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Commercial fishing restrictions in Gulf of Thailand start February 15

The Fisheries Department has announced a 3-month commercial fishing restriction in the Gulf of Thailand, starting February 15, to protect spawning mackerel and to allow their fry to mature. The…

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Hundreds of firefighters tackling fires in western forest complex

About 250 firefighters have been deployed by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation to prevent fires in the western forest complex from spreading. So far, 1,600 hectares…

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Flights to and from Chiang Mai affected as passenger tries to open plane door

Several flights departing from Chiang Mai airport were delayed and a few arriving flights were diverted to other airports last night, after a passenger on a Thai Airways International flight…

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Lop Buri macaques to be relocated

Macaque monkeys in Lop Buri province that have caused a nuisance to visitors and residents in Lop Buri province will be relocated to a zoo by the end of this…

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“Indy Jumbo” arrives in Lampang

The elephant has become famous after her mahout posted a video of her relaxing on a beach, looking at the sea and sky. The clip went viral and Thai netizens…

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Cool weather until Tuesday in north, northeast, east and central region

People living in the north-eastern, northern, eastern and central regions, including Bangkok and its vicinity, will experience another round of cool weather from tomorrow until Tuesday, due to the arrival…

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Three weeks of Songkran celebrations begin April 1

Thailand will celebrate this year’s Songkran festival for three weeks nationwide, starting on April 1st, in the hope that the planned fun-filled activities will develop the traditional water-splashing event into…

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Draft bill on protection of ethnic peoples approved by Cabinet

The Cabinet has endorsed a draft bill on the protection and support of indigenous ethnic peoples in Thailand, Culture Minister Sermsak Pongpanich said after the weekly cabinet meeting today. The…

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37 protected forests off-limits to outsiders to prevent bushfires

Thirty-seven protected forests, including several wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, have been declared off-limits to outsiders without prior permission to enter, as the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant…

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Maya Bay voted world’s third best beach by Lonely Planet

Maya Bay, in Thailand’s southern province of Phang-nga, has been ranked the world’s third best beach by the Lonely Planet travel guide in its January edition. Maya Bay was described…

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Scammers exploit Chinese New Year with deceptive promises of big Angpao : Cyber police

Scammers have seized the opportunity of the upcoming Chinese New Year by sending links via SMS, Line and Facebook, claiming that by simply clicking on the link, people can claim…

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Disabled man’s long tricycle journey to claim his disability allowance

A disabled made a long journey on a hand-operated tricycle, from his hometown in Sukhothai province to Bangkok, to claim his disability allowance from the Comptroller Department. Monthon Petchsang, 48,…

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Disappearing seagrass in sea off Trang threatens dugong population

Seagrass, a major food source for dugongs, has been steadily disappearing from the seas off Thailand’s southern province of Trang, raising concerns among marine scientists and conservationists over the fate…

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CU Radio’s new broadcasting hours spark outcry and disapproval

The decision by the Chulalongkorn Radio (CU Radio) station to reduce its broadcasting hours, from 6am to midnight to only 6am to 6pm, has drawn strong criticism from its listeners,…

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Uthenthawai college told to stop accepting new students this year

The Rajamangala University of Technology Tawan-ok Uthenthawai (RUTU) campus has received an order to cease the admission of new first-year students, marking the initial phase of its closure. This measure…

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Sacred Khao Thamorat// Photo by Warunee Maneekum

Khao Thamorrat, the sacred landmark of Sri Thep

Since UNESCO’s recognition of Sri Thep as a World Heritage site last year, visitors have been flocking to the ruins. Yet few make it to Khao Thamorrat, the sacred mountain…

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GPS gone awry

A woman, who was relying on GPS to navigate the way to visit a friend in Phrae province on Sunday, found her car stuck on a small pedestrian suspension bridge…

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Buriram province becoming an ideal place for water bird watching

Tweeters can enjoy water bird watching at this time of the year at the Sanambin Reservoir Non-Hunting Area in Prakhon Chai district of Thailand’s north-eastern province of Buriram. From November…

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Military dogs which failed tests on auction at Military Dog Training Centre

Many dog lovers showed up this morning at the Military Dog Training Centre, in Pak Chong district of the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, to participate in the auction of…

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Lin Lin and Alau arrive at the wildlife breeding centre.

Two pet lions seized from house in Chon Buri

Police have seized two lions, being kept as pets without the required permits, from a house in Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district and relocated them to a wildlife breeding centre….

