Thailand morning news for April 4

Thailand morning news for April  4

Thailand morning newsArmy employs thousands of troops to fight forest fires in North
The Royal Thai Army has deployed thousands of troops to reinforce volunteers and forest officials fighting widespread forest fires,which have been sending smog across nine of the country’s upper northern provinces for the past several weeks.
— Thai PBS World

DOLE Announces Thailand Will Need Filipino English Teachers Soon
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced that Thailand will need Pinoy English teachers soon.
— Philippine News

Police claim they have sufficient evidence against Thanathorn
Deputy national police chief has claimed that police have sufficient evidence to support the sedition charge filed against Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Jungroongruangkit.
— Thai PBS World

Airports expect over 3m travellers during Songkran
Thailand’s six major airports expect more than 3 million inbound and outbound travellers during the Songkran festival starting next week.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand ready to host AFMGM
Another important event for the Thai government will be the fifth ASEAN Finance Ministers’ and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting (AFMGM), scheduled to take place in the northern province of Chiang Rai during April 3rd to 5th.
–NBT World (video)

Forecasts for Thai export growth revised upwards
The meeting of the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking has revised upwards its forecast of export growth in 2019 to between 6.5 – 7.5% from the previous forecast of between 3.5 – 4.5%.
— The Thaiger

Thanathorn summonsed for ‘helping’ protesters in 2015
Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit was summonsed for alleged sedition because anti-coup demonstrators fled in his van after protesting outside Pathumwan police station in Bangkok in 2015, according to the National Council for Peace and Order.
— Bangkok Post

Royal foundation helps solve wastewater problems in Ao Nang
The Chaipattana Foundation, one of Thailand’s royal projects, has offered a hand to help solve the critical wastewater problem in Ao Nang, Krabi.
— The Thaiger

Pattaya’s rebuilt beach sorely damaged by thunderstorm
Pattaya’s rebuilt beach was badly damaged by Tuesday afternoon’s thunderstorm, with much sand washed away by the torrential rain that pounded and flooded the seaside city.
— Bangkok Post

Haze hurts North’s hotel bookings
The haze in the North has led to a plunge in hotel bookings in several northern provinces for Songkran, lowering the expected occupancy rate during the holiday to just 60% from an average of 85% in previous years.
— Bangkok Post

Airports of Thailand issues timetable for final three duty free contracts
Airports of Thailand (AoT) has released the new terms of reference documents for operating the duty free concession at Phuket International Airport, Chiang Mai International Airport and Hat Yai International Airport.
— DFNI Frontier

Japanese hotels ramp up investment in Thailand
Japanese hotels are investing more in Thailand to meet rising demand for high-end accommodation, vying for market share with such global players as Marriott of the United States and Accor of France.
— Bangkok Post

More EVs to hit the street this year
The public can expect to see more pure electric vehicles (EVs) hitting the road this year as many brands have mass produced their prototypes. Orders have been coming in, despite high prices.
–NBT World (video)

No Songkran on Khaosan Road this year
Business operators on Khaosan Road have decided to cancel activities for Songkran this year to allow authorities to prepare the area for the coronation of His Majesty the King.
— Bangkok Post

Lancang-Mekong Cooperation: Blessing or curse?
The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) marked its third anniversary last week with the announcement that China’s trade with the five Mekong member countries – Cambodia, Lao, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam – has reached over US$260 billion for the period, highlighting the overarching role China plays in these five countries’ economies.
— The Asean Post

Rainmaking operations underway to fight haze in northern Thailand
Another way to solve the haze problem is to conduct royal rainmaking. It is expected that the Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation (DRRAA) will be ready to conduct the royal rainmaking in 1-2 days to alleviate the pollution problem in the North.
–NBT World (video)

Thai Airways warns passengers against travel scam in buying cheap tick
Thai Airways International Public Company Limited has warned its customers of a travel scam when buying a cheap ticket online after some customers were tricked into buying low-price tickets for London-Bangkok flights but their travels were denied.

