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Monsoon warning

Posted by hasekamp on 29 May 2012 at 10:21 AM
The 24-hour forecast, issued by the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) issued at noon today, predicts waves as high as four meters along Phuket beaches, as well as strong winds. The southwesterly monsoon winds are expected to reach speeds of up to 45 kilometers per hour. The TMD also issued a flash-flood warning at 4am today and advises all small craft to remain ashore. The warning applies to Phuket, Ranong, Phang Nga, Krabi and Trang. The seven-day forecast for the region calls for widespread rain for almost the whole week, with heavy to very heavy rainfall in some areas. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Hotel of death to disappear

Posted by hasekamp on 27 May 2012 at 11:11 AM
The Chiang Mai hotel at the centre of a scandal after four guests - three of them foreigners - mysteriously died there last year is being demolished. The Downtown Inn, in the Chiang Mai tourist centre near the Night Bazaar, made headlines early last year and was dubbed ''the death hotel'' as claims emerged chemicals used there might have caused the deaths, all of which happened over a two-week period. The Disease Control Department's report _ released after a five-month probe into the incidents _ concluded that three of the deaths were probably connected to the use of pesticides, but many questions remained unanswered. Doors and windows of the hotel are being removed by a building demolition company. Signs stating that the hotel is to be pulled down have been placed around the premises. Workers for the demolition company said they knew nothing of the future of the site but, according to the Building Control Division of Chiang Mai's local administration, the Downtown Inn will be replaced by a new upmarket hotel. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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The King returns

Posted by hasekamp on 26 May 2012 at 19:11 PM
Millions watch on TV as country rejoices over monarch's historic visit to Ayutthaya; numerous shows staged Trip to be recorded in National Archives; King accepts from PM title deed of land where he harvested rice crop in 1996. Dressed in a military uniform, His Majesty the King yesterday left Siriraj Hospital for his first personal short trip out of Bangkok in recent years, bringing much delight to the whole nation. "Long live the King" echoed across the country, during the muchbeloved monarch's televised trip to Ayutthaya. Millions of people were glued to their TV sets and rejoiced at the sight of His Majesty. Many of them were moved to tears. His trip to Ayutthaya's Thung Makham Yong yesterday, therefore, carried much significance. His subjects were overjoyed as they all wished to see their beloved monarch in good health and with much happiness. Fine Arts Department deputy directorgeneral Sureerat Wongsangiam said the trip would be recorded in the National Archives of Thailand. His Majesty, accompanied by Her Majesty the Queen and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, left Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok at around 4.30pm. The motorcade moved along many roads, including Highway 347, to reach Ayutthaya. Along this 85kilometre stretch, crowds of people waited to greet the beloved royal members. Several people had camped out at the park since Thursday to make sure they had the best spot to catch a glimpse of His Majesty. The royals reached Thung Makham Yong shortly before 6pm yesterday. Their Majesties the King and the Queen arrived in a van, which stopped at the statue of Queen Suriyothai for them to pay their respects to the late queen. Queen Suriyothai from the Ayutthaya Period fought bravely against an invading army and sacrificed her life defending the Kingdom in Thung Makham Yong. The King also plans to supervise one of his royally initiated projects. Of the 254 rai in Thung Makham Yong, 180 rai has been used as a watercatchment area to tackle both drought and flood problems in response to the monarch's monkeycheek concept. His Majesty, now 84, also added a historic value to Thung Makham Yong when the King and the Queen used a sickle to harvest rice in a local paddy field in 1996. (Source: The Nation)


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Luxury bus Phuket -Hua Hin

Posted by hasekamp on 25 May 2012 at 10:52 AM
A new luxury bus service to Hua Hin, called the “Yellow Bus”, has been launched, departing Phuket daily at 7am. The Roong Reuang Coach (Mukdahan) Company, also known as the “Yellow Bus”, has been in operation since 2005 and has maintained four routes stretching the length and breadth of Thailand. “We launched the first bus on the Phuket to Hua Hin route on May 19,” said Yellow Bus Marketing Manager Attaporn Kompipatpong. The long-distance coaches used for the Yellow Bus services each have 30 first-class massage seats – seats with massage-vibration units built in – and individual entertainment systems, explained Mr Attaporn. “To promote the new route we are offering a 15 per cent discount on tickets until the end of July,” he added. The regular fare to Hua Hin is 617 baht, a price set by the Department of Land Transportation.Tickets are available at the Yellow Bus counter at the Phuket’s newest bus station, Bus Terminal 2 on Thepkrasattri Road. (Source:The Phuket Gazette)


