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Phuket police hunt one hit-and-run driver, amid negotiations for another
PHUKET: Police are still searching for the driver of a grey Toyota Yaris that fled the scene after knocking down a motorbike on the busy Thepkrasattri Rd in Koh Keaw last Sunday (Oct 15), but have confirmed that the driver who killed a 64-year-old woman on the bypass road last month has presented himself to police.
King maps out funeral etiquette
BANGKOK: His Majesty the King has advised volunteers to be polite and exercise restraint in dealing with people who will participate in the royal cremation ceremony next week, government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said.
Emperor Gods descend for Phuket Vegetarian Festival
PHUKET: The Phuket Vegetarian Festival officially began yesterday evening (Oct 20) with a traditional Seng Ko Teng Thiao pole-raising ceremony around the island so that the Nine Emperor Gods could descend from the heavens, marking the traditional beginning of the festival.
Army defends B16mn spent on Rajabhakti toilet, shops
BANGKOK: Army chief Chalermchai Sitthisad yesterday (Oct 19) defended a decision to spend B15.9 million on building shops and public toilets at Rajabhakti Park in Pra­chuap Khiri Khan.
Shots fired at Phuket rubber plantation, one injured
PHUKET: Police are investigating shots fired at a rubber plantation in central Phuket early this morning that saw one man hired as security shot in the arm.
Sukhothai on edge as water breaches bank
SUKHOTHAI: Residents in Sukhothai’s Si Satchanalai district are encountering a threat of severe flooding after a massive amount of water burst out of an earthen crest of the Mae Tha Phae reservoir.
Spirit mediums called to report blood diseases as Phuket Vegetarian Festival begins
PHUKET: All people taking part in this year’s Phuket Vegetarian Festival, including Ma Song spirit mediums, who are known to have any blood diseases have been urged to report their conditions to the Chinese shrines where they are taking part in the festivities.
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Lifeguards in-training? Billions for Southern unrest! No U-Turn flyover? || October 19
PHUKET XTRA - October 19 Turning civilians into lifeguards! U-turn flyover hits a snag? RCA to take over Patong club! B13 billion for Southern Thai violence! Object on Phuket beach is not explosive? Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
Electricity supply to be switched in parts of Phuket Town tomorrow
PHUKET: The Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) Thalang Office has announced that electricity supply will be temporarily shut off in parts of Phuket Town tomorrow (Oct 20) as work is carried out to install new high-voltage power cables.
Navy lifeguard training ignored by new inexperienced beach safety personnel
PHUKET: A total of 37 Phuket residents are currently taking part in the three-day lifeguard training course being conducted by the Royal Thai Navy which began yesterday (Oct 18).
 
Featured – Phuket Gazette
Luxury property on the hillside of Ao Sane to be partially demolished

The 12-meter high beach villa project on the cliff at Ao Sane has been proven to be illegal according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The owners have been instructed to demolish the upper structure to meet the legal height of 6 meters. Meanwhile, Phuket’s Governor has set up a committee to investigate […]

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What makes a good rental villa?

by Ian Macaulay www.AquilaPhuket.com Not everyone who has gone through the process of owning or building a villa will want to rent it out.  Even if you don’t, rentability can have a significant impact on the asset and resale value so it’s well worth being aware of a given property’s potential appeal to the rental market. […]

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Patong and Rawai worst hit from floods

DATELINE: 1pm, August 15. The torrential rain in Phuket is affecting several at-risk areas including Patong and the Sea Gypsy Village in Rawai. Several hours of heavy rains have resulted in some parts of Patong to be underwater, especially on Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road where smaller vehicles and motorbikes could barely move through. More than […]

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‘World Day against Trafficking in Persons’. Thailand in the middle of the world’s human trafficking hot spot.

Today is ‘World Day against Trafficking in Persons’ – a day where we reflect on the many victims of trafficking who live among us, but have been forced into silence due to threats to their life, retaliation against their family, feelings of hopelessness, or being enslaved and physically unable to speak out. The day has […]

