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  1. Plan to ban alcohol on Thai New Year By The Nation No alcoholic beverages will be sold on April 13, the traditional Thai New Year, if the Alcohol Control Committee’s (ACC) proposal is approved. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084547-plan-to-ban-alcohol-on-thai-new-year/
  2. Plan to ban alcohol on Thai New Year By The Nation No alcoholic beverages will be sold on April 13, the traditional Thai New Year, if the Alcohol Control Committee’s (ACC) proposal is approved. The ACC passed a resolution to ban the sale of alcoholic drinks on the national holiday, but it will have to get the green light from the Alcohol Policy Committee before it takes effect. “We will present it to the Alcohol Policy Committee next month,” said ACC deputy chair Dr Sukhum Karnchanapimai, who is also the permanent secretary for Public Health, after the meeting. He said the ACC passed a resolution because statistics show road casualties are highest on this day every year. April 13 marks the traditional Thai New Year and is a part of long Songkran holidays when millions of people hit the roads for home-province visits or vacations. Revellers often celebrated Songkran with alcohol. In Thailand, drunk driving is a major cause of road accidents. “Records show between 50 and 60 per cent of adults get behind the wheel even after drinking. The percentage is even higher among those aged younger than 20 years,” Sukhum said. He said the ACC had pushed for the alcohol-sale ban to prevent people from the danger of drunk driving. “Even if we don’t drink drive, there is risk of accidents if others drink drive,” he said. He said the ban on the sale of alcohol during five important religious holidays proves effective in reducing road accidents. These days are Makha Bucha Day, Visakha Bucha Day, Asharnha Bucha Day, the Buddhist Lent Day, and the End of Buddhist Lent Day. “The latest resolution … applies to April 13, 2019 only. But if evaluation shows good results, we will propose the ban on alcoholic sale on April 13 of every year,” Sukhum said. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30364207 -- © Copyright The Nation 2019-02-15
  3. Hua Hin City FC VS Assumption United Saturday 530pm 16th February Hua Hin City FC will be playing at the InspireHuaHin.Com Stadium on Saturday 16th February – Kick-off 530pm. The club is hot off an away win last week -T4 Thai League 2019. Samutsongkhram FC 0:2 Hua Hin City FC. You can view match highlights below: Match Day Details: 50 baht ticket price The Stadium is located in Khao Takiab
  4. PHOTOS: Five Chinese tourists injured in speedboat accident in Phuket Five Chinese tourists and two Thai nationals were injured after two boats collided in waters off Koh Rang, near Phuket on Saturday afternoon. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1083450-photos-five-chinese-tourists-injured-in-speedboat-accident-in-phuket/
  5. PHOTOS: Five Chinese tourists injured in speedboat accident in Phuket Five Chinese tourists and two Thai nationals were injured after two boats collided in waters off Koh Rang, near Phuket on Saturday afternoon. The 10 Chinese tourists were travelling back from Koh Phi Phi on the Sai Nam speedboat when it collided with a barge, which was carrying oil, Manager reported. The crash caused extensive damage to the speedboat and injuries to the boat's captain and a member of its crew, as well as some of the Chinese tourists. Among the injured included two men, a woman and two boys. The injured were taken to Thalang and Mission hospitals in Phuket. Officials are investigating the cause of the crash. -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2019-02-09 Images: กลุ่มเสียงประชาชน คนภูเก็ต “กระบอกเสียงคนภูเก็ต”
  6. Suspect arrested, stolen 14k gold necklace returned to Russian tourist By The Nation Image: Manager A 47-year-old Russian woman shed tears of joy on Saturday when police returned a 14k gold necklace that was snatched from her late last month. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1083415-suspect-arrested-stolen-14k-gold-necklace-returned-to-russian-tourist/
  7. Suspect arrested, stolen 14k gold necklace returned to Russian tourist By The Nation Image: Manager A 47-year-old Russian woman shed tears of joy on Saturday when police returned a 14k gold necklace that was snatched from her late last month. Valentina Mzheenko said she was emotionally attached to the necklace and had been wearing it for more than 20 years before it was stolen. She attended a press conference at the Pattaya police station on Saturday where the arrest of the alleged robber, Pittaya Tarin, 26, was announced. Pittaya, an employee of a McDonald's fast food restaurant in Pattaya, was accused of snatching the 14k gold necklace from Mzheenko on January 30, in Soi Wat Boon Kanchanaram in Moo 10 village in Tambon Nong Plue of Chon Buri's Bang Lamung district. Pittaya was arrested on Friday on Soi Nong Hin in South Pattaya and police later recovered the necklace from his house. Pittaya told police he was riding his motorcycle home after work and he spotted the Russian woman walking and wearing what he thought to be a gold necklace. After he grabbed the jewelry he told police he buried it behind his house. Mzheenko thanked Thai police for recovering her necklace. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30363828 -- © Copyright The Nation 2019-02-09
  8. Thai Raksa Chart Party 'accepts King's command with full loyalty' By The Nation Thai Raksa Chart leader and executives pose for photos after they submitted the party's list of prime minister candidate at the Election Commission head office on Friday. The Thai Raksa Chart Party issued a statement on Saturday, saying it accepted His Majesty the King's royal command that prohibited Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi from becoming the party's sole candidate for prime minister. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1083413-thai-raksa-chart-party-accepts-kings-command-with-full-loyalty/
