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Enforcement of the emergency decree ‘unconstitutional’, Thai Opposition MPs

Pheu Thai MPs and activists petitioned the Civil Court to revoke enforcement of the emergency decree imposed by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha to cope with anti-government demonstrations in Bangkok.

The Civil Court is set to rule on revocation of the emergency decree enforcement on Oct 22 after the petition was lodged by Pheu Thai MPs and activists on Tuesday.

Narinpong Jinapak, Chairman of the Lawyers’ Association of Thailand and Pheu Thai MPs, Cholanan Srikaew and Jirayu Huangsap petitioned the Civil Court to revoke enforcement of the emergency decree imposed by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha to cope with anti-government demonstrations in Bangkok.

They said that the enforcement of the emergency decree was unconstitutional and lacked justification.  The petitioners also requested the court to issue a temporary injunction to ban the government from using the emergency decree against protesters. (TNA)


Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn Stroke Center robots to facilitate patients at home

Dr Nijsri Charnnarong, Head of Chulalongkorn Stroke Center.

Chulalongkorn Stroke Center has created robots to help treat stroke patients with acute symptoms effectively.

Dr Nijsri Charnnarong, Head of Chulalongkorn Stroke Center, said that stroke is one of the country’s major public health problems and is a major cause of death and disability among Thai people aged over 60. The statistics each year show that Thailand has more than 250,000 cases of acute cerebrovascular disease. Of that number, around 50,000 patients die each year. Chulalongkorn Stroke Center has now collaborated with the Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, to develop robots to help treat stroke patients and reduce the disability rate. At present, about 10 robots are used at patients’ houses and the preliminary assessment result is satisfactory. The patients can undertake more activities and respond well to various functions of the robots. The robot assistants have a large touch screen that patients can easily use to direct functions as required.

Dr. Nijsri went on to say that on the occasion of World Stroke Day which falls on October 29 every year, she would like to raise awareness of the danger of cerebrovascular disease especially among the elderly. It is necessary to regularly watch for symptoms which include having difficulty in speaking, slurred speech, acute tough tongue, a dropped left or right corner of the mouth when smiling, and a leg or an arm becoming weak and unable to be lifted. People with any of these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention. This year’s prevention campaign is centered on moving our body to keep fit and prevent stroke. (NNT)


Thailand’s leading industrial power producer fetches green loan for largest solar venture in Vietnam

The Phu Yen solar energy project is the largest in Vietnam and one of the largest power plants in Southeast Asia.

B.Grimm Power Plc (BGRIM), Thailand’s leading industrial power producer, has signed a US$186 million syndicated loan with a group of lenders including Asian Development Bank (ADB) to support the single largest solar farm project in Vietnam.

The syndicated financing for the 257-megawatt (MW) solar power scheme in Phu Yen Province represents the first green loan in Asia and the Pacific to be certified by the Climate Bonds Initiative, part of an independent global environmental movement.

The financing has in particular further cemented the long-term partnership between BGRIM and ADB which is one of the major financiers of the Phu Yen scheme.

It also underscores ADB’s confidence in the growth potential of BGRIM as an emerging major private power investor in Southeast Asia.

ADB has extended a $27.9 million to Phu Yen TTP Joint Stock Company (Phu Yen JSC), the sponsor of the solar power project in which BGRIM has a 80% stake and Truong Thanh Viet Nam Group Joint Stock Company (TTVN) holding a 20% interest.

The group of commercial banks which agreed to provide a total of $148.8 million to the project includes Bangkok Bank, Kasikorn Bank, Kiatnakin Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) from China and Standard Chartered Bank.

The other lender is the Leading Asia’s Private Infrastructure Fund (LEAP) which contributed a $9.3 million financing.

The Phu Yen financing has so far become one of the largest such loans yet mobilized in Vietnam.

BGRIM Chairman Harald Link said the loan accord marks another successful milestone of the company which is pleased and grateful to all lenders for the financial supports.

The Phu Yen solar farm has already started supplying electricity to the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) under a 20-year contract at a Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) of 9.35 US cent per kilowatt-hour.

That means the project has begun to generate revenue to BGRIM and its Vietnamese partner.

The Phu Yen project serves as a catalyst to promote the use of renewable energy in the socialist republic as well as driving the country’s economic growth, Dr Link stated.

Preeyanart Soontornwata, Chief Executive Officer of BGRIM, said the green loan showed that the company has once again pioneered a new form of financial innovation that focuses on the development of clean energy.

BGRIM earlier launched Thailand’s first green bond issue in association with ADB.

The green loan which was concluded this time reflects BGRIM’s adoption of the best global practice to support sustainable energy development in Vietnam.

Yet it helps fostering a green loan market and promoting green transactions which are in line with BGRIM’s sustainability policy in conducting business according to international standards, she noted.

Jackie B. Surtani, Infrastructure Finance Division Director for East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific at ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department, said: “ADB is committed to supporting BGRIM, one of our most valued clients, with its long-term expansion into Vietnam and its important work in renewable energy. We’re also excited to work for the first time with TTVN.

This project will support the rapid development of solar power capacity in Viet Nam, advance the country’s low-carbon growth goals, and, we hope, catalyze further commercial bank financing for renewable energy.”

The Phu Yen solar energy project is the largest in Vietnam and one of the largest power plants in Southeast Asia.

The facility will save 123,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year and the power plant will support the electricity needs of Quang Ngai and Nha Trang as well as the surrounding areas in the region, one of Vietnam’s major tourism hubs.(NNT)


Thailand among the first nations to launch COVID-19 vaccine

Thailand’s development of COVID-19 vaccines are on track, with a goal to make an effective vaccine available in the country to be among the first in the world.

The Ministry of Public Health has announced that the procurement and development of COVID-19 vaccines are on track, with a goal to make an effective vaccine available in Thailand to be among the first in the world.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul explained Thailand’s three methods of procuring or producing COVID-19 vaccine are all on track, reassuring the general public that Thailand will be among the first countries to have an effective vaccine available.

