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  • Chiang Mai ready for season of EMPTY HOTELS

    Chiang Mai’s hoteliers are expected to suffer from a low occupancy rate throughout the remainder of the year because of a strong baht, a glut of rooms and the popularity of home-sharing accommodations. The occupancy rate during July and August fell to 60% from 80% last year. The decline is unusual for Chiang Mai, as […]

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    Chiang Mai’s hoteliers are expected to suffer from a low occupancy rate throughout the remainder of the year because of a strong baht, a glut of rooms and the popularity of home-sharing accommodations.

    The occupancy rate during July and August fell to 60% from 80% last year. The decline is unusual for Chiang Mai, as this time of year is considered the high season because of school holidays for European and Chinese markets, said La-Iad Bungsrithong, president of the Thai Hotels Association (THA) northern chapter.

    Mrs La-Iad said the sturdy baht is pushing long-haul travellers to visit cheaper destinations in Asean, the Middle East and Latin America. Fewer visitors are also expected from the Chinese market during Golden Week, Oct 1-7.

    “The occupancy rate fell to 65-70% from 90%, with no chartered flights from the mainland scheduled during this holiday,” Mrs La-Iad said. “When the holiday is over, business should be sluggish with an occupancy rate in October of only 60%.”

    She said the hotel business in Chiang Mai is growing sharply, with some 60,000 rooms at present, up from 50,000 rooms two years earlier.

    The uptick could cause an oversupply, Mrs La-Iad said.

    The popularity of home-sharing accommodation in northern Thailand has further exacerbated the situation, she said. Hotels in Chiang Mai were also affected by smoke during March and April, keeping tourists away.

    People walk and shop on the packed Tha Pae Walking Street in Chiang Mai. (Bangkok Post photo)
    People walk and shop on the packed Tha Pae Walking Street in Chiang Mai. (Bangkok Post photo)

    Despite all the problematic conditions, Mrs La-Iad hopes the cooler season in the fourth quarter will attract more foreign travellers, especially from locations that provide direct flights to Chiang Mai such as Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea, as well as throughout Thailand. Mrs La-Iad expects an occupancy rate of 80%.

    This could bring the occupancy rate of Chiang Mai hotels for the entire year to 80%, the same as last year.

    In the first eight months of this year, Chiang Mai welcomed 6.38 million tourists, down 2.2% year-on-year, generating 67.4 billion baht in tourism income, edging up 0.9%, according to the Tourism and Sports Ministry.

    The THA forecasts a fourth-quarter occupancy rate for hotels in the North of 59-64%, down from 80-90% in the few years before 2018. That year, the fatal boat accident in Phuket pulled down the occupancy rate of hotels in the North to 73% as Chinese tourists stayed away.

    This year, Mrs La-Iad expects the rate to drop by 8-10 points from 73% last year.

    THA president Supawan Tanomkieatipume said the sluggish global economy is making travellers more price-conscious and leading to shorter stays.

    Shunned by Chinese, Thai tourism braces for slow season

     


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  • Shunned by Chinese, Thai tourism braces for slow season

    Hotels on Thailand’s most popular holiday island have been forced to slash prices with rooms left vacant and beaches sparse as tourist chiefs struggle with a plunge in Chinese visitors caused by the US trade war and a stronger baht. Located on the Andaman Sea and known for its beaches and nightlife, sun-drenched Phuket was […]

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    Hotels on Thailand’s most popular holiday island have been forced to slash prices with rooms left vacant and beaches sparse as tourist chiefs struggle with a plunge in Chinese visitors caused by the US trade war and a stronger baht.

    Located on the Andaman Sea and known for its beaches and nightlife, sun-drenched Phuket was the most visited destination in the country last year after Bangkok and a good gauge of the state of its crucial travel industry.

    Tourism accounts for 18 percent of Thailand’s gross domestic product and Chinese holidaymakers make up more than a quarter of total arrivals.

    But while 2.2 million people from the country visited in 2018, according to official figures, numbers for January-September were down almost a fifth on-year.

    Claude de Crissey, Honorary Consul of France in Phuket and owner of about 40 rooms in the popular Patong Beach area, said Chinese tourists are usually present even during the current low season.

    “That was not the case this year,” he said, adding he had to lower his prices by as much as 50 percent.

