PM urges public to use more reusable bags
Minister has invited the general public to opt for reusable fabric bags
instead of single-use plastic bags, to help reduce waste and pollution.
The Prime Minister has invited the general public to opt for reusable fabric
bags instead of single-use plastic bags, to help reduce waste and pollution.
Prior to the Cabinet’s meeting today,
the Minister of Culture, Itthiphol Kunplome led executives and officials to
meet with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to promote the OCAC’s Altruistic
Hearts campaign that encourages the use of reusable fabric bags instead of
single-use plastic bags to help reduce waste and the effects of global
On this occasion, the Prime Minister joined children to color a dolphin on a
fabric bag which will be used instead of plastic bags, and expressed his
admiration for the activity and participating children helping to promote
Afterwards, the Deputy Prime Minister
and Minister of Public Health was accompanied by ministerial executives to
promote the Clean Hands For All campaign celebrating the Global Handwashing
Day, where the Prime Minister saw a demonstration of seven essential
hand-washing steps, and encouraged all people to wash their hands properly
before daily activities such as eating.
The Prime Minister then inspected
research papers and innovations on single command air quality information
systems by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and
Innovation, during which he mentioned that the general public was concerned
about changing weather conditions affecting health, and said that the
government will continue to address the issue, but will require cooperation
from all sides, as well as communications to raise awareness among people in
sensitive groups such as children, pregnant women, elders, and patients.
The Prime Minister then joined the
promotion of a Khon performance by the Khon Committee from the SUPPORT
Foundation for the Ramaya Epic on Sueb Makkra, which will be performed from
6th November to 5th December 2019 at the Thailand Cultural Center. The Prime
Minister also asked all in attendance to help conserve and pass on national
cultural heritage, which is an indicator of a quality tourism culture.
Comptroller General’s Department transfers allowances to senior citizens, and persons with disabilities
Director-General of the Comptroller General’s Department, Poomsak
The Comptroller General’s Department and the Department of Local
Administration have developed a database to speed up the transfer of monthly
allowances to senior citizens and persons with disabilities nationwide, and
help prevent fraud and corruption.
The Director-General of the Comptroller
General’s Department, Poomsak Aranyakasemsuk, said today his agency has
integrated the social welfare database with the government’s e-Payment
project, which is part of the National e-Payment Master Plan. With this
integration, people who are eligible can directly receive their allowances
from the government. The Department of Local Administration has set up the
database and verified the personal information. People in Sing Buri province
have been receiving their allowances directly since August this year.
Meanwhile, the information system and
the subsistence allowance database are being upgraded and verified at 7,774
local administrative organizations across the country. The information will
be linked through the database to help senior citizens and persons with
disabilities receive their allowances directly, starting in January next
year. The allowances will be transferred on the 10th day of each month. If
it happens to be a weekend or a public holiday, the due date will be a day
TAT confirms system stability for special tourism discount campaign
Governor Yuthasak Supasorn.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn has
spoken in regard to the tourism promotion campaigns at the end of this year,
saying that the TAT will be introducing two domestic tourism promotional
measures, namely a 100-baht nationwide tourism campaign, and shocking-price
The 100-baht campaign will offer some
40,000 tourism products and services at only 100 baht each. Registration is
required and will be available on 11-12 November and 11-12 December this
year, for only 10,000 persons each day, on TAT’s website starting at 00:01
The weekday discount campaign valid on
Mondays to Thursdays will run from 1st November until 3rd December this
year, offering up to 70 percent discounts on tourism products. TAT will open
its online store offering the same discount to help promote manufacturers.
Eligible purchases made with the government’s wallet app, will also receive
a 15 percent VAT rebate.
On the readiness of these measures, the
TAT is now ensuring the preparedness of the system to accommodate
registrations, after issues found during the Chim Shop Chai campaign,
already being addressed to improve performance, flexibility, and to prevent
The TAT governor said he is confident
these measures will provide an ongoing economic boost following the success
of the Chim Shop Chai campaign, spiking revenue 10-20 percent, with tourist
numbers reaching the 180 million persons goal.
Government’s stimulus measures boost economic growth by 3%
Director of the Center for Economic and Business
Forecasting, Asst. Prof. Dr. Thanavath Phonvichai.
The government’s Chim Shop Chai (Taste, Shop, Use) campaign has
helped boost domestic spending. The Center for Economic and Business
Forecasting of the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) has
forecast that the second phase of this campaign will help the Thai economy
expand by 3% this year.
The Director of the Center for Economic and Business Forecasting, Asst.
Prof. Dr. Thanavath Phonvichai, said today that business representatives
surveyed by the Thai Chamber of Commerce (TCC) remained concerned about the
trade war between China and the US, as it had slowed global economic growth,
while Thai exports in August contracted 4%. The business representatives
were also concerned with a series of mass protests in Hong Kong. In
addition, prices of agricultural products remain low due to the flooding in
northeastern Thailand, and farmers had less spending power. The TCC
confidence index fell to 46.2 points in September, the ninth consecutive
month of contraction. The future confidence index also fell to 48.1 points
However, the Thai economy is being supported by several positive factors.
One of them is the government’s Chim Shop Chai economic stimulus measure,
which has won overwhelming public interest. If the second phase is
implemented as expected, the Thai economy will continue to improve. When the
national budget is passed by the House of Representatives, budget
disbursement should be undertaken immediately to help drive the country’s
economic growth. Speaking of the monetary policy, a measure to stabilize the
baht’s value should be implemented to support Thai exports and tourism in
the fourth quarter. With these contributing factors, the Thai economy should
grow by 2.8 to 3.0% this year.
PM Prayut leads activities to commemorate the passing of King Rama IX
In Bangkok, Prime
Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, cabinet ministers and the people conducted
alms-giving and merit-making ceremonies on the occasion of the
anniversary of the passing of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol
Adulyadej the Great, at Sanam Luang.
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, cabinet
ministers and the people conducted alms-giving and merit-making
ceremonies on the occasion of the anniversary of the passing of His
Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, at Sanam Luang.
The Prime Minister and his spouse presided over the
ceremonies in commemoration of the late King Rama IX. Privy councilors,
the Supreme Court president, the parliament president, Palace officials,
cabinet ministers and presidents of independent organizations, the
Bangkok governor and military commanders attended the ceremonies. The
alms-giving activity was conducted by 489 monks from various temples in
Bangkok. Items provided for the alms-giving ceremony will be donated to
various welfare agencies and needy temples.
The Prime Minister laid a wreath before a portrait of His Majesty the
late King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, as did other attendees. In the
provinces nationwide, similar ceremonies were held with many people
attending in commemoration of the late King Rama IX.
This evening at Sanam Luang, the prime minister led
the people in the lighting of candles in commemoration of the kindness
of the late King Rama IX for 89 seconds. Musical and video shows will be
conducted in commemoration of the late king’s many kindnesses.
Many people, dressed in yellow, attended the ceremonies and activities
Faithful Buddhists join End of Buddhist Lent alms-giving ceremonies
Faithful Buddhists across the country have
attended alms giving ceremonies for monks in all regions, to observe the End
of Buddhist Lent.
Faithful Buddhists across the country have attended alms giving ceremonies
for monks in all regions, to observe the End of Buddhist Lent.
Starting off in the northern region. In Chiang Mai, the city municipality
held the end of Buddhist Lent alms giving ceremony to 99 Buddhist monks, on
the plaza in front of Kham Luang Tower in Royal Park Rajapruek, which many
faithful Buddhists attended.
In Phrae, Wat Phra That Chor Hae Temple held an end of Buddhist Lent
alms-giving ceremony where monks walked down the 94-step stairway. The
procession imitates a scene from Buddhist legend where Lord Buddha delivered
a sermon to his mother in heaven, before travelling down 449-step stairs. On
this occasion, the path was surrounded by members of the general public
offering alms, and included parades bearing items of worship; dances, and
ghosts begging for blessings.
Moving to the northeastern region. Some 5,000 villagers in Khon Kaen
province joined the End of Buddhist Lent alms giving ceremony held on
Rajapruek Withi walkway in the middle of Kaen Nakhon Lake, along which 309
monks and novices accepted food and offerings from faithful Buddhists who
were positioned around the lake.
In Nakhon Phanom, locals and visitors attending an Illuminated Boat
Procession, joined the End of Buddhist Lent alms-giving ceremony held at the
Paya Sri Satta Nakarat Monument plaza by the Mekong River, where a
procession of Buddha statues and leading monks accepted alms and offerings,
symbolizing the journey of Lord Buddha from Heaven to Earth to bless
In Nakhon Si Thammarat, a Buddhist Lent alms-giving ceremony was held at Wat
Phra Maha That Temple, where the abbot Phra Thep Winyaporn gave blessings
and led monks and novices in accepting alms and offerings. Late morning Oct.
14, a Chak Phra ceremony from each province to Wat Phra Maha That took
place, preserving a local tradition held on the day after the End of
Buddhist Lent every year.
People remember 46 years after October 14 massacre
representative of the Prime Minister delivered a speech praising the heroism
of those who lost their lives.
At the October 14 Memorial Day ceremony observing the 46th year since the
tragedy in 1973, the general public and relatives of the victims attended
religious ceremonies to commemorate all the lives lost in the tragedy.
Delegates from many organizations also laid wreaths in memory of those lost.
Held at the October 14 Memorial in
Bangkok, a multi-faith religious service representing Buddhism,
Christianity, and Islam took place to commemorate the political tragedy of
October 14 1973, when students and the people came out to demand democracy
during the dictatorship of Gen Thanom Kittikachorn, leading to violent
suppression resulting in many injuries and deaths.