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First tablets are coming

Posted by hasekamp on 25 May 2012 at 10:43 AM
Tablet computers for schoolchildren are ready and will be handed over to provinces in alphabetical order from June 7 onwards, Chinnapat Bhumirat, secretarygeneral of the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec), said yesterday. The first shipment of 2,000 units delivered on Wednesday have reportedly not met specifications and will undergo an inspection, he said. Once the inspection is completed, 1,000 units, regardless of whether they meet specifications or not, will be given to 183 trainers to study before they train teachers. Chinnapat would not give details of the exact delivery date, but said all firstgraders across the country would get tablet computers before the end of this semester in September. (Source: The Nation)


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Odourless durians?

Posted by hasekamp on 23 May 2012 at 11:18 AM
Uttaradit on Tuesday introduced two new varieties of odourless durians, which are expected to generate wealth for the province. Uttaradit Governor Yothin Samutkhiri said that the new durian varieties, the odourless, seedless 'Longlaplae' and 'Linlaplae' fruits, were developed in the province, which boasts the largest durian orchards in northern Thailand covering 27,000 rai (over 10,600 acres) of land. The specially bred durians weigh about one kilogram each, with perfectly formed fruits. Announcing the Laplae district durian fair, which runs from May 31 to June 3, Yothin said the season for the two new varieties will begin in June. The province expects to produce about 20,000 tonnes this year, generating income of least Bt900 million for producers. Apart from fresh durian, processed products made from the spiky fruit, such as durian chips, preserved durian paste and durian spicy salad or somtam, together with varied local dishes, will be available at the upcoming fair, the governor said.
We wonder if there will be a market for odourless durians. The smell is one of the kicks of durians! (Source: The Nation)


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Reds want amnesty

Posted by hasekamp on 23 May 2012 at 11:12 AM
A group of 100 red shirts on Tuesday petitioned the government to grant amnesty for all inmates serving prison sentence for royal insult as per Article 112 of the Criminal Code. "The government should complete the amnesty process by June 12," petitioner Anusorn Samithkul said. Anusorn said the amnesty would prevent a repeat of the tragedy faced by lese majeste inmate Amphol Tangnoppakul who died of cancer in prison before he could file for a pardon. (Source: The Nation)


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King visits paddy field

Posted by hasekamp on 23 May 2012 at 11:09 AM
His Majesty the King will leave Siriraj Hospital to visit Thung Makham Yong, a vast paddy field in Ayutthaya, on Friday. The field is where the kaem ling (monkey cheek) royal project to divert flood water was initiated by the King 16 years ago, when he harvested rice from the royal experimental rice field on May 14, 1996. His Majesty, accompanied by Her Majesty the Queen, will leave Siriraj Hospital at 4pm and arrive at Thung Makham Yong in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district at 5.20pm. The schedule of the trip was announced during a meeting yesterday of high-ranking Ayutthaya officials who gathered to prepare for the visit. It will be His Majesty's first trip outside Bangkok and its neighbouring provinces since he was admitted to the hospital on Sept 19, 2009. According to the schedule, Their Majesties the King and the Queen will stay at Thung Makham Yong for about two hours to watch various folk performances, including a light and sound show and a boat procession, organised in their honour by provincial authorities and the residents of Ayutthaya. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Red shirts rally

Posted by hasekamp on 20 May 2012 at 22:52 PM
Bangkok's Ratchaprasong intersection was once more a sea of red on Saturday as activists marked the second anniversary of the violent end to their weeks-long occupation of Bangkok's commercial heart. "We want to show that the red shirt people did not disappear," said Tida Tavornseth, the chairwoman of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD). "The red shirts still exist and they are still fighting to find the truth." Supporters of the UDD set up a large rally stage in the middle of the Ratchaprasong intersection overnight as organisers awaited a crowd that police estimated at 40,000, well below the 200,000 some had boasted would attend. Standing on a stage framed by a banner proclaiming "Our friends must not die in vain", Ms Tida told the crowd: "Your numbers are a testament to the fact that our movement still exists and is getting stronger and stronger." Fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, in whose name the movement gathered two years ago, was scheduled to address the gathering via a live video link at about 9pm Saturday. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Sinking roads in Bangkok

