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At least at the time of writing ....
Bangkok Post: State tinkers with reopening plan
On July 20th, Pattaya was forced to join the Dark Red Zone, which means that almost all businesses, except hospitals and supermarkets, must remain closed. Restaurants and eateries are only allowed to offer take-away services from 04:00 until 20:00. Public transport is only allowed to operate at 50% of seating capacity and must use social distancing measures. There is a night curfew between 21:00 and 04:00. Enjoy your stay in Thailand!
Vaccination for Foreigners
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Pattaya (Chonburi) now Dark Red too!
July 21st, 2021
Thai Enquirer: Prayut and his ministers have brought this country to its lowest point
On May 21st, 2021, the CCSA (the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration) - supervised by Thailand's Prime Minister, Dictator, Songwriter and the man of many words Prayut Chan-o-cha - extended the Emergency Decree for another two months through July 31st. This is the 12th extension of the special law since it was enacted March 26th, 2020. The government has insisted that the law has nothing to do with politics, despite its regular use against dissidents. The special law was enacted March 26th, 2020, and gives Prayut Chan-o-cha sweeping powers, including a ban on large gatherings that prevents anti-government protests. According to Natapanu Nopakun, a deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, interagency cooperation and integration under the decree is still necessary to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Thailand.
Thai Enquirer: Dear Mr Prayut, it is time for you to resign
Khaosod English: Calls For Prayut to Resign and Catch-22
Stop the Press:
July 20th, 2021
Bangkok Post: State of emergency extended for 2 months
Stop the Press:
July 21st, 2021
Thai Enquirer: Coup rumor persists as government struggles to contain virus
Act of Defiance?
Thai Military orders another C295
Just days after receiving an Airbus C295 airlifter the Thai Defence Ministry has placed a firm order for an additional third one. According to a military source army chief Narongphan Jitkaewtae opted for the C295 airlifter instead of a Gulfstream G500 under a budget granted prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. Originally, the army wanted the Gulfstream business jet, priced at 1.34 billion Baht to cater to VIPs while Gen Apirat Kongsompong was in charge, according to the source. The procurement of the Golfstream jet was controversial as it was seen as non-essential and a waste of money. In February, Gen Narongphan opted for the C295 airlifter instead, despite Thailand's financial crisis. Thailand's military seems to be insatiable; in addition to new aircraft, they have ordered tanks, submarines, helicopters and lots of other completely unnecessary war material.
TPN National News (July 17th): Royal Thai Navy moves forward with proposal to purchase more submarines, dismisses criticism TPN National News (July 19th): Thailand postpones its submarine purchase plan, meeting with China officials to delay the budget planning due to Covid-19
This today, that tomorrow
On Wednesday, June 16th, Thailands Dictator Prayut Chan-o-cha announced that Thailand plans to fully reopen to vaccinated foreign visitors by mid-October. Fully inoculated foreign visitors and returning Thai citizens must be allowed entry without quarantine or other inconvenient restrictions, he said and that his goal is to open up the country within 120 days. A day later, Government spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri explained that Prayut's promise to reopen the country in 120 days should not be seen as a countdown. He said the aim was to open the country to foreign tourists gradually. On June 19th Thailand's media reportet that at a meeting of Thailand's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (presided over by the Dictator himself) the CCSA summarized that the plan to reopen the country comes with conditions, with a major requirement that only provinces that have vaccinated 70% of their population will be allowed to open completely. In addition, the Phuket sandbox tourism model could be paused on short notice if infections spike to 90 cases per week, the CCSA decided. The lesson of the story: Never take a statement from Thailand's Dictator at face value.
Bangkok Post: A leader's pride comes before a Covid-19 fall
The Dictator's two nephews got 73 government contracts worth 767 million Baht. They are sons of Preecha, Prayut's younger brother who missed 394 out of 400 working days and still got appointed senator... From an unknown company (1 million Baht capital) registered at Preecha's military housing in an army camp, Contemporary Construction has won 881 million Baht government deals during 2014-2017. Source: Isranews Agency
Thai Enquirer: Why is Buriram getting more vaccines than other provinces?
On June 15th, Thailand's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, the CCSA, admitted that they had run out of vaccines. They did reassure the public that they would resume registrations and vaccines as soon as they got the vaccines. Their optimism did not include a solid timeline. But a day later Anucha Burapachaisri, a spokesperson for the Thai government, claimed the vaccination rollout is going 'according to plan', the rollout has reached the government's target. On June 14th ThailandBusinessNews already reported that Thailand is now lagging behind many countries in vaccine procurement and sluggish vaccine campaign threatens the country's economic recovery.
