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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Elephant Trekking Disaster In Koh Samui

Scottish Tourist Dies When He Rides An Elephant


Thailand-Safari-Elephant-Rides


A Scottish man on holiday in Thailand died due to unforeseen circumstances whilst he took a ride on an elephant. The trekking took place in Koh Samui one of Thailand's most popular tourist islands.

The man had been riding the elephant with his 16 year old daughter as part of an elephant safari through the jungle.

According to news sources the elephant suddenly got very angry and started shaking. There were three people riding this one elephant at the time of the incident. The elephant got really angry and threw the tourists and trainer off its back.

Unfortunately the father was trampled on whilst on the ground. The elephant proceeded to attack the man with it's huge elephant tusks.

Daughter Survives Elephant Rides


His daughter had minor injuries after being thrown off the back of the animal and is currently recovering in hospital.

The father and daughter were on an Elephant Safari in Samui organised by 'Island Safari Tour'. The governor of Samui told national news that:

Police are now investigating the [elephant] trekking operator, Island Safari Tour, which is legally registered to offer elephant trek rides. Police have yet to charge anyone.'
The British Embassy is offering support to the family of the man that died, sadly, whilst riding the elephant.

Koh Samui has a lot of elephant camps for a small island - they have 6 in total with around 63 elephants.

Elephants During Mush


There are certain periods of times when elephants really shouldn't be used for rides or trekking. This period is called 'mush' and its a time when the elephant has a lot of testosterone and have significantly violent behavior. Prevention methods for mush is to usually keep the elephant in a peaceful environment so that it can relax.

But this one faced a lot of pressure after it was still being used for trekking, so now the question is; could this fateful event of been prevented?

Elephant Trekking In Thailand and Asia


Elephants are popular tourist attractions especially in South East Asia. Tourists flock to go and ride the elephants. Countries like Thailand and Bali have a lot of safari's on offer for the visitors.

Expertvagabond Blog suggests that because wild Elephants cannot be rode on when they are wild, that when the elephants are babies they are trained to have people riding on their backs. But brutally trained, they are taken away from their mothers and put into a hole.

The baby elephants are then beaten into submission with clubs, pierced with sharp bull-hooks, and simultaneously starved and deprived of sleep for many days. writes Expertvagond.com
Before you decide to ride an Elephant anywhere, then just remember what could happen to you. And remember what these poor animals are being put through for your enjoyment. There are about 2000 elephants in Thailand, and all over the world, everyday, the numbers are getting lower and lower. The more the need, the more the torture. 

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Monks Gone Wild

Monks Gone Wild

Monks in Thailand are well known to receive donations from Thai's and Tourists. Most people will happily give a small donation, and sometimes they won't give anything. Which is their right.

Yesterday (29th December 2015) in Chang Mai, Thailand a monk was a bit unhappy that a member of the public wouldn't give him a donation.
So he gave the middle finger. Apparently the group of monks he was with were hanging out at  a shopping mall in Chang Mai. Not very spiritual of him really.
Monk-in-Chang-Mai
Take That!

In December 2014 another monk was recorded slapping a farang tourist around the face, on a train. You can watch the footage here.

Apparently the foreigner was sitting opposite the monk. Then 2 girls came over to sit down so the foreigner got up and asked the monk if he could sit next to him. 
Monk slaps foreign man
Monk slaps foreign man.

The monk in a not so quaint manner said he couldn't understand and didn't move. The man spoke in English said 'fine'. The monk thought the foreigner had called him 'Kwai' which means Buffalo in Thai. So the monk slapped him.


Saturday, 21 November 2015

Thailand News - 21st November 2015

Police in ChiangMai, Thailand  are looking for 2 Thailand girls who may have drugged and robbed two foreign tourists (one American and one Canadian) in the early hours of Friday.


The men had met the girls, probably at a gogo bar, and agreed to go to a hotel, where they were apparently drugged and left unconcious whilst the girls robbed them.