A representative of the Prime Minister
delivered a speech praising the heroism of those who lost their lives, which
even after 46 years is still one of the most important political incidents
in Thai history, reflecting the power of students and the people who regard
democratic values as essential to advancing Thai society, in keeping with
international communities. The incident gave birth to public participation
in politics, which remains the important foundation on which Democracy is
At the ceremony, relatives of October
14 victims asked all sides in society to help promote democracy in Thailand.
Thailand wants RCEP talks to conclude this month
Prime Minister/Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit yesterday chaired the
ninth Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) meeting at The
Athenee Hotel in Bangkok with 10 ASEAN member states and six trade partner
Deputy Prime Minister/Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit yesterday chaired
the ninth Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) meeting at The
Athenee Hotel in Bangkok with 10 ASEAN member states and six trade partner
Jurin said the RCEP meeting was an
important event in which talks were held in the most straightforward manner
possible, to reach conclusions as planned last year by the leaders of the
participating countries wishing talks to be finished this year. The leaders
plan to declare success in the RCEP talks in a Summit scheduled for next
Jurin said 14 of a total of 20 topics
of the discussions have been concluded, leaving the six others to be
completed in a senior officials meeting scheduled from October 24 to October
29. The next ministerial meeting is scheduled for November 1 during which
conclusions will be wrapped up ahead of the Summit.
All the participating countries have
supported the plan to reach conclusions in the talks within the year so that
RCEP will become the world’s largest Free Trade area, consisting of 16
countries including the 10 ASEAN states and six trading partner countries,
namely China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand with a
combined population of over 3.56 billion or nearly half the world’s
population and a combined trade value of over 11.4 trillion dollars,
accounting for 30% of the total world trade value. Thailand is expected to
earn some 27 billion dollars in trade and investment.
Chonburi stages Buffalo Racing Festival
148th Buffalo Racing Festival was held on October 12 in front of the
The 148th Buffalo Running Festival in Chonburi was attended by a large
number of people this year as usual. The event is held annually to preserve
the province’s cultural heritage. Chonburi’s 148th Buffalo Racing Festival
was held on October 12, 2019, in front of the Muang Chonburi District Office
in Chonburi province. The opening ceremony was presided over by Culture
Minister Itthiphol Kunplome. In the morning, there was a buffalo cart parade
of over one kilometer in length which was observed by a large number of
people and both Thai and foreign tourists.
Apart from the must-see buffalo racing,
the festival offered a wide range of fun-filled activities that have been
created to also mark the importance of the buffalo in Thai history, such as
the Most Healthy Buffalo Contest, Buffalo Fashion Contest and a retro parade
of beautifully-decorated buffalo carts. Other highlights included a Miss
Farmer Beauty Contest, Thai local sports contest, a fair selling OTOP
products and presenting performances.
Buffalo racing has been held each year
for on the 14th day of the waxing moon of the 11th lunar month which marks
the end of the rainy season and the arrival of winter when the harvest has
been completed. The event was initiated as a way to express gratitude to the
buffaloes after working for farmers in the previous months by beautifully
decorating them and feeding them generously.
Tourist police ready to help Japanese tourists stranded in Thailand
Thai Tourist Police have accelerated assistance
for Japanese tourists who are stranded in Thailand after being affected by
the tropical cyclone Hagibis.
Thai Tourist Police have accelerated assistance for Japanese tourists who
are stranded in Thailand after being affected by tropical cyclone Hagibis.
The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affair (MFA) has called on Thai
people to closely follow the situation and announcements by the Japanese
Ms Bussadi Santiphitaks, Director-General of the MFA Department of
Information, said she had received a report from the Royal Thai Embassy in
Tokyo regarding the situation of tropical cyclone Hagibis. The most severely
affected areas are Tokyo and Tokai. Thai people in Kansai, Kanto and Tokai
are asked to closely follow announcements of the local authorities, check
temporary shelters nearby and stay indoors. They are strongly advised
against taking pictures of storms and piers or going sightseeing.
There are currently no reports of Thais being affected by the storm. Thai
people in Japan can contact the Consular Affairs Division of the Royal Thai
Embassy in Tokyo by calling (+81) 03-5789-2449 or the Department of Consular
Affairs’ Hotline 02-572-8442.
Police Lieutenant General Damrongsak Kittipraphas, Assistant Commissioner
General of the Royal Thai Police (RTP), disclosed measures to help those
affected by tropical cyclone Hagibis in Japan saying that the tourist police
will be responsible for helping Japanese people stranded in Thailand after
the airlines canceled flights to Japan and can’t return home. Initially, the
airlines and airports can still take care of the tourists but if the RTP are
asked for assistance, the tourist police have already had measures to help
the stranded tourists by coordinating with relevant agencies to provide them
with accommodation and food. For affected tourists whose visas will expire
soon, the RTP has also already coordinated with the immigration police to
Tourists reserve space to witness Naga fireballs
fireball phenomenon occurs every year on the 15th day of the waxing moon of
the 11th lunar month. This year, it fell on October 13, 2019.
Nong Khai is bustling with visitors to tourist attractions and important
temples in the province. Many of them reserved space along the Mekong
riverbank which is the main viewing point for the "Naga fireball"
Popular Naga fireball viewing points
are in Phon Phisai and Rattanawapee districts especially in front of the
Thai temple in the municipality of Phon Phisai subdistrict where ceremonies
for the worship of the Lord Buddha and Phaya Phisai Satta Nakaraj have been
Throughout the day, there has been a
flow of tourists who are visiting tourist attractions, taking pictures and
making merit. Many of them stayed at hotels, homestays, schools and temples
in Phon Phisai district and Rattawapee district last night in order to be
ready to observe the "Naga fireball" phenomenon.
In Muang Nong Khai district, the End of
Buddhist Lent Festival and the Naga Fireball Festival have been celebrated.
The events feature a variety of cultural performances in the evening of
every day from October 10-16, 2019, along the Mekong River.
The Naga fireball phenomenon occurs
every year on the 15th day of the waxing moon of the 11th lunar month. This
year, it fell on October 13, 2019.
Thai driver Alexander Albon turning heads in Formula 1
Red Bull driver Alexander Albon of Thailand
steers his car during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit
in Suzuka, central Japan, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Toru Hanai)
By Jim Armstrong
Suzuka, Japan (AP) — Formula One has always had
a solid following in Southeast Asia. Having Red Bull driver Alexander Albon
performing as well as he is will only add to the sport's popularity in the
Born in London to a British father and a Thai mother,
Albon races under the flag of Thailand. He is just the second Thai racer in
F1 following Prince Bira, a member of the Thai Royal Family who raced in the
Albon recorded a fourth-place finish in Sunday's
Japanese Grand Prix for his best result of the season, an indication that a
podium finish is not too far off for the Thai driver.
"Fourth is my F1 career best finish and this weekend
has definitely felt like my best with the team," Albon said. "Immediately
from (the first practice) I felt comfortable with the car and the balance,
which is important for a track like Suzuka where you need a lot of
confidence, especially on your first visit."
After making his 2019 Formula One debut with Toro Rosso
at the Australian Grand Prix, Red Bull announced in August that Albon would
replace Pierre Gasly in the senior team with the swap effective from the
2019 Belgian Grand Prix where Albon rose from 17th on the grid to finish
fifth, a result he matched in Russia.
"Obviously it's a big step, first year in Formula One
and then being with the big team," Albon said. "You're with a team that has
had a lot of previous success, world championships as well. So it was a bit
nerve-racking but the team has been good to me. The first four races have
been pretty good but you always want a little more."
While in Japan, the 23-year-old spoke of his Thai
heritage and the enormous support he felt on a recent trip to Thailand.
"Obviously, Thailand doesn't have a big motorsport
background," Albon said. "But it's certainly getting bigger and to race
under the Thai flag I feel like I'm representing the country but also Asia
in some respects. I've gone to Thailand three times this year already and
every time I go there I realize how big it's getting."
After Sunday's impressive showing in Suzuka, Albon is
on 64 points and ranked eighth in the drivers' standings.
Albon started racing karts at a young age. He enjoyed
success in karting between 2006 and 2010 including titles at the 2006 Super
1 Honda National Championship, 2009 Super 1 Honda National Championship and
the 2010 European Championship.
And he hopes for a chance to one day wave the Thai flag
on the winner's podium.
"To show that Thailand can compete in the top level,
would always be a dream of mine," Albon said. "So we'll see but I'm not
putting pressure on myself to say I need to finish in the top three, I think
that's kind of the wrong way to approach it but hopefully I keep improving
every race, and getting more comfortable with the car and by the end of the
year, who knows?"
Activities in Remembrance of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great
The Thai government invites the people to join
ceremonies and activities on memorial day for His Majesty the late King
Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great on October 13th.
The Thai government invites the people to join ceremonies and activities on
memorial day for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great on
The merit-making rituals and activities to be held on the memorial day
At 07.00 a.m., alms-giving to 489 monks and novices.
At 08.30 a.m., the laying of wreaths before a portrait of His Majesty the
late King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great.
At 10.00 a.m., a voluntary activity for improvements to the landscape in
commemoration of the kindness of the late King Rama IX.
At 07.30 p.m., the lighting of candles in commemoration of the late King
Rama IX. Participants stand in silence for 89 seconds in commemoration of
the kindnesses of the late King Rama IX.