Posted by hasekamp on 17 May 2012 at 13:26 PM
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has found three road locations at risk of subsidence - at Wireless Road, Phayathai Road and Rama I Road - while the BMA Public Works Department will early next month begin to remove thousands of unauthorised telephone booths. Deputy Bangkok Governor Theerachon Manomaipiboon said the BMA Public Works Department and district offices had surveyed 157 locations that recently underwent road repair in 36 districts. At 100 of these locations the PWD used ground penetrating radar (GPR) to scan for abnormalities beneath road surfaces. The inspection was expected to be completed this May, when the city will formulate a long-term road repair plan. So far they have found three risky spots - a section of Wireless Road in front of Ayudhaya Bank; Phayathai Road in front of Pathumwan Princess Hotel; and Rama I Road near the BTS National Stadium Station's third foundation post, he said. Officials will dig to further assess the subsidence risk.
The BMA Traffic and Transportation Department, the BMA Public Works Department and the district offices will together plan the road survey and the installation of public warning signs. They will also review the road/overpass building/repair dates to allow officials to estimate usage time and maintenance of roads and overpasses. He said that they would also work with infrastructure offices to maintain sewers and footpaths. He urged the public to alert city officials via the hotline 1555 if they spot cracks on concrete-paved roads or sinkholes in road surfaces. (Source: The Nation)


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Turkish multi-criminal

Posted by hasekamp on 17 May 2012 at 13:22 PM
A Turkish national who was arrested in connection with the 30-million-baht gem and jewelry heist in Phuket on Monday will face drug possession charges before being handed over to the Phuket Police to face charges related to the gem heist. Phuket Provincial Police Commander Chonasit Wattanavrangkul told the Phuket Gazette that Riza Balkan, 49, was found in possession of ya ice (crystal methamphetamine) when searched by Trang Police on Monday. “Riza Balkan needs to be held in Trang for his drug case first before being transferred to Phuket to face charges related to the jewelry theft,” Maj Gen Chonasit said. “We’re not sure when Mr Balkan will be sent to Phuket. It depends on how long his case takes to process in Trang,” he added. Mr Balkan was arrested by Highway Police along with three other foreigners after the car they were travelling in failed to stop at a checkpoint. The four were allegedly en route to Sadao, Thailand’s major border crossing into Malaysian, after fleeing Phuket. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Heavy rain in the North

Posted by hasekamp on 16 May 2012 at 20:00 PM
Heavy downpours and gusting winds hit some northern provinces last night, damaging houses, crops and uprooting trees. The weather department's northern office in Chiang Mai has warned of storms and strong winds through the week. Large trees and billboards were toppled, damaging homes and vehicles. In Mae Hong Son's Pai district, a summer storm damaged houses and crops. Damage has not yet been assessed, and roads remain blocked by uprooted trees, but civil servants and villagers are working to clear the way to open the roads to traffic. The weather department warned of heavy rainfall and potential flash floods across much of the country. (Source:The Nation)


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Show your work for free

Posted by hasekamp on 16 May 2012 at 19:57 PM
The Department of Cultural Promotion (DCP) opened the Thailand Cultural Center for new artists to present their works to the public. DCP chief Prissana Pongtadsirikul told the Tuesday press conference about the "Sing, Dance and Compose Music" project that the department let young artists have the center’s space to present their works and talents through six activities free-of-charge. (Source: The Nation)


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Phuket discount fair

Posted by hasekamp on 13 May 2012 at 17:09 PM
In a bid to offer some relief from the spiralling cost of living in Phuket, the Phuket Provincial Cooperatives Office is holding a “discount products fair” in front of its offices in Phuket Town. Phuket Vice Governor Somkiet Sangkaosutthirak yesterday officiated the opening of the week-long fair on Damrong Road, in the old government quarter of the town around Provincial Hall. On sale at discounted prices are items such as household consumer products and fresh produce, including fresh vegetables, seafood and meat. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Phuket cables go underground

Posted by hasekamp on 13 May 2012 at 17:06 PM
Phase two of the project to remove the unsightly cables that have been obscuring the classic Sino-Portuguese shopfronts along the streets of Old Phuket Town for decades continues today as workers pull down the power poles along Deebuk Road. The removal of the power poles on Deebuk Road today follows the removal of overhead power cables and the corresponding power poles on Krabi Road last weekend. The Phuket Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) completed phase one of the project along Thalang Road in late 2010 and planned to start phase two in March 2011. Although the project suffered delays, the PEA has now finished laying underground cables along Krabi and Deebuk Roads, and has since started partial work on the section of Thepkrasattri Road that passes through the area. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Lots of red light offenders

