Chiang Mai organizes tree planting activity to create green space
auspicious trees were planted including White Champaka, Champak, iron
wood, Pachira aquatic and yellow star.
Chiang Mai has organized a tree planting activity to
increase the number of green areas and create food security in urban
Chiang Mai Governor Charoenrit Sanguansat, led a
group of people to plant trees at Khon Muang Chiang Mai Vegetable Garden
inside Chang Khlan Cemetery, Mueang Chiang Mai district. It was formerly
a garbage dump. Twenty-two large auspicious trees were planted.
Varieties were those such as White Champaka, Champak, iron wood, Pachira
aquatic and yellow star. Home-grown vegetables were also planted in a
The move is aimed at producing food and creating
green spaces, bringing opportunities for a better quality of life for
people in the community and nearby areas, as well as an agricultural
network in the city which will help promote vegetable growing activities
in the city and also generate income for people in the community.(NNT)
The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok reopen to visitors
The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald
Buddha in Bangkok are open from 8.30 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.
BANGKOK - The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
officially reopened to visitors on Sunday after a closure of more than two
months since the start of COVID-19 pandemic.
In front of the Grand Palace, Thai tourists still stop
to take pictures and take in the royal precinct. Those who wish to see the
beauty of the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha can now
visit from 8.30 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.
Some surrounding souvenir shop and food and beverage
shops are still closed while others are starting to resume operations. The
operators all strictly adhere to the virus containment measures of the
Ministry of Public Health. Visitors are required to scan the Thai Chana
platform before entering the store. The number of visitors entering a store
is limited. Naraya shop allows only 14 customers to enter its shop at a
Seven million Thai farmers receive subsidies
for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC)is ready to transfer
subsidies to more farmers for June.
BANGKOK - The Bank for
Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) has transferred subsidies
to 7.1 million farmers and accelerated correction of incorrect bank account
details of 214,000 farmers.
Mr. Somkiat Kimawaha, BAAC assistant manager, said at
the end of May, 5000-baht subsidies, worth 35.51 billion baht in total, have
already been transferred to 7.1 million farmer,s according to the database.
Meanwhile, there are 214,189 farmers who have not
received the subsidy, because their registered bank account information was
incorrect. Therefore, the BAAC urged those farmers to open new bank
accounts, resulting in a sharp decrease in the number of farmers whose bank
account information was incorrect.
The BAAC is able to transfer money to one million
farmers a day. It is ready to transfer subsidies for June, once it receives
the required information from the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.
Kimawaha, BAAC assistant manager.
Thailand reports 8 new COVID-19 cases, returnees from the Middle East and India
Yongtrakul, assistant spokesperson for the Centre for COVID-19 Situation
BANGKOK (NNT) - Thailand on
Sunday reported on the COVID-19 situation, and confirmed eight new cases
among returnees from foreign countries; they are all now in state
Dr Panprapa Yongtrakul, assistant spokesperson for the
Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration or CCSA, announced the eight
new cases on June 7, identifying them as Thais, who have just returned to
their homeland. Five of them arrived from the United Arab Emirates, two
returned from Kuwait, and one is from India. They are all being hospitalized
in state quarantine. Meanwhile domestic cases of infection have stayed at
zero for the past 13 days.
The total number of COVID-19 infection cases in
Thailand is 3,112. Recoveries now number 2,972, and the total number of
deaths remains at 58.
Globally, infections have reached 7 million cases, with
recoveries at 3.4 million patients, while 400,000 have passed away.
However, Johns Hopkins University’s statistics reveal
that the countries that faced severe problems at the beginning of the
outbreak are now seeing a slower infection rate, such as China, the USA, the
UK, Italy, Spain and France.
Thailand interprovincial bus services on Southern route to resume on June 9
will be restarting its interprovincial bus services to all southern
destinations on Tuesday June 9, after over two months of closure.
BANGKOK - The interprovincial
bus services to all southern destinations will be ready to serve passengers
starting on Tuesday, after over two months of closure.
The Transport Company Limited, one of Thailand’s state
enterprises, announced today that it is ready to run on all southern routes
starting this Tuesday, 9th of June. According to Thailand’s Centre for
COVID-19 Situation Administration’s dispensation, that public transport can
travel between provinces and during the curfew period, with the proviso that
all parties follow the regulations and ensure safety. For instance,
passengers practicing social distancing, wearing a face mask at all times
during the journey, and prohibiting food and beverages on board. Eating is
only allowed at the highway rest areas.
Meanwhile, the Department of Rail Transport is
continuing its intensive measures to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak, by
randomly inspecting all rail transport providers, from the facilities at
ticket counters through to the train wagons. According to the report for the
last week, passenger numbers have risen to over 100,000 a day. The
department is currently planning a framework with other related authorities
to be ready for the upcoming start of the new semester. The plan will also
be proposed to the Ministry of Transport. (NNT)
Thailand Southern Tarutao National Park publishes pictures of recuperating coral reefs
Tarutao National Park coral reefs have
recuperated considerably during the lull in tourism.
SATUN - Authorities at Tarutao National Park have published
photographs taken during a deep sea dive, showing that coral reefs in the
area have recuperated considerably during the lull in tourism.
Soft coral in the Jabang Channel near Adang-Rawi and
Lipe islands has grown noticeably deeper in color, with rare animals also
being spotted in the vicinity. Authorities say the sightings underline that
the environment of the park has recovered considerably in the two months
without tourism in the area.
The park officially closed on March 25, 2020, but has
undergone development of various amenities during the period so as to
accommodate tourists during the coming high season. Improvements have been
made to lodgings and travel sites as well as natural trails, so that they
may welcome visitors once the COVID-19 situation has abated.
While promising improved convenience, authorities at
the park note that visitors will have to adjust to new measures following
the COVID-19 outbreak. The park is to impose a strict maximum number of
travelers to the area to reduce the contagion risk, while assuring visitors
they will be able to enjoy its attractions safely.(NNT)
Stringent new normal measures imposed in Thailand
health officials urged visitors to closed spaces to keep their masks on, and
to avoid crowded places and should not drop their guard in terms of COVID-19
CHANTHABURI - Provinces have
stepped up measures following the third phase of the lockdown relaxation,
with Chanthaburi province announcing a D-Day against people leaving their
homes without masks.
The authorities in Chanthaburi have noted travelers
dropping their guard in terms of COVID-19 avoidance practices, with local
public health official, Dr. Apirak Pisutaporn, urging visitors to closed
spaces to keep their masks on, and to avoid crowded places.
Chanthaburi Governor Witurat Srinam admitted that
locals have been seen commuting without wearing masks and thereby posing a
risk of a second wave of infections. The province will enforce mask-wearing
stringently with a 20,000 baht fine from June 6 onward.
