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BANGKOK — Affluent foreign residents over 50 will soon be able to apply for 10-year visas, a government spokesman said Tuesday.

Intended to promote Thailand as a hub for medical services, the policy was approved by the interim cabinet on Tuesday, according to spokesman Athisit Chainuwat.

Update: Thailand’s New 10-Year Visas Meet Mixed Reactions

It would replace one-year renewable visas and come in two installments of five years each, Athisit said. It was not immediately clear when the plan would be implemented.

Applicants must either earn a monthly salary of at least 100,000 baht or have more than 3 million baht in their bank account, which cannot be withdrawn within the first year after receiving the visa. They must also have health insurance that covers hospital stays and provides at least USD$10,000 in annual coverage.

Visa holders will still have to check in every 90 days with the Bureau of Immigration, Athisit said.

Applicants for the visa are expected to be foreigners who live in provinces such as Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and Chonburi, the spokesman added.

Thai man caught stealing used panties, says they’re for his foreign girlfriend:

Screenshot: T News

Security guards at a hospital in rural Udon Thani province today busted a Thai man stealing women’s panties which were hung out to dry in the sun. The guy claimed that they were a gift for his girlfriend.

Narin Prasertkaew, 38, was charged for theft. In his possession, police found four pairs of nylon panties in different colors, which belonged to the relative of a patient at Udon Thani Hospital, T News reported.

Narin told police that he had been laid off from a job at a gas station two months earlier and had been asking for food at the hospital. Today, however, he spotted the panties, which reminded him of his Laotian girlfriend.

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Grandmother, 91, receives ‘dream’ bachelor’s degree from King

BANGKOK: — Ninety-one-year-old Kimlan Jinakul’s dream came true on Wednesday when she finally received a bachelor’s degree from the hand of HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn during a graduation ceremony in Bangkok.

After more than a decade of determination to continue her education, she got a degree in Human and Family Development from Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU)’s School of Human Ecology

Kimlan, a Phayao native, is proud to be one of the university’s most senior graduates this year.

In a recent interview with Thai PBS, the physically fit grandmother recalled that she applied for the study program in 1998 but then temporarily suspended studying due to family issues. She resumed studies in 2011 and completed the program in 2015.

“Studying is my childhood dream. I was determined to complete a degree when I had a chance. I never thought of it as a difficult thing or an inconvenience, because knowledge is the most important factor for self-improvement,” she said.

“If we don’t study, we don’t read, we won’t know and won’t be able to talk about things. If we keep learning and reading news, we will be able to keep up with the society, the country and the world.”

To promote the seniors’ education, STOU waived the Bt800 entrance fee and adjusted educational policies to cater to their needs, such as the distant learning and study content that would focus on practice rather than all-theory, acting rector Panumkas Khad-ngao-ngam said.

The university currently has 199 students aged over 60.


Rabies outbreak in downtown Hua Hin – authorities cordon off area

HUA HIN: — The deadly disease rabies has hit downtown Hua Hin.

Local officials rushed to cordon off the infected area after ten people were bitten.

A black dog was taken in and after its brain was examined vets confirmed it had rabies.

Now everyone has been urged to get their dogs and cats vaccinated as health officials scurry to protect the public.

Busaba Choksuchart of the local council said that the authorities became concerned after ten people were bitten in the same area.

The area is in the Samor Rian community of Soi Phrae Phan behind Wat Hua Hin and in the market area of Chomsin Road.

Earlier a stray male black dog had been taken in for examination. When it died its brain was cut open to reveal the deadly disease had killed it.

Worried officials rushed to the concerned area with pictures of the dead dog and discovered it had been roaming all over the area.

Most of the people bitten had already been vaccinated. But one old woman who had been scratched on the face was immediately taken to Hua Hin hospital.

Busaba urged dog and cat owners to have their pets vaccinated for free, reported Daily News.

Source: Daily News

Coconut deaths – The greatest danger on a desert island

For all those who on deciding to go to a desert island ask me questions like: What if a snake gets into my bed?What if a shark bites my leg?…or the best of all….What should I do if I come face to face with a tiger?  And my answer is always:

What you do have to be careful of are the coconuts!

“You’re joking” is what you may be thinking.  NO, I say as tigers don’t live on desert islands – A great relief for all, I’m sure – nor are sharks to be seen in these beautiful waters – least of all those which attack humans – nor do snakes go anyway near people – it’s us who have to go looking for them -.  But, yes, there are coconuts and they make their presence known throughout the day with a resounding thud as they hit the floor. These are the Falling Coconut Deaths – Coconut Falling on Head!!

