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Phuket News
Body found floating off Kata Beach
PHUKET: Officials are hoping to identify the body of a man found floating off Kata beach earlier today (Aug 15).
DNA tests on Phuket’s ‘beach croc’ to take two weeks
PHUKET: Species experts from Mahidol University arrived in Phuket today (Aug 15) to take blood samples and record the physical features of the crocodile caught at Layan Beach late last month in order to determine the exact type of crocodile the reptile is.
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Phoenix boat owner to fight! Islamic dress row? Sex video extortion! || August 15
PHUKET XTRA - August 15 Phoenix boat owner to fight charges |:| Islamic dress row |:| Sex video leads to extortion charges |:| ’Whole of Chalong’ water shutoff |:| New Phuket Governor announced Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
Patong, Karon, Kata power, water supply to be affected by electricity mains upgrade
PHUKET: The main popular tourism Phuket beach areas of Patong, Karon and Kata will be affected by power and mains water supply outages tomorrow (Aug 16) as the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) installs a new mains cable connection serving the areas.
School burqa row riles Prime Minister
BANGKOK: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday (Aug 14) ordered the Education Ministry to settle a dispute over a ban on students wearing Islamic dress at a school in Pattani in the insurgency-plagued deep South.
B20bn Central Phuket to open Sept 10
PHUKET: Central Pattana Co Ltd (CPN), the development arm of the Central Group, today announced that the grand opening of ‘Central Phuket’ will be held on Sept 10, marking the formal opening of the B20 billion project.
Water shutoff for repairs to affect ‘whole of Chalong’
PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) have announced that there will be no water supply for what at this stage has been announced as “the whole of Chalong” tomorrow (Aug 16) from 9am until the necessary works are complete.
Phuket officials concerned over tourist drug users, ‘epidemic’ in Patong
PHUKET: Phuket Vice Governor Snith Sriwihok has expressed his concern over the growing number of tourists in Patong that are drug users.
Wind, wave, flood warning in effect of Phuket, Andaman
PHUKET: The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) this morning issued a warning of strong wind and waves with heavy rain for Phuket and other areas along the Andaman Coast for tomorrow and Friday (Aug 16-17).
PM: VIPs must hurry through road closures
BANGKOK: Members of the National Council for Peace and Order have been told by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to take “less than 30 seconds” to drive along roads or through intersections that authorities have closed off for them.
The Thaiger
Fern helps her mum sell food in Krabi. She also speaks four languages fluently.

PHOTO: A five year old Thai girl, who can speak three foreign languages, helps her mother to sell food along the beach in Krabi. A young beach vendor who sells food along Klong Heng Beach in Krabi, is carrying two baskets with fruits and snacks. She can speak Thai but also Chinese, English and Bahasa […]

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Will he or won’t he? Thai PM will announce his intentions soon.

PHOTO: The Nation The election looms but, at this stage, there is no confirmed date and the elephant in the room – will General Prayut turn politician and run for a seat in the new Government – is yet to be addressed. Pressed yesterday he repeated his past ambiguous remarks. The PM yesterday reiterated his […]

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Police suspect ‘insider’ in attempted rape and assault in Pattaya

PHOTO: Manager Online An eighteen year old woman has been tied up with a phone charger chord as a man tried to rape her. After she resisted super glue was put in her eye and her phone stolen. An uncle of the girl is helping police with their inquiries. Police arrived at the house to find […]

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The moral police want to ban students being together, anytime, anywhere.

Thailand’s ‘fun police’, under directions from the Thai government, are attempting to stop students doing… well, what students and young people do, anytime! Manager Online reports that, not just content with forbidding Thai teenagers enjoying the company of the opposite sex in public and banning wandering about at night, new measures have been proposed by the […]

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Black-out in parts of Patong tomorrow

Some residents in Patong are being warned that the Patong Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) has a scheduled blackout in parts of Patong from 9am to 5pm tomorrow (August 16). They say the interruption to electricity services is necessary to work on high-voltage power lines. The affected area include Sirirat Road from Phuket Simon Cabaret to […]

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Yanui the crocodile has her DNA tests today

Veterinarians from Mahidol University took blood from ‘Yanui’ the crocodile for DNA testing this morning. The results of Yanui’s precise species will have to wait for about two weeks. Today (August 15), at the Phuket Coastal Fisheries Research and Development Centre in Pa Khlok, officials and Veterinary staff visited Yanui to take blood samples for […]

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Government tackles electronic waste at local level

Electronic waste has become a major environmental problem in Thailand, such that the Government is now getting Tambon chiefs and kanmans to help educate locals and tackle the problem at the community level. At a deserted factory outside Bangkok, skyscrapers made from vast blocks of crushed printers, Xbox components and TVs tower over black rivers of smashed-up […]

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Water to be shut off in Chalong tomorrow

The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Chalong will be shut off from 9am tomorrow (August 16) until repair works can be completed. Water will be shut off while work is being carried out on main pipes at the entrance of Soi Tanuthep on Chao Fa West Road in […]

