Update September 08
- 09, 2018
Thai cave boys and rescuers feted by prime minister at gala reception
the Wild Boars soccer team give their thanks during and event in front of
the image of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun
during the event titled "United as One" Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Sept.
6, 2018. Lalit)
From left, Japanese cave diver Shigeki Miyake,
Belgian cave diver Ben Reymenants, American cave diver Joshua David Morris,
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Finnish cave diver Mikko Paasi,
American cave diver Bruce Konefe and Japanese cave diver Shigeki Miyake pose
in front of an image of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn at the Royal
Decoration Ceremony for aiding the rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team
trapped for almost three weeks in a flooded cave, at the Royal Thai
Government House in Bangkok Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (Lillian Suwanrumpha/Pool
Photo via AP)
Force Cpt. Jessica Tait, the spokesperson for the U.S. military team that
assisted in the cave rescue operation, smiles during the event titled the
"United as One" in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (AP
cave expert Vernon Unsworth, right, and his wife Woranan Ratrawiphukkun pose
for a photo during the "United as One" Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Sept. 6,
2018. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
the Wild Boars soccer team attend a public discussion in Bangkok, Thailand,
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. They spoke Thursday at an exhibition about their
ordeal of being trapped for almost three weeks in a flooded cave, at one of
Bangkok's largest shopping malls. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
By Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press
Bangkok (AP) — It was show time
Thursday for the 12 boys and their 25-year-old soccer coach who were trapped
for almost three weeks in a flooded cave in northern Thailand as they spoke
at a public exhibition in one of Bangkok's largest malls.
That was just the start of the day for
the small-town kids in the big-city capital. Later they were guests of honor
at a gala outdoor reception hosted by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and
his wife that honored those involved in the dangerous and dramatic rescue of
the members of the Wild Boars soccer team.
The exhibition, where the boys spoke to
the public and reporters, features a reproduction of the cave with simulated
sounds of water dripping. Equipment used by rescuers and other items are on
Psychologists had recommended that the
boys be given a six-month respite after their rescue in July for the sake of
their mental health. But Thailand's military government, eager to share the
glory of the good-news story, has trotted them out for public appearances
Other efforts to promote their story
have included construction of a museum and the anointing as a national hero,
Major Saman Gunan, the former Thai navy SEAL who died while
diving in the cave delivering oxygen tanks.
At least five of them said in more or
less the same words at Thursday's mall forum that "my life is the same, but
more people are approaching me."
The boys earlier detailed much of their
experience at a news conference after they were released from hospital
observation following their rescue, and in interviews with the U.S.
television network ABC.
In their talk moderated by Weerachon in
the Siam Paragon mall on Thursday, they gave mostly terse replies. Adul
Sam-on acknowledged that the area where they were staying in the cave stank
of urine — the matter of body excretions had been a subject of much chatter
on social media.
The boys appeared to have been unaware
of the government's initial advice to not pester them about their ordeal.
Adul said he was surprised when he met
officials such as American diplomats who did not ask what happened in the
cave. He said it was only later that someone told him there was a ban on
asking them questions about it. His teammate Ekarat Wongsukchan said he also
was surprised that he had received no such questions.
The government-organized "United as
One" event saw the boys change from fashionable yellow polo shirts over long
pants to standard Thai school uniforms consisting of button-down white
shirts on top of knee-length shorts. They took to the stage to express their
gratitude to King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun and all who
helped in their rescue.
A university band played popular tunes
including "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "We Are the World" to a crowd that
included U.S. and Australian service members in uniform who assisted in the
On Friday the boys are scheduled to
tour Bangkok's Grand Palace, a major destination for Thai and foreign
PM says there will be no cabinet reshuffle
Bangkok, 6th August 2018 (NNT) - Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha
and other members of the cabinet have insisted there will be no cabinet
reshuffle as rumored.
Gen Prayut said the Cabinet would not
be reshuffled while Deputy Prime Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikulya claimed the
premier himself had never discussed the matter with him.
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam
also denied the cabinet reshuffle rumor and other rumors that claim cabinet
members are planning to enter politics.
