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Tourists cancel bookings

Posted by hasekamp on 31 October 2002 at 14:48 PM
Last week a fire in the Southern town of Yala gave an impression of terrorism in Thailand to outsiders form the country and the first cancellations for trips to Thailand came in. The government increased the –already very high level of- security one more step.
Yesterday a bomb, exploding in a hotel in Pattani (near Yala), worsened the impression that Thailand is no longer a safe country to travel to.
In Southern Thailand many Muslims live, and the finger was immediately pointed at them in connection with both incidents.
Muslim leaders in Southern Thailand, however, immediately took distance from the fire and the bombing. Even an extremist Muslim group, that openly admits that it fights the "armed enemy" said that it has nothing to do with the incidents.
Meanwhile tourists are starting to cancel their trips to Thailand in large number and also seminars are being cancelled, even those held in Bangkok.
The Thai government is sweating hard under the cancellations. They see tourist and seminar money melt away.
But seriously, where do we –Hasekamp Net- stand as far as the security of tourists in Thailand is concerned?
We still believe, until the opposite has been proven or become reasonably certain, that Thailand is a very safe destination for foreigners. As we have reported the past few weeks, security has been stepped up more than ever.
So far there are no signs that the recent incidents have anything to do with terrorism. So in fact we support the Thaksin government in this issue. If one wants to reduce the possibility to become the victim of terrorist attack to zero, one should build a bomb free cellar and not leave it. Everybody who dares to come in the street in his own country should also feel safe to come to Thailand. (Source: The Nation)


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Wisuth will at last stand for murder

Posted by hasekamp on 30 October 2002 at 14:53 PM
Dr Wisuth Boonkasemsanti, who allegedly killed his wife and cut her into pieces and drained her into one or more septic tanks, will after all have to stand trial for murdering his estranged wife, Doctor Phassaporn Boonkasemsanti. We have reported extensively about former phases of the case, in which the public prosecutor refused to take the case to court and the relatives of Ms. Phassaporn started a civil action.
Now Wisuth has been indicted in Bangkok Criminal Court yesterday and the case has been adjourned until Friday.
Prosecutors –as we reported- previously dropped the case against Dr Wisuth, saying the evidence was circumstantial. The relatives, led by Dr Phassaporn's father, brought a civil murder lawsuit against Dr Wisuth to court.
Prosecution officials said the court might combine the prosecution case and the lawsuit filed by Dr Phassaporn's family for the convenience of the court proceedings. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Don't start eating pig's brains!

Posted by hasekamp on 30 October 2002 at 14:52 PM
We have reported about Mr. Thaksin's new idea to make a resort for anti-ageing from Thailand, by serving all the interested parties pig's brains, as Mr. Thaksin learned in Russia, during his recent visit. Fearing a rush on pigs' brains throughout the Kingdom, the Public Health Ministry has yesterday warned the Thai people against eating these organs, although they may contain the secret source for eternal youth.
Because the organs contain very high levels of cholesterol, brains consumed in large quantities could lead to heart disease, the ministry warned. The Ministry fears people who wish to stay young will now "misinterpret" the premier's message and rush to gorge on the item. We wonder –by the way- how we should understand Mr. Thaksin's message correctly, if it did not mean that we should not start eating pig's brains today!
Now that the Health Ministry has discovered that eternal youth can lead to heart disease, Mr. Thaksin said it could save the country money spent on anti-ageing products and boost tourism revenue. Sop, does Mr. Thaksin give the tourists eternal youth, combined with heart disease and does he want to offer heart surgery also? We wait with great tension what Mr. Thaksin's plans really are. Maybe he is just after the tourist money! (Remote source: The Nation)


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Thaksin comes back with pig's brains

