Archive For The “Miscellany” Category

Cold Season Due To Arrive In This Thursday

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Cold Season Due To Arrive In This Thursday

  Thailand will officially enter the cold season this Thursday, October 17th, according to the Meteorological Department.   The department says that the average minimum temperatures in northern Thailand will steadily drop to cold season levels and the wind blowing across Thailand at altitudes of between 100 and 500 metres have swung round to the…

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Supermarkets, Stores Move Towards Eco-Friendly Packaging

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Supermarkets, Stores Move Towards Eco-Friendly Packaging

With department stores striving to move away from plastic waste, eco-friendly packaging made from paper pulp and plants instead of foam and plastic has increased by an encouraging 30 per cent.   Siriporn Dechsingha, Deputy Chief Executive of Corporate Communication at Siam Makro, recently launched the project “Say Hi to Bio, Say No to Foam:…

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Mandatory Health Insurance For Non O-A Visa Effective From 31 October

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Mandatory Health Insurance For Non O-A Visa Effective From 31 October

  Foreigners applying for a Non O-A visa will be required to purchase health insurance from 31 October.   The requirements, which were first proposed back in May, have now been confirmed in a police order posted on the Immigration website.   Applicants are required to have 40,000 baht outpatient coverage and 400,000 baht inpatient…

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Driving License Point Deduction System To Be Introduced In Mid-December

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Driving License Point Deduction System To Be Introduced In Mid-December

A point deduction system, designed to improve the discipline of drivers, is tentatively scheduled to be introduced for motorists and motorcyclists in mid-December. It is hoped that the system will help to reduce road fatalities and injuries each year by 2,000-4,000. Pol Col Aekkarach Limsangkart, deputy commander of Highways Police Command, explained that each licenced…

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Weatherman Forecasts Cold Weather In December And January

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Weatherman Forecasts Cold Weather In December And January

  Dust off your winter clothing in preparation for the arrival of the cold season at the end of this year, as the mercury in thermometers across the country, is predicted to fall substantially, including in Bangkok where temperatures may drop to 15-17 degrees Celsius in December and January. The Meteorological Department predicts that the…

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Alcohol Ban For End Of Buddhist Lent Over Long Weekend

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Alcohol Ban For End Of Buddhist Lent Over Long Weekend

The 24-hour ban on the sale of alcohol for Sunday will come into effect at midnight Saturday night. Image: The Phuket News / file   PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pol Maj Gen Rungrote Thakurapunyasiri has cautioned that a 24-hour ban on the sale of alcohol will be in effect nationwide this weekend as the…

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After The Rain Comes Colder Temperatures In Thailand

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After The Rain Comes Colder Temperatures In Thailand

Thailand will have to weather the last of the rainy season’s storms before winter, the meteorological department said Monday.   Most provinces in Thailand will continue to see rain throughout the week until lower temperatures signal a transition from the rainy season to the cold season. Bangkok will see up to a 60 percent chance…

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Marquez vs Quartararo: The Reigning Champion Repels The Rookie To Rule In Buriram

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Marquez vs Quartararo: The Reigning Champion Repels The Rookie To Rule In Buriram

Marc Marquez   The Frenchman took it down to the last lap once again, but Marquez plays his cards to perfection to win the race and title number eight   Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was crowned an eight-time World Champion as he took victory in the PTT Thailand Grand Prix, but it was far…

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Heavy Rains Forecast For Most Of Thailand

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Heavy Rains Forecast For Most Of Thailand

  Thunder showers, heavy rain and gusts are forecast for most of Thailand on October 5-6, the Thailand Meteorological Department announced on Saturday (October 5). The department attributed the weather conditions to a high-pressure ridge from China that has moved down to the upper northeastern region and South China sea, creating a southeast trough passing…

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Surging Thai Baht Shatters Expat Dreams Of Easy Retirement

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Surging Thai Baht Shatters Expat Dreams Of Easy Retirement

Brian Maxey moved to Thailand from the U.K. expecting his sterling pension to afford him an easy retirement. Instead, he’s finding it harder to meet his visa’s financial stipulations because of the strong baht. The former aircraft technician easily bought a townhouse, pickup truck and motorcycle when he arrived at the age of 55 two…

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