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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 29, 2013



Health Insurance May be Mandatory



BANGKOK - Thai authorities are now in the process of drafting a bill that will make it mandatory for tourists to have a valid health insurance when they visit Thailand.

It is still unclear how the law should be designed, but Health Minister Pradit Sinthawanarong says that one solution is to include the additional fee in the visa. Another option is to offer an insurance for sale at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Newsstop




dateiconJune 27, 2013



Ten Year Old Gave Birth in Isaan



NAKHON PANOM - A ten year old girl from Nakhon Panom has become a mother. That makes her one of the youngest mothers in the country. Currently, there is no public information about who the father is. Newsstop




dateiconJune 25, 2013



Breaking News



120,000 + Infected with Dengue



BANGKOK - Between 120,000 and 150,000 people have been infected with dengue in Thailand this year. Fifty people of these have died. Only in the capital, Bangkok, around 40,000 people have fallen ill.

Our thoughts: Dengue fever is a serious problem in Thailand this year and tourists can obviously be infected too. The disease is prevalent even in the popular tourist islands in the south. Remember to use mosquito repellent or protect yourself with long pants when you are sitting in a restaurant etc. Most importantly, protect your children. Children are generally more vulnerable to the virus. Newsstop




dateiconJune 20, 2013



Burning 3,4 Tonnes of Drugs



BANGKOK - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will burn 3.4 tons of drugs (!) on June 26. The narcotics are seized from 2,584 cases and the calculated value is 10 billion baht! Everything will be burned in an environmentally friendly manner and includes:

• 31 million methamphetamine pills
• 125 kilograms of heroin
• 298 kilograms of crystallized methamphetamine Newsstop


The movie below shows the drugs to be burned:


ABOUT 3400 KILOGRAMS OF NARCOTICS WILL BE BURNED




dateiconJune 12, 2013



Confirmed: Cheap to Party in Bangkok



BANGKOK - TripAdvisor has published a list of the countries offering the most expensive and least expensive entertainment options. Bangkok ranks in sixth place in the most inexpensive cities, regarding the nightlife.

According to the same source, Sofia (Bulgaria) is cheapest and Oslo is the most expensive capital. Newsstop


Bangkok på kvällen
PRISVÄRD STAD EFTER SOLNEDGÅNGEN - Photo by: Jens W, Thai.nu


Prehistoric Cliff Paintings Found



SURAT THANI - Prehistoric paintings have been discovered in the Phanom district in the province of Surat Thani. The paintings has not been detected previously because they are situated very high up on a cliff. Newsstop




dateiconJune 10, 2013



Bangkok - Most Popular in the World



BANGKOK - According to a survey conducted by MasterCard, Bangkok tops list of world's most popular tourist destinations! Bangkok "won" against London, Paris, Singapore and New York, which came in second, third, fourth and fifth place.

Last year, Thailand's capital ended in third place, but is now in the top position. We congratulate the City of Angels and are delighted with it's award. Newsstop

  Our own webpage about the capital of Thailand




dateiconJune 9, 2013



Arrested with "Ice" in Stomachs



BANGKOK - Two Iranian nationals have been arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport. It turned out that they tried to smuggle a kilo of crystallized methamphetamine (also known as "ya ba", or "ice") in their stomachs.

The seized drugs has a street value of 3.5 million baht and one of the suspects told the police that they were offered between 60,000 and 90,000 baht for delivery. Now they can expect a very long prison sentence instead. Newsstop




dateiconJune 7, 2013



Murder and Suicide in Bank Office



PHUKET - An incomprehensible violent and tragic event took place in one of the Bank of Ayudhyas offices in Phuket yesterday. A 51-year-old broker stabbed a 71-year-old businessman to death and then took his own life by stabbing himself with the same knife. The two men were Thai nationals.

Two women witnessed the macabre scenes and they claim that no fight preceded the knife attack. The murder and suicide are believed to have been due to the broker owed ​​the businessman money and that they could not agree on a settlement. Newsstop


More hotel tips on Thai.nu



KOH SAMUI - On July 1st, we are launching a new section on Thai.nu - Hotel Tips. We will recommend the hotels and accommodations in Thailand with the most satisfied guests. This will cover everything from budget accommodation to luxury hotels in all the popular destinations in the country. Newsstop




dateiconJune 3, 2013



The Chatuchak Market to close?



BANGKOK - Many Bangkok residents are worried about the legendary Chatuchak Market's future. The new owner of the land, The State Railway of Thailand wants to raise the monthly rent for individual vendors from 890 baht to 3157 baht! A Thai court has annulled this rent increase and SRT says that it may be forced to close Chatuchak, if the decision is determined by the higher court - The Supreme Administrative Court.

Chatuchak (also called Jatujak or JJ) is the world's largest weekend market, and includes more than 5,000 stalls. Up to a quarter of a million people visit it daily, during the weekends! Newsstop

SOURCE: PHUKET NEWS


Dengue Worries the Authorities



BANGKOK - 40 Thais have died from dengue fever this year and this worries the health authorities in the country. Since January, about 35,000 people have become ill and it is feared that it might be more than 100,000 cases of the disease this year. Newsstop

  More about mosquitoes and dengue in Thailand




dateiconMay 29, 2013



Poor Public Transport Made Him Steal?



