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Understanding Thailand's New Tax Directive on Foreign Income
Thailand's new Tax Directive
Thai Enquirer: Understanding Thailand's New Tax Directive on Foreign Income
Additional information:
Thai Enquirer: Thailand's new tax directive risks alienating investors and the digital workforce
Roedl & Partner: Tax overhaul looming? Taxation of foreign-sourced income
IMI Daily: Thailand's Tax Tightening on Foreign Income Raises Questions About Implementation
Belaws: Thailand to Introduce Stricter Regulations for Taxing Foreign Income
Thailand Privilege: New Thailand Tax Rules For Elite Visa Holders
Updated (June 5th, 2024):
Bangkok Post: New overseas income rules
The Revenue Department is preparing to amend a law to collect taxes from individuals who have income from abroad, even if that income is not brought into the country.
Updated (June 13th, 2024):
Wealthy retirees are now leaving Thailand. I don't pay taxes without getting something in return, they say.
The Philippines and Portugal are benefiting from this.
Pattaya Mail: Foreigners are frantic about Thai income tax blurs
New Visa Regulations
New Visa Regulations for Thailand
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The Government Public Relation Department clarifies:
On May 28, 2024, the Cabinet approved a series of visa and travel facilitation measures to boost the Thai economy and promote tourism.
The new measures are expected to come into force at the end of June or beginning of July 2024.
For additional information please read PRD: Visa Facilitation Measures to Stimulate Thailand’s Economy and Tourism
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Oil smuggling boats vanished
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Oil smuggling boats vanished
The whole of Thailand is wondering how three ships loaded with smuggled oil could disappear so easily from a maritime police dock in Sattahip, except for the press, which is reporting "objectively" on the inexplicable phenomenon. A somewhat strange story, given that the waters around Thailand are (supposed to be) constantly monitored by Thailand's navy.
Bangkok Post: Three seized oil-smuggling boats ‘missing’
Bangkok Post: Officers sidelined after oil-smuggling boats vanish
Khaosod reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 14th:
The 3 illegal oil transporting boats with 330K litres of petrol which went missing from Marine Police Pier in Sattahip on Weds are likely in Cambodian water, said Deputy Chief of the Central Investigation Bureau Pol Maj Gen Charoonkiat Pankaew on Fri. Click to show more
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 14th:
Acting national police chief, Pol Gen Kittirat Phanphet, said the investigation into the three impounded vessels carrying around 330,000 tonnes of illegally smuggled oil worth 10 million baht that have escaped from a police port in Sattahip is still ongoing. There is still no conclusion on whether officials have helped them escape or not. Click to show more
Thai PBS World: Search continues today for 3 missing oil smuggling vessels
Bangkok Post: Police hunt missing oil-smuggling boats
Khaosod reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 16th:
Marine Police Commander Pol Maj Gen Pruttipong Nutnarot said on Sun there's no evidence that the 3 missing illegal oil boats are in Cambodian water but the Malaysian counterparts suggested they are close to Malaysian water. Click to show more
Khaosod reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 16th:
Sources say the three missing illegal oil carrying boats have been found on Sunday afternoon and are being escorted to Songkhla Pier, southern Thailand. A press conference will be held tomorrow.
The Nation: 3 missing boats loaded with smuggled diesel found off Malaysian coast
Khaosod: Police Reveal Timeline of 3 Missing Oil-Smuggling Boats
Bangkok Post: 11 crew surrender in oil-smuggling case
Thailand in trouble?
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Thailand in trouble?
Thailand, dubbed the "sick man of Asia" for the past decade, suffers from deep-rooted problems, including dependence on outdated tourism, foreign direct investment and traditional industries claims Tanit Sorat, the vice-chairman of the Employers' Confederation of Thai Trade and Industry (EconThai).
In the mainstream media, we only read about success stories, mostly announced by Thailand's Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, but rarely or never about the fact that more than 1'504 factories have been closed in the last 15 months.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 13th:
Thailand faces structural economic issues, marked by declining exports and factory shutdowns, said Tanit Sorat, vice-chairman of the Employers' Confederation of Thai Trade and Industry (EconThai). Click to show more
Royalist rule of law
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Royalist rule of law
The renowned Thai historian Thongchai Winichakul has pointed out that the Thai judicial system functions according to a “royal rule of law”, which creates a state of emergency that allows the rights and freedoms of the people to be violated under the pretext of national security.
