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  • Ratchaburi highway police arrest wanted criminals

    Highway police officers made a significant arrest yesterday after pulling over a vehicle with an expired registration plate. During a routine check near kilometre marker 83 to 84 on Rama 2 Road in Wang Manao, Pak Tho district, Ratchaburi province, the officers uncovered connections to a high-profile criminal case. The vehicle, driven by 49 year old Samart (surname withheld) and…

  • Smokin’ scuffle: Foreigner’s taxi tantrum goes viral in Phuket

    A video of a foreign man attacking a Thai taxi driver on a road in the Thalang district of Phuket this morning went viral on Thai social media. The physical assault was reportedly sparked after the driver asked the foreigner to stop smoking in the cab. The Facebook page, Newshawk Phuket, shared a video of the incident at about 9.40am…

  • Fatal Bangkok motorcycle collision leaves unknown foreigner dead

    A fatal collision in Bangkok on Monday resulted in the death of an unknown foreigner and the severe injury of a Thai man. The incident took place on Charoen Nakhon Road, Khlong San, Bangkok at 2.50pm on April 1, and involved a large motorcycle colliding with a smaller one. Officers from Samre Police Station and emergency services were alerted to the…

  • Big Joke denies money laundering charges

    Deputy National Police Chief Police General Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn made a high-profile visit to the Taopoon Police Station yesterday afternoon, where he officially acknowledged the money laundering charges levied against him. After enduring four hours of intense questioning, he was eventually granted bail. Speaking to reporters as he exited the police station at around 8pm, Big Joke vehemently denied…

  • Bangkok man arrested for filming under women’s skirts

    Bangkok police officers recently apprehended a 50 year old suspect for his involvement in a string of perverse incidents, where he covertly filmed under women’s skirts. The arrest in the Lam Hin area followed a detailed investigation sparked by numerous reports of such violations. The suspect, known for his disturbing behaviour, was detained at his residence yesterday, April 2, after…

  • Surge in smog levels exceeds safe limits in northern Thailand

    A surge in smog levels was experienced this morning, with PM2.5 dust readings surpassing 200 microgrammes per cubic metre of air in three northern provinces, including Chiang Mai. The Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) disclosed at 9am that 20 provinces registered red (significantly harmful) levels of particulate matter 2.5 micrometres and below in diameter (PM2.5). The readings fluctuated…

  • Family fraud: Thai woman’s stolen identity crisis sparks media plea

    A Thai woman is seeking help from the media after a distant relative impersonated her and committed multiple crimes under her name for more than three years. The victim appealed to Channel 7 to shed light on her story with the public to clarify that she has never engaged in any illegal activities. She aims to clarify that it was…

  • British man dies after bathroom fall at Chon Buri residence

    A British businessman met a fatal end today at 7.10am after slipping and falling onto a glass sliding door in the bathroom at his Chon Buri residence, resulting in glass impaling his chest. Police Lieutenant Colonel Surasingh Sukmak, the deputy investigator, was notified of the incident which involved 54 year old British national, Gareth John Wilson. The accident took place…

  • Thailand gold prices hit record, surpass 40,000 baht

    Gold prices in Thailand soared to a new high today, breaking the 40,000 baht barrier, as reported by the Gold Traders Association (GTA). The market opened with a significant increase from the previous day’s closing rates, with gold ornaments now priced at 40,100 baht per baht-weight (a traditional Thai unit of measurement). Gold experienced a sharp climb of 350 baht…

  • Thailand plans to extend minimum wage increases to more regions

    Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin announced yesterday that the government intends to extend minimum wage increases to additional regions and business sectors. This follows the wage increase approved for specific parts of 10 provinces set to take effect from April 13. The 62 year old Thai prime minister further commented that regular Cabinet meetings will be conducted to ascertain which regions…

  • Thais receive emergency contacts after earthquake rocks Taiwan

    A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck off the eastern coast of Taiwan today, prompting the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue emergency contact numbers for Thai nationals in the region. The quake, which occurred at 7.58am local time, was centred near the city of Hualien, approximately 100 miles from Taipei, and had a depth of 20 kilometres. The…

  • Filipina rescued after robbery and attempted rape in Chon Buri

    A Thai man successfully saved a Filipina woman after theft and attempted rape near Huay Chak Nok Reservoir in the Bang Lamung district of Chon Buri province. The 37 year old Thai man, Uthit, rescued a 37 year old Filipina woman on an isolated road near the Huay Chak Nok Reservoir in Chon Buri yesterday, April 2, at around 8.30am.…

  • Airlines urge Thailand to take flight with airport upgrades

    Several international airlines have urged Thailand to enhance its key airport facilities and improve transport links between airports and cities, to meet its ambition of becoming a regional aviation hub. The Thai government has laid out a goal of handling 150 million passengers annually by 2030. Egaluk Ngiwprom, Southeast Asia marketing manager of Spring Airlines, believes this is a challenging…

  • Former teacher arrested on forgery and trespassing charges

    An 81 year old former teacher from a renowned school was apprehended yesterday at 6pm in Bangkok under multiple arrest warrants for document forgery and nighttime trespassing. The arrest, led by the Child and Women Welfare Division, culminated in the detainee being handed over to the investigative officers at Thung Song Hong Police Station for legal proceedings. The police operation…

  • Man falls to death from Bangkok’s Yellow Line Skytrain station

    A tragic incident occurred yesterday at the Bang Kapi station of Bangkok’s Yellow Line Skytrain, where an unidentified man fell to his death. Witnesses described the heart-wrenching scene as the man, believed to be between 40 and 50 years old, climbed over the station’s second-floor barrier before plummeting to the footpath below. Emergency services, including forensic doctors from the Police…

