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Cocoa trees seized as new plantation found in Bang Wad protected national forest
PHUKET: Officers investigating the encroachment on 108 rai in the protected forest reserve in the hills above the Bang Wad reservoir have now seized cocoa trees from a small plantation that was planted after the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) took on the case to investigate the encroachment as a special case.
Phuket marks record 38 new local infections, Patong workers camp in isolation
PHUKET: A workers’ camp in Patong has been put under ‘Bubble and Seal’ isolation for one month after 13 workers there tested positive for COVID-19 as Phuket officials yesterday marked a record 38 local infections on one day, not including two Sandbox arrivals who were also recorded as testing positive yesterday (July 27).
HM King pardons inmates
BANGKOK: More than 200,000 prisoners have been granted a royal pardon on the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the King’s 69th birthday today (July 28), including 35,000 inmates who will be released on parole.
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Phuket Sandbox to continue despite rising double-digit COVID cases |:| July 27
PHUKET XTRA - July 27 || Brought to you by @PVC Phuket ’Car mob’ protest calls for PM resignation |:| Phuket schools, malls to close |:| Thailand wins Olympic gold in Tokyo |:| Governor confirmed Sandbox will continue Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
Police investigate woman’s death after apparent condo fall
PHUKET: Police are investigating the death of a Thai woman who they believe fell to her death from the seventh-floor of her Phuket condominium in Wichit today (July 27).
Electricity outage to affect Rassada
PHUKET: The Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) has announced that the electricity supply will be temporarily shut off in parts of Rassada on Friday and Saturday (July 30-31) as work is carried out on installing new high-voltage cables.
Governor confirms Phuket Sandbox will continue
PHUKET: As the number of local infections of COVID-19 continue to rise across the island, Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew has confirmed that the Phuket Sandbox scheme will continue.
Daughter dumps COVID-infected father, 80, at temple
NAKHON RATCHASIMA: A woman has come under fire after she dumped her COVID-infected 80-year-old father at a temple in Bua Lai district on Sunday (July 25) before driving off.
OAG confirms indictment of Red Bull scion based on new evidence
BANGKOK: The Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) confirmed today (July 27) the ongoing indictment of Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, scion of the Red Bull empire, for his controversial hit-and-run case based on new evidence.
Phuket officials inch up COVID prevention measures
PHUKET: All schools in Phuket are to remain closed until Aug 16, Central shopping mall has been closed for seven days for cleaning and all local markets must enforce four-square- metres per person social distancing under the latest order from provincial officials to try to curb the rise in infections across the island.
Driver blames GPS for durian truck wedged under overpass

We’ve all had GPS mishaps, either we followed and it leads us astray or we misunderstood and messed up a turn. If you haven’t, you’ve probably never driven in Bangkok. But one durian delivery truck driver is finding herself at the centre of ridicule after blaming her GPS for her truck getting wedged in an impressive wheelie under an overpass in Mueng Chon Buri yesterday. The driver had a bulging load of durians cresting over her tall delivery truck as she drove in Baan Suan yesterday, en route to deliver the giant fruits from farms in Rayong to Surat Thani […]

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Despite low riders, Covid-19 train to continue

Despite a rocky start, the special train service the Transport Ministry arranged with the State Railway of Thailand to help bring Covid-19 infected patients in Bangkok to their hometowns for treatment will continue. The train, dubbed the “Covid Express”, will schedule more trips from Bangkok to the North and Northeast provinces even though the first train ended up with less than 10% of the planned ridership. The train scheme was created as Bangkok faces severe infection numbers and shortages of hospital beds and medical staff as a way to open up some space by sending interested patients home to where […]

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Planning for “Pattaya Move On” reopening scheme continues

Despite the high Covid-19 infection rate in Chon Buri, planning for the “Pattaya Move On” reopening programme will continue. With the ongoing spread of the virus and the emergence of the highly transmissible Delta variant, infecting more than 500,000 people in Thailand over the past several months, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has been considering whether to postpone the reopening of several tourist destinations. Pattaya has taken a hit from the lack of international tourism. Many businesses have closed. Walking Street has been compared to the Walking Dead, the zombie apocalypse TV show and graphic novel series. Many bar girls […]

