Foreigners invited to join “Thailand in your mind” photo contest
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The
Government Public Relations Department (PRD) Region 3 in Chiang Mai has
launched the online photo contest “Thailand in your mind”, inviting
foreigners who are currently residing in Thailand to join the contest.
PRD Director-General Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the contest is a part
of the PRD Region 3’s 2017 international public relations projects. The
theme of the contest this year is “Thailand: Stability, Prosperity, and
Sustainability” which is designed to boost Thailand’s image and “Thainess”
across the globe.
Foreigners who are studying, working or residing in Thailand can enter the
online competition to win big prizes. Visit www.thailandinyourmind.com for
more details. The registration and photo submission are available online,
from now until May 31, 2017. The photos passing the qualifying round will be
posted on the website for a public vote, begining at 12:01 a.m. of June 15
and ending at 11:59 p.m. of July 15.
The winner will receive an award of 20,000 baht, a trophy and a certificate.
The first, second and third runner-ups will receive the awards of 15,000
baht, 10,000 baht and 5,000 baht respectively, together with a trophy and a
certificate. The PRD Region 3 will also give a certificate to sixteen
Dental Council denounces cosmetic retainers
BANGKOK 27 April 2017 (NNT)
- The Dental Council of Thailand has warned the general public against
wearing retainers for purely cosmetic purposes, and to consider the
potential health problems that may follow.
Dr. Sirichai Kiattavorncharoen of the Dental Council of Thailand addressed
the case of folk singer Nongpanee Mahadthai, known by her stage name Jah
Rsiam, posting a picture on Facebook of her wearing a cosmetic retainer as
an endorsement of a dental lab.
Dr. Sirichai said that while the retainer may have come from a dental lab
that was licensed to produce dental equipment, it did not employ staff
members with the necessary credentials. Therefore, the production of
Nongpanee’s retainer constitutes a violation of the 1994 Practice of
He also warned the public that retainers are intended for medical purposes
and they should be prescribed after careful consideration of the health
Affordable school supplies now available at various stores across BKK
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Major retail stores across Bangkok are now
offering school supplies and student uniforms at discounted prices under
the Ministry of Commerce’s campaign to help families shoulder household
Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Commerce Wiboonrak Ruamrak said
parents and children are able to shop for school supplies and clothes at
discounted prices of up to 80% off at various stores including
Suksaphan, Nomjit, Robinson and Big C to name few.
The campaign, which will last until May 14, a few days before the new
school term begins, will help parents save as much as six billion baht
The Permanent Secretary added that around 20 billion baht would be spent
throughout the 18-day campaign.
Money Expo 2017 to be held under the theme "Financial Innovation 4.0"
BANGKOK, (NNT) - This
year's Money Expo 2017 will be held on May 11th - 14th under the theme
"Financial Innovation 4.0," presenting a range of financial solutions for
the digital age.
President of Money Expo Santi Viriyarungsarit revealed that this year, Money
& Banking Magazine has partnered with over 260 financial institutions and
government agencies to showcase a range of financial solutions that meet the
government's Thailand 4.0 agenda, as well as the new FinTech & Startups
zone. The zone gives new businesses an opportunity to exhibit their
financial solutions to banks and financial institutions in attendance. The
Health and Wealth zone will feature innovations in medical technology that
also contribute to financial stability.
Notable products include a zero-percent mortgage program and a savings
account with an annual yield of 3.3 percent, which is tax free if the
customer purchases life insurance. The expo will be held at IMPACT, Muang
Thong Thani, and is expected to generate up to 85 billion baht in financial
Lots of counterfeit goods seized in March
BANGKOK, (NNT) -
Relevant units are proceeding with the crackdown on intellectual
property infringements, with over 30,000 illegal items seized across the
country last month.
According to Director-General of
the Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) Thosapone Dansuputra, the
department in March coordinated with other related agencies, including
the Royal Thai Police, the Department of Special Investigation, the
Customs Department and businesses with ownership of IP rights, to arrest
producers and vendors of counterfeit products.
