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Most Thai schools to reopen Monday if they pass assessments, requirements




Most Thai schools are reopening, both fully and partially on Monday (November 1st), and the Thai Ministry of Education has rolled out a set of guidelines to be followed by schools, their staff and students if they are to resume on-site classes or hybrid on-site/online teaching.


Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1237208-most-thai-schools-to-reopen-monday-if-they-pass-assessments-requirements/

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Officials meet to assess Hua Hin’s readiness to reopen to foreign tourists




Officials met on Thursday (Oct 28) to iron out the final details of Hua Hin’s reopening plan and to asses the town’s readiness to reopen to vaccinated foreign tourists.


Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1237189-officials-meet-to-assess-hua-hin’s-readiness-to-reopen-to-foreign-tourists/

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Once Asia’s party capital, will Bangkok’s nightlife scene recover even if Thailand’s tourism industry picks up?



Bangkok’s Soi Cowboy area after bars were allowed to open with tight restrictions on alcohol sales. Industry players fear many of the independent bars and clubs that give the city its character will close. Photo: AFP


● Thailand’s nightlife economy was worth about US$5 billion, but Covid-19 has shuttered many bars and clubs after 20 months of lost business and no government help


● Curbs are only likely to be lifted in December, and many operators fear Asia’s party city may already have lost its reputation for variety and reinvention


Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1237235-once-asia’s-party-capital-will-bangkok’s-nightlife-scene-recover-even-if-thailand’s-tourism-industry-picks-up/


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Pattaya City starts nine-month long work on drainage project at “Baht Bus” stop in South Pattaya and Walking Street

By  Goong Nang(GN)




Pattaya – Pattaya City management has started work on a water drainage construction project in South Pattaya, connecting with the Pattaya Beach area, to solve long-standing flood problems.


Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1237239-pattaya-city-starts-nine-month-long-work-on-drainage-project-at-“baht-bus”-stop-in-south-pattaya-and-walking-street/


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Thailand’s biggest shopping center trialing digital currency

Central Retail Corp, a major Thai retail company, has announced a test of its virtual currency, “C-Coin.”




Central Retail Corp, a leading firm in Thailand’s retail industry, is testing a digital currency among its employees. After the sandbox phase is finished, the retail giant plans to extend the service to customers and the general public, according to a report by Bloomberg. 


Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1237240-thailand’s-biggest-shopping-center-trialing-digital-currency/


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Luxury hotel chain in Thailand reports data breach

By Jonathan Greig



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Cyberattackers claimed to have stolen the passport details and other personal information from visitors who stayed at Centara Hotels & Resorts.


Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1237241-luxury-hotel-chain-in-thailand-reports-data-breach/


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Thailand entry rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated tourists



Image: Tourists on a beach in Thailand. File photo. Reuters.


On Monday (Nov 1), Thailand will reopen to international foreign tourists for the first time in almost two years.


With the reopening just days away, the Thai government has provided a little more clarity on the entry process and requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated foreign tourists.


Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1237267-thailand-entry-rules-for-vaccinated-and-unvaccinated-tourists/


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Phuket marks 68 new COVID cases, no new deaths

By The Phuket News



Image: PPHO


PHUKET: The latest Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) daily COVID situation report has marked 68 new local infections confirmed across the island yesterday (Oct 28) bringing the total number of people recognised as infected with COVID-19 in Phuket since Apr 3 to 15,083.


Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1237276-phuket-marks-68-new-covid-cases-no-new-deaths/


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Teen shot during Bangkok protests in August dies




The 15-year-old boy, shot during an anti-government protest by hardcore “Talugas” anti-establishment protesters at Bangkok’s Din Daeng intersection on the night of August 16th, has died after two and a half months in the ICU of at Rajavithi Hospital.


Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1237282-teen-shot-during-bangkok-protests-in-august-dies/


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Chonburi announces 382 new and confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 1 new death

By Goong Nang(GN)



PHOTO: Covid-19 Center



382 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Chonburi today

390 people recovered and were released from medical care

1 new death


Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1237283-chonburi-announces-382-new-and-confirmed-cases-of-covid-19-and-1-new-death/


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Canals, footpaths and green spaces being restored to better link areas in Bangkok

By Namo Vananupong




BANGKOK (NNT) - The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is restoring the city’s network of canals, roads, footpaths, and green areas to better link the various localities of the city, with 5 projects set to be completed by the year’s end as New Year’s presents for Bangkok dwellers.


Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1237300-canals-footpaths-and-green-spaces-being-restored-to-better-link-areas-in-bangkok/


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Thailand cave rescue: UK diver says boys were in 'mortal danger every second underwater' as he relives heroic mission


The Rescue tells the against-all-odds story of the world-famous cave rescue by divers in Thailand in 2018, after a team of young footballers and their coach became trapped by flooding. Sky News speaks to one of those divers, John Volanthen, as well as co-director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.


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Image:The story of the young footballers trapped in a cave in Thailand made headlines around the world in 2018


It was the evening of 2 July 2018 when British divers Rick Stanton and John Volanthen emerged from the murky, dank monsoon rainwater that had flooded Thailand's Tham Luang Nang Non cave system, immediately realising they had found what they were looking for.


Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1237305-thailand-cave-rescue-uk-diver-says-boys-were-in-mortal-danger-every-second-underwater-as-he-relives-heroic-mission/


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Public schools in Pattaya are not ready to open for in-person learning on November 1st, say school officials

By Goong Nang(GN)




Pattaya – Public schools in Pattaya are not ready to open for ‘On Site’ learning on November 1st due to Covid -19 measurements, according to Chonburi and Pattaya officials.


Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1237306-public-schools-in-pattaya-are-not-ready-to-open-for-in-person-learning-on-november-1st-say-school-officials/


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COVID-19 Tests, Insurance Required for Quarantine-free Visitors




Fully vaccinated travelers from low-risk countries will be able to visit Thailand without serving quarantine from 1 November. Some requirements have been introduced for safety reasons, such as mandatory COVID-19 tests and travel insurance. Unvaccinated travelers will be required to quarantine for 10 days after arrival.


Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1237308-covid-19-tests-insurance-required-for-quarantine-free-visitors/


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Thailand’s Covid-19 Center Committee announces more Covid-19 relaxations, effective Monday November 1st




The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has announced an easing of Covid-19 measures, including provincial rezoning and the lift of the alcohol ban at dine-in restaurants in some areas, effective from November 1st.


Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1237342-thailand’s-covid-19-center-committee-announces-more-covid-19-relaxations-effective-monday-november-1st/


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Tougher health screening measures at Chiang Mai international airport



Chiang Mai International Airport / AFP


Due to recent surges in COVID-19 cases, Chiang Mai international airport has adopted an 8-step protocol, to make sure arriving passengers are safe, which may mean a delay of 2-3 hours before passengers are allowed to leave the airport following disembarkation.


Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1237343-tougher-health-screening-measures-at-chiang-mai-international-airport/


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