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  • Above the law, privileged Thais party on, to insult of struggling public
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 28, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Celebrities were forced to come clean about their whereabouts to health officials under threat of prosecution after public outrage erupted over an apparent double standard in which VIPs are being allowed to withhold information required of everyone else.   Singer Karit “Kaow Aot” Puntham, 23, last night became the latest celeb in the spotlight after he … This article, Above the law, privileged Thais party on, to insult of struggling public, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Do the Chew! House OKs delisting kratom as narcotic
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 28, 2021 at 3:14 am

    Lawmakers on Wednesday gave a green light to removing a psychoactive folk remedy from the list of controlled substances, opening the door to a new cash crop for farmers. The House of Representatives yesterday voted 319 to 7 to delist kratom, or Mitragyna speciosa, as a Class 5 narcotic. The bill is expected to pass … This article, Do the Chew! House OKs delisting kratom as narcotic, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Cops raid Koh Phangan bar’s anniversary party, bust 100+ revelers
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 27, 2021 at 10:52 am

    A Koh Phangan bar’s fifth anniversary party came to an early end last night after police raided the venue and arrested more than 100 people for violating COVID-19 measures. The bar’s owner, 20 Thai patrons and 89 foreign guests were arrested at around 9:30pm at the hilltop Three Sixty Bar after officers arrived to find … This article, Cops raid Koh Phangan bar’s anniversary party, bust 100+ revelers, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Bangkok schools get OK to reopen; restaurants to serve alcohol again
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 27, 2021 at 5:16 am

    Health officials today gave a green light for restaurants to serve until 11pm and offer alcohol to diners and teased the reopening of public schools. Bangkok’s restaurants should soon be able to serve booze again and remain open another two hours past the current 9pm closing time, though pubs, bars, karaoke parlors and similar establishments … This article, Bangkok schools get OK to reopen; restaurants to serve alcohol again, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Behold! Mystical termite mound looks like Thai ghostboy
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 27, 2021 at 4:29 am

    Villagers in the northeast of Thailand found a termite mound they insist looks just like Thailand’s auspicious boy ghost of the moment. Discovered yesterday in the midst of the jungle around the Ban Khok Klan community in Surin province, the mound quickly drew notice for its likeness to Ai Khai, a centuries-old spirt who’s been … This article, Behold! Mystical termite mound looks like Thai ghostboy, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • THB191 million approved by Thailand’s cabinet to ‘control’ protests
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 27, 2021 at 4:13 am

    The cabinet approved a vast sum of money yesterday for police measures to control demonstrations which have re-emerged again recently.  The expenditure of THB191 million (US$6.3 million) was granted during its Tuesday meeting for the Royal Thai Police to spend on equipment, residences, travel expenses and more in order to “control” crowds at future protests.  … This article, THB191 million approved by Thailand’s cabinet to ‘control’ protests, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thai girl forced to study under sun gets mad awning upgrade
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 26, 2021 at 10:59 am

    When it was time for Siriluck “View” Ritbua to study, she had to leave her home outside Hua Hin and carry her books and tablet computer to a jungle clearing where she could get internet service. There, she set everything up on a low table and shielded herself from the strong sun with another item … This article, Thai girl forced to study under sun gets mad awning upgrade, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thailand sees recovery in ‘COVID Passports’ for quarantine-free travel
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 26, 2021 at 6:10 am

    Travelers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 could skip quarantine upon entering Thailand under a scheme proposed by tourism officials. The tourism authority wants to introduce “vaccine passports” that would allow visitors to avoid isolating for two weeks on arrival, which was seen as a major turn-off to its previous efforts, which failed to draw … This article, Thailand sees recovery in ‘COVID Passports’ for quarantine-free travel, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thailand’s AstraZeneca supply all good, now stop talking about it: PM
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 25, 2021 at 10:33 am

    The prime minister today sought to dispel reports that the European maker of Thailand’s vaccine supply was having second thoughts, insisting its rollout would go forward as planned. Indirectly dismissing reports that AstraZeneca was worried about being dragged into Thai politics, Prayuth Chan-o-cha said that the firm had settled on Siam Bioscience, a biotech firm … This article, Thailand’s AstraZeneca supply all good, now stop talking about it: PM, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Eating out until 11pm in Bangkok could be a thing again this week
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 25, 2021 at 4:10 am

