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Old Mar 23, 19, 7:23 am
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It's been so long since the last election, but I'm pretty sure the second-weekend ban extended for 48 hours, so some progress? You can stock up - I assume the junta won't lock the mini-bar - today until 2:00 PM and from 5:00 PM until 5:59 PM.

I thought that hotels were exempt, but maybe that is just for the religious holidays.

This election, the ruling military junta has said celebrations, like weddings, can go forward, but no alcohol.
Last call today at the Conrad Bangkok executive lounge was 5:59 pm. Haha! But there was still the hotel room mini-bar. The election of course is not until tomorrow!
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Old Mar 23, 19, 6:21 pm
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The excuse most often cited is that the authorities do not want political parties to offer pre-election events where they ply the commoners with alcohol and then get them to vote for their list.

Always seemed odd that foreigners were not exempt - I had no intention in voting, but then that's hardly the oddest thing I've seen here.

Mom & pop shops still sell. Consumption is not against the rules, but I wouldn't be testing that theory in public.

In other news:

Princess presides at reception for Thaksin's daughter

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/gen...ksins-daughter
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Old Mar 24, 19, 3:49 am
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Originally Posted by restlessinRNO View Post
This is starting to get serious. The Conrad Bangkok informs me that no alcohol will be served "in all public places" from 6pm 3/23 to 6pm 3/24, and this includes the executive lounge!
I'm currently at the TG Royal Silk Lounge D1, and fortunately alcohol ban does not seem to apply here.
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Old Mar 26, 19, 3:28 am
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Air Asia apologises for its “Get off in Thailand” promotion

AirAsia has now apologised following an advertising campaign using the phrase “Get off in Thailand” was posted around the city of Brisbane to promote the airline’s direct route to Bangkok.


Air Asia apologises for its ?Get off in Thailand? promotion
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Old Mar 29, 19, 2:07 pm
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Hopefully this doesn't venture too far into OMNI territory. Recent article in The Economist regarding the aftermath of the 2019 Thai elections, entitled After an ineptly rigged election, Thailand's junta will cling to power.

The final sentence of the article gave me a chuckle: "Thailand’s junta, it seems, cannot organise a rigged election in a dictatorship."

https://www.economist.com/asia/2019/...cling-to-power
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Old Mar 29, 19, 5:45 pm
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"Piss up in a brewery" comes to mind. But they are getting better, just another Constitution (Ver. 32 now) or three should do the trick.

Shades of Field Marshall Thanom and General Suchinda. Hopefully, this experiment in Thai "Democracy" ends better?


AUTHORITARIAN SPECTER AWAITS POST-ELECTION THAILAND: HISTORIAN

Authoritarian Specter Awaits Post-Election Thailand: Historian
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Old Apr 2, 19, 10:59 pm
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Half suspect the Future Foward party will fall off a balcony this weekend.

Post-election mop up.

Rumors abound that the Powers that Be are most fearful of the younger generations, like the Future Forward party.


FUTURE FORWARD LEADER HIT WITH SEDITION CHARGE

Future Forward Leader Hit With Sedition Charge
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Old Apr 9, 19, 8:17 am
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Thailand Tourists Threatened With Death Penalty Over Airplane Selfies

https://viewfromthewing.boardingarea...plane-selfies/

Any behavior that causes disturbances to landing aircraft and endangers passengers faces severe punishment under the Air Navigation Act. “The maximum penalty is the death sentence,” added [deputy Phuket airport chief Wichit Kaeothaithiam].
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Old Apr 10, 19, 8:15 am
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Fire at Centara [email protected] Hotel at Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong Intersection - 3 dead

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Old Apr 11, 19, 9:06 am
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Going to Bangkok in November for 5 nights - What brand hotel is most recommended? I have an Amex Plat so i have gold status with most of the major brands. Hilton seems like a good choice to get free breakfast everyday - but less desirable location. Marriott's seem to be more spread out and ranked best on TripAdvisor - but i won't get free breakfast each morning as only gold not plat with them. Thanks for help in advance
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Old Apr 15, 19, 11:38 pm
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Sad news

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47936101

Canadian tourist dies after Thailand zipline wire snaps

This is the same place that was closed (for a while) in 2016 after another accident.
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Hopefully this doesn't venture too far into OMNI territory.
Sorry to ask a very basic question despite having been a member here for a few years. What is OMNI? I've seen multiple references to it, and from the contexts I understand it represents something out of policy, but I just can't find what the heck it exactly stands for.
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Old Apr 22, 19, 3:44 pm
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Sorry to ask a very basic question despite having been a member here for a few years. What is OMNI? I've seen multiple references to it, and from the contexts I understand it represents something out of policy, but I just can't find what the heck it exactly stands for.
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One of the more disgusting pieces of news I've seen :(

News around Thailand & South East Asia - Thai Stock MarketWoman held for forcing five-year-old daughter into prostitution
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News around Thailand & South East Asia - Thai Stock Market"A man parked his brand new Mercedes-Benz in the middle of the busy Ratchaprasong intersection on Wednesday evening, dropped a bag of cobras on the street...................
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