At 07.45 p.m., music performances titled “Streams of care all over
In every province, the ceremonies and activities will be held at provincial
halls or other suitable venues simultaneously. Abroad, they are to be held
at Thai embassies and consular offices.
The people joining the ceremonies and activities nationwide on Sunday are
advised to wear yellow. (NNT)
Police say log file regulation is not new, ask public not to worry
Commander Pol. Col. Siriwat Deepor said a regulation requiring coffee shop
owners to store the data of customers using their Wi-Fi connections is in
line with the law and does not violate users’ privacy.
The Royal Thai Police’s Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) has
assured that a regulation requiring coffee shop owners to store the data of
customers using their Wi-Fi connections is in line with the law and does not
violate users’ privacy.
TCSD Deputy Commander Pol. Col. Siriwat
Deepor said this regulation is not new because it has been enforced since
2007. The law does not require internet users to keep the traffic data,
known as a log file, and they can still use the service as usual. Coffee
shop owners, however, have to retain a log file of their customers’ browsing
data. Authorities can use this information to help their investigations and
track down offenders. The regulation does not violate users’ privacy, adding
that other countries have implemented similar security measures.
Digital Economy and Society Minister
Buddhipongse Punnakanta said the Anti-Fake News Center will be launched on
November 1 this year. The center will deal with misleading news and
information on social media. People can file reports to the center and the
information will be forwarded to relevant agencies. The center employs an
artificial intelligence (AI) system that can detect fake news and a warning
system to alert social media users promptly.
"It’s about developing a platform or a
channel for us to communicate with the people, such as Facebook, Line or
other applications. We have to be quick to explain to the public why the
information is considered fake news. These three procedures are almost
complete. As I said, it will begin on November 1. We will monitor the news
and information. It’s mostly about how the news is being presented to the
people. It’s not about tracking down people and conducting an investigation.
They’re different issues."
The news monitoring criteria will cover
four groups. The first group is disasters, such as fake news about floods,
earthquakes, collapsing dams and tsunamis. The other groups include finance
and banking, health, counterfeit and hazardous products and political issues
that are considered a threat to national security. Representatives from all
government agencies are ready to provide information and support to the
Anti-Fake News Center around the clock.
Thailand to host World Ganja Festival 2020
The Association of Researchers of Thailand has
now joined members of the public and the private sector to organize the
World Ganja Festival 2020.
Following the liberalization of cannabis for medical use, marijuana is being
seen as a potential cash crop which can benefit Thailand’s economy. The
Association of Researchers of Thailand has now joined members of the public
and the private sector to organize the World Ganja Festival 2020.
The Association of Researchers of Thailand has signed an agreement with the
Thai Nationalism Foundation, the Journalist and Media Association of
Thailand and provincial administrative organizations of Nakhon Phanom, Sakon
Nakhon and Mukdahan to hold the World Ganja Festival 2020 between January 29
and February 2 next year. The venue is on 40 acres of land near Nong Yat
Reservoir in Nakhon Phanom province.
Gen. Charan Kullawanit, an honorary adviser to the World Ganja Festival
project, said today that the festival is being held for the first time in
Thailand, and will serve as a platform for people to exchange their
knowledge of cannabis for medical use. The event will also help promote
Thailand as a developer of top quality marijuana strains, which will
contribute to the country’s economic growth.
"We’re the main host. Thailand’s the main host. We’re deciding who we will
invite. The association chairperson said there’ll be Chinese, Japanese and
American guests. They once opposed the idea. We’ll invite them so we can
listen to their academic ideas, presentations and statements. We’ll see how
the event will benefit the global community."
The World Ganja Festival 2020 is divided into three zones, covering academic
seminars, technological innovations and business negotiations, as well as
local wisdom from each province. The event will also feature a product
design competition and music festival.
The event organizers say the World Ganja Festival 2020 will create new
opportunities and provide a better understanding of cannabis and its legal
Badminton champion Ratchanok cleared of doping
Ratchanok Intanon gestures after winning against Taiwan's Tai Tzu Ying
during women's semi-final match at the Korea Open Badminton in Incheon,
South Korea, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (AP) —
Former world badminton champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand has been
cleared of a doping violation because she proved she ate contaminated meat.
Ratchanok, ranked No. 5, tested positive for
clenbuterol in an out-of-competition test in April, the Badminton World
Federation said in a statement on Thursday.
She faced a four-year ban, but the federation said an
ethics hearing panel ruled "she was found to bear no fault or negligence for
the violation, and thus no period of ineligibility has been imposed on her."
In her defense, she collected eight samples of beef and
pork in July from a buffet restaurant she regularly eats at in Thailand, and
testing discovered traces of clenbuterol, despite it being banned in
Thailand since 2003. Because of that national ban, the panel agreed with her
that she had no reason to know or suspect that she might eat contaminated
Farmers add clenbuterol to cattle feed to reduce fat.
The panel also noted the clenbuterol in her system was
also well below minimum levels of concern, and an anti-doping test of her
two weeks beforehand was clean.
Ratchanok became the youngest world champion in 2013 at
18, and she became the first Thai to reach No. 1 in the world in 2016.
Road tripping Thailand: Weekend getaways to beat the crowds
Ban Krut beach in the
Prachuap Khiri Khan boasts one of the cleanest and quietest stretches of
white sand within driving distance of the capital. (AP Photo/Nicole Evatt)
The royal pavilion drenched in sunlight inside
the Phraya Nakhon Cave located in Thailand's Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park.
Its lush hiking trails, wetlands and mangrove forests make Khao Sam Roi Yot
National Park a weekend adventure worthy of topping your Thailand to-do
list. (AP Photo/Nicole Evatt)
Local monkeys gather in the center of Lopburi
town, known as Monkey City, in central Thailand. (AP Photo/Nicole Evatt)
Wat Tang Sai, a Buddhist temple perched atop
Thong Chai Mountain in Ban Krut in Prachuap Khiri Khan. (AP Photo/Nicole
Local monkeys gather at
Phra Prang Sam Yot temple in the center of Lopburi, one of Thailand’s oldest
cities, which boasts Khmer-era temples and the uncrowded ruins of King
Narai’s Palace. (AP Photo/Nicole Evatt)
By Nicole Evatt
Bangkok (AP) — Thailand's southern beaches lure
travelers with their turquoise water and dramatic limestone cliffs, but
there's more to explore in the Southeast Asian country that's one of the
world's most popular destinations.
For a Thai road less traveled, try one of these
getaways outside Bangkok, far from the overly Instagrammed backpacker
hotspots or the party scene of Phuket or Pattaya.
Ban Krut for the beach bum
In laid-back Ban Krut, travelers will find one of the
cleanest and quietest stretches of white sand within driving distance of the
This sleepy seaside community, known mostly by locals,
is a five-hour drive or six-hour train trip down the Gulf of Thailand.
Don't miss the magnificent Wat Tang Sai, a massive,
fairytale castle-like Buddhist temple perched atop Thong Chai Mountain.
River Kwai for the nature lover
Most visitors come for the beaches, but the rivers and
parks in Thailand's Kanchanaburi province have much to offer the
off-the-beaten-track road tripper.
Scenic trails and waterfalls abound in Sai Yok and
Erawan national parks.
Just two hours from Bangkok is the famed bridge over
River Kwai featured in the French novel-turned-1957 Academy Award-winning
Stay on the river at one of Kanchanaburi's many
floating hotels, or floatels, where you can kayak to your front door.
Phraya Nakhon Cave for the holiday
Lush hiking trails, wetlands and mangrove forests make
Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park a weekend adventure worthy of topping your
Thailand to-do list.
The park's crown jewel is the extraordinary Phraya
Nakhon Cave. Come early to catch the picturesque chamber flooded with
morning sunshine spotlighting the royal pavilion that sits inside.
Outdoorsy travelers can camp in a park bungalow or opt
for more luxe accommodations in the nearby touristy town of Hua Hin, three
hours by car or four by train from Bangkok.
Lopburi for the history buff
Bypass the tour groups at the ancient city of Ayutthaya
and head two hours north of Bangkok for a more serene stroll through Thai
Lopburi, one of Thailand's oldest cities, boasts
Khmer-era temples and the uncrowded ruins of King Narai's Palace, built in
It's also known for the mischievous monkeys that gather
at Phra Prang Sam Yot temple in the center of town. Pro tip: Keep a safe
distance from the monkeys and hide anything you don't want them to steal.
EJF praises Thailand as first country in region to defeat IUU Fishing
Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan
welcomes Environmental Justice Foundation Executive Director Steve Trent to
the Ministry of Defence in Bangkok.
The Environmental Justice Foundation’s Executive Director has met with the
Deputy Prime Minister, praising Thailand as the first country in the region
to have successfully overcome illegal, unregulated, unreported (IUU)
Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan yesterday welcomed the
Environmental Justice Foundation’s (EJF) Executive Director Steve Trent to
the Ministry of Defence in Bangkok.
The Deputy Prime Minister’s Assistant Spokesman, Maj Gen Patchasak
Patirupanon, said that Prawit thanked Trent for the organization’s offer to
help Thailand solve the problem of IUU fishing, which helped the country
achieve the lifting of the yellow-flag warning over a 4-5 year period. The
DPM assured the foundation’s executive director that the government will
continue to suppress IUU fishing, keeping the country IUU free, and has
asked the EJF to help assist the Thai government in addressing issues in the
fisheries’ labor sector.