Despite a possibility that the organic
laws on the election of MPs and Senators will be published in the Royal
Gazette next week, Wissanu urged political parties to wait until the
National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) withdraws its ban on political
The Deputy Prime Minister also urged
the Election Commission of Thailand (EC) to consider scheduling local
elections 90 days after the general election.
Meanwhile, the first vice president of
the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), Surachai Liengboonlertchai, said
today that if the government whip submitted a draft law on local elections
to the NLA by next week, it would be deliberated and approved no later than
December this year.
Thailand prepares for ASEAN Summit 2019
Bangkok, 6th September 2018 (NNT)
– The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that Thailand is ready to
assume the ASEAN chairmanship next year.
At a press conference today,
Director-General of the Department of Information and Spokesperson for the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ms. Busadee Santipitak indicated that the
Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Don Pramudwinai and other senior officials
will follow the order of Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to consider
measures to support member states in creating an ASEAN brand that reflects
the regions fundamental values. The representative noted that Thailand has
played important roles in ASEAN. However, the region is facing new
challenges, so it should step up its efforts to strengthen and unite the
Ms. Busadee then stated that Minister
attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Kobsak Pootrakul, has discussed
ways to publicize the ASEAN Summit next year. The committee has set out its
plans to launch an official website and a debut video that will be shown in
the handover ceremony of the ASEAN chairmanship in November. They have
agreed to work on raising public awareness of ASEAN and the upcoming summit
in 2019 through all channels.
The spokesperson explained that the
outcomes of the two meetings will be reported to the premier soon, as
Thailand will officially assume the chairmanship on January 1st, 2019.
PM tells youths southern unrest cannot be resolved through politics alone
Bangkok, 7 September 2018 (NNT) – Thailand's Prime Minister has
remarked to youths from the nation’s far south that his government has no
intention of using violence to quell the region’s unrest, noting politics
are, however, not the entire solution to the issue but rather development
and a peaceful mindset.
Executives of the Office of the Court
of Justice led youths from the three southernmost provinces and four
districts of Songkla to meet Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha at
Government House yesterday as part of the sixth iteration of the “Young
Thais of a Single Heart” program.
The PM told the youths that the
conflict in Thailand's south has been a personal concern of his for the past
four years and that he has worked to remedy the situation. He urged the
students to adhere to the moral teachings of their religions, saying all
religions preach peaceful coexistence and that they should not fall victim
to those who would use differences in faith to foment conflict.
The premier assured the youths that his
government does not have a policy of violence in the south and remarked that
the unrest cannot be resolved through political means alone, rather it
requires development and an adherence to peace as well.
During a question and answer session,
one of the youths asked the PM if he was tired and received the response
that, while he was sometimes fatigued by his work, he wished only for
GMS 6 discusses reducing trade barriers
Bangkok, 6th September 2018 (NNT) – A meeting on trade value within
Greater Mekong Sub region (GMS) 6, has acknowledged the need to reduce
barriers to cross-border trade to pave the way for regional connections.
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition
Bureau (TCEB) and the GMS Freight Transport Association organized an
international seminar on logistics in the GMS and the reduction of trade
obstacles in the sub region, which includes Thailand, China, Cambodia, Lao
PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam.
Former World Trade Organization
Director, Supachai Panichapak remarked in an address to the seminar that
cooperation with the GMS has developed steadily over the years with the GDP
of all six GMS countries combined likely to expand 15 percent. He pointed
out that logistics and travel connections between the countries are crucial
to it playing a more important role in Asia, noting that cross-border
transport continues to be a key challenge. To overcome trade obstacles,
Supachai recommended a central agency be established to do away with
Between 2013 and 2022, an estimated 70
billion USD is expected to be invested in transport infrastructure in the
GMS. The culmination of the better connections will be the GMS Economic
Update September 06, 2018
Celebrities joining Gen Prayut to launch new public campaign
Bangkok, 5 August 2018 (NNT) - Famous actors and singers joined Prime
Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha at the Government House on Tuesday to promote
a nation building campaign ‘Sang Thai Pai Duay Kan’.
Minister Attached to the Prime
Minister’s Office Kobsak Phutrakul led a group of celebrities including some
members of BNK48, an up-and-coming male actor Thanapat Kawila and Namthip
‘Bee’ Jongratchatawiboon, a famous female model, to join Gen Prayut in the
launch of the campaign.