Posted by hasekamp on 28 October 2002 at 15:09 PM
Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra has visited Russia not so long ago. It now appears that one of the great ideas he got there is to produce a Thai version of a Russian anti-ageing formula, based on the brains of pigs. Mr. Thaksin has instructed the Thai Ministry of Science and Technology to study if a Thai local version of the Russian cure can be produced. "There are enough pigs in Thailand anyway", Mr. Thaksin said.
Mr. Thaksin was very enthusiastic about the Russian formula that is under study now for 40 years there, because anti-ageing health trips would bring money into the Thai economy.
The Russians have the technology, the Thais could bring in their natural instinct to do business, and the tourists would pay all the bills.
We think, that if this is the best idea Mr. Thaksin got in Russia, one might doubt about the use of his Russian trip. (Source: The Nation)


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Thai "Ya-Ba" turns up in the US

Posted by hasekamp on 28 October 2002 at 15:08 PM
In California (USA) methamphetamines, imported from Thailand, and so probably manufactured in Burma, have turned up. The drugs seem to replace the US favorite drug Ecstasy (XTC). A spokesman form the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is worried, because the drug from Thailand (Burma) is added color and flavor, suggesting that it is not very dangerous. This is a bit strange perception, because, as far as we can judge this, ya-ba is exactly as dangerous as XTC. So the DEA should worry exactly as much as they (hopefully) worry about XTC.
Anyway, the imported pills are being sold in the US for $ 10 to $ 20, which is far more than their street value in Thailand.
Therefore, for the Thais we are happy if the Burmese drug manufacturers are trying to shift their working territory from Thailand to elsewhere, but of course these drugs are exactly as dangerous in the US as they are in Thailand and they should be banned completely. (Source: Associated Press)


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Negative travel advice for Thailand

Posted by hasekamp on 26 October 2002 at 16:33 PM
Starting with the present EU president Denmark, one country after another gives a negative advice to their nationals to visit Thailand, especially Patong in Phuket.
The Governor of Phuket may say whatever he wants, even that Phuket is the safest island in the World (which he did say, actually), but these are the facts.
After Denmark Japan, Australia, Portugal and Finland followed. Some of these countries say that they have evidence that a place in Thailand, probably Patong, may be the next target for terrorists.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) says that the number of visitors to Phuket is not yet lowering.
On the other hand security in Thailand has stepped up strongly. In every public place in Thailand, including Bangkok, security officials can be seen, Go to a shopping center a movie theater, a busy traffic point or wherever you like and you can't miss the security people. So far no clear evidence that Thailand may be the next target for terrorists has been made public. The government does everything it can to comfort the tourists, it needs so badly. (Sources: The Bangkok Post, The Nation)


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Buffalo still loved, but nearly extinct

Posted by hasekamp on 24 October 2002 at 12:28 PM
The Thai water buffalo, once the pride and only possession of the Thai farmer, is almost extinct. He has been brought to slaughterhouses in large numbers and if nothing is done, he will be soon extinct completely. This is not the first time we report about this sad phenomenon.
Our reason to report about the faithful water buffalo ("Kwai" in Thai) today, is an article about some Thai people in the North- East who do not want to accept the imminent extinction of the water buffalo. Our source reports extensively about these people today, who keep buffaloes as a part of their life. Call it pets, if you like. Read about a woman who keeps seventeen buffaloes and an old man who keeps twenty of them. They refuse to sell their beloved animals, because that would bring these animals to the slaughterhouse right away. If there were more people like this, or if the Thai farmers would realize that a tractor never could really replace a water buffalo, there would be hope for this species. The extensive story can be found in the Outlook section of our Source: The Bangkok Post.


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Thailand remembers King Rama V

Posted by hasekamp on 24 October 2002 at 12:27 PM
Yesterday was Chulalongkorn day, which is a national holiday in Thailand, to commemorate King Rama V and his dedication to the country. King Rama V introduced public utilities such as electricity, water supply, telephone, post and telegraph, and the first railway system.
He also set up educational and public health institutes as well as administrative organizations. During the reign of King Rama V (among others) Chulalongkorn University, the Thai Red Cross, the Siam Commercial Bank, Siriraj hospital, the Commerce Ministry, the Agriculture Ministry, and Royal Thai Army were set up.
Kong Rama V (partly educated by Anna Leonowens, known from "The King and I") was a monarch that sought contact with the West, however without giving up the independence of his country.
King Rama V is probably the most popular of the past Kings of the Chakri dynasty. We dare say, however, that the popularity of the present King (Rama IX) exceeds the popularity of all his predecessors. (Source: Thai News Agency)


