Top National Thailand Stories From the Past Week: Total of 287 Road Deaths in Songkran, and More

Here is a look at the top NATIONAL Thailand stories, chosen by our Pattaya News/TPN National team, from last week, Monday, April 15h, to Sunday, April 21st, 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. The Thai Government has suspended the requirement to fill out the ‘To Mo 6’ (TM6) immigration form for foreign travellers entering and exiting Thailand at 16 land and sea checkpoints from 15 April to 15 October.

    The TM6 form is the arrival/departure card, which foreigners are required to fill out with their passport information and other personal and travel information when entering or leaving Thailand.

  2. Thai metropolitan investigative police investigated a case of an Indian suspect who allegedly stabbed a Thai woman 31 times leading to her death at a hotel in the Talat Phlu area, Thonburi, Bangkok.

The suspect reportedly confessed his wrongdoings to the police as he allegedly had a personal grudge against his girlfriend, the victim, and committed the murder.

3. Thailand Announces Total of 287 Deaths in the ‘Songkran Seven Days of Road Safety Campaign’

The province with the total highest fatalities was Chiang Rai with 17 deaths.

4. Mr. Tienprasit Chaiyapatanan, the President of the Thai Hotels Association (THA), publicly revealed satisfying accommodation booking rates for large Songkran events from April 13th to 15th with 90% of hotels fully booked in major tourism zones.

It was normal once the festival was over that the accommodation booking rates would drop and would gradually increase over the next few months in some provinces and at tourist attractions.

5. The Thai-Myanmar border region experienced escalated conflict today (Apr 20), as resistance forces targeted Myanmar’s military Battalion 275 with mortar and drone strikes.

The assault took place beneath the Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge No. 2 near Yebu village in Myawaddy Township, Kayin State, just 1.5 kilometers from the border.

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.