Thailand’s leading industrial power producer fetches green loan for largest solar venture in Vietnam
The Phu Yen
solar energy project is the largest in Vietnam and one of the largest power
plants in Southeast Asia.
B.Grimm Power Plc (BGRIM), Thailand’s leading
industrial power producer, has signed a US$186 million syndicated loan with
a group of lenders including Asian Development Bank (ADB) to support the
single largest solar farm project in Vietnam.
The syndicated financing for the 257-megawatt (MW)
solar power scheme in Phu Yen Province represents the first green loan in
Asia and the Pacific to be certified by the Climate Bonds Initiative, part
of an independent global environmental movement.
The financing has in particular further cemented the
long-term partnership between BGRIM and ADB which is one of the major
financiers of the Phu Yen scheme.
It also underscores ADB’s confidence in the growth
potential of BGRIM as an emerging major private power investor in Southeast
ADB has extended a $27.9 million to Phu Yen TTP Joint
Stock Company (Phu Yen JSC), the sponsor of the solar power project in which
BGRIM has a 80% stake and Truong Thanh Viet Nam Group Joint Stock Company (TTVN)
holding a 20% interest.
The group of commercial banks which agreed to provide a
total of $148.8 million to the project includes Bangkok Bank, Kasikorn Bank,
Kiatnakin Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) from China
and Standard Chartered Bank.
The other lender is the Leading Asia’s Private
Infrastructure Fund (LEAP) which contributed a $9.3 million financing.
The Phu Yen financing has so far become one of the
largest such loans yet mobilized in Vietnam.
BGRIM Chairman Harald Link said the loan accord marks
another successful milestone of the company which is pleased and grateful to
all lenders for the financial supports.
The Phu Yen solar farm has already started supplying
electricity to the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) under a 20-year contract at
a Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) of 9.35 US cent per kilowatt-hour.
That means the project has begun to generate revenue to
BGRIM and its Vietnamese partner.
The Phu Yen project serves as a catalyst to promote the
use of renewable energy in the socialist republic as well as driving the
country’s economic growth, Dr Link stated.
Preeyanart Soontornwata, Chief Executive Officer of
BGRIM, said the green loan showed that the company has once again pioneered
a new form of financial innovation that focuses on the development of clean
BGRIM earlier launched Thailand’s first green bond
issue in association with ADB.
The green loan which was concluded this time reflects
BGRIM’s adoption of the best global practice to support sustainable energy
development in Vietnam.
Yet it helps fostering a green loan market and
promoting green transactions which are in line with BGRIM’s sustainability
policy in conducting business according to international standards, she
Jackie B. Surtani, Infrastructure Finance Division
Director for East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific at ADB’s Private
Sector Operations Department, said: “ADB is committed to supporting BGRIM,
one of our most valued clients, with its long-term expansion into Vietnam
and its important work in renewable energy. We’re also excited to work for
the first time with TTVN.
This project will support the rapid development of
solar power capacity in Viet Nam, advance the country’s low-carbon growth
goals, and, we hope, catalyze further commercial bank financing for
The Phu Yen solar energy project is the largest in
Vietnam and one of the largest power plants in Southeast Asia.
The facility will save 123,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide
per year and the power plant will support the electricity needs of Quang
Ngai and Nha Trang as well as the surrounding areas in the region, one of
Vietnam’s major tourism hubs.(NNT)
Thailand among the first nations to launch COVID-19 vaccine
development of COVID-19 vaccines are on track, with a goal to make an
effective vaccine available in the country to be among the first in the
The Ministry of Public Health has announced that the
procurement and development of COVID-19 vaccines are on track, with a goal
to make an effective vaccine available in Thailand to be among the first in
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health
Anutin Charnvirakul explained Thailand’s three methods of procuring or
producing COVID-19 vaccine are all on track, reassuring the general public
that Thailand will be among the first countries to have an effective vaccine
Thailand has reserved doses of COVID-19 vaccine through
the COVAX Facility, held bilateral negotiations with vaccine developers
conducting Phase 3 clinical trials in Asia and Europe, while supporting
domestic development of COVID-19 vaccine candidates by providing financial
support to developers through the National Vaccine Institute (NVI).
The NVI Director Dr. Nakorn Premsri said vaccine
candidates which pass Phases 1 and 2 of clinical trials will be compared
with other trials conducted abroad, which will be the ones showing effective
immunization. The types of antibodies triggered by the vaccine prototypes
will be analyzed, to compare the effectiveness.
He said that Phase 3 clinical trials in Thailand may be
skipped entirely, should good results be reported from Phases 1 and 2, as
this phase requires a large number of volunteers, which is no longer
practical as there is no widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the country.
7 different technologies are being used to develop a
COVID-19 vaccine in Thailand, with the most advanced being the mRNA, DNA,
and protein subunit. Vaccine prototypes developed from these three
technologies are being prepared for Phase 1 clinical trials.
Clinical trials will be monitored by the Department of
Disease Control’s Bureau Of Epidemiology and the Food and Drugs
Administration. Health officials have prepared treatment plans for
volunteers experiencing allergic reactions or side effects after receiving
an experimental vaccine. (NNT)
clinical trials in Thailand may be skipped entirely, should good results be
reported from Phases 1 and 2, as this phase requires a large number of
volunteers, which is no longer practical as there is no widespread
transmission of COVID-19 in the country.
Bangkok pro-democracy rallies end peacefully on Sunday
erupted on Sunday at more than 20 locations in the capital and provinces,
including the Victory Monument, Asok intersection, Future Park Rangsit and
the Bang Na intersection.
The Oct 18 rallies in Bangkok and many provinces were
peaceful and orderly while an investigation into a scuffle at the Bang Na
intersection is under way, said the government’s centre for jointly
resolving serious emergency situations.
Deputy Bangkok Police Chief, Pol Maj Gen Piya Tawaichai
said the protests erupted on Sunday at more than 20 locations in the capital
and provinces, including the Victory Monument, Asok intersection, Future
Park Rangsit and the Bang Na intersection.
