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Phuket News
PM ’upbeat’ over tourist numbers
BANGKOK: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is upbeat after hearing the Kingdom is expected to welcome over 9 million inbound international visitors and generate B1.27 trillion by the end of the year, said government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana.
Phuket Opinion: Private negotiations
PHUKET: Any foreigner using a visa agent to help “facilitate” their applications at Phuket Immigration got a bullet warning this week as the waters broke over more than 100 foreigners were caught out with visa agents taking the money and failing to provide the “visa extensions”, namely extensions to permits to stay, they promised to provide.
Phuket marks 17 new COVID cases, one death
PHUKET: The latest Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) daily COVID situation report has marked 17 new local infections confirmed across the island yesterday (July 2), bringing the total number of infections recorded since Jan 1 to 53,586.
Two killed as Myanmar forces bomb border village
BANGKOK: At least two people were killed and three others wounded when a bomb dropped by a Myanmar fighter jet missed its target and landed in a Karen village just 400 metres from the Thai border late Friday night (July1).
Phuket officials blank first tourist arrivals without Thailand Pass
PHUKET: Phuket officials have yet to recognise the first international tourists to arrive in Phuket without having to register through the Thailand Pass system or be required to have US$10,000 COVID insurance ‒ despite an instant uptick in the number of arrivals recorded yesterday (July 1).
Ukraine leader accuses Russia of ‘terror’ in missile strike that killed 21
KYIV: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday (July 1) accused Russia of engaging in state “terror” as he blamed Moscow for missile strikes on a southern resort town that left 21 dead and dozens wounded.
Driver killed as fruit truck hits power pole
PHUKET: The driver of a 12-wheeled truck delivering B800,000 of fruit from Bangkok died when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a roadside power pole on Thepkrasattri Rd in Muang Mai early this morning (July 2).
As bars allowed to trade past midnight, health and inflation worries rise
Preechavude ‘Prab’ Keesin, Executive Director of the Pisona Group and the chairman of the Patong Development Foundation, has welcomed the easing of COVID measures to allow pubs, bars and other entertainment venues to remain open to their pre-COVID tim
Former deputy minister gets death penalty
BANGKOK: The Appeals Court on Friday (July 1) sentenced a former deputy minister of commerce to death, instead of life imprisonment as earlier imposed, for the murder of a judge’s brother.
Phuket marks 34 new COVID cases, one death
PHUKET: The latest Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) daily COVID situation report has marked 34 new local infections confirmed across the island yesterday (July 1), bringing the total number of infections recorded since Jan 1 to 53,536.
 
Thaiger
Koh Phangan ranked top workation location in the world

Open your suitcases and your chakras – Koh Phangan has been ranked as the top destination for a workation – an increasingly popular way of squeezing in a getaway while continuing to work. The popular tourist island in the southern Thailand province of Surat Thani, ranks number one out of 16 choices gathered and analyzed by William Russell, a prominent health, life, and income insurer. The list was calculated by considering 4 main factors that are important for somebody trying to have a holiday while still getting some work done: accommodation costs, internet speed, safety, and of course, fun. Koh […]

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Fight leads to fatal shooting in Northeast Thailand

A fight at a liquor store in Northeast Thailand lead to a fatal shooting this morning. Two gang members of an illegal money lending gang had gotten into a feud with some young locals in Nakhon Phanom province. The spat occurred in the That Phanom district town. The fight left gang member 33 year old Pittaya with head injuries, among other injuries. The other gang member, 20 year old Tossapol, took Pittaya to the hospital. In the early morning as Tossapol drove himself and Pittaya home from the hospital on his motorcycle, things took a deadly turn. A group of […]

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Judge Natty, Face Powder & Thai Commentary | Thaiger Bites

https://youtu.be/Y4hGyYBrMRs Jay and Natty go through your messages, comments and feedback from Youtube, Facebook, Instagram and the Thaiger Talk forum on the website.

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Thousands of Laotian travellers arrive after Thailand pass scrapped

Now that Thailand Pass is resting in peace, thousands of Laotian travellers are heading to the Kingdom. On Friday, the day Thailand Pass was scrapped, about 3,618 Laotians crossed the Thai-Lao friendship bridge into the northeast city of Nong Khai. About 710 cars with foreign licenses were driving into Thailand there. Last month, a government spokesperson said the Nong Khai checkpoint was the fourth most popular entry point into Thailand. Laotians were reportedly travelling to Thailand for shopping and fun, but also for cheaper fuel prices. The Bangkok Post reported that many cars from Laotians had visited petrol stations in Nong Khai […]

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Goverment’s rough week: Minister with Covid-19, Parliament flood

This just wasn’t the Thai government’s weekend. Another minister tested positive for Covid-19, while the new Parliament complex has flooded. Again. Minister of Industry Suriya Juangroongruangkit announced today that he has tested positive for Covid-19, just days after Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul announced catching the virus. The Industry Minister is fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca and has received a Pfizer booster shot, and reports that he began taking medication last night before confirming the diagnosis today. He reports that his symptoms are mild so he will be able to work from home and continue his duties unaffected. He is […]

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Bangkok is the best city in Southeast Asia according to travel magazine

Bangkok is at the top of a list of the 2022 10 best cities in Southeast Asia, ranked by travel magazine Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia. The list was published last week. The next 9 best cities in Southeast Asia, in order, are: Singapore, Danang, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi, Chiang Mai, Hong Kong, Saigon, Phenom Phen, and Jakarta. So why did is Bangkok leading the pack? Writer Laurel Toughy lists all the usual compliments people give Bangkok, such as the spicy street food and “warm smiles”. But there’s another element that she says makes Bangkok great- options. Laurel explains that travellers […]

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Thailand tourism: 9.3 million arrivals predicted, south busy

In its latest estimates, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports predicts that the second half of 2022 will bring more than 7 million travellers to Thailand. The first 6 months nearly hit the 2 million tourist mark, with 1.987 million visitors arriving from abroad from the beginning of January until June 28. Tourism generated around 114 billion baht so far this year with the government predicting a tenfold increase to 1.27 trillion baht by the end of the year. The ministry expects around 2.7 million travellers in the 3rd quarter and 4.5 million more visitors in the 4th quarter of […]

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Thailand Tourism to Boom, is it Asia’s Amsterdam? | Weekend Update

The Thaiger visited a bar in one of the entertainment districts in Bangkok to find a very open and friendly green environment. The PM is very happy with the projected tourist figures for 2022 and cleaning up the cables in Bangkok is a team effort. All this and more on todays Weekend Update.

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Warning to Thai travellers: don’t take cannabis to other countries

With the decriminalisation of cannabis on June 9, many in Thailand have gone buckwild with the newfound freedom to grow, sell, and partake of the popular plant. The government is taking steps to rein in the free-for-all and bring some regulations and restrictions to its usage, and now they’re warning people to keep in mind that legalisation in Thailand does not equal global legalisation, and bringing cannabis to other countries could send your holidays up in smoke. Authorities are reminding people that cannabis, hemp, or marijuana is still considered a narcotic and illegal in many countries, including almost all SE […]

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Burmese military bombs Karen village, kills 2

Peace remains out of sight for minority groups living under the Burmese military. On Friday night, a Burmese fighter jet bombed a Karen village just a few hundred kilometres away from Myanmar’s border with Thailand. Two villagers were killed, 3 were wounded, and 92 were forced to flee to Thailand. Even though the Burmese military had reportedly meant to drop the large bomb on a Karen military outpost, it landed in the middle of the village instead. The bomb hit the house of the head of the village. The 92 villagers who fled to Thailand were mostly women and children. […]

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