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From April 13 - 15, nationwide most banks and government offices will be closed. Many currency exchange booths, however, will remain open. Songkran is less than a week away and although Thailand is suffering its worst drought in 20 years, the city will be drenched in water and the streets and beaches filled with tourists. The city and the Marine Department met March 29 to plan sea rescue scenarios and preparation. Marine officials also began inspecting boats to be sure they had signs showing the maximum number of passengers allowed and that all boats had adequate numbers of life vests.
Boat captains were warned to avoid any drugs or alcohol and keep abreast of reports from the Meteorological Department regarding storms and high seas. Officers also will patrol piers and beaches to prevent unrest and security cameras will be monitored in real time. Lower motorcycle taxi fares go into effect, likely ignored again by Pattaya drivers.
Motorcycle taxi drivers on Thepprasit Road show willingness to charge legal fares. With zero enforcement of such announcements, the pledge on rates has been only hot air. With publication of new, nationwide motorcycle taxi rates in the Royal Gazette March 24, Pattaya officials are claiming they again will try to bring down motorcycle taxi fares in Pattaya, which run at least twice the price of Bangkok, where the majority of service providers charge legal rates.
According to the Transport Ministry, a fare is 5 baht per kilometer for the first five kilometers. That would put a taxi ride from one end of Beach Road to the other at baht. Pattaya drivers, however, refuse to go anywhere for less than 40 baht and would demand a fare of 60 baht from the Dusit Thani Hotel to Walking Street. Legally, the fares after the first five kilometers are capped at 10 baht for kilometer.
Only after 15 kilometers does a fare become negotiable. One driver in the Thepprasit Road area claims he has been negatively impacted by the new rates. He said he normally earned baht per day. He complained about the cost of gasoline — which is lower than it has been in years — and other cost of living expenses and argued that tourists and locals should be aware of his hardship and consider that when paying his fare.
Soldiers receive their saffron robes from the revered abbot before being ordained as monks. Nearly navy cadets were temporarily ordained as monks in order to pay respect to Their Majesties the King and Queen.
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Somdej Phutthachinnawong, abbot of Wat Phitchayatikaram Temple and the central region chief monk, led the ceremony to ordain Naval Rating School cadets now in their second year at the Chumphon Royal Naval Academy March Their monkhood lasted through April 2. During that time, they resided at the dharma practice center in Nakhon Ratchasima.
Navy officials said the cadets graduating their courses and about to serve in the navy should have education in the morals, ethics and loyalty of Buddhism. Such training would help them in maintaining loyalty toward the nation, religion and monarchy, they said.
Chonburi governor tells big Pattaya businesses to share wealth. Governor Komsan Eakchai urges big business sectors to join and support private sectors.
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Jetsada Homklin Chonburi Gov. Khomsan Ekachai urged Pattaya business leaders to collaborate with street vendors to boost the economy. It is also recognized as an all-around tourism destination that has attracted millions of tourists on a yearly basis. The majority of tourists should be redirected to cultural attractions. TAT pushes bike route, Thai visitors in tourism plan.
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At a March 30 meeting held at Green Park Resort, Tourism Authority of Thailand Pattaya office Director Suladda Sarutilavan said the Siricharoenwat Forest Project is a selling point for international tourists, but the agency will be focusing a lot of its marketing for Pattaya on the Thai domestic market. DASTA officials, who are directing a sustainable-tourism drive for Pattaya and all its surrounding sub-districts, showed off its project, saying the area was beautiful and has been popular among eco-tourists and exercise enthusiasts.
Suladda said the domestic section of the marketing plan will target Thai tourists from Issan and the North, hyping Pattaya as a family getaway. Residents living on Soi Charoensuk and Soi Udomsuk said their streets were ripped up, new drainage pipes laid and the road resurfaced all with the goal of ending years of chronic flooding.
Despite the 1. Finished this month, both projects are under warranty for two more years, so contractors may be sent back to rip up the roads again to fix what they failed to do the first time. Contact Us Advertise Feedback. Pattaya Mail. Latest News Pattaya News.