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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (4 January 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (4 January 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– Bangkok monorail undergoes full inspection following wheel detachment 
This week’s revelation that the wheel of a yellow line monorail became detached in the capital, crashing into a passing taxi has led to a full inspection AND the deputy transport minister telling the media that some trains have been suspended from use until repairs are made.  Blaming a production batch of the so-called GUIDE WHEELS, he was also told that the cause was either the wheel bearing OR excess heat.  Either way a split pin would fix that but instead services on the yellow line have been temporarily cut from every 5-10 minutes, to every half an hour whilst a fix is done.

– 190 deaths on Thai roads during the New Year holiday
The Thai Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) did a final tally of accident reports around the country during the new year break.  190 deaths, 1600 injured from December 29 through to midnight new years day.   Speeding and drink driving took much of the blame, with all but 15% involving motorbikes, which indicates that in most cases accidents involved locals near their homes.

– Will electricity costs be discounted in Thailand?
As the Thai parliament prepares to debate the new year budget, the PM has stated that the nation IS in somewhat of a crisis BUT will go ahead with the infamous virtual cash giveaway to those on lower incomes AT SOME POINT.  Of greater significance to businesses, and of course expats living here, is that within the proposed budget there is no allocation of funds to prop up the electricity authority  which has been TOLD to keep power costs more or less as they are.  With subsidised rates announced quarterly it remains to be seen whether you and I Will see prices freeze thru 2024 or a huge hike if subsidies stop.

– Manhunt for British tourist for pistol-whipping friend
Police on Phuket are searching for a 38 year old British man accused of beating his fellow countryman with a handgun whilst they both rode, and argued in a tuk tuk.   Daft?  Of course as weapon possession is limited to Thai nationals here and the carrying of a weapon in public is taken very seriously, but the Brit, known only so far as Jamie, managed to beat his pal so hard that the clip of bullets fell out and onto the tuk tuk floor.   His accommodation was found deserted when cops moved in, but his passport was found among possessions left.

– Big brother TV star ‘fears for her life’ after attack by Thai monkeys 
And a sharp lesson for a German reality tv star who took to Phi Phi island for her holiday.  Dressed only in a skimpy bikini, perhaps for her Social media, she picked up a baby monkey at a local tourist attraction only for the baby to bite her, of course.  That was compounded by the mother giving her a nasty nip too.  Lesson learned?  Nope.. instead she tells her sheep that she is scared to go out, in a state of shock and of course, in need of a series of injections against rabies.. the moral?  Feed ’em if you must but monkeys aren’t puppies and kittens.. they are.. wild life.

– Pattaya hopes to see 27 million visitors this year
The local tourism offices have set their new year goals already.   Hoping to see 27 million visitors, domestic and international, coming to the city this year.   4 million up on last year isn’t a huge hike but will support local business for sure.  To achieve their goals they need to work with city hall to set multiple events, even through the low season, encouraging footfall to the city of fun.

– Pattaya vloggers call it quits as police investigations continue 
As police teams have long been working to collect evidence against so called vloggers who film here or go LIVE behind paywalls, essentially broadcasting content which is in many cases illegal, so it appears many having made enough cash or not are TAKING A BREAK.  Some tell us that it’s not worth the hassle and others are said to be worried about the repercussions as the investigators get more real. Either way, most welcome any decline in what is often seen as an invasion of privacy and usually is aimed at the lonely and desperate.. away from these shores and back in their mother’s basements.

– Swingers surprised by record sized snake at local golf course 
Swingers at a golf course in our province were somewhat put off their drives, puts and birdies this week when staff called in the emergency teams to remove a record sized snake.. How big?  Well  he, or she is around 14 feet long and to lift it took 5 men.  Proper snake catching gear enabled the team to remove it and take it to a more appropriate place and we are reminded that snake removal, of any type, is a free service in Thailand and, in reality, best left to the experts.

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