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We Deliver News Directly from Thailand

We are based in Thailand and want to offer a neutral news blog that describes current events in the country. We will be careful not to focus on personal opinions but instead provide factual news directly from Thailand, together with comments. The goal is to be fast, simple and accurate.

dateiconFebruary 28, 2011

Digital TV and Radio in Thailand 2015

Thailand plans to upgrade the analogue system for TV and radio to a digital system. The upgrade is planned to be completed in 2015.

The plan is to start testing three different systems this year; ASTC from North America, DVB from Europe and ISDB from Japan, to find out which system is best suited for Thailand. Newsstop

dateiconFebruary 25, 2011

Thailand Voted as Best Tourist Country

Thailand has for the ninth time in a row won the prestigious Swedish tourist award, Grand Travel Award as "Best Tourist Country". Thailand topped the list with 8.38 points, followed by USA with 8.19 points and Australia, with 8.18 points. Newsstop

Suvarnabhumi asks for 4 Billion Baht

The Aeronautical Radio of Thailand has asked for four billion baht to cover up for an increased number of passengers at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The money shall be used in order to build new terminals and runways. Newsstop

Aom på Suvarnabhumi

dateiconFebruary 24, 2011

Lifeguards to Vanish from Phuket

From Thursday the lifeguards will begin to vanish from the beaches in Phuket. The reason is that their contract expires and and the Lifeguard Club of Phuket has stated that is impossible to maintain a good standard with the current contract model.

83 lifeguards has worked at 13 beaches in Phuket in 2010. Newsstop


dateiconFebruary 23, 2011

Scandinavians Arrested in Pattaya

Three Swedes and four Norwegians aged 21-41 years were arrested today in Pattaya on suspicion of call centre fraud. Police said that about ten million baht had been transferred from about hundred persons in Sweden and Norway. They gang used VOIP (internet telephony).

Police also seized 18 computers, 17 LCD monitors, a printer and a laptop. They say that the Scandinavians worked without work permits, which is illegal in Thailand too. Newsstop


dateiconFebruary 21, 2011

Gold over THB 20,000 per Baht

In Thailand, the weight of gold jewelry is measured in "baht". A baht is equivalent to 15.16 grams and today a baht of gold costs 20.150 baht.

Our thoughts: The gold price has doubled in just three years. The one wise enough to predict this had perhaps been financially independent today. The value of gold has a tendency to increase in times of economic hardship. But it is always easy to be wise. And after all, it's better to be rich in love. ;-)

  More information about Thai gold Newsstop

Breaking News

14 Teachers Killed in Bus Accident

Fourteen Thai teachers were killed and eighteen injured when a bus plunged into a ravine in the province of Chiang Rai this morning.

The teachers, who came from Ban Dai School, were on a educational trip when the tragic accident occurred. The accident is believed to have happened because the bus driver had no experience from the steep mountain roads. Newsstop

dateiconFebruary 18, 2011

Two Inmates Dead in Prison Riot

Two inmates were shot dead and about forty were slightly injured during a prison riot in Ratchaburi yesterday. Prison guards say they fired in self defense when inmates threatened them with sharp objects, stones and bottles. The local police were called in to support the prison guards. Newsstop

dateiconFebruary 14, 2011

Breaking News

The Pilots Found - Alive

The two pilots who ejected themselves after their jets collided, are found alive. Newsstop

Breaking News

Two F16 Crashed in Chaiyaphum

Two F-16 planes crashed this morning after they collided during a military exercise called Cobra Gold. Both planes crashed into the mountain Lankha in a National Park in Chaiyaphum.

The pilots ejected themselves with the ejection seats and a rescue team was deployed to find them. Newsstop

Fighter jet pilot
A F16 PILOT - Photo by: Robert J. Trubia, MSgt, ANG

dateiconFebruary 12, 2011

Arrested with Endangered Animals

A 34-year-old Indonesian man was arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport with rare spiders, squirrels, snakes, lizards, and one of the world's rarest tortoise in the trunk.

