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    Puff Puff: An artful cannabis dispensary taking Phuket by storm

    Phuket Walking Street, a lively stretch of shops, restaurants, and nightlife venues, now boasts a one-of-a-kind addition: Puff Puff, a cannabis dispensary that goes above and beyond the conventional marijuana retail experience. Puff Puff combines high-quality cannabis, art, and music...

  • Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ skips Cannes competition

    Renowned filmmaker Martin Scorsese, 80, revealed that he chose not to enter his latest film, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” into the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival, stating that it was “time for others” to take the spotlight. The movie, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, received rave reviews from critics and is based on the…

  • More than 500 people stranded in Chon Buri by luxury cruise company

    More than 500 Thai tourists found themselves stranded at Laem Chabang Port in Chon Buri, despite shelling out over 100,000 baht each for a supposedly luxurious cruise trip. The chaotic incident unfolded on Friday, May 19, leaving disgruntled passengers fuming and demanding answers from the cruise company, reportedly identified as Cost Serena, as they were denied boarding despite their hefty…

  • Foreign driver dies in motorbike accident in Pattaya, Thailand

    A foreign driver lost control of his motorbike in Pattaya, Chon Buri province, eastern Thailand, on Saturday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. At 3.30pm, officers at Mueang Pattaya Police Station were informed of a fatal accident on Jomtien Second Road in Nong Prue subdistrict, Bang Lamung district, Pattaya City. Police rushed to the scene with rescue workers from Pattaya’s…

  • Modi in Papua New Guinea for talks amid China’s Pacific growth

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Papua New Guinea on Sunday for discussions with Pacific island leaders, marking the first visit by an Indian premier as New Delhi aims to counterbalance China’s expanding presence in the region. Modi landed in the capital Port Moresby where he will co-host the Summit of the Forum for India’s Pacific Islands Cooperation on Monday…

  • Singapore leads Southeast Asia with 97% cashless payment adoption rate

    In Singapore, a growing majority of people are opting for cashless payment methods, with the country’s adoption rate of such payments being the highest in Southeast Asia at 97%. This trend has been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic and an ongoing national drive for a less-cash society. Digital wallets are expected to overtake credit cards as the most popular online…

  • Black panther killed in Malaysian road accident, sparks safety concerns

    A black panther was fatally struck by a car in the Malaysian town of Simpang Pertang on a Saturday afternoon, shocking animal lovers worldwide. The incident took place in the western region of Negeri Sembilan. Jelebu District Police disclosed that a 38 year old man driving with his family was involved in the accident. He reported that the adult male…

  • Wife snaps, stabs husband and burns his car over constant comparisons to ex

    A Thai wife in Chon Buri snapped and stabbed her husband and set fire to his car after he continually compared her to his ex-wife. Officers from Samet Police Station and Nithi Tri Kunnatham Rescue Foundation rushed to the incident scene at 9pm last night in Samet district following a distress call regarding an injured man. The victim, identified as…

  • Thailand’s IB busts 1,272 foreign overstayers in just 9 days

    Thailand’s Immigration Bureau (IB) reported a dramatic increase in cases of foreigners overstaying their visas, uncovering a substantial 1,272 overstayers in their latest nine-day crackdown. High-ranking IB officers held a press conference on Friday to report the fruitful rewards of their latest crackdown on illegal foreigners in the kingdom, reports ThaiRath. Between May 4-13, the IB caught 1,272 foreigners residing…

  • Biden, McCarthy hold productive call amid US debt ceiling crisis

    In an effort to resolve the impasse over the US debt ceiling, President Joe Biden and top Republican Kevin McCarthy engaged in a productive phone conversation. The two leaders are scheduled to meet on Monday, with the deadline to lift the debt ceiling fast approaching. Failure to reach an agreement could lead to the US defaulting on its debt, causing…

  • Fatal Pattani man shooting prompts urgent probe in Southern Thailand rubber plantation

    Authorities are investigating the shooting of a 34-year-old man from Pattani province who was found dead in a rubber plantation in the sub-district of Saba Yoi, Songkhla province. The victim reportedly had previous gunshot injuries but had not filed a police report due to fear. The police and emergency services arrived to find the victim near a large rubberwood log…

