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Tokyo overtakes Bangkok as the top Songkran destination

By The Nation

 

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Traditionally a time when Thais return to their hometowns to pay respect to their elders by pouring scented water onto their palms and visit a temple to make merit, newly released booking data from Agoda (http://www.agoda.com/?site_id=1811392) suggests that they are bucking tradition to spend Songkran abroad.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1090752-tokyo-overtakes-bangkok-as-the-top-songkran-destination/

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Pattaya officials help a Finnish tourist sort out a lost passport and luggage

By The Thaiger

 

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PHOTOS: Tourist Police Bureau

 

Pattaya Tourist Police have coordinated with local agencies to help a 53 year old Finnish tourist Jussi Harri Tuokkola. He’d lost his passport, luggage, cash and other valuable items on Tuesday.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1090756-pattaya-officials-help-a-finnish-tourist-sort-out-a-lost-passport-and-luggage/

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Protect Andaman mass beach cleanup at Layan nets 92kg of trash

By Waranya Prompinpiras

 

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About 200 people joined the beach cleanup, which netted 92.5kg in trash. Photo: Phuket MNRE

 

PHUKET:-- About 200 volunteers, hotel workers local residents and officials collected a total of 92.5kg of trash from Layan Beach, on Phuket’s west coast, yesterday (Mar 20).

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1090751-protect-andaman-mass-beach-cleanup-at-layan-nets-92kg-of-trash/

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Parties urged to address ongoing foreign issues

By SUPALAK GANJANAKHUNDEE 
THE NATION

 

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Thai voters cast their ballots during advance voting of the general election at a polling station in Bangkok, Thailand, 17 March 2019. // EPA-EFE PHOTO

 

Few parties breaking the norm when it comes to foreign policy, say experts.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1090812-parties-urged-to-address-ongoing-foreign-issues/

 

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University to launch cannabis medicine in 5 years

By Mongkhonchaowarat Tangmangmee 
The Nation

 

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A researcher at Naresuan University analyses cannabis supplied by the police, the first step on the road to producing effective medicines and possibly even a pain-killing bandage.

 

Naresuan University (NU) plans to begin introducing high-quality cannabis-derived medicines in about five years. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1090813-university-to-launch-cannabis-medicine-in-5-years/

 

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Experts make dire predictions as lower than average rain forecast

By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM 
THE NATION

 

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MOST OF THAILAND will face drought and water shortages this year based on both current water supplies and weather forecasts, but the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) insists that, with good management of resources, we won’t go thirsty.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1090814-experts-make-dire-predictions-as-lower-than-average-rain-forecast/

 

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Thailand’s alcohol ban means Brit holidaymakers won’t be able to buy any booze ahead of the country’s elections

The ban will take place this weekend for 24 hours across shops and bars

By Kara Godfrey

 

 

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Brits will be unable to buy alcohol for 24 hours this weekend

 

BRITS on holiday in Thailand will be banned from buying any alcohol while in the country due to the upcoming election.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1090816-thailand’s-alcohol-ban-means-brit-holidaymakers-won’t-be-able-to-buy-any-booze-ahead-of-the-country’s-elections/

 

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Stop spreading ‘fake news’, media told

By The Nation

 

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Four professional media associations yesterday issued a joint statement calling for journalists to exercise their freedom with responsibility and help stop spreading fake news and disinformation.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1090819-stop-spreading-‘fake-news’-media-told/

 

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First poll results to be released by 6pm on Sunday: EC

By THE NATION

 

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SOME election results will be available just an hour after voting in the long-awaited national poll ends at 5pm on Sunday, the Election Commission (EC) vowed yesterday. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1090821-first-poll-results-to-be-released-by-6pm-on-sunday-ec/

 

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Community aims to prepare Thais for ageing

By The Nation

 

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Jin Wellbeing County, which describes itself as Thailand’s first residential district built for post-retirement life on 140 rai on Phahonyothin Road, has revealed tips for a healthy diet that will inject life into ageing bodies and make them ‘Glow As Jin.’

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1090823-community-aims-to-prepare-thais-for-ageing/

 

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87% of Thais more likely to vote for environmentally friendly party: poll

By The Nation

 

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“Environmental” concerns among Thais was rated on top of the list of major concerns about the country, more than any other concern, including rising prices, corruption, congestion, crime and the economy, according to a Marketbuzzz poll.

 

Full story:  https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1090824-87-of-thais-more-likely-to-vote-for-environmentally-friendly-party-poll/

 

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Starbucks receives Thai award for 5th consecutive years

By The Nation

 

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Starbucks Coffee Thailand says it has been recognised for the fifth consecutive year with “Thailand’s Most Admired Brand & Why We Buy 2019” award in the category of Modern Coffee Shops. Nednapa Srisamai, managing director, represented the company in receiving the award.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1090826-starbucks-receives-thai-award-for-5th-consecutive-years/

 

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At the dawn of ‘e-mobility’ without a road map

By The Nation

 

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There’s a long, bumpy ride ahead for the government, automotive industry  and consumers once the electric-car revolution ignites

 

One of the key policy challenges for the next government will be in drawing a road map for electric mobility, in keeping with the global shift to the more environmentally friendly form of transportation.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1090827-at-the-dawn-of-‘e-mobility’-without-a-road-map/

 

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