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Phi Phi Islands is the most profitable national park in the nation for 2 years in a row.

Had Nopparat Thara – Phi Phi Island National Park has officially reached the highest income among the national parks across the country this year with 669 million Baht.

The statistic were revealed by the Department of Nature, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) yesterday (October 9), when they released the profit generated by all 147 national parks across the nation from October 2016 – 2017; a new record of 2.4 billion Baht for Thailand’s national parks.

The second most profitable park after Had Nopparat Thara – Phi Phi Island National Park is still a marine national park – Ao Phang Nga National Park which made 390 million Baht, followed by Mo Ko Similan National Park, which has made 307 million Baht.

Last year, from October 2015 to October 2016, the overall income was 1.8 billion Baht which was already almost 1 billion Baht higher that the previous year, with the top 3 income earners remaining the same, each with higher incomes year on year: Had Nopparat Thara – Phi Phi Island National Park made 502 million Baht, Ao Phang Nga National Park made 336 million Baht and Mu Ko Similan National Park made 185 million Baht. The overall income from last year was 1.82 billion Baht and the previous year was 896 million Baht.

“The profit we have earned from the national parks will be spent on their development to reach the international standards, following the government policy of reaching for world standards at all our national parks. Part of this income will also be invested in the local communities. We are not proud of the amount of money the national parks have made – there is price to pay and that is the natural environment that we have to restore. Every national park will get the budget to develop their own place,” said Songtham Suksawang, Director of National Parks Division.



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Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says he’s delighted over Thailand’s rating as the “least miserable” economy in the latest Bloomberg Misery Index. The annual Misery Index is calculated as the sum of a country’s inflation and unemployment rates.  The index compares the average of economists’ forecasts for each country.

The US moved six places to 13th least miserable and the UK improved four spots to 16th least.

Thailand scored 2.1 in the 2019 Index, which was the same score it received last year, making it the “least miserable” country out of 62 economies as rated by Bloomberg. Switzerland improved to second least miserable. Venezuela was rated the “most miserable economy” with inflation projected at about six million percent this year.

But Bloomberg says that Thailand is often rated least miserable due, in large part, to its rather unorthodox way of counting employment as well as their low fertility rate and aging population.

The Bank of Thailand lists Thailand’s unemployment rate at 0.9 percent and inflation at 1.1 for last year.

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Man arrested after slashing 82 year old woman in Krabi

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A man has been caught after slashing an 82 year old woman in Krabi today.

The 52 year old man who is reported to have psychological problems was caught after he used a long knife to slash the 82 year old woman named Wieng Imkasem.

The woman, who has sustained serious injuries as a result of the attack, was rushed to hospital. The attacker was also taken to hospital.

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History books will have to rewrite the Tham Luang cave story

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“Two British divers have today found the 13 team members perched on the Nerm Nom Sao ledge.”

“I promise I will care for the kids as best as possible. I want to say thank you for all the support,” 25 year old Cochairs Ekk wrote in a touching letter, nine days after they were found sitting atop a ledge known as “Nerm Nom Sao” inside the Tham Luang cave by British divers.

And so the narrative goes of the two British divers finding the team at the, now famous, Nerm Nom Sao ledge deep inside the cave. It was said to be about 400 metres past the better known ‘Pattaya Beach’ rise in the caves. The famous photos of the 13 boys perched on the ledge, surviving there for more than a week with only water, went viral around the world.

You can read 100s of versions of the famous discovery on websites, book and documentaries around the world.

Except that, according to one of the British divers who found the boys, it’s wrong.

History books will have to rewrite the Tham Luang cave story | News by The Thaiger

Today Australia’s ABC SE Asian correspondent Liam Cochrane revealed that the ‘Nerm Nom Sao’ ledge doesn’t even exist.

According to Liam Cochrane’s Tweet (with corrected grammar)

In a stunning revelation, British caver Vern Unsworth says the #Thai Wild Boars football team was not trapped at ‘Nerm Nom Sao’ but were at ‘Pattaya Beach’ all along. Mr Unsworth went in last month to help clear Tham Luang of silt. Vern Unsworth told the ABC: “Nerm Nom Sao doesn’t exist, it’s a figment if some journalist’s imagination.” If true, this would contradict the official account, every doco and every book (including mine!)

“Well, we’ve been back to Pattaya Beach where the, where the boys were actually found,” Vernon Unsworth told the ABC, just before he guided the Australians into the cave.

Dr Richard Harris and Cr Craig Challen, the two medical cave divers who were instrumental in hatching the plan to sedate the young men as a pivotal part of the cave rescue, revisited the Tham Luang Caves in Chiang Rai today after receiving Thai medals to honour their contribution in a ceremony in Bangkok last Friday.

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