  • Thailand and Cambodia consider reopening Preah Vihear temple to boost tourism

    Anticipation is growing among Thais for the reopening of the Preah Vihear temple ruins in Si Sa Ket after a 15-year suspension to boost tourism and promote peace dialogue with Cambodia. The temple has been inaccessible from Si Sa Ket’s Kantharalak district since 2008 due to border disputes between the two countries. Soldiers from both Thailand and Cambodia remain stationed…

  • Thai rice exports valued at 23% more than same period last year

    From January to April, Thailand’s rice exports reached 2.79 million tonnes, with an estimated total for the year surpassing 8 million tonnes, according to the government. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, expressed optimism regarding the exports being valued at US$1.5 billion (51.2 billion baht) revenue, a 23% increase compared to the same period last year, as reported by government spokesperson Anucha…

  • Thai driver loses control, crashes into fish-loaded vehicle, 3 killed

    Three people lost their lives in a devastating crash involving a Toyota Fortuner, another motorbike with a sidecar loaded with fish, and an electric light pole in Thailand. Authorities were alerted to the incident which took place on Rama 2 Road in Amphawa in the central Samut Songkhram province this morning. A 33 year old driver, a manager of a company…

  • Thailand faces sizzling heat, heavy rain, and health warnings

    The Thai Meteorological Department predicts sizzling heat and heavy rain and warns residents to take care of their health. This morning, the Meteorological Department issued a weather forecast for the next 24 hours, warning that the northern parts of Thailand may experience scorching temperatures with partly cloudy skies during the daytime. Some areas may experience heavy rain and thunderstorms. Residents are…

  • Incheon hosts Thai roadshow to boost tourism and trade ties

    Incheon Metropolitan City and Incheon Tourism Organisation recently launched their inaugural roadshow in Thailand, aimed at enhancing trade and tourism between the two nations. The event, titled “Incheon Soft Power Thailand Roadshow 2023,” took place at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel and featured a B2B session involving 50 Thai and 21 Incheon tourism-related businesses, as well as a concert showcasing…

  • Thailand’s Tham Luang Cave reopens for tourists in July

    Safety measures are being implemented ahead of the Tham Luang Cave site’s reopening in July, as announced by Thailand‘s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Bangkok Post reported. The cave gained international attention in 2018 when 12 young Wild Boars football players and their coach were trapped inside for 18 days due to flooding before being successfully rescued.…

  • Teen lures minors into swinger sex trade, gets caught at Bangkok hotel

    Thai authorities apprehended a 17 year old male suspected of being involved in a child prostitution ring in the heart of Bangkok. The suspect allegedly lured male and female minors to sell sexual services in a “swinging” fashion. A background check revealed the suspect had been caught in a human trafficking case previously. Police Colonel Theerasak Janthraphiphat, head of the…

  • Move Forward Party drops coalition partners amid supporter backlash

    Thailand’s Move Forward Party (MFP) made a recent change to its proposed coalition. The party has decided to drop the New and Chartpattanakla parties from its proposed coalition line-up, following a backlash from its supporters. MFP secretary-general Chaithawat Tulathon announced yesterday that the party will now focus on lobbying for Senate support for its leader, Pita Limjaroenrat, to become premier,…

  • Newborn baby’s charred body found in rubbish pile near resort in Thailand

    In a horrific discovery, the charred body of a newborn baby girl was found discarded in a rubbish pile near a resort in Thailand‘s northeast Nakhon Ratchasima province. The incident, which took place yesterday, was reported to the Pho Klang Police Station, leading authorities and rescue teams to investigate the disturbing scene. The body was discovered in an empty lot…

  • Drunk husband kills wife in rage with bamboo stick in northeast Thailand

    Yesterday, police in the Thung Fon district of Thailand‘s northeast Udon Thani province were called to investigate a husband’s brutal killing of his wife with a bamboo stick. The incident occurred at a residence in Ban Kam Ta Tan, Moo 6, in Thung Yai sub-district. Upon arrival, the officers discovered the lifeless body of 54 year old Ruedee Khetkhongkwang, who…

