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December 7, 2013
The Barricades is Coming Back
BANGKOK - Thai authorities claimed that they would set up barricades again around the main government buildings in the capital. This is because the anti-government protests are expected to resume in the coming days.
The Protestants, led by Suthep Thaugsuban, aim is to overthrow the government. Earlier this week, riot police used water cannons, tear gas and to some extent even rubber bullets against stone-throwing demonstrators.
Important! The demonstrations are restricted to very limited areas in Bangkok. As a tourist, the risk of "ending up in the middle of" the turmoil is extremely slim at the moment, unless you're looking for it deliberately.
December 5, 2013
Thailand's King turns 86 Today!
BANGKOK - Today it's the King of Thailand's 86th birthday! He has been the monarch for 67.5 years, which in itself is a world record.
Thai.nu congratulates him and wish he has a great birthday! We also hope that all the fathers in Thailand will have a nice Father's Day!
December 4, 2013
Calmer in Bangkok Today
BANGKOK - Today it's calmer in the capital. Tomorrow it is the King's eighty-sixth birthday, so the people have been cleaning up debris from the streets.
Suthep today said:
"The people's total victory has not yet been realized because the Yingluck government still illegally holding on to power".
December 3, 2013
Current Situation in Bangkok
BANGKOK - Suthep Thaugsuban is the 64-year-old former deputy prime minister who is considered to be the leader of the protest movement against the current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her government. Today Suthep said that the fight goes on, even though the police removed the barricades around government buildings, in a measure designed to calm down the demonstrators.
Suthep believes that today's success could only be considered as a half victory since Yingluck and her government still is in power. Suthep and his followers believe that this government is acting only as puppets of Thaksin Shinawatra, who has been in exile for many years.
In two days, it is the Thai King's eighty-sixth birthday and protesters are expected to stay relatively calm for at least two days, to honor the King.
SUTHEP THAUGSUBAN - Photo by: Thai Government
Back after a Month
KOH SAMUI - After a month break, it is time to resume writing this news blog. Thank you everyone who have expressed that you miss the updates!
November 1, 2013
Sex Crimes Against a 11-year-old
PATTAYA - An Australian 50-year-old citizen has been arrested in Pattaya, suspected of having sexually assaulted his 11-year-old stepdaughter. The abuse occurred on at least four separate occasions.
The man is also believed to have threatened the girl not to report the abuse to anyone, but in the end she confided a neighbor and the police were contacted.
According to the police, it is not the first time that the man is suspected of sex crimes against minors.
October 22, 2013
500 baht Tourist Entry Fee?
BANGKOK - Thailand is considering introducing a 500 baht fee for tourists arriving by plane to the country. The Health Minister Pradit Sintavanarong said the two ministries and the Royal Thai Police recently have discussed the issue.
In 2007, the exit fee was raised to 700 baht (included in the airline ticket) for travelers leaving the country.
October 14, 2013
Owner Nailed after Rihanna Visit
PHUKET - Rihanna is one of the world's most popular artists and has over 32 million followers on Twitter. In late September, she described what she had seen during a visit to a "sex club" in Phuket. It included a naked Thai woman and wild animals.
Now the club's Thai owner is arrested.
The "incident" is obviously an embarrassment for the Thai tourism authorities.
TWEETED ABOUT SPECTACULAR SEX SHOW - Photo by: oouinouin
October 11, 2013
Crocodile Meat to Flood Victims
AYUTTHAYA - A generous crocodile farmer in Ayutthaya is now offering free crocodile meat to Thais affected by floods in central and eastern Thailand. The crocodile farm said they can help to provide meat as long it is needed.
Crocodile meat is about twice as expensive as chicken and pork. However, there are a lot of people who are skeptical about eating this animal, for various reasons.
Our thoughts: Of course, this is a very laudable initiative. Crocodile meat is also really yummy. Personally, I really like it and find it rather similar to chicken. Tender and delicate.
October 8, 2013
Thailand Floods - Status Report
HUA HIN - Hua Hin is the latest tourist destination in Thailand to be hit by heavy rain and subsequent flooding. Many homes and businesses have been flooded in the area. Even Rayong and Chonburi (including Pattaya) have experienced similar rainfalls and flooding.
Currently, one of the most affected places is Aranyaprathet in the Sa Kaeo province (near the Cambodia border), where parts of the two main roads are below a 50 centimeters of water. The police and the military are in the area to help any citizens in need.
