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Thais Asked to be Nice...

While the British Ambassador warns of Thai scams

Link Here20th December 2012

British Ambassador Mark Kent has joined a campaign by the Tourism Ministry to tackle tourist scams and will be in Phuket in the new year to discuss the issue with high-ranking local officials.

In a nationwide television campaign that will run until the end of the month, Kent and Deputy Prime Minister Chumpol Silapaarcha, who is also the tourism minister, appeal to Thais to be good hosts to foreign tourists .

Kent warns tourists:

Travellers are advised to be cautious in areas where incidents are more likely to occur. These include crowded markets, tourist sites and bus or train stations, and festivals. It is also best to avoid isolated neighbourhoods, shortcuts, narrow alleys and poorly lit streets, especially late at night.

In secluded beach destinations and remote islands, independent travellers should exercise caution. They are advised to avoid all secluded areas and stay in the vicinity of other travellers whenever possible.

Phuket is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand and every year thousands of British nationals visit its attractions. I will be visiting early next year to discuss issues affecting British residents and tourists.

Most visitors have a good time free of trouble, but unfortunately there are some who have problems. We encourage British visitors to read the Foreign Commonwealth Office's travel advice and ensure that they have adequate travel and health insurance before travelling, he said.

Travellers should declare any pre-existing health conditions and read carefully the small print of travel insurance policies to ensure they are covered for all the activities they intend to do. For example, many policies do not cover riding a moped or motorbike.

They should also watch out for scams, and consider carefully the risks of renting a jet ski and should only do so from authorised, insured operators. We advise tourists not to hand over their passports when renting something - such as a jet ski or motorbike - as on occasion we have seen passports not being returned to the owner when there has been a dispute about payment for alleged damage to the equipment hired.

In the event of an emergency the embassy and consular colleagues are there to help. Anyone who gets into difficulty should contact the embassy on (02) 305 8333.



Dangerous Thailand...

Guns and stuff

Link Here10th December 2012

Murder by Firearm

See article from

There's a very interesting statistic that Thailand follows only South Africa and Colombia in the international league table of murders with firearms.

Wild West Thailand

See  article from

There was a recent article rather emphasising the above dangerous statistic:

Easy guns bring Wild West mentality

With firearm crime on the rise and the amount of illegal locally produced and smuggled weapons growing, there are concerns that a programme giving officials discounts in the name of self-protection is worsening the situation

Thailand 7th most dangerous nation for women

See  article from

But one has to wonder whether this gender biased article is rather exploiting the statistics. It seems that Thailand is pretty dangerous for men AND women, and it would seem rather disingenuous to try and consider only aspects attributed to gender equality.

Thailand is the seventh worst nation in relation to violence against women, a recent report from the United Nations revealed.

However, this record might get better soon as the Kingdom has become a member of the UN Womens executive board and the agencys Asia-Pacific base is being set up in Bangkok.



Pla Som...

Thailand tries to ween Issan fans off carcinogenic raw fish

Link Here13th October 2012

Public Health deputy minister Surawit Khonsomboon has  backed the idea of prohibiting state officials from eating raw fish and raw fermented fish, saying they would face a disciplinary punishment for doing this.

Surawit praised the provincial policy to implement this food ban. Local officials have asked 600 somtam shops to serve only cooked fermented fish and have banned officials from eating raw fish - or they would face punishment. This was done to set a good example to the public.

Authorities urged people to stop eating raw fish and raw fermented fish, but Surawit said people weren't scared of Opisthorchiasis as they could take medicine to kill the parasite. But taking such pills too many times could cause Cholangiocarcinoma, he said.

Each year 10,000 Isaan people die from Cholangiocarcinoma, he said. ie the liver fluke parasites in the fish cause liver cancer in humans.


26th April

 Offsite Article: ATM Skimmers...

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So what do they look like and what you can do to avoid getting robbed?

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8th March

 Offsite Article: Tax...

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An overview of how income tax works in Thailand

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