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Woman gives birth in truck stuck on flooded road in Rayong

A doctor and nurses from Klaeng district hospital in Thailand’s Rayong province helped a pregnant woman give birth to a healthy baby on a pickup truck, which was marooned in…

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About 100 elephants foraging for food outside Thap Lan National Park

Officials from Thailand’s Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation and local administration organisations have been working on a way to encourage about 100 elephants to return into the…

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Three emergency workers injured in a textile warehouse fire

Three rescue volunteers were injured when the wall of a burning textile warehouse collapsed onto them as they were helping fire fighters to control a fire at the warehouse. The…

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Customs officials seize 8 tonnes of imported pork in Maha Sarakham

Thai customs officials seized about eight tonnes of frozen pork, worth about 1.6 million baht, from two trucks in Kantharalak district of the north-eastern province of Maha Sarakham yesterday (Wednesday)….

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Thai medical organisations ask government to rethink cannabis legalisation

The Medical Council of Thailand, along with 16 other medical organisations and royal colleges, have signed a petition seeking to limit the use of cannabis to medical purposes and firmly…

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TikTok star Phattaradej ‘Top’ Luechai, 29, who became famous for sharing his extreme frugal monthly meal prep for himself and his partner due to inflation, poses next to stored food for one month to illustrate his tight budget grocery shopping under $109 on his channel, in Samut Prakan province, Thailand, August 29, 2022. REUTERS/Kwang Jiraporn Kuhakan

Thai TikToker builds following with tips on frugal living

A Thai TikToker‘s tips on grocery shopping on a budget of just 4,000 baht ($109) a month are attracting thousands of followers amid a global food crisis as the southeast Asian nation grapples with…

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41 more Rohingya found on an island off Thailand’s Satun province

Thai authorities have found 41 more Rohingya, from Myanmar’s Rakhine state, on an island off the southern province of Satun, after Thai fishermen rescued ten people floating in the sea…

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Ten Rohingya plucked from the sea off Satun province by a Thai trawler

Ten Rohingya, from Myanmar’s Rakhine state, were rescued from the sea off the southern border province of Satun by a Thai trawler today (Tuesday). They were found floating, clinging to…

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Happy reunion for woman whose cat had been missing for a month

There has been a rare and happy reunion between a cat and its owner, after the feline went missing from home in Hat Yai district in the southern province of…

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1,280 hectares of rice fields in Nakhon Ratchasima flooded and damaged

More than 1,280 hectares of rice fields in Thailand’s north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima have been damaged after being under water for more than a week, and more rice farmland…

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Bangkok urged to promote bicycle communities

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is being urged to promote the creation of bicycle “communities” in the capital, to encourage more people to turn to the bicycle as an alternative…

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Police chief in Chiang Rai removed following raid on Par Club

The police superintendent of Muang district police, in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai, Pol Colonel Kittipong Sukwattanapun, has been transferred to an “inactive” post in the operations centre of…

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57th birthday party for hippo “Mae Malee” at Khao Kheow zoo

The Zoological Park Organisation of Thailand are making preparations, at Khao Kheow open zoo in  the eastern province of Chon Buri, for a birthday celebration for Mae Malee, the longest…

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Over 135,000 hectares of land, including 42,560 hectares of rice fields in Thailand flooded

More than 135,000 hectares of land, including about 42,560 hectares of rice fields in the Nan, Chao Phraya, Pasak and Bang Pakong river basins, are now flooded, according to the…

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Schoolboy needs surgery after being forced by teacher to stand and sit 200 times

A 15-year-old schoolboy is awaiting surgery, to treat serious muscle inflammation at the back of his left knee, after he was allegedly forced, by his teacher, to stand and sit…

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Five seriously injured in blast at cooking gas filling factory

Five workers were seriously injured in an explosion at a cooking gas tank filling factory in Bang Sao Thong district of Thailand’s Samut Prakan province last night (Monday). According to…

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Thailand’s new police chief announced

The National Police Policy Committee Meeting has voted unanimously to appoint Police General Damrongsak Kittipraphat as the next National Police Chief, succeeding Police General Suwat Jangyodsuk, who will retire on…

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5 waterfalls in and around Khao Yai closed to tourists until end of September

Five waterfalls in Khao Yai National Park, in Thailand’s north-eastern provinces of Nakhon Ratchasima and adjacent Nakhon Nayok, have been declared off-limits to visitors until end of September for safety…

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Race to discharge more water through Pasak Jolasid and Chao Phraya dams

