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Thailand Imposes Drone Ban in Troubled South Over Insurgent Bombing Threat

A flying drone carrying 5kg of water sprayed the bustling streets of downtown Bangkok on January 31, 2019, aiming to ease the dust pollution that had been choking the air. However, imagine how unsettling it could be if such an innocent device was repurposed for more nefarious activities. It’s a stark reality that authorities in Thailand are now grappling with. In a decisive and urgent move, security agencies have imposed a blanket ban on the flying of drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), across the three southernmost border provinces and parts of Songkhla province. This clampdown comes in the wake of disturbing reports suggesting that insurgents are being trained to use these flying gadgets for bombing military outposts. The Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) Region 4 has officially declared a total ban on the use of “aircraft using external flight control,” better known to the public as drones.…

Discover Banyan Tree Residences Sichon: A Hidden Gem for Luxury Investors in Thailand

Banyan Tree Residences Sichon presents an exquisite collection of opulent pool villas, majestically situated right on the pristine beach. While investment floods into Phuket, astute developers are seizing the “first mover” advantage in blossoming locales as Thailand’s esteemed reputation as one of the most desirable places to live globally continues to escalate. The rising tide of Thailand’s branded residences sector is now spilling over beyond the usual hotspots, unveiling enticing new investment vistas in alternative paradises adorned with the kingdom’s iconic natural grandeur – where land prices remain a mere sliver of what they command in legacy markets like Phuket. Thailand’s tourism triumph – which welcomed over 40 million international visitors in 2019 and is poised to soar to 80 million by 2028 – serves as a pivotal force for the branded residences sector. This shift sees affluent travelers not just yearning to visit their dream destination but opting to…

Thailand and Timor-Leste Ink Landmark Mutual Visa-Free Agreement to Boost Tourism

The cabinet has enthusiastically approved a mutual visa-free agreement with Timor-Leste, an arrangement that will allow visitors to enjoy a 30-day stay in each other’s country upon entry. According to sources from Government House, this thrilling development came to light on Tuesday as a direct response to a proposal from the government of Timor-Leste, which is making great strides to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Both countries are gearing up to formally ink the visa exemption scheme this Friday. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed the cabinet that the visa exemption is a crucial step Timor-Leste needs to take in its quest for full ASEAN membership. After initially receiving observer status in 2022, Timor-Leste is on a clear pathway to becoming the 11th full member of the regional bloc. The roadmap towards full membership isn’t a light task, requiring Timor-Leste to sign a whopping 66 key agreements.…

BDMS Wellness Clinic Laguna Phuket: Transforming Phuket into a Global Wellness Destination

BDMS Wellness Clinic, Thailand’s premier provider of preventive healthcare, has taken a major step forward by unveiling a high-profile collaboration with Bangkok Hospital Phuket and Laguna Phuket. Together, they have launched BDMS Wellness Clinic Laguna Phuket, the latest addition under the BDMS Wellness Clinic brand. This initiative not only aims to elevate wellness tourism but also to solidify the company’s leadership in creating a wellness economic corridor in the Andaman region. Spearheaded by Tanupol Virunhagarun, M.D., CEO of BDMS Wellness Clinic and BDMS Wellness Resort, Bangkok Dusit Medical Services Public Company Limited, alongside Narintara Boonjongcharoen, M.D., Deputy CEO of BDMS Group 6, and Mr. Ho Kwon Ping, Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings & Laguna Resorts & Hotels, the initiative embodies a unified vision for the future of wellness tourism in Phuket. The trifecta envisions a thriving wellness destination that attracts global tourists and fuels local economic growth. The event saw…

Discover Banyan Tree Residences Sichon: Your Next Luxury Investment Gem in Thailand

Banyan Tree Residences Sichon offers an unparalleled collection of luxury pool villas nestled directly on the picturesque beach. While investment floods into Phuket, savvy developers are snapping up “first mover” advantages in up-and-coming locations, buoyed by Thailand’s growing reputation as one of the world’s most desirable places to live. The branded residences sector in Thailand is booming, spreading its wings across the country and creating prime opportunities for investment in alternative, yet equally stunning, locations. These new hotspots boast iconic natural scenery without the hefty price tags found in traditional destinations like Phuket. Riding on the coattails of Thailand’s thriving tourism industry, which saw over 40 million international visitors in 2019 with projections aiming as high as 80 million by 2028, the branded residences sector is witnessing a significant upsurge. Discerning travelers are no longer just visiting their dream destinations; they are making the leap to establish long-term residences in…

Tragic Shooting at Khrua Thapthim Seafood Restaurant: Employee Hong Van Duc Killed

