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Phuket News
The solo Aussie outback cop
AUSTRALIA: Being the only policeman in an area the size of Britain might be daunting for some, but not for Senior Constable Stephan Pursell.
Pygmies, masters of the forest
GABON: Just back from the hunt with a choice selection of plants, Ebona feels at home in the endless forest where many Gabonese fear to tread.
Phuket Opinion: Just passing through
PHUKET: The global survey of the people actually living and working in major tourism destinations, despite its corny name ‘Planet Happiness’, is asking one of the most important questions of the decade.
Larry Amsden, long-time Phuket philanthropist passes away
PHUKET: Long-time Phuket expat and philanthropist Larry Amsden, renowned for his deep dedication to his charity work with the Rotary Club of Patong Beach, has passed away.
Phuket police transferred amid extrajudicial killing probe
PHUKET: Nine officers have been ordered to transfer out of the province within the next 24 hours, pending an investigation into the shooting dead a man who ran a checkpoint in Cherng Talay early Tuesday morning.
Cambodia pardons Australian filmmaker jailed for espionage
CAMBODIA: An Australian filmmaker jailed for espionage in Cambodia received a royal pardon and was released yesterday (Sept 21), less than a month after he was sentenced to six years in prison in a case observers slammed as a farce.
Satree Phuket students injured in highway van accident
PHUKET: Students from Satree Phuket School are among 10 people who were injured when the van they were travelling in slammed into a car head-on in Surat Thani this morning (Sept 22).
Police arrest three drug suspects on the same Phuket Town street
PHUKET: Hot on the heels of police arresting seven suspects in the one ‘Drug Street’ in Phuket Town on Wednesday, Phuket City Police yesterday (Sept 21) arrested three suspects for drugs in a small sidestreet in Phuket Town, with two of the suspects staying in the same rented room mansion.
Phuket consuls fed glossy update over road safety, accidents and drownings
PHUKET: Honorary consuls and embassy representatives from the leading countries whose tourists visit and nationals live in Phuket were yesterday (Sept 21) given a very brief update on the key issues affecting the island – including traffic, road safety and drownings – but with no actual progress explained.
August tourist arrivals up 3%
BANGKOK: Thailand’s tourism market remains strong, with more than 3.2 million foreigners travelling here in August, rising 3% year-on-year.
 
The Thaiger
74 year old tourist collapses and dies in front of Pattaya hotel

A 74 year old Saudi Arabian tourist, Mr.  Alsalamah Nasser Abdulrahman passed out on the street in front of the Dee House Hotel on Soi 17 in South Pattaya on Friday. 27 year old Araya Kanying Yuen had been walking into the hotel when she saw the man collapse. She and some motorbike drivers attempted to […]

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Chinese tourists ignoring the PM’s orders

If Thai PM Prayut doesn’t have enough to worry about with errant politicians not towing the line, he now has to contend with Chinese tourists not obeying his instructions. Daily News is reporting that Chinese tourists are ignoring prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s orders to stop feeding Chiang Mai’s pigeons. The edict from the Thai PM’s […]

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Premchai poaching trail scheduled to start November

PHOTO: The Nation A date with the Thai courts has been set for Premchai Karnasuta, the Thai construction tycoon who’s headed to trial on charges of poaching. Read an earlier story leading to the upcoming court case HERE. JS100 News is reporting that the first witnesses will take the stand on November 27 to testify […]

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Budget Phuket to India direct, from October

Indian low-cost airline carrier GoAir will commence direct flights between India and Phuket in October. Flights between Delhi to Phuket start October 11 and from Mumbai on October 12. GoAir is the 5th largest airline in India, with a home base of Mumbai. The city-based airline, which became eligible to fly overseas more than two years ago when […]

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Weather warnings out for mid-week

The Meteorological Department is warning people living in the East and Lower North-east regions of Thailand to be mindful of rain-related dangers. The TMD is forecasting heavy rains in those regions until September 29. Bangkok and adjacent provinces are expecting rain to fall on 40 per cent of the area today. The weather bureau has also […]

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New Hong Kong to Shenzhen high speed train launches today

It’s the first day of the new HK to Shenzhen high speed train service. At 7am the first hundreds of passengers departed the former British colony for mainland China at speeds up to 200 kph. The project, costing US$11 billion, is seen by some as a new, convenient and speedy track into mainland China and […]

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Top 10 tips for riding a motorbike in Thailand

Motorbikes and scooters are the most popular mode of transport in Thailand, and most of south east asia. The 110cc step-thru is ubiquitous. Most just go and go and go – they’re astonishly reliable. Whilst you’re meant to change the oil once a month we suspect most don’t get their oil changed once a year, […]

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Pattaya’s hotel performance rebounds as EEC drives positive market sentiment

Domestic tourism growth outshines Mainland China and Russia source business Thailand’s second largest tourism market, Pattaya has pushed through the glass ceiling from the volatility hangover of the 2014 era, with its hotel sector now showing strong signs of rising stability. According to the latest available data, strong demand from the Thai domestic sector accounted […]