Thailand has reserved doses of COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX Facility, held bilateral negotiations with vaccine developers conducting Phase 3 clinical trials in Asia and Europe, while supporting domestic development of COVID-19 vaccine candidates by providing financial support to developers through the National Vaccine Institute (NVI).

The NVI Director Dr. Nakorn Premsri said vaccine candidates which pass Phases 1 and 2 of clinical trials will be compared with other trials conducted abroad, which will be the ones showing effective immunization. The types of antibodies triggered by the vaccine prototypes will be analyzed, to compare the effectiveness.

He said that Phase 3 clinical trials in Thailand may be skipped entirely, should good results be reported from Phases 1 and 2, as this phase requires a large number of volunteers, which is no longer practical as there is no widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the country.

7 different technologies are being used to develop a COVID-19 vaccine in Thailand, with the most advanced being the mRNA, DNA, and protein subunit. Vaccine prototypes developed from these three technologies are being prepared for Phase 1 clinical trials.

Clinical trials will be monitored by the Department of Disease Control’s Bureau Of Epidemiology and the Food and Drugs Administration. Health officials have prepared treatment plans for volunteers experiencing allergic reactions or side effects after receiving an experimental vaccine. (NNT)

Phase 3 clinical trials in Thailand may be skipped entirely, should good results be reported from Phases 1 and 2, as this phase requires a large number of volunteers, which is no longer practical as there is no widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the country.


Bangkok pro-democracy rallies end peacefully on Sunday

Protests erupted on Sunday at more than 20 locations in the capital and provinces, including the Victory Monument, Asok intersection, Future Park Rangsit and the Bang Na intersection. 

The Oct 18 rallies in Bangkok and many provinces were peaceful and orderly while an investigation into a scuffle at the Bang Na intersection is under way, said the government’s centre for jointly resolving serious emergency situations.

Deputy Bangkok Police Chief, Pol Maj Gen Piya Tawaichai said the protests erupted on Sunday at more than 20 locations in the capital and provinces, including the Victory Monument, Asok intersection, Future Park Rangsit and the Bang Na intersection. 

A scuffle occurred at the Bang Na intersection after the rally was announced to end and protesters were leaving the site. An unknown group of people tried to damage a police booth after some street lights went out.

The police are investigating the case and inspecting the damage. A legal action will be taken against those who caused damage to the state property, he said.

Pol Col Krissana Pattanacharoen, deputy police spokesman said the demonstrations breached the Emergency Decree. He also warned that dissemination of fake news and misleading information is punishable by up to two years in prison and a maximum fine of 40,000 baht.

The action also violates the Computer Act and offenders are liable to a prison term of up to five years and/or fine up to 100,000 baht.

Meanwhile, officials from the Public Health Ministry’s Department of Medical Science will hold a press briefing today to clarify that the blue-coloured water, fired from the water canon at the protesters at the Pathunwan intersection on Oct 16 contains no hazardous substance. (TNA)

Deputy Bangkok Police Chief, Pol Maj Gen Piya Tawaichai (left), and Deputy Police spokesman Pol Col Krissana Pattanacharoen (right).


Thai Army deploy officers to monitor illegal border crossings

Thai army units stationed in the border areas to enhance the present measures to prevent illegal border crossings, and help support disease control operations at 22 border crossings.

The Royal Thai Army Commander in Chief, Gen Narongpan Jittkaewtae has ordered army units in border areas to enhance the present measures that prevent illegal border crossings, and help support disease control operations at 22 border crossings.

The units are ordered to deploy officers to help at 12 state quarantine facilities, prepare treatment facilities for patients, provide face masks, guidance, and raise awareness among officers, their families, and the general public.

The army will also distribute essential items to affected persons, using its Army Delivery campaign to help reduce the economic impact.

The commander in chief has expressed his care for the officers, especially during the transition from the rainy season to winter. Military units are ordered to work with the Army Medical Department to find additional measures to reduce the infection risk among officers, while allowing them to fulfil their duties in all operations. (NNT)


Political stability will attract foreign investors to conduct businesses in Thailand

The government should maintain political stability, to improve confidence among investors, find measures to reduce informal household debt and attract more foreign investors to conduct businesses in Thailand, said Thanawat.

The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) President Thanawat Phonwichai has revealed the latest TCC Confidence Index (TCC-CI) report for September 2020, showing a 4th consecutive month of improved business confidence.

365 samples were taken nationwide by the TCC-CI for September 2020 and it reports a score of 32.5, higher than the previous months. The score is still, however, below the 50 benchmark, due to persisting concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic and the current political landscape, the government’s decision to extend the State of Emergency, an underperforming export sector in August and a slightly weakened Thai baht currency.

The UTCC President suggests the government should enforce pricing control measures, as most people have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis, resulting in lower spending.

He urged the government to maintain political stability, to improve confidence among investors, find measures to reduce informal household debt and attract more foreign investors to conduct businesses in Thailand. (NNT) 

The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) President Thanawat Phonwichai.


Floating Market in Songkhla, southern Thailand, reopens

A large number of tourists have visited Bang Klam Floating Market to buy products and take photos at various spots.

Bang Klam Floating Market, Songkhla, has become popular among tourists since it reopened after being closed for more than one year. Getting a lot of attention is the colorful graffiti on the floor and walls of the buildings. The community expects the market to become one of the new check-in points of the province.

A large number of tourists have visited Bang Klam Floating Market to buy products and take photos at various spots. The visitors enjoyed seeing the graffiti-art of two giant cats with a clear water bowl. Meanwhile, 3D crocodiles on the floor suggest that Bang Klam canal had a lot of crocodiles in the past, but a depiction of a junk and an outstretched rope shows the waterway has had a long association with trading and markets.

The floating market also features vintage cars, a giant egret sculpture and various activities to keep the kids amused.

Mr. Surat Laichan, Bang Klam District Chief Officer, said today he would like to thank all concerned who have placed importance on the way of life of the villagers along the Bang Klam canal. He expressed his belief that it will stimulate the economy in this area.

