Singha Park Chiang Rai Balloon Fiesta 2016 to launch in February
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Singha Park Chiang Rai
Balloon Fiesta 2016 will take place between February 10th and 14th at Singha
Park Chiang Rai.
Mr. Rungsrid Luxsitanonda, Senior Vice President Singha Corporation is
inviting tourists to visit Chiang Rai province for the event. The grand
opening ceremony is on 10th February and Competition flights will start
thereafter and continue until February 14th.
Visitors can expect to see more than 30 colorful hot-air balloons in
different shapes from 14 countries around the globe. They will also be given
hot-air balloon rides to see Singha Park from a bird’s eye perspective. The
event is also organizing musical concerts, along with many food and beverage
vendors at the festival.
Tourists are particularly invited to attend special events on 14th February,
the day of “Balloon Love” when they'll enjoy fun-filled activities such as
riding tandem bicycles, a colorful balloon playground and beautiful balloon
shows, all coming with spectacular light and sound shows.
Interior Ministry to solve land disputes in Phuket
PHUKET,(NNT) - The Ministry of Interior
has told the authorities in Phuket province to prevent future violence among
those involved in land disputes.
According to Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda, an investigation will
be launched to identify the legal owner of the land located near Rawai
beach, where the conflict began. He said both sides must learn to coexist
peacefully until the case is resolved. A security unit has also been
instructed to maintain law and order.
The ministry has also allowed a group of people to make a living on a small
designated forest area, as well as on lands issued under a scheme for
agricultural zoning and several other public spaces. The government will
refrain from issuing title deeds for these areas, as these lands are only
being used in a relief capacity.
Meanwhile, Gen Anupong said that anyone found to have broken the law will be
prosecuted indiscriminately. The statement was made following a report of
corruption in the five million baht per subdistrict scheme.
Government prepares to celebrate World Wetland Day
– The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is preparing to organize
an event for World Wetland Day.
According to Deputy Secretary-General of the Office of Natural Resources and
Environmental Policy and Planning Asdaporn Kraipanond, the event will take
place from February 2 - 3 at the Suntara Wellness Resort in Chachoengsao
The event features a seminar with environmental experts and a trip to the
wetlands of Bangpakong River. The activity aims to foster the conservation
and sustainable management of natural resources and the environment among
World Wetland Day is celebrated every year on February 2 to mark the signing
of the 1971 Ramsar Convention, formally known as the Convention on Wetlands
of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat.
Ministry of Education reassures parents regarding class hours reduction
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Ministry of
Education moved to reassure parents regarding its policy to reduce class
After meeting with relevant agencies, Education Minister Gen Dapong
Ratanasuwan affirmed that the class hour reduction scheme would sufficiently
equip students for academic success.
According to Gen Dapong, the National Institute of Educational Testing
Service has been instructed to issue tests that suit the new curriculum. The
Office of the Basic Education Commission has also been ordered to support
schools that still need improvement.
Schools participating in the class hour reduction scheme are to report their
evaluations of the results. The ministry plans to expand the program to
another 15,000 schools in 2016.
Gen Dapong said he was awaiting the results of the Ordinary National
Educational Test (O-NET) of students being taught under the new curricula.
He asked parents not to be overly concerned, saying he was confident that
the program would be beneficial.
ASEAN community urged to move together forward
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Foreign
Affairs held a seminar on the Future of the ASEAN Community: Beyond 2015 and
Towards 2025 and launched a Pathfinding book on "Positioning the ASEAN
Community in an Emerging Asia: Thai Perspective" as well as introduced the
concept of "2025: Forging Ahead Together."
Mr. Jakkrit Srivali, Director-General of the Department of ASEAN Affairs,
welcomed all participants and keynote speakers, including Mr. Kavi
Chongkittavorn, Dr. Suthad Setboonsarng, Dr. Termsak Chalerm Palanupap and
Mr. Apichai Sunchindah. He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has held a
number of activities including this event to welcome the establishment of
the ASEAN Economic Community.
Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn, a former special assistant to the ASEAN
Secretary-General, pointed out that ASEAN is an unbreakable regional
organization which is not too strong and not too weak. In complex and
changing environment today, Thailand should deal with all major powers,
including the United States, China and Russia, he said. For that reason,
Thailand is bound to adopt policies alongside the bloc's visions which will
be pivotal to the development of the country and ASEAN community.
Dr. Suthad Setboonsarng, a Former Deputy ASEAN Secretary-General, said the
ASEAN community is a platform for moving forward since 25% of ASEAN GDP
involves internal trade so that ASEAN should speak in one voice and not
compete against each other but work together. Besides, the community was
suggested to act less as a national entity and more as a regional bloc in
favor of shared development and achievements.
Apart from political, security and economic affairs Mr. Apichai Sunchindah
insisted that the ASEAN community push forward joint actions and emphasize
on public awareness since the bloc is a people-based organization. ASEAN
needs to adopt a common resolution to combat non-traditional threats such as
drugs, human trafficking and climate change.
All the keynote speakers agreed to the non-interference principles which
need not change but are yet to be made more liberal. The most important
point is to turn regional interests into a regional policy.
University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce says SMEs have grown more competitive
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The University of the
Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) has said that the SME competitiveness index
in the last quarter of 2015 increased from the previous quarter to 49.4, due
to government support.
Director of the UTCC Economic and Business Forecasting Centre Thanawat
Polvichai said the index will likely increase by 0.6 points during the first
quarter of 2016, after the government made assisting small and medium
enterprises (SMEs) part of this year's national agenda.
However, Mr. Thanawat also said the SME competitiveness index is susceptible
to U.S. monetary policy, which ultimately affects stock market volatility,
global economic recovery, and household debt.
In the last quarter of 2015, SMEs were able to increase their sales volumes
due to lower fuel prices. The business sustainability index among SMEs also
rose from 50.5 to 50.7, as they eased into the digital economy by investing
in online marketing and human resources.