Prachatai: Thongchai Winichakul: We live under “royalist rule of law”
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 7th:
Former MP and current adviser to the Democrat Party leader, Mongkolkit Suksintharanon, has been summoned by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) for alleged ethical misconduct, according to a summons from the NACC that he posted on his social media page.
The accusation pertains to his participation in pro-democracy protests on September 19 and 20, 2020, during which he made the three-finger salute for democracy.
The NACC stated that there is sufficient evidence to believe that he showed support for a movement aiming to topple the constitutional monarchy system. Mongkolkit has been summoned to acknowledge the accusation on June 18.
Thai PBS World: No one knew what ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra meant when he claimed that an unnamed ‘somebody’ tried to push the country into political chaos, claimed Deputy Prime Minister Phumtham Wechayachai today.
Bangkok Post: Amnesty bill faces uncertainty
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 13th:
First House Speaker Padipat Suntiphada has ordered an investigation into claims that the military's information operation (IO) has interfered in the public hearing for a draft amnesty bill from the civil sector. Click to show more
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 13th:
Other MPs who joined pro-democracy protests and flashed the three-finger salute for democracy should also be investigated, just like former MP and current adviser to the Democrat Party leader, Mongkolkit Suksintharanon, said serial petitioner Ruangkrai Leekitwattana. Click to show more
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 14th:
First House Speaker Padipat Suntiphada said an initial investigation found irregularities in the public hearing for a draft amnesty bill from the civil sector. Click to show more
Corruption is still rife in Thailand
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Corruption is still rife in Thailand
Investigations into the current procurement scandal at the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) allegedly show that corruption is still widespread in Thailand. Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt even admitted that graft and corruption is deep rooted at BMA.
In the current scandal a treadmill, for example, costs as much as a small car....
Bangkok Post: Police hunt mastermind in major BMA bribe scandal
The Nation: Chadchart blames predecessor for 10m-baht fitness gear at BMA gyms
Bangkok Post: Chadchart looks into ‘unusual’ gym equipment buys
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 6th:
Members of the committee responsible for purchasing exercise machines for the Sports and Wachirabenchathat Sports Center under the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) are under scrutiny. This follows reports that the BMA's sports centers bought 22 pieces of equipment at questionable prices, totaling nearly 10 million baht. Click to show more
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 12th:
The STRONG Association Against Corruption said the Waree Phirom Sports Center spent 495,000 baht to purchase 15 fiberglass water bicycles shaped like ducks, at 33,000 baht each. Click to show more
The Nation: NACC Thailand President advocates innovative tech to combat corruption at Southeast Asia conference
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 17th:
Anurak Tangpanitanon, the former Pheu Thai MP for Mukdahan, has submitted evidence to the Central Investigation Bureau, requesting an investigation into members of the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) for alleged negligence in allowing 54 cases to expire between 2019 and 2023. Click to show more
UEFA EURO 2024 in Thailand
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Euro2024 in Thailand
The Thai Prime Minister announced that the UEFA EURO 2024 matches in Thailand will be broadcast live on free-to-air TV with the help of some sponsors but without the use of government funds.
The matches will be broadcast on Channel 9 MCOT HD & NBT2HD.
The UEFA EURO 2024 kicks off in Munich on Friday June 14th and ends with the final in Berlin on Sunday July 14th, 2024.
Retirement lottery in Thailand
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Retirement lottery in Thailand
The Ministry of Finance has announced that it will introduce a retirement lottery to meet the challenges of an ageing society.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 4th:
The Ministry of Finance is introducing a retirement lottery to help address the challenges posed by an aging society.. Click to show more
Bangkok Post: New lottery not the key
Mobile Banking in Thailand
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Mobile Banking in Thailand
Thailand's Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (DES) has introduced new measures to protect mobile banking customers from fraudsters using “ghost” SIM cards and “mole” bank accounts.
But as is almost usual in this country, the new measures were published before the brain was switched on.
Thai PBS World: New measure introduced to protect mobile banking customers
The Nation: NBTC Office explains mobile banking apps will not suspended for now
Thai PBS World: Mobile banking users not affected yet by new regulation : NBTC
Food safety in Thailand
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Food safety in Thailand
The Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI) under the Industry Ministry has set new standards for plastic bags for hot foods, for frozen foods and for warming foods in microwave ovens.
