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Phuket News
Phuket Tasty Fest set to shine
PHUKET: A teaser promotional event for the upcoming Tasty Food Fest 2018 was held at Queen Sirikit Park in Phuket Town on Thursday, with dozens of stalls selling local delicacies from Phuket and elsewhere throughout Southern Thailand.
Phuket Governor to appeal to Cabinet for B108mn to improve marine safety
PHUKET: The Phuket Governor will make a special request to the mobile Cabinet meeting this coming week for an additional ‘emergency budget’ of B108.2 million to improve marine safety in Phuket and the facilities at Chalong Pier, reports state news agency NNT.
Phuket to hold mass merit-making event for Phoenix victims
PHUKET: A special two-day mass merit-making event will be held in Phuket next week for the 47 Chinese tourists who died in the Phoenix tour boat disaster, which capsized and sank off Koh Hei (Coral Island) on July 5.
Foul stench of sewage in black-water canal spurs Phuket hotel wastewater inspections
PHUKET: Outcry by local residents has spurred Phuket officials into dredging a canal in Kamala, on Phuket’s west coast, that has turned stagnant with the black water reeking of the foul stench of sewage so it can flow freely into the sea.
Disaster officials on alert amid heavy rain warning
PHUKET: Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Director-General Chayapol Thitisak has ordered all emergency branches through the North and the South to be on alert as heavy rain is forecast for the coming days.
Broken treasures revived in Rome’s little shop of doll horrors
ITALY: Tucked away in one of Rome’s most fashionable shopping districts, antique doll parts pile up in the tiny shopfront of the Squatriti family boutique, offering a window into another age.
Parks department wins dispute over land on Koh Poda
BANGKOK: The Appeal Court has ordered former Krabi Town Mayor to return a large block of land on Koh Poda in Krabi to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP).
Truck driver blames reckless tourist for motorbike slam
PHUKET: Police are investigating an accident at the entrance to Surin Beach yesterday (Aug 17) after a heavy dual-rear-axle crane truck failed to brake in time to avoid hitting a tourist riding a motorbike.
‘Thank you’ party on Sept 6 for Wild Boars’ saviours
BANGKOK: The government has organised a thank you party at the Royal Plaza in Bangkok on Sept 6 for the more than 60,000 people involved in the rescue of the Wild Boars football team from flooded Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province about two months ago.
Phuket law office raided over nominee land deals for foreigners
PHUKET: Officers from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and Thailand’s Board of Investment (BoI) raided a legal consultancy in Phuket on Wednesday (Aug 15) on suspicion of using nominee shareholders and breach of the Foreign Business Act by transacting land transfers.
 
The Thaiger
More fake goods seized in Patong

Yesterday (August 17) police and soldiers raided a warehouse in Patong and seized more than 200 counterfeit goods. A team of officers from the Economic Crime Suppression Division (ECD) joined the raid at the warehouse of Lanta Souvenir in Patong’s OTOP Market on Rat-Uthit 200 pi Road. 28 year old Wut Boonkanpai was present and […]

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Whale shark sighted off Phuket

A whale shark was sighted off Ao Tue in Koh Racha yesterday (August 17). Videos and pictures posted by a personal facebook page ‘Saran Hassaya’ have been shared widely in social media. Videos and photos were taken yesterday by female tour guide Kristsada Sukjacharee who is also a dive instructor of the ‘Blue Corner’ tour […]

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Increased fines, better training – changes to motorbike use in Thailand

In efforts to temper the world’s number one road toll, a specially-formed Thai committee are poised to recommend a series of new measures to curb, specifically, motorcycle deaths by up to 50% per year. Some of these include raising fines for not having a license by as much as 1000%, introducing more bike lanes and […]

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Landslides close the Ranong-Chumpon road

If you’ve ever travelled north or south from Phuket to locations to the north, via Ranong, you’ll know about the ‘long and winding road’ from Ranong to Chumpon. A lot of effort is being put into improving the road to make the route a viable alternative route for buses, van and cars and a new […]

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Chinese tourists love going local and doing their own bookings – Hotels.com

PHOTO: Jing Daily How much have Chinese millennials (that’s the people born after 1990) increased their spending in the last year? 80%! Research by accommodation booking portal, Hotels.com, reveals that younger Chinese spenders are pushing the boundaries of international travel, increasing their expenditure over the past year by a staggering 80%. Part of the increased […]

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77 reportedly shot in Asian Games crackdown – Amnesty International

From Jakarta Post, via Asia News Network The Asian Games have barely opened in Jakarta. The last thing they need is this explosive claim from Amnesty International. Dozens of people have been shot by the police as part of an escalating crackdown against petty crime in the months leading up to the Asian Games, a […]

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A very Asian tale “Crazy Rich Asians” opens

