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 Update: Dangerous Thailand...

The Vogue for Thailand making commonplace social media postings into a criminal offence


Link Here 19th August 2017  full story: Internet Censorship in Thailand...Thailand implements mass website blocking
vogue august 2017Vogue fashion magazine has been reporting on the dangers of social media posts that contain images which included alcohol brands. Vogue magazine warns:

Tourists might not realize as they make their guidebook-mandated pilgrimage to nightlife hotspots like Khao San Road, is that despite the country's many Full Moon parties and bar girls, alcohol advertising is illegal. And posting a photo on social media of your beer by the beach could count as advertising.

Recently police have begun to strictly enforce 2008's Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, which bans displaying the names or logos of products in order to induce people to drink such alcoholic beverages, either directly or indirectly.

Last month, police announced their intention to more closely patrol social media and charge those found breaking the law. That means even if your favorite actress wasn't being paid for her endorsement and really was just sharing a photo with a drink by the pool or on a night out, she could find herself facing a 50,000 baht (about $1,500 USD) fine for indirectly inducing drinking.

Earlier this month, eight local celebrities were fined for posting selfies with alcoholic drinks on social media, with Thai Asia Pacific Brewery and Boon Rawd Brewery Co. (the producer of Singha beer) also implicated in the case. But police aren't just monitoring the accounts of the rich and famous -- at the beginning of August, three bar girls found themselves arrested after making a Facebook Live video inviting people to come enjoy a beer promotion.

 

 Offsite Article: Dangerous Thailand...


Link Here 18th August 2017
UK Government arms British government figures reveal a large number of Brits dying in Thailand of unknown causes

See article from stickboybkk.com

 

  Dangerous Thailand...

Britain's Independent warns visitors to Thailand about the dangers of vaping


Link Here 16th August 2017
Innokin Coolfire IV BLACK with iSub G Atomizer Tank A travel agent is urging others to tell their customers not to vape in Thailand as they could face up to 10 years in prison.

Pat Waterton, manager at Langley Travel, said she was unaware of the ban. She only learnt of the law when her nephew James was forced to pay 125 as an on-the-spot fine after being threatened with jail for having an e-cigarette in Bangkok.

Speaking to Travel Weekly Waterton said: If I'm selling Thailand I will definitely mention it now. All agents should. Thailand is very popular so we should make sure we are telling people about things that could ruin a holiday.

Foreign Office advice is clear. On its website it instructs travellers not to bring vaporisers (like e-cigarettes) or refills into Thailand. The Foreign Office said: These items are likely to be confiscated and you could be fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted. Several British Nationals have been arrested for possession of vaporisers and e-cigarettes.

 

 Updated: Scary Thailand...

Thai Immigration now says that all visitors must report to them or the police in the first 24 hours of a visit and at every subsequent change of address


Link Here 15th February 2017
Jomtien Immigration noticeAs if to remind visitors that Thailand is a military dictatorship, Thai immigration has been starting to enforce a law that requires visitors to report their address to the police or immigration within 24 hours of arrival and at each subsequent change.

The law seems to have 3 relevant parts

  1. visitors are required to provide their first address on immigration cards filled in when entering the country.
  2. a) visitors are then required to inform immigration or the police of their first night address.
    b) house owners or hotels are also required to report visitors staying at their property
  3. a) visitors are then required to report subsequent changes of address to police or immigration
    b) house owners or hotels are as per 1b are required to report arrivals (and departures?) to immigration.

Up until recently the authorities have relied on the house owners/hotels to keep them informed of visitors' whereabouts, but now it seems that immigration is now requiring the reports from visitors also .

And as usual, the level of enforcement is dependent on which department/officer is dealing with issues. Now it would be totally unpleasant for visitors to have to report to police stations, so on the whole, you would have thought that filling in the address on the landing card and relying on hotels for the reporting should be adequate for your typical short visit tourist.

However Thai Visa forum members have been carefully translating the law, but haven't really concluded that the entry card is quite adequate to report your address without the visit to the police station as required in step 2.

People are being fined about 2-4000 baht for transgressions when found out, particularly when visiting immigration for other reasons, such as visa extensions. But its not just the fine, its the thought of getting into trouble in foreign police stations/immigration departments, especially for people who wouldn't ever dream of knowingly breaking the law.

Update: And the Pattaya take on the new requirement

15th February 2017. See article from thaivisa.com

A forum member fro Thai Visa has posted a very badly worded immigration poster from Jomtien (above) basically saying that you have to report to the police/immigration every time you change address, although maybe you are covered for the address stated on your entry card. And f you get caught out the fine seems to be about 80,000 Baht for a year.

 

 Updated: Rubbish Idea...

Thai government has the idea to charge households 350 Baht a month for rubbish collection and disposal


Link Here 25th January 2017
rubbish ideaA new law has come into force since its publication in the Royal Gazette on January 15 under which each household will have to pay 350 Baht  monthly for garbage collection and disposal fees.

And this is only for a basic tier of 120kg or 600 items per month. There will be high charges for heavier users.

The law empowers local administration authorities to manage garbage collection and disposal and set the rules regarding separation, collection and disposal. In addition scavenging will be banned  presumably so that councils can do their own scavenging.

There do not seem to be any details on how payment will be collected, nor how the weighing and item counting will be implemented. And there is nothing on how this very expensive fee can possibly be afforded by minimum wage Thais.

Update: Hold on a moment

25th January 2017 See  article from nationmultimedia.com

The Bangkok Metropolitan Authority and other municipalities have said they needed time to study the issue before they could implement the new payment plan, which increases garbage collection fees from the current Bt20 a month per household to 350 Baht a month.

Bangkok Council member Chayawuth Siriyutwattana said it would take some time for councillors to mull over the proposal and the matter would be tabled at the council's March meeting. To implement the new law, the city must issue a regulation for its implementation in Bangkok, he said, adding that the new rate would not be enforced until that happened.

The city's current collection fee brings in about Bt500 million a year to city coffers, although the city actually pays about Bt6.5 billion to manage and dispose of garbage.

To illustrate the expensive fee, the current old age pension for those age 60 to 69 is 600 Baht a month.  I can't imagine they will be very pleased to be charged 350 Baht to get rid of their rubbish.

 

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