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Naval vessels dispatched to help in fight oil spill in Gulf of Thailand

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has ordered three naval vessels from the First Fleet Command to be dispatched to help in containing oil leaking from a sunken tanker in the…

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Operation ordered to contain oil on sunken oil tanker 24 miles from Chumphon estuary

Thailand’s Marine Department has been ordered to coordinate with the Royal Thai Navy to take immediate steps to contain oil spilling from a sunken tanker in the Gulf, before any…

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6.6 tonnes of undeclared frozen pork impounded in Nakhon Pathom

Officials from Thailand’s Livestock Development Department have impounded about 6.6 tonnes of undeclared frozen pork, which was found in two cold storage facilities in Nakhon Pathom province yesterday (Saturday), as…

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Over 100 elephant traps found near Thailand’s Phu Luang wildlife sanctuary

A complaint was lodged with police in Phu Luang district of the north-eastern province of Loei yesterday (Saturday), by officials of Phu Luang wildlife sanctuary, against some villagers who allegedly…

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Safety tips from the Thai government for Chinese New Year celebrations

The government has offered some advice to Thais of Chinese descent on how to celebrate the Chinese New Year safely amid the increasing spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. They…

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Special budget needed to prevent 4,500 job cuts among Thailand’s forest rangers

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has asked for a special budget from the Central Fund to prevent about 4,500 forest rangers from being laid off, or faced with…

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Subsidence causes about 20 houses in Samut Prakan to collapse

More than 20 houses in a community next to a pond, in Bang Pla sub-district of Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan, were damaged after the land on which the…

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Seven rescued from Gulf of Thailand after speed boat sinks

Six passengers and the skipper of a speed boat have been rescued as they were floating in the sea, about four kilometres from the shore of Laem Ngob district of…

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Poultry farmers on alert for bird flu as WHO reports disease presence in China

Poultry farmers in Thailand have been warned to be on alert after the World Health Organization (WHO) reported the re-emergence of H5N6 bird flu in China, with five people infected,…

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Thailand’s first ‘virtual’ monk to preach Buddhism to new generation

Thailand’s first self-styled ‘virtual’ monk, Phra Maha AI, aspires to propagate the Lord Buddha’s teachings using easily understandable language and good natured preaching, which is easily accessible to the new-generation…

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Thai officials nab final suspect in tiger killing, doubt their claims

The final suspect in the national park tiger death case, while claiming he was not involved in the killings, has been arrested, after four other suspects surrendered and confessed to…

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Popularity of crocodile meat rises among Thai consumers as pork prices surge

Thai consumers are turning to crocodile meat, as an alternative source of protein, after the price of pork skyrocketed due to the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the…

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Cattlemen who killed tigers at national park surrender, say they killed their cows

Four cattle farmers, wanted by the police for allegedly killing two tigers in Thong Pha Phum national park in Thailand’s western province of Kanchanaburi, have explained that they shot the…

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Thailand to be declared country where African swine fever has been detected

The Livestock Development Department will report the finding of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Thailand to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and will declare Thailand as a country…

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Trading of pigs infected with ASF blamed for spread of virus in Thailand’s small pig farms

The sale of sick live pigs by unscrupulous pig farmers and traders is believed to be a main cause of the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) in pig farms…

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Forestry officials try to sedate a wounded elephant after road accident in Kanchanaburi

Park rangers from Salak Phra wildlife sanctuary, in Thailand’s western province of Kanchanaburi, have been trying to locate and sedate a wounded elephant, after it was hit by a pickup…

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Ghost ship in Gulf of Thailand sinks

The mysterious unmanned ship, which was found floating in the Gulf of Thailand about 100 miles off the coast of Songkhla province, sank on Saturday night, despite attempts by the…

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Ghost ship found floating in Gulf of Thailand

A mysterious ship, believed to be a freighter, was found floating in the Gulf of Thailand, about 100 miles from the coast of Songkhla, on Wednesday night by a Thai…

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Thai hotel threatens customer with ฿3m lawsuit over bad review

