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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (16 February 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (16 February 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– 50 million baht medical funding for tourists in Thailand
A medical fund is to be established to support costs of uninsured tourists here who have accidents.  The Ministry of Tourism and Sport, and the Ministry of Public Health, has announced the 50-million-Baht medical funding to assist foreign tourists in case of accidents.  Before any wannabee visitors decide to save the cost of what is already cheap travel insurance, it’s worth noting that the funds are unlikely to provide other than state hospital treatment,  and will not cover accidents caused through law breaking, risk taking or stupidity, so is unlikely to cover riding bikes without helmets OR without licences. The program is set up to provide tourist safety and provide relief on a case by case basis in the event of  accidents, crimes, and other unfortunate events or disasters.   It applies to tourists here short term only for leisure and not in any way residents, and at the money will be free of charge, but with plans previously discussed, to add a cost on to arrival fees, which may go into effect later.  It’s also worth noting that this is an accident plan and not one that then would apply to medical conditions, such as heart attacks or strokes and the like, so travel insurance is still a must for all but the outright risk takers coming here.

– Body of missing British tourist FOUND
The remains of a 24 yr old British tourist who drowned in a Surat Thani reservoir after kayaking there without a life jacket, have been recovered by rescue teams.  The man was reported missing at the weekend and at the time, rescue teams along with divers searched to no avail.  The British embassy and his family have been notified, and a reminder is that registering to sail on those type of reservoirs is highly recommended, as is the wearing of a life jacket at all times.

– Thai woman seeks tourists who saved elderly mother from fall
When an elderly Thai lady fell into the Chao praya river as she boarded a river taxi boat, it was two English speaking foreigners who rescued her, with a man diving into help her to safety and then ensuring that she was OK.   The language barrier made conversation impossible and now her daughter is hoping to find the couple and thank the personally, so much so that she has asked for help on social media.  Sometimes it’s nice, to be nice.

–  Thailand to clampdown on imported products from China
Thailand’s PM has encouraged the customer departments to clamp down on cheap Chinese imports often being offered in markets and online here amid claims that the current waiver of taxes on imports of under 1500 baht will be nixed.  That then would make it tougher for those selling here FROM china on sales platforms too.  Seems though that many are importing in bulk, storing here and then selling on, avoiding tax and hurting local manufacturers who are unable to compete on price.  Of equal issue is the matter of goods certification, required for many products such as creams, meds and foodstuffs.

– Proposal to lift afternoon alcohol sales ban REJECTED
A government panel turned down proposals to scrap the ban on alcohol sales between 2pm and 5pm in Thailand.  The proposal, sent to the alcoholic beverage committee for review BY the cabinet was turned down by representatives of 5 different ministries including those of tourism and health, with the major issue being the possibility of an increase in drink related accidents and crime.

– Tourists wanted for slaying of Burmese businessman 
Thai police have liaised with their counterparts in Interpol after reports that two CAMEROONIAN nationals fled the country after being suspected of the killing of a Burmese businessman in the capital.   Said to have relieved him of 5 million baht, the duo flew to Singapore this week ahead of  police discovering the Burmese man beaten to death in a condo.  It’s Likely that he was initially swindled by the pair and beaten after he tried to recover his money.

– Planes fly blind as Bangkok chokes on smog 
Pollution levels yesterday were at a high in the capital making visibility even of 100 yards difficult.  Planes flying into the city landed BLIND, using instruments only to get wheels down, a procedure that many are more than used to at these times.  How bad?  Well IQAir levels were at 180 at times.  This morning, Pattaya registered around 48 at sunrise, for the capital it will be much much higher and all are advised NOT to exercise, with many local continuing to wear mask when outdoors and the week saw the city governments allowing staff to work from home in order that they could avoid the smog.

– Unregistered SIM Cards to be cancelled this week 
As promised, holders of more than 1000 sim cards who didn’t register them in recent weeks, following a warning to do so, will now see those cards cancelled.  The move, aimed at reducing online and phone crime, was put into place by the The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission with a deadline of this past Wednesday.

– Pattaya International beach football launches TODAY
Meanwhile, today will see the opening ceremonies of the   ‘Pattaya International Beach Football Cup 2024’  heralding a series of games, with teams from around the world playing at the Beach Football Stadium on Jomtien Beach Road.  For spectators. it’s a free event and fun for all, so it’s worth a visit.

– Jomtien Beach Road to become ONE-WAY 
1st March is the date set for Jomtien beach road to go 1 way for `however long it takes’ to install even more flood drainage pipes.  With second road still, in many cases, dug up, the area can expect tailbacks especially on popular days

– Homeless American woman survives 5 months in Pattaya on $7 
It was the turn of an American woman to make headlines this week as she claimed, erroneously, that she had lived here in Pattaya as a homeless person for 5 months, having had only seven dollars to live on.  Obviously impossible and done in the hope that her social media channel would reap in the bucks,  no dosh, no home and probably no shower but somehow, she manages to film, edit and post on social media while travelling around before finally disappearing to the capital. As we all know, the bus to BKK alone would have wiped out her savings, if that had been the case.   Seems she originally went to Japan but hated it there,  so chose our fair shores for her “tour of the unwashed”.  Funny?  Well, for sure as the response online hasn’t been in her favour, and no word on what visa, if any, she is using to be here.

– Razore Ruddock in Pattaya this weekend 
And for football fans, a great weekend ahead as premier football star Razore Ruddock is in town on Saturday – once one of the hardest players in soccer, Ruddock appears at the Pullman G hotel for an evening of talk, chat and meet and greet, with a gourmet buffet promised. The night highlights the higher side of the city and what’s available here and is promoted by High Life Management.  Tickets are 2,500 baht, and High Life Managements is available through facebook – not one to be missed for sure.

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