    Health officials today will consider extending restaurant hours to 11pm in a step that could lead to the lifting of a ban on drinking out. Thai Chamber of Commerce chairman Kalin Sarasin said the COVID task force and cabinet could act as soon as Tuesday to provide relief to restaurant operators as urged by the … This article, Eating out until 11pm in Bangkok could be a thing again this week, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • AstraZeneca has cold feet on vaccine plan due to prosecution of critic Thanathorn: report
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 22, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    Thailand’s prosecution of a popular opposition figure may be sabotaging plans to bring a European-developed vaccine to its people. A planned news conference on the authorization of the AstraZeneca vaccine was canceled today, Matichon reported Friday evening, among rumors it is reconsidering arrangements for the vaccine to be produced by a royally owned company after … This article, AstraZeneca has cold feet on vaccine plan due to prosecution of critic Thanathorn: report, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thai COVID task force spokesman goes into quarantine
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 22, 2021 at 9:09 am

    The familiar face of Thailand’s pandemic response will be out of sight for at least two weeks after his colleagues came into close contact with a reporter infected with COVID-19. While delivering today’s daily health update as he has nearly every day for the past year, COVID task force spokesman Taweesilp Wissanuyothin he would be … This article, Thai COVID task force spokesman goes into quarantine, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Bangkok’s BTS to cost more than Hong Kong, Singapore next month: former MP
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 22, 2021 at 8:11 am

    A former Bangkok MP said City Hall should make a power play to renegotiate terms with the BTS operator rather than hike fares after Bangkok’s defiant governor refused to budge on doing so, going so far as to dare his critics to file complaints with anti-corruption authorities.  Kla Party founder and former Bangkok MP Atavit … This article, Bangkok’s BTS to cost more than Hong Kong, Singapore next month: former MP, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thai celeb with COVID spurs closures around Bangkok
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 22, 2021 at 6:10 am

    Several downtown businesses are closed today after learning they were visited by a celebrity infected with COVID-19. Many public figures who came into contact with well-known radio and television host Techin Ploypetch, aka DJ Matoom, have gone to get tested after he went public with his diagnosis Wednesday night in a video posted to Instagram. … This article, Thai celeb with COVID spurs closures around Bangkok, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • On its last slender legs, Silom drag bar pleads for help to keep the glamor going
    by Chayanit Itthipongmaetee on January 22, 2021 at 4:18 am

    Last year, a Silom drag hot spot survived a three-month shutdown without any relief or aid. This time it might not make it. One of Bangkok’s best-known and rowdiest drag queen destinations The Stranger Bar yesterday called on all the fans out there for help via a crowdfunding campaign called Save the House of Drag … This article, On its last slender legs, Silom drag bar pleads for help to keep the glamor going, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Man found dead beneath Khao Yai’s ‘Lonely Cliff’
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 21, 2021 at 8:31 am

    The body of a man was found this afternoon and at the base of a cliff in the Khao Yai National Park in what the authorities suspect was an accidental fall. The unidentified visitor’s body was discovered below the Pa Deo Die (“Lonely Cliff”), a popular park attraction located in Nakhon Nayok province. Park rangers … This article, Man found dead beneath Khao Yai’s ‘Lonely Cliff’, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Iconsiam guard who slapped student protester resigns
    by Thitima Sukontaros on January 21, 2021 at 4:17 am

    A security guard resigned yesterday from the luxury riverfront shopping mall where he slapped a university student earlier this week. The Iconsiam shopping mall last night announced it had finished reviewing the incident in which 21-year-old Thammasat University student Benja Apan was slapped while attempting to stage a protest there. In a statement, the mall … This article, Iconsiam guard who slapped student protester resigns, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Alcohol suspected in death of stranded American at Krabi hotel
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 20, 2021 at 10:04 am

    An American man stranded by the pandemic in Krabi province was found dead at his hotel today. After a tip led them at about noon to the man’s body lying facedown on a bed at the Krabi-Loma Hotel, police said they suspect the man drank himself to death. Police said the advanced state of decomposition … This article, Alcohol suspected in death of stranded American at Krabi hotel, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • To punch above its weight, scaled-down Wishbeer takes franchise gamble
    by Chayanit Itthipongmaetee on January 20, 2021 at 9:26 am

    One of Bangkok’s biggest booze delivery services near the end of its first decade is retooling its retail presence due to pandemic pain and a marketplace that still favors monopolists. What grew from a delivery service for hard-to-find beers to fine spots for chilling out with quality drinks of all types, Wishbeer will move its … This article, To punch above its weight, scaled-down Wishbeer takes franchise gamble, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thanathorn to be charged with insulting monarchy: minister
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 20, 2021 at 6:08 am

    Opposition figure Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit will be charged with defaming the monarchy over comments he made at a discussion of a royally produced vaccine, Digital Economy Minister Puttipong Punnakanta said early Wednesday afternoon. Puttipong on Wednesday afternoon said he ordered his team to file a royal defamation complaint at the Technology Crime Suppression Division after the … This article, Thanathorn to be charged with insulting monarchy: minister, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Media darling, murder suspect ‘Uncle Pol’ attacks reporter live on TV
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 20, 2021 at 5:41 am

