Another storm to hit Thailand late next week, heavy rain forecast

Another storm to hit Thailand late next week, heavy rain forecast

A motorist rides a scooter along a flooded road after heavy rain in Bangkok on March 9, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP People living in Thailand’s eastern, lower central, and upper southern regions are advised to brace for heavy rain next Friday and Saturday when an atmospheric depression is expected to make landfall near Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City next Thursday. According to Team Group, who are water resource experts,…

Talks held to ease motorists’ burden as tolls on Sirat Outer ring road to rise from Dec 15

Talks held to ease motorists’ burden as tolls on Sirat Outer ring road to rise from Dec 15

The Expressway Authority of Thailand (EXAT) is trying to negotiate, with Bangkok Expressway and Metro Public Company (BEM), the concessionaire for the Sirat outer ring road expressway, an easing of the burden on motorist from the December 15th rise in tolls, as stipulated in the concession agreement. The new toll fees will be 65 baht, up from 50 baht for four-wheel vehicles, 105 baht, up from 80 baht for 6-10…

Court rules suspect in Nakhon Sawan police custody died of deliberate suffocation

Court rules suspect in Nakhon Sawan police custody died of deliberate suffocation

The Nakhon Sawan provincial court ruled today (Wednesday) that the drug suspect, who was seen in video footage with his head covered by plastic bags while in police custody at Muang district’s police station, died of suffocation. The court said that Thitisan Utthanaphon, aka “Joe Ferrari”, then superintendent of Nakhon Sawan’s Muang district police station, and six of his subordinates covered the head of Jirapong Thanapat with plastic bags for…

Non-immigrant visa applicants required to have ฿3m health insurance

Non-immigrant visa applicants required to have ฿3m health insurance

Foreigners applying for non-immigrant (O-A) visas for stays in Thailand of up to one year are now required to have a health insurance policy with minimum coverage of three million baht for in-patient medical fees, instead of the previous 400,000 baht. Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha said today (Tuesday) that the new rule is intended to ensure that they will receive proper medical treatment if they fall ill during…

Megahit “Squid Game” puts focus squarely on Netflix’s overseas growth

Megahit “Squid Game” puts focus squarely on Netflix’s overseas growth

Customers take a photo with staff members wearing “Squid Game” costumes at Strawberry Cafe in Jakarta, Indonesia, October 15, 2021. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana Oct 19 (Reuters) – The success of the South Korean dystopian drama series “Squid Game” has led investors to bet on Netflix Inc’s plans to explore more international content to boost slowing subscriber growth. With a 111 million-strong fan base in just 27 days after its release,…

Thailand’s Khao Kheow Open Zoo defends elephant swimming shows

Thailand’s Khao Kheow Open Zoo defends elephant swimming shows

Khao Kheow Open Zoo, in Thailand’s eastern province of Chon Buri, will continue holding elephant swimming shows for tourists despite social media criticism, alleging cruelty to animals, after a picture, titled “Elephant in the Room”, taken by Adam Oswell of Australia, won the best picture in the photojournalism category at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2021, organized by Natural History Museum in London. In an exclusive interview with…

Former U.S. Secretary of State Powell dies of COVID-19 complications

Former U.S. Secretary of State Powell dies of COVID-19 complications

Former U.S. Army Four Star General and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks at the funeral for the late U.S. Army Four Star General H. Norman Schwarzkopf at the Cadet Chapel at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, February 28, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Colin Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state and top military officer, died on Monday at the…

Coronavirus Update for Phuket & Thailand

Coronavirus Update for Phuket & Thailand

Monday 18th October, 2021: Fully vaccinated travelers to Phuket can skip the usual Covid-19 quarantine and just have to complete a 7-night stay on the island, and then be able to travel to all destinations in Thailand if they wish. Yes, it’s still classed as quarantine, and yes you will still have to have Covid tests within the 7 days, but the restrictions are minimal, and IF you will be…

Judgement day for Paiboon Nititawan, protector of junta-sponsored Constitution

Judgement day for Paiboon Nititawan, protector of junta-sponsored Constitution

A Constitutional Court ruling due to be issued on Wednesday (Oct 20) holds the key to the political future of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party’s legal expert Paiboon Nititawan, with big impacts predicted for Thailand if he loses his MP seat. Paiboon is a deputy leader of Palang Pracharath and a close legal advisor to party leader General Prawit Wongsuwan, who is also deputy prime minister. Last November, around 60 MPs petitioned…