Apparently, before they left the bar, they were give some fruit which contained the drugs. Maybe they should have left the forbidden fruit alone.

Manager Online reported that the men told officers that the women gave them some fruit to eat shortly after arriving back at their hotel room. A short time later the men were unconscious and didn’t wake up until the following morning when they discovered they had been robbed.
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Robbed

The Canadian man had two phones robbed (who needs two phones) and his credit card, whilst the American had 'valuables' of up to 10000 missing from his room.

These men were 100 per after sex, so I say it serves them right, this time they were exploited!

Meanwhile... In Phuket The Water Reserves Are Running Dry -- http://www.thephuketnews.com/

The following report comes from Phuket News
The news comes Just four weeks ago Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada publicly announced there was enough water on the island for everyone until the next rainy season arrives in May next year. 
Phuket Vice Governor Dr Prachiad Aksornthamakul, who sits on the provincial water supply committee, this week called on everyone across the island to keep reserves of at least 200 litres of water in their homes in “case of emergency”.
In Wichit, that “emergency” occurs all too often, with entire residential areas having their water mains supply redirected to serve other nearby areas on rotation, confirmed Chatchai Meechai, chief of the PWA’s water management division.
“There is not enough water pressure to ensure water supply consistently reaches homes all along Cape Panwa,” he said.“We do the best we can, and we only reduce water pressure – not shut it off – every two days, so that one area, such as Khao Khad, has consistent pressure for two days, then the next area, say the end of Cape Panwa, has consistent pressure the next two days.”
Comments from residents however, many of which are regularly posted on the PWA’s Facebook page, indicate that the “reduced” water pressure means there is not enough pressure for water to pour from taps, effectively leaving the home with no running water at all.

CLOSE TO HOME


The effect is not only at the far reaches of Cape Panwa. Residents along Sakdidet Rd and even on Pattana Thongtin Rd, but also within a few hundred meters of the Wichit Municipality main office, are often without water.
Sakkamol Khawillaikul, chairman of the Wichit Municipal Council, knowns the problem well. “This issue is not new. We have been struggling with this for some time,” he said candidly.

“There is not enough water for people in Wichit, simply because the water mains pipes are too small and the increasing number of accommodations and residents in the area.

“We always follow up this issue and try to provide enough water for everybody and the PWA always respond the best they can – as the water supply pipes are their responsibility – but we still don’t have enough water.”

Wichit Municipality is looking for land to create a natural reservoir to help provide an alternative water source closer to the community it serves, he added.

“I believe that this project will be finished next year,” Mr Sakkamol said.


SUPPLY LINES


Meanwhile, Mr Chatchai of the PWA says the problem is that Sakdidet Rd and areas further along the cape receive their water from mains that first supply Phuket Town. 

“Some residents in Wichit complain that they suffer water shortages more than any other areas, and this because Wichit receives water after Phuket City,” he said. 
“We do our best for people on Sakdidet Road, but the fast-growing high-density of the population living in the area has outpaced the ability of mains to serve them. 
“That is why the PWA has a project to upgrade water mains all across Phuket. This project should be complete by February 2016,” he added.
Mr Chatchai, however, did not elaborate specifically when the water supply mains would be rectified for the people of Wichit. 
He did, however, urge people with water supply problems to call the PWA hotline at 082-7901634.
“The PWA Call Centre is the best option. Please call us there if you need help,” he said.

SAVE THYSELF


Vice Governor Dr Prachiad’s diagnosis and prognosis concurred with tat of Mr Chatchai.
“Wichit is at the end of mains supply line, so the PWA is working on expanding water supply network now,” he said. 
“After, water mains pipes are in place, we will have improved water supply from the Bang Wad and Bang Niew Dum reservoirs, which will be enough supply for everybody.”
In the meantime, Dr Prachiad urged people to keep water reserves in their homes.
“In case of emergency, please inform the PWA directly,” he said.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Thailand Prepares To Lose English Language Teachers

Thailand Prepares To Lose English Language Teachers And Ajarns

Thai Foreign Education System Update - 2015

What's Going On With The Teachers?


