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Thai tourism set for sluggish reboot as Phuket stutters on 'sandbox'

 

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FILE PHOTO: An empty street market is seen near the beach in Phuket, Thailand March 31, 2021. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/File Photo

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's planned reopening of the resort island Phuket next month to vaccinated visitors, bypassing quarantine requirements, has met a lukewarm response, with hotel bookings indicating expected occupancy of less than 20% so far.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1220956-thai-tourism-set-for-sluggish-reboot-as-phuket-stutters-on-sandbox/

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Gov confident it can meet 120 day reopening goal

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy Supattanapong Punmeechaow has clarified the government’s intention of reopening the entire nation to foreigners within 120 days, saying the countdown will start on July 1, placing its deadline at the end of October this year.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1220953-gov-confident-it-can-meet-120-day-reopening-goal/

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Thailand scraps plan for 16-week dose gap on AstraZeneca vaccine

 

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FILE PHOTO: A health worker shows a vial of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as Thailand start a mass inoculation at a gymnasium inside the Thammasat University in Pathum Thani, Thailand June 7, 2021. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand has abandoned its plan for a 16-week gap between doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and will opt for a shorter interval of 10 to 12 weeks instead, a senior health official said on Friday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1220983-thailand-scraps-plan-for-16-week-dose-gap-on-astrazeneca-vaccine/

 

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New Phuket Provincial Hall touted to open in Sept

By The Phuket News

 

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The new Phuket Provincial Hall as pictured in February. Photo: PR Phuket / file

 

PHUKET: Phuket officials expect the years-in-coming new Phuket Provincial Hall under construction on the south side of Phuket Town to finally be finished and open for services on Sept 1.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1220985-new-phuket-provincial-hall-touted-to-open-in-sept/

 

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One of the World’s Most Congested Cities Has Big Public Transport Plans

Thailand’s government hopes a new Bangkok railway station can solve the city’s traffic woes.

 

By Prim Chuwiruch

 

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Bang Sue Grand Station in Bangkok is touted to be Southeast Asia’s largest railway hub.

Photographer: Andre Malerba/Bloomberg

 

Wrapped in four storeys of reflective glass and covering 298,200 square meters —more than 40 soccer pitches—Bangkok’s Bang Sue Grand Central Station will be more than just a transportation hub.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1220988-one-of-the-world’s-most-congested-cities-has-big-public-transport-plans/

 

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Online appeal launched to fly home elderly British man taken seriously ill in Korat

 

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Gary's daughter Vanessa shared this picture of Gary in his Thailand hospital saying he'd "aged 15 years in a week" (Image: JustGiving)

 

The family of a British man seriously ill in hospital in Korat have launched an online appeal to help with his return to the UK.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1220993-online-appeal-launched-to-fly-home-elderly-british-man-taken-seriously-ill-in-korat/

 

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Thailand confirms reopening plan from 1 July 2021

 

Starting with the pilot ‘island approach’ from July, followed by extension routes from August and ‘sealed approach’ from September, leading to reopening of more destinations in October.

 

TAT Newsroom

 

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Bangkok – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to confirm Thailand’s readiness to reopen to vaccinated foreign tourists without quarantine requirements, starting with the “Phuket Sandbox” model from 1 July, Surat Thani – Samui Plus from 15 July, followed by other destinations, including Krabi, Phang Nga, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and Buri Ram in the following months.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1221002-thailand-confirms-reopening-plan-from-1-july-2021/

 

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Thai immigration bust Chinese backed loan sharking operation in Nonthaburi - 70,000 victims

 

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Officers from the Immigration Bureau led by chief Lt-Gen Sompong Chingduang raided two places in Nonthaburi yesterday to crack a loan sharking operation, reported Daily News.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1221003-thai-immigration-bust-chinese-backed-loan-sharking-operation-in-nonthaburi-70000-victims/

 

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Red card for seven who ran 200 million baht Euro 2020 gambling group - raids in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Hua Hin

 

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RTP deputy commander and head of the PCT or Thailand's cyber tech police Gen Damrongsak Kittipraphat announced the arrests of seven people who were running a gambling operation on the Euro 2020 football tournament.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1221004-red-card-for-seven-who-ran-200-million-baht-euro-2020-gambling-group-raids-in-bangkok-nonthaburi-hua-hin/

 

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Phuket Sandbox: Are we ready?

By The Phuket News

 

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A lone lifeguard keeps watch over an empty Patong Beach. Photo: Patong Surf Life Saving

 

Leading local tourism figures are confident that Phuket’s tourism industry is ready to welcome what few tourists will start arriving after the Phuket Tourism Sandbox model launches on July 1, allowing vaccinated foreign tourists onto Phuket without observing any mandatory quarantine other than having to remain on the island.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1221006-phuket-sandbox-are-we-ready/

 

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More funding for NHSO to compensate for serious vaccine side effects

 

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The government has allocated an additional 30 million baht to the National Health Security Office to be used to pay compensation to people who suffer rare serious side effects from inoculation with COVID-19 vaccines.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1221007-more-funding-for-nhso-to-compensate-for-serious-vaccine-side-effects/

 

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Thammanat takes wheel of Palang Pracharath as party plots course for election win

By Thai PBS World’s Political Desk

 

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Palang Pracharat Party’s secretary-general, Thammanat Prompow

 

The ruling party’s latest internal reshuffle indicates it desperately wants to win the next election, amid speculation that the national poll will be called early.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1221011-thammanat-takes-wheel-of-palang-pracharath-as-party-plots-course-for-election-win/

 

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"Moving Forward to Reopen Thailand": Tourism minister Pipat explains obstacles to PM's 120 day plan

 

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Thailand's minister for tourism and sports Pipat Ratchakitprakan spoke to the press after a forum held at a Bangkok hotel called "Moving Forward to Reopen Thailand".

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1221015-moving-forward-to-reopen-thailand-tourism-minister-pipat-explains-obstacles-to-pms-120-day-plan/

 

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Schools in Chiang Rai shut again after local cluster of Covid that originated in Chonburi

 

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Bangkok Business News reported that many schools in Chiang Rai have been ordered shut again just after they reopened. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1221021-schools-in-chiang-rai-shut-again-after-local-cluster-of-covid-that-originated-in-chonburi/

 

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1,000 year old jars and artifacts discovered in Surin field

 

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Ancient artifacts including 16 clay jars have been found in a field in the village of Among in Tha Sawang sub-district of Surin in Thailand's north eastern region. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1221024-1000-year-old-jars-and-artifacts-discovered-in-surin-field/

 

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Pattaya: Court to hear case against gambling figure charged with ordering murder of motorcycle taxi rider

 

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Somchai Jutikidecha,55 - a leading figure in illegal football gambling on the eastern seaboard - will hear charges in court in Pattaya related to organizing a hit on a motorcycle taxi driver last year, reported INN.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1221038-pattaya-court-to-hear-case-against-gambling-figure-charged-with-ordering-murder-of-motorcycle-taxi-rider/

 

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Thailand’s Transport Ministry Prepares for Reopening of 10 Tourist Provinces

Woraprat Lerpaisal

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - Thailand’s Transport Ministry is preparing for the reopening of 10 tourist provinces to foreign tourists in the third and fourth quarters of this year, after Phuket reopens to overseas visitors from 1 July, under the Phuket “sandbox” scheme.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1221041-thailand’s-transport-ministry-prepares-for-reopening-of-10-tourist-provinces/

 

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