Home Away: Salva Valero Garcia

In the next couple of years, we will probably see Thailand’s national football team play in the U-20 World Cup final. Salva Valero Garcia, the Head Coach confirms that they…

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The Ambassador – H.E. Lee Wook-heon of the Republic of Korea

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Don’t wait to be perfect to enjoy life – Pavida “Silvy” Moriggi

“The best part for me is the way I overcome my own insecurities, because after I released XL, I just feel like I don’t really give a s*** anymore about…

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The Ambassador: Jon Åström Gröndahl Swedish Ambassador

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Let’s make it happen for the next generation – Kotchakorn Voraarkom

“My passion would always be around environmental degradation of the city where I grew up, which is obviously Bangkok. While doing my studies at Chulalongkorn University, I thought a lot…

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The Ambassador: H.E. Allan McKinnon of Australia

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When you are truly yourself, you will feel so much better – Shannon Kalayanamitr

“I think one of the biggest things I’ve learnt is being able to accept who I am, understanding myself, my strengths and weaknesses, being able to build on them and…

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Remote control boats to tighten family bond

When a child wants to have a remote control boat, most parents would just buy them at a toy store. This family in Ayutthaya, however, is a bit different. As…

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Home Away: Greg Lange (Part 2)

Despite the fact that Greg’s business was also impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, it hasn’t affected his desire to help people. He not only devotes his time and resources to…

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Nothing is too hard to achieve – Sudaporn Seesondee

“I’m happy that I got the bronze medal, and I’m still very excited about it because it feels like an achievement for following my own dream.” The only hope for…

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The Ambassador: Helene Budliger Artieda of Switzerland

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Home Away: Greg Lange (Part 1)

Meet an American businessman and a founder of the Bangkok Community Help Foundation, Greg Lange, who has become a familiar face among the members of the Wattana and Khlong Toey…

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Don’t just dream, do it – Panipak “Tennis” Wongpattanakit

“In my childhood dreams, I never thought of being part of the Thai national team or winning a gold medal, because, when I was young, I was really skinny and…

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Reusable PPE suits to reduce plastic waste in Thailand

One of the essentials during the COVID-19 pandemic is the PPE suit. Since most PPE suits are disposable, they produce an increasing amount of plastic waste. Environmentalists have now introduced…

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Actions speak louder than words – Nitcharee Peneakchanasak

“If I still feel sorry about the train accident, I would still be at home, and I won’t get to develop my skills. But if I continue to adapt and…

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Home Away: Amit Lal Singh

Amit Lal Singh is a big fan of the Thai people. He started his recruitment company in Thailand ten years ago, before expanding to six other countries in Asia. He…

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“Sai Mai Will Survive” volunteers to help COVID-19 patients in the district

As Thailand’s medical system struggles under a surge of COVID-19 cases, ordinary people are helping to plug the gaps, risking their own health to bring supplies to patients unable to…

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Couriers working with limited space are important actors in global logistics for vaccines

On Friday morning, Thailand received the first batch of 1.5 million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine donated by the US. Pfizer is quite a complicated vaccine to handle, it has…

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Jeff Bezos, world’s richest man, lifts off on inaugural space voyage

VAN HORN, Texas (Reuters) – Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person, and three crewmates blasted off from the West Texas desert on Tuesday aboard his company Blue Origin’s New Shepard launch vehicle for a suborbital flight – another…

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Listen to yourself and what you really want to do – Jareerat Petchsom

“When I went back home, and I walked along the beach, the beach was changing. Before it used to be really beautiful, with really white sand, but now it’s full…

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The good and the bad of COVID-19 pandemic for the hospitality industry in Chonburi

The unprecedented coronavirus pandemic has brought great challenges to the business sector and people alike. In this report, we find out how a hotel in Siracha of Chonburi province adapted…

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Adaptability skills – The key to surviving the COVID-19 pandemic

The story of a person who refuses to lose hope and stays positive amidst the coronavirus outbreak. We discover how he stays the course, his ability to adapt to survive…