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New flood warning for Bangkok

Posted by hasekamp on 23 October 2002 at 14:51 PM
We reported some days ago that learned men from one of Thailand's universities had predicted flooding of Bangkok on 20 October. It appeared that this 20th of October was a bright day with not the remotest sign of flooding in the Capital.
Now a new flood warning has been issued, this time by the Royal Irrigation Department. They expect flooding between 24 and 28 October, with a peak on 26 October. As this prediction is not based on scientific theories, but on common sense and experience, this one should be taken (more) serious. It is based on the fact that a new high tide period is coming up.
A fact is that the provinces North of Bangkok, especially Ayutthaya province, still suffer from flooding and roads are still blocked in several places. (Source: The Nation)


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Your last public smoke

Posted by hasekamp on 23 October 2002 at 14:50 PM
We have always condemned the practice of tobacco manufacturers to concentrate their efforts on developing countries, like Thailand. When smoking was already almost a crime in Europe, in Thailand smoking was still a status symbol. Now, at last, the government has issued a law that, starting form 8 November, forbids smoking in public spaces. This is to protect the 52 million non-smokers from the 8 million smokers. To give some examples: buses, taxis, all public boats, telephone booths, department stores, public piers and many more.
This really is a big step into the right direction (Source: The Nation)


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Computer game addicts

Posted by hasekamp on 21 October 2002 at 12:28 PM
What we knew already foe years, being frequent visitors of cybercafes, has now scientifically been established by Chulalongkorn University: Thai teenagers are heavily addicted to computer games. 1,390 High school students were interviewed and 94% appears to play computer games, daily if possible. Furthermore 70% admitted that they only use the computer, they have at home, for games! The average score in hours is 1-2 on weekdays and 3-4 in weekends.
The advice of the learned men and woman at Chula is…. To advise their children to play less computer games!
As we wrote, this is nothing new to us and we wonder if the rest of the scientific work at Chula is of the same level. (Source: The Nation)


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Phuket takes tourists over from Bali

Posted by hasekamp on 21 October 2002 at 12:28 PM
Many tourists are canceling their planned vacations in Bali at the moment, even up to next year.
An indicator is the Phuket.Com hotel booking website, which has seen a huge increase in bookings over the past week.
Neil Cumming, who runs the site, says that thee big change for him are the bookings for Christmas and New Year. They have been bigger than ever in the history of Phuket.com.
Hotels confirm the surge in bookings, not only in individual bookings but also in conference and seminar booking.
We wonder if Phuket should be proud of this sudden increase in bookings. At the same time the island has to fear for its security. The opposition on the Thai Parliament has already warned the Government for possible (serious) \security problems.
Many of the new guests for Phuket are Australians. Many guests even have moved from Bali to Phuket to continue their vacation formerly planned for Bali.
Meanwhile, the Superintendent of Phuket Town Police Station held a meeting today attended by more than 40 police officers and about 50 other people from Phuket Town, including entertainment venue managers, tuk-tuk drivers and religious leaders, to work out how to improve security strategy after the Bali bombing.
It was decided that the security strategy would be subtle. Phuket does not want to call attention to itself.
Some strategies were made public, however. For example, car rental businesses will now have to check customer's documents and take copies of them, to make it easier to track down suspects if an incident occurs. Police officers will also be briefing (private) security guards around the island on what to do when they see something suspicious, such as unidentified cars parked overnight, or luggage or boxes left unattended. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Security level stepped up