Labor Ministry: Nine accidents at work caused by fire
BANGKOK, (NNT) – The Committee on
Occupational Safety, Health and Working Environment, part of the Ministry of
Labor, disclosed that 17 accidents at work occurred in December 2015. Nine
were caused by fire but nobody was killed in those cases.
Four other accidents took place at construction sites where a Myanmar worker
and a Thai worker fell from the building and died while a Cambodian worker
was killed when construction materials fell down on him. The others were
caused by a malfunctioning elevator and road traffic mishap.
The Department of Labor Protection and Welfare has set up a center for the
collecting of information pertaining to the causes of accidents at work in
order to set guidelines for the preventing of such mishaps.
US officials observe illegal fishing and human trafficking countermeasures in Thailand
SAMUT SAKHON,(NNT) - Representatives
from the U.S. Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons have
visited Samut Sakhon province to observe Thailand’s progress on illegal
fishing and human trafficking prevention.
Captain Wasin Sasrida, head of Policy and Planning at the Thailand Maritime
Enforcement Coordinating Center 1, led a team of officials from the United
States as well as the Command Center for Combating Illegal Fishing to the
Port In-Port Out Controlling Center in Samut Sakhon.
They observed how the center operates and how fishery workers were treated
at the nearby fish market. Captain Wasin claimed that the American
representatives now have had a better understanding of the recruitment
process for workers and their living conditions.
He added later that the US officials were pleased to see that no workers
were being exploited.
Tourism in January up by 15 percent compared to same period last year
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Minister of Tourism
and Sports has indicated that tourism since the beginning of the year has
significantly increased the country’s revenue, as an influx of tourists has
coincided with the Ministry’s ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan, linking tourism
developments in the region.
Minister of Tourism and Sports, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul announced that
between January 1st and 26th of this year, the arrival of tourists grew by
15.6% on the same period last year, resulting in revenue of 128 million
baht, a 16.8% increase on the same period last year.
The number of tourists at the country’s five main airports from January 1st
to 26th, grew by 15% compared to the same period last year. Don Muang
International Airport reported the degree of tourist growth at 51.9%,
followed by the airports of Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hat Yai and Suvarnabhumi.
As for the Ministry’s 2nd ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan, Mrs Kobkarn revealed
that the strategy will focus on promoting the national identity of each
country and enhancing competitiveness and sustainable cooperation. In 2017,
the plan will further expand the connectivity of the ASEAN region to promote
increased tourism in the region.
Bangkok Governor presents Bueng Nong Bon Sports Family Park
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Bangkok Metropolitan
Administration (BMA) has presented a monkey cheek dam to city dwellers
as a New Year gift and a place for outdoor activities.
Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paripatra said during the opening
ceremony that the monkey cheek dam, known to locals as Bueng Non Bon,
will also serve as a "sports family park." It is among Bangkok’s 25
water retention areas built to prevent flooding.
Bueng Non Bon is the capital's largest water retention area at 600 rai.
Additional facilities have been built to cater to water and land sports
enthusiasts. Bueng Non Bon offers various water sports such as
windsurfing, kayaking and canoeing, with staff providing instruction and
advice free of charge.
There are also basketball and sepak takraw courts, as well as an outdoor
gym for those interested in outdoor activities. A four-kilometer biking
track was built around the dam to honor Her Majesty the Queen’s 83rd
Birthday Anniversary last year.
Bueng Non Bon Sports Family Park is open daily from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Park members must be eight years old and above. An annual membership fee
of 10 baht is required for those age 8 - 18 and 40 baht for those older
Winners announced for Prince Mahidol Award 2015
– The Prince Mahidol Award Foundation has named an American professor as the
winner of the Prince Mahidol Award 2015 in the field of medicine and a
British researcher as the winner in the field of public health.
Professor Dr. Prasit Watanapa, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj
Hospital, Mahidol University, in his capacity as Vice President of the
Prince Mahidol Award Foundation, led other executives at a press conference
to declare the winners of the annual Prince Mahidol Award, both in medicine
and public health.
The award winner in medicine is Professor Morton M. Mower from the United
States. He co-invented the Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator,
a device that helps monitor the heart rate and rhythm and deliver electrical
current when abnormality is detected. The device is implanted in the bodies
of up to 200,000 people each year due to its proven effectiveness in saving
the lives of patients suffering from cardiac arrhythmia.
Meanwhile, Sir Michael Gideon Marmot from the United Kingdom won the award
in public health for his evidence-based evaluation on the Social
Determinants of Health, the concept of which has been adopted by the British
government and the World Health Organization to eliminate health inequities
and ensure better well-being for people.
Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau reveals 3D strategy to spur national economy
BANGKOK, 28 January 2016 (NNT) -
Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB has
revealed a three-dimension strategy in response to the government policy to
help boost national economy.
For the first time, Thailand Extra Exhibition was launched at TIEEF 2016
with an inpiration to turn Thailand into a venue for international trade
shows in the ASEAN region.
Mrs. Supawan Teerarat, vice president for Strategic and Business
Development, TCEB, disclosed steps will be taken in 2016 to reinforce
international trade show industry to help strengthen national economy
through the implementation of the 3D strategy which refers to the increasing
of revenue, enhancing of image and developing of collaboration between
public and private sectors.
Mrs. Jaruwan Suwannasart, TCEB director for Exhibition and Event, added that
TCEB has originally launched the 2016 marketing campaign for trade show
industry entitled ‘Thailand Extra Exhibition...Expand Your Business
Opportunities in ASEAN’ at Thailand International Exhibitions & Events Forum
(TIEEF 2016). The event emphasized on the collaboration between domestic and
foreign alliances with the aim to develop and create strength for Thai MICE
industry. Four hundred entrepreneurs from domestic and international trade
show industry attended the event.
TCEB has expected a 5% increase in the number of MICE travelers to
international trade shows or numbering about 191,000 in 2016. That is
speculated to generate up to 15 billion baht in earnings which would account
for 17% of a total MICE revenue.
Industry Ministry suggests triple-R principle for efficient water uses
BANGKOK, 26 January 2016 (NNT) –
Ministry of Industry deputy undersecretary Sakda Phankla said the ministry
has promoted efficient water uses by industrial sector since 2010 under the
principle of a triple R: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
A manual of the ministry for the triple-R principle can be found on the
website of the Water Technology and Industrial Pollution Management Bureau.
