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Phuket taxi drivers are revolting – protesting at Phuket provincial office

02. February 2023

Today, the operators of registered taxis and public transport vehicles in Phuket took to the streets to protest against the operation of unregistered taxis and outside vehicles offering services on the resort island. Over 100 drivers of taxis, passenger vans, and tuk-tuks gathered in front of the Phuket provincial hall in Phuket Town to submit […]

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Phuket plays Russian roulette in unsustainable tourist gamble

02. February 2023

by Tim Newton Whilst Phuket’s tourism stakeholders are delighted with the surge of arrivals into Phuket in recent months, the statistics ring some alarm bells for Phuket’s immediate tourism future. And, despite all the back-patting from the local Tourism of Thailand office, Phuket’s total tourist arrivals are still below 50% of average pre-pandemic levels. Still, […]

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Foreign tourist still missing after jumping from ferry near Koh Phan Ngan

02. February 2023

A search operation is underway for a German tourist who has gone missing after jumping from a ferry near Koh Phan Ngan in the Gulf of Thailand. According to a Phuket Express report, the man, who has been named as 35 year old Florian Storz, jumped from the Racha 8 ferry around 15 minutes after […]

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Here are the rules about vaping in Thailand

02. February 2023

The Thai Government introduced a ban on electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes or ‘vaping’), shisha smoking, and electronic shishas in 2014, for “health reasons and to discourage young people from starting to smoke”. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is reminding visitors to the country about this ban, which is part of the Tobacco Control Law, and […]

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Bangkok police bosses get tough on police checkpoints following bribery scandal

02. February 2023

The Metropolitan Police Bureau is getting tough on Bangkok checkpoints, following the extortion scandal involving a Taiwanese actress. According to a Nation Thailand report, MPB chief Thiti Saengsawang has warned officers to heed official regulations on operating checkpoints. He says that failure to do so will see station bosses and those above them held responsible. […]

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Airbnb data shows Thailand most popular destination with Chinese

02. February 2023

With China having lifted its Covid-19 travel restrictions, their travellers are eager to venture beyond their country’s borders once more. And according to recent data from Airbnb, Thailand is their number 1 choice, based on searches on the homestay provider’s website. According to a Nation Thailand report, the data shows that within 24 hours of […]

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What to do if Thai police stop you and attempt a ‘shake-down’

02. February 2023

First thing… keep calm. Let the the police lead the conversation and don’t say anything other than answering their questions. Secondly, the vast majority of Thai police are there to do a job, upholding the law, protecting fellow Thais and foreign visitors. But there are a few who will take advantage of situations where they […]

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