To research fines ‘The Beach’ producers 10 million baht to restore Maya Bay
Thailand’s Supreme Court has ruled that Hollywood film company 20th Century Fox
– now renamed 20th Century Studios – must pay 10 million baht in environmental damage caused by the film
“The Beach” in 2000 with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Filming for “The Beach” began at Maya Bay on the Phi Phi Islands in Krabi Province, southern Thailand, in 1998.
After the success of the film, the bay became a world famous tourist destination, but “The Beach” was not the same.
A sued the film company for breaches of Thailand’s National Parks Act (1961) and the National Environment Quality Promotion and Conservation Act (1992).
Lawsuits have been filed against Thailand’s forest department for giving the film production company the green light to ‘renovate’ Maya Bay to make the film perfect.
Unfortunately, the renovations have had devastating and lasting effects on the natural environment of Phi Phi Island.
Environmentalists say the uprooting of plants at Maya Beach and the leveling of barrier-forming sand dunes have led to massive soil erosion.
Maya Bay was previously protected from soil erosion by native plants whose roots held the sand together. Without the plants, all the sand washed into the sea.
The Supreme Court has asked Thailand’s Forest Department to use 20th Century Studios’ 10 million baht to restore Maya Bay’s natural environment to its natural state.
The 250m Maya Bay beach reopened in January this year after being closed for three and a half years.
It opened to tourists under strict environmental protection measures with a maximum of 375 tourists per hour between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Authorities were planning to reopen the bay on October 1, a few weeks from now. However, with today’s news, the bay may remain closed until further notice.
The Thai government has predicted that one million wealthy foreigners will take new long-term resident visas.
The Thai government predicted that one million wealthy foreigners would get new long-term resident visas when the program started on September 1.
During the first 12 days, the Visa LTR received… 400 applications.
Managers mentor applicants in that they have insight into what is to come as the program gains momentum.
The Deputy Secretary General of the Board of Investment gave an interview in Bangkok
where he confirmed that around 40% of people who applied for the LTR visa were retirees.
Another 30% of applicants were digital nomads using to make Thailand their home base for working remotely.
Split 30% between Wealthy Global Citizens and Highly Skilled Professionals.
Americans were the largest demographic to jump on the new LTR visa program, with about 20% of applications coming from the United States.
China was the second demographic group, with about 15% of applicants, followed by the United Kingdom with 10%.
However, in the four years since the launch of the previous visa regime for to attract long-term expatriates in the kingdom,
only 1,200 people submitted applications for the smart visa program,
so this month’s 400 applicants could be called an improvement by comparison.
Thailand’s strategy is to market to the wealthy, not just around the world, but also domestically.
The LTR visa hopes to attract some of the 300,000 foreigners already living in the country using several different visa options,
such as retirement visas, study visas, business visas or family related visas.
Before the pandemic, tourism accounted for 12% of Thailand’s GDP. The authorities hope that this new program will generate one trillion baht in revenue per year,
it is therefore better that these 400 candidates are multi-billionaires to achieve this objective.
China Airlines has announced plans to launch flights to Chiang Mai in Thailand.
China Airlines has announced the good news of its plans to launch flights to Chiang Mai in Thailand. The bad news is that it won’t happen until next year.
The Taiwan-based airline has reopened its borders for flights to the northern city of Chiang Mai to take off on January 20 next year.
The national airline revealed that the flight to Chiang Mai was part of the airline’s plan
to encourage more transit passengers to change flights in Taiwan en route to Europe and the United States.
The airline also revealed that the number of its flights will increase by 30%.
In addition, those to Southeast Asia increased by 50% in the last quarter of this year.
China Airlines added that by early 2023, 17 destinations would be available in Southeast Asia,
including flights to Cebu in the Philippines, Bali, Australia and New Zealand.
Sydney to Taipei and Melbourne to Taipei will be increased from their current two flights per week
to three flights a week in October and November and four times a week in December.
Brisbane to Taipei is increasing from one flight a week to three from next month.
Flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are all equipped with the modern Airbus A350.
Thailand’s Constitutional Court to read verdict on the eight-year term limit of suspended Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
On September 30, the Constitutional Court of Thailand will read the verdict on the suspension Prime Minister The eight-year term limit of Prayut Chan-o-cha.
According to Article 158 of the Thai constitution,
“The Prime Minister cannot hold office for more than eight years, whether or not they hold consecutive terms.
His opponents say Prayut reached his eight-year limit as prime minister in August after becoming the country’s prime minister in 2014,
months after leading a coup to overthrow the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra.
However, his supporters say his tenure began in 2017 when the king ratified a new constitution drafted by the military junta government.
Other Prayut supporters say his premiership began in 2019 when Prayut began his second four-year term under the new constitution.
The Constitutional Court voted to suspend Prayut from his ministerial duties on August 24 as it issued a verdict on the start of his term.
Vice Prime Minister Prawit Wonguswan stepped in as acting prime minister until the government decided on Prayut.
If the court decides that Prayut’s premiership began in 2017 or 2019, Prayut can continue as prime minister of Thailand.
Eight days after Prayut’s suspension, he submitted a 30-page document to the Constitutional Court regarding his eight-year term limit for consideration by the court.
Police fined pro-wakeskater Daniel Grant 5,000 baht
Police handed pro-wakeskater Daniel Grant a 5,000 baht fine and a month’s suspended prison sentence for his wakeskate stunt in the bangkok floods.
The 24-year-old water sports champion was found guilty of causing danger
and obstructing traffic for wakeskating on the flooded Phahon Yothin road outside Bangkok University last week.
After Khlong Luang police caught wind of his video, which went viral on social media,
they ordered him to admit the charges against him.
The half-Thai, half-English water sportsman set the record for the youngest world champion in wakeboarding history
when he won the 2010 WWA Wake Park World Championship.
Daniel has been charged with causing a hazard to traffic – in violation of traffic laws and Thai traffic laws.
Many netizens showed their support for Daniel’s abilities, while others criticized him for causing danger to himself and others on the road.