Thailand’s Royal Irrigation Department is racing against time to discharge more water through the Pasak Jolasid Dam in Lop Buri province and the Chao Phraya Dam in Chai Nat province,…

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Thai woman stuck in bathroom for 3 days rescued by police

After being reported as a missing person by her sister, a 54-year-old Thai woman has been rescued from her bathroom by Phra Khanong police in Bangkok. She had been stuck…

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Household electricity users to get discounts from September to December

Thailand’s Committee on Energy Policy Administration (CEPA) agreed today (Monday) to help shoulder the burden on household electricity consumers through discounts from September until December, the period the fuel tariff…

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Thai speleologist relates his cave exploration experiences

Rueangrit Promdam has a passion for caves and all forms of life therein. That is why, several years ago, he chose to become a speleologist, or cave researcher, at the…

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Seven students injured as bridge collapses into a lake

Seven students sustained injuries when a steel bridge over a man-made lake, on which they and a dozen others were standing and jumping, suddenly collapsed at a resort in Chian…

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Warning of heavy rain until Monday in Thai 40 provinces

Thailand’s Meteorological Department issued a bulletin today (Saturday) warning people living in 40 provinces across the country, including Bangkok and its peripherals, of heavy to very heavy rain until Monday….

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Public consent required for pilot 4am extension of Khao San pub hours

Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports will propose its pilot project, to allow pubs and bars in Bangkok’s Khao San area to operate until 4am, instead of 2am, to the…

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Legendary Thai actor Sombat Metanee dies at 85

One of Thailand’s best known former actors and directors, Sombat Metanee, died today at the age of 85. According to a Facebook post by Suda Chuenban, the legend has died…

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Is India becoming a new market for trafficked animal species from Thailand?

India has recently emerged as a potential market for several CITES-listed animal species being smuggled out of Thailand, with the interdiction of more than six trafficking cases in the past…

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Samples from Doi Suthep waterfall tested for E.coli after contamination claim

Officials from the Pollution Control Department, based in Chiang Mai province, have collected samples from a creek and waterfalls in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park for lab tests, after a report…

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Cabbie praised for giving poor family a free ride to Udon Thani

Netizens have heaped praise on a kind-hearted taxi-driver who offered a free ride from Bangkok to the north-eastern province of Udon Thani to a family of three, after they were…

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Singaporean tourist dies, four others injured in road accident in Phuket

A Singaporean tourist was killed and four others were injured when their car crashed into a micro bus on a steep road in Muang district of Phuket late last night…

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Mae Sai township flooded as Sai River breaches flood wall

More than 2,000 households and about 200 shops in four communities in the municipal area of Mae Sai district of Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai are inundated this morning…

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18th victim of Mountain B pub fire dies at Thammasat U Hospital

Another person, injured in the August 5th blaze at the Mountain B pub in Sattahip district of Chon Buri province, died yesterday (Friday) at Thammasat University Hospital, bringing the death…

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Search on for tourist wanted for illegal fishing in southern marine park

Thailand’s Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa has ordered park officials to track down a western tourist who was seen, in a widely-shared online post, with a bunch of…

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Death toll in Chon Buri pub fire rises to 17

Another 2 deaths, resulting from the fire at the Mountain B pub in Chon Buri province last Friday, have been confirmed yesterday and today (Thursday), bringing the toll to 17….

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15 now dead in Chon Buri pub blaze, fire exits all locked from the outside

While the death toll from the fire in the Chon Buri pub early Friday morning has increased to 15 today (Saturday), Suvadee Suetrong, a representative of the Mountain B pub’s…

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Warning of widespread flooding, river overflows and flash floods from Sunday to Tuesday

Thailand’s Department of Public Disaster Prevention and Mitigation is warning of potential flooding, waterway overflows and flash floods at the bases of mountains and in other areas across the country,…

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One worker dies, five injured when coal crane net snaps

One worker died and five others were injured when the net in which they were being lifted off a coal freighter onto the dockside by crane on Si Racha Island,…

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Chiang Rai airport to reopen as Nok Air aircraft extracted from ground

Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai international airport is expected to resume normal operations soon, after, at about 4am this morning, the damaged Nok Air Boeing 737-800 plane was extracted from the…

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Nok Air plane which slid off runway on Saturday sustains damage to landing gear

Workers have been using heavy equipment to move the Nok Air Boeing 737-800, which is partially blocking the runway of Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai international airport, after it was discovered…

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Two killed as part of flyover collapses on Rama II Road in Samut Sakhon

