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  • Thai woman seeks help after brutal assault by ex-boyfriend

    A Thai woman in the eastern province of Rayong is seeking help after repeated harassment and a recent physical assault by her ex-boyfriend at her workplace, which left her with severe injuries. The 31 year old victim turned to social media influencer Guntouch “Gun” Pongpaiboonwet after officers from the Khao Chamao Police Station ignored her case. She was left living…

  • Discarded deity statue linked to lottery wins in Rayong

    A broken statue of the deity Yama, discarded by a roadside, has become the centre of a series of uncanny events. Along Ban Phla Road in Rayong’s Ban Chang District, a mysterious tale unfolded at 5pm yesterday, June 13, involving a discarded and broken statue of Yama at a community forest in the Phla subdistrict. Reporters arrived at the scene,…

  • Chon Buri cannabis store vandalism turns into a blaze of gunfire

    A cannabis store in the Sattahip district of Chon Buri province fell victim to vandalism twice, with the second attack escalating to gunfire, perpetrated by masked youths. Sakda Niempai, the proprietor, revealed that his shop, situated opposite the Bang Saray Night Market, was the target of two assaults by a group of teenagers. CCTV footage documented both incidents, prompting the…

  • Triple odds: Thai gamblers back new three-digit lottery system

    The Thai government’s decision to introduce a three-digit lottery ticket system gained traction among gamblers, who believe it could reduce illegal gambling. However, lottery ticket vendors are concerned about the potential impact on their sales and are considering selling fewer traditional lottery tickets. Following the Cabinet’s approval of a draft ministerial regulation to introduce three-digit lottery tickets, the Government Lottery…

  • Parking lot scales up: Fish delivery driver attacked in market brawl

    A chaotic scene erupted at a local market in Udon Thani as a fish delivery driver was attacked over a parking dispute. The incident, which occurred around 7am yesterday, June 10, saw several men assaulting the driver before fleeing the scene in a pickup truck. Police from Udon Thani’s 191 suppression unit received a report of the attack, which took…

  • Buriram villagers accuse ex-principal of land grab

    Villagers in Nong Mai Ngam, Lahan Sai District, Buriram Province, submitted evidence to the Buriram Provincial Land Reform Office, accusing a former school principal of seizing their agricultural land after they failed to repay loans. The villagers borrowed money from the ex-school principal but could not repay it in time, leading to the confiscation of their Sor Por Kor land,…

  • Thai man swindled out of 550,000 baht by online investment scam

    A man from Nong Han district in Udon Thani has been driven to suicidal thoughts after being swindled out of 550,000 baht by an online scammer posing as an investment advisor. The scammer continues to taunt him daily, asking if he wants to invest more. The 42 year old victim, identified by the pseudonym Krob, had worked for 10 years…

  • Fisherman electrocuted while repairing boat near Chanthaburi pier

    A fisherman died after being electrocuted while attempting to repair his leaking boat. The incident took place yesterday near an old pier under the Somdet Phra Taksin Bridge in Laem Sing, Chanthaburi. Police Lieutenant Colonel Surapong Prongngam from Laem Sing Police Station received a report from the Sawang Katanyu Dharma Association’s rescue centre about the fatal accident. Upon arrival at…

  • Spooky film screened at Nakhon Ratchasima cemetery

    A spooky film screening was held at the Chinese cemetery in Nakhon Ratchasima, with hundreds of empty chairs set up for unclaimed spirits. The event, organised by the Sawang Metta Thammasathan Foundation, took place at a cemetery home to 2,800 graves. After a ceremony for the unclaimed deceased, the foundation arranged an open-air film screening from June 2 to June…

  • Wife allegedly hires hitman for husband’s murder for 300,000 baht

    A wife allegedly orchestrated the murder of her 44 year old husband by hiring a hitman through an application for 300,000 baht. This shocking revelation came after his family suspected foul play following his mysterious death in Maha Sarakham Province. Police officials held a press conference this morning to announce significant progress in the case. Deputy Commander of the Metropolitan Police…

