Connect with us


THURSDAY MORNING NEWS BRIEFING – All your news in 3 minutes




Settling into the routine for 2018. Traffic was busy this morning, a sure sign we’re returning to work and doing our best to avoid the high-season tourist traffic. Here’s today’s main new stories…

Thai auto industry getting behind electric cars

The Thai automobile industry say they finished 2017 with sales rebounding reporting that a large number of new models helped raise demand in every segment.

Last year, the government said it will start promoting the production and use of Electic Vehicles. Nissan will be the first major auto maker to launch an all-electric model in Thailand later this year. The second-generation Nissan LEAF will be imported from Japan and hit the local showrooms with price tags of over 1 million baht.

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

Police still tracking down ID of women found dead floating off Phi Phi yesterday

Police are still investigating what led to a 30-35 year old female being found dead floating just off Lo Dalum Bay on Koh Phi Phi yesterday.

Police say the body appears to be a western woman, she was wearing jeans-shorts and a blue bra. Police say there was no signs of trauma on the body and no ID found with her.

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

3,515 new case of drunk driving during ‘seven dangerous days’

The corrections department has a paperwork nightmare ahead after 3,515 new cases of drunk driving totalled up during the Seven Dangerous Days reporting period. The Corrections Department director-general says all convicted drunk drivers will have to serve community service and must not re-offend.

Up to last Tuesday, taking in the first six days of the seven day reporting period, there were 3,456 road accidents, killing 375 people and injuring 3,612. Almost 80 per cent of the vehicles involved in road accidents around the country continue to be motorcycles.

Meanwhile, in Mahasarakham yesterday, a van carrying new year holidaymakers back to Bangkok drove into a ditch, injuring the driver and 12 passengers. Police say they believe the driver dozed off and the vehicle plunged into the ditch.

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

Warning from Finance Ministry about investing in cryptocurrencies

The Finance Ministry is issuing a warning about the high risk of investing in digital currencies, but so far they haven’t issued any concrete measures to deal with the rising popularity of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

The Fiscal Policy Office has issued a statement that people should be aware of the dangers of investing in digital currencies as some schemes promised unreasonably high returns similar to Ponzi schemes. He also warned that people who deceive others could be charged with fraud.

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

Hey UK, is she there?

Thailand is officially asking the United Kingdom to confirm that ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra is residing in Britain, following the release last week of photos purportedly showing her shopping in London. The request has come directly from the PM.

Various sources have pointed to the UK is a likely refuge for Yingluck, given that her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, owns a residence and several businesses there.

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

Krabi Som Tam most expensive

Som Tam green papaya salad in Krabi province is the most expensive in the country with an average price of 60 baht per dish. This according to a survey by the Ministry of Commerce.

The ministry included som tam in its survey of the price trends for the coming year.

Rayong was the second most expensive at 55 baht, Bangkok was 35 baht and Si Sa Ket 30 baht.

The Commerce Ministry’s Trade Policy and Strategy Office says that average spending on travelling, fuel and mobile phone use in 2017 increased 24 percent compared to the spending a year earlier.

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

Getting tough with noisy vehicles in BKK

Police in Bangkok say they’re going to get tough with cars and motorcycles which emit loud noise exceeding 90 decibel starting this March.

An inspector attached to the 5th subdivision of Traffic Police Division, said that police were now well-prepared to strictly enforce the law regarding emissions and car engine noise after the Pollution Control Department had provided training to traffic policemen on the handling of equipment to test the emissions and engine noise of cars and motorcycles for the past three months.

Cars which emit noise beyond the 90-decible limit will be issued with a white sticker and banned from the road for 30 days and the drivers fined 1,000 baht each. Phuket police say they don’t have the equipment to start enforcing noise limits at the moment.

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

Foreign Minister asking Finnish Thai Embassy to ‘please explain’

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai is ordering an investigation into a Facebook post from the Thai Embassy in Finland giving advice about preparation for an election tentatively to be held in November.

Don says… “I’m not sure whether the post is merely the embassy’s mistake or somebody hacked into the embassy’s Facebook account.”

Prime Minister General Prayut Chanocha has not yet announced the official date of the general election, but he has implied that it will probably be held in November.

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


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Thailand's largest online portal for news and information.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Krabi3 hours ago

Krabi tourism businesses not thrilled about Thailand’s reopening

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Thammasat University negotiates multiple deals for vaccines

Bangkok5 hours ago

Bangkok prepares swab hubs, rules easing for city reopening

Welcome back to Thailand!

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

Bangkok6 hours ago

Rescue workers cut stuck PVC pipe from man’s genitals

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

Covid-19 Saturday Update: 10,648 cases, 82 deaths, provincial data

Thailand9 hours ago

Nearly 70,000 foreigners register for vaccines on expatvac site

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Bangkok10 hours ago

Worker rescued from outside 26th floor after alleged rope cut

Tourism11 hours ago

38 countries reportedly on short list for no-quarantine reopening

Tourism11 hours ago

Tourism operators: Russians and others need clear entry rules

World12 hours ago

Australian suspected gas leak is actually familiar smell for Thais

Bangkok13 hours ago

Soi Dog Foundation provides food relief for animals in flood-hit central Thailand

Hot News1 day ago

Thai Twitter goes crazy as Russell Crowe tweets Sandbox visit

Crime1 day ago

Transgender woman arrested for selling live sex show on LINE

Crime1 day ago

Thai woman charged with trafficking women to Bahrain for sex

Thailand News Today1 day ago

Thailand News Today | Arrival quarantine waived for 5 countries, The new Thailand pass | Oct. 15

Thailand1 month ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand8 months ago

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

Tourism8 months ago

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

Phuket8 months ago

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

Tourism8 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

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

Tourism8 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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