    Trade tensions with the US have already made some Chinese reluctant to take holidays owing to uncertainty back home
    Trade tensions with the US have already made some Chinese reluctant to take holidays owing to uncertainty back home

    The problem is not just in Phuket, with hotels also struggling to fill rooms in the seaside resort of Pattaya on the mainland and Koh Samui island.

    Trade tensions with the US have already made some Chinese reluctant to take holidays owing to uncertainty back home, while the Thai baht has risen around 10 percent against the yuan this year.

    A boating disaster off Phuket’s coast that killed 47 Chinese holidaymakers has also scared some off.

    “We are worried,” an industry insider told AFP, declining to be named due to the sensitivity of the topic in a country where tourism provides tens of thousands of jobs.

    Adding to the headache is the fact that more than 3,000 new hotel rooms are being constructed on the island, raising the question of who will fill them.

    “In terms of business, it’s not good,” said Kongsak Khoopongsakorn, vice president of the association of hotels in Thailand and director of Vijitt Resort.

    “Because…we have more hotels, more rooms to sell, we have more restaurants, more coffee shops.”

    Still, tourism authority chairman Yuthasak Supasorn told AFP he remained “optimistic”, adding: “We should reach our goal of 39.8 million foreign visitors” this year.

    However, that is only up from 38.2 million in 2018, much less than the jump seen from the previous year’s total of 35.6 million.

    – Counting on India –

    Now hoteliers and tour package operators are targeting visitors from elsewhere, particularly India, which experts see as a huge untapped market.

    “We are counting on the Indians to revive the sector,” Kongsak said.

    Now hoteliers and tour package operators are targeting visitors from elsewhere, particularly India, which experts see as a huge untapped market
    Now hoteliers and tour package operators are targeting visitors from elsewhere, particularly India, which experts see as a huge untapped market

    A rapid expansion of the middle class in India, increased direct flights and visa-free travel have prompted Thailand to revise forecasts upwards.

    It now expects two million Indian tourists this year, after an increase of nearly 25 percent on-year in the first seven months.

    But for now, the lower arrivals is evident on the streets of Phuket.

    “I’ve never seen anything as bad as what it is at the moment,” said Paul Scott from Australia, who said he has been coming to Thailand for 15 years.

    He mainly blamed the stronger baht for the drop-off but also the fact that Thailand wasn’t the untouched vacation paradise it once was. “Now it’s not so new…and it’s not cheap,” he said.


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  • World War Three – Who wins?

    World War 3 armies REVEALED – Who would win in all out conflict with North Korea? TENSIONS in North Korea could risk dragging Russia, China, Japan, South Korea and the USA into all out conflict – but who has the most powerful military? North Korean military tests have made tensions in the Pacific skyrocket – with […]

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    World War 3 armies REVEALED – Who would win in all out conflict with North Korea?

    TENSIONS in North Korea could risk dragging Russia, China, Japan, South Korea and the USA into all out conflict – but who has the most powerful military?

    North Korean military tests have made tensions in the Pacific skyrocket – with young despot Kim Jong-un testing inter-continental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the US and hydrogen bombs five times more powerful than the last nuclear weapon to have been used in a war zone.

    Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s threats to rain “fire and fury” on the Korean peninsula have stoked the flames of conflict that risk igniting World War 3.

    And with Japan and South Korea aligned with the west along with Russian and Chinese interests in Kim Jong-un’s hermit kingdom, conflict in the region risks dragging the world’s superpowers into a furious fire fight.

    But who has the most powerful military of them all?

    NORTH KOREA

    North Korea has the second largest army of any country in the region – with 1.02 million military personnel ready to fight.

    The military is believed to make up almost four per cent of the hermit kingdom’s population.

    They also have more submarines than countries who could be dragged into a third world war, boasting 73 in total.

    But they fall behind in other military hardware, with only 286 helicopters and three warships.

    Kim Jong-un also has access to 4,060 tanks, vastly outnumbering the military makeup of his southern neighbours.

    He also commands 545 combat jets, significantly fewer than China or the US.

    USA

    The USA, despite commanding one of the planet’s most effective militaries and spending the most of any potentially involved nation, has just 409,000 active military personnel.

    This gives the US military fewer fighters than both North and South Korea despite spending $611.2billion (£459.4 billion) on defence.