Raids were conducted on major
production facilities, most of which were located in Udon Thani,
Songkhla and Sa Kaeo provinces, resulting in the apprehension of several
suspects. A total of 37,953 items of IP-infringing products, worth
altogether over 30 million baht, were seized, ranging from clothing and
bags to electrical appliances and cosmetics.
Thailand's Or Tor Kor Market in CNN's top 10 best fresh markets in the world
BANGKOK, (NNT) - CNN
has praised Thailand's Marketing Organization for Farmers' Markets as
one of the top 10 best fresh markets in the world.
Known locally as the "Or Tor Kor
Market", the US news network described the market as a vibrant place
with fruit and vegetables that can only be found in Thailand and a hub
for various other products imported from across Asia. The market has
been praised for its cleanliness, and its convenience due to its
abundance of pre-made foods and snacks.
CNN's top 10 list includes:
La Boqueria Market in Barcelona, Spain,
Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan,
Union Square Farmers' Market in New York City, USA,
Or Tor Kor Market in Bangkok, Thailand,
St. Lawrence Market in Toronto, Canada,
Borough Market in London, England,
Kreta Ayer Wet Market in Singapore,
Lancaster Central Market in Lancaster,
Marche Provencal in Antibes, France,
and Kowloon City Wet Market in Hong Kong.
BoT says Thai baht fluctuates more frequently
BANGKOK, (NNT) - The
Bank of Thailand (BoT) has revealed that the Thai baht has fluctuated
due to uncertainty surrounding the economic policies of major world
BoT Governor Veerathai Santiprabhob however noted
that the Thai baht is not as volatile as other Asian currencies. The
government has moved to stabilize the baht by maintaining its interest
rate policy and striking deals with other ASEAN nations.
Nevertheless, the BoT governor suggested that
currency traders take precautions and open a foreign currency deposit
account (FCD) to hedge any losses. He also advised that they make an
advanced foreign currency purchase agreement with the bank.
Songkran 2017 spurred over 45 billion Baht in spending in Thailand
Bangkok, (NNT) –
Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports says the total economic impact
of spending during the Songkran 2017 holiday was 45.428 billion Baht
(US$1.3 billion*), representing a 14.40 per cent increase over the same
period last year. In addition, several destinations nationwide were
reportedly recording noticeable tourism growth during the Thai New Year
During the Songkran 2017 holiday
period from 11-17 April, Thailand attracted 695,894 international
tourists and generated about 36.941 billion Baht (US$1 billion), up 10.9
per cent and 16.40 per cent, respectively. Meanwhile, domestic tourism
resulted in 3.03 million trips and 8.487 billion Baht (US$242 million)
revenue up 3.36 per cent and 6.45 per cent, respectively.
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports
in collaboration with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) organised
and supported celebrations of Songkran 2017 in 14 destinations
nationwide. They are: Bangkok, Chon Buri, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen,
Ayutthaya, Songkhla (Hat Yai), Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phuket, Nong Khai,
Samut Prakarn, Suphanburi, Nakhon Phanom, Lampang, and Sukhothai.
H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul,
Minister of Tourism and Sports personally joined the Songkran 2017
celebrations in Khon Kaen, Ayutthaya, and Chon Buri. In Khon Kaen, she
also took part in setting a new record for the “human wave” activity,
covering a one-kilometre-long strip on Khao Neao Road. The activity,
which started in 2009 to symbolise unity, attracted 100,000 revellers on
the first day (13 April), increased to over 120,000 revellers on the
second day and concluded with 135,271 participants on the last day. It
involved three rounds of human waves created with the participants
jumping from the ground with hands raised high and sitting down
In Ayutthaya, Mrs. Kobkarn said the
Songkran 2017 activities at the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Ayutthaya
Historical Park were joined by many Thai and foreign tourists. On the
last day of the one-week long holiday (17 April), the Minister joined
the traditional Sand Pagoda Ceremony on Lai Day in Bangsaen, Chon Buri,
with the highlight being the building of sand pagodas– one of the
traditional aspects of Songkran.
