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Phuket News
Nan hard-hit by flooding
NAN: The flooding situation in Nan province remains serious with three districts being hard hit as a result of heavy downpours which came a few days earlier when tropical depression ‘Bebinca’ weakened into a low pressure cell to cover the upper North of Thailand.
In the hands of the gods
VIETNAM: Nestled in the forested hills of central Vietnam two giant concrete hands emerge from the trees, holding up a glimmering golden bridge crowded with gleeful visitors who take selfies at the country’s latest eccentric tourist draw.
Phuket Opinion: Passing the baton
PHUKET: Come October, Phuket will have a new Provincial Governor, the 10th Governor that Phuket will have had in the past years 10 years – a ‘Perfect 10’.
Phuket Tasty Fest set to shine
PHUKET: A teaser promotional event for the upcoming Tasty Food Fest 2018 was held at Queen Sirikit Park in Phuket Town on Thursday, with dozens of stalls selling local delicacies from Phuket and elsewhere throughout Southern Thailand.
Phuket Governor to appeal to Cabinet for B108mn to improve marine safety
PHUKET: The Phuket Governor will make a special request to the mobile Cabinet meeting this coming week for an additional ‘emergency budget’ of B108.2 million to improve marine safety in Phuket and the facilities at Chalong Pier, reports state news agency NNT.
Phuket to hold mass merit-making event for Phoenix victims
PHUKET: A special two-day mass merit-making event will be held in Phuket next week for the 47 Chinese tourists who died in the Phoenix tour boat disaster, which capsized and sank off Koh Hei (Coral Island) on July 5.
Foul stench of sewage in black-water canal spurs Phuket hotel wastewater inspections
PHUKET: Outcry by local residents has spurred Phuket officials into dredging a canal in Kamala, on Phuket’s west coast, that has turned stagnant with the black water reeking of the foul stench of sewage so it can flow freely into the sea.
Disaster officials on alert amid heavy rain warning
PHUKET: Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Director-General Chayapol Thitisak has ordered all emergency branches through the North and the South to be on alert as heavy rain is forecast for the coming days.
Broken treasures revived in Rome’s little shop of doll horrors
ITALY: Tucked away in one of Rome’s most fashionable shopping districts, antique doll parts pile up in the tiny shopfront of the Squatriti family boutique, offering a window into another age.
Parks department wins dispute over land on Koh Poda
BANGKOK: The Appeal Court has ordered former Krabi Town Mayor to return a large block of land on Koh Poda in Krabi to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP).
 
The Thaiger
Thailand’s household debt

Thailand’s household debt has been on the rise over the past decade, up from an average of 116,681 baht in 2007 to 178,994 baht in 2017, but should be measured with commensurate growth in wages, inflation and the country’s GDP. The figures show that Thailand’s debt for farming is around 16% of the total debt […]

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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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Spectacular opening for the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta

by Ramadani Saputra From Asian Games website… Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo officially opened on Saturday night Asia’s biggest sporting event at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, in a dazzling ceremony that showcased the nation’s traditional cultures. “On behalf of the Indonesian people, we are proud and we are honored to welcome our special […]

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Resorts near Kaeng Krachan dam in Petchaburi temporarily closed

PHOTOS: The Nation More than 30 resorts downstream of the Kaeng Krachan dam in Phetchaburi province, are being closed temporarily due to heavy flooding. Thai PBS reports that floodwater levels at the 30 plus resorts range from 1-3 metres making it impossible to carry on with their business. It’s also been reported that spillover water […]

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30 more villages in Phayao hit by floods – PM asks Thais to monitor weather

A total of 30 villages in six tambons of Phayao’s Pong district have been whacked by floods yesterday (Saturday). Two other villages in the province’s Chiang Kham district were earlier reported struck by flood damage. Phayao is wedged between Chiang Mai and the Laos border. Pong district chief Sit Wongman said the Khuan and Ngim […]

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More fake goods seized in Patong

Yesterday (August 17) police and soldiers raided a warehouse in Patong and seized more than 200 counterfeit goods. A team of officers from the Economic Crime Suppression Division (ECD) joined the raid at the warehouse of Lanta Souvenir in Patong’s OTOP Market on Rat-Uthit 200 pi Road. 28 year old Wut Boonkanpai was present and […]

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Whale shark sighted off Phuket