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Rescued elephant being treated at conservation centre
LAMPANG: A wild elephant saved in a dramatic rescue from a boggy canal in Phitsanulok arrived at the National Elephant Institute here on Friday for treatment of his injuries.
Philippines says 'big possibility' Malaysian militant leader killed
The Philippine military says there's a “big possibility” that a top Malaysian militant, tipped to become Islamic State’s point man in Southeast Asia, has been killed in a battle in Marawi overnight. — Reuters
China's Q3 economic growth slows as expected
China’s economic growth slowed slightly in the third quarter, as expected, as the government’s efforts to rein in the property market and debt risks tempered activity in the world’s second-largest economy. — Reuters
Smartphone upstart that beat Apple is now venturing West
BEIJING: Vivo, the fast-growing smartphone brand backed by reclusive Chinese billionaire Duan Yongping, will begin selling to Western markets for the first time as it accelerates a global expansion.
Go-go going as Chinese women fuel tourism boom
For decades since the Vietnam war, the scantily clad dancers in the go-go bars of Bangkok's Patpong red-light district have been the face of Thailand's tourism industry.
DSI: Forex scam causes B570m losses
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) on Friday sent its case report on a foreign exchange investment scam to public prosecutors, involving 2,653 victims who allegedly lost about 570 million baht to a gang of 10.
Artificial island for Arctic oil drilling?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska: America within a few years could be extracting oil from federal waters in the Arctic Ocean, but it won't be from a remote drilling platform.
IEAT fights to keep a lid on floodwaters
The Industrial Estate of Thailand (IEAT) has tightened surveillance at locations across the country, particularly in low-lying areas of Ayutthaya province, to ensure protection from floods, says governor Veerapong Chaiperm.
Firms urged to integrate disruption for added value
Companies should include disruptive technology in their business models to add value, says Henry Chesbrough, author of the Open Innovation series.
Audi reveals new A7 Sportback for 2018
Sleek-looking four-door comes the same liftback design but with new LED lighting technology and enhanced interior digital display.
 
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Public invited to visit Royal Crematorium in November
People will be able to visit the elaborately constructed and decorated Royal Crematorium between November 2 and 30.
Obama returns to the political arena
Barack Obama is returning to the political arena for the first time in months after keeping a low profile and avoiding direct confrontation with his White House successor.
Upper Thailand warned of thunderstorms, sharp temperature drop
The Meteorological Department on Friday warned residents of the North and Northeast to brace themselves for fast-changing weather conditions, including heavy rains, thunderstorms and a sharp drop in temperature from Saturday to Thursday.
Troops respond after man demands Bt100 parking fee from mourner
Troops and police descended on Ratchadamnone road in front of the former head office of the Government Lottery Office on Thursday night following an online complaint that a man was collecting parking fees from mourners at the rate of Bt100.
Update : Things to know & services guide for Royal Cremation Ceremonies
The Nation Online has compiled the things we need to know as the country is moving closer to the Royal Cremation of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 26.
Schedule for Royal Cremation of HM the late King
The Royal Cremation for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is scheduled for October 25-29 as follows:
Processions in the Royal Cremation Ceremony
The Nation summarises for our readers details of the Royal funeral of our beloved monarch, HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, that will commence next week. (Free download for your own manual)
Toilets the latest scandal to plague royal Rajabhakti Park
The Army on Thursday defended construction of a Bt15-billion restrooms and shops in the royal Rajabhakti Park, claiming that it is worth the investment and the process was sufficiently transparent to stand up to close scrutiny.
HRH Princess Sirindhorn performs sacred offering ceremony for funeral pyre
HER ROYAL Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn yesterday performed the auspicious sacred offering ceremony on decorative fresh flowers, elaborate banana stalks, fruit, and vegetables, which will be the natural flame retardant on the royal funeral pyre or Phra Chittakathan for the Royal Cremation.
 
Chiang Mai, Thailand News
Up close with Klose

British artist Will Klose, who's lived in Thailand for over a decade and has his studio on Chiang Mai's outskirts, explores the psychological drama found in domestic settings in the exhibition "Between Intimacy and Estrangement". In meticulously painted scenes, both with and without a human presence, Klose employs sharp contrasts of light and a gradated palette of colour.


Flooding still rampant in north and central regions

Areas of the north and central region have continued to face flood conditions with runoff hitting 2 districts of Chiang Mai province, damaging a school and severing roadways. Up to 15 buildings of Panya Den International School in Chiang Mai province have been inundated by flood waters with damages to equipment and supplies estimated at no less than 40 million baht in value.


Flash floods send Chiang Mai tourists and residents running

Tourists and residents fled to higher ground as Lanna Resort and homes in Tambon Ban Pong in Chiang Mai's Hang Dong district were hit by flash flooding from forest runoff early Thursday morning. People woke at 4am amid flooding from the Mae Tha Chang River, which was swollen from runoff from the upstream Samoeng district, hitting five Hang Dong subdistricts, with Nong Kwai and Nam Phrae particularly affected.