Posted by hasekamp on 11 May 2012 at 10:44 AM
The Metropolitan Police's traffic police division yesterday reported 79,500 red-light runners were each issued a Bt500 ticket from January to March. They urged law-violators to pay their fines soon or risk their cars' tax payment and registration plate renewal next year. Since red-light cameras were set up in December 2008 at 30 Bangkok intersections, the number of red-light runners has fallen from the first phase, which saw up to 60,000 red-light runners per month, or 2,000 cases per day, the division said. Citing the first three months of 2012 - 27,000 cases in January, 26,700 in February and 25,800 in March - and 5,900 cases from April 1-10, the average totalled 800-900 cases per day. (Source: The Nation)


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Lese majeste unchanged

Posted by hasekamp on 11 May 2012 at 10:41 AM
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday confirmed her government had no policy to amend the lese majeste law (the law that puts high punishments on offending some members of the Royal Family) despite the demand from the red shirts. "I confirm once again the government will not amend Article 112 (of the Criminal Code," she said. Yingluck said she wanted to devote her full attention to check the price increase. (Source: The Nation)


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Tablet deal after all

Posted by hasekamp on 11 May 2012 at 10:37 AM
The Information and Communication Technology Ministry finally signed a US$32.8 million contract yesterday to buy the first batch of 400,000 computer tablets from a Chinese supplier. The deal with Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development follows a one-and-a-half-month delay. The company must deliver all the tablets within 60 days of the contract signing or "face a fine for each day's delay", ICT Minister Anudith Nakornthap said. Gp Capt Anudith declined to specify how much the daily fine is, but said it is in line with government guidelines. The ICT Ministry will place a new order for another 530,000 tablets after the first batch of Scope PCs passes government quality control standards, he said. The tablets will be given to all Prathom 1 (Grade 1) students in both government and private schools in July, Gp Capt Anudith said. The first lot of 2,000 tablets will be delivered to the ICT Ministry next week. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Explosion in steak restaurant

Posted by hasekamp on 9 May 2012 at 14:09 PM
An explosion from a cooking gas leak at a steak restaurant in Bangkok's Ratchathewi district injured seven people Wednesday. Police and 10 fire engines answering an emergency call arrived at 12pm at the Bangkok Grill, in Soi Rang Nam, to find the restaurant on fire, its glass frontage shattered by the explosion and the kitchen gutted. Four men, two women and a small child were rushed to Rajvithi Hospital. A Cambodian cook identified only as Tomy, 30, told police the kitchen crew had panicked after a 15kg cooking gas canister they were changing sprang a leak while ovens were operating. The owner of a noodle shop next door said the explosion had also damaged his shop. (Source: The Nation)


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New plans for Bangkok

Posted by hasekamp on 8 May 2012 at 14:28 PM
Bangkok is set to unveil its new city plans and put them up for public viewing for three months, until August 21. City Planning Department chief MR Premsiri Kasemsan said the Committee of City Planning had approved the redrafted plans for Bangkok at its third meeting on January 13. On Thursday, a meeting of 50 district offices will introduce the Bangkok cityplan - the map, regulations and plan catalogue - through the district director, chief of the engineer subdivision and chief of administration. The plans will go on display from 1pm to 4pm at the second floor conference room of the ThaiJapan Bangkok Youth Centre, in Mit Maitri Road in Din Daeng . Details will be posted with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, the Public Works Department, City Planning Department, District Offices, Public Health Centre, Public Parks, Lands Office of Bangkok and Department of Public Work and Town & Country Planning. (Source: The Nation)


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King to visit Ayutthaya

Posted by hasekamp on 8 May 2012 at 14:25 PM
His Majesty the King will leave Siriraj Hospital for the first time since being admitting to the hospital in 2009 on a visit to Ayutthaya province this week, Ayutthaya Governor Witthaya Pewpong said Tuesday. The King and the Queen will visit Thung Makamyong in the province's Phranakorn Si Ayutthaya district, the location of the Monarch's monkeycheek royal project and home to the Monument of Queen Srisuriyothai of the Ayutthaya. Matichon online quoted the governor as saying the visit will be between Thursday and Sunday, with the decision being made by His Majesty, the governor said. The province and the people feel honoured that HM the King will make a visit to the province and that it marks the first time that the King has left the hospital since September 2009, the governor said. The province will organise a variety of shows including light and sound at Thung Makamyong, the governor said, adding he is confident that the venue would be able to receive the large number of people expected to come to receive the King. (Source: The Nation)


