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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.




dateiconJune 26, 2012



Arrested for the Murder of Aussie Lady



Two Thai nationals were arrested today for the murder of 60-year-old Michelle Elizabeim (see previous reports below). One of these told the police that they were simply after money. According to him, the knife was used for cutting the strap of the handbag, not to hurt Michelle or her friend. Newsstop

SOURCE: PHUKET GAZETTE


Breaking News

AirAsia to Don Muang on October 1



The popular low-cost carrier AirAsia will transfer their flight operations in Bangkok, starting October 1. From this date, the flights will depart and land at Don Muang, instead of Suvarnabhumi.

Thai AirAsia's CEO, Tassapon Bijleveld, said in a statement that the move is permanent and that they will NOT return to Suvarnabhumi, even after the renovation of its runways.

AirAsia will have four of the six check-in counters at Terminal 1 of Don Muang. The CEO says he believes that the check-in procedure will be quicker and easier for their passengers. But will the passengers landing at Suvarnabhumi, and who will have to travel to Don Muang, agree?! Newsstop


AirAsia is changing airport
AIRASIA MOVING TO DON MUANG - Graphics by: Jens W, Yenit.com




dateiconJune 24, 2012



Ya ice for 250,000,000 Seized



The Thai police have seized 37 kilograms of crystallized methamphetamine in the northern province of Phayao. The street value of the narcotics is estimated at 250 million baht! One person has been arrested in connection with the raid.

Crystallized methamphetamine is in Thailand known as "ya ice", while it's known as "crystal meth" in the US. It has unfortunately become a significant problem in Thailand over the past decade. Newsstop


0% Import Tax on Japanese Car Parts



Thailand will abolish import taxes on more than 140 Japanese car parts. The tax has previously been between 10-20% and the new regulations will take effect immediately. This is an effort to stimulate car manufacturing in the country, which was hard hit by the floods last year, in the form of destruction and delays. Newsstop

SOURCE: NATIONAL NEWS BUREAU OF THAILAND




dateiconJune 23, 2012



300.000 Baht Reward for Tips



The Commander of the Provincial Police Region 8 and Kata Thani Phuket Beach Resort will together offer 300.000 baht reward to anyone who can provide information that will lead to the one who killed the sixty-year-old Michelle Elizabeim is arrested (see our report from yesterday). The murder took place in Phuket on Wednesday night and has outraged many thai, as well as foreigners.

The suspects are believed to be in their twenties. Newsstop




dateiconJune 22, 2012



Sisters Death: Portuguese Men Wanted



The police are looking for two Portuguese men in connection with the death of two young Canadian women on Koh Phi Phi (see previous report below). Recordings from surveillance cameras, show they have been escorting the women back to their room. The Portuguese men may be the last people to see the two women alive. Newsstop

SOURCE: THE HUFFINGTON POST


Three Stabbings in Phuket



An Australian woman died Wednesday night after being stabbed in the heart. Her friend was slashed in the arm. The police suspect that the gang that carried out the attack wanted the victims' handbags. The deceased woman was working as a travel agent in Perth and she was in Phuket to inspect a resort on the island.

Later the same night, around 3:30, a 37-year-old English tourist was stabbed in the back by a gang who tried to stop him as he drove home from a bar in Chalong. He managed to escape, but soon discovered that the shirt was soaked with blood. A woman came to the rescue and he was taken by ambulance to hospital, where he is being treated for his injuries.

At this moment, it's not known if it's the same offenders responsible for both attacks. Newsstop




dateiconJune 19, 2012



Speculations on Cause of Death



It has been a lot of speculation in Thailand-related internet forums about what may have caused the two Canadian sisters' death (see post from June 16). Everything from blow fishes and shrimp to the so-called magic mushrooms (with a narcotic effect), and even arsenic have been mentioned in these threads. The authorities will send the bodies to the University Ramathibodi Hospital in Bangkok, for autopsy.

