Thailand Time Machine: A look back at this week LAST year in top Thai news: Phuket Sandbox announced, Koh Larn reopens, Businesses protest to reopen, and more

The following is a weekly feature article looking at this same time period LAST year in Pattaya and Thailand news.

This weekly feature takes a look back at news from the same period last year (and sometimes different time windows, such as six months or three months) to see how things have changed, follow up on the progression of stories, as well as look at potentially broken promises or things that didn’t take place as promised in Pattaya and Thailand.

As we publish dozens of stories a week this is a quick way for people to take a look at what the biggest stories were a year ago, as chosen by our editorial team, and how they impact us today and relate to current news. They are in no particular order of importance, however, are roughly in order of publication.

This week, we cover the second full week of June 2021, from Sunday, June 13th, 2021, to Saturday, June 19th, 2021.

Let’s take a look!

1.  Phuket Sandbox confirmed to begin

Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha confirmed that Phuket will be the first destination in Thailand to reopen to vaccinated foreign tourists without quarantine requirements from 1 July 2021, under the ‘Phuket Sandbox’ project. Now, a full year later, the whole country finally reopens with no Thailand Pass, etc. on July 1, 2022.

Press Release: Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha confirms ‘Phuket Sandbox’ is starting 1 July 2021

Phuket International Airport runs training prior to full dress rehearsal to welcome vaccinated foreign tourists prior to “Phuket Sandbox” island reopening

2. Koh Larn reopens after extended Covid-19 closures

The island closed and reopened multiple times during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Koh Larn reopens today for visitors after weeks of Covid-19 related closures, ferries and boats schedules

Video news: Koh Larn reopens for tourists and visitors today, but morning rain deters many

3.  Pattaya aims to fix flooding by railway on the Dark Side

Well, it’s still not fixed.

Pattaya city to move forward with major drainage project intended to fix flooding by Pattaya railway

4. Peaceful protest by Chonburi business owners helps drive the re-opening of their venues

A peaceful protest by Chonburi business owners came just before the Chonburi Governor Phakarathorn Teanchai ordered the re-opening of some venues.

Peaceful protest by Chonburi business owners helps drive the re-opening of their venues

5. Thai Restaurant Association urges the Prime Minister to allow full restaurant openings and distribute urgent financial remedies

The Thai Restaurant Association urged the Prime Minister to allow a full restaurant opening, including extending the opening hours until midnight and fully allowing dine-in, in four highly strict and controlled areas, namely Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, and Samut Prakan.

Thai Restaurant Association urges the Prime Minister to allow full restaurant openings and distribute urgent financial remedies

6. Thai Prime Minister aims for full country reopening for vaccinated foreign tourists within 120 days

This did, sort of, happen, albeit with Thailand Pass.

Thai Prime Minister aims for full country reopening for vaccinated foreign tourists within 120 days

7. Enormous phallus built by Chachoengsao villagers on local road for religious ceremony breaking under sun and rain

This article went viral.

Enormous phallus built by Chachoengsao villagers on local road for religious ceremony breaking under sun and rain

8. Night entertainment industry representatives submits petition to Thai government, urging alcohol reselling and business reopening by July 1st

Unfortunately, the ban was not dropped until December.

Night entertainment industry representatives submits petition to Thai government, urging alcohol reselling and business reopening by July 1st

Pattaya bar beer operators urging government to open for foreign tourists and to relax closure measures for entertainment sector or to provide significant financial aid

9. Thai Covid-19 Center announces relaxation of Covid-19 preventive measures nationwide, particularly in dark red zones provinces

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced the relaxation of Covid-19 preventive measures nationwide, particularly in the four highest strict and controlled provinces (dark red), namely Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi, and Pathum Thani, effective Monday, June 21st.

Thai Covid-19 Center announces relaxation of Covid-19 preventive measures nationwide, particularly in dark red zones provinces

 

Mr. Adam Judd is the Co-owner of TPN media since December 2017. He is originally from Washington D.C., America, but has also lived in Dallas, Sarasota, and Portsmouth. His background is in retail sales, HR, and operations management, and has written about news and Thailand for many years. He has lived in Pattaya for over eight years as a full-time resident, is well known locally and been visiting the country as a regular visitor for over a decade. His full contact information, including office contact information, can be found on our Contact Us page below. Stories please e-mail Pattayanewseditor@gmail.com About Us: https://thepattayanews.com/about-us/ Contact Us: https://thepattayanews.com/contact-us/