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  • 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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  • 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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    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
  • Mystery of Prachuap’s close encounter with UFO solved

    Mystery of Prachuap’s close encounter with UFO solved

     

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    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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    "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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    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
  • 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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    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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    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
  • 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
  • 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
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  • First COVID now the cold weather leaves Hua Hin beaches deserted

    First COVID now the cold weather leaves Hua Hin beaches deserted

     

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    Operators on Hua Hin beach have bemoaned the impact the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the current cold weather conditions, are having on business.

     

    On Tuesday, local municipal officials visited the beach to hear the concerns of those running restaurants and offering deck chairs and sun loungers for hire.

     

    While COVID-19 had made business difficult, it was the recent cold weather that was having the biggest impact on trade, with more than 20 beach restaurants and shops forced to close due to strong winds, high tides and adverse weather conditions, which saw red flags put on the beach warning people not to go swimming.

     

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    One operator told Manager that some tourists had ventured onto the beach but quickly left once they felt the cold. 

     

    It’s not only small to medium sized businesses in Hua Hin that are feeling the impact from the coronavirus pandemic.

     

    Earlier this week, Novotel Hua Hin announced that it would be closing until the end of January, while Thai AirAsia also said it was suspending flights from Hua Hin airport to Chiang Mai and Udon Thani.

     

     

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    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2021-01-13
     
    13 January 13 2021
    1201329
  • Hua Hin hotel staff selling roadside breakfasts to make ends meet
    Hua Hin hotel staff selling roadside breakfasts to make ends meet
     
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    Hotel staff were featured in a story by Talk News online selling breakfasts on Phetchkasem Road. Popular foods such as "joke" or congee and patongo (fried batter) were on sale. 
     
    Dr Rungroj Sileuangsawat of the Prachuap Khiri Khan tourism business association and executive of the Hua Hin Grand Hotel and Plaza said he had never seen business so bad in all his time as a hotelier especially now that the area was placed in severe Covid restrictions for 28 provinces. 
     
    The hotel has kept on its 80 staff but seeing as they have so little to do they have been turned into chefs and food servers to make some extra money. 
     
    Also on the breakfast menu is soy milk at 7 baht. Patongo is available at one baht each and joke is priced at 15-20, ten baht more with an egg. 
     
    The hotel are also doing meals inside at their courtyard where dishes like fried rice and kapow are priced from 40 baht up and are available from 10am to 8pm. Home delivery is also possible. 
     
     
     
    12 January 12 2021
    1201183
  • Elephant found dead in Prachuap Khiri Khan had been shot 43 times

    Elephant found dead in Prachuap Khiri Khan had been shot 43 times

     

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    An autopsy on a dead wild elephant in the Kuiburi national park has revealed that it was shot 43 times. 

     

    Forty pellets from a shotgun , two from a .22 and one other projectile were discovered. 

     

    The elephant had been treated for many medical conditions after being found in a distressed state 30 days ago. 

     

    It was suffering from flatulence and was given saline solution, pain medication and anti-inflammatories. 

     

    But it finally suffered a heart attack. A scan revealed metal in 25 places in the pachyderm's body. 

     

    It had been shot in the eyes causing some blindness, trunk, ribs and some of the pellets were embedded in a leg causing pus. 

     

    Director of the environment protection area 3 (Phetchaburi) said that the potshots taken at the elephant had made it become fierce and wary of people.

     

    It had killed one ranger in a previous attack. 

     

    Now those responsible attacking the elephant are being hunted themselves so they can be prosecuted.

     

    Source: Sanook

     

     

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    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2021-01-12
     
    12 January 12 2021
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  • Hua Hin massage ladies and bar owners beg the governor - let us get back to work!

    Hua Hin massage ladies and bar owners beg the governor - let us get back to work!

     

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    Hua Hin's massage ladies and bar owners have implored the governor of Prachuap Khiri Khan to let them reopen.

     

    Around 50 ladies from the traditional massage, bar, karaoke and fitness businesses held up placards and chanted near the Hua Hin municipal offices.

     

    Their signs said things like "Let us Open", "We're dying", "We're in trouble" and "We have debts".

     

    Their protest came after their businesses were ordered shut on January 4th as part of Covid-19 restrictions. 

     

    Thai Rath TV showed the protest in a video posted on YouTube reporting that businesses would go under if not allowed to reopen.

     

     

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    Ban Muang showed a representative group of the ladies presenting a letter to Hua Hin mayor Noppaporn Wuthikun to pass on to the governor of Prachuap, the province where Hua Hin resides. 

     

    Thai Rath said it was not just Hua Hin that was suffering - such businesses were desperate in Phuket and Pattaya, to name but two.

     

    Source: Ban Muang

     

     

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    11 January 11 2021
    1201037