At Phuket’s second transport terminal meanwhile, a
large number of people were seen buying tickets to return home. The hub is
practicing strict checks including temperature screenings and distancing.
Sritrang Tours, which runs between Phuket and Hat Yai has reduced its bus
loads from a maximum of 39 to only 19, and mandated that passengers scan the
Thai Chana platform, with those unable to do so required to fill out a form.
People traveling to Phuket are required to register on
the PHUKET SMART CHECK-IN application in accordance with anti-communicable
Phang Nga Transport Terminal, has similarly seen an
uptick in activity after restrictions on inter-provincial travel were lifted
on June 4. Drivers at the terminal are required to report for temperature
screenings as part of safety measures. They noted passengers have not
reached their maximum yet, as only journeys to the south, including Phuket,
Su-ngai Kolok and Betong are available.(NNT)
Bangkok installs pumps and pipes to prepare for rain
Bangkok Governor Police General Aswin Kwanmuang,
convened a recent meeting of executives and heads of BMA’s departments to
follow up on the progress of various operations in preparation for the rainy
BANGKOK- Bangkok people often encounter flooding at various spots
which affects road traffic especially on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, which is
frequently flooded after heavy rain. It is mostly caused by garbage that
Area along Vibhavadi-Rangsit road was found that the
Department of Drainage and Sewerage, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA),
had installed large pumps at various spots to enhance drainage. The BMA has
also cooperated with military units and volunteer groups to dredge canals
and collect garbage to allow water to flow unobstructed.
The Department of Highways has also implemented a
project to develop drainage ditches along Vibhavadi Rangsit Road which is
connected to Phahonyothin Road; the project started in the middle of last
year. It is scheduled to be completed in 2022. It will make the drainage
system much more efficient and help solve flooding problems in the area.
Bangkok Governor Police General Aswin Kwanmuang,
convened a recent meeting of executives and heads of BMA’s departments to
follow up on the progress of various operations in preparation for the rainy
season. It was found that 14 flood risk areas can now drain excess water at
a faster rate. The BMA has also ordered the cleaning of drainage pipes that
are in total more than 6,000 kilometers long. The cleaning is currently 95
percent complete. The BMA has also undertaken the dredging of canals which
cover a total distance of more than 2,000 kilometers. The dredging is now
92.6 percent complete. The meeting instructed the Department of Drainage and
Sewerage, Bureau of Drainage, district offices and related agencies to
accelerate operations so that they will be completed soon.(NNT)
Thai Narcotics Control Office handed 600kg of Marijuana to researchers
The ONCB handed 600 kilograms of seized
marijuana to Rangsit University and the Department of Medical Sciences for
medical use and research.
BANGKOK – The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) handed 600
kilograms of seized marijuana to Rangsit University and the Department of
Medical Sciences for medical use and research.
ONCB secretary-general Niyom Termsrisuk said his office
handed 500kg of marijuana to the Drug and Herbal Product Research and
Development Center of the College of Pharmacy at Rangsit University and the
rest 100 kg to the Bureau of Drug and Narcotic at the Department of Medical
He said that 11 organizations sought 2,166kg of
marijuana from the ONCB for their research projects.
Mr Niyom said since May last year, the ONCB had
requested 17.93 tons of marijuana seized in the country from the Food and
Drug Administration. It incinerated 10.09 tons of unusable marijuana on Dec
26 and would do it again with 12 more tons at the Bangpa-in Industrial
Estate in Ayutthaya province on June 12, he said. (TNA)
Thailand to ease 12 businesses in the 4th phase, including pubs, bars, karaoke
beer bars had been ordered shutdown since March are yet to be reopened when
the 4th phase relaxation order is announced.
At the Center for COVID-19 Situation
Administration (CCSA), Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, M.D., CCSA Spokesperson,
disclosed list of businesses and activities to be included in the 4th phase
of COVID-19 lockdown easing. They are: 1) schools and educational institutes
for learning and training; 2) daily childcare and elderly-care centers; 3)
educational science centers; 4) meeting and convention centers of over 200
participants; 5) movie and video making/production; 6) national parks and
forest parks (only areas designated by concerned government agencies); 7)
beaches, seashores (only areas designated by concerned government agencies);
8) waterparks, amusement parks, playgrounds, game shops; 9) stadiums, gyms,
fitness centers for practicing or competing in sports; 10) concerts, events,
product exhibition/expo with an area of more than 20,000 square meters; 11)
entertainment places, pubs, bars, karaoke; and 12) massage parlors.
The CCSA Spokesperson also reiterated the need to
continue practicing key COVID-19 preventive measures, i.e., wearing masks,
washing hands, social distancing, regular cleaning, and limiting numbers of
customers in shops/restaurants, even after the lockdown is eased. - June 4,
for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesperson,Dr. Taweesin
Thailand House of Representatives approves in principle Budget Transfer Act
House of Representatives approves in principle
Budget Transfer Act on Thursday.
At the Parliament House, Bangkok, members of the House of Representatives
met during the 1st annual ordinary session (2nd Year), and voted to approve
the Budget Transfer Act, B.E. Out of 454 attendees, 264 approved in
principle the draft Act, while 4 voted against, 185 abstained, and 1 not
casting a vote. -June 4, 2020.
Bangkok’s Green Line commuters train extension northbound in service
Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha inspects the control room.
BANGKOK – Prime Minister Gen
Prayut Chan-ocha presided over the opening of BTS Green Line’s four more
stations and took a ride from Ha YaekLat Phrao station to Wat Phra Sri
Four new stations - the Royal Forest Department
Station, Bang Bua Station, the 11th Infantry Regiment Station and Wat Phra
Sri Mahathat Station are part of the extended northbound service.
After the opening ceremony, the test run service will
open to the general public at 1 pm. today and the service is free until the
end of this year.
The fare for commercial service will be considered by
the Cabinet but initially, the ceiling fare for the whole route is fixed at
The further extension to Kukot station in Pathum Thani
province is expected to be ready for the test run by this year.
When the whole Green Line, also known as Sukhumvit
Line, from Kheha Samutprakan Station to Kukot Station is completed, the BTS
expects to serve 1.5 million passenger trips per day. (TNA)
stations - the Royal Forest Department Station, Bang Bua Station, the 11th
Infantry Regiment Station and Wat Phra Sri Mahathat Station are part of the
extended northbound service.
Thailand develops smell-proof boxes for Durian delivery
TISTR proudly introduced fruit packaging
innovation including odor-proof boxes for durians.
BANGKOK - Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research
(TISTR) introduced fruit packaging innovation including odor-proof boxes for
Chutima Eamchotchawalit, governor of TISTR said newly-
developed packages will help e-commerce operators and fruit growers to
deliver their fresh and safe produce to customers as some couriers reject to
deliver highly perishable fruits and smelly fruit.
