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  1. 7-Eleven To Sell Cans Of Thai Craft Beer

    It's a shame really that Thailand insists on granting a virtual monopoly to the manufacturers of the crap that passes for beer here and throttling domestic manufacturing of good quality craft beer. My understanding is that craft brewers have to export their beer and re-import it paying the ridiculous tariffs instead of selling it directly in Thailand. It makes the pricing ridiculous. It wouldn't be so bad if the major manufacturers would produce a decent ale, stout or porter. But they have no interest in that and the powers that be don't seem to want any challenge to their monopoly. The rise in craft brewing in North America was one of the greatest things to happen there. There are thousands of little breweries experimenting with different recipes and holding expositions to compete. A beer festival in Thailand. Leo, Singh's, Chang. What you like!
  2. But in bizarro land, if I remember correctly, you cannot sit in the back of a cab but if you install seats in the truck bed as in songthaews its OK to sit there. Maybe I'll tie a plastic chair to the bed and have the kid sit there. Makes as much sense of the police seeming to only require the driver of a motorcycle to wear a helmet while the 3 passengers are fine without one. I'd like to see numbers for the number of people who died in the back seat of a pickup compared to all those who died in the back seat of minibuses driven by lunatics. Doubtless there needs to be serious consideration given to road safety. But this a strange place to start.
  3. Moving to Cha Am in the New Year.

    Depends on budget etc. Have a friend right now renting a townhouse near the hospital for 4000B. Some others come for the winter and rent hotel rooms near the beach for 10-20,000. I much prefer Chaam to Hua Hin. Its quieter, cheaper etc. But not much nightlife and I keep waiting for a Makro or something like it to open.
  4. New legislation Smoke-Free along the beach

    I was just thinking I was sorry for not taking a photo in Chaam yesterday. It is disgusting following the weekend Bangkok day trips. And they're worried about cigarette butts!
  5. Every Wednesday they close the seating areas to clean up the beach. It seems to have gotten very bad in the last few days. No, they don't clean it. And you could count the number of foreigners on the beach recently on one hand. When they do come they usually sit on the rental seats and the renters are usually pretty good about giving you a container to put your garbage and butts in. But on Mondays after the weekend "mat" parties there is bottles, plastic, food containers etc. If they are going to actually have police on the beach just start fining people who leave their trash and walk away. There is no need to get all heavy handed on what you can do. But there needs to be a sense of responsibility instilled. Come, enjoy and then clean up your mess.
  6. Cool. Now when they arrest somebody for having a beer or a smoke they can check down his swim suit and nail him for no underwear and maybe even failing to have his passport. Ka-ching!
  7. Good, have the "litter" police on beaches. Since I don't believe it is the smoking that is the issue but the cigarette butts, then use those upright guardians of the law that are being assigned to the beaches for this to monitor everything. If you put down a picnic mat and leave Styrofoam food containers, plastic bags and bottles and glass bottles in your wake then you should be fined relative to your pollution. Cigarette butt...2000 baht. Plastic bag.......4000 baht. Plastic bottle...10,000 baht. Food in Styrofoam...7500 baht. Horse droppings.....1000 per kilo. Collect all those fines and use the money to buy sealed garbage containers and pay people to empty them regularly. Never going to happen. When I've went swimming around there it wasn't cigarette butts that were a big problem but all the other crap the tide washes out. And mentioning this to several falang who live in the HH area, they said there are people who walk the beaches and clean up on a volunteer basis. Most of them aren't Thai. I used to smoke. I'd put the butt out and dump it in the garbage bin if I was on the beach. I did the same with any other garbage I produced. Its not a difficult thing to master. It disgusts me after a Thai holiday to look at the garbage that is left on the beach. Just roll up the mat and leave everything there. I've said for a long time they need police monitoring and fining people who do this, at least until it becomes ingrained that it is unacceptable. Smokers aren't the big problem, but if it leads to policing those people who think it is OK to leave their trash on the beach it might actually be a good thing.
  8. Made the mistake of stopping for a pedestrian in HH once. He was nearly killed when he, wrongly, assumed the other lane would stop. Its like stopping for a motorbike already in a roundabout. Its the right thing to do but there'll probably be a dead motorcyclist if he assumes everyone will apply the rules of the road.
  9. "It's for health reasons". So the alcoholic drink recommended by my doctor to the wife and I for high cholesterol (red wine )receives the biggest tax increase. The most dangerous, modified diesel fuel (Lao Khao) gets the smallest. Since most Thai drinkers I know will drink more LK and less beer if beer gets too expensive and never drink wine at all, I suspect I know the targets of this tax increase. Those of us that live here will have to make do with whatever is imposed. Tourists are a different matter. I am hearing glowing reports about Vietnam. Apparently some areas have massive influxes of Russians. Raising "sin taxes" will have one inevitable outcome. It will drive away the "sinners". I doubt there are enough high spending Chinese or top end tourists to substitute. And I assume even those will start heading to cheaper, cleaner places. There are multiple places globally that can now offer what Thailand used to, cheap, safe, clean holidays. But for western tourists, it is still a long flight. And flying the same amount of time can usually lead to somewhere that is at least equivalent to a Thai vacation. If it becomes considerably less expensive that will be their choice.
  10. Remarkable. A couple of young people have a horrendous accident on a treacherous mountain road and this turns into Thai bashing. As a Canadian, I've travelled on these types of roads and seen numerous accidents. Including many by professional drivers. On the old Whistler highway I turned a corner to find some moron in my lane. I was fortunate enough to have enough room to get between him and the cliff face. If the travel direction had been reversed I'd have a choice of a head on collusion or a 200 foot drop. These roads are dangerous for anyone and sometimes there is nothing you can do to avoid an accident.
  11. This is not a uniquely Thai problem. Over the last few decades, government regulation authorities have handed off oversight of maintenance adherence and inspection to the airlines themselves as a cost cutting measure. The airlines are supposed to adhere to all existing regulations but, not surprisingly, they tend to bend the rules themselves as a way of cutting cost. Then when government inspectors do check, they find the discrepancies. It is not necessarily even maintenance standards, but things like storage of dangerous goods. Its a highly regulated industry and its not hard to run afoul of the rules. When we had a contract for Jet Blue maintenance we had to fumigate all their aircraft prior to allowing them in the hangar because they had a rat problem on a couple. Something you'd never even consider when thinking about aircraft maintenance.
  12. 'Boss' outruns another charge

    42 years for financial fraud. 35 years for a FB post. 30 years for picking mushrooms. Up to 10 years for killing a policeman?
  13. Glad, for their families that they were able to recover the bodies. The US is probably the best in the world at these sort of operations. And they have enormous resources. So this must have been incredibly difficult. In a narrow ravine and water that was flowing that fast the primary obligation is to make sure that no one in the recovery crew dies. So, kudos to everyone involved for getting this done safely.
  14. After market auto parts

    That's good to know.
  15. After market auto parts

    Yes, thank you. So there are some shops like this in Bangkok. I didn't realize this. Having been around some of the bigger cities outside of Bangkok, I had just never seen them. So, I have been in the parts supply chain business for a few decades. I was just wondering then if it works in Bangkok why wouldn't there be regional outlets? Too old to even think about this, but it would seem to be a decent business idea.
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