Two people were killed and two others injured when a support beam of a U-turn flyover bridge, undergoing maintenance, collapsed on Sunday night, forcing the Highways Department to temporarily close…

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Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai airport’s runway closed for three more days

Thailand’s Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai international airport has announced that its runway will remain closed until Wednesday night at 10pm, as workers try to move a Nok Air aircraft, which…

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Eight provinces along Mekong River warned of rising water levels this week

People living along the Mekong River in Thailand’s eight northern and north-eastern provinces have been advised to brace for the effects of the rising level of the river until August…

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The rags to riches story of the latest Miss Universe Thailand

The latest Miss Universe Thailand, 23-year-old Anna Suengam-iam, was born into a family of garbage collectors. She was crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2022 in the final of the pageant late…

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Nok Air cancels all fights on Sunday between Bangkok and Chiang Rai

Nok Air has suspended all flights today (Sunday) between Bangkok and Chiang Rai province after one of its planes skidded off the runway at Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai international airport…

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Lead shot found in remains of elephant in Kanchanaburi wildlife sanctuary

Kanchanaburi forensic police have found five shotgun pellets embedded in the remains of an elephant in Salak Phra wildlife sanctuary in the province, but they do not believe that they…

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‘No bikinis’ sign on Samae San Island removed by the Thai Navy

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has decided to remove a sign telling tourists not to wear bikinis from Samae San Island, off the eastern province of Chon Buri, to prevent…

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Cabinet approves ฿10.9 billion for new zoo in Pathum Thani

The cabinet has approved a total budget of 10.9 billion baht, spread over the 2023 to 2027 fiscal years, for the construction of a new zoo in the outskirts of…

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Thai man at hospital in Phuket with suspected monkeypox, diagnosis pending

A Thai man, who may be infected with monkeypox, was sent from Thalang Hospital in Phuket to Vachira Phuket Hospital this afternoon (Tuesday) for tests and diagnosis. The ambulance arrived…

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Nigerian may have been infected with monkeypox in Thailand – senior doctor

The Nigerian man, who was confirmed to be Thailand’s first and so far only monkeypox case, may have contracted the virus in the country, said Dr. Wasun Chantratita, chief of…

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House panel cuts ฿7.4 billion for two F-35A combat jets, Thai air force defends plan

A House subcommittee scrutinising procurement projects of state agencies decided yesterday (Monday) to cut the 7.4-billion-baht budget for the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) to procure two US-made F-35A combat…

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Riverside residents in 11 provinces warned of Chao Phraya overflows from Wednesday

People living near the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok and in ten other central provinces are being warned, by the Irrigation Department, of overflows from the river starting Wednesday (July…

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Expert warns Bangkok may face worse flooding September-October

In September and October, Bangkok is at risk of flooding which may be worse than that experienced this week, especially Wednesday night, warned Assoc. Prof. Dr. Seree Supratid, a water…

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Police under fire for banning food vendors from wearing dinosaur costumes

Police in the Muang district of Thailand’s southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat have come under widespread criticism on social media for banning three food vendors from wearing dinosaur costumes…

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BKK governor says contractor accountable for delay in Sukhumvit 103 tunnel project

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt announced today (Sunday) that the contractor for the construction of the 4.9 billion baht underground tunnel project in Sukhumvit Soi 103, Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction Plc,…

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Sunken barge in Chao Phraya River yet to be salvaged

Pak Khlong San district police in Bangkok have been coordinating with the owner of a barge over the salvage of a vessel which sank in the Chao Phraya River on…

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Three dead, four injured in explosion at Ratchaburi smelting plant

Three employees were killed and four others were injured in an explosion and fire at a smelting works in Photharam district of Thailand’s Ratchaburi province last night (Saturday). Police said…

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Bangkok to arrange orderly pavement vending

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has been trying to regulate pavement vending in an effort to ensure safety, enough pedestrian space and to allow vendors to make a living in…

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Briton, Thai drown in rough seas off Kata Noi beach in Phuket

A British tourist, and a Thai who went to help, drowned in rough seas off Kata Noi beach in Phuket province last evening (Thursday). According to the Thai tourist police,…

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Rare video released of a family of tigers feeding on their prey in Thailand

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has released rare images showing a family of two tiger cubs, their parents and two other tigers feeding on their prey….