The Bang Klam Floating Market is now fully open. It opens only on Saturdays from 1 a.m. onwards. The market is located near Hat Yai district, Songkhla province. It is just 15 kilometers by car. (NNT)

 


Their Majesties perform royal merit-making ceremonies in Bangkok

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua and Her Majesty Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana have performed royal merit-making ceremonies at Debsirindrawas and Suthat Thepwararam temples.

Their Majesties the King and Queen proceeded to Debsirindrawas temple in Pom Prap Sattru Phai district, Bangkok on Monday. They were accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Narendiradebyavati Krom Luang Ratchasarinee Siripatchara Maha Watchara Ratchathida.

Debsirindrawas temple is a second-class royal temple built at the command of His Majesty King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V) in dedication to His Majesty’s mother, Her Majesty Queen Debsirindra. The construction was started in 1876. The temple has a large ordination hall. Its ceiling and arched entrance are adorned with carvings depicting royal decorations. Many important Buddha statues are enshrined in this temple. Phra Nirantarai, the official image of His Majesty King Mongkut (Rama IV), is also enshrined in the temple. A school is located in the east of the temple grounds and a cemetery in the west.

Debsirindrawas temple is known for its royal crematorium. Its current abbot is Somdet Phra Thirayanamuni. The temple has 79 Buddhist monks.

Their Majesties the King and Queen were greeted by many people, who waited to observe their royal grace. (NNT)


Thai-Chinese observe Vegetarian Festival this year with slight increase in prices

Thai-Chinese people are getting ready to observe their traditional vegetarian diet this week, ahead of the Vegetarian Festival on 17-25 October this year while shoppers and dinners discovered a slight increase in prices of vegetarian food.

Many Thai-Chinese people are preparing to observe their traditional vegetarian diet this week, ahead of the Vegetarian Festival on 17-25 October this year. Shoppers discovered a slight increase in prices of vegetarian food ingredients, particularly vegetables.

Vegetable prices at Bangkhunsri Market in Bangkok are mostly still close to the prices of last week. The Department of Internal Trade’s Deputy Director General Wattanasak Sur-iam, said that vegetables are seeing a 10-15 percent increase from early this year due to heavy rains affecting cultivation in many areas.

Pricing of some vegetables has increased significantly, such as coriander now selling at 300-400 baht per kilogram. Most vegetables however, are selling at prices only slightly raised, as farmers have been growing more to meet the increased demand during the Vegetarian Festival.

The Department of Internal Trade (DIT) will be pooling vegetable supplies from a central market to better reach distribution centers in all areas from 16th October until the end of the Vegetarian Festival.

Prices of other ingredients such as soy protein, beans, and sesame seeds remain stable from the previous year, helping maintain the price of cooked vegetable meals. To help the general public save on living costs however, the DIT has asked markets and retailers to offer affordable vegetarian meals at 20-25 baht per dish, selling from 14th October until the end of the festival.

Yaowarat Market in Bangkok’s Chinatown this morning was lively due to many customers coming to purchase fresh vegetables. While some vegetable are selling at regular prices, some have now increased by about 10-20 baht per kilogram on average. This is due to the present demand, and the weather affecting cultivation yield.

Despite higher prices, many vendors say they are confident the market will be crowded with customers at the end of the week, as the Vegetarian Festival comes only once a year. (NNT)

Vegetables are seeing a 10-15 percent increase from early this year due to heavy rains affecting cultivation in many areas.


Last batch of Thai soldiers joining UN missions in South Sudan returned with Covid-free

The 76 soldiers formed the last group of the first batch of army engineers who returned from their missions in South Sudan and all of them tested negative for COVID-19.

Seventy-six army engineers who returned from South Sudan tested negative for the coronavirus disease 2019.

Gen Paripat Palasin, deputy chief of defense forces, said the 76 soldiers formed the last group of the first batch of army engineers who returned from their missions in South Sudan. They arrived at Don Mueang airport on a chartered flight of the United Nations. The flight also included a police officer and all the 77 officers had been quarantined in South Sudan for 14 days before the return flight. They tested negative for COVID-19.

Gen Paripat said that Thailand, as a member state of the UN, had to send its soldiers to support UN missions in South Sudan and the qualifications of Thai soldiers met UN’s demand for missions there. Thai soldiers were among about 20,000 soldiers from 72 countries deployed for the UN in South Sudan.

The armed forces were aware of spreading COVID-19 in South Sudan and implemented measures to protect the new batch of Thai soldiers from the disease there, he assured. Thai army engineers were in South Sudan for the construction of roads and buildings.

The measures included social distancing, the adequate provision of medical supplies, adjusted field operations and delayed meetings with local people, Gen Paripat said.

DrChollasap Sharma of the Ministry of Public Health said the 77 returnees did not have a fever or any respiratory symptom and would be quarantined in Chon Buri province.

Lt Gen Charnchai Dikkhapanyo, chief of the Army Medical Department, said 32 Thai army engineers who had returned from South Sudan contracted COVID-19. Of them, 29 soldiers remained at Phramongkutklao Hospital and were asymptomatic. Three other soldiers tested negative twice and were quarantined at Fort Phanurangsi Hospital in Ratchaburi province. (TNA)

Thai soldiers were among about 20,000 soldiers from 72 countries deployed for the UN in South Sudan.


Thai demonstrators to march to Government House asking Prime Minister to step down

The rally planned by demonstration leaders who called themselves Khana Ratsadorn or People’s Groupdemands the prime minister to resignat the Government House on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha lets the police handle anti-government demonstrators who vowed to march to Government House Wednesday evening. 

When reporters asked him about readiness to cope with the rally planned by demonstration leaders who called themselves Khana Ratsadorn or People’s Group to ask the prime minister to resign, Gen Prayut who is also the defense minister said they should pose the question with the police who were assigned to ensure order during the demonstration. 

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said officials at Government House would work there as usual and cabinet ministers would have activities elsewhere on Wednesday. He said he doubted demonstrators would march to Government House as announced. 

The prime minister and cabinet ministers are scheduled to join volunteer activities to mark the anniversary of the day when King Rama IX passed away, at Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University in KhlongLuang district of Pathum Thani. (TNA)

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.


