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The annual Surat Thani Chak Phra Festival and Boat Races, celebrating the symbolic return of the Lord Buddhas to earth at the end of Buddhist Lent, is being held from 2-10 October 2017, at Tapi Rivers Bank and Naris Bridge, Surat Thani. Other highlights during the event include a Phum Pha Pa contest, local handicraft fair and sale, a photo exhibition and other cultural performances related to tourism activities. (09/10/2017)
The royal representative of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn recently chaired the event to present 52,082 volunteers, who will serve at the Royal Cremation Ceremony for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on 28 October, with special souvenirs including a special I.D. card, a black polo t-shirt, a cap, a scarf, an armband and a piggy bank with a royal drawing, at the Bureau of the Royal Household at Sanam Sua Pa. Similar events have also been organized across the country. (09/10/2017)
Addressing the public this week, Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha said October is a special month filled with activities in relation to the Royal Cremation Ceremony for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Therefore, the government decided to extend the one-year mourning period, due to end this 13 October, to 27 October 2017. The 15-day extension will allow the funeral rites to go smoothly. During the extended period, the premier said that educational institutions and state offices both inside and outside the country shall fly the Thai national flag at half staff. (09/10/2017)
Today, the public are welcome to watch the rehearsal for the Sixth Royal Procession, at Rajadamnern Klang Road and Sumeru Road, from 15.00 hr to 18.00 hr. Please dress respectfully.The use of a flash is prohibited. Pets are not allowed. For more information, call 1441. (08/10/2017)
The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society revealed that the overall Thailand e-commerce market in 2016 was valued at 2.5 trillion baht, of which business to consumer was valued at 729 billion, accounting for 3% of total retail value. The ministry expected that the value will reach 2.1 trillion baht in the next five years (2022). These efforts are in line with the Governments Net Village project (the Pracharat Internet), which will cover 24,000 villages nationwide by the end of 2017. (08/10/2017)
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The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has discovered a 100-million-year-old dinosaur fossil in Chaiyapum. It is believed to be the biggest herbivore dinosaur fossil ever found in this country. The DMR has commenced research to find the true species of the dinosaur by comparing it with international specimens. The fossil was initially discovered by local villagers in Baan Nong Bua Rahaew village in Chaiyaphum while they were fishing. The excavation led to the discovery of more than 30 pieces of the fossil. The department believes that all the pieces belong to a single animal, likely to be a herbivore dinosaur in the same species as Sauropods. The estimated age of the fossil is some 100 million years old, or the early Cretaceous age, according to the soil layer where the fossil was found. (06/10/2017)
In preparing for the Royal Cremation Ceremony for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, there will be rehearsals for the Procession of Honour at Sanam Luang Ceremonial Ground in Bangkok this Saturday (7 October) and on 15 and 21 October. The public may watch the rehearsal by entering the three nearest screening points to the Procession of Honour: Tha Chang Pier, Thammasat University, and Thokkathan-Mother Earth Squeezing Her Hair, at 05.00 hr. Please dress respectfully and carry photo identification to go through the security screening points. For more information, call 1441 (24/7) or 1257 (Monday Friday, from 09.00 hr to 16.00 hr) (06/10/2017)
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports disclosed that tourism activities will continue as normal around the country during the Royal Cremation Ceremony for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, which is scheduled for 25-29 October 2017. In a travel advisory, the ministry requests tourists to behave appropriately and respect Thai sensitivities, to refrain from any inappropriate or disrespectful behavior, and to dress in a manner that is appropriate for the occasion. (06/10/2017)
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People are invited to offer sandalwood flowers as final tributes to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Thursday 26, October from 09.00 hr onwards at the replicas of the Royal Crematorium. In Bangkok and nearby provinces, the replicas are located at the Royal Plaza, Lan Khon Mueang in front of the Bangkok City Hall, the former Headquarters of the Government Lottery Office, Nagaraphirom Park, King Rama I Monument area, the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center (BITEC), King Mongkuts Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Buddhamonthon in Nakhon Pathom, and Thupatemi Royal Thai Air Force Sports Stadium in Pathum Thani. For more information, please visit the official website at (06/10/2017)
