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  • Thaitanium apologizes for dissing youth in comeback track
    by Coconuts Bangkok on May 19, 2022 at 5:32 am

    One of Thailand’s most successful rap acts apologized for the uproar caused by its new single ribbing the new generation of artists which many saw as misogynist and ageist. Prinya “Daboyway” Intachai said last night that the song, Por Mueng (Yo Daddy), wasn’t meant to disrespect any artists in the scene but to entertain fans…

  • ‘Yo Daddy’ so salty: Thaitanium shows their age in bitter single dissing youth
    by Coconuts Bangkok on May 18, 2022 at 6:40 am

    “I could still fuck your bitch, because I’m your daddy.” Those were the verses legendary hip-hop act Thaitanium chose to make its comeback with in a single that was racking up praise from stans today while disappointing everyone else for its cranky and condescending “get-off-my-lawn” vibes. Although the band’s first single in five years, Por…

  • Booze ban to kick off prior to Bangkok election
    by Coconuts Bangkok on May 18, 2022 at 5:28 am

    No buying booze for 24 hours this weekend, folks.  Prior to Sunday’s Bangkok gubernatorial election, alcohol sales won’t be allowed from 6pm Saturday until 6pm Sunday. The ban will be effective across all of Bangkok.  The ban is one of the regulations established by the election commission, which believes it’s necessary for people to show…

  • Long stormy night floods Bangkok, snarls traffic
    by Coconuts Bangkok on May 18, 2022 at 4:28 am

    A heavy and steady downpour across Bangkok last night flooded several parts of the city, causing some of the most miserable traffic jams in months, if not years due to the pandemic. Many motorists on Wednesday morning found themselves stuck behind the wheel on roads which included Sukhumvit, Rama IV, Srinagarindra, Vibhavadi Rangsit, Ratchadaphisek, and…

  • Puppy ‘charged’ with getting lost by Lumphini cops
    by Coconuts Bangkok on May 17, 2022 at 5:45 am

    Name: Golden Retriever. Charge: Getting lost. Lumphini police said today that they’re still looking for the owner of a puppy they found underneath a condominium building last night.  Sgt. Chatchai Kunwong of Lumphini Police said Tuesday that police were still looking for the female golden retriever’s human companions after it was found around 8pm Monday…

  • Four Phuket teens charged over assault, intimidation of 11-year-old
    by Coconuts Bangkok on May 17, 2022 at 5:00 am

    Four 15-year-old students on Phuket were charged today for allegedly beating an 11-year-old classmate in her home and filming it. The mother, identified only as A, filed a complaint Sunday at Phuket’s Wichit Police Station after she discovered a clip on social media of her daughter being beaten at their residence. The 11-year-old girl revealed…

  • Wanted: Volunteer poll monitors for Sunday’s Bangkok election
    by Chayanit Itthipongmaetee on May 17, 2022 at 4:49 am

    Whether eligible to vote or not, anyone can take part in the election for Bangkok’s next leader with just a few taps on their smartphone.  Hundreds of volunteers are wanted for a crowdsourced poll-watching effort to monitor voting in Sunday’s gubernatorial election to bolster confidence and transparency. Volunteers will get to work at 5pm Sunday…

  • Alcohologists forecast dry Sunday, wet Monday for Thailand
    by Coconuts Bangkok on May 13, 2022 at 6:42 am

    Alcohol sales will be forbidden Sunday for Visakha Bucha Day. The 24-hour ban begins at midnight sharp when the religious occasion commences at all locations except for that one place only you know about. But no need to worry – though Monday is a holiday to recognize the holy day, the taps will flow and…

  • Thai fighters steal show, and maybe intellectual property, at SEA Games
    by Nicky Tanskul on May 12, 2022 at 5:13 am

    A popular Thai graphic designer struck out at a national martial arts team for allegedly copying his famous logo on uniforms worn at the SEA Games. Sucharn “Buk” Chaweewan last night said the Thai Pencak Silat team, which won the gold last night in Hanoi, embroidered his popular Thailand design readable in both Thai and…

  • Bangkok braces for wet as storm front spells rainy season’s start
    by Coconuts Bangkok on May 11, 2022 at 9:29 am

    Heavy thunderstorms driven by a churning twister are heading to Bangkok and neighboring provinces over the next two days. Heavy rain is expected across much of the metro area today and tomorrow in the run-up to this weekend’s official start of the rainy season, according to the meteorological department. Forecasts call for 60% of Bangkok…

