Bob Scott

Bob Scott

Bob Scott is an experienced writer and editor with a passion for travel. Born and raised in Newcastle, England, he spent more than 10 years in Asia. He worked as a sports writer in the north of England and London before relocating to Asia. Now he resides in Bangkok, Thailand, where he is the Editor-in-Chief for The Thaiger English News. With a vast amount of experience from living and writing abroad, Bob Scott is an expert on all things related to Asian culture and lifestyle.
  • Phuket News

    Myanmar man ignores swimming warning, drowns at Phuket beach

    Tragedy unfolded as a 20 year old Myanmar man drowned at Kalim Beach in Phuket. Despite the presence of a red no swimming flag, Nay Myo Zaw and his friends decided to swim in the area. The incident transpired around 12.23pm yesterday, May 5, with local authorities promptly informed. Nay Myo Zaw arrived at the beach with three of his…

  • Thailand News

    Thai farmers feeling the heat: Climate change threatens crop yields

    Farmers in Thailand are facing a significant threat from climate change, with an alarming drop in crop yields predicted over the next seven decades. This growing crisis has prompted calls for the government to implement strategies to safeguard food security. Witsanu Attavanich, a lecturer in economics at Kasetsart University, is at the forefront of research into the impact of climate…

  • Thailand News

    British man’s stolen card wins 185 million baht lottery

    In a twist of fate, a British man’s stolen credit card was used to buy a lottery ticket in England that won a £4 million (185 million baht) prize, leading to a bizarre situation where the rightful owner wondered if he was entitled to any winnings, only to be met with disappointment. Joshua Addyman’s credit card details were swiped in…

  • Business News

    Automotive giants shift gears towards BEVs and HICEVs

    The fight against climate change has urged automotive industry leaders to focus on battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and hydrogen internal combustion engine vehicles (HICEVs). This is a critical step in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions caused by traditional internal combustion engines and contributing to a more sustainable transport future. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide have made the bold commitment to…

  • Thailand News

    Diving drama: French foursome rescued from island ordeal

    Four French divers, who found themselves stranded overnight on an island off Sattahip in Chon Buri, were successfully rescued yesterday. Their vessel had unexpectedly become detached from its mooring and drifted away while they were diving near Koh Manwichai. The divers, identified as 38 year old Andrien, 47 year old Medhi, 30 year old Vincent, aged 30, and 32 year…

  • Thailand News

    NHSO forms team to probe Bangkok healthcare malpractice

    Bangkok’s primary healthcare clinics have been hit with a staggering 3,771 complaints, prompting the National Health Security Office (NHSO) to form an investigative team to probe alleged malpractices. The NHSO issued a statement yesterday, April 30, addressing its commitment to resolve grievances from patients under the 30 baht universal healthcare scheme. These objections arose following the NHSO’s decision to modify…

  • Thailand News

    Thai workers shine in Taiwan’s Labour Day awards

    Two Thai workers from Lampang did Thailand proud after being honoured with employee awards in Taiwan’s annual Labour Day ceremony, earning a personal meeting with the country’s president. The Taiwanese Ministry of Labour, responsible for the event, recognises both local and foreign workers for their contributions to various sectors. This year, the Thai men won accolades in the manufacturing industry.…

  • Business News

    Thailand’s eastern corridor factories prepared for drought season

    Factories within Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) are poised to weather an impending drought season, thanks to preventative measures undertaken by the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT). The EEC, which encompasses sections of Chon Buri, Rayong and Chachoengsao, is home to 41 industrial estates and 6,000 factories, and the daily demand for water across these establishments amounts to 1.5…

  • Pattaya News

    Jomtien Beach sees tourist dip amid Thailand’s soaring heat

    Pattaya’s Jomtien Beach is experiencing a noticeable dip in the influx of tourists as the summer heat in Thailand reaches its peak. The beach, a popular locale for sun-worshippers, swimmers, and city dwellers seeking a reprieve from the oppressive city heat, is seeing a marked reduction in footfall. Local reporters observed the crowd was distinctly thinner than it was in…