The Sang Thai Pai Duay Kan campaign,
which translates to ‘Building Thailand Together,' was designed to encourage
public involvement in national development.
These celebrities will also appear on
the weekly television program ‘Thailand Moves Forward’ every Saturday to
cultivate public awareness about past achievements and future plans of the
Prime Minister Gen Prayut also
introduced Thai people to a book about the government’s achievements and a
campaign song for the first time. The premier said he hoped everyone would
help move the country forward and achieve reform in 20 years.
Heavy rains forecast in most areas of Thailand until the weekend
Bangkok, 5th August 2018 (NNT) - Heavy rain has been forecast in most
parts of the country until this weekend. People have been told to brace
themselves for possible flash floods in many areas.
The Meteorological Department has warned people in all
regions of possible flooding due to rain throughout this week. Fishermen in
the southern region should proceed with caution as waves could reach two
meters high in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.
According to the Crisis Center, provinces likely to be
affected by heavy rain include Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong
Son, Lamphun, Lampang, Phrae, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Tak, Loei, Chaiyaphum,
Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram, Surin, Si Sa Ket, and Ubon Ratchathani.
Eight more provinces including Nakhon Sawan, U-Thai
Thani, Chainat, Lopburi, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Bangkok and Samut Prakarn
as well as the entire east coast and southern provinces will be affected by
The quantity of water released from major dams across
the country however, is likely to be reduced as precipitation is expected to
decline later this month. Despite the decrease, water levels in the
reservoir of each dam must be maintained at a level deemed sufficient for
farming activities during next year's dry season.
Religious Affairs Dept discusses role of meditation in survival of Moo Pa soccer players
Bangkok, 5 September 2018 (NNT)
- The Department of Religious Affairs has held a seminar on the benefits of
meditation and its role in the success of the Moo Pa Academy rescue
The seminar discussed how football
coach Ekapol Chantawong had taught his students to practice meditation
during the more than 10 days they were trapped in the cave. The seminar
concluded that the practice had helped the team stay strong mentally,
allowing them to properly communicate with the rescue team once they were
Coach Ekapol, who is currently an
ordained monk, said that upon realizing that the team was trapped, he
gathered his wits and sought out a resting place that had dripping water to
make sure that the team had access to clean drinking water. He then called
on his experience, having been a junior monk, to teach the students how to
pray and meditate in order to calm their spirits during the long wait.
Lt Col Dr Pak Lohanchun, who was part
of the medical rescue team, added that he had been taught how to meditate
and pray at an early age and was able to draw upon his experience during
times of crisis, such as in the rescue operation.
Water level in Mekong River declines slightly
Nong Khai, 5th August 2018 (NNT) - Overflow from the Mekong River in
Nong Khai province continues to flood nearby farmlands, forcing farmers to
move their equipment and tools to higher ground.
More than 3,000 rai of farmland used by
400 farming families still remains inundated in three meter-deep flood
waters in Ponsipai district. Despite the declining level of water in the
Mekong River in Nong Khai at present, heavy rain and the arrival of a water
mass from Loei province could raise the water level again.
Water pumps are being used to lessen
the inundation in the municipality around the clock, and to prevent further
flooding while the Mekong River continues to overflow its embankments.
In Khon Khaen province, local residents
have been warned of further heavy rain due to the impact of a low pressure
trough in Laos and a south westerly wind in the South of Thailand. People
living near the Mekong River are urged to stay updated on the flood
situation for their own safety.
In Petchaburi province, Ban Laem
District Chief Sritham Ratchakaew, has accompanied a group of local civil
servants to Tha Raeng sub-district to use effective micro-organisms (EM) to
treat waste water in water-logged farmland, after the flood waters could not
be directed into waterways fast enough.
Government to prosecute Loei resort for illegal use of land
Loei, 5th September 2018
(NNT) - Officials in Loei province have seized 19 rai from Rungyen
Resort over illegal land ownership and is preparing a 600-million-baht
Director of the Forest Protection and Fire Control
Bureau Cheewapap Cheewatam, has led officials from the Royal Forest
Department and related agencies on an inspection of Rungyen Resort in Phu
Ruea district, following complaints that the title deed for the land in
question had been illegally obtained.