Stop the Press:
July 14th, 2021
Thai Enquirer: Twitter bans account of prominent Thai hospital administrator
Siam Bioscience, Thailand's Covid-19 producer
Siam Bioscience Co. Ltd. was founded 2009 by CPB Equity Co. Ltd. (an investment arm of Crown Property Bureau which manages the Thai Royal assets) and Mahidol University, with an initial investment of about 2'000 million Baht. Siam Bioscience claims to be the first domestic manufacturer of biopharmaceutical drugs in Thailand. The plant that was set up in 2009 got eight years of tax breaks from Thailand's Board of Investment (BOI), while the new plant applied under the innovative-industry strategy following the Thailand 4.0 policy, which wins tax incentives for up to 15 years. Tax-based incentives include an exemption or reduction of import duties on machinery and raw materials too. In October 2020, Siam Bioscience, SCG, AstraZeneca and the Ministry of Health signed a Memorandum of Understanding to seal their joint commitment to providing the Covid-19 vaccine in Southeast Asia. This was followed by a manufacturing agreement between AstraZeneca and Siam Bioscience, stating that Siam Bioscience meets AstraZeneca's high technical, operational and ethical standards. When Siam Bioscience agreed in October 2020 to produce AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine and distribute it domestically and throughout Southeast Asia, it received a government subsidy of 600 million Baht to expand its production capacity. Since 2 July at the latest, Thailand has known that it will have difficulty meeting its monthly coronavirus vaccination target of 10 million doses, as Siam Bioscience's AstraZeneca shipments will be 40-50% lower than expected, as some shipments are destined for export.
Thailand's vaccine shortages
Bangkok Post: AZ shortfall raises doubts about jab targets Bangkok Post: Med groups issue appeal for more, better shots Bangkok Post: DDC confirms first post-shot clot case Bangkok Post: Siam Bioscience strives to be the leading COVID-19 vaccine producer for Southeast Asia Bangkok Post: Govt should find quality vaccines, allow private sector to participate: Suan Dusit Poll Bangkok Post: Outcry over vaccine shortages Bangkok Post: GPO denies it caused delay in Moderna jab deal Bangkok Post: GPO submits draft to buy Moderna jab Bangkok Post: Vaccine payments must come first, says GPO Bangkok Post: 70% of city Covid cases are Delta strain Bangkok Post: Abundance of Sinopharm jabs available: CRA Bangkok Post: Double-jabbed immunologist contracts Covid-19
Big money first
On June 17th, Interior Permanent Secretary Chatchai Promlert sent an urgent tele-message to all provincial governors instructing them to spare vaccines to inoculate ThaiBev's employees and families. After it became known that Thailand's Ministry of Interior granted privileged COVID-19 vaccination access to employees of Thai Beverage Public Company Limited, or ThaiBev, and their families, Chatchai Promlert, permanent secretary for the Interior Ministry, insisted on June 21st that his approval to provide free Covid-19 vaccine doses to over 70'000 Thai Beverage Public Company Limited (ThaiBev) employees and their families is lawful. Nevertheless, on the very same day Thailand's Ministry of Interior made an abrupt U-turn over its decision to grant privileged COVID-19 vaccination access to employees of Thai Beverage Public Company Limited, or ThaiBev, and their families and on June 22nd the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) claimed that no preferential treatment is being given in the allocation of Covid-19 vaccines unless there is a sound reason justifying it. But on June 22nd it became known that Thai Beverage Plc received preferential treatment after permanent secretary for the interior Chatchai Promlert successfuly secured vaccines for 43'200 of its employees and their families. The owners of Thai Beverage Plc are members of the ominous 'Bangkok Elite' and known supporters of the dictator and his clique.
Drastic measures in Bangkok
Thailand announced new restrictions around its capital on June 27th to combat the country's worst coronavirus outbreak. The new measures, which will take effect for 30 days from June 28th, include a ban on restaurant dine-ins in Bangkok and five surrounding provinces, according to a document published in the country's Royal Gazette. Shopping malls in Bangkok and the five provinces will have to close at 21:00, and parties or celebrations or activities involving more than 20 people will be banned for the same duration, the document said. It also said that construction sites in the six areas will be closed and workers' camps cordoned off to contain the clusters. The order followed the emergence of many clusters in construction camps in the capital, which has 575 such construction sites housing about 81'000 workers.
