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Phuket News
Bike Un Ai Rak - Governor invites all to participate
Friday, Nov 16, at 10.30pm Phuket Governor, Phakaphong Tavipatana was the President of the Preparatory Meeting for ’Bike Un Ai Rak’ cycling event, which will be held in Phuket on Sunday Dec 9.
Low water levels at Phuket reservoir spur concerns for drastic water-saving measures
PHUKET: Water levels at Bang Neow Dum reservoir in Srisoonthorn, in central Phuket, are so low that officials are calling for residents to use water sparingly and hope that enough rain falls by the end of December to stave off drastic water-saving measures.
Phuket Opinion: Bagging lip service
PHUKET: The more environmentally conscious among you may have noticed the appearance of the Green Lane popping up in super stores and grocery chains. This is a plastic bag free counter service, invitingly empty for those who’ve brought their own bag in an attempt to reduce single-use plastics on the island. All well and good… if it was actually open.
Phoenix finally risen from seabed
Today (Nov 17) Mrs Basshaya Yaipiem PR Phuket led 40 representatives of the Thai and foreign media on the “Pakarang” boat of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment to watch the Phoenix recovery operation.
Tourist police launch mobile help centres
Tourist Police Division 3 Chief Maj Gen Angkoon Klaiklueng has revealed to The Phuket News that the tourist police are preparing to establish tourist report centres. They have planned to put the mobile reporting centres near Karon and Kamala beach.
PSU Academic Ceremony Day
On Friday, Nov 16, at Prince of Songkla University (PSU) Phuket Campus, Mr Chuan Leekpai, Advisor of Prince of Songkla University, was the President of the Academic Opening Ceremony of the Year 2018. Phuket Vice Governor Thanyawat Chanpinit, Assoc Prof Dr Phan Tongchumnum, Vice Chancellor of Phuket Campus, and the Chief of Government Agencies attended.
Three crew hurt in Samui ferry fire
Three crew members were injured when a fire broke out in the engine room of a ferry travelling from Koh Samui to the Surat Thani mainland on Friday. All passengers were safe.
Tourist Police target rental operators over unlicensed tourists renting motorbikes
PHUKET: Tourist Police Division 3 Chief Maj Gen Angkoon Klaiklueng has revealed that his pushing for police and other local authorities to ramp up their campaign targeting vehicle rental operators for renting out motorbikes to tourists who do not have the appropriate licence.
Ban on Loy Kratong lanterns near Phuket International Airport
Mr Thanee Chougcho, Director of Phuket International Airport, revealed that during the Loy Kratong festival of every year, we can see many of the Kom Loy (lantern), Kom Kwan (balloon) and fireworks from hotels or local celebrations surrounding the airport. This creates a high risk of serious accident to in-flight aircraft.
No passport required: Phuket Immigration confirms ‘passport on person’ not required despite ’Operation X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner’
PHUKET: Phuket Immigration has confirmed there is no need for foreigners to carry their passports at all times, despite the ongoing ‘Operation X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner’ crackdown on illegal foreigners netting 300 foreigners in Phuket last month alone.
 
The Thaiger
Return to Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

By Mark Louie Maycong Phuket is one of the Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations and continuously booming. There are so many attractions and activities that you can enjoy. One of them is visiting the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. Visiting this place is heaven on earth specially for animal lovers. You get to know the elephants and […]

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Weakness in the BKK condo market

PHOTO: Nara 9 – www.nara9.net Property consultants, Edmund Tie & Company – South East Asia – report that the new condo supply for 2019 is ‘unlikely to increase’ and that sales rates are disappointing in Q3. Their report says that the take-up rate of newly launched condominium projects in Q3 in Bangkok’s CBD dropped from […]

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US pedophile gets 10 years for sex with underage boys in Thailand

PHOTO: Convicted US kiddie-fiddler, Paul Alan Shapiro A 71 year old Paul Shapiro has been sentenced to 10 years jail in the US after a California Court convicted him of pedophile charges in Thailand running back as far as 2012. ThaiVisa reports that US citizen Paul Alan Shapiro was also ordered to pay $20,000 in […]

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Walking on air. 314 metres above Bangkok.

