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Phuket News
New president takes reins at PREA
PHUKET: Phattanan Pisutwimol has been inducted as the new President of the Phuket Real Estate Association (PREA). Mr Phanthanun is the Managing Director of Phuket Goldenville Caps Property Co Ltd, which is the developer of the series of Phuket Goldenville developments across the island. He is also an executive member of Phuket City Development Co Ltd (PKCD), a consortium of local businesses focussed on development projects in line with government policy intiatives.
Facial recognition leads to fake-passport arrest
A foreigner carrying a fake Malaysian passport was arrested with $500,000 (B15.9 million) at Suvarnabhumi airport on Friday morning (May 24) in the first passport-fraud arrest based on biometric facial recognition.
Operators see potential in tourist tax
Tourism operators have embraced the imminent tourism tax but vow to monitor the issue closely to ensure that levy collection will not have a negative impact on tourism.
Marine Rangers: DMCR calls for volunteers to help protect marine treasures
PHUKET: The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) is calling for people – Thai or foreign – to volunteer as “Marine Rangers” in order to protect coral reefs and other coastal areas, including mangroves, from damage by irresponsible tour operators or other unscrupulous parties.
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Tourism tax on the table? New government coming soon? Death in military compound! || May 24
PHUKET XTRA - May 24 Soldier dies in military compound |:| Close to forming new government? |:| Tourism tax on the table! |:| Court suspends tycoon from MP |:| Buried items declared items of national heritage Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
Truck driver dodges charge for dangerous load as 33 tons of rice flip semi-trailer onto its side
PHUKET: The driver of a fully-loaded semi-trailer has escaped any charges for a dangerous incident that truck and trailer, full loaded with rice, flip onto its side beside the bypass road yesterday afternoon (May 23).
Police load up charges against axe-weilding road-rage ambulance attackers
PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Police have ramped up the charges against the two men arrested for the road-rage attack on an ambulance on the bypass road on Monday (May 20), in which the assailants attacked the emergency vehicle with an axe.
Cannon, gun base at Racha Noi declared items of national heritage
PHUKET: The artefacts recovered from the seabed in a bay off Koh Racha Noi earlier this week have been confirmed to be a cannon and a slab used to fire the cannon from dating back to the Rattanakosin period.
Roads closed during Her Royal Highness Princess official visit
PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Police have advised motorists to avoid certain roads that will be closed while Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn conducts a formal visit early this afternoon (May 24).
PPRP ‘seals deal’ to form coalition govt
BANGKOK: The political dust has begun to settle with the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) well on its way to leading the next government, joined by the Democrat and Bhumjaithai parties, according to military sources.
 
The Thaiger
Tourist arrivals up, but Chinese down. April 2019 tourist numbers.

The Thai sports and tourism ministry reports that Thailand saw a 3.31% rise in total tourist arrivals in April compared to a year earlier, after a 0.69% decline in March. 3.2 million tourists in April spent about 164 billion baht ($5.15 billion), which is up 3.9% from the month of April in 2018. But visitors […]

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Incomes on the rise for Thai expats

“The Thai economy has continued to see an upward trend in recent years, with a steady and sustained increase in overseas business…” The pay and benefits packages of expats in Thailand has seen a major increase, with the overall package of an average overseas worker increasing by US$27,917, according to a new survey. Lee Quane […]

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80 year old Malaysian tourist dies during Thai massage in Songkhla

PHOTO: Thai Rath A tourist has died during a ‘traditional Thai’ massage in a hotel in Sadao, in the southern province of Songkhla, just across the border from Malaysia. Pol Lt Thanatsak of the Sadao police found the 80 year old Malaysian man dead in his hotel room. He was laying on his bed and clothed […]

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“Nothing but rude Indians, Chinese and Arabs” – Pattaya locals go feral online

“Where are all the nice ones – like Americans – who spend cash and behave well!?” PHOTO: Sophon Cable Sophon Cable TV on Facebook has quoted the head of the Eastern Seaboard Hotel Association, Sanpetch Supphabowonsathian, saying advance bookings for this high season in Pattaya showed a 5-10% increase on last year. But as the local […]

