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Half as serious and less / The lip sync bossom song.
« Last post by Baby Farts on November 20, 2017, 12:15:09 PM »
I'm still trying to figure out wtf inspired this.

จียอน - แตงโมจินตหรา | Lip Sync Battle Thailand
Expat News / Re: Who really will have the last laugh
« Last post by Taman Tun on November 20, 2017, 10:42:48 AM »
Who will really have the last laugh?  Well, it has to be the expat.  For those who stay behind for a life of long commutes, bad weather  and high prices they have the expensive care homes to look forward to.  GBP 36,000 a year and rising fast:-

link updated by thaiga
Jim Thompson Farm 3 Dec 2016 - YouTube

Jim Thompson Farm Tour 2017 opens December 2

There’s nothing like a few days out on the farm…

The annual Jim Thompson Farm Tour will run from December 2, 2017 to January 7, 2018 with a theme of “Rushing Water – Life Force of Isan”, which aims to help visitors discover the story of water and its significance in the region’s culture, traditions and ways of life while they enjoy the picturesque natural surroundings of Jim Thompson Farm.

Coinciding with the opening on December 2 is a day of walking, running and fun runs. A Half Marathon (21 km) will start at 5 a.m., a Mini Marathon (10 km) at 6 a.m., and a Fun Run (5 km) and Walk-Run (1.5 km) both get under way at 6.10 a.m.

The Jim Thompson Farm Tour is an agro and eco tourist attraction offering some unique Thai local experiences. Attractions and activities include the picturesque pink cosmos field, the giant pumpkin patch and colourful flower field, ‘Jim Village’ where visitors can have a go at the silk production processes of the renowned Jim Thompson brand, and ‘Jim Market’ for vegetables, fruit, pot flowers and fresh produce shopping.

Travel Tips

Located in Pak Thong Chai district of Nakhon Ratchasima province, Jim Thompson Farm’s opening hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Farm Tour tickets are 150 Baht for adults and 100 Baht for children on weekdays and 180 Baht and 140 Baht respectively on weekends, if bought from Thaiticketmajor.

For tickets bought at Jim Thompson Farm the price is 180 Baht for adults and 130 Baht for children on weekdays, and 220 Baht and 160 Baht on weekends.

Ticket prices for the races on December 2 are 850 Baht for the Walk-Run, Fun Run or Mini Marathon and 950 Baht for the Half Marathon. This includes a Jim Thompson admission ticket, versatile fabric, running shirt, cloth bag and finisher shirt (exclusive for the Half Marathon).

For more information, please visit:

The Nation

Poor really are getting poorer in Thailand


THE POOR are getting poorer, while the rich are getting richer due to the government’s policy approach to welfare and social enterprise, according to academics who presented at a seminar on civil state policy held at Thammasat University yesterday.

 Official statistics show a trend in which the rich tend to get more benefit from the government’s policies than the poor, which is in sharp contrast to the policy’s intent to fight poverty, said Decharut Sukkumnoed, an economics professor at Kasetsart University.

 Decharut cited statistics from Office of the National Economics and Social Development Board, which indicated that the number of people below the poverty line increased by nearly 20 per cent in 2015-2016.

Some 5.81 million people lived in poverty last year, defined as having an income below Bt2,920 per month.

“From the statistics, we also found that the number of poor people is on the rise, because the daily expenses of the poor, especially food prices, are increasing.

“But on the other hand their income is getting lower, especially the income of poor people in the agriculture sector,” he told the seminar, sponsored by the People’s Party for Freedom.

In comparison, said Decharut, statistics showed “the richest group of people in Thai society … have increasing income, especially after the coup three years ago”.

Decharut warned that this phenomenon indicated a serious problem in Thai society.

It clearly shows a structural problem in society and that the civil state policies are making the situation worse, he said.

He said the civil state system allowed big conglomerates, which compose the highest income group of society, to get more economic benefit than do the poor from the government’s projects intended to help the poor.

The policy is giving the rich an opportunity to take advantage of the poor, he said.

 Another academic, Surawit Wannakrairoj, a professor from Faculty of Agriculture of Kasetsart University, pointed to the civil state’s farming policy as an illustration of what is wrong. The policy intends to modernise Thailand’s agriculture and boost farmer incomes, he said.

In practice, however, many policies and laws, such as the big plantation policy or Plant Varieties Protection Act, are instead helping big conglomerates in the agriculture sector to tighten their grip on farmers and force them to use only the conglomerate’s supplies.

Decharut said that welfare does not much help the poor. The government is now facing its biggest budget deficits in modern history, accounting for up to 23 per cent of its total revenues.

He said the government budget was over-spending on many items instead of diverting more funds to help the poor.