    However, they also command the most helicopters (5,437) and warships (88) when compared to other states who could be dragged up to fight.

    Despite this, they have 2,384 tanks, far fewer than North Korea, as well as fewer submarines (71).

    But their 1,442 combat jets could prove a formidable force in all out warfare.

    CHINA

    The Chinese army stands at more than three times the size of the USA’s, boasting 1.6 million military personnel with an estimated expenditure of $215.2billion (£161.7billion).

    They also have access to the most tanks (7,190) and combat jets (2,306) in the world making them a formidable force.

    Meanwhile, their 73 warships and 61 submarines could offer deadly support in the event of a conflict, while their 1,069 helicopters are only bested by the US.

    RUSSIA

    Russia command the largest land mass in the world, bordering both Finland and North Korea making it an incredibly difficult place to invade during the winter across the course of human history – with an exception being made for the Mongols in 1223.

    But their modern day military is smaller than neighbouring superpower China, with Vladimir Putin’s military being made up of just 240,000 personnel with an expenditure of $69.2billion (£46.6billion).

    While not a world leader when it comes to military hardware, they still command a significant force with 2,700 tanks, 1,090 combat jets and 854 helicopters.

    Putin also has access to 34 warships, and 62 submarines.

    SOUTH KOREA

    Decades of bordering the warmongering North has forced the south to significantly ramp up their military capabilities compared to similarly small nations.

    Spending $36.8billion (£27.6billion) on the military, they command 495,000 troops in the region.

    And their major equipment includes more tanks than the US, with the Moon administration overseeing 2,418 on South Korean soil.

    Meanwhile, they command 556 combat jets, 23 warships, 23 submarines and 602 helicopters to hold back the risk of conflict with Kim Jong-un.

    JAPAN

    Japan has been largely dependent on the US military since World War Two, only establishing the Japanese Self Defence Forces in 1954 when then-US president Dwight D. Eisenhower was forced to move troops onto mainland Asia after North Korea invaded the south.

    The rise of Kim Jong-un has sparked furious debate on Japan’s military capabilities, but meanwhile, they command one of the smallest militaries in the region.

    Spending slightly more than South Korea with $46.1billion (£34.6billion), Japanese forces number just 151,000.

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe can call on 688 tanks, 557 combat jets and 589 tanks.

    The forces also contain 18 submarines and 44 warships.

     


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  • Vietnam’s population forecast to reach 100 million by 2025

    While population growth has slowed, the country is grappling with a slew of problems, including gender imbalance and an aging workforce. In 2025, the population of Vietnam will reach 100 million, an increase of 5.8 percent from 2016, the Voice of Vietnam reported, citing a recent forecast by the Institute of Public Policy and Management. […]

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    While population growth has slowed, the country is grappling with a slew of problems, including gender imbalance and an aging workforce.

    In 2025, the population of Vietnam will reach 100 million, an increase of 5.8 percent from 2016, the Voice of Vietnam reported, citing a recent forecast by the Institute of Public Policy and Management.

    Vietnam has managed to bring its annual population growth down to 1.07 percent last year. Its current population is around 92 million.

    While a slow pace of population growth may take some of the pressure off the country’s resources, Vietnam’s economy is facing another problem: a rapidly aging workforce.

    “To boost gross domestic product per capita, we have to aim for higher labor productivity,” said associate professor Giang Thanh Long, the director of the public policy institute.

    Also according to the institute, Vietnam’s urban population will continue to expand at one of the highest rates in Southeast Asia.

    Just 15 years ago, only 24.6 percent of its population lived in cities, with nearly 70 percent of the labor force in rural agriculture.

    Today, about 32 million people live in urban areas, accounting for approximately 34.1 percent of the population.

    Vietnam is also faced with a huge gender imbalance, which in the longer term means between 2.3 and 4.3 million could have difficulties finding a female partner by 2050, according to population experts.

    The ratio has been on a steady rise in recent years, running as high as 112 boys to 100 girls in 2015.

    In the countryside, the ratio can run much higher. Globally, the sex ratio at birth is estimated at 107 boys to 100 girls.