  • Thailand News

    Drought dries up Buriram: 300 Thai households forced to buy water

    The protracted drought in Thailand has precipitated a water crisis in Mueang district, Buriram, compelling approximately 300 households across three villages to resort to purchasing water. The scarcity of water is attributed to the drying up of the area’s groundwater, which these villages heavily depend on, given that they are not linked to the local water pipelines. The impacted villages…

  • Thailand News

    Stormy skies ahead: TMD forecast predicts May rainy season start

    Thailand’s rainy season is anticipated to start the last week of May this year, according to the latest forecast by the Meteorological Department of Thailand (TMD). The announcement came with a cautious note that initial rains will be scarce, improving as the season progresses into June and July. Despite the slow start, the TMD remains hopeful that the overall rainfall…

  • Business News

    Crypto market dips as investors await Federal Reserve meeting

    A slump in the crypto market was witnessed today with Bitcoin and other smaller tokens such as Ether, BNB and XRP experiencing a drop in value. Speculators tread cautiously in anticipation of the Federal Reserve meeting this week, which could potentially suggest extended periods of increased interest rates. Bitcoin, the most significant digital asset, fell to its lowest value in…

  • Business News

    Heatwave havoc: DIT keeps close thermometer on Thai farming

    The sweltering weather conditions currently sweeping across Thailand have prompted the Department of Internal Trade (DIT) to closely monitor their impact on the country’s agricultural and livestock production. Despite the challenging weather and drought, DIT Director-General, Wattanasak Sur-iam, assured that the price of agricultural goods remains stable. To alleviate the cost of living for consumers and restaurant owners, the DIT…

  • Thailand News

    Rat catchers nabbed in Khon Kaen with 300,000 speed pills

    A couple of drug peddlers, masquerading as farm rat catchers, were apprehended in Khon Kaen with a cache of over 300,000 speed pills. The couple, identified as 41 year old Jinda Thaochalee and his 36 year old wife Rungthip Sakunphon, were nabbed in Ban Fang district and tried to bribe the police with 500,000 baht for their release. Local police…

  • Thailand News

    Nine year old Thai dancing sensation steals the show

    A nine year old boy, affectionately known as “Nong Che,” became an overnight sensation in Thailand thanks to his impeccable dance moves, which he showcased alongside Longan Hai Thongkham, a well-known local singer, and her troupe of dancers. The event took place yesterday at Pholview Restaurant, Ratchaburi Province, and the viral clip has since captured the hearts and attention of…

  • Cannabis News

    Cabinet shake-up plants seeds for cannabis reform in Thailand

    The Thai Cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin could spark high-stakes changes to the cannabis bill after former Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin replaced Public Health Minister Cholnan Srikaew. Cholnan, who led the charge in the cannabis debate, faced a blaze of controversy over the plant’s legalisation in 2022 by Anutin Charnvirakul, the former Public Health Minister, now doubling as…

  • Thailand News

    Residents left high and dry as water levels drop in Thai reservoir

    A severe drop in water levels at the Lam Takhong Reservoir and Lam Mun River in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, is causing concern for residents. The primary water sources in the region are suffering due to drought and extreme heat, leading to fears of water shortages. Lam Takhong, one of the four main reservoirs in Nakhon Ratchasima, currently holds only 111.25…

  • Phuket News

    German tourist fined 1,000 baht for parking SUV on Phuket Beach

    A German tourist found himself in hot water after his Bangkok-registered Ford Everest SUV was caught sand-handed on Ley Phang Beach, Phuket. The vehicle, owned by a man known only as Simoen, was seized by authorities following reports circulated on social media and he was fined 1,000 baht. When Cherng Talay Police arrived at the scene, they found the SUV…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand’s record-breaking electricity usage heats up weekend

    A record-breaking increase in electricity usage was registered in Thailand over the weekend as the nation grappled with soaring temperatures. The Ministry of Energy confirmed late Saturday that power demand peaked at 36,356 megawatts, surpassing the previous record set on Monday, April 22. Extreme heat has been particularly severe in the country’s northern and northeastern regions. The Meteorological Department of…

  • Thailand News

    Monks’ wild antics: Sanctuary showdown ends in poaching arrest

    Ongoing tales of monks behaving badly continue, this time in the Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary in northeastern Thailand, as two Buddhist monks, Phra Maha Montri and novice Atikhun Maneewong, were apprehended for allegedly engaging in wildlife poaching. They were released on bail on Saturday, with their relatives acting as guarantors. The arrest took place on Thursday, punctuating ongoing investigations into…

