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  • Without internet at home, Thai student forced to do online class in rice field 

    Without internet at home, Thai student forced to do online class in rice field

     

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    Picture: Facebook

     

    A news site from Hua Hin shared a story of a young female student who didn't have an internet connection at home. 

     

    Undaunted she set up class on a bit of concrete in the undergrowth where she could get a connection. 

     

    There, under an umbrella, she was doing her lessons everyday.

     

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    Picture: Facebook

     

    It appeared that the education authorities dropped by to see how she was getting on. 

     

    Most learning in Thailand has been done online during the closure of schools during the second wave of the pandemic. 

     

    Most have been shut since before New Year.

     

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    22 January 22 2021
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  • Cha-Am hotel turns to selling noodles - and only 20-30 baht a bowl

    Cha-Am hotel turns to selling noodles - and only 20-30 baht a bowl

     

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    Picture: Talk News Online

     

    A hotel in Cha-Am, Phetchaburi has turned to selling noodles to give staff something to do and provide good, cheap meals to the public during the second wave of the pandemic.

     

    Sales director Wisanu Phakrakhiran at the Coral Tree Villa Resort southbound on Petchkasem road said they only had a few bookings at present so they were using a coffee shop outside the hotel.

     

    Customers were arriving continually.

     

    Their chef was preparing noodles like moo tom yam, luuk chin pla/moo and nam tok. 

     

    Drinks are also available. 

     

    Prices are very reasonable - 20 baht per bowl or 30 baht for a special. 

     

    Talk News Online said they were yummy.

     

    Source: Talk News Online

     

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    22 January 22 2021
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  • Hua Hin: Cock fighting gamblers ordered jailed

    Hua Hin: Cock fighting gamblers ordered jailed

     

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    Picture: Naew Na

     

    Twenty two gamblers caught in a cock fighting raid in Hua Hin appeared in court yesterday. 

     

    The organizer, a lady called Patnan, 36, was jailed for 2 months under the terms of the 2005 emergency decree and fined 1,000 baht for gambling. 

     

    The rest were fined 1,000 baht and jailed for a month. They all admitted wrong doing to get reduced sentences.

     

    They were let out on their own recognizance and plan to appeal. 

     

    The raid was in Soi Hua Na 19 in Nong Kae.

     

    In their headline Naew Na said their faces were pale resembling boiled chicken after they were sentenced. 

     

    Source: Naew Na

     

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    21 January 21 2021
    1202560
  • Deserted Cha-Am beach: Hotels chief says foreigners will not return to Thailand until 2022

    Deserted Cha-Am beach: Hotels chief says foreigners will not return to Thailand until 2022

     

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    Thai media Komchadluek went with the now standard "quiet and deserted" caption on their picture after they went to Cha-Am beach in Phetchaburi to report on the devastation to tourism of the second wave of Covid-19 infection. 

     

    They spoke to a seafood vendor and the head of a hotel association to back up their observations - now all too familiar - that both domestic and foreign tourism is just not happening at the moment.

     

    They had a few pictures of three policemen wandering about then standing to attention - they didn't report what they were doing there. If they were looking for tourists they would have been disappointed.

     

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    Picture: Komhadluek

     

    Prasan - better known as Lung Chang (Uncle Elephant) - owner of a beachside seafood restaurant called Lung Chang - said there were no tourists at all. The economy had been bad, now Covid. The government seemed preoccupied - traders would have to fend for themselves, he said. 

     

    Wasan Kittikul of the Western Hoteliers' Association said that hotels in Cha-Am and Hua Hin were suffering greatly. They were lowering charges, offering promotions, cutting staff salaries and working hours. 

     

    Some were just calling it a day and closing until the situation improves.

     

    He said a proper recovery plan would be needed over the next few years. 

     

    He couldn't see foreign tourists returning until 2022 and that would depend on the airlines. 

     

    Already this week similar tales of doom and gloom have come out of Pattaya - where ghostly movie doll Annabelle was pictured on a chair on the beach - and Patong, Phuket, where though the sea was clean and inviting there were no tourists to enjoy it. 

     

    Soure: Komchadluek

     

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    15 January 15 2021
    1201659
  • Thai AirAsia suspends Chiang Mai, Udon Thani flights from Hua Hin

    Thai AirAsia suspends Chiang Mai, Udon Thani flights from Hua Hin

     

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    Press photo from the launch of the Chiang Mai and Udon Thani routes in Aug 2020

     

    Thai Air Asia has suspended its services from Hua Hin airport due to the new wave of coronavirus infections in Thailand.

     

    In an announcement made on Sunday, the airline said flights will be suspended from 15-31 January 2021.

     

    The flights connecting Hua Hin with Chiang Mai and Udon Thani were launched in August 2020, with the airline stating the routes would initially be operational until at least 26 March 2021. 

     

    However, Sunday’s announcement is likely to add some uncertainty regarding whether the  flights will fully resume at all. As recently as last week, it was not possible to book flights beyond 26 March 2021.