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On the final evening of his official visit to enhance ties between Thailand and the United States, Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha attended a dinner organized by the U.S.- ASEAN Business Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in his honor. At the function, Gen. Prayut voiced his appreciation toward U.S. President Donald Trump and the United States for honoring Thailand, saying that the continued good ties underline the nation's genuine friendship with Thailand. He also indicated that Thailand and the U.S. both adhere to a treaty ensuring that U.S. businesspeople have equal rights to local operators in Thailand and said that its practical application would help achieve a trade goal worth 8.5 billion USD. (05/10/2017)
On the final day of his official visit to the United States of America, Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha met with President Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate Orrin Hatch, at Capitol Hill. The premier then received a copy of the U.S. Senate's resolution honoring His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej for his support of Thai-U.S. relations throughout his 70-year reign. Afterward, the PM met with Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan and took a tour of the Rotunda dome within the building. (05/10/2017)
Deputy Government Spokesperson Lt. Gen. Weerachon Sukhonthapatipak disclosed that after arriving in Washington, D.C., on 2 October 2017, Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha held talks with a group of Thai entrepreneurs, ahead of his meeting with the U.S. President Donald Trump. Lt. Gen. Weerachon also stated that the Prime Minister and Thai business owners discussed several topics, which will be introduced during the four-eyed meeting with President Trump and at follow-up meetings with U.S. officials. (03/10/2017)
2 October 2017, in Washington D.C., United States of America, Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed his condolence over the disaster caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Urma, and Maria, and the tragic shootout in Las Vegas. Thailand and the U.S. also agreed to expand cooperation in anti-human trafficking, anti-terrorism, cyber security, and intelligence, and will work together to promote regional peace, and technology transfer on national defense. (03/10/2017)
Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha has traveled to the United States at the invitation of President Donald Trump. He left Thailand on Saturday and will be back on 5 October 2017. During the meeting, the leaders will discuss a wide range of mutual cooperation topics, including security, trade, and investment. They will also touch on important issues and events happening around the world. (02/10/2017)
This year, Thailands world competitiveness ranking rose two places, from 34th to 32nd, out of 137 countries, according to the World Economic Forums Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018. Thailand was in third among nine ASEAN countries, following Singapore (3rd) and Malaysia (23rd). Indonesia ranked 36th, with Brunei at 46th, Vietnam 55th, the Philippines 56th, Cambodia 94th, and Laos 98th. (28/09/2017)
The Bureau of the Royal Household has announced that the period of paying final respects to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej for the public is extended from 30 September to midnight on 5 October 2017. (28/09/2017)
On 26 September 2017, Mrs. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, led representatives and Buddhist leaders from around the world in a tribute to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the opening session of the International World Peace September 2017 being held at UNESCOs headquarter in Paris. (26/09/2017)
The Ministry of Commerce is in the process of implementing the National Strategic Plan for Organic Agriculture. The ministry plans to push Thailand to become a regional leader in ASEAN in farming, consuming, and trading, as well as servicing sustainable organic agriculture. To fulfill the plan to increase organic agriculture products, the Ministry of Commerce has cooperated with the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives to encourage agriculturists to grow more organic farming products by giving cultivation advice and providing more marketing channels. (26/09/2017)
The Ministry of Transport expects the construction of the first stretch of the Bangkok - Nakhon Ratchasima high speed rail project, which will be built over 3.5 kilometers, to commence in November. The project will be implemented by the State Railway of Thailand in cooperation with China. Now the first group of Chinese engineers is being trained and tested by the Thai Council of Engineers. After the engineers have passed qualification tests and completed their work, they will hand over the legal blueprints and details to the State Railway of Thailand for further work according to the contract. (26/09/2017)
The Governor of Tak province has revealed that its special economic zone is ready for investment, especially in terms of infrastructure and the construction of the second bridge, expected to be completed in 2018. Since 2015, a total of 26 investors have expressed interest in the province, but only 10 have had their investment applications approved. The major obstacles include conditions set by the Board of Investment meant to support new industries. The province is ready to offer consultations to rejected investors through its investment facilitation center. (26/09/2017)

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