Thailand News Update (weekday mornings)

Published weekdays, in the morning, Thailand News Update brings all the latest news articles from the previous 12 hours. It is the most up to date news program, in English, anywhere on the internet. Thailand News Update is usually 8 – 10 minutes long, a bit-size program packed full of the news for people living in Thailand and those looking to return to the Kingdom soon.

  • Thailand to track cannabis users in government database | Thailand News Today

      Thailand to track cannabis users in government database Thai nationals will soon be required to show their ID cards when purchasing cannabis flowers. The ID and sales information will be entered into a government database, according to the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine (DTAM). Registered vendors will be required to insert the buyers’ ID into a “device”…

  • Thailand News Today | Thai university student sentenced to prison on royal defamation charges

    Starting off today with some heartwarming news . . .Kindergarten students in Chiang Rai province in northernmost Thailand saved up one baht every day for a year to buy blankets for people suffering in the cold weather this winter, especially those living at high altitudes in the province’s mountainous regions. Teachers at Chiang Rai Kindergarten invited students to join a…

  • Thailand News Update | Phuket targets 1 million tourists for last quarter

    Phuket is gearing up plans to attract 3.5 million international tourist arrivals by the fourth quarter of this year. President of the Phuket Tourist Association, ภูมิกิตติ รักแต่งาม, said foreign arrivals have increased to 3,000-5,000 per day since May 1st, compared with 400-500 per day during the sandbox period and 2,500 per day under the “Test & Go” scheme, following the…

  • Thailand News Update | Thailand’s Covid-19 alert level has decreased

    The Ministry of Public Health is bringing joy to everyone’s ears with their latest announcement that Thailand’s Covid-19 alert level has decreased from Level 4 to Level 3 nationwide. Whether Thailand is ready to declare Covid-19 as endemic will depend on vaccination rates, according to the ministry. Director-General of the Disease Control Department Opas Kankawinpong said Level 3 means Thai…

  • Thailand News Update | Police discuss closing times for Tourist Hotspots

    The Election Commission is holding a public campaign today at City hall urging all Bangkok residents to vote during this years Bangkok’s election on May 22nd. Trucks with loudspeakers will drive through all 50 of Bangkok’s districts. Speakers will urge people to exercise their voting rights, as this is the first governor election in 9 years. ——Candidates registered at City Hall…

  • Thailand News Update | Foreigner in Thai spirit house ‘misunderstanding’

    Police arrested 7 people in 3 provinces across Thailand for allegedly supplying forced labour on fishing boats. This news comes after 3 Thai workers were repatriated from Malaysia in September last year, after being forced to work on a fishing boat, without oversight from authorities. The 7 arrested were captured in raids in Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi, and Chanthaburi provinces. They…

  • Thailand News Update | Tourism Tax for Foreigners pushed back

    Thailand’s PM has pushed back the introduction of a 300 baht ‘entry fee’ for international tourists arriving in the kingdom. Since Test & Go, Sandbox and other entry restrictions were dropped on May 1, Thailand has experienced a surge in international arrivals. If tourism levels continue to climb and significantly improve national income this year, it might not be necessary…

  • Thailand News Update | Pattaya officials discuss re-opening bars and night life

    Pattaya officials and stakeholders have been meeting to discuss the dropping of curfews and an official reopening of bars and the city’s vibrant nightlife. กุลชาติ กุลชัย the superintendent of Chon Buri Police, chaired the meeting. Bars around Thailand, particularly in tourist magnet areas, have been forced to convert to ‘restaurants’ in order to reopen and serve alcohol. From May 1, restaurants,…

  • Thailand News Update | Major drug bust in Thailand’s north

    Thailand’s Federation of Thai Industries has expressed concern about the impact a rise in the minimum wage could have on small and medium-sized businesses. The federation says if a proposal to increase the minimum wage to 492 baht goes ahead, it will have a severe impact on such firms. The FTI was responding to a letter submitted to the government…

  • Thailand News Update | Thailand ready for an Influx of tourists

    Thailand slid into 8th place in a survey of 1 thousand 500 Americans on the world’s safest travel destinations but is still in the world’s top 10. Canada snagged the winning spot during this survey in 1st place, followed by Iceland, Sweden, Japan, Ireland, Switzerland, South Korea, Thailand, New Zealand and Australia. Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has welcomed the ranking,…

  • Thailand News Update | Thailand Pass Updates & Costs increase in Thailand

    The updated Thailand Pass online registration system is now accepting applications for the new test-free entry. It opened just after midnight, today. From 1st May 2022, travellers arriving in Thailand by air will be subject to much-simplified entry measures… Fully Vaccinated Travellers only need to upload the following documents: A Passport Certificate of vaccination And Proof of insurance , now…

  • Thailand News Update | Trucker protests return & Thailand Pass to End?

