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  • Russia will supply Thailand with Sputnik V vaccine supply
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 22, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Russia will supply an unspecified number of Sputnik V vaccines to Thailand as the third wave of pandemic shows no sign of slowing. Days after Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha said they were negotiating to acquire millions of Pfizer-made doses, one of his spokesmen said that Russian President Vladimir Putin was willing to supply the Russian-made … This article, Russia will supply Thailand with Sputnik V vaccine supply, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thai chef in New York seeks justice for cat killed by boy in park
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 22, 2021 at 5:17 am

    Police in New York city said Thursday they have arrested and charged a woman with assaulting a Thai chef who was the victim of a random, vicious attack in which a boy killed her cat in a public park. Evelyn Serrano, 42, was arrested and charged with assault this morning after the case drew wide … This article, Thai chef in New York seeks justice for cat killed by boy in park, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Fierce flames incinerate engine oil distributor in west metro Bangkok
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 22, 2021 at 4:11 am

    Police today will investigate what led to a five-story building and warehouse packed with engine oil to go up in a fire that took firefighters hours to bring under control yesterday. The fire at the headquarters of Prapakorn Oil, near a PTT petrol station in west metro Bangkok, took over four hours to put out … This article, Fierce flames incinerate engine oil distributor in west metro Bangkok, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Nothing, just nothing, was going to stop this Bangkok road crew from pouring cement today (Video)
    by Thitima Sukontaros on April 21, 2021 at 10:32 am

    A Bangkok road crew was set on finishing their work today come hell – or high water.  When the latter came thanks to today’s powerful storm, the team of workers left onlookers gasping when they continued pouring cement into a roadway that had been turned into a lake. “Look, look, look, this is fucking genius. … This article, Nothing, just nothing, was going to stop this Bangkok road crew from pouring cement today (Video), originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Those who helped Thai abbot decapitate himself face prosecution: police
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 21, 2021 at 4:54 am

    Police in the far northeast of Thailand will look into whether the followers of an abbot who beheaded himself with a DIY guillotine last week should be prosecuted for aiding his attempt at attaining enlightenment. Maj. Niphon Panitcharoen of Nong Bua Lamphu Police said yesterday that those who moved, cleaned, and burned Dhammakorn Wangphrecha’s body … This article, Those who helped Thai abbot decapitate himself face prosecution: police, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Change.org back online in Thailand after 6-month blackout
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 21, 2021 at 4:18 am

    Thailand once again has a place to register its positions on issues with a few clicks with the return of Change.org. The site, a ubiquitous fixture of online social movements – and media coverage – declared this morning it had secured its return through a victory in the courts, six months after it was banned … This article, Change.org back online in Thailand after 6-month blackout, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thailand trying to get ahold of millions of Pfizer vaccine doses: PM
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 20, 2021 at 10:22 am

    With COVID-19 getting real and Thailand’s vaccine supply still months away, the prime minister today said that help could be on the way. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha announced today that Thailand is in negotiations to acquire millions of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses as it awaits production of its own domestic supply of AstraZeneca. He said the … This article, Thailand trying to get ahold of millions of Pfizer vaccine doses: PM, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Cop demoted after wife uses police helo for obnoxious TikToks
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 20, 2021 at 5:09 am

    A police officer in the northeast was abruptly transferred this morning after his wife showed off her trip aboard a Royal Thai Police helicopter in a TikTok video. Lt. Col. Akkarapol Yeekoh, a detective at the Udon Thani Police Station, was demoted and reassigned after TikTokker @Keng_pakapawan mugged for the camera, flashed V-fingers, made duckface … This article, Cop demoted after wife uses police helo for obnoxious TikToks, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Hospitelity time: Bangkok quarantine hotels asked to give up beds for COVID-19 patients
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 20, 2021 at 4:23 am

    When is a hotel a hospital, or “hospitel?” When health officials are scrambling to accommodate thousands of stricken patients during an overwhelming surge in daily COVID-19 cases that has outstripped capacity. This article, Hospitelity time: Bangkok quarantine hotels asked to give up beds for COVID-19 patients, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thai monk who beheaded himself with guillotine to reach nirvana may have been misguided: Buddhist authority
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 19, 2021 at 8:56 am

    A temple abbot who used a DIY guillotine to behead himself in hope of attaining enlightenment might have misinterpreted some things along the way, Thailand’s religious authorities said yesterday. While most people give money or free captive birds, Dhammakorn Wangphrecha believed the ultimate way to make merit was with one’s head, so he practiced what … This article, Thai monk who beheaded himself with guillotine to reach nirvana may have been misguided: Buddhist authority, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • He’s back! From anchor’s desk to jail cell, paroled Sorayuth announces return to ‘Morning News’
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 19, 2021 at 5:49 am