Three types of packages are specially designed for
durians, known for their pungent smell, mangoes and longans.
She said odor-proof boxes are well responded by
wholesale and retail durian sellers as well as exporters.
Beside the odor-proof boxes for durians, the TISTR has
developed new packages for mangoes that are strong enough to allow storage
under load and ensure package integrity during transportation.
Holes are designed for proper ventilation to reduce
heat and humidity inside the packages and to extend storage time.
The last one is the packages with indicators to measure
the amount of sulfur dioxide (SO 2) residues on fresh longans, so consumers
can select to eat fruit, safe from high chemical residues.
More details of the new packaging innovation can be
obtained at the TISTR or email: [email protected] (TNA)
Mangoes, one of the highest demand exporting
fruits in Thailand get a newly designed storage boxes easy for loading and
Thailand celebrates birthday anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen
Thailand celebrates the 42nd birthday
anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Suthida with well-wishing messages and
BANGKOK- Thailand celebrates the 42nd birthday
anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Suthida with well-wishing messages and
Thai people marked Her Majesty the Queen's birthday by
writing well-wishing messages at several locations across the country on
Wednesday including the Grand Palace, provincial halls and government
Merit makers gave donations dedicated to the Queen who
turned 42 on Wednesday, which is a national holiday.
An Army ranger unit in Chiang Rai province planted
vetiver grass at a royal development project. Vetiver grass planting was
introduced by the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej as a technique for soil
Another form of merit-making marking birthday
anniversaries of Royal Family members is blood donation.
In Bueng Kan province, over 100 state officials,
troops, police and volunteers donated blood to the Thai Red Cross Society
that will be distributed to a state-run hospital and Red Cross’ national
blood center. (TNA)
Thai people marked Her Majesty the Queen's
birthday at several locations across the country on Wednesday including the
Grand Palace, provincial halls and government offices.
Thailand policy on land and building taxes 90 % reduction will not impact revenues
Prime Minister Gen. Prayut affirms 90 %
reduction in land and building taxes for 2020 will not impact Govt’s tax
At the Inner Santi Maitri Building, Government House, following the weekly
cabinet meeting, Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha
promoted a book written by Dr. Suvit Maesincee, Minister of Higher
Education, Sciences, Research and Innovation, and stated that it is in line
with the Government’s vision “Security, Prosperity, Sustainability”. The
book is aimed to prepare the readers for post-COVID-19 ‘New Normal’.
The Prime Minister also disclosed the cabinet’s
resolution on the 90 percent reduction in land and building taxes which will
take effect only in the year 2020, and approved drafting of the Royal Decree
on reduction of land and building taxes to prevent its impact on the
Government’s future tax revenues. The cabinet also approved extension of tax
payment deadline from April 2020 to August 2020, and will later seek proper
measures to help certain localities that may encounter tax collection
With regard to water management, the Prime Minister
disclosed about his several meetings with farmers and farmer associations
that the farmers expressed satisfaction over the Government’s water
management plans and measures, and requested for Government’s provision of
additional water sources that are near community and residential areas. The
Prime Minister also ordered Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to
come up with preparedness and response plan for flood problem during the
rainy season, and enjoined Office of the National Water Resources to closely
follow up on water management plans across the country in order to ensure
transparency and accountability.
The Prime Minister stated that the Government have
already prepared short, medium, and long-term water resource management
plans to ensure adequate water supply for people in all areas for both
agricultural, consumption, industrial, and ecosystem protection purposes, as
well as for solving flood and drought disasters. - June 2, 2020. (Thaigov.vo.th)
Thai PM and spouse sign book of blessing on occasion of Her Majesty Queen’s birthday anniversary
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and Assoc.
Prof. Naraporn Chan-o-cha, spouse, sign book of blessing on occasion of Her
Majesty Queen’s birthday anniversary.
At the Red Room, 904 Royal Bureau, the Grand Palace,
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha signed the book of blessing on
auspicious occasion of Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday anniversary on June
3, 2020. Joining the ceremony were Assoc. Prof. Naraporn Chan-o-cha, spouse,
and Deputy Prime Ministers and spouses.
The Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Ministers, and spouses
paid homage to the Queen’s portrait. The Prime Minister, then, presented two
flower vases, one, on behalf of the Prime Minister and members of the
cabinet, and the other, the Prime Minister and spouse. The Prime Minister’s
spouse presented a flower vase on behalf of spouses of the cabinet members.
The Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Ministers, and
spouses, then, signed the book of blessing before paying homage to Her
Majesty’s portrait again. (Thaigov.vo.th)
Thai PM calls on educational institutes matching students to the market’s demand
Thai PM urges educational institutes to produce
students in accordance with the market’s demand.
Prof. Narumon Pinyosinwat, Government Spokesperson,
disclosed that prior to the cabinet meeting, Prime Minister and Defense
Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed thankfulness to members of the
cabinet and coalition parties for joining forces and effort in working for
the country throughout the past year. He also explained about the necessity
and importance of the 3 Royal Decrees on economic and social problem
solving, remedy, and rehabilitation as a result of spread of COVID-19 which
have been approved by the House of Representatives, and warned members of
the cabinet to use the budget very carefully in accordance with related
rules and regulations for the best interest of the country and people. The
Prime Minister also requested concerned cabinet members to attend the June-4
session of the House of Representatives to clarify the draft Budget Transfer
Bill, B.E. 2563, and the draft Budget Bill for the 2021 fiscal year.
With regard to the educational issue, the Prime Minister enjoined Ministry
of Higher Education, Sciences, Research and Innovation to come up with a
plan to set number of students, produced at each educational institute, in
accordance with the market’s demand. Ministry of Public Health was also
called on to ensure good proportion of medical staff recruitment to cover
all categories of medical workers. He also ordered Ministry of Social
Development and Human Security and other concerned agencies to consider
constructing more public for people with disabilities.
The Prime Minister emphasized the importance for all ministries to conduct
publicity to ensure public awareness of their works and performances. Public
understanding needs also to be built on COVID-19-related information and
knowledge. He called on everyone to monitor fake news which are aimed to
incite conflicts in the society. - June 2, 2020. (Thaigov.go.th)
Prof. Narumon Pinyosinwat, Government
Phuket reopens land, sea borders, airport remains closed
reopening came after all the confirmed cases had recovered and returned home
and the effective virus containment on the island in May.
PHUKET– Phuket opened allentry
and exit points for people to travel in and outby land and
water on Monday.
The Covid-19 lockdown measures were eased in accordance
with the announcement of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
Phuket governor PakapongTawipat said no new coronavirus cases were reported
in the island and all confirmed cases in the province recovered and returned
home. The CSSA allowed inter-provincial travels in the third round of
lockdown easing starting June1.
People can leave Phuket by land without restriction.