A whale shark was sighted off Ao Tue in Koh Racha yesterday (August 17). Videos and pictures posted by a personal facebook page ‘Saran Hassaya’ have been shared widely in social media. Videos and photos were taken yesterday by female tour guide Kristsada Sukjacharee who is also a dive instructor of the ‘Blue Corner’ tour […]

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Increased fines, better training – changes to motorbike use in Thailand

In efforts to temper the world’s number one road toll, a specially-formed Thai committee are poised to recommend a series of new measures to curb, specifically, motorcycle deaths by up to 50% per year. Some of these include raising fines for not having a license by as much as 1000%, introducing more bike lanes and […]

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Landslides close the Ranong-Chumpon road

If you’ve ever travelled north or south from Phuket to locations to the north, via Ranong, you’ll know about the ‘long and winding road’ from Ranong to Chumpon. A lot of effort is being put into improving the road to make the route a viable alternative route for buses, van and cars and a new […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Engineers urge bridge 'health' checks
A bridge that collapsed in the Italian port city of Genoa with at least 38 people reported dead has raised the alarm about ageing bridges in Thailand that need to be monitored and maintained regularly.
Market's loo coup
'Airy" and "smelling clean and fresh" was how Nueng-ruethai Kijcharoen, a 46-year-old housewife described the toilets at Talat Iam Sombat Market, a privately-run fresh market on Soi Sukhumvit 77, known as Soi On Nut.
Thaksin holds out a distant hope
Deposed former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is again provoking the Prayut Chan-o-cha government and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) by rousing opposition among his supporters at home ahead of Thailand's first election in five years timed for early next year.
Promises, promises
The general prime minister is off to the South this week. The trip to Chumphon has been planned for a while, so the irony is coincidental.
Say a little prayer for the Queen of Soul
One sunny morning in 1968, I had settled down to my customary reading of the Sunday newspapers on Hampstead Heath in London, when a couple sat on the grass near me. I was a little irritated when they switched on a transistor radio and was pondering giving them a lecture on the sanctity of peace and quiet. But then I heard the piano intro to I Say A Little Prayer and all was forgiven. A rare...
Timely for Prawit to get boot from panel
It is the right decision for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to remove Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon -- who is being probed over his luxury wristwatch scandal -- from the National Anti-Corruption Committee, a body established by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to regulate, coordinate and monitor corruption prevention and elimination efforts by all government agencies.
Hit the road, Mr VIP
It was a headline worthy of finding scissors, cutting it out, setting it in a mid-priced Big C frame then hanging it on my study wall.
Blue sky dreaming in Mumbai
It's all begun from the curiosity when Seefah Ketchaiyo was a little girl. She went to observe her grandmother in the kitchen as she cooked dinner for the family. For some people, reading books opens a new world to them, but for Seefah, entering the kitchen was a whole new world for her.
Hazards that lie within
Although Thailand has multiple kinds of delicious food and snacks to choose from, consumers must bear in mind that they are also easily exposed to unsafe diets, which could subsequently land them with health problems.
When life gives you lemons, try Jason Mraz
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NationMultimedia.com
Fire guts Sa Kaew border market
Fire swept through a market on the Cambodian border on Saturday evening, damaging 20 shops selling clothes and electronic appliances.
'Guiding force for good': World mourns loss of Kofi Annan
There was an outpouring of condolences from leaders around the world on Saturday after the death of former United Nations Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan.
Kofi Annan: key dates
Key dates in the life of former UN chief and Nobel peace laureate Kofi Annan, the first black man to head the world body.
Two Koreas march together at Asian Games opening ceremony
North and South Korea marched together behind the Korean Unification flag at the Asian Games opening ceremony on Saturday, in the latest demonstration of their rapprochement.
Trump alleges social media 'censorship' of conservatives
US President Donald Trump on Saturday accused social media platforms of "totally discriminating" against users with right-wing views while dubbing mainstream news outlets CNN and MSNBC "sick."
SPECIAL REPORT: Don’t make dam business solely about profits, say advocates
Last month’s dam collapse at the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower project in Laos’ Attapeu province has so far claimed 35 lives, with 99 missing and thousands displaced.
Household debt
Thailand's household debts have been on the rise over the past decade, up from an average of Bt116,681 in 2007 to Bt178,994 in 2017.
The reasons we fly the flag
Nationalism pervades an official exhibition on the national ensign, but what’s left out is telling
Method in the MESSAGE
SOME busy people may wear two hats at work. If you’re On-Uma Vattanasuk Rerkpattanapipat you can add a third. But On-Uma is used to juggling roles in her hectic schedule at dtac. The former journalist is the senior vice president for corporate communications and sustainability at the mobile telecommunications operator.
 
