Top National Thailand Stories From the Past Week: Proposal for 90-Day Visa-Free Stays for More Countries, 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, January 29th, to Sunday, February 4th, 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. A 14-year-old student has been pronounced dead after he was stabbed by another student inside a high school in Suan Luang after the school morning assembly.

    Khlong Tan police publicly revealed the results after interrogating a 14-year-old student who allegedly stabbed another student to death at a school in Phatthanakan 26, Suan Luang, Bangkok.

    Mr. Varawut Silpa-archa, the Minister of Social Development and Human Security (SDHS), publicly discussed a major case about a 14-year-old student stabbing his classmate to death in Suan Luang, Bangkok.

    2. Swiss Man Confesses to Wife’s Killing But Claims Was Accidental; Police Probe Mysterious Disappearance in Nakhon Ratchasima.

Roland allegedly quarreled with Orathai before she went missing, according to the police.

3. The Constitutional Court of Thailand has ruled that the Move Forward Party’s (MFP) proposals and efforts to amend the lese-majeste law is unconstitutional and an attempt to overthrow the country’s constitutional monarchy system.

The MFP again denied they intended to overthrow the constitutional monarchy or revoke the Lese Majeste law and insisted they only wanted to amend the law.

4. Thai national media stated that the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) requested the Thai government to extend the visa-free stay duration to 90 days for long-haul tourists, including those from the United States and Europe, to elevate long-haul national revenue to 40% in 2024.

These measures included the suspension of TM6 forms at Thai-Malaysia border crossings, a 30-day visa-free stay for Kazakh tourists, and the continuation of the 90-day visa-free stay for Russians.

5. At least three people have been pronounced dead at the scene while at least 22 people have sustained injuries after a bus fell into a canal in the Bang Bor district.

Samut Prakan local media gave an update on a recent accident involving a company bus carrying more than 20 passengers that lost control and plunged into a canal on 200-years Rattanakosin Road, Bang Bo, Samut Prakan.

That’s all for this week, be safe!

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.