High-speed railway ‘Bangkok to the East’ project linking 3 airports surveyed

 CP’s executives included its chairman Suphachai Chearavanont brought consultants to survey the 220-kilometer-long route of its high-speed railway project from Bangkok to the East, from the Hua Lamphong station to the Ban Phlu Ta Luang railway station in Chon Buri province.

Executives of Charoen Pokphand Group (CP) brought consultants to survey the 220-kilometer-long route of its high-speed railway project from Bangkok to the East. 

The delegation chartered an eastern train for the survey from the Hua Lamphong station in Bangkok to the Ban Phlu Ta Luang railway station in Chon Buri province. CP’s executives in the trip included its chairman Suphachai Chearavanont. 

Mr Suphachai said the high-speed railway project would link three main airports and was the heart of the Eastern Economic Corridor development. The railway would connect to and increase the potential of Chachoengsao, Si Racha, Pattaya and Rayong and lead to the development of smart cities, he said. 

Thiti Nantapatsiri, president of Eastern High-Speed Rail Linking Three Airports Co, said the government was likely to hand over project construction sites by next March or April and the first phase of the project should start its service within 2026. (TNA)


Biggest online gambling gang arrested in Bangkok

Police impounded assets including 11 luxury cars, 21 luxury watches, 180 mobile phones and 26 computers worth altogether about 75 million baht for examination. 

Police raided premises operating nine well-known gambling websites, arrested their hosts and impounded cash and assets worth about 75 million baht. 

Pol Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk, commissioner of the Royal Thai Police Office, said four people were arrested for allegedly operating the gambling websites and ten offices and residents of the suspects were raided. Police impounded assets including 11 luxury cars, 21 luxury watches, 180 mobile phones and 26 computers worth altogether about 75 million baht for examination. 

The suspects including Tanthai Narongkul had operated the gambling websites for about six years and employed about 200 people. The gang used 38 bank accounts for transactions which amounted to 15 billion baht over the past six months, the national police chief said. 

The suspects were charged with hosting gambling, illegally inviting people to gamble and laundering money. 

Pol Gen Suwat said the gang was the biggest online gambling racket ever suppressed and police were checking its money trails and looking for accomplices. (TNA)

Pol Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk, commissioner of the Royal Thai Police Office, said four people were arrested for allegedly operating the gambling websites and ten offices and residents of the suspects were raided.


Phuket ready for Vegetarian Festival Oct 17-25

Phuket starts decorating shrines, roads and streets with yellow flags, to welcome the Vegetarian Festival that is being held from 17th to 25th of October.

It’s that time of the year when a festival to celebrate vegetarianism takes place in Phuket. People there have set about cleaning shrines to welcome the most anticipated festival of the province.

Though the rain has been pouring down, the committee of the JuiTui Shrine in Phuket, villagers, the private sector, and municipal officers still cleaned up the shrine including the floors, areas around the shrine, incense pots, vases, candleholders, and polished items made of metal in order to welcome one of the largest and most important festivals in the province.

Kitchenware such as plates, silverware, glasses, and other items that are used to serve free meals in the shrine’s almshouse during the festival, were also well cleaned.

Meanwhile, in the Phuket municipality area, municipal officers and worshippers from shrines decorated the roads and streets with yellow flags, as a signal that the Vegetarian Festival is being held from 17th to 25th of October.

During the festival, the local authorities require attendees to wear face masks at all times, and follow the disease control measures, while enjoying the big occasion. (NNT)


Tropical storm ‘Lin Fa’ causes heavy rain in the East and Northeast of Thailand Oct 12-13

Tropical storm ‘Lin Fa’ is moving west at about 20 kilometers per hour and is off the coast of Vietnam. It will move ashore in Vietnam today and tomorrow, bringing more rain to the East and lower Northeast of Thailand.

Regional weather conditions are being monitored continuously. Now, in the South China Sea, there is a tropical storm "Lin Fa" which is not expected to enter Thailand but will cause rain with heavy falls in the Northeast.

Tropical storm "Lin Fa" has a maximum wind central speed of 65 kilometers per hour. It is moving west at about 20 kilometers per hour and is off the coast of Vietnam. It will move ashore in Vietnam today and tomorrow, bringing more rain to the East and lower Northeast of Thailand.

Meteorological Department Deputy Director-General and spokesman for the Meteorological Department, Thanasit Iamananchai reported today that tropical storm "Lin Fa" won’t move into Thailand but will cause heavy rain in the provinces of Ubon Ratchathani, Sisaket, Amnat Charoen, Mukdahan and Yasothon from today until October 13, 2020.

Waves in the Andaman Sea and the upper Gulf of Thailand are 2-3 meters high today. Seafarers are advised to avoid sailing in areas where thunderstorms are expected. Small boats should remain in port. (NNT)

Tropical storm ‘Lin Fa’ has a maximum wind central speed of 65 kilometers per hour.


Thai-Canadian model from Phuket crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2020

Amanda Obdam will be the Thai representative at the upcoming 69th Miss Universe contest 2020.

Amanda Obdam, 27, a Thai-Canadian model from Phuket, has been crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2020, and will be the Thai representative at the upcoming 69th Miss Universe contest 2020.

The final competition took place on the evening of October 10th, 2020 (SAT) at TRUE ICON Hall (ICONSIAM) in Bangkok. This year, the pageant is being presented under the concept of ‘Real You, Real Universe’. The announcements were divided into four rounds: Top 20, Top 10, Top 5, and Top 3.

Of 29 contestants, Amanda caught the eye and attention of the audience and judges throughout the contest. She confidently came on stage in her dark gray two-piece costume in the swimsuit competition, and a beautiful red dress during the evening gown segment.

In the Top 5 Q&A Session, she was asked: "A hundred years from today who would historians select as the most influential woman of the 21st Century and Why", Amanda replied ’all women’ because women are ’strong and powerful’, and with determination, one can accomplish anything.