Chiang Mai, Thailand News
Main Chiang Rai-Chiang Mai highway cut by run-off

Moutain run-off hit and washed out three sections of the main Chiang Rai-Chiang Mai road early on Saturday. The Doi Saket police station in Chiang Rai was alerted at 3am that the run-off had taken out sections of the highway No 118 at the kilometre markers 43, 35 and 17, making the road impassable.


Broke and busted: Thai cops charge Malaysian with filing fake report about being robbed

CHIANG MAI : A Malaysian tourist in Thailand who claimed that he had been robbed has been charged with filing a false police report. Thai police say the man, Pravin Krishnan, 20, admitted to lying because he had run out of money and needed an excuse for his parents in Malaysia to send him more.


See All The Magic Of Bangkok In Just One Minute

The capital of Thailand is, simply put, a traveler's dream. An all-night nightlife hub that's also home to some of the most delicious food on Earth, Bangkok is a place of true cultural adventure.


Schooling for poor kids thanks to Bt10 from Chiang Mai residents

THE EQUITABLE Education Fund is now exploring ideas on how best to engage all sectors in extending educational help to underprivileged children. At its public forum in Chiang Mai yesterday, local leader Phairat Maichompoo presented the Bt10 Chiang Mai Fund as a model.


Two women killed, man hurt in Chiang Mai intersection crash

Two women were killed and a man injured when a sedan collided with a pickup truck at an intersection in Muang district of Chiang Mai very early on Wednesday. Police said the 12.10am accident happened at the intersection in front of Tesco Lotus Hang Dong shopping mall on Chiang Mai-Hod road in Tambon Mae Hia.


A Woman's (Political) Work is Never Done

Ma Mee Mee, a prominent member of the 88 Generation Students group, died in a car accident on Monday while on her way back to Yangon from Irrawaddy Region. She was 47 years old.


Why are trees being ordained as monks in Thailand?

Some monks in Thailand are integrating Buddhist principles into the environmental movement in order to garner support from their followers and encourage sustainable practices. Source: Shutterstock Acres of forests are cleared for contract farming, habitats are torn down to make room for new factories, and soil is eroded, causing massive flooding during the rainy season.


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.


 
Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Majority for legalised use of marijuana for medicine: Poll
A majority of people agree that there should be a law to legalise use of marijuana or gunja for medicinal purposes in the future, according to an opinion survey carried out by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll.
Nan still hard-hit by flooding
NAN: The flooding situation in this northern province is still serious with three districts being hard hit as a result of heavy downpours which came a few days earlier when tropical depression "Bebinca" weakened into a low pressure cell to cover the upper North of Thailand.
Police officer, wife wounded in Pattani ambush
PATTANI: A police officer of Sai Buri police station and his wife were wounded by gunshots in an ambush in Sai Buri district late on Saturday night.
Chelsea edge Arsenal, Kane scores in Spurs win
LONDON: A second successive Chelsea win under Maurizio Sarri, 3-2 over an Arsenal side who have suffered back-to-back defeats under Unai Emery, gave both managers a crash course in the unpredictability of the Premier League on Saturday.
Engineers urge bridge 'health' checks
A bridge that collapsed in the Italian port city of Genoa with at least 38 people reported dead has raised the alarm about ageing bridges in Thailand that need to be monitored and maintained regularly.
Market's loo coup
'Airy" and "smelling clean and fresh" was how Nueng-ruethai Kijcharoen, a 46-year-old housewife described the toilets at Talat Iam Sombat Market, a privately-run fresh market on Soi Sukhumvit 77, known as Soi On Nut.
Kidnap, extortion accused are 'scapegoats'
It seemed police had done a good job when they arrested a father and his son for kidnapping and extortion, backing their accusation with security camera footage, the suspects' vehicle licence plate and a victim's account.
Newcastle and Cardiff draw 0-0
CARDIFF, Wales: Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge saved a stoppage-time penalty from Newcastle United’s Kenedy as each side earned their first Premier League point of the season on Saturday.
'Unified' Koreans cheered as Asian Games begin
JAKARTA: Thousands of spectators cheered wildly as athletes from the rival Koreas marched together in one of the highlights of the spectacular Asian Games opening ceremony.
EC: Election likely on Feb 24
The general election will likely be held on Feb 24 next year, according to the roadmap set by the Election Commission (EC).
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