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i'm no economist but there is more to a country's economic performance than simply the retail sector. as the manufacturing industry is the biggest contributor to the thai economy surely shortening the holiday and getting the workers back to work would be more beneficial...  😛

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Well, that will lower or certainly delay the tourist money they get from me because I am planning on going only after Songkran.  I did Songkran once in Pattaya and it is a big pain in the butt.  A few days or a long weekend is OK, but in Pattaya over one week where you can not walk around, take a baht bus, go anywhere without getting uncomfortably soaked.  Normal day to day things just can not be done. 

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So in response to a stagnating economy this governments main course of action has been to give 1k baht away to taxpayers and now an extra couple of days on the <deleted>. Marvellous. At least the undertakers and hospitals will do a roaring trade with 7 ‘deadly days’ extended to 9 ‘deadly days’. 

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One more good reason to STAY AWAY from Thailand... Songkran is such a stupid silly time.. It's great for half a day.. But Chiang Mai goes on and on.... ! 

 

The drinking driving there too! Yikes. Idiots 

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Well, this kind of things can only happen in Thailand. Anyway, if this increase my paid leave day, then I am happy for it. 

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Yes good idea... there's millions of Thai's earning 10, 12000 bt a month that can afford longer holidays and spending... :((( 

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On 2/13/2020 at 3:22 PM, Holiday Tommy said:

Yes which money they can spend when there are do many people without any income ?

Songkran loan scheme coming up??????

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On 2/13/2020 at 2:56 PM, PatOngo said:

They've really got their thinking caps on now.....why have five deadly days when you can have seven!

but it is going to be more, surely ??

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19 hours ago, Gervais Bilodeau said:

Money comes from people's pockets. Extending holidays won't give them more money to spend.

but it is Thai logic....like bars NOT bringing down prices to get people to drink, they keep at same price, or add the odd 5 baht here and there HOPING to make more/the same money !!!

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I stay in my GF's village during Songkran to avoid the worst excesses of the idiots, such as throwing ice-laden water at scooter riders. I spend very little money there, just food from the local dalat nat. Two more days I won't be spending money in city restaurants, etc. Apologies to the government for not co-operating.

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Well optimistic they are but maybe none left to celebrate after what we have seen from the spread, hospitalized and fatalities of the COVID-19 virus in China and IMO cant see no particular reason why infected, hospitalized and dead should be less here than there in the near future:sad: 

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Fortunately were we live only one day I can live with that

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