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  • Free Pfizer jabs for expats next week – in Pattaya
    by Coconuts Bangkok on October 20, 2021 at 5:45 am

    A Pattaya hospital opened registration today to foreigners over 18 for free vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine. Any non-citizens who have not been inoculated previously can register online for one of more than 1,000 shots to be administered Tuesday on the sixth floor of the Central Festival Pattaya Beach shopping mall. Bangkok Hospital Pattaya has… This article, Free Pfizer jabs for expats next week – in Pattaya, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Weak points: BTS replaces monthly cards with confusing rewards system
    by Coconuts Bangkok on October 19, 2021 at 4:56 am

    Upset about losing the discounted trips that come with prepaid monthly BTS cards? Well, no, you aren’t getting those back. Not even close. But the Skytrain operator has come up with the next best thing. Or something like that. After the Bangkok Mass Transit System discontinued 30-day trip passes last month, raising commuter cost anxiety,… This article, Weak points: BTS replaces monthly cards with confusing rewards system, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thailand Pass system coming for tourists. And that full list of quarantine-free nations? ‘Real soon.’
    by Coconuts Bangkok on October 15, 2021 at 7:35 am

    No really, Thailand’s finest minds aren’t making things up as they go along, and PM Prayuth Chan-ocha definitely knew all of the 10 countries he failed to name this week when he announced they would soon be traveling here again. That was the message this afternoon from the COVID-19 task force, which said it was… This article, Thailand Pass system coming for tourists. And that full list of quarantine-free nations? ‘Real soon.’, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • ‘Bangkok dreaming’: Amazed Russell Crowe takes selfies with city’s cable splendor
    by Coconuts Bangkok on October 15, 2021 at 4:12 am

    A Beautiful Mind actor Russel Crowe is in Bangkok and very delighted by its infamous electrical art installations. The Kiwi-gone-Hollywood star last night tweeted several photos of the capital including selfies in front of a row of tuk-tuks, a Chinese shrine and another grinning before a nest of tangled overhead cables. “Bangkok dreaming…,” tweeted the… This article, ‘Bangkok dreaming’: Amazed Russell Crowe takes selfies with city’s cable splendor, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • ‘Lisa Blackpink’ and Andrea Bocelli invited to perform NYE: Thai tourism minister
    by Coconuts Bangkok on October 14, 2021 at 5:41 am

    A Thai K-pop sensation and Italian opera great have been invited to perform New Year’s Eve shows, the tourism ministry announced yesterday. The top tourism official said they have reached out to Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban, the 24-year-old K-pop superstar of Blackpink, and 63-year-old opera tenor Andrea Bocelli to perform at countdown celebrations in Phuket and… This article, ‘Lisa Blackpink’ and Andrea Bocelli invited to perform NYE: Thai tourism minister, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Come Saturday, Bangkok can stay out till 11pm
    by Coconuts Bangkok on October 14, 2021 at 3:25 am

    Update: The changes to the curfew were approved by the task force Thursday afternoon. Bangkok will have another hour to play, should the authorities decide today to shorten its curfew. The COVID-19 task force on Thursday will consider a proposal to shave an hour off both ends of the overnight curfew in the worst-hit provinces,… This article, Come Saturday, Bangkok can stay out till 11pm, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Return to Tham Luang: Cave where 13 ‘Wild Boars’ trapped reopens Friday
    by Coconuts Bangkok on October 12, 2021 at 4:32 am

    A cave in northern Chiang Rai province where 12 young soccer players and their coach were trapped 18 days before their miraculous rescue will reopen Friday to the public.  The limestone cave of Tham Luang Nang Non, where the team became trapped deep within by rising water levels, will welcome visitors into its entrance for… This article, Return to Tham Luang: Cave where 13 ‘Wild Boars’ trapped reopens Friday, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Nox rises: Check out Washington’s 20 billion baht Bangkok embassy add-on
    by Coconuts Bangkok on October 12, 2021 at 3:24 am

    Architects in New York have designed a massive expansion to the U.S. Embassy compound that incorporates shaded outdoor Thai terraces and Lanna features from the north. Ground was broken Friday in a ceremony overseen by Charge d’ Affaires Michael Heath and Thai VIPs on what’s modestly coined an “annex” to the embassy property on Wireless… This article, <strong>Nox rises: Check out Washington’s 20 billion baht Bangkok embassy add-on</strong>, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thailand to reopen to vaccinated travelers from 10 nations: PM
    by Coconuts Bangkok on October 11, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    Fully vaccinated travelers from 10 nations may travel to Thailand quarantine-free starting Nov. 1, the prime minister said Monday night. Speaking a few days before his original deadline to fully reopen the kingdom, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha announced the first major steps to dismantling travel barriers that have been up for a year and a half.… This article, Thailand to reopen to vaccinated travelers from 10 nations: PM, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • PM to say something ‘important’ tonight
    by Coconuts Bangkok on October 11, 2021 at 11:08 am

