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Up to 80% of Thailand’s tsunami warning system needs maintenance

In this picture taken on Dec 4, 2014, a tsunami evacuation sign is displayed on a street near Patong beach in Phuket. (Photo: NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP) BANGKOK: Up to 80 per cent of Thailand’s tsunami warning system needs maintenance work, the deputy director-general of its disaster prevention department said on Monday (Jul 31), more than a decade after the region was hit by a tsunami that killed 226,000 people. A 9.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra in Indonesia on Dec 26, 2004 and triggered a massiveRead More

Army general among Thais convicted of human trafficking

Lt Gen Manas Kongpaen arrives at the Criminal Court on Nov 10, 2015. (AP file photo) A Thai army general was one of the most prominent figures found guilty Wednesday in a major human trafficking trial that included more than 103 defendants accused of involvement in a modern-day slavery trade. All the defendants were charged with human trafficking and pleaded not guilty. Lt Gen Manas Kongpaen was convicted of several offences involving trafficking and taking bribes in the case involving migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh that has been likened to a modern-dayRead More

Some tourist visa holders being asked to show 20,000 baht in CASH when entering Thailand

Some tourist visa holders being asked to show 20,000 baht in CASH when entering Thailand If you are entering Thailand on a tourist visa, you may be required to show immigration officials 20,000 baht in CASH. Thaivisa has learnt that immigration officials at a number border checkpoints across Thailand are asking some people entering the country on a tourist visa to show 20,000 baht in cash. Thaivisa understands the increased scrutiny being placed on tourist visa holders is to crackdown on foreigners who officials suspect are not genuine tourists andRead More

List of jobs reserved for Thais to be revised

The Employment Department will revise the list of 39 professions reserved for Thai citizens to accommodate the changing circumstances of Thai workers. Director-general Varanon Peetiwan said on Wednesday the list had not been updated for a long time, but the circumstances of Thai society had changed. The list included bricklaying which proved not to interest Thai workers any longer, he said. The number of reserved professions was 39 but the cabinet had already allowed migrants to work as labourers and domestic helpers, Mr Varanon said. The Employment Department would inviteRead More

Four Reasons You Need To Visit Phuket, Thailand

As the biggest travel destination in Thailand, Phuket encapsulates both the good and bad sides of Thai tourism. I recently spent a month here, and while overcrowded beaches and rowdy bars are part and parcel of resort towns like Patong, scratch beneath the surface and you’ll discover a whole other side to this island. From trying traditional Thai experiences, visiting secret beaches and kicking back at the very best hotels, here are my top four reasons to visit Phuket. 1. A stay at Sri Panwa Phuket has no shortage ofRead More

Canadian found dead in Thai cell wanted for running ‘dark web’ market

A26-year-old Canadian found dead in his Thai police cell this week was wanted in the US for allegedly running a massive“dark web” marketplace for drugs and other contraband, a police source told AFP news agency on Saturday. Thai police arrested Alexandre Cazes in Bangkok on July 5 and had planned to extradite him to the US, where he faced drug trafficking and money laundering charges. But the computer programmer hanged himself with a towel in his detention cell a week later on July 12, according to Thai anti-narcotics police, whoRead More

Pattaya police deploy drone to monitor Walking Street

Pattaya Police Station is deploying a drone to ensure security for tourists on its famed Walking Street.   Pattaya police chief Pol Colonel Apichai Krobphet launched the drone unit on Friday evening on South Pattaya beach. Undercover police and interpreters were also deployed on Walking Street to be able to offer timely help to foreign tourists. He said power and communications cables as well as advertising signs on Walking Street were a major obstacle for the drone operation hence police would seek help from Pattaya City to rearrange the cablesRead More

Gunmen in Thailand kill eight in village chief’s home

Thai police say eight people died after gunmen opened fire inside a village chief’s home, in a rare mass shooting. The incident took place on Monday in the southern province of Krabi, which is popular with tourists. Police said the gunmen, who wore military-style clothing, had demanded to search the house. The attackers held those in the home, including the chief, captive for several hours before shooting them and fleeing in a car. Three people were also seriously injured in the attack, which police believe stemmed from a personal dispute.Read More

Crowdfunding campaign for Singaporean humanitarian worker passes $100,000 target

A crowdfunding campaign for a stricken Singaporean humanitarian worker in Chiang Mai, Thailand, has surpassed its target of $100,000 since it started on June 27. The campaign closed on Friday, with $103,798.56 in donations collected. Mr Calvin Huang, 59, collapsed in Chiang Mai on April 12 after suffering a stroke, and was subsequently taken to Sriphat Medical Centre for emergency surgery. He has been warded in the Intensive Care Unit since, and his family hopes to bring him home by the end of next week. His sister, Ms Yvonne Huang,Read More


Authorities have announced that “no new licences” for Go-Go bars are to be released for the foreseeable future. In addition to this news, Soi 6 bars have been told they cannot open until 18:00 in a move that will surely have a serious impact on businesses in the street. Those who fail to comply will face fines and/or have their licences suspended. [frontpage_news widget=”1942″ name=”Property”] One owner complained that it was already hard to make a living in Soi 6 – this could mean my bar could close permanently, resultingRead More

