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- November,2021(part5) -
25 Nov, 2021
Pattaya Fireworks Festival start from November 26th for 2 days under strict Covid-19 precautions
Pattaya International Fireworks Festival 2021 will be held at Pattaya Central Beach from November 26th to November 27th. Lots of show will be held from 6 pm to midnight on each day.

The showtimes for the event is as follows.

November 26th showtimes:
6:00 P.M.: Local music band show
7:30 P.M.: Opening ceremony by the Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunplome
8:00 P.M.: The first firework show ‘Shining Pattaya’
8:20 P.M.: The second firework show ‘Believe’
8:40 P.M.: The third firework show ‘Seasonal Love’
9:00 P.M.: The fourth firework show ‘Miracle of Heaven’
9:15 P.M.: Concert from the Mirrr band
10:15 P.M.: Concert from Paradox
11:15 P..M End of program

November 27th showtimes:
6:00 P.M.: Local music band show
8:00 P.M.: The first firework show ‘Wonderful Pattaya’
8:20 P.M.: The second firework show ‘Spirit of Ocean’
8:40 P.M.: The third firework show ‘Be Together’
9:00 P.M.: The fourth firework show ‘Happiness is All Around’
9:15 P.M.: Concert from Getsunova
10:15: Concert from Paradox
11:15: End of program

Pattaya Beach Road from Dolphin Circle to Pattaya Walking Street is closed from 4pm to midnight on both days of the event, and parking in this area is also prohibited from 3pm to midnight.

Parking is available during the festival at Tesco Lotus North Pattaya, Terminal 21, Mike Shopping Mall, Royal Garden Plaza, Pattaya City 8 School, Chai Mongkol Temple, Central Festival Pattaya Beach, and Central Marina department store in North Pattaya.

Those entering the main event area near the stage must either prove that they have been fully vaccinated with Covid-19 vaccine or show a negative ATK test within 72 hours.

Both selling and drinking alcohol are prohibited at all locations within the event venue, and face masks are required.

Lockdowns and many restrictions has imposed due to the spread of Covid-19 for these years, and this festival will become the biggest event in Pattaya since the previous fireworks festival in November 2020, said Mayor Sonthaya Khunplome of Pattaya.

Thailand began accepting foreign tourists who had been fully vaccinated on November 1st without quarantine. Although only the number of tourists far below the number of tourists before the pandemic has entered the country, Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries are turning to reopen the country to allow fully vaccinated foreign tourists to come and go. Thailand's tourism industry has not yet revived, and many of Pattaya's major tourist destinations are closed like ghost towns. With the opening of Southeast Asian countries, many overseas tourists will visit Thailand in the future, and it is hoped that the Thai tourism industry will revive. It is expected that this fireworks festival in Pattaya will bring many benefits to Pattaya and contribute to the revival of the tourism industry of Pattaya.
24 Nov, 2021
Thai government urges people waiting for Moderna vaccine to get Pfizer vaccine
Thai Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said those who paid for the Moderna vaccine and have not yet been vaccinated should instead enroll in a government program and get the Pfizer vaccine right away.

To date, the government has given 90 million Covid-19 vaccines and is aiming to reach 100 million by the end of the month, according to Minister Anutin, so the county health center and the local disease control department urged unvaccinated people in each area to get vaccinated within two weeks.

Minister Anutin now admits that one million doses per day can be given in Thailand, but the number of inoculations has declined recently. He say this is because lots of people have already been vaccinated.

It is expected that the vaccination status will play a major role in the prevention of infection and deregulation in Thailand in the future. Those who have not yet been vaccinated just because they are waiting for Moderna are advised to get the government-sponsored Pfizer vaccine immediately.
23 Nov, 2021
Beware of hotels that commit Thailand Pass package scams
A spokesman for the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) revealed at a press conference on Monday, November 22, 2021 that there are hotels that deceive travelers with the "Thailand Pass" package. It is said that some hotels deceive travelers from overseas and sell only by booking a room, not including transportation from the airport to the hotel and PCR test fee when arriving in Thailand.

From November 1st, the "Thailand Pass" was introduced in place of the The Certificate of Entry (CoE). To receive the "Thailand Pass", travelers must be fully vaccinated, have a negative certificate and have health insurance covering US $ 50,000. In addition, travelers from 61 countries and two regions participating in the "Test and Go" program, which accepts vaccinated travelers without quarantine, will need to be picked up from the airport to a SHA + certified hotel, etc. Then, it is necessary to have a PCR test by the staff of the designated hospital.