A scuffle occurred at the Bang Na intersection after
the rally was announced to end and protesters were leaving the site. An
unknown group of people tried to damage a police booth after some street
lights went out.
The police are investigating the case and inspecting
the damage. A legal action will be taken against those who caused damage to
the state property, he said.
Pol Col Krissana Pattanacharoen, deputy police
spokesman said the demonstrations breached the Emergency Decree. He also
warned that dissemination of fake news and misleading information is
punishable by up to two years in prison and a maximum fine of 40,000 baht.
The action also violates the Computer Act and offenders
are liable to a prison term of up to five years and/or fine up to 100,000
Meanwhile, officials from the Public Health Ministry’s
Department of Medical Science will hold a press briefing today to clarify
that the blue-coloured water, fired from the water canon at the protesters
at the Pathunwan intersection on Oct 16 contains no hazardous substance. (TNA)
Bangkok Police Chief, Pol Maj Gen Piya Tawaichai (left), and Deputy Police
spokesman Pol Col Krissana Pattanacharoen (right).
Thai Army deploy officers to monitor illegal border crossings
units stationed in the border areas to enhance the present measures to
prevent illegal border crossings, and help support disease control
operations at 22 border crossings.
The Royal Thai Army Commander in Chief, Gen Narongpan
Jittkaewtae has ordered army units in border areas to enhance the present
measures that prevent illegal border crossings, and help support disease
control operations at 22 border crossings.
The units are ordered to deploy officers to help at 12
state quarantine facilities, prepare treatment facilities for patients,
provide face masks, guidance, and raise awareness among officers, their
families, and the general public.
The army will also distribute essential items to
affected persons, using its Army Delivery campaign to help reduce the
The commander in chief has expressed his care for the
officers, especially during the transition from the rainy season to winter.
Military units are ordered to work with the Army Medical Department to find
additional measures to reduce the infection risk among officers, while
allowing them to fulfil their duties in all operations. (NNT)
Political stability will attract foreign investors to conduct businesses in Thailand
government should maintain political stability, to improve confidence among
investors, find measures to reduce informal household debt and attract more
foreign investors to conduct businesses in Thailand, said Thanawat.
The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC)
President Thanawat Phonwichai has revealed the latest TCC Confidence Index (TCC-CI)
report for September 2020, showing a 4th consecutive month of improved
365 samples were taken nationwide by the TCC-CI for
September 2020 and it reports a score of 32.5, higher than the previous
months. The score is still, however, below the 50 benchmark, due to
persisting concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic and the current political
landscape, the government’s decision to extend the State of Emergency, an
underperforming export sector in August and a slightly weakened Thai baht
The UTCC President suggests the government should
enforce pricing control measures, as most people have been affected by the
COVID-19 crisis, resulting in lower spending.
He urged the government to maintain political
stability, to improve confidence among investors, find measures to reduce
informal household debt and attract more foreign investors to conduct
businesses in Thailand. (NNT)
University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) President Thanawat
Floating Market in Songkhla, southern Thailand, reopens
number of tourists have visited Bang Klam Floating Market to buy products
and take photos at various spots.
Bang Klam Floating Market, Songkhla, has become popular
among tourists since it reopened after being closed for more than one year.
Getting a lot of attention is the colorful graffiti on the floor and walls
of the buildings. The community expects the market to become one of the new
check-in points of the province.
A large number of tourists have visited Bang Klam
Floating Market to buy products and take photos at various spots. The
visitors enjoyed seeing the graffiti-art of two giant cats with a clear
water bowl. Meanwhile, 3D crocodiles on the floor suggest that Bang Klam
canal had a lot of crocodiles in the past, but a depiction of a junk and an
outstretched rope shows the waterway has had a long association with trading
The floating market also features vintage cars, a giant
egret sculpture and various activities to keep the kids amused.
Mr. Surat Laichan, Bang Klam District Chief Officer,
said today he would like to thank all concerned who have placed importance
on the way of life of the villagers along the Bang Klam canal. He expressed
his belief that it will stimulate the economy in this area.
The Bang Klam Floating Market is now fully open. It
opens only on Saturdays from 1 a.m. onwards. The market is located near Hat
Yai district, Songkhla province. It is just 15 kilometers by car. (NNT)
Their Majesties perform royal merit-making ceremonies in Bangkok
His Majesty King Maha
Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua and Her Majesty Queen Suthida
Bajrasudhabimalalakshana have performed royal merit-making ceremonies at
Debsirindrawas and Suthat Thepwararam temples.
Their Majesties the King and Queen proceeded to
Debsirindrawas temple in Pom Prap Sattru Phai district, Bangkok on Monday.
They were accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha
Narendiradebyavati Krom Luang Ratchasarinee Siripatchara Maha Watchara
Debsirindrawas temple is a second-class royal temple
built at the command of His Majesty King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V) in
dedication to His Majesty’s mother, Her Majesty Queen Debsirindra. The
construction was started in 1876. The temple has a large ordination hall.
Its ceiling and arched entrance are adorned with carvings depicting royal
decorations. Many important Buddha statues are enshrined in this temple.
Phra Nirantarai, the official image of His Majesty King Mongkut (Rama IV),
is also enshrined in the temple. A school is located in the east of the
temple grounds and a cemetery in the west.
Debsirindrawas temple is known for its royal
crematorium. Its current abbot is Somdet Phra Thirayanamuni. The temple has
79 Buddhist monks.
Their Majesties the King and Queen were greeted by many
people, who waited to observe their royal grace. (NNT)
Thai-Chinese observe Vegetarian Festival this year with slight increase in prices
people are getting ready to observe their traditional vegetarian diet this
week, ahead of the Vegetarian Festival on 17-25 October this year while
shoppers and dinners discovered a slight increase in prices of vegetarian
Many Thai-Chinese people are preparing to observe their
traditional vegetarian diet this week, ahead of the Vegetarian Festival on
17-25 October this year. Shoppers discovered a slight increase in prices of
vegetarian food ingredients, particularly vegetables.