    A murder suspect-turned-media superstar lost his cool yesterday and assaulted a journalist, prompting calls for his prosecution. Two journalists’ associations yesterday condemned Chaipol Vipra, who’s surfed across tabloid front pages for months as “Uncle Pol,” after he placed Amarin TV’s Napas Praneetpolkrang in a headlock live on the air. “Such actions against a journalist being … This article, Media darling, murder suspect ‘Uncle Pol’ attacks reporter live on TV, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Gyms, massage parlors in Bangkok can reopen as outbreak threat recedes
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 20, 2021 at 4:37 am

    Update Jan. 21: Bangkok’s spas, massage parlors, gyms, internet cafes and martial arts schools can reopen Friday, City Hall announced today. Bars and nightclubs? Not yet. Cautious optimism that Thailand’s second-wave outbreak is in decline led the prime minister to tease today a loosening of restrictions as soon as next month, while City Hall prepares … This article, Gyms, massage parlors in Bangkok can reopen as outbreak threat recedes, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Iconsiam guard accused of slapping student protester but guess which was taken to police?
    by Thitima Sukontaros on January 19, 2021 at 10:19 am

    A student protester was slapped this afternoon at a luxury riverfront shopping mall by security guards for holding a sign criticizing the government. A Thammasat University student later identified as Benja Apan was surrounded by at least six security guards outside the Iconsiam shopping mall at about 2:30pm after she held up a sign reading … This article, Iconsiam guard accused of slapping student protester but guess which was taken to police?, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Oxford-developed vaccine could beat China’s for limited use in Thailand
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 19, 2021 at 5:23 am

    Update Jan. 22: Thailand’s FDA granted emergency approval to the AstraZeneca vaccine, of which 50,000 doses manufactured in Italy will arrive in February followed by another 150,000 by April. At two doses per person, that’s enough to inoculate 0.14% of the population. A moderately effective vaccine already approved in several major markets may be available … This article, Oxford-developed vaccine could beat China’s for limited use in Thailand, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thailand’s new COVID app? ‘Garbage,’ its developers say.
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 18, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Accusations that health officials sabotaged the data in their own health-tracking app to give a rosier impression of COVID-19 risks were backed up today by a respected academic who contributed to its development. Retired Chulalongkorn Professor Loy Chunpongtong said in a television interview that the volunteer developers of the Mor Chana tracking app quit because … This article, Thailand’s new COVID app? ‘Garbage,’ its developers say., originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • BTS fare jump will harm public, lawmakers say
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 18, 2021 at 4:21 am

    Lawmakers objecting to City Hall plans to nearly double maximum BTS fares plan to lodge a formal complaint this week. Though less than the fare-tripling warned of last week, the new cap’s harm to the public would be amplified during the pandemic crisis, Sophon Saram, chairman of the parliamentary transportation committee, said yesterday. Sophon added … This article, BTS fare jump will harm public, lawmakers say, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Koh Samui cop accused of raping Burmese woman freed on bail
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 15, 2021 at 7:34 am

    A senior Koh Samui police officer was freed on bail this morning, a day after he was accused of raping a Burmese woman being held at the police station where he is assigned.  Watcharin Sinsamosorn was briefly held after the woman told the Bo Phut Police Station chief yesterday that he had attacked her in … This article, Koh Samui cop accused of raping Burmese woman freed on bail, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Bangkok warns it may nearly triple max fares on BTS Sukhumvit Line
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 15, 2021 at 5:18 am

    Long rides on the BTS Green Line will get more expensive next month, with the new maximum fare possibly climbing to THB158 (US$5) because City Hall can’t pay its bills. The capital city’s longest rail line, which stretches from northern to southeastern metro Bangkok, is due for a fare hike, but today Bangkok Gov. Aswin … This article, Bangkok warns it may nearly triple max fares on BTS Sukhumvit Line, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Wild elephant kills camper in Khao Yai National Park
    by Coconuts Bangkok on January 15, 2021 at 4:21 am

    Khao Yai National Park closed two campsites this morning after a tourist was killed by a wild elephant. The measures came after Prayot Jitboon, a tourist staying at the Pha Kluaymai camping site, died early Friday morning at about 2am when an elephant trampled the site, destroying tents and attacking Prayot, according to Adisak Phusitwongsanuyut, … This article, Wild elephant kills camper in Khao Yai National Park, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Three things Bangkok can do right now to improve air quality
    by Thitima Sukontaros on January 14, 2021 at 8:40 am

    It’s difficult to enjoy the cool that’s descended over Bangkok this week when smog levels have hit lung-burning highs. While the nation’s top environmental official recently passed the buck, saying they were all out of ideas, experts say Thailand could do much better than telling people to suck it up and breathe toxic air by … This article, Three things Bangkok can do right now to improve air quality, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

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