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Test & Go quarantine-free entry to resume Feb 1
Thu, 20 Jan 2022 13:58:00 +0700

Thailand will resume the 'Test & Go' quarantine waiver for vaccinated arrivals from Feb 1, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Thursday, in response to slowing coronavirus infections.

Chicken added to price control list
Thu, 20 Jan 2022 05:38:00 +0700

The Commerce Ministry is putting chickens and chicken meat on the state price control list and rolling out more stringent measures for chicken raisers and slaughterhouses as well as feed meal factories, requiring them to declare their sales costs and stocks as part of efforts to deal with surging food prices.

Opposition to file general debate motion
Thu, 20 Jan 2022 04:32:00 +0700

The opposition will file a general debate motion against the government in parliament over its failure to address a range of pressing issues -- including the Covid-19 pandemic, inflation and economic malaise -- by early next week.

Elderly 'kept in shackles' at home
Thu, 20 Jan 2022 04:00:00 +0700

Two unauthorised care facilities in Bangkok, accused of mistreating their elderly residents including putting some in shackles, were raided by authorities and closed on Wednesday.

Thamanat, 20 other MPs booted from Palang Pracharath
Wed, 19 Jan 2022 22:28:00 +0700

Executive members of Palang Pracharath agreed in a meeting on Wednesday to oust secretary-general Thamanat Prompow and 20 other MPs under his control from the ruling party.

Drug code sows cannabis confusion
Wed, 19 Jan 2022 06:00:00 +0700

The decriminalisation of cannabis has reached another milestone as neither it nor hemp appear on the newly implemented Narcotics Code. However this has led some people to mistakenly assume they can now grow cannabis at home legally.

Talks aim for solution to stalled orbital slots
Wed, 19 Jan 2022 05:44:00 +0700

Digital Economy and Society (DES) Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn plans to hold discussions with the telecom regulator and security agencies to come up with a resolution that paves the way for some satellite orbital slots being allocated to National Telecom (NT) to be used for security purpose and public interest.

Ministry pushes for Test & Go redux
Wed, 19 Jan 2022 05:34:00 +0700

The expected resumption of the Test & Go tourism scheme in February should allow the country to attract at least 8 million tourists this year, says the Tourism and Sports Ministry.

Omicron out-muscles Delta as cases surge
Wed, 19 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0700

Bangkok alone has now surpassed 10,000 new cases since the beginning of the latest wave of Covid-19 infections on Jan 1, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) posted on its website on Tuesday, as one of the country's leading virologists revealed that the Omicron variant is now accounting for around 90% of all new infections.

DSI submits extra info on 'Billy' case
Wed, 19 Jan 2022 04:23:00 +0700

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has submitted additional information relating to the disappearance of Karen rights activist Porlajee "Billy" Rakchongcharoen to the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG), which the office needs for further legal action.

Travel News

Sindhorn Kempinski marks 12th anniversary
Thu, 20 Jan 2022 13:00:00 +0700

Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok is celebrating the 12th anniversary of its iconic "Lady in Red" programme by getting every Kempinski hotel around the world to commemorate the embodiment of Kempinski elegance and style.

Travelling the beautiful back roads
Thu, 20 Jan 2022 04:00:00 +0700

Tucked away at home during the Covid-19 pandemic, I inevitably found it hard to fight against depression and loneliness. After my utopia island in Nintendo's Animal Crossing had lost an air of excitement, I needed a new start to reconnect with the beauty of nature and warm sunshine in the real world again. Eventually, I discovered the splendour and tranquillity of Thailand's northeastern...

So Sofitel Hua Hin
Thu, 20 Jan 2022 04:00:00 +0700

An enormous white rabbit-like sculpture stands in the middle of a green courtyard with its hands clutching a clock, implying that time has stopped and we are about to be lost in the realm of imagination upon entering.

Govt mulls resuming quarantine-free travel programme
Mon, 17 Jan 2022 17:30:00 +0700

The government may revive the quarantine-free visa programme for vaccinated travellers from abroad, less than a month after suspending the waiver, as fears of a new wave of Omicron-driven Covid cases recede.

A day away
Fri, 14 Jan 2022 11:35:00 +0700

It may be the beginning of a new year, but I’m still suffering from ongoing pandemic and year-end celebration fatigue. Though with technology at our fingertips these days, that’s an easy fix.

Cathay Pacific to suspend transit travellers from high-risk areas
Thu, 13 Jan 2022 18:30:00 +0700

HONG KONG: Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd said on Thursday that transfer and transit services at Hong Kong International Airport will be banned to passengers coming from places deemed at high risk of coronavirus from midnight on Jan 16 until Feb 15.

Call for delay of new tourist entry fee
Thu, 13 Jan 2022 06:30:00 +0700

The new 300-baht tourism fee due to take effect in April is drawing mixed reactions from tourism operators as the recovery remains tepid and fragile.

Return to paradise
Thu, 13 Jan 2022 04:00:00 +0700

At Maya Bay, hawk-eyed park officials patrol the sandy stretch, whistles at the ready. It was a gorgeous morning last Thursday, just days after the fabled beach on Phi Phi Leh Island had reopened after three years of closure, and the 300 or so holidaymakers, masked or otherwise, were ambling or striking catwalk poses on the pillow-soft sand, awestruck by the emerald splendour around them.

Japan extends ban on entry for tourists
Thu, 13 Jan 2022 04:00:00 +0700

The Japanese government will further extend its entry ban on non-resident foreigners until the end of February, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said this week.

Centara Reserve Samui
Thu, 13 Jan 2022 04:00:00 +0700

When I arrived at Centara Reserve Samui, the Gulf of Thailand's brilliant turquoise sea was set against a dramatic background of bright blue skies and the pure white Chaweng beach. It was a sunny morning, but the fresh sea breeze kept me cool and relaxed.

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