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Horrific Chon Buri Bus and Motorcycle Crash Claims Life of Kritphum Khanthong, 37

The scene was a chaotic blur of flashing lights and thick smoke on Highway 36 in the Bang Lamung district of Chon Buri, as a horrific accident unfolded shortly before Sunday turned into Monday. In the heart of this dimly lit night stood the smoldering remains of a once-mighty Yamaha R1 motorcycle and the battered shell of a First Transport Co. bus. Time seemed to stand still as emergency responders worked frantically near the 100-kilometer marker. It was 10:36 PM when disaster struck: a tragic collision in tambon Pong, where a group of motorcyclists had been walloped back to harsh reality from their weekend escapade near the glittering city of Pattaya. The bus, hailing from the bustling metropolis of Bangkok, stood immobilized, its luggage compartment door visibly crunched and bruised near the right rear wheels. The scene spoke volumes of the sheer force of the impact. Just a few paces…

Moxy Bangkok Ratchaprasong Launches ‘Moxy Madness’ Promotion for Unforgettable Bangkok Stay

Moxy Bangkok Ratchaprasong is absolutely thrilled to launch the electrifying “Moxy Madness” promotion, a bespoke stay experience teeming with special perks tailored to satisfy every lifestyle. Geared towards the curious traveler who yearns for an extended stay and a whirlwind city adventure, this offer guarantees an unforgettable escape filled with city tours, shopping escapades, and culinary indulgences all around vibrant Bangkok. And while you’re basking in the city’s splendor, get ready to savor a meal that’s undeniably Moxy in style. Unveil the exclusive “Moxy Madness” room promotion, crafted to cater perfectly to diverse lifestyles. Imagine enjoying a 24-hour stay in our chic rooms, an ideal haven to recharge before plunging into the dynamic pulse of Bangkok. As part of the package, you’ll receive a BTS 1 Day Pass, enabling you to traverse the city with ease. To further sweeten the deal, you’ll also have food and beverage credits worth THB…

UOB Thailand Launches Innovative Green Term Deposit to Boost ESG Initiatives

UOB Thailand proudly unveils its pioneering Green Term Deposit product, available in Thai Baht, Singapore Dollars, and US Dollars. This innovative offer enables corporate and institutional clients to embark on a journey that directly supports Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) initiatives aimed at environmental conservation and sustainable development. The Green Term Deposit product diversifies deposits towards green loans within UOB’s extensive sustainable finance frameworks. These frameworks encompass a broad spectrum of financing options tailored for assets and activities that comply with stringent ESG criteria, including green real estate, renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart city infrastructure, and the circular economy – all harmonized with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). By participating in this program, companies not only earn competitive interest rates on their cash deposits but also play an active role in environmental preservation and sustainable growth. UOB complements this engagement with an annual report offering deep insights…

**Dr. Kongkrapan Intarajang Celebrates PTT’s Surge to Top of Fortune Southeast Asia 500 List**

Dr. Kongkrapan Intarajang, the visionary Chief Executive Officer & President of PTT Public Company Limited (PTT), joyfully announced a stellar achievement for the company. PTT has claimed the top spot among Thailand’s elite corporations and secured the impressive position of second-largest in Southeast Asia, according to the debut Fortune Southeast Asia 500 list. This landmark ranking, meticulously based on the financial performance of 2023, judges companies by their revenue, and PTT’s inclusion underscores its formidable strength and clear-sighted strategic maneuvers. It’s a glowing testament to PTT’s stature as a powerhouse in Southeast Asia’s corporate landscape. Brimming with pride, Dr. Kongkrapan highlighted how leading the national rankings in Thailand and being recognized as the second-largest in Southeast Asia showcases PTT’s immense capabilities. He emphasized PTT’s commitment to bolstering energy security, propelling economic growth, and adhering to a “balanced sustainability” philosophy. This commitment integrates good governance with robust social and environmental responsibilities,…

Thailand Aims for Record 7.5 Billion Baht from Foreign Film Productions in 2023, Says Sermsak Pongpanich

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has big expectations for Thailand this year, aiming to generate a whopping 7.5 billion baht from foreign film productions. That’s a solid 10% bump from last year’s earnings! According to Tourism and Sports Minister, Sermsak Pongpanich, this goal is totally within reach, especially with the buzz around White Lotus Season 3, HBO’s smash hit that’s currently filming in the picturesque locales of Bangkok, Phuket, and Koh Samui. Adding a local flavor to the hit series, Thai-born K-pop sensation, Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban, is set to make an appearance this season, making it all the more exciting. Just this past Friday, Mr. Sermsak had a meet and greet with Scott Schaeffer, HBO Production’s senior vice president. The meeting underscored the dual benefits of foreign film production: a juicy revenue stream and a magnetic boost to tourism, as fans flock to see the iconic shooting spots. It’s…