The UK-based nonprofit’s director thanked the DPM for the welcome from Thai
authorities, and praised Thailand’s successful efforts in combating IUU
fishing, being the first country in the region to achieve this goal and
becoming a model for other countries around the world. He asked the Thai
government to maintain its focus on solving issues in the fishing industry
and promoting sustainability, adding that the EJF is willing to provide
support and guidance. (NNT)
Thai court sentences Taiwanese to life for smuggling heroin
Taiwan national Chen Kuan Lin exits a prison bus
after arriving at the criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Oct.
9, 2019. The Bangkok Criminal Court delivered Chen the death penalty but
commuted his sentence to life imprisonment after trying to smuggle 5.6
kilograms (12.3 lbs.) of heroin out of Thailand. (AP Photo)
By Busaba Sivasomboon
Bangkok (AP) — A court in Thailand on Wednesday
commuted a Taiwanese man's sentence for smuggling heroin to life
imprisonment after sentencing him to death.
A Bangkok Criminal Court official confirmed Thai media
reports that 38-year-old Chen Kuan Lin had been arrested while trying to
smuggle 5.6 kilograms (12.3 pounds) of heroin from Thailand to Taiwan.
Authorities found 18 tin boxes labeled as cooling powder in his luggage as
he was about to fly from Bangkok's Don Muang airport.
He was found guilty of possession of heroin and
trafficking with intent to sell.
The court official, who asked not to be named because
he wasn't authorized to discuss the case, said Chen's sentence was commuted
because he confessed, a standard practice in Thai courts.
The maximum length of any prison term in Thailand is 50
NACC hosts 2019 SEA-PAC meeting
As part of the effort to prevent corruption in
the ASEAN region, the National Anti-Corruption Commission is hosting this
year’s South East Asia Parties Against Corruption (SEA-PAC) meeting, an
annual meeting of anti-corruption bodies in ASEAN countries.
As part of the effort to prevent corruption in the ASEAN region, the
National Anti-Corruption Commission is hosting this year’s South East Asia
Parties Against Corruption (SEA-PAC) meeting, an annual meeting of
anti-corruption bodies in ASEAN countries.
National Anti-Corruption Commission President Pol Gen Watcharapol
Prasarnrajkit presided over the opening ceremony of the 15th South East Asia
Parties Against Corruption (SEA-PAC) meeting, held on the theme "Denying
Accommodation of Government Officials Involved in Corruption and Articles
Obtained from Corruption," in which participating agencies from ASEAN
countries share their experiences and operational guidelines.
The NACC chief has restated Thailand’s wish to suppress corruption at both
national and international levels through proactive action against
international corruption, materializing policies and innovations enabling
anti-corruption cooperation in ASEAN, in keeping with this year’s Advancing
Partnership for Sustainability theme for the ASEAN Community.
According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTD),
Southeast Asia will become the 4th biggest economy in the world by 2030,
benefitting from the freedom of movement of people and capital, but bringing
new challenges in cross-border corruption and bribery where prevention
measures are required.
Under ASEAN’s cooperation, SEA-PAC will help in certifying joint action
plans for the prevention and suppression of corruption over a 3-year period
from 2020 to 2022.
At this meeting, an agreement was signed between Laos’ and Indonesia’s
anti-corruption agencies on an information exchange and joint training.
Cooperation between agencies in the region will help individual
anti-corruption bodies easily find relevant and accurate information to
support their investigation cases. (NNT)
Heavy rain, flooding expected in lower regions from 15th October
The Office of National Water Resources Secretary
General Somkiat Prajamwong.
The Office of National Water Resources is expecting heavy rain in 14
provinces with a heightened flood risk in southern provinces from 15th
October. Local authorities have been ordered to be on alert, install
necessary mitigation equipment, and notify villagers.
The Office of National Water Resources Secretary General Somkiat Prajamwong
has disclosed the outcome of a joint meeting with the National Water Command
Center and related agencies to assess the water situation, advising that
high precipitation is expected from 15th October onwards in Chonburi,
Chantaburi, and Trat in the eastern region; Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri
Khan in the western region; Surat Thani, Chumphon, Ranong, and Trang in the
southern region; and in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, and
Songkhla on the mid south west coast of the country, where the situation is
expected to be more severe.
The office has already coordinated with the Royal Irrigation Department
(RID) and the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) to
install equipment such as water pumps, flow accelerators, and excavators in
the flood risk areas, and notify villagers to prepare for a potential
"What we need to watch out for, is from 15th October in the southern region,
particularly in the mid-section of the west coast. 14 provinces will be
affected. The main issue is, in October from the 15th, so we have already
assigned the Royal Irrigation Department and DDPM to relocate their
machinery and equipment into flood risk areas to prevent difficulties,
especially in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, and Songkhla
which could be most affected."
On the drought disaster meanwhile, latest information shows there is now no
more than 1 billion cubic meters of reserved water for the second rice
farming season and other continuous cropping in the Central region. The ONWR
has notified related agencies to make plans accordingly to avoid water
shortages. In the northeastern region, current low water availability at
dams in Khon Kaen and Chaiyaphum has prompted related agencies to work on a
back-up plan in the likelihood of water shortages in next year’s dry season.
PM asks all to quit drinking for this End of Buddhist Lent
Minister listened to letters from students who have successfully convinced
their fathers to quit drinking.
The Prime Minister has participated in a promotional activity for an
alcohol-free End of Buddhist Lent and Kathin festival, urging all to refrain
from temptations for the good of their health and family life.
Prior to the Cabinet’s meeting, Prime
Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha participated in a promotional activity for the
Ministry of Culture’s End of Buddhist Lent festivities, in which he observed
a demonstration of Rup Bua lotus throwing, the tak baht thevo alms giving
ceremony, the chak phra ceremony, tod pha pa ceremony, long boat race,
candle boat sailing, and cultural performances.
He then observed an exhibition
promoting the true traditions of the Kathin festival free of alcohol, held
by the Ministry of Public Health and its partners, to promote the subsequent
Kathin festival after Buddhist Lent as an alcohol-free occasion, by raising
awareness among the general public that alcohol consumption should not be
included in the noble traditions of Buddhism, as alcohol harms the health,
life, and property.
The Prime Minister listened to letters
from students who have successfully convinced their fathers to quit
drinking. He then asked all people to refrain from drinking and other vices
as a homage to His Majesty the King and for their health, especially on
every religious and other important days. He also delivered merit making
money for the Kathin festival.
The Prime Minister also joined in the
promotional activity for the Digital Thailand Big Bang 2019 event held in
keeping with the ASEAN Connectivity theme, presenting robots as friends in
the future. The event will take place on 28th-31st October 2019 at BITEC
Bang Na exhibition center in Bangkok. (NNT)
Barrier repairs ordered at Haew Narok Waterfall to prevent wildlife losses
After an incident where 6 wild elephants fell into Haew Narok Waterfall in
Nakhon Nayok, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment has ordered
urgent repairs to barriers around the waterfall to prevent similar losses in
The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Warawut Silpa-archa
revealed he has ordered the chief of Khao Yai National Park to reinforce
barriers around the cliff of Haew Narok Waterfall, which have not undergone
proper maintenance for 30 years.
Warawut said after this truly unexpected accident, officials from the Royal
Forest Department found the baby elephant and his mother, who survived the
accident, and are taking care of them until they are strong enough to be
released back into the wild.
After the accident, officials have asked for cooperation from villagers to
help set up barriers and to watch out for elephants to prevent similar
accidents. Soldiers will be asked to help construct the barriers. Small food
sources may be arranged to prevent accidents caused when elephants have to
travel and find sources for water and food.
"The two elephants we rescued are in recovery. We know initially they were
dehydrated and malnourished, but they have gradually regained their
strength. I have ordered Director General Thanya to construct
fall-prevention barriers at Haew Narok Waterfall as the existing barriers
have not been properly maintained for decades, since a similar accident
about 30 years ago if I remember correctly. We don’t want similar accidents
to happen again, but some accidents are caused by extraordinary
circumstances that we don’t want to happen. We have to work our best on the
prevention of repeated accidents.
On elephant Chaba Kaew at Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary in Bueng Kan, Warawut
said she is now being taken care of well by the staff, and is in good health
as shown in her latest blood test. He has reassured that he will take good
care of the safety of Chaba Kaew and other elephants. (NNT)
Cabinet endorses draft for fiscal 2020 budget
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha says that a meeting of the cabinet
ministers yesterday approved the draft budget for fiscal 2020, and insisted
that the amount can be increased or decreased.
Prayut said documents detailing the fiscal 2020 budget are being given to
Members of Parliament (MPs) for consideration.
Speaking of comments on social media about the budget allocation for each
ministry, the prime minister said the issue is still in the initial stages,
and has to be proposed to the House of Representatives for consideration.
He added that the ad hoc committee in charge of scrutinizing the budget bill
will decide whether the amount of the budget can be raised or lowered. (NNT)
6 elephants drown, 2 rescued in Thai national park
In this Oct. 5, 2019, photo released by the
Department of National Parks, two elephants are seen stuck on the edge of
the Haew Narok Waterfall in Khao Yai National Park, Nakhon Nayok, central
Thailand. A herd of wild elephants was swept away by raging waters in
Thailand's national park, drowning six, while rangers helped steer two
animals out of a deep ravine. (Department of National Parks via AP)
Bangkok (AP) — A herd of wild elephants was swept away by raging
waters in a national park in Thailand, drowning six, while rangers helped
steer two of the animals out of a deep ravine.
