Police are investigating the death of an 85 year old American man who appeared to have fallen out a window of his 7th floor condominium. Officers say they do not suspect foul play and there are no signs of struggle. The man’s wife speculates that her husband may have fainted while cleaning the glass. Jerry Harris Bunker has lived in Thailand for 10 years and was married to 33 year old Thai woman Praweena Naphom Bunker. Praweena says her husband was good natured and healthy. Praweena was working in their art studio in a renovated room next door when her husband allegedly fell. Neighbours found Jerry’s body in the back of the complex. Police say a window was open and the man’s glasses were on a table nearby. They say the man suffered a major head injury from the fall which caused his death. The man’s body was taken to the Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital for an autopsy. Police are still investigating. SOURCE: Thai Examiner Catch up with the latest daily “Thailand … [Read more...] about Chiang Mai police investigate elderly American’s death from apparent 7th storey fall
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17 passengers have been injured after a bus crashed off a mountain road in Thailand’s north last night. The bus was travelling between Chiang Mai to Phrae in Thailand. The accident happened in Tambon Bor Leng Long, Phrae. The accident happened at 8.30pm on the Den Chai-Lampang road. Rescuers struggled to rescue the injured passengers from the bus that had fallen about 20 metres down the steep mountainside. Passengers who were slightly injured were sent to the district hospital. Four who were seriously injured were sent to the provincial hospital and another to the Phrae Christian Hospital. The 42 year old bus driver, Suriyon Saenchan, told police that it was raining and a pickup truck suddenly changed lane to block his bus. He said he had to swerve to avoid crashing into the truck and lost control of the bus. SOURCE: The Nation Get more from The Thaiger FREE APP: ANDROID or iOS | HAVE YOUR SAY FORUM | … [Read more...] about Bus plunges off mountain road in Phrae, Thailand, 17 injured
Airports of Thailand (AoT) says they will finalise the bidding process to announce who will manage the commercial areas at three provincial airports – Phuket, Had Yai and Chiang Mai – on June 10. King Power Duty Free has had a stranglehold on the duty free concession areas of the country’s four main airports but are having to bid for a renewal this year in a field of new retail bidders. Wichai Bunyu, the senior executive vice president of AoT says today they opened up bidding for the private sector to submit its qualifications and technical and business plans to manage the commercial and tax-free areas of the three airports. The committee will review the qualifications of the bidder, their technical and business plans and, if they make it that far, will then have their bid price revealed on June 10. He says the committee will announce the winner for all three provincial airports on that day. The winner would then be proposed to the company’s board for consideration on June 19. … [Read more...] about Airports of Thailand open bidding for new duty free contracts at three airports
A small earthquake struck along the Thai – Myanmar border in Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand in the early hours of this morning, according to the Meteorological Department. No injuries or damages have been reported. At 3.38am, the department ‘s Earthquake Surveillance Division reported that a 3.2 magnitude earthquake with a depth of 3 kilometres occurred in Mae Salong Nok subdistrict in Mah Fah Luang district, along Thailand’s northernmost border. The quake did not measure highly on the Richter scale but was felt in a wide area, especially in the mountains and foothills of Mae Fah Luang, due to its shallow depth. At 4.58am, a 2.2 magnitude earthquake struck in Myanmar, about 74 kilometres northeast of Mae Sai district in Thailand’s Chiang Rai province. No injuries or damages were reported. Mae Fah Luang District Chief Lt. Pong Kulnara has ordered officials to survey the area to check for damages. Officials are ready to provide immediate assistance to … [Read more...] about Small earthquake shakes Chiang Rai in northern Thailand
Sattahip’s Mountain B pub renamed, reopened and is now closed Chon Buri police and local officials raided a pub last night (Saturday), which is located on the same plot of land in Sattahip district as the Mountain B pub, the scene of a deadly fire on August 5th which has, to date, claimed the lives of 26 people and left others in hospital to this day. Police said that the new pub, named “Never Land”, opened for the first time last night, offering food, drinks and live music. The Mountain B was ordered closed for five years following the deadly blaze. Pol Maj-Gen Nunthavut Suwanlaong, deputy commissioner of Second Region Provincial Police Bureau, said they will invite the proprietor of the new pub to come to Phlu Ta Luang police station to answer some questions. He said police will check the land title deeds of “Never Land” and compare them with the deeds for the Mountain B pub, adding that the new pub will have to close if the venue is found to be … [Read more...] about Thailand News Today | Chinese man overstays visa in Thailand for 7 years over ‘cult’ beliefs
https://youtu.be/2kRDnypF9S4 Thailand is one of Asia’s most popular tourist destinations, thanks to its rich culture, delectable cuisine, and sun-kissed beaches. But, aside from the fascinating sights, another significant benefit draws visitors from all over the world. Thailand is also extremely reasonably priced! But why? We listed a few reasons. Why is Thailand so cheap? Thailand is reasonably priced for the average tourist. Living expenses and day-to-day purchases are significantly lower than in other Western countries. This means you can see sights, eat delicious food, and stay in friendly hotels for a fraction of the price of other popular tourist destinations. We’ll review the costs and expenses of travelling in Thailand to help you budget for your trip. Which Place in Thailand is the Cheapest? Thailand has numerous cities, villages, and islands that are inexpensive to visit. In general, resort areas and tourist destinations are more expensive in terms of … [Read more...] about Why Is Thailand So Cheap?
