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Phuket News
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.
Dozens killed in Italy motorway bridge collapse ‘tragedy’
ITALY: Italy was in shock yesterday (Aug 14) after dozens of people were killed when a motorway bridge collapsed in heavy rain in the Italian city of Genoa in what the government called an “immense tragedy”.
Slice of bitcoin fraud spoils ‘went to actor’s parents’
BANGKOK: Police have searched the parental home of actor Jiratpisit Jaravijit, a suspect at the centre of an alleged bitcoin scam, in Chonburi after finding his elder brother had transferred B90 million thought connected to the fraud to their parents.
Phoenix tour boat owner to fight charges, renounces confession
PHUKET: The lawyer representing the owner of the Phoenix tour boat, which capsized and sank in a storm off Phuket on July 5, killing 47 Chinese tourists, made a public statement today (Aug 14), vowing to fight the recklessness causing death charge in court and renouncing any testimony already given to police.
Water shut-offs announced for Wichit on Aug 16
PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) has announced that there will be no water supply on Thursday (Aug 16) at certain areas of Wichit sub-district.
New Phuket Governor announced, starts role Oct 1
PHUKET: Thailand’s Council of Ministers announced this morning that a new Phuket Governor will take over from outgoing Governor Norraphat Plodthong on October 1.
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Monsoon take down! Fat monks? BKK park orgy? || August 8
PHUKET XTRA - August 14 Fat monks |:| Boat fire on a day tour |:| Phuket bank robber surrenders |:| Hope floats to raise Phoenix boat |:| Monsoon surge takes its toll |:| Bangkok park orgy? Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
Phuket tour boat fire investigation underway
PHUKET: Officials have confirmed that an investigation is underway into the fire that destroyed a tour boat during an island day trip off Phuket yesterday (Aug 13).
Chinese tourist drowns at Nai Harn
PHUKET: A Chinese tourist has drowned at Nai Harn Beach after a week of warnings that the surf has been dangerous to enter. Rescue workers found the body of the woman, Yang Qianyao, 31, from Yunnan, washed up on the beach at about 10:30pm last night (Aug 13).
 
The Thaiger
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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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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Top 10 busiest airports in the world – first half of 2018

Beijing Capital International Airport is still the world’s second-busiest airport by passenger traffic, witnessing with nearly 50 million passengers passing through in the first half of this year. This from the Civil Aviation Data Analysis, a civil aviation data platform based in Shanghai. The list, comprising 17 international airports around the world, ranks airports in […]

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Mong Tongdee’s hopes of citizenship are looking up

PHOTO: Thai PBS Nine years ago young Mong Thongdee was a smart 12 year old kid living in northern Thailand with a special skill. He was an expert at making, and flying, paper planes. His story, and his battle to go over seas to represent Thailand, made headlines when it was found that he was […]

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Phoenix will rise again… today

Divers and engineers attempting to bring Phoenix up to the surface yesterday say they were struggling with strong underwater currents yesterday (August 14). So the anticipated rise of the Phoenix had to be postponed. They say they were hoping to attach the last hook yesterday morning but the currents were making things difficult for the underwater salvage […]

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BKK Taxi driver fined 2,000 baht for watching porn whilst driving

PHOTOS: The Nation Yesterday a passenger filed an official complaint with the land office saying that a taxi driver was acting inappropriately by watching ‘porn’ whilst he was driving and taking his shirt off (which was a football shirt and not a proper uniform). Today, the taxi driver was fined 2,000 baht for watching a […]

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Insurance may not cover the pick-up/super car rear-ender

A leading insurance spokesman has commented with Daily News after a 30 million baht McLaren 720s was rear ended by a pick-up truck. (The Thaiger priced the car at 15 million baht after emailing a McLaren salesperson) Thai Insurance Association chief Jeeraphon Atsawathanakul said that if both drivers went down the insurance route the insurance […]

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If you can’t play big don’t even bother playing small!