In the early hours of Wednesday, a tragic incident unfolded at the Khrua Thapthim seafood restaurant in Bang Khunthian district, Bangkok. The scene was a grim one, highlighted by a blurred figure lying on the restaurant floor, an image shared by PPTV HD36 on Facebook. A Vietnamese employee, identified as Hong Van Duc, aged 28, met a tragic end after being shot while drinking with the owner’s son. The chilling event took place at the well-known seafood establishment located on Soi Thian Thalae 23 on Thian Thalae Road in the Tha Kham area. According to Pol Capt Thatsanai Khudsap, the deputy investigation chief of Thian Thalae, the incident was reported to the police around 3:30 am. When law enforcement, forensic experts, medics, and rescue workers arrived, they were met with a distressing sight. The lifeless body of a man lay face-up in a pool of blood, with a single gunshot…

Celebrate Macao’s 25th Anniversary: Tourism Rebirth and Future Adventures

The year 2024 marks the 25th anniversary of the Macao Special Administrative Region, and what a celebration it promises to be! With its progressive “Tourism+” theme, Macao continues to shine brightly, showcasing the monumental strides made by the city. The revival of Macao is nothing short of spectacular, enriched by UNESCO heritage sites and the blossoming of integrated multi-complex resorts. In 2023, Macao saw a rapid tourism recovery, welcoming over 28 million inbound tourists. Particularly noteworthy were the throngs of visitors from Thailand, who accounted for 102,163 tourists, making up a remarkable 70% of pre-pandemic figures. This resurgence can be attributed to the easing of border restrictions between Hong Kong and Macao, allowing tourists to extend their stays and discover new and enchanting itinerary options. The rise of multi-complex resorts has been a game-changer for Macao. These sprawling establishments offer everything from 5-star accommodations and gaming concessions to theme parks,…

**Bangchak Corporation Secures Top 25 Spot in Inaugural Fortune Southeast Asia 500 List**

Bangchak Corporation Public Company Limited made waves recently by securing a coveted spot in the inaugural Fortune Southeast Asia 500 list—a comprehensive ranking of the leading 500 companies in Southeast Asia, meticulously compiled by Fortune magazine. Rising to the occasion, Bangchak clinched an impressive 24th position. Chaiwat Kovavisarach, the Group Chief Executive Officer and President of Bangchak Corporation Public Company Limited, couldn’t hide his pride. “On behalf of Bangchak, I am honoured that the company is ranked among the top 25 of the 500 companies in Southeast Asia. This achievement reaffirms our position as a leading company in the region and is a clear testament to our robust performance and dynamic growth.” He continued, “It reflects our unwavering commitment to sustainability, green innovation, and excellence, prioritising the balance of the energy trilemma: energy security, sustainability, and affordability for the country. This honour is a result of our diverse growth engines…

Pol Gen Surachate ‘Big Joke’ Hakparn Fights Corruption with Landmark NACC Petition

Suspended deputy national police chief Pol Gen Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn has taken a bold step, filing a petition with the House Speaker on Tuesday. This proactive move calls for an investigation into the allegedly unusual wealth of a National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) member, who is quite ironically on the committee examining a money laundering case against him. Backed by the signatures of 20,000 supporters, the petition demands the removal of the unnamed NACC commissioner, citing severe ethical violations and corruption. “This is indeed a historic moment,” Pol Gen Surachate declared. “For the first time, constitutional rights are being utilized to bring charges against a state official from an independent organization.” He emphasized the authenticity of all the collected signatures, asserting that his actions are driven by principle, not personal vendettas. In what he touts as a groundbreaking movement for Thailand, Pol Gen Surachate is mobilizing the public like never…

BBIX Thailand and BBSakura Networks Launch First OCX in Thailand: A New Era of Digital Connectivity

BBIX Thailand, a dynamic joint venture formed by BBIX Japan and True IDC, and BBSakura Networks, a celebrated network solutions provider, are ecstatic to unveil a groundbreaking collaboration. They have officially signed an agreement to launch Thailand’s inaugural Open Connectivity eXchange (OCX). What makes this a monumental milestone is that, for the first time, OCX services will be hosted locally within a Thai data centre. This bold initiative is set to substantially elevate Thailand’s digital framework, drive digital transformation, optimize local business efficiency, and amplify regional connectivity across Southeast Asia. The Open Connectivity eXchange (OCX) isn’t just a network platform; it’s a revolutionary cloud-based and self-service framework. It’s engineered to provide seamless, high-speed, direct, and reliable internet connectivity across global data centers and public cloud environments. By anchoring OCX within a local data centre, BBIX Thailand and BBSakura Networks are poised to significantly upgrade network performance. This move will drastically…