Then in the final round all contestants received the same question which was, "if she becomes the new Miss Universe Thailand, in what way would she present herself as a new icon of Thailand". She replied that she would show that even though she was born Thai-Canadian she is truly a Thai woman, so she is going to present all of the Thainess within herself to the world.

At the end of the competition, Amanda was declared the winner of first place in the Miss Universe Thailand 2020 contest. While first runner-up was Praveenar Singh, a half Thai-Indian woman from Chiang Mai, and the second runner-up was Punika Kulsoontornrut from Prachuap Khiri Khan.

Amanda was crowned by her predecessor Paweensuda Drouin, who also made her final appearance as Miss Universe Thailand 2019, prior to the official announcement, naming the new Miss Universe 2020.

Being the winner of the Pageant, Amanda received a cash prize of one million Baht, a Honda Civic car, and a fully-furnished condominium. She will also represent Thailand at the 69th Miss Universe 2020 competition, and will be the hope of all Thais to bring the title of Miss Universe back to the Kingdom, after the last such win 32 years ago in 1988. (NNT)

The winner of Miss Universe Thailand 2020,the first runner-up was Praveenar Singh (left), a half Thai-Indian woman from Chiang Mai, and the second runner-up was Punika Kulsoontornrut (right) from Prachuap Khiri Khan.

The top five of Miss Universe Thailand 2020.

Paweensuda Drouin, Miss Universe Thailand 2019.


Bus-train collision in Chachoengsao, East of Thailand on Sunday caused massive losses

The bus-train collision happened at a railway crossing in the KhlongKwaeng Klan railway station in Chachoengsao province on Sunday morning; at least 20 people were killed and about 30 others were injured in the incident.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed his condolences on the fatal collision of a bus and a train in Chachoengsao province and ordered the best assistance.

Government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said Gen Prayut was sorry for the collision between a cargo train and a bus carrying people to merit-making activities and ordered authorities in Chachoengsao to do their best to help injured people and the relatives of dead victims. He also assigned relevant organizations to investigate the accident to plan future preventive measures.

The government spokesman said the prime minister urged transport-related organizations to campaign for road safety as people will be on vacation and have merit-making trips on long holidays.

The bus-train collision happened at a railway crossing in the KhlongKwaeng Klan railway station in Bang Toey sub-district of Muang district in Chachoengsao province on Sunday morning. At least 20 people were killed and about 30 others were injured in the incident. People on the bus were on their trip to traditionally offer robes to Buddhist monks at a local temple after the Buddhist Lent period. (TNA)


China and Thailand to discuss COVID-19 recovery strategies

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, will pay an official visit to Thailand to enhance cooperation by the two nations in recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, October 14 - 15, 2020.

The Kingdom of Thailand is set to welcome the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on an official visit designed to enhance cooperation by the two nations in recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scheduled for October 14 - 15, 2020, the State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, is to work with Thailand on strengthening the Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership between Thailand and China amidst regional and global challenges, including those posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the visit, Mr. Yi is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha at Government House and meet with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai to discuss ways to enhance cooperation between Thailand and China in bilateral and regional frameworks as well as to promote socio-economic recovery from the COVID-19 situation.

Throughout the two day stay, the State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China and his delegation will strictly observe Thailand’s COVID-19 prevention measures, with a view to ensuring public health and the safety of the Thai people. (NNT)


Studies on ‘Land Bridge’ idea to connect Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea

The proposed bridge is expected to be 130 kilometers long, and run from a seaport in Chumphon to a seaport in Ranong; it would reduce transportation time by at least two days.

Deputy Government Spokeswoman, Traisulee Traisaranakul announced that the government led by PM and Minister of Defense General Prayut Chan-o-cha is proceeding to reform the Thai economy by strengthening the self-reliance of citizens, as well as investing in mega projects to boost Thailand’s competitive ability. At the moment, the Ministry of Transport is studying a land bridge mega project to connect the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. The proposed bridge is expected to be 130 kilometers long, and run from a seaport in Chumphon to a seaport in Ranong; it would reduce transportation time by at least two days.

Miss Traisulee said the land bridge project will be studied over the course of a year. If the study reveals promising results, it will take a further two and a half years to begin construction. According to the initial plan, two deep seaports will be built in Ranong and Chumphon as transit stations for cargo from the Gulf of Thailand to the Andaman Sea. The two ports would be connected by a railway system and a motorway. With a land bridge available, cargo ships will use the two ports, instead of taking the traditional seaway that requires ships to access the strait of Malaca.

In addition, General Prayut also stressed that the study of the project must be prudent and cover all aspects including worthiness, environmental effects, and local opinions.

The land bridge project is part of the Southern Economic Corridor (SEC) development plan that covers four upper provinces of the southern region - Chumphon, Ranong, Surat Thani, and Nakhon Si Thammarat. The development plan will create a fully-covered transport system that can also connect to the Eastern Economic Corridor or EEC.

The Deputy Government Spokeswoman also added that the land bridge project will connect Thailand to Middle Eastern regions that produce oil and Europe that is a large consumer goods market, and Eastern Asian countries such as Japan, South Korea, China, and other countries that are consumers as well as also being known as the factory of the world.

It’s planned that the project be funded by both the government and the private sector.

According to the Minister of Transport, Saksayam Chidchob, private sector businesses that are interested in investing in infrastructure, will fund all kinds of transport systems including deep seaports, railways, and motorways. (NNT)

Deputy Government Spokeswoman, Traisulee Traisaranakul.

Minister of Transport, Saksayam Chidchob, said private sector businesses that are interested in investing in infrastructure, will fund all kinds of transport systems including deep seaports, railways, and motorways.


Bangkok’s Wat Pho to hold ‘Traditional Thai Medicine Week’ Oct 29 - Nov 2

Traditional Thai massage (‘Nuat Thai’) was inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity for 2019.

Wat Pho in Bangkok, the first Thai university and the center of the traditional Thai massage will hold the Traditional Thai Medicine Week from Oct 29 to Nov 2.

The Thai Traditional Medicine Day falls on Oct 29.

The ancient medical wisdom has been recorded in stone inscriptions at Wat Pho or Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklaram.

