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Vietjet launches Phuket, Ho Chi Minh flights
PHUKET: The inaugural Vietjet Air flight from Ho Chi Minh City landed in Phuket today (Dec 15), marking the new service of four flights per week, serving growing travel demand between Thailand and Vietnam.
Phuket readies for Christmas, New Year road safety onslaught
PHUKET: Top Phuket officials joined a live video conference with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Prawit Wongsuwon broadcast from the Ministry of Defense yesterday (Dec 14) to go over road safety during the upcoming long holidays for Christmas and New Year Festival.
Man nearly loses hand in ice crusher
PHUKET: A man working at an ice factory in Chalong luckily escaped with his hand still attached after it was caught in an ice crusher last night (Dec 15).
Murdoch’s leaner Fox machine post-Disney deal
NEW YORK Rupert Murdoch’s decision to sell off the bulk of 21st Century Fox leaves him with a leaner, tighter media machine focused on broadcast news and sports, a drastic retrenchment after half a century of expansion.
Disney to buy Fox film for US$52bn
NEW YORK: Walt Disney Co. said yesterday it had reached a deal to buy 21st Century Fox for US$52.4 billion (44.3 billion euros / B1.704 trillion) in stock, solidifying its position as a producer of entertainment content as it faces new rivals from Silicon Valley.
Panthongtae sends loan-scandal statement countering charge
BANGKOK: Panthongtae Shinawatra, one of four suspects charged by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) for money laundering in the infamous B9.9 billion Krungthai Bank (KTB) loan scandal, on Thursday (Dec 14) had his lawyer submit a counter-statement in his defence to the DSI.
Phuket hotels take united stand in joining UN #CleanSeas campaign
PHUKET: The Phuket Hotels Association consortium of more than 65 hotels and resorts on the island have joined the United Nations Environment Program (Unep) #CleanSeas campaign in a clear statement of unity to take action to protect and preserve the region’s natural beauty.
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Mystery gymnast? Cancer patient sues wife! Too fast, too heavy? || December 14
PHUKET XTRA - December 14 Mystery gymnastics at airport? Cancer patient sues own wife! Too fast, too heavy? Malaria getting owned in Thailand? Toons run raises over B800 million! Con artist released, then arrested! Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
Patong Mayor, PEA drive on to bury communication cables
PHUKET: Patong Mayor Chalermluk Kebsup and Phuket Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) Director Watcharin Prapa this morning (Dec 14) jointly presided over a large meeting to update on Patong’s underground cable project at the PEA office in Patong.
Two men arrested with 5.4mn ‘ya bah’ pills, 120kg of ‘ya ice’
BANGKOK: Two men have been arrested with 5.4 million methamphetamine pills (ya bah) and 120 kilogrammes of crystal meth (ya ice) believed to be from Myanmar at a house in Muang district, Nonthaburi province.
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Luxury property on the hillside of Ao Sane to be partially demolished

The 12-meter high beach villa project on the cliff at Ao Sane has been proven to be illegal according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The owners have been instructed to demolish the upper structure to meet the legal height of 6 meters. Meanwhile, Phuket’s Governor has set up a committee to investigate […]

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What makes a good rental villa?

by Ian Macaulay Not everyone who has gone through the process of owning or building a villa will want to rent it out.  Even if you don’t, rentability can have a significant impact on the asset and resale value so it’s well worth being aware of a given property’s potential appeal to the rental market. […]

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Patong and Rawai worst hit from floods

DATELINE: 1pm, August 15. The torrential rain in Phuket is affecting several at-risk areas including Patong and the Sea Gypsy Village in Rawai. Several hours of heavy rains have resulted in some parts of Patong to be underwater, especially on Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road where smaller vehicles and motorbikes could barely move through. More than […]

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‘World Day against Trafficking in Persons’. Thailand in the middle of the world’s human trafficking hot spot.