https://youtu.be/s8AG7EQrau8 Phatthalung might not have the popular attractions in Chiang Mai or the touristy glitz of the islands, but that’s part of the appeal. Our list of the top Phatthalung attractions will help you find the best places to visit in this province. 1. Thale Noi Bird Sanctuary Photo By: planetware The first and largest wetlands reserve in Thailand is Thale Noi. One of the most popular activities in Phatthalung is taking a birding tour, which is ideal for tourists, researchers, and serious bird enthusiasts. Visitors can observe reed mat-making demonstrations and tour nearby villages in addition to opportunities to watch birds. October and March are when many birds are present and the plant life is most vibrant, making them the ideal time to visit. 2. Khao Ok Talu Photo By: planetware The mountaintop that looks over everything in this southern province may be its most recognizable feature. It’s simple to locate Khao Ok Talu. A … [Read more...] about Explore Thailand’s least visited city in the South!
The volatile Thai baht has depreciated to 38 against the US dollar even faster than foreseen by economists. The last time the baht reached 38 to the dollar was 16 years and two months ago on July 26, 2006. The baht’s depreciation is attributed to the rising strength of the US dollar. The dollar index has risen to 114, causing several currencies worldwide to depreciate. The US dollar continues to grow in value due to continued federal fund hikes. Amid pressure from high inflation rates and the depreciating baht, Thailand’s Monetary Policy Committee will meet today to discuss raising the policy rate from 0.75% to 1%. The policy rate hike will increase interest rates between Thailand and the US with the goal of temporarily strengthening the baht and “supporting economic recovery.” Though there might be a silver lining to Thailand’s weakening baht for the tourism industry. The president of the Thai Hotels Association (THA) says the weakening baht is one of several … [Read more...] about Thailand News Today | Thai Baht plunges to 38 against USD for the first time in 16 years
Thailand’s Immigration Bureau has increased security at all international airports in preparation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit later this week. Police Lt Gen Pakphumpipat Sajjapan, the commissioner of the Immigration Bureau, stated that authorities are closely monitoring foreign arrivals, particularly foreigners who may pose a security threat to the Apec summit. Authorities have barred over 2,000 people from entering the country since the beginning of October, many of whom were already on Thailand’s immigration blacklist, he said, adding that authorities will also closely monitor the activities of foreign residents during the summit. “Those found to be involved in suspicious activities will be interrogated and deported,” he said. According to Pol Lt Gen Pakphumpipat, the bureau coordinates with its foreign counterparts to ensure that its officers have the most up-to-date information on suspected or wanted criminals who may attempt to enter the … [Read more...] about Thailand’s Immigration Ramps Up Checks on Foreigners
A romantic moment during the marriage proposal of a Japanese couple turned into a scary drama. A Japanese man chose the Yi Peng Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai as the location to propose to his loving girlfriend but the romantic moment was almost ruined when low-flying lanterns crashed into them and almost set them on fire. The marriage proposal video of the Japanese couple went viral after the woman posted it on her Twitter account @tailovene . The video shows the couple in the middle of the field with other people surrounding them releasing lanterns into the sky. Some of the lanterns failed to take flight, consequently, two smashed into the Japanese woman while another just missed her. It was lucky that her body or clothes were not burned. Another picture reveals her boyfriend proposing to her at the event. The woman said in the caption… “It was supposed to be romantic, but it was full of screaming in reality. There were fires everywhere. The temple was … [Read more...] about Japanese couple’s Lantern Festival romantic marriage proposal ends in drama