Vegetable prices at Bangkhunsri Market in Bangkok are
mostly still close to the prices of last week. The Department of Internal
Trade’s Deputy Director General Wattanasak Sur-iam, said that vegetables are
seeing a 10-15 percent increase from early this year due to heavy rains
affecting cultivation in many areas.
Pricing of some vegetables has increased significantly,
such as coriander now selling at 300-400 baht per kilogram. Most vegetables
however, are selling at prices only slightly raised, as farmers have been
growing more to meet the increased demand during the Vegetarian Festival.
The Department of Internal Trade (DIT) will be pooling
vegetable supplies from a central market to better reach distribution
centers in all areas from 16th October until the end of the Vegetarian
Prices of other ingredients such as soy protein, beans,
and sesame seeds remain stable from the previous year, helping maintain the
price of cooked vegetable meals. To help the general public save on living
costs however, the DIT has asked markets and retailers to offer affordable
vegetarian meals at 20-25 baht per dish, selling from 14th October until the
end of the festival.
Yaowarat Market in Bangkok’s Chinatown this morning was
lively due to many customers coming to purchase fresh vegetables. While some
vegetable are selling at regular prices, some have now increased by about
10-20 baht per kilogram on average. This is due to the present demand, and
the weather affecting cultivation yield.
Despite higher prices, many vendors say they are
confident the market will be crowded with customers at the end of the week,
as the Vegetarian Festival comes only once a year. (NNT)
are seeing a 10-15 percent increase from early this year due to heavy rains
affecting cultivation in many areas.
Last batch of Thai soldiers joining UN missions in South Sudan returned with Covid-free
soldiers formed the last group of the first batch of army engineers who
returned from their missions in South Sudan and all of them tested negative
Seventy-six army engineers who returned from South
Sudan tested negative for the coronavirus disease 2019.
Gen Paripat Palasin, deputy chief of defense forces,
said the 76 soldiers formed the last group of the first batch of army
engineers who returned from their missions in South Sudan. They arrived at
Don Mueang airport on a chartered flight of the United Nations. The flight
also included a police officer and all the 77 officers had been quarantined
in South Sudan for 14 days before the return flight. They tested negative
Gen Paripat said that Thailand, as a member state of
the UN, had to send its soldiers to support UN missions in South Sudan and
the qualifications of Thai soldiers met UN’s demand for missions there. Thai
soldiers were among about 20,000 soldiers from 72 countries deployed for the
UN in South Sudan.
The armed forces were aware of spreading COVID-19 in
South Sudan and implemented measures to protect the new batch of Thai
soldiers from the disease there, he assured. Thai army engineers were in
South Sudan for the construction of roads and buildings.
The measures included social distancing, the adequate
provision of medical supplies, adjusted field operations and delayed
meetings with local people, Gen Paripat said.
DrChollasap Sharma of the Ministry of Public Health
said the 77 returnees did not have a fever or any respiratory symptom and
would be quarantined in Chon Buri province.
Lt Gen Charnchai Dikkhapanyo, chief of the Army Medical
Department, said 32 Thai army engineers who had returned from South Sudan
contracted COVID-19. Of them, 29 soldiers remained at Phramongkutklao
Hospital and were asymptomatic. Three other soldiers tested negative twice
and were quarantined at Fort Phanurangsi Hospital in Ratchaburi province. (TNA)
soldiers were among about 20,000 soldiers from 72 countries deployed for the
UN in South Sudan.
Thai demonstrators to march to Government House asking Prime Minister to step down
The rally planned by
demonstration leaders who called themselves Khana Ratsadorn or People’s
Groupdemands the prime minister to resignat the Government House on
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha lets the police handle
anti-government demonstrators who vowed to march to Government House
When reporters asked him about readiness to cope with
the rally planned by demonstration leaders who called themselves Khana
Ratsadorn or People’s Group to ask the prime minister to resign, Gen Prayut
who is also the defense minister said they should pose the question with the
police who were assigned to ensure order during the demonstration.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said
officials at Government House would work there as usual and cabinet
ministers would have activities elsewhere on Wednesday. He said he doubted
demonstrators would march to Government House as announced.
The prime minister and cabinet ministers are scheduled
to join volunteer activities to mark the anniversary of the day when King
Rama IX passed away, at Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University in KhlongLuang
district of Pathum Thani. (TNA)
Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
High-speed railway ‘Bangkok to the East’ project linking 3 airports surveyed
executives included its chairman Suphachai Chearavanont brought consultants
to survey the 220-kilometer-long route of its high-speed railway project
from Bangkok to the East, from the Hua Lamphong station to the Ban Phlu Ta
Luang railway station in Chon Buri province.
Executives of Charoen Pokphand Group (CP) brought
consultants to survey the 220-kilometer-long route of its high-speed railway
project from Bangkok to the East.
The delegation chartered an eastern train for the
survey from the Hua Lamphong station in Bangkok to the Ban Phlu Ta Luang
railway station in Chon Buri province. CP’s executives in the trip included
its chairman Suphachai Chearavanont.
Mr Suphachai said the high-speed railway project would
link three main airports and was the heart of the Eastern Economic Corridor
development. The railway would connect to and increase the potential of
Chachoengsao, Si Racha, Pattaya and Rayong and lead to the development of
smart cities, he said.
Thiti Nantapatsiri, president of Eastern High-Speed
Rail Linking Three Airports Co, said the government was likely to hand over
project construction sites by next March or April and the first phase of the
project should start its service within 2026. (TNA)
Biggest online gambling gang arrested in Bangkok
impounded assets including 11 luxury cars, 21 luxury watches, 180 mobile
phones and 26 computers worth altogether about 75 million baht for
Police raided premises operating nine well-known
gambling websites, arrested their hosts and impounded cash and assets worth
about 75 million baht.
