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  • Public Health Ministry Approves Removal Of Cannabis From Drug List
      The Ministry of Public Health’s narcotics control committee has approved the removal of cannabis from the list of narcotics list.   The panel meeting, chaired by Public Health Ministry deputy permanent secretary Dr. Thongchai Keeratihatthayakon, agreed to remove marijuana from the Category 5 narcotics list.   The draft will be submitted to the Narcotics...

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    The Ministry of Public Health’s narcotics control committee has approved the removal of cannabis from the list of narcotics list.

     

    The panel meeting, chaired by Public Health Ministry deputy permanent secretary Dr. Thongchai Keeratihatthayakon, agreed to remove marijuana from the Category 5 narcotics list.

     

    The draft will be submitted to the Narcotics Control Board (NCB) for consideration during their next meeting on January 25, which will be chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam. If approved, the draft will be signed into law by the minister of public health and published in the Royal Gazette for promulgation.

     

    The announcement is expected to remove cannabis from the list of drugs, except for extracts containing more than 0.2 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The legal exception will only apply to cannabis grown in the country.

     

    Food and Drug Administration (FDA) secretary-general Dr. Paisal Dankhum stated that the FDA will establish regulations to manage cannabis plants. Additional measures, similar to those used to regulate the use of cigarettes and alcoholic beverages, are expected to be authorized to restrict the use of cannabis and its extracts in the future.

     

    (Source: – NNT)

    22 January 22 2022
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  • Thailand Road Carnage: Nation’s Latest “At-The-Scene” Fatalities
    Picture: Daily News   Daily News published the latest fatalities on the Thai roads, some of the most dangerous in the world.   And it was continuing grim reading.   They cautioned that their figures were just those that died at the scene of accidents. When those who die on the way to and later...

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    Daily News published the latest fatalities on the Thai roads, some of the most dangerous in the world.

     

    And it was continuing grim reading.

     

    They cautioned that their figures were just those that died at the scene of accidents. When those who die on the way to and later at hospitals are added the carnage is much worse.

     

    Since January 1st the figure is 743.

     

    In the same period last year it was 685 – and increase of 58 in 19 days.

     

    Around 14,000 at the scene deaths have been recorded in recent years. But the real total is thought to be 25,000 – 80% of them motorcyclists.

     

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    Lack of helmet wearing and drunk driving are cited as two major causes.

     

    Lack of proper police enforcement, poor driver and rider training and political lip service to the issue are cited as contributing factors.

     

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    Daily News list the figures every day. Yesterday they reported on the death of a Myanmar woman who was crushed after riding in the back of a pick-up carrying cement,  a story ASEAN NOW carried already.

     

    The media, in their daily sound bite, warned that not slowing down for bends is particularly dangerous.

     

    (Source: – Asean Now)

    22 January 22 2022
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  • COVID-19: Thailand Reports 8,122 New Coronavirus Cases, 19 Deaths, 7,582 Recoveries
    File photo   Thailand on Saturday (January 22) reported 8,122 new COVID-19 cases, 7,582 recoveries and 19 additional deaths over the past 24 hours.   ▶︎ Infections outside prisons: 7,935. Prisons: 177 ▶︎ Recoveries: 7,582   Saturday’s cases bring the total number of COVID-19 infections in Thailand to 2,369,814 with 22,019 deaths.   The news comes as subsequent jabs of...

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    Thailand on Saturday (January 22) reported 8,122 new COVID-19 cases, 7,582 recoveries and 19 additional deaths over the past 24 hours.

     

    ▶︎ Infections outside prisons: 7,935. Prisons: 177

    ▶︎ Recoveries: 7,582

     

    Saturday’s cases bring the total number of COVID-19 infections in Thailand to 2,369,814 with 22,019 deaths.

     

    The news comes as subsequent jabs of COVID-19 vaccines may cause undesirable effects if they are administered too early, a viral expert has warned.