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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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Phoenix boat owner’s lawyer calls for ‘fairness’

The lawyer of the owner of Phoenix filed a letter to the Phuket Provincial Police Commander for ‘fairness’ in legal action being taken against the boat’s owner. At the Phuket Provincial Police Station the lawyers for the boat owner, Nalin Intarasombat and Nipit Intarasombat, spoke to the press after handing a letter to Phuket’s Police Commander. Lawyer […]

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BoT: Labour to curb GDP
The Bank of Thailand forecasts that Thailand's ageing demography will dampen the country's annual GDP growth by 1.5 percentage points over the next 10 years. Thailand's labour growth rate averaged 5% over the past 10 years, but such growth is expected to decline to 3.5% a year in the next decade, said Don Nakornthab, senior director of the economic and policy department.
Safety talks loom for BTS Skytrain
City Hall and the Bangkok Mass Transit System Plc (BTSC) will next week hold talks on installing platform barriers on all the BTS Skytrain stations, after a woman fainted and fell onto the train tracks at Ratchathewi station Wednesday.
Thai-Sino rail contract bids to kick off by year end
Transport Ministry officials have confirmed that auctions for the construction contracts for all sections of the first phase of the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway project will commence by the end of the year, despite unsettled negotiations between both countries.
Bitcoin scandal spreads to banks, stock exchange
A "whale" investor in the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) and staff at up to three Thai banks are suspected of being complicit in a 797 million baht (US$24 million) scandal involving a foreign investor and the cryptocurrency bitcoin (BTC), police said Wednesday.
Same same but deliciously different
When was the last time you visited Pai?” I asked myself while on a van headed to the small town that sits about halfway between the east end of Road 1095 in Chiang Mai’s Mae Taeng district and its west end in the town of Mae Hong Son. With 1,864 curves along its length of 200km, 1095 is notorious asone of the country’s twistiest roads. A rest stop like Pai is a godsend. Over the years, Pai...
Facebook losing the war on Myanmar hate speech
YANGON: In April, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told US senators that the social media site was hiring dozens more Burmese speakers to review hate speech posted in Myanmar. The situation was dire.
Thai worker implicated in 'headless man' murder arrested
KANCHANABURI: Police have arrested a Thai man believed to have been involved in the brutal murder of his Myanmar brother-in-law, whose headless body was found floating in a river in Sai Yok district.
Rain lashes Bangkok
Heavy rain lashed Bangkok on Wednesday afternoon, flooding streets and snarling traffic under a dense, dark canopy of grey.
Som tam 5th on Lonely Planet's top 10 best dishes
Som tam, the ever-popular Thai spicy papaya salad, is ranked fifth in the latest list of the top 500 best dishes issued by Lonely Planet travel guide.
Actor's sister surrenders to CSD in bitcoin scam case
The older sister of actor Jiratpisit "Boom" Jaravijit turned herself in at the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) on Wednesday to face charges arising from an alleged investment scam in which a Finnish businessman lost almost 800 million baht worth of bitcoin.
Cambodia ruling party sweeps parliament after vote with no opposition
Cambodian leader Hun Sen has swept all seats in parliament after holding an election with no opposition, as the country settles into one-party rule and a government that could face questions of legitimacy on the world stage.
Asean prosecutorial professionals discuss issues of cybercrime
Some 68 prosecutorial professionals from ASEAN member states and China are convening for the 11th China-ASEAN Prosecutors-General Conference at The Rizqun International Hotel, Gadong.
Govt to ban import of electronic, plastic wastes
Minister says environment and public health top priorities; recycling businesses fear for future.
Prayut wants Bangkok traffic woes eased in three months
THE PRIME MINISTER has ordered police stations to join the integrated efforts to ease Bangkok’s severe road congestion problems within three months.
Romsit loses AMLO post for failure to expedite politically sensitive cases
POL MAJ-GENERAL Romsit Viriyasan was abruptly removed from his top post at the Anti-Money Laundering Organisation (AMLO) largely because he failed to expedite a number of |long-delayed politically sensitive |cases, especially since the general election is looming, well-informed sources said.
A spotlight on gay film
The Queer Film Festival, which is taking place as part of Museum Siam’s “Gender Illumination” exhibition, is screening the movies “Malila” (“The Farewell Flower”) on Saturday at 6.30pm and “Leitis in Waiting” on August 25 also at 6.30pm.
Thais look to seal Asian  Games last-16 berth today
National coach Worrawoot Srimaka has his eyes firmly fixed on the Asian Games knockout stage after a tremendous effort by his players earned them a 1-1 draw in their opening clash with 2006 champions Qatar on Tuesday.
Actor’s family put under police microscope in high-profile money-laundering probe
THE PARENTS of actor Jiratpisit Jaravijit, a suspect in a fraud and money-laundering case, may be joining their famous son in hot water over a Bt800 million bitcoin scam, as police consider applying for their arrest warrants over money-laundering charges.
Court rejects ex-monks’ bail pleas
Suspects accused of well organised crime that involved huge sums, hurt image of Buddhism.
Chiang Mai, Thailand News
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.