Staff at Khao Yai National Park discovered the two
struggling elephants and the carcasses after dawn Saturday near the Haew
Narok waterfall, also known as the Ravine of Hell.
The two elephants were trying to reach a dead calf,
park officials said.
Park rangers helped lead the two elephants from the
ravine and said they will monitor their condition throughout the week. The
waterfall was closed off to visitors while officials remove the carcasses.
"The two elephants right now are taking a rest. They
are exhausted from trying to cross the stream," said Chanaya Kanchanasaka, a
veterinarian at the park, located 120 kilometers (74 miles) northeast of
The ravines usually fill up with gushing water during
the rainy season. In 1992, eight elephants died after falling into the
The park is home to about 300 wild elephants and is
part of Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Scenic sea of fog seen from Khao Takian Ngo
Phetchabun - A sea of fog is a phenomenon which
can be observed at the end of the rainy season and the beginning of winter.
Scenic sunrises over the sea of fog can now be viewed from observation
points on Khao Takian Ngo in Phetchabun and Khao Pok Loan in Phitsanulok,
reported to be the best example of natural beauty this year.
On Khao Pok Loan, tourists are impressed by the 360
degree view of the dense morning fog, cloaking a valley over Nakhon Chum
village at sunrise. The valley shape makes it appear that the fog is
flowing. The temperature at this time in the morning has dropped to 15
degrees Celsius. The sea of fog at Khao Pok Loan can be seen until the end
At Rong Khao Haeng Nakhon Chum valley, tourists have
started to arrive to see the fog and enjoy the cool breeze. In Nakhon Chum
subdistrict, a wooden bridge is being built as a new tourism landmark. This
eucalyptus bridge is being built on the farmland of Somporn Wirampan, with
support from the sub-district administration organization and villagers.
This shot was taken from Khao Takian Ngo peak in
Phetchabun. The area was crowded with tourists erecting tents to stay
overnight to witness the sunrise, while some chose to drive up early to see
the spectacle. This mountain peak provides a 360 degree view over Khao Pu
and Khao Ya mountains protruding through the sea of fog, and Khao Kho in the
direction of Thung Salaeng Lang field. The morning temperature here is now
18 degrees Celsius.
The observation point on Khao Takian Ngo is considered
one of the best for viewing the most beautiful sea of fog in Thailand. It is
located on Highway No. 2258, Ban Son Suay village, Nong Mae Na subdistrict,
Khao Kho district, Phetchabun. It is accessible by private cars. (NNT)
Central Lab Thai offers free product tests for community enterprises
Thai has launched a campaign allowing community enterprises to send their
products for laboratory tests free of charge.
Central Lab Thai has launched a campaign allowing community enterprises to
send their products for laboratory tests free of charge. This attempt to
improve product quality from community enterprises will both help small
businesses and protect customers.
With this campaign, community
enterprises can send their product samples through any Thailand Post office
using EMS express shipping. The packages will be delivered to Central Lab
Thai on the same day or within 2 days, depending on the distance, with a
tracking service via the track.thailandpost.co.th website or Track & Trace
Thailand Post app.
After receiving the product samples,
the laboratory will perform tests and send the results and analysis to
product owners via registered mail, free of charge.
This campaign is intended to help
improve community enterprise product quality and add value to their
products. For more information, call Central Lab Thai 02 940 6881-3 ext.
Energy Business Department continues promoting B10 diesel, available at all service stations by March 2020
The Department of Energy Business (DOEB)
Director General Nantika Thangsuphanich revealed that B10 diesel will be
available at all service stations by March 2020.
The overall consumption of benzine, diesel and LPG in the first 8 months of
this year has increased year on year, but with a decrease in NGV consumption
as more and more large vehicles change to B20 diesel. The Department of
Energy Business is working to ensure B10 diesel availability at all service
stations by March 2020.
The Department of Energy Business (DOEB) Director General Nantika
Thangsuphanich revealed that, in the first 8 months of this year, national
consumption of benzine products averaged 32 million liters daily, higher
than the same period last year by 3.9 percent. Almost all fuel products in
the benzine category have grown in consumption, except Benzine 91 and
The average consumption of automotive diesel products is at 64 million
liters daily, which is 1.7 percent higher year-on-year. The consumption of
B7 diesel has dropped by 2.6 percent to 62.13 liters daily. The B10 diesel,
first sold in late March this year, saw consumption of 390,000 liters in
The Ministry of Energy has selected B10 diesel as the standard diesel fuel
for automobiles. To promote the use of this new fuel product, the DOEB will
be expediting the rollout, making B10 available in all service stations by
The daily consumption of LPG was 17 million kilograms, higher by 1.2 percent
year-on-year due to higher consumption in the petrochemical industry. The
consumption of NGV has dropped 11.1 percent to 5 million kilograms daily, as
a result of the policy to replace NGV use with B10 diesel in lorries and
large vehicles. (NNT)
HM the King puts key army units under palace authority
Bangkok (AP) — HM King Maha
Vajiralongkorn has ordered some key army units to be put under his direct
HM the King’s decree, effective Tuesday, puts two army
units closely associated with royal security under the palace's Royal
The emergency decree, dated Sept. 30, says the move
aims "for efficiency, order, timeliness and the best security" for the royal
circle. It was issued under an article of the constitution that says, "For
the purpose of maintaining national or public safety or national economic
security, or averting public calamity, the King may issue an Emergency
Decree which shall have force as an Act".
The 1st Infantry Regiment and the 11th Infantry
Regiment are both deemed royal bodyguard units, and are part of the 1st
Division of the First Army region.
Second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge to boost Thai exports
The Vice Chairman of the Thai Chamber of
Commerce, Niyom Wairatpanij, said the second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge
will lift the value of border trade exports to 100 billion baht from the
current 80 billion baht.
Tak - The second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge to open on October 30 this
year, is expected to stimulate border trade between the two countries.
Access via the new bridge will help raise the value of border trade exports
from the present 80 billion baht to 100 billion baht.
Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister, Jurin Laksanawisit, traveled to
Tak province to chair a meeting with the public and private sectors to
discuss border trade promotion and discuss the opening of the second
Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge.
The meeting also discussed a proposal to extend the operating hours of the
Mae Sot checkpoint from 8 p.m. to midnight. The Commerce Minister said he
will discuss the proposal with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before it is
submitted to a cabinet meeting for consideration. He said the issue should
be resolved before the end of this month.
In the first eight months of this year, the value of Thai-Myanmar trade
stood at 135 billion baht. Exports to Myanmar were estimated at 70 billion
baht, while imports from Myanmar totaled 65 billion baht.
The Vice Chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Niyom Wairatpanij, said
the second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge will lift the value of border
trade exports to 100 billion baht from the current 80 billion baht.
PM stressed gov’t efforts helping farmers
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has reassured
farmers of the government’s efforts to help the farming community.
The Prime Minister has reassured farmers of the government’s efforts to help
the farming community, particularly with irrigation issues and
sustainability, in a speech delivered to the National Farmers Council at its
Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha praised the
National Farmers Council for its role in liaising between the operations of
the government and individual farmers nationwide, stressing that the
government is working to help farmers recover from obstacles beyond their
control such as water shortages in places and flooding in some areas,
through various measures aimed at helping farmers return to their normal
routine and occupation, happily.
He addressed structural issues related to resources such as water, land,
seedlings, funding, informal loans, logistics, and marketing, saying that
modern technologies and innovations are being implemented to increase the
value of farm products, which will require long-term and continual planning
covering all parts of manufacturing and marketing cycles.
"We have to solve problems to prevent flooding and prevent drought. But even
if the drought comes, we must find other ways. Water supply for consumption,
farming, industry, and environmental protection is important, and those are
the main water demands. Many people complained that even though we have tens
of thousands of cubic meters of precipitation, we couldn’t reserve it. Let’s
see, how we can reserve it using dams, in retention areas, in reservoirs;
can we build more of them? If we could, then there will be no problem. I
would have built them all, but I can’t, because it will affect people. It’s
not entirely up to the government. Sometimes we face problems. We can’t
construct in forest areas or national parks. We simply can’t, even if I
wanted to. The issue remains how can we manage it? This is the problem we
must all be aware of."
Innovation Thailand Expo showcases innovations for society, environment
World-class innovations to enhance the quality
of life, improve communities and the environment are now being displayed at
Innovation Thailand Expo 2019, presenting solutions to social issues.
World-class innovations to enhance the quality of life, improve communities
and the environment are now being displayed at Innovation Thailand Expo
2019, presenting solutions to social issues.
Innovation Thailand Expo 2019 is taking place at Samyan Mitrtown shopping
center in Bangkok, on the theme Social Innovation in the City. The event
features an exposition and offers the sale of innovative products that
complement the lifestyles of people of all ages. Visitors can also attend a
forum on sharing knowledge and expert guidance.
The Innovation Awards ceremony will take place as part of the event on
Saturday, to recognize the work of excellent innovators in various
categories, such as economics, social design, and innovative corporate
media, as well as the presentation of the National Innovation Award and the
Thai Rice Innovation Award.