The Nation: TISI sets new industrial standards for food-grade plastic bags
Thailand's Sex Workers in Peril
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Thailand's Sex Workers in Peril
Sex workers in Thailand, and not only in Bangkok, complain that they feel unsafe because they cannot report cases of assault to the police without fear of being prosecuted for prostitution.
Bangkok Post: Sex workers in peril
Thailand's new Landing Fee
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Short of money?
Promoted years ago as health or accident insurance for Thailand's tourists, then put on ice several times due to the pandemic and the lack of tourists, the tourist rip-off is back. Thailand's new tourism minister now calls the fee a landing fee, and the new version no longer mentions insurance for tourists.
Obviously the country needs money to finance the grandiose election promises of the ruling party. The new influx of tourists comes at just the right time.
The Nation: New tourism minister says charging tourists a so-called landing fee will be introduced but doesn’t give any indication of when this might start
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 4th:
The cabinet approved a 122 billion baht increase in the 2024 fiscal budget to help fund the 10,000 baht digital wallet policy. Click to show more
The Nation: Thailand readies bill to collect global tax from multinational firms
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 4th:
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin instructed the Ministry of Finance to accelerate efforts to legalize casinos within entertainment complexes. Click to show more
The Nation: Cabinet approves VAT on imported goods priced lower than 1,500 baht
Bangkok Post: Bangkok street vendors urged to register for tax system
The Nation: Srettha calls urgent meeting of three revenue agencies
Bangkok Post: New overseas income rules
The Revenue Department is preparing to amend a law to collect taxes from individuals who have income from abroad, even if that income is not brought into the country.
The Nation: Finance Ministry unfazed by Excise Department missing revenue target
According to media reports, the government has announced its intention to introduce a carbon tax by 2025 to combat climate change and promote sustainable practices.
The Nation: Carbon tax at 200 baht per tonne in pipeline
The Nation: Tourism revenue to miss state target by B500bn
The Nation: PM discusses with tax departments ways to improve revenue collection
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 6th:
The mortgage rejection rate for houses costing more than 10 million baht increased to 20%-30% from 10%-20%, SENA Development reported. Click to show more
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 10th:
The Thai industrial sector is currently in a weak state, as reflected by the continuous contraction of the production index for over a year, the increase in factory closures, and the rising bad debts in the manufacturing sector, according to KKP Research. Click to show more
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 13th:
The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC)'s consumer confidence index dropped to its lowest point in seven months due to rising political uncertainty, the university's Center for Economic and Business Forecasting (CEBF) reported. Click to show more
Grandiosity: Tallest PM to built tallest tower
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Unelected Senators ask charter court to impeach PM Updated News
Reuters: Forty Thai senators seek PM's dismissal over cabinet appointment
Bangkok Post: Senators ask charter court to impeach PM, new minister Pichit
Bangkok Post: Court may suspend PM pending ethics ruling
The Nation: Constitutional Court to decide May 23 whether to accept petition to try Srettha, Pichit
The Nation: Senator predicts Srettha's removal as PM over Pichit's appointment
Bangkok Post: Protesting senators keep names a secret
The Nation reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 20th:
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin expressed confidence that there should be no legal problems related to his appointment of Pichit Chuenban, despite the Constitutional Court getting ready to consider a case against them.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 20th:
The Council of State has stated that a person convicted of a crime can still become a minister if they have served their sentence, and ten years have elapsed since their release. This information is derived from a document exchanged between the Council and the Secretariat of the Cabinet, dated September 1, which was released in today's news.
If this is accurate, then PM's Office Minister Pichit Chuenban's imprisonment in 2008 for a contempt of court case did not disqualify him from the appointment, as the required ten-year period between serving a jail term and the appointment had passed.
However, concerns about moral and ethical standards, as mandated in the charter, have been raised by Senator Direkrit Jenkrongtham. He stated on Friday that while Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin might have sought legal recommendations from the Council of State regarding the appointment's legality, Pichit's past actions could still be considered a serious breach of ethical conduct.
These concerns arose after reports suggested that Srettha could face suspension from duty. Forty senators have requested the Constitutional Court to assess his minister's status following his appointment of Pichit in the previous cabinet reshuffle.