Officials found that the resort had gained ownership
rights over national park land through illegal means and had built a private
reservoir that has prevented the public from using the nearby stream.
The Royal Forest Department is now in the process of
assessing the environmental damage to the surrounding area, in order to
build a civil and criminal case against the resort. Preliminary surveys have
estimated a claim of at least 600 million baht in damages.
Update September 05, 2018
Stateless paper plane champion applies for Thai citizenship
Deputy District Chief of
Muang Chiang Mai District accepted the petition and personally processed Mr.
Mong Thongdee demonstrates
his extraordinary talents in making paper planes.
Chiang Mai, 4th September 2018, (NNT) - The stateless paper plane
competition champion has applied for Thai nationality. The process is
expected to take three weeks.
The 21-year old stateless man, Mong
Thongdee, who rose to fame as the local and international paper plane
champion, this week applied for Thai nationality at the government complex
in Chiang Mai Province. The Deputy District Chief of Muang Chiang Mai
District accepted the petition and personally processed Mr. Mong’s document.
According to government procedures when
accepting requests for Thai nationality, the responsible unit will perform a
criminal record check on the applicant, interview two witnesses, and review
other relevant documents, before going through the legal proceedings.
Consideration takes roughly 90 days to complete, with another 30 extra days
for additional scrutiny, if needed.
However, in the case of Mr. Mong, it is
speculated that the Chiang Mai Governor may shorten the procedure to a week.
After the examination process is done, the governor will ask the Department
of Provincial Administration to assign a 13-digit ID for Mr. Mong. The paper
plane champion can then file a petition with the Office of the Registrar
Suthep Sub-District Municipal Office, before heading back to Chiang Mai’s
capital district office for the issuance of a citizen ID card.
Mr. Mong hopes to receive his first ID
Card within five months, while saying he hopes to purchase a piece of land,
so he can build a house on Thai soil. He is planning to study for a
bachelor's degree in civil engineering, in order to stay in the construction
field like his father before him.
Tham Luang Cave survivors and rescuers to attend banquet
Chiang Rai, 4th September 2018 (NNT) – The Governor of Chiang Rai
province has met with the guardians and parents of Moo Pa Academy football
team members who were stranded in Tham Luang Cave earlier this year, to
prepare them for a thank you banquet being organized by the government this
September 6th, to celebrate the united effort of rescuers from Thailand and
across the globe, that succeeded in returning the youths to safety.
Chiang Rai Governor Prajon Prachsakul
and Mae Sai District Chief Somsak Kanakam had a meeting with Phra Khru
Prayutjetiyanukarn, the acting Abbot of Wat Doi Wao, who is now caring for
the coach of the Moo Pa Academy football team as well as the parents of the
12 boys who survived being marooned in flooded Tham Luang Cave for 17 days.
The meeting at Wat Doi Wao was to prepare them all to attend a banquet being
staged by the government at Dusit Palace in Bangkok on September 6th to
thank the rescuers.
Over 3,000 people involved in the
rescue operation, including the team and their guardians, will attend the
banquet. They are to travel from Chiang Rai on 72 buses departing on
As for members of the media still
trying to interview the boys, the governor reminded them that the lads are
still in state care and have not been permitted to speak with the media for
fear of causing trauma. Journalists have been asked to formally request
meetings with the young footballers through the Ministry of the Interior.
At Government House, Minister to the
Prime Minister’s Office Suwaphan Tanyuwattana, disclosed Prime Minister Gen
Prayut Chan-ocha will speak at the banquet, about His Majesty the King’s
gracious provision of aid for the 13.
The intent of the event is to celebrate
the unity and collaboration of the rescuers, as many were from different
nations and belonged to different faiths, but put aside their differences to
bring success to the difficult operation. The event will not be broadcast
but those in attendance will be allowed to film proceedings and share their
Ministry of the Interior's thank you event for Tham Luang Cave rescuers
Bangkok, 4th September 2018 (NNT) – The Ministry of the Interior says
all preparations have been made for the thank you banquet being staged on
Thursday (September 6) for the rescuers of the Moo Pa Academy youth football
team, with up to 7,000 people expected to attend.