  9. Thai Raksa Chart Party 'accepts King's command with full loyalty' By The Nation Thai Raksa Chart leader and executives pose for photos after they submitted the party's list of prime minister candidate at the Election Commission head office on Friday. The Thai Raksa Chart Party issued a statement on Saturday, saying it accepted His Majesty the King's royal command that prohibited Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi from becoming the party's sole candidate for prime minister. The party said that it accepted the King's command with full loyalty to the King and all members of the Royal Family. The statement said the party appreciated the Princess's kindness to the party. "The Thai Raksa Chart will carry out its duty in accordance with the regulations of the Election Commission, the election law and the Constitution with respect to the tradition related to the monarchy. And it is ready to implement its policies to bring about developments and prosperity to Thailand with respect to decisions of the people in accordance with the democratic system with the King serving as the head of the state," the statement concluded. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30363830 -- © Copyright The Nation 2019-02-09
  10. Magner’s International Comedy Festival: Phil Nichol at Holiday Inn Pattaya – 4 April 2019 with DANA ALEXANDER, SHAYNE HUNTER, and RO CAMPBELL Thursday, 4th April 2019 at 8:00 PM Holiday Inn Pattaya, Pattaya City, Thailand Announcing the MAGNER’S INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL in Pattaya this April PHIL NICHOL is an energetic and exciting performer with an unquenchable thirst to break boundaries and innovate with his multi-faceted talents as an award-winning comedian, critically-acclaimed actor, producer, presenter, writer, and musician. His skill as an improviser goes unparalleled by anyone. With a surreal edge to his mischievous rantings, NICHOL always brings something new to the stage. His keen sense of fun and eye for the shocking and absurd has cemented his position as one of the best comedians on the circuit today – shown clearly by his record-setting six nominations for the Chortle Awards – Best Headliner/Club Comic. NICHOL’s 20th visit to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival was marked in 2016, where he made the Telegraph’s list of the best jokes of the festival. NICHOL promises to give you a performance that you’ll never forget, putting you through a ‘rollercoaster ride of black comedy gold’ (The List). Don’t miss this masterful, mind-blowing, ‘seismically powerful award-winning comic force’ (The Scotsman) at the Holiday Inn Pattaya this April. DANA ALEXANDER draws her fearless material from her diverse lifestyle and raw life experiences. With an original and hilarious outlook, ALEXANDER began her comedy career at the age of 18, quickly being voted as Best Discovery by Canada’s Now Magazine. Before long, she began touring nationally with Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Clubs, allowing her to complete numerous television galas and radio spots. In 2011, ALEXANDER moved to the UK where she premiered her one woman show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, receiving rave reviews and nominations including Best Comic and Best International Act from Chortle and Black Comedy Awards. Soon after, she was featured on BBC television programmes, including Russell Howard’s Good News, Edinburgh Comedy Fest, and The Culture Show, and Canada’s popular stand-up show, Comedy Now. ALEXANDER has been named in the top 10 comedians three years running by Now Magazine and has performed in more than 40 countries worldwide. Don’t miss this ‘smart, irreverent and revolutionary’ (Now Magazine) powerhouse. SHAYNE HUNTER is an Australian comedy maverick. In 2010, HUNTER was selected for the prestigious Melbourne International Comedy Festival Comedy Zone. He toured every capital city, constantly sharpening his stand-up skills on the road, becoming one of Australia’s most original and interesting voices. Three years later, HUNTER decided to step back from the mic and focus his energy and voice as a political activist. Last year, HUNTER made a powerful return to the comedy circuit debuting his show, Blaze Against The Machine, at the Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and Sydney Comedy Festival. HUNTER’s smart, poignant, and socially aware comedy pushes boundaries in any setting that is a backdrop for his biting, big-laugh perspective on life. It can be vicious, it can be raw, but it’s always hilarious. Don’t miss one of the cleverest comedians on the circuit, who will not only make you laugh, but will make you think. RO CAMPBELL found himself first immersed in the world of stand-up when rigging venues at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2004. After a 12-year hiatus from the acting stage, he decided it was time to return. Since then, the UK-based Aussie has wowed audiences in over 40 countries with his relentlessly entertaining brand of cheeky slightly dark humour that ‘shoots straight to the funny bone’ (Adelaide Fringe). CAMPBELL has made numerous solo show appearances, including Glasgow International Comedy Festival, NZ Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Perth Fringeworld, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and has performed at the last 12 Edinburgh Festivals. He has made The Scotsman’s pick of Best Jokes of The Fringe and has been crowned Scottish Comedian Of The Year. CAMPBELL has supported Live At The Apollo star Tom Stade and Edinburgh-award winner Russell Kane on numerous tour dates, opened for Kevin Bridges, and acted in the 1988 Emmy-award winning film, Captain Johnno. Don’t miss this ‘great stand-up and exceptional story teller’ (The Skinny). Do not miss PHIL NICHOL (CAN) with special guests DANA ALEXANDER (CAN), SHAYNE HUNTER (AUS), and RO CAMPBELL (AUS) at the Magner’s International Comedy Festival Gala Show this April at Holiday Inn Pattaya. Early bird tickets are on sale now from 500 THB or 800 THB at the door. Tickets are available for purchase at Holiday Inn Pattaya or online at: https://pattayalaughs.eventbrite.com
  11. Hua Hin! Ticks all your boxes. Good location to bring up a family. The air is clean and contrary to a comment in another thread, is nothing like Patong!
