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The Thaiger (Thailand) 10/22/2020 00:44
Police seized 4.4 million methamphetamine pills worth more than 400 million baht after a police chase in the Northeastern province Bueng Kan near the Thai-Laos border. Thai media says the alleged drug traffickers threw black bags full of the drugs out onto the road during the police chase and drove off into a rubber farm in the Bung Kla district. The Royal Thai Navy and Thai Custom’s Enforcement Division had received a tip about drugs allegedly being trafficked across the Mekong River and into Thailand. Officials followed a truck they say was suspicious and driving fast by the river. The […]. .
The Thaiger (Thailand) 10/22/2020 00:40
The humble massaman curry has topped a list of the World’s 50 Best Foods, compiled by CNN Travel. Thailand’s coconut milk and potato-based curry (add the meat, tofu or vegetables of your choice) comes in at number 1, with 2 other popular Thai dishes also featuring. The hot and spicy shrimp soup, Tom Yum Goong, comes in at number 8, with papaya salad, aka somtam, in 46th place (mai phet please!) Tell us your favourite Thai dish, and why, in the comments section (below). CNN Travel says its staff conducted extensive research on global cuisine to find the 50 best […]. .
The Thaiger (Thailand) 10/22/2020 00:09
Residents of a housing estate in the district of Banglamung in Pattaya, have filed a police report against an expat they accuse of threatening and damaging behaviour. According to The Pattaya News, neighbours say the Greek national has threatened them, as well as “throwing sewage” at their homes, and damaging their fences. They add that, despite filing a police report about the man’s behaviour, which has also been captured on CCTV, they feel nothing is being done. PHOTO: The Pattaya News In the police report, neighbours say the man is from Greece and around 50 years old. They accuse him […]. .
The Thaiger (Thailand) 10/22/2020 00:04
All 39 visitors who flew in from China this week on the new Special Tourist Visa have tested negative for Covid-19. While it’s a small group, they’re the first foreign tourists to arrive since travel restrictions were imposed in late-March. More international tourists are expected to arrive next week. If there are no positive Covid-19 cases, the government could start to lift restrictions, like cutting down the mandatory quarantine period. 2 more groups travelling from China are expected to arrive next week on October 26 and 27, according to the tourism and sports minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn. Another group of travellers […]. .
The Thaiger (Thailand) 10/21/2020 23:20
Following a televised address to the nation by the Thai PM, amid rising political tension, anti-government protesters have agreed to take a step back. However, they are still insisting the Thai leader must resign by Sunday and calling for all charges against arrested activists to be dropped. While speaking to the nation via a televised broadcast last night, Prayut Chan-o-cha said he would be first to step back and called on those protesting against his leadership to do the same. “At this point, we all need to take a step back, to step back from the brink, away from the […]. .
The Thaiger (Thailand) 10/21/2020 22:26
Health officials are ready to reduce the mandatory quarantine period for foreign tourists, provided other relevant bodies agree. The current quarantine period is set at 14 days, but the Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, says this could be reduced to 10. He adds that if the reduction is successful, quarantine could be further reduced, eventually reaching a point where quarantine is no longer a requirement. “The truth is, the Public Health Ministry is ready for the change, but other relevant agencies still have requested time to adjust. So, we have to wait and work together. The Department of Disease Control […]. .
The Thaiger (Thailand) 10/21/2020 06:28
Police have issued an arrest warrant for another protester who allegedly attempted to harm the HM the Queen’s liberty during a royal motorcade last week. The motorcade happened to be on the same day and same route as a pro-democracy protest in Bangkok. So far, 3 protesters face charges for an alleged “act of violence against the HM the Queen’s liberty” and could face up to life in prison if found guilty. Suranat Paenprasert, a coordinator for Active Youth, now faces charges of 16 to 20 years in prison, or even up to life in prison, for allegedly violating Section […]. .
The Thaiger (Thailand) 10/21/2020 06:11
Today’s latest news and information, coming to you from the Asok BTS in Bangkok. Like and subscribe our YouTube channel too. Go on, right now 🙂 You can also LIKE our Facebook page https://facebook.com/thethaigernews to get even more information about Thailand. From 40 million visitors to 41: first STV tourists arrive In 2019, almost 40 million tourists arrived in Thailand. Yesterday, it was 41. It was progress of sorts but a long, long way from the 110,000 daily arrivals at the same time last year. Yesterday, the Kingdom welcomed its first tourists in 7 months, with the arrival of 41 […]. .
The Thaiger (Thailand) 10/21/2020 03:29
A large chunk of an island near Koh Phi Phi in southern Thailand has broken off and collapsed on top of a coral reef at a popular dive site. No one was around when the cliffsides sheered off and collapsed into the sea, but national park officers on a routine patrol noticed a section of the island had broken off and saw two large sections of rock above the water. There has been considerable rain in the region over the past 2 months. A section of Koh Mae Urai, located between Koh Phi Phi and Krabi, broke off in 2 […]. .
The Thaiger (Thailand) 10/21/2020 01:41
The ongoing political protests could have a negative impact on Thailand’s already crippled economy by weakening domestic consumption and tourism even more, according to the Bank of Thailand. The bank’s newly appointed governor Settaput Suthiwart-Narueput, who started this month, says they need to keep a close watch on the situation. “Basically, the political factor is one of the uncertainties… It could affect the economy, particularly consumer confidence and tourism. The central bank has been monitoring the situation closely especially how all the parties concerned handle the protests.” The halt of foreign tourist arrivals over the past 7 months have heavily […]. .
