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CNN recently named Thailands northeastern region as one of the worlds top destinations in 2017. Northeastern Thailand has a long history, with some of Southeast Asias oldest settlements found here. In modern times, the region is famous for its spicy food, stunning scenery and historical sites. Some of the other destinations on the CNN list are Penang in Malaysia, Colombia, Bordeaux in France, Bhutan, Albania, and Senegal. (06/11/2017)
The Thai Meteorological Department has warned the public around the slopes of the foothills in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, and Songkhla to beware of flash floods and landslides from heavy rain. The situation will last until 6 November 2017. Meanwhile, the temperatures in the North and Northeast of Thailand will continue to drop, so they urge people to take care of their health to avoid getting sick. (06/11/2017)
At the second ASEAN Meeting of Aesthetic Surgery and Medicine 2017, held in Bangkok, the Thai Association and Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and Medicine (TACS) stated that Thailand is the top player in the cosmetic surgery industry in the ASEAN region, in terms of skilled personnel and equipment needed to bolster the plastic surgery industry, whereas South Korea is number 1 in the world. The event was attended by plastic surgeons from Brunei, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, and the United States. (06/11/2017)
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha will attend the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits 2017 in Manila, Philippines, on 13-14 November 2017. The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The 31st Summit will take place alongside related meetings and a special celebration of ASEAN@50 with the national leaders. (05/11/2017)
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Drawing together nearly 40 energy ministers in the region, as well as energy buyers and members of leading international energy institutes, to share their visions on dealing with the changing energy situation, the 7th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable (AMER7) successfully wrapped up in Bangkok, Thailand on 3 November 2017. The United Arab Emirates will serve as the host of the 8th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable. (03/11/2017)
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha will attend the 25th APEC Economic Leaders Meeting (AELM) in Da Nang, Vietnam from 8 to 11 November 2017. The AELM will be held under the theme Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future. It places priorities on four areas, namely (1) Promoting Sustainable, Innovative and Inclusive Growth, (2) Deepening Regional Economic Integration, (3) Strengthening MSMEs Competitiveness and Innovation in the Digital Age, and (4) Enhancing Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Response to Climate Change. (03/11/2017)
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The Ministry of Industry plans to strengthen the industrial sector and to drive economic growth by supporting the New S-Curve, developing entrepreneurs, supporting the production sector to 4.0, encouraging investment in the area, connecting and developing integrated Big Data, and developing personnel and services. It is expected to push Thai industry to become Thailand 4.0 and Industry 4.0, in accordance with the Government's roadmap. (03/11/2017)
Thailand and Bahrain have announced that they will strengthen ties, and they expressed readiness to promote their cooperation, especially in the economy, trade, and investment. Currently, Thailand's private sector is now interested in the distribution of Thai Mart in Manama, the capital city, as well as other countries in the Middle East, as the center for spreading Thai goods over the region. Moreover, Thailand has pledged to support food security in Bahrain and elevate public health cooperation. (03/11/2017)
The Marine Department has launched safety measures to ensure public safety during the Loy Krathong festival this year, and announced that the Chao Phraya River will be a controlled area on Friday, 3 November 2017. The department has also established the Water Safety Center and five water security administration centers to provide additional safety and convenience for boat passengers and other people joining the festivities. (03/11/2017)
Thailands ranking on the World Banks Ease of Doing Business 2018 index moved up to 26th from 46th last year from 190 countries worldwide. This brought Thailand to the top three in ASEAN. According to World Bank's Ease of Doing Business 2018, Thailand made significant improvement in six areas, including starting a new business, getting electricity, getting credit, protection of minor investors, tax payment and enforcing contracts. (02/11/2017)
The International Fleet Review to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN's establishment (the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN IFR 2017) will be organized in and around Pattaya Bay in Chonburi. Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha will preside over the ceremony and review the International Fleet on 20 November 2017. On the evening of Sunday, 19 November, crews from the International Fleet will join the International City Parade as well as other public shows and activities provided by the Pattaya City Council. More than 40 ships and aircraft from all the participating navies have been invited to join and take part in the celebration in all aforementioned activities. (02/11/2017)
The Thailand Computer Emergency Response Team (ThaiCERT) has warned the public to beware "Bad Rabbit," a ransomware program that is disguised as a Flash update. The ransomware is currently spreading out in Eastern Europe but there is no report yet about the infection in Thailand. ThaiCERT has suggested the public not to install programs from an untrusted source and to keep their computer's operating system up-to-date to protect it from any security threats. (02/11/2017)
The Ministry of Interior is strictly regulating the use of fireworks and lanterns during Loy Krathong festivities and calling on organizers at venues to strictly comply with the law for the safety and well-being of the general public on Loy Krathong Day. District chiefs will not be able to allow any launching of fireworks or lanterns without a provincial guideline, while the igniting and releasing of fireworks and lanterns require prior permission from the respective district chiefs. Alleged violators will be faced with a maximum of three years in prison, or a maximum fine of 60,000 baht, or both. (02/11/2017)
The Exhibition on the Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Phra Phu Song Pen Niran, will be open to the public from 2 to 30 November 2017 between 07.00 and 22.00 hr daily. Each round will accept 3000-5000 visitors and will take one hour. The exhibition has three parts: part 1 at the Royal Merit-Making Pavilion, part 2 at the Government Officials Pavilion, and part 3 at the Pavilion describing the Boundary of the Ceremonial Site. All visitors are requested to bring their ID cards or passports and wear polite attire. (30/10/2017)
Twenty-seven roads around the Grand Palace and the area adjacent to Sanam Luang will be closed to traffic from 15.00 hr onwards as the Sixth Royal Procession to enshrine the Royal Relics and Royal Ashes at Wat Rajabopidh and Wat Bovoranives takes place today (29 October 2017). For more information, call the Joint Operations Command Center Hotline at 1441. (29/10/2017)
This evening (29 October 2017 at 19.00 hr), the Committee on Public Relations for the Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej will host the closing ceremony for the Main Press Center (MPC) at the Main Auditorium of Thammasat University. The ceremony will be presided over by the Minister attached to the Prime Minister's Office, Mr. Omsin Chivapruck. (29/10/2017)
The Ministry of Culture revealed that the exhibition of the Royal Cremation Ceremony facilities at the ceremonial ground in Sanam Luang will run from 2 November 2017 until 30 November 2017, 07.00 hr 22.00 hr daily. Between 3,000 and 5,000 people will be allowed into the exhibition area for each round, which will take 45 minutes up to one hour. It is expected that about 100,000 people will visit the exhibition each day. (28/10/2017)
On 29 October 2017, there will be an offering of a meal to monks at the Dusit Maha Prasad Throne Hall, and the Royal Relics will be transferred from Dusit Maha Prasad Throne Hall to be enshrined in the Heavenly Abode in Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall, at 10.30 hr. In the evening, at 17.30 hr, there will be a procession led by cavalry to transfer the Royal Ashes from Phra Sri Rattana Chedi in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, in a royal car. A portion of the ashes will be enshrined at Wat Rajabopidh and part at Wat Bovoranives. (28/10/2017)
Today (28 October 2017), a merit-making ceremony will be held for the Royal Relics at Dusit Maha Prasad Throne Hall, at 17.30 hr. (28/10/2017)
The Joint Administration Center for the Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej has announced that several parking areas are now full, namely Chachoengsao Railway Station, Nan Railway Station, Bangkok Bus Terminal (Chatuchak), Latkrabang ARL Station, Hua Mak ARL Station, Sam Yan MRT Station, QSNCC MRT Station, and Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong). (25/10/2017)

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