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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (3 June 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (3 June 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– ‘Hero’ westerner saves two lives in reservoir accident
In Lop Buri, a westerner has been hailed as a hero for saving the lives of two Thai men who were on a boat at a reservoir. Both were fortunate to be alive, although they required hospitalization. A third person remains missing. This incident occurred when Thai visitors took a boat out from a nearby camp despite the owner’s advice not to, as they didn’t have life jackets and the weather was rough. The 64-year-old westerner rowed out to them, hauling them aboard. The man who died was a non-swimmer.

– 1500-year-old human remains discovered in new public park grounds
In Nakhon Ratchasima, they have been busy raising the dead, as the remains of two humans, dating back some 1500 years, were discovered during renovations at what will become a public park. Buried with their pets and ancient pottery, the skeletons were carefully removed for examination. This discovery goes some way to proving that the Nakhon Ratchasima city area may predate the Ayutthaya period.

– Isaan school embraces Pride Month with third-gender restroom
As Thailand embraces Pride Month in various cities, the LGBTQ community enjoys festivals and parades. In the northeast, one Isaan secondary school has embraced the trend by adding a restroom for the third gender. The same school now allows children to wear their hair length according to their own preferences. Now, some 76 of the 3800 pupils will, according to the school, feel more comfortable in life.

– Thailand kicks off Pride Month 
This weekend saw Thailand’s Pride Month kick off in the capital and elsewhere as the nation gets closer to approving the recognition of same-sex unions, possibly within the month. This would put Thailand among just three nations in Asia to recognize marriage equality.

– Bangkok Police arrest decade-long thief who targeted tourists
When Bangkok police arrested a thief who regularly targeted tourists, stealing their bags and wallets at any opportunity, the woman confessed not only to the crimes for which she was charged but also to a decade-long career in bag stealing. Haunting popular tourist hotspots and then selling anything she stole, she told police that her plan was to save up to buy a coffee shop. A habitual arrestee, she will be back in jail this week.

– Thai temples to stop requiring HIV tests for novices
Thai temples will no longer be allowed to require an HIV test for any novices before ordination. To date, this has been applied in most temples to reduce the chances of taking on sick novices. However, while it will still be a requirement that all are in good health when applying, actual testing will no longer be allowed. With nowadays easy treatment for those suffering from HIV and its inability to pass from human to human without intimate contact, the Sangha Supreme Council has ordered all temples to follow the new edict.

– British expat faces charges for assaulting Thai security guard
In Nonthaburi, a 67-year-old gate security guard at a local housing estate has filed police charges against a British expat who punched him in the face after getting frustrated that his gate pass wasn’t working. It seems the pass needed a battery replacement. The two-year resident ranted at one guard, and as another approached, the Brit swung around and knocked him to the ground. According to staff, this was not his first raging bull episode, but it might be his last as police are investigating and have the CCTV footage.

– Chiang Mai shootout leads to seizure of 6 million meth pills
In Chiang Mai, a roadside shootout between drug mules and police saw the drug carriers flee, dumping their rucksacks to make their flight faster. As the patrol team moved in, they discovered the bags contained a staggering 6 million meth pills, likely carried in from Myanmar. With many pointing out that with one gang caught, dozens more likely manage to get through, the number highlights the methamphetamine problems that affect Thailand. The mules were caught after a tip-off to police.

– Jurassic Park 4 filming in Thailand 
And for Jurassic Park fans, good news as the fourth movie in the series is underway and being partially filmed in Krabi. Over the next six weeks, filming will take place there and on the mainland too after a previous search for locations that resembled what the producers wanted. With other locations being used in the capital, Chiang Mai, and Phuket, the movie is fully supported by the national park authorities and the state itself.

– Main airports in Thailand still issuing 30-day stamps despite new 60-day rule
Main airports in Thailand were still, at the weekend, issuing just thirty-day instead of the new sixty-day passport stamps for tourists arriving here. With the new extended period announced last month for launch this month, many had expected sixty days from June 1. Anyone caught out can visit immigration to extend the thirty to sixty days if required, as has always been the case. Immigration is expected to make an announcement soon.

– Nigerian Vlogger on overstay arrested on Thai island 
Love them or hate them, so-called vloggers and social media influencers are enjoying popularity as many businesses endure them in the vain hope that they will bring extra business. With many offering free promotion on social media in exchange for a free meal or even accommodation, some see them as leeches, others as a bonus to business. However, on Koh Phangan island, businesses reported a Nigerian who, later discovered to be on a nine-month overstay, claimed to be able to influence Nigerian tourists in quite a pushy manner. Cops questioned him, checked his passport, and he did get free accommodation and meals—as he will at the immigration detention center until he forks out for his own ticket home and pays fines.

– Pattaya paragliding operators found with expired permits during inspection
Out in the bay, where tourists can enjoy paragliding with licensed operators, an inspection of local touts and their boats revealed several with non-existent or expired permits. The permits authorize them to operate on Pattaya shorelines and confirm insurance and safety. Several were banned from operating, and others were found to be among 15 non-Thai operators or staff, all of whom were removed as none had work documents.

– Crackdown on motorbike & golf cart rentals on Koh Larn island 
Meanwhile, on Koh Larn island, Pattaya police spent a day showing bike rental stores that they must check all renters to see a genuine motorbike license before renting. As that’s the law, but usually ignored, even here on the mainland, many tourists were left on foot after their papers were checked. Aiming at safety for the island community and tourists alike, a further ban was implemented on the regular rental of golf carts to tourists, although they can still be used by driver operators and resorts.

– Registration Opens for Annual Pattaya Marathon
Up for a run? Well, registration opens this Thursday for the annual Pattaya Marathon. Something for everyone, offering runs of 10 to 42 kilometers along with a family 5K run and similar options for those in wheelchairs. The annual fun event always draws runners from around the world and takes place very early in the morning to ensure full safety.

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