    The cancellation of Thailand Pass registration could take place as early as June 1, according to the Tourism and Sports Ministry. With Thailand Pass gone tourists would go back to using their TM6 immigration arrival forms for vaccine declaration. Earlier projected dates of July 1 to drop the much-debated Thailand Pass could happen a month earlier if the CCSA accept…

  • Thailand News Update | Prices for EVERYTHING set to rise in Thailand

    The days of cheap diesel in Thailand are over with the government scrapping its subsidy to maintain the 30 baht cap on diesel fuel. The governments says that without the subsidy the real diesel prices in Thailand would be around 40 baht a litre. The government is appealing for understanding over the decision as they scramble for an alternative solution…

  • Thailand News Update | Thailand tourism to increase after May 1st

    Nearly a hundred Patong bar owners and staff gathered at Patong Bay Hill Resort in Phuket to protest the recent “extension” of official alcohol sales to midnight. The group says the operating hours of the entertainment zone in Phuket and Pattaya shouldn’t just officially be extended to midnight, but to 4 am. They also demanded the government stop calling them “restaurants”… under…

  • Thailand News Update | Pattaya officials concerned about ‘Happy water’ in Pattaya

    Last month, Thailand’s exports surged at an unexpectedly high rate, jumping by 19.5 percent when compared to the same time last year. Gold exports in March were 11 times HIGHER than last year, while shipments of hard disk drives rose 68 percent year-on-year. Passenger car exports increased 14 percent. Another product in Thailand, mango, also saw a surge in exports…

  • Thailand News Update | Thunderstorm destroys brand new passenger building at Don Mueang Airport

    The Thai public health ministry says it intends to stick to its schedule of declaring the Covid situation in Thailand ‘endemic’ by July 1. Since April 1 the number of new daily infections has fallen sharply but a ministry spokesperson yesterday noted that the number of daily deaths is continuing to rise and has been over 100 people each day…

  • Thailand News Update | Five senior police in Patong side-lined over ‘bribes’ allegations

    New info has now been posted on the Thailand Pass website. The slight changes, which starts today, will now allow applicants to arrive on a different day to the date originally approved in their Thailand Pass application and their QR code… as long as it’s no more than 7 days either side of the original date. If you are travelling…

  • Thailand News Update | Airports of Thailand predicts 1 million Songkran passengers

    Airports of Thailand is expecting about one million passengers, both domestic and international, to travel through its six airports during Songkran. The Thai New Year is tomorrow but the holiday break will go on until next Sunday… if people haven’t already headed back home. The AoT says the number of air travellers has increased since the government dropped the pre-travel…

  • Thailand News Update | Thais head off early for Songkran

    More Russians are reportedly interested in venturing down to Thailand. After the Russian PM announced last week it would lift Covid-19 restrictions on flights to 52 countries, starting April 9, some Russian travel agents claim there has been a massive increase in Thailand search inquiries by Russians wanting to escape winter, and perhaps a few other current inconveniences. Searches for…

  • Thailand News Update | Breakthrough in southern Thailand insurgency violence

    The Thai government, along with the most influential rebel group in Southern Thailand, have agreed to stop violence for 40 days, for the period April 3 to May 14, which includes the holy month of Ramadan and the Songkran holidays. For the first time in the brutal decades-long conflict, unarmed rebels will be allowed to visit their families during Ramadan.…

  • Thailand News Update | Thailand’s inflation highest jump in 13 years, 5.7% year on year.

    Thai billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont, senior chairman of CP Group, Thailand’s largest private company, has dropped from number 103 in last year’s ranking of Forbes’ new World’s Billionaires to number 137. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has topped the list for the first time. He ranks Number 1 with an estimated net worth of US $219 billion. This year, the total net…

  • Thailand News Update | Thailand to target Indians travel destination & weddings

    Petrol-powered cars are still in vogue, but Electric Vehicles, or EVs, are definitely on the rise. That’s the takeaway from this year’s Bangkok International Motor Show, which recorded sales of some 34,000 vehicles, a 14% increase compared to last year’s show. The 43rd edition of the popular motor show took place over a span of two weeks at Impact Muang…