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  • Terrifying demon statue banished from Bangkok amid devil worship fears
    by Coconuts Bangkok on December 29, 2023 at 8:38 am

    A controversial giant demon statue was taken down yesterday evening after months of criticism over alleged promotion of devil worship, pet sacrifices, and just being outright terrifying to some. The infamous Kru Kai Kaeo statue was removed from the front of Bangkok’s The Bazaar Hotel in Huai Khwang district. The order came from the State…

  • Paragon shooter: Police case file rejected by prosecutors 
    by Coconuts Bangkok on December 29, 2023 at 7:54 am

    The case file for the 14-year-old shooter who shot and killed three and injured four in a major Bangkok mall in early October was rejected by prosecutors.

  • Blackpink’s Lisa first K-pop star to reach 100 million followers
    by Coconuts Bangkok on December 26, 2023 at 5:19 am

    Thai K-pop fans continue to celebrate big wins for Blackpink’s Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban, as she becomes the first K-pop artist to reach 100 million followers on Instagram. The Thai singer, best known as the youngest member of Blackpink, reached the milestone on Christmas. The achievement also makes the 26-year-old the first Asian female to reach…

  • Here are the top 10 problems Thais want Bangkok governor to fix
    by Coconuts Bangkok on December 20, 2023 at 5:07 am

    What do Bangkokians want? Well, this survey might answer that question, and it’s certainly going to be food for thought for Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt. The survey, which was carried out by the Traffy Fondue complaints platform, featured 337,208 respondents. It showed that road-related problems were of the highest concern, chosen by  more than half…

  • Cabinet approves same-sex marriage equality draft bill
    by Coconuts Bangkok on December 19, 2023 at 7:27 am

    A newly drafted marriage-equality law was approved by the cabinet this afternoon.  The new bill, which will go into consideration by the parliament this Thursday, will, hopefully, give LGBTQ couples the same rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples in an effort to allow diversity in Thailand, according to Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin. Remember that civil union…

  • Automatic channels for departing foreigners are now available at Suvarnabhumi Airport
    by Coconuts Bangkok on December 19, 2023 at 4:05 am

    Queues will be cut short and departing to other countries made easier now that foreigners can use the automatic channels at Suvarnabhumi Airport’s immigration checkpoint. On Friday, the upgrade for automatic channels for foreigners was set forth by Prime Minsiter Srettha Thavisin in an effort to speed up lines and help boost tourism. “Passengers –…

  • Police arrest 14 more suspects connected to Khlong Toei shooting
    by Coconuts Bangkok on December 18, 2023 at 9:10 am

    The Metropolitan Police arrested 14 suspects today connected to a fatal shooting that killed a teacher and a student last month. Police conducted search operations targeting 14 individuals in the areas of Bangkok, Pathum Thani, and Nonthaburi yesterday evening. One of the 14 suspects, Chananchit  AKA “Pepsi,” was taken for questioning at the Metropolitan Police…

  • Thailand neutral on Israel-Hamas conflict: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    by Coconuts Bangkok on December 18, 2023 at 4:52 am

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today reiterated its neutral stance on the Israel-Hamas conflict, stressing that its main concern is rescuing Thais trapped in the region. Ministry spokesperson Kanjana Phatarachoke said that Thailand promotes peace. “We do not support the use of force, but we support dialogue and giving diplomacy a chance to work. This…

  • Popular Jodds Market ordered to close down after big blaze
    by Coconuts Bangkok on December 15, 2023 at 9:46 am

    A popular market fair is ordered to close down after a fire had completely destroyed over 120 shops. The Huai Khwang district office has ordered the shutdown of the Jodd Fairs market behind Central Plaza Rama IX until renovations are completed when a fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon. Investigators are still trying to find…

  • Saraburi recycling center catches fire
    by Nicky Tanskul on December 15, 2023 at 5:58 am

    Firefighters are rushing to put out a big fire that broke out at a recycling center in Wihan Daeng district in Saraburi province this morning. The fire broke out late Friday morning, around 11:30am, spreading quickly throughout the plant with big black smoke billowing into the air. The building had been completely destroyed along with…