Pol Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk, commissioner of the Royal
Thai Police Office, said four people were arrested for allegedly operating
the gambling websites and ten offices and residents of the suspects were
raided. Police impounded assets including 11 luxury cars, 21 luxury watches,
180 mobile phones and 26 computers worth altogether about 75 million baht
The suspects including Tanthai Narongkul had operated
the gambling websites for about six years and employed about 200 people. The
gang used 38 bank accounts for transactions which amounted to 15 billion
baht over the past six months, the national police chief said.
The suspects were charged with hosting gambling,
illegally inviting people to gamble and laundering money.
Pol Gen Suwat said the gang was the biggest online
gambling racket ever suppressed and police were checking its money trails
and looking for accomplices. (TNA)
Suwat Jangyodsuk, commissioner of the Royal Thai Police Office, said four
people were arrested for allegedly operating the gambling websites and ten
offices and residents of the suspects were raided.
Phuket ready for Vegetarian Festival Oct 17-25
starts decorating shrines, roads and streets with yellow flags, to welcome
the Vegetarian Festival that is being held from 17th to 25th of October.
It’s that time of the year when a festival to celebrate
vegetarianism takes place in Phuket. People there have set about cleaning
shrines to welcome the most anticipated festival of the province.
Though the rain has been pouring down, the committee of
the JuiTui Shrine in Phuket, villagers, the private sector, and municipal
officers still cleaned up the shrine including the floors, areas around the
shrine, incense pots, vases, candleholders, and polished items made of metal
in order to welcome one of the largest and most important festivals in the
Kitchenware such as plates, silverware, glasses, and
other items that are used to serve free meals in the shrine’s almshouse
during the festival, were also well cleaned.
Meanwhile, in the Phuket municipality area, municipal
officers and worshippers from shrines decorated the roads and streets with
yellow flags, as a signal that the Vegetarian Festival is being held from
17th to 25th of October.
During the festival, the local authorities require
attendees to wear face masks at all times, and follow the disease control
measures, while enjoying the big occasion. (NNT)
Tropical storm ‘Lin Fa’ causes heavy rain in the East and Northeast of Thailand Oct 12-13
storm ‘Lin Fa’ is moving west at about 20 kilometers per hour and is off the
coast of Vietnam. It will move ashore in Vietnam today and tomorrow,
bringing more rain to the East and lower Northeast of Thailand.
Regional weather conditions are being monitored
continuously. Now, in the South China Sea, there is a tropical storm "Lin Fa"
which is not expected to enter Thailand but will cause rain with heavy falls
in the Northeast.
Tropical storm "Lin Fa" has a maximum wind central
speed of 65 kilometers per hour. It is moving west at about 20 kilometers
per hour and is off the coast of Vietnam. It will move ashore in Vietnam
today and tomorrow, bringing more rain to the East and lower Northeast of
Meteorological Department Deputy Director-General and
spokesman for the Meteorological Department, Thanasit Iamananchai reported
today that tropical storm "Lin Fa" won’t move into Thailand but will cause
heavy rain in the provinces of Ubon Ratchathani, Sisaket, Amnat Charoen,
Mukdahan and Yasothon from today until October 13, 2020.
Waves in the Andaman Sea and the upper Gulf of Thailand
are 2-3 meters high today. Seafarers are advised to avoid sailing in areas
where thunderstorms are expected. Small boats should remain in port. (NNT)
storm ‘Lin Fa’ has a maximum wind central speed of 65 kilometers per hour.
Thai-Canadian model from Phuket crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2020
will be the Thai representative at the upcoming 69th Miss Universe contest
Amanda Obdam, 27, a Thai-Canadian model from Phuket,
has been crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2020, and will be the Thai
representative at the upcoming 69th Miss Universe contest 2020.
The final competition took place on the evening of
October 10th, 2020 (SAT) at TRUE ICON Hall (ICONSIAM) in Bangkok. This year,
the pageant is being presented under the concept of ‘Real You, Real
Universe’. The announcements were divided into four rounds: Top 20, Top 10,
Top 5, and Top 3.
Of 29 contestants, Amanda caught the eye and attention
of the audience and judges throughout the contest. She confidently came on
stage in her dark gray two-piece costume in the swimsuit competition, and a
beautiful red dress during the evening gown segment.
In the Top 5 Q&A Session, she was asked: "A hundred
years from today who would historians select as the most influential woman
of the 21st Century and Why", Amanda replied ’all women’ because women are
’strong and powerful’, and with determination, one can accomplish anything.
Then in the final round all contestants received the
same question which was, "if she becomes the new Miss Universe Thailand, in
what way would she present herself as a new icon of Thailand". She replied
that she would show that even though she was born Thai-Canadian she is truly
a Thai woman, so she is going to present all of the Thainess within herself
to the world.
At the end of the competition, Amanda was declared the
winner of first place in the Miss Universe Thailand 2020 contest. While
first runner-up was Praveenar Singh, a half Thai-Indian woman from Chiang
Mai, and the second runner-up was Punika Kulsoontornrut from Prachuap Khiri
Amanda was crowned by her predecessor Paweensuda Drouin,
who also made her final appearance as Miss Universe Thailand 2019, prior to
the official announcement, naming the new Miss Universe 2020.
Being the winner of the Pageant, Amanda received a cash
prize of one million Baht, a Honda Civic car, and a fully-furnished
condominium. She will also represent Thailand at the 69th Miss Universe 2020
competition, and will be the hope of all Thais to bring the title of Miss
Universe back to the Kingdom, after the last such win 32 years ago in 1988.
of Miss Universe Thailand 2020,the first runner-up was Praveenar Singh
(left), a half Thai-Indian woman from Chiang Mai, and the second runner-up
was Punika Kulsoontornrut (right) from Prachuap Khiri Khan.
