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Borderline Delicacies In Udon Thani

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Borderline Delicacies In Udon Thani

Whatever you might have known about Thai-Esan cuisines, the pictures started to blur when, maybe it’s my imagination, you crossed more provincial lines going north. The further up you travel in Thailand’s Northeastern region, the more you will see that regional cuisine has changed from the usual so-called ‘Esan’ staples of ‘Som Tam’ (papaya salad)…

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New Traffic Law: Just Taking A Picture Of Your Licence And Showing On Your Phone Is Not Enough

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New Traffic Law: Just Taking A Picture Of Your Licence And Showing On Your Phone Is Not Enough

Picture: Thai Rath   The policeman responsible for the new law about driving licences that will start in Thailand on September 20th has given details about three ways drivers can show their licenses when requested by an officer.   One of them is NOT a simple picture of a licence on the driver’s phone.  …

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Thai Bus Travels ‘Sideways’ Along North-East Highway

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Thai Bus Travels ‘Sideways’ Along North-East Highway

A bus, making its way from Nakhon Ratchasima, to Udon Thani, has surprised the passengers in the car behind. They did what we all would do in these circumstances. Notify the police? No, post it on Facebook! The bus was travelling, crab-like, slightly sideways, at reasonably high speed for many kilometres. The bus’s wheel alignment…

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Traffic Police Cannot Confiscate Driver’s License Under A New Traffic Law In Effect From Aug 20th

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Traffic Police Cannot Confiscate Driver’s License Under A New Traffic Law In Effect From Aug 20th

  Effective 20th August, traffic police have no authority to confiscate the driving license of the driver of an automobile or motorcycle when being stopped for a traffic violation under the new Land Traffic Act B.E. 2562.   Traffic police still have the authority to issue penalty tickets on the spot to a motorist or a…

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Smoking Ban At Home Comes Into Effect Today – Call 1300 For Violations

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Smoking Ban At Home Comes Into Effect Today – Call 1300 For Violations

Picture: Manager Online   Thailand’s ban on smoking at home comes into law today. People can be prosecuted for domestic abuse by lighting up.   Women and children are said to be the recipients of most second hand smoke and from today onward can be considered victims in Thailand.   There is a hotline number…

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Northeastern Drought Stacks Up Bt3 Billion in Damages

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Northeastern Drought Stacks Up Bt3 Billion in Damages

  Damage from drought has reached an estimated Bt3 billion in the Northeast, according to report of the Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE), while more than 800,000 rai (128,000 hectares) of farmland countrywide are thoroughly uncultivable and 10 million rai of crops will be dead standing.   Tassanee Muangkaew, the OAE assistant secretary-general revealed that…

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Nine Thousand Dead On The Thai Roads This Year And Counting

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Nine Thousand Dead On The Thai Roads This Year And Counting

Daily News reported that 57 people died at the scene of road accidents on Tuesday bringing the total for the year to 9,160.   They caution that this is only those who perish at the scene of accidents. In reality the total death toll is considerably higher.   DPM Prawit Wongsuwan and a top policeman…

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Points System On Driving Licenses Will Reduce Accidents In Thailand

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Points System On Driving Licenses Will Reduce Accidents In Thailand

Picture: Daily News   The top policeman responsible for introducing the new driving licence points system has said that the new measures will be up and running in December.   Tweaks are taking place and the public will be informed about the system in a PR campaign from next month, said Maj-Gen Ekkarak Limsangkat.   The…

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Water Levels Of Upper Northeastern Dams Increase

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Water Levels Of Upper Northeastern Dams Increase

  Several areas in upper Thailand are still experiencing heavy rain. Water levels of major dams in the northeastern provinces of Nong Khai and Bueng Kan have increased due to continuous rain over the past week, bringing some relief to the agricultural sector.   Four medium-sized dams in Nong Khai province, including Huai Bang Puan,…

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Excitement Revs Up For Second Thai Grand Prix

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Excitement Revs Up For Second Thai Grand Prix

Thailand is gearing up for the PTT Thailand Grand Prix 2019 Moto GP to be held from October 4-6 at the Chang International Circuit in Buri Ram.   Sports Authority of Thailand governor Kongsak Yodmanee chaired a meeting on Monday at which everyone involved in the preparations compared notes on the event, which is expected…

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