    Sorayuth Suthassanachinda will climb back to the top five years after he was brought down for embezzlement. The television news personality who commanded audiences of millions via Morning News was paroled last month after serving 14 months of an eight-year jail sentence for defrauding state-run MCOT of THB138 million (US$4.4 million). His return from the … This article, He’s back! From anchor’s desk to jail cell, paroled Sorayuth announces return to ‘Morning News’, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thai airlines urged to halt red-eye flights
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 19, 2021 at 3:02 am

    Aviation authorities yesterday issued guidelines urging airlines to suspend overnight domestic flights. The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand on Sunday asked airlines to cooperate with limiting public travel by suspending domestic flights between 11pm and 4am as COVID-19 infections continue to set daily record highs. While no overnight curfews have been imposed, people have been … This article, Thai airlines urged to halt red-eye flights, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • After nearly 4 decades, American academic and activist faces expulsion
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 16, 2021 at 10:45 am

    An American scholar and longtime resident who has written about Thailand’s draconian lese majeste law said today he faces expulsion after 35 years in the kingdom. Khon Kaen-based academic David Streckfuss, who has written a book on the royal insult law and heads news outlet The Isaan Record, said he has lost his work permit … This article, After nearly 4 decades, American academic and activist faces expulsion, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thai nightlife ban goes nationwide, opening hours cut and more measures for at least two weeks
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 16, 2021 at 9:35 am

    On the third consecutive record-breaking day of new COVID-19 infections, health officials Friday afternoon announced a raft of new hardship measures targeting Thailand’s 18 hardest-hit areas, including the capital. After saying that no curfew would be imposed, Taweesilp Wissanoyothin of the national pandemic task force said all gatherings should be kept to no more than … This article, Thai nightlife ban goes nationwide, opening hours cut and more measures for at least two weeks, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Wai not: Thai net dreams of buying island paradise shattered by scam reality
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 16, 2021 at 9:12 am

    For a few hours, thousands of minds had left their troubles and the glum pandemic reality behind for a sunny future as owners of a lush, exotic island. At least until national park officials last night crushed those dreams in a statement dismissing the purported sale of a gulf island as a likely social media … This article, Wai not: Thai net dreams of buying island paradise shattered by scam reality, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Citibank to end personal banking services in Thailand
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 16, 2021 at 5:12 am

    Citibank is pulling out from personal banking in Thailand after 54 years, blaming increased market competition. American multinational financial services provider Citigroup yesterday announced plans to exit consumer banking in 13 countries in and around east Asia including Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, China, South Korea and Australia. It means that individuals will lose their … This article, Citibank to end personal banking services in Thailand, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thailand to announce new public health measures at 4pm
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 16, 2021 at 4:16 am

    Update: Health officials Friday afternoon announced a raft of new hardship measures targeting Thailand’s 18 hardest-hit areas, which include the capital. With the New Year’s holiday ending in consecutive days of record-high cases, Thailand is bracing for stringent new public health measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. After cases peaked at 1,543 yesterday, health … This article, Thailand to announce new public health measures at 4pm, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Songkran flaming bus deaths blamed on ‘bad brakes,’ driver freed on bail
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 16, 2021 at 4:06 am

    A bus driver was freed on bail yesterday, two days after five Songkran travelers died and several injured in a fatal incident the authorities are blaming on faulty brakes. Patsadee Kamkhon, 48, was released on a THB150,000 (US$4,800) bond after the double-decker bus he was driving burst into flames on Mittraphap Highway in Khon Kaen … This article, Songkran flaming bus deaths blamed on ‘bad brakes,’ driver freed on bail, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Married Thai couple shaken by harassment, death threats from homophobic Indonesians
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 12, 2021 at 5:15 am

    A high-profile legal campaigner has said Indonesians would not be welcome in Thailand who left obscene and degrading comments on the page of a newlywed, same-sex Thai couple. Ronnarong Kaewpetch, an attorney whose Network of Campaigning for Justice takes on matters of public interest, had come to the couple’s defense after they were inundated with … This article, Married Thai couple shaken by harassment, death threats from homophobic Indonesians, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Enough doses to vaccinate 3,000 heading to Thonglor as COVID cases hit new high: City Hall
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 12, 2021 at 4:58 am

    With travel barriers going up around the capital during peak travel holidays, City Hall today reiterated plans to vaccinate 3,000 people on an emergency basis in Bangkok’s worst-hit district of Wattana. Priority for the doses – two per recipient – will go to employees of Thonglor nightlife venues and nearby residents, according to deputy permanent … This article, Enough doses to vaccinate 3,000 heading to Thonglor as COVID cases hit new high: City Hall, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • 2 Thonglor club managers jailed over COVID spread – owners escape scrutiny
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 12, 2021 at 3:52 am