  • Thai public school defends ‘little soldiers’ dress code
    by Coconuts Bangkok on May 11, 2022 at 5:56 am

    A public elementary school west of Bangkok explained this morning that it requires young children to wear military and other uniforms to instill them with patriotism and discipline. Responding to social media outrage for asking students to wear four different uniforms including military garb during the week, the Anuban Kanchanaburi School said its kindergarteners must…

  • Long-term visas for ‘high potential’ expats cut to 50K baht
    by Coconuts Bangkok on May 11, 2022 at 4:14 am

    After the cabinet earlier this year gave the nod to 10-year visas for promising foreigners, it has now halved the fee.  The cabinet agreed Tuesday to cut the long-term resident visa, aka LTR visa, fee from THB100,000 (US$2,900) to THB50,000 (US$1,400), according to government spokesperson Rachada Dhnadirek. The measure targets four eligible groups of foreign…

  • ‘Do not insult the king’: Disturbed ultraroyalist assaults elderly activist
    by Coconuts Bangkok on May 11, 2022 at 3:46 am

    A violence-prone ultraroyalist who has attacked people in public without consequence assaulted a 68-year-old woman yesterday on a downtown skywalk.  Kaneshpitsanuthep “K 100 million” Chakkraphopmahadecha on Tuesday evening was in the custody of the Pathum Wan Police after he assaulted Worawan Sae-ung, aka “Auntie Pao,” who is a familiar face at anti-government protests.  A recording…

  • Thai boy ‘accidentally’ shot in head by brother with dad’s rifle
    by Coconuts Bangkok on May 10, 2022 at 5:09 am

    Authorities in central Thailand are chalking the death of a 14-year-old boy shot in the back of the head while playing with his father’s hunting rifle as an accident. Theeradej Papeera was found dead last night with a gunshot wound to the back of his head at his family’s single-story home in Phitsanulok province. His…

  • No Mor Chana: Thailand to pull plug on COVID tracking app
    by Coconuts Bangkok on May 10, 2022 at 4:07 am

    So long, Doctor Wins. The controversial government-made tracking app Mor Chana (“Doctor Wins”) will no longer exist as of June 1, its makers announced.  “The application service will be terminated from June 1 onward,” reads a notification. “We’d like to thank everyone who helped control the COVID-19 pandemic in Thailand.” It did not give a…

  • Royal Thai Army bans Lazada deliveries over royal offense
    by Coconuts Bangkok on May 9, 2022 at 8:42 am

    The Royal Thai Army announced it will bar all Lazada deliveries to any of its military bases starting today. The military, which brands itself as defenders of the crown, waded into the scandal over a recent Lazada ad seen as mocking a royal with army chief Narongpan Jitkaewthae ordering all units to stop ordering its…

  • Thai school deducts 10 points for singing national anthem quietly
    by Coconuts Bangkok on May 9, 2022 at 6:59 am

    Not singing the national anthem loud enough? That will be 10 points deducted for being unpatriotic, according to the student handbook at a school in northeastern Thailand.  The weird offense was among extreme regulations at a school in Surin province, identified as the Sangkha School, which documented demerits for behavior that’s insufficiently ultra nationalist, religious,…

  • Car seats mandatory in Thailand Sept. 5
    by Coconuts Bangkok on May 9, 2022 at 5:03 am

    Toddlers and young children must be seated in special safety seats or their parents face fines up to THB2,000 starting Sept. 5. Under amended traffic laws issued Sunday, children under 6 must be strapped into a car seat when traveling on the roads. The changes won’t come into effect for 120 days. More details about…

  • 9 ‘long COVID’ clinics open next week in Bangkok
    by Coconuts Bangkok on May 6, 2022 at 7:34 am

    City Hall will open nine clinics to treat patients suffering from symptoms of what’s become known as “long COVID.” Starting Monday, nine hospitals will begin opening nine clinics to treat patients with persistent COVID-19 symptoms, according to Khachit Chatchavanich of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.  The clinics were meant to be a “one-stop service,” according to…

  • Lazada ad pulled for allegedly mocking disabled – and Thai royal
    by Coconuts Bangkok on May 6, 2022 at 5:58 am

    Boycott calls were heard across the Thai internet over a shopping platform campaign seen as mocking the disabled and a member of the monarchy. Twitter hashtag #BanLazada trended last night after a promotional TikTok was posted by influencer Aniwat “Nara” Prathumthin showing her and Thidaporn “Nurat” Chaokuwiang wearing traditional Thai outfits. While that would have…