A Thai customer has been threatened with a costly lawsuit by a hotel in Khao Yai, in Thailand’s northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, after she complained about the hotel on…

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Camping on islets, near reservoir banned at Thailand’s Sri Nakarin Dam National Park

The Sri Nakarin Dam National Park, in the western Thai province of Kanchanaburi, has banned camping on the banks of the park’s reservoir and on islets inside after it was…

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Fewer people die, injured in Thailand’s road accidents during holidays than past new year

Fewer people died and got injured in road accidents in Thailand during the recent New Year holidays than in the same period last year, with a total of 333 deaths…

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Animal abuse at Khon Kaen zoo sparks outcry on social media

An outcry has been raised on social media after the owner of a zoo in Thailand’s Khon Kaen province posted disturbing pictures, on the zoo’s official Facebook page, of a…

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Ranger dies, 2 seriously injured in insurgent attack on checkpoint in Thailand’s Narathiwat

A paramilitary ranger was killed and two more were seriously injured when heavily armed southern insurgents launched a surprise attack on their road checkpoint, in Ra-ngae district of Thailand’s southern…

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Thailand’s Doi Mon Jong nature trail closed after student attacked by wild elephant

Omkoi wildlife sanctuary chief Navee Silsuphakul has ordered the indefinite closure of a nature study trail on the Doi Mon Jong peak, which straddles Chiang Mai and Tak provinces, after…

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Chinese backpacker stranded and homeless in Thailand due to COVID-19 lockdowns in China

A Chinese backpacking tourist, who travelled to Thailand alone to explore the country about two years ago, became stranded, homeless and broke when China suddenly closed its borders to contain…

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New Year countdown celebration at Bangkok’s Iconsiam

Thailand celebrates the New Year amid Omicron fears

Fireworks burst across the skies of Thailand last night (Friday), as several provinces celebrated the arrival of the New Year, amid fears of the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant….

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Korat Biennale. (Photo by Prasert Thepsri)

Art: Bringing light and new life to Korat

Offering a rare chance for art lovers to indulge in the works of artists from around the globe, the second edition of “Thailand Biennale, KORAT 2021”, which opened recently and…

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Thailand’s Maya Bay to open from New Year’s Day under strict conditions

Famous Maya Bay will be open to members of the public from New Year’s Day, but visitors will have to apply in advance and the number is capped at 4,125…

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People fleeing due to fighting between the military and the Karen National Union (KNU) cross a river in Karen state, along the Thai-Myanmar border, on December 25, 2021. / AFP

Fighting subsides as ceasefire talks loom between Myanmar troops and Karen rebels

Fighting between Myanmar government forces and ethnic Karen rebels has subsided, as reports emerge about possible peace talks, to be held after New Year in Myanmar’s capital, Naypyidaw. Sources in…

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39 people die, 362 injured in road accidents on first day of holiday travel

39 people died and 362 others were injured in 362 road accidents nationwide on Wednesday, the first of the “Seven Dangerous Days”, as declared by the Thai Department of Disaster…

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Bangkok to plant flower gardens in public parks

If you’re planning to stay in Bangkok for the New Year holidays, you can visit these flower gardens in four public parks across the city. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)…

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Things you may not know about Thai Hom Mali, the world’s best rice

The pride of the nation, Thai Hom Mali rice (Jasmine Rice) is native to Thailand yet not every Thai knows the history of this delicious grain. Thai Hom Mali rice…

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Open-billed stork blamed for F5 plane crash in Lop Buri in early December

Thailand’s Wildlife Forensic Science Centre has identified the large bird which collided with a Royal Thai Force F5 jet, causing it to crash into a rice field in Chai Badan…

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Thailand remains unprepared for another tsunami 17 years after last one – Thai experts

Public disaster experts admitted today (Sunday) that the Thai public is generally unaware of the danger posed by a repeat of a devastating tsunami, like that which struck many countries…

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Utility pole in footbridge in Sattahip district finally removed

Workers from the local electricity authority and a construction company removed a utility pole from a footbridge under construction today (Saturday), in front of a shopping mall in the Sattahip…

