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  • Prayuth’s back! Court approves coup leader’s return to power
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 30, 2022 at 8:24 am

    The former general who seized power and then granted himself absolute power to lead Thailand over eight years ago may return to the prime minister’s seat, the Constitutional Court ruled today.  At around 3pm on Friday, the court ruled that Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who was unhappily suspended from his post last month while a court…

  • So long, Bang Sue Grand Station. And last day for vaccines there, too.
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 30, 2022 at 7:22 am

    Today marked the final day for COVID vaccines at Bangkok’s central rail station – and its former name. At 3pm on Friday, the Bang Sue Vaccination Center pricked its last shoulder after 15 months of free vaccinations at the Bang Sue Grand Station. And if you have trouble finding the place in the future, that…

  • Watch a 500-year-old pagoda collapse in Chiang Mai (Video)
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 30, 2022 at 3:04 am

    An ancient and historic pagoda in Chiang Mai collapsed yesterday evening as a powerful storm lashed the city.  Cracks had long been visible in the 500-year-old pagoda at Wat Sri Suphan before it collapsed at around 5pm on Thursday. The moment of collapse was captured on video by a bystander. No injuries nor damage were…

  • Typhoon Noru kills at least 1 in Thailand’s northeast
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 29, 2022 at 7:01 am

    Tropical storm Noru is blamed for at least one death and two injuries as it batters the Isaan region today. One resident of Sisaket province was killed this morning when strong winds from the former “super typhoon” toppled a tree onto a pickup truck, killing one and injuring two in the vehicle, according to the…

  • Kratom kraze: Leaf lovers hurry new narcotic drinks to market in Thailand
    by Todd Ruiz on September 29, 2022 at 4:50 am

    While reefer madness sweeps Thailand, another decriminalized narcotic forgotten in the cannabis haze is poised to go mainstream and wash across the land. A year after kratom became legal, recent legislation now allows its use in products such as drinks, candies, and more. Beverage entrepreneurs are gearing up to loose the juice, meaning fans of…

  • Thai schools to drop COVID-19 measures
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 28, 2022 at 7:05 am

    Public school students will no longer have to sit two meters from their friends and may forgo face masks starting next week.  After over two years of COVID-19 restrictions, Thai students can return to their usual learning environment as the Education Ministry announced that COVID-19 health measures will be revoked Saturday. The order, signed by…

  • Bangkok expected to dodge worst of weakening Typhoon Noru
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 28, 2022 at 5:07 am

    Typhoon Noru is weakening after making landfall this morning in Vietnam into a tropical storm that will inundate Thailand’s northeast but likely do little more than soak the capital. Noru’s path is currently tracking northwest from where it made landfall in Da Nang, Vietnam, and will next storm over Laos and Isaan later today, with…

  • Thailand OKs abortions up to 20th week, but bigger barriers remain
    by Chayanit Itthipongmaetee on September 27, 2022 at 9:31 am

    Starting next month, women may obtain abortions up to the 20th week of pregnancy – eight more weeks than before – but advocates say the law still falls short of providing access to safe abortions for all women. Though the new law promulgated yesterday allows women to terminate pregnancies between the 12th and 20th weeks…

  • Facing Demons: Never-seen photos of 1976 Thammasat Massacre to go on display
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 27, 2022 at 4:23 am

    A series of photographs unseen by the public of one of the darkest days in Thailand’s history will be shown this Saturday at a Bangkok gallery. The never-published-before works by Thai photographers who witnessed the slaughter of dozens of students and activists at Thammasat University will be on display at 6 Oct: Facing Demons. The photographers…

  • Oh Noru! Typhoon about to hit storm-battered Bangkok
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 26, 2022 at 3:41 am

    In case it wasn’t wet enough already, a strong tropical storm that killed five in the Philippines is bearing down on Thailand. Typhoon Noru is expected to batter the kingdom tomorrow through Thursday, according to forecasters with the Meteorological Department, who warned residents of the northern, northeastern, central, and eastern regions to prepare for heavy…

