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Came into Pattaya last evening for a short break alone. Needed this very much, away from everyone and work.

This morning 9am drove along the Pattaya Beach Road thought I'd share this with everyone of you

 

 

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Thought I go take a look at Soi Buakhao so this is it at about 9.30am

 

 

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So this is the hotel that I checked in yesterday evening

Lobby
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View from the room just after sunset
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Evening at the hotel beach
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Dinner at the beach restaurant
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Hotel in the evening

 

 

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Morning at the beach

 

Pool
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Breakfast by the pool and beach
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My usual, soft boiled eggs and toasts
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Beach bar
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Quiet beach
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1 hour ago, steveluv said:

Morning at the beach

 

Pool
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Breakfast by the pool and beach
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My usual, soft boiled eggs and toasts
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Beach bar
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Quiet beach
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pullman at wongamat?

lovely place 😀

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3 hours ago, steveluv said:

Came into Pattaya last evening for a short break alone. Needed this very much, away from everyone and work.

This morning 9am drove along the Pattaya Beach Road thought I'd share this with everyone of you

 

 

the irony that the road works on beach road have completed but no traffic to jam anyway 😄😄

one solitary song theaw but no passengers too, the whole place really quite dead ..

did you drive up pratumnak hill?

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16 hours ago, Mooose said:

pullman at wongamat?

lovely place 😀

Yes its Pullman G

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15 hours ago, Mooose said:

the irony that the road works on beach road have completed but no traffic to jam anyway 😄😄

one solitary song theaw but no passengers too, the whole place really quite dead ..

did you drive up pratumnak hill?

No I did not go up the hill

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parks supposed to open in bangkok on monday, hope that really happens this time ..

in the meantime please continue sharing your makan in thailand .. enjoying it 😄

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Today’s Covid new cases.

New Cases
Thailand 2,395 ( +10 )
Prison 409 ( -483 )
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Total 2,804 ( -473 )

Deaths 18 ( -11 )

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Ok guys finally uploaded this video I took last night on the night scenes of Pattaya's Soi Buakhao, Beach Road, Second Road.

I must apologise for the shaky video - it was one hand holding eh camera through the sun roof and the other hand steering the car. 

 

Try to do better next time

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7 hours ago, steveluv said:

Today’s Covid new cases.

New Cases
Thailand 2,395 ( +10 )
Prison 409 ( -483 )
———————————————-
Total 2,804 ( -473 )

Deaths 18 ( -11 )

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https://www.thaipbsworld.com/anutin-denies-responsibility-for-continuing-vaccination-appointment-postponements/

so .. not enough vaccines .. no one is responsible?

what happens to those with appointments postponed from next week 14 to 17? are those going ahead of those from after 18? then those from 18  will also be postponed to accomodate the ones from 14 to 17 .. which means practically everyone except those who did it last week, will be postponed?

or the postponed ones from 14 to 17 will lose their place and have to rebook?

headache .. for those booked and waiting .. really feel sorry for the man in the street ..

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On 6/11/2021 at 9:38 AM, steveluv said:

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in the meantime the hi-so phuyai with the taxi vests got vaccinated without worrying about postponed appointments?

😁😁

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Ayutthaya selected as the 5th city to be featured in the 5th edition of the MICHELIN Guide in Thailand

The fifth edition of The MICHELIN Guide in Thailand, to be released at the end of 2021, will extend its coverage to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, or Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya - one of Thailand's major tourist attractions, and a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991.

As the fifth city added to the new edition: The MICHELIN Guide Bangkok, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket & Phang-Nga 2022; Ayutthaya will be highlighted as a remarkable gastro-tourism destination for all ages - due to its perfect blend of old glamour and new charm, with a diverse range of local attractions to cater to all interests.

According to Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of MICHELIN Guides, Ayutthaya is one of the shining gems of Thai culinary heritage and gastronomy. Once a center of global diplomacy and commerce, this enchanting historic city was exposed to a wide array of foreign influences - e.g. Portuguese, Japanese, Indian, Persian, etc. - that have shaped local Thai cuisine. Its strategic location surrounded by three rivers, also provides an abundance of food resources - including freshwater fish, river prawns, as well as fresh vegetables and fruits.

additional culinary choices for you to savour khun steve (and everyone here who can make the trip up to the land of smiles soon) 😄

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So Monday was the Dragon Boat Festival, I cam back from my trip late and started to make the festive bachang only about 5pm

As it was a last minute decision to make bachang I did not have the bachang leaves at home so I made good with lotus leaves which was why I couldn't make it in the pyramid shape. Anyway it turned out good

 

Next day (yesterday) I had it for breakfast too

 

 