In addition, Mrs. Kobkarn said,
“With 41 per cent of domestic trips going into 14 destinations where
Songkran 2017 celebrations were organised by the Ministry in
collaboration with the TAT, that means Thais spent on accommodation,
food and transport, thus supported local businesses. This makes us proud
for being able to entice Thais to travel domestically.”
Based on the Ministry’s preliminary
data, of the 3.03 million domestic trips during 11-17 April, 2017, a
total of 1.25 million trips took place in the 14 destinations, a growth
of 5.61 per cent when compared to the same period in 2016. The total
economic impact totalled 5.15 billion Baht (+7.86 per cent), or 61 per
cent of total domestic tourism revenue generated during the Thai New
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor
said, “I was delighted to see many international tourists joining the
Thai people in celebrating Songkran 2017 in the unique Thai ways. The
Thai New Year is a time when family comes first, respect is paid to
seniors, and people visit the temples to take part in traditional
ceremonies. It’s all these beautiful aspects that make Thai culture
unique and charming, and make Thailand one of the world’s most unique
Tourism Minister joins in Wan Lai Festival in Bang Saen
CHON BURI, (NNT) –
The Wan Lai Festival continues for the last day today at Bang Saen Beach
in Chon Buri province, with participation from a number of people,
including the Minister of Tourism and Sports.
At the famous Bang Saen Beach,
Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul took part in an
almsgiving ceremony as part of the Wan Lai Festival, held annually by
Saen Suk Municipality in conjunction with the Songkran Festival.
The minister was accompanied by
many people, including former Culture Minister Sonthaya Khunpluem, Chon
Buri Governor Pakarathon Tienchai, Chief of the Chon Buri Provincial
Administrative Organization Wittaya Khunpluem and Mayor of Saen Suk
Municipality Narongchai Khunpluem as well as local administrators and
With the objective of preserving
Thai New Year traditions, the event features a variety of activities,
such as demonstrations on the cooking of Thai sweets, traditional sports
competitions, sand sculpture contests and light and sound shows. The Wan
Lai Festival at Bang Saen Beach this year is expected to generate over
10 million baht for Saen Suk Municipality.
MOAC checks out boat size measurements in Samut Songkhram
SAMUT SONGKHRAM, (NNT)
– The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation (MOAC) inspected the
management of fishing boats earlier given mistaken measurements.
MOAC Permanent-Secretary Teerapat
Prayoonsit led officials in a visit to a pier of Saha Ice Factory in
Samut Songkhram where the provincial governor and the province's fishery
officials gave briefings on the situation.
A fishery official, namely Uthai
Singtothong, said some 2,000 boat owners have made complaints to the
Fishery Association of Thailand requesting for reassessment of the boat
sizes as many now have mismatched licenses, preventing them from sailing
out as they failed to comply with the requirements from Port-in,
Port-out (PIPO) center.
The MOAC permanent-secretary who
inspected 28 boats docking at the pier said the Ministry of Agriculture
and Cooperative had ordered for the carryning out of size assessments to
all fishing boats by 20 May 2017 to ensure the correctness in fishery
management and to prevent illegal fishing.
Cambodian workers arrested for illegal reentry
SA KAEO, (NNT) –
Authorities in Sa Kaeo have apprehended a group of Cambodian workers who
reentered Thailand illegally after having returned home to celebrate the
Twenty-five Cambodian nationals
have reportedly been taken into custody in the eastern province of Sa
Kaeo after trespassing into Thailand without official permission.
Following an interrogation, authorities revealed that the group had
indeed been working legally in Thailand before their return to Cambodia
for the Songkran holiday. All were found with the temporary work permit,
or the pink card, and the certification document from the Provincial
Office of Employment.
However, they were apprehended for
crossing the border through an illegal channel. One of the suspects said
he departed Thailand through the Ban Laem border checkpoint in
Chanthaburi province but was denied reentry by immigration officials at
the Ban Khlong Luek border checkpoint in Sa Kaeo. He then decided to pay
an illegal network 800 baht for help in sneaking into Thailand through
According to reports, a number of
Cambodians have been unable to return to Thailand as the law only
permits foreign workers to reenter at the point of departure.