Planning to cull English Foreign Language Teachers by replacing them with the Thai English Language Teachers. In a perfect world, this would be a great idea, to get rid of all the rabble that calls themselves a 'teacher'.

This isn't a perfect world, the students need a native teacher, so they can understand the tonnes and intonations of the English language – and for fun! Asian teachers are often criticized for their tough approach on students, take China for example, work work work, no play! Thailand follows China's lead, they only care about the grades. The number 1 job of an TEFL teacher, is to provide a class based on language skills rather than grammar. But, apparently the ministry of Education (Thailand) doesn't believe in this.

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Great Students need Great Teachers


Thailand's plan is to Recruit the British Council trainers/teachers to teach up to 500 thai teachers that are proficient in English. This scheme is aptly named 'train-the-teachers'. These 'trained teachers' then will go back to the local government schools and 'train-the-teachers' on how to teach English language. This in itself would be poorly ran as they are planning to train these teachers in a small amount of time.

Deputy Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin has stated the following:


"A group of teachers [will] join the programme [and] will be selected from all over the country. They have to be very good in English because after the six-week training programme, they must be role models and trainers for other English teachers in their schools or schools near their area."

Why are the Government doing this you may ask?


...well to Save money. Foreign Teacher earns sometimes triple the amount of a Thai teacher. For example a native English teachers salary (starting) could be 33,000thb and compare that to the 6000thb that young Thai teachers receive, then you can understand their reasoning.

As Thai teachers get older, their salaries rise until they are on the same amount as the foreign teacher. One of the reasons the foreign teachers salary is so high, is because otherwise 'teachers' wouldn't come to Thailand and teach the students.
Realistically – would teachers engage in this? Probably not, Thailand has a culture of 'losing face' and this happens quite easily. If another Thai teacher, tries to teach the Thai-English teacher spoken English, then the Thai-English teacher won't be happy and won't bother learning.

What can they do to improve the standard of teachers that they receive?


Many of the teachers from native countries give the English Teaching Community a bad name, through laziness, and bad behavior. They show lack of respect by not showing up to work, and create havoc in the small towns that they inhabit, or quite cruelly use the local girls, to make themselves feel better.

There are genuine foreign language teachers out there, the one's who go the extra mile. But sadly, as is the case at the moment. The decent teachers will stop working in Thailand, the students will then be left with some degenerate.

How Can They Improve The Quality of Ajarns?


Thailand could employ the same system as China, whereas, all Native English Teachers, need to have a degree and at least 2 years work experience. They also need to be a lot tougher on Visa regulations, for example in Isaan (north east Thailand), there are many teachers working illegally. This year they changed the working visa regulations, and made it more difficult to obtain double entry tourist visa's, hopefully this will not satisfy the young-hippy-traveller brigade that only teach with the means to earn money for beer.

Thailand really do need the native teachers, and we hope that this plan to train-the-teacher will be somewhat effective, even if it only proves that this whole strategy is wrong. Time will only tell, and with the implantation of ASEAN, Thailand might just realize how important native teachers are.  

Monday, 9 November 2015

Thai Girls Arrested in India - Happy Ending? Too soon to tell.

There Was No 'Happy Ending'

18 people were arrested for presumably running brothels hidden by the guise of  two spas at Banipark. Among-st the scoundrels were 10 Thai girls, again presumably selling 'other' services, other than natural massages - lets just call it a 'happy massage'.

The Thais and eight men were booked at Sadar police station for breaching the Immoral Trafficking Act. - Stated the National Media

The arrests followed after members of the public complained about the par-lours.