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Surat Thani oyster farmstay burns down

PHOTO: Daily News The Sinmana Farmstay oyster farm and resort has burned down after staff unwittingly sprayed the entire property with an accelerant to keep away mosquitos on Friday. Sinmana Farmstay is located in the Kanchanadit District, Surat Thani, and was popular with tour groups who stay at the resort and caught oysters during their trip […]

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Natural alternative to elephant tourism in Prachuap Khiri Khan

An elephant-tourism alternative has made headlines near Hua Hin. A Prachuap Khiri Khan hamlet where visitors can leisurely observe about 200 wild elephants has been selected as one of 50 Otop “Local Way of Life” tourism villages. Kui Buri district chief Chatree Chanweerachai says that Ban Ruam Thai, adjacent to Kui Buri National Park, had […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Applying empathy amid organisational tension
Empathy has become overused buzzword in the business world, where it is not always properly understood anymore. It has definitely lost its true meaning in the business landscape.
Govt mulls plan for 1 visa, 5 cities
The plan for a single visa for "Five Chiang Cities" will be proposed to spur tourism among four countries in the Mekong Region and add quality tourists to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces of Thailand.
Bangkok condo surplus viewed as temporary
Condo oversupply exists in some Greater Bangkok locations but will eventually decrease as developers delay new launches in those areas, say analysts and developers.
Senate may tip the balance
The Senate selection process has kicked off now that the Election Commission's (EC) regulations governing intra-group voting for 50 senators have been published in the Royal Gazette.
Drug blitz at full moon party
Anti-drug authorities led by the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) have arrived in Surat Thani to begin a crackdown on drugs at the province's beach holiday destinations.
Thailand leaps ahead on efficiency index
Thailand is now ranked 27th among 56 countries ranked on the Bloomberg Health Care Efficiency Index, up from 41st place last year, said Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn Sunday, citing the 2018 rankings published last week.
More seeking southern comfort
Following a mobile cabinet meeting to Chumphon and Ranong last month, various bodies are coming up with ideas to expedite promoting coastal attractions further south on the spectacular western coastline as an extension to the already popular destinations in Phetchaburi's Cha-am district and Prachuap Khiri Khan's Hua Hin district.
The Thai wives who never said 'I do'
After tying the knot earlier this year, Somjit and her husband visited the Wang Muang district office in Saraburi to register their marriage only to be told she was already married to a man she had never met.
Bangkok's car-free day is mere lip service
On Saturday morning, as city officials and invited guests were lining up to welcome Deputy Governor Sakoltee Phattiyakul who was due to officiate a city function, everything seemed to go as planned.
Mu Space sticks to IoT support plans
Mu Space has affirmed its plan to develop the Internet of Things (IoT) here to support future 5G technology.
 
NationMultimedia.com
Maldives opposition leader wins presidential poll
Opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the Maldives' presidential election, results showed Monday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen following a campaign observers said was rigged in the strongman's favour.
Ireland castle chosen as this year’s best luxury hotel
An opulent, carefully restored, 18th-century castle in Ireland has been named the hotel of the year by experts at luxury travel network Virtuoso.
Chinese military lodges solemn representations against US sanctions
China's Central Military Commission on Saturday lodged solemn representations and protests against sanctions imposed by the United States.
Porsche first German carmaker to abandon diesel engines
Sports car maker Porsche said Sunday it would become the first German auto giant to abandon the diesel engine, reacting to parent company Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal and urban driving bans.
Thai Union committed to help Thailand deal with sustainable fishing challenges
THAILAND’S progress in promoting human rights in the fishing industry will be addressed in a panel session on modern slavery and human trafficking at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) today in New York.
Making the most of life
Born with what many would consider a severe disability, Kanya Sesser is living proof that we can all be anything we wish
Number of Asian Children Dying Before Their Fifth Birthday
Although there has been a remarkable decrease in the death rate of children under five in Asia, there are many countries in the region that are still struggling to contain the mortality rate and provide a better survival for the children to stay alive beyond five.
ANALYSIS: Red-faced junta can’t woo people with borrowed slogans
WHILE THE two military coups that occurred in the past 12 years have tried to eliminate the so-called Thaksin regime from the Thai political landscape, the junta’s latest campaign to promote General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s administration has only brought the influential tycoon back into the political discourse.
Pracharat bill ‘a setback for goal of a welfare state’
Subsidising only a part of population won’t ease economic disparity: critics
 
Chiang Mai, Thailand News
About pigeons

Elections, as Chaiyapong Samniang writes, are a right and not a privilege. But we need to add that democratic processes can create nasty authoritarianism.


Special Report : Official air quality standards raise concerns

From next month, the Pollution Control Department will set PM2.5 particles as an indicator of Thailand's air quality, but the move does not ease the concerns of people in the know. "I must tell you that the PCD intend to use the '24-hour mean' as the indicator and that may be misleading," said Tara Buakamsri, the country director for Thailand at Greenpeace Southeast Asia.