PHUKET - A 24-year-old man in Phuket got tired of the "poor" local public transport system and therefore stole a Yamaha Fino scooter, in order to be able to travel to a friend on the island.

This was the young man's explanation when he was arrested the same day. He claimed that he only meant to borrow the motorcycle, with the intention to return it later. Newsstop


DNA Test Confirms identity of Victim



KOH SAMUI - Using DNA technology, the police have now been able to establish the identity of the remains of the man who found a month ago in Samui. It proved to be the Hungarian multi-millionaire Laszlo Csapai, as previously thought.

The human remains were found under a house belonging to his countryman Moshe David. Moshe is already in jail in Phuket, on suspicion of the murder of another businessman. The investigation continues. Newsstop


Arrested with 3 Million Yaba Pills



AYUTTHAYA - Yesterday, Thai police arrested three women in Ayutthaya. They are suspected of having stashed 1.4 million methamphetamine pills in seven big plastic bags in a forest. Furthermore, the police also found 350 grams of heroin.

About 50 police officers took part in the raid. The narcotics are estimated to have a street value of half a billion baht! Newsstop




dateiconMay 23, 2013



The Prime Minister of India to Thailand



BANGKOK - Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will be on a official visit to Thailand next week. The aim is to strengthen the friendship between the countries and promote economic exchange. Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Prime Minister Singh will evaluate the existing relations between the two countries, in order to find new forms of cooperation.

This is Dr. Singh's first state visit to Thailand. Newsstop


PM Dr. Singh
THE INDIAN PRIME MINISTER - Photo by: World Economic Forum




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dateiconMay 16, 2013



Most Attractive for Hotel Investments



BANGKOK - Thailand has been voted as the most attractive nation in Southeast Asia regarding investments in the hotel industry. This conclusion can be drawn after a vote at the Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference. Burma came in second place, followed by Indonesia, Cambodia, Philippines and Vietnam.

About 200 hotel owners and executives in the hotel industry participated in the vote. Newsstop

SOURCE: THE NATION




dateiconMay 14, 2013



Suvarnabhumi - Only on 38th Position



BANGKOK - Suvarnabhumi has fallen on Skytrax's list of the world's best airports. In 2012 Suvarnabhumi got a 25th place, but has now fallen to the 38th position.

The new airport director, Rawewan Netrakavesna, says she immediately will work to realize various improvements. The goal is to once again be in position 25 (or better) in 2014. Newsstop


Our current hotel tip

Our Hotel Tip - 4,5 Stars On Phi-Phi



KOH PHI PHI - Outrigger Phi Phi Island Resort and Spa is probably the resort with the very best guest reviews on Phi-Phi Island. Comments such as as "paradise" and "stunning" are very common among visitors! The 4.5-star resort has an area of 300,000 square meters (!) and a beautiful and large-sized pool next to the beach, two tennis courts, fitness room with "tropical decor", three restaurants, several bars and even a private pub!

Why settle for less? If you're going to Koh Phi Phi, Outrigger is our suggestion! The fact that we can offer special rates hardly make things worse. Newsstop

  Read more or book Outrigger Phi Phi Island Resort


dateiconMay 11, 2013



Tried to Stop Interview with Abhisit?



BANGKOK - Chavanond Intarakomalyasut, a Democratic Party spokesman today claimed that he had evidence that the Prime Minister's aide Suranand Vejjajiva, has tried to stop the USA Today newspaper from interviewing the Thai opposition leader, Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Chavanond argued that the evidence came in the form of e-mails exchanged between USA Today and the opposition leader. Newsstop


Yingluck - Thai PM
THE PRIME MINISTER - Photo by: United States Embassy, Bangkok


Abhisit
THE OPPOSITION LEADER - Photo by: Government of Thailand




dateiconMay 8, 2013



Our current hotel tip

Our Hotel Tip - 4 Stars in Phuket



PHUKET - Avista Resort & Spa is a four star resort overlooking Kata Beach in Phuket. It has a large and inviting swimming pool, jacuzzi, a restaurant, wine bar and a small fitness center. Moreover, they have an exceptionally beautiful spa. The beach is located just a few minutes walk from the hotel.

As usual, we only suggest hotels that have unusually good guest reviews and Avista Resort & Spa is no exception from this rule. Newsstop

  Read more or book Avista Resort & Spa




dateiconMay 6, 2013



Tried to Rob ATM with Blowtorch



PHUKET - On Saturday, thieves tried to rob an ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) at the Deep Sea Port in Phuket. They had brought a blowtorch, which was used against the back of the machine. However, the thieves got no money at all. The attempt was discovered at 11 am, when the machine should be cleaned.

The police have secured fingerprints and are investigating the matter further. Newsstop


Three Tourists Killed in Bus Accident



RAYONG - Early this morning a passenger bus collided with a truck in Rayong province. Three tourists were killed and fourteen were wounded. 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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