However, strict screening for body temperature and registration are
maintained at the Tha Chat Chai checkpoint for those entering the province.
Phuket International Airport remains closed and when it
will resume operations depends on the decision of the Civil Aviation
Authority of Thailand (CAAT).
Despite zero new infections, the province has
maintained anti- Covid-19 measures and asks for people’s cooperation to wear
masks, keep social distancing, frequently wash their hands and refrain from
risk activities. (TNA)
Thailand ranks 8th for protecting children’s rights under pressure due to COVID-19
Thailand ranks 8th for protecting children’s
rights under pressure due to COVID-19 (infographics).
Ministry of Education disclosed that Thailand has been ranked 8th on the
‘KIDSRIGHTS INDEX 2020’ for the country’s protection of children’s rights
under pressure due to COVID-19. The KidsRights Index covers five domains
with a total of 20 indicators. The five domains include:
1. Right to Life
2. Right to Health
3. Right to Education
4. Right to Protection
5. Enabling Environment for Child Rights
In the KidsRights Index 2020, Iceland ranks first as the country where
children’s rights are best guaranteed, followed by Switzerland, Finland,
Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Slovenia, Thailand, France, and Denmark.
Thailand’s House of Representatives approves 4 royal decrees
House of Representatives approves 4 royal
decrees on Sunday.
At the Parliament House, Bangkok, members of the House of Representatives
met and voted to approve the following Royal Decrees: -May 31, 2020.
1. Royal Decree authorizing Ministry of Finance to seek
loan for economic and social problem solving, remedy, and rehabilitation as
a result of spread of COVID-19, B.E. 2563 (1-trillion Baht Loan): approved
274, abstained 207 (out of 481 attendees)
2. Royal Decree on provision of financial assistance to
SMEs who have been impacted by spread of COVID-19, B.E. 2563: approved 275,
against 1, abstained 205 (out of 482 attendees)
3. Royal Decree on stabilization of national economy
and financial system, B.E. 2563: approved 274, against 195, abstained 12,
not casting a vote 1 (out of 482 attendees)
4. Royal Decree on e-meeting, B.E. 2563: approved 270,
against 11, abstained 176 (out of 457 attendees)
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha.
July, the season of rafting, sightseeing, candle festivals and Buddhist Lent in Thailand
So many memorable and
enjoyable experiences are waiting for you in the month of July in Thailand.
July is a month of the rainy season. The atmosphere is
rainy, moist and cool. Every water resource is filled again, perfect for a
challenging activity which is popular among both Thai and foreign tourists:
rafting. In a flooding season like this, the more water, the more fun and
challenge. Our recommended places for rafting are Kaeng Lam Phachi in Suan
and Kaeng Sam Chan in
province of which the difficulty ranges between normal to moderate.
For July’s fruit festival, some orchards in
are still open for visitors to taste their fresh and delicious fruit; such
as, rambutan, mangosteen, langsat, etc. Popular dishes of the rainy season
are hot soups like chicken soup, sour soup or black sesame dumplings in
ginger tea to boost your immune system.
Speaking of festivals and traditions in this month, one
of the highlights is the Candle Festival on the Buddhist Lent Day. This
ancient festival has been held since the Buddha’s era. In every province of
large candles will be cast and offered to different temples. Also, in some
provinces, those candles will be magnificently carved for this festival. One
of the most famous is Thung Sri Muang Park in Ubon Ratchathani province,
which has won a candle carving contest. In addition, on the same day, Thai
province will attend the Festival of Floral Offerings at Wat Phra Phutthabat,
Phra Phutthabat district, Saraburi. This grand festival can be seen only at
this place and during this month.
In addition to the traditions and festivals mentioned
above, there are plenty of tourist destinations to visit in this month. You
can admire a beautiful view of Dok Kra Chiao or Siam Tulip Field at Pa Hin
in Chaiyaphum province, White Pro Phu
Thailandica) at Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park in
province, and Pink Impatiens patula Craib Field in
province. You can also breathe in the fresh air at Doi Luang Chiang Dao in
province, Yun Lai Viewpoint at Pai in
Mae Hong Son
province, Hin Sam Wan Cliff (Three Whales Rock) in Bueng Kan province and
Khun Sathan National Park in
province, or experience the moisture of a natural water resource at Sai Yok
Noi Waterfall at Sai Yok National Park in
province and Khlong Lan Waterfall at the Khlong Lan National Park, the most
beautiful waterfall in
During the long vacation in July, don't miss out on
charming traditions and fascinating festivals of Thailand. You’ll definitely
gain so many memorable and enjoyable experiences. July is the perfect season
nature sightseeing, magnificent festival of Floral Offerings, traditional
Candle Festival on the Buddhist Lent Day, and many more.
(Special report by tourismthailand.org)
Bangkok shopping mall cuts rental fees on stores by up to 70% for 3 months
MBK Center in Bangkok will also set up a
promotional space free of charge for 3 months for vendors to sell off their
products at special prices.
BANGKOK- In an effort to help shop operators affected by the
COVID-19, MBK Center has launched another assistance measure for store
tenants, by increasing the maximum rental discount to as much as 70 percent
for three months.
Mr. Suwet Theerawachirakul, Chief Executive Officer and
Managing Director of MBK Center, and MBK Center executives convened a
meeting recently with store operators to hear their problems and jointly
discuss ways to help them. Short-term contract tenants, including operators
of small and medium sized shops, will be offered a 70 percent discount in
June, a 60 percent discount in July and a 50 percent discount in August.
Other store operators will be offered a 30 percent rental discount,
effective from June 1st to August 31st, 2020.
Long-term contract tenants will be offered a 50 percent
discount on rental and service fees for three months from June to August.
Vendors wishing to change product types can notify the MBK Center for
consideration by the end of August. Most of MBK’s vendors are small and
medium enterprises, and SME entrepreneurs; the company is willing to support
Thai entrepreneurs in creating their own brands and distribution channels.
MBK Center will open a promotional space free of charge for three months
from 1st June - 31st August, 2019, to allow vendors to take turns selling
their products at special prices.
Mr Suwet said he has reduced rental fees to help the
store operators since the beginning of the COVID-19 situation. Today,
another assistance measure was launched because he doesn’t know how long the
situation will persist. The MBK Center itself has various expenses such as
rental fees and salaries for its staff, but understands the suffering of
store operators especially those with tourists as a target group because
Thai airspace is still closed. Therefore, it is necessary to assess the
situation day by day and find ways out, to help everyone survive together. (NNT)
Royal Thai Army soldiers to take leave from June 1 after delay due to pandemic
will be allowed to go back home from June 1st onwards after their breaks had
been put on hold due to the national’s pandemic control.
