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Fuel empty after 898km
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Gasoline prices now in Thailand
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Pumped 48.7L of Shell V-Power
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Consumption = 898.7km / 48.7L = 18.6 km/L or 5.4L per 100km hmmmm not too bad

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Thai food is always so colourful, beautiful, tasty, fragrant and exciting

 

Khanom jeen rice noodle
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Somtam pu para, papaya salad with raw crab and fermented fish
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Vegetables somtam with raw crab
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Salted egg somtam
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Spicy pork rib soup
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Minced pork with Thai herb
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Pig's liver
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Grilled pork neck
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So we have been talking about beautiful Thai cuisine but do you know that Thailand has one of the best Japanese restaurants outside Japan? As a matter of fact as a frequent traveller to Japan I find that you can get equally good Japanese food here in Bangkok and at a reasonable price. Forget about the other ASEAN countries when it comes to Japanese food. 

 

Let me show you, lunch at Zuru

 

Tofu
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Fried anchovies
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Once a year only special squid from Hokkaido
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Hokkaido live scallop
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Super special fish airflown here 2 times a week
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My favourite kinki
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Exotic ya
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Our sashimi 
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Uni
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Abalone with gold leaf
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Liver of abalone
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Tempura
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Fried chicken
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Hope you like the video

 

 

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Thailand to revive its medical tourism sector amid COVID pandemic
Businesses aim to profit from government's 'living with COVID' strategy

 

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The luxury-grade Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok has launched its first-ever COVID-19 recovery clinic. (Photo courtesy of the hospital)
APORNRATH PHOONPHONGPHIPHAT, Nikkei staff writerOctober 6, 2021 13:29 JST

 

BANGKOK -- With the Thai government planning to reopen the country to foreign tourists as part of its strategy of learning to live with COVID, Thai businesses aim to offer COVID-related services as well as revive medical tourism.

 

The upscale Bumrungrad International Hospital has launched its first COVID-19 recovery clinic, offering all COVID solutions to affluent Thais and foreigners, as the government prepares to reopen the country roughly by November.

 

"The COVID-19 recovery unit is a medical hub for people whose lives are affected by COVID," Artirat Charukitpipat, the hospital's chief executive officer, told reporters on last Wednesday. The Bumrungrad unit delivers care to infected patients and also treats people who have "long COVID" symptoms such as lung problems.

 

The hospital provides treatments for both outpatients and inpatients, including quarantine, intensive care and telemedicine for patients in home isolation. The hospital also offers rehabilitation services to patients with symptoms of long COVID to help them gain strength and recover fully.

 

Bangkok Dusit Medical Services, Thailand's largest private health care group, also provides a high-end alternative quarantine resort in the heart of Bangkok. Starting on Oct. 1, it offers quarantine packages of seven, 10 or 14 days, depending on the traveler's vaccination status.

 

Other leading hospitals in Bangkok and major cities nationwide have launched similar services to serve rising demand when the country opens up for tourists and foreign investors.

 

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Bumrungrad delivers care to infected patients and also treats people with symptoms of "long COVID." (Photo courtesy of the hospital)

 

That is in line with the government's aim to promote Thai medical tourism as part of its push to position Thailand as the medical hub of ASEAN, offering high-quality medical services at competitive prices.

 

"We have strong potential -- with health care professionals and the unique Thai hospitality -- to be ready to be the medical hub," a senior official at the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) told Nikkei Asia.

 

Currently, Thailand has 64 hospitals that meet Joint Commission International accreditation standards, the highest number in ASEAN and the fourth-most in the world, making the country ready to profit from medical tourism.

 

The kingdom earned 59.8 billion baht ($1.8 billion) in 2019 before it was hit by the pandemic. That amounted to 3% of all revenue from foreign tourism and was rising about 3.5% annually, serving clients largely from America, Europe and the Middle East.

 

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In normal times, central Bangkok's Khaosan Road is crowded with tourists. Tourism plays a key role in the Thai economy -- it earned 3 trillion baht ($89 billion) in 2019, accounted for 18% of the country's GDP. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

 

No medical tourism revenue was reported in 2020-2021 as the market plunged, due largely to the lockdown. However, the Tourism Authority of Thailand is still confident in the nation's potential for medical tourism, setting a proactive promotion plan and targeting revenue growth of 5% in 2022.

