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  • Blackwater at Phuket’s Nai Harn beach due to ‘natural causes’

    Blackwater at Phuket’s Nai Harn beach due to ‘natural causes’

    ‘Blackwater’ has returned at one of Phuket’s favourite beaches, this time in the lagoon behind Nai Harn beach, which flushes out naturally when the tide conditions are right. For now, it is dammed up by the sand and has developed into an ugly cesspool for passersby to see. Responding to complaints from local residents, Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos has denied that the ‘blackwater’ is anything to worry about saying that the discolouration of the water is ‘natural’ and caused by run off from recent rains (it hasn’t rained since Thursday).

  • Another baby Dugong found on a Krabi beach

    Another baby Dugong found on a Krabi beach

    PHOTO: Thai Rath Another lost baby dugong has been rescued after being found injured in Krabi. The baby dugong was found washed up on the shores in Klongthom District, Krabi yesterday (June 1) and was rescued by the officials from the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC). Thai Rath reports that the baby dugong had a lot of scratches on it and was very exhausted

  • Cha-Am blackwater flowing into the beach is “natural in origin” – District Chief

    Cha-Am blackwater flowing into the beach is “natural in origin” – District Chief

    PHOTOS: Daily News The Cha-Am district chief and a posse of officials have inspected a patch of ‘black water’ flowing into the Gulf of Thailand after social media posts showed “sewage” flowing into the sea at a beach north of Hua Hin. Not surprisingly, and without evidence, Khajornsak Somboon admitted the offensive outflow was “smelly” but denied it was effluent from local hotels or businesses and claimed it was “natural in origin”. He claimed that it was “waterlogged water” (we assume a special kind of water that contains water) that had “built up behind a klong due to water levels and release valves being different”.

  • Mall Group shopping centres to charge customers 1 baht for a plastic bag

    Mall Group shopping centres to charge customers 1 baht for a plastic bag

    PHOTO: Mall Group The Mall Group , that runs some of Bangkok’s leading shopping centres, including Bluport in Hua Hin, will charge customers for plastic bags from July 3. The initiative is to mark International Plastic Bag Free Day which falls on July 3.

  • Motorcycle robbers escape with 70,000 baht from Bangkok 7-Eleven

    Motorcycle robbers escape with 70,000 baht from Bangkok 7-Eleven

    PHOTOS: khaosod.co.th Two motorcyclists have robbed a 7-Eleven store in Bangkok’s Bang Sue district and made off with 70,000 baht in cash. It follows another robbery of a 7-Eleven just one day before in Nakhon Ratchasima. Read that story HERE

  • BKK passenger arrivals expected to surge to 200,000 a day in October

    BKK passenger arrivals expected to surge to 200,000 a day in October

    Amid gloomy forecasts and predictions for Thailand’s tourist industry, some good news out of the country’s largest airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. The number of passengers arriving at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok is expected to rise to 200,000 a day when the ‘winter season’ starts in October

  • OPINION: Thailand – Land of false smiles

    OPINION: Thailand – Land of false smiles

    by Pete Downing, Guest Contributor Every year for the past eight years we have saved and have come to Phuket for minimum of a week. More often than not we bring other members of or family with us, anywhere from four to six at a time, and every time bringing empty cases with a 30kg allowance per person and filling those cases each time while emptying our wallets along the way.

  • FOUND. The day the team were found in Thailand’s Tham Luang caves

    FOUND. The day the team were found in Thailand’s Tham Luang caves

    It was twelve months, today, that the missing Mu Pa team, 12 young men aged between 11 and 16, and their 25 year old football coach, were finally located after nine days of frantic searching. The team members had visited the Tham Luang cave after their routine Saturday afternoon football practice for a short excursion

  • Thai PM hints at a ‘solution nobody wanted’ if he can’t solve Cabinet squabbles

    Thai PM hints at a ‘solution nobody wanted’ if he can’t solve Cabinet squabbles

    Yesterday’s mea culpa by the Thai PM Prayut, rather than providing a reassuring tone for the Thai electorate, has ended up stirring up rumours of another coup. Though the aim of the apology was to help mend the ongoing struggles within the Palang Pracharat Party over cabinet positions (let alone the other 19 parties involved in the pro-junta bloc), Prayut also hinted that he wanted things to move forward instead of returning to old problems, “which could lead to a solution nobody wanted”. But Thai social media, weary of the over three months to form a Cabinet, took Prayut’s reference to an “undesirable solution” as a threat for an impending military coup.

  • Hawksbill sea turtle killed by plastic waste in Gulf of Thailand

    Hawksbill sea turtle killed by plastic waste in Gulf of Thailand

    by Pratch Rujivanarom A hawksbill sea turtle which was found washed ashore Pattaya’s Na Jomtien Beach is just the latest victim of the Thailand severe marine debris problem . The Royal Thai Navy’s Sea Turtle Conservation Centre found the rotting carcass on Chon Buri’s Na Jomtien Beach on Sunday