The Thaiger (Thailand) 10/21/2020 00:55
A petition calling for the resignation of Thai PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha, has been signed by up to 1,118 academics and delivered to Government House. The petition was created by the Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights. Nation Thailand reports that a group of university lecturers and students have marched to Government House to deliver the letter. They include Anusorn Unno, anthropology lecturer at Thammasat University, and Thamrongsak Petchlertanan, a lecturer in Political Science at Rangsit University. In the letter, academics slam the government’s clampdown on an October 16 rally in Bangkok, when police used water cannons allegedly laced with chemical […]. .
The Thaiger (Thailand) 10/21/2020 00:25
Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific is set to close its subsidiary, Cathay Dragon, with the loss of up to 5,900 jobs. The carrier, that used to be called Dragon Air before being absorbed by Cathay, has become yet another casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic that has decimated the aviation business. The Bangkok Post reports that 5,300 jobs are expected to go in the airline’s Hong Kong base, with a further 600 axed overseas, accounting for 17% of Cathay’s total workforce. Cathay Dragon primarily operated short-haul routes within Asia, including direct flights from Hong Kong to Bangkok and Phuket. Cathay Pacific […]. .
The Thaiger (Thailand) 10/20/2020 23:45
A spokesman for the Thai police says the Digital Economy and Society Ministry has asked for action to be taken against 58 social media accounts accused of “encouraging looting” at anti-government protests. Siriwat Deepor says the anonymous Twitter accounts are pointing to political demonstrations in other countries where looting occurs and property is destroyed. “Chats in Twitter are claiming this kind of action (looting) occurs during rallies abroad. They are persuading participants to destroy government and private property at rally sites to raise the level of protest. We are concerned over this behaviour and would like to warn people who […]. .
The Thaiger (Thailand) 10/20/2020 22:54
In 2019, almost 40 million tourists arrived in Thailand. Yesterday, it was 41. As the Thais say, cha cha… Thailand is slowly, slowly, re-opening its borders after the Covid-19 pandemic forced a total shutdown in March. Yesterday, the Kingdom welcomed its first tourists in 7 months, with the arrival of 41 Chinese tourists from Shanghai. The group landed at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport on a chartered flight laid on by Spring Airlines, a low-cost Chinese carrier. The visitors are here on the recently-launched Special Tourist Visa and upon touchdown, had to download a special app to track their movements while in […]. .
The Thaiger (Thailand) 10/20/2020 06:41
In the midst of Thailand reopening its borders to foreigners on the Special Tourist Visa, political protests have only grown in Bangkok and are now being held in cities across Thailand. Now tourism operators are worried and are asking the government to engage in dialogue with the protesters. President of the Tourism Council of Thailand Chairat Trirattanajarasporn says he’s worried about another coup (Thailand’s had 12 since 1932) being used to solve the problems rather than talking it out. “If the situation’s gone too far, I am concerned a coup will worsen the economy and affect the country’s image on […]. .
The Thaiger (Thailand) 10/20/2020 06:35
Thaiger News, posted daily around 5pm, Thai time, with all the latest updates, news and information. Court orders suspension of Thai TV news channel during political protests The Criminal Court has agreed to suspend the Thai media company Voice TV for allegedly violating the State of Emergency orders which prohibit media content “considered to be a threat to national security”. Talk about the Voice TV shut down has been circulating for a few days, along with threats to close down other media voices. It’s not the first time Voice TV has come to the attention of the NCPO, in the […]. .
The Thaiger (Thailand) 10/20/2020 06:31
The Thaiger website is now receiving around 300 – 500 genuine comments a day (plus a lot of spam). We appreciate your engagement but, as you can imagine, it’s causing a few headaches as well, particularly in the current “situation”. To help us we would appreciate your following a few basic guidelines. As it is, most comments are withheld for approval by a moderator. “Moderation” means us going through each comment and making sure there’s nothing that’s going to get The Thaiger, or YOU, into trouble. Not every comment is going to be approved. Your IP Addresses and emails are […]. .
The Thaiger (Thailand) 10/20/2020 06:02
With Covid-19 travel restrictions – slowly – easing up, 10 international airlines have started selling flights to Thailand, the Ministry of Transport announced. The airlines include: Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Swissair, Austrian Airlines, Eva Air and KLM. Don’t get too excited. It’s still not easy to get into Thailand. All international arrivals must go through a mandatory 14 day quarantine with Covid-19 testing as well as other requirements set by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. Thailand recently introduced the Special Tourist Visa which allows a 90 day stay that can be renewed twice, adding up […]. .
The Thaiger (Thailand) 10/20/2020 04:58
Police arrested an Argentinian man for growing cannabis at his house in Samut Prakan, just southeast of Bangkok. 35 year old Sagas Nur told police he planned to produce cannabis oil. Medical marijuana is legalised – with limitations – while recreational marijuana is still classified as a category 5 narcotic. Sagas is facing charges of producing a category 5 narcotic. He could face 2 to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to 1,500,000 baht. Police were tipped off about Sagas’ alleged growing operation. They searched the house and say they found 108 cannabis plants that were about […]. .
The Thaiger (Thailand) 10/20/2020 04:22
9 new Covid-19 cases were detected in Thai quarantine facilities, including a patient who may have been infected with the virus a second time, or never fully recovered, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. Most of the cases were army engineers travelling from South Sudan. Thailand’s total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is now at 3,700 with 3,491 recoveries and 59 deaths. 150 people are still receiving medical treatment. 6 army engineers, ages 25 to 49, travelling from South Sudan tested positive for Covid-19. They arrived on October 12 and they tested positive 3 days later while in […]. .

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