Minister of the Interior Gen Anupong
Paojinda said today that all preparations have been made for the “United as
One”, thank you event being held for all those involved in the rescue of the
Moo Pa Academy youth football team, whose 13 members were trapped in Tham
Luang Cave in Chiang Rai province for 17 days. The event is being held this
week on September 6, from 6pm to 9pm at Dusit Palace, Bangkok.
An estimated 7,000 people are set to
attend the banquet and the Ministry of the Interior is working with other
agencies to provide full service to all, including shuttle bus pick-up and
drop-off services. The ministry itself is taking care of 2-3,000 people
being transported from Chiang Rai to attend the event. Government officials
have been authorized to use their official vehicles to participate in the
thank you party.
Agriculture Ministry to propose new measures to help ease farmers’ debt problems
Bangkok, 3rd September 2018 (NNT) — The Ministry of Agriculture is
planning to seek the government’s approval for a new set of measures to help
ease farmers’ debt problems.
Minister of Agriculture and
Cooperatives, Grisada Boonrach said on Monday that the planned solution,
which will soon be presented to the Cabinet for consideration, comprises the
extension of the deadline for the repayment of non-performing loans or NPLs
from the original date of December 31, 2009 to December 31, 2017.
Mr. Grisada added that the Ministry
will also ask for a compensatory budget for the Bank for Agriculture and
Agricultural Cooperatives to help settle 50 percent of loans of 239
borrowers, and a special budget to compensate the bank on behalf of 36,366
farmers who are considered qualified to receive assistance, for instance.
He added that the Ministry will welcome
indebted farmers with certain qualifications to join a debt-restructuring
program and the registration will be open until October 13.
All invited to song writing competition on royal volunteer work
Bangkok, 4th September 2018 (NNT)
– Students, civil servants, members of the private sector and the general
public have all been invited to join in a song writing competition on the
topic of “royal volunteer work” offering the chance to win a Royal Cup
bestowed by His Majesty the King.
Royal agencies are jointly holding the
competition to promote good deeds and volunteerism. The winning composition
is to be become the official song of volunteer work done in the name of His
Majesty the King.
Entries must be contemporary Thai
compositions with clear and concise lyrics about volunteer work done in
tribute to the royal institution. The songs are to be easily sung and should
Applications can be downloaded from
www.prd.go.th with entries to be accepted until October 20, 2018. More
information can be found by calling 02-356-0977.
Update September 04, 2018
2.1 Million Counterfeit and Pirated Goods Destroyed by Thai Government
Bangkok, 3rd Sept., 2018 (NNT)
- Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan has
presided over a ceremony to dispose of 1.3 billion baht's worth of
counterfeit and pirated goods.
About 2.1 million counterfeit items
from resolved intellectual property infringement cases were disposed of at
the event, which was organized by several units of the sub-committee on IP
infringement crime suppression.
About 187,000 items were seized by the
Royal Thai Police, with another 1.7 million items identified by the Customs
Department, and 181,000 items by the Department of Special Investigation.
The contraband included luxury apparel, bags, belts, shoes, watches, mobile
phones, CDs, DVDs, eyewear, and cosmetics.
The disposal of these items is
necessary to ensure the goods do not re-enter circulation. Furthermore, the
quality of some of these items was subpar and posed public health risks. The
process was organized transparently, and in line with the Agreement on
Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.
The move is also meant to reassure
investors of Thailand's stance on protecting IP rights.
Tobacco Authority defends relocation plan
Bangkok, 2nd September 2018 (NNT)
- The Tobacco Authority of Thailand (TAOT) has denied planning to promote
the consumption of demerit goods, saying its plan to build a new factory in
Ayutthaya province, is in fact to relocate its facilities from Bangkok.
TAOT Managing Director Daonoi
Suttiniphapunt, explained that the newly-opened facility, called Tobacco
Factory No.6 in Rojana Industrial Park in Ayutthaya’s U-Thai district, is
intended to replace the three factories in Khlong Toey district of Bangkok.
The old factory compound in Bangkok,
which covers an area of nearly 200 acres, will be offered to HM the Queen. A
forest park will be built there as a recreational spot for city people. All
machinery and staff are expected to have been moved to Ayutthaya by 2020.