The event will feature a variety of performances, selected by the Ministry of Culture’s Cultural Promotion Department throughout the week.

An exhibition, a seminar and demonstrations on Thai massage by experts from across the country will be held during the event.

Herbal products for health will be available there.

Traditional Thai massage (‘Nuat Thai’) was inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity for 2019. (TNA)

The ancient medical wisdom has been recorded in stone inscriptions at Wat Pho or Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklaram.

Herbal products for health will be available there.

 


Bangkok at risk of storm hits, flood-related traffic this weekend

Ministry of Interior would coordinate such warnings including those about flood-related traffic problems with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. (@js100radio photo)

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned people to closely follow up news about storms and ordered relevant organizations to issue swift warnings to at-risk people during Oct 9-11.

Government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said the prime minister gave the warning out of his concern about public safety regarding incoming rainstorms.

The government assigned relevant organizations including the Office of the National Water Resources to monitor runoffs and ordered the Internal Security Operations Command, the army and the Ministry of Interior to help flood victims and move their belongings without delay.

The government spokesman also said the prime minister instructed the Ministry of Interior to use technologies such as SMS to send out flood and storm warnings right away.

For Bangkok, the ministry would coordinate such warnings including those about flood-related traffic problems with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Mr Anucha said. (TNA) 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned people to closely follow up news about storms and ordered relevant organizations to issue swift warnings to at-risk people.

 


Bangkok increases capacity of water drainage system

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang and BMA officials travelled around town to inspect water drainage systems. 

As heavy rains are expected across large parts of Thailand this weekend, Bangkok city has increased its water drainage capacity to mitigate the threat of flooding.

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) officials travelled around town to inspect water drainage systems. 

The Meteorological Department has warned about isolated heavy rains and strong wind in Bangkok and most parts of the country the coming days.  It has warned people of severe rains that may cause flash floods and water runoff. 

Heeding the warning, Aswin inspected the Rama IX giant drainage tunnel and floodwater retention basins, two key tools to divert floodwater off streets of Bangkok.

BMA officials said that they wanted to make sure about the water pumps, floodways and drainage systems in the city were functional. Heavy rainfalls often cause traffic havoc in the capital city.  Besides conventional methods, the BMA has installed water pump stations at around 300 low-lying sites. (TNA) 

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang.

Aswin inspected the Rama IX giant drainage tunnel and floodwater retention basins, two key tools to divert floodwater off streets of Bangkok.

 


Thailand wins bid to host ‘TBEX Asia 2021’ in Phuket next October

The event will help to reassure confidence in the kingdom as a top tourist destination among travelers through the first-hand experiences of bloggers and influencers from across the world.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is delighted to announce that Thailand has won the bid to host the world’s top blogger event, Travel Blog Exchange 2021 (TBEX Asia 2021), from 20-22 October, 2021, in Phuket.

Marking the kingdom’s first winning event since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the successful bid is a result of the fruitful collaboration between the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Phuket Province and TAT.

Phuket has been selected as the host city of the TBEX Asia 2021 under the concept of “Diversity of the South, Phuket & Beyond.”

The hosting of the TBEX Asia 2021 was officially announced at today’s press conference in Phuket by, as seen in the main featured image from left to right, Mr. Kongsak Khoopongsakorn, President of Thai Hotel Association Southern Chapter; Mrs. Somjai Suwansupana, Mayor of Phuket City Municipality; Mr. Chiruit Issarangkun Na Ayuthaya, TCEB President; Mr. Narong Woonciew, Governor of Phuket Province; Mr. NIitheeSeeprae, TAT’s Executive Director of Advertising and Public Relations Department; Miss Nichapa Yosswee, TCEB Senior Vice President; Mr. Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, President of Phuket Tourist Destination; and Mr. Rick Calvert, TBEX CEO.

Mr. Narong Woonciew, Governor of Phuket, said “Phuket has all the infrastructure to accommodate tourists flying directly from overseas. There are world-class hotels and medical service providers in the province. We are more than confident that we can be a good host for all tourists and events.”

Phuket is going ahead with all preparations for New Normal tourism. Entrepreneurs are to upgrade the sanitary standards and to comply with the requirements laid down by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Ministry of Public Health.

A multi screening process is conducted at checkpoints in collaboration with the provincial public health officials, while safety and security measures for water, air and land transport have been heightened to assure everyone that Phuket is a safe destination.

Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, TCEB President, said, “We are going to show the world that Thailand is ready to come back, after COVID-19 has passed, to host international events and Phuket is ready to serve as a festival city”.

The TBEX Asia 2021 will underline arts, cultural diversity, event venues, food, and ways of life of not only in Phuket, but also the whole Southern Thailand region.

Mr. Nithee Seeprae, TAT’s Executive Director for the Advertising and Public Relations Department (above photo), said “The TBEX Asia 2021 participants will discover the charm and diversity of Phuket that can’t be found anywhere else. Since this big event will be held during challenging times, the honour of hosting this event is really an encouraging sign of confidence and potential of Thailand.”

To boost the confidence of media and international bloggers coming to the TBEX Asia 2021 in Thailand, TCEB, TAT, and Phuket has organised a ‘Media and Blogger Inspection Trip’ to Phuket from 6-8 October, 2020. The three-day programme highlights Phuket’s wide variety of attractions and activities, ranging from beautiful sea and beaches, delicious local food, street art, adventure and charming communities.


Phuket hotel provides venue for airline employees to sell food from Thai Airways’ kitchen

A wide variety of interesting products are on sale including fresh food, snacks, drinks, clothes, and souvenirs as well as deep-fried dough sticks from the Thai Airways’ kitchen.

In Phuket, a hotel operator has provided space to enable airline employees affected by COVID-19 flight closures, to sell products at the "Angel Market".

Employees from various airlines including flight attendants and ground personnel have united to sell a wide variety of products at Cassia Hotel Phuket, after the hotel operator provided a venue for them called Angel Market. A wide variety of interesting products are on sale including fresh food, snacks, drinks, clothes, and souvenirs as well as deep-fried dough sticks from the Thai Airways’ kitchen.