Our thoughts: According to the arrested man, he bought the animals at the Chatuchak Market in Bangkok. It would probably be productive if Thai authorities and the police focus on performing raids at Chatuchak and in similar markets. Newsstop

Thailänds leguan

dateiconFebruary 9, 2011

More Large Seizures of Narcotics

Thai anti-narcotics police have arrested more drug smugglers in recent days:

- A 36-year-old Nigerian man was arrested with two kilograms of crystallized methamphetamine at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

- A 36-year-old Guinean woman arrested with 2.6 kg of the same drug at the same airport.

- A 23-year-old Pakistani man was arrested with a kilogram of the drug at the same airport.

- A 21-year old Nigerian man was arrested in the southern province of Songkhla with 25 kilograms of marijuana. The man was accompanied by a 36-year-old Thai woman. Newsstop

dateiconFebruary 7, 2011

Breaking News

Victims in Continued Border Conflict

Thailand and Cambodia continued to shell each other yesterday in the area around the Preah Vihear temple, which appears on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Parts of the temple is told to have been damaged during the battle. Also the Phra Viharn National Park in Sisaket province has been temporarily closed due to the conflict.

Sources in Thailand claims that two Thais have been killed and 34 have been injured (mostly soldiers) during the last days of conflict. Also Cambodian sources claim that Cambodians were killed and injured.

It might be added that the conflict does not affect the tourist destinations in Thailand. Newsstop

dateiconFebruary 5, 2011

Breaking News

New Border Conflict with Cambodia

New fighting flared up yesterday between Thailand and Cambodia and they exchanged fire at three border areas. According to the Cambodians, ten Cambodian civilians and soldiers have been killed and according to Thai sources, a Thai soldier was killed and four others were injured. Four houses in a village near the border caught fire and residents were forced to flee head over heels.

Both countries say that the other country started the firing. Newsstop


dateiconFebruary 1, 2011

More Nigerians Arrested for Drugs

Two Nigerian men, 30 and 51 years old, were arrested in Bangkok today with 13 kilos of cocaine (!) in the car. The younger of the two attempted to bribe the police with a total of 600 000 baht. However, without success.

The Thai police also arrested a 22-year-old Nigerian national with two kilograms of 'ice' (see yesterday's post) in his bag at Suvarnabhumi Airport. The drugs were probably intended for the Malaysian "market".

Our thoughts: The penalties for serious drug offenses are very severe in Thailand. Capital punishment is not unthinkable, as the quantity of seized drugs was very high in all of the mentioned cases. However, it should probably be added that the death penalty often is commuted to life imprisonment.

The first thing that strikes you is how difficult it is to understand how people can take these crazy risks, even if they are poor and underprivileged. The people who persuade the smugglers are probably very skilled manipulators. In the dope world, it is money that controls everything and there is absolutely no room for caring for people. Newsstop

dateiconJanuary 31, 2011

Woman Caught with 3 Kilos of Ice

A 28-year-old Nigerian woman was arrested yesterday at Suvarnabhumi Airport after she was caught with three kilograms of 'ice' (crystal meth). The drugs are estimated to be worth about 9 million baht.

The woman denies the allegations and is claiming that she was paid by a Nigerian man to carry his bag. Newsstop

Thai Student Uniforms most 'Sexy'

A survey in Japanese media has determined that Thai student uniforms are the "most sexy" in the world.

This has alerted the Deputy Minister of Education in Thailand, Chaiyos Jiramethakorn. He has suggested that universities should discuss the "problem" and create a new dress policy. Newsstop

dateiconJanuary 30, 2011

30% More Helmet Users in Thailand

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has revealed that 30% more Thais are wearing helmets while riding motorcycles, compared with a year ago. The campaigns were most successful in Bangkok, Phuket and Loei. Newsstop


Wearing crash helmets

dateiconJanuary 26, 2011

Ericsson Wins a $153 Million Contract

The Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson has won a $153 million contract to modernize and replace the networks of Thailand's second-largest operator, DTAC. Newsstop

Rabies to be Eradicated by 2020

Fifteen people died of rabies last year in Thailand and The Ministry of Public Health has set a target that the disease should be eradicated by 2020. Newsstop

Countries free from rabies, 2010
RABIES FREE COUNTRIES (GREEN) - Map: Cú Faoil, Anka Friedrich

dateiconJanuary 25, 2011

PM: 'Shoplifting' is Misunderstanding

Thai PM Sakorn Kiewkhong (The Democrat Party) is suspected of shoplifting a wallet in a duty-free shop at Hong Kong Airport.