The court's meeting has been scheduled for Thursday instead of the usual Wednesday due to Visakha Bucha. It is anticipated that the court will decide on whether to accept the senators' petition that day. If accepted, the court could potentially suspend both Srettha and Pichit pending a ruling.
Bangkok Post: Court to decide on PM’s fate
Prachatai: Constitutional Court accepts petition seeking removal of PM over cabinet appointment
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 24th:
Acting Senator Direkrit Jenkrongtham, one of the senators who filed the petition against Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin for appointing Pichit Chuenban as PM's Office Minister, insisted that none of the 40 signatures on the petition were forged.
His comments came after Lawyer Thanetnat Sukhonthaphan and former police chief Sereepisuth Temeeyaves alleged that some of the signatures were forged, and the lawyer has asked the police's Anti-Corruption Division to investigate the petition.
Direkrit brushed aside the accusation, citing that everything was in accordance with procedures. He stated that there were records and that the president of the senate had already checked the signatures before submitting the petition to the Constitutional Court, which is standard procedure. Additionally, the court had already reviewed the petition before deciding to accept it.
When asked why the senators who submitted the petition do not reveal who they are, except for him, he said they do not want to provide mixed information to the public to avoid confusion. When asked whether the reason they did not want to reveal themselves was due to speculation that they were Gen Prawit Wongsuwon's senators, Direkrit said such imaginative speculation is one of the reasons they do not want to reveal themselves yet. He added that the names of the senators would be revealed after the verdict anyway.
Thai PBS World: Srettha certainly not out of wood yet
Thai PBS World: Charter Court trial of PM makes foreign investors hesitant to invest
Bangkok Post: Senators ready to explain Pichit case
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 4th:
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said his government embraces all political perspectives and regions in Thailand. He stressed his directive to ministers to prioritize the welfare of all citizens, rather than concentrating solely on areas where their party holds influence. Click to show more
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 4th:
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin stated that although there are many competent legal experts within the Pheu Thai Party, the government still requires legal advice and expertise from Wissanu Krea-ngam to address issues in the country and respond to the needs of the people. Click to show more
Thai PBS World: What next if Constitutional Court removes Srettha from power?
Thai PBS World: Ex-commissioner urges EC to postpone Sunday’s senate selection round
Bangkok Post: EC goes ahead with Senate election dates
The Nation: Most Thais unhappy with Srettha govt’s performance after 9 months: poll
Bangkok Post: Govt has a knack for self-sabotage
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 12th:
June 18 has become a pivotal day for political issues, with four hot topics scheduled for discussion. Click to show more
Khaosod reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 14th:
Phalang Pracharath Party leader Gen Prawit Wongsuwan on Fri refuses to answer reporters' questions abt a recent remark by ex-convict-cum-ex-premier Thaksin who alluded to Prawit without naming him that Prawit is "messing around" with the current pol situation. Click to show more
The Nation reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 18th:
The Constitutional Court is seeking more evidence for both MFP's dissolution and Srettha's integrity as PM cases. It will consider the cases on July 3 and July 10, respectively.
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Rigged senatorial elections? Updated News
According to academics, the Thai Election Commission is trying to influence the election of senators with allegedly untrue claims and regulations. They are therefore sounding the alarm.
