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  • How to tune in to Team Thailand at the Tokyo Olympics
    by Alisha Pawa on July 24, 2021 at 9:06 am

    A year later than expected, the Tokyo Olympic Games kicked off last night, with the sporting action under way this weekend. The competitions have been given the green light to operate and will run from through Aug. 8. Thailand will participate in several events. Here are some to look forward to, and the athletes to … This article, How to tune in to Team Thailand at the Tokyo Olympics, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thai army secretly sought Moderna vaccines denied to public: leaked document
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 23, 2021 at 6:43 am

    While the military-backed government has all but told the public to be grateful for what vaccines they can get, a leaked document shows the men in uniform went through backdoor channels to try to get their own supply of Moderna doses. Public outrage over the government’s botched vaccination campaign, which has led to protests demanding … This article, Thai army secretly sought Moderna vaccines denied to public: leaked document, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thailand’s darkest days mined for satire by artist ‘Uninspired by Current Events’
    by Chayanit Itthipongmaetee on July 22, 2021 at 4:29 am

    From a lab rat being injected with random vaccines to panda-masked riot police opening fire, Saratta Cheungsatiansup, 29-year-old artist who is also known as Uninspired by Current Events has been making a mark with of-the-moment works satirizing Thailand’s worst days of the pandemic.  One of Saratta’s most impactful works was just posted yesterday. It depicts … This article, Thailand’s darkest days mined for satire by artist ‘Uninspired by Current Events’, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Singer Milli 1st celeb charged for criticizing Thai gov’t following minister’s threat 
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 21, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Be very careful what you say next, especially when it comes to the government, the internet minister has warned celebs and influencers. Teen rapper Danupha “Minnie” Kanateerakul, better known as Milli, today became the first celebrity to be charged with a serious crime for criticizing the government on social media.  With public confidence withering amid … This article, Singer Milli 1st celeb charged for criticizing Thai gov’t following minister’s threat , originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • So long, open space! Closure of Bangkok’s parks, salons and more back on table as COVID closes in
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 21, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Officials said today they were “weighing” the closure of more venues including public parks, sporting venues and barbers as COVID cases surged to a new dizzying high. Though it was unclear from the vaguely worded bulletin whether a decision had been made, the COVID-19 task force said it was considering the closure of 10 types … This article, So long, open space! Closure of Bangkok’s parks, salons and more back on table as COVID closes in, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Bodies literally left lying in Bangkok’s streets as COVID-19 takes heavy toll
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 21, 2021 at 4:25 am

    A man infected with COVID-19 died in front of a temple in Bangkok’s old quarter. A few kilometers away, another body was found on Ratchadamnoen Avenue. A third man, 40, was discovered lying in front of a department store with no pulse. In a grisly indicator of Thailand’s soaring pandemic toll, at least three people … This article, Bodies literally left lying in Bangkok’s streets as COVID-19 takes heavy toll, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Police arrest Foodpanda rider, charge him with insulting king
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 20, 2021 at 3:57 am

    A food deliveryman who became a cause celebre after his employer threatened to fire him was under police interrogation this morning after being arrested and charged with royal defamation. A 25-year-old man seen burning a royal portrait at Sunday’s protest was taken from his home in northern metro Bangkok last night and charged with royal … This article, Police arrest Foodpanda rider, charge him with insulting king, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • ‘Shitshow’: Sunday’s surprise expat vaccination was a mess – but successful
    by Todd Ruiz on July 19, 2021 at 6:33 am

    Sunday’s exclusive vaccination party for hundreds of foreign nationals in a northern Bangkok parking lot, where those fortunate enough to register received a dose of AstraZeneca, was likely a “one-off” event. More than a thousand Americans, Indians, Aussies, Kiwis and others queued three to four hours in what looked like a loading area at SCG … This article, ‘Shitshow’: Sunday’s surprise expat vaccination was a mess – but successful, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • #BanFoodpanda: Outrage after delivery giant vows to fire protester for ‘terrorism’
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 19, 2021 at 4:33 am

    One of Bangkok’s largest food delivery services is on blast from a water cannon of fury today after it vowed to terminate an employee because he attended an anti-government protest. Calls have echoed from consumers and some restaurants to boycott Foodpanda after the company said it would fire a rider photographed at a protest in … This article, #BanFoodpanda: Outrage after delivery giant vows to fire protester for ‘terrorism’, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Lockdown deepens: Flight ban for Bangkok and 12 provinces, residents told to stay home
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 19, 2021 at 4:05 am

    It will no longer be possible to fly in and out of Thailand’s worst-hit provinces, where residents are being asked not to leave their homes if possible. The newest lockdown measures coming to curb COVID-19 infections and deaths by way of the Royal Gazette and aviation authority were announced yesterday and apply to provinces with … This article, Lockdown deepens: Flight ban for Bangkok and 12 provinces, residents told to stay home, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thailand offers vaccines to Americans, Aussies, Austrians, Kiwis. (But you’ve already missed out.)
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 17, 2021 at 5:37 am