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Two more ‘pet’ lions sighted in Pattaya

Residents of a housing estate in Pattaya have been seeking help, after their foreign neighbour purchased two lions as pets, one of which gets loose and wanders around the neighbourhood….

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“Curve of Secrets” scuba diving attraction unveiled in Trang

Trang province has introduced an underwater attraction for SCUBA divers, called the “Curve of Secrets” at Waen Island, where visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the rare and untouched beauty…

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15 people on a fishing trip rescued from capsized boat off Koh Kut

Fifteen passengers and crew from a boat engaged in a fishing trip, about 16 miles from Koh Kut in the Gulf of Thailand, were safely rescued after their vessel capsized…

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Big cat cruising

A Thai woman has been identified as the owner of a young lion, recently taken on a ride in a convertible in Pattaya. Atthaphon Charoenchansa, the director-general of the Department…

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Misunderstanding over actual size of lithium deposits found in Thailand

The Department of Primary Industries and Mines has explained that there appears to be a misunderstanding that two major lithium deposits in Phang-nga province have been found to contain 14.8…

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Experts urge policy rethink as elephant population boom sparks escalating conflicts

2023 was a bloody 12 months in the ongoing saga of human-elephant conflicts in Thailand, marking the sixth consecutive year of escalating incidents. Records for 2023 show a disconcerting surge…

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Call for overhaul of outdated firework factory icensing laws after Suphan Buri tragedy

Representatives of the Interior Ministry and Industrial Works Department will be invited for a discussion about amending the outdated law governing the licencing of firework factories, House Industrial Affairs Committee…

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Survivors tell of tragic losses in firecracker factory explosion

Two people, happy to have survived a massive blast at a firecracker factory in Suphan Buri province on Wednesday, say they are sad over the loss of many of their…

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Where going to school is a daily adventure

For children on an island off the southern province of Ranong, going to school has become a daily adventure. For years, they have had to ride improvised rafts and wade…

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At least 23 killed in firework factory explosion in Suphan Buri

At least 23 people have been killed and several others injured in an explosion at a firework factory in Suan Taeng sub-district of Suphan Buri province this afternoon. The identities…

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National Teacher’s Day on four legs

Today is Thailand’s national Teachers’ Day, which falls on January 16  each year and not only children took the opportunity to pay respect to their teachers, but also K-9 recruits at…

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Thunderstorms forecast for northern provinces today

Nine northern provinces of Thailand are experiencing thunderstorms, with strong winds and hail in some areas today, due to the westerly wind blowing from Myanmar over the northern region and…

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Sunbathing at Sanam Luang draws mixed reactions

A picture posted on social media of two foreigners sunbathing in Sanam Luang, in front of the Grand Palace, has drawn mixed reactions, with some Thai netizens suggesting that the…

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Panther sightings common on the way to Paneone Thung mountain

The Kaeng Krachan National Park chief has said that sightings of panthers on the way to Paneone Thung mountain in the park are not uncommon, because there are about ten…

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Sauropod dinosaur footprints found on border of Phetchabun and Khon Kaen

Geologists from the Department of Mineral Resources found the fossilised footprints of what are believed to be Sauropod dinosaurs this week, in the border area of the Nam Nao district…

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Experts warn of ‘lost generation’ as Thailand marks Children’s Day

Since 1956, Thailand has celebrated National Children’s Day with fun activities and impressive speeches about how important kids are to the country’s future. But as this year’s Children’s Day approaches,…

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PM signs Move Forward party’s air cleanliness bill

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin approved the Move Forward party’s air cleanliness bill while in Chiang Mai province today, and has sent it back to parliament to be included on the…

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Thailand’s national park “passport” already sold out, thanks to Cullen Hateberry

The ‘Passport to Thailand’s National Parks’, which travellers can get stamped to show which national parks they have already visited, is now out of stock after South Korean YouTubers, ‘Cullen…

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Emergency decree in southernmost provinces should be lifted : Somsak

If the emergency decree is lifted in some districts in the three southernmost provinces of Yala, Narathiwat, and Pattani and replaced with the national security act, the atmosphere in the…

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All 50 districts of Bangkok suffering excessive PM2.5 dust in the air today

Air quality in all of Bangkok’s 50 districts has reached the health-threatening, or Orange level today, with the amount of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere ranging from 41.9μg-73.8μg (microns), the…

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Double suicide puts Thailand’s secretive Johrei sect in the spotlight

While so-called “Johrei” purification practices have existed in Thailand for more than five decades now, the public knew little about the cult until the bodies of a mother and her…

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Thailand’s big issue of small schools

