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Bangkok

Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy this afternoon. High 34C. Winds E at 10 to 15 km/h.

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Phuket

A mix of clouds and sun. High 31C. Winds E at 15 to 30 km/h.

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Chiang Mai

Plenty of sunshine. High 33C. Winds light and variable.

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Pattaya

Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy this afternoon. High 31C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h.

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Hua Hin

Mostly sunny. High around 30C. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 km/h.

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Ko Samui

A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon. High around 25C. Winds ESE at 15 to 30 km/h.

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Floods across Thailand kill 3, affect thousands of households

Caitlin Ashworth

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Floods from the wet season’s heavy rainfall over the past 2 weeks have killed 3 people and affected 63,672 homes across Thailand, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.

33 provinces have been impacted by floods since October 7, the department says. While conditions have improved in 14 of the provinces, the flood levels in other 17 provinces are still high. Help is on the way to assist affected households and the department is working on how to drain the areas. They’re also getting an estimate on the damage done from the floods and plan to request financial assistance from the Finance Ministry.

In Nakhon Ratchasima, 20 homes in the Phimai district have been flooded for about a week and the water is now giving off a foul odour. Pumps are being used to drain the water into the district’s dam, but the dam is beyond its capacity and will soon need to release water to prevent another flood.

Provinces impacted from the floods: Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Sisaket, Buriram, Surin, Prachinburi, Sa Kaeo, Chachoengsao, Chanthaburi, Chonburi, Rayong, Uthai Thani, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Suphanburi, Kanchanaburi, Chainat, Singburi, Ratchaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Phang Nga, Krabi, Phuket, Trang, Satun and Songkhla.

Read more about Thailand’s wet season HERE.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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The World’s 50 Best Foods: Thai massaman curry tops the list

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The humble massaman curry has topped a list of the World’s 50 Best Foods, compiled by CNN Travel. Thailand’s coconut milk and potato-based curry (add the meat, tofu or vegetables of your choice) comes in at number 1, with 2 other popular Thai dishes also featuring. The hot and spicy shrimp soup, Tom Yum Goong, comes in at number 8, with papaya salad, aka somtam, in 46th place (mai phet please!) Tell us your favourite Thai dish, and why, in the comments section (below).

CNN Travel says its staff conducted extensive research on global cuisine to find the 50 best dishes ever created. Nice work if you can get it…

Italian pizza, Mexican chocolate, Japanese sushi, Chinese Peking duck and German Hamburger also top the delicious list.

Here’s what the writers had to say about the 3 Thai dishes that made the top taste grade…

Massaman curry, 1st place: Emphatically the king of curries, and perhaps the king of all foods. Spicy, coconutty, sweet and savoury. Even the packet sauce you buy from the supermarket can make the most delinquent of cooks look like a Michelin potential. Thankfully, someone invented rice, with which diners can mop up the last drizzles of curry sauce. “The Land of Smiles” isn’t just a marketing catch-line. It’s a result of being born in a land where the world’s most delicious food is sold on nearly every street corner.

Tom Yum Kung, 8th place: This best food Thai masterpiece teems with shrimp, mushrooms, tomatoes, lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves. Usually loaded with coconut milk and cream, the hearty soup unifies a host of favourite Thai tastes: sour, salty, spicy and sweet. Best of all is the price: cheap.

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Som Tam/Papaya salad, 46th place: To prepare Thailand’s most famous salad, pound garlic and chilies with a mortar and pestle. Toss in tamarind juice, fish sauce, peanuts, dried shrimp, tomatoes, lime juice, sugar cane paste, string beans and a handful of grated green papaya. Grab a side of sticky rice. Variations include those made with crab (som tam pu) and fermented fish sauce (som tam pla ra), but none matches the flavour and simple beauty of the original.

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SOURCE: Thai Residents | CNN Travel

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Activists agree to step back, while telling PM to resign by Sunday

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Following a televised address to the nation by the Thai PM at 7pm last night, amid rising political tension, anti-government protesters have agreed to take a step back. However, they are still insisting the Thai leader must resign by Sunday and calling for all charges against arrested activists to be dropped. While speaking to the nation via a televised broadcast last night, Prayut Chan-o-cha said he would be the first to step back and called on those protesting against his leadership to do the same.

“At this point, we all need to take a step back, to step back from the brink, away from the path that would plunge Thailand into disaster.”

Yesterday afternoon, protesters again assembled at the Victory Monument in Bangkok and proceeded to march to Government House, but had their path temporarily blocked by police cordons behind barriers and barbed wire. The activists managed to break through the cordon and continued to Government House. However, at Chamaimayarachet Bridge, another police blockade had been created to protect nearby Government House, with the controversial water cannons on standby.

2 buses were also used in the blockade, with a number of protesters climbing on top of one bus to read statements and repeat their call for the PM to go. Activists also handed a large-scale, mock resignation letter to Pakkapong Pongpetra, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. The protesters have vowed to return if the PM has not resigned by Sunday.

During his address last night, the PM did not address the issue of the demands for his resignation.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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