A green coconut, full grown and with its shell, still on the palm tree, can weigh up to two kilos (41/2 lbs.)  because it’s full of water.  If you take into account that palm trees can grow as high as 30 metres (98 feet) which is about the height of an 8 storey building, the speed with which a coconut falls reaches around 85 km/hr (53 mph). This means that the force of the coconut as it hits the ground is equivalent in weight to a ton.  Or, looking at it a different way, if it did fall, this fruit so highly valued by castaways, would have the same effect as a Austin Mini falling from about a foot and a half above your head. 

There are no reliable records on this subject but it is estimated that every year about 150 people die as a direct cause of this. This number isn’t as high as it could be if it is taken into account that there are millions of people living amongst palm trees but, take note, it’s still ten times higher than the number of people who die each year from shark attacks!

The majority of the people whose deaths were caused by falling coconuts were having a nap under the coconut palm, a ‘siesta’ from which they never awoke.  Of all the different types of accidents from coconut palms, the worst one is if you are caught lying down which is to say that  it’s much better to be standing up when the coconut does a K.O.  If it catches you on the head when you’re lying down it’s mortally dangerous because the head is in direct contact with the floor so the ‘braking distance’ on impact is zero.  The best advice to follow is that if you’re going to get in the way of a falling coconut, make sure you’re standing up!

It may seem a bit of an obsession, but when I’m walking around a desert island I can’t help but look out of the corner of my eye at the tallest palm trees so I can avoid being in ‘target range’.  This means that as I walk along the beach I may look a bit ridiculous or even ‘tipsy’ as I work my way along with zigzag movements.   The main palm tree in the following photo would be, without doubt, the perfect place to zigzag, I would even consider going into the sea to avoid an ‘accident’…

But I wouldn’t ask you to follow my example because the threat isn’t really so real. What is certain, though, is that on uncountable occasions I have seen coconuts fall too close for comfort, and you can hear their peculiar ‘thud’ on the video of the monkey.  Be careful, as there are islands like the one in the following photo where walking along the beach can be ‘risky’ and it could even be advisable to ‘swim’  round the island. The reason, obviously, is that as the statistics say, the chances of being hit by a coconut are ten times greater than being  ‘bit’ by a shark!!

Now you tell me: Have you lived to tell the tale of being hit on the head by a coconut?  Do you zigzag when walking on a desert island, or have you a better way of protecting yourself?  Leave your comments below and we’ll talk about it!

And of course, if you think any of your friends should know the risk they are facing under palmtrees, click on the buttons just here, below, to share it with them. Thanks for your support

Mum ‘lucky to be alive’ after stingray attack in Thailand

HORROR: A mum has told of her panic after she accidentally trod on a stingray

A MUM has told of her horror after she accidentally trod on a stingray on holiday in Thailand.

Dawn North suffered searing pain when her foot was stabbed by the deadly creature’s poisoned barb.

She said: “I thought that I’d been bitten by something and didn’t realise how bad it was until I lifted my leg out and there was blood everywhere.

“I was concerned I’d become shark bait if I stayed bleeding in the water.

“I screamed and shouted to my boyfriend Dave to come get me.

“He managed to swim over and carry me out of the water and dumped me on the sand.”

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Daily STAR Sunday: 2017-08-05

Terry Eustace & Andy Williams @ Lek’s Fishing Park Udon Thani


Lek’s Specimen Fishing Park ( A Private & Exclusive Fishing Lake For Hire )

We have had lots of fun over the past 5 days when fishing legend Terry Eustace and nephew Andy Williams came to fish the lake, despite the unpredictable weather with the rainy season in full swing they both did extremely well with the fish count at 77 fish landed and an amazing 13 different species.  It was great seeing Terry in action and I learnt a lot of new techniques…

Thank you, Terry & Andy we look forward to seeing you again next time!

Terry Eustace (Bio – A famous fisherman and owner of GLT – Gold Label Tackle)


Born in 1941, Terry Eustace moved from an engineering career into tackle manufacture in 1974. Later he opened what became a well-known tackle shop in Birmingham.

This business gradually expanded and evolved into the Gold Label company, which manufactures and supplies the retail fishing tackle industry.

His interest in carp fishing developed from being a general angler, in the late 1950s. In 1968 he caught his first 20-pounder. He has carp fished widely, including visits to Redmire Pool in 1967 and Jim Eggett’s gravel pit at Hemingford Grey in 1966, and overseas. Terry has written numerous articles in angling magazines, and in 1970 wrote a significantly important feature about identifying individual carp from their scale patterns, their repeat captures and weight variations. In 1999 Terry became the president of the British Carp Study Group.

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