The top five
of Miss Universe Thailand 2020.
Drouin, Miss Universe Thailand 2019.
Bus-train collision in Chachoengsao, East of Thailand on Sunday caused massive losses
bus-train collision happened at a railway crossing in the KhlongKwaeng Klan
railway station in Chachoengsao province on Sunday morning; at least 20
people were killed and about 30 others were injured in the incident.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed his
condolences on the fatal collision of a bus and a train in Chachoengsao
province and ordered the best assistance.
Government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said Gen
Prayut was sorry for the collision between a cargo train and a bus carrying
people to merit-making activities and ordered authorities in Chachoengsao to
do their best to help injured people and the relatives of dead victims. He
also assigned relevant organizations to investigate the accident to plan
future preventive measures.
The government spokesman said the prime minister urged
transport-related organizations to campaign for road safety as people will
be on vacation and have merit-making trips on long holidays.
The bus-train collision happened at a railway crossing
in the KhlongKwaeng Klan railway station in Bang Toey sub-district of Muang
district in Chachoengsao province on Sunday morning. At least 20 people were
killed and about 30 others were injured in the incident. People on the bus
were on their trip to traditionally offer robes to Buddhist monks at a local
temple after the Buddhist Lent period. (TNA)
China and Thailand to discuss COVID-19 recovery strategies
Foreign Minister Wang Yi, will pay an official visit to Thailand to enhance
cooperation by the two nations in recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic,
October 14 - 15, 2020.
The Kingdom of Thailand is set to welcome the Chinese
Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on an official visit designed to enhance
cooperation by the two nations in recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scheduled for October 14 - 15, 2020, the State
Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China,
is to work with Thailand on strengthening the Comprehensive Strategic
Cooperative Partnership between Thailand and China amidst regional and
global challenges, including those posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the visit, Mr. Yi is scheduled to pay a courtesy
call on Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha at Government House and meet
with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai to discuss
ways to enhance cooperation between Thailand and China in bilateral and
regional frameworks as well as to promote socio-economic recovery from the
Throughout the two day stay, the State Councilor and
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China and his
delegation will strictly observe Thailand’s COVID-19 prevention measures,
with a view to ensuring public health and the safety of the Thai people. (NNT)
Studies on ‘Land Bridge’ idea to connect Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea
bridge is expected to be 130 kilometers long, and run from a seaport in
Chumphon to a seaport in Ranong; it would reduce transportation time by at
least two days.
Deputy Government Spokeswoman, Traisulee Traisaranakul
announced that the government led by PM and Minister of Defense General
Prayut Chan-o-cha is proceeding to reform the Thai economy by strengthening
the self-reliance of citizens, as well as investing in mega projects to
boost Thailand’s competitive ability. At the moment, the Ministry of
Transport is studying a land bridge mega project to connect the Gulf of
Thailand and the Andaman Sea. The proposed bridge is expected to be 130
kilometers long, and run from a seaport in Chumphon to a seaport in Ranong;
it would reduce transportation time by at least two days.
Miss Traisulee said the land bridge project will be
studied over the course of a year. If the study reveals promising results,
it will take a further two and a half years to begin construction. According
to the initial plan, two deep seaports will be built in Ranong and Chumphon
as transit stations for cargo from the Gulf of Thailand to the Andaman Sea.
The two ports would be connected by a railway system and a motorway. With a
land bridge available, cargo ships will use the two ports, instead of taking
the traditional seaway that requires ships to access the strait of Malaca.
In addition, General Prayut also stressed that the
study of the project must be prudent and cover all aspects including
worthiness, environmental effects, and local opinions.
The land bridge project is part of the Southern
Economic Corridor (SEC) development plan that covers four upper provinces of
the southern region - Chumphon, Ranong, Surat Thani, and Nakhon Si Thammarat.
The development plan will create a fully-covered transport system that can
also connect to the Eastern Economic Corridor or EEC.
The Deputy Government Spokeswoman also added that the
land bridge project will connect Thailand to Middle Eastern regions that
produce oil and Europe that is a large consumer goods market, and Eastern
Asian countries such as Japan, South Korea, China, and other countries that
are consumers as well as also being known as the factory of the world.
It’s planned that the project be funded by both the
government and the private sector.
According to the Minister of Transport, Saksayam
Chidchob, private sector businesses that are interested in investing in
infrastructure, will fund all kinds of transport systems including deep
seaports, railways, and motorways. (NNT)
Government Spokeswoman, Traisulee Traisaranakul.
Transport, Saksayam Chidchob, said private sector businesses that are
interested in investing in infrastructure, will fund all kinds of transport
systems including deep seaports, railways, and motorways.
Bangkok’s Wat Pho to hold ‘Traditional Thai Medicine Week’ Oct 29 - Nov 2
Thai massage (‘Nuat Thai’) was inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of
the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity for 2019.
Wat Pho in Bangkok, the first Thai university and the
center of the traditional Thai massage will hold the Traditional Thai
Medicine Week from Oct 29 to Nov 2.
The Thai Traditional Medicine Day falls on Oct 29.
The ancient medical wisdom has been recorded in stone
inscriptions at Wat Pho or Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklaram.
The event will feature a variety of performances,
selected by the Ministry of Culture’s Cultural Promotion Department
throughout the week.
An exhibition, a seminar and demonstrations on Thai
massage by experts from across the country will be held during the event.
Herbal products for health will be available there.
Traditional Thai massage (‘Nuat Thai’) was inscribed on
UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
for 2019. (TNA)
medical wisdom has been recorded in stone inscriptions at Wat Pho or Wat
Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklaram.
products for health will be available there.
Bangkok at risk of storm hits, flood-related traffic this weekend
Interior would coordinate such warnings including those about flood-related
traffic problems with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. (@js100radio
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned people to
closely follow up news about storms and ordered relevant organizations to
issue swift warnings to at-risk people during Oct 9-11.