     


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  • Pirate TV in Thailand, half the country uses illegal streaming

    Pirate TV in Thailand. Rather alarming research from the Coalition Against Piracy of the Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) has found that Thailand’s subscription video industry faces new threat as consumers’ viewing habits shift to pirated TV boxes. The research, conducted by YouGov, found that as many as 45% of consumers in the country use […]

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    Pirate TV in Thailand. Rather alarming research from the Coalition Against Piracy of the Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) has found that Thailand’s subscription video industry faces new threat as consumers’ viewing habits shift to pirated TV boxes.

    The research, conducted by YouGov, found that as many as 45% of consumers in the country use a TV box which can be used to stream pirated television and video content.

    Such illicit streaming devices (ISDs) were found to often come pre-loaded with pirated applications allowing ‘plug-and-play’ access to pirated content.

    Mango TV, HD Playbox and U Play were highlighted as among the most popular pirate applications (a Bangkok Jack Report) amongst Thai consumers.

    avia 6Aug2018Of the 45% of consumers who purchased a TV box or dongle for free streaming, more than two-thirds (69%) stated that they cancelled all or some of their subscription to legal pay-TV services.

    Specifically, almost a quarter asserted that they cancelled their subscriptions to a Thai-based online video service as a direct consequence of owning an ISD.

    International subscription services, which include pan-Asia online offerings, were impacted the most – nearly a third (30%) of Thai users have abandoned subscriptions in favour of ISD purchases.

    Of those consumers who own an ISD, about half of respondents (47%) claim to have purchased their ISD from two of the largest Southeast Asia-based ecommerce stores.

    Close to one-third (31%) of ISD owners say they acquired their devices via one of the world’s most popular social media platforms.

    In addition to the short-term problem of cancelled subscriptions is what CAP says is a longer-term problem – namely, many of the people using ISDs are young.

    The survey found that ISDs are particularly favoured among 18-24 year-olds, with more than three in four (77%) cancelling legitimate subscription services as a result of owning ISDs, especially international online subscriptions (40%).

    Cancelling legitimate subscription services and paying less for access to pirated content is fraught with risks, said Neil Gane, the general manager of AVIA’s Coalition Against Piracy (CAP).

    “The damage that piracy does to the creative industries is without dispute. However, the damage done to consumers themselves, because of the nexus between content piracy and malware, is only beginning to be recognised,” he said.

    “Piracy websites and applications typically have a ‘click-happy’ user base, and, as such, are being used more and more as clickbait to distribute malware.

    Unfortunately, the appetite for ‘free’ or cheap subscription pirated content blinkers users from the very real risks of malware infection.” – RapidTVNews

     


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  • Tomatoes keep lung disease at bay

    Tomatoes keep lung disease at bay. Adults who ate more than two tomatoes a day had a slower rate of natural lung function decline, with ex-smokers seeming to benefit most of all, scientists said Thursday. Similar benefits, they said, were observed for people who ate more than three portions of fresh fruit a day, especially […]

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    Tomatoes keep lung disease at bay. Adults who ate more than two tomatoes a day had a slower rate of natural lung function decline, with ex-smokers seeming to benefit most of all, scientists said Thursday.

    Similar benefits, they said, were observed for people who ate more than three portions of fresh fruit a day, especially apples.

    “This study shows that diet might help repair lung damage in people who have stopped smoking,” study co-author Vanessa Garcia-Larsen of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore said in a statement.

    “It also suggests that a diet rich in fruits can slow down the lung’s natural ageing process even if you have never smoked.”

    In the study published in the European Respiratory Journal, researchers analysed data from 680 people in Germany, England and Norway who signed up for a health survey in 2002.

    Participants answered a questionnaire and underwent two types of lung-function tests at the start, then again 10 years later.

    One test measures how much air a person can expel in a second, the other how much they could inhale in six seconds.

    Other factors, such as the participants’ age, height, weight, gender, income and level of physical activity, were taken into account in analysing any association between diet and lung health, the team said.

    Lung decline

    They found that the rate of lung decline, which happens normally in people from about the age of 30, was slower in those who ate more tomatoes and other fruit.

    Among former smokers, the link was “even more striking,” implying their diet was helping to repair damage done by tobacco, the team said.

    The effect was observed only with fresh fruit and vegetables, not processed.

    “The findings support the need for dietary recommendations, especially for people at risk of developing respiratory diseases,” Garcia-Larsen said.