Mrs Prapha Hemmin, Director for Activities and Corporate Relations of Laguna Resorts & Hotels Public Company Limited, said this week that the hotel is aware of the plight of those affected by COVID-19 lay-offs, and has provided retail space to airline staff who are not able to return to work at this time. The large sales space was offered free of rent.

There are more than 45 booths manned by airline employees at the Angel Market, which is open on the first Saturday and Sunday of the months of October, November and December. Interested airline employees who wish to sell products are asked to contact Laguna Phuket. (NNT)


Heavy rain warning in Pattaya and across Thailand for October 7-9

Heavy to very heavy rainfalls are expected in the lower northeastern region, in Pattaya and the eastern region, the central region, and the southern region on 7-9 October.

Heavy rains are expected in several areas of Thailand on October7-9, with up to four meter high waves and storm surges expected along both the east and west coasts of the southern region.

The Meteorological Department has issued a warning on the potential development of a low pressure system into a tropical depression over the Southern China Sea today.

The storm is expected to make a landfall in southern Vietnam, before moving through Cambodia and into the Gulf of Thailand.

Heavy to very heavy rainfalls are expected in the lower northeastern region, the eastern region, the central region, and the southern region on October 7-9.

The southern region will also be seeing an increase in precipitation due to the growing rainy season monsoonal winds, bringing waves of 2-4 meters in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, with possible storm surges along the southern region’s east coast, and the eastern region’s shores.

The TMD recommends villagers in affected areas prepare for possible flash floods. Ships and boats should not go to sea during this period of hash weather. Villagers in coastal areas should relocate their belongings to a safe place to avoid water damage. (NNT)


Demand for Bangkok Governor Election

Bangkok Member of Parliament, Sira Jenjaka.

Bangkok MP Sira Jenjaka sought public support for his demand for the quick election of the Bangkok governor, accusing the incumbent governor of failing to solve problems.

The MP from the Palang Pracharath Party said he launched a campaign “to oust Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang” via change.org and invited people to support it.

He said he needed at least 50,000 people to support the campaign aimed at asking Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to have the Bangkok gubernatorial election organized to replace Pol Gen Aswin.

Pol Gen Aswin had failed to solve problems in Bangkok over the past four years of his tenure and many problems were worsening including the problems of entertainment places and illicit businesses, Mr Sira said.

“Anyone who share my standpoint, please sign your names so that we can together change Bangkok and have a good and capable person to take care of Bangkok people. I do believe that things will be certainly better,” Mr Sira said.


Thailand to further reopen for investors

Government spokesman, Anucha Burapachaisri.

Thai government has planned to reopen further for potential investors, who will come for business deals and stay short–term visit after it allowed foreigners with work permits and some groups of tourists to enter the country under strict disease control measures.

Government spokesman, Anucha Burapachaisri said the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) approved visas for 11,000 businesspeople and foreigners with work permits.

They agreed to enter alternative state quarantine for 14 days.

Starting from Oct 1, Special Tourist Visa (STV) is offered to tourists from no risk and low risk countries. They are required to complete 14-day quarantine upon arrivals.

The spokesman said now, the government targets to reopen for investors who will come to negotiate business deals as this group has the high potential to help stimulate the economy.

As they are likely to come for short-term visits, special measures are needed for this group of travelers.

Agencies concerned are mapping out the plan and will propose the measures to the ad hoc committee tasked with considering the relaxation of lockdown restriction and chaired by the secretary-general of the National Security Council, he said.

The issue will be forwarded to the Prime Minister later.

Initially, they must travel with the Covid-test result, conducted within 72 hours before entering Thailand and they are required to have COVID-19 health insurance coverage worth at least US$100,000, he added. (TNA)


Thailand to be ASEAN’s biggest herbal exporter

Thailand to become the biggest exporter of herbal products in Southeast Asia. Its product champions are turmeric, Plai (Zingibermontanum), Thai black ginger and Bua Bok (Centellaasiatica).

The ministries of public health, agriculture and commerce join forces to promote Thailand as the biggest herbal exporter of Southeast Asia, targeting overall sales worth 360 billion baht next year.

Deputy government spokesperson Rachada Dhnadirek said the government was emphasizing the development of herbal products which had potential of growth and income generation because they were used as ingredients in the production of food, beverages, cosmetics, food supplements and medicines and there were not many competitors in herbal markets.

Despite the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, Thai herbal exports were rising especially in China, the United States and Vietnam, she said.

Thailand’s first master plan on herbal development for implementation from 2017 to 2021 expected the value of annual herbal consumption to increase from 180 billion baht to 360 billion baht by 2021 and Thailand to become the biggest exporter of herbal products in Southeast Asia. Its product champions are turmeric, Plai (Zingibermontanum), Thai black ginger and Bua Bok (Centellaasiatica). Besides, several Thai herbs were quickly gaining popularity including green chiretta, ginger and garlic, Ms Rachada said.

According to her, governmental and non-governmental organizations are doing their best to promote herbal products. The Ministry of Public Health is responsible for the quality and innovation of herbal products as well as facilitation for commercial production. The Ministry of Commerce supervises local and international marketing campaigns and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is expanding the organic cultivation of herbs.

“Global demand for herbs is steadily growing and it is an important opportunity to generate secure income for farmers and operators. The government is ready to throw support in terms of policies and budgets for the comprehensive herbal development so that the Thai herbal industry will be internationally recognized and growing in a sustainable way,” Ms Rachada said. (TNA)

Deputy Government spokesperson Rachada Dhnadirek.


Thai soldiers arrive at training center in U.S.

189 Thai soldiers from the 2nd Army and the Special Warfare Command underwent screening and were briefed on Covid-19 prevention and control measures by the U.S. army’s medical unit.

Thai soldiers arrived at the US Army’s Joint Readiness Training Centre (JRTC) in Louisiana to participate in a month-long evaluation course following the Hawaii drill in July.