As of July 10th, 2021
As of July 19th, 2021
Locked up on the island?
The Phuket Sandbox is like being sentenced to a prison term of 14 days with a fine to pay of about 40'000 Baht to stay in your self acclaimed prison.
Upon arrival at Phuket Airport, a Phuket Sandbox Prisoner must go directly to his/her SHA+ hotel by SHA+ bus! It is strictly forbidden to take an airport bus, a taxi or even a rental car.
If you participate in the Phuket Sandbox, you should be prepared to pay for 3 (three!) Covid-19 tests. Each test will cost you at least 2'800 Baht. You will also need to install tracking software on your smartphone and keep the phone on 24 hours/day. You also have to check in with the SHA officials at your hotel every day - and wait for him if he is not in the house ....
Remember: You booked this goofy holiday despite all that sh*t!
Bangkok Post: Welcome to your prison vacation?
Bangkok Post: Phuket plan is full of inconsistencies and regulations that will put off tourists from visiting
The Sandbox opened
With the publication of the now binding regulations in the Royal Gazette on the night of 29-30 June 2021, the temporary opening of Puket was finally sealed after much wrangling. This are some of the regulations:
Bangkok Post: Regulatory chaos spoils Phuket's reopening
Bangkok Post: First tourists arrive in Phuket under Sandbox scheme
Bangkok Post: Last throw of Covid dice?
Time: Thailand Is Reopening Its Hottest Beach Destination. But One Bangkok Newspaper Is Calling It a Prison Vacation
For additional information please visite the WEB-Site of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) or contact the Thai Embassy in your country.
Additional regulation as of July 18th
As of July 19th, 2021
TPN National News (July 19th): All domestic visitors from 76 Thai provinces who want to enter Phuket MUST be vaccinated AND test negative for Covid-19 effective from July 20th
Remember: You booked this goofy holiday despite all that sh*t!
The Koh Samui Sandbox
On 15 July, Koh Samui launches a copy of the Phuket Sandbox as the Samui Plus Model or SPM. In fact it is the same sham as Phuket provides. You are a supervised prisoner on a nice Island. The island opens only to fully vaccinated tourists from countries with low and medium risk of Covid 19 transmission Samui promises that tourists can visit Koh Samui without quarantine requirements. However, they must stay on Koh Samui and 2 small other islands for at least 14 days before they are allowed to travel beyond the tourist island. Under the SPM, foreign visitors must stay in certified resorts for the first seven days after arriving on Koh Samui. During this time, days 1-3 are spent in quarantine. On the fourth day of their stay, tourists can go to designated destinations on the island, most likely with a tour guide. After a week, travellers can go to the neighbouring islands off the coast of Surat Thani, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao. And after 14 days, tourists can travel to other provinces. As in Phuket, the tourist must download the smartphone application "ThailandPlus", which uses GPS and Bluetooth to track locations and scan QR codes to record the traveller's journey. The app alerts the users if they have been in close contact with a Covid 19 case. During their stay on Koh Samui, tourists are tested for Covid-19 three times, either at the airport, at a checkpoint or at the hotel, each time at the traveller's expense.
Typical for Thailand: The binding implementation regulations were made available on July 13th - two days before the official opening. This example shows once again that those in charge do not have the slightest idea of how tourism works.
Ong Ye Kung
Turn the Pandemic into something much less threatening
Don't believe everything
Money talks and Covid walks
(or rides in the back of lorries)
To be considered
Covid-19 Vaccine Deaths and Injuries
In the United States, only vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are administered
Data from Israel suggests Pfizer™'s vaccine is less effective at protecting against infections caused by the Delta variant of Covid-19 but retains its potency to prevent severe illness from the highly contagious strain. The vaccine protected 64% of inoculated people from infection during an outbreak of the Delta variant, down from 94% before. Real world data from England demonstrated that two doses of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca are 92% effective against hospitalisation due to the Delta variant and showed no deaths among those vaccinated. On July 8th, Pfizer and BioNTech announced they are developing a Covid-19 booster shot intended to target the delta variant. Clinical studies could begin as early as August 2021. Pfizer and BioNTech are shortly seek U.S. authorization for a third dose of its vaccine.