Obviously, it is extremely important for the relatives to know the truth about what happened to the young women, only 20 and 26 years old. Newsstop


14 Airlines are Moving to Don Muang



Fourteen airlines, most budget and charter airlines, will now be moved from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Don Mueang, no later than October. The government will also invest 1.6 billion baht to improve runways and various facilities at Don Muang. We will provide you with more information later on, and mention which airlines that are affected. Newsstop




dateiconJune 16, 2012



Bar Owners Fined for Showing Euro 2012



Several bar owners in Patong, Phuket, have been fined because they have showed the EURO 2012 football tournament in their bars, without holding the appropriate license. According to rumors, the representatives from the Grammy were backed up by the local police. The individual fine was set to 25,000 baht. Newsstop


We Have a Company Mascot



Our small businesses (Yenit Company Limited) now have a company mascot. It has no name yet, even if just 'Yenit' might be OK! This particular version (see below) shows a rather neutral expression, but we will make other variations with cheerful faces, sunglasses, beach hats, etc.

The monkey is a baby-macaque. The macaque (Macaca) are among the most common monkeys in Thailand and some of the species are unfortunately endangered. We have plans to give a share of our income from hotel reservations to a reputable organization that are fighting for their survival. Newsstop


Our brand new macaque monkey mascot
A NEW MASCOT, A YOUNG MACAQUE - Graphics by: Jens W, Yenit.com


Two Sisters Died of Poisoning?



This Friday night, two young Canadian sisters died on Phi-Phi Island in the Krabi province. The cause of death is believed to be an extreme form of food poisoning, as they found a lot of vomit in their room. The two sisters were also bleeding from the lips and gums, and their nails were black-blue colored.

Our thoughts: I think it is extremely rare that food poisoning will result in this violent reactions. I'm no doctor, but have never heard of a food poisoning would give these extreme symptoms and lead to the death of two young people so quickly. It will be "interesting" to see what the autopsy will show. However, it's always incredibly tragic when young people dies. Our thoughts are with their families and friends. Newsstop




dateiconJune 9, 2012



More Rain in the North and the South?



Meteorologists warn of heavy rain and possible landslides this weekend. This time it will probably affect both some northern and some southern provinces.

The northern provinces: Mae Hong Son, Phrae, Nan, Tak and Kamphaeng Phet.

The provinces in the south include: Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi and Trang. Newsstop




dateiconJune 8, 2012



TrueVision give Different Answers



Many are wondering if TrueVision will broadcast the UEFA Euro 2012 or not. Today, they announced on Twitter that their viewers would not miss the matches.

However, the last call is that they DO NOT have permission, but that they are continuing with the negotiations with GMM Grammy. Newsstop


Four Died Trying to Help their Friend



Four young Thais, aged 17-19 years, drowned this morning while attempting to rescue a 19-year-old friend who tried to drown himself. The incident occurred off the coast of Sattahip. Reportedly, the young man was jealous about his girlfriend's activities on Facebook. Ironically, he survived, while his four friends paid with their lives.

Bad weather is believed to have been one reason for the tragic event. The police have launched an investigation, but believes it's just a very tragic accident. Newsstop

SOURCE:PATTAYA ONE




dateiconJune 7, 2012



Bad Weather in in Phuket and Krabi



The skies opened in Phuket today. Storm and heavy rain have caused downed trees and power outages. In 24 hours, 58.8 millimeters of rain fell in Phuket Town, and last night 98 millimeters of rain fell in Krabi!

Phuket and Krabi are now flooded. Parts of the roof has blown off Kajonkietsuksa School in Phuket and therefore the children were sent home to avoid any accidents. Let's hope the storm subsides during the evening. Newsstop


Rain and heavy winds in South Thailand
BAD WEATHER IN SOUTHERN THAILAND - Photo by: Jens W, Yenit.com




dateiconJune 3, 2012



Suu Kyi Pleased with Thailand Visit



Aung San Suu Kyi is now back in Myanmar, and she says she is satisfied with her visit to Thailand this week.

Altogether, she spent six days in the country and this is her first foreign visit since her long house arrest in Myanmar. She has consistently refused to leave her homeland because of fears that the government would deny her re-entry. Newsstop


Aung San Suu Kyi, 1951
AUNG SAN SUU KYI AS A SIX-YEAR-OLD, 1951 - Photo by: Unknown


"Tigress Died due to Accident"



A week ago, a female tiger was killed at the famous tiger temple at Wat Pha Luang Take Bua, located in Sai Yok district of Kanchanaburi province.