Mr. Sakda assigned the Department of Primary Industries and Mines to inspect
water uses in nine mining areas in the North, Northeast and Central Plains
regions in effort to save as much water as possible for public consumption.
Education Ministry develops vocational training program for school leavers
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Three education
agencies have signed an agreement with the Department of Skill Development
(DSD) in an attempt to raise the standards of education and meet job market
Deputy Secretary to the Education Minister Col Rattanachot Angthong presided
over the signing ceremony between the DSD and the Office of Basic Education
Commission (OBEC), the Office of Non Formal and Informal Education and the
Vocational Education Commission (VEC).
Their cooperation is aimed at providing education to students who are
leaving secondary education to be able gain employment.
OBEC Secretary-General Karun Sakulpradit said that high school students who
decide not to pursue higher education will be eligible to undergo vocational
training under the agreement.
OBEC will survey schools nationwide and compile a list of students who wish
to join the program. OBEC will use information from its survey to develop
Foreign Minister visits Iran to strengthen bilateral ties
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai has paid an official visit
to Iran to strengthen relations between the two countries.
The Thai Foreign Minister was invited by Iranian Minister of Industry, Mine
and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh to visit the Middle Eastern nation on the
occasion of the Ninth Meeting of the Joint Commission on Economic,
Commercial, Industrial, Technical, Agricultural and Scientific Cooperation
between Thailand and Iran.
Mr. Don was asked to chair the opening ceremony of the joint meeting. He was
later scheduled to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and discuss
bilateral cooperation with Mr. Nematzadeh as well as Iranian Foreign
Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Both countries have agreed to help one another to fulfill their needs. Iran
could export fuel to Thailand, providing energy security, while Thailand
could export rice and rubber, providing food security and supporting
industrial productivity. Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak is
scheduled conduct an official visit to Iran from February 1 – 3 to observe
the agreement signing ceremony after the joint meeting concludes.
Thailand committed to building ASEAN identity via tourism
Bangkok, 26 January, 2016 – Manila The
Thai tourism industry has reaffirmed its commitment to the ASEAN goal of
building an integrated community based on the slogan: “One Vision, One
Identity, One Community.”
In comments at the closing press conference of the ASEAN Tourism Forum
(ATF), which ended in Manila, the Philippines, on 22 January, Minister of
Tourism and Sports Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said, “Building friendship
is more important than figures.”
She said tourism would better realise its goal of contributing to regional
peace and prosperity if the ASEAN sector focussed on building a strong
identity amongst its multi-cultural, multi-ethnic population.
The remarks reflected a strong Thai determination to build connectivity
amongst the hearts and minds of the ASEAN people, beyond just the hardware
of air, road, rail and sea transport connectivity.
In the media briefing, Dr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism
Authority of Thailand (TAT), said “We see a promising future ahead of us, as
we work together to fulfill the vision of One Vision, One Identity, One
Community in the traditional ASEAN spirit of friendship and cooperation.
“With the ASEAN Economic Community, we shall grow together hand in hand with
co-prosperity among the members,” the Governor said.“ASEAN members have been
working together on joint promotional campaigns to promote ASEAN as One
Single Destination. Aside from strengthening the local economy of each
country, it will also strengthen the economy of the whole ASEAN region.”
Moreover, this year, the ATF Travex was joined by 86 exhibitors from the
private sector of which the vast majority were hotels.
In addition to the international hotel chains including Accor, Hyatt,
Sheraton and Best Western, the Thai contingent included Thai-owned groups;
such as, Centara and Sukosol Hotels as well as independent hotels and
boutique properties, especially in the beach resorts of Pattaya, Phuket,
Samui, Ko Tao, Ko Samet, Ko Chang and Hua Hin.
TAT Governor Dr Yuthasak Supasorn commented, “We have received positive
feedback from the Thai exhibitors about their participation in the ATF 2016.
It was gratifying that the range of exhibitors was in line with our
marketing emphasis on attracting quality visitors.”
As well as attending the official ministerial and government sector
meetings, the Tourism Authority of Thailand organised a Thai late-night
social function and a press conference, both of which were well-attended.
News anchor training program for new generation of TV hosts
PRD Deputy Director General Dr. Charun Chaisorn.
BANGKOK,(NNT)-The Public Relations Department (PRD) is hosting a news anchor
training program at its headquarters with 69 news anchors from various
government sectors attending.
PRD Deputy Director General Dr. Charun Chaisorn said the training program is
being held to prepare news anchors for the upcoming news anchor license
exam. The test will be carried out by the National Broadcasting and
The training session is taking place until this Friday. With a total
learning time of 27 hours, they are expected to learn more about media roles
as they pertain to the economy, society and ASEAN. They will learn how to
conduct a TV show, read the news and how to communicate with the audience
Science and Technology Ministry to host GEOINFOTECH 2016 next month
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of Science
and Technology will host an academic seminar entitled ‘GEOINFOTECH 2016’
from February 3 – 5 for scientists in relevant fields to share their
Science and Technology Minister Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj said the seminar
will be held at Queen Sirikit Convention Center. GEOINFOTECH 2016 is aimed
at inspiring those working in geographic information systems to further
their research and technology.
There will also be a computer software competition for program developers in
geographic mapping and data analysis. The highlight of this year’s event
will be the speeches by experts in digital economy.
Topics include the internet's relevance to the improvement of global
navigation satellite systems, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in land
surveys and mapping, as well as the operation of the ‘THEOS-2’ satellite.
Dr. Pichet claimed it is also important for every industry to go online, as
the Thai economy also depends on online accessibility.
Gusty winds cause damages on fruit orchards
CHANTHABURI,(NNT) – Fruit growers in
many provinces have reported extensive damages on their farms due to the
impact of strong winds while assistance is being distributed by local
The cold, breezy condition across the country during the past couple of days
has affected agriculturalists in many areas. Local authorities have
encouraged them to implement measures to protect their crops and livestock
from potential damage.