Weerapong Paesuwan, the chief adviser to the Minister of Higher Education,
Science, Research and Innovation and the National Innovation Agency’s board
chairman, said the Ministry is promoting the implementation of innovations
to raise the country’s level of competitiveness, along with the adaptation
of social innovations to help eliminate inequality, and improve the people’s
quality of life in terms of incomes and health, to achieve sustainable
Director promises dank thrills in Thai cave boys rescue saga
In this Sept. 16, 2019, photo, "The Cave" movie
director Tom Waller talks to The Associated Press during an interview in
Bangkok. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
In this Nov. 14, 2018, photo provided by De
Warrenne Pictures, director Tom Waller, right, talks to actors for a scene
of his film "The Cave" in Thailand. (De Warrenne Pictures via AP)
23, 2018, photo provided by De Warrenne Pictures, shows director Tom
Waller's film "The Cave" on location in Thailand. (De Warrenne Pictures via
By Tassanee Vejpongsa & Jerry Harmer
Bangkok (AP) — Their story gripped the world:
determined divers racing against time and water to rescue 12 boys and their
soccer coach trapped for more than two weeks in a flooded cave deep inside a
northern Thai mountain.
The ordeal in late June and early July 2018 had barely
ended when filmmakers began their own race to get the nail-biting drama onto
cinema screens. The first of those projects will premiere this weekend, when
director Tom Waller's "The Cave" shows at the Busan Film Festival in South
The film was shot over three months earlier this year
and has been in post-production since then. The 45-year-old Thai-born,
British-raised filmmaker said the epic tale of the Wild Boars football team
was a story he simply had to tell.
The boys and their coach entered the Tham Luang cave
complex after soccer practice and were quickly trapped inside by rising
floodwater. Despite a massive search, the boys spent nine nights lost in the
cave before they were spotted by an expert diver. It would take another
eight days before they were all safe.
Waller was visiting his father in Ireland when he saw
television news accounts of the drama.
"I thought this would be an amazing story to tell on
screen," he said.
But putting the parts together after their dramatic
rescue proved to be a challenge. Thailand's government, at the time led by a
military junta, became very protective of the story, barring unauthorized
access to the Wild Boars or their parents. Waller often feared his
production might be shut down.
His good fortune was that the events at the Tham Luang
cave in Chiang Rai province had multiple angles and interesting characters.
Especially compelling were the stories of the rescuers, particularly the
expert divers who rallied from around the world. He decided to make a film
"about the volunteer spirit of the rescue."
Other people proposed telling the story from the point
of view of the boys, and Netflix nailed down those rights in a deal brokered
by the Thai government.
"I took the view that this was going to be a story
about the people we didn't know about, about the cave divers who came all
the way from across the planet," Waller said. "They literally dropped
everything to go and help, and I just felt that that was more of an exciting
story to tell, to find out how these boys were brought out and what they did
to get them out."
Waller even had more than a dozen key rescue personnel
Waller said they were natural actors, blending in
almost seamlessly with the professionals around them, and helped by the
accuracy of the settings and the production's close attention to detail.
"What you are really doing is asking them to remember
what they did and to show us what they were doing and what they were feeling
like at the time," he said. "That was really very emotional for some of them
because it was absolutely real."
Waller said his film is likely to have a visceral
effect on some viewers, evoking a measure of claustrophobia.
"It's a sort of immersive experience with the sound of
the environment, you know, the fact that is very dark and murky, that the
water is not clear," he said.
"In Hollywood films, when they do underwater scenes,
everything is crystal clear. But in this film it's murky and I think that's
the big difference. This film lends itself to being more of a realistic
portrayal of what happened."
Some scenes were filmed on location at the entrance to
the actual Tham Luang cave, but most of the action was shot elsewhere,
"We filmed in real water caves that were flooded, all
year-round," he said. "It is very authentic in terms of real caves, real
flooded tunnels, real divers and real creepy-crawlies in there. So it was no
mean feat trying to get a crew to go and film in these caves."
"The Cave" goes on general release in Thailand on Nov.
Thai marine biologist pleads for dugong conservation plan
dugong named Marium swims near the hull of a boat off Libong Island
Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Trang province, southern Thailand. A top marine
biologist is urging Thailand’s government to speed up conservation plans for
the dugong, an endangered sea mammal, after their death toll for the year
has already climbed to a record 21. (Sirachai Arunrugstichai via AP, File)
By Busaba Sivasomboon
Bangkok (AP) — A top marine biologist has urged
Thailand’s government to speed up conservation plans for the dugong, an
imperiled sea mammal, after their death toll for the year in Thai waters has
already climbed to a record 21.
Thon Thamrongnawasawat said on his Facebook page that
the carcass of a dugong was found Tuesday off the southern province of Krabi.
The young female apparently drowned after being caught in a fishing net, a
common threat to the animals.
Experts believe only 250 dugongs are left in Thai
Thon, who has served on a government environment and
development committee, says a three-year master plan for dugong conservation
is awaiting Cabinet approval.
"We have lost too much this year, I have hope we can
get what we ask for and will be able to start the program soon," Thon wrote.
The plan is called the "Marium Project" after the name
given a rescued ailing baby dugong who became celebrated in Thailand after
images of veterinarians embracing and feeding her with milk and seagrass
spread across social media.
She died two months ago despite the intensive care, and
her demise was believed due to shock _ she was thought to have been chased
and attacked by a larger male dugong during mating season _ and ingesting
plastic waste. A large amount of plastic waste was found in her intestine,
which led to gastritis and blood infection.
Dugongs are a species of marine mammal similar to a
manatee and can grow to about 3.4 meters (11 feet) in length. They are
listed as a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation
of Nature and are protected under Thai law.
The aquatic mammals do have their fans among Thai
Suthep Khanchai is the founder of the Dugong
Conservation group based on Libong Island in the southern province of Trang.
He said by phone that he and his fellow villagers were
saddened by the dugong deaths, and when they heard about the latest one, he
called a community meeting to ask people to refrain from using fishing nets
harmful to the animals, even if they are legal.
Members of his group already monitor areas where there
is a lot of seagrass, the dugongs’ main diet, he said.
“I am a fisherman but I love dugongs. They are
beautiful,” Suthep said. “I hope that my great-grandchildren can see dugongs
in their habitats just like we do, and we have to start helping them now.”
Dangerous pesticides ban ‘in progress’: Agriculture Minister
and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-orn said that the MOAC intends
ultimately to ban pesticides Paraquat, Glyphosate, and Chlorpyrifos, but the
banning process is pending consideration by the Hazardous Substance
Bangkok - Uncertainty remains in Thailand
whether or not to ban Paraquat, Glyphosate, and Chlorpyrifos which are used
as pesticides, leading an ad-hoc committee on the regulation of chemical
substances in the industrial sector to request clarification from related
ministers. The Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives has responded by
reaffirming his intention to ban these chemicals.
Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-orn
has stressed in an interview the policy on the discontinuation the
chemicals, saying that the MOAC intends ultimately to ban these chemicals,
but the banning process is pending consideration by the Hazardous Substance
He said the matter is now under the supervision of
Deputy Minister Mananya Thaiset, adding that the MOAC is ready to proceed
with a ban on these chemicals once the Hazardous Substance Committee has
made its decision.
"It is absolutely impossible. I have made it obvious
that once it is clearly written in the law, I will immediately discontinue
these chemicals. There was none. The rumors that companies have talked to
me. I can confirm I have never talked or engaged in any way with
pharmaceutical companies, and I still intend not to."
The President of the House of Representatives’ ad-hoc
committee on the regulation of chemical substances in the industrial sector,
Chavalit Vichayasuthi has raised his concerns with the Minister of
Agriculture’s order to follow the Hazardous Substance Committee’s decision
to restrict the usage of Paraquat, Glyphosate, and Chlorpyrifos, while not
banning those chemicals; adding that the Minister of Agriculture must be
able to clarify his reasons for having a different opinion from other
Ministers on this subject.
The order restricting these chemicals was made after a
request had been filed with the Ministry of Industry’s Permanent Secretary
on 17th September 2019 by officials of the Department Of Agriculture to
categorize these chemicals as Class 4 hazardous substances, prohibiting
their manufacture, importation, export, and sale. (NNT)
Nuclear weapons, interfaith ties top pope’s agenda in Asia
Francis is hugged by Chinese faithful coming from the Tuscany city of Prato,
at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the
Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Vatican City (AP) — Pope Francis
will voice his opposition to nuclear weapons and honor victims of Japan’s
2011 nuclear disaster during a visit to the country that is expected to be a
highlight of his upcoming trip to Asia.
The Vatican on Wednesday released the details of
Francis’ Nov. 19-26 visit to Thailand and Japan, which includes stops in
Nagasaki and Hiroshima, which were destroyed by U.S. atomic bombs at the end
of World War II.
In Thailand, Francis will meet with the supreme
Buddhist leader and hold a meeting with other faith leaders, focusing on
interfaith dialogue on the first leg of his trip. In Bangkok, he is likely
to speak out about poverty and human trafficking, both problems in Thailand
and issues of concern for the pope.
In Japan, Francis will travel to Nagasaki where he will
issue a message about atomic weapons, the Vatican said. There he will also
honor 26 martyrs killed in 1597.
Nagasaki, in southwestern Japan, is rich in the legacy
of Christian missionaries dating back to the samurai era, and the visit
there is likely to be particularly poignant for Francis: He longed to be a
missionary in Japan but was prevented from going because of poor health when
he was a young priest in Argentina.
Francis will also visit Hiroshima and preside over a
peace meeting at the city’s peace memorial.
Back in Tokyo, Francis will meet with victims of
Japan’s more recent “triple disaster,” the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and
nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, northern Japan.
Three of the plant's reactors had meltdowns after the
magnitude 9.0-earthquake and tsunami, spreading radiation into surrounding
communities and into the sea. The fallout from the disaster has prevented
thousands of residents from returning home.
