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- August,2022(part3) -
15 Aug, 2022
Thailand to oblige backseat passengers to wear seatbelts
In Thailand, the use of seatbelts in the backseat of a car will be mandatory. This Road Traffic Law (No.13) will be published in the Official Gazette on September 5, 2022 and will be officially enforced in 120 days.

This new law will result in a fine of 2,000 baht for not wearing a seatbelt in the back seat of a car.

Section 123 of the new law defines the following rules for drivers and passengers when traveling by car:

・The driver must wear a seat belt at all times while driving.
・Passengers in the front and rear seats or other rows must wear seat belts at all times while traveling in the vehicle.
・Passengers under the age of 6 must always sit in a child seat during the trip to prevent injury in the event of an accident.
・Passengers under 135 cm in height must wear seat belts at all times during the trip to prevent injury in the event of an accident.

Drivers and passengers who cannot wear seat belts for health reasons are exempt from complying with Section 123. However, the person should have other safety measures in place to prevent injury in the event of an accident.

Thailand ranked her second most dangerous country to drive in the world after South Africa, according to driving education website Zutobi. According to Thailand's Ministry of Transport, in 2020 and 2021, Thailand had 32,190 recorded traffic accidents, with most of the casualties reportedly related with pickup truck.
14 Aug, 2022
Thai Festival 2022 will be held in Fukuoka
The Consulate-General of Thailand in Fukuoka will hold “Thai Festival 2022 Sanook Night in Fukuoka” jointly with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Fukuoka Office and the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP).

The theme of this year's Thai Festival is "Sanook Night". "Sanook" means "fun" in Thai. You can enjoy more than 10 types of Thai cuisine menu in a fun night space inspired by a Thai night market. In addition, the three days will be packed with the charm of Thailand, such as the sale of Thai food and ingredients, Thai-style lottery and fun lottery, and stage programs where you can enjoy Thailand.

Details of "Thai Festival 2022 Sanook Night in Fukuoka" are as follows.
Date and time: August 26th (Friday), 27th (Saturday), 28th (Sunday), 2022 16: 00-21: 00 (food booth 20: 30 L.O.)
● Venue: Tenjin Central Park Kihinkan front area [Fukuhaku Deai Bridge side] (1-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City)
●Vendors: Food booths: 11 booths Product sales booths: 4 booths PR booths: 2 booths
Admission fee: Free
Official website

Thai fans, please enjoy the "Sanook" night!

Depending on the situation, the contents and specifications may change in accordance with the guidelines stipulated by the local government.

13 Aug, 2022
Thailand's largest music event "Big Mountain Music Festival 12" to be held
Thailand's largest music festival "Big Mountain Music Festival 12" was canceled in 2021 due to the spread of COVID-19 infection, but it will be held in 2022.

Details of "Big Mountain Music Festival 12" are as follows.

● Date and time
December 10-11, 2022 (2 days)
● Venue
The Ocean Khao Yai (Nakhon Ratchasima Province)
・ Early sale 1600 baht (normal 2500 baht)
・ Only tickets for 2 days are sold (no tickets for 1 day only)
・Admission is free for children under 110cm tall!
・No age limit for entry
・Up to 10 tickets can be purchased at a time
・September 1st and 2nd from 8:00 am to 11:45 pm, tickets will be on sale at 7-Eleven nationwide Counter Service

In addition, the lineup of performing artists for "Big Mountain Music Festival 12" has been announced. For more promotions, benefits and details, please visit the official Big Mountain Music Festival Facebook.

The Big Mountain Music Festival has announced the schedule and venues for all events from 2022 to 2022, including Big Mountain Music Festival 12. For your reference.

Chiang Mai Chiang Yai Fest
Bangkok Monster Music Festival
Nakhon Ratchasima Big Mountain Music Festival
Nakhon Ratchasima Nanglen Music Festival
Khon Kaen Chen Nua Fest
Phetchabun Rock Mountain
Songkhla Puntai Fest
Phetchaburi Nanley Music Festival

12 Aug, 2022
Thailand to extend stays in Thailand for the tourist visa and the visa on arrival
On Monday 8 August 2022, Tourism Authority of Thailand(TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said that TAT will would propose to the Thai government to extend the extension of stay period for visa exemptions on arrival from 30 days to 45 days and the extension period for visa on arrival from 15 days to 45 days.

As a result, tourists from countries that could stay for 30 days on a conventional visa exemptions on arrival will be able to stay in Thailand for up to 75 days. In addition, tourists from countries that could stay for 15 days on a conventional visa on arrival will be able to stay in Thailand for up to 60 days.

The move aims to boost tourism revenue for Thailand's tourism industry, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years. This measure is a temporary measure and is expected to be effective until the end of 2022. This measures are expected to extend foreign tourists' stay in Thailand by an average of five more days, spending between 4,000 and 5,000 baht per day. Therefore, it is expected that this temporary measure will generate an additional expenditure of 20,000 baht per tourist, contributing to an increase in revenue for the Thai tourism industry.

The proposal is due to be submitted to the Thai government on August 19, but a start date for implementation has yet to be determined. According to TAT, a survey of visa applicant data from Thai embassies around the world found that most tourists would prefer to stay in Thailand for more than a month, so the proposal is likely to be approved.

In Thailand, the COVID-19 infection situation is stable, and restrictions have been greatly eased, and people are returning to their pre-pandemic lifestyles. The only behavioral regulation is that the business hours of restaurants, pubs, bars and entertainment facilities are limited to open until 2:00 a.m., but this regulation will be lifted from October 1st, and the closing time will be changed from 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.

Thailand is making steady progress towards post-pandemic.

11 Aug, 2022
On August 12, 2022 (Friday) "Mother's Day", mothers can ride MRT and BTS for free!
August 12, 2022 is the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. In Thailand, August 12th is Mother's Day, a public holiday to celebrate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.

On this auspicious Mother's Day, mothers with children can get free BTS, MRT and BRT tickets.

From 6am to 11pm, mothers with children can pick up free boarding tickets at the ticket office on the BTS Skytrain, BRT Express Bus and Golden Line. Mother and child must get on and off at the same station. Fares for children under 90 centimeters in height are also exempt.

Find out more below
BTS Customer Service Center Tel. 02 617 6000
Line Official : @btsskytrain
App "BTS SkyTrain" Apple Store Google
Facebook Fan Page : BTS SkyTrain

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