Many durian growers in Mueang district of Chanthaburi are rushing to collect
their fruits from the trees earlier than usual as a precautionary measure.
Damages on fruit orchards as well as residences have already been found in
seven districts of the province. Officials from the Department of Disaster
Prevention and Mitigation and other related agencies are currently
conducting damage assessments and providing initial assistance to the
Meanwhile, in Saraburi, residents who make a living from fish farming on the
Pa Sak River claimed that the drastic decline in temperatures has caused
their fish to stop eating. Officials from the Provincial Office of Fisheries
have visited the farmers to provide them with useful advice, urging them to
pay close attention to their fish during this period.
Drought in Northeast growing more severe
Nakhon Ratchasima,(NNT) – The drought
situation in the northeastern region has increased in severity with 10
districts of Nakhon Ratchasima now in dire need of water.
Authorities in Nakhon Ratchasima have had to send out 6 water trucks
carrying over 36 thousand liters of water to aid residents affected by
worsening drought conditions in the province. A total 10 districts have
reported major impact from the situation with as many as 60 thousand
households feeling the effects of the water shortage. Local administrators
have exhausted 50 million baht in enacting measures such as water dispersion
and canal dredging to alleviate the plight of residents.
The second army infantry in Yasothon province has contributed to efforts to
clear northeastern waterways of plants and debris to aid in the flow of
water to needy areas.
In Roi Et province, authorities have been dispatched to dissuade the
planting of rice to make sure limited water supplies are not exhausted.
2015 Thai export growth makes 6-yr record low
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Ministry of
Commerce has reported that Thai export growth in 2015 made a 6-year record
low mainly due to the sluggish global economy and decreasing oil price.
Mr.Somkiat Trirattanaphan, a Ministry of Commerce director, said the value
of 2015 Thai exports was 214 billion USD or a -5.78% negative growth. It was
the lowest in six years since 2009 when the export growth was -14.3%.
The director added that lower exports such as oil products, chemicals and
plastic resin led to overall drop in industrial products and decreasing
agricultural product prices.
However, the director said the 2015 Thai export growth contracted less that
the global average. Thailand's competitiveness was not lower despite the
export contraction since the country still maintained its market share in
important markets, said the director.
Thailand's top exports like automobiles and parts have a tendency to
increase. The ministry therefore maintains the 2016 export growth target at
Ministry of Public Health: MERS patient in stable condition
(NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health has announced that the second MERS
patient in Thailand is in a stable condition. The Department of Disease
Control said it will ask airlines to primarily screen passengers before
Director-General of the Department of Disease Control M.D.Amnuay Kachina
said the second Omani MERS patient in Thailand had been hospitalized at
Bamrasnaradura Hospital since 23 January 2016. The patient still had a low
fever and he was able to walk, talk and eat by himself. However, he was
still given oxygen, said the doctor.
The department reported that there was one more person who had been in close
contact with the Omani man and was therefore very susceptible to catching
MERS. At present, 40 people are a high risk of being affected with the
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued the fourth announcement on the
spread of MERS in Thailand. The ministry said it had instructed Thai
embassies and consulates to explain to the international community that the
spread of MERS in Thailand was under control. The Thai government was
treating the patient and continuously monitoring all of the at-risk people.
The government was handling the spread of MERS in the country in line with
international standards, said the ministry.
The director-general also advised people with congenital diseases to avoid
traveling to the countries affected with MERS.
Provincial authorities to take care of people under cold weather
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Permanent Secretary of
Interior, Krissada Boonyarat said the provincial and district authorities
attached to the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Public Health to visit
villagers, especially small children, under their respective jurisdiction in
the wake of cold weather.
The authorities are yet to disseminate the Ministry of Public Health’s
advice on how to take care of one's health during current winter season.
They are also obliged to pave a good understanding and attachment between
the government agencies and the people.
Thai wholesale and retail markets to grow by one percent
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Center for
International Trade Studies (CITS) has predicted that the wholesale and
retail markets in Indonesia and the Philippines will score the highest
growths among the ASEAN countries in 2020.
Indonesia and Vietnam will have higher growth rates than all other countries
due to a relatively large number of foreign investments and an increased
income per head, the center forecast.
Meanwhile, Thailand's wholesale and retail markets are expected to grow by
just one percent this year and 10 percent in the next five years, according
to CITS. However, that will largely depend on the people's incomes and
domestic consumption. Thailand's modern-day trading is expected to grow
while traditional retail trading will be gradually closed down like in other
Bangkok schools cope with cold conditions
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Students throughout Bangkok were seen in winter clothes for
the first time this cool season today, with plunging temperatures forcing
schools to aid children in staying warm.
Temperatures at Samsen Nok School this morning were measured at 17 degrees
Celsius with strong winds. Students at the school were encouraged to wear
sweaters and jackets to ensure they remain warm throughout the day. The
cooler climate has been welcomed by most of the students who noted they have
been waiting for the cool season to begin.
At Phrompan Wittaya School in Bangkok’s Din Daeng district, teachers had to
lead students on a round of exercises in the morning to help them cope with
Thailand steps up MERS outbreak prevention
has stepped up measures against the outbreak of Middle Eastern Respiratory
The Ministry of Public Health has coordinated with 37 airlines. They have
been asked to inform passengers arriving to Thailand from countries with
reports of MERS cases to strictly abide by preventive measures.
Body temperature scanners will be installed at airports to detect passengers
with flu-like symptoms. An expressway for patients suspected of having
contracted the virus will be set up at the hospitals in an attempt to
contain the outbreak quickly.
Thai ambassadors worldwide have also been instructed to raise awareness of
the Thai government’s effort to prevent the spread of the deadly virus in
their host countries and assured them that it has always complied with the
international standards for containing the spread of fatal diseases.
TMB Bank says Thai economy likely to grow by 3.5% this year
Chief Executive Boontak Wangcharoen
BANGKOK,(NNT) - TMB Bank Public Company
Limited has forecast that the Thai economy will expand by 3.5% this year due
to the government’s economic stimulus measures.