BANGKOK-Since the government
launched the third phase of the respite measures, the Royal Thai Army (RTA)
will allow enlisted soldiers to take leave and return home from June 1st
onwards but they are required to comply strictly with disease prevention
measures and stay at a quarantine facility after returning to their
Since the occurrence of the COVID-19 epidemic in
Thailand, the RTA has launched measures to protect its personnel from being
infected with the disease, by ordering enlisted soldiers to delay their
break and follow the new normal way of life, while providing them with
knowledge of disease prevention measures. In the past three months, no
infection has been found in the military camp. The personnel are healthy and
able to perform various types of mission to help people effectively.
The RTA will now allow enlisted soldiers who are not on
a mission to take leave and return home from June 1st onwards but they are
required to strictly comply with disease prevention measures and stay at a
quarantine facility after returning. (NNT)
Thai farmers must return banned toxic chemicals to sellers from June 1
Ms Traisulee Traisoranakun, Government Deputy
BANGKOK-The government has confirmed the ban on paraquat and
chlorpyrifos starting June 1, 2020. Farmers who possess them are advised to
return them within 90 days or no later than August 29, 2020.
Ms Traisulee Traisoranakun, Government Deputy
Spokesperson, said that from June 1st, 2020, onwards, the Notification of
the Ministry of Industry on the List of Hazardous Substances No. 6, B.E.
2563, comes into effect. It prohibits the production, import, export and
possession of five toxic farm chemicals, namely paraquat, chlorpyrifos,
chlorpyrifos-methyl, paraquat dichloride and paraquat dichloride bis methyl
“Those who have stocks of these chemicals must return
them to the sellers within 90 days, or before August 29,” she said. “Sellers
must accept the chemicals and submit them, as well as possession information
to the Department of Agriculture within 120 days of the ban coming into
effect, or before September 28th, 2020.
“The government approved the ban on toxic chemicals
because it is concerned about the health and safety of users and consumers,”
she added. “The ban is a result of a thorough study and approvals from
several related agencies, including the Ministry of Agriculture and
Cooperatives, Ministry of Industry, National Hazardous Substances Committee
and many agricultural partner networks.”
She went on to say that the Department of Agriculture
has already prepared safer substances as a substitute for these toxic
chemicals as well as natural alternatives to deal with agricultural pests to
minimize the impact of the ban on farmers. She has assured the public that
prohibition of the use of such chemicals is good for people’s health and
beneficial to all sectors.(NNT)
Relief packages handed out to indigenous Mani people in southern Thailand
Thailand rainforest jungle tribe ‘Mani’ community members have received
relief packages from charity foundations under a COVID-19 social assistance
TRANG - More than 40 members of
the rainforest jungle tribe in southern Thailand have received relief
packages from charity foundations under a COVID-19 social assistance
The indigenous ethnic people living in Trang and
surrounding provinces are known as the Mani. Members of the hunting and
gathering community in Trang’s Palian district came to a wildlife sanctuary
office on Thursday for the donations.
Three charity foundations handed out packages of food
and relief goods to the Mani people.
These foundations have provided thousands of relief
packages to communities in Trang to alleviate the impacts of COVID-19
Thai PM proposes 3 guidelines to recover from Covid-19 crisis
Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha.
BANGKOK – Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha proposed three
major ways on coronavirus recovery at a United Nations meeting.
Gen. Prayut delivered statement via a video
conferencing at the “High-level Event on Financing for Development in the
Era of COVID-19 and Beyond” on May 28 at 10.15hrs (local time) at the United
Nations Headquarters in New York.
He proposed three important areas for action to help
everyone recover from the COVID-19 crisis. He cited the first thing was
health system preparedness, in particular the need to provide adequate
healthcare financing and Universal Health Coverage (UHC):
He said UHC and network of Village Health Volunteers
have immensely contributed to Thailand’s capacity to control the spread of
The Prime Minister also emphasized that development of
vaccines and cures for COVID-19 have to be considered as “global public
goods”, and that the principle of equitable access should be adhered to for
the benefits of all countries.
Secondly, he talked about global commitment to a trade
and investment- friendly environment, as well as full support for an open
and multilateral trading system for global economic recovery.
He said as for Thailand, stronger and more sustainable
economy is targeted by: Restarting economic activity; Rebooting the way we
conduct business for a sustainable future; and Reconnecting to the disrupted
global value chain.
The Prime Minister expressed hope that international
institutions, particularly financial institutions, would play a role in
ensuring global economic and financial stability while assisting the most
vulnerable developing and least-developed countries.
Lastly, he said about protection of environment, and
efficient management of natural resources while adjusting to the “new
The Prime Minister also underscored trust and
cooperation of the people in successfully controlling the spread of
According to the Prime Minister, Thailand stands ready
to cooperate with the international community to face this unprecedented
economic crisis and mitigate the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
UN’s activity “High-level Event on Financing for
Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond” was held under the joint
initiative of the Prime Minister of Canada, the Prime Minister of Jamaica,
and the Secretary General of the United Nations with an aim to encourage
support from various sectors in advancing concrete solutions to the
development emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. (TNA)
8.4 Million Thais at risk of losing jobs, tourism sector hardest hit
Millions of Thais are likely to become jobless
this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the tourism sector being the
BANGKOK – Around 8.4 million Thais are likely to become jobless this
year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the tourism sector being the hardest
hit, according to a report conducted by the National Economic and Social
Development Council (NESDC).
Tossaporn Sirisamphan, NESDC secretary-general released
the Social Report in the first quarter 2020 on possible adverse effects on
employment from Covid-19 outbreak impacts. The agency projected that
coronavirus could put 8.4 million people in three sectors at risk of being
laid off. These include 2.5 million jobs in the tourism sector, 1.5 million
in the industrial sector and 4.4 million in other service sectors.
The impacts will be clearly seen in the second half of
this year and about two million people are likely to become unemployed this
However, relaxation of more restrictions to allow
resumption of more businesses and the government’s economic revival plans
would help create about 200,000-300,000 jobs for the unemployed. The impacts
of Covid-19 on employment will be evaluated in the next quarter.
Between May to July, it is expected about 520,000 new
graduates will enter the job markets and could face unemployment. Job
generating measures are needed for risk groups.
Digital skills will help new graduates find jobs as
there is demand for employees, equipped with online and digital capabilities
in the wake of Covid-19. (TNA)
Tossaporn Sirisamphan, NESDC secretary-general.
Thai-Cambodian JBC Meeting held in Bangkok
Thai Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan.
BANGKOK - Thailand has hosted the meeting of the Thai-Cambodian Joint
Boundary Commission (JBC), discussing bilateral cooperation for social and
economic developments in the border areas.
Thai Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan led the
Thai delegates in the meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in
Bangkok on Thursday.