    These included Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), caused mainly by smoking.

    “Diet could become one way of combating rising diagnosis of COPD around the world,” she added.

    One weakness of the study was that participants’ diets were assessed only at the start of the study. – AFP

     


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  • How the hookers could SINK Bangkok

    Bangkok could be partially submerged by 2030 because of ‘soapy massage’ brothels: Sex parlours siphoning groundwater to avoid paying utility bills are causing city to sink Police in Bangkok are checking dozens of brothels to see if they are illegally siphoning groundwater for ‘soapy massages’ – contributing to the sinking of the capital. The crackdown was launched after […]

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    Bangkok could be partially submerged by 2030 because of ‘soapy massage’ brothels: Sex parlours siphoning groundwater to avoid paying utility bills are causing city to sink

    Police in Bangkok are checking dozens of brothels to see if they are illegally siphoning groundwater for ‘soapy massages’ – contributing to the sinking of the capital.

    The crackdown was launched after a trafficking raid on ‘Victoria Secret’ massage parlour found underage sex workers, a ledger listing bribes to officials and evidence the venue was stealing groundwater to avoid paying pricey utility bills.

    Environmental officials say the illegal tapping of water contributes to the sinking of Bangkok, a low-lying city built on the banks of the Chaophraya river.

    More than 40 'soapy massage' parlours - huge brothels with dozens private bathrooms where customers receive sexual services - are being inspected for water theft. Pictured: Bangkok's night scene 
    More than 40 ‘soapy massage’ parlours – huge brothels with dozens private bathrooms where customers receive sexual services – are being inspected for water theft. Pictured: Bangkok’s night scene

    Environmental officials say the illegal tapping of water contributes to the sinking of Bangkok, a low-lying city built on the banks of the Chaophraya river
    Environmental officials say the illegal tapping of water contributes to the sinking of Bangkok, a low-lying city built on the banks of the Chaophraya river

    The crackdown was launched after a trafficking raid on 'Victoria Secret' massage parlour found underage sex workers, a ledger listing bribes to officials and evidence the venue was stealing groundwater to avoid paying pricy utility bills
    The crackdown was launched after a trafficking raid on ‘Victoria Secret’ massage parlour found underage sex workers, a ledger listing bribes to officials and evidence the venue was stealing groundwater to avoid paying pricy utility bills

    This is because the low-lying city – large parts of which are over 3ft beneath sea level – is built on clay which needs to retain its moisture to prevent it drying out and becoming vulnerable to subsidence.

    More than 40 ‘soapy massage’ parlours – huge brothels with dozens private bathrooms where customers receive sexual services – are being inspected for water theft.

    ‘Today we will… examine the water quality of each room we will go inside,’ Suwat Inthasit, deputy commander of Natural Resources and Enviroment Crime Suppression Division, told reporters before leading a raid on the ‘Embassy Entertain’ massage parlour in a Bangkok district notorious for its smutty nightlife.

    HOW ARE MASSAGE PARLOURS CONTRIBUTING TO THE SINKING OF BANGKOK?

    The police crackdown on massage parlours thought to be illegally extracting groundwater from beneath Thailand’s capital is related to fears about the rapidly sinking city’s future.

    Bangkok is very low-lying – the city is on average only about 5ft above sea level – and much of it is sinking at a rate of between 0.4 and 1.2ins a year.

    The area, which was originally swampland, is characterised by soft marine clay resting atop groundwater reservoirs.

    Groundwater is naturally occurring water stored beneath the surface of the earth, found in soil and between rocks.

    There are over eight million people living in the city, which has about 5,000 tall buildings and nine million vehicles. Pictured: The red light district of the city 
    There are over eight million people living in the city, which has about 5,000 tall buildings and nine million vehicles. Pictured: The red light district of the city

    But if too much  of the water is taken from beneath the clay, the ground becomes dry and increases the chance of subsidence – the sinking of land.

    On top of the diminishing groundwater – which is being taken at a rate of 300,000 litres per venue per night, according to politician and former massage parlour mogul Chuwit Kamolvist – the city’s growth is contributing.

    There are over eight million people living in the city, which has about 5,000 tall buildings and nine million vehicles.

    The sheer weight of these vehicles and buildings makes subsidence more likely.

     ‘We suspect they have illegally used groundwater,’ he said.

