Thailand News Summary for Monday 27 May 2013


All the latest news from Bangkok and Thailand for Monday and what’s on this week can be found on this blog updated throughout the day and also on Twitter @RichardBarrow


  • Have you Seen this German? 10,000 Baht Bounty on his Head for Entering Thailand Illegally 
  • Barn Owl Project in Thailand to help preserve endangered birds (MCOT)
  • Watch Somtow’s The Silent Prince, an opera about the Buddha, next weekend in #Bangkok 
  • Thai anger over airport escape | The Border Mail
  • Two officers killed, eight wounded in separate Pattani bombings |
  • The Phantom of the Opera continues in Bangkok until 9 June
  • Elephant’s tusks cut after fatal tourist attack (Nation) 
  • Elephant killed a Thai tourist & seriously injured another in Ayutthaya (Bangkok Post) 
  • A dozen new American food chains coming to Thailand (Bangkok Post) 
  • Free Concerts in Benjasiri Park in Bangkok every Sunday afternoon 
  • 38 locations on Phuket’s beaches will be covered by lifeguards in June on a special one month contract (Phuket News) 
  • TAT turns to Marketing 3.0; ‘Value-driven activities’ will reduce ad expenses (Bangkok Post) 
  • Locals express opposition to proposed plan for a Formula One race in Bangkok in 2015 (Nation) 
  • Police believe explosion at Ramkamhaeng Soi 43/1 last night stems from conflict with vendor; no involvement with southern problems (MCOT)
  • Chao Phraya ferry service demands fare rise (Bangkok Post) 
  • Elephant at Ayutthaya Elephant Kraal kills one tourist, severely injures another /via @EdwinWiek
  • US Embassy in Bangkok remains closed today for Memorial Holiday. Other embassies open as normal.
  • Mobile water exhibition to be held on train & will travel across Thailand (NNT) 
  • Thai police defend 191 emergency call service (Bangkok Post) 
  • Mother of Italian reporter shot dead in red-shirt riots says don’t politicise son’s death (Bangkok Post) 


  • Ramkhamhaeng explosion ‘probably a bomb’ police say; 7 injured (Bangkok Post) 
  • Bangkok Post quoting police that they have NOT arrested the “bomber”. The Nation quote police saying that they have arrested a suspect.
  • Interpol loses German prisoner at Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok Post) 
  • Rocket blast kills two at Bung Fai Festival in Nong Khai (Bangkok Post) 
  • One civilian killed & 2 more injured in drive-by shootings in Pattani province over the weekend (Bangkok Post) 
  • Seven dead in van-truck crash in Nakhon Pathom province on Sunday afternoon (Bangkok Post)
  • Pheu Thai infuriated at Guy Fawkes mask campaign on Facebook (Bangkok Post)


  • The moderate southwest monsoon over the Andaman sea, Thailand and the Gulf of Thailand becomes weak. There remains isolated heavy falls over the western Central, the East and the South west coast. People should be aware of severe conditions. The wind waves are likely to be about 2 meters high in the upper Andaman Sea. All ships should proceed with caution. [MORE]
  • Weather for Bangkok: Scattered thundershowers mostly in afternoon to evening from west to east. Temp 26-36°C. [Live Rain Radar]


  • Phi Ta Khon Ghost Mask Festival in Loei Confirmed for 10-12 July 2013
  • USA Fair Returning to CentralWorld on 31 May-2 June 2013
  • Hua Hin Jazz Festival 2013 | Thai Travel News by Paknam Web
  • Anantara Announces Dates of Elephant Polo Tournament 
  • Siam Tulip Festival (เทศกาลท่องเที่ยวดอกกระเจียว) in Chaiyaphum from 9 June-31 August
  • Over 1,600 shops can be found at the OTOP Midyear 2013 fair from 28 May to 2 June at Muang Thong Thani.




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