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7 anti-coal hunger strikers admitted to hospital

February 16, 2018

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged to the junta to negotiate with anti-coal protesters after seven hunger strikers were admitted to hospital. ? On 15 February 2018, the NHRC expressed support for a rally at the UN building, Bangkok. The rally urged the junta to withdraw its plans to build coal-fired...
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Interval for Beach movie bay

February 16, 2018
Interval for Beach movie bay

BANGKOK, 16 February 2018: The once-pristine Thai bay which became a tourist magnet after the 2000 movie “The Beach” will be closed to boats for several months to prevent further damage to its coral, an official said Wednesday. Hordes of tourists flock daily to Maya Bay on Phi Phi Ley island for selfies...
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Court revokes punishment against Thai PBS for monarchy debates

February 15, 2018

The Administrative Court has nullified an order that fined Thai PBS for broadcasting political talks about the Thai monarchy.? ? On 15 February 2018, the Administrative Court ruled to invalidate a fine of 50,000 baht issued by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to Thai PBS for broadcasting political discussions about the...
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Another draftee dies from punishment

February 15, 2018

The authorities have claimed that a draftee in Chanthaburi died of heat stroke. The soldier’s father found no injury marks on his body. ? On 14 February 2018, a Facebook page Suara Patani reported that Muhammad-irafan Jae-mae, a conscript of the Royal Thai Marine Corps, was subjected to punishments (colloquially called ‘repairing’) until...
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Army sues Deep South human rights defender for exposing torture on TV

February 14, 2018

Despite a court ruling, the Thai Army has filed a defamation lawsuit against a torture victim in the Deep South, who exposed his experience on TV in support of an anti-torture bill.? ? On 14 February 2018, the Internal Security Operations Command (SOC) Region 4 filed a criminal defamation charge against Isma-ae Tae,...
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Tom Dundee faces fourth lèse majesté charge

February 13, 2018

A singer-turned-red-shirt-activist has pled guilty to his fourth lèse majesté charge for comparing Thailand with Denmark, where the King has to stop at traffic lights. ? On 13 February 2018, the Bangkok Criminal Court summoned Thanat Thanawatcharanon, 60, to attend his trial for lèse majesté. Thanat’s stage name is Tom Dundee . A...
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Rangsiman faces charges from 2016 after weekend protest

February 12, 2018

After Rangsiman Rome led a protest on Saturday attended by hundreds, Bangkok police transferred the pro-democracy activist to Khon Kaen to face prosecution for campaigning against the junta’s constitution in 2016.? ? On 11 February 2018, the police transferred Rome from Bangkok to Mueang Khon Kaen Police Station to hear accusations of violating...
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Qatar flies to Penang

February 12, 2018
Qatar flies to Penang

DOHA, 12 February 2018:  Qatar Airways is now serving Penang with three weekly nonstop flights from Doha. The inaugural flight touched down at Penang’s international airports, mid-last week. Having established its first service to Kuala Lumpur in 2001, the airline now flies triple daily services to Kuala Lumpur. The Penang flight gives the...
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Netiwit petitions court to revoke Chula punishment

February 9, 2018

The former president of the Student Council of Chulalongkorn University has petitioned the Administrative Court to invalidate the university’s order that punished him for protesting during a university initiation ceremony.? ? On 9 February 2018, Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal and his lawyer submitted a petition to the Central Administrative Court. He asked the court to...
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Tool kit to save wildlife

February 9, 2018
Tool kit to save wildlife

BANGKOK, 9 February 2018: Freeland.org, a frontline counter trafficking organisation, released its latest online took kit to protect wildlife at a presentation in Bangkok, Thursday. The official launch held at the Bangkok-based Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand attracted media and conservationists, who were given a preview of www.wildlifeprotectiontoools.net Designed to counter wildlife trafficking...
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MBK39 report to police, released free of bail

February 8, 2018

The 39 pro-election protesters have reported to the police to hear accusations. Bangkok courts released them without bail.?? ? On 8 February 2018, 34 out of the 39 pro-election protesters known as MBK39 reported to Pathumwan Police Station to hear accusations against them. The junta accused the group of joining a public assembly...
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Winds favour 2018 Bay Regatta

February 8, 2018
Winds favour 2018 Bay Regatta

PHUKET, 8 February 2018: A strong line-up of 33 boats and almost 300 sailors from around the world competed in 21st edition of The Bay Regatta last week. The travelling regatta sailed through three of Thailand’s most beautiful provinces – Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi – with a different anchorages each night. After four...
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Travel firm funds vocation school

February 8, 2018
Travel firm funds vocation school

PHNOM PENH, 8 February 2018: Phoenix Voyages Group president Edouard George, together with Cambodia’s Minister of Tourism, Thong Khon, officiated at the opening of the first Vocational School in Baray, Kampong Thom Province, Cambodia. The Phoenix Voyages Foundation provided funding to  build the school that will have an enrolment of 90 students. It...
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Chinese New Year holiday mood

February 8, 2018
Chinese New Year holiday mood

LONDON, 8 February 2018: The Chinese are travelling overseas in bigger numbers than ever to celebrate the up-coming New Year – the Year of the Dog. Daily international departures are ahead 11% on a comparable period last year – according to latest figures from ForwardKeys, which predicts future travel patterns by analysing 17 million...
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Junta files more charges against pro-election MBK39

February 7, 2018

A network of Thai scholars has launched a fundraising campaign to seek two million baht for the bail of the 39 pro-election protesters. The junta has also filed more charges against them for violating the ban on public assembly. ? On 6 February 2018, Nuttha Mahattana, one of the protesters, revealed that the...
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ASIA DMC explores incentive market