  • Sedan crashes in Sakon Nakhon, claims life after high-speed chase

    A sedan collided with another car in Sakon Nakhon yesterday before losing control, crossing the median strip, and crashing into a parked truck. The driver was found trapped behind the wheel and later succumbed to her injuries. Officers from the Taton Police Station in Sakon Nakhon received a report of a severe road accident involving a sedan and a parked…

  • Health officials address beetle infestation in Khon Kaen

    Millions of beetles have invaded a home in Khon Kaen, causing significant distress for a couple until local health officials intervened. The invasion of wood-boring beetles has been linked to the area’s favourable conditions for their breeding. Yesterday, public health officials from Kranuan District in Khon Kaen conducted a thorough fumigation of a house located at 74 Moo 9, Ban…

  • Grieving mother pleads for justice after son shot dead by gang

    A bed-ridden mother mourns her son, a Grade 8 student, who was shot dead by a gang. She pleads for the police to swiftly apprehend the perpetrators, asserting her son had no conflicts with anyone. Yesterday, a tragic incident occurred in Nakhon Phanom where three individuals on a motorcycle shot 14 year old Oak in the back of the head,…

  • Drunk driver causes fatal motorcycle crash in Samut Songkhram

    A tragic accident occurred today as a 20 year old man lost his life when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck driven by a drunk driver in Amphawa, Samut Songkhram. The collision took place on Somdet Phra Suriyenthr Bridge Road, involving a Honda Wave motorcycle and an Isuzu D-Max pickup truck. Authorities responded promptly to the accident site, where…

  • Cambodian man shot in violent clash with Thai youths in Chon Buri

    A confrontation between Cambodian and Thai youths escalated into violence, resulting in a 20 year old Cambodian man being shot and injured. The incident occurred yesterday, May 30 in Banglamung District, Chon Buri Province, prompting a police investigation. The violence erupted around 10.30pm yesterday. Officers from Nong Prue Police Station, led by Jaroon Duangwiangkham, received a report from Banglamung Hospital…

  • Udder chaos: Frenzied cow injures man in Chon Buri

    A frenzied cow in Sattahip, Chon Buri province, injured its caretaker by ramming him against a wall, causing severe injuries and triggering a chaotic rescue attempt. Locals and rescue workers struggled to retrieve the injured man as the agitated cow continued to charge at them, forcing them to flee. The Sattahip Sawang Rojanathammasathan Rescue Foundation’s radio centre received a report…

  • Ancient skeletons discovered in Nakhon Ratchasima

    A remarkable discovery of ancient skeletons, believed to be around 2,000 years old, has caused quite a stir in Nakhon Ratchasima. Archaeologists uncovered two human skeletons during excavation work, with one skeleton’s skull placed on its torso, creating a buzz among locals and experts. The discovery took place at 10am yesterday, May 29, during a project to landscape the Boraparam Moat…

  • Spooky spectacle: Haunted house in Surin sparks lottery frenzy

    A deserted house in Surin Province, northeastern Thailand, has become the centre of local attention after reports of ghost sightings and supernatural occurrences. Relatives and villagers have been flocking to the house to seek lucky lottery numbers ahead of the upcoming draw. The house, located at 27, Moo 6, Ban Bueng, Ban Rae Subdistrict, Khwao Sinarin District, has been abandoned…

  • Thai man ends life after failing to settle child molestation case

    A 66 year old man, distressed over failing to settle a molestation case involving a 10 year old girl, ended his life with a firearm yesterday. The incident occurred at an unnamed rowhouse in Nong Prue, Bang Lamung, Chon Buri, and was reported to the police by 8.10am. Responding to the report, Police Lieutenant Colonel Jirasak and a rescue team…

  • Sri Racha residents in uproar as drainage construction poses risk

    Residents and business owners lining Sukhumvit Road in Bang Phra Subdistrict of Sri Racha are in uproar, demanding immediate action to resolve a debacle at the Bang Phra-Klong Sukreeb junction. The construction of a drainage system on Highway No. 3 has hit a standstill, plunging the area into chaos and risking the safety of locals, especially schoolchildren. For nearly a…