     

    Prof Dr Yong Poovorawan, head of the Center of Excellence in Clinical Virology at Chulalongkorn University, wrote on Facebook that many people asked about proper doses of COVID-19 vaccination and some people even said they had already received five shots comprising the first two jabs of. the Sinovac vaccine, followed by a jab of AstraZeneca and then two shots of Moderna. Some people said they did not count their initial Sinovac jabs.

     

    (Source: – Asean Now)

    22 January 22 2022
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  • Thailand Reports 8,640 New COVID-19 Cases, 8,641 Recoveries, 13 Deaths
    File photo   Thailand on Friday (January 21) reported 8,640 new COVID-19 cases, 8,641 recoveries and 13 additional deaths over the past 24 hours.   ▶︎ Infections outside prisons: 8,445. Prisons: 195 ▶︎ Recoveries: 8,641   Friday’s cases bring the total number of COVID-19 infections in Thailand to 2,361,702 with 22,000 deaths.   The news comes as the Centre for...

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    Thailand on Friday (January 21) reported 8,640 new COVID-19 cases, 8,641 recoveries and 13 additional deaths over the past 24 hours.

     

    ▶︎ Infections outside prisons: 8,445. Prisons: 195

    ▶︎ Recoveries: 8,641

     

    Friday’s cases bring the total number of COVID-19 infections in Thailand to 2,361,702 with 22,000 deaths.

     

    The news comes as the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has agreed to resume registration for the currently suspended quarantine-free entry program, known as “Test and Go”, from February 1st. It will also allow eateries in “sandbox” provinces and COVID-19 “high surveillance” provinces to serve alcohol up to 11pm, instead of 9 pm, from January 24th onwards according to CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin.

     

    However, to open, the eateries must meet the SHA Plus or the Stop COVID  2 Plus standard and comply with the COVID Free Setting measure. Pubs, bars and other entertainment venues are to remain closed, but they are allowed to open as eateries and when they meet such requirements.

     

    (Source: – Asean Now)

    21 January 21 2022
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  • New 20-Baht Polymer Banknotes To Enter Circulation On March 24
      The Bank of Thailand (BoT) has issued new 20-baht banknotes, made of polymer rather than paper, for distribution from March 24th.   BOT Governor Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput, explained that they chose to issue the polymer notes for the 20-baht denomination first because they are the most frequently used and wear out faster than notes of...

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    The Bank of Thailand (BoT) has issued new 20-baht banknotes, made of polymer rather than paper, for distribution from March 24th.

     

    BOT Governor Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput, explained that they chose to issue the polymer notes for the 20-baht denomination first because they are the most frequently used and wear out faster than notes of other denominations. The polymer notes are more durable and stay cleaner than paper ones.

     

    The polymer notes are produced from a special kind of plastic which does not absorb humidity or dirt. They are environment friendly and will reduce the need to reprint replacements for worn-out notes, said the governor.

     

    (Source: – Thai PBS)

    21 January 21 2022
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  • COVID-19: Thailand Reports 8,129 New Coronavirus Cases, 19 Deaths, 6,978 Recoveries
    File photo   Thailand on Thursday (January 20) reported 8,129 new COVID-19 cases, 6,978 recoveries and 19 additional deaths over the past 24 hours.   ▶︎ Infections outside prisons: 7,915. Prisons: 214 ▶︎ Recoveries: 6,978   Thursday’s cases bring the total number of COVID-19 infections in Thailand to 2,353,062 with 21,987 deaths.   The news comes as the resumption...

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    Thailand on Thursday (January 20) reported 8,129 new COVID-19 cases, 6,978 recoveries and 19 additional deaths over the past 24 hours.

     

    ▶︎ Infections outside prisons: 7,915. Prisons: 214

    ▶︎ Recoveries: 6,978

     

    Thursday’s cases bring the total number of COVID-19 infections in Thailand to 2,353,062 with 21,987 deaths.

     

    The news comes as the resumption of new “Test and Go” registrations, COVID-19 rezoning and yet another extension of Thailand’s nationwide State of Emergency, in place since March 2020, will be proposed to and decided by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today (Thursday).