These popular tourist destinations are currently NOT flooded: Central Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Koh Lanta, Ao Nang, Koh Phi Phi, Phang Nga, Khao Lak, Koh Lipe, Chumphon and Chiang Mai.
October 5, 2013
Chao Phraya might Overflow Soon
BANGKOK - Bangkok's governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra argue that the Chao Phraya River is currently not flooded, but it could well be so in the middle of this month. He said that the river could raise up to two meters above sea level, due to the incoming water from the north.
850 households will be warned that they may be affected.
October 4, 2013
Father + Son Tried to Commit Suicide
PATTAYA - A father and son from Sri Lanka, 63 and 32 years old, tried to commit suicide yesterday afternoon. The tragic incident occurred in North Pattaya and the hotel owner called for an ambulance when he found out what had happened. The two are believed to have been drinking weed killer and were severely injured when they arrived to the to hospital.
The reason for the suicide attempt is still unknown, but the police suspect financial problems. The younger of the two also had a Thai girlfriend who had left him the same day.
October 2, 2013
Armed Australian "Taxi driver"
PHUKET - An Australian guy came up with the brilliant idea to run his own unregistered taxi business in Patong, Phuket.
A female (real) taxi driver complained that he was not licensed to drive a taxi in Thailand and it culminated in a verbal argument. He ignored her admonitions and let passengers get in his car.
After his journey, he returned to look for the female taxi driver, who obviously had angered him greatly. When he saw her, he took out a bladed weapon, stepped out from the car and walked toward her. When he discovered that other taxi drivers rushed to help her, he went back for a gun loaded with rubber bullets. People then began trying to call the police and the Aussie fled the scene. He was arrested shortly thereafter.
SOURCE: PHUKET NEWS
Our thoughts: He must have left his brain at home.
September 29, 2013
More Homeless Farangs in Thailand
THAILAND - Charities estimates the number of homeless Westerners in Thailand to 200-300 people. Most are living at popular destinations like Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai. Half of these are men who say they have been cheated by former Thai wives, or her family. One-third say that they have been cheated by former business partners.
Many of these will have to beg for money for food and supplies, as they can not expect financial support from the authorities.
September 27, 2013
Suvarnabhumi Airport Aims High
BANGKOK - Thailand has great expectations for Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok's international airport. Pongsak Semson, Vice President of Airports of Thailand, believes that the airport may even become top-ranked in the world, after the ongoing expansion.
THE CHECK-IN TERMINAL - Photo by: Jens W, Yenit.com
KEEPING THE WALKALATOR CLEAN - Photo by: Jens W, Yenit.com
September 26, 2013
Fried Basil Banned in the Army
BANGKOK -The Office of the Army Secretary in Bangkok has banned food with fried basil in his canteen. The reason is said to be that the senior officers gets disturbed by the smell from the basil, chili and garlic.
Prior to this, they spent much money on a renovation of the restaurant, but without much effect.
September 25, 2013
Severe Flooding in Prachinburi
PRACHINBURI - The Prachinburi province, which is located in eastern Thailand, has suffered the worst floods in 26 years. The authorities are trying to prevent water masses by holding a dam in Nakhon Nayok closed, and to build temporary dikes of sandbags, etc. The military is also trying to reach affected people with assistance and supplies.
A ten year old girl has been washed away in the floods and are feared dead.
September 13, 2013
Thailand Introducing E-Visas in 2015?
BANGKOK - Thailand plans to introduce digital e-visas in 2015 in order to allow visitors to apply for tourist and Non-Immigrant visas online.
The service will be available for selected nationalities and these e-vis sa allows a convenient alternative to visiting a Thai Embassy or Consulate.
We will update you further on this matter, in this news blog.
September 9, 2013
Thai Airways Plane Skids off Runway
BANGKOK - About 11:30 pm last night, an Airbus A330-300 from Thai Airways experienced problems upon landing at Suvarnabhumi. An engine caught fire and the plane skid out of the runway.
There were 278 passengers and 14 crew members on board. About ten people were mildly injured during the evacuation. The plane had departed from Guangzhou in China.
The aircraft went into operation 18 years ago, 1995.
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My name is Jens and I was born in the early seventies in Södertälje, Sweden. I traveled for the first time to Thailand in 1989-1990 and already then started to have strong (positive) feelings for the country and it's people. During subsequent trips, it was mainly beach-life and Muay Thai training on the agenda but as time has gone by a strong interest regarding Thailand's history, community and culture has emerged within me. In early 2004, I moved here permanently.
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