  • Northeast Thailand: Wildlife officer mauled by bear survives attack

    A brave wildlife officer narrowly escaped death after being mauled by a ferocious bear while patrolling a remote mountain in northeast Thailand. Danai, a 39 year old officer from the Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary in Chaiyaphum province, was conducting a routine patrol through dense woodland last Friday, May 17 when an Asian black bear emerged, attacking Danai with its powerful…

  • Record sea temperatures devastate coral reefs and marine life

    Record sea surface temperatures in Thailand’s eastern gulf coast are causing severe damage to the region’s aquatic life, raising concerns among scientists and local communities. Coral reefs that were once vibrant and colourful, situated about 5 metres underwater, have turned white due to coral bleaching. This phenomenon indicates deteriorating health caused by elevated water temperatures. Data reveals that sea surface…

  • Rocket near-miss with aircraft prompts safety concerns in Surin

    Rocket fireworks narrowly missed an aircraft in Surin province on Sunday, prompting officials to urge pilots to navigate around them. The district chief denied the incident occurred in his area, highlighting a lack of clarity about the event’s location. Local reporters were alerted to illegal gambling activities at the Boon Bang Fai rocket festival behind a temple in Ban Jang…

  • Thai school embraces LGBTQ rights: Students enjoy hair freedom

    In a groundbreaking move that left students beaming with “Pride,” Boon Wattana School in Nakhon Ratchasima is now allowing LGBTQ students to wear their hair in a style that best reflects their gender identity. This progressive measure has seen many male students proudly sporting shoulder-length hair, a privilege previously reserved only for female students. Panwarit Patwimonsilp, a 16 year old…

  • Torrential May downpour turns Bang Saray into river

    Relentless rain wreaked havoc across Bang Saray, transforming streets into rivers and causing chaos for locals. Since the crack of dawn yesterday, unyielding rain transformed Bang Saray in Sattahip District into a watery maze, inundating Sukhumvit Road and nearby areas. The deluge overwhelmed drainage systems, plunging streets into chaos and triggering severe traffic snarls. The downpour hit Sukhumvit Road hardest,…

  • Rayong residents demand action after fire raises safety fears

    A demand for immediate action echoed from Rayong residents following a factory fire last month that has heightened concerns over chemical safety. Community members, deeply troubled by the incident, mobilised a protest to present their case to provincial governor Traiphop Wongtrairat. The villagers convened at Wat Nong Phawa in the Ban Khai district to voice their concerns before proceeding to…

  • Surin temple’s Buddha statue event sparks lottery buzz

    A revered wooden Buddha statue’s head-raising ceremony at Nong Khu Pattana Temple in Surin province has become the talk of the town, as the auspicious numbers divined in the ritual matched the age of the temple’s abbot. The event yesterday drew a large crowd of devotees and lottery enthusiasts eager to witness the traditional ceremony and perhaps gain insight into…

  • Ocean Property and Siam Seaplane collaborate for coastal travel

    Ocean Property and Siam Seaplane, Thailand’s leading amphibious seaplane service provider, are set to unveil a luxurious seaplane facility at Ocean Marina Jomtien. The joint venture promises travellers an unparalleled experience along the vibrant eastern coast of Thailand. The state-of-the-art facility will facilitate water landings and takeoffs, ensuring swift access to luxury yacht charters, plush stays at Ocean Marina Resort,…

  • Reeling in profits: Nakhon Ratchasima villagers cash in on low water levels

    Villagers in Nakhon Ratchasima flocked to buy fishing permits, taking advantage of the reduced water levels in a natural canal to catch fish for both consumption and sale, thereby boosting their income. The funds raised from selling the permits are earmarked for village development. Reporters noted that hundreds of residents from the Phimai district, in Nakhon Ratchasima province, gathered at…

  • Rayong warehouse disaster: Government ramps up aid

    A fiery inferno engulfed Rayong’s Map Ta Phut Industrial Park, leaving death and devastation in its wake. The government springs into action, accelerating aid to affected victims and locals. The catastrophic blaze ignited around 10.30am when a colossal pyrolysis gasoline (pygas) storage tank exploded at Map Ta Phut Tank Terminal. SCG Chemicals Plc, a vital petrochemical subsidiary of Siam Cement…