Police identify another suspect in 50 mil baht travel scam
BANGKOK, (NNT) - The
Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has identified another lead suspect
in the travel scam that caused 50 million baht in damages, while
authorities meet to discuss victim compensation.
CIB Police Commissioner Pol Lt Gen
Thitirat Nongharnpitak said today, six agencies held a meeting on the
case, including the Anti-Money Laundering Office and the Legal Execution
Department. The meeting was held to discuss restitution to victims of
Pasit Arinchalapit alias Sinsae
Shogun, is suspected of defrauding more than 1,000 people of at least 50
million baht. She and others had sold fake tickets to Osaka, Japan
through the nutrition supplement company WealthEver.
Investigators have identified
another suspect with a similar level of culpability of Pasit.
Authorities have also finished gathering statements from eight other
suspects in Pasit’s cheating ring and are confident they have sufficient
evidence to take legal action. The eight suspects are being detained by
the 11th Military Circle.
PM and FM prepare for ASEAN Summit
BANGKOK, (NNT) -
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha, and Foreign Minister Don
Pramudwinai are scheduled to meet with their ASEAN counterparts at the
30th ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings in Manila, the Philippines, on
April 28th and 29th to foster cooperation among ASEAN member countries.
Marking the 50th year since the
establishment of the ASEAN Community back in 1967 in Bangkok, the Thai
Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made known that ASEAN leaders will use
this opportunity to reflect upon the milestone.
The meetings will cover both
internal and external matters that the region is facing. On internal
issues, the members are looking into strategies to boost ASEAN Regional
Resilience with an emphasis on people-centered development, as well as
empowerment of the regional economy. The leaders will also discuss
strategies to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The Community has a
close connection with North Korea as the isolated country also
participates in the ASEAN Regional Forum annually.
ASEAN leaders are also scheduled to
convene a meeting with representatives of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary
Assembly and representatives of ASEAN Youth, to ensure that the views of
all are included, for the benefit of the entire community.
General Prayut will also make a
speech at the Prosperity for All Summit, a meeting to discuss strategies
to support Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in ASEAN.
The premier will also attend the
Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) Summit, to foster
the economic relationship among the three countries.
Dawn fire damages 20 buildings in Sa Kaeo market
SA KAEO, (NNT) - A
fire yesterday engulfed a number of buildings in Det Thai Market
opposite Rong Kluea Market in Aranyaprathet district of Sa Kaeo
Firefighters spent around an hour
containing the fire that broke out at dawn in Sa Kaeo’s best known
second hand shoe market. Twenty shop buildings and their goods as well
as eight motorcycles were destroyed.
The shops belong to Cambodian
people who had already left for their home country for the Songkran
holiday. Officials commented that a short circuit might have caused the
fire as the buildings are more than 30 years old. The damage is
estimated at two million baht.
Motorists encouraged to take rests driving long haul
BANGKOK, (NNT) – The
Highway Police is encouraging motorists to take rests if they feel tired
when driving long distances, as fatigue is one of the main factors of
Highway Police Division Chief Pol
Maj Gen Somchai Kaosamran has revealed the average number of fatalities
during Songkran holidays was recorded at 40-50 persons each day. Most of
the accidents were caused from fatigue.
Fatigue and tiredness contribute up
to 20 percent of all accidents, as high as 26 percent during the past
New Year holidays. The condition is however difficult to detect unlike
Tired drivers are urged to take
rests at service centers provided by the Highway Police along major
roads where restrooms, hot drinks, and sleeping rooms are available.
The Highway Police chief has added
the Bangkok-bound traffic volume has started to increase from midday
yesterday with some slowdown expected on the northeastern highways.
Meanwhile, 30-40 percent of motorists have already arrived back in
The traveling public are encouraged
to report any traffic incidents to the highway police hotline 1193, the
highway department hotline 1586, or send the accident's location to the
highway police chat group through the LINE application.
Surat Thani stresses strict law enforcement measures to reduce and prevent accidents during Songkran
SURAT THANI, (NNT) -
Surat Thani province stresses strict law enforcement measures at the
meeting of the committee of the Center for the Prevention and Reduction
of Road, Water and Air Traffic Accidents on Songkran festival 2017.