 

That matches global trends -- the world's medical tourism industry is forecast to be worth around $808 billion in 2021, with a growth rate of up to 7.5% per year, according to Global Wellness Economy Monitor 2017. That leaved room for Thailand to capitalize on, particularly at a time when the pandemic is providing new business opportunities.

 

With 27.7% of the total population now fully vaccinated with two shots, the government aims to reopen the country by applying a policy of "living with COVID." Not only are hospitals and medical-related businesses launching services to capitalize on the strategy, but mobile operators and other businesses as well are preparing for the country's opening up.

 

Businesses are particularly offering COVID-related services for those who cannot afford expensive luxury care from premium hospitals at a time when the need for COVID treatment could potentially rise again after the borders reopen.

 

That would help provide drugs and proper treatment for patients who want to practice home isolation and help reduce beds occupations in public hospitals if new COVID cases surged again when the country reopen for foreign tourists.

 

Advance Info Service (AIS), the country's biggest mobile operator, has joined hands with hospital chains and medical startups to offer telemedical services free of charge. The company also allows clients to use their pay points to get discounts when they buy medicine and COVID-19 insurance.

 

"After living with COVID for about two years, we found that Thai people are interested more in their health and want to protect themselves from COVID," said Bussaya Satirapipatkul, head of customer and service management at AIS.

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Thai energy giant PTT to triple coffee shops overseas to 1,000
Conglomerate expects $1bn revenue stream from Cafe Amazon by 2025

 

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Cafe Amazon, originally the brand for coffee shops inside PTT gas stations, has grown to over 3,700 locations worldwide. (Photo courtesy of PTT Oil and Retail Business)
MARIMI KISHIMOTO, Nikkei staff writerOctober 6, 2021 00:02 JST

 

BANGKOK -- Thai state-owned oil major PTT plans an overseas expansion for an entirely different kind of fuel, as the group looks to more than triple the number of offshore shops in its Cafe Amazon coffee chain to 1,000 by 2025.

 

The chain currently has 298 locations outside of Thailand. PTT aims to ink franchise agreements with major restaurant operators to add more coffee shops abroad.

 

The PTT group will provide support in areas such as marketing and localizing menus. A team of experts has been established to advise on franchise development. The goal is to have Cafe Amazon generate $1 billion in sales by 2025.

 

PTT Oil and Retail Business, the group company that operates Cafe Amazon, has adopted "retailing beyond fuel" as its new slogan. More than 90% of the company's revenue last year came from the oil business, which is mostly concerned with running filling stations.

 

Cafe Amazon debuted in 2002 as the brand for coffee shops inside PTT gas stations. The business has grown to become the sixth-largest coffee chain worldwide, with 3,432 locations in Thailand alone as of June.

 

There are Cafe Amazons in 10 countries, including seven Southeast Asian nations as well as China, Japan and Oman. PTT Oil and Retail listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand in February.

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Automobiles are required to go into the workshop occasionally especially when its getting older, likewise human occasionally need to go to the hospital for checks and repair  :beer3: 

 

So had been spending the past few days in the hospital to do test here and there heres some pics

 

 

 

Staff counter
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Lobby of the 10th floor
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Breakfast yesterday
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Dinner yesterday - grilled salmon
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Breakfast today (I went down to get it)
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Lunch today - grilled chicken breasts
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The chicken
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Nice salad
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Anyway came in to do a complete check: blood checks ; cardio ultrasound ; stress test ; CT Angiogram ; brain MRI etc etc.

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Now waiting to be discharged from the hospital. 

 

Last night's dinner Arabic meal

 

Basmati rice with grilled chicken
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This morning's breakfast - porridge with minced pork
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Did not eat the above instead went for a walk around the lobby and ended up at the hospital food-court

 

 

My noodle breakfast at the food court, $3.90 (95 baht, expensive)
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Thailand's Saha Group aims for 20,000 vending machines after IPO
Group company Sun Vending to use funds to deploy cashless machines

 

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Sun Vending Technology, part of Thailand's Saha Group, is expanding the availability of cashless payment. (Photo courtesy of Sun Vending Technology)
MARIMI KISHIMOTO, Nikkei staff writerOctober 9, 2021 12:10 JST

BANGKOK -- Thai retailing conglomerate Saha Group looks to cash in on the pandemic-driven rise of vending machines, with plans to greatly expand the number of units run by a group company that recently went public.