by Darren Scherbain Steven approached me almost two years ago to help him with his assault on Ironman Wisconsin 2017. A torn meniscus last summer put a damper on last year’s race, but didnt stop Steve from refocussing on Ironman Wisconsin  2018. A delay is never a denial. It’s been a long reconditioning process; Steve has made a ferocious commitment […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Filipino activists demand formal apology from Japanese government to 'comfort women'
Filipino activists gathered outside a Catholic church in Manila on Tuesday to demand the Japanese government issue a formal apology for Japan's wartime use of 'comfort women'. - REUTERS
Parisians object to 'unsightly' public urinals
A new set of eco-friendly but completely exposed urinals deployed on the streets of Paris are provoking uproar from locals, particularly one installed on the tourist hotspot of Ile Saint-Louis. Locals have written to the town hall to demand its removal and are planning a petition. - REUTERS
Vienna beats Melbourne to best city title
Vienna has dislodged Melbourne for the first time at the top of the Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Index, strengthening the Austrian capital's claim to being the world's most pleasant city to live in. - REUTERS
Police arrest man on terrorism charges as car hits UK parliament barriers
British police arrested a man on suspicion of terrorism offences on Tuesday after he drove a car into security barriers outside parliament and injured at least two people. - REUTERS
BMW engine fires lead to South Korea bans
South Korea is roughly 20,000 BMW vehicles, after twenty-seven engines went up in flames between January and July this year. - REUTERS
PM riled at Islamic dress row
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered the Education Ministry Tuesday to settle a dispute over a ban on students wearing Islamic dress at a school in Pattani in the insurgency-plagued deep South.
BMA to dismantle homes along Lat Phrao Canal
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is considering invoking an encroachment law, better known as Por Wor 44, to force the relocation of 470 families from Klong Lat Phrao, according to a senior city official.
Banks' fee income shrinks
Thai commercial banks witnessed a first-time contraction of 11.2% in fee-based income from fund transfers in the second quarter of the year, due to waived fees on digital banking transactions.
Slice of bitcoin fraud spoils 'went to actor's parents'
Police have searched the parental home of actor Jiratpisit Jaravijit, a suspect at the centre of an alleged bitcoin scam, in Chon Buri after finding his elder brother had transferred 90 million baht thought connected to the fraud to their parents.
Favouring Sam Mitr is no recipe for unity
The application of "double standards" by the powers-that-be against those from opposing political sides has been pointed out as one of the root causes of Thailand's political conflict for over a decade.
 
NationMultimedia.com
Myanmar, Thailand working together in security, economy
Myanmar and Thailand are working together in security, economy and other beneficial issues, said State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
Indonesia tops destination for international schools in Southeast Asia: Report
Indonesia remains a leading destination for international schools in Southeast Asia, according to ISC Research data announced on Tuesday.
Moon says ending division of two Koreas will achieve 'true liberation'
President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday used his Libration Day address to pitch his Korea peace drive, calling for railway, energy and economic cooperation with the North as a cornerstone for Northeast Asian peace and prosperity. 
Update : Floodlight search for survivors after deadly Italy bridge collapse
Italian rescuers searched through the night Wednesday for any survivors under the shattered remains of a motorway bridge in Genoa as investigators probed what could have caused such a catastrophic collapse.
Top 10 busiest airports by passenger traffic in H1
Beijing Capital International Airport remained the world's second-busiest airport by passenger traffic, witnessing 49.38 million passengers in the first half of the year, said Civil Aviation Data Analysis, a civil aviation data platform based in Shanghai, on Aug 2.
Turkish lira dip spells trouble for Asian markets
Concerns over US tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum sent destabilizing ripples across the region
Living like a local
You can travel like a tourist on Koh Libong and Na Muen Sri in Trang province while experiencing the slow pace of everyday life
Prayut coy on his political future … until next month
PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday reiterated his promise to clarify his political future next month, saying that he first has to decide if he will stay in politics before he announces which party he will choose to join.
Bebinca set to bring heavy downpours
Authorities get ready for onslaught; keep close watch on brimming dams.
 
Chiang Mai, Thailand News
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.


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The Vajiralongkorn Dam on the Kwae Noi River in Kanchanaburi has already reached its limit and must release water into the Mae Klong River Basin. Eleven major dams are reaching the limit of their storage capacities, which is putting them at risk of flooding, according to the Royal Irrigation Department .


 
Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Motel lovebird charged with extortion
PHETCHABUN: A man who told police a video taken without his knowledge of him having sex with a girlfriend at a love motel had been posted online has been charged with laying a false complaint and attempted extortion.
Night dinosaur show proving popular in Khon Kaen
KHON KAEN: Visitors are flocking to a night dinosaur display with light and sound effects in Wiang Kao district.
Woman falls onto BTS track
A woman fainted and fell onto the track at Ratchathewi BTS skytrain station on Wednesday morning, briefly disrupting services on the Sukhumvit Line.
Don urges cross-border trade boost
NAY PYI TAW: Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai has urged the Thai-Myanmar joint trade commission to hold its next meeting soon to help both countries reach their target of doubling bilateral trade volume by 2022.
Gold prices unchanged
The Gold Traders Association on Wednesday morning announced buying prices at 18,464.88 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 18,800.00 baht per baht-weight for gold bars.
PM riled at Islamic dress row
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered the Education Ministry Tuesday to settle a dispute over a ban on students wearing Islamic dress at a school in Pattani in the insurgency-plagued deep South.
BMA to dismantle homes along Lat Phrao Canal
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is considering invoking an encroachment law, better known as Por Wor 44, to force the relocation of 470 families from Klong Lat Phrao, according to a senior city official.
Banks' fee income shrinks
Thai commercial banks witnessed a first-time contraction of 11.2% in fee-based income from fund transfers in the second quarter of the year, due to waived fees on digital banking transactions.
Solo travellers in line to receive homestay tax perk
Individual travellers who visit and stay at lodging with fewer than four rooms in second-tier provinces will soon be entitled to a tax break.
Rail projects close roads to large lorries
From Monday, lorries with more than six wheels will be banned from eight roads where construction of electric railways are under way.
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