The two sides reviewed the progress of cooperation
under the JBC framework and agreed to continue constructive exchange of
views for mutual benefit, according to Thai Defense officials. (TNA)
Opposition grills Thai government over virus relief loan decrees
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha government has
proposed three executive decrees for 1.97 billion-baht loans and budget
transfer in order to fund COVID-19 relief and stimulate the economy.
Three COVID-19 loan bills face fierce scrutiny by the
opposition parties in the first day of House debate.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha government has
proposed three executive decrees for 1.97 billion-baht loans and budget
transfer in order to fund COVID-19 relief and stimulate the economy.
Prayut, in his opening speech, said the pandemic
resulted in 1.8 percent contraction of the economy in the first quarter.A
state think tank predicted Thailand's economy would shrink 5-6 percent this
year, he said.
He told the House that these decrees were needed to
stabilize the economy hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. His government would
ensure allocations of the funds would be transparent with a commitment to
The loans would increase public debt ratio-to-GDP ratio
to 57.96 percent which was under the limit of 60 percent, Prayut said.
One of the decrees will allow a borrowing of 1 trillion
baht for financial aid, health-related plans and economic and social
rehabilitation projects. The other decrees allow the Bank of Thailand to
provide soft loans to help small- and medium-sized enterprises and to buy
Cabinet ministers will clarify the bills while the
opposition MPs are expected to scrutinize them before voting on Sunday. (TNA)
The opposition MPs are expected to scrutinize
the bills before voting on Sunday.
Thai health minister honored for tobacco control
Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul (center).
Public Health Minister Anutin
Charnvirakul received World No Tobacco Day Award 2020 from the World Health
Organization for implementing policies to control tobacco in the country.
Thailand-based WHO representative Daniel Kertesz presented the award to Mr
Anutin as an activity to mark the World No Tobacco Day on May 31.
The WHO representative praised Mr Anutin for supporting tobacco control in
Mr Anutin said that the Public Health Ministry pushed
for comprehensive measures to encourage people to quit smoking and it was
ready to fully implement all policies to control tobacco consumption
including the use of electronic cigarettes. Policy implementation also
focused on young people who would play important roles in national
development, he said.
“The award results from the work and is the pride of the Public Health
Ministry. It does not belong to an individual. The country opposes all forms
of smoking. I am thankful to public health personnel and partners for their
support for policies leading to the effective control on tobacco consumption
that is internationally recognized. I would like about 10 million smokers to
start to quit smoking for yourself and the people you love,” Mr Anutin said.
Thai doctor charged with involvement in transnational surrogacy ring
trafficking police unit has pressed charges against the former doctor of a
state-run hospital in Bangkok for involvement in a transnational crime and
engaging in commercial surrogacy.
A Thai doctor has been charged with conspiring in a
transnational surrogacy ring involving Chinese nationals as four other
doctors have been summoned by police for their suspected roles.
An anti-human trafficking police unit has pressed
charges against the former doctor of a state-run hospital in Bangkok for
involvement in a transnational crime and engaging in commercial surrogacy.
The unidentified doctor allegedly conducted artificial
dissemination and transferred embryos into surrogate mothers’ wombs. His
criminal activity has been exposed after Thai police found a group of
Chinese nationals hiring Thai women to serve as surrogate mothers in
After acknowledging the charge, the doctor was released
on bail on Tuesday, according to police. Four other doctors have been
summoned for questioning at the Royal Thai Police's Anti-Trafficking in
Persons Division (ATPD).
The illegal surrogacy operation was busted at 10
locations in Thailand, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Nong Khai, Sukhothai
and Pathum Thani. All are linked to a woman who served as an agent and
have transferred money for more than 70 times, according to police.
The woman has also been released on bail.
At a house in Bangkok, police found a 30-day old baby
and seven pregnant surrogate mothers.
Police said the Chinese group has hired brokers and at
least 100 Thai surrogate mothers since 2012. (TNA)
Thai traditional medicine clinics reopen
traditional medicine clinics in hospitals are now open for consultation,
treatment and therapeutic massage.
Thai traditional medicine clinics in
hospitals have reopened while therapeutic massage service can be given to
patients under doctors’ consideration, said a senior official.
Dr Pramote Sathienrat, deputy chief of the Department
of Thai Traditional and Alternative medicine said Thai traditional medicine
clinics in hospitals have already opened for consultation, treatment and
Hot herbal compress can be applied for patients but it
must be one-time use only for each patient for good hygiene practice.
Service staffs have to change clothes before providing service and change
cushions and pillow cases for every customer.
Patients are required to strictly follow guidelines,
wear masks and observe their symptoms 14 days after a hospital visit.
However, he recommended hospital visits should still be
avoided except for necessary cases. Hospitals have screening points with
body temperature measurement and apply social distancing measures to keep
patients apart. (TNA)
Thai authorities inspect restaurants and shops nationwide to control spread of COVID-19
Authorities are inspecting restaurants and
shops, after the government lifted several restrictions to limit the spread
Various provincial authorities are inspecting restaurants and shops, after
the government lifted several restrictions, imposed to help limit the spread
of COVID-19. In Yala province, vendors expressed their appreciation, as they
get back to business, while strictly observing all precautionary measures.
Monday May 25 was the first day Yala officials allowed
vendors to sell food at Sanam Chang Phueak Park again. The park closed on
March 25th in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. There were about 10 vendors
selling food at the park. Many of them were selling snacks, meatballs, spicy
salad, fruit beverages and fried chicken.
A meatball vendor at the public park said she was happy
that the restrictions had been lifted, after two months of no work or
income. There were people steadily arriving at the park and buying food on
the first day. All vendors are required to wear protective masks, set up a
partition or a safety screen and practice social distancing. The vendors
must keep a safe distance from one another. Previously, a space at the park
was occupied by three vendors. It is now occupied by two.
The Deputy Governor of Samut Sakhon, Teerapat
Kutchamath, and officials visited various restaurants in Muang Samut Sakhon
district, Samut Sakhon province, to check whether they are following public
health and safety guidelines. There were several shops that did not meet all
the required criteria, such as registering with the Thai Chana online
platform and using floor markings to ensure customers practice physical
distancing. The vendors agreed to implement the measures, and officials will
be sent to inspect them again.
At Samut Sakhon City Hall, the Governor of Samut Sakhon,
Verasak Vichitsangsri, chaired a meeting on public health measures to limit
the spread of COVID-19 among migrant workers. The meeting acknowledged that
more than 5,400 migrant workers have recently returned to work in the
province. Businesses are required to follow all procedures, provide
information about their workers to local authorities and enforce social
distancing. Provincial public health officials will ensure that there are
enough facilities to quarantine migrant workers for 14 days, before they can
Phuket prepares Phase 3 for easing COVID-19 restrictions
Phuket, a tourism island that’s home to many
spas and massage parlours, is now preparing for the day when the businesses
can get back to their ‘New Normal’ services.
