Top National Thailand Stories From the Past Week: Thai and Filipino Transgender People Brawl in Bangkok, 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, March 4th, to Sunday, March 10th, 2024.

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. Muang Nakhon Ratchasima police officers received a shooting report in front of Center Point Hotel at Terminal 21 Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima, resulting in one injury.

Many thought it was a similar incident that happened, dated back on February 8th, 2020, as a soldier went on a rampage and mass shot people at Terminal 21 Korat. As a result, there were 30 casualties and 58 injuries.

2. The commander of the Metropolitan Police Division 5, held a press conference regarding the recent conflict between Thai and Filipino transgender people in Soi Sukhumvit 11, Watthana, Bangkok.

The incident had nothing to do with official relations between Thailand and the Philippines and the issues were addressed to the Philippine Ambassador to Thailand for mutual understanding.

3. The Trang City Police apprehended a man identified only as Mr. Straumann, a 60-year-old Swiss national, following an alleged attack on Mrs. Natchanan Khickkham, a 58-year-old Thai woman, at a supermarket in Trang City.

He is being detained at a court and being banned from leaving Thailand.

This incident has shocked Thailand and driven anger.

4. The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) President Thanawat Phonwichai publicly revealed the expected spending amount during the Maha Songkran World Water Festival 2024 from April 1st to the 21st, with a total estimated amount of 130 billion baht.

Mr. Sanga Ruangwattanakul, the president of the Khaosan Business Association, publicly revealed preparation for the upcoming World Songkran Festival 2024 on Khaosan Road, Bangkok, from April 13th to the 15th.

Get ready to get wet!

5. Thai national media reported after Ms. Paetongtarn Shinawatra publicly revealed Thaksin Shinawatra’s itinerary from March 14th to 16th to his hometown, Chiang Mai.

This visit to Chiang Mai will be his first time after being a fugitive abroad for 17 years, according to Thai national media.

That’s all for this week, be safe!

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The TPN National News, owned by our parent company TPN media.

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.