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Motorbike rider dies near Rama 5 bridge in Nonthaburi

PHOTOS: Sanook A motorbike rider has died following an incident near the Rama 5 road bridge in Nonthaburi yesterday. The Honda CBR 650 was unrecognisable following the crash, both wheels had been ripped off in the collision. An orange bike helmet was on the road nearby. The head of the rider was found some distance away. The […]

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Dinosaur footprints found in north-eastern national park

PHOTO: Thai PBS Footprints from a dinosaur that inhabited north-eastern Thailand 140 million years ago, have been discovered in the north-east. About a dozen of the footprints are thought to be from a Theropod dinosaur which existed on Earth during the Cretaceous period which stretched from 146 to 65 million years ago. Thai PBS reports […]

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100 baht tourist tax to cover basic insurance and repatriation

Every foreign tourist arriving or departing Thailand will be charged 100 baht for basic insurance which would cover money for emergencies and repatriation of their body if they meet with misadventure. As reported yesterday, the Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports proposes that every foreign tourist visiting Thailand should be charged a levy to cover […]

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Three injured in fresh seafood pickup accident in Krabi

A pickup truck has lost control and collided with a fresh seafood pickup truck in Krabi. Locals helped to collect the fresh seafood and take it back to the pickup truck. The incident is the third ‘seafood’ crash incident this week. Klongtom Police were notified of the incident yesterday afternoon on Petchkasem Road in Klogtom. […]

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IKEA Thailand launches full online store

“…it took IKEA about two years to study the market demand, develop the infrastructure, and prepare everything before launching their e-commerce service in Southeast Asia.” by Kwanchai Rungfapairsarn IKEA Thailand has announced the official launch of its IKEA Online Store as it gets set to better provide for individual customers across the Kingdom. IKEA Thailand […]

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Watch out Thailand, here comes Vietnam

“Vietnam is poised to take advantage of the next wave of digital technologies such as blockchain, AI (artificial intelligence), internet of things and cloud-based services to become Asia’s next high-performing economy and improve the living standards of its residents.” Dr Lucy Cameron, from Australia, lead author of the report “Vietnam’s Future Digital Economy Towards 2030 […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Thais could gain from US tariffs
Thailand is expected to gain more than it loses if the US slaps tariffs of up to 25% on an additional list of Chinese imports worth US$300 billion, according to a study by the Commerce Ministry's planning unit.
Operators see potential in tourism levy
Tourism operators have embraced the imminent tourism tax but vow to monitor the issue closely to ensure that levy collection will not have a negative impact on tourism.
Thailand aim to tame China
Thailand take on 10-time champions China in the semi-finals of the Sudirman Cup mixed-team world championship in Nanning on Saturday.
New Rail Dept has a very long journey ahead
More than 120 years since the nation's first railway was built, 20 years after the the BTS Skytrain's launch and 15 years after the MRT subway's birth, the Rail Department, a state body to oversee all rail transport operators, has finally come to life.
BEC upbeat as operating costs fall after licences returned
SET-listed BEC World Plc (BEC), the operator of Channel 3, expects to turn a corner by early next year as operating costs dip after returning two digital channel licences this year, says its newly appointed head.
Festival of tradition honours King
Bangkok nights are filled with joy as Mahorasop Sompoch performances are staged at Sanam Luang, during a week of festivities to celebrate the coronation of King Rama X on May 4.
Siam Health adds 90% of P&F
Siam Health Co, the maker of Smooth E skincare and Dentiste toothpaste, has acquired a 90% stake in P&F Integrate Co, the operator of P&F drugstores, for 200 million baht in a move to diversify the business.
Justice failing ethnic groups
For ethnic people, trying to get a shred of justice from authorities can be an ordeal. But it can be even more difficult when the judicial process is handled exclusively by military courts. That says a great deal about the quest for vindication by the families of a Lahu activist, Chaiyaphum Pasae, and a Lisu man, Abe Sae Mu, who were gunned down in broad daylight by army rangers in separate...
'Thanathorn effect' shaking up politics
The Constitutional Court's ruling to suspend Future Forward Party leader (FFP) Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit as a member of parliament (MP) over a shareholding saga has created what is known as the "Thanathorn effect", which has rattled Thai politics.
The experience of a lifetime
Taking a leap onto the first stepping stone, Sooksunt Jiumjaiswanglerg entered Chia Tai Co Ltd as a fresh graduate with hopes of gaining professional experience and broadening his horizons, not knowing he was embarking on a lifetime career move.
 