A recommendation by the World Bank in 2018, for the merger of small schools in Thailand to reduce education inequality, may have struck the right chord with those in charge…

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Scores of people die in road accidents on fifth of the seven dangerous days

Twenty-one more people were killed and 284 were injured in 266 road accidents on the 5th day of the New Year travel “Seven Dangerous Days” yesterday, increasing total fatalities and…

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New digs ready for PM Srettha at Government House

A room on the second floor of the Thai Khu Fah building in the Government House compound has been renovated and refurnished, ready to serve as a residence for Prime…

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Cabinet acknowledges proposal to raise marriageable age from 17 to 18

The cabinet has acknowledged a proposal, from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), to increase the marriageable age of Thai people from 17 to 18, to protect youth from being…

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New Year holidaymakers still returning to Bangkok in droves

Mo Chit bus terminal and Don Mueang airport are still packed with people returning to Bangkok after their long New Year break, despite the fact that today is the first…

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CNN to feature Wat Arun during New Year live global broadcast

Phra Prang Wat Arun has been chosen for CNN International’s live broadcast of New Year’s Eve celebrations, along with other iconic landmarks around the world, according to the Tourism Authority…

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Art, culture and entertainment shine in an otherwise gloomy year

2023 may not have been a very good year for most of us given the sluggish economy, wars and uncertainties but for Thais at least, there were some glimpses of…

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2023’s top stories: Trail of cyanide leads to country’s first suspected female serial killer

The woman nicknamed “Am Cyanide” by Thai media made headlines in 2023 as Thailand’s first suspected female serial killer after police uncovered evidence that more than a dozen of her…

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2023’s top stories: Digital wallet scheme dominates government’s policy debate this year

In its election campaign for the May general election, the Pheu Thai Party — out of power for nearly a decade — focused on economic matters, promising higher economic growth…

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From left : Gen Anupong Paochinda, Gen Prawit Wongsuwan and Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha

2023’s top stories: The ‘3Ps’ lose power as voters pull plug on junta legacy  

After nine years in power, the once formidable alliance of Thailand’s three brothers-in-arms finally came to an end in 2023. The political era of the “3 Ps” – General Prayut…

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Holidaymakers hit the roads for the New Year break

The main arterial road to the northeast, known as the Friendship Road, is heavily congested yesterday as hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers head for home or to other holiday destinations…

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Prosecutors reject police case file on Siam Paragon shooting

Public prosecutors have decided to return the case file of the 14-year-old suspect in the Siam Paragon shooting on October 3rd to the police, on the grounds that the police…

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Transport Ministry’s 14 projects, worth ฿570Bn to start next year

The Ministry of Transport has unveiled 14 infrastructure projects, estimated to cost 570 billion baht, which it plans to begin before the end of 2024, according to Transport Minister Suriya…

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Human smuggling investigation on Phuket expands

Police on the island province of Phuket have expanded their investigation into human smuggling activities, after rounding up some 28 Chinese nationals who exploited tourist visas to work at a…

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Free entry to national parks and wildlife sanctuaries on Dec 31 and Jan 1

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation will open all its national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, no-hunting areas and forest parks to the public free of charge this Sunday…

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Pirapan to oversee Justice Ministry

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has assigned Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister Pirapan Salirathavibhaga to oversee the Justice Ministry, with the exception of the Department of Special Investigation, instead of…

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“Cullen Hateberry” channel invited to promote Thailand’s national parks

YouTubers from South Korea, who share content via the “Cullen Hateberry” channel about Thailand, are being invited to support the promotion of tourism in Thailand’s national parks. Atthaphon Charoenchansa, director…

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PM to visit Narathiwat today to inspect flooding

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin will fly to the southern province of Narathiwat after the cabinet meeting today, to inspect the flooding and to visit those affected. The Meteorological Department is…

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Narathiwat suffering worst flooding for several decades

Narathiwat province has been hit by the heaviest downpours in several decades, with rainfall measured at 631mm in Ra-ngae district, 495mm in Yi Ngor district and 447mm in Rue So…

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Wat Benchamabophit//Photo by Prasert Thepsri

All lit up! Visiting Bangkok’s best-known temples and museum at night

There’s no better time to explore Bangkok’s royal temples than the present. Admiring the exquisite architecture of Buddhist temples during the day has long been more popular with foreign visitors…

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File photo : Thai PM Srettha Thavisin

Thailand’s new approach to Myanmar crisis a shot in the dark

The Thai government led by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin is employing a new approach to the ongoing crisis in neighboring Myanmar, focusing on humanitarian assistance, but analysts doubt if it…

