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Updated Information about 10 Year Thai Visa for Senior Tourists

Updated Information about 10 Year Thai Visa for Senior Tourists

The Thai government has approved the extension of long-stay visas for senior tourists from one year to ten years. The new visa will cost 10,000 Baht. The Ministry of Public Health reported to the Cabinet on 22 November 2016 that the number of foreign senior citizens seeking to stay in Thailand for a long period is on the rise. As Thailand aims to develop itself as a Medical and Wellness Tourism Center, the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of…

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Thailand’s crown prince proclaimed King Rama X

Thailand’s crown prince proclaimed King Rama X

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will be crowned King Rama X of the Royal House of Chakri, succeeding His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX, who passed away on 13 October 2016. His Royal Highness the Crown Prince is the only son, the second of four children, of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. He was born in Bangkok on 28 July 1952. After completing his primary education in Thailand, His Royal…

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Popular Tweets about Thailand in November 2016

Popular Tweets about Thailand in November 2016

The following are my most popular tweets about Thailand for November 2016. They are not necessarily the most retweeted, but they are the ones that got the most engagement on Twitter. ๑๓ พฤศจิกายน ๒๕๕๙ ลดธงครึ่งเสาวันสุดท้าย | 13 November 2016 Last day for flag at half mast pic.twitter.com/W0FVVqVsWd — Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) November 13, 2016 1. After the death of King Bhumibol, the national flag was flown at half mast across the nation for 30 days. My most popular tweet for November…

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Ten Long Weekends in Thailand during 2017

Ten Long Weekends in Thailand during 2017

During 2017, there are ten long holidays in Thailand. These are as follows: New Year’s Day: Saturday 31st December 2016 to Tuesday 3rd January 2017 Makha Bucha Day: Saturday 11th February to Monday 13th February 2017 Songkran: Thursday 13th April to Monday 17th April 2017 May Day: Saturday 29th April to Monday 1st May 2017 Coronation Day: Friday 5th May to Sunday 7th May 2017 Asanha Bucha & Khao Phansa: Saturday 8th to Tuesday 11th July 2017 Mother’s Day: Saturday 12th August to Monday 14th August 2017 Chulalongkorn Day: Saturday…

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How to visit the Grand Palace during the Mourning Period

How to visit the Grand Palace during the Mourning Period

After the death of King Bhumibol, access to The Grand Palace and The Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok was restricted. However, since 1st November 2016, the doors were once again opened for foreign tourists. Although it’s not compulsory for you to wear black clothes, you are asked to dress respectfully and to wear muted colours or a black ribbon. Tickets are still 500 Baht. You may be asked to show your passport and your bags will be checked….

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Latest Situation in Thailand after the death of King Bhumibol

Latest Situation in Thailand after the death of King Bhumibol

It was with great sadness that I heard the news about the death of King Bhumibol. I was with a group of Thai friends at the time and it was very emotional. We all knew this time was coming, but it hit everyone hard. Thais and foreigners alike. Everyone had tears in their eyes for a great man that had done so many great things for the country. The initial mourning period will last for 30 days, but funeral rites…

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What Happens Next? Interview with the Thai Tourism Minister

What Happens Next? Interview with the Thai Tourism Minister

On Monday the Minister of Tourism, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, briefed the ambassadors and other foreign diplomats on the situation in Thailand following the passing of King Bhumibol. The theme of her presentation was “Life Goes On” (download here). A couple of the ambassadors posted a few of the power point slides. Which was kind of them, but not very helpful for me. So, I tweeted that it would be nice if the Minister also briefed travel writers based in Thailand. I…

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How the public can pay respects to King Bhumibol

How the public can pay respects to King Bhumibol

The Bureau of the Royal Household has announced that during the 100-day Royal Funeral Rites, the general public are allowed to pay respect and write messages of condolence to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Grand Palace as follows: • Every day 08.30-16.00 Hrs.: Sala Sahathai Samakom Pavilion. Pay respect to His Majesty the King’s royal remains at Dusit Maha Prasat Hall. • 29 October 2016, 13.00-16.00 Hrs. (changed from 28 October) Mourners will be allowed to pay their respects…

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Brian Davidson named as next British Ambassador to Thailand

Brian Davidson named as next British Ambassador to Thailand

British Ambassador to Thailand Mark Kent is now in his last year at the embassy in Bangkok. There is no news yet where he will be going next, but the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has just announced the name of his successor. Mr Brian Davidson has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand in succession to Mr Mark Kent, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Davidson will take up his appointment during September 2016….