Not even token support

Some environmentalists will travel on two wheels on Saturday, to honour the worldwide 'car-free day' but most people in Bangkok will again ignore it. On Saturday, environmentally conscious people worldwide will join forces and shun private vehicles, the main culprit behind traffic congestion, during what is being billed as car-free day.


Are Digital Nomad Families Raising Savvy Kids or Robbing Them of a 'Real' Childhood?

Jack, Miley and their five children, ages 7 to 16, divided the hostel in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where I met them, into two ideological camps. The Australian family had left their home, jobs, schools and nearly all of their belonging over a year ago to travel the world - without a plan.


Local donation helps save dog at death's door

A DOG which was at death's door after being eaten alive by infestations of parasites, has made a remarkable recovery thanks to a Thirsk-based company. The canine, called Tum, had been living in Chiang Mai in Thailand, an area popular with British backpackers, but suffered horrific skin injuries after becoming riddled with mites, worms, fleas and ticks.


Government's Report to Parliament Lacked Substance, Lawmakers Say

CHIANG MAI, Thailand-The government failed to show how it plans to solve the country's current political and economic problems during its presentation to the Union Parliament on Wednesday, observers and lawmakers said. U Kyaw Tint Swe, the minister for the State Counselor's Office, on Wednesday read a written report on the government's efforts to the Union Parliament.


Grieving mother went through 33 hours of labour to donate her dead baby's body to science

Sally Field attends Burt Reynolds' private funeral service and 'discreetly enters through a side door' after revealing in her memoir that her ex was controlling and jealous during their stormy relationship Why loneliness is so dangerous for your health: Harvard doctor explains the links and urges that 'people are a medicine' Grieving woman, 37, allowed medical students to discuss ultrasound scans of her dead baby in front of her and endured a mammoth 33 HOUR labour to donate its body to science A woman whose baby died in the womb was subjected to four hours of ultrasound scans and a 33-hour labour so medical students could study her tragedy.


What Differentiates Canadian Online Cannabis Retailer Namaste Technologies From Other Pot Stocks?

Hemp plants are grown for medical research purposes at the Royal Agricultural Station Pang Da in Samoeng, Chiang Mai province, Thailand, on Friday, July 6, 2018. Thailand, known for its tough policies against drug trafficking, is taking a page from Canada and other countries and is seeking to lead the way in Asia in legalizing medical marijuana.


Students display 21st century robotic science knowledge at 2108 WRO Nigeria

The Lagos State students once again displayed their apt knowledge of robotic science with what can be described as 21st century techniques at the 2018 World Robotic Olympiad Nigeria in Lagos on Saturday. The WRO Nigeria took place at the Lagos City Hall, Lagos Island, where 35 schools and 140 students from across Nigeria participated.


Smart ID cards ease patient stress

New system: A hospital staff member explains to Suphot Limwanitkun, a San Sai municipality clerk in Chiang Mai, how to use his smart ID card under his agency's medical welfare scheme. Photo: Onnucha Hutasingh Chiang Mai: Smart ID cards are helping ease patient worries about their ability to meet the cost of treatment, especially if they cannot find ready cash to pay up front as they had to do in the past.


 
Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Three service fields to open for foreign firms
The government looks set to remove three service businesses from List 3 under the Foreign Business Act (FBA) to facilitate foreign investment in Thailand, with the move to take effect next year.
Migrants' passports held over unpaid bill
A migrant worker couple has complained to a non-governmental organisation against a state-run hospital in Samut Songkhram for taking away their passports after they were unable to pay their medical bill in full.
Govt mulls plan for 1 visa, 5 cities
The plan for a single visa for "Five Chiang Cities" will be proposed to spur tourism among four countries in the Mekong Region and add quality tourists to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces of Thailand.
Bangkok condo surplus viewed as temporary
Condo oversupply exists in some Greater Bangkok locations but will eventually decrease as developers delay new launches in those areas, say analysts and developers.
Senate may tip the balance
The Senate selection process has kicked off now that the Election Commission's (EC) regulations governing intra-group voting for 50 senators have been published in the Royal Gazette.
Drug blitz at full moon party
Anti-drug authorities led by the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) have arrived in Surat Thani to begin a crackdown on drugs at the province's beach holiday destinations.
The Thai wives who never said 'I do'
After tying the knot earlier this year, Somjit and her husband visited the Wang Muang district office in Saraburi to register their marriage only to be told she was already married to a man she had never met.
Cross-border zone in North could boost trade links
The government is studying the feasibility of establishing a cross-border economic zone in the Golden Triangle under the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation scheme to expand economic links for Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and China.
BIS warns global economy risks crisis 'relapse'
ZURICH: The Bank of International Settlements said Sunday the global economy risked a "relapse" of the crisis that rocked it a decade ago, warning there was little "medicine" left to treat the patient a second time.
EPL: Arsenal win, West Ham hold Chelsea
LONDON: Arsenal broke down a determined Everton defence to win 2-0 on Sunday, with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring two second-half goals in two minutes to give the Gunners their fourth straight Premier League win.
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