Kritsada Boonchai Leads Thai Climate Justice for All in Push for Ambitious Climate Bill

A passionate civil society group is gearing up to present an ambitious bill to parliament, aimed at turbocharging climate action while safeguarding the rights of local communities to their invaluable natural resources. Kritsada Boonchai, the spirited coordinator of Thai Climate Justice for All, revealed that this draft law—an unprecedented initiative for the group—seeks to enhance the global effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions. “The battle against climate change is currently trudging at a snail’s pace,” lamented Mr. Kritsada. “Our bill, however, targets achieving carbon neutrality by 2035 instead of 2050, and net zero emissions by 2065 rather than the same year. It’s grounded in the fundamental global principles of human rights.” Mr. Kritsada emphasized that accelerated climate goals are within reach if the government swiftly phases out fossil fuel consumption, ramps up renewable energy production, and encourages a shift from single-crop plantations to eco-agriculture. “Such measures are critical in slashing…

Historic Blaze at Tisana Choonhavan’s Bangkok Residence: MP’s Quick Response Saves Home

On a fateful Saturday night, a blaze erupted in an age-old, half-concrete, half-wooden house previously owned by General Chatichai Choonhavan. This historic abode, now home to Tisana Choonhavan, an MP for Bangkok under the Move Forward Party (MFP), faced a swift but intense fire. Thankfully, the flames, which caused significant damage to approximately half of the building, were promptly extinguished within thirty minutes, with no injuries or fatalities reported. This was confirmed by Pol Capt Chirasak Bunyuennan, the deputy chief investigator at Phaya Thai police station. According to Pol Capt Chirasak, the fire ignited in the innermost section of the house, likely due to a short circuit. He mentioned that the charred structure was one among several buildings located on an expansive 8-rai plot on Soi Ratchakhru, off Phahon Yothin Road, in the Phaya Thai district. The legacy of the house was significant; it had been handed down from Gen…

Interior Ministry’s Strategic Hotel Fee Waiver Plan Poised to Boost Thailand’s Tourism Recovery

The Interior Ministry is planning to request from the cabinet an extension on the current operation fee waiver for hoteliers for an additional two years, aiming to further assist the tourism sector’s resurgence, according to spokesperson Traisuree Taisaranakul. The proposed regulation would extend the exemption of the 40-baht-per-room annual fee for hotel operators from July 1 of this year through June 30, 2026. Presently, the hospitality industry encompasses 677,493 rooms, which implies that continuing this measure will cost the government around 54 million baht over the next two years, Ms. Traisuree noted. She emphasized that this proposal aligns seamlessly with the government’s broader agenda to bolster the tourism industry’s recovery. This strategy encompasses both attracting more tourists and alleviating existing financial burdens on hotel operators. Interior Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has directed the agencies under his jurisdiction to explore viable measures to support this initiative, she added. The foresight of the…

Rayong Students Wanwalee Channgam and Phuttima Prakobchart Win Kibo-ABC Award for Space Exercise Project

Imagine soaring to the stars from a classroom seat! That’s exactly what happened for two exceptional students from Rayong, Thailand, who recently snagged the prestigious Kibo-ABC Award with their out-of-this-world project for the Asian Try-Zero G 2023 programme. This saga of scientific ambition and youthful curiosity unfolded when their experiment was broadcast from Japan’s Kibo module at the International Space Station (ISS) earlier this year. Chularat Tanprasert, the eloquent Executive Vice-President of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), was gleaming with pride as she announced the triumph. The winning project, catchy named “Starfish Exercise for Microgravity,” was the brainchild of Wanwalee Channgam and Phuttima Prakobchart. These two bright Mathayom Suksa 6 (Year 12) students from Rayongwittayakorn School went above and beyond in conceptualizing a space exercise that was not only motion-capture-worthy but also groundbreaking in its potential health benefits for astronauts. So, what exactly did these youthful masterminds…

Abhisit Vejjajiva Criticizes Srettha Thavisin’s Economic Policies Amid Thailand’s Financial Struggles

Thailand’s economy has found itself in a quagmire, and former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva believes that a simple injection of funds, such as the current government’s 500-billion-baht digital money handout scheme, won’t be the panacea it hopes to be. In a riveting interview with the Bangkok Post, Abhisit stresses the necessity of restructuring laws that obstruct the development of modern, green businesses—a strategy he deems essential for revitalizing the sluggish economy. Legal challenges are major roadblocks for Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s endeavors to lure top-tier international companies to Thailand. Abhisit isn’t shy about critiquing Srettha’s performance. Despite Srettha’s global business meetings, the tangible outcomes have fallen short of expectations. International investors are antsy about Thailand’s absence of essential laws, regulations, and technologies needed for modern business ventures. According to Abhisit, the government has yet to articulate a clear business direction, and the administration’s focus on low-growth sectors isn’t helping. Coupled…