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Walk-A-Tif: Elephant Village Pattaya

For Thais, the elephant is a symbolic animal, but this important mammal is in danger as their numbers have reduced dramatically, from 100,000 to only around 2,700, in the past…

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Samut Prakan’s city planning allows residential areas expanded close to the factory

The fire at a chemical factory in Samut Prakan province raises a lot of questions about city planning, and particularly laws on industrial works. An expert said the history of the…

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Thai borders to open up after mass vaccinations

After the mass vaccination rollout, governments and the public are looking forward to the reopening of borders, just like the “sandbox” project Thailand has just launched on Phuket island. Some…

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LGBTQ Friendly Monastery

Thailand is one of the LGBTQ friendliest countries in the world. Members of the LGBTQ community can do well in life and enjoy relatively wide freedoms. The religious journey can…

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Rainbow Capitalism: Does it hurt or help the LGTBQ+ movement?

Every June, gay people across the globe celebrate Pride month to honor, recall and rejoice over LGTBQ activists, whose trailblazers changed the world. Every June, however, the conversation surrounding ‘Rainbow…

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What do locals think about the Phuket “sandbox” plan?

The highly-anticipated Phuket “sandbox” scheme, under which fully vaccinated foreign tourists can visit the resort island, starts today (July 1st). The locals are looking forward to welcoming tourists again, after…

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Thais in the US uncertain of COVID-19 situation despite mass inoculation

Around this time last year, the United States faced a gravely serious COVID-19 situation. Over twenty thousand new cases were being recorded every day, before the crisis reached its peak…

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“Phuket Sandbox”, the determination to have a better livelihood on a tourist island

The governor of Phuket, Narong Woonsiew, told Thai PBS World, when we asked whether he feels the pressure of being the first province in Thailand to reopen to fully vaccinated…

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Halal food for COVID-19 sufferers in Bangkok – Thai PBS World Tonight [15th June 2021]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many groups and organizations volunteered to provide food and beverages to people suffering from economic problems and those in quarantine at home. The Office of the…

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Thai Boy Love marks territory in Mainland China – Thai PBS World Tonight [14th June 2021]

A decade ago Boy Love novels were considered taboo, a fictional story that involved 2 male characters in a romantic relationship. These novels were sold in niche bookstores and were…

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Artificial Intelligence to boost state transparency – Thai PBS World Tonight [10th June 2021]

“Is it difficult getting access to the data?” “It’s difficult, and I didn’t know how, but I gathered them from news on social media and pieced the information together. Getting…

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Thai researchers breed and release endangered bamboo sharks to the ocean – Thai PBS World Tonight [7th June 2021]

In the Gulf of Thailand, fisheries researchers use a guideline to scuba dive to the ocean floor where they release baskets full of young bamboo sharks into the wild. The…

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Muay Thai self-defense against Asian hate crimes – Thai PBS World Tonight [8th June 2021]

This is Ploy Vejsakon, a 64 year-old Thai woman who lives in Los Angeles in the USA, and she has started Muay Thai training at a Thai Buddhist temple today,…

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‘Use the platform if they have one.’ Talking politics with Amanda Obdam

Politics should be normalised, was Amanda Obdam’s key message during a recent interview with Thai PBS World, as beauty pageants in recent years have undeniably became a platform for women…

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‘Must Survive’ volunteer group aims to be a one-stop support service during the pandemic – Thai PBS World Tonight [25th May 2021]

“Tong Rod – Up for Thai,” or “Must Survive – Up for Thai” is a volunteer group that began with the idea of becoming a one-stop charity and information source,…

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Thai Buddhism in Pop Culture: Luang Phor Koon Screen Printed on Supreme Parkas – Thai PBS World Tonight [21st May 2021]

Late much-revered Thai Buddhist monk Luang Phor Koon means many things to many people. He is a teacher, a guide, a spiritual leader, among others. Recently, he has also been…