“The last high-profile Hollywood film with an all-Asian cast was The Joy Luck Club released in 1993.” By The Star, Asia News Network, Kuala Lumpur It was a sweltering night in Singapore and the production of Crazy Rich Asians was in the last leg of filming. Director Jon M. Chu was sweating buckets and it’s not entirely because of the humid weather. […]

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Central Phuket opens on September 10

The new Central Phuket is set to open its doors on September 10. The announcement was made at Centara Grand Beach Resort, also owned by the Central Pattana Group. The concept of the new shopping centre, twice as big as the current Central Festival, is ‘The World Comes To Play’. The new complex will feature […]

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Indonesian President Jokowi declares Asian Games 2018 open

PHOTO: Thai PBS The Asian Games 2018 torch relay has finally completed its one-month-long journey covering a total distance of 18 thousand kilometers and touring 53 cities and districts in 18 provinces across Indonesia, Anatara News reported. Arriving in Jakarta on August 15, the torch was handed over to President Joko Widodo at Merdeka State […]

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Surviving Phuket’s rip currents: everything has changed

(12 minute read) By Associate Professor Robert Brander, PhD, Coastal Geomorphologist, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia Daren Jenner, Marine Safety Officer, International Surf Lifesaving Association. Rip currents are strong, narrow seaward flowing currents, like ‘rivers of the sea’, that exist on many beaches when waves are breaking across wide areas. These potentially deadly […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
'Unified' Koreans cheered as Asian Games begin
JAKARTA: Thousands of spectators cheered wildly as athletes from the rival Koreas marched together in one of the highlights of the spectacular Asian Games opening ceremony.
EC: Election likely on Feb 24
The general election will likely be held on Feb 24 next year, according to the roadmap set by the Election Commission (EC).
High-fashion cremation has people talking
PHRAE: The cremation ceremony for an award-winning makeup artist was a lively, dance-filled affair unlike anything that mourners in this northern province had seen before.
Chinese man held in B36m log seizure
SAMUT PRAKAN: A Chinese national and three migrant workers were arrested and 400 illegally felled logs worth worth 36 million baht seized during a raid on a warehouse in Muang district on Saturday morning.
Kofi Annan dies at 80
Kofi Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80.
2018 Mitsubishi Xpander: Thai prices and specs
All-new seven-seater comes in two grades with the basic one costing 779,000 baht.
Soul-searching at Google over possible return to China
Google executives admitted for the first time this week that they are looking to get their search engine up and running in China after a hiatus of almost a decade.
Law and disorder
Ananda returns as legendary hero
Game over
Test Yourself is where you can improve your reading skills. Whether it’s for tests like University Entrance Exams or IELTS and TOEFL, or even just for fun, these pages help you to read, understand and improve your English.
2018 Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid: Thai prices and specs
Posh SUV sees a new petrol-electric drivetrain replacing the outgoing diesel-electric variation.
 
NationMultimedia.com
SPECIAL REPORT: Don’t make dam business solely about profits, say advocates
Last month’s dam collapse at the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower project in Laos’ Attapeu province has so far claimed 35 lives, with 99 missing and thousands displaced.
Household debt
Thailand's household debts have been on the rise over the past decade, up from an average of Bt116,681 in 2007 to Bt178,994 in 2017.
The reasons we fly the flag
Nationalism pervades an official exhibition on the national ensign, but what’s left out is telling
Method in the MESSAGE
SOME busy people may wear two hats at work. If you’re On-Uma Vattanasuk Rerkpattanapipat you can add a third. But On-Uma is used to juggling roles in her hectic schedule at dtac. The former journalist is the senior vice president for corporate communications and sustainability at the mobile telecommunications operator.
Mazda’s laggard set for sales fast lane after facelift
The revamped 2018 CX-3 subcompact crossover oozes with emotions in a stylish package from the Japanese producer
Former UN chief and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan dies
Former UN chief and Nobel peace laureate Kofi Annan died Saturday at the age of 80, his foundation announced, prompting a barrage of grief-stricken tributes from around the world.
Japan delegation chief: Good competition between China, Japan beneficial
Yasuhiro Yamashita, chief of the Japanese delegation to the 18th Asian Games, said Saturday that he is looking for the Japanese athletes to challenge China to perform well in a number of events in which the two countries are expected to have head-to-head competition.
Senior BMA officials park illegally, see vehicles locked by traffic police
An entourage of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration governor got a clear message from traffic police on Saturday morning after the officials violated the parking ban on a Bangkok road and saw their vehicles briefly locked.
Farms, resorts on Phetchaburi River flood after dam increases release speed
Floods have hit farms and resorts along the Phetchaburi River downstream from the Kaeng Kachan Dam after officials sped up water release from the reservoir.
 
