Connect with us


MONDAY MORNING NEWS BRIEFING – All your local news in 3 minutes




Merry Christmas from all of us here at Phuket Gazette and The Thaiger. We urge you to be extra careful out on the roads on this day and in the days up to New Year. It’s the busiest time for tourism on the island and there are lots of people here to celebrate. Let’s see which stories are leading the way for your Monday…

Drunk driving still the leading cause of deaths

The Academic Centre for Road Safety says drunk driving remains the issue of greatest concern regarding road safety.

According to the Road Safety Operations Centre, during the seven-day monitoring period for New Year last year, there were 4,128 injuries and 478 deaths from 3,919 road accidents. This represented a rise on previous years. The same research showed that the top five reasons for road accidents were: driving while drunk, speeding, cutting in front of another vehicle, recklessly riding a motorcycle and poor visibility on the road.

MONDAY MORNING NEWS BRIEFING - All your local news in 3 minutes | News by Thaiger

Davao City shopping mall fire kills 37

At least 37 are feared burned alive in a shopping mall in Davao City in The Philippines. President Rodrigo Duterte broke the sad news to relatives of the 37 victims who were mostly workers of BPO firm SSI yesterday.

The president broke into tears when visited the families of victims trapped in the mall. The blaze started at the four-storey NCCC Mall on Saturday morning and people were trapped inside, including in a call centre on the top floor. The fire was still going yesterday morning. A police officer speaking to AFP believes that the fire started on the third floor which houses products like fabrics, wooden furniture and plastic ware.

MONDAY MORNING NEWS BRIEFING - All your local news in 3 minutes | News by Thaiger

Bus plows into car in Thalang killing two

At midnight on Saturday night, at Saladaeng intersection on Thepkasattri Road in Thalang, a 6-wheel bus crashed into a car, resulting in two casualties and an injured driver in serious condition.

The bus was driven by 42 year old Boonyong Linla, who police allege was driving at high speed and ignored a traffic signal, running the red light. He crashed into the car of the family of three, driven by 24 year old Pradit Robroo with two passengers, 18 year old Kanlaya Mianbut and one year old Kornkamon Robroo.

All three were sent to Thalang Hospital, but one year old Kornkamon later died at the hospital as a result of her injuries. Kanlaya Mianbut was taken to Vachira Hospital, along with her husband, but she died at Vachira Hospital later in the morning. The husband remains at Vachira with serious injuries.

Police continue to investigate the incident and are questioning the 42 year old bus driver.

MONDAY MORNING NEWS BRIEFING - All your local news in 3 minutes | News by Thaiger

Toon surpasses one billion in donations

The charity run by Bodyslam frontman “Toon” has hit more than 1 billion baht in donations.

As of 2pm yesterday, donations for 11 public hospitals benefiting from Artiwara’s cross-country charity run amounted to 1,000,428,000 baht – well exceeding his initial target of 700 million baht. Artiwara – who was voted in a Bangkok Poll survey as the most admirable person of the year – has run for 372.24 hours over 42 days covering 2,140 kilometres. The rocking runner is now in Chiang Rai crossing the finish line today. He started the run on November 1.

MONDAY MORNING NEWS BRIEFING - All your local news in 3 minutes | News by Thaiger

November 2018 poll date ‘impossible’

Despite the junta leader’s claim to promote an inclusive democracy, the new Article 44 order to extend deadlines for political party activity would instead make a November election “impossible” and weaken public participation. This observation by academics concerned that the country’s roadmap to democracy will be pushed forward again by the latest changes to political party involvement.

Last Friday, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha issued an order under his absolute powers to amend the existing Political Party Act, giving the main reason as the need to extend the deadlines required for parties to follow ahead of the election. The junta’s ban against political gatherings of five or more people has stopped parties from holding meetings or making other official moves. Although the order is claimed to “facilitate” parties, it requires members of existing parties to submit “verifying membership documents” to their party headquarters.

MONDAY MORNING NEWS BRIEFING - All your local news in 3 minutes | News by Thaiger

Phuket’s beaches missing from ‘clean beach’ list

Thirteen beaches in six provinces have been found to be of a very good environmental condition in an assessment by the Pollution Control Department of the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry.

The assessment was carried out under the “beaches with stars” project for the year 2017.

The assessment measures four aspects: pollution control; natural conditions; environmental management; and tourism management.

For the year 2017, the following 13 beaches have been assessed to have a very good environmental condition, each with five stars attached:

1. Toey Ngam beach, Chon Buri, in an area under the supervision of the navy’s Sattahip Marine Command.

2. Laem Sala beach, Khao Sam Roy Yot National Park, Prachuap Khiri Khan.

3. Ao Manao beach of the air force’s Wing 5, Prachuap Khiri Khan.

4. Ao Kha, Ang Thong Islands National Park, Surat Thani.

5. Sam Sao beach, Ang Thong Islands National Park, Surat Thani.

6. Tham Rang beach, Ang Thong Islands National Park, Surat Thani.

7. Thai Muang beach, Khao Lampi-Hat Thai Muang National Park, Phangnga.

8. Ao Kuak beach, Similan Islands National Park, Phangnga.

9. Mai Ngam beach, Surin Islands National Park, Phangnga.

10. Laem Tanot beach, Ko Lanta National Park, Krabi.

11. Ko Rok beach, Ko Lanta National Park, Krabi.

12. Pile beach, Than Bokkhorani National Park, Krabi.

13. Ko Lidi beach, Phetra Islands National Park, Satun.

Moreover, Na Thap beach in Ang Thong Islands National Park is rated as being of a high environmental condition, with four stars attached.

Bottomline, not one beach in Phuket is on the list 🙁



Want more from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

Leave a comment below or join the discussion on Thaiger Talk Forums.

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Avatar


    Monday, December 25, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    l also witness tour buses going thru red lights they sound their horn and just drive thru at 80 kph as if they have right of way, no speed camera or ticketing helps ? its education and taking special test needed to drive a bus rip little angel

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Read more headlines, reports & breaking news in Phuket. Or catch up on your Thailand news.

Thailand's largest online portal for news and information.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand48 mins ago

Purchases of fancy street lamps being investigated for possible corruption

Thailand1 hour ago

Thailand News Today | BKK parks re-open… nearly, tropical storm, airport security upgrade | June 14

Thailand1 hour ago

Missing fisherman’s body found in sea off Nakhon Si Thammarat

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Sponsored by image

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

CCSA: We’re out of vaccines

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Ayutthaya hospital to test all staff for Covid after 18 test positive

Thailand3 hours ago

13 teenagers arrested in Chon Buri for partying, gathering

Crime3 hours ago

Crime Suppression Division seizes dozens of illegal firearms in a series of raids

Crime3 hours ago

Marijuana valued at 10 million baht seized in Nakhon Phanom, 2 arrested

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Monday Covid Update: 3,355 new cases, provincial totals

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Almost 100% of teachers and staff vaccinated in Bangkok

Thailand5 hours ago

Almost 8 million register for stimulus scheme, app briefly goes down

Best of5 hours ago

Top 5 best temples in Bangkok

Thailand6 hours ago

Good Morning Thailand | What’s happening in Pattaya, Phuket sandbox, reopening for tourism

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 hours ago

25 vaccination sites put on hold in Bangkok

Phuket6 hours ago

Ambulance crashes into a lightpole in Phuket

Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism3 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8