Top National Thailand Stories From the Past Week: Fire at Chatuchak Market Pet Zone, and More

Here is a look at the top NATIONAL Thailand stories, chosen by our Pattaya News/TPN National team, from last week, Monday, June 10th, to Sunday, June 16th, 2024.

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

  1. Bang Sue police officers responded to a fire incident in the pet zone at Chatuchak Market, Bangkok.

The blaze caused extensive damage, destroying more than 118 units and resulting in the sad loss of approximately 1,000 animals.

2. Mr. Thienprasit Chaiyapatranun, president of the Thai Hotels Association (THA), addressed the impact of the insolvency of FTI GROUP, a major German tourism operator, on Thailand’s hotel industry.

Hotels in Bangkok faced losses of 12.72 million baht, the northern region 632,244 baht, the eastern region 4.04 million baht, the western region 888,151 baht, and the southern region 92.88 million baht.

3. Mr. Yutthaporn Isarachai, a political scientist from Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, publicly addressed the current political status in Thailand.

Yutthaporn stated that any significant change would depend on the legal case against Prime Minister Srettha. If Srettha is removed from his position as the Prime Minister, it will necessitate the election of a new prime minister and the formation of a new government.

4. Deputy Government Spokesman Karom Phonphonklang publicly warned Thai Minister of Public Health Somsak Thepsuthin regarding his insistence to reclassify cannabis as a type 5 narcotic, which would essentially recriminalize it in Thailand.

He pointed out that while cannabis was once a type 5 narcotic, systematic studies have shown its benefits in medical use and economic advantages. Since its removal from the narcotics list, many small cannabis-related businesses have emerged for medicinal purposes and as a food and drink ingredient. He suggested legal regulation, versus recriminalization.

Thank you and see you next week!

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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 five 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.