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Myanmar airstrikes displace more people along Thai-Myanmar border

BANGKOK, Dec 24 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military carried out more airstrikes on a rebel-controlled area near the Thai border, the rebel group said on Friday, in the latest escalation of…

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Bangkok’s air pollution ranked world’s 14th worst, more PM2.5 expected next week

Air quality in and around Bangkok will get worse over the next seven days, with increasing accumulation of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere, as Thailand’s capital was placed 14th on…

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Thai mahouts dress elephants as Santa Claus to help distribute face masks to students. / REUTERS

Santa gives reindeer a break, rides on elephant to distribute masks in Thailand

Santa Claus gave his sleigh and reindeer a break on Wednesday and rode elephants in Thailand during a special Christmas visit aimed at raising awareness about the threat of the…

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Victims of chemical fire in Samut Prakan call compensation offers derisory

Racha Thewa Tambon Administrative Organization (TAO), in Bangkok’s neighbouring province of Samut Prakan, is facing widespread criticism over its handling of compensation paid to households around the Ming Dih chemical…

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Photo: The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Khon Kaen province reports its first two Omicron cases

Khon Kaen Governor Somsak Jungtrakul announced the detection of the province’s first two Omicron variant cases today (Wednesday), but he asked people in the province not to panic, assuring them…

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Drinking water plant closed after Siamese fighting fish found in bottle

Health officials in Thailand’s north-eastern province of Ubon Ratchathani have ordered a bottled drinking water plant to suspend operations until it obtains a license from the Thai Food and Drug…

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Utility pole, cables built in the middle of footbridge in Chonburi spark criticism

A utility pole placed in the middle of a footbridge under construction, in front of a shopping centre in Sattahip district of Chonburi province, has resulted in widespread criticism among…

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PM orders humanitarian aid for some 4,000 people fleeing fighting in Myanmar

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed local officials in Thailand’s western border province of Tak to provide humanitarian aid and temporary shelter to about 4,000 people fleeing the fighting in…

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Expert warns of aftershocks after 5.8 magnitude earthquake today in Laos

A structural engineering expert has warned of possible aftershocks in the next few days, following the 5.8 magnitude earthquake in the Lao PDR at 4.06am today (Monday), which was also…

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Earthquake in Laos felt in many parts of Thailand Monday morning

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck the Lao PDR at 4.06am local time, with its epicentre at a depth of about 10 kilometres, was reported by the Earthquake Observation Division of…

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Krabi prison under control after riot over handling of COVID-19 infections

Officials managed to bring a riot by inmates in Krabi province under control today (Friday), after up to 400 inmates went on a rampage, damaging prison property in protest against…

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Panel to probe suspicious land ownership on Krabi’s Nui Nok islet

The Thai Land Department has set up a committee to investigate the alleged illegal issuance of a land title deed for a small plot of land on the uninhabited islet…

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Thai national health gold card holders to get six additional free services

Thailand’s National Health Security Office (NHSO) has agreed to provide six additional free health services to holders of gold health cards from January 1st. According to Assoc. Prof. Prasobsri Ungthavorn…

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Thai pilot, trainee die in helicopter crash in Nakhon Sawan province

A pilot and his trainee were killed when a helicopter, on a routine training flight from an airfield in Nakhon Sawan province, crashed this morning (Tuesday). A witness said that,…

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Pattaya to set up Continuity of Care (COC) facility

Pattaya City will set up a Continuity of Care (COC) facility, for patients who are bed-ridden, suffering from pressure sores, chronic wounds, high or low blood pressure and diabetes, to…

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Stray tiger returns to habitat in Thailand’s Huai Kha Khaeng wildlife sanctuary

Thai wildlife officials have heaved a collective sigh of relief as a young stray tiger, known as “Vichit”, has returned safely to its natural habitat in Huai Kha Khaeng wildlife…

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Large crowd show up to welcome King and Queen of Thailand

