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  1. From The Thaiger Train travel between Bangkok and Beijing is moving closer to reality as Thailandgears up to expand its rail network. This new venture promises to transform travel and trade in the region, connecting major cities in Thailand, Laos, and China. The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) announced a trial service between Bangkok and Vientiane, the capital of Laos, on July 13 and 14. According to SRT spokesperson Ekarat Sriarayanphong, this link will enhance transportation between the two countries and pave the way for a seamless rail journey to China. The new route will allow passengers to travel from Bangkok to Beijing via stops in Vientiane and Kunming in southern China, where a semi-high-speed service to Beijing is available. Covering approximately 2,000 miles (3,218 kilometres) through mountainous terrain, the journey will take almost a full day. In contrast, a direct flight takes under five hours. However, the scenic and economic benefits of train travel are expected to outweigh the longer journey time. Currently, a high-speed train operates between China and Laos, significantly reducing freight delivery times to China. What used to take two days by truck now takes just 15 hours by train, according to a report by Nikkei. This efficiency boost is a game-changer for Thai exporters.
  2. From The Thaiger In a dramatic comeback, paroled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatrapledged to reclaim all parliamentary seats in Nonthaburi Province from the Move Forward Party (MFP), setting the stage for a fierce political battle. Thaksin, without directly naming the MFP, made his intentions clear. “In the last General Election, all Parliament seats in Nonthaburi were taken from us, but we will win them back. It is our mission, and we have to do it for the country.” Historically, Nonthaburi, an adjacent province to Bangkok, had been a fortress for Thaksin’s political influence through his now-defunct Thai Rak Thai Party and the subsequently established Pheu Thai Party. However, in last May’s General Election, the MFP managed a clean sweep, capturing all eight House seats in the province.
  3. Correct. Keeping cabin cooler can reduce fuel burn so tempting for some carriers to lower temps on long hauls.
  4. From Thai PBS World An army colonel has been transferred and placed under an investigation after he allegedly charged each new conscript, attached to the medical battalion of the Second Army Region, 500 baht per month for septic tank emptying. Lt-Gen Adul Boonthamcharoen, commander of the Second Army Region, said today that the information in social media, claiming that conscripts are made to pay numerous expenses which are deducted from their monthly pay, including the Bt500 septic tank service fee, is partially true, adding however that he has ordered an investigation into the matter. He said that the commander of the medical battalion, Colonel Atchawin Akkapin, had been transferred to assist with work at the Second Army Region headquarters, pending the outcome of the probe. Lt Gen Adul said that there are more than 200 new conscripts and the army has never charged them a septic tank emptying service fee. He added that the reports in social media have tainted the image of the army. Jirayu Huangsap, spokesman for the Defence Ministry, meanwhile, said that new conscripts are being charged. He explained, however, that there are about 35 conscripts attached to the medical battalion and they were sent to the logistics battalion for training, with about 100 other conscripts there, and were charged the service fees. The Royal Thai Army issued a statement today, however, claiming that no army units demand utility fees from conscripts.
  5. From Thailand News Agency Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt has announced a suspension of the pet market operations after the fire on Tuesday killed over 5,000 animals. Governor Chadchart announced a suspension of market operations. The State Railway must seek permission from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration before reopening, and vendors must obtain approval to resume pet trading. He expressed deep regret over the incident, noting that the market, which had been selling pets for over 20 years, had recently renewed its lease. The fire resulted in damage to 118 shops, with another 15 partially affected, and the death of over 5,000 animals, including 3,500 fish, 37 dogs, 2 monkeys, 1,382 birds, 30 squirrels, 100 turtles, 25 cats, 10 raccoons, and 217 chickens, among others. In response to the governor’s announcement, the Animal Welfare Network of Thailand, through Roger Lohanun of the Thai Animal Guardinas Association, submitted a letter with three urgent requests: a swift investigation into the fire, improvement of the pet market’s infrastructure to ensure safety and fire prevention with an oversight committee, and stricter enforcement of existing animal welfare laws and regulations.
  6. KK massage offering 250 bht promotion on one-hour session today.
  7. Why stop there, Mac. You’re obviously on a roll toward faggots, fairies, poofs and pansies. Before you know you’ll be empowering the pre-Stonewall bashers under the banner of more colorful writing.
  8. From The Thaiger evere monsoon storms and heavy rains have led to significant erosion along Na Jomtien Beach, causing safety concerns for beachgoers and tourists. Authorities from the Pattaya Harbor Office and Na Jomtien Municipality inspected the affected area and are moving quickly to address the situation. The Director of the Pattaya Harbor Office, Ekkarach Kantharo, explained that the erosion is a natural result of the strong winds and waves typical of Thailand’s monsoon season. The affected area along Na Jomtien Beach spans 2.8 kilometres and is directly connected to the sea, making it particularly vulnerable to the influx of rain during this period. The Harbour Department confirms that the erosion from the intense monsoon has caused an immense loss of sand to the 1-kilometre section of the beach that was already previously reinforced by the department.