Police raided the Crystal Mall at Banipark and arrested the manager, four Thai girls and helpers at the Thai Harmony Spa. Six Thai girls, three customers and the manager of Crystal Spa were also arrested. The girls charge between Rs3000 (Bt1,600) to Rs 6,000 (Bt3,200) for a massage with illicit relations, police said.Police have the Thai girls' visas and passports and are checking their backgrounds. - National Media
The state of the world is depressing, especially in places like India, where rape is common place, open air and in public. People just ignore it. But when these massage parlours operate a 'happy ending' service. And in a controlled environment, people get arrested. We can say prostitution is wrong, and morally it is. But we cannot stop this from happening its an oddity that happens all over the world. Controlled environments are the way forward, as we cannot stop this happening. No matter how much we want it to stop - it won't. 

PATTAYA - Bar Girl Arrested

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Foreigners in Thailand - Arrested For Drug Smuggling - Amazingly Stupid

Thailand Police have arrested two foreigners in possession 15 kg's of crystal meth (amphetamine). Again, stupid foreigners, doing stupid things, in a land that does not belong to them. More of these stories are cropping up every month in Thai news sources. This all needs to stop!




On Thursday 29th October, a drugs and narcotics team swooped on the 2 foreigners and arrested them outside of the B Condominium in Bang Kaew.
 
Pol Lt Gen Rewat Klinkesorn told reporters that Mr Chukwunonso Victor Oputa, 24, from Nigeria and Ms Marilou Morales, 41, from the Philippines, are currently in custody after officers seized the haul of crystal meth, commonly known as ‘ice’. reports manger.co.th
 
Six mobile phones were also seized. Great let's hope they catch the other vile foreigners involved.
 
Police revealed that narcotics had been covered in black plastic and hidden inside 16 toy children cars. They made the arrests after somebody tipped them off that an African gang had been selling drugs to foreigners and tourists in BKK, Thailand.
 
The pair remain in custody and are awaiting further legal proceedings. I hope they get sent down for many years to come, the rules are clearly stated as you arrive in the Land of Smiles, Thailand. 
 
Police are now trying to trace other members of the gang.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Oil Slick hits Thailand Reaching Over 10km of Sandy Beaches

On the 27th October 2015 An oil slick about ten kilometers long hit the beach of Hua Hin producing horrid smells and driving away local and foreign tourists from the beach.

The presence of the oil slick prompted Hua Hin mayor Nopporn Wutthikul to seek help from the Navy to find out if the problem was caused by oil spills from commercial freighters or large fishing boats or any of those vessels sank in the sea off Hua Hin causing the oil spills.

Specimens of the oil slick were sent to the environment office for testing to confirm what had happened and how.

Huan Hin Beach

Hua Hin officer Sutthipong Klai-udom said it was initially suspected that the oil was deliberately dumped into the sea by a vessel dealing in contraband goods.
Tourists were advised not to venture into the sea for 1-2 days until the situation has returned to normal.
Government workers and local residents began cleaning up Hua Hin beach on Wednesday after the Prachuap Khiri Khan coastline was fouled with oil, tar balls and petroleum-coated garbage. The clean up began at 9am.
Tourists and locals should not go swimming in the sea unil notices have been put up by government officials.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Mental Man Targets Bystander in Bangkok

A mentally challenged Thai man was arrested for beating a stranger in Lat Pharo in Bangkok.



The video clips went viral after the attack happened and police approached the alleged attacker at 111 Soi Lat Phrao. He wanted to flee but police managed to change his mind and then arrested him. Clever police.The attack happened last Tuesday and was captured on local CCTV.



Pol Maj-General Sanit Mahathavorn, deputy commander of Provincial Police Region 1, revealed after interrogating Theerapong that he could be charged with committing a public offence but if a complaint was not filed with police the case could be commuted because of the homeless man's mental disorders. - The Nation

Sanit said Theerapong had wandered around Lat Pharo for several years drinking alcohol and sometimes becoming aggressive towards passers-by. You would think that in this day and age somebody would of helped this poor man. 

Previously he had been detained at mental institutions inside Srithanya and Maesuai hospitals. 

