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Thai media Naew Na spoke to bar owners after Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha 'ordered' the opening of the country in 120 days. 

 

They didn't say where they went though it appeared to be Pattaya.

 

They had pictures of dusty bar stools piled on filthy pool tables. Banana skins on the floor looked like a metaphor for what has gone before and what might lie in wait.

 

Mayuree, 44, a bar beer (beer bar) owner said the situation was just getting worse and worse, she had no income at all just outgoings. 

 

She welcomed the PM's statement and was desperate to get her hands on foreign tourists' money. 

 

She said she had not been vaccinated and that aspect of reopening needed to be speeded up.

 

Pern echoed those statements saying foreigners were needed to save her business. She was not sure how much the vaccination rollout would affect everything but for her, too, it was just a tale of worse and worse.

 

Chatchai Sakhakul, an owner of pubs in Pattaya, said the situation there had been terrible for ages with the third wave of the pandemic worse than the previous one. 

 

He said he had 100,000 baht in rents to pay each month, water, electricity and needed to open fast. 

 

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you and the rest of the country.    

Thais are very resilient people, once the country will open up properly you'll see everything will be as they used to be and will not be able to tell that there was a Covid crises that nearly paralyze

I have this horrid feeling that the optimism is overblown and reality will be less fruitful with respect to material rewards for bar owners. I don't think tourists will come back as quickly to Phuket

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3 hours ago, AlexRich said:

Problem is that Thailand is no where near herd immunity through vaccine and an influx of tourists could accelerate the virus, particularly given that Thailand has attracted a large number of Indian tourists of late. The Delta/Indian variant spreads much faster and Thailand has yet to experience a major Covid crisis. 
 

But it’s encouraging to know that “dirty farangs” are now welcome in Thailand.

No ones welcome and no ones likely to go.  You don't achieve her immunity through taking something that lessens your symptoms.  You achieve immunity by being immune!

 

They don't have any data on the long-term immunity these type of vaccines may provide.

 

In fact the data is that they last approx 3 months and then you will require a booster jab. Thats probably why the UK has ordered 500m doses last year for their 40m adults.!

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28 minutes ago, TigerandDog said:

No tourists will be coming except may some expats trying to return. Try 2024 for tourism, maybe.

or some business men looking to buy property for the future

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19 minutes ago, AlexRich said:


widescale vaccinations achieves herd immunity because the virus has no one to infect. Boosters may well be a fact of life as there is no evidence of yet that vaccines protect forever. 

You cannot compare the covid vaccine to the already established vaccinations as they are not the same, anyway there is potential that the vaccine could cause even less opportunity for air travel.

 

From British airways 17th June 20212

 

'Four members of our pilot community passed away recently. Our thoughts are with their family and friends. However, there is no truth whatsoever in the claims on social media speculating that the four deaths are linked.

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7 hours ago, webfact said:

Thai media Naew Na spoke to bar owners after Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha 'ordered' the opening of the country in 120 days. 

Like Boris Johnson "ordered" the opening of the UK?

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7 hours ago, webfact said:

He said he had 100,000 baht in rents to pay each month, water, electricity and needed to open fast. 

Wait for it.  220 THB for a can of Leo.

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1 hour ago, ed strong said:

there is no truth whatsoever in the claims on social media speculating that the four deaths are linked.

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