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Another landslide near Patong

Posted by hasekamp on 6 May 2012 at 12:57 PM
The monsoon season has officially arrived in Phuket and is already taking its toll, causing a landslide along a stretch of Patong Hill road that the Highways Department was hoping to shore up by year’s end. Sampawat Wannasangkam of the Patong Municipality Department of Disaster Mitigation and Prevention said his office received a report of the slide at around 9am. As an emergency measure his office coordinated with Patong Police in erecting a barricade to alert motorists to the danger. "We are going to contact the Phuket Highway Office see what step to take next," he said. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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King for 62 years

Posted by hasekamp on 6 May 2012 at 12:53 PM
HM the King on Saturday presided over a royal ceremony marking the 62th anniversary of his coronation in the Amarindra Vinichaya Throne Hall, the Grand Palace. People gathered at Siriraj Hospital where the monarch has stayed since 2009 and lined up along the street leading to the Grand Palace to catch a glimpse of their beloved King. They chanted "Long Live the King" and waved the national and royal flags. Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and other royal family members were presented at the Amarindra Vinichaya Throne Hall for the religious ceremony. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the House Speaker, Privy Councillors, top military officers and other senior government officials also attended the ceremony. For Coronation Day celebrations, HM the King granted permission to open Prasat Phra Thep Bidon or the Royal Pantheon located in the Grand Palace--which is normally reserved for the royal family--to the public. Thais across the country also expressed their loyalty to the monarch and joined in provincial coronation celebrations. Prime minister Yingluck was scheduled to preside over the Grand Reception on the occasion of the Coronation Day at the Government House at 7pm. The King was crowned on May 5, 1950, four years after he actually assumed the kingship in 1946. The coronation ceremony was performed in the Grand Palace in accordance with ancient royal traditions. At the ceremony, His Majesty uttered the traditional proclamation: "We shall reign with righteousness for the benefits and happiness of the Siamese people."
The 84-year-old monarch was admitted to Siriraj Hospital in September 2009 with fever, fatigue and a lung inflammation. HM the King has recovered but has remained at tge hospital ever since, both for physical therapy and nourishment to regain his strength. (Source: The Nation)


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Thailand needs quake prediction

Posted by hasekamp on 6 May 2012 at 12:49 PM
Thailand still does not have a proper scientific method of predicting earthquakes, a university lecturer has warned. "When the 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit Kanchanaburi in 1983, the locals were caught off guard," Dr Weerachai Siriphanvaraphon from Mahidol University's faculty of science told a seminar. He was speaking at a discussion titled "We Can Handle Disaster When We Understand Nature", which was held as part of the seventh Science and Technology Conference that took place at Bitec Bang Na from Wednesday until Friday. The event was organised by the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology to raise public awareness about natural disasters. Weerachai explained that Thailand had many active faults that could endanger the public, though they would be unlikely to cause a massive earthquake. Over the past few years, Thailand has faced many natural disasters, with some causing high casualties and massive damage. For instance, the 2004 tsunami claimed thousands of lives in the South. Dr Wattana Kanbua of the Meteorological Department said nobody had ever imagined that Thailand would be hit by a tsunami and that this lack of awareness had cost dearly. He pointed out that the tsunami could, in fact, have been predicted and a warning issued in time. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Serious factory fire

Posted by hasekamp on 6 May 2012 at 12:44 PM
At least five people were killed in the massive fire that broke out at the Bangkok Synthetics factory in Map Ta Phut Saturday, Deputy Public Health Minister Dr Surawit Khonsomboon said Sunday. Surawit told Spring News TV that two of the five died at hospitals and three others died at the scene. He said 95 people were injured, five critically. Two of the injured were rescue volunteers. (Source: The Nation)


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Ayutthaya on top of endangered list