  • RIP Emergency Decree (March 2020 – Sept. 2022)
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 23, 2022 at 6:24 am

    So long. It was meh to meet you.  Two years and six months – 188 days to be exact – after Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha declared a state of emergency in the face of growing public and political crises, the COVID-19 task force said it will cease to be after Sept. 30.  The COVID-19 task force…

  • All clear? No harmful chemicals detected after factory leak
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 23, 2022 at 5:09 am

    Hours after a factory chemical leak prompted stay-indoors warnings to the surrounding community, officials today said no harmful chemicals were detected in a 20-kilometer radius. Attapol Charoenchansa, Pollution Control Department chief, said officers checked six spots within 20 kilometers of Indorama Polyester Industries in Nakhon Pathom’s Nakhon Chai Si district and found no chemicals dangerous…

  • Northwest Bangkok advised to stay home due to chemical leak
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 22, 2022 at 7:02 am

    People living in northwestern Bangkok have been advised to remain indoors today after chemicals leaked from a factory.  A plant in Nakhon Pathom province this morning leaked chemicals, sending a strong odor across a radius of several kilometers.  The plant belongs to the Indorama Polyester Industries, which produces filament yarns, polyester resin, and polyester staple…

  • Thailand sets general election for May 7, if all goes well
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 22, 2022 at 3:39 am

    In eight months, Thailand will go to polls to choose the country’s next government – if everything goes as planned.  The Election Commission yesterday announced that May 7 would be the date for the next general election. People will go to polls on that date if the parliament is not dissolved and can complete its…

  • COVID-19 will no longer be classified as a ‘dangerous’ disease: Health Ministry
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 21, 2022 at 6:32 am

    COVID-19 will no longer be classified as a “dangerous contagious/communicable disease” in Thailand, effective October 1, due to the declining number of cases and deaths nationwide. Announced via the government gazette, the public health ministry said that COVID-19 would instead be designated a “communicable disease under surveillance”.  The ministry said the change is also due…

  • After mass shooting, cabinet moves to bar civil servants with mood disorders
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 21, 2022 at 4:24 am

    The cabinet yesterday endorsed a move to prohibit people who suffer from “mood disorders” from government posts. One week after an army officer – killed two fellow soldiers at an army academy then blamed it on mental health, the cabinet listed schizophrenia as disqualifying one from being a civil servant. The amendment will become effective…

  • Mourning spot for Queen Elizabeth II erected outside Grand Palace
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 20, 2022 at 4:32 am

    No Thai royals may have attended Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in London yesterday, but now the palace has arranged a place where people in Bangkok can pay their respects at an iconic landmark.  The public now can visit a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II at the Grand Palace, exactly in front of the Mani Nopparat…

  • St. Andrews violated building code: Watthana District Office
    by Nicky Tanskul on September 19, 2022 at 7:48 am

    City officials said that an international school embroiled in a dispute with its neighbors violated building regulations by preparing for further expansion onto public land. In a letter sent to a neighbor who has long campaigned against the school’s expansion, Watthana District officials said they found evidence of unauthorized structures and modifications. In the letter,…

  • Pattaya police chief demoted after trafficked woman’s death
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 19, 2022 at 6:21 am

    Pattaya’s police chief was demoted today after apparently failing to help a trafficked Kyrgyz woman who sought help before her death.  Col. Kulchat Kulchai this morning was transferred to an inactive post after Anara Seitaleva, a 30-year-old woman from Kyrgyzstan, fell to her death Friday from a condominium in the seaside enclave famous for its…

  • Astute Thai cops not fooled by suspect’s amnesia ruse
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 19, 2022 at 5:46 am

    A man injured trying to flee the scene of a crime was unable to convince the police he had amnesia and was charged with theft. Alongkot Tanthien was charged with stealing two amulets yesterday after he failed to sell Taling Chan police on the idea his memory was wiped clean after jumping from the third…