Posted by hasekamp on 19 October 2002 at 15:50 PM
In popular tourist destinations in Thailand security has been stepped up remarkably after the recent bomb attack in Bali. PM Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra, who is visiting Russia at the moment, has ordered a strong increase in security for Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Samui, to start with. Especially in Pattaya the military are on duty openly and one can't miss the army while walking there. Above that there also are soldiers dressed as civilians. We suppose that the same applies to the other tourist destinations mentioned.
Although we believe that security against terrorism can never be high enough, we wonder if terrorists are such simpletons that they now will attack one tourist resort after another in Asia. After all, after the WTC attack on September 11 in New York, similar actions –luckily- have not been attempted.
But if indeed terrorist are such simpletons to plan similar actions after one attack has succeeded, the measures taken are by the Thai government are to be supported strongly.
Anyway, we agree with Mr. Thaksin that even the risk of an attack on a Thai target should be minimized or –if possible- avoided. From that point of view we strongly agree with the measures taken by Mr. Thaksin after all. (Sources: The Nation, BBC News)


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Elephants tortured

Posted by hasekamp on 19 October 2002 at 15:49 PM
Yesterday Thai TV showed a video of elephants, put in very small cages and being beaten hard, especially on their trunks. The sense behind this torture will never become clear, and whatever may be said in the coming days, there ins no justification whatsoever to torture defenseless animals in small cages. Animal activists thought the same an issued an international press release, in which people are stimulated not to visit Thailand, because that is a country where elephants are being mistreated.
This press release has received a follow-up today, when the Forestry Department said that the people who were mistreating the (once) symbol of Thailand were no Thais, but Karen from the order areas of Thailand. And they were not speaking Thai, the officials said. "Thai mahouts would not do such a thing" the officials said.
This is not convincing or reassuring us. It has not made believable that the torture did not take place in Thailand and no justification was given why such torture could take place at all. We hope that the matter will be investigated thoroughly and that the offenders will be tortured in a similar way they did to the elephants. Sadly we do not have high hope for this punishment. The maximum penalty is just one month in prison. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Sunflower Festival coming up

Posted by hasekamp on 18 October 2002 at 15:07 PM
If you have planned a holiday around Mae Hong Son soon, you have chosen the best possible moment. With the arrival of the (Thai) winter, the Bua Tong Blossom Festival will start again in this northern province early next month. Bua Thong is the Tai name for small sunflowers. When they are in blossom, the sight is enchanting. The annual Festival will be 1-15 November this year.
The Bua Tong, also called the Mexican sunflower, usually comes out about 30 days in November near Mae Hong Son.
There will be enough tours organized to give you a chance to see the golden flowers. The highway police will facilitate the tours of foreign and local tourists around the clock. Last year Mae Hong Son made 870 million Baht from the tourism industry. Most of this money was made during the short period of time of the Bua Thong. (Source: Thai News Agency)


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New start for monkey training center?

Posted by hasekamp on 17 October 2002 at 16:45 PM
We have reported about the death of monkey trainer Somporn Sae Khow, some time ago. The famous trainer learned macaques how to bring coconuts down. He appeared to be irreplaceable, as there was no successor available.
Meanwhile Nikom Plongsuwan (65) is willing to take over the training school. He wants it to continue in the first place, but he also wants to transfer his knowledge of training macaques to a younger generation.
The district in Surat Thani province where the school was based misses the school very much. Not only because it appears difficult to obtain a trainer for monkeys, but also because tourists are not coming any more, now that the school is closed.
We are not impressed by the second reason, but we are impressed by the first. The great trainer that passed away started his profession when, as a youth, he saw monkeys being mistreated by their owners because they did not understand how to bring coconuts down.
So, the late Mr. Somporn started his school out of love and respect for the animals. That he was a good trainer can be seen from the fact that those of his pupils that are still at the school really seem to miss their late master. They do not obey others very well so far.
We hope that Mr. Nikom will be able to set up the school again, for the sake of the monkeys.
Meanwhile there are plans to open a museum for the late Mr. Somporn and his training school. We also support this initiative. It may bring some respect for animals to the visitors. What would a life without animals, and particularly a life without monkeys, be worth anyway? Any effort to learn others respect for animals is supported by us! (Based on an article in The Nation)