    Environmental officers can test the water to determine whether it is from a legitimate piped source or illegally taken from the ground.

    Experts have warned that parts of Bangkok could be submerged by 2030, chiefly due to rising sea levels and the draining of groundwater in the capital’s swampy soil.

    The practice exploded during the city’s rapid development several decades ago.

    Efforts in recent years to regulate groundwater use have drastically slowed the city’s sinking rate from a peak of around 10 centimetres a year in the late 1970s.

    Environmental officers can test the water to determine whether it is from a legitimate piped source or illegally taken from the ground
    Environmental officers can test the water to determine whether it is from a legitimate piped source or illegally taken from the ground

    But the massage parlours’ breach of regulations has revealed yet another way in which notorious venues fail to be above board.

    Although prostitution is technically illegal in Thailand, it is widely tolerated and openly practiced, with gaudy brothels dominating some areas of the capital.

    A system of bribes and loopholes keeps the lucrative industry afloat, with police largely turning a blind eye unless brothels are suspected of employing underage or trafficked sex workers.

    Public officials are routinely implicated in kickback scandals allowing the sex industry to flourish, but police rarely face prosecution in a country where wealth and rank shields wrongdoers from the law.

     


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  • The cost of overstaying your Thai visa

    The Cost of Overstaying Your Thai Visa   How can I clear my Visa overstay case Overstaying is technically illegal, but it is not a major criminal offence in Thailand. Although in some cases it can be far more serious than you would like to think. In most minor cases you pay your fine at […]

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    The Cost of Overstaying Your Thai Visa

     

    How can I clear my Visa overstay case

    Overstaying is technically illegal, but it is not a major criminal offence in Thailand. Although in some cases it can be far more serious than you would like to think.

    In most minor cases you pay your fine at the airport or the point of exit from Thailand.

    The penalty is prison if you are caught by an immigration officer and in some cases even jailed fined & deported from Thailand.

    However, in most cases the Immigration office in Thailand allows those who have a visa overstay to pay the fine.

    After that, you can go back to your normal life and stay in the country as long as you have the correct visa.

    How much will I pay for overstaying?

    That depends on the number of days you overstayed in Thailand. Because the minimum fine is 500 baht per day and the maximum is 20,000 baht if you overstayed for 40 or more days.

    Visitors should always contact immigration for advice on the best course of action.

    Thailand’s Overstay Rules

    These rules apply to the Alien giving himself up at immigration and are as follows :

    • Overstay more than 90 Days – 1 year ban from Thailand
    • Present for more than 1 Year  – 3 year ban from Thailand
    • Overstay more than 3 Years – 5 year ban from Thailand
    • Living without Visa more than 5 Years – 10 year ban from Thailand

    Arrested & Found To Be On Overstay – Apprehended

    • Expired Visa less than 1 Year – 5 year ban from Thailand
    • Overstay more than 1 Year – 10 year ban from Thailand


    I Have Overstayed My Visa In Thailand

    Respect the Immigration rules in Thailand & you will have no issues at all – expect further announcements.

    From 2016 stiffer penalties for anybody caught with an overstay in Thailand are to be introduced as announced in the Bangkok Post.

    Because new and tougher penalties for visa overstays have been approved by the Interior Ministry. They will now be considered by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

    Under the rules announced these include offenders who turn themselves in will be banned for 1 year if the illegal stay is over 90 days.

    The ban is extended to 3 years if the overstay is over 1 year, for those who cant pay the fine they will be imprisoned this is equal to 200 baht per day.

    Anybody arrested will be banned for 5 years if the visa overstay in Thailand is under 1 year, anything over this amount is a 10 year ban from the kingdom.

    Avoidance is a Better Option

    The best solution is to avoid getting yourself in that situation. When you enter Thailand, check the stamps on your passport before leaving the airport.

    Doing so will keep you away from headache and costs in the future.

    In many cases you exit the country & pay the fine, in some cases this can be more severe .

    Never overstay your visa and in ALL cases it is avoidable.

    It is better to respect the visas & immigration laws of the Kingdom Of Thailand.

    Disclaimer – this page is for information purposes only & we have absolutely no influence with any immigration matter, we are not affiliated to Thai immigration.