Government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said the
prime minister gave the warning out of his concern about public safety
regarding incoming rainstorms.
The government assigned relevant organizations
including the Office of the National Water Resources to monitor runoffs and
ordered the Internal Security Operations Command, the army and the Ministry
of Interior to help flood victims and move their belongings without delay.
The government spokesman also said the prime minister
instructed the Ministry of Interior to use technologies such as SMS to send
out flood and storm warnings right away.
For Bangkok, the ministry would coordinate such
warnings including those about flood-related traffic problems with the
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Mr Anucha said. (TNA)
Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned people to closely follow up news about
storms and ordered relevant organizations to issue swift warnings to at-risk
Bangkok increases capacity of water drainage system
Governor Aswin Kwanmuang and BMA officials travelled around town to inspect
water drainage systems.
As heavy rains are expected
across large parts of Thailand this weekend, Bangkok city has increased its
water drainage capacity to mitigate the threat of flooding.
Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang and Bangkok
Metropolitan Administration (BMA) officials travelled around town to inspect
water drainage systems.
The Meteorological Department has warned about isolated
heavy rains and strong wind in Bangkok and most parts of the country the
coming days. It has warned people of severe rains that may cause flash
floods and water runoff.
Heeding the warning, Aswin inspected the Rama IX giant
drainage tunnel and floodwater retention basins, two key tools to divert
floodwater off streets of Bangkok.
BMA officials said that they wanted to make sure about
the water pumps, floodways and drainage systems in the city were
functional. Heavy rainfalls often cause traffic havoc in the capital city.
Besides conventional methods, the BMA has installed water pump stations at
around 300 low-lying sites. (TNA)
Governor Aswin Kwanmuang.
inspected the Rama IX giant drainage tunnel and floodwater retention basins,
two key tools to divert floodwater off streets of Bangkok.
Thailand wins bid to host ‘TBEX Asia 2021’ in Phuket next October
will help to reassure confidence in the kingdom as a top tourist destination
among travelers through the first-hand experiences of bloggers and
influencers from across the world.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is delighted to
announce that Thailand has won the bid to host the world’s top blogger
event, Travel Blog Exchange 2021 (TBEX Asia 2021), from 20-22 October, 2021,
Marking the kingdom’s first winning event since the
beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the successful bid is a result of the
fruitful collaboration between the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau
(TCEB), Phuket Province and TAT.
Phuket has been selected as the host city of the TBEX
Asia 2021 under the concept of “Diversity of the South, Phuket & Beyond.”
The hosting of the TBEX Asia 2021 was officially
announced at today’s press conference in Phuket by,
as seen in the main featured
image from left to right, Mr. Kongsak Khoopongsakorn, President
of Thai Hotel Association Southern Chapter; Mrs. Somjai Suwansupana, Mayor
of Phuket City Municipality; Mr. Chiruit Issarangkun Na Ayuthaya, TCEB
President; Mr. Narong Woonciew, Governor of Phuket Province; Mr.
NIitheeSeeprae, TAT’s Executive Director of Advertising and Public Relations
Department; Miss Nichapa Yosswee, TCEB Senior Vice President; Mr.
Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, President of Phuket Tourist Destination; and Mr.
Rick Calvert, TBEX CEO.
Mr. Narong Woonciew, Governor of Phuket, said “Phuket
has all the infrastructure to accommodate tourists flying directly from
overseas. There are world-class hotels and medical service providers in the
province. We are more than confident that we can be a good host for all
tourists and events.”
Phuket is going ahead with all preparations for New
Normal tourism. Entrepreneurs are to upgrade the sanitary standards and to
comply with the requirements laid down by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports
and the Ministry of Public Health.
A multi screening process is conducted at checkpoints
in collaboration with the provincial public health officials, while safety
and security measures for water, air and land transport have been heightened
to assure everyone that Phuket is a safe destination.
Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, TCEB President,
said, “We are going to show the world that Thailand is ready to come back,
after COVID-19 has passed, to host international events and Phuket is ready
to serve as a festival city”.
The TBEX Asia 2021 will underline arts, cultural
diversity, event venues, food, and ways of life of not only in Phuket, but
also the whole Southern Thailand region.
Mr. Nithee Seeprae, TAT’s Executive Director for the
Advertising and Public Relations Department (above
photo), said “The TBEX Asia 2021 participants will discover the
charm and diversity of Phuket that can’t be found anywhere else. Since this
big event will be held during challenging times, the honour of hosting this
event is really an encouraging sign of confidence and potential of
To boost the confidence of media and international
bloggers coming to the TBEX Asia 2021 in Thailand, TCEB, TAT, and Phuket has
organised a ‘Media and Blogger Inspection Trip’ to Phuket from 6-8 October,
2020. The three-day programme highlights Phuket’s wide variety of
attractions and activities, ranging from beautiful sea and beaches,
delicious local food, street art, adventure and charming communities.
Phuket hotel provides venue for airline employees to sell food from Thai Airways’ kitchen
variety of interesting products are on sale including fresh food, snacks,
drinks, clothes, and souvenirs as well as deep-fried dough sticks from the
Thai Airways’ kitchen.
In Phuket, a hotel operator has provided space to
enable airline employees affected by COVID-19 flight closures, to sell
products at the "Angel Market".
Employees from various airlines including flight
attendants and ground personnel have united to sell a wide variety of
products at Cassia Hotel Phuket, after the hotel operator provided a venue
for them called Angel Market. A wide variety of interesting products are on
sale including fresh food, snacks, drinks, clothes, and souvenirs as well as
deep-fried dough sticks from the Thai Airways’ kitchen.
Mrs Prapha Hemmin, Director for Activities and
Corporate Relations of Laguna Resorts & Hotels Public Company Limited, said
this week that the hotel is aware of the plight of those affected by
COVID-19 lay-offs, and has provided retail space to airline staff who are
not able to return to work at this time. The large sales space was offered
free of rent.
