Siamese giant carp chosen as Bangkok 'symbolic fish'

Siamese giant carp Kra Ho chosen as Bangkok ‘symbolic fish’

The Fisheries Department has chosen the Siamese giant carp, or Kra Ho, as Bangkok’s symbolic fish as it attempts to raise conservation awareness of the endangered freshwater species. Wasant Sriwatthana, acting chief of the Fisheries Technology Transfer and Development Bureau, said he has written to inform the Bangkok governor about the move. City Hall has […]

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Tourism jumps 25% through May, led by Chinese

Bangkok Tourism jumps 25%, led by Chinese

More than 12 million international travellers visited Thailand in the first five months of 2015, up 24.7% from same period last year when pre-coup protests at were at their height. According to the latest figures from the Department of Tourism, 12.4 million tourists arrived from January through May, putting the country on track to beat […]

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Lost in Thailand: New Chinese road signs

Tourism Department to install road signs in Chinese for tourists

The Tourism Department and the Transport Ministry will install direction signs in Chinese next year in a bid to ease the number of car accidents caused by tourists travelling from China into Thailand, especially around Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is one of the most popular destinations among Chinese travellers, with many coming by car via […]

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British actress Anna Reese involved in Bangkok car crash that left police officer dead

British actress Anna Reese charged for Bangkok car crash that killed police officer

British actress Anna Reese has been charged with causing death by reckless driving after the car she was driving collided with a parked police car, killing an officer inside, in Thailand. The 28-year-old, who has appeared in films such as The Tsunami Warrior and Brown Sugar 2, was driving a Mercedes at about 3am on […]

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Bangkok's Bumrungrad Hospital quarantines 58 staff

MERS Alert: Bangkok’s Bumrungrad Hospital quarantines 58 staff

Bumrungrad International Hospital is quarantining 58 of its staff for 14 days after a patient from a Middle Eastern country tested positive for the deadly MERS virus, a discovery that also prompted a nationwide alert. The Bangkok hospital’s management yesterday said the first case of Middle East respiratory syndrome in Thailand was a walk-in patient […]

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Bangkok Airport rail link to get more trains

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport rail link to get more trains

STATE Railway of Thailand (SRT) has invited bids for a Baht 4.4bn tender to supply a fleet of new trains for the airport rail link between Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi Airport. SRT requires seven four-car EMUs for operation on the standard-gauge line which is electrified at 25kV ac. The 29km line opened in August 2010, and […]

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Airline cancellations mount

MERS Alert: Airline cancellations mount in Bangkok

Bookings by outbound Thai travellers in Bangkok have reportedly plummeted as much as 80% over the past two weeks as fear over the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome spreads across Asia. Some travel agents have seen their South Korea-bound tour packages and airline ticket sales dwindle at an alarming rate. A Thailand-based official of […]

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