Chief Executive of TMB Bank Boontak Wangcharoen has said the Thai economy
will begin to recover this year. Contributing factors including government
spending, private investments and tourism growth.
However, Mr. Boontak has cautioned that Thailand's growth is also subject to
other factors, namely the global economy, drought crisis, U.S. interest rate
policy and capital flows. The Thai export sector is likely to experience
direct impact from the slowing Chinese economy.
Transport Ministry to construct bike lane mixed with rubber
AYUTTHAYA,(NNT) – Ayutthaya Provincial Office of Rural Roads Director
Jiraphong Pinthabute disclosed that the department of Rural Roads will
construct bike lanes covering a distance of 2,000 kilometers with a budget
of over one billion baht to promote tourism. The project is scheduled for
completion in 2017.
The construction project will start from Thammasat Rangsit University and
run through the provinces of Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Ang Thong, Sing Buri,
and ends at the Chao Phraya Dam in Chai Nat. The bike lanes will be separate
from normal traffic lanes.
The Director of Ayutthaya Provincial Office of Rural Roads added that the
construction design has been finalized. All road surfaces under this
construction project will be mixed with rubber in keep with the government’s
relief measures aimed at helping rubber farmers.
Trang discovers 6 new unseen tourist attractions
TRANG,(NNT) – Trang Governor Detrat Simsiri announced the province's
discovery of six new marine attractions, which are sand dunes with seashells
emerging from the sea along a path of several kilometers.
The province has named these six new attractions Dragon's Spines. The yellow
dragon’s spine and the golden scale dragon’s spines are located in Tha Kham
subdistrict, the black dragon’s spine is in Hat Samran district, the jade
dragon’s spine and the Siam ruby dragon’s spine are in Palian district, and
the white dragon’s spine is in Kantang district.
Trang province has incorporated the six dragon’s spine into the unseen
tourist attractions of the province, which contains the Emerald Cave and the
Le Khao Kob Cave.
Rubber Authority to buy 100,000 tons of rubber from farmers
Permanent-Secretary of the Ministry of
Agriculture and Cooperatives Teerapat Prayunsit
BANGKOK, (NNT) – The Rubber Authority of Thailand will purchase up to
100,000 tons of rubber from Thai farmers, a move to tackle falling prices of
rubber in the market.
Permanent-Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives Teerapat
Prayunsit visited the Rubber Authority of Thailand’s headquarters to inspect
its readiness to set up more than 800 stalls nationwide to purchase rubber
from Thai farmers.
In order to ensure transparency, the permanent-secretary also invited the
National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) and the Office of the Auditor
General of Thailand to the inspection.
During the period of January 25th to January 30th, approximately 100,000
tons of rubber will be sold to the Rubber Authority of Thailand. All stalls
will be open from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. 400 stalls will be set up in southern
provinces, 30 stalls in the east, 200 stalls in the northeast, and another
200 stalls in the northern region.
Military sees big improvement in Deep South
Region 4 Deputy Commander Lieutenant General
YALA,(NNT) - The military’s effort to restore peace in the three
southernmost provinces of Thailand has seen some improvement, according to
Region 4 Deputy Commander Lieutenant General Ruangsak Suwannaka.
Lieutenant General Ruangsak informed members of the press that one of the
state-initiated projects to create unity and maintain peace in the Deep
South has proven very successful, evidenced by the fact that the number of
cases of violence has dropped tremendously by 60 percent.
According to him, the project will soon be introduced to a total of 37
districts in the three violence-torn provinces of Thailand.
He said a smaller number of violent incidents have been seen since the
National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) took over the administration,
thanks to the NCPO’s guidelines which seek to foster understanding between
officers and the general public, maintain peace and order, and building an
atmosphere conducive to peace dialogues.
Fire razes markets in Chiang Mai
CHIANG MAI,(NNT) - A fire broke out at
a row of stalls selling shoes, clothes and other articles at Chotana Plaza
in Chang Phuak subdistrict, Muang Chiang Mai district in front of Novotel
Hotel late on Saturday night, police said.
The fire started at about 10.10 p.m. and quickly spread to engulf the the
entire row of about 40 vending stalls roofed with corrugated sheet.
Initially, three fire trucks from Tambon Chang Phuak Municipality responded,
but could not control the fire. After calling for backup from a nearby local
administrative agency, the fire was brought under control within an hour.
Preliminary inspection revealed that Ms. Tuangtip Tansuwat was the owner of
approximately 3 rais and allocated the area for commercial purposes. All the
stalls were damaged by the fire, along with a nearby building. Most of the
affected business operators also do not have insurance.
Police were investigating to establish what caused the fire and where it
started. Authorities currently believe that an electrical short circuit had
caused the fire.
Temperatures to drop further in the North and Northeast tomorrow
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Meteorological Department has warned people living in
the upper parts of Thailand about heavy rains and colder weather over the
next two days.
The temperatures in the North and Northeast are expected to drop to lows of
8 degrees Celsius and highs of 15 degrees Celsius.
The East Coast will experience lows of 14 degrees Celsius and it will reach
highs of 18 degrees Celsius at midday. It will remain relatively cold in
Bangkok and its vicinity, with lows at 16 degrees Celsius and highs around
18 degrees Celsius.
The Meteorological Department added that a wind system will move across the
upper parts of the country over the next two days. Residents have been
warned of heavy rains and icy weather.
The department has also froecast more rain in the South, due to a
northeasterly wind in the Gulf of Thailand. Fishers should take precautions
when leaving the shore during this time.
Don Mueang Airport gears up for Chinese New Year
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Don Mueang Airport is
expecting a large number of tourists during the upcoming Chinese New Year
which will be celebrated in February.
According to Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT), Pier 5 and
South Corridor of Don Mueang Airport which are now under renovation will be
open for service at the end of this month (January). When finished, the
airport’s capacity will increase from 18.5 million to 30 million passengers
The completion schedule is ahead of the upcoming Chinese New Year which will
be celebrated between February 3rd and February 15th. The AOT expects up to
40,000 passengers during the celebration.