  • Bangkok Goes All Night: Venues Extend Hours for New Year’s Celebrations
    by Coconuts Bangkok on December 13, 2023 at 7:24 am

    Some people struggle to stay awake until the clock strikes 12, others can’t be put to bed for love nor money. Well, it’s good news for the latter as the authorities have announced that venues will be permitted to stay open until 6am on Jan 1.  The Interior Ministry announced earlier this week that venues…

  • Move Forward MP Rukchanok Srinork sentenced to 6 years in jail
    by Coconuts Bangkok on December 13, 2023 at 5:08 am

    An opposition MP has been sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday morning after being charged with lèse-majesté. Move Forward MP Rukchanok Srinork, 29, was handed down the sentence by the Criminal Court for two posts she made on Twitter criticizing COVID-19 vaccine allocations with pictures of His Majesty the King. She was charged with…

  • Thick PM2.5 smog engulfs Bangkok and surrounding areas
    by Coconuts Bangkok on December 12, 2023 at 5:31 am

    That’s not fog, but a persistent poisonous air full of PM2.5 dust particles engulfing several areas in Bangkok this morning. The Pollution Control Department issued a concerning update on the PM2.5 situation in metropolitan Bangkok and surrounding areas, revealing alarming particle concentrations exceeding the safe standard. During the past 24 hours, readings ranged from 31.5…

  • Sorry, brew: Thai Airways apologizes for coffee spill incident
    by Coconuts Bangkok on December 11, 2023 at 5:37 am

    Thai Airways is investigating an incident involving a hot coffee spill that injured a passenger on a recent flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. The airline has issued a statement expressing its sincere regret for the incident and promising compensation for the affected passenger.

  • Thai cops mull legal action against Chinese TikToker for dissing Soi Nana
    by Coconuts Bangkok on December 8, 2023 at 4:33 am

    Thai police are getting all up in arms over a Chinese TikTok influencer who dared to say that Soi Nana, Bangkok’s infamous nightlife district, ain’t exactly the safest place for solo female travelers.

  • 14 killed, 32 injured as bus smashes tree and splits in half in Prachuap Khiri Khan
    by Coconuts Bangkok on December 6, 2023 at 8:39 am

    A bus crash in southern Thailand killed 14 people and injured 32 others early Tuesday morning, when the double-decker vehicle slammed into a tree and split in half. 

  • Anti-Yingluck protest leaders get off with suspended jail terms
    by Coconuts Bangkok on December 1, 2023 at 9:02 am

    The Criminal Court today handed down light sentences to five former leaders of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), the group that staged massive rallies against ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra’s government in 2013-14, leading to a military coup.

  • Chiang Mai locals and tourists defy Loy Krathong lantern ban, allegedly cause fire at market
    by Coconuts Bangkok on November 29, 2023 at 7:43 am

    The damage from the fire was estimated at more than THB10 million.

  • We’re still pretty bad at ‘pasa angrit’, EF survey shows
    by Coconuts Bangkok on November 28, 2023 at 10:34 am

    Thailand earned a “very low proficiency” score in English, according to the latest survey by Swiss-based language education company Education First (EF). In yet another year of unsatisfactory pasa angrit (English language) proficiency, Thailand ranked 101st out of 113 non-native-English-speaking countries in the annual EF English Language Proficiency Index report. Thailand notched up a score…

  • University student falls to her death on the night of Loy Krathong
    by Coconuts Bangkok on November 28, 2023 at 5:18 am

    A first-year student at a renowned university in Bangkok has tragically died, police said, after she fell from a faculty building yesterday evening. The 18-year-old girl lost her life after falling from a 14-story building at a university in Sukhumvit. Her body was found on the ground floor at around 6:50pm by a maintenance staff…

  • Loy Krathong goes digital as Bangkok seeks to minimize waste
    by Coconuts Bangkok on November 27, 2023 at 9:23 am

    Fancy celebrating Loy Krathong without the use of actual krathongs due to environmental concerns? Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt has invited the public to join in on the digital Loy Krathong celebration at the Khlong Ong Ang Walking Street this evening in an effort to minimize waste. How does this work? Well, there is no need…

