Here is a look at the top NATIONAL Thailand stories, chosen by our Pattaya News/TPN National team, from the last week, Monday, September 25th, 2023, to Sunday, October 1st, 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!
- Thai Cyber Police and a commando unit searched a house owned by the Deputy National Police Chief, Pol. Gen. Surachate Hakparn, often called in Thai media by his nickname as “Big Joke,” on Monday morning, September 25th, after they discovered an alleged link between him and an online gambling ring.
On September 25th, 2023, Pol. Lt. Gen. Voravat Watnakhonbancha, Commissioner of the Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau (CCIB), made a revelation following the search of the residence of Deputy National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Surachate Hakparn.
As of now, no evidence finding Hakparn connected to illegal activities has been found. Hakparn is now pushing for a further investigation of why the raid happened and if it was politically motivated against him or to damage his reputation.
Mr. Sittiwat Chewaratanaporn, President of the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA), stated that although there is an initial visa exemption, the booking of tours to Thailand did not increase further, due to tour operations that had previously been booked before the visa exemption.
On September 30th, 2023, Mr. Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, Deputy leader of the United Thai Nation Party, stated that the number of foreign tourists visiting Thailand from January 1st to September 24th, 2023 was significant.
Chinese tourist visitors in particular are up from about 5,000 a day to about 18,000 as of today, reported Thai media.
3. On September 25th, 2023, Panipak Wongpattanakit, a Thai Taekwondo star, dramatically won the final round against Chinese opponent Guo Qing, with scores of 2-1: 7-6, 1-2, 12-9 at the Hangzhou Asian Games in China.
Congratulations to all the medal winners at the Asian Games!
Police General Torsak was one of four candidates which included the Deputy Commissioner General Police General Surachate Hakparn. However General Surachate did not join in the meeting and took personal leave.
As a result of the incident, several train services have been temporarily suspended in the Phrae area.
That’s all for this week, as always thanks for your support!