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  1. You're an extremist too. You appeal to authority and think people have no right to make their own decisions on bodily autonomy. Fortunately, you seem to be a dying breed and you're not in charge of policy recommendations. Whatever happens, I hope it is rational and not knee jerk, but at this point nothing is set in stone and Thailand has to my knowledge not hinted at anything other than getting a certain segment of it's own population vaccinated before the borders are re-opened to mass tourism.
  2. When I saw the source I immediately knew the writers were trying to sell us their speculative version of the future as if they know what will happen. The Thaiger is also a very biased source so I take what they are trying to sell us with a grain of salt. Fact is, no one actually knows. As you rightfully point out, there are many practical and ethical concerns. However, Thailand will not, and can not, impose a unilateral vaccine mandate on it's own volition. It's international bodies such as the WHO that set the policy. If the WHO makes such a policy recommendation AND Thailand adopts
  3. Nope. That's not how it will work. IF a vaccination requirement comes into play, it will remain permanent. They won't introduce one only to take it away 2 years later. The yellow fever vaccination requirement has been in force for decades now. The only recent change is that a vaccination certificate (or it's exemption) is now valid for life instead of for 10 years as previously. Instead, MORE vaccines will be added over time. For instance, several Pacific Island nations/territories now require an MMR shot as a condition of entry since late 2019. This will never go away, in my opini
  4. This won't go down without a fight. Ticketek said the same thing and later on retracted it's policy. Problem is even if Qantas withdraws it's intention (at this point I see it more as a prediction of the future than an actual intention though) foreign governments will probably have the last say (at the behest of the WHO and other global agencies which set the policy).
  5. I agree. If Thailand was as violent as is claimed, surely I'd know about it by now. And sure, there are parents who take it out on their children behind closed doors. That happens. But as you say, the countries you've mentioned are far more violent than Thailand. Which is one reason I couldn't live in the Middle East. The culture is totally uncompromising and in many ways quite "violent". Especially in their attitudes towards women, non-Muslims, westerners etc.
  6. I've also found Thais wanting to try their English on me despite me speaking fluent Thai. It's not surprising that Burmese have such a terrible English proficiency despite once being an English colony. Blame the military junta, which ruled the country from 62 until 2011 when they started to relinquish some control. They destroyed English teaching and basically removed as many vestiges of the former colonial rule, going so far as to switch driving sides back in December 1970. Today, with the exception of a few colonial buildings in Pyin Oo Lwin, Yangon, Mawlamyine, Dawei
  7. Nonsense. Plenty of Thais have an interest in the outside world (most educated Thais do) just that some people suck at foreign languages. A close Thai friend of mine (male) has traveled all over the world with his wife (I'm friends with her too; her college major was English, and though it's not stellar, it's fairly good). His English is OKish but fairly lacklustre. He just isn't good at English and probably never will be. Which is why he always travels with his wife so she can do the talking. Just like most farang don't seem to be interested enough in things Thai to learn the lan
  8. That is the most absurd suggestion I've ever heard. It will be a bureaucratic nightmare. Laos won't allow you to enter unless you are considered an "essential worker", you would probably need to fly in, pay for a quarantine hotel that, while cheaper than Thailand could still be quite expensive. Then Thailand will be another bureaucratic nightmare. All in all, you could end up spending 200,000 Baht! All to save on putting 400,000 into the bank? Come on! Just pay an agent 25,000 or so and stop with the run around.
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