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  1. Thailand just needs to make the right noises and the occasional, largely symbolic, gesture. Then sit back, business as normal, until the rich nations have sorted out things like cheap air pumps for air conditioning, hydrogen-fuelled jet engines, and how to build cheap electric cars that normal people might actually want to pay money for. Oh, and how to stop the family waterbuffalo from farting, too, though that one may take a while, lol!
  2. As always with medical insurance, it's the oldest who'll be hit the hardest. Once you're in your 80's, all this stuff they're demanding will cost you the same as a small car.
  3. It helps to explain why the rate of new infections in Phuket is running at around four times the national average. Nothing to do with tourism, just that the government gave everyone an ineffective vaccine.
  4. Well, they could be more open and honest about that statement for starters. Spell out that the first day will involve some sort of isolation or quarantine until you receive the all-clear from your PCR test on arrival. They could also spell out in detail what exactly will happen to people who get a positive test result on arrival. How long will they have to quarantine for, and where, and who will pay?
  5. I've never used PIH myself, but they didn't distinguish themselves earlier in the year in their rush to take (non-refundable) deposits from people to pre-order the Moderna vacccine. OTOH, Memorial was doing much the same thing, while BHP just issued news releases in such a way as to minimise the chances of a foreigner being able to register for the limited supply of Moderna they expected at that time. Since that ended up meaning it was mainly their Thai customers who have been disappointed that they still haven't received any Moderna, maybe we should actually be grateful to BHP? I've forgiven
  6. There have been many stories over the years about the Gogo Bars on Walking Street closing down and relocating inland to LK Metro and Soi Buakhao, but that's the only 'gone' that I'd say might happen. I'd guess that many of the smaller bars that were struggling to make a living before Covid will never reopen, but that will just make the big, successful Gogos even more profitable and attractive as investments. And I'm sure that the eejits running the city have an idea what the economic impact of closing down the Gogo's completely might be. All those budget hotels and cheap bar beers and restaura
  7. They should save money on their advertising campaign and only target teetotallers, hermits and sociophobes. :rolleyes: Maybe a few new campaign slogans are in order: Thailand: come for the sun, die of the tedium. or Thailand: the hub of beaches and boredom.
  8. In the absence of any deadly new variants, the tourists aren't the problem. The trouble will start when they begin seriously lifting restrictions on social activities, like allowing bars to open again, which is pretty much a must if they want to attract a lot of people to spend a lot of money. Loss of inhibitions from drinking, together with shouting and singing in close proximity to others, possibly in an enclosed indoor space, and you have the perfect environment for the virus to spread. Now all those young(ish), fully vaccinated partygoers and staff may not be at much risk, but the vaccines
  9. Enjoy these low numbers, once the schools go back and they relax the social restrictions on bars and other venues to attract foreign tourists, we'll soon be at 30,000 to 40,000 new cases a day, though their refusal to do any serious testing will mask at least some of it. It's coming and it's unavoidable for anyone living here, so make sure you have had both jabs. The really sad thing is that, with only a third of the population fully-protected after over four months of the national vaccine rollout, all of those new cases are going to come with a lot of excess deaths as well. The GF's uncle is
  10. So I decided to go for a pleasant, quiet late Sunday afternoon stroll along Jomtine Beach, as I have done for months. I have only ever seen the area there busier during extended holiday weekends or special events during normal times, it was packed. I don't think it was a holiday weekend or anything special was going on, but vast numbers of people from somewhere had descended on Jomtien Beach Road to while away Sunday afternoon. With crowds like this, who needs foreign tourists? OK, I know, the hotels and restaurants and bars (if they ever reopen) need them, but it was a change to see a breath
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