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BMA not permitted to use Hua Lamphong station for outdoor movie show

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has rejected the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA) plan to use Hua Lamphong railway station as a venue for an outdoor showing of a popular…

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Motorists in Thailand who ignore traffic tickets now face tougher legal action

Effective yesterday (June 13th), motorists or motorcyclists in Bangkok who break traffic laws and then ignore traffic tickets will face tougher legal action, including the suspension of annual vehicle registration…

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Mother elephant and calf rescued from manhole near Khao Yai National Park

Officials from Khao Yai National Park and volunteers successfully and dramatically rescued a mother elephant and its calf from a two-metre deep manhole near a resort in Muang district of…

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Thai cabinet extends ฿5 per litre diesel excise tax cut for two more months

The cabinet decided to extend the 5-baht/litre excise tax cut today (Tuesday), to control the price of diesel fuel until September 20th. Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said that the tax…

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Two hundred extra public buses available during this week’s long holiday

The state-run Transport Company has added 200 buses to its fleet, in anticipation of a surge in passenger demand during the holidays, from tomorrow until Sunday. The deputy transport permanent…

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Bangkok businesses enjoy windfall from Manchester U v Liverpool soccer match

Many hotels within walking distance of the Rajamangala National Stadium are booked out by fans of Manchester United and Liverpool FC, keen to watch the pre-season friendly match this evening…

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Vehicles entering Thailand’s Khao Yai Park subject to emission checks

All vehicles entering Khao Yai National Park, in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, will now be subject to emission checks, as part of efforts by the Department of National…

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Petrified log in Tak recognised by Guinness World Records

An ancient petrified tree, found in a petrified forest in Thailand’s Doi Soi Malai National Park in the western province of Tak, has been recorded by Guinness World Records as…

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Bangkok organises outdoor cinema festival to boost local economy

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), along with Thai film associations, is organising an outdoor cinema festival throughout the month of July, in hopes of boosting the local economy, especially at…

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Thai court rules cancellation of Orange Line train project bid unlawful

The Central Administrative Court has ruled that the cancellation of the bid for the construction of the 120-billion-baht western section of the Orange Line train project, between Bang Khun Non…

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Heavy rains forecast for most of Thailand July 9-14

Heavy to very heavy rain is forecast for most of Thailand, from Saturday until next Thursday, which may trigger flash floods and overflows in some areas, the Meteorological Department warned…

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Thai archaeologist on mission to reclaim ancient Khmer sculpture from US

A Thai archaeologist has embarked on a mission to reclaim a bronze sculpture, believed to be of Khmer King Jayavarman VI, from a museum in the United States. Tanongsak Hanwong,…

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Students at school on Thai-Myanmar border undergo air raid drills

The Ban Valley School, in Phop Phra district of Thailand’s Tak province, which is close to the border with Myanmar where fighting is underway between Myanmar government forces and Karen…

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Budget to improve ‘Green Bridge’ linking Lumpini and Benjakitti parks to be reduced

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), led by Governor Chadchart Sittipunt, has been tasked with improvements to the “Green Bridge”, which connects the city’s Lumpini and Benjakitti Forest parks, but with…

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Former MP questions how a defective Thai parliament building was accepted

Former Democrat MP Watchara Petthong is seeking answers from the office of the secretary-general of the House of Representatives about how it can accept the delivery of the 12 billion…

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Bangkok administration may increase tree planting to two million

Due to the positive public response to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA) plan to plant one million trees over four years, the target may be increased to two million trees,…

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BTS to begin charging fares on Green Line extensions from August

BTS sky train passengers who use either of the two extensions of the Green Line, between Bearing and Keha in Samut Prakan (13km) and between Mo Chit and Khu Khot…

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Six minors in Thailand suffer undesirable symptoms after consuming cannabis

A 3-year-old girl was among six minors who developed undesirable effects between June 21st and 26th after knowingly or unknowingly consuming cannabis or food containing cannabis, according to the Royal…

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Minimal fare rise for private bus operators effective from July 4

Thailand’s Central Land Transport Control Board has decided to allow private bus operators, which provide inter-provincial and inter-district services, to increase their fares by 5 satang/km from July 4th, to…

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GrabBike riders given two more months to operate without registration

Thailand’s Land Transport Department has decided to extend the July 15th deadline for GrabBike (Win) riders to operate, without registering as public transport operators, by two more months, while urging…

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Thais warned not to take cannabis or hemp products to some countries

The Thai embassies in Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam have advised the Foreign Ministry to warn Thai people not to bring cannabis, hemp or their extracts when they visit these countries,…

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Major refinancing program proposed to help Student Loan Fund borrowers