    The prime minister’s office says he will deliver an “important” address to the nation at 8:30pm, and social media is speculating it could address his poorly aged promise to reopen the country by Friday. Although the topic of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s televised address is being kept under wraps, the comments class believe he might… This article, PM to say something ‘important’ tonight, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Woman arrested for allegedly paying with fake money in Denpasar
    by Coconuts Bali on October 11, 2021 at 5:29 am

    A 32-year-old woman was arrested in Denpasar for allegedly paying with counterfeit bills at markets and stalls in the city.  “We made the arrest following reports from local residents, and so we deployed officers to investigate,” South Denpasar sub-precinct chief, I Gede Sudyatmaja, said today.  The suspect, identified as WT, reportedly used counterfeit money to… This article, Woman arrested for allegedly paying with fake money in Denpasar, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Don’t imitate violence of ‘Squid Game,’ violent Thai police warn
    by Coconuts Bangkok on October 11, 2021 at 3:34 am

    Do as we say, not as we do, was yesterday’s message from the concerned trolls at the Royal Thai Police. A top police rep came out to warn that the violence depicted in immensely popular Netflix series Squid Game may turn children into little criminals, despite the very real violence they can see carried out… This article, Don’t imitate violence of ‘Squid Game,’ violent Thai police warn, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thailand can travel to UK again starting Monday
    by Coconuts Bangkok on October 8, 2021 at 3:30 am

    Days after Thailand remained on a revised list of nations barred from traveling to the United Kingdom, a top diplomat said this morning that it would soon be removed. Ambassador Mark Gooding said Thailand will be excluded when the “red list” is updated Monday. On Tuesday, the U.K. government scrapped its color-coded threat system in… This article, Thailand can travel to UK again starting Monday, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Don’t throw rotten eggs or be mean to PM Prayuth, police warn
    by Coconuts Bangkok on October 7, 2021 at 9:43 am

    Please do not pelt the prime minister with eggs when he comes to use your calamity for a photo backdrop. Before the former army commander visited the south on Thursday to tour flood devastation, residents this morning were given a list of prohibited behavior, including throwing rotten eggs and scolding the famously thin-skinned PM. The… This article, Don’t throw rotten eggs or be mean to PM Prayuth, police warn, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Shitstorm over Thai textbook praising dictatorship ignores the facts
    by Coconuts Bangkok on October 7, 2021 at 5:06 am

    Update: This story has been updated with a comment from education consultant and former Move Forward MP Kunthida Rungruengkiat. A former opposition lawmaker said she will file a complaint over a 13-year-old grammar text teaching middle schoolers the “virtue” of dictatorship. Education consultant Kunthida Rungruengkiat, a former MP with the Move Forward Party, said she… This article, Shitstorm over Thai textbook praising dictatorship ignores the facts, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Synth-pop act Polycat evokes Oct. 6 massacre with bittersweet song (Video)
    by Coconuts Bangkok on October 6, 2021 at 7:44 am

    A synth-pop band released a song commemorating the Oct. 6, 1976, massacre this afternoon. The trio behind Polycat dropped a new music video for Will Go Back to You that’s dedicated to the victims of the Thammasat University massacre in which dozens of students were murdered 45 years ago today. According to singer-songwriter Rattana Junprasit,… This article, Synth-pop act Polycat evokes Oct. 6 massacre with bittersweet song (Video), originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thai cops to pay amazing millions to ‘fix’ water cannons
    by Coconuts Bangkok on October 6, 2021 at 4:17 am

    Thai police have spent exorbitant funds to repair the water cannon trucks used to batter members of the public with chemical irritants. The Bangkok Metropolitan Police Bureau yesterday awarded a THB47 million (US$1.39 million) contract to K Tree Corporation Co., Ltd. to repair five high-pressure water cannon trucks used by police against pro-democracy protesters, according… This article, Thai cops to pay amazing millions to ‘fix’ water cannons, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Famed director recalls Oct. 6 Thammasat Massacre in immersive installation this week only
    by Coconuts Bangkok on October 5, 2021 at 4:28 am

    Tomorrow is the 45th anniversary of the Thammasat University massacre, and a downtown arts venue will mark the occasion with a video installation created by acclaimed filmmaker Apitchatpong Weerasethakul.  Get lost in one of Thailand’s darkest days in which police and right-wing paramilitaries gunned down and lynched students on the university’s campus through archival footage,… This article, <strong>Famed director recalls Oct. 6 Thammasat Massacre in immersive installation this week only</strong>, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Where to buy 40 baht COVID test kits in Bangkok
    by Coconuts Bangkok on October 4, 2021 at 3:58 am

    COVID home test kits will soon be sold for a fraction of the price through government pharmacies, but Bangkok has to wait a couple weeks for them to show up. Two million SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test Kit (ATK) will be sold starting Oct. 18 by the Government Pharmaceutical Organization at a price below market: THB40… This article, Where to buy 40 baht COVID test kits in Bangkok, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Tobacco vaccines and lizard blood: Meet Thailand’s contenders to tackle COVID-19
    by Coconuts Bangkok on October 1, 2021 at 6:27 am