Ms. Daonoi also disclosed that the
consumption of cigarettes in global markets lowers by four percent on
average each year. In Thailand, the demand for cigarettes has dropped by
more than 10 per cent over the past three years, with the number of
cigarettes smoked legally shrinking to fewer than 30 billion.
She added that the four-billion-baht
construction budget of the new tobacco factory had been taken from the
profits of TAOT and had been approved by the former cabinet.
Four nabbed in major drugs bust in Samut Sakhon
Samut Sakhon, 2nd September 2018 (NNT) - Four people have been
arrested along with 130,000 methamphetamine pills and three kilograms of
crystal meth or “ice”, worth 15 million baht in total, in Muang Samut Sakhon
The four suspects, charged with
possession of illegal drugs for sales, have been detained at the province’s
prison. They are identified as Nopphadol Khamanee, 31, Kathariya Soros, 27,
Weerachai Rungrojnetikul, 36, and Thanathepchai Hunlamphoo, 36 years of age.
The Provincial Police Region 7 Chief,
Pol Maj Gen Suraphong Chaijan, said the suspects, whose arrest stemmed from
police’s previous capture of drug addicts, were part of a drug ring led by a
major drug dealer in a neighboring country known only as “Xang”.
He added that police would continue to
look for more accomplices.
PRD officials asked to disseminate correct information among public
Bangkok, 2nd September 2018 (NNT) – The Government Public Relations
Department (PRD) has been asked to ensure that the general public learns the
details of government policies and projects accurately.
Government Spokesperson Lt Gen Sansern
Kaewkamnerd, in his capacity as PRD Director-General, led PRD executives in
a meeting to discuss the work of the department.,
He said the department’s main focus
should be on educating the public about state services, policies, and
projects so that people can take part in country building and national
He added that the PRD must be a
provider of accurate and reliable information while at the same time making
sure that the content is creative, attractive and relatable, all of which
are keys to effectively making the message heard.
Update September 03, 2018
Transport Minister on inspection tour of Loei Airport
Loei, 2nd September 2018 (NNT) —
The Minister of Transport has inspected the progress of the expansion of
Transport Minister Arkhom
Termpittayapaisith visited Loei Airport on Saturday, where deputy provincial
governor Pornchai Thomkrajang and Airport Director Weerawat Thakong as well
as related personnel waited to welcome him.
Mr. Arkhom was then updated on the
planned renovation of the airport and the planned construction of a new
? The Transport Minister said later
that his inspection was aimed at gauging the progress of the expansion of
the airport, which is occurring in two phases, including the doubling of its
capacity at the existing terminal to accommodate 300 passengers, along with
an upgrade of all security systems.
He added that the second phase is the
construction of a second passenger terminal, which will start in 2020 and be
completed around the end of 2021.
Mr. Arkhom went on to say that the
entire project, which has been allocated a budget of 600 million baht, will
help Loei Airport accommodate up to two million passengers each year and
become an aviation hub for flights from airports in Luang Prabang in Laos,
Hanoi in Vietnam and provinces in China.
Commerce Minister checks Blue Flag operations in Nakhon Si Thammarat
Nakhon Si Thammarat, 2nd September
2018 (NNT) — The Minister of Commerce has visited the southern province
of Nakhon Si Thammarat to follow up on the progress of the Blue Flag shop
Commerce Minister Sontirat
Sontijirawong, led a team to Nakhon Si Thammarat on Saturday, and made a
stop at Srinya Karn Kha shop in Tambon Chaimontri in Muang District, where
officials from the Nakhon Si Thammarat City Hall and related provincial
offices as well as the owners of the shop waited to welcome him on the
Mr. Sontirat then inspected displays of
around 1,000 types of goods, which had been supplied by local farmers and
Ms. Sirinya Pleojit, an owner of the
shop, said that her husband and she jointly opened the business over seven
years ago as a two-unit shop before the size doubled.
She added that her participation in the
Blue Flag project and the installation of the government-owned EDC machine
have boosted sales to between 250,000 and 300,000 baht per month.