About six million former and current students who borrowed from the Student Loan Fund will pay less interest and lower fines for default and will be allowed to extend the…

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Four injured by smoke, 30 houses in Bangkok’s Bon Kai community razed by fire

Four people suffered the effects of smoke inhalation and about 30, mostly dilapidated houses in the Bon Kai crowded community on Rama 4 Road in Bangkok’s Pathumwan district were burned…

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Garbage, grease blamed for blocking sewers as drainage efforts begin Monday

Abundant garbage and household grease have been found in the sewers in Bangkok’s Huai Kwang area, on the first day of clearing the city’s drainage system by prisoners, to curb…

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Governor visits Khlong Toei in first inspection tour of Bangkok’s 50 districts

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt launched his mobile meetings with district officials today (Sunday) and visited local people as part of his pro-active and people-centric approach to solving problems, with Khlong…

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Thailand’s national lottery to consider increasing digital ticket sales

The board of the Government Lottery Office (GLO) will consider increasing the number of digital tickets available for sale online, after tickets for the June 16th and July 1st draws…

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Over 2.8m digital lottery tickets for Thailand’s July 1 draw grapped in six hours

More than 2.8 million digital lottery tickets, for the July 1st draw, were sold in six hours, on their first day on sale, following the successful launch of online lottery…

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Thai murder suspect from Taiwan surrenders to police in Chiang Mai

The murder suspect, wanted in Taiwan for killing a Thai couple last week, surrendered to police in the northern province of Chiang Mai this morning (Friday). Accompanied by his father,…

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Lottery vendors complain of unsold tickets after the launch of digital sales

Digital lottery ticket sales for the June 16th draw, by the Government Lottery Office, apparently adversely affected many lottery vendors, who found they had many unsold tickets yesterday, forcing some…

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No lifting of Thailand’s face masks in public mandate, some places may be exempted

The mandate requiring the wearing of face masks in public will not be lifted outright when the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) meets tomorrow (Friday), but guidance will be…

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Deputy Bangkok governor begins tackling bribery among municipal police

Deputy Bangkok Governor Chakkaphan Phewngam has warned municipal police to refrain from demanding or accepting bribes or other ill-gotten benefits during his first meeting with municipal police chiefs and the…

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Police on nationwide lookout for mayor of Prachin Buri administration

Police across Thailand have been told to look for Sunthorn Vilawan, mayor of the Prachin Buri provincial administrative organisation and father of Deputy Education Minister Kanokwan, who is wanted by…

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Concerns voiced over health effects of cannabis on youth

Thailand’s Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has expressed concern over the potential short and long term effects of cannabis on Thai youth, now that controlled use of the…

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Over 17,000 complaints about Bangkok filed via new platform in first 11 days

The new online “Traffy Fondue” platform, launched by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) under its new governor Chadchart Sittipunt, received 17,811 complaints from Bangkok residents in its first 11 days,…

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Well known Thai touring cyclist killed by a truck in Nakhon Ratchasima

Locally famous Thai cyclist, Nirantra Phramthong, who had travelled to numerous countries with his bicycle, was struck by a ten-wheel truck and killed yesterday (Thursday), while riding along a road…

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Buri Ram holds Thailand’s first major cannabis exhibition

Public Health Minister and Leader of Bhumjaithai Party Anutin Charnvirakul officiated at the opening of a cannabis exhibition today (Friday), at the Buriram International Circuit in the north-eastern province, to…

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Over 3,000 convicted of cannabis-related offenses in Thailand to be freed Thursday

More than 3,000 people serving prison terms for offences related to cannabis or hemp are to be released tomorrow (Thursday) when the announcement of the Public Health Ministry, removing the…

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Governor Chadchart asks for a year to study ways to solve Bangkok’s traffic woes

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt has asked for a year to study technology based solutions to solve Bangkok’s notorious traffic problems, as he outlined plans to set up a working committee…

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Fishermen petition against immature fish catches on World Oceans Day

Small-scale fishing folk arrived at the Thai parliament in three small fishing vessels this morning (Wednesday), to petition the government and parliament against the destructive practice of catching inedible and…

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Five-year-long 30-million baht lottery prize drama finally concludes

After five years of courtroom battles and out-of-court drama between a teacher and a retired police officer, over who actually owns five first prize lottery tickets worth 30 million baht,…

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Fishermen to petition against catching of inedible, immature fish

A group of small-scale fishermen, from 23 provinces, arrived in the estuary of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok today (Monday), after a voyage of over 10 days from the…

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