More businesses are now allowed to open as part of the easing of Phase 2
restrictions, while certain businesses such as spa and massage parlours are
expected to reopen on a later date in Phase 3. Phuket, a tourism island
that’s home to many spas and massage parlours, is now preparing for the day
when these businesses can resume.
Phuket province, along with Phuket Rajabhat University,
Phuket Provincial Public Health Office, and Phuket Spa Association have held
a workshop for spas and massage parlours on disease control measures, that
these businesses must adopt once allowed to reopen.
The measures start with adjusted services where
customers must have their temperature taken, and venues must be capacity
controlled to limit the number of customers and service duration at any
Employees will have their break time staggered, and
should frequently disinfect their personal items. Businesses must provide
training to employees and ask them not to visit crowded areas. Sprays won’t
be used in the premises to prevent use of aerosols. Employees must keep at
least 1-meter distance, while the venues should be well ventilated and
These measures will serve as guidelines for spas and
massage parlours in Phuket, preparing themselves prior to the reopening of
their businesses once the government further eases the restrictions, while
helping limit the transmission of COVID-19, and boost confidence among
Thai army and Public Health Ministry to thoroughly screen hotels chosen for state quarantine
Spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, Lt. Gen. Kongcheep Tantravanich.
Following a discussion with the Eastern
Thai Hotel Association, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed a report that
some hotels designated as state quarantine facilities paid a commission, and
the hotels will be screened more thoroughly.
The Spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, Lt. Gen.
Kongcheep Tantravanich, said the state quarantine facilities for patients
suspected of having COVID-19 are jointly supervised by the Ministry of
Defense, the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Interior. They
did not ask for a kickback from hoteliers and the government wants Thai
nationals stranded abroad to return home quickly.
Lt. Gen. Kongcheep said relevant agencies are now
investigating those involved in demanding payments from hoteliers, so that
they would be chosen for state quarantine. He said people with information
about army officials being involved can contact the authorities. The
officials will be disciplined, if they are found guilty,
At a meeting of the Defense Council, the Prime Minister
and Defense Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, instructed related units of
the Royal Thai Armed Forces to monitor the COVID-19 situation to prevent a
resurgence of new cases. He also ordered them to support the work of the
Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), the Emergency Operation
Center (EOC) and the state quarantine facilities. Everyone in these
facilities must be treated like a family member. Vulnerable groups, as well
as people who smuggle themselves into Thailand, must be closely monitored to
prevent another wave of COVID-19 infections.
The Prime Minister insisted that the Royal Thai Armed
Forces must adapt to the new normal because of the global pandemic. The
Ministry of Defense and the armed forces will study the current situation
and develop new guidelines, which will cover all aspects, such as troops,
training exercises, doctrine development and new methods of cooperation with
Gen. Prayut said the COVID-19 situation in Thailand is
under control, thanks to the cooperation of the people. Some nations, such
as Kuwait, are using Thailand as a role model, and they are ready to welcome
Thai laborers to work in their countries.(NNT)
Thai deputy prime minister chairs Thai Airways rehabilitation Superboard
on Tuesday appointed a committee to supervise the rehabilitation of Thai
Airways via the Bankrupcy Court, with Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu
Krea-ngam sitting as the chairman.
The Cabinet has acknowledged the
appointment of Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam as the chairman of
the supervising committee on Thai Airways’ rehabilitation via the Bankruptcy
Court, reporting periodically to the Cabinet.
The Government Spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat has
disclosed that in a meeting the Cabinet appointed a committee to supervise
the rehabilitation of Thai Airways via the Bankrupcy Court, with Deputy
Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam sitting as the chairman.
The Superboard consists of nine members from the
Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Justice, and
the Stock Exchange of Thailand.
The Cabinet last week adopted a plan for Thai Airways
to enter rehabilitation via the Bankruptcy Court, according to the Bankrupcy
Act BE 2483.
Subsequently, the Ministry of Finance reduced its
shareholding in Thai Airways to 48 percent, making the airline effectively
lose its status as a state enterprise. This process gives the company full
authority to pursue its rehabilitation.
The Cabinet-appointed Superboard will be supervising
every step taken in the rehabilitation of the airline, and providing
guidance for government agencies in matters related to Thai Airways,
excluding court-related procedures.
The Superboard will be making inspections, conducting
scrutiny, and facilitating related entities for the purposes of
rehabilitation, as well as performing other tasks assigned by the Prime
Minister or appointed Cabinet members. It is also tasked with making regular
reports on the process to the Cabinet.
Despite no longer being a state enterprise, the
Ministry of Finance as a major shareholder still has the authority to manage
Thai Airways’ businesses according to the shares it is holding. The Ministry
of Finance can exercise its power directly, or through the new Superboard.(NNT)
Thailand’s National Security Council considers a reduction of curfew
Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as head of the NSC.
BANGKOK – Thailand’s National
Security Council (NSC) convened a meeting on Monday to assess the security
situation amid COVID-19 pandemic.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as head of the NSC
chaired the meeting for the first time in three months.
Top on the agenda was the implementation of state of
emergency that has been extended to the end of June. But the NSC reportedly
considered a reduction of curfew currently imposed between 11 pm-4 am.
Security agencies and the Defense Ministry discussed
the operations to facilitate the government’s disease control measures. The
military has been involved in state quarantine service for Thai citizens who
are returning from abroad.
The meeting also discussed the proposed 20 percent
budget cut for the armed forces and the plan to relocate it for the fight
against coronavirus. (TNA)
NSC discusses the implementation of state of emergency
that was extended to the end of June and a reduction of curfew currently
imposed between 11 pm-4 am.
New safety, health standard launched for tourism operators in Thailand
Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn.
BANGKOK – After the Covid-19 situation has improved, the Tourism and
Sports Ministry and Public Health Ministry creates a new standard for
tourism-related operators to regain confidence among travellers in
preparation for relaxation of more restrictions, expected in the coming
The two ministries launched the Safety and Health
Administration (SHA) certification for the tourism supply chain.
Operators who pass the health criteria will get the SHA
certification which lasts for two years. They will be randomly checked to
ensure they adhere to hygiene practices. The certification will be revoked
for those who fail to comply with the guideline.
More than 1,400 operators have applied to obtain the
SHA certification so far.
Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said the
Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration is expected to further ease
restrictions in June, which will allow more travels after the disease
control measures and people’s cooperation contribute to reduction of the new
Issuing SHA certification is to prepare tourism-related
operators for their business resumption. (TNA)
Businesses bustling again at Rim Khong Walking Street in Nong Khai
The Rim Khong Walking Street in Nong Khai
province market is seen lively again on Sunday.
NONG KHAI - At Rim Khong Walking Street in Nong Khai province, the
market’s atmosphere has finally become lively again since the second phase
easing of disease prevention measures, last week.