There are more than 45 booths manned by airline
employees at the Angel Market, which is open on the first Saturday and
Sunday of the months of October, November and December. Interested airline
employees who wish to sell products are asked to contact Laguna Phuket. (NNT)
Heavy rain warning in Pattaya and across Thailand for October 7-9
very heavy rainfalls are expected in the lower northeastern region, in
Pattaya and the eastern region, the central region, and the southern region
on 7-9 October.
Heavy rains are expected in several areas of Thailand
on October7-9, with up to four meter high waves and storm surges expected
along both the east and west coasts of the southern region.
The Meteorological Department has issued a warning on
the potential development of a low pressure system into a tropical
depression over the Southern China Sea today.
The storm is expected to make a landfall in southern
Vietnam, before moving through Cambodia and into the Gulf of Thailand.
Heavy to very heavy rainfalls are expected in the lower
northeastern region, the eastern region, the central region, and the
southern region on October 7-9.
The southern region will also be seeing an increase in
precipitation due to the growing rainy season monsoonal winds, bringing
waves of 2-4 meters in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, with
possible storm surges along the southern region’s east coast, and the
eastern region’s shores.
The TMD recommends villagers in affected areas prepare
for possible flash floods. Ships and boats should not go to sea during this
period of hash weather. Villagers in coastal areas should relocate their
belongings to a safe place to avoid water damage. (NNT)
Demand for Bangkok Governor Election
Member of Parliament, Sira Jenjaka.
Bangkok MP Sira Jenjaka sought public support for his
demand for the quick election of the Bangkok governor, accusing the
incumbent governor of failing to solve problems.
The MP from the Palang Pracharath Party said he
launched a campaign “to oust Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang” via
change.org and invited people to support it.
He said he needed at least 50,000 people to support the
campaign aimed at asking Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to have the
Bangkok gubernatorial election organized to replace Pol Gen Aswin.
Pol Gen Aswin had failed to solve problems in Bangkok
over the past four years of his tenure and many problems were worsening
including the problems of entertainment places and illicit businesses, Mr
“Anyone who share my standpoint, please sign your names
so that we can together change Bangkok and have a good and capable person to
take care of Bangkok people. I do believe that things will be certainly
better,” Mr Sira said.
Thailand to further reopen for investors
spokesman, Anucha Burapachaisri.
Thai government has planned to reopen further for
potential investors, who will come for business deals and stay short–term
visit after it allowed foreigners with work permits and some groups of
tourists to enter the country under strict disease control measures.
Government spokesman, Anucha Burapachaisri said the
Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) approved visas for
11,000 businesspeople and foreigners with work permits.
They agreed to enter alternative state quarantine for
Starting from Oct 1, Special Tourist Visa (STV) is
offered to tourists from no risk and low risk countries. They are required
to complete 14-day quarantine upon arrivals.
The spokesman said now, the government targets to
reopen for investors who will come to negotiate business deals as this group
has the high potential to help stimulate the economy.
As they are likely to come for short-term visits,
special measures are needed for this group of travelers.
Agencies concerned are mapping out the plan and will
propose the measures to the ad hoc committee tasked with considering the
relaxation of lockdown restriction and chaired by the secretary-general of
the National Security Council, he said.
The issue will be forwarded to the Prime Minister
Initially, they must travel with the Covid-test result,
conducted within 72 hours before entering Thailand and they are required to
have COVID-19 health insurance coverage worth at least US$100,000, he added.
Thailand to be ASEAN’s biggest herbal exporter
become the biggest exporter of herbal products in Southeast Asia. Its
product champions are turmeric, Plai (Zingibermontanum), Thai black ginger
and Bua Bok (Centellaasiatica).
The ministries of public health, agriculture and
commerce join forces to promote Thailand as the biggest herbal exporter of
Southeast Asia, targeting overall sales worth 360 billion baht next year.
Deputy government spokesperson Rachada Dhnadirek said
the government was emphasizing the development of herbal products which had
potential of growth and income generation because they were used as
ingredients in the production of food, beverages, cosmetics, food
supplements and medicines and there were not many competitors in herbal
Despite the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, Thai
herbal exports were rising especially in China, the United States and
Vietnam, she said.
Thailand’s first master plan on herbal development for
implementation from 2017 to 2021 expected the value of annual herbal
consumption to increase from 180 billion baht to 360 billion baht by 2021
and Thailand to become the biggest exporter of herbal products in Southeast
Asia. Its product champions are turmeric, Plai (Zingibermontanum), Thai
black ginger and Bua Bok (Centellaasiatica). Besides, several Thai herbs
were quickly gaining popularity including green chiretta, ginger and garlic,
Ms Rachada said.
According to her, governmental and non-governmental
organizations are doing their best to promote herbal products. The Ministry
of Public Health is responsible for the quality and innovation of herbal
products as well as facilitation for commercial production. The Ministry of
Commerce supervises local and international marketing campaigns and the
Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is expanding the organic
cultivation of herbs.
“Global demand for herbs is steadily growing and it is
an important opportunity to generate secure income for farmers and
operators. The government is ready to throw support in terms of policies and
budgets for the comprehensive herbal development so that the Thai herbal
industry will be internationally recognized and growing in a sustainable
way,” Ms Rachada said. (TNA)
Government spokesperson Rachada Dhnadirek.
Thai soldiers arrive at training center in U.S.
soldiers from the 2nd Army and the Special Warfare Command underwent
screening and were briefed on Covid-19 prevention and control measures by
the U.S. army’s medical unit.
Thai soldiers arrived at the US Army’s Joint Readiness
Training Centre (JRTC) in Louisiana to participate in a month-long
evaluation course following the Hawaii drill in July.
Col Sirichan Nga-thong, deputy army spokeswoman said
after arrivals, 189 Thai soldiers from the 2nd Army and the Special Warfare
Command underwent screening and were briefed on Covid-19 prevention and
control measures by the U.S. army’s medical unit.