Sakorn said that it is all a misunderstanding as he purchased a lot of goods in the store and the clerk simply forgot to scan the barcode on the wallet. Newsstop

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dateiconJanuary 23, 2011

Swede Won "Muay Boran Fight"

The chairman of the Swedish Association of Kickboxing, Hakan Ozan, won a bare-knuckle fight (Muay Boran rules) on Koh Samui recently. I was there and will published a story with accompanying images on Thursday. Newsstop

Håkan Ozan with Coach
HÅKAN WITH HIS THAI COACH - Photo by: Jens Weegar,

Håkan Ozan, Sweden
MINUTES BEFORE THE FIGHT - Photo by: Jens Weegar,

Two Swedes Killed in Patong, Phuket

A Swedish 32-year-old was killed today in a motorcycle accident in Patong. According to reports, he drove into a power pole and was thrown under an oncoming truck. He is alleged to have been killed instantly.

A 53-year-old Swedish man died on Thursday in his apartment in Patong Tower. The cause of death is still undetermined, but at this stage police say they do not suspect a crime at this time. On various internet forums people have speculated widely about what caused his death. Newsstop

dateiconJanuary 20, 2011

Stole Military Weapons in Fatal Attack

Separatists attacked an army unit in Narathiwat yesterday. One officer and three soldiers were killed during the attack. Fifty military weapons were stolen as well, including assault rifles such as M16s.

Some 300 Thai soldiers are chasing the people behind the attack. The perpetrators are believed to have taken refuge in the mountain Budo in the National Park of Budo-Su-Ngai Padi. Newsstop

M16 automatkarbiner
M16 ASSAULT RIFLES - Photo by: Offspring 18 87

dateiconJanuary 18, 2011

Police Confiscated 400 000 Yaba Pills

The Thai police have confiscated 400 000 methamphetamine tablets during two raids in the province of Lampang. Altogether, six people were arrested during the raids. Newsstop

Village Headman Brutally Murdered

A village headman has been murdered in the Chanthaburi province. His body was found hanging from a beam with a hose around his neck. His hands were tied with duct tape.

Police suspect the motive for the murder may have been business related. Newsstop

dateiconJanuary 15, 2011

$ 93 Million Fraud Case - Man Arrested

An American citizen has been arrested in Bangkok's Don Muang district. He has lived in Thailand for two years and is suspected of a 93 million dollar fraud in USA.

The man is now being held by the Immigration Police, pending possible deportation. Newsstop

Gloomy Environment Report

The Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policies and Planning (ONREPP) yesterday presented a report on the current environmental situation in Thailand and it is not encouraging:

15 million tons of waste were "produced" in 2010 but only just 6 million tons were "eliminated".

Many coral reefs have been bleached and the number of dolphins, turtles and whales have decreased.

Our thoughts: The time to act is now Mr. Abhisit, The people of Thailand and all farang / tourists! Is not sustainable in the long term to use the oceans as garbage dumps and allow various market forces to do anything for profit. Everyone must take responsibility! Start a nationwide campaign! Newsstop


dateiconJanuary 13, 2011

Firework Factory Blast - Three Died

Three people died today when an explosion occurred in a small firework factory in Ayutthaya. Two people were injured during the accident and rushed to hospital.

Gunpowder and fireworks were manufactured in the house. Newsstop

dateiconJanuary 12, 2011

Counterfeits Worth Ten Million Seized

Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and the Intellectual Property Department (IPD) has made a raid on five stores in MBK and Indra Square. 23.000 pirated goods were sized, valued at 10,000,000 Baht (calculated on the value of the genuine goods). Newsstop

Another Red Shirt Rally in January 23

UDD has decided to hold a new rally at Ratchaprasong in January 23. Business owners in the area have asked the red shirts to relocate the demonstration to another location, as the sales are adversely affected due to the rallies.

