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The Bank, a Bangkok erotic massage parlour, does thermal scanning of guests and staff:

 

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Schools must close:

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4 hours ago, Thanks said:

The Bank, a Bangkok erotic massage parlour, does thermal scanning of guests and staff:

 

Massage parlours are also closed as of tomorrow !

 SAG

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1 hour ago, Rodrigo said:

Yes but they could have a Thai boxing match in a stadium. The Thais never seem to get it right. 

Not anymore, these were one of the first closed, as this was one of the main local transmission of Corona distribution sources. 

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People leaving Bangkok:

Asok and Sukhumvit junction. Usually very busy. 23 March 2020:

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Rush hour at BTS Siam. Usually super busy. 23 March 2020:

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This girl is still playing at Chong Nonsi footbridge / BTS station, hoping for tips:

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Meanwhile on the MRT:

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Public Twitter pics

Taxi cab and motosai drivers. Desperation.

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14 minutes ago, ssmurry said:

There is zero government assistance available

Not true, I'm sure we're all looking forward to enjoying our 3% discount on water and power in the coming months as significant financial relief. 

:Rolling___:

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24 minutes ago, Ropey said:

Not true, I'm sure we're all looking forward to enjoying our 3% discount on water and power in the coming months as significant financial relief. 

I have seen a few of these utility bills from Thailand. It looks like power and water is very expensive by western standards, water charges in particular. Or is that my imagination?

In the US, the government delayed the deadline for filing and paying income tax for 90 days until July 15 with no interest accruing during the delay. Those who owed money on their returns and already paid are probably kicking themselves right now. As for myself, if Corona snuffs me out between now and July 15, I will die with a smile on my face knowing the government failed to get its cut before I went to kingdom come. 

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32 minutes ago, oliver17 said:

I have seen a few of these utility bills from Thailand. It looks like power and water is very expensive by western standards, water charges in particular. Or is that my imagination? 

Not sure about other countries but I'd say it's pretty cheap here? For reference at the moment I'm living in a 40sqm 1bd condo and pay ~1200-1500 thb/month for electricity (40-45 usd at current rates) and ~250 thb/month for water (8 usd).

So the 3% discount gives me a whopping 50thb off next month, enough for 1 whole Chang from 7/11. Wonderful

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42 minutes ago, ssmurry said:

Not sure about other countries but I'd say it's pretty cheap here? For reference at the moment I'm living in a 40sqm 1bd condo and pay ~1200-1500 thb/month for electricity (40-45 usd at current rates) and ~250 thb/month for water (8 usd).

An LB sent me a copy of her monthly rent statement when she needed to pay rent and was hoping I would send the Western Union cavalry to the rescue ( I told her sorry, no can do).  As I recall, the water charge was like 900 baht and electricity was 1500 baht or so on top of the rent. Her place is small 2 rooms with one toilet. It just seemed like quite a bit for a place like that. I am guessing either the landlord must have "sweetened" the utility charges a bit or the LB was running a scam. I tend to believe the landlord was greedy. 

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1 hour ago, oliver17 said:

An LB sent me a copy of her monthly rent statement when she needed to pay rent and was hoping I would send the Western Union cavalry to the rescue ( I told her sorry, no can do).  As I recall, the water charge was like 900 baht and electricity was 1500 baht or so on top of the rent. Her place is small 2 rooms with one toilet. It just seemed like quite a bit for a place like that. I am guessing either the landlord must have "sweetened" the utility charges a bit or the LB was running a scam. I tend to believe the landlord was greedy. 

I've heard it's not uncommon for landlords to charge marked up fees for power/water here. I own, so haven't had to deal with that fortunately. It's not expensive for water/power here by western standards as ssmurray points out, though it's more than I expected coming from other SEA countries previously. 

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Bangkok yesterday, last evening:

Soi Nana:

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Soi Cowboy closed:

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Public pics from FB

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13 hours ago, ssmurry said:

Not sure about other countries but I'd say it's pretty cheap here? For reference at the moment I'm living in a 40sqm 1bd condo and pay ~1200-1500 thb/month for electricity (40-45 usd at current rates) and ~250 thb/month for water (8 usd).

I pay about double this for electricity, and about half on water. Strange.

I work from home, run aircon a lot, etc. Probably why.

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I do wonder if Burma (Myanmar) will see a massive spike with Burmese laborers in BKK returning home? Maybe, with a huge amount of them being illegal workers

they will be stuck in BKK with no work or income?

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Today's pics:

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BTS, Nana station, 5:15 pm, "rush hour":

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Last Saturday on Soi Nana:

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Public pics from FB

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6 hours ago, taaseesanuk said:

I do wonder if Burma (Myanmar) will see a massive spike with Burmese laborers in BKK returning home?

The border with Burma is closed:

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19 minutes ago, Thanks said:

The border with Burma is closed:

Officially that is good but I am not so sure how well policed the borders are....within Chiang Rai there are many ways of crossing over that get given a blind eye.

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Last night on Soi Nana:

Today same thing:

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Rush hour on the train:

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Public Twitter pics

Si Lom Road (near the United Center);

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14 hours ago, Thanks said:

The border with Burma is closed:

https://thethaiger.com/news/national/thailand-news-today-tuesday-march-24?amp

 

Riot fears reopen ‘closed’ Thai border checkpoints as migrant workers flee

 

Some of Thailand’s recently closed border checkpoints were forced to reopen last night and today as thousands of migrant workers, now unemployed due to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, flee Thailand for their homes in Myanmar and Cambodia. Their numbers and their desperation sparked fears of rioting.

 

In Chiang Rai, the border was reopened after about 100 workers from Myanmar arrived at the Mae Sai checkpoint, only to find it closed. A 28 year old woman in the group, recently laid off due to shutdowns in Bangkok, told reporters:

 

“We must go home, or we will starve to death in Bangkok.”

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The streets of Bangkok are relatively empty now due to the circumstances. Some take advantage of the situation, like this guy:

Car racing in the city...

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Sukhumvit Soi 8:

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Public pics from FB

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