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- February,2023(part2) -
10 Feb, 2023
Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang Airport, and Phuket Airport can check the congestion status of immigration with the app.
The Airports of Thailand (AOT) provides congestion information on arrivals and departures at each airport through the dedicated app "SAWASDEE by AOT". Currently, information is provided only for three airports, Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Muang Airport, and Phuket Airport, but it is expected to be expanded to other airports in the future.

With this app, you can see in real time the number of people in line at each airport's immigration, security checkpoints, and airline check-in counters, as well as approximate wait times.

In Thailand, many foreign tourists have been visiting Thailand since the immigration restrictions due to the pandemic were abolished, and it takes a lot of time to enter and leave the Kingdom. Please use this app as a reference for arrival time at the airport, meeting time at the airport, etc.

The app "SAWASDEE by AOT" can be downloaded from the link below.
App Store / Google Play
09 Feb, 2023
Thai industrial production index drops 8.2% year-on-year in December
Thailand's industrial production index (MPI, preliminary) in December 2022 fell 8.2% year-on-year and 0.7% month-on-month, according to the Bank of Thailand's monthly economic report.

The MPI by industry (compared to the same month of the previous year) is as follows.
“Foods and beverages” minus 3.2%
“Automotive” plus 1.4%
“Oil” plus 2.1%
“Chemistry” minus 17%
“Rubber, plastic” minus 13.4%
“Cement, construction” minus 1.6%
“Integrated circuits, semiconductors” minus 0.4%
“Electrical products” minus 14.9%
“Textiles and clothing” minus 23.5%
Hard disk drive (HDD) minus 39.4%
“Other” minus 15%

The decrease in MPI of "hard disk drives (HDD)", "textiles and clothing", and "electrical products" is large.

The decline in MPI is believed to have been influenced by a global slowdown in demand.
08 Feb, 2023
The Tourism Authority of Thailand warns against bringing or possessing e-cigarette or vaping device to Thailand
In Thailand, it is prohibited by law to bring or possess e-cigarette or vaping device. Possession of them can result in up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to 500,000 baht. Also, using e-cigarette or vaping device in public places is a violation of section 42 of the Tobacco Control Act and will result in a fine of 5,000 baht.

In Thailand, foreign tourists may also be required to be inspected by police officers on the road for possession of e-cigarette or vaping device, and if possessed may be subject to certain penalties. This penalty is also imposed on foreign tourists who are unaware of the law. Please be careful if you are planning to travel to Thailand.

07 Feb, 2023
More Chinese Tourists Visit Bangkok's New Chinatown
The street from Bangkok's Huai Khwang intersection to Pracha Uthit Road is now called "New Chinatown" and is lined with Chinese-related restaurants, shops and street stalls. This area is not the Yaowarat he area originally called Chinatown, but the area newly called Chinatown.

This 'New Chinatown' has lost two years of his clientele to the pandemic, but recently it's bustling back again as Chinese tourists have started to return to the area.

January 21st to 29th, 2023 was the Chinese New Year holiday. During this holiday, most of the people seen in the area were Chinese tourists arriving from China to celebrate the Lunar New Year. China lifted its so-called zero Covid-19 policy on January 8 and eased some of its strict travel restrictions, which has led to an increase in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Thailand.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) expects about 300,000 Chinese tourists to visit Thailand in the first quarter of 2023 and at least 5 million for the full year 2023. As a result, they expect to boost the total number of foreign tourists visiting Thailand to at least 25 million in 2023.

New Chinatown is believed to be populated mainly by immigrants from Guangxi and Yunnan provinces of China. For Chinese nationals from these regions who are temporarily in Thailand for travel or educational purposes, they can enjoy authentic local Chinese cuisine served by eateries run by settlers from the same regions of their country, so it is said that they prefer to stay in this area. New Chinatown is also popular with shopping tourists as there are stores offering a variety of traditional Chinese products such as dried fruits, milk tablets, herbal liniment, honey, medicines, herbs and spices.
06 Feb, 2023
Thailand's Songkran Festival Enters UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage Consideration Tentative List
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha said Thailand's Songkran festival was on the tentative list to be considered for inclusion on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), according to Thai government spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri.

An intangible cultural heritage (ICH) is a practice, representation, expression, knowledge or skill, as well as artifacts or cultural property, considered by UNESCO to be part of a place's cultural heritage.

There are currently three ICHs in Thailand: 'Khon' dance drama, 'Traditional Thai massage', and 'Nuad Thai and Nora' acrobatic dance theater and improvisational singing from Southern Thailand. If the Songkran Festival is added on UNESCO's ICH, it will be the fourth ICH in Thailand.

A UNESCO review of the Songkran festival is expected to take place at a Commission meeting towards the end of 2023.

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