Institute of Security Psychology presents approach towards tourism policy
Bangkok, 30th August 2018 (NNT)
- Students at the Institute of Security Psychology of the National Defense
Studies Institute, have presented their approach to tourism policy to
mobilize the Thailand 4.0 agenda.
ACM Chatchai Boonyaprapatsara, Advisor
at the National Defense Studies Institute, unveiled the research findings on
promoting security, prosperity, and sustainability in the tourism sector.
Tourism and Sports Minister Wirasak
Kowsoorad, said today the country’s tourism policy must focus on generating
income for grassroots economies to reduce social inequality. Its policies
must therefore focus on drawing tourists to locations throughout the
country, creating appeal for lesser-known attractions.
Last year, over 35 million people
visited Thailand, and the country posted 7-9% annual growth in the tourism
sector. This year, the country expects to welcome up to 37 million tourists.
Flood monitoring ad hoc center to adjust water release plan of major dams
Thailand, 31st August 2018, (NNT) - The flood monitoring ad hoc
center has announced that it will adjust the water release plans of both
Vajiralongkorn and Srinagarind dams on September 4th.
Samrueng Saengphuwong, the deputy
secretary-general of the Office of National Water Resources and director of
the ad hoc center has reported that currently there are several major dams
that have exceeded 80% of their capacity and are now in the ‘Upper Rule
He elaborated that the water level in
Nam Oun Dam is now at 110% with an outflow rate of 8.69 million cubic meters
per day. The rate of water release is to be reduced due to the prediction
that the downpours in September and October will lessen.
The director of the ad hoc center said
today that the water storage level of the dam in Phetchaburi Province is at
106% and it's 102 centimeters above the spillway. Water being released from
the dam is 15.31 million cubic meters daily and is being directed into the
local Phetchaburi River.
The director said Phetchaburi dam will
increase the outflow rate to 11.23 million cubic meters per day.
Director Samrueng said the
Vajiralongkorn dam in Kanchanaburi is currently releasing 52.31 million
cubic meters of water each day. However, the officials will increase the
rate by five million cubic meter each day from September 4th - 10th. At the
moment, the dam’s water level is at 94%
He then gave details of the water
release schedule for Srinagarind, saying the authority will increase the
rate from 22 million cubic meters per day to 28 million from September 7th -
13th. The dam’s water level is at 91 percent at the time of this report.
The volume of water being released
daily from Khun Dan Prakan Chon and Pranburi dams is 7.8 million cubic
meters per day and 11.08 million cubic meter per day respectively. The water
content of the former is 86% and the latter 81%.
Water Bank project 60% complete
Bangkok, 1st September 2018 (NNT) – The construction of a water bank
or an underground reservoir in Lak Si district will be finished this month.
On Friday, Bangkok Governor Asawin Kwanmuang, inspected
the Water Bank project which is now 60% complete. The underground reservoir
is connected to two canals namely Rang Au-Rang Kaew Canal and Bang Bua
Canal. The water bank will be fully operational before the end of September.
Its storage capacity is 1,000 cubic meters of water.
In the meantime, the Department of Highways is building
pumping stations in front of Phahon Yothin Police Station and the Temple of
the Emerald Buddha. These stations will divert floodwaters into Bang Bua
There are four water bank projects in Bang Khen, Bang
Khae, Ding Daeng, and Bang Kapi districts currently underway.
Update September 01, 2018
U-tapao airport renovation project to be completed on schedule: PMO minister
Chonburi, 31 August 2018 (NNT)
– The renovation project of U-tapao airport will be proceeded and completed
according to plan to accommodate the growth of visitors to Thailand, said
Prime Minister's Office Minister Kobsak Pootrakool.
He made comments on
the U-tapao renovation project in Chonburi during a seminar organized for
investors and private firms on the Eastern Economic Corridor and Eastern
Aviation City projects.
He said the
government has had a vision to turn the EEC into Thailand's second megapolis
and gateway to the ASEAN region, thus requiring the air transport facility
to be upgraded.
The government has
planned to upgrade U-tapao airport into Thailand's third key international
airport in addition to Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi airports which are already
providing connectivity between this country and many world destinations.
The PMO minister
reassured that the renovation and expansion plan of U-tapao airport will be
completed by schedule, with future plans to build an advanced aviation
The government also
intended to open training centers for aviation professionals and mechanics,
while the Board of Investment of Thailand is attracting firms from around
the world to open their office under the Aviation City project.