Today is ‘World Day against Trafficking in Persons’ – a day where we reflect on the many victims of trafficking who live among us, but have been forced into silence due to threats to their life, retaliation against their family, feelings of hopelessness, or being enslaved and physically unable to speak out. The day has […]

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The good, bad and ugly
Some other new cars that stood out in 2017... and those that have kind of missed the mark.
2017 Top 10 cars
From Yaris to Lambo... we shortlist the best rides driven this year that you can have at the moment.
FCC reverses regulation requiring net neutrality
WASHINGTON: The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to dismantle rules regulating the businesses that connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies the power to potentially reshape Americans’ online experiences.
Panthongtae sends loan-scandal statement countering charge
Panthongtae Shinawatra, one of four suspects charged by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) for money laundering in the infamous Krungthai Bank (KTB) loan scandal, on Thursday had his lawyer submit a counter-statement in his defence to the DSI.
Activist slams new Prawit watch find
Political activist Srisuwan Janya will today petition the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to examine more evidence in connection with Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon's possession of luxury watches.
EU free trade talks put on fast track
The Commerce Ministry and related state agencies have been ordered to speed up preparing free trade agreement (FTA) talks with the EU after the bloc recently agreed to resume political contact "at all levels" with Thailand, more than three years after suspending them in protest because of the military coup in Bangkok.
DHL to add 1,000 delivery locations
DHL eCommerce Thailand, a division of the logistics firm Deutsche Post DHL Group, will expand its local delivery network to 1,000 locations nationwide by 2018, fuelled by online shopping growth in the country.
Staybridge Suites to debut in Thailand
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is set to debut the Staybridge Suites brand in Thailand in 2019, also a first for Asia-Pacific, hoping to build on the tourism boom.
Suthep 'poll ploy' upsets
Calls to amend the organic law governing political parties by former protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban have drawn flak from critics suspecting they are a political ruse aimed at delaying the general election tentatively set in November next year, and prolonging the power of the regime.
PromptPay to spur cut in trading fee
The popularity of the PromptPay service will lead e-payment gateways to reduce their fees and launch new services, says a local e-payment gateway pioneer.
Mugabe visits Singapore hospital on first trip since ouster
Singapore - Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe, who was ousted from power last month, visited a Singapore hospital Friday during a trip to the city-state for a medical check-up.
US envoy says 'real dialogue' needed with N. Korea
The top US envoy for North Korea said Friday that "real dialogue" is needed to gauge what Pyongyang wants from its accelerated drive towards nuclear weapons statehood.
US presses Thailand to downgrade ties with North Korea
The US has urged Thailand to downgrade diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea, a senior Thai official said Thursday after meeting with an American envoy, as the Trump administration pushes ahead with a global campaign to further isolate the nuclear-armed pariah state.
Toon reaches Tak, donations rise to Bt815M
Charity run hero Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai left Kamphaeng Phet and reached Tak on Day 45 of his 2,191-km fundraising run early on Friday.
Doi Inthanon campers treated to over 200 ‘shooting stars’ hourly
Sky gazers camping out Doi Inthanon mountaintop in Chiang Mai were treated to a spectacular show by the Geminid meteor shower overnight on Thursday-Friday.
Cadet’s family to sue as Army concludes death from natural causes
THE FAMILY OF cadet Phakhapong “Meay” Tanyakan is dissatisfied with the conclusions of an investigation into the cause of his death and plans to sue the Army.
Fears of election delay amid law amendment proposals
Activist plans complaint based on multiple photos of luxury watches
ANTI-CORRUPTION ACTIVIST Srisuwan Janya said yesterday he would file an additional complaint with the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) against Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan over his possession of several extravagant watches, which allegedly were not reported to the agency.
Meechai rejects amending Political Party Act, Constitution in election lead-up
Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) chairman Meechai Ruchupan on Thursday voiced opposition to a proposal to amend the Political Party Act to nullify party memberships for all existing parties in order to avoid disadvantaging new parties.
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Family desperate to bring son home after devastating bike crash in Thailand

Family and friends of a man left with life-changing injuries after crashing his bicycle in Thailand need to raise A 45,000 to bring him home. He has been travelling in the South-East Asian country as part of a round-the-world trip with friends.