  • Thai government plans 7% VAT on imported goods from May

    The Thai government, under the directive of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, is preparing to implement a 7% value-added tax (VAT) on imported goods valued at 1 baht and above, starting in May. Currently, goods sold for less than 1,500 baht (US$40) per parcel and imported into Thailand are exempt from VAT. Deputy Finance Minister Julapun Amornvivat announced these plans after…

  • Laotian monks harassed by Thai ladyboy during pilgrimage (video)

    A Thai ladyboy is facing a backlash after she persistently offered sex to two Laotian monks and one of their male followers on a pilgrimage in the central province of Nakhon Sawan. The Laotian monk, Lin Sujitto, was visiting a temple in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat to speak to Thai Buddhists before the unfortunate approach. Lin and…

  • Thailand’s Lampang province hits 42 degrees Celsius

    The scorching heat has engulfed Thailand’s northern Lampang province, with temperatures peaking at 42 degrees Celsius in the Thoen district on Monday and yesterday, April 2, recording the highest temperatures of this year’s summer. The Mueang district also experienced soaring temperatures, with the mercury touching 41.8 Celsius, according to the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD). This heatwave in Lampang, which began…

  • Thai government considers recriminalising cannabis

    Thai Public Health Minister Cholnan Srikaew conveyed his apprehension about the general public’s disagreement with the Pheu Thai Party’s plan to criminalise cannabis once again. This apprehension arose following Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s recent interview with France 24, a French state-owned news channel, where he revealed the government’s intent to control cannabis use, which has been decriminalised since 2022. In…

  • Thailand Video News | Police catch British pedophile after 25 years in Thailand, Health ministry warns against consuming geckos for sexual prowess

    In this video, Alex unfolds the latest news across Thailand. From the arrest warrant for Deputy Police Chief “Big Joke” on money laundering charges to the capture of a long-time fugitive pedophile in the UK. Meanwhile, Bangkok’s Motor Show boosts electric vehicle sales, a Pattaya BBQ restaurant owner faces backlash for employee mistreatment, and preparations for the Songkran Festival include…

  • Funding source for digital wallet scheme left out in Cabinet meeting

    The government’s weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday left out discussions on a fresh funding source to back the digital wallet scheme, a possibility which might include drawing funds from the budget of the next fiscal year. This disclosure was made by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin. The Thai PM’s comments addressed rumours that a new financing option for the Pheu Thai Party’s…

  • Disabled son of Premier League star in Muay Thai ring goal

    The disabled son of a former Premier League football star is poised to shake the ropes and rattle traditions while taking a bow at the home of Muay Thai in Thailand on Friday. Jake Peacock, son of former Newcastle United and Chelsea captain Gavin, gets into the ring on Friday, April 5, for ONE Friday Fights 58 in Thailand against…

  • UK and Thailand to boost scientific research and English proficiency

    The United Kingdom and Thailand are primed to sign two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) within the forthcoming three months. The objective is to enhance scientific education and research, as well as improve English language proficiency among Thai students. These MoU agreements are the result of the recent elevation of the Thailand-UK relationship to a strategic partnership. This information was disclosed…

  • Thailand’s Cabinet to review legalisation of casinos proposal

    The Thai Cabinet is set to review a proposal for the legalisation of casinos within the next fortnight, according to Deputy Finance Minister Julapun Amornvivat. Speaking in his role as the chairman of the special committee of the House, mandated with assessing the feasibility of legalising casinos in Thailand, he revealed that the proposal had secured preliminary approval from the…

  • Thailand braces for 42-degree heatwave and thunderstorms

    Today’s weather forecast from the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) warns of scorching heat across the country, with temperatures expected to soar as high as 42 degrees Celsius. The intense heat is accompanied by the possibility of thunderstorms and strong winds, prompting warnings for residents to avoid open spaces and be cautious of potential hazards. The sweltering heatwave is a result of…

  • Foreign man asks netizens to weigh in on dowry conundrum

    A foreign man sought opinions from netizens after paying a 230,000 baht dowry to his Thai wife‘s family. He posed the question, “Was I stupid to agree to the dowry?” Around two weeks ago, the foreigner took to Reddit to share his marriage experience, asking fellow users to weigh in on whether his decision was right or wrong. His post…

  • Massive fight in Pattaya sparked by dog bite incident

    A dog bite sparked a massive fight involving over 20 people in Soi Kor Phai 14 in Pattaya’s Nongprue sub-district, Banglamung district, Chon Buri province, on Monday night. The daily rental room was the site of the clash. At 9.36pm, Monday, April 1, Pattaya police received a call and officers arrived at the scene to find a large group embroiled in…

  • Thai govt considers sanctions against Bangkok monorail operators

    The Thai government is currently mulling over the enforcement of contractual remedies against Northern Bangkok Monorail and Eastern Bangkok Monorail, the operators of the city’s Pink and Yellow lines respectively. This move follows a series of incidents that have raised concerns over the safety standards of the monorail lines. Suriya Jungrungreangkit, the Transport Minister, pointed out that the State Railway…

  • Diesel climbs to 30.49 baht, Thai govt ponders support measures

    Diesel prices in Thailand have experienced a 50 satang per litre increase, prompting the prime minister to call for a meeting to discuss countermeasures following the retail price adjustment today. Previously, the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Finance had jointly managed retail pricing through a tax reduction mechanism to cap diesel prices at 30 baht per litre, a…

  • Man installs phone charger by shower, sparks safety debate

    A quirky home improvement project captured the attention of the online world after a Facebook user shared an image of a newly installed phone charger—in the bathroom. The post, which quickly went viral, showed a man proudly displaying his handiwork: a charging station for his partner’s phone, strategically placed next to the showerhead. The social media community was immediately abuzz…