One of the key policies championed by the government is to help low-income people whose annual earnings are less than Bt100,000 per year.

A social welfare card system was recently introduced for a total of more than 11 million people nationwide who had earlier registered to get state benefits.

These cardholders are entitled to subsidies on purchases of necessary goods at government-sponsored retail shops as well as free but limited public transport on Bangkok’s Skytrains, subway and buses among other benefits.

Those earning less than Bt30,000 per year will also get vocational training to increase their opportunities to get better jobs as a means to tackle poverty in the long run.

The Nation
Expat News / Who really will have the last laugh
« Last post by thaiga on November 19, 2017, 12:25:37 PM »
like this guy - Do Expats of Thailand get an undeserved stigma?

Do Expats of Thailand get an undeserved stigma?
Korat News / Re: Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima high-speed railway to begin in December
« Last post by thaiga on November 18, 2017, 10:08:18 PM »
Construction of Thai-Chinese high-speed railway to begin in December

The Transport Ministry is confident the construction of the 3.5-kilometre section of the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway between Klang Dong – Pang Asok stations in Nakhon Ratchasima province will begin in December since the environmental impact assessment report for it has been completed, Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said.

The construction of the 3.5-km section of the railway between Klang Dong and Pang Asok stations in Nakhon Ratchasima has been delayed because the EIA report is still pending approval, Mr Arkhom said after a meeting of the committee on the management of the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway project on Wednesday (Nov 15).

The railway’s first phase will connect Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima, with the second phase linking Nakhon Ratchasima and Nong Khai.

Mr Arkhom said the EIA report has been sent to the Office of the Natural Resources and Environment Policy and Planning for consideration for the 7th time and a representative of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment said it is already completed.

It is believed the EIA report will be forwarded to a cabinet meeting in November and the construction will start in mid-December, he said.

An exact date cannot yet be given, pending a joint meeting with the Chinese counterpart on Nov 24, he added.

As for the 2nd-4th sections of the Bangkok – Nakhon Ratchasima phase, the Chinese side has been asked to send the designs in six months and the bidding for the construction of two other sections are expected to be called in the first quarter of next year.

Four subcommittees to expedite the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway project have also been set up to supervise the implementation and the development of the rail system, and to lay down plans for the transfer of technology and the provision of passengers for the high-speed train.

The first two subcommittees will be chaired by the deputy transport minister and the 3rd by an assistant to the transport minister.  The chairman of the 4th subcommittee has not yet been fixed.
General Discussions / Re: Social media clips - evil people
« Last post by thaiga on November 18, 2017, 08:55:47 PM »
There are some evil people in this world, the old lady in the dark glasses is partially deaf and blind yet watch the lady top left steals 8,000 bht from her bag in a bangkok hospital waiting room.


Transport & Traffic / Re: Driving in thailand - left for dead
« Last post by thaiga on November 18, 2017, 08:39:29 PM »
Chiang Mai daughter begs, Find the driver who left my dad for dead

ลูกสาววอนโซเชียล ล่ากระบะใจเหี้ยมขับมักง่ายตัดหน้าจยย.ชนสนั่น ทับร่างคนขี่แล้วหนี
Korat News / Former nurse arrested for alleged abortion services in Nakhon Ratchasima
« Last post by thaiga on November 18, 2017, 08:29:22 PM »
Former nurse arrested for alleged abortion services in Nakhon Ratchasima

Police have arrested a former nurse for allegedly running an illegal abortion clinic in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Mueang district.

Police from the Pho Klang police station arrested Suwanna K, 56, at 9.30pm Thursday night at her apartment room in a sting operation.

Police planned the arrest after having earlier arrested a man for selling abortion pills. The man said he bought the drug from Suwanna.

Police had a female informant contact Suwanna, telling her that she wanted to end her two-month pregnancy. Suwanna agreed to perform the abortion for Bt7,000.

When the informant went to Suwanna’s room for a meeting, police arrested the former nurse and found drug and tools used for performing abortions.

Suwanna admitted to using her nursing knowledge to help women end their unwanted pregnancies for over 10 years. She said she charged Bt5,000 to Bt45,000 depending on the length of pregnancy.

The Nation
World of Music / Re: catchy thai tunes ♫ ♪
« Last post by thaiga on November 18, 2017, 08:17:14 PM »
Thai well almost thai - lao, not sure if i liked it but watched it twice  ;D
Lumyai is back and this time her golden hot pants and crop top have caused an international furor.

ปลาค่อใหญ่ไวอะกร้า ศิลปิน เจริญพันธุ์ พระขรรค์ใหญ่ ลำไย ไหทองคำ
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