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“LOVE 30” Streets for Life – Thai PBS World Tonight [21st May 2021]

If we go by the number of deaths in Thailand, COVID-19 is not the country’s biggest public health problem, but road accidents are. About 20,000 people die in road accidents…

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A joyful and peaceful Eid al-Fitr during the COVID-19 – Thai PBS World Tonight [14th May 2021]

Eid al-Fitr, known as ‘the festival of breaking the fast’, marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting, and is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide. It is…

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Can oxygen saturation show if you are infected with COVID-19? – Thai PBS World Tonight [13th May 2021]

COVID-19 has affected millions of people over the past year and a half. One thing that is quite clear is that the virus attacks the lungs of the infected, causing…

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Lives of children in dense communities during COVID-19 – Thai PBS World Tonight [13th May 2021]

These are some of the children from the Yommarat Railway community, one of many poor communities hidden in Bangkok. Their living conditions are forcing them to work illegally. Selling flower garlands…

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Zero to Food Hero with Yindii – Thai PBS World Tonight [12th May 2021]

Every night, millions of tons of food are thrown in the trash, gone to waste, creating a carbon footprint, cutting short our lives on this planet. The UNEP Food Waste…

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The hard work of hidden heroes in the COVID-19 crisis – Thai PBS World Tonight [11th May 2021]

Entering Phra Nang Klao Hospital, everyone has to pass this security checkpoint. It is the front line for the screening of hospital staff, medical personnel, patients and families. Every day,…

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Public Health Minister’s response on COVID-19 vaccines – Thai PBS World Tonight [7th May 2021]

Amid both concerns and criticism of the handling of the inoculation, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul told ThaiPBS World that the government is committed to inoculating everyone in the country…

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Public Opinion on COVID-19 Inoculation in Thailand – Thai PBS World Tonight [7th May 2021]

Two and a half months after the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines landed in Thailand, over 1.5 million people across the country have already been vaccinated. That covered about 1% of…

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The local gig work as a neighborhood personal shopper – Thai PBS World Tonight [6th May 2021]

This is Sarayuth Buabandit. He has a fulltime job as a salesperson. Recently, however, he took on a second job, as a personal grocery shopper for people in his neighbourhood,…

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Living on the streets amid the COVID-19 outbreak – Thai PBS World Tonight [5th May 2021]

After sunset, both sides of Phra Arthit Road become makeshift dormitories for the homeless. Small spaces in front of all the buildings are used as places to bed down, accompanied…

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Press Freedom: No laws can win over the truth – Thai PBS World Tonight [3rd May 2021]

A report by the Asia Democracy Network, said the state of emergency, which the government uses to crackdown on journalists or citizens, to decrease freedom of expression, such as through…

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Worker Vulnerability and How to Provide Security – Thai PBS World Tonight [30th April 2021]

The story of the lives of garment factory workers, told by Vipa Matchachat, a 46 year-old seamstress, who has worked in the industry for over 31 years and counting. Vipa…

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Walk-A-Tif – The Grand Villa Deves Palace

Deves palace had been the royal residence of Prince Chanthaburi Naruenart since it was gifted by King Chulalongkorn in 1896. After the Siamese revolution in 1932, the heir of Prince…

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“Surfing” moves from the sea to the streets – Thai PBS World Tonight [28th April 2021]

When we were kids, some of us might have had swimming or piano lessons after school but, in 2020, another pastime grew extremely popular with youngsters.  They call it ‘Surf…

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How do people with hearing disabilities receive COVID-19 information? – Thai PBS World Tonight [27th April 2021]

Despite their daughters are able to speak and hear, Phetcharat and her husband were born deaf, so sign language became the main communication tool for the Borisutbuathip family. This is not…

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Nothing to fear, nothing to lose – Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul

“Bringing good things to life means that whatever we are doing, be it business, industry, banking, tourism or sport, you help people to have a better life, especially people in…

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Boy-next-door-politician – Thai PBS World Tonight [23rd April 2021]