According to the veterinarian of the temple, the tigress died accidentally entangled in a chain that held up a car tire and she strangled herself. There were reports that tigress tried to bite off the chain, which further contributed to the sad ending. Newsstop


Improved Hotel Booking System



If you follow this blog, you know that we have put a lot of focus to simplify, improve and enhance our reservation system for hotels, villas and other accommodation in Thailand. This includes all of our destination websites (also Thai.nu).

We will continue with the work that simply aims at providing the easiest possible booking, at the best possible rates. Newsstop




dateiconJune 2, 2012



Burmese in Thailand welcomes Suu Kyi



Aung San Suu Kyi was welcomed by thousands of Burmese refugees, living in camps in Thailand near the Burmese border. She spoke to the refugees, and among other things she said:

"I will do my best so that you will be able to return home." and: "I will do my best to make sure that you get your needs for medical care."

There are about 140 000 Burmese refugees in Thailand. Many of them live under harsh conditions. Newsstop


Our Hotel Tip: Middle Range in Khao Lak



Khaolak Paradise Resort is a beautiful and shielded resort found next to Nang Thong Beach in the popular beach resort of Khao Lak (the Phang Nga province, north of Phuket). The resort has a total of thirty bungalows and mini villas and all of these are equipped with bath or jacuzzi. There is also a pool in the resort area.

The resort is relatively small, but highly appreciated by those who have stayed there. It has very good reviews in most booking, comparison and review websites! Newsstop

  Read more or book Khaolak Paradise Resort


Badande pojke i Khao Lak
BOY TAKING A BATH AT NANG THONG - Photo by: Jens W, Yenit.com




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dateiconMay 17, 2012



Colombians Arrested for Theft



Three Colombian men, 21, 23 and 36 years old, have been arrested and charged with several burglaries in Bangkok. They are suspected of stealing luxury watches, gold jewelry and other valuables in affluent areas of Bangkok. The three men are charged with numerous cases of theft and the value of the stolen goods totaling over 20 million baht. Newsstop


Our Hotel Tip: Four Stars on Samet



Le Vimarn Cottages & Spa is to be found next to the beautiful Ao Prao Beach on Koh Samet. The four-star resort features 28 villas in a very scenic and well-managed environment.

The villas are between 45 and 126 square meters and the surrounding area can be described as fabulous. Ao Prao is considered one of the best beaches on the island and indeed throughout Thailand.

The resort features a pool and it offers wireless Internet, traditional Thai massage and yoga classes. As usual, we do only list resort with exceptionally good reviews and customer ratings among those who booked through us, but also on popular sites like TripAdvisor, etc. Newsstop

  Read more or book Le Vimarn Cottages and Spa


Stranddetalj från Samet
THE BEACHES ARE GREAT IN SAMET - Photo by: Jens W, Yenit.com




dateiconMay 15, 2012



The Jewel Thieves were Foreigners



A Mexican man and a Malaysian woman were arrested yesterday at a checkpoint in the Trang province. The police searched their car and found two bags containing the stolen jewelry, worth 30 million baht. We wrote about the incident yesterday (May 14).

Our thoughts: The Thai police are often criticized, but now you'll have to be a little impressed. Simply brilliant police work! I would also add that I think Thongsak is a man with extraordinary "luck". He probably should stay in the car next time and let only his assistant buy the noodles. Newsstop




dateiconMay 14, 2012



Jewels Worth 30 million stolen



I don't think Thongsak Chintakarroek is happy today. This morning he had a window smashed on his Toyota Alphard and the thief, or thieves, stole jewelry worth about 30 million baht!

Thongsak is the owner of Expert Gems, a jewelry shop on Silom Road in Bangkok. The crime took place in Phuket, while he was on a journey together with an assistant. They stopped outside a Big-C Supermarket, where they ate noodles. When they got back to the car, the theft had already been committed.

Surveillance photos indicate that three foreigners, two male and one female, could be the thieves. The film fare showing these foreigners driving away from the area in a Toyota Vios. However, there are no surveillance photos of the actual crime.