  9. Consider the definition of “hag: an ugly, slatternly, or evil-looking old woman a female demon an evil or frightening spirit It’s devoid of humor and intended only to degrade others—women in this case—of their dignity. But at least you find yourself in the Trump camp if that’s any consolation.
  10. Agree that Vietnam would be a finer choice but you’ll find accommodations (especially in Ho Chi Minh City) can frequently be higher than in Thailand’s major cities.
  11. Body-to-body is not uncommon in Bangkok at all in my experience. Have had it in every category of shop I’ve been to.
  12. A whore like me pays others to do that stuff.
  13. Hags? You seem to have a serious problem with anything to do with women. The owner of the shop is a woman but no females work there.. I visit there weekly and a bit more familiar with it than you, Mac. FYI, there’s a female shop close by Best Massage and you obviously have them confused.
  14. To quote singer at Dreamboy last night, “hey, big spender, spend a little time with me.” 🙂
  15. And while you’re at Silom Plaza, check out the offerings at all-male Best Massage on the first floor level (right rear).
  16. Let’s hope guys don’t apply same SOP to us.
  17. NOTE — Polysexuality is a sexual orientation, where a person feels attracted to many, but not all genders. Polysexuality is not to be confused with pansexuality, where a person feels attraction towards all genders, or with bisexuality, where a person feels attraction towards only two genders. Wikipedia From The Nation Thanks to its friendly environment, high acceptance and widely positive attitude towards LGBTQIA+, Thailand stands out as the world’s leading destination for polysexual people, not just tourists but also entrepreneurs or investors, bringing huge opportunities for the kingdom to thrive. This firm belief was reinforced on Sunday, when Borderless.lgbt, the world’s first dedicated health and wellness cloud, announced the launch of “Pink Plus Economy”, a new initiative focusing on an ecosystem to support LGBTQIA+ communities in Thailand in terms of living, family planning and retirement. The move, supported by Thailand Privilege, a state-owned enterprise dedicated to long-term visas, was expected to create new opportunities and developments in various LGBTQIA+-related business sectors. The group’s confidence in Thailand stems from its National Legislative Assembly’s recent legalisation of same-sex marriage, as well as upcoming policies to support LGBTQIA family planning in Thailand. The legislation is awaiting senators’ votes. If approved, Thailand will become the third nation in Asia to allow same-sex marriage, following Taiwan and Nepal. Wei Siang Yu, chairman and founder of Borderless Healthcare Group, expressed his excitement about the upcoming Thailand same-sex marriage bill. He pointed out that the bill will position the kingdom as a major centre for global DE&I (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) initiatives. He explained that the Pink Plus Economy has evolved from the Pink Economy, with new developments in inclusive medical tourism, retirement living, family planning support, pink tech incubation, and pink film virtual production in Thailand. Yu encouraged all Thais and international LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurs to join the group’s supportive Pink Plus Economy programmes, noting that the group expects to be the central platform for working LBGTQIA+ around the world while also facilitating their access to better work-life balance here in Thailand. Continues at https://www.gayguides.com/forums/forum/3-gay-thailand/?do=add
  18. From The Nation Passengers on a Qatar Airways flight heading to Doha on Monday nearly suffocated after the plane’s air-conditioning system stopped working while it was waiting to take off. Among the passengers on flight QR204 were 49 members of Thailand’s national Muay Thai team, staffers and reporters who were returning home from Athens after participating in the IFMA Senior World Championships 2024. The tournament was held from May 31 to June 10 at Dimitris Tofalos National Indoor Sports Hall in Patras, Greece. After being stuck in the stifling heat for three hours without any notification or explanation from the airline, the captain eventually decided to let passengers off the plane, a source said. Some passengers reportedly suffered a nosebleed, while others relied on oxygen masks to help with breathing, the source added. A physical confrontation also nearly broke out between passengers and flight crew during the incident. Smoke was seen emitting from the aircraft’s rear while it was waiting to take off, prompting airport officials to put fire trucks on standby in case of fire. The source said passengers had not been given any information on the situation by the airline or crew. Muay Thai athlete Thananchai Sitsongpeenong told reporters that he only spotted the smoke after he got off the plane. “I consider myself lucky to have survived this,” he said, adding that he and other passengers were practically melting in the sauna-like heat on board.