Mariettan gained hands-on veterinary experience in Thailand this summer

This summer, Alex Ashton, 21, of Marietta, spent two weeks in Thailand helping animals and learning hands-on what it is like to be a veterinarian.


Fire Rainbow Seen In Thailand Skies Captured By Onlookers

A rare phenomenon of a fire rainbow was captured on camera in the skies of Thailand last Friday. The breathtaking sight which was seen in the country's Chiang Mai province was caught by onlookers at around 4 pm local time.


Newborn girl left to die in a bin is rescued in Thailand

The baby girl thrown away with the rubbish just hours after being born: Tiny child left to die in a bin is rescued in Thailand... and now set for a 'dream life' A newborn baby girl in Thailand is set to be adopted after her mother left her to die in a rubbish bin. The girl was wrapped in blankets and stuffed inside a rucksack before being abandoned in a plastic barrel being used for rubbish in Chaing Mai, Thailand, on Sunday.


Qatar Airways Marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Limited Edition Pink Amenity Kits

The pink shade of Rose Pompadour used for the amenity kits was created in France in 1757 at the famous Svres porcelain facility. The shade, prized for its vivacity and beauty, was one of five colours produced by Svres, which helped to define magnificence and luxury in eighteenth-century France.


Thai Brothers caught with 400kg of crystal meth

Two men in Thailand were arrested and 400 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine seized by police after two vehicles were stopped at night on a back road near the border in Chiang Mai province. The suspects were identified as Niranddon Raothao, 29, and Santi Raothao, 23, who are brothers living in Mae Wang district of Chiang Mai, Thai media reported.


No injuries reported as Jetstar plane makes emergency landing in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A Jetstar Airways plane with more than 180 people on board was forced to make an emergency landing at northern Thailand's Chiang Mai International Airport on Monday, according to National Broadcasting Services of Thailand.


Virtual museums' aim to attract 11 million visitors

The Culture Ministry is embracing the Thailand 4.0 initiative with its new hi-tech "smart museum" and "virtual museum" projects that aim to attract 10-11 million visitors next year. After two years of planning and an Bt8-million budget to put the nation's many databases online, the ministry this morning launched six projects at the National Museum in Bangkok.


 
Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Iranians arrested with fake $100 notes
PATTAYA: Three Iranian men arrested on Friday allegedly for trying to exchange nine counterfeit US$100 notes at a local booth told police they brought the money from their home country.
Rescued elephant being treated at conservation centre
LAMPANG: A wild elephant saved in a dramatic rescue from a boggy canal in Phitsanulok arrived at the National Elephant Institute here on Friday for treatment of his injuries.
Smartphone upstart that beat Apple is now venturing West
BEIJING: Vivo, the fast-growing smartphone brand backed by reclusive Chinese billionaire Duan Yongping, will begin selling to Western markets for the first time as it accelerates a global expansion.
Go-go going as Chinese women fuel tourism boom
For decades since the Vietnam war, the scantily clad dancers in the go-go bars of Bangkok's Patpong red-light district have been the face of Thailand's tourism industry.
DSI: Forex scam causes B570m losses
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) on Friday sent its case report on a foreign exchange investment scam to public prosecutors, involving 2,653 victims who allegedly lost about 570 million baht to a gang of 10.
McDonald's apologises for roach legs found in coffee
McThai, the operator of the McDonald’s fast food chain in Thailand, has apologised after a customer found cockroach legs floating in a cup of coffee at an outlet on Rama IV Road in Bangkok’s Klong Toey district.
New Thai-Cambodian MoU on border trade
PHNOM PENH: Cambodia and Thailand will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cross-border trade in early next month to comply with new Thai customs regulations due to come into effect on Nov 13.
SET falls 1.00 to 1,682.43 at midday
The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index went down 1.00 points, or 0.06%, to close at 1,682.43 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 33.2 billion baht, with 5.85 billion shares traded.
Flooding worsens in Khon Kaen
KHON KAEN: Sandbag walls have failed to hold back the flood building up in two districts, and the overflow has poured into three more villages and across more farms, as water continues to be released from the dangerously brimming Ubonrat dam.
Unicef: Rohingya children refugees face 'hell on earth'
GENEVA: Unicef says the children who make up most of the nearly 600,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar are seeing a "hell on earth" in overcrowded, muddy and squalid refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh.
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