  • Thai man kills wife’s relative over family feud, injures niece

    A 28 year old Thai man identified as Top turned himself into the authorities after he fatally stabbed a 51 year old relative of his wife, and injured his 18 year old niece in an alleged act of revenge. He claimed to be motivated by the victims’ disrespectful behaviour towards his family and lack of financial assistance. The incident took…

  • Retired Thai teacher found safe after 3 days lost in forest searching for mushrooms

    Relatives rejoiced as authorities found Jamlong Kheyakan, a 63 year old retired Thai teacher who had been lost in the forest for three days after searching for wild mushrooms. Authorities from various agencies, including Mae Wa National Park officers, soldiers from the 32nd Army Unit Lamphun, and local residents joined forces in search efforts, attempting to locate the last known…

  • Phuket boat crash victims offered visa extension assistance by immigration

    In Phuket, immigration officials extended support to foreign tourists affected by a recent tour boat crash, offering visa extension assistance. Major Tanannat Srisuwan of Phuket Immigration informed The Phuket Express that 32 foreign tourists, including 21 Russians, one Ukrainian, eight Kazakhstani, one Hong Kong national, and one Chinese national, have been receiving treatment at various hospitals in Phuket. Yesterday, the…

  • Human bones found in black bags by Chon Buri roadside

    Villagers were stunned to discover three bags of human bones by the roadside in Thailand’s Chon Buri province. Authorities are now awaiting the arrival of relatives to claim the remains and confirm whether they belonged to any of their family members. Today, police officers from the Nong Ree sub-station in the Mueang Chon Buri district received a report from locals…

  • Phuket police seize grenades, guns, and drugs in multiple raids

    Phuket Provincial Police seized two fragmentation grenades, firearms, ammunition, and drugs in a series of raids carried out in Wichit, Chalong, and Phuket Town. The recent drug and gun busts were announced yesterday, with no exact dates of the arrests provided, The Phuket News reported. Five arrests were made during the raids, led by Phuket Provincial Police Commissioner Pol. Lt. Col.…

  • Thailand sees 9.47 million tourists, Chinese visitors to boost growth

    The number of foreign tourist arrivals in Thailand has reached 9.47 million this year, contributing approximately 391 billion baht (US$11 billion) to the nation’s revenue, as reported by government spokesperson Traisuree Taisaranakul. Traisuree stated today that the anticipated rise in Chinese tourists will likely boost the growth of Thailand’s tourism sector even further. She also highlighted that the majority of…

  • Thailand’s Democrats deny seeking to join Move Forward Party-led coalition

    Prominent members of Thailand‘s Democrat Party dismissed claims that they are considering joining the coalition led by the Move Forward Party (MFP). These rumours emerged on Thursday night after the formation of a 10-party alliance, suggesting that a group of winning Democrat candidates close to acting party secretary-general Chalermchai Sri-on were seeking to approach the MFP and Pheu Thai to join…

  • Thai senator faces indictment on money laundering, criminal organisation charges

    A Thai Senator Upakit Pachirirangkun faces indictment on charges of money laundering and involvement in a transnational criminal organisation, according to Kosolwat Inthuchanyong, the spokesman for the Office of the Attorney-General. The decision follows a police investigation into the senator’s alleged connections with illicit activities, Bangkok Post reported this morning. However, 61 year old Upakit denied the charges. In a press conference…

  • Examination indicates that 3 year old Thai murder victim was sexually abused

    A tragic and shocking incident occurred involving the murder of a three year old girl in Thailand’s southern Narathiwat province. The grief-stricken parents suspect foul play and believe someone is responsible for their daughter’s death. The Foundation for Children and Women’s Welfare is assisting the family in their pursuit of justice. Yesterday, Paweena Hongsakul, the president of the Paweena Hongsakul…

  • Human skull found floating in Bangkok canal

    Bangkok Police are investigating the discovery of a human skull found floating in the Bang Kho Laem canal. The preliminary investigation has not revealed the gender or cause of death. At 4.30pm on Thursday, Pol. Lt. Col. Pramote Maneein, an investigator from Bang Kho Laem Police Station, was informed about the discovery of human bones in the canal near Tonson…