A large number of people, most wearing yellow shirts, gathered at Chaloem Phrakiat King Bhumibol Adulyadej Park, at the location of the former Nang Loeng Royal Turf Club racecourse, to…

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Pilot injured in Air Force F5 jet crash Thailand’s in Lop Buri province

The Thai Air Force pilot of a F5 fighter jet was injured after he ejected from his plane when it developed mechanical trouble and before it crashed into a rice…

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100 embankment ‘roads to nowhere’ built by Thailand’s Royal Irrigation Department

The Royal Irrigation Department has spent about 795 million baht since 2017 building more than 100 canal embankments, similar to the one in Chaichana district of the north-eastern province of…

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Thai navy rescues 7 crew from sunken trawler in rough seas off Surat Thani

Seven Thai crew members of a capsized fishing vessel were safely plucked from stormy seas about 20 nautical miles off the coast of the southern province of Surat Thani by…

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Asian highway blocked by heavy flooding in Thailand’s Chumphon province

Land travel between Thailand’s southern provinces and Bangkok has been disrupted in Chumphon province, as the Asian highway, the main artery, is heavily flooded, rendering it impassable to all vehicles…

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Search on for a tiger which strayed out of Huai Kha Khaeng wildlife sanctuary

Wildlife officials have been trying to track down a wild tiger, called “Vichit”, after it wandered out of its habitat in Huai Kha Khaeng wildlife sanctuary a few days ago….

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Road to nowhere in Thailand’s Yasothon is an embankment resembling a road

The mysterious asphalted road running to nowhere through a rice field in Maha Chaichana district of the north-eastern province of Yasothon, which has been the subject of an investigation by…

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Massive blaze at engine oil warehouse in Nakhon Pathom now under control

Fire crews have managed to control a huge fire at an engine oil warehouse in Samphran district of Thailand’s central province of Nakhon Pathom, after battling the blaze with chemicals…

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Measures discussed to help Thailand’s struggling entertainment sector

Thai Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin is scheduled to meet with representatives of musicians, artists, pubs and bars today (Monday), to discuss their problems and ways to ease their suffering, since…

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70% voter turnout in Thailand’s first sub-district elections in eight years

About 70% of eligible voters went to the polls on Sunday to cast their ballots in Thailand’s first nationwide Tambon (sub-district) Administrative Organization (TAO) elections in eight years, according to…

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Flowers for every feeling

After months of being unusually quiet, Bangkok’s biggest flower market Pak Khlong Talad is ready to welcome shoppers today, Saturday, with a flower installation called “Form of Feeling @ Flower…

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Panic buttons installed in Khao Yai national park for distressed tourists to call for help

Ten pole mounted emergency call buttons have been set up at different points along the mountainous routes in Khao Yai national park, to allow visitors in distress to alert park…

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Water pipe helps police catch fleeing drug suspect in Thailand’s Suphan Buri

Thai police, in the Muang district of the central province of Suphan Buri, yesterday (Wednesday), offered “wai”, a traditional Thai way of greeting or showing respect, to a huge water…

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Official in Prachuap Khiri Khan probed for allegedly approving an illegal car race

The civil works and town planning office of Thailand’ssouthern coastal province of Prachuap Khiri Khan has launched an investigation into an official for allegedly issuing a permit unlawfully, for a…

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403,235 krathong baskets collected from waterways across Bangkok

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) collected 403,235 krathong from canals, lakes and other waterways in the capital, following the annual Loy Krathong festival on Friday night. Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang…

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Over 77% people polled will not join Loy Krathong festival over COVID concerns

Over three quarters (77.3%) of people surveyed in a recent poll, conducted by Bangkok Poll, said that they will not take part the Loy Krathong festival today (Friday), citing COVID-19…

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DPM Prawit to join PM for Loy Krathong, while 66% of those polled will not take part this year

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan says he will join Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for the traditional Loy Krathong festival tomorrow night, at Phadung Krung Kasem canal, “to float away all…

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This photo taken on August 27, 2021 shows taxi drivers waiting for customers at Bangkok Railway Station, more commonly known as Hua Lamphong, in Bangkok. The vast majority of services of the station at Hua Lamphong will move to a new rail hub on the capital’s northern outskirts later this year.