U-tapao airport is
expected to see a jump in the number of passengers in the future as the
airport is serving Pattaya, a world-famous beach city which attracts many
visitors each year.
Traditional Akha swing pushing ceremony held in Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai, 30th
August 2018 (NNT) - A traditional swing
pushing ceremony of the Akha ethnic group has been held in Mae Fah Luang
district of Chiang Rai province with the aim of preserving and cultivating
awareness of this ancient tradition.
The ceremony, which
was held at Doi San Jai School, was presided over by the Mae Fah Luang
District Chief. The event was also aimed at promoting cultural tourism and
raising awareness about the lifestyle of the Akha ethnic minority.
There are several
Akha communities on Mae Salong Mountain. Visitors also had an opportunity to
observe other traditional activities like a bamboo dance and the making of
Khao Pook rice flour that are unique to the Akha community.
communities participating in the event also offered their home-cooked dishes
to Thai and foreign visitors, showcased their beautiful clothes and
demonstrated a few other traditional activities popular among Akha children
BOT: Aging workforce to decrease GDP by 1.5%
August 2018 (NNT) - The Bank of Thailand (BOT)
has forecast that Thailand will become an aged society in 2025, when 14
percent of the country's population are over 65 years old.
An economist at the
BOT, Nakanang Kulnartsiri, said on Tuesday (Aug 28th) that the central bank
has predicted that Thailand's aging demography will dampen the country's
annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth by 1.5 percent over the next 10
She said countries
entering into a hyper-aged society are mostly identified as developed
economies with higher income per capita at above 12,500 US dollars per year.
Meanwhile, Thailand's per capita income stands at 5,720 US dollars a year,
meaning Thai people are aging faster than they build wealth.
She said Thai people
are highly adaptable and their experience would allow them to capitalize on
the elderly market and steer the country's economy forward.
Ministry praises VAT refund service at Suvarnabhumi Airport
Bangkok, 28th August 2018 (NNT)
- The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has commended the Customs and Revenue
departments for fully assisting foreign tourists in receiving VAT refunds.
for Tourism and Sports Pongpanu Svetarundra, made an unannounced visit to
the VAT refund counters at Suvarnabhumi International Airport on August 27th
to lend his support to officials and interview tourists about their level of
He praised the
performance of the VAT refund staff for providing tourists with an orderly
and pleasant experience, which has led to repeat visitors. He said VAT
refunds are a major part of supporting commerce in the country.
Tourists can apply
for a refund through the VAT refund office at the departure area just past
the immigration checkpoint, at the petitions box at the airport VAT refund
office, or through registered mail posted to the Revenue Department.
Nakhon Si Thammarat unveils scenic coastline route
Nakhon Si Thammarat, -
Nakhon Si Thammarat has unveiled a sightseeing route along the coast of the
Gulf of Thailand, as part of the ‘Riviera Thailand’ campaign.
officers, tourism authorities, and entrepreneurs have jointly attended
the launch of an 8-kilometer route linking Khao Phlai Dam and Ao Tong
shortens the distance between Sichon and Khanom Districts by 30
kilometers, while highlighting beautiful cinematic-like views of the
Gulf of Thailand with Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan being part of the
magnificent backdrop. Wild stags can also be found roaming the area.
Khanom Tourism Business Association representative Alongkot Watcharasin,
has expressed optimism that once the route from Khao Phlai Dam to Ao
Tong Yee officially opens to the public, it will help develop the local
economy, by expanding the tourism zones of Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat
Thani provinces. He is confident that the new tourist road will
contribute at least 5 percent of the GDP of the provinces in 2019.
The Tourism and
Sports Ministry unveiled the "Riviera Thailand" campaign earlier this
year. The project, which covers the west coast from Phetchaburi to
Songkhla, highlights the beauty and luxury of the tourist attractions in
the areas. The campaign is in line with the government policy of using
tourism to distribute income to the locals and tackle social inequality.
officials, the construction of routes in the Riviera Thailand project is
now at the 80 percent point, while speculating the it would be completed
this year and officially opened for public usage at the beginning of