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  • Thailand News

    Ed Sheeran concert uproar prompts Paetongtarn to deny VIP noise

    Concertgoers at Ed Sheeran’s recent performance in Bangkok were met with an unexpected disturbance emanating from the VIP section, leading to a heated debate across social media platforms. Amidst the furore, the leader of the Pheu Thai Party, Paetongtarn Shinawatra, addressed the issue today, staunchly denying involvement in the disruptive noise that prompted some audience members to leave the venue.…

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    Erawan Shrine: The bombing and astonishing comeback

    Towering over the vibrant Ratchaprasong Square, Erawan Shrine, haven to the Hindu god Brahma outshines seven other shrines dedicated to deities like Ganesha, Trimurti, Uma, Lakshmi, Chatumaharajika, Indra, and Narayana. But amidst the spiritual serenity, tragedy struck in 2015, when the Erawan Shrine became the unexpected target of a bombing, claiming 20 lives and injuring 125. Shockingly, an ethnic Uighur…

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    The hidden struggle of Thailand’s overlooked workforce

    Thailand’s National Statistical Office (NSO) Director, Piyanut Wuthison, has exposed the stark reality of the nation’s labour force where 21 million workers in the informal sector constitute a staggering 52.3% of Thailand‘s workforce. “Our annual survey sheds light on the silent warriors of the informal labour sector, a staggering 21 million strong. These workers, often grappling with irregular hours and…

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    Bangkok’s Red Cross Fair at Lumpini: Where the fun never ‘cross’-es the deadline

    The renowned Red Cross Fair, held at Lumpini Park, Bangkok, is still going strong after it kicked off on December 8. Don’t miss out on the fun and frolics before the fair ends on December 18. A golden location within the event sees vendors bidding for the best spots. With a theme of Joyful Happiness at the Place of Giving,…

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    Old paths, new strides: BMA’s overhaul project steps up to refurbish Bangkok’s pathways

    Bangkok‘s Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has initiated a comprehensive project to refurbish the city’s antiquated pathways. The objective is to create robust and user-friendly pathways that cater to the needs of pedestrians, particularly those with disabilities and wheelchair users, as per the announcement made by Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt today, November 30. The renovation project has already taken off, with work…

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    Thai snack Pa Tong Go in charcoal colour struggles in market

    A recent online post featuring an image of a traditional Thai snack known as Pa Tong Go sparked interest and discussion. Many people are familiar with this snack, typically golden yellow in colour and standard in shape, which is often served in pairs. Some variations may involve moulding the dough into different shapes. However, a recent post that has been…

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    Arun Boonchom elected as new Sheikhul Islam in Thailand

    Bangkok‘s Islamic Affairs Committee President, Arun Boonchom, made his mark as the newly elected 19th Sheikhul Islam, or Chularajmontri, in Thailand. Arun’s appointment as the spiritual leader of the nation’s Muslim community follows the passing of Aziz Phitakkumpon in the previous month. The decisive vote took place at the National Administration Centre for Islamic Affairs, located in the Nong Chok…

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    Bangkok battles rising air pollution as PM2.5 dust levels exceed safe standards

    Air pollution in Bangkok has recently spiked, with 17 locations across the city registering levels of PM2.5 dust particles that exceed safe standards. The most severe pollution was recorded at the intersection of Mahajai and Phet Kasem 81 in Nong Khaem district, where the PM2.5 level reached 47 microgrammes per cubic metre today. The Bangkok Air Quality Information Center revealed…

  • Pattaya News

    Thai Metropolitan Police Bureau tackle student conflicts with preventive measures

    Police General Kittirat Phanphet, the Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police, and the Thai Metropolitan Police Bureau unveiled a meeting convened to address ongoing student conflicts between competing colleges. The meeting, on Wednesday, November 15, which saw the participation of Min Buri police and other relevant officials, aimed to formulate actionable guidelines to transform erroneous values into correct ones.…

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    Chon Buri: Loan-sharking couple arrested following deadly shooting

    A couple, involved in a loan-sharking gang, were arrested following a shooting that resulted in the death of a 45 year old fruit vendor named Itthipol (surname withheld). The incident occurred near a convenience store on Sukhumvit Road, Soi 109, Plutaluang, Sattahip, Chon Buri. The suspects, 29 year old Somchai Homkaraket, and Ratchadaphon Sirirat, also 29 years old, were apprehended…

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    Affordable housing in Bangkok from 1,950 baht with vocational training offered

    National Housing Authority (NHA) is inviting individuals who aspire to own a house but are not yet ready to purchase one, to visit their Sukhaphat Celebrating Bangkok project. Interested parties can immediately sign a rental contract with rent starting at just 1,950 baht per month. Additionally, the company offers free vocational training. Those adept at trading can immediately reserve a…

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    Baht bus bash: Reckless ride rattles Bangkok, leaves commuters with multiple injuries

    A reckless driving incident involving a baht bus and a regular public bus resulted in multiple injuries in the Min Buri district, Bangkok. The collision occurred at around 11am this morning, on the inbound lane near Soi Ramkhamhaeng 203/1. The baht bus, a Hilux Vigo with a yellow registration plate, was severely damaged. Ten passengers suffered injuries, seven women and…

