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  I am not a number! I am a surveillance database entry...

Thailand asks developers to speed up its 'Foreigner Database' that will record the entries and exits of all foreigners, and require them to report to local police every time they change hotel or address


Link Here 15th February 2018
surveillanceThailand's Immigration Bureau and the Interior Ministry have been instructed to speed up the implementation of a single-platform online database of foreigners entering and leaving the kingdom. The two agencies were told to have the new system fully functioning in six months.

The order was given by the Deputy leader of Thailand's military governement, General Prawit Wongsuwan.

The single platform database would enable the government to keep tabs on all foreigners so that they can be easily located by the police.

As part of the new system, the Immigration Bureau will cancel the use of the Immigration 6 form and instead use e-passport data. A spokesman said each immigration checkpoint would be equipped with identity-checking equipment, such as fingerprint readers and passport scanners, to enter information into the database.

At the same time, the Interior Ministry's Provincial Administration Department must ensure that all hotels, apartments, guesthouses and other accommodation services keep and report records of foreigners using their services by informing the nearest immigration office or police station, which will in turn feed the data to the database. Foreigners also now have to report  to the local police or immigration every time they change hotel or where they stay whilst in Thailand.

 

 Updated: Just down the road from Pattaya...

Thailand gets all frothed up about a sexy barista showing a bit of side boob


Link Here 4th February 2018
coffee on dayPhotos posted to Facebook of a sexy waitress showing a bit of side boob at a coffee shop in Chon Buri's Sattahip district trigged a storm of criticism from mostly women.

The post, by a Facebook user Krua Sahapat-Laem Chabang at 7am Saturday, drew over 3,500 comments in five hours. It also drew over 21,000 reactions and was shared over 8,800 times in the five-hour period.

The photos show a beautiful young woman wearing underwear and no bras. She has covered her front with a barista saffron.

The coffee shop is called Coffee on Day but other parts of the video suggest that for most of the time the baristas are fully clad.

Update: In trouble

5th February 2018. See article from nationmultimedia.com

In a bit of an overreaction, Plu Ta Luang superintendent Pol Colonel Thanachai Usahakit said officers had already summoned the coffee shop owner and the models to report to police late on Sunday. He said the image could be a violation to the Computer Act because the images were uploaded to a computer accessible by the public.

Shop owner Prasong Sukkorn said he posted the ad with the intention to be sexy, not lewd or tarnishing to the society. The owner has now removed the clip and photos.

 

  Perhaps a holiday in Thailand is not such a good idea......

Thailand is now enforcing a new law that allows for a year in prison for smoking on the beach


Link Here 2nd February 2018
krabi beachThailand has banned smoking on their top beaches citing litter from butt ends, which seems a bit rich when overlooking large amounts of plastic pollution that is washed up on beaches these days.

The country has banned smoking at 24 of the most popular beaches with foreign tourists.

Bannaruk Sermthong, director at the Office of Marine and Coastal Resources Management told Reuters : Starting today, smoking and cigarette-butt littering are prohibited on beach areas. Anyone who wants to smoke must do so in designated smoking areas, not on the beaches.

If you're found smoking on a beach you could be fined 100,000 baht (2,243) and get a year in prison.

And it's not just cigarettes which are banned on Thai beaches.The country has also banned vaping entirely.

Oh and drinking beer on the beach is also prohibited

 

  Party days, religious days and dry days...

Upcoming dates for the diary


Link Here 21st January 2018
diary penHighlights of the Carnival Week:

Thursday 8th February 2018: Weiberfastnacht/Fat Thursday;
Monday 12th February 2018: Rosenmontag;
Tuesday 13th February 2018: Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day

This year Saint Valentine and Ash Wednesday coincide on Wednesday 14th February 2018.

On Friday 16th February 2018 the Chinese Lunar Year of the Dog begins.

On Thursday 1st March 2018 Makha Bucha is celebrated, one of the five Buddhist days when alcohol sales are prohibited.

Saturday 17th March 2018 is Saint Patrick's Day.

This year All Fools' Day/April Fools' Day and Easter coincide on Sunday 1st April 2018.

 

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