  • No Thai royals at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 19, 2022 at 3:56 am

    As world leaders converged on London today for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, Thailand sent its ambassador to the United Kingdom to join the ceremony.  While there has been no sign that members of Thailand’s royal family would attend, the highest ranking official known to be attending the ceremony is Pisanu Suvanajata, ambassador to the United…

  • ‘It’s idiotic’: Advocates say lawmakers playing politics with Cannabis Act
    by Todd Ruiz on September 16, 2022 at 8:43 am

    Cannabis activists reacted with dismay Friday to lawmakers’ decision to shoot down legislation that would regulate cannabis, saying it was a self-defeating political move. Longtime advocates said opposition lawmakers missed the opportunity to put needed regulations in place by voting down the Cannabis Act on Wednesday. They believe it was a disingenuous display to score…

  • Thai army mass shooting suspect denied bail, placed in remand
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 16, 2022 at 5:23 am

    A military tribunal today ordered an army officer who killed two fellow soldiers remanded into custody. Sgt. Maj. Yongyuth Mankornkim, 58, was taken to the 11th Military Circle Prison in Nakhon Pathom Province two days after he allegedly shot three soldiers at the Royal Thai Army College. The officer, who the authorities said suffers from…

  • Thailand’s Cannabis Act stalls in Parliament as lawmakers dig in
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 15, 2022 at 4:48 am

    The Cannabis Act failed to advance in parliament after a majority of lawmakers voted against it last night. Lawmakers voted 198-136 against advancing the bill, which seeks to establish regulations about the manufacturing, trade, and use of marijuana from the meeting agenda. Twelve abstained; one did not vote. Opposition to the bill came from Satit…

  • Activist convicted of ‘insulting’ queen with dress freed pending appeal
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 14, 2022 at 6:04 am

    An appeals court this morning granted temporary release to a woman convicted of “insulting” the queen by wearing a traditional dress to a protest. At around 11am today, the Court of Appeal approved the release of Jatuporn “New” Saeoueng on a THB300,000 bond while she appeals her conviction. The conditions of her release include remaining…

  • Thai army man guns down 2 soldiers at Royal Thai Army College
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 14, 2022 at 5:50 am

    An army officer went berzerk and killed two fellow soldiers this morning at a Thai army academy located in the heart of Bangkok’s old quarter. Sgt. Maj. Yongyuth Mankornkim, 58, was taken into custody at the Royal Thai Army College in Dusit district after he shot three soldiers. After his arrest, he reportedly told the…

  • Thai woman heads to prison for wearing traditional dress that ‘insulted’ queen
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 12, 2022 at 7:01 am

    A 23-year-old woman sentenced to two years in prison this morning for attending a pro-democracy protest in traditional Thai attire the court interpreted as “mocking” and “insulting” the queen plans to appeal her conviction. Lawyers for Jatuporn “New” Saeoueng said they were attempting to win her temporary release on bail after she was sentenced by…

  • Endless rain turns Bangkok streets into wakeboard park (Video)
    by Coconuts Bangkok on September 9, 2022 at 4:47 am

    “Wakeboarding is the thing I love the most in life.” Those words proved true for Daniel Grant, an expat living in Bangkok who made lemonade from flood lemons by wakeskating down a flooded Bangkok road.  “It’s flooding. What are we gonna do? We’re gonna win shit. It’s gonna be fucking epic. It’s been raining a…

  • Doctors should study benefits, not hype fears of legal weed: Thai advocates
    by Nicky Tanskul on July 26, 2022 at 8:41 am

    Cannabis advocates said today that medical professionals concerned about the drug’s use should learn more before condemning its use. Responding to a petition signed Sunday by more than 1,000 doctors calling for stricter rules to rein in recreational use of weed, two campaigners said that while more regulations are needed, the medical community should take…

  • Here’s where to buy cannabis right now in Bangkok (Weed Map)
    by Grove on June 15, 2022 at 6:44 am

    Here’s where to buy weed right now in Bangkok. (Updated)