  • Frenchman, Thai woman shot to death at Thonglor deli
    by Coconuts Bangkok on May 5, 2022 at 4:41 am

    A Frenchman and Thai woman were shot dead yesterday at a downtown cold cuts deli in what police suspect was a business dispute with its owner. Marc Lohberger, 66, and Wiranya Meeyai, 43, were found dead Wednesday afternoon inside a three-story house on Soi Sukhumvit 49/6. The property houses a delicatessen called Copa Deli that…

  • BKK axe maniac was super high on drugs, driven by ‘voices’: cops
    by Coconuts Bangkok on May 5, 2022 at 4:20 am

    A 34-year-old man who went smashy-smashy with an axe at Suvarnabhumi Airport said he did so at the behest of voices in his head after swallowing a fistful of speed. Wachara Khambutr, 34 of Loei province, faces the death penalty after using the axe to smash a glass door and pointing a fake pistol at…

  • New COVID infections fall below 10,000 for second day
    by Coconuts Bangkok on May 3, 2022 at 5:54 am

    Thailand’s raging COVID-19 outbreak is finally subsiding, according to today’s update from the pandemic task force. As the nation fully reopens to travel this week, its new daily infections fell below 10,000 for a second day, just a month after peaking at nearly 30,000. Health officials today reported just 9,721 cases, a level not seen…

  • Thai-Ukrainian boy bit by shark: Phuket authorities
    by Coconuts Bangkok on May 3, 2022 at 4:43 am

    A boy received more than 30 stitches on Phuket after he was bitten by an animal that marine authorities believed to be a shark. While suspicions have fallen on a shark for the leg wound sustained by the 8-year-old, Thai-Ukrainian boy on Sunday at Phuket’s Kamala Beach, the boy believed that it was a barracuda.…

  • Silpakorn rector resigns over creeper flight attendant pics
    by Coconuts Bangkok on May 3, 2022 at 4:38 am

    The president of a renowned arts university announced his resignation last night after he was brought down by his own creepshots of air hostesses. In his resignation letter to the university council, Chaicharn Thavaravej, Silpakorn University rector since 2019, took responsibility for his social media comments last week about a VietJet flight attendant “to drool…

  • Thailand upgrades rolling stock with Chinese-made ‘Ultraman’ locomotives
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 29, 2022 at 8:28 am

    The State Railway has begun shaking out new diesel-electric locomotives to replace its decrepit fleet.  A test run was conducted yesterday for the trains, named after Japanese superhero Ultraman for their color scheme, between Bangkok’s Bang Sue station and Chachoengsao. A second test will commence next month from Choburi’s Sri Racha junction to Bangkok’s Lat…

  • Yes, Thai seamen forced to drink semen: navy
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 29, 2022 at 8:06 am

    You can believe your eyes, the navy admitted this afternoon: Recruits at a naval facility in Chonburi province were indeed forced to drink semen. It was a sergeant who forced trainees to chug on ejaculate in footage that has won gasps online, navy spokesperson Lt. Gen. Pokkrong Monthatpalin said. The perpetrator, Sgt. Thaksin Ngokpilai, has…

  • Bangkok to get a break from heat in time for holidays
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 29, 2022 at 7:51 am

    More rain may follow last night’s drizzle in the coming days as temperatures slide slightly to highs of about 31C for the next week. Following a heat wave that peaked Wednesday at 38C, temperatures will fall tomorrow and reach a less-scorching high of 29C come Monday’s holiday before hovering around 31C for the rest of…

  • Thailand to declare COVID-19 endemic in July
    by Coconuts Bangkok on March 10, 2022 at 3:41 am

    Thailand will follow other countries and declare COVID-19 an endemic disease mid-year. COVID-19 will be removed from pandemic status in July, over two hard years since it began, “If everything goes according to plan,” the National Communicable Disease Committee announced yesterday. Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said that to meet the goal, several measures will be implemented…

  • 10-year Thai visas for digital nomads, flush foreigners get cabinet OK
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 19, 2022 at 9:53 am

    Ten-year visas for “highly skilled” – or deep-pocketed – foreigners including digital nomads got the nod from Thailand’s cabinet yesterday. To attract “high potential” foreigners who will “drive economic and investment stimulus measures,” the long-term visa system will be updated to include four types of foreign nationals, government spokesperson Rachada Dhnadirek announced Wednesday. She said…