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    Khlong Toei: Gunfire leaves teacher dead and another critically wounded

    An eruption of gunfire in Bangkok‘s Khlong Toei district this morning resulted in one fatality and left another individual critically wounded. The incident took place in front of a TMBThanachart Bank (TTB) branch situated on Sunthornkosa Road. Upon arrival at the scene, authorities discovered two gravely injured individuals and a knife. Eyewitnesses recounted how two men had fired upon a…

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    Manhole lorry accident: BMA orders review of 371 construction sites

    The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has ordered a review of 371 construction sites after a lorry incident revealed overloading up to 61 tonnes. The BMA is considering the use of a Bridge Weight Motion system to measure vehicle weight, with results expected within two months. Yesterday at the Bangkok City Hall, the Governor of Bangkok, Chadchart Sittipunt, and Deputy Governor…

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    Influencer arrested for sexual assault in Bangkok

    A well-known influencer was arrested by police for sexually assaulting an 18 year old man after establishing a close relationship through a game. The accused admitted to the crime when arrested at his condominium in the Narathiwat-Chong Nonsi area today. The case began when Rattanamongkol Lerttavivit, a former candidate for the Din Daeng constituency from the Thai Create Thai Party,…

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    American woman sexually assaulted in Bangkok

    A 24 year old American woman was sexually assaulted by a man in her apartment, following a meeting arranged via a dating app. The 25 year old suspect, Tienming Ho, asked if he could spend the night at her place, and then committed the crime. Ho allegedly confessed to the offence and was apprehended by the police at 11.15am today. The…

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    Chulalongkorn University student dies in shocking solo car crash

    A fatal accident occurred on Borommaratchachonnani Road in the early hours of yesterday when a 36 year old postgraduate student from Chulalongkorn University named Nattapha (surname withheld), lost control of her Toyota Camry, colliding with a barrier before hitting a flyover column. The vehicle was found heavily damaged on the express lane approximately 100 metres from the impact site. The crash…

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    Bangkok bus bust-up: Dismissed driver’s fare share of woes

    A bus driver has been dismissed following an incident in which a young man claimed he was verbally abused and forced off the bus. The driver, who said he was afraid of dismissal, confirmed he had been let go by the company. The incident occurred on Route 1013, between Hua Takhe and Seacon Square, and was posted on the popular…

  • Business News

    Thailand’s proposed land bridge project could boost various sectors

    The potential implementation of the proposed land bridge project in Thailand could significantly benefit sectors such as contractors, industrial estates, transport, and finance, according to industry analysts. The project, which has been under discussion by various governments for four decades, aims to connect the Andaman Sea to the Gulf of Thailand, specifically via the provinces of Ranong and Chumphon. The…

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    Fireballs face-off: Biologist Jesada dares to unravel Naga mystery

    Renowned biologist Jesada Denduangboripant from the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, has been challenged by Boonma Punduang, the mayor of Bueng Kan, to prove the phenomenon of Naga Fireballs. In response to the challenge, Jesada has proposed an alternative method of scientific examination, dismissing the need for a 1 million baht wager. Jesada Denduangboripant, a respected figure…

  • Thailand video news

    Bangkok could hit lows of 18°C next week | GMT

    TABBA requests 4am closing time during the festive season, Beastly reptile crocs the world of a small village in southern Thailand, Pattaya officials continue to struggle with the homeless problem and Bangkok could hit lows of 18°C next week.

  • Bangkok News

    Bangkok’s new governor requests a year to study traffic solutions for the city

    Bangkok’s newly elected governor has requested a year to study how best to solve the city’s traffic problems. In a meeting with metropolitan police today, Governor Chadchart Sittipunt outlined plans to set up a traffic command centre, which will cooperate with several other institutions. These include traffic police, the Transport Ministry, the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority, the metro system, and…

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    Bangkok’s governor says officials will discuss easing outdoor mask requirement

    After the confusing mask policy flip-flop in Phuket, Bangkok’s new governor Chadchart Sittipunt has announced plans to discuss easing mask requirements in Thailand’s capital. Chadchart stated late this week that Bangok Metropolitan Administration will meet with public health and medical departments to discuss the outdoor mask-wearing regulation. Chadchart did not, however, specify when the meeting will happen. The governor also…

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    Don’t forget Bangkok’s first real Pride parade tomorrow

    In case you didn’t know, Bangkok will hold its first real Pride parade tomorrow (Sunday), Bangkok Naruemit Pride, as a celebration of Thailand’s LGBT+ community. The parade is set to start at 4pm at Maha Uma Devi Temple, a Hindu temple sometimes called ‘Wat Khaek’ or ‘South Asian temple’ in Thai slang. The temple is located on Pan Road and…

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    Bangkok named one of the world’s worst cities for work-life balance