Demerit point system for Thailand’s public transport drivers from Dec 1

Starting December 1st, Thailand’s Land Transport Department will begin using a demerit point system for public transport drivers of buses, taxis, tuk-tuks, and motorcycle taxis, with the ability to suspend…

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Thailand’s sea gypsies hope upcoming local elections will lead to improved livelihoods

Thailand’s indigenous Moken (Mawken or Morgan) tribe, commonly called sea gypsies or sea nomads, living in five of Thailand’s southern provinces have high hopes that the upcoming Tambon (sub-district) Administration…

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Mekong giant catfish season begins in Kaeng Krachan Dam

Twenty Mekong giant catfish, the largest weighing 182kgs, have been caught in the three days since officials at the Kaeng Krachan Dam in Thailand’s central province of Phetchaburi opened the…

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Students attend morning assembly as schools reopen due to the easing of restrictions after a temporary closure to combat the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Bangkok on February 1, 2021. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Sharing school vans blamed for COVID infections among students in Ubon Ratchathani

Travelling together in school vans by students of different schools, in Muang district of Thailand’s north-eastern province of Ubon Ratchathani, is being blamed for new COVID-19 infections by provincial health…

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Two Vietnamese fishing boats seized in Gulf for fishing illegally in Thai waters

Two Vietnamese fishing boats and their five crew members were apprehended by the Thai navy on Tuesday, following an incident in the Gulf of Thailand the previous day, in which…

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Thai cabinet approves nomination of 6 parks, mangrove forest as UNESCO World Heritage sites

The Thai cabinet, at its meeting in the southern province of Krabi on Tuesday, endorsed a proposal from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to nominate six national parks…

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Thai K-pop star ‘Lisa’ honoured by her hometown

Thai-born K-pop star Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban of the girl group “BLACKPINK” was given an honourary award by her hometown of Buri Ram’s Provincial Education Office on Tuesday, for her contribution…

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Mango plantation for sale in Ang Thong, following massive stork invasion

The owner of a 20-hectare mango plantation in Sawaeng Ha district of the central province of Ang Thong has put it on the market, and the sale includes tens of…

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Communities in Chiang Mai locked down until Nov 24 as COVID infections surge

Fifteen communities in the municipal area of Chiang Mai province were locked down yesterday (Thursday) until November 24th by the provincial governor, as COVID-19 infections continue to spread. Everyone living…

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Dog therapy pilot project to be launched in two Thai prisons

Thailand’s Department of Corrections is working on the launch of a pilot dog therapy project in prisons in Nakhon Ratchasima, Ratchaburi and Rayong provinces, according to Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin….

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Muslim leaders in Pattani set example by getting COVID-19 vaccinations

Religious leaders in the southern border province of Pattani have visited the vaccination centre, in the conference room of the provincial Islamic committee, to receive COVID-19 vaccine shots in an…

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Tourists return to Thailand’s chilly natural attractions

Tourists are flocking to embrace the cool breezes and the beautiful sunrises at the Phu Ruea National Park viewpoint, in Thailand’s northern province of Loei, as temperatures fall to just…

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J&J vaccine administered in Sa Kaeo may have been smuggled from Cambodia

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is claimed to have been administered to a man by a private clinic in Thailand’s eastern province of Sa Kaeo, is suspected to have…

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Car found in Chao Phraya River in Nakhon Sawan, to be recovered today

On Monday night, rescue workers located the sports utility vehicle of a man from Suphan Buri who drove into the Chao Phraya by accident and drowned last Friday night, in…

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This handout photo from the Royal Thai Army taken in late April 2021 and released on May 3, 2021 shows military personnel detaining illegal immigrants in an undisclosed location near the border areas between Thailand and neighbouring countries

Influx of illegal immigrants to Thailand prompts COVID concerns

Thai authorities have been asked to increase field checks on factories and businesses, to make sure that they hire properly registered and fully vaccinated migrant workers from neighbouring countries, to…