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Top 5 cookie shops in Bangkok

Crunchy on the outside, moist and soft in the middle, with melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chunks; who doesn’t love cookies? From classic chocolate chip cookies to oatmeal and hazelnut, cookies are the joy of life. This delicious dessert is still pretty underrated in Bangkok. However, there are actually an array of bakeries and cookie shops in this city offering delicious cookies to satisfy your sugar cravings. Below, we’ve put together a list of the best cookie shops in Bangkok – most with delivery service options. The best cookie shops in Bangkok 1. Ben’s Cookies Ben’s Cookies in Siam Paragon is truly worth […]

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Marine police seize 30 kilograms of methamphetmine from squid fishing boat

Marine police seized 30 kilograms of methamphetamine from a squid fishing boat drifting between Koh Tarutao off Thailand’s Satun coast and Malaysia’s Langkawi Island. One person was on the boat. The man, who is a Satun resident, was detained and taken to the mainland for interrogation. Reports do not say what charges the man faces. Officers were dispatched to Koh Tarutao after receiving a tip that drug traffickers planned to pass through the island. Marine police monitoring the area spotted a suspicious vessel named “Kor Niyomsin.” The boat was registered as a squid-catching vessel. It was even rigged with the […]

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Thailand News Today | Bars defy bans, Sandbox ‘still on’, vaccine rush | July 28

An optimistic Thai PM claims the country’s worst Covid-19 outbreak since the start of the pandemic should be over in 2 or 3 weeks, maybe 4. Another 12 people were arrested last night at an underground room as part of the latest Pattaya bar raid. The “Phuket Sandbox” is still on, but the uptick in coronavirus infections now poses a threat to the tourism experiment. Before the July 1 reopening, the government said it would reconsider the travel scheme if cases exceeded 90 Covid infections over a one week period. There were scenes of overcrowding reported at Bangkok’s Bang Sue […]

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Thailand to apply for Guinness World Record for longest petrified log

Thailand is trying to break a Guinness World Record. Officials believe the longest petrified log in the world is in Thailand’s Tak province near the Myanmar border. Apparently, the 120,000 year old log at Doi Soi Malai National Park stretches 72.2 metres, the same height as a 20 storey building. China’s Qitai, Xinjiang currently holds the title of the world’s longest petrified log at 38 metres. With Thailand’s log significantly longer, the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment announced yesterday that they are preparing to apply for the Guinness World Record and claim the title. The wood was of the […]

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Koh Samui bar and club finds 16 Covid-19 infections

The Thaiger recently reported that some bars and clubs in Koh Samui continue to operate seemingly indifferent to Covid-19 restrictions in place without any masks or social distancing and during periods that nightlife was shut down nationally. Now the freedom from regulation on the island has come back to bite as 16 Covid-19 infections were found traced to one of the biggest clubs that has remained open. Authorities have put out an urgent plea for anyone who has attended the Black Bamboo Club in Chaweng between July 16 and 26 to report for Covid-19 testing immediately as they are at […]

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Exploring Phuket’s islands with 5 Star Marine’s Captain’s Choice | VIDEO

Phuket and nearby island beaches are always here, despite the different seasons. So, even when you visit in the rainy season, with so many beaches to experience, you can always find one to enjoy. At this time of year, travellers might need to dodge the occasional heavy shower. It happens. But most of the time the rain is brief… and always warm anyway. To accommodate the seasonal weather, 5 Star Marine have come up with a way to guarantee a great day out with their exclusive ‘Captain’s Choice’ private tour. Captain’s Choice is your passport to complete flexibility when you […]

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Kanchanaburi’s 5 coolest hotels