"Families or relatives should not let people with mental disorders live alone," he added

Dr Panpimol Wipulakorn, deputy director of Department of Mental Health, said- 

Theerapong moved to Bangkok looking for work and was treated for his mental illness at Srithanya Hospital this year. People with mental disorders tend to dread people and people who got close to them could be considered a threat and attacked.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Bangkok Tourism Update

Bangkok Bombing, Thailand Impacts Tourism


The Bangkok bombing has had a huge impact in Thai Tourism with 17 per cent less tourists arriving in Thailand.

Thailand were already trying to increase the numbers of tourist since the military coup.

Before the Bangkok bomb, the daily numbers of tourists in Thailand were at 85000 per day. At the moment this has slipped down to 70,000.
“The tourism impact ... will probably be a short-term impact,” Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul told a press conference.
 “Tourism will definitely pick up in the fourth quarter.”
But, they only believe this to be temporary. Thai Tourism Boards believe they can still hit their target for the year
thai-tourists


August 1st to August 23rd = 2.1 million (more than the same period in 2014)


This amount of generate approximately 102 million thb. This year had been going really well for Thailand with increases in travel and tourism numbers rising every month this year.
David Scowsill, president of the World Travel and Tourism Council, said tourists jitters would not last.
“Thailand is not going to go through massive levels of trauma,” he said. “When we look out at the next six months, there’s no indication of wholesale cancellations.” - The World Travel and Tourism Council
It is still safe to travel in one of the worlds most beautiful countries. You just need to be aware of your own safety. As an example of the London Underground and Bus Bombings, the tourism has recovered and they are doing well. Let's hope all countries stay safe.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Bangkok Bombing Update 2015


Thailand have now trebled the reward money for information leading to the arrest of the Bangkok bomber, this reward now stands at 3 million Thai Baht (£53,000).

Prime Minister Prayuth said he would "expedite all investigations to bring perpetrators to justice"

Thai TV Made A Fool Of Themselves


On Wednesday Nation TV station sent a look a like dressed in yellow to the scene of the bombing. This was an outragous and un-thoughtful thing to do. Nation TV have accepted they are wrong and have apologised. They also stopped filming when they saw the distress it was causing to the pubic - they shouldn't ever of done this. As a national TV station they ignored their responsibility to the public. 

 Nation Broadcasting Corporation president Adisak Limprungpatanakij said the plan was made 'without consideration for the sensitivity of the public and with disrespect for the dead'. 

He said the station would consider disciplining those responsible. 

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Unbelievable

Royal Thailand Police, and the people in charge are now believed to be seeking a foreigner in relation to the bombings. It is also believed they are asking for help from America.




Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Bounty for Thai Bomber - 1000000 thb (baht)

Police Are Currently Hunting The Bangkok Bomber


Police are hunting for a "Middle Eastern-looking man" who was filmed by a closed circuit TV camera, and say they are "more than 50% certain" he is the bomber.  The young, slightly built man wearing a yellow T-shirt and black-framed glasses, was carrying a backpack. In the surveillance video he wanders around the shrine, and is seen sitting down and putting down  backpack.  

Sukhumvit Road Re-opens

Since Monday night's bombing the Royal Thai Police have been on high alert. There was a suspicous looking package left below BTS Nana Station. Eventually, it turned out to be a hoax. After opening the box, nothing was inside. Just a box with plastic wrapping on the outside. Police are right to be suspicous after Monday's bombing. Let's hope peace is restored in Bangkok as soon as possible.

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Bangkok Bombing Latest - Norachit


Foreign Ministry told foreign diplomats Tuesday that the government was able to handle the situation after the deadly blast on Monday night.

"I invited members of the diplomatic corps. This is an explanation session, not a press conference. I haven't given them any new information apart from what was televised last night," Norachit Sinhaseni, the Foreign Ministry's permanent secretary said.