PHOTO: The Nation King Power International Group has opened what is being marketed as the world’s biggest glass-bottomed skywalk. The new tourist (and local) attraction is on the rooftop of the 78 storey Mahanakhon building on Narathiwat Road in Bangkok’s Bang Rak district. Mahanokon is Thailand’s tallest building at 314 metres. The glass skywalk has […]

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Hotel #4 for Centara Hotels in Krabi

PHOTO: Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi, another of the Centara properties along the Krabi coast Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s largest hotel group, has just signed a Hotel Management Agreement for a 180 room property on Ao Nang Beach, Krabi. The new hotel will be under its ‘Centara’ brand. Centara Ao Nang Beach […]

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One in ten that die on Chiang Mai roads are foreigners

Ten percent of the people that die on Chiang Mai’s roads are foreigners. That equates to more than 1,000 foreign tourists and expats dying or being injured on the province’s road so far this year. The statistics also reveal that the overwhelming majority of deaths and injury were on motorcycles (the same as the rest […]

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Smart Visa qualifications updated

The Smart Visa scheme was introduced last year as a new category to recognise the changes in people visiting and working in Thailand, and the skills the Thai Government are trying to attract to the Kingdom. Now the government’s introduced a fine-tune to the new visa, adding three new professions suited to the so-called Smart […]

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Laguna Phuket Triathlon road closures

PHOTO: TAT The Laguna Phuket Triathlon is on today and roads around Laguna, and surrounding areas, are going to be blocked off at times as the runners and riders make their way around local public roads. The race organisers have sent riders and runners out onto the island’s main artery. Thepkasattri road is by far […]

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Meeting in Pattaya addresses Chinese tourism drop-off

PHOTO: South China Morning Post The Tourism Authority of Thailand, and its regional offices, are very good at painting a happy face, even as the numbers and trends are heading in the opposite direction of their planned growth in tourist arrivals. In Phuket, for example, where there’s been a big drop off in Chinese tourists, […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Park officials hunt killers of chamois in deep forest
Officials are pursuing two hunters who escaped a raid in Kaeng Krachan National Park on Saturday, leaving the carcass of a protected chamois goat-antelope at the scene.
BMW X4 xDrive 20d M Sport (2018) review
The BMW X4 is the sporty version of the X3, but it could have had a more special driving experience to be properly different.
Passive investing makes for end-of-day whirlwinds on Wall Street
NEW YORK: The rise of passive investing on Wall Street has concentrated stock market action in the final moments of the trading day -- exacerbating steep, last-minute nosedives in stock values with increasing frequency.
National artist Ajin Panjapan dies at 91
Ajin Panjapan, a well-known writer who was named a national artist in the field of literature in 1991, died on Saturday at Bang Pai Hospital in Bangkok's Phasi Charoen district. He was 91.
Fukuoka shaping up to be Japan's startup capital
FUKUOKA: Fukuoka is making a name for itself as Japan's startup capital, attracting entrepreneurs from far and wide in a bid to boost its economy.
Most see no 'return to happiness' under NCPO: Nida Poll
Almost 80% of the population say their level of happiness has either remained unchanged or worsened after four and a half years under the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), according to the result of an opinion survey by the National Institute for Development Administration, or Nida Poll.
Apec leaders discuss free trade, protectionism
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea: Leaders of 21 Pacific Rim economies on Sunday began discussing in Papua New Guinea ways to promote free trade and regional economic integration amid an unfolding trade war between the United States and China.
One head punch too many
The death of a 13-year-old kickboxer, who died of a brain haemorrhage on Nov 11 after being knocked out in the ring, has drawn public attention to a draft amendment to the Boxing Act, now seen as a mechanism to better protect the rights and safety of young kickboxers.
New EC boundary ruling under fire
Politicians have cried foul over the regime's Section 44 order empowering the Election Commission (EC) to make changes to constituency boundaries and raised suspicions the order could be used to favour a certain political party.
Victim battles trafficker for crash cash
Yossavadee Leksiri sees no light at the end of the tunnel after a drug trafficker involved in a hot police pursuit crashed his car into her pickup truck, sending her finances into a downward spiral.
 