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No more Puffer Fish

Posted by hasekamp on 17 October 2002 at 16:44 PM
The Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned puffer fish (also sold as chicken fish), after several people got sick and had to be hospitalized after eating it.
The fish became popular recently because it was available in abundance. It appears however that \96if not filleted by an expert- you risk coma and death when you eat the delicacy.
Vendors still selling the fish risk two years in prison and a fine of 20,000 Baht. Of course a discussion has opened between sellers and the government about the danger, but the government is quite certain that a ban is necessary.
We believe that the FDA has made a wise decision. Although no number of deaths has been reported, it is better to (try to) prevent deaths than to wait for them before as ban is issued. (Source: The Nation)


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Borders with Burma reopened

Posted by hasekamp on 15 October 2002 at 15:47 PM
Today finally the borders between Thailand and Burma have been reopened by Rangoon, after a closure of five months. There have been numerous incidents and "misunderstandings" between Thailand and Burma during all these months of closure.
The Thaksin government went on its knees for Burma several times (as we reported). And although that may have helped, it has not strengthened the position and face of Thailand towards Burma.
Anyway, the checkpoints at Mae Sai, Tachilek and all the others are open again now. You can take a look into Burma again, if you want. This morning a ceremony was held on the occasion.
As could be expected, Mr. Thaksin was delighted. He said that the relations with Burma are back to normal now.
An official of the Chiang Rai Chamber of Commerce said that the re-opening would bring in 100 million Baht extra per day. That is probably also the daily loss for Thailand (this amount times 30, times 5 will give you the total loss in business). In Mae Sot the total loss is estimated at 2 billion Baht in business. (Source: The Nation)


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Thailand sixth in ASEAN Games

Posted by hasekamp on 15 October 2002 at 15:46 PM
The 14th ASEAN Games were held in Busan (South Korea) this year and just have ended. Four years ago Bangkok was on its head because they were held there, for those who do not remember this.
The Thai team was present on this version of the Games with many participants and ended on the sixth place, with 14 gold, 19 silver and 10 bronze medals. The Olympic Committee of Thailand had expected less!
We have not reported about the Games as such and only report this ends summary, considering this no Thai event. A small detail is that 71-years old gold winning billiard player Mongkhon Kanfaklan amazed journalists by saying that he could not wait to join his girlfriend, who is 19 (nineteen) years of age.
The next ASEAN Games will be held in 2006 in Qatar. (Source: The Nation)


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New destinations for THAI

Posted by hasekamp on 14 October 2002 at 16:20 PM
Thai Airways International has announced that it will start flying to six new destinations: Xiamen, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Geneva, Chittagong and Johannesburg. So If you are living in or near these destinations, you can try Royal Orchid Service soon.
The first operations will be launched from the end of October while the service to Johannesburg will start next year under a joint agreement with South African Airways.
The President of THAI the national flag carrier said in a statement that the move is part of Thai Airways International\92s network expansion plan to cover key destinations around the world. We wonder when THAI will once more add Amsterdam to its destinations! (Source: Public Relations Department)


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Vegetarians, but just for a few days

Posted by hasekamp on 14 October 2002 at 16:02 PM
The Phuket Vegetarian Festival came to a close on Sunday, with the usual fireworks, mediums and what not. Many inhabitants of Phuket only eat vegetarian food during the 10-days period of the Festival.
After the Festival ends, just after midnight, all vegetarians go to one of the Chinese Shrines in Phuket Town, and have a copious meal, with lots of meat!
But that is not the only dark side of the Festival: Today one of the agricultural organizations in Thailand advised its members to kill all their chickens, in order to keep the price for eggs up. During the Vegetarian Festival the demand for eggs rises tremendously, and if the production of eggs remains the same after the Festival, this price will fall tremendously. Hence the only way to keep the price up is to kill the chickens that produced the eggs and serve them in restaurants.
We are supporters of some reflection about what one eats, and not eating meat for some time is a goods way to accomplish this. Hence we are promoters of things like the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket. But if the first consequence is that the minute the Festival ends large quantities of meat are being consumed, and if the second consequence is that thereafter all the eggs-producing chickens have to be killed and served, we get second thoughts about the Vegetarian Festival! (Remote source: The Nation)


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Burma will hand over suspects