Kanchanaburi is where travellers can escape the bustling Bangkok streets and find an important piece of history. Just 2 hours from Thailand’s capital, this town in the west is known for the Death Railway that was built in WWII. The River Kwai Yai is also another famous natural wonder that is accessible from the railway. Those staying here can definitely find a hotel that offers amazing views of this natural landscape. Here, is where we detail the coolest hotels in Kanchanaburi below. 5 Coolest Hotels In Kanchanaburi 1. Float House River Kwai One of Thailand’s most famous floating accommodations, Float […]

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HM King pardons inmates
More than 200,000 prisoners have been granted a royal pardon on the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the King's 69th birthday on Wednesday, including 35,000 inmates who will be released on parole.
Hi-speed rail work delayed over curbs
The government's ban on moving construction workers during the latest Covid-19 uptick has adversely impacted the progress of the Thai-Chinese high-speed rail project, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) said on Tuesday.
High infection rate in Samut Sakhon.
SAMUT SAKHON: Another 1,094 coronavirus infections were reported in this dark red-zoned province on Tuesday, as the governor ordered the immediate isolation of symptomatic people who give positive antigen tests, without waiting for hospital tests.
The power of social learning in reskilling at scale
Outside a few specific industries, the last 18 months have been challenging for our businesses and our people. The rapid unlearning and relearning for a situation that changes daily has been hard for everyone.
Almost half of Thais trust social media for Covid info: poll
Medical personnel and other experts provide the most reliable sources of information about the Covid-19 pandemic, but almost half the population trust social media, according to the result of an opinion survey by the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.
1,000+ cluster at Phetchabun's chicken factory
PHETCHABUN: More than 1,000 coronavirus infections were detected at a chicken processing plant in Bung Sam Phan district of this province. Most of them were Myanmar migrant workers.
Thai stars kick off quest for Games glory
Thailand is ready to launch their hunt for up to three gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics, which officially opens on Friday.
'Sorry' for slow vaccine supply
The National Vaccine Institute (NVI) has apologised for slow Covid-19 vaccine procurement and says it is prepared to hold talks to join the Covax global vaccine sharing scheme.
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Vietnam's major cities eye tightening Covid curbs as cases keep rising
HANOI: Vietnam's major cities may extend or tighten restrictions on movement to contain the spread of Covid-19 as new daily cases have surpassed 6,000 for seven consecutive days, authorities said on Wednesday.
Covid express to continue, despite low ridership
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) will continue to provide special trains for Covid-19 patients returning home, despite the small number of passengers to date.
Could display drones snuff out fireworks?
FROME, England: Concerns about pollution and the environment could see drone displays, such as the one featured in the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, replace fireworks as the light show of choice in the night sky.
Covid: Global developments
Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus epidemic:
Covid patient waiting centres being set up in Kanchanaburi
KANCHANABURI: A total of 64 centres for Covid patients waiting for hospital beds are being set up in the 13 districts of this western border province to cope with the growing number of infections, the provincial communicable disease committee said on Wednesday.
Olympics Games organisers admit to wasting about 4,000 boxes of food
TOKYO: Tokyo Games organisers on Wednesday admitted to throwing away approximately 4,000 of the 10,000 pre-ordered bento boxes full of food that was to be fed to volunteers on the day of the opening ceremony.
Panipak made 'sport and tourism' ambassador
PHUKET: Panipak "Nong Tennis" Wongpattanakit, Thailand's taekwondo gold medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, has been made an ambassador for sport and tourism.
Man found dead in Buri Ram hotel
BURI RAM: A 40-year-old man from Samut Prakan province was found dead in a room at a hotel in Nang Rong district on Wednesday morning. The cause of death was being investigated.
Iberian lynx claws back from brink of extinction
DOñANA NATIONAL PARK, Spain: At a nature reserve in southern Spain, four baby Iberian lynxes sleep peacefully beside their mother, part of a captive breeding programme that has brought the species back from the brink of extinction.
Record 16,533 new Covid cases, 133 deaths
There were a record 16,533 new Covid-19 cases, along with 133 fatalities, confirmed over the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry reported on Wednesday morning.