Bangkok Post: Election Commission warns against 'meddling' in Senate poll
Bangkok Post: Thanathorn shrugs off warning on Senate campaign
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 29th:
Former prosecutor and former dean of the Faculty of Law at Thammasat University, Panat Tasneeyanond, said he completely disagreed with the Election Commission (EC)'s rules on the introduction of senatorial candidates and he will ask the Administrative Court to rule on their legality. Click to show more
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 30th:
A group of individuals seeking candidacy for the Senate election, led by former prosecutor and former dean of the Faculty of Law at Thammasat University, Panat Tasneeyanond, submitted a petition asking the Administrative Court to block the Election Commission (EC)'s latest rules regarding the introduction of senatorial candidates. Click to show more
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 30th:
Professor Surapon Nitikraipot, the council president of Thammasat University, issued a call for eligible individuals to apply as candidates for the upcoming senate election. Click to show more
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 30th:
Progressive Movement leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit said he is urging eligible individuals of all ideologies to apply as senatorial candidates, not only those who share his group's political views. Click to show more
Thai PBS World: Thanathorn vows to defy EC with campaign to find Senate candidates
Khaosod reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 30th:
"It's the worst rules & darkest elections. Each can only introduce oneself in 5 sentences. Think for yourself what #Thailand's future will be like?" said ex Election Commission Somchai Srisutthiyakorn, at Tues' symposium on senatorial elections by Matichon Group at Khaosod.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on April 30th:
The Election Commission's (EC) latest rules regarding the introduction of senatorial candidates, which only allow candidates to introduce themselves in 8 written paragraphs (3 for educational background and 5 for past experience) in an application form, prohibit social media posting, and forbid interviews with the media, have been criticized as deeply opaque by Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, a former member of the Election Commission. Click to show more
Bangkok Post: Aspiring senators ask court to relax EC rules
Khaosod: Matichon Is Trying To Make People's Voices In Thailand Senator Election Louder
The first election, or selection instead, of senators in Thailand after the coup d'etat on May 22, 2014 is going to take place this summer, with a format that does not allow the people to elect them. Additionally, it sets strange conditions that prohibit candidates from campaigning.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 2nd:
Everyone, including Progressive Movement leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and his group, can conduct activities and events to invite people to apply as candidates for the upcoming senate election, said Election Commission (EC) Secretary-General Sawang Boonmee. Click to show more
The Nation: We Watch calls on EC to relax Senate election rules, inclusion of the public
An election watchdog group on Thursday called on the Election Commission (EC) to suspend its Senate election rules, saying they were designed to gag candidates, the media and the people.
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 3rd:
The Administrative Court has accepted the petition calling for the revocation of the Election Commission (EC)'s latest rules regarding the introduction of senatorial candidates, and the first hearing is scheduled for May 15. Click to show more
Bangkok Post: EC defends Senate poll rules
The Nation: Senate election will not be free and fair, warns veteran politician
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 7th:
An election watchdog group, We Watch, said the Election Commission's (EC) regulations regarding the introduction of candidates for the Senate election are intended to silence candidates, the media, and public participation. Click to show more
The Nation reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 7th:
Petition filed to oppose Senate election rules. Click to show more
Thai PBS World: Academics liken senate election to a lucky dip
Bangkok Post: EC clarifies Senate poll regulations
The Nation: EC promises upcoming Senate election will be fair, transparent
The Nation: Public has no confidence in new Senate election system: survey
Bangkok Post: Senate election gets trickier by the day
Bangkok Post: Senate race heats up as interest runs high
Bangkok Post: Senate race attracts 31,000+ sign-ups
Khaosod reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 21th:
EC record shows 4,642 people applied to compete in the indirect elections for the new 200-seat senate in the first day of the application yest. Click to show more
Khaosod: Candidates Begin Registering in Complicated Process To Select Thailand's New Senate
Bangkok Post: Judge decides against Election Commission rules
The Nation: Most Thais have no idea how Senate election works
This was obviously the full intention of the military junta when it drew up the rules for the Senate elections.
The Nation: Charter court sets date for ruling on senatorial qualifications
Prachatai: Court revokes EC’s regulations that limit Senate candidate introductions
The Nation: Senatorial elections to proceed as planned, EC says
Bangkok Post: EC to respect court Senate race ruling
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on May 30th:
The new ballot design for the Senate election could lead to election fraud, said Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, a former member of the Election Commission. Click to show more
Bangkok Post: Charter court rejects petition against poll body
The Nation: EC chief rejects claim of 149 candidates ‘chosen’ to win Senate race
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 4th:
Senator Somchai Sawangkarn said the list of 149 senatorial candidates already poised to win the Senate election at the district and provincial levels is just the tip of the iceberg. Click to show more
Thao PBS World: Whistleblowers offered Bt1m for reporting Senate election irregularities
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 4th:
The Internet Law Reform Dialogue (iLaw) and academics urged the Election Commission (EC) to complete the screening of the senatorial candidates who might have been recruited to vote for certain candidates and eligible people before the senate election at the district level takes place on June 9 to avoid possible collusion. Click to show more
Thao PBS World: Charter Court to consider the constitutionality of senator election law
Khaosod reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 6th:
Pol activist Yingcheep Atchanont on Weds asks whether it's acceptable that 1 of the 9 Charter Court judges will deliberate on whether the rules of indirect election of senators are constitutional when he drafted both the junta-sponsored charter & election rules.