    If there’s one thing the pandemic has taught us, it’s not to put all our eggs in one basket. Most countries have faced some kind of delays, shortages, and disruptions to vaccine supplies and Thailand has been no exception. But as the country steps up its rollout, with around 90 percent of Bangkok now jabbed,… This article, Tobacco vaccines and lizard blood: Meet Thailand’s contenders to tackle COVID-19, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • American boutique hotel brand ‘The Standard’ coming to Hua Hin, Bangkok
    by Coconuts Singapore on September 30, 2021 at 7:56 am

    An American boutique hotel brand is coming to Bangkok and its favorite coastal getaway. Adding to its six hotels in Los Angeles, Miami Beach, New York, London and the Maldives, The Standard will open in Bangkok’s Mahanakhon building – but not until after a 199-room property debuts in Hua Hin later this year. Set to… This article, American boutique hotel brand ‘The Standard’ coming to Hua Hin, Bangkok, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Low pay, high danger: Thai delivery riders suffer accidents at high rates
    by Chayanit Itthipongmaetee on September 30, 2021 at 6:19 am

    Two of three delivery riders keeping Bangkok and Thailand fed at home have been in accidents at least once – some many more – for which they get zero support from their employers. As the riders struggle for better pay and benefits, a survey of more than 1,100 of them found that they risk their… This article, Low pay, high danger: Thai delivery riders suffer accidents at high rates, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Police to charge protester who flashed them buck naked
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 30, 2021 at 3:48 am

    A protester who stripped naked in front of riot police will be charged with indecent exposure among other crimes.  Maj. Gen. Piya Tawichai of the Metropolitan Police Bureau said on Wednesday that Worawan Sae-aung or “Auntie Pao” faces a THB5,000 fine if found guilty of public nudity after she stripped naked to protest police brutality… This article, Police to charge protester who flashed them buck naked, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • #BundleofNoJoy: Bangkok restaurant sorry for calling reviewers ‘uneducated wannabe foodies’
    by Porpor Leelasestaporn on September 29, 2021 at 9:33 am

    Not every business owner takes criticism in stride.  Boutique grocery and restaurant Bundle of Joy is being mocked for its questionable professionalism after netizens unearthed ad hominem attacks on customers who dared to leave bad reviews. “You can go to buffet and eat more lobster and of coz more pasta, or just cook yrself (sic),”… This article, #BundleofNoJoy: Bangkok restaurant sorry for calling reviewers ‘uneducated wannabe foodies’, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Dutch expat to appeal after Thai court sides with higher hospital fees for foreigners
    by Todd Ruiz on September 29, 2021 at 7:34 am

    A Dutch national said today he will appeal a court ruling against his lawsuit challenging dual-pricing at Thailand’s public hospitals as unconstitutional. Erwin Buse said the Administrative Court in Phetchaburi province relied on incorrect information provided by the health ministry in its Tuesday decision. “I am very disappointed that the court mainly follows and repeat… This article, Dutch expat to appeal after Thai court sides with higher hospital fees for foreigners, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Drink up, Phuket. Booze is back on the table Friday
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 29, 2021 at 4:42 am

    No more sneaking booze in a paper cup, yay! While alcohol has been officially off the table (usually in said cup or a coffee mug) at restaurants in the COVID-iest provinces including Bangkok, the island of Phuket starting Friday will allow serving alcohol on-site again. According to today’s new order by health officials, residents, sandboxers… This article, Drink up, Phuket. Booze is back on the table Friday, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Flooding kills 6 as Bangkok warned to prepare
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 29, 2021 at 3:43 am

    Six people have died and two people are missing after severe floods ravaged several provinces in recent days, disaster officials said this morning. More than 71,000 households have been affected by flooding caused by tropical storm Dianmu, which hit upward of 30 provinces in the north and central regions, the Department of Disaster Prevention and… This article, Flooding kills 6 as Bangkok warned to prepare, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Court once again delays ruling on same-sex Thai marriage
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 28, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Postponed time and again, a ruling on the legality of same-sex civil unions was again punted today by the court.  The Constitutional Court this morning postponed its ruling on a challenge that the legal definition of marriage – man and woman – violates the constitution’s equal protection clause. It now plans to render judgment on… This article, Court once again delays ruling on same-sex Thai marriage, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • ‘Extremely concerned’ Thailand to probe children’s books promoting democracy
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 28, 2021 at 4:56 am

    “Extremely concerned” education officials have set up a team to examine if children’s books about a terrible dragon and a duck fighting for equality are subversive. A series of eight illustrated children’s books called Nitan Wad Wang, or “Dream Tales,” is being probed by the authorities for themes deemed critical of the government and sympathetic… This article, ‘Extremely concerned’ Thailand to probe children’s books promoting democracy, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • DTAC grants LGBTQ+ employees leave for parenting, gender reassignment surgery
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 1, 2021 at 4:42 am

    While many businesses drape their logos in rainbows every June to show support for the LGBTQ+ community during Pride Month, Total Access Communication PLC, aka DTAC, put its money where its mouth is on Tuesday.  DTAC, Thailand’s third largest mobile operator, has just introduced a new set of LGBTQ+-friendly policies, including parental leave, matrimony leave… This article, DTAC grants LGBTQ+ employees leave for parenting, gender reassignment surgery, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.