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Doi Inthanon National Park to reopen to visitors on Wednesday

Chiang Mai’s Doi Inthanon National Park, Thailand’s highest peak, will reopen to visitors this Wednesday, for the first time in several months. Visitors are attracted by the cool breezes and…

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Body found in Chao Phraya River after 2.5-day search with help of underwater robot

The body of a 27-year-old man, plunging along with his car into the Chao Phraya River in the Muang district of Thailand’s Nakhon Sawan province on Friday night, has been…

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Clubhouse attacks on Isaan cause concern

#ClubhouseToxic remained a top-trending hashtag on Thai Twitter over the weekend after a group of users began an online discussion discriminating against “Isaan” people, referring to those born in the…

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Thailand aspires to be hub for herbal products and cannabis-based medicines

Thailand aims to become an international hub for the production and export of herbal products and cannabis/hemp-based medicines, to boost revenues for farmers and the country, said Deputy Government Spokesperson…

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The problem with sex education in Thailand

In Thailand, sex education is combined with health education. 3rd graders, usually between 8 and 9 years old, will begin learning about sexual harassment at school, with teachers explaining what…

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GISTDA reports over 190,000 hectares of rice fields damaged by recent flooding

More than 190,000 hectares of paddy fields in Thailand’s central and north-eastern regions have been damaged by prolonged flooding, according to the Geo-informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) based…

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Tough protector of forests in Thailand’s Narathiwat transferred to Nakhon Sawan

Peerawat Waeda-oh, the chief of Namtok Seepo National Park in Thailand’s southern border province of Narathiwat, who has earned a reputation for being tough on illegal loggers, has been transferred…

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Thai police seize US$3.6m in counterfeit dollar bills in Nakhon Pathom

Thai police seized 36,000 counterfeit US$100 bills, a printing press and arrested four women today (Wednesday) in a raid ona house in the central province of Nakhon Pathom. Deputy National…

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Half submerged freighter involved in estuary collision to be salvaged

Thailand’s Marine Department has ordered the owner of cargo ship, OPK3, to salvage the half-submerged vessel in three days. The ship collided with another freighter, NP Pathum Thani, in the…

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Two freight ships collide in estuary of Chao Phraya River, no casualties

Two freighters loaded with cargo containers collided in the estuary of the Chao Phraya River today (Tuesday), in front of Samut Prakan provincial hall. There are no reports of injuries…

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Thai employee of company implicated in used medical glove scandal jailed for 4 years

Thailand’s Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court has sentenced a Thai employee of the “Paddy the Room” trading company to four years in prison. The firm allegedly exported about…

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A spark of life in Chiang Mai’s tourism sector

Many travellers have been heading to Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai, where four districts have reopened for tourism as this year’s cold season gets underway. Fog was seen this…

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Thailand’s Hua Hin resort town ready to welcome tourists again

Many businesses in Hua Hin are hoping that reopening the country might offer a glimmer of hope, while Thai tourists are unsure if welcoming foreigners again will increase the infection…

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Students attend morning assembly as schools reopen due to the easing of restrictions after a temporary closure to combat the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Bangkok on February 1, 2021. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Many schools in Thailand reopen for in-person learning

Many schools around the country resumed on-site classes for the second semester today, after being closed since May due to COVID-19 pandemic. At Bodindecha School in Bangkok, the director, Wisit…

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Phuket “Smart Bus” service resumes on Monday to help promote tourism

After being suspended for about a year due to the pandemic, the Phuket “Smart Bus” will resume normal operations on Monday for foreign tourists and local commuters. The company said…

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Controversial Buddhist preacher Phra Maha Praiwan to leave monkhood

One of two controversial monks, Phra Maha Praiwan Worawano, well known for unorthodox preaching, has announced his intention to leave the monkhood after his teacher and mentor, Phra Ratchapanya Suthee,…

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Thai PM agrees to Loy Krathong festival being held nationwide

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has given the greenlight to the state and private sectors to hold this year’s Loy Krathong festival, provided that there are adequate health safety measures, under…

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