NationMultimedia.com
Sam Mit joins forces with pro-junta party
The Sam Mit (Three Friends) group has finally joined the pro-junta Palang Pracharat Party to contest in a general election scheduled for next February.
'Waria' told to leave their home in Jakarta amid anti-LGBT campaign
Seven transgender people in Sumur Utara, Klender, East Jakarta, have been told by residents to leave a boarding house they are currently staying at. 
How Jho Low 'stole' Christmas
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian humour strikes again! This time it's making Christmas a "Jho-lly" good time with Christmas gifts featuring an unlikely mascot resembling 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fugitive Low Taek Jho or better known as Jho Low.
Cops called on Chinese envoys as APEC summit tensions boil over
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea – The police were called when Chinese officials attempted to “barge” into the office of Papua New Guinea’s foreign minister, it emerged Sunday, as APEC summit tensions boiled over.
WATCH: Weird cat cries out ‘loliloli’ instead of ‘meow’
Cats tend to make some weird sounds at night, especially when fighting or when there’s a female in heat. But one cat from Japan decided to showcase its weird vocal range from out of nowhere.
Seniors benefiting from ‘Time Bank’ helpers
A “Time Bank” set up by the government’s Department of Older Persons in mid-August has 120 volunteers taking care of home-bound senior citizens.
Tri-party agreement signed to aid people with mental disorders
The Mental Health Department, Mahidol University (MU) and Advanced Wireless Network Co (AWN) signed a five-year Memoradum of Agreement on Thursday for the use of technology, research and knowledge to aid people with intellectual disabilities and forensic psychiatric patients in Thailand, said Mental Health Department director-general Dr Kiatipumi Wongrajit.
Trump to visit as more than 1,000 missing in California fire
President Donald Trump was to arrive Saturday in California where more than 1,000 people are listed missing in the worst-ever wildfire to hit the wealthiest US state, which is at the forefront of resistance to Trump's environmental and other policies.
Stars gather for Chinese 'Oscars' in Taiwan
Asian cinema's top stars gathered in Taipei on Saturday for Taiwan's Golden Horse film awards, dubbed the Chinese-language "Oscars", with acclaimed director Zhang Yimou's "Shadow" leading the race.
 
Chiang Mai, Thailand News
RCSS and Gov't Peace Negotiators Hold Informal Meetings in Chiang Mai

CHIANG MAI, Thailand-Government peace negotiators and representatives of the Restoration Council of Shan State met informally in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand on Friday as part of a series of informal peace talks led by the government with four major ethnic armed organizations this weekend aimed at finding ways to move forward with the peace process. The government negotiators will meet the Karen National Union on Saturday.


Door Still Open to Rohingya Repatriation, Gov't Says

CHIANG MAI, Thailand-Myanmar said the repatriation process is still open for displaced Rohingya, although no one opted to return from refugee camps in Bangladesh on Thursday. This is the second failure of the repatriation effort; back in January, not one of the some 700,000 refugees in Bangladeshi camps was repatriated, though the government said Myanmar made the necessary preparations for the repatriation of displaced people.


Lee Furlong who spray-painted fortress in Thailand is spared jail

Scouse Lee is SPARED jail: Liverpool backpacker who faced ten years in a Thai prison for spray-painting his name onto an 800-year-old fortress is given a A 2,340 fine A British man who vandalised an 800-year-old fortress in Thailand by spraying 'Scouse Lee' on a wall has been spared prison. Lee Furlong, 23, from Liverpool, was caught on CCTV using a can of black spray paint to tag the historic Tha Phae gate in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, last month.


Fox Networks Group Asia to Produce Miniseries Inspired by Taiwanese Singer Teresa Teng

"Memory Eclipse" is being produced by Fox's Cora Yim, famed "Infernal Affairs" producer John Chong and Taiwan's Winday Culture. Fox Networks Group Asia is producing an anthology miniseries based on the music of legendary Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng.


Alberta tourist charged with vandalism in Thailand avoids prison

Canadian tourist Brittney Schneider, 23, says she won't have to spend time in jail after she was charged with vandalism for spray painting graffiti on an ancient wall in northern Thailand The Grande Prairie, Alta. woman charged with vandalism for spray painting graffiti on an ancient wall in Thailand will not go to prison.