Thai citizenship hopes brighten for migrant champion

HOPES of becoming a Thai citizen are once again rising for Mong Thongdee, the migrant who represented Thailand and won a paper aeroplane competition in Japan 10 years ago. The young migrant became a sensation after winning a national championship and then winning a medal in Chiba, Japan in August 2008.

videoDusit Zoo to close for good at the end of this month

These chimps and all the other animals at Dusit Zoo will be placed in the care of other zoos after Dusit closes for good at the end of August, until construction of their new home in Pathum Thani is completed. The end is nigh for Bangkok's famous Dusit Zoo, which will close its gates for good at the end of this month and begin the slow move to its new home in Pathum Thani.

Top 10 airlines of the world in 2018

A Thai Airways flight attendant in traditional Thai costume serves passengers, as interest for historical clothing rises within the country, on a flight between Chiang Mai, Thailand and Bangkok, April 6, 2018. [Photo/VCG] Singapore Airlines was named Airline of the Year at the Skytrax World Airline awards this year, beating last year's champion, Qatar Airways, into second place.

L.A.'s Thai Restaurants Cook Up Benefit for Thailand's...

Wofgang Puck Catering serves up sticky rice pearl and coconut soup, pork belly and blood sausage, and chicken skin chicharrn with charred prik nam pla . The fifth annual Stu and the Kids fundraiser, a Thai-inspired food and wine festival hosted by chef Stuart Skversky and Redbird's Neal and Amy Fraser, returned to Vibiana downtown on Sunday, Aug. 5, with proceeds benefiting the Hill Tribe kids in Chaing Mai, Thailand.

Island sanctuary for the afflicted

For a small country at the bottom of the world, New Zealand sure has a long reach, discovers South Otago author Diana Noonan. Rural Thailand is one of the least likely places in which to encounter a snippet of the South Island, so I was bemused, on a recent visit to Chiang Mai, to find a well-weathered plaque on a tiny house just 2km from the city, bearing the words ``Canterbury Westland Region of New Zealand''.

The Price of Disunity

To mark the 30th anniversary of the 1988 uprising, The Irrawaddy is revisiting some of its past articles about the event. In this article from August 2008, the author reflects on what the country's democracy movement had achieved over the first 20 years.

Fire at Chiang Mai post office

A fire, suspected to have been caused by a short circuit, broke out on Sunday morning at the one-storey post office building of the San Khamphaeng branch in Chiang Mai province, the local precinct superintendent Pol Colonel Chuwit Kongkaew said. The fire, which occurred at around 7am, took fire-fighters 30 minutes to put out at the two-year-old building, which was used for separating letters and packages. : Most recent
Malaysia court set to rule on North Korea assassination
KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian judge will deliver a key ruling Thursday in the trial of two women accused of the assassination of the half-brother of North Korea's leader, with their families optimistic they will be cleared.
Trump 'blacklists' ex-CIA chief and critic Brennan
WASHINGTON: Donald Trump revoked the security clearance of former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan Wednesday, warning several other prominent critics they too risk being blacklisted.
Facebook losing the war on Myanmar hate speech
YANGON: In April, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told US senators that the social media site was hiring dozens more Burmese speakers to review hate speech posted in Myanmar. The situation was dire.
'Devastating' red tide massacring Florida dolphins
SARASOTA, Florida: A state of emergency has been declared in Florida as the worst red tide in a decade blackens the ocean water, killing dolphins, sea turtles and fish at a relentless pace.
Cambodia arrests Phuket man wanted in Chon Buri murder
Cambodian authorities have arrested Panya Yingdung, 39, who was wanted for questioning in the murders of his former girl friend and a companion last month in Chon Buri province.
Driver of smashed B24m Ferrari cheats death
NAKHON RATCHASIMA: The driver of a brand-new Ferrari car was slightly injured on Wednesday afternoon in Sikhiu district when he swerved to avoid an accident in front of him, plunged off the wet road and slammed into a tree.
Amnesty says Turkey chair to be released from Izmir jail
ISTANBUL: An Istanbul court on Wednesday ordered the release of Amnesty International's Turkey chair who has spent more than a year in jail over alleged links to the 2016 failed coup, the rights group said.
At least 25 killed in Kabul suicide attack: officials
KABUL: At least 25 people were killed when a suicide attacker struck an education centre in a minority Shiite area of western Kabul Wednesday, officials said, the latest assault in Afghanistan's war-weary capital.
Robber makes off with 500,000 baht from bank on Rama II
A man robbed a bank at a store on Rama III Road in Bangkok and made off with over 600,000 baht on Wednesday afternoon.
Thai worker implicated in 'headless man' murder arrested
KANCHANABURI: Police have arrested a Thai man believed to have been involved in the brutal murder of his Myanmar brother-in-law, whose headless body was found floating in a river in Sai Yok district.