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https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/Turbulent-Thailand/COVID-brings-false-calm-to-Thailand-s-streets?utm_campaign=GL_coronavirus_latest&utm_medium=email&utm_source=NA_newsletter&utm_content=article_link&del_type=10&pub_date=20210616150000&seq_num=7&si=44594

COVID brings false calm to Thailand's streets
Vaccine chaos fuels rage as protesters wait for pandemic's end

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Mothers of anti-government protest leaders facing lese majeste charges demand the release of their sons outside Remand Prison, in Bangkok on April 28.    © Reuters
APORNRATH PHOONPHONGPHIPHAT, Nikkei staff writerJune 16, 2021 14:00 JST

BANGKOK -- The third wave of COVID-19 that has broken over Thailand has brought a deceptive quiet to the country's streets. Anti-government protesters cannot stage big demonstrations, but the mood remains defiant and unrest is likely to erupt again as soon as the pandemic subsides.

The pro-democracy demonstrations, which drew massive support from young people last year, touch on the most sensitive issue in Thai politics: reform of the monarchy. But they have sputtered because the latest COVID-19 flare-up has forced would-be protesters to practice social distancing.

"COVID is the key reason [the demonstrations have died down], as the death toll is rising sharply, and I think the protest leaders are thinking the same thing, so that we don't see any big protests now," said Suthipan Sombatsuree, a 19-year-old university student who took part in protests last year.

The street agitation began in earnest last July, when more than 10,000 people gathered at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok to demand that the constitution be amended, that Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha resign and that the monarchy, which backers have treated as semidivine for several decades, be reformed.

The protests gained momentum, peaking on Oct. 26, when a university student, Passaravalee Thanakijvibulphol, nicknamed "Mind," led thousands of people to the German Embassy to deliver a letter demanding the German government investigate whether the king had conducted Thai state affairs on German soil in violation of German law.

That prompted a crackdown by Thai authorities against the demonstrators. Many protest leaders have been arrested and charged with lese majeste, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail. Imprisoned leaders include Parit Chiwarak, also known as "Penguin," and Panusaya "Rung" Sithijirawattanakul. Holding them in pretrial detention kept them off the streets and helped quell big demonstrations.

Still, other leaders staged sporadic protests around Bangkok to keep pressure on the government under the slogan, "Free-up our Friends."

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Supporters of arrested protest leaders King show the three-finger salute while waiting for their release on bail outside Klongprem Central Prison in Bangkok on May 11.   © Reuters

Parit and Panusaya were released on bail, on condition that they not criticize the monarchy again and remain in the country. They have not staged any big protests since their release.

"The key reason is the third wave, the severe outbreak of COVID-19," Boonyakiat Karavekphan, a political science lecturer at Ramkamhaeng University told Nikkei Asia. "I think the leaders also realized that they could not draw massive [numbers of] protesters if they staged a protest now because they are afraid of COVID-19."

The third wave of the coronavirus outbreak, which began in April, has raised the average number of newly confirmed cases to more than 2,000 a day, up from double digits earlier in the pandemic. As of June 14, Thailand has had 191,264 cases in all, with the death toll at 1,466.

However, Boonyakiat of Ramkamhaeng University said the disappearance of big protests does not mean the pro-democracy protesters have given up. "What we see now is that the anti-government fight remains, but they have just changed the fighting format," said Boonyakiat.

That is a common theme among Thai political analysts following comments posted by Penguin on Twitter and Facebook, which said: "For me, the fight to reform the monarchy will continue." 

Yuthaporn Issarachai of Sukhothai Thammathirat University said protests have moved online in order to keep the momentum going. Government opponents are waiting for the right timing to take to the streets again with stronger demands.

"They keep posting on social media. ... There is much anti-government as well as monarchy-criticizing content on several social media platforms. These feelings, as well as anger against the government, remain, particularly at a time when the government is struggling to manage the vaccine rollout," Yuthaporn said.

Although the government had said 100 million doses of vaccines have been secured for Thais, and the vaccines rollout began March 1, only 1.6 million people have been fully vaccinated so far. That is only around 2.3% of Thailand's population of 69 million. And public and private hospitals have postponed inoculations amid a shortage of vaccines, derailing the inoculation effort. The government has not given a clear explanation to the public, raising concerns over whether Thailand will be able to overcome the pandemic and revive the weak economy by the end of this year as hoped.

Analysts say these missteps are likely to spark new protests as soon as the pandemic dies down.

"When the COVID situation is better, the pro-democracy groups will definitely protest again because it is a matter of ideology, which protesters see as the government having taken power through the establishment, not by fair rules," said Sukhum Nuansakul, a political analyst and a former rector of Ramkhamhaeng University.
 

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