National Ombudsman rails on Phuket Airport security over thefts from luggage
The Chief Ombudsman for Thailand has called for better security measures to be introduced at Phuket International Airport to prevent the theft of valuables from passengers’ luggage in the security-controlled areas at the airport.
— The Phuket News

Rawai Municipality starts providing free emergency water
Rawai Municipality has begun offering free emergency water for residents suffering from reduced pressure in the mains water supply, which has left many households without running water.
— The Phuket News

Less wet, no wild this Songkran on Khaosan Road
The (in)famously wild, wet and deranged party that is Khaosan Road during Songkran has been called off this year due to the imminent coronation of King Rama X.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Central bank assures any policy tightening will be gradual
Thailand’s central bank kept its policy rate on hold last month due to heightened uncertainties and maintained its view that any policy tightening would be gradual and dependent on the economy’s performance, its meeting minutes showed on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

SRT, CP race to ink rail deal
The contract signing for the high-speed rail project linking three major airports is expected to take place by the end of May before a change of government, a source at the State Railway of Thailand (SRT)…
— Bangkok Post

Navy conducts rehearsals for crewmembers on Suphannahong royal barge
The Navy has conducted rehearsals of crewmembers for Suphannahong royal barge which will join in the Coronation ceremonies for His Majesty the King between May 4 and May 6.

June events commemorate U.S. military’s discovery of Pattaya
Pattaya will celebrate 60 years since American soldiers discovered the sleepy fishing village and turned it into the U.S. military’s choice for R&R with a series of events and concerts in June.
— Pattaya Mail

Myanmar workers, child pass out in packed van
Eleven Myanmar nationals travelling back home for Songkran in a crowded van overloaded with luggage fell unconscious as they passed through Manorom district on Wednesday and were rushed to hospital.
— Bangkok Post

Big, wide beaches, but where are the stars of the show?
The video opens with travelogue music from the 1970s and the rest of the segment was missing the main stars – tourists.
— The Thaiger

Army chief steps into the political fray again
Army chief General Apirat Kongsompong’s provocative comments against foreign-educated politicians with ‘leftist leanings’ and activists is a threat to democracy, and could lead to …
— The Thaiger

The coming of new Bangkok city plan
Bangkok’s skyline is going to change yet again due to the coming of the new Bangkok city plan to take effect in 2020.
— Bangkok Post

FPT eyes TCC land to expand EEC estates
SET-listed industrial estate developer Frasers Property (Thailand) Plc (FPT), formerly TICON, owned by the Sirivadhanabhakdi family, wants to utilise the vast land bank of the family’s TCC Group, some tens of thousands of rai in Chon Buri and Rayong, to expand its industrial estates and capitalise …
— Bangkok Post

Farm visit Thailand: A swine farm like a five-star hotel
A gate with shining gold and silver bars is brightly reflecting the sunlight. Behind it, in the far distance, buildings and silos. “From the outside it looks like a luxury hotel,” says Dr Apisit ­Kittawornrat with a grin, while signalling to an officer to have the gate opened.
— Pig Progress

Three measures promoted for Thai traditional Songkran festival
All sectors are preparing to take care of and facilitate everyone who will return to their hometown to celebrate the Songkran festival while the cabinet has acknowledged three measures to promote the Thai traditional Songkran festival.

Pattaya city officials investigate Big Buddha Hill makeover
Having cleared encroachments around Big Buddha Hill’s Chinese shrine, Pattaya officials are now investigating options for the cleared land.
— The Thaiger

“Nong Gee” turns heads at Koh Samui military conscription
Thai media’s fascination with ‘ladyboys’ continues with Daily News reporting about the military conscription event in Koh Samui and, as usual, getting diverted by the one or two “kathoey” who role up, as required by law, to draw lots to see if they will get conscripted …
— The Thaiger

Airlines hike ticketing fees
Several airlines have sought approval to increase charges for ticketing services rendered offline, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).
— Bangkok Post


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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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