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Photos Of Their Majesties Now Available For Download

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Photos Of Their Majesties Now Available For Download

Official pictures of Their Majesties the King and the Queen can now be downloaded from the Public Relations Department’s website. A total of eight pictures, most of them featuring both HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn and HM Queen Suthida, were released through the website yesterday. In one of the pictures, the royal couple are in Royal…

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Pay Traffic Fines Or Your Car Will Be Banned!

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Pay Traffic Fines Or Your Car Will Be Banned!

Owners will not be able to renew their vehicle registration licences from 1 July onwards, if they have any unpaid traffic tickets. Starting from May 24, the Land Transport Department (LTD) and the Royal Thai Police will test their shared software program to see if it works well. “We are introducing this measure to prevent…

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Rainy Season To Begin May 20th

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Rainy Season To Begin May 20th

The Meteorological Department has announced Thailand will enter the rainy season this year from 20 May, with lesser rain expected. The Meteorological Department Deputy Director General Kornrawee Sitthichivapak has revealed Thailand will officially be entering the rainy season on Monday 20th May this year, as all weather criteria will be met for the season with…

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More Youngsters Dying In Road Accidents

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More Youngsters Dying In Road Accidents

ROAD ACCIDENTS kill more than 17,000 children and teenagers in Thailand every year, the latest statistics show. And most of these fatalities involve motorcycles, Road Safety Policy Foundation’s manager Thanapong Jinwong said yesterday. Neither parents nor their children wear helmets as they make their way to Na Luang School in Bangkok’s Thung Khru district yesterday….

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Mandatory Health Insurance For Foreigners Aged Over 50 In Thailand – Why It May Not Affect You

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Mandatory Health Insurance For Foreigners Aged Over 50 In Thailand – Why It May Not Affect You

On Tuesday (14 May) it was reported that foreigners aged over 50 applying for a particular visa type now need mandatory health insurance. The new requirements, which were approved by Cabinet in April and announced by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH)), state that people applying or renewing (or rather re-applying for) a Non-Immigrant Visa…

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June 3 To Be Annual National Holiday Marking HM Queen Suthida’s Birthday

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June 3 To Be Annual National Holiday Marking HM Queen Suthida’s Birthday

The Cabinet on Tuesday announced that June 3 – Her Majesty Queen Suthida’s birthday – would be a national holiday, starting from this year onward. The announcement was made by Nattaporn Jatusripitak, spokesperson for the deputy prime minister in charge of economic affairs.   The proposal from the Secretariat of the Cabinet for the Cabinet’s…

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Visakha Bucha Buddhist Holiday Brings Alcohol Ban

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Visakha Bucha Buddhist Holiday Brings Alcohol Ban

The major Buddhist holiday Visakha Bucha Day will be honoured this Saturday (May 18), followed by a substitution day public holiday next Monday (May 20). As Visakha Bucha Day is a holy day, all shops, bars and restaurants are barred from selling alcohol for 24 hours from midnight to midnight on Saturday (00:01hrs-23:59hrs). However, there…

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Insurance Mandatory For Long-Stay Foreigners

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Insurance Mandatory For Long-Stay Foreigners

Health insurance has been made mandatory for foreigners aged 50 years and above seeking long-term stay in Thailand. The insurance policy must offer up to Bt40,000 coverage for outpatient treatment and up to Bt400,000 for inpatient treatment. This is one of the measures the government has introduced to ease the financial burden placed on state…

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Private Hospitals Ordered To Display Medicine Prices

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Private Hospitals Ordered To Display Medicine Prices

The Ministry of Commerce has implemented a new measure after announcing medicine and medical supplies as controlled items, requiring hospitals to display pricing of some 3,000 items via QR codes allowing the general public to make comparisons. Failure to comply will result in up to 1 year imprisonment or up to 20,000 baht fine. The…

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More Hot Weather Before Warning Of Summer Storms Next Week

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More Hot Weather Before Warning Of Summer Storms Next Week

There is set to be a small respite from the sweltering temperatures Thailand has been experiencing during this year’s summer season. Between 12-15 May, Thailand’s Meteorological Department has warned that summer storms, strong winds and even hail is expected throughout most of the country.   While temperatures will remain, the expected summer storms will make…

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