The judge was identified as Udom Rat-amarit.
The Nation: Senate poll regulations based on organic election law: EC Office
Bangkok Post 20,000 police to watch over Senate vote
Khaosod reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 6th:
MFP leader Chaithawat Tulathon said Thurs he is concerns that the indirect elections of senators, who will replace the junta-appointed senate, will be delayed if not annul as the Charter Court has accept to rule whether the rules are constitutional or not.
Khaosod reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 9th:
Progressive Movement co-leader Thanathorn Juangrungruangkit observes the first stage of indirect elections of the senate, which are held at district level nationwide on Sunday morning at Wat Sam Phraya polling station in Bangkok.
He said the country will have better senate than the junta-appointed senate.
Candidates from 20 professional sectors will vote among themselves, and the general public will have no say.
Thai PBS World: Senatorial candidate in Chiang Mai disqualified after she failed to show up in time
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 12th:
June 18 has become a pivotal day for political issues, with four hot topics scheduled for discussion. Click to show more
The Nation Probe into two MPs suspected of interfering with senatorial election
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 13th:
Personal details of about 20K senatorial candidates, including their ID numbers submitted to the EC have been leaked. It's unclear how it happened as of press time Thursday. The leak was alerted by PDPC Eagle Eye, the agency that protects private info. Click to show more
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 13th:
The Office of the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) urged people to stop sharing the names and national ID numbers of around 20,000 senatorial candidates that were leaked from the Election Commission (EC). Click to show more
Bangkok Post Senator doubles down on manipulation claim
Thai PBS World The Election Commission (EC) has put in place a “Plan B”, in case the Constitutional Court rules that four articles in the senate election law are unconstitutional next Tuesday, Thitichet Nuchanatta, an election commissioner said today.
The Nation reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 13th:
Thai Senate’s future hangs by a thread.
The Constitutional Court will rule on the constitutionality of four articles of the organic law on the Senate election on June 18, leaving the future of Thailand’s Upper House uncertain. Click to show more
Bangkok Post EC probes breach of Senate poll data
The Nation Big names fail in first round of provincial level of Senate election
The Nation Four Senate candidates in Bangkok protest against alleged counting error
Thai PBS World Suspected vote buyers held for questioning in Si Sa Ket province
The Nation reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 18th:
The Constitutional Court on Tuesday ruled that Articles 36, 40, 41 and 42 of the organic law on the Senate election are consitutional. The senate election is expected to go ahead as planned.
Bangkok Post: "Unusual voting" probe sought
How to kill an election winner Updated News
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The election winner must disappear!
Since the Move Forward Party won the elections in Thailand last May by a large margin, the established parties, with the support of Thailand's military and the royalists, have been trying everything possible not only to keep the winners out of government but also to completely eliminate the party and its most popular members.
Please follow this tragedy on our MFP Court Verdict page.
Important updates:
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 12th:
June 18 has become a pivotal day for political issues, with four hot topics scheduled for discussion. Click to show more
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 13th:
A senator candidate in Chai Nat's Mueang District who participated in pro-democracy protests between 2020 and 2022 has been threatened with a lese-majeste complaint by a village headperson right after he won the district-level election, We Watch, an election watchdog, reported. Click to show more
Thai Enquirer reports on its X (formerly Twitter) account on June 17th:
Nattacha Boonchaiinsawat, deputy secretary-general of the Move Forward Party, has been summoned by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) for flashing the three-finger salute for democracy while participating in a pro-democracy protest on September 19, 2020. Click to show more
Flu & Dengue warnings Replay Information
Flu warning
Dengue fever warning
The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has warned people about the threats of contracting influenza and dengue fever this year.
For additional information:
Bangkok Post: Flu, dengue fever pose risk
Updated (May 7th): The Nation: Hospital admissions for Covid rise again
Updated (May 13th): Bangkok Post: Alarm bells ring as Covid situation worsens
Experts are becoming concerned about the worsening Covid-19 situation over the past weeks, with health authorities issuing warnings on the spread of the new Omicron sub-variants.