Norachit added that he had not go into details regarding investigation, as it was being conducted by security officials and he was not in a position to elaborate.

Norachit said he had already instructed all Thai embassies and consulates worldwide to provide details about measures taken by the government regarding the investigation and assistance provided to the victims.

"The Foreign Ministry is here to coordinate and facilitate, in case foreigners are victims of this incident," Norachit said, adding that the Justice and Tourism and Sports Ministries would be responsible for compensation.

The permanent secretary also said the Tourism and Sports Ministry had set up a war room to closely monitor the situation.

"So far, the government has not declared a state of emergency," Norachit said, adding that none of the foreign embassies had asked for additional security.

Norachit added that the Foreign Ministry would regularly issue statements to keep the foreign community apprised of the situation.

When asked if the capital was still safe for tourists, he said, "I still feel it is safe for tourists.

From Thai-visa

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Thailand Weather - Are The Seasons Really That Bad?

Seasons of Thailand

The Thailand Weather is very different whether you go to North Thailand (ISSAN) or the South - Gulf of Thailand


Peak Season - December to February there is no rainfall but you do get strong winds to keep the rising temperatures at bay. 

April - June - The weather has rising temperatures that can reach up to 35 degree's and during these months there is little chance of rain. Sometimes there will be rainfall - in one hour blocks - make sure you have a poncho.

July - Sept - This period is just hot, hot, and hot! Expect to be burnt. Temperatures reach up to 40 degrees with no chance of rain. 

October - November - This is monsoon season, where you can expect downpours for hours on end of rain, rain and more rain. In the day time it will be hot, and in the evening it will be cold. 

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Whens the best time to visit Thailand?


If you don't mind the heat and you don't want to be bothered by frequent downpours of heavy rain. The suggestion is to go during peak season - although this has it's draw backs as its full of travelers - and prices go up on everything. Hotels in Thailand are more expensive during this time. But don't be put off - visit Thailand as soon as you can you will absolutely love it. Thailand weather - we love it.




Monday, 17 August 2015

Bomb Hits Bangkok Injuring 20 People

Bomb Exploded In Rajprasong Bangkok

UPDATE - 27 PEOPLE KILLED - No organisation is owning up to it.

At least 12 people were killed and about 40 injured in a powerful bomb blast at Rajprasong junction.

Several cars and motorcycles were also damaged.
A bomb has exploded outside a Hindu shrine in central Bangkok, killing at least 12 people and wounding many more, according to a police officer and rescue worker at the scene.
Body parts and mangled scooters were scattered across the street after the explosion outside the Erawan shrine in the central Chidlom district of the Thai capital. Dozens of ambulances are at the scene and a nearby metro station has been closed.
“All I can say now is there has been an explosion in central Bangkok involving a motorcycle bomb,” deputy national police chief Aek Angsananond told Reuters. He said there had been fatalities, but could not confirm details.
Police and a rescue worker told Reuters 12 people had been killed, which happened at about 7pm local time (12.00 GMT). Local media put the number of injured at 20.
news source - guardian.com


