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It's sad the rehearsal has  more people than the actual event will.  Will the rehearsal footage be used to claim it was an overwhelming success? 

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They were heard rehearsing how to say "Ni hao!"

 

Anyway it may have put a little money in peoples pockets that have not had any coming in recently.

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I'm sure the real tourists will be lined up in perfectly straight rows exactly 1.5m from the person in front, just like in the picture.

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Seems like years since I've been to the airport what about all the shops and restaurants are they still open?

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All they are missing is the circus animals for the grand opening, you couldn't make this stuff up Welcome to Thailand 

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They'll be more employees than tourists by that picture at the start of the article.

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19 hours ago, BobinBKK said:

Fitted with collar and chain.

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Don't forget the stamp for the forehead.

 

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2 hours ago, rwill said:

They were heard rehearsing how to say "Ni hao!"

 

Anyway it may have put a little money in peoples pockets that have not had any coming in recently.

 

Well they are in for a shock - The Chinese are not allowed to travel.

 

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Wow...😯 When looking at the picture from the rehearsal, do they really expect that many incoming foreign tourists from Europe and USA to come on holiday in July to wear tracking wristband; and no alcohol served; and no pubs open; and with Covid-19 test on arrival, and two more within a fortnight...🤔

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23 hours ago, webfact said:

held a rehearsal yesterday

 

Interesting, from the photo, not one "tourist" is carrying a bucket and spade for the sandbox!!

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They should have reached out to the island's expat community. Free COVID jab on the day if you volunteer for this exercise.

 

It would certainly be more realistic to practice with some curmudgeonly foreigners (both in terms of attitude and language) rather than the meek 'minion army'.

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5 hours ago, khunjeff said:

I'm sure the real tourists will be lined up in perfectly straight rows exactly 1.5m from the person in front, just like in the picture.

https://www.thephuketnews.com/photo/listing/2021/1623822981_1-org.jpg

 

actually, if you zoom in, the first 4 or 5 people stand in line, adequately spaced. If you look behind them, there is a big crowd of people packed in like sardines.
How stupid is that!

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Where is the one, surly looking Immigration officer with an attitude that will be manning the single open station creating an hour long wait before the tourists even get to to disinfection/decontamination and GPS tagging stations?

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17 hours ago, rasmus5150 said:

Reminds me of HomePro.

So much staff and almost zero customers.

The minute you enter the shop they will annoy you every 3 mins., asking if you need any help. And if you actually do need help, they have no clue.......

 

So sadly true. 

 

Do they train them to stalk you and annoy so much you give up shopping there? 

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Until the final Phuket Sandbox rules are published in the Royal Gazette (speculated to be about 28 June), why would anyone make any plans to arrive, in Phuket, on 1 July? Already, in the past month, the length of SHA Plus hotel stay has been extended from 7 to 14 days, tracker wristbands are required, transport options are unclear (rental cars?), after going from airport to hotels, etc. 

 

Surely, what's the rush to arrive, on 1 July, when it's better to wait a few days to see the initial results and then decide travel plans. Guaranteed that there will be "adjustments" when 1 July arrives and there is some confusion about implementation of the Sandbox.

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14 minutes ago, skytrooper70 said:

what's the rush to arrive, on 1 July,

 

Could be people that, for whatever reason, went for an STV; arrive after 3 July and can't apply for the extension to the STV (although the covid extension still likely an option).

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On 6/16/2021 at 10:33 PM, ChipButty said:

Seems like years since I've been to the airport what about all the shops and restaurants are they still open?

They upgraded the airport and added a very nice food area on the second floor. However, when the pandemic hit, 75% of those food shops closed down. Hope it reopens.

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On 6/16/2021 at 8:25 AM, ikke1959 said:

Anybody know how many people already  have booked to come  for a holiday in Phuket next month?????

4 ….. You have to laugh but

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