  12. Topic closed for comments. Related news: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1083166-princess-nominated-to-lead-thailand-in-election-shocker/
  13. Probably posted before but for those who haven't seen it... Interesting article about Bowie's time in Bangkok: https://www.vintag.es/2016/11/rare-footage-and-photographs-of-david.html
  14. February 2019 Photograph Competition Competition will run until February 28th 2019 The winning entry for February will receive a phone recharge with a value of ฿1000 This was an entry by member wrassell in the December photo competition. Buffalo race Rules of the competition are simple Contributing members may submit up to four of their own photos per month. ( Members can re-submit an image in a following months competition providing it hasn't been a winner in a previous months competition.) Please !!! Only one photo per post. The photos must be Thailand related and also comply with thaivisa forum rules. https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/terms/ A title, Basic Exif data, location and date may be added, but no extra comments to try and win more votes will be allowed. All entries will be included in a gallery as posted and at the end of the month this gallery will then be sent to the judges who will choose the winner. Please note that likes can still be given but will play no part in deciding what is presented for judging. All entries will be considered regardless of the time of the month posted. How to post images - This has changed and is much easier now to upload images. https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/942998-posting-images-on-to-a-thread/#comment-11149553 Please keep dropping by and give your support (likes) to the new images being posted. Those images gaining 15 likes or more will be added to the " Best Shots Gallery " for the month in question. This gallery is not part of the monthly competition and will also include images from across all the general photographic threads that accumulate 10 likes or more. Note.......We will drop by the thread every day or so to remove the posts not containing images, so please don't be annoyed if you see one of your posts is missing, thanks for your understanding. Please add your best shots, and contribute to the rest of the photo forum Other parts of the photo forum here: https://forum.thaivisa.com/forum/84-photography-and-the-arts/
  15. CONFIRMED: Foreigners now need to keep 800k in Thai bank for three months AFTER retirement extension is granted Immigration chief Police Lieutenant General Surachet Hakpal//File photo Thai immigration have announced a major change regarding the financial requirements needed when applying for an extension of stay based on retirement, often referred to as a retirement visa. Confirmed in police order No. 35/2561 obtained by Thaivisa, foreigners who apply for a retirement extension using the 800k baht in the bank or the combination of income method now need to keep 800k baht in the bank for three months after the extension and 400k baht in the bank after that. Foreigners must still be able to show the 800k baht in a Thai bank two months before the application for the retirement extension. The requirements for a retirement extension according to the new police order are as follows: (1) Must have been granted a non-immigrant visa (Non-Im) (2) Must be 50 years of age or over (3) Must have evidence of having income of no less than THB 65,000 or; (4) At least 2 months prior to filing date, and at least 3 months after being granted permission, the alien must have fund deposited in a bank in Thailand of no less than THB 800,000. The alien can withdraw the fund 3 months after being granted permission and the remaining balance must be no less than THB 400,00 or; (5) Must have and annual earning and fund deposited with a commercial bank in Thailand totalling of no less than THB 800,000 until the filing date. The said fund must remain in the account prior to and after the permission is granted and the alien can make a withdrawal under the same conditions as stated in (4). The new requirements to keep 800k baht in the bank for three months after the retirement visa is granted is effective from 1st March 2019. The new requirements are likely the result of immigration officials trying to put an end to the practice of visa agents falsifying bank statements for foreigners who do not have enough money to meet the financial requirements needed for a retirement extension. In October 2018, the then newly appointed immigration chief Surachate Hakpan - known as Big Joke - vowed to crackdown on visa agents who falsify documents for foreigners applying for visas and extensions of stay. The news comes after Fabulous 103 FM in Pattaya earlier reported that Thai immigration was considering introducing a requirement to force some retirees to show a bank statement with 800,000 baht balance every three months. While the proposal reported by Fabulous 103 FM could be a separate requirement, Thaivisa believes that it is in fact the requirement detailed in the police order No. 35/2561. **Update - this is the order in Thai on the Thai Immigration website: https://www.immigration.go.th/read?content_id=5c515d0a753d2c5d3589c929 -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2019-01-31
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