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  The Land of Wiped Smiles...

The UK's Daily Mail highlights more ludicrous police bar raids, this time targeting darts players


Link Here 6th February 2018
pattaya dartsBritish expats in the Thai beach resort of Pattaya have been caught up in another police crackdown after officers raided bars across the city.

The police raided bars mostly in the vicinity of Soi 6 and were searching for dartboards, which they claimed were being used illegally by venues.

One bewildered bar owner on the strip reported police demanding to see a dartboard license. When they were unable to produce the appropriate documentation police confiscated their dartboards, reports Thai Visa .

When they enquired as to how they could apply for a license they were inevitably told the license did not exist.

Pattaya Darts, the city's largest amateur darts club, was forced to close temporarily and issued the pictures statement via social media,

 

  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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