     

    New applications for “Test and Go” program, which requires only minimal quarantine of no more than one night while awaiting negative COVID-19 results, have been suspended since December 22nd, to curb the spread of the Omicron variant. Currently, people who have been granted a “Thailand Pass” QR code for the program can still enter the country. The program resumption may begin on February 1st but possibly with stricter measures.

     

    Source: – Asean Now)

    20 January 20 2022
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  • Things To Do In Udon Thani
    Udon Thani isn’t on many vacationers’ radars but it does have a large expat community, which means it’s a good place to visit for people who don’t speak much Thai. We’ve been there a handful of times (it’s a short flight from Bangkok), so we’ve put together a roundup that includes things to do in...

    Things to do in Udon Thani
    Udon Thani isn’t on many vacationers’ radars but it does have a large expat community, which means it’s a good place to visit for people who don’t speak much Thai. We’ve been there a handful of times (it’s a short flight from Bangkok), so we’ve put together a roundup that includes things to do in Udon Thani we’ve personally done plus other activities that we plan to do on future visits.

    Red Lotus Sea in Kumphawapi

    Things to do in Udon Thani: Vist the Red Lotus Sea

    Just about an hour’s drive from the Udon Thani International Airport is the Red Lotus Sea or Talay Bua Daeng (ทะเลบัวแดง). It’s one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Isaan (or arguably in all of Thailand, for that matter).

    From the lake’s edge, it may not look like much. But hop on a pontoon boat (500 THB for a 1.5-hour trip) and watch as the murky, weedy water transforms into something magical. As you approach the lake’s center, you’ll find yourself in a seemingly unending sea of hot pink flowers. The flowers are quite large, too, and some are as big as an open hand.

    The Red Lotus Sea is a must do in Udon Thani, Thailand

    These blooms are seasonal and are best observed between the beginning of December and the end of February each year. Be sure to go early, too. The flowers open in the cooler part of the day between 6 am and noon. They close in the afternoon when the sun is the hottest.

    There’s a Thai restaurant right there too, serving several variations of som tam salads, creamy curries, and spicy stir-fries featuring lotus stems.

    The Talay Bua Daeng is a great place for a day trip and certainly one of the more stunning things to do in Udon Thani. Check out more details in our dedicated post on the Red Lotus Sea.

    Hours: 6 am to 4 pm
    Prices: 300 THB for a 45-minute ride, 500 THB for a 90-minute ride

    Rock Spa and Salt Fields in Ban Dung

    Baskets of high quality flower salt in Ban Dung, Udon Thani

    Where does salt come from? When you’re not by the sea or ocean, one method is to find an underground source of salt water as Thais successfully did in Ban Dung.

    Salt Farm in Udon Thani, Thailand

    At first glance, these rock salt fields look like barren rice fields with a dusting of snow. But in fact, they are fields of high-quality flower salt or dok glua (ดอกเกลือ) that glint and sparkle in the sun.

    Saltwater is pumped from a source that’s less than 100 meters into shallow pools where it is allowed to dry and crystallize. Later, it’s harvested in big, woven baskets.

    Things to do in Udon Thani: Visit the Kunnapat Spa!

    The rock salt field we visited is also home to the Kunnapat Spa. This spa shop offers oil and foot massages (500 THB and 200 THB, respectively), full body mud spa (1,000 THB), mud face masks (200 THB), and foot soaks (100 THB). They sell several homemade scrubs and masks that are made from their mineral-rich salt, too.

    Contact: Kunnapat Spa
    Phone: (081) 975-6494
    Prices: 100 THB to 1,000 THB

    Phu Phrabat Historical Park in Ban Phue

    Hoh Nang U-sa at Phu Phrabat Historical Park in Udon Thani, Thailand

    What looks to be the making of giants, this historical park is famous for its bizarre rock formations that are precariously balanced on top of each other. In fact, the large boulders held up by smaller and narrower rocks due to erosion over millions of years.

    Tham Phra at the Phu Phrabat Historical Park

    These rocks also feature ancient cave paintings of animals, people, and geometric patterns. You can find Buddhas carved into the softer sandstone, too.