Updated (May 30th): Thai PBS World: Monkey pox is on the rise after Songkran
Updated (June 16th): Bangkok Post: Travellers urged to monitor for symptoms of bird flu
Updated (June 16th): Michigan Public: Thailand beat avian flu 20 years ago. What can we learn from their strategies?
Pattaya News Flash: Major infectious diseases in Thailand
Reported criminal cases Updated News
Police report
Reports on Thai criminal cases
Major criminal cases from June 2024 are published here.
Major criminal cases from the entire year 2024 are published here.
Major criminal cases from 2023 are published here.
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U-Tapao Airport
U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport
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U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport
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New airlines serving Pattaya's U-Tapao Airport
SCAT Airlines from Almaty, Kazakhstan, and AirAsia from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, have been operating regular flights to U-Tapao-Rayong-Pattaya International Airport since June 17th, TAT and the airport jointly announced.
TAT News TAT welcomes new flights by SCAT Airlines and AirAsia at U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya Airport
Jomtien
Rompho Area Jomtien
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Rompho Area Jomtien
Rompho Area Jomtien
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Rompho area
In the Rompho "district" on 2nd Road in Jomtien, you will not only find many street food vendors, but also good restaurants and many bars with pretty ladies who will be happy to keep you company during your stay in Pattaya.
New Food area, Beach Road Jomtien
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New Food outlet
A new food outlet is being built directly to the right of the well-known Yai Mak Talat on Jomtien's Beach Road.
Luxurious Staycation Residence, Second Road Jomtien
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Transformation
A row of stores on Jomtien's 2nd Road that has been empty for over ten years is being transformed into a Luxurious Staycation Residence.
Naklua
New Shops and Bars in Naklua
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New Shops and Bars in Naklua
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Back again
The stores and pubs that recently had to vacate their premises between Pattaya North Road and Naklua Road Soi 33 have obviously had to make way for a new building that intends to replace the previous tenants with new tenants.
Photisarn Beer Warehouse, Soi Photisarn Naklua
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Beer Warehouse
The Photisarn Beer Warehouse has opened in Soi Photisarn, just a few meters from Naklua Road. In addition to beer, the company also offers other spirits and drinking water.
Empty Condominium in Naklua
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New Condominium Complex Naklua
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Left empty for many years
This condominium between Lotus's (North Pattaya) and Backstreet House (Cafe Bar & Resort) has been vacant for many years, but a new residential complex is being built just a few meters away.
Amazing Pattaya
Soi Chaiyapoon Pattaya
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Patchwork streets in Pattaya
The condition of the roads and sidewalks in Pattaya is catastrophic, to say the least. You get the impression that most of the companies involved in road construction don't have the slightest idea of what they are working on.
The picture on the left shows Soi Chaiyapoon, popularly known as Soi Pot Hole. It is renovated every year by Pattaya City Hall, but in such a way that it can be used again shortly afterwards as a training ground for motocross enthusiasts ....
Pattaya Mail: Pattaya Mayor promises end to road digging by year-end
Pattaya Mail: https://www.pattayamail.com/news/pattayas-infrastructure-failures-demand-accountability-461153
Zebra crossings in Pattaya
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Missing information
Every crosswalk, whether secured with traffic signals or not, should be marked with a warning sign reading Caution. Vehicles will not stop!.
Bus Stop nonsense
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Bus Stop nonsense
More than a decade ago, the then governor of Chonburi decided to introduce and mark bus stops throughout Pattaya.
Since then, the faded markings have been renewed every few months, although the once planned city buses have never been put into operation and the bus stops are ignored by all other drivers carrying passengers.
Wrong Traffic sign
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Will they ever learn?
The one-way street sign introduced by a “highly educated” official in Pattaya, after being replaced by the internationally recognized blue sign in almost all sois, was reintroduced in Soi 11, known as Soi Honey, to the amusement of international guests.
Where is the roof?
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Where is the roof?
In an interview with The Pattaya News on March 21th, 2024, the deputy mayor of Pattaya expressed his confidence that the Bali-Hai pier will get a new roof before Songkran.
During our visit a few days ago, however, there was still no sign of a roof, only a few roof supports could be seen where the large ships anchor.
At least the deputy mayor was so careful when making his statement that he did not mention a year.
So let's wait for Songkran 2025 or 2026.