One of the leaders of the red shirts, Thida Thawornseth, responded to criticism by saying that the traders should spare a thought for those injured and killed in May. Newsstop

dateiconJanuary 10, 2011

15.6 Million Tourists in Thailand 2010

Approximately 15.6 million tourists came to Thailand in 2010. There are approximately 500,000 more than what the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) had set as a target.

It was mainly people from other Asian countries, including the Middle East, who improved the statistics, while visitors from Europe and the US decreased. Newsstop


About 40.000 "Red Shirts" in Bangkok

Yesterday, the "red shirts" once again gathered in Bangkok to rally and express their views. The police estimated the number of demonstrators to 30.000 to 40.000 people, which means that this is the biggest red shirt-rally since the turbulent riots last May.

Jatuporn Prompan (one of the leaders in the UDD and PTT, and temporarily released on bail) participated but were not authorized to speak to the masses. The former (loved and hated) prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra made a short speech via a cellular link. Newsstop

dateiconJanuary 9, 2011

Aim to Reduce Crime by 20 Percent

The Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva promised today that crimes in Thailand should be reduced by 20% over a six month period.

He said the government will increase the number of patrol officers and to install more surveillance cameras at appropriate locations. Newsstop


dateiconJanuary 8, 2011

Red Shirt Demonstrations Tomorrow

United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), or "red shirts", plans to hold rallies tomorrow at the Democracy Monument and at Ratchaprasong, in Bangkok.

The authorities have approved the demonstrations with a few conditions. They should be conducted in a peaceful manner, at certain predetermined locations, and no roads should be blocked. Newsstop

Erawan Shrine, Bangkok
ERAWAN SHRINE, JANUARY 2011 - Photo by: Jens W,

Bangkok citizens at Erawan Shrine, Ratchaprasong
AT RATCHAPRASONG, JANUARY 2011 - Photo by: Jens W,

dateiconJanuary 7, 2011

69 Elephant Tusks Seized by Customs

Sixty-nine elephant tusks with a value of 10 million baht were seized on Wednesday by the customs at Suvarnabhumi Airport. The tusks had been sent from Mozambique and the destination country was Laos. The Thai authorities suspect, however, that the tusks were going to be smuggled back into Thailand. Newsstop

China to Build Huge Trade Center

On January 18 the construction of China City Complex will start in Bangkok. This building will serve as a 700.000 square meter sized trade center where traders can re-export Chinese-made goods while avoiding costly tariffs.

The building is expected to cost 1.5 billion US dollars and it should be completed by 2013. Newsstop

dateiconJanuary 5, 2011

Increased Inflation - 3% Higher Prices

The inflation increased and the consumer prices rose by 3 per cent in December, compared with the same period a year ago. The currency (baht) is still strong against the major global currencies. Newsstop

Six "Russian" Firms Banned in Phuket

Six tour organizers are no longer allowed to arrange Russian-speaking tours in Phuket. This follows complaints from Thai competitors who suggested that this is contrary to Thai law, which does not allow foreign tour guides. Newsstop


dateiconJanuary 4, 2011

Bout Compares Prison Conditions

RIA Novosti has interviewed the (in) famous Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout who is in an US jail on suspicion of terrorism.

Question: What is the difference between the conditions in Thai and American prisons?

Answer: It's like comparing a zoo and a mental hospital. In Thailand, the inmates are kept in cages in relatively fresh air and are treated like animals. In the U.S., they are treated as very dangerous lunatics. Total control of every movement. No sunlight, fresh air or sky. Nothing of that sort. Newsstop


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A Few Words about me

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.

My wife Rawadee is indirectly involved in the writing and contributes with knowledge, facts and inspiration. We try to alternate daily news from the country with our own reflections. The news and blog are illustrated with some photos, both my own and others. I hope you'll find the reading somewhat useful and I am of course open to your comments, suggestions and criticisms.

We are full-time geeks. Jens is working with web development, search engine optimization, graphic design and photography. Rawadee had a computer shop before, but is now also working with web development.

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