    The park has a nature trail roughly 2 kilometers long that can take several hours to complete. Be sure to wear comfy shoes and come energized! The path takes visitors past more than twenty attractions throughout the park. Each has a plaque with information written in both Thai and English. There is the option to rent a golf cart buggy to ride around, too.

    Khok Ma Tao Baros at the Phu Phrabat Historical Park

    We later learned that there are more rock formations and animal sculptures at the Phu Phrabat Bua Bok Forest Park. It’s 4 kilometers southeast of the historical park, so it’s easy to combine both attractions in one day.

    Fee: 100 THB per foreigner
    Hours: 8 am to 5 pm

    Khiri Wongkot Village in Na Yung

    Things to do in Udon Thani: Visit the Khiri Wongkot Village

    The Khiri Wongkot Village (หมู่บ้านคีรีวงกต) is Thai community ecotourism at its finest and certainly one of the more unique things to do in Udon Thani. This village welcomes visitors to experience some local activities and stay at their home. A word of warning: you might want to bring along a Thai friend to help with translation.

    The main activity is a tractor ride through the countryside, through fields, across rivers, and onward to a particular waterfall (น้ำตกห้วยช้างพลาย) that’s actually a stone’s throw into Nong Khai province. The tractors have powerful motors that took us anywhere – up steep hills and across streams. Afterward, we ate lunch in our host’s beautiful teak house.

    Things to do in Udon Thani: Homestay at Khiri Wongkot Villag

    An overnight homestay visit includes three meals, one of which is an Isaan picnic served with bamboo cutlery and banana leaves. There was also word of a traditional khantoke dinner and a wrist binding ceremony, but we did not have the chance to do those activities ourselves.

    Contact: Khun Narin (083) 147-9004
    Cost: 4,200 THB for up to 6 people (activities, three meals, and accommodation)

    Nong Prajak Park in Mueang Udon Thani

    We got a laugh over the massive floating duck on the nearby lake at the Nong Prajak Park. This park also has walking and biking paths, food stalls and areas for picnicking, and massage shops.

    Koi fish at Chao Phu-Ya Chinese Temple

    Just outside this park is Chao Phu-Ya Chinese Temple. Of the many temples we’ve visited throughout Thailand, this Chinese-Buddhist temple is one that stands out in our minds. It’s all due to the details – the amply filled koi pond, the peaceful Chinese-style courtyard, the elaborate, colorful shrines, and the misty, mossy gardens.

    Chao Phu-Ya Chinese Temple

    We enjoyed tea outside at the temple’s Chinese-style tea shop. Nearby, there’s a Thai-Chinese Cultural Centre that’s worth a stroll through, too.

    Ban Chiang National Museum and Wat Pho Sri Nai in Ban Chiang

    Deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, Ban Chiang is one of Southeast Asia most significant archaeological sites. Here are burial remains of more than 300 skeletons, beautiful intact ceramics, and other important artifacts related to art and technology.

    Ban Chiang National Museum in Udon Thani, Thailand

    The Ban Chiang National Museum has beautiful displays of these historical remains and artifacts. There are three distinct time periods, which are distinguished by the swirls and color usage on the ceramics as well as the burial styles. They date back as early as 3,600 BC.

    Just a short walk away is Wat Pho Sri Nai, an open-aired museum that has preserved a stretch of the archaeological excavation pits. There you’ll see skeletons and pottery as they once were buried thousands of years ago.

    During our trip, we also painted our own tiny vases at a nearby pottery workshop. It’s at a homestay about 30 meters down the road from the museum. It takes a lot of skill to get those swirls symmetrical!

    Hours: 9 am to 6 pm, Wednesday to Sunday
    Phone: (042) 208-340 for museum / (081) 485-1864 for pottery shop at homestay
    Fee: 150 THB per foreigner

     

    (Source: – Destinations Isaan Thailand)

    19 January 19 2022
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  • Red Lotus Lakes In Udon Thani
    Blossoming lotuses draw hundreds of visitors to Nong Han Lake Locals and  tourists will soon gather at Nong Han Lake, also known as Red Lotus Lake, in Udon Thani province.   The lake, located in Kumphawapee district, is famous for the spectacular scenery of red lotuses that blossom in December and January every year. Coupled...
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    Blossoming lotuses draw hundreds of visitors to Nong Han Lake

    Locals and  tourists will soon gather at Nong Han Lake, also known as Red Lotus Lake, in Udon Thani province.