NationMultimedia.com
Urgent : At least 25 workers injured after explosion on ship at Laem Chabang Port
At least 25 port workers were injured and local people were evacuated following an explosion in a container on a ship at Laem Chabang Port in Chon Buri’s Sri Racha district on Saturday morning.
Myanmar signs deal with UNHCR on humanitarian aid
While the international community continues to show concern over the government’s political will on the repatriation of Rohingyas, Myanmar recently took steps to boost ties with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Uphold your duties, King tells legislators
THEIR MAJESTIES the King and the Queen on Friday presided over the opening ceremony of the new parliamentary term following the election in March, with the King telling the MPs and senators to always keep in mind the importance of their duties for public interest.
At least 15 students die in India fire
Ahmedabad, India - At least 15 students died Friday in a fire in a building in India housing a college, officials said, with images showing people jumping to escape the blaze.
Doctors warn of ‘reefer madness’ as people react badly to cannabis medicines
MANY PEOPLE have sought emergency treatment after developing side effects from using marijuana-based medicines, Dr Somsak Akhasilp, director-general of the Department of Medical Services, said on Friday after warning people to beware of the false belief that cannabis can treat any ailment.
SPECIAL REPORT: The “Spirit of Roaming” no longer roams at Moken community on Surin Island
Plight of ‘sea gypsies’ unending without a push for legislation
The other side of Bangkok
With fewer visitors but lots of interesting attractions, Thon Buri is the perfect place to spend a day
Bangladesh shows off its hidden marvels
Magnificent nature, a friendly culture and ancient wonders wait to be explored
Bridge to a healthier future
The Phra Pok Klao Skypark soaring across the Chao Phraya leads a sprawling effort to spruce up Bangkok for its 250th birthday
 
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Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Thanathorn officially ceases duty after being sworn in
Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has officially ceased his MP duty by the order of the Constitutional Court, minutes after being sworn in.
Lending spigot still open despite LTV curbs
Commercial banks' mortgage lending showed signs of slowing down in April after new loan-to-value (LTV) curbs took effect, but net loans in overall categories continued to grow for a third straight month, says Kasikorn Research Center (K-Research).
Military reports less violence during Ramadan this year
Violent incidents in the deep South decreased by more than 60% during Ramadan following stepped-up security measures in certain villages, according to the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) Region 4.
Operators see potential in tourism levy
Tourism operators have embraced the imminent tourism tax but vow to monitor the issue closely to ensure that levy collection will not have a negative impact on tourism.
EC defends action against Thanathorn
The Election Commission (EC) insists it performed its duty honestly in petitioning the Constitutional Court to consider the qualifications of Future Forward Party (FFP) leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, which led to the court order suspending him as an MP.
Trump row with Democrats takes harsh turn with impeachment at stake
WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump doubled down Friday on his claim of an "attempted coup" against him as his battle with Democratic foes entered a vicious new phase of personal insults and strong-arm tactics.
At least 19 students die in India fire: medical officer
AHMEDABAD (INDIA) - At least 19 students -- most of them female -- died Friday in a fire at an Indian building housing a college, officials said, as images showed people jumping to escape the blaze.
Global community pledges $363 mln to combat sexual violence
OSLO - The international community on Friday pledged $363 million (324 million euros) to combat sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian crises, a worldwide scourge affecting millions.
Several hurt in package bomb blast in France
LYON - A package blast on a pedestrian street in the heart of France's city of Lyon wounded several people Friday, officials said, just two days ahead of the country's hotly contested European Parliament elections.
Chartthaipattana ties knot with Palang Pracharath
The Chartthaipattana Party will join the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) in forming a coalition government, with bargaining for cabinet portfolios to start after the House of Representatives votes for its speaker on Saturday.

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