Updates - 1000000 thb Reward For Information                      

 Reward Tripled                      

 - BANGKOK BOMBER UPDATES



Sunday, 16 August 2015

Miss Thailand 2015 Contestant

Congratulations Miss Thailand 2015



Miss-Thailand-Contest

Plane Missing Over Indonesia 54 People Missing and 5 Crew ATR 42

JAKARTA: An Indonesian domestic passenger aircraft carrying 54 people lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday (Aug 16) in the remote eastern Papua region, the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) said.
"We can't confirm it has crashed. We can say contact has been lost with the plane," BASARNAS chief Bambang Soelystyo told Reuters by phone. "It's a Trigana airline plane carrying 54 people including 5 crew. We are working to get more details."
According to the official BASARNAS Twitter account, the ATR 42 turboprop aircraft belonging to Trigana Air Service was carrying 44 adult passengers, five crew and five children and infants. 
The Trigana Air ATR 42 turboprop plane lost contact just before 3:00 pm (2.00pm Singapore time) after taking off from Sentani airport in Papua's capital Jayapura on a flight to Oksibil, the search and rescue agency said on Twitter. It was supposed to arrive at Oksibil airport just after 3:00 pm.
Ten minutes before it was due to land, the plane contacted Oksibil control tower asking to descend, Captain Beni Sumaryanto, Trigana Air's service director of operations told AFP.
But the plane never arrived. Half an hour later, Trigana Air sent another turboprop plane over the same route to look for the missing aircraft, he said.
"But the weather was very bad, it could not find it and the plane was turned back to Sentani," Sumaryanto said.
He added: "Oksibil is a mountainous area where weather is very unpredictable. It can suddenly turn foggy, dark and windy without warning.
"We strongly suspect it's a weather issue. It is not overcapacity, as the plane could take 50 passengers."
'VERY BAD WEATHER'
Transport ministry spokesman J A Barata confirmed the plane had lost contact.
"We are not sure what happened to the plane yet and we are coordinating with local authorities," he told AFP. "The weather is currently very bad there, it's very dark and cloudy. It's not conducive for a search. The area is mountainous."
News source chhannelnewsasia.com

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Thai Military Enforce National Lottery Rules เลขเด็ด

TIGHTER ENFORCEMENT ON LOTTERY SALES
This weeks lottery numbers:
Winning Lottery Numbers: 518677
Three Lucky Numbers Winner: 598 889 333 648
Two Lucky Numbers Winner: 53

 Soldiers were sent onto the streets to deter vendors from selling tickets for more than 80 baht. Errant sellers were threatened with a 10,000-baht fine and/or one month's jail.
 80 per cent of the lottery market has been brought into line, Major-General Apirat states
 He plans to clean up the trade further and possibly introduce permanent sale outlets, to overhaul the complex distribution system that has inflated prices by as much as 50 per cent.
 Issues has been thorny, even for a government that until April 1 ruled with martial law, and continues to wield absolute power through a clause in the interim Constitution.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Teach Anywhere Change Your Life

Teach Anywhere - Teach English Abroad

Top 5 Teaching Websites - Recruitment

Websites to help find teaching positions and jobs in Thailand and the World are all over the internet - so here at ThailandInTheNews.com we have our top picks.



5. echinacities.com - This is an up to date jobsite that contains the latest ESL teaching positions in all of china, from hour-lies to contract work. There is a lot to see and read, there's forums, and news sections. There is also a handy tool to register your CV and interest.


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4. teachersinc.com - This site crops up often in google searches. It has an abudence of esl jobs across the world, and it has a focused area for Asia. It also has a lovely design.



3. seriousteachers.com - This is also a website based for teaching positions around the world, you can find esl, tefl, international jobs all over asia. Easy to use interface, must sign up to use this service. Recruiters will contact you via their platform.


seriousteachers esl efl tesol


2. teachersforasia.com - Having previously working for these guys, they are a very responsible recruitment company in Asia. They take care of the teachers right from the beginning and are able to find the best jobs for you.

TFA Ireland, edl, efl, tesol, thailand, china


1. ajarn.com as we love Thailand we have put this site at number 1. It is a number one site for looking for jobs in Thailand. There's a forum, and also a long list of interview Q and A's designed for the 'users' to get an idea of the teaching experience in Asia.

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All the websites mentioned here are great resources for finding work in Asia (or the rest of the world). Please don't pay any money to people that can find you work, and check out VISA regulations for every country. 

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Happy Mothers Day Thailand - 12th August วันแม่แห่งชาติ

วันแม Mom, Maa, 'Mae, or Haha - Happy Mother Day Thailand วันแม่แห่งชาติ 2016


Happy Mothers Day to all the women in Thailand, we know how hard you work, for those who don't know; mother's day in Thailand is celebrated on the 12th August 2016 - which correlates with Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's Birthday.
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Phuket to Koh Phi Phi Thailand's Most Splendid Island.