Col Sirichan Nga-thong, deputy army spokeswoman said after arrivals, 189 Thai soldiers from the 2nd Army and the Special Warfare Command underwent screening and were briefed on Covid-19 prevention and control measures by the U.S. army’s medical unit.

The training course runs from Oct 3 to Nov 1. Thai soldiers will engage in evaluations and follow-up tests of the Hawaii exercise.

The Thai soldiers will return to Thailand on Nov 2 and they will go through disease control processes including quarantine.

Their goal is to protect themselves and come back to develop the Thai army, Col Sirichan said.

Nine of the 151 soldiers who took part in the Lightning Forge 2020 drill in Hawaii in July tested positive for Covid-19 on their return. (TNA) 

The Thai soldiers will return to Thailand on Nov 2 and they will go through disease control processes including quarantine.


Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai and U-Tapao airports open direct flights for medical tourists

The Medical Hub Board meeting agreed to suggest Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai and U-Tapao airports as additional direct destinations for medical tourists, after Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports in Bangkok.

The Medical Hub Board is to propose that the government allow direct international flights to quarantine spa and resort locations in facilitation of medical tourists, adding to Special Tourist VISA (STV) visitors being allowed into the country to stimulate its economy.

The most recent meeting of the board chaired by the Minister of Public Health, Anuthin Chanweerakul, invited Minister of Tourism and Sports Pipat Rachakijprakarn and other relevant agencies to discuss the proposal. The meeting agreed to suggest Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai and U-Tapao airports as additional direct destinations for medical tourists, after Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports in Bangkok. They are to present the idea to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Alternative state quarantine facilities have so far taken on 1,123 foreigners, including their caretakers, generating some 114 million baht in revenue for the country. Another 2,220 such medical tourists are pending approval, with an estimated over 3,000 expected to enter the country in the near future. An online shopping program is to be made available, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, targeting the visitors and they will be recommended destinations to visit after their 14 day quarantine is complete, to further their economic contribution.

A sub-committee of the CCSA has already green lit principles for the use of spas, resorts and wellness centers as alternative quarantine locations with the Department of Health Service Promotion, drafting guidelines for the practices. Phuket is also to be developed as a medical hub for the south.

Anuthin voiced his belief that such plans will help prop up the economy, saying medical tourists and long stay visitors should generate some 360 billion baht for the country. (NNT)

 

Thailand has already green lit principles for the use of spas, resorts and wellness centers as alternative quarantine locations with the Department of Health Service Promotion, drafting guidelines for the practices.


Series of ‘Naga Fireballs’ from Mekong River in Nong Khai and Bung Kan, northeastern Thailand

An unofficial report recorded 575 fireballs in Nong khai’s three districts with at least 300,000 tourists visiting the province.

Tourists were jubilant while witnessing “Naga Fireballs” rising from the Mekong River in the northeastern provinces of Nong Khai and Bung Kan. 

In Nong Khai, people waited for the phenomenon along the bank of the river in Phon Phisai and Ratana Wapi districts. The first three fireballs shoot skywards at 6.25pm in Ban Tarn Chum village of Ratana Wapi district.

An unofficial report recorded 575 fireballs in Nong khai’s three districts with at least 300,000 tourists visiting the province.

In Bung Kan, visitors shouted in joy when the first pink-red fireball rose from the middle of the Mekong River at 6.49pm, preceding more fireballs at intervals.

About 12,000 Thai and foreign tourists visited Bung Kan for the phenomenon this year and local officials expected their spending at millions of baht in support of local economy. (TNA)

 

About 12,000 Thai and foreign tourists visited Bung Kan for the phenomenon this year and local officials expected their spending at millions of baht in support of local economy.


‘Special Tourist Visa’ ready for Covid-19-passed foreigners with long-stay plans in Thailand

Special Tourist Visa (STV) would be issued for the foreigners who passed COVID-19 control measures and planned long stays in Thailand. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has ordered Thai embassies and consulates-general worldwide to prepare for issuing visas for long-stay visitors. 

Natapanu Noppakhun, deputy spokesman of the ministry, said Special Tourist Visa (STV) would be issued for the foreigners who passed COVID-19 control measures and planned long stays in Thailand. 

The government initiated the special visa to allow in foreign tourists in order to relieve economic problems resulting from the coronavirus disease 2019. 

Mr Natapanu said the Ministry of Interior allowed long-stay visitors to stay in Thailand for 90 days and the visas could be extended twice later for 90 days each time. The measure is valid from Oct 1 to Sept 30 next year. 

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has told Thai embassies and consulates-general worldwide to prepare for issuing the Special Tourist Visa. The issuance will be done carefully in compliance with the announcement of the Ministry of Interior and COVID-19 control measures set by the Ministry of Public Health and relevant organizations,” he said. 

Applicants for STV must prove their payment for accommodations of at least 14 days at alternative state quarantine or alternative hospital quarantine facilities or payment for the purchase or rent of residential units in Thailand and have COVID-19 health insurance coverage worth at least US$100,000.  (TNA)

Natapanu Noppakhun, deputy spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Special tour train launched by TAT and Thai Hotels Association

The guests traveled on special carriages where chefs from five-star hotels of the Dusit Thani Group served famous dishes of provinces as well as beverages all the way. 

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and partners have launched ‘new normal’ tour service on a special train. 

TAT, the Thai Hotels Association and tourism-related operators invited representatives of embassies in Thailand and chambers of commerce of many countries to board the special train from the Hua Lamphong station in Bangkok to Hua Hin district of Prachuap Khiri Khan.  

The guests traveled on special carriages where chefs from five-star hotels of the DusitThani Group served famous dishes of provinces as well as beverages all the way. 

When the passengers arrived in Hua Hin, they released young blue crabs into the sea at the beach of KhaoTakiab community. They were young crabs earlier caught in fishing nets and kept at a local blue crab bank. 

TAT PR director Nithee Seephrae said the special trip was aimed at promoting quality tours that could target tourists with high purchasing power after the COVID-19 crisis. Such trips were also suitable for young travelers, meeting participants and expatriates. 

He expected such services to boost tourism late this year. (TNA)

 


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