February 7, 2018
ASIA DMC explores incentive market

CHIANG MAI, 7 February 2018: Inbound tour operator, ASIA DMC, is expanding its presence in the lucrative MICE market, the company’s managing director Andre van der Marck reported at the ASEAN Tourism Forum recently. The company invested heavily in 2017 to establish an office in Hanoi that will now supervise sales and development...
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China’s home grown jet to fly 2011

February 7, 2018
China’s home grown jet to fly 2011

SINGAPORE, 7 February 2018: China’s state-owned plane-maker said, Tuesday, it expects to deliver its first home-grown passenger jet to a customer in 2021 as the world’s second largest economy seeks to challenge the dominance of Boeing and Airbus. The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) plans to first target the Chinese market, before...
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Peace TV faces 15-days broadcasting ban

February 6, 2018

The Thai media regulator has the suspended broadcasting licence of a TV station run by the redshirts. This is the fourth broadcasting ban of the channel under the junta regime.? ? On 6 February 2018, Thida Thavornseth, an executive of Peace TV, posted on her Facebook account that the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication...
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14 villagers face charges for supporting We Walk

February 6, 2018

The police and soldiers have summoned eight villagers in Phayao during the night and later accused them of violating the junta’s ban on public gathering. The villagers were prosecuted after holding a campaign in support of the civil rights march from Bangkok to Khon Kaen.? ? On 6 February 2018, the police accused...
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Amour romance meets in Bangkok

February 6, 2018
Amour romance meets in Bangkok

BANGKOK, 6 February 2018: Thailand will host the first ever Amour Asia-Pacific 2018, a trade event mid February focusing on romance travel. The event will be hosted 14 to 17 February at the Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park and co-hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Thailand welcomed an estimated 1.1 million international romance travellers in...
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Top booking channels for Thai hotels

February 6, 2018
Top booking channels for Thai hotels

BANGKOK, 6 February 2018: Booking.com, Expedia and Agoda were the top three booking channels for Thai hotels, according to hotel channel management platform, SiteMinder. In its latest assessment,  SiteMinder identified the top 15 booking channels that generated the greatest revenue for hotels in Thailand and other key tourism destinations in 2017. The lists...
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Thai festival highlights countrywide travel

February 6, 2018
Thai festival highlights countrywide travel

BANGKOK, 6 February –Thailand’s annual tourism festival hosted in Bangkok’s Lumphini Park last month attracted 687,783 visitors, up 8.64% over the 2017 event. This year’s Thailand Tourism Festival adopted the government’s directive to promote tourism to secondary tourist destinations. Geared to promoting domestic tourism and highlight the Thai way of life exhibits were housed...
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Signatories of Pro-Prawit online campaign drop to 50 after bots detected

February 5, 2018

The number of signatories in an online campaign supporting the deputy junta head has dramatically decreased from almost about 20,000 to 50 after Change.org had detected the use of internet bots to boost up signatories.? ? On 5 February 2018, Warisara Sornpet, Director of Thailand’s Change.org, revealed to the media that the website...
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Graffiti artist faces intimidation over mural mocking Prawit

February 5, 2018

An anonymous graffiti artist has vanished after saying that the police are hunting him for painting a mural mocking the deputy junta head in public.? ? The anonymous street artist-activist complained that security forces were persecuting him for expressing himself in a message posted to his Facebook page over the weekend. ? “To...
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Police arrest 4 activists for mocking Prawit in public

February 2, 2018

Bangkok police have arrested four activists who performed a mime mocking the deputy junta head in public. The four have been fined for violating the public assembly law, which prohibits a public gathering of five people or more. ? On 2 February 2018, the authorities arrested four activists from a pro-democracy group called...
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Journalist among 39 people summoned for pro-election protest

February 2, 2018

Among 39 individuals who were summoned for joining the anti-junta protest on Saturday is at least one journalist from Khaosod Newspaper.? ? Noppakow Kongsuwan, a journalist from Khaosod, told Prachatai that he was at the protest at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, Siam Square, on Saturday in his capacity as a journalist....
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Intimidation against We Walk continues despite court’s ruling

February 2, 2018

Despite a recent ruling from Administrative Court ordering the authorities to facilitate the civil right march, the local authorities in Nakhon Ratchasima have pressured the civil right march to leave the area two days earlier than planned.? ? On 1 February 2018, about 10 local government officials visited participants of We Walk, A...
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MTCO demists path to MIST prize.

February 2, 2018
MTCO demists path to MIST prize.

BANGKOK, 2 February 2018: Now in its second year a programme to support tourism start-ups in the Mekong region will launch, 7 February, at a press briefing in Bangkok. Known as the Mekong Innovation Startups in Tourism (MIST) the initiative is the brainchild of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office. It declared the first...
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Top trail runners compete in Thailand

February 2, 2018
Top trail runners compete in Thailand

BANGKOK, 2 February 2018: Almost 3,000 runners will line-up this weekend for Thailand’s premier trail running event, The North Face 100 Thailand. The event will be hosted in Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima province 3 February. Most of the runners will complete in the 15km, 25km, 50km and 75km distance races. However, it’s...
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AirAsia backs fun run for foodies

February 2, 2018
AirAsia backs fun run for foodies

BANGKOK, 2 February 2018: Index Creative Village joins with AirAsia and AirAsia X to host a series of lifestyle runs through four cities in four Asian countries that will appeal to foodies. Kilorun 2028 is billed as a “festival of food, fun, friends and family” that combines the pleasures of dining and running....
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