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Rebranding Pattaya Again

Rebranding Pattaya Again

The Thai tourism ministry has pinpointed five sites as quality tourism destinations in the latest exercise in holiday orientation. Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul explained that the aim was to boost the number of high-spending or “value” tourists and to change the negative stereotypes which continue to haunt some Thai cities and beach resorts.
The ministry believes [...]

The Greening of Pattaya!

The Greening of Pattaya!

A renewed facelift attempt is being made to convert greater Pattaya into a more environmentally-friendly area with much less emphasis on nightlife. The Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA) is currently holding discussions with the city administration on new approaches to tourism which will increase visitor numbers by marketing the resort as attractive to [...]

Farang support Prayuth

Farang support Prayuth

An informal survey of over 100 foreign tourists and expats in the Pattaya area suggests that most of them are happy with the May 22 coup, military strongman and now PM Prayuth Chan-ocha and the main political events since then. The survey on a random survey basis was conducted by Pattaya Today in early November, [...]

No more elephantiasis!

No more elephantiasis!

New medical rules to obtain a Thai driving license have removed from the list of disqualifying diseases leprosy and elephantiasis as both of these can be both recognized and cured. Elephantiasis occurs when a person’s body, or parts of it, swells to enormous proportions. The most famous sufferer of that disease was the 19th century [...]

Electronic tagging non starter

Electronic tagging non starter

The suggestion of Thai Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul that foreign tourists should wear a wristband, embedded with an ID chip, has apparently been abandoned after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said it was unenforceable. The idea was brought up in the aftermath of the murder of two British tourists on the island of Koh [...]

Compensation Sought for UK Passport Delays

Compensation Sought for UK Passport Delays

A British House of Commons committee is demanding that British citizens who ended up waiting for three months or more for a new passport should be financially reimbursed. The Passport Agency in UK struggled with 550,000 applications last June and the committee says that many British citizens were left stranded and unable to travel. The [...]

Pattaya cleanup or control by military?

Pattaya cleanup or control by military?

Officials in Pattaya are working flat out to improve drastically Pattaya’s image rather than face direct intervention by the military junta’s NCPO (National Council for Peace and Order). The city’s acting Police Chief, Colonel Supatee Boonkrong said he wanted to eradicate prostitution in the interests of public safety and to restore “happiness” throughout the Eastern [...]

UK FINANCIAL BOMBSHELL MAY HIT BRITISH EXPATS

UK FINANCIAL BOMBSHELL MAY HIT BRITISH EXPATS

Hundreds of thousands of British non-residents could lose their tax-free allowance on UK earnings under proposals being considered by the British government. The total includes all British nationals in Thailand who fill in a UK tax form, including the many pensioners who are living here on a fixed income.
The tax-free allowance is currently 10,000 pounds [...]

Language schools suffering

Language schools suffering

It has become evident that the present official campaign to stamp out visa abuse, as perceived by the authorities, is serious and likely to be sustained. It is no longer possible for foreigners to travel to the border to obtain a back-to-back 30-day visa exemption and a similar crackdown at Thai airports has already started. [...]

Tourist police will merge volunteers

Tourist police will merge volunteers

Pattaya’s Foreign Tourist Police Assistants (FTPA), a Pattaya-based volunteer group of 50 resident farang from 10 countries, will amalgamate with the larger Tourist Police Volunteers (TPV) under a reorganization plan announced by the local tourist police superintendent, police lieutenant colonel Aroon Promphan.
Until now, both groups have operated separately in assisting the regular tourist police carry [...]

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