     

    The lake, located in Kumphawapee district, is famous for the spectacular scenery of red lotuses that blossom in December and January every year. Coupled with the cool weather of the northeastern plateau, tourists flock to the area to escape the heat of the city.

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    Local villagers also provide boat-ride service for those who want to admire the waterscape and take close-up photos of lotuses. Nong Han Lake is also known for being an excellent spot for bird watching.

    Other than the vast number of flowers, the Red Lotus Lake is ranked the world’s second strangest lake by CNN. It covers a large area of 600 square acres, providing livelihood to over 60 villages around it. The water comes from six different creeks. Thus the lake is never dry all year round.

    (Source: – The Nation)

    19 January 19 2022
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  • Thailand Reports 7,122 New COVID-19 Cases, 12 Deaths, 7,460 Recoveries
    File photo   Thailand on Wednesday (January 19) reported 7,122 new COVID-19 cases, 7,460 recoveries and 12 additional deaths over the past 24 hours.   ▶︎ Infections outside prisons: 6,950. Prisons: 172 ▶︎ Recoveries: 7,460   Wednesday’s cases bring the total number of COVID-19 infections in Thailand to 2,344,811 with 21,968 deaths.   The news comes as the Thai Tourism...

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    Thailand on Wednesday (January 19) reported 7,122 new COVID-19 cases, 7,460 recoveries and 12 additional deaths over the past 24 hours.

     

    ▶︎ Infections outside prisons: 6,950. Prisons: 172

    ▶︎ Recoveries: 7,460

     

    Wednesday’s cases bring the total number of COVID-19 infections in Thailand to 2,344,811 with 21,968 deaths.

     

    The news comes as the Thai Tourism and Sports Minister is planning to propose to the CCSA (Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration) the return of the “Test&Go” tourism program as early as this February to attract a year goal of about eight million international arrivals while expecting substantial tourism income.

     

    Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn told the Associated Press today, January 18th, that the Ministry would mention the reimplementation of the previously-canceled tourism plan, possibly in this February, at the general meeting of Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), chaired by the Prime Ministry, in order to revive the tourism and the domestic economy.

     

    (Source: – Asean Now)

    19 January 19 2022
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  • COVID-19: Thailand Reports 6,397 New Coronavirus Cases, 18 Deaths, 6,637 Recoveries
    File photo   Thailand on Tuesday (January 18) reported 6,397 new COVID-19 cases, 6,637 recoveries and 18 additional deaths over the past 24 hours.   ▶︎ Infections outside prisons: 6,232. Prisons: 165 ▶︎ Recoveries: 6,637   Tuesday’s cases bring the total number of COVID-19 infections in Thailand to 2,337,811 with 21,956 deaths.   The news comes as According to Dr....

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    Thailand on Tuesday (January 18) reported 6,397 new COVID-19 cases, 6,637 recoveries and 18 additional deaths over the past 24 hours.

     

    ▶︎ Infections outside prisons: 6,232. Prisons: 165

    ▶︎ Recoveries: 6,637

     

    Tuesday’s cases bring the total number of COVID-19 infections in Thailand to 2,337,811 with 21,956 deaths.

     

    The news comes as According to Dr. Yong Poovorawan, head of the Center of Excellence in Clinical Virology at the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, said people who received two shots of Sinovac followed by a booster shot of AstraZeneca have seen their immunity increase 100 times, or 200 times if followed by a Pfizer booster shot.

     

    He said both booster shots can significantly increase T cells, which is effective against Covid-19 variants such as Omicron. He cited data from researchers in Europe and China, on the medRxiv website, studying the effects of 2 Sinovac shots followed by an mRNA booster shot.

     

    (Source: – Asean Now)

    18 January 18 2022
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