Say ‘politician’ and what comes to mind are probably images of policymakers in suits and ties debating in a grand debating chamber, or speaking at a podium in front of…

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Senior doctor explains why calls to 1668 hotlines are often remain unanswered – Thai PBS World Tonight [23rd April 2021]

The Thai Medical Services Department has appealed for public understanding over complaints, including the one from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, claiming that calls to the 1668 hotlines are left unanswered…

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CCSA concerned over ICU bed capacity – Thai PBS World Tonight [23rd April 2021]

The CCSA spokesperson, Dr. Taweesin Wissanuyothin admitted that the daily surge will impact public health services, noting that the current number of current ICU beds, in all general hospitals, is…

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Home Away: Karen Jones, British Early Year School Principal

Karen Jones calls herself a passionate early year educator. She is now a principal at one of the most progressive early year schools in Thailand. She has over thirty years…

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Thailand close to completing massive floating solar farm – Thai PBS World Tonight [22nd April 2021]

This is the hydro-floating solar hybrid project at Sirindhorn Dam, in the northeast province of Ubon Ratchathani.  Some 144,417 units of solar panels are being installed on a reservoir, where…

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Free stir-fried basil for musicians – Thai PBS World Tonight [22nd April 2021]

Watcharapong Sawatwongchai, a young Thai musician, and a member of the Khon Kaen based band, ON THE PLATEAU, moved to Bangkok to follow his dreams as a musician last year….

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New wave of COVID-19 set to cost 130 billion baht in tourism revenue in 1st half of the year – Thai PBS World Tonight [22nd April 2021]

The third wave of COVID-19 infections has dealt a further blow to Thailand’s tourism industry, with revenues projected to shrink by 130 billion baht for the first half of this…

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A look into the COVID-19 hotline job – Thai PBS World Tonight [21st April 2021]

“Low fever? Loss of taste and low fever? Is your sense of smell working okay?” This is one of over 300 calls which volunteers are handling, calling back to check…

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When to get a COVID test and what to do if you test positive? – Thai PBS World Tonight [21st April 2021]

With the number of COVID-19 cases in Thailand rising on a daily basis, many people are worrying about whether they have contracted the virus. While health authorities are encouraging people…

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Thailand to buy another 35m doses of COVID-19 vaccine from other companies – Thai PBS World Tonight [21st April 2021]

According to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s Facebook page, Thailand will procure an additional 35 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from other 2 or 3 companies, on top of the 65…

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Muay Thai Child boxer punching out of poverty – Thai PBS World Tonight [20th April 2021]

There are an estimated 300,000 boxers under the age of 15, according to Thailand’s Professional Boxing Association but some medical experts are calling for a ban on minors boxing, saying…

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Phuket tightens control on all local and foreign arrivals until end of April – Thai PBS World Tonight [20th April 2021]

Phuket has imposed strict new controls on all people entering the resort island, effective from tomorrow until the end of April. The new measure, which was approved by the provincial…

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Home isolation program planned in case hospitals are overwhelmed – Thai PBS World Tonight [20th April 2021]

Thailand’s Medical Service Department has worked out a set of criteria for a home isolation program, where asymptomatic patients will be allowed to isolate at home, in case there is…

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Rapid test kits to assess COVID-19 immunity not advised – Thai PBS World Tonight [19th April 2021]

Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration has advised against the use of commercial rapid antibody test kits to assess immunity after vaccination, due to their unreliability and possible false results. FDA…

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Dissecting the PM’s COVID-19 speech – Thai PBS World Tonight [19th April 2021]

We analysed Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s COVID-19 speech during last Friday’s briefing. Find out more with our special interview with Asst.Prof. Dr.Tavida Kamolvej, Dean, Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University Related stories: Thai…

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Everyone should follow their passion and what they love – Oranuch “Mimee” Lerdsuwankij

“You should dare to challenge yourself, and also take as many opportunities as you can, to learn new things.” The advice to the younger generation from Oranuch Lerdsuwankij, CEO and…

