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Thread: TRAVEL ALERTS AND WARNINGS

  1. #11
    The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), who had previously entered and forced the closure of Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports in Bangkok, have now departed those premises. Airport authorities have begun the process of reopening the airports. Due to the lack of demand and the upcoming reopening of the airports, the Department of State will not be pursuing charter flights at this time.

    As always, please contact the American Citizen Services Unit of U.S. Embassy (contact details below) if you need assistance or information.

    Americans in Thailand, or those with plans to travel to or transit through Thailand, should monitor local media and contact airlines for the latest departure/arrival information. We understand the inconvenience this situation has placed on American travelers to Thailand, and we continue to monitor the situation very closely. It is our understanding from Thai immigration officials that those individuals who have stayed in Thailand beyond the time permitted by their visa due to the airport closures will not face penalties when they depart the country.

    In addition, the following numbers may be helpful for additional information:
    Ministry of Tourism Aid Center: 1414, 02-356-0720, 02-356-0729
    ATTA (Association of Thai Travel Agents): 02-134-4263
    Thai tourist police emergency line: 1155
    Suvarnabhumi International Airport hotline: 02-132-1882, 02-132-1888
    Suvarnabhumi International Airport flight inquiries: 02-132-0000, 02-132-9328-9
    Don Mueang Airport: 02-535-1669
    Don Mueang Flight inquiries: 02-535-1616
    Tourism Authority of Thailand: 02-652-8313-4
    United Airlines Reservations: 02-353-3939, www.united.com
    Northwest/Delta Airlines: 02-660-6999, 02-660-6900, www.nwa.com, www.delta.com

    We wish to remind American citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. American citizens are therefore urged to avoid areas of demonstrations, and to exercise caution within the vicinity of any demonstrations.
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  2. #12
    Happy New Year, and here is our first advisory.

    January 12, 2009

    This warden message alerts U.S. Citizens traveling to and residing in Thailand that tomorrow, January 13, 2009, at approximately 9:00am, a large gathering of demonstrators protesting Israeli and U.S. policies related to the ongoing situation in Gaza is expected to march from
    Lumpini Park to the U.S. Embassy on Wireless Road. The demonstration is expected to conclude at approximately noon.

    When the demonstrators arrive outside the front entrances to the Embassy compounds, the Embassy may be forced to close to visitors. This means that there is a possibility that American Citizen Services may be closed for part or all of the morning hours, even to those who already have an appointment. We will continue to have public hours in the afternoon from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. We will endeavor to help all people who arrive by 2:00pm. We ask Americans to exercise caution if you are going to be in this vicinity or in the area of any demonstrations.

    We wish to remind American citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. American citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any
    demonstrations.
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  3. #13
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    Wow. So, whats with all the beef in bangkok Doc?

    Surely this has got to be deeper than israel vs palestine?
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  4. #14
    It's Thai government in action. Not a problem.

    In the US, we elect a shitty president and we're stuck with him for eight years.

    In Thailand, they have a coup, and put another one in within days.

    Far more efficient.
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    Excellent, sounds like we could learn a thing or two.
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  6. #16
    A new form of local drug abuse in Thailand.

    '8 x 100' sweeps the South

    PHUKET: A new recreational drug cocktail known as “8 x 100”, a direct descendant of the “4 x 100” that came to prominence in 2006, is now sweeping the Deep South, security officials say.

    Thanu Neuang-uthai of the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) for Region 4 said that he had visited many provinces in the region and found that the drug was spreading fast among youths.

    Lt Thanu heads the Region 4 Psychology and Communications Team, which is responsible for dealing with drugs and illegal immigrants in the South.

    The original “4 x 100” used the indigenous krathom leaves (a prohibited stimulant) as one of the major ingredients.

    Since security forces have cracked down on the trade in krathom, youths have moved on to a complex new formula comprising longkong leaves, cola, ya bah (methamphetamines), cough medicine, mosquito repellent, florescent chemicals from tube lights, tobacco and yoghurt, Lt Thanu explained.

    The new mixture, first reported in Songkhla’s Chana District, has since spread widely around the South and has now reached Ranong, Chumphon and Surat Thani. Many youths believe the longkong leaves used in the mixture act as an aphrodisiac, Lt Thanu said.

    There are as yet no known reports of the drug being used in Phuket.

    The original “4 x 100” contained krathom leaves, cough medicine, mosquito repellent coils and cola. The addition of chemicals from florescent lights had previously been reported in some areas.

    Kretek cigarettes from Indonesia, which contain a mixture of cloves and tobacco, are also becoming very popular among young people in the South. Many youths reportedly believe these to act as an aphrodisiac, as well.

    The report also mentioned a trend for getting high off a mysterious powdered drink, called "Ovaldi", in a sachet similar to Ovaltine. It comes from a neighboring country. According to the report, youths in the South burn the powder while still in the plastic sachet until it is completely reduced to ash, and then snort it.

    The report did not say what effects the youths hoped to get through this practice.

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    Local police are "requesting" urine samples from locals and tourists, in the Patong area bars.
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    another good reason to drink beer
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    Gross, thats pretty stupid. Mosquito repellent and chemicals from fluorescent light bulbs? Don't they have weed?
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  9. #19
    Embassy Message
    April 30, 2009
    Subject: Warden Message: H1N1 Influenza A (Swine flu)

    This warden message alerts U.S. citizens to the latest information regarding human cases of H1N1 Influenza A ("swine flu"). As of April 29, the World Health Organization has not reported any cases of H1N1A influenza in Thailand. The Thai government has advised the public to avoid travel to Mexico and certain parts of the U.S. The Thai government is also using thermal scanners to monitor passengers arriving at international airports throughout Thailand.

    For further information about H1N1 influenza, including steps you can take to stay healthy, please consult the following:

    * Department of State information at
    http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_p..._pandemic.html
    * United States Centers for Disease Control website at
    http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/
    * World Health Organization website at
    http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html
    * Thai Department of Disease Control, Bureau of Emerging Infectious Diseases website at http://beid.ddc.moph.go.th/eng/


    For the latest security information, Americans living or traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at <http://travel.state.gov/>, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, and health-information resources can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers in other areas, by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

    American citizens traveling or residing in Thailand are encouraged to register with the Department of State at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/ or with the U.S. Embassy.
    The Embassy is located at 95 Wireless Road in Bangkok. The Embassy website can be visited at http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/embassy/wwc/recent.htm. The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy can be reached by phone at 66-2-205-4049 and by e-mail at ACSBKK@State.gov. The after-hours emergency telephone number is 66-2-205-4000.
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  10. #20
    There have been a rash of deaths here in the Phuket area over the past few weeks. Three individuals have died after experiencing a sudden dysenteric illness characterized by severe vomiting or diarrhea. What made this suspicious was the fact that two of the initial deaths, were from the same hotel on Koh Phi Phi, in fact, they shared adjoining rooms. A third death, and a fourth severe illness was nearby within a close timeframe.

    Now, another death occurred in Patong, Phuket. Same story.

    It's too early to tell what the cause is of this, but it's starting to look less, in my eyes, of an infectious illness such as cholera, and more like a poisoning. It seems that only foreigners are affected, it seems that there are no mild to moderate instances of disease, and it appears that all victims were drinking in bars prior to their sudden illness. Cholera and these other infectious agents generally don't kill people so rapidly; and cholera outbreaks, along with other bacterial and viral infections, tend to infect people equally, and with varying degrees of illness.

    This all sounds like some crazed whacko poisoning people in bars.

    One always needs to be careful in any drinking establishment, to "protect one's drink", and to be watchful of events and people in their surroundings.
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