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My Thai girlfriend and I left Wang Noi, Ayutthaya and headed for her home village near Khukhan, Si Sa Ket. I got some unusual looks from the people in the village and no one approached me for whiskey money .....  We were only there for about an hour and when returned to a hotel near Sisaket my girlfriend got a call from the local hospital near her village. They said the people there were scared of us. She asked a lot about my history with travel to America. Bottom line, we've been asked to stay away for 14 days. I guess it's smart of them . . . .  what do you think ?

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Two guys I know went to a small Cambodian commune to ride it out, they couldnt find a guesthouse that would take them, and finally, the police came to check their papers because they were suspicious. Havent heard from them since.

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I wrote yesterday that the heads of the villages told my wife and everyone else to call them if anyone comes from Bangkok, they don't want you there not just foreigners Thais also are not being allowed back in our village and 2 surrounding villages. Surin area.

 

Plus the head of our village called my wife tonight to remind her if she sees anyone or hears of anyone in our village to call him.

 

Stay Away from the villages they are told to call the police to come and get you if seen and you will be Quarantined some where, he didn't say where.

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So the question is will foreigners who have been within the country (maybe can't tell unless they live near you) be hassled if out going to buy things or going for some outdoor exercise. Yes. If you do happened to be checked you must prove you haven't been out. I'm not surprised about the story other than the hospital was able to contact her, eh, nope. Not surprised. TIT.

 

What will you both do? Just staying inside without having to go back to Wang Noi should be fine right?

 

 

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6 minutes ago, SantiSuk said:

I think it's a good sign that some villages are taking the Covid pandemic seriously

Yes, it is good. Central command is asleep at the wheel.

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Had the same in my village - arrived 0530, was leaving by 1130.

A dentist was sent to tell me about COVID - apparently the only medically trained in the area with English.

 

Wasn't a big issue, I was ready to stay overnight & leave on Saturday or go the same day. All I needed to do - building repairs & a quick temple visit - was done by 0800.

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Thai people traveling home are being advised to check-in with their local puyai bahn as soon as they get to their home village. The OP's girlfriend seems to have been unaware of this requirement, hence the 'stink eye' when he suddenly showed up. Similarly, if traveling inter-provincially, once you get back to your 'home' moobahn, you should advise the puyai bahn as soon as possible. Villagers are being encouraged to report any visitors or strangers. If they see someone fronting up at someone else's house and staying, they need to report this too in order to make sure that nobody is 'pulling a Korean' and avoiding their social responsibilities.

 

It's both courteous and essential.

 

Not to mention mandatory.

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Encountered a young woman on our motorbikes going 40kph in opposite directions in rice country,, she covered her mouth with her left hand as we passed as we each wore no mask. 
  A few teenagers in a large group pulled their shirts over their mouths and laughed a little as we passed. 

So far so good lol. 

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