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Walk-A-Tif: Lonely Ramadan in Thailand [16th April 2021]

From cancelled Iftar feasts to suspended mosque prayers and COVID-19 cases spreading in 50 provinces or more, almost all Muslims across Thailand are bracing for a bleak fasting month of…

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COVID zoning system readjusted – Thai PBS World Tonight [16th April 2021]

Thailand’s National Communicable Disease Committee has revised the COVID-19 zoning system, in line with the worsening situation, by dividing the country into just Red and Orange zones, instead of Red,…

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No curfew nor lockdown – Thai PBS World Tonight [16th April 2021]

No curfew nor lockdown will be imposed, as Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha made a televised announcement at 4pm today to announce more restrictions in light of the recent COVID-19…

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Talat Noi: Bangkok’s hidden Chinatown

Whenever people talk about Chinatown in Bangkok, usually they will be referring to the Yaowarat neighborhood. Today, however, WalkATif is going to take you to Bangkok’s other Chinatown, which is…

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Hiring market optimistic after COVID-19 economic freeze in 2020 – Thai PBS World Tonight [9th April 2021]

2020 has been an unprecedented year for every industry around the world, with over-stressed health systems and heightened economic stress, which makes the hiring market challenging, including in Thailand. The…

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Thailand enters the third COVID-19 wave? – Thai PBS World Tonight [9th April 2021]

The number of infections are increasing, most of them were linked to the pub cluster in Thonglor and other surrounding areas. As the cluster already spread to many provinces, the…

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Twitter spotlights Asia democracy movements with #MilkTeaAlliance emoji – Thai PBS World Tonight [8th April 2021]

Twitter has launched an emoji to highlight the “#MilkTeaAlliance” online protest movement that has forged links between pro-democracy activists across Asia. The alliance — named for the shared love of…

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Experts concerned more children are contracting COVID-19 in the latest wave – Thai PBS World Tonight [8th April 2021]

An expert in infectious diseases in children has expressed her concern that more children are catching COVID-19 from family members, while the COVID-19 vaccines for children are still under development….

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Bangkok cancels all Songkran festivities – Thai PBS World Tonight [8th April 2021]

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has decided to cancel all Songkran activities scheduled in all districts of Bangkok to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The deputy governor Kriangyos Sudlabha…

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Home Away: Adrian Van de Velde, Australian Advertising Film Director [Part 2]

In this final part, we will find out what Adrian Van de Velde thinks about the humility of Thai traditions, what it’s like to be a part of a crazy,…

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Prolonged state of emergency troubles rights and freedom – Thai PBS World Tonight [7th April 2021]

The prolonged imposition of state of emergency is questioned by human rights panelists after over a year under the Emergency Decree declared on March 26, 2020. Such enforcement of law…

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Pub cluster spreads to 15 provinces – Thai PBS World Tonight [7th April 2021]

So far, a COVID-19 cluster related to entertainment venues in Bangkok and its suburbs, has spread through 15 provinces and infects 291 people in just two weeks. Also, Dr. Yong…

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Meet Yumi, the virus killing robotic maid – Thai PBS World Tonight [6th April 2021]

This is Yumi. Yumi is a robot … but no ordinary robot. Yumi is a prototype intelligent robotic arm for killing viruses using UVC rays, which have the ability to…

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Entertainment venue cluster spreads to nine provinces – Thai PBS World Tonight [6th April 2021]

The CCSA assistant spokesperson Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan said that a CCSA subcommittee has proposed a three-step measure to control the spread of COVID-19 related to entertainment venues. Firstly, if an…

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Don’t give up before you try – Pasaree “Captain Tuang” Kangwanpong

“I never dreamt of becoming a pilot.” This is Pasaree Kangwanpong’s admission to us, while reflecting back on her journey to becoming a female pilot for Thailand’s long-established domestic airline, Bangkok…

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Walk-A-Tif: Captain Bush Lane

