Friday, August 30, 2019

"the revival of an arcane immigration law has angered the expat community and got them questioning their freedoms in Thailand"

Thailand's Immigration Act contains a clause requiring all foreigners to let the authorities know where they're staying at all times.

Previously this job has been done by hotels collecting guests' details, or it was just ignored. But as of March, the government has been applying the law without compromise or exception.

Landlords must notify immigration authorities whenever a foreigner returns home after spending more than 24 hours away from their permanent residence - be it a trip abroad or even leaving the province. The same applies to foreigners married to Thais - their Thai spouse, if they own the house, must file the report.
The king of Thailand announced this week that he was naming a 34-year-old woman (and military general) as his official consort — in addition to his wife


the whole display has raised many questions: Who is Sineenat? What is her role in the Thai monarchy? Is wearing a sports bra as a top acceptable attire in a military aircraft? And, most notably, what exactly is a consort, and why hasn’t there been one in Thailand for almost 100 years?
*Previously: "Meet . . . Miss Universe Thailand's Only Thai-Burmese Contestant"