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Qatar Airways Have Discovered The Pattaya The Tourism Dept Have Always Dreamed Of

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Qatar Airways are one of the worlds fastest growing airlines who love to talk numbers, with a fleet of more than 200 aircraft traveling to over 150 global destinations with around 46,000 employees making sure millions of passengers get to where they are going.

So you can imagine my surprise when @MulletFarm on Twitter pointed out to me how the qatarairways.com website describes Pattaya ahead of the new service to U-Tapao International Airport commencing 28th January 2018:

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Off-the-beaten-what? Backpackers? Dusty roads? Where is this Pattaya Qatar Airways speak of?

A few more clues might help…

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The “real” Thailand?

Well, the “real” Thailand according to American movies that make the place out to be one big brothel maybe and the only ancient way of life that springs to mind in Pattaya is the world’s oldest profession which if intended, this was really clever copy.

But I doubt that to be the case. No, what we have here is fluff written by someone with a serious hangover in an office thousands of miles away who hasn’t got a bloody clue.

For a company that likes to boast about numbers, perhaps HR should stick a couple of zeros on the end of their copywriters cheque so they aren’t paying peanuts to monkeys to write this drivel.

In the meantime, the big wigs at the Tourism Department can sit back and dream this is how it really is down there in Sin City but I imagine those dreams will be short lived and the blurb on qatarairways.com will be in for an update, sooner rather than later.

Photo Credit: qatarairways.com

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Temporary Immigration Office At Muang Thong Thani Reopening July 13

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Temporary Immigration Office At Muang Thong Thani Reopening July 13

The temporary immigration office at the Central Investigation Bureau, inside its compound at Muang Thong Thani, will reopen on Monday 13th July under orders from the bureau chief Lt-Gen Sompong Chingduang.

The update comes as many wait on news on the visa amnesty which expires at the end of July.

The temporary facility will ease crowding at Government Complex on Chaeng Watthana Road where the Immigration Bureau’s Division 1 is based.

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90 Day Reporting, Alien’s Residing Report (TM38) and Tourist Visa Extensions (30-day stamp) will be moved to the building in Muang Thong Thani from July 13.

The temporary office will ease congestion and allow social distancing in queues to control the spread of COVID-19.

It first opened in March but closed when the government introduced the visa amnesty for foreigners stranded in Thailand due to travel bans around the world caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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African Arrested Over Alleged Rape Of Teenager

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African Arrested Over Alleged Rape Of Teenager

A 58-year-old man from Guinea has been arrested for allegedly raping a teenage girl at a motel in the Phya Thai area of Bangkok earlier this week.

Mamady Keita was picked up outside a McDonald’s in Bang Rak after a 17-year-old girl filed a report with police she’d been sexually assaulted and robbed by an African man.

An investigation uncovered that Keita works as a ruby trader in the Silom area often going by the name “Michael”. He was tracked using CCTV footage to the fast-food restaurant where he was arrested.

His victim alleges she was approached and asked for direction before small talk led to the exchange of phone numbers and chat app details.

Keita later contacted the teenager offering her a job and a new smartphone.

A meeting was set to discuss the proposal and the pair went to a motel paid for by money allegedly stolen from the victims purse.

Thai media report similar allegation have been made in the past with the suspect matching the description of the attacker.

Keita now faces charges of abducting an individual over 15 but under 18 years old, rape and theft.

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New Immigration Website Launched

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New Immigration Website Launched

The Immigration Bureau has launched a new website design improving usability with a more simplified layout in both Thai and English.

The new layout comes with news, announcements and links for online services such as TM47 and TM30 reporting plus information on the QR code appointment booking system.

New Immigration Website Launched

The updated website is still lacking when it comes to English language in graphics and text even when switching from Thai.

A handy map is now available of all immigration centres across the country making it easier for tourists to locate the nearest bureau.

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