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Narathiwat faces urgent crisis as floodwaters still rise

The southernmost province of Narathiwat is in crisis as all 13 districts remain submerged for days, a result of consecutive heavy downpours. Scores of people trapped inside their houses have…

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Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban

Boosting the Thai economy with soft power assets

From cat patterned pants to crab printed trousers and sumptuously designed ice cream imitating mackerel, Thailand’s provinces are going all out to promote the country’s creative economy. They are using…

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Manee Yongyuen, a 59-year-old resident of Chiang Rai’s Chiang Khong district

Hydropower pushing millions of Mekong people onto front line of climate disaster: experts

Although touted as a clean source of renewable energy, hydropower is actually increasing the damage from climate change, say experts who have studied hydropower dam projects on the Mekong River….

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Passengers and crew rescued from sinking ferry in Gulf of Thailand

The 76 crew and passengers, mostly foreign tourists, on a ferry shuttling between a pier on mainland Surat Thani to the Koh Tao resort island in the Gulf of Thailand,…

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A visitor admires the wildflower meadow in Pha Luang Waterfall Forest Park, Ubon Ratchathani, northeastern Thailand. Photo by TAT Ubon Ratchathani Office

Ubon Ratchathani from the bottom up

In the lower part of northeastern Thailand, along the Thailand-Laos border through which the Mekong River winds its merry way, lies Ubon Ratchathani—a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Known…

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2023’s top stories: Tourism in the driver’s seat as Thai economy trundles towards recovery

The tourism sector is enjoying a major recovery in 2023 after years of slump following the debilitating pandemic. As of December 3, the number of foreign arrivals grew 175 per cent…

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Wage committee rejects PM’s call to readjust minimum wages 

The tri-partite wage committee has rejected Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s request for them to reconsider their recent decision to increase the minimum wage by only Bt2-16 a day and the…

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AOT to continue building two new airports to handle more passengers

Airports of Thailand (AOT) will continue to expand the capacity of its existing airports and build two new airports, with an estimated investment of Bt150 billion, to cope with the…

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Police chief to root out “criminal organisation” behind violent student feuds

National police chief, Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol, has vowed root out what he called the “criminal organisation”, which is allegedly instigating hatred and violence between rival students at the Rajamangala…

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Savitree Wongsricha and her remaining daughter, Nong Sading, during their online sale of cloth products. Life goes on after Nong Chompoo’s death.

A mother’s fight for justice against all odds

Savitree Wongsricha’s deep sorrow and great anger were the most glaring in four shabby pieces of paper few people have seen or remembered. In them, she pledged that anyone responsible…

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Opposition leader welcomes government’s marriage equality bill

Opposition parties have welcomed the government’s move to submit a marriage equality bill to parliament, to be considered alongside a similar bill proposed by the Move Forward party, opposition leader…

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Prime suspect in fatal Khlong Toei shooting arrested in Chiang Mai

A prime suspect in the fatal shooting of a vocational student and a school teacher in Bangkok’s Khlong Toei area on November 11th was arrested this morning in Chiang Mai…

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This handout photo taken on November 1, 2019 and released by Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation the Tham Luang cave in the Mae Sai district of Thailand’s northern Chiang Rai province. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP)

Entrance fees for famous Tham Luang cave explained

The admission fees, Bt950 for Thais and Bt1,000 for foreigners, to enter the world-famous Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province have been criticised as expensive, but are set for…

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2023’s top stories: Thailand anguishes over mass shootings, as boy goes berserk in Bangkok mall

The trend of fatal shooting sprees in Thailand continued in 2023, with the country’s top luxury shopping mall becoming the latest killing field. Adding to the shock was the young…

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Sufficient water for industries in EEC, farms and households – Somsak

Deputy Prime Minister Somsak Thepsuthin has offered an assurance that there is sufficient water to meet the demands of industries in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and of the farming…

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Red-whiskered bulbul breeders want bird delisted as a protected species

Breeders of red-whiskered (crested) bulbuls in the South plan to submit a petition, accompanied by a list of about 100,000 supporters, to members of parliament this week, as part of…

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Cleaner air in Bangkok and surrounding provinces today

No areas in Bangkok and its neighbouring provinces, except for Mahachai sub-district in Samut Sakhon province, have excessive amount of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere today, as most of the…

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People want single minimum wage for the whole country – NIDA Poll

Most respondents to a recent opinion poll want one minimum wage rate to be applied across the country, instead of several rates and that the Bt2-16 wage increase proposed by…