In order to further enhance its services, Don Mueang Airport is also
renovating its facility whereas Terminal 2 is scheduled to be fully open for
service on March 8th which marks the airport’s 102nd anniversary.
Australian minister for justice meets DPM Gen Prawit
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Australian Justice Minister Michael Keenan has paid a
courtesy call on Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defense Gen Prawit
Wongsuwan during his visit to the Kingdom of Thailand.
DPM Gen Prawit received Mr. Keenan at the Ministry of Defense. Both parties
discuss a wide range of issues including terrorism, transnational terrorism,
and drug smuggling.
Mr Keenan said he was worried about the growing number of terrorist attacks
and the presence of ISIS in this region. He added that Australia was also
facing similar problems and that it would be a good idea to engage in higher
degree of cooperation with Southeast Asian nations in fight against drugs
In reply, Gen Prawit said Thailand would be more than willing to assist
Australia in its effort to combat terrorism, transnational organized crime,
and drug trafficking. He said although Thailand had not been facing the
problem of transnational terrorism in particular, it had always been on high
alert and had been keeping close contact with its neighbors on this issue.
On behalf of the Thai government, Gen Prawit thanked Australia for its
understanding and support while assuring Mr Keenan of the Thai government’s
intentions to follow the reform roadmap which will in turn lead to general
elections in the year 2017.
Thai, Chinese firms launch “Fangchenggang” nuclear power project
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Thai and Chinese companies are joining force in developing a
200 billion baht nuclear power project called “Fangchenggang”.
Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Company in joining hands with
China General Nuclear Power Corporation (“CGN”) and Guangxi Investment Group
Company Limited (“GIG”) on Fangchenggang Nuclear Power Project Phase II
after signing an equity joint venture contract which aims to develop, carry
out the construction, and operate the second phase of Fangchenggang project.
Fangchenggang is a 6,000-MW mega project, which is divided into three
phases. The construction began in December last year and is expected to
complete within a 5-year period.
The second phase of the project will be launched in Guangxi Autonomous
Mr. Rum Herabat, CEO of Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding, said
nuclear power is a good alternative for energy generation especially after
the 21st round of bidding for concessions for oil and gas exploration in
Thailand has been postponed. He said the delays of the petroleum concessions
are threatening the country’s energy security; therefore, Thailand needs an
alternative way to generate power.
He said not only can a nuclear plant generate a profuse amount of power, it
does not produce carbon dioxide which is the main cause of global warming.
Ministry of Commerce to push forward export and investment plans in 2016
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has delivered
action plans to promote international trade in 2016 so that the Thai economy
could reach a targeted five percent growth, said Commerce Minister Abhiradee
With respect to the government's top priorities for the expansion of trade,
export industry and investments, the deputy premier launched five major
action plans to push forward exports and investments which could yield
tangible results. Those plans include the deep penetration into major world
markets for Thai export goods, the focusing on the CLMV markets and
cross-border trade, the developing of e-commerce and the distributing of
Thai agricultural products to the world markets.
Bangkok governor to stay until end of term
BANGKOK, (NNT) - According to Vice Governor of Bangkok Dr. Pusadee Tamthai,
the incumbent governor of Bangkok will stay in office until the end of his
After her discussion with executives of the Bangkok Metropolitan
Administration (BMA), Dr. Pusadee confirmed that Bangkok Governor M.R.
Sukhumbhand Paribatra will stay in office for the next 10 months or until
his term ends. In addition, she said M.R. Sukhumbhand will not quit his post
as member of the Democrat Party.
She said the BMA has been running its operations according to the policies
of the Democrat Party and that it does not intend to form a new political
party as rumored.
Lastly, she said the BMA is open to scrutiny and all investigations.
M.R. Sukhumbhand won his second term as Bangkok governor under the Democrat
Party's banner in 2009.
Falling oil prices leads to commodity price cut
BANGKOK,(NNT) - Operators from nine
product categories have made known their intention to cut the prices of
their goods following a fall in oil prices with the Ministry of Commerce
planning to hold a major Blue Flag event at the end of the month ahead of
smaller fairs to assist rubber farmers from February through March.
Director-General of the Department of Internal Trade, Wiboonlak Ruamraksa,
has acknowledged that a drop in oil prices has resulted in cheaper transport
costs for goods and allowed for many products to have their prices shifted
down. She especially pointed out that a major reduction in diesel, which
accounts for about 14 percent of product costs, has prompted business
operators to allow their retail prices to fall.
Initially, 274 items in 21 categories saw their prices cut, but a drop in
diesel to less than 20 baht per liter has let another 9 categories follow
suit. The items in the second lot of now cheaper goods include powdered
milk, canned fish, jasmine rice and steel. Fish sauce is also expected to
move down in price, but its adjustment has been attributed to greater
On top of closely following pricing, the Ministry of Commerce is also
planning to hold more Blue Flag Fairs, with a major round to take place at
IMPACT Muang Thong Thani this 27-31 January. The event will feature
essential items such as eggs, sugar and vegetable oil on sale at 20-40
percent below market price. Some 150 thousand people are expected at the
After the major event, the ministry plans to hold smaller Blue Flag Fairs in
the south to assist rubber farmers being affected by the dwindling price of
Thai committee on UNESCO holds meeting
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The National Committee
on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO) held a meeting at the Office of Vocational Education Commission in
The meeting reviewed the outcome of the UNESCO’s 38th Session of General
Conference in Paris, which is held every two years to discuss the adjustment
and re-allocation of policy and budget for the organization. The 38th
Session does also host the Leaders’ Forum which is a special activity to
commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the UNESCO.
Thai Education Minister Dapong Rattanasuwan, who chaired the meeting of the
committee, said its role remains compatible with the Thai policy and
directions as well as within the UNESCO framework.
The UNESCO comprised of ministerial officials and other leading figures from
various government agencies with the aim to support the development of
education, culture, society and media in Thailand. One major commitment to
the UNESCO was the introduction of the Official Information Act which
guarantees full access to the government's information and the right to know
for every Thai citizen.