    For a brief moment, Americans, Aussies, Austrians and Kiwis were offered access to COVID-19 vaccines by the Thai government – but blink, and you missed it. The U.S. Embassy this morning joined other missions in finally offering a response to complaints they have done nothing to get shots into the arms of their citizens abroad … This article, Thailand offers vaccines to Americans, Aussies, Austrians, Kiwis. (But you’ve already missed out.), originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Years of sweat won fame for his Chinatown noodles. Thailand’s COVID 3rd wave killed him in days.
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 16, 2021 at 6:50 am

    Foodies and customers who’ve queued at a well-known noodle shop in Bangkok’s Chinatown are mourning the death of its owner after learning he succumbed to COVID-19. Tributes from customers famous and ordinary were spreading for Charnchai Tangsubmanee, the 73-year-old owner of Guay Jub Ouan Pochana who sold aromatic and peppery rolled rice noodle soup from … This article, Years of sweat won fame for his Chinatown noodles. Thailand’s COVID 3rd wave killed him in days., originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Fun-haters order Thailand’s Gliding Monk to give up his electric trolley
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 15, 2021 at 5:27 am

    A Buddhist monk out for morning alms rode an electric cart into the hearts of netizens, while the keepers of the faith rebuked his “inappropriate” behavior. Sakdanai Woradetch, chief of the Ang Thong Provincial Office of Buddhism, said this morning he and his team ordered Wanchai Dhammatharo of Ang Thong City’s Wat Channimitr to refrain … This article, Fun-haters order Thailand’s Gliding Monk to give up his electric trolley, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Notorious ‘Tiger Zoo’ to close, relocate 5,000 animals
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 15, 2021 at 4:03 am

    A notorious yet popular tourist attraction trading on the exploitation of wildlife over two decades has announced that it will shut down. In announcing its demise, the Sriracha Tiger Zoo did not cite any second thoughts over its 24 years of mistreating countless animals, but rather the lack of foreign tourists who are its main … This article, Notorious ‘Tiger Zoo’ to close, relocate 5,000 animals, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thai Wikivandal faces prison for adding Sinovac ‘salesman’ to top virologist’s page
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 14, 2021 at 6:12 am

    A 24-year-old Bangkok man faces years in prison on libel charges filed yesterday for adding “salesman for Sinovac” to the Wikipedia page of a top Thai virologist. Soradit Eiamsittipol was arrested at his home in the capital’s Bang Khun Tien district after editing the Wikipedia page of Yong Poovorawan, a virology expert at Chulalongkorn University … This article, Thai Wikivandal faces prison for adding Sinovac ‘salesman’ to top virologist’s page, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thai clinic shut down for selling fake Moderna vaccine: cops
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 14, 2021 at 4:25 am

    The owner of a Prachinburi province clinic was being dragged in for questioning today after patients said he was selling bogus Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.  A day after the authorities raided the Kularb Clinic in Prachinburi’s Kabinburi district, where clients complained they were scammed THB1,500 (USD$46) per dose, Col. Pattanachai Pamornpibul of Wangg Takian Police said … This article, Thai clinic shut down for selling fake Moderna vaccine: cops, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Cabinet approves cutting utility bills for residents in Bangkok, 9 provinces
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 13, 2021 at 9:45 am

    The cabinet on Tuesday approved lowering residential utility bills for two months in Bangkok and nine other provinces affected by Thailand’s latest and most severe COVID-19 outbreak. The two-month reduction in water and electricity bills will apply to July and August bills to provide relief and encourage people to remain home,  Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha … This article, Cabinet approves cutting utility bills for residents in Bangkok, 9 provinces, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Bangkok builders found infected with Alpha-Delta combo
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 13, 2021 at 3:44 am

    Health officials say a new hybrid of COVID-19 variants has been contracted by construction workers in Bangkok.  Supakit Sirilak, director of the Medical Sciences Department, said yesterday that seven workers were found to be infected with a worrying combination of the Alpha and Delta variants, which were first detected in the United Kingdom and India, … This article, Bangkok builders found infected with Alpha-Delta combo, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thailand gives green light to Sinovac, AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine cocktail
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 12, 2021 at 8:32 am

    Thailand is allowing doctors to mix the Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines in a bid to increase protection against highly transmissive coronavirus variants. Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Monday afternoon that health officials have given the green light to inoculating the population with a dose of the Sinovac vaccine followed by a dose of AstraZeneca’s … This article, Thailand gives green light to Sinovac, AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine cocktail, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Food delivery app ‘Robinhood’ waives fees amidst Bangkok’s lockdown
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 12, 2021 at 5:57 am

    A Bangkok-based food delivery application announced on Sunday that it will waive the delivery fee for customers living in the capital and nine provinces where the curfew and restrictions are being imposed.  Siam Commercial Bank, or SCB, who operates Robinhood, said that the food delivery platform will not collect delivery charges for the service for … This article, Food delivery app ‘Robinhood’ waives fees amidst Bangkok’s lockdown, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • 6 ‘Phuket Sandbox’ travelers have COVID-19: health officials
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 12, 2021 at 3:48 am