Posted by hasekamp on 11 October 2002 at 18:08 PM
Burma has agreed to the extradition of four Karen, arrested in connection with a deadly ambush on a school bus in Ratchaburi on June 4 2002. The suspected gunmen fled across the Burmese border after the attack, which left three children dead. They were subsequently arrested in the Burmese town of Mergui.
Two of the suspects were identified as Bo Kroh and Ja-U, who had reportedly confessed to opening fire on the bus. The Burmese authorities agreed to extradite the four through their point of entry into Ratchaburi. The Foreign Ministry will work out the details of the extradition. (Source: The Nation)


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More flooding to be feared

Posted by hasekamp on 10 October 2002 at 15:33 PM
Flooding remains a major problem in Thailand at the moment. Central Provinces, as well as Bangkok, as well as the southern Province of Hat Yai are under threat now. In Centarl areas especially Ayutthaya Province is inundated and remains vulnerable.
As far as the capital is concerned: Floods are threatening Bangkok, and also nearby Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi and will likely strike hardest around 20 October.
The Rangsit University natural disaster research center said yesterday that a forecast simulation showed that water levels on the Chao Phraya River can rise up to 2.1 meters above sea level on 20 October, and up to 2.5 meters above sea level in Nonthaburi. That would be a serious crisis level.
Although inner Bangkok is relatively safe from high tides and run-off water from the northern regions, the combination with heavy downpours are still a problem, as we have seen earlier this week.
Meanwhile people in floods-hit areas are at risk of catching athlete's foot, conjunctivitis and pneumonia. According to Public Health Ministry, about 150,000 people suffer from pneumonia each year in Thailand (although not all of them being flood victims) and 1,000 of them die. (Source: The Nation)


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New case about Aids drug patent

Posted by hasekamp on 8 October 2002 at 17:14 PM
On 2 October we published on this page about a ruling by the Intellectual Property and International Trade Court, that removed the exclusive right of Bristol-Myers Squibb to sell an Aids drug in Thailand. This ruling now has a follow-up.
Thai Aids activists and patients in second lawsuit against Bristol-Myers Squibb now ask the patent for the AIDS drug.
In the former court ruling a group of AIDS patients won the lawsuit to remove Bristol-Myers Squibb’s rights to sell Didanosine or DDI, in Thailand, because the firm -according to the patent- only had the right to sell the drug in certain doses exclusively.
In the present lawsuit the court will be asked to rule an order to allow other pharmaceutical companies to produce the anti-retroviral drug as well.
We, being patent examiners ourselves, still do not understand the exact meaning of what is asked from the court now. We assume, however, that the activists want to have the patent nullified, which would mean that the owner has no longer exclusive rights and everybody would be free to use the patent. (Source: Public Relations Department)


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Bangkok under water. Traffic in chaos

Posted by hasekamp on 8 October 2002 at 13:21 PM
A combination of high tide, run-off from the North and night-long torrential rain inundated parts of Bangkok and caused traffic chaos yesterday, with more problems likely today. Most of Bangkok’s streets were flooded, with congestion spreading to the expressways, as exits became clogged.
Motorcycle taxis were still able to ride in some areas and were charging two and three times the normal fare for trips.
The Weather Office says more rain is likely today, but not be as bad as yesterday. A spokesman of the Weather Office said that yesterday's downpour was the result of a high pressure system moving in from China meeting a low pressure trough over Bangkok.
The city's drainage system can handle up to 60 mm of rain at a time. Yesterday there obviously was much more. As an extra factor that promoted chaos, the rains came just as the morning tide peaked.
The Chao Phraya River level was up to 1.87 meters above mean sea level. The river’s highest level this year was 2.07 meters on Saturday evening. The record so far of 2.27 meters was set in 1995.
Riverside districts like Bang Phlat and Bangkok Noi yesterday faced extra problems because water was trapped behind the river flood walls and was unable to drain out. Can you still postpone your visit to Thailand if you are planning top go? It might be a good idea! (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Racing bus was in poor state. License revoked