Prime Minister urges banks to loan new SME entrepreneurs
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has inspected progress in
the government policy to provide financial aid to small- and medium-sized
enterprises, confirmed government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd.
A large number of entrepreneurs who have been provided the SME loan were
found to have been former clients of varied banks while others who may plan
to start up a business of their own might not be provided such financial aid
as yet, he said. Besides, those who might remain in financially-ailing
condition might not be given the SME loan either.
The premier called on the Government Savings Bank and all commercial banks
to cooperate and benefit from the government’s low-interest rate policy by
reviving and restoring the Thai SME sector.
Trade ambassadors urged to meet export target
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Deputy Prime Minister for economic affairs has
instructed Thai trade ambassadors worldwide to do their best to help the
export sector meet its target this year, despite the global economic
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak delivered his policy to 65 trade
ambassadors, adding that he will not revise down the export target from 5%
growth, despite concerns for the global economy. He claimed the Thai economy
has a solid foundation. Last year, Thailand was the fourth largest exporter
in the world, after China, Hong Kong, and Mexico.
Trade ambassadors have been told to study the markets of potential import
nations, namely China, India, Japan, the United States and those in the
ASEAN region. They are also expected hire local staff to achieve the export
goal more effectively and promote SME products via e-commerce.
Commerce Minister Aphiradee Tantaraporn will propose to the Cabinet the
establishment of farm product distribution centers, which are aimed at
raising prices of agricultural goods in the global market.
The centers will be piloted in 10 provinces by private companies, with
support from the government. The provinces include Udon Thani, Ratchaburi,
Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chiang Rai, Chanthaburi, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Phatom,
Samut Sakhon, Phitsanulok and Sa Kaeo.
Donation of three million books and learning materials
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Deputy Permanent
Secretary of the Ministry of Education is providing over 3 million copies of
books and learning materials to the Office of Non-Formal and Informal
Education (ONIE) to promote reading across the country.
Deputy Permanent Secretary Panit Meesurntorn, chaired a ceremony to receive
the material donated by the Office of the Welfare Promotion Commission for
Teachers and Educational Personnel in collaboration with Thailand Knowledge
Park, the State Railway of Thailand and Jamsai Publishing Company. The
donation was made to support the policy of ONIE to promote reading across
The ceremony also dispatched caravans traveling to all 77 provinces in the
country to promote public access to quality books for readers of all ages.
The ONIE currently has over 7,000 learning centers at the sub-district
level, over 18,000 community book centers and 909 public libraries with more
than two million registered users.
The collection offered at the ceremony includes books and textbooks
providing broad general knowledge with a value of over 100 million baht.
Department of Disease Control on alert against Zika fever
BANGKOK, (NNT) – The Department of
Disease Control (DDC) is preparing to promote public awareness of Zika fever
and ways to avoid infection after a Thai citizen was diagnosed with the
DDC Director-General Dr Amnuay Gajeena stated that the department has held a
discussion with related officials regarding a recent case where a Thai man
was quarantined in Taiwan after being found to have Zika fever upon his
arrival in the country. Those attending the meeting included members of the
DDC advisory board, university professors, Bangkok city officials and
representatives of various units under the Public Health Ministry.
The discussion was aimed at drawing up preventive measures against an
outbreak of Zika fever. A DDC announcement will soon be issued in a bid to
provide the public with general knowledge of the disease.
Zika fever first emerged in Thailand in 2012 and can now be found in any
region, with an infection rate of five persons per year. The disease is
caused by Zika virus carried by Aedes mosquitoes. There is no medicine or
vaccine for the disease, and patients only need to rely on symptomatic
Symptoms of Zika fever include high fever, skin rashes, pink eye and joint
pain. The disease is considered not dangerous to most patients, except
pregnant women. As a precautionary measure, people are advised to protect
themselves against mosquito bites and get rid of mosquito larvae around
Chantaburi promotes competitiveness of Thai business entrepreneurs
CHANTABURI,(NNT) – The Chantaburi
Provincial Office of Commerce organized a seminar to promote the
competitiveness of Thai business entrepreneurs in the wake of the ASEAN
The event was designed as part of the Eastern Fair 2016 to promote economic
and trade relations between Thailand and Cambodia. The opening ceremony for
the seminar was presided by deputy Chantaburi provincial governor Klanarong
Chantaburi Provincial Office of Commerce head Niannuwa Sulaiman said the
province has been obviously hectic with activities related to trade and
investment, given its geographical proximity to Cambodian border areas. He
said Thai entrepreneurs and other businesspersons have been more encouraged
to invest in Cambodia and Vietnam.
Singaporean Army Chief arrives in Thailand for official visit
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Chief of the
Defense Force of Singapore has arrived in Thailand for an official visit to
strengthen military relations between the two nations.
Thai Army Chief Gen Sommai Kaotira led Maj Gen Perry Lim Cheng Yeow on an
inspection of a tri-force honor guard as part of a welcoming ceremony for
the high ranking officer who is on an official visit to Thailand as a guest
of the Royal Thai Army.
Afterwards, the two engaged in a meeting at the Royal Thai Army Headquarters
where the Singaporean army chief affirmed Thailand and Singapore’s continued
close relations. He stated that military relations between the two countries
would continue to develop through the exchange of information, coordinated
training exercises and joint air and naval patrols for the security of
ASEAN. He assured that the Singapore military is ready to assist Thailand’s
armed forces in all areas as needed.
Russian ambassador meets PM to strengthen economic ties
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Russian Ambassador
to Thailand has visited the Prime Minister to strengthen relations between
the two countries.
According to Deputy Government Spokesperson Maj Gen Weerachon
Sukhontapatipak, Russian Ambassador to Thailand Kirill Barsky met with Prime
Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha at Government House.
Both parties rejoiced at the growing relations between Thailand and Russia.
The Prime Minister assured the Russian Ambassador that Thailand is a safe
place for tourists and said he hoped Russia would import more farm goods
Gen Prayut also invited Russian President Vladmir Putin to an official visit
to Thailand. Both countries will organize a celebration to commemorate 120
years of diplomatic ties.
