Top National Thailand Stories From the Past Week: Happy Mother’s Day and more

Here is a look at the top NATIONAL Thailand stories, chosen by our Pattaya News/TPN National team, from the last week, Monday, August 7th, 2023, to Sunday, August 13th, 2023.

They are not in any particular level of importance but are listed in the order of date of publication.

Let’s get started and see what the top stories were!
  1. The forensic team has confirmed that the body parts found at a landfill on Thailand’s southern tourist island of Pha Ngan, Surat Thani, belong to a Colombian man believed to have been murdered by his Spanish lover.

The results of the DNA analysis showed that the body parts belonged to Mr. Edwin Miguel Arrieta Arteaga, a 44-year-old Columbian gender reassignment surgeon.

2. The second son of His Royal Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn has visited Thailand after 27 years.

He told the international press about his visit to Thailand “My dream has come true”.

3. An Iraqi man was arrested in Kanchanaburi, Western Thailand, for overstaying his legal visa to stay in Thailand by fifteen years.

The 43-year-old Iraqi man entered Thailand in May 2008 with a NON-B visa. His visa had expired in August 2008. He was now on a 5,468 day overstay.

4. In Thailand, August 12th is a day of double celebration, intertwining the significance of motherhood and royal admiration.

The Pattaya News and TPN media say long live the Queen Mother, happy birthday, and Happy Mother’s Day.

5. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has revealed that the trend of Chinese tourist arrivals to the country is experiencing consistent growth following a reduction in the visa application process.

TAT is developing a Visa Pre-Screening System (VPSS) to expedite visa processing for Chinese tour groups. The VPSS will aim to reduce the visa processing time even further to only 3-5 days

That’s all for this week, as always thanks for your support!
Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.