However, some hotels do not include the transfer and PCR fee in the price, and travelers who do not know it and has acquired the "Thailand Pass" by usind the hotel booking without the transfer and PCR, they have to purchase additional new package including transfer and PCR test when they arrive in Thailand, or they will be refused to entry.

Some hotels also said they canceled their accommodation reservations due to problems entering the country and did not refund to travelers who purchased another package.

The authorities have notified the hotel reservation site of the conditions in advance, and said that travelers who did not purchase transportation or PCR tests will refuse entry with the "Thailand Pass".

A spokesman of Thai governmet said "Some hotels have deliberately deceived visitors".
22 Nov, 2021
Thai Smile resumes international flights Bangkok-Phnom Penh from December 1st
Thai Smile, a low-cost carrier, a subsidiary of Thai Airways International, announced that they will resume the Bangkok-Phnom Penh route from December 1, 2021.

From November 1st, Thailand will start accepting international tourists who have completed vaccination only from designated countries without quarantine. Cambodia is the designated country, and it is possible to enter Cambodia from Thailand as well. Following this easing of immigration, the routes connecting the two countries have been resumed one after another.

Among Thai airlines, Bangkok Airways (December 1st) and Thai AirAsia (December 22nd) have already announced the reopening of the Phnom Penh route, and Thai Smile will be the third airline.

The aircraft used by Thai Smile's Bangkok-Phnom Penh route will be an Airbus A320. The scheduled flight schedule is as follows.

Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) ⇔ Phnom Penh (December 1, 2021 ~)
WE586 BKK07: 45 PNH08: 55 Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
WE587 PNH09: 55 BKK11: 00 Mon / Wed / Fri / Sun

This is the first Thai Smile international scheduled flight since the pandemic of the coronavirus. Please refer to the Thai Smile official website for details and reservations.
21 Nov, 2021
Reopening of entertainment facilities across Thailand is likely to be earlier than January
The Secretary-General of the National Security Council (NSC) said on November 19 that entertainment facilities across the country could be reopened sooner in response to protests from businesses in the entertainment industry.

NSC Secretary-General Supot Malaniyom said Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha was worried about the status quo of entrepreneurs and artists in these industries as nightlife businesses such as bars, night clubs and karaoke lounges are currently closed.

The entertainment industry was previously said to resume on December 1st, but due to a recent government decision, the resumption date has been postponed to January 15th at the earliest. Businesses are shocked and disappointed at the decision to close the entertainment business, as the Christmas season and the New Year holidays are the busiest times of the year for them.

Meanwhile, on November 20, the Thai government notified the provincial government offices nationwide of permission to reopen several entertainment facilities, including cockfighting, horse racing, bullfighting, and boxing, and permission to reopen the venue was granted to the judgment of the each provincial governor. The reopening and operation of these recreational facilities must comply with public health precautions established by the Thai government to prevent the spread of the Covid-19. Following this reopening decision, other entertainment facilities such as bars, nightclubs and karaoke lounges and nightlife operators want to reopen in compliance with public health precautions as well.

Under these circumstances, entertainment companies have submitted strong petition to government representatives to expedite the resumption. In response to this petition, it is reported that at the general meeting of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) scheduled to be held around November 26, discussions will be held on the early reopening of entertainment facilities.

According to NSC Secretary-General Supot Malaniyom, petitions submitted by entertainment facility operators will be reopened later this year, including safety, location, personnel, preparation, service systems, and terms of service. Reasonable conditions and rules have been proposed for this, and the next CCSA General Assembly states that early resumption of business may be discussed. On the other hand, he said that it is necessary to carefully consider the infection situation throughout Thailand as to whether it will be resumed by December 1st or New Year.

Currently, only a few areas such as Phuket and Bangkok can legally sell alcohol in restaurants in Thailand, and in other popular tourist destinations such as Pattaya where entertainment business is the main source of income, alcohol sales in restaurants and reopening of entertainment facilities are not permitted. Therefore, these restaurants and entertainment related businesses are in financial difficulty and are eager to reopen as soon as possible.
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