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Air force plans to put armed marshals on planes
Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:50:00 +0700

Amid concerns about terrorist attacks which have recently wreaked havoc in many parts of the world, the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has rolled out a training session to produce air marshals to be deployed with weapons on commercial airplanes.

Father: Militant son was indoctrinated
Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:33:00 +0700

The father of a militant suspect shot dead by authorities during Wednesday's vehicle robberies in the deep South believes his son was indoctrinated and misled into committing the crime in which a hostage was also killed.

Ministry plans Northeast rail line
Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:08:00 +0700

The Transport Ministry will seek approval from the cabinet in October for the construction of a 355-kilometre Ban Phai-Mukdahan-Nakhon Phanom railway line worth 65.7 billion baht.

Prayut gets prickly over 'critical' media coverage
Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:09:00 +0700

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his displeasure over the media's criticism of the government's approach to ask TV stations to cover each minister during the mobile cabinet meeting in Nakhon Ratchasima.

Fighting the vicious circlein the Golden Triangle
Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:00:00 +0700

It took almost four hours to travel along the 160-kilometre mountainous route from Myanmar's town of Tachileik, bordering Chiang Rai, to Kengtung in the eastern state of Shan, but the officials from six neighbouring countries were determined to reach the town in a bid to launch an anti-drug centre in the state known to be a hotbed of drug production.

Twisting media's arm will backfire
Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:35:00 +0700

The Prayut Chan-o-cha government is back in the eye of the storm for all for the wrong reasons. This time all eyes are on the mobile cabinet meeting set to take place tomorrow and Tuesday in Nakhon Ratchasima after government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd openly admitted that he had "requested" television stations to do "scoops" focusing on ministers attending the meeting.

The third Chinese curse
Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:30:00 +0700

It's unclear why Seh Pete went so aggressively and even excessively after Pai Dao Din.

Cause enough to drive anyone bananas
Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:25:00 +0700

While I was stuck in the customary Sukhumvit gridlock last week, a song came on the taxi radio which I vaguely recognised — well, the lyrics anyway. The words "daylight come and me wanna go home" were being repeated against a background of electronic noise. I was being subjected to a hip-hop version of Harry Belafonte's 1957 Banana Boat Song, sometimes called the "Day-O" song.

Bus reform must have public input
Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:20:00 +0700

As expected, confusion reigns over a planned bus reform which features the modifications of bus routes across the city. Most passengers turned a cold shoulder to eight new city bus routes introduced by the Department of Land Transport last Tuesday, claiming they were inconvenient. The rerouted buses, with different colourful fronts from the old red and cream bodies so familiar to Bangkok...

Malaysia kicks off festival with inspiring show
Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0700

Kuala Lumpur: The 29th SEA Games officially started Saturday with a colourful ceremony at the National Stadium.

Travel News

Sattahip-Koh Chang ferry service due in September
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:37:00 +0700

A trial run of the new daily Sattahip-Koh Chang ferry service will begin on Saturday.

Thailand's July tourist arrivals up 4.8% - ministry
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:58:00 +0700

International tourist arrivals in Thailand rose 4.8% in July from a year earlier, led by visitors from China, Malaysia, Laos, Korea and India, the tourism and sports ministry said on Friday.

Bangkok hostel offers prison experience
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:54:00 +0700

With its narrow rooms, metal bars and bunk beds, Bangkok's first prison-themed hostel promises the look and feel of a real jail in the bustling Thai capital.

Fine Arts stands by Wat Arun stupa repair effort
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:00:00 +0700

The Fine Arts Department and the assistant abbot of the Temple of Dawn or Wat Arun deny claims the latest restoration of its iconic stupas have diminished the traditional beauty of the structures.

A new look at old Hong Kong
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0700

As many more Thais opt to travel to South Korea and Japan due to the K-pop craze and Japan's visa exemption policies, Hong Kong, an all-time shopping and food paradise, is trying to regain its popularity by highlighting its heritage, delicacies, art and culture in the old district of Central.

Visiting nine temples
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0700

Many Thai Buddhists believe that visiting nine temples in a single day will bring them blessings because nine is an auspicious number. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Lop Buri Office, which also oversees tourism marketing in Chai Nat, is promoting a pilgrimage that stops at nine temples: Wat Khao Phlong, Wat Thammamun Worawihan, Wat Pak Khlong Makham Thao, Wat Pathumtharam (Nong Bua), Wat...

A model community
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0700

Somjit Bunraknang, 67, weaves a shrimp by using dry palm leaves. She sits inside a gazebo of her neighbour's house in Ban Ram Daeng in Singha Nakhon district in Songkhla. Despite her impaired right eye, she can skilfully fold the leaves to make fish, grasshoppers, birds, pencil containers and baskets.

New Chon Buri zoo zone
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0700

The zone is home to 45 animals in 13 categories, including red-shanked douc langurs, yellow-throated marten, Malayan gharial, Malayan tapir and Siamese fireback pheasant. There are also many types of trees and plants of tropical rainforest, dry evergreen forest and mixed deciduous forest.

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