The training course runs from Oct 3 to Nov 1. Thai
soldiers will engage in evaluations and follow-up tests of the Hawaii
The Thai soldiers will return to Thailand on Nov 2 and
they will go through disease control processes including quarantine.
Their goal is to protect themselves and come back to
develop the Thai army, Col Sirichan said.
Nine of the 151 soldiers who took part in the Lightning
Forge 2020 drill in Hawaii in July tested positive for Covid-19 on their
The Thai soldiers will
return to Thailand on Nov 2 and they will go through disease control
processes including quarantine.
Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai and U-Tapao airports open direct flights for medical tourists
Hub Board meeting agreed to suggest Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai and U-Tapao
airports as additional direct destinations for medical tourists, after
Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports in Bangkok.
The Medical Hub Board is to propose that the government
allow direct international flights to quarantine spa and resort locations in
facilitation of medical tourists, adding to Special Tourist VISA (STV)
visitors being allowed into the country to stimulate its economy.
The most recent meeting of the board chaired by the
Minister of Public Health, Anuthin Chanweerakul, invited Minister of Tourism
and Sports Pipat Rachakijprakarn and other relevant agencies to discuss the
proposal. The meeting agreed to suggest Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai and U-Tapao
airports as additional direct destinations for medical tourists, after
Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports in Bangkok. They are to present the idea
to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
Alternative state quarantine facilities have so far
taken on 1,123 foreigners, including their caretakers, generating some 114
million baht in revenue for the country. Another 2,220 such medical tourists
are pending approval, with an estimated over 3,000 expected to enter the
country in the near future. An online shopping program is to be made
available, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, targeting the
visitors and they will be recommended destinations to visit after their 14
day quarantine is complete, to further their economic contribution.
A sub-committee of the CCSA has already green lit
principles for the use of spas, resorts and wellness centers as alternative
quarantine locations with the Department of Health Service Promotion,
drafting guidelines for the practices. Phuket is also to be developed as a
medical hub for the south.
Anuthin voiced his belief that such plans will help
prop up the economy, saying medical tourists and long stay visitors should
generate some 360 billion baht for the country. (NNT)
Thailand has already green
lit principles for the use of spas, resorts and wellness centers as
alternative quarantine locations with the Department of Health Service
Promotion, drafting guidelines for the practices.
Series of ‘Naga Fireballs’ from Mekong River in Nong Khai and Bung Kan, northeastern Thailand
unofficial report recorded 575 fireballs in Nong khai’s three districts with
at least 300,000 tourists visiting the province.
Tourists were jubilant while witnessing “Naga
Fireballs” rising from the Mekong River in the northeastern provinces of
Nong Khai and Bung Kan.
In Nong Khai, people waited for the phenomenon along
the bank of the river in Phon Phisai and Ratana Wapi districts. The first
three fireballs shoot skywards at 6.25pm in Ban Tarn Chum village of Ratana
An unofficial report recorded 575 fireballs in Nong
khai’s three districts with at least 300,000 tourists visiting the province.
In Bung Kan, visitors shouted in joy when the first
pink-red fireball rose from the middle of the Mekong River at 6.49pm,
preceding more fireballs at intervals.
About 12,000 Thai and foreign tourists visited Bung Kan
for the phenomenon this year and local officials expected their spending at
millions of baht in support of local economy. (TNA)
Thai and foreign tourists visited Bung Kan for the phenomenon this year and
local officials expected their spending at millions of baht in support of
‘Special Tourist Visa’ ready for Covid-19-passed foreigners with long-stay plans in Thailand
Tourist Visa (STV) would be issued for the foreigners who passed COVID-19
control measures and planned long stays in Thailand.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has ordered Thai
embassies and consulates-general worldwide to prepare for issuing visas for
Natapanu Noppakhun, deputy spokesman of the ministry,
said Special Tourist Visa (STV) would be issued for the foreigners who
passed COVID-19 control measures and planned long stays in Thailand.
The government initiated the special visa to allow in
foreign tourists in order to relieve economic problems resulting from the
coronavirus disease 2019.
Mr Natapanu said the Ministry of Interior allowed
long-stay visitors to stay in Thailand for 90 days and the visas could be
extended twice later for 90 days each time. The measure is valid from Oct 1
to Sept 30 next year.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has told Thai
embassies and consulates-general worldwide to prepare for issuing the
Special Tourist Visa. The issuance will be done carefully in compliance with
the announcement of the Ministry of Interior and COVID-19 control measures
set by the Ministry of Public Health and relevant organizations,” he said.
Applicants for STV must prove their payment for
accommodations of at least 14 days at alternative state quarantine or
alternative hospital quarantine facilities or payment for the purchase or
rent of residential units in Thailand and have COVID-19 health insurance
coverage worth at least US$100,000. (TNA)
Noppakhun, deputy spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Special tour train launched by TAT and Thai Hotels Association
guests traveled on special carriages where chefs from five-star hotels
of the Dusit Thani Group served famous dishes of provinces as well as
beverages all the way.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and
partners have launched ‘new normal’ tour service on a special train.
TAT, the Thai Hotels Association and
tourism-related operators invited representatives of embassies in
Thailand and chambers of commerce of many countries to board the special
train from the Hua Lamphong station in Bangkok to Hua Hin district of
Prachuap Khiri Khan.
The guests traveled on special carriages where
chefs from five-star hotels of the DusitThani Group served famous dishes
of provinces as well as beverages all the way.
When the passengers arrived in Hua Hin, they
released young blue crabs into the sea at the beach of KhaoTakiab
community. They were young crabs earlier caught in fishing nets and kept
at a local blue crab bank.
TAT PR director Nithee Seephrae said the special
trip was aimed at promoting quality tours that could target tourists
with high purchasing power after the COVID-19 crisis. Such trips were
also suitable for young travelers, meeting participants and
He expected such services to boost tourism late
this year. (TNA)