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  • Smoking ban on Thai beaches to promote clean and safe environment for all
    Smoking ban on Thai beaches to promote clean and safe environment for all
    BANGKOK, 16 October, 2017 – Thailand is imposing a smoking ban on some 20 popular beaches across the country as part of the country’s sustainable tourism plan efforts. The ban comes into effect in November 2017.
    These beaches are in the provinces of Phuket (Patong); Surat Thani (Bo Phut on Ko Samui); Krabi (Phra Ae and Khlong Dao on Ko Lanta); Chon Buri (Bang Saen and Pattaya as well as Tam Pang on Ko Si Chang); Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin and Khao Takiap); Phetchaburi (Cha-am); Phang-nga (Ko Khai Nok and Ko Khai Nai on Ko Yao); Songkhla (Chalatas); Pattani (Tha Wa Sukri); Rayong (Mae Phim); Chanthaburi (Laem Sing), and Chumphon (Sai Ri).
    Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said, “These beaches are among the most beautiful in Southeast Asia, and the aim is to keep them that way.”
    Many tourists include a visit to one or more beaches as part of their holiday in Bangkok and wider Thailand, and these beaches offer the opportunity to enjoy some unique Thai local experiences.
    “People who do smoke need not worry, as they will still be accommodated. The new smoking ban on Thai beaches is aimed at maintaining a clean and safe environment for everyone and to help with Thailand’s positive image as a wonderful tourist destination,” Mr. Yuthasak added.
    While the smoking ban covers the beaches themselves, officials say there will be designated smoking areas provided inland with refuse containers for the disposal of cigarette butts.
    Cigarette butts, apparently, are the main reason behind the new smoking ban on Thai beaches. More precisely, the disposal of butts, or even more precisely, the disposal of butts in the proper way.
    Thailand’s Department of Marine And Coastal Resources says it has had to retrieve tens of thousands of butts from the sands of beaches, with this accounting for a large amount of all rubbish collected. A department official said up to 138,000 butts had been collected from just one particular beach – a 2.5 km stretch of Phuket’s popular Patong Beach.
    Come November, the new smoking ban on Thai beaches that has been making Thai tourism news recently will carry a fine of up to 100,000 Baht or a year in prison. Far better, it will be, to head to the designated smoking areas for a cigarette.
    Officials say the ban initially being implemented on the 20 or so beaches could be expanded to all beaches in Thailand, if it is successful in tackling the waste problem. Meanwhile, under consideration is a similar measure against smoking on tourist boats.
    Thailand became a party to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on 27 February, 2005. Since then, the country has become one of the world’s forerunners in the fight to ban smoking from public places.
    Oct 31, 2017
  • Being prepared means having the funds to cover your stay
    Being prepared means having the funds to cover your stay
    Bangkok, 16 August, 2017 – ‘Tickets? Check. Money? Check. Passport? Check’ – it’s a common phrase that many of us had drilled in to us by our parents when we first started to travel overseas. And for good reason too – being prepared means you can enjoy your dream holiday from the moment you get off the plane.
    You may have read recently that tourists entering Thailand need to be able to prove that they have adequate finances for their stay in the Kingdom. This has been the case since 1979, when the Immigration Act of Thailand came into effect.
    As well as making sure your passport is valid for at least six months, and that you have a round-trip air ticket, here’s a helpful reminder of the funds you need to have to cover your stay:
    If you hold a tourist visa: finances equivalent to at least 20,000 Baht per person or 40,000 Baht per family.
    If you’ll be applying for a visa on arrival: at least 10,000 Baht per person or 20,000 Baht per family.
    As each tourist arrives in Thailand – regardless of their port of entry – Thai Immigration Officers may conduct random inspections to make sure they’ve prepared these funds. If tourists are not able to prove that they have this, the officers will consider case-by-case whether to allow entry. After a tourist has been granted entry and has passed through the immigration checkpoints, no random inspections will take place.
    Sep 04, 2017
  • Electronic cigarettes are illegal in Thailand
    Electronic cigarettes are illegal in Thailand
    Bangkok, 22 September, 2017 – While electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are used around the world as a way of helping people quit smoking, travellers coming to Thailand should be aware that these devices are in fact illegal in the kingdom.
    Anyone found breaking this law by using an electronic cigarette – or vaping – in Thailand could be arrested and face jail time, or a fine several times the value of the illegal item(s). This applies both to foreigners and Thais.
    There have been recent incidents of foreign travellers who were unaware of the ban facing an on-the-spot fine or being arrested.
    Many may ask why a device designed to aid people in quitting the habit is being banned. A government spokesman said the ban was introduced for health reasons and that it was originally suggested because electronic cigarettes were luring young people into smoking.
    That ban has been in place since 2014.
    Thus, travellers coming to Thailand are advised not to bring any electronic cigarettes with them, nor any item or equipment associated with e-cigarettes; such as, the liquid used in the device.
    Likewise, travel agents or tour operators selling Thailand as a destination should make sure their clients are aware of the ban in place on electronic cigarettes.
    Oct 01, 2017
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