     

    The temporary suspension of the flights will come as a blow to Hua Hin’s tourism industry, which like many places, has been left decimated by the  COVID-19 pandemic. 

     

    It is also a further blow for Hua Hin airport which after January 15th will not be operating a single commercial flight, with its only international flight to Kuala Lumpur unable to resume after Thailand placed restrictions on inbound tourism after the first wave of coronavirus infections last year. 

     

     

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    11 January 11 2021
    1201092
  • Mystery of Prachuap’s close encounter with UFO solved

    Mystery of Prachuap’s close encounter with UFO solved

     

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    Photo credit: King Mongkut Memorial Park of Science and Technology

     

    Locals in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Muang district were amazed to see a mysterious object streaking slowly across the night sky on Wednesday. Brighter than the stars around it, the object was spotted just above the horizon heading northeast.

     

    The mystery was solved a few hours later when the nearby King Mongkut Memorial Park of Science and Technology announced via Facebook that the International Space Station had just passed over the country.

     

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    Photo credit: King Mongkut Memorial Park of Science and Technology

     

    "Today [January 13], the International Space Station moved from southwest to the northeast, passing over countries such as Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia," the page said.

     

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    Photo credit: King Mongkut Memorial Park of Science and Technology

     

    It added that the space station currently has seven astronauts on board and is orbiting the Earth at a speed of 7.66 kilometres per second.

     

    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30401240

     

     

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    -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2021-01-14
     
    14 January 14 2021
    1201554
  • Video: Large swathes of Cha-Am beach washed away - trees down - in high winds/waves

    Video: Large swathes of Cha-Am beach washed away - trees down - in high winds/waves

     

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    A video posted by 77kaoded showed large numbers of pine trees felled by high waves and winds and consequent beach erosion at Cha-Am beach in Phetchaburi. 

     

    They said that a stretch of the beach of  up to 250 meters had been eroded to a depth of three meters. 

     

    The local mayor was busy coordinating efforts and advised tourists to stay out of the water during the monsoon season. 

     

    Source: 77kaoded

     

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    13 January 13 2021
    1201350
  • Hua Hin: Provincial governor confirms opening of traditional massage, spas, beauty salons, pre-schools

    Hua Hin: Provincial governor confirms opening of traditional massage, spas, beauty salons, pre-schools

     

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    As first reported by Thaivisa on Wednesday, a letter signed by Pachuap Khiri Khan governor Phallop Singhaseni now confirms the re-opening of certain establishments in the province.

     

    The page of local journalist Kulsawek Sawekwannakorn reported that Thai fitness centers, traditional massage shops, spas, and beauty parlors could open with facials not allowed. 

     

    Pre-schools could also open. 

     

    The province has seen no infections for some time now and the governor changed the approach after protests last weekend.
     

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    16 January 16 2021
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  • Hua Hin: No new Covid cases - some restrictions eased, massage shops allowed to re-open

    Hua Hin: No new Covid cases - some restrictions eased, massage shops allowed to re-open

     

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    Picture: New TV

     

    New TV reported that the only case in the second wave of infections in Prachuap Khiri Khan was now showing no symptoms and had been allowed to go home. 

     

    A meeting of Prachuap Khiri Khan senior officials bowed to pressure to allow spas, traditional massage parlors and beauty salons to reopen subject to not doing matters connected to the face.  Those offering foot massages were also allowed to reopen.

     

    All Covid protocols must be followed.

     

    Child development centers and preschool centers were also allowed to open, that was a nod to dairy farmers who provide milk for them. 

     

    Local journalist Kulsawek Sawekwannakorn also reported that the latest case of Covid was a woman (the 17th case in total since the pandemic began) who had been allowed to return home. 

     

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    Picture: New TV

     

    At the weekend 50 massage ladies had protested and reps had handed a letter to the Hua Hin mayor to pass on to the provincial governor calling for them to reopen as there had been no new cases of Covid for some time. 

     

    Sources: New TV | Talay Hua Hin

     

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    13 January 13 2021
    1201313
  • Cha-Am: Gas station manageress arrested after staging fake robbery

    Cha-Am: Gas station manageress arrested after staging fake robbery

     

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    A female PT gas station manager from Korat went from victim to thief in just a few hours yesterday.

     

    She had large credit card debts.

     

    Around lunchtime Chatrawee, 32, in charge at the PT station in Nong Jaeng, Cha-Am, told the local police that a man on a red motorcycle had kicked her off her motorcycle and taken more than 100,000 baht from a bag on Petchkasem Road heading towards Bangkok. The thief fled the scene, she said. 

     

    Soon many inconsistencies emerged in her story such as the speed she was travelling, the route she was taking at an unusual time and there were no marks on the bag. In addition CCTV showed no one matching the thief's description on the road. 

     

    After four hours questioning she finally admitted she made it all up. She had ten of thousands of baht in credit card debt and other debt. 

     

    The 100,000 baht was found by police after she took them to her room. 

     

    PT are taking action against her and police have charged her with false reporting and fraud. 

     

    Source: Sanook

     

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    13 January 13 2021
    1201348