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Foreigners cannot enter Thailand without a 14-day quarantine — do not believe everything on Twitter

With news the Thai Immigration Police are suing a Twitter user for falsely claiming foreigners can enter Thailand without a 14-day quarantine, anyone believing this incorrect information should know this is simply not true. In fact, anyone currently entering Thailand — whether Thai or a foreign visitor — must complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine, with …

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1 million Thai hotel workers laid off in 2020 — that’s not the end as Thai tourism industry in danger of collapse

As Thailand’s economic news continues to get worse daily, the president of the Thai Hotels Association (THA), Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, announced yesterday 1 million Thai hotel workers have been laid off since the panic about COVID-19 began. These Thai hotel workers have been laid off from a multitude of hotels all over Thailand due to …

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Bangkok to lose 14.5 million tourists by 2020 end as world’s worst affected city — but are those numbers correct?

Anyone who reads or watches the news about Thailand knows things are catastrophic when it comes to the south east Asian country’s economy, and its outlook for 2021. With Thailand currently the worst performing economy in Asia, with borders closed to international tourists since March, and exports also declining a record amount, millions of Thais …

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Is it possible to transit through Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport in 2020? No, and here is why

In the last few weeks, we have lost track of the number of posts on social media asking if it is possible to transit through Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport in 2020, if a flight the person has already booked to a country other than Thailand stops there. The posts are generally made by people who do …

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Will the September 26th visa amnesty deadline be extended in Thailand?

With just two weeks before the September 26th visa amnesty deadline expires in Thailand, tens of thousands of foreign visitors in the country are asking the same question — “Will the September 26th visa amnesty deadline be extended?” In all likelihood, the answer to that is “No”. From rumblings coming out of the Thai Immigration …

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Courtyard by Marriott Penang opens with beautiful rooms, stunning views, affordable rates

If you are looking for a hotel in Penang, Malaysia for either business or pleasure, you cannot go wrong with the newly opened Courtyard by Marriott Penang. The hotel is the first of the Courtyard chain to open in Malaysia but, with its gorgeous rooms, stunning views and fabulous food, it is not likely to …

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Malaysia allows expats and residents from 23 countries to enter with permission from Immigration

The Malaysian government has announced expats, residents and other visa holders from 23 countries originally banned from entering the country will be allowed entry going forward. Those 23 countries previously on the entry ban list are the United States, Brazil, India, Russia, Peru, Columbia, South Africa, Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Iran, Bangladesh, United Kingdom, Saudi …

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Malaysia tourism down 83% with only 4.3 million tourists through end of 2020

With Malaysia’s borders closed to most foreign visitors, Malaysia’s tourism rate is expected to be down 83% by the end of 2020 if the ban on foreign tourists continues. That means the country will see only 4.3 million tourist visits in 2020 as compared to the more than 26 million tourist visits last year. This …

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Thailand’s unemployment rate in 2020 will worsen even more if government stimulus packages not increased

Thailand’s unemployment rate in 2020 and 2021 is projected to worsen considerably if government handouts are not increased Thailand’s unemployment rate in 2020 is now one of the worst since records began. In September, more than 2.5 million Thais are currently unemployed, and that is the ‘official rate’. When you take into consideration millions more …

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Thailand’s economy to shrink 7-9% in 2020? It is likely to be higher than that

  EDITORIAL — September 9th, 2020 Almost every day over the last few months, the Thai news media has continued to report on how much Thailand’s economy is likely to shrink in 2020, with new reports coming out every week from various groups. All with differing numbers depending on their bias. Today’s projection about the …

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Airlines operating flights out of Thailand with connections to United States as of September 9th, 2020

If, like many Americans, you are stuck in Thailand and need to leave soon due to the Thai government’s visa amnesty expiring on September 26th, you will be looking for airlines operating flights out of Thailand with connections to the United States. With many international airlines not allowed to fly into Thailand as the country’s …

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Pacific World closing after 40 years in business as TUI moves away from meetings & events

In another blow to the international meetings and events industry, Pacific World has announced it will be closing its doors after 40 years in business. Its last day in business will be October 31st. A written statement from the company read: “TUI Destination Experiences will stop operating the meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE) business …

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Online alcohol sales in Thailand banned under new law to come into effect in 90 days

As Thailand descends into an ever more dictatorial country under the leadership of prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, new rules are to come into law regarding alcohol sales in Thailand. They will be banned. Under the new law, that means anyone used to buying beer or wine online, or ordering imported or craft beers they cannot …

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AirAsia slashes fares as low as 39 MYR ($10) on domestic flights within Malaysia in effort to survive

If you are currently in Malaysia and looking for a cheap way to fly, you can’t go wrong with AirAsia — the budget airline that has just announced domestic fares as low as 39 MYR (under $10) for one-way tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Terengganu or Penang, or from Penang to Langkawi as well as …

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ASAI Bangkok Chinatown Hotel opens September 15 with lovely rooms at affordable rates

Thai hotel chain Dusit International will open its first ASAI Hotel this month with the opening of ASAI Bangkok Chinatown on September 15th. The hotel is located in Bangkok’s Chinatown district on Charoen Krung Road, close to the main Yaowarat Road and its iconic temples, markets, seafood restaurants, hidden bars and shops. The hotel calls …

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Can Americans in Thailand get visa extension letter from U.S. Embassy to stay after September 26th deadline?

With the September 26th visa amnesty deadline in Thailand less than three weeks away, many Americans are still in Thailand and some are stuck. Repatriation flights are expensive and not easy to get, few commercial flights are leaving Thailand, and some Americans have other problems that negate them from leaving the country. At least before …

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How are Thai universities ranked globally in 2020/2021? Are any in the Top 500 schools?

Outside Thailand, most Thai universities are not known for their high quality. So much so, a large percentage of middle-class and upper-class Thais attend universities overseas, and particularly at schools in countries like the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. Ranking of 1,500 universities world-wide in the just-released The Times Higher Education World University …

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Domestic tourists in Thailand will not save Thai tourism industry currently under threat of collapse

If you were to read the latest article from the Bangkok Post about the Thai tourism industry, you would think everything is fine and a recovery is all but certain. After all, a few million domestic tourists in Thailand heading to tourist spots for a four-day weekend will save the country’s tourism industry for the …

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