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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (12 December 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (12 December 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– 6am closures for bars & pubs on New Years Day in Thailand
All pubs and bars across the country will be allowed to stay open until 6am on New Years Day as a special one off offer to licensees, many of whom will NOT take up the offer, unless there is demand.  With Interior Minister Anutin having signed off on the new extension to 4AM for business in registered entainment areas in our own city, along with Bangkok and 3 other tourist areas, it’s expected that a full notice of all this will be published in the Royal gazette within days.

-Dangerous smog blankets Thailand
ITS BACK – the demon smog.  With the highest levels reported in the capital, along with industrial regions, it can’t be blamed on farmers burning or coming from other neighbouring countries.  In our own region this morning, we recorded an upward of 148, and others near to Pattaya close to 160, which is way up close to dangerous levels, and in the capital it was registering unhealthy at 162, Chachoengsao and Rayong were among other high registering regions and Rayong has reported high levels of smog for days, at the 160 level.  With 50 set as a safe and acceptable level.  Visibility is poor as the clouds hover at almost ground level.  Thais are taking note of advisories to wear face masks to prevent inhalation and early morning outdoor exercise is not recommended.

– Bangkok airport’s Automatic Passport Control opens to foreigners this week 
Good news for travellers as, from this coming Friday, those horrible queues to leave Thailand at the passport control in Bangkok’s main airport will shorten considerably as, as promised, automated passport control check lines will be opened to us too.  No good of course if you are on an overstay but otherwise, the waiting time is expected to be reduced considerably, even during busy periods.  In use for Thai nationals for 11 years, tourists have, until now, queued patiently to have passports checked manually.  In the event that a passport doesn’t meet the scan criteria, the holder will duly be removed from the line and taken to a manual check desk.  Reality – it will make travel a lot more enjoyable.

– Cabinet to review minimum wage hike
The Ministry of Labour has noted the PM’s displeasure at the proposed minimum pay hike and may well have to go back to the drawing board to set higher rates, but according to Thai media, the wages board, made up of civil servants, employees, and employers have the right to make the final decision.  For whatever reason, some provincial wage boards did NOT request pay hikes for their local lowly paid, and others just 2 baht.  And were a full revision to be ordered.. that could drag out for.. months on end.

– Covid cases rise in Thailand
The C word is being mentioned in Thai media.. Covid.  590 patients in a week were hospitalised across the nation,   the highest figure for months with a best guestimate of actual non-treated cases at over the 4K mark.  The good news?  As it has migrated into less effective types, the risk to most is minimal, similar to Influenza.

– Chemical factory explosion In Bangkok
In the capital, a suburban chemical factory burst into flames yesterday morning at an industrial estate.  Reported by media to carry high stocks of ammonia products, a series of explosions were reported as fire brigades rushed to the scene.  As of last night no injuries were reported, despite a pungent odour in the area and a full police and brigade check was ordered once it was doused.

– Illegal ‘balloons’ openly on sale in Pattaya
Photos of Illegal Nitrous Oxide balloons being sold outside a Walking street ganga shop have spread in the last few days on social media.   With signage offering HAPPY BALLOONS, despite a constant police presence in the street, locals are complaining that, of course, it is illegal to sell it here with a potential fine or up to 5 yrs jail time.  Reality?  Well, it seems that the gas is the second most popular drug in Europe and many other regions among younger people, with many countries including the UK listing it as a class C drug.  The downside? Laughing gas regular or heavy use or the use of pure No2  can cause neurotoxicity, damage to the brain or part of the nervous system  associated with it.

– Parking touts illegally charging up to 300 baht parking fees in Pattaya
Local Thais have complained that hoods are charging people to park motorbikes and cars in public areas adjacent to Walking streets. A whacking 300 baht a bike is being collected by totally unauthorized parking touts, some said to be foreigners.  A report HAS gone to the police and to city hall as there is NO charge to park on public roads in Thailand OR on public bike parking areas.

– Giant lights installed along Jomtien beach
And ten tall towers with powerful lighting, similar to that used on the motorways, have been installed along Jomtien beach as a safety measure.  The 20 metre high pillars promise to keep light levels along the beach high enough to allow enjoyment whilst preventing minor crime.  Good news then for the many who enjoy the beaches at dusk and after dark as is tradition here.

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