Bangkok Post: Time to accept we can't beat Covid-19 CNA: Pfizer to seek US authorisation for COVID-19 vaccine booster shot as Delta variant spreads Thai PBS: Thai study finds 2 doses of Sinovac can’t beat Delta variant, AstraZeneca can, with neutralizing antibody levels of over 90% Reuters: Hundreds of vaccinated Indonesian health workers get COVID-19, dozens in hospital Reuters: Indonesia, Thailand consider booster shots amid doubts over Sinovac vaccine Reuters: Hundreds of Thai medical workers infected despite Sinovac vaccinations Bangkok Post: Sinovac dumped as second-dose vaccine in favour of AstraZeneca Bangkok Post: Boon in talks to buy BioNTech/Fosun and/or Novavax shots
Do not trust the reports of the WHO, the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) and the AHA (American Heart Association).
These organisations do not work independently.
They are actively sponsored by the interested parties. According to M-CAM International, a watchdog of innovations, proprietary intellectual property (IP) and financial analysis systems, and its CEO and Chairman Dr. David E. Martin, Pfizer, Moderna and Sanofi patented the Corona Virus long before it was discovered in Wuhan (China). Here is the report and all the facts: Interview with Dr. David E. Martin
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New Restriction as of July 13th
Chonburi issues new order: Until further notice, all shops, including petrol stations and convenience stores, will be closed from 21:00 to 04:00 from July 13th. People are asked to stay at home. However, unlike in Bangkok, this is not a regulation.
Stop drinking stops Covid!
Chonburi releases new order: No alcohol sales anywhere from 20:00 to 04:00. Ban of all drinking in groups overnight to stop Covid-19! Obviously, the highly educated Chonburi officials know that the Covid 19 virus is both a night owl and an alcoholic!
Dirty Tap Water again
Same procedure as every year!
Despite the fact that Pattaya has virtually no tourists to accommodate this year, the Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) finds itself obliged to supply households with dirty and at times smelly tap water for the forth month this year. In addition, since many weeks the water pressure will be temporarily reduced during the nights. It is not a new phenomenon, the PWA has not been in control of Pattaya's water supply for decades.
Beach Road Pattaya
New Parking Regulation
On Pattaya Beach Road, parking of motorbikes is only allowed on the left side of the road. Vehicles with 4 wheels (or more) can be parked on both sides of the road. The Pattaya City Police gave neither a reason nor an explanation for this new regulation.
We don't care
For years, Pattaya City Hall has been trying to sell the failed beach promenade as a mirror image of world-famous seaside resorts. But the big boys keep forgetting that the popular beaches do not only consist of some sand, but also of a well-tended promenade. In the decades since Pattaya's existence, those in power have still not understood that the infrastructure also needs to be maintained, which is why everything is falling into disrepair in a very short time.
Pattaya Bars will stay closed
Chonburi's Governor Phakharathorn Tieanchai recently addressed entertainment business owners saying restrictions and disease control measures will stay the same for now as the province still has a number of Covid-19 cases.
Simple Simon leaves Jomtien
Simple Simon has closed the restaurant in Jomtien. It is said that the management will open a new food outlet somewhere on the dark side. On July 7th Simple Simon opened the new restaurant on the Dark Side, just at the entrance to Pattaya Paradise Village 1 in Soi Thung Klom-Tan Man 9.
Jomtien Night Market
These are the sad remains of the once popular Jomtien Night Market. Corona really destroys everything.
We will keep you up-to-date.
Tasty Sausages & more
Do you fancy a good Frankfurter sausage every now and then that really tastes like in good old Germany? Then you have to visit Duan in Soi 16 (off Naklua Road) in Naklua. The Frankfurter sausage is served for 120 Baht with bread or potato salad and tastes really excellent. The taste is a far cry from the sausages commonly offered in Thailand, most of which should actually be called donuts due to their high sugar content.
Shortened 24 hours
Bye bye Mr. 99
Mr 99, a formerly well-known and popular seafood & steak restaurant on Pattaya's Beach Road has thrown in the towel and closed the business. With the help of a few Tuk Tuks, the shop is obviously trying to venture into a new future. Rim Talay, a Seafood and Steak Restaurant, once located on Soi 18 (off Naklua Road), is replacing Mr 99.
The Burger & Beer Bar in front of Mike Shopping Mall will be replaced by Pasha's Cafe & Cocktail Lounge, apparently a branch of Pasha's Kebab & Pizza across the entrance.
Royal Garden Plaza
Royal Garden Plaza closed its 3rd and 4th floor.
Breakfast in the City
Robin Hood announces an affordable breakfast at its branch in The Avenue on Pattaya Second Road.
The new multi-storey car park at Terminal21 is taking shape. It was announced as an underground car park, but it looks now more like a traditional multi-storey car park.