Health Ministry steps up dengue fever prevention campaign
NONTHABURI,(NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has stepped up its
dengue fever prevention campaign, following signs that the number of
patients will likely increase this year.
MOPH Permanent Secretary Sopon Mekthon disclosed that the number of dengue
fever cases from January 1-11 has reached 583 patients across the country.
Most patients were aged between 15 and 24, showing that students and
youngsters are the most susceptible to the disease.
Dr. Sopon said the number of patients this year could reach 166,000,
surpassing that of last year. Provinces with the highest incidence of dengue
fever are Nakhon Pathom, Phuket, Phichit, Sisaket and Songkhla. Provincial
public health offices have been instructed to cooperate with local
organizations in the disease control operation.
Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease caused by dengue viruses. Its
symptoms include prolonged high fever, loss of appetite, nausea and mild
bleeding. Those suspecting dengue fever must not take any fever medication
other than paracetamol and must seek medical attention immediately.
ASEAN is urged to cooperate in overcoming global challenges
BANGKOK,(NNT) -The MFA and OECD co-hosted a Seminar on "The OECD Economic
Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2016: Enhancing Regional Ties".
The seminar was designed as an exchange of views on the regional economic
situation, to raise people's awareness of the OECD and ASEAN and encourage
knowledgeable exchanges and cooperation between the OECD and ASEAN
Mr. Apichart Chinwanno, the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs gave a
speech about raising competitiveness using science, technology, innovation
and human resource development efficiently in order to maintain the momentum
of the economy and urge Thailand to reach a high level of income for its
population, as Thailand is at present a middle income country.
Mr. Kensuke Tanaka, Head of the Asia Desk, OECD Development Center is
focusing on major mid-term macroeconomic trends in ASEAN, China and India
which are considered to constitute “Emerging Asia”, along with the regional
economic integration process in light of the post-2015 ASEAN Economic
Community and key challenges in further integration. He pointed out that the
issue of a middle income trap is a medium and long term issue for the South
East Asia region which needs structural policy changes to overcome. Thailand
meanwhile can gain benefits from regional integration cooperation.
Cabinet approves rubber purchase plan, effective on Jan 25
BANGKOK,(NNT) – The Cabinet has given
the green light to the plan under which 100,000 tons of rubber will be
bought at 45 baht per kilogram from January 25 onwards.
Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikulya revealed that
the Cabinet has agreed to his ministry’s proposal to purchase up to 100,000
tons of rubber directly from farmers under a total budget of 4.5 billion
baht, or at a price of 45 baht a kilogram. Starting on January 25, the
Rubber Authority of Thailand, on behalf of the government, will begin
accepting all types of rubber from planters across the country.
In the meantime, the Bureau of the Budget, the Ministry of Finance and the
Office of the Council of State have been assigned to determine where the
4.5-billion-baht budget should be allocated from.
On the other hand, Mr Opat Klunbutr, Deputy Permanent Secretary for
Agriculture and Cooperatives, voiced concerns over the execution of the
newly-approved rubber purchase plan. He claimed the current rubber subsidy
scheme, which entitles rubber farmers to 1,500 baht per rai, is still faced
with problems, particularly in the disbursement process.
Financial institution forecasts 3.2% economic growth for Thailand this year
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Krungsri Asset
Management company has predicted that the Thai economy will expand by 3.2%
this year and the stock index will stand at 1,432 points.
Acting chef investment officer of Kringsri Asset Management Supaporn
Leenabanchong said tourism, people’s spending and investment by the
government would help the Thai economy grow by 3.2% in 2016. However, there
were still negative factors which might affect the growth estimate,
including the Chinese economic slowdown as well as decreasing prices of
commodities and agricultural products, said Ms.Supaporn.
As for the Thai stock market, Ms.Supaporn said short-term capital outflow
was likely and held a positive outlook for investment in the stock market.
She expressed her belief that inflow of foreign capital would go back to
Thailand when investment by the government solidified at the end of the
first quarter to the second quarter.
Performance of listed companies had a tendency to continuously increase with
a profit growth projection of 10%, said Ms.Supaporn. She also predicted that
the government would maintain the benchmark interest rate at 1.50%
throughout the year since this rate was sufficiently supportive of an
Attorney General files lawsuit against Philip Morris for tax evasion
BANGKOK,(NNT) - The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has filed a lawsuit
against Philip Morris (Thailand) for avoiding import tariffs on overseas
cigarettes, resulting in the loss of 20 billion baht in tax revenue.
The OAG held a press conference, revealing that the Criminal Court has
accepted the lawsuit against the management of Philip Morris (Thailand) Ltd.
There are nine defendants in total, including Director of Corporate Affairs
and Branch Manager Troy Modlin. They are charged with 272 counts of tax
evasion by submitting false declarations of cigarette prices during the
months of July 2003 to June 2006. Philip Morris (Thailand) has allegedly
deprived the state of over 20 billion baht in revenue.
Should the defendants be found guilty, they will be fined four times the
base price and taxes, or approximately 80 billion baht.
The court hearing will begin on April 25, with the first defendant being a
legal entity and the remaining defendants granted bail.
Four other foreigners who were part of the management of Philip Morris
(Thailand) have escaped the country. The authorities are in the process of
Smart Job Center marks first anniversary
BANGKOK,(NNT) – Labor Minister Sirichai Ditthakul attended the first
anniversary of a Smart Job Center fair which generated over 14,200 million
baht in earnings to Thai employees.
The event was held at Central Plaza Ladprao for the Smart Job Center which
was designed to encourage workers to find domestic jobs and enhance
Thailand's economic fundamentals in the wake of the liberalization of the
ASEAN Economic Community.
Thirty-two Smart Job Centers will open throughout the country in 2016 in
addition to a dozen others which currently open in Bangkok, Nakorn Patom,
Rayong, Chiang Mai, Nakorn Sawan, Nakorn Ratchasima, Sakon Nakorn, Songkhla
(Hat Yai), Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Satun..