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  1. Reminds me of what happened to my Bangkok Bank account earlier this year. I've been in the US since the beginning of the lockdown (Jan 2020), and have never used my BBL debit/ATM card to purchase something either online or at a store, and no automatic payments are setup against this account. The only usage of the card has been in an ATM (always a Bangkok Bank ATM), and it has not been used since leaving Thailand in January 2020. This is an account that I use as a "slush fund", very rarely making deposits or withdrawals, so I was never diligent in checking the balance while in
  2. TAT boss rules out going back to the old Thai tourism formula of crowded bars and nightlife. He insists the kingdom is instead pursuing a higher quality, more family-friendly market. So, how did that scheme work out in Phuket, where all bars had been closed and nightlife had been shut down? From July 1 through September, they got approximately 20% of the foreign tourists that TAT had projected, and international flight arrivals were operating at average passenger loads of 50% or less. Doesn't seem like a successful long-term strategy to me.
  3. I hope I'm wrong, but I don't think the Thai government will be dropping the requirement of $100K insurance and a CoE anytime soon. Tourists leaving the country without paying for medical treatment has been a point of contention for quite some time (since well before Covid), and authorities have been very vocal about needing to fix this situation. I would assume that the government sees this as an ideal opportunity to impose their goal of mandatory health insurance for tourists, while positioning it as a Covid requirement. And, if $100k of general health insurance (i
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