and Coastal Resources Department has reported yet another oil issue on the Rayong coastline, following what are now revealed to have been at least three separate leaks on the Star Petroleum pipeline. With two tears in the pipeline and a leaking valve reported so far, and repairs underway. Now a 1 km film atop the ocean has been spotted close to Lam Chaeroen beach and efforts were underway yesterday to contain it. This though will have been hampered by significantly rough weather in the gulf. The slick is thought to be a combination of oil and the chemicals used to break it down during the initial cleanup program.
Russians here on holiday face yet more problems as, with all credit and debit cards now blocked, flights are becoming scarce as in addition to new bookings being virtually unavailable FROM Russia, so flights returning are hampered by service and parts supplies by western manufacturers of their planes. Phuket, the worst affected, reports that at least two Russian airlines have halted all flights.
Thailand will see three major celebrations this year, all royal, as in addition the birthday celebrations for HM the King, his mother HM Queen Sirikit will be 90 on August 12, which is mothers day in Thailand and December 5th would have been the 100th birthday of the late HM Rama 9. Plans are afoot to see all three events become national ones.
The current wave of storms that covered much of Thailand yesterday has seen the whole of the gulf from north to south reporting heavy rains and high winds. Swimming in any areas is not recommended and small boats should remain on the shoreline.
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