This neighborhood, in Charoenkrung Soi 30, is now called Captain Bush Lane. It was home to many members of Bangkok’s early European expatriate community, during the 19th and 20th centuries,…

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120 km/hr speed limit now effective with second phase starting August 2nd – Thai PBS World Tonight [2nd April 2021]

April 1st marks as the first day that the 120 km/hr speed limit is effective on the Bang Pa-in Highway to the Ang Thong Interchange, covering 50 kilometers and is…

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Court spares former Thai PM Yingluck from having to pay compensation for the rice deal scandal – Thai PBS World Tonight [2nd April 2021]

The Central Administrative Court ruled today that an order, issued by the Finance Ministry in 2016, demanding that former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra pay 35-billion-baht compensation to the state for…

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Coffins to skateboards – Thai PBS World Tonight [1st April 2021]

From a final and eternal resting place, to a speedy way of getting around! A Thai coffin-maker is now turning wooden Buddhist caskets into skateboards. Over the years, hordes of…

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Thailand’s “James Bond Island” in Phang Nga Bay to be assessed for stability – Thai PBS World Tonight [1st April 2021]

Deputy Director-General of Thailand’s Department of Mineral Resources, Montri Lueng-ingkasoot, said today that they will assess the stability of the limestone karst towers, which make up the chain of islands,…

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UN-OHCHR calling on Southeast Asian governments to provide refuge for asylum seekers from Myanmar – Thai PBS World Tonight [1st April 2021]

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called on governments of Southeast Asian countries to provide protection to people fleeing violence and persecution in…

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Home Away: Adrian Van de Velde, Australian Advertising Film Director [Part 1]

An Australian advertising film-director talks about his extensive experience with the Thai film industry and how the country has retained the position as a regional film production hub.

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Thailand’s labour market shows signs of recovery – Thai PBS World Tonight [31st March 2021]

Thailand’s labour demand in February this year showed signs of recovery, after a 24.65% increase from the lowest-point average during the first COVID-19 outbreak in April 2020 and the second…

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Thailand to reopen in four phases beginning April 1st – Thai PBS World Tonight [31st March 2021]

The Thai government is considering easing quarantine requirements and restrictions on travel to Thailand, which will be split into four phases. The spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s office, Anucha Burapachaisri,…

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What do Thais think about Tom Yum Gung’s nomination on UNESCO’s list – Thai PBS World Tonight [30th March 2021]

Thai cabinet has approved the proposal from The Cultural ministry to nominate Tom Yum Gung, the Thai hot spicy and sour soup with shrimp, to be listed on UNESCO’s intangible…

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Thai government denies pushing back Myanmar civilians at the border – Thai PBS World Tonight [30th March 2021]

The Foreign Affairs ministry has denied reports that the Thai government has pushed back Myanmar civilians that fled conflict across the border into the country. The statement published by the…

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Thanathorn denies defaming Thai monarchy during livestream on vaccine acquisition – Thai PBS World Tonight [30th March 2021]

Leader of Thailand’s Progressive Movement, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, went to Nang Loeng police station this morning, to acknowledge lèse majesté charges over his Facebook live commentary, during which he questioned the…

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“Miss Grand Myanmar 2020” to remain in Thailand for her safety – Thai PBS World Tonight [29th March 2021]

Miss Grand Myanmar 2020, Thaw Nandar Aung, aka Han Lay, has indicated that she may have to spend more time in Thailand, before returning to her home country, as the…

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Anti-government protests gather at Pathumwan intersection – Thai PBS World Tonight [29th March 2021]

Anti-government protesters gathered at the MBK skywalk at Pathumwan intersection since 5pm on Monday, to demand the release of their leaders, including a number of protesters who were arrested during…

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You write your own destiny – Dr. Karndee Leopairote

“I have to tell you that I am an achiever.” This is how female CEO, Dr. Karndee Leopairote, who has been considered the ideal “working woman” for many Thais, defines…

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