The Island of Koh Phi Phi (not Koh PP or Koh Pi pi or even Pee Pee!)


Phi Phi island is located in the South of Thailand near Phuket. Here you can find cheap hotels for your stay. There's many things to do including water sports. Stay at Koh Phi Phi Don Hotels. Travel from Phuket to Phi Phi with ease.


After spending 3 nights in Krabi, I moved on. Time to visit a real jewel of an island in Thailand. Koh Phi Phi is probably one of the smallest 'tourist' islands in the South. There are many islands on the south including Koh Phangyan
and Koh Samui.


Easily Travel from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi



From here you can go out on boat trips across to other islands, you can sunbathe, get drunk and drink buckets. Phi Phi is a very small island and can be over-crowded so 
the option of a tour is inviting.

Koh-Phi-Phi


Travel By Ferry To Phi Phi


From Krabi, it takes around 4 hours by ferry, just don't drop your ticket in the sea
like I did! Fortunately for me the ferryman saw the incident and took pity.

The views of the other islands from the boat are stunning. Most of them
shoot straight up into lime-scale cliffs. Beautiful but very similar to its Vietnam
counterpart - Halong Bay.

When arriving in Koh Phi Phi, you have to pay a small fee, at the port, of 20 baht -
this was quoted in 2012, but probably a lot higher now.

Apparently this goes towards cleaning the island - after spending 8 days there,
I've come to the conclusion it goes to some mafia family's back pocket.

The island is very small and very busy, so it can be frustrating getting around. 
There are no taxi's or Tuk - Tuks on the island which is a gift in itself, no 
pollution - bar the litter from the foreign tourists.

Around the island are Tsunami evacuation points in case of an emergency.
Because of how small Phi Phi is, it really brings home what the Thai people
and holidaymakers would of experienced during the boxing day disaster.

On the upside the Thai people are as happy as ever and getting on with life -
although it was quite a while ago now, everything been built back up and I've
so far seen barely any evidence of a natural disaster.

Day Trips Snorkeling Around Phi Phi Islands


I decided to go on a snorkeling trip on Koh Phi Phi, which was a nice cheap day
out. We visited monkey beach, literally where the monkeys hang out, so
inventively named. They snatch and grab as much as they can from tourists, clever
little bastards, I left my things on the boat, so they got nothing from me
Monkey 0 - Liam 1.

After that the boat took us to a viking cave, which was a load of crap, it was
a cave and on the outside, lots of bamboo put together, to make it look a little
historic. Everyone else was taking photos, I was laughing at these gullible tourists.

Then to Maya Bay, which is where they filmed, The Beach starring Leonardo
D Caprio. Wonderful white sandy beach, only thing was that the water was very
shallow, it basically felt like a glorified bath.

The island itself was quiet, and peaceful. We also did some snorkeling which 
was fun, apart from I can't use the mouth piece of a snorkel. So I was pretty much 
goggle-ing my way around the fish. I learnt colorful fish are nice in clear water. 
I did keep an eye out for sharks!

All in all this is a cheap nice little excursion, remember take tonnes of water
it gets hot sitting in a boat. The boat was some kind of long boat, i don't know
what they call them.


Nightlife On Phi Phi


Finally the party scene here is ace, there's a few nice bars and there's an awesome
beach bar which everyone ends up at. To save money I bought buckets
(a bottle of whisky or vodka, mixed with Thai Red Bull and Coke) from street
vendors for 150 baht. They cost 400 baht or so in the bar, I then took into the
party via the beach entrance.

Met some great people here, in my hostel, 24 mixed dorm, some of them were ill,
some of them were working there, and there were rabbits in a cage outside.

Great place Flower Bungalows, check it out if you ever visit. I ended up staying
for 8 days. It was in basically a massive beach hut with a tonne of people, a cold
shower and a lot of beautiful people.