Francis has gone beyond his predecessors in demanding a
world without nuclear weapons, saying the Cold War-era policy of nuclear
deterrence had provided a false sense of security.
PM Prayut joins volunteer project, inspects Royal Barge Procession route
Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha paints a
post while volunteering to improve the landscape along the banks of the Chao
Phraya River, where the Royal Barge Procession will take place on October 24
Bangkok - The government has organized a volunteer project to improve the
landscape along the banks of the Chao Phraya River, as the Royal Barge
Procession will take place there on October 24 this year. The project is
also being held so that people can express their loyalty and gratitude to
His Majesty King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) and His Majesty King Bhumibol
Adulyadej the Great (Rama IX).
Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, together with
his wife, Naraporn Chan-o-cha, presided over the launch of the volunteer
project to improve the landscape along stretches of the Chao Phraya River in
preparation for the Royal Barge Procession this month. The project was
organized to commemorate the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
the Great on October 13 and the passing of His Majesty King Chulalongkorn on
The event took place at Santichaiprakarn Park and was attended by the
President of the Supreme Court, the Speaker of the House of Representatives,
the President of the Senate, the President of Independent Organizations
Under the Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand, cabinet ministers and
their spouses, commanders of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, civil servants,
community leaders and volunteers.
The Prime Minister said the activity is a response to His Majesty the King’s
wish to see people working together to ensure the orderliness of the
country. It was also held for people from all walks of life to show their
love and unity and to express their loyalty and gratitude to the royal
The government is inviting people to wear yellow shirts and attend an
audience with Their Majesties the King and Queen, who will travel down the
Chao Phraya River, which runs through Bangkok and Thonburi, in the Royal
Barge Procession on October 24, 2019.
The Prime Minister and officials participated in the volunteer project by
beautifying the landscape and planting grass at Santichai Prakan Park, where
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will observe the
The Prime Minister also took a boat ride to inspect the procession route,
starting from Phra Arthit Pier. He then thanked all volunteers and everyone
who took part in this activity.
Meanwhile, a total of 2,290 Altruistic Heart 904 volunteers and public
volunteers helped clean up riverside areas along the procession route. The
volunteers trimmed trees and shrubs, collected garbage and repainted benches
from Santichaiprakarn Park to Somdet Phra Pinklao Bridge, covering a
distance of 600 meters.
One of the volunteers, Jettana Kijkerdsaeng, said she joined the activity
because she wanted to play a small part in an activity that contributes to
Thai society. Ms. Jettana said she was proud to be part of the event.
Another volunteer, Tanad Manaphanniyom, said he was glad to have the
opportunity to help clean up areas along the procession route. He added that
the volunteer project gave people an opportunity to contribute to Thai
Gov’t unveils 100-baht domestic tour packages
Bangkok (NNT) - Tourism promotion campaigns such as "Chim Shop Chai -
Eat, Shop, Spend" have received good feedback from the general public,
despite complaints on the complexity of registration. The government
yesterday approved another campaign to promote domestic tourism at year’s
end, with 100-baht tourism packages.
Deputy Government Spokesperson Traisulee Traisoranakul announced that the
Cabinet had in a meeting yesterday approved a 116 million baht budget for a
new domestic tourism promotion campaign called, "It’s Time to Tour
The campaign will offer 40,000 100-baht tourism packages from airlines,
hotels, and shops. Eligible customers are required to register via the
Tourism Authority of Thailand’s official LINE account. The packages will be
released 10,000 at a time, targeting the Generation X and Generation Y
population and those with medium purchasing power.
In addition, special discounts and promotions will be offered on weekdays by
airlines, shops, restaurants, spas, and museums, to promote more tourism
activities outside the weekends. These offers will be valid until the end of
On issues related to the Chim Shop Chai campaign’s registration, many
applicants have complained regarding the difficulties encountered when
authenticating themselves using facial recognition on the "Pao Tang -
Wallet" mobile app, requiring them to verify themselves in person using
their ID card with officials, who may ask for other information in the
verification process to ensure consistency with the answers they have
previously submitted, such as the applicants’ mobile phone number and
selected provinces. After answering correctly, applicants are eligible for
their 1,000 baht allowance immediately.
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has asked the general public to
understand the complexity of the registration process as the government must
be careful with budget disbursement, thus applicants should respect and obey
"The campaign is carefully controlled with the registration process. Reports
are generated daily to see clear figures allowing the Ministry of Finance to
make clarification. On inconveniences when spending the allowance, please
understand there are some restrictions to government’s money, as the
government would be responsible for misuses. Therefore these measures have
been put in place and should be respected. We should not spend carelessly,
only for things we need."
MOPH launches project to allow patients to get prescription medicines at pharmacies
a doctor, patients can now choose to collect their prescription medicine
from pharmacies, instead of waiting in long hospital queues.
Bangkok - The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has officially
launched a project to reduce patient waiting time and ease hospital
congestion by allowing patients to obtain prescription medicine from
pharmacies close to their homes. The project aims to cover 50 hospitals and
500 pharmacies by next year.
On Tuesday, the Deputy Prime Minister
and Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, together with the Deputy
Minister of Public Health, Sathit Pitutecha, attended the launch of the
project. After seeing a doctor, patients can now choose to collect their
prescription medicine from pharmacies, instead of waiting in long hospital
The first phase of this project covers
patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, mental illnesses and
common chronic diseases. This group of patients can obtain prescription
medicine from pharmacies near their homes. Currently, 35 hospitals and 300
pharmacies in Bangkok and other provinces have registered with the ministry
to participate in this project.
At Buddhachinaraj Hospital in
Phitsanulok province, registered diabetes and high blood pressure patients
can obtain prescription medicine from 17 pharmacies in the province. To help
pharmacists dispense the right amount of medicine, patients are to provide
them with information about their existing prescription. If patients fail to
obtain their prescription medicine from pharmacies within the given time
frame, they have to contact the hospital’s outpatient department. Patients
with a universal healthcare card or a 30-baht gold card are not required to
pay for the medicine.
At Roi Et Hospital in Roi Et province,
patients can receive their prescription medicine from nine pharmacies in the
province. The hospital’s medication management processes includes dispensing
and delivering prescription medicines for individual patients to pharmacies,
assigning pharmacies to act as a reserve units and assigning pharmacies to
prepare prescription medicine and hand them to patients.
At Hat Yai Hospital in Songkhla
province, the project has been joined by 13 pharmacies. Patients who are
eligible must hold a universal healthcare card or a 30-baht gold card. The
new service currently covers patients with diabetes, high blood pressure and
Low income earners welfare campaign gets one year extension
Spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat (center) announced the approval of the
extension to the government’s welfare campaign for low-income earners by one
Bangkok - The Cabinet this week
extended the welfare campaign for low income earners until September 2020,
which is expected to cost 1.8 billion baht offering utility subsidies and a
5% VAT rebate.
Government Spokesperson Narumon
Pinyosinwat announced the approval of the extension to the government’s
welfare campaign for low-income earners by one year.
Eligible persons in this program will
receive a monthly subsidy of 230 baht per household for electricity bills,
and 100 baht for water bills until 30 September 2020.
A VAT rebate program will be offered
from 1 November 2019 to 30 September 2019 for purchases made with a welfare
card. From 7% VAT normally collected, the government will rebate 5% every
15th of the month to cardholders’ e-wallets, from which they can make cash
withdrawals. 1% will be sent to cardholders’ National Savings Fund accounts
or other savings accounts. Under this scheme, welfare cardholders will only
pay 1% VAT for each eligible purchase.
The campaign will cover 14.6 million
people, and will cost 1.839 billion baht, out of which 1.74 billion will be
for the electricity bill subsidy, 30 billion for the water bill subsidy and
69 billion for the VAT rebate. (NNT)
Thailand reduces marine debris
Bangkok (NNT) - The amount of
marine debris generated in Thailand has dropped to 21,700-32,600 tons
annually, after the initial success of a project to increase the reuse and
recycling of materials by 25 percent. Plastic bags remain the largest
proportion of marine debris found in the environment.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment’s
(MNRE) Permanent Secretary Jatuporn Buruspat has revealed a downward trend
in the quantity of marine debris generated in Thailand, with the volume of
marine debris washed ashore in 2018 at between 21,700-32,600 tons annually,
which is an obvious decrease from the amount in 2016 of between
He said the decrease in marine debris is due to greater
reuse and recycling of materials, from 15% to 25%.
In 2018, the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources
(DMCR) conducted a study of microplastic contamination in the environment
caused by the degradation of plastic debris, and its potential long-tern
effect on the food chain and human health. The study, conducted in 18
seaside provinces, found 53-2,102 pieces of microplastic per square meter of
beach in the dry season, with the level of concentration dropping to 0-974
pieces per square meter in the rainy season.
Every year the department holds activities to celebrate
the International Coastal Cleanup, on the 3rd September each year. This
year, the department also held events on 21st September in 24 seaside
provinces which helped remove 230,000 pieces of debris, weighing 10 tons in
total, from the marine ecology. Most of this debris was assorted plastics,
with plastic bags at 22 percent, plastic bottles at 16 percent, foam food
containers at 9 percent, along with glass bottles at 5 percent, and drinking
straws at 5 percent.
The MNRE permanent secretary has stressed 350,081
pieces of debris have so far been collected this year from beaches in 23
seaside provinces, weighing in total 32.83 tons. The largest proportion of
this debris is plastic bags amounting to 11.71 percent, followed by foam
food containers and food bags.