    A court Sunday handed down jail time to the managers of two Thonglor nightlife hotspots linked to the spread of the coronavirus in Bangkok and the whiff of politician scandal. Kanchit Sueborisutjai of the Emerald Club and Chawalit Puttarat of the Krystal Club and were given two-month sentences for violating zoning law and the pandemic … This article, 2 Thonglor club managers jailed over COVID spread – owners escape scrutiny, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Songkran travel plans screwed? Here’s what the airlines are currently offering.
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 9, 2021 at 11:31 am

    With surprise restrictions spoiling an untold number of Songkran travels, airlines are rushing to update their policies for all those canceled trips. All major budget carriers want flights changed in advance – which might be difficult for those who just found they can’t travel to or from the capital due to surprise third-wave coronavirus restrictions. … This article, Songkran travel plans screwed? Here’s what the airlines are currently offering., originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Did Chuvit accuse Thailand’s only COVID-infected minister of visiting super-spreader strip club? He won’t name names.
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 9, 2021 at 8:38 am

    When a member of the cabinet this week announced that he had COVID-19, he categorically denied hanging out in Bangkok’s Thonglor nightlife scene. The next day, a former politician known for exposing dirt in the corrupt worlds he came from told the media that two cabinet ministers had recently visited a strip club there where … This article, Did Chuvit accuse Thailand’s only COVID-infected minister of visiting super-spreader strip club? He won’t name names., originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Bangkok’s hospitals run out of COVID tests as new rules create travel crunch
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 9, 2021 at 5:14 am

    Last-minute travel barriers spurring a surge of demand for COVID-tests on the eve of the nation’s biggest holiday has overwhelmed Bangkok’s private hospitals. After a slew of travel restrictions went up around Bangkok, holiday travelers in need of testing certificates today were left to call around to hospitals in hope of finding any with remaining … This article, Bangkok’s hospitals run out of COVID tests as new rules create travel crunch, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Serious ocean people agree with Thai navy that Netflix’s ‘Seaspiracy’ is crap
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 9, 2021 at 4:44 am

    A sexy Netflix doc leaning on images of swarthy Asian thugs to call out the sins of Thailand’s fishing industry isn’t just being criticized in the kingdom but by a slew of environmental organizations and experts worldwide.  In fact, Netflix’s Seaspiracy has been slammed for being chock full of misinformation and twisting the science on … This article, Serious ocean people agree with Thai navy that Netflix’s ‘Seaspiracy’ is crap, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Over a thousand people crowd into Thonglor’s Arena 10 for free COVID tests (Photos)
    by Thitima Sukontaros on April 8, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Hundreds of people queued hours today for free COVID-19 tests in Thonglor as health officials trace more than 500 infections to nearby nightlife areas. A large crowd formed in front of Arena 10’s Barbarbar pub, a venue where at least five people are known to have taken ill. Three royally provided mobile biosafety units administered … This article, Over a thousand people crowd into Thonglor’s Arena 10 for free COVID tests (Photos), originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Pimp-turned-whistleblower Chuvit blames ‘VVIPs’ who pack Thonglor titty clubs for endless COVID (Video)
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 8, 2021 at 6:59 am

    Maverick former politician Chuvit Kamolvisit said this afternoon that top officials should come clean about their visits to a Bangkok night club where dozens of COVID-19 cases helped kick off the latest wave of infections. The former massage parlor owner, now a political and media commentator, said high-level officials including government ministers and police and … This article, Pimp-turned-whistleblower Chuvit blames ‘VVIPs’ who pack Thonglor titty clubs for endless COVID (Video), originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • More closures spell ‘death penalty’ to Bangkok proprietors, who see a double standard
    by Coconuts Bangkok on April 8, 2021 at 5:56 am

    Bangkok’s restaurants are already feeling the effects of the latest COVID-19 outbreak, and some are unhappy about what they say is the uneven application of anti-virus measures. After COVID-19 cases soared due to a surge of cases linked to entertainment venues, several restaurants visited by ill patrons have been forced to shut their doors for … This article, More closures spell ‘death penalty’ to Bangkok proprietors, who see a double standard, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • Thai teen says Bolt driver drugged, raped her – and the police did nothing
    by Thitima Sukontaros on March 25, 2021 at 9:43 am

    Update April 8: Bolt has launched its own service for women to request female drivers in response to this story. Police today said they are still looking for a Bolt driver accused of raping a 16-year-old girl during a ride southeast of the capital days after she accused them of doing nothing. Local police in … This article, Thai teen says Bolt driver drugged, raped her – and the police did nothing, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

  • COVID-sniffing Thai dogs ready to smell out the virus
    by Coconuts Bangkok on March 16, 2021 at 11:07 am

    Thailand’s first batch of coronavirus-sniffing pooches have been trained and are ready to help detect those stricken with COVID-19. Six Labrador retrievers have spent the past two months sniffing cans filled with socks and cotton soaked with sweat from COVID-19 patients and are now ready to take up posts at airports, seaports, land crossings or … This article, COVID-sniffing Thai dogs ready to smell out the virus, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

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