  • Thailand News

    Myanmar real estate sales surge by 240%

    The chief executive of a leading property firm today revealed an intriguing glimpse into the flourishing 2024 foreign real estate sector. The disclosure highlighted a remarkable 240% surge in sales within the Myanmar market compared to the same period in the previous year. Despite the surge in the Myanmar market, the Chinese market continues to dominate, accounting for 50% of…

  • Thailand News

    Thai PM’s frozen durian order: A fruitful venture worth millions

    Thailand Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin yesterday publicised the country’s recent acquisition of a 300-million-baht (US$8.1 million) frozen durian order on social media. The announcement came in the aftermath of his trip to Chanthaburi, which further emphasised the global appetite for Thai durians. “Post my visit, an order was placed. Business tycoons have expressed interest in placing an annual order worth 300…

  • Thailand News

    Phuket’s tram feasibility study on track for smooth ride ahead

    The much-awaited tram project in Phuket, set to link Phuket International Airport with the Ha Yeak Chalong intersection, is advancing steadily as its feasibility study is on track to finish within six months. Transport Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit revealed yesterday that the 41.7-kilometre tram system’s study is being carried out by the Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRTA), with intentions to present…

  • Thailand News

    Thai police bust major cryptocurrency mining operation

    Thai police apprehended multiple individuals and confiscated over 650 cryptocurrency mining devices valued at over 200 million baht in Samut Sakhon and Ratchaburi, following an investigation into suspected electricity theft. The high-profile crackdown involved officers from the Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau (CCIB) and Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) officials, who targeted the locations due to their exceptionally high power usage. The…

  • Pattaya News

    Construction workers’ row escalates into knife attack in Pattaya

    A heated argument over professional prowess escalated into a violent confrontation between two construction workers in Pattaya on Saturday night. The altercation resulted in one man being grievously injured by a knife attack. Pattaya police received a report of the incident at 8.36pm. Over ten officers swiftly converged on the scene, a residential property located within the Nongprue sub-district, Banglamung…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand’s hazardous waste crisis prompts law enforcement calls

    Serious fires at hazardous waste storage facilities in Rayong and Ayutthaya, coupled with the illegal smuggling of cadmium tailings from Tak to numerous Thai provinces, have brought the issue of waste management into sharp focus in Thailand. With a shocking 36 million tonnes of hazardous waste produced annually, as reported by the Department of Pollution Control, concerns are increasing over…

  • Pattaya News

    Thailand sees surge in foreign investment in Q1

    Thailand has seen a recent surge in foreign investment, according to recent statistics from the Thai Ministry of Commerce. Government spokesperson Chai Watcharong yesterday, April 25, unveiled these numbers, highlighting a significant upsurge in foreign investment within the first quarter of 2024. A staggering total of more than 35 billion baht has been funnelled into the Thai economy by foreign investors,…

  • Thailand News

    Rayong hazardous waste plant sees another fire

    A hazardous waste storage plant in Rayong, owned by Win Process, witnessed another fire incident on Wednesday night. The surrounding area was found to have high concentrations of dangerous chemicals in the air, reported the Thai authorities. The fire began at the Ban Nong Pawa village-based plant in Tambon Bang But of Rayong’s Ban Khai district and was yet to…

  • Business News

    Thai baht expected to weaken against US dollar

    The Thai baht is expected to weaken to an estimated 37.20 baht against the US dollar later this week, due to the continued Middle East tensions, says Kasikorn Research Centre (K-Research). The economic indicators from the US, due for release this week, are also predicted to bolster the dollar’s strength. Monday morning trading saw the Thai currency quoted at 36.97…

  • Phuket News

    Russian to respect: Phuket hospital calls for law-abiding visitors

    Vachira Phuket Hospital called upon the Russian community in Phuket to respect Thai laws and hospital regulations following a string of incidents involving Russian nationals. Recent episodes include a Russian man refusing to settle his medical bills, and a woman threatening hospital staff with a baseball bat. A man of Russian nationality was arrested on April 19 for intimidating the…