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The Golden Boy

US museum agrees to return “Golden Boy” statue to Thailand

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, or The MET, has agreed to return two artefacts, including a bronze statue of Lord Shiva, known as the “Golden Boy”, which…

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No extraordinary preparations for Omicron XBB.1.16 sub-variant in Thailand

The Public Health Ministry has dismissed a report circulating on Thai social media that the Ministry of Public Health has made extensive preparations to cope with the spread of a…

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Crying need for holistic development to make Bangkok liveable

In order to make Bangkok a livable city for everyone, experts are calling for a rethink of urban planning by prioritizing a holistic development strategy for each district based on…

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Less air pollution today in Bangkok, cooler next week for most of Thailand

A strong cold front from China is forecast to blanket the north and northeast of Thailand and the South China Sea from Sunday until the middle of next week. This…

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Pad Krapao

Thai cuisine continues to make its mark

Five Thai dishes, including Pad Krapao, have been listed among the world’s top 100 dishes, according to the TasteAtlas website, and Thai cuisine generally has been ranked 17th best in…

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Children’s rights at risk: Addressing climate-induced violence against the young

Children and youth representatives from across Thailand recently gathered in Bangkok to mark the national launch of General Comment No. 26 (GC26), an important international document focusing on children’s rights…

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Gastronomic diversity shines: Thailand gains 2 new 2-star and 6 one-star restaurants in the 2024 Michelin Guide

Of the 35 Michelin-starred restaurants, Thailand has welcomed two new two-star and six additional one-star restaurants in the 2024 Michelin Guide Thailand edition, which consists of 447 food establishments: seven…

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Four still missing in seas off Jomtien Beach in Sattahip

Emergency workers, including ten divers and jet ski-riders, scoured the waters off Jomtien Beach in Sattahip district of Chon Buri on Tuesday night, looking for four people who are reported…

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Move Forward MP sent to prison for six years on lèse majesté charges

Move Forward MP for Bangkok, Rukchanok Srinork, was sentenced to six years in prison on Wednesday, after she was found guilty by the Criminal Court of lèse majesté and violations…

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Bars can stay open until 6am on New Year’s Day

All pubs and bars across the country will be allowed to stay open until 6am on January 1st as a special case to promote tourism, Traisuree Traisoranakul, spokesperson of the…

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Excessive PM2.5 in 29 provinces and 84 areas in and around Bangkok today

Twenty-nine mostly central and northeastern provinces and 84 areas in and around Bangkok have excessive levels of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere on Sunday, according to the Pollution Control Department….

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Convict found hiding in hospital where he was being treated

Police in Chon Buri province have re-apprehended a convict who, with the help of his wife, had escaped from his guarded hospital bed. The 37-year-old prisoner, serving time for theft,…

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An iconic Mae Klong culinary delight brings together a handful of fresh vegetables, sensational chilli relish, and pan-fried mackerel.//Photo by TAT’s Samut Songkhram Office

Lip-smacking Mae Klong mackerel: a real treat for the taste buds

The viral sensation, or perhaps the cheeky mimicry, of mackerel ice cream on a stick promises to captivate the taste buds of young visitors to the Mackerel Festival in the…

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DSI decides to file multiple charges against management of STARK

The Department of Special Investigation has decided to charge 11 directors and executives of STARK Corporation Public Company Limited with defrauding the public, money laundering and violations of the Securities…

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Treatment anywhere’: A new era dawns for Thailand’s universal healthcare scheme  

The government’s universal healthcare scheme will make a groundbreaking leap next year, when Thais will be allowed to receive free medical treatment anywhere in their home province, including private hospitals,…

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Two Indian tourists die in van-truck collision in Chumphon province

Two Indian tourists were killed and five others, including a Thai, were seriously injured when the van in which they were travelling slammed into a ten-wheel truck and fell into…

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U-Khao

Diversity Highlighted in the 2024 Michelin Bib Gourmand List

Thirty-two restaurants have been awarded the ‘Bib Gourmand’ symbol for the first time in the Michelin Guide Thailand 2024. Now in its seventh edition, this year’s guide has extended its…

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Cooler weather forecast for north and northeast on Saturday

Temperatures in Thailand’s north and northeast are forecast to drop by 1-3oC on Saturday, due to the influence of a moderate cold front from China which is currently looming over…

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COVID-19 infections rising, public advised to wear face masks

Members of the public are advised to wear face masks, maintain social distancing in crowded places and where air circulation is poor and wash their hands frequently, citing a rising…

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