Pattaya
Food Market, Soi Bong Koch 8
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Food Market, Soi Bong Koch 8
Food Market, Soi Bong Koch 8
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Food Market, Soi Bong Koch 8
On Soi Bong Koch 8 a Food Market and some buffet restaurants opened.
Soi Bong Koch connects Soi Arunotai with Pattaya 3rd Road.
Food Market, Soi Bong Koch 8
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New Siren Bars, Beach Road Pattaya
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Downsized bars
The once well-known and popular Siren Bars on Pattaya Beach Road at the entrance to Pattaya Beer Garden have been reduced to a minimum.
The space freed up as a result is now rented out as a store or restaurant.
We will keep you up-to-date.
Good Old Sea beachfront cafe, Terminal 21 Pattaya
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New at Terminal 21
Good Old Sea, a lovingly furnished “beachfront café”, was opened on the first floor of Terminal 21, just to the right of Foodland.
Seiso, Soi 7 Pattaya
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Soi 7
Seiso, a restaurant and bar providing live music, is replacing the former The Pig & Whistle in Soi 7.
Hug!, Soi Phettrakul Pattaya
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Hug!
Something new with the promising name Hug! will open in a few days on Soi Phettrakul, diagonally opposite Hollywood Disco.
We will keep you up to date - at least if this happens before the end of this month.
Black Angel Bar, Soi 7 Pattaya
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Daily Special on Soi 7
From 12:00 to 20:00, the Black Angel Bar in Soi 7 offers a cheeseburger or a hot dog including beer for just 99 Baht.
AOM One Stop Pub, Soi Post Office Pattaya
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Closed
AOM, the one-stop pub in Soi Post Office, which used to also function as A-Go-Go Bar, has closed for good.
Hollywood Karaoke closed, Soi Phettrakul Pattaya
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Hollywood Karaoke closed
Hollywood Disco has closed its Karaoke Bars and removed the entire building.
Waste collecting points at Central Pattaya Malls Pattaya
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Do you know?
You can dispose of your waste, including electronic waste, free of charge at Central Marina (pictured here) and Central Pattaya.
Soi Buakhao
Soi Buakhao Pattaya
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Soi Buakhao
Around Soi Buakhao there are many places with bars (Tree Town area, Soi Chaiyapoon) and A Go-Go clubs (Soi LK Metro, Soi Boomerang) that are popular with night owls. Many visitors even prefer the nightlife around Soi Buahkhao to the noisy hustle and bustle of Walking Street.
Cheetahs A Go-Go, Soi LK Metro off Soi Buakhao Pattaya
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Acinonyx jubatus are coming!
The Bachelor A Go-Go in Soi LK Metro, which was decommissioned some time ago, will soon have a successor with the evocative name Cheetahs A Go-Go.
Did you know that cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) are not only the fastest of all land animal species, but also the oldest cats in the world and particularly like to hunt at dusk?
TukTuk Live Music Club, Soi LK Metro off Soi Buakhao Pattaya
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TukTuk is coming!
The transformation of the former Champagne Club A Go-Go into the new live music club Tuk Tuk in Soi LK Metro is taking shape.
Harry's Restaurant, Soi Diana Inn Pattaya
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99 Baht Menues
Harry's Restaurant in Soi Diana Inn offers a handful of tasty menus daily for 99 Baht.
Soi 6
Pattaya Soi 6
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A busy street
With hundreds of lovely ladies all eager to make your stay as pleasant as possible, Soi 6 is certainly worth a visit even without daily news.
In contrast to most other bars in Pattaya where the ladies usually don't show up at their workplaces until 17:00 or even later, the lightly clad ladies populate the Soi 6 bars from around 12:00 until late.
Slutz, Pattaya Soi 6
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Illousion(s) removed
Where the illuzion Bar was until recently, there is now the new Slutz Bar.
We love Soi 6, The Party
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Walking Street
Walking Street Pattaya
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No real news yet
Nevertheless, you can experience a colorful night.
Moon A Go-Go closed, Walking Street Pattaya
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Moon vanishes
Moon A Go-Go has closed its doors and is for sale.
If you are interested in a takeover, please call 088 659 6292 or 093 102 3482.
Sugar Girls closed, Walking Street Pattaya
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Sugar Girls closed once again
Sugar Girls, the A Go-Go booth that presents Russian ladies, switches the lights off again.
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