Chiang Mai, Thailand News
Main Chiang Rai-Chiang Mai highway cut by run-off

Moutain run-off hit and washed out three sections of the main Chiang Rai-Chiang Mai road early on Saturday. The Doi Saket police station in Chiang Rai was alerted at 3am that the run-off had taken out sections of the highway No 118 at the kilometre markers 43, 35 and 17, making the road impassable.


Broke and busted: Thai cops charge Malaysian with filing fake report about being robbed

CHIANG MAI : A Malaysian tourist in Thailand who claimed that he had been robbed has been charged with filing a false police report. Thai police say the man, Pravin Krishnan, 20, admitted to lying because he had run out of money and needed an excuse for his parents in Malaysia to send him more.


See All The Magic Of Bangkok In Just One Minute

The capital of Thailand is, simply put, a traveler's dream. An all-night nightlife hub that's also home to some of the most delicious food on Earth, Bangkok is a place of true cultural adventure.


Schooling for poor kids thanks to Bt10 from Chiang Mai residents

THE EQUITABLE Education Fund is now exploring ideas on how best to engage all sectors in extending educational help to underprivileged children. At its public forum in Chiang Mai yesterday, local leader Phairat Maichompoo presented the Bt10 Chiang Mai Fund as a model.


Two women killed, man hurt in Chiang Mai intersection crash

Two women were killed and a man injured when a sedan collided with a pickup truck at an intersection in Muang district of Chiang Mai very early on Wednesday. Police said the 12.10am accident happened at the intersection in front of Tesco Lotus Hang Dong shopping mall on Chiang Mai-Hod road in Tambon Mae Hia.


A Woman's (Political) Work is Never Done

Ma Mee Mee, a prominent member of the 88 Generation Students group, died in a car accident on Monday while on her way back to Yangon from Irrawaddy Region. She was 47 years old.


Why are trees being ordained as monks in Thailand?

Some monks in Thailand are integrating Buddhist principles into the environmental movement in order to garner support from their followers and encourage sustainable practices. Source: Shutterstock Acres of forests are cleared for contract farming, habitats are torn down to make room for new factories, and soil is eroded, causing massive flooding during the rainy season.


China's parents are heading to Thailand for schools and homes

Chinese parents keen to enrol their children in international schools but reluctant to pay the exorbitant tuition fees in the mainland are turning to Thailand as an option, a trend that has bolstered the local property market. Peggy Wang, a mother of a 10-year old girl and six-year old boy, is one such parent who opted to move to the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, where annual tuition fees at less than 60,000 yuan are a quarter of the 240,000 yuan her children's Beijing bilingual school had charged.


Saligan: Color coding

I WAS invited to speak in Thailand a few years back. One was in the Bangkok in Thammasat University and the other one was up north, in Chiang Mai University.


9 Years On, Mong Thongdee Still Hopes For Thai Citizenship

Remember the little stateless boy born to a family of Myanmar migrant workers in Chiang Mai who won Thai people's hearts with his superb paper plane skills back in 2009? Mong Thongdee became Thailand's champion at the age of 12 before going on to capture 3rd place at a paper plane contest in Chiba prefecture in Japan the same year. Mong was showered with praise and promises upon his triumphant return.


 
Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Newcastle and Cardiff draw 0-0
CARDIFF, Wales: Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge saved a stoppage-time penalty from Newcastle United’s Kenedy as each side earned their first Premier League point of the season on Saturday.
'Unified' Koreans cheered as Asian Games begin
JAKARTA: Thousands of spectators cheered wildly as athletes from the rival Koreas marched together in one of the highlights of the spectacular Asian Games opening ceremony.
EC: Election likely on Feb 24
The general election will likely be held on Feb 24 next year, according to the roadmap set by the Election Commission (EC).
High-fashion cremation has people talking
PHRAE: The cremation ceremony for an award-winning makeup artist was a lively, dance-filled affair unlike anything that mourners in this northern province had seen before.
Chinese man held in B36m log seizure
SAMUT PRAKAN: A Chinese national and three migrant workers were arrested and 400 illegally felled logs worth worth 36 million baht seized during a raid on a warehouse in Muang district on Saturday morning.
Three-month traffic solution promise 'miscommunication'
Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha’s spokesman has dismissed reports that the prime minister said he would solve Bangkok’s traffic jams within three months, saying it was a miscommunication.
Kofi Annan dies at 80
Kofi Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80.
1.6 million descend on Mecca for hajj
MECCA, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning on Sunday, as more than 1.6 million Muslim faithful from abroad have arrived in the kingdom.
Bebinca downgraded but heavy rains persist
The Meteorological Department has warned residents of 18 provinces in the North, Northeast, East and South to brace for heavy rain and isolated heavy downpours through Sunday even though tropical storm Bebinca has weakened.
Soul-searching at Google over possible return to China
Google executives admitted for the first time this week that they are looking to get their search engine up and running in China after a hiatus of almost a decade.
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