Surat Thani Governor Uaychai Innak
has assigned Surat Thani Deputy Governor Witchawut Jinto to chair the
meeting which has stressed strict law enforcement measures against
driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, not fastening their
seat-belts and not wearing a helmet.
Agencies under the Ministry of
Transport and local administrative organizations have been assigned to
inspect roads in their areas of responsibility especially areas with
repeated occurrences of accidents.
From 11-15 April 2017, there were a
total of 62 accidents, 65 injuries and 5 deaths. On 15 April 2017 alone,
there were 12 accidents, 17 injuries and no deaths.
Transport Co expects surge in bus passengers
BANGKOK, (NNT) - The
Transport Company expects as many as 600,000 passengers up until the
18th April with extra services to be provided to relieve anticipated
The Transport Company's executive
vice president for bus operations Noppharat Karunyavanich said today
that the company expected some 120,000 passengers to start traveling
back to Bangkok on 15th April and would increase to 170,000 per day from
16th to 18th April.
The company is expected to serve up
to 600,000 passengers during 15th to 18th April and will provide extra
buses according to demand on each route.
Inbound passengers traveling during
17th and 20th April may get off at the Department of Land Transport
office between 05.00 a.m. and 07.00 a.m. while all buses will stop at
Future Park Rangsit and proceed to Mo Chit bus terminal.
Local bus services will be provided
at the bus terminal to relieve congestion and for the convenience of
Lower death toll in first four Songrkan days
BANGKOK, (NNT) - The
number of injuries and deaths in the first four safety-campaign days of
the Songkran holiday has been reduced, while the authorities are now
preparing to supervise return traffic, says an official.
The Department of Disaster
Prevention and Mitigation's (DDPM) Deputy Director-General, Kobchai
Boonyaorana said today the number of deaths in the first four days of
the Songkran safety campaign, is lower year-on-year despite a higher
number of accident cases.
He said the department has been
working with the police, the Ministry of Transport, and the Ministry of
Public Health to prevent loss of life in accidents.
The authorities are now working to
ensure safety at festival venues, and are also focusing on the return
journeys of thousands of city residents, as the festival comes to an
end. Checkpoints are being relocated to main roads to ensure the safety
of inbound travels.
Members of the general public are
reminded to check the condition of their vehicle prior to the journey,
plan the route in advance, and take rests while driving long distances.
Advice on traffic routes can be received by calling the Highway Police
Marine Dept ensures travelers’ safety in Phang Nga
PHANG NGA, (NNT) –
The Marine Department has inspected the progress of a construction
project in Phang Nga, making sure travelers are safe during the Songkran
Somchai Sumanushajonkul, the deputy
director-general of the Marine Department, and Marine Department
officials inspected a wharf in Phang Nga where a 36-million-baht
construction project is underway. Expected to be completed next year,
the project is aimed at improving the function and services of the
While in Phang Nga, Marine
Department officials handed out pamphlets containing safety instructions
to water commuters and other travelers.
Port officers have been instructed
to maintain a peaceful atmosphere and be on high alert at all times
during the Songkran Festival, said Somchai, adding that officers should
regularly inspect the quay and passenger and cargo vessels to make sure
that the operators follow maritime regulations.
Transport Ministry ensures road safety for return journeys after Songkran
BANGKOK, (NNT) - 15
April 2017 (NNT) – The Minister of Transport has called on all agencies
to prepare to serve the traveling public returning to Bangkok from today
as Songkran comes to end.
The Minister of Transport Arkhom
Termpittayapaisith said today in an interview with Radio Thailand
regarding the preparations to assist the general public returning to
Bangkok, that some people will start their journeys back on 15th April,
while the peak travel days will be 16th-17th April.
Related agencies have been ordered
to provide facilitation to the general public and to provide continuous
public transport from arrival hubs, to quickly get people home.
More carriages will be added to
each train to provide more capacity, while officials will be strictly
enforcing accident prevention measures to ensure drivers comply with the