The police have set up roadblocks and are checking luggage at the airport, yet without result. The jewelry was going to be exhibited at a trade show and according to Mr. Thongsak this was his finest and most precious gems. Newsstop

IMPORTANT UPDATE! At least two men have been arrested for this in the evening, I will write more on this tomorrow.




dateiconMay 12, 2012



War on Mosquitoes in Thailand



The Thai Health Ministry's goal is to reduce the spread of dengue this season, preferably before the school term starts again.

Dengue fever is a viral disease spread by contaminated mosquitoes to humans. It is required that the mosquito previously sucked blood from an infected person, to carry the virus. The dengue fever symptoms can be anything from mild to severe, or even life-threatening. There are four serotypes or subgroups of dengue: DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3 and DEN-4. Children and elderly are at greater risk of becoming really sick. Fortunately, mortality rates are relatively low.

The authorities will try to reduce the number of mosquitoes in areas with large amounts of mosquito larvae. Newsstop


Thai Team: HIV Vaccine Research



A Thai research team is currently working on two new studies to try to find out if a vaccine can enhance human immunity against HIV.

According to Dr. Punnee Pitisuttithum, head of the Mahidol University Research Center of Vaccines, these studies are to help determine whether a vaccine can promote immunity against the virus.

About 600,000 people live with HIV / AIDS in Thailand. Although the situation has improved in terms of treatment, prevention is worse than expected, with about 10,000 new cases a year. Newsstop




dateiconMay 10, 2012



Thailand buys 400,000 Tablet PCs



The Thai government has ordered 400 000 tablet PCs from the Chinese company Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development Co., Ltd. The tablets will be delivered within sixty days. The total price is almost one billion baht. A two-year warranty is included.

As previously reported, the tablets will be given to first-graders to be used in their education. The government plans to order another million tablets at a later stage! Newsstop


German Man Kills Girlfriend i Udon



A German citizen in his thirties, killed his 34-year-old girlfriend in a bar in Udonthani. He discovered that she was chatting with a Frenchman on Facebook, went mad and stabbed her seventeen times with a knife. Her life could not be saved.

The man disappeared from the scene in his Toyota Vios, but was later arrested by the police. He didn't say much during the initial interrogation. Newsstop




dateiconMay 7, 2012



Risk of Heavy Rain in the North



The provinces in northern Thailand (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaeng Phet, Lampang, Lamphun, Nan, Phetchabun, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak and Uttraradit) are expected to experience heavy rain in the coming days.

There is also a potential risk of flooding and landslides due to intense rainfall. The beach resorts in the south (including Phuket, Krabi, Samui and Pattaya) are not likely to be affected. We will update you if the situation becomes more acute. Newsstop




dateiconMay 3, 2012



Wise to Hide the Gold Necklace



Thieves and gangs are found in all continents and countries, and unfortunately also in Thailand. As the gold price has risen sharply over the past decade, gold is desirable for thieves.

A common practice is that the thief is looking for a person who is wearing a gold necklace. He will then wait for the right opportunity, rip the necklace off the victim and run away. Alternatively, using a motorbike. Often the gangs consists of several people, so if someone is taken, the jewelry might be long gone already.

It is almost impossible to get a stolen necklace back, because gold is extremely easy to sell. Both 14-18-Karat jewelry as well as so-called "Thai gold" which usually is 23-Karat.

Two days ago, ten teenagers were arrested in Pattaya, suspected of stealing necklaces and Buddhist amulets from both locals and tourists. Newsstop


A gold necklace with a Buddha amulet
GOLD NECKLACE AND BUDDHA FIGURE - Photo by: Jens W, Yenit.com




dateiconMay 1, 2012



Fell from the Sixth Floor - Survived



Around midnight, a 25-year-old Filipino woman fell from her balcony on the sixth floor in Patong, Phuket. Reportedly, she first hit a roof before she hit the ground.

She was extremely lucky and escaped with a broken leg. A man in her hotel room rushed to the lobby and informed the hotel staff about the shocking incident. An ambulance rushed the woman to Patong Hospital and the Phuket police have launched an investigation.

Our thoughts: Falls from balconies are quite common in Thailand. Unfortunately, many dies. We have reported of similar accidents earlier in this news blog and unfortunately we are likely to do so in the future. To put it in plain language: Do never sit on the balcony railing if it is the distance to the ground is greater than two meters. 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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