Rescuing boys from Thailand's northern sex trade

For five years Krit worked in seedy bars and dingy massage joints in Chiang Mai's red light district [Clare Wiley/Al Jazeera] - Krit hangs out near McDonald's most days, polishing the hood of his green tuk-tuk and waiting for customers. He can make as much as 3,000 Thai baht in a day driving tourists around this northern city.

Thailand to clear air with Laos, Myanmar

Thailand is working with Laos and Myanmar to address the problem of cross-border haze pollution caused by the illegal burning of forests. Natural Resources and Environment Minister Surasak Karnjanarat made the remarks at yesterday's meeting on measures to prevent and solve the problem of forest fires and haze caused by wildfires in the North.

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Motorcyclist films horses running through traffic in Thailand

A motorcyclist in Thailand filmed a trio of runaway horses galloping through traffic for more than a mile on a busy road. Tanapath Duemrongtumkiri, 28, said he was riding about 8 a.m. Monday on a busy road in Chiang Mai when he spotted the three horses running alongside cars.

Movenpick Hotels Appoints Mark Willis as President for Asia

MA venpick Hotels & Resorts has appointed experienced hospitality professional Mark Willis as President - Asia as it looks to drive forward its success in the region. Mark will join the global hospitality firm's executive team in January, responsible for overseeing MA venpick's entire Asian operation, including its expansion strategy that targets 30 properties by 2020.

San Carlos gets 'Asean Clean Tourist City' award

SAN Carlos City in Negros Occidental is among the recipients of the 1st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Clean Tourist City award. The awarding ceremony is scheduled on January 26, 2018 during the Asean Tourism Forum at the Shangri-La Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Bizarre moment three horses gallop down a MOTORWAY

The nags are believed to have been tethered up before breaking free in the mountainous northern area of Chiang Mai on Monday morning. He filmed them for more than a mile at around 8am before they reached a set of traffic lights and slowed to a canter, then cleverly took a slip road to the left.

DoT commits to new initiatives for tourism

Tourists enjoy kayaking on the lake at Phangnga National Park. The Department of Tourism plans to create a tourist satisfaction index via a new digital platform.a The three projects are promoting night markets in three major tourist destinations, namely in Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai and Chon Buri; organising business-matching for job seekers and startups involved in tourism; and creating a new digital platform to provide real-time travel information for tourists. : Most recent
Hun Sen challenges EU, US to freeze assets
PHNOM PENH: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen encouraged the United States and European Union on Friday to freeze the assets of Cambodian leaders abroad in response to his government's crackdown on the opposition and civil society.
Orders open for auspicious pineapples, at only B15,430
PHUKET: Orders are now being taken for a local strain of pineapple valued at more than 15,000 baht each. Buyers must hurry as there are only nine of them available.
Dustin Hoffman accused of new incidents
LOS ANGELES: More women are accusing Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, including an incident in which a playwright says the actor exposed himself to her in a New York hotel room when she was 16 years old.
Commercial banks may get incentives to merge
The finance minister on Friday said the ministry was considering a plan to offer tax incentives to encourage mergers among commercial banks to create institutions able to compete with foreign banks, including regional competitors.
Four Cambodians killed in crash after police chase
CHACHOENGSAO: Four migrant workers were killed in a crash following a police chase in this eastern province in the early hours of Friday.
Toon arrives in Tak, donations top B827m
Charity runner and rock singer Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai arrived in Tak early Friday morning, passing the 1,700km mark of his marathon, with donations rising above 827 million baht during the day.
SET falls 3.44 to 1,711.55 at midday
The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index went down 3.44 points, or 0.20%, to close at 1,711.55 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 21.65 billion baht, with 4.1 billion shares traded.
US North Korea negotiator says direct diplomacy needed
The chief US negotiator for North Korea said on Friday the US should engage in direct diplomacy with Pyongyang alongside sanctions imposed over its nuclear programme.
Why net neutrality was repealed and how it affects you
The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules, which required internet service providers to offer equal access to all web content without charging consumers for higher-quality delivery or giving preferential treatment to certain websites.
FCC reverses regulation requiring net neutrality
WASHINGTON: The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to dismantle rules regulating the businesses that connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies the power to potentially reshape Americans’ online experiences.

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