Investigation links bomb suspect’s mistress to city blasts

Thai authorities have arrested a 62-year-old man in connection with a bomb attack at a military-owned hospital in Bangkok that wounded 24 people last month, the defense minister said yesterday. The May 22 attack at the Phramongkutklao Hospital, in Bangkok, came on the third anniversary of the army’s seizure of power, and the army initially blamed the bombing on groups opposed to military rule. Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan told reporters a male suspect was being interrogated over the attack, but gave no indication of any motive or affiliation. There wasRead More

Man almost pulls off THB2 million ATM heist following YouTube video

Man almost pulls off THB2 million ATM heist following YouTube video The man who was arrested on Wednesday for stealing over THB2 million cash from an ATM in Phetchaburi province told police that he learned how to pull off the heist from a YouTube video. Yesterday police took Channarong Wonghongtong, 46, to the ATM of Siam Commercial Bank near SR Spinning Factory to re-enact how he cut open the machine with a gas cutter and stole the money on May 20. In a huge amount of debt, Channarong and hisRead More

Thailand to Take on Singapore With $5.7 Billion Airport Overhaul

Thailand is seeking to take on Singapore’s dominance in aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul with a $5.7 billion upgrade of a Vietnam War-era airport.  Lockheed Martin Corp.’s Sikorsky Aircraft is the latest company to study a possible increase in MRO spend in Thailand in the wake of the planned revamp of U-Tapao International Airport, said Ajarin Pattanapanchai, deputy secretary general of the nation’s Board of Investment. In March, Airbus SE signed an agreement with Thai Airways International Pcl to evaluate the development of MRO facilities at the civil-military airport near Bangkok.Read More

21 dead after worst rain ‘in 30 years’ in southern Thailand so far.

Twenty-one people have been killed and nearly one million people affected by floods in southern Thailand after days of rain across the country’s southern neck. The “severe flooding is because of the worst rainfall in more than 30 years”, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha told reporters. Downpours and flash floods have also disrupted holidays on tourist islands including Samui and Phangan, disappointing tens of thousands of visitors hunting Thailand’s peak season sun. Despite the end of the monsoon season weeks ago, there were no immediate signs of respite for the flood-battered region.Read More

The real threat to S’pore – construction of Thai’s Kra Canal financed by China

The Kra Canal or the Thai Canal refers to a proposal for a canal to cut through the southern isthmus of Thailand, connecting the Gulf of Thailand with the Andaman Sea. It would provide an alternative to transit through the Strait of Malacca and shorten transit for shipments of oil to East Asian countries like Japan and China by 1,200 km, saving much time. China refers to it as part of its 21st century maritime Silk Road. China is keen on the Kra Canal project partly for strategic reasons. Presently,Read More

CHIANG RAI — Eight drug couriers were killed and 600,000 methamphetamine pills

CHIANG RAI — Eight drug couriers were killed and 600,000 methamphetamine pills and three assault rifles seized in a clash between a ranger unit and a band of armed drug couriers near the Thai-Myanmar border in Mae Sai district on Saturday night, according to media reports. The clash occurred at about 8.30pm after a patrol of the 31st Rangers Task Force spotted a band of about 15 armed drug couriers about 2 kilometres from the border in tambon Wiang Phang Kham. When ordered to stop for a search, the couriersRead More

Red Bull heir on the run from Thai authorities not in Singapore: Police

SINGAPORE – The Thai Red Bull heir on the run after a warrant was issued for him over a fatal hit-and-run in 2012 is not in Singapore, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) told The Straits Times on Thursday (May 4). Reports previously said Vorayuth Yoovidhya had fled to Singapore on his private jet before the warrant was issued on April 28. The Nation on Tuesday cited Thai Immigration Police who said Vorayuth departed Thailand on April 25 for Singapore. However, SPF on Thursday clarified that the 32-year-old billionaire is not inRead More

Tourism scam suspect claims to be victim

A key suspect, who is the aunt of a female doctor allegedly connected to a bogus tourism company, turned herself in to police on Tuesday, insisting she was also a victim of the fraud. Phongphan Siriwat, aunt of Dr Phannarat Chantharamani, surrendered to Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) chief Thitirat Nongharnpitak, saying she wanted to prove her sincerity and show she had no knowledge of the scam. She insisted she was one of the victims. Ms Phongphan, who has been charged with public fraud, also prepared to submit a bail requestRead More

Burning up: Thailand experiencing longest heatwave in 65 years

Thailand is currently experiencing its longest heatwave in at least 65 years and authorities have advised people to stay indoors. The average temperature has risen above 40 degrees Celsius in many regions in April, with the mercury spiking one day to a near record breaking 44.3 degrees Celsius. The hottest day ever recorded in Thailand was 44.4 degrees Celsius on April 27, 1960, in the northern province of Uttaradit. According to the Thai Meteorological Department, the average temperature nationwide has surpassed alert levels and the heatwave is expected to continue,Read More

Famous Thai night market gets Singapore twist

Have you always dreamt of experiencing a night market in Bangkok? Shelve those travel plans for now as Artbox Thailand, a famous creative market in Bangkok, will be popping up in Singapore from April 14 to 16 and April 21 to 23, 3pm to 11pm. Admission is free. It will feature over 500 vendors and partners (each weekend will have a different line-up) and an expected turnout of more than 400,000. Its organiser Haoming Lee, 29, co-founder of Artbox Asia and head of strategy at Invade Industry, a creative retailRead More