1 - 15 December 2015
News Thailand introduces new multiple entry tourist visa
Diplomas awarded to graduates of Chonburi Health Care School
by Tourism Authority of Thailand, www.TATnews.org
Thailand has introduced a new Multiple Entry Tourist Visa (METV) for foreign visitors to facilitate the forth coming ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) integration and to boost tourism. As published in the Royal Gazette on September 14, 2015, the Multiple Entry Tourist Visa is available from November 13, 2015 onwards and can be obtained from the Royal Thai embassies and consulates worldwide. The six-month METV, costing 5,000 baht, will grant travellers unlimited border crossings for up to 60 days per stay within the visa validity. Requirements for the METV applications: in addition to the required documents for a tourist visa, applicants for the METV must provide the following supporting documents: 1. Passport or travel document with a minimum six months of validity. 2. Visa application form completely filled out. 3. Two passport-sized photographs (2-inch x 2-inch). 4. Evidence of permanent residence/residence permit (if the applicant is not a national of the country where he/she is applying for the visa.) 5. Copy of bank statements or evidence of adequate finances in the last six months with a minimum balance equivalent to 200,000 baht (every month). 6. Letter of employment. For those who are self-employed, a business license or business registration indicating the applicant’s name. 7. For students, proof of full-time student status. 8. Copy of an air ticket, e-ticket or proof of itinerary (for the first visit to the Kingdom minimum). 9. For minors under 20 years of age, a copy of a birth certificate, copies of the mother’s and father’s passports/ID and copy of a marriage certificate if any; letter of consent from the mother and father for the minor to travel abroad if not accompanying the child (has to be notarised); in case of sole custody, a copy of the court order must be provided. 10. Visa fee for the METV: 5,000 baht. For more information on the Multiple Entry Tourist Visa, contact the Royal Thai Embassy and Consulate in your country. www.thaiembassy.org/main/
Dr Paitoon Vashirawongpinyo from Rayong Center for Skill Development handed out diplomas to 135 graduating students of Chonburi Health Care School at a ceremony held at Nong Nooch Garden. Having studied care of infants and the elderly, the graduates are now eligible to work as assistants in
nurseries, clinics and community homes in both the private and the public sectors. The school offers non-formal education with short courses in nursing and elderly care, open to male and female age 16 years and above.
Phangan Colour Moon Festival returns for the second greater and bigger year by Tourism Authority of Thailand, www.TATnews.org
Following the success of the first Phangan Colour Moon Festival, the event’s second edition is set to return on December 9-13, 2015 with greater celebrations and more exciting activities under the theme ‘Island of Power, energised by the moon’. The Phangan Colour Moon Festival 2015 will be held at the Phangan Royal Ship Memorial Museum, Thong Sala Pier, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani. Visitors can explore and discover the latest developments on the island as well as the charming past through several activities including a photo exhibition and competition and painting exhibition telling the charm of Koh Phangan in the good old days, beach party fashion show, body paint competition, and bartender competition. Throughout the five days, there will be demonstrations of Koh Phangan’s way of life, sale of local products, seafood
floating market, concert, and sporting activities. The event also incorporates a travel trade fair providing opportunities for visitors to shop for interesting tourism products and services.
Herbalife organizes Nutrition Day Mini Marathon
Winner gets free ticket The first Herbalife Nutrition Day Mini Marathon was held at Chulalongkorn University Sports Center in Bangkok. With over 1,000 participants, the fun-filled event was organized to encourage people of all ages to stay fit and active to ensure healthy aging. The winners were presented with trophies donated by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Moreover, runners
were motivated by the presence of TV celebrity and health buff Diao Suriyon Arunwatthanakun,who was among the eager marathoners. The participants ran either 10 km or 3 km along familiar streets, landmark buildings and historical monuments. Among the activities was a fitness session by Herbalife trainers who led a series of push-ups for post-marathon health evaluation.
Preparing sailors for work Micah Tamthai, vice president of Minor International, presented the Miss Ripley’s Popular Vote a 20,000 baht cash prize and a free one-year validity ticket to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum worldwide to Sophida “Baimon” Siriwatananukul after he participated in Miss International Queen 2015.
Officials from the Ministry of Labour visited Sattahip Naval Base to observe sailors in a career development programme including mechanics and electronics. This is to enable them easily
to find work after leaving the armed services. There is a special course in cutting and welding as there is currently a scarcity in the labour market for these particular skills.