  19. From The Nation More than 1,000 pets and ornamental fish were reportedly killed after fire broke out in Chatuchak Market in Bangkok in the early hours of Tuesday (June 11). The fire ignited at 4.30am, burning all 118 stores in Sri Somrat Market, which is considered Chatuchak Market’s pet zone. Animals affected by the fire included dogs, cats, rabbits, snakes, birds, Siamese fighting fish, and chickens. No people were injured during the incident. More than 10 water trucks were deployed to the scene. Firefighters took about an hour to distinguish the flames. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire. Meanwhile, Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt has instructed officials to assist victims of the incident. He also invited people to purchase pets at the market to help retailers there. An unidentified guard at the bird shop told the press that the fire broke out while she was watching over rare birds on the mezzanine floor. She heard the cries of animals but faced difficulties breathing so ran outside. She also claimed that cockatoos are the most expensive birds costing 30,000 baht each, adding that the shop owner was on his way to assess the damage. Continues with photos https://www.nationthailand.com/news/general/40038710
  20. From Thai PBS World Singapore Airlines said Tuesday it has offered $10,000 compensation to passengers who suffered minor injuries on a flight hit by violent turbulence last month and will discuss higher payouts with those more badly hurt. A 73-year-old British man died and several other passengers and crew onboard flight SQ321 from London suffered skull, brain and spine injuries during the terrifying high-altitude ordeal. The pilots diverted the Singapore-bound Boeing 777-300ER carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew to Bangkok, where the injured were taken to hospitals. In a statement on Tuesday, the airline said it had sent out emails offering US$10,000 in compensation to passengers who sustained minor injuries during the incident. “For those who sustained more serious injuries… we have invited them to discuss a compensation offer to meet each of their specific circumstances when they feel well and ready to do so,” the airline said. “Passengers medically assessed as having sustained serious injuries, requiring long-term medical care, and requesting financial assistance are offered an advance payment of US$25,000 to address their immediate needs. “This will be part of the final compensation that these passengers will receive.” In addition, the carrier said it would refund the airfares of all passengers on the flight, including those who were not injured. “All passengers will also receive delay compensation in accordance with the relevant European Union or United Kingdom regulations,” it said. Under the Montreal Convention, airlines are liable for damgages for the injury or death of passengers while on an airplane. Singapore Airlines earlier gave Sg$1,000 ($740) to each passenger departing Bangkok to their final destination to cover their their immediate expenses. It has also been shouldering the medical expenses of the injured passengers, and had arranged for their family members to fly to Bangkok when it was requested. “SIA remains committed to supporting the affected passengers who were on board SQ321,” the airline said. Singpore’s transport ministry has said a sudden 54-metre (177-foot) altitude drop caused unbelted passengers on the flight to be thrown violently inside the cabin. The aircraft experienced a “rapid change” in gravitational force, or G-force, while the plane was passing over the south of Myanmar, the ministry said citing a preliminary report by Singapore’s Transport Safety Investigation Bureau. The investigation team included experts from the TSIB, the US National Transportation Safety Board, the US Federal Aviation Administration and the plane’s manufacturer Boeing. Agence France-Presse
  21. No experience with any treatments but here’s my anecdotal experience. For me, emotions I experience with individual guys plays a role in how physically aroused I become. I feed off their emotions. I can be with a really hot guy but if he’s not emitting the visual and audio signals, I tend not.to respond physically . But if I’m with your typical guy next door who is displaying emotional involvement, I do get aroused. I know there are physical conditions responsible for ED, but I sense that emotions are a less appreciated component that can trigger physical arousal.
  22. Visited One Spa on a quiet Monday night and learned that management has reassessed its pricing policy (apparently in view of the competition) and reduced the rate for one hour oil to Bht 450, down from 500 announced just last week. A sign at the desk upon entering displays new fees.
  23. It very much remains to be seen of the new dance club (opposite Foodland) will prevail. There are moments when more people are observing the action from outside than there are paying customers within. A few portable food vendors set up nightly on Patpong 2 and some fans bring chairs to watch and listen from across the way. Somehow I suspect the King Castle group is prepared to take it through low season and then reevaluate the concept. If it was up to me I’d turn it into an Italian restaurant specializing in thin crust pizza. Sooner or later those financing new ventures will take a page from the success of Soi 4’s mixed use concept which can already be seen afffecting Patpong 1. You need to broaden the appeal to meet the foot traffic. You already have a good selection of girl and boy bars. You can make them more successful with other options that will drive people into the area. Certainly Banana bar, Jupiter and now Beef are good examples from Soi 4.
  24. Not yet approved for use (according to article). May 14th notice from US CDC regarding vaccines: What You Need to Know CDC recommends the 2023–2024 updated COVID-19 vaccines—Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Novavax—to protect against serious illness from COVID-19. Everyone aged 5 years and older ‡ should get 1 dose of an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against serious illness from COVID-19. Children aged 6 months–4 years may need multiple doses of COVID-19 vaccines to be up to date, including at least 1 dose of updated COVID-19 vaccine. People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may get additional doses of updated COVID-19 vaccine. People aged 65 years and older who received 1 dose of any updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Novavax) should receive 1 additional dose of an updated COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after the previous updated dose. For more Novavax information, click or tap here. COVID-19 vaccine recommendations will be updated as needed. People who are up to date have lower risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 than people who are unvaccinated or who have not completed the doses recommended for them by CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html
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