Posted by hasekamp on 8 October 2002 at 13:20 PM
The bus that killed seven people while racing with another one, of which we reported yesterday, had invalid registration papers and was poorly maintained, the Transport Ministry said.
It is one of 15 buses run by the same company. The license of the company has now been revoked, after checks revealed that all the buses were in a poor state and held invalid papers.
After the accident, a commuter protection committee has been set up to examine the service standard of private buses, and to revoke the licenses of buses held to be substandard.
The bus involved in the accident was registered in October 1999. The owner had regularly failed to check the vehicle and pay the annual tax by deadline.
The driver has been charged with causing death to others through reckless driving. Police yesterday imposed extra charges of speeding and driving without a license. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Award for Phuket FantaSea

Posted by hasekamp on 7 October 2002 at 13:25 PM
Phuket FantaSea received, for the second time in a row, the prestigious Best Attraction Award, presented by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
The award (given once every two years) is regarded as one of the highest honors in the Thai tourism industry. It was also won by Phuket FantaSea in 2000.
The award was given to FantaSea because of its high standards of management and administration, its good safety record, and its environmentally-friendly operations and its conservation efforts.
We have visited the event, and we did tremendously enjoy the fantastic show. So we believe that FantaSea deserves this award not only for the reasons mentioned, but also for its fantastic show (photography prohibited. Camera's have to be given into custody at the entrance!). We found the food far too expensive for Thai standards, however. So, if you have that choice, buy a ticket without a meal and have a meal before you go there. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Vegetarian Festival in full swing

Posted by hasekamp on 7 October 2002 at 13:08 PM
In the past weekend the Vegetarian Festival in Thailand started again. The main place to celebrate it is Phuket Town, although in some Southern provinces with a relatively large Chinese population it also is celebrated. And even in Bangkok’s Chinatown, around Yawarat Road, there are celebrations during the Festival.
In Phuket everybody takes part in the celebrations one way or another. Even 235 inmates of the Phuket Provincial Prison are taking part this year. Although they will not be joining any marches, the 235 prisoners have been given white T-shirts donated by a local motorbike dealership and they will be eating only vegetarian food, supplied by one of the Chinese Shrines. The Vegetarian Festival in Phuket Town will continue until next Sunday. See our page about the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket Town in 2001 by clicking the link. (Main source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Racing bus leaves seven dead

Posted by hasekamp on 7 October 2002 at 12:53 PM
Seven people were killed yesterday afternoon when a racing bus, with the driver having lost control during a race with another bus, hit pedestrians and vehicles at the Bang Na intersection in the Sukhumvit area in Bangkok. Police called it one of the most horrific accidents in Bangkok in recent times.
The driver of a No 1141 bus was racing with another bus along Bang Na-Trat Road when the vehicle's brakes apparently failed at the junction with Sukhumvit Road.
Trees and power poles were hit before the bus rammed into a van, a pick-up truck, another bus and a passenger car that were waiting at traffic lights.
Four pedestrians - all of them women - were killed. Two other women were crushed to death in the passenger car, and a passenger in the van was critically injured and died later in hospital.
None of the twenty bus passengers on board of the No 1141 bus were seriously hurt.
The bus driver, 30, was arrested. Initial tests found no evidence of drug use, but police yesterday were awaiting the results of an alcohol test. The driver claimed that the accident occurred because his brakes failed. Witnesses of yesterday's horror said that the driver was driving at high speed and was racing against a No 365 bus on an outer lane of the road.
"Racing is a chronic problem amongst bus drivers", the deputy director of the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority said. "When we punish them, the drivers behave for a day or two, then they start racing again".(Source: The Nation)