 

"We will have 20,000 vending machines by 2023," Apassara Panupatthana, managing director of Sun Vending Technology, said after the company listed on the Thai stock exchange on Tuesday. The company currently oversees more than 13,800 vending machines.

 

Use of vending machines has surged in Thailand as convenience stores were forced to cut round-the-clock operating hours due to the pandemic. Sun Vending's machines are mostly found in factories and industrial parks, and sell items ranging from drinks and snacks to instant ramen.

 

Sun Vending listed at an offer price of 2.54 baht. The stock rose as high as 4.02 baht before closing at 3.54 baht on the first day.

 

The initial public offering floated 200 million Sun Vending shares -- or nearly 29% of outstanding stock -- raising roughly 500 million baht ($14.7 million). Following the IPO, just over 44% of the stock is held by Saha Pathanapibul, Saha's main group company, together with affiliates.

 

Sun Vending has been expanding the use of cashless vending machines that take smartphone payments. Part of the funds raised in the IPO will be used to update vending machines. The company will also engage in rentals.

 

"About 75% of the total will be converted to smart machines by 2023," said Apassara.

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Thailand's proposed $15 tax on foreign tourists stirs debate
Industry warns added fee could drive away visitors and hinder recovery

 

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A plane carrying foreign tourists arrives in Phuket after the island opened to overseas visitors on July 1.   © Reuters
MASAYUKI YUDA, Nikkei staff writerOctober 11, 2021 14:02 JST

 

BANGKOK -- Thailand's plan to impose a 500 baht ($15) tax on each incoming international visitor -- possibly from 2022 -- has the tourism industry concerned about possibly reducing the number of tourists as the country prepares to further reopen its borders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

"The fee to be implemented is considerably high for those visiting Thailand, where hotel rooms can be had for as little as 1,000 baht," Thai Hotels Association president Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi said in a recent interview with Nikkei Asia. "The 500 baht will affect potential visitors' decisions."

 

The proposed tax was raised from 300 baht that was originally approved by the National Tourism Policy Committee earlier this year. The Center for Economic Situation Administration, the government's policymaking body for economic issues, approved the 200 baht increase earlier this month, but it will still need cabinet approval to be put into force.

 

The new tax is separate from a departure tax that has already been levied for decades on outgoing travelers, designated a passenger service charge. According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, the departure tax varies from 400 baht to 700 baht depending on which airport passengers depart from. Travelers must pay 700 baht to leave Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, the country's main international gateway.

 

In 2019, 39.9 million tourists spent 1.91 trillion baht in Thailand. They stayed in the country an average of 9.3 days, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, and spent about 5,172 baht a day. The tax could crimp money flowing into the tourism sector.

 

The proposed tax will be used to help transform Thailand from a low-budget destination to a more upscale market for international travelers. "The additional cost won't have an impact on tourists, as we want to focus on the quality market," Tourism Authority of Thailand Gov. Yuthasak Supasorn told local media earlier this month. "We hope this fund will support a national tourism makeover to create more safe and clean places."

 

The tax could be implemented as early as next year, when the Tourism Authority expects to receive 5 billion baht from 10 million foreign visitors in 2022 -- an ambitious visitor forecast compared with other institutions, such as the Bank of Thailand. The central bank expects only six million foreign travelers next year.

 

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Income from international tourists 

 

Reviving tourism is an urgent task for Thailand's economic recovery. The sector and related businesses used to account for 20% of the country's gross domestic product prior to COVID. From July, the Southeast Asia country started accepting vaccinated tourists on the southern island of Phuket without any quarantine.

 

The government intends to start welcoming vaccinated tourists at its main tourist destinations on the mainland such as Bangkok, Pattaya, Huahin and Chiangmai from November.

 

While some disagree with the government's move to hit foreigners with the new charge, they agree that the tourism industry needs a war chest. Kongsak Khoopongsakorn, President of the Thailand Hotels Association southern chapter, said the fund should be used in developing tourism-related projects, protecting the environment, and promoting regional tourism.

 

"We need the fund for several purposes to make our tourism industry grow sustainably," Kongsak said. "But I don't think the fund should be obtained from tourists." Kongsak feels it should be bankrolled by the government and allocated to every region, "because each region would have different needs so that the fund could be adapted to match [their] needs."

 

Chairat Trirattanajaraspon, former chairman of the Tourism Council of Thailand, insisted that a fund would be useful during a crisis. "I think this is a good time to implement the [tax], as the COVID-19 pandemic has already pointed out a clear need," Chirat said. "The proposed fund would be a very useful mechanism to lend support to the tourism industry if we face another crisis in the future."