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Deadly bomb attack in Bangkok leaves many dead

Deadly bomb attack in Bangkok leaves many dead

At the height of rush hour in Bangkok tonight there was a huge explosion in the heart of the shopping district. Latest reports say 18 people were killed with many injured. Foreign tourists are among the dead and injured. Follow me on @RichardBarrow for latest updates. Please note, I’m not available for interviews.   FollowFacebook

48 Hour Alcohol Ban in Thailand from 30-31 July 2015

48 Hour Alcohol Ban in Thailand from 30-31 July 2015

There will be a ban of alcohol in Thailand for 48 hours on Thursday 30th July and Friday 31st July due to the Buddhist holiday. The ban is expected to start one minute past midnight on Wednesday night and continue to midnight on Friday night. The fine for selling alcohol during the Buddhist holiday is up to 6 months in prison and/or 10,000 Baht fine. However, some hotels will have exemption if most of their guests are foreigners. A survey, conducted…

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How Does Lifting of Martial Law Affect Tourists Coming to Thailand?

How Does Lifting of Martial Law Affect Tourists Coming to Thailand?

After nearly ten months, martial law has been lifted in much of Thailand. Though we shouldn’t forget that it continues in the deep south as it’s a separate issue due to the ongoing insurgency. Martial law came into affect across Thailand shortly before the coup last year. The good news is that it has now been lifted. The bad news, is that the military junta has invoked Article 44 which basically gives them absolute power over the Thai people and any…

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Motto for Children’s Day 2015 in Thailand

Motto for Children’s Day 2015 in Thailand

In Thailand, they celebrate National Children’s Day (Wan Dek) on the second Saturday of January every year. This year it is on Saturday 10th January 2015. Each year many places like Government House and armed forces bases put on special activities for children. In addition, many attractions allow children in for free or at least at a reduced price. Even the BTS Skytrain and MRT Metro allow children to ride for free on this day. Follow me on Twitter @RichardBarrow…

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Nonthaburi 1 Bridge to Open on 26 December

Nonthaburi 1 Bridge to Open on 26 December

The latest bridge to be built across the Chao Phraya River is called the Nonthaburi 1. The bridge will be opened to motorists on Friday 26 December 2014. This bridge is situated to the north of Bangkok between Rama V Bridge and Phra Nangklao Bridge. It is a semi-cable-stayed bridge. It connects Nonthaburi 1 Road, on the east side of the river, and Wat Bot Don Phrom-Thanam Nonthaburi Road and Ratcha Phruek Road, on the west side of the river. According to…

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Promo Code to get 50% off Uber Phuket rides

Promo Code to get 50% off Uber Phuket rides

After testing their services for the last month, Uber Phuket has just gone live. To celebrate their launch, use the promo code “UBERPHUKETLAUNCH” to get 50% off all your rides (up to 500 Baht) until 20th November 2014 (insert the code under “Promotions” in your Uber app). Drivers will also be handing out limited edition Uber swag while supplies last. FollowFacebook

Wat Pho to Increase Admission Prices by 100% for Foreigners

Wat Pho to Increase Admission Prices by 100% for Foreigners

One of the most popular temples in Bangkok for foreign tourists is Wat Pho, otherwise known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. This is because of the giant reclining Buddha that is 46 meters long and has feet inlaid with mother-of-pearl. While most temples around Thailand are free for everyone to visit, some of the bigger ones charge foreign tourists an entrance fee. It doesn’t matter if you are a Buddhist or not, if you are a foreigner you…

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