Analysis: KNU Reiterates Hiatus in Peace Talks

CHIANG MAI, Thailand-The Karen National Union is standing firm on its decision to temporarily suspend its participation in ongoing peace talks, but will seek solutions to overcome the impasses facing the peace process through informal negotiations, it said in a statement. The KNU leadership met last week to review its high-level talks with the government, Tatmadaw and ethnic armed organizations in mid-October, and to reflect on the The group announced it was suspending its participation in the peace process two weeks ago, saying it needed time to conduct internal consultations on a meaningful participation in the process, before moving on with it.


Hmong men arrested for allegedly transporting 'yaba'

Three Hmong men were arrested in the Sam Ngao district of Tak province allegedly along with 2.1 million meth-amphetamine pills or "yaba", which they had transported from Chiang Rai to Central Thailand, Deputy National Police Commissioner Pol General Chalermkiat Srivorakan told a press conference in Chiang Mai on Sunday. The men were identified as Mangkorn Pisusirikul, 31, Anusorn Saeyang, 27, and Sua Saeyang, 41. They were charged with having narcotics in their possession.


Handbook coming to sensitise police to reality of trans people's lives

IN ORDER to improve interactions between police and transgender individuals, the United Nations Development Programme will help produce a handbook in collaboration with the Justice Ministry and Chon Buri-based Sisters Foundation. The idea was born in the hope that police officers would act more compassionately if they better understood the sexuality, gender identity and gender expression of transgender people, as well as the stigma and discrimination they face.


Two South Koreans arrested

The two South Korean suspects at a news conference in Chiang Mai after their arrest on Tuesday. One is wanted in South Korea for fraud, the other overstayed his visa by 13 years.


KNU Leadership Gathers to Firm Up Position on Peace Process

CHIANG MAI, Thailand-The Karen National Union convened an emergency meeting of its Central Standing Committee to review the state of the peace process at its headquarters in Lay Wah in Karen State's Paan district on Tuesday. The KNU leadership will consult with members to find ways to overcome deadlocks in negotiations with the government on the implementation of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement .


 
Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Swimmer killed by stingray, two mauled by sharks in Australia
SYDNEY - A swimmer died after a rare suspected stingray attack off an Australian beach while another two people were mauled in separate shark encounters this weekend.
Four hurt in explosion while confronting wild elephants
KANCHANABURI: Four members of a wild elephant watch team in Thong Pha Phum district were injured, two seriously, on Saturday when ping-pong bombs they were using to scare off a herd of four elephants. were set off accidentally.
Park officials hunt killers of chamois in deep forest
Officials are pursuing two hunters who escaped a raid in Kaeng Krachan National Park on Saturday, leaving the carcass of a protected chamois goat-antelope at the scene.
National artist Ajin Panjapan dies at 91
Ajin Panjapan, a well-known writer who was named a national artist in the field of literature in 1991, died on Saturday at Bang Pai Hospital in Bangkok's Phasi Charoen district. He was 91.
Fukuoka shaping up to be Japan's startup capital
FUKUOKA: Fukuoka is making a name for itself as Japan's startup capital, attracting entrepreneurs from far and wide in a bid to boost its economy.
Pattani's deputy Islamic chief dies
PATTANI: Seng Baimad, alias Baboseng, deputy chairman of the Pattani Islamic Committee, died from a chronic illness at Pattani Hospital on Sunday at 1.13am. He was 61.
Most see no 'return to happiness' under NCPO: Nida Poll
Almost 80% of the population say their level of happiness has either remained unchanged or worsened after four and a half years under the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), according to the result of an opinion survey by the National Institute for Development Administration, or Nida Poll.
Man hit, killed by freight train in Chachoengsao
CHACHOENGSAO: An elderly man died after being hit by a freight train on a railway track in Muang district of this eastern Central province on Saturday night.
Suspected stingray stab kills swimmer off Australia beach
SYDNEY: A swimmer has died after a stab to his stomach in a suspected stingray attack off an Australian beach, in a rare fatal encounter with the fish.
Ranger base in Pattani harassed
PATTANI: Gunfire hit an operation base of Ranger Company 4316 at Ban Bango Sako in tambon Kholo Tanyong of Nong Chik district on Saturday night. No casualties were reported, police said.
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