  • Here are the BTS stations for Loy Krathong festivities
    by Coconuts Bangkok on November 27, 2023 at 6:08 am

    Those wishing to take part in Loy Krathong festivities can refer to the BTS skytrain’s list of recommended stations for easy travel in the city. Krathongs are lit up and float away throughout the nation during the Loy Krathong festival, which kicked off Saturday and will run until tomorrow. Locals and foreigners alike may celebrate…

  • Probe finds former PM Prayuth Chan-ocha holds over 130 million baht in assets
    by Coconuts Bangkok on November 24, 2023 at 6:31 am

    Former prime minister and defense minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and his wife’s total assets amount to THB130 million, as revealed in a report by the National Anti-Corruption Commission today. The former PM, who gave himself absolute power in the country, was found to share assets with his wife totaling THB130,191,162, with an increase of THB1.5 million…

  • 8 arrested in connection with Khlong Toei shooting
    by Coconuts Bangkok on November 23, 2023 at 5:29 am

    Eight suspects were arrested by police in connection with a fateful shooting that killed a vocational student and a schoolteacher in Khlong Toei. Police managed to identify and obtain arrest warrants yesterday for five suspects believed to be connected to the shooting that killed 19-year-old Thanasorn Hongsawat and 45-year-old Sirada Sinprasert on Nov. 11 near…

  • Football Association hands lifetime ban to referee over racist slur
    by Coconuts Bangkok on November 21, 2023 at 5:13 am

    Thailand’s Football Association has issued a lifetime ban on referee Somsak Poosomnuek, ruling that he had used racist language when talking to a football player. Somsak was found to have used a racist slur on Thai-Ghanaian player Abdulkordiri Hamid during the Thai League 3 football match between Pattaya United and Prachinburi City on Oct. 29,…

  • Khlong Toei shooting: University student succumbs to injuries after 8 days in hospital
    by Coconuts Bangkok on November 20, 2023 at 7:44 am

    A university student who was the target of a shooting by vocational school students last week has tragically passed away. Thanasorn “Yod” Hongsawat, 19, succumbed to his injuries yesterday evening after he was shot by two assailants on Sunthonkosa road, Khlong Toei on Nov. 11 in what was believed to be motivated by an inter-school…

  • Anntonia Porsild brings pride to Thailand after securing 1st runner up spot at Miss Universe
    by Coconuts Bangkok on November 20, 2023 at 5:49 am

    Thailand’s Anntonia Porsild claimed the first runner-up title at the Miss Universe 2023 beauty pageant. The 27-year-old Thai-Danish model came second overall at the 72nd Miss Universe pageant in El Salvador Sunday morning. The title went to Nicaragua’s Sheynnis Palacios. Anntonia’s finish was the country’s highest placement since 1988 when Porntip “Bui” Simon was crowned…

  • Miss Universe’s Thailand wows internet with goddess costume
    by Nicky Tanskul on November 17, 2023 at 7:18 am

    Thai Twitter was spellbound when Anntonia Porsild, Thailand’s representative, walked onstage today for the “National Costume” competition in the Miss Universe pageant. Porsild, who was crowned Miss Universe Thailand in August and went on to represent Thailand in the Miss Universe pageant in El Salvador this week, showcased her remarkable “Goddess of Ayutthaya” costume, which…

  • Funeral rites held for teacher killed during shooting
    by Coconuts Bangkok on November 13, 2023 at 4:32 am

    Teachers and students collectively gathered this morning to mourn the death of a teacher who was wrongfully shot and killed during a shooting by vocational school students this weekend. Faculty and students from the Sacred Heart Convent School gathered in front of the TMBThanachart bank in Bangkok’s Sunthonkosa road where they paid respects and laid…

  • Abusive stepdad, not ghost, killed young boy: Trat cops
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 4, 2022 at 6:32 am

    Police in the eastern province of Trat said this morning that a man confessed to killing his stepson two days after he was found dead in the family’s parked sedan. Lt. Col. Teeradet Masthanaphan of Laem Ngop district police said Panya Chaichiang-erm, 44, admitted to beating the boy unconscious after first fabricating an unconvincing poltergeist…