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Thailand’s Songkran to be celebrated for entire April in 2024 under govt’s soft power plan

A Thai government committee plans to hold Songkran Festival celebrations during the entire month of April 2024, instead of the traditional three days, in a bid to entrench Thailand’s standing among the top 10 global destinations for festivals.Songkran, the Thai traditional new year, falls on ...

Experts call for uniform air quality indicator in Asean ahead of transboundary talks in S’pore

The need for a common indicator to track air quality in South-east Asia has become more urgent, with drier weather conditions and the likelihood of the warmer El Nino weather phenomenon developing in the coming months.This call from experts comes as Singapore is set to ...

How Thailand’s general election works

Thailand’s general election on May 14 will see a 52-million electorate vote for their next government. This is what you need to know:Parliament and the pollThailand’s Parliament consists of 250 appointed senators in the Upper House, and 500 MPs in the Lower House, also known ...

Thailand's tourism industry rebounds as it heads into high season

Tourist arrivals in Thailand have been promising – with 3.12 million international travellers turning up in the first seven months of the year.The authorities and industry players are optimistic but the nation, which before the Covid-19 pandemic relied heavily on tourism, is not out of ...

Thailand sticking with plan to welcome tourists vaccinated against Covid-19 in July

Thailand will go ahead with a plan next month to reopen to vaccinated foreign visitors, starting with its most popular resort island Phuket, as it tries to revive tourism while battling its biggest coronavirus outbreak so far.The plan was approved by the government’s economic task ...

Dead deer found in Thailand with 7kg of plastic in stomach

A wild deer was found dead after swallowing 7kg of plastic bags and other trash in Thailand, an official said on Tuesday (Nov 26), raising the alarm on waste littering the country’s waters and forests.The country is one of the world’s largest consumers of plastic, ...

Seeking stability

Thai political parties – one as young as one month old – are gearing up for the kingdom’s first national election since 2011, when Pheu Thai’s Yingluck Shinawatra was vaulted into power. She was ousted by a military coup just three years later. Supporters of ...

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