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New cabinet after reshuffle

Posted by hasekamp on 6 October 2002 at 12:13 PM
His Majesty the King at Klai Kang Won Palace in Hua Hin formally swore in Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's new cabinet, formed after a reshuffle of the current cabinet. We would not report about this, if not His Majesty had spoken remarkable words during the ceremony.
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej told the cabinet members during the oath-taking ceremony to be honest in the performance of their duties, for the sake of the national interest.
His Majesty said that honesty, stipulated by the Constitution, must be carefully interpreted. "You all must think carefully in every job that you do if it is in line with the constitution and with the oath that you have taken. Should this be achieved, it will please all Thais who want to see smart and able people to administer the country honestly for the benefit of people in all sections".
The King also suggested the cabinet members to adhere to teamwork if they intended to see the administrative reform successfully implemented.
"The administrative reform must be considered carefully. Without teamwork, it will not be achieved and all people will be in trouble, including yourselves," said the King. He wished the new cabinet success.
Earlier, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said that he had done his best. His reshuffle choices were limited and the line-up reflected that. If he had been presented with more options, the new cabinet would have been better. The line-up would, however, help solve the nation's economic problems. Mr. Thaksin plans to delegate responsibilities to his six deputies this week. They would get their assignments at cabinet's meeting next Tuesday. (Source: Thai News Agency, The Bangkok Post)


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Siamese cats

Posted by hasekamp on 3 October 2002 at 14:21 PM
We have all heard about Siamese cats and we all have some idea about how they look. They do indeed originate from Thailand. But from the original 23 species of Siamese cat, only four breeds remain today.
The most well-known of these is the Korat cat, or Sri Sawad, originating from Nakhon Ratchasima province. They are widely called Maew See Dok Lao, or Maew Maled in Thailand. They have heart-shaped heads, and their fur has a silver-blue hue. Their eyes are bright green or yellow. The Thais believe that they bring luck, so they are being taken care of well. The Korat or Sri Sawad cat is popular in America.
A second species of Siamese cats is the Wichien Mas, which has some characteristics that sets it more or less apart from other Siamese cats. They possess nine dark brown patches on certain spots along its body, and have bright blue eyes. The Wichien Mas was —as far as experts know—the first species of Siamese cat and is in most cases meant when somebody simply speaks about a "Siamese cat".
A third species is the Supalak, or Thong Daeng, which is a majestic cat with a perfect body and beautiful copper coat. The outer rim of its eyes is yellow while the inner is green.
This one is the same species as the Brown-Burmese cat, and there are disputes as to its true origin.
Finally there is the Khao Manee, or Khao Plod. Its population outnumbers the other three species. Khao Manee is considered one of the most beautiful of the Siamese cats. Its image can be found —among other places- on the murals in Wat Thong Noppakhun.
This item is not really hot news about Thailand, but we thought that some of our visitors would like this general information. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Ecotourism promoted

Posted by hasekamp on 2 October 2002 at 14:21 PM
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and universities, as well as the private sector have jointly launched an online information center on ecotourism. The information can be found at the TAT web-site. Go to http://www.tat.or.th/ecotourism. The site is mainly in Thai, so it will not give you much information if you do not read that extremely difficult language.
To start with only information about the northern provinces of Thailand can be found. Later details of ecotourism services in other regions of the country will be added.
The website is meant to be a massive database and report on ecotourism, the information coming from governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Ecotourism is still new for Thailand. It can only work if tourists and tour operators both feel responsible for Nature.
Ecotourism could be the new trend to correct the fault of "normal" tourism, which brings about disaster to our environment, but only if people are motivated to protect Nature.
The knowledge of ecotourism through the Internet will hopefully help people to learn more about using the natural resources to benefit the community while doing no harm to the nature. (Source: Thai News Agency)


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No exclusive rights on Aids drug

Posted by hasekamp on 2 October 2002 at 13:55 PM
A Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court ruled yesterday that the exclusive right of Bristol-Myers Squibb to sell an Aids drug in Thailand should be removed.
Two Aids patients and an activist group had started the case. The court said that the US firm has the exclusive right to produce the drug, didanosine (ddI), only in certain doses, allowing others to produce it in different doses. Our source does not state under what kind of exclusive right (patent?) the US firm operates.
Thai activists yesterday welcomed the court verdict and called it the first court victory for HIV/Aids patients.
While Bristol-Myers Squibb's ddI costs 40 Baht a pill, the state-owned drug firm could sell them at half that price if the company's rights were limited.
Bristol-Myers Squibb representatives could not be reached for comment. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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