After a long closure to comply with measures against
the spread of COVID-19 issued by the Communicable Disease Committee of Nong
Khai Province on 21st of March, Kam Khong market or Walking Street is
finally bustling again.
The market has opened for the second week and is even
more lively than during the first week’s reopening.
This week, more shops have reopened and there are also
more Thai and foreign tourists who are out looking for goods, chilling out
and having dinner on the bank of the Mekong river, with the great ambiance
being enjoyed by all.
Both shopkeepers and visitors are well-aware of social
contact limitations and are following the measures to prevent the spread of
Nong Khai Municipality is responsible for the market.
The authority set-up entrance points with officers providing body
temperature checks and hand sanitizers. The officers also help to maintain
the distance between shop locations and prevent congestion in the market
which is an important measure to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak. (NNT)
THAI loses state enterprise status
The Finance Ministry held 51.03 percent of the
shares in THAI. After selling 3.17 percent of the ministry’s shares, THAI
immediately lost its state enterprise status.
BANGKOK-Thai Airways International (THAI) has lost its state
enterprise status after the Vayupak Fund bought a 3.17 percent stake in the
airline from the Finance Ministry, at a cost of 278 million baht. THAI is
expected to notify the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) on May 24.
The Ministry of Finance sold 69 million shares of THAI
to the Vayupak Fund at a price of 4.03 baht per share, worth approximately
278 million baht or equivalent to 3.17 percent. The trade was undertaken off
The Finance Ministry held 51.03 percent of the shares
in THAI. Selling 3.17 percent of the ministry’s shares has reduced its stake
in the airline to 47.86 percent. As a result, THAI immediately lost its
state enterprise status.s.
The Ministry of Finance has already informed THAI, the
Ministry of Transport and the Office of the Securities and Exchange
Commission of the sale of the shares. THAI has to notify the SET and the
Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the trading of
the said shares so that it can be announced publicly on Monday, May 25.(NNT)
Thai hospitality impresses French tourists during lockdown
SURAT THANI - A French family stranded on Ko
Samui for months after their holiday was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic
is impressed with the Thai hospitality and help they have received during
their extended stay.
French media has reported the story of the family from
France who were spending their holidays in Thailand, when the global health
crisis forced countries in the region to close their borders, and cease
international air travel.l.
Our reporters have visited Ammatara Pura Hotel and met
with general manager PiromIadchaloem and reception manager SuparatKongmaluan,
who have shown reporters the room which accommodated the French family. The
large room has all the facilities needed, including a computer used to help
children do their homework.
The family checked out of Ammatara Pura Hotel on
Thursday, and travelled to Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao islands. They had checked
in on 22nd March, and stayed on Ko Samui island for about two months.
Ammatara Pura Hotel has offered special rates for
tourists affected by COVID-19, allowing them to change from nightly rates to
special monthly rates. A French couple who are now staying at the hotel say
they are planning to stay for three months, and are impressed with the
Meanwhile, there are still some long-term international
guests staying at Ammatara Pura Hotel as they can’t yet return to their
countries, namely French tourists, Chinese tourists, U.S. tourists, and UK
Thai prime minister investigation into state quarantine kickbacksks
The Prime Minister has ordered an
investigation into alleged state quarantine kickbacks in order to take
further tough action against the wrongdoers.
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prayut
Chan-o-cha has ordered an investigation into the hoteliers’ claim that a
group of people have demanded kickbacks from them if they want their
facilities to be chosen as state quarantine centers according to the news
report. He vowed to take tough action against such wrongdoers who are taking
advantage of business operators during this difficult time.
Dr Thaweesin Witsanuyothin, spokesman for the Center
for Covid-19 Situation Administration, has confirmed that the center has
never sent anyone to demand a kickback for turning a place into a state
quarantine facility, to acccommodate Thai people returning from abroad. He
urged any hotel operator with knowledge of the alleged practice to file a
case against the people who demanded a kickback from them. (NNT)
Thai education minister observes online learning at children’s homes
The Minister of Education, Nataphol Teepsuwan
with a home schooling student in Nakhon Pathom.
BANGKOK -The Minister of Education has visited students at their
homes in Nakhon Pathom and Ratchaburi, to observe the actual online learning
process. Schools across the country are to reopen on 1st July, except for
those in areas with an ongoing viral outbreak where all classes will be
moved online, or onto TV.
The Minister of Education, Nataphol Teepsuwan has
visited Wat Thamma Sala School in Nakhon Pathom, and visited students from
Thairath Wittaya 64 School at their homes in Ratchaburi.
The Education Minister engaged in conversation with
teachers, parents, and students regarding the distribution of school milk,
class assignments and homework, as well as online or TV classes being
implemented during COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Nataphol said he has expressed his support for all
teachers who have been doing a good job planning education courses during
the disruptive time of a public health crisis, as well as setting up a
system for students to collect their milk and homework assignments under a
disease control protocol from the Ministry of Public Health.
The Ministry of Education and related agencies have put
class recordings on air since 18th May, allowing students to learn remotely
prior to this year’s delayed school opening. The Ministry of Education is
gathering input from all parties to make improvements.
Schools across the country will start the new academic
year this year on 1st July. However, schools in areas still battling the
COVID-19 outbreak will remain closed, and students will have to join classes
online or on TV. (NNT)
Thailand begins COVID-19 vaccine trials on monkeys
Thai researchers will inject the vaccine in low
doses into five monkeys, and five more will receive the vaccine in higher
SARABURI - After a promising outcome from trials in rats, an
anti-virus vaccine prototype developed by Thai researchers is now being
tested in monkeys, with the results expected by September.
Researchers from the National Research Council of
Thailand, the National Vaccine Institute, and Chulalongkorn University
today started the trial of the mRNA vaccine prototype for COVID-19 at
Chulalongkorn University’s National Primate Research Center of Thailand
In the trial, the vaccine will be given in various
doses to 13 female cynomolgus monkeys aged 4-6 years, which are
comparable to humans aged 12 years or older.
Five monkeys will receive the vaccine in low doses,
and five will receive the vaccine in higher doses. The vaccine will be
administered every two weeks on a total of three occasions, with
continuous evaluation. It is expected to take 3-6 months for the results
to be concluded.d.
This mRNA vaccine trial is among the five vaccine
types ordered by the Prime Minister.
The National Research Council of Thailand’s
Secretary General, Dr Sirirurg Songsivilai, said today that this monkey
trial is a significant step in vaccine development, as primates’ bodies
closely resemble humans. The process will help researchers study the
vaccine’s effectiveness in stimulating antibody production, prior to a
clinical trial in humans.
There are now 200 COVID-19 vaccines in development
worldwide, most of which are at the stage of trials in small animals.
The development of a vaccine can take at least 12 to 18 months before it
is available for mass inoculations, provided all tests and trials are