    Phuket authorities confirmed today that six international travelers who recently arrived on the island have COVID-19.  They had been coming into Thailand since the Phuket Sandbox scheme began on July 1, according to Phuket health chief Koosak Kookiatkul. The infected travelers were an American, an Emirati, an African, a Swiss and three from Myanmar.  Three … This article, 6 ‘Phuket Sandbox’ travelers have COVID-19: health officials, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Effective on Monday, 10 Thai provinces impose overnight curfew, bans gathering of 5 people
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 9, 2021 at 4:49 am

    Thai authorities on Friday afternoon approved stricter measures for 10 Thai provinces including Bangkok that will impose overnight curfew, limit opening hours of several venues and ban gatherings of five people. Effective Monday, people living in Bangkok, its metropolitan areas and four southern Thai provinces must not leave their homes between 9pm and 4am.  In … This article, Effective on Monday, 10 Thai provinces impose overnight curfew, bans gathering of 5 people, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • ‘Car Mob’ returns: Anti-Prayuth protesters will drive through Bangkok streets tomorrow
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 9, 2021 at 4:20 am

    Anti-government protesters who rode through Bangkok streets last weekend to demand the prime minister’s resignation are expected to return for another rally tomorrow.  The Saturday afternoon event will be similar to last week’s auto rally which involved about 200 vehicles, activist and “Car Mob” rally leader Sombat Boonngamanong said. Demonstrators are demanding Prayuth Chan-o-cha’s resignation … This article, ‘Car Mob’ returns: Anti-Prayuth protesters will drive through Bangkok streets tomorrow, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thailand mulls stricter measures amid worsening COVID-19 outbreak: limiting outdoor time, shutting ‘unnecessary’ venues
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 8, 2021 at 5:47 am

    Top authorities will meet tomorrow to consider stricter measures to curb the climbing numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths, both of which have reached new records in recent days.  The Health Ministry said they are proposing several tighter measures to the COVID-19 task force, including limits to interprovincial travel and asking people to stay at … This article, Thailand mulls stricter measures amid worsening COVID-19 outbreak: limiting outdoor time, shutting ‘unnecessary’ venues, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Hundreds camp out for free COVID-19 tests at Bangkok temple
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 8, 2021 at 4:13 am

    Hundreds of people are camping out in Bangkok for free COVID-19 tests, images circulating online today show.  They were seen waiting since Wednesday night at the Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat temple in Bangkok’s Bang Khen district ahead of free COVID-19 testings that began at 8am today. The queue was formed as early as 6am … This article, Hundreds camp out for free COVID-19 tests at Bangkok temple, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • 5,000 beds will land at Suvarnabhumi Airport’s new terminal turned COVID hospital
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 7, 2021 at 8:22 am

    As daily COVID-19 infections and deaths continue to surge in recent weeks, Thai authorities have decided to convert the country’s major airport into a field hospital. A recently completed terminal, dubbed “Satellite 1” or SAT-1, located within the compound of Suvarnabhumi Airport, will be converted into a facility next month offering at least 5,000 beds … This article, 5,000 beds will land at Suvarnabhumi Airport’s new terminal turned COVID hospital, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • 3 travelers arriving via ‘Phuket Sandbox’ fled from hotels: Authorities
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 7, 2021 at 4:53 am

    Since Thailand “reopened” the country via the so-called Phuket Sandbox scheme last week, authorities said there have been three foreign visitors who did not follow through with the regulations. According to Phuket Governor Narong Woonsew, on three separate occasions foreigners have left their SHA+ hotels, either while awaiting the results of COVID-19 tests or because … This article, 3 travelers arriving via ‘Phuket Sandbox’ fled from hotels: Authorities, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccines to come to Thailand: Thai cabinet
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 6, 2021 at 10:10 am

    After Thai people have called on the government to get a hold of messenger RNA (mRNA)-based vaccines such as Pfizer and Moderna, the Thai cabinet today said it will bring in 20 million doses of Pfizer later this year. After a meeting held on Tuesday, the Thai cabinet gave a green light to a purchase … This article, 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccines to come to Thailand: Thai cabinet, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Firefighters applauded as ‘true heroes’ while gov’t slammed for failure to deal with factory’s deadly fire, explosions
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 6, 2021 at 4:33 am

    Volunteer firefighters were lauded as “true heroes” after they spent more than 25 hours trying to bring the factory fire in Soi King Kaew under control, while the government faces backlash for its handling, or lack thereof.  The group of firefighters from various non-profits brought their own equipment to manage the deadly fire that began … This article, Firefighters applauded as ‘true heroes’ while gov’t slammed for failure to deal with factory’s deadly fire, explosions, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Residents ordered to evacuate after Bangkok factory blaze hurts dozens, kills 1
    by Coconuts Bangkok on July 5, 2021 at 3:24 am

    Residents who live near the factory that caught fire in the Bangkok metropolitan area this morning have been ordered to evacuate.  The Mingdih Chemical polystyrene factory in Soi King Kaew 21 of Samut Prakan’s Bang Phli district caught fire at around 3am, injuring at least 60 people and killed one. As of noon, a volunteer … This article, Residents ordered to evacuate after Bangkok factory blaze hurts dozens, kills 1, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

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