Posted by hasekamp on 6 May 2012 at 12:40 PM
Ayutthaya tops the list of the 10 most endangered Heritage sites in Asia, according to the Global Heritage Fund. Asia's architectural treasures, from a Buddhist monastery in Afghanistan to an ancient city in China, are in danger of vanishing under a tide of economic expansion, war and tourism, according to experts. Based on the GHF's report, the ruins of Ayutthaya were declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) as a world heritage in 1991. It suffered greatly during last year's great flood, which damaged 158 historic monuments. The government's budget for the management and preservation of the site has also not met the amount requested by conservationists. Fine Arts Department deputy director Anek Sihamat accepted that the Historic City of Ayutthaya has been under threat of encroachment from vendors and urban development. This had led to worries the site might be removed from the Unesco world heritage list. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Trip Advisor: Chiang Mai is #24

Posted by hasekamp on 4 May 2012 at 10:35 AM
The northern city of Chiang Mai has been selected by the Trip Advisor website as the 24th best tourist destination city in the world. Chalermsak Suranan, director of the Chiang Mai Office of Tourism Authority of Thailand, said Chiang Mai has become a fixture on the global tourism map because last year it was also selected as one of the top ten tourist destinations in the world by Lonely Planet. According to Chalermsak, the top five tourist destinations in the world are London, New York, Rome, Paris, and San Francisco. Siem Reap in Cambodia became the best Asian tourist destination city selected by Trip Advisor. It ranks ninth on the top 25 tourist destination cities in the world. The TAT Chiang Mai Office will not stop promoting Chiang Mai among foreign tourists and the office will launch campaigns to promote Chiang Mai tourism in Middle East countries, India and Indonesia. He said his office was also making plans to draw more tourists form Austria and Japan. (Source: The Nation)


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PM: Consumer prices not higher

Posted by hasekamp on 4 May 2012 at 10:31 AM
The effects of last year's great flood and the current hot weather have made people think the prices of consumer products are continually rising, when they are actually on a decline, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Thursday. She said the weather was hot in April, and parents also had to find the money to pay their children's tuition fees last month, she said at Government House. "The flood and the hot weather, when combined, could make people feel that product prices are more expensive," Ms Yingluck said. "From the information gathered by the government, we can assure you that prices are on a downward trend." She said the government will continue to find measures to help the general public, particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises and low-income earners. Some of the government's short term measures were to increase the minimum salary of civil servants with bachelor degrees to 15,000 baht a month and the daily minimum wage to 300 baht, she said. Many factories had just reopened following last year's great flood and they should be in full operation in the second half of this year. Prices should return to normal levels by then, she said. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Silom line extension delayed

Posted by hasekamp on 1 May 2012 at 11:23 AM
Service on an extension of the Skytrain's Silom line, covering four stations from Wong Wian Yai to Bang Wa, is likely to be postponed from the original schedule in December till next year, Krungthep Thanakom (KT), operator of the Bangkok Transit System (BTS), said yesterday. Progress depends on an agreement pending between two agencies responsible for structure connected to the BTS stations - the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand and the Department Of Rural Roads. Details have yet to be concluded on the building of MRT stations and structures linked to them, in addition to an 800-metre skywalk link to Wong Wian Yai BTS station requested by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and approved by the department, KT manager Amorn Kijchawengkul said. (Source: The Nation)


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Yingluck wants dykes faster

Posted by hasekamp on 1 May 2012 at 11:20 AM
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has asked Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to accelerate its work to repair flood protection systems including dykes along the Chao Phraya River, according to Cabinet secretary-general Ampon Kittiampon. He spoke to the media after a meeting of the Water and Flood Management Committee, chaired by the PM yesterday. Yingluck has asked related flood prevention agencies to report on the plan to install and repair infrastructure to prevent flooding in coming months. So far, flood related agencies had done about 70 to 80 per cent of work needed to maintain and set up infrastructure to prevent flooding, Ampon said. He said the PM asked the BMA and related agencies to speed up its plan to repair dykes along the Chao Phraya. There are about 17 spots along the river from Nonthaburi where embankments have been installed to prevent flooding or at least reduce flood damage. (Source: The Nation)


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Tourist survives high fall

Posted by hasekamp on 1 May 2012 at 10:58 AM
A 25-year-old woman from the Philippines has escaped serious injury after falling from the balcony of her sixth-floor Phuket hotel room late last night. The rescue workers arrived to find Jardeliza Samireh lying in the dirt in the vacant plot behind the Patong Pearl Resortel in Soi Sawatdirak Road. Ms Samireh apparently fell from the hotel room balcony, landed on top of the glass roof the hotel’s spa at the back of the building, then bounced over the fence wall behind the property and into the vacant lot. She suffered only a broken left leg in the dramatic fall. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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