During the last few days of June, Pizza Company reopened its branch at Terminal21.
The Covid pandemic has caught many of the small shops in Terminal 21 off guard. In June, more than a handful of these cosy shops had to throw in the towel.
New Pub on Pattaya 3rd Road
A new pub for Thai night owls is being built on the site of the well-known Thai nightclub DNA. Its managers will have to wait a little longer for the opening of the FIN.
What goes around comes around: The new branch of Taco Bell, located between Burger King and Sizzler at the Royal Garden Plaza, has finally received its sign and will hopefully open soon. The fans have been waiting for it for a long time! Taco Bell opened on July 5th!
Far East Rocking Law?
K.T. International Law and Business replaces the once popular Far East Rock 2 A Go-Go Club on Soi Post Office (also known as Soi Praisanee or Soi 13/2)
Kiss Food & Drink: We never give up!
Closed, closed, closed
The small shops on Pattaya Beach Road are badly missing tourists
Back to the roots!
After several price hikes within the last few months, the management of Hungry Hippo is spelling back and reducing the prices of many of its menus. For additional information please check our Tasty Food Page!
Up to sale
Ruangsettee Apartment, formerly known as Bri & Enjoy Apartment, is up to sale!
Bar to sale
The recently renovated Na Vila Bar, located on the northern part of Soi Buakhao, is for sale. If you are interested in taking over, please call 086 100 5736 or 098 721 8782
Building to rent
The building of the former J & S Sexy Shop 2 is up to rent. If you are interested in, please call 081 874 6697
The doors to The Warehouse, probably the new attraction on Soi Buakhao
The building of the V&M Terrace Hotel in the northern part of the Soi had to undergo a complete renovation and will probably be handed over to its new purpose soon. We will keep you up-to-date.
Tree Town Fun
All you can drink in 2 hours for 199 Baht at Yakiniku.
Tree Town rents
As was to be expected, some bars in Soi Buakhao's popular Tree Town Entertainment Complex are also looking for new owners.
Beer Hubb at Tree Town announces vaccination discounts.
Kiss A Go-Go on Soi LK Metro (off Soi Buakhao), which has been for sale for a long time, has obviously found a new owner. In any case, since the end of June, construction workers have been in this shop and are turning everything upside down. We will keep you up-to-date.
Right next to the well-known Boom Bar in Soi LK Metro, an Unreal Bar will open its doors as soon as conditions permit.
Wok Express has opened a cozy little restaurant right next to the currently sealed off Action Street Bar Complex. Tasty Thai food is served at reasonable prices.
Officials still cash in!
For more than a year, entertainment businesses have been shut down by the measures adopted by the government. Despite the many fine words of the dictator and his aides, the industry has hardly received any support so far. Nevertheless, the organisations are cashing in big time, e.g. on the currently completely useless illuminated signs.
City Hall's new Walking Street
City Hall's new Walking Street: With pavements and trees, but without Bars, Discos and A Go-Go Clubs - and therefore without visitors.
Mike Baird's Cartoon:
The Fun starts here
Cartoon by courtesy of Stephffart
Eat whatever you like
Eating my friends
I need the whole thing
Beer can change your life
Old Lives Matter
We love our Animals
Mike Baird presents:
Pattaya Tourist Guides
These Tourist Guides were designed by Pattaya's #1 Cartoonist Mike Baird.Please click on the images above to see more and larger copies of his work.
While Thailand seems to have the corona virus under control, the situation with dengue fever, another viral disease, is extremely worrying in the Kingdom, especially during the rainy season. Thailand's Public Health Officials advise people to make sure that there is no standing water around their homes, as this is a breeding ground for mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus.
Another dangerous virus in this area is the Chikungunya virus. It is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. The most common symptoms of infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. The Chikungunya virus was found for the first time in the Americas on islands in the Caribbean in late 2013. The virus was imported by infected travellers into new areas such as Thailand. Currently there is no vaccine for prevention or medication to treat a Chikungunya virus infection.
Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by measles virus. Symptoms usually develop 10–12 days after exposure to an infected person and last 7–10 days. Initial symptoms typically include fever, often greater than 40°C, cough, runny nose, and inflamed eyes. Small white spots may form inside the mouth two or three days after the start of symptoms. A red, flat rash which usually starts on the face and then spreads to the rest of the body typically begins three to five days after the start of symptoms. Measles is an airborne disease which spreads easily from one person to the next through the coughs and sneezes of infected people. No specific treatment is available but the measles vaccine is effective at preventing the disease and is exceptionally safe.
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