D.E. ministry confirms Personal Information Protection Act
Digital Economy Minister Puttipong Punnakanta
confirmed the Personal Information Protection Act of 2019 will come into
effect on May 28, 2020.
Bangkok (NNT) - The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society confirmed
the Personal Information Protection Act will become officially effective in
the middle of next year. The ministry will organize a major seminar to
disseminate knowledge and understanding about the new law, which is intended
to prevent unauthorized access to personal information.
Digital Economy Minister Puttipong Punnakanta confirmed
the Personal Information Protection Act of 2019 will come into effect on May
28, 2020. The new law calls for the setting up of a committee to be in
charge of protecting personal information and the Office of the Personal
Information Protection Board. Wannaphorn Thephassadin na Ayutthaya, a deputy
permanent secretary at the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, will act
as interim secretary general of the committee.
Puttipong said there have been many cases of misuse of
personal information due to technological progress, such as basic
information in ID cards, personal incomes and financial data. The law was
largely designed to prevent the privacy of personal information from being
violated. Measures and regulations are provided under international
The protective measures for personal information might
be unfamiliar to several agencies, thus prompting the ministry to
disseminate knowledge about the law. A major seminar for all relevant
agencies is scheduled for October 10 at Centra by Centara Government Complex
Hotel on Chaeng Wattana Road. All views exchanged and suggestions made
during the seminar will be collated as basis for the writing of an organic
law before the Personal Information Protection Act becomes fully effective.
Those interested in the seminar can register on www.zipeventapp.com from
PM 2.5 levels rise in 15 areas in Bangkok region
Bangkok (NNT) - Last week, southern people were affected by PM 2.5
that exceeded the standard level. This week, the dust problems have occurred
in Bangkok and its vicinity. Yesterday, the PM 2.5 levels rose in 15 areas
because the cold wind had abated causing still weather. The Ministry of
Public Health (MOPH) has warned risk groups against doing outdoor activities
and advised them to wear a face mask if they have to go outside for any
length of time.
The Pollution Control Department (PCD), in their report
on the air quality in Bangkok and vicinity, said the warning mark of PM2.5
was measured between 37 - 67 micrograms per cubic meter which exceeds the
standard level in 15 areas. So, beware if you plan to travel to, and spend
any time outside in Pathumwan, Sathorn, Bang Kho Laem, Yannawa, Khlong San,
Pasicharoen, Bang Sue, Lak Si, Bang Khen, Bang Plat and Bang Khun Thian in
The area covers Phra Pradaeng district, Mueang Samut
Prakan district, Krathum Baen district and Mueang Samut Sakhon district.
The problem is caused by a high pressure system from
China and wind that has weakened making the air stagnant and causing an
accumulation of dust. The lower air quality in the 15 districts has started
to affect the health of residents.
The MOPH has advised risk groups including young
children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with underlying illnesses,
in areas where the PM 2.5 content exceeds the standard level, to avoid
undertaking activities or exercising outdoors. They are also advised to wear
a face mask if they have to go out for a lengthy period of time, to prevent
communicable diseases in the respiratory system in accordance with
People are also asked to avoid burning-off in open
spaces, maintain good condition of their vehicles in order to prevent the
emission of black smoke, use the public transport service instead of
personal cars and inspect and avoid using public transport that emits black
smoke. Construction sites and industrial plants are also asked to reduce
dust and air pollution.
Cabinet approves flood relief budget; air pollution action plan
Government Spokeswoman, Prof. Dr. Narumon
Pinyosinwat, announced that the cabinet meeting agreed on an action plan to
tackle air pollution, which is on the national agenda.
Bangkok (NNT) - Prime Minister and Defense
Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday that a meeting of cabinet
ministers had approved a budget for the repair of damaged roads in flood-hit
areas and the implementation of flood-relief measures, as the overall flood
situation in the country has now eased.
Gen. Prayut said the cabinet meeting discussed existing
and additional measures to assist flood victims in 32 provinces. The
measures include 5,000-baht compensation for each household, relief packages
to help affected farmers, and home repairs provided by soldiers, engineers
and public volunteers. The Prime Minister also expressed his satisfaction
that water levels have started to recede. Relevant agencies can now restore
the situation back to normalcy and conduct damage assessments. He said all
steps are in line with the law and the government’s budget.
The cabinet meeting also endorsed an action plan to
address air pollution.
The Government Spokeswoman, Prof. Dr. Narumon
Pinyosinwat, announced that the cabinet meeting agreed on an action plan to
tackle air pollution, which is on the national agenda. The action plan was
approved by the Office of the National Environment Board according to the
Prime Minister’s instruction.
The government has called on members of the public to
refrain from outdoor burning and make sure that their motor vehicles don’t
emit black smoke. They are also encouraged to use public transportation. The
government has asked the industrial sector and construction companies for
cooperation in reducing emissions.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has instructed the
Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment to compile the proposals
offered by various ministries and submit a report to the cabinet for
consideration as soon as possible.
Campaign against garbage dumping in Chao Phraya River
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Bangkok
Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is encouraging vendors at Pak Khlong
Talard market to conserve Chao Phraya River by not dumping garbage into the
it. That is in line with a plan to call for UNESCO to register the Chao
Phraya River as a Cultural Heritage this year.
A campaign for the conservation of the Chao Phraya
River was conducted by officials so that the river might be declared a
sustainable Cultural Heritage. The campaign against garbage dumping in the
river has been carried out for a second week at Talard Wang Lang market.
Vendors and members of the public at the market were
encouraged to participate in the campaign by depositing garbage at
designated places and not releasing waste water or trash into the river.
The World Monuments Fund declared the Chao Phraya River
as one of 28 Cultural Heritage sites last year and called for an end to
garbage in the river, especially from Saphan Phut Bridge to Phra Pin Klao
Bridge covering a distance of nearly five kilometers.
Singhachai Thiansinghadej, the general manager of Yod
Phimarn market in Pak Khlong Talard area, said the market area produces
about 30 tons of garbage daily, mostly being rotten vegetables, fruits and
flowers. The market collects the garbage twice a day, in the morning and in
the evening, for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s garbage trucks to
pick up. The market vendors have cooperated well by keeping the market
clean, properly handling the garbage and definitely not dumping it into the
Bangkok Chinatown vegetarian festival kicks off
BANGKOK (NNT) - This year’s
Chinese vegetarian festival officially began on 29 September. The
festivities in Bangkok’s Chinatown Yaowarat are all on the theme of honoring
His Majesty the King in the auspicious year of the Coronation.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce,
officiated at the opening ceremony of Yaowarat’s Vegetarian Festival 2019 to
conserve this long observed annual traditional, and to honor His Majesty the
King in the auspicious year of his Coronation.
The vegetarian festival at Yaowarat is taking place for
10 days and 10 nights, until 7 October. Some 100 shops are selling
ready-to-eat vegetarian food along the road from Odeon circle to Yaowarat
road. It is expected this festival will generate no less than 500 million
baht in revenue.
Many Thai-Chinese people have come out and shopped for
vegetarian ingredients. Many raw ingredients, pre-cooked and ready to eat
meals, condiments and desserts are being sold at regular prices. Many
shoppers praised the opening of new MRT stations in the area, allowing them
to travel faster and more conveniently.
Minister Tewan visits people in flood-hit areas of Ubon Ratchathani
UBON RATCHATHANI (NNT) - Somdet Phra Mahathera Jarn of the Supreme
Council of Thailand, and the Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s
Office, Tewan Liptapallop, have handed relief bags to people in flood-hit
areas of Ubon Ratchathani province.
The officials met with the flood-affected residents in
Warin Chamrap district and offered them moral support. The group visited
Senawong temple, Tha Bong Mang village and Warin Chamrap Municipality
Office, which is being used as a temporary shelter. The officials
distributed 600 relief bags to the flood victims.
Mr. Tewan told the local people that officials will
start conducting a flood damage inspection next week, so that additional
relief measures can be implemented. He urged the people to be patient as the
situation will soon be restored to normal, and that the government will do
its best to help them.
Meanwhile, people donated 264 million baht to the Prime
Minister’s Office for flood relief efforts. The government will use the
money to help households affected by the recent floods.
Blue Line extensions opens to public
BANGKOK (NNT) - The MRT Blue Line extensions, from Hua Lamphong to
Bang Khae and from Tao Poon to Tha Phra, have officially opened to improve
the travel convenience of commuters and ease traffic woes in Bangkok.
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prayut
Chan-o-cha presided over the opening ceremony of the MRT Blue Line
extensions. The government had expedited efforts to complete the project
so that the full service could be launched for the benefit of the
The Prime Minister said the extensions will help
reduce traffic congestion on roads while improving the people’s quality
of life in Bangkok. He said these efforts will also have to be
implemented in other provinces, and relevant agencies are to create an
understanding with the public about the impact of the construction on
traffic and other factors.
The MRT Blue Line extensions, from Hua Lamphong
to Bang Khae and from Tao Poon to Tha Phra, are part of the Rail Mass
Transit Master Plan in Bangkok and its vicinity. The 27-kilometer
project will help ease traffic woes and improve travel convenience for
people commuting via the Chaloem Ratchamongkhon Line to Thon Buri.
The Prime Minister led a group of officials to
travel by train on the new rail extension from Tha Phra station to Wat
Mangkon station. The Prime Minister greeted people and vendors in the
Yaowarat area before making merit at Mangkon Kamalawat temple, known in
Chinese as Wat Leng Nui Yee.