    Official Thai Immigration Forms Website

    One day overstay could lead to a 5 year ban from Thailand 

    Warning about the consequences of overstaying your visa in Thailand 

    Thailand immigration confirms new overstay rules are official

     


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  • Thailand is making $9 Billion from its sex industry

    The Thailand media has claimed that the country’s sex industry is probably worth 260 billion baht ($9 Billion) Sanook Money were speculating about the country’s infamous sex businesses after the raid on the Victoria Secret massage parlor in Bangkok became the latest news to put the issue of pay for sex in the public spotlight. […]

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    The Thailand media has claimed that the country’s sex industry is probably worth 260 billion baht ($9 Billion)

    Sanook Money were speculating about the country’s infamous sex businesses after the raid on the Victoria Secret massage parlor in Bangkok became the latest news to put the issue of pay for sex in the public spotlight.

    Sanook went back twelve years to 2007 when famous ex soapy massage boss Chuwit Kamolvisit came up with figures for the number of sex workers, average wages for sex workers and percentage of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) garnered by the sex industry.

    Chuwit, who ran for political office before being jailed for corruption, later became a well-known TV host.

    He reckoned that the sex industry was worth 163 billion in 2007. Top of the tree for earning were Thai style traditional massage parlors, followed by beer bars, soapy massage, karaoke and other brothels.

    It was reckoned that the industry represented 2% of GDP.

    With GDP now at 13 trillion baht it could mean that the sex industry today is worth a staggering 260 billion baht, said Sanook.

     


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  • Should you book a heart scan?

    A heart scan can be used to check for calcium in the lining of the heart’s arteries – an early sign of heart disease. Typically, the test is most useful in men between 50 to 60 years of age and women 60 to 70, who may have a moderate risk for heart disease or whose […]

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    A heart scan can be used to check for calcium in the lining of the heart’s arteries – an early sign of heart disease.

    Typically, the test is most useful in men between 50 to 60 years of age and women 60 to 70, who may have a moderate risk for heart disease or whose heart disease risk is unclear.

    Heart disease happens when arteries in the heart become narrowed or blocked. That’s most often a result of inflammation and deposits of plaque that build up in the arteries.

    Plaque, made up mainly of calcium, fats and cholesterol, builds up slowly over time. Calcium is deposited in the lining of heart arteries as the body repairs damage within the artery. Its presence signals that something is damaging the artery.

    The damage could be a result of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stress or genetics, among other factors. A heart scan can reveal if you have any calcium in your heart’s arteries.

    The test itself doesn’t take long – usually about 10 to 15 minutes. The entire appointment may take up to an hour.

    The risks associated with a heart scan are minimal. A heart scan exposes you to radiation, but the amount is considered safe. It’s about the same as you’re naturally exposed to in a year. If you’re concerned about the risks of a heart scan, talk with your healthcare provider.

    The amount of calcium a heart scan detects – when coupled with other information, such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, age, family history and health history – can give your healthcare provider valuable information about your overall risk for developing heart disease.

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    Although a heart scan can often provide helpful information regarding a person’s risk of heart disease, it’s not right for for everyone.

    The test is not typically recommended for men younger than 40 or women younger than 50. That’s because it’s rare to be able to detect calcium development with a scan during those younger years.

    Also, a heart scan is not necessary for people who already know they have a high risk of heart disease or for people who have symptoms of heart disease. For these individuals, results of a heart scan won’t provide any additional useful information.

    For those in the suitable age range though, a heart scan can be an excellent way to assess the early signs of heart disease. That’s particularly true if other health conditions or lifestyle factors may point to a possible increase in heart disease risk.

    If a heart scan shows calcium deposits, that can help you and your healthcare provider decide on ways to reduce your risk moving forward.

    If the test shows you don’t have calcium in your heart arteries, that puts you at a low risk for a heart attack over the next five years.

    It’s important for a heart scan to be used as part of a comprehensive heart health assessment.

    Some medical facilities offer walk-in heart scans to the general public, without a referral from a healthcare provider. Using such a service can pose several problems.

    A heart scan is only valuable in a select group of people. If you don’t fall into that group, having the test done is not worthwhile.

    And, if the results of the test aren’t interpreted within the context of your health overall, they may not give you an accurate picture of your heart disease risk. – Mayo Clinic News Network/Tribune News Service

     


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