    Bangkok is just barely above the bottom of a list of 100 cities across the globe ranked for their work-life balance. Thailand’s capital came in at 96th place on the list. The 4 cities in the world with a worse work-life balance than Bangkok are Sao Paolo, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, and Cape Town. On the flipside, the cities with the…

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    Thailand’s annual silk fair in Bangkok helps with ‘soft power’ scheme

    The word ‘soft power’ has exploded into Thailand’s lexicon ever since young rapper ‘Milli’ promoted the country’s signature sticky rice and mango dish last month. In its soft power scheme, Thai authorities aim to promote the ‘5 Fs’ to the rest of the world. The 5 Fs are: food, films, fashion, fighting, and festivals. Now, Thai authorities say they will…

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    Bangkok’s first ‘real’ Pride parade coming up June 5

    Pride month is approaching cities across the globe, including Bangkok! On June 5, the city is expected to host its first ‘real’ pride parade. Feminist activist Siri “Tata” Nilphruek said at a press conference yesterday that in the past, Bangkok’s pride parades were just street demonstrations. But this year, the organisers hope to make pride parade “an imporant event on…

  • Pattaya News

    Alcohol ban in Pattaya and Bangkok today until 6pm

    There’s an alcohol ban in Pattaya and Bangkok today. It will last until 6pm tonight. Alcohol sales will be banned in Pattaya and Bangkok due to the Pattaya mayoral election, and the Bangkok governor election. Polling for both is being held today. In Bangkok voting is across 50 districts where 31 candidates are vying for the position of Governor –…

  • Bangkok News

    Bangkok virologist says Thais should stay calm over monkeypox

    Amidst a recent global outbreak of monkeypox, which is usually only found in Africa, an acclaimed virologist at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University is saying Thais should stay calm, or jai yen. Last week, a handful of European countries, the US and Australia, reported their first cases of monkeypox, a viral infection similar to smallpox. But the virologist, Dr. Yong Poovorowan, wrote…

  • World News

    5 countries’ representatives walk out when Russian official speaks in Bangkok

    Thailand may be claiming ‘neutrality’ following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but representatives of 5 countries at a Bangkok event today certainly weren’t. Two Thai officials and 2 international diplomats told Reuters that at the Apec trade ministers’ meeting in Bangkok today, representatives of 5 countries walked out when Russia’s economic development minister Maksim Reshetnikov was speaking. The 5 who walked out…

  • Pattaya News

    Alcohol ban in Pattaya and Bangkok from 6pm Saturday

    We know you just can’t get enough of Thailand’s alcohol bans, so here’s another one coming up tonight for you in Pattaya and Bangkok! From 6pm tonight (Saturday) until 6pm tomorrow night, alcohol sales will be banned in Pattaya and Bangkok due to the Pattaya mayoral election, and the Bangkok governor election, both of which are tomorrow. Those who break…

  • Pattaya News

    Alcohol sales ban planned for Pattaya and Bangkok elections

    Following Thailand’s alcohol ban for the Buddhist holiday of Visakha Bucha Day, Pattaya and Bangkok dwellers can prepare for yet another alcohol ban coming just a week later! The upcoming alcohol sales ban will begin on Saturday, May 21, at 6pm, and last for 24 hours until Sunday, May 22, at 6pm. The ban is in light of Pattaya’s Mayoral…

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    Bangkok fire kills 2 women

    A fire in Phra Nakhon district in central Bangkok has killed 2 women early this morning. The women tragically lost were 33 year old Saengsom Kotchakornkamut, and 75 year old Wararak wangsathitwong. Police believe Saengsom and Wararak died of suffocation, however their bodies were sent to a hospital for a post-mortem examination. The fire engulfed 2 buildings, each 3 storeys,…

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    University in Bangkok developing new gel to treat cancer

    A university in Bangkok is working on an exciting new potential cancer treatment. Mahidol University and Ramathibodi Hospital are collaborating to develop a biopolymer gel with a drug that can be directly injected into a brain tumour without affecting the surrounding area of the brain. This news comes after the two institutions have been collaborating on the potential treatment for…

  • Thailand video news

    Welcome to Thailand’s Endemic Sandbox | GMT

    The Bikini Beach Race to take place in Pattaya this October. An endemic Sandbox has been proposed where nightspots and entertainment would re-open. Thailand is open for business as per the PM. All this and more on todays Good Morning Thailand.

  • Environment News

    Bangkok authorities look to tackle air pollution

    After unsafe levels of smog and smoke blanketed Bangkok last month, the city’s authorities are now looking to tackle Bangkok’s notorious air pollution. The deputy permanent secretary of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has said that this year, the BMA aims to work with other government agencies to deal with the air problem. He said that the BMA’s pollution control operations…

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    Suspects allegedly drug and rob Kuwaiti tourist in Bangkok

    Two suspects allegedly drugged a Kuwaiti tourist before stealing about 200,000 baht from him, around US$5,700, in Bangkok in March, although they were only arrested yesterday. The victim said the suspects took him to a hotel on Bangkok’s famous Sukhumvit road to have sex. He said he was then drugged, and became unconscious. When he woke up, he saw that…