 

Thailand's tourism infrastructure could use an upgrade. The latest evidence came from a careless government that left personal details of 106 million visitors exposed on the internet.

 

The massive data breach contained each visitor's full name, sex, passport number, residency status and visa type, along with their Thai arrival card number and date of arrival. It was discovered by a cybersecurity research firm on Aug. 22. Thai authorities removed the data the next day.

 

Some tourist attractions in Thailand have been criticized as having a dual pricing system that charges foreigners more than Thais without corresponding services that justify the added cost.

 

Once the new tax is implemented, international tourists may want to see an improvement in the sector that could possibly justify the added fee.

 

Additional reporting by Apornrath Phoonphongphiphat

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Thailand plans to lift quarantine for vaccinated travellers from Singapore and at least 9 other countries from Nov 1

 

Tan Tam Mei
Thailand Correspondent

 

BANGKOK -  Thailand plans to scrap quarantine for fully vaccinated air travellers from at least 10 low-risk countries including Singapore from Nov 1, in the hope of rebuilding its battered tourism sector. 

 

Speaking in a televised broadcast on Monday night (Oct 11), Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said he has asked the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) and the Ministry of Public health to “urgently consider” within this week about allowing fully vaccinated visitors from a list of “low-risk” countries to enter Thailand without the need for quarantine. 


These visitors only need to present negative results for their PCR tests done before travel and when they reach Thailand. 

 

“After which, they will be free to move around Thailand in the same way that any Thai citizen can do,” said Mr Prayut.


Thailand will begin with at least 10 nations, including Singapore, Germany, China, the United Kingdom and the United States.


The full list will be finalised at a CCSA meeting later this week, said the authorities. The list will be gradually expanded in coming months.  

 

Visitors from places that are not on the list will still have to adhere to current quarantine measures, which include a seven-day quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers and 10 days for those who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated. 

 

Currently, travellers who enter Thailand through the sandbox programmes on Phuket and Samui do not need to serve a hotel quarantine but are required to stay on the islands for seven nights before they can travel to other regions in Thailand.  

 

With some countries easing part of their curbs on international travel, Mr Prayut said: “We must act quickly but still cautiously, and not miss the opportunity to entice some of the year-end and New Year holiday season travellers during the next few months.”

 

Thailand’s tourism sector used to make up a fifth of its national income, but travel restrictions have caused its earnings to plummet. 

 

Daily Covid-19 cases and deaths have been on the decline, with the nation having more than 1.7 million infections and more than 17,600 deaths so far.

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So it’s been finally confirmed but for only 5 countries

 

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2197799

 

Quarantine being lifted, more provinces being opened

PUBLISHED : 14 OCT 2021 AT 14:40

WRITER: ONLINE REPORTERS

 

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha confirms Thailand is ready to lift quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers from five countries from Nov 1, and open more provinces to visitors, after chairing a meeting of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration at Government House on Thursday. (Screenshot)

 

There will be no quarantine for fully vaccinated air travellers from five countries from Nov 1, and destinations in more provinces will also be opened to foreign tourists.

 

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said the CCSA resolved on Thursday to allow in fully vaccinated visitors from Britain, the United States, Germany, Singapore and China if they pass an RT-PCR test before arrival.

 

Travellers from these five countries were considered as having low-risk of Covid-19 infection. They would not have to quarantine.

 

The number of destinations opened to tourists would also expand from four provinces - Phuket and parts of Surat Thani, Phangnga and Krabi provinces - to 17 provinces of economic significance. This would include all of Bangkok, Samut Prakan (only Suvarnabhumi airport), parts of Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin and Nong Kae) and all of Krabi and Phangnga, Dr Taweesilp said.

 

From Dec 1,  another 16 major provinces would reopen, including Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Lamphun, Phrae and Sukhothai.

 

The operations committee of the CCSA had yet to finalise the entire list of the additional provinces, Dr Taweesilp said.

The CCSA's briefing on Thursday afternoon started with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha confirming that Thailand was ready for reopening in two weeks.

 

"Many countries want to let their citizens visit Thailand... It will be a small start, for people to resume earning a living," the prime minister said.

 

Ministers and senior representatives of the government and the private sector were also present for the announcement at Government House.


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