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- May,2022(part5) -
25 May, 2022
Laguna Phuket Marathon 2022, remote participation available from all over the world
The Laguna Phuket Marathon has been held every June since the first competition was held in 2006. Since it is an international marathon, lots of top runners participate, while amateur runners of a wide range of levels can also participate. The first marathon in 2006 was a small international marathon, but now it has grown into a large citizen marathon with more than 9,000 participants.

Due to the pandemic, the event was postponed from June to October in 2021, and unfortunately it was decided to cancel it. In 2022, the Laguna Phuket Marathon come back and will be held on June 11th and 12th.

The race schedule for the Laguna Phuket Marathon 2022 is as follows.
June 11: 10.5KM, 5KM, 2KM(kids only)
June 12: Marathon, Half Marathon

In the Laguna Phuket Marathon 2022, in addition to the runners running in the local Phuket, a new attempt called "Hybrid Run" will be carried out that allows remote participation from all over the world.

Runners who participate remotely from all over the world download an app with GPS function called "Sportstats tracker app" to their smartphones and start running at the same time as the start of the local Phuket Marathon. The app automatically records the route and time the runner ran, and the completion time remains as the official record of the tournament.

The details of the "Hybrid Run" are as follows.

You can participate in the race online by running where the runners live in.

◉ Event: 5km, 10km, 21km, 42,195km
◉ Application deadline: June 6, 2022 (Monday) 6:59 am (Thailand local time)
◉ How to apply:
From the official website of the Laguna Phuket Marathon.
◉ How to participate
An app with base GPS function will be sent to your email
Install the app by the day before. On the day, when the race time (Thai time) comes, the app will start and the run will start at the runner's site.
◉ Participation fee $ 15 for 5 & 10 kg, $ 25 for half & full marathon

① The finish time will remain as the official record of the tournament.
② Participation prize, finish medal (all events), finish T-shirt (21 • 42k) will be delivered at a later date. (A shipping fee of 8.7% for medals, etc. is required)

For more information, please check the official website of Laguna Phuket Marathon.
24 May, 2022
Registration of "Thailand Pass" will be relaxed from June 1, 2022
On May 20, the Thai CCSA approved the relaxation of registration of the Thailand Pass and the deregulation of immigration rules, which have been required to be registered when entering Thailand from June 1, 2022.

Due to this deregulation, Thais will no longer need to register their Thailand Pass from June 1st.

On the other hand, foreigners will continue to need to apply for Thailand Pass registration, but the registration details have been greatly simplified, and from June 1st, only passport details, vaccinations, and US $ 10,000 health insurance certificate registration will be required, and you can get the QR code of Thailand Pass at.

When foreign tourists arrive in Thailand, fully vaccinated travelers are free to travel within Thailand if they undergo normal immigration and are admitted.

Unvaccinated or not-fully-vaccinated foreign tourists are required to register negative evidence of RT-PCR or professional ATK tests within 72 hours of travel by registering the Thailand Pass System. And then, they will be admitted to enter the country and will be free to travel within Thailand as same as fully vaccinated travelers. The quarantine as before will be exempt.

Foreign tourists will continue to need to apply for Thailand Pass registration until at least the end of June.

For nightlife, pubs, bars, karaoke lounges, etc. can be reopened until 24.00 hours, including the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages in the store in the provinces of the green zones and the blue zones. However, all venues must adhere to infection prevention guidelines.

Green Zones (14 provinces): Chai Nat, Trat, Nakhom Phanom, Nan, Buriram, Pichit, Ang Thong, Mahasakam, Yasathon, Lampang, Surat Thani, Surin, Udon Thani and Amnat Charoen.

Blue zones (17 provinces): Krabi, Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Chon Buri, Chanthaburi, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nonthaburi, Narathiwat, Pathum Thani, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phang Nga, Phetchaburi, Phuket, Rayong, Songkhla.

23 May, 2022
Thai Airways International, net loss of 3.4 billion baht in the first quarter of 2022 due to soaring fuel costs, sales increased and business conditions improved
According to a financial report released by Thai Airways International, the company had sales of 11.2 billion baht and net loss of 3.4 billion baht in the first quarter of 2022.

Operating profit improved by 6.8 billion baht year-on-year. On the other hand, fuel costs have increased about five times to 4.2 billion baht due to the impact of high crude oil prices due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. As a result, spending increased by 11.4 billion baht year-on-year to a net loss of 3.4 billion baht (up 3 billion baht year-on-year).

Thai Airways International has announced that it will raise passenger surcharges from June 1st due to soaring fuel costs.

Taking the surcharges for flights from Japan to Bangkok as an example, the first class is $ 140 (currently $ 100), the business class is $ 140 ($ 80), and the economy class is $ 125 ($ 65).

Thai Airways International posted a net loss of THB 141 billion in 2020 due to previous management suspicions and pandemics and was placed under court supervision (rehabilitation program).

However, a year later, in 2021, the company improved its business conditions and posted a net profit of THB 55.1 billion, the first net profit in five years. However, due to the influence of the pandemic, the business situation has still been severe.

On the other hand, the Thai government is gradually relaxing domestic behavior restrictions and entry restrictions, the Test & Go scheme was abolished from May, and the number of foreign tourists is increasing considerably. If the Thailand Pass will be canceled after June and the Endemic Declaration is made in July, it is expected that the number of foreign tourists will increase further.

If the number of foreign tourists increases, fuel procurement stabilizes, and fuel costs fall, the financial situation is expected to improve further.
22 May, 2022
Thai government to distribute 1 million home-grown cannabis plants for free in June
Thailand became the first Southeast Asian country to legalize medical marijuana in 2018. Currently in Thailand, it is legal to sell cannabis products containing less than 0.2% of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main ingredient that produces the sensation of marijuana.

Anutin Charnvirakul, Minister of Public Health, has announced that after June 9th, Thais will no longer need to obtain a permit from the government to grow cannabis at home. However, the cannabis grown must be of medical grade and is only permitted for medical purposes.

When this new rule comes into force, small businesses will be able to launch marijuana-related businesses without registering with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, large-scale businesses still need to be licensed by the Thai government.

According to Minister Anutin, cannabis could generate up to THB 10 billion in annual revenue if both public and private companies are allowed to operate freely under the new regulations.

In addition, cannabis supporters in Thailand are optimistic that the new marijuana law will stimulate the recovery of the Thai economy, which has been stagnant due to pandemics and other factors.

21 May, 2022
Light Festival "Aqua Aqua Illuminations Festival" Held in Phuket
The "Aqua Lumina Illumination Festival", known as Thailand's largest festival of light, will be held in Phuket as follows.
Period: May 20th (Friday) to May 31st (Tuesday)
Time: Every night from 5 pm to 10 pm
Venue: Nai Khan Beach
Price: Free

The festival hosts a variety of events, including sculpture light-up shows and 3D image projection mapping using light. There will also be music festivals by local musicians and food prepared by local chefs in a stall format.

You can access the venue of the "Aqua Lumina Illumination Festival" by free shuttle bus.

The free shuttle bus will be available at three stops: Phuket Municipality Market on Ranong road, Central Floresta shopping mall on the bypass road, and at Karon Beach.
The free shuttle time is as follows.
To: 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 9:00 pm (from the stop)
Return: 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 9:00 pm, 10:30 pm (from the festival venue)

In addition to the "Aqua Lumina Illumination Festival", the local authorities in Phuket will hold various festivals that will bring income to Phuket tourists by the end of the year.

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