Thailand Waives Tourist Visa Fee for ALL nationalities


Just a bit over a week ago we reported that the Thai government had waived the tourist visa fee of usually 1,000 Baht and reduced the visa on arrival fee for tourists from 19 countries from December 1 to February 28.
Nice move. Unfortunately however, the offer only appeared to apply to nationals from the following countries: Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
In other words, it was a scheme to lure Chinese tourists to Thailand whose numbers have fallen drastically since the government’s crackdown on so-called “zero dollar tours”.
(Most) Western tourists a.k.a. Farangs were not to benefit from the promotion it seemed.

Now either the government have changed their mind and revised the scheme or it was all just misinformation or misreporting from the beginning. Because, it has emerged now, the promotion doesn’t apply exclusively to the Chinese, Indians etc. but to ALL nationalities.
In other words, anyone can get a free single-entry tourist visa from December through the end of February next year. (The promotion does not apply to multiple-entry tourist visa and is initially limited to three months.)

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Frenchman Jumps to his Death at Central Festival Pattaya Beach


An elderly Frenchman jumped to his death from a 6th-floor landing at the Central Festival Pattaya Beach mall late Thursday night. He eventually landed at the top of an escalator on the third floor and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The suicide comes less than a week after an unidentified British national had also threatened to jump to his death from a balcony at the mall but was kept from doing so by security guards in the very last minute.

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It’s Official Now: Crown Prince Ascends the Throne as Rama X


It’s official now: Thailand has a new King after Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn on Thursday night completed his ascension to the throne by accepting a ceremonial invitation to become the country’s new monarch from the National Legislative Assembly (NLA).
The new King, 64, succeeds his father King Bhumibol Adulyadej, or Rama IX, who died seven weeks ago at the age of 88. He is now the 10th king of the 234-year-old Chakri dynasty, or Rama X, and will be known officially as His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.

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Thai Lottery Results – December 1, 2016

The Thai government lottery is the only kind of “gambling” legally allowed in Thailand and taken very seriously by the Thai people. Lottery tickets are pre-printed in Thailand so you don’t really get to pick your own numbers as in lottery systems in the West. Instead, you select your preferred six-digit “lucky number” from an… Continue Reading

Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn Proclaimed New Thai King

Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, the only son of late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej who passed away on Octoner 13, was proclaimed the new monarch of Thailand during a special session of the country’s National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on Tuesday. Ending nearly two months of royal interregnum, Thailand’s interim parliament formally launched the process of naming the… Continue Reading

‘British Tourist’ Nearly Jumps to Death at Shopping Mall (Video)

An unidentified foreign man, believed to be a “British tourist” aged between 40 and 50, threatened to jump to his death from a second-floor balcony at the Central Festival Pattaya Beach shopping mall this week. Following dramatic moments of panic among shoppers the man was eventually saved by security guards at the mall who convinced… Continue Reading

Thailand Waives Visa Fee for Chinese, Indians (and a few others)

The Thai tourism industry, one of the few bright spots in the kingdom’s economy, has recently been suffering from the government’s crackdown on so-called “zero-dollar tours” from China. In fact, the Russians are now back in force and have replaced the hordes of Chinese tour groups in many parts of the country. From a revenue… Continue Reading

Thai Gov’t Approves New 10-Year Visa for Foreigners Over 50

The Thai government has in principle approved a new 10-year visa on Tuesday which will “soon” be available to well-to-do foreigners over 50. According to a government spokesman, the new visa type will come in two installments of five years each. While it appears that visa holders won’t have to leave the country and do… Continue Reading

Pattaya Holds Vigil for Late King (Photos)

More than a month has passed now since the passing of King Bhumibol and the Thai people are still struggling to come to terms with the death of their much-beloved monarch. Revered by many Thais as a demigod and “father of the country”, the world’s longest reigning monarch was not only a stabilising figure in… Continue Reading

Bar Girls Fighting Over Farang Customer on Walking Street (Video)

It’s high season in Pattaya – at least on paper. Given that the end of November, the first month of the nominal peak season, is already approaching, at least Pattaya’s bars and clubs are still relatively empty. That’s neither good news for the tourism industry as a whole nor for Pattaya’s vast entertainment industry with… Continue Reading

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